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.

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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! 


NYC Events: Calling All NY-based Beauty Lovers

Hey beauty friends! We hope the coming fall season is getting you all excited to embrace and try out some new products, techniques and looks for autumn. 


Sephora 5th Avenue

580 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10036

Friday, September 22nd 10am-6pm

Try the innovative new lipstick from Hourglass, Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick, which comes in a luxe gold case. In a one-on-one consultation with either a brand artist or Laura Janes, Vice President of Global Artistry & Training, you’ll learn how to use it to get saturated, budge proof color. Laura will also share her insider insights throughout the event. Take home a deluxe sample of Veil Mineral Primer for an extra dose of glam.*

*While supplies last. 



Sephora 5th Avenue

580 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10036

Saturday, September 23rd 10am-6pm

Snap a photo with Manny Gutierrez, a.k.a. @MannyMUA733, at a meet-and-greet event hosted by Yves Saint Laurent.* Sit down with a brand artist for a shade matching and application of the new full-coverage, long-wearing All Hours Foundation and Concealer formulas. Then show off your flawless complexion in your photo-op with Manny. Take home a Yves Saint Laurent branded bracelet as a reminder of the special day.**

*The first 200 clients to purchase any full-size Yves Saint Laurent product at the Sephora 34th Street location (112 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001) on Saturday, September 23, starting at 9am, will receive a wristband to meet Manny Gutierrez starting at 2pm. Quantities limited; while supplies last.



Sephora 34th Street

112 W. 34th Street

New York, NY 10001

Thursday, September 28th 8am-8pm

Jaime Kern Lima Personal Appearance:  5:30pm

Join Jamie Kern Lima, founder and CEO of ITCosmetics, to experience the brand’s secret recipe for youthful-looking skin. She’ll share her expert insights with fans, who are invited to snap selfies with her.* An IT Cosmetics brand expert will also treat you to a three-step skincare service using Secret Sauce Clinically Advanced Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer. You’ll take home some trial-size IT Cosmetics secret weapons: Brow Power Pencil and Superhero mascara.**

*Clients making any full-size IT Cosmetics product purchase at the Sephora 34th Street location (112 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001) on Thursday, September 28, starting at 8 am, will receive a wristband to meet Jamie Kern Lima starting at 530pm. Quantities limited; while supplies last.

**While supplies last.










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Must Watch: IT Cosmetics CEO Calls Out Beauty Industry

Last Friday, IT Cosmetics founder and CEO, Jamie Kern Lima, accepted the CEW Achiever Award and took her acceptance speech as an opportunity to call for change within the beauty industry. Since then, the speech has gone viral and the video has already reached 1 million views!!!

"We did something at IT Cosmetics that has never been done before in luxury beauty—we became a top-selling brand by using real women of all shapes, sizes, skin tones and skin issues," says Kern Lima. "Our success is proof to the beauty industry that you don't need to use unattainable images of aspiration for women to buy your products. I think women are tired of seeing images that don't look like them. When it comes to the images of beauty that we see as women, I believe IT Cosmetics is proof that the power of the people is greater than the people in power! It's time for change."


In her speech, Jamie challenged the industry with important questions about the images of beauty that are being put out into the world today. “How will these images impact your mothers, and your sisters, and how will they impact your daughters?” In closing her speech she asks, “What will you do with the power that is you?”

Kern Lima started IT Cosmetics™, a luxe makeup and skincare company, in her living room and recently sold the company to L'Oréal. The purchase was L'Oréal's largest acquisition to date and made Kern Lima the first female CEO in L'Oréal's 100+ year history.

Prior to launching IT Cosmetics™, Kern Lima was an award-winning TV News anchor with beauty challenges including sparse brows and sensitive skin, and could never find products that truly worked. She felt there must be other women out there like her, who want clinically proven, skin-loving, problem-solving makeup and skincare products that truly work! And that's when IT Cosmetics™ was born. Two years after launching the brand, Kern Lima went on air at QVC with Bye Bye Under Eye™ Concealer and in 10 minutes, it sold out completely. Today IT is QVC's top-selling makeup line, and a top selling brand in ULTA Beauty andSephora. IT Cosmetics™ has received more than 30 QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards, and was also honored with the WWD Beauty Inc. Prestige Brand of the Year.

Kern Lima graduated valedictorian from Washington State University, and received her MBA from Columbia University. She was recently named on the 2017 Forbes Magazine's Most Successful Self-Made Women List, the Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, WWD's 50 Most Powerful Women in Beauty and is part of the Harvard Women's Leadership Forum. She also received the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award. Kern Lima is energized by an unremitting passion to inspire and empower women and has been featured on Good Morning America, TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, NIGHTLINE, Joel Osteen and in The New York Times, Marie Claire, SHAPE, WWD, GLAMOUR, COSMOPOLITAN, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.

When Kern Lima's not appearing live on QVC in many of IT Cosmetics 200+ shows annually, she works passionately with many philanthropic partners including Look Good Feel Better®, where IT Cosmetics has donated over $27 million in product to date to help women face the effects of cancer with confidence. 


How To Simplify Your Skincare Routine With Shortlist Beauty

I've partnered with SHORTLIST on this blog post. All feelings and opinions are my own. 

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You may know I am obsessed with skincare. So much so that I tried to 10+ step beauty routines, done some pretty fancy facials and even got serious about facial hair removal in search of better skin!

When I learned about SHORTLIST I was intrigued by the concept. The SHORTLIST is a skincare line that includes a pair of efficient and high-performing skincare products with a short list of ingredients. These products are only full of the good stuff!

They do not contain: Parabens, sulfates, colorants, fragrances, or mineral oils.

Check out this video to see why you should give SHORTLIST a try! 

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The SHORTLIST product line is simple, it's a serum and cream that are focused on delivering healthier skin that looks, feels and acts younger. I like to call them the dynamic duo and they have reduced my skincare routine! 

    First up: The Serum, $34, is formulated with only 11 ingredients!

    Key ingredients:
    Niacinamide (vitamin B3): Helps to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier.
    Glycerin: Provides long-lasting moisture.
    Hyaluronic acid: A moisturizing ingredient that can hold more than 1000 times its weight in water.

    It helps to better prepare your skin for the SHORTLIST retinoid cream.

    The immediate results: Moisturizes and repair existing dry and damaged skin.
    Long term: Skin cells are energized with moisture to make skin act and feel younger.

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    The finisher: The Cream, $34, is a pro-retinol cream containing only 9 ingredients.

    Key ingredients:
    Retinyl propionate: Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.
    Glycerin: Provides long-lasting moisture.

    The immediate results: Moisturizes and repair existing dry and damaged skin.
    Long term: Skin cells are energized with moisture to make skin act and feel younger.

    The immediate results:  Rejuvenates skin by increasing surface cell turnover.
    Long term:  Noticeably diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

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    I enjoy how easy and effective these products are to use. The combo of this serum and cream help to simplify my beauty routine and improve my skin.  It has even inspired a lazy skincare routine (for late or lazy nights) I posted on my IG stories & twitter! Watch below! Learn more at