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Romantic Hairstyles for Valentine’s Day

If you think that you won’t have enough time to go to the hair salon before your Valentine’s Day date- do not worry! Here we share two romantic, quick and easy, trending hairstyles from Sebastian Scolarici, hair stylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon.

For a romantic date with your other half, Sebastian recommends to keep it simple and make sure your hair stays soft and shiny. Your hair should want to make others want to touch it and feel it. “I recommend limiting the number of products used as they may harden your hair” says Scolarici.

Below see steps for two sexy, romantic, and easy hairdos:

 

1ST Look – Sexy Hair with a Simple Ponytail

 

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1. Start with using John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow Out Spray at the roots and tips of wet hair.

2. Next, apply John Frieda Frizz-Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum, to leave hair smooth, shiny, and frizz free for the entire date!

3. Blow dry your hair, leaving lots of volume and not worrying about perfecting it.

4. Next, with a comb tease hair to add more volume and texture and collect it into a low ponytail with an elastic tie. You can part your hair in the middle or to the side, depending on how you prefer.

5. Hide the hair tie by wrapping a little bit of your hair around it.

6. Finish by spraying just a little of John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hair Spray to seal out moisture and support style.

 

2nd Look – Romantic Loose Waves

 

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1. Start with a good base for shine and volume by shampooing and conditioning with John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Shampoo and Conditioner.

2. Spray John Frieda Frizz Ease Go Curlier Heat-Activated Spray to enhance curls. Then, tilt your head and blow dry hair upside down so your roots dry upwards. This is meant to create natural volume.

3. Next, with a one-inch hair clip, start separating sections and with a one-inch barrel curling iron start curling your hair. For softer yet long lasting curls, wind sections of hair around your fingers and, using bobby pins, hold the hair and pin each section to your head.

4. Once finished with all sections, let your hair sit with the bobby pins for a few minutes.

5. Lastly, brush your hair out with a flat hair brush and gently spray a little bit of John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hair Spray to maintain your style.

 

The Nuevo Latino Comedy Series at Latin Quarters on Valentine’s Day

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I know Valentine’s Day is meant to be dedicated to lovey dovey stuff, but how about showing some love for us singles out there?

The last thing I want to do is feel a need to have someone by my side especially since being a single lady is a lot fiercer and fabulous then some people make it seem! Just because this Friday is Valentine’s Day; why should I stay at home eating ice cream and watching marathon TV?

So after much searching for some single-friendly events I came across this comedy show at The Nuevo Latino Comedy Series at Latin Quarters. Featuring comedians like Sergio Chicon and Aldo Marachilian to name a few, plus special guest comedians from BET, Comedy Central and MTV.

The doors open at 5PM with $5 drink specials until 7PM and the show starts at 8PM! Get your tickets early for only $10 and that includes a hot buffet.

This event is great for us single folks and for you guys who are taken; it’s very date night friendly especially if you’re on a budget!

 

For tickets or info contact Angel G 914-979-1791 or at angelglive@gmail.com

Romantic Valentine’s Day Recipes

Red roses, pink hearts, the sweet smell of flowers and the decadent taste of chocolate? You’ve guessed it, it’s Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year!

Below you’ll find all kinds of recipes to make this day stress free and fun. From a tasty selection of cocktails to a delicious Valentine’s dinner, including a mouthwatering Molten Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, you’ll find everything you need to make this night a memorable celebration.

 

BAVARIAN WILD BERRY COSMOPOLITAN

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INGREDIENTS:

● 1 cup water
● Lipton® Bavarian Wild Berry Pyramid Tea Bags
● 2 Tbsp. sugar
● 2 Tbsp. pomegranate juice
● 2 Tbsp. vodka
● 1 Tbsp. lime juice
● 1 Tbsp. orange liqueur

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pour boiling water over Lipton® Bavarian Wild Berry Pyramid Tea Bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove Tea Bags and squeeze, then stir in sugar; chill.

2. In shaker filled with ice, combine tea with remaining ingredients. Shake well, then strain into chilled martini glasses. Garnish, if desired, with orange or lime curl and blackberries.

* Substitution: For a non-alcohol version, simply omit vodka and orange liquor and add 3 Tbsp. orange juice.

 

SANGRIA TEA SPARKLER

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INGREDIENTS:

● 1/2 cup Lipton® Lemon Sweetened Iced Tea Mix
● 3 cups cold water
● 2 cups chilled grape juice
● 1 lemon, sliced
● 1 lime, sliced
● 1 orange, sliced
● 1 peach [or nectarine ], cut into chunks
● 2 cups chilled club soda

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine all ingredients except soda in large pitcher; chill. Just before serving, add soda.

 

SPARKLING POMEGRANATE TEA PUNCH

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INGREDIENTS:

● 1/2 cup Lipton® Lemon Sweetened Iced Tea Mix
● 1 cup pomegranate juice
● 1 bottle (32 oz.) chilled seltzer

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine pomegranate juice with Lipton® Lemon Sweetened Iced Tea Mix in 2-quart pitcher; chill.

2. Just before serving, add seltzer.

3. Serve over ice and garnish, if desired, with fresh fruit. Also terrific with Lipton® Wild Raspberry Sweetened Iced Tea Mix.

 

MINTY CHOCOLATE TEA GRANITA

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INGREDIENTS:

● 1 cup boiling water
● 4 Lipton® Bedtime Story Caffeine-Free Herbal Pyramid Tea Bags
● 1/2 cup sugar
● 2 cups milk
● 1/4 cup chocolate syrup

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pour boiling water over Lipton® Bedtime Story Caffeine-Free Herbal Pyramid Tea Bags; cover and brew 5 minutes.

2. Remove Tea Bags and squeeze. Stir in sugar until dissolved, then stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into 9 x 9-inch baking pan. Cover and freeze granita, stirring twice with a fork, 2 hours or until frozen.

3. To serve, stir with fork, then scoop into ice cream dishes. Garnish, if desired, with whipped topping, additional chocolate syrup and mint.

TIP: To make MINTY CHOCOLATE TEA ICE POPS, pour tea mixture into ice pop mold, freeze 1 hour, then insert popsicle sticks. Freeze until firm.

 

CREAMY ASIAN SHRIMP CEVICHE

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INGREDIENTS:

● 2 Tbsp. lime juice
● 1 tsp. Knorr® Reduced Sodium Chicken flavor Bouillon
● 1 lb. medium cooked shrimp
● 1/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
● 1 green onion, thinly sliced
● 1 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
● 1/2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
● 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine lime juice with Knorr® Reduced Sodium Chicken flavor Bouillon in small microwave-safe bowl and microwave at HIGH 30 seconds or until hot; cool slightly.

2. Combine bouillon mixture with remaining ingredients in medium bowl. Garnish, if desired, with chopped fresh cilantro leaves.

TIP: Also terrific with chopped shrimp and served on plantain chips.

 

CHIPOTLE FLANK STEAK WITH CREAMY CILANTRO SAUCE

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INGREDIENTS:

● 1 1/2 cups Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Light Mayonnaise
● 1 can (7 oz.) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
● 2 Tbsp. lime juice
● 1 lb. boneless flank steak
● 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
● 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Process 3/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Light Mayonnaise, chipotle peppers and lime juice in food processor or blender until smooth.

2. Arrange steak in baking dish. Rub both sides with mayonnaise mixture. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, combine cilantro, garlic salt and remaining 3/4 cup Mayonnaise in small bowl; cover and chill.

4. Grill steak, turning once, 8 minutes or until desired doneness. Slice steak and serve with cilantro sauce.

 

SLOW COOKER MOLTEN CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CAKE

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INGREDIENTS:

● 12 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread, melted
● 1 box (18.25 oz.) Devil’s food cake mix
● 1 box (3.9 oz.) instant chocolate pudding & pie filling
● 1 cup creamy peanut butter
● 1 container (8 oz.) sour cream
● 1 cup milk
● 4 eggs
● 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, (about 6 oz.)

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Evenly coat bottom and sides of 5-quart* slow cooker with 2 tablespoons melted Country Crock® Spread; set aside.

2. Combine remaining ingredients except chocolate chips in large bowl with electric mixer according to cake mix package directions; stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared cooker.

3. Arrange two sheets paper towel over top of cooker, then place lid on top. (Paper towels will absorb moisture.)

4. Cook on LOW 3-1/2 hours. Turn off heat, then let stand covered 30 minutes. Remove insert from cooker. Carefully remove lid and paper towels.

5. Serve cake warm and, if desired, with Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream.

* If using 6-quart slow cooker, cook on LOW 4-1/2 hours. Turn off heat, then let stand covered 30 minutes. Serve as above.

 

For more delicious recipes visit: www.ViveMejor.com

Valentine’s Day at Salsa Con Fuego With Latino Star Jerry Rivera

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The cold weather hasn’t been any help with my health; I’ve been sick with a cold the past couple weeks along with dance fever! Okay besides the fact that was super corny I really have been on this salsa kick. After attending an event with a friend a few nights ago I never realized how many people got off the dance floor once the DJ mixed it up and spun my favorite Jerry Rivera salsa hit “Amores Como El Nuestro.”

I was getting into the groove with my best salsa steps until I looked up and noticed not many people were dancing! I chatted it up with a few of the men posted along the wall and found out the real reason. It wasn’t the music; these guys admitted they love the music they just don’t know how to dance.

Don’t you fret my future salseros y salseras Dance Fever Studios in Brooklyn is having FREE hour Latin dance lesson in Brooklyn tonight at 8 p.m. It’s a beginner’s course so no partner or experience is needed!

You could make new friends as you learn to work those hips and prepare yourself for Salsa Con Fuego’s LIVE event this Valentine’s Day February 14 featuring my man Jerry Rivera! Salsa Con Fuego is an upscale Latin Venue in the Bronx and just like the dance lesson it’s absolutely FREE for patrons over 21! WEPA!

Learn some steps and dance your way into someone’s heart!

 

DANCE FEVER STUDIOS
159 20th St
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 637-3216
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SALSA CON FUEGO
2297 Cedar Ave, NY 10468
Phone:(718) 561-6161
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WINTER’S TALE “Valentine’s Day Prize Pack” Sweepstakes

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This Valentine’s Day don’t miss Akiva Goldsman’s story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil WINTER’S TALE! The film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint and Russell Crowe.

 

Enter to win the ultimate date night prize pack including a candle in a blue velvet bag, tote, and movie passes for two on behalf of the film by watching the WINTER’S TALE trailer and answering the following movie question:

 

Winter’s Tale is a story of ________ .

a) Love

b) Destiny

c) Miracles

d) All of the above

Email your contact info and answer to sweepstakes@latintrends.com

 

 

Visit www.winterstalemovie.com for more information.

 

 

Valentine’s Day: Not Just for Couples

By: Melissa Angert, All Things Chic

 

Valentine’s Day: the most romantic day of the year. If you’re not part of a couple (or even if you are) there are many more people to show your love to on Feb 14th! You don’t have to spend a lot of money or even make a big deal! Just a tiny gesture can mean the world.

 

For your daughters: My daughters may be little but they love nothing more than being treated like big girls! Getting manicures and stopping for coffee makes them feel so special and is a great mother-daughter bonding time. Even making a breakfast together can be so special. Last year, we surprised our “men” (daddy and baby brother) with breakfast in bed. They loved it!

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For your sister(s) and girlfriends: When life has me down, a night out with my girls is all I need! Make the time to treat your sisters or girlfriends to lunch and or a girls’ night out. If your sis or girlfriend is far away, send her something to make her laugh just so she knows you’re thinking of her.

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For your mom and/or mother-in-law: Mom was your very first valentine. A mani-pedi session together (or splurge on a full day) at the spa is perfect for showing her how much you appreciate everything she does for you still. While it’s impossible to show her just how much she means to us, we can sure try with an Iris bracelet. She will feel and see the love every day on her wrist – and you can add beads and charms for other special occasions!

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For babysitters, teachers and others who make your life easier: I know I’d never be anywhere without our neighbor! She is a gem: she carpools, babysits and even brings us freshly baked muffins. The gift may come from the children, but she’ll know it’s really a token of my appreciation! We always give a gift card to her favorite local restaurant where she loves to have lunch with her friends.

 

Take time this Valentines’ Day to spread the love!!

Valentine’s Day is all about (RED)

This Valentine’s Day, gift seekers can take us closer to an AIDS FREE GENERATION by shopping (RED)!

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With every purchase of a (RED) product, life-saving medication is made accessible to HIV+ pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa… medication that not only keeps these women alive and healthy but also prevents them from transmitting HIV to their unborn babies by more than 98%. Literally, every (RED) purchase saves lives and brings us that much closer to reaching our goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.

Every (RED) purchase is an act of love, making them great gift ideas this Valentine’s Day! Below you will find a few products that coincide perfectly with the love-filled holiday.

 

This Valentine’s Day:

Doing good has never felt so good! Enjoy Sir Richard’s (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Condom 12-Pack!

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Give the Apple of your eye an Apple (PRODUCT)RED iPod Nano and have it engraved with a special note!

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Show your loved one that your heart BEATS for them with Beats by Dr. Dre (PRODUCT)RED Solo HD headphones!

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(RED) is in the air with the Jonathan Adler (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Tomato Pop Candle!

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Share the love with the FEED Love 30 Bag!

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Charge up your boyfriend’s phone with the mophie (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Juice Pack so they never miss another “I love you” text!

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Give your boyfriend a Tshirt by GIRL that he will LOVE!

(GIRL)RED Love is Red Tee Black

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – For Her

ValentinesDayGiftGuide11As seen in our January issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine. Here are some affordable Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the special lady in your life.

New Michael Kors Glam Lip Lacquer – A Macy’s Exclusive $24 each Colors: Diva (Sporty), Bombshell (Sexy) and Dame (Glam)

New Michael Kors Glam Lip Lacquer

Michael Kors Sexy Collection Lip Lacquer & Nail Gift Set – A Macy’s Exclusive $32 Colors: Lip luster in Siren and nail lacquer in Sensation.

Michael Kors Sexy Collection Lip Lacquer & Nail Gift Set

Marcia Maizel-Clarke Small Golden Taken Ring – at Neiman Marcus $42.00

Marcia Maizel - Clarke Small Golden Taken Ring – at Neiman Marcus

Tiffany & Co alphabet heart tag letter charm and chain $150

Tiffany & Co alphabet heart tag letter charm and chain

Coach legacy slim clutch in leather $198

Coach legacy slim clutch in leather

Fanniemay.com – Love & Romance Chocolate Strawberries $59.99

Fanniemay.com - Love & Romance Chocolate Strawberries

1800Flowers.com – Vintner’s Choice Wine Hamper Basket $59.99 -Basket includes: Geerlings & Wade 2011 Merlot wine and a selection of gourmet delights including Cranberry Almonds with Honey and Sea Salt, Smokey Mozzarella Mini Baguettes, Chocolate Filled Pillows and more. It’s sure to make a memorable impression!

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WEIRD BUT TRUE (Valentine’s) NEWS: Penguins Get Married!

 

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium grabbed two random penguins who could be arch rivals for all they know and threw them into a lucite box strapped to a boa-covered Audi kids car. Then they drove them through a crowd of kids and cell phone cameras, and put an ugly Ren Faire floral headband over each of their heads as terrifying giant penguins with mutant hips hovered above them. ROMANCE! I’m sure as soon as their hearts came back to their bodies after jumping out of their beaks from the horrifying sight of those Penguinzillas, they had a beautiful moment together as newlyweds. Or they pooped on each other’s feet and the husband penguin stole the wife penguin’s fish (not a euphemism). ROMANCE: See it for yourself:

WEIRD BUT TRUE NEWS: The Pizza Hut Proposal

Time to play a crazy expensive hypothetical Valentine’s Day round of Would You Rather: Would you rather pay $55,000 for a big honking diamond ring set in a sticky sweet dream cloud of cupcake frosting? Or shell out $10,010 toPizza Hut and get the following:

· Limo service.
· A ruby engagement ring.
· A bouquet of flowers.
· A personal fireworks display.
· A professional photographer.
· A professional videographer.
· And last but not least, a Pizza Hut $10 Dinner Box, which contains “a medium one-topping rectangular pan pizza, five breadsticks with marinara sauce and 10 cinnamon sticks with a sweet icing cup in one box.”

Sure, it’s a ruby ring and not diamond, and yes, your special someone will bemoan the fact that you proposed to him/her at Pizza Hut of all damn places until the day one of you dies, but still. Also, they hint that “If she says yes, a Pizza Hut-themed wedding at Pizza Hut headquarters could be in order.” Pizza party wedding everybody! Here’s a press release:

Available for Order Now: $10,010 Ultimate Valentine’s Day Proposal in a BoxUnbelievable Package Marks Introduction of Equally Fantastic $10 Value Box Offering from Pizza Hut

Dallas – “Would you like a proposal with your order?” Starting today, consumers visiting PizzaHut.com can answer “yes” to that question and purchase the $10 Dinner Box Proposal Package, an epic collection of proposal goodies inspired by the new $10 Dinner Box on the Pizza Hut menu. Pizza Hut is offering only 10 of the exclusive packages just in time for Valentine’s Day at a cost of $10,010 each. The $10 Dinner Box Proposal Package includes a ruby engagement ring, limo service, flowers, fireworks show, photographer, videographer and of course, most importantly, the mouth-watering new $10 Dinner Box.

Fitting all of these amazing items into one package echoes the feat pulled off inside the new Pizza Hut $10 Dinner Box, which includes a medium one-topping rectangular pan pizza, five breadsticks with marinara sauce and 10 cinnamon sticks with a sweet icing cup in one box for only $10.

“If we’re able to fit pizza, breadsticks and dessert into one box for only $10, why stop there?” asked Kurt Kane, Pizza Hut CMO. “Our customers want the best of everything, from their food to memorable life experiences. So we decided to make one of those experiences – the marriage proposal – second-to-none and offer it at PizzaHut.com right alongside the new $10 Dinner Box.”

With only 10 packages being offered at PizzaHut.com, those looking to pop the question in a unique way need to act fast. c. Here’s a closer look inside the $10 Dinner Box Proposal Package.

Ruby Engagement Ring: a stunning ruby stone flanked by shimmering diamonds
Limo Service: pick up your sweetheart in style before popping the question
Flowers: no proposal is complete without a spectacular bouquet of her favorite flowers
Fireworks: a perfectly-timed fireworks display will vault this proposal into the record books
Photographer: photos taken of the happy couple before, during and after the moment
Videographer: capturing video of the moment she says “yes”
$10 Dinner Box: hands-down the most vital, and appetizing, piece of the package

Customers interested in purchasing the exclusive $10 Dinner Box Proposal Package can visit PizzaHut.com or email Proposal@PizzaHut.com for more information.