Monthly Archives: May 2013

Why I No Longer Have To Live With An ALLERGYFACE™

My Journey:


From This … To That

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

Since the age of 3, I have been suffering from allergies, red nose, sniffing, sinus infections, coughing, you name it! When you are not feeling well inside or outside, it is hard to feel beautiful! Especially because, in my case, I have to live with allergies as a part of my daily life!

When I moved to the US, I acquired different types of nasal allergies and also found some amazing tools to handle my allergies and keep my face and body feeling great, while having allergies! It made a huge difference and I wanted to share some of it with you!

My allergies are now mostly seasonal. With spring in full swing for most of the country, the warm weather has begun to trigger seasonal allergies, which can affect not only the way I feel, but also how I look.

Well, I recently found out that the makers of ZYRTEC® have partnered with beauty and fashion expert, Carmen Ordoñez, to help women, like me combat “ALLERGY FACE™” – the beauty challenges like a puffy face, watery eyes and a red nose that are associated with typical allergy symptoms. Also according to a recent survey by the makers of ZYRTEC®, 96 percent of women suffering from allergies experience ALLERGY FACE™. Are you saying: “YES! That is me!!”? I was, when I read that!

Then here comes the best part, Chicas! In an effort to help women look their best despite their allergies, the makers of ZYRTEC® have released video one of a three-part, bilingual video series on, in which Carmen shares her personal beauty tips to take on ALLERGY FACE™ beauty challenges.

See part one, “Tackling ALLERGY FACE™, One Tip at a Time”, With Carmen Ordoñez, below:

Carmen introduces tips I never used to help disguise a red nose, a puffy face and watery eyes.  Her tips include:

  • How to Disguise a Red Nose
  • How to Contour a Puffy Face
  • How to Distract from Watery Eyes

Some of the very helpful things that I have been doing for years and new things I have learned from her are:

  • Nose: To help offset redness around your nose, apply a corrector or primer with a green tint, followed by your foundation.
  • Face: Add a pearly nude eye shadow to the top of your cheekbones to help them stand out. This will help distract from your ALLERGY FACE™ and illuminate your face.
  • Eyes: Draw attention away from puffy eyes by defining your upper lids with a navy liquid liner. Go for a stylish cat eye, which is a favorite among celebrities and has been all over the fashion runways. Start at the inner corner of your eye and create a wing effect once you get to the outer corner of your eye.

Now, I would love to know what YOUR favorite beauty tips are to help combat ALLERGY FACE™ beauty challenges?

Stay tuned for the release of part two and part three of Carmen’s video series, which will be distributed in the summer and fall, respectively. In the meantime, be sure to follow Carmen on Twitter at @VivaFashion and check 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.

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

A different Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

We usually have a private fiesta at my home during Cinco de Mayo or going to a Hispanic restaurant!  This year, I decided to make our Cinco de Mayo more meaningful, since my son has been every day, resisting to speak Spanish and Portuguese.

I told him we will be celebrating in a different way:

I am a member of my church’s Hispanic Ministry and I offered my time to volunteer for their Cinco de Mayo party which will be this Friday and offered my son’s time on the day of, to attend and help with anything needed!

We are also now speeding our search to support a child in a country who needs comfort and love! He will be writing, sending small items and learning about that child’s struggles, life and culture, which I think, will give him a different perspective on gratitude and compassion!

We will also cook a Hispanic meal together on Sunday and make homemade pinatas!

If celebrating Cinco de Mayo is not a part of your culture or the place where you live, embrace something new this year and follow some of my suggestions to have fun with the children:

  • Click here for the how to do a mini piñata
  • Read stories and explain how it is celebrated by families in other countries and know that NO, it is not the independence of Mexico, let’s get the facts!
  • Make a fun make your own taco meal, where they will fill their taco with fun items, set up on a buffet setting!
  • Music is a great way to have children learn culture, grab La Bamba and other famous hits and dance around the house! Dance away! My son and I love that!
  • There are many cartoons with Cinco de Mayo theme, youtube is a great place for that!

taco buffet

Would love to hear your suggestions! Let us know if you try some of our suggestions!