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Mandarin Oriental To Launch Global Digital Detox

The spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, which will host a Digital Detox weekend Sept. 9-11, 2016; Image: Mandarin Oriental

The digital detox initiatives will help spa guests manage their relationship with technology while adapting an attitude of mindfulness.

Beginning September 5, 2016, Mandarin Oriental will launch a Digital Detox initiative at all of its spas worldwide. The program is designed to help guests find new ways to manage their relationship with technology and the stress that can come with a constantly connected digital lifestyle.

“Technology has brought us many great advances,” said Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa and Wellness, “But the expectations for instant communication and the increasing pace of change in the world can have a negative impact on our wellbeing.”

Now, by booking any treatment at a Mandarin Oriental spa, guests can also access a range of wellness advice and activities designed to help them disconnect from technology. Mandarin Oriental has worked with the renowned Mayo Clinic on the creation of a range of tips and guidelines that can help establish personal boundaries on the use of technology, clear mental chatter and establish a healthy, digitally balanced lifestyle.

The Digital Detox initiative encourages guests to surrender their phones on arrival at the spa, thus removing any online distractions. In the spa relaxation rooms, guests can access a full range of mindfulness activities such as journaling, note card writing, coloring, meditation or simply relaxing and enjoying the silence. There will also be a selection of curated spa retail offerings, ranging from crystals and eye masks to meditation pillows and a selection of calming teas and oils. All have been chosen to encourage mindfulness and digital disconnection.

For those who wish to immerse themselves more fully, a Digital Detox Retreat can be booked. This 1 hour 20 minute experience focuses on grounding both body and mind through the power of human touch, and is designed to provide a calming and peaceful respite from the outside world and the stress of repetitive movements. The treatment includes relaxation in an aromatic bath, followed by a massage that concentrates on the head, eyes, neck, shoulders, hands and feet.

“The spa is one of the few places left in modern society where it is acceptable and even encouraged to disconnect from technology,” said McCarthy. “The Spas at Mandarin Oriental provide a perfect haven for people to escape from technology, even if only briefly, to rest their minds and reconnect with themselves.”

On departure, inspired by tips on how to achieve a more digitally balanced life, guests can reclaim their cleaned device from the spa, repackaged in its own protective digital shielding. To further support this new Digital Detox initiative, The Spas at Mandarin Oriental will again offer an annual Silent Night event for the holiday season. On December 14, 2016 each spa will have a special silent retreat to remind guests about the importance of taking personal time for reflection, introspection and silence.

On departure, guests can reclaim their cleaned device from the spa, repackaged in its own protective digital shielding. To further support this new Digital Detox initiative, The Spas at Mandarin Oriental will again offer an annual Silent Night event for the holiday season. On Dec. 14, 2016 each spa will have a special silent retreat to remind guests about the importance of taking personal time for reflection, introspection and silence.

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2016 Wellness Travel Awards Finalists Announced

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The awards aim to honor hotels, resorts, spas and retreats in a variety of health and wellness categories.

Spafinder Wellness has announced the finalists of this year's Wellness Travel Awards. Agua Bathhouse and Spa at The Mondrian London, Anantara Spa at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Villa Stéphanie at Brenners Park-Hotel and Spa, Canyon Ranch in Tucson and the spa at the Royal Mansour Marrakech are among the 388 hotels, resorts, spas and retreats from around the globe listed as the 2016 finalists.

The awards comprise 20 categories, including Best for Fitness, Best Weight Loss Programme, Best for Nutrition and Healthy Cuisine, Best for Outdoor Adventure and Activities, Best for Medical Services and Best New Spa and Wellness Property.

In addition to the 20 categories covering different aspects of wellness travel, the Wellness Travel Awards also include the Country and Crystal Awards. Crystal Awards are presented to the top property on six continents, while Country Awards will be handed to the highest scoring property in a wide range of countries globally.

The shortlisted properties were nominated by a global panel of 39 industry judges, including spa and wellness operators and editors and writers within the sector. The awards opened for consumer voting today, which will remain open until September 16, 2016. The winners will be selected based on a combination of the panel’s scores, and the votes cast by consumers around the world.

John Bevan, chief operating officer of Spafinder Wellness, said, “With thousands of diverse properties to choose from, we believe the Wellness Travel Awards are an exceptional resource for people seeking a world of destinations that restore and improve their wellbeing.”

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the World Travel Market, held at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London on November 7-9, 2016.

To vote in the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards, please visit
See the full list of finalists here.

CIDESCO To Host International Makeup Competition

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The theme of this year's event, which aims to honor the top makeup artists in the world, centers around myths and legends.

International beauty therapy association CIDESCO is hosting its annual Makeup and Body Art Competition on September 26, 2016 during the 64th CIDESCO World Congress in Dublin, Ireland. Open to both student and professional makeup artists, the theme of this year's competition is "Myths and Legends of the World Unite," encouraging competitors to unleash their creativity through makeup and body art.

Winners of this year's competition, in both student and professional categories, will receive prizes from CIDESCO International and sponsor Kate Wacz of Sweden, and will also be featured in CIDESCO's LINK International magazine, distributed to members worldwide. All participants will receive a CIDESCO World Congress Makeup and Body Art certificate of participation.

To register, each competitor is required to submit a brief synopsis of their interpretation of the theme, "Myths and Legends of the World Unite," which should include a picture or sketch. To register visit

The 64th CIDESCO World Congress and Exhibition takes place September 22-26, 2016 in Dublin, and is expected to attract attendees from around the globe to discuss the industry's most important issues, learn new skills, and network. The theme of this year's event is "Into the Deep," and will include a CIDESCO Examiners’ Workshop, Schools’ Meeting and General Assembly for members, as well as the Professional Beauty Exhibition & Lecture program, open to trade visitors.

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American International Industries Acquires Model in a Bottle

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The acquisition further expands the brand's portfolio as a leader in manufacturing and distribution.

American International Industries (A.I.I.), a leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of beauty products, recently announced its acquisition of cosmetics company, Model in a Bottle. The acquisition comes just one year after A.I.I.'s purchase of Hollywood Fashion Secrets, further cementing the company’s place as an industry leader in beauty and style essentials.

“Like other brands in our portfolio, Model in a Bottle offers innovative products with a fast-growing and loyal customer base. With this acquisition we broaden our portfolio into the cosmetics category, adding dimensions to our current product offerings,” said Zvi Ryzman, President of A.I.I. “We believe it has great potential and with our wide distribution channels and expertise in growing niche brands, we anticipate a long and happy future for A.I.I. and Model in a Bottle.”

Model in a Bottle products include a range of makeup sealing products including the widely-recognized Original Makeup Setting Spray, Eyebrow Sealer and Lipstick Sealer. Visit to view the complete line.

Blythin Leggett, LMT Receives the 2016 Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award

Left to right: Jane Hyde Kordish, LMT (2015 award recipient); Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage & Spa, Performance Health; Blythin Leggett, LMT; Leiah J. Carr, LMT, President, FSMTA Photo courtesy Action Jackson & FSMTA; Image courtesy of Performance Health

Leggett was presented with the prestigious award for her work with military veterans at the Florida State Massage Therapy Association’s Annual Convention

Blythin Leggett, LMT was presented the Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award at this year’s Florida State Massage Therapy Association’s Convention and Trade Show. Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Bon Vital', Biofreeze, Prossage, TheraBand, Cramer and Thera°Pearl health and wellness products, honors individuals annually in the massage therapy industry for their efforts in improving the welfare of their clients and demonstrating selfless devotion to others. This is the fourteenth year Performance Health and the FSMTA have presented this award.

“We are once again grateful for the opportunity to partner with the FSMTA to honor someone who quietly gives back so much to others,” stated Marshall Dahneke, President, Performance Health. “I love the heart of this profession and of its practitioners, and selecting just one person to honor among so many worthy choices is never easy. However, Blythin is another ‘poster child’ of generosity through her work with our military veterans.

“Blythin cares for and supports the needs of veterans by donating her time and expertise at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL and Quantico, VA. She also provides monthly volunteer support for an award-winning warrior-athlete who is paraplegic as a result of his sacrifice for us, and who is now a world-class jet ski competitor. She supports him and his team as well as other competing warrior-athletes, encouraging and enabling them to compete at their best. It is truly an honor to present Blythin with the 2016 Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award,” concluded Mr. Dahneke.

Blythin Leggett is a life-long learner with a long list of degrees and certifications ranging from museum art education to personal training. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Florida, a member of the FSMTA and has served on the FSMTA Sports Team since 2009.

In addition to honoring Ms. Leggett at the FSMTA convention, Performance Health will donate $1,000 to Special Operations Bionic Warriors.

“I am surprised, honored, humbled and absolutely full of gratitude to be the recipient of the 2016 Performance Health/FSMTA Humanitarian award. I am so fortunate to love my work as much as the people I serve,” Ms. Leggett said. “Although these special operations athletes are physically and emotionally reminded of their sacrifice 24/7, they regain awareness of their self-worth through building supportive relationships and are empowered by their challenge. I believe the Special Operations Bionic
Warriors organization provides the strongest correlation with my mission, and I am pleased to have my award appropriated to them.”

Five Esthetics Students Receive BCL|Murad Esthetics Scholarships

Pictured clockwise from top left: Chelsea Rieu-Torrez, April McKeeth, Nicole Nichols, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ashley Stoltz; Images courtesy of 5MetaCom

Each winner will receive over $2,000 to pursue their careers in the skincare industry.

Murad LLC and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation are helping five esthetics students pursue their dreams of careers in skincare. The second class of BCL│Murad Esthetic Scholarship winners has been selected by a panel of skincare experts. Each winner will receive a $2,250 tuition scholarship. Winners and their respective esthetics schools are as follows:

  • Chelsea Rieu-Torrez, Aveda Institute, Denver, CO
  • April McKeeth, Salon Professional Academy, Onalaska, WI
  • Nicole Nichols, Penrose Academy, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Elizabeth Taylor, Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics, New York, NY
  • Ashley Stoltz, Cinta Aveda Institute, San Francisco, CA

Each winner submitted an inspiration board or online video expressing how a career in esthetics will change their lives and the lives of those they serve. Winners’ applications drew on personal experiences battling acne, dealing with skin sensitivities and working in the retail skincare sector. Winners also addressed their dreams of helping others look and feel better. Scholarship recipient Elizabeth Taylor founded True Beauty Brooklyn, a boutique dedicated to natural skincare. “I love that I get out of bed to educate people about my passion for skincare and plant seeds of passion in them. Now I want to take my passion to the next level by obtaining an esthetics license and offering a broader scale of holistic skincare services,” she said.

Announcing the 2015 launch of the scholarship program, Howard Murad, M.D. FAAD stated, “An integral part of my inclusive health approach to health and wellness is esthetics. I have seen the healing power of estheticians in my practice and I truly value the impact their work has on people. I am thrilled to be able to support these scholarship recipients and the incredible potential that can be achieved through a career in beauty.”

BCL Foundation President Lynelle Lynch said the scholarship supports increasing demand for highly educated skincare specialists. “Beauty and luxury lifestyle editors attending ISPA West wanted to learn more about the training involved in preparing skincare professionals. The Murad scholarship demonstrates the support one of the world’s most renowned skincare brands is investing to prepare next-generation skincare professionals,” she stated.

Murad, LLC funds two BCL|Murad competitions annually. The Fall 2016 competition opens August 8, 2016. For additional information on BCL scholarship offerings, visit

IECSC Announces Chicago Location for 2017

Scenes from IECSC Las Vegas 2016.

IECSC to co-locate with America’s Beauty Show in 2017.

The International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) has announced the launch of its fourth annual spa and wellness event: IECSC Chicago, which will co-locate with America’s Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago from March 25 to 27 2017 at McCormick Place.

Established 25 years ago, the IECSC family of tradeshows and conferences has been serving the spa marketplace by offering quality education, networking and access to leading manufacturers in a professional environment. The IECSC events in New York, Las Vegas and Florida attract more than 40,000 admissions annually.

“We're so excited about this newest addition to the IECSC portfolio,” remarked Kathy Gruttadauria, IECSC's event director. “After 25 years in the spa and wellness industry, each of our existing events in New York, Las Vegas and Florida have continued to grow year-over-year. We have remained at the forefront of the industry by providing turnkey events that feature top-notch education, attendance and exhibit floors. The continued growth and positive feedback from attendees and exhibitors regarding our existing events have secured IECSC as the spa and wellness industry’s market leaders. The Midwestern region is a natural extension of our existing brand, and we look forward to serving that region.”

Dermalogica Hosts Annual International Education Conference

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This year's theme centered on the idea of sparking new ideas and innovations for the future.

Dermalogica recently welcomed more than 140 Senior Instructors, Corporate Trainers and Education Managers representing more than 50 countries to the brand’s 23rd annual week-long International Education Conference held at Dermalogica world headquarters in Carson, CA, May 23rd- May 27th .

The emphasis of this year’s conference - which included more than 40 different presentations, activities and skill workshops - was the importance of sparking new ideas and forging an exciting path to the future through education, innovation and technology. The corporate offices were filled with excitement and passion as educators and distributors from around the world gathered to re-ignite relationships and learn new skin care techniques, enhance their training skills, and learn of new brand concepts. The week began with a welcome breakfast to give attendees the chance to build new relationships and rekindle old ones. Program host, Annet King, Senior Director of Global Education for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, kicked off the week with an enthusiastic presentation on the theme for this year’s conference: Spark! Ignite Ideas, Design the Future. Annet introduced the idea of “spark tanks” or engaging brainstorming sessions where attendees worked together to produce flames for the future. Attendees also heard from Jane Wurwand, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary of Dermalogica, The International Dermal Institute and FITE, who spoke about finding ones purpose in life and sharing it with others. Her powerful presentation left participants thinking “what can they bring to the event”. She then introduced the company’s new CEO, Aurelian Lis. Lis presented on the direction and focus for Dermalogica for 2016 and beyond. He stressed the importance of social media and urged all to engage in the initiative. Lis also spoke about how critical human touch is to the Dermalogica brand.

Other top highlights from the week included presentations by Mathew Divaris, VP of Global Marketing and Creative for Dermalogica, who shared the Dermalogica brand key with the guests and talked about strategies to reach new consumers. Dr. Diana Howard, VP of Research and Development for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, introduced upcoming new products for the brand, including the newly reformulated Age Reversal Eye Complex, and presented on the science behind the innovations. This upgrade makes Age Reversal Eye Complex tougher on fine lines and easier on the eyes as it now uses special microencapsulation technology to help ensure that the highly-active ingredients inside remain stable, maintain their concentration levels and have controlled-release delivery to penetrate deep into skin layers. Attendees learned Dermalogica’s new application face method which will be released along with the next product launch on September 1 at 10:00am. Senior instructors also received a hands-on refresher on IonActive Power Treatment and learned new ways to re-invent education to ensure Dermalogica’s skin therapists worldwide are up-to-date and continue offering their best skills, techniques and treatments to their customers.

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Beauty Inside and Out: An Interview with Makeup Artist Eva DeVirgilis

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The award-winning actress and makeup artist talks industry success, client relationships, and why you should never over-apologize.

Award-winning actress and makeup artist Eva DeVirgilis will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Face & Body Northern California, an annual conference and expo held exclusively for skincare, spa and wellness professionals. DeVirgilis’ keynote presentation - titled, “In My Chair: Makeup Chair Conversations” - will bring conversations with clients to life and will highlight the role that wellness professionals play in encouraging clients to feel confident and beautiful.

Below, DeVirgilis dishes on the importance of loving yourself inside and out, plus her tips for finding success and providing meaningful interactions with your clients.

Tell us a little bit about your mission to end apology in all women.
If you are in the beauty industry then you experience clients apologizing for the way they look the second they see you. “I'm sorry, I know I look like crap," or “I’m sorry, my roots are horrifying,” or "Sorry, I have less hair on one eyebrow.” But it’s not only on the job, the apology has become the new "Hello" among women. I did it for a long time too! So I enacted a "No Apology Rule" for myself and clients. Now, my clients catch themselves doing it, they laugh and say “I never realized how often I apologized!” It’s just about breaking the habit.

Do you have any tips on how to take a compliment and be less critical of yourself?
Just. Say. Thank you. Then close your beautiful lips and smile. It takes vulnerability and a little bit of bravery for another person to give you a compliment, so honor their risk and kindness by just saying thank you, and refrain from saying that you didn't sleep last night, or how cheap your shirt is, or how much weight you've gained. If you absolutely must keep speaking, then pay it forward by giving them a compliment right back.

How can beauty/salon/spa professionals be more memorable with their clients?
Treat them like they are the only person on your schedule that day.

How can professionals be better speakers in front of a master class, group, or convention?
1. Hook 'em! Before you even introduce yourself, the first thing out of your mouth should be something surprising, personal, or funny. Preferably all 3 at the same time. Plenty of time to give them your name later. If you hook them right off the bat then they'll be begging for your name, and your product!
2. Make them FEEL something! "People won't remember what you say but they will always remember how you made them feel." Personal stories are best when bringing home any point. I’m a big fan of the book, Keep it Short and Simple by Dr. Aaron Anderson and David Leong to help with public speaking.
3. Call them to action. Tell them exactly what you want them to do with enthusiasm so it will inspire them to leap out of their seat and go forth and do it.

You have made some incredible leaps in your career. Tell us about your “mess to success” story.
You have no idea where life will take you… A few years ago I called off a wedding and left New York City with just a suitcase in hand. I was a despondent mess after years of hard work. I started my life over in Richmond, VA. I took a full-time job behind a makeup counter at Saks Fifth Ave to pay the bills, which turned out to be the best thing I could have done, because it connected me with their customers who are some of the most successful movers and shakers in the area. You never know who your clients are, so treat them all like they are the most important person in the room. One customer turned out to be a coordinator for TEDx and asked me to pitch a talk about being a makeup artist. I got the gig. Two years later, almost a half million people have seen my talk, In My Chair. I had to leave the makeup counter; I get to go all over the country speaking about the beauty in all of us. The Business School of a major University asked me to teach a public speaking course, (never dreamed that was in the plan), women from all over the world reach out to me and share their story, and I am happy to say I am engaged to an incredible man who loves and supports me endlessly. When I look back and ask myself, "How did this all happen? What made the difference?" I realize that I completely invested in myself - I listened to my gut and ended a relationship that was forcing me to compromise who I was. I got lots of fabulous therapy and read a gazillion self-help books (every human should read You are a Badass by Jen Sincero); I hired a coach to help me reach my goals. It was a lot of hard work but preparation met opportunity and when that one person took a chance on me, I was ready.

Lastly, what are the beauty/makeup products that you can't live without?

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer for SPF and light coverage on a hot day.
  • Giorgio Armani Master Corrector #2 and High Precision Retouch Concealer. It's great for gals like me who have darker under eyes due to genetics. This stuff does not crease despite me piling it on.
  • Elf HD Powder. For 6 bucks this stuff does an amazing job, and you get more than a thimble-full, unlike some other brands.
  • Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk and Luminous Silk Foundation. It looks perfect on the entire color spectrum of women on the planet earth.

Don’t miss DeVirgilis’ keynote at Face & Body Northern California, to be held this Aug. 20-22, 2016 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. To register, visit

Repêchage Celebrates 42nd Anniversary of Three-13 Salon Spa & Boutique

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Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati, was on hand to celebrate with the launch of the new Fusion Express Bar & Spa Masks.

Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati joined Three-13 Salon Spa & Boutique and owners Leslie and Lester Crowell to celebrate the salon’s 42nd anniversary and launch the newest professional treatment from Repêchage: Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives.

In addition to taking part in the celebration of Three-13’s 42 years in business, Sarfati also had the opportunity to share exciting news with the spa's 80 staff members: the launch of the newest spa concept from Repêchage, Repêchage Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives. This new facial treatment utilizes Repêchage’s renowned Laminaria digitata seaweed and organic actives of chocolate, matcha (green tea), mixed berries (blueberry, strawberry, and beet root) and vanilla and pumpkin actives to create the four Fusion Facials: Chocofina Fusion, Matchafina Fusion, Berryfina Fusion, and Vanillafina Fusion. As Sarfati presented, this is the perfect spa treatment for ages 8 to 80 as all have intensive anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and leave the skin looking and feeling restored, smooth and hydrated.

Sarfati presented the latest research on health and wellness, as well as providing all the important information on the new FUSION concept. Following the presentation, over 30 Three-13 VIP clients were able to experience Fusion first hand, and have a special meet and greet with the skin care industry expert. Some were even treated to a Fusion Facial by Sarfati herself!

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