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Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains

I’ve been experimenting lately with layering lip stains over lip liner, so I thought I’d document it (finally) for the blog. If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know that I’ve long loved lip stains, and I’ve written before about layering lip stains over other lip stains, like here in this post.

Recently, I’ve liked the look of layering neutral-colored lip stains over my red lip liner. Here are the steps I do to achieve this subtler take on the classic red lip:

Step 1. Choose liner and lip stain

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, choosing products

Details:

Step 2:  Outline lips with the lip liner

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, lining with red lip liner

Funny story:  After I’d lined my lips but before I’d filled in the liner, as seen above, Sam stopped outside the bathroom to ask me something. While I answered him, he had a funny look on his face — he said it was mesmerizing to watch the lip liner “move” while I was talking. Hah!

P.S. It feels so weird to take selfies in the bathroom for makeup posts.

Step 3:  Fill in the rest of lips with the lip liner

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, lip liner all over

I generally prefer to fill in my entire lips with lip liner, just to have a more natural look for when the lipstick or lip stain on top fades or comes off. The trick is to choose a non-drying lip liner. I really love this L’Oreal Colour Riche line of lip liners because it doesn’t dry out my lips.

Step 4:  Blot, and then layer the neutral lip stain over the lip liner

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, final product

The neutral lip stain not only adds shine to the lip liner, but it softens the color a bit. I’ve really enjoyed how it’s not a bright red but also not a coral. It’s this nice in-between color, one with depth to it, thanks to the combination of the liner and lip stain. And because it’s lip stain, it doesn’t feel as “high stakes” as red lipstick, if that makes any sense.

Step 5:  Enjoy!

Here’s how this exact lip liner + lip stain combo looks in natural light:

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, final look

I also did the same lip liner + lip stain trick for our Audrey Hepburn style inspiration mini-series, as you can see in the color version of the closeup below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Layered lip liner and lip stain, Audrey Hepburn style inspiration closeup

Do you like wearing lip stains? Have you enjoyed experimenting with layering lipsticks or lip stains? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂


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Everyday faves | Chapstick

It’s time for a new entry in my now-monthly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation.

#ChapstickLove

I CANNOT believe that I haven’t yet done an “Everyday faves” post about chapstick!!! It is time to correct that oversight RIGHT NOW.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

For decades, since junior high, I have had some kind of chapstick or lip balm within arm’s reach. My lips get so dry, so it’s one of my essentials that I literally carry around with me every.single.day. And I have tubes of chapstick in multiple places, including:

  • in my desk at work
  • in the zip-up pouch I take with me whenever I leave my office, seen below
  • tinted lip balm in a mirrored lipstick case in my handbag organizer, seen below
  • on the nightstand beside my side of the bed
  • on the side table on my side of the couch
  • in my makeup organizer in our medicine cabinet, seen below

If I somehow manage to leave the house without chapstick — it’s a rare occurrence, but it happens every now and again! — I have been known to buy an extra tube of chapstick while I’m out, just in case. Sooner or later, it’ll be put to good use! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Lipstick case

Oddly, for an everyday essential, I’m not that picky about the brand of chapstick. I have all kinds and brands stashed in the different places I mentioned above, including ones I’ve bought and freebies that I’ve picked up. For example, my dentist back in Portland always had a bowl of complimentary chapsticks by the check-out counter, so she kept me in stock all through my Invisalign process, LOL! Lately, I have bought more organic chapsticks, like the “Compassion Lip Balm” seen below, which is a local brand and available at my chiropractor’s office.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Do you have a chapstick obsession, too? Do you have a favorite brand? Please leave a comment and share!

Exploring more everyday faves

Want to explore more of my “everyday faves”? Past posts in the series have included:


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Smokey eyes

To walk in my first fashion show, I mentioned that I had to do my own nails, hair, and makeup. You can read all about my new manicure here in this post, and all about the fashion show here in this post. Now it’s time to detail how I did my makeup for the show!

The designer Annie Moe wanted dramatic, smokey eyes as the makeup look for the show. I don’t usually wear much makeup, so OF COURSE I immediately set about researching YouTube video tutorials. Here are two helpful videos I watched for tips on how to do smokey eyes:

Before:

Below is my bare, moisturized, and makeup-free face before starting out, both with and without glasses. (Side note:  Glasses really do help create a “focus” for a face, don’t they?)

Librarian for Life + Style | Before makeup collage

After:

And here’s how I looked after doing all my makeup! Such a difference, right?! I went for bolder eyes — and eyebrows! — and kept the lipstick a more natural pink. Also, it’s been a loooooooooong time since I’ve worn blush, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | After makeup collage

Librarian for Life + Style| Smokey eyes

A library colleague had passed along some Mary Kay makeup samples to me, and I used some of my own makeup, as well. Here are details on all the makeup I used:

Librarian for Life + Style | Makeup used for smokey eyes makeup look

For the smokey eyes:

For the face:

For the lips:

Below are a couple of closeups of the smokey eyes. I went more subtle and smudge-y with the eyeliner, and I kept blending, blending, blending eyeshadows in small circles into the creases and corners of my eyelids. I also darkened slightly the beauty mark off my left eye.

Librarian for Life + Style| Smokey eyes closeup

Librarian for Life + Style| Smokey eyes closeup

It was fun for a day, but it took me A LONG TIME to do this full face of makeup! So this is definitely not an everyday makeup routine for me, but I did enjoy the end result. Plus, it helped give me a bit more confidence to walk in my first fashion show! 😀

You can also see me all made up when I was photographed for an NEA photo shoot, and here after I had a facial and makeup session at Aveda.

Have you tried the “smokey eye” makeup look? If so, do you then go for a bold or neutral lip? Please leave a comment and share!

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Monthly budget adventures (January 2017)

It’s my first monthly budget adventures post of 2017! I also wrote a post earlier this month about how I view shopping and what my mom taught me about clothes-shopping.

This month was all about going back to basics!  Here’s a sneak peek at what I got this month:

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (January 2017)

Top row (left to right):  charcoal yoga pants  //  light grey yoga pants  //  black-and-burgundy bootcut yoga pants

Bottom row (left to right):  white over-the-knee socks  //  hiking socks  //  slipper socks  //  Milani “Cabaret Blend” lipstick

Over-the-knee socks

I really focused on basics this month, including several pairs of over-the-knee boot socks. Daenael @ Living Outside the Stacks always has interesting boot socks, so I asked her advice on where to get over-the-knee boot socks, and she recommended Target. I also got a few pairs of pointelle boot socks at Payless, as they were having a BOGO 1/2 off sale.

Librarian for Life + Style | Boot socks from Target and Payless

Socks + slippers

I have worn through my first pair of slipper socks that I got a year ago at Payless, so I picked up a new pair of slipper socks during our recent Target run. I love the berry color!

  • Hiking socks, Target:  paid $7.60 (original price $8, used Target card for 5% off)
  • Cable slipper socks, Target:  paid $12.35 (original price $12.99, used Target card for 5% off)

Librarian for Life + Style | Socks and slipper socks from Target

All about comfort

I prefer to wear comfy yoga pants when I’m at home, so I picked up three more pairs during our Target shopping trip. I’m all about comfort!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yoga pants from Target

New lipstick

This was admittedly an impulse purchase during a recent grocery trip at our local Fred Meyer store. I just really liked this dark wine color, so I took a chance on it, even though I’ve never used the Milani brand of makeup before.

Librarian for Life + Style | Milani lipstick collage

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $97.29
Total savings for this month:  $15

Total spent for this year:  $97.29
Total savings for this year:  $15


This month, I definitely focused on more casual, comfy clothing that I wear mostly around the house. I really should do a post about what I wear at home… note to self. 😉 Yoga pants and socks are the kinds of items I rarely buy purposefully, but they have to be among the most-worn items in my closet! I feel like the overall theme for this month — or perhaps even for the year? — is a “back to basics” theme.


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Everyday faves: A look inside my medicine cabinet

When I posted a reader poll a couple of weeks ago to ask whether I should continue the “Everyday faves” series I had begun in the fall, the majority response voted “Yes, please!” Thank you to everyone who voted in the poll — I really appreciate your feedback.

So I will continue the series, and I thought the idea of a peek inside my medicine cabinet fit the theme of the “Everyday faves” series. After all, I do use my medicine cabinet every day! It’s also a fun kind of post in the vein of posts like my “What’s in my bag?” post.

Librarian for Life + Style | A look inside my medicine cabinet

When we moved into our new home in Tacoma this past summer, I knew we had to something about the storage situation — or lack thereof — in the ground floor bathroom. (We also have a half-bath upstairs.) So after unpacking, I immediately started scouting out medicine cabinets, ones that were wide and deep (at least 3 inches deep) in order to hold a lot of the little things that accumulate in a bathroom.

We picked out this Pegasus medicine cabinet, which measures 20 wide x 26 inches high by almost 3.5 inches deep. There are also different width options for this same style, at 15 inches wide and 24 inches wide. Additionally, there’s a lovely oval version of this same design — which we seriously considered — but the interior cabinet is much smaller due to needing to fit behind the oval shape of the mirror.

Here’s the outside of our bathroom cabinet mirror, which is beveled and has a nice frame in oil-rubbed bronze. (Sam and I are partial to oil-rubbed bronze, which also goes well with the style of our older home.) We put the cabinet up ourselves, which was not that easy — but worth it!

Librarian for Life + Style | A look inside my medicine cabinet

And here’s the inside! Things are organized more by height — a necessity of the configuration of the glass shelves — rather than by function, but it’s still relatively neat and tidy. Most of my stuff is on the right side of the cabinet, which fits our usual pattern. I’m right-handed, while Sam is left-handed. So to keep things consistent, my stuff is almost always on the right, like with towels, toothbrushes, clothes in our shared closet, etc.

Almost all of my makeup fits in this medicine cabinet, everything except my pretty cup of lip stains, seen here. Most of my everyday hair products, including the R+Co dry shampoo paste I wrote about in an earlier Everyday faves post, fit into the cabinet, as well.

Librarian for Life + Style | A look inside my medicine cabinet

Those clear plastic caddies also make all the difference in keeping things tidy. I found the bottom caddy, the one with the oil-rubbed bronze base, at Target — which is also where I found our water cup! (Here’s a similar bronze-and-plastic bathroom caddy from the same brand.)

And, best of all, there’s a mirror on the inside of the cabinet door, seen below, which really comes in handy. (The back and sides of the cabinet are also mirrored.) And the photo below makes our medicine cabinet look twice as big! 🙂 In the reflection, you can see where I store my hair dryer and flat iron, also seen in this post about my everyday hair care routine.

Librarian for Life + Style | A look inside my medicine cabinet

So there you have it, a look inside our medicine cabinet, something I am grateful for every single day. Do you also have a medicine cabinet? How do you store your bathroom necessities? Please leave a comment and share!

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