New York, you’re a dream.

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

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

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 πŸ˜‚) 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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The Body Shop Face Masks – Current faves πŸŒΈ

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 πŸ’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 😦

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! πŸ’œ

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

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IG: @leadiiinglady

Twitter: @leadiiinglady

Til the next post!

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Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions! Individual results may vary!

 

 

Let’s talk about Clay Masks.

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

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 πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ’œ

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May Loves: Skincare πŸŒΈ

Hi guys! Leadiiinglady here! And I’m back with another skincare post!!! πŸ’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 🌸

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 πŸ‘ŒπŸ» 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 ❀️

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 😦 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 ☺️

Thank you for all your love & support! 🌸

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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 πŸŒΈ

Hello again 🌸

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 πŸ’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 🌸

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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 πŸ’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 🌸

If you haven’t already, feel free to follow me on:

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Twitter: @leadiiinglady

Stay tuned for more fashion & makeup posts soon!

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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 πŸ’œ

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’.Β I love to paint. My favorite kind of paint is acrylic. It’s been an interest of mine since I was in HS.Β If you came into myΒ 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 onΒ 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! πŸ™‚

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

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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 planΒ 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 πŸ’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!

Anti Haul Post #1 βœ¨πŸŒΈ

Welcome to my first post of this series: Anti Haul 🌸🌸🌸

Okay. So you guys might be wondering… what kind of post is this?? Why is it called an “anti haul post”?? Is that even a thing??

Well, yes. Yes it is.

I recently got this brilliant idea from one of the skincare bloggers I follow – sharmtoaster! Check her out on Instagram! Apparently, she got this idea from another blogger, Kimberly Clark!

So what is an “anti haul” post? It’s pretty much the opposite of a haul post. I’m going to be sharing with you guys a few things that I have been tempted to buy BUT choose NOT TO BUY because I DON’T NEED THEM. I’m sure a lot of you skincare and makeup addicts out there can relate to me when I say that the TEMPTATION IS REAL. And so this post is here to remind me that there are some things I may want but ultimately don’t need.

I think this is a BRILLIANT idea. Whenever I get tempted to buy some of these products, I will look back at this post and say NO. Because I am a strong woman (HAHAHAHUHU)

Okay, here we go. Time to face the truth.

1. Sunday Riley Luna/UFO Oil

I’ve been wanting to try this brand for the longest time especially their Luna and UFO oil. I’ve heard good reviews about this product, some calling it their “holy grail” BUT I’ve also been hearing reviews saying that it’s not so great for sensitive skin. And so right now I’m pretty much 50-50 when it comes to buying this product. But I think I’ll just let it go, for real now.Β 

The thing is, it’s a huge risk to take especially if you have sensitive skin to get a product with alarming ingredients (I read about it in some reviews) EVEN THOUGH there are some promising words on this product. It’s just not worth all the $$$. I really thought about it. If you’re gonna buy this product for so much money and then let’s say after one try, it irritates your skin – it’ll be such a waste. And such a hassle to return or re-sell.

And the thing is, right now, I DONT NEED it. I’ve got my Herbivore Lapis oil and it has been doing wonders for my skin and so why would I need to try something new that has a good chance of being both wonderful or terrible for my skin. You get me?

2. Kim x Kylie Lip Set

Omg. I’ve had my eyes set on this for a while. But nope, I’ve decided not to get it. Why? Because I have a lot of lipsticks that I hardly use to begin with plus adding 4 more to my collection would just make my dresser messier.

I guess what makes this decision hard is that I’m a nude girl. I know that sounds wrong. But I am. Nude is my go-to shade and so when I saw this set – I immediately wanted it! I’ve been researching on it, reading reviews about it. But I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not a set I really need.

First of all, the colors look so similar. What’s the diff? Why would I buy a set of four lipsticks and pretty much have only one color? Right? Also, some colors won’t really make a difference when it comes to my skin color. They’ll just all look the same. And so what’s the point?Β 

Sure, they’re a collab with Kim and they look pretty and all. But ask yourself… do you really need them? Or can you get it somewhere else or do you already even have those nudes in your pile somewhere? Think about it.

3. Glossier Invisible Shield

Okay, this has just come out. But even before then, I was already thinking of buying it. I’ve recently gotten into glossier and I’ve been loving the brand and so when they said that they were coming out with an SPF, I said I needed to buy it. I wear SPF everyday. It’s crucial in my everyday routine and so it WAS pretty much a given that no matter the price, I would buy it.

Mmmmmm how about no. It’s just too expensive for a sunscreen. TOO EXPENSIVE. I get that it’s glossier but you can get better SPF somewhere else. I’ve even read reviews that it’s pretty underwhelming and that for me was a major turn off.

I just decided to finish off the SPF I have now which is COSRX and Missha – they are great and AFFORDABLE. And so why do I need to buy the glossier SPF? I don’t. And so I won’t.

4. Milk Matcha Toner

I’ve recently ordered the Milk cooling water and I’m excited to use it – I’ve heard great review about it and I think it’ll really be a great addition to my makeup routine. While ordering the cooling water, I was actually tempted to buy the matcha toner too.

The color is really pretty!!!!! (I’m weak when it comes to pretty colors ugh) And I’ve always wanted to try a stick toner!!! I know that people have said that it’s a bit unsanitary cause it’s a stick – but on the contrary I’ve heard great reviews about it.

Ultimately though, I chose not to buy it. First of all, the price is way above budget and two, I don’t need it. I already have a good toner that works for me. Sometimes, less is more. If you use too many different toners, it might end up making your skin look worse.

I chose to take it easy and just focus on what I have now. And so far, so good.

5. Any Colourpop product

There was a time before when Colourpop first got popular and I bought 10 liquid lipsticks at one time. And guess what? Now, I barely use them. I definitely learned then and I’m definitely going to apply it now.

So far, Colourpop has been coming out with a lot of new things that I’ve wanted – like the whole Alexis Ren line. When it came out, I had my cart ready but I thought about it again and chose to delay it a bit. But now, I realized that it’s better to let it go for good.

They’re pretty and tempting but thinking about it now – they’ll end up like the 10 lipsticks I barely use.

What makes it hard is that they always come up with new things that are just so cute!!!!! You’ll want to buy them because you think you need them but really, you don’t. Highlighters? Lipsticks? Eye shadows? You have that. Like I should tell myself sometimes, “look before you buy”. Meaning look at what you have BEFORE you buy!

6. Shangpree Marine Under Eye patches

I love under eye patches. Loveeeee under eye masks!!! They’re so fun to wear hahaha but aside from that, they really help the part under my eyes. I usually have huge eye bags, plus dry and dark under eyes. So it’s great that they now have eyes masks that I can use everyday!

There’s this one in particular that I’ve been wanting to buy – the one from Peach and Lily. There are these green eye patches that I’ve been eyeing. I think there are about 30-40 pairs? And I’ve heard such great things about them!!!!Β 

But I must say no because I already have a few packs of eye masks to begin with 😦 I confess that I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to face masks and eye masks and so it’s a bit easier for me to say no this time around.

7. Jelly Lipsticks with Flowers

Okay so this is a bit petty but I’ve been wanting one for the longest time – they’re just so cut and pretty!!! The packaging kills me hahahaha I’ve been tempted to buy them more than once but I’ve chosen not to. I’ve tried to buy one from HelloGorgeous, Instagram shops and BeautyMNL but each time I’ve left my cart hanging. Cause at the end of the day, it’s not too different from any other lipstick.Β 

It’s just a flower in a lipstick that leaves a pretty pink color. I have to keep telling myself that over and over again. They may say it “changes” according to your mood but that doesn’t really happen. Almost every shade is the same and it pretty much depends who wears it – that’s it.

And so no, super cute jelly lipsticks!!!! I will not give in to you!!!!

8. HUDA Beauty Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve been trying to find a palette with warm tones as well as glittery ones and when I saw this palette I thought it was perfect! But then I saw the price and it wasn’t perfect hahaha it Β as a bit too expensive for me 😦

Tbh I really spend on palettes because they’re not cheap to begin with but I’m not completely sold on this palette to spend this X amount of money on it. I mean, the colors are sooooo pretty and sooooo pigmented!!! But I’m sure I can find a (bit) cheaper alternative somewhere else.Β 

The colors are similar to a lot of palettes such as Sleek and Zoeva. And so I think it won’t be hard to find an alternative. Personally, I’ve been looking at the Anastasia modern renaissance palette (it’s a bit cheaper) and so far I think I’m going to buy that one when I go to the states. (Yup, I’ll be leaving soon and I can’t contain my excitement and so I gotta save while I can HAHAHAHA)

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That’s the end of my anti haul post!!! That was actually a bit fun to write, I’ll admit. I promise myself I won’t buy any of the products listed down here! (I’ll only buy them if I run out or something but tbh that isn’t anytime soon!!!!) I guess what’s left is to stay strong πŸ’ͺ🏻

I hope you enjoyed this post! It’s a bit different from my other posts but again, I think the idea is brilliant!! Maybe you guys should try it out! πŸ˜‰ What products would you add to your “anti haul” list? πŸ™‚ let me know in the comments section!

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By the way, I hope you like my new look! Decided to go all out and add bright colors especially some blush to my site! Hope you guys like it! πŸ’—

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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 fromΒ 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 πŸ’– It was actually a lot quicker than I thought it would be πŸ˜… 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! πŸ’œ

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 πŸ’™

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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April loves: Skincare πŸ’†πŸ»

This year is going by TOO FAST. Literally.

I can’t believe it’s already May??? It feels as if only yesterday was New Year’s Eve. I remember it so clearly in my head 😦

Anyway since we’re starting a new month, I wanna tell you guys about my favorite skincare products during the previous month: April.

April was kinda tricky cause the weather was all over the place! And when the weather is all over the place, I’m bound to have bipolar skin – sometimes too oily, other times too dry. And therefore a lot of skincare products come into play.


I’ve discovered a few products that have done wonders for my skin. Some, I have already even raved about ( I couldn’t wait!!!) And so for those I’ve already talked about, I’ll be linking them to my previous blog posts so you can read more about them!

Anyway here we goooooo β˜€οΈ

1. Hello Gorgeous Facial Mask Purifying

This brand has never let me down once since I’ve started using it and so it was no surprise that I absolutely fell in love with their Facial Purifying Mask! This mask pretty much screams PUREEE! My skin has been breaking out recently because of “product x” and so I’ve been trying to bring it back to the light side (see what I did there…. Happy May Sith (6) HAHAHAHA)

This mask has been helping me do that. The number one ingredient I love here is Tea Tree. Tea Tree oil has ALWAYS been good to my skin – no matter in what form. And so I wasn’t afraid to try this out.

This mask is pretty thin compared to your regular clay masks. Although it does have that “tight feeling” as it dries, it did not irritate my skin or cause my skin to become red. In fact, it made my skin feel clean. It also dried my trouble spots and helped them heal faster – which I really needed at the time.

I would recommend this mask to everyone! Especially those of you with troubled skin! It smells good, it works and it’s affordable too! Check @hellogorgeousph Instagram to buy!

2. COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad

This is actually one of the very first COSRX products I used. But when I emptied it, I had so many other products to try out which is why I didn’t buy another one. But recently I realized that it did help me a lot back then which is why I got a new tub – and I’m really glad I did!

These are pre-moistened pads that helps exfoliate and clean the skin. The summer heat has been making me really oily and so I’ve been working harder now to make sure that all the excess oil and dirt are cleaned off. And this has been helping!!!

What I love about these pads is that they are so simple yet effective. All you need to do is take one pad and use it to wipe your face – there is no hassle whatsoever. And I just love the feeling after when I feel so clean and light. BEST FEELING EVER.

Here’s a tip though! If you want the tub to last longer, you can consider cutting each pad in half. Because sometimes a whole pad is more than enough! So why not double the amount you have? 😏

I bought mine from Althea but you can buy yours from The Skin Curator or BeautyMNL!

3. Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask

This is my go-to peel off mask right now. Yes, I know. Pretty pricey. But guys, THE TUBE IS HUGE. It’ll last me a loooong time!! And so I wouldn’t worry much about the price – but more of the effect πŸ˜‰

And the effect is beautiful!!!!! This is a simple mask. It’s ingredients – Solomon’s Seal, Japanese Honeysuckle & Honey make this mask relaxing, calming and clarifying. They work to clear the skin and keep it hydrated and plump.

Everytime I feel like my skin is having a bad day or is tired, I put this mask on and I feel so much better. The scent really helps too!!! It’s a simple peel-off mask that reminds me that even on bad days, we girls still have our beauty products πŸ˜‰

I bought mine in Althea cause it was on sale! Go check it out!!!

4. Hello Gorgeous Caffeine Eye Serum

Who here loves coffee????? πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ» Β I am a big coffee drinker. I drink coffee A LOT (but I haven’t been recently cause of my acid reflux problem UGH) anyway, when I saw this eye serum, I just had to get it!!!!

Just so you guys know, I still use my skinfood salmon eye cream!!!! This is just for my dark circles and puffy under eyes.

First of all, I love the scent. It smells like pure coffee. Wonderful. And when I roll it under my eyes, it doesn’t feel oily at all. It feels more like a pasty serum (it’s not thick though) but I feel the super duper tiny grains of coffee and so after rolling it under my eyes, I usually use my finger to further rub it in (but not too much!!!!)

I love this because it complements my eye cream! I was so afraid this was going to dry the skin under my eyes cause my skin I super dry to begin with but IT DIDNT. In fact, it helped my eyes become less puffy. I sleep really late and so that’s a really big problem BUT thanks to my new little weapon – I don’t need to worry about looking like a zombie!!!

Again, if you guys want to try some of these cute AND affordable beauty products, just check out their site or their Instagram page!

5. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

You can never go wrong with Mario Badescu! I mean, even Kylie Jenner uses this brand and specifically this product.

Acne has always been my problem and so it’s great to have a little medicine here and there. This is my favorite acne fighter!!! The pink drying lotion!!!

It’s powder and liquid in one bottle. Okay, important note: DO NOT SHAKE. It’s not supposed to be mixed. The two are supposed to be completely separated and that’s what makes it work. It’s mostly alcohol and salicylic acid! You dip your cotton bud into the alcohol part until it reaches the bottom and then take it back out. Make sure it’s pink (just saying hahaha)

I love how this product works for me. Whenever I apply to my pimples, it stings a bit (clearly killing the bacteria) and then dries it up. And then tadaaaa the pimple heals quickly right after!!!

It’s a bit pricey for a small bottle but trust me, that’s a LOT of product right there. It’ll be more than enough for you!

You can buy this product in Rustan’s!!! They sell other Mario Badescu products there as well πŸ™‚

6. Tosowoong Dr. Troubex Daily Soothing Treatment

I loveeee my masks πŸ‘ŒπŸ» Recently though, I’ve been looking for a mask to help with my troubled skin. I heard great things about this mask and so I decided to buy 3! And I finished them all… in the span of a week. Because I LOVED IT.

This mask has one ingredient in particular which I like – Centella Asiatica Extract! I’ve been using this ingredient in different products for a while and it’s been helping my skin a lot. Mainly in calming it down and helping it heal.

I love using face mask and so it’s great to find one that really suits your needs! It helps cause instead of doing your whole routine, you can just face mask (especially during lazy days hehe) and so isn’t that great???? 😏

I bought mine on BeautyMNL!!! Go check it out!!!

7. Heimish All Clean Balm


I’ve raved about this before!!!!! And I’ll rave about it about it again!!!! I love this product!!! It helps rid my skin of all the excess oil and dirt after such a long day.

Check out my latest review of it here! ☺️

8. Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil

This is another product I previously raved about! It has a beautiful shade of blue πŸ’™ hahaha but that’s not the only reason why I love it. It helps balance the oil on my skin as well as calm down my flare ups!

Check out my latest review of it here!!!

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Well that’s it for my April loves: Skincare!!!! Next up: Makeup!!!! Get ready to see some of my favorite makeup products that I’ve been loving! ❀️

Also, stay tuned for more makeup looks & #ootds coming your way soon πŸ˜‰

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