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  • Ten Dia de los Muertos makeup tutorials

    Day of the Dead Mexican sugar skulls are a symbol of recognizing death as a part of life.By Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica

    Dia de los Muertos is this Friday and Saturday, and one of the most celebrated traditions of the holiday is the art of face painting. In Mexico, those who celebrate the holiday paint their faces like skulls to embrace death as part of the cycle of life. And the designs are as diverse as the people who create them.

    If you plan to paint your face this week in honor of Dia de Los Muertos, here are my tips:

    - Before you start, read up on the history.
    - Supplies: You can buy a kit at the store, but it is just as easy to use your own make-up. Eye shadow, liner, lipstick will work for color and outlining, so all you’ll need is a white base.
    - Many kits will come with applicators, I suggest using make up brushes instead for a more polished look.
    - Make sure to wash and moisturize your face first.
    - Keep make-up wipes on hand for easy clean up.

    Here are some of my favorite Dia de los Muertos face paint video tutorials.

    1. Sugar Skull Make-Up Tutorial by Desiree

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  • A Mother's Effort to Reclaim Halloween

    Mexican sugar skull for Dia De Los Muertos.Chef Maggie Jimenez has made a living out of Mexican food. She's hosted cooking shows and contributed recipes to magazines. Born and raised in Mexico, she holds her heritage high. But her half-Mexican daughters are growing up in the U.S., and Maggie seeks to instill pride for their heritage in them.

    Married to an American man for 17 years, Maggie found ways to balance the presence of her and her husband's cultures in their girls' lives.

    "In my case, it's also the Catholic-Protestant lifestyle," Maggie says. "One Sunday it would be at [my husband's] church, one Sunday with me."

    The chef is currently working with instant-coffee brand Nescafe, which released a survey stating that 70 percent of Latino parents in the U.S. feel guilty about their children not being exposed to as much Latin heritage as they were. Maggie finds the way to remedy this is to tell them stories, and interlace them with food.

    Now divorced, her daughters celebrate Thanksgiving at their father's house, and spend other holidays with Mom. For Maggie, a big one is Mexico's Dia De Los Muertos.

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  • Pregnancy Tips for Mothers in Any Trimester

    From which side a pregnant mom should sleep on to foods to avoid, Shine Latina spoke with Isidra Mencos, Editorial Director of Baby Center en Español, to get the best tips for mothers-to-be.

    Kim KardashianFIRST TRIMESTER
    This is an emotional time, full of both excitement and anxiety, especially for new moms. "It's a new experience. [New moms] want to know everything," says Isidra Mencos, who also sees this as the time when mothers are the most engaged in finding out every bit of information about the new baby. From the onset of fatigue and morning sickness, to the happiness and excitement of the new pregnancy, mothers have a lot to take in during this fragile time of their term, according to the pregnancy expert. This is also the time to rest as much as possible, and get prenatal care early on, especially if there's a history of diabetes in the family.

    Early pregnancy advice: Keep an eye on food and drink
    Here's some of Mencos' best advice for moms-to-be when it comes to what to consume during the

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  • Warm to These Traditional Soups

    Savoring a warm plate of homemade soup is at the heart of the Latin kitchen throughout the year, but it's never more celebrated than when the chill of winter sets in. Dive into some of the heartiest recipes you'll ever make (and taste!).

    Chupe de camaronesChupe de camaronesCHUPE DE CAMARONES (Peru)
    A traditional chowder from the mountain regions of Peru, the original "chupe" recipe calls for fresh river shrimp, caught by hand.

    (6 servings)


    2 lbs shrimp, with shells and heads
    4 cups water (more if necessary)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
    1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon aji panca chili paste (can substitute tomato paste)
    1 teaspoon aji amarillo chili paste
    1 cup peas, either fresh or frozen
    1/4 cup long-grain white rice
    1-2 ears of corn, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
    1 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
    1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
    1/4-1/2 cup queso fresco, cut into 1/2-inch dice
    1 cup evaporated milk
    1 tablespoon fresh oregano,

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  • Debunking Hair Care Myths

    A stressed-out lifestyle can lead to overworked tresses. Learn to follow hair care tips that really work, and leave behind beauty myths.

    Hair care tips that really workMulti-tasking American women go through life stressed out to the max, and as a result their hair is as well. While ladies tend to treat their skin with regimens including moisturizers, eye creams and serums, their locks are getting the short end of the stick, according beauty giant L'Oreal Paris. Lifestyle factors like emotional rollercoasters, a lack of sleep and hair drying tools that can reach up to 500°F result in damaged and over processed hair for which little repair can be found. To make matters worse, there are widely-believed misconceptions regarding hair care that women are only too eager to believe.

    Noted hair care scientist and expert consultant for L'Oreal Paris, Dr David Kingsley, offers his best tips for keeping hair healthy and strong while setting the record straight on common conventional knowledge:

    Wash your hair often: The old

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  • The Latest in Nail “lingerie”

    Shine Latina sat with L'Oreal Paris' Consulting Nail Arist Tom Bachik to get the latest on nail trends.

    Nail colors straight from the runwaysL'Oreal Paris' Tom Bachik, who is inspired by the colors and designs of the high fashion runways, gets to see trends before they reach the public. "I do a lot of photo shoots, and I see what's been pulled for this shoot, and what celebrities like what," says the nail artist who gets to see what people will be wearing months before.

    VIDEO: L'Oreal expert reveals odd inspirations behind makup colors

    Lately, the trend is mixing colors and textures, which is now made easy with L'Oreal Paris' newly launched Nail Lingerie. "It's a simple way to create a three dimensional look at home [which] everyone can do it without making a mistake," says Bachik. For an elegant and contemporary manicure, the nail expert suggests applying a nude or white base to nails, and affixing a piece of their fishnet designs on top.

    For trendy nail products, watch the full interview here:

    Beautiful nails

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  • VIDEO: The Experts’ Secrets Behind Creating Makeup Trends

    Shine Latina met with L'Oreal Paris' color designer to discover the inspiration behind perfect makeup colors and how to achieve red carpet looks.

    Jennifer Lopez
    A good foundation

    A perfect and flawless makeup look starts with the base, according to L'Oreal Paris' color designer and "makeup anthropologist", Orrea Light. She suggests Latinas choose their foundation correctly by taking their skin's undertones into account. "Cooler tones could go gray and may look a little white on [olive]," says Light. The expert's secret for finding the perfect foundation is testing on the jawline, avoiding the neck because it's lighter than the face.

    Lively colors for Latinas
    For Light, inspiration behind developing the perfect colors or trends stems from everywhere, including the art and automobile industry. "If I see a beautiful Bentley, I'll call the manufacturer and say 'We need that color for a nail polish!'" says Light of the colors reflected in makeup lines. Whether it's a night for bold, red lips, or sexy

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  • Resolve to Get Out of Debt (for Real!) in the New Year

    Financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez gives you tips for sticking to financial resolutions and making 2013 a debt-free year.

    Resolve to get out of debt in the New YearResolve to get out of debt in the New YearMost New Year resolutions, like vowing to lose weight or quit smoking, are usually made with great intentions only to be forgotten by the end of January. "Most people's resolutions are dreams instead of goals; goals come with a plan," says financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez, who defines goals as "dreams dressed in work clothes."

    So, what does a well-devised financial goal look like? Gutiérrez suggests following some basic measurable guidelines: time-limited, specific, written and measurable. Just saying "I'm going to get out of debt", and leaving it at that does not translate into a successful plan. For example, an individual with $12,000 in debt could manage a goal as follows:

    Time-limit: "I'll get out of debt by January 2014" is well limited goal, but, is it realistic? Does it take your current budget into consideration? Maybe taking two years to pay off $500 a

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  • Christmas Around Latin America

    We may speak the same language and celebrate Christmas in the same month, but the traditions that define Latinos' fiestas de Navidad are as varied as our countries.

  • A Latina’s Map to Climbing the Corporate Ladder

    Shine Latina sat with two professionally accomplished Latin women to uncover the secrets behind A Latina's map to climbing the corporate ladderA Latina's map to climbing the corporate ladderovercoming the gender and cultural barriers of corporate success.

    When Puerto-Rican native Ingrid Schmidt began working as the administrative assistant of a mortgage bank's president in San Juan, little did she know that one day she would become Sr. Vice President of an even larger bank conglomerate.

    She understood from the start that even at the lower levels of the corporate ladder, it's important to envision the professional career ahead. "You must look beyond at opportunities beyond [your present situation]. You have to have the vision," says Schmidt, who decided to be indispensable to her boss. "I became knowledgeable of all the numbers she needed to follow. I was aware of the mortgage industry's [monthly] ups and downs, and kept the president abreast of the latest data," recalls Schmidt of her first bank job, where she saw an opportunity beyond her pay grade, and worked hard

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