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Mulberry Love // Mini Lily + Bayswater Clutch Review

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Instagram Lately // Reviewing my recent Mulberry purchases.

I'm a huge fan of Mulberry - There's something about its simple yet elegant designs that really draws me in.  I started with the Bayswater Small Shoulder Bag, which is considered to be the brand's iconic style and gradually added to my collection with other classics such as the Lily. 

During my deal hunt on July 4th weekend, I spotted a sale event on Mulberry U.S. website (About 20% to 30% off) that included some of their classic and popular styles such as Lily and Bayswater.  I shared that on my Instagram feed...hopefully all of you Mulberry fans out there were able to take advantage of that! 

I know that even with the discounts, their bags are still not cheap, but the only other times I'd see such discounts is from flash sale sites such as Rue La La with one downside - Luxury bag flash sale is often final/non-returnable.

This time, I was being very good and only purchased these two...Continue reading below to see my detailed reviews of them.


Recent Mulberry purchases // Mini Lily in Neon Blue and Bayswater Clutch in Black.
Reviewing the Mulberry Bayswater Clutch in Black.

Bayswater Clutch in Black //  Mulberry clutch is one of Princess Kate's favorite accessories, so I figure I can't go wrong with having one for myself!  I love Bayswater and own the small shoulder bag.  This clutch does not disappoint - It's such a classic piece and can be used as a clutch for more formal settings (remove the chain) or as a crossbody for more casual activities.  It's a perfect day-to-night bag.  It's also a good size for travels and sightseeing with different compartments built in to help keep things organized. P.S. Photo shows iPhone 6.

Buying Recommendation //  If this is your first Mulberry purchase, I recommend getting something from the Bayswater collection.  If you're trying to keep your budget down, this clutch is a great choice because you can get many uses out of it (casual and formal events).  If you can stretch your budget, the iconic Bayswater small shoulder bag would be a good investment as well. 

Reviewing the Mulberry Bayswater Clutch in Black.

Reviewing the Mulberry Mini Lily Handbag in Neon Blue.

Mini Lily in Neon Blue //  I have a medium Lily in pale yellow (limited-time color and no longer available) and want to add another one to my collection.  I know that this mini would be on the small side, but I am surprised by how mini it really is.  The iPhone 6 barely fits in there and stretches the bag beyond its normal shape.  Because the Lily's design is a bit more playful or casual than the clutch, I find it more suitable for daytime and this mini version won't fit extra items I bring along such as sunnies and sunscreen (after putting essentials in).

Buying Recommendation //  If you're shopping for your first Mulberry, I recommend getting the Bayswater clutch as mentioned above.  If you prefer the Lily and can stretch your budget, I recommend getting the medium size and only consider this mini version for your later purchases.  I myself am considering returning this because it's not a very practical piece for what I need.

Reviewing the Mulberry Mini Lily Handbag in Neon Blue.
Reviewing the Mulberry Mini Lily Handbag in Neon Blue.
Reviewing the Mulberry Mini Lily and Bayswater Clutch //   How to care for your Mulberry    Not Very Scratch-Resistant //  I am extra extra careful with my Mulberry bags because the textured leather does get scratched fairly easily.  Be especially careful with your nails - I have accidentally scratched my Lily with my nails and I don't even have long nails!  Luckily, it was on the back side of the bag.     Proper Storage //  Always keep your bags in the dust bags that come with each purchase as well as keep them in a dark, cool place.  Also, allow the bags and the leather to "breathe", so only close the dust bag half way.
Reviewing the Mulberry Mini Lily and Bayswater Clutch //   How to care for your Mulberry    Carry-On Only //  I don't ever put my bags (or any other luxe items) in checked luggage because there has been too many cases where things are being stolen right out of people's suitcases by airport crew who handles them.  I don't want to take my chances, so I keep my treasures close to me when I travel!

Here are a few more in my collections as previously shared on Instagram...Let me know if you have any questions on these styles!

Mulberry Medium Lily in Pale Yellow // Part of the main collection.

Mulberry Medium Lily in Pale Yellow // Part of the main collection.

Mulberry Primose in Red // Part of a limited edition and the last collection designed by former creative director, Emma Hill.

Mulberry Primose in Red // Part of a limited edition and the last collection designed by former creative director, Emma Hill.

Mulberry Bayswater Small Shoulder Bag // Part of the main collection.

Mulberry Bayswater Small Shoulder Bag // Part of the main collection.

Do you have a Mulberry that you treasure and love or any other leather bags that are near and dear to your heart?  I would love to hear any of your own shopping or care tips for leather bags!

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Irresistibly Cute // The Face Shop x KaKao Friends

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Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Sunscreen Cushion and Lip Creamer.
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Sunscreen Cushion and Lip Creamer.
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Natural Sun Eco Sunscreen Cushion.
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Natural Sun Eco Sunscreen Cushion.   SCENT  is essentially non-existent. I love how this has none of that typical sunscreen smell.   TEXTURE  is just like foundation cushion, which is a blendable lightweight liquid form. Feels good on the skin, no irritation at all and not too greasy even for my combo/oily skin (very rare for sunscreen!).   SPF  is 34 with PA++. Not the maximum protection against UV rays, but it is protecting you against both UVA & UVB rays (as indicated by the SPF & PA notations).
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Natural Sun Eco Baby Sunscreen Cushion    BLENDABILITY  is just ok when I use the applicator pad to apply to skin (top, using hand for more clear demo). You can still see the white-cast on my skin even after tapping it many times. When I use my fingers to gently rub (bottom), then the sunscreen blends in. On my face, it looked noticeably white-casted - While the whitened-skin look is popular in Korea where whitened skin is highly treasured, the cultural norm where I live is a little different. I would have to rub it in for me to be able to use this cushion.    
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Natural Sun Eco Baby Sunscreen Cushion    // LIKE //  - Super cute collectable packaging...who  can resist those KaKao Friends characters! - Sunscreen has nice texture and doesn't irritate my skin.  - Love that there's no sunscreen scent and it's non-greasy!   // DISLIKE //  - Not easily blendable with cushion pads (had to use fingers to finish blending). - Lower SPF & PA. Would love to see higher for my face. - Reapplying over foundation or any other coverage would contaminate the pad and create an unsanitized mess on the pad for future uses.   // BUY or NO BUY //  Sadly, I have to recommend "no buy". It's so so cute, but the application flaws makes it hard to blend, unsanitized & not very practical. However, I end up replacing the sunscreen inner with my Amore Pacific CC cushion, so I still get to enjoy the Joe Cool bunny case!
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer    SCENT  is that of Jolly Rancher or fruity candies. Super yummy and doesn't smell too artificial!   TEXTURE  is very creamy! It's actually pretty tough to blend it evenly when applying directly from the tube. I think it's best to use a lip brush for a smoother, evenly-blended look.    COMPARISON  to Etude House Dear My Jelly Lips (Top: JPK002. Bottom: JOR203), this lippie has more depth and is more pigmented.    
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer    PREP  is needed because of its creamy texture. Best to prep lips with Vaseline Lip or the equivalent. My first try was a complete failure as I didn't prep my lips - Couldn't get the lip color to stick!    COLOR  is lighter once applied on lips than what you see in the tube and from the swatch on my arm. This is true for all colors in this collection, so don't be afraid to go for the "bolder" colors if you are buying. The one I have is #12 - The lightest color. I picked it because it looked pretty red in the tube, but as you can see here, it came out more mauve pink. 
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer    // LIKE //  - Same as the sunscreen, it's hard to resist the super cute collectable packaging. - Soft color that's perfect for everyday & can also build up to fuller colors. - Love the sweet fruity candy scent that's not too artificial!   // DISLIKE //  - Require special prep in order for lip color to stick. - Not very convenient as the best application is with a lip brush.   // BUY or NO BUY //  It's a "no buy" recommendation for practical reason. I have lipsticks that don't require prep or brush and they go on smoothly. If you're MU expert though and don't mind the extra steps, this would be a fun addition to your collection..be warned that you'll want to collect them all!

Do you have a tough time resisting these adorable KaKao Friends, too?  Hope you've enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!


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