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Spa News: Backstage at Charlotte Ronson with OPI at New York Fashion Week

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On Friday, September 5, OPI joined Charlotte Ronson at Lincoln Center for the designer's Spring/Summer 2015 presentation. Lead nail artist Miss Pop created a nail look showcasing negative space, with alternating cutout half moon shapes. To complement the collection's feminine color palette, which included blues ranging from pastel to navy, soft mint and cream, Miss Pop used That's Hula-rious! to create the look. This never-before-seen pastel mint OPI hue is slated to launch in February 2015 as part of OPI's Spring/Summer 2015 seasonal collection.

For the nail look, each model sported one hand with the pinky, middle and pointer fingers featuring a painted nail with a natural half moon, and the ring and thumb fingers featuring a natural nail with a painted half moon. On the other hand, the look was reversed, with the pinky, middle and pointer fingers featuring the natural nail with a painted half moon, while the ring and thumb fingers had the painted nail with a natural half moon.

Toes were lacquered in one coat of Bubble Bath; each model's big toe was painted with a daisy falling toward the nail's free edge. To create the daisy, the following shades were used: Put a Coat On It! (petals), Jade is the New Black (stem), and Barefoot in Barcelona layered with Need Sunglasses? (flower center).

Both manicure and pedicure looks were prepped with OPI Base Coat and finished with OPI Top Coat.

Spa News: Backstage at New York Fashion Week with Cuccio Colour

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Cuccio Colour partnered with South African designer David Tlale on Sunday for the designer's Spring Summer 2015 show at The Pavilion at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.

Celebrity manicurist Gina Eppolito and her team created chic and sophisticated nails using four eye popping colors: A Kiss in Paris, Red Eye to Shanghai, Red Lights in Amsterdam and Electric Orange.

Each model's hands were buffed before Cuccio Nail Solutions Base Coat was applied. Eppolito used two coats for true coverage and then finished off each nail with the Cuccio Nail Solutions High Gloss Top Coat. Quick Dry Drops were also applied to help speed the process.

The nail looks were the perfect complement to the new collection, which was all about giving women back their power and equipping them with a strong and confident sense of allure, without losing their essence and femininity.

“Salute the Runway” Honoring Military Servicewomen and Veterans Kicks Off New York Fashion Week

Salute the Runway fashion show, presented by Little Black Dress Wines and Fatigues to Fabulous, kicked off New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 by honoring America's veterans. Fourteen military servicewoman and veterans from around the country walked the runway in an effort to raise awareness and support for our women in uniform, and their transition to re-entering civilian life. Each servicewoman wore a different variation of the iconic little black dress.

Participating design houses included DKNY, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Norisol Ferrari, BCBG, Tahari, Rebecca Taylor, Betsey Johnson, Nicole Miller, Tadashi, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael by Michael Kors and Mara Hoffman, with makeup artists representing Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and hairstylists on behalf of Aveda worked to beautify the women, pre-show. Before the servicewomen took to the runway, supermodel Hilary Rhoda provided exclusive coaching and tips for walking the runway.

Spa Community to Feed 17,000 Kids at 2014 ISPA Conference & Expo


The global spa community will provide food for 17,000 hungry children by attending the 2014 ISPA Conference & Expo. All attendees will receive a ResortSuite sponsored FEED Bag. The proceeds for each bag supplies ten meals for the World Food Programme. The 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo will be held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. from Oct. 13-15, 2014.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to give back as a part of our annual event by partnering with FEED and ResortSuite,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “FEED’s initiative to provide meals to children through the World Food Programme is a valuable contribution that we are now able to share with our industry. We are proud to work with ResortSuite, a longtime supporter of ISPA and the spa community.”

“ResortSuite is thrilled to be associated with FEED and support this meaningful cause at the ISPA Conference & Expo this year,” said ResortSuite founder and CEO, Frank Pitsikalis. “We have been involved with ISPA for many years and are honored to make a direct contribution to those in need through our sponsorship.”

ResortSuite is a hospitality software company used by some of the most prestigious spas, clubs, hotels and resorts in the world. All ResortSuite software is “guest-centric” in technology design, allowing hospitality properties such as spas, clubs, golf courses, ski lodges, and more to be run more efficiently. To learn more about ResortSuite at the ISPA Conference & Expo, visit booth number 507.

FEED is a social business with a mission to create good products that help feed the world. Founded in 2007 by Lauren Bush Lauren, after Lauren traveled around the world and witnessed the effects of hunger first hand as a student ambassador with the World Food Programme. Every product sold has a measurable donation attached to it. FEED has been able to provide more than 84 million meals globally through the WFP and Feeding America. FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world, providing more than three and a half million children with Vitamin A supplements through UNICEF."

Lauren said, "I am so appreciative of ISPA and ResortSuite for their decision to make a huge difference in the lives of children and families around the world through giving FEED bags at the ISPA Conference & Expo. It's exciting to know that everyone will leave with a bag that gave 10 meals, and that collectively, 1,700 meals were donated. On behalf of FEED, thank you!"

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Spa Products: Cuccio Colour Makes Red Carpet Debut

When nominated for an Emmy, your nails have to look good - just in case you have to walk onstage to accept the award! Thus, actress Minnie Driver had Cuccio Colour’s Elaine Watson polish her nails perfectly before the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, in which Driver was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her work in the Lifetime series Return to Zero.

At first glance, this mani looks like it’s just two colors: red and gunmetal. However, Watson actually used three different polishes and topped it all off with a tiny Swarovski crystal on each nail. The finished look is as detailed and delicate as fine jewelry. Read the steps below to recreating the look.

Step 1:
After prepping the nail and applying basecoat, paint Cuccio Hong Kong Harbor over the entire nail. Wait for it to dry completely before proceeding.

Step 2: Apply Cina Pro Striping Tape to create the long, thin triangle shape on each nail.

Step 3:
On portion of the nail outside of the tape, polish with Cuccio Red Eye to Shanghai.

Step 4: On the ring finger, add thin lines of Vegas Vixen around the outside of the tape. Pull the tape off. This should have created a thin silver stripe outlining the point.

Step 5:
Remove tape from all other nails. Using a fine brush, draw a thin line of Vegas Vixen just inside the silver point of each nail.

Step 6:
Finish with Cuccio Nail Solutions High Gloss Top Coat. While the top coat is still wet, apply a tiny Swarovski crystal at the cuticle in the silver area on all 10 nails.

Elaine Watson and Minnie Driver, post-mani

Spa News: Board Member Missy Godfrey Appointed CEO of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.

Missy Godfrey

Spafinder Wellness, Inc. announced that longtime board member Missy Godfrey has been named the company’s chief executive officer (CEO). Godfrey, who has over two decades of experience as a senior executive in commerce, media, technology and finance, will lead strategic planning and global operations for the business.

Pete Ellis, who has been CEO of Spafinder since 2002, will continue as chairman of the board of directors. He is also chairman emeritus of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit, which he co-founded in 2007.

“As Spafinder expands its wellness offerings, Missy is the best choice to lead the company’s continued international expansion and future growth of the brand,” said Ellis. “She has a rich history with Spafinder and an exceptionally strong background in retail, media and technology, as well as unique expertise in new product launches.”

Most recently, Godfrey was CEO of SocialFlow, a software company for social media marketing, where she spearheaded the expansion of product offerings for brand marketers and drove accelerated revenue growth. She has a successful history of innovation, launches and transitions in the media industry and held senior executive positions at Hearst, Primedia, Worth and American Express Publishing. She leveraged this experience as a managing director at North Sea Partners, a boutique merchant bank, and was instrumental in building its Executive Alliance.

Spa News: Cuccio Makes a Splash

Summer may be winding down, but on August 16 Cuccio Colour made a splash at the Friends with Benefits Poolside Soiree at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. More than 250 entertainment, tech and fashion professionals partied the day away to great music, Wolfgang Puck cuisine, tropical drinks and free poolside manis and pedis provided by Zenii Spa, a partner of Cuccio Colour. Each guest received free samples of Cuccio Naturale Body Butters and their choice of summer nail shades from from the brand.

"It was an amazing afternoon for everyone. We met people from Sweden, Italy, Brazil as well as Hollywood locals just soaking it all up," said Arica Carpenter, brand manager for Cucico Colour. “It was a great opportunity to connect to the global style community.”

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Spa News: Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals Appoints New Director of Education

Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals, a professional skincare company, has appointed Shannon Esau as the Director of Education to guide the advanced education initiative at the new Rhonda Allison Education Center.

In her new role, Esau will oversee the educational and instructional programs at the Center, developing the course curriculum, structure and schedule. She will also coordinate a continuum of courses that will be live streamed, which will enable global interactive learning and 24-hour access to archived training courses. Shannon brings more than 14 years of experience in the aesthetic industry, having served as national educator within Rhonda Allison. Esau also completed advanced chemistry studies in cosmetic formulation.

“Continued education has always been one of our top priorities, and now with our new Education Center and Shannon at the helm, we are in a unique position to raise the bar on advanced aesthetic training and enhance our abilities to better serve our clients and partner with them more directly,” said Rhonda Allison, founder of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals. “Shannon’s knowledge of the aesthetics industry, years of experience in leading educational programming, and expertise in the chemistry of formulations will prove invaluable.”

“I’m passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, and helping people grow their businesses – education paves the way for both of these,” said Shannon Esau, Director of Sales and Education.

Prior to becoming a Rhonda Allison national educator, Esau owned and operated three skin care salons in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, selling Rhonda Allison products. Before finding her passion in the aesthetics industry, she worked in corporate America as a Microsoft Certified Engineer (MSCE) and Certified Novel Engineer (CNE).