Julie Keller Callaghan

Peninsula NY Partners with Biologique Recherche

Five new facials debut in Manhattan.
I’m always intrigued when a spa significantly updates it menu, so when I heard that The Peninsula Spa New York was teaming up with Biologique Recherche to debut a series of new facials, I was excited to learn more. The facial program includes five different treatments, each personalized to treat guests’ specific skincare needs. Many of the treatments utilize the...

Skin Authority Launched Contest for Teachers

Winner will receive a soothing service at a local spa.
I truly believe that good teachers make the world go around. They also sometimes tend to be some of the world’s most under-appreciated people. So when I heard about Skin Authority ’s new contest, Touch Transforms Teachers, I couldn’t think of a more deserving group. In honor of National Teacher Awareness Week, which took place May 7-14, Skin Authority invited...

New Study Reveals Widespread Appearance Insecurity

National Survey By StriVectin Finds Many Americans More Insecure About Their Looks Than Their Jobs
According to a new survey by StriVectin, nearly everyone in the country (or 95 percent of Americans) wish they had the power to change something about themselves right now. Even while so many Americans are underemployed or unemployed and have been struggling in a volatile job market, the survey finds that more people would rather improve their looks (55 percent)...

New Editor Obsession: OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps

Easy to apply, long-lasting strips offer a magnificent mani.
If you’ve been reading our blog over the past few years, you’ll know that we here at American Spa are a little obsessed with nails. From nail gels to fun lacquer names, we’re always experimenting with and commenting on what’s new in nails. So when OPI ’s new Pure Lacquer Nail Apps arrived at the office yesterday, we were all...

GSN Issues Plastic Reduction Challenge

The eco-focused network debuts contest to help reduce the use of disposable plastic items.
While we all know we could do more to help preserve our planet, I’m always excited when someone offers a real solution. So I’m happy to pass along details about the latest effort from the Green Spa Network. Because plastic pollution is real and a growing daily threat to the planet and the creatures who inhabit it, the GSN has...

The Mayan Mystique

Kayantá Spa (Cancun, Mexico)
An esteemed Cancun spa relies on its rich regional history.
More than 3,000 years ago, the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico was home to the Mayans, an inspiring people known for impressive architecture, sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems, and a magical connection to their gods and the Earth. There, imposing pyramids and temples, such as those found at Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum, were built as places where the Mayans...

Top 10 Hospitality Trends for 2012

Hotel guru Robert Rauch shares his predictions.
For most of us, 2012 is already proving to be more promising than 2011, and staying on top of trends is important to our success. Since many spas are located in hotels, it is important to keep an eye on what’s happening there, in addition to the spa market itself. As such, I'd like to present the Top 10 hospitality...

IECSC Kicks Off in NYC

The 10th anniversary show is proving to be one of the best yet.
Day one of IECSC New York , which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was one filled with packed aisles, busy booths, and happy attendees and exhibitors. Among the highlights are more than 200 exhibitors, free manufacturer classes, and a variety of business building classes, including the Spa Business Conference, CIDESCO, ASTECC & Advanced Business Seminars. The show continues...

Vie Collection’s 3-D Wrinkle Treatment Offers Surgery Alternative

Luxe new facial provides Botox-, filler-, and facelift-inspired effects
I am terrified of needles, so much so that I need to lie down prior to flu shots and bloodwork or I will immediately faint. Yes, I know I’m a big baby. But I also know that I have to take really good care of my skin, because the likelihood of me ever trying plastic surgery falls somewhere in the...

Spa at Trump Offers Relaxation After Taxation Special

Spa-goers can chill out following this stressful financial time.
Tomorrow is tax day. I don’t know about you, but this has been a particularly stressful year, perhaps because I waited until the last minute to file. I’m certain that I’m not alone, and so are the folks at The Spa at Trump at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas . Stressed out spa-goers can sign up for the discounted Relaxation...

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