Friday, August 22, 2014

Chloe Moretz: "I'm Having A Lot of Fun Experimenting with Fashion" (Exclusive)

When I met Chloë Moretz for the first time, she was thirteen and promoting the film, "Kick-Ass" at San Diego Comic Con.  She was this sweet young girl, a little shy, who happily met and posed for photos with fans who recognized her.

Now at the ripe ol' age of seventeen, the Atlanta native has racked up countless film and TV credits and is well on her way to becoming a huge Hollywood star. If you need proof, run to theaters this weekend and check out her new film, "If I Stay," co-starring Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, and Jakob Davies.

In the drama based on the novel of the same name, Mia Hall's life changes in a single moment. The seventeen-year-old has no memory of the accident. She can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

Little does she know that she holds the power to make the decision to live, knowing that life as she knew it would never be the same. Or, she could give up and follow the light into the unknown.

The movie was shot beautifully and shows the true meaning of love, friendship, and family. I recommend that all of you hitting the theaters tonight, to bring some tissues--- lot's of them! I can't wait for you all to see it.

Chloe came to Miami in support of the film, and I had the chance to chat with her about bringing to life the character of Mia, and to dish about her favorite fashion designers. Check out the video below:

Prabal Gurung for MAC: Good As Gold

Can you think of a better way to welcome the weekend than by hearing that one of your favorite fashion designers has partnered with one of your favorite makeup brands? According to WWD, Prabal Gurung has a special collection, set to be released on November 26th, with MAC.

Prabal Gurung for MAC (Photo: Tumblr)

As you can tell from the photo above, Prabal himself shared exclusive preview images of the products that he says were inspired by artists Damien Hirst and Sylvie Fleury and photographer Nick Knight.
“I always feel, whether it’s getting dressed or putting on makeup, it’s ritualistic, a very spiritual process that a woman has. We men don’t have the opportunity to do that. As time-consuming as it might be, it’s really a time for you and yourself, deciding how you want to feel, how you want to look," Gurung told WWD.
Those lucky enough to be attending his fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City next month, will get a sneak peek of the collection. Price points for these sure-to-be coveted pieces are higher than regular MAC products......OBVIOUSLY.

The square handled buffer brush (above) will set you back $70 as will a cream colored base and bronzing powder. There will be three eyeshadow duos retailing for $40 each and three lipsticks and three lip glasses released costing $30 each. Two pencils, one black and one Chromagraphic, will sell for $20 each.

Start saving now ladies, as you know quantities will be limited and shoppers are serious about limited edition beauty items.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Graceland" Star Jamie Gray Hyder Shares "Amazing" Beauty Secret (Exclusive)

Jamie Gray Hyder (Photo: Wire)
Most recently you've seen Jamie Gray Hyder on the HBO supernatural drama "True Blood," USA Network's "Graceland," and in David Guetta's new music video, "Lovers on the Son" alongside Ray Liotta and Andrew Keegan. But the Washington D.C. native is just a regular girl, having fun playing with different looks for the increasing number of red carpet events she's been attending.

I caught up with the brunette beauty this week to talk about what's coming up for her character Lucia on "Graceland," [link via Xfinity Latino] and we got into some fashion and beauty talk you're going to love!

I love seeing you on the red carpet! You have a unique style and my favorite thing is how you incorporate a pop of color with your outfit or with your makeup. Are you having fun playing with new looks?  

"Thank you! I will be the first to admit that I don't know much about 'fashion' but definitely have my own preferences and personal style. I like to wear a lot of neutrals and classic styles, then jazz them up with something more modern or funky. My favorite accessory right now is probably my gold tooth, hah. It's a lot of fun and definitely throws people off!"

Do you have any favorite beauty products you can't live without?

"I'm pretty simple when it comes to my beauty regimen. I've been using Cetaphil since I was in middle school, and don't subscribe to a slew of creams and anti-aging products (for now!). I stick to a basic moisturizer with SPF. I can't live without dry shampoo, coconut oil, my Amazing Cosmetics concealer, and my exfoliating mitt I got from the Korean spa."

If you haven't seen Jamie and her steamy kiss with my 90's crush Andrew Keegan, check it out below:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Watch Now: 5 Romantic Comedies You Don't Want to Miss on Netflix

It's been raining since yesterday nearly non-stop in Miami. I'm not sure what the weather is like where you are, but when is it not a good time to stay in with some friends and watch movies? If you're as addicted to Netflix as I am, you may not have even heard of these five romantic comedies but they need to be on your radar:

5. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

I thought everyone had heard of and watched "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" starring Amy Adams, Francis McDormand, and Lee Pace. I recently had a girlfriend come over and she confessed how this film never ended up on her radar. 

Based on the 1938 novel, this rom-com tells the story of the lie that brings together Guinivere Pettigrew (McDormand) and  Delysia Lafoss (Adams) and how it changes both their lives. Watch it for the beautiful costumes, the delicious music, and to find out who Delysia end up with!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Join Us for the FPL #EasyToSave Twitter Party

This is part of a sponsored collaboration between Latina Mom Bloggers and Florida Power & Light (FPL) Company. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

It’s that time of year again! Florida families are busy shopping for school supplies and getting ready to go back to school. However, as all parents know, back-to-school costs can add up very quickly. FPL’s simple energy efficiency tips will help you start the school year right and get an A+ in savings.

We will also have FPL energy efficiency expert Tiffany Spence, who is a mom herself, sharing information about FPL’s free online tool, the Online Home Energy Survey, which can help you find new ways to save up to $250 a year. Taking the survey is as easy as clicking to get a discount on school supplies, ordering dinner or watching a movie. 

Please be sure to bring your questions for Tiffany who will be ready to answer them. And as an added treat, when you tweet the #EasyToSave hashtag and answer a question during the chat you could win a $50, $75, $100 or $150 Target gift card. Prizing is limited to current FPL customers only. RSVP today and just click to learn how to manage your family’s energy use and make your bill even lower.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gabrielle Union Talks Beauty, Her New Movie, and Life in Miami (Exclusive)

It takes a lot more than bikinis and martinis to be a Miami resident. Gabrielle Union, who is gearing up to marry "Miami Heat" star Dwyane Wade later this month, is using her star power to teach the community the importance of year round sun protection.

As a Neutrogena Brand Ambassador, the "Being Mary Jane" star visited the Miami Beach Community Health Center as part of the Buy 1 + Donate 1 Event on July 21st alongside singer/actress Sandra Echeverría. The duo handed out 280 suncare donation kits to fans while sharing with them the latest health figures on melanoma.

Gabrielle Union at the Neutrogena Buy 1 + Donate 1 Event in Miami Beach on July 21st  (Photo: Jeannette Kaplun)

"Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for ages 25-29. Properly protecting children and teaching healthy sun habits is key. Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color. Together with Neutrogena®, I'm spreading the word to everyone I know that skin cancer is a real issue and one that can be prevented with simple steps like wearing sunscreen and doing regular skin checks," said Gabrielle.

Ahead of the event, I was able to chat with Gabrielle about what's in her beauty bag, taking on the role of executive producer on the upcoming Lifetime film, "With This Ring," and her recommendations for getting the most out of your beauty products when living in a hot and humid city like Miami.

To learn more about sun protection, check out the handy information at Neutrogena's official website via this link.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Steal My Look: Selena Gomez at Teen Choice Awards

Selena Gomez (Photo Cred: John Frieda)
All eyes were on the beautiful Selena Gomez at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards when the petite brunette accepted the "Ultimate Choice Award" in Los Angeles last night. What caught my attention the most, aside from her fly Saint Laurent Tuxedo Jumpsuit, was her flawless hair styled by Lona Vigi.

If you want to recreate the look at home, the celebrity stylist breaks down what to use and how to style below:
  • To start, Vigi misted Selena's hair with an Evian atomizer in order to prep her hair and keep it in the cleanest condition. 
  • Next, she applied a dime sized amount of the John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Six Effects Serum into her hands, and rubbed them together before going into Selena's hair, starting at the roots and pulling all the way to the ends. "This serum is like a BB Cream for the hair," said Vigi. "It covers so many vital bases that you end up using multiple products for, instead you can cut all of that out of the equation and just have this one master product." 
  • In the front, Vigi sprayed John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray while the hair was still damp in order to keep all the little baby hairs around the frame of the face tamed down. 
  • Then, while blowing drying on a medium heat with the Harry Josh Pro Tools Dryer, Vigi sprayed the hair continuously to ensure the hair stayed back into the ponytail.
  • Next Vigi clipped the hair up and took super small sections and went over them with a flat iron, getting as close to the scalp as possible. 
  • Vigi created a center part and then gathered Selena's hair by the nape of her neck to create the ponytail. Once it was secure, she patted John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Creme into the ponytail so that it looked extra strong and shiny. "We wanted the ponytail to be the accessory to her look," said Vigi. 
  • As a final touch, Lona secured the ponytail with a long, black ribbon.

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!