Beauty on the Go: Caboodles “It” Bag in Sassy

By Voxy  

This is the Caboodles train case I picked up at Target, although apparently it’s actually called an “It” Bag, and the particular fabric style is called “Sassy.” Whatev. Like I said, it’s a little bigger than I wanted (dimensions 9.25″ L x 7.5″ W x 7.25″ H), so I will end up putting more than just cosmetics into it — e.g., deodorant, contact lens solution, and perhaps a small dog. I do wish it were a little smaller, but it’s got a good combination of features.

One of the primary reasons I chose this one is that the sides of the case are reasonably hard but not metal. Metal train cases are chic, but it always seems to me that too much of the footprint is taken up by the case itself. They also had softer plastic cases shaped like rectangles with rounded corners, but those were too soft and squishy and felt flimsy. In typical Goldilocks fashion, I wanted the one that was, of course, just right, and this seemed to fit the bill. I also like that it has handles, and that they fold down against the top of the bag. Surprisingly, not all of them had this feature.

The interior of the bag is roomy and there are lots of collapsible elastic storage compartments for specifically-shaped items. In other words, there are little pockets that you could pull out to hold a lipstick or that you could leave collapsed against the side wall and it wouldn’t be wasting any space. The interior divider is also removable via Velcro so if you needed to carry larger objects, you could just remove the center wall. The other thing that made me really like this one is the lid: on the underside it has an elastic band in which you can put lip or eye pencils, skinny brushes (provided the handles aren’t too long), etc. This is covered by a flip-up/flip-down plastic sheet that attaches with Velcro to the bottom of the lid so that your brushes don’t smear on anything. The lid won’t accommodate thicker-handled brushes, but as long as they’re short, they could go in one of the other elasticized bands against the wall of the case.

I’ve taken pics of the various features of the bag, and then threw some random products in there for good measure to show scale and how some of the side pockets might be used.

Slots for lipstick, etc.

Removing the interior divider

Interior of lid (plastic overlay not shown)

Lots of room.

Thoughts? Ideas? Comments, please!

Caboodles “It” Bag in Sassy: $17.19 at Target

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4 Comments

  1. avatar Francie
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:22 am | Permalink | Reply

    That’s a VERY cute bag! I like that it’s so roomy, since I pack a lot of non-cosmetic stuff into mine. I also like that it’s reasonably priced.

    Gosh, you’ve made me realize that my current cosmetic bag is about 20 years old! It was a gift from a woman I used to work with. It’s served me well on many trips, though.

    Maybe I need to visit my local Targé, perhaps as soon as tomorrow!

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  2. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted July 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That is a great train bag. I like the compartments–everything is loose in mine, and it makes things really hard to find if I need them quickly (you know, those emergency situations where you *must* reapply your lipstick *right now*…)

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  3. avatar elsie
    Posted July 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I like it! One of my disappointments with air travel is that the quart-bag rule and other carry-on restrictions largely eliminated my need for make-up/toiletry bags like that. Train travel isn’t viable around here, although I suppose I could use something like on car trips.

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    • avatar a biologist
      Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I agree! I had some nice little toiletry cases that basically became useless. Something like that might be good for me to store my makeup at home. Right now it’s just in a drawer.

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