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Camila Cabello Is Putting Her Hometown Into Makeup With An Exclusive, Limited-Edition Line

Camila Cabello is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable faces in music today. The former member of pop group Fifth Harmony, had her first solo album debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and hit gold with her hit single “Havana.” Now she’s venturing into the world of cosmetics with the launch of her makeup collection with L’Oreal Paris. The Cuban-American singer collaborated closely with L’Oreal to release a 14-piece limited-edition collection inspired by her birthplace, Havana, Cuba. This is a big moment for Cabello and for those looking for a cosmetic collection that represents an identity beyond just makeup.

Camilia Cabello signed on as L’Oreal Paris’s global spokesperson back in 2017.

Cabello’s hit song “Havana” is the inspiration of the makeup line. Much of the design is themed after the city. The 14 piece set includes liquid bronzer, brow pens, lip gloss, eye shadow and a felt tip eyeliner, available in different shades to suit various skin tones.

Cabello and L’Oreal wanted the makeup line to compliment various skin tones.

“I am extremely proud and excited about the Havana collection,” Cabello said in a press release. “I wanted to create products that not only I would personally wear, but that would work well across various skin tones. For me, looking and feeling my best helps fuel my confidence and I hope to inspire other people to feel the same.”

In an interview about her makeup collection, Cabello was asked about what Latina icons inspired her.

“My biggest Latina beauty icon is definitely my Mom. And my grandma, and after that my sister, and after that, Penelope Cruz.” Cabello told Elle Magazine. “My mom is the perfect example of somebody that doesn’t really like wearing a lot of makeup. She puts on mascara, she puts on lip gloss, and how she looks on the outside doesn’t really determine who she is as a person. Who she is inside is what makes her radiate beauty and strength and confidence.”

One of the best parts about the new collection: It ranges in price from $10 to $15!

Some of the various collection items are Havana Sun-Lit Bronzer, a liquid that creates a dewy effect; Havana Gotta Give Brow, a brow pen that creates a natural look; and Havana Flash Liner, a black felt-tip marker-style eyeliner.

Fans already can’t wait to get their hands on the Havana makeup collection.

The limited-edition Havana collection is available beginning July 15 exclusively at Ulta.com and will be available globally and in the U.S. in August 2018.

Congrats, Camila!

People are praising Cabello for the new makeup line and the affordable prices of the collection. It goes to show you how how multi-talented the 21-year-old pop star is and the wave of fans that are ready to drop money to get a little piece of Havana.


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Cuba Locks Down Havana To Stop Covid-19 As Cubans Struggle To Afford Everyday Items

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Cuba Locks Down Havana To Stop Covid-19 As Cubans Struggle To Afford Everyday Items

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Cuba has been one of the hemisphere’s coronavirus success stories — but a sudden outbreak in its capital has brought on a strict, two-week Havana lockdown. Residents of the capital city will be forced to stay-at-home for 15-days, while people from other parts of the island ill be prohibited from visiting – essentially sealing off the city from the outside world.

Meanwhile, the Coronavirus pandemic has pummeled the island’s economy and has left many everyday items out of reach for many Cubans. Some are being forced to turn to ‘dollar stores,’ where the U.S. dollar is once again accepted as hard currency – something now allowed since 1993.

Officials have ordered a strict 15-day lockdown of Havana in an effort to stamp out the spread of Coronavirus in the capital.

Aggressive anti-virus measures, including closing down air travel, have virtually eliminated COVID-19 in Cuba with the exception of Havana, where cases have surged from a handful a day to dozens daily over the last month. 

A daily curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. was instituted Tuesday. Most stores are barred from selling to shoppers from outside the immediate neighborhood in order to discourage people from moving around the city. 

Some Havana residents complained that the measures were complicating the already difficult task of buying food in a city hit by constant shortages and endless lines for a limited supply of basic goods. Some provinces that saw no new cases for weeks have begun detecting them in recent days, often linked to travelers from Havana.

The start of in-person classes for students was also indefinitely delayed in Havana, while schools opened normally in the rest of Cuba.

To enforce the lockdown, police stationed on every road leaving Havana are supposed to stop anyone who doesn’t have a special travel permit, which is meant to be issued only in extraordinary circumstances.

Under the strict new lockdown measures, anyone who is found in violation of the stay-at-home orders face fines of up to $125 per violation, more than triple the average monthly wage.

The island nation had seemed to manage the pandemic well – with fewer cases than many of its Caribbean neighbors.

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The island of 11 million people has reported slightly more than 4,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with fewer than 100 deaths, one of the lowest rates in the region.

The government made face masks obligatory in the early stages of its pandemic response, and in the first months of the crisis police aggressively fined and even jailed people for violations. 

That vigilance slackened somewhat as Havana moved out of the first, strictest phase of lockdown in July, when public transportation restarted and people returned to work. The number of coronavirus cases then began to climb again.

Meanwhile, the Cuban economy has tanked and residents are struggling to make ends meet now more than ever before.

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The pandemic has hit the island’s economy particularly hard. Much of the island relies on agricultural and tourism – two sectors that have been decimated by Coronavirus.

As a result, many Cubans are struggling to afford everyday items. Rice – which used to sell for about $13 Cuban pesos per kilo is now going for triple that.

In an effort to allow Cubans better access to goods, the government has began recognizing the U.S. dollar as official currency. This is extraordinary as mere possession of U.S. dollars was long considered a criminal offense. However, the measure draws a line between the haves and have-nots, one that runs even deeper than it did before the pandemic.

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Besamé Cosmetics’ Sold-Out ‘Lucille Ball Collection’ Is Officially Coming Back This Fall

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Besamé Cosmetics’ Sold-Out ‘Lucille Ball Collection’ Is Officially Coming Back This Fall

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Fans love Lucille Ball so much that when Besamé Cosmetics launched a collection dedicated to her back in June all of its items were sold out within a matter of twelve hours. The collection paid homage to the beauty of the iconic Hollywood comedian who, alongside her husband (Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz), starred in the television classic “I Love Lucy.”

Now, the souped-up limited-edition Lucy items are back by popular demand.

The launch date? This September.

Lucy fans can pre-order lipstick of the new line on the brand’s website.

“Already, hundreds of orders have come in to pre-order these colors inspired by classic Lucy looks,” a representative from Besamé told Allure about the line which pays homage to the iconic actress’s signature look.

The retro makeup line gives fans a chance to seize up to seven beauty items that are supposed to match the makeup Ball wore in her days of stardom. The Ball collection comes complete with an eye shadow palette, lipstick, a pressed powder compact, and a pencil set for eyes and lips.

Like every Besamé item, the collection’s products are encased in rounded gold. This time, however, they come with a special design that features an original drawing of the actress.

The collection can be purchased as a bundle for $150. Additional gifted items will be included for the whole bunch.

According to Allure, those who purchase the collection will receive “two additional and exclusive products: an I Love Lucy tote bag and a set of false lashes the brand says ‘are based on the exact size, shape, and color that Lucille Ball wore.'”

The Lucille Ball collection is just the first in a new collection by Besamé.

Besamé has stated that they intend on producing an Iconic Women Series featuring iconic figures from history. It’s unknown as of yet who else will be featured on the upcoming products but we’re crossing our fingers for Latina icons like Dolores Huerta, Celia Cruz, and Rita Moreno.

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