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IOTW: Hydrating Eye Cream from IT Cosmetics

This edition of Stained Couture’s weekly series, ITEM OF THE WEEK, features a hydrating eye cream from IT Cosmetics called Confidence in an Eye Cream

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Hydrating Eye Cream from IT Cosmetics | STAINED COUTURE

My mission to find and fall madly in love with an eye cream has been a roller coaster ride. There have been some good ones over the years. However, most have left me with lackluster results. A couple of months ago, I found a good daytime eye cream. The only thing I needed to find was good nighttime eye cream, which I eventually found in IT Cosmetics’ Confidence in an Eye Cream. Keep reading to see why I love this eye cream for night AND day.

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Acne Spot Treatments That Work For Me

At this point in my life, I’ve been battling acne for decades. Yes – DECADES! At times, I feel like I’ve tried every acne product, treatment, and system out there. Okay, not all of them, but A LOT of them. Thankfully, in my later years, I’ve won the battle of the acne that plagued me most of my teens and twenties. Don’t get it twisted, I still get acne – just not as much. Aside from learning that certain foods cause flare up and having an acne skincare regimen on deck, I’ve also learned about the blessing of acne spot treatments.

Favorite Acne Spot Treatments | STAINED COUTURE

Acne spot treatments are great to use when you only have one or two little bumps to get rid of ASAP. However, like most acne products, all spot treatments aren’t the same. Depending on the pimple determines which treatment to use. This wasn’t something I realized and learned until a couple of years ago. Keep reading to see my holy grail acne spot treatments and when I use them.

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Nightly Moisturizing Routine for Dry Skin

Currently, I’m missing the days when I would complain that my skin was oily and could use a lotion to hydrate my face. Take it, that my skin was horrible back then and I didn’t know no better, but still – I miss it. Now my skin is more normal, which I never thought that I would describe my skin as normal. Yet, here we are. However, now that it’s getting colder in my apartment at night, I’ve had to up my moisturizer game. Yes, your girl now uses THREE different moisturizers in her nightly skincare routine. I have a moisturizing routine for dry skin in my nightly routine.

Moiturizing Skincare Routine for Dry Skin | STAINED COUTURE

Since the weather hasn’t gone 24/7 cold, there are still times of the day when it gets unusually warm. Therefore, I haven’t added a moisturizing cleanser to my arsenal, yet. So, I might I lose one of these moisturizers in the next month or two. For now, this 3-step moisturizing routine has been saving me from having a dry, flaky face.

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IOTW: Maui Moisture Fortifying Hair Mask

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product I’m currently loving. This week: Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore Fortifying Hair Mask

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Maui Moisture Fortifying Hair Mask | STAINED COUTURE

Currently, I’m in limbo with what I want to do with my hair – lighter or natural dark brown. At this moment, I want to go lighter again, but I know my hair is not ready. Therefore, I’v been trying to take extra care of my hair, which includes weekly deep conditioning. Every couple of months, I switch my between different hair masks. Recently, I’ve been using and loving Maui Moisture’s Thicken & Restore Bamboo Fibers Fortifying Hair Mask. Keep reading to see why this is my Item of the Week.

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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.

Best Nail Polish | STAINED COUTURE

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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