Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

Mary Kay Arranque de Pasion Campaign & Giveaway!

I’ve long been a fan of Mary Kay for its vast product line and affordability. I even considered becoming a consultant…but chose the nonprofit route instead! I’m thrilled to share some great news with you! Mary Kat is the official sponsor of the latest Univision.com webnovela, Arranque de Pasión! This partnership means that Mary Kay products will be highlighted when characters are wearing their products! In honor of the sponsorship Mary Kay decided to create some unique “looks” of the novella and created a series of vignette’s featuring celebrity makeup artists Luis Casco and Mariela Bagnato share tips on how to replicate the featured looks at home! This is always a struggle for  me – I see an amazing makeup look, I try to replicate it at home and I end up looking like a clown! Not good!!

One of the looks Mary Kay created was the “Ela” Ready to Win look. Everyone wants a winning look, and for Ela, she believes that you should always look good and be ready to win in life and love. This character look developed by Luis Casco is a “winner.”

I was chosen as one of many bloggers to recreate one of the signature looks using Mary Kay products! In the mail I received the products to help recreate the “Ela” Ready to Win look!

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Mary Kay® Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Mary Kay® Brow Gel

Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Hazelnut

Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Beach Blonde

Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Coal

Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Cinnabar

Mary Kay® Lash Love™ Waterproof Mascara in I ©Black

Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color in Strawberry Cream

Mary Kay® Lip Liner in Spiced Tea

Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss inCafé Au Lait

Mary Kay® Compact

Mary Kay® Brush Collection

As someone who doesn’t wear makeup often, I was a little intimidated by the products and recreating the look – but I tried to have FUN with it, and here is my recreating of the “Ela” Ready to Win look!

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How did I do? :-)

Be sure to tune into Arranque de Pasion on Univision be sure to contact your local Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant or connect with one on Mary Kay today!

To celebrate the partnership with Mary Kay and Univsion I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY! Enter below to win ALL of the products listed above so you can recreate the “Ela” look at home!!

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GOOD LUCK!!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Mary Kay.  



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Healthy & Beautiful Skin with #AveenoActiveNaturals

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For as long as I can remember I’ve tried to achieve healthy happy skin. Over the years I’ve taken the time to educate myself on what products my skin responds to best and which products are no good. I’ve always been the type of person to want to look better WITHOUT makeup on than covered up with foundation and blush and etc. This has meant I spend a good amount of time listening to my skin and taking care of it. It’s also meant educating myself with the ingredients of the products I use – cause I only get this skin and I don’t intend to lift, tuck, pull, or stretch it!

I’m a product junkie. I have my skincare regimen down to a science. Got my moisturizer, eye cream, moisturizer with spf, and serum for the day and for the evening I’ve got my moisturizer, toning pads, eye cream, and vitamin based night cream. But over the past few years my skin has changed and I’ve had to adapt to it. In addition to my sprinkling of freckles I find that I now have post-acne scars that just aren’t going away, and also I’m experiencing more hyper-pigmentation – which I can do nothing about. And my lack of sleep has resulted in unwanted dark circles.

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So I needed a skin pick me up, and happy thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Aveeno and their Active Naturals line because their mission is the same as mine – to unlock the potential to improve your health and beauty. I really appreciate their lack of junk in their products; looking over their ingredient list I was happy to find nourishing ingredients like soy, wheat, and lotus.

300I’ve recently added in the AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Brightening Cleanser into my routine to help with my skin’s overall texture and brightness. With a Disney vacation coming up in less than two months, I want my skin to be at its best, and I know that this product will help me achieve just that. Not only will it help brighten my skin, it isn’t drying, and helps lift away dirt and makeup – and it smells and feels great against my skin!

Can you tell I’m an Aveeno fan? Their Active Naturals line is fantastic, but we’ve been using Aveeno in our house for years, as the Mom to a daughter with sensitive, their moisturizing lotion is safe enough to use on her delicate skin and I don’t have to worry about any negative reactions! Win-Win!

Mark your calendars! There is an #AVEENOActiveNaturals Bilingual Twitter Party on Monday, April 22d at 6p.m. PST / 9p.m. EST. Please join us! RSVP ON FACEBOOK HERE. 

Do you or your family use Aveeno products? Would you try their Active Naturals line?

 

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Aveeno. All opinions expressed are my own.



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Introducing the Spring Collection from MiniLuxe

My motto recently has been, “sometimes you’ve got to spoil yourself.” No it doesn’t mean I’m taking myself on a shopping spree to Tiffany’s. But I always seem to put my needs last…and that’s not okay. But it’s hard to balance my needs while taking care of a little one on my own! So I’ve been trying to squeeze in time in my hectic schedule to indulge a bit. Recently that’s meant buying a new body scrub, face scrub, and going to bed early. I live on the edge…I know!

If I could hit the nail salon every week I would! When I do go (which isn’t very often) my nails sparkle and are super healthy! Since we don’t hit the nail salon every week we’ve been growing our nail polish collection at home and are always switching up the colors and patterns.

Enter MiniLuxe. Love the name! MiniLuxe is a nail and beauty lounge, with seven locations around Boston that wants to cater to you! (I like this!). They get that we are busy, that fitting in time for yourself is sometimes impossible. But they also know that it’s critical for living a balanced life.

It’s safe to say winter is over here…I hope, and today’s mostly beautiful weather here in Boston is a sure sign that Spring is indeed on its way! In honor of its arrival MiniLuxe has released a brand spanking new Spring Collection!

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Meet Luxe Jade, Luxe Lucky, Luxe Corey, Luxe Lolita, and Luxe Hingham! I love the colors, they sure say Spring, don’t they!

These signature nailpolishes are a healthier option that some other ones on the market, and are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP which means they are safe for kids and pregnant woman! The sweet new collection will be available at locations starting this month!

For more information, visit www.miniluxe.com or like MiniLuxe on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MiniLuxe and follow them on Twitter at @MiniLuxe.

Do you like MiniLuxe’s new Spring Collection?

MiniLuxe supplied me with their Spring collection at no charge. All opinions expressed are my own and monetary compensation was not received.



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Join The #KeepItReal 3 Day Challenge!

As a woman, and mother I’ve struggled with my perception of myself and my body. I don’t have to tell you how having a child can change your body, and I have a different relationship with my body since giving birth six years ago. Yeah, I’m a little more self-conscious, and get pretty jealous of the celebrity moms rocking it in their 2 pieces in the magazine. Didn’t they have stretch marks I say? Didn’t their boobs sag afterwards? It’s so strange all throughout my pregnancy my stomach was so smooth, and as soon as I had Lil Mama my stomach told a different story. And let’s not even talk about the boobs!

What is frustrating as a woman and mother to a daughter is how the media portrays beauty. What girls see, what I see is not the reality. There is a perception that beauty should be and is flawless perfection. Eyebrows should be perfectly arched, liner precisely drawn, and beautiful voluptuous curves. These images are splashed in magazines, and in my opinion sharing the wrong image to women and girls about what real beauty is.

The 3 day #KeepItReal concept is amazing. We’re challenges mags to KEEP IT REAL and take the focus off this impractical idea of beauty so girls can have a fun and stress-free summer! So instead of feeling guilty that you can’t fit into the designer 2 piece bikini featured in the latest gossip mag, we are putting pressure on the mags that have such unrealistic views of beauty. The goal of the 3 days is to ask magazines one very reasonable request: to post at least one unphotoshopped image of a model per issue.

How can you get involved? First, download the Keep It Real Toolkit which includes more information and contact info of Magazine Editors we’ll target.

Day One (June 27) was all about tweeting using the #KeepItReal hashtag tweeting to magazines to KEEP IT REAL! I tweeted out to Self Mag & Essence!

Day Two (June 28) is about spreading the #KeepItReal word through blog posts and Facebook, and sharing post url’s to magazines via twitter! Post your own blog or feel free to share this post!

Day Three (June 29) is about capturing real beauty. Get on Instagram and share the image to the left using #KeepItRealChallenge and show the world what REAL beauty looks like to you!! Share the picture via FB and Twitter using the #KeepItReal hashtag! In partnership with Endangered Bodies they’ll be taking the best photo of the day and display it on a billboard in NYC!

Interested? I encourage you to get involved! You can RSVP via their Facebook Event Page. I am committed to helping change the way my daughter grows up and views beauty via these publications. I’ve already got my pictures ready to share via Instagram (follow me: msalexandrav), twitter, and facebook and am excited to be part of this necessary movement!

#KeepItReal !!



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NuvoTV Presents the Model Latina Season 5 Premiere!

Now that Scandal is over (can you say cliffhanger season finale?!) I’ve been trying to find another TV show to tune into. Enter Model Latina! Model Latina is like America’s Next Top Model but full of beautiful sexy Latinas!!! Many people don’t know that I’m half Latina!! Yep, my father is from Colombia…but no one believes me because I don’t speak Spanish. Whomp Whomp. I love seeing people of color featured in television and film, and that’s why I’m psyched about season 5 of Model Latina on NuvoTV!

This season of Model Latina, which is filmed in South Beach (hot!) promises to be the most exciting season yet combining beaches, fashion, and Latin flair (hot, hot, hot!). For those looking for a new show to follow, look no further!

The Rundown: NuvoTV’s hit competition reality show is back and better than ever with its fifth exciting season! Tune in to the May 28 premiere of Model Latina South Beach and meet the 10 beautiful new Latinas who are on a quest to kick their competition off the runway as they compete for a huge cash prize and modeling contract! This time, there are hot new celebrity judges, more intense challenges – one takes place underwater! – and the sexy factor is through the roof! Prepare to break a sweat! Click HERE for a sneak peak video!

This isn’t your ordinary reality show, though I’m assuming it’ll have some moments of serious drama! But at the heart of this show is promoting and supporting lovely Latinas and diversifying the media. Yes and yes! I’ll be channeling my inner svelte model as I channel into this new hot-hot-hot season!
Be sure to tune into the new season Monday May 28th! You can follow Model Latina on Facebook and Twitter and Meet The Cast

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with nuvoTV and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.



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