New York, you’re a dream.

AHHHHH so today is the anniversary of my blog!!! 💜

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

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 😭

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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 😂) 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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Zodiac Magic 💫

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Another makeup photoshoot here! 💜 This one is very close to my heart – I’ve been wanting to do this for months now but I just couldn’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 who’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 (I’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 (I’m on vacation right now and so I don’t have the time to finish it huhu)

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– 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 there’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, it’s ruler is Mercury and second, gold screams royalty and hierarchy while silver screams elegance and beauty and I wanted to “showcase” 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 didn’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 didn’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, you’ll see she’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. Leo’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 “BAM” 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. It’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 it’s a water sign. Plus, it’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 that’s it for the Zodiac Photoshoot Part I! I’ll be working on Part II when I get back and so stay tuned for that 😉 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 I’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, I’m down! 💜

PLUS, stay tuned for something new on my blog – PHOTO STORIES! I’ll tell you soon what it’s about! Keep looking out for it! 😉

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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 Monica’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 don’t take what is not yours! Thank you!

 

Makeup Art: Flowers, the Sky and the Sea 💜

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

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’. I love to paint. My favorite kind of paint is acrylic. It’s been an interest of mine since I was in HS. If you came into my 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 on 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! 🙂

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 🌸

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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 🌞)

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 The pictures posted above were taken with my ringlight. Here are some photos of the makeup look with natural lighting 🙂

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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”! 🌊

For this look, I really played around. I didn’t have a solid plan 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 💜

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!

Solar Madness 🌌

It’s been a while, but I’m baaaack ❤

Plus I can finally wear eye makeup!!! And so what better way to celebrate than do a makeup shoot?!??!

This is a shoot I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I got inspired because I saw these cool galaxy contact lenses while I was scrolling through my facebook feed and so I said, “Hey, why not do a shoot like this???” Unfortunately, I still cannot use contact lenses because I’m recovering from an infection (HUHU) and so I decided to just make the face makeup more bongga instead!

I wanted to make this shoot a bit different from the rest and so I decided to do 3 looks: one each representing a different planet. I chose Mars, Neptune and of course, Mother Earth. I chose these 3 planets based on their colors since I wanted a variety! (And so yes, I researched). And for each look, I wanted it to be placed differently on my face and so one is focused on the forehead while the other is focused on half of the face and so on. (you’ll see what I mean hehe)

Anyway, this shoot was pretty simple and I really enjoyed it 💖 It was actually a lot quicker than I thought it would be 😅 Hope you guys like it! Let me know in the comments what you guys think! Looking forward to it xx

1. NEPTUNE

For Neptune, the color palette was full of blues, purples and blue greens (I LOVE THESE COLORS). For my face makeup, I used eyeshadow (YES, that’s a lot of eyeshadow) but the effect was magical – I loved how sparkly and glittery it was. I used the Nubian 2 Palette as well as my Pro 28 Rainbow Mettalics. I then used some face paint sticks with metallic colors, purple, blue and green to kind of add some depth and shape. And then I blended it all in.

For this look, I chose to have bold brows and lips thus the really dark brows and the black lips. I loved the effect and how it looked dark yet magical. Oh, and I used an Acrylic Marker (that writes on ANYTHING) for the stars and constellations. I know, pretty crazy. It was the only thing that worked!!!! (But of course, I made sure that I could easily wash it off by testing it first. The last thing I wanted was a permanent stain on my face. Hahahah anyway, here’s the final look! 💜

2. MARS

I chose Mars as one of my three looks because I wanted to do a pinkish, reddish, goldish look <333 because the colors are beautiful!!! I loved how this turned out!!! I chose to do the half face one for this and I loved the effect. For my face makeup, I used the Nubian 2 palette again! This palette is so pigmented, it’s amaziiiing!!!!

I also used the metallic face paint pens such as orange and pink for more glitter and effect! I decided to keep my brows soft and as for my lips, I chose a red shade but made sure to add a bit of gold in the middle- for a “golden effect”. In the end, I love how this look looks burnt but golden at the same time. Definitely one of my faves ❤️

3. EARTH

Of course, I wouldn’t forget our dear Mother Earth ❤ I decided to do Mother Earth with a twist which is to add some pink! (Cause you don’t see the pink from space right) The pink represents nature – all the pretty flowers!!! For this look, I wanted to kind of make it look like a mask. In the end, I figured I got it right cause when my cousin saw me, he said “Cool mask!” hahahaha. Again, I used the Pro 28 Rainbow Metallics palette as well as the Nubian 2 palette for my face makeup! It’s all about the blues and greens for this look!

For my eyes, I used the face paint pen to mark my under eyes with green and pink for an accent and I really liked the turn out. For my lips, I decided to keep it pink and natural – it was a really good decision because there was a nice contrast between the busy eye area and the chill lip area. Sometimes, simplicity is key 💙

AHHHH I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures as much I enjoyed painting the look ❤ It’s been a while and so it feels great to be back in the zone! AND, since I’m back, stay tuned for more makeup shoots!!! As well as something new on my blog soon! STAY TUNED Y’ALL ✨

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DISCLAIMER: These are my personal designs which of course were inspired by others but I added my own twist to make these looks different! Also, all picture were taken by me and are my property! Thank you!

Coachella Fashion: Brave Heart, Free Spirit, Wild Style 🌸

Coachella Season.

One thing I love doing during Coachella season (since I can’t go there myself huhu) is looking at all the fashion outfits and makeup looks! Every year, there is always something new, something fresh, something different and I just love getting the inspiration for more looks!

This year I saw some really great looks and I thought hey, since I have a blog now why don’t I do my own Coachella x LeadiiingLady twist?!? HELL YEAH.

At first I was a bit hesitant to go for it because this is something really new to me. I haven’t posted a fashion blog post before nor have I posted a blog post with me actually modeling. But I thought about what I said in my previous blog post- that I can’t keep holding back because I’m insecure or afraid of what people might think. This is me being me, this is me expressing myself. This is something that I shouldn’t be ashamed of doing. And so after going back and forth, this post finally happened.

This is my first FASHION x MAKEUP POST and so please bear with me 😅 I’m not sure if I’m doing this right but hopefully I am! And if you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments section. That way, I can come up with better, more amazing posts for you guys in the future 💜

All fashion and makeup looks were done by me. All photos were taken by my amazing photographer/boyfriend, Boo Gabunada. Again, we’re trying out this MUA x Photographer tandem and it’s going REALLY WELL hehe and so I’ll be posting about a lot of more projects in the near future 😉

***NOTE: Some outfits/makeup looks were inspired by my favorite celebrities & bloggers at Coachella and so I’ll be posting their photos here for your reference!***

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For this look, I wanted to go for a feminine, simple and pretty look. Basically – “a breath of fresh air”. Which is why I chose to keep the outfit candid by using a plain white off shoulder top (H&M), a denim jumper (Cotton On) and a pair of beat up white converse (Converse).

For the makeup look, I chose a different take by making my eyes colorful by adding blue, purple, green and yellow eyeshadow under my eyes. Can I just say, I used Hello Gorgeous PH‘s rainbow eyeshadow/highlighter and it is THE BEST. It’s sooo pigmented and the colors are beautiful! Plus it stayed on the whole time!!! Beautiful product indeed! As for my hair, I did a pigtail french braid but it’s not seen 😦 I braided my hair cause I wanted a playful young look in the mix and this hairstyle exhibits just that!

In all, I loved how my makeup complemented my outfit. It gave a lot more life to the look without overpowering it – in the end, I was able to go for that flower child look with a colorful twist.

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Makeup used: Foundation – Etude House Double Lasting Foundation (Petal); Concealer – Fit Me Maybelline; Contour – Tony Moly Contour Stick; Powder – RCMA; Eyebrow – Clio Tattoo Killbrow (Dark Brown); Highlighter – Anastasia Glow Dip Palette; Blush – Glossier Cloud Paint (Dusk); Eyeshadow – Juvias (Nubian Palette), Naked 1 Palette, Lorac Pro Palette; (Under) Eyeshadow – Hello Gorgeous; Lipstick – Colourpop Lippe Stix (Brink)

 

MISS

This next outfit was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers/vloggers, Claudia Sulewski! When I saw what she wore to Coachella Day 1, I told myself I had to include this look! It’s very edgy, boyish and most of all, it doesn’t look like a Coachella outfit at all WHICH MADE ME WANT TO DO IT MORE. Like I said, I love seeing fresh, unique, new outfits and this was it!!!

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If I had to choose any one of these outfits to actually wear out, it would be this one. The “boyish” side just calls to me hahaha! For this look, I chose a simple black tank top (Cotton On) and army pants (Cotton On) plus I decided to pair it with sneakers (F21) so that this outfit screams more than just “military!!!” As for my makeup, I used gold, bronze and dark brown for the colors of my eyeshadow and kept it simple with a reddish-ginger shade for my lips c/o my Kylie Liquid Lipstick in shade Ginger. I went for the same hairstyle as Claudia but since my hair is really short, it kept falling and so it ended up looking messier than planned (but tbh I think it made the whole thing looks better)

I love how the whole thing turned out. It had just the right amount of feminine in this boyish look.

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Makeup used: Foundation – Etude House Double Lasting Foundation (Petal); Concealer – Fit Me Maybelline; Contour – Tony Moly Contour Stick; Powder – RCMA; Eyebrow – Clio Tattoo Killbrow (Dark Brown); Highlighter – Anastasia Glow Dip Palette (Summer); Blush – Glossier Cloud Paint (Dusk); Eyeshadow – Juvias (Nubian Palette), Naked 1 Palette, Lorac Pro Palette; Naked Basics; Lipstick – Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick (Ginger)

 

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This next outfit was pretty much inspired by Kendall Jenner (her outfit in 2014) and another favorite blogger of mine, Griffin Arnlund (her outfit this year). I decided to mix up the two because I liked how my nude crochet top (@holyswimph) looked with my harem pants (from Cambodia). Plus I really love Kendall and Griffin’s fashion style!!!

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For this look, I wanted to go for a “pretty pink look” BUT with rainbow cheeks which is why I used the Hello Gorgeous Rainbow Highlighter again this time around but for my cheeks. (I didn’t want to make it too dark though and so I kept it pretty subtle.) As for my eyes, I added a bit more rose gold to the crease to kind of get that rosy look. My lips on the other hand were Revlon (Crimson) x Colourpop Metallic Liquid Lipstick (Maneater) because I wanted them to shine. For this look, I decided to keep my hair down and add a simple flower crown for that “girly” feel.

All in all, I think I ended up with this forest nymph fairy look with a touch of boho which I was happy with. The pictures though are a bit blurry 😦 cause this was the last set we took and we were losing light and so this was the best we could do. Hope you still like them though!

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Makeup used: Foundation – Etude House Double Lasting Foundation (Petal); Concealer – Fit Me Maybelline; Contour – Tony Moly Contour Stick; Powder – RCMA; Eyebrow – Clio Tattoo Killbrow (Dark Brown); Highlighter – Hello Gorgeous Rainbow highlighter; Blush – Glossier Cloud Paint (Haze); Eyeshadow – Juvias (Nubian Palette), Naked 1 Palette, Lorac Pro Palette; Lipstick – Revlon (Crimson) x Colourpop Metallics (Maneater)

 

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Who doesn’t love Vanessa Hudgens? She is the QUEEN of Coachella. And so this post wouldn’t be complete without recreating one of her best looks! I decided to go with one of the looks she did back in Coachella 2014. I loved this look! It was everything: edgy, girly, boho, summery, floral, etc!!! I tried my best to recreate this look with, of course, my own twist and I *think* it ended up looking good!

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My plan for this look was to channel my inner boho! I bought this dress before from Forever 21 but haven’t found the perfect time to use it UNTIL NOW. I also added a black lacey bra under for an extra “hmph” like what Vanessa did with her outfit! The boots are my mom’s (hahaha thanks mom) and as for the hat, I bought it from Cotton On! I chose “boho” accessories to use such as feathers (from Taiwan), chokers, colorful hoop earrings and those “circle shades”.

On the other hand, my makeup stayed pretty simple. All I did was darken my eyebrows a bit more and color my lips a darker shade of red (Revlon Crimson x MAC Paramount). I did this cause I wanted those features to pop. Just a note: when it comes to quick-changing makeup, best to focus on your lips and eyebrows. They only take a short time to fix PLUS they make a HUGE difference! As for my hair, I decided to keep it in a messy halfpony so that it wouldn’t be too “big” under the hat.

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Makeup used: Foundation – Etude House Double Lasting Foundation (Petal); Concealer – Fit Me Maybelline; Contour – Tony Moly Contour Stick; Powder – RCMA; Eyebrow – Clio Tattoo Killbrow (Dark Brown); Highlighter – Anastasia Glow Dip Palette (Summer); Blush – Glossier Cloud Paint (Dusk); Eyeshadow – Juvias (Nubian Palette), Naked 1 Palette, Lorac Pro Palette; Tartelette; Lipstick – Revlon (Crimson) x MAC (Paramount)

 

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But wait! This Coachella post wouldn’t be complete without a look from Vanessa’s best friend, Ashley!!! Again, this is a totally different lookdenim on denim, baby!!! I love denim. It’s my go-to fashion piece when I’m in a hurry or can’t think of anything else to wear. When all else fails, go denim. ANYWAY, I thought this look was really cool and different from the rest which is why I chose to include it in this post.

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For my outfit, I chose a black crop top (Cotton On) under to kind of cancel out all the denim. My denim jacket is from H&M while my BEAUTIFUL pants are from a thrift shop in the States. I’ve had these pants for years but I never wore them out and now I wonder WHYYYY??? because they are beautiful and the details are exquisite! Definitely wearing this out soon! Added a hat from Cotton On and wore high-heeled boots from Forever 21!

This is one of those looks which I spent a long while on hahaha for my makeup, I chose to keep my eyes dark with a bit of bronze for the under part. And if you noticed, I also added bronze dots above my eyebrow line. I would have wanted this to be jewel beads but I couldn’t find any 😦 and so that’s for another post, for sure!!! I used Juvia’s Nubian palette for this because it is SUPER pigmented!!! The color just sticks and so I had no problem making this look.

And omg is that a nose ring I see??? Hahaha dont worry mom, it’s fake hahaha I’m really into the nose ring look right now that I ordered a few from Armstrong and Smith! Their designs are really cute! You should check them out!!! My dream catcher necklace is actually from Boo! It’s from Taiwan! It’s a bit too big to wear to “normal” outings but I decided to wear it here cause it fit the occasion. AND who could miss my “eye” earring!!! Love this piece. It’s very edgy and unique and so I knew that it would go perfect with this outfit!

All in all, this was a super fun look to do! I enjoyed going out of my comfort zone and shooting this!!!

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Makeup used: Foundation – Etude House Double Lasting Foundation (Petal); Concealer – Fit Me Maybelline; Contour – Tony Moly Contour Stick; Powder – RCMA; Eyebrow – Clio Tattoo Killbrow (Dark Brown); Highlighter – Anastasia Glow Dip Palette (Summer); Blush – Glossier Cloud Paint (Dusk); Eyeshadow – Juvias (Nubian Palette), Naked 1 Palette, Lorac Pro Palette; Naked Basics; Lipstick – Happy Skin Cosmetics (Aurora)

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TADAAAAA so that’s what I’ve been working on for the past week!!! 💗 This has been such a fun blog post to shoot and prepare for! It’s way out of my comfort zone especially the fashion part because I have not yet posted a “fashion blog post” – I feel iffy about my style. But after writing that post about embracing and appreciating onself, I decided, what the hell, this is my way of expressing myself! And in the end, I’m proud of this. And I’m proud of myself.

Since I really enjoyed doing this post, stay tuned for way more makeup and fashion shoots coming your way!!! Boo and I are going to be teaming up again for other themed shoots and so if you’re interested to model for us, hit me up! Message me on Instagram/Twitter/Email (leadiiinglady@gmail.com) and I will get back to you asap 💜

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Til the next post!

leadiiinglady xx

Sooooo… did you like this post? Loved it? Let me know in the comments section! Super appreciate all your kind words and suggestions! Keep being amazing guys! 💖

Disclaimer: All makeup and fashion looks were done by me! Some were guided by pegs/inspirations which I posted! Also, all photos were taken by Boo Gabunada! Please do not grab or use the photos without permission. Thank you!

Makeup Magic ✨💄

Hello again ❤️

It’s been a while but my schedule is now finally free which means more blog posts coming up! I’m going back to my  schedule of posting every Tuesday & Friday so stay tuned for my posts. Again, thank you to all of you guys who have been messaging me and commenting and liking my posts. I’m glad that I get to help you guys in the little ways I can 🙂

This is a whole new post for me! And definitely out of my comfort zone (like AAAHHHHHH) I’m very used to putting makeup on myself and posting about it BUT it’s a whole different ball game when I put makeup on other people and post about it. I was very nervous about doing this but I have a very good support system (hi friends <3) and they encouraged me to go for it! Plus, my three amazing models really gave me that push and inspired me to go through with it (Hi Justine, Erika and Helene!).

These makeup looks were actually inspired by blueREP’s 25th anniversary concert that took place last Saturday! These looks represent different numbers from different Broadway shows that we performed. I told each of my models to pick one number and that I would come up with a makeup look for it.

This is what I came up with! Again, I am fairly new at this and so I may not know all the tricks and tips yet but I’m getting there. Practice makes perfect and so if you’re game to model for me and don’t mind me touching your face lol hit me up! 🙂

By the way, these beautiful pictures were taken by my boyfriend, Boo Gabunada, who is an amazing photographer. We’re kinda trying out this MUA- Photographer tandem thing and I guess we’ll see where it goes hahaha

HOME – The Wiz (Justine Narciso)

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Originally, for this number, we were told by our costume designer to wear pastel colors -pink, green, yellow, blue, purple but later on, they changed it BUT ANYWAY, this look was based on the first plan. For this makeup look, I wanted to incorporate a bunch of colors but I still wanted to keep it simple and elegant. For her lips, I chose purple lipstick cause what could be more pastel than purple lipstick??! For her eyes, I used shimmery pastel colors such as pink, purple, yellow and blue green and chose to focus all the color on the eyes. I like Justine’s eyes. I like how happy and full of life they look, especially when she smiles and so I was really happy that I got to do this look on her. To make this look a bit more striking, I decided to add a bit of “shiny thingys” which you see on the sides of her eyes. All in all, I think that Justine really pulled off this look: a look that’s bold but still simple and sweet.

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Make-up used: Pro 18 Rainbow Metallics, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Requiem, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Sensual

WE DANCE – Once On This Island (Erika Rafael)

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I was really excited to do this look because it is simply perfect for Erika. I planned for my “Once On This Island” makeup look to be full of bright colors like purple, red and yellow. I wanted to give off that island tribe vibe and Erika’s look made the whole thing work out perfectly. Erika has beautiful brown skin which complemented the bold colors I used on her – I used red, purple and orange eyeshadow for her eyes and mixed in some yellow face paint to give it an accent. As for her lips, I wanted it to be really red but with a touch of gold (which you will see). I was going back and forth about the face paint but I decided to use it anyway and I’m glad I did. It gives off an ethnic tribe look which is what I was going for. With this look, she’s definitely ready to “dance to the earth and dance to the water”!

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Make-up used: Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette, Happy Skin Ariel Liquid Lipstick, Colourpop Metallic Liquid Lipstick in Maneater, Tarte Gel Eyeliner

MAGIC TO DO – Pippin (Helene Enriquez)

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Our take on this musical number is pretty dark – as our musical director, Ejay Yatco described it, “it’s candy with a poison”. In this number, Helene plays a dark magician and so for this look, I wanted it to be quite dark but still pretty playful. I decided to play with the colors, red, black and blue. They can be fun colors but they can also be very dark. Helene’s face is actually quite innocent and so I wanted this makeup look to “break” that. And I think it kinda did. For her eyes, I used mostly red and gray shades and then I spilled out a bit of blue onto her face for a magical effect. I also added some glitter for a “magic touch”. As you can see there are only parts of this look that are really dark such as her lips, lashes and brows. I did this because I wanted her look to be bold but still fun. I did the bottom lash look for an extra “creepy” effect and made her lips pure black with a dab of red – which I really LOVE. In the end, she no longer looked like the “sweet innocent” Helene but this dark magician kinda like a darker Zatanna (if you know her from D.C. hahaha) I mean look at that creepy smile!!!

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Make-up used: Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette, Katy Kat Black Lipstick, Tarte Gel Eyeliner

FINAL LOOKS

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AAAAHHHHHHHH Well, there you go ❤️ This actually happened 🙂 I’m really happy I finally got the courage to try this out! I had so much fun doing it, especially because of the company! So shoutout to Justine, Erika and Helene for being such great and fun models and to Boo, for being an amazing photographer! Like I said, practice makes perfect and so I’m planning more shoots like this! And so if you guys are game to model for me, hit me up! It would mean a LOT

Again, if you guys wanna know more about these makeup looks, feel free to leave a comment or message me (leadiiinglady@gmail.com) and I’ll be happy to get back to you!

If you don’t yet, feel free to follow me on my social media accounts:

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Til the next post!

leadiiinglady xx

DISCLAIMER: These are my original designs. I got a few pegs from the internet as inspirations but mixed them all together and added my own twists and looks! All photos were taken by Boo Gabunada! Please don’t grab them without permission. Thank you!

The Everyday “I do’s”

Valentine’s Day.

For some people this is a day they look forward to because it’s a day they get to share with a loved one while for others, this is a day they dread because it reminds them that they’re single or in other words, “forever alone”.

For some it’s filled with flower bouquets, chocolates and fancy dinners while for others it’s filled with chick flicks alone in bed, a table for one and chocolates bought for oneself.

Well, this post is for everyone out there. Whether you’re married, in a complicated relationship, single or dating.

Here, I share with you some random thoughts, poems, articles, writings about different kinds of love. Note: I’m not much of a writer and so this is a big step out “into the light” for me. And yes, they’re quite, personal, I know. But I believe these are thoughts and feelings that need to be shared because who knows? You might have felt the same way too.

And so I give you a glimpse into my little world of love that has brought both pleasure & pain.

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What Love Feels Like

I wonder what love feels like.

I wonder how it feels

To think about someone

To have someone greet you goodmorning and goodnight

To have someone hold your hand

To hear someone say ‘I miss you’

To have someone be your plus one

To have someone you can spoil

To have someone you can cuddle with

To have someone you can call your ‘partner’.

I wonder how it feels to have someone who won’t make you second guess if you’re pretty enough, good enough or smart enough to be loved.

But hey, I’d like to think I am already loved.

Loved by my own self.

How about you?

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I Fell in Love with Him like How You Learn to Ride a Bike

I fell in love with him like how you learn to ride bike.

At first, you start slow. You’re extra careful because even with the training wheels, you feel that at any moment you could fall. You’re wearing a helmet and those elbow and knee pads for extra safety just in case you lose control or take a wrong turn. And you make sure your dad is always beside you, ready to catch you when you fall.

When you start getting the hang of things, you ask your dad to watch you from a distance. You start peddling a little faster knowing that the helmet and pads will protect you. Hell, you even have training wheels and so you know balancing won’t be a problem.

Then, you get a little more confident. You ask your dad to take off the training wheels. First, you start out slow and you notice it’s a little harder without them, but you take a chance and ride it out. You fall a few times but you realize that it doesn’t hurt so bad. You start to peddle faster and you learn that it actually makes balancing a lot easier.You now feel the wind through your hair and enjoy the feeling.

Now, you don’t bother to put on your helmet or your knee pads. You run out the door, grab your bike and just go. Because you’re not afraid. In fact, you’re brave. Brave to the point that you’ve become reckless. You jump head first because you’re so willing to take the risk. And so when you do, you give it your all and just fall.

And that’s exactly what I did. I just fell.

I fell for you.

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How Do I Say ‘I love you’

How do I say I love you without lifetime guarantee no mention of forever between you and me?

How do I say I need you, all your flaws all your fears?

How do I say please stay ’til morning? Please don’t disappear.

What do I say when what I feel for you is more than what I had planned?

That I bravely crossed the line and there’s no more going back

What if this is what its come to taking chances, taking falls?

When I say I love you, will you answer my call?

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“I Hate You” I said.

I’m nothing more than your ‘right now’. 

Is that all I’m worth?

Should I dare go for you ‘forever’?

Or maybe it’s just pointless.

And so I’ll tell you that I hate you

I hate how happy you make me with just a simple “hello”.

I hate how I catch you staring at me, smiling.

I hate how you tell me to take care of myself.

I hate how perfect it feels when we’re together.

I hate how I feel pain and you feel nothing.

I hate how I imagine a future with you, a future I may never even be part of.

But most of all, I hate how I can’t hate you.

I hate how I love you too much that it kills me everyday.

It’s not fair. It will never be fair. And so maybe I should just accept it. 

Because loving you is all I’ll ever know.

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Lover or Career?

This has been a reason for conflict among couples for ages.

Let’s say you want to travel abroad to pursue your dream but your partner has no plans of going abroad.

So what do you do? Do you choose to go abroad to pursue your career or do you stay, for him/her?

Well, first of all, a partner who really cares about you should be a source of inspiration, not a distraction. He/she should make you want to fulfill your dreams, not give them up.

Secondly, he/she shouldn’t make you dread the days ’til you leave but instead make you look forward to it. This isn’t easy, but if he/she really loves you, he/she would make every day count instead of making you feel bad until you have to get on that plane and go.

Third, a partner who really loves you should remind you to stay on track and to keep in line with your goals. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have someone who says “Baby, don’t forget about your workshop today.” or “Hey, I found this class you could take that could help you when you’re studying abroad.” or “Babe, don’t forget to send your application today!” Those are the makings of a great boyfriend/girlfriend and not just that but a partner for life. He/She’s showing you that he/she wants you to succeed even if it’s hard for her/him to see you go.

Fourth, a partner who really loves you would never ever ever ever ask you to stay for him/her. Why? Because your partner should know just how bad you want this, how bad you want to get out there to fulfill your dreams and at the same time.

Honestly, no matter what, you should always put yourself and your dreams first because you only get one shot. And when it’s time for your partner to take his/her own shot, you’ll be there too.

So what should you choose, lover or career? Well, I say… why not both? I believe that if you really want something, you’ll work for it. And that when two people really love each other, they’ll always find a way, even when they’re 5896539238901 miles apart.

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This is How I’ll Love You

I am not perfect.

Please don’t expect me to be.

I will make mistakes. I will do stupid things that I will regret the morning after. I will be stubborn and reckless and mean. I will forget the things you say and I will always say I’m right.

But if there’s one thing I can do, it’s to promise to love you with all that I am.

I promise to greet you every morning and every night.

I promise to say sorry (eventually) after every fight.

I promise to support you in all your endeavors, even if it means time taken away from me.

I promise to always tell you about my day and to ask you about yours.

I promise to sing to you and dance with you when you ask me to (even if I end up looking awkward and silly).

I promise to listen to all your rants & problems even when you’re whiney.

I promise to make up with you and never let a fight last too long.

I promise to go on all kinds of adventures with you, even if it’s just a trip to the nearest Burger King.

I promise to kiss all your tears away when you feel like you’re breaking down.

I promise to appreciate you, all your efforts, all your acts of love.

I promise to keep you on track when you’re falling behind, even if it means pushing you to your limits.

I promise to never forget you, even if one day, we may have to go our separate ways. *knocks on wood*

Cause that’s what true love is, that despite everything, despite time, distance and circumstance, you still choose to love the person, no matter what.

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A Little More Time

All I need is just a little more time

A little more time to hold you

Cause even if I have a lifetime

Forever doesn’t even seem long enough

And all I ask is just a little more time

A little more time to love you

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The Everyday “I Do’s”

Love is about the everyday ‘I do’s’.

It’s not “make a choice now, go with the flow forever”.

Love is about choosing your person everyday.

Why?

Because love isn’t perfect.

Love isn’t some fairytale story about true love that lasts forever.

You work hard for real love.

Love isn’t about the choice you made but the choices you make everyday.

Because love has it’s good days and it’s bad days.

During the bad days, you may feel like giving up.

Like moving on to someone else would make things easier.

Or ending everything would put your stress to rest.

No.

If you really love your person and want the relationship to work, then choose you person.

Every single damn day.

Even on the bad days when you don’t feel the spark anymore or you don’t feel excitement anymore.

Because I swear if it’s real love, it’s there.

It will always be there.

You just have to open your eyes and see it.

Life gets in the way all the time but that doesn’t give you a reason to quit.

Because when you truly love someone, it isn’t just for a week or just a day,

it’s forever.

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Life is hard.

Sometimes, life makes you want to close up your heart and be selfish.

But whatever you do, don’t.

Always always choose to love.

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Hope you enjoyed my short love post 💕 And I hope you guys are all having a great Valentine’s day! (Even if you’re one of those who call this day ‘Single- Awareness Day’ 😉 cause hey, I’ve been there)

Don’t forget to spread the love! 💘

leadiiinglady xx

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10 different lipstick shades & how to rock ’em 😉💄

Disclaimer: These are my perosnal works and opinions 🙂