ATWBeauty: Inca Bath

Hey everyone tonights new episode takes place in Cusco, Peru as I discover the magic of sacred bathing. Since ancient times religions and cultures have believed offerings are sacred to manifest your hearts desires and that water carries energy. The Incas constructed their temples along the paths of sacred rivers, and use water as a power of purifing and giving new birth. 

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Before bathing we learned about offerings and how they symbolize what we want to create in our lives.  Each offering is choosen with clear intention and represents  different meanings from  prosperity, wealth, good luck and, fertility.

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Millions of travelers head to the lands of Machu Picchu every year but the true beauty lies in the beauty rituals found in places like the Inca Spa that  offers native water ceremonies for cleaning and purifying the body

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Surrounded by coloured candles which signified the unity of love we were cleansed by the hands of our therapist honoring our goddess spirit.

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 Inca baths are sacred as many consider water a purification tool for the soul.

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Linda my travel buddy decided to take part in this beauty ritual. She was blessed with rose water filled with flowers and herbs onto her third eye.

Here you can see multicolored confetti (representing joy and the rainbow) as well as Flowers and plants that are used for their healing properties.

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Legend has it that virgin girls would bathe in similar waters for purification as a coming-of-age before a wedding night or for ceremonial Inca beginnings. The young woman would be prepared with certain offerings to bring fortune, fertility, protection and other elements.

Sacred Bathing marks a rite of passage in many cultures but also works to lift the spirit and protect the body.You can create your own special baths at home using your favorite flowers and personal offerings.

Here is a link to our Inca Bath Beauty Adventure in Peru. Make sure to leave a comment and subscribe.

Latinas LOVE Red Lipstick

Why do we Latinas love full, red lips so much?  Maybe it’s the sexy vixens on the telenovelas who are always seen with a sexy red pout.  Maybe it was the chola-era when we all lined our red lips with black liner.  Maybe it’s Frida’s iconic red lip stain or Selena’s  “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” signature red lip. Either way, we Latinas bring a sense of flavor and sex appeal by enhancing one of our best features: our lips!
Young Latina starlets like Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Naya Rivera have all utilized this beauty weapon when they want to make a statement.
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Let’s take a closer look at how the red lip became a staple in the Latina community.
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Frida-A pinnacle in Mexican art; Frida Kahlo sealed all of her self-portraits with a red kiss.  Her art and beauty exists well past death (1907-1954) as her self-portraits are among some of the most recognized and celebrated works around the world. With a red lip color and dark, braided hair, her look signifies feminine strength and character.
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Selena-Her beauty features resonated among every young, Hispanic girl.  With her long, dark hair, light skin and a  love for red lipstick, every girl imagined to be her.  She was an amazing woman who represented our Spanish roots while living out the American Dream. The red lip was Selena’s staple.
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Cholas-The makeup always consisted of a crimson lip heavily lined with black in addition to thin eyebrows.  It was a sign of power; especially for women related to South Californian gang members.  It gives a harder look-a “don’t mess with ME” face.
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“The West Side Story” and Grease-Who could forget Cha-Cha in “Grease” or Anita’s Mambo dance while both flaunting their Latina roots with a red lip.  This certain look has been recognized in American cinema for decades-the white hot Latina woman!
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Red is a color that causes change.  It is a symbol of feminine power.

She’s applying her lipstick; I’ve always believed that the universe invented the color red solely for Latinas.

Yunior, This Is How You Lose Her

 

ATWBeauty discovers Aloe in Peru

Around the World Beauty Traveler Stephanie Flor travels to Peru and discovers Aloe Vera.

The Amazon rainforest provides a myriad of natural resources including water, oxygen, and healing plants like Aloe Vera.

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Aloe Vera is grown widely throughout Peru and has been used for centuries as a healing plant to Help heal and nourish the body.On my trek to Machu Pichu we visited a locals home along the inca path. They introduced us to their #1 beauty remedy Aloe.

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With over 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 20 minerals, this super plant works wonders for the skin, hair, and nails.

It grows from long, green leaves and when broken, it has a sticky yellow residue.

Aloe vera can be used as

  • shampoo to treat dandruff
  • anti-bacterial properties that help clean the scalp
  • prevent hair loss
  • face lotion
  • a healing agent for sunburns
  • reduce inflammation
  • heal burns
  • mosquito repellant in the jungle
  •  produce white blood cells to slow down the aging process
  • purify organs

You must wash the aloe plant – using a sharp knife cut the spikes along the side and then cut right down the middle You can use one side of the leaf or apply the gel directly to the skin.

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Make sure to watch my episode on Aloe Vera. Going live July 17th at 7pm est. Here is the link http://youtu.be/lj6E1oxKYHU or click the video

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