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Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2021: In My Cart

A few days ago, the Sephora VIB sale started where Rouge members can get up to 20% off their order. Unfortunately, I’m not a Rouge member, but I am a VIB. So, I had to wait until yesterday to start filling up my cart to get 15% things I’ve been eyeing. Although I’m pretty confident that I won’t be getting all the items currently in there, but I feel like I need everything in there.

Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Before I trim the fabulous fat of luxe skincare, take a glance at what’s in there now.

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EMPTIES: March 2021

EMPTIES: March 2021

EMPTIES: March 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

What, I’m actually posting my EMPTIES post in a single digit date of the month?! Yes, your girl is trying to do better in all aspects of her life, including my little corner of the internet. However, this going to be a pretty quick post, because I only used up 2 products last month. Keep reading to see what I used up and my final review.

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LUST-HAVE LIST: April 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: April 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: April 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

How has April been treating you so far? Mines has been pretty good – despite having to pay taxes for the first time in years and still waiting on my third stimmy. *insert eyeroll*

However, my new place is starting to actually look and feel like my new home. I bought a couple chic looking counter stools AND I finally found a new sofa. After seeing that everyone’s shipping time was 8-19 weeks, I came up with the idea to try one of the furniture outlets here in Memphis. I was able to find and pounce on a nice roomy sofa in a perfect blue steel color. I need to fix a slight issue with a bent beam, but I only got it for $175 – a steal.

Aside from the furniture, I’ve also started to hang some things on the wall, such as my diplomas. I’m really starting to see it come together and I’m so excited. However, since I’ve been trying to find and buy home decor, I haven’t really bought any new clothes, accessories, or beauty products. So, I might have to pick up some new things this month and call it self-care.

So, check out the items I’m wanting this month in my Lust-Have list for April.

LUST-HAVE LIST: April 2021

  • Topicals FADED brightening and clearing gel – I’ve been hearing so much about this black-owned skincare line and have been dying to try this brightening serum. However, it keeps selling out on Sephora, but I’m probably just going to go ahead and order it elsewhere. Me and these new dark spots have got to get this.
  • Woven Crossbody Box Bag – While moving, I found my circular woven bag from a few summers ago, which I loved. So, I think I need a small box option – loving both colors of this one from Zara.
  • Cast Iron Patio Bistro Set – Now that my living room has finally started accumulating furniture, my balcony needs some seating options. Of course, I will probably get a couple of basic chairs at first. However, this cast iron bistro set is the ultimate goal. I love the turquoise option, but the classic black is forever.
  • Embellished Slide Sandals – Every time that I was ready to buy a pair of sandals these past couple of weeks, a cold front would come through. I think we’re done with those and I’m ready to acquire these gem embellished slides by Steve Madden. Not confident if me and my high instep can easily slide them on, but I’m willing to find out.
  • Wide Leg High Waisted Leopard Print Pants – I’m so over  my wardrobe, because it’s mostly sweatpants and shirts that don’t go with sweatpants. So, I’m trying to cop and anything that doesn’t have a elastic at the ankle and a tie waist. These pants from ASOS have the vibe and look I’m aspiring to have this spring and summer – wild, but responsible.
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IOTW: Morphe Filter Effect Soft Focus Foundation

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Morphe Filter Effect Soft Focus Foundation

ITEM OF THE WEEL: Morphe Filter Effect Foundation | STAINED COUTURE

At times, I feel that I will never find that one foundation that I can and will use the for the rest of my life. However, over the past few years, I’ve found some really good ones that have in rotation. The latest edition to the rotation is Morphe’s newest foundation – Filter Effect foundation. Keep reading to see why I decided to try it why I’ve been loving it.

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EMPTIES: February 2021

EMPTIES: February 2021

EMPTIES: February 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

So, yeah, about January 2021 empties. I did empty a few products, but they were mostly products I used up before. Therefore, I didn’t feel the need to post them. However, I have a feeling that I will be buying the one product that I hadn’t shared before and tell you about it. It was a good one!

However, let’s move on to the EMPTIES list for February 2021. As you can see in the photo above, I only used up 2 products. Keep reading to see why I only used up 2 products and my final thoughts on them.

As you may have recalled from my tardy Lust-Have List for this month, February was a bust. Out of the whole month, I think I only wore makeup once or twice and it was probably just brows and mascara. Since I wasn’t wearing makeup and in the middle of a move, I kept my skincare routines minimum. I mostly just used my maskne skincare routine and face oil at night. So, that’s why I only used up 2 products.

First, let’s talk about this Pacifica scalp detox serum. In the winter, I do experience more buildup on my scalp from products and just dry scalp from the cold. I usually use a scalp scrub, but I decided to try this scalp oil as an alternative. I tried to use it every other night, but failed. However, I did use a few times a week when I noticed my scalp had build up. Although I was expecting it to have a little tingling sensation due to the mint, it was very gentle.

In the end, this scalp detox oil could be great when used regularly and help maintain a clean scalp during wash days. I may buy it again, but I’ve become very diligent with making sure I wash my hair properly and cut back on applying products near my scalp. So, I don’t see me rebuying this anytime soon.

Over the last year, I’ve tried a few COSRX products and I’ve been a fan of all of them. The COSRX ABH/BHA clarifying toner is no different, because it came in handy. Initially, I ordered it to help keep my skin clear from the occasional breakouts I experienced. However, I eventually started to use it to help prevent maskne and spray it on my masks before wear. I read that spray a clarifying toner on the inside of your mask will help treat and prevent breakouts from masks. Needless to say, but I was shocked to say that this life hack worked!

I don’t wear face masks that much, because I don’t go anywhere. However, I will definitely buy this toner again when I need another clarifying toner for acne.

Have you tried anything from my February 2021 EMPTIES? Share below!

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