Product Reviews

REVIEW: Kate Spade Cedar Street Harmony Handbag


Hello, lovelies!

I recieved a new Kate Spade handbag as a birthday present. This handbag is a Cedar Street Harmony, which is medium-sized. Since buying my first Kate Spade accessory last year, the brand instantly became a favourite of mine. Other handbags I own are small. I was delighted to find a handbag with enough room for daily use in the office and when travelling.

The Packaging

The handbag came in Kate Spade’s signature package. This package is a purple and white bag with a purple spade and the words “Kate Spade” embossed into it. Kate Spade packaging is lightweight.

The Handbag

The handbag itself is composed of a beautiful cross-hatched Saffino leather. This is a high-quality leather that is waterproof. It is salmon-coloured. The handbag has a dual strap. The Kate Spade New York logo is embossed into a gold plate on the handbag. The inside of the handbag features the brand’s custom woven spade dot lining. I adore the zippered inside lining plus two inside pockets. It provides a convenient place to store my cellphone and lipstick.

I typically shy away from tote bags. They are often heavy and cumbersome, but this one is not. I immediately noticed how lightweight this handbag is. It is also durable.

A Kate Spade Cedar Street Harmony handbag typically retails for $228. It is currently on-sale for $136 from Kate Spade’s official website. It is available as a tote or a cross-body handbag.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva 


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When I walk into a MAC store, I’m a girl on a mission. I’ve had a specific lipstick colour in my mind for months, and have not located it at my local Sephora. I visited a MAC store during my recent Toronto trip. I found the colour within a few minutes of entering the store. This colour is Diva – a deep red-burgundy.

The Packaging 

This lipstick comes in MAC’s signature black box. The lipstick bullet is sleek, featuring a silver rim with the word MAC written in white lettering. I adore MAC product packaging – it is unique and sophisticated.

The Lipstick 

Upon opening the lipstick cap, I notice MAC’s classic vanilla scent. It is not heavy when applied to the lips. I own two Amplified finish lipsticks, but I prefer the matte finish. Diva is a matte finish. It is long-lasting and lightweight. This lipstick is long-wearing, but it removes with the swipe of a standard makeup remover.

The Colour 

This colour is beautiful. It is a warm-toned burgundy with a hint of maroon. It is versatile. I wear it with both a smoky eye or light makeup. In the photo below, I am wearing Diva with a nude lip liner:


 

I’ve worn this colour a few times, but it will receive heavy rotation into my makeup kit once the weather turns cool. The lipstick is highly pigmented. It lasts on my lips 5-6 hours when I apply it with liner.

MAC’s Diva lipstick retails for $21 from MAC’s official websiteWhich shade of MAC lipstick do you wear most often? 

 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara 


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I adore testing new mascara. Clinique products are a tried-and-true favourite of mine. I was eager to try the Chubby Lash Mascara after recieving a sample. 

The Packaging 

The mascara tube is lightweight and portable. The cover of the tube is a bright silver, while the other portion is black with the Clinique logo written in large lettering. 

The Mascara

Each bristle hugs the lashes to evenly distribute the mascara. The formula is lightweight and does not flake or smudge. An interesting aspect of this mascara is its pigment-enhancing ingredients. These ingredients give lashes a rich, intense colour. 

The Colours 

Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara comes in two shades: 

  • Jumbo Jet – Matte Black
  • Bodacious Black Honey – Black with golden honey undertones 

I own the colour Jumbo Jet

This mascara is formulated without parabens. It is also fragrance-free. 

Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara retails for $17.50 at Sephora

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Stick 


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A good makeup remover is a staple in my makeup kit. Urban Decay launched a new line of skincare products this spring. The Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Stick is one of those new products. I used the rest of my Clinique Cleansing Balm, and this Urban Decay product has worked as a perfect substitute!

The Packaging 

The makeup remover has a twist-off cap. Underneath the cap is the yellow-colored product, shaped into a stick. I enjoy how lightweight and portable the stick is. I toss it into my purse on a busy morning, and can remove my makeup at the end of the day with minimal effort.

The Balm 

The product is the same consistency as other makeup removers that are balm formats. It applies to the skin easily, and has a thick, slightly foamy texture. It doesn’t emulsify like other cleansing balms. This makes makeup removal quick and mess-free. I like how the product doesn’t leave my face feeling dry.

How to use it 

I first used it by rubbing it on my dry face then rinsing. I now rinse my face with water before applying the balm, and this helps grab any makeup that is stubborn. It starts out as a balm then it becomes thicker and foamy.

Urban Decay’s Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick is a perfect travel accessory. It is a quick, simple method for removing makeup at the end of your day! The makeup remover retails for $32 at Sephora.

 

Product Reviews

Fresh Beauty Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask 

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I deemed 2017 as the year of the face mask. To give my skin a refresh, I decided to test different face mask products. I received a sample jar of this mask with purchase at Sephora, and was eager to try it. This is the first product I’ve tried from Fresh. The mask is composed of a vitamin fruit complex (and smells like citrus fruits!)

The Packaging 

The product is packed into a heavy glass jar. I like the removable insert that sits on top of the product, it keeps the mask fresher. One issue I encountered with this packaging is the cover. It takes some twisting and turning to remove, which is not a quick process once hands are wet. The size is ideal. At 100 ml, this is a lot of product.

The Mask 

Once the jar is opened, you are greeted with a refreshing citrus scent. The mask itself is textured like a gel. I initially thought this to be a thick texture. Once applied to the face and mixed with water, the mask thins. It contains crystals of citrus fruit, which do not irritate the skin. It is light orange in colour. After the first use, I noticed my skin felt softer. My skin appeared more radiant and bright.

How to use the mask 

Apply the mask to clean, damp skin. I rub it into my skin in a circular motion. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. I use this mask 1-2 times per week.

I enjoy refreshing my skin with Fresh Beauty’s Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boost face mask. The process of using the mask is not complex, and it is a quick addition to my weekly beauty routine. (Plus, the citrus scent is heavenly!)

This mask retails for $80 at Sephora. It is also available in a sample-size.

Have you tried any Fresh Beauty products before?

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub

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Bite Beauty released a trio of agave-based lip products. Agave is nectar derived from the agave plant. This product is infused with both agave and sugar crystals. I searched for a lip scrub to help banish winter dryness in my lips. I picked up the Agave lip scrub based on recommendations.

The Packaging 

The scrub comes in a clear glass container with a matte black, twistable lid. The lid is embossed with BITE’s signature stamp. It is a heavier container. I like the simplicity of this packaging. It is clean and elegant.

The Product 

I adore the texture of Bite’s lip scrub. The combination of brown sugar and pineapple enzyme give the scrub a grainy texture. It tastes like brown sugar. It foams lightly once applied to the lips, and rinses clear.

How to use it 

Apply the scrub to the lips in a circular motion. Let it sit for a few seconds, then rinse. I use it 4-5 times per week as part of my makeup routine.

Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Scrub offers a convenient method to keep lips soft. It is a great base for lipstick or gloss. The agave formula is also available as a lip balm or mask.

This lip scrub retails for $18 at Sephora.

 

Have you tried BITE’s Agave lip scrub? 

 

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: MAC Zoom Lash Mascara 

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When feeling adventurous I deviate from my typical colour choices. The same goes for mascara. I often swipe a coat or two of black mascara on my lashes. In November, I began searching for a coloured mascara. I recieved MAC Zoomlash Mascara for Christmas. I loved that the mascara is actually purple.

The Packaging 

The mascara comes in a purple tube. This colour is reflective of the mascara colour. Attached to the top part of the tube is a wand applicator. The curved bristles allow the product to spread among each lash.

The Colour

This shade is called Plum Reserve. It is a bright, vibrant purple. It adds subtle tint to the lashes without the colour overpowering the natural lash colour.

MAC Zoomlash Mascara comes in 6 shades:

  • Beets Me – Brown
  • Plum Reserve – Plum
  • Green is Green – Emerald
  • High Esteem – Blackened-grey
  • Blue Charge – Blue
  • Zoom Black – Black

The mascara curls my lashes and lengthens. I enjoy the ergonomic ease of use. The packaging is lightweight and sturdy.

MAC Zoomlash Mascara retails for $21 from MAC’s official website. A smaller size of the mascara, from the company’s Little MAC Collection, retails for $12.