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Travel Secrets of Top Models & 20% off Purse Perfector!

When you’re headed to the runway (the airport—not the fashionable kind) there’s good news. A makeup revolution is taking place. Gone are the days when travelers poured makeup into drugstore-purchased plastic containers to satisfy TSA requirements. There will be no more sacrificing tubes of mascara or face cleanser because they weigh too much be transported in a carry on.

Say hello to TSA-approved high end cosmetics. While sample-sized makeup has been around for a while as free bonuses for cosmetic purchases, the country’s top beauty firms are heralding lines of new one to four ounce sizes in their advertising. That means you can look your fashion-model best with your beloved brands of makeup.

Take Lancôme for instance. You can now purchase their top-selling Absolue day cream in .5, 1.7 and 2.6 ounce packaging. The company recently added the words “TSA-approved” to their print advertising.

Tired of liquid eye makeup remover spilling? Sephora offers a waterproof eye makeup remover in 1.69 ounce or 4.2 ounce sizes.

As an avid traveler, I have said farewell to security mishaps when it comes to my makeup. I recommend keeping your quart ziplock bag either in the long center pocket of your handbag’s Purse Perfector or in the outside pocket of your carry on. Although I am TSA and Global Entry-approved, I still maintain the plastic bag. Rules change too quickly.

As for my mini makeup, they all have perfect spots in my Purse Perfector. The smaller sizes fit perfectly in the Purse Perfector’s tailored pockets along with lipstick, gloss and lip pencil. The shorter front sections are perfect for mini sizes of hand sanitizer, my Tide To-Go Pen, tube of ibuprofen, and mini pack of tissues. Unlike a professional model’s ongoing dieting to lose weight, you can lose weight—purse weight—simply by switching to mini/travel sizes of makeup and other beauty essentials in your Purse Perfector.

It’s our biggest sale of the year! Enter promo code USAMADE2016 for 20% off your choice of Purse Perfector (sale items not included) through July 10! Start shopping now!

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TSA Travel Tips with Purse Perfector

The intersection of heightened summer travel and lengthy airport security lines has resulted in a snarky campaign dubbed hashtag #IHateTheWait. Recently the situation was most evident at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport where security lines snaked so far throughout the airport that 450 travelers missed their flights and were forced to spend the night on airport cots.

Why the sudden extra-long lines for airport security? According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the number of airline passengers has increased 12% since 2011 while the number of screeners has declined by 12%, the victims of federal budget cuts. With 6,000 fewer TSA screeners than three years ago, one doesn’t know what to expect anymore when flying.

It’s best to be prepared. Here are some TSA travel tips:

  1. Prevent purse spills and save time. Don’t you just hate it when your bag is forced to lean sideways along the security conveyer belt? When you retrieve your purse on the other side, the contents are spread everywhere, often midst other passengers’ belongings. The solution: using a Purse Perfector will keep your purse or bag contents securely in place so you can be on your way to the gate instead of taking inventory of your belongings.
  2. Be ready for the long waits. Purse Perfector is, well, perfect, for holding the emergency supplies that have become a must nowadays for airline travelers. In addition to your wallet, keys, tickets and book, here’s what some experts are encouraging you to have on hand (be sure to have any 3 ounce containers of liquids, creams or pastes in your quart-sized plastic bag):
  • Small tube of toothpaste and tooth brush for airport or in-flight tooth brushing
  • Hand and eye cream for in-flight and airport dry skin relief
  • Travel-sized pain reliever (for coping with those loooong lines)
  • A dosage of vital medications in case of unexpected delays
  • Face wipes that can also be used for body cleansing
  • A spot cleaning pen
  • A deodorant packet. I got mine after my annual mammogram screening.
  1. Sign up for a rapid check-in program such as TSA PreCheck or Global Entry for international travel. TSA PreCheck costs $85 and is good for 5 years and Global Entry is good for 5 years for a $100 fee.
  2. Fly from a smaller, less busy airport. For instance, instead of JFK, try Newark.
  3. Fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday. They are considered the least busy days of the week.

Purse Perfector wishes you a smooth, hassle-free vacation season.

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The Many Uses of our Large Purse Perfector Purse Organizer

I had an interesting conversation last week with a few friends about the many ways they use their large Purse Perfector purse organizers. Of course, they use them in most of their purses, but they had other great ideas I want to share. One lady didn’t realize she could unzip her Purse Perfector to use only one half of the purse organizer in a small bag until I showed her my compact purse.Half M Black:Berry

Another shared that her mother used her Purse Perfector in the front of her walker in her retirement community and apartment. She then moves her purse organizer into a nylon bag when she goes out and that her items are always in the same place and easy to find.

Large Purse Perfector used for holding sewing tools
Large Purse Perfector used for holding sewing tools.

 

 

Kathy, my very talented sewing buddy, has two Purse Perfectors. She uses her large Purse Perfector to hold sewing supplies when she meets with friends to quilt or simply to move to another part of the house to do a little hand sewing. Don’t you love the tote she made for her Purse Perfector?

 

Large Navy with Silver with diapers and snacks

My friend Alicia was delighted to find that the center pocket of her Large Navy with Silver purse organizer neatly holds a couple of diapers! She uses another pocket for a few items for her son and still has room for her wallet, phone and lipstick and more.

 

Purse Perfector used for keeping biking supplies organized.
Purse Perfector used for keeping biking supplies organized.

Bobbi, the biking guru (she biked across America when she retired as an English teacher) had a few more thoughts. She stashes her wallet, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, snacks, lip gloss and other items in half of her Black with Berry purse organizer and places that in the small pouch strapped to her bike.

Purse Perfectors aren't just for purses! They can be easily transferred into a backpack for easy travel.
Purse Perfectors aren’t just for purses! They can be easily transferred into a backpack for easy travel.

 

 

Whether hiking in city or  in the mountains, you can easily manage camera gear, lip balm, sunglasses, note pads and whatever your daily needs might be. Professional organizer Janine feels she can outwit any pickpocket by cleverly tucking her Perfector in her backpack while commuting through New York City by subway, bus or trekking.

 

Many women have told me that they have a a solution for a long day either has taxi service for the family or on a driving trip. They take their purse organizer out of their purse and place it in the console of their car. Because of the tailored pockets and flat bottom of their Purse Perfector, they can easily switch it from the console back into their bag when they get out of the car. And they don’t forget their phone in the car after they pop the Perfector back in their bag!

I use a large Purse Perfector in my desk drawer for organizing glasses, i-cords, paper pads, Post-its, checkbooks, and additional office supplies.

Large Purse Perfector used in an office drawer to keep items in place and easily found.
Large Purse Perfector used in an office drawer to keep items in place and easily found.
Purse Perfector in a lingerie drawer to organize wallets, tapes and shoe aids.
Purse Perfector in a lingerie drawer to organize wallets, tapes and shoe aids.

And tucked into a lingerie drawer, I have a Black with Berry purse organizer to keep additional cosmetic bags, lingerie tape, i-cords (they’re everywhere, aren’t they?), glasses, shoe pads and other miscellaneous items to help me get dressed with flash and dash.

Do you have other ways you have found to manage your life with your Purse Perfector purse organizer?

Please post a photo of how you use your Purse Perfector to our Facebook or #HowDoYOUPerfectYourLife ? Pinterest board by November 25th and we will award the best idea with a Large Purse Perfector!

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10 Summer Favorites that Should Be in EVERY Purse Organizer

Summer is here and is in full swing! You’ll, no doubt, be going to numerous parties, cookouts, and family outings throughout the summer. We’ve put a list of 10 Summer Favorites that Should Be in EVERY Purse Perfector Purse Organizer to ensure a safe and healthy summer.

1) Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer has numerous usages, but we’re specifically thinking about using it at a cookout or gathering where food is involved. You may not have direct access to soap and water, so having hand sanitizer on hand in your purse organizer is a smart move!

What We Recommend: Bath and Body Works PocketBac Sanitizers 5 Pack “Fresh Picked” scents

Price: $6 for a 5 pack!

2) Blotting Paper

It’s hot outside and it’s only going to get hotter! Having some disposable blotting towels on hand will help remove shine from perspiration, dirt, and oil from the skin while unclogging pores for a clearer complexion.

What We Recommend: Sephora Lavender Blotting Papers

Price: $5

3) Mini First Aid Kit

Accidents happen, especially with little ones. Be prepared and proactive by investing in a mini first aid kit that includes the essentials for minor scraps and cuts.

What We Recommend: Walgreen’s Easy Care On The Go First Aid Kit

Kit Includes:

  • 5 Adhesive Plastic Banages 3/4″x3″

  • 5 Adhesive Bandage 1″x3″ Fabic

  • 1 Adhesive Knuckle Fabric Bandage

  • 1 Adhesive Fingertip Fabric Bandage

  • 1 Elbow/Knee Fabric Adhesive Bandage

  • 3 Antiseptic Towelette

  • 1 Triple Antibiotic Ointment

  • 2 Butterfly Wound Closure

  • 2 Insect Sting Relief Pad

Price: $2.49

4) iBuprofen

Unfortunately, daily life has it’s hassles and includes headaches, back pain, and muscle aches. Having iBuprofen handy is always a good idea.

What We Recommend: Travel Sized Advil Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer Coated Tablets

Price: $2.69

5) Zyrtec

With summer comes high pollen count and for most of us, endless sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes. We recommend keeping a small bottle of Zyrtec in your purse organizer to fight the daily battle of allergies.

What We Recommend: Zyrtec Allergy 10 Mg Tablets Easy Open “Blister” Pack

Price: $14.99

6) Epipens

EpiPens aren’t just for bee stings. They can be used in a number of situations where emergency treatment of allergic reactions is needed including insect stings (i.e. bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants) and biting insects (i.e. triatoma, mosquitoes), allergen immunotherapy, foods, drugs, diagnostic testing substances (i.e., radiocontrast media) and other allergens, as well as idiopathic anaphylaxis or exercise-induced anaphylaxis.

What We Recommend: Getting a prescription from your doctor is your first step, then we recommend registering your auto-injectors online to receive a complimentary carrying case for easy travel.

Price: Varies by insurance providers

7) Health Insurance Cards

It’s always a good idea to carry your family’s health insurance cards in case of emergencies.

What We Recommend: Cards are easy to keep with you and can be stored in the front pocket of your Purse Perfector purse organizer for easy access.

8) Sunscreen

Even being out in the sun for an hour without proper protection can give you a minor sunburn. Keeping a bottle of SPF Sunscreen with you will ensure proper protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

What We Recommend: Ulta’s Travel Size Suncare SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion

Price:$2.99

Special: Buy 1, get 1 at 50% off & special Free Gift with Purchase!

9) Manicure Set

You’re busy and on the go and don’t always have time to think about nail care. Keeping a travel manicure kit in your purse organizer can be helpful to the woman on the go!

What We Recommend: Adrienne Vittadini Studio 5-pc. Manicure Set at Kohl’s

Price: On sale for $9.99

Set Includes:

  • nail file

  • cuticle trimmer

  • tweezers

  • scissors

  • nail clipper

  • carrying case

10) Lip Balm

Lip balm is something most of us carry around in our purses, but is yours protecting you from the sun by including an SPF value? It should!

What We Recommend: Aquaphor Lip Repair & Protect

Price: $4.99

Need to invest in a Purse Perfector Purse Organizer to keep all of your favorite summer items organized? Enjoy 15% off your next purchase by using promo code USAMADE at checkout.

 

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A Guide to Purse Organization While Traveling

My Travels to Scotland and London

I recently returned from a two-week trip to Scotland and London. Our transportation included planes, trains, driving on the “wrong” side of the road, the London Underground subway and lots of rainy walks. Packing challenges included hiking shoes for walking in the Highlands to a black tie dinner at the former home of the Selfridges department store founder and a sunny day at Runnymede with the Queen, Prince William and the Princess Royal to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the basis of the US Constitution, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and over a third of the world’s legal systems.

This is the first in a series of how I use Purse Perfector during a trip that requires different purse organization on a daily basis. I’ll share travel tips and when I unzip or separate my purse organizer to get maximum use in any bag and never forget what I need in my day.

Travel Preparation

The preparation phase for purse organization for any trip starts with my Purse Perfector on the counter.

Overnight Purse Perfector

The tailored base of the purse organizer is sturdy and stable and allows me to evaluate what doesn’t need to take the trip with me. I take the smallest wallet I can, leaving all the specialty credit and loyalty cards at home. I usually a taxi wallet that can also fit in my pants pocket, an RFID credit card sleeve for only 2-3 credit cards (that don’t charge foreign exchange fees), a small coin purse, my passport and several photocopies of it. I place one copy in each suitcase, one in the front pocket of my purse organizer along with a copy of each family members passport.

Prepare for Take-Off

On the day of travel, I set up my travel purse organizer: take out all liquids for the plastic quart bag (not necessary if you have TSA Pre-Check): spot cleaning pen, hand sanitizer, most lip products, hand cream, etc. Now decide what needs to be added for the trip – folding travel toothbrush, chewing gum to alleviate ear pain, a small medication kit, earplugs and eye mask.

Because of the length and range of clothing needed for this trip, I had a checked suitcase with layers of causal clothes for the colder temperatures of Scotland and business, cocktail and more formal attire for the warmer, dressier part of our trip in London. Oh – and a variety of purse and bags!

I also use a small rolling carryon suitcase that contains my small mirrorless camera with additional lenses and filters, jewelry case, makeup, magnifying mirror, change of clothes (in the event my suitcase goes somewhere else), a few snacks, rain jacket and hat, comfy walking shoes and socks, and a lightweight nylon purse on top and ready to use with my purse organizer after we clear customs. Depending on the trip, I also have a hat for my husband and a small backpack.

My second carryon is a travel tote that includes my Purse Perfector which holds my Kindle, passport, glasses and sunglasses, pens, small notebook, iPhone, my wallets; the plastic bag with liquids; my overnight bag essentials: eye mask, noise canceling earplugs and/or headset, travel socks, magazines and other reading, paperwork in a plastic sleeve, iPad, knitting, pashmina to wrap around my shoulders.

In my experience, most European flights leave in the afternoon and arrive early in the morning, but our hotel room is usually not yet available. So I wear a couple of layers on top over pants and a pair of short boots. My Purse Perfector in the travel tote holds everything I need for overnight and I’m ready to place my liquids and creams back into my Purse Perfector and pop it into the nylon purse that was in my carryon. Depending on how much we want to do before we get back to the hotel, I change shoes, grab my camera and add it to my travel purse organizer. Another benefit of small wallets – my Sony NEX-6 camera fits in the large open pocket in the tall section that usually holds my wallet. Just to be sure I never miss a shot, I always add an extra memory card to one of the short flat pockets in the front of the purse organizer.

Upon Arrival

We arrived in Edinburg and picked up our rental car and headed north towards the lovely town of Fort Augustus beside Loch Ness. Within a few moments, I had transferred what I needed into my purse organizer, placed it in my purse, added my camera and was ready to go. We had a pleasant surprise when we took and exit that led us right into Birnam, the inspiration for many of the tales of Beatrix Potter. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at a small museum dedicated to her works.

Beatrix Potter Museum

On the Road Again

Back on the road, we exited the highway for the first of many alternating one and two lane roads winding through increasingly gorgeous countryside. There were so many shades of green and the bright yellow of mustard fields and Scotch Broom bushes and many black-faced sheep and frolicking lambs. It was so nice to have a second view of spring since ours had been winding down at home.

Lamb Conference

After checking into our hotel and getting our bearings, we walked to restaurant overlooking Loch Ness for dinner and had our first taste of fresh Scottish salmon – and haggis! Haggis, despite the bad reports we had always heard is very similar to scrapple or Goetta and was tasty. It was often on the menu for both breakfast and lunch.

It was almost 11 pm when the sunset and sunrise was about 4:30 am. We learned that some nights it barely gets dark at all.

Loch Ness at 10 PM

It was a sunny start to our morning and we wandered the town, checked out the locks of the canal before taking the boat tour of Loch Ness. We did not see Nessie, but did spot the very shy white goats that live on the high cliffs surrounding Loch Ness.

Our day brought us upon lambs scampering around a tree, bluebells, great vistas and a deer-stalker feeding deer he will never stalk. In fact, the deer wait for him to return to his home for food.

Blue Bells Deer Stalker

 

The next installment of A Guide to Purse Organization While Traveling: Castles, cattle, Isle of Skye and Edinburgh.