6 Step Beauty Routine Every Latina Needs This Holiday!

Hola mis amores 💖 I know this holiday skin care routine seems a little random (Like, it’s FEBRUARY. Christmas was a month ago…) Pero, this was actually posted in December on Hermosaz.com and I wanted to bring it over here because there’s going to be many more to come! I’ve partnered up with Hermosaz.com to bring beauty and fashion content to a bigger Latina audience AND I’M SO ESSCITED 😩 Everything that I post in this category will have been originally featured on another site, like Hermosaz.com or any other partnership’s i’m going to be involved in (fingers crossed 🤞🏼) So enjoy the post! Even though I wrote this with the holidays in mind, you can still apply the tips to anytime of the year!


Glow brighter than Abuela’s Christmas tree with this simple beauty routine.

The holidays are perfect for glitter makeup and smokey eyes to make you shine! And you’re probably beating your face up for that office Christmas party or Noche Buena at your Tia’s house, but are you paying attention to what you do to your skin after the party? Waking up with foundation and mascara on your pillow is not fun, and neither is a break out from having those products on all night. Follow my guide below to get glowing skin for the holidays even before the highlight touches those cheekbones.

Step 1- Remove Your Makeup

I prefer to use coconut oil or an oil-based makeup remover like the Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm from It Cosmetics. Your makeup will slide off like manteca and after wiping it away with a warm wash cloth, your face will feel soft and smooth.

Step 2 – Cleanse

Use a mild cleanser to wash your face. Only use foaming cleansers if you have oily skin, as it can cause dryness. Avoid using exfoliators with beads as those could be doing you AND the environment more harm than good.

Step 3 – Tone

Pour some witch hazel on a round cotton pad and wipe gently all over the face. You might see some makeup remnants on the pad that might not have budged in the last steps. Not only will this ensure that you have a refreshed blank canvas, but it’ll also shrink your pores!

Step 4 – Slather on the Serum

Choose a serum that contains Vitamin C. I wish someone would have told me this years ago, because adding Vitamin C based products to your skincare routine will help diminish sun spots, even out your skin tone, and also helps collagen production. Applying a Vitamin C serum first allows it to penetrate your skin and make sure you receive all of those glowy benefits.

Step 5 – Don’t forget the eye cream!

After staying up all night partying and drinking, your eyes will look sulken! Adding an eye cream to your routine and drinking plenty of water will help keep delicate skin around your eyes looking bright and healthy instead of looking like lumps of coal.

Step 6 – Moisturize

Seal in all that goodness you just put on with a thick moisturizer. Make sure your moisturizer is working double time by having vitamin E, an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging weapon like De La Cruz Vitamin E Cream.

 

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I hope this was just the guide you needed to get started on putting your best face forward this Christmas. If these tips worked for you, share it with me on Instagram by tagging #skincarebymeldez!

Feliz Navidad y les deseo a todos un prospero año!

 

Original Post: http://hermosaz.com/en/6-step-beauty-routine-every-latina-needs-holiday/

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3 Simple Tips To Make Traveling Not So Stressful

The idea of traveling sounds romantic but that’s because most people are only thinking about the destination and not the 3 hour drive or 18 hour flight to get there. Not to mention the crowded airports, traffic jams and instances of plain old bad luck like losing your luggage or missing a flight connection. But wherever the road takes you this holiday, use these 3 tips to actually enjoy getting there. After all, the journey is part of the adventure!

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  1. Bring Snacks | Traveling can be really expensive even before stepping foot anywhere, so lighten up the load by bringing some pre-made snacks like PB & J sammies, empanadas, and fruit to munch on. If you’re flying, bring a reusable water bottle to fill up on the way. If you’re driving, make sure to bring a gallon of water and a thermos of coffee.
  2. Listen To A Podcast | Listening to the same songs on your playlist can get boring, so why not listen to some meaningful conversation, witty chatter, or learn something new on a podcast? Lately I’ve been listening to the Girl Boss podcast by Sophia Amoruso and it’s awesome! Sophia brings lots of business women from all walks of life on the show and they really dig deep into how they went from working as cashiers and waitresses to being the CEO of their own company. On my radar to listen to next is A Piece of Work with Abbi Jacobson and the Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon.
  3. Bring A Notebook | Some people like sleeping on the plane, others like to watch movies. I, on the other hand, HATE sleeping on planes and my seats’ tv screen never seems to work so I opt to ditch the technology once I’m done listening to my saved podcasts and bring out my notebook. I like to create lists of activities I want to do once I get to my destination or plan my work schedule for the weeks ahead. You can write down your thoughts or draw and just the feeling of using a pen and paper makes the process so much more relaxing and organic than doing it on an iPad or phone.

I hope these tips are helpful for all of you traveling to see loved ones during this time of year!

Bendiciones y Feliz Navidad!

Melanie.

 

I’ll Drink To That: Coquito For The Holidays

My holiday parties are never complete without a cup of chilled coquito in everyone’s hand. For those of you who don’t know, coquito (meaning Little Coconut) is a Puerto Rican alcoholic beverage that mainly consists of coconut milk, spices and rum. It is THE holiday cocktail that you will see at every Puerto Rican party, and it’s popularity reaches new heights each year.

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This year, it seemed that the holiday parties started the day after Halloween and pictures of coquito were flying around Instagram with some vendors making multiple flavor variations such as pistachio, nutella, and strawberry!

Everyone has their own unique coquito recipe handed down by their Abuelos or Padres. I personally received mine from my mother and it has been a crowd pleaser since 2015! My boyfriend and his Ecuadorian family never tried coquito before, and once they took a sip of mine they have called me Coquito ever since and they go CRAZY when I mention that I’m bringing a bottle to the party. Nuera of the year, or what? 😉

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Without any further ado, here is my coquito recipe! Make it the night before a party, let it chill in the freezer overnight and enjoy it with some cinnamon sprinked on top.

Ingrdients:

1 can Condensed Milk

1 can Evaporated Milk

1 can Coconut Milk

1 can Coconut Cream

1 cup of Spiced Water (Water infused with Cloves, Cinnamon, and Allspice)

1 cup of Rum (Or more, it’s up to you and your preferences 😉 )

The best part about this creamy, rum infused cocktail is the memories you’ll make drinking it with loved ones durante la navidad.

If you try out my coquito recipe let me know what you think!

Bendiciones y mucho amor,

Melanie.