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.

#NOTD

I’m really a sucker for black and white nails! They really make me feel more confident and chic, so I had to go with this look for my Benefit Beauty Bash!

Of course, I couldn't resist adding a hint of sparkle, too!

And of course, I couldn’t resist adding a hint of sparkle also! P.S. Take a closer look at the stones! I made sure they went from big to small for a little more oomph.

I had my mani done at my fave place, I Do Nails, and it didn’t really take too long to do—just like 15 minutes more than your regular mani. If you want to cop this look, any black and white nail lacquer will do. The only trick is to use a thin brush (try an old eyeliner makeup brush) to outline the cuticle area for the black polish. It’ll make clean-up a lot faster!

What polish color (or colors!) are on your nails? Tell me, tell me! ♥

Beauty Directory
I Do Nails Tuscany at McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, 0917-8388095; 3/F Eastwood Mall, Quezon City, (0917)531-5365 or (02)234-5756. Visit their Facebook page here.

#NOTD—Halloween Edition

I wanted to do something spooky-ish, but didn’t really have time to do anything complicated in the nail department this year. If you’re in a rush and need to do something for Halloween stat, give this a try:

Start with a dark base color. I went with the NARS X Steven Klein polish, Hard To Get. Read more about that collection here!

Start with a dark base color. I went with the NARS X Steven Klein polish, Hard To Get. Read more about that collection here!

Then I decided to decorate my digits with nail charms! I think you can guess where I'm going with this...

Then I decided to decorate my digits with nail charms when I went to I Do Nails! I think you can guess where I’m going with this…

You can stick the charms on with clear polish or acrylic glue (the latter will last longer though).

You can stick the charms on with clear polish or acrylic glue (the latter will last longer though).

And voilà—easy nail art! Use three circles if you want it a bit discreet or you can line them across your entire nail to channel your inner Kylie Jenner.

And voilà—easy nail art! Use three circles if you want it a bit discreet or you can line them across your entire nail to channel your inner Kylie Jenner.

As for my Halloween touch? Check it out after the jump! Continue reading

First Look: NARS X Steven Klein

Limited edition and holiday collections are always exciting, but I have to say, this one really takes the cake!

It's the Nars X Steven Klein collection! It'll be available at Rustan's this November.

It’s the NARS X Steven Klein collection! It’ll be available at Rustan’s this November.

I kinda felt like doofus because I didn’t really know who Steven Klein was. During the intimate event, I learned that he’s one of the most challenging and provocative artists in photography and film. He’s a staple in top magazines like Vogue and is behind many controversial shoots—like that 2005 Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie spread where they acted like a married couple.

The work of Steven Klein is grounded in reality, but he always adds a elements of allure and dark glamour.

The work of Steven Klein is grounded in reality, but he always adds a elements of allure and dark glamour.

For this collection, François Nars and Steven Klein sifted through thousands of images. Their goal? To choose captivating visuals that depict Steven’s body of work over the past 20 years and the overall spirit of their beauty collaboration. Take a look:

Nars X Steven Klein A Woman's Face Nude Lip Set, P2,250.

NARS X Steven Klein A Woman’s Face Nude Lip Set, P2,250. It comes with a creamy lip liner, cult-classic lipstick, and a coveted matte lip pencil for sexy, naturally-fleshy lips.

A luscious red is always a must for the holidays! This is the Nars X Steven Klein Magnificent Obsession Red Lip Set, P2,250.

The NARS X Steven Klein Magnificent Obsession Red Lip Set, P2,250. This is an unpublished image that was shot for Vogue in 2014 for an anti-aging story.

Nars X Steven Klein Dead of Summer Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, P2,250. You can apply these shimmery shades wet or dry!

NARS X Steven Klein Dead of Summer Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, P2,250. You can apply these shimmery shades wet or dry!

All the makeup comes in pretty boxes that you can collect. This one’s my favorite, and I think, the one where you’ll really get your money’s worth.

Nars X Steven Klein Despair Cheek Palette, P3,250. A perfect mix of pinks and blushing bares. That mini Kabuki Ita Brush is TDF, too!

NARS X Steven Klein Despair Cheek Palette, P3,250. A perfect mix of pinks and blushing bares. That mini Kabuki Ita brush is TDF, too!

Smudges and more from their color collection after the jump! Continue reading

Would You Wear Press-On Acrylic Nails?

Looks like I’m not the only girl who’s addicted to rocking fab nails!

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I asked the very sweet Camille Santiago (she’s a fashion stylist and Chalk magazine’s managing editor) if she’d do a little Q&A with me for the blog today—and she agreed! Yay!

The moment I saw her post a TDF mani on IG, I knew I had to blog about it. I really think it’s something you guys might want to try, so read on for the lowdown!

Me: Tell me all about your nails!
Camille: They’re press-on acrylic nails and I got them at the Landmark Department Store. They’re only Php39.75 (about $1), too!

Didn't I tell you her nails were TDF? So cute!

Ugh, so cute! I totally have nail envy right now.

Me: Can you walk me through the process? How did you stick them on?
Camille: Before you apply the artificial nails, you have to try different sizes to find the ones that fit your natural nail shape best. To make sure the glue sticks, you have to file, buff, and clean your nails with alcohol to remove excess oil. Oh, and make sure that your hands and nails are thoroughly dry, too. After that, just apply glue on the fake nail and gently press it over your actual nail for about 10 seconds.

Me: What are some of the pros and cons of using glue-on nails?
Camille: For the pros, they’re convenient, reusable, and not to mention cheap. They’re also long-lasting and perfect for #NOTDs! For the cons, some of the fake nails don’t fit the shape of my real nails well, so I had to cut and file them to adjust. Press-on acrylic nails can also damage your nail bed and make them brittle, since there’s little room for your natural nails to breathe.

Another pro: flawless looking designs and no chipping! Just make sure you remove them properly or you might damage your nails. 

Another pro: flawless looking designs and no chipping!

Keep reading, guys! Camille teaches us how to remove them properly to lessen damage and shares her final verdict on whether press-on acrylics are worth it or not. Continue reading

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