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Makeup Wars: Holiday Wish List

For the Holidays, we are sharing our wishlists for this edition of “Makeup Wars”.

Now, I’m a horrible person to shop for – I’ve been told that time and time again. It’s true. If I want something, I go get it, or I don’t need it and don’t want to bother anyone to get it for me. So, if I’m going to make a wishlist, it’s going to include things that I would never buy myself, and are too costly for anyone to gift me with, so this really should be called my “If I win the lottery, I still may think these things are too expensive to buy, but I might buy them anyway because I just won the lottery after all” list. But “wishlist” is shorter. 😉

1. Robert Piguet ‘Fracas’ LE Parfum Set – $800

2. Bobbi Brown 2012 Holiday Trunk – $1000

3. Estee Lauder LE Celestial Charms Solid Perfume Compact – $295

4. Tom Ford 16 Color Nail Set – $480

5. Tom Ford Luxury Vanity Case – $1600

6. SK-II Pitera Inspiration Set – $1157

7. Make Up For Ever “Be Your Own Makeup Artist” Station – $950

What about you guys? Do you have a dream beauty product that is on your wishlist this year?

Don’t forget to check out what the other gals have on their wishlists this year, too:

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A spritz of Spring

Can I just tell you how glad I am that it was 91degrees yesterday? It means that Spring is finally here and I shouldn’t have any more snow days. *(note that I said “shouldn’t” – you never know what you are going to get around here.) And Spring means lightening up on everything from clothes to makeup to fragrances.

I tend to wear a little heavier and warmer scent in the winter, but I can be very picky in what I wear. I can NOT stand something that is too musky in the Winter or too flowery or powdery in the Spring – I prefer a clean fresh smell. (Oh, this is where I remind you I don’t know too much about “topnotes”, “layers” or “drydown”. I just know what I like or don’t like and what it smells like to me.)

This year I found a new fragrance, from Banana Republic of all places. I have actually been familiar with the Men’s line of scents, but I didn’t pay much attention to the Ladies line – my loss till now. It’s called Rosewood and according to it’s description it has “top notes of bergamot champagne, white tea leaves, and white amber”. Got that? I just know that it’s not too light and floral, and the amber still gives it some warmth to the scent.

The only thing that I love/hate about it is that the bottle is short and round and comes in a gorg wooden case, that I actually still store it in. Well, BR has just made things much better for me – they have come out with Mini’s – 7.5mL minature bottles of the bestsellers of their “Discover” fragrances – “Alabaster”, “Malachite” and my “Rosewood” for the ladies, and “Slate”, “Black Walnut” (yum!) and “Cordovan” for the men. Now, I can just throw a little bottle in my purse and freshen up when ever I want to, instead of only spraying as I am heading out the door. They are priced at 1 for $10 and 2 for $15, but are limited edition’s and only in stores, so hurry over to the mall and pick up one (or two) quick.

The Departments of NYC Shopping

For my trip to New York, I decided it was going to be my “Things I Can’t See In Oklahoma” trip, which is quite a bit. I decided that the first thing I was going to do was to go to the big department stores and see what their beauty departments have that I can’t see at home.

First stop was Bergdorf Goodman:

I gotta admit that nowadays I tend to think of the great blog Blogdorf Goodman when I think of this store – which is def a compliment to the store, let me tell you. However, the store isn’t half bad itself.

I was lucky enough to get to try some La Mer cream. I am sure my little sample wasn’t near enough to make me appreciate the joy that this is supposed to be, because as of now, I am all very meh about it.

I also got the chance to see the Paul & Joe’s Disney line, which was mostly all sold out and taking pre-orders for their new shipment. And I had the loveliest Estee Lauder MA assist me with the solid perfume compacts they had for the holidays.(Loved the Nesting Dolls, but they were too much, and the Gingerbread Man, but he was sold out). Boo.

And lastly, I had the chance to try the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer that all the kids are raving about. Okay, maybe not the kids, but all the in the know beauty ladies. I originally thought I wanted the Illuminating TM, but apparently that was just a bit too shiny for such a lady of age as I am, which I actually agreed on after seeing it in person. I did get a little trio of plum colors to throw in my purse, but decided against the TM for now. (This also happened to be the first of *3* times I was complimented on my skin that day, but got dinged for the dark circles under my eyes.)

Then I made it over to Henri Bendel:

I gotta say that right now I cannot think of a single thing to say about the makeup counters here, so I am guessing that I just didn’t see anything that caused me to stop and spend any time there.

With a side trip over to Barney’s:

Here I got to spend some time playing with the Nude Skincare line. It was nice, and had a really nice scent to it, but it just didn’t grab me enough to pick up any that day. Maybe I will try it again next time I go down to Dallas.

Just as I was leaving, a delightful male MA stopped me on my way out to tell me just how lovely he thought I looked, but if he could change just a couple of things, he would change my eyeliner (the Laura Mercier MA had put it up under my top lashes, which was unusual for me, so I didn’t entirely disagree on that point) and my dark circles (See? This was round #2 – after the Laura Mercier MA had had her way with them.)* So, he pulled out his handy dandy wand of T. LeClerc Makeup Corrector Fluid and gave it a shot. Now, I have to say that I really liked this stuff, but since it was going over all ready concealed eyes, I couldn’t judge it just for itself. However, I did like the feel of it, and the MA was a sweetheart, too. He was French.

And a last stop at Bloomingdale’s:

I have to say that I had the *most* fun here out of all the counters that I visited. It was crazy time in there and all the perfume samplers were out in full force – seriously, like every 10ft. And this time they were pushing “Viva La Juicy” by Juicy Couture hard and heavy. And after smelling it, I know why they were trying to push it, because I didn’t think this scent would walk off the shelves by itself. But, that’s just me.
After avoiding the vultures, I made my way back to the Benefit Cosmetics area where I was greeted by the very fun, Sherry. We went thru ton of products just messing around, talking about the benefits (Ha!) and the dislikes of them and just shooting the breeze for a while. It was such a nice time. I ended up with some more Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Stiletto, a Get Bent Liner Brush and Gilded Highlighting Pencil. Fun stuff.
I also managed to buy some tights there, since they were on sale for 2/$15, so I couldn’t beat that with a stick. (Which leads me to a question for bigger girls that I will have to ask in a seperate post.)

After all of those, I was pretty much done with the department stores, and then started in on the smaller shops that I wanted to see. I will let you know where I went and what I thought coming up.

*(In case you were wondering, the third time was when I popped in to a Sephora on the way in for the night and the lady demo’ing the Givency Mr. Light concealer pen got a hold of me, but I was so tired, I knew that *nothing* was going to help me by that time.)

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