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LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 19, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 19, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 11, 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday, friends! After this week, I’m very appreciative to not just finish another work week, but also waking up to new days. Unfortunately, we sometimes focus more on the bad in our life than the good. I know I’ve been guilty of this most of my life, which is why I have anxiety. I’ve always had that “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” mindset, which I now think of as stressful.

Therefore, I’ve decided to focus more of my energy toward things that bring me joy and peace. However, I’m very mindful that in order to get peace, I will have to deal with things that are stressful. As long as I feel at peace and ease in the end, I don’t mind that getting over that obstacle.

I still need to find and buy a new (fake) Christmas tree, but I don’t see that happening this weekend. Instead, I think I’m going to be a true homebody, which includes doing some organizing and deep cleaning. Also, I might move my living room around, which I’ve been pondering for a couple of months. However, I really go the desire yesterday morning before work and now I can’t not think about doing.

As usual, here’s to a finishing another week and to a weekend filled with doing whatever we want. Enjoy the read’s in this week’s Link-End Round-Up:

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 12, 2021

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EMPTIES: October 2021

EMPTIES: October 2021

EMPTIES: October 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Apparently, I spent a lot of time making sure or trying to make sure my hair and scalp were looking their best. As you can see, I didn’t use up that many products, but they were used up. In the end, that’s all that matters. Keep reading to find my final takeaway of each product for my October EMPTIES. Also, what’s that product with the faded label? lol

I’m going to start with the No 7 Early Defence serum, which was a free gift from Walgreens. However, after using it on and off for the past year, I would buy it in the future. After using it every day for about a month, I did a difference in my skin. This serum helps protect the skin from pollutants while making it look smoother and plump. The ingredients include ones that help moisturize and even some gentle exfoliation. Personally, I think this is a great serum for beginners who need a little something extra to help with mild congestion and dullness. Plus, it’s affordable and accessible at most drugstores, including Walgreens.

Let’s move on to the remaining products, which are all hair products. First up is the mystery, which is also known as Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Hair and Scalp oil. I live for a good hair and scalp oil, especially in the colder months. This oil was formulated to help strengthen you hair as it grew and keep it moisturized, which I believe it did. Although it’s an oil, it didn’t weigh my hair or scalp down that much. Also, I loved putting this oil on my ends at night and put in 2 loose braids, which helps keep my ends protected.

The next product I used up was a travel size bottle of Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-1 primer, which I’ve used before. For the most part, I this as a primer before applying heat to my hair. When I say, this includes heat products and the sun. Over the years, I’ve learned the importance of always applying a heat protectant to your hair before going out in the sun. I think of heat protectant the same way I think of sunscreen – apply it every day. I was very happy that it came with a spray top, which made it easy to spray on  my hair and go. This primer comes in a bigger bottle, but I always buy the small one for easy carrying.

Finally, let’s talk about Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil, which I’d been wanting to try for years. So, earlier this year, I picked up one of their smaller bottles to give it go. Obviously, I have a few hair oils that I switch in and out, which is why it too a while to finish this little bottle. However, another reason is because you don’t need much. Like EVA NYC primer, this oil is also a primer, but I mostly used it to seal my hair. This is a very lightweight hair oil, which explains the name – invisible. Plus, this hair oil made my hair feel softer and shiny, which was the cherry on top.

Have you tried any of the products in this EMPTIES post? If so, share with the class.

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IOTW: Parissa At-Home Wax Kit

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Parissa At-Home Wax Kit

Parissa At-Home Wax Kit | STAINED COUTURE

For the past few months, mostly due to conflicting of schedule, I’ve been cancelling my needed wax appointments. Unfortunately, that led me to have to shave or use a hair removal cream. Both options work, but the results are never as smooth as a wax. So, I stumbled across this Parissa at-home wax kit at Ulta and thought it was a sign to take this moustache in my own hands.

After one use, I was sold and even uninstalled the app that I used to book my wax appointments. Keep reading to see why the Parissa Wax Kit has been one of the best purchases I’ve made all year.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 5, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 5, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 5, 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you had a good week and that the first week of November treated you well. Mine was a mix of stress, joy, and productivity! In my November Lust-have list, I mentioned that I have a list of things that I want to check off before the year is out. Thankfully, I was able to scratch one thing off this week and I would’ve loved to scratch a couple of other ones off, too. Unfortunately, I had a hectic work week and helped a family member out with a couple of tasks. So, my sleep has been all over the place, but I’m planning to work on that this week.

I still can’t believe that we are in November, which means Thanksgiving will be here in a couple of weeks. Not to mention, everyone seems to be putting a rush order in for Christmas spirit, but I might be following suit. My BFF and I plan to go do a little window shopping next week to help me get an idea about what type of tree I want. I know me and I know I need to decide ASAP, because I will become overwhelmed with the options and say “nevermind”. Can you tell that I’m a Libra woman or what? lol

This weekend, one of my sister’s and I are going to go find me a wreath, because I never got around to finding one for fall. However, I’m not going to make that same mistake for winter and Christmas. Nope – not on my watch.

Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend and bundle up, if needed. We’ve already had our first freeze warning here in Memphis, but it’s barely November. Yes, that’s making me nervous, but at least it may actually feel like winter this year.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 5, 2021

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LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Well, it’s November and that still feels wrong! It really feels like July was a couple of weeks ago, but it’s about to be a whole new year in less than 2 months. Although it feels weird, I’m ready for the holiday cheer. Like I mentioned before, this year is going to be a redo for last year’s “stress fest” that was my life in December 2020.

To prep myself for the holidays, I’ve decided to dedicate the next 2 weeks to some pre-holiday self-care. However, this self-care involves handling some adult business *coughs “IRS”* and adding some more vibes to my everyday space before tossing Christmas all over the place. Speaking of, after much consideration, I have decided to buy a Christmas tree this year. Ever since I moved out out the house my sister and I shared a few years, I never bought a tree. I usually go to other’s homes to give and open gifts, which made getting a tree seem unnecessary.

However, I want a tree this year because it’s the epicenter of Christmas decorations and I’m excited to decorate. I haven’t decide the color theme or even how tall of a tree I want, but it’s happening. Oh, and it will be artificial, because my life isn’t set up to maintain a real tree. Let me master a fiddle leaf first and then we will talk about a fresh tree in my living room.

I think the list of items on my November Lust-Have List is a perfect blend of cozy, but adult vibes. Check out the details below.

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2021

  • Plus Size Tailored Camel Coat – I need a camel coat, because they are great to dress up or down. Plus, I’m loving the cuffs on this one from ASOS.
  • Dior Red Velvet Lipstick – I can never have too many red lipsticks, but this red velvet finish lipstick from Dior will put me at peak rich auntie mode.
  • Retinol and Dark Spot Treatment – Too many breakouts over the summer left some scars. They’ve been fading, but I would like to give this a try.
  • Plaid Thermal Set – It’s gotten cold already here in Memphis. So, I’m ready to start throwing some thermals on when I get home from work. Old Navy for the win,
  • Happy Face Slippers and Socks – First spotted these slippers on TikTok earlier this year and thought they were cute. Now, I’m obsessed and need them.

 

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