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EMPTIES: August 2021

EMPTIES: August 2021


Wait. Is this me actually posting my empties from the previous month before the end of the month? Wow. This feels exciting and weird, but here we are. So, in case you missed it, I didn’t post an EMPTIES: Jul2 2021 post, because I didn’t use up any products in July. Actual, I barely used up any products in August.

However, I did empty up a few products that I believe are worthy of sharing and giving a final review. So, keep reading to see if there were any winners in this batch of empties from August.

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EMPTIES: April 2021

EMPTIES: April 2021


Last month, I did better at using up products- way better. Not to mention, it was another month that I used up nothing but bangers. Does “bangers” apply to this? Maybe, but they were still all winners. SPOILER ALERT: I would/will buy all these products again. Keep reading to see why.

First, let’s start with Pattern Beauty styling cream. As much as I wanted to like every item I’ve tried from Pattern Beauty, that have been very hit and miss. The misses aren’t bad, but just not for me. However, those hits HIT! This styling cream hits, because both my straight and curly hair loves it. Trust me, it can be hard to find styling products that work for natural hair when it’s straight or curly.

This styling cream is very moisturizing, but it doesn’t just lay on my straighten hair – it absorbs it – and doesn’t cause it wave or curl up. When I apply the styling cream on my curly hair, it moisturizes and defines my curls while keeping them soft. Also, it’s so rich that a little goes a long way, which I love when products can do that. This jar was the travel size and it took me a few months to use up, because I only needed a dime-size for my thick shoulder length hair. Love this stuff!

The next product I used up was another Olaplex product, the No 3 Hair Perfector. I can honestly say that switching to using Olaplex was one of the best decisions I ever did to help my hair. Every time I wash my hair, I’m using some Olaplex products. Out of all of their products, the No 3 Hair Perfector is one of the products that everyone who has colored and/or damaged hair needs. You apply this to damp, towel dry hair before shampooing your hair. This helps to strengthen and bond your hair and the results are immediate. After one use, you will definitely see and feel that your hair is stronger and softer. Olaplex is so worth the money, sweetie!

I will admit that I’m one of those people that have been influenced to try products from Tik Tok. One of said products was Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore Tight Toner. Yeah, that’s a very lengthy name, but it’s so good. This helps exfoliate the skin to make the minimize the appearance of pores while hydrating the skin to make it all soft and glowy. Plus, I live for a hydrating toner, but the exfoliating was the cherry on top. Actually, the cherry on top is that it’s gently enough to use everyday – morning and night.

Finally and I do mean finally, I was able to use up It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging concealer. Like Pattern Beauty, I’ve experienced some hits and misses with It Cosmetics, which usually derived from their lack of color options for some of their products. However, they have improved their ranges over time, which I appreciate. As for this concealer, it’s legit! It’s full-coverage and hydrating, which is why it’s good if you have dry under eyes from natural aging. Also, since it is full-coverage, you only need a little at a time. Hence, I’ve had this concealer so long that that words have faded off and it now comes in different packaging. :/

Have you tried any products from this round of my empties?

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Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2021: In My Cart

A few days ago, the Sephora VIB sale started where Rouge members can get up to 20% off their order. Unfortunately, I’m not a Rouge member, but I am a VIB. So, I had to wait until yesterday to start filling up my cart to get 15% things I’ve been eyeing. Although I’m pretty confident that I won’t be getting all the items currently in there, but I feel like I need everything in there.

Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2021 | STAINED COUTURE

Before I trim the fabulous fat of luxe skincare, take a glance at what’s in there now.

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IOTW: Morphe Filter Effect Soft Focus Foundation

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Morphe Filter Effect Soft Focus Foundation

ITEM OF THE WEEL: Morphe Filter Effect Foundation | STAINED COUTURE

At times, I feel that I will never find that one foundation that I can and will use the for the rest of my life. However, over the past few years, I’ve found some really good ones that have in rotation. The latest edition to the rotation is Morphe’s newest foundation – Filter Effect foundation. Keep reading to see why I decided to try it why I’ve been loving it.

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IOTW: ABH Liquid Eyeliner

Item of the Week: ABH Liquid Eyeliner

Item of the Week: ABH Liquid Eyeliner | STAINED COUTURE

Liquid eyeliner is my favorite eye product – no debate. Unfortunately, ever since I can’t seem to find my beloved L’oreal liquid liner, it’s been hard trying a replacement. There have been some hits here and there, but no real competition. However, I think I found a real contender in the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid liner. It’s the only liquid liner that I’ve been using for months and it hasn’t let me down at all. Keep reading to see why I’m all in with this ABH liquid liner.

First, let’s start with the pigment – she is pigmented. It’s been said that liquid liner isn’t ideal for older eyes. Well, for one, my eyes don’t really show my age. For two, I don’t care, because a good pigmented liquid liner makes my eyes pop. The black is the perfect dark, but not too dark liner. Too dark of a liner can look harsh on you, which no body wants.

As for the longevity through the day? Oh, she stays in place all day! This liquid liner is water-resistant and didn’t even budge during a mini breakdown, because FedEx put one of my deliveries on the wrong truck. So, yeah, this liner stays put all day and removes easily with a gentle oil cleanser.

I love the felt tip on the liner, because it helps the liner glide on easily and precisely.

My eyes are very sensitive, especially my left eye. However, I’ve yet to experience any irritation when wearing it. So, that sealed the deal that I will be buying this liquid eyeliner for many years to come.

You can find the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid liner at more ABH retailers and retails for $18.

Have you tried the ABH liquid eyeliner? If so, thoughts?

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