Spa News Stories

Study Reports Increase in Online Beauty Purchases

A.T. Kearney , a global management consulting firm, released Beauty and the E-Commerce Beast: 2014 Edition, a study measuring online beauty purchases. Conducted mid-year in 2014, the results are based on consumers’ responses to questions regarding their shopping behaviors, motivations, favorite features, and preferred online shopping destinations. The research found 47 percent of participants purchased more beauty and personal care products online in 2014 compared to 2013, including a significant increase in shopping for more experiential products, such as fragrance and color cosmetics, which saw a 16 percent increase over 2012 in number of clients who frequently purchase those items...

Swissôtel Launches New Vitality Guides

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has introduced a series of new destination Vitality Guides . The Guides are digital, interactive maps that showcase key attractions within walking distance of Swissôtel locations and are meant to encourage guests to explore the outdoors. Vitality is a Swissôtel program aimed at inspiring travelers to maintain an active body and mind while on the road. “This year, we wanted to celebrate Vitality in a fresh and fun way and to provide our guests with a new travel tool to experience the Vitality concept all year long,” says Lilian Roten, vice president of the Swissôtel Brand...

Qosmedix Publishes New Product Catalog

Qosmedix , a global supplier to the cosmetic, skincare, spa and salon industries, has introduced a new 2015 edition of their product catalog. It contains supplies for cosmetic industry manufacturers, retailers, makeup artists, and spa and salon professionals. With 110 new product additions and a total of 292 pages, the catalog is a resource for buyers, merchandisers, and marketers alike. The guide is divided into category listing, including applicators, professional brushes, packaging, measuring, linens and apparel, manicure and pedicure, and beauty supplies. To request a complimentary catalog, visit www.qosmedix.com .

American Pool Acquires American Leisure

American Pool , a commercial swimming pool management, maintenance, construction, and recreational facility operation, has acquired American Leisure , a luxury lifestyle design and management firm. The acquisition will allow the organization to expand their amenity lifestyle services across all businesses and at every service platform. “American Leisure will continue to operate on its own platform while taking advantage of American Pool’s financial strength and market reach,” says Mitchell Friedlander, chief executive officer of American Pool Enterprises and American Leisure. “We will continue to evaluate the service blend at American Leisure in an effort to be a complete provider in...

Mark Cuban Returns to Cosmoprof North America

Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), an international B2B beauty trade show, has partnered with the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) to announce that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will return to the show for a second consecutive year during PBA Beauty Week hosted by CPNA at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center (Las Vegas). “Mark is a passionate business man with a massive amount of success yet he remains an approachable and genuine advocate for all entrepreneurs,” says Scott Buchanan, chairman of PBA. “We’re pleased to present business owners with a glimpse into the mind of a leading entrepreneur and know that the...

WTS International Wins Contract for Management of Montauk Spa

WTS International (WTS), a global spa consultancy and management firm, has been appointed to lead the refurbishment of The Seawater Spa at the Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa (Long Island). Beginning April 1, the company will also take over the management of the resort’s wellbeing facilities. “WTS has both the extensive industry knowledge and the experience to deliver our vision of an impeccable destination spa,” says George Filopoulos, president at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa.” The hotel features an ocean-fed seawater pool and thalassotherapy center, which uses water drawn directly from the sea off Montauk, and is then...

Ardell Supports Local Makeup Artists

Ardell Lashes was a sponsor of this year’s Make-Up Artist and Hair Stylists Guild Awards at the Paramount Theatre (Hollywood, CA). Attendees gathered to honor film and television’s top makeup artists and hair stylists, who are responsible for bringing the characters to life. The awards honored American special make-up effects creator Rick Baker and Emmy-nominated hairstylist Kathryn Blondell for their Lifetime Achievement Awards. The brand supported the creative efforts of award-winning makeup artists Tracey Anderson, Michelle Garbin, and Sabine Roller-Taylor for their work on the television series Sons of Anarchy and Eryn Krueger Mekash and Kim Ayers for their work...

Bioelements National Sales Manager Pat Rambo Passes Away

Skincare industry veteran Pat Rambo-Rucka passed away this week. Rambo-Rucka was national sales manager for Biolements and had been an integral part of the professional skincare brand's sales team for 20 years. Her work with distributors, esthetics schools, and spas across the country made her a valuable asset to the company. Rambo-Rucka's career spanned more than 40 years in the skincare industry beginning as an owner of four salons in Illinois. She went on to teach cosmetology and nail technology at several Midwest schools and was a strong advocate for education. Also active in industry associations, including the Illinois Cosmetology...

SpaSoft Launches Online Booking Engine

Spa Soft Spa Management Software has introduced an online spa booking platform. Developed to streamline the web and mobile booking process, the program delivers a responsive and streamlined guest experience—driving more reservations and increasing revenue opportunities. With the software, guests can browse, book, and view appointments at anytime; purchase gift cards; and receive email confirmations. Additionally, the booking engine also allows guests to review detailed descriptions and recent activity and cancel reservations. For more information, visit www.partech.com .

Strategies Introduces Cloud-Based System

Strategies, a business coaching and training company for spas, medical spas, and salons, has released Strategies Command Center , a propriety cloud-based coaching system. "The Command Center overcomes the inherent limitations of phone coaching that too often turn into conversations or drift from the original objectives and goals," says founder and CEO Neil Ducoff. "Coaching is about achieving milestones, improving performance, and that big spooky thing called accountability. With the Command Center, we have built a system that has both the coaching client and the coach focused and looking at the same computer screen with access to an array of...

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