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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...

A WOMAN STARTS A CHARITY FUND FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS AFTER HER BEST FRIEND IS MURDERED.

I was a victim of domestic violence about five years before my best friend, Tarina Fields-Price became a victim. Tarina was not in an abusive relationship. Her relationship actually became violent the night her life ended, because her estranged husband just snapped. Tarina was a school teacher for Rowland School and a mother of three boys.She lived a private life and didn’t share much of her relationship until the last days. Her sons were not involved in the abuse at all. Tarina knew what her husband was ultimately capable of (murder) and she didn’t want any of her family or friends to get hurt. Therefore, she got out of the relationship very quietly and was living in the house without him for 30 days before he killed...

BACTERIA IN YOUR GUT AFFECTS YOUR BRAIN

What if I told you that new studies have shown that your brain health is directly affected by the bacteria in your gut? Scientists from America and Amsterdam have discovered a way to measure the amount and types of bacteria in your guts. Furthermore, they have found that the levels of  bacteria affect how much brain chemicals are made and how well they work. Through these studies, they have found a way to CURE or significantly decrease the expression of such diseases as Autism, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, and ADHD. These diseases are currently treated with medications only affecting the brain. A new dawn is here where there is more emphasis than ever on eating healthy. And now science is reinforcing the importance of eating the right foods...