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EMPTIES: September 2020

EMPTIES: September 2020

EMPTIES: September 2020 | STAINED COUTURE

Last month, after months of dodging it, I finally caught maskne. So, most of the products I used up were skincare products. The first product on the list is Acne Free Oil-Free Acne Cleanser, which is a gentle face wash for acne skin. It contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, which helps fight and prevent acne. This face wash is not drying at all and it contains ceramides that creates a barrier to helps retain the skin’s moisture. I would and probably will buy this again, because I have to keep an acne wash in my skincare arsenal.

The next product I used up is an OG product for acne, but finally using it up is bittersweet. More on that later. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is the first product that I heard could get rid of cystic acne. The Drying Lotion is a spot treatment to help dry up blemishes overnight. Although they don’t say it, I would only recommend you use this on cystic acne – NOT minor pimples and blemishes. The reason being is because this contains ingredients that are very drying – Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, and Zinc Oxide. So I would stick to other spot treatments for acne that’s not inflamed nor cystic. I no longer suffer from cystic acne and hopefully will never need to buy this again.

Speaking of harsh ingredients, for the sake of my skin, I’ve been trying them in certain products. One of these products is toners. Toners are supposed to prep and keep your skin hydrated for serums. So, I made the switch to hydrating toners and the first one up was Mamonde Rose Water toner. Rose water is known to hydrate the skin and this toner does just that and then some. My skin instantly felt hydrated, nourished, and soft. Eventually, I would like to learn how to make my own rose water toner, but I will buy this again until that happens.

Let’s stick with roses and talk about Hard Candy’s Rose Drench Face Spray. This rose water spray can be used as a toner, setting spray, and makeup refresher. Surprisingly, I really loved this spray, because it was hydrating (has hyaluronic acid!) and affordable at less that $6. I plan to buy this again, because I refuse to spend more than that on some rose water anything ever again. However, it’s part of their Marilyn Monroe collection, which I hope isn’t limited.

Every now and then you are introduced to a product that sneaks up on you and blows your mind. The product that recently did that for me is Smouve Skin’s Beauty Sealant. I used this sealant every night to help seal my skin at night and wake up to smooth, glowy skin. When I tell you that I used every drop that I could – I did. When my skin experience some breakouts from breakouts, this is the only product I used after cleanser and toner to moisturize my face. I’m currently waiting for it to be back in stock, as should you. I’m getting 2 bottles next time. Yep, it’s that good!

I’m always down for trying a dry shampoo, even if they are do the same thing but smell different. This dry shampoo from Not Your Mother’s a typical dry shampoo that I used to absorb excess oil and drag me and my hair to wash day. Did the job and it smells like coconut. I would buy it again, if needed.

When it comes to at-home manicures, a professional top coat can make it look salon quality. So, I never have a problem spending a little extra money on base coats and top coats. One of my new favorite top coats is CND Weekly Long Wear Top Coat. It has made $3 nail polish look like a $50 gel manicure and without the need for a LED lamp. Initially, I got this bottle in the clearance aisle of a Walgreens for $2. However, it was so good that I just bought a new bottle from Ulta for full price. It was the only thing I went for that day, too.

I love a good CBD beauty or skincare product and this CBD balm from HempFusion was amazing! I mostly used this at night on my hands and feet, because it helps to soothe and relax. Since it also acted as a pretty good skin barrier, I need to get another jar for the cold months coming.

Occasionally, I share a skincare product or type of skincare product that I think everyone needs. One product that I think everyone needs is skin repair cream, especially if your skin get irritated frequently. For the past few years, my go-to has been Aquaphor, but it can feel heavy. So, I decided to try BIODERMA Repair cream as a lighter alternative. The great thing about this cream is that it’s formulated to help heal dry, irritated skin. Plus, it contains a number of active ingredients to protect the skin and Antalgicine to help reduce discomfort and the urge to scratch. Since it is a cream, it absorbs into the skin, which I appreciated. Yes, I will be buying this again.

The final product I “used” up is bittersweet – it’s Urban Decay’s Brow Blade in Cafe Kitty. You might remember me sharing this eyebrow pen and pencil a few months ago as an Item of the Week. Well, the sparks quickly fade, because the top wouldn’t stay on after 3 weeks. Therefore, the ink dried and I was left disappointed. I will not buy this again. I was mainly into it due to the ink tip end and I hear that Anastatia of Beverly Hills has a ink brow pencil now, too. So, I might give that a try next.

Have you tried any of the products in my September Empties post? Share below!

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 2, 2020

Link-End Round-Up: October 2, 2020

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 02, 2020

Happy Friday, friends! Well, this has been quite the week, huh? I’ll just sum it all up by reminding you to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and vote.

My first week as a grown a** 39 year old has been lovely. Fall is finally here and brought her perfect weather of sun-filled chilly days. I can feel my boots slowly creeping to the front of my closet. Also, that reminds me that I need to drop off my denim jackets at the cleaners, because this is there time.

Coronavirus has caused a lot of the fall festivities to be postponed or cancelled all together this year. The big fair that comes into town, Mid-South Fair, has been cancelled after initially being postponed for a couple of months. Not mad, because the recluse introvert in me hasn’t wanted to go to the fair since junior high.

However, the pumpkin patches are starting to open, which I love going. There’s one, in particular, at a local church that my sister and I got o everywhere. Although we do go to get a pumpkin, we also go to get some pumpkin bread samples that one of the members make and it’s so good. I hope samples are available this year. If not, they give the recipe out, too. Just one of the things that I’m looking forward to doing this month. It’s Fall, y’all!

Let the weekends full of layered lounge wear while strolling through Target for fall home decor begin. Have a good weekend and check out these interesting reads from around the internet.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 2, 2020

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LUST-HAVE LIST: October 2020

Lust-Have List: October 2020

LUST-HAVE LIST: October 2020 | STAINED COUTURE

Can you believe it’s October and we’ve been in 2020 for 35 months already? Wow.

Unfortunately, we’re still going through a pandemic, despite people sharing IG stories with them in packed clubs of maskless people. Still, I’m so glad fall is finally hear and I’m starting to feel a little festive. The local pumpkin patches are opening up this weekend and I’m already planning some fall excursions. Fall is my aesthetic and I can’t wait to be all up in it. Bring on the pumpkins, Halloween movies, and chilly weather.

The cherry on top of this season is to add the items from my Lust-Have List for this month. 😀

LUST-HAVE LIST: October 2020

  • Gold Vermeil Box Chain Bracelet – I want a stack of thin gold bracelets that I never have to worry about taking off. Starting with this vermeil box chain bracelet is a perfect starting point.
  • Casamigas Cocktail Kit – Coronavirus really put a damper on patio season this year. I did not meet my person quota for margaritas on a patio this summer. I would love to make it up to myself with some this cocktail set by my new favorite tequila brand; Casamigas. This is exclusive to William-Sonoma and I need it – it comes with rim salt!
  • Maison Louis Marie No 5 Perfume Oil – I smelled a sample of this perfume oil the other day and made a bee line to Sephora to get, because it smelled that good. However, they were sold out and now I have to order it. I’m a sucker for clean scents.
  • Oversize Plaid Boyfriend Mini Skirt Dress – Me, in this oversized checker print mini shirt dress paired with black leggings and combat boots is living rent free in my head.
  • adidas Casual Running Shoes – Starting tomorrow, one of my best friends and I are going to start going walking together a few times a week. Over the last couple of years, I’ve drastically improved my eating and I started to do some weight training recently. So, once I add cardio to this lifestyle change, it’s going to be over for y’all. Yeah, so I need some new tennis shoes to walk in and these will do.
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LINK-END ROUND-UP: September 25, 2020

Link-End Round-Up: September 25, 2020

LINK-END ROUND-UP: September 25, 2020

Happy Friday! Although it’s Friday, it’s also my birthday eve. Yep, tomorrow is your girl’s birthday and I’m having so many mixed feelings. Despite me not really caring about my birthday in the past, this year is going to be different. Well, it was supposed to be different when I saw that my birthday actually fell on a Saturday this year. When I realized that at the beginning of the year, I took it as a sign that I should do the most for my birthday. I was even thinking of becoming one of those people that celebrate their birthday all month.

However, coronavirus came and blew out the excitement that I had, but it’s okay. Actually, I’m still excited for my birthday being on a Saturday, because I can easily go drive around the city collecting my free birthday rewards from different places without worrying about being late for work.

Other than the round up of free goods and inhaling a potential deadly amount of cake – no big birthday plans for me. After this year, I’m just grateful that I was able to make it to see my birthday. I hope you enjoy the reads in this week’s Link-End Round-Up.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: September 11, 2020

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Benefits of Peptides in Skincare

Last summer,  was an adventurous one for me – good and bad. However, one of the good things was discovering peptides. The benefits of peptides in skincare products have been one of my latest obsessions for the past year. I was first introduced via a moisturizer and I haven’t looked back since. If it has “peptides” on the package, I’m going to pick it up and probably buy it, too.

Benefits of Peptides in Skincare | STAINED COUTURE

The list of benefits that peptides can do for your skin is amazing! So much so, it makes me wonder why everyone doesn’t gravitate to them. Keep reading to find out their benefits and some of the products with peptides that I’ve tried and loved.

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