Beauty for girls

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Hairstyle MatchMaker

There are so many hairstyles in this world, but so little hair! There are so many factors when it comes to picking the perfect style for your hair. Whether you’re a person that’s always on-the-go or someone who likes to take things slow, there is a perfect haircut for everybody! Something that is important to… Read more

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Beauty Diary

From Covergirl and Revlon to MAC and Clinique, we are surrounded by advertisements and the pressure to be pretty with the help of cosmetic products. Some girls love makeup while others can’t stand to wear so much as tinted moisturizer. Thus, wearing makeup really means something different to each individual. Beauty Is Truly In The… Read more

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How to Start Experimenting with Makeup

Deciding whether or not to wear makeup should come down to two things: if you want to and if you are comfortable with it! According to tenth grader Ana Rivera, girls should wear makeup “if they like it, not if they [feel] they need to [according to] someone else’s [opinion].” Twelfth grader Nancy agrees with Ana, saying: “[it]… Read more

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How to Have Flawless Skin

In order to have a porcelain skin you need to take care of it in many ways, especially on how you clean it. Your facial cleaning routine is very important because you can get rid of dead skin cells and it prevents breakouts. It is important to remove all your makeup before you go to… Read more

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Five Fresh Summer Hairstyles

Summer – school is out and experimenting with hair styles is in. From messy braids to flower crowns, the key to fresh summer hair is to mix it up. One thing about summer hair is clear:  The “ombre” hairstyle is out. “You walk down the halls and everyone has hair that goes from brown to… Read more

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Fingertip Fashion- Nailed It!

A girl’s hands have an image of its own and are able to express themselves through colors and accessories just like any outfit. Dressing your fingertips in colorful nail polishes has taken a twist from the average French Manicure every lady was sporting a few years ago. Stickers, rhinestones, stripes, hearts, polka dots, and a… Read more

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Natural Beauty Masks

Nowadays, more and more beauty products include natural ingredients that can be found right in your kitchen. Instead of spending on expensive treatments, revive your skin using these age old “mascarilla” (facial mask) recipes. Quenching Agua-cate Mask for Dry Skin Vitamin E in honey helps sooth and heal dry skin. At the same time, the… Read more

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Beauty At Any Cost

As a teenager with Hispanic roots, Victoria Banuelas has experienced first-hand the physical demands of a Hispanic female. Banuelas is a high school junior who feels that while in El Paso her “culture” focuses on the importance of being “religious and educated”, but soon found “that experience opened [her] eyes to reality” and that she… Read more

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Guilt-free Holiday Looks

This holiday don’t worry about spending loads of money for your wintery look. You will be the talk of the town with these simple pieces. Need an outfit for your friend’s party? Grab some strappy heels, add a Fab Metallic top and pair it with the earrings and the shrug. Cowl Neck Empire Tunic: $12.50Available… Read more

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Fashionistas Abroad

Have you been thinking of new ways to change your wardrobe? Are you bored with the current fashions in your hometown? Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Look to our hermanas abroad for inspiration. From Tokyo to Paris to Latin America, and back to the U.S., look around the globe to get… Read more

Body & Soul for Girls

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Hairstyle MatchMaker

There are so many hairstyles in this world, but so little hair! There are so many factors when it comes to picking the perfect style for your hair. Whether you’re a person that’s always on-the-go or someone who likes to take things slow, there is a perfect haircut for everybody! Something that is important to… Read more

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Staying Fit for a Healthier You

Fitness is a mixture of staying physically active and eating a variety of foods to help keep your heart, mind and body balanced. Most people choose a fit life because they want to feel great about themselves, because when you feel good it shows on the outside — great vibes all around! Benefits of Exercising… Read more

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Gluten-Free Dessert Pizza

Gluten intolerance has become more common in many people today.  More often than not, many are gluten intolerant without even knowing! Being gluten intolerant means your body is rejecting gluten, which is commonly found in foods process from wheat. They may be experiencing stomach troubles and not able to figure out why this is so…. Read more

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Latinas Living Healthy

Did you know Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States? That’s right, according to the U.S Census Bureau, there are approximately 52 million Latinos living in the country! With a population like that, you would think Latinos would surely be healthy, right? Well, according the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly… Read more

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Your Questions About Body Image, Answered

1. My friends are always calling themselves fat even though they’re not. I weigh more than they do and it sucks that they’re always calling themselves fat. They make me feel like a whale. Should I tell them something? I’m worried that they’ll make fun of me.  Yes, tell them something! Friends should always be… Read more

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Latina Health: Small Changes

Healthy foods often get a bad rap in a world filled with diet fads, endless salty and sweet snack foods, and a media that says it’s “okay” to be curvy but better to be thin with an endless supply of enticing snack products. These contradictory messages and food influences are especially dangerous for Latinas. The… Read more

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Body Image Quiz

By Olga Ochoa & Laura Werthman If there was a contest for best body would it be Sofia Vergara’s bodacious behind, Selena Gomez’s girl next door look, or the tiny Eva Longoria? How do you think these women see themselves, and how much pressure might they get from the media to alter, sculpt or color… Read more

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Keep it REAL

You are never too young to make a difference. Take it from Julia Bluhm, 14-year-old blogger and inspiration for the 2012 Keep It Real Challenge.  Fed up with the digitally enhanced and altered photos in magazines, Julia decided to start a petition on Change.org and partner with the nonprofit SparkSummit.com to convince popular teen magazine, Seventeen,… Read more

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Snacking and Your Health

With a busy schedule many girls think that means there’s no time for healthy eating.  Latinitas share helpful tips to eating healthy snacks. Many high school students like 17 year old Rosie Martinez, find little to no time to eat or snack healthy. “I am always busy, class after class and even after school so whatever… Read more

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Above the Influence

You may have felt pressured or may feel pressured into trying drugs someday, but why? According to drugfree.org teens do drugs, “for a variety of reasons. To party and get high, in some cases, but also to “manage” or “regulate” their lives.” Drugs may seem like an “easy” escape from life, but in they are… Read more

Buzz for Girls

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Tips To Become a Better Writer

Writing should be super fancy, long, and sound as if you’re a  academic all-star, right? Wrong! Writing has come a long way since Ernest Hemingway’s times. Writing is a great way of expressing yourself, unrestricted and free, and can be something very fun and entertaining to do. In fact many creative writers, such as Sandra… Read more

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Latina Leaders in Business

By Areli Gonzalez & Jasmine Villa In recent years, there has been an influx of Latina women in the workforce. Women have been gaining momentum as successful entrepreneurs in the business field and opening paths for the next generation of future business leaders. If you dream big and work hard, you’ll be part of the… Read more

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Friendship Mistakes

Friendships are often complicated and can end up in sticky situations where people get hurt. There are certain guidelines than can damage your relationship. Here are 5 friendship mistakes you should avoid : 1.) Using toxic words: Verbal abuse entails, yelling, using profane language or belittling others. When you are verbally abusive to someone, you are damaging your… Read more

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Beat The Heat This Summer

It’s that time of year again. You are out of school, your parents and siblings are driving you crazy, and its 100 degrees outside! Yes summertime is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer from bad case of summer boredom. Summer is a great time to get active, build your resume, gain some… Read more

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Discover Your Future

Choosing a career is not easy. Starting to explore your career options early will give you a headstart in preparing for future success in your field. The first step in exploring career fields is to take a calming breath and reassure yourself that you will find a career that is a good fit for you…. Read more

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My Hero, My Dad

My hero is MY DAD. He is the most unselfish person I know The one who lets me be selfish The one who listens to me The one who never buys for himself because he thinks of his daughter and kids first The one who has no favorite dish because he likes all The one… Read more

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My Hero, My Dad

ELIZABETH My hero is MY DAD. He is the most unselfish person I know The one who lets me be selfish The one who listens to me The one who never buys for himself because he thinks of his daughter and kids first The one who has no favorite dish because he likes all The… Read more

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Tips to a Perfect Prom

With spring rapidly approaching, many high schools are preparing to have the perfect prom night that is, probably, as important as getting a good grade on that math test next Friday. It takes some planning but achieving a great and fun prom night is possible. Here are some tips in order to prepare for prom…. Read more

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Be a Mentor

For many young people, it seems hard to picture yourself as a mentor. Being idolize by children and teenagers can be an eye opener to the role model and at the same time a little sense of pride. A pride that can make you feel important and can allow you to say “Yeah…I changed someone’s… Read more

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Sisters, Strangers and Starting Over

Sisters, Strangers and Starting Over marvelously continues Belinda Acosta’s Quinceanera Club series following the debut her first published novel: Damas, Dramas and Ana Ruiz. Sisters is told in third person and adequately depicts the life of an average Mexican American family. Acosta invites us into Beatriz Milligan’s “casa” with detailed accounts of place, people and… Read more

Fashion for Girls

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Finding Your Perfect Look

Fashion for a girl is usually very important, so we all know how stressful it can be looking for an outfit. Everyone has a different style, so remember to just be thinking about what you LOVE when it comes to expanding your wardrobe this school year. By following these rules, you’ll be on your way… Read more

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Winter Wear

The winter season is the best time for getting together, but you want to stay comfortable chic in the process. Scarves, socks, and beanies, if you don’t have them now’s the time to start. Cute accessories are the best way to stay warm and you can finally bust out with those cute boots; unless you… Read more

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Summer Fashion Trends

Written by Liz Ruiz with contributions from Jasmine Villa   The sun is out, the heat is here and it’s that time of year to get new summer clothes! This summer the 90′s are back with a modern twist. You will see trend setters wearing jean jackets with cut off arms and floral patterns. Additional… Read more

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Fashionistas Abroad

Have you been thinking of new ways to change your wardrobe? Are you bored with the current fashions in your hometown? Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Look to our hermanas abroad for inspiration. From Tokyo to Paris to Latin America, and back to the U.S., look around the globe to get… Read more

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Shopping Review: Looking Deeper than a Label

Gap is a store for people who care about how they look. They give people ideas on what would look good. The clothes are pretty fashionable clothes for all people. The Gap website has great security so even if someone robs a Gap, your card I.D number is still safe. They also have a Privacy… Read more

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Planning For Your Future

Do you know what you want to study or what you want to be when you grow up? If you don’t, that’s okay. Your parents or friends have probably encouraged you to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up so you can pick the best college for you. From financial aid to… Read more

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College Prep Year by Year

Going to college is one of the toughest decisions you are going to make in your lifetime. It is important that you plan ahead in order to accomplish your goals. Time goes by so fast, which is why it is essential to prepare yourself at an young age. In order to be well prepared for… Read more

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College Readiness

Thinking about your future and what comes after you finish high school can be a stressful step in your life. Many girls feel a little confused and might even feel overwhelmed with information the college application process.  There are no hidden college ready secrets, but the key to getting ready for college is to start… Read more

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Have the Best School Year

As the freedom of the summer comes to an end to welcome the new school year, students go back to their normal routines of school, homework, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests. All the stress comes back and our life focuses on school. Many students spend their time going to school, then going home, eating, relaxing,… Read more

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7 Tips to Get Ahead in School

If you are anticipating stepping into the halls of a high school for the first time this fall, there is always something to be learned when it comes to being prepared for the challenges of high school. Here are a few tips to keep you ahead of the game! Eat Breakfast! -Starting the day without… Read more

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Being Smart Rules

Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are booming and on the rise, with an estimated increase of 20.5 million jobs between 2010 and 2020. While we hear a lot of news about the poor state of our economy  and the job market, STEM fields offer that glimmer of hope for a brighter future… Read more

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When The School Bell Rings

What are the secrets to school success?  These Latinitas share their top tips to help you move to the top of the class. Tip 1: Be Confident A key to academic success is being confident. It helps you feel comfortable to work in team, to make presentations in front of the class and to approach… Read more

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School: College and Your Future

Latinitas talk to college admission officers about how to start preparing for college and a successful future. Why do you think college is important? “It teaches you how to think. You don’t learn everything in college, but you learn how to find answers for the rest of your life. Also, you learn to live with… Read more

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How to Study for a Test

Tap, tap, tap. The pencil in your hand keeps hitting the desk. Your eyes wander around the room. You look at the clock. Tick, tick, tick. You look at your classmates. Scribble, scribble, scribble. They write on the paper in front of them. You look down at your paper. It is a test and you… Read more

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Diary of a Homeschooler

“Those sweaters make her look like a homeschooler.” To others, this snide comment taken from the popular FOX show Glee is just one of many quick, witty jibes that make the show so entertaining. But to me, watching from my living room with homework piled on my lap, it was just another reason I valued… Read more

Tech Girl for Girls

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Leading Chicas of YouTube

Sometimes surfing the internet can either be very fun or very boring. Maybe you have a day where there aren’t any updates from your favorite tweeters, or maybe you’ve spent just too much of your time scrolling through Tumblr. For days like these, Andrea Acevedo, 13, likes to head over to YouTube. “I check out… Read more

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Family VS Facebook

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. The social media world; entertaining, but can also become harmful to people. Have you ever seen a person that never has time for anything else but surfing through their phone on social media? What if a close family member or friend is too busy on their social network to spend… Read more

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Stand Up to Cyberbullying

As technology advances, so do the problems that come with it.  Cyberbullying is defined as the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostel behavior by an individual or group who wants to harm others. It is a serious social problem that seems to be growing among teens. Cyberbullying has led to… Read more

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Tech Girl: Facebook Protection

Staying in the loop of things has become as easy as logging onto Facebook. There, you can find out what your friends from school are up to and what’s on their mind. Nowadays, networking sites like Facebook serve as our main source of our information and communication. Through the power of the Internet, people can… Read more

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Tips to Better Digital Pictures

1) Get on the level of your subject When photographing someone smaller than you (ex: pets, children, fruit bowls), get down on your subjects’ level. This creates a more personal feel in the photos. Also, it will give the photo dimension and life as the photo will be on the same eye level as the… Read more

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Texting in the Fast Lane

As technology becomes more closely tied to our daily lives, a growing problem for young drivers is using gadgets while behind the wheel. Cellphone texting is distracting and endangering the lives of its users. A group being seriously affected is teenage drivers who despite being new to driving are risking it all to send that… Read more

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Get Set to Dial!

In today’s wireless world, many teens cannot live without being connected. Cell phones are fast becoming the portal from just simply staying in touch to managing entire social lives.  There’s a plan for everyone, yes even chicas who have to have all the latest chisme. If you are like most teens, you probably have a… Read more

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Net Safety Quiz

Do you think you know it all when it comes to cyber safety? Take the net safety quiz and test your knowledge. 1. It is okay to give your personal information (real name, age, address, phone number) to friends over the web. A. True Incorrect B. False Correct No matter how well you think you… Read more

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