Curls, Curls, Curls + Giveaway from Amika

Hey guys! I just posted a new video on Youtube and I'm going to share one of my favorite styling tools from Amika + I have a fab giveaway too (read to the end for 'how to enter' info).

If you're someone who likes to play with texture, you'll want this: The Chameleon, $300, is a 5 barrel interchangeable curling kit by Amika. 

It is a kit that will allow you to create any texture you want. These five (5) titanium barrels easily clip into one base to shape curls that range from fat to tight.

Why Titanium?  The titanium barrels are lightweight and allow for superior heat conductivity. The ultra-smooth surface allows hair to curl easily for silky curls that shine.

Is it safe for your hair?  Powered by MCH heaters to emit far-infrared heat that instantly penetrates the cortex of the hair cuticle, heating from the inside out. The hair is heated evenly and in half the time of conventional heat, reducing the risk of damage.

Want long-lasting looks, with less product? The negative ionic technology seals the cuticle for shiny, long-lasting curls that hold for days without any styling products.

Control you heat with the digital Interface. Precise setting and monitoring of temperature from 250ºF (121ºC) up to 450ºF (232ºC) is the most important element for getting consistent and effective results. The auto-shutoff feature means no power will be wasted when not in use.

Protect yourself! The heat-resistant 3-fingered glove gives flexibility & more precise curing - without the burn. 

Jetset? The Dual Voltage 110–240 V is ideal for international adventures.

Here's the breakdown: 




  • the 32mm curler; i.e "the bump" - best for creating the round-brush, straight look with movement on long hair. Bend the ends of a voluminous ‘do, giving it more life. Curl and set in large sections using the amika Touchable Hair Spray to get a rounder, bouncier look or curl in different directions to show layers.
  • the 25mm curler; i.e. "glamour" - the most popular curl size for creating anything from classic or retro looks to modern voluminous styles. Curl and set, wait 10 minutes for the curls to cool, release, brush and style for the biggest, bounciest curl. Let hair air dry and curl the hair in alternating directions for a classic beachy look.
  • the 25-18mm curler; i.e. "au natural" - curls that are tighter at the bottom, looser on the top with less uniformity. For even more of a natural look, alternate the size of hair sections being curled and between wrapping the curls at the base or mid-length of hair.
  • the 19mm curler; i.e. "texture" - ideal for creating textured and vintage looks, as well as curls that need to last from day to night. Curl entire head of hair as the foundation for a beautifully messy chignon. Take a short bob from sleek and pin straight to fun and beachy.
  • the 9-19mm curler; for bouncy, defined ringlets and tight waves. 

Here's your chance to win it!

Best of 2017: Best Moments Of The Year

This year was about mingling and connecting! I met so many wonderful people and went to so many exciting places! Here are some highlights, from top left to right:

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In the New Year you will see more beauty videos, exclusive content, family moments and a little more food content! 

Here are some of my favorite moments (not captured in the #bestnine photo above)

1. Giorgio Beverly Hills

2. 29 Rooms 


Experiencing art and culture in very 'grammable settings!

3. Beauty Event: IT Cosmetics 


A magical wonderland of beauty come to life! I got to explore and share the wonders of IT Cosmetics. 

4. Get Animated


5. Magnum Ice Cream Pop-Up


6. Downsizing event at Gulliver's Gate


The film begs the question: Is a mini life better? The short answer is you can't shrink your problems away. 

Gulliver's Gate brings the best of the world to a mini format and encourages you to change your perspective!

7. BabbleBoxx


I attended some fun holiday events too! I got to hang with some of my favorite brands: 

23andMe, Perfumania, Cinzano, Edible Arrangements, Christmas Central, Badgley Mischka, Tea Fortē, Algenist, Earth Footwear, Sabon,, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, SiO Beauty, and more all in celebration of the holiday season thanks to the Babbleboxx team!

In 2018 I'm looking forward to creating new content that inspires and informs! Please let me know if there is something you want to see. You can connect with me on social too!


Flight canceled? Take a free ride from Megabus

Did you know a big airline glitch could impact countless flights throughout the holidays. If your flight is cancelled,  is MEGABUS giving away FREE TICKETS to help you get to your destination!


Here's what you need to do:

Simply, email your proof of cancellation here ( along with your request so that you may reach your holiday destination.

You must forward proof of cancellation from the airline with your email. Offer valid only via email. Offer valid on canceled flights between December 14 through December 31, 2017. Tickets valid only on US trips and cities served by on the original travel date.


Issa Rae Becomes Face of COVERGIRL’s Newest Lip Line

Today, Issa Rae becomes the face of COVERGIRL’s newest lip line, Melting Pout Metallics, which you can get NOW at this Cyber Monday sale!

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COVERGIRL’s Melting Pout Metallics includes 12 dimensional, highly pigmented liquid metallic shades. The collection helps achieve any look, for a touch of glimmer to dramatic bold lips, with shades such as 24 Carat, Mic Drop and Platinum Card.

Issa loves switching up her lip looks and says that she loves the many looks she can create with them: “I may choose to wear a clear gloss and steer clear from attention and other days I want to command the room, so I may rock a blue lipstick.”

Issa’s partnership with Melting Pout Metallics debuts today in this commercialThe collection is available starting today through COVERGIRL’s Cyber Monday flash sale and will be widely available in drugstores starting in December. You can purchase through the Cyber Monday sale and receive one Melting Pout Metallics Lipstick for $7.99 OR purchase 3 lipsticks for $20 and receive free shipping!



Change How You Charge With Samsung

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Change how you charge – Samsung fast chargers rapidly charge your devices up to 1.4x faster for select models* The wireless charging system eliminates the cables and charges your compatible Galaxy device by simply placing it on the pad. Save up to 20% on Samsung charging devices at Best Buy through Nov 4th

Change how you charge – Samsung fast chargers rapidly charge your devices up to 1.4x faster for select models* The wireless charging system eliminates the cables and charges your compatible Galaxy device by simply placing it on the pad. Save up to 20% on Samsung charging devices at Best Buy through Nov 4th

Change how you charge – Samsung portable battery pack lets you recharge your device quickly, so you can talk, text and surf longer when you're out and about. Save up to 20% on Samsung charging devices at Best Buy through Nov 4th

Change how you charge – Samsung portable battery pack lets you recharge your device quickly, so you can talk, text and surf longer when you're out and about. Save up to 20% on Samsung charging devices at Best Buy through Nov 4th

As a tech and travel lover, I blog about things that make life easier (or at least I try to).  When it comes to tech its all about streamlining and speeding things up. Did you know that Samsung fast chargers rapidly charge your devices up to 1.4x faster for select models?

Yes, the wireless charging system eliminates the cables and charges your compatible Galaxy device by simply placing it on the pad. Save up to 20% on Samsung charging devices at Best Buy through Nov 4th. Check it out here:

Eliminate the need to just use the cable and charger that came in the box with your phone, there are so many new ways to charge your phone. Now, Samsung fast chargers allow you to charge your phone much quicker than a traditional charger, even while you’re using the phone

Samsung portable batteries allow you the freedom to charge anywhere you are – without being tethered to an outlet. There is a large assortment of charging accessories for every phone.

(Please note these are available for  Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ and later models - fast-speed charging; Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Qi-enabled devices - standard-speed charging.)

Want to change how you charge? Save up to 20% on Samsung charging devices at Best Buy through Nov 4th. Click here to learn more:

Prep for the Holiday Season with LG Appliances

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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As you prep your home for entertaining during the holiday season, the big question is: what's on your wish list? 

For me it's, new kitchen appliances from LG. 

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This LG refrigerator (5365900) features a sleek glass panel that illuminates with two quick knocks on the right-hand refrigerator door, letting you see inside the easy-access compartment without ever opening the door.

Looking for a new oven range? Make cooking easier with these an option from LG.  Whether you need an oven that circulates air evenly throughout the lower oven or a ProBake Convection feature that speeds cooking times for fast and flavorful meals? 

Now you can save up to $600 on LG Kitchen Appliance Package at Best Buy. Learn more here:

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Bonus recipe:

Peruvian Quinoa Soup


  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1⁄2 unit Onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 unit Green bell pepper, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3⁄4 cups Celery, finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup Medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce (8 oz.)
  • 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 4 packages Salad and Vegetable Seasoning (mixed with 8 cups water)
  • 2 units Medium waxy potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes)
  • 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh parsley, chopped
  • All-Purpose Seasoning with Pepper

Cooking Instructions:

Heat oil in 6-qt. pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, peppers, celery and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Add tomato sauce and garlic to pot; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds more.

Pour water mixture into pot; bring to boil. Stir in potatoes and quinoa. Lower heat to medium low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes and quinoa are tender, about 15 minutes.

Stir parsley into soup. Season soup with adobo; divide evenly among serving bowls.




Mi Musica: Concert Style With JCPenney

I'm so excited to share that I've partnered with JCPenney.


This past week JCPenney had the second iHeart Radio Música Latina concert series with award-winning artist, Sofia Reyes! 

But first, its all about the glam! For my night out I headed JCPenney inside Newport Center Mall to get concert ready. I had to find the perfect outfit! I got the perfect LBD from the Project Runway collection.

Next, I got camera-ready at JCPenney with hair and makeup magic! Take a look at the prep video below!

Ready & off to the Sofía Reyes concert! Sofía Reyes 

Sofia Reyes performs on stage at iHeartRadio Mi Musica Presented by JCPenney. 
Photo Credit: Rachel Kaplan for iHeartRadio

If you're part of the #SOCREW you already know this Sofía Reyes trivia, so you can just watch these videos. If you're not (yet) keep reading.

At 21, Sofía Reyes has already established herself as an emerging talent within the Latino industry and is poised to continue to garner triumphs with her album 'Louder!

Sofia became the first female artist to win # 1 on Billboard's Latin Pop list with her single "Solo Yo" next to Prince Royce.

Want more music and style? Visit JCPenney!

How To Prep for the Holidays With GE Appliances

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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The holidays are fast approaching. Are you ready? As you prep your home for entertaining during the holidays, you can count on our expert service to find you the right GE appliances at an unbeatable price. (learn more here:  Plus, keep reading for my favorite holiday key lime pie recipe. 

GE Profile Series appliances are designed to reflect the modern approach to style. Clean lines, minimal curves and a streamlined look that blends with today's kitchens. Everyday routines become amazingly simple with next generation features. Brilliant touches that answer real-life needs.

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GE Profile Gas Range featuresedge-to-edge cooktop - A large cooking surface gives you extra room for pots and pans of all sizes and lets cookware move easily from burner to burner

What's more? The extra-large, integrated reversible cast iron grill/griddle offer up amazing cooking versatility. You can cook up to six grilled cheeses on the industry's largest integrated griddle, and then flip it over to grill your favorite foods.

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GE Refrigeration Keurig Kcup French Door allows unexpected convenience of hot single serve brewing at your fridge!

If I was able to prep with these GE Appliances, I would be inspired to cook more! Maybe my holiday Key Lime pie recipe would get made more than once a year.


Here is the recipe:

Nochebuena “The Good Night”, more frequently called Christmas Eve, is a night of celebration within Latino households. Instead of waiting until Christmas day to open presents and start the celebration, Latinos celebrate early, gathering family and friends for a big dinner on Christmas Eve. You can find more recipes at



·         3/4 cup or 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more to butter the dish

·         1 tablespoon granulated sugar

·          Pinch kosher or coarse sea salt

·         2 egg yolks

·         2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more to dust the dish and roll out dough

·         1/2 cup whole milk


·         5 large eggs

·         1 cupsweetened Condensed Milk

·         3 tablespoons heavy cream

·          Zest of 2 green Mexican limes

·         2/3 cup fresh-squeezed green Mexican lime juice


·         3 egg whites

·         1 cup confectioners' sugar


·         Butter and dust a 9-inch pie dish with flour.

To make the crust

·         In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add sugar, salt, and egg yolks, and continue beating until well combined. Reduce speed to low, add a 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour at a time. Lastly add the milk and beat just until the dough is fully combined and comes together. Roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for a half hour, or until it is firm enough to roll.

·         Preheat oven to 350° F.

·         Generously dust your counter and a rolling pin with flour. Roll out the dough into a 1/4-inch thick circle large enough to fit the pie dish. Place the dough on top of pie dish and gently fit it into the inside of the dish, as well as covering the edge. You may cut around the edge with a paring knife. Poke the bottom of the pie crust 10 to 15 times with a fork, as well as 10 to 12 times around the edge. Cover with a layer of aluminum foil or parchment paper, and fill with either pie weights or a cup of dried beans. Place pie dish on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove the pie weights or beans and aluminum, and place back in the oven for 8 to 10 more minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool.

To make the filling

·         In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs on medium speed, until foamy, for a couple of minutes. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk, and continue beating for 1 or 2 minutes. Pour the heavy cream, along with the lime zest and lime juice and continue beating for a couple minutes more, until fully combined and thickened.

·         Pour lime mixture over pie crust up to the brim (right before it starts to spill!). Place on top of baking sheet and into the oven. Bake for 50 minutes, or until completely set. Remove from the oven.

To make meringue

·         In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites over medium speed until soft peaks start to form, or you start seeing soft shapes in the egg whites as the whisk moves along. Pour in the confectioner’s sugar, 1/4 cup at a time. Continue beating until you achieve meringue consistency: the mixture is shiny, thick and you see deeply marked shapes as the whisk moves along; or if you stop the mixer and raise the whisk, the mixture should hold stiff peaks. With a rubber spatula, spread the meringue on top of the pie, making waves or peaks as you cover the pie. Place on the baking sheet and into the oven for another 10 minutes or until the meringue has set and its top is lightly browned.

·         Remove from the oven. Let cool. Place in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.

Learn more and see how you can 'Prep for the Holidays with GE Appliances visit:

SAVE UP TO $1,200* on Select GE Appliance Packages

*Purchase 4 or more eligible GE Profile™ or select GE® appliances and, depending on the number of appliances purchased and whether any are BONUS models, receive a GE Appliances (GEA) Visa prepaid card valued up to $1200*.

Brighten Up With Post Summer Essentials From Neutrogena

This is a sponspored post in collaboration with Neutrogena. All opinions are my own.


It's official summer is over. So it's time to pack away the sandals, short and while we're at it...unwanted summertime sunspots! I'm saying bye-bye to manchas! 

Luckily, the Rapid Tone Repair line renews the look of skin and brightens your skin's tone for visible results in only 1 Week! I took the challenge, not for any particular spot but just to freshen up my skin. My goal is less is more when it comes to makeup, and that starts with good clear skin.

As we all know, when it comes to treating the common complexion concern of uneven skin tone, it can be frustrating to wait weeks only to be unsatisfied with the results. With all the products in the market promising visible improvement in skin tone, women are often confused by which ingredients truly work. The NEUTROGENA® Rapid Tone Repair line leverages the power of Accelerated Retinol SA and Vitamin C to help return your complexion into a clearer more even canvas.  Spoiler alert! I loved how this routine made my skin look and feel!


The The line’s gentle formulas feature exclusive Accelerated Retinol SA technology, combined
with Vitamin C, to deliver even skin tone, fast. Here is what the key ingredients do:
• Vitamin C - Gently helps diffuse the look of brown spots, evening out skin tone
• Retinol SA - Diminishes the appearance of age spots
• Hyaluronic Acid - Helps moisturize, replenish and rejuvenate the look of skin
• Glucose Complex - Helps boost skin’s surface activity for faster results

So here is my 1 week routine:



Neutrogena® Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $19.99 (SRP)
Say yes to SPF!  This daily moisturize, that absorbs quickly so you can apply makeup over it, protects skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

It contains: Accelerated Retinol SA, Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C




Neutrogena® Rapid Tone Repair Night, $19.99 (SRP) is  a lightweight silky moisturizer that absorbs quickly into skin. It is great to use at night, especially if you have oily skin like me. 

Key active ingredients include: Accelerated Retinol SA, Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C.

It is clinically proven to reduce the look of dark spots and discoloration. 

What are your biggest skin issues? Share with me in the comments below!