Sparkle TV: Watch What Happened At My Preview Magazine Shoot!

You guys! I’m super excited to share this with you :)

I'm in the June 2016 issue of Preview magazine! It's the country's top fashion glossy.

I’m in the June 2016 issue of Preview magazine! It’s the country’s top fashion glossy!

I’m super honored that they featured me as one of the beauty bloggers in the issue, because their standards are crazy high. It was such a different experience to be in front of the camera for an magazine editorial (I’m usually standing beside the photographer, directing). I was super nervous, but it turned out to be so much fun!

And it's because I got to work with an amazing team! That's Preview's Eugene David, Belle Rodolfo, and photog Koji Arboleda.

And that’s mostly because I got to work with an amazing team! That’s Preview’s Eugene David, Belle Rodolfo, and photog Koji Arboleda. A big thank you to Belle for choosing me to be a part of this beauty story!!!

I was really anxious and worried that I wouldn’t be able to, well, project. As an editor, I know how crucial it is for the model/subject to emote so we can get the shot. But thanks the fantastic direction of Team Preview, I was able to relax and just go with the flow—no tequila shots required! Haha!

More behind-the-scenes photos (and watch my YouTube video to see what happened during the shoot) after the jump! Continue reading

4 Hair Strategies For Modern, Cool Girl Waves

Remember when I cut my hair? Well, I was kinda stressing over the weekend because I couldn’t figure out how to style it. But after a lot of IG stalking, I think I finally got it!!

Yessssss!!! I finally figured out the winning hair formula!

Yessssss!!! I finally figured out the winning hair formula!

Unfortunately, the stylist usually gets the blame when a cut doesn’t turn out as expected. But since I super love + trust mine (read about him here), I knew that it was a “user error” and just had to adjust my hair game. Here’s how I did it:

Mane Strategy #1: Prep with the right product.

After drying my hair, I scrunched a blob of Ouai Finishing Crème, US$24, into my strands.

After drying my hair, I scrunched a blob of Ouai Finishing Crème, US$24, into my strands.

Guys, this product is such a game changer and it protects you from heat styling, too! It really was love at first scrunch, because it gave me the grit and hold I wanted. I asked my sister to buy this for me when she was in the US and it’s sooo worth it, but I’ll have to save my review for another post! For now, let’s go back to my mane strategies! You won’t want to miss #3—it’s the real secret to nailing this look! Continue reading

I Tried Kim Kardashian’s Hair Treatment

I had an impromptu salon day at Jing Monis Bellevue Alabang with the girls a few days ago and it gave me a chance to try this!

The Olaplex treatment! It's Kim Kardashian's secret to healthy hair.

The Olaplex treatment! It’s Kim Kardashian’s secret to healthy hair.

During her master makeup class last year, Kim revealed that she uses this treatment and even sleeps with it on. It’s apparently the reason she can go from brunette to blonde without worrying about her strands breaking off. So if you want to bleach your hair or even just color it, make sure you use this to prevent damage (more technical deets about it here).

I tried Olaplex No. 1 and No. 2 to repair breakage and prep my hair for color.

I tried Olaplex No. 1 and No. 2 to repair breakage and prep my hair for color.

The No. 3 bottle is suppose to be something you use at home, but I didn’t get to do so. Hmm, I will ask why the next time I visit. My first impressions: my hair became immediately became softer after the treatment and I like that I can use this to prep my strands pre-color. With the amount of styling I do, I really need something like this!

More on Olaplex and check out my new cut (it’s shorter!) after the jump! Continue reading

How I’m Keeping Up With #PFW

One of the things I love about Snapchat is that it allows me to spy on Hollywood A-listers and beauty trendsetters. And now that Paris Fashion Week (PFW) is in full swing, I’m watching all the shows and trying to get a glimpse at the latest beauty trends on the runway.

Like how Gigi Hadid rocked glitter brows for the Giambattista Valli show. What do you think, guys?

Like how Gigi Hadid rocked glitter brows for the Giambattista Valli show. What do you think, guys? Image via Snapchat/GigiHadid.

Personally, I’m too freaked out by the thought of glitter falling into my precious peepers. So yeah, this is a trend that I’m not too into. But you know what I’m super loving?

This half slick, half wave hair look I spotted on Jen Atkin's Snapchat! It's a backstage shot from one of the shows.

This half slick, half wave hair look I spotted on Jen Atkin’s Snapchat! It’s a backstage shot from one of the shows.

I really wish I had the hair length to try this look! For now, I think I’ll have to settle for the slicked back effect (it’ll look good for summer nights at the beach). Oh, and I have a little tip for you: According to former PMAP president, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, the Bench Fix gel is perfect for that look! It doesn’t flake, offers a long-lasting hold, and it’s cheap, too!  Continue reading

My New Cut For 2016

I have been itching for a hair change for some time now. Although I’ve been loving my wavy locks lately, I really can’t resist trying different hairstyles—especially after I saw this!

Oh, Khloe! I don't know why, but she always seems to be my hair peg! Image via instagram.com/khloekardashian.

Oh, Khloe! I don’t know why, but she always seems to be my hair peg! Image via instagram.com/khloekardashian.

I super loved Khloe’s new look, but what sealed the deal was when I saw Refinery29 label the “sleek and polished lob” as one of the coolest haircuts for 2016 (read it here). I also spotted a few models rocking the blunt, straight cut on some of the S/S 2016 runway shows, so I figured that now was a good time to try this look.

So I headed to my trusty stylist, Jing Monis, for a cut! This is what my hair looked like before I had anything done.

So I headed to my trusty stylist, Jing Monis, for a cut! This is what my hair looked like before I had anything done (and when I don’t style it, hehe).

I love my messy-wavy hair, but I really was in need of a trim. I think it’s been about 3 to 4 months since my last cut, so the ends were getting quite dry already. I was scheduled to come in for a dye job also, but I opted for a powerdose treatment instead so I can rest my scalp and give my strands a hydration-boost.

And there goes my hair! After a quick discussion with Jing, we settled for a straight lob with practically zero layers.

And there goes my hair! After a quick discussion with Jing, we settled for a straight lob with practically zero layers.

I have to admit that it’s the first time that I actually missed the length of my hair! I’m excited for it to grow back, but I’m also excited to look for new ways to style this cut. Want to see the final look? Clickity-click for the big reveal! Continue reading

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