Monday, December 31, 2018

New Years, New Heart


Hello everyone~ it has been another hot minute since I posted something, which is also coincidentally the title to my memoir.

I posted something about one or two weeks ago and I just decided I want to spend the first two weeks of my winter vacation to completely decompress and not worry about anything. I am constantly doing something, and when I am taking a break I spend a lot of time thinking about what needs to be done.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2018 Beauty Favorites


Hello everyone~ Long time, no talk. I am officially on winter break, which means I can finally read and write for fun. You know — stuff that would otherwise be considered work during the semester.

I thought it would be fitting to start wrapping up my 2018 and do my coveted year-end beauty favorites post. I am going to keep it real with everyone and say I have not been wearing a lot of makeup recently, but I do have some favorites I would like to share. Also, sorry, but a lot of this stuff was in the Products I have Been Loving Recently post from a month ago.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Gloss Edit

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If you personally know me, you would know that I prefer glossy lips over matte lips. Well, the question has never popped up in a conversation before so I am not mad if my friends did not know that.

I have naturally, uber dry lips that seem to look quenched regardless the amount of lip balm I apply. So applying a matte lip takes preparation and care,  but glossy lips tend to fit my personality and be less maintenance. I thought it would be fitting to share some glossy lip favorites.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Products I have been loving recently

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Hello everyone. It has been a hot minute since I posted something here — three months to be exact. I have been very busy with school, work, my internship (which ended Sunday) and just life. Now that I have a tad bit more time, I thought it would fitting to make my return.

I thought I would sit down and write a little post about products I have been using for the past few months. If you have a second, please let me know if you have tried any of these products below. 

I'm going to keep it real with you guys and say that I  have been using a lot of the same products for the past few months. However, I do some new bits added to my collection that I think you guys will enjoy.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How to START a bullet journal (literally the only guide you need)


As a young adult, you can go either go two ways with your life – being organized or being unorganized.

Don't get me wrong being unorganized is not necessarily a bad thing. Some people find peace in their unorganization and it actually makes them more productive.

However, I strive to be organized. Not because I think it is better for me, but rather because of all the fun stationary I can get (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧.

I kid (not really) but I have been really open about sharing my organization journey on here. I have written a lot of posts, made two videos and spent hours a week on my bullet journal.

I thought it was time to come full circle and make ONE BIG POST about bullet journaling. I am not only sharing how to start one but also how to use it, save money on stationary, Pinterest boards, popular products, resources and much more.

I know the world of bullet journaling seems overwhelming but it is really isn't once you start. Before you read my post, please watch this video.

The video was created by a person named Ryder who is the original creator of the Bullet Journal. Some might say he is the original Bullet Journalist. It just outlines basic things about the bullet journal and how it is traditionally used. But keep in mind, there is NO RIGHT WAY to make/use a bullet journal.

Before we get started I would like to mention any link with an asterisk (*) is an affiliate link.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Glossier Invisible Shield Sunscreen Review


I don't know about you but I think sunscreen isn't fun. How should I put it? I don't wake up in the morning excited to apply sunscreen (but then again, I don't think anyone does).

I think it has a lot to do with how traditional sunscreens tend to be hard to apply, sticky, leave a white cast and affect my finished makeup. I hate them but I need them.

One sunscreen tackled these stereotypes with the release of the Glossier Inivisble Shield Daily Sunscreen*.

Invisible Shield is unique because of its serum/gel formula. Here are some basic facts before we get started:
  • It retails for $25 (was originally $35 on release,)
  • Can be purchased on
  • Broad Spectrum SPF 35.
  • 1fl. oz. or 30ml. 


Monday, June 11, 2018

Red Velvet 'Bad Boy' Eye Makeup Step-By-Step

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Hello friends! It has been a hot minute since I last blogged but I am finally feeling a surge of inspiration to blog.

I was recently brainstorming blog post ideas and I remembered that someone asked me to do a tutorial on my makeup in this photo.

The makeup was inspired by Red Velvet's latest comeback song "Bad Boy." Yeri and Seulgi wore a makeup look similar to this and although it is not identical, I thought it looked similar, right?


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Current Makeup Removal Routine

Current Makeup Removal Routine

I know this looks like a sponsored post, but it is not. However, Garnier, if you guys are reading this, please sponsor me because I thoroughly enjoy your Micellar Water line.

I have practically tried every single type of makeup remover under the sun. Like everything. With that being said,  I have found my favorite makeup remover is micellar water. How I came about micellar water was when Bioderma was HUGE a few years ago. I had difficulty purchasing the original because it was only available in Europe (and it was $30 per bottle), so when I heard Garnier was launching its very own line, I was excited.

Also, I heard French women use Micellar water as their only water to cleanse their skin and who wouldn't want to be like a French woman?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Everyday Winter Makeup


New year – new me! Ok, not really.

However, the new year does give me an excuse to reinvent my makeup routine for the new year and to be me more precise, the new season. (Winter has been in full force since 2017, but I would like to pretend that it started on January 1st.)

I started a poll in my sidebar that asks the question of whether you, as a reader, would watch my YouTube videos if I made them. Well, SURPRISE, I already made one!

With that being said, I hope you still vote and tell me what you think.

Anyways, I am always doing something new with my makeup and depending on my outfit for the day, I like my makeup to be matchy-matchy with my outfit . But if I was going somewhere special or I wanted to feel better about myself, this is the makeup I would do.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette


The Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette caused quite a commotion when it was first released last year.

A lot of people did not like the formulation of the eyeshadows because of kickback and kickback means you will have a lot of wasted product.

Other problems include the shadows oxidizing and difficulty blending.

I am going to address each of the concerns individually because I think that is the best way to review this palette.

Before I jump into my opinions about this product, I am going to drop some retail information.

This palette comes with 14 eyeshadows: one holographic, two shimmers, and 11 mattes. It also comes with a dual-ended brush: one side is for blending and the other is for application.

It retails for $42.00, however, since this palette is not doing so hot, you can get a really good deal on it.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Desi x Katy x Dose of Colors Collection Review


Listen, I am obsessed with the Desi x Katy x Dose of Colors collection.

I have talked about this collection so much since I got my hands on it in November. I mentioned it in my last post, Dark Makeup Edit, and the liquid lipsticks were going to be the focal point in my next post. Then I was like, "hmm, maybe, I should write a post about the entire collection before I start mentioning it in every other post I write."

So here we are.

The collection includes:
  • The Girls eyeshadow quad ($28.00)
  • Fuego highlighter ($28.00)
  • Mírame highligher ($28.00)
  • Hot Fire liquid lipstick ($18.00)
  • Saváge liquid lipstick ($18.00)
  • No Shade lipstick ($16.00)
  • More Creamer Please Lipstick ($16.00)
  • Over The Top lipgloss ($15.00 | not pictured ;_;)

This collection is limited edition, however, Dose of Colors is still selling the remaining products from the collection. That includes the two lipsticks, the two liquid lipsticks, and the highlighter in Mírame.

Who knows, Dose of Colors might bring the collection back for funsies.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dark Makeup Edit


When it comes to makeup I am a natural gal. However, in 2018, I decided I wanted to unleash the inner goth that never came to the surface while I was in middle school. So I thought it would be appropriate to do a dark makeup edit showcasing all the products that bring out my inner darkness or, in other words, my Black Moon Clan aesthetic (??).

Friday, January 5, 2018

My Favorite Instagram Looks


If you have been an avid reader on TP, you would know when decided to go on hiatus a five months ago, I focused a chunk of my attention on growing my Instagram (@laila.riaz).

In the five months, I was able to slightly grow it but I am still struggling to hit a 1,000 followers which is now my goal for 2018.

Some of you might be asking, "Laila, why is it taking so long to grow your Instagram?" The answer is I don't know. There are many different reasons, but you can help me fix that by following me here!

A post shared by Laila Riaz (@laila.riaz) on

This is definitely one of my top looks of all time!

I have been very weary of doing dark smokey eyes for sometimes because I feel that makeup style does not really suit my eye shape. But I did this looks fully with the help of Desi Perkin's video here. She goes in depth on how to do a flattering smokey eye and honestly, her explanation was very detailed so I am pretty sure anyone can do it. ... even babies!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Beauty Favorites


Well, well, well. ... Another year, another year-end favorites.

I thought my 2017 Year-End Beauty Favorites post would be a fitting return to the blogosphere. In my five month hiatus, I tried a lot of new products because my spending habits were out of control.

I have posted photos of some of these products all over my Instagram and I really hope you follow it because I think I have a sick Instagram theme going. Not to toot my horn though.
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