LUST-HAVE LIST: July 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: July 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: July 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy July and also the beginning of the second half of 2021! July has started off pretty good for me. Spent my extended holiday finally being able to see some of my friends/favorite people ever after a whole year. Plus, I ate all the grilled food and kicked it with loved ones as they blew up fireworks for hours. Needless to say, but I definitely had a great and lazy extended weekend. Unfortunately, that caused me to delay putting out this month’s Lust-Have List, but better late than never.

While I mentally try to figure what I’m going eat since I’ve given up meat for the next month, read to see what items I’m wanting this month.

LUST-HAVE LIST: July 2021

  • Pink Bandana Socks – I don’t usually like wearing socks, but when I do I like for them to have a fun pattern. Love the pink bandana print of these socks, which also come in blue and green.
  • The Lip Bar Brickhouse Liquid Matte Lipstick – Recently cam to realization that matte lips work better on me than glosses and lipstick textures. One of my favorite matte lipsticks is The Lip Bar Bawse Lady. So, I feel like I will equally love their Brickhouse shade, which is slightly browner than BL. Therefore, I need it.
  • Off the Shoulder Jumpsuit – I’ve been wanting a easy and versatile jumpsuit that I can dress up or down. Spotted this gem over at ASOS and it checked off all the boxes. Plus, it’s available in normal and plus sizes.
  • Faux Snakeskin Chunky Sole Slide Sandal – Feel like my closet is disappointed in me that I don’t have these sandals in my closet already. I feel like they would go with almost everything.
  • Peacock Table Lamp with Jungalow – When the Target and Jungalow collaboration was announced, I was ecstatic. However, when they showed that this lamp would be part of the collection, I was in love. I told myself that if this lamp is still available at the end of the month, I would buy it as an early B-Day gift to myself. So, we shall see.
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EMPTIES: May 2021

EMPTIES: May 2021

EMPTIES: May 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Before I forget, again, let me go ahead and share what products I used up way back in May.

EMPTIES: May 2021

Let’s start off with a perfume! Have I ever shared a perfume in an empties post before? I can’t recall, but this is KVD Beauty’s Saint Eau de parfum. Unfortunately, I believe that they discontinued this scent, which explains why I got it so cheap. However, I really did enjoy this scent – floral with warm notes of vanilla and jasmine. It was a great all year, everyday scent. I would have totally bought it again if it was still available. This will be missed.

Next, let talk about sunscreen, which I can talk about everyday. Since I’m a firm believer in using sunscreen everyday, it’s not surprising that I went through 2 last month. The first one I used up was La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Sunscreen. This was a nice addition to my sunscreen collection. The reason I picked it up, it that’s perfect if you have sensitive and/acne-prone skin. Since it’s oil-free, it doesn’t clog the skin nor aggravate the skin. I would definitely by this one again.

The second sunscreen that I squeezed every drop out of was the Lancome UV Expert Aquagel Defense 50. I seriously love this sunscreen and would wear everyday, if I could. The only thing I hate about it the price per amount. The container is pretty small for the price point and it’s only available in one size. This is the second tube I’ve used of this. So, needless to say, I would buy this again…if can get it on sale.

Another Lancome product that I used up was their Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate serum. Thankfully, my skin and I really enjoyed this serum considering the price. With consistent use, I did notice some major improvements in my skin. The serum has a nice blend of skin-living ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and vitamin C. If you looking for an effective and easy anti-aging serum, this is the one for you. I think it’s well worth the money and would definitely buy it again.

Finally, another serum and hyaluronic acid product, but from The INKey List. I think I go through 1-2 of these bottles a year, but they are really good and affordable. I think I may start buying them 2-3 at a time, because why not.

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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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