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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Leadiiinglady Travels: San Francisco πŸŒ

HI GUYS 🌸

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

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

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

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

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

SITES & ATTRACTIONS

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

Golden Gate Bridge

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

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

PIER 39

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

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

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

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

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LOMBARD STREET

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

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

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CASTRO District

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

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

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UNION SQUARE

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

(look at that dude hiding from my camera hahahah)

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GHIRARDELLI SQUARE

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

FOOD

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

CLAM CHOWDER

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

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

BEIGNETS

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

FORTUNE COOKIES

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

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COOKIE

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

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

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

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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

MUSÉÉ MΓ‰CANIQUE

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

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

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

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WALL & BUILDING ART

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for more blog posts on my USA 2017 trip coming soon ☺️

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Til the next post!

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

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:

Instagram: @leadiiinglady

Twitter: @leadiiinglady

Stay tuned for more fashion & makeup posts soon!

Til the next post!

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

It’s a “Worry-Free” Summer for You! πŸŒž

I, for one, love summer. I love going to the beach with my friends, having cook-outs with my family and pretty much lazing around under the sun.

BUT

There are times when it can turn out to be a complete disaster.

It can become such a hassle when your skin starts reacting negatively to all your summer activities. Oily skin? Irritated skin? Burnt skin? Ugh what a buzzkill.

But good thing I have some products to help keep my summer worry-free! And guess what? I got you covered! πŸ˜‰

All you need is some faith, trust….. and well, a few products πŸ˜…

 1. Whamisa Organic Flowers/Apple Sebum Treatment

Among all of the products here, this is the newest one in my skincare routine but tbh, it found its place really quick. That’s how amazing it is!

This is a lotion that helps control the amount of sebum/oil on your face. All the ingredients are organic and thus this product seems to be suitable for sensitive skin (like mine). I have been using this for more than a few weeks now and I have been LOVING it so far!!!

The way I use it in my skincare routine is that I put it on after my essence because it can actually work as a light moisturizer (if you’re the dry type though, I’m not sure if it would be enough for you). I don’t spread it all over my face. I only spread it on my t-zone (cause I have combination skin).

So far, since I’ve been using it, I’ve had no breakouts whatsoever and my skin has been less oily than usual, especially on my t-zone!!! I used to use blotting papers after roughly an hour but now I have to blot maybe after three hours. (Yes I still have to blot BUT THAT’S NORMAL).

If the summer heat is making you oily like crazy, try this product out! You can buy it online from Althea Korea for P760!

2. Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil

Let’s talk about Facial oils. Yes I know, the topic sounds pretty scary especially for those with oily skin BUT do you know that it can actually make your skin even better WITHOUT making it super oily??? YES IT’S POSSIBLE.

Adding oil to your skin can actually stop the overproduction of your skins natural oil and help balance it out. THUS making your skin even better!

I recently just started using the Herbivore Lapis Oil and I’ve been seeing the difference already. I chose this because it’s especially formulated for combination/oily skin. The Blue Tansy in the formula helps by reducing redness and clarifying the complexion which is what I specifically need.

I’ve had a breakout recently because of “product x” (BLEH) and so I treated it with the oil and I was so amazed that the redness and irritation toned down by the time I woke up the next morning.

This summer, I say you switch to a facial oil (especially in this crazy heat!!!!). You will not regret it FOR SURE. There are so many different brands like Herbivore, Sunday Riley, Kypris and Drunk Elephant!!!

I bought this from Sephora Philippines for P1,316! I might buy the bigger one soon though so aaaahhh πŸ™ˆ

3. Missha All Around Safe Block Satin Finish

I finally ran out of my Cosrx Aloe Sunblock and so I decided to try out another brand and I heard Missha’s sunblocks are really good and so I decided to buy one! I chose the satin finish cause I thought that was best for my combination skin.

So far, I’ve been really liking this sun cream. It doesn’t give me a heavy feeling at all plus there’s no greasy after feeling which I hate!!!

What I love about this cream is that it has a faint smell and it has a strong SPF of 50!!! I started using sunblock everyday late last year and it’s been an important product in my routine! I cannot leave the house without it! And so I’m really glad I found this product.

With this sunblock, I can have fun under the sun, worry-free! πŸ˜‰

I bought my safe block from @thebbcreamshopph for P650!

4. Happy Skin Matte of My Dreams Oil Control Mattifying Powder

I’ve been looking for a powder which could help with my sebum control and when I heard people raving about this, I just had to try it!

It’s more of like pressed powder than loose powder and it comes in a translucent white shade so that it can work for anyone!

When I first tried this, I was kind of nervous that it wouldn’t work for me (cause I get oily like crazy) and I didn’t want my πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ to go to waste. BUT luckily, it did just the job!!!

I used to have to blot 1 hour after putting on makeup but after using this powder, I only needed to blot THREE HOURS after which made a REALLY BIG DIFFERENCE. For us oily girls, we will always have to have blotting paper in our makeup bag BUT with this product, we won’t have to worry about buying as many packs as we usually do.

Happy Skin has never let me down and with this new product in the mix, working wonders for my skin, I am tempted to buy even more products!!!! Maybe that Matte Primer might do me good…. 😏

I bought my Mattifying Powder in the Happy Skin branch in Alabang for P1,299! (A bit pricey but definitely worth it!)

5. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

Facial sprays are a must in my skincare routine. I was actually going back and forth about buying either this one, the Herbivore one or the Glossier one. But I settled for this one because of the (gentle) ingredients as well as the amazing reviews online.

I was actually pretty lucky because I got to try the travel size one for free since I got it (for free) after buying a bunch of Mario Badescu products.

Update on that travel size spray bottle… it is EMPTY. I have used it all up and wow do I love it. I usually use it after I put on my makeup as a setting spray (but not really). It IS NOT a setting spray and so it will not set your makeup/make your makeup last longer. But I use it as such because it gives me a dewy like look after a few sprays. I’m all for the dewy (NOT OILY) look over the matte look. It just looks way more natural.

Anyway, after using it, it gives me such a refreshing feeling. Which is why I also use it during the day when I’m feeling tired or hot hahaha (I filled up my travel sized bottle cause I bought a normal-sized one).

The rosewater and aloe in the formula leaves my face feeling calm and refreshed. Definitely a need this summer πŸ˜‰

I bought mine in Rustans for P655 (which is actually pretty good!!!) They sell a lot of Mario Badescu products!

6. LUSH Sunny Day Anti Static Hair Detangler

I’ve had this product for a while and it’s been really helping with my frizzy hair. BUT I also found that it helps when my hair is super dry!!! My hair usually gets super dry during the summer because of the heat and so I wanted to find a product that would help leave it hydrated and feeling fresh.

Little did I know that I already had a product that would work for me. Let me make it clear, there’s a difference between oily hair and hydrated hair. Sometimes the heat can leave your hair dry or oily and it is important to NOT USE products that overproduce the amount of oil in your hair.

This product keeps my hair hydrated without making it look oily. In the end, my hair feels soft and “not tangled”. Which is the best feeling in the world especially for frizzy-haired girls like me.

So if you need something for your frizzy/dry/oily hair this summer, go to LUSH and try this out!!!

I bought mine in LUSH for P825!

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That’s it for my post about products that’ll make your summer worry-free!!!! Hope this helped you guys out! πŸ’› Now you can go have fun in the sun at any time!!!

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Instagram: @leadiiinglady

Twitter: @leadiiinglady

Stay tuned for more posts about Summer, Skincare, Makeup and Photoshoots coming your way this May πŸ˜‰

Hope you are all having a great summer! 🌞

Til the next post!

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DISCLAIMER: These are my personal opinions on the products as well as my pictures! Please do not take what isn’t yours! Thank you!

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

Coachella Season.

One thing I love doing during Coachella season (since I can’t go there myself huhu) is looking at all theΒ 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 thoughtΒ 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 πŸ˜… 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 πŸ’œ

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 πŸ˜‰

***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!***

FLOWER

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 –Β 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 whichΒ 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.Β 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!!! πŸ’— 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 πŸ’œ

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

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Twitter: @leadiiinglady

Til the next post!

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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! πŸ’–

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 βœ¨πŸ’„

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 Β 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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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 myΒ “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, KatyΒ Kat Black Lipstick, Tarte Gel Eyeliner

FINAL LOOKS

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AAAAHHHHHHHH Well, there you go ❀️ This actually happened πŸ™‚ 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:

Instagram: @leadiiinglady

Twitter: @leadiiinglady

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!

Travel 101: My Must-Haves when Traveling βœˆοΈ

Soooooo I just got back from Guam!!! If you guys don’t know, I was actually born there and so it was pretty cool to go back after 22 years. I went with my best friend, Lizelle whom I have been friends with since I was kindergarten! She’s pretty much my travel buddy! It’s our lifelong dream to travel the world together. So far, we’ve been to Singapore, Japan, Spain, Canada and now Guam. Up next, USA??? Maybe πŸ˜‰

I’ve been traveling a lot recently – last year I went to the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Japan. I just love traveling! My love for traveling came about because I was exposed to it at a very young age. Traveling was and is still my family’s way of bonding. Every summer, we would go some place new. It’s something that I’ve always looked forward to! Now that I’m older, I not only get to travel with my family but with my friends as well – in April, I plan to go to Palawan, in June, I’m going on a roadtrip across the USA with my family and in August, my friend Bea and I are going to Korea (which I’m so excited for cause BEAUTY PRODUCTS AHHH) Anyway, those are just some of the few places I plan to go to this year but there are still so many on my list and I’m just hoping that I get to go to them all ❀️

Anyway… do you need help packing for your next trip? Well, here is a list of my own MUST HAVES when traveling! This post is for all you young travelers out there! Travel 101: My Must Haves when Traveling!

1. PRETTY ORGANIZERS


Okay, so this is just my thing. I loveeee having pretty/witty/colorful cases with lots of personality – especially when I’m traveling. Because one, it lessens the chance of me mixing up some of my stuff with my friend’s things and two, it just makes everything much more fun for me! There’s just so much personality (especially with these specific cases) and it just really describes me as a person. I mean, what better way to describe yourself than with your travel organizers?

2. IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS


These are your passport, boarding pass, hotel reservation, credit card, cash, itinerary etc. These are very important when it comes to traveling. They’re the reason you can travel in the first place! When it comes to your passport, make sure you have an extra photocopy version with you at all times in case of emergencies or you could also take a picture of it with your phone. As for your cash, something I like to do is only take a certain amount with me and leave the rest in the SAFE in the hotel room. This allows me to budget my money (bahahaha) and in case someone steals my bag while I’m out *knocks on wood*, I still have extra cash back in the hotel room! When it comes to the itinerary, I like having an idea of what I want to do. On some days, I schedule trips and visits but on other days I like to just go out and explore and let my feet take me wherever! So this one is completely up to you!

3. CAMERA


I cannot travel without my camera. AS IN. This is a need!!!! I only got into photography in my third year of college but since then, I have always brought my camera with me everywhere. Some people ask me what camera I use for my blogposts and it’s my Canon 70D! I love Canon! I think they’re very user-friendly and they take quality pictures! My favorite form of photography though is portrait photography – and so I like taking pictures of people, animals, objects. I find landscape photography quite a challenge. I still have to master it but that doesn’t stop me from taking pictures of the beautiful places I get to visit.

4. GADGETS & CHARGERS


These are the important gadgets I need while traveling! These include my laptop, phone and powerbank! I usually bring my laptop during long trips because I have to transfer and edit pictures. A powerbank is something that is very useful but I always forget to bring one! Idk why I always forget but it’s a good thing my friend, Lizelle always brings two. She knows me so well!

5. COMFORT PILLOW & COMPANION

I ended up buying this purple pillow in the airport because I totally forgot mine (?) This is a need for me because I have such a hard time sleeping in the plane without this! Plus I get really bad neck pain. Good thing is you can get this almost anywhere and they come in a bunch of colors and designs! Aside from my pillow, I also like bringing my little companion which is a meaningful/important stuffed toy. I know, I’m such a child but I can’t leave home without one! This is Shao-Shao! Both my boyfriend and I have one hahaha and he’s been my little buddy for a while so I decided to bring him with me. I can’t sleep without Shap-Shao! Especially if I’m in an unfamiliar place.

6. MAKEUP KIT


This is my trusty makeup travel kit! This only has the makeup that I really NEED for the trip – so that’s my everyday foundation, concealer, powder, blush, lip stick etc. I don’t like bringing all my makeup with me especially when traveling cause there’s a risk I might lose something or there’s a risk that my carry-on bag may be a bit overweight hahahaha just so you know, this is the one I also carry with me in my bag when I got out for the day. They basically contain the same things! When packing your makeup travel kit, think about what you NEED and what you actually plan to use. That way you save space and weight!

7. CAP & SUNGLASSES

Going to a country with hot weather? You’re gonna need these two! I like brining a cap with me everywhere just cause I like wearing caps in general. I don’t bring it just cause it’ll be sunny hehe, I also bring it as a fashion statement – but it definitely is more than that. As for my sunglasses, I always make sure to bring at least one pair (which could go with any of my outfits). I have very sensitive eyes and so this is a must for me! I hate squinting plus it’ll give you fine lines so bring a pair! You might think you need more than one cause of the many different outfits you’ll wear but trust me, one is more than enough!

8. PLANNER

If you’re like me and you like writing down your plans for the day/memories, then do yourself a favor and bring a planner. I always bring my planner with me everywhere I go and so it’s convenient that my planner is tiny. (hi tiny Starbucks planner) I DO NOT like forgetting things and so I always make sure to fill up my planner. Especially when it comes to traveling, it helps me remember the places I explored, the people I met and the memories I made!

9. HARD DRIVE

I, for one, take A LOT of pictures. And that requires me to transfer them to my hard drive or else I will have no space. And so I always make sure to bring my hard drive with me whenever I go on trips! This makes it so much easier cause I don’t need to worry about limiting my pictures. I can just click away (which I love to do) hahaha Seagate has been the only brand for me since I got my first hard drive and it has made my life so much easier!!!! I cannot stress this enough!

10. SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Are you a skincare addict? Yeah, me too. This is another must for me. I need to bring my skincare products with me everywhere! I try to cut them down so my bag isn’t too heavy but sometimes I can’t help it. Here’s a tip though (which I didn’t do haahaha) buy small containers from Beabi (check that store out! They have the BEST ORGANIZERS) so that you don’t have to bring your full-sized products! I didn’t have time to buy and so I wasn’t able to do this but next time I will for sure! This will make things so much easier for you because one, your luggage won’t be as heavy (mine was heavy cause of all of these) and two, if you lose it, it’s KINDA fine since you have the actual product safe at home!

TADAAAA!

That’s it for my travel must bring post! What do you guys think I should add to this list?

I know it was pretty short. My schedule has been crazy lately but I promise you guys that I’ll come out with more posts next week! Stay tuned for my blog post about Guam as well as my SKINCARE HAUL POST next week! I’m sure you guys will enjoy it!!! πŸ’–

Til the next post!

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My Everyday Skincare Routine (Updated) πŸ’†πŸ»

Hellooooooo! I am back with another post!!! I was actually supposed to post this yesterday but my schedule has been crazy with rehearsals, gigs & all so I only got to post it now πŸ˜…

ANYWAY, so many people have been asking me about my current skincare routine and it’s funny cause that was one of the reasons why I started this blog in the first place. Apparently Instagram has a character count??? And sooo, I couldn’t share my skincare routine on Instagram (cause it’s too damn long hahaha) I had to find another way. And I ended up making a full blown blog because of it.

My skincare routine blog post has been receiving a lot of views and comments and so I wanted to post another one which is the updated version because I made a few changes and added/replaced/took out some. And so here it is! Again if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment! I will get back to you as soon as I can! πŸ™‚

For this post I used the emojis, 🌞 &πŸŒ›! The sun means I use it in the morning, the moon means I use it in the evening and if both are present, that means I use them both morning and evening!

 1. CLEANSING BALM (Banila Co.) πŸŒ›

FAVE BALM FOREVER. Like I super love this!!! This is already my fourth tub! So as you can see I love it so much ❀️ I use this every night even when I don’t wear that much makeup because it helps get rid of the impurities and dirt on my skin so that my pores do not get clogged and cause acne! For me, this is a NEED in any skincare routine and so go and buy one now!

2. EXFOLIATOR (Cure) πŸŒ›

This is my go-to exfoliator! At first it may not seem like one because it doesn’t have any beads or grains but once you rub it on your DRY face, you’ll see the magic happen! It ends up taking off all your dead and dry skin! And it’s makes no mess at all! It’s a bit pricey but it’s a huge bottle! It’ll surely last you a few months since you’re only supposed to exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week.

3. CLEANSER (COSRX pH Cleanser) 🌞

So far, this is one of the best cleansers I have ever tried. It’s so gentle yet it really cleans my skin! It takes out all the dirt and impurities! Plus, it even works as a great make-up remover. Whenever I use this to take off make-up, it doesn’t need much! This is my go-to cleanser because after I use, my face always feels squeaky clean!

4. CLEANSER (COSRX Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser) πŸŒ›

Another one of my go-to cleansers! I use this one at night only. Unlike other exfoliating cleansers, this one does not dry up my skin! What’s a plus is that it has Salicylic Acid and so it’s great for those prone to acne! And don’t worry cause it works for sensitive skin too. I have sensitive skin and have been using this every night but it never irritated my skin or caused it to peel. That’s saying something!

5. TONER (COSRX AHA BHA Toner) πŸŒžπŸŒ›

By far one of the best toners out there! It is so gentle on my skin! Would definitely recommend this to those of you who have sensitive skin. It doesn’t have much of a scent and it doesn’t sting my skin at all when I apply it. What I also like about this toner is that it makes it easier for me to apply my Vitamin C and chemical exfoliators because it normalizes the pH level of my skin which is what is needed to apply the following products!

6. VITAMIN C (Klairs) πŸŒ›

I tried C21 before but oh was it strong! It didn’t do anything for my sensitive skin except make it even more sensitive. Tbh, it ended up doing more harm than good and so I decided to research for a more gentle vitamin c serum and this is what I found! It’s not too strong and so you won’t see the results right away but you WILL see them. It just takes time! I’d rather take my time than use a stronger product that could do more damage to my skin.

7. DARK SPOT CORRECTOR (Kiehls) πŸŒ›

This is new in my skincare routine. I got this a few weeks back and I have been using it with my vitamin c BUT I only use this for specific areas like for my scars and dark spots. I decided to use this in conjuction with my Klairs Vitamin C because I felt like this specific areas needed an extra push. I use them together and so far they have both been working great for me!

8. AHA / BHA (COSRX) πŸŒ›

I’ve been using BHA but I recently added my AHA. I wanted to try AHA because I wanted to see its effect on my whiteheads. I don’t use it everyday because I feel like that would be too much for my skin. I use it around 3 times a week or more if needed. I’d say it’s been working well for me but a bit of a warning, the smell is pretty unpleasant. And so if you’re sensitive to scents, I suggest you don’t buy it. The BHA on the other hand works well for me! It prevents pimples which I really like plus there is no scent at all and so that’s a plus!

9. ESSENCE (LJH Tea Tree Essence) πŸŒžπŸŒ›

This is another addition to my skincare routine! I really liked my Snail Essence from COSRX but I just wanted to try out another one that could target specifically my oiliness and acne. And so I researched and researched and I found this! I heard this has been working great for those with sensitive skin and I’m glad I decided to try it out because I have been loving it! It really helps calm my skin down especially the redness of my skin. It’s pretty affordable and accessible and so go ahead and buy one!

10. EMULSION (COSRX Natural BHA Emulsion) πŸŒžπŸŒ›

Been using this since the start and I still love it! It’s not just a moisturizer, it also works to make my skin glow as well as “mattify” it. I like using this because it’s very gentle and it really refines my skin texture – making it more smooth and plump! Some people find this unecessary but I’ve had this since the start of my skincare routine and I don’t think I’ll ever let it go! 

11. MOISTURIZER (COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream) πŸŒžπŸŒ›

My fave moisturizer ❀ I really love this moisturizer! It is not too heavy, not too light. I have combination skin and so I’m sometimes oily and I have some dry patches and so this moisturizer is perfect for me. I use only a little bit in the morning though and more at night so that I don’t get too oily during the day. This really helps get rid of my dry patches so ugh lifesaver.

12. EYE CREAM (Skinfood Salmon Eye Cream) πŸŒžπŸŒ›

BEST EYE CREAM EVER. I already told you guys before that I have been looking for an eye cream that would help with my “dry” under eyes. And so far, this has been my fave!!! It took me a while to find this one but once I tried it, I instantly saw the difference! The skin under my eyes were no longer dry! Even when I applied concealer! Before my fine lines would be really seen and it looked really bad but thanks to this eye cream, that rarely happens! I apply this every morning and night!

13. SLEEPING PACK (Etude House Sleeping Pack) πŸŒ›

I have been using this sleeping pack since the time I first formed my skincare routine. I was kinda afraid at first that this would make me breakout cause I know Etude House is known for really scented essences and masks but this one doesn’t really have a scent and it’s very gentle on my skin! Plus every time I wake up, my skin always feels hydrated! I’ve had this since last year and there’s still so much product left! So it’s definitely worth the price!

14. SPOT TREATMENT (Mario Badescu Drying Lotion) πŸŒ›

I recently got this but it has already made it to the top of my list. I really wanted to find a strong spot treatment for my acne and so I researched about several brands but I liked this one and it’s now available in Rustans and so I bought it! On my first day of using it, I already noticed the difference! It really shrunk my pimple and dried them out! They were almost gone overnight! Definitely a keeper!

15. ACNE PATCHES (A’pieu Nonco Medicated Acne Patches)πŸŒ›

One of my trusty medicated acne patches!!! Whenever I put it on a spot, the next day it’s almost gone! It really works!!! I already wrote a more extensive review on this before so check it out here! πŸ™‚

16. SUNBLOCK (COSRX Aloe Vera SPF) 🌞

My trusty sunblock! Idk what I would do without this sunblock!!!! I used to not wear sunblock because I didn’t like how it clogged my pores and I hated the sticky feeling but I knew I still needed to wear and so I researched for one that would be super light and that wouldn’t cause me to break out. I saw the great reviews of this product and so I bought it and wow it’s amazing!!!!! I never leave the house without it! It actually makes me love putting on sunblock! Which is a big thing for me. If you want a sunblock that doesn’t give you that sticky heavy feeling, this one is for you!

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Well there you have it! My current and updated skincare routine! If you guys have any questions or concerns, just leave me a comment and I will get back to you ASAP! ☺️

Btw, I’ll be leaving for Guam this weekend (will write a post about it ahhhh) and so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post on Friday! But for sure I’ll be posting another blog post soon! Also I’ll be writing about my SKINCARE AND MAKEUP HAUL!!! Ahhhh I recently bought so many products and so I’m so excited to show you guys!!!!! Stay tuned for that πŸ’–

Will be back very soon! Til the next post!

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