Get the Look: 30 Cute Cosmetic Cases

Last week I pulled together a collection of cute cosmetic cases, “Kiss & Make Up” in the Boston Globe. I generally like to do a travel-related roundup in the summer, and I had already done weekend bags last year.

Mostly, though, I was inspired by a particularly cute cosmetic case by Deux Luxe, that the publicist had sent me back in the winter—the Anguilla cosmetic case in jade green emblazoned with exotic birds. I love the look. Unfortunately it didn’t make it into the Globe, but I’ve included it here (#17), along with 29 other cute cosmetic case finds.

Bostonians, pay attention to #1, #9, and #18 by ultra preppy, Brookline-based design label Ame & Lulu. I’m kind of attached to #2 from Catseye London. Adorable, though maybe channels too much of a crazy cat lady vibe? There’s a doggie one as well (#21). And if you’re more of a boho girl, Target has a couple of great Coachella-worthy makeup bags (#5 and #8).

Browse through for a new one; you know yours is smeared with gunk. Me? I still use the iconic brown & white striped cosmetic bags and toiletry case from Henri Bendel, a long-ago gift from an ex boyfriend’s mom. And yeah, it’s a bit worn.






Shop cute cosmetic cases from StyleCarrot partners and other favorites.


1 Mercer Floppy Cosmetic Bag, $38 at Ame & Lulu.

2 Catseye London “Kitten” Cosmetics Case, $25 at Nordstrom.

3 Trina These Are the Days Clutch, $24 at Ulta.

4 LeSportsac Striped Cosmetic Case, $42 at Macy’s.

5 Geometric Print Toiletry Bag, $9.95 at Target.

6 Renny Drive Annabella Cosmetic Case, $68 at Kate Spade.

7 Rebecca Minkoff Floral Izzie, $85 at Bloomingdale’s.

8 Striped Coral Toiletry Bag $9.99 at Target.

9 Cosmetic Bag with Mesh, $56 at Ame & Lulu.

10 Adidas by Stella McCartney Transparent Case at Farfetch.

11 Catseye London Lips Cosmetic Case, $44.56 on eBay.

12 Trina Soak of the Rays Clutch, $24 at Ulta.

13 Rip Curl Aloha Spirit Clutch, $29.50 at Nordstrom.

14 Ted Baker Floral Cosmetic Case, $50 at Bloomingdale’s.

15 Lee Coren Ciclo Flat Clutch, $54 at Pod.

16 Steph & Co. Tahiti Viveca, $22.50 at Nordstrom.

17 Deux Lux Anguilla Cosmetic Case, $38  at Nordstrom.

18 Ranger Floppy Cosmetic Bag, $38 at Ame & Lulu.

19 Tropicana Cosmetic Case, $9.99 at Nine West.

20 Let’s Makeup Lil Zip Bag by Dogeared, $24 at Zappos.  

21 Jack Russel by Catseye London Cosmetic Case, $15 at Nordstrom.  

22 Hudson+Bleecker Marrakech Avion Cosmetic Case, $66 at Bluefly.

23 Fendi Roma print make-up bag, $250 at Farfetch.

 24 Rockstar Cosmetic Case, $28 at Saks

25 Izzie Snake Cosmetic Case, $85 at Rebecca Minkoff

26 Chanel Preowned Cosmetic Case, $399 at Luxe Designer Handbag.

27 Marc Jacobs Smiley Face Cosmetic Case, $98 at Shopbop.

28 LeSportsac Tuileries Cosmetic Case, $31.50 at 6pm

29 Charlotte Tilbury Canvas Cosmetics Case, $20 at Net-a-Porter. 

30 Vera Bradley Luggage Lighten Up Travel Cosmetic Case, $34 at Zappos.

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ARTmonday: 12 Orphaned Artworks from OODE

Two years ago I did an interview with Marleen Kurvers, stylist and proprietor of Dutch Design Year, a design shop in Amsterdam.  Her most recent venture is GALERIE OODE, also in Amsterdam. Kurvers offers a curated selection of orphaned artworksartwork that was left in storage because the museums that owned it closed. Kurvers says, “We want to bring them back to the public so people can adopt them!”

This OODE  is exhibiting the work of Jan de Mug, a Dutch graphic designer and painter from Den Bosch. His work from the Foundation of Disinherited Goods/ Onterfd Goed are abstract, minimalistic paintings and drawings. I know a lot of people who are visiting Amsterdam this summer, so make a point to stop by Galerie Oode to see the orphaned artworks and say hi to Kurvers.

I’ve included one here along with other pieces of orphaned artworks from OODE.


Nel van Dijkhuizen, 1982
Painting/collage on paper


A. De Jonge. 1982
Lithograph 6/16


J. van Maarschalkerwaard
Painting on canvas in wooden frame


Wil Klaassen
Silkscreen in aluminium frame


Jan de Mug, 1979
Painting on canvas in wooden frame


A. De Jonge, 1979
Signed lithograph 6/18


Peter Kampehl


D. Putman
Aquarel on paper


Ori ben Zeev, no title. 1984
Painting on paper


Joop Stolk, 1989
Painting in wooden frame


Ton Kraayeveld, 1988
Oil and acrylic paint on canvas in wooden frame


Jelis van Dolderen, 1982

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Sunday Bouquet: Succulents Against Concrete



A mound of succulents against a concrete backdrop.

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Saturday Say It: Be Someone’s Sunshine

Be Someones Sunshine When Their Skies Are Gray

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Be someone’s sunshine when their skies are grey.

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Just In: 25 Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

StyleCarrot partner Nordstrom is having a serious sale. Yes, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today. As in Shop. Right. Now. New fall looks are on sale through August 3rd, but if you see something you like, better to jump in quickly because this is a highly anticipated sale event. (Key dramatic music.) I clicked through pages of items—the sale includes clothing, beauty, and accessories for women, men, and kids—and picked out the 25 items I’d buy.

I’ve actually had my eye on that DVF metallic clutch for a while, and I can always use a new wrap dress (especially in green!), grey shift dress, and Bobbi Brown lip color. I have a Rebecca Minkoff 5-zip cross-body bag in teal; I’d certainly get lots of use from the nude one. I like it because it’s not particularly large, but plenty roomy enough for a phone, compact, keys, and money, and drapes nicely with that nice heavy (but not too heavy) chain. I’ve been toying with the idea of Hunter rain boots. Not to be trendy, but because I don’t actually own rain boots. Can anyone tell me if they are comfortable?

I’m actually more tempted by the Sperry duck boots though; they look cozy. Probably a better bet for Boston. The Rag & Bone jeans seem to be a perfect cut—they’re a “slim boyfriend jean.” Promising. I just bought new black Nike Flyknit sneakers similar to the ones here. I figure getting black means that since it’s unlikely I’ll actually exercise in them at least I could wear them on the street. And finally, I love black diamonds, especially set in rose gold, if anyone is looking for present ideas.

You might need a refresh on your Hanky Panky lace thongs, Kiehl’s body cream, designer sunglass upgrade, or a simple everyday tote. Excuse me, vegan tote.

Happy anniversary sale.





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S H O P P I N G 

1  DvF Ashlynn Cube Print Silk Wrap Dress

2  DvF 440 Metallic Lizard Embossed Envelope Clutch

3  Kismet By Milka Vitality Drop Earrings

4  Bobbi Brown Pink Dusk Lip Trio

5  Vince Sleeveless Shift Dress

6  Hanky Panky Low Rise Thong  

7  Hunter Short Back Zip Rain Boot

8  Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Home & Away Duo

9  Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip Convertible Crossbody Bag  

10  Skagen Ancher Crystal Index Watch   

11  Vince Camuto Saron Colorblock Bootie

12  Topshop Chevron Colorblock Sweatshirt

13  Max Mara Terry Wool Blend Shift Dress

14  Satya Reversible Constellation Pendant Necklace  

15  Rag & Bone Slim Fit Boyfriend Jean

16  Rebecca Minkoff Moto Hobo

17  Elizabeth & James Giulia Cutout Dress 

18  Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 TR Training Shoe

19  Gucci Cat Eye Sunglasses 

20  Vegan Leather Pocket Tote 

21  Sperry Saltwater Waterproof Rainboot 

22  Kismet by Milka Black Diamond Coil Ring 

23  Timberland Glastonbury Bootie

24  Vince Striped Top

25  Asics Gel Kayano 21 Running Shoe  

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