• A stressed-out lifestyle can lead to overworked tresses. Learn to follow hair care tips that really work, and leave behind beauty myths.

    Hair care tips that really workMulti-tasking American women go through life stressed out to the max, and as a result their hair is as well. While ladies tend to treat their skin with regimens including moisturizers, eye creams and serums, their locks are getting the short end of the stick, according beauty giant L'Oreal Paris. Lifestyle factors like emotional rollercoasters, a lack of sleep and hair drying tools that can reach up to 500°F result in damaged and over processed hair for which little repair can be found. To make matters worse, there are widely-believed misconceptions regarding hair care that women are only too eager to believe.

    Noted hair care scientist and expert consultant for L'Oreal Paris, Dr David Kingsley, offers his best tips for keeping hair healthy and strong while setting the record straight on common conventional knowledge:

    Wash your hair often: The old

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  • Learn how to expertly contour and highlight your face surgery free with these simple makeup techniques.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina


    Kim Kardashian showed off the contouring secret to her high cheek bones.Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez use contouring and highlighting techniques to enhance their natural beauty; this is the makeup secret to the high cheekbones and chiseled facial features when they hit the red carpet. With contouring you get to shade the areas that are supposed to recede on your face, which in turn provides a slimmer, sharper look with just a few products.

    To master this technique, you'll need to start off with either a cream bronzer or foundation in a shade two or three times darker than your natural skin tone. In order to highlight specific areas, you'll also need a concealer lighter than your complexion. With the right products and these easy steps, you'll be amazed at how well you can enhance your natural features surgery and fuss-free!

    Step 1:
    Select a concealer that is a few shades lighter than your skinRead More »from Slim Your Face with These Easy Steps
  • In honor of Mentoring Month, we take a look at the experience of becoming an hermano or hermana to a child in need of guidance and encouragement.

    Mentoring children into life successAs President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, Lydia Muniz stays busy overseeing the largest mentoring organization in Florida, but it was not until recently that she became a Big Sister herself.

    A few years ago, the CEO became a Big Sister to a very inquisitive 9-year old; the BBBS president and her Little Sister, Izca, began to meet for library visits or chat about school over ice cream. Izca's mother, a newcomer to the US, was delighted. "Big Brothers Big Sisters is not there to replace her mother. [Hispanic] Single mothers may have limitations because of language and income. These may limit her capacity, not as a mother, but as someone who can offer opportunities and open the US to her children," says Muniz who finds herself enjoying a beautiful friendship with this young Latina, in addition to having helped Izca join a program for

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  • From royals to beloved Latin stars, find out the inspiration behind the baby names that are expected to skyrocket this year.

    Top Baby NamesHispanic moms-to-be searching for that special baby name will be looking to royal figures, Brazilian supermodels and Latin entertainers for inspiration in 2013, according to BabyCenter® en Español who spoke with us exclusively on what they feel will be the big-name players of the year.

    The parenting site predicts that if Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have a baby girl, they will likely name her Victoria Elizabeth. Victoria is currently in the top 10 and could become even more popular this year, along with Elizabeth (now ranked 79 in BabyCenter's list of girls' names).

    Check out the latest pictures of JLo's twins, Max and Emme

    Several Brazilian supermodels became mothers last year, making way for their own names to become highly coveted picks. According to the website, their babies' names will have an impact on the selections for

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  • From athletes and singers to fashion's elite and TV personalities, we've got the famous Latinos who blow out birthday candles this month.

  • Shine Latina sat with L'Oreal Paris' Consulting Nail Arist Tom Bachik to get the latest on nail trends.

    Nail colors straight from the runwaysL'Oreal Paris' Tom Bachik, who is inspired by the colors and designs of the high fashion runways, gets to see trends before they reach the public. "I do a lot of photo shoots, and I see what's been pulled for this shoot, and what celebrities like what," says the nail artist who gets to see what people will be wearing months before.

    VIDEO: L'Oreal expert reveals odd inspirations behind makup colors

    Lately, the trend is mixing colors and textures, which is now made easy with L'Oreal Paris' newly launched Nail Lingerie. "It's a simple way to create a three dimensional look at home [which] everyone can do it without making a mistake," says Bachik. For an elegant and contemporary manicure, the nail expert suggests applying a nude or white base to nails, and affixing a piece of their fishnet designs on top.

    For trendy nail products, watch the full interview here:

    Beautiful nails

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  • Karina González choice for the evening gown competition may have cost her the Miss Universe tittle.

  • "When it comes to style, sensuality and sexiness are at the very base of Latinas' fashion decisions," says Fashion and Style Editor for Aviesta, Manuel Parra, who finds that looking sexy for Latin women comes first. We asked Parra to take a look at how Latina celebs put their own sensual signature on high fashion designs and interpret runway trends.

  • We take a look at some of the most unusual traditions Latinos follow when it comes to welcoming the New Year. Perhaps they'll bring you some good luck, as well.

  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Fig infused cocktail Fig infused cocktail

    I lived in New York while I studied film; Union Square holds a year-round farmers market on Tuesdays. While in the summer the market is usually filled with fresh fruits and herbs, in the winter it carries lots of jams, dried fruit and ciders. I loved to stop by after school, and buy an apple cider to warm up. Sometimes the cider vendor offered a delicious rum and fig infusion that was served over ice; it has a particularly floral aroma that blended perfectly with the fruit flavor. I never came across the drink again after leaving the Big Apple.

    Rose herbs Rose herbs

    During a recent business trip to Paris, I stumbled upon a lovely store filled with teas and infusions of all sorts. I came across rose infusion that brought back the memory of the fig drink. I had to buy it, and attempt my own version of the cocktail.

    Try this drink with my holiday buñuelos

    Figs muddled with rum over iceFigs muddled with rum over ice

    Ingredients
    ¼ cup water
    1 tbsp. rose herbs
    1 tsp. brown sugar
    1 fig, get one slice and

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