I'm the Beauty and Fashion Staff Writer at MamásLatinas and a proud Dominicana! I was born and raised in Queens, New York and have hopes of one day moving to Manhattan. Obsessed with all things beauty and fashion, you'll normally find me either trying on a new lipstick, experimenting with DIY beauty remedies or bargain shopping. I graduated from Baruch College with a Journalism major and English Literature Minor in 2009, and have interned at various magazines like SELF, Latina, Popular Science and InStyle.I know I'm Latina when...
I find myself eating platanos or bananas with every meal!
Johanna's Latest Posts
I don't think I'll ever use the phrase "scared to death" lightly again. A 16-year-old girl from Ohio recently died while walking through a Halloween-themed, haunted house. Apparently the poor thing got so scared, she passed out and died. Can you believe this? I know what you're probably thinking. What in the hell was going on in that haunted house that led to a girl's death?
I'll never forget the first time I tried press-on nails. I was probably 12 or 13 and my mom was finally allowing me to get manicures while my friends got to experiment with tips and acrylics. I knew there was no chance in hell my Dominican mami was going to be okay with me sporting long, fake nails with funky designs on them. I'd never hear the end of it about how they'd ruin my actual nails and prevent them from growing. So one day I took a trip to my local pharmacy (behind mami's back of course) and bought myself my first pack of press-on French nails. It was a total nightmare and I looked like a complete loca!
It took me losing my curls to severe heat-damage for me to finally appreciate them. Now that I have them back I rock my natural rizos as often as possible, even if it means having at least four bad hair days a week. But just because I'm embracing my curly hair doesn't mean they don't come with a whole set of problems!
I've lost a lot of hair over the past year or so. Let's just say my strands have been through hell and back. To cut a VERY long story short, I basically allowed a stylist to pass a curling wand on my still damp curls and it's been a nightmare since. My curls turned into lifeless, limpy waves from root to ends and for months I was finding matted clumps of hair in my shower drain. Right now my hair is still slowly recovering from all the damage, but I've finally manage to get the thinning to stop.
There are very few things in life more uncomfortable than an itchy vagina. I'd take a headache, an upset stomach--heck maybe even a migraine--over an itchy vagina! It's crazy awkward, it's not sexy and it makes even the simplest things difficult. You can't sit, you can't walk, you can't wear jeans and worst of all--you CAN'T have sex! I'm telling you, it's a freaking problem!