Sunday Sparkle

My work is picking up and things are even busier this year! As a freelancer, this is always great news. As a blogger, it gets a bit challenging. Sudden projects have to be prioritized over blog posts; relaxing weekends in bed passed up for an afternoon typing away at a coffee shop. This is nothing new. I’ve written about this before. The only difference is, I’m also making sure that I give myself more TLC despite my crazy schedule.

I'm squeezing in yoga sessions, coffee dates, trips to the beach—basically anything that will make me enjoy life a little more!

I’m squeezing in yoga sessions, coffee dates, trips to the beach—basically anything that will make me enjoy life a little more!

Basically, I’m giving in to the whole “work hard, play harder” mantra. I’m kinda finding it weird that this mentality takes more conscious effort on my part? Maybe it’s because I don’t really have weekends or office hours to think about as a freelancer? I don’t know. Haha, I’m confused (so please let me know in the comments if this is just me!). Either way though, I’m going to keep making sure I do something fun and just live a little more in the days, weeks, and months to come!

What about you? Any summer goals you’d like to tell me about? ♥

Sparkle TV: What’s In My Beach Bag

I’ve been hitting the beach a lot this summer, so I thought I’d show you guys what I pack when I head out. Click on the photo to watch my video on YouTube. You’ll get the scoop on all the skincare, makeup, and hair stuff that I always use!

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The funny thing is, I really thought I packed light! LOL, click here to watch and tell me if this is normal!! 

I just shot this spur-of-the-moment video on my iPhone (that’s why the quality is a bit wonky), but I had a lot of fun gabbing about my fave products. If you guys want to see more, do subscribe here and give me a thumbs-up or comment! The more you watch and support my channel, the more videos I can make for you! ♥

3 Things I’m Doing After My Beach Trip

If you’re following me on IG, then you know that I hit the beach over the weekend. I usually stay away from unnecessary UV exposure, but I decided to give in this time. The beach was just too inviting and I was dying to feel the warmth of the sun on my (sunscreen-protected) skin!

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I also got to shoot a video about my beach beauty essentials. Watch out for it on my YouTube channel soon! P.S. Got this cute maillot from @coralswimwearph. Their new summer collection is coming out this week, so follow them!

I really love it when I’m rocking a healthy tan-slash-glow, but because I know how much harm the sun can do to my skin, I do my best to help reverse the damage STAT. Here are a few of my skin-saving techniques:

1. I load up on water, antioxidants, and electrolytes.
You have to help your body heal from within. This means that aside from my regular H20, I will drink tons and tons of coconut water or buko juice and munch on fruits (watermelon is my usual pick) to make sure I’m well-hydrated.

2. I exfoliate and use a face mask.
Exfoliating is basically how I avoid breaking out at the beach (click here to read about that technique). I’ll do this mid-way through my beach trip and I’ll apply my mask on the day that I get the most sun. This one from Etude House was pretty soothing—I used it after I got burned from stalking the Pope during his last visit to Manila!

3. I use anti-aging creams on my body.
You can use a lotion like these ones from Murad and they’ll work fabulously! But if you don’t want to spend, just apply your regular lotion immediately after you shower to lock in the moisture. Then, go the extra mile by applying your anti-aging moisturizer on your hands, feet, neck, and chest. The skin in these spots are pretty thin and will reveal your age faster, so you want to give it more TLC.

And that’s basically it! I do these rituals for about a week or two (it’s like beauty penance for my skin sins, LOL) and then I go back to my normal skin routine. But of course, if you don’t want to do any extra damage control, at least make sure you always slather on sunscreen and reapply every two hours!

Do you like basking under the sun and getting a tan? Leave me a comment and let me know! ♥

It’s Bikini Season!

Are you ready to get waxed?

One of the rooms at their branch in Serendra. Love that it's always so clean!

I head to Strip Serendra for my de-fuzzing needs. It’s pricey, but it’s worth it because they’re strict about double-dipping and make their aestheticians wear gloves. Read more about it here.

Any girl knows that bikini waxes can get crazy painful. The good news is, there are a few precautions you can take (like make sure that you’re not having it done a few days before your period). If you’re planning a beach getaway soon and need to get zip-zipped, read more about my ouch-reducing tips on Cosmo.ph here. They can definitely help!

Have you ever gotten a bikini wax? Where do you have it done? ♥

What’s Your Stance On Bikini Waxes? P.S. Freebie Inside!

Most women dread it. It’s uncomfortable, embarrassing, and well, crazy painful! In an interview with Australian radio hosts, the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow even said that “every time I have a bikini wax, Cameron Diaz holds me down.”

The famous dress that got the whole debate started. According to GP, her team had to scramble for a razor right before she hit the red carpet.

The famous dress that started the whole grooming debate. According to GP, her team had to scramble for a razor right before she hit the red carpet. Perhaps Cameron wasn’t in town?

Because it’s bikini season and Laboracay is around the corner, I highly recommend that you suck it up and treat your V-zone to a good ol’ waxing. In fact, missy, I dare you to get a Brazilian and have it all taken off. Interested? I found that the one place in town that won’t leave you howling in pain: Strip! The Ministry Of Waxing.

One of the rooms at their branch in Serendra. Love that it's always so clean!

One of the rooms at their branch in Serendra. Love that it’s neat and clean! There’s also a closet where you can hang up your clothes and store your purse.

Read my review about Strip! and find out what I’m giving away for the month of May inside. It’ll definitely make your bikini waxes a whole lot…cooler! Continue reading

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