Archive for September 21st, 2010

Is Your Spa Operating Outside the Law
With Its In-Room Treatments?

In the September issue of American Spa, I took a look at how many spas are offering in-room treatments in an effort to maximize space, expand their spa’s influence, or offer guests yet another experience in “Room to Spa.” What I failed to mention, however, was the legal and regulatory issues that pertain to in-room spa treatments. As Conan D. Owen, president of Relax & Rejuvenate, which offers on-site spa treatments nationwide, points out, “Many states, including CA, FL, GA, MA, MD, and MI prohibit skincare or nailcare services being performed outside of a licensed facility. A poolside mani/pedi in Miami may sound inviting, but it is grounds for the nail technician and the spa to lose their license. Plenty of spas offer such services, even tout them on their websites despite being illegal. MA is one of the strictest, whereby any act that is performed by a cosmetologist can only be performed in the confines of a licensed cosmo establishment. Legally, a bride can’t get her hair and makeup done in a hotel room in MA.” So, if your spa offers in-room treatments, make sure it’s in compliance with your state’s Board of Cosmetology regulations.

Physicians Formula Issues Video Blog Makeup Challenge

Whether I am in a spa, salon, or at a department store I always find myself drawn to cosmetics counters to ogle the products and watch the experts who are applying them. If you also love makeup but also consider yourself an application guru, Physicians Formula has a contest just for you! From now until Sept. 30, Physicians Formula will be holding its makeup challenge. Just enter your video blog with your best makeup creation using a minimum of three Physicians Formula products on, where you will find all of registration and uploading instructions. The grand prize includes $5,000, a trip for two to Los Angeles, and a private makeup lesson with celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip. Also, two prizes will be awarded each week, including Ray Ban sunglasses, Milly Earrings, and more. You can enter as many videos as you like highlighting your expert application techniques.  Be sure to invite family, friends and colleagues to go to the website and vote. And good luck!

Guests Will “Fall” For Seasonal Specials at The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn

Because one of my closest friends lives in San Diego, I usually make it out there a few times a year to visit. Now I have two reasons to go out there this autumn, thanks to special fall packages being offered at The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Going on through November 30th, spa-goers can indulge in the Sangria Sensation ($150, 80 minutes), which includes a Cranberry-Orange Scrub, Apple Wine Mud Mask, Vanilla-Orange Massage, and a glass of homemade sangria. Or for those who would prefer to eat, the Spa & Lunch Package (starting at $140) includes a 50-minute Signature Facial or Massage, a Cranberry Back Scrub, a spa lunch, and use of the spa pool and fitness center. What better idea for a mini-getaway from NYC than seeing a good friend and experiencing these amazing treatments? I’m looking into plane tickets today!

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