Sunday Sparkle

I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with food lately because I feel like it’s time to make healthier choices…

Hands down, brunch is my favorite meal! Took this pic back in Barcelona at Brunch & Cake—super yum!

Because brunch is my favorite meal! Took this pic back in Barcelona at Brunch & Cake—super yum!

Ughhh…how am I going to give this up? I love dairy, I love cheese, I love bread, I love my cookies and cakes…but I am also starting to love my health more. I’m just at a place in my life where I want (and need!) to make healthier food choices. So here are THREE THINGS I’m considering:

1. Taking A Food Intolerance Test
I don’t like guessing games and I’m certainly not going to stop eating something that I love on the mere chance that it causes inflammation. So I’m trying to find the best place to get a Food Intolerance Test (FIT). It’s not as expensive as it used to be when this whole trend started, but it is still quite an investment.

Here's the package at Bio Balance. But I also inquired at Health Cube in Greenhills and their FIT is only P9,900.

Here’s the package at Bio Balance. But I also inquired at Health Cube in Greenhills and their FIT is only P9,900.

Here's a sample of what the FIT results look like from BioBalance. So specific!

Here’s a sample of what the FIT results look like from BioBalance. So specific!

I want to identify the specific types of food that I’m intolerant to, so I can consciously avoid them. And dear God, I hope I can still eat my faves! P.S. If you have any leads about where to take an FIT, do let me know!  Continue reading

New Brow Tip For The Kilay-Challenged

You guys! I just learned this super cool trick from Jane Iredale’s global educator, Shawn Towne.

Use a credit card as a stencil when you're filling in your brows with powder!

Use a credit card as a stencil when you’re filling in your brows with powder!

Pretty cool, right? It works super well when you’re defining the upper part of your eyebrows. This part is always challenging for me, because sometimes, you just end up making your brows thicker when your initial line isn’t drawn on straight. With the credit card as a guide, you get a precise line from the get-go.

Full and fierce! Super love how he tweaked my brows!

Full and fierce! Super love how he tweaked my brows! P.S. I’m also loving that highlight. I used the Jane Iredale Glow Time Mineral BB Cream (yes, I totally relapsed).

Check out the fantastic brow powder he used (and more reviews + another #FOTD) after the jump! Continue reading

Sparkle Bites: The Juice Barista Infused Agua + Matcha Mylk

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Perfect for recharging over weekends! The Juice Barista Infused Agua (click here to visit their website).

Perfect for recharging over the weekend! The Juice Barista Infused Agua, P100 for 250ml.

I’ve been saying that I want to be healthier this year, so I think the Universe heard me! But really, this was such a happy treat because I always look for fun ways to stay hydrated (find out why here).

Can you read what's in the infused agua? Each bottle contains a mixture of fruit. veggies, lemon or lime, herbs, spices, and an edible flower.

Can you read what’s in the infused agua? Each bottle contains a mixture of fruit. veggies, lemon or lime, herbs, spices, and an edible flower.

I couldn’t really see the edible blossoms—but I liked that! I don’t know, flowers in food (and drinks) really freak me out. But my personal feelings about that aside, I think P100 for all the fruits infused in the bottle isn’t bad—especially if you think about all the vitamins and antioxidants you’re getting.

You can even "re-use" the fruit and add more water, so you get more bang for your buck.

You can even “re-use” the fruit and add more water, so you get more bang for your buck.

All you have to do is add more water when you’re half-way through the bottle and leave it for 1-2 hours at room temp. You loose a little more flavor whenever you do this, but it’s still worth doing!

Taste test time! Which one do you think I liked better?

Taste test time! Which one do you think I liked better?

My verdict and more about The Juice Barista’s Matcha Mylk for the lactose-intolerant and a sneak peek at their cool hydration bottle after the jump! Continue reading