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Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Review + Swatches

marc jacobs enamored lip gloss


I’ve been asked some questions regarding the new Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick (0.074 oz: $28) and nothing excites me more than knowing that there’s a new lip product to investigate, especially the ones that are from MJ Beauty.


marc jacobs enamored lip glosses review

The Enamored Lip Gloss is basically a lip gloss in a stick that’s meant to condition and hydrate the lips while delivering a glossy finish. At first glance, the product’s packaging feels really easy on the hands especially with its teardrop-shaped applicator that makes it precise to apply on the lips. The colored caps of each tube seems to accurately match the shade of the lip gloss as well. On the outside, this product looks like a lipstick, that is, until you start applying it on the lips. It feels really emulsifying and it melts on the lips easily like butter. I wouldn’t call it creamy, but it’s more like a lip oil, or pretty much like a very pigmented lip gloss. It does glide effortlessly on the lips and it’s very lightweight as if you didn’t apply anything on. I didn’t notice any sticky feel all throughout my usage of the product, and it’s really comfortable to wear. I love that it has this nice subtle peppermint scent which is really on point this summer and I wish all lipsticks and lip glosses smell like that. Also, this Enamored Lip Gloss is super hydrating from the moment you apply this to your lips and even after it fades away, leaving the lips feeling supple and smooth.


Here are five of the eight shades.


marc jacobs enamored hydrating lip gloss stick


marc jacobs enamored lip gloss swatches


Mocha Choco-lata!nude pinky beige, perfect nude for light or light/medium skintones.


Uh-Huh Honeybrown sugar shimmer, a very wearable brown sugar tone that’s packed with glitter.


One Mauve Timerose mauve, a deeply saturated perfect mauve shade for those with slightly pigmented lips.


Black Cherry Babybronze cherry, appears dark red-brown at first glance but it’s actually quite sheer and can be easily worn by anyone with light/medium to deep skin tones. Reminds me a bit of Clinique’s super popular “Black Honey“.


Candy Bling red raspberry, a perfect pop of color this summer.


marc jacobs enamored lip gloss stick swatches


Lasting power for me with this Enamored Lip Gloss is pretty short, about 3 hours to 3.5 hours maximum. It fades away easily after eating or drinking and it’s not staining, so that’s kind of my beef with this. I’m also not keen on taking this outside with the Summer heat, fearing that it might melt easily due to its oily or buttery consistency. Speaking of its consistency, this lip gloss on a stick actually reminds me a lot of the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick (reviewed HERE) and the rest of the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lineup (HERE). Also, it’s quite similar to the Dior Addict Lacquer Stick (swatched HERE). So, there are a lot of products that may seem comparable to this Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss, however, it has a fairly wearable lineup of shades and its scent is something to consider for.


marc jacobs enamored hydrating lip gloss review


Overall, this is a great hydrating lip product that looks like a lipstick but feels and applies like a lip gloss with a nice shiny effect on the lips. It won’t stay long on the lips, so you’ll need to reapply quite often but it’s comfortable, non-sticky, super lightweight and it comes in cute wearable colors.


The Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick is currently available at Sephora, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, and Net-A-Porter


marc jacobs beauty enamored hydrating lip gloss review and swatches



Dior Addict Lacquer Stick Review + Swatches

Oh, Hi There! Ever since I reviewed the Dior Addict Lacquer Plump (HERE), I began to wonder what its solid lipstick counterpart was like – the Dior Addict Lacquer Stick (0.11 oz: $37). Upon the description, it’s meant to be a hybrid lip lacquer shine and a lip balm all rolled into one, while the Dior Addict Lacquer Plump, on the other hand, is supposed to be a lip plumping lacquer complete with all its hydrating effect and shine. While I do like the Dior Addict Lacquer Plump due to its comforting effect on the lips, as well as its beautiful shades, I didn’t think it was plumping at all, or at least I didn’t really notice it. But with the Dior Addict Lacquer Stick, it’s a completely different experience.

dior addict lacquer stick review

dior addict lacquer stick review and swatches

I remember skipping on these lipsticks before when they were released, (which I shouldn’t have) thinking that it would just be like any other Dior lipsticks. But since purchasing the three shades which I’m about to review below, I felt like I really I should have bought some before since there weren’t a lot of colors left anymore at my local Dior counters or even at my local Department Stores or Sephora. Upon initial test, in my opinion, I think this Lacquer Stick is a lot better than the Dior Addict Lacquer Plump. With this, the application is smooth and you’ll really get a good coverage with just one swipe. By smooth, I mean buttery smooth, kinda like those YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in texture and comfort. The Lacquer stick is also very hydrating and super lightweight on the lips, so you won’t feel like wearing anything at all. There are two finishes available as of the moment: the limited-edition Glitter finish and the Satin finish.

dior addict lacquer stick underground, rising star, la pinkGlitter Finish


627 Rising Star – Glittery Nude. I fell in love with this holographic shimmery nude immediately. I love that it’s a medium taupe shade that complements my lips’ undertone and that nice multi-faceted soft shimmer is so pretty yet not too uncomfortably blinding. It’s a great every nude lip color with wearable shimmers.


dior addict lacquer stick swatch


Satin Finish:


420 Underground – Pink Nude. This color is one of those perfect everyday lipstick no matter what complexion you’re in. It’s a “hard to come by” shade even though there’s a ton of nude lipsticks nowadays. Yet this shade seems to adapt to any inherent color that’s already on the lips. It isn’t a show-off shade, instead, it’s more of wearable warm nude with a tiny bit of pink.


570 L.A. Pink – Rosewood. A very beautiful, (like bee-you-tiful!) mauve rose that looks a bit like the Underground shade above but has a bit more pink in it. For me, this is such a very wearable warm pinky rosewood because its undertones are muted so it’s not flashy even though its finish is quite shiny.


dior addict lacquer stick lip swatches


There is a slight floral scent to these lipsticks, but it’s not as strong compared to the scent of most Dior Addict Lipsticks. I actually find the scent to be pleasing. The packaging, on the other hand, is sleek but it’s a bit annoying because the names of the lipsticks are on the tube cover and not on the product’s tube itself. So there’s a huge possibility of mislabeling the lipsticks. Other than that, this Dior Addict Lacquer Stick is almost perfect. It feels light on the lips, it’s indeed comforting and hydrating like a lip balm, its pigments are superb and gives good coverage, while it has a nice shiny finish but not over the top like a vinyl effect. It lasts a good three hours on me after eating, but a solid 4 to 5 hours with minimal snacking or just sipping coffee, juice or tea.

dior addict lacquer stick in rising star, underground, l.a. pink

The Dior Addict Lacquer Stick is currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges, HarrodsLord & Taylor, JCPenney, and Dillard’s 



What’s In My Bag? The Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City Review

Balenciaga City


Hey Bag Lovers! I’m back with another review of my favorite bag of the moment. I’ve had this bag for a couple of years now, and it has been used quite a lot. It’s a very functional bag due to its practical size that can hold a substantial amount of stuff, and is an ideal bag for transitioning from one season to another. It’s also versatile because it goes with anything, whether you’re rocking a biker chic look or an office attire. It can also be casual for running errands or just a walk around town kind of look. Truly a bag of all seasons, of shifting weathers, and a go to for anyone who wants to look polished yet edgy and trendy. We all know this bag, the Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City. A modern and even more edgy twist to the usual Balenciaga Classic City that we know. The bag is made of a strong yet supple grained goatskin, hand stitched handles and a removable shoulder strap.


Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City

Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City Contents


It also has its signature gold metallic edges and golden studs. The Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City retains the same size, interiors, openings, zips and compartments as the Classic City, and comes with the removable leather framed mirror. The handle drop is around 4 inches, while the shoulder strap drop is around 8.5 inches. The bag itself is about 15 inches in length and 9 inches in height with a depth of 5 inches. It is quite heavy, around 1 pound or more, but it can hold a ton of stuff. The leather looks luxurious, robust, strong and quite resistant to scratches. Though the bag tends to get more supple with time, its beauty and resilience remains the same, if not better. I usually carry it during winter and down to spring. I even carry it during long haul flights without any issue. This is without a doubt, a multitasking bag for me.

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Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City Contents






Here’s what’s inside:


Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City review contents


  1. Iphone 6 Plus – The case is from Sonix, available HERE.
  2. Wide-Tooth Comb – Believe it or not, this comb is 15 years old. It’s practically antique. Got this when I was still in high school. I don’t even remember anymore where I bought this from. But I’ve been keeping it because of the sentimental value. LOL. On top of that, it detangles my hair well, and prevents split ends. Still looks good as new too.
  3. YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick in Shade 48 Smoking Plum. My most favorite YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Shade. Reviewed and swatched HERE.
  4. Louis Vuitton Key Pouch – Contains my two favorite lip products as of the moment; the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick in 48 Smoking Plum, and YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 66 Bois De Rose.
  5. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 66 Bois De Rose. My favorite YSL Lipstick shade of all time. Reviewed HERE.
  6. Louis Vuitton 6 Key Holder – Vernis Leather in Indian Rose shade. Love this for keys and keychain cards organization.
  7. Burberry Classic Cashmere Scarf – Love the Ash Rose shade of this. Ideal for when the temperature gets chillier than usual.
  8. Supermarket Pocket Facial Tissue – It’s always important to have this.
  9. Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper – I’m crazy about these blotting papers. It comes in 3 kinds; Mulberry, Green Tea and Mattifying Charcoal. Love that these don’t disturb your makeup, comes in compact case with mirror and a sticky puff.
  10. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Foundation – Great for controlling oil on the skin. My shade is Warm 100. Reviewed further HERE.
  11. The Woman In Cabin 10 Book – From the author Ruth Ware. Given by my cousin in Lahdahn. Haven’t finished reading this yet. Will soon make a review on the “Other Stuff” section of this blog.
  12. Stella Mccartney Falabella Shaggy Dear Flap Wallet in Navy – even though it’s not made of real leather, I love the sleek look of this wallet, and it’s always good to be cruelty-free.
  13. L’occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream – My favorite hand cream of all time. Reviewed HERE.
  14. Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette – Love that this is an all-in-one eye makeup product. Reviewed HERE.
  15. Gucci Guilty Rollerball – A sexy and daring scent. With notes of mandarin, geranium and amber.
  16. It Brushes for Ulta Airbrush Serum Foundation Brush #131 – Love the dense fibers of this particular brush, plus it’s great for contouring. More It Brushes reviewed HERE.
  17. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist – Ideal mist for traveling as it won’t leave your face dry. It also makes the skin luminous and glowy.
  18. Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Duo On the Go – For all the contouring fanatics out there and the contouring ladies, this compact contour is made for us. Reviewed HERE.
  19. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray – Got this from one of my Sephora Play! subscription. Works to make your makeup last a long time.
  20. Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser – Also got this from my Sephora Play! box, and it’s very convenient to use anywhere and everywhere.
  21. Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara – My current fave mascara. It’s very volumizing with just one stroke.
  22. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Whiskey – Reviewed HERE.
  23. Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown – My favorite eyebrow makeup product ever.
  24. Bite Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer – Really love this menthol-flavored lip primer. Does an ok job of making my lipsticks stay longer.
  25. Clinique Pouch – A free pouch that you usually get when you buy some products from the Clinique counter.


What's inside my bag Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City


There you have it! The contents of my Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City. A one fine functional bag that can carry a lot of stuff. Sometimes, it can even act as shopping bag, because the bag expands and is very robust, despite its goat leather. I’ve taken it on several cross-country flights, and not a dent or scratch happened. The only caveat is the annoying shorter-than-usual shoulder strap. I don’t really see the use of the provided shoulder strap because it’s hard to wear the bag with that too short of a strap, and sometimes wearing the bag on the forearm with a lot of stuff inside can be really heavy. So I suggest and plan to purchase the longer shoulder strap that Balenciaga now provides for this particular style of bag. I think it’ll work much better and could improve the bag’s usability. Other than that, this bag is indeed a work of art and performance that gets better with time.


Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge City


Ciao! Stay tune for my next in-depth bag review.


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