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21 Beauty Products Our Latina Moms Forced On Us In The ’90s

Isn’t it so nice to have a couple decades between the range of embarrassing to horrifying things our Latina moms forced on us as kids? Whenever our white friends told us to just speak up for ourselves, that we’re old enough to “Just say ‘No’,” it was a terrifying thought.

Burn your blue eyeshadow, fishtail braided prom photos and just enjoy this blast from the past.

1. The Mole

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If you’re like my tia, you actually got one tattooed on your face, because ain’t nobody got time for that whole dot, right? Well, it was a birthmark that happened to run in the family because all the women in your house had the same one.

2. All the Philosophie Box Subscriptions

CREDIT: “Image.” Digital Image. Hey Do You. 16 May 2018.

Your mom’s shower was like a graveyard for Philosophie products. It smelled amazing, and she didn’t just use one bottle at a time, so you could choose from 20 different half empty bottles. These were the good old days.

3. But you always had to use the horse shampoo

CREDIT: “Mane ‘n Tail Original Shampoo – 32oz – image 1 of 1” Digital Image. Target. 16 May 2018.

The bottle was actually big enough for a horse, but they swear by it for human consumption. Who doesn’t want hair as shiny and manageable as a horse? #GrowingUpHispanic

4. You never got the brands all your non-Latino friends loved.

CREDIT: “Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo – 33.8 oz – 2 pk” Digital Image. Amazon. 16 May 2018.

If horses don’t use it, or it doesn’t come with a subscription, it can’t be trusted. Just like you could never sleepover someone else’s house unless your fam knew them for generations, same goes for hair products.

5. You never ran out of soap.

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She’ll have all 20 bottles of Philosophie shampoo and conditioner, but will wait as long as possible to replenish your stock.

6. Mayo is for your hair and nothing else.

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Come home with lice? Your mami will lovingly make you a homemade mayo and egg hair mask to suffocate the lice. Don’t complain about your frizzy hair unless you want mayo up in it for the next hour.

7. No hair mask is complete without cellophane.

CREDIT: “Speed Up Hair Growth With This Natural Oil Treatment” Digital Image. The Hearty Soul. 16 May 2018.

Every month, they’d ask, “Quiere cellophane? Tu pelo es tan frizzy.” We don’t know what exactly they put in our hair, but we know it was cellophane wrapped for an hour to three after. This is what Saturdays are for.

8. Cocoa Butter was the Vick’s of dry skin, hair, nails, etc.

CREDIT: “Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula With Vitamin E 3.5-ounce Lotion” Digital Image. Overstock. 16 May 2018.

Those brutal, awkward days of puberty when your inner thighs had stretch marks and you didn’t even notice until your mami gasped and whipped out the cocoa butter stick from her purse for an emergency application. None of us have body image issues at all.

9. Vaporú also helped with baggy eyes…

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Vicks. 16 May 2018.

Warts, toe fungus, pimples, etc. She also had a travel size in her purse, so you were perpetually aware of every blemish and dark spot on your face.

10. Crunchy, crimped hair.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Cosmopolitan. 16 May 2018.

“You can’t leave the house como así!” If you didn’t dry your hair, you better expect some greasy shit to be scrunched in and to see the final result after you already got to school. You also prayed the whole ride there and couldn’t wait to wash your hair at the end of the day.

11. She probably used this product to make the crunch happen.

CREDIT: “Three Flowers Brilliantine Pomade Solid 3.25oz Image 1 of 4.” Digital Image. Walmart. 15 May 2018.

This can also be used to slick by your hair into a very painfully tight bun or ponytail. My primas and I would “rebel” the only way Latinx kids could: trying to say no, being forced to do it anyway, and harboring a resentment that turns into articles like these. 🙂

12. But first, you’d have to wear this crown jewel.

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Pull your hair back real tight and then scrunch the rest away. Thankfully, Sabrina the Teenage Witch wore this in one episode, so I felt like a bruja and not a loser.

13. They’d cut off your f*cking ponytails.

CREDIT: “Cutting your own hair” Digital Image. The Loop. 16 May 2018.

True story: My Titi tricked me into this and secretly had my friend videotape it. She just casually asked* me to put my hair in a ponytail, promptly cut it off and said, “Así, now you have layers!”

*Latino “ask” is to ask, persist, guilt and shame the child until they finally agree. I’m still mad about it.

14. Use Sprite or lemon juice to highlight your hair.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Cosmopolitan. 16 May 2018.

All the cool kids had caramel or blonde highlights in their hair, and your mom did, too, but Latino style. Just squeeze lemon juice in your hair and help her pull weeds out in the sun for awhile. If you want red, just add Kool-Aid after.

15. Brown lipstick was the only lipstick worth wearing.

CREDIT: “Brown Lipstick” Digital Image. The Fashion Spot. 16 May 2018.

Obviously, there was also lip liner and a shimmery, bronze tint at the center of the bottom lip. Obviously, you were also 14 years old and hated everything about it.

16. “Hair Tendrils”

CREDIT: “Hair Tendrils” Digital Image. The Fashion Spot. 16 May 2018.

You didn’t go to a hair salon until you moved out of the house because your mom was always the one to cut your hair. I remember feeling drunk with power at the first salon I went to because she actually did what I asked her to do.

17. Mami was always crafty with how she ironed…

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Your skull burned every time, but “Why buy a CHI when you can iron more hair at once with this? Let me help you.” It was her way of staying involved with everything you did.

18. She also had you use butter for tanning oil.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. La Prensa. 16 May 2018.

Everyone had all these name brand tanning oils, but your mom sent you to the beach with packets of butter to rub on your body. “It was good enough for me growing up, so it’s good enough for you.”

19. Hoop Earrings Every Day.

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I miss these days with my whole soul. If Selena rocked it, then the whole familia did, too. Including that extremely high pony.

20. Remember those fruity lip balms at the cash register?

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Cosmopolitan. 16 May 2018.

You could scratch the sticker to smell the flavor and your mom would get you the one she wanted and then never give it back to you.

21. And those Colombian jeans…

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You wanted to go to GAP, but instead went to the corner mart and got those low-rise, pocketless jeans with a massive bedazzled belt. There was no way around being “the girl with curves” at school. It was all a set up, and one day, we might do some of the same to our own kids. 😂

Nicole Richie’s Style Evolution Will Leave You With A Serious Case Of Whiplash

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Nicole Richie’s Style Evolution Will Leave You With A Serious Case Of Whiplash

Nicole Richie, who is of English, Mexican and Creole African-American ancestry, has had quite the style evolution. This party-girl turned entrepreneur has cycled through trends in a way that would make the average person’s head spin. Richie entered the spotlight around 2004 when she burst onto the scene in the trailblazing reality show “The Simple Life”. After the public recognized how cute, witty, and downright watchable this girl was, she pretty much has never left our screens since.

Throughout Richie’s tenure in the public eye, she’s always brought her own personality to everything she does. Back in her reality days, it was her biting, deadpan humor. Now that she’s older, her personality is reflected not only in her personal style (which is always on point), but her fashion projects as well (she’s the founder and creative director of the House of Harlow 1960 fashion line). Here at FIERCE by mitu, we’ve compiled a list of classic Nicole Richie trends that will make you realize why this Latina entrepreneur is such a force in front of and behind the camera. Take a look below!

1. Two-Toned Hair

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When the hit reality-show “The Simple Life” aired in 2003, Nicole Richie was rocking a really on-trend hairstyle at the time: two-toned hair where the “low lights” were much darker than the rest of the hair. We can’t say this is our favorite look of hers.

2. Tube Dresses

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In the early aughts, Richie also gravitated towards monochrome tube dresses that looked just as at-home on the red carpet as they did in the club circuit.

3. Bright Orange Faux Tans

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Even the naturally darker-complexioned Miss Richie wasn’t immune to the early-2000s allure of a spray tan back in the day. As you can see from the above picture, she may have gone a bit over-board with the trend (we’ve all been there).

4. Blunt Bangs

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Richie has never been one to shy away from bold hair experimentation (see her Met Gala look from 2017). We love how she always changed up her tresses, like when switched her usual hair-do to some chic blunt bangs. She really can’t go wrong.

5. Smudged Eyeliner

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When Richie first hit the scene in 2004, she had a signature makeup look that always turned heads. She rocked a “grunge-chic” look that included tousled, bedhead hair and a smudged smokey eye that looked like she had been up all night partying.

6. Super-Sized Sunglasses

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Once Richie started to transition out of her reality TV days, she really began to come into her own, style-wise. We have a feeling that Richie began donning mega-glasses because it successfully shielded her from the paparazzi, but it also cemented her as a style icon. One could argue that it was Richie who put the over-sized sunglasses on the map for good.

7. Over-Sized Clothing

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Not only did Richie develop a penchant for over-sized sunglasses, she also started to gravitate towards baggy clothing around the same time as well. This was a massive change from her previous style which consisted of mini-dresses and skin-tight polyester.

8. Side Bangs

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If you look through a catalogue of Richie’s past fashion experiments, a common thread will weave through all of it: bangs. Richie has always been a big proponent of a fringe, whether it’s an aforementione blunt cut or her signature side-swept style that she usually opts for. In fact, it’s hard to think of a look as classically Nicole unless the bangs are both prominent and sideswept.

9. Boho-Chic

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There may not be a celebrity in all of Hollywood that does Bohemian as well as Nicole Richie does. Not only is she tasteful and fashionable with her choices, but she’s also adventurous and playful. Richie’s bohemian phase was the look that launched a thousand copy-cats–celeb or otherwise.

10. Scarf Headbands

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Richie has been a fan of the scarf-as-a-headband since her “Simple Life” days, and her affinity for the accessory doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. These days, however, she sticks to smaller, top-knotted headbands as is evidenced by her most recent Instagram posts.

11. Curly & Natural

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Although Richie has opted to straighten her hair since her early days in the spotlight (no judgement from our side), she’s recently gone the au naturel route, leaving her mane to reveal its curly glory. We love how Richie is never afraid to experiment in any aspect of her look

12. Sleek and Simple

@nicolerichie/Instagram

Lately, Nicole Richie has been all about simplicity when it comes to her personal style–especially when it comes to her hair. This is a big departure from her bygone days when her mantra seemed to be “the more the merrier” when it came to hair and makeup.

A Definitive Round Up of Hair-Removal Fails We All Experienced During Puberty

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A Definitive Round Up of Hair-Removal Fails We All Experienced During Puberty

As Latinas, many of us have an intimate relationship with hair removal. Many of us have memories of watching our madres wrestle with tweezers, razors, and smelly hair-removal creams in front of their bathroom mirrors. Little did we know that we would soon be the ones dealing with what we felt was unruly body hair, never being able to keep up with the never-ending stubble and constant growth. 

Luckily, the culture has progressed in a way as not to punish women who choose not to remove their body hair as part of their beauty routine. As we all know, there are a million ways to be a woman and no right way to perform femininity. We can’t help but chuckle, however, when we look back on the massive fails we experienced when we first dealt with removing our body hair. This, in some ways, can be due to upbringing. While some mothers are upfront about how to groom and look after your body during puberty, some parents are embarrassed to talk about the changes their daughters’ bodies go through. The lack of education about puberty and hair growth can lead to some embarrassing hair-removal horrors stories. 

Here are 10 of the worst hair-removal fails from when you first started removing your hair.

1. Ingrown Hairs

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The first years of shaving are, for all intents and purposes, the Wild Wild West. No amount of well-intentioned tías suggesting you only shave “with the grain” will keep you from dragging that razor right against the grain, dammit. It’s your body, after all, you’re entitled to making your own mistakes! But god, there will never be ingrown hairs as bad as there were during your high school years. 

2. Razor Burn

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When you first begin shaving, the word that best describes most young women’s practice is “experimental”. We all have to try shaving our legs wet, dry, with shaving cream, without shaving cream, and of course, with a dull and rusty razor. We have to do this all at least once to realize that razor burn is not a joke.

3. Nicks and Cuts

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Who doesn’t remember accidentally drawing blood a few times when we were being a little too careless with the razor? It takes practice to nail down the constant vigilance that shaving requires.

4. Patchy Legs

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In our teen years, there were definitely times where we went to school with legs that resembled our brother’s measly attempt at a pubescent beard: patchy. It’s a right of passage to miss a spot or two while shaving when you’re first starting out.

5. Red-stache

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If you’ve ever had the unpleasant experience of waxing your mustache, you know the humiliating feeling of getting rid of one ‘stache just to end up with another. We’re talking about the bright-red inflammation that shows up post-waxing your upper lip. Sometimes, it takes up to a full day to disappear.

6. White Heads

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So, you do go through the effort of removing your girl-stache, and in the wake of a good wax (or Nair) session, your follicles are irritated enough to become inflamed and decide to clog up. And now, you have an army of white heads where your mustache used to be. Good times.

7. Dry Scaly Skin

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When we’re young and naive, we don’t necessarily take any of our mother’s advice seriously. One thing we regret not paying attention to was her advice of lotioning-up our legs after shaving. Shaving acts not only removes hair temporarily, but the blade strips the natural oils your skin produces at the surface. It’s always a good idea to moisturize after to avoid unusually dry skin.

8. Wax-Induced Bleeding 

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How many of us have foregone a salon in order to try our hands at hair-removal methods through DIY means? Yeah, we’re talking at-home waxing. The more sensitive your skin is, the more prone it is to breaking easily. Especially in hyper-sensitive areas like your bikini line.

9. Wax-Induced Bruising

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Again, if you’re doing at-home hair removal treatments like waxing, it can take a few tries before you become adept at toeing the line between effective and injury-inducing. If you rip out your hair too quickly or forcefully, you can end up with post-wax bruising, especially on areas like your bikini line.

10. Wax-Related Burns

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Okay, this is our last wax-related post, we swear! But if you’re the adventurous Latina who has ventured into the unpredictable territory of at-home waxing, then you know that DIY wax kits are subject to getting hot. Piping hot. We’ll admit that we’ve suffered burns from being a bit too enthusiastic with how long we’ve microwaved our wax in the past. Luckily, pre-waxed strips that don’t require heating are much more common now than they were a few years agol