Rise Above It #riseaboveit

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Pine-Sol and Latina Bloggers Connect.

We all go through challenges in life.  The severity of how we perceive and react to these challenges is affected by our circumstances, age, mental state and even our maturity level.  As a woman I feel as though our gender is faced with unique and extraordinary situations – and it’s this resilience and strength that I’ve observed in my own life and in the lives of other women that has driven me to be a staunch feminist my entire life.  We women are strong. We women are beautiful.  We women are fascinating, complex creatures.

That is why when I find out that in order to recognize and celebrate the remarkable women among us, Pine-Sol has teamed up with actress and activist Rosie Perez to launch the ‘When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It’ campaign. As part of the campaign, Pine-Sol awarded a $25,000 donation to Women Empowered, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to give back to their communities.  How could i not support such a cause?
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Red Carpet Ready, Every Day #DivinaLatina

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Unilever and Latina Bloggers Connect. 

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Glamour, lights, excitement . . . not exactly! The truth is, as much as I enjoy my job and all that it entails, I thrive on doing work but not so much on those things that are required of me when the camera’s not rolling – I’m talking red carpets and photoshoots; sure that’s all well and fun, but those things can be rather nerve racking. Edit that: VERY nerve racking. What do I wear? How should I do my hair? WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?!

Vianessa Castanos B&W

Photographer: John Mokhtarei
Stylist: Izumi Marie Rosas
Makeup: Vianessa Castanos

Seriously, what am I supposed to do with my hands?

I’ve started working with a stylist, but when it comes to my hair and makeup I tend to do it myself unless I’m going for something highly stylized that I may not have experience with. That being said, I now have a full on professional makeup case full of goodies and I regularly buy new color palettes and tools of the trade to experiment with. Those experiments can add up to a lot of money. Fortunately for me, my favorite foundation is inexpensive and is carried at CVS, so it’s always easy to find and doesn’t hurt my budget. Same with my hair stuff. You may recall that I like to style my hair using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth (another awesome find).

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Well you too can look ‘Red Carpet Ready Every Day’ while saving when you become a Divina Latina.  Divina Latina beauty products are available at CVS/pharmacy and are eligible for special ExtraBucks Rewards. Every $50 you spend on beauty products at CVS/pharmacy gets you $5 ExtraBucks.   So you can stock up on all your beauty  needs and save!

Which is what I’m about to run off and do . . . again!

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Halloween (MAC Cosmetics Style)

Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am. I don’t party much, but when I got the invite to Rick Baker’s MAC Cosmetics Halloween bash, I was beyond giddy with excitement.  Who’s Rick Baker you ask?  Only the hottest makeup artist in Hollywood, responsible for the makeup and effects on such films as Men in Black, The Nutty Professor, and Planet of the Apes just to name a few.

I tried to get as creative as possible with my makeup, so I came up with what I call ‘The Starving Artist’.  Only photos will do this night justice:

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Stand Up Against Domestic Violence

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and The Allstate Foundation

With all of the days and months of recognition for different causes, it’s hard to keep track of what’s happening when. But here’s one cause that’s worth remembering and talking about: the month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Domestic violence is one of those taboo subjects that we know exists, but no one really likes to talk about. And with domestic violence affecting 1 in 4 women in the U.S., it’s closer to each of us than maybe we realize. I’ve had friends and family suffer domestic violence, and it’s high time we discuss and tackle the issue.

While physical abuse is the type of domestic violence most people hear about, financial abuse (using finances as a tool of power and control) happens just as frequently.Research shows that the number one reason victims remain in relationships with their abusers is that they lack the financial knowledge and resources they need to break free.

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Help me and the Allstate Foundation speak out against domestic violence by visiting www.purplepurse.com and entering the purple purse virtual code 0003 – tell your friends and spread awareness; every time the code is entered, the Allstate Foundation will donate $5 to the YWCA up to $350, 000. Then use the same code to track where else in the country people are taking a stand against domestic violence.

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www.purplepurse.com

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#itcanwait

Insane. That’s the only way I can describe the past couple of weeks.  I’ve been meeting with my production team and doing a lot of writing on a totally awesome super secret (for now) project. I haven’t had time for anything else, which I suppose is a good thing since I love to work work work!

One thing I certainly don’t have time for is texting while driving.  Ain’t NOBODY got time for that! The other night I went bowling with some girlfriends at Lucky Strike in Hollywood, an evening of fun hosted by AT&T where we got schooled on just how dangerous it is to text and drive.  I think we have the tendency to think that teenagers are the only culprits, but it’s all of us that fall into the trap of thinking that whatever it is  we have to say can’t wait a few minutes.

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Join me and AT&T and take the pledge starting right now to not text while driving.  It’s dangerous and downright selfish.  And if you need any more encouragement to put your phone down while you’re behind the wheel, just take a look at this video:

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Birthdays and Hot Days

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

Hey Los Angeles, what gives?! I went to the track this morning to run my sprints and almost died.  Okay, I didn’t almost die but I could very well have suffered a heat stroke.  When I got back to my car, my thermostat read 104 degrees.  One Hundred and Four . . . in late August . . . which is sort of the beginning of fall . . . AND IT WASN’T EVEN NOON YET!!. I’ve never been a fan of the heat, but I like it even less when I’m in the midst of an allergic reaction.  I’ve been breaking out in hives and recently, my bottom eye lids have been itching like crazy.  The kicker is that the heat makes it feel worse and I don’t know what I’m allergic to!

Not one to let allergies diminish my fabulousness, I consulted Carmen Ordoñez for some pointers on how to play off my ailments.  My favorite tip to help reduce the appearance of ALLERGY FACE™: place a cold, damp cloth on your face for 10 minutes.  I’ve done this for years and I like my towels ice cold (I put them in the freezer for a bit . . . I also love ice baths, I’m weird).

Created in partnership with the makers of ZYRTEC®, Carmen shares her simple do-it-yourself beauty solutions to help women tackle allergy-related beauty challenges. Check it out:

This past weekend I celebrated my great-grandmother’s 100th birthday! ALLERGY FACE™? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

 

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My Siblings and I at My Great-grandmother’s Party

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H2O Music Festival

First there was N*Sync (with P!nk) in 2000. Then there was Demi Lovato earlier this year. In short, my concert-going experiences have been the stuff of prepubescent dreams! Well that all changed this weekend thanks to Covergirl who invited me to check out the H2O Music Festival.

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Vianessa and Becky G

Me and Becky G

Frankie J

Frankie J got mobbed

Big Boi

Big Boi performed, to the envy of my friends in the dirty!

Prince Royce put on a great show . . . while my cell phone was charging. A Tribe Called Quest and Pitbull were both on the lineup as well.  And I really wanted to see Tribe, alas, six hours in the sun did me in and I ended up leaving before they took the stage.  Hey, don’t judge me – a girl needs her beauty rest!

And for all you music lovers, Becky G is touring this fall; the lil’ lady gets hype with her rapping and singing self, so you’ll want to check her out if you can!

 

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12 Years of Theta Nu Xi

I couldn’t go to bed without first sending a heartfelt ONE Love and Happy Anniversary to my sisters at Florida State University! Twelve years ago today, I along with eight of my closest friends founded the Lambda Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc.

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Maybe one day I’ll share the tale of how (and better yet, WHY) the nine of us decided to take on the task of starting our own sorority. One day. . .

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