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EMPTIES: October 2021

EMPTIES: October 2021

EMPTIES: October 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Apparently, I spent a lot of time making sure or trying to make sure my hair and scalp were looking their best. As you can see, I didn’t use up that many products, but they were used up. In the end, that’s all that matters. Keep reading to find my final takeaway of each product for my October EMPTIES. Also, what’s that product with the faded label? lol

I’m going to start with the No 7 Early Defence serum, which was a free gift from Walgreens. However, after using it on and off for the past year, I would buy it in the future. After using it every day for about a month, I did a difference in my skin. This serum helps protect the skin from pollutants while making it look smoother and plump. The ingredients include ones that help moisturize and even some gentle exfoliation. Personally, I think this is a great serum for beginners who need a little something extra to help with mild congestion and dullness. Plus, it’s affordable and accessible at most drugstores, including Walgreens.

Let’s move on to the remaining products, which are all hair products. First up is the mystery, which is also known as Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Hair and Scalp oil. I live for a good hair and scalp oil, especially in the colder months. This oil was formulated to help strengthen you hair as it grew and keep it moisturized, which I believe it did. Although it’s an oil, it didn’t weigh my hair or scalp down that much. Also, I loved putting this oil on my ends at night and put in 2 loose braids, which helps keep my ends protected.

The next product I used up was a travel size bottle of Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-1 primer, which I’ve used before. For the most part, I this as a primer before applying heat to my hair. When I say, this includes heat products and the sun. Over the years, I’ve learned the importance of always applying a heat protectant to your hair before going out in the sun. I think of heat protectant the same way I think of sunscreen – apply it every day. I was very happy that it came with a spray top, which made it easy to spray on  my hair and go. This primer comes in a bigger bottle, but I always buy the small one for easy carrying.

Finally, let’s talk about Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil, which I’d been wanting to try for years. So, earlier this year, I picked up one of their smaller bottles to give it go. Obviously, I have a few hair oils that I switch in and out, which is why it too a while to finish this little bottle. However, another reason is because you don’t need much. Like EVA NYC primer, this oil is also a primer, but I mostly used it to seal my hair. This is a very lightweight hair oil, which explains the name – invisible. Plus, this hair oil made my hair feel softer and shiny, which was the cherry on top.

Have you tried any of the products in this EMPTIES post? If so, share with the class.

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EMPTIES: August 2021

EMPTIES: August 2021

EMPTIES: August 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Wait. Is this me actually posting my empties from the previous month before the end of the month? Wow. This feels exciting and weird, but here we are. So, in case you missed it, I didn’t post an EMPTIES: Jul2 2021 post, because I didn’t use up any products in July. Actual, I barely used up any products in August.

However, I did empty up a few products that I believe are worthy of sharing and giving a final review. So, keep reading to see if there were any winners in this batch of empties from August.

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Beauty Favorites Summer 2021

Seriously can’t believe that Summer 2021 is about to wrap. I was planning on having a hot girl summer, but I didn’t realize that the “hot” was in all cap and bold. So, I mostly opted for an “AC on blast in the house” summer and I’m not mad. However, while I was basking under the vents while it blew cold air, I did try and fell in love with some products. Discovering new beauty favorites is one of my favorite pastimes.

Beauty Favorites Summer 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

If you want to see what products I loved hard this summer, keep reading.

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EMPTIES: April 2021

EMPTIES: April 2021

EMPTIES: April 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Last month, I did better at using up products- way better. Not to mention, it was another month that I used up nothing but bangers. Does “bangers” apply to this? Maybe, but they were still all winners. SPOILER ALERT: I would/will buy all these products again. Keep reading to see why.

First, let’s start with Pattern Beauty styling cream. As much as I wanted to like every item I’ve tried from Pattern Beauty, that have been very hit and miss. The misses aren’t bad, but just not for me. However, those hits HIT! This styling cream hits, because both my straight and curly hair loves it. Trust me, it can be hard to find styling products that work for natural hair when it’s straight or curly.

This styling cream is very moisturizing, but it doesn’t just lay on my straighten hair – it absorbs it – and doesn’t cause it wave or curl up. When I apply the styling cream on my curly hair, it moisturizes and defines my curls while keeping them soft. Also, it’s so rich that a little goes a long way, which I love when products can do that. This jar was the travel size and it took me a few months to use up, because I only needed a dime-size for my thick shoulder length hair. Love this stuff!

The next product I used up was another Olaplex product, the No 3 Hair Perfector. I can honestly say that switching to using Olaplex was one of the best decisions I ever did to help my hair. Every time I wash my hair, I’m using some Olaplex products. Out of all of their products, the No 3 Hair Perfector is one of the products that everyone who has colored and/or damaged hair needs. You apply this to damp, towel dry hair before shampooing your hair. This helps to strengthen and bond your hair and the results are immediate. After one use, you will definitely see and feel that your hair is stronger and softer. Olaplex is so worth the money, sweetie!

I will admit that I’m one of those people that have been influenced to try products from Tik Tok. One of said products was Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore Tight Toner. Yeah, that’s a very lengthy name, but it’s so good. This helps exfoliate the skin to make the minimize the appearance of pores while hydrating the skin to make it all soft and glowy. Plus, I live for a hydrating toner, but the exfoliating was the cherry on top. Actually, the cherry on top is that it’s gently enough to use everyday – morning and night.

Finally and I do mean finally, I was able to use up It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging concealer. Like Pattern Beauty, I’ve experienced some hits and misses with It Cosmetics, which usually derived from their lack of color options for some of their products. However, they have improved their ranges over time, which I appreciate. As for this concealer, it’s legit! It’s full-coverage and hydrating, which is why it’s good if you have dry under eyes from natural aging. Also, since it is full-coverage, you only need a little at a time. Hence, I’ve had this concealer so long that that words have faded off and it now comes in different packaging. :/

Have you tried any products from this round of my empties?

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