LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 4, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 4, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 4, 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Whew, the weekend is here! Although this was a short work week, it definitely didn’t feel like it. However, I did expect it, because work still accumulates over the weekend. So, throwing in an extra just means more than usual. However, it just made me appreciate my long lazy weekend even more.

As for this weekend, I have plans to meet up with a friend tomorrow for a little dinner. Also, I plan to have lunch with my “church nieces”, which I’m excited about doing. They asked if I wanted to meet them for lunch, which makes me smile and tear up. It makes me happy because they want to spend time with me and sad, because they are old enough to drive and meet me. I used to be the chaufer! *tears up* Still, I’m excited to see them and catch up to see and hear what the teens are up to outside of what I see on TikTok.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to this weekend and I hope you enjoy yours! Please take a quick minute to read some of the links in this week’s Link-End Round-Up; there are some real good reads. I highly suggest everyone reads the one about introverts and extroverts, because it was quite informative. There’s even a link to a survey about which side do you lean more towards. I’m still an introvert, according to the survey. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 4, 2021

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SELF-CARE: 3 Things I Do Most Mornings

I’m one of those people that always try to find things that bring me peace and joy everyday. No matter how small or insignificant it may be OR how if it’s not an instant gratification. This is one of the reasons I’m very big into self-care. If it brings me joy, I proclaim that I’m doing it in the name of self-care.

Self Care Morning Routine | STAINED COUTURE

Because I am into self-care, I try incorporate as many moments of self-care into my day as possible. However, I feel that the moments I create in the morning are the best and they tend to dictate the rest of my day. Keep reading to see the 3 things that I try to do every morning in the name of self-care.

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LUST-HAVE LIST: June 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: June 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: June 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Hey, June! June is one of those lowkey significant months, because it’s when we enter the last half of the year. I guess can call it the beginning of the end! LOL Either way, I’m actually looking forward to this month, because I’m cashing in some much needed vacation days this month. In a couple of weeks, I will take a staycation to my apartment, but I will venture out. I have a few plans with some friends and fam, but nothing too hectic. Well, there is that mini road trip my sister and I might take, but who knows.

What I do know, is that I need some new things in my life. My apartment is finally coming together, which I’m so grateful for. It’s wild how a couple of pieces of new furniture and some art can make a space feel like home. So, now that I feel my space is starting to take form, I need or redirect my energy to my style.

I can’t believe it, but I’m finally over my 2020 sweatpants everyday era. It was fun, cozy, and gave what it needed BUT I’m trying to be outside this summer and they don’t fit into the looks in my head. They might make a special appearance here and there, but I’m wanting easy dresses, some flowy pants, and casual chic tops. I did buy a dress this weekend, which is more work-friendly. Still, a dress was bought.

So, this month’s Lust-Have List is more fashion and style heavy with a peek into my ideal summer 2021 vibes.

LUST-HAVE LIST: June 2021

  • Rouched Strap Wedges – Love the look of these rouched teva-esque sandals! Digging the platform and all the color option. I want them all, but the yellow are at the top of my list.
  • Orly Gel polish in Tangerine Dream – I live in neon nail polish in the summer. So, I was all about Orly’s new electric neon polish collection. Of course, I wanted them all, but I don’t have any polish like this neon tangerine orange color. This will pop on tanned skin – trust me.
  • Brown Faux Woven Tote – I have a brown leather tote in this same shade of brown and it’s well loved. However, this one from Aldo is more functional, not too big, and comes with a strap.
  • Cateye Tortoise Sunglasses – I need some cateye style sunnies that aren’t black. These may work and I’m going to Target after work to try these on. Wish me and my fat face luck.
  • Pastel Camo Tee Shirt – I have the traditional green camo version of this tee from Old Navy and feel obligated to get this pastel version. Cute. P.S. I see that Old Navy is (finally) stepping up their plus size fashion styles. A lot of cute top options that aren’t graphic tees. Thank God! #Amen
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LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 21, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 21, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 21, 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

I can’t believe that it’s finally Friday and that I haven’t posted in a Link-End Round-Up in almost a month. I feel like when I think I’m about to get into a groove and start creating more content, life says “aht aht aht – not yet”. So, then my life feels chaotic and out of order. Well, I recently decided that it’s time to fix that, because it’s also making me feel a little anxious. My anxiety has been on my neck all week and it’s starting to effect my sleep. If you know me, then you know that I value my sleep. So, I need to work on that.

As for this weekend, I’m planning to drag my sister around to local yard sales and thrift stores. I’m really into trying to collect fun and unique pieces to decorate my apartment. I still can’t get over that I’m wanting a slight eclectic and colorful space, because I use to always go monochromatic contemporary. Think greys or tans with random wall art that you find in the back of Marshalls. I’m no longer that person and I’m all about looking for things on Facebook market and thrift stores. It’s fun to try to find a good pieces, but it’s also challenging – that’s why I’m enjoying it.

Although I plan to be outside this weekend, it won’t be for long because it’s going to be hot. So, I will have water, a good sunscreen, and sanitizer within reach at all times. We’re still in a pandemi, peeps. Here’s to a fun weekend and check out these reads from this week’s Link-End Round-Up.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 21, 2021

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EMPTIES: April 2021

EMPTIES: April 2021

EMPTIES: April 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Last month, I did better at using up products- way better. Not to mention, it was another month that I used up nothing but bangers. Does “bangers” apply to this? Maybe, but they were still all winners. SPOILER ALERT: I would/will buy all these products again. Keep reading to see why.

First, let’s start with Pattern Beauty styling cream. As much as I wanted to like every item I’ve tried from Pattern Beauty, that have been very hit and miss. The misses aren’t bad, but just not for me. However, those hits HIT! This styling cream hits, because both my straight and curly hair loves it. Trust me, it can be hard to find styling products that work for natural hair when it’s straight or curly.

This styling cream is very moisturizing, but it doesn’t just lay on my straighten hair – it absorbs it – and doesn’t cause it wave or curl up. When I apply the styling cream on my curly hair, it moisturizes and defines my curls while keeping them soft. Also, it’s so rich that a little goes a long way, which I love when products can do that. This jar was the travel size and it took me a few months to use up, because I only needed a dime-size for my thick shoulder length hair. Love this stuff!

The next product I used up was another Olaplex product, the No 3 Hair Perfector. I can honestly say that switching to using Olaplex was one of the best decisions I ever did to help my hair. Every time I wash my hair, I’m using some Olaplex products. Out of all of their products, the No 3 Hair Perfector is one of the products that everyone who has colored and/or damaged hair needs. You apply this to damp, towel dry hair before shampooing your hair. This helps to strengthen and bond your hair and the results are immediate. After one use, you will definitely see and feel that your hair is stronger and softer. Olaplex is so worth the money, sweetie!

I will admit that I’m one of those people that have been influenced to try products from Tik Tok. One of said products was Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore Tight Toner. Yeah, that’s a very lengthy name, but it’s so good. This helps exfoliate the skin to make the minimize the appearance of pores while hydrating the skin to make it all soft and glowy. Plus, I live for a hydrating toner, but the exfoliating was the cherry on top. Actually, the cherry on top is that it’s gently enough to use everyday – morning and night.

Finally and I do mean finally, I was able to use up It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging concealer. Like Pattern Beauty, I’ve experienced some hits and misses with It Cosmetics, which usually derived from their lack of color options for some of their products. However, they have improved their ranges over time, which I appreciate. As for this concealer, it’s legit! It’s full-coverage and hydrating, which is why it’s good if you have dry under eyes from natural aging. Also, since it is full-coverage, you only need a little at a time. Hence, I’ve had this concealer so long that that words have faded off and it now comes in different packaging. :/

Have you tried any products from this round of my empties?

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