Instagram Update (And A Freebie Alert!)

If you’re an Instagram addict, then by now, you probably know that it’s going through a few changes.


Make sure you hit the THREE DOTS on the upper right corner of my IG and select TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS to see all my sparkly IG updates :)

The good news is, this IG update also gives me an excuse to raffle off freebies! If you follow me and turn on notifications for my posts, you’ll get a chance to win 3K worth of beauty products and another 3K worth of loot for your friend! Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Follow me on IG (@beautyandsparkl) and turn on post notifications for my account.
  2. Leave a comment under this photo and say “Done!” so I know you did it.
  3. Tag a friend, so she can join also! It’ll double your chances of winning!
    *This contest is open to Philippine residents only. The winner will be informed via Instagram on April 8, 2016. 

Super easy, right? Good luck and I’ll see you on IG! ♥

Freebie Friday With SM Beauty

Makeup transformations are always fun, aren’t they? I have Asian eyes, so I always try to make them to look bigger and brighter—and I’m going to teach you one of the simplest techniques I use to do that!

See the subtle difference? This look is actually perfect for the weekends or chill days at the office!

See the difference? This look is actually perfect for the weekends or even chill days at the office! And yup, I’m wearing zero makeup in the photo on the right.

Okay, so the first thing you need to do is prep. For this post, I’m going to use eye makeup can be found at SM Department Stores. They’re having a B-I-G eye makeup sale this month, so you can check out what I used here and see if there’s anything you like..

Makeup from Revlon, Maybelline, Happy Skin, Shiseido, Covergirl, Max Factor, and Essence.

Here are my eye makeup picks from Revlon, Maybelline, Happy Skin, Shiseido, Covergirl, Max Factor, and Essence.

To achieve this look, you have to prep first! The first thing I did was do my brows with the Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set and Happy Skin Eye Love View. After that, I used my fingers to dab a bit of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow over my lids to brighten them up. Then I curled my lashes (used a Shiseido curler) and applied several coats of mascara (Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions).

Once you’re done with all these steps, then it’s time to tightline! Find out how I do it and how you can win a 5K shopping spree from SM Beauty after the jump! Continue reading

Major Freebie Alert: The New Lux Perfumed Bath Collection

I got this very exciting note over the weekend—and I was DYING to share it with you guys!

Oooh…the world’s #1 bath soap??? Do you have any idea what it could be?

I’m very into taking long, luxurious showers, so I love trying new sudsers. It makes bath time a lot more fun and it’s a great way to feel pampered after the end of a long day.

Meet the Lux Magical Spell Fragranced Body Wash and Perfumed Soap! You guys are among the first who are getting a close look at this product!

What makes the LUX line so different is that its scents are created by perfume experts from New York, Paris, and London. Some of these top perfumers are even the noses behind ritzy fragrances like Dior, Marc Jacobs, Elizabeth Arden, and Estée Lauder. So impressive!

The scent behind Lux Magic Spell was created by Givaudan’s Nicole Mancini.

It’s a strong and very feminine floral. I would say that the woman behind this scent knows how to work her magic, you know? Like she’s the type who goes for what she wants, she’s very successful, and she likes to treat herself to things that seduce her senses.

Such a luscious purple! The notes: precious and exotic Black Orchid, opulent dark florals, golden amber and vanilla bean.

Here’s the thing: Just like perfumes, the scent totally smells different in the bottle and on your skin. I found that the more I mixed the soap with water, the better it smelled. Some of the subtle, sweeter notes—like the vanilla and dark woods—were able to come out more. I felt refreshed, pampered, and relaxed after my shower!

I love rich lathers! I really suggest you use the body wash with a poof—it’s a great way to work the scent into your skin.

Now for the fun part! I was given a special link that I can share EXCLUSIVELY with my readers, so that you can have these LUX goodies for FREE! To celebrate their launch, LUX is giving away a gorgeous set (complete with a chic leather case!) to the first 4,500 people who sign-up on their site–and they’ll deliver the beauty goodies to your house, too! The link and more deets after the jump!  Continue reading

Freebie Friday

Because I love my readers so much, I have another fun Freebie Friday for you guys!

I'm giving away these cute travel pouches-slash-makeup bags from Simply She!

I’m giving away these cute travel pouches-slash-makeup bags from Simply She!

As y’all know, I’ve been busy organizing all the makeup in my room. I’ve been putting lots of knick-knacks away in pouches, so these always come in handy. They’re also great for traveling, because it’s roomy and it’s plastic-coated (so it’s easy to clean if it gets wet in your hotel bathroom).

But guess what? That’s not all I’m giving away! I’m throwing in something fancy and fab from Marc Jacobs to sweeten the deal! Find out what it is after the jump! Continue reading

Freebie Friday: Maybelline White SuperFresh Makeup Kit

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Freebie Friday, so I’m super excited for this!

I'm pimping your makeup ride with the Maybelline SuperFresh Powder!

I’m pimping the makeup ride of three lucky girls with a one year supply of Maybelline White SuperFresh Powder!

This base is pretty cool because it gives you a fresh, matte finish that can last up to 12 hours. I’m not a big fan of retouching and always forget to powder my nose, so its long-lasting power is perfect for gals like me. One compact is actually sold every 10 seconds, so it has quite a cult-following!

But guess what? That’s not all you’re getting! Maybelline and I wanted to give you a few more makeup goodies to sweeten your swag bag. Check out what else you can win after the jump! Continue reading