Monthly Archives: Aug 2013

How I Embrace My Natural – Belleza Latina


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

This summer has been atypical – rain, humidity and traveling to different places for events make a bad combination to trigger my allergies, which have usually calmed down in the summer time! Guess what? I have faced red watery eyes, so I have looked for my own ways to keep my belleza latina by:

  1. Drinking plenty of water.  Also eating some of my favorite foods which will not compromise my look or worsen my allergies, such as  almonds, walnuts, cashews, broccoli,  tomatoes and spinach!
  2. For the redness, I use cold bags or make up (concealers)  until my skin appearance improves.
  3. I’ve also learned that sleeping well, after taking my allergy medicine, always helped improve my skin condition.

All that has been working until I have found out that, the makers of ZYRTEC® have partnered with beauty and fashion expert, Carmen Ordoñez from, to help women combat ALLERGY FACE™ – beauty challenges like a puffy face, watery eyes and a red nose that are associated with typical allergy symptoms. In “Embracing Your Natural Belleza Latina,” Carmen shares simple beauty tips to help women look naturally bella when tackling ALLERGY FACE™, including:

  • How to Combat a Puffy Face: Drink plenty of water each day to help keep your skin hydrated.
  • How to Combat a Puffy Face: Also, to reduce the appearance of a puffy face, rub an ice cube over your face beore applying your makeup.
  • How to Reduce the Appearance of Watery Eyes: Apply navy blue or cobalt mascara to help the whites of your eyes appear brighter.
  • Less is more! Don’t overdo it with too much makeup.

I wanted to share the video with you:

Some other useful tips from Carmen include:

  • Eyes: Use an eyelash curler before applying mascara to help “wake up” your ALLERGY FACE™. Using a curler will make your eyes look wide open, so you look fresh and awake.
  • Nose: If your nose is irritated and dry, avoid putting on foundation, which can look caked on. Instead apply a rich moisturizer and let it dry.
  • Face: To help reduce the appearance of ALLERGY FACE™, place a cold damp cloth on your face for 10 minutes.


Visit to view the three-part ALLERGY FACE™ video series.

Be sure to 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 

Now tell me, how do you embrace YOUR natural beauty?? Can’t wait to hear about it!

Looking forward to hearing more about your tips and wanted to share my summer Allergy Free look:

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Teaching my son to pay it forward



I have received compensation to purchase some the items, but I’m not being compensated to share my experience and all opinions are my own.

BTS Payitforward event sent us the greatest opportunity of all, get my son involved in sharing supplies and a backpack with a child in need! I jumped at the chance to shop for items together and fill the backpack with things we chose as well as finding a local charity to donate it!

Our Sponsor Campus Book Rentals, provided an amount which covered some of the items and we ensured the backpack and items would meet most needs of a child my son’s age, in 5th grade.

We shopped at local stores, looking for deals at Staples, Walmart and Dollar Days, we bought the backpack at Wallmart!

My son spent 20min choosing the items, as if they were for him! He carefully selected styles and colors and said, this is good, no don’t buy that, carefully selecting items!

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We arrived home and the items filled my office floor, my son helped pack the backpack which was donated the following day at the Kingdom Chamber to Good Seeds a Non Profit Organization which benefits Latin families in Camden, NJ .

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We wanted to thank Book Campus Rentals for providing incentive for families like mine to take the time and effort to payitforward! 


Campus Book Rentals is a company that offers students up to 90% off their textbooks! It not only allows students to save money, it helps students make money by providing services for students to rent out their textbooks to other students. Campus Book Rentals has been around since 2007, and continues to help students live a more affordable life. Campus Book Rentals is proud to sponsor such an amazing pay it forward event!

Sharing Healthy Snacks For Kids



dole logoI am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.


This project is very dear to my heart because I have been searching for months for an opportunity for my son to volunteer and serve the community, understanding the importance of sharing while knowing other families have needs that are not met and we can help by doing our part! I work with children and witness on a daily basis, families which look for our classes but unfortunately are not able to afford it, while I have not put in place a program for families in need, I saw the opportunity to join the Dole Champions for Kids Campaign, as my first step towards making a difference in my community! We chose Angels of God Clothing Closet, a local non profit which assists children in need, to receive the healthy snacks for kids! Also because it was founded and it is partially run by a teenager who wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, I thought it would be a great example for my son and other families which came in contact with the organization through our campaign!

We went to Walmart immediately to purchase Dole Fruit Bowls and Dole Squish’ems ! My son was very excited to help me find the items, which were displayed  in different areas in the store, he also helped place the items in the car and proudly carried them from the car home! This campaign was his job!

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He personally wrote a letter, asking for donations and dropped off around the neighborhood!

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Next we used:

  • My Constant Contact email list for EasyLearn Languages Families
  • My personal email list of friends
  • Dropped off 50 Letters, asking neighbors for donations
  • Facebook event to help people find the information easily in SM:
  • Picture to share on other social media channels, such as : Twitter and Instagram

After sharing our campaign and asking for donations of healthy snacks, I sat in my office and contemplated all those delicious and nutritious items, which soon would be donated to children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them! Sadness became happiness to see so many healthy options!

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We scheduled to drop off the items and my son was very happy to have delivered all the items to Angels of God Clothing Closet! They were thrilled to receive such great snacks and share with the children in their network!

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If you would  like to check Champions and Dole on Facebook and support their efforts:

I wanted to share that it was an amazing experience for both of us, such a great experience that my son and I are already looking for another project to get involved in. If you are interested in something like this, check out: Champions For Kids projects


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