Friday, August 30, 2013

Tips To Embrace Your Belleza Latina & Fight #ALLERGYFACE

  This post is part of a sponsored campaign on behalf of Latina Bloggers Connect and the makers of ZYRTEC®.

Summer may almost be over, but those awful allergies are not. The dreaded #ALLERGYFACE is something most of us deal with, since according to ZYRTEC recent survey, about 50% of woman suffers from allergies. If you suffer from allergies like I do, then you know of the many beauty challenges. Puffy face, watery eyes and red nose are the typical allergy symptoms. ALLERGY FACE can keep you from enjoying life, like a party or a date because of those allergy related beauty challenges.
 
Having suffered from allergies since I was a teen, those beauty challenges can be annoying. I do recall not being able to go out because of puffy face, watery eyes and red nose. When I was younger and being too self-conscious of how I looked, it kept me withdrawn from life when my allergies flared up. Now as I’ve gotten older, I have found ways to help alleviate ALLERGY FACE. Embracing my natural belleza Latina and not covering up with tons of makeup. Although we think more makeup can do the trick, it can actually make your allergies worse.
 
ZYRTEC has partnered with Latina blogger and beauty expert Carmen Ordoňez from VivaFashionBlog.com to help woman combat ALLERGY FACE. In the video below Carmen shares some simple beauty tips to help you look naturally bella when dealing with the dreaded ALLERGY FACE.
 
 
 
Here are three tips I have learned to deal with ALLERGY FACE.
1. Use a primer under your makeup. Using a primer can give your skin a smoother appearance, filling fine lines and pores on your face. Avoding using less foundation can help when you have a puffy face and give you a more natural look to enhance your natural belleza. 

2. Use a bronzer to give definition to your face. When you use a bronzer, focus on your contours of your face to chisel the face and take away the appearance of puffiness. One with a little shimmer can help wake up your face a give a glow to make you look more alert.

3. Use a green corrector for red spots. Using a green concealer helps cancel the red undertones on your face. Using it on your nose, cheeks or anywhere else you have red spots.

 
Having allergies and dealing with ALLERGY FACE is no fun no matter what age you are or what season it maybe.  Embracing your natural bellaza and a few little beauty tricks can help you overcome those days when you’re not feeling or looking your best due to allergies.
What beauty tricks you have in your makeup bag to embrace your natural belleza and combat ALLERGY FACE?  Please share them in the comments, its always good to have more than just a one or two tricks!!

For more tips from Carmen you can view her 3 part vidoe series with ZYRTEC on YouTube here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Healthy and Radiant Fall Skin

This post is in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Neutorgena

Can you believe summer is almost over!! I know, you don't want to even think about it, but lets chat a little about healthy and radiant fall skin with Neutrogena. Once summer is over, so is the summer glow of your skin.  The colder it gets the more pale and dull my skin becomes.  How can we keep that summer healthy and radiant skin in the fall?  Here are a few tips to from Neutrogena to keep that glowing skin all year long.  It's a simple process to help you transition your skin from summer to fall and keep a healthy and radiant glow.  Three easy steps; 1 Cleanse, 2 Moisturize and 3 Beautify.
First step to achieving healthy and radiant skin is starting with clean skin. Cleansing should always be the first and last thing you do every day to maintain healthy skin. I make sure to always have Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes to remove all my makeup and any other gunk from my skin. Especially those late nights when I am too lazy to wash my face. The towelettes help clean and remove most of the makeup, but should be followed with proper cleansing.  If you are prone to breaks out or acne try Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Next step is to moisturize, and should always be applied after cleansing.  I tend to have dry skin and fall weather can make it dull.  Using a light weight moisturizer at night can help with texture and fine lines.  Try Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, which works while you sleep when your skin is most receptive. 

Now lets beautify our skin with some color.  Even in the fall you should always use cosmetics with SPF for protection. Starting off with a primer like Healthy Skin Broad Spectrum Primer SPF 15 will instantly smooth any imperfections for flawless and even skin.  Then apply Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in your shade for silky and ultra lightweight coverage which also contains SPF 20.

Another way to keep the healthy glow is to brighten up your eyes. If your like me and suffer from dark circles and puffy eyes, using Brightening Eye Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 25 will leave you looking refreshed and well rested. The flow through brush makes it easy to apply and target coverage around eyes.

Final step for healthy and radiant skin in the fall is Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer.  You can use the blush and bronzer individually or blend together for a sun-kissed glow.  Your face will have that summer glow all year long.  You don't have to lose that summer glow if you take a few easy steps and help your skin transition from summer to fall.  

What are you tips for healthy and radiant fall skin? Please share with me in the comments, I love to hear your tips and tricks for great skincare.



*Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Neutorgena.  I was compensated and received products for review.  However this is my honest and personal opinion of the products.  For best results you should always try out products for yourself. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Covergirl Moment with Becky G

Sometimes I have to pinch my self to make sure what I am experiencing is real. Last weekend I was invited by Covergirl to attend the H20 Music Festival in Los Angeles.  Me and a few other Latina bloggers were invited as media to meet the newest Covergirl Becky G.  If you haven't heard of Becky G I suggest you go Google her and get acquainted.  She'a about to blow up!!  Becky G is a 16 year old Latina from Los Angeles who was discovered on YouTube!  Yes, it has happened again, a young star is born on the internet.  What's so special about Becky G is her roots, she's a Mexican-American girl from Los Angeles, who not only has a record deal but also is the new face of Covergirl.  WOW!   

Being a Latina from Los Angeles my self, I am so proud of this young girl who represents not only my city but my cultural as well. Growing up I didn't have any role models in the entertainment industry who I felt represented me.  It's totally refreshing to see this young Latina live her dreams and represent her culture and roots very well.  I was one of the lucky bloggers who met Becky G at the H20 Music Fest and watched her perform.  She's so cute and petite but has a very powerful presence on stage.  I will be following her career and can't wait to see her take over the world!  

Check out my pictures from the Covergirl's Easy Breezy Block Party bus and meet/greet with Becky G. We were treated to mini makeovers, manis from Covergirl and red carpet interviews with Becky G.

Becky G in the media tent before her performance.
Me with Becky G on the red carpet, she's adorable and reminds me of my niece Ally.
Having my Covergirl moment at the Easy Breezy Block Party Bus. 
Becky G looked so cute and fresh in Covergirl Makeup.


Here is how to recreate her Covergirl look from the H20 Music Fest.  

Becky G’s look was inspired by the city of Los Angeles, where she grew up and calls home. The city inspires her lyrics and cool beats, but most of all her style. The young COVERGIRL is known for her urban and fun style, and that was the inspiration behind the GLAM makeup she rocked for her performance at the H20 Music Festival.  Her look consisted of bold gold eyes and soft pink lips that pop!
Face Start out by applying COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Crème Foundation. To accent the cheek bones apply COVERGIRL Clean Glow Blush in Roses #100.
Eyes Apply the COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pots in Charcoal # 335 around the crest. Then use the Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Gold Flame #330 to add gold shimmer to the look. Then apply the Ink It! in Black Ink # 230 by making a thick line that will make your eye pop! Finish this eye look by adding volume to your eyelashes for a bold look, with Flamed Out Mascara in Very Black 
Lips Finish the look with a soft nude, pinkish lip with first applying COVERGIRL Lip Perfection in Spellbound #325 and then the COVERGIRL Smoochies in Sweet Tweet # 255 on top.

Big Shout out to Covergirl for inviting me and introducing me to a beautiful talented young Latina artist.


*Disclaimer: I was invited as media to attend H20 Music Fest courtesy of Covergirl and did not receive any compensation.  Views expressed are my true and honest opinions

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lack of sleep, Is it making you look older?

At what age did you really start using anti-aging products?  Once I turned 30 I become more aware of using creams, serums and anything else to keep those wrinkles away.  I just received Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II to review.  This product is new to me but has been around for many years.  First Estee Lauder Night Repair was introduced in 1982 and is one of the best-selling, best-performing products in Estee Lauder history.  Estee Lauder's study shows that lack of sleep can accelerate signs of skin aging.  Lack of sleep can not only accelerate premature signs of skin aging, but affects skin’s natural repair processes. I don't really suffer from lack of sleep, but do have bad sleep patterns of falling asleep really late and waking up early certainly do not help.  My body and skin could use more sleep and better skin care products.  

Being in my late 30's now, there are definite signs of aging. Such as fine lines around my eyes, uneven skin tone and dry skin.  I am always looking for a product that will deliver what it claims.  I am excited to try the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II.  
Here is what it can do:

    • Reduces lines and wrinkles significantly
    • Skin feels smoother, hydrated and stronger
    • Radiant, translucent and even skin tone 

This is how it works: Revolutionary New Technology

    • Catabolysis Technology (Purifying) – a complex of active ingredients that includes an algae extract and a yeast extract and is proven to help skin cells increase their own natural Catabolysis activityx1 with cellular performance optimized, skin cells perform more efficiently and effectively and skin’s overall natural nightly renewal increases. 

    • ChronoluxCB™ Technology (Synchronizing) – powerful, patented clock gene technology that helps support the natural synchronization of skin’s nighttime renewal process so that skin renews its appearance at exactly the right time.

There is so much fancy science stuff going on with this product.  Most of it I don't understand, but the true test will be the results.  Over the next couple weeks I will be using the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. Follow me on Instagram where I will share my results and feedback on the product.  

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is now available on www.esteelauder.com

Have you used Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II?
What are your thoughts and results? 
Please share in the comments. 




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Finding My Fuerza

Recently the lovely ladies from Sonsi sent me a dress to review. What girl doesn't love a new dress right!  I wasn't sure what to expect, all I knew it was a dress from the New Fuerza Collection designed by plus size model Rosie Mercado. I had met Rosie a few years ago in Las Vegas when she was just starting her modeling career.  To see her now have a clothing line with SWAK and a successful reality show is inspiring.   I received the Paris maxi dress in teal. When I first received the dress, I was unsure if it was the right choice for me.   I am normally not the type to dress up and be too girly.  I thought this dress might be too girly for me.  I gave the dress a chance and glad I did, it's a great dress. The dress is a maxi style dress with a sheer panel on chest area and flowy sheer skirt.  The dress is light and airy, great for the summer.  I really loved the color of the dress and quality was impressive.  The only fault is the size of dress, it fit me a bit big in the chest area and probably should have sized down. A smaller size would fit snugger around my chest area and give it a better look.  Other than that the dress is great for many occasions and can easily be dressed up or down for a more casual look.  


I wore the dress to a my nieces going away party, she had a tea party theme.  I thought the dress would go well with her theme. It was a nice warm summer day and the dress kept me cool and looking cute, at least that's what I was told.  The Paris maxi dress would work great for a garden wedding or date night with my boo.  I am happy the dress worked out well for me, and also received many compliments wearing it.  


I paired the dress with a crochet shrug and purple belt to give it a pop of color.  Like I mentioned the dress fit a bit big around my chest area so the shrug covered up the gaping in the arms. I wore my studded sandals to give it a bit more edgy look and not look to girly, cuz you know that isn't me. I was happy with the look and the dress overall, the Paris maxi also comes in black and fuchsia.  For more looks from the Fuerza Collection check out Sonsi here


Congrats to Roise Mercado on her clothing line and success.  I am so glad to see more role models that represent the curvy Latina woman, like me. 



Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Let's Have A Sexy Verano

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and SlimFast.  All thoughts and content are my own


When you think of summer what comes to mind?  For me it's hot, sexy and cocktails.  I was invited by SlimFast and Latina Bloggers Connect to try out some cocktail recipes.  Darryl Robinson, host of the show "Drink Up" on The Cooking Channel created four exclusive recipes featuring some of the tastiest and tredniest ingredients of the season. Using Slimfast with just 120-190 calories in every cocktail, you won't feel guilty or regret enjoying a yummy cocktail this summer. 

All the cocktails have sexy names to go along with the tasty ingredients.  Berry Sexy Vanilla Sunrise, Sassy Strawberry Colada, Tall, Dark & Handsome, and Cinful Iced Latte.  With names like that it was a difficult choice in choosing what cocktail to try first.  It was a hard choice, but with berries in peak season I deceidecd to try the Berry Sexy Vanilla Sunrise Mocktail.  Oh did I forget to tell you all the recipes come with alcohol and non-alcoholic versions. Since its a school night, I went with non-alcoholic version. Its easy and simple to make and the results are pure deliciousness.

Here is what you will need to make the Slim-Fast Berry Sexy Vanilla Sunrise Mocktail.

  • 3 oz. Slimfast French Vanilla Shake
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (I used fresh berries)
  • 1-2 pieces of fresh ginger - to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. agave syrup or honey
  • 1 ice cube; Add more as needed for smooth consistencey
  • Additional berries for garnish.

Blend It. Serve It. Work it!


Viola! See how easy that was, just a few ingredients and you have a yummy cocktail or mocktail to enjoy with no guilt. Check out the new SlimFast cocktail/mocktail recipes and start slimming for summer by visiting, http://wow.slim-fast.com/cocktailrecipes.pdf



*Cocktails are not a part of the SlimFast 3-2-1 plan. Only occasional use recommended. You must be 21+ to consume alcohol and please drink responsibly.


*Losing more than 2lbs per week is not recommended. Exercise 30 minutes daily and follow the SlimFast plan.
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