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Repêchage Hosts 18th Annual International Conference for Salon & Spa Professionals

Lydia and David Sarfati with Dr. Samuel and Joni Shatkin at the Repêchage 18th Annual International Conference.

Skincare professionals from all over the world gathered for this year's Repêchage conference in NYC.

Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati welcomed over 150 skincare and spa professionals from across the country and across the globe, including Australia, Trinidad, Italy, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Malta, Guatemala, Romania, UK, India, Canada, Colombia, and the Cayman Islands. Guests gathered at this year’s NYC Conference to hear industry experts speak as well as to be part of the launch of the new Repêchage Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives and at-home products. The Conference concluded with the annual Repêchage President’s Awards.

The highlight of this year’s Conference was the new Repêchage Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives. This new professional treatment from Repêchage is a restorative, relaxing facial treatment that provides real nutritive benefits to the skin while stimulating the senses. “This treatment provides the best ingredients from the land and the sea,” says Sarfati, “We are using our renowned seaweed-based mask and infusing it with ingredients culled from the culinary world that have true benefits for the skin.” Repêchage Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives utilize Repêchage’s renowned Laminaria digitata seaweed, as well as aloe vera, orange water, coconut oil, and acai berry. These ingredients are combined with organic flavor actives of chocolate, matcha (green tea), mixed berries (blueberry, strawberry, and beet root) and vanilla and pumpkin actives to create the four Fusion Facials: Chocofina Fusion, Matchafina Fusion, Berryfina Fusion, and Vanillafina Fusion.

As noted in Sarfati’s presentation this new facial is the ideal treatment for young clients, who need time away from their TVs, cell phones and over-consumed digital life. As Sarfati discussed, clients as young as 7 are experiencing stress and anxiety, making a facial, massage, and trip to the spa a healthy, natural and therapeutic outlet for them. On this same notion, Sarfati pointed out that it’s never too early to start good skin care habits - just as proper diet and lifestyle habits are introduced at a young age, good skin care habits should be as well. The key is introducing facial massage and treatment as one that is fun, interesting, and relatable to the younger client. And although this treatment is ideal for a young client, Sarfati relayed the message that this client is not limited to just an adolescent audience. Clients of all ages and skin types can truly benefit and enjoy this new beauty concept.

Dr. Andrea Bovero, Ph.D, Professor of Cosmetology and Communication of Beauty and Wellness, President of CIDESCO Italy, and notable author followed Sarfati with his presentation: “Mind and Body Integration: The Brain and Skin Care Connection.” During his presentation, Bovero discussed the connection between the brain and skin care, emphasizing that a connection to the mind and body of a client is through a multi-sensory approach. This is the need for the spa professional to consider during a time spent with the client. As discussed by Bovero, the most important of all the senses is the sense of smell because it is linked with memories, the most powerful and emotional of all the senses. By using scent, brands are able to connect with consumers on a deep emotional level, resulting in a memorable experience. Creating memorable experiences and emotional connections through getting in touch with a client’s sense of smell is also critical to win consumer spending and long term brand loyalty. Scent can attract new customers, increase sales, heighten value perception and expand brand recognition and customer satisfaction, and when combined with marketing cues, it can amplify a brand experience and establish a long lasting connection with consumers.

Next to take the stage was Dr. Samuel Shatkin, FACS, MD and Owner of Aesthetic Associate Centre for Plastic Surgery in Buffalo, NY. During his presentation “Skin Care from 8 to 80: 8 Ways to Stay Ageless” Dr. Shatkin presented a list of ways in which medical procedures can be combined with professional skin care treatments. For example, one can perform a facial treatment during a teeth whitening session or as a pre- and post-op treatment for surgical procedures to treat a client’s skin. Dr. Shatkin highlighted how his practice has been successful in combining Repêchage facial treatments with his medical procedures and how the spa industry should work more closely with physicians to provide the best results for clients. Following Dr. Shatkin’s presentation, guests enjoyed a break for champagne and strawberries.

After a brief break, Yolanda (Mayola) Amador Origel, International Spa Consultant and Repêchage Mexico Distributor, followed. In “The Whole Picture: The Newest Trends in Spa Treatments” the International Spa Consultant discussed the importance of spas to understand the needs of clients in present day: a spa that offers quality, innovation, price-quality relation, and fun and daring options. Amador pointed out the importance of understanding what makes one’s spa different from competition and how important it is for spas to focus on being innovative so that they cannot be duplicated. Combining this mindset with various marketing efforts including creating business cards, a website, a spa menu, media events, memberships, promotions, samples, coupons, direct mail, print ads, and in-spa marketing, as pointed out by Amador, has helped her to help be successful with innovative spa concepts that she has brought to Mexico: Melange World Spa, a spa based on cultural spa traditions from around the world, Mamma Mia Salon & Facial Bar, an outlet for mothers and daughters to get pampered together, and Barber & Booze, a venue for male grooming services that offers a lounge area to enjoy a signature, mixology cocktail.
For the last portion of the event, Lydia Sarfati presented the President’s Awards, given in various categories to an establishment or person that demonstrates esthetic excellence as well as dedication to the elevation of the industry.

The first award was presented to Bikram Sapra of JB Skincare, who received the President’s Award for Distributor of the Year as a result of his enormous growth of Repêchage in India’s competitive skin care market.

Euracom, Repêchage’s exclusive distributor in Italy received the next award: Award of Excellence in Marketing. Euracom has demonstrated excellence in this arena by their ongoing presence in print, online and digital media in 2015-2016

The next award presented was for Rising Star. Odalisa Dominguez, creator of Spa O on the Go, a mobile day spa that brings the spa experience to the venue of one’s choice!

For the last award, Mamma Mia Salon and Facial Bar received the Award of Excellence in Innovation for their unique “mother-daughter” spa concept – the first of its kind in Mexico. Yolanda (Mayola) Amador Origel who played a role in helping this creative concept come to fruition, accepted on behalf of Juan Carlos & Carolina Sierra, owners of Mamma Mia Salon and Facial Bar.

The following day, on May 3, 2016, 60 attendees gathered at the Repêchage Headquarters in Secaucus, NJ for a Hands-On Workshop. Under the instruction of Repêchage Educators, Lauren Streeter and Lindsay Ramagli, guests spent a full day learning further about Repêchage Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives and at-home products.

With the ability to learn from one another and working together, Repêchage® will continue to offer clients opportunities to increase their knowledge and provide them with the tools they need to achieve success.

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A Look at the Essie Met Gala Nails

See who wore which essie colors to the Met Gala!

Essie debuted their new long-wear line of nail polishes gel couture on Kate Bosworth, Elle Fanning and Katie Holmes at the 2016 Met Gala. The curated collection of 42 shades was inspired by the couture runways and merges fashion and technology. We take a look at the essie nails from the Met Gala:

Kate Bosworth wore essie's new gel couture posh in fairy tailor, a lovely nude pink.

Celebrity manicurist, Elle Gerstein used essie’s new gel couture polish in fairy tailor followed by a thin layer of sparkle on top to create Elle Fanning's nail look.

Celebrity manicurist Dawn Sterling used sand tropes, a nude beige, followed with a coat of ballet slippers for Emma Watson's look. The manicure was finished off with matte about you top coat.

For Jessica Chastain's modern, edgy look, celebrity manicurist Angel Williams used two coats of essie's off tropic, followed by a very thin layer of sequin sash.

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Poppy Delevingne wore two coats of essie's licorice followed with a drop of essie's metallic penny talk by manicurist Barbara Warner.


Rachel McAdams opted for a chic and sophisticated nail look with essie's classic mademoiselle.

Saoirse's half moon nail design was created with essie's licorice and delhi dance.


[Images: KISS Nails by Mar y Soul, Red Carpet Manicure, Getty, essie ]

Face & Body Northern California Announces Keynote Speaker

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Award-winning actress and makeup artist Eva DeVirgilis will give this year's keynote address.

Face & Body, an annual conference and expo held exclusively for skincare, spa and wellness professionals, recently announced award-winning actress and makeup artist Eva DeVirgilis as the keynote speaker for its Northern California show, to be held Aug. 20-22, 2016. DeVirgilis’ keynote presentation, titled, “In My Chair: Makeup Chair Conversations,” will bring conversations with clients to life and will highlight the role that wellness professionals play in encouraging clients to feel confident and beautiful.

Eva DeVirgilis is an award-winning actress and makeup artist with a long career in TV, film and theater. In addition to her inspirational TEDxRVAwomen talk, "In My Chair: A Makeup Artist's Perspective on Beauty," DeVirgilis has had a featured role in Law & Order Criminal Intent, is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business, narrated for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, performs comedy regularly at the Coalition Theater, and can been seen as Missy Cross in the feature film, Shooting the Prodigal.

Pevonia Makes Coachella Debut

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The skincare brand teamed up with PAPER Magazine and Kylie Jenner for the #YOUth issue launch party.

Skincare brand Pevonia made its Coachella debut during the festival's opening weekend. The brand teamed up with PAPER Magazine for its #YOUth issue launch party featuring Kylie Jenner, by providing a sample of their newest launch, LipRenew Plump & De-Age Treatment, inside each of the luxe gift bags that were given to attendees.

Celebrities and influencers such as Kylie Jenner, Jayden Smith, Andreja Pejić, Justine Skye, and Chantel Jeffries - as well as key players in the fashion, beauty and music industry - attended the bash held on Friday, April 15th 2016. Each guest received a swag bag from luxury leather brand MCM that included INKED by dani, Go-Comb, EMI JAY, LuMee, and Pevonia’s LipRenew Plump & De-Age Treatment.

For more information about the new LipRenew Plump & De-Age Treatment, please visit

Michael G. Tompkins Joins Hutchinson Consulting

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Sonoma, California-based Hutchinson Consulting has announced that Michael G. Tompkins has joined its recruiting team. For more than 20 years, Tompkins has led teams in the luxury hospitality, wellness and spa industries, and also serves as chairman of the International Spa Association (ISPA). As a former CEO of Miraval Resorts, Hilton Head Health and PALM Health, vice president of hotels & spa at Turning Stone Casino and an executive with Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Tompkins boasts a diverse background and an ability to create global brand leading teams in the three converging market segments.

Tompkins served with Lori Hutchinson, cofounder of Hutchinson Consulting, on the ISPA board of directors and collaborated with her on staffing assignments for Miraval Resorts. “That personal connection with Lori makes this new development a natural and happy one for us, and especially because Michael is one of the few people whose reach and connections in the worlds of spa, hospitality and wellness rival hers,” explains cofounder Bill Hutchinson. “Michael will be an extraordinary executive recruiter. He has deep experience and understanding of operations, sales and marketing, food and beverage and—most importantly—finding excellent managers for challenging positions.”

Justice and Soul Foundation Exceeds Fashion SOULstice Fundraising Goal

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The third annual event raised just over $100,000 to help survivors of sex trafficking.

On March 19, the Justice and Soul Foundation hosted their third-annual fundraising event, “Fashion SOULstice,” to raise money to continue and expand operations at its cosmetology school in Cambodia and domestically. The event, held at the Lynnwood Convention Center, drew a packed house of 650 attendees and raised just over $100,000.

The highlight of the evening was a fashion show with models styled by 15 local salons and schools. Participating salons and schools showcased fashion and beauty, capturing the theme of hope and restoration. The partnering salons and school included:

  • James Alan Salon & Spa
  • Lisa Power Salon
  • The Cove Salon
  • Swanq Style Studio
  • Summit Salon Academy Tacoma
  • Vasuda Salon
  • TVS (a collection of stylists from 7 Salon)
  • Coupe Rokei Salon
  • Charbon Salon
  • Tousled
  • Robert Leonard Salon and Day Spa
  • Elle Marie Hair Studio
  • Daniel Ross Salon & Skin Care
  • The Collage Salon
  • Obadiah Salon

The evening also featured a silent auction. Money raised will be used to continue to teach cosmetology skills to young survivors of sex trafficking in the Foundation’s new vocational training program at the Kate Korpi Salon in Cambodia, which opened in July 2014. The Justice and Soul Foundation will also use proceeds to expand its work domestically, with an initial focus on fighting sex trafficking in the Puget Sound area.

“We are thrilled to have built on the success of the last two events, having exceeded our fundraising goal again. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our partners, models, amazing stylists and those who donated. We will continue to build on existing efforts in Cambodia, and are expanding our focus to the Puget Sound area, which is where we started, developing vocational support for our own local survivors,” said Justice and Soul Foundation Co-Founder Matthew Fairfax.

What started as an idea discussed over a cup of coffee five years ago blossomed into a full day of salon “practice” appointments for the soft opening of the Kate Korpi Salon in July 2014. Since then, the Kate Korpi Salon has become Cambodia’s premier hair salon, where students learn cosmetology and professional workplace skills from expert trainers and volunteers from around the globe.

The teaching salon was established to provide its students with the fundamentals of cosmetology (hair, skin, nails, and makeup). Students attending the school include survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk for sexual exploitation. The students do not pay tuition, but are instead awarded scholarships. The program also includes a compensation plan for the students so that they can begin experiencing sustainable financial independence while learning this valuable trade.

The Justice and Soul Foundation works closely with local non-profits to ensure students have access to qualified therapists to address the trauma they have experienced. The Foundation also provides problem-solving and life skills necessary for independent living and reintegration.

The Justice and Soul Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on eliminating the sexual exploitation of young women, men, and children globally as well as the restoration of the survivors. Through the founders’ shared connections to the salon and fashion industry, and after several years of research, planning and interviews, they are enlisting the support of the beauty industry to create a sustainable solution for the restoration of young survivors.

Wellness Providers Offer Free Events During International Health & Wellness Week

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From May 2-8, take advantage of free events, classes, seminars and more.

Health and wellness providers will offer free events, classes, seminars, demonstrations, promotions and materials during the first annual International Health & Wellness Week, to be held May 2-8, 2016, in an effort to educate the public on ways to live healthier and happier. This no-obligation opportunity is free to anyone interested in incorporating healthier living into daily routines.

The purpose of International Health & Wellness Week (IHAWW) is to have a positive impact on health and wellness overall, as well as to unite people through the common goal of preventing disease, promoting a better quality of life and living longer. It gives people the opportunity to be exposed to, learn about and experience a multitude of ways to improve mind, body and spirit and consider how to incorporate ways to live healthier. Changes in lifestyle can be made more easily if people understand and experience firsthand what options are available to them.

All are encouraged to sign up now to participate in the events offered by the health and wellness providers during IHAWW. Visit for information on the types of services available, and sign up directly with any facilities on the list.

For health and wellness providers, IHAWW is an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives and to promote living healthier and living longer by demonstrating their services and distributing informational materials. All types of health and wellness providers are encouraged to register to participate at

IHAWW was founded by Steve Guttman, owner of Mind Body Dynamics in Parsippany, NJ. Steve believes that a united effort by the wellness, fitness and medical community can show the many options available and how easy it can be to incorporate healthier living into daily routines. The concept of IHAWW grew out of a town-wide program he organized to expose families to the value and the means to live healthier lives. He is now sharing this philosophy across the globe.

"International Health and Wellness Week is a concerted effort across the health and wellness community to have a positive impact on people's lives everywhere," states Steve Guttman, Founder and chair of the event. "By promoting available options, it makes it easy for people to make positive changes in their lives."

IHAWW will take place from Monday, May 2 through Sunday, May 8, 2016. For more information please visit or

Spafinder Wellness 365 Announces Global Panel of Judges for 2016 Wellness Travel Awards

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The international panel of judges will nominate top spas, resorts, retreats and hotels around the globe for the annual awards.

Spafinder Wellness 365 recently announced its expanded international panel of 39 judges who will nominate candidates for the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards, the only awards program dedicated to honoring spas, resorts, retreats and hotels that offer stellar experiences and programs to a growing number of consumers seeking healthy vacations and travel.

To ensure the most deserving wellness travel properties are recognized, a comprehensive three-part approach will be used to select winners. First and second steps involve nominations and scoring by the panelists to determine finalists, followed by voting by consumers who will help select the winners. Panelist nominations begin this month and consumer voting starts in July. Panelists will nominate the top properties on six continents, in scores of countries and regions, and for 20 categories. Winners of the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards will be announced in November at the World Travel Market in London.

"Our goal is to provide travelers with the most objective assessment of the destinations that deserve the highest accolades for providing incredible wellness experiences, from the hidden gems to long-time favorites,” said Spafinder Wellness, Inc. COO, John Bevan. “We are grateful to these highly respected editors and experts for devoting their talent and time to identify the top wellness travel locations in the world.”

The 2016 Wellness Travel Awards Panel of Judges*:

  • Kris Abbey, publishing editor, Spa & Wellness International magazine(Australia)
  • Ann Abel, travel writer and editor, Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler (North America)
  • Gustavo Albanesi, president, Brazilian Spa and Clinics Association (Latin America)
  • Bonnie Baker, founding member, Wellness Tourism Council in San Miguel de Allende (Latin America)
  • Katie Barnes, managing editor, Spa Business magazine (Europe)
  • Mary Bemis, founder and editorial director, Insider's Guide to Spas (North America)
  • Rona Berg, editor-in-chief, Organic Spa Media (North America)
  • Elena Bogacheva, president and founder, Spa & Wellness International Council; CEO, Spa Priori LLC (Europe)
  • Anitra Brown, spas expert, (North America)
  • Julie Keller Callaghan, editor-in-chief and publisher, American Spa magazine (North America)
  • Sarah Camilleri, founding editor and publisher, European Spa magazine (Europe)
  • Johnny Chang, columnist and CEO, Spa Solutions Management & Training (Asia)
  • Isabelle Charrier, founder and managing editor, Emotion Spa magazine (Europe)
  • Sandhya Chipalkatti, editor and publisher, Spa Mantra magazine (Asia)
  • Jeri Clausing, editor, Travel Weekly (North America)
  • Susan d'Arcy, luxury travel and spa editor, London Sunday Times (Europe)
  • Dr. Nadine de Freitas, owner and managing editor, Spa Magazine Les Nouvelles Esthétiques – South Africa (Africa)
  • Elaine D'Farley, editor-in-chief, Spafinder Wellness 365 (North America)
  • Anne Dimon, founder and CEO, Travel to Wellness (North America)
  • Dzigbordi K. Dosoo, chair lady, Spa Association of Africa (Africa)
  • Suzanne Duckett, editor, Tatler Spa Guide; founder, The Antidote (Europe)
  • Nora Elias, editor, Professional Spa & Wellness (Europe)
  • Catherine Feliciano-Chon, founder and managing director, Catch On (Asia)
  • Jo Foley, editor, writer, author, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Spears Wealth (Europe)
  • Gustavo F. Gaffrey, founder and CEO, Spas of Argentina; former president, Argentina Spa Association (Latin America)
  • Jenni Gilbert, editor, SPA+CLINIC (Australia)
  • Franka Hänig, editor-in-chief, SPA inside (Europe)
  • Sara Jones, managing director and editor, Spa Professional México (Latin America)
  • Catharine Nicol, freelance writer, editor, photographer, blogger,, South China Morning Post, AsiaSpa (Asia)
  • Elaine Okeke-Martin, founder and editor, Spa and Wellness Africa magazine; founder and president, Wellness Association of Africa (Africa)
  • Si Si Penaloza, luxury content manager, JETSET magazine (North America)
  • Sheetal Rastogi, editorial director, World Travel Magazine (Asia)
  • Chris Ryall, freelance writer and columnist (North America)
  • Stephanie Shiu, editor-in-chief, Asia Spa Magazine (Asia)
  • Sonee Singh, founder, Petal Life LLC (Latin America)
  • Gaurav Sinha, founder and CEO, Insignia Worldwide (Middle East)
  • Alla Sokolova, chairman, Global Wellness Institute Initiative “Baltic to the Black Sea” (Europe)
  • Liz Terry, editorial director, Spa Business, Spa Opportunities, CLAD magazine (Europe)
  • Fiona Vlemmiks, editor, Professional Beauty GCC (Middle East)

For more information about the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards, please visit

*Continents noted in parentheses indicate where the headquarters of the publication or organization is located.

Aveda Celebrates 10 Years of Clean Water

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The brand is celebrating Earth Month this April with an array of fundraising events and activities.

Since 2007, Aveda has been dedicated to protecting clean water. With April being Earth Month, the brand is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by continuing to champion such a crucial cause with an array of fundraising events and activities this month.

Among the exciting fundraising initiatives taking place are Catwalks for Water, Appointments for Clean Water, and the Global Cut-a-Thon, which earned a Guinness World Record for the Most Money Raised for Charity Through Haircuts in 24 Hours in 2013. This year, Aveda plans to make an even bigger impact with its Catwalks for Clean Water 2016 events, which will raise money for 50 clean water partners around the world - over twice as many as in 2007.

For the past 10 years, Aveda has also donated 100% of the full $12 suggested retail price of its signature, limited edition Light the Way candles (pictured) to Global Greengrants Funds, a non-profit organization that channels high-impact grants to grassroots groups seeking to solve pressing environmental problems.

Clean Water by the Numbers

In working with the Global Greengrants Fund, Aveda has so far:

  • Provided 1,545 grants in 84 countries
  • Positively impacting more than 817,000 lives with water-related earth-preserving projects
  • Worked with 522 communities to fight toxic pollution
  • Helped devote 101,000 acres to sustainable agriculture
  • Engaged nearly 36,000 women in working toward clean water
  • Galvanized 1,900 communities to address climate change, which contributes to water shortages and scarify across the globe

To find out more about Aveda's list of events this Earth Month, please visit

Ardell Lashes Featured in First GlamApp Academy Tutorial

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Ardell partnered with makeup and hair artist Joey Maalouf to be the first GlamApp Academy lash sponsor.

Ardell Lashes recently collaborated with celebrity makeup artist and hair stylist Joey Maalouf to be the first GlamApp Academy lash sponsor. GlamApp, an on-demand beauty app created by Maalouf and actress Cara Santana in 2015, connects clients with top stylists in more than 23 cities nationwide. At the touch of a button, users have access to hair, makeup, and nail services performed in their home, office, or hotel.

Since the app's launch, Maalouf and Santana have been working to expand and educate their team of top stylists, most recently with the first GlamApp Academy live-stream in which Maalouf demonstrated his signature makeup techniques for a network of more than 1,000 GlamApp stylists. Maalouf, a long time fan of the Ardell Lashes, discussed how to use Ardell Individual lashes to create a subtle, "no-makeup makeup" look, as well as the versatility of the brand's Wispie lashes for creating beautiful, ultra-glamorous styles. All stylists attending the live tutorial received gift bags containing Maalouf’s favorite Ardell Lash styles and DUO adhesive.

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