Blog Posts by Shine Latina editor

  • From Grunge to Glam: The Style Evolution of Shakira

    We take a look at how the Colombian singer's sense of style has changed throughout the years.

  • 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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  • Fashion Trends You Can Expect to See in 2013

    From dresses and makeup to hair and accessories, we've a got a sneak peek into the hottest trends for the New Year and how some Latinas are showing them off.

  • Baby Under Wraps: The Quiet Life Of This Famous Child

    Meet little Leo Encinas Cruz, the apple of the eye of some very overprotective Spanish parents: actors Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

  • 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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  • Latinos Face Growing Need for Hispanic Mentors

    In honor of Mentoring Month, we take a look at the experience of becoming an hermano or hermana to a child in need of guidance and encouragement.

    Mentoring children into life successAs President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, Lydia Muniz stays busy overseeing the largest mentoring organization in Florida, but it was not until recently that she became a Big Sister herself.

    A few years ago, the CEO became a Big Sister to a very inquisitive 9-year old; the BBBS president and her Little Sister, Izca, began to meet for library visits or chat about school over ice cream. Izca's mother, a newcomer to the US, was delighted. "Big Brothers Big Sisters is not there to replace her mother. [Hispanic] Single mothers may have limitations because of language and income. These may limit her capacity, not as a mother, but as someone who can offer opportunities and open the US to her children," says Muniz who finds herself enjoying a beautiful friendship with this young Latina, in addition to having helped Izca join a program for

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Baby Name Predictions for 2013

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

    Top Baby NamesHispanic 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 for

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  • Celeb Birthdays in January

    From athletes and singers to fashion's elite and TV personalities, we've got the famous Latinos who blow out birthday candles this month.

  • 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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  • Miss Mexico and Her Disconcerting Red Gown

    Karina González choice for the evening gown competition may have cost her the Miss Universe tittle.


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