Beauty

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Makeup Hygiene

Most chicas do not know how important it is to keep your makeup brushes and application tools clean. Makeup products tend to store bacteria and might cause you to get pimples when you apply them to your face, yuck!  Here are some important guidelines to keep your makeup and tools clean and bacteria-free: 1. The way… 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

Body & Soul

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To have a Quince Mass or Not?

The religious ceremony has been a constant tradition in the Quinceañera celebration until recently. While some girls choose to continue the religious tradition, others do not.  While planning (or even just thinking of) a Quinceañera celebration, one element of the festivities always comes to mind: the religious ceremony. According to Quincehelp.com, “the quinceañera mass is… Read more

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Breakfast Ideas For Girls-On-The-Go

Do you ever feel like the most rushed and crazy part of the day happens right after your alarm rings in the morning to the moment you step out the door? Well, you are not alone! Whether it’s school, work or practice that you are waking up for, most girls can agree that mornings are… Read more

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Eating Disorder – Silent Killer

It’s hard to imagine how a small comment can affect us enormously. A negative comment from her cousin about her weight pushed Alma to diet. Alma’s diet soon became an addiction and turned into an eating disorder. Her life as a 15-year-old girl, navigating her high school years, changed dramatically when she discovered that she… Read more

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5 Ways to Boost Your Self Esteem

1. Volunteer Why volunteer?  Well, it makes you feel good AND it makes you look good.  Have you ever done a good deed that made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?  When you volunteer, someone is counting on you for something.  It makes us feel good when we are needed and when we make… Read more

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Diabetes – The Silent Killer

Like many other Hispanic families, my family has its battle with diabetes. My mother was the first to be diagnosed. Her diabetes was set off by her first pregnancy. It later developed into a permanent condition. Afterward, my uncle and my maternal grandmother where diagnosed with diabetes. A few years ago my paternal grandmother was… Read more

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Revisiting with Lizzie Velasquez: Q and A

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” –William Shakespeare. Lizzie Velasquez is a twenty five year old fierce motivational speaker, author, and a special inspiration. What makes Lizzie so special? Well, that can be found on the outside and on the inside. On the outside, Lizzie is special because she was born with a… Read more

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Thinking Ahead: Investing

Many of us have been taught to save our money from a young age. We are told to put it away for the unexpected and costly incidents life throws at us, or for the foreseeable future ventures, like college that we hope to pursue. However, did you know that there is a way to grow… Read more

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Mind the Gap

For the past one hundred plus years, equality has become an increasingly important issue. Between the Women’s Suffrage movement of the late 19th century and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, one can comfortably say that things have indeed gotten better for most underprivileged groups. Unfortunately, the work of our great-grandmothers, grandmothers, and mothers is… Read more

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Spring Break Blast

Spring break season is the perfect time to do something different. Sometimes it is hard to decide what to do on a limited budget and it may seem like many adventures are pricey. Although this can be a factor that may ruin some plans, there are a bunch of options that may not require spending a lot of… Read more

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Surviving the Interview

You worked hard on your resume, sent in many applications, and have finally landed an interview to a job or dream internship. Congratulations! However, your work is not done yet. You must survive the dreaded interview. For many, it is very difficult to go through an interview. The questions are difficult and it is hard to… Read more

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Make the Most of Your Homecoming

It’s that time of the year when every high school nationwide starts preparing for the homecoming event. One can almost smell the excitement and unbearable school spirit while walking down the hallways and seeing all the colorful decorations posted around campus. Get into the spirit and make the most of your homecoming experience with these… Read more

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Summer Before College Bucket List

Whether you are planning to stay home or move away for college, the summer before your first year of college is oh-so important! Making the transition to college can seem like a nerve-wracking experience. Packing the summer before you head to college with fun and beneficial activities can really prepare you and ease some nerves…. Read more

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What Teen Moms Want You to Know

It seems like teen pregnancy has become “popular” in the last couple of years with shows about teen pregnancy taking over our televisions, but as a teen what should you really know about teen pregnancy? As a teenage girl you probably have been taught that getting pregnant can lead to many struggles, whether it be… 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. Tip… Read more

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Graffiti – Art or Vandalism?

There’s a beautiful mural painted on a downtown wall that would look bare and dull without it. Its cryptic letters scribbled on top of a slide at a local children’s playground. So what is graffiti then—art or vandalism? Some say when the writing or art is sprayed illegally—meaning without permission from the property owner—it’s considered… Read more

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The Importance of an Internship

As a college student looking forward to a career in competitive fields, we hear about the invaluable experience and opportunity of internships. In order to prepare for a future in your post-grad life, you need to know some things about the work pertaining to your field. Internships give you hands-on experience as well as unique… Read more

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Latina Professionals in STEM

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields exist all around us, from the gravity that keeps our feet on the ground, to the way our cells are working inside our bodies. STEM fields contribute to all sorts of inventions that help in everyday life, and bring about new discoveries in our knowledge of our… Read more

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Packing for College

Ah, the dorm life! A new room, a new roommate and, most importantly, a place to call your own. Whehter it’s your first time moving out or returning back to campus for the second year, prepping and decorating your dorm room is a pretty big deal — especially if the dorm is in another city… Read more

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FAFSA: Myth VS Reality

Every new year along with holiday celebrations and family gatherings, students getting ready to go to college set aside time to fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal Student Aid consists of government loans and grants (free money) that are given to students who decided to pursue higher education. Yet many… Read more

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Scholarship Tips

Looking into the future can be daunting, but not knowing how to pay for that future is even more disheartening. Don’t stress after you realize you probably won’t be able to pay for college out of your own pocket, or if you need extra money to study abroad while in college. There are scholarships for… Read more

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Beyond High School Years

School, besides being a place to make new friends, helps develop worthwhile habits that are useful for your future plans. To know what you want to be later in life, you may have to analyze who you are now, your strengths, weaknesses, talents, and interests. Someone very wise once said, “If you love your job, you… Read more

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Latinas In Higher Education

written by Areli Gonzalez with contributions from the Latinitas Editor Since the beginning of the Chicano movement in the late 1960s and during 1970s, there has been an increase in Latino women acquiring education. Sadly, up to this day there are still many women that drop out of college or do not enter into higher education…. Read more

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The Perks of Going to College

After about fourteen years of school, we’re all thinking the same thing: I’m done with school! Homework, lectures, tests, quizzes; they’re all just things we never want to hear about again. It seems like our days of studying for tests and finishing up homework we procrastinated to start are never-ending and, as seniors in high… Read more

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College Tips From an Admissions Counselor

Ever want to know what happens after you’ve turned in a college application? Do you find yourself wondering if you put the right information, if you have enough credentials for a specific university, or just that you followed the directions? The college application process can be stressful and time consuming when you want to have… Read more

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My College Goals

What are your future goals? These Latinitas are big dreamers and share their big plans for college. The educational goals of our Latinita community are optimistic, as these young women strive for higher education and maintain the potential to do so. “I am the oldest of six children and I have many large goals in life… Read more

Fashion

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Covered Up? Become a Fall Fashionista

Don’t you think it’s a little chilly in the fall?  Is your inner fashionista being covered up? You don’t always have to suffer for the sake of fashion. There are many ways to be comfortable and still stay stylish. Learn how to express your sense of fashion while still being zipped up. By following these simple… Read more

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Summer Styles to Rock All Day

For some, the summer means relaxing by the pool and for others it means checking out the latest summer trends. Whether it’s looking for a new outfit or maybe trying a new hairstyle, try out something different this summer. “This summer there are a lot of interesting patterns and colors blended together,” fashion blogger said Angela… Read more

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Winter Fashion

This winter has been one of the coldest the nation has seen in several years according to CNN. With extreme freezing temperatures like those in Chicago and New York, you may feel it’s impossible to keep up with the latest trends while avoiding hypothermia. Fear not all you Latina fashionistas! You’re just a few paragraphs… Read more

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Affordable Styles For Your Body Type

Fashion is relative. It’s continuously changing and varies according to the individual. Some women might drift towards clothes that show off their curves while other women might want to wear something a bit more conservative. Some people might think tattoos are beautiful; others might find them dirty or unladylike. No matter who you are, your… Read more

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Fall Fashion Formula

Don’t trip, it’s fall! Just like seasons, trends come and go. This is the fall fashion formula to help you make every outfit in your closet unforgettable.   First, take one basic piece – this may include dark jeans, a pencil skirt, or a basic top. Then, add one interest piece that highlights texture, prints, colors,… Read more

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Fashion: Eco-Friendly Accessories

  What would you say if we told you that a fabulous pair of earrings or brilliant hair piece was sitting in your trash can at this very moment?  Before you run over to check your garbage for anything you may have accidentally tossed, can you remember throwing anything away that may have been recyclable-… Read more

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Discover Your Latina Style

Are you looking for fashion inspiration? Look no further, connecting to your Latina roots can be a great source of inspiration for your style. The media is constantly influencing how girls dress, encouraging crazy, extreme, and sometimes even unthinkable fashion choices, like Lady Gaga and her popular “meat” attire or Katy Perry with her fun… 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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Stress Management Tips

With school underway and teachers assigning homework left and right, stress continues to overcome so many teenagers! Here are some helpful tips to learn how to deal with stress both before and during overwhelming situations. Getting Organized It is important to be conscious of what is most important and should come foremost in your everyday… Read more

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Take A Study Break

Stress from studying for finals or the SAT can add up during intense study sessions. Although some find comfort in found in food, it is not healthy to make every study break a food break. So here is a list of five great study breaks that don’t involve eating a fourth meal!   Give Yourself… Read more

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Tips for That A+

Do not let the procrastination bug bite you. Here are some great tips to keep your nose in the book to get that A+ you deserve. Social media tempting you to check what your crush is doing right now? Don’t worry about it. Apple has an app for that. If you are a Mac girl,… Read more

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College Prep Tips

Follow these college prep tips to get ready to reach your higher education goals: Get Informed “You can go to college fairs to see what options you have.” – Rachel Ford, age 15 Get Good Grades “Always pay attention in class and stay focused in high school. Work on getting good grads. This can help… Read more

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Diary of an Overachiever

  My best friend is amazing! She reminds me when I need to do things, is always there for me, takes care of all my phone numbers and contacts, and lets me write all over her! Yes, my agenda and I are very close. Like most nerdy, over achieving people, our agendas have a very… Read more

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Dealing With Senoritis

As a senior in high school,  I can’t help but worry about the dreaded disease known as “senioritis!” In case you haven’t heard, senioritis is a made up disease conjured up by seniors who feel that it is the reason students procrastinate and slack off, which takes a toll on senior year productivity. Although it is… Read more

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Ready for Back to School?

Are you ready for the school time crunch? Many chicas have a hard time keeping up with homework, tests, extracurricular activities and friendships. Latinitas’ teen reporters dish about how they manage their busy schedules. “I keep track by keeping a calendar or a planner. I keep everything in check and try not to get out… Read more

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Making Good Grades

Doing well in school isn’t just for goody two shoes. It’s just a matter of making your education a priority and following these simple tips from an experienced honor roll student. Dodge class distractions. Paying attention in class can be a very hard decision for most teens. Friends, notes and cell phones sometimes come in… Read more

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Demand for Latinas in Tech

The evolution of how we communicate with people has passed all boundaries. From e-mail and social media, to online advertising. Today, people are taking in information in more creative and tech-friendly ways, especially the younger generation. The new media industry is growing, and in more dynamic ways than ever before. With this growth, many women… Read more

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The Evolution of The “Selfie”

Through the evolution of the internet, the self-portrait became the fixed photo worth taking.  The photographic images change so much on social-networking sites that one photo of you is never enough for new eyes to rate. An increasing number of posts on social networking ask other girls to “like their status” and get “rated.” To… 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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iD Tech Camps Give You Skills

Technology camps aren’t just for kids who like to sit in front of computers all day. They show you lots of new tricks other than logging on to the Internet. Programs like internalDrive Tech Camps, which hosts camps at universities around the country, provide courses on technology ranging from video game creation, digital video, computer… Read more

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Top Gadget Gifts

Digital Camera This gift is perfect for the family member who takes pictures at all family events or maybe for someone with an eye for photography! 5.0 – Megapixel, captures high-resolution images. 1.7” LCD Monitor $119.99 at www.bestbuy.com 5.1 Mega-pixel captures high-resolution images. 2.5” color LCD Monitor, Scratch-resistant. $219.99 at www.bestbuy.com Cell Phone This gift… Read more

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