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

Instagram Freebie Winner!

My loyal readers (and avid commenters) get serious plus points when it comes to winning the contests on my blog, so…

You won! Send me your shipping details please, so I can send the 6K worth of beauty loot for you and your friend!

You won! Send your shipping details to beautyandsparkle@yahoo.com, so I can send the 6K worth of beauty loot to you and your friend!

Watch out for more contests soon, so make sure you’re following me on Instagram via @beautyandsparkl and subscribed to my YouTube channel here to make sure you get first dibs. And thank you so much to everyone who joined! If you haven’t won yet, you know what to do ;)

P.S.
I’m currently in Bohol on vacay! Follow me on Snapchat (@beautyandsparkl) to see what I’m up to! ♥

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: Freshlook Colored Contact Lenses

While on assignment for Cosmo.ph last September, I got to try what it was like to wear colored contact lenses! A lot of girls are buying cheaper lenses online, but that’s actually dangerous because you don’t know how safe they are for your eyes or if they’re really FDA-approved. Because of this, we thought it’d be a good idea to run a story about what you should know pre-purchase.

Had to go to on location to interview an optometrist—and got to take a #selfie with local actress and Freshlook endorser, Julia Montes.

Had to go to the Freshlook shoot to interview optometrist, Dr. Cirila Salcedo. While waiting, I got to take a #FreshLookSelfie with actress Julia Montes (she’s also their endorser).

Dr. Salcedo gave me lots of helpful info about the proper way to pop contact lenses in, take them out, and tips for making sure you don’t get eye irritations (read more here). Since I’ve never tried them before, it was good to learn under the supervision of a doctor—that really helped put my hypochondriac mind at ease!

We opened up a pack and the doctor also gave me eye drops to help lubricate my peepers. These are good to buy, so you can clean your eyes throughout the day.

We opened up a pack and the doctor also gave me eye drops to help lubricate my peepers. These are good to buy, so you can clean your eyes throughout the day.


Place the contact lens on the tip of your finger, so it's easier to pop in. Short nails are a must for newbies!

Place the contact lens on the tip of your finger, so it’s easier to pop in. Make sure that it’s dome-shaped—if it’s flipped inside-out, it won’t feel comfortable and you’ll have to do it again.


Eep! This was harder than I thought. It took me a few tries, because I HATE tugging on the sensitive skin around the eye area.

Okay, it’s a little more challenging than I thought. It took me a few tries, because I HATE tugging on the sensitive skin around my eyes. And yeah, my long nails didn’t help either. #WrongMove


So you can compare, take a look at these two photos! One eye has a colored lens in (left) and both eyes have the colored lenses in (right).

Done! So you can compare, take a look at these two photos! One eye has a colored lens in (left) and both eyes have the colored lenses in (right).

I tried the Freshlook Color Blends Dailies in Gray, P850 for 5 pairs. It feels a bit weird at first, but nothing uncomfortable or painful. I loved how alive and bright my eyes look after using them—no wonder celebs always use these during their commercial and photo shoots. I’ll definitely use these for special occasions!

But because I had nowhere to go that night, I wore them to my pilates class! Haha! You'll feel the lenses move around sometimes, but you just need to blink in order for them to go back in place.

But because I had nowhere to go that night, I just wore them to my pilates class! Haha! You’ll feel the lenses move around sometimes, but that’s normal—just blink them back in place.

And now for the fun part…

Giveaway time! Get a chance to win 3 packs of Freshlook Colored Contact Lenses, so you can try them and take lots of pretty selfies for 2015!

Giveaway time! Get a chance to win 3 packs of Freshlook Colored Contact Lenses, so you can take lots of pretty selfies for 2015! You can even choose the colors you want to take home!

The mechanics are a bit different for this one, so make sure you read carefully! Click to find out how you can win! Continue reading

Get Lei’d 3D Fiber Mascara Winners

Here are the winners of the Get Lei’d 3D Fiber Mascara!

Hi girls! Please send me your shipping details (name, contact number, and address). You can email it to nicole@beautyandsparkle.com.

Hi girls! Please email your shipping details (name, contact number, and address) to nicole@beautyandsparkle.com.

Thank you to everyone who joined! I noticed y’all love makeup freebies, so hopefully, we can do more of those soon. Keep checking the blog for more giveaways—I have another one lined up for next week. TGIF! ♥

12