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More than 40 of the beauty industry’s leading independent cosmetic companies have been selected as finalists in the 2015 Cosmetic Innovator of the Year (CITY) Awards established by the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) and now vie for top honors in the 11th annual recognition program, to be held during Cosmoprof North America.

Celebrity hairstylist and owner of Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, Scott Fontana, will be hosting the 2015 Making the Cut live hair show competition to name Souther California's top stylist. The prestigious hair show event features live hair cutting and styling on stage by local leading hairstylists, a live hair and fashion show, and a renowned judging panel made up of some of the area's top stylists and beauty industry elite.

Farouk Systems, Inc., manufacturer of CHI and BioSilk products, formally announced today its withdrawal of its sponsorship of the Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss Teen USA Pageants and that it will not renew its sponsorship of those events. It also announced that it will have no further involvement in the Celebrity Apprentice program.

Dermalogica announced to its global Tribe of staff, professional skin therapists, accounts and distributors that it will be selling to Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer goods corporations.

Celebrity hairstylist, salon owner and product developer Ted Gibson will headline “Beauty Behind the Fashion,” presented by Bellus Academy at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6:00 p.m. at the La Valencia Hotel. Gibson is a perennial presence backstage at Fashion Week events around the globe.

Keratherapy, an innovator in formaldehyde-free keratin smoothing treatments for hair, announced the appointment of Misha Belfer of Denver, CO as the company’s first International Creative Director. The appointment, according to David Mulhollen Jr., president and co- founder, is a strategic step toward extending the brand worldwide. The product is one of the fastest-growing keratin smoothing product manufacturer on record and plans for their continued rapid growth have exploded internationally.

In the tradition of promoting talent, Sam Villa recently announced Lya Navarra as Manager of Brand Advocacy and Leanna Trombino Rector as Manager of Marketing and Events for Sam Villa.

Left to right: Jon Bon Jovi; Jane Wurwand, Founder and Chief Visionary, Dermalogica; Jennifer Levene Bruno, Publisher, Town & Country; Marcus Samuelsson, chef and restaurateur; and Adrian Grenier pose for a photo by the step and repeat at Town & Country’s second annual Philanthropy Summit held in New York City. 

The BCL Leo Passage Postgraduate Scholarship, the first competition for scholarships to be awarded to beauty and wellness educators is accepting applications for scholarship funds through June 29, 2015 at bloom.com/bclpassagespring15. Twenty-five (25) scholarship recipients will receive up to $2,000 each, including travel assistance, to attend Pivot Point’s Creative Jam Chicago, to be held Nov. 15-16, 2015.

Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation announced the winners of the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program “Basic” and “Advanced” competitions on May 28. The 10 Basic and 10 Advanced winners were selected from hundreds of applicants who competed in the national competition funded by Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart and administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

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