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Makeup, skin care, and hair care empties

I have been lucky enough to write a few reviews of skin care and hair care products over the years, but I thought it would be interesting to do an “empties” review of beauty products I have actually finished, or emptied. This idea came from a series of similar empties reviews from the Franish blog, and as Fran states, “I firmly believe that initial impressions aren’t sharing the full story, but continued use lets me give a more thorough and honest review of the product.”

Please note that I get commission for affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

Brow pencil

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Billion Dollar Brows pencil

First up, I received a brow pencil from Billion Dollar Brows back in Dec. 2015 — see my initial review of Billion Dollar Brows here — and I finally used up that pencil a couple of months ago. It’s a good, sturdy brow pencil that doesn’t wear off quickly, and the “taupe” color blends in well with my dark colored brows. I’ve used this brow pencil on its own, as well as in combination with the Billion Dollar Brows brow powder, also in taupe.

I noted that Billion Dollar Brows products were sold in Kohl’s stores, so I bought a new Billion Dollar Brows “micro” brow pencil, which a thinner tip, just to see if I liked the thinner tip better. Jury’s still out on that one — I’ll let you know! You can buy the original “universal brow pencil” here and the “micro brow pencil” here.

Sunscreen

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Aveda sunscreen

I’m now on my third bottle of the Aveda Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid SPF 30, which I originally bought and wrote about in my “Getting serious about skin care” post two years ago. I put this sunscreen on over my moisturizer on a daily basis. It’s light but not greasy, and it doesn’t dry out my skin, which is already on the dry side. The slim size also works for when I’m traveling!

Moisturizer

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Aveda moisturizer

I originally bought and wrote about the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme moisturizer in my “Getting serious about skin care” post two years ago, and I am now on my fifth (or sixth?) container of this moisturizer. There’s a “soft creme” and a “rich creme” version, and my dry skin does better with the “soft creme” moisturizer. After washing my face in the morning, I put on this moisturizer. It sinks in while I get dressed, and then I put on the sunscreen, which I detailed above. I actually have TWO bottles of this moisturizer at any given time, one upstairs in our half-bath, and one downstairs in the medicine cabinet in the full bath, for when I take a shower in the morning.

I love this moisturizer because it feels light and non-greasy, but it’s heavy enough to take care of any dry patches on my skin. I’ve definitely noticed that I haven’t experienced hardly any dry patches on my skin since I started using this moisturizer.

Concealer

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Aveda concealer

I have just about used up this tube of Aveda concealer in “02 Balsa,” and I have already purchased another tube for when I finally empty this one. I basically use this as both a concealer and light foundation, and I put it on over the sunscreen and Aveda All Sensitive body formula oil which I use as a primer. I don’t wear concealer every day, but I do like that I save steps with this product, which is light but also heavy enough to smooth out my skin.

Deodorant

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Native deoderant

I switched to this natural deodorant about a year and a half ago, which I wrote about in this “Everyday faves | Native deodorant” post in April 2017. I’m now on my third tube of the “Lavender & Rose” scent, which is very subtle and not overpowering (I also have two tubes of this deodorant in other scents, but this scent is my favorite). I also have a mini-size of this same scent in my handbag organizer, which has definitely come in handy. I really love this deodorant, including the free and fast shipping, and especially the super-positive and funny communications from the Native brand.

If you’re also interested in trying out Native deodorant, then you can get a FREE travel-size deodorant with your next purchase by clicking this link. Plus, Native ALWAYS has free shipping and free returns. (Please note that the link above is a referral link. This means when you get a free travel-size deodorant, then I’m eligible to get one, too. #GoNative!)

Dry shampoo paste

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of dry shampoo paste

I first wrote about how I use this R+Co. Badlands dry shampoo paste here in this “Everyday faves | Dry shampoo paste” post back in November 2016. I still use this dry shampoo paste on a weekly basis, and I’m just about finished with my first pot of the paste. I will definitely be buying another one! I love how this dry shampoo paste helps shape my short hair, and it extends time in-between washings. I can use it with either damp or dry hair, and it works whether or I air-dry or blow-dry my hair. My hair is on the thin, dry side, and this dry shampoo paste helps tame any flyaways, provide structure and hold for my hair — and it smells great! Highly recommended.

Shampoo + conditioner

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Finesse shampoo + conditioner

I received my first bottles of Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner via a Brandbacker campaign back in March 2017, as detailed in my “Review of Finesse shampoo + conditioner | Restoring my hair after a long winter” post. In the pic above are my second bottles of the shampoo + conditioner, and I’m just about to purchase my third bottle of the Moisturizing Conditioner.

(Note: I’m currently switching between using the Finesse shampoo and the Shiny Leaf Argan Oil shampoo, which I reviewed earlier this year here, which explains why I’m replacing the conditioner faster than the shampoo.)


So that’s my first “empties” review of beauty, skin care, and hair care products I’ve emptied. Do you like this kind of review? Would you like me to revisit my empties from time to time? Please leave a comment and share — I appreciate your feedback!


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Lypsyl lip balm review

Y’all know I love me some lip balm — I’ve even written an entire post last year about it being an “everyday fave” — so when I got an opportunity to work with Lypsyl, a Swedish lip care brand, I was super excited to try out a new lip balm! Please note that I was provided two complimentary Lypsyl Intense Protection lip balms in Original Mint, and my following review reflects my own experiences, thoughts, and writing.

Librarian for Life + Style | Lypsyl lip balm review

So who’s Lypsyl?

Lypsyl is a lip care brand that originated in Sweden over a hundred years ago. I had admittedly not heard of Lypsyl myself, so I did what any self-respecting librarian would do — ask an expert! I contacted a Swedish librarian colleague, one I had worked with overseas and have stayed in touch with since, about Lypsyl’s lip balm, and here was her response, verbatim:

“It’s the one and only, the oldest, and a very well known brand in Sweden.”

I was quite impressed with that succinct summation, straight from a Swedish source! (Are you also impressed with my alliteration? 😉 ) Bottom line? Lypsyl is legit.

Lypsyl also does not test products on animals. You can find out more about Lypsyl here on their website and here on their Facebook page.

What’s in the Lypsyl lip balm?

As you can see in the packaging below, the Lypsyl lip balm is made with pure Swedish beeswax, organic shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamins A and E.

I’ve found other beeswax products to feel a little heavy sometimes, but not with this lip balm — I think the shea butter and coconut oil help make the texture glide on more smoothly. I have worn this lip balm every.single.day the past week, and I have not experienced any odd bumps, lumps, or gloopy bits. (Technical terms, y’all.) The mint gives a little cooling tingle when you first put it on and provides a nice fresh scent mixed in the beeswax.

Librarian for Life + Style | Lypsyl lip balm review

What do I like about this lip balm?

I like the reliably smooth feel of the lip balm as well as its smell of mint and beeswax. I like that the lip balm size is a bit larger than most other lip balms, so you’re getting more product for the price, plus the wider surface makes for a smoother, more efficient application on the lips. Basically one swipe on the bottom lip, one swipe on the top lip, and you’re done!

Speaking of price, it’s only $2.99! So that’s another plus. And it’s available at major retailers, including Walmart (and Walmart.com) and Meijers.

The packaging is also super-cute, with the honeycomb shape of the external packaging, as seen above, and the little bee slider on the side to push up the lip balm, as seen below. The color and shape of the lip balm feel a bit retro to me, which also makes me smile.

Librarian for Life + Style | Lypsyl lip balm review

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying out Lypsyl mint lip balm

What do I NOT like about this lip balm?

Honestly, I like just about everything about Lypsyl lip balm!

The little bee slider on one of the lip balms did stick a bit for me, so I had to use two hands to balance the lip balm to move up the slider. But that is a very minor point, and it didn’t detract from the quality of the lip balm itself at all.

Below are photos of me carrying and holding the Lypsyl lip balm, so you can get an idea of its size and scale.

Librarian for Life + Style | Lypsyl lip balm review

Librarian for Life + Style | Lypsyl lip balm review

Keeping the Lypsyl lip balm handy

So y’all know that I love love love lip balm and have it stored just about everywhere, including at home, in the car, and at work. And as I’ve mentioned, I’ve been wearing Lypsyl pretty much non-stop the past week. I’ve put one of the Lypsyl lip balm sticks in my handbag organizer, which I then switch out from purse to purse, so it stays with me wherever I go. And I’ve put the other Lypsyl lip balm stick on my nightstand for easy access when I’m at home.

Librarian for Life + Style | Lypsyl lip balm review

Librarian for Life + Style | Lypsyl lip balm review
Have you ever tried Lypsyl lip balm? Are you interested in trying it out? Are you also a lip balm junkie like me? Please leave a comment and share! 😀


Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, in conjunction with BrandBacker and Lypsyl. I received two samples of Lypsyl Intense Protection lip balms in Original Mint in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own and 100% honest.


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Review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

I recently had the opportunity to try Shiny Leaf’s Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo, and I wanted to share my experience with y’all. Full disclosure, I received a 16 fl. oz. bottle of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil Shampoo in exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are honest and reflect my own personal views and experiences.

And read on for a special reader discount! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

About Shiny Leaf:

First off, who or what is Shiny Leaf? I have to be honest, I had not heard of the company before, but I was pleased to discover that Shiny Leaf is a cosmetics company based in Las Vegas that manufactures skin and hair care products with natural oils and ingredients. It’s important for me to get to know more about the companies I choose to work with, so I asked about where their products are produced and company philosophies. I’m happy to report that Shiny Leaf produces their products at their Las Vegas facility, and that they do not test on animals, so their products are cruelty-free. Yay!

They also shared with me that their products carry USDA and ECOCert Certified Organic certifications. I looked up the ECOCert Certified Organic certification, which requires that the ingredients are “derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes,” and a “minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.”

Shiny Leaf also shared with me their philosophy statements, that “We focus on solutions,” including solutions that are “easy to do and light on the pocket.” You can read more about their story here and FAQs here.

I’m a practical, solutions-based librarian and woman who is mindful of her budget, so this felt like a good fit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

About argan oil:

So what’s the deal with “argan oil”? Argan oil is extracted from the argan tree, which is found in the country of Morocco. Moroccans have traditionally used argan oil for skin and hair care. Argan oil is used as a natural way to help repair damaged hair, promote hair growth, and combat dry scalp.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Trying out the shampoo:

I tried out Shiny Leaf’s Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo for a week and a half; I wash my hair every 2-3 days, so this amounted to 3 washes with the shampoo before writing this review. (I have continued to use the shampoo since putting together this review, FYI.) The first couple of I times I washed my hair, I used only the shampoo (i.e. no conditioner). The third time I washed my hair, I used conditioner from another brand after shampooing with the Argan Oil shampoo.

A major pro? The smell of the shampoo! It’s tangy and clean, not overly floral, and it smells GREAT. The scent is really quite strong when smelling it in the bottle, but thankfully, it’s subtle once you rinse it out. My husband, who is quite sensitive to strong smells, was a little worried it would be overpowering on my hair, but it wasn’t.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

The photo below is of my hair two days after I washed my hair the second time with the shampoo (still no conditioner). I didn’t use any hair products on my hair while testing the shampoo, and I air-dried my hair, because I wanted to see how my hair held up with just using the shampoo. I’m happy to report that my hair still felt healthy and had a spring to it, even without blow-drying or using any additional products. Because I didn’t use any conditioner at first, I was worried that my hair was going to be too dry. Although it did feel a bit dryer than it usually does, it didn’t feel brittle at all. It just felt clean.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Trying out the shampoo + extra conditioner:

The third time I washed my hair with the shampoo, I added conditioner. (I do wish that I had also been sent the Argan Oil Conditioner so that I could try out both products, so not having the accompanying conditioner was a minor drawback and a gap in my review.) I used another brand conditioner instead, but it “played nice” with the Argan Oil shampoo. I could tell that my hair was softer after I added the conditioner… so I might just have to purchase the Argan Oil conditioner to complete the set! Both shampoo and conditioner are currently on sale for less than $15, and U.S. shipping is free.

Here’s a look below at my hair a day after washing it with the shampoo and using conditioner (i.e. the end of the second day using both). You can really see the silvers in my hair up close! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Final verdict:

I asked my husband’s opinion of my hair throughout the process, and here is his final summation, word for word:

Not too oily. Not too dry. I have to say that your hair does look, smell, and feel clean and fresh. I like it!

Special reader discount:

Last, but not least, I asked about providing a reader discount for Shiny Leaf products, and they have passed along a 15% discount for my readers! The discount code is LIBRARIAN15.

Here are links to the Shiny Leaf website and specific product that I reviewed:

Please note that to receive the discount, you must register first (don’t worry, it’s free) before you order. The discount code should automatically discount from the total purchase when you check out. And the discount should work site-wide, not just on the product that I reviewed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care review of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo

Have you ever used Shiny Leaf products? Please leave a comment and share!


Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, in collaboration with Shiny Leaf. I received one sample of Shiny Leaf Healthy Hair Argan Oil shampoo in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own and 100% honest.


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Tobi review | One sweater cardigan, two outfits

Another day, another Tobi clothing item to style and enjoy! You can read my first Tobi review here in this post, where I go into more detail about Tobi and its site and styles, and how I paired two Tobi clothing items together, a navy “Schoolboy Ribbed Sweater” and a black “Mel Pinstriped Scarf.”

This time around, I styled this Carly Draped Cardigan, which is my favorite of the three items I selected from Tobi. (It was originally priced $82 but is currently on sale for $31.) Sam was again VERY doubtful of this cardigan since I usually wear more structured pieces — but once I put it on, we both loved it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan

In fact, I loved this sweater cardigan so much that I wanted to feature TWO different ways I wore it. Y’all know how much I love remixing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a draped cardigan collage

Look #1 (casual remix):

The first outfit with this Carly Draped Cardigan (this style of cardigan is also called a “waterfall cardigan” or an “open cardigan”) is a casual look — but honestly, I would also wear this to work because my work place is pretty casual. I paired this cardigan over olive ankle pants, grey leather-and-suede ankle boots, and a grey tank top. You could also make this look a lot more casual by wearing sneakers or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

This sweater is soooooo comfy and cozy, y’all. And the quality seems pretty high to me, as the material is soft (not scratchy!) and pretty substantial for knitwear. The ribbed detailing along the drape-y bits, cuffs, and hem speaks to the overall quality of this Carly Draped Cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Tobi grey sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, closeup

I had a lot of fun playing with the front drape-y bits, as you can see in the photos below! I wanted to show y’all a few different ways you could style a draped cardigan like this.

First, I pinned one of the ends over to the other side, letting the ends cascade down.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Next, I draped one of the ends across and over my opposite shoulder, letting the other end hang down to create another cool, asymmetrical look. (This was actually my favorite way to wear this cardigan.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Finally, I took the end hanging down from the previous method and pinned it on the other side, so that the cardigan hems lined up a bit more.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Olive ankle pants: Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Leather-and-suede ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie, a few years old

Look #2 (work remix):

For this second look, I kept the grey cardigan and the ankle booties but switched out the ankle pants for tights and a black pencil skirt. I really liked the juxtaposition of the body-conscious foundation of the pencil skirt and tights with the unstructured and looser sweater cardigan on top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

I also think wearing black ankle boots would be a good choice with this outfit, as it would streamline the legs more. I will probably wear it that way next time!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Black pencil skirt:  ModCloth, old
  • Ribbed tights:  Walmart?, old
  • Tall high-heeled boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old

Which way did you like this cardigan best? Do you have a draped cardigan in your wardrobe? Which of my three Tobi items did you like best?

Please leave a comment and share!


Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, in collaboration with Tobi. I received two items of Tobi clothing in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own and 100% honest.


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Tobi Review | Oversized sweater + blanket scarf

I was recently contacted by online clothing retailer Tobi with an opportunity to choose a few items from their site to review and style. It was fun to browse through their extensive site and look at different pieces and visualize potential outfits. (Putting together outfits in my head is like my way of doing crosswords — it keeps my brain active!)

Full disclosure:  Although I was provided clothing items of my choice free-of-charge to style and review, all my opinions are my own words, thoughts, and experiences.

What’s Tobi?

Tobi is definitely focused on trendy, “fast fashion” pieces and a self-described L.A. style. Their size range is admittedly limited, only extending to size Large (equivalent to 8-10, although a generously sized 8-10); my body lands on the uppermost end of their sizing scale, so I purposely chose items that were NOT form-fitting. I also admit that I am not particularly trendy, and my style is… more “color-coordinated” than “L.A. cool.” But I viewed that as an interesting challenge, to see if I could “see myself” in any of their items. And I did! There are a lot of items on their site that are admittedly NOT my style — rompers may be fine for others but decidedly not for me! — and there looks to be a range of quality and styles with a range of price ranges to match. Tobi is known for their low prices and final sales, but I found a number of moderate-to-higher-priced items that also seemed to be higher quality. I focused on choosing more substantial and looser-fitting pieces — and it’s autumn, so that meant I had a lot of options with sweaters and knitwear! Hooray for me! The shipping was also super-fast, but there’s the caveat that I live on the West Coast, so the items didn’t have far to go.

I also have to admit that I was impressed with their openness on the Tobi website about their processes and policies. I was also impressed that they fund a scholarship program for young women, and they have a page showcasing the local non-profit organizations the company donates to. It’s fast fashion, yes, but Tobi also seems like a company that gives back for the long-term.

Two Tobi items I paired together:

In this outfit, I am wearing two of the three items I chose:  a long, oversized, v-neck navy sweater (the “School Boy Ribbed Sweater,” priced $78 but currently on sale for $19) and a black blanket scarf with white stripes (the “Mel Pinstripe Scarf,” priced $32 but currently on sale for $16).

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

I primarily paired these two items together because I wanted to showcase again how you CAN wear navy + black together. My rule of thumb in combining navy + black is to be intentional about it. I am wearing one main navy piece — this simple yet bold navy sweater, which really is a standout — that I’ve paired with black leggings, tall boots, and my black pinstriped scarf. The “star” of this outfit is the sweater, and everything else is supporting it.

The sweater is purposely oversized — very ’80s, isn’t it, with its sloped shoulders and boxy shape? — and it’s the kind of sweater that honestly looks pretty shapeless on its own or on a hanger. I took it out of the box, and my husband Sam was NOT impressed and said it looked huge and wouldn’t fit me. I put it on, and guess what? He looooooved it! So did I! The sweater felt substantial enough in its ribbed weave and thickness, and felt very cozy and warm — not scratchy at all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of asymmetrical hem of Tobi navy sweater

My favorite detail of the sweater is how it’s longer in the back, which you can really tell in the photos above. That means there is extra coverage for one’s bottom, which I really appreciate, especially since I’m a pear-shaped lady. And the sweater is still long enough in the front to wear the sweater over leggings and not have to worry about anything showing. I would also wear this sweater with skinny jeans or ankle pants. The key with an oversized item of clothing is to pair it out with other pieces that fit closer to the body — this provides visual balance.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blanket scarf. It is so warm and soft. I love it so much that I have already worn this scarf twice! (If you’re an Instagram follower, you will have already spotted this scarf!) And the scarf’s pattern with its black background and thin white pinstripe is neutral enough to go with lots of other pieces in my wardrobe.

When pairing this navy sweater with the black scarf, leggings, and boots, I also replicated the navy + black color-coordinating with my earrings. I combined larger blue lapis lazuli earring studs with my smaller black studs. Just one more detail to make it clear that I intentionally mixed navy + black together! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Weather:  Cold and windy

Where:  Reference night shift at work

What:

I will be back on Friday with how I styled my third and final Tobi item!


Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, in collaboration with Tobi. I received two items of Tobi clothing in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own and 100% honest.


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