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

Skincare Options For Your Specific Skin Concerns

Okay, you guys. I have been trying some major skincare products recently and I thought I’d put them all together in one post. I categorized everything according to skin concerns, so it’ll be easier for you to sort through the products based on your current skin need. You ready? Let’s do this!

1. If You Want…Matte Skin
Practically every Pinay I talk to complains about the fact that her skin looks shiny or oily. If you want to control your grease production (or at least curb it while you’re wearing makeup), these goodies from Benefit can help.

That's the Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue Gel, License To Blot, and Instant Wipeout Masks set.

That’s the Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue Gel, License To Blot, and Instant Wipeout Masks set.

The Skin Lowdown: The mask is fun to use (watch how here) and it’s a great way to cleanse your pores of unwanted dirt and oil. As for the water-based mattifying gel, I like applying this on my T-zone when I don’t want to wear makeup and just want to look fresh all day sans retouching. Meanwhile, the License to Blot stick is fantastic for touch-ups. It has invisible blotting spheres that zaps shine for up to six hours and the stick is shaped like a diamond, so you can get apply it over the corners of your face easily.

2. If You Want…Smaller Pores
The reason your pores look big is because there’s dirt and oil trapped in there. This means that you need something that’s gonna get in there and do some deep cleaning!

Check out the Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate if you want tighter pores.

Check out the Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate if you want tighter pores.

The Skin Lowdown: It has alguronic acid (so it has anti-aging benefits) combined with salicylic acid (to exfoliate and cleanse pores). I usually apply a moisturizer after I use this because it’s not super hydrating, but this lightweight, oil-free serum did help refine and brighten my skin. Full disclosure: my pores aren’t too huge to begin with, so I didn’t see much of a difference. But research results showed that 90% of the 100 women they tested noticed that their pore size minimized within four weeks of use.

3. If You Want To…Control Oil Production.

I started taking new vitamins recently and it made my face (and scalp!) super oily. It was weird, because my skin would feel grimy even after I washed my face. So I added these goodies from Bioderma into my routine to help balance my complexion again.

From left to right, that's the Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, Sébium Akn Smoothing Purifying Care, and the Sébium H20 Purifying Cléansing Micelle Solution.

From left to right, that’s the Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, Sébium Akn Smoothing Purifying Care, and the Sébium H20 Purifying Cléansing Micelle Solution.

The Skin Lowdown: I wanted to control my skin’s oil production without overdrying it, so I would use the Sébium H20 Purifying Cléansing Micelle Solution after I wash my face. Yup, after! It’s actually more of a makeup remover, but since it’s also a cleansing water, I would swipe it over my skin to get rid of leftover oil (think of it as a substitute for toner). After that, I’d apply the Sébium Akn Smoothing Purifying Care in the morning. It helps prevent your pores from getting clogged, so it served as a barrier between my skin and makeup to help prevent breakouts. Loved this complexion balancing formula because after 2 to 3 weeks, my skin went back to normal!

More skincare recos for anti-aging, pimple-clearing, and dry skin after the jump! P.S. There’s an event invite also for Murad if you want to join us for a fun Makeup Mixology class! 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

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 Do The Hoola Kit

It’s my last video for the year! I launched my sparkly YouTube channel a few months ago without any expectations. I didn’t even make a real lineup or script! My goal was to have fun and just keep sharing all of my “real beauty” tips and tricks with you! And you know what? I think that formula worked!

Cosmo.ph said I was one of the Pinay YouTube Beauty Vloggers to follow! Thank you so much, Team Cosmo!

Cosmo.ph said I was one of the Pinay YouTube Beauty Vloggers to follow! Thank you so much, Team Cosmo! Click here to read the full article and see more local YouTubers you should follow.

The article actually came out over a month ago, but I only felt like sharing it with you on the blog now. Hehe, I guess I’m kind of shy that way. But believe me, I was super kilig and did a MAJOR happy dance in the middle of the event when I found out. And it kinda looked like this! LOL!

Anywaaaay, I guess what I really want to say is a big THANK YOU to my sparkly readers for all the love, positivity, support, and for subscribing (click here if you haven’t yet!). And I really hope you’ll like my next video! I noticed that you guys liked my unboxing of Benefit’s 12 Days of Gorgeous Set a lot, so I did another one for their Do The Hoola Kit. There’s a mini makeup tutorial there also, so watch, subscribe, and don’t forget to leave me a thumbs-up!

 
Sending you guys lots of sparkly love over the holidays! And if you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, click here to find out where you should go for fab beauty finds! ♥

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