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ORLY Introduces Fall Nail Color Collection

With the fall season in full swing there is no shortage of bold colors and fabulous prints available in stores for the season. To complement any look this season, Orly has created an array of daring yet sophisticated colors that were inspired by bird feathers from around the globe. The new Birds of a Feather collection, full of iridescent shades, draws its inspiration from this colorful and vibrant species. With hues ranging from deep purple flecked with fuchsia, to shimmering natural beige, the new lacquers are sure to add glamour to any look.

CND Launches CND Shellac Salon Certification Program

If you’ve read my blogs over the past year or so, you will know that I am a giant fan of CND’s Shellac manicures and pedicures (I actually am sporting one right now). I was hooked after my first manicure lasted for nearly three weeks without a chip, and I’ve pretty much kept my nails Shellac’d ever since. So, I can say that I’ve seen some amazing Shellac applications, as well as some that are not so impressive. So I was excited to see that CND is now taking steps to make sure this service is performed properly. Now, clients across the U.S. will soon be assured that the Shellac services they are being offered have CND’s official seal of approval. The CND Shellac Salon Certification Program will showcase spas and salons that provide quality CND Shellac services.

To earn this coveted certification, spas and salons must prove they precisely follow corporate protocol for every CND Shellac service to clients—from application to removal. Certified spas and salons will be listed in CND’s Salon Locator on, receive CND Shellac certified window signage, and have the opportunity to participate in other business building programs. To be certified, a CND representative will visit the spa or salon and review protocol, as well as educate spa and salon professionals on CND Shellac services. In addition, the spa or salon must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Uses CND Shellac Base Coat, Color Coat, and Top Coat for all CND Shellac services.
  • Uses the Brisa™ or CND UV Lamp for all CND Shellac services.
  • Does not mix or pair CND Shellac with ANY non-CND shellac products such as base coats, top coats, or color coats.
  • Does not file the natural nail surface during application or removal of CND Shellac.
  • Does not soak client’s nails in a bowl of acetone to remove CND Shellac.
  • Performs a manicure using ScrubFresh™ to P.E.P. (Perform the manicure, Eliminate surface contaminants, and Purify the nail plate layers) the natural nail prior to a CND Shellac application.
  • Uses 99% IPA to remove the tacky layer at the end of a CND Shellac service.
  • Uses SolarOil™ to condition the nail and cuticle area.
  • Uses pure acetone and CND Shellac Remover Wraps (or foil and cotton removal method) for removal of CND Shellac.

“The implementation of CND’s Shellac Salon Certification Program will ensure the ultimate experience for clients and will provide a great incentive to nail professionals to provide exemplary Shellac services,” says CND co-founder Jan Arnold.

Those wishing to receive CND Shellac Salon Certification are required to register on the Salon Locator at If you are already registered and have accepted CND’s new terms and conditions, call the CND Hotline to request certification. For more information, call (800) 833-NAIL.

Spa Biz Gurus Launch Uspa Immersion

I’m proud to share some exciting news from some of my favorite people in business. A group of spa industry experts have launched, Uspa Immersion, a new hybrid of wellness, spa, and fitness. It is a collaborative development from three industry-leading firms with development and project planning expertise, as well as facility management, operational, and retail experience.

Uspa Immersion is a fully integrated brand featuring a focus on green and sustainable principles and an emphasis on innovations in design, education/training, services, products, and business tools. Inspired by traditional indigenous rituals and by the science of nature, Uspa Immersion uses only natural and organic products with an emphasis on performance and offers a full range of authentic services, therapeutic treatments, and wellness and life-improvement experiences.

The marriage of the Blu Spas, Ageless Esthetics, and Uspa teams has created an unequaled match of talent and experience.  Their combined expertise ranges from distinctive design, turn-key operations, business analysis, product and service treatment development, product distribution, retail, sales and marketing, and training. Throughout their history of creating world-class wellness, spa, and fitness facilities and product companies globally, this team has been recognized for capturing authentic and marketable qualities from the local culture, and delivering distinctive facilities and guest experiences. Their project planning has led to the unveiling some of the best wellness, spa and fitness facilities in the world.

Collectively, the Uspa Immersion executive team has been involved in more than 350 projects in over 30 countries and includes Rob Insinger, Cary Collier, Doug Chambers, Ronel Corbin, Justin Morgan, Lisa Jacobs, Jackie Insinger, Brooke Taylor, Ashlee Anderson, and Rianna Riego. Additionally, the group has assembled a medical advisory team representing varying disciplines to guide its wellness, fitness, and life-improvement programs.

Cary Collier, the group’s principal designer, says, “Our team has carefully created a ground-breaking combination featuring truly innovative experiences; a balance of sustainable, sensuous design and technology; wellness, fitness, spa, waters, retail, and integrated web business features; and a star line-up of Uspa products and services.”  Operations guru Ronel Corbin says, “While it’s the creative side of our team that breathes the soul into our Uspa Immersion, it’s the analytical side that assures our projects are functional and, ultimately, best positioned for profitability.”  George Jilly, Founder of Uspa, adds, “There is a spectacular story and purpose behind everything we do – the products, the treatments, the design details. Our passion is to inspire our guests through our meticulous fusion of nature, function and purpose.”

Como Hotels and Resorts To Offer New Wellness Retreats

Beginning this fall, Como Hotels and Resorts will introduce a week-long Pilates retreat and two yoga retreats. From Oct. 30-Nov. 5, yoga experts Andrea and Christina Curry will host the “Strength and Surrender: A Journey Into Balance by the Curry Sisters” retreat at the COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. During this retreat, guests will embark on a journey to explore beyond physical and mental limits, promoting relaxation and self-awareness. Also during the retreat, the Curry sisters will recommend specific Como Shambhala spa treatments customized to fit each guest’s needs.

From Nov. 6-12 celebrity trainer, author and pilates instructor, Alycea Ungaro will host the “Real Wellness Retreat with Alycea Ungaro” at Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos. There, Ungaro will offer 15 hours of Pilates instruction and 30 minutes of private assessment. Also at Parrot Cay, from Nov. 13-19, well-known yogi Elena Brower will offer “The Art of Attention with Elena Brower” retreat, which includes daily anusara classes comprising of asana, pranayama, and meditation.

In addition to the yoga and pilates classes, all of the retreats include six nights of accommodations, welcome and farewell dinners, round-trip airport transfers, and tax and service charges. Depending on which retreat is chosen, other meals and amenities are included.

Gharieni Gets Imported to America

Gharieni, a leading German manufacturer of high-end spa and medical furniture, treatment beds, and equipment has made its U.S. debut, and its offerings are now available in America. The company’s spa division features a  range of beauty and relaxation couches along with a selection of equipment and furniture. The medical division designs and manufactures examination beds for ENT, podiatry, ultrasound, and more that provide comfortable and optimized positioning for patients. Visit, or learn more in person at SPATEC Fall, which takes place Sept. 7-10 in Dana Point, CA.

Primavera Makes U.S. Debut

Arriving from Germany, Primavera is an all-natural skincare and aromatherapy line that has recently debuted in the U.S. The collection harnesses the healing powers of nature with skincare, bodycare, wellness therapies, and home fragrance products. Primavera offers effective products with the highest percentage of certified organic ingredients available based on pure essential oils, seed oils, base oils, and plant extracts, which results in therapeutic benefits to skin and senses. It can be purchased via partner spas throughout North America, including Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico), Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa (CA), and Niki Bryan Spas at Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando and Hawaii. Visit for more information, and if you are attending Spatec Fall, which takes place next month in California, be sure to check in and be introduced to the line.

OpenSkies Makes a Paris Spa Trip Pleasurable,
Offers Discount to American Spa Readers

Paris has recently seen in influx of hot new spas, among them a fabulous retreat at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris. I recently returned from a weekend trip to visit the spa, and I have nothing but rave reviews. The design is spectacular, the product lines featured are among of my favorites (Aromatherapy Associates and Guerlain), and the treatments I received were divine. Stay tuned for the November issue of American Spa to hear more about my trip.

One thing that made my experience even more relaxing was my flight to and from Paris on OpenSkies, an affordable business class-only airline that offers direct flights between New York and Washington, D.C., and Paris. Though I’m normally plagued by jet-lag on trips to Europe following an unpleasant overnight flight in coach, I felt well-rested, well-fed, and ready to enjoy the city upon arrival following my heavenly flight, which contributed enormously to helping me meet my wellness goals.

Now, American Spa readers can take advantage of a great offer from OpenSkies and save $200 off any roundtrip flight booked from New York or Washington, D.C., to Paris. Use promo code GOPARIS200 in the booking engine on (The offer is valid for new bookings only made between now and Nov.15, 2011, for travel between now and Dec. 15, 2011.) Enjoy your flight and be sure not to miss the magnificent new Mandarin spa. Au revoir!

Orly Introduces New Gel Manicure System

At Cosmoprof North America last week, I had the opportunity to experience the new Orly GelFX Gel Manicure System, which promises a durable, chip-free manicure that lasts for two weeks with superior shine and easy removal. The company matched GelFX to 32 of its top-selling colors ranging from neutrals to metallics to vibrant shades of blue, purple, and black. I opted for the shade In the Navy, a beautiful royal blue shade. It’s been exactly one week since I had the manicure and my nails are still shiny and chip-free. What also got my attention with this new manicure system, is that the Cleanser, Primer, and Basecoat used are all infused with vitamins to build strength and nourish the nails—antioxidant vitamins A and E help to promote healthy nails, while pro-vitamin B5 protects the structure of the natural nail. Also, Orly’s vitamin-infused Cuticle Oil is made with orange blossom and wild cherry extracts to condition and moisturize cuticles.

Duri Cosmetics Introduces Fall Nail Color Collection

Whenever a season changes, my first thought is, what will everyone be wearing? With fall just around the corner, I have started to browse through the shops to see the latest trends. This year fall is bringing rich, dramatic and deep colors and I can’t wait to make my first purchase! But no new outfit can be complete without a well-polished manicure. To complement the upcoming autumn season, Duri Cosmetics has introduced its new Wine Tasting Party Collection. Available in September, the new collection includes such enticing colors as Cognac XO, Bloody Mary, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dragontini, and Grape Swirl. The rich shade of these reds, plums, garnets, and violets are reminiscent of a flavorful wine that can be enjoyed while watching the autumn leaves change color. What’s more, Duri Cosmetics also introduced a free color and treatment app for Android and iPhone users where customers can virtually try on any nail shade. Now that’s worth toasting to!

Minx Nails Introduces the Ramadan Collection

In honor of Ramadan, which began yesterday, Minx co-founders Dawn Lynch-Goodwin and Janice Jordan introduced three new Minx designs. The debuting designs reflect the focus on spirituality and meditation exhibited during this holy time for those of the Muslim faith. Ramadan typically lasts 29 to 30 days.

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