Holiday Gifts to explore

Oh to have endless funds to buy all the pretties that are available this time of year. What fun we could have. Today for Makeup Wars we have chosen Holiday Gifts and I’ve picked 10 that you could buy me any time! I hope you find some to make your own dreams come true. — Marcia

TOO FACED LA PETITE MAISON ($39) is simply adorable. I’d love almost any of the Too Faced e/s palettes but this Ulta exclusive has extras that make it a great gift item. In this cuteness is a deluxe sample of TF Better Than Sex mascara which totally rocks. The 12 shadows sound wonderful. Put this on my wishlist please.

  • Let It Snow (matte white)
  • Reindeer (light taupe)
  • Honey Pot (metallic gold)
  • Knock Out (deep matte brown)
  • Paper Roses (warm peachy pink frost)
  • Don’t Settle (medium dark brown)
  • After Hours (warm golden medium brown)
  • Secret Lovers (dark brown pearl)
  • Pussy Cat (shimmering orchid)
  • Dreams (soft mauve)
  • Jungle Love (blackened purple w/ violet sparkle)
  • Chocolate Moon (black w/ gold sparkle)


CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYES TO HYPNOTISE ($39) is the number one item on my wishlist. It comes in 4 variations, each containing a single eyeshadow and a deluxe size eyeliner pencil.  The Huntress is the one I’m dying for but any that you want to send me will get you a huge thank you note!! (Also available at Beautylish)

– On the Prowl + Supernova: an antique Byzantium aubergine flecked with pearl and partnered with a smoky plum liner.
– Midnight Seduction + Sapphire Sex: a sparkling midnight blue hue with a deep azure shimmer kohl.
– Silver Leopard + Black Magic: a glimmering gunmetal grey with an intense petrol eyeliner.
– The Huntress + Amber Moon: a smoky golden bronze partnered with a rich brown amber kohl.


BOBBI BROWN DELUXE EYE & CHEEK PALETTE ($85) is so appealing because it’s more than just eyes. With three beautiful blushes and 8 great Bobbi eyeshadows, someone’s going to love you for getting them this. Or is it on your wishlist??

– Eyeshadow in Ivory (a creamy beige)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement (a creamy beige)
– New Eyeshadow in Lilac Haze (a bronze heather)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Mica (a bronze heather)
– Metallic Eyeshadow in Golden Bronze (a pink champagne)
– New Eyeshadow in Steel Grey (a deep grey)
– Eyeshadow in Pale Rose (a pale grey-pink)
– Eyeshadow in Caviar (a rich black-brown)
– Blush in Desert Rose (a light dusty rose)
– Blush in Pale Pink (a bight pale pink)
– Dual-Ended Eyeshadow/Eye Liner Brush


PETER MAX FOR KIEHL’S Since 1851 LIP BALM SET #1 Set  ($32) is the pretty way to be practical. Everyone loves Kiehl’s Lip Balms, it’s hard not to so why not in Peter Max LE packaging?? You’ll get their original lip balm, cranberry, mint and mango. What a fab stocking stuffer!!


L’OCCITANE HAND CREAM COLLECTION ($42) is another company that is mucho loved. While it’s too fragranced for me personally, I know people who’d adore this set. It contains – Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Almond Delicious Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Shea Butter Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Rose Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Lavender Hand Cream (1 oz.). Perfect for someone’s desk, purse, pocket, night stand and more. L’Occitane all around!


BUTTER LONDON OH DARLING LIPPY AND NAIL POLISH SET ($18) is not only adorable but a bargain too. You’ll get 2 holiday reds with Darling Nail Polish and Darling Lippy Liquid Lipstick. You’ll be shiny and bright to dazzle your personal darling.


MONT BLEU COMPACT MIRROR is one of my favorite ever gifts. These come in so many designs and prices that you could get one for everyone on your list and never repeat them. This is the way to catch someone’s eye in a stunning way.


LIPSTICK QUEEN GALACTIC GORGEOUS LIP GLOSS SET ($24) comes with 4 fantabulous glosses from Lipstick Queen in the cutest packaging. These are fragrance free, not sticky and the shades are amazing. Every mood and outfit is covered with these glosses.


IT COSMETICS NATURALLY PRETTY MUST HAVES EYE SET ($28) really is a must have in my book. I love Hello Lashes mascara and this set comes with a travel size one along with 8 fabulous matte shadows: Happy, Believe, Naturally Pretty, Inspire, Brave, Empower and Transforming Hello Light. The full size palette is $42 so this is a great intro to IT’s matte shadows.


BECCA RADIANT GLOW COLLECTION ($34) is the only one of these that I own and it’s fabulous! I really love the 4 pieces in the box. For more check my review and I promise you’ll want this ASAP.

  • Under Eye Brightening Corrector (0.1 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone (0.085 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal (0.17 oz.)
  • Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Raspberry/Opal (0.08 oz.)


Now what’s on your list for holiday fun? I chose glamour rather than practical because that’s what holidays are all about!
Let’s see what items the Makeup Wars bloggers can tempt us with! — Marcia



Top Ten Fall and Holiday Makeup Collections

In no particular order are the items I’m most attracted to this fall. This is the time of year that we need to be thinking about holiday even though it’s early October. But these are almost all limited edition and we just don’t want to miss out! — Marcia

1444007174_2292901__detail_?1444007174BECCA RADIANT GLOW COLLECTION ($32) is a kit I just ordered since I love the Under Eye Brightening Corrector and I wanted to try the highlighter. At $32 from Ulta this is a great way to try some fabulous Becca.

  • Under Eye Brightening Corrector (0.1 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone (0.085 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal (0.17 oz.)
  • Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Raspberry/Opal (0.08 oz.)

1444007051_holiday2015_guerlain003GUERLAIN WINTER FAIRY TALE COLLECTION – Normally I don’t like mixed palettes but it’s been a long time since I’ve bought Guerlain and this looks appealling.
1444006977_giorgio-armani-holiday-2015-luxe-is-more-2ARMANI LUXE IS MORE PALETTE is truly luxe looking. It contains two layers with the top being 10 neutral eyeshadows in different formulas and the bottom layer contains two highlighters and two cream contour colors. A splurge but one I’d love to see in my collection.
1444006880_twelve-months-of-manimainBUTTER LONDON TWELVE MONTHS OF MANIS contains 12 mini sizes of butter LONDON’s best. This will break you out of any nail polish rut you are in while also having some “safe” shades.
High Tea – Opaque, Nude Creme
Luv (Set Exclusive!) – Light Pink with Deep Pink Glitter, Glitter
Fiver – Opaque, Mint Creme
Molly-Coddled – Opaque, Lavender Orchid Creme
Petal (Set Exclusive!) – Soft Cool Pastel Pink
Petticoat – Periwinkle Blue, Creme
Summer Hols (Set Exclusive!) – Jell Pink, Creme
Tiddly – Opaque, Melon Creme
Clever Clogs (Set Exclusive!) – Orange Rust, Creme
Swish (Set Exclusive!) – Deep Smoke with Metallic Gold Sheen, Metallic
Scrummy (Set Exclusive!) – Rich Crimson, Creme
Bubbly (Set Exclusive!) – Tinted Gold with Gold Glitter, Overcoat
1444006769_2293293__detail_?1444006769STILA TRUST IN LOVE GIFT SET has a little of everything we love about Stila. This $40 set contains 12 eyeshadows, mascara and a Deluxe Lip Glaze.
1444006690_makeup-geek-holiday-2015-duochrome-eyeshadowMAKEUP GEEK HOLOGRAPHIC EYESHADOWS are selling out fast. A single shade is only $6 in the pan while the complete set of 13 shadows is $65. I bought them all and need to transfer them to an empty Z palette. The pigments are already sold out!
1444006622_bobbi-brown-sterling-nights-palette-holiday-2015BOBBI BROWN STERLING NIGHTS HOLIDAY EYESHADOW PALETTE – while Bobbi doesn’t veer far from her other palettes, this one is in a beautiful palette and has classic and beyond colors that we can’t help but love.

  • Ivory Eye Shadow
  • Moon Glow Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Thistle Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Dove Grey Eye Shadow
  • Pink Moonlight Metallic Eye Shadow (New)
  • Smoke Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Midnight Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Caviar Eye Shadow
  • Pewter Chrome Eye Shadow

1444006505_holiday2015_lauramerciercolour005LAURA MERCIER CAVIAR STICK EYE COLLECTION is my most coveted wishlist item and I’m sure it will be mine. For $$58 you get 6 of these raved about eyeshadow crayons.

  • Aubergine
  • Ganache
  • Khaki
  • Amethyst
  • Rosegold
  • Sugarfrost

1443659358_tom-ford-holiday-2015-beauty-noir-1TOM FORD BEAUTY NOIR HOLIDAY 2015 is the one item that I wish for but don’t I’ll ever own. It contains eyeshadow, eye pencils, matte lipstick, mascara, and nail lacquer all in limited edition shades. Sigh!

Last but not least is Dior which would take an entire post all by itself. Dior has too many fall and holiday and fall palettes for me to even pick one.
Join my fellow beauty blogistas to see what else you should be putting on your wishlist.

Tarte Eye Catchers has certainly caught my eye – review and swatches

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The holidays wouldn’t be the same for makeup lovers without tarte’s amazing holiday sets. There is something for everyone in the 2012 Baby It’s Bold Outside collection. We’ve reviewed quite a few of the items but there’s still one more that you need to make your collection complete – Eye Catchers. This amazing set contains 5 full size smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners plus 1 full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof eye liner. What amazes me is that a single smolderEYES™ liner costs $25 yet this set with 6 full size items is $39. And it’s gorgeous and useful and has new colors for tarte. What more could you ask for?

what a single smolderEYES is like from tarte’s site

These smolderEYES™ liners double as eyeshadow and eyeliner. They happen to be extremely creamy and are so easy to use as an eyeshadow. They just glide on my eyes like nobody’s business. I find them much more creamy than the ones I’ve previously had. Even with all this creaminess once they set, they are S.E.T. These don’t move on me. They last a good 10 hours without fading.

The smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay crayons (as I call them) come in 5 new shades tarte eye catchers boxtarte eye catchers  openAsh Violet – this is a simply beautiful take on violet, it’s a smokey blue based violet that actually looks like violet and not black. I instantly fell in love with this shade. tarte eye catchers  purple penciltarte eye catchers purple swatch

Rainforest Black – if it was me I’d just have named it Rainforest since that’s what it reminds me of. It’s a beautiful green with a blue undertone.tarte eye catchers green penciltarte eye catchers green swatchtarte eye catchers green smudged

Champagne – a fantastic peachy champagne shade that looks gorgeous just about anywhere you apply it. I’ve tried it on my browbone with other shades in the set, I’ve used it as an eyeshadow on my lid, and it makes a very pretty undereye shade in place of a dark liner.tarte eye catchers champ penciltarte eye catchers champ swatch

Gunmetal – this is a shade I jump on when I see it in stores. It’s like a combination of brown and silver in one stunning shade. tarte eye catchers brown penciltarte eye catchers brown swatchGold – what a lovely shade to use as an eyeshadow or liner. It brightens without being gaudy. I like this best as an eyeshadow on my lid but it can be used anywhere. It’s more of a golden bronze to me than a true gold.tarte eye catchers golden penciltarte eye catchers golden swatchtarte eye catchers golden smudged

Onyx – this is the skinny guy. It’s meant to be used as an eyeliner. It’s the deepest darkest black that doesn’t smudge once it’s on.tarte eye catchers black penciltarte eye catchers black swatch

The colors in Eye Catchers happen to be stunning. They are 100% winners. It’s hard to pick a favorite in the set, but who needs to when you can have them all! I’ve seen them on,, and as well as at the stores. These are limited edition and will be gone before you know it so don’t wait to pick these up and make your eyes into ones that will CATCH someone else’s eye! — Marcia

Some great photos from other blogs: BlushingNoir and Beauty Junkies Unite

Some Tarte holiday reviews on Beauty Info Zone: Fantastic Foursome blush set, LipSurgence Collector Set, The Big Thrill Collection, and For the Love of Lipgloss. These Baby It’s Bold Outside sets are holiday delights.

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It’s Kiehl’s cash time – check out our favorites


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Kiehl’s wants to give you $20 off a $75 order through 12/31/12 with the code JOYFUL. Here are some favorites I’d love to have or give.  — Marcia

Special edition Creme de CorpsSpecial edition Creme de Corps

Kenny Scharf Limited Edition Creme de Corps – beautiful packaging along with their best selling product.

Not only would you be buying Kiehl’s best selling product, Creme de Corps, but you’d be donating to charity at the same time. Kiehl’s is donating 100% of its net profits, up to $200,000, with this limited edition packaging.

Limited Edition Creme de Corps

Limited Edition Creme de Corps


Kiehl's Greatest Hits collectionKiehl’s Greatest Hits collection

Kiehl’s Greatest Hits Collection – contains 2 different Creme de Corps, Ultra Facial Creme, Amino Acid shampoo and conditioner, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, Midnight Recovery Concentrate. ($44). Sample the best of the best from Kiehl’s. Not only does this kit have old favorites but it has some of the newest products like Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

Healthy Skin Essentials Every NightHealthy Skin Essentials Every Night

Healthy Skin Essentials Every Night – contains Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Midnight Recovery Eye, Rosa Arctica, Powerful-Strenth Line-Reducing Concentrate, and an exclusive bag. ($72) As you sleep, your skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors.  This nighttime routine is specifically formulated to change this restorative process. This set gives you the opportunity to try some of the newest, most powerful products in Kiehl’s line.

Kieh's Men Refueling Kit
Kieh’s Men Refueling Kit

Kiehl’s Men’s Refueling Kit – (see we even think of them!) contains Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, Facial Fuel Sky Flyin’ Multigel, “Ultimate Man” Body Soap Scrub, Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men. ($42) Get the men in your life used to a little pampering to keep them looking young and healthy too. While this set is travel size there is a larger Ultimate Man Refueling Kit too ($58) containing • Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash (8.4 oz)• Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle (5.0 oz) • Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment For Men (2.5 oz) • Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm (0.17 oz)• “Ultimate Man” Body Scrub Soap (3.2 oz) • Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (1.0 oz).

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Last minute suggestions from Mally Beauty

Mally Beauty always has some beautiful gift sets and this year is no exception. Here’s a few we really like and the good news is that through 12/16/12 you can get free shipping with the code HOLIDAY on these babies!

mally kit oneMally Beauty All Night Party 9 Piece Collection ($60): Everything you need for a complete bullet proof look to last all night long! This amazing 9 piece collection has you covered!

  • City Chick So Ho Silver eye kit with 0.3 oz
  • Smokey eye compact shades and 0.01 oz liner shade
  • 0.04 oz eyeliner in Black Gold
  • 0.14 eyelining powder in Black Gold
  • 0.39 oz volumizing mascara
  • 0.044 oz Brow Fix in Taupe
  • 0.13 oz cheek color in Rosette
  • 0.12 oz Highshine Lip pen in Party Girl Pink
  • Sponge applicator
  • Double-ended brush
  • Pink pouch

mally kit twoMally Beauty Gorgois Holiday Kit ($85): From eyes to lips, this kit has everything you need to create a bulletproof, bold look this holiday season!

  • 0.13 oz eye shadow base
  • 0.18 oz eye shadow duo in Plum/Lavender
  • 0.04 oz Starlight liner in Black Velvet
  • 0.39 oz volumizing mascara in Black
  • 0.044 oz Brow Fix in Taupe
  • 0.5 oz Couture blush in Berry
  • 0.12 oz High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Starburst
  • Double-ended applicator brush
  • Sharpener
  • Mini one-nighter bag
  • Bag: 50% polyester/50% PVC
  • Brush/bag

And for the non-beauty lover:

Henri Bendel Party of Four Mug Set ($98): Snuggle up around the fire with your loves ones and enjoy a steaming hot cup of cocoa, in one of these chic mugs.

Christmas Bathtime Favourites: a great holiday gift for the bath bomb lover from Lush

I love the holidays, and I am always hoping that I find some moisturizing bath products under the Christmas tree.  Winter can be pretty hard on the skin, drying it out and making life miserable.  Luckily, Lush has lots of ways to remedy that – and even better, they have put together loads of best-selling moisturizing products in some great holiday collections. 

The Lush Christmas Bathtime Favourites set ($49.95) is a reusable holiday tin stuffed to the gills with truly wonderous bath bombs.  This holiday set includes three year-round and six limited edition bath bombs, which are fabulous for softening the skin and infusing your bath water – and bathroom – with delicious scents.  (Side note:  for the ultimate bathing experience, pair a bath bomb with a bubble bar.  Talk about luxury and decadence!!)

Who wouldn’t want to find this festive reusable tin under the tree?

Lush Christmas Bathtime Favourites tin

And just take a look at all the goodies inside.

A peek at what's inside...

A quick primer on bath bombs:  except for the smallest ones, you can use bath bombs for more than just one bath.  The larger size bath bombs can be used for two, three, sometimes four baths! They fizz and foam, it’s a treat to watch them dissolve in the bath water.  Bath bombs aren’t for cleansing the skin like soaps, they are for hydrating the skin and for breathing in a fabulous scent while luxuriously soaking and relaxing in warm water.

Avobath Bath Bomb

One of the year-round bath bombs included in the set is the very popular AvobathAvobath has a lemon-lime scent that is beautifully fresh.  This bath bomb has avocado in it, which really softens the skin.

Cinders Bath Bomb

Cinders, a limited-edition hot little number perfect for the holiday season, smells like gingerbread.  The ‘cinders’ on top crackle and pop as the bath bomb dissolves, creating your own little fireplace in the tub.  The water turns a bright yellow (my kids think that’s hysterical), and a word of warning:  be prepared to wash the tub out after taking a bath with this one.  The yellow color tends to stick around.

Big Blue Bath Bomb

Big Blue, one of Lush’s most popular year-round bath bombs, turns the bath water a true ocean blue.  This has sea salt and seaweed in it for a unique bathing experience.  The scent is definitely fresh, like the air at the beach on a beautiful day.

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

Arguably the most beautiful bath bomb of the bunch, Golden Wonder looks like a perfectly wrapped gift just waiting to be opened.  It has sweet orange, lime, and cognac oils in it to soften skin, and there is a special surprise inside – a little gift just for you!

Honey Bee Bath Bomb

This HUGE bath bomb named Honey Bee smells deliciously caramel and toffee-like, it’s a warm scent that makes you feel like you’ve just gotten a big hug.  It does a great job of moisturizing the skin.

Li'l Lush Pud Bath Bomb

This beautiful bath bomb with a sweet mistletoe on top is the limited edition Li’l Lush Pud.  It’s one of the more moisturizing bath bombs, although it’s also one of the smaller ones.  Snowcake lovers rejoice – the scent is the same, a sort of spicy clove smell.

So White Bath Bomb

Another of the absolutely HUGE bath bombs, So White smells of apples and roses.  It leaves a white froth on top of the bath water, and is nicely moisturizing.

Rocketeer Bath Bomb

Oh my gosh, how fun is this???  Shaped like a super cool rocket, this limited edition bath bomb named Rocketeer is huge and worth at least three baths.  While it’s supposed to rocket around the tub once you drop it in, mine just fizzed, but the water color did change from green to blue.  It smells sweet like candy, but not in a cloying way.   This one is perfect for your ‘inner child’!

Satsumo Santa

And of course, the holiday tin had to include Santa – Satsumo Santa, that is.  I love how this bath bomb turns the water a very holiday-ish red.  To my nose, it smells of bergamot with a slight hint of orange. It’s a beautiful scent, and a perfect bath bomb for a Christmas Day soak.

Lush has all kinds of different holiday sets that fit all different budgets.  If one of your tasks is finding a gift for a bath lover, I highly recommend this set – chances are it will become the favorite present of the season.  – Lisa