12.31.2014

A Growing Heart.

On 12/27/11 I posted my first ever blog post, which was my About Me page. Thinking about it, I feel as if 2011 was yesterday. You know what I was doing in 2011? Conquering the 8th grade! You know what I am doing now? Trying get through my junior year of high school.....

It is crazy to think that I started and kept up this blog for three years. Seriously, I have never stayed with any hobbies for a continuous period of time. I love painting, but I only do it continuously for a month and then stop for five months. For me, nothing really brings me more joy than blogging. I love to spend hours on hours of just editing blog designs, reading posts, and overall: discovering new ways to make my blog better. 

To be honest, I would still be an obsessive blog designer and makeup enthusiast if no one read my blog because I think it is just so much fun. However, having the 1,114 followers (bloglovin' and gfc: that is right, I did the math!) and the comments on my posts really make me love blogging.

I love when people comment with either a simple "nice post!" or a long passage because it gives me a sense that people care for what I write, even though I write as if I am in the 6th grade. I look forward to all the comments on a post, especially when we connect with each other. I do my best to read every single comment, reply to it, and visit/follow/comment on your blog (if you leave a link!). 

I know if I share this the business aspect of my blog will decrease, but I am going to anyway because I want to keep it somewhat real with you guys. This month my blog's monthly page-views have been cut in half. I had about 171K in the previous month and now I have 81K this month. Honestly, I was pretty sad because I feel as if everything was kind-of plummeting for me in a way. Now, I am moving on. 

There are bloggers who started later than me who have thousands of followers, who get bloglovin' likes, but don't reply to any of their comments. There are bloggers to me who don't seem approachable and I feel like I have done something wrong if I write them an email. I want you to know you can talk to me! I am on the computer 24/7, so come talk to me. Hit me up on twitter, if you want more privacy, tumblr. Tell me what you had for breakfast, you favorite movie, your grandpa's name, ask me for blogging advice, ask me for design advice, ask me for product advice, etc:)

This New Years I want to make a promise to become a better blogger and provide better grammar, better photos, and a better quality blogger! 

My blog and me have grown so much these past three years. Thank you for visiting Townhouse Palette and I hope to see you again in 2015.

Happy New Years! Here is to a new you ^_^

P.S - Sorry if this was not good.  I just ate like 12 pounds of Taco Bell and it is 1:23 AM in the morning.

12.26.2014

Cat Pout


















































I hope all of you are having a wonderful Christmas. Today I will be talking about the Balala Cats Wink Nutritious Lip Gloss from the Born Pretty Store in shades #07 and #12. First, ten out of ten for the super cute packaging. This packaging is supposed to be a knockoff of the Tony Moly Cat Wink Lip Gloss, but the only thing that is different is the color of the cap. The Tony Moly one has a baby pink cap, while this one has a black cap.


12.23.2014

Leaders AC Clear | Before and After



Long time, no see! About a few weeks ago, I was contacted by a skincare company called Leaders and was asked to do a review on some of their products . Leaders is a Korean skincare shop created by highly-trained dermatologists from Seoul National University (one of the world's top universities!). They create high-end skincare products like serums, moisturizers, but are known for their sheet masks. I wanted to do a separate review on each mask, so I could really go in-depth on whether or not each mask helped my skin for it's distinct purpose.

12.08.2014

Yorom


About a few weeks ago I was contacted by the Born Pretty Store asking me to do a product review. I was able to pick two items: a lip gloss (post up later this week) and these Yorom 2 in 1 Crystal Bright Lipstick and Eyeshadow Pencils.  They retail for $1.29 and come in a whooping twenty colors. 

12.03.2014

Earning Your Wings


Applying winged eyeliner has to be one of the hardest makeup techniques known to man. Some people can apply eyeliner in one swipe, while others have to dedicate more than five minutes to achieve their perfect cat-eye. No matter the situation, I will be giving you # tips to achieve fool-proof wings.

12.01.2014

Never Forget.


























Today is not a beauty or fashion post, but just something that I need to get off my chest. I wrote this post earlier, but my head was going crazy making the post an absolute mess >.<

If you do not live in the US or have not been updated on the new about Mike Brown and Officer Darren Wilson, click here because it will take forever to explain. Recently, 12 year-old Tamir Rice was killed by cops and if you want to hear more about that story click here.

I did not feel like writing about anything else because this is something that is very unsettling in the US. Many people, including me, are very upset to see how a young boy and young man were treated by police. The Tamir Rice story is still unfolding, but the Mike Brown case has been going on since August.

The whole idea around the Mike Brown case is basically the system vs the people. The government is meeting their match because now, everyone speaking out against Darren Wilson, who literally retired from all the cash (500k +) he got from donations. He literally got paid for killing someone. Which makes me disappointed in society.

The whole case was unfair the minute when Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown six times to the second when CSI did not take photos of the body.  I think the jurors made the wrong decision by not indicting Darren Wilson and letting him go easily. I think police are way in over their heads when they started throwing tear gas at civilians. I don't think it was right for people to destroy property and businesses, but that not make it ok for police to use lethal force on civilians.

In my opinion, Darren Wilson is a coward who hid behind his gun. They were both very big people and I think Darren Wilson should of been trained to handle hand-to-hand combat with weaponless Mike Brown. You really don't have to agree with me, it is just my opinion.

The whole idea of this post is to say don't let Mike, Tamir, Trayvon, and countless others die as trampled flowers. The system is messed up and others, including me, want to change that.  Keep your voice strong and don't let other people scare you into changing your opinion because there are thousands of people world wide willing to back you up. 

Thanks for reading - XOXO

11.17.2014

Manicure Monday and Other News



Happy Monday everyone! I have been really loving my new blogging schedule lately which is posting on Monday and Thursday! To get straight to the point, I have not done my nails for months which has caused me to return to my old habit of biting my nails from stress.

11.13.2014

The Nude Duo

After the recent storm *whose name will not be mentioned* caused with her lip color. I have tried to venture out into the world of nude lips. The whole purpose is to make you lips look naked..right? Anyways, I got my hands on two products that have forever changed my view of the iconic nude lips.

11.10.2014

Lush Haul




If you ever go to Lush there are a certain products you need to purchase to get the entire Lush experience. Obviously you don't need to follow this list, but when you live at least a half and hour from a Lush, you need to make the best of your experience.

11.05.2014

Fresh Matters



Ever since Elle Fowler showed me what a bath bomb was, I knew I would not let myself die without trying one. When I remembered that mall I visited this past weekend had a Lush I was ecstatic! I immediately went online to create a wishlist of all the luxurious products that Lush offered. I have visited that Lush twice and was able to pick up some lovely things, which I will do a post about later this week, but I wanted to talk about the lovely free gift they give to you as well.

11.03.2014

Harvest Festival

I never understood the fun of a farm until recently when my sister and I ventured out to retrieve some warm apple cider. Yes we traveled more than thirty minutes just to get warm apple cider. I was thinking this place would be a place with screaming children and parents fighting over pumpkins, but I was presently surprised...

10.29.2014

One Click

Just like Sephora, if you sign up for Ulta's rewards program, you can receive a free gift on your birthday. Back in July, my received her gift which was a full size of the Calvin Klein CK One Color Mascara in Show (true black). Which is valued at a price of $18.00.

10.25.2014

Changing Leaves, Changing Hearts




I was thinking very hard about what my hook or introduction should be to present my announcement. Now, I realized that you all have lives (so why are you reading my blog?) and will be much more satisfied if I just cut to the chase.Up and til now, I was very convinced that I was going to major in business, communications to be exact, but I realized that I do not want to study that anymore.

It was only because I took a class on Economics this year and it is complicated. I am not quitting because the class is hard, but more of I have lost my interest in running a business. I have always been a leader type of person, who is able to take charge in drastic situations, but as I have gotten older I am starting to go-with-the-flow of life. I only did business because I did not want to do medicine or law. I have nothing against the two majors and I am not lazy to the point I am not wiling to put in the extra work to get the degree; more of that I am itching to do something artistic, something creative, something visionary.

10.17.2014

Forever 21 Makeup Sponge | Beauty Blender Dupe?



























A few weeks ago I took my friend to the mall to help her choose some new clothing. I knew it was going to be a difficult trip when she showed up about forty minutes late without telling me (being late is in an Desi person's blood). If you are reading this, you know who you are, no shame. She was apologetic about the situation, but that is not the point of this post. I just think it was a funny story.

10.06.2014

Balancing School and Blogging | #teenblogseries


























This is week seven of the #teenblogseries created by the wonderful Anouska and Beth. Today, I will be talking about school and blogging, which is one of my biggest weak spots in my life. I love blogging and I hate school, so you can probably figure out which one I rather do. With that being said this is not going to be a post that will give you tips on balancing school and blogging, but just a little place where we can converse about the ways you can attempt balancing the two because I have not mastered it >.< Again, I will try to share some experience and some empathetic advice even though I am not an expert.

#1 Blogspot is no Youtube // At some time in out blogging life we have imagined what it would be like to be a full-time blogger like Lily Pebbles or Temptalia. To be able to spend your days traveling the world to Paris, Tokyo, and New York; to be able to go backstage at BDBG, Alexander Wang, and Reem Acra; to be able to work with companies like Lancome, Charlotte Tilbury, and Jermey Scott; to be financially stable by doing one of the greatest thing on earth, blogging! The reality is that blogs are not popular anymore. Ever since YouTube came into power in 2005, no one really pays attention to blogs other than other bloggers or family/friends.  'But Laila, Zoella and Man Repellent are popular bloggers.' Yes they are, but Zoella got famous from Youtube and Man Repellent has a very distinct/HILARIOUS voice making her blog awesome.  

I do love Zoella, Sprinkle of G, and Essie Button a ton because they are just awesome people. They also brought a ton of readers to blogger because of their blog. Then again, through blogspot, it is hard to find related content like the Youtube 'Related Videos' in the sidebar. It basically feels like Google spends all their time on Youtube neglecting Blogspot.

The whole gist is that, right now, it is impossible to make a living from blogger unless you are active for like 90% of your time: Eat+Sleep+Blogging. When your a teenager, spending 6+ hours at school a day, it is impossible to that. So let's put our future 'Blogging for a living' dream on hold, together. I want to talk about this entire Youtube and Blogspot matter in another post.

Anyways, some tips regarding the actual subject of the post:
  • Write/edit/photograph all your posts on the weekend. ( non-example: not like me, who is writing this post at 8:15, on a Sunday night.
  • Write down your post ideas in a notebook.
    • Once you have an idea, think about it by doing chores/relaxing, not during homework or in class!
Lol, that is it for my advice! I hope the two miserable points helped, but I hope you read the entire post to see where I am coming from.


Thanks for reading-XOXO

Your tips?

10.02.2014

Summertime Sadness


























Hello Everyone | With Summer coming to an end (depending where you live), it is time to say goodbye and tuck away some Summer favorites. One that has a special place and will make it's return next Summer in my heart is the Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pink Pop. 

This lip gloss is in my definition of the perfect lipgloss. The consistency is not very sticky (some stickiness is expected from a lip gloss). It is a very nice wash of color, which gives off that Cheon Song Yi type of youthful lip. It does not make my lips feel dry, which is something I always looks for with a lip gloss. #lailaapproves

Sorry for being MIA for a week. With college quickly approaching in two years, I want to do my best to get the best grades as possible. I wrote a post about college, which you can read here, where I quickly embarrassed myself by spelling the word 'college' wrong. So, basically, I have been screwed from the start..lol.

Bottom Line: I would highly suggest checking out the Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pink Pop because its awesome and I am screwed for college.

Thanks for reading-XOXO

Your favorite Summer Lip Gloss?

9.29.2014

Autumn Fashion Staples | #TeenBlogSeries





Hello Everybody | It is good to be back blogging again. Today is week six of the #TeenBlogSeries created by Beth and Anouska.  I missed last week's post because I was busy focusing on school and, as always, school comes first (pukes a little). I pieced a few things together to show what items I will be using later in the Fall season because it is still like in the seventies where I live. 

9.27.2014

Pr

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Here at Townhouse Palette, I do product reviews. If a company sends me their products for review, I like to be positive. That means only debuting products that I think my readers will benefit from. If I am sent a product I do not like, I will give constructive criticism to the company on how to make the product better and, hopefully, I will be sent the new and improved product to show my readers. 

I recognize different skin types/eye shapes/face shapes/etc. So, if the product does not work out, it may work out for someone else. I will recommend the product to the people who I think will get the most benefit from it.

I also recommend shops based on not only selection of products, but also customer service, shipping, and all over quality. 

Right now product reviews are free, but with the ever-so escalating demand for reviews, I will be charging for reviews in the future.

If interested, email me at: lailapretty@hellokitty.com






This is a PR friendly blog ^_^ I am going to be honest and say I have never worked with PR before, so maybe you can show me the ropes.

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(8/17/14) I do get sponsored items to review, and later on in my blogging career will be charging for a product review ( got to pay for college! ).


Any item sent to me to review will be written directly in a post. No magic symbols or indirect nonsense.


I try my best to deliver honest reviews, whether good or bad. If anything is bad, I will give companies constructive criticism to make their products better! That means, if you send me a product and I do not like it, I will not debut it on my blog. Instead, again, I will give constructive criticism to make your product better.

I will always give credit to rightful owners! I am a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due. So, if you see something that may belong to someone else on the blog, email me! ^_^

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9.11.2014

Get To Know Me: Beauty Bloggers Tag...REVISITED!


Hello Everyone! | Welcome back to my blog, for my second blog post of the week! I was recently tagged by Katie to do the Beauty Blogger Tag, but I remembered I had already did this tag as a collab oration with my good friend, Maja from Majotron. 

I couldn't just not do the post, so I have decided to revisit it! I am just going to leave my comments on my old answers and see if anything has changed. Everything written in black are questions and old answers, while everything in grey are my comments and new answers. Let's get started ^_^

9.08.2014

Favourite Clothing Store and Picks | #teenblogseries


























Hello Everyone | Welcome to the next post of the #teenblogseries collaboration. This week is a Fashion post week, so I will be talking about my favorite high-street/clothing store on the planet. Before we get into what my favorite store is. I wanted to ask you to fill out my reader survey to help make my blog a better place on the internet (click here) :D If you like my posts, please remember to comment and follow my blog.

9.04.2014

Sponsor

Hello Everyone | Welcome to my advertising page! If you are here then your most likely interested in advertising with me, if not, that is ok :D Townhouse Palette gets bigger and bigger each year making it a great place to put an advertisement to showcase your hard work from your business or blog.

If you are interested, please email me at lailapretty@hellokitty.com ^_^ All my stats and demographics will be listed below.


Price: $15
Duration: Thirty (30) days
Banner Size: 250px by 250px

  • Weekly shout outs through my social medias [ Twitter, Weibo, and Google+ ] and pictures included through Instagram and Pinterest.
  • Guest posting option ^_^
  • A blog critique option [ some recommendations to create a more user friendly platform, along with some html/css help. ]*
  • Permanent text link on the advertising page [ this page. ] **
* Critiques will not be made public by me, the advertiser can make it public if he/she wishes.
** Occasionally, the links will be mixed up to make sure other blogs have a chance to be on top of the list.
Price: $10
Duration: Thrity (30) days
Banner Size: 250px by 125px

  • Weekly shout outs through my social medias [ Twitter, Weibo, and Google+]
  • A blog critique option [ some recommendations to create a more user friendly platform, along with some html/css help. ]*
  • Year long text link on the advertising page [ this page ]**

* Critiques will not be made public by me, the advertiser can make it public if he/she wishes.
** Occasionally, the links will be mixed up to make sure other blogs have a chance to be on top of the list.

Demographics coming soon!

Some information:
- I have a right to decline any blog or business that will not fit the atmosphere of Townhouse Palette.
- All payments are paid through paypal.
- I will determine how many slots are open depending on the month and me.


Niamh's DreamCould be you....(wink*wink*nudge*nudge*)

9.01.2014

Best Foundation Routine For Teens | #teenblogseries

Hello Everyone | Welcome back to another episode of the #teenblogseries collaboration created by Anouska and Beth. If you are not already familiar with it, the #teenblogseries is a collaboration between teen bloggers across the world. It takes place at 1:30 pm New York Time (6:30 pm UK Time) and the posts can be seen by searching the hashtag #teenblogseries on Twitter. 

This weeks post is about 'The Best Foundation and Brow Routine For Teens,' but since I do not do my eyebrows, I will just be doing the foundation segment. Please leave your blog link, so I can follow and read your blog. Tweet to me and tag me in Instagram, so I can follow you there as well.

Also, if you can take a few seconds to fill out this survey I created to get to know you guys better and find ways to improve my blog to make it a better experience. I will be forever grateful to you and it would be the biggest help!

8.25.2014

10 Facts About Me | #teenblogseries


Hello Internet | If you have been following me on twitter (which you should), you would know for the past few weeks there has been a big teen blogger collaboration called the #teenblogseries. Which I literally joined yesterday. 

It was created by the ever so talented, Anouska and Beth. A big thank you to them for letting me join so late. A post from the #teenblogseries will be posted every Monday at 6:30 PM for ten weeks . A nice way to brighten up an ever-so lame Monday. 

This week's theme is '10 Facts About Me,' which are just some simple deep dark secrets facts about me. I have done a '12 Facts About Me,' which is from earlier this year, which you can read here. If you are an old reader, let's see what you don't know and if your new, let's get acquainted.
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