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HOW TO DEAL WITH EXAM STRESS

Studying for a big exam can be stressful. It can affect your performance in school, in the work place, and throughout your daily lives. I personally like to avoid late night studying, which for me causes stress. Instead I try to start studying at least two weeks before a big exam and just do a little bit at a time. I’ve noticed that crashing the day before a big test, makes me more anxious and forgetful. However, studying a section of the material at a time, helps me to retain the information. Therefore even after the exam is over, I still remember what I’ve learned. Not to mention, stress could have some lingering health effects, such as trouble sleeping, forgetfulness, poor appetite, unexplained aches and pains...

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: “ONE LEG SQUATS”

Time to isolate those legs and make them work a bit harder.  Here's a great exercise to try. To set up grab a bench or a chair and squat away! Begin by engaging your core, hold one leg out in front of you, and slowly sit down.  Once seated use both legs to stand back up.  The advanced version is the same except that you will only use one leg to stand and sit down.   Make sure to control the down portion of the movement.  Try three sets of 10-12 repetitions each leg.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at aveigle@hotmail.com SPANISH TRANSLATION: Tiempo para aislar esas piernas y hacer que trabajen un poco más difícil. Aquí hay un gran ejercicio para...

Beauty Sleep….Why is it important and how to get it.

Put your IPhone on “do not disturb”, unplug your computer and completely eliminate all of the lights in your room because it is time for your unconscious side to take over and your body to become paralyzed. Don’t worry, this is a good thing, this is REM sleep. During the deep stages of REM sleep, the body repairs and regrows tissues, replaces older skin cells, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens the immune system. So what happens when you don’t sleep? I am sure most of you have experienced bags and dark circles under your eyes after pulling an all-nighter. This occurs primarily because your skin did not have enough time to repair during REM sleep and became dehydrated allowing for dark blood vessels and tissue beneath...

HOW TO DECIDE IF YOU NEED A NAIL HARDENER

So, your nails are not how you want them to look?  Your frequent use of artificial nails has left your natural nails looking drained? Or maybe you work with chemicals or lots of water, leaving your nails soft and easily damaged. If this sounds like your personal problem then you’re probably in need of a good nail hardener. But with so many options, which nail hardener really works the best? So you ask, “What is a nail hardener anyway?” Pretty self-explanatory, Nail hardener is a product applied to the fingernails to make them longer and more resistant to breakage, in addition to protecting them from further damage. Or in simple words, nail hardener is a product that helps your nails become harder. There are generally two...

HEALTHY HAIR WEAVE TIPS

Weaves provide us with flexibility and unique styles for our own hair. However, please follow a few helpful healthy weave tips to reduce your risk of hair loss and skin irritations. 1. DON’T be fast and harsh when removing your bonded/glued-in weave. This can result in patches of alopecia or hair loss in areas where hair was pulled out. Use the proper hair glue removal, simply saturate your hair with olive oil to gently remove hair pieces once glue is loosened or get it removed by a careful stylist. 2. DO watch for any scalp or skin reactions from the glue, especially if you wear lace-front wigs which can affect forehead/face. Because the glue is an adhesive that contains harsh chemicals, it can cause possible irritant reactions (ex....

FEEL THE BURN AS YOU TONE YOUR ARMS WITH THIS EXERCISE!

Burn more calories as you combine these two exercises together! While strengthening your core, building your obliques, and shoulders all at the same time. Start with a 10 pound dumbbell or a 10 pound medicine ball.  For beginners start with your heels on the floor.  For the advanced, perform the exercise with your legs raised off the floor.  As you twist side to side, be sure to tap the floor with the ball or dumbbell, when you come back to the middle raise the ball or dumbbell above your head.  Perform 4 sets of 20 repetitions.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me at aveigle@hotmail.com SPANISH TRANSLATION: Quemar más calorías al combinar estos dos ejercicios juntos! Mientras este fortaleciendo  su base,  vamos a construir los oblicuos...

BRONZER TIPS FOR DARK SKIN!

Hey BGH Girls! So this article is for my chocolate drops! Below are some tips on how to bronze for deeper skin tones, hope you enjoy! Face: The key to face bronzer?  Use it as blush my doves! To use: Apply with a fluffy brush and swipe it over your cheekbones. For a wind-whipped natural finish; smile and then blend a peachy-pink shade onto the apples of your cheeks. For extra dimension, swipe the bronzer along the outer perimeter of your face (along the hairline), and down the bridge of your nose. Try: NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna, $41 you’ll thank me!!!! Body: Date night? Don’t wear that itty-bitty, body-con dress without enhancing your cleavage and arms with a golden, shimmery bronzer. To use: First, find one...

#FLAWLESS— TRAVEL-SIZED HAIR ACCESSORIES YOU CAN’T LEAVE THE HO– USE WITHOUT.

Summer is finally here! So we know what that means bar-b-q's, beach house parties, and weekend getaways. Whether you are braided up for the summer, deciding to rock your natural tresses, or are still flowing with a weave, there are a few travel-sized hair accessories you may want in your arsenal to keep your hair looking Instagram ready. The mini flat iron. Usually about 6 inches in length and about the width of your index finger, this baby can get just as hot as the big dogs and can regroup some hairs that may have strayed. A lightweight leave-in conditioning spray. Enhances hair softness, strength, and vibrancy. Hairspray. And not the one that is strong enough to patch a tire, but one that incorporates oil, which can protect...

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: FEEL THE BURN W/ DELT DESTROYERS

Here's an excellent way to work your shoulders, strengthen them, and prevent injuries. Add this exercise to your shoulder routine either at the beginning or at the end of your workout.  You do not need a lot of weight to perform this exercise. Perfect the form first, then gradually increase your weight.  Perform 3 sets, 20 repetitions total, 5 repetitions of rear delt raises with thumbs up, 5 repetitions of front raises, 5 repetitions of internal and external rotations, and finishing with 5 repetitions of rear lateral raises with thumbs pointing down.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at aveigle@hotmail.com SPANISH TRANSLATION: He aquí una excelente manera de trabajar los hombros, fortalecerlos y prevenir lesiones. Añade este ejercicio a su rutina de hombro,...

BEYOND THE LOOKS YOU’LL FIND AN AMBASSADOR OF CHANGE

Patrice Harrison started Miss Black US Ambassador and Miss Black Teen US Ambassador Scholarship Pageant almost 3 years ago. She says the idea came about after being in pageantry for over 16 years and discovering there wasn’t a system for young women of color that really had an active role in the community. The US Ambassador pageants exists to give a once in a lifetime opportunity to young African American women. As Ambassadors of Change, each young woman embarks on the journey to encourage, empower, and enlighten, communities, states, and nations. These young women are a rising voice in the community that seek to make a difference, by providing educational forums and events that focus on health disparities, poverty, violence and major issues plaguing the African American community. They are...