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Smartphone Photography Dos and Don’ts

Follow these simple tips to take the most flattering pics
When a photo-op presents itself, what’s your natural reaction? For many, myself included, the answer is pull out the smartphone and click away. Those snaps may not capture the moment as well as they could though. Chris Schoenbohm, co-founder of Viewfinder , a new app that helps organize smartphone photos, shared a few tips to improve shots—follow these to capture...

Mandarin Oriental Gets Creative with Gift Cards

Discover how one resort's gift card offering makes birthdays extra special
Today the American Spa staff is saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to our editor in chief and publisher Julie Keller Callaghan—though she’s busy running the magazine so we’ll have to celebrate properly later this week. Birthdays present a wonderful reason to spend time with friends, family, and even enjoy a bit of pampering. It’s a no brainer that spa gift cards are...

Eyebrow Expert Malynda Vigliotti Addresses Waxing Rumors

See what one New York City-based eyebrow stylist has to say about waxing
Maintaining perfectly shaped eyebrows can be a breeze, but before they can be perfectly shaped, there has to be something to shape. Malynda Vigliotti (also known as Boom Boom), owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar , sets the record straight on common rumors about eyebrow waxing. True or False: Hair grows back thicker and darker after waxing. False! Repeated waxing...

Get Pampered on National Relaxation Day

Discover at-home products to celebrate this summer holiday
Before the hustle and bustle of a busy weekend running the spa, you have an excuse to indulge: today is National Relaxation Day. It’s a perfect day to squeeze in a bit of pampering. Here are a few at-home products to help get started: ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub uses smooth, round beads and alpha hydroxyl acids to gently remove...

Red Mountain Resort Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

Discover how one adventurous spa commemorates a milestone
Anniversaries are a mark of significant hard work and, as such, each one deserves a proper celebration. The Red Mountain Resort (Ivins, UT), known for its unique getaway offerings, is celebrating 15 years in the business with 15 percent off their adventure retreats. Guests get to revel in the milestone too. Every stay includes guided hikes, world-class mountain biking with...

Duri Cosmetics Launches New Polish Collection

Discover new shades inspired by the cult horror film
Duri Cosmetics announced a collection of six shocking shades inspired by the upcoming movie Insidious: Chapter 2 , the thriller sequel starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. Naturally, the new lacquers will be available next month on spooky Friday the 13th when the movie hits theaters. The eerie colors, perfect for clients’ Halloween manicures, feature festive names to match: Into...

The Ritz-Carlton Offers VIP Package for American Music Awards

Discover an LA spa’s music-inspired packages
Holidays aren’t the only great promotion tactic you can use; local special events packages can be an excellent way to boost business as well. The Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles, has announced a once-in-a-lifetime weekend package for guests to experience the 2013 American Music Awards in the utmost luxury. The American Music Awards Ultimate VIP Package ($15,000) includes luxury accommodations for...

Destination Spas Offer Pampering Jet Lag Treatments

Discover the benefits of specialized treatments for long-distance guests
Guests coming from afar to visit your spa may need extra tlc to adjust after long flights. Some of the world’s top spas and destinations have already taken notice and introduced these lavish, yet practical, jet lag recovery treatments to help guests feel rejuvenated at the beginning of their vacation. Here’s a few unique offerings: Hotel Madeline (Telluride, CO) is...

Song Saa Private Island Unveils Wellness Packages

Discover a private island dedicated to all-around health
Just because we’re starting to feel summer wind down doesn’t mean the spirit of healthy living must dim. Attract new guests to your spa and keep them healthy and happy with wellness-themed programs anytime. Song Saa Private Island (Cambodia) is uplifting clients with the recently launched “Season of Wellness,” which features three-, five-, or seven-night wellness retreats. The spa also...

Bella D’ora Spa Opens Pony & Braid Bar

Discover how one California spa is capitalizing on the braid trend
From the runway to the red carpet, we love the creative and cutting-edge braids and ponytails that models and A-listers have been sporting. This new trend— check out our story on the great plait in the July issue—has also spurred an innovative salon offering. Enter the Pony & Braid Bar, launched by Bella D’ora Spa (Carlsbad, CA), where women can...

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