Nov 182014
 

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I love my mom, God rest her soul, but I inherited her bad skin from the huge pores, blackheads to the excessive facial hair. It’s been pretty easy for me to combat the latter two thanks to waxing appointments and blackhead strips, but the large pores? Yes, large pores are hereditary and they are some difficult somethings to tame. Aside from acne, huge pores have been a consistent part of my skin profile that I’ve had deal with all my life, but I only found out that they were a “thing” back when I was in high school.

Now, let me be, as the kids say “100 with you”…no matter what the soft spoken and smooth complexion having lady behind the luxurious beauty counter tells you, there isn’t a product that can remove your large pores. Those products are the unicorns of beauty, they sound lovely, but just don’t exist.

However, there are pore minimizers! Now, the term “pore minimizer” can be little tricky. You might think that they help shrink your pores. Actually, they just help to temporarily shrink your pores and/or shrink them over time, but never remove them.

Like I’ve said, I’ve been dealing with my large pores for awhile now and have tried way too many products over the years to help visually shrink them and trust me, there are plenty of products out there and I feel like I’ve tried about a clean 92% of them. That’s a lot of money spent and shoes rejected for these products. Girl, I mean some fierce boots have been placed back on displays, because I felted I needed a certain product more than I needed a pair of new boots that would have had me strutting a’la Beyonce while walking to my desk.

So, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite pore minimizing products that I have the chance to use and fall in love with over the years.

  • Philosophy Total Matteness Pore Mattifying Pore Eraaser – This is a great serum to apply to you clean skin in the morning to help minimize large pores for flawless foundation application.
  • Perricone MD Enlarged Pores Kit – This is kit contains a duo that treats and minimizes large pores. You use it in the morning and evening and will definitely, over time, notice the size of your pores shrink. It’s very magical and it’s reminded me that I might need to pick this up next time I realize I could eat soup out of my pores.
  • Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Foundation – If you are a fan of a 1-2 punch when it comes to foundation and treating while concealing your large pores, look no further than this foundation from Clinique. This buildable foundation helps to you get a flawless and smooth application, while using built in ingredients that will help downsize the appearance of pores over time. This is a win-win in a bottle, ladies!
  • Dr. Jart+ PORE MEDIC Pore Minish Mist – Can you believe that this mist contains powder and toner to to mattyify your skin? Well, it does! Perfect to use under and over; with or without makeup. It’s a keeper.

Stay Stylish!

Nov 172014
 

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So, first off, welcome to the first Stained Couture Shopping Guide for 2014! The first guide is dedicated to those people I envy, especially around this time of year; the athletic/fitness people on your shopping list. These gifts are for those focused on exercise or even those who are looking into upping their fitness lifestyle and regimen.

So, here are some items that they might enjoy to receive from you!

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  • Adidas MiCOACH watch – This watch is a little bit of pure genius disguised as just another watch/smartwatch, but it’s not! It offer custom training, tips, and data analysis based on your performance. It’s also loaded with 400 guided workouts, in-game performance analysis, and nutritional tips and advice to meet your goals.
  • NIKE Hyper Elite Basketball Sock – Now, this is proabably one of the gift’s I’m going to get my brother who loves playing basketball and finding new items to help and/or improve his performance of the court. These socks help deliver unrivaled support and comfort with extra cushioning in areas of the foot most susceptible to impact and injury while playing basketball.
  • Tory Birch for FitBit Bracelet – FitBit Bracelets are definitely one of the ‘it” fitness gadgets this year. So, Tory Burch has created a bracelet that helps conceal the FitBit in a chic and fashionable way. It’s also available in silver and necklace form.
  • Sol Republic RELAYS earbuds – I own and love these earbuds! They are in-ear earbuds that are comfortable, compatible, and won’t fall out your ears even during the most intense workout. I lent them to my brother to participate in a run and he was in awe, because they never fell out, he didn’t have to adjust them AT ALL, plus they were some comfortable he forgot he had them on at times. Not to mention, the audio sound is clear and precise, which was just one reason he tried to “permanently borrow” them. LOL!
  • Stella McCartney for adidas Yoga Bag – I will admit that this bag may or may not be on my personal wishlist this year since I’m getting back into yoga. Aside from this bag being beyond cute, it’s also very functional with a compartment for your yoga mat and large zipper compartment for everything else. I will always be a fan of functional fashion.

So, I hope you see a few item you are interested in purchasing for someone this year or yourself. It doesn’t hurt to pick up a little something for yourself, too! Well, that’s my holiday shopping mantra. Feel free to borrow it!

GIVEAWAY ALERT! – Follow me on Instagram AND Twitter for a chance to win one of these items. I will be announcing the prize and rules TODAY! So, follow me now so you don’t miss out!

Stay Stylish!

 Posted by at 2:00 pm
Nov 152014
 

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We are entering the holiday season, which is traditionally known for giving, as a whole. We also have a larger heart for those who are doing without, including the homeless.

So, this weekend, join me in this challenge that I’ve been meaning to do for the past 2 or 3 years. Look at the picture above, get all of the products above, ranging from bottle water, knit beanies, and personal hygiene products and place one of each item in a gallon zip lock bag and. You can keep stocked bags in your trunk and sporadically pass them out to homeless people and/or take some to a church or shelter that helps the homeless.

You could buy a lot these items in bulk at warehouse stores and spend this weekend packing up each ziplock. This bag might cost $20 for us, but to the right personal this time of year could be priceless…and make you feel warm, good, and appreciative of your life.

Stay Stylish!

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 Posted by at 4:14 am
Nov 142014
 

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Starting on Monday, November 18, 2014, I will bring back Stained Couture’s holiday shopping guides. Yay! I always have fun making looking for items to include in these lists. This year, I’ve curated for different people based on lifestyles hobbies.

I can’t wait to share them! Sooo, I’ll see you Monday for the first guide!

Stay Stylish!

 Posted by at 4:00 am
Nov 132014
 

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The hunt for anything “perfect” is impossible, because like beauty, perfection is in the eye of the beholder. So, these Sole Society ‘Natasha’ booties are the perfect casual bootie TO ME! They are simple in design, low heel, versatile, and available in 3 classic an neutral colors of suede. They perfect for work and play and the lovely cherry on is that they are less than $80 a pair. All I do is win, win, win.

Stay Stylish!

 Posted by at 1:51 pm
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