Blog Posts by Cosmo Latina

  • 6 Surprising Signs You Should Break Up

    CosmopolitanCosmopolitanBy Ariel Nagi

    We all know the obvious signs to tell if a man isn't the one for you: he cheated, he can't keep a job, he's abusive-emotionally or physically-the list goes on. But sometimes, subtle red flags are waving in our faces and we don't realize they mean it's time to dump an undercover loser.

    1. All of his friends are single
    If all of his friends are bachelors, he probably thinks he still is too. Men who are ready to be committed will stop acting like they're single (i.e., hanging out at strip clubs with all his single amigos) and keep around the dudes who are in serious relationships like him, says relationship expert April Masini of In fact, studies show that couples who are friends with other couples have stronger romances. Plus, friends like his single boys will likely tease him for being the "taken" one or get upset when he doesn't have time for them, which can put him in an awkward position of choosing between pleasing his buddies or pleasing his girlfriend.

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  • 4 Signs You're in an Abusive Relationship


    By Sandy M. Fernandez

    In one study, 77 percent of college women copped to being, or having been, in an abusive relationship. Experts don't have a single, set definition for emotional or psychological abuse, but it's generally described as any behavior-short of physical violence-used to manipulate, degrade, humiliate, or punish another person. This can be extreme Lifetime movie stuff: threats, stalking, vandalism, phone or email monitoring. But, just as often, it can be more subtle: overreactions that keep you walking on eggshells, underhanded compliments, barbed advice that's allegedly for your own good, even offers to "help" by managing your money, career, or relationships with others.

    Most of these relationships won't escalate to physical violence. But some will and it's difficult to tell until it's too late. The best thing you can do for yourself-or for a friend you suspect might be in such a situation-is to know the warning signs. Here are four actions you might be

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  • 7 Ways to Feel Happier

    CosmopolitanCosmopolitanHealthy lifestyle choices-exercising, eating well, going outside, pretty much all the things mami told you do-really can make you feel happier.

    By Sandy M. Fernandez

    1. Get some sun
    New Milford, Connecticut, nanny Melissa Nercessian often works indoors during the day. "I grew up in Puerto Rico," she says, "and in San Juan, I practically lived at the beach." After her doctor diagnosed her with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Nercessian started taking a daily walk outside at lunchtime. Since a lack of sun has been linked to depression, "Try to get sun on your face every day before noon," suggests Dr. Belisa Vranich, coauthor of The Seven Beliefs .

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    2. Keep a gratitude journal, or pay it forward
    Abuelita was right: You should count your blessings. Recent research suggests that doing so once a day can have a long-term effect on keeping depression away. How? It focuses you away from what's wrong in your life and toward what's right.

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  • What to Do When You're Burnt Out at Work

    CosmopolitanCosmopolitanWe've all been there. You get overwhelmed at work and feel like you just want to quit and storm out the office forever…but you can't. In this economy, we know good jobs are basically like one in a million, so career expert Cheryl Palmer offered some tips on how to keep your sanity and not catch a bitch fit.

    By Ariel Nagi

    1. Take a lunch break-every day
    The days of eating lunch at your desk should be over-now. "If you're not regularly taking breaks, things can get very overwhelming, and you end up being more ineffective because your mind is not fresh enough," Palmer says. Take a walk or stroll through the park during your break. If you skip lunch because you feel you don't have enough time, you could end up making a mistake from being too tired and taking even more time to correct it, she warns.

    2. Get involved in other activities
    The biggest mistake people make is bringing their jobs home with them too often. "Work shouldn't be everything," Palmer says. Try getting involved in

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  • How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

    CosmopolitanCosmopolitanIf you want those sexy locks you have to treat your hair, but don't ruin it with too many chemicals. Try the natural route and your hair will shine for days!

    By Milly Almodovar

    Related: The Best Conditioners For Dry Damaged Hair

    For many, the only way to get shiny hair is to resort to hair serums, and silicone based products. Although those do work, many of them can weigh the hair down, and even damage it in the long run. Here are some natural solutions that will give you the same results without any negative effects.

    Related: 10 DIY Beauty Tips From Latino Countries

    Apple Cider Vinegar
    One of the most effective ways to achieve shiny and lustrous hair. After washing, take 1 part apple cider vinegar 3 part water, and rinse the hair. Apple Cider Vinegar is an acid so it will seal the cuticle (which means light can now reflect on the hair). The end result: hair so shiny, it should be a crime!

    Related: The Best Fruits For Your Skin

    Coconut Oil Massages
    Did you

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  • Should You Be Jealous If Your Boyfriend's Best Friend is a Girl?

    CosmopolitanCosmopolitanWe hear it time and time again: my boyfriend's best friend is a girl. Should you feel threatened or thankful? Dating and relationship coach Tracey Steinberg told us something we're sticking by: if it's genuine, it's actually really, really good that your man has a BFF with boobs. Here's how to deal with it, and when you have a reason to suspect their doing more than playing video games together.

    By Ariel Nagi

    Having a boyfriend whose BFF is another woman can feel a little weird if you're not used to it. Some men turn to women because we are naturally better communicators and make great friends. But how do you deal with her, and more importantly, know for sure that they aren't into each other or that she's out to sabotage your relationship? Try the first three things, and if you still feel unsure, learn how you can address the situation without ruining your relationship.

    Related: How Do I Get My Boyfriend to be More Romantic?

    Make her your ally
    The best thing to do is

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  • 6 Reasons Sex is Good for You

    Cosmopolitan Cosmopolitan Not that you need any reason to have sex, but these health benefits will justify the need to get a little dirty once in a while. Not only does it feel good, sex is really good for you overall.

    By Ariel Nagi

    1. It can make you look younger
    We know that crazy, hot sex can make you feel younger, but did you know it can actually make you look younger? One Scottish researcher claims that having sex three times a week can make you look up to ten years younger.

    Related: The Best Places to Have Public Sex Without Getting Caught

    2. It beats stress
    A recent study of students at the State University of New York in Albany showed that semen acts as a good antidepressant. Next time you're feeling under the weather, get down with him, and we promise you'll get a good night's sleep.

    3. It boosts self-esteem
    In a University of Texas study, boosting self-esteem was one of the top reasons people have sex. Participants said the act often made them feel better about themselves and their bodies.

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  • 9 Baby Products Adults Can Use

    Courtesy of ManufacturersMommy and baby products are all the rage but also super expensive. Take a look at these old school baby products that are still amazing for you!

    By Krystyna Chavez

    1. Aquaphor
    This baby safe ointment has so many features. Use it to regulate the moisture in your skin, shorten healing time, and also help with acne, dry skin, or minor burns. Pretty much any skin issue you're having aquaphor can help you out. Definitely a must have!

    Related: How To Hide Dark Circles

    2. Aveeno Oatmeal Bath
    This wash is great for people with sensitive skin or allergies. It leaves your skin feeling great and the oatmeal will work wonders for you!

    3. Baby Lotion
    Lotion is essential and should be used daily, but baby lotion has a way of taking your skin back years! The smoothness and moisture is so great, and Aveeno's has oatmeal which helps hydrate skin more without the grease.

    4. Baby Oil
    Baby oil is one of those items you never realize has so many uses. Try putting it on your body after

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  • 5 Interesting Sex and Love Facts About Latino Men

    Cosmopolitan MagazineWe can tell you a bunch of things we think we know about Latin guys, but these findings were more than we expected. Whether good or bad in your eyes, here are five interesting facts we dug up about our hombres.

    By Ariel Nagi

    1. They have bigger penises

    The Latin lover stereotype has to come from somewhere, right? In a penis size study of 113 countries (yes, this does exist), countries like Ecuador and Colombia placed in the top five averaging about 7 inches. Not bad, hombres.

    2. They're More Likely to Use Condoms

    A Centers For Disease Control and Prevention study shows that Latinos are more likely to use condoms than their non-Latino counterparts. That's great news, since Latinos face such a high risk for STIs.

    Related: 5 Ways to Score Your Dream Relationship

    3. They're more likely to cheat

    Burn. As we mentioned in our spring issue, cheating website said a whopping 1.2 million Latinos are using their Spanish-language version site since its 2009 launch.

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  • 4 Reasons Why You Wont Date a Latin Guy

    CosmopolitanCosmopolitanSome Latinas flat-out refuse to date Latinos, no matter how much game they have. CFL went straight to the source to find out their reasons behind benching.

    By Jenny Mero

    1. Latinos Want You to be a Housewife

    If you can cook, clean, or wash clothes, congratulations! "In our culture, there's a long-standing preconception that a woman that can cook is better wife material," says Dr. Yasmin Davidds, life coach and author of several books, including Latinas 7 Principles to Personal Empowerment. Here's the deal: that long-held notion is actually changing. As the number of Latinas who earn the same or more than their husbands keeps rising, it means there's less time for cooking or hosting. The NPD Group, a market research company, said in a 2011 report that more than 40% of Latinos who eat out are bringing their kids along. Dining out is a family affair, and women are no longer being relegated to domestic duty.

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