Friday, July 26, 2013

Six Smart Tips to Help Combat #ALLERGYFACE {sponsored content}

This post is part of a sponsored campaign on behalf of Latina Bloggers Connect and the makers of ZYRTEC®

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One of the many things that we as women have to prepare ourselves for is allergy season. Once the warm weather arrives, some of us tend to suffer from #ALLERGYFACE : the puffy face, red nose or watery eyes - if not all three!  Oh Man, can that be aggravating, or what?

Good news is, there are several ways to keep these allergy symptoms under control.

Before sharing my Six Smart Tips to Combat #ALLERGYFACE , I wanted to share a short video featuring beauty and fashion expert, Carmen Ordoñez from In this video, Carmen gives a few budget friendly tips on how to help soothe a red nose and puffy eyes - two of the most common beauty challenges that are heavily associated with #ALLERGYFACE.

To see this video in SPANISH - Click HERE

Now that you are armed with a few budget friendly tips from Carmen's video, let's take a look at a few more additional tips that are sure to help you this allergy season.

Six Smart Tips to Help Combat #ALLERGYFACE :

1. Try to drink more green tea during the warmer months. It is said that drinking green tea can help alleviate a red nose from constant sneezing.

2. If you are like me, who suffers from puffy face, try eating a healthy dose of fresh pineapples every day for almost instant relief.  I like to peel the pineapple, cut it in round slices and store them in the fridge. Whenever I feel my cheeks getting puffy, I immediately eat a few slices and relief comes shortly after. It's truly AMAZING!

3. An easy method to relieve puffy eyes is to get your hands on a few bags of black tea. All you have to do is dip two black tea bags (one for each eye) in a cup of hot water for a few minutes. Let the bags cool in the fridge, then apply the damp bags as a compress to closed eyes for about 10 min. Super easy and Relaxing!

4. If you like to exercise outdoors - try doing so during the early hours of the morning. This will ensure that you are less prone to be affected by pollen in their "peak" time which is during the afternoon.

5. This tip coincides with tip #4 - Any time you are outdoors ALWAYS make sure to RINSE OFF after being outside. Toss any clothing that you wearing outside into your hamper and put a lid on it! Oh, by the way, washing your hair also helps remove any pollen that could have fallen into it while you were outside.

6. Drink plenty of fluids - especially water. The extra dose of H2O will help thin out any mucus that may accumulate in your airways helping you to breathe a little better.

There you have it! A few simple, budget friendly tips to keep in mind during this allergy season. Trust me, putting a few of these in practice will help you combat any symptoms, keeping #ALLERGYFACE at bay, or at least under control.

If you found this post helpful, feel free to check out to view part one and part two of Carmen’s ALLERY FACE™ video series.

You can also follow Carmen on Twitter at @VivaFashion and check out her blog for her latest ALLERGY FACE™ tips and tricks.

For product savings and rewards to help you feel better, visit and ZYRTEC® on Facebook

Now it's Your turn: If you suffer from #ALLERGYFACE , how do you manage with these symptoms? Share your tips in the comments!

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign on behalf of Latina Bloggers Connect and the makers of ZYRTEC®. All photos and opinions posted here are 100% my own. To see a full disclosure used by this website, please refer to our DISCLOSURE page at the top of this page. Thank you!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Steal This Look from The New COVERGIRL Becky G #covergirlbeckyg

Earlier this month, COVERGIRL finally announced that they had chosen 16 year old, Becky G to be the brand's New COVERGIRL. As the newest addition to the COVERGIRL brand, Becky G recently finished shooting her very first bilingual COVERGIRL TV commercial, which she debuted at the Premios Juventud this past Friday, July 19.

If you were not able to watch the Spanish Award Show, here is a clip of Becky G's new commercial.

After watching this commercial, you have to admit that the new COVERGIRL is a beautiful young lady, with a lot of talent. The 16 year old Mexican-American rapper, singer, songwriter performed her new EP track ‘Play It Again’ instantly winning over the crowd that attended the Premios Juventud!

Not only did Becky G perform at the Award Ceremony, the new COVERGIRL was also nominated for ‘Premio Revelacion Juvenil’. This would explain why the young songstress appeared looking completely flawless when walking the red carpet.

the new covergirl BeckyG

Celebrity MUA, Sarah Uslan drew inspiration from Becky’s fans who voted between three eye looks inspired by COVERGIRL’s Flamed Out Collection. Here are the exact steps and products Sarah used to create Becky's red carpet look:

1. For the face, start out by applying COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Crème Foundation and afterwards, apply COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer.

2. To accent the cheek bones apply COVERGIRL Cheekers Blush and to set the look use COVERGIRL Clean Pressed Powder to finish off the face and reduce the brightness of the skin so that Becky G was camera ready.

3. For the eyes, apply COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Gold Flame (330) to entire inner corner of eyelid. Also use it to line the lower inner corner of eye.

4. Softly apply COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Red-Hot Flame (310) to outer corner of eye; gently smudge the Gold Flame and Red-Hot shades together with the finger across the middle of the eyelid to blend.

5. Line the entire rim of the eye with COVERGIRL Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus, Charcoal Ink (250).

6. Finish with COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara in Very Black Blaze (300) for a bold statement.

7. For the lips, to add that Miami ‘sabor’, Becky G rocked COVERGIRL Lip Perfection in Flame (300) to add a pop of the tropics.

As you can see, with just a few select COVERGIRL products, you too can achieve this flawless and youthful Red Carpet makeup look.

If you enjoyed today's "Steal This Look" beauty tutorial, then here are a few more that You may have missed:

Sofia Vergara at the SAG Awards 
Sofia Vergara at the Golden Globes 
Taylor Swift & P!nk at the American Music Awards 
P!nk at the MTV Awards 

Now it's YOUR turn:  Speaking of COVERGIRL products, have you tried any of their newest products mentioned in this post?  Let us know which items you have used and share your thoughts in the comments! 

Disclosure:  All of the links posted in our "Steal This Look" makeup posts are NOT affiliate links.  These links are ONLY provided to help our readers see the exact COVERGIRL items used by the MUA.  If you decide to purchase any products by using these links, we DO NOT receive any form of compensation.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Seven Tips to Beat the Summer Heat #PerlierOnHSN

This post is sponsored by iFabbo & Perlier

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When the weather gets warm, everyone wants to enjoy a little fun in the sun. Whether your job or your leisure activities have you spending a lot of time out of doors, you might want to learn a few tips about beating the heat.

Are you wondering why you need to know these tips?

One Answer: The sun burns more than a million times hotter than what we feel. When its radiation reaches us it is manageable, but it can still do damage to your body.

The skin is not the only part of you that is affected, even though it is a large problem. Lots of time spent in the sun, especially without protection, can damage both the inner as well as the outer layers of your skin. Not to mention that extensive exposure to the sun will make you age faster - NO ONE wants that!

Before going into the seven tips to beat the summer heat, I want to introduce you to one of the "coolest" beauty products out there that will certainly help you to combat the summer heat. {And yes, the pun was intended!}

perlier italian lemon sorbet

Perlier Lemon Sorbet Refreshing Ice Granita is a cooling crackling body water in a spray bottle. As you can imagine by the name, the product smells just like a freshly made fruity lemon sorbet.

Two weeks ago, right after a way too long outdoors work out session, I decided to give this body water spray a try.

 Here is the instavideo I made showing you exactly how easy it is to use this product:

This body water when sprayed onto your skin, appears like foam. As the foamy water touches your skin, you IMMEDIATELY feel a cooling sensation while hearing the water crackle and pop. The sensation was a little unexpected at first, but as you begin to rub the water into your skin, it immediately dissolves, moisturizing your skin. So, not only will you instantly cool down, your skin will also be soft to the touch.

Keeping the Perlier Lemon Sorbet Refreshing Ice Granita  in mind, let's share  seven tips to beat the summer heat:

1. Wear light colored clothing – Dark colors absorb heat. You could be raising your temperature by several degrees before you even start any type of activity. Choose lightweight fabrics that breathe like cotton. Another option is breathable synthetics like fitness wear that is made to wick away the moisture from your body.

2. Wear sun protection – If you don’t want to block out all of the sun’s rays, then at least wear sunscreen. It will protect you from the more harmful ultraviolet rays. Try a formula that is waterproof so that when you sweat it won’t wash off.

3. Plan activities for certain times – Plan on going outdoors when the sun isn’t highest in the sky. That would be early in the morning, later in the afternoon, or in the evening after the sun has gone down.

4. Drink plenty of water – Hydration is very important anyway, but especially when the weather is warm. You lose water through your skin as sweat and through urination. The body can’t function as well when the fluid levels are low. Lack of water can lead to serious heat-related illnesses.

5. Use your air conditioning in the car – People think that running the air conditioning uses up a lot of gas. Truth be told, having the windows down for ventilation creates a drag that causes your car to use more gas than if the windows were up. And, the air is actually cool.

6. Take a cool shower – When you come in, take a shower or a dip in the bath using tepid water. It can lower your body temperature, especially when you have been working hard outside.

7. Eat light – No one wants a heavy meal on their stomach when the temperature rises. Try sandwiches, fruits and vegetables. Lower your salt intake to prevent water retention and bloating.

To end this list, here is a BONUS tip for You:

8. Use Perlier Lemon Sorbet Refreshing Ice Granita in the morning for a fruity splash of "cooling" energy or at night to help remove any tiredness or heat you may have experienced during the day. Another way to use this cooling body water is to put it in the fridge a few minutes before applying.

I hope you find these simple tips useful this summer. As the summer season continues, there will be plenty of days when Perlier's new Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water will by no doubt come in handy!

Here's how You too can get Your hands on this Summer Must Have beauty product: 

Now it's YOUR turn: Head over to HSN {HERE} and get a cool $5 OFF of Your Perlier purchase by using code iFabbo5

Disclosure: As a member of iFabbo I was provided a complimentary bottle of Perlier's new Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water for the purpose of this sponsored review. All opinions, photos and video are 100% my own.  If you opt to purchase this product by clicking on the shared link and using the code provided, I DO NOT receive any form of compensation. 

photo credits: beach stock photo by

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Lookbook - Casual/Date Night Outfits and Giveaway

Happy July 1st, Dolls!

Can you believe that a new month has arrived? I have been asking myself all day today, "Where the heck did June run off to?" Hopefully I am not the only person who feels this way, right?

Well, since it is the start of a new month, how about we begin July with a Summer Lookbook and Giveaway?

summer lookbook maxi skirt outfit

A few weeks ago, I received a special gift from my dear friend Michelle Herscu, owner of Apricot Collection, a unique online fashion brand dedicated to women.  For the past several months, I have been working with Michelle as a Fashion and Beauty Brand Ambassador.  I have had the pleasure of writing a few articles focusing on the different fashion pieces she has in her collection. One of the pieces Michelle has is the Bold Tangerine Skirt by Pink Martini.

When Michelle sent me this skirt to review for you, I immediately thought of creating two simple yet put together outfits - a casual everyday outfit and a second look that would be perfect for a summer date night outing.

The Bold Tangerine Skirt is a perfect summer staple - the fabric is lightweight and breathable. Please note that the skirt, although it is long in length, if you are taller than me (over 4 ft 9 in) then the skirt may be a tad shorter ;)

Take a look at the Summer Lookbook: Casual/Date Night Outfit Clip we put together for You:

Casual Day Outfit::

All my Accessories are from RocksBox:
Stilla Pendant in Gold
Ngunge Ithathatu Bangle

Wondering what RocksBox is all about? It is a fabulous company that offers their members a subscription where you can receive three pieces of jewelry to try out for up to 60 days! During that time you can either buy the items or send them back and get another new box sent to you with three new pieces! Nice, right??

To check out RocksBox, click HERE.

Date Night Outfit:

  • I did not remember exactly where I bought the black sequin tee from (yes, I have had it that long!) but I did find one that could work with this skirt, by C&C California
  • Bold Tangerine Skirt by Pink Martini
  • Straight Up Sassy Heels - These are sold at my e boutique. You can find them listed under "Fashion" on our SHOP page HERE. 

Now, let's move on to the best part of today's post: The Giveaway Details!

This Giveaway event begins today, July 1, 2013 and ends on July 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.

Enter the Summer Lookbook Giveaway here:

Good Luck!! Tell your friends so they can enter too!!

Disclosure: This lookbook and giveaway are being sponsored by Apricot Collection. Please visit their fashion website here -