Merry Christmas!!!!

Hello, my sparkly loves!!! I just wanted to wish you and your loved ones a very sparkly holiday season!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Hehe, just goofing off with my sister :p

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Hehe, just goofing off with my sister last night :p

We always spend the holidays with my cousins (we’re a big bunch!), so catch some of the Christmas fun on my Snapchat @beautyandsparkl! Wishing you a wonderful day and sending you lots of love and sparkles! ♥

19 Beauty Stops For Last Minute Christmas Shoppers

Christmas is in a few days and I’ve only bought like two presents. I’m obviously a last minute shopper and if your shopping habits are just like mine, then scroll through the list below to check out where you should go for fab beauty finds:

1. Jo Malone
Why You’ll Like It: The quaint store finally opened in Greenbelt 5 and it’s so elegant! Anything you buy comes packaged in the iconic Jo Malone box (yay for no gift wrapping) and you’re guaranteed to impress whoever you’re shopping for.

Such a pretty store! Read more about Jo Malone's philosophy scent layering here.

Such a pretty store! Read more about Jo Malone’s philosophy on scent layering here.

What To Check Out: Their famous fragrances and the different holiday sets that are available for every budget. The candles are also perfect for your gal pal who just got married or is moving into a new apartment!

Such elegant gift sets—perfect for your guy's mom or the tough-to-impress sister.

Such elegant gift sets—perfect for your guy’s mom or the tough-to-impress sister.

2. Acca Kappa
Why You’ll Like It: The brand is understated, classy, and there’s just an elegance about the craftsmanship of their products. They’ve got stores in Rustan’s and BGC Central, too.

And it's partly because of the new hair tools I'm using: a boar bristle brush from Keratin Complex, my Rowenta 2-in-1 Ceramic Ionic Curling Iron, and a paddle brush from Acca Kappa.

My favorite wooden paddle brush! Click here to read more about my hairstyling secrets.

What To Check Out: Their brushes are fantastic and you’ll feel like a queen whenever you run it through your hair. But my favorite will always be the Muschio Blanco line—I always get compliments whenever I wear this scent!

I'm seriously thinking of getting this for myself, guys. I want the soap and the solid perfume!

I’m seriously thinking of getting this for myself, guys. I want the soap and the solid perfume!

3. Burt’s Bees
Why You’ll Like It: If you’re into beauty products that pride themselves in being 99% natural (on average) and environmentally-sustainable, then this is a brand you’ll definitely want to support. Shop over at Beauty Bar, Estancia, or click here if you want to do it online!

A radiant gift set from Burt's Bees! The pouch is great for traveling, too.

A radiant gift set from Burt’s Bees! They have more sets that range from P795 to P1,495, so there’s something for every budget.

What To Check Out: They have lots of affordable holiday kits, but if you’re only shopping for one thing, make sure it’s a lip product. Considering that women reportedly eat about 7 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime, you’ll be glad that you’re ingesting something that’s practically chemical-free.

Fab stocking stuffers for your Kris Kringle baby. The individual lip balms in holiday packaging are only P225 each.

Fab stocking stuffers for your Kris Kringle baby. The individual lip balms in holiday packaging are only P225 each.

4. The Aivee Clinic
Why You’ll Like It: The reflective crystals and plush interiors in this beauty sanctuary can really help erase all the stress that accumulated throughout 2015. It’s also one of the most trusted derma clinics in town because of their constant innovations in the skin and cosmetic surgery arena.

Here's a peek at the luxurious lobby at the Aivee Clinic Alabang.

Here’s a peek at the luxurious lobby at their Alabang branch. Click here to visit their site and find clinics closer to you.

What To Get: Grab a gift check for your friend who’s in need of some R&R. This way, she can choose whatever service she likes (I reco the Geneo facial) and welcome the new year looking absolutely fresh and gorgeous!

I could spend all day here! It really would be the perfect way to pamper yourself for all the hard work you did in 2015!

I could spend all day here! It really would be the perfect way to pamper yourself for all the hard work you did this year!

5. Benefit Cosmetics
Why You’ll Like It: Their stores always look Instagram-worthy and you won’t get overwhelmed when you’re looking through their displays. I always enjoy reading the fun and witty packaging while testing out their latest products on counter.

This is their newest (and biggest!) store in SM Megamall! So cute, right?

This is their newest (and biggest!) store in SM Megamall! More store locations here!

What To Check Out: Definitely get their 12-Days of Gorgeous Advent Calendar because you’ll get to sample all of their best-sellers for just P2,500. Watch my unboxing below to take a peek at all the goodies you’ll get!

There are SO MANY more lust-worthy beauty products to spy on (even if you’re just “window shopping” for yourself). Check them out after the jump! Continue reading

#GetLippieTuesday

Happy Skin finally has its very own boutiques in Glorietta 3 and it’s just so pretty!

Sigh. I wish this was the entrance to my boudoir.

Sigh. I kinda wish this was the entrance to my boudoir.

And yup, the place is perfect for selfies, too!

It’s got lots of spots that are perfect for selfies—that’s a must when you’re trying on new makeup!

So basically, you won't really want to leave until you've taken photos and played around with all their products. Hehe!

So basically, you won’t really want to leave until you’ve taken IG-worthy photos and played around with all their products. Hehe!

My favorite little nook is the corner on the far left (where the mirror is). It’s like a little bar where you can sit down and get a “Lips-spection.”

You can take a fun quiz and discover the best lippie for you!

Look for this clipboard! You can take a fun quiz and discover the best lippie for you—fun!

While at the store, I also got to take a look at their 2015 holiday collection. Happy Skin always has fab sets packaged beautifully, so I was excited to see what they’d come up with this year.

This is what I got because I couldn't resist the name!

Ugh, cutesy book sets with makeup inside! How can you resist this??

This set comes with two lippies from the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Power Pout Moisturizing Lip Lacquer line. You guys have to see the colors—they’re actually better on your lips than in the tube! Check them out and see what it looks like on me after the jump! Continue reading

#NOTD—Halloween Edition

I wanted to do something spooky-ish, but didn’t really have time to do anything complicated in the nail department this year. If you’re in a rush and need to do something for Halloween stat, give this a try:

Start with a dark base color. I went with the NARS X Steven Klein polish, Hard To Get. Read more about that collection here!

Start with a dark base color. I went with the NARS X Steven Klein polish, Hard To Get. Read more about that collection here!

Then I decided to decorate my digits with nail charms! I think you can guess where I'm going with this...

Then I decided to decorate my digits with nail charms when I went to I Do Nails! I think you can guess where I’m going with this…

You can stick the charms on with clear polish or acrylic glue (the latter will last longer though).

You can stick the charms on with clear polish or acrylic glue (the latter will last longer though).

And voilà—easy nail art! Use three circles if you want it a bit discreet or you can line them across your entire nail to channel your inner Kylie Jenner.

And voilà—easy nail art! Use three circles if you want it a bit discreet or you can line them across your entire nail to channel your inner Kylie Jenner.

As for my Halloween touch? Check it out after the jump! Continue reading

Fun Stuff & Updates

Hello, my sparkly loves! I’m just checking in to gab about some of the fun stuff that’s been happening lately and events that I’m looking forward to (you can win tickets to one of them since it’s Freebie Friday!). Check them out:

Numero Uno: Workshopping With My Gal Pals

I love learning new things and sharpening my skills. Instagram has been one of my pet projects lately (follow me via @beautyandsparkl). You’ll notice that I’ve been sticking to a white theme lately, because my blog coach (Hi, Martine!) has urged me to take better photos and is pushing me to improve my visuals. Have you noticed? Do you like it? I sure hope so—I’ve been working really hard at it!

That's my friend, Nikki! We were trying to be the smart & snooty classmates—but it obviously failed! We're just happy and bubbly always ;)

That’s my friend, Nikki! We were trying to be the smart & snooty classmates—but it obviously failed! We’re just happy and bubbly always ;)

It’s always fun to be with your girls when you take a class. Nikki joined because she just launched a new clothing line for kiddos (visit Honeycombkids.com.ph to check out the cute outfits!). I already bought a shirt for my nephew, and wish I had a niece I could buy dresses for. Haha! Either way, this is going to save me a lot of time during Christmas! I think I’ll just order all my presents online and have it delivered to my friends’ houses.

That same week, my favorite mommy blogger had a workshop for Philosophy! Say hi to Frances of Topaz Mommy!

That same week, my favorite mommy blogger had a workshop for Philosophy! Say hi to Frances of Topaz Mommy!

Like I’ve said before, there’s always something new to learn when it comes to beauty. Frances shared that one of the best skin tips she learned is to always use sunscreen every single day. Nikki’s is to drink lots of water because it’s the best beauty elixir. “Not drinking enough makes your skin look dull and dry,” she says. “Healthy skin is well-hydrated skin.”

Love my girls!

Haha, love my girls! We all used to work for Summit (F was EIC of OK!, Nikki was the  fashion & beauty editor for OK!, and I was the resident Cosmo girl!). I’ll always be grateful for that job because it brought fabulous friends into my life. <3

Numero Dos: Add Me On Snapchat!

Yes, I caved. I actually downloaded the app (twice) and deleted it (twice) months ago. My brain couldn’t understand (or rather, didn’t want to understand) what was going on. But after a few friends convinced me that it was a fun way to share behind-the-scenes stuff, I caved. So tune in via @beautyandsparkl for lots of unfiltered fun!

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

Just posted my first Snap (?!). Take a peek at how messy my desk really is by Friday! At least, I think I posted it. Hmm, let me know if it’s not there! LOL

So I hope you guys will follow me via @beautyandsparkl!! And if you’re a Snapchat pro, do help this tech-challenged lady out and show me some tricks to make it easier!

Numero Tres: Beauty Sale Alert!

Eye makeup is always fun to splurge on. The only downside is that it can expire quickly (mascara’s three months guys) and you have to throw it out if you get an eye infection or something (it happens). That’s why I’m super excited to start hoarding this October!

It's all about the eyes, right?? Haha! Goofing off with fellow beauty blogger, Marj!

It’s all about the eyes, right?? Goofing off with fellow beauty blogger, Marj! So happy I got Kendall <3 Hehe!

Can you guys guess who’s having the huge sale? Find out after the jump! Continue reading

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