How To Disinfect Your Makeup + Brushes

To my fellow germaphobes—

I get you. I really do. I’ve (sadly) thrown out fabulous lipsticks after a nasty cold. I’ve stopped using powder compacts before I hit the pan because I realized that I used a dirty brush (or sponge) upon application. So much makeup wasted and beauty-loving hearts broken.

But maybe, it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.

The Beauty So Clean line promises to sanitize and clean your brushes, powders, creams and lipsticks.

Say hello to the BeautySoClean line. It promises to sanitize and clean your brushes, powders, creams and lipsticks in just 10 seconds.

The big bottle is a Conditioning Brush Cleaner, the packet contains Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes, and the small spray is the Cosmetic Sanitizer Spray. I tried all three of them today, but let’s talk about the brush cleaner first since I’m usually so lazy when it comes to washing them.

I used the Beauty So Clean Conditioning Brush Cleanser (P750 for 125ml) on my dirtiest brush.

I used the BeautySoClean Conditioning Brush Cleanser (P750 for 125ml) on my dirtiest brush.

The instructions tell you to spritz your brush with the cleanser, and once damp, swirl it over a dry paper towel. This will get rid of all the dirt, oil, and bacteria in your brushes. P.S. Don’t spray it on the paper towel first—it won’t be as effective.

Now here’s the question: How many spritzes does it take to clean a very dirty brush? My answer after the jump! Continue reading

Beauty Cheat: How To Fake A Short Bob

Guess who cut her hair???

New highlights = yes! New cut = nope! It's just a fakeover, not a makeover!

New highlights = yes! New cut = nope! It’s just a fakeover, not a makeover!

There’s no doubt that the bob is the style of the season (check out my guide to finding the right one for you on cosmo.ph). But if you don’t want to cut your hair or commit to a shorter ’do, here’s an easy way to fake it:

 
Want a closer look at my faux bob tutorial? It’s really an awesome way to experiment with your look!Click, click! Continue reading

My Mini Makeover

The last time I had a real hair cut with my hairstylist, Jing Monis, was around late January. At the time, I wanted to experiment with a shorter bob. Check it:

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Hanging out with my former editor, Ianne Evangelista, and fashion editor, Rachelle Que. This was after the Philosophy launch a few months ago. Look how black my strands are!

Now I want to grow out my hair. I blame Taylor Swift for this, really.

It reminds me of Karlie Kloss' bob, but I like it on Taylor more. Love how she styles it in so many different ways!

Taylor’s long bob (or lob, as it’s more popularly known) is sooo chic. I super like how she plays around with the way she styles it. The cut actually reminds me of Karlie Kloss’ bob, but I appreciate this look on Taylor much more.

During my appointment with Jing last Monday, I told him I wanted to grow out my hair. He described the look he had in mind for me and…it was Taylor’s cut! Hmm, this cut and I must really be MFEO.

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Jing re-shaped my modern bob, so it can grow into a long bob.

Check out the after shot (and my new hair hue!) after the jump! Continue reading

Beauty Fake-over: Flip Your Part

Want to change your look, but don’t want to do anything drastic to your hair? Try my favorite beauty fake-over: Flip your part! It’s a quick and easy way to freshen up your ’do. Don’t believe me? Allow me to demonstrate:

See what I mean?

See what I mean? Took this photo while on vacay—selfies happen when you’re waiting for the airport shuttle.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to side parts. Center parts work, too! It’s really up to you. The important thing is to have fun with the subtle ways you can tweak your look.

Would you give this beauty fake-over a try? Take a selfie and tag me on Instagram via @beautyandsparkl. I’d love to see if it works for you. ♥

Makeover Your Man…Or Guy BFF!

You know what’s better than a makeover? A guy makeover! Why? Because I rarely get to do these and they’re super fun!

Meet my guinea pig-slash-friend, Anton.

Meet my guinea pig-slash-friend, Anton. He prides himself in getting P80 haircuts that come with awesome massages. I’m not judging.

The back story: While celebrating my brother-in-law’s birthday at the newly opened Felipe & Sons in Makati, Anton (and my sister, Camille) asked me to help him with his “new” look. Needless to say, I got waaay excited. And jealous—the mini facials, the luxe shaving ritual, and massage looked so relaxing.

Felipe & Sons is a gentleman's hideaway. Aside from the fab grooming, you can have shirts, suits, and shoes customized here. It's a one-stop-shop—perfect for men who don't like to wander through malls.

Felipe & Sons is truly a gentleman’s hideaway. It’s very Mad Men, actually. Aside from the fab grooming, you can have shirts, suits, and shoes customized here. It’s a one-stop-shop—perfect for guys who don’t like to wander through malls.

For men, little tweaks in their haircuts and grooming rituals can make a big difference. Curious to see what Anton looked like after? I took a quick video that documented Anton’s entire makeover process—the last two seconds will surprise you! Continue reading

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