LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 12, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 12, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 12, 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? Hopefully great and not as stressful as mine. This is my final Friday in the apartment that I’ve regretted moving to 2 years ago. A month after a I moved in there, my world started to turn upside down. Just as I was about to start getting settled in and buying new furniture – I was laid off from my job. That definitely wasn’t the ideal time to start buying new sectionals and electronics. So, I was never able to make that place into a home and decided that I wouldn’t sign my lease the following February.

Well, as February 2020 was approaching, so was the pandemic. Therefore, I decided to buckle in and sign another 1 year lease, but that was it. Now, one year later, I’m days away from moving into my new and newly renovated apartment. Of course, the process of moving is stressful and expensive, but it’s going to be so worth it.

This week, I secured a mover company and scheduled for  my utilities to be switched over. Now, all I have to do is update my renter’s insurance, do final walk through, and sign my lease. Oh, one more thing I need to so – start packing! I haven’t attempted to pack not one box. Luckily, I don’t have much to pack and have plenty of boxes. I just need to do it, which I will begin this weekend. Actually, I have no other choice but to do it this weekend, because I move on Wednesday. Okay, let me get on, because just thinking about having to all this in less than 5 days is giving me mad anxiety.

Here’s to a peaceful weekend and please enjoy this week’s Link-End Round-Up reads. OMG! It’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday!

LINK-END ROUND-UP- February 12, 2021

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 5, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 5, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 5, 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday! So, how did the first week of February treat you? Well, I spent most of the week trying to fight off a cold and I think I won. Of course, when you tell people that you are feeling a little under the weather, the first thought it Covid-19. However, I was confident that it was due to the the flip flopping weather and being caught in the rain last weekend. Thankfully, with the help of hot tea and Theraflu, I was able to fight it off.

As for this weekend, a have to work on tomorrow, but it’s also Superbowl Sunday! It definitely doesn’t feel like Superbowl Sunday weekend due to the pandemic. However, I can’t stress this enought – don’t go to any Superbowl parties! It’s not worth, because it’s just the Buccaneers and Chiefs playing ;/. I could less about who wins. Personally, I plan to finally start packing up my stuff that I don’t see me needing in the couple of weeks. So, it will mostly be books, some dishes, and clothes not in season. FYI, I’m not looking forward to this, but it as to be done.

Have a great weekend and don’t be out hitting up Superbowl parties; we’re in a pandemic.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 5, 2021

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LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy February and Black History Month! I know this month’s Lust-Have List is little later than usual, but I’ve been really busy. Aside from trying to actually start the process of moving in less than 2 weeks, I’ve been trying to fight off a cold. As soon as I start to feel “sicky”, I break out the OTC meds, sip tea, and rest. Thankfully, it appears to be working, aside from having some slight fatigue and itchy throat for part of yesterday. No, it wasn’t ‘Rona, but I’m feeling about 90% myself.

As I mention, my move is right around the corner. I’ve started to collect boxes and paid my final rent for the place I’m at now – felt good to send them that final prorated payment. Now, I need to work on getting the big stuff done, which includes finding a mover and scheduling to have my utilities switched over. I forgot how much I hate moving. Hopefully, I will be at my new place for a minute.

Since I’m pretty much starting over with new furniture and décor, I made a concerted effort to not include any of that stuff in my Lust-Have List for February. However, I pretty sure I need all the things that I did mention, too.

LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2021

  • Lemonade Smoothing Scrub – I haven’t been exfoliating my skin as much as I should and it’s starting to show. I’ve been seeing this new facial scrub from Ole Henriksen all over social media. Although, I’m not one to fall for products are paid to promote, I’ve had some good experiences with Ole Henriksen products in the past. So, I’m down to give this one a try.
  • Initial Oversize Hoodie – In case you are new around here, I love anything with  my initials and oversized. So, this hoodie from Good American is speaking my language. According to Punxsutawney Phil, we still have a few more weeks of winter left and to wear hoodies.
  • Apple Watch Gold Mesh Band – My apple watch is becoming more clutch in my life and she deserves to look appreciated. I think I’m sold on adding a gold mesh band and I spotted this one online for less than $50. Might be my Valentine’s day gift to myself.
  • Pattern Beauty Styling Cream – Currently, I’ve been wearing my hair naturally curly to help strengthen it while it grows. A couple of weeks a go, I picked up the travel version of the Pattern Beauty Styling Cream. This cream is so good! It’s not heavy and moisturizes and softens my curls, So, I have to get the bigger jar, which I might do this weekend.
  • Pink Miracle Sneaker Cleaner – Last year, during the lockdown, I restarted my love of collecting sneakers. However, now that I wear them more, I need to get a good sneaker cleaner. I’ve heard and seen nothing but good things about this one. Plus, it comes with a brush for deep cleaning.
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LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 29, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 29, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 29, 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday! Can you believe that this is the last Friday of January? January felt long (as usual), but not as long as it usually does. However, I’m so ready for February, because I have some big plans.

The most important thing I have to do next month is move – finally! I’m so excited, because it’s a little more modern than my current place. Plus, it’s in walking distance to my 9-5, stores, and restaurants. My new place is lot smaller than my current apartment, which is what I wanted. Now, I get to decorate this new space and make it all cozy, homey, and me. So, be on the lookout for some more home and lifestyle content.

My plans for this weekend is nothing but work. I recently started a part-time job (more on that at a later time) and I have to be there for most of the day tomorrow. Not really looking forward to it at this moment, but I know that will change when I get there. Sunday, I’m working a few OT hours at my 9-5 helping with our Zoom presentations for The MakeUp Show, which is all virtual this year. It’s really interesting! You should check it out if you get a chance.

Here’s to a good weekend and checkout these articles I really loved this past week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 29, 2021

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IOTW: ABH Liquid Eyeliner

Item of the Week: ABH Liquid Eyeliner

Item of the Week: ABH Liquid Eyeliner | STAINED COUTURE

Liquid eyeliner is my favorite eye product – no debate. Unfortunately, ever since I can’t seem to find my beloved L’oreal liquid liner, it’s been hard trying a replacement. There have been some hits here and there, but no real competition. However, I think I found a real contender in the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid liner. It’s the only liquid liner that I’ve been using for months and it hasn’t let me down at all. Keep reading to see why I’m all in with this ABH liquid liner.

First, let’s start with the pigment – she is pigmented. It’s been said that liquid liner isn’t ideal for older eyes. Well, for one, my eyes don’t really show my age. For two, I don’t care, because a good pigmented liquid liner makes my eyes pop. The black is the perfect dark, but not too dark liner. Too dark of a liner can look harsh on you, which no body wants.

As for the longevity through the day? Oh, she stays in place all day! This liquid liner is water-resistant and didn’t even budge during a mini breakdown, because FedEx put one of my deliveries on the wrong truck. So, yeah, this liner stays put all day and removes easily with a gentle oil cleanser.

I love the felt tip on the liner, because it helps the liner glide on easily and precisely.

My eyes are very sensitive, especially my left eye. However, I’ve yet to experience any irritation when wearing it. So, that sealed the deal that I will be buying this liquid eyeliner for many years to come.

You can find the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid liner at more ABH retailers and retails for $18.

Have you tried the ABH liquid eyeliner? If so, thoughts?

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