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My life is now complete! The Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus Cosmetics Bag

Ok, this is no joke. I seriously feel like my life is complete now.

You know how sometimes you discover something new…it seems so simple, like why didn’t someone think of this a long time ago? And where have you been all my life??? Those are the thoughts that ran through my mind when I discovered the Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus, the perfect travel cosmetics bag.

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus

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I travel a lot for my job and because I am a beauty blogger (as well as a self-admitted cosmetics hoarder) I take a TON of products with me. Then, in the morning at the hotel, I dump everything out onto a towel in the bathroom. I fight to make sure nothing rolls off into the sink as I go through my products one by one, using each item, then I throw everything back into my travel bag. Then next morning I go through my whole routine again. The Lay-n-Go has completely changed this goofy routine and made traveling a total pleasure!!

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus

The Lay-n-Go is a cosmetics bag that lays flat, but it has a lip around the edge so nothing will roll off and into the sink. It holds an incredible amount of stuff as you can see. It has spaces for brushes as well as zippered storage for items you want separated – you can even put your jewelry in there. Laid flat, it keeps all of your items in a wonderfully safe on a clean area that is washable and can be wiped down. Then, you just pull the drawstring to close up the mat into a storage bag with handles! The storage bag is super durable and easy to carry and stow. The original Cosmo comes in three sizes:  13″($19.95), 20″ ($29.95), and 22″ ($34.95). Also offered is the Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus which is 21″, which is the one I was sent to test.  Right now, there is a two for one special on the Cosmo Plus ($58.95), a great idea so you can purchase one for your mom for Mother’s Day and keep one for yourself!

Lay-n-Go Cosmo Plus 2 for 1

I love how once I lay this out, everything is right there – I am not rummaging around in a deep bag for my blush or my mascara. I love how I don’t have to worry about my stuff rolling off my towel into the sink or worse, the toilet. I love how easy it is to have everything in one place and then with one motion, it’s all in a bag to be stowed away so easily and quickly! And if there is an accident like a blush breaking or a foundation spilling, everything is washable.

I am beyond excited about the Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus. It’s truly a game changer. A life changer. You want this. You can find them online at  – Lisa

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus

Simply genius. Beauty & the Box Beauty Traveler Deluxe


Marcia and I have been beauty bloggers for over thirteen years now – almost ten years as Beauty Info Zone. Over those years, I have come across countless travel-oriented organizational systems for makeup. I love testing this kind of product because I travel a lot for my day job and I also always bring waaay too many cosmetics with me wherever I go. There have been some real duds along the way, but there have also been some really unique and clever systems as well. Looking back, I can say with confidence that BEAUTY & THE BOX has won the prize as the very best travel beauty organizational system I have ever tried.  The Traveler Deluxe is the answer to every single wish and desire I have ever had regarding proper storage and access to my cosmetics, no matter where I am.

I have some favorite travel organizational tools that address specific issues, like a small amount of space. I love the Lay-N-Go Cosmo Plus Cosmetics Bag, which holds an amazing amount of products and takes up very little space in your bag. I also love the Yaheetech Makeup Organizer, which is a rolling makeup case that holds an incredible amount of makeup and I can use the entire system or just one part. But I haven’t come across anything that holds a ton of product but doesn’t take up a ton of room and that also makes for an excellent storage and display, creating a convenient and logical display for my cosmetics. Beauty & the Box’s Beauty Traveler Deluxe ($85) does all of that and more. I couldn’t be more excited about it!

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I love the story behind the creation of Beauty & the Box.  “As a company, BEAUTY & THE BOX is dedicated to fusing beauty with organization for the travelling woman and at home. Created by Founder & CEO Barbara Brock, there’s no doubt Barbara has the “organization” gene in her DNA. As a successful entrepreneur and home-staging owner, she explains:  “As a business woman, time is money and being organized is key. I could never find a truly functional cosmetics organizer that enabled me to be time efficient when I got to my destination. There is an abundance of cosmetic pouches, but only a bathroom glass for my cosmetics.” In setting out to design the perfect cosmetics organizing system, her philosophy was simple: “Be organized. Be beautiful”. So, it is mission accomplished!”

The Traveler starts out as a zippered cosmetics bag, one that’s made with a soft black mesh faux neoprene with a carry handle, and is lined with silky blue protective padding. Inside are three more cosmetics bags – a zippered see through one that holds far more than you would think, and two blue cases that store the POP-UP system that is unique to Beauty & the Box.

The POP-UP system has 3 cosmetic boxes that store flat but pop up and stay secure when you set them up. Each box is a different size, creating a stair-step effect so you have the right size for storing products like brushes, mascaras, and pencils. The boxes fit into the holes in the removable tray base, keeping them steady and secure so they don’t fall over. It makes for an attractive and effective way of storing and displaying your makeup and the set up literally takes minutes.

“I love how quickly I can be organized when using The Traveler,” says Beauty & The Box Founder & CEO Barbara Brock. “Think of The Traveler as your personal beauty counter when you are on the go or just at home.” What inspired Barbara to create The Traveler was from her personal traveling experiences. “When I was travelling, I could never find a way to be organized and time efficient with cosmetics when I arrived at my destination. There are lots of pouches for makeup but nowhere to organize except sometimes the bathroom glass. That is when I had my AHA moment.”

The white boxes pop open to fit into the black bottoms. The bottoms have legs that fit into the holes in the lift-out, go-anywhere tray with handles which also has additional room for more makeup like eyeshadow palettes and blush.

When I fill up the Traveler with my cosmetics for the trip, I stash them all in the see-through acrylic cosmetics pouch (10.5” x 5” x 2”). This pouch is a very sturdy, durable and washable bag that closes with a zipper. I am very impressed with how much product I can stuff in there – everything you see pictured below was in that pouch  The Traveler Deluxe  also comes with a fantastic stand-alone mirror that stores flat. It’s a regular mirror with no magnification, but it’s large and there are two choices for mirror angle when it’s propped up.

I am actually on a trip right now as I write this review – in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. I have all of my cosmetics set up and my roommate has commented on the system at least four times so far today! She thinks it’s the most brilliant system she has ever seen. What is really cool though is this system isn’t something you will use only for trips then let gather dust between the vacations. I keep the tray with the stair-step boxes on my vanity all the time. It’s just perfect for holding everything you need in an intuitive, easy to use manner.

If you aren’t a product hog like me you will still love The Traveler for organizing other things. “There are many options for using The Traveler besides cosmetics, Barbara suggests. “Some women don’t use a lot of cosmetics so think toiletries, toothbrush and toothpaste and The Traveler is just perfect for men’s grooming necessities too.”

I think anyone would love this fantastic system – the options for using it are endless. The Beauty Traveler Set is extremely well made and super sturdy. It really is genius.  You can find it online at, and if you have Amazon Prime you can order this beauty and have it in your hot little hands within 48 hours.  – Lisa

Lisa’s Top Beauty Picks from 2018!

Well, that went by fast, didn’t it?? Goodbye 2018! You were lots of fun and I found tons of great beauty items that I just can’t live without now. Here are my favorites that I’ll keep using into 2019 and beyond.



Rahua Body Care – the most incredible shower gel and body oil infused with rahua oil…the scent is amazing and I swear this is the most transformative self-care ever.

Farmhouse Fresh Vanilla Bourbon Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Vanilla Bourbon Body Oil – I love body oils and this one is extraordinary. Sultry, delicious, and decadent. Yum.

Golden Door Yuzu Sugar Body Scrub and Yuzu Body Oil

Golden Door Yuzu Sugar Body Scrub and Yuzu Body Oil – this lovely combination from the famed Golden Door spa instantly transport me and make me feel pampered and happy. Just lovely!!


Goldfaden MD Sun Visor

Goldfaden MD Sunvisor – a SPF 30 sunscreen misting spray that is designed for use on your face, neck, and decolletage. It’s oil-free, PABA-free, and fragrance free, and it’s a setting spray for your makeup – a fabulous multitasker!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser – this actually made me rethink double cleansing. This is a fantastic cleanser that does it all – one of the best cleansers I have ever used.

Paula’s Choice Resist 1% Retinol Booster and Hyaluronic Acid Booster

Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster and HA Booster – they are both excellent ways to boost your skin care routine. The 1% Retinol even out skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and make skin feel smoother, while the HA Booster is a fantastic moisturizer that really plumps up skin.

Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil – this is another excellent cleanser find. I leave this one in my shower and the sunflower and coconut oils make this a great cleanser that eliminates the need for a separate makeup remover.


Voloom Very Airy Styling Products  – these styling products have impressed the heck out of me this year. My hair is very fine, so styling products often weigh it down. These have low residue, so they give my hair tons of volume and leave it light as air. Winner!

Posing with my daughter and my Monat hair

Monat Hair Care – this line is really fabulous for not only giving you a great hair day, but also giving you even better hair days in the future. My hair only got better as I used the Renew Shampoo and Conditioner.


Kryolan HD Primer

Kryolan Micro Primer – a fabulous primer that minimizes pores and keeps my makeup vibrant and in place for 12+ hours. Love love love. Primer heaven.

Wearing Kryolan High Definition Micro Foundation Smoothing Fluid in 340

Kryolan HD Micro Foundation Smoothing Fluid – this is a fabulous foundation with a creamy texture that goes on like silk. The foundation has a soft radiance to it that is wonderful – very natural and it gives skin a glowy boost. It stays on forever too.  Awesome.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Oil-Free Matte Foundation

IT Cosmetics CC+ Oil-Free Matte Foundation – I found my ‘soul matte’ with this foundation. With my oily t-zone I’m always looking for a great matte foundation that doesn’t look super flat, and this one fits the bill. Plus it does everything else on the earth – it has SPF 40 UVA/UVB. It has lots of other ingredients that skin loves, like an anti-aging serum, peptides, niacinamide and hydrolyzed collagen. What makes it different from the regular CC+ foundation is charcoal, which detoxes the skin, colloidal clay and Moroccan lava clay, which absorb oil, and tea tree extract, which fights breakouts.

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Colors

Decorte Eye Glow Eye Gem Glossy – how gorgeous are these??  The most beautiful cream eyeshadows ever, I swear, that have a 3D effect and don’t get dull or crease throughout the day. Gorgeous.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens left to right: RoseGold, VelvetViolet, MatteMulberry, BlackBlue

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens – these have been around a while but I just discovered them this year. I love these eye pens because they glide on easily and give vibrant color, and they do not budge once applied – no smudging, not even after a good cry!

Buxom Top Coats – I love these top coats. I wear them alone or over a lipstick shade to alter the color.  The possibilities are endless, and I love how they plump up my lips.  They have great lasting power too.

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss – the texture is incredible – soft with great slip, yet they last for about six hours. The pigment is fantastic, with tons of reflective metallic shine. This is the most comfy lip gloss ever and I just can’t believe the finish…anything else I’ve worn with a mirror gloss is somewhat uncomfortable, but this is sooo nice. Amazing!


Gamma+ Italia Aria Ultra-Light Hairdryer

Gamma+ Italia Aria Ultra-Light Hairdryer – The Aria is probably the coolest looking hairdryer I have ever had. It has an awesome art deco retro design that is not only wonderful to look at, it’s also such a pleasure to use. the Aria may be a lightweight, but it’s no sissy! This is one powerful dryer, drying my hair super fast. It’s also impressively quiet for such a powerful hair dryer.  This gorgeous hairdryer is fashionable, functional, and fantastic!

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus Cosmetics Bag – I can’t even tell you how much I have used this genius product. It’s a perfect travel cosmetics bag cosmetics bag that lays flat but it has a lip around the edge so nothing will roll off and into the sink. It holds an incredible amount of stuff as you can see. It has spaces for brushes as well as zippered storage for items you want separated – you can even put your jewelry in there. Laid flat, it keeps all of your items in a wonderfully safe on a clean area that is washable and can be wiped down. Then you just pull the drawstring to close up the mat into a storage bag with handles!

2018 was a wonderful year for discoveries – I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!  Happy New Year everyone!  – Lisa