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LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 30, 2018

Stained Couture’s weekly series, Link-End Round-Up, features interesting reads I read from around the internet this week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP March 30, 2018

Wow, this is the last LERU for March 2018. Time sure does fly when you’re too busy to remember what day it is. This week, actually all month, has been hectic. However, it’s finally coming to a halt. Yesterday, after weeks of daily stress and doing overtime on the weekend, I finished the project for work. UGH!! That was me releasing the biggest sigh you can imagine. I got through it!

It’s Easter weekend, which means I’ll be going to church tonight, tomorrow and Sunday morning. Unfortunately, I still haven’t even figured out what I’m wearing. I leaning toward a wearing a floral dress for Easter and there are a few that I have my eye on. However, if I don’t find one, I have a couple of option already in my closet. Honestly, I don’t need to buy a new dress anyway, because I’ve been trying to be more mindful of my spending. Improving my financial skills is always a constant work in progress, but I’m getting better each quarter.

I plan to take a couple of days off next week, because I have some self-care. On Tuesday, I have a hair appointment to start the process of going lighter. I’ve been toying with going lighter with my hair for a couple of years now, but chickened out. However, I’m ready now and just in time for spring and super excited.

Here’s to Good Friday, a blessed weekend, and see ya next week!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 30, 2018

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ITEM OF THE WEEK: Beyond Perfecting Foundation

A few weeks ago, I an out of the foundation I was using and used it as a good excuse to try a new foundation. During the same Ultra trip when I bought that detoxifying scrub stick, I purchased this Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. Clinique will always hold a place in my heart, but it was the first “big girl” brand that I used. However, I currently don’t have that many products from Clinique and haven’t used a foundation from them in years.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Since I was in the market for a new foundation and Clinique is a brand that my skin loves, I decided to give this foundation a try. After using it practically everyday for the past few weeks, I think it’s definitely worthy of being this week’s Item Of The Week.

When it comes to my ideal foundation formula, I prefer full coverage foundations. The main reason I prefer full-coverage is to help cover my hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and old acne scars. However, I only apply full coverage to that area and blend out the edges. Another good use of high coverage foundations is to use them as a concealer on days when you need little coverage. Needless to say, this foundation is designed to serve both of those purposes.

The formula of this foundation is full coverage, but blendable. Also, or it to be a full coverage foundation, it’s very easy to use and blend. It doesn’t “settle” to fast to allow you blend it out or not. Also, I can’t not mention the applicator, which is a jumbo doe foot applicator. The doe foot helps you apply the foundation without having to use your hands. Also, you can apply the foundation to target area or to conceal.

The only flaw you might find wit this foundation is the lack of many color selections for deeper tones. Other than that, this foundation is worth trying for under $30.

Have you tried Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer? Thoughts?

 

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LINK-END ROUND: March 23, 2018

Stained Couture’s weekly series, Link-End Round-Up, features interesting reads I read from around the internet this week.

Link-End Round-Up March 23, 2018

I’m in such a good mood right now! Maybe it’s because it’s finally spring and the weather is slightly attempting to warm up despite the some areas dealing with snowstorms. Sorry if the latter is your current situation. Since last weekend was super hectic for me and this work week wasn’t much better. So, this weekend, ya’ girl is laying low. My sleep is still a little off, I’ve been  oversleeping more than I would like, and my productivity has been low. So, I got to get this together and will work on this weekend, even if that means just frolicking around my house doing nothing.

There is one thing I would really like to do this weekend is find a new plant. The only plant that I’ve had for the past couple of years died after I didn’t bring it in the house once the weather got cold. So, weather permitting, I’m going drag myself to the garden section of some store with tools and look for new low-maintenance plant. Ideally, I would like to live in a home full of plants, but I don’t have time for that dedication.

As usual, I hope you all have an amazing weekend and try to embrace little moments of happiness. Whenever I’m having a bad moment, I crack open my memory bank to recall a small moment that made me smile. I had to break out a lot of past happy moments these past few weeks. Life is a roller coaster ride, indeed.

In the meantime, enjoy this week’s Link-End Round-Up!

LINK-END ROUND: March 23, 2018

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ITEM OF THE WEEK: Radiance Renewal Cream

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product we’re currently loving. This week: Gold Bond Radiance Renewal Cream Oil.

Item of the week Gold Bond Radiance Renewal Cream Oil

Although tomorrow is the official first day of spring, the cold and winter weather has been lingering around. Although the cold hasn’t been that consistent, it still creeps in a couple of times a week. So, I was having a hard time finding a good moisturizer that I was creamy enough for cold days, but not too heavy for warmer days. Thankfully, the skincare gods were looking out for me. Case in point; inserting this new Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal Cream Oil into my life.

This moisturizer has been rocking my world for weeks and is well deserving of being this week’s Item of the Week! Keep reading to see why.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 16, 2018

Stained Couture’s weekly series, Link-End Round-Up, features interesting reads I read from around the internet this week.

Link-End Round-Up: March 16, 2018

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, but it’s been a long week, sis. Work has been overwhelming and I can’t recall when I’m coming or going. Not to mention, I’ve come into the office the past two weekends in a row to make headway with these never-ending projects. Well, I’m not coming in this weekend. Actually, other than going to church, I plan to stay at home and catch up on some rest, TV, books, and any other of my favorite lazy day activities.

Actually, I just really need to meditate, drink some more water, and rest my mind. I try to be an advocate for self-care and one of the best ways to partake in self-care is to rest. Unfortunately, I haven’t been doing that and it’s very unlike me. So, this weekend, I’m not going to think about the office, my desk or my inbox full of other people’s concerns. It can and will wait until Monday.

In the meantime, take some time this weekend to relax and regroup, because spring is only a few days away. #Finally

LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 16, 2018

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