We all love that one product that makes us really excited and we can’t live without. I went ahead and rounded up the 5 products you absolutely have to have in your stash — not only because they’ll service your every lifestyle need but also because they’ll make you feel a little more special, and that alone is a reason to love each one of these.
1. Get a little lift with Meso Lyft
This is a non-invasive barely-there micro-needling tool that you can use right at home! There’s an attached tube containing a cocktail serum to condition the skin’s surface, preparing it to absorb the goodness of each serum for a non-invasive boost back to healthy and beautiful. There are four tools intended for the neck, lips, skin, and eyes. If you’re also interested in sampling this, they are happy to have this shipped to you.
2. Magic Lips
Moroccan Magic is a USDA certified organic lip balm line infused with 100% pure argan and essential oils. Moroccan Magic claims to be the “smoothest balm ever” thanks to its blend of 100% organic argan + essential oils. The line has been adored by Steve Wozniak; co-founder of Apple, Oprah Winfrey’s makeup artist, and most recently by Carson Kressley at this year’s Emmy Awards ceremony!
3. Step Into The Spotlight
I’m obsessed with this product! Lumee will transform your phone into a mobile photo studio—so, anyone, literally anyone—can take amazing photos and video. LuMee is simple and user-friendly with innovative technology because the right lighting is invaluable when it comes to your photos.
4. The Golden rule for Hair!
“The Miracle Elixir” Collection of hair care products has changed my hair completely!
I swear by this product because it really works. Joyce Giraud created this line to provide women with the same plethora of miracle oils that she grew up using in Puerto Rico. She sourced ingredients from around the world so women can look and feel they’re very best. Miracle Elixir has four oils, Buruti, Moringa, Argan and Maracuyá. I’m excited to introduce this product to our Latinista readers made by a Latinista from Puerto Rico.
5. The Hemp That Works!.
I call it the miracle oil because this stuff really works. I’ve used the Hemp Protein and CBD Oil from the Kentucky Hemp Works line and I can honestly say it has helped me with joint pain and also monthly PMS. Kentucky Hemp Works is currently on the leading edge of providing locally-grown, handcrafted hemp products for health and wellness. “Our company began with a vision of healing bodies and minds with hemp, while providing raw materials for others to pursue their dreams.”
Written by Dana Humphrey, The Pet Lady with the assistance of Melissa Gulbranson, Oxyfresh.
Besides love, affection and (according to your pet) TREATS, dental care is the most important thing you can do for your furry friend.
Unfortunately, it isn’t something that most pet parents think about. According to a pet dental poll, only 8 percent of dog owners and 3 percent of cat owners brush their pets’ teeth on a regular basis.
February was National Pet Dental Health Month, the perfect time to brush up on why pet dental care is so important and just how easy it can be! So dig in to discover what every pet parent should know about pet dental care.
Bad Breath is the #1 Warning Sign of Pet Periodontal Disease
Contrary to popular belief, a pet’s bad breath is NOT normal. A dog’s breath shouldn’t smell at all, and cat breath shouldn’t have more than a mild fishy scent.
If your pet’s breath is stinky, this is the first sign of advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. This painful dental condition involves the inflammation of the gum tissue and erosion of the bone structures that keep the teeth in place.
As reported by the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition affecting our pets. It can also be the most serious.
Left unchecked, bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream, affecting vital organs like the heart and kidneys. Ultimately, it can take years off a pet’s life. Fortunately, gum disease is preventable and even totally reversible in its early stages.
Additional signs of gum disease in pets:
∙ Visible tartar
∙ Bloody saliva
∙ Loose or missing teeth
∙ Blood in water bowl or on chew toys
∙ Difficulty picking up food or chewing it
∙ Red or swollen gums (gums should be light pink)
The Key Is Stopping Pet Plaque
Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria overtakes the mouth – and it all starts with plaque.
Plaque is an unavoidable part of life for pets. This clear, sticky substance forms after every meal and can begin to harden into tartar within 72 hours.
Tartar is a rock-hard substance (brownish or yellow in color) that’s packed with bacteria, which can infect and inflame the gums and give your pet that less-than-fetching breath. Unlike plaque, tartar can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning.
Because plaque is the starting point for tartar and gum disease, daily removal of it is key. Stop the plaque attack, and you and your pet will have many reasons to smile, such as:
∙ More Cuddles. According to a dental survey by Banfield Pet Hospital, 27 percent of dog owners say they avoid getting close to their pets because of bad breath.
∙ Better Quality of Life. In the advanced stages of pet gum disease, the gums actually separate away from the teeth. This is as painful as it sounds. An animal’s instinct is to hide its pain, which means your pet could be silently suffering without you knowing it.
∙ More Years Together. Taking care of the teeth and gums can add 2–5 years to a pet’s life.
∙ Save Money. Tooth extractions from periodontal disease can be expensive. Annual dental cleanings to remove tartar can add up too, as it involves anesthesia. At-home dental care can help cut back on these costs.
Should You Brush Your Pet’s Teeth?
Teeth brushing is the best way to fight plaque and keep your pet’s smile healthy, but once in a blue moon won’t cut it. For your pet to reap the benefits of tooth brushing, it must be done at least 3 times a week for dogs and 2 times a week for cats.
The earlier you start a pet tooth brushing routine, the better. Still, it’s never too late to teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks!
9 Success Tips for Pet Tooth Brushing:
1. Warm up your pet to the idea of brushing. Starting a few weeks before the first brush session, dip your finger in tuna water or broth and rub your finger around the pet’s teeth and gums, daily.
2. Mellow out. Choose a time to brush when your pet is relaxed. This will increase the odds of cooperation.
3. Select the right toothbrush. A human toothbrush is too bulky for a pet’s mouth. Use a specially designed toothbrush for pets, a piece of clean gauze, or a finger brush that, as the name suggests, just slips on right over the finger. Sometimes it takes trial-and-error to see what works best for both of you.
4. Purchase a pet toothpaste. For toothpaste, the most important thing is to not use your own. Ingredients like fluoride and sweeteners in human toothpaste can make a pet sick. There are many flavored pet toothpastes. We recommend avoiding one with unnecessary flavor additives, or you can choose an unflavored pet dental gel to avoid the whole “my pet just wants to chew up the toothbrush!” conundrum.
5. Calmly praise your pet as you brush. When you aren’t filled with tension, your pet won’t be either!
6. Treat. Always give your pet a treat after brushing, even if it didn’t go well. That way your pet forms a positive association with brushing.
7. Do not overly restrain your pet. This will make your pet feel frightened. For dogs, kneel or sit to the side of them. Cats can be cradled like a baby. Then lift the lips and brush in a gentle circular motion.
8. Take it slow. Initially, you may only be able to brush for a few seconds. Patience is key! Just focus on the outside tooth surfaces. This is where periodontal disease likes to strike.
9. Gradually increase your time. The ultimate goal with pet tooth brushing is 5 seconds per tooth.
Let’s get real for a second:
Pet tooth brushing 3 times a week may not be realistic for you. There are many no-brush pet dental products on the market. Just be sure to do your homework first. Avoid products with alcohol, additives, xylitol, mints, tea tree oil and clove oil. These ingredients can sting a pet’s delicate tissues, only mask bad breath, and cause harm with long-term use. Also, be sure you find one that works for both cats AND dogs if you are a multiple pet household. That way it is safe for BOTH. Enjoy your pet’s fresh breath and happy Pet Dental Health Month!
Há alguns meses atrás, quando o diretor de “Roma”, Alfonso Cuarón e as atrizes Marina De Tavira e Yalitza Aparicio subiram ao palco depois da exibição do filme, numa sessão privada em Los Angeles, deram de cara comigo aos prantos, aplaudindo efusivamente, sentada na primeira fila.
“Roma” me tocou de um jeito que poucos filmes fizeram até hoje. É uma obra prima! Fico feliz que tanto o filme, como Alfonso, já tenham recebido vários prêmios, incluindo o Globo de Ouro, Critic’s Choice Awards, BAFTA, além de ter sido indicado ao Oscar em 10 categorias diferentes, incluindo melhor filme, melhor filme de língua estrangeira, melhor diretor, melhor atriz (para Yalitza Aparicio, em seu primiero papel, e ela é também a primeira atriz indígena indicada nesta categoria) e melhor atriz coadjuvante (Marina De Tavira).
Roma é um filme em preto e branco baseado nas memórias de infância de Cuarón. A história é contada pelo ponto de vista de babá Cléo (Yalitza Aparicio), em homenagem a Libo, sua babá na vida real.
Os atores falam espanhol e mixtec. Eles não tiveram acesso ao roteiro, como contou Marina no Q&A: “todos os dias quando chegávamos no set recebíamos instruções e dicas de Alfonso sobre o que aconteceria naquele dia, mas não tínhamos um roteiro propriamente dito. Foi uma aventura criativa criar esses personagens seguindo apenas as orientações de Alfonso”.
Cuarón explicou porque ele optou por não dar aos atores o roteiro que ele escreveu: “eles tinham uma idéia do que esperar e de como deveriam se preparar mas, no geral, meu objetivo era que a câmera captasse a emoção e os diálogos improvisados, trazendo um senso de realismo único ao filme”
E foi o realismo com que as trajetórias dos personagens foram apresentadas em“Roma”levou o público a se identificar com o filme. Alfonso queria que o filme refletisse os acontecimentos desta época da sua vida, por isso até ele pediu emprestado objetos pessoais dos seus irmãos para decorar o set de filmagem. Além disso, a casa onde o filme foi rodado é muito parecida com a casa que sua família morava. Na verdade, ela fica no mesmo bairro, na Cidade do México.
“Foi de longe o filme mais pessoal que eu já fiz. Eu chorei todos os dias no set ” disse Cuarón, mas ele também admitiu que ficou surpreso com a calorosa recepção do filme quando estreou no Festival de Veneza no ano passado:” Fiquei emocionado, mas um pouco chocado com a imensa resposta positiva que o filme recebeu de cara. Ao mesmo tempo eu entendo que “Roma” conta a história de uma familia, que é uma historia universal.”
Infelizmente, os pais de Cuarón não viram o filme. Seu pai faleceu há alguns anos e sua mãe no ano passado. Ele chegou a mostrar a sua mãe o primeiro corte do filme, mas é Libo, a grande homenageada, que está curtindo de fato essa bela carta de amor que Cuarón fez para sua família: “Libo já assistiu ao filme várias vezes. Ela adorou e sempre chora, não por causa de sua história, mas porque sente pena das crianças” disse Cuarón.
“Roma” está disponível na Netflix. Mas aí vai a minha sugestão: assista ao filme no cinema se puder, a experiência é muito mais impactante.
Já eu confesso que tirei a sorte grande por ter tido a chance de assistir “Roma” com Alfonso, Marina e Yalitza, as mentes e almas brilhantes por trás do filme. Vou lembrar daquele dia, assim como vou pensar em Roma, por um longo tempo.
A couple of months ago when Roma’s writer/director Alfonso Cuarón and actresses Marina De Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio got up on stage after a private screening of the movie in Los Angeles, they looked at the first row to find me sobbing.
“Roma” touched me in a way very few movies did. It’s a masterpiece! I’m glad the movie and Alfonso have already received several awards, including the Golden Globes, Critic’s Choice Awards, BAFTA, besides been nominated for the Oscars in 10 different categories, including best picture, best foreign language, best director, best actress ( first-time actress Yalitza Aparicio, also the first indigenous woman nominated in this category) and best-supporting actress (Marina De Tavira).
Roma is a black and white film based on Cuarón’s childhood memories. The story is told by his family’s nanny Cleo’s (Yalitza Aparicio) point of view (in honor of Alfonso’s real-life nanny Libo).
The actors speak Mexican Spanish and Mixtec and they didn’t have a script, as Marina recounted at the Q&A: “every day when we arrived on set, we received instructions and tips from Alfonso about what would happen on that day, but we didn’t have the dialogues written on the pages, as we usually do. It was a creative adventure to bring to life these characters following Alfonso’s guidelines.”
Cuaron explained why he made the choice not to give the actors the script he wrote: “they had an idea of what to expect and how they should prepare, but overall, my goal was to let them play while I was capturing their emotions and the impromptu dialogues on camera.” The realism with which the characters’ journeys were presented in “Roma” lead audiences to identify with the film. Alfonso wanted the film to be as close to the facts as possible so he borrowed personal objects from his siblings to decorate the set and house he shot the movie was very similar to the house his family used to live, actually located in the same neighborhood in Mexico City.
“It was by far the most personal film I’ve ever made. I cried on set every day” Cuaron admitted, but he also said he was surprised by the movie’s warm welcome when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year: “I was thrilled, but a little shocked with the massive positive response the film got in Venice. At the same time, I understand that it tells a universal story, so people could relate to it.”
Unfortunately, Cuaron’s parents didn’t see the movie. His father passed away a few years ago and his mother passed away last year. He did show her the first cut of the movie, but it’s Libo, the honoree, who is enjoying Cuarón’s love letter to his family as he told us: “Libo watched the movie several times now. She loved it and she always cries, not because of her history, but she feels sorry for the children.”
“Roma” is available on Netflix. But here’s my suggestion: watch the movie on a big screen if you can. It will improve your experience as you watch one of the most remarkable films of all time.
I just felt I won the lottery for watching it with Alfonso, Marina and Yalitza, the brilliant minds and souls behind it. I am sure I will remember that day and I will think about Roma for a long time.
As your skin changes from one season to the next (dry in the winter, oily in the summer) so do you as a person. This is to be expected since it’s part of growing up, living life, experiencing the world and evolving. Si lo piensas bien, it doesn’t make sense to assume you’re supposed to stay the same forever. That includes your style, your routines or even your appearance. Though many of us no dejamos de usar el rabito de eyeliner, others may long for a change. As you get older y tu vida cambia, so does your estilo. Here are some ideas on como puedes cambiar tu rutina to reinvent yourself and allow the new you to emerge.
Reinventing your look or your routine this Spring is for you and you alone. Disfrutalo! Amate profundamente and let whoever you evolve into, take center stage. You’ll be surprised how many compliments you get when you change something up that people can’t quite put their finger on. All they can tell is that you are feeling good about yourself. Now THAT’S authentic beauty.
Tell me your name: Nisa Rodriguez.
Where were you born: Born and raised in the Bronx, New York.
Tell me about the program you just started:
The non-profit program “I can, I will” is funded by East Side housing. It’s a boxing program in 2 schools in the Bronx and it’s the first of its kind for girls only. We will be mentoring the girls, teaching them self defense, work out etiquette as well as boxing etiquette. For the girls not interested in the physical aspect, they will be starting their own YouTube channel and learn video editing and marketing.
What called you to boxing, how did it all start?:
When I was younger, I had a really bad anger problem. I was getting into a lot of fights in school and one day my father took me to the boxing gym. I was very athletic already, I was into Martial Arts, I did Judo for 10 years, I was doing weightlifting, I was on the swim team. With boxing, I fell in love the first time I started sparring. And here we are 10 years later!
Tell me about your titles. Belts? Medals?:
I’m an 8 time NY Daily News Golden Gloves Champion. 3 time national Golden Gloves Champion. I have fought in 3 different weight classes. 141, 152 & 165. It’s hard to find fights here, so I jump around a lot just to get fights. I’m a 6 time Metro Champion, 2 time Empire State game Gold Medalist. The Caribbean and Centro Americano Gold Medalist. Gold medalist for Copa Independencia in the Dominican Republic. There’s so many I can’t even remember! (She laughs)
Where will you be traveling to this week, I hear you’re going on a trip:
I will be traveling to the Olympic camp in Salinas, Puerto Rico to get ready for Olympic trials in July in Peru for 2020 Olympics. Then I will be fighting the Copa Independencia again in DR. Then I’ll be traveling to Ecuador and Columbia and I’ll come back to NY in April for “Ringmasters.” I’ll be fighting in the finals in Madison Square Garden.
I can’t imagine how hard it is to be away from your son while you travel:
It’s torture. It’s always hard. He has his moments where he doesn’t want to speak to me. And that’s his coping mechanism, so I don’t push it. But then he comes back around. I make sure I call him in the morning, in the evening when he’s doing his homework, and again right before he goes to bed. He does his chores, he’s very independent, but he’s still a mama’s boy! He’s a sweet and polite kid and a little gentleman!
Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut and unmotivated? What do you do to get yourself out of that funk?:
As a parent in general and as an athlete, you always feel unmotivated. There are times where you don’t even want to get up. Your body hurts and you’re so stressed. Especially as a parent, you’re worried about bills, making the rent, asking yourself if you’re doing the right thing. I’m constantly stressing about, “Am I being good enough for my son” and sometimes you have to step down and just… have a glass of wine! She laughs and says, “That’s it! That’s my secret. It solves everything! At least for that moment, it does…”
What motivates you and inspires you?:
My Son. Being a mom comes first before anything. One thing my father always used to tell me when I was younger and I never understood until I became a parent was, “I want you to be better than me.” Now that I’m older, I’m going to school, I work, I’m doing boxing and I’ve achieved so much, I want to be that example for him of what you can accomplish. I’m working on my associates now, I want to go for my bachelors because how can I educate or tell my son about education if I don’t have one? He runs competitively, but I always tell him that’s not guaranteed, he needs to go to college, you need a little bit of everything.
What’s dating life like for Nisa? Are guys intimidated by the fact that you’re a boxer?:
Well, right now, that’s not something I actually have time for. Dating for me.. Some guys love it, I don’t know if it’s a masochist thing or a turn on..(She laughs) Others just assume that I’m gay, and I have a lot of girls, especially other fighters that hit on me. I have a lot of options! There’s never a dull moment!
What makes Nisa happy?: My son. Point blank period. He’s my everything.
If there was one thing in the world that you can change, what would that be?:
Poverty. I’ve traveled around the world and I’ve seen so many kids suffering and it breaks my heart because I have a little boy at home. When I go on these trips I try to find 1 or 2 kids and spoil the crap out of them! I never expect anything in return. That’s why I work so hard with the non-profit and doing the program because I feel that every child should feel wanted and special. For 8 years I worked with foster kids, and so many of them felt so unloved. It makes me sad just thinking about it, Nisa says as she pauses to wipe away tears.
What would your message be to the world?:
Don’t be afraid to be different. It’s what makes this world unique. And always be kind. Never expect anything to be done back for you. Just be kind. That’s it.
Photographer: Eddie Pabon @havehonorhavefaith/@LaLecheDelArte Model: Nisa Rodriguez @sweet_destruction Hair & Makeup: Mima Roxx @mimaroxx Styling/Interview: Yasmin Caceres @hellofashionistas Creative Asst: Jessie Paulino @zerodesignz
It is often the case that when coming home after a long day’s work we tend to bypass every room and head straight for the bedchamber, that intimate niche that greets us with the warmth and comfort we yearn to nest in. Though, we often take for granted the comforts of our modern day resting place, it may serve well to acknowledge the evolution of the bed through history from a mere stone slab overlaid with leaves, hay, and animal skins in 10,000 B.C. to magnificent examples of affluence, status and power, embellished with high decoration. Over time, social hierarchies direct our inspiration to imbue the resting pad with our own sense of magnificence and importance.
Historian Lucy Worsely’s in-depth look at British royal dynasties suggests that magnificent royal beds reflected the power of the monarch and that their decoration expressed the rise and fall of the monarchy itself. “Royal Beds are supposed to be incredibly sumptuous and true royals can tell if they are not.” My own quest for sumptuous beds brought me to design gurus Rio Hamilton and Nitza Shawryeh for their personal vision of luxury and comfort.
“I dream in silk. My bedroom chamber has always been a precious and sacred part of my home. I have designed the aesthetic around my bedroom with an ethereal and cloud-like feeling particularly while laying in bed. My Savoir mattress is layered with cashmere and down. The smooth off-white pinnacle Frette sheets are so soft. I’ve always enjoyed layers of white and cream in my bedroom. After a colorful day of strategizing for design brands – it’s nice to have a bedroom recipe that guarantees me a good night sleep.” – Rio Hamilton
“I feel no matter what’s going on in your life your bed should represent and show calmness and comfort! So a bed should be pretty, organized and most of all extremely comfortable!
Sheets should be of the best quality you can afford. I prefer an Egyptian cotton percale.
Depending on the budget these are the brands I like to use: Casa del Bianco, Matouk, Sferra and Williams Sonoma Home also has a nice Egyptian cotton percale. At least 300 count but as long as it’s a good quality Egyptian cotton, thread count above 300-400 doesn’t matter as much.”- Nitza Sahwryeh
Following Rio and Nitza’s lead, you too can create your own version of a magnificent bedchamber.
Nitza Shawriyeh Design & Decoration Facebook and Instagram: @Nitza_Shawriyeh_Design
Glass skin, anyone? The theme for 2019 seems to be enfocar en piel saludable. More people are spending their hard-earned money on skin care products over cosmetics. Makeup looks best on great skin so taking care of your skin should always be the first step in your beauty routine. Here are some tips on how to create that flawless makeup look without suffocating your piel.
Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, you first want to prime your skin. Primer is your friend and don’t let anyone tell you different. You want to prime your eyelids, face and lips. This helps with not only the longevity of your makeup but also the way it goes on and blends. There are different formulations for primer. Make sure you have the right formulation for your skin.
The eyes are next! Next in line that is. Some people like to do their face first but here’s what you risk cuando haces eso. Fall out, and I don’t mean the band. The swiping of the brush across your lid makes little flakes of shadow land on your cheekbones. Wiping that away will only smudge it and create a black eye effect that I’m pretty sure you’re not going for. So, do yourself un favorcito and start with your eyes.
You can start with a fleshy toned shadow for all over your lid. Go a bit lighter than your actual skin tone if you like and it will brighten your eyes a bit. Use a fluffy brush for this so you don’t apply too much at once. Next, grab a shade mas oscuro for the outer corner of your eyes. We’re not going for a smoky eye per-say but we do want soft dimension. Blend, blend, blend! You can always add a bit more if you want later but make sure you blend like crazy so there are no harsh lines.
Next, we’re going to line the eyes with brown eyeliner. Este paso no es necesario, but it helps to add depth and defines the lash line. Again, we’re going for the opposite of dramatic. Dark browns funcionan mejor when creating a “natural” look. Start at the middle of your upper eyelid and make small lines to the outer corner of the eye. Go back over to the center and start creating small lines going towards the inner eye. Now you’ll want to connect the small lines you’ve created. Cuidado when doing this so you don’t create any harsh lines. Take a flat angled brush and go over the line you created to smudge it. Underneath the eye, make the same smudgy line from the middle of the lower lash line to the outer corner of the eye. Now curl your lashes and apply a coat or two of mascara.
Grab your favorite foundation and asegurate that it matches your skin exactly. Swatch it on your jaw and blend it out. When you’re done you shouldn’t see any makeup. There shouldn’t be a difference in color between your face and your neck. There is no need to apply foundation to the neck unless you have something that you want covered. If you’ve found your shade proceed with applying to your face donde lo necesitas. The key here is to apply a sheer amount to start and add more if needed. Applying foundation only where you need it will give you a natural fresh-faced finish. Too much at once leads to a masque of foundation that looks nothing like skin. Remember, a little goes a long way. Next, dust with a translucent setting powder. Now estas lista for your next step, your contour and highlight.
The highlight can be a bit tricky and if you’re not sure how to do it you can do too much, and it doesn’t look natural. Prefiero a matte highlight to enhance the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose (not the tip of the nose!), forehead and chin. You can also use a pressed powder that’s lighter than your skin for this if it’s lo que tienes disponible. Your best brush for this is a fan brush. It allows you to apply very little at a time, so you don’t go overboard.
Moving into bronzer. Dab your angled fluffy blush brush into your bronzer/contour color. Start at the hollows of your cheeks close to your hairline. Swirl your brush into your hairline as you move your way down at an angle. Can’t find your hollows? Suck your cheeks in and the part that dips in the most is the hollow. Swipe over the forehead closest to the hairline for a sun-kissed effect. Now take your brush and dip it into your favorite blush. (I use the same brush because mixing what’s left of the bronzer with the blush makes it look more natural). Apply the color to the apples of your cheeks. Sonrie so you can find them easier and swipe upwards meeting the contour beneath. Swirl to blend.
When choosing a lip color and you’re trying to stay as natural as possible, I tend to keep to pinky nudes. This spring I’m making una exception mijitas allowing for Pantone’s 2019 color of the year, living coral! It compliments any skin tone and can give a soft healthy-looking sheen.
There you have it, a few steps to create your own flawless natural look for any occasion.