IOTW: Dr. PawPaw Lip Sugar Scrub and Balm Duo

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Dr. PawPaw Lip Sugar Scrub and Balm Duo


With our new norm of having to wear a mask everywhere, it’s starting to take a toll on our skin. I’m sure pretty sure the word of the year for skincare and beauty community is “maskne” – acne caused by wearing a face mask. I just got my first taste of maskne a couple of weeks ago, because I hadn’t washed my face mask. Luckily, my face has mostly cleared up and I now know the importance of making sure your face masks is clean.

Other than causing my skin to flare up, masks has caused my lips to get dry. My lips were getting extremely dry and I was trying every product to get them back in smooth and not flaky. After a while, I realized that I needed to find something that worked and use it consistently. That’s when I took a chance on Dr. PawPaw lip sugar scrub and lip balm duo. This is the product that finally got my lips to stop being dry and cracked.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 21, 2020

Link-End Round-Up: August 21, 2020


I needed to take a quick breather the past week, because self-care is important. I know when most people hear “self-care”, they think of spa dates and sipping wine while binge watching new shows from the 90s Netflix. Now, those can be examples of self-care, but sometimes self-care involves you trying process how to manage your everyday life. Unfortunately, there are so many distractions that can prevent that from happening.

Recently, I’ve been focusing on how to avoid stressing out and rebuilding my faith in life. For the most part, I’m that person that doesn’t stress too long on much. I usually give myself a day to process it and come up with a solution or understanding. Unfortunately, it’s been taking longer than a day, as of recent. These “moments” are starting to linger longer than usual, which I’m not familiar with dealing with for this amount of time.

Thankfully, I’ve been getting through every obstacle that has occasionally popped up this year. However, the main thing that has helped is knowing that there are others going through a lot more than me. Knowing that helps humble me and dig out whatever mini hole of stress I might fall in. I’m honing in on things that I’m grateful for and will continue to do so.

Here’s to surviving another week and weekend of rest.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 21, 2020

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3 Favorite Ways to De-stress At Work

Like most of people, this has been an unprecedented year, which has forced us to focus more on our mental health. However, I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones whose everyday life hasn’t changed that much. This also includes my emotions, how to acknowledge what am I feeling, and how to deal with them. Still, there are times when I feel so stressed and overwhelmed that I don’t know what to do. This has happened a couple of times while at work, which forced me to figure out how to de-stress at work.

Quick Ways to De-Stress at Work | STAINED COUTURE

Thankfully, I rarely experience these issues, but I have 3 go-to techniques that help me out. Not only do they work, but they are so easy to add to everyday life, if needed. Keep reading to see what I do when I need to quickly de-stress at work.

A couple of months ago, my boss had meditation style music playing while he worked. It sounded so calming. A few weeks after that, I felt like I was going to have a mental breakdown. My mind couldn’t focus, my anxiety was on X-games mode, and by 11 am I was preparing to leave early. However, I too much work to do and didn’t want to use up a half day before trying all I could. That’s when I remembered the zen vibes of my boss’ office music that day. Luckily, I was able to find a meditation playlist on Tidal and let it play quietly in the back for the rest of the day. I was the only one in the office, but it helped me calm down within minutes. Not only was I able to finish my work day, but finish some projects without loosing my mind

A few years ago, I learned about how micromanaging some thing in your life can benefit you. I was fascinated to learn that based on my sleep pattern, especially regarding my coffee intake.¬† Since I tend to naturally wake up between 4-5 am everyday, it was best for me to have coffee at 9 am and 3 pm. This information was a game-changer. It was best for me to have my first coffee at 9am, because I would’ve been for about 5 hours and I would need a quick charge. Since I have to be at work at 9, I either pick up a cup on the way or brew me a cup when I get in. It helps to jumps start my work day, which I appreciate.

However, my 3 pm cup of coffee is my favorite and I look forward to it everyday at work. My morning coffee usually has a little cream and a couple pumps of flavor. Personally, I prefer my afternoon coffee to be black – no cream or sugar. It helps give me that final push to knock out the last couple of hours of work.

Finally, a quick 15 minutes outside some Vitamin D gives energy and helps to clear your mind. Every time it rains or there is a little breeze going, I try to grab me a few minutes.

What’s one thing you do to help you de-stress at work? Share below.

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Fall 2020 Style Inspo

My favorite season is Fall, which I tell people as much as possible. I love almost everything about fall – chilly weather, warm beverages, and my birthday. However, I feel like the thing I enjoy most about fall is the style – fashion and home. Fall style is so effortless chic to me, which is the aesthetic I wish I could nail. Even though it’s not technically fall, I’m still not prepared for the Fall 2020 style vibes.

It has been irking me, because I see all the cute cozy clothes starting to come out. Plus, the perfect pair of boots and lightweight jackets, but I don’t feel the giddy feelings I usually feel around this time. So, I’ve decided to share a bunch of Fall 2020 style inspiration to hopefully get me – US – into the swing of things.

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IOTW: Elta MD Tinted Sunscreen

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to never forget your sunscreen. Over the past few years, I’ve become that person that never leaves the house without sunscreen. Matter of fact, I keep a tube in my car for my hands to reapply to my face, if needed. Personally, I feel like most sunscreens are the same, as long as they are 35+ or better. My go-to sunscreen has been one from Neutrogena and it has been holding me down for years. However, I recently ran out of my sunscreen and decide it was a good time to try a new sunscreen – a tinted sunscreen. The one that was at the top of my list was Elta MD Tinted Sunscreen.


Most of the skin care addicts and professionals I follow on social media have mentioned and/or raved about this Elta MD sunscreen before. Therefore, I knew at some point that I was going to have to buy this. The opportunity presented itself when I went for a facial a couple of weeks ago. Luckily, I ran out of my Neutrogena sunscreen the next day and was able to start using this one ASAP. I’ve been using it every day since I got it and it was definitely worth the wait. Keep reading to see why I think this probably going to be my favorite tinted sunscreen for life.

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