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From Latina Owned To High End To Drugstore, These Are The Skincare Products Our Latina Staff Is Currently Obsessed With

The FIERCE editorial team knows how to get down with skincare. In the same way that we’ve shared beauty words of wisdom with our girlfriends, mamas, and sisters our whole lives, our office is on a constant binge of dishing on acne hot tips, mask comparisons and lip balm swaps.

For our first edition of FIERCE Editorial Picks, we decided to compare our own polished skin routines for a deeper look at the pricey pearls and drugstore gems we covet and love.

Wendy, Executive Director

Wendy Barba

Skin Type: Blaaaahhh. Where do I begin? I had moderate acne all throughout high school and always had pink cheeks, never thought anything of it. My skin got better after college but last year everything came back to haunt me. My acne has resurfaced, causing annoying scars. And turns out that pink all over my face is rosacea.

Where to purchase: I buy most of my skincare products at Sephora.

1. NEUTROGENA Deep Clean Purifying Clean Cleanser / Mask, $9. I’m constantly switching cleansers because I haven’t found one that’ll remove all my makeup without drying my skin. I’ve been using this one for about a month since I got it in a goodie bag at an event I went to. It hasn’t dried my skin too bad, but I always have to go over my mascara with eye makeup remover so I probably won’t be using this again.

2. SHISHEIDO White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream, $60. I have the darkest circles ever. I give my eyes a little massage every morning and night to help brighten this area.

3. LANCOME Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner With Acacia Honey, $26. A lot of the Instagram models I follow have flawless skin and swear by toners. I decided to give his a try because it’s hydrating and comforting.

4. MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, $32. This scrub is the best for getting rid of dead skin. This activates my rosacea and turns my skin red so I try to use this only once a week.

5. KATE SOMERVILLE EradiKate Acne Treatment, $26. This little pink bottle zaps pimples overnight like nothing else I’ve tried. It’s super easy to use and really does eradicate pimples by the time I wake up.

6. Kiehl’s Since 1852 Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $50. I’ve been using this every night for about a month and a half to help with acne scars.

7. ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, $27. I use this about once or twice a week after exfoliating to really clear my pores. My skin feels so smooth after using this.

8. ORIGINS Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay, $27. I got this as a sample at Sephora and was hooked. This also leaves my skin feeling baby soft without overdrying.

9. TATCHA The Water Cream, $68. Before you freak, I didn’t pay almost $70 for moisturizer — I got this as a gift. But after seeing how soft this leaves my skin without making it oily I might just splurge when I run out. I love that it doesn’t make my combination skin more oily and because it doesn’t have sulfates, parabens and other chemicals, it doesn’t trigger my rosacea like other scented moisturizers. It’s also very rich so a little goes a very long way.

10. MAC Prep & Prime Fix+, $26. Most beauty bloggers swear by this to set their makeup, but I use this to help tame my acne. Weird, I know. After reading the label, I saw that this spray is hydrating and contains vitamins and minerals so I decided to spray my face at the end of my nighttime routine. Without really expecting results, I noticed it cleared up the stubborn acne I had along my jawline. I mentioned this to a MAC rep and she said she’s heard about all kinds of problems this fixes including a weird rash a woman developed on her belly during her pregnancy.

Raquel, Editor

Raquel Reichard

Skin Type: Combination, light rosacea

Where To Purchase: With the exception of Brujita Skincare and Lush, I save bucks and buy the rest of these products on Amazon or eBay, though some can also be bought at Ulta and Sephora.

Morning:

1. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser, $38. This is a nice gentle cleanser. While I don’t think it reduces redness, it doesn’t make my skin redder, as other cleansers do.

2. Brujita Skincare Rose Geranium Hydrosol spray, $13. A yummy spray that restores hydration after washing my face

3. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion (for neck), $27. I originally purchased this for my face, but wasn’t a huge fan, so I’m using it for my neck until I’m done with the bottle. Smells great but wouldn’t repurchase

4. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, $31. Wonderful eye cream that brightens my eyes in the morning and smells so good.

5. Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub, $10.95. Scrubs everything away, smells good and keeps lips smooth. My fave lip scrub!

6. H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Treatment, $38 When I’m lazy or traveling, I don’t use every product on this list, but I always use this! It’s my holy grail for facial hydration.

7. Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Face Oil-Free Sunscreen Lotion, $5.99. I use this every morning and reapply throughout the day if I’m in the sun to not trigger my rosacea.

8. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26. This is a thick lip gel, so not everyone will like it, especially not for daytime, but I’ve always been obsessed with having my lips hydrated, so I appreciate it. It is really thick and gooey, though, so I wouldn’t use it as a lip balm throughout the day.

Night:

1. Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, $38. Same as above.

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (every other day), $15. This is a light exfoliating powder that helps remove dead cells but doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, so I really like this.

3. Lush FOMO Jelly Face Mask (twice a week), $13.95. I just started using this jelly face mask, which is supposed to help reduce redness, but I can’t say much about it yet other than it smells nice. Before this, I used LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask, which helped cool and calm my skin. I’m a fan of that but also like to try new masks.

4. G.M. Collin Essential Oil Complex, $55. This is filled with essential oils that work to remove comedones and leaves my skin smooth. The scent is strong, and while I didn’t like the smell at first, I do now.

5. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, $18. I just started using this as a day cream to help reduce some light wrinkles. I’m not blown away yet, but I’m just about a week in.

6. Lush Mint Julip Lip Scrub, $10.95. (Same as above)

7. Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate, $59. This serum helps calm, restore and defend sensitized skin. I’ve been using it for a while, and while it’s OK, I’d like to see if I could find a better nightly serum for redness and discomfort.

8. H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Treatment, $38 (Same as above)

9. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26  (Same as above)

10. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (whenever I need it), $4.97. This is the cheapest item in my skincare routine and it’s also the most effective. I don’t know how it works, but these little patches significantly reduce pimples in hours and sometimes even makes them completely disappear overnight. This goes with me everywhere I go, especially because I tend to breakout most when I’m traveling.

Alex, Editor

Alex Portée

Skin Type: My skin type isn’t so easy for me to describe. I had to endure hormonal cystic acne and oily skin from the time I was in middle school to the end of college when I finally decided to take Accutane. While taking the medication was a complete saving grace (and everyone on staff can tell you that I preach about it on the regular) it did not completely save my skin from acne. I no longer have breakouts, but I do still have oily skin on my nose. Also because of it, my forehead is fairly dry (more on that later).

Where To Purchase: Nordstrom, CVS, Sephora, Amazon

Morning:

1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, $10.63. This product was key to getting my skin to an acne-free place and I love it because of how simple it is. My dermatologist recommended it to me when I first started Accutane and I have not stopped using it since. It’s a noncomedogenic cleanser, which means it doesn’t clog your pores (something my oily skin is prone to do). One of my favorite parts about this cleanser is that it comes in a generously sized bottle and is pretty dang cheap/ available at most pharmacy stores so it’s also convenient as hell when I run out.

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, $39. I’ve been investing in Clinique products since I was in middle school and this moisturizer will probably be in my life for many years to come. I tend to end up with two different skin types in the morning and evening. When I wake up it tends to be pretty moisturized from the night before so I apply this moisturizing gel.

3. Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream Clinique, $26. As I start to move into my late twenties I’m becoming more and more aware of how important moisturizing my eyes are. I love this because it keeps the skin around my eyes hydrated and feeling firm.

4. Glossier Balm Dotcom Original $12, I’m obsessed with how hydrating this lip balm is! I started using it when I began my Accutane trial which completely dried out my lips and made them peel often. I haven’t stopped using it since!

Night.

1. Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, $36. My mom got me hooked on Kate Somerville products awhile ago after giving me some of her soaps and exfoliators for Christmas. They tend to be a bit pricey so I usually only splurge on this wash which never breaks me out or dries up my skin. 

2. Clinique Exfoliating Scrub, $22. When it comes to scrubs on my face I stick to a tight routine. I use this Tuesday and Thursday and when I get breakouts. Sometimes I’ll use it as a mini mask for my nose when I notice blackheads.

3. Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask, $27. Like my exfoliating scrub, I try to stick to a regiment with masks and use this on Sunday and Friday. It’s pretty great, keeps my skin feeling baby butt smooth, and has me feeling like Cleopatra when I walk around my apartment with it on. (Honestly, I’m not sure what charcoal is supposed to do for my skin but when I first bought this it was a trending component in skin care products and I had severe FOMO.)

4. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff, $25. A huge part of my skin care routine includes the care and keeping of my legs and arms. I use this exfoliator every other night on my limbs to keep my skin hydrated. The smell is amazing!

5. Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer, $12. If you’re thinking that there’s a trend in my beauty routine when it comes to light spending, you’re definitely onto something. I like to keep my budget lean when it comes to beauty and skin care products, and after struggling with acne for so long and buying into so many products I’ve generally learned that, for me, the most simple products can work wonders on my skin. When it comes to my face I generally massage a thick layer onto my skin before bed and let it soak in while I sleep!

6. Skin Laboratory Salycilic Acid Peel, $18. I first started using this after a dermatologist recommend I use it for my acne scars and to dry up pimples as well. These days I use it as an emergency on the spot treatment for spots and acne.

Victoria, Social Media Manager

Skin Type: Oily

Where To Purchase: ULTA, Sephora

1. Cleanser: Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser, $30. I love a cleanser that wakes me up in the morning! This foaming face wash has vitamin C, which helps to keep my skin glowing and feeling refreshed.

2. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff, $31. One skin care product I’ve incorporated into my early 20’s is a good eye cream! I’ve learned that keeping the sensitive skin around the eyes hydrated is so important. This one specifically has coffee beans which help to wake up the skin.

3. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil, $6.99. When I have a breakout I spot treat with this oil. Tea tree oil can be used for so many things. Pro-tip: Make sure it’s 100% because many can be diluted!

4. Nuxe Exfoliating Gel with Rose petals, $16.00. I’ve always admired French women. Their beauty regimen to me always seemed very sophisticated yet effortless. One beauty fave of mine is this face gel that I use one to two times a week that actually contains ground rose petals to help exfoliate and eliminate dead skin cells. What I love most about it is that it smells like a garden of roses!

5. Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, $45. Although, I have oily skin using a serum helps to control oil production in addition to brightening the skin. I love including vitamin C into my beauty routine because it helps to even my skin tones and creates a radiant looking glow in the morning.

6. Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream, $65. I love using this cream in the PM. Waking up and having my skin feel hydrated and extra moisturized is one of the best feelings. Plus since we all can’t be Mariah Carey, this cream is the closest thing I’ll get to a milk bath.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich, $35. When I’m in need of extra hydration I reach for this cream. It’s really thick and rich! I love sleeping in this moisturizer and waking up to dewy skin.

Philosophy Hope In A Tube Eye & Lip Cream, $38. This small cream was my go-to in college for late nights. I love how firm it makes the skin around my eyes feel and love using it to prevent future fine lines.

Purlisse Sheet Masks $36 for 6-Pack. If you couldn’t tell by now I love vitamin C.  I try to treat myself to a sheet mask at least once or twice a week. These sheet masks contain green tea, grapefruit, and lemon too! I pretty much will do anything for radiant looking skin.

Brujita Skincare Chamomile Hydrosol, $13. I love supporting Latinx owned businesses like this one! I personally use this facial mist right before I go to bed. Chamomile is known for promoting sleep and treating insomnia.


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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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