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.


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.

Best Nail Polish | STAINED COUTURE

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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IOTW: Dry Scalp Cream from Head & Shoulders

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product I’m currently loving. This week: Dry Scalp Cream from Head & Shoulders


For the last couple of years, I’ve been having to deal with dry, flaky scalp. However, depending on the time of the years depends on what causes it. In the summer, it’s usually due to product buildup – curly hair products can be very heavy. During the fall and winter, the dip in temperatures tends to dry my skin and scalp.

I usually try to combat my dry scalp by oiling my scalp, but some oils can be heavy. Recently, I decided to try a new product aimed to moisturize dry and itchy scalp. A few months ago, I heard that Head and Shoulders finally had a line dedicated to natural, textured hair. One of the items in the line is the Royal Oil Daily Moisture Scalp Cream. In the colder months, my scalp gets drier and flakier. So, this product immediately caught my attention.

Head & Shoulders is known for hair care products for dandruff and this line is no different. Formulated with Pyrithione Zinc, this scalp cream is hydrating way to treat dandfruff without having to wash your hair.

What I enjoy about this cream is the texture. Despite it being a cream, it’s very light and melts into my scalp. Also, it feels very soothing and instantly moisturizing. The directions call for you to apply this up to 4 times a day. However, I mainly apply it at night, as part of  my nightly hair routine. Applying it at night has helped me not have to wake to a flaky hairline.

The only downside I have with this scalp cream is when my hair is straighten, it causes it to curl up. I combat that by smoothing my hair down afterwards with a brush and scarf. #BlackGirlMagic

I will say that this cream has made me want to try other products from Head & Shoulders Royal Oils line. You can find this scalp cream and other items from this line at most retailers that carry Head & Shoulders products, including Target and Walgreens.

Do you need to be shopping for dry scalp cream this winter? Share below.


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LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 18, 2019

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


Whaddup, Friday! Can’t lie. This post almost didn’t happen, but I’ve been trying to challenge myself more. Sometimes, we have a tendency to think and act as if we don’t have enough time to get things done. About 10 years ago, I used to be that person. Then,I realized that I had plenty of time to get things done – becoming a student of life, taking better care of myself, and nurturing relationships. However, after my mom passed away 5 years ago, I fell off – HARD!

Eventually, I started to get back on and track and got rid of some toxic habits and people in the process. Although I didn’t get completely back on track, it was consistent and healthy. Now, I’m ready for more – time to be progressive. I signed up for a gym last month, but didn’t go get my pass until this past Monday. Also, I instantly signed up for the orientation for 7AM this morning. I actually went and I signed up for a couple of other classes – I’m a little excited to get this gym life rolling again. It’s been so long since I’ve been in the gym, but I’m ready.

I’m just feeling very optimistic and I’m not sure why this week’s Link-End Round-Up turned into a mini motivational recap. Yet, here we are and so is this week’s Link-End Round-Up. Enjoy!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 18, 2019

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Fall Beauty Wishlist 2019

When it comes to beauty products, I tend to want and use more makeup in the fall and winter. I mean, I still want all the skincare products, but also some moody shades of makeup. So, my fall beauty wishlist for 2019 is small, but are essentials for me this season.

Fall Beauty Wishlist 2019 | STAINED COUTURE

Keep reading to get the deets on what I’m wanting this season and why.

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