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EMPTIES: October 2022

EMPTIES: October 2022

EMPTIES: October 2022 | STAINED COUTURE

October felt really long, which I think helped me used up a lot of products. Of course, that doesn’t make sense, but I still used up a nice amount of products. So, please keep reading to see which products I emptied out last month.

First up, I have to start with this bottle of Donna Karen Cashmere Mist, which I scored on sale back during the pandemic. Back in mid-to-late 2020, I found some really good deals, including this bottle which I paid about $20. Nice. However, the price wasn’t the only reason I got – this is one of my favorite winter scents. Cashmere Mist is a warm fragrance that has floral, jasmine and vanilla notes. Plus, it was one of my mom’s favorite scents, which also makes me think I will buy this again.

Honestly, I can’t say enough about how Olaplex has really helped my hair over the past couple of years. In the past, I didn’t consistently used it, but I would notice some good changes. However, this past summer and early fall, I was using it at least once a week – mostly twice. The combination of washing my hair twice a week with Olaplex definitely helped my color-treated hair grow. Even my co-worker pointed it out to me. I’m an Olaplex girl now and I’ve already bought and started using a new set of Olaplex shampoo and conditioner. Not to mention, the Olaplex hair oil is superior, too.

The next item is Bliss Makeup Melt, which I did buy as a quick fix. I usually use the Dermaflage Makeup remover, which is an oil cleaser. Although I tend to prefer oil cleansers, I did enjoy this cleansing melt. It has a jelly texture and did do a pretty good job melting and removing makeup.  My waterproof mascara gave it a hard time, but it still did a decent job. What I didn’t like was having to remove it, because it didn’t easily rinse off. I had to actually use a face wash to make me feel like it was removed. Still, I would buy it again…IF there wasn’t an oil cleanser available.

I’d been wanting to try some scents from Mix Bar, which is only found at Target. On an impulse, I picked up the Sparkling Hibiscus body and hair mist on initial sniff. The scent was floral, but juicy thanks the mixing of hibiscus and bergamont. I use body sprays like they are meant to be worn – on your skin. I sprayed it on as soon as I hop out the shower, which means I didn’t smell it. However, I did love the scent enough that I will probably buy the perfume version next summer.

Another beauty brand exclusive to Target is Jozi Curls, which caters to all different types of curly hair. I picked up a couple of their products to give it a try, which included their Jozi Curl Refresher spray. Jozi Curls is a clean brand that’s vegan and sustainable. Honestly, the refresher spray was alright and pretty similar to most curl refreshers. I tried to use it as a detangler, which was nice since it helps smooth the hair as well. Unfotunately, I don’t think I’ll buy this again.

The COSRX Snail Mucin moisturizer is too good! The perfect daily moisturizer that helps soften skin and keeps it glowing. So, obviously, I will be buying this again!

The last 2 products are eye products – a newbie and throwback. I’m a liquid eyeliner girl and I’d been wanting to try the Benefit Roller Liquid Liner. I got the mini option to give a test run, which I’m glad I did. Although this liner claims to be waterproof – it wasn’t. It started to smudge within an hour. So disappointing!

Next up is an oldie that I hadn’t bought in years, but glad I picked it up a few months ago. This Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser concealer had late 20s and early 30s me in a chokehold. When bright undereyes and “baking” became a thing, this was my go-to concealer. Thankfully, it’s still really good and I will buy it again.

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LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2022

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2022

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2022 | STAINED COUTURE

It’s seriously already November! It’s apparently also Christmas time as well since so many people have decided to break out their Christmas trees and decorations. I can’t lie, I’ve been thinking about dragging mine out of storage and getting started. I might pull the boxes out this weekend, but putting it up is a couple of weeks away for me.

Despite me not being super ready to put up my decorations; I am starting to plan my shopping lists. Ideally, I would like to keep my list short and only 1-2 gifts per person. However, I know that’s a dream, but I’m trying. Ugh…I can’t believe I’m already talking about Christmas and stations are already playing Christmas music. Insane, but when in Rome.*shrug*

For the past month or so, I’ve been feeling very blah in my style. So, I’m ready to turn it up a smidge and look like I care, if that makes sense. I need to work on my personal vine and aesthetic, which you may be able to tell in this month’s Lust-Have List.

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2022

  • Plus Size Plaid Skirt – I’ve visualizing so many outfits for fall around a plaid skirt and this one is perfect. It also has an elastic waist; great for carb filled holiday feasts.
  • Vintage Philadelphia Eagles Sweatshirt – The Philadelphia Eagles are my team and are having an amazing season. So, I need this vintge shirt to represent.
  • Classic Slouchy Socks – Slouchy socks over leggings was my favorite outfit in junior high and they are back in style. This pack of all black ones will work instead of the white ones from junior high.
  • The Ordinary Matrixyl Serum – I’m starting to notice some fine lines around my mouth. So, I’m eyeing this new serum to see if it can help me not look too close to my age.
  • Copper Color Depositing Conditioner – I love a good color depositing conditioner and this new one from Biolage comes in the perfect copper option for my hair. I have to try it!
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EMPTIES: September 2022

EMPTIES: September 2022

EMPTIES: September 2022 | STAINED COUTURE

Last month, I used up a nice amount of products – not too much. So keep reading to see my takeaway of each item.

First up is CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, which has become my go-to morning cleanser. It’s gentle, hydrating and doesn’t make my skin feel stripped and dry. I do switch up cleansers based on the condition of my skin. However, I will/have bought this again, because it’s a staple cleanser to have in your regimen.

I randomly bought this Matrix Biolage Styling Jelly a couple of years ago and just got around to using it up. This is one of those products that you forget you have but try it and remember that you love it. This is one of the few styling gels that defined my curls, but also made them soft and bouncy.

A couple of months ago, Trader Joe’s released a sunscreen that the internet claimed was a dupe for SuperGoop! Unscreen and they were not lying. Just like Unscreen, this sunscreen is oil-free, frangrance-free, and water and sweat resistant. Plus, it was less than $10. The only bad thing is that it pretty much sold out and I haven’t been able to find it at my TJ since – I look everytime. Nexty time I see, I’m buying as many as possible. Until, I will have to reply on my other favorite sunscreens.

When I first started working at Dermaflage, I would always add a mixing medium to the foundation powder. I just assumed that there was no way that a foudation powder could provide me the same coverage as liquid. However, I was so wrong, because this foundation powder is full-coverage and water and sweat proof. Also, is has SPF, which makes it my go-to lazy girl foundation. I just used up the shade Medium Cool, which helped tone down my tanned skin. I’m using Bronze Medium now to warm up my cool weather skin.

Finally, I ued up these travel size bottles of Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special shampoo and conditioner. I used these to help cleanse and clarify of build-up after wearing my hair curly. I apply way more products to my hair when it’s curly than when it’s straight. They did a great job of cleansing my hair and scalp. So, I would buy these again.

Have you tried any items from this month’s EMPTIES? Share below!

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Skin Cycling: What Is It?

One of my favorite hobbies is learning about new skincare products and techniques. One technique I recently learned about is skin cycling, which I learned about on TikTok. Over the past couple of years, TikTok has become my go-to social media app. When I initially joined back in Spring 2020, it was a fun outlet to get some good laughs while we attempted to wait out Covid-19. Well, we’re still waiting it out, but it has become a mini learning platform.

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Back to skin cycling. So, what is skin cycling? Keep reading to find out.

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What’s In My Sephora Cart

September is my birthday month! Yes, I am one of those people that live for collecting all my free birthday gifts from stores that offer. One store’s birthday gift that I’m always looking forward to is Sephora. I love that they have deluxe samples of best sellers and options! I love options! Although I’m not which Sephora birthday gift 2022 I want, there are some items in my Sephora Cart waiting on me.

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Keep reading to see what items are currently in my Sephora shopping cart, which I’m planning to purchase as a gift to me!

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