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January 2, 2018

All the Pleasure Without the Gain

by Lisa Gal

With our busy lifestyles, wouldn’t it be great to have a nutritious, convenient snack that tastes like a delicious treat and not feel guilty? When snack time creeps up, many people opt for nutritionally depleted fast food. With obesity on the rise and the importance of being health, fitness and weight conscious, Slim Secrets can help you achieve your goals with their range of snack bars, cookies, protein balls, shakes and puddings. Their philosophy isn’t about extreme dieting but finding healthier ways to have it all. At Slim Secrets they are dedicated to making sure that their range of products not only taste great, but have the right balance of fats/carbohydrates and proteins offering consumers their guilt-free snacking while at the same time supporting their wellness goals. We are so thrilled to be gifting their products in our Hollywood Swag Bags being given to the Golden Globe Nominees staying at the Four Seasons Hotel this weekend.

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January 2, 2018

BEST HAIR TIPS FOR GIRLS WITH NATURAL CURLS International Stylist and Curl Master Creator of The Doux Gets Real About Real Hair

The Doux

People with wavy or curly hair are always looking for new products, tips and tricks to lock in their desired look. Whether they want to blow it straight, create looser curls or maximize their tighter coils, Maya Smith, Celebrity Hair Stylist, salon owner and creator of The Doux, the “Indie” haircare line with cult following now available at Target, is truly the master. Here she shares her best tips for girls with curls who want to revel in their natural hair and create a style they love.

Understand the battle between oil and moisture.

The first thing people must understand is that there are opposite things going on at the same time. “Due to the shape of curly haired strands, the hair tends to be under moisturized. On the other hand, the curly haired scalp can get very oily. Managing these opposite demands is the struggle of girls who wish to keep their curls. The key here is knowing how best to address both,” explains Maya who led the movement for women to transition from relaxers to natural curls.

Be gentle when washing curly hair.

According to Maya, kinky, thick, coiled textures tend to appear “tough” and strong enough to withstand heavy manipulation. “In my experience, these hair types are actually the most delicate, and should be handled with care, she recommends.”

Step One: Pick your products wisely.

Maya applied over 2 decades of research and development based on working knowledge of hair texture and listening to what people wanted. “I created The Doux™ SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo and FRESH RINSE Moisturizing Conditioner as the one-two step that delivers both deep cleaning plus exceptional nourishment necessary for styling.” It’s now available in Target stores and the full product line is available online at 

Step Two: Prep for shampoo.

Maya’s professional instructions for curl mastery begins with rinsing hair thoroughly with water for a minimum of 30 seconds. “This helps to eliminate any water-soluble product buildup, such as hair gel or heat protectant. It also helps you save shampoo! Assuming you’re shampooing in the shower, letting the water run over the hair in a downward motion helps prevent further tangling, and allows the hair shaft to swell and the curl pattern to fully rebound.” For those with extremely thick hair, Maya suggests separating hair into 4 sections prior to wetting the hair for increased manageability.

Once the shampoo is applied, Maya recommends light manipulation at the scalp, going from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. “Squishing” the hair up toward the scalp is a no-no. “Shampooing this way can cause unforgivable tangling and matting. I recommend repeating the shampooing process at least once.”

Step Three: Condition and comb through like a pro. 

If your scalp was properly shampooed, conditioning is easy. “This time, you’re focusing on your thirsty ends first, working upward toward the scalp. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush (our favorite is Felicia Leatherwood’s “Brush with the Best” detangling brush) before rinsing, starting at the ends, working up toward to the roots. Remember to rinse with cool water which snaps cuticles shut, locks in moisture, makes your hair shinier and reduces frizz.”

When it comes to “co-washing” or “conditioner washing” Maya equates the popular trend to washing your clothes with fabric softener. “In my experience, co-washing causes build-up on the hair, coating the cuticle and impairing the hair’s natural ability to absorb water. Oils, waxes, and product residue harden on the hair shaft, making it more brittle and less porous over time. When the hair can no longer effectively absorb water, the elasticity of the hair is compromised, leaving the hair “crunchy” and stiff, where it is more likely to break. The result is hair that feels dry and brittle, no matter what product you use to moisturize it,” explains Maya.

One of the things Maya Smith and her team of stylists are known for is their ability to restore hundreds of their clients’ curls, simply by getting them to trade in the co-wash for a gentle, pH-balanced moisturizing shampoo, like The Doux’s SUCKA FREE which properly cleanses hair of product residue. “Once you have the hair thoroughly clean it “drinks” up the necessary amount of moisture, and returns to its natural softness,” Maya clarifies.

Avoid alcohol and kick the crunch to the curb.

Styling products high in alcohol give curls a crunchy feel.  They suck up every last bit of moisture.  Hair spray tends to contain the most alcohol, while gels, mousses and anything that provides hold or lift come in second. “I recommend water-soluble gels that don’t feel sticky on your skin, and aerated mousses or foams that resemble beaten egg whites, to give hair fullness, control, and non-brittle curls,” Maya says.

She adds that she created The Doux so it can be used on hair that is worn curly or straight. “Our clients purchase one set of products, and apply them differently to achieve the style they want. If you’re rocking curly hair today, you’re using The Doux’s Mousse Def and Bonita Afro Balm for softness and definition, and The Light for shine. If you’re wearing a blowout, you’re still using the same products, but applying them less liberally, and using the shine mist as a heat protectant. It’s super simple and easy to follow once you’ve seen the results each of them deliver,” Maya explains. 

Blow-Dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer.

Maya’s first choice for curly styles is to air dry. “If you don’t have the time to air dry then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer on a low heat setting.  A regular blow dryer nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time while a diffuser, dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look,” she explains.

Maya recommends always applying a heat-protecting product, then flipping your head upside down using a diffuser at the roots and mid-length making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. “It’s important to leave the ends for last, and leave them only semi-dry. Air drying the ends is your best option.”

Care for the curls you were born with!

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, Maya is 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 on Christmas Eve 2017, celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in 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.

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January 2, 2018

Jessica Alba Wears Silk Laundry!

silk laundry

Jesica Alba

LOS ANGELES, CA – December 18, 2017  –  Jessica Alba was spotted wearing Silk Laundry at the Baby2Baby Holiday Party yesterday in Los Angeles! The business mogul showed off her growing bump while wearing the 90’s Silk Slip Dress in Smoke ($168
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January 2, 2018

Planning a birthday party? Trampoline Park welcomes you!

Celebrating birthday party with theme based decorations, dressings and games is one of the latest trends prevailing. People not only consider it as an exclusive way of celebrating their special day, but it also falls within their budget and is a great deal for both the organizer and the guests. Whether its children, teenagers or even adults, each one of them loves to celebrate their precious day amidst their loved ones and want to make it remarkable forever. One such place where celebrating birthdays can completely enhance your experience is the trampoline park. Celebrating your birthday here is not only limited to food, snacks, and dancing, but it can bring tons of happiness for everyone, who would be a part of your party. So, know more about Entertainment Centers such as Adrenaline Entertainment Centers, and plan out the perfect birthday party today!

About Trampoline Park

A lot of you might have heard this name for the very first time. But it is something which has completely transformed the way we see various outdoor and indoor activities. As the name itself is self-explanatory, trampoline parks usually comprise of several interconnected trampolines that will let you jump till greater altitudes. Moreover, the place features enormous other gaming opportunities where you can participate in groups or in teams. Not only this, but it also accommodates huge indoor places where you can easily plan an event for a huge number of people. Thus, Trampoline Park is one of the greatest areas to organize a birthday party along with enjoying at the various games and trampolines in a go.

A lot of you might be discovering the answer to the question, that how can I find a trampoline park near me? Well, some of the most suitable places where trampoline parks can be witnessed include Florida and New York. Apart from these places, there are various other central geographical locations where parks can be witnessed. As they are located nearby, you don’t have to waste your time in struggling out a place which can accommodate the number of people you want. You can find the park right through its official website along with the direction that can help you to reach on time.

Why choose Trampoline Park for celebrating birthday party above all?

A lot of you might consider halls, pubs, hotels or other places suitable for celebrating birthdays. Then why do we recommend you to choose trampoline parks as the real destination? Well, the reasons are many. While planning any party or any occasion, you might consider various factors, but with Trampoline Park, you just need to remember your birthday and nothing else. From decorations to arrangements, everything is done professionally by the artists for you. Here are some more reasons due to which, you must choose the Adrenaline Entertainment Centers for celebrating your day!

  • Budget-friendly- before planning any event, the first thing that strikes our brain is the budget that we have.  Unless you plan out the perfect budget, it is not at all possible to set up the facilities, dishes and all other things within it. However, when you plan to celebrate this special occasion right at this park, you will feel astonished after knowing the prices. All the services are provided to you at very less and affordable prices. You just have to invite your guest, and all the further arrangements will be made by the experts available in trampoline parks.
  • Suitable for all age groups– teenagers usually feel uncomfortable when they have to celebrate their birthday with their family members and friends together. However, this place will let you feel comfortable with your choice. Whether its family, kids or friends, we have got something for each of them. A special kid’s zone will maintain the safety and security of the toddlers while keeping them immersed in enthusiasm. And the place will also keep your parents and youngsters busy with all sort of activities that they have.
  • Main attention to safety– well, jumping on the trampolines and playing several adrenaline boosting games like basketball is not a cup of tea for everyone. Your kids might get hurt badly because of the wrong techniques used. But, at Trampoline Park, this won’t ever happen. After enjoying the birthday party, if you are planning to get on the trampolines, then it’s a fair deal for all of you. Our experts will always stay with the people, especially kids so that they don’t face any harm or injury lately.

Thus, if you are also a crazy party lover and want to spend your wonderful time in a place full of enthusiasm and excitement, then you must plan an outing here, whether you want to plan a birthday party or not, the palace is ideal for all sort of activities. Thus, search out for the best trampoline park near me, and make a visit to this amazing destination today.


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January 2, 2018

Adding Sparkle to Your Sex Life in 2018

Keeping your sex life exciting can be difficult in a long-term relationship. You’ve been together for years, you don’t have any secrets, and you know each other’s habits like the back of your hand. Add children, bills, and stressful jobs into the mix, and you’ve hardly got a recipe for romance. The good news is, you don’t have to resign yourself to a low-libido, and there are things you can do to heat up the bedroom action without going overboard. So, if you’re stuck in a relationship rut, make working on your sex life your number one resolution this New Years. To help you get started, here are ten ways to bring the sparkle back to your sex life in 2018.

Prioritize Couple Time

Modern life is busy and complicated, so it’s understandable that many of us feel that we don’t have time for sex. However, almost all of us make time for intimacy when we’re dating, so perhaps it’s a question of prioritizing our relationships rather than simply having more time. You’re not always going to feel like being intimate of course, and it’s natural for your sex drive to wane when you’ve been with your partner for a while. However, giving up the housework sometimes or turning off the TV for a couple of hours can make room for the quality time you both need.

Invest in Some New Underwear

In the early days, you probably tried to impress your partner at every opportunity. However, it’s easy to slip into comfortable routines (and clothes!) when you’ve been together for years. Reignite some of that former magic by swapping your sweatpants for sexy underwear and see where the night takes you. Not only will provocative lingerie excite your partner, but you will also feel sexy and empowered. If you want to go one step further, you can make your bedroom look more appealing by dressing your bed in some new sheets, lighting candles, and clearing the room of any kids’ toys and other clutter to set the mood.

Explore Sex Toys

One of the best ways to bring a little excitement into your relationship is to bring sex toys into the bedroom. Not only do sex toys allow you to explore new areas of pleasure, but they also take some of the pressure off the encounter by making it more “playful.” These days, there is a vast choice of sex toys online, all of which can be delivered quickly and discreetly. Alternatively, the two of you can visit a sex shop and enjoy the anticipation of choosing something together.

Help Him Combat Performance Anxiety

Nothing dampens the mood more than a loss of confidence, so if your man is worried about his sexual performance, you may need to give him a helping hand to get things going. Erectile dysfunction is a common problem for men, and it’s nothing for him to be embarrassed about. Why not do some research together to find a product that can help? Bathmate provides safe, all-natural penis pumps that will allow your male partner to reach his desired size and stay erect for longer. The pumps work using only water and can be used in the bath or shower – you could even work one into your foreplay.

Take “Should” Out of the Conversation

Sex is different for everyone, and there is no “normal” amount of sex that you need to keep your relationship alive. Many of us don’t have as much sex as we’d like, but that doesn’t mean our relationships are doomed. Telling someone they “should” be having sex more regularly will only hurt and anger them. Everyone is different, and different people require different amounts of sex. Wanting sex more than your partner or vice versa doesn’t mean your incompatible; in fact, a difference in sexual appetite is a common problem, and it’s one that you can overcome if you’re both prepared to work at it.

Focus on Quality Over Quantity

It doesn’t necessarily matter how often you have sex, but the quality of your intimacy is important. There’s no need to compare your sex life to other couples, especially if you and your partner both enjoy sex when it happens. Pressurizing someone to have more sex than they are comfortable with will have the opposite effect, so focus on the quality of your encounters, not the quantity.

Don’t Keep Count

Again, try not to pressure on yourself on your partner to do what’s “normal” or to have “enough sex.” According to psychologists, a sex-starved relationship is one in which couples have sex less than ten times a year, but that it doesn’t become an issue until one person has a problem with that. Whether you and your partner have sex once a day, once a week, once a month or less isn’t relevant if you’re both happy with your arrangement, so there’s no need to keep score.

Overcome Any Issues

Your sex life can be affected by many internal and external factors, including health conditions, medications, psychological triggers, and previous sexual abuse. It’s normal to experience a reduced sex drive as you get older, and we all fall into ruts when we’re in long-term relationships. However, if you think your disinterest in sex could have another cause, then you should consult your doctor or see a psychologist to help you overcome the issue. Keep your partner in the loop on this as you work toward the sex life you both want together.

Don’t Try to Make It PerfectThe quality of your intimate time is what matters most, but, on the flip side of the coin, you shouldn’t wait for the perfect moment to present itself because it hardly ever does. It’s also a well-established fact that the more sex you have, the more you want, and sometimes you just have to get your libido going. If there are stressful jobs, late nights, and a couple of kids in the equation, it’s not going always going to be candles, soft lighting, and sexy underwear. Instead, embrace the perfectly imperfect, enjoy sex, and accept that it won’t always be the best you’ve ever had.  

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January 2, 2018

A Piece of Paradise

by Lisa Gal

Finns Beach Club in Bali offers absolute beachfront in front of the famous Berawa surf break with comfort day beds on a white sand beach & stunning infinity edge pool with swim up pool bar. The club is the first up-scale beach club in the fast-developing Canggu area of Bali, situated north-west of Kuta. Visitors to Finns can laze away the day in the sun from the comfort of single and double day beds on a white sand beach or swim in a stunning 30 metre infinity edge pool with swim up pool bar (and underwater speakers). The striking bamboo structure was specifically designed to allow every guest to have a guaranteed sunset view. Enjoy the unbeatable 180 degree ocean views whilst listening to the cool tunes from Resident DJ’s from 1pm. Finns Beach Club provides an experience like no other in Bali. All who visit this piece of paradise are in awe of it’s beauty, they leave relaxed, sun kissed and dreaming of when they will return. We are thrilled to include travel vouchers and a cool hat in our Hollywood Swag Bag honoring the Golden Globe nominees and talent staying at the Four Season Hotel this red carpet weekend.

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January 2, 2018

The Zero Waste Bag

by Lisa Gal

The very thing that makes plastic a serious environmental problem becomes Mother Erth‘s greatest strength. Their artisan weavers create incredibly strong weaves that stand up to rough treatment and daily use. The chic look coupled with a tough shell make your bag the go-to sidekick for any adventure. It might stow your books, carry shopping or be the conversation starter at a party. One bag to rule them all. Plastic that would have clogged landfills and choked oceans is given new life with each bag. When you carry your bag, you remind others to care for our environment and inspire them to better our world. We are excited to include the “Best Bag on Earth” in our Hollywood Swag Bags honoring the Golden Globe nominees and talent staying at the Four Seasons Hotel this red carpet weekend. Be sure to check them out at

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January 1, 2018

Skip the Cork with Backpack Wine

by Lisa Gal

For the first time, great-tasting, quality wine is offered in a take-anywhere, easy-open, recyclable can. Available in four-can packs of rosé, white, or red wine blends sourced from the finest vineyards, Backpack Wine lets you skip the cork, grab a pack and take quality wine with you, no matter how far off (or on!) the beaten path you want to go. Backpack Wine’s versatile rose, white and red blends are sourced from some of the finest Washington State vineyards and packaged in a can that’s ready for anything—tailgate to ski slope, bar to beach. Canned wine is easy to drink, serve and socialize over. It’s portable, shareable and fun to pair with any foods from casual to elegant. And that packaging…it’s recyclable, it’s cost-effective and it makes wine more approachable, rebellious and fresh. We are thrilled to include them in our Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted at the Four Seasons Hotel this red carpet weekend honoring the Golden Globe nominees, talent and guests.

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January 1, 2018

Custom Solutions for Your Skin’s Unique Needs

by Lisa Gal

Big zits? Clogged pores? Occasional breakouts? Lose the one-size-fits-all drugstore stuff. Curology will mix ingredients you can’t get off the shelf — and put your name on the bottle. You’re matched with a licensed dermatology provider who gets to know your skin. They’ll ask questions, check your progress, and stick by you. Curology has helped tens of thousands of people clear their skin. But let’s be real — there’s no magic bullet. They’ll do their best to get you clear skin, and if you’re not satisfied, they have a 90-day money-back guarantee. Now how sweet is that!? This is a perfect addition to our Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted to Hollywood’s elite staying at the Four Seasons Hotel this red carpet weekend.

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