Sparkle Bites: 3 Things I Like About Beauty Biz Bliss

It’s not uncommon for a modern woman to work, cook dinner, be the beautiful and charming date at her SO’s work event, and even be a mom. And I’m just grazing the basic roles here, so yeah, it can be a lot to handle.

That's why I was very excited when I learned that Frances, Martine, and Ginger were launching BeautyBizBliss.com! It's a website that helps bring powerful women together.

That’s why I was very excited when I learned that Frances, Martine, and Ginger were launching BeautyBizBliss.com! It’s a website that helps bring powerful women together.

“We talked about what we’re good at and what we’re poor at and realized we can help each other out,” says Frances. And when the trio realized that other women needed help too, they created a venue where like-minded gals can get together and form a tribe where they can share stories, swap business contacts, and help build each other up.

Try exploring their pretty website and join their mailing list for more info! Their blog posts are rich with insights + helpful how-tos.

Click on the photo to explore their pretty website and join their mailing list for more info!

During the Beauty Biz Bliss launch-slash-gathering, we were asked to share a bit about ourselves and what we do—and maaaaan—I was in shock. Women are multi-hyphenates now and work hard to chase all their passions. It made me realize that there’s this desire to “do everything”—like have the dream job, create online success, and have the family to come home to.

If that's your goal, then you could definitely use these three wonder women in your life.

If that’s your goal, then you could definitely use these three wonder women (who are also top mommy bloggers, btw) in your life.

Want to learn more about it? More deets (and the incredible swag bag I got) after the jump! Continue reading

Fun Stuff & Updates

Hello, my sparkly loves! I’m just checking in to gab about some of the fun stuff that’s been happening lately and events that I’m looking forward to (you can win tickets to one of them since it’s Freebie Friday!). Check them out:

Numero Uno: Workshopping With My Gal Pals

I love learning new things and sharpening my skills. Instagram has been one of my pet projects lately (follow me via @beautyandsparkl). You’ll notice that I’ve been sticking to a white theme lately, because my blog coach (Hi, Martine!) has urged me to take better photos and is pushing me to improve my visuals. Have you noticed? Do you like it? I sure hope so—I’ve been working really hard at it!

That's my friend, Nikki! We were trying to be the smart & snooty classmates—but it obviously failed! We're just happy and bubbly always ;)

That’s my friend, Nikki! We were trying to be the smart & snooty classmates—but it obviously failed! We’re just happy and bubbly always ;)

It’s always fun to be with your girls when you take a class. Nikki joined because she just launched a new clothing line for kiddos (visit Honeycombkids.com.ph to check out the cute outfits!). I already bought a shirt for my nephew, and wish I had a niece I could buy dresses for. Haha! Either way, this is going to save me a lot of time during Christmas! I think I’ll just order all my presents online and have it delivered to my friends’ houses.

That same week, my favorite mommy blogger had a workshop for Philosophy! Say hi to Frances of Topaz Mommy!

That same week, my favorite mommy blogger had a workshop for Philosophy! Say hi to Frances of Topaz Mommy!

Like I’ve said before, there’s always something new to learn when it comes to beauty. Frances shared that one of the best skin tips she learned is to always use sunscreen every single day. Nikki’s is to drink lots of water because it’s the best beauty elixir. “Not drinking enough makes your skin look dull and dry,” she says. “Healthy skin is well-hydrated skin.”

Love my girls!

Haha, love my girls! We all used to work for Summit (F was EIC of OK!, Nikki was the  fashion & beauty editor for OK!, and I was the resident Cosmo girl!). I’ll always be grateful for that job because it brought fabulous friends into my life. <3

Numero Dos: Add Me On Snapchat!

Yes, I caved. I actually downloaded the app (twice) and deleted it (twice) months ago. My brain couldn’t understand (or rather, didn’t want to understand) what was going on. But after a few friends convinced me that it was a fun way to share behind-the-scenes stuff, I caved. So tune in via @beautyandsparkl for lots of unfiltered fun!

Follow me @beautyandsparkl!! Just posted my first Snap (?!). Haha, take a peek at how messy my desk really is by Friday!

Just posted my first Snap (?!). Take a peek at how messy my desk really is by Friday! At least, I think I posted it. Hmm, let me know if it’s not there! LOL

So I hope you guys will follow me via @beautyandsparkl!! And if you’re a Snapchat pro, do help this tech-challenged lady out and show me some tricks to make it easier!

Numero Tres: Beauty Sale Alert!

Eye makeup is always fun to splurge on. The only downside is that it can expire quickly (mascara’s three months guys) and you have to throw it out if you get an eye infection or something (it happens). That’s why I’m super excited to start hoarding this October!

It's all about the eyes, right?? Haha! Goofing off with fellow beauty blogger, Marj!

It’s all about the eyes, right?? Goofing off with fellow beauty blogger, Marj! So happy I got Kendall <3 Hehe!

Can you guys guess who’s having the huge sale? Find out after the jump! Continue reading

Pond’s #BeautifulStory Event

Are you following me on Instagram and Facebook? Follow here and here—you’ll get inside scoops at some of the latest beauty happenings around the metro. Case in point: last night’s huge event at The Peninsula Manila for Pond’s Philippines.

How cute is this selfie?

How cute is this selfie?

A closer look at some of the Philippines' most beautiful faces right here! There's Heart Evangelista, Cheska Kramer, Jasmine Curtis, Julia Barretto, and Kelly Misa to name a few.

A closer look at some of the Philippines’ most beautiful faces and actresses right here! There’s Heart Evangelista, Cheska Kramer, Jasmine Curtis, Julia Barretto, and Kelly Misa to name a few.

Of course, the star of the night was local actress and TV host, Toni Gonzaga. I loved how she shared her Pond’s beautiful story. She told us about how she’d go to casting calls with her dad and see all the mestizas auditioning with her. So naturally, Toni shared her insecurities with her dad and asked how she could compete with all these beautiful women. But instead of just reassuring her, her dad instilled confidence by saying she’s got what it takes—not because she’s beautiful—but because she has something unique she can bring to the industry. It’s a rough recount of her story, but I just thought I’d share because it was so inspiring that her dad inadvertently taught her to rock her own real beauty!

Toni said she always wanted to be a Pond's girl and kept asking her mom if she was joking once she found out that they wanted her to be their new endorser.

Toni said she always wanted to be a Pond’s girl and kept asking her mom if she was joking once she found out that they wanted her to be their new endorser.

But here’s what I’m REALLY excited to tell you guys about…I was actually there during the Pond’s commercial shoots. I was hired to do shoot coordination during the 2-day commercial shoot with the bloggers and the celebrities. It was crazy hectic, but super fun! Here’s a little teaser about what went on behind-the-scenes:

There's Toni being prepped for the photoshoot.

There’s Toni being prepped for the photoshoot.

And here I am watching Heart Evangelista share her #BeautifulStory.

And here I am watching Heart Evangelista share her #BeautifulStory.

I have more updates about what happened behind-the-scenes here! Lots of photos of the Pond’s endorsers and an inside scoop on what really happens when you shoot a commercial! If you want to see more of what happened at the event, check out the hashtag #BeautifulFaces on Instagram and keep checking the blog for more updates!

So for now, tell me—what do you think of Toni Gonzaga as the new Pond’s girl? Leave me a comment and let me know! ♥

Real Beauty At The Dove Summit

When you’re in the beauty world, there’s this pressure to create an image of perfection—and I feel it the most when I get ready for events. Before I reach for my hairdryer, I always hear the voice of my former editor in my head, saying, “As a beauty editor, you always have to have perfect hair.” Maaaann…no bad hair days ever? Tough standards to live by.

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Right on, MJ.

I’m a big advocate of real beauty, so I didn’t even realize that this pressure was building inside of me until I attended the Dove Summit last week. Must be divine intervention, because it was such an eye-opening experience. It grounded me and reminded me that beauty should have a deeper mission, too. I mean, just take a look at this statistic:

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TAG! I think you’re beautiful <3

This means that 93% of Filipina women think they’re ugly. 93%. Holy moly! Can you believe this? I certainly couldn’t…But when Dove asked everyone at the event to “unmask” by removing all of our makeup, it made us face how we really feel about ourselves. Without the beauty armor. Basically, it was something like this:

How would you feel if you had to take off your makeup at a big event? Read more about my real beauty journey with Dove (and learn confidence-boosting tricks from a few famous faces) after the jump! Continue reading

Beauty Counters Are My Happy Place

If you read the About Me page, you already know that beauty counters get me all excited. Some girls can shop for clothes all day and get a rush from trying on several outfits. Snooze. I get my giddies (is that a word?) from trying on several shades of lipstick. What can I say? The beauty department is really my happy place.

It's like Disneyland...for beauty addicts!

The gates of heaven…for beauty addicts!

Rustan’s The Beauty Source recently got a facelift and it’s sooo pretty! They had a ginormous launch last night and I ended up staying longer than I initially planned—too much fun seeing old friends and exploring all the little activities each beauty counter had! Want to check out what happened? Let’s do some Instagram stalking and spy on the highlights reel of the other party peeps via the hashtag #rustansbeautyaddict.(Clue: There’s kissing involved—hey, it’s for a good cause!) Continue reading