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

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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

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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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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

Necessity is the mother of invention

I’m ready for a trip. I don’t have my suitcase packed, I don’t have tickets, but I’m ready. What I do have is my Burchard Collection Makeup Case and that’s number one in my book. I hope I can explain what a great find this is.


The creator of these cases, Adriana Burchard, was inspired by the birth of her son to solve a frustrating problem. She still wanted to look and feel put together but knew she didn’t have the time to go through her items to create a face of the day. By putting it all together in her “Speedy Makeup Case” she was ready in an instant. Everything zipped back up neatly and quickly which is pretty important when you have a baby or toddler needing attention.

I’ve been using the large case, AKA the Speedy Makeup Case (see picture above).  The dimensions are 10″ x 8″ x 1.5″. It’s made of black pleather with a faux crocodile print. It looks exactly like a portfolio or planner so if you had this in your purse or briefcase you wouldn’t be “outed”. Unzip this to find one side with a large piece of Velcro and the other side with 6 slots for brushes and a zipper case for smaller items like tweezers, eyelash curler or cosmetics. The case comes with two flip top plastic cups that I’ve filled with my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Micro Silk powder  as well as a foundation in the second.. There are 6 sets of round Velcro Stickies to attach to the bottom of these cups or other products to keep them in place in your portfolio. This retails for $23 but is currently 15% off making it $19.55 on the Burchard site. What I really like best about this case is how sturdy it is. This stands up to the abuse it’ll be given when you are traveling. Once you open it, you have everything you need at your fingertips.


The cases come in 3 sizes. The smallest one reminds me a lot of a Trish McEvoy planner in looks. You could fit a petite planner page inside without a problem though it doesn’t have the looseleaf rings to hold it in. It’s 6.5″ x 4″ x 1.5″ while the medium size one is 8″ x 7″ x 2″.

Burchard also sells very reasonably priced brush sets for these planners that fit in perfectly. The large set of brushes ($23/$19.55 @15% off) contains a foundation brush, blush brush, eye shader, tapered blending brush, brow/comb combo and a flat definer brush (aka push brush). The medium set has 5 brushes sized to fit and the small set has 4 properly sized brushes. The brushes are nice for travel but if you have a set that you aren’t using for everyday I’d keep those in the planners instead.  You can also order more of the foundation cups for $1 each and the Velcro rounds for $2. The Velcro is incredibly strong and really keeps your cosmetics and these cups in place. I’d absolutely get a few more of the cups and another set of the Velcro so you could change things around if you wanted.

No matter why you need to be organized – traveling, work, gym or babies – you’ll find a use for one or more of these in your life. — Marcia

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