• By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Brazo de ReinaBrazo de ReinaEvery January 6th, we celebrate "Día de Reyes" in Latin America to commemorate the visit of the Three Wise Men to the Christmas manger. It's the culmination of the holiday season, and for many, the last day of vacation before going back to school and work. On this date, we exchange gifts and cook a traditional meal that includes a rosca or baked sweet bread.

    In my family, we call our rosca "Brazo de Reina", a pastry roll filled with strawberries and dulce de leche. The most challenging part of this dessEggs beat to stiff peaksEggs beat to stiff peaksert is rolling the fillings inside the bread without breaking it, but I've got a very specific technique that involves using a wet towel to roll it. It will actually take very little time to make it, from beginning to end, giving you more time to enjoy with your family.

    Try this dish with my Colombian eggnog


    (6 servings)
    6 eggs, separating egg whites from yolks
    6 tbsp. sugar
    6 tbsp. baking powder

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  • Shine Latina met with L'Oreal Paris' color designer to discover the inspiration behind perfect makeup colors and how to achieve red carpet looks.

    Jennifer Lopez
    A good foundation

    A perfect and flawless makeup look starts with the base, according to L'Oreal Paris' color designer and "makeup anthropologist", Orrea Light. She suggests Latinas choose their foundation correctly by taking their skin's undertones into account. "Cooler tones could go gray and may look a little white on [olive]," says Light. The expert's secret for finding the perfect foundation is testing on the jawline, avoiding the neck because it's lighter than the face.

    Lively colors for Latinas
    For Light, inspiration behind developing the perfect colors or trends stems from everywhere, including the art and automobile industry. "If I see a beautiful Bentley, I'll call the manufacturer and say 'We need that color for a nail polish!'" says Light of the colors reflected in makeup lines. Whether it's a night for bold, red lips, or sexy

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  • Here's the best of the best- my favorite beauty picks of 2012!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Best beauty products of 2012Best beauty products of 2012A slew of new and revolutionary beauty products arrived to the makeup world this year, but of all the great gadgets, colors and innovations available, I'd like to focus on the five products that I couldn't live without in 2012. Among my new favorites, my must-have tool for getting rid of all the impurities and my personal solution to acne. Also, Urban Decay had a huge year in 2012, with the release of their Naked Skin Foundation, Vice Palette and now the new Naked Basics Palette- some of my new beauty BFF's. Also featured in my top five is a makeup sponge that applies any foundation flawlessly, while still being hygienic. Rounding out the top five are my favorite glosses of the year made by the Australian brand BECCA. Don't miss it!

    Check out this video blog for a sexy New Year's makeup tutorial

    Must-have face and body cleansing tool
    I've been using the Clarisonic Plus Sonic

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  • The clean slate the New Year offers inspires us to make resolutions we hope will improve our lives. Keeping our Latinism in mind, though, may actually help us sustain our goals and see them through.

  • Whether piping hot or on ice, here are some of the most festive beverages Latinos enjoy for saying "¡Salud!" during the holidays.

  • Financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez gives you tips for sticking to financial resolutions and making 2013 a debt-free year.

    Resolve to get out of debt in the New YearResolve to get out of debt in the New YearMost New Year resolutions, like vowing to lose weight or quit smoking, are usually made with great intentions only to be forgotten by the end of January. "Most people's resolutions are dreams instead of goals; goals come with a plan," says financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez, who defines goals as "dreams dressed in work clothes."

    So, what does a well-devised financial goal look like? Gutiérrez suggests following some basic measurable guidelines: time-limited, specific, written and measurable. Just saying "I'm going to get out of debt", and leaving it at that does not translate into a successful plan. For example, an individual with $12,000 in debt could manage a goal as follows:

    Time-limit: "I'll get out of debt by January 2014" is well limited goal, but, is it realistic? Does it take your current budget into consideration? Maybe taking two years to pay off $500 a

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  • Historically, Latinas have been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the internationally-watched Miss Universe pageant, and this year's contestants are no exception. The ladies posed for their first official photo shoot, showing off their curves in swimwear live from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas where the show will take place on December 19. The candidates will spend the next three weeks visiting the city, filming and rehearsing while preparing to compete for the crown.

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  • Twelve days after Santa arrives with presents, an unassuming threesome comes to offer their gifts to children, sparking a world of magic and imagination. This is the Reyes tradition we Latinos grew up with.

    The Three Kings worship Baby JesusThe Three Kings worship Baby Jesus It's been said that the longest Christmas celebration in the world is Navidad in Puerto Rico. Maybe it's because we, Boricuas, mix the American custom of beginning right after Thanksgiving with the traditional Christmas calendar, and then we continue with Las octavitas all through January. The season finally comes to a close on February 2nd when we celebrate La Candelaria, and burn the Christmas tree in a big bonfire. It's a non-stopping fiesta of grand proportions!

    But as far as Puerto Rican children are concerned, the season is really about those 12 days between December 25th and Día de Reyes on January 6th (the same days the famous carol sings about). There's nothing like the excitement of waiting for Santa Clós to bring those highly anticipated presents on Christmas morning!

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Pork chops and cilantro tzatziki Pork chops and cilantro tzatziki

    Hoping to avoid the summer crowds, I traveled to Europe this past September; the weather was fabulous and the tourist madness had dissipated. I started in Madrid, where I stayed for a few days enjoying some excellent tapas and wine; then, I moved on to Prague and Paris. I found my favorite spot in Greece, though. In its quaint island of Santorini, famous for its sunsets, charisma and exquisite local food, I took in the sights and cuisine.

    During my tour of Imerovigli, I discovered a restaurant overlooking a volcano called "La Maison". cucumber and cilantro chopped cucumber and cilantro chopped And what a place it was! The attention was unimaginable, the sunset view arresting, and the food was absolutely exquisite. I ordered lamb chops with tzatziki sauce, which is Greek yogurt blended with cucumber, lime and dill. The lamb chops were juicy and tender, cooked to perfection- a true culinary experience!

    Cucumber and Greek yogurtCucumber and Greek yogurt

    A few days ago, I was craving that very meal and headed to the supermarket to find similar

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Roasted pumpkin pureeRoasted pumpkin puree

    At a previous job, my co-workers and I would try to sample different cuisines each day of the week. Sushi on Monday, Cuban on Wednesday. On Fridays we were known to end up at Baires, a local Argentinean restaurant that offered a happy hour menu all day. One of my best wine discoveries at Baires was an inexpensive Malbec called Finca La Linda that's smooth with great body, and it goes perfectly with any kind of steak. I still go to Baires often, but the wine is not what really brings me back. It's the Chef's to-die-for roasted pumpkin mash! It is soft and sweet, and it's the perfect side for their churrasco. Every order is made from scratch and goes straight from the oven to the table. The texture of the mashed pumpkin brings out the flavors in the meat without overpowering the churrasco. Pumpkin with butter ready to roast

    Since pumpkin is in season, I made this mashed veggie recipe for my family, and- to my surprise- I didn't spend more than $5 on the ingredients! More money

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