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.)
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.
The tarte holiday gift parade continues, this time with the Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set & Travel Bag, a Sephora exclusive ($59, a $490 value!!). Of all the holiday sets tarte sent the BIZ for review, this is the largest. Inside the purple box is a beautiful travel bag, 20 LE full size eyeshadows, 8 lip glosses, 1 powdered blush, 1 cheek stain, 1 mascara, Maracuja Oil, and 1 eye treatment cream.
Here is what is inside this collection:
- 20 x .07 oz Limited-Edition Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows
- 8 x .059 oz Deluxe Maracuja Lipglosses
- 0.23 oz Deluxe Pure Maracuja Oil
- 0.08 oz Deluxe Maracuja C-Brighter™ Eye Treatment
- 0.05 oz Deluxe Limited-Edition Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Memorable
- 0.17 oz Deluxe Cheek Stain in Flush
- 0.16 oz Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-In-1 Mascara
- Travel Makeup Bag
A purple quilted hanging cosmetics bag holds all the goodies. In addition to zippered compartments, there is a bonus separate see-through makeup bag.
There are eight different shades of .059 oz Deluxe Maracuja Lipglosses. These are about half the size of a full size lip gloss which is great since you can slip them into a purse or pocket to keep handy.
A slim palette holds twenty .07 oz Limited-Edition Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows. These are all full size eyeshadows. They are grouped in four different sets of five color-coordinated shades with a base shade, a crease shade, a contour shade, a corner shade, and a liner shade.
The first set of five shades (top right) are all cool colors. Kim’s porcelain doll is a slightly shimmery off white; Jen’s jump rope is a matte medium brown; Scott’s skateboard is a bright shimmery deep blue (great corner shade that is also a wonderful liner), Staci’s charm bracelet is a shimmery gunmetal grey.
The second set of five (top left) are warmer, more subdued shades. Leigh’s locket is a shimmery butter gold; Candace’s tap shoes is a matte brown that leans just slightly purple; Ali’s bicycle is taupe with subtle purple shimmer; Maureen’s soccer ball is a shimmery burgundy brown.
The third set of shades (bottom right) are subtle purple shades. Steph’s pearls is a shimmery champagne; Jess storybook is a golden brown shimmer; Erica’s dollhouse is a shimmery rose brown, and Meredith’s hula hoop is a matte cranberry.
The fourth set of shades are all brown tones. Bianca’s coloring book is a light matte creamy peach; Anna’s tea set is a light shimmery golden brown; Daniel’s teddy bear is a matte medium peach; and Tom’s stuffed tiger is a shimmery coppery brown.
Pictured above are swatches of all four liner shades Nuria’s boombox is a matte dark grey/black. Claire’s cashmere gloves is a medium green-grey with silver and pink shimmers. Sam’s ice skates is a deep purple with pink shimmer. Kate’s puppy is a dark matte brown.
Memorable Powder Blush is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous peachy-pink with shimmer. Wow is this beautiful. Of course it’s LE, so I will be savoring this for sure. Also, it’s ‘deluxe’ size, 0.05 oz. whereas a regular tarte blush is 0.2 oz. So there’s even more incentive to savor this beauty!!
Also included in the Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set & Travel Bag are deluxe sizes of tarte favorites including lights, camera, lashes mascara; pure maracuja oil; and maracuja c-brighter eye treatment. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s still one more product:
A 0.17 oz Deluxe Cheek Stain in Flush. This is a long time favorite product from tarte that is a perfect size for a purse or work desk drawer.
All in all, this is a HUGE amount of great items for a fantastic price. I think it’s a perfect set to give someone who is just getting into makeup…my 14 year old daughter would be ecstatic to get this. And then I could always borrow it!!
Tarte is definitely the go-to line for superb holiday beauty sets. This is another one to hurry up and get before it’s sold out. - Lisa
This is no exaggeration – my life was truly transformed when I got my original Zuca Pro Artist Case (reviewed HERE). I use this combination carry on luggage/seat/makeup organizer every single day and it has accompanied me on every trip I’ve made in the past three years as well. It’s the only piece of luggage I have ever had that even flight attendants comment on – everyone wants it!
This week Marcia and I are reviewing Zuca’s amazing backpacks – today I have a review of the Business Backpack ($100) and Tuesday Marcia is reviewing the Artist Backpack. Be sure to read Marcia’s Zuca review on Tuesday because…drumroll please…we have a giveaway for ONE Business Backpack and ONE Artist Backpack, thanks to the amazing people at Zuca!! That’s right, two winners for two different backpacks. And believe me, these are backpacks you are going to want. The quality is amazing and the construction is unique, rugged, and attractive for both men and women.
My new Zuca Business Backpack has become my everyday school bag. In the past, I always had a large leather bag that housed my Ipad, my Kindle, my laptop, my calendars, plus various papers and such. I thought of backpacks as kids stuff, and never even considered one as my work bag. Then Zuca sent us their backpacks to try…and I immediately became a backpack believer.
The dimensions are 16” x 14” x 9”. I find it to be the perfect size – not too big, not too small. It’s sensational for everyday use and it also makes for a fantastic travel bag. Plus it fits perfectly on top of my Zuca Pro Artist Case, with built-in straps that secure it right to the rolling bag. For a larger backpack, it’s very compact – there aren’t pockets and things spilling out and catching on stuff. It’s terrifically utilitarian and stylish at the same time.
First off, everything fits into this backpack with tons of room to spare. But what really sold me is how comfortable this is to carry. My leather bag was heavy, unwieldy, and it always ended up hurting my shoulder. The Business Backpack is extremely comfy and feels like no weight at all. The padded back and the ergonomic shoulder straps have saved me a ton of visits to the chiropractor.
The front of the Business Backpack has a large zippered pocket. Inside the backpack is a padded laptop sleeve that will hold up to a 10”x14”x2” laptop with a 15″ screen. In addition, it has two expanding file pockets that hold a ton of papers. I love that you put your items in from the top, and this backpack stands on its own even when super full.
One side has two nice sized zippered compartments. The other side zips open to reveal a whole slew of organizer pockets.
The organization system makes total sense; nothing goes unused. This is a very smart backpack that fulfills every need.
If you carry a bag to work or school, the Zuca Business Backpack will be a dream come true for you. And if you also travel often, it is going to make you feel like you won the backpack lottery.
Speaking of a backpack lottery…how about a chance to win a Business Backpack for yourself? On Tuesday Marcia is going to review yet another fantastic Zuca backpack, the Artist Backpack. That review will also have the Rafflecopter for our amazing Zuca Giveaway – we have one Business Backpack and one Artist Backpack for two lucky BIZ readers. Be sure to tune in, and good luck to you! - Lisa
If you are anything like us at the BIZ, you probably have about 10 different makeup bags. They all have good points and bad points, but none of them is ‘perfect’. We all fantasize about the perfect makeup bag, the one you can have packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice, the one you can store in a bathroom drawer easily, the one that looks classy and always fits exactly what you need. And how about one constructed from fabric that is easily cleaned and is crush-proof? Read on, friends, because Hold Me sent the BIZ two sizes of their makeup bags to be put to the test – are they, in fact, the PERFECT makeup bag?? Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia think.
HOLD ME BABY BAG
I tested the Hold Me Baby Bag ($55). No, it’s not a bag for babies – but it’s much smaller than the version Marcia has to tell you about.
This is a perfect bag for weekend travel or for those of you who don’t have an entire room dedicated to cosmetics (not mentioning any names….Marcia….ahem!). I was amazed at how much I could fit into this baby…I packed makeup for a five-day trip and had room left over. The Baby Bag measures 7″H x 5″W x 2″D closed; and it extends to 16.5″ fully opened.
The material is Knew Suede, which is easy to clean and crush-proof. All the Hold Me bags have the black exterior with contrasting stitching, but there are 12 different design options for the inside of the bag. Our bags have the Little DeDe pattern, Endochine kitten dolls on a Tiffany blue background.
The covered brush area has six different sleeves, and I could fit several brushes in one sleeve. The largest size brush it holds is 6″. The cover keeps your brushes safe and in perfect shape.
I really appreciate that the center compartment is zippered, plus it comes with a separate liner that you can take out to lay your cosmetics on while using them.
The colorful liners are made from laminated cotton print and they wipe down perfectly.
The center section expands and holds quite a bit. When I went on my trip, I had two foundations, one concealer, a loose powder, two cream blushes, two powder blushes, three eyeliners, brow powder, and my small Z Palette.
The Baby Bag is perfect for so many things – you can fill it with your essentials and keep it in your vanity or bathroom drawer. It’s a perfect size for keeping at your desk at work for daytime touch-ups. It’s even small enough to fit into a medium size purse. And of course it’s fantastic for travel. Do you need this bag? YES.
THE HOLD ME BAG ORIGINAL
Once upon a time there was a Makeup Wars about traveling. In that Makeup Wars Pammy Blogs Beauty showed us what she had to hold her cosmetics and personal items when she traveled. The swoons started and all the Makeup Warrior Women were entranced. Imagine my surprise when Hold Me offered to send these bags to Beauty Info Zone. While I like my Clinique PWP bag since it holds a lot, it isn’t something to be proud of plus I had to supplement it with lots of other items. Well, Hold Me has come to the rescue with the Original ($85) size of their bag.
The Hold Me Bags come in 2 sizes (original and baby) and lots of great patterns inside. It brings a smile just to open this bag. This particular size measures 10″H x 7″W x 2″D closed and extends to 22″ fully opened. It has room for 15 brushes (though you can get even more in if you have some super skinny ones). The big pocket area holds an amazing amount of cosmetics. My picture shows just a fraction of what I could take.
What makes this so versatile is that the bag is closed with a wrap around self tie which Hold Me patterned after a vintage schoolgirl’s book-bag. The center section (aka the heart of the bag) can be filled as much as you want. You tie it afterwards so you are in charge of the depth. There’s even a removable liner that you can use to separate items or to take out to lay products on when you reach your destination.
If we haven’t convinced you by now that these are the perfect makeup bags then let me add that the fabric “Knew Suede” is vegan, is easy to clean, holds its shape no matter how much you cram in there plus you can pick from those all of those great wipe-clean laminated cotton print interiors. These are bags that are going to last and last. Now do you see why we were drooling during Makeup Wars? And we didn’t even ruin Pammy’s bag with the drool!
*sent for review purposes
Have you got any travel plans in the future? It seems that everyone I know has plans to get away this year around the holidays. I’m not going anywhere until mid January (IMATS here I come!!) but I’ve already got the perfect travel companion. Youngblood On-the-Go Beauty Set is already in my travel bag.
What is the On-the-Go Beauty Set? It’s a great cosmetic bag that should fit everything I want to take on the plane with me plus it comes complete with 6 travel size best sellers from Youngblood. I don’t have to worry about scrounging around for an eye cream, primer, or foundation with this set because it contains those plus more.
Let’s start with the cosmetic bag which could actually double as a clutch. It’s the season’s hot color Oxblood in a faux ostrich design. It measures 8”x 4.5” and has plenty of room inside. When you open this you’ll find a black mesh bag that has the 6 deluxe sample size products. You can order the set in three tones: Light, Medium and Dark. The kit contains Mineral Primer, Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream, Liquid Foundation, and 3 Moisture Tints (face, illuminating, and body), plus Liquid Mineral Foundation. Not only is this a great travel companion but it’s a great way to try out the products to see if you want to buy them in full size.
Mineral Primer: what a great way to try this out. I love the finish which is slightly matte. I never take a primer when I travel because they are too big but this deluxe sample size is perfect. It works well with the Youngblood products as well as the other foundations I’ve tried it with. A winner!!
Moisture Tints: these 3 bottles are identical so be sure you check the label. When I first got these I had a hard time getting these to pump out so be aware of that. They need to be shaken (and not stirred) to mix the ingredients inside. Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint is a lightweight tinted moisturizer with good coverage. None of the shades available are really light but since it’s a tinted moisturizer they do apply lighter than they seem.
Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint Illuminating is an illuminating product. It’s very watery at first so you really need to shake it up. Once you get past that watery stage though it’s a lovely radiance that can be used anywhere. It’s got sheen without glitter. The shade is called Golden Sun in all kits. The Mineral Illuminating Tint Body is also the same shade in all three kits. This not only illuminates your skin with a not too dark bronze but it also hydrates it. I’ll use this on my décolleté.
Liquid Mineral Foundation: I love the coverage of this foundation. For my skintone I’d love to try it in Pebble. It’s loaded with more than 20 ocean minerals, botanicals, and a special blend of rare Reduced Salt Deep Sea Water. Good for your skin while you look good too.
Of course I saved my favorite for last. I can’t go without eye cream and the kit contains Youngblood Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream. This eye cream is known to instantly hydrate and de-puff. Travel, especially on an airplane, shows all the signs of fatigue and dehydration so a product like this is perfection in the kit.
For $25.50 I think you get a bargain – travel sizes of important products plus room for more. I already know a few other of my favorite Youngblood items that will be put in the On The Go bag: Taffeta & Tropical Glow Cream blushes, Sierra Incredible Wear Gel Liner, and Blushing Nude lipstick. I’m ready, set and will be ON THE GO!– Marcia
I am always looking for good hair care travel sets. Finding a complete travel size set that is airplane friendly isn’t easy, but Umberto Beverly Hills Moisture Travel Set ($12.99) is a pretty terrific option.
This set comes with four products that take care of all your hair needs, especially if your hair is fried from summer sun and chlorine. And if you have thick, coarse hair, this set is perfect for you.
The set comes with four products: Moisture Shampoo, Moisture Conditioner, Controller Detangler Conditioning Spray, and Super Hold Hairspray. How awesome to have everything you need, including airplane friendly hairspray, all for only $12.99.
The shampoo and conditioner have sunflower seed extract, vitamin E, Jojoba protein, and UV protection so your color won’t fade. Together they leave even damaged or coarse hair extremely soft. The Controller Spray is a leave-in conditioner that totally takes care of frizzy ends and fly-aways. And the hairspray is in a pump bottle, it’s not too wet and it gives lots of hold without crunchiness. They all have a woodsy, herbal scent that doesn’t linger.
All together it’s a great set for a great price. Pick this up at Target before your next trip. – Lisa