I'm not going to lie, I wasn't always a fan of blush. I guess I figured my skin is naturally dark and tan, why would I even need to use blush? But all it took was one makeup artist swiping on the perfect peachy pink shade on to my cheeks for me to realize that blush really is a Latina's best friend, it doesn't matter your skin tone. The trick is finding the shade that works best for your complexion!Continue Reading >
If you were blessed with a medium or dark complexion, then you know that's it's not always easy finding makeup for your darker skin tone. In fact, it wasn't until after college that I really started buying makeup. Before that I would just line my eyes with eyeliner and add a few coats to my lashes--that was it! Finding a foundation that perfectly matched my tan/caramel-y skin tone seemed impossible and I didn't even know where to start when it came to lipsticks, eyeshadows, and blushes.
I love seeing Afro-Latinas embrace their coily/curly hair. I feel like I'm seeing more and more women going natural these days, but because our culture is often so unsupportive there aren't a lot of places to get information on how to take care of those beautiful locks. The same even applies for Latinas who like to relax their hair. Because Afro-Latina hair tends to be drier than most textures, it's super important to keep it healthy and moisturized at all times!Continue Reading >
February is officially Black History Month and here at MamásLatinas we can't think of a better way to celebrate than with these inspiring Afro-Latina celebrities who also happen to be kick-ass mamis!
Each one of these women have proven themselves to be power-houses and definitely the kind of moms that I hope all little girls have to look up to. From incredibly talented singer Mariah Carey to actress Gina Torres to journalist Soledad O'Brien to fashion designer Nicole Richie and many more in between, check out these 9 Afro-Latina mamis who absolutely RULE.Continue Reading >
It's always a challenge for me to keep my curly hair healthy and soft during the harsh winter months. The cold, dry climate leaves my curls frizzy, dry, and many times lifeless. Keep in mind curly hair is naturally dry to begin with. The trick is to keep your tresses moisturized, so they always look healthy and hydrated regardless of the weather. I've compiled a few easy tricks and tips, below, to help you protect your locks all winter long.Continue Reading >
If you have read any of the previous beauty posts I've written, you're probably used to me ranting about how hard it is to find foundation and other makeup for us tan sisters! This week, I took on the task of finding the perfect foundation, which was harder than I thought it would be. The finalists came down to one fancy pants foundation from a brand I've come to know and love, and one super affordable drugstore variety that can be found far and wide throughout the U.S.
Which formula won? You'll have to read after the jump to find out!Continue Reading >
I LOVE makeup, but I'm not one of those girls who cakes on a whole new face every morning. I'm actually of the opinion that perfect makeup should basically make you look really fresh faced, as if you just naturally rolled out of bed looking divine! We all wish, right?
This is part of the reason I was so excited about trying out these new BB creams. Last spring, when these all-in-one formulas started gaining traction, I sort of felt like they were too good to be true. I mean, come on--it's sort of hard to swallow that one product would ever be able to smooth out my skin, minimize pores, cover blemishes and dark circles AND moisturize and protect my delicate facial skin from the sun.
So, I tried two of these miracles-in-a-tube out, one high-end and one drugstore: Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 ($42, bobbibrowncosmetics.com) and L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream ($10.99, ulta.com).
Here's my verdict...Continue Reading >
The history of African descendants in Colombia--as in much of Latin America is wrought wit conflict and much pain. Slavery wasn't abolished until 1851, and even though Afro-Colombians participated at every level of government and were key in Colombia's fight for freedom against the Spanish, the government still encouraged "whitening" policies to rid citizens of any trace of African or Native descent among citizens--an action that today still colors the attitudes and prejudices of many Colombians (and sadly, this is seen through all of Latin America).
That's why this hair contest, held in the city of Cali, makes me feel a bit encouraged about my country's efforts to celebrate and encourage pride in our African roots.
During the London 2012 Olympics, Gabby Douglas became the first African-American and first woman of color to win a gold medal in the Women's gymnastics individual all-around competition. With the bubbly 16-year-old's great accomplishment, why are people focusing on her hair? The medalist doesn't seem to get the big deal either, responding that comments about her hair are "stupid" and "crazy".
We all know that as a nation, the U.S. is pretty fixated on appearances--we are home to Hollywood after all! But according to a recent report by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there are six other surprising countries that also have no qualms about getting nipped and tucked, including two in Latin America: Brazil and Colombia.
On the list of the top 7 plastic surgery spots in the world, Brazil, Colombia and the United States take the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots respectively. In all three countries, liposuction was the most popular of the invasive surgeries with breast implants coming in a close second. And according to the data, Colombia has actually become a tourist destination for those loking for a little nip and tuck for a lot less money.Continue Reading >