A large group of Latina women showed up at the first Latina Beauty, Hair & Wellness Expo hosted by Latina Media Ventures and held in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Thankfully I was one of the many lucky latinas who attended this awesome expo! Special thanks to LATINA MAGAZINE for making this possible.
I must confess that I was really excited about this expo, that as soon as I found out about it, I said to myself: I AM SOOO THERE!
I am a truly proud latina who loves her culture and embraces everything related to her roots, so this event really meant a lot to me. It was a huge opportunity to interact with many other latinas in the community, as well as having the privilege to be able to see in person the awesome panel Latina Magazine had put together. The panel was composed of celebrities who are a pride for the entire latino community. The panelists were:
Massiel “MankoFit” Arias – Personal Trainer
Denise Bidot – International Plus Size Model
Lenny Santiago – Roc Nation Executive
Adrienne Bailon – Host of “The Real”
Dascha Polanco – Star of Netflix “Orange is the New Black”
And Shirley Velasquez– Latina’s Director of Content Who served as Moderator.
I listened and paid attention to every single word every panelist said. It was inspirational, uplifting, empowering and….priceless! I learned the struggles every single one of them came across to be where they are today, but the lesson or common denominator from all stories was to LOVE YOURSELF just the way you are and to NEVER GIVE UP!
Latina Women Rock!
Below are a few short videos of a few moments I captured that really impacted me. 🙂
In this short vid Massiel Arias explains how everyone is unique in their own way and why we should not care what people think, because every single person has a different perception of Beauty.
Dascha Polanco explains how social media could be cruel sometimes, and why we should not let negative comments coming from the DOC’s (Detail Oriented Commentators) affect us. Enhance what you have and make it work for you. She is definitely proud of the “Mujerón” she is!
She also wonders what does her body has to do with being able to portray a role? She is still trying to break barriers, because there is still a lot of work to do in order to continue opening doors for more latinas in the industry. She is embracing the fact that there are 5 different latinas nominated for Emmy Awards, instead of focusing on the negative like some others, who feel uncomfortable with latinas portraying a role in jail.
I am so grateful for the opportunity of being able to be there and get inspired and uplifted in such a great way! Thank you all for taking the time to try to help out giving great advice to the Latino community.
The Expo was a total success! There were also vendors from everywhere! Hair stylists, makeup artists, entrepreneurs, you name it!
Here are some awesome pics I took, so you can have an idea of the awesomeness of this event!
Monat is a brand that combines ultra-progressive active botanical ingredients with state-of-the-art scientific technologies to bring you safe, high-quality, naturally based, age-prevention products.
Elsi Brea-Arias and Monica Robles from Monat
Here some Jewelry Inspiration from NWLOVELYSTYLE.COM, a brand inspired by the self-confidence and great style that strong women project, and created for that woman with an exceptional and unique personality.
R & R Cosmetics LLC is one of the world’s innovative manufacturers and distributors of Multi Cultural Professional Beauty products. They offer skincare and hair products.
Magik Beauty International offers straightening hair products that controls and smoothens the hair, leaving it soft, moisturized and manageable.
IMYB I Make You Beautiful is a boutique cosmetics company created by artist and educator Danessa Myricks, that focuses on artist education through, books, DVDs, online courses and workshops.
Design Essentials offers premium and quality hair care solutions with the education and knowledge to effectively use them in the salon and at home.
Petruccelli Beauty International is one of the largest suppliers of beauty products in the United States that offers new and innovative products and avant-garde style, as well as educate the professional on new products for hair, skin and nail care.
Lasio, Inc. are the pioneers in the keratin industry, and the first to market with a Brazilian Keratin Treatment. Their products provide the opportunity of bringing luxury home.
MILANI Cosmetics offers incredible quality for an incredible price. It is made for that woman who loves color. They bring their inspiration straight from the streets of Milan.
There were way more vendors, but I couldn’t put them all here. I definitely had a wonderful time at the first Latina Beauty, Hair & Wellness Expo. Patiently waiting for the next one! 🙄 😉
The 1st Latina Beauty, Hair & Wellness Expo Hosted In NJ Was A Total Success! Check Out Some Great Insights Of This Event Driven To Empower Latina Women.
You have probably heard already so much about it, but are still wondering how to use Argan Oil, just like it happened to me. 😆
Here it is my Review on two excellent Argan Oil Beauty items that I have been using. Hope this info is useful! 😉
How To Use Argan Oil
Well I am going to start by telling you that Argan Oil is a plant oil extracted from the kernels of the argan tree which is native of Morocco, and it is used for culinary, medicinal and cosmetics purposes, gaining nowadays a huge reputation worldwide as a high-end and as a gourmet ingredient in cosmetics and food products.
So I discovered Argan Oil can be used to cook as well as for multiple cosmetics purposes, like to protect and treat your hair and your skin for example.
I was recently introduced to this wonderful oil and I tried the awesome Argan Oil Mask, as well as the Argan Oil Multipurpose Moisturizer, both from InstaNatural.
InstaNatural is a leading online and global distributor of more than a dozen nature inspired beauty and cosmetics products. Their products are one of the top sellers on Amazon and can also be found in leading spas, salons and aesthetic centers in the US, as well as internationally in UAE and UK.
InstaNatural Argan Oil Mask is a deep conditioning treatment that transforms dry and damaged hair into a soft, shiny and healthy mane. Its restorative ingredients work together to penetrate hair deep down and deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to enhance texture and shine. This intensive blend full of organic ingredients also helps to strengthen hair and to protect it against heat damage.
Key Active Ingredients
+ Argan Oil
+ Amino Acid Complex
+ Coconut Oil
+ Shea Butter
+ Vitamin B5
Deeply conditions, strengthens and restores hair
Provides superior hydration and nourishment
Can be used daily as a standard conditioner
Turns hair from lifeless and damaged to luxurious and voluminous
Increases shine, softness and manageability
Apply hair mask to clean towel-dried damp hair. Use your hands and fingers to evenly distribute a generous amount beginning at the scalp and working towards the ends. Leave treatment in for 5 to 15 minutes and then rinse. Use once or twice a week.
I followed these instructions and I applied it to my hair quite a few times already I love how it leaves my hair so soft and manageable. The mask is thick and very concentrated, and I love how it smells! 😀
I have also been using InstaNatural Argan Oil which is a multipurpose moisturizer essential to helping you achieve beautiful skin, hair, nails and body. This cold-pressed oil is lightweight, fast absorbing, and free of fragrances, chemicals and preservatives. It is great to try dry skin, repair damaged hair, or strengthen brittle nails and cuticles.
Key Active Ingredients
100% Pure Certified Organic Virgin Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa)
A moisturizer that keeps skin hydrated for a longer time
It can help with premature aging
Provides an even and bright complexion by reducing flakiness
Nourishes hair, making it soft and shiny
Moisturizes the scalp and reduces the dryness
Can be used as a hair protector before coloring or styling the hair
Provides strength to the nails and prevents peeling and cracking
Decreases the dryness of hands and foot to make them soft
Prevents and decreases cracking of heels
General Application: Pour 1-3 drops of Argan oil on your palms or fingertips, rub them together and massage gently on face, hair, scalp, nails or wherever needed. Always start with the smallest amount possible and increase if more is needed.
Face: Wash your face and neck prior to applying Argan oil. Take 1-3 drops into your palms and massage on face and neck. Let the skin absorb the oil completely. This usually takes 3-5 minutes. Start with 1 drop first and add more as needed. Apply makeup as usual.
Hair: To use Argan oil as a leave on conditioner, wash your hair with a mild shampoo and pat dry with a towel. Massage 1-3 drops of Argan oil working from roots to tip when the hair is still a little damp. This will work as a protector and fizz tamer for your hair.
To use Argan oil as a heat protector before styling your hair, damp your hair with some water and apply 1-3 drops of oil moving from roots to tip.
To use Argan oil for soft, shiny and stronger hair, massage a few drops on hair and scalp with your fingertips and leave for at least 30 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo. This can also reduce dryness, itchiness of scalp, mild scalp irritations.
Nails: Massage 1-3 drops of Argan oil on nails and cuticles to make them stronger and prevent cracking and peeling.
Face masks: Mix 1-3 drops of Argan oil with your regular face mask for an added glow.
Toner: Apply 1-3 drops of Argan oil on face to make it work as a toner. This will maintain the pH level of skin, nourish the skin to make it soft.
Aftershave: Argan oil can be used as an aftershave. Apply 1-3 drops after shaving to get a soothing effect.
Massage Oil: You can use Argan oil as massage oil for body and hair. Take a few drops on palms and massage into the body, hair to give nourishment.
I personally have been using it on my nails, my toes, my scalp and on my face as a moisturizer, specially now during winter, when it is so important to nurture your skin and your body. You can tell it is super concentrated, so all you need is a few tiny drops. To me, it doesn’t really smell at all, which is great if you want to mix it with your favorite body lotion or face mask.
Now I will leave you with two of my most recent pics during the Holidays, after I have been using InstaNatutal Argan Oil Hair Mask. Check out how shiny and healthy my hair looks!!! You make your own judgement 😉