MelodySusie® Waterproof Toiletry Bag Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

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The biggest pitfall for me when planning to travel is packing. I never know what to bring or how much to bring. I’m not the person to go on a trip without my personal toiletries, especially the haircare that I rely on. Since I overpack on a consistent basis I can tell you that I need something to keep my toiletries safe and sound. That’s where the MELODYSUSIE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL HANGING TRAVEL BAG comes in. This great case can be used for outdoor trips as well as anytime you fly or drive somewhere. It’s big enough to hold everything you need, sturdy enough to make you comfortable, waterproof, and attractive. A bonus is that it’s now on sale for only $19.99. When I received this for review the price was double that so this is the perfect time for you to learn about MelodySusie

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag actual color

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag actual color

This 23 compartment bag comes in 4 beautiful colors. I have the peachy pink and there’s also Elegant Rosy, Macaron Blue, and Classic Black. Since everything I own is black I was happy to have a color that will stand out.

Two of the things that makes the MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag unique is the long, sturdy adjustable strap plus the top hook that makes it excellent for hanging in showers or closets.

MelodySusie waterproof hanging bag

MelodySusie waterproof hanging bag

MelodySusie waterproof hanging bag

MelodySusie waterproof hanging bag

MelodySusie® Waterproof Toiletry Bag Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer dimensions are 10.6 * 6.3 * 11 inch (L * W * H) and weight: 1.23lb. / 560g. It’s large enough to carry just about everything I need for any length of time. Plus because it’s waterproof, in case anything spills in it, it’s easy to clean. I can even fit my small blow dryer in the middle compartment.

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer back

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer back

Closed MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

Closed MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

The back holds the magazines that I can’t travel without or any paperwork I might need.

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer hanging with compartments closed

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer hanging with compartments closed

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer top zippered compartments

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer top zippered compartments

Open MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

Open MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

I can’t begin to tell you just how handy this is and how much it makes me want to get away again. I was able to include all of my toiletries and most of my husband’s. He still had a Dopp Kit for his razor and fragrance and I still had my Tartan + Twine cosmetic holder but we didn’t need anything else.

No matter the length of the trip, even if it were to the gym, I think you’d enjoy this MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer. The price is incredible right now, take advantage of this deal while you can. The only decision you have to make is which color will you pick! All of life should be this easy.  —  Marcia

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MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag

What brought me back to POPSugar Must Have?

After about 18 months of buying the POPSUGAR MUST HAVE Subscription box in 2012 and 2013 (reviews here) I decided it was time to move on. The items were always quality ones and I certainly got more than my money’s worth from the subscription but I realized I was keeping 1/3 and giving away 2/3 of the box so I decided to go on a hiatus. But I’m back and going to give it a few months to see whether the boxes changed and/or my taste changed. I started with the September box after seeing their teaser:

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

PopSugar Must Have sells for $39.95 and the Too Faced Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit is $39. That meant I could try a new product plus whatever goodies would be in the subscription and come out ahead. I know that PopSugar only sends full size items that are from great companies so I had nothing to lose. Did it meet my expectations??

PopSugar Must Have for September 2015

PopSugar Must Have for September 2015

PopSugar takes inspiration from the latest fashions and fads when putting together a box. All boxes are the same and they are a blast to open. I try not to read other reviews because I love the surprises inside. September’s box turned out to have a value of $156. Let’s take a peek:

TOO FACED BROW ENVY SHAPING & DEFINING KIT ($39) This is a one size fits all kit. I’ve become brow obsessed in the last year after realizing that my brows are beyond sparse. The kit is interesting but far from perfect. It contains setting wax, a cream highlighter, blonde powder and brunette powder. There’s also a set of mini tools (brush, spoolie, tweezers) along with 3 eyebrow stencils and directions.

Too Faced Brow Envy

Too Faced Brow Envy

Too Faced Brow Envy  swatches

Too Faced Brow Envy swatches

Too Faced Brow Envy tools and stencils

Too Faced Brow Envy tools and stencils

I am not a fan of stencils though I have used them on occasion. I always feel I need a third hand to hold them in place while my real hands do the work. Plus it’s hard to get them to match my brow shape. That said I know some people who need to start from scratch so these can be extremely helpful for them. While my swatches are quite light, the powders apply much better on my eyebrows since they have something to grab onto and a brown base. This won’t take the place of my Pixi brow favorites but it’s a good kit for on the go.

ncLA SO RICH VITAMIN-E ENRICHED CUTICLE OIL ($18) is close to perfect for a subscription box like this. There’s no worrying if you get a color you don’t like or can’t wear (glitters for me) because this works for everyone. Other than nail bloggers I’m willing to guess that most of us don’t take care of our cuticles like we should. This conditioning oil goes a long way and it smells so yummy. When I get my nails manicured I have about a minute with a cuticle oil on so having this is a nice touch.

NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

ncLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

ncLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

BRIOGEO ROSARCO MILK REPARATIVE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONING SPRAY ($20)  is a leave in conditioner that’s different than the ones I have. First of all, it really looks and feels like milk. It’s not the least bit sticky. While it’s a thin consistency you don’t need as much as you’d first think because it’s loaded with amazing ingredients that will help protect your hair from heat and the elements. It contains an antioxidant rich milky blend and nutrient packed argan, rose hip, and coconut oils. I remember when my blog partner Lisa reviewed Brigeo and fell in love with the brand. Now I can too.

Brigeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

So far we’ve hit a triple with three great products. Let’s see if the others can score a run for the home team! Next onto travel, fashion and food!

KRIS NATIONS “XO” STUD EARRINGS ($35) are the cutest earrings I’ve seen. XO of course means hugs and kisses and that’s what these will do to your ears. The packaging is great – they come in the cutest cork topped bottle. I love mini items. The only bad news about these recycled brass & plated with 14k gold earrings is that I don’t have pierced ears. Boo hoo. I’d wear these in a minute but my once pierced ears have closed up after I had an allergic reaction to metals.

Kris Nations "XO" Stud Earrings

Kris Nations “XO” Stud Earrings

Kris Nations "XO" Stud Earrings

Kris Nations “XO” Stud Earrings

One of my favorite items in the box is the HUDSON+BLEEKER LABYRINTH ONYX TRAVEL TRIO ($42). It’s TSA perfect. There’s a see through cosmetic bag big enough to hold a good amount of treasures along with 2 14″X12″ silky drawstring bags to hold things like your intimates and shoes in your luggage. These are so well made and so handy. They fold up easily back into the travel case to store until you need them again. I can see using these at home too for your “special” intimates that you don’t want co-mingling with the reggies.

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio pouch

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio pouch

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio bags

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio bags

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio

Yes ladies and gents, we’ve scored! The only thing I can’t use are the adorable earrings but I’m sure they’ll find a home with one of my daughter-in-laws. To celebrate …. let’s eat!

NOURISH SNACKS ALMOND TO CHERRIES ($2 for 1.4 oz) is an absolutely delish snack that is totally my taste. Their website is loaded with mouth watering products that are gluten free, dairy free, GMO free and vegetarian. They were founded by Joy Bauer, the Today Show’s nutritionist. I need these to carry around with me to stop my cravings!

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

PopSugar September Must Have Box

PopSugar September Must Have Box

A winner!! I’m so happy that I resubscribed and hopefully I’ll be filled with joy on subsequent boxes. I do have a referral code that will help me earn money off future boxes if you decide to subscribe yourself.

What do you think of this PopSugar Must Have Box? Is this worth $39.95 to you? — Marcia

October's teaser

October’s teaser

Introducing thirty-one – products to organize your life

Timeless Beauty Bag from thirty-one

Timeless Beauty Bag from thirty-one

Have you heard of a company called thirty-one? I was recently sent a catalog and a few products to try from a friend and I have found that catalog to be the best bathroom companion. I have about a dozen items circled that I’m lusting after. You name a room in your house or an aspect of your life that you want to organize and thirty-one has a great solution for you. If you need gifts for anything you could find it from this company. It’s a little like heaven seeing their choices.

I’m the least organized person in the world. Any former students of mine who might be reading this will surely agree. I’m a collector and I have trouble getting rid of things. A company like thirty-one would help me tremendously. The three items I have to share with you are made for a beauty lover.

The first item is called the Timeless Beauty Bag. It’s perfect for home and travel since it’s a bag that lays flat or hangs easily on a door knob or hook. We don’t travel that often but when we do we’re often at friends or relatives homes. I need to be able to have my products easily seen since you never know what the room is going to hold when you are at someone else’s place. Not only that but you can hang it up and pack on the days before travel so that you don’t leave out essentials.

Timeless Beauty Bag by thirty-one open flat

Timeless Beauty Bag by thirty-one open flat

thirty-one Timeless Beauty Bag open

thirty-one Timeless Beauty Bag open

This has compartments for your products as well as a section that’s perfect for makeup brushes. In the catalog they have the another great use for it- it’s hung around the back of a car seat and filled with tools for kids when you are traveling. Where I’d put makeup brushes, they put markers. Where I’d put my various bottles and jars they have videos and books. Very clever!

brush section for thirty-one Timeless Beauty Bag

brush section for thirty-one Timeless Beauty Bag

monogrammed pink cross

monogrammed pink cross

This great bag wipes clean and holds a tremendous amount of items. The price is $25 which I think is very reasonable. It comes in 4 colors: Dots (pictured), Black Floral Brushstrokes, Pink Cross and Turquoise Cross. When open it’s 24.25″H and 11″W. These can even be monogrammed in dozens of styles which would make the Pink or Turquoise ones really stand out. I can picture these as hostess gifts of all kinds.

thirty-one Flat Iron Case and Thermal Mini Zipper Pouch

thirty-one Flat Iron Case and Thermal Mini Zipper Pouch

The second item I have is the Flat Iron Case which can be used for a flat iron or a curling item. The inside is thermal lined though it’s not recommended that you put a very hot item in it since it could melt. I travel with a flat iron and I usually use it the morning of travel. With this case I can unplug it, let it cool down so that it’s just warm and put it in the Flat Iron Case ($22). I don’t have to worry about the cord being ruined or about an FAA person wondering what that odd looking item is in my bag when they x-ray it.

thirty-one flat iron case in Island Damask

thirty-one flat iron case in Island Damask

It comes in 6 patterns – Island Damask (shown), Best Buds (blue flowers), Black Floral Brushstrokes, Party Punch, Patchwork Paisley and Woodblock Floral.

Patchwork Paisley

Patchwork Paisley

I saved my favorite for last. I love the Thermal Mini Zipper Pouch. thirty-one had made this pouch before but now that they’ve added the thermal lining it’s perfect for my purse. Being thermal it keeps cool things cool so your lipsticks and cream products don’t melt. To make it even better you can put this in the refrigerator to cool products even more. There’s also a larger size thermal zipper pouch that you can put lotions and sunscreen in.

thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch

thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch

thermal lining

thermal lining

interior of the thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch

interior of the thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch

It’s perfect and I love it for my purse.  The best thing is that it’s only $15 which is amazing for a product like this. The measurements are 9″ x 12.25″ x 2″.

thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch in black floral brushstrokes

thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch in black floral brushstrokes

This is just a touch of what thirty-one offers. There are totes, wallets, utility bags and boxes, accessories galore, purses, stationary and the list goes on.  They have Collegiate symbols and colors for yourself or gifts. There’s something for everyone in your family, even your pet.

My contact is ConstanceF and to contact her you can use this URL: https://www.mythirtyone.com/ConstanceF/. She can arrange a Facebook party or a catalog party for you as well as sell you items.

While these items were a gift from Constance you can be sure that I’ll get a lot of use out of them and I will fulfill my wishlist. Way to go thirty-one!! — Marcia