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 Nordstrom.com 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

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Great Gift Ideas: Soho Beauty Cases, Shu Uemura, and more from Hollywood Fashion Tape

The holiday season is officially here.  So, what would be a great gift for a girlie-girl who seems to have everything?  Or, an even better question, what would I want for myself for the holidays???  Here are some suggestions.

I absolutely recommend the new Soho Beauty Cases.

These cases are both stylish and functional.  I have a huge Bobbi Brown makeup case that I am so bummed I bought – it’s so big, you can’t really carry it around, and my stuff just gets lost in it.  Plus it was majorly expensive, over $300.  I was pretty much done with cases after that, until Soho sent the BIZ a beauty case to try – and I won the arm wrestling match with Marcia for it!!

There are tons of different sizes to fit your needs from the Mini to the Squared Large, with prices ranging from $10 to $40 for the largest size.  You can find the cases at Walmart, Target, Harmon Health & Beauty, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond stores.  Check out the Soho website for the full range of cases.   I am absolutely going to get the little cases for my daughters, and the large size case is on my own wishlist.

The cases come in lots of super cute designs – clear pink with black polka dots or stripes, black with pink lips, cosmetic items, zebra, sparkly grey, gold, pink, or light pink, metallic grey, plus solid colors in  pink, silver, and black.  Walmart and Target each have their own special limited edition holiday colors, too.

Here’s what the medium size case looks like with the top open.  The drawers then pull open to reveal:

two top trays and the bottom shelf.  There is a nice mirror on the inside of the tray top, and the trays themselves are a great size for your flat items.  Larger items can be placed in the bottom with plenty of room, since the trays rest on the top of the bottom portion, not inside of it.

As you can see, it hold quite a bit – and this is the medium size, 11″L x 6.75″W x 8.25″H.  This particular size goes for $27.99, and in my opinion is worth every single penny.

If you are shopping for the cosmetics-loving girl who seems to have everything, I totally recommend the Shu Uemura 14 Pony Brush ($30).  I use this brush every single day.

It’s small, fits in your hand – and it’s extremely useful.  I love to use it with Laura Mercier Secret Powder under the eyes, it’s great for setting concealer.  It’s super soft, yet firm enough to apply powder perfectly.  Great for getting at the difficult places around your nose, and it’s also a wonderful mini blush brush.  I love it.

A great website to peruse is the Hollywood Fashion Tape site.  I posted about this company before here and here.  Seriously, I think I would like to have every single item from this line!  They sent us the cutest items to check out, and perfect for gifts are the Hollywood Compact Mirror ($4.99):

a super cute purse mirror that’s pink with tiny white stars.  Open it up, and it lights up:

Extremely cute, useful, and affordable.  This would make a wonderful stocking stuffer.

I also LOVE the Hollywood Fashionista Flats ($17.99).  I love to wear heels, but so often I regret it when my tootsies are tired and hurting.  Now I bring along my Fashionista Flats, and I wear any shoes without worry.

Once my feet hurt, I just break out the flats.  It comes with a great little bag that you can carry your heels in if you need to.

They come in gold and in black.


I wear a size 9 shoe, and I find the extra large fit best.  The large is just a tiny bit too small.


But I think my favorite product of all is the Hollywood Socialite kit ($18).  Such a fun gift!!  You get this super cute round box, and inside there’s a portable Fashion Tape with 18 strips, a Luscious Lips Glamour Gloss, which is a pretty shimmery clear color that goes great alone or over any color, and a Beautiful Body Shimmer Puff, perfect for getting a glam look for holiday parties.  So cute, and very affordable!!

So while preparing for the upcoming holiday season, keep these great ideas in mind.  They are all great values, practical, and items anyone would love in their arsenal.  – Lisa

Disclosure:  Some items are PR samples.  See our disclosure policy for more information.