The Body Shop Face Masks – Current faves 🌸

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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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May Loves: Skincare 🌸

Hi guys! Leadiiinglady here! And I’m back with another skincare post!!! 💜

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 👌🏻 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!

March Skincare Haul 💜

Hi guys! So I’m finally posting about my skincare haul ❤️ Lately, I have researching & researching on so many products! And because of that – I ended up buying a lot 😅 I know, I know. It’s a bit overwhelming but hey, it’s the one thing I like to splurge on (aside from make-up 😉)

Anyway, I wanted to share this with you guys because a lot of these things I bought are on a lot of bloggers’ top ten lists!!! Idk, maybe you guys are thinking of buying them or maybe you guys want to try a few of these out. And so for this blog post, I am going to be writing about my first impressions of each product as well as how they’ve been performing so far. This is not an extensive review though since I have only been using these products for a while BUT as soon as I feel that I’ve been using these products enough, I’ll let you know what I REALLY think!

1. DearKlairs Supple Preparation Toner


So I ran out of my COSRX AHA BHA Clarifying Toner and needed a replacement. I wanted to try something new and so I researched for a good one and I stumbled upon this. I read that this toner is very good for sensitive skin because it cleanses and soothes. At first when I tried it, I noticed that it had a strong herbal smell. It’s not “bad” but it’s a bit strong, I’m guessing it’s because it contains a lot of Centella Asiatica which is actually VERY GOOD for healing fresh acne scars and calming down irritated skin. That’s actually one of the biggest reasons why I decided to buy it. I have some fresh scars and irritated skin and I’ve been looking for a toner that could calm it down – not just vitamin c since Vitamin c focuses more on lightening dark spots and not necessarily healing those irritated dry patches. Anyway, so far, this toner has been nothing less but amazing. My skin already feels super smooth. I’ve noticed that my fresh acne scars have calmed down and they’re no longer dry and irritated. I like this toner because I saw changes right away in how my skin felt and how less red it was (cause sometimes I get really red). If you’re looking for a toner for your sensitive skin, this could be it for you!
I bought this in Dara Beauty Market (@darabeautymarket) on Instagram! They sell a lot of Korean beauty products as well as other brands!

2. Heimish All Clean Balm


I know what you’re thinking… “I thought Clean it Zero was her holy grail balm cleanser!!?!” Well, I *think* I may have found something better. This is the Heimish All Clean Balm. This was actually recommended to me by my friend, Raya, who commented on my previous post about my skincare routine. This has been getting a bit of hype recently and so I had to try it because people were comparing it to Clean it Zero which is my absolute LOVE. I decided to… scout the competition… hehe. Plus look at the packaging!!!! It’s just so cute!!! So yeah. It’s around the same price as Banila Clean it Zero, if not a little cheaper. Compared to Clean it Zero, it is much more liquid. When I opened it, it looked like thick white goo. And it kinda gave me more of a herbal smell than a fruity smell like the one I get from Banila. But when I tried it. Omg, it was heaven. It just felt so good on my skin! And guess what?! It was able to take off my waterproof mascara way better than Clean it Zero ever could. And what I really like about it is that it’s much more foamy than oily. When I use Banila, right before I wash, my skin looks super oily cause of the cleanser but when I use this All Clean Balm, it looks more foamy and so I don’t get that icky oily feeling at all. So far, this cleanser has been doing wonders for me! I’m going to finish my Clean it Zero first though since I’m running out anyway and who knows, I might just get another tub of Heimish All Clean Balm!
I got this from The Skin Curator! She sells a lot of COSrx products also!

3. Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream


I’ve been seeing a lot of good reviews about this little jar of cream moisturizer. One of the bloggers I follow (one of my favorites and the reason I bought this cream), Snow White & The Asian Pear actually wrote a blog post on this product and that pretty much convinced me that YES I AM GOING TO BUY THIS. At first I thought it was a bigger jar cause it looked big, but when I got it, it was pretty tiny hahaha for a price of P1000+ so yeah pretty pricey BUT definitely worth it. It contains beneficial ingredients such as Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Ceramides. And so it’s very good for whitening, elasticity, anti-aging, moisturizing and hydrating! Yep, that’s all in this little jar. So far, this is the only moisturizer I’ve been using morning and night and my skin loves it! After putting it on, my face feels so soft and plump! It hydrates my skin without making it too oily or shiny. My only comment though is that it isn’t moisturizing enough for my dry patches and so I still add a bit more of my COSRX Honey Ceramide moisturizer on those areas for an extra moisturizing kick. Can’t wait to see what more this cream will do for me! It looks very promising!
I also bought this from Dara Beauty Market!

4. Herbivore Blue Clay Detoxifying Treatment Clay Mask


Love. I bought this because I wanted a mask that could calm down my flare ups or troubled times. And this does exactly that. It’s a clay mask and so it’s a bit messy BUT trust me when I tell you that it’s not as messy as compared to the other clay masks. Plus, you don’t need that much powder to cover your whole face! At first I thought, “Wow, this jar is going to be gone by next month.” But NO. It will last way longer than that. Because it doesn’t need that much powder as it doesn’t have to be too thick. So yeah, keep that in mind! I like using this mask because it really calms down my skin. And it doesn’t sting unlike other masks. I have sensitive skin and so I was kind of worried it might get irritated BUT this worked for me. The only thing I may not like about this product though is that it can be a bit drying and so you really have to moisturize after using it. And don’t overuse it! Maybe twice a month would be enough, especially if you have sensitive skin. Remember, less is more!
I bought this from Makeup Depot! Check them out on Instagram!

5. Origins Masks (Drink-up Intensive Overnight Mask & Out of trouble 10-minute mask)


I bought these two in Guam. I’ve been meaning to try Origins masks but they’re a bit pricey in Manila and so I decided to buy them in Guam for $26 each. I’m glad I did because I have been really liking these two! I bought the Drink-up Intensive Overnight mask because I was having trouble with my dry patches and so I wanted to find a mask that would moisturize them and so far this has been doing wonders. It has a fruity smell and so it smells very yummy! It’s the kind of mask that doesn’t leave you feeling oily. Once it’s absorbed by the skin, it doesn’t leave any residue. My skin just feels smooth, soft and hydrated. As for the 10-minute out of trouble make, I bought it cause I wanted a mask I could use for urgent times when I’m starting a breakout and I don’t want it to continue. I had a bad breakout in Guam and so I tested this out and it worked! It contains salicylic acid and zinc oxide which really helps in calming down the skin and decreasing breakouts. I’m going to continue using this and hopefully, my breakouts become less instense!

6. Mario Badescu Haul (Buffering Lotion, Drying Cream, Drying Lotion, AHA Botanical Body Soap, Rose Water Facial spray – not in the picture)


So they started selling this brand in Rustans’ and I decided to try it out because I have heard so many bloggers rave about it – even celebrities. I’ve tried everything except the Soap and so far I’ve been loving them all. The two I really love though are the Drying Lotion and the Facial Spray. The drying lotion is one of my holy grail products! I usually put it on pimples that are exposed – not cysts because that’s not what it works on. It stings a bit when I apply it but I really feel it killing the bacteria and drying out the pimple! And tbh I love that feeling (is that weird) hahaha as for the facial spray, I use it everyday! I was actually considering buying the glossier facial spray instead of this one but the Mario Badescu one is much cheaper and I just think it’s much more practical. It hydrates my skin so well and leaves on a dewy look which I absolutely love!

7. Sulwhasoo Masks (Overnight Vitalizing Mask Ex, TruFresh Soothing Mask, Clarifying Mask Ex, Radiance Energy Mask)


This was a complete impulse buy. I know that Sulwhasoo is a very good brand and so I decided to buy all these “mini-masks” for P1000 which isn’t bad. I haven’t had a chance to use any of them yet though cause I’ve been really busy and I’ve been using the other products but so far I’ve been reading good reviews on these four masks. I honestly can’t wait to try them out! And for sure I’ll let you guys know how it goes!
I bought this again from Dara Beauty Market! They sell so many good brands for reasonable prices!

8. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water & Oil Balancing Cleansing wipes (not in the picture)


I heard Simple is a really good brand for sensitive skin! You can get it almost anywhere! It’s a British Brand that’s been gaining a lot of hype here in the Philippines! I bought the Micellar Water from Pcx and the wipes from Kmart in Guam. They’re really affordable and so I say, go get em! They’re also very gentle. I use them when I need extra cleansing or when I have a lot of heavy makeup on. I do a lot of cleansing when I wear heavy makeup because the last thing I want is my pores clogged up with makeup. So far, these products have been helping me out with my “triple cleanse process” which I really like! And so YAY.

9. Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash


This was another impulse buy from Dara Beauty Market! It’s really affordable and so I wanted to try it out. It’s a powder wash and so it starts out as powder but once you rub it onto your damp face, it’ll turn into a foamy cleanser. I only used it twice so far but during those two times, I really felt it exfoliating my skin. Since they’re pretty much like grains, they really go deep and cleanse and exfoliate your skin. It’s also really fun to use tbh cause it’s powder and so it’s a cool product to have. I need to use it a bit more to have a better idea of how it’s benefiting my skin, but I definitely look forward to it!

10. COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream


Snail products have always been good to my skin. I love how these products make my skin feel moisturized and plump. I love my COSRX snail essence and so I decided to try out this cream because I heard it’s been getting so many good reviews. So far it’s been really helping with my fine lines and healing some of my dry patches! It’s a thick white kind of transparent cream with no fragrance at all which I appreciate cause there are times when I get turned off by products with strong fragrances. I use this in conjunction with my Dynasty Cream. I switch between the two and so far they’ve been working great and complementing each other and so they both really help!

11. Pure Actives Emu Oil


I was researching for a good oil I could use with my everyday moisturizer and this is what I found. Emu Oil is said to be good for many things! This oil does everything. It heals, moisturizes, hydrates and even more! I usually mix this with my moisturizer. I put around 2-3 drops. It definitely makes my skin feel so much more supple – as well as “glowy”. I put the oil directly on my fresh acne scars and it healed them plus moisturized them and so later on, they were no longer itchy or irritated but instead soothed. Plus it’s very good for sensitive skin!
Buy it from beautyMNL and try it out now!

12. Mumuso Black Pearl Eye Masks


I love eye masks!!!! I guess it’s cause I have really dark circles under my eyes plus they tend to get dry and so these are a must for me. I used to use the snail kind but I decided to try something new and therefore I bought this one! I love how they’re black! Well duh cause black pearl. But I read that black pearl is a favorite in Korean skincare! And so I was very excited to try these out. I only got to use them once though cause I haven’t found the time BUT when I used the first pair, I definitely noticed a change – my under eyes were much more hydrated and plump. The darkness was still there (wasn’t really expecting it to go away anyway) But when I applied concealer it was much more moisturized and I didn’t have fine lines I usually do and so I’m really looking forward to using them again and seeing the difference! Plus Mumuso is such an affordable Korean brand and so what are you waiting for????

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So that was my skincare haul so far! Hope you guys enjoyed it and got an idea of what you want in your shopping cart! 😉 let me know in the comments section if you have any concerns or questions AND if you have any recommendations, comment as well because I LOVE trying new products! And so go go go!

I know I’ve been a bit AWOL but I’m back – for real hahaha next week, I’ll be coming out with two blog posts (hopefully) – one on different kinds of primers and another one on different brands of foundation. I’ll be comparing different kinds and brands! And so if you’re looking for the perfect primer/foundation for you, my posts may be able to help and so stay tuned for that!

Also, I’ll be posting a surprise blog post soon! It’s a surprise because it’s something new that I haven’t done on this blog YET! It’s kind of out of my comfort zone so AHHHH I’m nervous BUT excited too! STAY TUNED FOR THAT 💖

Again, thank you to those who follow my blog and comment or like my posts! This is still pretty new for me and so your support means the world! Also, if you guys have any ideas of more things I can blog about, let me know! I am super open to suggestions and comments! Esp to those of you who are looking for a certain thing. Hit me up! Either comment of email me at leadiiinglady@gmail.com 💕 can’t wait to hear from you guys!

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Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions SO FAR on these products! Plus this post isn’t sponsored ✨