At first look, you can't really tell what superstars Britney Spears, Emma Roberts and Ashley Benson have in common. That's because it has to do with something you can't really see but you can definitely feel.

Britney Spears, Ashley Benson, and Emma Roberts love what?

You can't tell just by looking at them but this popular trio are head-over-heels in love with eos products' body lotion! When I first heard how much they adore this product, I wondered why I only had their lip balms on my radar?! What's wrong with you Rosy?

Britney slathers her legs with the Berry Blossom Body Lotion before getting her workout on. With that perfect bod, she must a full stock of the pink bottle at home...okay? "Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson prefers the Delicate Petals Body Lotion in the pretty purple bottle. She uses it to get moisturized before heading out for the day.

But it looks like Emma Roberts is more my type of girl! She uses a little bit of both just to lounge around the house with her bestie. Awww, so cute!

So what's so magical about this eos product? It goes on like sheer silk, while still providing your skin with all the moisture it needs. It absorbs quickly, leaving barely a trace on skin - while providing 24 hours of long-lasting moisture. It's enriched with natural shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E and with elegant, a blooming scent, your skin will be visibly softer and look and smell great.

Check out these photos the girls shared on social media:



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Gwen Stefani has a lot to sing about these days. Not only is the momma-of-three happy coupled with Blake Shelton, but she's going on tour this summer to promote her new album, "This Is What The Truth Feels Like."

Oh, I can't forget to mention she'll be touring with BFF Eve!!!!

Gwen Stefani is hitting the road this summer!
OMG, OMG, OMG! This morning I woke up and the first thing I saw on Facebook was an announcement about Gwen Stefani's new tour. I've loved Gwenny (as I call her) since high school when her style and her sounds made her one of my hardcore girl crushes. I grew up in Miami and the way Gwen dressed was nothing I had ever seen before.

The more I read the more excited I got. It's been a hot minute since actress/singer Eve has been heard from. The last time I heard about her she was marrying British entrepreneur Maximillian Cooper in 2014. And now in a matter of a couple of weeks, she's back on the scene with a new movie, "Barbershop: The Next Cut" and she'll be joining her bestie Gwen on the tour that kicks off on July 12th in Massachusetts.

Can you imagine how crazy crowds will go when they get down to "Let Me Blow Your Mind?" Will these two talented women be heading to your city? Check out the breakdown below:

This Is What the Truth Feels Like 2016 Tour Dates
All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Mansfield, MA
Xfinity Center
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Wantagh, NY
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavilion
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Raleigh, NC
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
West Palm Beach, FL
Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Friday, July 29, 2016
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Noblesville, IN
Klipsch Music Center
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Detroit, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Chicago, IL
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Saint Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Friday, August 12, 2016
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Dallas, TX
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Houston, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Austin, TX
Austin360 Amphitheater
Friday, August 19, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Fresno, CA
Save Mart Center
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Seattle, WA
KeyArena
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Vancouver, BC
Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
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Leonardo Sbaraglia will hypnotize you
You can't tell by the image above but Leonardo Sbaraglia is quite a good looking guy. But for his new role on HBO Latino's hottest new drama "El Hipnotizador" he is suffering from insomnia. Wouldn't you look a little rough around the edges if you desperately needed some sleep? But his looks really are beside the point because his portrayal of the lead character is mysterious and captivating.

If you didn't catch the premiere, the show isn't scary as much as it is dark. The thriller tells the story of an insomniac hypnotist full of secrets and memories that haunt him. The baddie is played by Mexican-born Brazilian actor Chico Diaz. Darek, the baddie, who is controlling Arenas (Sbaraglia) while he sleeps. 

What's pretty cool about this series is that it's bilingual--- Spanish and Portuguese. Since I'm fluent in Spanish, I've already picked up a few Portuguese words. There are also English subtitles to add to the mix and really have some fun! I was really surprised at how all these elements came together and sucked me into the series.

The first two episodes are available via HBO Go and it's being replayed on HBO Latino as well.  To make it even easier, I am sharing the premiere below so you can watch it right now.


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Miami is the city of sand, sun, and fun. But no matter where you live, you will be able to celebrate like a star with this awesome cocktail recipe made especially for the Latin Billboard Awards.

Mixologist J.D. Marin creates The Breeze of Miami (Photo: Buchanan's)
Even though it's been 8 months (!) since I left Miami for Los Angeles, I'll never forget those breezy nights on my balcony by the bay. I'm having an awesome time on the West Coast but there are very few places that can party like my hometown.

I covered the Latin Billboard Awards more years than I can remember. It's truly one of the best award shows to attend. Telemundo brings together the top Latin artists and performers to celebrate their accomplishments. For viewers and attendees, this means a non-stop party surrounded by some of the most beautiful people in the world.

I won't be there this year so when Buchanan's reached out to tell me about the official cocktail of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, I was so happy to share it. Now you and I can make these at home to sip on while watching the show live from the 305. The best part is, you only need 5 ingredients to handle this recipe like a boss.

The Breeze of Miami (Photo: Buchanan's)

The Breeze of Miami 
Created by Mixologist, J.D. Marin 

4 chunks Watermelon 
3/4 oz Lemon Juice 
3/4 oz Simple Syrup 
1 oz Coconut Water 
2 oz Buchanan’s 
Garnish with a Watermelon Stick 

Ideal Serving Glass: Rocks glass 
Yield: 1 drink, no drink contains more than 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol
Grace Coddington is combining her love of beauty and cats for the big debut of her first fragrance, Grace by Grace Coddington. Vogue's creative director partnered with Comme des Garçons Parfum for the release.

Grace Coddington and one of her many kitties (Photo: Courtesy)

As the creative director at large for Vogue Magazine, Grace Coddington created some of the most talked about photoshoots in the world. And even though she broke some hearts after announcing her retirement at the start of 2016, we now see that she's been keeping busy and working with some of her favorite felines in the process.

This week it was announced that the former model is releasing her debut fragrance on April 19th. Grace by Grace Coddington is part of a collaboration with Comme des Garçons Parfum and will be sold exclusively through Dover Street Market and her newly launched website. In fact, anyone in or around the Big Apple on April 20th is encouraged to head over to 160 Lexington Avenue between 5-7pm for a special bottle signing hosted by Grace.

Two of her favorite things in the world helped inspire the creation of this fragrance: roses and cats! I know that sounds like a weird combo but I can't think of a prettier bottle to add to my collection than this one. Katy Perry (or is it Purry?), you may have done the kitty bottle first but Grace did it purrfectly. She even added some snazzy original kitty drawings to the packaging.



1, 2, 3...AWWW! Yes, I too love cats and have two of my own #thankyouverymuch

Comme des Garçons Parfum Creative Director Christian Astuguevieille found inspiration for the scent in Grace's longtime love of roses. "It was a pleasure to collaborate with Grace--- she's a true visionary, and from the outset had a very clear and distinct concept of what this perfume should be," Astuguevieille said. I'm delighted to have played a role in its creation."

My birthday is not until September but I must purrrchase this bottle right meow.


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Leonardo Sbaraglia in "El Hipnotizador" (Courtesy: HBO Latino)
Leave it to HBO Latino to create next level programming for the bilingual market. On April 1st at 10pm ET/9pm CT, the network is releasing "El Hipnotizador," their first bilingual production. I had the chance to preview the pilot episode and I can assure you, this is not your mother's melodramatic novela!  

Before I tell you about the dark-yet-beautiful photography, let me get you up to speed on what this series is all about. Argentine star Leonardo Sbaraglia stars as the title character--- The Hypnotizer. He's this mysterious character with many secrets yet to reveal. 

According to HBO Latino, He uses a special hypnosis technique, to solve other people's problems by putting them into a trance in order to reveal their inner, darkest secrets. Living in a hotel surrounded by painful memories and condemned to a life of sleepless nights by his rival Darek (Chico Diaz), he will need to confront Darek and deal with his past if he ever wants to sleep again.

This series reminded me a lot of another dark HBO show, "Boardwalk Empire." Although there aren't any murderous gangsters in this, the style in which it was shot as well as the use of costumes and locations make it easy to transport the viewer to the 1940's. Each shot makes me feel the grittiness of the story and I know that no matter what is coming next can't be good for anyone involved.

Remember we mentioned the show mystery drama is bilingual? You can catch this bilingual offering in Spanish/Portuguese with English subtitles! The Portuguese options were east enough to follow if you only speak Spanish but having those subtitles were extremely helpful in a pinch.

You can preview the first episode entitled, "A Fita Amarela" via an exclusive video located via HBO Latino's Facebook page. Click here to watch it now! Don't forget to "Like" the page as well to stay up-to-day with the latest on this show, which is sure to become your new favorite Friday night drama.

If you rather watch it after its first airing on TV, check it out via HBO GO shortly after the premiere. What do you have to lose? Check it out and support this amazing talent and beautifully shot production so HBO Latino brings us more of these top quality offerings.

After watching, head to the comments below and let me know how much you love it.


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It has been 14 years since we last saw the Portokalos family but the wait is finally over! "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" is in theaters today and it might make you laugh even more than the first one. Who knew that was even possible?

Welcome Back! It's Toula and her big fat Greek family (Image: Courtesy)
One of my favorite things about "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was how much it reminded me of my family. Yes, the family featured is Greek, but I've met so many fans of the film who relate to the Portokalos clan even though they are from many different cultures. As a Hispanic, this was definitely the case. So when the announcement was released last year that a sequel was happening I was excited and worried. Would this ruin one of my favorite movies of all time?

Even though I won't tell you any major plot points from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," know that there are a lot of surprises still to be had. I have seen the original so many times that I really felt like I knew these people. But I learned SO much more about many of them in the sequel. Nia Vardalos, who penned the script and stars in it, brought more hilarity and reasons to bring along a few tissues.

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett back together (Photo: Courtesy)

What I can say is, this film covers the reality of what happens to married couples when they get comfortable and complacent with their relationships. Many times when children enter the equation or many years have passed, some of the magic can be lost between couples. Sometimes priorities need to be re-evaluated or things could go from bad to worse if you ignore it. It's important to make your partner feel special way past the courting and honeymoon stages.

I can say so many wonderful things about this cast but it's worth mentioning newcomer Elena Kampouris who plays Toula and Ian's daughter Paris. She brings the perfect amount of sweetness, sass, and teenage angst to the role and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.

Yiayia is back! Bess Meisler shares a scene with Elena Kampouris (Photo: Courtesy)

Even though I support most sequels if I loved the originals, it's tough to find any that I might possibly love more than the first but this one comes close. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" brings freshness to an old classic and will hopefully inspire Nia to make a third in a lot less time than it took her to make this second installment. The wait was long but totally worth it.

Grab your girls, your family, and anyone you love and watch this hilarious film. There's also a lot of eye candy by way of John Corbett, Louis Mandylor, and the newest addition, John Stamos!

Opa! Lainie Kazan and Louis Mandylor (Photo: Courtesy)

I can't tell you who is getting married, but it will definitely pull on the heartstrings. Opa! Get ready to celebrate!
There may be many Kardashian/Jenner sister projects out there, but my favorite is Kendall Jenner's collaboration with Estée Lauder. The international model made a special appearance at Sephora Fifth Avenue to help launch The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder last night.

Kendall Jenner poses with a happy fan at Sephora Fifth Avenue (Photo: Courtesy)
Let's take a moment and look at Kendall Jenner's makeup in the photo above. Admire it. Envy it. Wonder how to recreate it yourself. I'm going to tell you what products she used in a minute but first, I want to tell you a little bit about what she was celebrating!

The 20-year-old spokesmodel held a special meet-and-greet at Sephora where they celebrated their exclusive new collection from Estée Lauder. Ever since Kendall teamed up with the global beauty brand also fronted by Joan Smalls and Arizona Muse, Estee Lauder has been kicking butt on the social front. Their Instagram account just celebrated hitting one million followers! That's the kind of magic that happens when you hook up with the power of the Kardashian/Jenner klan.



Kendall Jenner presents The Estelle Edit (Photo: Courtesy)

Kendall worked with celebrity makeup artist Victor Henao ahead of her appearance. Without his magical talents, we can only do our best to recreate this amazing look but here's the breakdown of products and tips to get you going.


SKIN: The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Beam Team was used to moisturize and illuminate the skin.

FACE: The foundation base was a mix of Skin Glowing Balm in Wheat and Flash Illuminator in Morning Light to give a flawless, dewy finish. Hi Lo Stylo was used to contour around her face, including the jawline, hairline and nose.

CHEEKS: The Barest Blush in First Lover

EYES: First, Victor used The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in Black Viper in the outer and inner crease, and then applied The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in Guilt to the center of the eye. He then applied the Dark Brown and Black from The Edit Eyeshadow Palette in the crease of the eye to further define the smoky eye, topping it off with the Silver Transformer all over. He finished the eye with The Blackest Liner and The Edgiest Up & Out Double Mascara to define and lengthen her lashes.

BROWS: Victor defined Kendall’s brows with More Than Brows in Rich Brown

LIPS: Mattified Lipstick in Sunday Vibe
Starting your day with the right foundation can determine how your entire day will go. So I like to set a strong and positive foundation each morning with the help of Neutrogena.

I can't live without my Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation (Photo: ak cespedes)
In December 2015, I made a decision that has changed my life. Even though I am not a huge supporter of new year resolutions, I do believe that we can improve our lives daily by making little changes. What this means is that by simply altering the way we think, we have the power to truly be happy. 

Let me explain...

I start my days pretty routinely. I take a shower, head to my vanity and do my makeup. This is probably the most peaceful part of my day other than the relaxing shower I take before bed. So I discovered that by setting positive intentions while applying my makeup, I leave my house in a happier mood than ever before.

I woke up like this (Photo: ak cespedes)

So as I sit in front of the mirror, applying Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeupo in shade Honey, I think about all the things that I am grateful for.  It's easy to take for granted the fact that we woke up with air in our lungs, with family and friends that love us, a roof over heads, and a job that allows us to pay our bills and splurge when possible on trips or whatever you love. Sometimes it's even the little things like Neutrogena expanding their Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup so I don't have to blend colors, that can put a smile on my face. They now have fourteen different shades to pick from! (Click here to find the perfect one for you)

They also have a new collection called SkinClearing that helps me out when I have hormonal breakouts. Hello Aunt Flow, you don't have control of my skin anymore! I use Neutrogena's Complexion Perfector in shade Medium, for all over coverage with an acne-fighting formula. Sometimes I even mix a little bit of the shade Deep to give myself a little extra color when needed. ;) Their SkinClearing line has five shades available including fair, light, light/medium, medium and deep.

No matter what foundation you choose, always start with SPF (Photo: ak cespedes)
Setting a strong foundation, with the right foundation, can make a huge difference in your life as it has mine. Neutrogena has a huge collection of products that will help protect your skin and help bring out your natural beauty. When you pair that with less stress from having to search for the perfect products, you always win!

Last year they released Healthy Skin Blushes that I truly can't live without. I use Rosy, which I pretend was named after me, for a normal day. But if I'm going to lunch with a friend or a daytime event, I wear Vibrant. For nighttime fun, I mainly rock Flushed. I use Bronzed and Luminous layered with each of the pinkier shades to create some depth.

How do you start your day? Hit me up on social media and let me know using the hashtag #strongfoundation

Here are my favorite products for day-to-day flawlessness (Photo: ak cespedes)
Mornings be like... (Photo: ak cespedes)


***This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Neutrogena. All thoughts and obsessions over these amazing products are all my own. Try them out and you'll understand why.***
For the last decade, I've owned two Mazda vehicles. So when they reached out to hook me up with a Mazda3 for a week, I was excited. Plus I'd be able to see how quickly and smoothly it would zip around town when I attended the We All Grow Conference in Long Beach.

My girls Jo and Brenda in front of our CX-5 in Huntington Beach, California
I should preface this conversation by saying I'm a pretty lucky girl. After selling my Mazda Tribute ahead of my big move to California, I've been putting off buying a car. Since I live in Hollywood, I'm so central to everything that I hardly need one. But as the "We All Grow Conference" got closer, I was happy to have been offered a Mazda for a week.

The CX-5 in the photo above was part of our field trip last Thursday when a group of us traveled to Huntington Beach in various Mazda's. As much as I loved the size, I found that I preferred the 3 since we have to do so much parallel parking out here. Regardless, it was awesome piling my girls in the SUV and cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway.

After the conference, I took a cruise around town to show you all some cool locations around my hood. The landmark I see all the time is the iconic Hollywood sign. I have days where I walk past it or catch a glimpse of it from a car and I still can't believe I live here!

Left: My parked Mazda 3 Right: My best friend Peetie and I in front of Lake Hollywood Park
Another local hotspot that gets photographed by many tourists is Kat Von D's tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo at 1259 La Brea Avenue. I walk past the shop anytime I walk to my local market and there is always someone taking a picture in front of it. I rarely ever look inside after living here seven months but when my friends Waldo and Justin came for a visit, I peeked inside to prove Kat Von D is never spotted there but she just so happened to be working that very moment.

Cool collage located behind High Voltage Tattoo
Speaking of my grocery store, the second story of the parking structure is a great place to get a view of my new city. You can see how close I live to the Hollywood sign, The Roosevelt Hotel and the surrounding view of the mountains. Coming from Miami where we have no mountains, it's really cool to have a view like this:

Check out Peetie in the drivers seat!
I was really sad yesterday when they came to pick up my car, but I'm seriously considering purchasing another Mazda in the near future. In this Mazda3, I drove to work three days and a conference in Long Beach for three days then my adventures on Sunday documented here, all on one tank of gas.

To learn more about Mazda vehicles, click here right now!

**DISCLOSURE: As mentioned, Mazda gave me a car to use and review for one week. Opinions and thoughts are all my own.**