Townhouse Palette


Current Makeup Storage


I think the best product I ever purchased to store my makeup products in was an acrylic drawer set from here. At first, my makeup was stored on my side table parallel to my window. However, that is also where my heater is located and it clicked in my mind that heat and makeup don't go well together. Well, unless your are baking or applying concealer, ok, that is besides the point. I decided to move all my makeup onto my desk under the shelf. It is quite difficult to explain, maybe you can see it in a room tour post, hmmm????


Anyways, at the start of the row, you will see my acrylic drawers. On top, I like to put my beauty sponges, any used eyelashes, and my Rimmer bronzer (with my MAC Soft'n Gentle, which I later discovered fell behind my desk). The upper drawer contains the following eye products: my Jenn Im x Colourpop Quad, MAC pigments, eyeliners, lash glue, and a MAC Creme Color Base. The second drawer contains the majority of my lip products being lipsticks, lip glosses, Benefit tints, lipliners, and a chapstick.


Laila Notes II.


It has been awhile since we last spoke, thus we have a bit of catching up to do. So sit back, relax, and get ready for another installment of Laila Notes. If you don't know what Laila Notes is, it was inspired by Grace Day's Grace Notes from her blog That Grace Girl.  It is basically a formal name given to a blog post where I am talking about a bunch of things.

New Blog Design.

Many of you might be wondering why I changed my blog design. It is mainly because I was told by some readers that my older design took too long to load which was due to the dense html/css code. Therefore I opted for a new and more simple design. I am feeling this black and white theme because it will really put the spotlight on my photos.

My Skin-Type Changed.

For the longest time, I went on about how my skin was a dry savannah, but now it has become more oily to combination skin. I have been wearing more makeup lately, more about that later, and I have definitely have seen a change switching over to base products geared to oily skin. My foundation is looking better and lasting longer, but I am getting a bit oily on my nose and the malar region of my face. Any recommendations?


When Life Isn't Treating You Right...


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.


2016 Beauty Favorites


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. 



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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