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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...

JLO Reveals How She Stays Sexy With Her Diet

Today’s #WCW goes to the beautiful Jennifer Lopez. Ms. Lopez has been known for years for her curvaceous figure and of course her infamous BOOTAY. Wanna know her secret? It all comes down to her diet. The former singer and "American Idol" judge tells glamour magazine that the way she looks is always on her mind. Which makes sense. As an entertainer, staying healthy and toned is a major part of her job. Fortunately for JLo, staying fit comes a little easier for her than it may be for others. She says “I've got an athletic body, I've worked out my whole life and I've been incredibly disciplined when I needed to be." But, that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. Continuing to keep up a...

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CROCHET BRAIDS MAKING A COMEBACK?

In the life of hair, styles are always re-emerging. I even think I have seen finger waves themselves come back around three or four times in my lifetime (not saying that that is an extremely good thing, but I will say I had a mean set for prom back in the day!). However, one style has made a phenomenal comeback, crochet braids. Now, when we say crochet braids, we have to be clear that we are not talking the old school crochet’s with the parts in between the hair. While the install maybe the same, the hair being used for the recent crochet braids phenomenon is completely different. Sisters are now using marley hair--which is afro-like, kinky textured hair, often used in kinky twist style--to crochet the hair...

TOP 5 MAKEUP SETTING SPRAYS!

You spend over an hour perfecting your makeup slay for girls night out, but before the night even gets started, you notice your makeup doesn't look as fresh as it did in the beginning. That where makeup setting sprays can help. Here are our top 5 makeup setting sprays to help keep your make up in place no matter what the night brings! Model in a bottle Model in a Bottle Original Makeup Setting Spray is the one that started it all. With just a few sprays of Model in a Bottle®, you can lock in that perfect makeup look without any touchups. The one-of-a-kind matte finish setting spray makes sure you stay gorgeous by holding your makeup in place all day or night! It’s the perfect...

TLC’S “CHILI” STAYS FIT ON A LOW CARB DIET

This week's #wcw is the beautiful Rozonda Thomas, best known as "Chilli" from the top selling female group of all time, TLC. Her rock hard bod and beauty is what landed her on our list, but it's her low carb diet that has us believing the 40 really is the new 30. Ever wonder how some women look like they are literally drinking from the fountain of youth? That's how we feel about Chilli. This gorgeous beauty is of Native and African American descent and has been serving us sick abs and flawless skin since "Creep". Not only does Chilli sing, dance, and write chart topping hits, but she is also crazy about health and fitness. And I don't know about you, but whatever she's doing,...

The Pros and Cons of Lash Extensions

As with any beauty treatment, there are pros and cons to consider before deciding if it is right for you. With lash extensions, the positives and negatives are almost equally weighted, although you will rarely hear the downside in a salon that provides lash extension services! Here's what you need to know to make a gratifying decision The Pros: They look fabulous! And they make you feel sexy! They're more dramatic than mascara, yet far more natural than a strip of fake eyelashes. When done right,  lash extensions are simply stunning. They're instantly gratifying. Lash extensions deliver the gorgeous lashes you want with one appointment, and you won't have to bother applying and removing mascara every day. There is an initial time commitment of getting eyelash...

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EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: “ BYE BYE ARMS” with Amy Veigle

If you want to get the most out of your workouts, try focusing on a different area of your body each day. We'll help you stay on track with an exercise of the week. This week, we have the perfect exercise for arm day. Are you tired of the jiggle your upper arms do every time you say goodbye? Yea, us too. While they aren't cute, the good new is that "Bye Bye Arms" are pretty easy to get rid of. They generally occur due to lack of exercise so the quickest way to get rid of them are with arm exercises. Want to finally say good bye to those "bye bye arms”? Follow the steps below for a great exercise to get you started. Grab...

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