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Total Beauty Collection for Travellers – Review by Allison Laypath

I recently took a family vacation to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, U.S.A. to see the mysterious Anasazi cliff dwellings  that are among the most impressive archaeological sites in the United States. For the trip I packed products from the Total Beauty Collection, which can be purchased online at www.TotalBeauty.com/Collection. The Total Beauty Collection is an assortment of sample-sized designer cosmetics, including skin care, make-up and perfume. An assortment of 4-6 products is included in every Total Beauty Collection for US$15.

Allison Laypath with her family at Mesa Verde National Park Photo: Copyright Allison Laypath

Allison Laypath with her family at Mesa Verde National Park

What I liked about Total Beauty Collection

All of the samples in the Total Beauty Collection are three ounces or less, so they are ready to travel anywhere. The samples are good quality, from designer brands. My favorite item was the NYX Roll-On Shimmer, which can be worn over eye shadow or anywhere on the body. It is so fun to wear, even though it wasn’t very practical for our national park trip. It would be perfect for a cruise where there are opportunities to dress up, but space for fun items like this is limited.

Total Beauty Collection Sample size products Photo: Allison Laypath

Total Beauty Collection Sample size products

Other products I liked were the Likewise moisturizer with SPF and the Pixi Eye Bright Primer. The tiny, plastic perfume vials with secure screw-tight lids would be perfect for travel. I noticed that there is a full-size Neutrogena lip balm in the collection on sale now and I would have used that constantly on our recent trip.

The contents of each Total Beauty Collection are shown on the website, so you know exactly what you’re going to get. This is not a subscription program, so it’s a low-commitment way to collect the travel-size products you want, and try new products, every time a new collection goes on sale. Shipping is free and there are no hidden fees.

I transferred the products from my Total Beauty Collection from its signature blue box into my travel bag. I was glad to see that the packaging is all paper and recyclable.

What I didn’t like about Total Beauty Collection

Total Beauty Collection packaging Photo: Allison Laypath

Total Beauty Collection packaging

Not every product in my collection was a winner for me. I was disappointed with the Blinc mascara and I will probably never use the phytocell detox mask while traveling.

The nice thing about trial sizes is that they are a low-risk way to sample new products. But, when you travel with new products, you run the risk of being stuck with something you don’t like until you can replace it or return home.

The tiny size of many of the products in the Total Beauty Collection makes it better for shorter trips than for extended travel. I’m guessing that most of my samples would have lasted up to one week.

The biggest downside for international customers is that the Total Beauty Collection can only be shipped to addresses inside the United States.

My recommendation

Total Beauty Collection Sample Products Photo: Allison Laypath

Total Beauty Collection Sample Products

I recommend the Total Beauty Collection for U.S.-based travelers who already use, or are inclined to try, the brands and products included in the collection. For these travelers, the Total Beauty Collection is a great way to collect travel-sized versions of favorite products. It’s also a low-risk way to sample new products.

The Total Beauty Collection would be well suited to air travel, or any type of travel where suitcase space is at a premium. You could pack a lot of these samples in a single gallon-size plastic bag.

While I did like most of the products I received in my Total Beauty Collection, I was not convinced to switch brands. Furthermore, most of my trips are road trips where having space for full-size mascara or moisturizer is not a problem. I might check out the offerings in the Total Beauty Collection as I plan for my next cruise, but will probably not use this service frequently.

More information about Total Beauty Collection

Total Beauty Products Photo: Allison Laypath

Total Beauty Products

To order your own Total Beauty Collection, visit www.TotalBeauty.com/Collection to see what is on sale now. Click “Buy Now” and complete the required fields, and within 3-5 business days, a package will be delivered to your door.

If you’d like to receive an e-mail every time a new collection goes on sale, you can join their e-mail list. Those who follow Total Beauty on Facebook and Twitter @totalbeauty will receive promotions from participating brands and the chance to receive exclusive extras.

Disclosure: Total Beauty provided me with the Total Beauty Collection at no charge, but did not influence the content of this review. These opinions are my own.

Allison LaypathAllison Laypath is a family travel writer at Tipsforfamilytrips.com, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She and her husband took their first child on a two-week road trip at four-weeks-old and they have been traveling as a family ever since. Allison loves all types of travel, but especially road trips, national parks and travel within her home state of Utah. You can also connect with Allison on Facebook and Twitter

Read more about Allison’s trip to Mesa Verde National Park here

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