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EMPTIES: September 2020

EMPTIES: September 2020

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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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EMPTIES: August 2020

EMPTIES: August 2020

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Took last week off from blogging, because I needed to recharge on so many levels. However, I’m ready to share what products I used up last month in August. I used up a little of everything and there were quite a few stars in this bunch. Keep reading to see what I loved and didn’t love that much out of EMPTIES: August 2020.

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Essie Expressie Nail Polish Review

Essie Expressie Nail Polish Review

Essie Expressie Nail Polish Review | STAINED COUTURE

I’m into nails – it’s my thing. I spent most of my life as nail biter. However, in my late 20s, I stopped biting my nails. Out the blue, I realized I hadn’t bitten my nails in days and noticed they were *gasps* longer. So, I never bite my nails again and haven’t looked back. The one thing that prevented me from biting my nails was to always polish my nails. If I was ever stressed or bored, I whipped out a base coat, color, and top coat and paint my nails. Needless to say, I’ve bought and used a lot of nail polished and brands during this life of mine.

Recently, I decided to try a polish from Essie’s new nail polish line, Expressie. Interested in my thoughts? Well, keep reading for my Essie Expressie Nail Polish Review.

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Best Nail Polish You Probably Overlook

Since I was three, I’ve been obsessed with nail polishes. This is probably due to the fact that it was the only “makeup” my parents would let me wear as child. So, I’ve been obsessed with beauty products for a while, but let me digress. Nail polish and nail care products have always been my jam. Even when I was an avid nail biter until about 10 years ago, I would bite through perfectly polish and smooth nails. Needless to say, over the years, I’ve used a lot of nail polish brands – cheap and Chanel. However, there is one brand of nail polish that is my favorite and would like to own in every shade they offer. The brand behind the best nail polish I’ve ever used is Urban Outfitters.

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Urban Outfitters is mostly known more for their trendy clothes and accessories for late teens to millennials. However, they also have a decent beauty collection of popular and indie brands. Back to the nail polish – they are amazing!

The first reason that I love their polishes is that they are very opaque and true to color. It only takes 1-2 coats to get the exact shade and this even includes the neon shades. If you have tried to paint your nails with a neon polish, you know it can be a headache. You will either need to apply 4-5 coats or apply 2-3 shades on a white base, which is time consuming and can look sloppy. Somehow, Urban Outfitters has created neon nail polishes that don’t require multiple layers or a white polish as base to get popping neon nails.

Another thing I love about Urban Outfitters’ nail polishes is the wide range of shades and effects. Although I only have solid colors, they also have polishes with glitter and holographic effects. I want to try those, too.

The final thing I love about the Urban Outfitters polishes is that they are pretty affordable. They’re usually $5 a pop or 3 for $10 – I always try to get the 3/$10. Currently, I only have 6 shades and I’ve tried about 10 different shade, but I plan to try many more.

Have you tried Urban Outfitters nail polishes – are they the best nail polish or one of the best? Share below!

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Sandal Season Nail Polishes of My Choice

Here we are, smack dab in the middle of sandal season, which lasts from mid-March to late-August or early September. Of course, this is debatable depending on your location and personal level of IDGAF attitude. Another thing that’s debatable is what nail polish color should be worn with sandals. Personally, I think you can and should wear any color you want or no polish at all. However, I tend to only switch between 3-4 different polish option.

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Keep reading to see what my go-to, must-have nail polish colors for sandal season.

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