Tuesday, April 08, 2014

To All The Single Ladies


In order to read this post, you need to sing the lyrics to Beyonce's "Single Ladies." You KNOW you know the lyrics to that song because it mostly consists of the same sentence over and over. Trust me, I'm not really a fan of this tune outside of a dark nightclub at 3am after my umpteenth rum and (diet) coke. But in order to experience the energy pouring through my fingers at this very moment, it's required.

Now that we're done with that part, have you noticed that everyone is breaking up this year? I'm not sure if it's something in the cosmos but a lot of my friends are experiencing 2014 as single ladies. What does this mean? It means that you should know how to operate a power tool other than your Clarisonic. It means that you have no excuse for letting your leg hair grow out like Big Foot because you have a lot more "me" time to pamper yourself.

I read an article today about this woman who, after many years, still cries over her ex. I don't want to make fun of her because it seems like a lot of what she said was in jest. But the fact that she was afraid that she would never fall in love as deeply as she had with her former husband made me sad. I'm no expert on the topic of love but I feel like no two will ever be alike and that's a good thing. 

I know what it's like to feel needy, helpless, and determined to make a relationship work. But at some point, you need to let this go and move on! In all fairness, I don't know the authors full story but what she does mention kind of bothers me: 1. Sometimes I think I will never fall in love again 2. Sometimes I think the one chance I had for love ended when that relationship ended in 2005.

I want to hug this woman. I understand so many of the feelings she is having but it's 2014 and it's time to mourn the death of that relationship and move on. If you forever compare every new guy you meet to your ex, you will never be happy. Take your time, heal your heart, your soul, but MOVE ON! She is doing herself a disservice because, as she mentions in her story, her ex has a new girlfriend. 

I'm not even sure why I'm ranting right now but I guess the main point I'm trying to make is love yourself before you try to love someone else. You deserve to be happy and you will be, but you have to welcome it. Being afraid is normal, but don't let it consume you.

Now put on "Drunk in Love" and have some fun. 


Monday, April 07, 2014

I Have Acne....and Other Things I Learned From Neutrogena

Me at the 2014 Neutrogena Skin Care Summit (Photo: Neutrogena)

I've just come back from a trip to the west coast where I visited the Neutrogena Headquarters in Manhattan Beach, California for the 2014 Skin Health Summit. I was honored recently with an invitation to become a Neutrogena Ambassador, one of fifteen Latinas from across the United States, to represent a brand that I've trusted and supported for many years. It was amazing to come together and meet so many amazing ladies who were a mix of journalists, bloggers, and YouTube stars from various backgrounds. 

Although I get to visit California on so many occasions, I had never been to Manhattan Beach. Upon our arrival to The Shades Hotel (1221 N. Valley Drive) I instantly knew why Neutrogena calls this city home. The weather is pretty much perfect, there was a wide variety of great restaurants to dine at, and the short walk to the beach was definitely a plus. 

On our first day, we had a lovely lunch waiting for us at headquarters with a surprise celebrity hosting a chat: Kristen Bell! What a treat it was to listen to and meet a devoted mom, actress, and environmental warrior. Kristen joined the Neutrogena team in 2011 as their Naturals Ambassador and has since collaborated with The Nature Conservancy in support of a campaign to conserve freshwater.

After our meal, we met with Miami dermatologist Dr. Janelle Vega, who gave us tips on exfoliating and taking care of our skin. My favorite experience with Dr. Vega took place the next day when I was photographed by a machine that would eventually shock me with the results! I've had great skin for pretty much most of my life. So when I was told that the photographs would tell me whether I had acne or not, I was certain the images would show that I had zero.

More after the cut.......

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nina Agdal Launches Bebe Sunglass Collection on South Beach

Nina Agdal Poses at Bebe
I have a new girl crush, and her name is Nina Agdal. The Danish supermodel helped bebe show off their new eyewear collection and the spring campaign last week at the Lincoln Road store in Miami Beach. Nina, whose fit bod helped her land the coveted 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated cover alongside Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge, wore the Zigzag Sequin Dress ($179.00) for a meet and greet with her fans. 

The sunglasses are way hot and prices range from $68 - $88. If you fall in love with a pair (or eight!), they currently available for purchase at bebe locations nationwide and via www.bebe.com.



“bebe is a lifestyle brand, and aside from our apparel, non-apparel is a big part of our business,” said Steve Birkhold, CEO. “Launching sunglasses was a natural next step in expanding our accessories collection and rounding out our girls’ lifestyle needs. We wanted to create a collection that revitalizes timeless shapes and offers new interpretations on the classics – something that our bebe girl can have some fun with.”

Adding to the star power of the night were "Real Housewives of Miami" stars Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, and Adriana De Moura.


Guess who else was there?

Me! Isn't Nina gorgeous?




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Steal My Look: Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler

Venezuelan beauty Gabriela Isler was photographed last week at the Carolina Herrera Fashion Show held during the Cadillac Classic looking stunning! I caught up with Lancome National Makeup Artist Manuel Villegas, who worked with Miss Universe 2013 for the event, to get the scoop on what products he used.

As we move from winter to spring, Isler is rocking the perfect combination of glowing skin and flawless finish. Villegas kept the focus on her almond shaped eyes framed by her thick eyebrows. LOVE!

Here is the breakdown below:

Face:
* NEW Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute Blur]
* Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation
* Lancôme Le Correcteur Pro
* Lancôme Dual Finish Multitasking Powder and Foundation in Clair II
*Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette in Nectar Lace

Eyes:
* Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Coral Crush
* Lancôme Hypnôse Drama in Black
* Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof EyeLiner in Black 

Lips:
* Lancôme Rogue in Love in Midnight Rose

To purchase any of the products above, head on over to Lancome's official website via this link.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bobbi Brown Encourages Women and Girls to be "Pretty Powerful"

Mariflor Maranje, Bobbi Brown Make-Up Artist at Dadeland Mall
I know I've told you guys before about how difficult it was for me to find makeup for my skin tone while growing up in the 90's. Bobbi Brown was one of the only brands back then who catered to women like me and I've been addicted to her products ever since.

Have you ever had trouble finding the right shade of foundation or the perfect shade of red that works with your undertones? I've found that the best way to find out is to go to a professional. Yes, even as a beauty writer, I find myself interested learning about new products and how to apply them properly. No shame in my game!

"I believe all women are pretty without makeup, but with the right makeup can be pretty powerful" ~ Bobbi Brown

Did you know you could visit any Bobbi Brown counter and get a free lesson? I sat with makeup artist Mariflor Maranje at the Dadeland Mall in Miami for nearly an hour to learn all the latest tricks and check out all the goodies for spring. I also met and fell in love with the brand's Skin Foundation Stick--- my super new BFF! I can apply foundation without getting my hands or fingers dirty?

During my lesson, I was introduced to Bobbi Brown's Limited Edition Pretty Powerful Mascara  ($25) whose sales benefit Girl Rising, a global action campaign to help girls in the developing world get in school and stay in school. Not only do you get a powerful mascara in a pretty pink tube, but the fund receives 100% of the proceeds.  CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW! 

If you're a local Miami chica, go and see Mari at Dadeland immediately for your lesson. Ok, call first and make sure she will be there or she can hook you up with an equally fabulous artist to help you out. If you see the photo above, you'll notice what an amazing job she did for me! I love that my final look is natural and my skin was glowing. I also learned that I would benefit from switching to peach blush over the shades of pink I had been using.

To find the nearest Bobbi Brown location, click here

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My new love: Skin Foundation Stick

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Divergent" Star Shailene Woodley: No Longer Self Conscious

When I walked into a theater a couple of weeks ago, I had purposely avoided finding out too much about the new film, "Divergent." So many of my friends have read the book and were excited to see how it would translate to the big screen. But I wanted to view it with fresh eyes and without expectations. I had already ruined my film viewing experience with "The Hunger Games," and with "Harry Potter," so I was determined to do it differently with the Veronica Roth adaptation.

My plan worked! I loved the film and can't wait to see more! I spoke to people as I left the screening who read the book first, and they named all the little nuances they found. I'm so glad I wasn't looking for a thing! I'm lying. I was looking for Theo James, lots and lots of him! Go see it when it hits theaters on March 21st.

Lead actress Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") was a total standout and is surely on her way to becoming the next Jennifer Lawrence. Woodley is currently covering the April issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands March 25th, wearing a Tommy Hilfiger swimsuit and pants. 

Photo: Marie Claire/Jan Welters

Here are some quotes from the interview:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"The Bachelor: Everything That Glitters is Not Gold

I'm going to preface this post by admitting I did not watch the entire season. After Juan Pablo Galavis went on his anti-gay rant, I couldn't stomach watching him for long periods of time. It is not because I disagreed with his opinion, he has a right to it, no matter how ignorant it is. I became enraged to hear him blame his words on the fact that his first language isn't English. I don't want to turn this post into a huge debate, but as a bilingual Latina, he is helping perpetuate a stereotype that maybe we don't always understand what we are saying or reading.

Nikki Ferrell and her boyfriend (?) Juan Pablo Galavis on "The Bachelor" (Photo: ABC)
With that being said, his smugness and lack of accepting responsibility for the things he says or does, is what I disliked about Juan Pablo the most. But since we should always look for something positive out of every negative situation, here are the lessons we should take from season 18 of "The Bachelor" in no particular order:

1. Do not go on a television show and compete against 25 women for one man. I'm sorry, but no one man is worth that kind of pain and aggravation. Isn't dating just one person difficult enough these days? This season had the largest group of relatable women, and I loved seeing the photos of contestants Andi Dorfman, Sharleen Joynt, and Kelly Travis who hooked up in Georgia to watch (and mock) an episode! #girlpower

2. When a guy, or his mother, tells you you deserve better, believe them! If I had learned that lesson and run in the other direction many times during my life, I'd have saved myself some serious heartache, amongst other things. It's obvious Juan Pablo was looking for his 15 minutes of fame and not much else. Always, always, always value yourself.

3. Fairy tales do not exist, especially not on a reality dating competition show. Yes, there are plenty of good men out there that will treat you like a princess. But no relationship is perfect and it will take a lot of work and dedication from both of you to make it work. I'm not sure about contractual obligations, but I would have LOVED to have seen Juan Pablo arrive to the Final Rose Ceremony only to be stood up by Clare Crawley and the ultimate winner (?) Nikki Ferrell. Juan P is a Miami local and has been spotted around town with various women in tow at many events. Yes, he can have female friends, but come on! You think he was going to be true to Nikki, who he claims to only "like very much?"

4. Not all Hispanic men are the same! I'm embarrassed Juan Pablo ended up being the first ever ethnic bachelor. He does not represent me or the entire community. Yes, this was only a television show, but I bet there were a lot of conversations about how [enter random stereotype here] Hispanic men are. I have heard from many Hispanics about the show and Mr. Galavis, and no one was impressed by him or supported his behavior or ideologies. 

5. Never settle. My mom used to always say, "everything that glitters is not gold." Yes, he was attractive and seemed to have all the qualities these women were looking for. But look at the end result and realize that beauty is skin deep. Get to know someone for who they are, flaws and all! People will never change. If you can't accept them as they are, move on! It will be hard and you will make mistakes. But the important thing is that you pick yourself up and never accept anything less than what you are worth.

What I hope Juan Pablo learned:

I interviewed Juan Pablo for a major outlet and his English was perfect. I hope he learned to own up to his words and beliefs and people will respect you more for it. Don't back peddle, stand up for what you think is right. If you realize that you made a mistake, apologize and educate yourself so as not to be ignorant in the future.

Also, you have a daughter and a mother. Never treat a female any less than you'd expect the two most important women in your life to be treated. How would you feel if you heard someone treated either of them how you treated most of these women?

Karma, sir, is a bitch.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Spring Awakening


One of my favorite seasons of the year is spring because of everything it represents. I've noticed this trend of "new beginnings" in my own circle of friends so I can imagine this might be happening to more people than I'd every be able to count.

I'm not sure what has cause this shift, although as an avid follower of the zodiac, I feel like maybe there is something in the cosmos affecting people all over the world. Whether you believe in all that are not is really not the point. If you have actively wanted to change something about yourself, I can't think of a better time to get started than spring.

Spring: verb to move or jump suddenly or rapidly upward, forward, or from a constrained position
Spring: noun the season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear

Notice all the keywords in the definitions above and allow yourself to start making the changes you want to see so that new situations can flourish in your life. They don't even need to be big things!

I recently went to my local Sherwin Williams store to pick out bright colors for my bathroom. I will admit to being intimidated since I'm so not a DIY person, but by reaching out of my comfort zone, I learned a lot about what colors can bring more light into your home (and in turn your life), how easy it is to change your atmosphere with something so minimal like painting or redecorating. Do not be intimidated by change--- you can do it!

Start small: Clean out your closet, review your beauty products and throw out expired items or any that you don't use, go over your social media accounts and delete anyone who brings negativity into your life, unsubscribe from newsletters and advertisements that you don't read and create clutter in your inbox, empty your fridge and cabinets of expired food.

No matter what your short/longterm goals are, change can be good but you have to take the first step. Good luck!