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Summer Essentials: Makeup Bags

This is the first of a new series called the "Summer Essentials"! 
Enjoy! :)
So... when you are going somewhere on vacation you can't just carry all of your makeup around in your hands, I mean who does that! We've got to pack in style!
I found quite a few different makeup bag, case, and organizer options, and most are at relatively cheap prices!
Check them out and find the one that is perfect for you!! :)

This is a small sequined cloth bag with a zipper top. Cloth is less structured and is more apt to absorb spills, but you can also just toss it into the washing machine when it gets dirty. 
This would be a bag I would stick into my purse for the day or for an overnight trip.
It's dimensions are 7" High x 10" Wide x 2" Deep
It comes in Blue and White, Black and White, and Pink and Black.

This is a larger striped cosmetic bag with a handle, the top zips around to flip back. It is coated so if you spill something on it, it should wipe off pretty easily.
I would use this for week long trips perhaps? Since this type of bag lacks organizational aspects, they aren't my favorite.
It comes in Pink and Black, Baby Pink and White, and Neon Pink and White.
It's dimensions are 4.5" High x 8.0" Wide x 7" Deep

This is a brush roll. You use it to organize your brushes so the bristles don't get bent and they are used to prevent unwanted bacteria from growing on them.
I use one smaller than this and it works well for me, but they also make them much larger as well
It comes in Black Ikat and Plum Mini Dot. It can be personalized.
It's dimensions are (Open) 13.5" wide x 8" deep x 2.5" high
On sale for $14.99 at

This is a more structured version of the first option. It also has a coating for easy clean up after spills.
I like this version of cosmetic bags especially for weekend trips. It's easy to pack, small, but also large enough to fit all I need.
It comes in Pink and Black, Neon Pink and White, and Baby Pink and White.
It's dimensions are 4.5" High x 7" Wide x 3" Deep

A clear bag with a zip top and a zippered front pocket. Similar to the first option in size, but with better structure. Easy wip off cleaning.
I am not a big fan of these because they are see through, but they still work just as well.
It comes in Clear with Black Trim only.
It's dimensions are 4.25 long x 9.25 wide x 5.5 high

This is very similar to option number two, only it isn't as deep and it doesn't have a handle. It can be wiped clean.
My feelings on this are basically the same as option two. This would be a better to sit on your makeup counter than travel with.
It comes in Pink and Black and Tan and Black
It's dimensions are 3.35" High x 7" Wide x 7" Long

This is a makeup organizer, rather than a makeup bag. When you open the lid the compartments fold out and display all of the makeup you have stored inside. It is made out of hard plastic.
I would use this at home rather than on a trip, but I have seen some people who prefer to use these because it keeps them more organized. Whatever your preference.
It comes in multiple colors

This is similar to the other smaller makeup bags I have shown you, just a different look. Not coated but still can be wiped clean.
I wouldn't normally use this type of bag because of it's odd shape.
It comes in Black with Pink Trim
It's dimensions are 3.5" High x 7.5" Wide x 3.4" Deep

This bag has two compartments, a zippered top and a zip around bottom. In the bottom there is a brush organizer and a mirror. Not coated but can be wiped clean.
I think this looks amazing! Plenty of room and organizational compartments. Pretty awesome!
It only comes in Pink, on this website anyway.

This is a hanging organizer. It rolls up, similar to the way a brush roll does, so it is more compact. It has multiple compartments for easy organization.
This is what I am using at the moment to carry all of my toiletries. I have two rolls, one for toiletries and one for accessories and makeup. Love it! 
On this website it only comes in Zebra
It's dimensions are 1.1 long x 4.0 wide x 6.4 high

I know there are many many more types of cosmetic bags that I didn't talk about, but these are some of the most popular (and prettiest!) ones I found. You can find many more great options at or if you know a Thirty-One consultant I suggest checking out their catalog, that's where I got my favorite makeup bag!
I hope this helps out! :)
It you want to see the whole series of "Summer Essentials" posts, click here!


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