10.25.2016

Laila Notes I.

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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!

10.11.2016

Spooky Halloween Watchlist

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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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Hocus Pocus

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.

10.03.2016

Skincare Routine

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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 ^_^
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