DFW Beauty Pick: Nude Rose Highlight - 4 Color Highlighter Palette

Nude Rose Highlight - 4 Color Highlighter Palette

Nude Rose Highlight - 4 Color Highlighter Palette

PRICE: $11.99

Create a super-flattering luminous look with our Nude Rose 4 Color Highlighter Palette, a versatile quartet of shimmering shades -- icy pink, rose gold, pearl and pink pearl -- that adds a gorgeous glow and enhances your features. Simply apply the velvety, opalescent powder and blend well to illuminate cheekbones, brow bones, above your cupid's bow and center of bottom lip, along the bridge and center of the nose, to brighten inner corners of eyes -- anywhere light would naturally hit your face. The palette comes in a slim, mirrored metallic case that tucks easily into your handbag.

DFW Beauty Chat: Is This Mic On?

The Hustle. Team No Sleep. Social Media. Grinding. All apart of the busy lives of entrepreneurs. Often times, we forget about ourselves when we're trying to pour everything we have into our business(s). Sometimes, we have to slow down and focus on what’s important; our health, beauty and well-being.

Below are the self-care routines of 7 local diverse Dallas creatives/entrepreneurs.

Have a read DFW Beauties, and be sure to slow down and treat yo' self!

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Cara D's of MillennialLov3

I don't like to call it a routine, because I switch it up often!  So, self care for me is a strategy, and depending on what I need that week, it may include a few different tricks.  Nonetheless, here are 5 things that I do most consistently for self care:

  • Reading. Generally, I make time in my week to read at least a 3-4 hours.  Whether its self-help books or autobiographies (my favorite!), I squeeze time in for leisure reading to take my mind off the demands of the week.
  • BUBBLE BATHS!!!!!!!  Ok, its probably not that serious but I L O V E bubble baths.  Give me a glass of red wine and some candles, and I've created my own spa oasis.  And the best part?  Its totally free and relaxes your spirit.  I sleep better those nights, allowing me to start the next day refreshed and ready to go.
  • Writing. Yes, I write ALL day for my job and the podcast, but I also love writing in my journal and writing short stories and poems. It's almost like an escape from the real world.  
  • Sleeping in.  Please don't ask me to do anything on Saturday mornings because Saturdays are my sleep in days. I usually don't leave the bed until noon, giving my body some extra oomph to start my Saturday strong! 
  • Catching up with family & friends. Although I have amazing friends in Dallas, most of my tenured friends and all of my family live out of state.  Making time each week to talk or Facetime them centers me and helps me to remember just how AMAZING my circle is. It definitely helps me to keep going and going and going to make them proud!

Eryn Shields of Style Sew Me

Self-care is the key to my sanity! While I don't indulge in spa treatments and such as often as I'd like, I found that my self-care goes beyond luxurious treats.

I take care of my physical health by exercising 3 times per week, drinking lots of water, and limiting meat and dairy in my diet. I find this combination helps me sleep better, wake up in a state of clarity, keep my skin youthful, and feel less weighed down and groggy throughout the day.

I take care of my emotional health by engaging with and nurturing relationships around me that are positive, loving, and encouraging. Even with my hectic schedule, my husband and daughter are priority number 1. They are my center and I am intentional about not being so wrapped up in business that I miss moments with them.

I also exercise my power of saying no. I am very clear on my goals and say no to things that don't fit on the path to my dreams. Limiting distractions helps keep me clear, focused, purposeful, and intentional.


Kian Hervey of 40 Magazine

Most of what I do for Forty Magazine, like editing, writing, and designing content, is tied to a computer screen. When I need to recharge, I have to step away from the computer screen and completely unplug. I grab brunch with friends, get a manicure or pedicure, or binge watch a new TV series, anything to take my mind off the many duties associated with being an entrepreneur. Self care is important for any young professional trying to build their dream career.


Ki Ki J of Get N Tha Game Podcast

My self-care routine consists of being physically active, whether it be the gym, a Zumba class or walking around the metroplex I always try my best to be active.  I also get some me-time in while getting my nails or hair done, taking a drive or doing a little retail therapy, being an only child, I LOVE my me-time. And finally I spend time with my family, they keep me grounded and when I'm with my family I'm focused on them and being present, in my opinion there is nothing better than those moments.


Kristin McIntyre of The Fad Firm

My self- care routine is pretty simple, nothing too complex or fancy with the exception of 1 item.

  • Every morning I exfoliate using Neutrogena's Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub. I freak out when I get pimples so I try to be proactive, the more I age the more my skin easily scars.
  • After exfoliation I apply Lanoline Manuka Honey Skin Renew Firming Creme to smooth out my problem areas. My double chin is getting out of control, I highly recommend this product as I've seen good results thus far.
  • I have a combination skin type, so during the summer months I apply Peter Thomas Roth's Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel to my t-zone area. This is a true gem, I don't wear makeup unless an occasion calls for it and this product creates the illusion that I'm wearing light coverage on my face from day to night.
  • At night, after my shower I give myself a facial using Peter Thomas Roth's 24k Gold Mask. My skin is absolutely radiant after every use, like it's better than real gold but not the Ferrero Rocher's wrapped in gold foil.
  • In the morning before work, I apply Olay Quench Summer Luminous Minerals Body Lotion and before bed I apply Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. This combination keeps my body smooth and soft even during the winter season.  
  • Drink water, it's cheaper than all of the above. I suck at it, but I'm trying to do better, it tastes more appealing after eating a chocolate (refer to number 4).

Brittany Giles of Fit X Brit

  • I start each day listening to my favorite gospel mix on spotify so that I can pray, meditate, recite my daily mantras and affirmations  before the noise from the rest of the day tries to take ove
  • I write 5 things that I am grateful for daily so that I can attempt to shift my focus at the end of the day away from the things that may have now went right and focus on the things that did.
  • So, while I am all about staying on the grind - and wishing there were more than 24 hours in the day - my sleep is something I am no longer willing to compromise. Not only can lack of sleep affect you externally but it can also affect your overall health too.
  • TAKE TIME FOR MYSELF. It’s really easy to continue to pour so much into other people and forget about yourself in the process. So, stop it - ok?

Laci McKinney

My self care routine changes based on my need.

  • Exercise. I try to exercise 4 days a week doing camp gladiator, TRX or yoga. All depends on what my body needs.  Sometimes I make it happen with my busy schedule.
  • Healthy eating. I try to follow the rule of thumb to make the majority of your meals healthy even though I may give in from time to time.
  • I am a big advocate for removing makeup before bed. I wash daily with PURPOSE soap and moisturizing is a must, I use a moisturizer by the PURPOSE brand.  
  • Drinking water.I don’t seem to care for juices and soda anymore. The majority of my meals are washed down with H2O. I also love Kombucha (Probiotic).
  • Mental/ emotional health is a big deal to me, especially with a busy schedule from working 9 to 5 and running my business The People’s Voice PR Agency. To balance the busy schedule I make time for my 2 boys (baseball is the game!), networking and hanging with friends.

Laci McKinney is the founder of The People’s Voice PR Agency, as an uber networking and a passion for seeing everyone around her shine; she has brought together Cara D, Eryn Shields, KiKi J, Brittany Giles, and Kristin McIntyre along with a host of other creatives/entrepreneurs together to celebrate their unique voices with the “Is This Mic On Campaign” which kicks off August 2017.

The “Is This Mic On Campaign” is the anniversary campaign of The People’s Voice PR Agency and is celebrating the creatives/entrepreneurs behind the brands. “IS THIS MIC ON” Campaign is the push/driving force behind assisting entrepreneurs/creatives with taking ownership of their voices and letting the world know why it is important.

To keep up with The People’s Voice PR Agency, visit www.thepeoplesvoicepr.com, Instagram @thepeoplesvoicepr and Facebook The People’s Voice PR Agency.

DFW Beauty Pick: Senna Moisture Drop Gel Primer

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Senna Moisture Drop Gel Primer

Price: $39.99

Boost your skin’s moisture while creating a perfect canvas for foundation. The lightweight gel formula glides on and instantly releases encapsulated water droplets onto skin for a sensational burst of refreshing hydration. Absorbs quickly and provides a protective moisture barrier that helps to prevent dehydration, plumps the skin, fills in lines and pores and primes skin for long makeup wear. Natural botanicals tighten pores while Argan Oil makes skin soft and supple and skin appears dewy and radiant.

DFW Beauty Guide: Summer Essentials

Summer is a time to enjoy the warm weather, flaunt your bod and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. However, the hot season means natural elements that can hinder anyone’s well-being, making it imperative your medicine cabinet is stocked with the most essential, over-the-counter, at-home first aid products and medications.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine has shared seven medicine cabinet must-haves for the summer!

1.    Moisturizing Sunscreen – This goes without saying. A moisturizing sunscreen is an absolute must! Sunscreen acts as a basic sun protector, assists with premature aging, helps with evening skin tones, all while making sure you stay moisturized.

2.    Aloe Vera Gel - With the sun rays in full force, it can be difficult to protect your skin from the heat. Aloe Vera Gel has great preventative properties also working as a skin rejuvenation, healing and soothing product. Aloe Vera Gel is a summer essential tool in skin-health and can used to relieve burned skin, remove sunspots, and moisturize dry skin

3.    Calamine Lotion - The summer brings mosquitos along with other pestering insects, leaving you vulnerable to bug bites and itchy rashes. Calamine Lotion is an oldie but goodie. This soothing cream is great to calm any itching that you may endure.

4.    Neosporin – Most people are more active during the summer season, partaking in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and beaching. Neosporin helps in treating and preventing infection due to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns you may get from your summer lifestyle.

5.    Band-Aids – Besides the most common use of Band-Aids, such as treating minor cuts and scrapes, Band-Aids can also be a great summer hack and important to prevent blisters, friction and wounds from sandals and other exposed footwear.

6.    Benadryl – Summer allergies are no joke! Pollen and insects can do a lot harm. Benadryl treats sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other allergy symptoms that summer brings.

7.    Multivitamins – Some people may not know it, but summer is a great time to boost your body’s defense system. Multivitamins are important to provide the nutriment your body will crave in the summer.

DFW Beauty Guide: Welcome to Dallas Industrious

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Surround your team with others working just as hard as you are. Meet inspiring peers from all sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

If you're looking for a place to grow your business be sure to look up Industrious, and ask for Jessica! See below for more stunning pics DFW Beauties!

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DFW Beauty Guide: Anti-Inflammatory Foods Can Transform Your Health

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When we look at the diseases that plague our society — arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — we see that long-term lifestyle changes are needed. What might not be as obvious is the common denominator tied to all of them and more: inflammation is at the root of most diseases.

By addressing the inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, not only can the symptoms of these diseases be alleviated, but we could even see them cured.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods Can Transform Your Health

Inflammation as a bodily function is not necessarily a bad thing. When the body is injured or ill, the lymphatic (immune) system springs into action, bringing the immune system’s army of white blood cells to the area of concern via increased blood flow.

With the increased attention to the area, there might also be swelling, redness, heat, and pain or discomfort. You’ve probably seen this immune response in action, as a cut or scrape becomes hot and puffy around the wound while the extra blood runs. Inflammation, in a healthy body, is the normal and effective response that facilitates healing.

Sadly, we know this isn’t the whole story.

When the immune system overreaches and begins attacking healthy body tissues, we’re met with an autoimmune disorder like leaky gut and inflammation in otherwise healthy areas of the body. This is also the case for arthritis and fibromyalgia symptoms, as well as celiac and irritable bowel disease (IBD). For diseases that aren’t autoimmune, inflammation can still play a part as the body continuously tries to heal the tissues in a given area. Asthma creates inflamed airways; inflammation related to diabetes affects insulin resistance; and so on.

Despite the connection between inflammation and prevalent diseases, as well as the connection between diet and inflammation that we’ll explore, diet isn’t always analyzed in response to inflammation. In a 2014 study on diet and IBD, 33 percent of the patients in the study opted against the proposed anti-inflammatory diet. All of the patients who participated and consumed anti-inflammatory foods found enough relief that they were able to discontinue at least one of their medications. Still, the study notes that physicians typically offer “if it hurts, don’t do it” advice instead of clear dietary guidelines. (1)

Certainly, there is more we can do to promote anti-inflammatory lifestyle changes.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Standard American diets (appropriately called SAD) are never touted as exemplary, but when talking about inflammation, it becomes vitally important to rethink our typical diets. As a report from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases reported:

While today’s modern diet may provide beneficial protection from micro- and macronutrient deficiencies, our over abundance of calories and the macronutrients that compose our diet may all lead to increased inflammation, reduced control of infection, increased rates of cancer, and increased risk for allergic and auto-inflammatory disease. (2)

To move toward an anti-inflammatory diet and anti-inflammatory foods, we primarily move away from the abundance of overly processed, unbalanced diets of the West and toward the ancient eating patterns of the Mediterranean. (3) A Mediterranean diet comprises plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, little to no red meat, certainly no chemicals or meat additives, and an abundance of omega-3 foods.

As we look into the anti-inflammatory components of certain foods and herbs, we can see how this kind of diet is linked with lowered inflammation. Among the many compounds found in fresh produce, a few general categories stand out as beneficial when attacking inflammation and inflammatory diseases at their source.

There’s little doubt that the pursuit of a healing diet begins with a menu high in vegetables, fruits, wild meats and sprouted seeds rich with omega-3 benefits. The evidence is clear that such anti-inflammatory foods can regulate the immune system and impact the way inflammation affects our bodies and our lives. (4)

Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable, easier for the body to adapt to and can make you less likely to go back to your old ways. So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.

By adding in the anti-inflammatory foods that fight inflammation and restore health at a cellular level, you can begin to repair the body without any drastic changes. Once you find foods that heal your body and satisfy your palate, you can remove the inflammation-causing offenders without feeling deprived. Let’s take a look at 15 of the best anti-inflammatory foods you can add to your diet.

1. Green Leafy Vegetables

The produce drawer is the first spot in your refrigerator or pantry to fill when fighting inflammation. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that restore cellular health, as well as anti-inflammatory flavonoids. If you struggle to consume added portions of green leafy vegetables, try this delicious anti-inflammatory juice that incorporates greens alongside some of the strongest anti-inflammatory foods in the list.

Swiss chard nutrition, for example, is extremely high in the antioxidants vitamin A and C, as well as vitamin K, which can protect your brain against oxidative stress caused by free radical damage. Eating chard can also protect you against the common vitamin K deficiency.

2. Bok Choy

Also known as Chinese cabbage, bok choy is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals. In fact, recent studies show that there are over 70 antioxidant phenolic substances in bok choy. These include something called hydroxycinnamic acids, which are robust antioxidants that scavenge free radicals. (5) A versatile vegetable, bok choy can be made in many dishes outside of Chinese cuisine, so make it one of your go-to anti-inflammatory foods.

3. Celery

In recent pharmacological studies, benefits of celery include both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities that help improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as prevent heart disease. Celery seeds — which can be found either in whole seed form, extract form or ground-up — have impressive health benefits on their own, as they help to lower inflammation and to fight bacterial infections. It’s an excellent source of potassium, as well as antioxidants and vitamins.

Also, balance is the key to a healthy body free of inflammation. A good example of mineral balance tied to inflammation is the proper mix of sodium foods and potassium-rich foods. Sodium brings in fluid and nutrients, while potassium flushes toxins. We know that processed foods are high in sodium, but our SAD diets aren’t as rich in potassium. Without this pairing, toxins can build up in the body, once again inviting inflammation. One of the benefits of celery is that it’s an excellent source of potassium, as well as antioxidants and vitamins.

4. Beets

A marker of a food chock-full of antioxidants is its deep color, and beets are a prime example! The umbrella category of antioxidants includes a great deal of substances. In general, they fight to repair the cell damage caused by inflammation. In the case of beets, the antioxidant betalain gives them their signature color and is an excellent anti-inflammatory. (6) When added to the diet, beet benefits include repairing cells and adding high levels of inflammation-fighting potassium and magnesium.

Beets also contain quite a bit of magnesium, and a magnesium deficiency is strongly linked with inflammatory conditions. (7) Calcium, while a vital nutrient, is not processed well within the body without magnesium. When calcium builds up in the body, it becomes unwanted — this unpleasant buildup, such as calcified kidney stones, then invites inflammation. But when a balanced diet is consumed, with anti-inflammatory foods rich in calcium as well as magnesium, the body better processes what’s consumed.

5. Broccoli

The poster vegetable for healthy eating, it’s no secret that broccoli is a valuable addition to any diet. For an anti-inflammatory diet, it’s invaluable. Broccoli is high in both potassium and magnesium, and its antioxidants are particularly potent anti-inflammatory substances in their own right. (8)

Broccoli is an antioxidant powerhouse, with key vitamins, flavonoids and carotenoids. These work together to lower oxidative stress in the body and help battle both chronic inflammation and the risk of developing cancer. (9)

6. Blueberries

One antioxidant in particular stands out as an especially strong anti-inflammatory, and that’s quercetin. Found in citrus, olive oil and dark-colored berries, quercetin is a flavonoid (a beneficial substance or phytonutrient that’s prevalent in fresh foods) that fights inflammation and even cancer. (10) The presence of quercetin is one of the health benefits of blueberries.

In a study seeking treatment for IBD, an extract from the noni fruit was used to affect the gut flora and colon damage done by inflammatory diseases. Of the effects the extract had, quercetin created the prominent anti-inflammatory actions.

Another study found that consuming more blueberries slowed cognitive decline and improved memory and motor function. The scientists in this study believed these results were due to the antioxidants in blueberries protective the body from oxidative stress and reducing inflammation.

7. Pineapple

Usually, when it’s packaged in supplement form, quercetin is often paired with bromelain, a digestive enzyme that’s one of the benefits of pineapple. After being used for years as part of an anti-inflammatory foods protocol, bromelain is observed to have immune-modulating abilities — that is, it helps regulate the immune response that so often creates unwanted and unnecessary inflammation. (11)

Pineapple also helps improve heart health because of the effects of powerful bromelain. which can fight blood clotting and is nature’s answer to those taking an aspirin a day to lower the risk of heart attack. Bromelain has been shown to stop blood platelets from sticking together or building up along the walls of blood vessels – both known causes of heart attacks or strokes.

The benefits of pineapple are due to its high supply of vitamin C, vitamin B1, potassium and manganese, in addition to other special antioxidants that help prevent disease formation. Pineapple is filled with phytonutrients that work as well as many medicines do to reduce symptoms of some of the most common illnesses and conditions we see today. 

8. Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, and considered one of the best omega-3 foods. Omega-3s are some of the most potent anti-inflammatory substances, showing consistent relief of inflammation and reduction of the need for anti-inflammatory medications. (12)

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. (13)

The source of fish and meat among anti-inflammatory foods is a vital component. One of the dangers of farmed fish is it doesn’t have the same nutrients as wild-caught salmon.

9. Bone broth

Bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. (14)

When my patients suffer from leaky gut syndrome, I ask them to consume a lot of bone broth it contains collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine that can help heal leaky gut and the damaged cell walls of the inflamed gut.

10. Walnuts

When following a diet without a lot of meats, nuts and seeds can make up the difference for protein and omega-3s. Add omega-3-rich walnuts to green leafy salads drizzled with olive oil for a satisfying anti-inflammatory meal, or grab a handful for an on-the-go snack.

Phytonutrients can help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes. And some phytonutrients in walnuts are hard to find in any other foods. (15)

11. Coconut oil

So much can be written about the way herbs and oils work together to form anti-inflammatory partnerships. Lipids (fats) and spices create strong anti-inflammatory compounds, especially coconut oil and the components of turmeric (see #15). (16) In a study in India, the high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and healed arthritis more effectively than leading medications. (17

Also, oxidative stress and free radicals are the two biggest culprits of osteoporosis. Since coconut oil benefits include fighting such free radicals with its high levels of antioxidants, it’s a leading natural treatment for osteoporosis.

Coconut oil uses include topical preparations as well as culinary — and as a heat-stable oil, it’s excellent for sautéing anti-inflammatory vegetables.

12. Chia seeds

Fatty acids found in nature are more balanced than the fats we typically consume in our typical diets. Chia seeds benefits, for example, offer both omega-3 and omega-6, which should be consumed in balance with one another. (18

Chia are an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory powerhouse, containing essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including sulphur, iron, iodine,  magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine.

Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make it extremely beneficial to consume for heart health. (19) Also, by reversing oxidative stress, someone is less likely to develop atherosclerosis when they’re regularly consuming chia seeds.

13. Flaxseeds

An excellent source of omega-3s and phytonutrients, flaxseeds benefits include being packed with  antioxidants. Lignans are unique fiber-related polyphenols that provide us with antioxidant benefits for anti-aging, hormone balance and cellular health. Polyphenols support the growth of probiotics in the gut and may also help eliminate yeast and candida in the body.

Before you use them alongside your other new anti-inflammatory foods, consider grinding them in a coffee grinder to ensure the digestive tract has easy access to their many benefits. (20)

14. Turmeric

Turmeric’s primary compound, curcumin, is its active anti-inflammatory component. Documented for its affects against inflammation in numerous circumstances, turmeric health benefits prove invaluable in an anti-inflammatory diet. (21)

The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds. It found that aspirin (Bayer, etc.) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) are least potent, while curcumin is among the most potent anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents in the world. (22)

Due to its high anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is highly effective at helping people manage rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A recent study out of Japan evaluated its relationship with interleukin (IL)-6, the inflammatory cytokine known to be involved in the RA process, and discovered that curcumin “significantly reduced” these inflammatory markers. (23)

15. Ginger

Used fresh, dried, or in supplement form and extracts, ginger is another immune modulator that helps reduce inflammation caused by overactive immune responses.

Ayurvedic medicine has praised ginger’s ability to boost the immune system before recorded history. It believes that because ginger is so effective at warming the body, it can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs. It’s also known to cleanse the lymphatic system, our body’s sewage system.

In fact, ginger health benefits may even include treating inflammation in allergic and asthmatic disorders. (24)

Inflammatory Foods to Avoid

With anti-inflammatory foods filling the diet, you naturally begin to eliminate pro-inflammatory foods and substances — they’re not as satisfying as a diet rich in whole foods.

A prime suspect is the duo of saturated and trans fatty acids. Found in processed foods, these fats cause inflammation and increase risk factors for obesity, diabetes and heart conditions. (25) The same foods are also likely to be higher in omega-6 fatty acids, which are necessary but only to an extent.

In excess and without the balance of omega-3s, omega-6 fats actually create inflammation in the body. Sadly, the University of Maryland Medical Center reports, “The typical American diet tends to contain 14–25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids.” (26)

Simple, refined sugars and carbohydrates are more inflammation-causing culprits. Limiting refined grains is an important factor in an anti-inflammatory diet. (27) Whole grains should replace the refined carbohydrates, as truly whole grains are important sources of nutrition. (28) Sourcing these grains as fermented sourdough allows the nutrients to be broken down and better available to the body. (29)

Finally, establishing a regular routine of physical activity can help prevent systemic inflammation from building up or returning. (30) An active life fueled by fresh, whole anti-inflammatory foods and unrestricted by processed, toxic compounds can set you on the path toward freedom from inflammation.

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DFW Beauty Guide - Jade Roller

What is jade rolling?

It revs up circulation, de-puffs the eye area, and improves skin elasticity—and since it promotes lymphatic drainage, it’s detoxifying.

How to practice jade rolling

Put your roller in the freezer a few hours before you want to use it (or keep it in there next to your smoothie ingredients until you’re ready to use it).

Step 1
Cleanse your facial thoroughly.

Step 2
Exfoliate.

Step 3
Apply serum, moisturizer, or a mask 

Step 4
Roll! Either start at the chest or the forehead, using outward and upward motions doing about three up-and-out passes per area. After just a few strokes on your face, neck and decolletage, you’ll see that your skin is brighter and your fine lines are, literally, rolled out.

Keep at it for about two minutes.

If you applied a mask and it starts to get sticky (this is good—it means the product is being pushed down into your skin), spray a little mist on your face to get things moving again.

If you applied a clear serum or moisturizer, this is where you’ll see your face start to flush. This is also good—it means you’re increasing the circulation to your face and helping with cell rebuilding, collagen boosting, and lymphatic drainage.

Step 5
Wipe your face clean. Then add serum or moisturizer.

Just roll it DFW Beauties!

DFW Beauty News: Hiatus True Blue Lacquer

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WHAT:  Hiatus Spa + Retreat, the award-winning Texas day spa, is excited to introduce their new signature nail lacquer, Hiatus True Blue. Hiatus True Blue nail lacquer is in collaboration with LVX, the luxury, 7-toxin free, and vegan nail lacquer brand.

To celebrate the launch, Hiatus will gift customers a complimentary bottle of Hiatus True Blue nail lacquer when they choose the signature Hiatus True Blue nail color for any manicure or pedicure service and share on Instagram with the hashtag #HiatusBlue. The promotion will be available at all locations and will last through Tuesday, August 15.

Hiatus signature nail services include:

  • The Epic Mani-Pedi: Seasonal ingredients and a handcrafted polish exfoliate hands and feet, deep hydration renews dry soles, and an extra massage with hot stones makes you oh-so grounded. Sparkly new nails - and bubbly - are the grand finale. It’s just that epic. (110 minutes $140; H-Circle $109)
  • The One & Only: Trust us, you’ve never had a mani-pedi quite like this. Kick up those heels in a zero-gravity chair, add an eye pillow, blanket and warm neck wrap, and let us go to town with a polish, buff, and shine. Open your eyes to find your digits made divine. ($100 | H-Circle $69)

The Hiatus True Blue nail lacquer will also be available for purchase for $18 at any Hiatus location.

Hiatus Spa + Retreat was founded in Dallas in 2007 by Garrison and Peabody, along with partner Bill Garrison. Since the inception of their business, the spa has received numerous accolades, including the Innovate Award, International Spa Association - 2013, Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies 2012 - 2016, American Spa Magazine - Favorite Day Spa 2016, D Magazine’s Best of Big D 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 - Best Spa, and has five successful locations in Dallas, Austin, Plano, Houston, and San Antonio. The Texas-born day spa features fifty-plus signature treatments with a high-touch experience.

WHEN:             Hiatus True Blue is now available | Instagram promotion ends on August 15

WHERE:           All Hiatus Spa + Retreat locations

                        Dallas, Austin, Plano, San Antonio + Houston

WEBSITE:        For more information, please visit www.hiatusspa.com.

ABOUT HIATUS SPA + RETREAT

With five locations across Texas and an innovative spa subscription model, Hiatus Spa + Retreat is a fresh kind of full-service spa that has changed the wellness industry with five years on Inc. 500's fastest-growing companies. Powered by products with real, green ingredients and a high-touch experience, Hiatus's personalized approach to wellness is driven by the view that regular relaxation should be an empowering part of a healthy, happy lifestyle. For more information, including services, locations, and hours, please visit www.hiatusspa.com.

DFW Beauty News: Love Beauty Wellness Festival

Hey DFW Beauties, for ALL you crystal-loving, yoga-doing, high-vibin, cosmic-wizarding, hug-thugin, spiritual *ss gangsters (including moi!), we've got an event for you this weekend taking place in LA (perfect little getaway!). 

Consisting of six hours of panels, workouts, networking, and shopping experiences, The Love Beauty Wellness Festival is packed to the brim with good vibes and great experts. This will be the second year for the innovative fest, and this year the events will take place at the intimate art gallery HNPYT, located in the heart of downtown LA.

Saturday’s events will kick off with a heart-opening meditation lead by Natalie Kuhn of The Class, and then directly followed by four hours of panels that will tackle the green beauty industry, the current state fitness and nutrition, what it means to “thrive,” and ancient healing methods. 

Brands like Saje Wellness, Vitamix, Renew Juicery, Hannes Dotir, and more will all be in attendance in the boutique section of the festival. It’s the perfect selection of products for those looking to try out a new clean beauty brand, interested in snatching up a few new cleansing crystals, or who just wants to sip on a green juice and enjoy the good vibes around them!

The Love Beauty Wellness Festival takes place on Saturday, July 1st at HNPYT, 212 W. 12th Street, LA 90015. You can buy your tickets HERE.

DFW Beauty News: Vichy Launches A New Generation of Moisturizer

Vichy Laboratoires Mineral 89 Moisturizer

As the #1 anti-aging brand in European pharmacies, Vichy Laboratoires continues to evolve with the launch of their latest innovation, Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturizer.  A true breakthrough in the skincare category, Mineral 89 is a new generation of face moisturizer. It is comprised of just 11 ingredients and acts as a fortifying and hydrating daily skin booster, further showcasing Vichy's commitment to providing pure, yet potent, formulas to help maintain skin health.

Like all Vichy products, Mineral 89 is formulated with the Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, which is drawn from the depths of France's Auvergne volcanoes. Proprietary to the brand, this water is naturally rich in 15 minerals that help to strengthen skin's moisture barrier and shield skin from daily aggressors and visible signs of aging caused by pollution, stress and fatigue. This product uniquely contains 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water – the highest achieved in one product – combined with the hydrating power of Hyaluronic Acid to deliver 24H hydration and plumpness to skin. Containing no parabens, fragrance, colorants or oils, Mineral 89 Face Moisturizer is formulated for even the most sensitive skin.

"My patients are very concerned about safety – formulas with 'no nasties' and natural ingredients, and as a physician, I want to ensure that efficacy and results are also behind the product. Mineral 89 is quite unique in that way. With only 11 ingredients, it is a new generation of skincare – safe, clean and effective. All you need is 2 drops applied to skin after cleansing morning and night, and the transparent, lightweight moisturizer delivers 24-hour hydration without the worry of harmful ingredients," says Dr. Erin Gilbert, Vichy Consulting Dermatologist.

Mineral 89 is so versatile that it can be used as a standalone moisturizer or layered and added to any existing skin routine. At $29.50, it is available for purchase at VichyUSA.com, Amazon.com, and select CVS, Walgreens, Duane Read, Target, Ulta & Rite Aid stores.

Vichy Laboratoires: A legacy of safety and health

For 85 years, Vichy has prided itself on its pharmacy heritage and formulations. The brand promotes a 360-degree approach to skincare through a healthy lifestyle and skincare regimen. In the last few years, one key consumer trend that has emerged is the gravitation towards safety and clean beauty. Vichy is at the forefront of that trend with a long legacy and tradition of clean formulas, keeping things simple without disrupting efficacy. At the crux of this legacy is Vichy's most pure ingredient: the Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water. Infused with Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water each day, skin becomes progressively stronger – as proven by no fewer than 16 scientific studies.

Vichy Laboratoires: Expanding Retail and Digital Voice

To support the consumer trend towards clean beauty, Vichy is investing in more retail initiatives and digitally savvy marketing, including: expanded distribution in drugstores and Amazon.com, and launching a redesigned website < www.vichyusa.com > that will feature advice from experts and original content on the brand's blog, 'Le Mag.' Additionally, Vichy has established a partnership with Dr. Erin Gilbert to provide dermatological advice for media-driven events and consumer education. The brand has also created a new panel of influential ambassadors, such as Cara Van Brocklin (@caraloren) and Christine Andrew (@hellofashionblog), to help spread the word on skincare essentials within various lifestyle topics (i.e. mommyhood, fitness, etc), via their highly active social channels.

Specifically, Vichy has recognized an organic connection with moms. "Young mothers who are increasingly conscientious of health and safety are truly drawn to a brand like Vichy. We have a long legacy of safe, clean and highly effective beauty products that are backed by the French savoir-faire. Now, we are creating new content that will help educate woman and young moms on how lifestyle challenges may affect their skin and the need for a healthy approach." – Carole Diarra, BRAND VP Vichy USA.

ABOUT VICHY

Vichy is the #1 Anti-Aging Brand in European Pharmacies. Created by Dr. Haller in 1931, Vichy is among the first French doctors' brands trusted by millions of women in Europe and around the world. Vichy's key ingredient is its Vichy Thermal Mineralizing Water, a source of nature drawn from France's Auvergne volcanoes, rich in 15 minerals that help to strengthen the skin's moisture barrier and protect skin against aggressors. Vichy's clinical research on thousands of women of all skin types, ethnicities and ages provides a solution to your skin's needs at every life stage. Vichy skin care products utilize a range of ingredients and luxurious textures to achieve visible results for multiple skin types and skin concerns. For additional information, please visit www.vichyusa.comwww.Facebook.com/Vichyusawww.instagram/vichyusa

SOURCE Vichy Laboratoires USA