Friday, December 25, 2020

Three important lessons I learned in 2020 & preparing for a successful new year! | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #55


Hello everyone <3 Merry Christmas, welcome back to Cute Kind Of and to the final episode of 2020. I cannot believe it — seriously, since June, I have been counting down the hours till the year would end (as if COVID19 was somehow gonna expire on December 31st). 

Since I graduated in December 2019, I was excited that the year 2020 marked the start of a whole new chapter in my life. When my life picked up in February 2020, I was happy but I felt a little hesitant with the idea that a possible change was quickly approaching. It was not until March, when quarantine started, I had to get adjusted to the idea that change was not happening anytime soon. I did not know if it was a relief or self-sabotage. And obviously, if you are told "no" or denied something in your life, you want it more than ever lol. 

Anyways, in today's episode we are going over what I learned in 2020 and what will be happening in 2021. So I hope you enjoy and I want to know what you learned this year/goals for 2021.

Finally, the end of December marks a momentous occasion in my life — the anniversary since I started beauty blogging and when I started this podcast. Believe it or not, it has been nine years since I started blogging and one year since I started consistently beauty podcasting. So thank you! No, like seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I owe a lot of who I am and how I turned out because of this blog and the readers/listeners. 

I am actually tearing up after writing that so I am gonna go. Merry Christmas and happy new year! I wish you all you a serendipitous week where we can maybe enjoy the rest of the year even though it was garbage for a lot of people.  


Friday, December 11, 2020

the best beauty products of 2020 | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #54


Hey friends, welcome back to another episode of Cute, Kind Of. Today, we will be wrapping up our 2020 beauty favorites. I have a lot of products to talk about but like I said in the episode, I was not extremely wowed by a ton of beauty products this year because of the circumstances. 

I got an update from Colourpop so that email response is written below. 

In other news, the Cute, Kind Of website got a facelift. Also, I redoing my Instagram feed (again) because I just want to learn how to do social media marketing right, so if you have any suggestions please let me know. 

There will be more photos of the products up on my Twitter and Instagram throughout the next several days.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the episode and have a great weekend ^_^


Friday, December 4, 2020

I am going to try to force a glow-up before 2020 ends | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #53


Hello guys! Sorry for the very late upload but I am bringing you THE SHORTEST episode of Cute, Kind Of ever. I am going to attempt to glow up in final month of 2020. I am forcing this so if it does not happen, it is out of my control lol. 


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

My At-Home Laser Hair Removal Experience | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #52


Hello friends! Welcome back to another episode of Cute, Kind Of. Today, we are discussing hair removal. More specifically, laser hair removal. Even more specific than that, at-home laser hair removal. 

I have been doing at-home laser hair removal since February with an at-home IPL device and the results are great! I talk about how I use it and my results. I also touch on my laser hair removal journey and why I think if you are interested in laser hair removal or have even gotten it, it is beneficial to have this device. 

Also, I need to give a bit of clarification when it comes to exfoliation. When I exfoliate — which is probably the same day-to-day exfoliation you might do — I do it the day before I do the laser and wait seven days until my next hair removal session to do it again. I do not exfoliate the day of or the following few days after I do the laser. 

I am not getting paid to promote this device and none of the links in this post are affiliate links, I just love it!

Of course, if you have questions, I will be happy to help you to the best of my ability but the link to the Braun IPL device user manual is below and should answer a lot of your questions. 


Friday, November 20, 2020


Hello friends! Happy Friday :) We are back with another episode of product reviews and recommendations. I hope this episode came out ok since I am using a new editing software and it was difficult for me to get all my slurred words out. Hopefully, I will get the hang of it soon :) 


Friday, November 13, 2020

GRWM — talking about the job hunt...YIKES | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #50


Hello <3 Welcome back to another episode of Cute, Kind Of. Today, we are discussing the job hunt and how it has been going for me. To be very honest, it sucks so yeah. But I wanted to do an episode like this just to vent and also connect with those who are going through the same thing as me or a similar situation. If you are, sending a ton of love and support ^_^

Also, I updated the podcast logo to a picture of me. I was inspired by Leah's Fieldnotes. She has major kind angel energy so follow her!


Friday, October 30, 2020

i had a post-grad plan...then the pandemic came | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #49


Hey guys! Welcome back to another episode of Cute, Kind Of. It is a different vibe in today's episode as I am being honest about how life has been for me in the pandemic — job hunt, life, etc. 

I got this episode idea from Ashley (a.k.a Best Dressed) when I watched this video an hour before I recorded the One thing that I admire about Ashley is that she is honest in her videos so I wanted to be a little more honest in my episodes as well :)


Friday, October 23, 2020

my morning routine | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #48


Hello eveyone~ my friend asked me to do an episode on my morning routine so here it is! I also included a mini-haul from The Ordinary. 

I used to do THE MOST for my morning routine but now I keep it simple and I break it down for you today. Honestly, a simplified morning routine is better than something crazy that makes you wake up at 5 in the morning. 

Here is the link to my skincare routine episode/blog post that I mentioned.


Friday, October 16, 2020

how to achieve the perfect natural makeup look | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #47


Hello everyone~ well, the time has come...I finally finished my how to perfect the natural makeup look guide. This one of the longest episodes I have ever done because I just can't stop talking about makeup lol. I am joking not really but in this episode, we talk about how to create the perfect makeup look for your skin tone, skin-type and more. Hopefully, this episode benefits you in some way.  



Tuesday, October 13, 2020

i attempt to answer 73 questions | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #46

Hello everyone~ So you know how I said in the last episode I was going to do an episode about how to create the perfect natural makeup look? Well, it is not happening today — SUPRISE! Lol that episode is coming on Friday since I am not completely done with it but today I will be answering 73 questions inspired by the Vogue video series and Gretchen Gerrity, who did this episode on her podcast. She is literally the cutest person ever so I am very happy to do this episode.


Friday, October 9, 2020

Product reviews and recommendations I | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #45


Hello everyone~ welcome back to another episode of CKO! I hope all is well with you. 

In today's episode, I am giving you some beauty product reviews and recommendations. I feel like there is not much more explaining I can do, so I hope you enjoy the episode!


Friday, October 2, 2020

Yeah, idk what I am talking about either | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #44


Hello everyone! I have a catch-up episode for y'all today. It is kind of a mess but it was fun. I talk about my favorite holiday — Halloween — some movies, give an update on the Passion Planner and talk about job hunting. Like, I talk about a lot of things so I hope you enjoy it.

By the way, I start ranting towards the end and I just want to say I love and am thankful my parents lol. 


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

How I got my life together post-grad | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #43


Hello! Welcome :) Today's episode is the episode I said I would do in the last episode, it is all about how I got my life together after graduating from college. I forgot to mention in the episode but I am a firm believer that one's life will never actually be fully-together all the time BUT it will always be a work in progress and that is just how it is. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this episode and it provides some value in your life.

Also, I want to thank everyone for listening to this podcast because it just hit over 1K downloads!! Very exciting so thank you for listening — even if you think this podcast is garbage lol. 


Friday, September 25, 2020

How I Organize My Life | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #42


Welcome back~ If you listened to the last episode, we came to the conclusion I MUST do an episode on how I organize my life, so here it is. We talk about my planner journey — because let's be honest, finding the right planner for you is a journey — I give some recommendations and then I bounce. When it comes to planning, everything I do is incredibly extra but it works! 


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Feeling old at 22 (& other things) | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #41


Well friends, how are y'all doing? After skipping taking a break on Friday, I am back with another episode of Cute, Kind Of. Today, I discussing feeling old at 22 and other things — honestly, this episode is just a series of tangents, but I hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Hello friends~ Welcome back to another (very late) episode of Cute, Kind Of. Today's episode is very chill and laid-back one — we are just doing our nails. We do a very cute light pink to light purple nail gradient today. I talk about how to do it, some of my favorite nail polish brands and more. 


Friday, September 11, 2020



Welcome to season 3 of Cute, Kind Of. We are doing a fall grwm for today's episode because my friend Reem requested it! We have dewy skin, bright eyes (a little too bright) and a bold-ish lip. It came out pretty intense but I would definitely drop the eyeliner or just make it smaller for a more daytime/wearable look. 

Thank you to everyone who has been listening to this podcast :) My last episode is nearing 100 downloads when I just uploaded it about three days ago. That is crazy!! Whether you are just stopping by or have been listening since the start, I really appreciate that you take time out of your day to listen to this show <3


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A guide to acne-fighting ingredients (I am not a dermatologist, just crazy)| 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #38


Well friends, I have a special episode for y'all today. I am talking about skincare — specifically about acne. Even more specific than that, I am talking about the different acne-fighting ingredients found in skincare products. 

This episode came about when I was confused about what ingredients to look for in products, ingredients to avoid and ingredients not use in combination. I also decided I should stop taking advice from people who were not experts on the subject — and when I mean experts, I mean people who are not dermatologists. 

I did the research (All the information came from, what can I say they are the beauty expert) to learn all the major skincare ingredients and finally find out who should use products with what ingredient. I am talking about Niacinamide, BHAs, PHAs, Arbutin and more.

Also, today is the last episode of Season 2 — YAY! But on a happy note, Season 3 will start this Friday with a Fall GRWM.


Friday, September 4, 2020

Huge Beauty Haul | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #37

Well, friends — it has been a minute but welcome back to another, long-awaited episode of Cute, Kind Of. Today, I have a huge beauty haul for y'all and it is pretty fun since I got a lot of new products to try out. So I hope you enjoy~ 

If you have a moment, please rate and leave a review for Cute, Kind Of on Apple Podcasts. It will be greatly appreciated. 


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Makeup photography tips | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #36

Hello! Welcome back to another episode of Cute, Kind Of :) Today, we are talking about makeup photography — specifically, how to have your makeup look good in photos. I am sharing all my equipment, editing apps and anything I believe you need to take great makeup photos.

If you want to see some photos of my makeup, please visit my personal Instagram here. Otherwise, enjoy the episode :D


Friday, August 14, 2020

Makeup advice to my younger self | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #35

Hiii <3 A brand new episode of 'Cute, Kind Of' just went live! I am talking about the makeup mistakes I used to make when I was growing up — kind of like a bit of advice to my younger self type of episode. No links today because I believe I did not mention anything specific, but I will leave you with my Instagram so that way you can follow me :)

Thank you for listening~

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Do you want to be an influencer? + mini-haul :D | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #34

Hello friends, welcome back! Today, I will be sharing some things I bought from Target :D However, this episode is more of a life catch-up. I have been thinking a lot about life and about my dreams and aspirations — old and new. And I was thinking about if I had the chance today, would I become a beauty influencer? To cut to the chase, I said no but I explain my reasoning.

Do not forget to follow me on Instagram to stay updated on the podcast, when I upload and more.


Friday, August 7, 2020

GRWM — 'Euphoria' Lexi Howard Makeup | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #33

Hi friends! Welcome back to another GRWM :) I finally got around to doing a Euphoria makeup look. I was surprised to learn that the Euphoria cast was a lot bigger than I thought it was  — not just Zendaya, Alexa Demie and the super tall boyfriend.

I absolutely fell in love with this look when I saw it. It is so much fun but still completely wearable if you are not used to dramatic or editorial looks. I really enjoyed doing the look because I got to use a bunch of purple eyeshadows, which happen to be some of my favorite colors.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

July 2020 Beauty Favorites | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #32


Hiii <3 Welcome back to another episode of Cute, Kind Of! Today we are discussing my July 2020 Beauty favorites. Do not forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay updated on the podcast, when I upload and more.

I will add the embed of the episode once I wake up — until then, listen to the episode here


Friday, July 31, 2020

GRWM — Bond Girl | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #31

Hey friends, Eid Mubarak! In today's episode, I will be doing a get ready with me featuring one of my favorite lipsticks of all time — Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in "Bond Girl". After losing it, then discovering my sister had it this entire time, I knew I had to show my appreciation by doing a look with it.

I know I am making it sound like this is like a statement lipstick color but it is not, I just love it lol.

Do not forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay updated on the podcast, when I upload and more.



Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Makeup Brushes I Recommend To My Friends | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #30

Good morning everyone! Today, I am bringing y'all an episode all about makeup brushes.

What do I recommend? How do I find the perfect set? Should I invest in them? I will be answering all these questions today so get ready. I would also like to hear about your favorite makeup tools in the comments below.

Do not forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay updated on the podcast and when I upload and more.

Listen to the episode here (the embed will be added once the episode publishes!)


Friday, July 24, 2020

GRWN — Go-To Summer Glow | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #29

Good morning guys, I have a brand new grwm episode today! I was so inspired when I watched Amanda Z.'s Go-To Summer Glow makeup tutorial the other day that I wanted to mimic it for an episode. To cut to the chase, it turned out beautiful and glowy but most importantly, not oily.

I love just sitting down in front of my vanity and trying to recreate a makeup tutorial. Growing up, this practice helped improve my skills a ton — so shout out to beauty vloggers!

Anyways I hope you enjoy the episode and do not forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter so I can keep you posted on when I publish a new episode.



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Is anyone actually ok right now?? | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #28

Hey guys! Welcome back to Cute, Kind Of, or just welcome if you are new here. Today's episode is just me talking for 30 minutes straight with absolutely no subject. I am just saying anything at this point but I do end up talking about a few things throughout the episode so kudos to me for being able to keep a conversation going.

I hope y'all enjoy it!


Friday, July 17, 2020

GRWM: Glowing Zendaya Makeup | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #27

Happy Friday! I hope y'all are doing well. I kept my promise and uploaded a new episode of Cute, Kind Of. Anchor analytics told I have an estimated audience size of about ten, so shout out to ten of you guys. In today's grwm I am doing a glowing makeup look inspired by Zendaya. No joke — I pinned this image of Zendaya years ago and it is still my most popular pin. That's Zendaya's power!

It is a really pretty, glowing makeup look that is perfect for summer, especially golden hour photos! I hope you guys enjoy the episode and if you have a second, please follow and rate Cute, Kind Of on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.



Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Updated Skincare Routine | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #26

Hello everyone~ We have a new episode today and it is a good one. During the last month, I  completely overhauled my skincare routine. I went through an extreme breakout in early June and after a week, a lot of it had healed. After a month, I have seen a huge improvement in my skin that I have not seen in years. I wanted to share the products I have been using because they are honestly great and would recommend them.



Friday, July 10, 2020


Hi friends ~ long time, no talk! I have a new episode for you guys today. I did a get ready with me — or grwm for short. It is only the audio but more photos are on my personal Instagram. Also, I got an iPad so expect better photos and illustrations (like the one above). I hope you have a nice weekend :)



Thursday, June 25, 2020

May/June Favorites (✿╹◡╹) | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #24

Surprise ~ another upload this week! I will be sharing my current favorites with y'all. I was really excited to share this episode with you guys today so I hope you enjoy it. Mostly skincare and one makeup product, along with some other things.


Listen to "24: May/June Favorites (✿╹◡╹)" on Spreaker.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Summer Edit — best sunscreens, makeup and more! | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #23

Hiiiii! I hope everyone is doing well. Addressing the elephant in the room — yes, I am almost five days late with this episode. But I have a reason: I was tending to my family on the Sims 4. I am sorry but the family needs me.

If you have not already, please listen to last week's episode where I talked about BLM and the amazing Black editors and writers who are working really hard in media.


Listen to "#23: SUMMER EDIT — the beauty products you NEED this summer!" on Spreaker.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Black Lives Matter Resources + Black Writers/Editors to Follow | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #22

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well and coping with recent events. There was no episode last week because I was muted and listening in order to help amplify melanated voices (by Alishia McCullough and Jessica Wilson), which I talked about here. Today's episode was going to just be about my may favorites but I wanted to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement and share some resources.

Listen to "#22: BLM resources and writers/editors to follow" on Spreaker.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hair Care Routine + Eid Makeup | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #21

Welcome back to another episode of Cute, Kind Of. Firstly, Eid Mubarak to everyone! I hope you guys had a great day :) After last week's episode, I wanted to do something a bit more chill so I am bringing you my hair care routine and details on my Eid makeup.

Before you keep reading, I would really appreciate it if you could rate and review my podcast on Apple Podcasts. It helps boost the podcast and gets ever


Listen to "#21: Hair Care Routine + Eid Makeup" on Spreaker.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

How to start a blog...from someone who kinda failed (lol) | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #20

Hello friends~ Welcome back to another episode of 'Cute, Kind Of'! Today, we are celebrating CKO's first birthday and you guys were going to be invited to the huge birthday party, but then miss rona came :(

With that being said, today I wanted to reflect on eight years of beauty blogging. Like I said in the episode — by the title of it, you can probably tell that this seems very um...sad? Is that the right word? But trust me when I say that it is the opposite as I go into depth why I felt like a failure but in reality, running the blog for almost a decade was one of the best things I could have done for myself.

All in all, I hope if you or someone you know is on the fence on whether or not to start a blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc., this will be the encouragement you need to do so. Also, hopefully, the tips and advice I give are beneficial in creating long-term skills and development.

With that being said, early Eid Mubarak to you, your family and friends! Just like last week's episode, I will be linking charities below to donate to or share, if you can.

Listen to "#20: How to start a blog...from someone who kinda failed (lol)" on Spreaker.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Drugstore Makeup Products I Recommend | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #19

Hello! Welcome back to 'Cute, Kind Of' :) I am going to cut to the chase and say it is 1:37 a.m. and I am tired BUT I still wanted to get this episode out for y'all, so I hope you enjoy. I share my drugstore makeup product recommendations and charities you can donate to in honor of Ramadan!


Listen to "#19: Top DRUGSTORE Makeup Product Recommendations" on Spreaker.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

An interview with Reem | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #18

Hello everyone~ welcome back to another episode of Cute, Kind Of. First off, I am sorry about not posting an episode last week (and not telling anyone...). I was having some technical difficulties due to the nature of this episode, which brings me to the topic of today's podcast: an interview with my friend Reem. It was very cute and wholesome as we discuss her beauty routine, career and just life.

I hope you enjoy! And again, sorry about not posting last week.

Listen to "#18: An interview with my friend Reem" on Spreaker.

Happy Thursday~

Thursday, April 23, 2020

10 Makeup Products I Recommend to my friends | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #17

Hello friends~ welcome back to the blog! In today's episode of Cute, Kind Of, I will be giving y'all my top 10 makeup recommendations. I am super excited about this episode because if there is anything I can talk about for hours, it is makeup.

However, there is an important note, which is that all but one of these products is high-end makeup products. But do not fret, I will be doing an episode of my favorite drugstore beauty products so look out for that.

If you have a moment, please subscribe and review Cute, Kind Of on Apple Podcasts. I would really appreciate it as it will help me make the show better and give way for the opportunity for it to be seen by others.

With that being said, I hope you enjoy the episode~

*Affiliate Links

Listen to "#17: 10 Makeup Products I Recommend To My Friends" on Spreaker.


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Why your face is breaking out during quarantine + Quarantine guide | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #16

Hello everyone! I have a very fun episode planned for y'all today. I will be discussing the ~Q U A R A N T I N E~ in the latest episode of "Cute, Kind Of". I answer the question of "Why your face is breaking out during quarantine?" I will also be talking about face masks: what works and what does not. Then finally, I am giving you ideas on what to do while at home.

Listen to "#16: Why your face is breaking out during quarantine + Quarantine guide" on Spreaker.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

DevaCurl Hair Loss + Maria B. Sends Infected Cook Back Home | 'CUTE, KIND OF' EPISODE #15

Welcome back friends~ After a week of hiatus, I have returned with a new episode! In this episode, we will be discussing Maria B. sending infected cook back to his village and DevaCurl products causing hair loss for their customers.

Before getting with links and such, I talk about Charity Organization Donate Beauty. They are currently collecting beauty products to give to frontline healthcare workers. Please check them out!

Listen to "#15: DevaCurl Hair Loss + Maria B. Sends Infected Cook Back Home" on Spreaker.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

#100daymakeupchallenge + Other Things | 'Cute, Kind Of' episode #14

Hello everyone, I hope y'all are safe and well. In today's podcast episode, I spend the majority of the time talking about my looks from the #100daymakeupchallenge I am doing. However, I do still cover the usual stuff like news and articles.

If you want to see my new looks every day, please feel free to follow my Twitter and Instagram. We can become friends :) 


Listen to "#14: #100daymakeupchallenge + Other Things" on Spreaker.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Sephora and Ulta closing retail stores + Met Gala postponed | 'Cute, Kind Of' episode #13

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Cute, Kind Of — formerly known as Townhouse Palette. We had a lot of good content today, mostly articles. However, I was able to do a '5 things' (actually a 4 things lol) where I talk about five products, either a review or just thoughts.

Also, I decided this on a whim yesterday but I am doing the #100daysmakeupchallenge over on my Instagram and Twitter. I am very excited about it and hope you enjoy the content.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Alexa Demie for Mac Cosmetics + Fenty Beauty's TikTok House | 'Cute, Kind Of' episode #12

Good morning friends, welcome to the first blog post for Cute, Kind Of. I will be posting my show notes and any extra links for Thursday's episode of Cute, Kind Of from here on out. Also, if you do not have access to any podcast platforms, I will post an embed that will allow you to listen to the newest episode. I talked about a lot in this episode, so a ton of links for y'all. 

This post got very link heavy so please let me know if you like how the post is organized or if you will like me to try something different. 


At the beginning of the episode, I gave shout-outs to my friends Reem and Lily because they left me reviews on Apple Podcasts!
  • Lily's YouTube channel (link) and her lastest videos called What's on my iPad Pro (link)
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