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!sample, affiliate links
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 beautyandthebox.com, and if you have Amazon Prime you can order this beauty and have it in your hot little hands within 48 hours. – Lisa