I love this natural makeup look so much, I just had to share. Neutrogena was the title sponsor for #WeAllGrow Summit, and had the most amazing beauty suite set up at Hotel Maya (pictures coming soon!). I wasn’t able to spend too much time there, as I was working and pretty much all over the place, but I was able to squeeze in 10 minutes before my presentation – How Collaborations Build Your Brand with Cara Paige of Blogalicious, Sara Urqhart of Altitude Summit and Laurie White of Mom 2.0 (more on that coming soon!).
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I have been compensated by Neutrogena to host this party. However, all the opinions and photos are my own.
Right before traveling with my guys, my son and I hosted a Neutrogena teen event at our house for their acne lines, which my son loves and uses quite often. But before I tell you about the products I must tell you that organizing events with teens is not easy. By the time kids are 14 years old or so, and the commute is longer than a walk, moms lose that eagerness to drive/chaperone them to yet another social gathering. You know, the one you had when they were toddlers and you couldn’t wait to see how cute they will look at Joey’s little birthday party. Moms at this stage either have younger ones with complicated sports schedules (along with their teens) or are simply in need of some relax time and do not want to be stuck in traffic on a Friday night. I totally get it. With that said, I did a bit of coordinating with the teens themselves and am happy to report we had a full house of boys and girls. And that’s a big deal because kids are so weird with each other at this age. I was really happy with the turn-out …
Recently, we hosted a holiday beauty event at The London with Neutrogena, which is a client we’ve worked with for a few years now. Absolutely love working with them. They have so many great campaigns and are pretty much all you need as your full-on skincare and beauty routine. I also discovered that their foundation #60 is my exact same skin color. With all the years I’ve spent blending colors to match my complexion, it’s nothing short of a delight when a brand gets it right.
Joining us on our beauty day was celebrity makeup artist Elizabeth Ulloa, who applied The Holiday Ballerina Look on me first thing in the morning. It was a great start to the day. I love how simple and clean the final look was, and I definitely plan on recreating it for a few of upcoming holiday events. I can’t tell you how excited I was to take home Neutrogena MositureSmooth Color Stick in Soft Rasberry. The last time my mother came to visit, she took a few of the ones I was given after trying it on. It really is a beautiful color. Want a fresh, clean holiday look? Check out this step by step video featuring yours truly!
If you’d like holiday beauty some tips from Elizabeth herself, we are hosting a Twitter Party on Wednesday, December 11th at 9pm ET. You’re officially invited. Three winners will get a personal regimen with products. Join us!
I’m not going to start this post and pretend that there’s not an adorable furry guest in the photo who needs to approve all of my makeup remover picks, like this one from Neutrogena. That’s Apollo, and he always has to make a debut when I take product shots. In fact, this was moments before he knocked everything down. But this was too cute not to share. Plus, he’s a pro at resting and knows what to do to avoid aging while you sleep.
OK, maybe he doesn’t.
I didn’t immediately write a recap about #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 because 1. It was a lot to digest 2. I wanted to wait until we made our 2017 announcement so I could really explain why you need to be at our next conference. But before I do that, I invite you to watch the video created by the very talented Andrea Franco.
Whether you’re a veteran blogger, a youtuber, newbie, instagrammer or barely opening a Twitter account, #WeAllGrow Summit will help you get started and/or take things to next level. The conference speaks to the creator/artist/writer/dreamer in you above anything. Yes, sure, you will learn how to be an SEO pro and you will know everything there is to know about Youtube, Instagram Facebook and Pinterest, but you will also truly understand why your voice is important and needed in the digital space.
I’ve always been on top of my skincare, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve had to adapt to the changes in my skin. At 42, my goal is to keep my skin hydrated, protected from the sun and moisturized. I work from home most of the time and am on mom mode all of the time so applying makeup is not something I can always indulge in (nor do I feel it’s really necessary during the day) unless there is an event I want to glam up for. I want my skin to look nice all on its own so I can get ready quickly and effortlessly. When I do need to run out, I like to keep my makeup very light and very convenient. The less I clog my pores with makeup, the better.
Hello, muses! I hope you had a lovely weekend. After signing off on Friday, I went to the Healthy, Happy Vegan Kitchen book signing in Venice and met up with my good friend Maura. The event was hosted by Blogger Babes (a network designed to help women bloggers transform their hobby of writing into a career) so I really wanted to make it out, as we just partnered with them at work by offering must-have e-kits for bloggers who want to take their business to the next level. Heck, I work in the industry and learned a few tricks I should really start incorporating on this here blog. I was also curious about the recipe book and its author Katya Patalsky, who apparently shot the whole book in 60 days! (Warning: before you click on her site, make sure you have a full belly). I would love to make these apple spice peanut butter oatmeal bars for my son and his friends. I had a house full of teens all weekend long, and I’m sure these would be a hit.
In between my son’s movie, video game and social calendar, I asked him to come with me to Highland Park for lunch, dessert, an art gallery viewing and … to just hang out with me. He’s not really into art galleries and museums, but he came along and we had a lovely afternoon checking out the new boutiques and cafes in the area. I found a really sweet shop called Social Study. It’s where I bought this comfortable and chic Lola & Sophie top. I was hesitant at first because I really do not like ruching at all. In its attempt to hide certain things with fabric, I think it actually achieves the opposite effect. But I gave this one a try because I loved the asymmetrical drape. To my surprise, the ruching on this top actually worked pretty well for my body type. It cradles the curves and adds the right amount of sexy for those us who have a little more hip. I didn’t want to take away from the details so I kept the rest of the simple with my favorite black leggings and strappy heels.
It was a weekend of exploring, friendships and quality time. A perfect way to start a very full week ahead. We have two Twitter Parties coming up this week – One with Neutrogena and the other with Dove. Lots of skin care and hair love talk mixed in with prizes and new social media friends. Join us!
Well, look who resurfaced from the depths of TMJ hell? Last time we left off, I promised to post that red jumper I was wearing along with my bling tatts. Well, that-did-not-happen. Instead, I had a set back (after a routine massage) that gave me an impressive dose of vertigo – for weeks. The holidays were a blast. Nothing like a brightly lit Christmas tree that moves on its own. I finally had to cave in and get a real orthotic, set up chiropractor visits (all about that NUCCA) and physical therapy. With the #WeAllGrow Summit (our company’s inaugural conference) coming up, a full time job and freelance work, I decided to let my blog chill for a bit. I needed to really focus on my treatment. I even recruited my amazingly selfless mother to help me with my son just so that I can focus on keeping my job (these med bills aren’t going to pay themselves) and fixing this jaw. It worked. I am feeling a lot better. But don’t throw confetti just yet. I still have a way to go. However, I’m well enough to finally update my little baby, and share the awesomeness that was the #WeAllGrow Summit at the LINE Hotel. The place where I realized that a set back is actually a good thing. Let me start by saying that I was extremely nervous about the Summit. After working so hard at Latina Bloggers Connect for four years, the thought of TMJ robbing me from experiencing the joy of seeing where the company is today was daunting. It was literally days before the conference that I felt well enough to at the very least shop for a few new outfits. I was scheduled to host a photography workshop and museum field trip. I kept thinking how am I going to pull this off? My fiance kept reassuring that I would be fine, and he was right. I had to put myself in that mindset. Easier said than done, but there was no choice, and the universe carefully planned it that way. The #MisMomentosNeutrogena Sanctuary Suite
I’ve spent the last few days writing recaps about the Summit, which you can see HERE, HERE and HERE. So I won’t get into all the nitty gritty about the sessions and panels. I will, however, share that a circle of amazing women, a fulfilling job along with a stand-up boss and fun loving co-workers all in one room healed me in so many ways. There were times I physically felt horrible but the mind, being as powerful as it is, would not let me go there. I didn’t ignore my body’s need for rest, and took breaks when I needed them, but I also knew that laughter and a good distraction was very important too. With so many guests coming from all over the country and world we really wanted them to get a full-on Los Angeles experience. Attendees were given the opportunity of choosing one of four field trips from yoga to DTLA to museums. We really wanted to showcase LA’s hidden treasures, art scene and culture as a way to welcome everyone to our home. The next couple of days were filled with sessions about tech, social media, photography, story telling and inspirational stories. I ate, I laughed, I learned and worked my little tail off to ensure that every single detail made its way through every social media outlet in real time while tracking results. Because of that, it wasn’t easy for me to be in the moment a whole lot, but I love what I do so it doesn’t feel like work.
But this conference wasn’t just a celebratory mark in my career. The words – We All Grow – carries a huge significance for me that is deeply personal. I took my job at Latina Bloggers Connect during a time that I was unsure about the relationship I was in and didn’t know if I wanted to continue in the museum field. I also missed New York and my family, and wasn’t able to fully accept that LA will be my home for a long while. I felt there was more exploration I needed to do. I had to detach from all the things I felt “identified” me. I was changing. Times were changing. The world was changing. I felt a shift in the universe. There was something urging me to dig a little deeper and take all my experiences to another platform. It was telling me that my time was now, and that I needed to really listen and see the signs. I followed that path of the unknown and eventually found myself traveling, working, and becoming the head of my household (and out of an unfulfilling relationship). It was the toughest and scariest road I’d ever been on but I knew that if I was going to grow, I needed to take those risks.
A lot of my soul is in Latina Bloggers Connect – There’s nothing more fulfilling to me than working with women who live for lifting each other up, breaking down walls and building doors. Where I was emotionally when this journey started and everything that played afterwards was no coincidence. I had to be in that place in order to get to where I’m at now.
In a nutshell, we all grow. But you have to be willing to do the work and accept the set backs. What started out as a one women to a 3 player company has blossomed into two teams of strong, invigorating women. And this is only the beginning.
(Images: Robson Muzel)
This a compensated post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and NEUTROGENA MEN®. Everything said in this post is all me.
This guy right here is my heart. I actually met him many moons ago in high school and we dated for a short time until I transferred to a different school and never saw him again. But if you ask him, he would tell you that he actually did see me again when I was in my 20s walking out of art school with a portfolio in my hand. He was too afraid to approach me. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be back then but I always did wonder what ever happened to him. Who can forget those beautiful eyes? It wasn’t until I received a friend request from Facebook that I saw him again. Social media being what it is, we didn’t really chat aside from the occasional like. During one of my work trips to Miami (where he lived at the time), I sent him a DM letting him know I was going to be in town. We hung out for two hours tops, ate a meal and shook hands good night. I didn’t really think much of it until one day, out of the blue, we started texting and the rest is history. We embarked on a long distance relationship for a year (with lots of travel in between) until he moved west to be with me.
He is the most caring, attentive and nurturing man I’ve ever met. He can also cook up a great meal and he likes to take care of himself. Even though his job is physically demanding, he is always well-shaved, groomed and never misses his barber shop appointments. To relax, he likes to smoke cigars with friends, watch sports, cook, write or catch a movie. He is a total family man with a refreshing traditional but modern perspective about family life, and has very strong views about how men should dress, groom and carry themselves. He loves a nice suit and a great shave.
NEUTROGENA MEN® sent over a really great set that includes aDaily Face Scrub, Face Wash, Shaving Cream and Face Lotion. We love all of the products (they smell great!) but I think my guy favors the Triple Threat Face Lotion as the finishing touch. It soothes razor irritation, heals dry skin and helps fight the signs of aging. At 42, I think he looks pretty darn good! As you know, we already love Neutrogena in this house, and now he does too!
Before you go, I would also like to invite you to the NEUTROGENA MEN® #RespectYourFace Twitter Party on Wednesday, June 25th at 5pm PT/ 8pm ET. RSVP HERE!
A few days ago, when I uploaded our Blogalicious pictures onto the LBC Facebook page, I noticed I either needed to “powder my nose” more often (which is a feat because it really doesn’t occur to me when out with friends) or invest in some sort of shine free product. Coincidentally, Neutrogena recently sent me their Shine Control Line. Are they giving me a hint, maybe? The products are formulated with rice protein technology and is supposed to be shine-free for 8 hours. I haven’t tried it yet, but will let you know when I do.
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I’m back with a skincare obsessed post. This time, I have a secret to tell. I’m 38. No, that’s not it. My age is not the secret. The issue is that I’m 38 and still get acne. What’s up with that? I suppose that’s nature’s trade-off for the no-wrinkle thing? Well, not yet anyway. My day will come, but as my mother always says “Si no es Juan, es Pedro.” So, for now zits (aka Juan) has been an on-going daily thing for me. Prior to working with Neutrogena through LBC, I used their products to keep break-outs under control and to help with “las manchas.” My never-ending goal has been to walk out of the house without foundation on my face, a bit of mascara, shiny hair and done. Is that too much to ask for? My skincare regimen consists of washing my face before bed followed by a Vitamin-A cream (this is a confession, by the way). I wash again first thing in the morning and use toner and SPF moisturizer. I don’t smoke. I’m not much of a drinker. I’m not the sun bathing type. Wow, this is starting to sound more like “top ten reasons why Rachel should not be invited to an island vacation.” Anyway, what can I say, it was never my thing. However, caffeine is my poison of choice and likely contributes to my acne but I’m not giving up my cafecito.
Neutrogena invited me to learn more about how they’re working with the Latino community, which always makes me happy to know that someone is on top of our particular skincare concerns, including cancer. It is so important to put that SPF on folks, and it’s equally important to continue re-applying as the day goes on. My son leaves this house slipping and sliding sometimes but the sun in LA can get brutal during the summer. I will be writing a post for LBC with all the skin-protection details shortly. In the meantime, tell me about your skincare routine, including what you do (or don’t do) to protect your skin from the sun.
Thank You Neutrogena for the The Difference in Beauty invitation at The London.