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I am not someone who styles her hair frequently. Not because I want to, but because I afraid to. I remember while growing up, my mom scaring me into not using hot tools for my hair saying that if I do, my hair will fall out. If that does not scare you, then you are living life to the greatest potential. 
I mentioned in my Autumnal Makeup post that I would be doing a review on the Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler. They contacted me towards the beginning of August asking me to review their straightener, and three months later, I have fully developed thoughts on the product.

Starting off, the iron retails for $149, which makes it a luxury iron comparable in price to the Sedu Revolution and the NuMe Flat Iron. However, as of November 13th, if you create an account with Irresistible Me, the straightener is $104 as an early Black Friday sale. The straightener comes in a hard boarded box that flips open, so it is fully protected when it arrives. 

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Here is what the iron promises on the website...
  • a 360° mobile cord that swivels around following your every move
  • a thumb print and cool tips for a steady grip and to avoid burning your fingers
  • all buttons are on the inside so you don't accidentally change the settings
  • shuts down automatically in 30 minutes
  • gets hot (450F/230C) really fast, in up to 15 seconds
  • intelligent heat display that lets you see the temperature all the time
  • it is super light and comes in a beautifully designed box with magnetic closing that you can use to store it
  • it automatically changes the temperature display to Celsius or Fahrenheit, depending on the supplied voltage, making it perfect for traveling
  • the 1'' floating plate self-adjusts, eliminating any pressure points, so that the iron can work through your hair smoothly without pulling

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When I picked it up for the first time, I was shocked by how light it was. That immediately translated into me telling myself that the iron was cheap in quality. Which I would later be proved wrong...

I noticed that the chord swiveled which was a plus when I put my iron down it does not fall down. Also, it has a digital monitor on the top arm of the straightener. 

Prior to this iron, I used a drugstore one and the NuMe, which was good, but not great. I noticed that the NuMe pulled on my hair frequently, while the Diamond has pretty smooth plates that did not pull on strands of hair.

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The iron heats up very fast, I mean very fast. It honestly takes tens of seconds to heat up to your desired temperature. It also cools down fairly quickly, which is nice when I want to straighten my fringe after doing my actual head of hair. It also has a light up bar on the top arm of the iron that visually shows how hot the iron is, much like a thermometer. 

I like the variation in temperature being 260 F to 450 F, so you can choose what temperature you want and know in the future what temperature your hair straightens well at because of the digital gauge. Also, you get do touch ups without using the extremely high temperature. 

Since of the 1" plates, the straightener can also be used as a hair curler. I have heard from a lot of people with short hair that using a straighter to curl hair is more reliable than a wand. 

For myself, I straighten my hair at 350-370 F depending on the day. The iron works very well on my hair where my hair is not overly thick, but each strand is thicker than average. Something I noticed is that with 370 F, I was able to get my hair completely pin-straight, even the ends, which I could not even do with my NuMe at 450 F. So kudos to that.

Not to get dramatic, but I have never been able to curl my hair with a straightener, however, now I can with this iron. The plate area of the iron is incredibly thin making it very easy curl my hair. I will insert a snap chat photo of my hair waved using the iron to the left. 

Which brings me to my next point of that plates are smooth enough not to pull on the hair, but are able to grip onto the hair. I think we all have experienced our strands of hair sliding out of the iron when we pull it down. I mean it still happens, especially when I try to style to large of strands. It just doesn't happen that much with this iron.

I have two gripes with this product, one being the price, it is $149 which is pretty hefty in my opinion. You are able to return the product if you don't like which is good and get a refund. The other reason, which hard to explain, is that the arms of straightener are a bit loose from the base. So, the two arms do move. Here is a gif of what I am talking about below.

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*the GIF looks a lot more dramatic than it actually is, so be weary of that*

Overall, I love the iron! It works very well with my hair type and is adjustable if my friends/family want to use it as well. It is expensive, but when it is on sale for $100 definitely look into buying it because it is a lot better than irons at the drugstore. I would recommend to my friends, but here is a chart of all the leading straighteners on the market. 

Name | PriceRatings Depending on Website

Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler | $149 |  4.5/5 (84 reviews on amazon.com), 5/5 (20 reviews on irresistibleme.com)

GHD Classic 1" Inch Styler | $149 | 4.5/5 (514 reviews on sephora.com), 4.4/5 (113 reviews on ulta.com), 4.5/5 (3,745 reviews on ghdhair.com)


GHD White/Black Platinum Professional Performance Styler | $249 | [White] 4.6/5 (75 reviews on sephora.com) 4.3/5 (569 reviews on ghdhair.com), [Black] 4.1/5 (170 reviews on sephora.com), 4.1/5 (721 reviews on ghdhair.com)

NuMe Megastar | $119NuMe.com was Offline, 5/5 (6 reviews on ulta.com) |$97.99 | 3.7/5 (18 reviews on amazon.com)

Sedu Revolution | $134.99 | 4.1/5 (189 reviews on amazon.com), 4.1/5 (26 reviews on ulta.com)

*while on Amazon, beware of fakes being sold! You might think you are getting a good deal, but you is not of the same quality. Always check the seller to see if it is the actual brand or a trusted website that sells the product*

I read the descriptions on all the irons and they sound the same, but I feel like the Irresistible Me offers more in small things compared to the other irons listed. You can read the descriptions for yourself and decide. However, the Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler gets my seal of approval and will be recommended to my friends who are in the market for a new flat iron. 

Happy Tuesday!

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In light of the fact that it took over a month to get my Fall senses to kick in, here I am with an autumnal look a few weeks before winter begins. For this post, I am doing a makeup look inspired by a popular Chinese actress named Li BingBing. I was looking up photos of Fan BingBing, another very very popular Chinese Actress, and found a photo of Li wearing a beautiful dark lip with feathered out lashes (photo here). It just screamed Fall! I tried to recreate it and even straightened my hair with my Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Straightener, which you will hear about in an upcoming post. 

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Rimmel Stay Matte Primer in #003 | $6
Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation in #220 | $7 
MUFE HD Concealer in #R32 | $27 
Maybelline Master Concealer in #30 (Light/Medium) | $9 
Maybelline Shine Free Face Powder in #02 (Medium) | $5 
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in 'Buck' | Naked Paletted 1
Mac Pigment in 'Naked' | #22
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner in 'Blackest Black' | $10
Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in 'Sycorax' | $29 
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara | Travel Size
Ardell Demi Whispies Eyelashes | $4
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Iridescent Light' | Ambient Lighting Edit - post here 
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in 'Mood Exposure' | Ambient Lighting Edit - post here  
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Blush in 'Amaretto'| $52, from palette 
Elf Lip Gloss in 'Micheal' | $3
Mac Fix+ | $23 | post here 

This look was on my Makeup Looks to Recreate board on Pinterest (link) for the longest time, but now, I was given a reason to do it.  Also, a lot of these products were included in my Autumn Edit, 2016, which I posted last week here.

I hope you enjoyed this post and tell me what other posts you would like to see in the future!

Happy Veterans Day and have a great weekend! 

Autumnal Makeup

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Another year, another Autumn Edit. Like I mentioned in my previous post, Laila Notes I. (link), I have not been wearing makeup very often. Many of the products I have mentioned are things I have already talked about or they are brand new and I have only used them once or twice. However, I decided to mention them because they gave me a good first impression. With that being said, please do not hesitate to ask me for more details on the product or full reviews.

As per usual, I got the idea to do an Autumn Edit from The Anna Edit, formerly known as Vivianna Does Makeup, (link) and I hope you enjoy :)

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Mac Lipstick in ‘Dubonnet’

Cue the sky parting, light shining, and angels singing because I think I have just found my favorite lipstick. I am going to be honest with you guys, I am so over the matte lipstick/liquid lipstick trend. I have dry lips, and even though I know somewhere out there is a wonderful liquid lipstick with a matte finish, I am done trying to pursue those which I have not found. How I came across this lipstick is that I was at the Mac counter at Nordstrom looking at the Viva Glam I lipstick. It is quite popular and like I said before, I am succumbing to trends, so do not be surprised. When I applied the lipstick upon my crusty lips, I realized that it was not worth my sanity trying to keep that dry savannah moisturized. I really did love the color with its deep red-brown. I asked one of the workers and we tested out lipsticks and this was the closest match. I don’t mind it because it is stunning! It is described as a “Deepened Claret” which is deep redish-brown perfect for fall (link , $17)


Elf Extra Lip Gloss in 'Micheal'

This was given to me as a graduation gift to me by my friend Husna. I really liked this lip gloss because the color is a beautiful plum with a red undertone. It also has a flat doe-foot applicator, which is really unique compared to other glosses. Finally, it is also very cheap. I am really happy I got this as a gift because I would have never even touched them. Thank you Husna ^_^ (link, $3)

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 'Whimsical'

One of my favorite lip colors because it gives me a chance to play with some purple and sparkle. This purple has a nice warm undertone which is ideal for my tan skin tone. Also, this lip color has glitter specs in it which may sound childish, but it actually quite tasteful. (no link, $9)

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Colourpop Super Shock Shadows in 'Deux' and 'Trois'

These colors were a part of the Jenn Nais Sais Quoi collection, whom I talked about here. What I like about Deux is obviously how beautiful the color and finish of the shadow is. It is a shimmery gold shadow with chunky glitters which is reminiscent of Korean type eyeshadows. Trois is definitely another game changer for me because of the red undertone that I otherwise would never use. It is such a great way to incorporate color, without being overdone. (link, $5)

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Mac Pigment in 'Tan'

My newest addition to my Mac pigment collection. It is a beautiful rose-gold copper shade. Which can be worn subtly with a light brush of an eyeshadow brush or opaque with a spritz of water/Fix+ for more intensity.  One of my newest favorites and something I would go back and repurchase. (link, $22)

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette, 'Prosecco Pop' and 'Amaretto'

I think this season has been about the gold highlight and one of my favorites has to Prosecco Pop by Becca. It is a beautiful shimmery gold highlight that is great for darker skins. Also, Amaretto from the same palette is considered a blush, but I like using it as a contour. It a milk chocolate color with a matte finish. I use it lightly because it is quite pigmented. 

Overall, this post was well overdue, but I was able to talk about products I have never talked about on this blog. I will most likely upload a photo of swatches on my Instagram (here) and Facebook (here), but my SD card broke >.< However, a new one is on the way!

Before I pop out, I wanted to give a long, overdue shoutout to one of my best friends, Gina. She has been one of my ride or dies for ages and one of my favorite friends to talk makeup with. She is probably slaying at college right now with her sharp highlight and well-arched brows. I miss you a lot and hope to see you and the squad soon!

What are your Autumn Favorites?

Happy Friday!

The Autumn Edit, 2016

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It has been another hot minute since we last spoke, so please forgive if my blogging comes off a bit rusty. As many of you may have noticed, Townhouse Palette was shut down for more than a week, which is beyond what I intended. So, sorry about that, but let us pick up where we left off in my last personal post.

I decided to style this post like a Grace Day's, or That Grace Girl, Grace Notes (link). It is like a mini favorites posts. So, you know, something fun for the TP fam. 

Acne.

Two posts ago, I posted my Skincare Routine (link) where I talked about my intense skin breakout I got a few weeks before I started college. So far my skin has been recovering very well, with only a few pimples popping up occasionally. The only issue I am trying to resolve is the hyperpigmentation. Which is nothing a good brightening mask can do! 

The Post.

In other news, I joined my school newspaper, The Post! I started off doing the photo staff; then I joined the multimedia staff; and now, I am also on the social squad. Yesterday, I had a photo blog go up about my experience being on the photo staff. If you want to read it click here. *Shameless plug, there is a photo of a sleeping kitten :)

My Fashion.

I want to let you know that if there is anything weaker than my Instagram, it is my fashion game. Like, it is WEAK! I have just been wearing leggings, sweatpants, and t-shirts. It is sad and the OOTD gods would not be happy.

Movies.

As for movies, I have watched a few while at college. We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) was definitely an intense movie that shares the dysfunctional relationship of mother and son. It is on the psychological thriller tract and it can be found on Hulu. I also watched Practical Magic (1998), it was not one of my favorite movies because it was not very Halloween-esque to me and I was not 'wowed' by the story line. I also watched Silence of the Lambs (1991) and it was fantastic! It was very suspenseful and had me at the edge of my seat the entire time. Also, the ending caught me by surprise.

TV.

The best part of the fall has to be the Fall TV! Once Upon a Time came back with its sixth season and I am feeling comme ci comme ca about it. I am not familiar with the story of Jekyll & Hyde, and I am not too ecstatic about the approach they are using with Aladin. Next, I am excited for The Mindy Project this season, as we left off on an intense cliffhanger dealing with Mindy's relationship. Finally, I was really shocked to see that Fresh Off the Boat is making its return for its third season, after being left off on another intense cliffhanger (that I really did not remember, opps!).

Makeup.

I did not wear any makeup for while because of my acne. So, nothing new to report here. 

My Bullet Journal.

If you remember, a few months ago I started my bullet journal journey and as of today, I have finally found a spread that works very well with my schedule. I will share it in a separate post, but for now, click here and here to see more about my experiences with bullet journaling. 

Future Posts.

For future posts, I am planning on more makeup looks because those are my favorite to post. I currently have a Pinterest Board of makeup looks I want to recreate (link). I think I want to recreate the Li Bingbing look (link) because it has an intense autumnal vibe. My friend Lily (link)  suggested to do a f(Luna) 'Free Somebody' makeup look because she said it will suit me well, but I really want to get the contacts Luna wore in the video before I do that look. I will probably end up doing a dorm tour post as well.

Snapchat.

I wanted to end this post with a question, should I start a Townhouse Palette Snapchat? I know I already don't post on most of my social media accounts, but I think it would be fun and more personal. Tell me in the comments below what you think.

Well, I'll be back soon with my Autumn Edit. This is something I look forward to every season because it gets me excited for the new seasonal term. Other than that, I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to talking with you guys soon.

Happy Tuesday!

Laila Notes I.

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Happy October everyone! October has to be my favorite time of year and with the temperature dropping where I live, so it is really beginning to feel like fall. I want to give the TP family a soft post today, so I would share my super-awesome-spooky-scary-leaving-you-shook watchlist to really get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

The list isn't very large, but I separated the movies in two lists: movies I have watched and movies I want to watch. A lot of the movies are not your typical horror films, the majority are cult classics or childhood favorites.

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Movies I Have Watched and Love

Childhood Favorites
Hocus Pocus
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Twitches
Monster House
Halloween Town Franchise
Harry Potter Franchise
Tower of Terror
Don't Look Under the Bed
Phantom of the Megaplex
Moms Got a Date with a Vampire
Under Wraps
Coraline

Viewer Discretion is Advised
The Others
Ghost in the Shell

Movies I Want To Watch

Sleepy Hollow
Corpse Bride
Silence of the Lambs
Rosemary's Baby
American Psyco
Paprika
Perfect Blue
The Omen
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Practical Magic

In the comments below, tell me about your favorite Halloween Movies. I am always looking for recommendations ^_^

References some ideas from here and here, click on the links for even more movie recommendations.

Spooky Halloween Watchlist

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A few weeks before I packed up and moved out to college, I had the worst skin break out of my life. I usually break out on either my cheeks, foreheads, or temples. However, since I have the worst of luck, I broke out everywhere, including my neck. 

Whenever I break out, I just give my acne time to heal itself with the help of my acne routine, maybe a spot treatment, but my skin was not healing very well, so it only made sense for me to scrap my skincare routine at that moment and start anew. I have been also avoiding wearing any forms of makeup, so my skin can really heal. Thought I would share with you guys what I have been doing.

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For cleanser, I decided to switch over from a daily, gentle cleanser to an acne cleanser because I thought it would help with my breakouts. The story behind this one is that I was watching f(x)'s Amber's Ranting Monkey video where she showed her skincare routine and she showed her acne cleaner without saying the name. I knew the style of the product was from Neutrogena, so I did my research and I think it is the Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub (link). It retails for about $8.00 and you can find it at your local drugstore. The product is nice and I feel like it works, but it is a bit too early to tell if it is helping. However, I like how it is a gentle, everyday scrub.

An oldie, but goodie, the Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Toner (link) was the first toner I ever used. I remember I used it in seventh grade when I first broke out, it helped clear my skin significantly. Over time, because of  constant use, it stopped working for me, but I decided to revisit it. It helps fade my acne scars and it significantly reduced the whiteheads on my nose.

I went on a Cosrx craze when searching for new skincare products. I really wanted to try the Cosrx One Step Pimple Pads (link) , but Amazon had a flaky stock and it was not on prime [at the time]. You know the saying, #noprimenolife. I learned about the whole Cosrx line from Teddybearkitties (link), who is a Seoul based YouTuber. She raved about the brand, so I decided to invest. I bought the Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol (link), a toner for my acne. It reminds me of the Etude House Skin Mal;gem Smoothing because it has a slight exfoliation of the skin. For a day moisturizer, I use the Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion (link). I really like the watery serum like texture for my skin. Moisturizing, but not heavy, great for combination skin.

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I wanted a cheap but trusted moisturizer for my dry to combination skin. The cheapest moisturizer at Sephora and one of the most popular, was the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (link). I have been using it as a night moisturizer because it was a little too much for the humid weather at the beginning of the school year. Now that we are shifting into the colder months, I might start using it as a day moisturizer as well.

For skin treatments, I still love My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Masks (link | mentioned here). It does a great job moisturizing my skin and lightening my scars. I still use it and will be using it for a long time! For acne spots, I have been really been liking the Origins Super Spot Remover (link). At first, I was not very interested in it because, at the time, I was using the Mario Badescue Drying Lotion (link). However, it does a really good job of speeding up the process of healing some very stubborn acne spots. I also like how the gel is clear, so I can apply it day and night.

Overall, with this skincare routine, I have seen my acne heal a lot more than with my previous skincare routine. In the coming months, I will be switching out products because I always like to try something new! Tell me in the comments what your skincare routine is and if you have tried any of these products.

Happy Monday ^_^

Skincare Routine

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