Red Carpet Ready, Every Day #DivinaLatina

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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).


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!



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.


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:


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!



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


Mary Kay, Telenovela Style

Growing up I watched novelas (soap operas) religiously! For us, novela time was family time.  The drama, the death glares, the flawless makeup – NOTHING compares to the glamorous entertainment that is a telenovela.  In fact, one of my goals as an actress is to someday be in a novela * hint hint to you creators of fine Spanish language dramas that are reading this*.

As the official sponsor of ‘s webnovela Arranque de PasionMary Kay sent me a  make-up set so that I could recreate one of the lead’s looks at home.  Ela, played by the lovely Kate del Castillo, is an edgy race car driver that sports a contoured yet natural look.


In a rare instance of perfect timing, it just so happened that I was invited to a taping of ‘The Talk’ along with some other influential bloggers, so I decided to put my new Mary Kay makeup to the test.


Here’s what I used to create the look:

  • Facial Highlighting Pen #3
  • Bronze Diva Coutouring Powder
  • Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss in Cafè au Lait
  • Chocolate Lip Liner
  • Beach Blonde Cream Eye Color
  • Lash Love Waterproof Mascara
  • Black liner to line my eyes and fill in my brows.
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Arranque de Pasión, La Historia de Ela, will be airing 4/1/13 – 5/3/13 in 5 minute episodes released on & UVideos every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  For those of you not into watching things on the ‘net, the novela is scheduled to air in its entirety on Sunday, 5/5 @ 10pm EST on Univision!

This post is compensated and in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Mary Kay.  All thoughts and amazing makeup application skills are my own.


My Health: Optimized

November 6 was an action-packed day for me.  Not only did I head out to the polls and vote, but I also head to LabCorp to get my blood drawn.  Even though I eat pretty healthfully and workout, I’ll admit that I’m not the most diligent when it comes to getting check ups and clinical tests. I decided that I would kick my ‘I’ll get checked when I feel like I’m dying’ philosophy to the curb and get my baseline by WellnessFX and make sure my health was on point.


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You are Beautiful

I’ve joined Dove’s Movement for Self Esteem in hopes of helping the young women of the world learn to feel more confident about themselves.  It’s taken me years, but I finally feel comfortable in my own skin thanks to the positive motivation I got from my mother growing up.  Please watch my video and let me know your thoughts about the importance of young women recognizing their own beauty. 

I’m happy to say that I’m confident enough in myself to have filmed this sans make-up after a very long day :-)

Visit Dove’s Vive Mejor Hablemos “Let’s Talk” for tools that can  help you motivate and inspire a young girl in your life. 

This post was compensated and in collaboration with Dove and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions expressed are my own


Old Navy Swimwear

Swimsuit shopping is always a mission for me! Every time I head out to shop for swim gear, I get flusttered, I truly do.  There are so many options, so many styles, I hardly know where to begin! Well, this time around, I refused to leave the house without a strategy.  First, I thought about what I plan to do more of this summer.  Easy! I intend to be in the ocean as much as possible, doing some kayaking and possibly heading back for more surfing lessons.  From past experience, bikinis aren’t the best option for me for either of those activities, so by process of elimination, I made up my mind: I was gonna buy a one-piece!

Old Navy Bathing Suit
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