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5 Acne Positive Latina Beauty Bloggers To Follow For The Best Acne Journey Stories

From the 7+ million beauty videos that make up the vlogs on Youtube, it’s easy to tell that not everyone has picture-perfect skin. From eczema to rosacea, you can catch them all being exposed on Youtube, whether inadvertently or not, as vloggers expose and prep their skin on screen for the ultimate makeovers. When it comes to acne, the most common skin condition to affect 50 million men and women across the U.S., exposure to the very real skin condition online is no different. In recent years, thanks to the normalization of skin conditions, YouTubers have brought a heavy dose of reality to the mainstream beauty industry, reminding audiences that none of us have poreless, flawless skin. Latina bloggers have been a huge part of this exposure.

Here’s a look at 5 Latina beauty bloggers slaying the game all while dealing with acne.

Rocio Cervantes

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The self-described makeup addict has been dealing with acne since she was 17 years old. Now 25, the Latina beauty blogger has worked to speak about all of the issues that can be caused by acne including depression, anxiety, and stress. While Cervantes often reveals her acne marks and scars on her pages, she’s often been honest about feeling a need to hide them. “If anyone watched my IG stories then you would know I’ve been dealing with a lot of breakouts that cause me to not be able to put on makeup for days or even weeks it’s very stressful, depressing and sad because I am so passionate about makeup and putting out content for y’all!”

Follow her here: rocioceja_

Monica Style Muse

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I’ve partnered up with @muradskincare to bring to you my acne story! For as long as I can remember I have always struggled with some type skin issues whether it was eczema all over my face or break outs that came right after it. I remember my skin was sooo bad that one day in high school I begged my mom to not let me go to school that day because I was so embarrassed. To cover up my MANCHAS I would use foundation to apply it on my irritated areas let’s just say that didn’t go to well. The idea of doing a YouTube video with out Makeup literally became my worse nightmare but one day I showed my face to the world and it was the most liberating feeling! From that moment on I decided no more hiding, no more feeling like my skin was going to hinder my decisions, so I put my insecurities out to the world and made it a routine to ALWAYS show my face bare before applying my makeup. Now that I’ve started using the new @muradskincare Outsmart Acne clarifying treatment my skin has dramatically improved and people can see it! I literally apply this product on my blemishes and in days I see results! Thanks to @muradskincare people can see that I’m more than just my acne, I’m a person who has so much to offer to the world! Let’s flaunt our skin!! I dare you to do the same! Never let the perception of what Beauty is to other people make you feel like you’re not good enough! You are perfect just the way you are! #Ad #muradskincare

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Speaking about her acne struggles, the beloved Dominican beauty blogger explained that she has dealt with acne on her face, back, beck and chest. “My skin has already gone through it all,” the blogger said about her experience trying the brand Curology. The beauty blogger has said that to help clear her acne she drinks water, has cleaned up her diet and eliminating dairy and fried food.

Follow her here: Monicastylemuse

Lee Figueroa

This New York-based vlogger has over 355K followers and an honest voice.  about her struggles with acne. Two years ago Figueroa documented her Accutane journey and has since gone on to speak openly about dealing with depression and anxiety due to reoccurring pimples. “My anxiety skyrocketed, my depression skyrocketed I had horrible panic attacks, I wasn’t really having suicidal thoughts but I was thinking of ways that I could commit suicide,” Figueroa said about dealing with her acne.

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Annette Ruiz

Ruiz’s followers love her beauty blogs for her honesty and openness. The U.S.-based blogger has been extremely frank to her bloggers about everything from her complications with a botched breast augmentation to dealing with persistent acne and using makeup to cover it up. “I was using the Black African soap, but it got to a point where my skin wasn’t taking anything from the soap and it wasn’t reacting to the soap,” she explained in one video about finding her ultimate fix for acne through the NYX line.

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Laura Quintero

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**This is how my skin has changed this month** It has been a tough month since I got diagnosed with #PCOS. I didn't knew why I was growing so much facial hair and weird hormonal acne. The medicines that my doctor sent me made it worse so I'm trying to approach it differently with more plant based diet and trying to take better care of my skin when my mood let's me ???????? This is my skin with good makeup, it took me 15 min , no filter, just improvement. What you put in your skin & eat matters. It goes into your blood system. •• Ha sido un mes dificil desde que me diagnosticaron con Ovarios Poliquisticos. No sabia porqué tenia tanto vello facial y acné hormonal. La medicina que el doctor me recetó resultó siendo peor así que estoy tratando de resolverlo de una manera diferente con una dieta basada más en plantas y tratando de cuidar más mi piel cuando mi humor me deja. Esta es mi piel con buen maquillaje ahora, me tomó 15 min, sin filtro, mi proceso a una mejoría. Lo que pones en tu piel y comes importa. Todo va a tu sangre. A tu sistema.

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“I had no idea what was happening in my body,” Quintero told FIERCE, explaining her frustration with her acne’s growing presence due to PCOS, a hormonal disorder that can cause symptoms such as irregular periods, excess facial hair, mood swings, and acne.

Follow her here: beautycoachgirl


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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.


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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.

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