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EMPTIES: February 2021

EMPTIES: February 2021

EMPTIES: February 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

So, yeah, about January 2021 empties. I did empty a few products, but they were mostly products I used up before. Therefore, I didn’t feel the need to post them. However, I have a feeling that I will be buying the one product that I hadn’t shared before and tell you about it. It was a good one!

However, let’s move on to the EMPTIES list for February 2021. As you can see in the photo above, I only used up 2 products. Keep reading to see why I only used up 2 products and my final thoughts on them.

As you may have recalled from my tardy Lust-Have List for this month, February was a bust. Out of the whole month, I think I only wore makeup once or twice and it was probably just brows and mascara. Since I wasn’t wearing makeup and in the middle of a move, I kept my skincare routines minimum. I mostly just used my maskne skincare routine and face oil at night. So, that’s why I only used up 2 products.

First, let’s talk about this Pacifica scalp detox serum. In the winter, I do experience more buildup on my scalp from products and just dry scalp from the cold. I usually use a scalp scrub, but I decided to try this scalp oil as an alternative. I tried to use it every other night, but failed. However, I did use a few times a week when I noticed my scalp had build up. Although I was expecting it to have a little tingling sensation due to the mint, it was very gentle.

In the end, this scalp detox oil could be great when used regularly and help maintain a clean scalp during wash days. I may buy it again, but I’ve become very diligent with making sure I wash my hair properly and cut back on applying products near my scalp. So, I don’t see me rebuying this anytime soon.

Over the last year, I’ve tried a few COSRX products and I’ve been a fan of all of them. The COSRX ABH/BHA clarifying toner is no different, because it came in handy. Initially, I ordered it to help keep my skin clear from the occasional breakouts I experienced. However, I eventually started to use it to help prevent maskne and spray it on my masks before wear. I read that spray a clarifying toner on the inside of your mask will help treat and prevent breakouts from masks. Needless to say, but I was shocked to say that this life hack worked!

I don’t wear face masks that much, because I don’t go anywhere. However, I will definitely buy this toner again when I need another clarifying toner for acne.

Have you tried anything from my February 2021 EMPTIES? Share below!

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LUST-HAVE LIST: March 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: March 2021

LUST-HAVE LIST: March 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy March! My apologies for the tardiness, because I had every intention of posting this last week. However, the days would not ease up on me and I couldn’t keep up. Like they say, ‘”better late than never” and that’s the sword I’m falling on today.

Although I had plenty of hope for February, it was a flappity flop of a mess. So, I’m hoping March can come in here and act right, which it has been so far. Last month, despite it being the shortest month of the year, felt like the longest. Work was bonkers, trying to get some normalcy to my life was a fail, and then there was week of snowstorms right in the middle. Needless to say, I’m not looking back on last month, but I’m so grateful to see this month.

Since I barely survived February with my mental health still in tact, I’m dedicating March to getting right with myself. I’m focusing on things that bring me peace and (temporarily) putting some things to the side while I get me together. I just want to be a better me for me and I have no excuse as to why I can’t. So, that’s what I’m doing this month.

As for the things I’m wanting in this month’s Lust-Have List, they’re mostly things to make me and my new apartment cute and ready and ready for spring. I want everything!

LUST-HAVE LIST: March 2021

  • Good American Easy Denim Shirt – I feel every closet needs a easy denim shirt and this one looks and sounds perfect – even the name.
  • Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Serum – Recently, I started using the toner from this Glow Recipe line, because I love a good hydrating toner. I heard and saw that the toner combined with this serum makes your skin look all dewy and glowy. So, I need to find out for myself.
  • Nespresso Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine – My Keurig didn’t survive my recent move. Devastating, but this coffee maker and espresso machine hybrid would  make me feel so much better.
  • Steve Madden Tan Platform Wide Strap Sandals – A new, cute pair of platform tan sandals is my favorite way to spruce my wardrobe into spring mode. The only con to these is the wait time.
  • Target x Levi’s Aged Cooper Bar Cart – The new Target x Levi’s collection just dropped and I’m in love, especially with this wood and cooper bar cart. So, chic and would look perfect in my new apartment. I wish I could see it in-store first, but I really want to buy it today.
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LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 12, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 12, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 12, 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? Hopefully great and not as stressful as mine. This is my final Friday in the apartment that I’ve regretted moving to 2 years ago. A month after a I moved in there, my world started to turn upside down. Just as I was about to start getting settled in and buying new furniture – I was laid off from my job. That definitely wasn’t the ideal time to start buying new sectionals and electronics. So, I was never able to make that place into a home and decided that I wouldn’t sign my lease the following February.

Well, as February 2020 was approaching, so was the pandemic. Therefore, I decided to buckle in and sign another 1 year lease, but that was it. Now, one year later, I’m days away from moving into my new and newly renovated apartment. Of course, the process of moving is stressful and expensive, but it’s going to be so worth it.

This week, I secured a mover company and scheduled for  my utilities to be switched over. Now, all I have to do is update my renter’s insurance, do final walk through, and sign my lease. Oh, one more thing I need to so – start packing! I haven’t attempted to pack not one box. Luckily, I don’t have much to pack and have plenty of boxes. I just need to do it, which I will begin this weekend. Actually, I have no other choice but to do it this weekend, because I move on Wednesday. Okay, let me get on, because just thinking about having to all this in less than 5 days is giving me mad anxiety.

Here’s to a peaceful weekend and please enjoy this week’s Link-End Round-Up reads. OMG! It’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday!

LINK-END ROUND-UP- February 12, 2021

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 5, 2021

LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 5, 2021

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

Happy Friday! So, how did the first week of February treat you? Well, I spent most of the week trying to fight off a cold and I think I won. Of course, when you tell people that you are feeling a little under the weather, the first thought it Covid-19. However, I was confident that it was due to the the flip flopping weather and being caught in the rain last weekend. Thankfully, with the help of hot tea and Theraflu, I was able to fight it off.

As for this weekend, a have to work on tomorrow, but it’s also Superbowl Sunday! It definitely doesn’t feel like Superbowl Sunday weekend due to the pandemic. However, I can’t stress this enought – don’t go to any Superbowl parties! It’s not worth, because it’s just the Buccaneers and Chiefs playing ;/. I could less about who wins. Personally, I plan to finally start packing up my stuff that I don’t see me needing in the couple of weeks. So, it will mostly be books, some dishes, and clothes not in season. FYI, I’m not looking forward to this, but it as to be done.

Have a great weekend and don’t be out hitting up Superbowl parties; we’re in a pandemic.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: February 5, 2021

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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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