- La Vida As We Know It | Shine Latina | Wed, Sep 19, 2012 11:00 AM EDT | Comments
Abuela Rigo lived a life full of adventures and hardships. She loved and fought for what she believed in and for those she loved the most. Her stories growing up very rich (and then very poor) in Puerto Rico are the stuff of legends, and I'll try to share them- and her- with you. Welcome to The Abuela Chronicles.The Comerío house was finally closed for the season, and the brand new Ford T was packed to the gills with the family's belongings. Don Pepe (Papá), his wife Petra (Mamá), the four kids and now four year-old Rigo were ready to head out once again. Pepe was the supervising manager of one of the largest tobacco production companies in Puerto Rico, and his job required him to move to a different town every few years to oversee a new operation. This time, they were traveling to the town of Coamo, and the kids seemed more excited than usual. Papá had mentioned that there would be a surprise at the new house.
The trouble with Papá's siesta
"It's a dog!" the children screeched with delight at the sight...Read More »
- Charleen Gonzalez, Shine Latina | Shine Latina | Tue, Sep 18, 2012 3:00 PM EDT | Comments
... In this video blog I'll show you some of the new products I'm loving right now. Get ready for Fall with these amazing beauty finds! Read More »
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina
Everyone who tries Obessesive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars can't get enough of them! The Lip Tars are unlike anything you've ever tried--a high opacity lipstick concentrate in a gloss format. You only need the smallest drop to color your mouth. The products have a creamy texture that soothes the lips with peppermint oil and Vitamin E. They are also 100% vegan and cruelty free. With so many colors to choose from, you are bound to find one you love. Lately I've been wearing Harlot, a bright hot coral red, but for those who like a more subdued color, Trollop is a nice peachy pink that goes great with olive skin tones. The full line of Lip Tars just started selling at Sephora, so get ready for bright hot lips!
All-in-one matte foundation
I have oily skin, and I'm always looking for the next best matte foun
- Shine Latina Editor | Shine Latina | Tue, Sep 18, 2012 12:13 PM EDT | CommentsIn Adamari López's real-life breast cancer story, the heroine beats "the villain", and lives to tell others how to defeat this ruthless disease.
At 33 years old, Puerto Rican actress Adamari López had everything she had dreamed of: gorgeous telenovela looks, a brilliant career and a man who loved her. But, in March 2005, life as she knew it came crashing down.
While taking a morning shower, López noticed a small lump in her right breast. Anxiety gripped her heart, but she didn't hesitate and called her doctor right away. Further checkups, a mammography and a final biopsy confirmed her fears: it was breast cancer.
With the love and support of family and friends, this courageous Boricua focused on attacking the disease. Six months of agonizing chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy followed. One year later the battle results were in, and López was cancer-free.
This year the actress celebrates her fifth...Read More »
- Shine Latina Editor | Shine Latina | Tue, Sep 18, 2012 2:53 PM EDT | Comments
Do people still look at a Hispanic woman and immediately identify her with a stereotype? We explore the typical labels often placed on Latinas and see if they ring true or not....Read More »
She walks into a conference room and identifies herself as Dagmar Rosa (with a hint of a Spanish accent) to the group of professionals gathered. She's an attractive woman of dark features, wearing a white blouse and black pants. She puts her purse on the table and sits down. Who is she? If you thought that she could either be a new member of the housekeeping staff or the sexy, newly-hired office worker all the men will want to date, you may have stepped into a couple of old ethnic pigeonholes, better known in this case as Latina stereotypes.
Stereotypes based on cultural backgrounds are abundant in American society; they're the stuff late show comedians and your everyday Joe joke about. In the case of Latinas, though, their struggle has been twofold: Hispanic women have been faced with preconceived gene
- Lili's Latin Kitchen | Shine Latina | Mon, Sep 17, 2012 10:14 AM EDT | Comments
I've found that nowadays some of the best Latin food is getting served on wheels.
The best tacos in town are served at a food truck.
Shine Latina went out to find out if the rumors are true- that if you are hungry for real Latin, you better stop by a food truck.
There's no doubt that the food truck rage is here to stay; from cupcakes to carnitas, there seems to be a wheeled restaurant to satisfy every possible craving.
Need a new way to make rice? Try my QuinoArroz!
Looking to get some honest-to-goodness real tacos, I visited Jefe's Original Fish Taco and Burgers, one of Miami's favorite Mexican food trucks. Here's my adventure, caught on camera, at Jefe's…
The line to order was long, a great sign that the food is worth the wait! The menu was just as long, but the truck owner explained what went into the items we were interested in, making my decision a bit easier. Did you see those fish tacos? I'm digging in!
I finally got my order. Wow! The tacos were amazing! The fish was fresh, the slaw crispy an...Read More »