The Body Shop Face Masks – Current faves πŸŒΈ

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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!!!

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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!

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Let’s talk about Clay Masks.

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

My blog is now almost 7 months old and so I’ve decided to upgrade to a more sophisticated theme. At first this was more of a hobby but I’ve been enjoying it so much that I think I’m now ready to take it to the next level! I’ve started a few collaborations and so watch out for that. Plus, I’m open to more opportunities and so feel free to send me an email or a dm on Instagram!

Anyway, back to my blog post!

Let’s talk about clay masks.

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with clay masks. The thing is, it’s really hard to find a good clay mask for sensitive. Most clay masks tend to be very drying and tightening. Aside from that, a lot of them make the skin red and stingy. I personally have sensitive skin and so I really had to find the right one for me.

LUCKILY, I didn’t find just one but TWO perfect clay masks for me and my skin and I’m here to share them with you!

NeoGen Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser

One of my fave masks of all time!!! But tbh, it’s not a leave-on mask. What makes this mask so great is how gentle and effective it is for me. It does not sting whatsoever and it makes my face feel squeaky clean. Like I said, you don’t leave it on your face. You apply it with your fingers and rub it all around in a circular motion. When you first apply it, the mask will bubble (you will look like a cloud hahaha) – after about 5 minutes of spreading it all around, it’ll eventually flatten and that’s the time you wash it off.

The consistency is really bubbly and light (as you can see above) and so it can get a bit messy especially when applied but otherwise, it does what it’s supposed to. After using it, it’s the best feeling in the world! My face feels so fresh and clean – plus my pores appear much smaller and cleaner. It was love at first sight with this mask. I saw it and I just had to buy it after reading so many great reviews! And I am definitely not disappointed πŸ˜‰

I bought this from BeautyMNL!

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Clay Mask

I’ve only used this twice but I am already in love with this product! I’ve always felt iffy about leave on clay masks because they really tend to dry my skin out but I got lucky with this one!

I’ve been looking at this line from the Body Shop because of all the natural ingredients used. I decided to buy this one because it’s used to mainly purify and that’s what I needed. I was really tempted to buy the other ones too cause they look so pretty but ugh this mask is pretty pricey ($28).

Anyway, I love the ingredients used especially Charcoal and Tea Tree! Charcoal takes off the excess sebum and cleans the pores while Tea Tree helps get rid of bacteria and purifies.

At first I was worried about the smell because of my sensitive skin. The smell is very strong and minty and so I was afraid I was going to breakout but guess what??? My skin didnt have any bad reaction whatsoever. In fact, my skin wasn’t even red once I washed the mask off! It was LESS red and that barely ever happens. Which means that this mask really cleaned and calmed my skin down.

Just a note! When you use the mask, you’ll experience a bit of a cool tightening feeling but that is completely normal! Don’t forget I have sensitive skin and this mask worked for me! And so I’m pretty sure it’ll work for you too! πŸ˜‰ Since this was such a success, I’m already looking forward to buying more masks from the same line!!!

I got this from The Body Shop for $28!

That’s it for my clay mask post!!! Stay tuned for a makeup post coming soon πŸ’œ

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Night Time Routine Must-Haves! πŸŒ™

Of course my blog wouldn’t be the same without reviews of some of my current favorite skincare products. I mean, that’s the whole reason why I came up with this blog in the first place! πŸ˜‚

I know it’s been a while but here I am with a review (FINALLY) of some of theΒ productsΒ I’ve been using for my evening skincare routine!

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If you guys have noticed, the weather has been crazy these past few days! There are times when it’s too hot or when it’s too cold – it’s just been very “on & off” lately and so I’ve been adjusting my skincare routine A LOT to compensate for this crazy weather!!! BUT I’ve finally come up with a SOLID skincare routine that’s been going great so far and so I want to share with you guys some of the products that make it awesome!

For this blog post, I will be reviewing the STARS of my night time skincare routine!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

1. Heimish Cleansing Balm


I recently raved about this product in my previous blog post but I feel like I haven’t raved about it enough. This is one of my holy grail products! LIKE SERIOUSLY.

I’ve been getting really oily during the day time (cause of the weather) and it’s been making me feel absolutely icky and dirty – I just don’t like the feeling of having too much oil on my face. BUT this cleanser gets rid of all my worriesΒ because once I use it, my face feels squeaky clean AND hydrated at the same time.

Just a note though – it’s consistency is a bit more watery compared to that of Clean it Zero and so it may be a bit messier and may be a hassle for you guys but I personally like it because it makes it easier to lather all over my face!

To be honest, instead of repurchasing my nth (I’ve lost count) tub of Banila Co, I think I’ll be buying another tub of Heimish Cleansing Balm!!! It’s THAT good!

I bought this from the Skin Curator!!! Check out their instagram here!

2. DearKlairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner


After using the AHA/BHA Cosrx Clarifying Toner, I wanted a change. Not because the product was bad but because I believed that there was a better toner out there for me. And wow was I right!!!

The DearKlairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is gentle yet effective! I love how it’s filled with natural ingredients instead of chemical ones. I especially love that it contains Centella Asiatica! I have just made a discovery that Centella Asiatica works wonders for my skin!!! It calms down my irritated skin especially when I’m beginning to get bad breakouts. Tbh, I consider it a good thing and bad thing that I discovered this because now I am hooked on buying all kinds of products with this ingredient πŸ˜…

((I ACTUALLY just bought the DearKlairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream and so stay tuned for a review very soon!!!Β πŸ˜‰))

Anyway, this toner has been doing wonders for my skin! My skin doesn’t get all red like it used to and instead appears to be more calm! Plus my dry patches seem to be healing faster. I personally recommend this toner for those of you who have super sensitive skin (just like me) cause this definitely helps with that! Swear!

I bought this from Dara Beauty Market on Instagram! You can buy other Korean Beauty Products from there! Check it out!!!

3. Kiehl’s Breakout Control Blemish Treatment Facial Lotion

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I’ve been looking for a product toΒ help prevent breakouts BUT is safe to use everyday. Strong products like that nowadays tend to dry your skin, just like my Benzoyl Peroxide Cream that I still use BUT ONLY for trouble spots and not for everyday use!

At this time, I was looking around Kiehl’s andΒ I saw this – it had me at “BREAKOUT CONTROL”! After reading about it, I was convincedΒ to buy it right away BUT I wasn’t 100% sure if it would work for me and so I settled for 3 samples. And guess what? I used them all up AND LOVED IT. That’s when I said – “I need to buy the full-sized product!!!!!”

This lotion has definitely beenΒ keeping my bad breakouts at bay! Yeah, I did get the occasional zit here and there but not as bad as before. And you know what makes this product even better??? IT DOES NOT DRY UP MY SKIN. It doesn’t!!! (Maybe it’s cause I have oily skin but the thing is I do get dry patches and so the fact that I can use this without my skin drying up says something.)

ALSO, this lotion is very thin – I only use a pea-sized amount and after I apply it, my face doesn’t feel greasy. As a matter a fact, when I use it, it doesn’t feel like I’ve applied anything!

One iffy thing I would say though about this product is that it has a strong smell. It’s kinda like a strong herbal smell and so I’m not sure if some of you will like it but personally, I don’t mind it at all because it doesn’t linger.

I would recommend this product for those of you who have oily/combination skin. Not sure about those of you with dry skin cause daily use might not work for you!Β Use with caution πŸ™‚

4. Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream

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I know, I know. I have a lot of moisturizers. But the thing is, I use them on different days. They’re the easiest to switch around! And I switch them around depending on the condition of my skin or the weather! The weather plays a big part when it comes to skincare. Some days, the heat makes us oily, on other days, the cold makes our skin dry. That’s why I’m always prepared for anything! Rain or shine, my moisturizers got me covered!

Recently though, I’ve been having problems with my combination skin. My t-zone would be oily BUT I would have dry patches on other parts of my face which really annoyed me. And the moisturizer I was using at that time made my t-zone oilier and made my dry patches more apparent!!!!! Talk about double blehhh. And so I needed to find a cream that would not “overmoisturize” my t-zone but at the same time hydrate my dry patches. And so I researched again and I found this wonderful product!!!!

This cream does exactly what I need it to do. It leaves my look NOT TO dewy and at the same time, it fixed my dry patches!!!! Plus this is another product that works toΒ calm down my skin. After putting it on, I don’t feel greasy or heavy, I feel light and hydrated. My skin feels plump and looks just the right amount of dewy which is THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD.

For all you oily people with the same problem as me, this might be the cream for you! Warning: it’s pricey and the smell is strong BUT for me, the results it gives makes it all worth it!

I got this from BeautyMNL! Check it out here! Love love ❀

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Well there you go! Another review done by leadiiinglady πŸ’œ I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted about skincare but to all my skincare followers, stay tuned cause I have more posts coming your way!!! And a few tips as well especially for this summer heat β˜€οΈ

Again thank you for all your support, likes and comments. Much appreciated!!! πŸ’–

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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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