Holiday Wish List: NYC Edition!

So my most excellent boyfriend has been planning a secret trip for the two of us for the past two months, to which I was aware but not privy to our destination.  Earlier this week I was finally told where we were headed so that I’d have a little time to plan what I’d like to do… NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!!!! ~jumps up and down excitedly~  We leave this Tuesday!!  I am SO EXCITED, GUYS.  I’ve never been, and I cannot WAIT to go!

Having a few days to figure out our plan of attack (because I AM going to take on the city in a BIG way), I have a number of things on my list. It should come as no surprise that aside from the usual touristy-type excursions, plus taking in a few awesome cultural events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, and the Moscow ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, my sights are largely set on SHOPPING MY FACE OFF.  Oh yea.  It’s goin’ DOWN.

And so, I bring to you my next wish list instalment – the NYC edition :)

The ‘Way Overpriced in Canada’ Wish List


1. Giorgio Armani – prices for Armani products in Canada are hiked way up on almost every single item, which is absolutely ridiculous – especially considering that almost all other brands sold here are near on par with US prices now.  I used to order all my stuff from Neiman Marcus, but since they stopped shipping makeup to Canada (WTF!?!?) I haven’t bought a single item from the brand in over a year.  I’ve been interested in trying out one of the new(isn) Flash Lacquers ($29US/$38CAD), as well as finally picking up a Rouge d’Armani ($32US/$38CAD) lippie, but I’ve needed a chance to try out shades, so you can be sure I’ll be taking the opportunity this week!  Additionally, I’ve been lusting after all iterations of cream/liquid/stain blushes, so I’m gonna eyeball the Blushing Fabrics ($39US/$45CAD) and see if they pique my interest.  And…if I’m feeling especially spendy, I might pick up another ETK Intense shadow for good measure – $33US to our $42CAD???  Uh, YEA.  C’mon, I gotta take advantage of ‘normal’ prices while I can! ;)

2. Burberry – The markup on Burberry here in Canada is as extreme as Giorgio Armani, if not more so – and as another brand that I enjoy but rarely have an opportunity to shade swatch, I’ve definitely got a few items to seriously investigate.  High on my to-buy list is either their Lip Covers ($30US/$40CAD) or Lip Velvets ($30US/$60CAD???????????), and I’ll likely pick up one of their new nail polishes ($21US/$25CAD) as I just can’t resist their packaging.   I also wouldn’t mind taking a good hard look at their Light Glow blushes ($42US/$50CAD), the shade Russet which I own having been bought unseen a couple years ago.  I’m going to take the opportunity to swatch their eyeshadow singles and palettes ($59US/$70CAD) as well, as I’ve never had the chance, but I’m sort of on mega-shadow overload, so we’ll see if any win me over enough to come home with me.

3. YSL – We have YSL here at our Sephora in Halifax, but I’ve been eyeing their Faux Cils Eyeliners in Sea Black and Cherry Black, and being $6 less in the States ($28US vs $34CAD) I might finally give in.  Or I might wait till the next VIB sale – I haven’t yet decided ;)

4. Hourglass - Another overpriced product here in Canada, the Aura Cheek Stains ($38US/$54CAD) have been on my wish list for a while.  Again, with my desire to bolster my non-powder cheek products, its likely I’ll pick up one of the two shades at this MUCH better price.

5. Becca - Seems I’m on a blush kick, yea (or I guess it’s just another regular day :P)?  Though I’m opting for less powder blushes for the most part, I’ve been dying to try these Mineral Blushes, and again, the price is right ($32US/$38CAD).  If nothing else, I want to at least swatch the shades so I know what to order during the next VIB sale.

The ‘Can’t Access in Canada’ Wish List

Untried Brands

1. Dolce & Gabbana – This is a brand I’ve been casually interested in over the past few years, but I haven’t felt strongly enough about it to order anything sight-unseen from Sephora.  I plan on giving it a good look while away and see if it’s worth a purchase or two (or if anything should be added to a future wish list).

2. Ilia Beauty – I have yet to foray into organic makeup, mainly because everything is only online and I don’t have the option to swatch any shades first, something I try to avoid with makeup.  I don’t think I’ll purchase anything while in NYC, but I plan on swatching as much as I can so that I have an idea of what I might like to pick up in the future when the time is right.

3. RMS Beauty – Prices for the above two lines are relatively comparable in Canada as they are in the US; however, RMS does have a somewhat noticeable price increase – therefore I just may have to cave and pick up a few things if they suit my fancy.  I’m mainly looking at the “Un” Cover-Up, the Living Luminizer, and the Lip2Cheek colour balms.

4. Tom Ford Beauty - Oh, HECK yea.  Without a doubt, some Tom Ford makeup will be coming home with me this week! I have been lemming this brand for what feels like a lifetime, and as they don’t ship the brand to Canada I have been sorely out of luck.  I’m getting my chance, bitches!!!!  Unless I am totally unimpressed with it all, I plan on buying a blush, lipstick, and nail polish, as who knows when I’ll get my chance again?

5. Givenchy – It may come as a surprise to many of you that I haven’t tried this brand, as it seems like everyone and their dog raves about their lipsticks and polishes.  Unfortunately, we don’t carry it anywhere near me and again, I wasn’t comfortable with ordering anything sight-unseen.  It is ENTIRELY possible that I’ll be purchasing both a ‘Le Rouge’ lipstick as well as a nail polish, and it is going to be GREAT.

Last but certainly not least is…

The “I Haven’t Bought a Full-Sized Fragrance in Years and It’s About Damn Time / Go Big or Go Home” Wish List

Fragrant things

1. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur – I’ve read so many things about this eponymous fragrance house without ever experiencing why it’s so popular, so it’s about time I change that.  The first scent I ever heard about was ‘Carnal Flower,’ so of course it’ll get a sniff or two, but I’m more interested in this warm, spicy, vanilla-heavy scent that sounds right up my alley.  I’m hoping to be wowed.

2. Love by Kilian - I know very little about this brand though I’ve heard it’s name often enough.  My impression is that it’s hit or miss, but I still plan on giving this gourmand oriental – again heavy on the vanilla – a look to see what it’s all about.  If nothing else, I like the bottle!

3. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille – While my local Sephora carries a few Tom Ford scents, we do not unfortunately have this one, which is THE one I’ve been dying to smell!  It sounds SO my kind of jam – clearly I love me anything with vanilla, but am trying to graduate from sickeningly sweet smells into something a bit more…mature, shall we say.  I’ve heard differing opinions on this one, so I’ll just have to see for myself.

4. Diptyque Eau Duelle – Initially certain I was only interested in purchasing a candle from the brand (I tried last year to order one from BeautyHabit only to be told the shipping cost would be something like $36…uh, NO), once I started researching scents I came along this one which boasts – surprise – vanilla, but this time with a hit of boozy bourbon along with spicy cardamom and pink pepper.  It also contains ambergris, which if you recall from my review of the fragrance from Sephora’s Ariel collection is derived from whale sperm.  YES!  How very…sexy.  LOL

5. Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille – The last contender in my search for a grown-up vanilla-based scent, this fragrance contains sandalwood, an inclusion which I favour in my scents, as well as musk and tonka bean.  It may be a touch too summery with the addition of coconut milk, but I’ll give it a whiff nonetheless – I’m rarely discriminatory when it comes to gourmand fragrances :)

And there you have it!  A rather comprehensive look at what I plan on drooling over while away.  What’s scary is that this just encompasses my potential beauty purchases – I haven’t even TOUCHED on what I hope to buy for fashion (and jewelry…Tiffany’s, here I come!)!! O_o  As Christmas is looming, I’ll also be picking up a few treats here and there for friends and family….so, essentially, I’m coming home very, very broke.

…But also very, very happy!!!  New York City, here we come!!!  See ya’ll in a week! :D

Have you been to NYC?  Do you have any recommendations on where to go, what to see (and where to shop!?)?

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  1. #1 by My Lucite Dreams on November 24, 2013 - 10:08 pm

    Yay! I see so many loves here! Might I suggest ABC Carpet and Home, it’s an amazing store and has a gorgeous apothecary section! They have RMS and Tata, and much more. The Burberry powders are definitely worth looking into. The Becca Mineral Blushes are amazing also and I adore Diptyque Eau Duelle. Mostly I suggest spending your $$$ on food! Enjoy!

  2. #2 by Linda on November 24, 2013 - 10:17 pm

    One day I will make it to NY city.Until then I will live vicariously through you!Do you need to let your credit card company know you will be out of the country spending excessive amounts of money?LOL–you better notify them.I have an American friend whose credit card was frozen when she began shopping here in Canada.Bon Voyage!PS-great boyfriend,he’s a keeper.

  3. #3 by Elle on November 24, 2013 - 10:50 pm

    Great list, but one more for on your Serge Lutens list: Jeux de Peau.

  4. #4 by Amy on November 24, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    I’m so excited for you! New York is awesome, and I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time :) I can’t wait to see what goodies you pick up! Musc Ravageur is absolutely heavenly, but eegads so expensive. I’m also intrigued by Eau Duelle––most of the Diptyques I’ve tried I really like, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think of that one! Hooray!!

  5. #5 by Sarah on November 24, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    Nice list! We are lucky enough to have Ilia sold in-store at a chain of organic stores here in Ottawa, but I’ve never seen it anywhere else. I have been for two very short trips, and there is so much to see and do. If you are in Nolita and looking for a quick bite we had a really wonderful meal at Cafe Gitane but there’s hardly a shortage of great places to eat! I hope you have a wonderful time!

  6. #6 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on November 25, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Nice list! I thought Ilia was a Canadian Company from Vancouver, no? It’s here in Edmonton in a local beauty store.
    Nice list! You are gonna have some fun! Can hardly wait to see what you get!

  7. #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on November 25, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    EXCITING. You must eat at Shake Shack and order THE WORKS. This guy sounds like a keeper. ;)

    Otay! I also know of RMS and Ilia being sold at independent boutiques in Toronto. Have not investigated fully and don’t know if they sell the entire lines or what, but they’re probably cheaper in the US anyway.

    I have a sample of FM Musc Ravageur and it has two personalities: can smell pretty and delicate one moment and suddenly sweaty and animalistic the next. Don’t base it on an initial whiff and let sit on you for a couple of hours at least.

    Otherwise, happy shopping and exploring! You should also try to catch a broadway showing one night if you have time. I once saw Legally Blonde on stage, which is a silly silly thing to watch, but the quality of showmanship in NYC is stellar that it was damn near Shakespearean.

  8. #8 by Makeup Morsels on November 26, 2013 - 12:56 am

    YAYYY I’m so excited for you! And I second Liz up there, you gotta eat at Shake Shack.The gelato at Stella 34 (in the Midtown Macy’s, of all places) is also to die for—I had it three times in the one week I was there because I couldn’t get enough. Pistachio gelato + caramel pear sorbet = all I need in life. GAHH I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU, wish I could go back.

    Also getting super hyped up over this wishlist, I approve of everything on it. Check out the new nail polishes from D&G if they have them, I just discovered the wonders of Smeraldo and I never want to take it off. Happy shopping and make sure you show us everything you get :D

  9. #9 by Denise on November 29, 2013 - 3:25 am

    Great choices on your wishlist! I know Holt Renfrew carries Burberry and Tom Ford make-up in Toronto, but as you said, they’re WAY cheaper in the US. I almost always wait to grab stuff in the States if they’re that expensive. :P

    And yes, agree with Liz, you must go to Shake Shack. I get the Shack Stack every time I go there. It’s the kind of burger that would make a vegetarian start eating meat. Anyhooo, if you need ideas on where to eat and see and shop in NYC, you can check out my NYC posts here! :) Hope it helps! Have lots of fun!!!

  10. #10 by Eugenia on December 6, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    OOOH! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip! I haven’t been back to NY since Anna was a baby – almost 20 years now! Time to remedy that and do some major shopping damage of my own, lol! Love your list and now you’ve created all sorts of lemmings with me. As to Armani prices, in general the markup is WAY higher here in Canada, but this is where it gets weird; I recently bought the Maestro Compact Cream Foundation, and the price was just $4 more than the US version. Not bad, right? Next, the latest LE Highlighter from the brand seems to be selling for $82 in the US but when I called my local SA to hold one for me (haven’t picked it up yet though) she gave me the cost: CAN $70 I even had her double check, but yeah…WTF? The brand’s nail polish, on the other hand, is $20 in the US and $32 here. Again, WTF? Not sure what’s with these see-sawing prices.

    As to fragrances, Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille is my absolutely FAVE and if I could, I’d wear it 24/7. I usually save it for going out & other special occasions, but for a vanilla lover like myself, this is pure nirvana – you will ADORE it. And yeah, you better pick it up Stateside; I believe it’s $185 there vs $225 here.

    Have fun, my friend & happy shopping!

    • #11 by Latoya on December 21, 2013 - 4:04 pm

      Thanks Eugenia!! I had a blast – and as you’ve probably seen, I scored some great stuff! I only ended up getting one Armani product, but went a lil crazy at TF. I didn’t love the Tobacco Vanille as I expected to though, for whatever reason!

      And yes – you REALLY need to get back to NYC!! :D

      Sent from my iPhone


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