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The Gift of Beauty: Holiday Gifting Ideas for Clients and Loved Ones
When it comes to the holiday season and finding ways to show your appreciation for everyone in your life, 12 days just isn't enough time! This month, we compile a list of beauty bundles that will make gifting a breeze—whether you're buying for your clients, friends, family or anyone else you can think of. Grooming never goes out of style, and neither does the spirit of giving! Every day, we add one more. You won't see "a partridge in a pear tree," but who needs boring old tradition, anyway? Read on, beauty pros!  

Launchpad stopped by the set of the Gloss & Toss shoot with Billy Lowe to get a sneak preview at the new products! We can't wait to share more about the products, but until then here's a peak behind-the-scenes! (Continue to page 2 to see more photos!) [pagebreak]

John Paul DeJoria on ABC's Shark Tank
Tune into ABC’s Shark Tank tonight to catch John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell Hair Care and Patrón Spirits, and the self-dubbed “serial entrepreneur,” as he dives into the tank as a guest Shark.

Do you know your A,B,Cs of natural budget beauty? Check out these tips for clever beauty products from A to Z! Apples: Apples contain Malic acid which act as a natural astringent. Beets: Natural coloring in beets can act as a lip and cheek stain. Coffee grinds: Research has shown that the caffeine in coffee grinds helps reduce unsightly cellulite.

Fall is a time to check in on BRUNETTES! There’s nothing worse than a bleached-out sun-faded brunette in fall – and definitely not the walking advertisement most are looking for. Rosa Hawkins, Goldwell® North America Artistic Team Member and owner of Di Rosa Haircare & Esthetique (Franklin Square, NY), transitions brunettes by balancing the tone – adding interest to deep rich browns with warmth and adding depth to medium brunettes with rich tones.

Tamra Fiedler Segert, salon owner and Eufora International Global Educator
Building and maintaining a client base is crucial in the professional beauty industry. However, many professionals don't know how to get started or what it takes to develop and cultivate a client base. The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announces a new web series, Recommend and Retain: Building Your Client Base, that is designed to help students and up-and-coming stylists attract clients, provide consistent services and establish successful retail routines.         

The Private Room owner Tina Dizon and me, Alyson Osterman-Kerr
I recently had the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite Beverly Hills salons: The Private Room. Not only did owner Tina Dizon treat me to an amazing gravity-defying blowout along with a sparking demipermanent "Tiger's Eye" brunette hue (part of the salon's brand-new "The Glossary" bar)-which in and of itself, makes for one fantastic salon experience-but the "service" I experienced at the salon was one of the best.

Edy Ganem turned heads in an elegant chiffon gown at the annual FGI Los Angeles Charity Event in Beverly Hills. The “Devious Maids” star opted for an up-do hairstyle and rose pink lipstick to finish the look. Celebrity Stylist Mika Fowler from the Kim Vo Salon in Beverly Hills shares how to create the look:

It was so great reconnecting with Marilyn Manson on Chris Hardwick's show "The Talking Dead" on AMC! I did Manson's video "Tainted Love" with the cast of Not Another Teen Movie a few years ago and we laughed over the antics that happened during those two days we spent together. He reminded me that I was one of only 3 makeup artists that he'd ever let do his makeup. He usually does it himself!

Real Housewives of New Jersey star and Youthful 8 Milania co-founder Teresa Giudice shares her favorite trends, beauty icons and hair product secrets.  

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