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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2022: For Him

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2022: For Him

STAINED COUTURE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES 2022

I don’t know about you, but men are the hardest people I have to shop for each year. Unless they tell me what they want, I draw a blank. However, I’ve gotten a little better over the years and can narrow a down a couple of options for most men. So, I decide to start this year’s gift guides with the fellas this year, but some of these gifts are very universally pleasing, in my opinion. Keep reading to see if you see some options for people on your list.

SC Gift Guide 2022 for him

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2022: For Him

  • Beard Kit – Men with beards need and love a good kit for their beard. This one has everything they need and then some to keep their beards looking and smelling nice.
  • Hooded Flannel Shirt Jacket – This hooded shirt jacket looks chic, rugged, and cozy. Forget the hoodies, ladies we should start “borrowing” these. So, get your boo (and you) one this year.
  • Ascot Slippers – A nice pair fur lined slippers are an eaasy win. These are cozy and versatile to wear inside and outside.
  • Precision Screwdriver Set – A good screwdriver set with over 100 different bits can be ideal to use for working around the house or hobbies such as rebuilding computers or game consoles.
  • Leather Card Case – A slim, well made leather card case is perfect for any man. This is especially great for men who don’t like bulky wallets and live by Apple Pay.
  • Marvel Pinball Machine – A retro style pinball machine will seems like a great gift for the man of the house and the rest of the family.
  • Jack Black Clean Team Set – A good smelling gift set makes the perfect gift for dads and brothers. I’m getting this set for my brother this year, because he loves smelling good.

 

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LUST-HAVE LIST: December 2022

LUST-HAVE LIST: December 2022

LUST-HAVE LIST: December 2022 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Holidays! It’s the last month of 2022 and I’m ready to wrap it up! LOL Nothing bad or detrimental has happened this year, but I just love the fresh start of a new year.

As for this month, I’m actually feeling a little more festive this year than past years. I even put my tree up this past weekend and planning to buy some decorations this weekend. As usual, this month’s Lust-Have List is basically my Christmas wishlist and I’m going to try to get them all. Yes, even if I have to dig in my wallet, too.

Keep reading to see the items that I’m wanting this month and year for Christmas!

LUST-HAVE LIST: December 2022

  • Black & Decker Cordless Handheld Vacuum – One Consumer Reports top rated handheld vacuums. Asking for a cordless vacuum for Christmas is peak adulting, but this is a need. This is the only gift that I asked my sister and brother in-law to get me this year. So, I feel confident I will be vacuuming with this beauty in 2023.
  • REPLICA By The Fireplace perfume – I recently treated myself to the Sephora Perfume sampler set, which features samples of their top seller perfumes. It also comes with a certificate so that you can get a full size of any of the scents. This scent by REPLICA was in there, but I opted for different scent. However, this is the perfect warm vanilla perfume and I want it so bad.
  • Rice Dispenser – This is definitely a “TikTok made me want it” item. Not only is this functional, it would look great on any kitchen counter. I’m West African and Mexican, which means rice is life.
  • ORLY GELFX Builder in a Bottle Kit – I’ve been trying other gel nail builders, but the ORLY GELFX is still the best one I’ve tried. So, I hope I can get one of my Santas to get another kit for me.
  • ME Manifesters Satin Jacket – I’ve been wanting a satin bomber style jacket for awhile and this one by Melody Ehsani is just right. Lowkey obsessed with this!
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eSTYLIST: Thanksgiving 2022

I can’t believe that I haven’t done an eStylist post in so long. Of course, like most people since the pandemic started, my concept of time is on the fritz. However, let me see if the old mind can come up with a new styling idea.

eSTYLIST: Thanksgiving 2022 | STAINED COUTURE

American holidays have started to pique my interest the older I get. The main reason is because they are socially acceptable days that you can eat like a hungry hog and no one bats an eye. Thanksgiving is the top holiday when not only is this acceptable, but encouraged. I will admit that I enjoy Thanksgiving more as an adult than a child. Not just because I can cook and eat what I want, but I can leave early, too. The power of having a license and a car is top tier.

My brother and SIL were initially going to host a small dinner for our side of the family. However, at the last minute they decided that we all should meet at her aunt’s house for the big family dinner. Unfortunately, my sister’s fiance’ had serious medical condition late last week that has caused him to be in the hospital for the past few days. So, my sister and I ae going to cook at her house, which I’m glad about. The less people, the better in my book.

Although I’m probably going to just wear a pair of my many black leggings and oversize tee, here’s a little inspiration for ya’ll. You know, in case you are trying to make an impression by the dessert table this year.

eSTYLIST: Thanksgiving 2022

Have a Happy Thanksgiving 2022!

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 11, 2022

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 11, 2022

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 11, 2022 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday and Veteran’s Day! I always show respect for those that serve our country. Much respect!

I didn’t realize that I haven’t done a Link-End Round-Up post for a few weeks. My bad! How was your week, because mine was on the crappy side? I started the week off by catching the head cold my newphew had already gave to his parents. So, I haven’t been able to breath out both my nostrils all week. I was taking allergy medicine and blowing my nose to prevent in from draining into my chest. However, I finally had the energy to go pick up some nasal spray yesterday, which has helped.

Speaking of that trip to get the nasal spray, I rolled my ankle and fell on my left knee while heading into the store. Thankfully my ankle is okay, but knee looks and feels horrible. Actually, it doesn’t hurt that bad. I left work early to go home to clean, prep and ice it. My sister brought me wound bandages, which I truly appreciate. It’s only been slightly discomfortable and I can walk normally. So, this should be all good in a week.

I think I’m finally ready to pull out my Christmas tree, which I was supposed to do last weekend. However, I’ve been seeing everyone else pull there’s out and it’s motivated me to do the same. So, that’s what I’m doing at some point this weekend.

Here’s to a great weekend and please check out these week’s Link-End Round-Up reads.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 11, 2022

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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.

Have you tried any of the products in this EMPTIES post? Share below.

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