New York, you’re a dream.

AHHHHH so today is the anniversary of my blog!!! ๐Ÿ’œ

And what better way to celebrate than to publish a post after sooooo long (I know it’s been ages ๐Ÿ˜…)

To be honest, the latter part of 2017 was very overwhelming. When I found out I got into the school I auditioned for and that I was finally moving to my dream city BLEW MY MIND. I had to prepareee!!!! Oh and if you haven’t caught on yet….

IM IN NEW YORKKKK!!!!!!!!! I’m living the dream and I am loving it, REALLY.

Ok so back to what I was talking about… Moving wasn’t easy. (physically or mentally). First of all, packing was a killer. Idk how ya’ll do it. I’ve always had a hard time packing for vacation and so you can just imagine how difficult it was for me to pack for my move. And mind you, I had to carry all those bags… as in ME (and my mom helped too). So I ended up cursing myself in my mind – “Kc why did you bring those shoes you dont need them!!!” “Kc what is up with all these jackets!!!!” “Kc WHYYYYY” hahahaha. In the end though, I was triumphant. All my things fit into my very small space and to be honest, I’m loving the tiny house vibes. I love that I have all I need in this tiny space. I don’t need more. It’s comfy and homey (and tbh it’s great cause NY is COOOOLDDDD and I love coming home to my warm tiny space)

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This is one side of my room. My comfy bed and my stuffed animal friends!

I’m staying in Brooklyn Heights. It’s a beautiful neighborhood! The streets are gorgeous and this area is great! It’s near downtown Brooklyn and so there are many restaurants and stores and at the same time, it’s a train ride away from my school. So yay! Im living with one of my classmates, Luiza. She’s from Brazil and she’s lovely! We get along so well and I feel so lucky ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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If you guys don’t know, I’m currently attending a musical theatre conservatory program in NYFA (New York Film Academy). It runs until September unless I decide to take the second year and stay another year.

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So Orientation Week was AMAZING. We had all sorts of social events and insightful talks with the heads of our department. Our Creative Director is Kristy Cates! If you guys don’t know, she actually played Elphaba on Wicked for a while and she just finished Charlie and the Chocolate factory so that’s COOOL. For one of our social events, we went bowling in Times Square! I haven’t gone bowling in a while and so I wasn’t too great but I had fun nonetheless.

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Here’s a picture from the NYFA instagram! My friends Carly, Luiza (my roommate), Savanna and Kamilla say hellooo!

Our class consists of 9 girls from ALL OVER THE WORLD. Some from Brazil, Iceland, Colombia, Scotland, oh and Texas (hi carly ๐Ÿ˜‚) Everyone here is SOOO talented. We all have different voices and skillsets and I think that’s what makes everything so fun and interesting. Literally, the first few days of class, we each had to sing a part of a song to give the teachers a feel of our voices. And I couldn’t but admire everyone in that room. We all have a similar dream and we’re all here to learn and work on ourselves. I think it’s beautiful seeing someone work hard to do what they love. We’re in this together and I love how supportive we’ve been from the start.

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Aside from my classmates, my teachers are CRAZY talented. Most of them if not all have been on Broadway. I’ve been researching on each one and their credentials are AMAZING. I feel so honored to even be in their presence. And you know what I love even more??? How passionately they talk about their craft. Oh my God. They love what they’re doing. You can tell by the way they talk about their certain subject on the very first day of class. There is so much passion in their faces and voices, it’s just so admiring. Some of them, haven’t had it easy but they still continued because they love what they do. (And can I just say…. my jazz teacher was in Chicago the movie!!! She was the one who said “He ran into my knife! He ran into my knife 10 times!!!!” hahaha she’s amazing and the sweetest really) Anyway, one thing one of my teachers told us is that he wants to teach us in such a way that he is teaching us to be teachers. He wants us to teach others and to spread this amazing love for the Performing Arts and Musical Theatre and there’s nothing I wanna do more. I wanna learn all I can and bring home everything I can so that I can do my part and share what I’ve learned and my passion with others and the world.

This week I had my first week of classes which was already INTENSE. If you wanna know what I mean… I have to learn 4 songs, watch 3 musicals and answer some worksheets by next week. The workload is insane. Everyday there’s a new song to learn, a new dance to choreograph, a new monologue to memorize. But I am not complaining. Sure, 9-6 classes get tiring. 3 hour voice class? Yeah, it gets crazy. Dance classes back to back? DAMN I AM SORE. BUT AHHHH I AM SO HAPPY. I am crying as I type this!!!! Everyday I get to wake up and do what I love. I have been wanting this for years and now I get to live it. I miss home more than ever but I can’t help but feel this is where I belong. I love what I do. I love it so much. And I can’t wait to see where this takes me.

New York, you’re a dream.

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Life Update on Leadiiinglady ๐ŸŒธ

Hi guys! Leadiiinglady here ๐Ÿ’œ

I know, I know. It’s been forever since I’ve written a blog post. Haven’t updated this site in almost 4 months WHEW. I apologize, especially to my followers, for being AWOL. I have been crazy busy since August and I’m still pretty busy now. And so you can imagine how surprised I was to check my blog and see that the interaction I’m still getting is INSANE and so THANK YOUUUUU to those who still check out my blog. It means so much!!!!!!!!

Okay, so back to the reason I’m writing this blog post – here’s a major update on my life: I’M MOVING TO NEW YORK ON DECEMBER 30. Yup. This girl is moving to the big apple in less than 2 months. (That’s pretty much the reason why I haven’t been active.) I’ve been fixing my plans, figuring out how to settle down over there, spending time with my loved ones and pretty much enjoying and savoring every bit of my tropical life here in the Philippines.

If you guys don’t know, I’m moving to New York to fulfill my life long dream of studying Musical Theatre. Since I was a little girl, this was my ultimate goal and now that it’s actually happening – I am very overwhelmed. I sometimes still cry just thinking about it. I can’t believe this dream of mine is coming true… it’s not even a dream anymore – it’s going to be my reality in 2 months!!!!!!!! And to make everything feel even more real – I LEGIT PAID DOWNPAYMENT FOR THE PLACE IM STAYING AT THERE!!!! AHHHHHH!!!

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Now you guys might be wondering – will “leadiiinglady” still exist in New York?

Well, the answer is YES. Although I’m going to be busy with 10-7 classes almost everyday, I will be sure to update this blog with more makeup posts, skincare reviews, fashion lookbooks PLUS an inside look at my crazy life in the city that never sleeps (I mean how can I not blog about this amazing experience I’m going to have??!!!) I know that it won’t always be easy but I’m looking forward to experiencing new things in a new country with people who share the same passion as I do.

At the end of the day, all I can say is that I feel blessed. Again, thank you so much for sticking by me and supporting my passions these past few months. It means soooo much. I wish you guys all the best and I can’t wait to share my New York life with you guys.

Til next time! ๐Ÿ’œ

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The Body Shop Face Masks – Current faves ๐ŸŒธ

Hi. Hello.

Wow it’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post and I’m super sorry that it’s taken FOREVER. I’ve been busy with work, travel and MY NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL! Yes you heard that right. I am now vlogging!!!!! I’ve been wanting to do it for so long and I finally took the leap of faith and posted my first 3 vlogs!!!

If you wanna subscribe to my channel – click here! It would mean the world to meee ๐Ÿ’œ

Okay. So now that I started vlogging, I won’t be able to update my blog as much as I did before BUUUUUUT rest assured I will still be the same old leadiiinglady – meaning I’ll still post about skincare, makeup, fashion and other things. But instead of writing it, I’ll be talking about it.

ANYWAYYYY. Time to talk about my current skincare faves! And they are from The Body Shop.

When I first saw these face masks, I was kinda hesitant to buy them because of the price (1K+ for just ONE tub). Yeah, I know, super pricey. And so I decided to do my research first. Turns out, these masks were doing so well!!! And so when I went to the states, I decided to buy one on my very first day there – The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask.

1. Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

I bought this one first for two reasons: one, because it’s their best seller and two, because I thought that among all these masks, this one suited mine the most. And I was right!!!!!!

This mask is perfect for my skin! Quick background – I’m combination but a bit more on the oily side and so my pores get clogged up all the time. And so I needed something that would really clean my pores and purify my skin. This mask aims to do just that. The Himalayan Charcoal works to unclog the pores and deep cleanse the skin to rid it of impurities. If you guys are familiar with skincare, you’d know that clay masks and charcoal masks are holy grails for those with acne and problematic skin – aka ME.

Aside from it cleansing my skin, this mask also exfoliates it! After applying the mask and leaving it on for 10 minutes, I would wash it off while rubbing it circles GENTLY on my skin. It would leave my face feeling clean and smooth. Just the way I like it!

For those of you with sensitive skin, just be careful! The mask may cause redness or a stinging sensation. If it does, maybe it’s just not for you ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

2. Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

This is the second mask I got! The ingredient, rice, has always been good to my skin. I just love the feeling and the brightness it gives me. Which is why after enjoying the first mask so much, I had to buy this next! Tbh though, before getting this, I haven’t used the ingredient Ginseng as much but I heard it’s very good for brightening your complexion and caring for dark spots which is why I thought… WHY NOT?!

I LOVE THIS MASK. My only regret is not buying this sooner!!! One, it smells good!!! I love the smell – it’s as if I were getting a legit facial in a spa or something. Two, it feels good!!! When I put it on my skin, it doesnt sting or feel weird. Three, it leaves me looking brighter than ever! Like I said, rice has never let me down BUT RICE with GINSENG??? DAMN. What a great combo <333

I will be using this mask every week for sure!!!

3. Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask

Okay. So this isn’t in the exact same category as the first two. It’s not a wash-off mask. It’s a leave-on mask that you put on before going to bed. But I’m adding it here because it’s another one of my faves.

Tea tree oil has always helped me, whether it be in the form of a cleanser, toner or oil. And so when I saw this mask, I had to take a chance and buy it. I tried it that night and I was not disappointed. Tea tree is great for those of you with troubled skin because it helps clear the imperfections as well as get rid of bacteria and soothe your skin.

When I used this, I woke up to skin that wasn’t red at all. Usually my skin gets red but the redness wasn’t there. My skin didn’t feel irritated or look too oily. In fact, my skin looked good. And so if you have problematic skin like me and you’re looking for a night mask, this could be the one for you! I really salute The Body Shop for their Tea Tree line because everything is just amazing – from their masks down to their tiny Tea Tree Oil bottles. And so go go go guys!

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I know this was a short review but I hope this helped you guys out!!! If you guys are thinking about buying these masks, go for it! Remember, you don’t need to buy them all at once. Buy one first and take your time. Don’t forget to do a patch test just in case!

I’ll be updating my blog again soon with more makeup shoots and so stay tuned for that! ๐Ÿ’œ

For now, you can check out my latest vlog here!

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Til the next post!

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Leadiiinglady Travels: San Francisco ๐ŸŒ

HI GUYS ๐ŸŒธ

Wow it’s been so long since I last posted ๐Ÿ˜ฆ To you guys who are still here checking out my blog posts, thank you so much. I’ve been really busy lately and things have come up here and there – and so it’s been difficult BUT no worries because I’m back and I will blogging a lot again for SURE ๐Ÿ’œ

This is another “Leadiiinglady Travels” post! This is part 1 of the 4 blog posts I’ll be writing about my USA trip. Tbh, it was amaziiing going back to my second home after a while plus I got news that I will be sharing with you guys very soon so stay tuned for that!

First up in this series, San Francisco! The first time I went to SF, I was about 7 and so I didn’t really remember much. But when I got here, I fell in love with the city INSTANTLY. It’s just so beautiful and picturesque. I could live here, I swear.

Anyway, my friend, Sam offered to show me and my friend, Melisse around the city since she literally goes here every year. Tbh, she was the BEST GUIDE EVER. We got to fit all of this in just ONE DAY. And it’s a lot! And so I’m soooo grateful. ๐Ÿ’œ

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The streets, the lights, the sites (plus the shops hehe), everything about SF – I loved and so I am proud to share with you some of the wonderful things you could enjoy if you happen to visit this wonderful city! ๐Ÿ’›

SITES & ATTRACTIONS

The city is full of beautiful sites – from bridges to streets to buildings to walls. I’m telling you – you’ll want to stop at every corner to take an ootd shot with all the pretty walls.

Golden Gate Bridge

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Of course, first up on my list is Golden Gate bridge – you know, the famous bridge that always gets destroyed in movies. Anyway, this bridge is absolutely magnificent (and costs a LOT to maintain and repaint every year). This site is always pretty high on list of the must-see attractions in SF. I mean, it’s what they’re really famous for.

If you wanna take NICE pictures with the bridge, go to the Visitor’s center! They have a great viewing deck! Plus, it wasn’t crowded at all when I went!

PIER 39

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If you’re going to visit a PIER, visit PIER 39!!! PIER 39 is filled with restaurants, shops and lots of entertainment. There’s just so much to see. You can go shopping for jewelry to clothes to pasalubong! And it also has such a great view of the bay (perfect for those ‘tourist’ shots ๐Ÿ˜‰)

BE WARNED THOUGH – this is a tourist area and so it’s pretty pricey here.

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From this area, I also got to see the famous Alcatraz Prison from afar. I wasn’t able to go on a tour but I know you can take boats from the pier to visit the prison.

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This pier is also home to SEALS. I LOVE SEALS. Yeah, they’re pretty lazy and don’t move around much but they’re just so cute and fat and loveable. I WANNA SQUEEZE THEMMMM. Anyway, they’re kinda far away but if you look closely you’ll see them in the picture. (They’re lying down on one of the wooden platforms!!!)

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LOMBARD STREET

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Here is a photo taken from the bottom. Lombard street is one of the steepest streets here. And so to ensure that no accidents will happen, they made the road like a zigzag so that cars will be forced to slow down. It’s a famous attraction because no one sees roads like this. They’re not common. And so I guess they officially made it a tourist site and added flowers and stairs on the sides so that people can check out and take pictures with the famous crooked road.

Here is a photo taken from the top of the street.

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CASTRO District

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So my friend, Sam, calls this the gay district and I can understand why. Everything here is pretty much rainbow colored and I LOVE IT. There are pride flags everywhere, the walls are painted different colors, even their pedestrian lanes are colorful!!!

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Aside from all the colors, this is also called the gay district because of what’s here. There are gay bars everywhere as well as apparel stores for drag costumes and makeup. I bought these really cool lashes from one store and omg I can’t wait to show them to you guys. Safe to say, I absolutely loved it here.

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UNION SQUARE

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If you guys wanna shop til you drop then go to Union Square. Here, there are sooo many shops – Macy’s (which pretty much has everything), H&M, Marshalls, Forever 21 etc etc etc. You won’t miss it because of this tall statue of a dude with a trident.

(look at that dude hiding from my camera hahahah)

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GHIRARDELLI SQUARE

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If you LOVE chocolate, go here! You won’t regret it. Apparently Ghirardelli is from San Francisco??? I didn’t know. Anyway, this place is filled with chocolate and their ice cream and milkshakes at their cafe are to DIE FOR. They look sooo yummy and are decorated perfectly! It’s a bit pricey but I think it’s worth it for sure.

FOOD

So, I’m not really a ‘foodie’ but I got to try a lot of good food in San Francisco and it has converted me completely. I am not adventurous at all when it comes to food which is kinda hard cause my boyfriend is (hahaha hi Boo) But when I got to SF, for some reason I decided to give it a shot and I’m really glad I did.

CLAM CHOWDER

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Sorry for the empty bowl HAHAHA I forgot to take a picture before eating it. THAT’S HOW GOOD IT WAS!!! And guess what?? This was my FIRST TIME EVER to try clam chowder and now I’m asking myself why I’ve never tried it before.

I got this Clam Chowder from Chowder’s. Sam said it’s really good here because it isn’t too clamy and not too ‘liquid-y’. It’s perfect. (ESP WITH THAT SOUR DOUGH BREAD) And she was right! (Plus it’s really affordable too!!!)

BEIGNETS

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This is another one I’ve never tried. It’s a powdered pastry similar to a kind of bread but very thin and light with nothing inside. Funny right? BUT SO GOOD. It’s not too sweet, it’s just right. It does get a bit messy because of the powder but I think it makes it even more fun to eat. I got this from the Franciscan Crab Restaurant along the pier.

FORTUNE COOKIES

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Okay, so I have ALWAYS loved fortune cookies. It’s my favorite part of any Chinese restaurant. Whenever I’d go to a Chinese restaurant in the States, I would always make sure to get a fortune cookie and whatever fortune I found inside, I’d keep. And so you can just imagine how excited I was when actually got to see them being made. This lady here, it looked like making them was so easy for her. She just picked them up and put the fortune in and shaped them. And how cool is that machine???

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COOKIE

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This has got to be my favorite food stop. HOT COOKIEEE!!! They’re known for really yummy cookies and some, well, are a bit… erotic. Since this is kind of a once in a lifetime thing, I decided to be a little out there – I got a cookie shaped like a penis HAHAHAHA (my mom freaked out when she saw it btw) and guess what? I even got whipped cream on the tip! HAHAHA

All jokes aside, the cookie was really good. I can tell why this place is so popular – I mean, look at that wall.

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I have no regrets coming to this place – none at all.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

SF is filled with art like colorful walls and buildings to great entertainment like old-fashioned arcades. Again, this city is so picturesque and so don’t be surprised if your memory card gets full in just one day.

MUSร‰ร‰ Mร‰CANIQUE

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This is one of the coolest places EVER. This is an arcade place filled with really old arcade games that you can still play with today. It’s amazing how they were taken care of and maintained. There are so many different ones. Some give predictions based on palm reading, some measure how ‘lovely’ you are, some are old puppet shows, some are even old dolls talking to you and making jokes (really scary but cool).

I wanted to try EVERYTHING in this arcade. Sadly, I didn’t have enough change. There are machines though to turn your 1, 5 and 10 dollar bills into quarters!

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I even got to try the arm wrestling machine Julie Andrews played in Princess Diaries 1!!! IDK HOW SHE BEAT IT THOUGH. I lost, it was so hard ๐Ÿ˜ฆ hahaha

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WALL & BUILDING ART

Like I said SF is filled with colorful walls. You’ll stop at every corner to take a picture – I did. And so go for it!!! It’s a great way to up your IG game! Plus it’s a great way to showcase the work of these unknown artists.

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The two photos above were taken in the Castro District. Look at that art! You can’t just pass by it and not take a picture. Plus they have the hashtags on the wall to credit the artist!

Aside from the artsy walls, there are also buildings with amazing art as you can see below.

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It’s not uncommon to find beautiful sites like these in San Francisco and so take the time to appreciate the art all around you.

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And so there you have it! My day in SF (Yes, I did this all in one day, it’s possible hahaha) Kudos to my amazing tour gu

ide/great friend, Sam Realica and of course my good friend, Melisse Yutuc for making this whole day full of fun and adventure ๐Ÿ’œ

Stay tuned for more blog posts on my USA 2017 trip coming soon โ˜บ๏ธ

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 DISCLAIMER: All pictures are mine! And of course, these are just my personal opinions! SF isn’t limited to just these, there is so much more to see here!

Zodiac Magic ๐Ÿ’ซ

AHHHH Hello there ๐ŸŒธ

Another makeup photoshoot here! ๐Ÿ’œ This one is very close to my heart – Iโ€™ve been wanting to do this for months now but I just couldnโ€™t find the time!!! The other week, I finally finished it! What made this project a bit more difficult to do was to find 12 different models for each sign. I wanted to be true to each Zodiac Sign and to do that, I had to stalk people to get their birth dates (HAHAHAHA) All the ladies who modeled for me are part of the sign they modeled for. Aside from that, it was challenging because I had to do A LOT of research on all the signs. It’s a great thing I got to collaborate with my good friend, Monica whoโ€™s passion is just that. She knows EVERYTHING there is to know about each sign which made it tremendously fun and easy to make each makeup design.

The reason why I also enjoyed this was because it was so interesting to learn about other signs aside from my own (Iโ€™m a capricorn, I know…. WHY hahaha) It was interesting to know that some felt as if they belonged to their sign while others thought different ( just like me) And it was so funny cause I could actually see and observe their different personality traits just while putting their makeup on. AMAZING.

All in all, this was a wonderful collaboration! BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET. This is only Part I! Part II will be coming out mid-July (Iโ€™m on vacation right now and so I donโ€™t have the time to finish it huhu)

*** On to the looks!!! ***

– A more detailed description is included with each look –

But right before that of course, props to some people! Props to my partner, Monica, who made this all possible! Props to my fave photographer, Boo, who takes the best shots! Props to my models for being so BEAUTIFUL + patient and open to this project (and omg three of my models, I met them only THAT DAY and so I was really shy but thank you for making me feel comfortable, I hope you guys enjoyed!)

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VIRGO The Perfectionist

– Critical, Methodical, Function-oriented –

Model – Dana Carmella

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Virgo is also known as the disappointed goddess. And so thereโ€™s the first hint, I needed this look to be elegant and god-like. I ended up going with silver instead of the usual gold for two reasons – first, itโ€™s ruler is Mercury and second, gold screams royalty and hierarchy while silver screams elegance and beauty and I wanted to โ€œshowcaseโ€ the latter.

Aside from elegant, I also wanted this look to be simple and clean. Therefore I focused on the eyes and lips instead of working all around. I didnโ€™t want to make the mistake of overdoing this look. I added glitter to her eyes because I wanted to make them pop but not too much which is why I only put some on her lids. For her lips, I went with a darker shade (with a touch of gold) because I wanted her to look godly, mature and more so, wise. And when I see someone with a dark lip shade, it just screams maturity. (Well, in some cases hahaha)

All in all, I think this look was perfect for Dana. Her features – cheekbones and jawline are absolutely divine – as if like a goddess herself. Funny, this was her first time to do something like this. This was even her first time wearing makeup this heavy! And guess what? Her pictures are nothing short of AMAZING. Enjoy the shots below!

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TAURUS The Earth Spirit

– Stubborn, Steadfast, Practical –

Model – Czarina Villarama

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Taurus is also known as the bull. Now, I wanted this look to be strong and bold which is why I focused a lot on the eyes and eyebrows. I outlined her brows (she had beautiful brows to begin with so YAY) and shaded them in with a color that was almost all black. But I didnโ€™t want them to look as if they were drawn on with a marker and so I kept them soft by adding a bit of powder as well as brushing them a lot.

Sometimes for certain looks, I choose certain shapes to help bring out a specific character. For Taurus, I chose pointy shapes aka horns which is why her eye makeup is the way it is. I decided to use the color green instead of the usual red because Taurus is an earth sign. I chose a mossy shade of green to complete the look – outlining her nose as well as horns on her forehead.

Czarina loved this look and she definitely worked it! I mean look at her smize!!! If you check out her pictures below, youโ€™ll see sheโ€™s just as strong and bold as a Taurus is meant to be!

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LEO The Child

– Playful, Willful, Childlike –

Model – Erika Rafael

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Leo is also known as the lion. This look was so much fun to do because I really played around with it. Leoโ€™s are cute, lively and most of all, they are attention-seekers, just like children, and so I really wanted this look to grab some attention. Which is why the look is all about golds, yellows and oranges. Those bright colors really catch the eye. For this look, color was very vital and it was great that I got Erika to model for me – her brows are naturally bold and her skin is somewhat of a golden brown which makes the yellow colors POP. Exactly what I wanted!

This makeup look is a bit more literal compared to the others but I planned it that way because Leo just screams lion! And so I really went for those freckles and cute little lion nose. To make the look more โ€œBAMโ€ I added gold to the freckles which helped everything come together. For her lips, I chose to use a goldish pinkish shade because Leo is a young playful sign and so why make her look old with some dark shade lipstick?

In the end, this look turned out to be perfect and more so for my model who had such a fun time modelling for it! She brought so much life and childlike fun to the look. Such natural beauty!

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ARIES The Daredevil

– Ambitious, Enthusiastic, Straightforward –

Model – Lala Singian

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Aries, also known as the ram is a very bold and adventurous sign. They’re known for being spontaneous and exciting and so what did I do with this look? I just “went for it”. I experimented with it – not sure of what exactly I wanted to do. All I did was choose the prominent color to be red because it is a fire sign after all.

For her eyes, I mixed different shades of red – maroon, brick red, bright red! While I was doing it, I started to get an idea of what I wanted. I wanted her to look like the exact version of Virgo. I wanted her to look playful, carefree and messy (in a good way) which is why her eye makeup is the way it is. And I topped it off with some silver glitter to make the look even louder. For the final touch, I added the sign of Aries to her forehead to complete this whole look. I love how it goes with the look and isn’t too literal.

Lala, my Aries model, was perfect for this look! She considers herself a true Aries at heart and just rocked the whole look. It was funny cause she told me this was her first time to do something like this and so she was nervous, but just look at the output and those angles! AMAZING. (Plus it was her first time to ever wear falsies and she loved it!!!)

In the end, even though I started this look not knowing what to expect, I liked the outcome – in fact, I loved it. Itโ€™s bold, beautiful and most of all, spontaneous. Which is exactly what an Aries is supposed to be!

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CANCER The Healer

– Emotional, Sensitive, Nurturing –

Model – Alecx Lorica

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Cancer is the really emotional sign also known as the crab. For this look, a lot of MUAs chose the color red (like a crab) but I decided to go with blue instead because itโ€™s a water sign. Plus, itโ€™s one of the moodiest signs and the color that I really associate the word moody with is the color blue. It worked out perfectly because I knew that blue would look great on my model for this look, Alecx.

For Cancer, I really wanted to focus on the eyes and keep the rest of the face clean. Be drawn to her eyes, that’s the goal. For the eyeshadow, I chose to use all kinds of blues – light blue, dark blue, blue green, you name it! Note, these were super shimmery colors. I just knew that matte colors wouldn’t work. I needed this look to be shining shimmering splendid! (see what I did there hahaha) Anyway, I went all out on the eyes adding silver and blue glitter to top it all off. I also added three silver dots on her forehead to kind of give off an “authority-ish” vibe since Cancer is also known as the mother and healer after all.

To be honest, Alecx was a natural. When Boo started shooting, she knew what to do and so it was no surprise that her pictures came out great! Plus she really gives off that strong but protective kind of vibe – like if you mess with her friends or fam, you dead (HAHAHAHA). In the end, this look was perfect for her and she rocked it like a pro!

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TADAAA! So thatโ€™s it for the Zodiac Photoshoot Part I! Iโ€™ll be working on Part II when I get back and so stay tuned for that ๐Ÿ˜‰ ALSO, Monica will soon have a website for all her astrology stuff and so when it comes out, GO CHECK IT OUT. Astrology is amazing like tbh Iโ€™m so glad I got to do this, I learned SO MUCH.

For now, feel free to message through email/IG dm if you have any requests, comments or if you wanna collab, hit me up! I would LOVE to work with as many people as I can, whether for makeup/fashion, Iโ€™m down! ๐Ÿ’œ

PLUS, stay tuned for something new on my blog – PHOTO STORIES! Iโ€™ll tell you soon what itโ€™s about! Keep looking out for it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Disclaimer: These makeup looks are all my own designs, inspired but not taken by/from other makeup pegs. They were also inspired by Monicaโ€™s extensive knowledge of Astrology. Monica was the one who chose the titles and qualities for each sign and of course, my fave photographer, Boo took all these amazing photos! Please donโ€™t take what is not yours! Thank you!

 

Let’s talk about Clay Masks.

Hi guys! I’m baaack! And as you can see, leadiiinglady has got a new look ๐Ÿ˜‰

My blog is now almost 7 months old and so I’ve decided to upgrade to a more sophisticated theme. At first this was more of a hobby but I’ve been enjoying it so much that I think I’m now ready to take it to the next level! I’ve started a few collaborations and so watch out for that. Plus, I’m open to more opportunities and so feel free to send me an email or a dm on Instagram!

Anyway, back to my blog post!

Let’s talk about clay masks.

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with clay masks. The thing is, it’s really hard to find a good clay mask for sensitive. Most clay masks tend to be very drying and tightening. Aside from that, a lot of them make the skin red and stingy. I personally have sensitive skin and so I really had to find the right one for me.

LUCKILY, I didn’t find just one but TWO perfect clay masks for me and my skin and I’m here to share them with you!

NeoGen Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser

One of my fave masks of all time!!! But tbh, it’s not a leave-on mask. What makes this mask so great is how gentle and effective it is for me. It does not sting whatsoever and it makes my face feel squeaky clean. Like I said, you don’t leave it on your face. You apply it with your fingers and rub it all around in a circular motion. When you first apply it, the mask will bubble (you will look like a cloud hahaha) – after about 5 minutes of spreading it all around, it’ll eventually flatten and that’s the time you wash it off.

The consistency is really bubbly and light (as you can see above) and so it can get a bit messy especially when applied but otherwise, it does what it’s supposed to. After using it, it’s the best feeling in the world! My face feels so fresh and clean – plus my pores appear much smaller and cleaner. It was love at first sight with this mask. I saw it and I just had to buy it after reading so many great reviews! And I am definitely not disappointed ๐Ÿ˜‰

I bought this from BeautyMNL!

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Clay Mask

I’ve only used this twice but I am already in love with this product! I’ve always felt iffy about leave on clay masks because they really tend to dry my skin out but I got lucky with this one!

I’ve been looking at this line from the Body Shop because of all the natural ingredients used. I decided to buy this one because it’s used to mainly purify and that’s what I needed. I was really tempted to buy the other ones too cause they look so pretty but ugh this mask is pretty pricey ($28).

Anyway, I love the ingredients used especially Charcoal and Tea Tree! Charcoal takes off the excess sebum and cleans the pores while Tea Tree helps get rid of bacteria and purifies.

At first I was worried about the smell because of my sensitive skin. The smell is very strong and minty and so I was afraid I was going to breakout but guess what??? My skin didnt have any bad reaction whatsoever. In fact, my skin wasn’t even red once I washed the mask off! It was LESS red and that barely ever happens. Which means that this mask really cleaned and calmed my skin down.

Just a note! When you use the mask, you’ll experience a bit of a cool tightening feeling but that is completely normal! Don’t forget I have sensitive skin and this mask worked for me! And so I’m pretty sure it’ll work for you too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since this was such a success, I’m already looking forward to buying more masks from the same line!!!

I got this from The Body Shop for $28!

That’s it for my clay mask post!!! Stay tuned for a makeup post coming soon ๐Ÿ’œ

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May Loves: Skincare ๐ŸŒธ

Hi guys! Leadiiinglady here! And I’m back with another skincare post!!! ๐Ÿ’œ

Since May has ended, it’s time to look back at what a wonderful month it has been and what better way to do that than review some of my favorite skincare products for the month ๐ŸŒธ

Last May, I really wanted to focus on two things: cleaning + tightening my pores and healing my dark spots. And so most of the products I have on this list are designed to do exactly that!

1. NeoGen Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser

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This cleanser is LOVE. No joke! It makes my skin feel so loved because of how clean and refreshed it makes me feel! I bought this cleanser because I really wanted a clay mask that would really clean my pores. I get a lot of comedonal acne and so I really like making sure my skin is super clean or else the oil/dirt would cause more acne.

The problem though with clay cleansers is that they can get a bit messy and may irritate your skin but with this cleanser, I experienced neither. It was really easy to put on, it didn’t drip anywhere – all you have to do is spread it all over your face and massage it in until the bubbles go away. I usually leave it on for five minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water. After I use it, I do feel a bit of tightness but not the dry kind – my skin still feels plump and hydrated. Plus, my pores appear just a bit smaller (not a drastic change) but definitely smaller!

I love this cleanser! I use it once or twice a week depending on how my skin feels!

I bought this from BeautyMNL!

2. V&M Naturals Clear Y Rosy Scrub

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I’ve been looking for a good facial scrub for a while now but I haven’t found any and then this came along. It’s P850 for 250g! It seems pretty pricey but trust me, it’s a lot of product.

What I noticed first about this product was the smell. It has a light sweet smell. It’s not too much – it’s just right. The consistency is a bit thick and so when you take it out of the tub, it won’t easily drip and so it’s not messy. I ended up using only a little bit of product because the little bit that I got already covered my whole face!

I really like this product for two reasons: one, it’s a good scrub – meaning it was able to get rid of my dry skin and dirt & two, it does NOT strip my skin of its natural oils! I was so worried that after using this scrub my skin would feel icky and dry it was the exact opposite! My skin felt plump and more moisturized! I know, crazy!!! But I swear, my skin felt soft and smooth!

I got this from BeautyMNL!

3. It’s SKIN LI Effector

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Licorice is ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป It is great for two things: skin lightening & balancing oils! Which is why when I tried it, it worked perfectly! At first I was afraid (I was petrified….. jk HAHAHAHA) that Licorice wouldn’t work for my skin because like other ingredients, some aren’t for everyone. But lo and behold, I didn’t have a bad reaction! Instead, my skin appeared less red and less oily!!!

This product comes in a small blue bottle. The product itself though is yellow and the consistency is a bit watery but easily absorbed! Also, it has a sweet smell but it quickly disappears after it’s been applied!

I love this! I apply it every morning and evening and so far my skin has been loving it too! Make sure though to test it before you apply it to your whole face to make sure that your skin doesn’t react badly towards it!

I got this from Althea Korea!

4. dear klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

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I’ve been a fan of dear klairs ever since I first used their Vitamin C drop! (still love it btw) Anyway, after seeing the effects of Centella Asiatica on my acne scars, I decided to get this! This small tub has that ingredient as one of its mains. And it’s supposed to help the dry patches heal as well as provide them with extra moisture.

This does exactly that! Lately I’ve been getting pimples cause of my hormones (UGH) and so I’ve been applying medicine and when I apply medicine, it leaves the skin dry and irritated. And so when I got this, I applied it on those areas during my night time routine. Then when I woke up this morning, they weren’t so red anymore! Plus the skin was smooth! Definitely a game changer!!!

I bought this from Althea Korea!

5. Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

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This is a really strong cleanser but it gets the job done!!! This really exfoliates my skin and gives it a nice fresh glow! Like I said though it’s really strong which is why I only use it once or twice a week.

If you have super sensitive skin, I would ask you to rethink this cleanser because it may cause your skin to get irritated or cause it to peel since it’s super acidic but otherwise, it really helps get rid of the bacteria and dirt on my face especially after a long week. Just make sure that you moisturize afterwards so that your skin doesn’t get too dry!

I bought this from Sephora PH!

6. Hello Gorgeous PH Ultra Pure Serum

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One of my faves from Hello Gorgeous PH! Tea Tree + Niacinamide is loveeee! What I love most about this product is how affordable yet effective it is! This costs less than 500 pesos but gets the job done as if it cost even more!

I love using this when my skin is feeling a bit irritated and troubled because this product calms it down in just a few hours. It’s consistency is a bit watery and so it’s easy to spread around as well as absorb into the skin!

If I were you, I would splurge on these Hello Gorgeous PH serums! They are affordable, effective and CUTE (I mean look at that packaging?!?)

Got this from Hello Gorgeous PH! Check out their instagram!

7. Caolion Pore Ritual Masks

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First of all, look at that cute packaging! It’s kind of like a two in one thing and so I had to buy it!!! Plus the great reviews helped too!

These masks are specifically designed for the pores! The Pore Tightening Bounce Cream glows, cools and hydrates. So this is a cream you would usually use before you start your day while the Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask glows, lifts and hydrates – something you could use at the end of your evening routine.

So far, these masks have been gold for me. The first mask really plumps my skin up and makes me look super fresh! I usually use it before I go out so that I look way more alive (my eyebags kill meeee) and it WORKS. Plus it keeps my skin tight! The other mask, I use it during my night time routine as the last step – this mask helps tighten my pores over night as well as keeps my skin hydrated.

As for the smell, they both smell divine and the consistency wasn’t sticky at all and so these was a joy to try out. They are slowly finding a permanent spot in my skincare routine!!!

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Well, that’s it for my May loves: Skincare! Hope you guys learned a thing or two โค๏ธ

HEADS UP!

So I recently went to Aivee Clinic because I wanted to address a few concerns. My friend recommended it! And all I can say is WOW. The clinic is beautiful and everything they offer looks amazing! Anyways, in a few days I’m going to start a treatment for my problems with blemishes and acne scars and because of this I won’t be able to write new reviews for skincare products any time soon ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I may have to stop buying for a while. This treatment will make my skin super sensitive and so the doctor said it’s best if I give my skin a break from trying all these products. BUT I’ll still post about the skincare products I can post about! Just don’t expect me to write about them as much as I used to.

Because of this, I’ll be focusing more on makeup and fashion! I promise you guys that the content will still be just as good! And even better โ˜บ๏ธ

Thank you for all your love & support! ๐ŸŒธ

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Disclaimer: All pictures were taken by me and all opinions of these products are my own! Thank you!

Sun.dry Collab Shoot ๐ŸŒธ

Hello again ๐ŸŒธ

A few weeks ago I had my first collaboration

Tbh, I am not a model. I do not have any professional experience at all. It’s really just a hobby – and so I wasn’t even expecting them to contact me but lo and behold, they did. And I’m really glad they did!!!!

This was such a fun shoot. Shout out to Chris (the owner of sun.dry) and Kurt (the photographer)!!! They made me feel comfortable (even though I was super nervous) which made it easier for me to just be myself in front of the camera.

In the end, it was such a great experience! The pictures came out great and everyone was really happy ๐Ÿ’œ

For this blog post, I want to share with you guys some of the looks we shot! And if you like any piece of clothing in particular, check out sun.dry here on Instagram! Also, ALL pictures were taken by Kurt Rebolledo! You can check out his instagram here!

Hoping for more collabs and shoots in the future! If ever you want to work together just contact me through IG direct messages or email me at krystalckane@gmail.com ๐ŸŒธ

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Black & White stripped tshirt/Army Green Parka/Ripped light jeans

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Pink Parka/Maroon Halter Top/Long Denim Skirt

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Black Bomber Jacket with Design/Pink Tshirt/Long Gray Pleated Skirt

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Sleeveless Tropical Designed Top/Red skirt + shorts

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Army Green Tshirt/Off White Tulle Skirt

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Denim Vest/Black basic tshirt/Army Green Skirt

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Pink Jacket/Nude Velvet Bodysuit/Suede Brown Skirt

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Yellow Long-Sleeved Turtle Neck top/Black and White Checkered Skirt

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Long Army Green Dress/Gray Sweater

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Gray Long-Sleeved Top/Light Denim Skirt

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Well there it is ๐Ÿ’œ Thank you again to sun.dry for having me!!!

Again, if you want to work together and do a collab, just message me on IG or email me at krystalckane@gmail.com ๐ŸŒธ

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Disclaimer: These aren’t my clothes! They belong to sun.dry! Also, all photos were taken by Kurt Rebolledo!

Makeup Art: Flowers, the Sky and the Sea ๐Ÿ’œ

Hi guys! So I’m back again with ANOTHER makeup shoot ๐ŸŒธ

If you noticed, the title of this blog post has the word ‘art’ in it. That’s because to do these makeup looks, I used my ‘artsy side’.ย I love to paint. My favorite kind of paint is acrylic. It’s been an interest of mine since I was in HS.ย If you came into myย room, the first thing you would notice are the bunch of canvases displayed all around. These are paintings I’ve done since I was 14 years old.

For this shoot, I wanted a makeup x painting kind of look. And so I decided to focus onย two things: the eyes and the lips. Good thing my model, Ylo has both beautiful eyes and lips (hehe love u). She’s my good friend and she’s beautiful! Check out her IG here! ๐Ÿ™‚

I did two looks for this shoot, a floral makeup look & a sky and sea makeup look. Hope you guys like them! All photos were taken and processed by me ๐ŸŒธ

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For the first look, I did a ‘floral summary kind of look’. For her eyeshadow base, I used Juvia’s Nubian Palette. I used the light bronze and glittery orange shade. I darkened her crease with the Naked Basics Palette. For her liner, I used my metallic green face paint stick and for the liner under her eye I used an orange metallic color. The flowers on her eyes were done using face paint and a super tiny paint brush. It was really hard to do the flowers because the face paint was slippery and so sometimes it wouldnt stay and so I had to really use a lot of paint. To finish up this look, I used Revlon’s Crimson lipstick for her lips! It just complements her eye makeup beautifully! (Also look at her skin color! It’s GORGEOUS! Perfect for this look ๐ŸŒž)

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ย The pictures posted above were taken with my ringlight. Here are some photos of the makeup look with natural lighting ๐Ÿ™‚

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For the second look, I used cool tones and so yes, super opposite of the first look. I wanted to paint (symbolically) the sky and sea on her face. It was quite difficult. But in the end, the look worked. I couldn’t help but sing “how far I’ll go” while doing this because seriously… “see the line where the sky meets the sea, it calls meeee”! ๐ŸŒŠ

For this look, I really played around. I didn’t have a solid planย when I started. I just had an idea that I wanted there to be some sort of sea and sky. For her eyeshadow base, I used my Pro 28 Rainbow Metallics eyeshadow palette! The blue colors are sooo pretty! I used three shades of blue: sky blue, dark blue and blue green. I also used Juvia’s Nubian Palette for this certain shade of dark blue. For the clouds on her eyes, I used white face paint. The clouds are so cute hahahaha and then I finished up her eyes by adding blue glitter. I always freak out when I work with glitter cause it gets everywhere but it just completes the look and so I had to use it! For her lips, I used the metallic blue face paint stick and added glitters for one half and white face paint + blue face paint for the other half. It supposed to represent the deep part of the sea (the dark side) and the shore (the light side).

All in all, it wasn’t an easy look to do (it was quite messy) but it was really fun! And look the pictures are nice!!!

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Hope you guys enjoyed my latest makeup looks ๐Ÿ’œ

Ty again to Ylo for being such a wonderful model!

If you guys are interested in a photoshoot or have some makeup ideas, don’t hesitate to contact me through Instagram DM or email (leadiiinglady@gmail.com)

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DISCLAIMER: These are my personal ideas/designs! But of course, they were inspired by several looks on the internet! I added my own twists. Also, all these photos were taken and processed by me and so they belong to me! Thank you!