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THE OLDER ANGELA BASSETT GETS THE BETTER SHE LOOKS

Our #wcw Angela Bassett is not only known for her amazing acting skills, but also her toned physique. At the age of 58, Ms. Bassett keeps her body in tip top shape with her blazing arms and rock hard abs. Being a talented petite 5’4 African American beauty has landed her prevalent roles such as Tina Turner in “What’s love got to do with it” and Stella in “ How Stella got her groove back”. So how does she do it? Well, for starters, her fitness routine includes muscle work that works for women who want to be muscular, while still maintaining a feminine appearance. When she prepared for the Tina Turner role, surprisingly Angela only had to work out for 2 hours 2 days a...

Is Strobing the New Contour?

We've all heard about the infamous highlight and contour but it's another beauty trend that has the beauty counters buzzing. Strobing is all about drawing more natural light to your face, hence the catchy name. Many professional face-beaters will tell you, the technique has been around for ages, but we all love a new, sexy name for a trend, right? This highlighting trick can make your face look like it’s been dipped in crystals. And this technique isn't limited to your face. There’s strobing for your abs, legs, arms and just about every other body part you can think of! I haven’t personally done it but, I’ve seen other MUA’s do their legs, arms, and necks. Now before you brush off strobing or burn your contour brushes, give the makeup trick “all...

Dealing With The Effects of Hyper Pigmentation

As a makeup artist, I deal with people with all types of skin textures. One of my clients has hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition where excess melanin causes patches of your skin to look darker. Dealing with hyperpigmentation can be frustrating, but with the right treatment, there's hope. For many women, and black in women in particular, dealing with hyperpigmentation is common. Whether it comes in the form of dark marks due to overexposure to the sun or scars from acne, it's not unusual to find yourself dealing with hyperpigmentation at some point in your life. While this skin condition generally isn't harmful, it is frustrating to treat and has many women searching for options to fade them for good. As a makeup artist, I come...

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TOP FOODS THAT GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR BELLY

Does it seem like every time you eat, the fat goes straight to your stomach and thighs? Yea, us too. As women those are the areas that become the most stressful to get stubborn fat to go away. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this from happening and it's simpler than you think! Spring has arrived and summer will be here before you know it. We're all excited to pull out the sundresses and show off some skin. We know what you're thinking, time to hit the gym but honestly, going to the gym is not going to get rid of the belly fat in time for the warm season. Going to the gym is always great but, if you’re not getting rid of...

HOW SERENA WILLIAMS OVERCAME HER DISLIKE FOR WORKING OUT

Are you one of those people who doesn't like working out? Well, Serena Williams, yes the worldwide tennis superstar, has actually admitted that she doesn't like working out either. Crazy right? But of course, she works out regularly to keep her body in shape and her energy up. Here's how she does it. It's no secret that behind every athletic star is a solid workout routine. For Serena Williams, its no different. The tennis star's legendary career is built on the foundation of a high performance diet and fitness routine that any athlete can benefit from. Williams usually does a couple hours of tennis practice, which is then followed by an hour or two of cardio and strengthening in the gym. She also runs the half-mile up...

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SAVE MONEY ON DUPES FOR MAC BLUSHES

Are they any blushes that are more iconic than MAC's? The colors, the textures, the abundance of options makes MAC one of the best places to shop. But if we're being real, they aren't exactly the cheapest options around. Here are 3 dupes for MAC blushes! #1) MAC Sunbasque vs NYX Terracotta: MAC Sunbasque is one of the most popular blushes for black women. A peach colored blush that is more like a cross between a blush and a bronzer, it's no wonder the ladies love this shade. NYX Terracotta is a perfect dupe for this one with it warm peachy color with hints of bronze. It has the same blush/bronzer effect and looks great on brown skin for half the price! #2) MAC Global Glow MSF...

HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO RUN TO LOSE WEIGHT

It’s common to see women who are trying to lose weight or stay in shape run into their wheels fall off.  Whether it’s on the treadmill or outdoors, running seems to consecutively be the cardio of choice. But you may ask, when is it enough to reach your ideal body weight? Well it’s time to put all the questions you may have to rest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends losing one to two pounds per week for a healthy and sustainable weight loss. And running 30 minutes each day could be the first steps to reaching that goal. Running is one of the best weight loss techniques and it's also one of the most accessible. You don't need a fancy gym membership or expensive...

Actress Nia Long Shares Her Secret Behind the Makeup

This week our #wcw goes to the gorgeous actress Nia Long. An ode to the woman who looks the same today as she did back when we loved her in Boyz N the Hood. Yup, we took it back. So what's Nia's secret to keeping her skin looking fresh and youthful behind the makeup and offscreen? Here's a hint: it's all about the skin care. Actress Nia Long has a preference for natural beauty. Which makes perfect sense, since she grew up a vegetarian, that natural based beauty products would be at the core of her routine. It's finding natural products that are able to help Nia meet her skin's needs that is the tricky part.  Like many black women, Nia Long deals with  dry skin....

YOGA IS MORE THAN AN ACTIVITY, IT’S A MINDSET

Yoga is great for the body and flexibility; but, yoga is actually a state of mind and way of life. In your most difficult of times, in your happiest of times, the yoga mindset can bring you through the thickest of fogs and into the most joyful of times. We are so quick to go to the doctor for a pill to fix our issues like depression, insomnia, and anxiety.  The issue isn’t the lack of the pill; this issue is inside of us.  The emotions you can’t quiet, the sadness you can’t escape… it’s a path you can take charge of by processing, dealing with it, and finding the strength to move on. One of the best ways to do that is with yoga....

THE BEST HIGHLIGHTERS FOR A GORGEOUS GLOW

Hey BGH Girls!!! Let's chat about highlighters! With highlighting, contouring, and strobing being all the rage, did you know that by simply adding highlights to your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, corners of the eyes, and bridge of the nose can give you an instant makeover? The right highlighter can accentuate your bone structure and give your skin a gorgeous glow. Below are some of the best highlighters to lighten up your look. Best Liquid Highlighter Liquid highlighters can be a bit tricky to use this one is a dream. Benefit High Beam, ($26, benefitcosmetics.com) is a pink-tinted highlighter onto the skin and blend it out for an awesome glow. This is the best highlighter for those with lighter complexions. You’ll look like you just fell from heaven! No shade! Best...