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

 

Foot Reflexology

The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology, is a manual therapy focusing on the feet, and hands.

For 3,000 years. Chinese practitioners have used reflexology to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through energy channels) to treat a number of conditions.

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Reflexology is based on the Chinese principle that certain areas on the soles of your feet or hands – known as reflex zones – containing millions of nerve endings, correspond to other parts of the body.

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By applying pressure to certain points in the hands and feet it stimulates organs, nerve endings and energy pathways to promote health.

The Chinese believe that reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring a natural balance.

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I tried foot reflexology in my new Around The World Beauty Adventure in Chinatown . As ticklish as Iam I did not burst into laughter instead I was incredibly relaxed. The therapist added pressure to certain points and focused on my level of comfort. You never think about the feet and how much they need a little loving too.  He started by cleaning them with a warm/wet towel and then applied aloe vera lotion. He started at my ankles and worked his way to my toes. Using both hands he created circular motions and would stop at certain pressure points adding a little bit more of a push on his fingers.

Reflexology helps with

  • Sport Injuries
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Hormonal Imbalance

If you havent already make sure to watch ATWBeauty Adventure in Chinatown.

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Tiger Balm

During my Around The World Beauty Chinatown video I talked about Tiger Balm.

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Photo by Stephanie Flor Thailand

I got introduced to Tiger Balm in Thailand at the floating market. Tiger Balm is made from a number of different medicinal plants including; clove bud oil, camphor, cajuput oil, and menthol . Its a beauty must in most of Asia.

It helps treat

  • headaches
  • muscular paints
  • mosquito bites
  • cough
  • stomach pains
  • nasal congestion

This balm was first created in Burma by a Chinese Herbalist in the 1870’s. In the past it actually contained a tiger bone hint hint hint . Tiger bone was a famous chinese ingredient dating back 1,500 years. Its sold in over 100 countries and in the 1930’s the Aw family released it in Honk Kong and Singapore. 

I use it when I feel body ache mostly and is similar to spanish fix it all Vicks Vapor. I love the packaging its super authentic and gives you that traditional chinese touch with an interesting ingredient.

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