LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 8, 2019

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

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 8, 2019 | STAINED COUTURE

Hey, Friday! Girl, what took you so long to show up? Anyway, glad you’re here. This week has been long and I’m starting to feel a little under the weather, which is usually a clear indication that the holiday season is upon.

Ugh. The holiday season – I’m not sure if I’m ready. I’ve started to figured out my budget for the year and narrow down everyone on my list. This may be the first year that I have and stick to a very tight budget. However, I’m going to start on my gift guides next, which I’m excited about this year. I’m going to focus on a few niche guides, instead of the typical ones – it’s going to fun.

Therefore, I’m going lock myself up with some wi-fi and black coffee to get them knocked out. In the meantime, please grab a cup of tea to prevent a cold with a splash of lemon and honey and enjoy this week’s link-end round-up.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 8, 2019

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LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2019

Stained Couture’s monthly series, Lust-Have List, features items I’m wanting this month.

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2019 | STAINED COUTURE

Hey, November! How’s your November been going so far? Mine has been hectic, but good. This weekend was amazing, which caused me to not get much done. I haven’t washed my hair in over a week, which I’m going to do as soon as I publish this post. Also, I didn’t get to finish all my laundry or wash my makeup brushes, but I will tackle all these things before I go to bed. Not to mention, the daylight savings has thrown me off. Some people got an extra hour of sleep, but the rest of us got up and hour earlier than usual.

This month, I’m trying to cut back on my spending in order to save for holiday spending and next year. So, I’m still working on not spending too much and being mindful with my spending. Keep reading to get the details on what items I’m lusting after this month.

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2019

  • Tinted Face Oil Foundation – The weather is getting colder and drier. My skin is usually more normal/combination in the colder months, but not this year. My skin, especially when using mineral foundation powder, has been looking might dry. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this tinted face oil from Kosas from people with dry skin. So, I really want to give this a whirl around my face.
  • Black Block-Heel Booties – My ankles and weak leg muscles are so glad that block heels are still going strong. I realize that I still haven’t gotten a simple, all black pair of ankle boots for fall and winter. I love this pair, because they will go with everything AND they are currently on sale.
  • Convertible Hobo Bag – I ready to venture off from my daily black or brown tote or satchel. I love the cool factor this Botkier bag – from the slate grey color to the interesting design. You can convert it to a shoulder bag, but I love the satchel look.
  • Warm Cotton Fragrance – This past weekend, I picked up the travel version of this scent and I’m in love! It smells like fresh laundry that was washed in Gain – I love the scent of Gain. So, I need the larger bottle.
  • Engravable Lock Pendant – Although I’m trying to collect minimalist gold jewelry, I love the look of this lock pendant from Bauble Bar. It’s the perfect mixture of minimalist jewelry with a little edge. PLUS, you can get it engraved.
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IOTW: Maui Moisture Fortifying Hair Mask

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product I’m currently loving. This week: Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore Fortifying Hair Mask

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Maui Moisture Fortifying Hair Mask | STAINED COUTURE

Currently, I’m in limbo with what I want to do with my hair – lighter or natural dark brown. At this moment, I want to go lighter again, but I know my hair is not ready. Therefore, I’v been trying to take extra care of my hair, which includes weekly deep conditioning. Every couple of months, I switch my between different hair masks. Recently, I’ve been using and loving Maui Moisture’s Thicken & Restore Bamboo Fibers Fortifying Hair Mask. Keep reading to see why this is my Item of the Week.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 25, 2019

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

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 25, 2019 | STAINED COUTURE

Hey, Friday! I’ve missed you, friend. Glad you’re back!

It felt like last week went by so fast, but this week was the complete opposite. At work alone, there we dealt with so many obstacles. A tornado touched down last Sunday night and knocked power out throughout the area. So, we had to move work to my bosses’ house, which delayed my usual daily work routine. Also, the makeup artist for a photo shoot cancelled at the last minute (20 minutes before). So, I had to be promoted from shoot assistant to makeup artist, which is the last thing I thought I thought I would have to do that day. All of this happened on Monday alone.

Yesterday morning, I woke up with feeling slightly queasy, but still went to work. Around lunchtime, I had to leave for the day, because I felt a storm brewing and spent the rest of the day going through it. I’m pretty sure I got food poisoning from some sushi I bought at a local healthy grocery chain. Laytee – 0 Supermarket sushi – 1

So, I’m at home today to rest my body with water, Gatorade, and lounging in bed. It’s raining today and tomorrow, which means it’s going to be a lazy weekend for me. Here’s to a relaxing weekend and enjoy this week’s Link-End Round-Up.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 25, 2019

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Best Nail Polish You Probably Overlook

Since I was three, I’ve been obsessed with nail polishes. This is probably due to the fact that it was the only “makeup” my parents would let me wear as child. So, I’ve been obsessed with beauty products for a while, but let me digress. Nail polish and nail care products have always been my jam. Even when I was an avid nail biter until about 10 years ago, I would bite through perfectly polish and smooth nails. Needless to say, over the years, I’ve used a lot of nail polish brands – cheap and Chanel. However, there is one brand of nail polish that is my favorite and would like to own in every shade they offer. The brand behind the best nail polish I’ve ever used is Urban Outfitters.

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Urban Outfitters is mostly known more for their trendy clothes and accessories for late teens to millennials. However, they also have a decent beauty collection of popular and indie brands. Back to the nail polish – they are amazing!

The first reason that I love their polishes is that they are very opaque and true to color. It only takes 1-2 coats to get the exact shade and this even includes the neon shades. If you have tried to paint your nails with a neon polish, you know it can be a headache. You will either need to apply 4-5 coats or apply 2-3 shades on a white base, which is time consuming and can look sloppy. Somehow, Urban Outfitters has created neon nail polishes that don’t require multiple layers or a white polish as base to get popping neon nails.

Another thing I love about Urban Outfitters’ nail polishes is the wide range of shades and effects. Although I only have solid colors, they also have polishes with glitter and holographic effects. I want to try those, too.

The final thing I love about the Urban Outfitters polishes is that they are pretty affordable. They’re usually $5 a pop or 3 for $10 – I always try to get the 3/$10. Currently, I only have 6 shades and I’ve tried about 10 different shade, but I plan to try many more.

Have you tried Urban Outfitters nail polishes – are they the best nail polish or one of the best? Share below!

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