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ISPA Innovate Awards Accepting Applications

The ISPA Innovate Awards recognize ISPA members who have created and successfully implemented an innovative business practice, experience or product.

This year the awards will take a new format! The innovate Award recipients will be recognized in three different categories: business practices, experiences and products. Submissions will be reviewed by a group of ISPA leaders and finalists distributed to the ISPA membership for voting. The five applicants receiving the most peer votes in each category will be awarded an ISPA Innovate Award and will be recognized during a General Session. Selected recipients will not be required to present during an ISPA Innovate Session to be eligible

Applications will be accepted until May 30, 2014. For more information or to apply online click HERE!


Stop Sun Damage Before it Starts with Dermalogica's New Sun Protection Formulas

Stop Sun Damage Before it Starts with Dermalogica's New Sun Protection Formulas

Skin requires protection against damaging UV rays every day, not just when basking at the beach or snowplowing down a brilliantly reflective ski-slope. Encouraging consumers to be mindful of preventing sun damage as an everyday health practice, Dermalogica introduces New Protection 50 Sport SPF50 with Oleosome technology, and a newly repackaged After Sun Repair. Both sun-care products, which can be used for both face and body, are part of Dermalogica’s Daylight Defense system, developed for everyday protection against detrimental solar exposure.

New Protection 50 Sport SPF50 is a broad-spectrum sunscreen which utilizes lipid-rich Oleosome microspheres that boost sun protection (SPF50!) and antioxidants to help defend the skin. The formula includes licorice extract to soothe irritation from UV exposure, while hyaluronic acid bonds moisture to the skin without greasiness. This new product is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes and is a must-have for extreme sport enthusiasts who are frequently practicing and attending sporting events outside. Protection 50 Sport SPF50 can be used for both face and body, making sunscreen protection easy for busy people on the go.

After Sun Repair instantly reduces redness and cools sunburned skin with chamomile, clove, cucumber, Szechwan pepper, lavender and yucca. This soothing balm also contains extracts of Japanese Alder which scavenges free radicals and accelerates the repair of UV-induced DNA damage after sun exposure.

The suggested retail price for Protection 50 Sport SPF50 5.3oz is $32 and After Sun Repair 3.4oz is $32. Both products will launch at Dermalogica authorized skin centers, spas and salons across the U.S. starting in April, 2014.

Gelish Takes Education Global with New Web Video Series

Gelish Takes Education Global with New Web Video Series

Is education the same in every country? Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish unites nail professionals with a new video series called “World Class Nails”, eight webisodes that bring together five global Gelish Deans of Education. Throughout the season, the experts team up to answer fans’ questions about Gelish product and proper application, share their newest design inspirations, and give easy tips for nail art success.

“Education is the key. Through education nail technicians can continue to expand their talent and develop their design techniques,” says Danny Haile, CEO of Gelish. “The forum was inspired by my experience teaching classes internationally and the way that nails transcend borders.”

Watch the trailer!

[Image: From L to R: Antonio Sacripante / Italy, Ghenna Gonzalez / Mexico, Najet Hamila-Strand / Sweden, Antony Buckley / UK, Maeling Parrish / USA; Image and video courtesy of Red PR]

Spa News: Spa Week Celebrates a Decade of Affordable Wellness with Major Discounts 

Spa Week Media Group eases pricing of national spa services with $50 treatments April 21-27

Spa Week Media Group, the country's largest and most respected spa and wellness marketing company, proudly commemorates its tenth year of bringing affordable wellness to the masses with the Spring 2014 Event. From April 21st – 27th, hundreds of spa, wellness, and health and fitness facilities across the United States and Canada will offer full-service treatments at the major discount of $50 each. Featured services are valued at anywhere from $100 to $500.

Launched in 2004 by founder Cheryl Reid, the first Spa Week Event took place in New York City with just two dozen spas participating. The goal was simple: make spa visits affordable by offering full-service treatments, normally costing hundreds of dollars, for just $50 each. Now entering its tenth year, Spa Week boasts hundreds of spa and wellness participants across North America and has become the most comprehensive way to engage consumers in the health and wellness lifestyle. A true pioneer, the biannual Spa Week Events have singlehandedly paved the way for over 1.5 million people to experience a spa visit in the past decade.
According to the International Spa Association, 72% of spa-goers are now influenced by stress in their decision to visit a spa while 88% of all spa-goers said that spas improve their health and well-being. No longer classified as luxuries, spa visits are now viewed as necessities as more people are taking control of their own health and well-being. Recent years have shown an explosion of medical evidence about the proven health benefits of spa visits, creating higher consumer demand to easily (and affordably) obtain spa and wellness services. By heavily discounting such costly services on the grand scale, Spa Week is to thank for educating and evolving consumer expectations of the spa from a coveted indulgence to real, functional health and wellness.

"It's been an amazing journey so far. When I look back ten years ago when the Spa Week brand was born, I never thought I'd be celebrating such success a decade later," said Cheryl Reid, CEO and Founder of Spa Week Media Group. "I never dreamt that the Spa Week franchise would be embraced the way it has. The response has been both overwhelming and humbling, and we plan to keep in alignment with our initial goal of driving more and more people to the spa for decades to come."

In honor of this milestone, Spa Week's Spring 2014 Event will present spa-goers with even more cities, spa and wellness locations and treatment options to choose from than ever before. In addition, Spa Week will celebrate its tenth birthday by offering exclusive, centennial themed promotions and giveaways via and its social media channels.

Returning for the Spring 2014 Event are Exclusive Trade Association Partner: International Spa Association (ISPA), Exclusive Skin Care Sponsor:Jurlique Skincare and Exclusive Lifestyle Sponsor: FabFitFun. New sponsors include Exclusive Media Sponsor:, Exclusive Chocolate Sponsor: Godiva Chocolatier and Exclusive Tea Sponsor: The Mighty Leaf Tea Company. Spa Week is co-sponsored by CEW and a portion of the proceeds from the Spring and Fall Events are donated to  

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Spa News: PBA Launches Executive Summit for Beauty Companies

PBA Launches  Executive Summit for Beauty Companies

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) will present the first PBA Executive Summit, taking place on Thursday, December 4 - Friday, December 5, 2014 in Scottsdale, Ariz. This summit will provide attendees with education and networking opportunities. The two-day event will bring together executives from top beauty companies to learn from leading business experts on how expanding technology and social connections have transformed marketing and communications in the beauty industry.

This year's theme, Consumer IQ, allows attendees to explore the trends that Gen Y & Millennials are responding to, as well as examine comprehensive industry data that can forecast upcoming trends applicable to business strategies. Moderating this inaugural summit is former CNN Anchor and NBC Correspondent Gene Randall. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the U.S. invasion of Panama and the Exxon Valdez disaster, Randall has been front and center to chronicle global events over the course of his impressive career span.

Featured sessions:

What Gen Y & Millenials Want from Your Brand | Speaker: Jane Buckingham
Jane Buckingham will navigate through the differences and similarities between generations X and Y and discuss various marketing strategies geared towards each age group.

Where Good Ideas Come From | Speaker: Steven Berlin Johnson
Consider breakthroughs as different as Darwin's theories and the rise of YouTube, and ask: what did these moments have in common? What environments fostered these ideas? Steven Berlin Johnson answers these questions with a core set of innovative principles that have encouraged creativity and grown businesses across history.

Results from PBA's Industry Research Study | Speaker: Carrie Mellage
In collaboration with Kline & Company, Inc., PBA set off to conduct a revolutionary and comprehensive study to ultimately provide data that can be used to help identify trends, benchmark performance, and evaluate competitive beauty related sectors. The results of this study will aid in the decision-making process for businesses involved in the professional beauty industry.


Spa News: Arica Carpenter and Cuccio Colour Support Charities

Arica Carpenter and Cuccio Colour Support Charities

Arica Carpenter was taught at a very early age that giving back was necessary in order to move forward. As she began her career in beauty, she was lucky enough to be mentored by an industry icon who reinforced that philosophy time and time again.

Now working as brand manager at Cuccio Colour, Carpenter remains true to her core values by remembering her mentor’s teachings nearly a decade ago. She recently made charitable donations of Cuccio Colour polishes to the Alliance for Children, a non-profit that helps benefit abused children, and the Beauty Bus Foundation, a national non-profit that provides free beauty and grooming services as well as pampering products to terminally or chronically ill people and their caregivers.

“The important thing to remember about giving back is that it doesn’t always have to be in a monetary form,” explained Carpenter. "Donating polish to these organizations was a way for me to make a difference because at the end of the day, even the smallest selfless act can have a significant impact on those in unfortunate circumstances.”

Carpenter donated polish for the Let’s Play Bingo event, an annual fundraiser. The polish she donated to the Beauty Bus Foundation will be distributed in its Bags of Beauty as well as used on patient visits.

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