Le Cordon Bleu Paris Trained Chef and Founder of Le Petit Treat Releases New Line of French Themed, Allergen Free Gourmet Dog Biscuits

This month at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida, Le Cordon Bleu® trained chef Gigi Samandari, the founder of Le Petit Treat, announced the release of new premium dog biscuits that are inspired by the flavors of France and use all-natural, non-allergenic, grain-free ingredients which are 100% made in the USA.

The treats are made in small batches, using only grain-free, premium food-grade ingredients. The flavors are inspired by classic French dishes like Quiche Lorraine and Coq au Vin with new packaging that has a sophisticated yet vintage look.

“I was inspired by the French tradition of using local, fresh ingredients for all their recipes. I wanted to bring that same spirit to Le Petit Treat, which is why we use only locally sourced real meats and veggies and grain-free flours for all our treats,” said founder and chef Gigi Samandari.

The Le Petit dog treats are among the most healthy and natural on the market and made using:

  • 100% natural, human-grade ingredients
  • No wheat, soy or corn
  • No grains
  • No chemical preservatives
  • Hypo-allergenic ingredients that are safe and healthy for dogs with dietary restrictions

The inspiration for these new healthy dog biscuits came from Samandari’s own personal experience with her dog Ralphie who had food allergies. So she decided to leave her career as a chef at one of Paris’ hottest restaurants and combining her new-found culinary skills and her old-school smarts in health care, she set out to make a dog treat that was not just delicious, but healthy too.

“While working as a chef, my own beloved dog, Ralphie, developed a series of health ailments due to tainted pet products. I realized that a lot of the products on the market weren’t made with quality ingredients. As a chef, I decided to make food and treats for him on my own with the help of our vet, using only high-end products that I myself would eat,” said Samandari.

After countless hours of research, numerous test recipes and the help of a veterinarian, Gigi developed the Le Petit Treat family of flavors. Le Petit Treat dog biscuits are sold both online and through their developing wholesale network of pet stores and outlets.

About Le Petit Treat, LLC

Le Petit Treat was founded in 2012, by Le Cordon Bleu chef Gigi Samandari, and produces healthy and all-natural, allergen-free dog biscuits and treats that are safe for dogs with dietary restrictions. All ingredients are sourced directly from US manufacturers, and are carefully scrutinized for quality and safety standards. They use only real meat and vegetables in all their recipes and never import raw materials from abroad, all products are 100% made in the USA. For more information visit https://www.petit-treat.com/.


Coffee Innovation Redefined: Spirit Infused Coffee Line

Fire Department Coffee is redefining the coffee industry by releasing the first ever Spirit Infused Coffee Line!

For it’s flagship release, FDC will be featuring three different infused coffees: bourbon, tequila, and rum infused, each with their own unique flavors and aroma.

The Bourbon Infusion has the delicious smoothness of bourbon and the best part is you can drink it in the morning without feeling guilty. The Rum Infusion takes you straight to tropical shores with the kick of caffeine that you need to get the job done. The unique Tequila Infusion conveys the delicious complexity of the drink you know and love, with hints of lime and a crisp, sweet finish.

Fire Department Coffee Redefines the Coffee Infusion Process
Their new Spirit Infused Coffee uses groundbreaking infusion techniques to impart never before tasted flavors.

Fire Department Coffee is excited to announce the launch of their Spirit Infused Coffee Line. At Fire Dept. Coffee, they strive to not only provide the best tasting, easiest drinking coffee on the market, but to also be on the cutting edge of coffee innovation.

“We’ve created a revolutionary infusion process unlike anything done before,” said Fire Department Coffee co-founder Luke Schneider. “Our Spirit Infused Coffee is set to redefine coffee innovation across the coffee industry.”
For its flagship release, they are featuring three different infused coffees each with its own unique flavor and aroma.
• Bourbon Infusion — Experience the smoothness of bourbon every morning without feeling guilty.
• Rum Infusion — Be transported to tropical shores while getting just the right kick of caffeine to get the job done.
• Tequila Infusion — Complex and delicious, this unique infusion holds hints of lime and ends with a crisp, sweet finish.

The new line is made using a proprietary infusion process that’s quite different from traditional cask barrel aging, which often infuses an overly harsh flavor from the charred wood interior of the barrel.

“Consumers will taste the flavor they love with none of the negatives of the barrel aging process,” said Schneider. “Just the smooth Fire Dept. Coffee they’ve come to love imbued with the delicious smells and tastes of bourbon, tequila, or rum.”

This new process will give Fire Dept. Coffee the chance to experiment, and plans are already in the works for limited edition releases featuring other favored spirits. Those interested in learning more about their future releases can follow their Instagram and Facebook pages.

“Here at Fire Dept. Coffee, we pride ourselves on our work to create coffee that the working class can be proud to drink,” said Schneider. “We are positive that the Spirit Infused Coffee Line will be right at home among our other quality products.”

Luke Schneider and Mark Williams launched Fire Dept. Coffee in July of 2016 with the mission to bring the easiest drinking coffee to the nation’s hardest workingmen and women. Luke is a Navy Veteran and firefighter paramedic near Chicago. He works alongside the brand’s marketing and content specialist Mark Williams–a Marine Corps veteran and passionate firefighter.




Step Up Your Selfie Game

Step up your Selfie Game

Achieving a flawless selfie is easy with the new Hard Candy Powders!  The Hard Candy Sheer Envy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing Powder transforms the under eye area while the Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Translucent powder mattifies the face!  Say goodbye to dull selfies and hello pictures that will have your friends and followers begging you to share your beauty secret!  

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Bake, Brighten and Set Loose Finishing Powder, $6

Baking” is a makeup artist technique that prevents creasing and gives a natural radiance to your undereye area. 5 minutes to day-long perfection! Banana baking powder prevents creasing and offers a natural radiance.

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $6

A weightless, translucent finishing powder for all skin tones creates a soft matte finish. Apply powder over makeup to set your look and control oil.

Here are also other products I recommend from Hard Candy.

Limited Edition Radiant Primer, $5

A primer is the 1st step to neutralizing skin concerns! These primers are formulated with hydrating ingredients that blend easily into the skin and provides a neutral base. Apply after cleansing and moisturizing. Rub into skin until absorbed. When dry, continue with your makeup routine!

Green: neutralize skin redness due to sunburn, rosacea, uneven skin tone, or acne

Yellow: neutralize mild skin redness due to mild sunburn or acne

Pink: neutralize dullness and sallowness (Fair to Light skin tones)

Lavender: neutralize dullness and sallowness (Medium to Dark skin tones)

Peach: neutralize dark circles and spots (Fair to Light skin tones)

Orange: neutralize dark circles and spots (Medium to Dark skin tones)


A créme color corrector that targets skin imperfections! This lightweight formula is easy to apply and easily blends into skin. Flexible brush tip applicator is soft to touch and fits into the contours of your skin… don’t forget the nose area!

Green: neutralize skin redness due to sunburn, rosacea, uneven skin tone, or acne

Yellow: neutralize mild skin redness due to mild sunburn or acne

Pink: neutralize dullness and sallowness (Fair to Light skin tones)

Lavender: neutralize dullness and sallowness (Medium to Dark skin tones)

Peach: neutralize dark circles and spots (Fair to Light skin tones)

Orange: neutralize dark circles and spots (Medium to Dark skin tones)

Limited Edition Expert Stick, $5

A creamy, blendable, pastel stick that camoflages skin imperfections! This pencil is precise and easy to apply. You’ll never need a sharpener for the soft, retractable corrector point… don’t forget the nose area!

Green: neutralize skin redness due to sunburn, rosacea, uneven skin tone, or acne

Yellow: neutralize mild skin redness due to mild sunburn or acne

Pink: neutralize dullness and sallowness (Fair to Light skin tones)

Lavender: neutralize dullness and sallowness (Medium to Dark skin tones)

Peach: neutralize dark circles and spots (Fair to Light skin tones)

Orange: neutralize dark circles and spots (Medium to Dark skin tones)

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-in Pigment Makeup Drops, $7

Hard Candy Turn Me Matte Glamoflauge Mix-In Drops are concentrated liquid drops that can be used to change the finish of your liquid and cream makeup to matte. Simply mix several drops of the transformer into your liquid or cream foundation and then apply the mixture to skin as you normally would. Even the dewiest foundations will instantly transform to a matte finish without compromising the look or feel of your foundation. The mattifying drops reduce shininess on the face, especially in the T-Zone, absorb excess oil and sebum, and minimize and blur pores to create a matte complexion. Skin will be more blurred, with pores becoming less visible. Turn Me Matte drops can also be used throughout the day to absorb oil buildup and refresh your makeup.

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Drops:

  • Use to change the finish of your liquid and cream makeup to matte
  • Even the dewiest foundations will instantly transform to a matte finish without compromising the look or feel of your foundation
  • Mattifying drops reduce shininess on the face, especially in the T-Zone, absorb excess oil and sebum, and minimize and blur pores to create a matte complexion

The Hard Candy products are available at Walmart and Walmart.com


The New Kind of Stress That’s Affecting Your Skin





Leading Prestige Skincare Brand Hopes to Halt the Effects of Cultural Stress on the Skin by Enabling the Power of Human Connections

In today’s always-on world, people are more digitally-connected than ever before – yet less connected to one another in meaningful ways. That’s why Murad®, the pioneering clinical skincare brand, is launching the EyesUp Campaign, a new initiative designed to educate people about the danger of digital-only relationships and the power of real-world human connection. Through the campaign, Murad is encouraging people around the world to go “EyesUp” and connect with one another in real life.

Renowned as the “Father of Internal Skincare,” Dr. Murad’s groundbreaking work and research over the past decade has centered on helping people cope with Cultural Stress™, or the stress of modern living. The hallmarks of Cultural Stress include digital dependency, the inability to disconnect from work, and lowered self-esteem due to increased social expectations.

“As a dermatologist, I believe that healthy skin is a direct reflection of how you live your life. But today, nearly all of us are living in an increasingly stressful, always-on environment,” said Dr. Howard Murad, Murad. “The irony of technological advancement is that we are more digitally connected than ever before, yet less connected to one another in meaningful ways. This has profound implications for our skin, health, and ultimately happiness.”

In fact, this type of constant and pervasive stress has tremendous health consequences, which are particularly visible on the skin. Chronic stress, like that from Cultural Stress, has been shown to weaken immunity, increase inflammation, and accelerate aging[1].  Through the EyesUp campaign, Murad hopes to use its brand expertise on the topic to empower people to connect by disconnecting, thereby taking action against their own form of Cultural Stress.

The campaign kicks-off today with the launch of an educational film created to raise awareness about the power of human connection. The campaign video, directed by acclaimed director Kassim Norris and produced by HECHO EN 72, the production company situated inside award-winning creative agency 72andSunny, depicts the physical and emotional tolls digital dependence takes through the lens of various people living in social isolation.

Murad is also launching a content hub (www.EyesUp.com) to educate people about digital dependence and social isolation, and take the EyesUp pledge. The in-depth resource will include new research, tips and tools for unlocking the power of human connection, and articles from expert contributors including neuroscientist and mind-body expert Dr. Claudia Aguirre and the renowned research organization Sputnik Observatory, dedicated to the study of contemporary culture.

To coincide with the external consumer launch of EyesUp, Murad is unveiling an innovative employee engagement program. Beginning today, each employee is invited to take the EyesUp Diagnostic Quiz to measure their own levels of Cultural Stress. Based on this diagnostic tool, Dr. Murad will host EyesUp “Office Hours” for employees to get a prescription for coping with their unique source of Cultural Stress.

Additionally, Murad has installed EyesUp Digital Device Stations in each conference room to encourage device-free meetings and deeper connections with one another throughout the day. The organization has also created “EyesUp Zones” throughout the office where employees are encouraged to talk with one another face-to-face over complimentary drinks and water-rich fruits and snacks.

Throughout 2017, the EyesUp campaign will be supported by a robust social media campaign, public relations efforts, and in-store retail activations. This is the first in a multi-year commitment to helping people unlock the power of human connection.

Here are some products I recommend:

City Skin Duo $135

2-piece set
Every day, our skin is faced with the harmful effects of the world around us; blue light from devices, pollution from cars and smog, infrared radiation from warming devices like stoves or microwaves, and of course, UV rays from the sun. Care for your skin around the clock with the City Skin® collection of breakthrough formulas. Shield skin during the day from the main causes of damage with City Skin® Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++ and detoxify and revitalize skin overnight with City Skin® Overnight Detox Moisturizer for a radiant glow by morning.

City Skin® Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++ shields skin from:

  • 96% of pollution*
  • 89% of Blue Light from devices**
  • 52% of Infrared Light*

Rapid Resurfacing Peel $44

In 1989, Dr. Murad revolutionized anti-aging skincare with breakthrough Glycolic Acid technologies. Today, Glycolic Acid is the gold standard for exfoliation and Dr. Murad remains a leading expert on its use to renew skin’s youthful appearance.
Experience Dr. Murad’s renowned glycolic anti-aging treatment at home. This extra-strength peel helps reverse signs of aging and detoxify skin. A powerful blend of 10% Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C instantly retexturizes skin, enhances radiance, and evens tone without irritation. Textured towelettes allow for targeted application of active ingredients and removal of surface cells exposed to toxic pollutants that have accumulated throughout the day.
Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel $45
2.0 FL. OZ.
This lightweight, yet powerful treatment gel helps treat acne and prevent breakouts while gently exfoliating for clearer, healthier-looking skin. Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel’s Hydrogen Peroxide delivery system maximizes the efficacy of Salicylic Acid, Retinol, and Glycolic Acid, going to work immediately to help clear skin.



Founded in 1989, Murad is a pioneering clinical skincare brand dedicated to encouraging people to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Backed by 19 unique patents and a 30-year legacy of research and clinical testing, Murad’s unique philosophy, called Connected Beauty, is a whole person approach to health and beauty that inspires people to nourish their skin, awaken their body through physical activity, “eat” their water by consuming water-rich fruits and vegetables, and be kind to their mind. To learn more about Murad and its products, visit www.murad.com.


LDC Launches NEW Intense Skincare Line

Created in a FDA-approved, scientifically advanced laboratory, these products use clinically-proven active ingredients work simultaneously to repair, hydrate and rejuvenate skin.

La Difference Cosmetics (LDC™) (ladifferencecosmetics.com), announced today the launch of its all-new Intense Skin Therapy product line with eight new products (available in travel and full sizes) that provide immediate and lasting results. LDC, the makers of the internationally-bestselling La Différence Cosmetics Instant Face Lift, have been working on the formulas for the Intense Skin Therapy line for over two years to make sure the professionally-developed anti-aging skin care products provide dramatic results including lifting and firming skin, providing instant results, tightening and strengthening skin that contain antioxidants to fight free-radical damage.

Created in a FDA-approved, scientifically-advanced laboratory, Intense Skin Therapy uses plant stem cells as well as clinically-proven ingredients that work on a cellular level to provide instant rejuvenation and hydration of the skin, while powerful tightening actives work to reduce visible fine lines and wrinkles. Founded by three women who saw a void in the marketplace of effective and natural anti-aging skincare that actually works, LDC™ truly perform beyond expectations.” The idea was conceived to have a line so versatile, it would easily adapt to any beauty and maintenance regime for women and men.


LDC Plumping Hand Cream uses natural and powerful actives to help compensate for the loss of volume, and revive the healthy appearance of your hands and posterior thanks to their adipose stimulating properties, which positively influences your skin’s genetic proclivity to stimulate collagen cells.

Features and Benefits

  • Helps increase hand volume
  • Helps improve the contour and curves of the hand
  • Uses safe and natural ingredients
  • Helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles


INTENSE Anti-Aging Night Repair Cream is the added boost you’ll need to counter that aging process and restore your skin back to its youthful shimmer. This invigorating product will repair dry, flaky and damaged skin, leaving you with a silky smooth and healthy condition. Simply apply the cream at night and awake with radiant, refreshed and revitalized skin in the morning.

Features and Benefits

  • Restores dry and damaged skin
  • Helps alleviate dark circles
  • Revitalizes shine and complexion
  • Fights the aging process
  • Contains safe and natural ingredients

INTENSE Hyaluronic Miracle Cream contains a powerful blend of moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients to ensure that the skin remains hydrated and balanced to prevent signs of aging. Well-moisturized skin is one  of the most important secrets to achieving younger looking skin. When the skin experiences moisture and balance, it is able to regenerate new cells and counteract the aging effects of dry skin.

Features and Benefits

  • Moisturizes the skin
  • Helps promote new collagen and elastin growth
  • Helps regenerate new skin cells
  • Plumps and firms the skin


INTENSE Vitamin BCE + Ferulic Serum is a comprehensive antioxidant super serum that takes advantage of each of the unique antioxidant delivery methods and chemical interactions to combat oxidative stress, and provide additional hydration and skin lightening benefits. The scientific compatibility and enhancement that these selected ingredients provide, help combat oxidative stress on multiple levels, for a deeper, more satisfying antioxidant treatment.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides unrivaled antioxidant benefits
  • Actives work synergistically to boost one another
  • Hydrates and moisturizes
  • Helps lighten the skin

INTENSE Hydrating Serum for 40+ with Squalane is a pure moisturizer derived from the bountiful goodness of olives. It is a simple, safe and extremely efficient conditioner, excellent for managing skin and smoothing out wrinkles. It also exhibits amazing regenerative, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. And INTENSE Cucumber Eye & Lip Cream uses a blend of Cucumber Extract, Peptides, Vitamin E and Retinyl Palmitate to provide generous skin nourishment and hydrating qualities that help alleviate dark circles, stimulate collagen growth, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and restore a youthful and energetic appearance to your gaze.

About La Différence Cosmetics
La Différence Cosmetics™ was founded with one goal: to provide consumers with the best professionally formulated anti-aging skin care products. La Difference Cosmetics™ luxury creams diminish signs of aging while nourishing skin with the most natural and effective ingredients available. Created in a scientifically advanced laboratory, their products use clinically proven-ingredients that work on a cellular level to provide instant rejuvenation and hydration of the skin, while powerful tightening actives work to reduce visible fine lines and wrinkles. La Différence Cosmetics™ products are made in the USA and manufactured in a state of the art FDA approved laboratory, by a team of highly experienced chemists.


Mom Needs These Cheeky #Tees

This Mother’s Day, why not give moms a gift they’ll love to wear with VooChic’s sassy fashion that will make them smile? These fun-loving, must-have tees have just right cheeky attitude for those high-spirited moms on your list.

Celebrate Your Family’s First Ladies with Handcrafted Apparel that Says It All

Salute your family’s first lady this Mother’s Day with the love-filled fun of VooChic fashion. With just the right cheeky attitude for those high-spirited women in your life, VooChic celebrates all the glory of motherhood with tongue-in-cheek messages that those ardent mamas will love to show off.

VooChic is a unique brand that stands out like no other. Modern and hip, VooChic uses high-quality materials in different and unusual designs that you won’t find anywhere else.

All of VooChic’s handcrafted apparel is printed, rhinestoned, glittered, or screen-printed with love and care as they are created. Entirely original, each piece is made with high-spirited designs that are sassy, lively and befit any proud, fiery woman wearing them.

VooChic offers a wide-range of fun-loving messages and styles including the following:

  • Let all the hot mamacitas sport the loud and proud Latina MAMACITA Black & White Handcrafted Tanky made with 100% cotton. The relaxed fit is perfect for everyday wear, as a beach cover or a workout tank ($28).
  • Tell everyone she’s a one-of-a-kind with a flowy-cuffed Mother Like No Other muscle tee. This simple yet eye-catching tee is made with soft viscose and polyester, and topped with black-screen print that tells the world she’s outstanding.

VooChic is created by Dallas-Cowboys enthusiast and LEO (law enforcement officer) wife, Yvette Faulkner. As a LEO wife and motherof three, Yvette came up with the concept to create unique designs for women to wear and share while supporting their LEOs. Yvette’s passion for being distinctive comes to life in the fun-spirited boutique apparel that is perfect for any occasion.

Check out all the fun styles at www.Voochic.etsy.com or https://www.instagram.com/voochic_clothing/.

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