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I think it is normal to reach certain periods in life where you feel that everything is going south. From looks to school to jobs to just life in general, we can all feel discontent at where our lives are going. So here is some advice on how to handle that time in your life.

Show Your Emotions.

I think a lot of us tend to hold back our emotions when we are constantly busy and continuing on with life. Like now, we have to schedule in our sadness and anger, lol. However, whether alone or with a trusted person (whatever you are most comfortable with) show you emotions. Feel anger, feel sadness, feel everything you are holding back. It is okay and sometimes we need to yell and sob just to get over rough situations.

Write Your Emotions Down.

I think when we are raw with our emotions, writing down your feelings is a great source of inspiration take pieces from for better your life. Also, something to look back on when you are feeling better. A sense of something you overcame.

Take a Step Back and Reflect.

I think this a common piece of advice. But often times we are in our own world focusing on a micro point of view, we think it is the end of the world. However, when you think in a macro perspective, you will probably be like, "woah, this isn't as big as a problem as I made it out to be." Something I do on the daily.


Some People Won't Understand.

I like to sit back and reflect on my own, however, I know some people like to be around others. It is important to understand that some people won't understand 100% of your feelings and they might say things that you won't like to hear. Something to keep in mind, but maybe when it is the right time, advice from others can help you.


Realize What is in Your Control and What Isn't.

I think this is the most important bit of the post. We tend to focus on things we can't control when we should be focusing what we can. You can't control whether or not you get the job or get into the school you love. However, you can control the effort you put into your interviews and applications.You can't control people and their actions and attitudes, but you can control your actions and attitude.

There are always loopholes like plastic surgery, but you can't change your natural face. You can color/cut your hair, but you can't change that your hair will get longer and people will see your roots.


It Is Never Too Late To Take Control.

Sometimes when things get out of hand, you might want to give up or if you are running out of time, you might ask yourself, "what is the point?" However, those should never be options. You are in control of your life up-and-til you die. Like I said, there are things you can't control, things you can. Focus on what you can because you can.

Set Goals and Take One Step At A Time.

When getting out of your rut, set goals, but do so in steps. For example, let us say you are doing poorly in math. Instead of your goal being 'do better in math,' start small. Have a goal one week be study fifteen minutes every day for math or do your homework every day this week. Starting small, can add up very soon.

Maybe you need a refresh. Changing your space and even your hair is a great catalyst for starting a new chapter.

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I think what it comes down to it the mind and how powerful it is. This was an interesting conversation I had with my roommate and it gave the idea for this post. If you think you are going to fail, you most likely will. If you think your life sucks, it probably will continue to.

I hope these tips were helpful! If you have any thoughts or other pieces of advice, tell me in the comments below.

Happy Tuesday ^_^

When Life Isn't Treating You Right...

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Time to tie-up some loose ends of 2016 with a Beauty Favorites Post. I did a 2015 Beauty Favorites post at the beginning of last year which was quite a hit, so I thought I would continue this newly found tradition. Many of you might notice that I do not have a lot of items compared to last year which is because I did not want to mention anything from last year's beauty favorites. 

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All of you already know how much I hate primers, but I was quite pleased with the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. It has a smooth, velvet texture and it does a good job of controlling oil on my t-zone. It is great for oil, but I have drier skin, so my skin look parched after a long day of foundation-wear. This year's foundation was all about the Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation (#220). I never go for drugstore foundation because I need to test the color in order to get a good match (220 is a bit too light for me, lol), however, the finish of this foundation is beautiful. It has a nice satin finish and makes your skin look healthy and dewy. Concealer this year has to go to the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. I bought this last year but started using it more this year. Phenomenal concealer when it comes to highlighting and concealing the under eyes. It is very similar to its foundation counterpart: The Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in texture, scent, and weight. 

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FACE

The only face products I have been using religiously this year are the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit and The Jaclyn Hill x Becca Face Palette (LE). Both of these palettes come with everything you need to elevate your makeup game from bronzer, blush, and highlight. The J.H x Becca palette does not come with a 'bronzer' but Amaretto is a nice brown with a pink undertone, which can be used as both a bronzer and blush. However, too much can look too pink than brown.


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EYES

For eyes, it was really simple. Other than the UD Naked Palette (there is a lot of UD Naked products in this post), I loved the Colourpop x Jenn Im Collaboration, Jenn Ne Sais Quoi, Super Shock Shadow Quad. The colors were beautiful, can be used every day, and have a nice variety of warm tones. Next are the glorious Ardell Demi-Wispies Lashes. The most natural, yet glamorous pair of lashes I could ever want. Something I will be repurchasing because of the quality and the reasonable price tag. 


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LIPS

Lips this past year has been all about natural colors. Everyone knows my obsession with MAC's Velvet Teddy, but the Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua has a special place in my heart because of its subtle color. Natural, but not-so-natural, is the Magic 2 Tone Lipstick from Profusion. This is a henna lipstick that happens to be half white and half blue. However, don't let that scare you because once applied, it transforms into a pretty pink that complements your skin color. 

TOOLS

The only tool I have is the Bare Minerals Blooming Blush Brush. It is an angled blush brush that feels as if you are brushing your cheeks with clouds, that is how soft it is. 

Well, that is it...*awkward silence* I decided not to include skincare because my skin has been on a roller coaster this year. Anyways, please comment below what your 2016 beauty favorites are, and if you are fellow blogger, link your 2016 favorites posts below!

Happy Friday ^_^

2016 Beauty Favorites

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Another year, another set of goals that I will forget in about three weeks. I can't say if I accomplished any of my goals of last year, let alone remember any of them. However, as I am slowly initiating myself into full-on 'adulting', setting goals will help me determine whether or not I am being productive or wasting time. Also, when another year goes by it will be great to see what was a priority to me at that time. For this, I will be quoting my good friend and hero, Michael Scott.

"K.I.S.S: keep it simple, stupid."

Business/Blog Goals 

  1. Switch to a new business email.
  2. Post more this year than previous years.
  3. Create better content.
  4. Practice flat-lay photography.
  5. Plan posts + Start writing them in advance (aka -- not a few hours before).
  6. Ebook??
  7. Get into the habit of using social media, at some point.
  8. Start advertising on the blog.
  9. Check emails daily. 
  10. Post frequently on my TF schedule again.

Personal Goals

  1. Journal more.
  2. Meet with friends more.
  3. Drink a lot more water.
  4. Get a job.
  5. Read more.
  6. Be more creative.
  7. Go through with things.
  8. Watch more T.V.
  9. Play more games
  10. Use the computer less.

All-in-all, those are a lot of resolutions for 2017, but I feel a bit confident that I will be able to accomplish a handful of these. I have revised my BuJo system and I am ready to tackle the new year. Tell me in the comments below what your 2017 resolutions are. Otherwise, thanks for reading!

Happy Tuesday ^_^

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Who would have thought Townhouse Palette would make it to five years old!

If you would have told me that Townhouse Palette would be around after five years, I would not have believed you. When I started this blog in winter of 2011, I always thought I would give up after a year or two from not seeing any progress. However, there was a little voice in my head that kept telling me to keep going and to not give up. 

In these past five years, I never thought how connected I would be to my blog and to who I am as a person. I have grown and am still growing, learning, and trying in life. I have always had the at kid mentality that I could never stick to something for an extended amount of time due to the fact I would become bored or give up when it gets hard. But let me be honest, Townhouse Palette is far from perfect, VERY FAR...I can never get a post up in time and am scrambling at the last second (like right now). Sometimes my photos are blurry, my makeup is not slaying, and my grammar would make all my English teachers cry. It is thought that I keep trying and do not give up even when my writing is trash.

It is crazy how blogs can change a person. I am not the same person I was five years ago and I think that is a good thing. It is part of life, but the best part is being able to have a blog to remember who I used to be. It is a great thing ^_^

I planned to make a GRWM video today as part of this post, but I clocked that in at 55 minutes, YIKES, and I only have Windows Movie Maker to edit, DOUBLE YIKES! I also had no idea what to talk about either, which make it even more difficult to chop the video down, TRIPLE YIKES! It was just a mess. However, I am determined to get it up for you guys!

I really do not know what to say other than thank you! Whether you came yesterday or have been here for years, I just want to say thank you! Here is to another five years ^_^

What Blogging Taught Me...Townhouse Palette's 4th Birthday (Fourth Birthday)
A Growing Heart. (Third Birthday)
2 Year Blogiversary ♡ 2013 Wrap Up (Second Birthday)

Have a great weekend!

Townhouse Palette Turns 5!

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Welcome to part two of my makeup haul that I said I was going to post. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I will be doing the other half of my beauty haul which consists of items I purchased during that Black Friday~Cyber Monday week due to the sick online deals. Before I get started, here is an excerpt from my previous post talking about Aleppo...

"Some of you may know about the conflict that is going on in Aleppo, Syria and how devastating it is (here are two sources talking about the conflict, The New York Times and The Washington Post). If any of you can mention this anywhere and/or donate, it would be greatly appreciated. I donated money to Doctors without Borders here, they are currently working on victims of the conflict. Here are some other sites/groups who are helping people of the crisis."

Without a further-a-do, let us get started!

MAC

Mac won the wallet this year with their 25% off each product, plus free shipping. I got a plethora of things because I thought this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Starting off, I picked up the MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact and the MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl (not pictured in any of the photos because I forgot, lol). If you follow Townhouse Palette's Facebook Fan Page, I have been reposting makeup videos, new products, etc. One of which was this video by MAC where they used the palette and cream color in the look and I instantly told myself that I need to have it. I really liked how simple and flawless the makeup which is most likely because the model has already had her glo-up. 

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Other bits include MAC Prep+Prime Lip Primer, MAC's Lipstick in Ruby Woo, and MAC's Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Dance With Me. The lip primer was a request from my sister, so I do not know what to think of it. Ruby Woo is definitely a cult makeup product that was bound to end up in my collection. As for the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor, I am not the biggest fan of matte lips and have never heard anyone talk about these, so I thought I would give it a chance.

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Glossier

One thing was snatched from Glossier and that was their Stretch Concealer in Dark 30. Straight off the bat, I can say that is for people with very nice skin because this is a particularly thin concealer. A review is to come eventually because I need more experience with it to give an honest opinion.

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Clinique 

The last item was a freebie from Macys and it is the Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Crimson. It came in a special holiday packaging plastered with red lip illustrations and little phrases, Which is much more preferred than the original because it is much cuter ^_^

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That ends my post! Tell me in the comments what you copped on Black Friday/Cyber Monday because I like hearing about a good deal.

Happy Tuesday ^_^

Black Friday Haul

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It has been another hot minute since I last posted a blog post. However, I am relieved to say that I have finished up my finals and that I am now on winter break. I thought a great way to slide back into blogging was to talk about new products I have gotten over the course of a few months. I have collected so many new things that this post will be split into two; one being this post and another being a Black Friday Haul. If any of you would like a review on any specific product, let me know below. Before I get started, I wanted to talk about something really important. 

Some of you may know about the conflict that is going on in Aleppo, Syria and how devastating it is (here are two sources talking about the conflict, The New York Times and The Washington Post). If any of you can mention this anywhere and/or donate, it would be greatly appreciated. I donated money to Doctors without Borders here, they are currently working on victims of the conflict. Here are some other sites/groups who are helping people of the crisis. 

Thank you and now on to the post...

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NYX Lip Liners

For Halloween, I picked up two new lip liners as I was running out of my Perfect Spice from Too Faced (mentioned here and here). I grabbed the NYX Lip Liners in Hot Red (SPL817) and in Nude Pink (SPL858). I got them from my local CVS for about $5.00. Color-wise, Nude Pink was not what I was wanted, which was mostly my fault. Nude Pink is too pink to be used with MAC's Velvet Teddy, which is that middle-ground nude color. Formula-wise, they are a bit drying on the lips and they take a few swipes to fill in all the creases on the lips, but they apply pretty smoothly. 


Maybelline Master Conceal

I tried a new concealer which was the Maybelline Master Conceal in 30 Light/Medium. I picked out a color that is a bit too cool for my skin tone. Which is again, hahaha, is my fault *upside down smiling emoji*. I have to say I like the formula and coverage though ^_^

Ardell Demi-Wispies Eyelashes

Moving into eyes, I think I have found my favorite eyelashes of all-time. They are the ever-so-famous Ardell Demi-Wispies. They are cheap (for lashes), they are nice quality, and they look very flattering on the eyes. They are not too dramatic, but they take your eye game to the next level. Highly recommend.

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H&M Infinite Impact Eyeshadows

For eyeshadows, I have been pleasantly surprised with the H&M Infinite Impact Eyeshadows. I have Obsidian, Mojave, with Sahara Dawn and Cocoa Mauve, both picked up on Black Friday. I like the shadows and I am still playing around with them. I have tried Obsidian and Mojave, both are decently pigmented and apply pretty smooth.

Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeliner

I am tired of pencil and pen eyeliners because they never turn out nice on my eye, so I have resorted back to my trusty gel eyeliner. Right now, I am using the Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeliner in Blackest Black which I have been loving lately. I have always known this as an alternative to other gel eyeliners, but I was properly introduced to this by my friend Sana who had it in her makeup stash.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

Next, I have gotten my hands on the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean (601). I had purchased this because I needed an opaque base for a smokey eye look I was trying to do for my Halloween Costume. It is pretty good, it does have a bit of a wet formula, so setting it is crucial and blending is a must.

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*Left to right: H&M's Obsidian, H&M's Mojave, NYX's Black Bean, NYX's Nude Pink, and NYX's Hot Red

Elf Flawless Concealer Brush

I have purchased the Elf Flawless Concealer Brush because I have been using a flat concealer brush for years and it was time for a switch up. It is really soft and blends my concealer very well, I like to go over the edges of my concealer with my beauty blender just to ensure everything is blended. However, this gets the job done.


Elf Daily Brush Cleaner

Finally, I have the Elf Daily Brush Cleaner which I use it to spot clean my brushes daily when my brushes need a pick me up after being beaten with products. It is not a deep cleanser for my brushes, but a cleanser for in-between uses, Think of it as a dry shampoo for brushes...

Those were some of the items I have gotten over the course of two-three months. Expect a Black Friday Haul soon as I am working on that at the moment. If you have time, please share the news about Syria for the sake of the innocent who are wrapped up in the horror.

Have a good weekend!

Also sending love and support to Aleppo.

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