Why You Should Get Your Brows Waxed This May

Do you ever feel guilty for your beauty buys and splurges? Well, I have some fab news for you! This month, Benefit Cosmetics is donating EVERY SINGLE PESO they earn from their brow services to Mano Amiga Academy.

Mano Amiga Academy is a school that aims to provide a good education to children from low-income families.

Mano Amiga Academy is a school that aims to provide a good education to children from low-income families. Photo: instagram.com/manoamigaacademy

What I found interesting about Mano Amiga was that the organization also aims to help their student’s mothers find stable jobs, so that they can perform better at school. It makes sense, right? The more secure the students feel at home, the better they can perform at school.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the nearest Benefit Brow Bar to shape your arches!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the nearest Benefit Brow Bar! Not only will you get the arch support you need, but you’ll also be helping the Mano Amiga kids get through school.

Of course, I wanted to join in on all the “giving back” fun by doing a little giveaway for you…Jump to the next page to check out the Benefit loot I’m raffling off to one lucky reader!  Continue reading

Freebie Friday: Party With Me & Benefit on January 16!

I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and it’s been awesome. I always tell everyone that I have the best readers in the world, so I wanted to celebrate 2016 with you by throwing a little VIP party with Benefit Cosmetics!

Meet the Bene-babe—Donna, Tasha, and Kriska!

Meet the Bene-babes—Donna, Tasha, and Kriska! They’re planning a super fun beauty bash for us!

This has actually been in the works for months, but I decided to postpone it because the holidays were just too crazy. Basically, it’s just my way of saying THANK YOU for all the support you guys have given me–especially with the launch of my YouTube channel! There are so many fun things to look forward to at the Benefit Beauty Bash, like:

  • a mini workshop where I’ll teach how to mix Benefit Beauty Cocktails
  • an exclusive peek at my latest YouTube video
  • another exclusive peek at the newest Benefit product that’s going to be launched soon (you’ll get to take home a sample before everyone else!!)
  • fab raffle prizes from Benefit
  • a chance to win brow consultations with Benefit’s resident brow expert
  • free manicures from I Do Nails
  • and of course, a loot bag from Benefit
Plus, you can hang out with me and ask me all your beauty Qs :)

Plus, you can hang out with me and ask me all your beauty Qs :)

I’m giving away THREE of my readers a chance to join in on the fun—and you can bring a friend, too! Beauty is always fun when you can share it with your girlfriends, so I want you to bring a plus one. Excited yet? Here are the deets on how you can score passes to this VIP Beauty Bash with Benefit:

1. Subscribe to my YouTube channel (click here to do it!)
2. Follow me on Instagram (@beautyandsparkl) and just tell me why you want to attend the party! Make sure your account is public, so I can see your posts!
*Winners will be informed via IG by Thursday, January 14, 2016.

I really hope to see you on Saturday, January 16!! Can’t wait to have a sparkly time with you!! ♥

Sparkle TV: Unboxing Benefit’s 12 Days Of Gorgeous Party Poppers

It’s my very first unboxing video and it’s quite an exciting one—especially since the holidays are just around the corner! Watch!

I really enjoyed getting a taste of all the best-sellers from Benefit (it’s a steal at P2,500 per box for almost P5K worth of samples!). I gotta warn you though—it’ll make you want the full-sized products. In fact…

I ended up getting this! And the full-sized one is even better because it comes with a soft sponge for blending.

I ended up getting this! And it’s even better because the full-sized version comes with a soft sponge for blending.

This is my fifth YouTube video so far (send me some love and subscribe here please!) and I’m learning so much already. For this video, I actually learned from my mistakes. For example… Continue reading

Video: Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner

True to my New Year’s resolutions, I am making more YouTube videos! I hope you’re proud of me because this stuff isn’t easy—but there are fun moments, too.

Goofing off between takes with BDJBox's managing editor, Kate Alvarez.

Goofing off between takes with BDJBox’s managing editor, Kate Alvarez.

Aww man. If you guys only knew all the cuts, edits, and goofs I make on camera. Good thing Kate and our videographer (hi, Roanne!) are very patient and supportive. P.S. They’re not complete saints sometimes—they also heckle and tease me a lot—but it’s all in good fun!

I think I'm trying to talk about what's in the makeup bag, but I kept stuttering. Hahaha! #WhatIsPikon

I kept stuttering while we were filming this part. So this is me. Trying not to take my frustrations out on the bag—haha!

Anyway, I’m learning! And I hope you’re enjoying the videos also ;) This week, I dished about one of my favorite eyeliners—the Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner. It’s perfect for girls who want to find an easy way to score well-defined peepers, want to master the cat eye, and want a budge-proof liner (warning: this makes it hard to remove though). Watch for more tips and to find out what I like about it:

When I asked around, I discovered that it’s a “love it-or-hate it” kinda eyeliner. Me? I obviously love it! I’ve always preferred using gel liners on my upper lashline, so having it in a handy pen form makes things a lot easier.

Have you tried this eyeliner yet? Let me know what you think! ♥

Freebie Friday: BDJBox feat. Benefit Cosmetics

Okay, I’ve decided…I’m giving this away!

Because I love my readers so much, I want you to get a chance to win these goodies from BDJBox and Benefit Cosmetics!

Because I love my readers so much, I want you to get a chance to win these goodies from BDJBox and Benefit Cosmetics!

I really, really had a hard time letting this box go! It’s got so many fab, sample sized products like the They’re Real Push-Up Liner and Mascara, their cult favorite cheek tints, and it even has an easy-to-tote bottle of Bathina! It’s basically everything you need to build a very posh kikay kit.

Want it? Click to find out how you can win this baby!

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