A Hair Cut Before Chinese New Year Can Bring Good Luck!

A friend of my mentioned this little superstition to me, so I thought it would be a good time to post about my mini makeover with celebrity hairstylist, Jing Monis.

The obligatory before shot!

The obligatory before shot!

At this point, it had been about 7 months since my last hair cut and over a year since my last hair color. OMG, I was ready (but nervous!) for the change.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys. Look how black my hair really is!

I usually have a peg for Jing to follow, but this time around, I just let him do his thing. I just told him that I wanted a cut that fell above my shoulders, color that can help camouflage my greys, and highlights that’ll add more depth to my strands.

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Since I don’t like having my hair color retouched too often, Jing gave me a chestnut brown base so the re-growth won’t be too obvious and opted to use a tone down-slash-balayage technique for my highlights.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours (I also had a treatment to help reverse some of the chemical damage).

After they were rinsed my hair, I noticed that my highlights were really light. I asked why and they said it was because they used the toning down process to lighten my hair color. Hmm…I think for next time, I will opt the usual foil and balayage painting technique though. I feel like that technique blends more naturally with my strands, but if you’re going for a more blonde effect, then the toning down process will probably be better for you.  Continue reading

What I’m Testing Now!

I have a lot of products that I’m testing out this month…and it’s driving me crazy! Because I don’t know where to start, I thought I’d show you what’s on my lineup. This way, you can leave a comment and decide which ones you want me to review first. The (beauty) power is yours!

First up: L'Oréal La Palette Nude in Rose and Beige (P800 each) and Color Riche Lipsticks (P400 each).

First up: L’Oréal La Palette Nude in Rose and Beige (P800 each) and Color Riche Lipsticks (P400 each).

I also have a moisturizer and eye cream from French brand, Nuxe.

I also have a moisturizer and eye cream from French brand, Nuxe.

My fave skincare brand! I also have to test the rest of the Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup line, but I already reviewed the foundation here and here.

My fave skincare brand! I also have to test the rest of the Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup line, but I already reviewed the foundation here and here.

More products up for review after the jump! Continue reading

Sparkle TV: My Korean Beauty Haul!

Etude House was the first Korean beauty brand that I fell in love with. I can spend hours just checking out all the innovative (and sometimes, unusual) products they have + their packaging’s always so playful and cute, too! Watch and look at some of the cool and unique beauty finds I got ^.^

 
What’s your favorite from the haul? I really liked the liquid eyeliner that uses three dots (it’s super fab for makeup newbies) and the foundation sponge (it was super soft!). Btw guys, if you want me to review anything from my haul, make sure you leave a comment on my YouTube channel and subscribe here to show me some sparkly love!

And btw guys, in case you need more motivation to shop! Hehe!

And in case you need more motivation to shop ^o^

All Etude House boutiques nationwide will have a Big Beauty Sale from July 1 to 3, 2016! There’s a special pre-sale happening on June 30 if you’re a pink card holder, so visit their Facebook page for more deets if you plan on shopping.

Til the next video, guys! Make sure you click here to subscribe—I’m gonna have another YouTube giveaway soon and you won’t want to miss it! ♥

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I’m In Baguio—And I’m So Glad I Brought These Products!

Hello from the City of Pines!

Finally got to see the BenCab Museum yesterday! I could camp out here for days :)

Finally got to see the BenCab Museum yesterday! I could stay here for days :)

The weather is perfect—cloudy with light drizzles and cool enough to shrug a jacket over your shoulders. It was just the getaway I needed and it gave me a chance to bring a few (okay, a lot) of new products to try!

Working from Hill Station today!

My top 3 picks! And also, working from Hill Station today (had a yummy breakfast here and decided to camp out for a bit).

I’m seriously thinking of staying here for a few weeks. So much fun to write when this is your view (and you have excellent WiFi). But before I start rambling about how much I heart Baguio, let me get back to my Top 3 beauty picks for this trip.  Continue reading

Sparkle TV: My US Beauty Haul!

When you see makeup or skincare products that aren’t available locally, what do you do? Do you purchase from resellers, order online and risk having them shipped, or ask someone who’s traveling to oh-so-kindly buy it for you? Me? I prefer to do the latter. Watch and see what I shopped for!

 

If you guys see anything you like or want me to review any of these goodies on the blog, leave me a comment! And don’t forget to subscribe (www.bit.ly/SparkleSubscribe) to send me some love!

P.S.
Did you see me panic at the 1:13 mark when I thought they sent me the wrong product? LOL! ♥

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