• By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Mouse de maracuyáMouse de maracuyá

    My nana (or nanny), Delfina, who has been a part of my family for over 30 years, took care of me and my sisters from the day we were born. Needless to say, she is a second mother to me. My father used to give her instructions on what to cook during the week, mainly because he was always trying a different diet. When he was too busy, though, and didn't pick our menu, my nana cooked whatever she felt like making. That usually meant an irresistible dessert. Sometimes she made torta de plátano, apple or carrot pie, and even sweet empanadas. My all-time favorite, though, is a mousse de maracuyá, (or passion fruit mousse); it's smooth and sweet, but not too sugary. The perfect end to any meal as far as I'm concerned!

    Unfortunately, she lives in Colombia and can't be here to make if for me in person. Luckily, she can (and did) give me precise instructions on how to make it myself. Simpler than I thought, it's similar to making a smoothie with

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  • While many Latin celebs led the pack rocking some of the best red carpet looks this year, other famous chicas had some major fashion disasters. We take a look some of the worst red carpet fashion and the Latinas who fell victim this year.

  • Make a resolution for looking beautiful at your New Year's party with this sparkling and smoky makeup look.

    Toasting to a beautiful New YearToasting to a beautiful New YearBy Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    A dashing New Year's Eve party provides the perfect excuse to break out your smoky shadows and shimmer. I personally will be rocking a smoked-out, sexy look with flirty false lashes and a subtle nude lip. You could amp it up even more with a bright red lip for your next New Year's fiesta. Make it a resolution to follow along in the video below, and start 2013 with a bold look!

    Start with a good base

    Begin by applying a foundation with no SPF. Since it's likely you'll be taking pictures, and SPF tends to reflect light making you look pasty, opt for a base that omits this protective ingredient. I applied Laura Mercier's Oil Free Supreme Foundation with a Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki. If you have dark under eye circles, be sure to also apply some concealer. I've been loving Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage because it has two different

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  • Flor de Maria RiveraBy Flor de Maria Rivera

    Fashion gossip of the day, chicas: it's time to pull out those old graphic sweaters that have been collecting dust in your closet-yup, it's the latest, cool fashion trend! I recently got a mustard owl sweater and I've been rocking it with just about everything!

    1. For a casual day, pair a sweater like this one with jeans and booties. When it's cold out, throw on a coat or your favorite leather jacket. Of course, don't forget to accessorize!

    Related: The Best Types of Shapewear and Fajas

    2. If you are in the mood to go out for bebidas, this sweater goes great with a sequined skirt-it's the perfect way to balance things out. Just remember this rule of thumb: if you want to show some legs, just make sure you cover up on top and vice versa.

    Related: 5 Shoes Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

    3. Sexy office chica? Pair it with slacks and a pencil skirt! Just make sure your sweater doesn't say anything inappropriate (we all know we love to express ourselves with

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  • Cosmopolitan MagazineBy Ariel Nagi
    Got a super hot night with your new man this weekend? Build up to the inevitable tearing-off-of-the clothes with these proven strategies (Hint: There are more ways to turn a dude on than by touching him there.) These top three erogenous zones will send him over the edge every time.

    His Neck

    Small bites on his neck can amp up blood circulation. Give him sweet, short besitos while whispering naughty things in his ear. By the time you're done, he'll be begging you to take it to the next level.

    Related: The Sexiest Things That Catch His Attention

    His Inner Thigh
    The skin in this area is super sensitive. Gently massage it by running your fingers up and down getting super close to his package but not quite. It's the tease every guy loves even if he doesn't know it!

    Related: The Secret to Steamy Postpartum Sex

    His Stomach

    A massage around the navel speeds up the blood circulation down there. Kiss and lick around it while rubbing his inner thigh. He will be so turned on

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  • Expert gift wrappers show easy and affordable ways to decorate every holiday present.

    Gift-wrapping ideasGift-wrapping ideasThe holidays are here, and a mountain of unwrapped presents begins to accumulate with no end in sight. Now is the time to get cracking on packaging your goodies! But there's no reason the outside of your gift box can't be as thrilling as the inside. Latina gift wrapping expert Brenda Guerrero, whose celebrity clients include the Kardashians, suggests always surprising with your own decorating style, while keeping your loved one in mind. The finalist of the 16th annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest, shares some of her best gift decorating tips for wowing your lucky recipients from start to finish.

    Star-style gift wrapping
    For gift givers who enjoy going above and beyond with luxurious paper and elegant bows, Guerrero offers some ideas her celeb clients have loved:

    • Khloe Kardashian Odom
    , who loves giving presents to her family and staff during the holiday season, prefers an elegant and

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  • Latin celebs proved to be a force to be reckoned with by showing the world how to wear high fashion in grand style. No wonder they were selected over and again to grace virtually every best dressed list this year.

  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Hallaca, the final product!Hallaca, the final product!

    My Latin friends are all holiday fanatics, and every one of our festivities comes with a great deal of pre-production. The first gathering of the year was Mari's Thanksgiving leftover party where everyone had to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, and decorate the tree. Next up is Tati's Venezuelan Christmas kick off party. Here, once again, we decorate the Christmas tree, and everyone cooks a traditional dish from Venezuela. Most importantly, this is the party where Boris gets to make hallacas. He claims to make the best ones in town.

    Guiso ready to cool down Guiso ready to cool down

    Hallacas are a kind of tamale (don't tell Venezuelans that!) made with corn-based dough, pork, chicken and meat- all wrapped in a plantain leaf and cooked slowly. This year I decided to document the preparation process from start to finish, only to realize how much work and patience making hallacas requires. On the other hand, I enjoyed taking that first bite with great appreciation.

    We started by meeting one day

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

     Scrambled eggs ready to eat! Scrambled eggs ready to eat!Breakfast really is one of the most important meals of the day; it raises your awareness, gets your metabolism going and gives you the energy to get started on your daily activities. Growing up, my all time favorite breakfast was my mom's huevos con mazorca (scrambled eggs with corn). It was the simplest recipe, and yet my mom never had to wake my sisters and I to get us to eat. As soon as we smelled the corn, we rushed to the kitchen to set up the table.

    Pan fry the bacon in its own oil.Pan fry the bacon in its own oil. Eventually, I learned how to make the dish and started experimenting by adding other ingredients in addition to the corn. Here's my take on my mom's classic dish, perfectly hearty and warm for the morning after New Year's with no stress after a night of cooking.

    Easy-to-make natilla


    (1 serving)
    3 oz. smoked bacon, chopped
    1Ž4 cup corn, defrosted
    2 eggs
    2 tbsp. whole milk
    1 bread slice

    Beat the eggs with milkBeat the eggs with milkDirections

    Pan fry the bacon at medium heat until the fat is

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  • Take a look at the traditional food served for Christmas in different countries around the Spanish-speaking world.


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