If you’ve been contemplating a high-end Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Bag Event from Barneys NYC, now is a great time. Through March 10, you can grab a free bi-annual beauty gift bag worth a whopping $385 with any $200 beauty purchase. I don’t have an abundance of money to spend on cosmetics, but there are some things I know are worth splurging on. I love finding Asian beauty or alternative lipstick, mascara or BB that works but I never cut corners on skincare. Want to know  my experience with these products? Well then keep on reading as I’m about to write it all down for you.

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The Barneys Love Yourself Gift bag theme this year is SO MUCH LOVE IN A LITTLE BAG. Spend $200 on cosmetics, skincare, or fragrance to receive a 26-piece women’s or 23-piece men’s bag filled with our favorite of-the-moment products. Eligible items are from the Beauty or Men’s grooming Departments.

Barney’s has two big events per year, usually in March and September. The women’s gift bag is packed with new season full size and travel size products from 25 luxury beauty brands and features La Mer, Sunday Riley, Diptyque, ReVive, 3Lab, Eve Lom and a lot more.

Barneys Love Yourself Gift Bag Review – Women’s Gift

The Barneys Love Yourself Women’s Beauty Bag 2018 includes a beautiful tie-dye cosmetic bag and the following items.


Top Facial Masks from Barneys New York Reviews


MALIN+GOETZ Detox Face Mask (9ml) ($3.51 value) | Full size $46

MDNA SKIN EYE Mask Review $25 Value | Full size $120 Barneys Exclusive

A triple-layer eye mask constructed from a microfiber that’s thinner and softer than cashmere to help soothe, cool and revitalize the look of stress and fatigue in the entire periorbital region — not just the under-eye area.

Soothes, cools and helps revitalize the look of stress and fatigue in the eye area with antioxidants and powerful moisturizers T. thermophilus and M.T.PARCA Thermal Water.

IcanGWP Review: I have a weakness against goodies from the sea. T. Thermophillus is a microorganism found 2,000 meters below sea level with powerful moisturizing properties. It’s an excellent skin conditioner and sunscreen, and quite rare in skincare (starting to appear around 2001 with a French company patent according to newscientist). I have found it in ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen, CHANEL Hydramax + Active Moisture Gel Cream and some products in the Estee Lauder Resilience Lift line.

The mask is soft and huge as it can cover most of my nose. The fragrance free liquid is clear and as light as spring water. It smells like SK-II pitera products. The effect is a slow relaxation of the eye area, puffiness reduction and healthy plumbing over the course of the day. By fusing the power of well-known natural ingredients with modern evolutionary science she really creates a bold and resilient skincare. It doesn’t help on the dark raccoon areas but other than that this is a fine piece of product. It has the most reachable price compared to the full MDNA Skin line if you want to give yourself a try of the new T. thermophilus.

Vitabrid C12 Dual mask Review (Full size) $35 – Barneys Exclusive

Vitabrid C¹²’s Dual Masks feature an age-defying and firming formula that promotes the feeling of increased collagen, replaces skin’s moisture, and improves the overall look of the complexion. Skin is left feeling softer, smoother, and more hydrated.

IcanGWP Review: If you are not into sticky sheet masks, then this milky mask will surely delight you. This new mask from Barneys exclusive brand Vitabrid C is ultra moisturizing. It soaks in a nice warm milk liquid – no detectable scent – love that! The emulsion wraps skin contours like a second skin. The mask fits around the eye lids and under eyes well – facial and eye mask all in one. I rubbed the mesh and leftover on the collar and actually almost my whole body. The lips are looking so awfully dry compared to the rest of my face. It’s rich and I love the glowing results. The single mask is only $8. Sheet mask fans, I  recommend this one for hydrating and anti-aging mask.

Top Moisturizers from Barneys New York Reviews

3LAB Super Eye Treatment (3ml) ($71.25 value) | Full size $475

Givenchy Le Rouge Matte Lipstick N329 ROUGE STILETTO (Mini) | Full size $37


ReVive Intensite Complete Anti-Aging Eye Serum Review (sample) | Full size $285

IcanGWP Review: I have a love-hate feeling with the ReVive eye serum. I’m using eye serum because I believe eyes are more delicate, more prone to dryness and quicker to show age and fatigue. Eye serums are formulated specifically for the fragile skin around the eye so they tend to be rich but extremely light. They contain a lot of active ingredients aimed at the problems we see around the eyes.

The formula is lovely and helps address several issues. The only caveat is that there’s quite a bit of pink mica in it. It’s not really visible but we don’t need it at night, do we?

The Organic Pharmacy Collagen Boost Mask Review (10ml) ($25.80 value) | Full size $129

IcanGWP Review: Here comes the rare collection from organic and fair-trade skincare brand, The Organic Pharmacy, with homeopathic dispensaries. I surprisingly enjoyed this leave-on mask (with a twist). It has a bright citrus scented mask that refreshes my skin so amazingly well in the morning. It goes on lighter than a serum and has incredible freshness. It melts into the skin and the cool sensation is awesome. It has a matte finish. I would repurchase if they had an  alcohol free version. I’m eyeing their Beauty Drops $99. There are only three things in the bottle: Ginseng (Panax Ginseng), Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica), Bilberry (Vaccinum Myrtillus). It’s great, isn’t it?! They also have a 5-piece discovery kit for $80.


Top Moisturizers from Barneys New York Reviews

Chantecaille Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream (mini) | Full size $98

Armani Crema Nera Extrema (5ml) | Full size $390

La Mer Moisturizing Creme (3.5ml) ($19.83 value) | Full size $170 – $2095


SISLEY-PARIS Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream (4ml) ($15.60 value)| Full size $195

Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, or Baume-En-Eau A La Rose Noire, is a daily skin care formula for re-plumping the skin and promoting radiance.

IcanGWP Review: The delicate black rose scent is intoxicating – very natural la vie en rose. The popular Sisley black rose line features several skin intriguing ingredients. Sisley black rose mask is a must-have brightening and hydrating mask for thirsty skin (reviewed here). Turns out I’m not the only one going gaga for this cream. According to  Sisley, “We are on track to sell out our initial stock by the end of the month, which is record breaking for Sisley”. The cream also had a whopping 6,000 pre-sold units before its launch.

This rose infusion is brilliant for thirsty normal to oily skin. A water-in-oil emulsion melts to water droplets to infuse the skin instantly. The lightweight gel is welcoming and injects a superb moisturizer to the skin. Thanks to the luxurious botanical ingredients, especially a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids from the Camelina sativa seed oil (or gold of pleasure oil), it provides a velvet canvas that looks plump, moist, firm and healthy. It feels cocooning and creates a naturally rosy glow! This is a good example of an amazing moisturizer that has beautiful texture, ingredients and does what it’s supposed to do both short-term and long-term.


Top Cleansers from Barneys New York Reviews

Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste (sample) | Full size $7.50 – $13.50

Eve Lom Cleanser (5ml) & Eve Lom Muslin Cloth | Full size $50 – $135 and $22, respectively


Clé de Peau Beauté Softening Cleansing Foam Review (sample) | Full size $68

Formulated with precious diamond, silk and pearl powders that leave skin exquisitely smooth. Helps counteract the effects of air pollution on skin’s surface that can lead to visible signs of aging. For normal to dry skin types.

IcanGWP Review: Barneys made sure that if you have dry skin, you’ll enjoy this year’s curation. This softening cleansing foam is indeed softening the skin. The rosy-orchid scent cream creates foam that feels amazing on skin. It provides moisturizing benefits and supple skin with emolient, L-Serine and W Hyaluronic Acid while being strong enough to effectively clean the skin. This product is recommended for normal to dry skin types. Fornormal to oily skin, please see Clé de Peau Beauté Clarifying Cleansing Foam.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser Review (30ml) | Full size $45

A balancing, deep-clean cleanser, powered with pore-perfecting French green clay and Morrocan rhassoul clay.

IcanGWP Review: The only cleanser from the cult favorite brand Sunday Riley is a top cleanser for many beauty lovers. The clay and antioxidant are lovely. Especially the formulas that help to deliver immediate results! Here’s a description from the founder: Sunday Riley uses it to cleanse the model’s skin before giving her their signature Flash Facial. The Flash Facial is one part Ceramic Slip to one part Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. Blended together and applied on the skin for 10 minutes, this quick treatment facial quickly and visibly improves the appearance of all skin types, giving instant radiance and clarity to clean, exfoliated skin.

Most oily/acne prone reviewers love to use this product to calm their skin. They find it plumped in an instant. It creates perfectly smooth ceramic canvas like its name.

The gel is a water soluble cleanser that is light (not thick even if clays are the 4th and 5th ingredients). I was blown away by this cleanser like everybody else – CERAMIC-SLIP – exactly that feeling. However, I do not recommend it for sensitive skin because of the pepper in it. I find it works better if it’s warm as the clay feels more deep cleansing.


Top Haircare Products from Barneys New York Reviews

Sachajuan Ocean Mist (50ml) ($10 value) | Full size $31

Davines OI All in One Milk (50ml)| Full size $30


Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo (30ml) ($5.88 value)| Full size $49 – $150

IcanGWP Review: Why has nobody mentioned how crazy good this shampoo is? If you are looking for volumizing shampoo that is soo comfortable on your scalp, this is a hidden gem for you. It’s like no other. Its smells divine – floral and luxe. It lathers well.

Here’s the differences. It absorbs into my hair and scalp and doesn’t leave a ‘film’ on it like others. Your hair can be shiny and healthy from within if the scalp was not repeatedly covered by nasty gloss all the time. It felt like cleaning mine with hard water. Difficult to explain but if you’ve been to some desert area, it’s like that. My blowout is way shorter and its volume-y pretty and feels moisturized. The result is astonishing!

OUAI Hair Oil (10ml) ($6.22 Value) | Full size $28

A multitasking oil that smooths frizz for high-gloss, super smooth finish. This hair oil is packed with African galanga, ama oil, and Asian borage oils to keep color from fading and protect hair from heat damage. It also addresses split ends, and has a fragrance with notes of violet, gardenia, ylang ylang, and white musk.

IcanGWP Review: If you are looking for Model hair without doing all the work, take a closer look at this oil. This is probably the best scented OUAI product I’ve ever tried! The texture is light considering how many beneficial oils they pack in this amber mix. It offers model hair quality – beautiful glossy finish, soft, tame frizz, color vibrancy, luxe scent, (never messy) clean look and prolongs the style just by easily adding a few drops or mask your hair overnight.

Top Fragrances from Barneys New York Reviews


Maison Margiela Review (Sample in Fireplace) | Full size $105 – $180

Warm flames crackle in the fireplace. A fragrance built upon a delicious Chestnut accord for a cocooning effect. Pink Pepper and Clove contrast with warm notes of Cashmeran and Orange Flower. An enveloping addiction intensified by woody notes for a warmhearted sensation of winter.

  • Top Notes:  Pink pepper, Orange flower petals, Clove oil
  • Heart Notes: Chestnut accord, Gaïac wood oil, Cade oil 
  • Base Notes: Vanilla accord, Peru balsam, Cashmeran

IcanGWP Review: Want to smell like Fireplace? LOL, I received the scent Fireplace and I was beyond curious. If you like vanilla fragrance with a twist, this is a new fragrance to add to your must-have list!

The Barneys Exclusive fragrance can be described as a beautiful winter scent. It’s first very warm and sensual floral with a sweet pepper hint. Then it quickly heats up to woody and foresty which is really different. Then the spicy aromatic-oil-like scents are showing up and stay.

BYREDO (Assortment sample) | Full size $150 – $255

LOEWE duo – 001 Woman Eau De Parfum and 001 Man Eau De Parfum 2ml x 2 | Full size $90 (50ml) Barneys Exclusive

DIPTYQUE Eau Rose (2ml) | Full size $130

Tiziana Terenzi (sample) | Full size $190 – $425


Quick Take:

We’ll be truly pampered with this Barneys Love Yourself gift bag. The bag this year skewed towards skincare. I enjoy the effortlessly better quality skin upon awakening. My skin is visibly brightened and dewy. The skin texture is also very soft and extraordinarily smooth. My skin has never felt better. Barneys New York is crazy enough to give $385 worth of beauty goodies in this bag filled with high-end beauty, will you reach out for it? Will you show yourself some love 😊

If you feel like investing in good skincare is extremely important that you spend your money on something that works. Then formulas that work well from Barneys are you go to, rather than spending less on lower quality products. Barneys New York beauty products are our indulgence, check them out here.

111SKIN | 3LAB | Armani | Bobbi Brown | By Terry| CHANEL | Chantecaille| Cle de Peau Beaute | Colbert MD | Diptyque | Dr Sebagh | Givenchy | HOURGLASS | La Mer | Malin+Goetz |  MDNA SKIN | NARS | Natura Bisse| Organic Pharmacy |Korean Beauty Peach & Lily| Rahua | ReVive | Rituals | Serge Lutens Beauté | Sunday Riley | Surratt | Tatcha | Tiziana Terenzi | Yves Saint Laurent | Zelens

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Katie @ IcanGWP Beauty Blog

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