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Nightly PreCleanse Routine

I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned that I don’t have a go-to nightly skincare routine. Instead of using the same products, religiously every night, I instead listen to what my skin needs. There are days when my skin feels dry and I use hydrating products and get a little heavy handed with bedtime skin oil. However, I use the same nightly precleanse routine every night on days when I wear makeup.

Nightly PreCleanse Routine | STAINED COUTURE

 

What’s a precleanse routine? Well, it’s basically just removing your makeup before washing your face. Some people consider removing their makeup as part of their skincare routine, which it can be considered part of – not the cleansing part. I consider removing your makeup before washing your face the same as removing your clothes before taking a bath/shower. You need to remove to remove your clothes to wash your body. So, you need to remove your makeup in order to clean your face. Makes sense, right? Well, keep reading to see what I use and how.

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EMPTIES: June 2020

EMPTIES: June 2020

EMPTIES: June 2020 | STAINED COUTURE

EMPTIES: June 2020

I’d been wanting to try some products from Inkey List for a minute. I bought a few products from them, but the first product I used up was the Vitamin C cream. I think everyone needs to incorporate a vitamin C serum in their life, because it helps brighten the skin and fade discoloration. This serum is kind of thick and creamy, but it’s not too strong. I would recommend this is you want to add vitamin C to your skincare regimen. I don’t think I’ll buy this again, because it’s not strong enough for my skin.

The samples I used up this months is a Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Collagen moisturizer and Lancome Lash primer. I was excited for the collagen moisturizer, because it was part the same line as one of my favorite physical exfoliators. Also, my aging face is always down for anything with collagen. Although it was a very small sample, you don’t need that much moisturizer. I loved the thick, gel-like consistence of it. Since there wasn’t much to give a full review – I did enjoy it. I might actually buy the full-size bottle one day.

As for the lash primer – it was good! I know some people don’t think lash primers don’t do anything, but me and my sparse lashes do. However, I didn’t notice much difference with this primer than cheaper ones I’ve used in the past. So, I doubt I buy this in full-size.

I’ve been looking for a new hydrating body lotion and decided to go back to the basics – Vaseline. I grew up on and with the regular Vaseline, but they have so many more options now. The cocoa butter formulas and gel ones are amazing, but I wanted to try a different one. So, I grabbed this one, because it was a “jelly”. It did not have the texture of jelly, but it was super hydrating. I will totally buy this again when scrolling through Target in need a new moisturizer.

I used up another bottle of Bare Minerals Bare Pro foundation – it’s a new favorite. Initially, I was going to use this time to try to find a good drug store option, but I kept getting duds. So, I’ve already bought another bottle of this foundation. If it works, why go searching for others. *shrugs*

When I wash my hair, I usually let it hair dry before using a flatiron. However, I prefer the final results when I blow dry my hair first – on low heat and with a heat protectant. Not Your Mother’s thermal heat protectant is awesome – protects and not heavy. Probably will buy this again.

However, when it’s hot, I tend to wear my natural curls. There is no better moisturizer for my hair than the iconic S-Curl activator moisturizer. Well, there may be better, but I wouldn’t know since this one has yet to let me down. For the rest of my life, you will always find a bottle of this in my hair product stash.

Finally, I was able to use up Smashbox Photofinish Minimize Pores face primer. I used to love Smashbox primers, as well as every OG beauty vlogger. However, they no longer work with my makeup and skin. Plus, there are so many other primers out there that work better for me. So, I won’t be buying this again. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s not for me.

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Overnight Travel Skincare Tips and Routine

It’ s 4th of July weekend. This might be the most drastically different 4th weekend than ever before and for many reasons. Usually, a 3-day holiday weekend in the summer includes many people traveling. Hopefully, ya’ll will not be traveling anywhere and staying safe from coronavirus. Unfortunately, I know that a lot of people are still taking their chances and are going to change their scenery for the festivities. So, you might need to some travel skincare tips to help prepare you and your skin.

Travel Skincare Tips and Routine | STAINED COUTURE

Before states started shutting down again, I recently took a quick trip one-day trip to celebrate a friend’s birthday. This trip was so quick that I actually spent more time driving there and back than I spent in the actual city. Although the trip was short, I still had to take some skincare products. So, I used a couple of my favorite travel skincare tips. Keep reading to see which tips I used and which products I took.

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ITEM OF THE WEEK: OUAI Hair Oil

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Ouai Hair Oil

ITEM OF THE WEE: OUAI Hair Oil | STAINED COUTURE

Currently, I’m going through one of my hair care products spells. So, I’ve been buying a trying different products to address the needs of my hair. Although this spell only lasts for a couple of weeks, I’ve bought quite a few products these past weeks. I’m still testing them out trying to separate the winners from the losers. So far, they are all showing potential. However, there is one that has been in the lead and that’s Ouai’s Hair Oil. Keep reading to see why this one is already in the winner’s circle.

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