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IOTW: Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleanser

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product we’re currently loving. This week: Aveeno Clear Complexion Foam Cleanser.

Aveeno Clear Complexion Foam Cleanser

I’m having a serious case of the Mondays. Although there a a few reason, I believe I know the main reason; I had to wear boots today. It’s the middle of April I to pull pair boots from the back of my closet that I did prepare to see for another 6-7 months. One day it’s 70 degrees without a cloud in the sky. The next, it’s a cloudy 48 with high winds and I’m trying to figure out how many layers should I wear. I know they say dress for the season, but sundresses and sandals in 40 degree weather is not a good idea. Not only has it been difficult to stick to seasonal outfits, but also seasonal skincare regimens.

I already have combination skin, but dealing with combination skin in combination weather is stressful. So, until Mother Nature picks a season, I’ve been looking for products that can deal with my oily skin on warm days and not dry out my skin on cold day. One product that has been amazing to my skin in these trying days is Aveeno Clear Complexion Foam Cleanser.

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ITEM OF THE WEEK: Complexion Sponge

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product we’re currently loving. This week: Real Techniques Complexion Sponge and travel case.

Item of the Week Complexion Sponge

It took me a long time to jump on using sponges for applying makeup. After all, I learned to apply makeup using brushes and if it’s not broke why fix it. However, I did give makeup sponges so many chances and have the collection of teardrop shaped sponges to prove it. Thankfully, I never gave up on finding a makeup sponge, which lead me to my favorite makeup tool; Real Techniques Complexion Sponge.

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Holy Grail Deep Conditioners

After years of contemplating, I finally started the process of lightening my hair. I started my getting highlighters throughout my hair and have the final session at the beginning of June to finish the process. The weeks leading up to this had me deep conditioning like crazy to help enure my hair would be strong enough. When dying your hair, especially when going lighter, you need to make sure your hair is strong and in good condition. The best way to do this is to use deep conditioners after washing your hair once a week.

Holy Grail Deep Conditioners Stained Couture

As a firm believer in the power of weekly deep conditioning, I have a few go-to deep conditioners that I use. Which DC I use depends on the state of my hair, such as if it’s dry, weak, and/or curly. If your interested in what deep conditioners rock my world and tresses, then keep reading.

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ITEM OF THE WEEK: Beyond Perfecting Foundation

A few weeks ago, I an out of the foundation I was using and used it as a good excuse to try a new foundation. During the same Ultra trip when I bought that detoxifying scrub stick, I purchased this Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. Clinique will always hold a place in my heart, but it was the first “big girl” brand that I used. However, I currently don’t have that many products from Clinique and haven’t used a foundation from them in years.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Since I was in the market for a new foundation and Clinique is a brand that my skin loves, I decided to give this foundation a try. After using it practically everyday for the past few weeks, I think it’s definitely worthy of being this week’s Item Of The Week.

When it comes to my ideal foundation formula, I prefer full coverage foundations. The main reason I prefer full-coverage is to help cover my hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and old acne scars. However, I only apply full coverage to that area and blend out the edges. Another good use of high coverage foundations is to use them as a concealer on days when you need little coverage. Needless to say, this foundation is designed to serve both of those purposes.

The formula of this foundation is full coverage, but blendable. Also, or it to be a full coverage foundation, it’s very easy to use and blend. It doesn’t “settle” to fast to allow you blend it out or not. Also, I can’t not mention the applicator, which is a jumbo doe foot applicator. The doe foot helps you apply the foundation without having to use your hands. Also, you can apply the foundation to target area or to conceal.

The only flaw you might find wit this foundation is the lack of many color selections for deeper tones. Other than that, this foundation is worth trying for under $30.

Have you tried Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer? Thoughts?

 

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Using Gauze in Skincare Routine

In the beauty and skincare world, there’s always a new wave of trends and techniques. For the most, they are just things that people and “beauty gurus” create to go viral. FYI, those people can go jump of a counter in Macy’s. However, some of these techniques are actually beneficial and ultimate game changers. One such technique that learned about and can’t not do is replacing cotton balls and pads with medical gauze in skincare routine.

Using Gauze in Skincare Routine

Well, maybe this isn’t new, but using gauze to apply skincare products isn’t new to some. However, after personally switching out cotton for gauze in my skincare routine, I think not enough people know how awesome it is. Interested in learning more; keep reading.

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