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11 DIY Latina Beauty Products for Your Skin and Hair

Every woman has someone in their life who has a quick do it yourself remedy for just about any skin or hair woe. Maybe you’re skeptical that these DIY recipes aren’t as effective as the stuff you can buy on store shelves. But give them a try and you might just be surprised. Latina women have long been using a variety of homemade remedies to fight everything from acne to wild and crazy hair. If you’ve avoided giving them a try for all these years, let the do it yourselfer in your life show you how it’s done. Or, just go ahead and try any of these DIY products and see the results for yourself.

1. Coconut Oil

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You’ve probably heard a lot about coconut oil lately. It’s really having a moment as a spectacular beauty product, especially for skin. Even Sofia Vergara’s dermatologist raves about using coconut oil as a moisturizer. It’s as easy as applying just a dab all over your body.

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Here’s why it works. Coconut oil is loaded with several kinds of fatty acids, which create a barrier on your skin, trapping moisture in and blocking inflammation and other things that can make your skin dry and unhealthy. You can find coconut oil at just about any supermarket and it’s a super affordable way to treat all kinds of skin woes, including tightness, itching and eczema.

2. Sugar and Oil

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This remedy works well with virtually any kind of oil, including canola, olive or coconut oil. When you combine the oil with sugar, you have an easy DIY scrub that you can use to exfoliate your entire body. Simply combine equal parts oil and white granulated sugar and you’re ready to go.

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To use, gently massage the mixture into your skin while you’re in the shower. The oil moisturizes while the sugar sloughs off dead skin cells and reveals the younger fresher skin underneath. Just be careful – the oil can get slippery and you don’t want to fall down.

3. Cola

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Latinas have long used cola, specifically Coca-Cola to bring shine to their dark hair. This is something that many celebs and professional hairdressers swear by and it can work for your hair too. The acidity in the cola helps close up your hair cuticle, which boosts shine and makes your hair look healthier.

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One caution with this trick – cola can be very sticky so be sure to rinse well when you’re done. Cola is inexpensive and easy to find, which makes this one of the best beauty tricks for your dark hair.

4. Avocado

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You know avocado is good for the inside of your body, but it’s also good for the outside. When you apply mashed avocado to your cuticles, it infuses them with healthy oils that keep then soft and supple so you don’t have to deal with dry, cracked skin that hurts and bleeds.

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Of course, eating avocado is also great for your skin and hair. It contains vitamin E, which helps keep your body nourished and moisturized. Avocado oil is also a great choice for direct application to your skin or as part of a healthy diet.

5. Honey

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Maybe you’ve never considered putting honey in your hair before, but you really should. Why? It’s a natural moisturizer that restores dry, limp hair and restores bounce and shine to your tresses.

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Using unprocessed honey also provides your hair with important enzymes that prevent dandruff and hydrate your scalp, something that helps keep your hair looking and feeling healthy and refreshed. As a side note, honey is also effective for treating acne and keeping your skin looking its best too.

6. Mayonnaise

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If you’re battling with dry, dull hair, mayonnaise is the way to go. The fats in the mayo will moisturize your hair and the eggs will add much needed protein to your hair so it’s healthy and strong. You won’t want to leave the mayo on your hair, but it should sit for awhile for the best results.

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To use, massage mayo through your hair and let it soak in for 15 to 20 minutes. If your hair is already really thin or limp, mayo might make it worse so be sure you try it out before committing to the routine.

7. Sand

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It might sound strange, but many Latina women who live near the ocean swear by using sand as an exfoliant. It helps remove dead skin cells and is said to help control and erase cellulite, ensuring that you’re ready for a day at the beach anytime.

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Obviously, if you don’t live near the sea, it’s hard to get a hold of sand. If that’s the case, try the above mentioned sugar and oil mixture, which offers similar benefits and is easier to come by if you’re landlocked.

8. Red Grapes

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Turns out red grapes are great for more than just making wine. They’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins that restore skin and keep it looking fresh and radiant. And it’s as easy as mashing up some grapes.

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Simply make a paste with smashed red grapes, being sure to reserve as much of the skins as possible. Apply to your face like a mask and leave it for 10 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and you’re good to go.

9. Olive Oil

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Much like coconut oil, olive oil has mega moisturizing properties. Use it on rough patches on your skin and to rehydrate parched skin all over your body. Since olive oil is so easy to find, this is a tip that will serve you well anytime of the year.

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Another great way to use olive oil is to smooth flyaway hairs and add moisture to dry tresses. Just a dab rubbed between your hands should be enough to do the trick.

10. Baby Oil

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Many Latina women swear that baby oil is a miracle, especially when it heats up in the summertime. You can add a few drops to your body lotion for an extra dash of moisture and to add a healthy and radiant sheen to your body under the summer sun.

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This is by far one of the best beauty tips out there because baby oil is so inexpensive and so easy to find and use. You’ll never find something as wonderful as baby oil when you put together your beauty routine.

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People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners

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People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners

Yes, we know. Makeup maven Kat Von D has been long been on the outs with fans who once adored her. In addition to the slew of offenses stacked up against her, Von D’s recent declaration that she would not be vaccinating her son after his birth certainly has not done her any favors.

Now, the tattoo artists’ latest controversy means she’s enduring another fall from her fans’ graces.

Beauty enthusiasts are currently accusing Von D of scamming them out of their money with the Trooper Tattoo Liner

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At the end of last month, Facebook user Cheyenne Vaughan accused Von D’s makeup brand of “putting a sample-size eyeliner into a longer-shell tube,” and then selling it to customers for “triple the price.”

Vaughan shared a photo of the eyeliner in her post that showed the dismantled product in three pieces. One was a long tube, the other a cartridge that holds the actual product, and the last piece: a cap.

“Yall I’m about to lose my mind right now,” Vaughan wrote in the post. “Kat von D really been putting a sample size eyeliner into a longer shell tube and selling to my dumb ass for triple the price. I’M ABOUT TO LOSE MY MIND RIGHT NOW.”

Facebook users who saw the post were quick to respond to Vaughan.

“That’s what you get for supporting an anti-vaxer,” wrote on user.

Others came to Von D’s defense, asking Vaughan to support her claims with actual facts.

“Did you actually make sure this is factual, by weighing the amount of liquid in each one? I didn’t think so. Wtf is wrong with people??”

And of course, many didn’t waste time in bringing up the fact that Von D is anti-vaccinations.

“Y’all need to stop supporting the anti-Vaxer,” one wrote.

“That’s what you get for supporting an anti-vaxer,” replied another.

Six thousand shares of the post later, and Von D responded with her defense.

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In a post to her Instagram account, Von D asserted that she wasn’t cheating customers. In fact, according to her, while the cartridge is the same size for every liner, the amount of ink inside of it differs depending on the liner size.

“The cartridges in both full size liners and mini liners are the same — it’s the amount of product inside each cartridge that is different. So, for example, the product fill on our full size Tattoo Liner is 0.55 ml, while the product fill for the mini is 0.2 ml – thats over DOUBLE the amount of product! Any brand who has an eyeliner with similar component on the market will tell you the same thing. You need that much cartridge space for the pigment to flow out,” she wrote.

See for yourself in the comments section of Von D’s post on whether or commenters are satisfied. Hint: people remain stanning their anti-Vanti-ant-vaxx position.


Read:This Mexican Scientist Is Making Eco-Friendly Shopping Bags Through Nopal Juice

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These Latina Inspired Manicures are Just the Style You Need to Rock For Your Next Mani

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These Latina Inspired Manicures are Just the Style You Need to Rock For Your Next Mani

Nail care has come a long way since the first manicure salon opened in New York in 1878. First considered part of the medical and hygiene industry, manicures were only for the rich who favored short, round nails as a symbol of wealth. Despite it’s origin, manicures are now widely available, inexpensive and more creative than ever.

Innovation in the nail care field has seen manicurists push the limits of what can be realistically done to nails. Bubble, sculpted and embellished nail art are seen both on the runway and in your barrio. Themed nail art is an especially popular trend and is designed to express individual style.

What better way to express that style than with nail art specifically designed for Latina-themed manicures?

These creative Latina-inspired manicures  have your girls asking where you got your nails did.

1. The perfect match for your concha craving.

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Is there anything better than a fresh-baked concha? How about getting those pretty pastel pastries without worrying about your diet? This concha nailsart offers just the sweet manicure you need. These handpainted nails come courtesy of TopKnot Nails in Portland Oregon.

2. Nails fit for a queen—specifically the Queen of Tejano music.

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Selena has been an icon since she first stepped up to the microphone. Show your devotion and immortalize the superstar with your next manicure. These nails, designed by San Antonio’s Cassie Chaos, add even more glitz and glamour to iconic images of the Queen of Tejano music.

3. Nails for you Dominican dolls.

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Show your love for your Dominican roots with this manicure featuring the country’s muñecas sin rostro. These colorful dolls are created without facial features to showcase the diversity of the Dominican people. This lovely nail art comes from master nail technician Ami Vega.

4. Manicures like this will protect you from the Mal de Ojo.

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Your mama, tías and abuela have been warning you about the dangers of the Evil Eye all your life. Now you can take the protection of the Mal de Ojo with you wherever you go. This killer mani is another masterpiece to come out of Ami Vega’s New York shop.

5. A mani that’s just plain ingenious.

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These nails completely capture the vibe of Mexico and the Southwest. Based on the beautiful artwork of ingenous_, these nails feature colorful depictions of cacti, Day of the Dead-styled skulls, and a tiny Frida. Furthermore, this mani is another incredible handpainted work of art by Ami Vega.

6. Let’s Taco-bout these nails.

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Do you wish that everyday were Taco Tuesday? With this manicure, it can be! First of all, we’ve gotta taco-bout this mani’s punny message. The colorful palette and handpainted artwork is courtesy of the creative Nails by Kait.

7. Rep these raspas next time you hit the salon.

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This mani will take you back to those summer days outside the refresqueria. You can practically taste the sweetness when you look at these gorgeously embellished raspas. Nail artist Ka Yee is responsible for this refreshingly unique manicure.

8. A perfect offering for Día de los Muertos.

With these nails, you can celebrate Día de los Muertos every day of the year. This manicure features traditional imagery, like sugar skulls and flowers, to observe the festival of the dead. These hauntingly beautiful nails are the creation of irienailsllc.

9. This manicure is meant for Mass.

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No doubt, your overly devout grandmother will gush over these works of art. Catholic iconography and bling collide to create the baddest mani this side of Sunday Mass. With this mani, making the sign of the cross never looked so good.

10. These nails will match your cutest Pueblo dress.

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Delicate florals, lace, and embroidery are mainstays in Mexican fashion and art. So, we’re not surprised to see these images make their way onto our manis. This Pueblo-inspired design comes to us from the artists at Florida’s s Nail Art Lounge.

11. Where this sweet mani when you get all dolled up.

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These sweet Mexican rag-dolls will take you back to your days as a little girl. You’ll never be alone when you display these darling dolls on your nails. These cute memories of our childhood were created by Nails 15 in Baja California.

12. Inspired by the beauty of Mexican ceramics.

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Your friends will think they wandered into a Mexican market when they see you sporting these clean and colorful nails. Looking like the ceramic tiles you’ll find adorning our cities, this manicure uses delicate handpainted brushwork to replicate the look. This nail art was created all the way in Sydney, Australia by Miss Betty Rose.

13. When you want to wear your heart on your sleeve (or at least your nails).

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In Mexican Folk Art, there are a few images that are essential to depicting the genre. The Sacred Heart, crosses, skulls, and cacti are all essential to an authentic piece. With those guidelines checked, this mani is a true work of Mexican Folk Art. Miami’s Rose B Nails is the artist behind this handpainted masterpiece.

14. Show you’re crazy about cacti with these nails.

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Cacti can be found across the Southwest United States, down through Mexico and across Latin America. Whether we’re growing succulents in our gardens or grilling up napoles, cacti have become a symbol of our cultures. This stamped manicure is a true Mexicana original designed by lluvia_stampingnail.

15. Rock these if Guadalupe is your homegirl.

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Ever since La Virgen appeared to Juan Diego, she became the OG homegirl. Hand-painted to perfection and decked put in dazzling embellishments, these nails are the perfect tribute to the Queen of Queens. The nail tech behind this heavenly design is London’s Alice McColm.

16. You need these for your next night of Loteria.

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Are you feeling lucky? Well, maybe you’ll feel a little more fortunate with nails like these. Everyone’s favorite game is now an awesome manicure. Featuring Loteria images like La Sirena and El Corazon, the decals for this mani were created by Cha Cha Covers.

17. Because Avocados are life.

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Daily reminder that avocados are the good kind of fat so eat up, gente. We’ve had the delectable Latin American native as guacamole and sliced inside a torta but we’ve never had it on our manicures. These cutie ‘cados were hand painted by Colorado nail technician Melinda X Vang.

18. This mani will make you feel like you’re on a Mexican vacay.

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During these cold winter months, we could use a vacation to somewhere warmer. However, if you can’t sneak away down south, your nails can at least say “I’m ready for Spring Break.” Yet again, Ami Vega brings a Latinx-vibe to nail art with her hand-drawn chilis, maracas, and tacos.

19. A manicure to that will have you singing “Recuérdame.”

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We still haven’t gotten over the feels from Disney’s Coco. It’s cool, though, because we can turn our manis into makeshift ofrendas to honor Mama Coco and the familia. These decals from Cha Cha Covers make us go “Un Poco Loco” over this look.

20. Man-Go get this mani, ASAP.

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Vibrant and irresistible. Do you think we’re talking about the fruit or describing this cool mani? The build-up of greens, red and yellows create nail art almost good enough to eat. This delicious artwork comes all the way from Bangladesh where Nail Paintings by Rupa creates next level manicures.

Read: The Very First Latina Disney Princess Might Be Coming To The Big Screen — And This Megastar Could Have A Role In Its Creation

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