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

Review: Benefit’s New Brow Products!!!

You guys! Benefit Cosmetics is finally launching their newest brow products on July 1! That’s more reasons to get excited for Fridaaaaay :)

These are the three products that I use the most from their collection.

These are the three products that I use the most from their collection.

I’m not going to beat around the bush here. Benefit’s brow game has drastically improved. The formulations are better, there are way more shades to choose from, and the magic wand-inspired packaging? Super gorgeous!

What a difference, guys! Follow me on Snapchat (@beautyandsparkl) for more makeup scoops!

What a difference, guys! Follow me on Snapchat (@beautyandsparkl) for more makeup scoops!

I recently tried Ka-Brow! and if you want an Instagram brow, get that! The cream-gel formula is perfect for creating definition and using a brush allows you to control the gradation of color a lot better. The color was too dark for me though (I got #4), so I really use these three more. Continue reading

Join Me Next Saturday For A Beauty Workshop!

You guys! I’m going to have another workshop next Saturday!

The theme? Mastering your own beauty!

The theme? Mastering your own beauty! Text 0917-8018080 to reserve your slot :)

I’ll be working with pro makeup artist, Bambie Carlos, and she’s going to work you guys through perfecting your day-to-night makeup looks. As for me? I’m going to be spilling all of my skincare secrets! There will be surprises, beauty raffles, and a few freebies that you’ll be able to take home, too. Here are the deets:

Master Your Own Beauty Workshop
Date: May 21, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Venue: The Healing House, Wack Wack Village, Mandaluyong
Workshop Fee: P2,800
*We have limited slots only, so reserve your spot by texting 0917-8018080 or emailing tina.healingcircle@gmail.com.

We designed this skincare and makeup workshop to be fun, interactive, and focused on y-o-u! We want to help you feel more confident in your own beauty, so Bambie and I will give you personalized tutorials that will help you highlight your assets and make you feel more beautiful. Bring all of your products (skincare, makeup, brushes) and we’ll teach you how to maximize your loot and what color combos will work well with your skintone.

I’m super looking forward to getting a chance to hang with my sparkly readers and answer all of your beauty questions. And trust me–you guys will love Bambie! She’s such a pro at making everyone feel like their prettiest self! Hope to see you guys next Saturday! ♥

4 Hair Strategies For Modern, Cool Girl Waves

Remember when I cut my hair? Well, I was kinda stressing over the weekend because I couldn’t figure out how to style it. But after a lot of IG stalking, I think I finally got it!!

Yessssss!!! I finally figured out the winning hair formula!

Yessssss!!! I finally figured out the winning hair formula!

Unfortunately, the stylist usually gets the blame when a cut doesn’t turn out as expected. But since I super love + trust mine (read about him here), I knew that it was a “user error” and just had to adjust my hair game. Here’s how I did it:

Mane Strategy #1: Prep with the right product.

After drying my hair, I scrunched a blob of Ouai Finishing Crème, US$24, into my strands.

After drying my hair, I scrunched a blob of Ouai Finishing Crème, US$24, into my strands.

Guys, this product is such a game changer and it protects you from heat styling, too! It really was love at first scrunch, because it gave me the grit and hold I wanted. I asked my sister to buy this for me when she was in the US and it’s sooo worth it, but I’ll have to save my review for another post! For now, let’s go back to my mane strategies! You won’t want to miss #3—it’s the real secret to nailing this look! Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Three generations right here—my mom, grandma, and...me!

That’s me with my Mom and Grandma!

I’m very lucky to have such strong, faith-filled women raise me. They both helped me become the woman I am today and it is their energy that I carry with me each day—full of love, hope, grace, and elegance. I’ll always be grateful for that!

But you know what? There are also other people who I’d like to celebrate on this day…

 All the non-moms who mother—like me! Aunts or Titas, nurses, nannies, mentors, mother figures, single dads...the list goes on and on! P.S. Just about to take my godson out for a movie date here! Don't worry, we were parked :p


All the non-moms who mother—like me! Aunts or Titas, nurses, nannies, mentors, mother figures, single dads…the list goes on and on! P.S. About to take my godson out for a movie date. Don’t worry, we were parked :p

As a woman in her thirties, I’ve encountered my fare share of questions about motherhood. And like Jennifer Aniston wisely said, “You may not have a child come out of your v*gina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering—dogs, friends, friends’ children.” Even though I may not officially face all the pressures that come with being someone’s legal mom, I do know what it’s like to love another with my whole heart and to feel equally responsible for helping them become the best person they can be.

It's a lovely day to remember those who've shaped you (and maybe even your kids!).

It’s a lovely day to remember those who’ve shaped you (and maybe even your kids!).

So to all the people out there who are spreading the maternal l-o-v-e in their own special, non-trad way…Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you know that you deserve to be honored, too. ♥

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