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DOES YOUR TWIST-OUT LOOK CRAZY?

Does your twist-out look crazy? Oh how we love the beautiful look, Bantu Knots that are freshly unraveled bring or even when they are days old. But what about when your Bantu looks WEEKS old after only a few minutes of being taken out. Most likely you are doing something’s wrong, so let me help you out. Your twists could simply be too tight. If the twists are too tight they will buckle, too lose they will not look neat and unraveled, try to find that happy medium. If you think your twists will come undone at night, secure them with clips, bobby pins, or even rubber bands. You may not be using the right products. If your hair is kinky, use a thick butter like shea...

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: PULL & PUSH UP

This week we will be working with a more complex exercise. A combination of push ups, pull up burpees. This is an intermediate to advanced exercise designed to push you to a stronger new you. It is designed to target your chest, back, biceps, triceps, shoulders, legs, and cardio (a big bang for your buck) In previous videos I have demonstrated burpees, and push ups. I added the pull ups for a more challenging workout. If you are working on the advanced burpees you should do 4 sets of 10 repetitions each set. Add repetitons as you get stronger. If you are working on the modified burpees strive for 5 sets of 5 repetitions each. As you get stronger increase the reps. If you have any...

SKINNYGIRL RULES TO LIVE BY

Bethenny Frankel, is a day time talk show host and founder of Skinnygirls Cocktails. Yes, ladies  low calorie drinks do exist. Sometimes it’s the alcohol that puts on the extra pounds, not the food. So if you’re eating low calorie meals and still not losing weight try the Skinnygirls Cocktails in place of wine. The founder has really capitalized on her SkinnyGirl brand with her book “Naturally Thin.” In the book she has a list of 10 skinnygirl rules to live by. One rule is “Taste Everything, Eat Nothing. ” To find out exactly what she means by that and see the rest of her rules, click on the link below: http://www.bethenny.com/bethenny/skinnygirl-rules-bethenny-book-naturally-thin/ #Womancrushwednesdays  ...

Seasonal Nail Lacquer (Colors)

It’s Time to trade those bright-summer shades in for some fall shades. Much like the fashion industry the color palette changes with the seasons. Spring and summer shades are bright, whereas autumn and winter shades are a little on the dark side. Ideas for colors for autumn would be: deep shades of Reds, Blues, Purples, Browns, Greens, and last but, not least my favorite Nudes. Depending on your preference, dark shades of orange and yellow fit well in the autumn color shades. Lastly, I cannot forget about the basic black and white they go well with any season and are bold, but yet so simple to the naked eye. I’m not saying that you cannot wear other color polishes from other seasons during the fall, but if...

CALM YOUR NERVES BY BREATHING

Breathing is by far the most effective way to reduce anxiety and relax your self. When we become anxious or nervous or entirely too stressed out (all the time right?) we naturally begin a domino effect in our systems; our throats close, pinching off our airways and we breath in tiny, shallow, ineffective breathes. This altered type of breathing contributes to a higher heart rate and high blood pressure. Not having enough oxygen to your tissues can increase the amount of work your organs do. Your organs then release toxins into your system from working so hard. These toxins can, in turn, increase the level of anxiety you're already having AND can age you prematurely over time. See the vicious cycle here? By increasing how deep and...

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BEAUTY QUEEN SECRETS: MISS BLACK NEW YORK TAKES CARE OF HERSELF WHILE ON THE GO

Cassandre Brissot: I'm a flight attendant and as glamorous as that may sound it’s increasing difficult to take care of yourself as well as you would if you were home. For example, eating has become a daunting task especially if you want to be nutritionally conscious; FORGET ABOUT EATING 3 MEALS A DAY! Nutri-grain bars and peanuts have become my best friends in life. Also the air in the aircraft is very drying. not only to your skin, but your lungs as well. We are cautioned to drink at least a liter of water a day, however I aim for 2. I used to be a beast in the gym, but with early show times and late releases, I'm always too tired to work out. Thank...

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: CIRCULAR LUNGES W/ SKATER JUMPS

For the past few weeks we have been going over your own body weight moves, along with plyometric moves to strengthen, and tone the entire body. This week and the next few weeks to follow, we will be combining these moves to improve your agility, strength and fitness. In this weeks exercise we start with circular lunges for four rounds (around the clock 4 times). Instead of resting you will go right into your skater jumps for 20 repetitions (rest 30 seconds in between these two back to back exercises). If you wish to finish strong add inch worms to this circuit (inch worm’s was last week’s exercise video). Remember that exercise is important, but nutrition is everything. Have an amazing workout! As always if you...

HOW EVA LONGORIA KEEPS FLAWLESS SKIN

Desperate Housewives Star, Eva Longoria finds a way to keep her skin flawless and healthy. According to newyorkdailynews.com she uses nightly moisturizers containing Vitamin C and other beauty balms. Her treatments help her age gracefully by avoiding the lines and wrinkles. To learn more on how Eva maintains her clear and glowing appearance, click the link below! http://m.nydailynews.com/life-style/beauty-craves-skin-eva-longoria-article-1.1796941#bmb=1 #Womancrushwednesdays  ...

RELIEVE STRESS BY CONNECTING WITH NATURE

Have you ever heard of Earthing? I promise after reading this, you'll be making it your new past time for reviving your mood. Earthing, is a practice that has been going on for eternities, and is now becoming more and more popular. The practice involves being outside and releasing your negative energy by connecting with Mother Nature and the earth. It is said that nature, grass, dirt, leaves, and trees possess a charge similar to what some call "static electricity" or "static charge". This charge can neutralize the negative charge that hangs around you when you are burdened with stress and sadness, in state of depression, or at a crossroads in life. Check out this article on The Mind Unleashed for more info and creative Methods of...

BEAUTY QUEEN SECRETS: MISS BLACK NEW YORK OPENS UP ABOUT HER INSECURTIES

Back when I was 19, I was a contestant in the Miss USA system; I didn’t realize it then, but now I can say that I was dealing with my own insecurities. I wanted validation. Cassandre Brissot: The insecurities I dealt with were no different than what most young women deal with like “ Am I pretty enough? I wish this was smaller and this was bigger, Who am I? I think we all have some insecurities but I’m happy to say I’m past that in my life. I've changed so much in 6 years. I know who I am striving to be, and I like myself. You’d be surprise ‘what liking who you are’ will do to your self esteem. This woman I am today is...