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LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy February and Black History Month! I know this month’s Lust-Have List is little later than usual, but I’ve been really busy. Aside from trying to actually start the process of moving in less than 2 weeks, I’ve been trying to fight off a cold. As soon as I start to feel “sicky”, I break out the OTC meds, sip tea, and rest. Thankfully, it appears to be working, aside from having some slight fatigue and itchy throat for part of yesterday. No, it wasn’t ‘Rona, but I’m feeling about 90% myself.

As I mention, my move is right around the corner. I’ve started to collect boxes and paid my final rent for the place I’m at now – felt good to send them that final prorated payment. Now, I need to work on getting the big stuff done, which includes finding a mover and scheduling to have my utilities switched over. I forgot how much I hate moving. Hopefully, I will be at my new place for a minute.

Since I’m pretty much starting over with new furniture and décor, I made a concerted effort to not include any of that stuff in my Lust-Have List for February. However, I pretty sure I need all the things that I did mention, too.

LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2021

  • Lemonade Smoothing Scrub – I haven’t been exfoliating my skin as much as I should and it’s starting to show. I’ve been seeing this new facial scrub from Ole Henriksen all over social media. Although, I’m not one to fall for products are paid to promote, I’ve had some good experiences with Ole Henriksen products in the past. So, I’m down to give this one a try.
  • Initial Oversize Hoodie – In case you are new around here, I love anything with  my initials and oversized. So, this hoodie from Good American is speaking my language. According to Punxsutawney Phil, we still have a few more weeks of winter left and to wear hoodies.
  • Apple Watch Gold Mesh Band – My apple watch is becoming more clutch in my life and she deserves to look appreciated. I think I’m sold on adding a gold mesh band and I spotted this one online for less than $50. Might be my Valentine’s day gift to myself.
  • Pattern Beauty Styling Cream – Currently, I’ve been wearing my hair naturally curly to help strengthen it while it grows. A couple of weeks a go, I picked up the travel version of the Pattern Beauty Styling Cream. This cream is so good! It’s not heavy and moisturizes and softens my curls, So, I have to get the bigger jar, which I might do this weekend.
  • Pink Miracle Sneaker Cleaner – Last year, during the lockdown, I restarted my love of collecting sneakers. However, now that I wear them more, I need to get a good sneaker cleaner. I’ve heard and seen nothing but good things about this one. Plus, it comes with a brush for deep cleaning.
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EMPTIES: December 2020

EMPTIES: December 2020

EMPTIES: December 2020 | STAINED COUTURE

Before it gets too late into January, let me go ahead and drop my Empties post for December. As you can see from the picture, I really didn’t use up too many products. This can be attributed to be overwhelmed by work, having to find a new apartment, and a cup or holiday depression. However, I did empty the clip on a few. Keep reading to see my final word on these items.

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EMPTIES: November 2020

EMPTIES: November 2020

EMPTIES: November 2020 | STAINED COUTURE

Since my mental heath caused me to take last month off, I never got around to sharing the products I used up in November. So, before I post the December collection of empties, please keep reading for all the details and opinions about what I used up in November. Doesn’t November feel so long ago at this point?

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Hydrating Toners – Everyone Needs One

Currently, my skin is looking the best that it ever has -seriously. Of course, this is all due to regular facials, sunscreen, and effective skincare products. However, there is one product that I’ve added to my skincare routines that I feel deserves at least 80% of the credit – hydrating toners.

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I’ve been hooked in hydrating toners since I watched one of my favorite Youtube skincare gurus, LaBeautyologist, talk about them. I highly recommend that you watch her video on how to tone your skin. Anyway, The main takeaway from the video was that you should tone your skin at every step of your skincare routine. Also, that hydrating toners help hydrate and prepare your skin for your essences, serums, and moisturizers. When your skin is hydrated, it helps the products work into your skin.

If you have oily skin, like me, you might be a little hesitant. However, oil and moisture are 2 different things. Plus, if your skin is looking oilier, it’s pretty much screaming for more hydration. If you aren’t moisturizing and hydrating your skin enough, the oil factory in your skin will think that you need more oil. Weird, but true. So, most, if not all of the toners that I’ve bought this year have been hydrating ones.

Again, ever since I switched over to focusing on using toners that hydrate the skin, my skin has been flourishing. Keep reading to see the ones that I’ve tried loved.

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EMPTIES: September 2020

EMPTIES: September 2020

EMPTIES: September 2020 | STAINED COUTURE

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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