5 Beauty Tips & Products for Glowing Winter Skin

Photo Credit: Exquisite Salon and Spa


In the winter, all skin types tend to dry up and become pale. Even if you live in a warmer climate or colder climate, these skin issues still happen. Cold wind, rain or wind can cause dryness. Here are 5 ways to beat the winter blues.

1. You must exfoliate at least once a week. It’s common to forget to exfoliate because of busy schedules, but it’s one of the most important skin regimens. It not only allows luminous skin to show but also removes dead skin and can prevent blemishes. A great product is Zensation’s Ultra Silky Rose Exfoliating Cream. It’s rough and gentle, and using Rose petals to help exfoliate. Zensation products can be purchased online at Amazon or Zensation online.

2. Daily washing and moisturizing is needed. Washing your face twice a day can help add radiance to the skinin cold or windy temperature. Moisturizing right after is a necessity.  This keeps the skin soft and removes dry spots. Getting a moisturizer with tint is great to beat the pale and dryness of winter. A great product is Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It evens the skins tone and promotes glowing skin. This product can be found at Aveeno online by clicking link.

3. The perfect foundation for your skin tone.  Personally, I think using a liquid foundation in the colder temperature is better than powder because it fades out dry skin. It’s also easy to combine it with a face lotion. L’Oreal’s true match liquid foundation is great for covering dry patches and uneven skin caused by winter. Bodyography’s Liquid Radiance in Gold Coast is great to mix in with the liquid foundation. It allows the foundation to go on smooth and flawlessly, and adds a natural glow and dewiness to the skin, which is lost in the winter. Products can be found at any Drugstore or Sephora.

4. Blush! During the winter days, skin becomes pale. To promote a blushing perfect face one must find a perfect shade for winter. During the summer, it’s great to have bronzer as blush, but during the winter that should be placed aside and switched with a pinker/rosier tint. Covergirl’s Cheekers in natural rose fits all skin colors. Using a brush, you sweep lightly above the apple of your cheeks this will highlight your face and glow. Product can be found at any drugstore or online by clicking link.

5. Last but not least, water. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, this will naturally allow rosy cheeks and radiance onto your skin.

How to Avoid the Flu and the Common Cold

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese... The Perfect Remedy for the Common Cold

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It’s that time of the year again! No, I don’t mean Thanksgiving, I mean the return of the Flu and Cold season. As I sit here and write this, I am sucking on a cough drop to ease my soar throat. Those little germs mean business and they are coming for you. Follow these tips and the Flu and Common Cold won’t come knocking on your door.

1) Exersice:  We all know exercise has so many benefits like: improving your mood, controlling your weight, relieving stress and increasing your energy. It also helps your body fight disease and sickness. Definitely pencil in some kind of physical activity in your day.  You won’t regret it.

2) Cleanliness: As the saying goes, “Cleanliness is close to Godliness,” and for good reason. Not only does studying  in a clean room or dorm help you focus , it also keeps the germs away. I like using Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to kill the germs on my computer keyboard, phone, as well as tables and counters. It’s also a good idea to carry around some anti-bacterial soap available at places like Bath and Body Works. Their hand sanitizers smell good, are inexpensive and come in festive colors in time for the Christmas season.

Don’t forget to wash your hands with warm soap and water! It’s always your best bet.

3) Get more Sleep: Studies have shown that we need 7 or more hours of sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now I know it’s hard to achieve, being that students are the “All-Nighter  Queens and Kings.” However, getting less sleep leaves your immune system susceptible to sickness because you’re not giving it enough time to recover.

How  can you fit in more hours of sleep? One of my favorite personal mottos:  Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Practicing proper time management will help you prioritize papers, reading, and activities, leaving you more time for sleep. Thus decreasing the famous “All Nighter.”

4) Take a Multivitamin: Popping a multivitamin everyday has great benefits such as improving memory, concentration and boosting the  immune system, exactly what every college student needs!  Check out this informative page on Arizona State University’s website on how to choose a multivitamin.

5) Drink Lots of Water: Food. Water. Shelter. The basic elements needed for human survival.  Water is important for your body, so make sure you are drinking lots of it. Downing too much coffee and alcohol dehydrates your body and makes it easier for sickness to creep up on you. The solution: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!


It’s good idea to maintain these healthy habits not just for the season but to prevent other sicknesses you may encounter on campus like Mono, Meningitis, and Strep.


How do you avoid the flu and common cold? Share your tips below!





Dia De Los Muertos

“More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now  Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock  death.

It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing at least 3,000  years. A ritual the Spaniards would try unsuccessfully to eradicate.

A ritual known today as Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

The ritual is celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of the United States,  including the Valley.

Celebrations are held each year in Mesa, Chandler, Guadalupe and at Arizona  State University. Although the ritual has since been merged with Catholic  theology, it still maintains the basic principles of the Aztec ritual, such as  the use of skulls.

Today, people don wooden skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of  their deceased relatives. The wooden skulls are also placed on altars that are  dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls, made with the names of the dead person on  the forehead, are eaten by a relative or friend, according to Mary J. Adrade,  who has written three books on the ritual.

The Aztecs and other Meso-American civilizations kept skulls as trophies and  displayed them during the ritual. The skulls were used to symbolize death and  rebirth.

The skulls were used to honor the dead, whom the Aztecs and other  Meso-American civilizations believed came back to visit during the monthlong  ritual.

Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the natives viewed  it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To  them, life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake.

“The pre-Hispanic people honored duality as being dynamic,” said Christina  Gonzalez, senior lecturer on Hispanic issues at Arizona State University. “They  didn’t separate death from pain, wealth from poverty like they did in Western  cultures.”

However, the Spaniards considered the ritual to be sacrilegious. They  perceived the indigenous people to be barbaric and pagan.

In their attempts to convert them to Catholicism, the Spaniards tried to kill  the ritual.

But like the old Aztec spirits, the ritual refused to die.

To make the ritual more Christian, the Spaniards moved it so it coincided  with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 1 and 2), which is when it is  celebrated today.”

Read more:  http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dead/articles/dead-history.html#ixzz1acv12FAB


Make Your Own Altar 


Want to participate in the festivities? Make your own mini altar. Here’s how:

1) Shoe Box

2) Picture(s) of loved one(s)

3) A candle

4) Construction Paper and decorative embellishments

5) Decorate!


Celebrate life! Honor your loved ones by living your life to the fullest!








Rita Moreno and Hollywoudn’t


Rita Moreno, a Tony, Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award winner, has blazed a trail for actresses like Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Zoe Saldana. She is most known for her  iconic role as Anita in 1961’s, ‘ West Side Story’.’ She was profiled in an interesting article in GPB News,  along with John Leguizamo called, “Moreno, Leguizamo Talk Latin Life in Hollywoudn’t.” Rita shares her struggles as a Latina actress:

“When I got the part, I thought, ‘Dear God,’ because she sings, ‘island of tropic diseases,’ and I thought, ‘I can’t say that about my beautiful little island,'” Moreno explains from her home in the Berkeley Hills. “Island of tropic diseases? Whew!”

There were other issues, too. Co-directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins wanted a big contrast between the warring gangs, the Sharks and the Jets.

Rita Moreno as Anita (center)

“So the white kids had to have their hair bleached and have extra-pale makeup,” Moreno recalls, “and we had to wear all one-color makeup, almost the color of mud and it felt like it. We all had to have accents many of us who were Hispanic did not have them. I asked the makeup artist, ‘Why do we have to be one color? Because Hispanics are many different colors.'”

Still, Moreno says she’s grateful for the role that earned her a best supporting actress Oscar.

In her solo show Life Without Makeup, Moreno describes how frustrating and demoralizing it was to be typecast. She says it even affected her personal life, and that she tried to take her own life after a tumultuous relationship with Marlon Brando.

Moreno says Latinos still are rarely given the kind of meaty roles that land them big awards, but that it’s a bit easier for them now than when she started out in Hollywood. “Things are a lot not great, but better,” she says, quoting actor Ricardo Montalban, who once said about Latinos in Hollywood: “the door is ajar.””


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What can we do to change how Hollywood portrays us? Let’s start a discussion!