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  • Watch how to get Salma Hayek's simple, yet beautiful red carpet look!



    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina



    Salma Hayek

    Salma Hayek

    Salma Hayek recently strutted her stuff down the red carpet for the British Fashion Awards, where she played up her natural curves in a fringed Stella McCartney gown and wowed with her effortless makeup. Hayek opted to go very subtle on the eyes and cheeks, while sporting a bright, coral-pink lip. A great pop of color to her black dress; it's the perfect look for holiday daytime fiestas or when you want a clean, yet sophisticated style. Besides, this look is really easy to replicate: just grab your bight pink lipstick, some neutral shadows, and you're ready!



    Flawless base


    Start off by applying a face primer; I used bareMinerals Prime Time™ Foundation Primer. Then, apply a matte foundation like bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation. It looks incredibly natural and leaves the skin looking flawless. Use a dense powder brush to buff in the powder like bareMinerals Precision Face Br

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  • We sat with financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez to find out how to avoid the debt hangover that usually

    Holiday gift-giving without the debt

    Holiday gift-giving without the debt

    follows the holiday gift-giving season.

    Once Thanksgiving is over, we start hearing a familiar question: "Are you ready for the holidays?" Often times we're not even done eating our turkey before heading straight for the Black Friday sales. In the US, preparing for the season has little to do with putting up a tree or baking cookies; it's all about the gifts. Are you done with your holiday shopping? is the real question.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to exchanging gifts, the tendency in most families-especially Latin families-- is to blindly buy gifts without knowing exactly how much money we have available to spend. A prevailing attitude of "we're not going to worry about money now", results in a new year's worth of financial hangovers. According to financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez, Latinos usually fall prey to the familia's peer pressure of giving presents to everyone due to

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Buñuelos ready to enjoy!

    Buñuelos ready to enjoy!

    Christmas in Latin America comes with an array of cultural festivities that can vary from country to country. In many families, the Novena de Aguinaldos (nine days of prayer preceding Christmas) has been a tradition for decades. During the Novena, we listen to parts of the Nativity story with songs and prayers alternating throughout the reading. Family members take turns hosting the Novena in their homes, and serve traditional holiday dishes after the reading.

    In my family, we gather around the Nativity scene, and each one of my sisters takes turns reading a prayer; this has been our ritual since we kids learned to read. When Grandma was with us, we had to make an enormous effort to keep calm and read each sentence correctly, because the moment one of us mispronounced a word, the rest of the sisters would burst out laughing during what should be a solemn moment. Once we'd calm down, we'd find Abuela staring right into our eyes.

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    mixing the corn starch with the cheese

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  • Jewish tradition meets Latin flavors in these fun, authentic recipes for Hanukkah.

    Lighting the menorah

    Lighting the menorah



    For food writer and blogger Susan Schmidt, Hanukkah means lit menorahs, happy Yiddish songs and scrumptious potato latkes- but with a twist. Her menorahs adorn a traditional Latin home, the holiday tunes are carried in Spanish and spicy hot latkes are served with a schmeer of refried beans. That's how the creator of Challa-peño, a site following Schmidt's journey into writing a Mexican-Jewish cookbook, has been celebrating Hanukkah all her life: in a distinctively Jewish way, but with a decidedly Mexican flavor infusing the celebration.

    Schmidt, whose Eastern European Jewish parents immigrated to Mexico in the 1920's, was born in Mexico City. As time passed, the family's Jewish heritage began to mix with their new country's Latin influences of cuisine and language. Today at the Schmidt's Los Angeles home, Hanukkah is a merge of two cuisines and two cultures. "We set up a table in front of a window, and

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  • Stand out at your next holiday party with this glamorous and sparkling makeup look!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Penelope Cruz

    Penelope Cruz



    I love using gold eyeshadow and glitter during the holiday times for that little extra something that helps you stand out. For this look, I decided to keep the shimmer on the inner corners of the eyes, and add gray and black to the outer corners for a smoked-out effect. I think red lips are a classic, and they go really well with this look. During the holidays you can get away with doing bolder shades and strong colors, so break out your red lipstick and smoky shadows for your next holiday fiesta!

    How to create a festive and glamorous
    makeup look
    In order to achieve this look, I used brushes from Stila's Holiday 2012 Brush Set and Urban Decay's Vice Palette for eyeshadows. For the rest, here's what you'll need:

    A flawless base
    Apply your favorite foundation. I used Jouer Matte Moisture Tint for a light coverage and a matte finish. I also used L'Orea

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