Review: Maybelline V-Face Contour by Face Studio (Giveaway Inside!)

Do you remember this feature from Preview magazine? I was asked to talk about my favorite makeup move—strobing! But after interviewing Camie about why she loves to contour, I’ve been experimenting with it a bit more. And besides, these new products have been making it super easy for me.

But how could I resist these? Contouring looks so easy with the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio.

How could I resist these babies? Say hi to the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio! P.S. Make sure you read this post until the end for the giveaway!

Can you guess what they’re trying to get you to achieve with this? It’s the enviable (and trending) “V” shape for the face! You can totally sculpt a thinner nose and face with this if you want to, so I thought I’d give it a try!

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs! This time around, I went with Angelina Jolie.

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs. This time around, I took my inspo from Angelina Jolie.

When I was researching, I was surprised to see that she actually liked using pretty pops of pink on her cheeks during red carpet events. There’s always a little sculpting underneath to emphasize her gorgeous cheekbones, but it’s very minimal. Based on the photos I saw on IG, I also noticed that she only darkens the contour shadows during photoshoots + movie promos.

After putting my liquid foundation, I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

So now that I have my peg, I can start contouring! I applied my liquid foundation first and then I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

I placed tiny swipes over the hollows of my cheeks, along my temple, jawline, and the sides of my nose. For the highlighter, I placed it over the highest points on my cheeks and my nose bridge. My first impression? Loved the highlighter, was iffy about the color of the contour cream (keep reading—swatches later!). But surprisingly, when I applied the contour on top of my skin, it was the perfect shade for Pinays! Super subtle!

Clickity-click to read my review of the other products, see swatches + what it looks like on me, and to find out more about the giveaway! One lucky reader will get to take all these home!! Continue reading

Instagram Freebie Winner!

My loyal readers (and avid commenters) get serious plus points when it comes to winning the contests on my blog, so…

You won! Send me your shipping details please, so I can send the 6K worth of beauty loot for you and your friend!

You won! Send your shipping details to, so I can send the 6K worth of beauty loot to you and your friend!

Watch out for more contests soon, so make sure you’re following me on Instagram via @beautyandsparkl and subscribed to my YouTube channel here to make sure you get first dibs. And thank you so much to everyone who joined! If you haven’t won yet, you know what to do ;)

I’m currently in Bohol on vacay! Follow me on Snapchat (@beautyandsparkl) to see what I’m up to! ♥

Instagram Update (And A Freebie Alert!)

If you’re an Instagram addict, then by now, you probably know that it’s going through a few changes.


Make sure you hit the THREE DOTS on the upper right corner of my IG and select TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS to see all my sparkly IG updates :)

The good news is, this IG update also gives me an excuse to raffle off freebies! If you follow me and turn on notifications for my posts, you’ll get a chance to win 3K worth of beauty products and another 3K worth of loot for your friend! Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Follow me on IG (@beautyandsparkl) and turn on post notifications for my account.
  2. Leave a comment under this photo and say “Done!” so I know you did it.
  3. Tag a friend, so she can join also! It’ll double your chances of winning!
    *This contest is open to Philippine residents only. The winner will be informed via Instagram on April 8, 2016. 

Super easy, right? Good luck and I’ll see you on IG! ♥

Freebie Friday: My Workday Hustle

It’s the last day of the week and it’s usually my busiest. I’ve got 2 magazine shoots today (one for products and one beauty editorial), so I’m super excited! I got my start as an editor, so this is my first love. And if you want to see what happens during these shoots…

Follow me @beautyandsparkl!! Just posted my first Snap (?!). Haha, take a peek at how messy my desk really is by Friday!

Follow me on Snapchat via @beautyandsparkl!!

I’ll show you what a typical workday is like for me when I’m directing shoots and I’ll get the hottest tips from the makeup artists, models, photographers, and editors I’ll be working with. And if you’re tuning into my Snapchat from my blog, send me a message! Just say hi or send me questions you may have about work or that you want me to ask the pros. If I choose your question and you’re from the Philippines, I’ll mail you a surprise beauty treat worth at least P2,000!

See you on Snapchat, my sparkly loves! ♥

Freebie Friday: Party With Me & Benefit on January 16!

I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and it’s been awesome. I always tell everyone that I have the best readers in the world, so I wanted to celebrate 2016 with you by throwing a little VIP party with Benefit Cosmetics!

Meet the Bene-babe—Donna, Tasha, and Kriska!

Meet the Bene-babes—Donna, Tasha, and Kriska! They’re planning a super fun beauty bash for us!

This has actually been in the works for months, but I decided to postpone it because the holidays were just too crazy. Basically, it’s just my way of saying THANK YOU for all the support you guys have given me–especially with the launch of my YouTube channel! There are so many fun things to look forward to at the Benefit Beauty Bash, like:

  • a mini workshop where I’ll teach how to mix Benefit Beauty Cocktails
  • an exclusive peek at my latest YouTube video
  • another exclusive peek at the newest Benefit product that’s going to be launched soon (you’ll get to take home a sample before everyone else!!)
  • fab raffle prizes from Benefit
  • a chance to win brow consultations with Benefit’s resident brow expert
  • free manicures from I Do Nails
  • and of course, a loot bag from Benefit
Plus, you can hang out with me and ask me all your beauty Qs :)

Plus, you can hang out with me and ask me all your beauty Qs :)

I’m giving away THREE of my readers a chance to join in on the fun—and you can bring a friend, too! Beauty is always fun when you can share it with your girlfriends, so I want you to bring a plus one. Excited yet? Here are the deets on how you can score passes to this VIP Beauty Bash with Benefit:

1. Subscribe to my YouTube channel (click here to do it!)
2. Follow me on Instagram (@beautyandsparkl) and just tell me why you want to attend the party! Make sure your account is public, so I can see your posts!
*Winners will be informed via IG by Thursday, January 14, 2016.

I really hope to see you on Saturday, January 16!! Can’t wait to have a sparkly time with you!! ♥