Braccialini: where beauty and fashion meet

Have you heard of the luxury handbag brand Braccialini? If you are a Lord & Taylor shopper you’ve probably seen some of their beautiful creations in store or online. I was lucky enough to be sent a Braccialini Tua 3D Cosmetic bag that thrills me when I open my handbag and see it inside.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

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What makes Braccialini so unique is that they have a sense of fun and fantasy combined with the practical. This 9.5″ x 6″ cosmetic bag has 3D accents that are beautifully designed and add a touch of delight to their design.

Braccialini Tua 3D Cosmetic Pouch

Iconic Braccialini, now available in 50 countries, was founded by highly-awarded, edgy Florence-based designer Carla Braccialini over 60 years ago.  Braccialini is especially known for innovative leather textures and styles, remarkable craftsmanship, and proprietary processing technologies – with new leather treatments and effects discovered every season. The TUA Division of Braccialini offers original artful handbags, both classic and seasonal.

Braccialini and TUA handbags and accessories are an editorial favorite in Europe, especially Italy. They are frequently found on the international pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Madame Figaro, Amica, Grazia and among others.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

Two bags were recently designed that have 3D elements. Beauty Break shares beauty products in a cosmetic case while Business Trip has everything you need for travel time: a neck pillow, tablet, agenda, calendar, clock, tote all delightfully embroided on. The bag itself is leather while the accessories are a variety of fun materials – a cushy silky neckpillow, patent leather pouch on the agenda, as well as material for some of the great designs.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

It opens to a royal satiny pouch with a pocket and fits an amazing amount of products as well as my iPhone.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

Even the patent leather strap and zipper are quality driven.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

It even comes with a dust bag and card of authenticity. How many cosmetic cases can say that?

Tua Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch dust bag

I’ve had dozens of cosmetic bags over the years but I’ve never experienced one that has the beauty and durability of this Tua Braccialini pouch. It also doubles as a clutch so it makes it even more valuable, one less item to pack! It retails for $105 but Lord & Taylor is known for its sales. This would make a gift to be remembered.

If 3D isn’t your style, how about a Braccialini New Lady B Iconic Clock Pouch? This $98 cosmetic pouch is on sale for $73.50 but looks like a million.

Braccialini New Lady B Iconic Clock Pouch

Now that this brand has been introduced to me I can’t get enough of their innovative bags, wallets, and pouches. I can picture the smiles these will get if received as a gift, I know my smile is gleaming.  —  Marcia

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Beauty Organizers you need in your life

Top Ten Tuesday has chosen Beauty Organization as this week’s theme. I am the most unorganized person in the world but I love my beauty organizers. Most of these are items I own but a few are wishlist. The Beauty Spotlight Team will also be featuring Organization and that’s when I’ll be sharing my personal pictures. Until then take a look at all the wonderful ways you can organize your life – from $5 to $400!!  — Marcia
1454967731_51jhvqunkrl._sy300_Clear Organic 60 Bottle Nail Polish Organizer –  Of all the nail organizers I looked through this one is the one I think is the most useful (although I’d need about 5 of them). Besides having room for 60 bottles there are 2 drawers at the bottom to hold supples. ($35.50)
1454966686_icebox_wide_5659fc74e36a7_150x150SHERRIEBLOSSOM ICEBOX WIDE is absolutely incredible. This is what you want if you want the finest available. The quality of this is top notch. It’s sturdy, well crafted and holds an amazing amount of product. I’m thrilled to see this on my vanity daily. ($415) There are other styles that Sherrieblossom makes too. *
1454966532_41mf8i5-qul._sy300_ql70_ACRYLIC LIPSTICK HOLDER –  This holds 24 lipsticks and it’s only $10.32. I have a wide drawer in my bathroom which holds about 5 of these. There are other lipstick holders that are tiered but I prefer the flat ones to hold my collection.
1454966311_71m869h0x3l._sl256_MELODYSUSIE LARGE COSMETIC ORGANIZER –  This $49.99 acrylic cosmetic holder is a gem. Both Lisa and I have reviewed this and we just finished a giveaway for one. While this doesn’t hold as much as the Sherrieblossom, it holds a good amount and there’s a separate holder (seen on top) for lipsticks or naipolishes. I like that it holds my rectangular nail polishes easily and  I can even move it elsewhere.*  Reviews:  Marcia’s  –  Lisa’s
1454966142_51zhyf9gvtl._sy300_ql70_ZAHRA SPINNING LIPSTICK TOWER – This is a wishlist item. This “lipstick condominium” has 4 sides and fits 81 lipsticks. If you have counter space this would be a delight to have.  Spin and pick!  ($99)
1454966026_51rcrm1rcel._sx300_MESH VANITY COSMETIC ORGANIZER  – such a handy organizer especially if you have a drawer you can store it in. Large deep capacity holds many shapes and sizes of cosmetics like blushes, compacts, eye shadows, lipsticks, nail polishes. What I like most is the long compartment in the back that I can lay down two sided brushes. Make sure you choose the $12.98 organizer since there’s an identical one that’s almost twice the price.
1454965710_51yyqvuk_2b1l._sy300_STEEL MESH PENCIL CUP  – I have at least 8 of these cups in both silver and black that I’ve bought over the years. They are perfect for holding anything tall. I have one for lip pencils, one for eye pencils, others for lip crayons or eye crayons. I keep my brushes in them too. And the best thing is that they are only $5.25.
1454965592_41ejfj-evnl._sy300_SEVILLE 10 DRAWER ORGANIZER –  I have two of these that I keep in a separate room to hold overload. Now not everyone has overload like I do but I also use one for other things like stationary and important papers. I bought mine at Costco and spent more than the current price of $35.16. It’s also made in white and black if you want something more subtle.
1454965117_s0634525_sc7__splssku_?1454965117BLUE HILLS STUDIO 3 DRAWER CART can be found at office supply stores like Staples. This is perfect for hair product IMO. You can fit all your tools in one drawer, use another for your styling gels, goos and sprays and still have one more for skincare. This sturdy cart ($45.59) will hold up for a long time.
Now that you’ve seen some favorites of mine, check out the other lovelies and decide what organization you can’t live without. — Marcia


*items were pr samples, some affiliate links used

Hearts Galore

Valentine’s Day is coming and that gets my heart racing. My all time favorite shape is a heart. I have heart jewelry, heart art, heart clothing, and heart decorations. When I see something with hearts, I WANT!! I was shopping on SHOPBOP to see what items I could buy and these heart items popped up (well I looked for them actually). Are you a heartie?
Beautysets - Hearts Galore for Valentine's Day
1454383963_kates4200710917_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_KATE SPADE SHADY LADY IPHONE 6 CASE is the only item here without an actual heart but these lips remind me of hearts. This would make a great phone case to have, so girly.
1454383906_iphor3004414001_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_IPHORIA ARROW HEART PHONE CASE IPHONE 6/6S This adorable iPhone case has a mirror hidden underneath the heart. People near you will see the heart but you know you can check your lips and eyes with this mirror. Double duty!
1454383809_mrspr3002834369_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_MRS. PRESIDENT & CO. GOLDEN HEART BARRETTE is just too fun to ignore. When I wore barrettes (meaning when I was younger) this would have been absolutely perfect. I still want it even if I’m too old for it.
1454383748_kates4201510917_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_KATE SPADE NEW YORK BLUSHING EMOJI KEYCHAIN is something I need. Look at those cute hearts on the cheeks. I’m due for a cute keychain and this is it!
1454383682_diavf4379486625_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_DIANE VON FURSTENBERG GRACE HEARTS FADED SCARF DvF has a lot of heart items so she’s my favorite designer come Valentine’s Day. This red, white and black scarf is expensive but oh so perfect.
1454383606_diavf4377286615_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_DIANE VON FURSTENBERG PATCHWORK HEART CARD CASE would be perfect for my Beauty Info Zone business cards but I often keep a few pills in a card case. I’d love to open my purse to find this.
1454383542_diavf4377586616_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_DIANE VON FURSTENBERG COSMETIC POUCH is one of my very favorite items on the Shopbop site. This combines my love of hearts and cosmetics in one handy pouch. Be still my heart. There’s also a Travel Pouch Set that I have my heart set on!
7 beautiful products for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries. I think you should share this with whoever buys you gifts. I know I’m going to! —  Marcia
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Melody Susie LED Light Gel Nail Dryer plus a double giveaway

melody susie violetiel

You’ve heard both of the Beauty Info Zone bloggers rave about our organizers from Melody Susie. We recommend this all the time and ours get constant use. Well Melody Susie wants to let people know that they have more than the organizers so they kindly sent their Violetiel 24W LED Light Gel Nail Dryer plus they have offered a giveaway for two Melody Susie products.

Melody Susie makes several versions of LED Nail Dryers in a variety of prices. The one that we have (and someone can win) is the white Violetiel Nail Dryer from their Violet Series. This is wonderfully priced at $59.99 and is available in black, silver and white.

Melody Susie Violette Nail Dryer

Melody Susie Violette Nail Dryer

Information from Melody Susie tells us:

  • Fit for almost all kinds of LED GEL Nail Polishes
  • Lightweight, portable, space-saving and wider opening to fit five fingers together
  • No need to replace the lamps. Highly efficient LED light with a life span of 5000
  • 3 Kinds of preset time controls (15s, 30s, 60s), you can choose the proper time according to your needs
  • Cool lighting design provides you a glamourous experience

 

Melody Susie Violette Nail Dryer 3 timer options

Melody Susie Violette Nail Dryer 3 timer options

There are three preset options for timing. With most gel polishes you’ll get by in just 15 seconds per hand but you have the option to use it for longer. Even though this is made for a gel mani I’ve used it with my regular polish to get it to dry faster and it really helps.

Melody Susie Nail Dryer in use

Melody Susie Nail Dryer in use

 Your package will include 1 MelodySusie Nail Dryer, 1 AC/DC Adapter, 1 User Manual

AC Adapter

AC Adapter

Product Details: Power: 24W
Input: 110V-240V 50/60Hz
Output: DC-12V 2.5A
LED: 12 PCS LED
N.W: 0.4KG
Size: 205*200*75mm
Delay time: 15s/30s/60s

For our giveaway one person will win this Melody Susie Violetiel Nail Dryer and one person will win a Melody Susie Large Capacity Cosmetic Organizer.

Melody Susie Cosmetic Organizer

Melody Susie Cosmetic Organizer

MelodySusie Large Capacity Cosmetic Organizer

MelodySusie Cosmetics Organizer

MelodySusie Cosmetics Organizer

You should read our reviews of this organizer to get an idea of just how great it is: MARCIA’s review, LISA’s review. We hope too that you’ll visit Melody Susie’s website because the list of items they have is terrific and the prices even better.

Now for the giveaway information: Two winners, one for each of these incredible products. This is US only and open through February 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winners will receive a code to order their prize once the giveaway is over. As usual there are two requirements and lots of options: 1. Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone 2. Leave a comment. All other items in the Rafflecopter are options to give you more chances to win. I find that the people who win often come back and do Twitter several times as well as most of the options. If comments close early please email me at [email protected] and label it Melody Susie, click enter and continue. We’re excited to present this giveaway to you and hope you’re excited about seeing it here.  —  Marcia

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The perfect gift for the cosmetic lover by MelodySusie

There are three questions that I get asked all the time. What’s your favorite mascara? What concealer should I use for my (dark circles, puffiness, that won’t crease etc.)? How can you organize so many cosmetics, make it look good and easy to find? We all know that your mileage may vary with mascara and concealer. While I have favorites they might be ones that just don’t work for you. But what we can all agree on is that a good cosmetic organizer is going to improve our storage needs. So why not pick one that’s both affordable and good looking?

That’s where the MelodySusie Large Capacity Cosmetic Organizer ($49.95 but see coupon code below) comes in. My blog partner Lisa reviewed this so you’ve seen it before but she loves it so much that she asked MelodySusie if I could get one too. That’s true love! And owning this is true love too.

MelodySusie Large Capacity Cosmetic Organizer

MelodySusie Large Capacity Cosmetic Organizer

You won’t believe how much this three piece organizer holds. I keep putting items in it and it never seems to fill up. This is made of high quality acrylic that’s easy to clean. Since it’s transparent it’s easy to find what I need. This organizer contains 24 separated compartments.

MelodySusie Organizer main unit for jewelry or cosmetics

MelodySusie Organizer main unit for jewelry or cosmetics

The black that you see in the 5 drawers is really for jewelry storage so items won’t slip around but the same is true for cosmetics so I’ve kept them in. Currently I’ve got all my ColourPop plus shadows that I haven’t worn yet from other brands in the drawers. I love that I can keep these separated so I can actually find them.

MelodySusie Organizer top drawers

MelodySusie Organizer top drawers

MelodySusie organizer midldle drawer

MelodySusie organizer middle drawer

MelodySusie Organizer bottom drawer

MelodySusie Organizer bottom drawer

The bottom drawer is tall enough for me to stack the blushes so I actually have a lot more room to use. As shown I have 37 eyeshadows and blushes with room to spare.

There are two separate units that come with this and you can decide where you want to place them. My set up is that the curved unit stands on top of the main unit. I can fit a lot of lip products and foundations in there. The straight unit would also be great for lipstick but I’m loving it to store the nail polishes I’m wearing lately and some I can’t wait to wear.

MelodySusie rounded unit empty

MelodySusie rounded unit empty

MelodySusie rounded unit with products in it

MelodySusie rounded unit with products in it

MelodySusie flat unit storing nail polish

MelodySusie flat unit storing nail polish

Here are some of the “official pictures”. The top one shows all three units stacked.

 

MelodySusie Cosmetics Organizer

MelodySusie Cosmetics Organizer

Dimensions and separate pieces:

MelodySusie Cosmetic OrganizerMelodySusie Large Cosmetics Organizer

The whole Cosmetic organizer is divided into 3 parts, you can arrange them as preferred:
The upper box with 10 Compartments
The middle box with 4 Drawers
The bottom part in the 4th drawer with 10 Compartments

MelodySusie Large Capacity Organizer

MelodySusie Large Capacity Organizer

My arrangement changes as needed since there is so much room to keep adding products. Palettes fit well in the drawers and can be stacked easily. The MelodySusie Large Capacity Organizer isn’t too large for even my small bathroom counter but it’s large enough to fit my beloved products.

Not only would this be perfect for you when you ask “How can I organize my stash both beautifully and affordably?” but it would make an amazing gift for someone you know. With a family of beauty lovers I know I’ve got a list of people who’d want to see this as their holiday gift. To sweeten the pot we have a code for another $10 but it only lasts through November 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. That means this fabulous product from MelodySusie is yours for just $39.99. The code is F50TMHBN. Use it now so you won’t be sorry later.  — Marcia

*sent for consideration

A fun way to celebrate Halloween with London Soho New York’s Evil Queens

          

WEEKENDER           ROUND TOP             ORGANIZER          ROUND TOP            TRAIN CASE           ROUND TOP

8.75 X 4 X 6               7 X 2 X 5              8 X 3.75 X 5.25         7 X 2 X 5              8 X 3.75 X 5.25           7 X 2 X 5

Which Evil Queen will be your companion? Are you interested in Malificent? Or would you rather be with the Evil Queen from Snow White? There’s always The Little Mermaid’s Ursula if those two aren’t your style. Whichever you choose, LONDON SOHO NEW YORK has a traveling companion for you and you won’t want to miss her (or them). These are the perfect items for you or your “too old to go trick or treating” daughter. They’d also be great to stash away for Christmas since they won’t be around by then.

London Soho New York Cosmetic bags

London Soho New York Cosmetic bags

Sitting on my vanity are The Evil Queen and Malificent ready for filling. These cosmetic bags (press samples) are deceiving in size. Snow White comes in two size bags – an organizer and a round top; Malificent’s two bags are a Weekender and a round top; while Ursula travels with a Train Case and an organizer. Where can you find these lovelies for yourself? At Walgreens!!

London Soho New York Malificent

London Soho New York Malificent

Malificent is my pal even if she’s not a beauty queen. I have her in the Weekender and she amazes me with her size and quality. I am able to fit so much into this bag. It is 8.75″ X 4″ X 6″ and opens widely. The quality is superb and belies its $11.99 price. It’s silky and well finished.

Malificent in all her glory

Malificent in all her glory

The handles on it make it easy to carry. The Weekender fits in your gym bag, your backpack or in my case my suitcase. And look at the great interior. Who expects dragons and monsters inside their cosmetic bag?

London Soho New York Malificent creatures

London Soho New York Malificent creatures

If you need something a little smaller but just as fascinating go for the Evil Queen (before she goes for you).

London Soho New York Evil Queen Organizer

London Soho New York Evil Queen Organizer

The artwork on these bags is just terrific. For $9.99 you can buy this  8 X 3.75 X 5.25 organizer.

The Evil Queen's interior (don't get too close!)

The Evil Queen’s interior (don’t get too close!)

What impresses me about these bags is that each one has unique artwork, unique interiors, and amazing quality. These are sturdy and striking at the same time. You’ll love the silky feel but you’ll love how they perform even better. Therefore get yourself to your favorite Walgreens store and find 1 you love or maybe all 6!  — Marcia

*send for consideration

Dare to Dream with London Soho New York and Disney

Pocahontas Organizer by London Soho New York

Pocahontas Organizer by London Soho New York

If growing up means never having fun with products like this LONDON SOHO NEW YORK organizer sold at Walgreens, then I don’t want to grow up. I may not be young but my imagination remains as a free spirit. Disney’s collaboration with Soho London this time is with the beautiful maidens named Ariel, Mulan and Pocahontas. Each of these characters have two cosmetic bags in their honor.

With Mulan there’s a Clutch ($9.99) and a Round Top Purse Kit ($7.99). For Ariel there’s a Weekender ($11.99) and a Round Top ($7.99). And the beauteous Pocahontas has an Organizer ($9.99) and a Round Top of her own ($7.99). Each of these 6 ladies are part of the Dare To Dream Collection. soho london pocahontas tag back

London Soho New York Pocahontas

London Soho New York Pocahontas

I really am loving this well made organizer that was sent to me. It’s absolutely perfect for travel or a gym bag. It’s amazing how much can be put inside this bag and how well made it is.

The organizer is 8 X 3.75 X 5.25 , the outside is made of a teal plastic with a silk screened design on nylon for Pocahontas’ image. Inside it’s soft and padded so your belongs are more protected than with a regular cosmetic case.

inside my Pocohontas Soho Organizer

inside my Pocohontas Soho Organizer

What I’ve seen of these collections from London SOHO New York is that they are always imaginative yet they are of women who are strong and inspiring. Yes they might be a cartoon character but they have qualities that we want to see in our daughters and other females. It may seem like a lot from a cosmetic bag but I love seeing the strength and courage in these Disney princesses.

If you are in need of a functional but attractive cosmetic bag that won’t break the band, consider these well made London Soho ones that can only be found at Walgreens. But don’t dally since others will want to scoop these up too. — Marcia

*provided for review (thank you!!)

 

p.s. Look at this adorable matching set made by E.L.F. on drugstore.com!!

Disney Dare To Dream Beauty Book, Pocahontas

Disney Dare To Dream Beauty Book, Pocahontas