The Makeup Alley Mobile Reviews Feature Will Change Your Shopping Experience! 

You guys!  I’m seriously excited about what I just heard about on Twitter.   Makeupalley now has their reviews database easily searchable via product barcode scan.  I’m so excited, I found myself testing it out on stuff in my bathroom at 1:00 am!  The makeup lover and nerd in me are both ecstatic, because it works. 

Do you ever find yourself in the drugstore (or any store) looking at beauty products and wondering if you should drop your cash on them?  Have you ever actually grabbed your smartphone and googled that item before you put it in your basket?  I sure have!  Weeding through reviews is tedious enough, but doing it in a store is too time consuming when you just want a fast answer – does it suck?  DOES THIS $12 THING SUCK OR NOT? 

Well, get a load of THIS!  Download Makeupalley’s app to your smartphone, open it, and look for the little barcode icon:


Ok do you see it? Now tap on it and something that looks like a camera screen will appear on your phone.  Scan the barcode of your Item of Scrutiny by holding it between the guidelines on your screen, and THEN: 

Are you freaking kidding me?!?!  Easy access to all of Makeupalley’s product reviews at my fingertips?!  The feature works so well, too!  Just scan and there’s the review page; click on any review to see it in its entirety.  This site’s wealth of reviews is amazing, too.  If it’s not there, it’s really new or hella obscure.  

LIFE.  CHANGING.  I shall buy crappy products no more!


Travelo Classic Perfume Atomizer and Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere – a Match Made in Heaven!

I’m a bit of a perfumista (ok, I hate that word, but it’s true).  I don’t wear some of the heavier, rich fragrances I used to wear because I get migraines these days, but this fragrance right here is amazing and always just right.  Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere is everything I always wished its big sister was – a milder, more modern, fresher version of the famous classic No. 5.  Fragrantica describes it as a woody, aldehydic, white floral that’s lighter, fresher, and more suitable for daily use than the original No 5.  I can wear this even on hot summer days, whereas I would have only reached for No. 5 during the winter, with a super light hand.  This brings me to the next part of my post!

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What you see there is an enormous 5 ounce bottle of that delicate, beautiful juice.  Nope, that’s not something I would have ever splurged on for myself; it was pretty much one of the nicest holiday presents I ever got.  But how on earth would you ever take this with you anywhere?  You wouldn’t.  Enter the Travalo!

The Travalo (bottom right) is a miniature atomizer that can be refilled over and over from any perfume that has a sprayer.  It’s basically pure genius.  The bottle is all plastic and under an ounce, so it’s airline approved.  And it’s so easy to fill!  At first glance, you’d think you take off the sprayer of the Travalo and use that, right?  Nope…look at the bottom…

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Take the sprayer nozzle off your bottle of perfume.  Locate the plastic bottom of your Travalo atomizer and the little hole there.  Line that hole up over the sprayer tip of your perfume bottle…

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…and pump-pump-pump-pump-pump!

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You can see from the plastic window that the perfume has made it into the atomizer.

I have had my Travalo for several years.  It gets tossed around in the bottom of my purse after being refilled numerous times.  Sometimes I throw it in my work desk drawer.  Never ONCE has it ever leaked!  The current model holds 65 sprays (my older model holds 50 sprays) and costs $19.99 from the Travalo website, but the older version is available from Amazon for much cheaper.  If you have huge perfume bottles you cannot take on the go with you, you need this in your life!

Thanks for another amazing recommendation, fragrance board at Makeupalley.  ❤