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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Tuna Coconut Ceviche

    Mi hermana Natalia lived with her husband in a sailboat for a few years. During her travels, she was exposed to the culinary world of the Colombian coast- an area known for its abundance of fresh food. She learned everything from the proper way to barbecue seafood onboard to making meat conserves while at sea that lasted up to three years. One of my favorite dishes was her easy-to-make tuna and coconut ceviche, common in Baru, a small island off the shore.

    During my last visit to her house in Bogotá, I asked her to make that same tuna dish. With pen and paper in hand, I carefully took note of the recipe and ingredients expecting this to be a long and complex process. To my surprise, thirty minutes into the cooking we were already serving dinner. Enjoy!

    Diced fresh tuna

    (4 servings)
    3 limes, juiced
    1 lb. fresh tuna, diced
    1/2 cup coconut milk
    1 tsp. sea salt
    1/2 cup shredded carrots
    1/2 small white onion, julienned
    1 red bell pepper, julienned

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  • Learn how to expertly contour and highlight your face surgery free with these simple makeup techniques.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Kim Kardashian showed off the contouring secret to her high cheek bones.

    Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez use contouring and highlighting techniques to enhance their natural beauty; this is the makeup secret to the high cheekbones and chiseled facial features when they hit the red carpet. With contouring you get to shade the areas that are supposed to recede on your face, which in turn provides a slimmer, sharper look with just a few products.

    To master this technique, you'll need to start off with either a cream bronzer or foundation in a shade two or three times darker than your natural skin tone. In order to highlight specific areas, you'll also need a concealer lighter than your complexion. With the right products and these easy steps, you'll be amazed at how well you can enhance your natural features surgery and fuss-free!

    Step 1:
    Select a concealer that is a few shades lighter than your skin...Read More »

  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Detox smoothie

    Detox smoothie

    Growing up, mi nana made exotic juice blends I refused to drink. She chased me down for hours with juice in hand until I finally gave in. But once I took the first sip, I always asked for more. Sometimes she'd blend spinach and guava, or pineapple, garlic and celery. Over time I learned not to ask what was in the juice because it all sounded very weird to me.

    Every January, she made a detox beverage that was delightful, colorful and delicious mixing papaya, orange, carrot, ginger and honey. Besides being the perfect morning juice, it is packed with vitamin C, giving your metabolism a great kick start. Nana made this smoothie at least once a month, but after eating all that rich holiday food, it was on the family's menu every day for a full week. ¡Bienvenido 2013!

    Main ingredients

    (1 serving)
    3 oranges, juiced
    3 oz. papaya
    ½ cup shredded carrots
    1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
    1 tbsp. honey

    Try this recipe with my healthy avocado-egg salad


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  • 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 work

    Multi-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 wiv

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  • From royals to beloved Latin stars, find out the inspiration behind the baby names that are expected to skyrocket this year.

    Top Baby Names

    Hispanic moms-to-be searching for that special baby name will be looking to royal figures, Brazilian supermodels and Latin entertainers for inspiration in 2013, according to BabyCenter® en Español who spoke with us exclusively on what they feel will be the big-name players of the year.

    The parenting site predicts that if Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have a baby girl, they will likely name her Victoria Elizabeth. Victoria is currently in the top 10 and could become even more popular this year, along with Elizabeth (now ranked 79 in BabyCenter's list of girls' names).

    Check out the latest pictures of JLo's twins, Max and Emme

    Several Brazilian supermodels became mothers last year, making way for their own names to become highly coveted picks. According to the website, their babies' names will have an impact on the selections

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