My Holiday Wishlist ~ The Makeup Wars

Christmas time is all about the kids now for my family. My own, as well as all my nieces. We really don’t spend much money on the “grown-ups” anymore, so realistically my wishlist is pretty short. Since it is a wishlist though it is always fun to conjure up some ideas. I’ve already shared with you some great gift giving stocking stuffer minis ideas as well as some truly extravagant gifts so make sure you check out those posts.

There are three items that are truly on my list this year. The first is Balenciaga L’Essence perfume. I am madly in love with this woodsy, vetiver, and violet scent. I lurve me some vetiver. Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle is probably my all time favourite perfume and if it weren’t so darn expensive a full bottle of it would be on my list. I have a 10ml decant of Balenciaga L’Essence that I have been burning my way through far more quickly than I’d like. I know I must own a full bottle at some point. I asked my husband for it for Christmas but I think we have since decided I don’t need anything for Christmas. I just got the new iPhone 5 when it launched and, well, I do buy myself a little too much makeup…. I think I will hold off till my birthday. If I were to go all out I would add the L’Essence perfumed candle to my list!

Balenciaga L'Essence

Balenciaga L’Essence Scented Candle

The second wishlist item is a nail polish rack from Beauty Pop Shop. I have wanted one of these since the lovely Doria launched her shop, and when the Black Friday deal came along I couldn’t pass it up.We’ve started drawing names for the adults for presents so we can focus on the kids more. My sister drew my name for my family and my sister in law drew me for my husbands family so I asked them if they minded if I ordered it and they could just pitch in towards it for my present. Perfect holiday solution! I guess it will suck not having any surprises this year but when you have kids it’s watching their excitement that brings you joy. What you get doesn’t seem to matter so much anymore. I opted for the Super Stacked ($150 US) which holds roughly 208-252 nail polish bottles depending on size. I figured I may as well “go big or go home” because I wanted room to grow. No point buying one that will be filled on arrival. I can’t wait to have all my pretty polishes out of the drawer and displayed where I can see them. It’s so easy to forget what you have. I’m sure my husband is going to hate it!

Beauty Pop Shop Super Stacked Nail Polish Rack

The third wishlist item, (which I will likely order myself from the kids), is the Tool Turnabout ($19 US/$24.50 CAD) from The Pampered Chef. I have one in my kitchen for all my large kitchen utensils and gadgets. Years ago I had thought of getting one for my makeup brushes but at the time there was no counter space for it in the bathroom. I had long since forgotten about it. It wasn’t until I saw it again on one of xSparkage‘s videos a couple weeks ago that I remembered and realized I DO have the room now since moving my makeup setup to my office.


If I were to wish for more cosmetics items, which we all know I don’t need but can’t help but want, I would love to receive the Urban Decay Naked2 palette and the Vice ($59 US/$68 CAD) palette. Practically speaking, the LAST thing I need is more eyeshadows. Yet eyeshadows are the products I am consistently drawn too. When I was at Shoppers Drug Mart selecting items for the Bonus Redemption event last weekend I was very tempted to pick these up but forced myself to move on because I don’t “need” them. But hey, that’s what Christmas is for. Getting things you want but don’t necessarily need. And yes, more eyeshadows, the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette ($48 US/$60 CAN) has me very tempted as well.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Vice Palette

Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette

You know what I would truly LOVE? A BLUSH palette. I mean come on cosmetic companies! Why always eyeshadow palettes or sometimes combination palettes? I won’t a palette full of a variety of beautiful shades and finishes of blush. The the only brand that has really satisfied my craving for this so far is Le Metier de Beaute with their Blush Kit Kaleidoscope ($95 US) available at Neiman Marcus and Zuneta. I adore this palette. I still yearn for more and wish there were more options as I would love to be able to gift a blush palette to my sister for Christmas. Speaking of Le Metier de Beaute, I can’t deny their newest offerings for the holidays, the Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit and Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Lip Kit are on my radar as well.

Le Metier de Beaute Blush Kit Kaleidoscope

Now some “stocking stuffers” I would love, if you can consider $30+ a a stocking stuffer, would be more Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani lipsticks and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stains. I currently own nine Rouge d’Armani lipsticks (102, 103, 502, 503, 512, 518, 600, 605, and 606). This is my all time favourite lipstick formula and I desperately want more shades but there is always some new, must have, release that is distracting me from investing in more. The same goes for the Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains. This is my favourite gloss formula and one of the best lip formulas out there. With only two shades, #7 Corail Aquatique and #15 Rose Vinyl, in my arsenal I NEED more!

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipsticks

YSL Glossy Stains

OK my list is now getting ridiculously out of hand. I am a girl with endless wants. I will leave you with one final mega wishlist item. If money were truly not an object then I would love to finally have a designer handbag. One that has always caught my eye is the  Marc Jacobs Stam, but I’m sure if the opportunity actually presented itself I would have no idea what kind of handbag to choose!

Marc Jacobs Quilted Stam Sachel


Make sure to check out the holiday wishlists of the other Makeup Wars members. Just click on the thumbnails below or use the Previous and Next buttons at the top of this post. If you have missed out on the previous Makeup Wars be sure to check them out, including some of my favourites like our  Favourite MascarasFavourite Fall Look, Favourite Red Lip, Favourite Makeup BrushFavourite Fall Nail Polish, and Most Expensive Makeup Look.


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  • Teri
    December 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Great list! I want that nail polish rack. It matches all the shelves I have in my beauty office. Maybe my Dad can whip up some of his bookcase magic and make me a mini version because he will never understand that it is for nail polish!
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      I love that the nail rack has “stadium seating” type shelves so you can have doubled up rows and still see the back!

  • Christine
    December 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    That LM palette is really pretty in person, I was so close to buying it yesterday! I think I’m definitely asking Santa for it this year, I would use it a ton.
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      It does look like such a versatile palette. Good value too!

  • Pink Sith
    December 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    This is a super list!!! You NEED the UD Naked 2 palette and the LM palette. Especially for your business in MUA. Plus that purse looks really cool!
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      I love using “buying it for my kit” as an excuse. LOL! I just need more gigs to justify it!

  • Nancy
    December 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I seriously need to investigate that nail polish rack! I’ve never seen that brand…one of the things I love about MU Wars! And LmDB….I so need that blush kaleidoscope in my life; it’s so beautiful!
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      You definitely need to check them out Nancy!

  • Brooke @ BlushingNoir
    December 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Also, I have that Pampered Chef thing and I love it to pieces.
    I love your list, everything looks so beautiful!
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Ya the bag is pretty damn amazing isn’t it. It is just so me!

  • Kate
    December 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I’d be embarrassed to even start writing out a wish list because it would be so long…I’ve had my eye on both of those UD palettes for a while, not least because I really like UD’s brushes as well as their shadows. And, yes, I think I’d add “all the Rouge d’Armani shades ever” to my list, just in case there were ones I hadn’t thought of, but ended up liking…
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Kate I couldn’t possibly list my whole one either. It is ENDLESS!

  • Brittany
    December 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    OMG OMG! That nail polish rack needs to go on my list STAT! It’s so practical and I’ve never seen one hold so many polishes.
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Isn’t it amazing Brittany! Love the two rows of polishes on the shelves! Space efficient!

  • Paula
    December 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    NOW I see a nail polish rack I would like! I’ve been trolling around looking for one to build myself, but I just gave in and got a helmer, to at least store them *somewhere*.
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      I can’t wait to get it Paula!

  • MarciaF (beauty info zone)
    December 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I should have just copied your list! You have great choices. I’d love the Vice Palette, the LM Artist Palette, a different shade of the Armani (no reds), and the polish rack is amazing. I’d love to have that. I unfortunately would have it filled instantly. Oh and the purse isn’t too shabby either.
    But I’ll get what you will – gifts for my family (not from).
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Ya I don’t want reds either. That’s just the pics I found. 😉

  • Pammy
    December 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    I totally want that blush Kalidescope!!! I was actually at the Le Metier de Beaute counter today getting a facial treatment and am a new lover of the brand! Nice list!!!
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  • jbrobeck
    December 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Ahh… that blush kaleidoscope! Ahhh!
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  • Carleen
    December 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Love the polish rack. And you must get the palettes! They are both great!!!!
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  • Iris
    December 11, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    The Marc Jacobs handbag pictured is lovely. I’d want one of those too.

  • BooBooNinja
    December 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Tee hee! Please take a photo of your husband’s face when the nail polish rack is unwrapped. It will likely be priceless and possible fodder for future blackmailing opportunities. heh heh. 🙂

    I am loving the LM Pro Artist Palette too. I wish it had been out when I first got into makeup. Oh, and that LMdB blush kaleidoscope has been on my radar since it was released. It’s gorgeous! You have fantastic taste, Christa!

  • Cindy (Prime Beauty)
    December 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    OMG you reminded me I have that LMdB blush palette! And I had a fake MJ Stam bag just like that-shhhhh
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