Makeup Wars introduces our personal Holiday Wishlist items

“I want nothing for Christmas” said me NEVER! Of course I want a gift. I may not get anything beauty but I can dream can’t I?? The Makeup Wars bloggers have decided to put together our wishlists of what we’d like to see under our menorah or Christmas tree this year. My wishlist is 100% beauty related which comes as no surprise at all. The good news is that these are all pretty easy to get, the bad news is that I bought some of it while waiting to publish.

Let’s start with what I bought! After our Favorite Metallic Makeup Wars I was terribly tempted by the Laura Mercier Art Deco shadows that so many of the bloggers put on their list. They were sold out at Sephora which made it even more important for me to buy them. So and my reward certificates came in handy and now I own some of these. While they aren’t on my wishlist since they are on a UPS truck coming to me, they should be on yours!

Laura Mercier Art Deco eyeshadows

What I also bought was one (I promise only one) of the new Burberry Complete Eyeshadow Palettes. I just kept looking at this picture and had to wipe the drool off my face several times. I bought Smokey Grey No. 1 because I have been buying brown shadows galore in 2012. On my wishlist though are more of these. Luckily these are permanent ($59 each). Take a gander:

Burberry Complete Eye Palettes

  • Smokey Grey No. 01 Grays
  • Mocha No. 02 Warm neutrals
  • Pale Nude No. 03 Cool neutrals
  • Dark Spice No. 05 Smoky neutrals
  • Plum Pink No. 06 Plums
  • Pink Taupe No. 07 Pink neutrals

Next on my wishlist is more Too Faced, in particular the Too Faced Bon Bons Set. There’s something so girly and appealing about this $42 box set. Their description makes it even more appealing to me: “As enticing as a box of scrumptious sweets, Shadow Bon Bons features a delicious range of shadows from soft vanillas to rich coffee, an ultra-black LashGASM mascara, a built-in mirror, and a shimmering gold Candlelight shadow primer, making it easy to create bountiful looks. Go from sweet and sassy to subtle to dramatic with this one versatile set.”

Too Faced Bon Bons

Prime Beauty introduced me to the Eye Candy Full Face Collection from Lorac on her blog and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Doesn’t this sound like fun for $59??

– 4 x 0.68 oz Eye Shadow Palette in Ooh La La Vanilla (Nude Eye Shadow Palette), Caramel Love Affair (Golden Eye Shadow Palette), Tantilizing Cocoa (Bronze Eye Shadow Palette), Blackberry Truffle Seduction (Smoky Eye Shadow Palette)
– 0.17 oz Cream Eye Liner Palette in Mesmerizing Dark Chocolate
– 0.17 oz Cheek & Lip Tint Palette in Indulge in Berry Kisses

Lorac Eye Candy

Let’s move away from the eyes (which is difficult for me). When Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog reviewed the Armani Nude Lip Set ($49) I suddenly had a desire for it.   The set includes Rouge d’Armani #103 and Gloss d’Armani #103. I love my light shades of lipstick and even though I probably have dozens of similar shades there’s just something I like about this.

Armani Nude Lip Set

I have the Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter ($74) on my wishlist because it’s just so pretty. I’d probably never use it, I’d just look at it.  Read this and weep: “A kaleidoscope of colorful powders blend together beautifully to impart a sheer, flattering glow on all skin tones. Unique light-perfecting powders provide a veil of subtle radiance, while flexible polymers ensure long-lasting, comfortable wear. Innovative technology allows the soft, iridescent pigments to be evenly sprinkled throughout the entire powder.”

Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter

On the practical side I’d love the Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265). After seeing it work in person I’d love to have that glowy skin.

Le Metier Ready, Set, Glow

And one more for the road – I am a Swarovski crystal nut. I love those crystals so when I saw this Tweezerman Swarovski Crystal Mirror ($150) I fell in lust. “Add some glam to your beauty routine while isolating even the finest hair for precise, easy tweezing. The optically correct 1X/10X magnifying mirror is clear from edge-to-edge with no distortion. This gorgeously decorated two-sided vanity mirror will be a beautiful addition to any household. *Made with Swarovski® Elements

Tweezerman Swarovski crystal mirror

Thanks for reading my very long wishlist. My address is available upon request (LOL). Let me know if any of these would be on your wishlist too. Curious minds want to know. Now I’m going to read the rest of the Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlists and probably add many more items to mine just like I did after the metallics. — Marcia

Click on the icons for all the Makeup Wars bloggers to discover their finds.

Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Color – review and swatches

Sometimes we get so busy finding the latest and greatest to introduce to readers that we forget about the products we’ve owned for a long time and have loved for just as long. Laura Mercier Metallic Crème Eye Colors are products I want to share just in case you’ve never tried them.

Currently there are only 5 colors available although at one time there were approximately 10.  Happily I have the existing ones and I’m lucky enough to have a few discontinued ones that I’ll now cherish even more since they aren’t being made.

Metallic Crème Eye Colors are packaged in small metal squeeze tubes. I have owned these for a few years and they are as fresh today as when I first bought them. The packaging is terrific for that reason alone. But there’s another reason the packaging works so well; you can squeeze out the right amount each time you use them. I always start with just a small amount since I don’t want to waste the product but it’s easy to get a little more out if needed.

In spite of the fact that they are metallic, what they aren’t is glittery. They make a great eyeshadow on their own and an even better base to liven up other eyeshadows. They can be applied sheerly or layered for more intensity. These last all day for me. I never have problems with fading or creasing. The only time I use an eyeshadow primer with these is when they are going to be used with powder eyeshadows. They don’t need the primer but the powders do.

The existing shades are Alloy (shimmery taupe), Burnished Copper (taupey bronze red),  Gold (taupey gold), Platinum (peach champagne), and Rose Gold(shimmery rose gold). I get the most use out of Gold, Platinum and Alloy because they are the most versatile. Burnished Copper is one I’ll wear alone while Rose Gold is a little bit harder for me to carry off. Discontinued shades I own are Pink Gold, Titanium, and Mercury. I’ve seen some of these on ebay.

Platinum tube and finger swatch

Alloy swatch

Gold swatched on paper

Gold, Platinum, Alloy comparison


Burnished Copper image from

Burnished Copper paper swatch

Rose Gold tube and paper swatch

Swatches for all 5 available shades

Here’s the info from Laura Mercier about these shadows: “Lush metallic color floats across the eye leaving a gorgeous, shimmering sheen. High metallic pearl. Waterproof, lightweight, and non-greasy.”

At $22 each these are great buys. The colors are beautiful and the quality is outstanding. They liven up any powder eyeshadows I choose to wear with them yet they are a great easy eye look.  While I haven’t purchased any of the Satinee or Sheer Creme shadows I realize I really need to. If they are anything like the Metallic Cremes then there is a huge hole in my eyeshadow collection. — Marcia

Addendum: After writing this I heard a rumor that these might be on the chopping block. While I don’t know for sure if it’s true I wouldn’t take a chance if these appeal to you the way they appeal to me.

Learning from a star in the business

When I first went into selling cosmetics I was lucky enough to be trained by a star in the field. Her name is Monique Zafarana and at the time she was freelancing for Paula Dorf. In spite of my short time selling the line we remained friends and I made sure that I went to her for advice and sales pretty often. She is currently living in Arizona and working for Lancome. I’ve asked her to be a guest blogger so that we can all learn from her expertise.

Monique is working at the Neiman Marcus store at 6900 East Camelback Rd in Scottsdale, AZ. Her phone number there is 480-990-2100 Ext. 2119. You can contact her there to purchase anything that Neiman sells and I promise if you mention my name she’ll bend over backwards for you. (Won’t you Monique???) You can also see her work at She does fabulous work as a freelance artist. I can attest to that.  — Marcia

What made you go into the world of makeup artistry? How long have you worked in the field?

My first memory of make up was watching my mother apply hers in the 80’s. It was such a glamorous time, I was always mesmerized. As I got older I started experimenting on myself and friends. I was hooked. I have been in the fashion and make up industry over 15 years.

Which lines have you worked for?

I have worked for and freelanced for several lines over the years to name some:  Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Paula Dorf, MAC, Armani and Lancôme.

What are the products from Lancôme that you’d recommend to readers?

I have always loved Lancôme’s skincare. The entire Absolue family is amazing; Absolue Precious Cells is a great repairing line. The line is great for those who have kept care of their skin and for those that haven’t.

What is the most interesting item that’s brand new for Lancôme?

The newest addition to Lancôme’s skincare family is Genifique. Genifique is a youth activating serum that slows down and reverses signs of aging. Your skin gets some instant results and it works well with make up.

What are the must haves from Armani?

–         Luminous Silk foundation

–         Fluid Sheers (can be used as highlighters or blush depending on the color you choose)

What other products are ones that you personally can’t live without?

–         Bobbi Brown Bisque concealer corrector

–         Sisley lip and eye balm

–         Laura Mericier Sun Dust loose bronzer

–         Paula Dorf eye primer

–         Definicils mascara

If you could own any one product from any brand,regardless of price, what would it be?

La Mer the body cream…AMAZING!!!

Big thanks to Monique for turning us on to the best of the best.