Getting in a new year groove with the January Glossybox

Glossybox 2015 January 3Better late than never!  The Glossybox for January 2015 is a great collection of full size and travel size skin care and cosmetics. It actually isn’t too late, you can still order the January box, thank goodness. A three-month subscription is $60, and the January Glossybox alone has over $70 worth of products. Here is what was in the box they sent to us:

Glossybox 2015 January

There are two sample items. The Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser is a deluxe size, 1 oz.  This was actually voted the best cleanser in Allure’s Best of Beauty, so I am anxious to try it out.  No question this is going in my travel bag, stat!  There is also a small sample size of Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum.  The sample is 0.17 oz, which is a wonderful way to try out this $80 serum.  I tried it last night and this morning, hoping I wouldn’t like it because I have so many serums right now…but it felt pretty awesome. Rats.

Glossybox 2015 January 4

The Kueshi Pure & Clean Revitalizing Face Toner is full size and this is a new line for me. Kueshi is a Spanish line, and this toner gets great reviews. The toner has aloe in it, so it is very gentle and healing.

Glossybox 2015 January 2

Another new line for me is Lollipops. The Eye Pencil in Goodbye Moon is just darling, love the packaging! This is a retractable eyeliner that goes on smooth and has great lasting power. Goodbye Moon is a black with a slight metallic finish. Definitely a keeper!

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The star of the January 2015 Glossybox is the Teez Trendy Cosmetics Beautiful Flat Stiff Brush. This is a wonderful eyeshadow brush! I love it for packing on color, and it also blends and smudges beautifully. Just check out that super cute handle.  Yes, it’s trendy, but it’s also just a great brush that I am happy to have in my collection.

I love Glossybox because it really is a tremendous value, plus I love the introduction to new and niche lines.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, the January Glossybox is a great way to begin.

Use the coupon code AIMODSTER15 for a Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner Travel Size Duo with a monthly subscription to GlossyBox.  – Lisa

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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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