Getting serious about skin care

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of the opportunity for a free facial at a local Aveda salon (a perk of being an Aveda rewards member) and decided it was time for me to get serious about skin care. I am in my late thirties, and I’ve never really had a consistent skin care routine — except for wearing moisturizer and sunscreen daily. I have done that for nearly two decades, because my skin is very pale, and I want to keep it that way!

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting serious about skin care


Note:  This post is not sponsored by Aveda in any way. I’ve been a personal member of their rewards program and have used their products, mostly hair products, for many years. This is just me being open and honest about using their services and products and sharing those experiences with my readers.


I also took advantage of the opportunity to talk to the in-house aesthetician, and I learned that my inconsistent skin care routine was contributing to drying out my skin. And she was really good about listening to my needs and real-life priorities, like how I need as few steps as possible and to keep things simple and straightforward. She didn’t try to convince me to add extra steps or products; instead, she focused on what products would give me “the most bang for my buck.”

So here’s what we came up with, and what skin care products I ended up trying out and purchasing:

Librarian for Life + Style | Aveda skin care products

From left to right:  Aveda daily light guard sunscreen, SPF 30 // Aveda Botanical Kinetics, purifying gel cleanser // Aveda Botanical Kinetics, intense hydrating soft creme

So my simplified skin care routine now consists of washing my face and upper chest, morning and night, with the gel cleanser, either with my hands or with a soft cotton pad. With my fingers, I then apply the creme moisturizer, again morning and night. And in the morning, I also apply the sunscreen (which then gets removed at night), again just with my fingertips. One of the mistakes I was making before was only using a combined moisturizer-and-sunscreen, which was great for day, but I was also using it at night, which I found out is a no-no (paraphrasing, it blocks when your skin is trying to naturally renew itself).

After the consultation came the facial (and scalp massage!), which was very relaxing.

Then the fun part! She then went on to do makeup and talked to me about makeup issues and priorities. Again, she listened to me — I know myself, and I won’t bother with blush or mascara, so let’s move on — and we had fun talking about makeup. I actually like makeup, even though I don’t wear a lot of it, which might sound contradictory, but it’s true. I appreciated how the aesthetician simplified things for me and explained WHY she was doing certain things, like how the concealer she was using could double as my foundation, since I like to keep things light. Awesome! And I confessed that I have always found eyeliner intimidating and have tended to use dark shadow to mimic eyeliner. She said that was a great solution and also showed me an eyeliner that was super-soft and easy to smudge like eyeshadow.

Here’s what I ended up purchasing for makeup:

Librarian for Life + Style | Aveda makeup products

From left to right, top to bottom:  Aveda All Sensitive body formula oil (acts as a primer to help set makeup, can also mix with concealer for a combined step) // Aveda eye definer in “Cacao” // Aveda lip definer in “Colorless” // Aveda concealer in “02 Balsa”

And we had fun talking about lipstick! The aesthetician was super excited to hear that I have embraced lipstick the past year or two, since getting my teeth straightened through Invisalign (see here and here to read about that), and that I’m not afraid of bright colors on my lips. She also showed me this cool lip pencil that is soft and moisturizing and a neutral color to use with all lipsticks.

And I got a little “cheat sheet” to take home with me, to review the steps and products we talked about. As a daughter of two educators, I LOVED this bit!😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Aveda makeup map

Below are my “after” shots following the facial and makeup consultation. The collage is of pics I took in the car immediately afterward — I texted those pics to Sam, which helps explain my goofy side showing! — and then we took a proper picture after I got home.

Librarian for Life + Style | After my Aveda facial and makeup consultation

Librarian for Life + Style | After my Aveda facial and makeup consultation

I like that I still look like me, just a little more polished. I really like how she did the eye makeup to enhance the natural, rounder shape of my eyes.

Note:  You might notice this outfit and hair scarf from an outfit post a couple of weeks ago. Yep, it’s the same outfit! I wanted to wait a few weeks to see how my new skin care routine and products were holding up. So far, so good!🙂

So there you have it, me starting to get serious about a skin care and makeup routine. Do you have a routine for your own skin care and/or makeup? Please leave a comment and share!

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Red, white, and blue — from summer to fall

Another day, another opportunity for a colored wall backdrop!🙂

I wore this outfit on a day walking around Tacoma, on one of those transitional days where you could feel in the air the weather shifting from summer to fall. The shift in seasons is also reflected in what I wore, pairing a light jacket over a cotton dress and canvas flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

I dressed just fine for the temperature (it was still warm enough for bare legs), but I did not account for the wind! I need to pay more attention to the wind advisory on the weather reports, especially now that we’re out here on the Sound.🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

And if you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know I love to wear red, white, and blue for all seasons! And how perfect to find a bright blue wall along our walk!🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Weather:  High 60s to low 70s, windy and overcast

Where:  A walk around town and shopping for furniture

What I wore:

  • Jacket:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Bicycle print dress:  c/o eShakti, old {see review here}
  • Striped flats:  Target, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Kohl’s, old

similar cotton jacket // bicycle print dress // similar canvas flats, wide stripes // similar canvas flats, thinner stripes // similar silver hoop earrings

bicycle dress + red jacket

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A rainbow of colored walls

I mentioned recently in this post about how much style bloggers love a colored wall backdrop, and I am no exception! That gave me the idea to go back through my outfit gallery archives and see if I could make a rainbow of colored wall backdrops. That was fun — and easy! — to do, and I actually had to narrow down, as I had several options of different colored walls, particularly for shades of red and blue.

So here it is, my own personal rainbow made up of colored walls. A color retrospective, if you will, or perhaps this post should be subtitled “So many colored walls, so little time”… ?😉

(The links to the original outfit posts are below the collage.)

Librarian for Life + Style | A rainbow of colored walls

red // orange // yellow // green // blue // violet


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SIA round-up: Le Chat Noir

It’s time for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up!

As you know by now, I chose the iconic 1896 “Le Chat Noir” poster by Théophile Steinlen. One more look at this gorgeous poster and majestic-looking black cat:

Le Chat Noir poster -- Théophile Steinlen -- 1896

Le Chat Noir poster — Théophile Steinlen — 1896

First up is my friend Stephanie, who visited me in Tacoma this past weekend — a perfect opportunity to capture her SIA-inspired outfit! Her graphic print skirt is new (love it!!) and pairs nicely with her mustard cardigan and Asian-inspired purse.🙂

Stephanie's SIA outfit

Next up is Mike, a longtime SIA participant, who was inspired by the colors and gold lettering of the poster. He thought wearing a shirt with text on it would be a great match for the poster, and I agree!🙂

Mike's SIA outfit

Next is Karen from She Thought She Could, another frequent SIA participant, who was inspired by the colors in the poster, tying in the gold/mustard with her cardigan, black with her purse, and bits of red in her necklace. I love the textures in Karen’s top!

Karen's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey is be-still-my-cat-shaped-heart perfect in her cat brooch (!!!!), mustard pants, and red loafer flats.

Salazar's SIA outfit collage

SIA-chost Erin from Loop Looks had a hard time figuring out an outfit, finally deciding on this bow-print dress as “it had the right colors and attitude as the artwork.” I love it! And bonus Chewie! (Erin’s bracelet and Chewie’s collar tie into the red in the poster.)

Erin's SIA outfit

And bonus participation from my husband Sam! He happened to dress in his mustard pants and grey cardigan — on the same day that I wore my SIA-inspired outfit — and I gasped and went, “Hey, your outfit is perfect for this week’s SIA!” So he agreed to let me take pictures and include him on the round-up.🙂

Sam's SIA outfit

Finally, there’s me in my cat tee, moto-style jacket, and tan trousers! You can see more pics and outfit details in yesterday’s post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Thanks to all for participating! Lots of variety this week, from dresses to skirts to trousers — and a nice way for us all to transition to the autumn season!

Next week, Erin @ Loop Looks will be choosing the next SIA challenge artwork!🙂

SIA interpretation: Le Chat Noir

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! Last week, I chose iconic the 1896 “Le Chat Noir” poster by Théophile Steinlen for our collective inspiration.

Librarian for Life + Style | Le Chat Noir SIA collage

I had LOTS of ideas of outfits inspired by this poster, including wearing my cat print dress, seen here. But ultimately, it was too warm to wear that dress, but my cat tee was also perfect for this challenge! I love how the cat on this tee has a similarly non-plussed expression on its face.😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit closeup

The stitching outlines on this jacket — one of my best-ever thrifting finds, as I described in this post — echoed the outlines of the cat in the inspiration poster. And in the closeup above, you can also see my quotation mark earrings. Every time I wear these earrings, people comment on them! (Right after they squint at me, turn their head to see my other ear, and go, “Are those… ?” Hah! )

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

As I mentioned last week, we happen to have a print of this poster in our house. I came across it as we were starting to figure out where to put artwork in our new home, and this poster is in our guest room. (We haven’t hung it up yet, FYI, because we want to figure out other artwork to go with it.)

So I thought it appropriate to pose beside our poster, at least for a couple of pics. Our calico cat Brontë — the one who kept parading in front of me as I was trying to put together the SIA post last week — also decided to get in on the action for the interpretation post.

Here’s how that went down:

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat + cat poster photo session fun

What’s going on here? You’re taking photos? Why wasn’t I informed in advance?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat + cat poster photo session fun

I don’t know who those cats are in the poster and on your t-shirt, but I’m the one who’s getting all the petting!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat + cat poster photo session fun

Ok, enough petting, I’m bored now. See ya!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Weather:  Mid-60s and no rain on the forecast

Where:  For a series of work meetings on the first day of in-service week

What:

similar cat tee  //  similar moto-style cotton jacket  //  almost exact trousers from same brand //  similar wedges  //  exact earrings  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + moto-style jacket collage

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, due tonight, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. I will post the round-up tomorrow morning.

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