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Lip Smacker’s New Latinx-Inspired Collection Is As Refreshing As Actually Drinking An Agua Fresca On A Hot Summer Day

Summer is here, which makes it the unofficial season of aguas frescas. Is there a more iconic Mexican summer drink? Unfortunately refills, like guac, usually cost extra. So before you blow all your dinero, make sure you pick up Lip Smacker’s new Aguas Fresca collection. It’s inspired by our favorite fresca flavors, which will satisfy your fix without breaking the bank.

The collection features five flavors total, including four new tropical fruit fusion flavors like Peach Mango, Strawberry Orange, Guava Pineapple and Tropical Passion Fruit, as well as the fifth and final one, Horchata — since no aguas frescas selection would be complete without it.

Flavorwise, it smells so much like the real thing you might try to drink your own lips.

That’s because Lip Smacker takes authenticity very seriously; in fact, the brand’s tagline is “Best Flavor Forever,” and they mean it literally. According to Bustle, if the final product doesn’t deliver an accurate sensory experience true to its desired flavor profile, the brand won’t release it. Imagine all the rejected frescas flavors! Maybe that’s why Tamarind didn’t make the cut.

The entire Aguas Frescas collection is online and in mass market retailers now. You can pick up the Aguas Frescas Lip Balm 4 Pack for $12.99, which comes with every flavor except Tropical Passion Fruit, or grab your fave for $3.95 a pop. It’s limited edition and will only be available through summer or until it sells out, so you might want to grab your favorites before they’re gone forever.

It’s worth it. Not only will all five flavors keep your lips soft and hydrated while simultaneously giving you a legitimate taste of your favorite bebida, this collection also represents something more. Up until now, none of Lip Smacker’s prior releases has positively showcased and celebrated flavors so deeply steeped within the Latinx culture. That’s a major miss, especially since it seems like there’s an existing Lip Smacker for every flavor of soda, coffee, candy and cookie that ever existed.

They’re all delicious in their own right, but where are the flavors inspired by desserts actually worth the calories?

We’d pay good money for a lip balm that even remotely reminded us of abuela’s homemade arroz con leche.

Thankfully, Lip Smacker’s new Aguas Frescas Collection puts Latinx culinary tradition front and center without minimizing or ridiculing it, and it’s a major, meaningful win for Latinx inclusivity in beauty brand representation.

(Photo Credit: Instagram / @lipsmackerbrand)

Now, we mentioned that all the fruit flavors in the collection are new, but the Horchata flavor is not. It was originally launched in 2015 along with Sriracha as part of Lip Smacker’s limited edition, terribly named, highly problematic “Wacky Flavors” collection. The flavors have nothing to do with each other, but the brand grouped them together in a collection that failed to celebrate or even differentiate their respective cultures and origins. Even worse, the original packaging on the Horchata flavor featured artwork of a sombrero-wearing, mustache-sporting “Mexican” holding a stick of cinnamon, which badly missed the mark. Finally, the name of the collection itself was off putting. Wacky?! What exactly about Horchata or Sriracha is wacky?

Granted, Lip Smacker probably named the collection “wacky” in the sense that both flavors are not typical lip balm flavors. Still, that lack of foresight was both insulting and confusing, and when the limited edition run disappeared from stores, no one was disappointed.

But just as most Latinxs grow up drinking aguas frescas, nearly everyone has an early beauty memory tied to Lip Smacker.

It’s nostalgic, it’s affordable, it’s effective and, for many, it’s the gateway product to lipstick.

So of course we’d love to see flavors that draw from our heritage in a positive, thoughtful way. That’s exactly why we’re so excited about the Aguas Frescas collection.

In all transparency, the brand does have a Cinnamon Churro Frappe flavor, but it’s formulated to taste more like a blended cinnamon coffee than a churro. It was also released as part of coffee-inspired collection and doesn’t really conjure up any Latinx influence, so it doesn’t count. The brand has also said they’ve tried to formulate a guacamole flavor several times, but it’s never come out quite right. Considering how badly Horchata’s original design was, we thought it a good thing Lip Smacker was staying away from culturally-derived flavors.

Well, Lip Smacker proved us wrong. They got woke, educated themselves on cultural sensitivity, ditched the terrible packaging and upped the cuteness factor. Every flavor in the Aguas Fresca collection is housed in an adorable beverage cup design, with artwork depicting only photos of the flavor’s ingredient profile. The miniature cup design is topped with ice and a straw, which then twists open to reveal your balm.

Basically, they’re tiny versions of actual agua frescas!

(Photo Credit: Instagram / @lipsmackerbrand)

We’re also stoked the brand kept the Spanish phrase for the name of the collection. They could have easily given us some lazy, terrible English translation like “Mexican-Style Juice.” That, along with picking fruit combination flavors that actually exist in aguas frescas recipes, shows they actually took their time with this collection and proves that any brand, no matter how big, can and should learn from past mistakes. That’s a big step for inclusivity in the beauty industry, which is just as refreshing as actually drinking an agua fresca on a hot summer day.

Now that we’ve got Aguas Frescas covered, we’re totally down with the brand releasing flavors inspired by other popular Mexican snacks: Mango con Chile, Cucumber Limon, maybe a Chocolate Mole … the possibilities are endless. If anyone from Lip Smacker is reading this and needs more suggestions, we’ll be in our office reapplying our Horchata lip balm and licking Hot Cheetos dust off our fingers.

Read: These 7 Protective Hairstyles Are For The Afro-Latina Ready To Take On Summer And Protect Her Rizos

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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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