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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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The Best Sunscreens According to Me

I hope y’all know that you’re supposed to wear sunscreen everyday. Please say you know that even if hot or cold and sunny or rainy – you need sunscreen. I still get annoyed that I spent the first half of my life overlooking sunscreen. I seriously used to spend hours on hours outside with no sunscreen. The fact that I still have skin and no skin cancer is proof that my God is an awesome God.However, now that I know better, I’m a huge advocate for sunscreen. There have been times when I forgot to apply sunscreen and went a bought a new one. I have at least 3 different sunscreens at home. Not to mention, I keep that thang in my car  next to my hand sanitizer. When it comes to sunscreen, I don’t play! Now look at me,  I have a list of my personal best sunscreens.

Best Sunscreens According to Me | STAINED COUTURE

Honestly, using sunscreen religiously and everyday is the best skincare product and tip you need. However, if you’re still trying to find the best sunscreen for you, keep reading to see my top 5 at the moment.

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Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2021: In My Cart

A few days ago, the Sephora VIB sale started where Rouge members can get up to 20% off their order. Unfortunately, I’m not a Rouge member, but I am a VIB. So, I had to wait until yesterday to start filling up my cart to get 15% things I’ve been eyeing. Although I’m pretty confident that I won’t be getting all the items currently in there, but I feel like I need everything in there.

Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Before I trim the fabulous fat of luxe skincare, take a glance at what’s in there now.

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