• By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Finished pulled pork sandwich in all its glory. Finished pulled pork sandwich in all its glory.

    My brother-in-law, David, makes a few trays of roasted pork for every major party, which eventually turn into amazing, pulled pork sandwiches. His recipe is simple and can easily be made a day or two in advance. He cooks the pork for six hours and then shreds the meat in its own cooking juices.

    I've taken David's famous pork and kicked it up by topping with fried pickles and braising in a Coca-Cola sauce. The vinegar of the pickle balances the sweetness of the pork and adds some crunch to the sandwich.

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  • This homemade lip scrub only requires three everyday ingredients. Learn how to prepare your very own natural lip scrub with everyday ingredients found at home.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Many cities are still feeling the bitter cold of winter, which means dealing with harsh elements that pose some beauty issues, chapped lips in particular. You can keep your pout soft and moisturized by creating a very simple and natural lip scrub at home.

    All you need are three basic ingredients, all of which are probably staples in your pantry already. Sugar exfoliates, while honey and olive oil add moisture. In fact, you can make this recipe year round as a weekly pick-me-up for your lips. And as an added bonus, no need to step out into the snow to buy it from a store!

    Lip scrub ingredients

    You will need sugar; I prefer brown sugar, but you could use granulated, mixed in with the honey and extra virgin olive oil. Blend all ingredients in a small container, measuring equal parts of each ingredient in your bowl. I like to make a two-use batch, so I combine about half a teaspoon of each Read More »from DIY Lip Scrub: At-home Remedy for Chapped Lips
  • BB creams- the beauty product of the moment.Check out the latest sensation in makeup products- BB creams!

    By Charleen Gonzalez

    BB creams are the biggest thing in makeup right now, leading every makeup brand to release their own version of the beauty balm.

    This latest craze promises to moisturize and offer built-in sun protection, but many formulas offer other skin benefits and foundation coverage. Choosing the right one really depends on what skin issues you want to tackle, but you're sure to find the right one in the sea of BB creams coming out.


    BB cream: The latest beauty crazeThis trendy makeup product, imported from South East Asia, offers the benefits of moisturizers, sunblock and foundation in one.

    What is a BB cream?
    BB creams became wildly popular in South East Asia, especially in South Korea. The word BB actually means blemish balm or beauty balm. The idea behind the original BB creams was to have a light foundation, moisturizer, primer, blemish fighter, skin brightener and sun protector in one convenient product.

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Mimosa three waysMimosa three ways The best way to kick-off a "Sunday Funday" is a nice brunch accompanied by the bubbles of a refreshing mimosa and good company. Traditionally, mid-morning menus offer bellinis (champagne topped with peach puree) and traditional mimosas (champagne topped with orange juice), but early cocktails at my house take on a fun, Latin twist that all guests will love.

    You can give your mimosa bar an upgrade beginning with my mojito-style cocktail, infused with refreshing mint and lime. Then, inspired by my Nana's traditional, passion fruit drink, I've shaken up a version with a hint of the tropical concentrate. Finally, I turned the beloved Piña Colada into a mimosa colada. Check out the recipes below for these fun recipes. You can't go wrong with a little bubbly, after all. ¡Salud!

    Try this with my chorizo hash browns for a complete breakfast

    Mojito MimosaMojito MimosaIngredients
    1 lime, quartered
    1 tbsp. sugar
    5 mint leaves
    5 oz. champagne
    (Serves 1)


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  • VIDEO: Get Mila Kunis' bewitching lookWatch this tutorial to copy Mila Kunis' bold red lips and sultry smoky eyes from the new film "Oz the Great and Powerful".

    Mila Kunis plays Theodora in Mila Kunis plays Theodora in Learn how to get Mila Kunis' makeup from the Disney's new film, "Oz the Great and Powerful"!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Mila Kunis always stuns with her looks on the red carpet, and now we'll be able to see a majorly sultry side to the actress in her upcoming film, "Oz the Great and Powerful".

    With smoky brown eyes and a bright red lip, anyone can recreate her character's makeup style. And with the help of Urban Decay's limited edition palette inspired by "Theodora the Witch", ladies have everything they need including 8 eyeshadows, a black pencil and a red lip color. Watch the video tutorial to learn how to steal the magical look!

    Apply Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm as a base for your foundation and to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. Next, apply Urban Decay

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  • Easy tricks to get a cat eyeOur beauty blogger has two very interesting tips for getting a perfect, winged eye liner look. All you'll need is some...tape and business cards? Check it out!

    Keys to a perfect winged liner.Learn how to get the perfect, winged liquid liner with these easy tricks.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Creating the perfect, winged liner can be quite a task, and liquid liner is notorious for being tricky to use. With that being said, a sexy cat eye for a night out is the perfect accessory to any outfit, and my tricks will allow you to create one in minutes. Those with a steady hand have the easiest time painting this retro look, but don't fret if you tend to be a little shaky. Instead of free-handing, I you can either use some tape or a business card to achieve the style. Both tools act as a stencil for the outer part of the wing so that you get a perfect angle every time; I'll show you how! Read More »from VIDEO: Tricks to Perfecting a Cat Eye
  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Arroz blancoArroz blanco

    Growing up, abuelita was known for making the best arroz blanco. Her white rice was delicious by itself; it didn't need any beans or protein to go with it. You could tell the rice was ready by the aroma traveling from the kitchen to every room of the house. My father and I would sneak into the kitchen for a bowl before lunchtime, but my grandma quickly caught on and started hiding her coveted grains.

    Her secret to the perfect rice was very simple- she's add a couple of drops of lime juice before cooking. The lime coaxed the grain to open perfectly and absorb the flavor of garlic, onion and condiments. Another great tip? Adding seasoned water beforehand. This step adds flavor to every grain. Enjoy!

    Garlic, olive oil and an onion to cook the riceGarlic, olive oil and an onion to cook the rice

    7 tbsp. olive oil
    4 garlic cloves, whole
    ½ white onion, chopped
    2 cups white rice
    2 ¼ cups water
    3 drops of lime juice
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp all purpose seasoning

    Try this dish with my quick and easy tuna ceviche

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  • Watch our tutorial to get Salma's smokey and flawless makeup look from the 2013 Oscars.

    Salma Hayek at the Oscars.By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    The key to a subtle smokey look is blending and smudging. Salma Hayek perfected this smoldering look at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Of course, no one can try to look like Salma, but you can certainly copy her fabulous makeup! The Oscars this year was full of glamour and star power, and Salma looked amazing while presenting at the ceremony in a velvet, black dress and messy bun. This look is actually not too difficult to achieve, as long as you have some smokey, neutral shades and a good black eyeliner.

    All the makeup used for this tutorial is from Inglot Cosmetics, where you can create your own custom palettes with their innovative Freedom System.

    The eyes have it
    Start off by applying an eye makeup primer (Inglot Eye Makeup Base) on the lids and under the eyes. Apply a nude highlight color (Inglot Eyeshadow 361) to the brow bone with a large shader

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  • DIY manicure inspired by red carpet jewels.

    It takes a lot more than a fancy gown to work the red carpet- you also need some fabulously fashionable nails. CoverGirl's manicurist to the stars (and fellow Latina!), Mar y Soul, stopped by the Shine studio to show us how to get a trendy look just in time for this year's Academy Awards or any other big event you might be celebrating this season.

    To accomplish the fun look, you'll only need four items, and if you want to match the colors in this tutorials, check out the new CG Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss Collection.

    Get these tools:

    -Fine-tipped tweezers

    -A luxurious, jewel-tone polish; we used CoverGirl's polish in Outlast Stay Brilliant-Nail Gloss Wine Stain #275

    -A clear nail polish, such as CoverGirl's Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss Crystal Clear #105

    -Swarovski crystals; we used baguette-shaped stones

    Check out the step-by-step tutorial for this Oscars-inspired mani:

    DIY: Hollywood-inspired manicureLearn how to get this manicure, perfect for

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  • This unassuming Spanish designer staged a much needed coup d'etat in the lingerie world by being the first to use lycra in ladies' underwear. Today, his strong sense of cultural tradition mixed with his daring sensuality continues to influence women and the way they feel about themselves underneath it all.


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