Townhouse Palette Turns 5!

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Who would have thought Townhouse Palette would make it to five years old!

If you would have told me that Townhouse Palette would be around after five years, I would not have believed you. When I started this blog in winter of 2011, I always thought I would give up after a year or two from not seeing any progress. However, there was a little voice in my head that kept telling me to keep going and to not give up. 

In these past five years, I never thought how connected I would be to my blog and to who I am as a person. I have grown and am still growing, learning, and trying in life. I have always had the at kid mentality that I could never stick to something for an extended amount of time due to the fact I would become bored or give up when it gets hard. But let me be honest, Townhouse Palette is far from perfect, VERY FAR...I can never get a post up in time and am scrambling at the last second (like right now). Sometimes my photos are blurry, my makeup is not slaying, and my grammar would make all my English teachers cry. It is thought that I keep trying and do not give up even when my writing is trash.

Black Friday Haul

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Welcome to part two of my makeup haul that I said I was going to post. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I will be doing the other half of my beauty haul which consists of items I purchased during that Black Friday~Cyber Monday week due to the sick online deals. Before I get started, here is an excerpt from my previous post talking about Aleppo...

"Some of you may know about the conflict that is going on in Aleppo, Syria and how devastating it is (here are two sources talking about the conflict, The New York Times and The Washington Post). If any of you can mention this anywhere and/or donate, it would be greatly appreciated. I donated money to Doctors without Borders here, they are currently working on victims of the conflict. Here are some other sites/groups who are helping people of the crisis."

Without a further-a-do, let us get started!

MAC

Mac won the wallet this year with their 25% off each product, plus free shipping. I got a plethora of things because I thought this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Starting off, I picked up the MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact and the MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl (not pictured in any of the photos because I forgot, lol). If you follow Townhouse Palette's Facebook Fan Page, I have been reposting makeup videos, new products, etc. One of which was this video by MAC where they used the palette and cream color in the look and I instantly told myself that I need to have it. I really liked how simple and flawless the makeup which is most likely because the model has already had her glo-up. 

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Other bits include MAC Prep+Prime Lip Primer, MAC's Lipstick in Ruby Woo, and MAC's Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Dance With Me. The lip primer was a request from my sister, so I do not know what to think of it. Ruby Woo is definitely a cult makeup product that was bound to end up in my collection. As for the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor, I am not the biggest fan of matte lips and have never heard anyone talk about these, so I thought I would give it a chance.

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Glossier

One thing was snatched from Glossier and that was their Stretch Concealer in Dark 30. Straight off the bat, I can say that is for people with very nice skin because this is a particularly thin concealer. A review is to come eventually because I need more experience with it to give an honest opinion.

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Clinique 

The last item was a freebie from Macys and it is the Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Crimson. It came in a special holiday packaging plastered with red lip illustrations and little phrases, Which is much more preferred than the original because it is much cuter ^_^

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That ends my post! Tell me in the comments what you copped on Black Friday/Cyber Monday because I like hearing about a good deal.

Happy Tuesday ^_^

New Drugstore Makeup Bits

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It has been another hot minute since I last posted a blog post. However, I am relieved to say that I have finished up my finals and that I am now on winter break. I thought a great way to slide back into blogging was to talk about new products I have gotten over the course of a few months. I have collected so many new things that this post will be split into two; one being this post and another being a Black Friday Haul. If any of you would like a review on any specific product, let me know below. Before I get started, I wanted to talk about something really important. 

Some of you may know about the conflict that is going on in Aleppo, Syria and how devastating it is (here are two sources talking about the conflict, The New York Times and The Washington Post). If any of you can mention this anywhere and/or donate, it would be greatly appreciated. I donated money to Doctors without Borders here, they are currently working on victims of the conflict. Here are some other sites/groups who are helping people of the crisis. 

Thank you and now on to the post...

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NYX Lip Liners

For Halloween, I picked up two new lip liners as I was running out of my Perfect Spice from Too Faced (mentioned here and here). I grabbed the NYX Lip Liners in Hot Red (SPL817) and in Nude Pink (SPL858). I got them from my local CVS for about $5.00. Color-wise, Nude Pink was not what I was wanted, which was mostly my fault. Nude Pink is too pink to be used with MAC's Velvet Teddy, which is that middle-ground nude color. Formula-wise, they are a bit drying on the lips and they take a few swipes to fill in all the creases on the lips, but they apply pretty smoothly. 


Maybelline Master Conceal

I tried a new concealer which was the Maybelline Master Conceal in 30 Light/Medium. I picked out a color that is a bit too cool for my skin tone. Which is again, hahaha, is my fault *upside down smiling emoji*. I have to say I like the formula and coverage though ^_^

Ardell Demi-Wispies Eyelashes

Moving into eyes, I think I have found my favorite eyelashes of all-time. They are the ever-so-famous Ardell Demi-Wispies. They are cheap (for lashes), they are nice quality, and they look very flattering on the eyes. They are not too dramatic, but they take your eye game to the next level. Highly recommend.

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H&M Infinite Impact Eyeshadows

For eyeshadows, I have been pleasantly surprised with the H&M Infinite Impact Eyeshadows. I have Obsidian, Mojave, with Sahara Dawn and Cocoa Mauve, both picked up on Black Friday. I like the shadows and I am still playing around with them. I have tried Obsidian and Mojave, both are decently pigmented and apply pretty smooth.

Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeliner

I am tired of pencil and pen eyeliners because they never turn out nice on my eye, so I have resorted back to my trusty gel eyeliner. Right now, I am using the Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeliner in Blackest Black which I have been loving lately. I have always known this as an alternative to other gel eyeliners, but I was properly introduced to this by my friend Sana who had it in her makeup stash.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

Next, I have gotten my hands on the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean (601). I had purchased this because I needed an opaque base for a smokey eye look I was trying to do for my Halloween Costume. It is pretty good, it does have a bit of a wet formula, so setting it is crucial and blending is a must.

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*Left to right: H&M's Obsidian, H&M's Mojave, NYX's Black Bean, NYX's Nude Pink, and NYX's Hot Red

Elf Flawless Concealer Brush

I have purchased the Elf Flawless Concealer Brush because I have been using a flat concealer brush for years and it was time for a switch up. It is really soft and blends my concealer very well, I like to go over the edges of my concealer with my beauty blender just to ensure everything is blended. However, this gets the job done.


Elf Daily Brush Cleaner

Finally, I have the Elf Daily Brush Cleaner which I use it to spot clean my brushes daily when my brushes need a pick me up after being beaten with products. It is not a deep cleanser for my brushes, but a cleanser for in-between uses, Think of it as a dry shampoo for brushes...

Those were some of the items I have gotten over the course of two-three months. Expect a Black Friday Haul soon as I am working on that at the moment. If you have time, please share the news about Syria for the sake of the innocent who are wrapped up in the horror.

Have a good weekend!

Also sending love and support to Aleppo.