Beautiful Vera Bradley Gift Wrap Collection

Iconic fashion brand Vera Bradley has partnered with Pennsylvania publisher Fox Chapel Publishing on an exciting and gorgeous new gift wrapping papercollection.

Just as founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller envisioned their elegant designs brightening up airports many years ago, the company has once again imagined their colorful patterns bringing beauty and joy to the pleasure of gift giving. Vera Bradley and Fox Chapel Publishing are pleased to launch five giftwrapping paper books, which include gift tags that you can customize and color in, to celebrate life’s many milestones.

The giftwrap series includes 

  • Baby Bump Wrapping Paper
  • Birthday Bash Wrapping Paper
  • Happy Holidays Wrapping Paper
  • Oh Happy Day Wrapping Paper
  • Wedding Belles Wrapping Paper

“Fox Chapel Publishing is proud to bring the fashionable world of Vera Bradley patterns to the gift market,” says Alan Giagnocavo, Fox Chapel Publishing president. “With 20 sheets of high-end matte wrapping paper in each book, the gift of giving will have an added layer of beauty.”

Make your gift giving memorable with the beauty and inspiration of Vera Bradley’s new gift wrapping paper collection, exclusively from Fox Chapel Publishing!


Everyday is Valentine’s Day with JuvaLips Lip Device

If you have that gal pal, besties kind of love for your best gal pal where all you want is to see her have her perfect pout!  Time to spend the day with your true soul sister who deserves some holiday! You obviously know her better than anyone else in the world and a beauty girls best friend will know she wants Valentine’s Day kissable lips even if you two are just going to spend it on the couch with a bottle of wine laughing at everyone’s sappy Instagram posts.
Introducing the perfect Galentine’s Day gift, JuvaLips, the Convenient, Safe and Natural lip plumping device. No need for painful injections and topical acids, JuvaLips patent pending pushbutton control provides timed treatments at a carefully regulated pressure to boost blood flow into the capillaries of your lips, giving you a dramatic fuller pout while minimizing the fine lines around the lips.
Step 1:
Steer away the bitter Valentine’s Day weather and bring moisture back to your pout by moisturizing with lip balm. If your lips are extra chapped from the frigid cold, use a lip scrub to remove dead skin first.
Step 2:
For the full pout effect, use JuvaLips for one minute on lips. You will feel the JuvaLips slight suction that increases the blood flow to your lips to create the effect. Additional uses can be done for a more dramatic and fuller lip.
Step 3:
Once your lips are your desired amount of fullness, line your lips with your favorite sexy Valentine’s red and finish with matching lip color, red for this occasion!
1-2 minutes of JuvaLips lip plumping is all it takes for results that last for hours.
The JuvaLips Original is the most effective lip plumper device on the market. It is compact, easy to use, and safe. Your purchase comes with everything you need for gorgeous lips including:
  • JuvaLips Original lip plumper device
  • Removable mouthpiece
  • Microfiber carrying bag
  • Two AAA batteries
Your purchase also includes 5 replacement pads. These pads will last for hundreds of uses. Additional replacement pads are available on the JuvaLips site.

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Not Your Momma’s Hair Mousse 20-Year Stylist and Natural Curl Guru with Tips on Mastering Mousse

Styling mousse first came on the scene back in the 80’s when big hair was the thing. Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston were the ladies who set the hair trends back then. I’m sure if you see pictures of your mom from the 80’s, you will see the waterfall bangs and curls that were teased, fried and crunchy. It was a cool look then. It’s not cool now. Hair styles and the products we use have changed over the decades.

Maya Smith, International Master of Natural Curls and founder of The Doux®, a haircare line she created specifically for naturally curly hair, has seen the evolution of mousse from the very beginning to now. We caught up with Maya and scored some amazing tips and insights to help you know which ingredients to look for and how to best use mousse to maximize your modern style.

Q: First to get things clear, what is the purpose of mousse? How has it changed from when you first saw it back in the day? What is the main difference from the mousse we see today and those from the 80’s and 90’s? Were they intended for different kinds of styles, textures?

A: When I started in the industry, the 90’s hair was in full effect. Naturally curly girls used mousse to create the Hillary Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) “wet” look. For volume a diffuser was used to get hair to stand up at the roots. The visual results were awesome, but if you tried to re-style your hair once it dried, you were in big trouble! While it was used on curly weaves, extensions, and wigs, mousse wasn’t even an option for girls with super-tight curls or kinky textures. These days, mousse is still used to achieve great definition and shine, but less emphasis is placed on how high your hair stands up, or how stiff the overall look is. It’s much more about softness and movement.

Q: What are some ingredients to look for? What’s good and what should be avoided?

A: Always be sure to look at the ingredients when shopping for products because this can make a big difference. Ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), Isopropyl, and Prolyene have been found to cause breakage and dry out your hair. The best way to achieve healthy hair is to have that balance between protein and moisture.

Q: What causes that crunch and what were some of the problems with the mousse options available that inspired you to create your own? Can mousse be combined with other products? What are the benefits of combining products and steps?


A: It’s common for mousse to be combined with gel or cream because most mousses on the market contain alcohol to make the hair dry faster. They are also polymer rich, which creates a sticky coating on the hair, much like a hairspray. This can leave hair feeling dry and stiff. We formulated our Mousse Def as an all-in-one solution for this problem. It creates the shine and definition of a mousse, yet leaves hair soft and touchable with no flaking.

Q: How does mousse compare to gels and balms? Are gels a thing of the past? Can a balm be used in place of a mousse?  

A: Mousse and gels are water-based products that contain polymers and holding agents that “stiffen” on the hair shaft in order to hold the hair in place. On the other hand, balms, pomades, and control pastes are what we call emulsions, are a mix of oils and water. The Doux’s Bonita Afro Balm is an emulsion developed for moisture and softness that also contains a small amount of polymer for a softer, more flexible hold.

Q: Finally, are Salon or Professional brands worth the money? Do they contain better ingredients?

A: Yes. Products that were formulated for salon use typically contain a higher quality of ingredients. They also contain less water and fillers, so you’re getting a more concentrated product with longer-standing results.


Q: What other advice can you offer to girls with natural curls who want to mix up their hair styles?

A: Try something new. Gone are the days when heavy pomades and gels were your only styling options. Girls who have natural curls deserve to enjoy lighter products that are easy to apply, and create bounce and movement. Maximizing your natural God given hair is what’s popular now.

About Maya Smith:


Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, according to NaturallyCurly, Maya is among the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in select Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.


The Original Dove Beauty Bar

Your wardrobe shouldn’t be the only thing that transitions from winter to spring. Ease into your spring skincare routine with the #1 Dermatologist recommended bar – Dove Beauty Bar.

Ordinary soap can cause the “squeaky clean” feeling that many people often mistake for clean, which can actually be a sign of dry skin damage. Formulated with the brand’s signature ¼ moisturizing creamDove Beauty Bar won’t strip away skin’s moisture like soap can and replenishes nutrients lost in the cleansing process.

For your readers, we have created an eye-catching, downloadable infographic to help illustrate a healthy skincare routine and an interactive Digital Quiz that will put your reader’s skincare knowledge to the test! We’ve included the embed link for the Digital Quiz below for your reference.



Campaign Invites Pet Adopters to be Part of the World’s Largest Photo Mosaic of Adopted Pets and Their People 
While Aiming to Raise $3.1 Million to Save Animals

San Antonio, TX  – The Petco Foundation, a leading animal welfare funder, is teaming up with award-winning artist and creator of the heart-warming MUTTS comic strip, Patrick McDonnell for the annual “Love Changes Everything” campaign in an effort to raise $3.1 million to support lifesaving animal welfare work nationwide.

The “Love Changes Everything” Campaign kicks-off March 3 – 4 with a National Adoption Event Weekend in participating Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores and runs through April 1.  But there’s more—this year pet adopters can join the Petco Foundation in creating the world’s largest mosaic mural of adopted pets and their people. Adopters submitting photos at will be eligible to win daily prizes, along with funding for the adoption organization that introduced them to their pet.

The mosaic, powered in partnership with WholeHearted pet food, will come to life in New York City’s Union Square Park on Sunday, March 25 from noon to 4:00 PM at the All for Love Adoption Rally featuring adoptable pets from more than twenty New York area animal welfare organizations. Attendees can meet MUTTS creator Patrick McDonnell, pose for pictures with the famed MUTTS characters Mooch and Earl and participate in other fun activities centered around celebrating pet adoption.
“Patrick McDonnell has been a champion of pet adoption for years, and we are thrilled to join forces again with MUTTS to promote pet adoption and raise funds to help animals across the country. We hope our Love Changes Everything’ campaign, along with this mosaic mural, inspires everyone to join the lifesaving movement by adopting, donating or volunteering. With six adopted pets of my own, I can confidently say that the love of an adopted pet does change everything,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation.

Animal lovers can support the “Love Changes Everything” campaign by making a donation in any Petco, Unleashed by Petco store or online at Anyone who makes a donation of $10 or more will receive a limited-edition tote bag featuring MUTTS artwork specifically designed for the Love Changes Everything campaign.
To learn more about the “Love Changes Everything” campaign and the photo mosaic, please visit To learn more about Patrick McDonnell and his commitment to promoting pet adoption, watch Episode 6 “Shelter Me: Hearts and Paws” hosted by Kristen Bell and featuring MUTTS creator Patrick McDonnell online at ShelterMe.TV or visit MUTTS. To learn more about WholeHearted pet food go to



About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

Clinically Proven Anti-Hair Loss Products to Reshape the Hair and Beauty Landscape

REKZE Laboratories confirms efficacy of its cosmetic hair care line through comprehensive clinical tests performed by an independent laboratory, showing 63 shampoo, 43 conditioner and 24 serum improve hair thickness and hair density, essential conditions in fighting hair loss and promotes healthy hair growth. Launched a little over a year ago, REKZE Laboratories anti-hair loss and hair growth stimulating line of products has now clinically demonstrated both the safety of its compounds, and efficacy of its properties.

REKZE Laboratories hair care line is also dermatologist tested on sensitive skin, made with natural ingredients, and hypoallergenic.

The 63 shampoo, 43 conditioner, and 24 serum from REKZE Laboratories have been clinically tested on both women and men with hair fall tendency, noticeable diffuse thinning, dry damaged aspect of hair, and hair that is easily breakable. REKZE Laboratories hair care line is also dermatologist tested on sensitive skin, made with natural ingredients, and hypoallergenic.

The clinical study for all three products has been conducted for a period of 4 weeks on a control group of 25 people, women and men, with all types of hair. 63 shampoo improved hair thickness by 3% and hair density by 19% in the control group, after just 4 weeks of using the product, while 43 conditioner showed improvement of hair thickness by 5% and hair density by 21% in the control group. The clinical study conducted for the 24 serum showed an increase of 7% in hair thickness, and 25% in hair density after just 4 weeks of use.

In addition, on the self-evaluation of the subjects, 80% of the volunteers using 63 shampoo felt their hair stronger, 76% felt their scalp revitalized, while 64% of them said they’ve seen less hair loss. 64% of them consider the shampoo better than any other similar product they’ve used before, and 80% of them would buy the product. While using the 43 conditioner, 72% of the volunteers noticed reduced hair loss, while 84% of them noted improved hair condition, among other benefits. 76% of the volunteers would buy the product. The 24 serum was noted to reduce hair loss by 75% of the volunteers, while 55% said it stimulated hair growth, 63% said they felt their hair condition improved, while 76% said their hair looks fuller. 59% of the volunteers said 24 serum is better than any similar product they’ve used before, and that they would buy it.

REKZE Laboratories formulas for its anti-hair loss and hair growth stimulating hair care line combines some of the most well-known ingredients showing the greatest efficacy in stimulating hair growth and reducing hair loss, and they were created as a result of a high technology innovation process, specially conceived for both women and men. The formulas contain a carefully selected blend of DHT blockers, organic plant extracts and nutrients gentle to the hair and skin, which clean and nourish the scalp and hair follicles to stimulate the scalp naturally, boosting blood circulation.

REKZE Laboratories is a privately held-boutique company specialized in manufacturing innovative cosmetic and beauty products for hair and skin. Its innovative line of hair care products designed to restore the optimal environment for hair regrowth currently includes the 63 shampoo, 43 conditioner, 24 serum and 28 scalp wipes. REKZE Laboratories products are specially designed to deliver maximum results through non-prescription over-the-counter beauty products.

Rekze Laboratories brand is represented by two corporate entities based in the United States, Rekze Laboratories LLC, and respectively, in the United Kingdom, Rekze Laboratories Ltd, both entities are privately held.

For more information about products and company, please visit

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