Pack your tiniest bags for a trip with Stowaway Cosmetics

Stowaway CosmeticsSTOWAWAY Cosmetics call themselves the Right Size Makeup Company for a good reason. All their products are small enough to stow away in a purse, pocket, or cosmetic bag. They are small yet powerful and a great size for those of us with commitment issues, overnights, quick trips, workout trips, and more.

Our product formulas are simple, refined, and hardworking, eliminating any guesswork and offering just beautiful solutions. They are packaged in a thoughtful, minimalist, and portable way—because you are busy and are doing big things. Stowaway knows that if you’re on-the-move, your beauty products are too. Stowaway is a cosmetics brand built on the philosophy that makeup should be designed to go wherever women go. Finally, the makeup you love in the sizes you can carry.

We were sent some of their products which we are happily using. We love the concept of having products that we can actually use up before trying something else. As makeup bloggers and makeup junkies STOWAWAY COSMETICS is just right for us too.

Marcia loves eyeshadow – STOWAWAY ESSENTIAL EYE PALETTE

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

No surprise to any Beauty Info Zone readers but when we received a box (tiny box) from Stowaway I wanted the eyeshadow palette instantly. Lisa allowed me to have my wish since she ended up with a very nice collection of products that you’ll soon see.

The eyeshadow palette is the size of a credit card. A long time ago Trish McEvoy used to sell palettes this size for double the price of the Stowaway Essential Eye Palette. At $25 this might seem high because of the size but when you see how useful this is, you won’t think twice about the cost.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Inside the palette are 4 shimmer shadows on the top row and 4 matte shadows on the bottom. At first I was a bit dismayed when 0pening since the shimmers looked like glitters. My dismay turned to pleasure once I applied these and saw that they not only glided on with ease but they were shimmery without being glittery.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

S1 is a light creamy linen shade. I had trouble showing it on my arm which is fine with me since I like the subtlety of it. S2 is a very pretty rose gold that I love on my lid. S3 is more of a golden brown which can be intensified or worn as is. This is a great crease shade for me. S4 is the darkest of the shimmers and harder to categorize color wise. The swatch looks brown but there’s a lot of purple in this shade.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

The bottom row are the mattes but they apply and look more like satins except for the black shade. They all have a silkiness to them that make them easy to wear and easy to work with. M1 is a milk chocolate with a touch of cream added to it. M2 is a darker milk chocolate so they left out the cream! M3 is the darkest of the browns. On my eyes it looks warm as I see some burnished undertones. M4 is a matte black. The pigment is great and works well as an eyeliner but the texture is harder than the other shadows.

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

In spite of the blazing heat we’ve been having, these last very well and don’t need touch up. But rest assured, when we need touch up we can easily find it in this pint size palette.

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Stowaway Cosmetics

Lisa loves the Pretty in Pink Set STOWAWAY CREAM LIPSTICK, EFFORTLESS EYELINERMASCARA, CHEEK & LIP ROUGE

Spain

I recently had a wonderful reason to fully appreciate the size and quality of Stowaway Cosmetics products, because I took a trip to Spain with my mom. There we are, inside the Palacio Real de Madrid. Getting to Spain was interesting as I had never traveled to Europe before and I was determined to bring only one bag that I didn’t have to check. Have you tried packing for a nine-day trip with just one carry on bag?? It was a challenge but oh so freeing once I achieved it! Stowaway Cosmetics constituted my only lipstick, blush, eyeliner and mascara (ok I lied…I also brought one other eyeliner!). But the size of these gems is incredible and the quality is definitely impressive.

SpainI walked, on average, 10 miles each day through the streets of Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo in stultifying heat, and Stowaway never let me down! The Cream Lipstick ($15) has wonderful pigmentation and is hydrating, so even those 100 degree days didn’t dry out my lips. The size is small but the lipstick is mighty and I love the pinky/peach Peony shade.Stowaway Cosmetics Cream Lipstick in Peony

I love a multi-tasker, so the creamy Cheek and Lip Rouge ($15) is a favorite. Again, small but mighty – the pot is about 1/3 the size of a typical blush. My shade is the pretty pinky/peach Peony, and it looks lovely on cheeks and as a lip stain.Stowaway Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Rouge and Mascara

 I tested two products for eyes – the Extreme Lash Mascara ($12) and the Effortless Eyeliner ($10). The mascara is terrific! It has thickening fibers so it makes lashes lush and long, and the brush has a thick and a thin side, making application easy. The mascara lasts all day without smudging or smearing.

Stowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless Eyeliner

You will be shocked at the size of the Effortless Eyeliner ($10) – it’s literally the size of a q-tip! No need to sharpen this gel-textured pencil and it glides on beautifully. The Spice shade is a gorgeous shimmery copper that doesn’t smudge once it sets, which takes less than a minute.
Spain
I can’t imagine taking another trip without my Stowaway Cosmetics. No matter how tiny your bags are, you never have to be without great color products so you can rock any country you choose to explore!!
*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

Do not travel without Tartan + Twine organizers and your SlimSonic toothbrush

If you had a dream vacation, where would you go? Hawaii? London? The Cayman Islands? Or would you go somewhere fun with your family to get away from the hustle and bustle of life?  What would you take with you on that trip – and by that you know I mean cosmetic and beauty products – the stuff that really counts?

Tartan + Twine Brinton Alley Beauty Organizer

Tartan + Twine Brinton Alley Beauty Organizer

*pr samples

I’m not a big traveler although I’ve certainly had some amazing vacations but when I go somewhere I need my cosmetics and my tools. A vacation wouldn’t be fun if I was empty handed. Since I don’t travel often it took me forever to use this terrific Tartan + Twine Brinton Alley Beauty Organizer which I now regret.

I’ve never enjoyed a beauty organizer as much as I do this one. It’s totally compact (only 8″ x 5″ x 2″) yet it holds a collection that a beauty junkie can appreciate. I was able to carry every cosmetic item I’d decided to take on my vacation and still had room for more. It has two pouches that are detachable, a makeup brush organizer, and a side zip pouch.

Tartan + Twine Brinton Alley Beauty Organizer

Tartan + Twine Brinton Alley Beauty Organizer

Tartan + Twine Brinton Alley Beauty Organizer

Tartan + Twine Brinton Alley Beauty Organizer

The material that the Beauty Organizer is made of is very sturdy so this is a bag that will last you for years. The quality of the construction is top notch. It’s made of coated cotton with uncoated cotton trim, the detachable pouches are made of uncoated cotton and clear PVC. While the Brinton Alley with its great red and black tartan plaid isn’t available because I am late reviewing it, they have a lot of other bags at Ulta and Ulta.com including this gorgeous new Waverly Vine Beauty Organizer that is spring personified.

Tartan & Twine Waverly Vine Beauty Organizer

Tartan & Twine Waverly Vine Beauty Organizer

Tartan & Twine Waverly Vine Beauty Organizer

Tartan & Twine Waverly Vine Beauty Organizer

One of the beauty tools I put in my organizer is this Violife Slim Sonic Classic toothbrush.

Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush

Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush

I get a little crazy when it comes to germs when I’m traveling so the Violife Slim Sonic is perfect for me. Not only does it come in the cutest designs for approximately $15.95 but it keeps everything sanitary. Since it closes I can even keep it in my purse without worrying about it. The Slim Sonic is a battery operated toothbrush (included) and it cleans at 22,000 brushstrokes per minute.

Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush

Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush

Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush

Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush

Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush

Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush

  • Diagram Tech Details

    1. Sonic-optimizing precision bristles

    2. 6 months replaceable brush-heads

    3. Water-tight motor chamber

    4. Soft-touch power switch

    5. Waterproof battery compartment

    6. Moisture-releasing vented cap

The Slim Sonic comes with an extra toothbrush head as well as a battery. It has a vented cap so that it the bristles can dry completely while it’s closed. The bristles on the Violife are “sonic-optimizing precision bristles”. It’s a comfortable size and feel for my mouth. I need to get my husband a more masculine one since pink just isn’t his color!

You can find Violife at Bed, Bath and Beyond stores, Amazon and Violife.com.

The Tartan + Vine Organizer and classic Violife Slim Sonic make me wish I traveled more. A trip to the Cayman Islands would be welcome right now or anytime actually. — Marcia

*products provided for review, some affiliate links used

Swipe your way to a sweat-free giveaway

SWIPE single use deodorant wipes

SWIPE single use deodorant wipes

Here’s a totally refreshing product: Swipe® by Forever Fresh Inc. These single use deodorant wipes will be part of your life once you’ve tried them out. When Swipe offered some to test out and packages for a giveaway I said yes. I always love to try new products and with our blog anniversary I’m always looking for things for a giveaway. This provides both!

*sent for consideration and giveaway

Swipe packets

Swipe packets

What makes Swipe® different is that these are for travel. Throw a few single packages in your gym bag, makeup case, beach bag, backpack, or even your back pocket and you will be sweat and stink free. These biodegradable wipes are made with a tea tree extract that helps provide protection against odor and perspiration. You can use them anywhere on your body to refresh yourself from working out or too much fun. If you are a music festival lover Swipe® is for you.

Coachella (idigitaltimes.com)

Coachella (idigitaltimes.com)

These have been reformulated and are now eco-friendly and paraben-free while being “infused with natural tea tree extract and new active ingredient, Saccharomyces Ferment, a natural bacterial enzyme that combats and eliminates odor.”

Swipe individual wipe

Swipe individual wipe

Swipe unfolded

Swipe unfolded

I found that they have a fragrance that reminds me of baby powder. Each sheet is pretty big so you can wipe yourself off without worrying about it not being enough. Swipes are sold in packages of 10 at urbanoutfitters.com for $8.

Swipe ingredients

Swipe ingredients

If you are a mover and shaker you will want to add these to your lifestyle. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We have 3 boxes of 10 to give to US/Canada subscribers. It’s a great opportunity for you to see how well they fit into your life. The giveaway will be open through 4/11/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. If comments close early you can email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Swipe, leave me your comment and continue on in your entry choices. Here’s to smelling good!

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Get it while you can – the Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

I posted about the gorgeous Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio set a few weeks ago, and I just have to highlight this one more time because it’s available for a limited time and is such a great value.

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

The beautiful Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio ($49) is truly perfect for the traveler. I just went to Chicago and I brought these three tall, thin spray fragrances with me. They were exactly what I needed to keep me calm with all the crowds, and I carried them in my purse with no problem at all. I am not really one who experiments with fragrance layering, but these three work amazingly well together: French Clary Sage, which is a clean and refreshing watery linen;  Tuscan Fig, which is a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia; and Japanese Agarwood, which is unique and spicy woody zest. The trio comes gift-giving ready inside a wrapped white gift box complete with a pretty ribbon.

Lisa Hoffman Holiday Floral Travel Trio

Lisa Hoffman Holiday Floral Travel Trio

There is another trio set available as well, the Floral Trio which has the ‘romantic and exotic scent of Madagascar Orchid, sensuous and glamorous Tunisian Neroli, and sultry, intoxicating Brazilian Begonia‘. It sounds beautiful – I put this on my wish list and I hope my husband took the hint. Get your set while they are still available!  – Lisa

*item reviewed sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

Two TSA-friendly products you want in your carry on!

The most difficult part of getting ready for a trip? Packing personal products that will make it through airport security without being confiscated or causing a pat down reminiscent of walking through a raging college fraternity party. I have two discoveries, one for you and one for your guy, that are TSA-friendly and total must-haves for any trip.

Gentlemen's Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

Gentlemen’s Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

The first product is one that Gentlemen’s Tonic, a London-based luxury grooming and style line, sent me in anticipation of their product launch into the US. Gentlemen’s Tonic is ‘simple sophistication and self-confidence for men’ with everything a man needs, from classic shaving products to unique Eau de Toilettes. All of their products are made with naturally based plant-derived materials from sustained and renewable resources.

Gentlemen's Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

Gentlemen’s Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

I am head over heels for their Moisturizing Hand Balm ($18), which is a hand cream that your guy will love. It is intensely moisturizing without greasiness. I am not kidding, this balm will soothe even the roughest, most callused hands.  Check out these ingredients:

  • Almond Oil: light and quickly absorbed providing an excellent moisture barrier.
  • Manuka Honey: increases skin repair and is a natural anti-bacterial.
  • Sunflower Oil: rich in Vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant.
  • Babassu Oil: melts at body temperature drawing heat from the skin producing a cooling effect. Also forms a protective, soothing coat providing a luxurious, velvety feeling.
  • Bergamot Oil: an essential oil renowned for its uplifting and tension-relieving properties.

The Babassu and Bergamot scent is fabulous. It smells fresh and clean and manly and it’s the perfect size for travel.

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

For yourself, definitely check out the Travalo Milano ($49.99). It’s a beautiful way to decant your favorite fragrance so you can travel with your favorite scent without fear of spillage or a TSA nightmare.

Travalo Milano -- it's so easy to fill!

Travalo Milano — it’s so easy to fill!

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

Filling it is easy and it holds 65 sprays. It has a ‘pump to fill’ system that doesn’t expose your fragrance to the air, which can change the scent. The spray is super fine and the decant is air tight. I love the beautiful leatherette bottle which feels substantial – it has all metal parts, no glass so it is totally TSA perfect. Plus there are nine different colors available.  If you do any air travel, you will truly appreciate this awesome find.

You can find Gentlemen’s Tonic at gentlemenstonic.com and the Travalo Milano at us.travalo.com.  Happy travels!  – Lisa

*products received for editorial consideration

Pack Up with Pixi Beauty

PIXI BEAUTY is becoming one of my favorite treats. The brand is the brainchild of Petra Strand, a mom and a makeup artist. She has created cosmetics, skincare, nail polish and tools that are high quality yet don’t hit the wallet hard. When I was sent a few travel size small items to test I decided to pick out things I’d choose for travel. (Items with a * were sent, the rest are wishes or self purchases.)

Pixi Beauty can be found at Target stores, some on target.com and all on the Pixi Beauty website. I think their website is the best place to shop personally. I’m spotlighting products I have or want from Pixi today.

1.  PIXI PRIMERS – Pixi Beauty has 3 different primers so any kind of skin worries you have can be covered completely. I’ve been using Flawless & Poreless* – they named this baby well. It’s a cream color primer that helps with fine lines and pores. The texture is creamy but it dries down quickly leaving my skin smooth. Flawless & Poreless has no shine plus it helps control shine. There is also Flawless Beauty Primer which I have from one of the subscription boxes I purchase. This one adds a little golden glow without sparkle. It might be too light for a lot of people but for us fair ones it’s just right. The mini is $9 on Pixi’s site. Another mini that you can find on their site is the Redness Reducing Primer which is tinted green and will help mask any redness you have. If I owned the Redness Reducing I’d use that on my red cheeks and nose with one of the others elsewhere for a perfecto complexion!

mini Flawless & Poreless Primer

mini Flawless & Poreless Primer

2.  CREAM TO POWDER FOUNDATION, FLAWLESS VITAMIN VEIL  *-  I love that Pixi has this in a mini size. First of all you can try this for just $9 to see if it’s right for you. Second, it’s a double duty product. Third it’s tiny enough for travel and for touch up. It comes in three shades (Fair, Medium, Tanned). I have the Fair and it’s very fair. All you pale ladies might want to check this shade out. It has a very light coverage – almost a no makeup look – but it does even out skintone and hide imperfection. If you need something heavy duty then this isn’t for you but if you want your your skin to be protected with vitamins, minerals and skin-enhancing ingredients with a light coverage this might just be the right product. I’ve been using this as a concealer too (double duty) depending on the day.

minis of Flawless Vitamin Veil and Flawless & Poreless Primer

minis of Flawless Vitamin Veil and Flawless & Poreless Primer

3. MESMERIZING MINERAL EYESHADOW PALETTES * – I have two of Pixi’s eyeshadow palettes and the pigmentation in them is amazing. You’d never believe that these are $12 each. I’ve reviewed Emerald Glow which is one of 5 current palettes. The rich colors that play well for day or night are beautiful. The colors remind me of sand and surf. I’ve got my eye on Rich Gold with its gold, khaki and moss green shades, that has me craving more Pixi Beauty.

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow mineral eyeshadow palette

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow mineral eyeshadow palette

4. SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM – While I don’t have any of these (yet) Lisa does (review here) and she raves at how wonderful they feel on her lips and the color it adds. I’ve got my eye on Pixi Pink which is described as a “fresh vivid pink”. I don’t like heavy lips in summer so this would give me color, hydration and only cost $8.

Ripe Raspberry Lip Balm

Ripe Raspberry Lip Balm

5. ENDLESS SILKY EYE PEN – The first time I bought from Pixi Beauty it was due to the raves for their eye pencils. People go nuts for these and rightly so. The colors are beautiful, they glide on and they last so well on my eyes. Right now there’s an Endless Silky Eye Kit that’s LE and you really really want it. For $18 you will get pencils in BlackNoir, DeepPlum, BlackCocoa, SageGold, OysterGlow and a Custom Sharpener. A single Pixi Silky Eye Pen is $12 so getting these 5 is excellent. And the small size is great for your travel plans even if they are just out for dinner!

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Kit

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Kit

6.  SHEER CHEEK GEL – As a blogger who adores cream and gel stains, these are up my alley. Petra says “I love this gel blush dabbed on cheeks and lips, it creates a translucent, soft and coordinated flush.” I know I’d love Rosy which is a berry-rose. The swatch makes me drool.

7. PIXI NAIL POLISH * – I’m having a ball with Pixi Polish. These small $8 bottles apply beautifully and really last. I’ve previously reviewed the spring collection of Oh So Orange (my husband’s favorite), Lime Lustre and Sizzling Sunshine.

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

Today I’m going to share the July color of the month: Fuchsia Dew. This stunner is a fuchsia pink with gold glitter. It isn’t a textured polish though it almost looks like one. On me it looked very neon and very attention getting. While my pictures are on my nails, not my horrible toes, this makes the perfect pedicure. I’m dying for their new Olive Gold. It shall be mine.

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

There you go – what I have and what I want. The more I look at the Pixi Beauty website, the more I know I’m going to be ordering a few things and you should be joining me! What are your favorites from Pixi? Will you be packing with Pixi? — Marcia

p.s. If you spend $30 by August 4th you’ll get a free Mini Flawless Beauty Primer.

*some items sent for review consideration

Makeup Wars goes traveling

A year ago the Makeup Wars bloggers took on Travel and we decided to do it again this year. Knowing what to pack and how much to pack is something that always drives us crazy. The men in our lives mostly throw a few things in a Dopp kit and don’t think twice. But women worry and fret over what we can or can not live without for however many days we are gone.

My needs haven’t changed much in the last year but there are a few things that I talked about back then that I’m totally grateful to have for travel and a few that I’ve added. Places like 3floz.com are wonderful to find travel size items and even Sephora has value sets and some travel size products. I love using my Sephora points for deluxe samples that I’ve wanted to try or love enough to take traveling.

My favorite makeup bag is the one I have from Hold Me. I don’t use it on an everyday basis because I’m the type that “saves” things. Instead this is going on a trip with me. They now make it in 3 sizes instead of just the ‘baby’ and full size. They added in Mama Bear too. These are sturdy, elegant, and hold an amazing amount of products and brushes. All my makeup is stored in my Hold Me bag now when I travel.

Hold Me bag brush section

Hold Me bag brush section

Hold Me center barely filled yet holding 6 palettes

Hold Me center barely filled yet holding 6 palettes

I collect skincare in travel sizes, most of which I’ve gotten through subscriptions like Glossybox and IPSY. I don’t always love the samples in these but I’m a subscription box junkie and I always find something I love in each box.

Balance Me Body Wash

Balance Me Body Wash

I also have bought a lot from Algenist during their site’s sales. If you subscribe to their website you’ll get offers from them for special sets or discounts. My best buy was when they had 40% off and free shipping. That’s when I really shopped and bought cleanser, mini eye creams, and moisturizers. I know that Algenist agrees with my skin so it’s a great travel choice.

Algenist SPF, cleanser, moisturizers and DHC soap

Algenist SPF, cleanser, moisturizers and DHC soap

I like to take some wipes with me and the Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Wipes are small and perfect for a short trip.

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Vitamin C Wipes

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Vitamin C Wipes

The hardest thing to pack is for my hair. What if it frizzes? What if it falls totally flat? What if a million things that can go wrong. I’m counting on two things seen in my collage – an Aquis hair towel, GoToob containers and John Frieda’s Hot Air brush.

I like to bring the shampoo and conditioner that I’m using at the time of my trip so containers like these cute GoToob’s are excellent. I fill them with whatever I’m using, use them on the trip and then finish up what’s left when I get home. Then they are ready for to be refilled. These happen to be very sturdy and so far I haven’t had spillage like I’ve had with less expensive plastic containers. These have a large opening so it’s easy for me to pour in my product.

Go Toob 3 oz

Go Toob 3 oz

My hair dries super slow. It retains water therefore a normal towel does nothing. I know not to rub my hair so I like to make a turban out of my Aquis hair towel and give it some drying time. There are other brands of this kind of towel but I’ve had mine for a dozen years and I take it on every trip and use it whenever I wash my hair.

Last on this long list is my John Frieda Hot Air Brush. I never used to be able to travel without a big heavy duty hair dryer, several brushes and my flat iron. The hotel dryers didn’t work on my hair. Now though I can travel with just the Aquis towel, a comb and this Hot Air Brush. The wimpy hotel dryers are enough to get the moisture out and I can finish with John Frieda. This has been one of my best buys.

If I wrote about what makeup I take we’d be here forever. But maybe I’ve given you some ideas on how to travel a little more lightly so you have room in your suitcase for all the things you want to buy! Bon Voyage.  — Marcia

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