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Hot LIPS!

Hear about how Noreen bonded over lipstick with Loretta Swit--MASH's "Hot Lips Houlihan"
I have a secret I waited until V-DAY to share as I thought it was quite appropriate. Any one who watched TV and the show called MASH knows Hot Lips Houlihan the blonde vixen with the great lips. She was a big hit and so was the TV show. The actress is Loretta Swit. Well, she now appears in theaters...

Trendwatching.com Releases Top Consumer Trends for 2011

Trendwatching.com has released their top consumer trends for 2011. How will you tweak your business to capitalize on these opportunities?
Trendwatching.com, one of the world’s leading consumer trends firm, has released their top 11 Consumer Trends for 2011. Here are some highlights: 1. Random Acts of Kindness According to Trendwatching.com, there’s no better way for a brand to put its money where its mouth (or heart) is than engaging in Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.). “Consumers' cravings for realness, for...

Join ASTECC founder Anne Bramham on 2 Continents and receive NCBTMB CE Credits

Attention estheticians and massage therapists! Take your skills to the next level with Anne Bramham's ASTECC training in 2011.
Spa therapists have a unique opportunity to train with ASTECC founder Anne Bramham across the US and in Europe this year. Bramham is one of my mentors and her trainings are widely regarded as the gold standard for spa therapy education. For the third consecutive year, Questex Media Group hosts Bramham’s ASTECC program at IECSC New York, Las Vegas and...

Just the facts...My take on Groupon thus far!

Groupon came up with the price of my deal based on the cost of what the products used would be per face and the time. Overall, It was a joint effort. They know we are a "candy shoppe of beauty" so they knew retailing is what we were looking for besides ga
They are “choosey” about who they invite for the deal of the day. You must be a reputable business and I am honored my business was chosen. Groupon came up with the price of my deal based on the cost of what the products used would be per face and the time. Overall, It was a joint effort. They know...

Beauty Nutrition Update – Study shows that fruit & veggie consumption brings out glowing skin!

Can eating fruits and vegetables really slow down the aging process? Paula teaches us about the family of antioxidants called carotenoids, where you can find them, and what they can do for your skin!
If you haven’t heard yet, the connection between what you consume and how you look is getting stronger (thanks to a growing number of nutrition clinical studies.) One of the most recent studies published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behaviour, Researchers from the University of Nottingham found that people who consumed more portions of deep colored fruits and...

Multitasking Malaise

“No one would argue that burning up all of a company’s resources is a good strategy for long-term success, and that is equally true of its leaders and their mental resources…Multitasking is not heroic; it’s counterproductive.” - McKinsey Quarterly
Information overload is causing us to be stressed out and less efficient and creative. That’s the focus of the McKinsey Quarterly article “ Recovering from information overload .” The article points to a significant body of scientific evidence that demonstrates multitasking makes human beings less productive, less creative, and less able to make good decisions. Here are some of the...

The Price We Pay To Be the BEST

As I sat there enjoying the great music and watching the young talented musicians, one thing stuck out: the role of the band director. I thought, I can’t imagine the band without this person. What would they sound like if no one was directing? Sometimes
Steps to a Great Performance I had the pleasure to attend the All County Band performance last weekend. What a great experience! I got to watch my son Charlie, who is 13, play the Tuba in the band with all his musically talented friends. We watched 7 th & 8th, 9 th & 10 th and the 11 th &...

Do wellness and spa belong at a hair show?

Check out comments from SpaTrade's Facebook community on this controversial topic!
I'm back from the ISSE Long Beach show . The EstheticsAmerica +Wellness pavillion really picked up on the second day. Overall the place was mobbed on Sunday--the day every hairdresser has off. I was pondering on my flight back to San Francisco, did the wellness and spa pavillion "fit" with this show, or is it a mismatch for these environments...

Check is in the mail...

My first Groupon check arrived $$$! Thus far, I have booked and made up approx. 50 ladies and more to come. It is steady and nothing we cannot handle along with our regular clients and shoppers. So far so GREAT~
My first Groupon check arrived $$$ Promptly like they said on Monday. Thus far, I have booked and made up approx. 50 ladies and more to come. It is steady and nothing we cannot handle along with our regular clients and shoppers. So far so GREAT~ Offering a discount in this down and very slow recovering economy has been working...

Live from the EstheticsAmerica + Wellness Pavilion at ISSE Long Beach

Nancy Griffin blogs live from ISSE Long Beach. Read her review of the Esthetics America + Wellness Pavilion
I’m here at the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach produced by the Professional Beauty Association. This year, ISSE launched an all new pavilion dedicated to skin care and wellness products. The pavilion is sponsored by Dermalogica and Repêchage, and features CIDESCO USA education as well as Massage classes by Bruce Baltz who provided Continuing Education (CE) credits...

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