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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Life Update on Leadiiinglady πŸŒΈ

Hi guys! Leadiiinglady here πŸ’œ

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

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

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

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

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

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

Til next time! πŸ’œ

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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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Til the next post!

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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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 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!