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’s Love List: Skincare πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

So many people have been asking me, what are your favorite skincare products? What would you recommend? Do you like this, do you like that?

To answer all of you, I decided to start this new part of my blog called: Leadiiinglady’s Love List πŸ’˜ (LLLL…..L2L2….. L4……) hahaha okay yeah Leadiiinglady’s Love List. This is where I will be writing about my loves or in other words, my faves.

This post in particular is about my personal skincare loves! So for all of you guys who have been asking me about my favorite skincare products, here they are all in one post!

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12 of my favorite skincare products (as of now)

Let’s start with my favorite oil cleanser of all time…

1. Banila Co Clean it Zero

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This is my favorite oil cleanser OF ALL TIME. I cannot stress how magical this beautiful tub is. I’ve been using it EVERY SINGLE DAY. This is already my fourth tub!!! If you guys are looking for a good oil cleanser that isn’t too oily but still manages to clean your face super well, this is the one for you! I prefer this over liquid oil cleansers because after using these kinds of cleansers, my face feels super oily and my skin is oily to begin with and so this doesn’t really help my cause hahaha.

To use this product, all you have to do is use the spatula (it comes with a spatula) and get a spoonful of balm and then spread it all over your face! Spread it very well! Massage your face (but gently!!!) and be sure to take your time taking off all your make-up and the dirt on your face! And then wash your face with warm water. Follow up with your regular cleanser and voila! Your face is clean!

You can buy this on Althea Korea, Zalora, BeautyMNL and a lot of instagram beauty shops!

2. Cure Natural Aqua Gel

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This is my go-to exfoliator! I just got this recently but I’m already in love with it! I’ve been looking for a good exfoliator for months, I’ve tried so many but I couldn’t find the right one. When I got this, it was like love at first sight!!! It really takes out my dead skin like it says it’s supposed to do and afterwards, my skin feels so soft.

Exfoliating is super important! Especially for those of you who have acne scars/combination skin like me. Exfoliating helps take out your dead skin cells and allows your skin to renew. This helps with your post acne scars and it helps even it out! What I also love about this product is that it doesn’t make a mess! plus there’s a lock thingy so you can bring it with you on your travels and not have to worry about it spilling!

You can buy this in the Beauty Bar! It’s a bit pricey but it’s a big bottle and since you’re only supposed to exfoliate at least once or twice a week, this will last you a long time! Remember, a little goes a long way!

3. COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

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I love COSRX products. Hands down, one of the best skincare brands ever. The products are just so consistent, like I haven’t ran into any “bad” product. And so of course for this post, I’m bound to have a few COSRX products riiiight…. hahahaha.

This is my morning cleanser. It is wonderful. You know that feeling when you wake up with an oily face and all you wanna do is cleanse cleanse and cleanse to get rid of that oily feeling??? This is the best way! It takes off all the excess oil and dirt! But still leaves your face hydrated and soft! And guess what? It also takes off make-up REALLY WELL. I tried it once cause I was curious. And it really took everything off even without me rubbing it in that much!

Plus this cleanser brings your skin back to the normal pH level which helps your skin absorb the essences and serums you put after!

You can buy this on the skin curator, BeautyMNL and other online instagram shops!

4. LJH Tea Tree Essence

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Tea Tree has always worked well with my skin. I guess it’s cause I’m acne prone and it helps get rid of the bacteria and helps soothe my skin when it’s inflamed or red!

I decided to try this essence out because I heard good reviews about it and I’m super glad I did! This really helps my skin! The tea tree in the formula helps prevent acne and heals it when I do have. I would recommend this to you guys who have combination/acne-prone skin! It is super gentle but super effective! Highly recommended! All you have to do is put three drops and pat it all over your face (after toner)!

You can buy this on a lot of online instagram beauty shops!

5. COSRX BHA Blackhead Powder Liquid

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This is another one of my loves from COSRX! This is actually one of the first COSRX products I bought. I’ve always had a problem with acne cysts and I heard that this product helps prevent them and so I decided to try it out.

This is a chemical exfoliator that goes deep into the skin and works to clean the deepest parts to help prevent acne cysts from developing in the first place. I have to say that this super helped me! After I started using this for a while, I noticed that I started getting less pimples even during “my time of the month!”

I’ll soon have another blog post for just my AHA and BHA products to explain more about what they’re for and how you can use them so stay tuned for that! But if you’re using them already, don’t forget to put on SPF everyday because these are VERY STRONG chemical exfoliators and so your skin may a bit more sensitive to the sun!

You can buy this product on the skincurator.com, BeautyMNL or Althea and many more online instagram shops!

6. KIEHL’S Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

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Kiehl’s may a bit pricey but a lot of their products are worth the $$$! And so, I decided to buy this tiny bottle because I’ve always had a problem with my post-acne marks and I’ve read a few reviews saying this product did a lot for their scars. Since I am getting less pimples now, my aim is to work on my acne marks.

To see if this product really worked, I took a picture of my scars before and after. Since I have been using this product, I noticed that my acne marks have been fading. They’re still there but I noticed that I have been using less concealer to cover them up and whenever I would look in the mirror, I would notice that they wouldn’t be as obvious and as red as they used to be and so I could safely say that this product is really working for me. I only use are 2 drops and so I know this bottle will last a long time and hopefully by the time I finish it, my acne scars would be completely gone.

I would recommend this to those of you who have acne-marks or scars or even sensitive skin because Kiehl’s uses a lot of natural products and so this would be perfect for you guys!

You can buy this at any Kiehl’s branch!

7. My Scheming Face Masks

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These face masks are from Taiwan and they are super cute!!! I mean look at that packaging! I’ve always been a sucker for cute packaging + face masks. I have so many!!!! I abolutely love using them especially during nights when I get too lazy to do my whole skincare routine.

I love how these face masks are affordable and effective! They’re a bit cheaper than korean face masks and if you notice, they are a lot thinner thus it says “invisible mask”.

My favorite out of all the different kinds is the mask with lemon! It really brightens my skin! And helps minimize my pores! I recommend this for those of you who like trying out new face masks and those of you with sensitive skin because these masks are very gentle and easy on the skin.

You can buy this at PCX for only P65!

8. BeautyFix Peel-Off Mask

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I bought this recently because everyone said that this is way better than the normal nose strips. This is supposed to take off all the dirt and whiteheads and at the same time detoxify your skin.

I tried it out and wow I amazed with the results! On the container, it shows the mask all over the face but I decided to only put it on my t-zone. I left it on for about 20 minutes, afterwards, it was dry and ready to be peeled off. I have to admit that it HURT when I was taking it off. It hurt like crazy and so it took a while. But I know it was cause it was REALLY taking off all the dirt and whiteheads. When I looked at the mask, I saw so many and I was so amazed as to how much it took out.

Aside from that, my skin felt super soft!!! As if all the bumps disappeared. I recommend to use this every two weeks as to get rid of all the dirt and whiteheads deep within! This is way better than the regular nose strips you use! You’ll see a difference!

Get this at Watsons now!

9. PIOLANG 24K Gold Wrapping Mask

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What I love most about this mask is that it’s gold. I mean, when I wear it I can’t help but feel like a “Golden Goddess” hahaha it’s really fun to wear! Plus it works πŸ˜‰

This mask works to make your skin glow! And it really does! I like using this before I go out and start my day! I apply it with a spatula (I like using spatulas when I get products in tubs), I make it a bit thick and leave it on for thirty minutes and then I peel it off. Afterwards, my skin is glowing and I’m ready to take on the day πŸ˜‰

You can buy this in Althea Korea!

10. SKINFOOD Salmon Brightening Eye Cream

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This is my go-to eye cream! Eye cream is a must for me because I have dark dry under eyes and so I can’t live without my eye cream. It took me a while though to find the right one. I went through countless kinds before finding this one. But when I did, it was the perfect fit!

What I love about this eye cream is that it’s very affordable and very effective! And the brightness aspect happens right away. After putting it, I notice it brightens my under eye area and what’s a big plus for me is that it is VERY MOISTURIZING which is what I need. When I put concealer under my eye, it tends to become dry and I absolutely hate that and so I really needed something that can keep my skin moisturized all day and this is IT!

So if you guys have the same problem as me, go grab a small tub from Skinfood now! And guess what, it lasts a long time!!!

11. Apie’u Non Co Tea Tree Spot Patch

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When it comes to acne cysts and pimples, this is the patch I use! Especially if they’re still starting out. These are medicated acne patches! I actually wrote a review on this and you can check it out here!

They contain Tea Tree and so again, this product is good for those of you who have combination or acne-prone skin! Whenever I feel a pimple starting to grow, I put this on at night and by the next morning, it’s almost completely gone! This is like my holy grail because one, it’s hassle free! You just put them on and boom, it’s gone! And two, it prevents me from touching them or making them worse. (Do not touch your pimples! The dirtiest body part are your fingers so please DONT)

You can buy this on yesstyle.com! It is very affordable so go go go!

12. KIEHL’S Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

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Last but definitely not the least, another Kiehl’s skincare product! This is actually a sample size. What I like about this brand is that they have a lot of samples and so you can try out their products to make sure it works for you before spending all your money on a normal-sized product. I’ve been collecting samples of this one product in particular and I’ve been loving it so much that I think I’m ready to commit and buy the real thing.

This is a micr-blur skin perfector that works to minimize pores, smoothen the complexion of your skin and improve it in the process. To be honest, I’ve always been afraid of using these kinds of products because I felt that they would clog my pores and would cause more acne. BUT I talked to the doctor at Kiehl’s and she said that this product doesn’t do that and that’s why I decided to try it.

And it has done my skin WONDERS. Coming from an acne-prone girl, this is a big deal!!! hahaha the number one cause of acne is because the pores get clogged and dirt builds up inside it, causing—> pimples. But this product hasn’t given me any breakouts whatsoever!!! And I’ve been using it everyday! Isn’t that great??????? And so for you guys who have been looking for a product like this, go ahead and try this one out!

All you have to do is apply it after applying ALL your morning skincare products! It’s the last step before putting on your make-up! You can buy this at any Kiehl’s branch!

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And so that was my love list for skincare products (as of now), I will be coming out with one again soon! Maybe next month… a whole new list and so stay tuned for that! πŸ˜‰ Again, if you have any questions or concerns, be sure to comment! I will get back to you for sure! πŸ™‚

Buuuut of course, aside from my skincare loves, I also have my make-up loves! And so be sure to check out my next post:

“Leadiiinglady’s Love List: Make-up πŸ’„”

Plus I heard great reviews about my Disney Princess Make-up post and so get ready for part 2 coming out very soon! πŸ˜‰

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Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions and results! Again, if it works for you, it works for you πŸ™‚