Makeup Wars – which bloggers are our biggest influences?

This week’s Makeup Wars edition is a little different than usual. We’ve decided to share who makes us drool the most, makes us want to spend money, makes us actually spend money and who’s collection we’d love to own. This could be a post that goes on for days so I’ve narrowed it to 5 different bloggers that have caused me to go shopping more than any others.

Number one influenster is Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog. Everything she writes about sounds like the most amazing product. She has a way with words that makes me want to swoon. But it’s when she gets started on Tom Ford lipsticks that she has my full attention. I blame my 6 lipstick collection on Lola!

Tom Ford lipstick

Tom Ford lipstick

Tom Ford Lipstick collection

Tom Ford Lipstick collection

The swatches from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog below are what “forced” me into spending $98 not too long ago.

Tom Ford sheer lipstick swatches from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog

Tom Ford sheer lipstick swatches from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog

Speaking of Tom Ford lipstick, I have to blame Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book too. Sabrina not only has the most gorgeous lips I’ve ever seen, she has amazing taste. I’d love to sneak into her house and live in her makeup room. Sabrina has especially influenced me with Tom Ford, Chanel and Marc Jacobs. I dare you to look at her pictures and walk away unaffected. At this moment she has me craving the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes even though I had decided I just didn’t need them.

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush (

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush (

Rachel from Beauty Professor has made me spend countless pennies, nickels, dimes and dollars because we have the same taste in lip color. Not everyone is as captivated with light lip colors as I am but the Beauty Professor is even more enamored and has the most glorious taste in lip colors. I know if she loves it, then I’m going to go weak in the knees over it too.

pink lips from my heroine - The Beauty Professor

pink lips from my heroine – The Beauty Professor

Rachel’s love story with Tom Ford pale lipsticks didn’t help my resistance – or lack thereof.

Tom Ford Spanish Pink from Beauty Professor

Tom Ford Spanish Pink from Beauty Professor

My next two bad influences – whoops – friends who can persuade me are Makeup Wars bloggers. When making my list I chose Brooke of Blushing Noir instantly. If I had unlimited funds I’d go to her blog and buy one of everything she’s reviewed. I adore her taste in eyeshadow, blush, and nail polish especially. I was going to single her out for eyeshadow actually until I realized what a huge effect she’s had on me with nail polish.

The polish on my nails right now is because of Brooke’s influence. When I saw Illamasqua Facet on her nails I went a little gaga. I ordered it from Bloomingdale’s at 2 a.m. since I just couldn’t not own it.

Illamasqua Facet

Illamasqua Facet

Illamasqua Facet

Illamasqua Facet

Blushing Noir's Illamasqua Facet nails

Blushing Noir’s Illamasqua Facet nails

Before that she did it to me with Marc Jacobs Petra polish too. I’m going to have to stop reading her blog!

Marc Jacobs Petra nail polish

Marc Jacobs Petra nail polish

Marc Jacobs Petra nail polish

Marc Jacobs Petra nail polish

Courtney of Phyrra, Beauty for the Bold, is someone that no one would expect to influence me the way she does. She and I are total opposites. She’s a young with-it woman who lives a lifestyle filled with alternative music and literature while I’m a grandmother who’s taught for 30 years and is staid and quiet. But Courtney’s taste in eyeshadows and what she can do with them amaze me. I wish I had her mad talent and willingness to do what she does. This past holiday season she was totally dangerous on my wallet. Because of Phyrra I bought at least 4 eyeshadow palettes she wrote about including these two:

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book:

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book (

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book (

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (

And before that she “made” me buy the best foundation brush ever – Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush – as well as Naked Skin foundation.

UD Optical Blurring Brush and Naked Skin foundation (

UD Optical Blurring Brush and Naked Skin foundation (

These are only a fraction of the things that I’ve purchased because of my vegan, cruelty free loving makeup friend.

I could go on and on with the items that other bloggers have swayed me into buying but you need to see what the other Makeup Wars ladies have to share. I’ve put my credit card in the ice tray in the back of the freezer though since I’m afraid of what they’ll be tempting me with next. — Marcia


  1. Bahha don’t stop reading!!!! You’re so sweet, I love you! Facet is one of the best Illamasqua polishes EVER. Very wise purchase 😉

  2. Phyrra gets me with KVD palettes as well!

  3. Great bloggers and products! I missed Phyrra’s Kat Von D post! I need it now that I see it here!

  4. WOW, Marcia! Thank you so much– I am simply speechless and beyond flattered that I am your number one influencer! You just made my entire week! BTW, you regularly have me whipping out my credit card as well! xoxox

  5. Brooke is the worst I swear!

  6. I love this post, Marcia, and am beyond honored to have been included amongst of my favorite beauty bloggers ever (including you!). Thank you…it is a joy to be “light lip color” sisters with you!! Here’s to more pale pinks, nudes and peaches in our lives ; )


    –The Beauty Professor

  7. Sabrina is quite the enabler! She has exquisite taste.

  8. ooooh, I love Phyrra’s recommendations and that UD foundation brush is calling my name.

  9. I love seeing your choices! I’m glad that I turned you onto cruelty free makeup 🙂

  10. Facet is beautiful. I can’t believe I don’t own it

  11. I need Facet and Petra, stat! Love your choices Marcia!! <3

  12. Oohhh those Tom Ford lippies! Lola is certainly a major temptress!

  13. beautyin says:

    Amber, I wish my pictures had turned out better for both polishes. They were stunning on and I love wearing them.

  14. beautyin says:

    All Lacquered Up, only Bloomingdale’s had it when I looked for it.

  15. beautyin says:

    Phyrra, I look right away to see if things are cruelty free now because of you especially.
    Kristie, the UD Foundation brush is absolutely amazing. I did a guest review of it on 15 Minute Beauty. It’s one of my best buys.
    JBrobeck, I wonder if Sabrina knows that she has enabled so many of us. She’d be blushing if she read what we wrote about her.

  16. beautyin says:

    Beauty Professor – thanks for letting me use your picture. I read your blog and watch your videos many because of the light lips. I love your taste obviously!!

    Cindy (Prime Beauty) – Brooke’s blog name of Blushing Noir should fit today since I think many of us made her blush.

  17. Oh! Loved your post! Many of your influencers are mine too! I totally forgot to mention The Beauty Look Book!

  18. beautyin says:

    Hi Lola, I am afraid to read some of your color posts since I want it all. I always turn to you for Tom Ford as well as so many others. Thanks for letting me use a picture from your blog.
    Eugenia, Phyrra makes me want everything from Kat Von D.

  19. beautyin says:

    Brooke – you win (lose?) the enabling award. You really are a huge influence on me. I’m so happy I tracked down Facet. Next time you find a winner from Illamasqua let me know ASAP.

  20. beautyin says:

    Gouldylox, Phyrra gets me with UD and KVD. You get me with hair products!

  21. Don’t even get me started. 😛

  22. I am lusting after everything you wrote about in this review. It also made me laugh since so many of these bloggers have tempted me before. I’ve got to start following Lola and Beauty Professor more carefully now.

  23. I don’t want to spend the $$$ for the Tom Ford lipsticks, but siiiiigh …. they’re on my wish list.

  24. beautyin says:

    Sheila, I used my birthday g.c. or else I’d never be able to justify these lipsticks!