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EMPTIES: November 2022

EMPTIES: November 2022

EMPTIES: November 2022 | STAINED COUTURE

Is this a EMPTIES post for the products I used up in November? Yes. Is it almost the end of December and almost a whole new year? Yes. Your point? Keep reading to see what products I used up almost 2 months ago.

As you can see, I only used up 3 items and one is a repeat. First up, let’s talk about the Jozi Curls Leave-In conditioner. This was the second product that I ever used from JOZI -the first was their Curl Refresher spray. I will say that I enjoyed the leave-in conditioner better than the detangling. The JOZI leave-in conditioner has a little weight to it, but great slip to the hair. So much so that I wore diluted some and wore it as a moisturizer for my natural curly hair. So, I did get my money worth and I may buy it again.

The next item I used up was PanOxyl Acne Foaming Face Wash, which I’ve used before. However, I got a poorly sealed bottle this time and it burst after the third use. Since it was a new bottle, I obviously didn’t apply much power to squeeze the product out. Plus, I was totally disappointed by the customer service – or lack or customer service. As you can see, I never got a replacement bottle and not sure if the product was still good after having so much contact to air. So, I’m a little disheartened and undecided if or when I would buy this again.

Finally, I used up the sample of the Tatcha moisturizer that came with my free Sephora birthday gift. Just like the cleanser with this set, I loved the moisturizer. The moisturizer was lightweight and nicely absorbed into the skin. Also, this made my skin look and feel soft, which is nice for the colder months. Yes, I will be buying the full-size soon.

Have you tried any of the items from this EMPTIES edition? Share below.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2022: Self-Care

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2022: Self-Care

STAINED COUTURE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES 2022

I’m having a hard time believing that Christmas is only 10 days away. Although I’ve scratched off most of the top gifts I needed to get this year, I still feel overwhelmed that I may be forgetting someone. In cases like, this I try to buy a couple of self-care gifts. I think of self-care gifts as items that help people relax and feel good – mentally and physically. Therefore, I tend to buy a few of these for those people that slipped my mind while trying to play Santa Clause for my loved ones.

So, here are lovely gift options for the self-care queen or king on your list. Also, perfect for anyone that you think deserves a relaxing gift.

SC Gift Guide 2022 self care

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2022: Self-Care

  • Dry Brush – You can find a dry brush for an affordable price, but this body brush from Tata Harper would make a nice luxe gift for the self-care lover on your list that prioritizes bath time. The benefits of a dry brush are great for your health, but the process is so relaxing. A dry helps to exfoliae your skin and leave it nice and smooth.
  • Body Serum – This Necessaire body serum contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamides, which the skin loves. A body serum that would jazz up even the simplest of body oils and moisturizers.
  • Hand Cream Set – One thing L’Occitane knows is hand creams, because they are so hydrating and luxurious. This set of 3 of their limited holiday collection creams is perfect for anyone, actually.
  • Comfy Slippers – My BFF bought me a pair of these slippers for my birthday, which I loved. I loved them so much that I bought my sister a pair for her birthday. These slippers keep your feet warm and the sturdy sole make them okay to wear outside.
  • Bath & Body Set – Can’t narrow down which beauty and bath item to get someone? This gift set is perfect, because it has a little of everything – from bath bombs to jade rollers.
  • Chill Pill – I feel like everyone knows a few people that could use some help chilling out from stress. The Chill Pill is a device that helps to manage stress from various aspects of life.
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LINK-END ROUND-UP: December 9, 2022

LINK-END ROUND-UP: December 9, 2022

LINK-END ROUND-UP: December 09, 2022 | STAINED COUTURE

Hey, ya’ll! I didn’t realize that it’s a been a couple of weeks since I posted a Link-End Round-Up. My bad, friend. Last week, I had a dentist appointment had me in pain for over a week now. I had one tooth filled and another one pulled, but those weren’t the causes of the pain. The dentist attempted to pull one of my wisdom teeth, but it started to break apart as he pulled. Apparently, I have good bone density and that tooth would not budge. So, now I have to find a dental surgeon to get the rest of the tooth out. Thankfully, with the help of 800mg of Ibuprophen, the pain has finally let up.

Now that that has passed, it’s time to move to the stress of holiday shopping. Although I have made a few purchases, I still have a few more that I need to find a buy. I have a feeling that the last few items on my list will be easy to find and for a discount. Unless it’s a hot item or limited release, I tend to wait until the last couple of weeks before Christmas to wrap up my shopping. The deals are way better, because it’s the last final puch for retailers to move inventory. Doing this helps them to also make room to start stocking Spring inventory, FYI.

Honestly, this is the last weekend I will have this year that I can rest and relax before the holiday rush. I finally watched my first Christmas movie and will start binging more this weekend to really push me over the edge of the holiday spirit. The calm before the storm, but I’m already planning to start going on daily walks to combat the upcoming stress. I’ve been wanting to start going on daily walks for the past few weeks, but I ran across an article that helps people to start walking more or again. I shared the article below, of course.

I hope that you have a great weekend and try to be mindful of your holiday spending. Remember; not all deals are deals. Please check out the articles in this week’s Link-End Round-Up.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: December 9, 2022

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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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