Debuts the J. Mendel “Matin” Vanity Pouch

Complimentary with purchases of $125 or more*®, a division of, inc., has introduced the exclusive “Matin” Vanity Pouch from High-end design house J. Mendel Paris as a complimentary gift this fall. Customers will receive the product-filled faux leather pouch when they spend more than $125 at the prestige beauty retailer.* With fall approaching, the sleek “Matin” Vanity Pouch is perfect for toting your beauty essentials while keeping it classy for those cooler autumn evenings. The bucket style pouch makes it easy for shoppers to store every sized item from makeup brushes and tools to cosmetics and skin care. The two-tone black design makes this a great accessory for both women and men. The “Matin” Vanity Pouch can be found at and is available while supplies last. Debuts the J. Mendel Paris "Matin" Vanity Pouch (PRNewsFoto/ Debuts the J. Mendel Paris “Matin” Vanity Pouch (PRNewsFoto/

J. Mendel Paris is a fifth-generation luxury brand established on the principles of high quality, style, and impeccable craftsmanship. Continuing in the couture tradition of his ancestors, creative director Gilles Mendel transformed the company from a luxury fur house into a fully-fledged fashion house with the launch of its ready-to-wear collection in 2002. Gilles Mendel‘s signature luxe-femininity and effortless elegance has made the house of J. Mendel a red-carpet favorite among international royalty and Hollywood stars alike. His collections are carried at the finest stores across the globe.

Since then, he has introduced J. Mendel bridal, accessories, handbags, and home furnishings. In recognition of his achievements in women’s fashion, Mendel was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2003, and was awarded the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt National Fashion Design Award in 2011.

I wanted to create something classic and super functional that would reflect the sleek glamour of my Fall 15 runway collection,” says Gilles Mendel. (See Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Collection video here.)

The J. Mendel “Matin” Vanity Pouch arrives fully stocked with 13 prestige beauty samples in both deluxe and full sizes. The pouch and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of $155. The selection includes offerings from some of the beauty world’s top beauty and skin care brands:
1. Alterna Replenishing Moisture Milk, 0.85 oz
2. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream, 20 mL
3. Tweezerman Nail Spa Quick Shine Polish File 2 in 1

4. VBeaute Lip Spread Anti-Age Tinting Lip Gloss (Kinky Lip OR Scandal Lip)
5. Devacurl SuperCream Deluxe Sample
6. Beautyblender Mini SOLID Cleanser
7. Bareminerals Pop of Passion Lip Balm
8. Phytodefrisant, Botanical Straightening Balm 60 mL
9. Fusion Mini Mascara
10. Bliss Grapefruit and Aloe Body Butter Deluxe Sample
11. Jenna Hipp Nail Polish (shades may vary)
12. Paula’s Choice Vitamin C Spot Treatment
13. PopBeauty Kajal Pen (Black) Full-sized
14. offer card, Inc. is a leading online destination for prestige beauty products, provides a highly personalized shopping experience and offers more than 350 brands from widely recognized to niche, hard-to-find products. While looking to reach the $125 hurdle and receive the “Matin” Vanity Pouch, customers can shop an assortment of new-to-store skin care brands including Therapy-G, Patchology, and Macadamia Professional. For bright and fun new make-up items, shoppers will find offerings from Paul & Joe Beaute and Smashbox. With temperatures cooling down, has everything customers need to combat winter skin like Marula Pure Beauty Oil Pure Facial Oil, Lather Bamboo Lemongrass Moisturizer, and Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream.

For exclusive seasonal beauty content, beauty fans will find fall make-up and hair tutorials on the Advice & Trends page. Viewers can watch Beauty Director-at-Large Romy Soleimani demonstrate how to get the most on-trend make-up looks for fall in the Video Library. On the Beauty Close Up, Romy continues to share her favorite product picks for the season. Other fall features include nail art tutorials, Skin Care Advice and the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 Runway Recap loaded with product suggestions, gorgeous photos, and live backstage videos.

Beauty fans can continue to look to the social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to find featured products spanning makeup, skin-care, hair care and fragrance. Other benefits include “Everyday Complimentary Shipping,”** 5% back on every purchase with mdollars(TM)**, speedy shipping, the complimentary sampling center, 100% satisfaction guarantee***, and a shared online shopping cart with the partner site, Beauty fans can also get the latest tips, trends, and promotions sent directly to their email by signing up for the complimentary weekly Beauty Bulletin on the site.
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*While supplies last. This “Matin” Vanity Pouch from J. Mendel is available at with any $125 purchase. Offer may be applied only once per household. May not combine with some offers. Complimentary gift has an approximate value of $125. Complimentary gifts cannot be returned for refund, credit, or exchange. The complimentary gift will be added to your shopping bag when you reach the minimum purchase threshold. Gift cards/certificates, backordered items, out of stock items, and items marked “This item requires special handling” are not eligible for this offer. A minimum purchase does not include shipping charges or applicable tax. Void where prohibited by law. We may make changes to or terminate this offer at any time. Your use of this site shall be deemed as your acceptance of our Terms of Use.

**Complimentary standard shipping is available only on purchases of $35 or more, and does not apply to gift cards/certificates, bulk orders, or orders over 20 pounds. With dollars(TM), customers receive a credit to their account equal to 5% of any eligible purchase. Customers cannot earn or apply dollars(TM) to gift certificates, gift cards, discounts, complimentary items, past purchase, or non-shipped, undeliverable or returned dollars(TM) cannot be redeemed for cash. These offers are only available on the and web sites. These offers are not available on partner sites such as and

***All purchases are backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied with an item you have purchased from, you may return it within 30 days of the date it was delivered and receive a refund or in-store credit. Certain items, such as jewelry, purses, and intimate apparel, can only be returned for refund or credit if unworn, are in original packaging and have any original tags still attached.

An American Icon Since 1965, The Iconic Lava Lamp® Turns 50!

Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection & The Beatles Themed Lava Lamps Now Available

In 2015, the ubiquitous 1960’s pop culture icon celebrates its 50th Anniversary. This year marks a half-century of Lava® Lamps in the United States, which has been featured in countless TV shows, movies, magazines and more. In honor of its golden anniversary, the ever-popular “original shape of cool” has created a limited edition 50th collection for its fans.

A lava lamp (or Astro lamp) is a decorative novelty item, invented by British accountant Edward Craven Walker, the founder of Mathmos, in 1963. The lamp contains blobs of colored wax inside a glass vessel filled with clear or translucent liquid; the wax rises and falls as its density changes due to heating from an incandescent light bulb underneath the vessel. The appearance of the wax is suggestive of pāhoehoe lava, hence the name. The lamps are designed in a variety of styles and colours.

Lava Lamp Celebrates 50 Years Along with The Beatles' 13 Album Releases! Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection Lava Lamp (?right?), plus The Beatles and Yellow Submarine Themed Lava Lamps available on September 1! (PRNewsFoto/Lava Lite, LLC)

Lava Lamp Celebrates 50 Years Along with The Beatles’ 13 Album Releases! Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection Lava Lamp (?right?), plus The Beatles and Yellow Submarine Themed Lava Lamps available on September 1! (PRNewsFoto/Lava Lite, LLC)

A classic lamp contains a standard incandescent bulb or halogen lamp which heats a tall (often tapered) glass bottle. A formula from 1968 U.S. patent consisted of water and a transparent, translucent or opaque mix of mineral oil, paraffin wax and carbon tetrachloride.

Lava Lite, LLC® has been the global manufacturer of Lava® Lamps worldwide and sells millions of Lava Lamps annually. This iconic product is popular with fans of all ages, from adults to millennials, appearing everywhere from offices to dorm rooms. At 50 years old, Lava Lite, LLC is the international manufacturing company that offers the original shape of cool, the Lava Lamp and based out of Elk Grove Village, IL. The company holds the US trademark rights to the shape and name Lava Lamp and is sold across various distribution channels in US, Canadian, and European retailers.

The limited edition 50th Anniversary Collection includes four lamp sizes: 14.5″ ($19.99), 17″ ($29.99), 16.3″ ($39.99), and 27″ Grande ($119.99). The lamps have premium features included: gold painted base & cap, embossed 50th anniversary logo on the base, certificate of authenticity, and either an easy-access switch on the base or a dimmer switch, depending on the size of the lamp.

In addition, an exclusive collection of The Beatles-and Yellow Submarine-themed Lava Lamps debut on September 1st . Lava Lite, LLC is partnering with Apple Corp. Ltd. to bring fans this collection and will feature designs inspired by the albums Help!, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as a series based on their timeless animated classic Yellow Submarine. The Lava Lamps will also have premium features and embellishments such as full color decals with album cover artwork, Beatles and album logo silk-screening, and multi-colored, hand-painted glass globes. Priced at $29.99, standing at 14.5″ tall and filled with 20 oz. of either glitter or Lava, these lamps will truly rock & roll.

Lava products can be found in mass merchants, gift and specialty stores, warehouse clubs, and various online retailers. For more information and to purchase all lamps, please visit

AARP Foundation Announces A Celebration of Service on September 11


5,000 volunteers will Pack Over One Million Meals on The National Mall For Area’s Struggling Seniors

The AARP Foundation presents the largest meal pack to be held on the National Mall on Friday, September 11th. More than 5,000 volunteers will pack 1.2 million nutritious meals for struggling seniors, first responders as well as veterans. The event, in association with Chase, will take place near the WWII Memorial on the National Mall. The AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of the AARP.

AARP Foundation logo (PRNewsFoto/AARP Foundation)

AARP Foundation logo (PRNewsFoto/AARP Foundation)

The District of Columbia has one of the highest rates of seniors living in poverty, with 13.4 percent of all households in the area considered food insecure.**** The 1.2 million meals will be distributed to hungry and food insecure older adults across the D.C. metro area in collaboration with the Capital Area Food Bank. Volunteers are encouraged to participate and join members from the community, government, local universities, non-profits, and members of the armed services to pay tribute to the service commitment that is now such an important part of September 11th.

More than 15,000 seniors in the greater Washington, DC region live in poverty, a terribly persistent and often invisible problem among older adults,” said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “A Celebration of Service, on this day of remembrance, is an opportunity to help uplift the lives of our neighbors by coming together in the spirit of volunteerism to tackle the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Giving back to our national community is a core value across Chase and we are proud to be part of this celebration and continue to work together to raise awareness and make a meaningful impact on such an important issue,” said Richard Quigley, president of Chase’s partner card business. This event dovetails with Chase card services’ efforts to raise money for AARP Foundation‘s hunger programs through cause-marketing campaigns by the AARP Credit Card from Chase program.

Fellow D.C. resident and co-host of ABC’s The Chew, Carla Hall, will also join the celebration on Friday to help pack. “The basic need of putting food on the table is a daily struggle faced by too many older adults across our communities,” said Hall. “I’m honored to participate with AARP Foundation and Chase on this day of service, and work alongside thousands of volunteers who are united in passion to come together to help feed those in need.

The AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further.
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****Food insecurity is the most broadly-used measure of food deprivation in the United States. The USDA defines food insecurity as meaning “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” Acceptable shorthand terms for food insecurity are “hungry, or at risk of hunger,” and “hungry, or faced the threat of hunger.” Food insecurity can also accurately be described as “a financial juggling act, where sometimes the food ball gets dropped.” Food insecurity is not “the government’s definition of hunger.” It is a broader term that captures outright hunger and the coping mechanisms that households use to avoid hunger.

Food insecurity is a household situation, not an individual situation. While food insecurity affects everyone in a household, it may affect them differently. Therefore it is not correct to state that specific individuals in a food insecure household (such as children) definitely experience outright hunger or specific coping mechanisms. Rather than describing these individuals as being “food insecure”, they should be referred to as “living in a food insecure home.” Food insecurity does not mean that a household lacks access to grocery stores, lives in a “food desert,” or does not have time to shop/cook. It only refers to lack of food access based on financial and other material resources.

Source: The Texas Food Bank Network/