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

19 Beauty Stops For Last Minute Christmas Shoppers

Christmas is in a few days and I’ve only bought like two presents. I’m obviously a last minute shopper and if your shopping habits are just like mine, then scroll through the list below to check out where you should go for fab beauty finds:

1. Jo Malone
Why You’ll Like It: The quaint store finally opened in Greenbelt 5 and it’s so elegant! Anything you buy comes packaged in the iconic Jo Malone box (yay for no gift wrapping) and you’re guaranteed to impress whoever you’re shopping for.

Such a pretty store! Read more about Jo Malone's philosophy scent layering here.

Such a pretty store! Read more about Jo Malone’s philosophy on scent layering here.

What To Check Out: Their famous fragrances and the different holiday sets that are available for every budget. The candles are also perfect for your gal pal who just got married or is moving into a new apartment!

Such elegant gift sets—perfect for your guy's mom or the tough-to-impress sister.

Such elegant gift sets—perfect for your guy’s mom or the tough-to-impress sister.

2. Acca Kappa
Why You’ll Like It: The brand is understated, classy, and there’s just an elegance about the craftsmanship of their products. They’ve got stores in Rustan’s and BGC Central, too.

And it's partly because of the new hair tools I'm using: a boar bristle brush from Keratin Complex, my Rowenta 2-in-1 Ceramic Ionic Curling Iron, and a paddle brush from Acca Kappa.

My favorite wooden paddle brush! Click here to read more about my hairstyling secrets.

What To Check Out: Their brushes are fantastic and you’ll feel like a queen whenever you run it through your hair. But my favorite will always be the Muschio Blanco line—I always get compliments whenever I wear this scent!

I'm seriously thinking of getting this for myself, guys. I want the soap and the solid perfume!

I’m seriously thinking of getting this for myself, guys. I want the soap and the solid perfume!

3. Burt’s Bees
Why You’ll Like It: If you’re into beauty products that pride themselves in being 99% natural (on average) and environmentally-sustainable, then this is a brand you’ll definitely want to support. Shop over at Beauty Bar, Estancia, or click here if you want to do it online!

A radiant gift set from Burt's Bees! The pouch is great for traveling, too.

A radiant gift set from Burt’s Bees! They have more sets that range from P795 to P1,495, so there’s something for every budget.

What To Check Out: They have lots of affordable holiday kits, but if you’re only shopping for one thing, make sure it’s a lip product. Considering that women reportedly eat about 7 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime, you’ll be glad that you’re ingesting something that’s practically chemical-free.

Fab stocking stuffers for your Kris Kringle baby. The individual lip balms in holiday packaging are only P225 each.

Fab stocking stuffers for your Kris Kringle baby. The individual lip balms in holiday packaging are only P225 each.

4. The Aivee Clinic
Why You’ll Like It: The reflective crystals and plush interiors in this beauty sanctuary can really help erase all the stress that accumulated throughout 2015. It’s also one of the most trusted derma clinics in town because of their constant innovations in the skin and cosmetic surgery arena.

Here's a peek at the luxurious lobby at the Aivee Clinic Alabang.

Here’s a peek at the luxurious lobby at their Alabang branch. Click here to visit their site and find clinics closer to you.

What To Get: Grab a gift check for your friend who’s in need of some R&R. This way, she can choose whatever service she likes (I reco the Geneo facial) and welcome the new year looking absolutely fresh and gorgeous!

I could spend all day here! It really would be the perfect way to pamper yourself for all the hard work you did in 2015!

I could spend all day here! It really would be the perfect way to pamper yourself for all the hard work you did this year!

5. Benefit Cosmetics
Why You’ll Like It: Their stores always look Instagram-worthy and you won’t get overwhelmed when you’re looking through their displays. I always enjoy reading the fun and witty packaging while testing out their latest products on counter.

This is their newest (and biggest!) store in SM Megamall! So cute, right?

This is their newest (and biggest!) store in SM Megamall! More store locations here!

What To Check Out: Definitely get their 12-Days of Gorgeous Advent Calendar because you’ll get to sample all of their best-sellers for just P2,500. Watch my unboxing below to take a peek at all the goodies you’ll get!

There are SO MANY more lust-worthy beauty products to spy on (even if you’re just “window shopping” for yourself). Check them out after the jump! Continue reading

Sparkle TV: How To Groom & Shape Your Eyebrows

I used to get my brows professionally waxed back when I was in college. When I started working for Cosmo though, I realized that I can actually do them myself. Good thing, too, because it saved me a lot of money!

I prefer to tweeze now because waxing can tug on your skin and cause sagging later on.

I prefer to tweeze now because waxing can tug on your skin and cause sagging later on.

I gave a basic brow and eye makeup workshop for K-Palette recently and realized that girls still need a little bit of guidance when it comes to shaping their brows. That’s why I thought I’d share a quick guide through this video. I talked about the basics here and did my everyday brow look (it’s light and natural). Watch it if you’re in need of a little arch support and tell me what you think!

 
And my dear readers, please don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel! I really hope you’ll support my new baby and watch my other videos here, here, and here. They’re super fun and I really enjoyed sharing all my beauty tips and tricks with y’all! Thank you again for all the sparkly love you’re sending my way and I can’t wait to do more videos for you. Leave a comment below and tell me what tutorials (or challenges!) you want me to do! ♥

Are You Using Your Tweezers Wrong?

I realized that my brows were in dire need of grooming the other day. While plucking, I noticed that I was grabbing the tiny strands a lot faster than usual (weird!). I checked the grip on my tweezers to see what was going on and realized that it was probably because I was holding it differently.

Handy-dandy tweezers and my favorite round-tipped brow scissors.

My usual grooming tools: a pair of sharp tweezers and my fave round-tipped brow scissors.

So I began to wonder…have I been holding my tweezers the wrong way my entire life? Which direction is the slanted tip really supposed to go, anyway?My answer after the jump!

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Review: K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencil

I’ve been testing this on and off for weeks!

The K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencil, P795 at Beauty Bar.

The K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencil, P795 at Beauty Bar. The shades from top to bottom: Light Brown, Natural Brown, and Grayish Brown.

Eyebrows are really hard to fill in, so the product you’re using has to be easy to use. I had high expectations about this because I’m a huge fan of the K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner. I really wanted to like it, which is probably why I kept testing it for so long, but I found it a bit more difficult to work with. It’s not that it’s not good—it’s just not for me.

Trying on the pencil in the shade in Natural Brown. I think this is the best color choice for those with brown or dark hair.

Trying on the pencil in the shade in Natural Brown. I think this is the best color choice for those with brown or dark hair—and it gives the most natural-looking finish.

There are lots of factors that come into play when you’re defining your arches, like the amount (and texture!) of your brow hair. My eyebrows aren’t that full, but the strands are thick. Perhaps that’s why it was more difficult for me to use this product? It really comes down to what you prefer here, because most people like using a pencil more than a liquid pen. Check out more pros and cons about this product after the jump! Continue reading

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