Category Archives : beauty and self esteem

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:

me on the beach f


Let’s Talk Self – Esteem!

When I embraced the idea of sharing an amazing initiative by Dove™’, which I will be sharing with you later in this post, I found myself deeply immersed in thoughts as the subject touched old wounds, old teenage wounds in my own life and experiences. I just saw myself talking to my imaginary daughter or one of the teens I teach and sharing tips on beauty and how to keep your self esteem!

I grew up in a family of overweight people on my Dad’s side and early on, I’ve found myself, eating three grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast, whole boxes of chocolate and more….I reached the overweight point myself and by the age of 12, I was bullied in parties and sometimes in school, always behind my back, because I was one of the cool kids…..still not pretty or skinny enough….I decided to diet by the age of 12 and exercise which did the trick and by age of 16 I was skinny and totally accepted. I knew all along it was all about acceptance, about being called beautiful, but also for me, it was more like, I don’t want to look like my relatives, don’t want to be obese, I want to be healthy and feel comfortable in my skin.

Life turned around and I had an unplanned pregnancy which lead me to 150+ pounds by the age of 21, bringing the battle back to square one! I dieted and lost all the weight and more and kept it off for 20 years until I married and got pregnant with my second son. I then put back on all the weight and lost it all over again! At 43, I found myself in a stressful time last year and put on some of the weight I had lost, which I am still struggling to lose….but the important thing about my battles and the fact that my genes tell me I need to diet for life is that I am doing it to feel good, to feel comfortable and not just to be accepted anymore, not because I owe this to anybody like it was in the beginning…this kind of battle, brings life-long results and if I had a daughter or was having this conversation with one of my students, this is the message that I would like to convey to them! It’s all about being happy in your own skin!

Here is me, at the age of 43!



After sharing my personal journey, I wanted to share these amazing facts:


1.  Anxiety about looks begins at an early age and holds girls back (from reaching their full potential).
RESEARCH: According to Dove global research:


  • 72 percent of girls (ages 10-17) feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful.
  • Only 11 percent of girls (ages 10-17) are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves.
  • When girls feel bad about their looks more than 60 percent globally (age 15 to 17) avoid normal daily activities such as attending school, going to the doctor, or even giving their opinion.


Therefore, I am so excited to share Dove’s initiative where they believe beauty should be a source of confidence, not anxiety and are committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential and I totally agree with that!


2. Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem


  • More than half of girls globally say their mother is their number one female role model (66 percent U.S., 59 percent Canada).
  • A simple act, such as starting a conversation about beauty, can make a world of difference.
  • The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem opens up a world of opportunities for women to make a difference.


3. “Let’s Talk” is the theme of the third annual Dove Self-Esteem Weekend

A kick-off event in New York is set to spark a national conversation.


  • We will join girls from Dove partner organizations Girl Scouts of the U.S.A, Girls Inc, and Boys & Girls Clubs in a silent march to Times Square.
  • Dove will unveil a “Let’s Talk” designated area where women and girls can pull up a seat and start the conversation.
  • An electronic billboard will broadcast messages on the importance of building girls’ self-esteem.


I also wanted to share that Dove invites women across the U.S. to participate in the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend, taking place October 5-7 nationwide.


  • We wanted to invite you to join us tomorrow: FB chat with Jeannette Torres-Alvarez,October 4th from 7 -8 pm EST on
  • We also wanted to ask you to check out Dove’s initiative Vive Mejor Hablemos “Let’s Talk” (In Spanish) And also: – Vive Mejor Main Site


This post is compensated and in collaboration with Dove and Latina Bloggers Connect.