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  • Learn how to give your manicure a festive touch with snowflakes and snowmen in this nail art video tutorial.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Making a snowman design

    Making a snowman design

    I love doing nail art during the holidays, because it's an easy way to get yourself ready for the season. Doing nail art doesn't have to be difficult as long as you have the right tools and patience! I decided to do a little muñeco de nieve (snowman) and some copitos de nieve (snowflakes) to give my manicure a really festive touch. These designs are lighthearted, fun, and are sure to get you noticed. So go ahead and "deck your nails"!

    The nail polishes I used are from Nails Inc. and are sold at Sephora.

    Creating the snowman
    Step 1
    Apply a base coat to protect your natural nail; I use Nails Inc. Caviar Base Coat. Then, paint your nails blue (or any other color besides white). I particularly like Nails Inc. in Baker Street. Make sure the color is opaque and evenly painted.

    Step 2
    Paint the tip of your nail with a white nail polish like

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Colombian Eggnog

    Colombian Eggnog

    Mi nana was great in the kitchen and had some very unique recipes that the family requests on special occasions to this day. She was famous for her empanadas, bean soup and caspiroleta. Caspiroleta is a dairy based drink she made before bedtime; it was the perfect, warm treat before going to sleep.

    As we grew older, her version of caspiroleta became a holiday tradition when she decided to make it more festive by adding rum. The texture and flavor is similar to eggnog but not as sweet, spiced with cinnamon, brown sugar and a dash of flour to help thicken the mixture. Gearing up for the holidays, I got the recipe from my nana to recreate it this season. Enjoy it while chatting up your loved ones. ¡Salud!

    Nana's Caspiroleta

    Nana's Caspiroleta

    Try this recipe with my plantain soup

    Ingredients

    (2 servings)
    2 cups milk
    2 tsp. brown sugar
    1 egg
    2 oz. dark rum

    Directions

    Nana's caspiroleta

    Nana's caspiroleta

    Warm up the milk in a pot set at low heat. Gradually whisk in sugar to the milk. Separ

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

    Gift-wrapping ideas

    Gift-wrapping ideas

    The 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 mo

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Garbanzo Beans with Chorizo

    Garbanzo Beans with Chorizo

    Growing up, my parents traveled quite often to attend educational seminars around the world. One year they attended a meeting in Madrid, Spain; while the business part of it lasted only one week, my parents decided to extend their stay and tour Europe. After what seemed like an eternity without my parents, they finally arrived back in Colombia filled with amazing culinary experiences and brand new recipes. My dad, the cook, gathered the family to try one of the dishes he enjoyed the most while in Spain. It was a blend of garbanzo beans with chorizo, bathed in a creole sauce with a thick garlic paste- a perfect blend of flavors! Unfortunately, I never bothered to ask my Dad for the recipe.

    While vacationing in Spain last Summer, I went to a small tapas restaurant and- surprise!- found the same garbanzos with chorizo on the menu. I ordered it without hesitation, and when I took the first bite, I was that little girl again, living in Colombia o

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  • Newlywed television personality Mario Lopez talks family, career and fitness, and also gets some insight from a famous couple who's been there and done that- The Estefans.

    Mario Lopez: One on One with Gloria and Emilio Estefan

    Mario Lopez: One on One with Gloria and Emilio Estefan

    "It feels great to be married!" says television host Mario Lopez, who spoke with Shine Latina days after his grand wedding in Mexico. The former Saved by the Bell actor has reason to be excited; besides marrying longtime girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, and raising two year old daughter, Gia, Lopez is busy with his own show on NUVOtv called Mario Lopez: One On One.

    Lopez, who has already interviewed fellow Latin stars like Eva Longoria and George Lopez for his program, sits down with music pioneers Gloria and Emilio Estefan in an upcoming episode to discuss marriage, careers and family. "If I could have the success of this couple, I'll be happy," says the host, who was glad to get some marriage advice during the interview.

    EXCLUSIVE: Find out the secret behind the Estefans' 34 year marriage:

    For Lopez, who took his vows

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