Luxury Lips: Marc Jacobs Lipstick Review

When I first found out that Marc Jacobs had entered the world of beauty after decades in the fashion industry, I was very excited to say the least. I already own several Marc Jacobs accessories and one of my favourite fragrances, Honey. Though I have not tried an extensive amount of products from Marc Jacobs Beauty, I can say that the lipsticks I have tried are worth both the hype and money!


The lipstick range that I tried from Marc Jacobs Beauty is the Le Marc Lip Crème, which claims 10-hour wear and is described as “buttery, creamy and vibrant.” Though I’m not sure if it will actually last 10 hours after eating and drinking throughout the day, I do know that it is definitely creamy when applied to the lip and the colours are nothing close to dull. What I do really like and appreciate about the lipstick and the Marc Jacobs Beauty line as a whole is that the products are cruelty free – no animals were tested at all during the production process! So the lipstick comes in a sleek black case that gives a satisfying click when you close the cap. I have it in the colour Je T’Aime (surprisingly picked by my fashion-challenged boyfriend) which is described as a rum raspberry colour. It comes in at $38 CAD, so it is more on the high end of makeup pricing compared to other beauty brands.

I also have tried the limited edition Up All Night Five Piece Petites set, which was a Marc Jacobs Beauty holiday release in 2016. As the name suggests, the set comprises of 5 small sized lipsticks (0.05 oz each) with colours ranging from nudes, reds, purple and it comes in a hot pink faux patent leather case which makes it perfect for travelling or if you like super cute and fun packaging! Now, more about the colours: there are two nude shades one with an apricot undertone (No Angel) and the other with a rosier undertone (Slow Burn). There are also two red shades one being a brighter more strawberry red (Oh Miley!) and the other being a deep ruby red (Miss Scarlet). Lastly, the fifth shade comes in a deep plum (Scandal), which is the perfect statement lip.

Like I mentioned earlier, the 10-hour wear claim may be a stretch, as the darker or bolder colours need touch-ups and potentially a re-application as it does leave residue on glasses and coffee cups. Regardless of the need for touch-ups, the colour payoff is amazing and because of the creaminess of the lipstick formula, it doesn’t leave the lips feeling dry. Even though the price is more on the high end of beauty products, it is definitely worth it especially if you choose a colour that you really love and know that you will actually get great use out of it. If you are willing to invest in a knockout colour, then the Le Marc Lip Crème is a must buy!

 

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Buying Smart: Style Pieces Worth the Splurge

Realistically, most of us can’t buy designer everything, especially when there are essentials and bills to pay for. That being said, I still think there are some style pieces that are truly worth investing in. There are so many great budget friendly pieces out there and it’s super exciting when you find the perfect makeup dupe for less than half the cost. But from my experience some things are honestly worth the splurge when they will last for years to come.

So here are the five pieces I think are worth the investment:

A Watch

Sure there are some trendy or super cute watches you can buy for super cheap but will it last a year of your busy, hectic life? In the long run, it is more cost effective to buy a good quality watch with a timeless look and replacing the battery if need be than buying a new watch every couple of years.

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 Shoes

I’ve learned the hard way that cheaper shoes are fantastic for your wallet but horrible for the feet! No matter the price, breaking in shoes is a nightmare but once you’ve broken in your favourite new pair of shoes, better quality shoes will be more comfortable and will last more than a season when well taken care of!

 Sunglasses

Sunglasses are another item that it is worth spending money. Buying a really cheap pair every summer can be convenient but cheaper quality glasses are more susceptible to scratching and breakage.  Another plus side of buying quality sunglasses is that they do have better UV protection so your eyes will actually be protected from the sun’s strong rays.

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A Coat

When living in a city that experiences cold weather for half the year, a well made coat or jacket is a must for combatting cold winds and frostbite! While there is no need to spend close to 1000$ for a good jacket, it is worth spending some money on a coat that will make sure you don’t turn into a popsicle the minute you go outside.

A Handbag

When buying a classic shape or colour, investing in a good quality and well-crafted handbag is worth it because it will allow for versatility when accessorizing and will honestly never go out of style. Investing in a good quality handbag doesn’t mean spending more than you can afford but it does mean opting for quality.

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Investment doesn’t mean solely buying high-end designer wear or spending your whole paycheck on a pair of sunglasses! There are some great quality brands out there with prices that won’t hurt the bank. But if you are someone who can’t help but want the finer things in life, there is a way to buy designer for less –end of season sales and outlets shops are great places for designer steals. But whatever your budget, buy what makes you feel your best!