It’s the holiday season! There’s no snow in Toronto just yet, but Mink Mile is already lined with glistening holiday windows. And at Holt Renfrew there’s a little something extra to be excited about. If you read this previous post, you’d know I look out for the Holt Renfrew Beauty Bag each season. This is because it is usually filled with luxury beauty samples you can’t find anywhere else and only costs between $25 to $45. The bag also comes with a $10 voucher that you can use on a future beauty purchase. It’s brilliant! I don’t buy every single one, but in the past my favourite beauty bag samples were the Hermes Terre d’Hermes miniature cologne and shower gel set, Erno Laszlo Timeless Serum and Clinique Almost Lipstick in “Black Honey”.
When I saw this season’s bag in Holt Muse, it made its way to the top of my shopping list. It is priced at $35, but valued at over $100. And the bag still features the $10 voucher. I have a few beauty items on my wish list (including Tom Ford’s “Drake” lipstick…just because), so the voucher is a bonus. The bag itself is beautifully designed with navy honeycomb print and rose gold hardware. And it’s functional. There’s a top-handle for carrying it, plenty of storage space and a built-in interior mirror. So it will work well for makeup storage on your vanity table or in your suitcase for travel.
My top favourites inside this beauty bag are the Tuscan Scent trio from Salvatore Ferragamo, Miu Miu’s eau de parfum and the Matte Revolution lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury. Within the Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscan Scent trio is a sampling of the “quintessential collection”. It features 1.5 ml samples of the White Mimosa, Golden Acacia and Incense Suede scents. Of the three, the White Mimosa is my favourite. It is a floral but sensual, so it fits well with the rest of my perfume collection.
The second fragrance item in the bag is Miu Miu’s new flagship fragrance. It is comprised of the Lily of the Valley and Akilgalawood scents. I’ve tried this at the fragrance counter before. It’s a classic women’s perfume. The Lily of the Valley reminds me of a perfume my Grandmother used to wear; which is a good thing. This fragrance and Alaia are competing for the next spot on my perfume tray. So, it’s nice to have this generous 4 ml sample to help me decide between the two when I’m ready (I recently used my Optimum points to purchase Narciso, which I really enjoy. I keep meaning to write the review, but that’s a good fall/winter fragrance to try as well).
To be honest, I can’t write much about my final favourite because I haven’t opened these Charlotte Tilbury samples yet. The packaging is too cute. I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews about this line from a makeup artist and my sister-in-NARS since its Canadian debut. The Miracle Eye Wand is on my wish list, but heard Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks are good as well. I plan to visit their counter at Holts to see how they compare to my favourite, NARS Audacious.
The beauty bag also includes deluxe samples of Clinique’s “repairwear” uplifting firming cream (7 ml), Laura Mercier’s radiance foundation primer (15 ml) and Erno Laszlo’s Firmarine face bar (17 g). The full-sized versions of these products are available for sale on Holt Renfrew’s new e-store, but it looks like the beauty bags are only available in-store. I’m very pleased with this year’s holiday bag and I think it would make a great hostess gift (or gift to self). If you grab this bag or have any past favourites, tweet me and let me know.
This is not a sponsored post. The thoughts expressed are honest and my own.