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Leigh Profile

Leigh Reyes is one of the country’s most respected creative minds. She won the Philippines’ first gold Clio in 2007 for the Soroptomist campaign, a series aimed to inspire women. Leigh’s impeccable eye has landed her a place as jury member for the Cannes Advertising Festival. Incidentally, she was the youngest Filipino and the second Filipina to be chosen for the prestigious panel.

Leigh has been featured in various magazines and television shows for her work in advertising and marketing as well as profilers on her ability to juggle professional success and motherhood. Her interests and hobbies are quite fascinating and varied. She is a known collector of vintage and Japanese fountain pens.

As part of her digital and social media thrust, Leigh has successfully put up various online outlets such as her blog “My Life As A Verb” and her twitter account @leighpod plus well-followed accounts on instagram, hashable, quora and glue. Also, her digital knowhow played a big role in the recent launch of Lowe Philippines’ Crowdder, a real-time consumer insight app with a social gaming component.

This January, Leigh assumed the post of President and Chief Creative Officer of Lowe Philippines.


bath leigh

I need scrubby bits in my facial wash. I hoard Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash in pink grapefruit. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash may vary, and often do.

lotion leigh

I have tried pretty much every body lotion out there and VMV’s Re-Everything face-hand-body lotion has won me over. I use Oil’s Well if I feel my skin is extra dry. To calm bacne breakouts and help prevent ingrown hairs from shaving, VMV’s id Lotion.

mason pearson leigh

Yes, there’s an old jigsaw puzzle box held together with packing tape on my dresser. I use argan oil on my hair while it’s still wet, comb, and let it air-dry on the way to work. If there’s a little more time, I can blowdry. I keep a little Mason Pearson hairbrush in my bag. A good cut keeps day-to-day effort to a minimum, which I prefer.

UV leigh

I once went to a spa and asked if they could finish their 90-minute signature massage in 45 because I had a meeting. In the same spirit, I wish Genifique and Visionnaire came in one bottle. Bioré UV Perfect Face Milk is SPF 50, PA++, and controls oil. I use Flammazine if I get a zit.

lips leigh

Kissing is the best lip exfoliant. The second best is Carmex. Fresh Sugar lip balm is also good. My daily powder is Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30 for oily problem skin (saves me from reapplying facial sunblock during the day). For big meetings or events I have a brown eyeliner with smudger by Tarte and NARS lipstick in Flamenco. Baby wipes help with everything.

make up leigh

I have other makeup products I keep in the office. The underlying theme seems to be “noncommittal.” I have a kabuki brush that I use for everything. Tarte has this tinted moisturizer with a matte finish I like, plus SPF 20. I have NARS the Multiple in Laguna which is hoping to be brought to a beach. Bobbi Brown lipstick in (so neutral it hurts) Brown. My fifth tin of Dr. Feelgood, a no-brainer really. Shu Uemura loose powder in Colorless. O-Plump and O-Glow from Smashbox if I feel I could use a little more color.

perfume 1 leigh

My real indulgence is fragrance. I am a huge fan of Luca Turin’s reviews. There are certain noses whose work I follow with interest: Olivia Giacobetti, Christopher Brosius, Isabelle Doyen, Jean Claude Ellena. Serge Lutens, of course. These are my favorites. I layer Un Bois Vanille with Rousse and pretend I am a tall chai latte. Daim Blond smells amazing on slept-in clothes in the morning. This is my last bottle of Feminite du Bois and I really need to get another one.

perfume 2 leigh

Guerlain Après l’ondée smells like its name. Jo Malone Blue Agave and Cacao is pretty straightforward. I like layering it with Jasmine and Mint. Diptyque Ofresia and L’Artisan Poivre Piquant share peppery notes. Rochas Tocade is the fragrance world’s equivalent of a push-up bra(divasoria: WOW ISN”T THAT THE BEST TAGLINE EVAR). I wear A Different Company’s Bois d’Iris in lieu of shoulder pads.

fragrance 3 leigh

There are also fragrances that are just fluffy fun. D&G’s L’Imperatrice is nothing like its name; it smells like a little princess who’s eaten too much candied flowers. Fragonard’s Fleur de Vanille is a full-on vanilla with a surprisingly strong sillage. This is my last bottle of L’Occitane’s Miel & Citron which is no longer in production, what a pity because it’s honey-lemon-vanilla. (Yes, I have a love affair with vanilla.) Histoires de Parfums’ 1873 also has a yummy drydown. You’d think I would have been first in line for Prada’s Candy but I found it too unimaginative.

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January 4th, 2012 at 5:59 am

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