Blog Posts by Cosmo Latina

  • How to Throw a DIY Spa Day

    Cosmopolitan MagazineInstead of heading out to an expensive salon, try these DIY secrets and have a spa day for you and girls right at home.

    By Milly Almodovar

    It's the Friday after a killer week; your brain is fried and it shows. You probably want to hit the bars (Cuba Libre, anyone?), but try giving your bod a break instead. Light a candle, strike up the old-school Maná playlist, and whip up these easy concoctions to renew your spirit and your carita.

    1. For your face
    The mango you bought for your smoothie can double as a key ingredient in a clarifying, hydrating masque that unclogs pores and helps reduce acne.
    What You'll Need
    • 4 slices of mango, an antioxidant
    • 1⁄2 cup of plain yogurt, an exfoliant
    • 4 strawberries, collagen-boosters
    Directions: Mix all ingredients in a blender until you've got a paste. Then massage onto skin. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off and shield your eyes from the glow you've unleashed!

    Related: 10 DIY Beauty Tips From Latino Countries

    2. For Your Hair

    Your hair

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  • 3 Ways to Make an Old Graphic Sweater Look Sexy

    Flor de Maria RiveraBy Flor de Maria Rivera

    Fashion gossip of the day, chicas: it's time to pull out those old graphic sweaters that have been collecting dust in your closet-yup, it's the latest, cool fashion trend! I recently got a mustard owl sweater and I've been rocking it with just about everything!

    1. For a casual day, pair a sweater like this one with jeans and booties. When it's cold out, throw on a coat or your favorite leather jacket. Of course, don't forget to accessorize!

    Related: The Best Types of Shapewear and Fajas

    2. If you are in the mood to go out for bebidas, this sweater goes great with a sequined skirt-it's the perfect way to balance things out. Just remember this rule of thumb: if you want to show some legs, just make sure you cover up on top and vice versa.

    Related: 5 Shoes Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

    3. Sexy office chica? Pair it with slacks and a pencil skirt! Just make sure your sweater doesn't say anything inappropriate (we all know we love to express ourselves with

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  • 3 Places to Touch Him Besides His You-Know-What

    Cosmopolitan MagazineBy Ariel Nagi
    Got a super hot night with your new man this weekend? Build up to the inevitable tearing-off-of-the clothes with these proven strategies (Hint: There are more ways to turn a dude on than by touching him there.) These top three erogenous zones will send him over the edge every time.


    His Neck

    Small bites on his neck can amp up blood circulation. Give him sweet, short besitos while whispering naughty things in his ear. By the time you're done, he'll be begging you to take it to the next level.


    Related: The Sexiest Things That Catch His Attention

    His Inner Thigh
    The skin in this area is super sensitive. Gently massage it by running your fingers up and down getting super close to his package but not quite. It's the tease every guy loves even if he doesn't know it!

    Related: The Secret to Steamy Postpartum Sex

    His Stomach

    A massage around the navel speeds up the blood circulation down there. Kiss and lick around it while rubbing his inner thigh. He will be so turned on

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  • 7 Ways to Bond with Your Boyfriend when It's Cold Outside

    Ruy Sanchez Blanco By Ariel Nagi
    The "brrrr" factor is amping up now and it's reminding us of the times mami would bundle us up so tight we'd leave the house barely able to walk! But don't worry, invierno doesn't mean you have to stay stuck inside for the next five months. Here are some cool winter date ideas that can heat things up between you and your guy.

    Go ice-skating

    This is a timeless classic. Ice-skating is fun, usually inexpensive, and it can be done indoors or outdoors. Just make sure to rock your cutest hat, gloves, and scarf!

    Hit up a coffee shop
    Café con leche hits the spot when it's cold outside. Invite him to have a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop or panaderia.

    Related: The Sexiest Things That Catch His Attention

    Bring back abuelita's cooking skills
    Winter is the perfect time to bring out those old family recipes. Strew some sancocho or any cold-weather dish to warm him up.

    Make it a lazy snow day
    If you're like most of us, Latinas and can't stop complaining about el frio. So

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  • 5 Holiday Shopping Tips for Single Moms to Cut Spending and Time

    Gustavo ArraisBy Ariel Nagi

    Your Twitter feed is blowing up with people bragging about the hot new gadgets they're picking up on Black Friday. That sounds like fun, but when you're a single mami the last thing you have time for is camping outside of Best Buy at 1am while freezing your trasero off. These five holiday shopping tips might as well be called your single mother shopping bible-they'll save you time and money, the two words that pop up more than anything!

    1. Get Your Shopping Done Early
    Look out for sales throughout the year. If you see something that's a great deal and you know your kids, prima, amiga-whoever-will like it, grab it before the deal is off!

    Related: CFL's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

    2. Make Craigslist and Your BFF
    Craigslist, Ebay, Amazon-these are all sites that should be bookmarked on your laptop. Your kids won't know the difference between a slightly used toy and a new one, but your wallet will!

    3. Go Out With the Old and In With the New
    Get rid of old toys, clothes,

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  • The Ultimate Family and Friends Gift Guide

    By Niria Portella

    The perfect presents for everyone in your life, from mami to la vecina--all UNDER $100! We've got you covered. Check out our special CFL discounts, a great reason to start shopping early this year!

    Read More at CosmoForLatinas.com!

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  • 7 Gifts to Get You and Your Boyfriend This Holiday

    By Niria Portella

    We've got you covered-from the cologne you'd actually want to spray on your man to the accessories you need to treat yourself to. Check out our special CFL discounts, a great reason to start shopping early this year! And check out our ultimate family gift guide for tips on what to get everyone in your familia without breaking the bank!

    Read More at CosmoForLatinas.com!

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  • "I Kicked Breast Cancer's Ass" Part 4: Moving Forward

    By Sofia Quintero

    Sofia Quintero is a Puerto Rican-Dominican author, filmmaker and educator and most recently, cancer warrior. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012.

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer nine months ago, I had been amidst a major reassessment of my life. Too many things that had once brought me joy had become struggles. Writing went from being something I enjoyed to something I had to do to make ends meet. When it came to dating, I felt damned if I did, damned if I didn't. The most altruistic venture I ever undertook was plagued with one financial challenge or legal issue after the other.

    So I began questioning my pursuits and revisiting my values. After much reflection, I discovered that two of my deepest desires are to be an inspiration and to cultivate an enduring legacy. So when I got the Call and diagnosis, it was as if the Universe said, "So you want to be an inspiration, huh? Pues, toma! Let's see what you do with that."

    Related: "I

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  • "I Kicked Breast Cancer's Ass" Part 3: Why I Called My Ex

    Shirley RodriguezBy Sofia Quintero

    Sofia Quintero is a Puerto Rican-Dominican author, filmmaker and educator and most recently, cancer warrior. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012.

    I remember what my naturopath told me two weeks before the mastectomy. Your immune system is actually quite strong she said, her hand still holding my pulse. For you this disease is emotional. It's about learning to trust again. I instinctively knew she was right. My treatment plan had to include the medicine of forgiveness-of both myself and others.

    In the midst of battling this disease-a mastectomy, haircutting, and chemo treatments-I find myself closer to my ex, Doc. He is among the first people I tell days after my diagnosis; our two-hour conversation is the first telephone call we have since our breakup five years ago.

    Related: "I Kicked Breast Cancer's Ass" Part: The Diagnosis

    We met on a dating site in August 2006. After two months of intense correspondence, Doc and I had cappuccinos and tiramisus

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  • "I Kicked Breast Cancer's Ass" Part 2: Fighting Breast Cancer My Way

    Shirley RodriguezBy Sofia Quintero

    Sofia Quintero is a Puerto Rican-Dominican author, filmmaker and educator and most recently, cancer warrior. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012.

    "Don't shave your head! Why don't you just wait and see? La tia de fulano did chemo, and her hair didn't fall out." Almost everyone in my family said it.

    But once I learned my treatment called for surgery followed by chemotherapy, I insisted on defying my relatives and shaving my head before I lost my hair. Allow a clump of hair to end up in my fist while tossing it seductively at the chulo in the bookstore? Ni lo pienses! I'd be damned if I gave cancer that much power.

    Related: "I Kicked Breast Cancer's Ass" Part: The Diagnosis

    So first off to Fekkai SoHo to cut off eight inches of natural curl into a Hallesque do. Next: gather some girlfriends for a ceremony to have each cut off a lock before the Big Buzz. They would create a healing circle both to ease the loss and imbue it with positive meaning. Read More »from "I Kicked Breast Cancer's Ass" Part 2: Fighting Breast Cancer My Way

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