Sunday Sparkle

I got to enjoy a quick getaway this weekend!

My friends invited me to hang with them in Tagaytay.

My friends invited me to hang with them over at Crosswinds Tagaytay.

Yummy food, no thinking, and just spending lots of QT together—yay! After reading about Café Voila on KateWasHere.com, we decided to have dinner there and it didn’t disappoint. They served the best satays I’ve ever had (have it with the turmeric rice, guys) and if it’s dessert you’re looking for, try the salted caramel cheesecake. But the real highlight of the weekend?

Our spa escape! Nikki and I headed to T House for a quick massage.

Our spa escape! Nikki and I headed to T House for a quick massage.

We booked the 90-minute massage (P1,000) and it was actually pretty good. We both fell asleep at some point (that rarely happens for us!) and I loved the oil they used—it really softened my skin! There’s no aircon though and the spa amenities aren’t fancy at all, but massage-wise, I’d say that their masseuses will definitely be able to soothe your aching muscles and help you relax.

What’d you do to unwind this weekend? Tell me, tell me! ♥

My IG #Shelfie Got Featured In InStyle!!!

I’ve got some exciting news to share with you!

InStyle ran a story about skincare shelfies...

InStyle.com ran a story about how skincare shelfies are so hot right now.

I didn’t even know about it until @saritaagerman left a comment on my IG saying that she saw one of my photos featured in InStyle. Now I don’t know this kind stranger, so I Googled like crazy to see if it was true using random keywords like “InStyle,” “shelfie,” and “2016.” And you know what I discovered?

...and I was one of the Instagrammers featured!!! Woo-hoo!!!

It’s true! I was one of the Instagrammers featured in InStyle’s shelfie story!!! Read the full story here.

This is a HUGE deal for me because I’ve always loved InStyle (like Frances and I used to dream about working for this magazine!) and I always try super hard to take pretty IG photos. This feature actually came at the right time because I’ve kinda hit IG burnout and haven’t posted anything this week. It’s just the inspiration I needed, so thank you so much to InStyle.com (and their writer, Wendy Rose Gould) for this super cool feature! I’m very kilig! ♥

My New Fave Mascara!

I’ve always been loyal to Maybelline mascaras, especially the Hypercurl line. It’s the only one that really works on my Asian eyelashes.

But now I'm a convert! This is just as good—actually, I think it might even be better! It's the Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara, P429.

But now I’m a convert! This is just as good—actually, I think it might even be better! It’s the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, P429.

Honestly, when I first saw the tube and read that it was volumizing, I had my doubts. Fat mascara tubes that aim to plump up my lashes usually end up weighing them down after a few swipes. Check out the mascara wand and see how it lengthened my eyelashes after the jump! Continue reading

Are You A Makeup Addict?

I just got proof that I am. Haha, and that apparently, I am also a makeup hoarder :p See evidence below.

At least my family's supportive, right? Haha!

At least my family’s supportive, right? Haha! P.S. I’m lusting for the Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals.

I was good, guys. I only asked for one. But now, I’m kinda getting antsy. Maybe I should’ve asked for two in case I accidentally drop it and it breaks. Or maybe, I should’ve gotten three in case said backup breaks and I hit pan faster than anticipated because it’s that fabulous. I mean, it’s just US$4, right? No harm done.

Ahhhh…Hahaha, I think I need help. Are you like this when it comes to good makeup deals, too? Tell me I’m not the only one! Better yet, please tell me if this is available in Manila!

Wishing you a happy Monday, my sparkly loves! ♥

Sunday Sparkle

Yay! We just wrapped our very first Master Your Own Beauty workshop over at The Healing House!

With my partner in kikay, pro makeup Bambie Carlos. Doesn't she look like a Japanese princess? Her skin's so perfect!

With my partner in kikay, pro makeup artist Bambie. Doesn’t she look like a Japanese princess? Her skin’s so perfect!

The attendees in this workshop quickly made their way into my heart (they’re also little more private than usual, so I can’t really post too many photos—sorry, guys!). It was such a fun day and I have to admire them all for their strength. It takes a lot of vulnerability to show up to a makeup class and have someone help you navigate through some of your insecurities. That’s why I’m super happy I got to do this class with Bambie—we like to handle everyone we meet with a little sparkle + a lot of TLC :)

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With one of our participants! Loved showing these girls how to let their inner beauty shine on the outside. It’s my favorite part about my job!

I gotta say though, I learned a lot of from our students, too. In one of the exercises, we asked the girls to take a look at the mirror and pick out their favorite feature. One of the participants brought her 7-year-old daughter, Luccia, and I had a very interesting conversation with her. Here’s what happened:

Me: What about you, Luccia? What’s your favorite thing about your face?

Luccia: Everything!

Ugh, my heart just melted! This precious little girl was right and she just taught me a h-u-g-e lesson. You’re not supposed to just pick and love the best parts of your face (or your own self, for that matter). You love everything—the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the seemingly ugly.

I totally get it now…and to whoever’s out there reading this, I hope you get it, too. You are beautiful because of everything you are and everything you’ve been through—it’s never, ever in spite of anything else. ♥

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