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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. 


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.


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.


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!).


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.


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.

Halloween Town
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.

Hocus Pocus

Movies I Have Watched and Love

Childhood Favorites
Hocus Pocus
The Nightmare Before Christmas
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

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
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


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.


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.


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



Leave it to Red Velvet to make another unforgettable comeback. SM tricked us this time because there was a ton of rumors stating that RV was going to come back with a 'Red' concept, similar to Automatic (link) and Be Natural (link), but, surprise, it was a 'Velvet' concept this time. 

Individually, I liked all their new looks. Wendy looked great with her fringe and hair color, but her hair definitely needs a break when it comes to coloring. I liked her ashy-gray color, though. It was only a matter of time before Yeri went for a deep red and she pulls it off well. Seulgi is so cute that she would look nice bald, her hair was channeling a Pippi look, but I am not a fan of the color, but again, she is too cute, not to look good. Joy definitely had to go through the most for going blonde. For one, she is naturally a little tanner, but she did some skin lightening to pull off the blonde color with the yellow dip-dye. She looked really good with this look, but she looks awesome with her tan and dark hair. Finally, Irene had two hair colors this comeback. The dark gray-purple she has on now, and the light pink with blonde low-lights. I have to say, even though Irene looks great either way, but I really liked the pink color better because it definitely complemented the makeup. 

The makeup for this comeback was all about the blush. The blush look was a Japanese makeup trend that was popular a few years ago. It focuses the blush in a straight line from the cheekbones and a touch on the bridge of the nose to create this 2D animated blushing effect. For today's makeup, I went for the Seulgi look because she had the most eye makeup. Also, Hauted0ll, or Lily, did a Wendy makeup tutorial featuring the glitter cheeks she had in the MV. So if you are interested in that, click the link here.

The photos came out a little more washed out than intended...which I am not too upset about because I am not a professional photographer and I do everything myself. My hair was a mess because I had just unbraided after sleeping on it. For the first time ever, I got the cool dutch braided pigtails by my suitemate, Jasmin. I should have let them sit for an hour or two before photographing. 


First I applied scotch tape from the outer corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow. Since I had no primer, I decided to apply a little bit Rimmel Stay Matte Primer to my eyelid. Then I went straight in with eyeshadow, applying two-three layers of MAC's 'Naked' Pigment with a fluffy paintbrush (lmao, I know). For my eyeliner, I went hard. I lined my eyes with Colourpop's 'Quatre' and used water to intensify the color. After curling my lashes, I applied a coat of Benefit's Roller Lash to my top lashes.

For the face, I applied my Nivea Men's Post Shave Balm and used one layer of Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous in '220' all over, in addition to another layer on acne. Undereyes were counteracted with the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer in 'R32' and everything was set with my Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder in 'Medium 02.' I went back to apply MAC's 'Naked' Pigment to my bottom lash line and then finished my eyes by applying the same mascara to my bottom lashes.

I skipped the contour and shading, to focus of the blush. For the blush, I applied Becca x Jaclyn Hill Blush in 'Pamplemousse,' to my cheeks under my eyes and to the bridge of the nose. For highlight, I lightly applied Hourglass Abient Lighting Powder in 'Iridescent Light' very lightly.

Finally, for lips, I used a combination of colors. I first used the Too Faced Melted Lipstick in 'Melted Jelly 'Donut' which was too magenta for the look, so I added Elf's Extra Lip Gloss in 'Brett' to add some more red tones.


The full list of products...
MAC 'Naked' Pigment | Nordstrom - $22 | I talked about it here
Colourpop's 'Quatre'  | Limited Edition Collection - Jenn Nais Sais Quoi | I talked about it here
Benefit's Roller Lash | Birthday Sample | Full sample link here
Too Faced Melted Lipstick in 'Melted Jelly Donut' | Sephora - $21 - link here
Elf's Extra Lip Gloss in 'Brett' | Perfect Pout Set | Gifted by Husna 
Nivea Mens' Post Shave Balm | Drugstore - $5-8
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in '220' | Drugstore - $5-7
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Palette in 'Pamplemousse' Palette| Sephora - $52 | Limited Edition
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer | Drugstore - $5-7
Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder | Drugstore
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer | Sephora - $27 -link here

Today is also the 23rd of September and also one my closest friend's, Liz's Birthday. It's really sad because my friends and I have been celebrating her birthday since Middle School together and this is the first time we are apart ;_; However, we will meet again soon ^_^ So Liz if you are reading this, we have made some great memories and hopefully, make more in the future. I miss you a lot and can't wait to see you and quad, so we can properly celebrate!

Please show Red Velvet lots of love in the future and thanks for reading!

Happy Friday ^_^

Russian Roulette


Well, hello everyone~ It has been a bit since I have published a blog post here on T.P and I think I should just give you a general update of what has been going on with me.

I have been slacking because it feels like there are not enough hours in the day and I really have prioritized school than anything else, so that is why my blog has been 'meh' these past couple weeks. I am still trying to figure everything out when it comes to blogging, so bear with me.

If you follow me on Instagram (link), you probably already know where I am going to school. So I think it is only fair to be transparent about it. However, I am not going to say the name of my school here because I want you to go to my Instagram and figure it out...shameless self-promotion. With that being said, I felt like sharing my thoughts on how my transition into college is going. 


Where do I begin? Okay, lets talk about my room because I think that is a good place to start. I live in a single with AC (AC is literally the best decision ever!), but I share a bathroom with four other girls in my hallway. Prior to arriving, I thought I would have very little room, but I was wrong because I have plenty of storage for all my items.

As many of you may know, I am currently studying Journalism, strategic communication to be exact and so far it has been very fun. This is the first time in a long time that I have found a textbook actually interesting. On the 13th we had David Handschuh (link), who was a 9/11 photographer, come speak to my freshman journalism class and he also spoke later in the day which was open to the public. I can do a whole post about how his words affected me, but he mentioned how photojournalism, or journalism in general, is about asking questions, getting people to talk, have conversations to ultimately tell a story. He tried to scare the freshman class by talking about debt, but jokes on him, because I got four years till I have to worry about that #procrasination. Overall, great speaker, great guy, and, of course, a great photojournalist. Please check out his work/sns here, here, and here!


I also joined my school newspaper, The Post (link), I am on the photos and, apparently, I am on the multimedia team. I don't know how that happened, it just did. I also want to dabble in the social media team for the newspaper because you guys know how good I am at social media...


When I first arrived, I didn't realize how much I miss my squad of friends from school. It was hard not having my clique to talk and have fun with. I am so used to having them that I forgot how to make new friends. However, I am really enjoying living in my Mod and my suite mates are so nice and fun to be around. I really think I lucked out. However, I am really happy my squad has a group message, it feels like we are always together.

On an ending note, I think I have transitioned pretty well. It was hard, but I have gotten through it. I am trying to balance everything and somehow I took 3+ photo jobs this week, I don't know how that happened. I got a Keurig and my acne has cleared up a great deal! Also, a big shout out to my friend Mejean (Meagan)! She deserved it just for existing! A true MVP. 

Happy Friday ^_^

My First Month of College


Hello everyone~ Long time, no talk...again. I pretty am settled into college, kind of, and think I am ready to start posting again. I thought it would be appropriate do a post about my MAC brushes I have been using for a while. I mentioned the brushes in my haul (here) where I also bought some Glossier Products and some more MAC makeup. The brushes I purchased were the MAC 129 and 217.


The first brush is the MAC 129 (here) where it retails for $35.00 and is considered a blush/powder brush, or just all over face brush. On the website, it looks very narrow, which is how it comes, but after a use or two, it spreads out. I have been using it as a shading brush for my bronzer and I haven't branched out of that. It does a good job picking up color and blending it out. 

I read that on many people didn't like the brush because it sheds like crazy, but have had for about 1.5+ years and have noticed any massive amounts of shedding.


Next is the coveted MAC 217 (here) brush that is one of the most recommended by MAC. It is a synthetic blending brush that retails for $25.00 on MAC. I have to say that this is my favorite eye brush at the moment because of how well it diffuses my eyeshadows. I have had instances where I have applied very pigmented eyeshadow to my outer corner and it took like five to ten minutes to blend out, but it did the trick and looked very nice.

My brush is a bit stained from not washing it and the products I use, but it still works and does not shed that much.

Overall, I really enjoy both of these brushes and can see these lasting for quite some time, even the MAC 129! Tell me in the comments what your favorite makeup brushes because I am in the middle of changing out my collection.

Happy Tuesday!

Mac Brushes 129 & 217

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