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Spa News: Bellezza Spa's Paola Berrios Joins "Look Good Feel Better" Campaign

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Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, VA, is joining the “Look Good Feel Better” campaign held at Life with Cancer, a hands-on workshop conducted by professional cosmetologists to help women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Berrios will teach Look Good, Feel Better workshops on Aug. 12 and Oct. 14 in 2014; and Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, June 15, Aug. 17, Oct. 19 and Dec. 14 in 2015 at Life with Cancer offices at 8411 Pennell Street in Fairfax, VA.

“Bellezza Spa is honored to be a part of the Look Good, Feel Better Campaign at Life with Cancer,” said Berrios. “Through the workshop, we hope our beauty tips and techniques can provide some rejuvenation to cancer patients."

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Universal Companies Publishes A New Spa Inspiration Book

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Known in the spa industry for its annual Spa Resource Book, Universal Companies has now delivered The Spa Inspiration Book, a collection of protocols, savvy business solutions and treatment tips gathered throughout the years from educators, industry experts, Universal Companies staff and customers. The Spa Inspiration Book will be available in August 2014.

“Our hope is that this book serves as a muse rather than just a resource for products,” says Universal Companies CEO Brenda Elliott. “In our search for products and solutions for our customers, we are continually inspired by a vast array of ideas and protocols that we are now excited to share in The Spa Inspiration Book, a limited edition containing practical, unique approaches to grow your business. This book is designed to be enjoyed leisurely, to be leafed through while soaking in the tub, enjoying a glass of wine, or reclining on the couch after a long work day.” She adds, “Businesses are about dreams, hopes, inspiration and passion. By sharing more of what we’ve discovered from spa experts around the globe, we are offering not only products, but also inspiration that enables our customers to provide greater value.”

The book covers more than 40 protocols for skin care, massage and body treatments, as well as for manicures, pedicures and waxing. Protocols include menu description, an equipment and supplies checklist, “What You’ll Need” (professional products) and “What They’ll Want” (recommended retail products), plus cost, suggested price and time required per treatment. Other highlights include insider tips, treatment menu ideas and links to relevant articles, plus information about Universal Companies’ e-Learning, CEU courses and schools programs.

The Spa Inspiration Book is designed to work in concert with The Spa Resource Book, published in February. Marti Morenings, Universal Companies Founder & CEO says, “The Spa Resource Book has always included tips to make running spa and salon businesses easier. In The Spa Inspiration Book, we’ve gone further and added treatment ideas and retail suggestions. We hope our customers will be inspired to find the full protocols and other helpful information on our website.”

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Spa News: Dermalogica Celebrates Women's Entrepreneurship at DWEN

Dermalogica Celebrates Women's Entrepreneurship at DWEN

Jane Wurwand participates on a panel regarding women in business at the recent DWEN conference in Austin, TX.

Dermalogica, one of the world’s top professional skin care brands that is committed to empowering women worldwide to become financially independent, celebrated women in business and entrepreneurship at the recent Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) “Bold Beginnings, Brave Futures” conference held in Austin, TX. Jane Wurwand, the brand’s Chief Visionary and co-Founder, representing the thousands of women entrepreneurs within the skincare industry, spoke before an invitation-only group of more than 200 women entrepreneurs, all of whom spoke upon several topics including how to grow and scale businesses using the newest technologies and resources to produce both immediate results and long-term sustainable social change.

Since Dermalogica was founded in 1986, the brand has supported more than 100,000 professional skin therapists, many of whom have started their own businesses within the skin care industry. In 2011, Dermalogica continued its mission to support women’s financial independence through the launch of FITE “Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship” (, which helps women to start or grow a business across all industries. Since its launch, FITE has helped more than 40,000 women worldwide.

“The professional skin care industry puts more women into business than any other industry in the world” said Wurwand. “Dermalogica supports more than 30,000 salons and spas owners worldwide, most of whom are women. In fact, 98% of professional skin therapists are women. So speaking on entrepreneurship and the importance of supporting women in business is a topic that we are passionate about.”

Following the panel at DWEN, professional skin therapists representing top authorized Dermalogica retailers and skin centers in Austin offered guests signature Dermalogica services, including Face Mapping, at the “Relax and Recharge Reception” at the W Hotel. Activation-kiosks, provided by Dell, allowed attendees to instantly make microloans to the hundreds of eligible women entrepreneurs identified worldwide as part of FITE.

The DWEN conference also served as the venue at which Dell announced the findings of its second annual Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) index, which examines opportunities for women entrepreneurs in 30 countries worldwide, and is the only metric index of its kind (for more information about the index, visit:

Dermalogica was one of the businesses featured in Dell’s award-winning “New Beginnings” television advertising campaign that first aired on January 1, 2014. The ad spotlighted entrepreneurial, “home-grown” businesses which began on a grassroots level.

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Pivot Point and Beauty Changes Lives Announce Endowment Fund

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Pivot Point International, Inc. and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, recently announced the formation of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund to benefit competition, scholarships and lifelong learning among students and professionals. The announcement was made during a press conference held during “Beauty Week,” at Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas, NV.

The Leo Passage Endowment Fund, established by the Passage family, honors the founder of Pivot Point, industry leader for more than 50 years, who passed away in 2011. The Fund will be endowed with a $1,000,000 donation from the Passage family, and implemented through the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

“My father believed wholeheartedly in providing hair, beauty and wellness professionals a thorough and complete education in their craft, as well as how to be successful. Lifelong learning, and the value of competition among hairdressers were also pillars of his philosophy in developing Pivot Point,” said Robert Passage, Pivot Point Chairman and CEO. “It gives my mother, Lenie, and me, along with our entire family, immense pleasure that we are able to continue to support his beliefs through the establishment of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund.”

“Leo Passage truly lived his life to the fullest,” added Pivot Point President Melanie Kopeikin. “He motivated everyone who knew him to do the same. He encouraged everyone he met around the world to follow their hearts and their dreams. His personal life mission became his company’s mission: through Pivot Point education Leo Passage inspired more than a million people around the world. His humility was well known and respected — always sharing with others without self-interest and possessing a timeless, creative spirit.”

It is in this spirit of creativity that the Leo Passage Endowment Fund will be established to support the following three facets of a student’s or professional’s career: competition to help launch successful careers for those who follow their passion; scholarships to serve as an entry port for creative people to be part of this exciting profession; and lifelong learning to take careers to the next level. To quote Leo Passage, “No experience is ever fully mastered.”

In addition to the establishment of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund, Robert Passage and Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, announced that the 2015 Legacy Award event would be held in honor of Leo Passage, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Chicago, IL, during America’s Beauty Show. Leo Passage is the third recipient of the Legacy of Style award.

“Leo Passage was more than an esteemed icon – he was a true visionary,” said Ms. Lynch, following the announcements. “His generosity and passion for professional excellence, competitions and lifelong learning will live on, and provide opportunities for a new generation of hair, beauty and wellness visionaries. The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is humbled, and honored to receive this Endowment Fund. We all look forward to honoring his memory even further at our Legacy Award event in Chicago next March.”

Global Spa & Wellness Summit Announces Focus of Global Spa and Wellness Research

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The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) recently announced that its centerpiece research initiative will focus on three global industry sectors. The report will be released at GSWS's 2014 conference, to be held in Morocco.

SRI International, one of GSWS's longtime research partners, will conduct the "Global Spa and Wellness Economy" research, focusing specifically on the wellness industry as a whole, the spa industry, and the wellness tourism market. In addition, global and regional spa industry statistics - such as information on spa revenue, employment figures, economic impact, key spa industry genres, and the first-ever research on new sub-segments such as the global hot springs market - will be included in the study.

Says Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of GSWS, "So many private and public industry stakeholders have told me how invaluable the GSWS-SRI data on the spa, wellness, and wellness tourism markets has been in shaping their development strategies and in raising their profile with both investors and consumers."

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Win a Mirage Lip Gloss from the Passport Collection

Win a Mirage Lip Gloss from the  Passport Collection

10 lucky winners will receive a Mirage Lip Gloss from the Passport Collection, valued at $30.

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The Passport Collection offers ten playful colors, each unique as their own destination. Working with some of the leading luxury destination spas, Mirage Lip Gloss is recognized for its good-for-you ingredients, vegan friendly and luxury packaging. For more information visit

Dermalogica Honored with Award for Commitment to Women and Girls Worldwide

Jane Wurwand, co-Founder and Owner of Dermalogica accepts an award on behalf of the brand by non-profit CAST for its commitment to women and girls worldwide.

Jane Wurwand, co-Founder of Dermalogica and its philanthropic initiative, FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship), was recently honored by LA-based anti-trafficking organization, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) for her brand's work in helping women and girls around the globe. The award was given at the “From Slavery to Freedom Gala – Celebrating Women Helping Women, Innovation and Impact” annual gala, held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Wurwand was joined by other 2014 Honorees, Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland; Nena Ruiz, Trafficking Survivor and Anti-Slavery Advocate; and Chime for Change, Founded buy Gucci.

Dermalogica was honored for its work in supporting women’s financial independence and economic empowerment through its global nonprofit initiative, FITE. Since it launched in 2011, FITE has helped start or grow more than 40,000 women-owned businesses around the world.

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Remembering Paula Kent Meehan, Co-Founder of Redken

Paula Kent Meehan, co-founder of Redken, passed away peacefully in her Beverly Hills home at the age of 82. Ms. Meehan established the “Scientific Approach to Beauty” based on her dedication to developing products that respect the natural pH of the hair and skin. She also pioneered the concept of teaching chemistry to hairdressers, enabling them to better serve their clients.

“Today, we lost a true legend in the professional haircare industry. The legacy that she has left sustains the brand today,” says Redken US General Manager, Leslie Marino. “Paula created products and education programs that propelled the industry’s transformation. Her pioneering ways will be missed but her spirit will be in our hearts and minds forever.”

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Cosmoprof North America Announces 2014 Spotlights Brands

Cosmoprof North America Announces 2014 Spotlights Brands

Cosmoprof North America Announces 2014 Spotlights Brands

Cosmoprof North America recently announced its 2014 Discover Beauty Spotlight Brands. Discover Beauty serves as a launchpad for innovative beauty brands and a playground for indie retailers who pride themselves on presenting unique resources to their customers, while the Spotlights section serves as the hub that draws the most excitement. This department store-like presentation is a showcase for companies that are big on creativity yet smaller in size. These brands are perfect candidates for high-end retail stores, boutiques, salons and spas. The trendy Spotlights section has a clean, minimal setting within the open lounge in the Discover Beauty section, inside Pavilion A dedicated to Cosmetics and Personal Care sector.

The 2014 Spotlights lineup includes AYRES Beauty, The Bernadette Thompson Nail Lacquer Collection, Briogeo, Chiara Cosmetics, Daily Concepts, Dr. Lili Fan, GLYCELENE, Jabu’she, Londontown, MANNA KADAR Cosmetics, ME! Bath, Salon in a Bottle, SCIOTE SKIN, Simple Sugars, SoCozy, SPONGELLE and Thymes.

Read more about each 2014 Spotlights Brand!

AYRES Beauty – USA
After two decades in the luxury perfumes and cosmetics industry, AYRES Founder and President Alejandro Rasic decided to leave the corporate life to pursue a long awaited dream: to create his own aromatherapy body care line. This natural body care collection features bar soaps, body scrubs, body butters, shower gels and body lotions to cleanse and nourish your skin while providing you with the benefits of aromatherapy. AYRES brings a Latin touch to the beauty world.
Balanced Guru – USA
Balanced Guru is passionate about wellness and how it translates to all aspects of beauty. The company offers only USDA Certified Organic skin, hair, body, spa and energy products, formulated based on ancient eastern wisdom and modern scientific research.
The Bernadette Thompson Nail Lacquer Collection – USA
The Bernadette Thompson Nail Lacquer Collection product line has all the restorative products needed to transform damaged nails to perfection! The full kit offers the unique combination of skin and nail treatments with cutting edge high fashion colors. This kit is non-compromising in its ability to deliver dynamic fashion forward colors while providing the best care for skin and nails.
Briogeo – USA
Briogeo is a naturally-based hair care collection that combines the best of science and nature to create high-performance hair care formulas for a diverse array of hair texture types. All of Briogeo’s formulas are free of SLS, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and silicones. Instead, each formula is fortified with the finest blends of natural plant & fruit extracts, oils, antioxidants, and hair-healthy vitamins for gorgeous, healthy hair.
Chiara Cosmetics – Israel
Chiara Cosmetics is a natural skincare line that was developed by Cathy Hayun, a clinical nutritionist and skin care specialist. The formula combines the unique skin brightening qualities of the pearl and the essential minerals from the Dead Sea. Chiara Cosmetics was initially marketed at boutiques, spas and aestheticians clinics in Israel; now, it is an emerging skin care line in Israel, Europe and the USA.
Daily Concepts – USA
The Daily Concepts creators consider the present, the world, their neighbors, and the future in order to deliver daily concepts and exceptional everyday bath and spa products.
Dr. Lili Fan – USA
Probiotic skin care from Dr. Lili Fan has created the newest anti-aging science concepts as discovered inside one of the oldest natural preservatives known to humanity. Each formula captures the strength of probiotics to deliver properties good for skin, helping to stimulate the skin’s immune system to help energize the look and feel of the face. Youthful, smooth, soft, elastic, age-corrective and gorgeous skin is now possible. This range may even help calm conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne and more.
GLYCELENE is a revolutionary line of 100% Natural, Organic and Vegan breathable ointments and anti-aging remedies. GLYCELENE skincare is created by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Kim Borio together with her Chemist, Eric. All products are handcrafted at Borio Laboratories in Dana Point, Calif. using only the highest quality of certified organic ingredients from around the world.

ILA SPA – United Kingdom
Meaning "earth" in Sanskrit, ILA is fast establishing itself as one of the world’s leading organic wellness brands. With international advocates including Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman, the brand’s luxury skincare collection and spa treatments are proof that results-driven products can go hand in hand with the highest standards of natural and ethical integrity.
Jabu’she – Sweden
Jabu’she is a clinically proven line of anti-aging skin care products to make skin feel younger, smoother and give it a clearer tone. Sold in the most prestigious stores in Sweden for over 10 years, Jabu’she has been awarded the 2004, 2005 and 2010 beauty product of the year according to Svenska Arets Hudvards, the leading Swedish retail association.

Londontown – USA
Londontown's philosophy revolutionizes the nail care industry with a healthy treatment solution that hydrates and protects the nails and cuticles in the same way that one would treat the most delicate parts of your skin.
In January of 2012, after years of careful research and development, Manna Kadar Cosmetics was born. A prestige line of products that merge the most cutting edge color trends with the finest ingredients. Adhering to the philosophy that less is more, Manna’s tricks of the trade are found in double duty products such as Transfix that transforms any eye shadow into a liner for the eyes and brows, cutting application time in half!
ME! Bath – USA
The advanced body care collection by ME! Bath introduces a revolutionary way of caring for your skin. With patented cell regenerating ingredients, ABC will work in conjunction with your normal skin care regimen to offer the benefits of anti-aging skin recovery.
Salon in a Bottle – USA
No more bad hair days between hair colorings! Spray away gray roots instantly with Salon in a Bottle. After three years in product development, Salon in a Bottle has emerged with a root concealer that covers gray roots in seconds - one that has sheen and nuance, with a light and natural feel. Spray Away Your Gray with Salon in a Bottle!
SCIOTE SKIN produces highly effective, results driven, non-toxic products for beautiful, healthy, and radiant skin. SCIOTE is the latest science combined with a blend of natural, certified organic, pharmaceutical-grade, ingredients free of adverse sulphates, thalates, parabens, dyes, toxic or harmful chemicals, artificial perfumes and are cruelty-free and never tested on animals.
Simple Sugars – USA
Simple Sugars is an all-natural skincare line especially formulated for sensitive skin, but awesome for anyone’s skin! Simple Sugars' full line of facial, body, and foot scrubs cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize, leaving you with soft, smooth, great-looking skin. One product makes complete skincare simple with no phthalates, parabens, PEGS, or sulfates: just the good stuff!
SoCozy – USA
Celebrating 20 years of Cozy Cuts for Kids and a whopping one million haircuts, Cozy Friedman is taking a strand. The children’s hair expert and entrepreneur is  redefining the entire children’s hair care experience with her new and improved SoCozy collection of salon quality hair care products.
Infused Body Buffers are an amazing way to care for your skin. We created them for the most discerning customers who want the finest bath & shower experience.  Infusions of exotic extracts, rich moisturizers and gentle cleansers will keep your skin youthful & glowing use after use. One of a kind fragrance blends and creamy lather make Spongelle the most luxurious bathing indulgence for your body and mind.
Thymes – USA
Thymes, a leading fragrance brand in the U.S. specialty market, artistically designs fragrances that balance familiarity and intrigue inviting the discovery of beauty in everyday life. Drawn from nature, our unique formulations are skin-compatible, effective and a pleasure to use. Thoughtfully crafted with a touch of charm for others to discover, appreciate and share.

Cosmoprof North America will take place July 13 - 15, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Stay tuned for regular CPNA show updates, and for more information, please visit or

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Spa News: Dermalogica Shares Its Mindful Mantra for Success at Its Annual Global Education Conference

Mindful Learning: Dermalogica Shares Its Mindful Mantra for Success at Its Annua

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Dermalogica welcomed more than 120 Senior Instructors, Corporate Trainers and Education Managers representing more than 40 countries to the brand’s 21st annual weeklong Global Education Conference in May, held at Dermalogica world headquarters in Carson, CA.

The emphasis of this year’s conference, which included more than 35 different presentations, activities and skill workshops, addressed the importance of mindfulness through learning, relationships, communication and leadership. The Corporate offices became an oasis filled with plush couches, with classrooms transformed into mediation rooms where guests were encouraged to visit and unplug from every day distractions like cell phones and computers so they could fully immerse themselves in the present. The week began with mindful exercises to get the group centered with a special guest, Joey Soto, a mindfulness expert who specializes in teaching meditation and yoga to corporate executives, attorneys, parents, women and teens. Dermalogica Founder and Owner Jane Wurwand then kicked off the week by speaking on the Global Mindful Revolution and the need for us to be fully in the present. She challenged the rapt audience to think more deeply about who they are, where they are and why they are here. Wurwand’s closing presentation at the end of the week focused on “The Third Metric: Redefining Success." Based on the bestselling book by Arianna Huffington, beyond money and power, there is a need to define a third metric that is founded on well-being, wisdom and the ability to give back. “Are you living your resume or your eulogy?” Wurwand posed the question to the crowd.

Other top highlights from the week included presentations by program host Annet King, Director of Global Education for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, who shared insights on the importance of mindful teaching for greater student success, provided the new 2014 global curriculum, and presented an in-depth review on the medical spa landscape. Dr. Diana Howard, VP of Global Education and Research and Development for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, introduced upcoming new products for the brand and presented “What’s in your DNA?” which explored the philosophy and history behind Dermalogica’s hero formulas. Lastly, Mathew Divaris, VP of Global Marketing and Creative, provided a poignant presentation based on the book by Irini Rockewell, which explores a Buddhist philosophy on the five wisdom energies, providing insight on the different types of personalities and emotions that make a leader.

Mindfulness and keen awareness of the customer also permeated the discussion of the brand’s newest and most innovative professional product launch, the BioActive Peel. This powerful professional only acid-based treatment, developed to offer unprecedented exfoliation results, require that the skin therapist observe closely and communicate intimately in order to ensure an experience which is safe, effective and exciting to the customer — the opposite of a cookie-cutter treatment from a generic menu. The BioActive Peel and BioSurface Peel system is Dermalogica’s latest advancements in interactive personalization, based upon the expertise of the professional skin therapist.

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