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9/01/2014

YvesRocher Sheer Botanical lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Aren't you glad it is a long weekend, having an extra day to recharge before the kids start school?

I don't normally post on a holiday, but I couldn't wait to tell you about a brand new lipstick line that quickly becomes one of my favorites - Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical lipsticks, available this month!

To start, I don't like sheer lipsticks in general as they don't flatter my pigmented lips. But one swipe of these lipsticks and I was so glad I got a chance to try them.

Yes they are sheer, but have better pigmentation than most other sheer lipsticks, and the formula is one of the best I have tried!

Formulated with cherry oil (rich in Omega 6 and 9) that gives the product the shine and the smooth feeling on the lips, these lipsticks are such a treat to the lips. And the light candy scent is an added bonus.

The shades I received, from L-R: 12 Frosted Chestnut (Marron Glace), 22 Soft Coral (Corail Doux), 42 Bright Pink (Rose Vif), 51 Red Currants (Rouge Groseille), 52 Black Cherry (Cerise Noire) and 61 Tangerine.

I included the French names as they are what appear on the labels at the bottom of the bullets, for easy reference.

They look amazing in the tubes, don't they? Let's get to the swatches.

The first 3 shades stay true to the sheer nature of the line, take a bit of layering for the colours to show up.

Frosted Chesnut is a brown nude, an every day shade. Also great to top up any liner for shine.

Soft Coral is exactly as the name suggests, adds a light hint of coral to the lips.

Bright Pink is a fuchsia pink, slightly more pigmented than the first two.

I reach for this group of colours on those lazy days for makeup, or when I need to gloss up a matte lip. They are so comfortable to wear that I sometimes forget I have them on.

The other 3 shades have more pigmentation, a natural choice when I need some colour on the lips.

Red Currants (left) and Tangerine (right) are quite similar. The former has more red, the latter has more coral tone in the colour and is a bid darker than Soft Coral above.

Black Cherry is the plum version of Bright Pink, also the most creamy and pigmented (and my most favorite) among all 6 shades. But I can't play favorites for long, as I have been rotating them all through the week with or without lip liners, then repeat :)

The line has 12 shades in total, 0.12oz/ 3.5g each, retail for $17 but are on sale right now for $9.50. Stay tuned for a few FOTDs featuring these.

8/29/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Canadians, looks like Elf products have surfaced at Superstore, according to a NouveauCheap's reader. I personally still prefer shopping Elf's own website during their 50% off sale but if you prefer an in store experience, now you can do it while grocery shopping :)

Also, Inglot is back to Toronto with its first store near Dundas Square. No specific date yet, but swatch fest, anyone?

Models Own is now available at Forever 21 (US) - nail polish (web exclusive), lip crayons, glosses, eyeliners, etc. Unfortunately, there is no sign of these on the Canadian site yet.

Shoppers:
*** Saturday only: x20 points with $50 purchase
- Head & Shoulders shampoo, conditioner: CAD3.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD4.99)
- Infusium, Live Clean hair care: CAD3.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD4.99)
- Marc Anthony, John Frieda hair care: CAD5.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD7.99)
- Selected perfume: CAD17.77 (rest of the week: CAD19.99).

*** All week:
- Neutrogena skin, hair, sun care: 20% off
- Olay classic, Age Defying, Pro X skin care: 25% off
- Clean & Clear acne care: CAD6.99
- Simple, Balea facial cleanser: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise, Vidal Sassoon hair care: CAD3.99
- Maybelline Color Sensational, Elixir, Dream makeup: CAD8.99
- Maybelline Superstay lip, Instant Age Rewind makeup: 20% off
- L'Oreal eye, Colour Riche lip: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadow, Magic/ True Match makeup: 20% off
- CoverGirl Bombshell eye, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD6.99
- CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus/ Line Exact liner, Outlast lip: 20% off
- Revlon eye, ColorBurst lip: CAD7.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Rimmel eyeliner, lip: CAD5.99; makeup, Renew lip: CAD6.99
- Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker gloss: 2/CAD20 or CAD15 each
- Revlon nail polish, treatment: CAD4.99; Nail art Sun/ Moon candy, ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD5.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire gel lacque: 20% off
- Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish: CAD4.99; Big top coat: CAD7.99; Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD10.99
- Essie nail polish: CAD8.99.

*** 30 Days of Beauty is on until September 14, with bonus point offers:
- 1,000 points with purchase of 2 Revlon nail products
- 1,500 points with purchase of 2 Almay Smart Shade or Intense I-Colour products
- 1,500 points with purchase of 2 Maybelline Baby Lips Crystals, Volume Express/ Colossal Pumped Up mascara or Dream Wonder Skin Liquid
- 1,500 points with purchase of Benefit They're Real liner
- 1,500 points with purchase of 2 Essie nail products
- 1,500 points with purchase of 2 Revlon ColorStay or PhotoReady face makeup products
- 2,000 points with purchase of 2 L'Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks, True Match foundation or Magic Perfecting Base products
- 2,000 points with purchase of 2 CoverGirl products
- 2,000 points with purchase of any Pur Minerals product
- 3,000 points with purchase of Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara or Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick
- 3,500 points with purchase of any participating Stila Stay all Day products or Magnificent Metal Foil Finish eyeshadow
- 4,000 points with purchase of any Neostrata Glycolic Renewal smoothing cream or lotion
- 5,000 points when you spend $50 or more on Lise Watier colour cosmetics
- 8,000 points with purchase of any Biotherm Blue Therapy or Skin Best product
- 8,000 points with purchase of any Lacoste, Gucci, Juicy Couture fragrance, Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere or Justin Bieber Collector's edition
- 8,000 points with purchase of 2 Vichy Normaderm products
- 8,000 points with purchase of Clarins Double serum or any anti-aging day cream
- 10,000 points with purchase of Clinique Smart Custom-Repair serum (only until September 5)
- 15,000 points when you spend $175 or more on Lancome products
- 15,000 points when you spend $125 or more on Elizabeth Arden products
- x10 points with purchase of any Smashbox primer (last day)
- x10 points with purchase of any Estee Lauder skin care product (only until September 5)
- x10 points with purchase of any Boot No7 product (only until September 5)
- x10 points with purchase of any Soap and Glory product (only until September 12)
- x15 points when you spend $20 or more on Quo brushes (last day)
- x15 points when you spend $20 or more on Quo cosmetics (only until September 12)
- x15 points when you spend $20 or more on Gosh cosmetic products (only until September 5)
- x20 points with purchase of any participating Strivectin SD product
- x20 points with purchase of Physicians Formula Super BB kit.

There are daily offers during the 30 Days of Beauty event as well. I am noting some important deals, but please check site everyday for details:
- Today (August 29): nail polish BOGO 1/2
- Sunday (August 31): x20 points when you spend $50 on Stila products
- Monday (September 1): Almay BOGO
- Wednesday (September 3): Rimmel lipsticks BOGO
- Thursday (September 4): Revlon face makeup BOGO
- Saturday (September 6): Free gift with $30 Biotherm purchase
- Sunday (September 7): x20 points with Quo
- Monday (September 8): $10 gift card with $75 purchase on cosmetics and/or fragrances
- Tuesday (September 9): 8,000 points with purchase of Shiseido Ultimune
- Thursday (September 11): 10,000 points with purcahse of Clarins anti-aging skin care
- Sunday (September 14): 4,000 points with purchase of any Smashbox mascara.

Lawtons: Free $10 Lawtons gift card or 95 bonus Airmiles with $35 purchase of Compliments products until Sunday
*** Student Discount program: 10% off almost everything in stores with a valid student photo ID. See in store for exclusions.
*** "Win free cosmetics for a year" contest is still on till the end of the month
- Vichy, Neostrata, Cliniderm: 30% off
- Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Spectro skin care: 25% off
- Garnier Clean+ skin care: CAD6.99
- Fruits & Passion bath: B2G1F
- Crabtree & Evelyn Lily, Wisteria collections, Little Luxuries gift sets: 50% off
- Montagne Jeunesse masks: 20% off
- L'Oreal, Maybelline mascara: CAD5.99
- Maybelline face, eyeliner: 20% off; Baby Lips: CAD3.99
- CoverGirl Lip Perfection, mascara, LineBlast liquid liner: CAD5.99
- Revlon eyeliner, lipstick, gloss, lip liner: CAD5.99
- Annabelle TwistUp, Big Show lip: CAD8.99
- LA Colors, LA Girl, ColorEvolution: 20% off
- L'Oreal nail products: 20% off
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD8.95
- Essie, Nicole by OPI nail polish, treatment: CAD7.49
- EcoTools brushes, accessories: 30% off.

Walmart:
- St. Ives scrub (bonus size): CAD3.77
- Aveeno skin care: on roll back
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick/ eyeshadow: CAD7.96
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.

Target:
- St. Ives face scrub, lotion, body wash: 3/CAD10
- L'Oreal Youth Code skin care: CAD20.99
- L'Oreal (selected): CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish: CAD4.44.

Superstore: No tax, today only (NS).

Sephora: Summer clearance sale is on, up to 75% off. On top of that, ebates (US) has 10% cash back, today only. ebates Canada has some tracking issue with Sephora so it is offline for now.

Annabelle and Marcelle: Back to School "Double your purchase" promotion is on until Sunday. Buy 1 product and it is doubled for free.

Bath and Body Works: Labour Day sale is on, up to 50% off selected items.

tarte: $10 off $50, $20 off $75, $30 off $100 or more until Monday. Free shipping with $40/ CAD75 orders.

Sleek: 20% off all orders with code "GIVEME20" until Sunday.

Clarins.ca: Last day of the Private sale, up to 40% off. Free shipping with $75 orders, 3 samples.

I see a few quartets (Winners used to have some), Colour Quench lip balms, Rouge Prodige lipsticks, etc.

Sears: Lancome GWP of $36 or more until September 12. The 8-piece gift, values $157, includes:
- Your choice of serum & skin care duo:
- Your choice of cleanser:
- Your hoice of makeup duo
- Color Design lipstick in Pale Lip
- Bi-Facil eye makeup remover (50ml)
- Definicils High Definition mascara, and
- Your choice of cosmetic bag.

With $95 Lancome purchase, you'll also get a Tresor body lotion (50ml) and EDP (7.5ml).

With almost any in store purchase this weekend, you'll get a $10 saving coupon, redeemable between September 5 - 7 on purchase of $50 or more on fashions, accessories & jewelry, footwear, cosmetics and fragrances.

The Body Shop: B3G3F or B2G1F in stores and online until Monday.

Exclusions: items priced at $6 or less, Moisture White products, Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil, Vitamin E Aqua Boost sorbet, All-in-One InstaBlur, InstaBlur Eye, Body sorbet, 2-in-1 gel eyeliners, Argan products, pre-packaged gift sets, store-made bundles, kits, in-store sale items, charitable items and purchases of gift cards and LYB membership cards.

Double the discount (20% instead of the regular 10%) for LYB members on any Moroccan Argan Oil product until September 7.

Bath and Body Works: The B3G3F/ B2G2F offer (mix & match anything) is extended for today, so if you missed it yesterday, you have another chance :) 

Sedona Lace: 20% off site wide and free shipping worldwide until Monday. No minimum, no code.

La Senza: Until Saturday
- 20% off $50 purchase
- 30% off $75 purchase, or
- 40% off $100 purchase.
Print the coupon or show it on your cell phone, "WEEKEND" code online.

H&M: Ladies' dresses from $10, bags from $15, kids' pants from $7, tops from $10, etc. until Monday. The 20% off coupon for kids' purchase expires on Tuesday.

Dynamite: Extra 30% off, online only, and free shipping until Monday.

Forever 21: Extra 30% off sale items and free shipping with orders over $21 until Sunday. No code needed.

ebates Canada: Double cash back
- Walmart: up to 4%
- The Source, Old Navy, GAP, Roots, American Eagle, Dynamite, Globo, Dell, HP: 4%
- Sears, Newegg: up to 5%
- The Bay, Browns, Lucky Brand, Lenovo: 5%
- Living Social, Macy's: 6%
- Shop.ca, BOGS, Mexx: 7%
- Expedia.ca: up to 8%
- Teavana, Ray-Ban: 8%
- Microsoft: up to 10%
- TOMS: 10%
- McAfee: 25%, etc.

As always, my link is on the left side bar if you need it.

8/27/2014

Trind nail treatments

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Quite early on in my "quest" to discover nail blogs, I read about Trind, a Dutch company specialized in hand and nail care products.

I was offered some products to test out and gladly chose the two I needed the most. Was happy to hear Trind is now also available for Canadians on The Shopping Channel.

Formulated with Keratin and other vitamins, Trind nail care products are indeed very promising.

First impressions: sleek and simple packaging, oil free, reasonable size (0.30oz/ 9ml), higher price tag ($20 each) compared to most other nail treatments.

Cuticle balsam (pink colour) helps prevent dry cuticles and hangnails, with d-panthenol, allantoin, hyaluron-acid and phytantroil, plus Trind's Duo-Liposome that promotes skin cell production.

Use: As step 2 in Trind nail care system (after cuticle remover), apply the product to cuticles with the brush, leave it on for 2 minutes, then massage the excess into cuticles and nails. Daily for the first 2 weeks, then once a week for maintenance.

The product absorbs quickly after being rubbed in, and does not leave any residue behind. My cuticles love the little "bath" every day and appear healthier and less ragged only a few first uses.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Octanoate, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Phytantriol, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phospholipids, Silk Amino Acids, Laureth-4, Carbomer, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Benzophenone-4, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Eed 4 (CI 14700).

Nail balsam (aqua colour) is the moisturizer (with d-Panthenol, Phytantriol and Biotin) for dehydrated nails, i.e. the dry, brittle or peeling nails that like to split and tear.

Use: Step 4 (after filing/ buffing the nails), apply the product to bare nails daily, let sit for 2 minutes, then massage the excess into nails and surrounding skin. Same process - daily for 2 weeks, then once a week.

Nail balsam has taken care of the peeling near the free edges and the random breakage on the side of my nails. I still use a base coat as my polish chipped fast the next morning with just the balsam underneath.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Octanoate, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Phytantriol, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Caffeine, Benzophenone-4, Diazolidinyl Urea, Carbomer, Propylparaben, Phospholipids, Biotin, Laureth-4, Allantoin, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Blue 1 (CI 42090).

I did this mani with Sephora Formula X Prophecy (note: colour not accurate) 2 minute after applying both balsams and rubbing in the excess.

The balsams did not interfere with the matte finish of the polish and my cuticles looked 5 times better already.

I would recommend Trind Cuticle and Nail balsams for those who need an effective boost in nail treatment/ maintenance and don't mind the price tag.

There are 15 Trind products and sets available on TSC at the moment. You can also find Cuticle balsam in the Cuticle Care duo, $26.99 and Nail balsam in the Moist & Shiny kit, $56. Shipping is $6.99/ item, Easy Pay option is available.

8/26/2014

NOTDs: The Body Shop Blues/ Greens

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I was excited when The Body Shop announced their Colour Crush nail polish line. Among 23 colours (all cremes) and a base/top coat, I received 18, so lots of NOTDs are coming to help you shop the range when it's out in October :)

The Colour Crush nail polish are infused with Community Fair Trade marula oil, quick dry and glossy. Bottle size is 0.22oz/ 6.8ml, retail price $6. Let's see the colours!

Naturally, blues and greens would be the first group I dived myself into. Thought I would take this opportunity to try some nail art, which I am not good at. Brownie points for the effort? lol

I'll start with a nontraditional animal print mani. I used Mint Cream as the base. The name is pretty much on point on the colour.

I would assume marula oil is what makes the nail polish go on smooth and glossy, and if that's true, all lines should add it to the formula.

Application is so easy with all the shades I tried so far (except the sheer ones that you will hear about later), no streaks, no bald spots.

I almost did not need a top coat on them either. And to top it off, most of them are also one coaters.

For the dots, I used Minty Amour (the bottle colour too). For the limited skill I have, it was not easy to do the curves around the dots with a black striping polish, so I did mostly straight lines instead lol.

This next mani, I tried the saran wrap (plastic wrap) method.

The way that I saw blogger did it is to dab the plastic wrap ball onto a few drops of polish on a plate, then transfer it to the nails. What makes it hard is to figure out how much polish to transfer on.

See here I used one coat of Crazy for Blue as base! It is a beautiful (but much darker) navy than what the flash shows you here. I wouldn't have a problem with wearing it as a full mani, any time of the year.

On the other hand, Hemp over Heals is not an easy colour to wear alone, with my skin tone, since it has a heavy dose of yellow in the colour mix.

I think the index finger probably turned out the best, in terms of polish coverage. Others need more practice :)

So, 4 shades thus far, I love Crazy for Blues the most. When a lighter mood strikes, I'll reach for Minty Amour.

And like I said, application and opacity are great with these shades. Finish, however, is limited to creme. I couldn't help to dazzle them up further. Glitters and textures next please, The Body Shop!

8/25/2014

Weekend finds

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I am so sleep deprived today but won't complain as we had a really nice (but busy) weekend. I missed Super Redemption at Shoppers but did manage to grab a few things here and there. 

Our local Marshalls opened on Thursday, I went check out the beauty section. It was not as big as I wanted but I still came home with a bunch of stuff I couldn't find at my Winners.

Start off with 2 UK skin care brands. Dirty Works had almost the whole facial skin care line on the shelf. I grabbed the Pore-fect facial Hot Cloth cleanser, $6.99 (reg. $12). The muslin cloth was included in the box too, very convenient.

I heard good things about Good Things products (see the pun? lol), so I picked up the Deep Clean Blackhead exfoliator with fruit extracts (Papaya & Licorice), $6.99 (reg. $12).

Originally decided to skip on this Good Things Manuka Honey creamy cleanser with Royal Jelly & Beewax, $5.99 (reg. $10) but I went back and got it after realizing how many UK bloggers raved about it.

Product selection from the brand is also quite extensive - masks, facial wipes, face creams, etc.

A little lonely on the side is Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in 08 Rose Studio, $8.99 (reg. $20). Most lipsticks in store were still untouched, considering it was the opening day, but I am scared for their fate as time goes on. No seals to protect them from swatchers in store.

Moving on to the higher-end skin care brand that I haven't tried anything from - Rodial.

There were about 5 different products from the brand on the shelf. I chose Glamtox cleansing balm, $24.99 (reg. $50) and Dragon's Blood cleansing water, $14.99 (reg. $36).

Not that I need more face cleanser/ makeup remover, but I couldn't help wondering if these rival the products I have and love in my stash. At a discount, the idea of testing them out seems to be better justified :)

A number of Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten baked cheek colors were there too. Can't say that I came across the brand before around here.

Most boxes were sealed so I had to shop blindly, in terms of colours. Came home with 3, don't know if I will keep them all, but for now, here are Boysenberry (the only "Sugar free" shade, i.e. matte), Golden Apricot and Berry, $14.99 each (reg. $31).

If you have any of these shades, please let me know how they are and if I should keep them. If you tried others, let me know your favorite shade too.

I did well at Lawtons too. It turned out to be a L'Oreal-extensive haul with the 40% off sale and a few products on clearance for half price (marked with a * below)

I got:
- Infallible Silkissime silky pencil eyeliner in Cobalt Blue, reg. $11.99
- Miss Manga mascaras in Indigo and Turquoise*, reg. $10.99 each
I heard the colours are not very visible on the lashes but still fun to have
- Glossy balms in Baby Berry and Pink Me Up*, reg. $11.99 each
- Pop balm in Wild Lily, reg. $10.99, and
- Color Riche Fixing & Unifying eyeshadow primer, $11.99
Primer in the pen form? Exciting!

I am playing catch-up with L'Oreal new products right now, you see?

Last but not least, the hard-to-find Sonia Kashuk (LE) 15-piece brush set at Target, $39.99.

Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary collection was supposed to hit Canadian Target stores a few weeks ago but it took me 3 trips to see the price tag up on the shelf. A SA found one for me from the back room.

Other hauls include a few Illmasqua blushes from the 25% off sale on The Bay, OCC lip tar sets from Sephora sale page and a Makeup Revolution order. What did you haul last weekend?

8/22/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

A few updates to get us started first:
- @JanineFalcon tweeted about Muji opening its first Toronto store mid December and 2 more next year! I am happy at least our Torontonians can get their hands on those famous makeup organizers/ drawers.
- Also posted by Beauty Geek: The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Dolly is out in November. You will want to see these cuties, I can't stand it lol.

Shoppers: Saturday & Sunday: Spend Your Points event with the bonus redemption rate:
- 50,000 points = $100 (extra $15), or
- 95,000 points = $200 (extra $30).

*** All week: Beauty Bonus: Free gift with $75 purchase of cosmetics, skin care or fragrance
- Nivea, Live Clean skin care: 25% off
- Marcelle Moisture night cream, makeup remover: CAD9.99
- Masque Bar masks (3's): CAD7.99
- Revlon lip: CAD6.99; Bold Lacquer mascara: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Baby Lips, Great Lash mascara: CAD3.99; eyeliner: CAD8.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara, Intense eyeliner, Colour Riche lip: CAD5.99
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, Flamed Up eye, Clean makeup, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD6.99; Professional mascara, Perfect Point Plus eyeliner, Lip Perfection lip: CAD7.99
- Rimmel (selected): CAD4.99; Scandal Eyes Rockin' Curves mascara, Renew lip: 20% off
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Quo brushes: x15 points with $20 purchase
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.99
- Revlon nail polish, treatment: 2/CAD6.49; ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD6.99
- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Triple Shine, Insta-Dri nail polish: CAD4.99; Complete Salon nail polish, Salon Effects nail polish strips: CAD7.99

*** 30 Days of Beauty is on until September 14, with bonus point offers:
- 1,000 points with purchase of 2 Revlon nail products
- 1,500 points with purchase of 2 Almay Smart Shade or Intense I-Colour products
- 1,500 points with purchase of 2 Maybelline Baby Lips Crystals, Volume Express/ Colossal Pumped Up mascara or Dream Wonder Skin Liquid
- 1,500 points with purchase of Benefit They're Real liner
- 1,500 points with purchase of 2 Essie nail products
- 1,500 points with purchase of 2 Revlon ColorStay or PhotoReady face makeup products
- 2,000 points with purchase of 2 L'Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks, True Match foundation or Magic Perfecting Base products
- 2,000 points with purchase of 2 CoverGirl products
- 2,000 points with purchase of any Pur Minerals product
- 3,000 points with purchase of Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara or Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick
- 3,500 points with purchase of any participating Stila Stay all Day products or Magnificent Metal Foil Finish eyeshadow
- 4,000 points with purchase of any Neostrata Glycolic Renewal smoothing cream or lotion
- 5,000 points when you spend $50 or more on Lise Watier colour cosmetics
- 8,000 points with purchase of any Biotherm Blue Therapy or Skin Best product
- 8,000 points with purchase of any Lacoste, Gucci, Juicy Couture fragrance, Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere or Justin Bieber Collector's edition
- 8,000 points with purchase of 2 Vichy Normaderm products
- 8,000 points with purchase of Clarins Double serum or any anti-aging day cream
- 10,000 points with purchase of Clinique Smart Custom-Repair serum (only until September 5)
- 15,000 points when you spend $175 or more on Lancome products
- 15,000 points when you spend $125 or more on Elizabeth Arden products
- x10 points with purchase of any Smashbox primer (only until August 29)
- x10 points with purchase of any Estee Lauder skin care product (only until September 5)
- x10 points with purchase of any Boot No7 product (only until September 5)
- x15 points when you spend $20 or more on Quo brushes (only until August 29)
- x15 points when you spend $20 or more on Gosh cosmetic products (only until September 5)
- x20 points with purchase of any participating Strivectin SD product
- x20 points with purchase of Physicians Formula Super BB kit.

There are daily offers during the 30 Days of Beauty event as well. I am noting some important deals, but please check site everyday for details:
- Today (August 22): Physicians Formula BOGO 1/2
- Saturday (August 23): Free gift with $75 purchase of cosmetics and/or fragrances
- Sunday (August 24): 4,000 points with purchase of any Bourjois mascara or lip product
- Monday (August 25): Vichy Normaderm 30% off
- Tuesday (August 26): CoverGirl foundation BOGO
- Thursday (August 28): x20 points with purchase of any Elizabeth Arden Prevage product
- Friday (August 29): nail polish BOGO 1/2
- Saturday (August 30): x20 points with $50 purchase
- Sunday (August 31): x20 points when you spend $50 on Stila products
- Monday (September 1): Almay BOGO
- Wednesday (September 3): Rimmel lipsticks BOGO
- Thursday (September 4): Revlon face makeup BOGO
- Saturday (September 6): Free gift with $30 Biotherm purchase
- Sunday (September 7): x20 points with Quo
- Monday (September 8): $10 gift card with $75 purchase on cosmetics and/or fragrances
- Tuesday (September 9): 8,000 points with purchase of Shiseido Ultimune
- Thursday (September 11): 10,000 points with purcahse of Clarins anti-aging skin care
- Sunday (September 14): 4,000 points with purchase of any Smashbox mascara.

Lawtons: Free $10 Timmy card with $50 purchase until Sunday. "Win free cosmetics for a year" contest is on for the whole month
- Crabtree & Evelyn Lily, Wisteria collection, Little Luxuries gift set: 50% off
- Marcelle Revival skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal: 40% off
- CoverGirl single blush, Professional mascara, Flamed Out eyeshadow: CAD4.49; Lip Perfection, Clean makeup: CAD7.99
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.99; Great Lash mascara, eyeliner: CAD4.49
- Milani, LA Colors, LA Girl: 20% off
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon, Insta-Dri nail polish: 20% off; Salon Effects nail polish strips: CAD8.95; Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD10.95
- EcoTools makeup brushes, accessories: 30% off.

Walmart:
- Biore skin care bonus pack: CAD7.97
- CoverGirl Bombshell Volume mascara, Outlast lip: CAD8.44
- Rimmel Natural bronzer: 2/CAD10 or CAD5.98 - 6.98 each
- Sally Hansen Big top coat: CAD6.97.

Target: $10 gift card with $50 purchase until Sunday
- Clean & Clear skin care (selected): CAD6.39
- L'Oreal skin care (selected): CAD29.99, free $5 gift card with purchase
- Maybelline (selected): 25% off
- CoverGirl (selected): CAD5.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish: CAD5.99.

Superstore:
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD4.97 ($2 off)
- L'Oreal Voluminous Manga, Million/ Excess Lashes mascara: CAD6.97 ($3 off); True Match: CAD10.97 ($1 off)
- Revlon ColorBurst: CAD4.97 ($4 off)
- Rimmel BB cream: CAD5.97 ($4 off); Lasting Finish lipstick by Kate: CAD5.97 ($2 off)
- Essie: CAD7.97 ($2 off)
- Revlon nail art: CAD4.97 ($3 off).

Sally: Extra 50% off makeup clearance until Sunday.

The Body Shop: Buy 3 get 30% off, buy 4 get 40% off or buy 5 get 50% off, online only.

The 20% off on Moroccan Argan Oil products for LYB members (instead of the regular 10%) is still on.

The Bay: 6 free samples with any beauty order, online only, for limited time. Illamasqua 25% off is still going on.

Makeup Revolution: Free Go to Heaven or Go to Hell palette (reg. £6.49) with £20 orders until Tuesday. No code needed, just add the palette to your cart.

I am waiting for my order with previous free shipping promo. Did any of you guys order?

Make Up Academy (MUA): I Heart Summer promotions
- B2G1F lip products until August 31, no code needed
- Free Shimmer Kiss blush with every order until August 25, just add it to your cart.

Flat rate international shipping is £7.50, but they are temporarily not shipping to the US. I don't think the fact that MUA coming to CVS is the reason, cause the product line there is completely different.

La Senza: Free glitter clutch with lip gloss and panty ($29.50 value) with $60 purchase, in store only. While supplies last.

ebates Canada: Back to School Double cash back
- Amazon.ca: up to 2%
- Walmart: up to 4%
- Old Navy, American Eagle, Joe Fresh, Roots, Globo, The Source, HP, Dell: 4%
- Sears, Newegg: up to 5%
- Browns, Bench, Buffalo David Bitton, Canada Post: 5%
- Groupon, aerie, Ardene, Macy's, Living Social: 6%
- Shop.ca, GAP, Mexx, BOGS: 7%
- Expedia.ca: up to 8%
- Aldo, Sephora, Teavana, Ray-Ban: 8%
- Microsoft: up to 10%
- Lenovo, The Body Shop, Hatley: 10%
- Allposters.com, Buytopia: 12%
- Garage: 15%
- Sticker You: 18% off
- McAfee: 25%
- Proactiv, Wen: 32%, etc.

As always, my link is on the left side bar if you need it.  

8/21/2014

I love ...

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Well I do a lot of things but we are talking about a different kind of love today.

You must have seen this lovely bath and body UK brand "I love... Cosmetics" in stores before, especially during the holiday. I didn't venture out to try anything from the brand before until I was sent these two items, happened to be in the pink/ red theme :)

Glad to know that I love... formula is skin friendly, paraben free, with natural additives and fruity scents.

Again, scents are subjective, some appeal more to one person than the next. I always suggest a sniff test before you haul scented products for that reason.

So how are these products and their scents?

This Strawberries & Cream bubble bath/ shower creme is deliciously looking and smelling :)

The product, soap free and pH balanced, is supposed to have have a skin softening vitamin complex and natural strawberry extract. The brand's EU website has a scent meter for each product - from 1 as mild to 11 as wild, and Strawberries & Cream ranges at 8.7.

I normally prefer fruity scents that are less sweet than strawberry, but this scent is nice for a shower. If you prefer using this product for a bath, pour it under running water to create bubbles instead.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Glycol Distearate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Laureth-4, PEG-150 Distearate, Trisodium Sulfosuccinate, Benzophenone-4, Disodium Edta, etc.

Paraben free, the bubble bath/ shower creme has 16.9oz/ 500ml in the bottle, retails $9.99.

Next is the Raspberry & Blackberry body butter, formulated with coconut oil and shea butter.

The moisturizing effect and texture are great but surprisingly, both Squirt and I did not like this scent better than Strawberries & Cream even when its scent meter is at 8.3, slightly lighter. We ended up using this body butter for the feet before bed, and it works well for that :)

Ingredients: Water, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride , Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Fragrance, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carbomer, Butyrespermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, etc.

The jar has 6.9oz/ 200ml of product, $9.99.

I love... is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. For scents available (these two and Coconut & Cream, Mango & Papaya, etc.), you can refer to Farleyco website.

8/20/2014

Tatcha Ritual Discovery kit

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has been two years since I reviewed Tatcha skin care products on the blog. The brand reached out to me again with their updated Ritual Discovery kit (reg. $59). I was glad to reunite with products I enjoyed using.

Just like the quality of their products, Tatcha is known for the artful packaging. The kit arrived in this beautiful paper box with glass bottles and gold caps, great improvement right here.

The 4-step skin care ritual still remains the same, I wouldn't ask for anything more.

Step 1: PURE - One Step Camellia cleansing oil, 25ml.

I won't repeat things that I had mentioned in the original review about the products. Just thought Tatcha was quite a pioneer in offering cleansing oil at the time.

By now, oils have become a popular choice to remove makeup as they are quick and easy to use, effective too. This Camellia cleansing oil feels luxurious (again) on application and works well for the purpose. I did not test it on the eyes, so I can't comment on that.

Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/ Eicosadioate, Water, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol.

Step 2: POLISHED - Rice Enzyme powder, 14 x 0.04oz/ 1g packets.

The kit this time has once choice of the powder ("Classic", with crushed pearls to condition the normal skin), vs. 3 of each type ("Gentle", "Classic" and "Deep") in the original kit. I like the new option better, needless to say.

And the powder remains the star of the kit. I am still amazed of how it works. and how well it exfoliates my skin without being harsh. For my face, 1 packet is good for at least 2 uses, which means the kit would last longer than 2 weeks for me, yay! :) Great for travel too.

Ingredients for "Classic": Talc, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Polyethylene, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Papain (Papaya Extract), Dextrin, Red Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (Pearl) Protein, Phenoxyethanol.

Step 3: RADIANT - Deep Brightening serum, 10ml.

I think I am quite lucky in the serum department. Most of the ones that I tried work well for me, absorb quickly and pair well with my moisturizer. This time is not an exception.

What need to say here is it is one of the most fast absorbed serums in my stash without not much of rubbing. I don't put too much hope in the brightening department though.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane (Olive Origin), Isocetyl Stearate, Inositol (Rice Extract), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Isostearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sericin (Silk Extract), Arginine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, etc.

Step 4: SUPPLE - Moisture Rich Silk cream, 10ml.

Another luxurious item that works well for my aging skin, as it was intended to. If you are in your 20's, I don't think you need this cream just yet :)

I have to treasure this little jar and make it last, like youth in a bottle lol.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isocetyl Stearate, Squalane (Olive Origin), Inositol (Rice Extract), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin (Soy Origin), Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Batyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Arginine, etc.

The kit is also available for Oily skin (with "Deep" powder), Sensitive skin (with "Gentle" powder) and Dry skin (with "Gentle" powder and AGELESS - Enriching Renewal cream instead of SUPPLE).

If you are around my age and haven't tried Tatcha, I would definitely recommend it. For more information about the website and shipping, please refer to the original review.

8/19/2014

The Body Shop hand creams

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It was quite a moment I had with these little cuties when they arrived in my mail box. The Body Shop Core hand creams would make one of the best hand bag companions you would need all year round!

Not just the look with cute and vibrant labels, these hand creams are infused with Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana.

With a light weight gel cream texture, they absorb quick and feel very light on the skin, almost as light as water. If you are on the go, there is no wait time for the hand creams to dry at all. You are all set!

I use hand creams like my life depends on them (well, it almost does), so I know a good hand cream when I see it!

On the top is the Honeymania hand cream, with Community Fair Trade honey from Ethiopia.

Ingredients: Water (solvent/diluent), Glycerin (humectant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient), Honey (natural additive), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Polyacrylate (film former/viscosity increasing agent), Cetyl Alcohol (emulsifier), Fragrance, etc.

On the bottom is the Mango hand cream, with mango seed oil from India.

Ingredients: Water (solvent/diluent), Glycerin (humectant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (skin conditioning agent - occlusive), Fragrance, Sodium Polyacrylate (film former/viscosity increasing agent), Cetyl Alcohol (emulsifier), etc.

I do not notice a difference in the texture and effect of the two tubes, other than the scent. Honeymania is more subtle, and Mango is nice and sweet.

The hand creams are also available in Strawberry, Satsuma, Pink Grapefruit, Coconut, Shea and Moringa (my next possible purchase). Your pick!

Designed to be travel friendly, the tubes are 10z/ 30ml, $10 each. Stock up during a sale and your hands will be happy, unless you are scent sensitive (I'm sorry).

8/18/2014

NOTD: Revlon Moonlit Woods

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I am (kinda) back :) A week of whirlwinds of emotions settled me on the couch almost every night. I do have lots of blog about but couldn't bring myself around to take pictures, etc.

So here we are starting the week light with a NOTD. This beautiful blue-based lilac shade is Revlon Parfumerie in Moonlit Woods.

Intended to do just a sheer base, I only did one coat of Moonlit Woods, and it was perfect. Can't say that it smelled like the woods but was still fun anyway.

I am grateful for scented nail polish, just like glitters and textures, as they bring something new and refreshing when I am tired of creams. Not that there's anything wrong with creams, as some creams are just equally fantastic, but when I am down, I tend to go that extra mile to layer.

That extra star for this mani was Quo by Orly Mind, with a sheer pink tinted base that houses chunky pink glitters and micro teal glitters. It did alter the colour of Moonlit Woods a little, leaning more pink than lilac, and the glitters are toned down with that base, both of which I didn't have a problem with.

Here is Quo by Orly Mind in the bottle, if you are curious about it. I am so glad that Quo did not take the curled glitter direction, as the chunky glitters in Mind are flat.

I can't deal with curled glitters that one time I had them on my nails. I either constantly tried to flatten them or peel them off. No offense to those who like them, it's just not my cup of tea.

Anyway, this has been one of the most subtle manis I have done on the blog, not very me but I did wear it for a few days :)

Hope everyone has a good start of the week!