Latinas Are Anything But Basic! Urban Decay & Vixen Workout = FIERCE

As a Latina,  I am anything but BASIC! Last week during a shake it to the rhythm of the Vixen Workout at Body & Soul in Miami, FL. we(media vixens) grooved to the Vixen moves and learned about the basic fundamental steps to create a flawless look, which was the inspiration for Urban Decay to host this event. The NAKED2 Basics Eye Shadow Palette  inspired founder of the Vixen Workout, Janet Jones, to create a sexy and fierce six-step dance routine. This palette rocks and brings out all the right hues all our sexy Latina eyes.

Photo Credit Anais Benoudiz

NAKED2 Basics Eye Shadow Palette. Image provided by Urban Decay.

NAKED2 Basics Eye Shadow Palette. Image provided by Urban Decay.

The partnership with Janet Jones was special as Urban Decay helps us connect with our Latina fierceness and also brings to life that we are “Anything but Basic” . Janet’s sassy workout was fun, fierce and totally aligned with Urban Decay’s edgy appeal.

Janet Jones said:

 As a Latina from Miami, I’m a fireball. I’m sassy and I love anything that redefines sexy.Urban Decay defines that for me and as a makeup brand, they’ve been with me since I can remember.From their awesome highly pigmented eye shadow palettes, saturated lip colors, and my most favorite – their makeup setting spray – Urban Decay always has me covered.”


Photo Credit Anais Benoudiz


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Makeup Tips for Black & White Photos

Working with International Photograper, Anais Benoudiz for the below black & white series of images was a blast. We shared laughs, 80’s music blasting in the background and then there were those moments when I knew I was in the presence of sheer genius.

I often do my own styling and makeup for my photo-shoots and it goes a long way to know your face and how to bring out the best of your features. Black and white photos are amazing and transmit a timeless appeal, but do you know that there are makeup tricks for black and white photos? It’s so different and as simple as picking out a dark makeup hue over neutral colors can make your look dramatically different than you may have intended. If black and white photos appeal to you and you want to know how to apply your own makeup for black and white photography; I’ve got some makeup tips that will make you look glam!

Some of my favorite products used to create my look were AERIN Weekday palette for my face/lips as well as AERIN rose lip balm for a hint of sheen. I also love the depth that 08 Infamous Sky sculpting eye shadow palette by Estee Lauder Palette gave me, and AERIN essential brown cool gel eyeliner made my hazel eyes pop.

Tip 1:  With my black and white photos, I wanted to keep the look elegant, so I generally want to go with something simple on my skin and lips and a bit more intense on the eyes. I always go with lighter shade on the lips and I keep it simple. A classic look can really go a long way in black and white photography. Remember, makeup for black & white images is different than what you wear in colored photos, so picking simple yet elegant shades and creating dimension by the intensity of makeup application might be your best bet.

Tip 2:  I wanted my face to appear more sculpted and with more definition to it so I went with a bronzer, one that’s a bit darker than what I usually use. This will really stand out in the photos and you will look chiseled. The color won’t show up, as dramatic as it looks in person, meaning you can go much darker with your bronzer than you probably normally would.

Tip 3:  There aren’t going to be any colors in the photos, so you wind up with varying shades of gray. If you want your lips to stand out, you have to make them a bit darker. Choosing a darker color or even a bold red hue will really make your lips appear more dramatic. In my case, focus was on my eyes so I opted for something more natural, like a neutral colored lip liner and gloss with a pinkish color.




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NASA Lasers Assist Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the United States, affecting one in eight women throughout the course of their lives. This topic may be outside my normal realm of coverage, but this is my effort in the hopes that I can be one more person to help reach millions of women who are in need of help after suffering from breast cancer. No one knows the cause of breast cancer, and no one knows the cure. But I do know a way to help women recovering from breast cancer revive their hair. This is not insignificant, any woman who has involuntarily lost her hair knows the damage it can cause to her self-esteem and well being. There is no escaping cancer! Hollywood celebrity Sheryl Crow knows first hand how the effects of hair loss can affect self-esteem.

That’s why Theradome, manufacturer of the first FDA approved, over-the-counter hair restoration device, has partnered with the Pink Lotus Breast Center to host a free helmet giveaway, as well as to provide all participants with a special promotion code to purchase the at-home hair restoration device at a reduced cost. Former NASA scientist Dr. Tamim Hamid created the hair-rejuvenating helmet featuring 80 proprietary lasers he discovered while at NASA. The goal is to help these women recover from excessive hair loss caused by chemotherapy and help them regrow their hair. The hope is to increase awareness surrounding new technologies for restoring women’s locks after cancer-related hair loss.


From October 15 through October 25th, women, as well as their family and friends, can enter the giveaway by completing an entry. Three winners will receive a pink, limited edition, Theradome LH80 PRO to help re-grow their hair thicker and healthier than before. Breast cancer survivors, their friends and family can enter the giveaway on Pink Lotus’ Facebook page starting October 15:

Press Release:

Theradome™ and Pink Lotus Breast Center Join Forces to Help Women Recover from Cancer-Related Hair Loss

New Partnership Begins with a Hair-Raising Giveaway for Breast Cancer Survivors

LOS ANGELES, CA – October 13, 2014 – Theradome™, manufacturer of the first and only FDA-cleared wearable, over-the-counter hair restoration device, announces a new partnership with the Pink Lotus Breast Center. Beginning October 15, the Pink Lotus Breast Center will host an exciting giveaway in which three women recovering from breast cancer will be chosen to receive a free limited edition pink Theradome™ LH80 PRO helmet to help restore their hair.

In an effort to increase awareness surrounding new technologies for restoring women’s locks after cancer-related hair loss, Theradome™ and the Pink Lotus Breast Center have joined forces. For 10 days, from October 15 through October 25, women recovering from breast cancer, along with their friends and family, may enter the giveaway by completing an entry form and providing a recent photograph of the entrant. On October 28, three winners will be selected at random to win.

“Our FDA-cleared hair restoration device is an incredible solution for the myriad of strong women who are dealing with hair loss as a result of breast cancer treatment,” says Tamim Hamid, inventor and founder of Theradome™. “Partnering with a nationally-recognized brand like Pink Lotus seemed like a natural and obvious choice for raising awareness and enriching these ladies’ lives.”

However, the alliance between Pink Lotus and Theradome™ won’t stop at three free laser helmets. In addition, all entrants will receive a special promotion code to purchase the at-home hair restoration device at a discounted price.

“At Pink Lotus, we believe in comprehensive breast cancer treatment, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and recovery,” says Andy Funk, executive chairman of Pink Lotus Breast Center. “Theradome’s unprecedented ability to help women regain their full and healthy hair is just one more way we can help survivors fully recover in every aspect. ”

Breast cancer survivors, their friends and family can enter the giveaway on Pink Lotus’ Facebook page starting October 15:


Theradome, a medical device company based in Silicon Valley, Calif., specializes in bringing laser-based hair restoration therapies previously only available in a clinical setting into the home. Theradome Laser Helmet LH80 PRO helps minimize hair loss, thicken existing hair and grow new hair for a fraction of the price of a visit to a clinic. For more information please visit

About the Pink Lotus Breast Center

The Pink Lotus Breast Center is an organization exclusively dedicated to the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. At the Pink Lotus Breast Center, women enjoy the unique experience of a comprehensive facility featuring holistic care linked seamlessly to the latest breast cancer screening and diagnostic technologies and state-of-the-art surgery. The organization’s mission conveys one clear purpose: to offer the most comprehensive and integrative breast care available today in a warm environment that provides all women with security and confidence when they need it most. For more information, please visit