Hi my loves! As many of you have recently noticed, via social network, I’ve treated myself to a new travel case for my PRO kit!
If you’ve seen my updated Pro Kit post you know that my kit is quite extensive, consisting of 2 large rolling totes. That can be a hassle to carry around , especially when I don’t need every item at once.
I decided to look into something that was easy to carry and would help me slim down my kit when I only needed select products but was also big enough to house everything I needed.
TAKE A LOOK!
My first bag is the “Large Artist/Actor Set Bag” by Monda Studio. I purchased mine from Paint and Powder Cosmetics (one of my favorite places to shop for my Pro kit)
This bag is affordable, durable and perfect for throwing in any touch up items you may need after you’ve made your model up and are heading out on location. Whether I’m traveling from my studio, to on set or location it just works. I’ve had this little guy for well over 3 years and everything is still in tact so it’s safe to say this thing is durable and you definitely can’t beat the price.
Next up is the pièce de ré·sis·tance…my new found love and baby! The “Pro Travel Case” by MAC.
As I previously said, my main kit consists of two large roller cases that can sometimes be a hassle to lug around, especially when I don’t need everything in them. I had been eyeing this kit for a while but couldn’t justify purchasing it until my freelance business picked up and having to carry 2 kits and a large chair around the city just wasn’t cutting it.
The exterior of the bag itself is very nice and sleek. It’s made up of a heavy duty fabric with patent leather accents. It also has handle straps and a heavy-duty, clip-on adjustable shoulder strap. It has a zipper compartment on one side, where I keep my phone, cards, chargers, gum or anything else I may need, which also allows me to leave my purse behind and frees up some weight. There are bands on the other side that are originally designed to slipped over the handle of the M∙A∙C Zuca rolling makeup bag but I have no problem fitting it around the handle of any of my other train cases or luggage. You can also use that side to hold larger hair tools like a blow dryer, flat iron, wand curler, etc.
The inside of the bag contains 3 zipped compartments made of mesh fabric on one side which allows me to house a good amount of my pro eye shadows palettes (I’m up to 6 so far) as well as a few slimmer ones. I also keep my paint pots, eye primers, eye liners and lip pencils on this side. I reserve one of the smaller pockets for my tools such as wedges, cotton pads, disposable wands, tweezers, eyelash curlers, etc.
The other side features 4 clear plastic removable bags, two large rectangular shaped and two small cubed shaped. These are awesome for keeping organized and being able to pull out exactly what you need and not have to dig through a bunch of other things. I really REALLY love the clear pouches, they are my favorite part of this bag. The best part about this side is that when I’m done using the bag I can take the clears parts out and put them right into my larger kits without having to empty them out and when I need to use the MAC bag again I just go right into my kit and pull those 4 containers out and pop them on to the Velcro. It really cuts down on packing time!
There is also a double sided pocket that separates both sides and can be removed and clipped to the shoulder straps of the briefcase. Having to flip between the flap to get to both sides can be annoying so I find this aspect to be extremely helpful when counter space is limited. I can just unzip it from the case and hang it on a door handle or chair.
On one side I keep things like my mixing palette, a mirror, all of my foundation/powder palettes, concealer palettes and highlighting pens. On the other I keep my brow products, face primers, cleansers, moisturizers and mascaras.
Now I’m not going to lie, this bag may seem a little pricey coming in at $175, especially when there aren’t any wheels or additional parts but trust me when I say you will be getting SO much more than you bargained for with this bag. It’s nice to look at and will give you a very organized professional look when you whip this out on the job. It’s spacious, has wall to wall compartments and is surprisingly comfortable to hold and carry around, even when it’s fully packed. Its a great addition to my freelance kit and was worth every penny, discount or not.