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LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 20, 2017

Stained Couture’s weekly series, Link-End Round-Up, features interesting reads I read from around the internet this week.

Link-End Round-Up October 20, 2017

Happy Friday! My week started off a little rocky, but once I changed my mind frame it got better. Earlier this week, I shared my plans on how to end this year on a high point. One thing I didn’t mention or elaborate on is that I want to work on be more in the moment. I have a tendency to let my mind and energy wander off to work on other things when I should focus on what I’m already working on. I think all of those years being programmed to be have the ability to multi-task has caught up with. However, that’s another conversation for another time.

I’m so excited for this weekend, because The Walking Dead finally returns on Sunday night. So, my sister and I have already planned to spend Sunday nestled on the couch binging last season. This has been out tradition for the past couple of years. We load the coffee table with snack and bottles of water while watching Rick and ’em kill so walkers. It’s almost therapeutic, at this point.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend and let’s chat some more next week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 20, 2017

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Fall Skincare Morning Routine 2017

It’s been fall for almost a month and I just finished curating my fall skincare routine.

fall skincare morning routine 2017

There were a few hiccups along the way such as trying to figure out which products were making me break out with dry patches. Actually, there were a couple of combinations that caused this to happen. Keep reading to the see the what and why of the products I use in my fall morning skincare routine.

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Pacing Myself To Finish Strong

For the past few months, I’ve been all over the place and not where I planned to be or pacing myself. In August, I usually use this time to plan the final quarter of my year. Instead, I spent most of August sick with bronchitis and no motivation. September is usually a little busy, because of my birthday and an annual family get-together. However, this September, I had hectic and time lapping plans each weekend. A hectic weekends followed by hectic work weeks caused me to have a couple of mid-week crashes.

pacing myself to finish strong

As for October, even though it’s only half-way over, the theme for this month has been ‘stress’. Between helping a couple of people close to me deal with their personal issues and my car deciding that it was time for me dish out a few hundred dollars to keep it running, my brain (and wallet) is drained. So, I decided that I needed to do what only I can do for me; get myself together. I was listening to Myliek Teele’s latest podcast about finishing the year off strong and made me think about ways to end my year off strong.

Keep reading to see the 5 things I plan to do to end 2017 on a personal strong note.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 13, 2017

Stained Couture’s weekly series, Link-End Round-Up, features interesting reads I read from around the internet this week.

Link-End Round-Up October 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th! I’m not really into Halloween, except for the candy. However, when Friday the 13th falls in October, I feel obliged to dedicate the day to watching the first 3 Friday the 13th movies. In my opinion, all the versions after 3 are lame, but that’s just my opinion. Actually, I have a bridal shower to go to tonight that completely skipped my mind until this very moment. I guess I’ll have to postpone my Friday the 13th binge-fest until afterwards.

I’m actually looking forward to tonight, because this week has been mad stressful. Everything thing from personal stuff, work stuff, and car stuff has been stressing me out all week. I’m shocked I haven’t had a mild stroke of developed a slight addiction to recreational drugs after this week. However, I took some time to myself yesterday to meditate and do some deep prayer. I can’t lie, for a minute, I felt my faith weaken for a moment. That can happen sometimes when it seems “bad” things are happening back to back. However, like my Instagram bio says, God’s got my back. So, I know everything is going to work out for the best. I mean, things could be a lot worse.

I would love to find the time this weekend to go get a massage. Honestly, I feel I deserve one. If you deserve one, too, go get one. Treat yo’ self, sis! So, have an amazing weekend and see you next week!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 13, 2017

 

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Hydrating Cleansers I’m Considering

Growing up, I always had oily, acne-prone skin. However, the older I’ve gotten, the less oily my skin has gotten. Although I still get the occasional hormonal breakout, it’s nothing compared to yesteryears. Now, my skin is starting to get drier and drier each season. I’m sure I can attribute this to the fact that my skin is aging. So much so, that I’m always looking for anti-aging products to add to my routine. One product that I’m looking to add are some hydrating cleansers.

hydrating cleansers

All of my cleansers are either for normal or oily skin, which is why my skin has been feeling dry. So, I’m on the hunt for a new cleanser that hydrates my skin, but also good for aging and/or dull skin. Keep reading to see the ones I’m leaning towards.

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