Travel with luxury when you bring the LiftLab Travel Set

LiftLab Travel Set

LiftLab Travel Set

Travel can be stressful even if highly anticipated. What to pack? Can I fit everything in my carry on? Are my skincare and haircare necessities small enough for the TSA guidelines? Will the products I bring last long enough for my entire trip? Are the products I bring up to par with my skin and haircare needs?

LiftLab Travel Set box

LiftLab Travel Set box

An answer can be found in the LiftLab Travel Set that contains 4 of LiftLab’s premier products: Purify + Clarify Daily Cleanser, Detox Mask and Gentle Exfoliant (1.0 oz); Lift + Fix Restore Serum(.3 oz); Lift + Repair Treatment Serum (.25 oz); and Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream (.3 oz) ($50 for the travel set)                                                                                      press sample

LiftLab Travel Set open

LiftLab Travel Set open

LiftLab products all contain a patented Cell Protection Protein (CPP®) that is exclusive to the brand. CPP® was first discovered in the Arctic as the secret to survival for plants and marine life that thrive in those sub-zero conditions. They use CPP® along with unique active ingredients to create results of unprecedented protection and regeneration benefits for healthier and younger skin.

LiftLab Purify + Clarify

LiftLab Purify + Clarify

The newest product from LiftLab is Purify + Clarify. This is significantly larger than the other pieces in the set because it has three jobs to do. It’s a daily cleanser, it’s a gentle exfoliant, plus it is your detox mask. It’s not often that a product has 3 benefits in one treatment package. This is a gentle cleanser that helps refine pores and remove the layer of dead skin cells. Try it as a detox mask by applying it, leaving it on for 3 – 5 minutes, then finish by using it to exfoliate your skin. The exfoliation isn’t harsh and it washes away without leaving any residue. Especially on a trip you don’t want to overdo or irritate you. This leaves you with stimulated cell renewal.

LiftLab Lift + Fix serum

LiftLab Lift + Fix serum

Lift + Fix Restore Serum is the next step and a favorite as I love using serums on my skin. It’s a delight to have the opportunity to try out this concentrated serum. As someone who needs anti-aging skincare I love that I finally have a travel size serum. It’s a thin serum but a little goes a long way. This is especially great for skin with redness or irritation. Apply it before sun exposure and the CPP® in it helps to protect against exposure to UVA and UVB rays. It’s not a sunscreen but it is a sunscreen’s best friend.

LiftLab Lift + Repair Treatment Serum

LiftLab Lift + Repair Treatment Serum

I raved about the Lift + Fix Serum but there’s more to rave about since there’s a treatment serum in this package too. Lift + Repair Treatment Serum is a multi-action treatment. “It’s formulated with Cell Protection Protein™ plus six additional proteins and peptides to maximize skin regeneration and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” If you have very sensitive skin this isn’t recommended for you though. In that case you’d want to stick with Lift + Fix which is their Restore Serum.

Lift + Repair has other essential ingredients like

Easyliance®, a botanical derivative to visibly firm and strengthen skin and provide a youthful glow
Kollaren®, an innovative peptide that repairs and rebuilds skin’s own collagen and elastin
Vitamins E, B5 and B3 to help protect from UV damage, even skin tone and reduce redness

This is highly penetrating and works fast to provide immediate hydration.

LiftLab Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream

LiftLab Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream

LiftLab Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream finishes up this set. CPP® helps increase the production of collagen and elastin so it’s an excellent moisturizer to extend skin’s youthfulness. This absorbs very quickly and helps with fine lines. I haven’t had a problem with foundation balling up after using this along with a serum. Now I just need it to remove another 10 years from my face! Lift + Moisturize is recommended for all skin types, especially combination to oily skin.

Along with CPP® active ingredients include:
– Syniorage™, a targeted peptide to help increase firmness by strengthening cohesion of the skin’s upper layers for a refined texture and anti-aging effect
– Hyalurosmooth™, a botanical derivative to bind moisture to the cells, plump skin and visibly diminish fine lines

– Gransil DNAM, a sophisticated blend of 3 silicones to lock in moisture and create a smooth, silky surface

Lift + Lab packet bonuses

Lift + Lab packet bonuses

Underneath the holder I found 2 sample packets: Lift + Protect for total rejuvenation and Lift + Firm Eye Cream. What a nice surprise.

LiftLab Travel Set contents

LiftLab Travel Set contents

There are 3 reasons to buy this kit. 1. It’s terrific for travel. A way to bring luxurious skincare with you so that the stresses of travel don’t wreck havoc with your face. 2. How often can we get sample sizes of a line like this to test out? LiftLab is definitely a luxury brand but for $50 you can try all of these to decide if this line is one you need. (Yes you do need it!). 3. This would make an exceptional gift for someone who appreciates the finer things in life. The box is a great keepsake box for skincare or other treasures, the products are wonderful, and you’ll set an example to show your friends/family that you know about the best of the best.  —  Marcia

The set and Lift Lab skincare are available at LiftLab’s site as well as Neiman Marcus.

*sent for editorial consideration; now I just need to go on a trip!

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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!!
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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

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Korres The Skin Soothers Collection and giveaway

Do you ever want to try out products but just can’t invest in everything from the line that you want to try? If so a collection like the KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection that we were sent to test is just what the doctor ordered. With this collection you have the opportunity to try 4 of Korres best selling products that would normally cost you $133 in full sizes for just $29 in this great kit. I wish every company sold kits like this for travel and for testing.

KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection

KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection

I remember when Korres was new to the United States and I was only able to find it in one small upscale boutique. It had a mystique to it that hasn’t been lost since it was discovered and their store base has broadened. Korres was started by a Greek pharmacist who was interested in learning about natural remedies. He and his wife studied and worked to develop the best products they could using safe herbal remedies. His wife says “Her greatest ‘beauty’ challenge to date was the development of the Korres yoghurt skincare line which contains yoghurt in its edible form. The development of a stable cosmetic formula preserving all of‘live’ yoghurt’s benefits was a scientific and innovative achievement as well as a global first for the cosmetics industry.”

Korres Yoghurt line consists of 9 products and with this kit I got to test 4 of them.
– 0.68 oz Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser
– 0.68 oz Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Moisturiser
– 0.68 oz Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
– 0.68 oz Greek Yoghurt After Sun Cooling Gel for Face & Body

GREEK YOGHURT FOAMING CREAM CLEANSER is to be used both morning and evening. It’s gently foaming and being a cream it’s also quite moisturizing. My skin doesn’t feel stripped after using this cleanser. There is a fragrance to this and all of this line. The cleanser has a sweet flowery fragrance. This is not a soapy cleanser, it’s soap free. The formula includes amaranth seed extract to soothe and calming honeysuckle to provide antibacterial benefits. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins.

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT FOAMING CREAM CLEANSER

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT FOAMING CREAM CLEANSER

GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING MOISTURIZER is suggested to be used in the morning to give you a deep moisturization. This doesn’t have an SPF factor though so keep that in consideration. This is especially good for dry skin since it’s such a rich formula. It’s enriched with vitamin E, olive oil concentrate, and macadamia nuts for antioxidant protection. This moisturizer has a very light fragrance that’s only noticeable when first applied.

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING MOISTURIZER

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING MOISTURIZER

NOURISHING MOISTURIZER

NOURISHING MOISTURIZER

GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING SLEEPING FACIAL is the most unusual product in this set. It’s a lightweight souffle that absorbs quickly and works throughout the night to give you intense moisturization. If you have dry, or stressed skin this is going to be especially great for you. “ This ultrahydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion. You will wake up to noticeable improvements in skin texture and more moisturized, refreshed skin.” Use this alone or under the Nourishing Moisturizer for even more hydration. The Sleeping Facial’s fragrance is very light and a little sweet. I barely notice it throughout the night.

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING SLEEPING FACIAL

KORRES GREEK YOGHURT NOURISHING SLEEPING FACIAL

YOGHURT COOLING GEL is the reason I mentioned this as a travel set. The gel is perfect for after sun time. Even if you are like me and don’t ever sit in the sun, when you travel to a sunnier climate whether that’s warm or cold (skiing for example) you need to refresh your skin. This clear Cooling Gel is perfect for your face and body. “Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging. It’s dermatologist tested and free of mineral oil, silicone, ethanolamime, and propolyene glycol. The gel is enriched with active plant extracts.”

KORRES YOGHURT COOLING GEL

KORRES YOGHURT COOLING GEL

KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection

KORRES Skin Soothers Greek Yoghurt collection

“A centuries-old Greek remedy for skin soothing, moisturizing Greek Yogurt is boosted with two and a half times more proteins than regular yogurt, vitamins, and minerals to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. These products are dermatologically tested, cruelty-free, and formulated without petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines.” With all these good ingredients in the 4 products what you aren’t going to find is parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, phthalates, GMO, or triclosan. Just the way you want it!” from Korres

Now for our giveaway. There will be two winners of this set. The prize will be sent by Korres or its representative and is open to US subscribers only. Giveaway starts today, 1/11/16 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 1/25/16. If comments close please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and you can click this off. We have two requirements to enter: subscribe to our blog and comment. After that you have lots of options so the more you do, the better the chance of winning. — Marcia
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Bee a winner and celebrate the 10th day of Christmas giveaways with a Savannah Bee!

10th day of Christmas giveaway:  Savannah Bee Travel Set!Ten days into December and the BIZ has yet another amazing giveaway for you! I visited Savannah, Georgia last spring and I spent a considerable amount of time in the Savannah Bee store. Everything looks, feels, and smells so fantastic! I am really excited that even cold, wet Michigan has the latest Savannah Bee Gift Sets now at Target stores – in fact they are available nationwide, $12.99/set (SAVE!!). There are three wonderful scents to choose from and the winner of today’s giveaway can pick the scent of her choice.

Savannah Bee Majesty Gift Set

The sets come in a super cute zippered travel bag made from canvas, featuring the iconic Queen Bee. The Queen Bee ‘Majesty’ bag has a Honey Body Lotion, Honey Body Wash, and Beeswax Lip Balm. All of these products have natural essential oils, no parabens, no petroleum-derived ingredients, plus they are cruelty-free. You can choose from three different scents:  Tupelo Honey, Blackberry, and Lemongrass. Mine is Tupelo Honey – have you ever smelled this? They actually have jars of real Tupelo Honey at the retail store, with samples open for snacking and smelling the intoxicating aroma. It is simply delicious, a perfect mix of honey, lemon, and vanilla.

Giveaway!  Savannah Bee Majesty Gift Set

It’s a really cute set, and the price is terrific – just perfect for stockings, teachers, or Secret Santa pals. Right now Target has a BOGO 50% off sale that’s good through December 12th, so take advantage!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: The 10th Day of Christmas giveaway has 1 winner, US only, and the winner can choose which scent – Tupelo Honey, Blackberry, or Lemongrass. The giveaway ends Dec. 18th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please remember we check to see that the options have really happened and that you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone (and stay a subscriber). Good luck – we would love for you to ‘BEE’ the winner!!  – Lisa

*item reviewed and giveaway courtesy of Savannah Bee, affiliate links
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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

Ready? Set? Get On the Go by Youngblood!

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.

Youngblood On The Go image from ybskin.com

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.

Youngblood On the Go

Youngblood On the Go label

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.

On the Go products

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!!

Mineral Primer

primer droplet image from ybskin.com

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

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.

Youngblood Illuminating Body Tint image from ybskin.com

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.

Mineral Foundation

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.

Eye Impact

Eye Impact Quick Recovery full size image

Eye Impact Quick Recovery droplet from ybskin.com

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

*pr sample