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Keith & André West-Harrison, longtime co-owners of Albuquerque's Great Face & Body, know what it is like to be hit by a natural disaster. After living though their own experience with Hurricane Katrina (Great Face & Body's first location was in New Orleans), and viewing CNN coverage of May 20's Moore, Oklahoma tornado disaster, the pair was overcome with bad memories of their own experience. So, they created GetWellOK.org to raise money for tornado victims in Oklahoma.
“We spent five weeks living in a basement in Indiana after our evacuation,” Keith recalls. “We know what the fear and shock of a disaster feels like.”
The funds raised by G*FAB (Great Face & Body) will be used to help area wellness, spa and salon professionals receive needed emergency aid for food, housing and support.
“Wellness professionals make their living helping others, but are often not as good at taking care of themselves or asking for help," explains André. "We are asking people to return the favor and help the wellness providers in Oklahoma."
After emergency needs are met, the West-Harrisons plan to use collected money to help everyone overcome the psychological toll of the disaster by purchasing healing services for providers. "We know this will make the long-term recovery easier," notes Keith. "Just $15 can help us provide for the thousands of medical, wellness, beauty and healthcare providers that have been hurt by the tornado."
For more information and to make a donation please visit www.GetWellOK.org or call Keith at 505-514-1800.
The International SPA Association (ISPA) announced Blake Mycoskie will receive the ISPA Humanitarian Award, to be given at the 23rd annual ISPA Conference & Expo to be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. from Oct. 21-23, 2013.
“ISPA is honored to present Blake with this very deserving award. Not only does Blake have a philanthropic heart, but he has inspired us all to give back and do our part,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “Blake has created a global movement with TOMS and we are fortunate to have him speak to the ISPA attendees.”
Mycoskie is the founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One. TOMS has given over two million pairs of new shoes to children in need since it began in 2006. The company also recently expanded its unique business model to include TOMS Eyewear, helping to save and restore sight to more than 100,000 people in need.
The ISPA Conference & Expo will kick off with Blake Mycoskie as the Monday, Oct. 21 keynote speaker. Mycoskie will share with ISPA attendees how they can intertwine philanthropy and success to achieve greatness within their own businesses.
The Humanitarian Award is given to an individual recognized as a respected contributor to overall well-being, encouraging the renewal of mind, body and spirit - all of which is done by ISPA members around the world.
The ISPA Conference & Expo theme for the annual event is grow: limitless possibilities, with educational offerings at the Conference reflecting the theme. Attendees can register for the ISPA Conference & Expo by visiting ispa2013.com.
[Image courtesy of ISPA]
Aveda provided fashion-forward hairstyling at the showcases for Stella McCartney's Fall/Winter 2013 collection in Tokyo and Hong Kong this week.
The styling team, led by Aveda Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders, created modern tails and androgyny looks for the presentations, which were both attended by VIP media, industry professionals and celebrities.
"Stella was looking for a slicker look than what she normally goes for to match the beautifully tailored masculine/feminine cut of this stunning collection," said Beenders. "Our models had a variety of global hair textures from fine to curly and course, so achieving sleek isn't a given. The beauty is that with a little styling help, the polished look can become anyone's regardless of their hair type or length."
[Image courtesy of Aveda]
Cuccio Naturale, the new collection launched by Tony Cuccio, Founder and CEO of Star Nail International, can now be found in all U.S. CosmoProf stores. Patricia Freund, VP Marketing for Cuccio Naturale, recently made a visit to a Santa Clarita, California, CosmoProf store and found that the header card for the new Cuccio Naturale section displaying the luxury spa products really draws customers in instantly, showcasing the beauty of the carefully orchestrated collection.
For more information visit Cuccio.com.
The Discover Beauty program, an exclusive initiative of Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), returns to Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay this July for its seventh year of matching leading retailers with emerging beauty brands. Companies from all over the world must be approved to participate in Discover Beauty, ensuring an exclusive array of unique, cutting-edge brands that are sure to be the "next big thing." For these brands, CPNA show organizers arrange pre-scheduled sales meetings and events with important retailers; however, the area is open to all attendees throughout the three-day event.
CPNA is proud to announce the Discover Beauty line-up for 2013: African Botanics, Control Corrective Skincare Systems, Doll Face Beauty, Dr. Rey Anti-Age Skin Care, Fairiche, Greenland Body Care, Jenetiqa, Layla Cosmetics, Karora Cosmetics, Manuka Doctor, Marilou Bio, MDSolarSciences, Million Dollar Hair, Mirabella Beauty, Montiel, Skin&Co Roma, True Girl Skin Care and VitaMan.
The Discover Beauty program consists of a high-end, curated section centrally located on the show floor that combines the best of both worlds: a one-on-one customized buyer program complete with pre-arranged face-to-face meetings in private meeting room spaces, as well as a traditional exhibition presentation. This allows the brands to enjoy exposure to all attendees at the show, but also guarantees face-to-face time with select specialty retail buyers to secure placement into key accounts.
All Discover Beauty brands are automatically enrolled for the 2013 Discover Beauty Award. This award is bestowed upon one brand in recognition of its outstanding creativity in concept and packaging, and overall ability to succeed in this competitive retail market. The winner is selected by industry leaders, beauty editors and participating retailers. The Discover Beauty Award winner will be announced on the evening of Sunday, July 14, 2013, as part of a private reception.
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Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute Dedicate Support Initiatives to the Boston Community
In response to the recent terrorist bombings in Boston, Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute have committed resources to the survivors and the Boston community at large via several initiatives taking place during the month of May.
Proceeds from class fees and those for select treatments will go directly to One Fund Boston. This emergency aid organization, created by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, aims to directly support victims and families affected by the bombing, help pay medical and rehabilitation bills, and support the families of those who lost their lives.
Between May 13th and 24th, all 17 locations representing The International Dermal Institute (IDI) across the USA will donate 100% of IDI class fees to the cause. In addition, all four Dermalogica concept spaces—with locations in Santa Monica, CA; SoHo, NYC; Scottsdale, AZ and Dermalogica Academy in Chelsea, NYC—will donate 100% of all proceeds from MicroZone treatments performed on Saturday, May 11th.
Founder and chief visionary of the brand Jane Wurwand comments, “The bombs went off right outside our original International Dermal Institute on Boylston Street. We have had strong ties to the Boston community for over 10 years and many of us have lived, worked and taught there. That story could have been our story. It is an ongoing nightmare that too many victims and families will be living for the rest of their lives as they try to recover and heal. We all make that journey with them as Boston shows once again that they are patriots, survivors and strong.”