Review: In a Clutch with 3FLOZ

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Standing over the sink and squeezing the last bit of my preferred shampoo into a flight-approved bottle is my least favorite part of packing. However, I don’t check a bag, so it’s the only way to avoid hotel soaps and lotions that irritate my skin. Enter 3FLOZ. The site features a selection of luxury beauty items in sizes the TSA won’t confiscate with resources to make your travels so much easier:

  • Frequent flyer? There’s a replenishment program.
  • Heading to a new destination? Shop by activity
  • Forgot something? They’re now putting beauty vending machines in major airports. 
  • Not sure what you need (or are just too darn stressed to make a decision)? There are six curated kits with all of the essentials.

The 3FLOZ team sent over a "In a Clutch" kit for my trip to D.C. It’s full of must-haves for a night out, but the Air Repair rescue balm has already become my favorite everyday product. It’s an all-purpose moisturizer for lips and skin. (I had a dry patch on my lip that wasn’t healing even after applying Vaseline and ChapStick for two weeks; this Air Repair product did the trick in two days.)

What’s inside?

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A huge thanks to 3FLOZ! That rescue balm was a lifesaver! 

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Hey, Good Lookin’

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I’m not a beauty junkie. Once I find a product I love, I’m intensely brand loyal until I happen upon a replacement or it’s discontinued (which has actually happened on multiple occasions). Here are five I couldn’t do without:

  • Essie nail polish in a bright color like "First Timer." If you’re going to go this bright, you’ll have to keep it pristine. For me, that means not doing dishes. We wouldn’t want them to chip, would we? 

  • Maybelline Color Whisper in “Cherry on Top.” I actually discovered this in Chicago a few weeks ago when I left my other lip products at home and Walgreen’s was sold out of Revlon’s Lip Butter in “Sweet Tart.” There’s more pigment in Maybelline’s version and it leaves behind a lovely stain when it eventually wears off. 

  • Smashbox Photo Finish primer. I hate to say it, but all those years of furrowing my brow in displeasure have caught up with me. A layer of primer disguises those fine lines and keeps makeup looking fresh longer. Well worth the splurge.

  • Kate Spade’s “Live Colorfully” fragrance in a travel-friendly roller ball. Given how much we travel, I needed a scent that wouldn’t get swiped by the TSA.

  • Eucerin Intensive Repair hand creme. This one is new to me, but I was eager to give it a whirl when Eucerin offered to send over some samples. I have dry skin and my hands are especially prone to chapping. This stuff moisturizes thoroughly without being greasy. (I also read that we should take more care to put lotions and sunscreen on our hands to avoid premature wrinkles and sunspots. I feel like I’m becoming a bit of a Chicken Little, but it can’t hurt to heed the advice.)

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In addition to the hand creme, I tried four additional Eucerin products over the last couple of weeks. The Daily Protection lotions contain SPF 15 and while I appreciate the protection, they take awhile to absorb. This wasn’t bothersome for the body lotion, but I’m too impatient to let the face lotion fully absorb before applying makeup. The Original Healing lotion is great for dry, sensitive skin like mine. There are no fragrances or dyes and the texture of my skin visibly improved after using it each day. My favorite of the bunch (aside from the hand creme) was the Smoothing Repair lotion. The label indicates that its formulated for long-lasting moisture, but I couldn’t get over how silky my skin felt seconds after putting it on. It’s the most luxurious of the bunch.

Shop It: Intensive Repair Hand Creme // Original Healing Soothing Repair Lotion // Daily Protection Moisturizing Body Lotion // Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Lotion // Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion

Big thanks to Eucerin for sending over samples!

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In the Know

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I usually buy a new travel-size perfume before we head on vacation. It’s a small (yet effective) way to bring back vivid memories of the getaway long after we’ve come home. It’s also why Philosophy’s margarita body wash conjures up memories of a harsh California sunburn and Pucci’s Acqua 330 takes me back to the first vacation I took with Dave just months after meeting

I’ve recently been introduced to Callio Fragrance, a NYC-based company founded on the belief that scent can bring back special moments. Callio Fragrance offers seven signature scents, all concocted by hand. I was given the opportunity to try Melee and Kiele. I knew I’d fall for Melee’s combination of lime, coconut and lemongrass (three of my favorite fragrances), but I didn’t expect to prefer the lush florals of Kiele. I usually avoid florals since they can be a bit matronly, but this one is young and fresh. In fact, it’s already packed in my travel bag for South Carolina (we leave in 10 days!). I can’t wait for the memories this one brings back months later. 

Featured: gifted Callio fragrance // gifted Julie Vos earrings

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I’m enjoying a lazy Sunday seeking inspiration in a coffee table book, admiring my new sunglasses (yesterday’s T.J. Maxx find for $30), and applying a bright, red-orange lacquer. What are you up to?

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Currently Coveting

Right now, I’m coveting:

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Currently Coveting

Right now, I’m coveting:

*Wendy Mink Jewelry is offering Bedknobs & Baubles readers 40% off their purchase this weekend! Use coupon code “baubles” today through February 24th to receive the discount. (In addition to the earrings above, I’d recommend this necklace.) The coupon code starts at 2 p.m EST and is good on full price merchandise.

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Perfect Pairings

I’d go so far as to say that a leather duffel bag was my best purchase of 2012. I chose this one and haven’t had to check baggage since. (It’s amazing how much you can pack into a weekender!)

Shop It: Tory Burch cosmetic case // See by Chloe weekender // Deux Lux weekender // Rebecca Minkoff cosmetic case

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Currently Coveting

Right now, I’m coveting:

  • Stingray-print pumps in a lovely shade of blue
  • Estee Lauder’s spring nail polish collection (I already own the blue one)
  • Serious fabric in candy colors, like this Milly dress
  • Elephant glasses
  • A gold stapler
  • The interesting cut of this blue topaz ring by Katie Rowland

In other news, I’m featured on Franish today. Why did I start blogging? What’s my favorite piece of jewelry? Learn more about me here!

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Snapshot

I painted my nails last night, but I can’t wait to use the new Estee Lauder polish I picked up a few hours ago. It’s the most lovely shade of robin’s egg blue. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Featured: Estee Lauder nail polishgifted Stella Valle earrings | Anthropologie bowl | Paris versus New York book | coral my grandmother collected decades ago

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Currently Coveting

Right now, I’m coveting:

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