Goodbye for now...


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Hello everyone! It's Laila (who else would it be, lol). I don't how many people are actually reading this, but today I wanted to do a little heart-to-heart.

As of today, Townhouse Palette (the blog) will be going on hiatus.

Now there are many reasons why I am going on hiatus, that I will share later. However, it is important to know that this hiatus is will most likely be indefinite, but it's NOT FOREVER. So let's dive into why.

I have been blogging for almost 6 years now (in December). I started this blog during my 8th grade Winter vacation. In less than a month, I will be starting my sophomore year of college.

So I am definitely not a novice, not only when it comes to blogging, but also the beauty influencer/industry.

I have always loved makeup.

In the 6 years of blogging, I have never really doubted that.

I think it's the direction beauty blogging/vlogging in the past years has gone which has me a bit shook.

When I was in elementary school starting middle school, I was in love with Michelle Phan and Bubzbeauty's videos. There was something really just inspiring, energetic, and fun about their videos. I genuinely learned tips from them not only about makeup but also on life.

But now their beauty channels have officially run its course.

If you are familiar with the top percentage of today's beauty influencers, you would know a lot of them are enveloped in drama. It's a bit shocking when I compare YouTube in Bubzbeauty/Michelle Phan's prime to what it is now.

When it comes to blogging, I have been in a constant rut. I think it has a lot to do with me just always worrying and stressing about the future and what I want to accomplish. And being home for four months having nothing to worry about or do made me think a lot about the future.

I see bloggers who start who get 1000+ followers in the first year of blogging, and although I am very grateful for all my readers and supporters, it feels like I am not performing as well as I should. It feels like I am at a standstill or stalemate if you will.

I think I need to take time off to improve my skills especially my writing.

In high school, my plan was to do my undergrad and then after, attend makeup school. Now that is still a plan, but I am also thinking of graduate school. Then working for a beauty company.

I have also been thinking about makeup artistry and doing freelance makeup on the side. However, I am also afraid to stab someone in the eye with a mascara wand, you know how it goes.

I think my end goal career wise is to work in the beauty industry. Whether it be a blogger/influencer, an artist, or just PR for a beauty company. So, I have been thinking about what steps to take to get there and what direction I want to go. Cause under the subject of working in the beauty industry, there are a million things I can do!

However, even with all my concerns (sorry for the little rant above), I am ready for a change!

Michelle Phan said something that really stuck with me all these years that I want to share. The universe has three answers to your aspirations: yes, not yet, or I have something better.

So I think it is time to take a chance and try something new! The new change will have to do with all my social media accounts.

For Instagram, I am going to be changing my account name from @townhousepalette to @laila.riaz and turning it into a full makeup account. I plan to post my makeup looks and some more makeup flat lays I have been working on. You can follow me here!

For Twitter, I am going to be quite honest and say that I am only on there for the free entertainment. However feel free to tweet at me so we can talk. You can follow me here!

For Bloglovin, I will still be reading my weekly blog feed, so I will still be very active on there. You can see what I am reading here!

For Pinterest, I will be extremely active, I absolutely adore Pinterest so much that I customized my boards. You can follow me here!

For this blog, I will definitely be updating you guys every few months about what is going on in my life. I owe to my loyal group of readers who have been following me.

That is about it.

This year I will be searching and applying for internships and I am thinking about a study abroad program. For the graduate schools, I want to apply to, I need to have super high GPA along with a bumping resume.

Please follow me on either Instagram (here) or Bloglovin' (here) to be updated on the next time I post on Townhouse Palette.

(I like how this post turned from a heart-to-heart into a shameless promotion for my social accounts).

Writing the rough draft of this post was so easy, but now, ten minutes till it is supposed to go live gives me a heavy heart. 

Hopefully, I will be back and better than ever! 

Happy Tuesday ^_^

Adventures in Contouring

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I have never been a huge fan of contouring, I do like to highlight and shade certain areas of my face. 

I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but I am insecure about my nose. I am not as insecure as I used to be back in high school. I even wrote about it here.

I have always wanted to learn how to contour my nose to make it smaller. When I have tried to contour my nose, the sides of my nose looks like they are covered in dirt. 

As of last year, I started to use bronzer for some light shading around my face. I used the ever-so popular (at the time) Rimmel Natural Bronzer in "Sun Bronze." It was really nice when it came to adding warmth to my face and blending my foundation into my hair line. However, it was waaay too warm to be used as a nose contour, or any contour, in general.

Giselle — Makeup Look

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Hello everyone, happy Friday! I hope you guys are doing well.

Today, I have another makeup look for everyone. It is a lot different than what I normally do because I was not following any look in particular.

I did this look for a graduation party I went to last week, everything is the same except for the lashes and lips. I am pretty sure this makeup look I did at that graduation was the best makeup look I have ever done. It was actually quite simple too.

Summer Base Edit

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Hello everyone! Today, I wanted to share my current Summer Foundation Routine which has been in full force since Summer began.

I have been using some new things and have been using some old things, so I thought I would share everything I have been doing in a post.

Excuse Me — AOA Seolhyun Makeup (Fail)

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Hello everyone! Long-time, no-talk. Today I have a makeup post for everyone.

Before we start, I am going to be very honest and say that this post is very difficult for me to write. I don't know why, but I think the biggest culprit is that I think I have writer's block. However, I think the best way to get over it is actually writing.

Anyways, today's makeup look is inspired by Seolhyun from the Kpop group AOA. This makeup look is inspired by the look she wore towards the end of AOA's Excuse Me music video.

Her look was absolutely gorgeous!

She had beautiful dewy skin, light eye makeup, and a gorgeous warm berry lip.

I haven't worn makeup in a while, so I honestly think this makeup came out like trash, but I still took pictures and wanted to show it to everyone, you know, for funsies.

The look is very simple, there was just a lot of hiccups.

Sephora Haul

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Hello everyone~ It has been a hot minute since I last posted anything. I was just dealing with stuff, but I am feeling a lot better and I am ready to start posting. Anyways, I digress~

I mentioned in my last post, New Skincare Bits, that I will be sharing some of the goodies I picked up from Sephora.

Also, I am testing out new photography styles, as of now I am trying to become a flat lay master, so tell me what you think. I think it could use some work.

New Skincare Bits

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Hello eveyone! I just got a package in from Amazon, it included some new skincare bits, so I thought I would share.  If you are interested in Asian Skincare, you will definitely enjoy this post as I branch into products that are not sold in the K-Beauty section of Sephora or Ulta.

Rapid Reviews: Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Pencil, Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, and ABH Lip Gloss in "Neon Carnival."

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Hello everyone! Today, I have a simple post for everyone.  I have a rapid review of three products that don't need an entire post, but I have been meaning to talk about them.

Of course, you may have tried some of these products and loved them, but for me, they did not work.

4 WALLS

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Hello everyone! I am back with another Kpop inspired makeup look.

I got many warm responses from my previous look, read here, so thank you to everyone who read/enjoyed that post!

Today, I will be doing a recreation of Krystal Jung's makeup from F(x)'s group concept photo for their single "4 WALLS."

Krystal Jung is a member of the Kpop group F(x) — known for her singing and looks — and is also a pretty popular actress.

She is a literal photoshoot queen for being featured on soo many magazines, not only in South Korea but worldwide. If you follow my Pinterest, my Photography // Pictorial + Magazines board to be exact, then you have probably seen a bunch of her photos.

June Goals

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I almost forgot to write about my June Goals! Ok, ok...I didn't forget. I am just trying to cover up the fact that during the month of May, I hardly accomplished anything.

But you know the saying, there is always tomorrow. So, I thought I would share my June Goals, but before we do that, let's go over my May Goals.

2017 Bullet Journal Set Up

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I think the lifestyle portion of this blog is starting to consist of 80% bullet journal related posts. So why not keep that momentum going??

If you watched my 2016 Bullet Journal Flip Through on my YouTube channel (it recently hit 1,000+ views, yay!), then I mentioned I would do a 2017 Bullet Journal Set Up post.

I am currently using the Leuchtturm1917 A5* notebook in lemon/yellow and I still use my Le Pen* pens, Muji Pens*, and Midliners*

I did some new things to my bujo; I pulled a lot of inspiration from a few studyblrs and videos, which I will be sharing at the end of the post!

PALETTE

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If you don't know who IU is then you are really missing out.

IU is Korean solo artist known for her innocent look and beautiful voice. She is also a great actress and song wiriter. 

At the beginning of the year, she released her album Palette, which was a hit! I was not a huge fan of the title track ("Palette"), "Jam Jam" was the best song in my opinion, however, I adored her music video.

The music video was very fresh, as well as her makeup.

I tried to recreate it, but I fell a bit flat; I was still really happy with how it turned out. I will also have to let you know that I did not add a blurring filter to my skin. It is all because I bought a new ring light for my camera and it does the blurring for me!

If you follow my Pinterest, my MAKEUP LOOKS // To Recreate + Inspiration board to be exact, then you would know what makeup look from the video I wanted to recreate. If you don't, then I will insert some photos below.

Yellow Eyeshadow Look

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If you remember a year ago I did a post called One Of These Nights, where I recreated Red Velvet's makeup from their One of These Nights music video. The makeup focused heavily on a true pink gradient lips and bright yellow eyeshadow.

It seemed like a very outlandish makeup look to wear very casually. However, after watching this video by Lisa Eldrige, I have come to realize this is actually quite wearable. 

I was able to do the vivid eye makeup on my older sister, who has an eye shape similar to mine. I thought I would share the products I used and how I did the look.

5 Single Eyeshadows I Am Loving

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I think I am addicted to buying single eyeshadows. It probably has to do with me not being able to commit to using large palettes in their entirety, which make me guilty considering I just keep buying more palettes.

I have, however, found a love for single eyeshadows because they allow me to really pick and choose what is best for me, instead of committing to big palettes.

Today, I thought I would share five single eyeshadows I am addicted to atm.

This is not a post about makeup.

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I was going to do a post about eyeshadows, but I felt that talking about what is happening in the world is more important. 

I am not doing a formal post because I want to show solitude to all the Britans who were affected by the bombing after the concert in Manchester, the Filipinos/Filipinas who were affected by maute in Minadao, the Thai people who were affected by the bombing at a hospital in Bangkok, and the car bombing in Syria.

I urge everyone to read and share stories to build awarness around these issues. The New York Times reported on the Manchester bombing, here (caution, the photo may be graphic to some); and the Bangkok hospitial bombing, here. BBC News  reported on the Manchester bombing, here. The Washington Post reported on Duterte declaring martial law in Marawi, here. France24 wrote about the car bombing in Syria, here

Please share credible sources, not just random tweets. I was mislead on some tweets regarding the Philipines. The Fillipino Police asked the its people to refrain using social media and spreading videos and images that could affect the safety of its civilians and military.

I am absolutley stunned and heartbroken over these events.

Please spread positivity and unity.

Stay safe everyone. 

Bullet Journal Flip Through (#2)

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Hello, everyone! I am excited to share this video I filmed for everyone. It is a flip through of the bullet journal I used from August 2016 — June 2017.

If you have any questions or thoughts, please put them in the comments below.

MAC Haul

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Hello everyone! I am going to show you guys some bits I picked up from MAC yesterday. This will be a pretty short post, so this is a light read. Other than that, I hope you enjoy!

What makeup does SM Entertainment use on their idols?

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After researching for quite some time, I am finally ready to share this post with everyone. Today, I will be sharing my research on what makeup SM Entertainment, A Korean Entertainment company, uses on their idols. I like to think of this post as a piece of ratchet investigative journalism because I cannot 100% conclude this is the makeup SM idols use, but I can give some propelling evidence.

Also, before we begin, any links with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links.

WHY DO WE WANT TO KNOW?

Right now, the Korean beauty industry is booming due to their specialization in natural looking makeup. When idols go on music shows, most of the comments under their performance videos are not in regard to their talent, but how beautiful they all are. And trust me when I say this, THEY ARE BEYOND TALENTED.

I used to buy a lot of Korean beauty products, thinking that using them I would look as beautiful as an idol. Therefore, I always believed Korean idols wore BB Creams when they perform. However, a few years ago, I was watching Hyuna (formerly of 4MINUTE ;_;) and saw she was wearing a BB Cream which left a very obvious white cast on her face, video here. Which made me ask the question...What kind of makeup do idols actually wear?

This started my journey to the truth...

15 TV shows you need to binge-watch right now

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Suprise! I am uploading on a Monday! I think from now on I will upload on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Today, I was supposed to post a really fun blog post for all the K-pop/Korean Beauty fans out there, but I am not yet done with it. I thought it would be better to give myself an extra day or two instead of trying to complete it quickly. I spent a really long time researching for that post and I am making sure I find as many sources as possible. Never fear because that post will be up either Wednesday or Friday.

Since I have been on a HUGE Golden Girls binge-watching session, I thought I would share 15 TV shows I would recommend everyone to watch right away!

Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser

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It has been quite some time since I did a product review, so today, I thought I would share my thoughts on the Clean & Clear Continous Control Acne Cleanser*. This is going to be a very quick review because I have pretty solid thoughts on it. This was recommended to me by my older brother, who struggled with acne alongside me. He said it was the best, and of course, I got to test that claim.

My Current Beauty Wishlist

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If you have ever seen me lurking in the comment section of any blog, then you might have witnessed me, in the comments, say, "OMG, I want that!" or "I am adding that to my wishlist." However, this wishlist cannot be found anywhere. It is as if I am adding beauty products to an endless void. Recently, I have been utilising my MAKEUP // Products Board on Pinterest, which has a large array of makeup products I am interested. Today, I thought I would share a few. 

As many of you may know, Pixi skincare is the craze in the UK, and I have seen that obsession slowly trickle down into the USA. Many people are aware of the Glow Tonic that has been tried by everyone and their dogs, except me. How people describe it reminds me of the Etude House Skin Mal:gem Smoother, reviewed here, that I was obsessed with when I started TP.

How I use Peppermint Oil and Tea Tree Oil in my beauty routine.

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Believe it or not, but I have been using natural oils in my beauty routine for years. They are, in my opinion, cheaper and healthier than anything found at the skincare counter in Nordstrom. So I thought it would be beneficial to some if I share how I use them.

Natural oils can be used for a plethora of things from a nasal decongestant to skin treatments. I know Jaclyn Hill uses peppermint oil as a nasal decongestant and for aromatherapy purposes. Eons ago, I talked about how I used oil from India to treat my hair here. Nowadays, I mainly use Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil.

May Goals

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Hello everyone! Since I am off for the next four months, I thought it was time for me to set goals for myself. Last month's goals, link here, did not go very well because I was extremely busy due to finals and school activities.