A Hair Cut Before Chinese New Year Can Bring Good Luck!

A friend of my mentioned this little superstition to me, so I thought it would be a good time to post about my mini makeover with celebrity hairstylist, Jing Monis.

The obligatory before shot!

The obligatory before shot!

At this point, it had been about 7 months since my last hair cut and over a year since my last hair color. OMG, I was ready (but nervous!) for the change.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys. Look how black my hair really is!

I usually have a peg for Jing to follow, but this time around, I just let him do his thing. I just told him that I wanted a cut that fell above my shoulders, color that can help camouflage my greys, and highlights that’ll add more depth to my strands.

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Since I don’t like having my hair color retouched too often, Jing gave me a chestnut brown base so the re-growth won’t be too obvious and opted to use a tone down-slash-balayage technique for my highlights.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours (I also had a treatment to help reverse some of the chemical damage).

After they were rinsed my hair, I noticed that my highlights were really light. I asked why and they said it was because they used the toning down process to lighten my hair color. Hmm…I think for next time, I will opt the usual foil and balayage painting technique though. I feel like that technique blends more naturally with my strands, but if you’re going for a more blonde effect, then the toning down process will probably be better for you.  Continue reading

My Mini Makeover

The last time I had a real hair cut with my hairstylist, Jing Monis, was around late January. At the time, I wanted to experiment with a shorter bob. Check it:


Hanging out with my former editor, Ianne Evangelista, and fashion editor, Rachelle Que. This was after the Philosophy launch a few months ago. Look how black my strands are!

Now I want to grow out my hair. I blame Taylor Swift for this, really.

It reminds me of Karlie Kloss' bob, but I like it on Taylor more. Love how she styles it in so many different ways!

Taylor’s long bob (or lob, as it’s more popularly known) is sooo chic. I super like how she plays around with the way she styles it. The cut actually reminds me of Karlie Kloss’ bob, but I appreciate this look on Taylor much more.

During my appointment with Jing last Monday, I told him I wanted to grow out my hair. He described the look he had in mind for me and…it was Taylor’s cut! Hmm, this cut and I must really be MFEO.


Jing re-shaped my modern bob, so it can grow into a long bob.

Check out the after shot (and my new hair hue!) after the jump! Continue reading

Beauty Fake-over: Flip Your Part

Want to change your look, but don’t want to do anything drastic to your hair? Try my favorite beauty fake-over: Flip your part! It’s a quick and easy way to freshen up your ’do. Don’t believe me? Allow me to demonstrate:

See what I mean?

See what I mean? Took this photo while on vacay—selfies happen when you’re waiting for the airport shuttle.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to side parts. Center parts work, too! It’s really up to you. The important thing is to have fun with the subtle ways you can tweak your look.

Would you give this beauty fake-over a try? Take a selfie and tag me on Instagram via @beautyandsparkl. I’d love to see if it works for you. ♥

Makeover Your Man…Or Guy BFF!

You know what’s better than a makeover? A guy makeover! Why? Because I rarely get to do these and they’re super fun!

Meet my guinea pig-slash-friend, Anton.

Meet my guinea pig-slash-friend, Anton. He prides himself in getting P80 haircuts that come with awesome massages. I’m not judging.

The back story: While celebrating my brother-in-law’s birthday at the newly opened Felipe & Sons in Makati, Anton (and my sister, Camille) asked me to help him with his “new” look. Needless to say, I got waaay excited. And jealous—the mini facials, the luxe shaving ritual, and massage looked so relaxing.

Felipe & Sons is a gentleman's hideaway. Aside from the fab grooming, you can have shirts, suits, and shoes customized here. It's a one-stop-shop—perfect for men who don't like to wander through malls.

Felipe & Sons is truly a gentleman’s hideaway. It’s very Mad Men, actually. Aside from the fab grooming, you can have shirts, suits, and shoes customized here. It’s a one-stop-shop—perfect for guys who don’t like to wander through malls.

For men, little tweaks in their haircuts and grooming rituals can make a big difference. Curious to see what Anton looked like after? I took a quick video that documented Anton’s entire makeover process—the last two seconds will surprise you! Continue reading

So I Gave Myself A Makeover…

You have to start with yourself, right? Since I’m in the business of giving makeovers (find out more here), I put my skills to the ultimate test…by giving myself one! I actually did this about a month ago and was surprised that I felt sad about letting go of my long hair. I didn’t think I was that attached. But it was was time for a change, so I dove in and scheduled an appointment at the Jing Monis Salon in Greenbelt 1.

Once there, Jing and I discussed what I wanted: something much shorter and modern, but still feminine. He’d just arrived from studying bobs in London, so I was eager to let him play around with that style. Here’s a photo diary of the process:

The obligatory before shot! No makeup (lipstick doesn't count as makeup in my book).

The obligatory before shot! No makeup (well, lipstick doesn’t count as makeup in my book).

Want to see what my makeover looks like? Click, click, click! Continue reading