If someone told me this morning that I'd be one step closer to looking like supermodel Joan Smalls, I wouldn't have believed you. But thanks to Estée Lauder, my dreams are closer than I could have ever imagined.

Joan Smalls (Photo: Estee Lauder)
Not only is the Puerto Rican-born supermodel one of the most beautiful women in the world, she is also one of the nicest. So I know exactly why the makeup giant worked with her to create their new collection, Pure Envy Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick.

"It was so cool collaborating with Estee Lauder on this collection. I brought in swatches in shades I thought would be great and then we talked about different formulas and finishes," said Joan. "I love a bold, matte lip. It's so chic --- so that's what we made. They're perfect."

The collection features 12 different shades including a light nude named, "Covetous Nude," a neon pink called Neon Azalea, and a fiery tangerine called, "Volatile."


You can purchase any or all of these shades right now at your local Estee Lauder counter or at EsteeLauder.com for $30.00.
I have a love/hate relationship with summer. As much as I love tropical drinks, pool parties, and flower prints, the sun and humidity get to be pretty intolerable.

Botran Party at Larios on the Beach (Photo: Rosy Cordero)
Ever since I moved to Los Angeles, I'm surprised at how much I miss about Miami. Revisiting these pictures of the fabulous Botran Rum event held at Larios on the Beach isn't making it any easier! I had the pleasure of joining brand ambassador Emilio Estefan and a group of journalists on a trip to Guatemala to visit Botran's distillery a couple of years ago. I've been hooked on the premium rum ever since.

I've honestly never made any type of fancy cocktail with it because the flavors are so good, I didn't want to ruin it. So having a top mixologist show me how to do it properly, really opened up a whole new world to me.

With a bottle of Botran in my bar, I can live anywhere in the world and be instantly transported to my fun days in Guatemala and Miami. Want to join me? Check out some of my favorite recipes that require very few ingredients and even less steps. If I can do it, so can you.

Enjoy!

Botran Pineapple Smash, my favorite! (Photo: Logan Fazio)



BOTRAN PINEAPPLE SMASH 

Ingredients:
1.5oz Botran Reserva
.75oz Pineapple Basil Syrup
.75oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Method:
Pour all ingredients into a shaker and shake for 10 seconds
Pour into a rocks glass over ice Garnish with a pineapple slice

DELUXE BOTRAN MOJITO RECIPE

Ingredients:

2oz Botran Reserva
1 oz Simple Syrup 1oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
2 Sprigs Mint Leaves
Splash Club Soda

Method:

Muddle lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup
Add Botran Reserva Shake and pour in a Collins glass over ice
Top with club soda

BOTRAN WATERMELON MOJITO RECIPE

Ingredients:
2oz Botran Reserva Blanca
1oz Simple Syrup
1oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
2 Sprigs Mint Leaves
5-6 Chunks Watermelon
Splash Club Soda

Method: Muddle lime juice, mint leaves, watermelon and simple syrup
Add Botran Reserva Blanca
Shake and pour in a Collins glass over ice Top with club soda
Whether you saw "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" when it was in theaters, you can celebrate this action packed film today with its release on DVD/Blu-Ray. Watch Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, and my boo Theo James plus four hours of extra footage!

Insurgent Goodies (Photo: @SocialRosy IG)
Did I tell you guys I moved to Los Angeles? I've been thinking about doing this for at least the last two years and I finally did it! More on that in upcoming posts about my adventures. But because of the crazy planning that went into moving cross country, I missed out on see Insurgent on the big screen.

Luckily the Divergent folks sent me this awesome gift set. Now I get to wear my favorite Theo James on my body anytime I want. Be jealous...be very jealous! I've been in love with him since I discovered him on this British show called, "Bedlam." I've been telling everyone he was going to be a huge star making all the boys and girls drool.

You still have time! Go to your favorite store and pick up your copy of Insurgent. Tweet me and we can watch it together.
Body hair is so annoying. I took the challenge last month to wax all the most popular spots and write about my experience. I'm coming out the other end pretty surprised about what I learned.


In partnership with my local European Wax Centers, I decided to see what it would be like to experience having my brows, upper lip, bikini, legs, and underarms waxed in one month. In all fairness, I had done my brows and Brazilian before, but I hadn't done either in many years. So I thought I could fairly take on this challenge and be honest with you guys about my experience.

Here's what I learned:

Brows:

I stopped getting my eyebrows waxed when I discovered threading. I had been told that the skin on your brow would get pulled each time I'd get the treatment. That scared me enough to find an alternate method. I asked the experts at European Wax Center and they explained this is an old wives tale.

What made the biggest difference is the type of wax that was used. They use a high quality wax that comes on and off easily. I loved the result and have officially been reconverted to eyebrow waxing.

Upper Lip:

I'm not sure if it's just a Hispanic thing, but many of us grow so much hair! My upper lip has started bugging me more and more as I've gotten older. But would the hair grow back thicker?

I booked my appointment to do my brows, upper lip, and underarms during one appointment. I loved how quick my appointment was. It has been slow in coming back in and it's not thicker. It was a great experience and I will continue to do this.

Underarms:

If there was one experience that changed my life, it was getting my underarms waxed. Don't get me wrong, it hurt like crazy! But when I woke up the next day, my underarms looked and felt so amazing.  From so many years of shaving, I had that gross greenish color that so many women complain about. After waxing, it was gone.

Before you try this out, make sure you're not on your period or it will be more painful. This is true of getting anything waxed. I learned it the hard way!

Legs:

I had never waxed my legs before either. My favorite thing about having my legs waxed is that they stayed hair-free for a lot longer than I would've imagined. They are so smooth and I know I will hate shaving them in the future.

This is the third most painful area of my body I had done. But it was a lot more tolerable than my underarms and definitely a lot more tolerable than...

Brazilian:

About a decade ago, I tried getting a Brazilian wax. I hated the ingrown hairs I was getting from shaving but I noticed I got a lot of ingrowns after I got it waxed as well. So I gave up doing it and kept on shaving.

Conclusion:

When I took on this challenge, I promised to wax nearly everywhere so I tried it again. As I mentioned before, the excellent wax used at EWC helped so much to avoid ingrown hairs. This time, I got zero! It was very painful but definitely worth it.

What I learned after this experience is that when you're going to do any kind of treatment, make sure the establishment you go to uses high quality products. Going to European Wax Centers helped me forget all those worries so I could simply enjoy the results.

To find a location nearest you, click here.


**This post is a sponsorship post in partnership with European Wax Centers. All thoughts and ideas are my own, unless otherwise noted.**
What would you say if someone invited you to share a coffee with a stranger? This question was asked of random people in Miami recently, and those that accepted were met with a huge surprise.

Coffee with Ricky Martin? Si! (Photo: Nescafé)
(Sometimes) Miami resident Ricky Martin surprised many people during a recent event, including me! Nescafé invited a group of Miami bloggers and social media influencers to enjoy a day savoring their iced coffee at Bayside Marketplace. They told us we'd be meeting a special celebrity as well, but we never imagined just how BIG this star would be.

Throughout the day, Miami residents and tourists came out in droves to sample the coffee, take photos at a fun photo booth and play fun games. Certain guests were approached by staff and were asked if they'd have coffee with a stranger. Those that accepted, were surprised when Mr. Living La Vida Loca sat opposite them---and who can blame them?!

I have to tell you all just how lovely Ricky was with all of us. All the wonderful things you've heard about him are all true. I'd fail you all if I didn't mentioned how gorgeous he is in person as well!! Wow...beautiful inside and out.

Check out the video below of what went down in the tent! Keep that in mind the next time a stranger approaches you at an event with a similar opportunity. You never know who you might meet!