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Live Love Spa Hosts Launch Party in Celebration of New Online Wellness Community

The spa industry celebrates the launch of

The spa industry’s best and brightest descended upon Live Love Spa's headquarters in Santa Ana, California on February 23rd to celebrate the launch of the all-new Online Wellness Community. This interactive website features a collection of mini-sites for spas and brands to showcase their treatments and products.

“We could not have thought of a better way to celebrate than with over 125 of our closest friends, family and industry professionals,” said Lisa Michaelis, Live Love Spa’s founder and CEO. The comapny's three-story loft provided the perfect environment for festivities a taco bar, a dessert table filled with gourmet delicacies and silent auction benefitting the Beauty Bus Foundation and featuring products from Coola, Chadsworth & Haig, Intraceuticals, La Bella Donna, Hydrafacial, Me Bath, Comphy and Sothys. The Live Love Spa team showcased features of the new Live Love Spa website, such those functions allowing users to browse brands and search for their next spa experience via the 8000+ spa directory.

“ has been a year in the making,” says Michaelis. “Our goal is to engage spas, brands, industry professionals, and consumers on one platform to maximize learning, connection, and visibility. We offer a fresh, fun perspective with our various media outlets including a trend-setting comprehensive blog & LLS - TV. Our vision is to raise customer awareness for spa lifestyle and wellness. We are committed to our client’s experience and providing an online resource that will enhance and inspire their lives.”

Spas and brands can join this community by activating a basic or premium level membership. Premium members receive a microsite to showcase customized photos, video, and wholesale information that they can easily administrate. “Whether it is your first time getting a body treatment and massage, or you are a seasoned spa professional, is the perfect place to go to learn about exclusive spas and the finest product lines in the market place,” said Paul Heslop, Chief Care office of Salt of the Earth and featured brand on

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Arianna Huffington Named Keynote Speaker of the 2013 PBA Business Forum

Arianna Huffington

The PBA has just announced that famed author, entrepreneur and media mogul Arianna Huffington will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 PBA Business Forum on Sunday, July 14. Huffington's address will kick off Beauty Week at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Huffington will present, From Politics to the Board Room: Fearless Leadership.

As a successful entrepreneur and business leader who has triumphed over naysayers, self-doubt and a turbulent economy, Huffington will demonstrate how difficult times can be turned into opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally. With her real-world experience as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the highly successful Huffington Post, Huffington is an expert at showing professionals how to thrive in the face of adversity.

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Aveda Wins Leonard A. Lauder Volunteer Team of the Year Award

The Aveda Global Education Team - Shelley Barnes, Kyle Miner, Deanna Carciofini,

The Aveda Global Education Team - Shelley Barnes, Kyle Miner, Deanna Carciofini, Stephanie Wagner, Wendy Rose and William P. Lauder.

The Aveda Global Education Team was one of the recipients of the Third Annual Leonard A. Lauder Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by The Estee Lauder Companies. The award program honors employees for their personal commitment to their communities through volunteerism. Aveda was recognized for its work with Project Homeless Connect in Minneapolis, which will receive a $2,500 donation from The Estee Lauder Companies for this honor.  
The Aveda team started working with the nonprofit in December 2010 out of a collective desire to serve the Twin Cities community. Twice a year, this local community services agency transforms the Minneapolis Convention Center into a one-stop-shop of services for the homeless. To date, the Aveda team has provided approximately 2,000 hair cuts to the homeless. Their efforts continue to bring hope and support to Project Homeless Connect’s vision to end homelessness.

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Spa News: World Spa & Wellness Awards Best Spa Winners

The winners of the second annual World Spa & Wellness Awards were announced at an extravagant black tie gala dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane on February 24, 2013.

The World Spa & Wellness Awards were developed to give recognition to the best of the best, and attracted hundreds of entries from across the globe. They are designed to set the standard in quality, innovation and service for spas around the world as well as attracting the attention of global spa-goers and industry experts. The leaders in the world of spa came out in force to support these awards, making London the destination to do spa business.

The ultimate goal of these awards is to raise awareness of the industry, and ultimately inspire spas to perform to their very best.

Destination Spa of the Year – Middle East
sponsored by Elemis

Winner: Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Hotel Spa of the Year – Middle East
sponsored by Gharieni

Winner: Shuiqi Spa and Fitness at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai
Spa of the Year – Africa
Winner: One & Only Cape Town, South Africa
Destination Spa of the Year – Asia and Australasia
sponsored by Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College

Winner: Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
Hotel Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia
sponsored by Elemis

Winner: The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Destination spa of the year – North & South America
Winner: Lapinha Spa, Brazil
Hotel Spa of the Year – North & South America
Winner: Spa Montage Laguna Beach, USA
Day Spa of the Year – Europe
Sponsored by Professional Spa & Wellness magazine

Winner: Urban Spa, Spain
Destination Spa of the Year – Europe
Sponsored by Thalgo

Winner: Ayurveda Parkschlosschen Bad Wildstein, Germany
Hotel Spa of the year – Europe
sponsored by Carita

Winner: The Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa at The Yeatman, Portugal
The call for entries for the 2014 awards will go out in summer 2013. Keep an eye on  

Pevonia Equipment Launches New Website

Pevonia Equipment Launches New Website

Pevonia Equipment has undergone a modern makeover with the recent launch of its new and improved website. The company has been a leader in developing professional salon and spa equipment and products for the past two decades, and the updated site marks its continuous commitment to service excellence for the health, wellness, and spa industries.

The enhanced site offers clients a fresh delivery of general and resourceful information while presenting news and updates on the latest equipment and promotions. Equipment selections include a full line of multi-purpose facial/massage chairs, multi-function massage tables, stools, and an array of essential skin care equipment including workstations, steamers, magnifying lamps, hot towel cabinets, as well as various vital accessories needed for treatments.