• The Cuban-American model and TV host talks about her dedication to Pilates, her love for pizza and her new reality show focused on raising health awareness in the Hispanic community.Daisy FuentesDaisy Fuentes

    By: Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Daisy Fuentes has been a longtime symbol of health and fitness. At 46, this Latina looks stunning and more in shape than ever. It's no surprise, then, that her new show, Empuj3, serves as a vehicle to spread the fitness gospel among young Hispanics suffering from obesity and health problems. The program pairs young men with FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué, Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo and celeb personal trainer Ary Nuñez to help them achieve personal fitness goals and ultimately a healthier lifestyle.

    Yahoo: On Empuj3 we will see you hosting a very emotional show dealing with a delicate and sensitive subject. Tell us about this new project.

    Daisy: Being healthy means everything. The show Empuj3 joins together a group of young adults with three

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  • Before saying goodbye to 2012, Shine Latina sat down with celebrity stylist to the Kardashians, Jomari Goyso, to recap the best trends in beauty and fashion of the year. Check out how these famous chicas rocked them!

  • We sat with financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez to find out how to avoid the debt hangover that usually Holiday gift-giving without the debtHoliday gift-giving without the debtfollows the holiday gift-giving season.

    Once Thanksgiving is over, we start hearing a familiar question: "Are you ready for the holidays?" Often times we're not even done eating our turkey before heading straight for the Black Friday sales. In the US, preparing for the season has little to do with putting up a tree or baking cookies; it's all about the gifts. Are you done with your holiday shopping? is the real question.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to exchanging gifts, the tendency in most families-especially Latin families-- is to blindly buy gifts without knowing exactly how much money we have available to spend. A prevailing attitude of "we're not going to worry about money now", results in a new year's worth of financial hangovers. According to financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez, Latinos usually fall prey to the familia's peer pressure of giving presents to everyone due to

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Pastelón or Torta de Plátano Pastelón or Torta de Plátano

    My Venezuelan friends are constantly bragging about their traditional food and how it's better than that of my hometown.Venezuela and Colombia share a number of similar dishes but with different names. For instance, they call passion fruit juice jugo de parchita, and we call it jugo de maracuyá. A beef stew with the same ingredients is called asado negro in Venezuela, and in Colombia we call it carne en posta. But the ultimate name change is what happened to a recipe featuring baked plantain and ground beef: we call it torta de plátano, and they call it pastelón.

    Pastelón or Torta de Plátano Pastelón or Torta de Plátano

    While Venezuelans claim their plantain dish is better, I had to prove them wrong by making a Colombian version. Hey, nothing like a little sibling rivalry, right? Whether you decide to go the Venezuelan or Colombian route, it's a must try dish, especially during the holidays.

    Espero que les guste...

    (4 servings)
    8 tbsp. canola oil
    ½ onion, chopped
    ½ lb.

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Paella for all the primos Paella for all the primos

    In Latin America, it is very common to have an extended family composed of close friends we like to call primos or cousins. In addition to biological cousins, primos are people we grew up with- neighbors, school mates, lifelong family friends. Growing up in Colombia, having four sisters in the family meant four times the number of cousins and friends to attend parties and family gathering. You can imagine my mom's difficulty when it came time to cook for everyone!

    One year for one of my sister's birthdays, mom decided to make two big pans of paella the night before. Then, the day of the party, all she had to do was heat the paella in the oven, and serve it with crusty French bread. All the primos loved the dish and helped themselves to multiple seconds. My mom was ecstatic to have found a formula that helped her feed the entire family, and at the same time allow her to enjoy the party out of the kitchen.

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina


    While Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays of the year in the United States, it's just another day in Latin America. My family didn't celebrate the holiday when we first moved to the US, but we couldn't help feeling left out. All the neighbors and friends spent days in the kitchen preparing for this all-American holiday.

    A couple of years later, a guy from North Carolina- David- started dating my sister. When he met our family, he came upon a very joyful group where every evening was filled with dinner parties and wine-tasting nights. Since his family lived out of town, and we partied like no one else, he decided to come over on Thanksgiving expecting a big feast. You can imagine his shock when he arrived with a big, cooked turkey, and he found us in the kitchen making a simple ham and potato salad. We had no idea what a green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle or pecan pie was, let alone that these were traditional holiday

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  • Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's twins are possibly some of the wealthiest, most watched and adored children in showbiz. The well-entouraged offspring of Latin music royalty enjoy a life of world travel, high fashion and the best entertainment money can offer. Welcome to the life of Emme and Max, where everything is twice as nice.

  • Red lips are definitely in for the holiday season. Learn how to pick the right shade for your skin tone, and get the look in my video tutorial.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina
    Jessica AlbaJessica Alba

    Red lips are a holiday staple. I personally love wearing red lips all the time, and a good, basic red lipstick should be in every woman's makeup collection. Even though I adore red lipstick, it can be a pain to apply if you don't do it correctly. If you take the time, and follow my five steps to perfecting a the look, you'll be able to have a flattering, lasting lip color that everyone will love!

    Red-orange lipstick for Latinas

    If you have an olive skin tone, then you have the luxury of being able to pull off any red color. It is true, however, that red-orange lipsticks look the best on olive complexions and really stand out against yellow undertones. I have a few favorites I like to use; I love By Terry's Rouge Terrybly in 21 VD which is the perfect shade of red-orange and Bite Beauty's Matte High

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  • Stand out at your next holiday party with this glamorous and sparkling makeup look!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina Penelope CruzPenelope Cruz

    I love using gold eyeshadow and glitter during the holiday times for that little extra something that helps you stand out. For this look, I decided to keep the shimmer on the inner corners of the eyes, and add gray and black to the outer corners for a smoked-out effect. I think red lips are a classic, and they go really well with this look. During the holidays you can get away with doing bolder shades and strong colors, so break out your red lipstick and smoky shadows for your next holiday fiesta!

    How to create a festive and glamorous
    makeup look
    In order to achieve this look, I used brushes from Stila's Holiday 2012 Brush Set and Urban Decay's Vice Palette for eyeshadows. For the rest, here's what you'll need:

    A flawless base
    Apply your favorite foundation. I used Jouer Matte Moisture Tint for a light coverage and a matte finish. I also used

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  • Get to know Mary Jane Montoya, the Latin baby who recently became the new star of the Gerber The new face of Gerber: Mary Jane MontoyaThe new face of Gerber: Mary Jane MontoyaGeneration campaign.

    Entering their daughter, Mary Jane, into the 2012 Gerber Generation Photo Search was almost an afterthought for Latino parents Sara and Billy Montoya of Fresno, California. Thinking that their 8-month old daughter looked just like the baby in the Gerber logo, they went ahead and submitted her picture on the company's Facebook page just as the deadline was ending. To the Montoyas' great surprise, their beautiful baby was chosen as the new face of iconic Gerber last November, beating out over 308,000 photo entries.

    "Like parents everywhere, we think our baby is cute, but to have this honor is something we'll cherish for forever," says Sara, who has also won $50,000 for her family in addition to having her daughter become a nationwide recognized baby. And despite the excitement of the moment, Mary Jane's parents are already thinking ahead. "It's going straight to

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