• What's in your makeup bag? If all it has is five tubes of lipstick and an old blush brush, it's time to give your cosmetics kit a makeover. Charleen has the 411 on the must-have products that will help you build the perfect beauty kit.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaBrushes are essential to any makeup kit / iStockphotoBrushes are essential to any makeup kit / iStockphoto

    Basic brushes

    To start, I recommend having a good quality brush set. My favorite is Sigma's Essential Kit-Make Me Blush which contains all the necessary brushes for any makeup look. I suggest having at least a big fluffy powder brush, an angled blush brush, a foundation brush, a blending brush and a flat shader brush. You'll also need a brush cleansing spray like Sephora's Daily Brush Cleaner to keep your brushes clean and prevent bacteria from building up.

    Watch my video to find out which are beauty must-haves:

    Building a base

    Next, get a foundation or tinted moisturizer to even out your complexion. For full coverage get a foundation like MAKE UP FOR EVER's HD Foundation. If you want lighter

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  • Can you tell who the foreigner is just by their looks or name? We've paired up a group of famosos to see if you can guess who was born here and who immigrated to this country. Find out about their legacies on and off the screen.

  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Guacamole with a twistGuacamole with a twist
    My abuelo used to make his special guacamole during family gatherings at his finca (farm) in the small town of Melgar, Colombia. His ritual consisted of scooping the avocados and giving my cousins and I the skin to rub it in our faces creating a homemade mask. While the mask took effect, he made a guacamole that didn't last until dinner. His special secret: white tequila.

    Yes, white tequila makes a perfectly smooth guacamole. I took the recipe from grandma a few years back, and she suggested I buy a molcajete. Molcajete is a Mexican bowl made out of rough stone that comes with a thick mashing tool from the same material; it smashes the avocados to perfection. Well, luckily enough, my friend happened to be in Mexico around the same time and she brought me this great kitchen gadget. I still make abuelo's guacamole at family gatherings. My mom maintained the mask tradition, and her skin looks better than ever!

    A guacamolear

    Guacamole with a twistGuacamole with a twist

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Eggplant para toda la familiaEggplant para toda la familiaBefore I traveled to Italy, the only way I knew how to eat eggplant was when I ordered "eggplant parmigiana" at a restaurant. While tasty, it's fried and covered with mountains of melted cheese. Even if you go organic on the ingredients, there cannot be much of a healthy aspect to this dish. Once in Italy I realized that many restaurants carried several dishes containing melanzane (eggplant). I started experimenting and found a ton of delicious eggplant recipes that are not fried and definitely have fewer calories.

    The easiest of all is an eggplant a la parrilla (on the grill) to enjoy with the entire familia during a Sunday barbecue. Eggplant can be a little dry when cooked on the stove or on the grill, but if you slice it finely and add olive oil a few minutes before cooking, you will have a crunchy and flavorful side dish. And it gets better- eggplant is packed with fiber and promotes even skin tone. Asi que ladies, get to your supermarkets and

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  • Churros filled with dulce de leche / Yahoo!Churros filled with dulce de leche / Yahoo!As adapted from Mariana Coria | Otro stylo para cocinar

    Churros are a delicious, must try snack that melts in your mouth; they're pillows of fried dough that you can either cover in cinnamon sugar or dip in your favorite filling. In this case, we're combining the filling inside the churro.

    Yields: About a dozen pieces

    Total time: 1 hour

    Level: Medium


    1 cup water

    3.5 oz. (100 grams) butter

    1 cup all purpose flour

    2 eggs

    Pinch of salt

    1 cup dulce de leche

    Sugar, to coat churros

    Vegetable oil, enough to fry

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    Put water, salt and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil; once the mix is boiling, add the flour all at once and stir well until the dough comes away easily from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat, and add both eggs, one at a time, until well combined.

    Place dough in a pastry bag with a mid-sized star tip.

    Heat the oil in a clean pot; once it's

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  • By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Don't miss my tips for beauty budget swaps / iStockphotoThere are many fabulous high end makeup brands out there, but for Latinas (and any chica for that matter!) on a budget quality doesn't have to be sacrificed for affordability. Here are some great dupes for high end products.

    Starting with the Clinque Chubby Stick ($16) which imparts a sheer wash of color on the lips; Revlon has a super affordable alternative that won't break the bank. Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ($7.69) has more opaque color coverage and also works as a stain which lasts for hours. Next up is lip liner, MAC's Lip Pencil ($14) comes in a variety of colors and is revered around the world as the go-to lip liner. The price is not so fabulous, however, and I found NYX's lip liner ($4) to be a great alternative- just as pigmented and easy to use.

    Watch my video to see which products give a better bang for your buck:



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  • The coasts of Latin America claim some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, yet many are unknown to the American tourist. Find out which pristine "playa" you may want to discover next.

  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    I am all about eating healthy, but keeping it tasty. Diets are mentally exhausting, and often they don't give iStockphotoyou the results you expect. My father thought that my mom was in an eternal diet and made fun of her because she ate lots of veggies, but not as many proteins and carbs. He used to tell her that she ate como una vaca (like a cow) not because of her looks, but because of the tons of greens she'd put on her plate.

    One of my mom's best dishes was a light and delicious couscous recipe that had lots of cilantro and lime. I used to think it was rice, so I always ate it without asking any questions.This recipe can be a great way to trick your kids into eating something that is healthy and delicious to eat. It also makes for a perfect summer recipe that you can prepare in the morning, and take to the beach in the afternoon. You can accompany this dish with a fish filet or grilled chicken breast for a complete meal.

    Pair this recipe with

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Churrasco a lo healthy/Lili'sLatin KitchenChurrasco a lo healthy/Lili'sLatin KitchenGrowing up in a Latin country, it was very common to eat rice, beans and some sort of protein for lunch five days a week. Sometimes, un batido (a shake) and dessert were also part of our weekly menu. It sure tasted great, but was it always the healthiest option? Once I turned 15, I realized that I needed to change my eating habits if I wanted to maintain an optimal weight and a healthy lifestyle. Today, I try to always incorporate at least one vegetable serving in my meals. I also tend to avoid carbs, especially when I eat a heavy lunch and want to work out at night without feeling bloated and heavy.

    Last week, I paired a good piece of churrasco (skirt steak) with mushrooms and asparagus, and an apricot and goat cheese salad. Since I can't grill in my apartment, I marinated the steak in beer to tenderize it and make it easier to cook on the stove. After I ate my delicious churrasco and salad, I didn't feel like a needed coffee to stay awake,

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  • We sat down with Miami-based dermatology specialist Dr. Francisco Flores and asked him to elaborate on effective sun protection for all shades of skin, especially during the summer.

    Protect your skin from the sun (iStockphoto)Protect your skin from the sun (iStockphoto)An unhealthy myth

    If you thought that just because you have an olive or darker skin tone you don't need as much sun protection as your more fair skin counterparts, you're wrong according to Dr. Flores.

    "This is a common myth among Hispanics and other ethnic groups," says the dermatologist. "They think they have an inherent protection against the sun because of their darker skin tones. Latinos in this country also tend to believe that they don't get skin cancer, but their rate for this disease has gone up 300% during the last ten years."

    VIDEO: Get a great tan without burning

    Consequences of disregarding sun protection

    Dr. Flores explained that the after-effects of inadequate sun protection can be seen both in the short term, as well as in the long run. "If you don't protect your skin

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