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EMPTIES: Fall 2019

Yes, I did use up some products over the past few months and yes, I’ll share them with you. Welcome the products I emptied over the last few months – Fall 2019 Empties.


As you can see from the picture, I didn’t use up as many products in the Fall, as I did in the Spring and Summer. However, I did use up enough and I’m pleased. Also, before we go any further, this will be my last seasonal empties post. Last year, I decided to try something different and do an Emptied post for each season.

Unfortunately, it was the best ideal in terms of providing reviews about the products. Sharing products that were great for summer in the fall, made some of the products expired. The other reason I’m going back to the monthly schedule is that it was so time consuming to write a post review almost 20 products. I still cringe thinking about my Spring 2019 empties – both posts!

Enough of the 2020 content changes. Keep reading to see what products I used up over the last few months.

EMPTIES: Fall 2019 (Hair)

I’m so long overdue for a hair appointment – it’s embarrassing. Thankfully, my stylist is off maternity leave and I can make an appointment, which I still need to do. In the meantime, I’ve been trying to make sure my hair always conditioned and moisturized. One I make sure this happens is with weekly deep condition treatments. One of my favorite hair masks I used last year was Eden Bodyworks Split End Repair Mask. This masks felt very decadent for the price point. Plus, not only did it make my hair feel stronger, but also soft.

I rarely use my Sephora points – I rather let them rise. However, every now and then, they have a product that I want to try and worth spending a couple hundred points. That exactly how I tried DevaCurl Leave-In Decadence Conditioner – best use of Sephora points ever! This leave-in is formulated for super curly hair, which is the texture of my natural hair. This leave-in made my curl feel and look hydrated, bouncy, and smooth. I haven’t bought the full-size yet, but it’s definitely my next hair product purchase.

The final hair product that I used up was ORS HAIRepair Intense Moisture Cream. A very wordy product name, but it’s fits. This moisturizing hair cream was great when my hair and scalp felt extra dry. However, I mainly used it on my ends at night and put my hair in a low bun with a satin scrunchie. Every morning, I would wake up to soft and moisturize ends. So, I would totally buy this again.

EMPTIES: Fall 2019 (Skincare)

I didn’t finish too many skincare products this month – I managed to use up a few. The first skincare product that I used up was a travel size bottle of Rosewater Facial Toner from the Heritage Store. I’d wanted to try this toner for a while. So, when I saw that Target had it in travel size, I felt it was perfect way to give it a shot. After using it up, this really didn’t anything for my skin – basically rose-scented micellar water. It’s good it you want a natural toner, but nothing to write home about.

Another toner I used up recently was Clean & Clear Lemon Juice toner. I bought this on an impulsive whim, because it was new. After using it for couple of days, I didn’t really feel or notice any changes in the way my skin looked or felt. Plus, the lemon scent was strong and smelled a lot like lemon-scented multi-purpose cleaner. However, I decided to give it another chance in late summer, which I’m glad I did. After a couple of weeks of use, I noticed that it made my skin appear slightly brighter. In the end, I liked the toner, but doubt I’ll buy it again. My skin needs something a little stronger. However, I would recommend this brightening toner for teenager looking for something to gently brighten their skin.

Another product that I tried, but a took a break on before picking back up months later is Urban Skin RX Even Tone Cleansing Bar. When I first started using this cleanser, I LOVED it! So much so, I made it an IOTW and used it for a couple of months before giving it a break. I didn’t stop using it because it aggravated my skin or anything like that. Instead, I started to listen to my skin and used products to address skin issues or concerns I was having.

I started using this again a couple of months ago when my skin needed some regular, gentle exfoliation. Again, this cleanser made my skin look and feel smoother and brighter, as well. I will be buying this cleanser again, because it needs to be one of my cleanser options.

EMPTIES: Fall 2019 (Makeup)

I only used up 3 products that pertain to makeup – 2 of them were lip products. The first was a lip oil by Ulta, which made me briefly fascinated with lip oils. Lip oils help moisturize your lips, but with the look of a lightly tinted lip gloss. I’ve bought a couple other lip oils since, but the Ulta one is still my favorite.

The other lip product I used up was Milk Cosmetics Kush Lip Galze. Since this balm was very thick, I mostly used it when I was really diligent in lip basting every night. In the end, it was a really good lip balm. If you like thick and shiny lips, you will love this. However, at an $18 price point, I doubt I’d buy it again.

The final makeup product that I used up was Pixi Beauty Glow Mist. You know what? I really loved this mist. It was helped set my makeup, hydrate my skin, and smelled lovely! If I was ever in need of a face mist while browsing around Target, I would totally buy mist.

EMPTIES: Fall 2019 (Misc.)

A few months ago, I went through a phase of wanting to collect different scents. That led me to pick up Whisky Noir from Urban Outfitters. This scent has a musk and vanilla scent that was perfect for fall. Unfortunately, the scent doesn’t last most of the day, which made me use it up pretty fast. I like the scent and the $20 price point. So, I would probably pick up some other scents in the future, but with the knowledge that it may not last long.

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How I Relax During The Holidays

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for the holidays to be OVAH! Of course, I love the holidays, because it usually comes with days off of work and gifts. Still, it can be draining and all I want to do is find and try all of the things to help me relax during the holidays.

Usually toward the end of the year, I feel like a snowball rolling down a hill. Everything is going fast and I’m just waiting for it to end. Thankfully, I know a few tricks and things to help me relax after a long day of work or whatnot. Interested? Well, keep reading and scrolling.

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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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