How This Organic Skincare Line Got My Glow Back (Part 2)

Guys! I finally got my glow back—and I think it’s even better than before!

I was soooo surprised when this organic night cream that I used actually delivered! No makeup!!

I was soooo surprised when this organic night cream that I used actually delivered! I’m not wearing any makeup at all here!!

Organic?? Can you believe it?? I swore off organic products for my face years ago when switching to VCO caused a horrible cycle of cystic acne (I used it for a year to no avail). So when I decided to try this organic line, I was wary, scared, and doubtful. But guess what? It obviously worked, and now, I’m hooked!

Want to find out what it is? Click, click, click! I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Continue reading

How Micellar Water Saved My Skin (Dry Skin Fixes-Part 1)

I’ve been chasing after my skin’s lit-from-within glow for a while now, so I thought I’d do a beauty series about how I got my complexion back on track. I’ve had oily-combination skin all my life, so when my skin type changed to dry and sensitive, it took me a loooong time before I figured out which skincare combos to use.

My bare skin now and a little brow. Finally feeling like my glow is starting to come back!

My bare skin—saved with the help of micellar water—and a little brow. It’s still kinda dry, but you can see what it looked like last month here—red, dull, and kinda splotchy.

So my first plan of attack was to save my dry skin was to switch to a non-foaming facial wash. The only problem? Creamy cleansers make me feel like I’m not getting a good-enough clean. Could be my imagination, but sometimes, I feel like there’s still dirt and bacteria mixed with the residue I feel after I rinse or wipe it off.

That's why I was so happy I found this in my stash! It's La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water, P>>>.

That’s why I was so happy I found this in my stash! It’s the La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water.

I know, I know. You’re probably wondering what the heck micellar water is…and what’s it really supposed to do anyway? *cracks knuckles* Well, let me tell you! Continue reading

Sparkle Bites: 5 Things You Should Know Before Making Your Own Havaianas

Because I live in a tropical country where it’s okay to wear flip-flops practically anywhere, the Make Your Own Havaianas (#MYOH) event is something that a lot of people look forward to each year. But for a non-fashion girl like me, it can be quite overwhelming since there are so many decisions to make—like which strap color, sole color, strap size, and which pins you want to put on your very own customized pair. So if you’re planning on chasing down a #MYOH event (deets below—it’ll be held all over the country this summer), here are my tips:

1. Research before you go.
The whole point of the #MYOH event is, of course, that you can choose how you’re going to assemble and accessorize your flip-flops. This year’s theme is the 90s, so they have glow-in-the-dark pins, lots of video game-inspired pins, and you can even customize a lego-like block with your initials via 3D printing. There are a lot of choices, so I suggest you get a head start (and avoid getting options paralysis at the venue) by looking for photos on social media via the hashtag #MYOH2017 to see which designs you like.

Here's a look at some of the pins you can choose from at the event.

Here’s a peek at some of the pins you can choose from at the event.

2. You can actually choose the size of your strap.
When you buy Havaianas, they normally pair a 37/38 size for the sole with a 37/38 strap. But you can actually request for a bigger or smaller size for the strap if your feet are wider or more narrow—it’s really up to you what feels more comfortable. You just have to sign a waiver since this isn’t the norm, but peeps with irregular shoe sizes will appreciate this nifty hack. 

More tips + check out how I designed my very own Havaianas after the jump! Continue reading

Why You Should Get Your Brows Waxed This May

Do you ever feel guilty for your beauty buys and splurges? Well, I have some fab news for you! This month, Benefit Cosmetics is donating EVERY SINGLE PESO they earn from their brow services to Mano Amiga Academy.

Mano Amiga Academy is a school that aims to provide a good education to children from low-income families.

Mano Amiga Academy is a school that aims to provide a good education to children from low-income families. Photo: instagram.com/manoamigaacademy

What I found interesting about Mano Amiga was that the organization also aims to help their student’s mothers find stable jobs, so that they can perform better at school. It makes sense, right? The more secure the students feel at home, the better they can perform at school.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the nearest Benefit Brow Bar to shape your arches!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the nearest Benefit Brow Bar! Not only will you get the arch support you need, but you’ll also be helping the Mano Amiga kids get through school.

Of course, I wanted to join in on all the “giving back” fun by doing a little giveaway for you…Jump to the next page to check out the Benefit loot I’m raffling off to one lucky reader!  Continue reading

Here’s What Happened When I Used A Korean Face Mask For 7 Days

If I had to choose between skincare and makeup, I’d definitely choose skincare. But no matter how diligent I was with my cleanse-tone-moisturize routine, it wasn’t enough. After traveling to colder climates over the past few months, my skin finally hit its limit.

Here's what my skin looks like before the challenge. Dry, red in some areas, and tight!

Here’s what my skin looks like before the challenge. Dry, red in some areas, and tight!

When I got back from Japan last March, my skin was at its worst. It was dry, flakey, and rough—and I didn’t know how to deal. No matter how much I moisturized or exfoliated, nothing was working. So when Watsons asked me to do a 7-Day Korean Face Mask Challenge, I was in because I definitely needed to up my hydration game.

Watsons sent over a bunch of masks and I tried the 23 Years Old Cocoon Willow Silky Mask.

Watsons sent over a bunch of masks and I tried the 23 Years Old Cocoon Willow Silky Mask.

Can you see the little gadget beside the mask? That’s the MiLi Pure device. It hooks up to your iPhone via bluetooth and can check your skin’s moisture level. This way, we can check if the mask I’ll be using for 7 days really works. (Yes, I’m really that O.C. when it comes to skincare.)

This is the first time I'm trying a face mask that covers my lips!

This is the first time I’m trying a face mask that covers my lips! Btw, you guys should follow me on IG via @beautyandsparkl for more behind-the-scenes beauty action!

The mask felt weird and it felt a bit uncomfortable since my lips were covered for about 20 minutes, but despite that, it was very high in quality and very refreshing. It was thicker in texture and soaked in moisture-rich serum. I liked that it was especially made for toning dry, dehydrated skin (so it’s exactly what I needed) and that it didn’t make me breakout the entire week (huge win).

Here are the moisture results courtesy of my gadget from MiLi! The left photo is the moisture level of my face on the first day and the right photo is the moisture level of my face on the last day.

Here are the moisture results courtesy of my gadget from MiLi! The left photo is the moisture level of my face without using the mask and the right photo is the moisture level of my face immediately after.

So in case you’re wondering if Korean face masks really work, here’s your evidence! On average, skin’s moisture level would jump by almost 5 to 7% immediately after using the mask. I really enjoyed using a mask every night for a week since it saved me a lot of time and effort (in my head at least). I just had to slap on the mask—no need to tone or put a separate eye cream. I would just wait 20 minutes, massage it into my skin after, and tissue-off any excess serum on my skin. It became a ritual that I really looked forward to!

And here's a photo of what my skin looked like after the 7-Day Watsons Korean Face Mask Challenge. What do you think?

And here’s a photo of what my skin looked like after the 7-Day Watsons Korean Face Mask Challenge. What do you think?

I still need to work on getting the glow back at this point, but I was super happy that my skin was on its way to recovery. The redness isn’t as obvious anymore, it’s feeling a lot smoother, and I can feel the elasticity begin to return. Yay!

But if you truly want to appreciate the before and after shots, take a look at these photos… Continue reading

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