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RABEANCO Alex Tote Review and Matching Inglot Nail Art

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Happy Friday! First, I want to say thanks to everyone that entered the RABEANCO handbag giveaway! The winner is already enjoying her Violetta clutch. It was a beautiful purse and I hated to part with it! I loved reading about which RABEANCOs you loved and which polishes you’d rock with them! Speaking of favorites, your top three bags according to all of your comments were the Bonham II, the Alex, and the Mara.

I love these three purses, which is why I jumped at the chance to road test the Alex! I adore my red Mara clutch, but I’ve been on the market for something big. Next month I’ll be covering my first CosmoProf North America in Las Vegas (more to come on that!). For the event, I need a larger tote that can not only carry my usual hoard of makeup, wallet, checkbook, phone, etc., but can also haul an iPad, notebook, my non-compact camera, and any items I pick up along the way!

RABEANCO Alex inspired mani using Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Lacquer in 685 and 687

Before I review the purse, let me tell you about my Alex inspired mani! (This is a nail blog after all.) For this look I was inspired by Alex’s shiny silver chain toggle attachments and grommets. I used two Inglot O2M Breathable polishes from their new summer collection, 685, a pretty pink, and 687, a bright teal. The silver accents are Zoya Trixie. After two coats of polish, I made a simple line down the center of each nail using Trixie and a medium striping brush.  Then I dotted Trixie along the line. Finally, I added a second, smaller dot in the center of each silver circle using the pink or teal polish…recreating the grommet. Super easy!

RABEANCO Alex inspired mani using Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Lacquer in 685 and 687


RABEANCO Alex inspired mani using Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Lacquer in 685 and 687

Now to the purse! The RABEANCO Alex retails for $228USD and comes in 12 colors. It’s super roomy, measuring 20” deep, 8.5” wide and 13” across. I expected it to be more structured from the pics on the website, but in reality,  the Alex’s flexible construction slouches into a pile of ultra soft leather when you set it down. Personally, I really like the look of a smooshy bag. Plus it’s easy to get to all your stuff and I find them more comfortable to carry. Having said that, if you prefer a stiffer tote, you may want to look at another RABEANCO option.

RABEANCO Alex handbag

The interior has two slide pockets and one larger zippered pocket. Another shiny silver chain attaches to a large, zippered, canvas pouch which is perfect for keeping your makeup separate from everything else. This pouch can also be removed. There are silver grommets on the front, back and sides of the bag. The silver chains can be used to connect opposite sides of the purse to change the shape. I used them more to keep the purse “closed” when it was sitting in public. The toggles aren’t difficult to use and the purse is roomy enough that I could still reach in and get something if I needed it.

For the size, quality and detailing, I would expect this bag to cost much more…so it’s a great value! If you’re wary about making such an important purchase without seeing it in person, RABEANCO ships to the US FREE and will even send you a pre-paid return label if you’re unsatisfied. So there’s really no risk in snatching one up and trying it!

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I have two promo codes to share with you! Use VACAY20 until June 30th,
then SUMMER20 until July 8th to get 20% off your order!

P.S. I’ll be swatching and reviewing the six bright shades in the Inglot Summer Collection soon!