Monday, July 28, 2014

Enter to Win: Avon's Anew Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector

Avon's ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector

Are you prone to dark circles under your eyes? Avon is tackling this #1 eye concern for women (and some men!) with their newest product: ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector ($34). The lightweight formula promises to "visibly brightens under-eye shadows while also smoothing the texture of the eye area" with their advanced custom flexible applicator tip that glides treatment onto the skin.
“Dark circles are such a widespread concern, and a difficult problem to solve. The Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector visibly brightens the under eye area. It has great immediate and long-term benefits.” – Dr. Cheryl Karcher, NYC Board-certified Dermatologist and Professional Consultant for Avon.
Ten (10) lucky readers will take home a full sized product featuring ingredients like Kudzu Root extract and Fennel Fruit Extract. Since the formula features self-adjusting sheer optics, it will instantly match different skin tones to blend seamlessly.

If you don't want to take your chances, you can order your own  by calling 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit their website right now.

Want to win? Hit the comments and tell me why you need this in your makeup bag.  Good luck!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nicolita Brings a "Weekend in Havana" to Miami

NICOLITA "Weekend in Havana" Versailles Restaurant Miami (Photo: Andrew Mikolich)

When I first started on my bikini wearing journey, the swimsuit I had in mind was NICOLITA. Nicole Di Rocco, the Cuban American designer behind the fabulous line, creates her pieces with the curvaceous Latina in mind. Her show during Mercedes Benz Swim Week Miami last year, with its unforgettable booty-themed soundtrack, put the brand on the favorite list of every fashionista in attendance.

This year, Di Rocco got creative once again bringing the 4th Annual "Search for the Perfect Booty" to the Surfcomber Hotel culminating a grand finale at the Versailles Restaurant last week with the winners shown in the images in this post.

“Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Nicole demonstrates this year after year by going against the norm by offering her modeling opportunities to girls no matter their height or size. I can't tell you how much this means to the girls that participate in terms of body confidence!” stated Founder and Model, Cristina DeHart.

Celebrity fans include Britney Spears, Christina Milian, and Eva Longoria. To check out the collection, check out their official website via this link.

Here are some more images of the event:

Vintage Suits and Classic Cars Make the Perfect Combo (Photos: Andrew Mikolich)

Curves for (90) Miles (Photos: Andrew Mikolich)
Bikinis are for day and night (Photo: Andrew Mikolich)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Exclusive: Becky G Talks Touring with Katy Perry, Beauty, and Singing in the 'Shower'

Becky G at "Premios Juventud" (Photo: COVERGIRL)
I recently bought a radio for my house because I had way too many CDs I didn't want to give up. I hate tuning in to most FM stations because a person should only have to listen to that same Iggy Azalea song, no matter how fun it is, no more than 50 times a day. 

But the other day as I was jamming while cleaning the house, I heard this tune that had me dancing and quickly singing along. I ran to Shazam it and it didn't surprise me at all that the song, "Shower" was by one of my favorite up-and-coming stars, Becky G!

I caught up with the petite Mexicana, who was just in Miami to perform at Univision's "Premios Juventud" and at the Fontainebleau South Beach for Y-100's "Mackapaloosa." Check out what she had to say about heading on tour with Katy Perry, her favorite beauty tip, and what she loves to do when she's in Miami.

"Shower" is my favorite hit of the summer! Why should this track be on rotation on everyone’s playlist? 

"Thank you so much! 'Shower' is the perfect summertime jam. Whether you’re in the car with friends, on the beach or getting ready for your day, it sets the tone for a fun filled summer. And who doesn’t like singing in the shower?"

I just saw Katy Perry when she brought the Prismatic Tour to Miami. I hear you'll be joining the tour in October. How excited are you?! What are you most looking forward to?

"I seriously cannot wait to join Katy on tour! It’s going to be so much fun to join my fellow COVERGIRL and to see all my Beasters and the Katy Kats together in one place! Being Mexican-American, I am most looking forward to performing in Mexico, it’s truly a dream come true for me."    

Speaking of Katy, I'm obsessed with her #instaglam line! Are there any products from the collection that you've added to your cosmetics bag? 

"OMG I am obsessed with the #instaGLAM collection from COVERGIRL! Some of my go – to’s are the Cololorlicious Lip Glosses, they have an awesome color payoff and are super moisturizing. I also love the Ready Set Gorgeous foundation—it’s nice because its lightweight and hides shine."

The last time we spoke, you told me you were doing all your makeup when you toured with Austin Mahone. What are some of your favorite tips/tricks you can share?

"It’s no secret that I love a cat eye! Start with Bombshell ShineShadow by LashBlast in a shade of your choice, my personal fave is the Gold Goddess, and then finish the look with COVERGIRL’s Bombshell Intensity Liner in Pitch Black Passion. The precise tip helps me draw a straight line… but don’t sweat it if they aren’t totally even either—no one can get it perfect every time!" 

We love having you visit us here in Miami. What are some of your favorite places to visit when you're in town?

"It wouldn’t be a trip to Miami without going to South Beach! I can’t wait to hit up all the shops, restaurants and of course the beach."

If you haven't watched Becky's video yet, here is "Shower" below:

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

"Glee" Star Chris Colfer & Deborah Harkness Coming to Miami

"Glee" star Chris Colfer to sign copies of his new book "The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning" in Miami

I'm so excited that with the fresh new start of July, there are some fabulous book events coming right here to the good ol' 305. Books & Books (265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables) will be welcoming "Glee" star Chris Colfer on Sunday, July 13th at 11am to promote his book, "The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning." 

In the third book in Colfer's "The Land of Stories" series, Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him--until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother...but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. 

Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council? When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle...or for the secret that will change the twins' lives forever.

In order to get into the autograph line, you will need to pre-order the book either online or call the store with your credit card details. Rules and further details on how to purchase right now, click here.

Deborah Harkness will sign copies of her new book, "The Book of Life" in Miami

As much of a supporter of a quality book as I am, sometimes it can seem like FOREVER before you get to find out what happens to your favorite characters! This is how I felt after gobbling up the first two installments of the Deborah Harkness "All Souls Trilogy" books, "A Discovery of Witches" and "Shadow of Night." There were so many moments I wished I could hurry up the beloved author for my own selfish curiosity but alas, I've almost made it to July 15th, when "The Book of Life" is finally released.

For those of us who patiently waited, Deborah is gifting us with a fabulous book tour that will span 29 days in the U.S. (Click here to see what other cities she will visit). Harkness will be making an appearance right here at Miami's Books & Books on July 20th at 4pm where she'll chat with fans, host a Q&A, as well as sign copies of the new book. 

In "The Book of Life," historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. 

If you're a fan of fantasy books, vampires, witches, or even just great storytelling, you'll get sucked into this series. I'm going to re-read them now to prepare for the release on the 15th.

I'll save you guys a seat in the front row!

Oyster: Like Netflix for Books!

Oyster Books: Your New Addiction
I've been finding myself pretty depressed that I spend so much time on social media. I love hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Instagram seeing what all my friends and followers are up to. But I started to feel like my brain isn't being challenged, I needed to do some learning asap!

During one of my breaks I was checking out my Living Social app and discovered an awesome promo for a new reading app called Oyster. They were giving away two months free membership to the service so I decided to give it a try. I spent nearly an entire day reading book and adding books to my "Reading List" and it was amazing! First off, I had no idea Living Social gave away free deals, but it tipped me off to my new favorite app--- I'm grateful.

The selection of books available is enormous. There are many popular books including titles by Chelsea Handler, Candace Bushnell of "Sex and the City" and "The Carrie Diaries" fame, Dyan Cannon, Dale Carnegie, Steve Jobs, Paulo Coelho, Cassandra Clare, Anthony Bourdain, and so many others. And while J.K. Rowling, Deborah Harkness, and Charlaine Harris are names not yet in the library, they are constantly adding new titles so keep your eyes peeled. There is also a button you can click to suggest books you'd like to see.

My library shelves have runneth over!

It looks like the Living Social deal is no longer available but you get a free 7-day trial when you sign up. If you decide to check it out, use this link so that I can get credits for sending you over

They don't seem to have any audio books available so if that's more your thing, when searching for the Oyster deal this morning I noticed Living Social has a deal right now giving away two free months of Audible. I haven't tried that one out yet but I plan to check it out as well. 

Have any of you tried Oyster yet? 

Friday, June 27, 2014

First Look: Kate Upton for Bobbi Brown

Kate Upton for Bobbi Brown (Photo: Bobbi Brown)
Just when I thought I couldn't drool over Kate Upton more, she does it again! This is your first look at her campaign with beauty giant Bobbi Brown. Look at that lipstick, wowza!! The 22-year-old stunner is rocking the perfect shade of red and I need to own it immediately--- like right now.

"I love a bold lip," Upton said to Glamour Magazine UK. "It makes me feel instantly confident."

That's what I love about makeup. It has the power to change your mood and even alter your state of mind positively!

Upton, who is wearing the shade 'Vintage Red' in the photo, also shared a top beauty tip.

"Whenever I wear a red lip, I try to keep the rest of my makeup simple," she explained. "My tip for applying red lipstick is to line and fill your lips with a red pencil and then swipe the lipstick on top of it. The lip liner will help the lipstick stay put longer."

Thirty new shades of lipstick will hit Bobbi Brown counters and in July.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

OnJuice Brings Healthy Eating to Aventura Mall

President & CEO Scott Harris and Founder Olga Kuzenkov at Aventura Mall (Photo: Zoltan)

Do you find yourself stuck for healthy food options when visiting the mall? OnJuice made its Aventura (19501 Biscayne Blvd) debut earlier this week where guests had the opportunity to sample a variety of their delicious cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and healthy snacks provided by their parent company DeliverLean

Executive chefs Andrew Whiteman and James Donato will be whipping up fresh and delicious grab-and-go meals available for hungry shoppers looking for some extra energy. If you have your kids with you, they will have options for them as well. They can grab bento boxes or almond butter and jelly sandwiches to munch on while mommy takes a break.

You can find the OnJuice at Aventura Mall on the ground floor conveniently located by the children's playground, and next to Croc's and Lululemon. If you're looking for a suggestion, my favorite juice is the Mint Condition which has pineapple, green apple, cucumber, mint, lime, and purified water. Let me know how much you love everything in sight! 

Check out more photos of the opening below:

Yum Yum I want some! (Photo: Zoltan)
Grab-and-Go with OnJuice and DeliverLean at Aventura Mall (Photo: Zoltan)

Local 10's Neki Mohan on Opening Day (Photo: Zoltan)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Why Yes, You Do Need A Trainer!

Hey, check out my trainer Val! Sadly the fit chick is not me...yet! (Photo: Fontainebleau)
I have attempted to get myself back into a gym for a few years now but I never found motivation. Going inside any of the big chain fitness centers intimidated me enough to continue paying a monthly fee yet rarely ever making it inside. The truth is, I didn't know exactly what I needed to do? Should I be doing cardio? Should I be hitting the weights? Maybe I should be signing up for one of the many popular classes like Zumba or trying out Crossfit?

I'm not suggesting you can't get a good workout at a gym on your own. But when you're in a position like mine, where you haven't seen the inside of said gym since signing up a year or two ago, you will benefit from the expertise of a professional trainer. Heck, even if you have been working out and feel comfortable with what you're currently doing, there is nothing like having a trained and passionate individual observe your form and check for weaknesses you may not even realize you have!

So whether you've hit a plateau or you're looking to get started the right way, you should really consider booking some solid time with a trainer. Now I would like to preface what I'm about to say by letting you all know that there are always exceptions to the rule. But, having worked at a big name gym for a few years ago, many of the trainers at those facilities lack the real knowledge needed and are only looking to sell sessions that earn them commission.

If you read my original post, you'll have learned I started working with Master Trainer Val Connor at The Gym at Fontainebleau Miami a few weeks ago. My first week, I was so shocked at how out of shape I was. I had stopped caring about myself and treating my body like I should have and I was paying the price. But with Val's knowledge and expertise I have been able to build up my strength and learn the importance of the mind/body connection.  He is constantly challenging me and I am already noticing how much taller I stand and how much confidence I've been able to build thanks to his guidance.

This really is the beach view from the elliptical and treadmills at the Fontainebleau (Photo: Fontainebleau)

Doing something like this is not cheap. But if I added up all the splurges I've done for lunch and dinner, countless happy hours and of course cocktails with the girls, I'd have the amount needed to ensure my body is working at its best. I can't think of a better investment than my health; not even that hot Chanel backpack I've had my eye on since Coachella!

If you are a South Florida local or will be visiting the area and want to book Val, who is absolutely one of the best and most knowledgeable trainers out there, check out this link or call (305) 674-4772 or (866) 750-4772 for his availability. He also has a great team of trainers at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach that can work with you as well.

Your sessions include access to the Lapis Spa Water Journeys, resort poolscape, plus validated parking for the day. Going for a refreshing swim after a challenging workout is exactly what your muscles need.

What have you done lately to ensure you're living a healthier life? I'm always looking for new tips!