Get Waxed At Home

Traffic has been crazy, so I prefer to get beauty stuff done at home when I can. Lately, my sisters and I have been maximizing the services of our go-to waxing lady, Ms. Elisa. She de-fuzzes everything: brows, underarms, your bikini area, arms, legs, linea negra for preggy ladies, and even your toes. She also makes her own wax from a concoction of lemon and white sugar. Took a few photos of her with my iPhone while she did my lower legs, so you can see her in action:

First, she applies the wax using a popsicle stick.

First, she applies the wax using a         popsicle stick.

Next, she lays a strip of cloth over the wax and smoothes it over your skin.

Next, she lays a strip of cloth over the wax and smoothes it over your skin.

Then zip-zip! She whips the cloth strip off along with all the unwanted hair!

Zip-zip! She whips off the cloth along with all the unwanted hair in one quick motion.

Don't want to do the waxing in your bedroom? Then you'll have to be a contortionist sometimes.

Don’t want to do the waxing in your bedroom? Then you’ll have to be a contortionist sometimes.

I like that Ms. Elisa is pretty thorough. She meticulously plucks stray strands that are left behind or too short for the wax to grab (I suggest you ask her to use your own tweezers). She double-dips though, so if you’re O.C. about hygiene, then it’s best that you go to a proper salon. I know a few girls who have gotten Brazilians with her and are quite happy with the results. Me? I’m a bit of a germ freak, so I only let her strip my lower legs and toes.

To set an appointment, text or call Ms. Elisa through the number below (she services the Metro Manila area). Take note that she also decreases or increases her rate depending on the amount of hair you have. Oh, and I still give her a little tip after she waxes me. Here are her deets:

Ms. Elisa’s At-Home Waxing
Contact Number: 0949-9542971

Legs: P500 for half, P900 for whole
Brazilian/Bikini: P600
Whole Body: starts at P2,400
**includes brows, upper lip, armpits, bikini area, arms, and legs

Happy de-fuzzing! ♥

Do you have your own at-home wax girl or will you give Ate Elisa a try? Leave me a comment—I’d love to know. 

Boys + Makeup = Madness

Who doesn’t love YouTube beauty guru and Lancôme’s first ever video makeup artist, Michelle Phan? She recently visited the HQ and they produced a hilarious video where three men tried to re-create a look from one of her tutorials. She didn’t take it easy on them and chose a challenging how-to that even most women would have trouble with. But enough talking—just watch and prepare yourself for lots of cute and funny moments (Guy, while applying eyeshadow: “Oof! You get little fluffs of dust that get in your eyes. It’s like a contact sport.”).


See, gentlemen. It’s harder than it looks, so please don’t complain if we need a little extra time primping. ♥

Love and sparkles,


Tipid Trick: Banish Shine On

Visit to find out how TP can help you keep shine away.

Visit to find out how basic T.P. can help keep oily skin away.

No need for powder or blotting sheets, girls. This budget beauty move will teach you how to get rid of excess shine using…TOILET PAPER! It’s not very glamorous, but it really works—and it won’t affect your makeup either. Curious? Click here to read my latest article on ♥

The Hit List: Felt-Tip Liners

Thinking of trying a sexy cat’s eye or just want to add more oomph to your gaze? Try these felt-tip liners. It works like a pen, so it’s easier to control and they’re pretty good for babes on a budget.


Want to see more of my top beauty recos on The Hit List? Message me here—I want to hear your suggestions. ♥

It All Began With Lipstick…

When I was younger, I remember watching my mom put on lipstick. I was entranced as she carefully guided the tube over her lips and removed smudges with a sharp flick of her fingers. The shade: Red. It was always red. Until now, I still love watching her do this.

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara posted this on her Twitter account. My mom never said this to me though—I just followed her example.

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara posted this on her Twitter account. My mom never said this to me though—I just followed her example.

At such an early age, I saw how little beauty moves can transform the way a girl carries herself. I noticed it more at salons, actually. I would watch for the subtle changes in each woman as she stood up from her stylist’s chair: Her eyes would sparkle a bit more and she’d walk a little taller, suddenly armed with everything she needed to face the day. It was probably here that my love affair with beauty began…

In my experience, there’s really more to beauty than just finding the right products or perfecting your makeup technique (although these play important roles in the whole experience). It’s also about the feeling that a lipstick shade or hairstyle can evoke in a woman. It can be quite empowering. And that’s why I’d like to use this blog as a platform to help you (yes, you!) find the right get-pretty tools that can bring your beauty goddess forward.

How do you bring out your inner beauty goddess?

How do you bring out your inner Aphrodite?

Let’s start with something simple: Ever notice how most girls have a beauty move that they need to do before leaving the house? For Sofia Vergara and her mom (and me and mine), it’s putting on lipstick. For other women, it’s filling in their eyebrows or styling their hair. It’s just something you have to do before stepping out—like brushing your teeth or putting on underwear.

What about you? What’s the one beauty move that always makes you feel empowered and gorgeous? Do tell! I’d love to hear from you. ♥

Love and sparkles,





Photo Credits: Twitter @sofiavergara; Kiuikson/