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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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!

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Til the next post!

leadiiinglady xx

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