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February 2016

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LV Eva Clutch Review (Plus Shorter Strap Option)

The Eva clutch is a versatile and popular bag from LV. If you are considering purchasing the clutch or if you, like me, are not using your bag due to its long strap then this post might be helpful!

LV Eva Clutch Leather Strap is Too Long on a Petite Frame
The bag comes with a 15-inch non-detachable gold chain and a 48-inch detachable leather strap. Before I purchased the bag I researched about the long strap and even went to the store to try on the bag. Even though I knew the strap was too long for my body frame, I still purchased the bag because I loved its versatility and shape. I am 5 foot 2 inches and as cross body the bag hits me slightly below my butt. Of course over the shoulder using the leather strap is out of the question (hits only a few inches above my knee).

1a. LV Eva Clutch_Damier Ebene 1b. LV Eva Clutch_Damier Ebene

1d. LV Eva Clutch_Damier Ebene

For a while, I dealt with the longer strap and used the bag; however, eventually I stopped using the bag because of the awkward length it hits my side. Additionally, the long bag makes me look proportionally shorter.

I looked online for options to shorten the leather strap and found this useful thread on the Purse Blog. A lovely poster presented two options to shorten the straps by 2-8 inches. These options are really clever! Unfortunately these are only short-term fixes. When I tried option 1, the tucked-in portion will flip back out. I love the length option 2 offers but the “hidden” strap inside the zipper is in the way when you use the bag. Also, the leather strap no longer pulls up one of the zipper ends, which is the look I prefer.

Of course, one option is to take the strap to a cobbler to get it shorten. However, I am unwilling to alter the bag. One, I am concerned whether the cobbler can perfectly cut and re-stitch the leather strap. Two, if I eventually want to sell this bag, altering the straps will decrease its value.

I also looked into buying a shorter strap. LV offers an adjustable length strap for $280, which is just ridiculous. There is also a website called Mautto that sells custom replaceable straps for ~$30-$50 depending on the length. However, from the pictures online, the quality and craftsmanship did not look so great.

I also thought about selling the bag. However, the discounted price offered by the reseller sites didn’t make sense and I am not experienced with selling on eBay. Long story short, I gave up and just didn’t use the Eva clutch for over a year.

Then recently, I decided I have to find a solution: sell, cobble the strap or find an alternative strap. Then I found an Etsy shop from China called life2creation that offers all sorts of gold chains for bags or jewelry. I ended up purchasing this 100cm (~40 inch) gold chain for $4.00 plus $3.50 shipping for a total of $8.00. Now, I can finally use my Eva clutch again!

If you are thinking about purchasing the LV Eva clutch and you have a petite frame, there is a high chance you will eventually want a shorter strap.

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La Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask Review

I never imagined I would own La Mer skincare products (at least not until I’m much older). La Mer’s high prices squash whatever interest I may have in its products. However, after reading and watching many raving reviews on this mask, I decided to find out how much this mask actually cost: $165 for 2.5oz (74ml). Nope, out of my willingness to pay range. However, I found a smaller travel size version, 1.7 oz (50ml) for $60 (as of 5/22/2016, this smaller version is no longer available online, it seems you can still get it in stores at Saks). 50ml is the standard size for masks and $60 is also comparable to other masks; however, compared to La Mer products, it almost feels like an outrageous bargain!

Is this Deal Real?
I checked to make sure I was not on a counterfeit website! Even when you search on La Mer’s website for “masks”, the only results that came up was the larger size for $165. If you google, “La Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask” you will only find links to the expensive version too. However, I googled “La Mer masks” and found this link to the 1.7oz version for $60. Love finding gold on Google! I can officially confirm the product is from the La Mer website and the mask will be sent directly from La Mer.

The only reason I can think of for the disparity in price is the smaller version must be discontinued? Plus it seems La Mer came out with a new Intensive Revitalizing Mask so this smaller version might have the original formula. If that is the case, I don’t mind having the original formula at all because this original formula is loved by many and the savings makes it a no brainer!

La Mer offers complementary free shipping on all orders and you get two free samples with your order. I picked the Serum de La Mer (3ml) and the Emulsion de La Mer (3ml).

1a. La Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask4a. La Mer Intensive Revitalizing MaskLa Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask
The Intensive Revitalizing Mask, also known as the “8 minute mask”, is described as:

“A refreshing cream mask that energizes, plumps and protects, instantly infusing the skin with youth. Potent, cell-renewing Miracle Broth™ immerses skin in the healing energies of the sea, helping promote its natural renewal process. The new Vitality Ferment drenches skin with hydration as the new Purifying Ferment helps neutralize free radicals and protect skin from the invisible drivers of aging – fatigue, stress and pollution. In just 8 minutes, skin looks healthy and plump. Revitalized.”

La Mer Key Ingredients
I can’t find the detailed ingredients list for this mask but it apparently has La Mer’s Miracle Broth, which is a combination of nutrient-rich sea kelp and other natural ingredients. Apparently the Broth took 12 years and 6,000 experiments. Some ingredients mentioned on the website are:

2a. La Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask Review 2b. La Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask Review 2c. La Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask Review

How to Use
The directions for this mask is to apply for 8 minutes and then wipe off any excess with tissue. When I use it, there is nothing to “wipe” off because immediately after I apply the product, it completely absorbs into my skin like a moisturizer. I use a penny size amount as an overnight mask in place of my regular serum. The steps are: toner water, eye cream, La Mer mask, and facial cream.

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