• Before you use that search engine, learn how to become a wise, online dater when looking for real love.

    Getting wiser about online datingFrom Match and eharmony, to the ubiquitous Christian Mingle, online dating sites have become the way for singles of all ages and backgrounds to meet in hopes of finding lasting love. Establishing a romantic relationship via the internet has become so fashionable that, according to the latest data, three out of four US singles have tried dating websites. Not only do these services claim to offer a perfect match based on your own unique personality and desired traits, but they also provide a sense of safety and simplicity that may or may not be completely accurate.

    I've been cyber-dating for a while and my experience has been somewhat mixed. I did find a wonderful man once and things looked serious for a while, but unfortunately we found out that marriage wasn't in the cards for us. Although, the way we met allowed us to avoid wasting time.The more you search the web for partners, the

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Guava-glazed chicken wingsBest kept chicken secret: When you bake and glaze chicken wings, they turn out just as delicious as the fried ones but with a fraction of the calories. They cook in their natural oils, getting the benefits of a crunchy skin minus the grease factor. Even better- they're super easy to make! It's a perfect dish for parties, as you'll have no mess to clean up. Let your oven do all the work.

    I made this delicious dish glazed with guava and tamarind sauce for my family last weekend. The topping is as simple as boiling guava and tamarind juice in a small pot for 20 minutes. The cooking process turns the juices into a nice, thick sauce. Once done, top the wings with sesame seeds for added crunch and a lovely presentation.


    Glaze ingredientsIngredients
    1 ½ cups guava nectar
    ½ cup tamarind nectar
    10 chicken wings, skin on and cleaned
    All purpose seasoning
    Salt to taste
    1 tbsp. sesame seeds

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Mix the guava and tamarind

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  • Create a perfect smoky eye with purple shades and flushed cheeks for a romantic and seductive Valentine's Day look.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    El Día de San Valentín is coming up, and it's time to start thinking about getting together the perfect look for your date night (or snagging that date!). I think the holiday is a great opportunity to experiment with color; you don't have to go over-the-top, instead opt for a subtle, sexy look. Purple eyeshadow is the perfect complement to brown eyes, as it makes them pop and is a twist on the classic black, smokey eye. I'll show you how!

    Seductive eyes

    Start off by applying an eye primer. I'm in love Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat. For eye shadow, I'm using Clarins Eye Quartet in Iris Blossom in order to do a sexy, purple smoky eye. Apply the shimmering white to the inner corners of the eyes. Then, take a satin taupe color, and apply to the rest of the lid. Next, apply the violet purple color along the

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  • For Latinos, Valentine's Day celebrates a more platonic love.

    Feliz Dia del Amor y la AmistadThe American version of Valentine's Day, or San Valentín, has evolved into the largest holiday of passionate, sensual love between two people. This love fest, with its cutesy symbols and high expectations, gives lovers the opportunity to shower each other with gifts of flowers, chocolates and sparkly jewelry.

    An homage to friends

    While most of the world looks forward to this annual homage to red, hot love, Latin Americans take a more platonic approach and celebrate their friends on February 14th. The "Día del amor y la amistad" celebrates friendship; as a result, lovers are not the only ones enjoying roses and candy, as the holiday highlights enduring, life-long relationships that may outlast marriages and engagements.

    And while the Day of Love gets celebrated similarly to Valentine's Day in the states, there are also as many variations as there are countries in Spanish-speaking America. Here are some of the most unusual

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  • Some break off and make up, while others remain together. Whatever they do, though, these are our favorite celebrity, Latino lovebirds now.

  • No reservations needed! Puerto Rican event planner Damaris Mercado-Collier shows off how to create a romantic table setting perfect for Valentine's Day that's easy on the wallet, but rich in amor.

  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Chicharrón served with green chile salsa to dip.Chicharrón served with green chile salsa to dip.My papito was a professional eater and a cooking aficionado, and I take after his genes. When we lived in Colombia, we enjoyed great, cooking parties regularly, but my favorite feasts had little to do with the actual meals. It would start when my mom asked my Dad to get more ice or beer. My father, then, would immediately call my name and ask me to come along; I knew exactly why. On the way to the store, we'd stop at the fritangueria (a place to get fried treats like pork, meat and sausages) and order chicharrón with sausage and green chile salsa. It was all about the fun of having to eat our goodies quickly and get back before my mom got suspicious.

    To this day, I am the biggest chicharrón fan, to the point that I learned how to make them and created the best, homemade chile verde dipping sauce to go along with them. It's a super simple recipe with few ingredients, and it makes for the perfect snack or party appetizer.


    Sizzling pork belly.Sizzling pork belly.

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Fruit ParfaitAnywhere you look in Colombia, you find someone selling mango, papaya, pineapple or a full fruit salad with table cream and queso. I am a fruit lover, so I generally stop at every corner tasting the different concoctions. In addition to the naturally sweet parfaits, I enjoy the experience of meeting the amazing people who sell these eats on the street, many of whom remember me from my annual visits to their stands.

    With Valentine's Day coming up, I wanted to take this creamy, street delicacy, and turn it into a sensual Valentine's morning dish to enjoy in bed with your honey. I chopped pineapple and strawberries into very fine pieces and served them in a champagne glass for some added glamour. It's a creamy, playful dessert topped with rich condensed milk and crunchy almonds. Perfect for sharing in bed while wearing that lingerie you have picked out!

    strawberries and pineappleIngredients
    (2 servings)
    3 tbsp. table cream (can be substituted for heavy cream or vanilla

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  • Learn how to give your skin a flawless finish using the right products and these basic techniques.

    A perfectly finished faceBy Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Not everyone wakes up looking like a million bucks, but you can definitely look the part with the right makeup techniques. It's actually really simple to create an impeccable canvas for your face. All you need is moisturizer, primer, concealer, foundation and powder. From deep under-eye circles to hyper pigmentation, we literally have got you covered! Also, for Latinas that tend to get oily skin, I have a moisturizer that will take away that shine. Now, these steps are easy enough for everyday, but for those who don't tend to wear a lot of makeup, feel free to keep these techniques at hand for your next special occasion.

    Step 1: Moisturizer

    Even if you have oily skin, you need to moisturize your skin every day. In fact, if you don't moisturize, your glands will over-produce oil. I like using Shiseido's PURENESS Matifying Moisturizer Oil Free for

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  • A modern look at Abuela's dating adviceSome of those old-fashioned dating ideas may actually be more sound than you think. Here's a look at those rules that make more sense today than ever.

    Boy meets girl. They exchange numbers. Boy doesn't call. Three days later girl calls boy-"How ya doin'?" They go out,and spend the night together. Boy leaves next morning. Girl never hears from him again.

    While many would say with a sigh of resignation that this is just the way relationships are these days, I've been wondering how much of Abuela's old dating ideas are relevant today. And no, I'm not talking about going back to chaperonas, or avoiding kissing until you get married. I'm talking about taking a page from previous generations to learn about grasping the deep, enduring love we yearn for.

    Treat yourself right with a DIY spa treatment at home

    There's an old Spanish refrán that says "En el amor, el hombre caza y la mujer pesca" (or "In love, men hunt and women fish"), and I think that this funny saying summarizes all I heard

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