Salut! I'm Layla, author of this blog. I write about beauty and fashion but also try to add in some different posts every once in awhile to break it up. I have a twitter and a youtube which I'll post links to. Be sure to follow me on twitter and subscribe to my youtube. Enjoy the blog! (:
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I'm a girl who is interested in the usual things... makeup, hair, skincare, boys, tanning (no sun! obviously (: ) and the not so usual... geography ( I can be handed a blank map of Europe and name every country... yes, even Czechoslovakia ), spelling, drawing, swimming, philosophy, Greek mythology, history, and traveling. I decided to get this blog to kill time and I hope it's fun. Let's cross our fingers!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Look of the Day: Retro/50s/Old Hollywood/Red Lip look

Entire Look

Close Up of the eye makeup

-Garnier Refreshing Gel Creme
-Covergirl AquaSmoothers Tinted Moisturizer in 805 fair to light (all over under foundation)
-Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation in Porcelain Ivory
-Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Concealer in Light (under eyes and on lids)
-Maybelline FitMe concealer in 10 (on blemishes)
-Maybelline FitMe powder in 120
-NYC Sunny Bronzer (contouring)

-All eyeshadows from E.L.F. 32 Neutral Palette (I've used quite a few, if you'd like a tutorial you need only ask.)
-Black eyeshadow from palette used as liner
-Essence white eyeliner in waterline
-Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Ash
-L'Oreal Carbon Black mascara

-Mary Kay lip pencil in Poppy

-Avec l'amour de Layla

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Trend Report Summary!

Hi guys, I've seen loads of long, detailed trend reports, but honestly... I just want to know the trends and go shopping asap for the ones I liked. So this is exactly that, a list of Spring 2012 trends. I may do a more detailed post with pictures if requested, but this is just a list.

Bold Florals
Colored Blazers
Bra tops

-Avec l'amour de Layla

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Gems in Coal: A nail tutorial/look

This is the nail look I wore about a week ago. I figured I would do a blog post on it because I got so many compliments on it.

Basecoat: Beauty Secrets Professional Base Coat
Black: Love & Beauty by Forever 21 in "Black"
Silver Glitter: Essie Luxe Effects in "Set in Stones"
Top Coat: Essie "Good to Go" Quick Dry Top Coat

I know it doesn't scream "spring!" but I think that's what I like most about it. It seemed like I was wearing black in a sea of girls wearing pastels on their nails.

-Avec l'amour de Layla

Saturday, March 24, 2012

MAC Haul

Recently I went into MAC and I saw that they had come out with new sheen supreme lipsticks. Personally, I have been a huge fan of these since they came out last spring. They're everything I want in a lipstick. They're shiny, smooth, pigmented, moisturizing, and they have a fairly good wear time of about 4 hours. When I found out they released new colors, I was so excited! I went in and found 5 colors on the display that I loved immediately. However, when I tried them on, I ended up loving 2, and liking 1. I walked out with the two I loved and left a beautiful lavender color, Asian Flower, in the store because it didn't flatter me as well. Pictures of the two I bought below. (:

 I have a feeling I will be wearing these often because they will brighten up any look. Hope you enjoyed. (:

-Avec l'amour de Layla

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Where Was I?!?!

Hi guys! It's been forever! As in, before my last post it had been since June 2011. Whooooo... I do more procrastinating than Natalie Tran... don't worry Natalie, still love you. (thumb that if you got that) But I've been a busy woman! I had to plan my super exciting two week trip this summer to France and Spain. EEEK! (: SO EXCITED. Plus, I had school. Not near as exciting... Now probably my biggest accomplishment was that I was on my school swim team! For any of you swimmers, I do backstroke and freestyle sprints. Oh yeah... need for speed. ;) I'll post some goofy pictures from swim below. I'm so sad swim is over for this year. Anyways, I'll be posting more often. Love you guys!

Bus Ride. Even 8 hour ones are so much fun because the entire team is crazy. <3

Let me introduce you to Courtney. Love her to bits. These are our "game faces."

Planking on the bus.

Me & Courtney at a meet

Me & Courtney at a meet. This has to be my fave swim photo.

-Avec l'amour de Layla

Spring Lips! Ft. Tarte Lipsurgence lip tint

I have been dying for a new go to look for spring. I wanted it to be simple, fresh faced, and have a pop of color. I was going to go shopping for something pretty, shiny, and new when I got my March birchbox. This month, Birchbox worked with Teen Vogue and sent out special boxes. I was so happy with this month's box! My favorite thing in it was, you guessed it, the Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint. It was a full sized product in a perfect bright pink color called Amused. Love! It's moisturizing, bright, stays for a reasonable amount of time (6 hours or so), and has a ever so slight mint flavor and scent. I love it so much, I've placed an order for more lip tints and I'm going into Sephora asap to swatch the lip lusters and the matte lip pencils. Pictures below. (:

Photo courtesy of Karla Sugar

Lip Tint in Amused on lips after approx. 2 hours of wear (note: I mattified it with powder and it was applied VERY lightly.)
-Avec l'amour de Layla

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review: Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask

I've been testing quite a few masks over the past few months and this is just one of many. This was actually my first mask ever.

It is: A light green thick cream that smells of avocado and ever so faintly of rose.

Claims to: Purge pores and cool the skin. Dries within 3 minutes.

-I can definitely say it cools the skin. It's not a there's peppermint oil on my face feeling either, it's more of that refreshing feeling you get right after you've splashed cold water on your face. I've gotten really tired of masks that claim to cool and only make me feel rather minty.

-As far as the purging pores goes, I don't have a ton of black heads, all I have are pores that squeeze out some white gunk on my nose, and my dermatologist says that is not supposed to be removed and is totally natural. My face does feel cleaner after using this mask, and any blemishes I have look smaller.

While on the skin, it feels refreshing and a tiny bit itchy. The itchy feeling is a feeling I get with most masks, especially fast drying ones like this one. The mask dries completely in 3 minutes but I start seeing the first dry patches at around 1 minute. (mainly around my nose)

-Can slightly burn the eyes even when not in the eyes.
-Hard to get an even layer.
-Itches while drying.

How it Works & What is in it:

Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Tocopherol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Capric Tryglyceride, Montmorillonite, Disodium Edta, Sodium Polyacrylate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Yellow 5.

The Clay: Kaolin.
-Kaolin, also called china clay, soft white clay that is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of china and porcelain and is widely used in the making of paper, rubber, paint, and many other products.

-Since this clay is soft, the product is thinner than say, the Queen Helene mint julep mask. The clay dries and as you would expect, clings to dirt on your pretty little face. (this part of the mask removes the dirt)

Avocado oil.
-Whether you realize it or not, avocado is often used in many rich spa grade products because it is known as nature's moisturizer. Avocados provide healthy doses of vitamins A, B, D, and E. Something unknown about avocados is that they have more potassium than a banana, approximately 60% more. This means that this natural moisturizer sinks into the skin evenly and quickly, while delivering a powerful moisturizing punch.

-This mask cleans but doesn't strip, and I give the credit to the avocado oil.


-Oatmeal is gentle and is used in many skincare products. It reduces redness, and restores moisture.

-I can't actually see any visible oats in this product, but I'm sure it's in there, because after using the mask my barely there to begin with redness is byebye.

Packaging: 5 out of 5 stars *****
          ~Comes in a squeeze tube so the product dispenses nicely.
Product: 4 out of 5 stars *****
          ~Cleans and moisturizes, but itches while on the skin and can slightly burn the eyes.
Texture: 4 out of 5 stars *****
          ~Is light and creamy on, but a little goopy and hard to wash off.
Application: 3 out of 5 stars *****
          ~Glides on smoothly, but it is a bit difficult to get an even layer.
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars *****
         ~It is a nice product to have for the price and does what it claims, but isn't the greatest mask ever.

This mask is nice for the price because it cleans and moisturizes while reducing redness and shine, however, it itches slightly while drying and can burn the eyes even when not in contact with the eyes. Overall it's a good product, but there are better masks out there. If you're on a budget and have normal, dry-combination, or oily-combination skin, try it. If not, skip it.

This product retails for anywhere from $3-$6.

My skin before the mask. Take note of the shine on my nose and the redness on the lower parts of my cheeks.

The mask right after application.
The mask after 3 minutes. At this point it is dry and cracking with any facial movement.
Close up of the dry mask on my forehead.
Close up of the dry mask around my jaw and nose.
My skin after the mask. The shine is gone and my redness on my lower cheeks is gone.
Close up of the product.
My Photo of the packaging.

Packaging: photo courtesy of
Hope this was helpful!
-Avec l'amour de Layla