Sunday Sparkle

Which door would you walk through?

Even if you’re not wearing makeup or your hair isn’t fixed. Even if you’re having a bad day. Even if you don’t really believe it in that moment. Click here to stand up for your own beauty—and I truly hope you’ll always choose beautiful. ♥

Suffering From Breakouts?

Sometimes, you can do everything right, follow all the skincare rules, and still have acne issues. The culprits? It can either be stress, the products you’re trying, the lifestyle you’ve been living, the food you’ve been eating, or your girly hormones acting up. When this happens, don’t get frustrated. It happens to me, too.

You all know I love talking about real beauty and striving for authenticity—and I want to show you that even beauty girls get skin dilemmas, too.

You all know I love talking about real beauty and striving for authenticity—and I want to show you that even beauty girls get skin dilemmas, too. I actually have more along my jawline, but the makeup covered it up.

Believe me, I was tempted to photoshop that pimple out of my face or use an app that erases blemishes. But you know what? It’s not real. I’m not going to say that having a ginormous pimple doesn’t bother me, but I’m not going to let it get in the way of a good day either. You just really have to learn to rock what you’ve got—with or without makeup! What’s even better is that experiences like this allow me help more girls manage their acne. It gave me a chance to test out natural remedies that helped calm my skin (more about the below) and practice my camouflaging skills. Gosh, that zit was pretty angry and red underneath! When my brother saw how I managed to cover it up with makeup, even he was impressed. Haha!

Yes, yes, yes!

Yes, yes, yes!

It was actually the first time I put a full face of makeup on while in the midst of a breakout (I had a speaking engagement the day I took the photo). As you can imagine, this skin issue brought forth a few insecurities. After all, beauty bloggers are expected to have perfect hair, perfect skin, and perfect makeup—and I was worried that an imperfection like this might make me seem less credible. But you know what? I really don’t wake up as flawless as Beyoncé. I’m probably more like a crankier version of Princess Anna (see video below!)—and that’s totally okay.

When it comes to pimples, I always like to figure out what the actual cause is and treat it from there. Since I think this particular breakout is caused by stress + my hormones + junkfood bingeing, I’m back to doing all the good stuff for my body. I’m juicing every morning, adding lemon to my H20 to make it alkaline, and making healthier food options. To help manage my stress, I’m trying do a little more yoga, listening to my favorite meditations, and just learning not to take things so seriously. Of course, I snuck in a quick facial at my derma as well. I learned that I really have to have a cleaning once a month just to help detox from all the products that I have to test.

Are you dealing with acne? If you want a follow-up to this post (like the makeup techniques I used and more deets about my natural healing approach), leave a comment and let me know! ♥

Sunday Sparkle

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on IG about how people are worried about gaining weight over the break…


Don’t be hard on yourself! It’s okay to indulge a little more over the holidays ;)

So go ahead and enjoy every bite—you’re beautiful no matter what ♥

Sparkle Sunday

What’s your beauty legacy?

At a recent Dove event, I was reminded about a very sad statistic—that only 7% of women feel beautiful. The root of this issue “are the mothers,” says respected child psychologist Dr. Honey Carandang. “They’re the most significant people in the child’s life.” What does this mean? That if moms feel beautiful, then there’s a greater chance that their daughters will, too.

Three generations right here—my mom, grandma,!

Three generations of beauty right here—my Mom, Grandma, and…me! I feel quite blessed to have these wise, elegant, and powerful women as my elders.

Growing up, it was more of my Dad who really made me feel beautiful. He would always make a fuss whenever I was all dressed up (he still does this until now!). As for my Mom? It was a bit harder for her. It’s only now that we’re catching up when it comes to loving ourselves and our own beauty—and it’s becoming a fun journey for both of us! We remind one another that we’re both beautiful and always try to look for ways to encourage and empower one another.

Let's change this!

In this study, the external pressure comes from peers and friends. Let’s change this stat!

We’re super lucky that we have these studies now that can empower us to change our attitude towards beauty and self-love. Now that we’re aware, there’s no blame to be made—just positive changes. I’m not a mom, but I am a sister, cousin, tita, and friend. And I choose to make it my mission to make sure that the women around me feel good about themselves. I want them to know what makes them special in my eyes, so they can begin to appreciate how truly beautiful they are—inside and out!

What are you doing to help empower the women around you and make them feel beautiful? Leave a comment and let me know! ♥

5 YouTube Beauty Channels I’m Digging

I love YouTube beauty tutorials! I’ve been watching lots of different channels lately for research (I’m trying to figure out how to do my own videos—keep an eye out for them soon!). Here are a few gurus I can’t get enough of:

1. Kandee Johnson
I love her energy and she’s just so fun to watch! Her transformational and get the look videos? Amaze-balls! This Megan Fox one was pretty cool—she was contouring with a sponge! Mad skillzz, this lady has.

2. All Things Hair Philippines
We have to support our local YouTube channels! I’m actually liking some of the tips that I’ve seen on ATH. This braided headband tutorial from beauty blogger, Angela Nepomuceno, is pretty nifty! I must try this soon!

3. Frm Head To Toe
Ahhh…finally! Someone who has Asian beauty issues I can relate to! Jen is just adorable and I love how she keeps it real by posting her bloopers at the end of some of her videos. Too funny! She also has a segment called Heart 2 Heart where she bravely shares some pretty emotional things about real beauty. I ♡ her—and her K-Pop makeup tricks!

Check out more of my fave YouTube gurus after the jump! Continue reading