Makeup Wars ~ My Holiday Beauty Wish List

The Makeup Wars Bloggers decided it would be a smart move to do up our Holiday wish lists.  Basically, if any family or friends are reading this and want to tell Santa so I have a little surprise under the tree… you won’t hear me complain.  I might even have a smooch waiting under the mistletoe for anyone thinking of me!

I thought it would be a good idea to pick some “wants” at several price points… just in case my hubby or someone else who loves me equally as much is checking this out!  Keeping it tame, this is just beauty items.  If I would have dove into handbag, shoes, jewelry… well, we’d have been here all day.


  1. Tarte Carried Away Collector’s Set ($54.00).  This set from Tarte has is ALL.  It’s so beautiful and clearly necessary for all of your beauty needs and wants!  Photo courtesy of
  2. OCC Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set ($49.00).  I own nothing from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and I’m DYING to.  This set is the perfect opportunity!  Photo courtesy of
  3. Make Up For Ever Be Your Own Make Up Artist Station ($950.00).  Let’s just be honest, who DOESN’T want this?  At that price point it’ll very likely never happen for me, but I can dream!  Photo courtesy of
  4. Burberry Complete Eye Palette ($59.00).  I’ll take any of them, but the one pictured, Dark Spice, is my top choice.  Photo courtesy of
  5. Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Shadow in Rose Gold ($24.00).  I love the style of the shadow pan and the shade just looks stunning!  Photo courtesy of
  6. Estee Lauder Michael Kors Set ($38.50).  This one is tricky, you can only purchase it with an Estee Lauder Fragrance purchase.  I cannot stand EL fragrance and I don’t know anyone to give it to if I bought it.  So go buy yourself some perfume and then get me this Michael Kors set!  Different sets are available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Dillards, Macys and  I’ll take any of them.  Photo courtesy of
  7. MAC Hang Up the Glamour Hanging Travel Bag ($40.00).  It’s leopard on the outside, lacy looking on the inside and securely holds all of our travel junkies with style.  Hook me up.  Photo courtesy of
  8. Bare Escentuals The Star Treatment Set ($40.00).  I love the pressed shadows from this brand, and the shades in this palette are right up my alley!  Photo courtesy of
  9. MAC Making Pretty Brush Set for Face & Eye ($100.00).  I obviously don’t NEED this, but its so pretty and chic… I just want it to look at it.  I’d never buy it for myself, but would loveeee to have it as a gift!  Photo courtesy of
  10. Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265.00)  I am so totally addicted to this.  It’s easy to do, safe and it works!  You can check out my experience with this product by clicking here.  Photo courtesy of

Oh, drugstore beauty, I haven’t forgotten about you!

  1. Cover Girl Clump Crusher LashBlast Mascara.  I’ve heard great things from fellow bloggers.  Photo courtesy of where this product is currently buy one get one half off.
  2. Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eight Pan Eyeshadow Palette Collection.  I’d love the two palettes I don’t have that released with Holiday 2012 (I think the matte one, Drinking a Glass of Shine, was released before as I <3 Matte) in Sparkle ‘Til Morning & Shimmer the Night Away (see pics at Nouveau Cheap).
  3. L’Oreal Project Runway Electric Fantasie Collection.  Any and all of it.  We’ve been ripe with sickness here so I haven’t really been out and about to get any pieces =( See photos at Musings of a Muse.
  4. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips.  I always see these and always want to try them out.  The colors just look so pretty sitting by each other.  The set shown above is in Nude.  Photo courtesy of

What is on your holiday beauty wish list?

See what the other participants in this installment of Makeup Wars came up with!  What WILL we think of next?!

November 2012 ipsy (My Glam?) Glam Bag Review & Swatches

This Summer, after I received my June Glam Bag and did an open box video, I cancelled my MyGlam Glam Bag subscription.  It was such a disappointment across the board for me.  Weird products, chemical smells… just wasn’t impressed.

So, what made me resubscribe?  Well, I got an email saying if I came back I’d get a Benefit They’re Real Mascara as an extra.  I do love that mascara, and My Glam had morphed into ipsy (Why?  I have no idea and frankly I’m too lazy to look) so maybe it’s better now.  Without even looking to see what the bags had been between June and now I went ahead and forked over my $10 to re-subscribe.

Holy…..  This is AMAZING.  I’m floored by how great this month’s bag is for 10 bucks.

What you see above is a cute and classy deep brown makeup bag with a gold zipper.  I believe it’s canvas.  Very nice, no chemical smell.  Useable!  The two cards are just showing deals and discounts that ipsy subscribers can get when shopping with the sponsors of this months bag as well as a deal on a subscription.

What’s inside?

Clearly, if you read the start of this post, you know it’s all good things.

Starting on the top left is a nail lacquer from Nailtini in the shade Millionaire.  SO pretty, right?  It’s a mix of regular glitters and bar glitters in multiple shades, and just makes me think of a New Years Eve extravaganza.  It’s shown below as one coat over Chanel Malice.

Next, from Benefit, the They’re Real Mascara, which I’ve reviewed here.  It’s a great mascara if you’re in the market for some va-va-voom on your eye balls.

From theBalm, one of the shades in the Meet Matt(e) Palette.  The shade I got is Matt Batali (sounds Italian, so imma say it’s appropriate for me lol) and it’s a deep eggplant color.  So smooth and pigmented for a matte shade.  Very impressed and I just may have to purchase the full palette so he can hang with his buddies.

The fourth item is a bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in the shade Dare Devil.  The applicator is sponge doe-foot (YAY) and it’s only slightly sticky.  The vibrant pinky-purple shade has a hint of shimmer.  It may look scary, but on the lips it’s sheer and just gives a hint of color.  I fear shades like this on my lips, but this one looks gorgeous!

The final item is from Starlet Cosmetics and is a Black Eye Pencil.  I’ve never heard of this brand, but I found the liner to be smooth in application and though the black shade isn’t super saturated it wore nicely and is easy to smudge for a smoky, party eye.

(L-R: theBalm Matt Batali, bareMinerals Dare Devil, Starlet Eye Pencil)

It seems based off the one card that some people also got an Eyebrow Defining Gel from Chella.  I’ve never heard of that brand, but I can always use brow gel!  Would have probably liked that in place of the liner, but either way, I’m still VERY happy with this months bag and will be continuing my subscription into December.

By the end of this email I convinced myself that, as a blogger, I need to become educated on ipsy.  I haven’t been on the site since June, but it looks MUCH more clean and organized.  More like I’d expect it to be.

They do profile pages now, so here is mine.  There isn’t anything there, but I think it’s fun that it’s offered.  Hopefully they’ll also go by way of Birchbox and GlossyBox and have a referral program set up or a point system in place for free products.  After seeing how awesome this bag was, that is really the only thing holding them back.

Here is where you can go to subscribe to ipsy for a Glam Bag.  It’s not a referral.

What do you think about the November Glam Bag?  Are you going to subscribe for December?

Bare Escentuals THE INDECENT PROPOSAL bareMinerals READY Blush Swatches and Review

I’ve had such an impressive experience with the Bare Escentuals bareMinerals READY Eye Shadows, I was ecstatic to see that they were releasing blush and bronzer products to the line.  I stopped in to check then out the other day and settled on The Indecent Proposal Blush.

What the Sephora website has to say about Bare Escentuals bareMinerals READY Blush:

What it is:
A beautiful blush that enhances cheeks with alluring, stay-true buildable color.

What it does:
Powered by bareMinerals’ proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex with antioxidants and cold-pressed camellia oil, this silky long-wearing formula delivers incredible antiaging benefits. Available in a range of shades, its solid mineral color lasts for up to eight hours.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

Size: 0.21 oz

The Indecent Proposal (dusty plum) swatches heavily, but is actually rather sheer when you blend it out.  It was a little disappointing that you really had to work to build the color when the blush looked so deep in the pot.  On one hand, it’s excellent, but a plum color like that I’m buying for the pigment.  Personally, next time, I’ll probably go for a peachier shade, which I do like to wear as light and luminous.

For as lightly as it applied, the wear was good and lasted from around 9am and was still going strong when I looked in the mirror at around 6pm.  That is a HUGE plus for me, since mineral makeup usually just sinks into my skin, disappears and makes my pores look huge.

How about it?  Have you seen this yet?  What are your thoughts?

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals READY Blush retails for $22.00 and is available at Sephora, Nordstrom and Ulta.

Bare Escentuals THE SHOWSTOPPER bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 Swatches, Review, and EOTD

Slowly but surely I’m working my way into getting all of these Bare Escentuals pressed eye shadows.  I’ve never had much luck with their loose shadows, so I’m excited for the fact that the READY shadows are more wearable for me (the loose always faded very quickly no matter what I did, even with different primers) and are much more long lasting.

For today, I have the duo in The Showstopper.

What the Sephora website has to say about Ready Eyeshadow 2.0:

What it is:
An eye shadow duo of pure, intense color with antiaging benefits.

What it does:
BareMinerals READY™ Eyeshadow provides exceptionally vivid, long-wearing complementary colors in an ultra-smooth, silky texture for effortless application and seamless blendability. Powered by bareMinerals’ proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex along with powerful antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine and cucumber, these ingredients are known to deliver antiaging benefits including depuffing and antioxidant protection for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area. It looks like a powder, but feels like a cream and delivers a beautifully vivid color.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan
Size: 0.1 oz

The Showstopper (periwinkle/jeweled lavender) includes two shades Bravo (left) and Encore (right).  Bravo looks to be more of a silvered baby blue and Encore has flashes of that shade set in a deep eggplant color.  The shades are frosty, but still wearable.

I found both shades to be easy to wear and blend, with nice pigment.  For the eye look I took a fluffy brush and blended the two shades together to create the lid color.  Using the same fluffy brush I applied Encore to the crease and outer V.  Still using the same brush I dipped into Bravo and applied to the inner corners and up to highlight.  The liner is Chanel Violet Smoke Le Crayon Yeux with Encore smudged lightly over top, and the mascara is Armani Eyes to Kill.

By the way I applied for this look I did go for a simple wash of color.  You can use a firmer brush and different application technique to pull more pigment, especially from Encore.

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 retail for $20 each and are available at Sephora and Ulta.

Bare Escentuals THE COCKTAIL HOUR bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 Swatches, Review, and EOTD

If you’ve been a reader since at least this past December, you’ll know that I was in love with the Bare Escentuals bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 in The Playlist.  The Playlist leans rather warm, so I wanted to get my hands on the cooler of the two palettes, The Cocktail Hour.  These palettes were released for Holiday 2011, but are still available online.

What the Sephora website has to say about has to say about bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 -  The Cocktail Hour:

What it is:
A versatile palette featuring eight pure, intense, provocative shades.

What it does:
Powered by bareMinerals’ proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex, these party-going shades deliver gorgeous looks, endless options, and seriously impressive antiaging benefits for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area. It looks like a powder, but applies like a cream and delivers beautifully smooth, vivid, long-wearing color plus incredible skin-renewing benefits.

This set contains:
- 8 x 0.035 oz Eyeshadow in Black Tie Optional (black velvet), Icebreaker (pink pearl), Swanky (dazzling plum), Spiked (copper blush), Elixir (luxe lilac), Invite Only (taupe slate), Libation (sugared cinnamon), Shaken Not Stirred (jeweled navy)

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
These formulas do not contain binders, fillers, or harsh chemicals. BareMinerals Ready™ is an innovative new concept in solid mineral technology. Created through a unique cold-pressed method, this formula combines SeaNutritive Mineral Complex, composed of positively charged sea minerals with powerful antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine, and cucumber. The non-drying formula is clinically proven to deliver potent antiaging benefits, such as reducing puffiness, for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area.

(Black Tie Optional, Icebreaker, Elixir, Invite Only)

(Swanky, Spiked, Libation, Shaken Not Stirred)

The Cocktail Hour offers a bold and shimmering assortment of 8 shadows that lean cool (except Spiked).  Each has a nice pigment and is very easy to apply and blend.  I experienced minimal fall out with this palette and all of the shades are swatched above using one finger swipe and no primer.

The packaging is really pretty, the gold reminds me of the Dolce & Gabbana packaging.  I dislike that it gets messy and fingerprinted VERY easily.

The palette includes an insert with 3 ways to use the palette.

However, I used my own ideas for the two looks below.  Now you have 5 ways to use this palette ;)

For both of the eye looks below I used a base of UDPP and Tarina Tarantino Fleur de Lash Mascara in Black Opal.

For this first eye look I went for understated smoky.  Starting off I put Invite Only on the lid then applied Swanky to the crease.  I applied Libation above the crease to blend out Swanky and used Icebreaker on the inner corners of the eye and to highlight.  For a liner I used Chanel Violet Smoke Le Crayon Yeux.

For the second eye look I went glam smoky!  Starting off I applied Shaken Not Stirred all over the lid.  I blended Spiked into and above the crease and used Libation for the inner corners of the eye and to highlight.  Chanel Marine Le Crayon Kohl was used to line the top and bottom and I put a bit of Libation on top of the lower liner.

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 retails for $40 and is available at Sephora and Ulta.  The Cocktail Hour is Limited Edition.

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