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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR HEALTH TAKES A TOLL ON YOUR HAIR

Dealing with any illness is difficult, especially if it is chronic and debilitating. Having Lupus has given me up and downs, good days and bad days, but has renewed my strength and faith. I will say one of the toughest times was when my hair was falling out due to certain medications. We all know that our hair is our crown and glory, and once that is tampered with, our image of ourselves changes as well. Many medications, especially steroids, narcotics, mood stabilizers, and hormone increasing drugs like birth control have various side effects, some including hair loss, changes in color and texture. If you are suffering with losing your hair due to medication, here are some encouraging tips for you. Luckily, drug-induced hair loss, is...

EXERCISE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: “BALL BRIDGE”

A simple exercise you can do at home is the ball bridge.  This exercise targets your hamstrings, gluteus, calves, and your core. Beginners: Place both legs on the ball, lift your hips off the ground, while maintaining your hips off the ground bring the ball in with your legs. Perform 4 sets of 15 repetitions each set. Advanced: One leg at a time on the ball, lift your hips off the ground, and bring the ball in towards your gluteus. Perform 4 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions per leg.  Make sure you keep your core nice and tight.  As you draw the ball in towards you, make sure you flex your hamstrings and pause for a second as you bring the ball in.  As always if...

Want To Look As “Good” As Megan? Check Out Beauty Secrets From The Bombshell Actress!

Megan Good, a popular actress shares with shape.com how she keeps herself healthy and beautiful looking. For those of you who tend to have busy schedules that prevent you from taking care of yourself; here's a little tip from Good on how to still be healthy and stay in shape. Drink plenty of protein shakes, take lots of vitamins, and try not to deprive yourself. She also says to always try to be a little active, and walking counts! As for beauty secrets, Good gives simple advice for the every day woman, she says the trick to maintaining a flawless look is rest, water, and moisturizer. You see, sometimes it’s the simple things we don’t do, that has the most long lasting effects on looking good…like Megan...

DRUGSTORE DUPES FOR POPULAR MAC LIPSTICKS!

Ladies have you ever wanted to save and cut corners, to keep coins in your pocket but, still want them lips to be popping? Well below are some dupes for some of M.A.C.’s most popular shades! Hope you enjoy! Viva Glam I ($16) – NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in “Alabama”($6) Velvet Teddy ($16) - Wet n Wild, Fergie Creame Lipstick in “Bebot Love” ($3.19) or Rimmel “Spotlight Beige” Up the Amp ($16) - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipcolor in “Berry Haute” ($7.99) Snob ($16) – Revlon Matte Lipstick in “Pink Pout” ($7.99) Sin ($16) - Wet n Wild Mega last lip color in “Cherry Bomb” ($2.29) Ruby Woo ($16) - Wet n Wild lip color Stoplight Red (price unknown) Rebel ($16) - Wet n Wild “Sugar Plum Fairy” ($3) Pink Nouveau ($16) - Revlon...

A HEALTHIER YOU IN 2015: BENEFITS OF DETOXING

Our food and water, the products we use on our skin, and even the air we breathe, can toxically weigh our bodies down. It is thought that a healthy body should address most of the toxins we take in. However, for most of us, our systems are not adapted to the enormous amount of toxins in our environment that we ingest. Just as we cleanse our skin, we must cleanse internally if we are to improve our health. Begin this New Year by cleansing, in order to build a healthier you 2015. In this 3 part series I will guide you into obtaining a healthier you through cleansing, eating the right foods for proper health, and managing stress. Organs that are responsible for detoxification Colon: eliminates solid waste,...

WINTERIZE YOUR NAILS WITH DARK POLISH

Winterize your nails with deep dark nail polishes. It's said "wear dark clothes in the winter,” so why not wear dark nail polish too. WINTER POLISH COLORS Dark Reds & Maroons- are rich in color and great for dress ups or dress downs. They are also good for an everyday wear. Black & Grey - have an edgy way to make your nails stand out, or if your looking for that gothic look. Deep Purples & Plum colors - give a nice contrast to ethnic woman of color and still give you a classy look. NOTE: Dark polishes can be a great cover up for any uneven ridged in your nails or polish mess-ups. So don't be hesitant to wear dark color polishes in the winter because they can give...

MEN AND WOMEN DEAL WITH STRESS DIFFERENTLY

As women, stress is something we don’t always deal with easily. And lets be honest understanding men can be stressful at times. Sometimes this can result in arguments with people who are not even the source of your stress. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Click on the article below to learn how to work through stressful moments with the opposite sex. Full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-tian-dayton/men-and-women-cope-with-s_b_182174.html #Stressfreesundays ...

OLD PRODUCTS IN YOUR HAIR CLOSET? GET RID OF THEM!

What does your hair closet look like? I say hair closet because many of us, myself included, have become a product junkie, especially since being on a team-natural journey. You can barely help yourself from trying this cream, that butter, or these hair puddings. Through trial and error you have accumulated enough products to start your own beauty supply store. But what should you do with your left over, unused products? And how long is too long to hang on to them. Hair products do not have the longevity you think, especially if they are organic products. Typically, products tend to have a shelf life of three years. Preservatives within these products make that possible, by keeping it fresh and not expiring prematurely. Organic products which lack...

THREE BEAUTY PRODUCTS MISS BLACK MARYLAND SAYS SHE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

What’s a girl to do without makeup, Dejanee’ Fennell loves her make-up and as a beauty queen it’s probably no secret she can’t live without it. Read below the makeup and facial products Fennell likes to make sure she keeps handy. Some makeup products I can't live without is my Nars BB cream & Diva Lipstick from Mac. With great makeup comes a healthy skin regimen, so I couldn't keep my skin healthy and fresh without going to Nectar Skin Bar to get a once a month oxygen facial, and once a week home facial.  I also use Bobby Brown Skin Products to take good care of my skin. I absolutely love Bobby Brown cosmetics. #Beautyqueensecrets  ...

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: BENCH STEP UPS

Here's a good exercise to get that "Butt lift" We are building our summer body during the winter months! I can't wait for you to see the results of your hard work.  Today we will be working on bench step ups. This is a great exercise for the legs as a whole, but mainly targeting your gluteus.  Start stepping up with one leg, alternating legs for a total of 10 to 12 repetitions per leg.  Maintain your core engaged throughout the entire exercise and squeeze your gluteus as you step up on the bench.  To get an even better workout step up on the bench and lift the opposite leg back, stay on the same leg until you complete your 12 repetitions, and then alternate leg.  As...