Archive for July, 2010

An Editor’s Arch de Triumph

Although I’m pretty low-maintenance, there are times I think I may be doing a disservice to myself. Earlier this week, I paid a visit to Hibba NYC, a Soho salon specializing in hair removal. I had finally decided to try threading after never really giving much thought to my brows. Occasionally, I’ll come across someone with amazing arches and feel a small twinge of envy. However, like most features that haven’t undergone the knife, I’ve always chalked it up to having good genes more than anything else. Christy Turlington may have some help keeping her brows looking fabulous, but I think she had a definite head start in the genetics department. My brows, on the other hand, have always been rather forgettable, which may explain why I’ve spent the last couple of years neglecting them. Determined to change all that, I met with Hibba herself, who learned the art of threading at the tender age of 13 while living in India. Threading for family and friends, she perfected the art and later added sugaring and waxing to her hair removal arsenal. In just five minutes, she had my brows looking better than ever. And best of all, it was a pain-free experience that didn’t leave me with the customary tell-tale redness. Now that I’ve seen the difference, I think my maintenance quotient may be on the rise.

DEAL ALERT: Skin Authority’s New Referral Program

We know a good deal when we see one. Skin Authority has recently launched a referral program giving its loyal fans even more reason to spread the word about the brand. Here’s how it works:

•Send Skin Authority names and contact details of friends who you think would love the products and benefit from them.
•As a thank you for making the introduction, you receive online credit instantly to be used toward products.

That’s it. No, seriously.

Every three referrals amounts to $25 in credit, and you can earn as much as $75 in Skin Authority credit every 90 days. The referral credits can be used for online product purchases or toward products and treatments at any of Skin Authority’s spa partners (there are almost 200 of them!)

Interested in cashing in? Click here!

Elemis Partners With Bliss

Beginning next month, Elemis will offer two of its renowned body and facial treatments at Bliss locations nationwide, including the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial, which stimulates the natural exfoliation of the top layer of skin to leave skin looking radiant. Bliss will also offer take-home versions of Elemis’ skin and body treatments in its retail areas. “It’s fantastic to be launching into Bliss Spas with our technically advanced resurfacing facial that is clinically proven with visible results, plus one of our hero exotic body polishing treatments,” says Noella Gabriel, director of product and treatment development for Elemis. “Finally Bliss Spa customers can experience what Elemis spa therapy is all about.”

The Spa at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Gives Spa-Goers a Sunny Disposition

With Arizona temperatures at an all-time high this year, there is no better place for spa-goers to beat the heat than at The Spa at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ). The Spa is offering a summertime service that incorporates the healing properties of the sun through a facial. Using Naturopathica products, the Sanctuary Luxury Facial ($245, 90 minutes) features restorative crystals that have been bathed in the sun and are used to give an invigorating facial massage that enhances circulation, revitalizes and firms skin. To ensure the best possible results, these restorative crystals are set out every full moon to re-energize and clear the stones of any residual energy from past treatments. This is one facial sure to melt spa-goers stress away.

How Do You Think Spas Can Improve Their Skincare Menus to Give Their Clients More Value?

By Guest Blogger | Jul 27, 2010

“One suggestion is to have a separate menu for men’s and teen’s skin treatments. The spas I have advised on this simple but effective approach have noted higher activity with respect to these two important client demographics to boost their clientele. Another suggestion is to have a smaller menu printed for these two categories, which you can then hand out to your female clients to take home to their husbands, boyfriends, teens, friends, and co-workers. The point is to get your message out to as many individuals about the treatments your spa offers. And what better way is there? Think about how you take a food menu home or to the office and order accordingly because it is so convenient and right there at your disposal. It makes total marketing sense that can translate into dollar cents.”—Christine Heathman, CEO, president, and founder, Glymed Plus Skincare

Industry Connects At Cosmoprof North America

I just returned from my first-ever Cosmoprof North America event in Las Vegas, and I am happy to report that it was a successful show, something that bodes well for the recovery and growth of our industry. The event, held from July 18–20, brought more than 700 exhibiting companies to a sold-out show floor along with 25,000 attendees that included importers, distributors, manufacturers, and global beauty leaders. The show also marked the debut of One-2-One Beauty Matchmaking, which featured scheduled appointments between exhibitors and high-profile attendees. Other interesting elements were the International Country Pavilions, which allowed small- and medium-sized companies from select markets to obtain direct face time with distributors and retailers to secure U.S. distribution. Featured countries at the 2010 show included Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Italy, South Korea, and Taiwan. Yet another show highlight was the Discover Beauty pavilion, which helped introduce new and emerging brands to the marketplace. The Discover Beauty Award also returned this year with 13 brands participating that were judged on creativity, innovation, and market readiness by specialty retailers such as Beauty Collection, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, Home Shopping Network, Pure Beauty, and Studio BeautyMix, as well as various beauty bloggers. This year’s winner was Barista Bath and Body, a full line of natural hair and skincare products that the benefits of coffee. Other highlights included an extensive education program, complete with roundtable discussions and panels featuring industry leaders, and the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). Cosmoprof North America 2011 is planned for July 24–26 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.  For more information, visit

Cool Down with a Refreshing Salad from L.A.’s Culina

It’s been sweltering in New York City and today, rain. I am California dreaming! It seems like the mercury hasn’t dipped below 90F in an eon and not only am I craving a crisp SoCal summer, but I’m also craving a refreshing dish I sampled during my last trip to the west coast. While there, I was lucky enough to try out the recently opened Culina, a truly divine culinary experience at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. While the restaurant offers delicious handmade pastas and indulgent desserts, it also offers delectable healthy bites that tantalize the palate, while keeping L.A. physiques svelte. Here, chef Victor Casanova shares his recipe for a beautiful salad, which really allows seasonal ingredients to shine.

Culina’s Panzanella Recipe

•Rustic country loaf, exterior removed then cut into 1/2 inch dice
•3 heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch dice
•2 cups fresh ripe watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch dice
•1/2 red onion, julienne
•1/2 bunch basil, torn into 1/2 inch pieces
•1/2 english cucumber, cut into 1/2 inch half-moons
•4 oz. ricotta salata, coarsley grated
•4 vine-ripened tomatoes, passed through a food mill
•4 oz. DaVero Champagne Vinegar
•3 oz. DaVero Extra Virgin Olive Oil “Dry Creek Estate”
•Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Toast bread in pre-heated oven at 375 degrees until well colored but
not brown.
2. Reserve bread.
3. Take the four vine-ripened tomatoes and pass through a food mill then combine in mixing bowl with vinegar and oil.
4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Reserve vinaigrette.
6. In a large salad bowl combine all ingredients and toss well.
7. Season to taste.
8. Divide into four small salad bowls.


Grape Rewards in Wine Country

Last week, on my tour through the Finger Lakes wine country, I had an opportunity to stay at La Tourelle Resort & Spa (Ithaca, NY). There, I was instantly smitten with the bucolic setting and gracious staff. I was also giddy with the fact that I got to reside in a three-bedroom suite that just happened to be in a barn. It was certainly one of the more interesting and comfortable places I’ve had the pleasure of staying. I also made sure to pay a visit to the resort’s August Moon Spa, where I sampled the Finger Lakes Grape Massage ($100, 50 minutes; $145, 80 minutes). It was certainly the perfect way to top off a day that had begun with an early morning hike to one of Ithaca’s famed waterfalls. I now know why “Ithaca is gorges.” For more on the August Moon Spa and the benefits of grape-themed treatments, check out our September issue.

ABMP Offers “The View” Hosts A Complimentary Massage

I’m rarely surprised when “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck says something stupid, so I don’t tend to be offended by her various thoughts on the show. The woman seems to have an endless capacity for making comments without any sort of factual backup. However, a recent comment she made truly irked me on behalf of our industry. When discussing former Vice President Al Gore’s recent dustup with a massage therapist who claimed he made unwanted advances during a session, Hasselbeck decided to take her sweeping statements to the massage industry, saying, “a massage always has a potential to go wrong,” calling it “one push a way from something weird happening.” Obviously, I have serious issues with her statement, as do countless massage professionals who work hard and deserve respect for providing a valuable service that promotes wellness. The Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) has found a wonderful way to prove this point. During the 16th-annual EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week, which is taking place this week, the organization is offering the hosts of “The View,” including Hasselbeck, a complimentary massage therapy session to highlight the benefits of their craft.

“There’s no better time than now to tell the world about the value of legitimate professional massage therapy,” says ABMP president Les Sweeney. “It’s clear from recent events in the news that there are still a few folks out there—including some in the media—who aren’t clear about the code of conduct followed by massage therapists and the therapeutic value of professional massage therapy.”

I, for one, hope “The View” ladies take ABMP up on their offer and discuss the error of their ways on-air. As Sweeney points out, “It’s professional work that calls for significant training, adherence to a code of ethics, and professional licensing in 43 states.” I wonder if Ms. Hasselbeck can make the same claims about her experience.

SpaFinder Announces Wellness Week

Si Spa at Palm Beach Singer Island Resort & Spa (FL)

SpaFinder announced that some of the nation’s leading wellness brands have signed on to participate in this year’s SpaFinder Deal Days, The Wellness Week. The event, which will take place from Sept. 20 through Sept. 26, offers consumers across the country the opportunity to experience spa treatments, fitness classes like yoga and Pilates, and other wellness activities for a 50 percent discount or for $50. Participating wellness brands include Danskin, LeSportSac, The Vitamin Shoppe, and Bally Total Fitness. Participating spas and studios include the Si Spa at the Palm Beach Marriot Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa (FL), Apogee Pilates & Wellness Center (White Plains and Bedford, NY), Firm Body Evolution Spa (Los Angeles), The Spa at the Crescent (Dallas), and Kohler Waters Spa at Burr Ridge (Chicago). “Spas and wellness go hand-in-hand and we’re excited to be expanding Deal Days with more opportunities for customers to experience wellness activities like yoga and Pilates,” says Sallie Fraenkel, COO of SpaFinder. “Partnering with these innovative brands allows us to introduce a broader audience to Deal Days and the exceptional services available at spas and wellness studios throughout the country.”

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