Sparkle TV: My Korean Beauty Haul!

Etude House was the first Korean beauty brand that I fell in love with. I can spend hours just checking out all the innovative (and sometimes, unusual) products they have + their packaging’s always so playful and cute, too! Watch and look at some of the cool and unique beauty finds I got ^.^

 
What’s your favorite from the haul? I really liked the liquid eyeliner that uses three dots (it’s super fab for makeup newbies) and the foundation sponge (it was super soft!). Btw guys, if you want me to review anything from my haul, make sure you leave a comment on my YouTube channel and subscribe here to show me some sparkly love!

And btw guys, in case you need more motivation to shop! Hehe!

And in case you need more motivation to shop ^o^

All Etude House boutiques nationwide will have a Big Beauty Sale from July 1 to 3, 2016! There’s a special pre-sale happening on June 30 if you’re a pink card holder, so visit their Facebook page for more deets if you plan on shopping.

Til the next video, guys! Make sure you click here to subscribe—I’m gonna have another YouTube giveaway soon and you won’t want to miss it! ♥

Beauty Directory 
Etude House Click here to visit their website and here for store locations.

Review: Leaders Derma Soul Bright Mask With Acai Berry

I tried a new Korean face mask last week!

Leaders Derma Soul Bright Mask with Acai Berry, P78.

Leaders Derma Soul Bright Mask with Acai Berry, P78.

It’s formulated with one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidantS (acai berry) to help fight the signs of aging. And because it’s a brightening mask, it’s also supposed to help lighten and clears up spots and blemishes with the help of niacinamide.

Here's a closer look at the sheet. Basically, it says it's supposed to help tired-looking skin.

Here’s a closer look at the sheet. Basically, it says it’s supposed to help get rid of your skin troubles.

And boy oh boy, did I have ’em! My skin looked super tired because of all the traveling and holiday parties I hit last month. Hehe! That’s why I knew I needed to use this mask to help give my complexion a major glow boost.

No English translation here, but I did see the numbers 15 to 20.

No English translation here, but I did see the numbers 15 to 20. I’m guessing that’s the number of minutes you have to leave the mask on.

I usually like to read directions first, but since I don’t know how to read Korean, I just decided to treat it like any other mask.

My step-by-step guide on masking and find out if it was able to help me get my glow back after the jump! 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

This Pimple-Fighting Cream is Awesome!

I usually breakout around that time of the month (hormones, guys) or when I binge on junkfood. Although drinking this has helped lessen skin inflammations significantly, I like using this also.

Yadah Anti Trouble Spot Cream, P250 at Beauty Bar.

Yadah Anti Trouble Spot Cream, P250 at Beauty Bar.

I’ve been writing about this Korean brand a lot (their smudge-proof eyeliner is my fave!). I really like that they try to minimize the use of chemicals in their products. Take this pimple-fighting wonder, for example. It’s free from paraben, colorants, and mineral oil.

Lol, I made an "8" accidentally. But when you squeeze it out of the bottle, it comes out this thick.

Lol, I made an “8” ;) When you squeeze it out of the bottle, it’s seems thick and is balm-like in consistency. It’s actually pretty light though!

Once it’s on your skin, it melts and disappears. You can wear it with or without makeup and it won’t be obvious at all. Now for the info you’re really waiting for: Will it clear up your pimple overnight?My answer (and more deets about the product after the jump! Continue reading

Get Lippie Tuesday

Over the past week, I noticed that my lips were painfully dry. As in, there were times when I had to stop halfway through a smile or laugh, because I’d feel my lips start to crack. Ouch!

That's why I thought we should talk lip care for this Get Lippie Tuesday! Check out this new innovative product from Laneige (and the cute flamingo, hehe).

That’s why I thought we should talk about lip care for this Get Lippie Tuesday with the Lineage Lip Sleeping Mask, P960. Yay for innovative Korean beauty finds!

Who knew you that masks for your lips are a thing now? I tend to suffer from dry lips (especially when I don’t drink enough water), so I was pretty excited to try this and see if it works. You just apply it before bed and you’re supposed to wake up to a softer, smoother pout. Another bonus: It also softens any flakes, so you can easily buff them off the next day.

It contains different types of antioxidant-rich berries (raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, blueberry, gojiberry, soapberry, cloudberry and coffee berry) and vitamin C to soothe dry and chapped lips.

It’s loaded with different types of antioxidant-rich berries (raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, blueberry, gojiberry, soapberry, cloudberry and coffee berry) and vitamin C.

As you can imagine, it smells deliciously fruity and you’re gonna get tempted to keep licking your lips (don’t—it’ll dry ’em out more). I like that the berries were extracted through super-high pressure to preserve their antioxidant properties.

The texture is thicker than your regular balm, so you only need a teensy dab. It actually comes with a silicone spatula, but I lost it! I've been using a cottonbud instead since I hate double-dipping.

The texture is thick and gooey, so you only need a teensy dab. It actually comes with a silicone spatula, but I lost it! I’ve been using a cottonbud instead since I hate double-dipping.

The lip mask soothes your pout immediately, but what I noticed most was that I woke up to (what felt like) plumper lips. I think it’s because it also contains a hyaluronic acid mineral network. This forms a moisturizing film to help the skin absorb and retain your lip hydration through the night.

Of course, this Korean brand also came up with something that’ll make your skin glow the very next day. If you’re a night owl and tend to stay up late, you’ll definitely want to check this out since it makes your skin look like you slept for 8 hours! Continue reading

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