Vanesa is a Bostonian Latina poet. Her writing has appeared in Delirious Hem; The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society; Velvet-Tail; and Queen Mob. She is also a book reviewer for the literacy magazine, The Fem.

I Tried Candle Wax As A Moisturizer

I’m a candle person. On any given day I have at least one candle burning in my room, while also online shopping for more to add to my ever-growing collection. That is how I stumbled upon a candle that doubles as a moisturizer. I had never seen such…
By Vanesa Pacheco

Does Chamomile Actually Lighten Black Hair?

Springtime means that warm weather and brighter colors are officially in, and that includes your hair! But for someone with black hair like mine, this usually means bleaching to achieve that desired honey brown or ombre effect. I have never shied…
By Vanesa Pacheco

Learn What Happens To A Piercing Once It's Removed

Most people do a lot of research when they consider getting a piercing. They want to know what will happen to their body as well as what they should and shouldn’t do to their piercing to ensure their beautiful new piece of jewelry heals properly.…
By Vanesa Pacheco

How To Make Lipstick Using Eyeshadow

When I was younger I loved wearing crazy vibrant eyeshadows that matched my equally bright hair. On an everyday basis I would apply pink and blue, gold and purple, or black (unblended, of course) to make my eyes “pop.” My makeup game has grown up…
By Vanesa Pacheco

How To Style Naturally Curly Bangs

Right off the bat, I’ll say that if you have curly hair, you can get bangs. I’m not sure where this rule started that said naturally curly-haired people can’t get bangs, but it’s a total lie. To be honest, all rules that state what we can or can’t…
By Vanesa Pacheco

Do Piercings Really Change How You Look?

I’ve been in love with body modifications ever since I can remember. Although I had my ears pierced since I was a baby, my body mods journey didn’t actually start until I got my second holes done when I was fourteen years old. This caused me to get…
By Vanesa Pacheco

I Tried A DIY Maple Syrup Face Mask

When it comes to skincare, face masks are one of my favorite things to use to keep my skin looking and feeling amazing. Usually, I'll just wash and moisturize my face, but every few days I wear a face mask to make that extra effort to take care of…
By Vanesa Pacheco

10 Women Prove Red Lipstick Is For Every Woman

Red is a classic lip color for a reason — it can be rocked with any ensemble, from messy bed hair and jeans to an evening gown with heels. However, many women insist that red lipstick doesn't look good on everyone. I love wearing red lipstick and…
By Vanesa Pacheco

I Tried 6 Different Eyelash Curling Hacks

I’ve been blessed with very long lashes. Unfortunately, they also refuse to hold a curl for longer than 30 seconds. Mere minutes after I’ve finalized my look, my lashes begin to droop down and look like straight curtains over my eyes. Simply using a…
By Vanesa Pacheco

How Traveling Affected My Hair & Beauty Routine

Traveling requires being selective about what we really need versus what we want to bring. For a sentimental person, deciphering between these two categories is difficult. Yet, nothing is worse than dealing with hair and beauty when traveling to a…
By Vanesa Pacheco

Is U.S.'s Primark Different From Its U.K. Stores?

Primark, a low-price clothing store from the U.K., has finally debuted in the U.S. and I couldn’t be happier. Since the moment Primark announced their first store in Boston, I have been counting down the days until I could finally stroll around the…
By Vanesa Pacheco

How To Get Stains Out Of Jeans Quickly

It’s safe to say that everyone at one point or another has stained their jeans with some crazily stubborn concoction that refuses to go away. The worst part is when you’re out and about and you suddenly find that (delicious) pizza grease just…
By Vanesa Pacheco

8 Beauty Lessons I Learned During My Trip To China

This summer, I had the pleasure of heading off to Chengyang, China to see my boyfriend and experience Chinese culture for the first time. Besides being stoked about traveling halfway across the world, I was also excited to learn about Chinese beauty…
By Vanesa Pacheco

10 Hats Every Girl Should Consider For Fall

Fall is just around the corner, which means we can finally pull out all our autumn accessories that have been hiding in our closets. While sweaters, scarves, and boots are a must for waltzing around with our pumpkin spice lattes (which you can…
By Vanesa Pacheco

10 Things Your Hairstylist Won’t Tell You

I am always intrigued by how easily hairstylists do hair. Watching them snip away layers, while simultaneously chatting, and moving around seems effortless. But as much as you feel like you have them figured out, there are still plenty of things…
By Vanesa Pacheco

How To Make Eyebrow Cream With An Eyebrow Pencil

Maybe you've run out of your favorite brow cream or powder or perhaps you can't be bothered to cough up the cash for some pricey eyebrow product. We've all been in dire situations where we've had to get creative with our makeup game, so, what's the…
By Vanesa Pacheco

8 Things Your Piercer Wishes You Knew

Despite their ever-growing popularity, many people still don’t seem to know much about piercings or the aftercare for them. In fact, there are oodles of things your piercer wishes you knew before heading in for an appointment, especially when it…
By Vanesa Pacheco

How To Apply Lipstick With A Lip Ring

Both lip rings and lipstick can take a plain Jane look to a whole new level of awesome. A bold red or a subtle pink can accent your outfit perfectly, while an infinity ring or a horseshoe ring can add a bit of flare to the traditional accessories.…
By Vanesa Pacheco

5 Reasons To Love Your Stretch Marks

It's no surprise that stretch marks have been looked upon as something we should hide or feel ashamed about. Just like many other characteristics that make us human, they are deemed as flaws we must correct in order to be beautiful. We are expected…
By Vanesa Pacheco

9 Eyeliner Tips For Hooded Eyes

Mastering the winged eyeliner is definitely a challenge. But for those with hooded eyes, eyeliner is just that much more difficult. Eyeliner (or any kind of eye makeup) becomes a bit tricky when you can't really see the eyelid. As a close friend of…
By Vanesa Pacheco