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A MUST Have In Your Gym Bag – CLEANSE by Lauren Napier

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I can tell women a lot more about protein powders than I can about setting and facial powders. If it wasn’t for my Bare Minerals and MAC staples, I’m not sure what I would really know. But, I’m slowly working on that. I’m a woman who wears a lot of sweat on my face, but taking care of my skin is very important to me. Healthy skin only helps a good face beat look even better!

Like so many active women out there, we are often on-the-go from the gym to our careers, or heading out to conquer our days, so how can we keep our skin healthy with ease and without having to pack a million products in our bags?

The answer – CLEANSE by Lauren Napier.

I came across this amazing woman and her product on Instagram. Ms. Napier was kind enough to introduce her cleansing wipes to the fitness community through Black Fitness Today. She is a celebrity make-up artist, whose work has been seen in the most recognizable publications and media outlets, with clients ranging from Drake to Colin Powell.

 

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Here’s a quick Q & A:

BFT: Tell us about your career and how your CLEANSE brand was born.
LN: When I look back at my career, I ask “Where did the time go?” It’s been 15 years in this business. I started at the MAC counter just before the MAC Cosmetics bubble burst. My experience evolved and I started working on photoshoots, then movies. In the midst of my career as a makeup artist I developed a passion for healthy skin and skincare products – then CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER was born.


BFT: What has been one of your most memorable moments to date?
LN: I have had the fortune of having a very fun filled and exciting career. One of my favorite experience was on a Vogue Magazine photoshoot. The shoot was for British Vogue and we were shooting a British Oscar Nominee in a trailer park in Malibu. Not just any trailer park, but a trailer park, in Malibu with million dollar trailers parked beach side! After the 12hour day was all said and done, the entire film crew ate pizza and had beer on the beach after the shoot. A huge part of my job is about taking advantage and exploring all of these hidden treasures and locations that I would never even know existed – I treasure sharing those experiences with all of the fun people who I meet. 

BFT: Who should use CLEANSE by Lauren Napier? 

LN: CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER is perfect for the fitness enthusiast. Removing makeup prior to a workout can help maintain clear skin while gently and effectively cleansing the skin’s surface. Using CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER after a workout helps to reduce acne caused by bacteria found in perspiration. CLEANSE is lightweight and slides neatly into your gym or day bag. 

BFT: Why is it important to maintain clear, healthy skin, especially while living an active lifestyle?

LN: It is important to maintain healthy skin and a healthy bod. Our skin is our largest living organ and is a representation of our overall health, it goes hand in hand. 

BFT: For anyone trying to maintain or improve the condition of their skin, what’s a simple routine one can begin today?

LN: The most simple way to improve your skin condition is to avoid touching your face. Oils and bacteria transfer from hands to the face easily congesting the skin creating clogged pores and acne. Avoid touching your face and CLEANSE!

 

I was excited to try CLEANSE and this product did not disappoint. I believe it’s a must have and here’s why:

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1. I never took cleansing wipes that serious, because although they all seem to take the dirt away, I’m always left with a dry face. I have extremely sensitive skin yet the wipes left my face soft and and I didn’t have to follow up with any moisturizer.

2. These wipes are excellent for make-up removal as well. Everything comes off.

3. Luxury skin care can also be convenient. These wipes are packaged individually and take-up minimal space.

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What are you waiting for? Get your CLEANSE, which can be found internationally at Net-A-Porter.com.

www.laurennapier.com

Twitter/Instagram: @LaurenNapier

 

 

 

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Your Guide To Shopping For Produce

Find out what produce you should definitely buy organic, and what is okay to buy conventionally

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It seems to be getting harder and harder to know what is being sold to us at the grocery store. We know that the beautiful, shiny produce is the most affordable but probably contains the highest amounts of wax, pesticides and other chemicals. However, organic can be a bit pricey and possibly unavailable, depending on where you have access to shop.

Did you know that the USDA found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples it analyzed? The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

See what happens when you pour hot water on conventional apples. The chemicals literally melt! It’s important that we buy organic and if we cannot, at least wash our produce prior to consuming (Video: Laurline Eldemire Lawrence via Facebook):

Check out the most recent list of produce that you should preferably buy organic, known as the ‘Dirty Dozen,’ and which produce is safe to purchase conventionally, known as the ‘Clean Fifteen.’ While you may not find every produce item you like to eat on these lists, this is a great start!

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Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen. Credit: EWG

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Angela Rye Set To Join BET For New Program

The cultural and political thought leader’s new series ‘Angela Rye’s State of the Union’ begins January 31st

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It’s about time! We are excited to learn that Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, CNN political commentator and NPR political analyst, will be joining forces with BET to deliver a new program, launching this month.

Rye is set to host and executive produce the quarterly news show, which is poised to dig deep into issues and stories affecting black America.

“Working with BET always provides a reminder of why I began to do this work,” Rye said in a statement to Blavity. “It is essential that we have platforms where we can discuss our politics, our challenges, and our culture through our respective lenses. The upcoming special will provide a glimpse of what’s to come with our partnership.”

The first episode of the series is tentatively titled “Angela Rye’s State of the Union,” which will be a primetime rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union address airing Wednesday, January 31 at 10PM PT.

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Gee Bryant A Force To Reckon With in the Fitness Industry

Atlanta’s Transformation Specialist Talks About His Road from Uncertainty to Becoming a Successful Businessman and Celebrity Trainer

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Fitness expert, success coach and entrepreneur Gee Bryant has always been a hustler with a “MUST get it” attitude, and he’s walking in his purpose. He’s the brains behind the #1 online fitness program Results in 28 Days and owner of The Loft Atlanta, Phlexx Fitness and is CMO of Fitness Plane.

Gee says that he never had a “real” job and did whatever he could to make money. He tried multiple business ventures that eventually led him to become a personal trainer, as a way to work for himself while also staying active. Even though fitness was never cool where he’s from, Gee says he’s always been in his own lane. He has always recognized that he is unique and learned that by being a personal trainer he had a major impact on people. This hobby eventually transformed into a passion.

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Growing up in Philly, Gee says there was a lot of pain – he used to reflect on it and let it consume him, but now he uses his pain to push him further.

“You can’t be a victim your whole life.”

In 2015, after starting to create buzz around his name as a personal trainer, Gee decided to move to Atlanta with just his car and clothes. He created boot camps, trainings, began marketing himself on social media and just doing anything to make money, to pay rent, and to NOT go back.

“If you ain’t willing to go crazy, then leave the entrepreneurship game.”

Gee created a business plan with the mindset, “I’m going ALL IN.” He started with, “How much money do I want to make? And, How many people do I need to help?” He also began reading books and focusing on personal development.

“As you expand, your mind has to expand as well.”

Gee had a plan and a goal, and decided to do anything he could to make it all come true. His efforts started to work so well that Gee had an overload of clients, which then gave him reason to open up his first gym.

During this time he was constantly growing his brand on social media and in the fitness profession, but knew he wouldn’t be able to fully execute his vision without the right help. So, he reached out to trainers to hire and assist in his gym.

“I’m a control freak, but I had to learn how to let go. It’s better to have someone who can do something 70%, than you trying to do it 100%. If you try to do everything you’ll burn yourself out.”

Gee began pushing online programs that he created on his own, recorded on YouTube and from that he started increasing his clientele. From there, he built his website.

“For this to go global, it has to be beyond me.”

It was then that Gee created the RI28 program. Gee says he makes his program different.

“I get their mind right. Your body won’t go where your mind won’t let it.”

Gee says his program is so effective because it’s easy to follow, he has the RI28 Facebook support group, it’s only a 28 day program, the meal plan and workouts are included, he has a team of like minded people behind him, and it’s SIMPLE.

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The Loft Athletic Club opened in Atlanta, GA this year. Not only did Gee need a bigger space, but he says, “It was time.” Loft Atlanta is FOR Atlanta.

“I did it MY way, he says.” He never cheated the process, and changed and helped thousands of people do the same thing.

What he wants people to know is that they can do whatever they want, not become a product of their environment, and he wants his legacy to be a legacy of SERVICE.

Gee encourages other entrepreneurs to be obsessed and consistent about their brand and reminds us that small daily improvements = long term results.

2018 is here and there is so much more for Gee Bryant to accomplish. Make sure to follow him @geebryant and via his website to not only stay in the loop with what he’s up to next, but to get all the information on how to join any of his programs or find his facilities.

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