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4/18/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Happy super long weekend! A heads up: P&G semi-annual beauty event at Superstore starts soon (April 25 - May 11). No details at this point yet, so stay tuned. Also, DSW has bought almost half of Town Shoes and therefore will be coming to Canada next year. Oh yeah, more shoes for me :)


Shoppers: No printed promo for the weekend. I get a redeem points and get points back" offer in my email. If you have an account on their website, I believe you'd get a personalized offer.
*** Saturday & Sunday: Garnier skin care: 30% off (rest of the week: 20% off)
*** All week:
- No7/ Olay skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal/ Neostrata skin care: 30% off
- Neutrogena sun care: 30% off
- Vaseline spray body lotion: CAD4.99
- Jergens Natural Glow skin care: CAD7.99
- Blistex lip care: 20% off
- Pantene hair care: CAD3.88 (excludes Premium)
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise hair care: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD5.99
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara: CAD5.99
- Maybelline MasterDuo liquid liner, Volume Express mascara: 20% off
- Quo Total Package portfolio, Mother's Day brush set: CAD50; Lots of Lip gloss set: CAD20; Perfectly Prepped palette: CAD18
- Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips eye: CAD12.99
- Rimmel: 25% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche press-on nails, nail polish: 30% off
- Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish: CAD3.99; Salon Pro nail polish: 2/CAD12
- Sally Hansen nail art, Xtreme Wear nail polish: CAD3.99; I Heart Nail art pen, Complete Salon nail polish: 2/CAD12.

*** Optimum hot spots:
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios mineral sunscreen: 5,000 points
- Quo by Orly gel, nail polish: buy 2 get 2,500 points
- L'Oreal True Match: buy 2 get 2,000 points
- Revlon nail polish, Super Lustrous lip, ColorStay eyeshadow quad: buy 2 get 2,000 points; nail art, Sun/ Moon Candy nail polish: buy 2 get 1,000 points; Marchesa implements: buy 2 get 500 points
- L'Oreal Infallible Silkissisme eyeliner, Voluminous Butterfly mascara, Extraordinaire lip: x20 points
- John Frieda hair care: x20 points
- Quo makeup, lashes, implements, cosmetic bags: x15 points
- Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker gloss: x10 points
- Gosh eye: x10 points
- Fekkai hair care: x10 points.

*** Bonus Optimum points until May 2:
- 8,000 points with purchase of any Clinique women's fragrance.

Until May 17:
- 1,000 points with purchase of La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5.

Lawtons:
*** Friday & Saturday: $10 Sobeys/ Foodland or Lawtons gift card with $50 purchase, x2 Airmiles with $25 purchase or x10 miles with $65 purchase
- EoS lip balm: CAD2.29 (rest of the week: CAD3.49)
*** All week:
- Neostrata/ Cliniderm/ H2O skin care: 40% off
- Vichy/ La Roche-Posay skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Youth Code, Age Perfect skin care, Sublime Bronze: 25% off
- Olay Total/ Fresh Effects skin care: 25% off
- Nivea Visage Vital skin care: 25% off (bonus Airmiles); lip care: CAD1.99 (bonus miles)
- Marcelle makeup remover, New Age Precision skin care: 30% off
- L'Action/ Terractive mask: 50% off
- Fruits & Passion EDT: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Maybelline Kohl liner: CAD3.49; mascara: CAD6.99
- Maybelline face, lip: 20% off
- L'Oreal eyeshadow, liner, mascara: 20% off
- Revlon/ Almay face: 20% off
- Annabelle TwistUp/ Big Show lip: CAD7.99; Instaglam: CAD9.99
- Vasanti: 20% off, free single eyeshadow with $20 purchase
- NYX, Wet n Wild, Rimmel: 25% off
- LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off
- Maybeline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.49
- Revlon nail polish, beauty tools: 20% off
- Crabtree & Evelyn, Del Sol nail polish: CAD4.99
- Layla nail polish: 30% off
- Sally Hansen nail polish, treatment: 25% off
- Sinful Colors nail polish: CAD1.88
- Nicole by OPI/ Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD8.88
- OPI nail polish: CAD8.88
- Broadway/ Kiss nail: 20% off
- Red Carpet Manicure: 25% off
- Ardell lashses, accessories: 25% off.

Target:
- Revlon lip, nail: 2/CAD12, others (selected): 20% off
- Mrs. Meyer's: 20% off
- Burt's Bees/ Gud: 20% off.

Bath and Body Works:
- 3-wick candles: 2/CAD25.50, mini candles: 3/CAD10
- New Signature body care: B3G3F
- New hand soaps: 6/CAD28 or 3/CAD18
- Aromatherapy, True Blue Spa, C.O. Bigelow: B2G1F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: 3/CAD10
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/CAD20.50, wallflowers plugs: BOGO
- Scentportable holder: BOGO
- Room perfume (1.5oz): CAD6
- Aloha Straw Tote gift set: CAD35
- Gift sets: 25% off.

The Body Shop:
- Online: 40% off sitewide, 50% all body butters ($10), and $5 shipping with $50 orders
- In store: B3G3F or B2G1F, 2/$12 mini gift cubes (reg. $10).

Old Navy: Everything is on sale up to 50% off, online and in store until Monday. Eggs-tra special deals: Ts from $5, shirts and shorts from $12 for the whole family.

In store only:
- Saturday: dresses are $8 (reg. $24.94 - $29.94) until 1pm (local time) and up to 60% off
- Until Sunday: Double Super Cash - earn $20 with every $25 you spend, maximum $60 Super Cash. Redeem $10 for every $25 you spend between April 27 - May 3.

Ebates Canada: Spring Fashion Frenzy Double cash back event
- Beyond the Rack: 2%
- The Shopping Chanel: 3%
- Roots, American Eagle, J.Crew, Dynamite: 4%
- The Bay, Forever 21: 5%
- Club Monaco, Ardene, Garage, Madewell: 6%
- Buffalo David Bitton: 7%
- Aldo, Neiman Marcus, Asos: 8%
- Nordstrom: 8.5%
- TOMS: 10%,
- Shop.ca: 15%, etc.

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

4/17/2014

FOTD: Annabelle, RT & EcoTools

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This look was a lot of fun to do, as I was testing out many new products at once.

I used EcoTools Skin Perfecting brush with my tinted moisturizer (Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting moisturizer SPF15 in Light to Medium) and primer (Marcelle DD cream SPF25 in Medium to Dark).

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge works perfectly with CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation SPF20 in 957 Golden Tan, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes full coverage concealer in Neutral Medium and LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer in Pure Beige.

Also featuring Annabelle Spring products I have been wearing a lot of - TwistUp Retractable eyeshadow crayon in Taupe all over lids (no base), layered in the crease for intensity, and lip liner in Hot Pink.

Love it when I can use one tool for different products, save me bunch of time. And it feels great having so many Spring products on my face. Now the weather just needs to catch up with this makeup trend lol.

Other products used:
- Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin cream blush in #510 Raspberry
- Marcelle Xtension Plus + Pro Lash Growth Complex mascara in Black
- Avon SuperShock gel eye liner pencil in Plumful in the middle of lower lash line only
Copying this way of lining the eyes from a runway look I saw on twitter. The original work only placed a colourful dot on the lower lash line, instead of a whole line across
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Dark Brown.

It is dangerously sunny outside right now. I said "dangerously" as it was below 0 this morning when I left the house.

Easter egg hunts will be cold for lots of kids around here, but they probably wouldn't mind it. It's the parents standing around waiting who will be suffering this temperature :)

If you are not egg hunting this weekend, what will you be up to? Not used to this "extra long weekend" business at all, I don't know what to do with myself all of a sudden lol.

Sleeping in? Hunting for half price chocolate at Shoppers after Easter maybe? Online shopping is also always tempting, too easy to do and too hard to resist. I need a new hobby!

4/16/2014

Annabelle Spring makeup

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Marcelle and Annabelle had a 40% off sale on their sites last month, with free shipping. I certainly went and got a few things :)

I love Marcelle BB and DD creams, just completed the range by getting the CC cream SPF35 in Light to Medium, reg. $29.95. I won't be testing this just yet, still have others to finish first :)

From Anabelle, I picked up 2 items from the Spring release - a TwistUp Retractable eyeshadow crayon in Taupe and a lip liner in Hot Pink.

TwistUp eyeshadow crayons are brand new this season at Annabelle. Still the same concept as with the TwistUp lipstick crayons, these eyeshadow crayons is very easy and convenient to use. They last all day on me without any creasing. Even the swatch on my hand was hard to remove after it set :)

You all know I love and rave about Annabelle Smoothies eyeshadow pencils a lot. TwistUp eyeshadow crayons are a step-up in terms of product design. I cringe every time I have to sharpen the Smoothies, seeing the product just wasting away.

Formula wise, TwistUp eyeshadow crayons are lighter (but buildable) in both colour (cue: pastels) and texture, with more shine compared to Smoothies. I like both lines, and use them for different looks and purposes.

Taupe is a great shade to start. It is creamy, dreamy and very appropriate for neutral looks, as a base or by itself - as a lid colour, layered in the crease for depth. Very versatile! Stay tuned for a look.

The line has 5 other shades to choose from: Pearl, Pink, Gold, Plum and Indigo, $9.95 for 0.04oz/ 1.4g each (vs. $8.95, 0.05oz/ 1.6g in Smoothies).

Annabelle has lip liners since forever, but Hot Pink is a new shade for this Spring. I notice a slightly sheer formula with this particular shade , but surprisingly, I don't mind it. A sheer hot pink looks quite natural on me, and once it fades, it becomes a neutral pink, just as pretty.

Also new to the lip liner line are Corail and Buff, $5.95 each (0.04oz/ 1.15g).

I am happy with both items I picked and have been wearing them together for work often. I am not happy with the weather tonight though - a wintry mix (a combination of freezing rain, ice pellets and snow)! It's the "wintry" part that I don't get, after temperature got up to 17/ 63F yesterday.

4/15/2014

EcoTools 2014

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Continuing the 2014 product coverage, today is for EcoTools' skin care line :)

This post is also about a brush and a sponge, but they are completely different from the Real Techniques 2014 items I reviewed yesterday:)

Note the fresh aqua packaging for the new line. The pouches now have a safety strap with the brand name printed on it, a clean look. Sleek and pretty!

This first item is well known since the day it was launched - Skin Perfecting brush, $9.99.

Following the theme at EcoTools, this brush has soft cruelty-free bristles, recycled aluminum ferrule and bamboo handle. The pouch is also made of natural materials.

Meant for BB/CC creams and tinted moisturizers, the compact brush head and the angled cut of the bristles works really well. The brush gets around the face quickly, especially around the nose and under the eyes. I like the natural finish it gives and am happy to have a brush to do the work with my tinted products instead of my fingers.

Worth noting that the brush did shed on me once during the testing period, I found 2 bits of white bristles on my face. Only that one time though, hmm...

The Pure Complexion facial sponge, $11.99, is an interesting product. This one is for washing your face, not for applying makeup :)

This is the Sensitive Skin version (white), handmade with Konjac vegetable fiber. Konjac is a renewable perennial root plant mostly comprised of starch, grows in warm climates like Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia. You might have heard of a similar sponge from boscia for over $20 :)

The half-egged sponge (rounded top, flat bottom) comes dry and rough, sealed tightly in a plastic wrap, with EcoTools' "e" logo etched on top. Size comparison with Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge below.

The sponge softens tremendously and enlarges a little after a few times squished under running water. It is very gentle for the face, good for daily use with a cleanser (to remove makeup at night) or just by itself with water (in the morning). Not much exfoliation to it, but you can use it with a scrub.

The sponge is easy to wash with water after use, even with the makeup residue transferred to its surface. Laying flat on a surface, it takes a full day or more to air dry and does not shrink back to its dry size.

Ultimately, this sponge is a good cleansing gadget for your face. The brand suggests to replace it every 1-3 months though, so it might become pricy after a while. I also think a drying "rack" to help water drain out from underneath the sponge would help it dry faster.

There is also a Deep Cleansing version of this sponge (grey). Both versions are fragrance free, with packaging made from post-consumer recycled paper.

Also new this year from EcoTools are the Eye Enhancing Duo brushes (Shade & Define, and Blend & Smudge) $9.99 and EcoPouf delicate sponge $2.99. Check them out next time you are near a display.

4/14/2014

Real Techniques 2014

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

You might have heard a lot about Real Techniques new products for 2014, and they finally hit Canadian market!

A PR package arrived at SB HQ with two of the most anticipated items - the Miracle Complexion sponge and the Silicone eyeliner brush. Excitement overload!

I am happy to see Nic has joined Sam to develop this new line of products for Real Techniques (their picture together is now on the packaging). The brand started out with Sam's pure efforts, and now with both the pixiwoo sisters, we can definitely expect more creative products like these.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge has been talked about so much everywhere we look :) And yes, it is a great product, with distinct features, to create a flawless finish with your foundation and/or concealer.

Here it is nestled comfortable in the plastic cradle that comes with the packaging.

Like most of its predecessors, this orange sponge has rounded sides for large areas of the face and precision tip for blemishes and imperfections. And we have seen these features work so well in the past.

What sets the sponge apart is the flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose.

For comparison, the Beauty Blender sponge (CAD26 or 2/CAD34) does not have the flat edge and the Sephora Sculptor sponge (CAD16) does not have the precision tip.

We have seen how well those flat top kabuki brushes do. I have taken full advantage of the flat edge in this sponge and have no doubt it would earn itself a HG status too.

When I see how fluffy and big Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge became when wet, I couldn't help getting my Beauty Blender wet to compare the size. So here they are side by side, both wet.

Real Techniques sponge is slightly longer and less rounded, easier to hold, in my opinion.

And needless to say, with a $9.99 price tag, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is easily a must have for lots of us. The Beauty Blender is great in its own right, just not as budget friendly.

Another product that peaked people's interest when it came out in the US is Real Techniques Silicone eyeliner brush, $8.99.

Sam and Nic's intention for this brush is smooth and precise application with liquid or cream eyeliner. The silicone bristles grab the product well but requires more of it than with a regular liner brush. Cleaning afterward is a breeze though, simply a swipe of a makeup wipe would do.

Application is, however, not as easy as it looks, at least to me.

Sam's tip (printed on the box) is to apply product to the length of the brush instead of the tip, angle the brush sideways (parallel to the eye line) to apply product.

That makes sense, as the tip is very fine and pointed. But even with using the side, I could not manage to make sharp lines with this brush. Maybe it is my poor skill with eyeliners, but the bristles are just not firm enough for me to have any control over them.

Proof in the swatches here. Real Techniques Silicone eyeliner brush on the left and a regular angled liner brush in the middle with the same gel liner, in comparison with Milani Eye Tech Extreme liquid eyeliner in Blackest Black on the right.

I would say if you are a master in handling liner brushes, this would be a fun brush to try. If you are new to lining your eyes, I would stick with a liquid liner or the traditional liner brushes.

Also new at Real Techniques in 2014 are Retractable bronzer brush $19.99, Retractable kabuki brush $12.99 and Retractable lip brush $8.99.

Real Techniques is available at Lawtons, London Drugs, Walmart, selected Pharmasale and Familiprix and online at Farleyco.

4/11/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers: Spend your Points event on Saturday and Sunday
- 38,000 points = $70 (extra $10)
- 50,000 points = $100 (extra $15) or
- 95,000 points = $200 (extra $30).

*** The flyer this week is only good until Thursday instead of Friday
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.99; Color Sensational lip, Volume Express mascara: CAD6.99; Elixir, Fit Me: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara: CAD6.99; Smoochies: 2/CAD9.99 or CAD6.99 each; Outlast lip, Advanced Radiance, True Blend: CAD12.99
- Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting makeup: 30% off
- Annabelle eye: CAD7.99
- Almay Smart Shade: 30% off
- Physicians Formula bronzer: 30% off
- Rimmel (selected items): CAD5.99
- L'Oreal facial moisturizer: CAD24.99
- Olay Total Effects, Regenerist, Age Defying skin care: 20% off
- Neutrogena acne/ Garnier facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- Neostrata anti-aging skin care: 20% off
- Bioderma/ RoC skin care: 20% off
- Life Brand/ Balea hair removal, skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal Ever, Elnett / John Frieda hair care: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise/ Vidal Sassoon hair care: CAD3.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.99
- Revlon nail polish: CAD3.99
- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish: CAD4.99
- Rimmel Salon Pro nail polish: CAD5.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish, Salon Effect nail polish strips, treatment: CAD8.99
- Quo by Orly Gels starter kit, LED lamp: 20% off
- Ceramic Glaze/ Nails Inc nail polish: CAD10.99.

*** Optimum hot spots: x20 points
- Strivectin/ Avene/ Burt's Bees skin care
- Quo by Orly nail polish, treatment
- Revlon by Marchesa implements
- Nexxus/ Marc Anthony Salon Expert hair care
- Solutions hair appliances
- Sonicare power toothbrush
- Bella jewelry, etc.

*** Bonus Optimum points, until April 18:
- x10 points with purchase of any Nexxus Youth Renewal product
- x10 points with purchase of any participating Luster product
- 1,000 points with purchase of 2 participating Listerine products
- 500 points with purchase of 2 participating Pro-Namel products.

Until May 17:
- 1,000 points with purchase of La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5.

Lawtons: Tuesday to Thursday: Free $10 Sobeys/ Foodland or $10 Lawtons gift card with $50 purchase
- CoverGirl: 40% off
- Cargo: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Annabelle/ Marcelle/ NYX/ Revlon/ Almay/ Real Techniques/ EcoTools/ Styli-Style/ H2O/ Vasanti/ Milani/ Layla/ Kiss/ Broadway/ Ardell/ Seche: bonus miles
- Vichy/ La Roche-Posay skin care: 20% off (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Sublime cleansing products: CAD7.99
- Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair skin care: CAD18.99; Deep Clean: 20% off
- Eucerin skin care: 20% off
- Organix hair care: 20% off
- EoS lip balm: CAD2.99.

Walmart:
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD5.96
- Maybelline Mega Plush Velvet mascara: CAD6.96; Baby Skin Pore eraser: CAD8.96
- Pond's cold cream, towelettes (2-pack): CAD6.76
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise: CAD3.92.

Superstore:
- Maybeline khol liner: CAD3; Volume Express mascara: CAD5.97; Baby Skin Pore eraser, Elixir: CAD7.97
- CoverGirl Clean Whipped creme foundation: CAD5.97; Lash Blast mascara, Perfect Point liner: CAD6.97; TruBlend: CAD10.97
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD6.97; Infallible Superliner Silkissimo eyeliner: CAD7.97; True Match: CAD10.97
- Joe Fresh Long Wear lipstick, tinted lip balm: CAD7
- Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick, Colour Rush lip balm: CAD4.98
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear CC mascara: CAD9.47; Powder Super CC+: CAD11.97; Super BB kit: CAD12.97
- Maybeline Color Show nail polish: CAD3
- CoverGirl Outlast nail polish: CAD4.97
- Sally Hansen Triple Shine, Satin Glam, Sugar Shimmer: CAD5.97
- Nicole by OPI, Essie nail polish: CAD8.97
- L'Oreal Gel Lacquer colour: CAD7.97; Gel Lacquer base/ top coat kit: CAD12.97

Target:
- Maybelline (selected items): CAD3.99; Volume Express mascara: CAD4.99
- CoverGirl (selected items): 3/CAD12; other selected items: CAD5.99
- Pixi shea lip butter: CAD7; others: 10% off
- L'Oreal skin care: CAD7.99 - CAD33.99, free $5 Target gift card when you buy 2
- L'Oreal hair care: free $5 Target gift card when you buy3
- Pantene hair care: free $5 Target gift card when you buy 2
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish: 2/CAD7.

Sephora: Last day of VIB and VIB Rouge sale today, if you haven't got your stuff already.

The Bay: Lancome GWP of $35 or more until May 4. The 8-piece gift values up to $190, includes: your choice of serum, skin care duo, makeup shades and cosmetic bag, plus a mascara and eye makeup remover.

With any Lancome purchase of $95 or more, you'll get an additional full sized Nutrix Royal body lotion.

Until Sunday, with a Lancome purchase of $75 or more using Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard, you'll get a $20 saving card, redeemable on your next purchase of $100 or more (excluding cosmetics/ fragrances) with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard until April 20.

Bay Days are on now with sales across departments. Follow the link for info on discounts.

Bath and Body Works:
- 3-wick candles: 2/CAD25.50, mini candles: 3/CAD10
- Signature body care: B3G3F
- New hand soaps: 6/CAD28 or 3/CAD18
- Aromatherapy, True Blue Spa, C.O. Bigelow: B2G1F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: 3/CAD10
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/CAD20.50, wallflowers plugs: BOGO
- Scentportable holder: BOGO
- Room perfume (1.5oz): CAD6
- Aloha Straw Tote gift set: CAD35.

The Body Shop: Double discount (20%) and x2 points for LYB members until Sunday, in store and online.

Ongoing promotions: B2G1F or B1G1 50% off mix & match and 50% off hand cream ($10 now).

Ebates Canada: Spring Fashion Frenzy Double cash back event
- Beyond the Rack: 2%
- The Shopping Chanel: 3%
- GAP, Banana Republic, Roots, American Eagle: 4%
- Sears: up to 5%
- The Bay, Forever 21: 5%
- Club Monaco, Ardene, Garage, Dynamite, Macy's, Madewell: 6%
- Kate Spade, BUffalo David Bitton, Mexx: 7%
- Aldo, Neiman Marcus, Le Chateau, Asos: 8%
- Nordstrom: 8.5%
- TOMS: 10%, etc.

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

4/10/2014

NOTD: Maybelline Lavish Lilac

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Omg, I was out of town for a few days and the blog was neglected. There was just not enough time in a day, unfortunately. I did have some great time hanging out with friends and enjoy the sunny (and rainy at times) Toronto :)

This mani is special, at least to me, as I wore it twice in a row. This does not happen often, you know me. It is Maybelline Color Show in Lavish Lilac from the Brocades collection.

When the Brocades came out, I was too busy gushing over Gilded Rose and overlooked this purple beauty. I'm glad I bought more than just one shade.

The metallic sheen theme holds true with almost all shades, so it all boils down to the glitter and base colour combinations. And Lavish Lilac does it for me.

This is two coats of Lavish Lilac, no base. I am super happy with the base colours (lilac and gold shimmers) and the pigmentation.

The darker purple glitters are dense enough that I can just apply the polish as usual, no fishing or dabbing needed. And they don't feel abrasive on the nails either.

The closeup shows you the complexity of this nail polish. Despite my description above, it has a lot more depth in different colours. You just have to put it on your nails to see its glory.

The only sad thing is I think this collection is Limited Edition, so it will be hard to come by, except for Gilded Rose making a comeback to the regular display. If you happen to come across the line, get at least a few to try. They are great!

How is your week so far? I can't complain after so much good food and fun I had, but it does feel like a super short week and I have so much to blog about still.

4/04/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers:
*** Saturday - Tuesday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
*** All week: Spend your points on fragrances: 65,000 points = $130
- Olay Total Effects skin care: CAD19.99
- Simple/ Olay Complete skin care: CAD9.99
- Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair moisturizer, Nivea skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal skin care: 30% off
- Garnier facial moisturizer: CAD15.99
- Jergen Natural Glow, BB body cream: 20% off
- Avene skin care: 20% off
- Neostrata Firmalift skin care: 20% off
- Vichy skin care treatment: 25% off; LiftActiv skin care: 20% off
- Aveeno/ Neutrogena sun care: 20% off
- Coppertone spray, dry oil: CAD7.99; sun care: CAD8.99
- Australian Gold sun care: CAD8.99
- L'Oreal Elnett hair spray (400ml), Eversleek styling: CAD12.99
- Revlon ColorBurst lacquer balm: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal True Match makeup, Telescopic eye, Infallible eyeliner/ lip: 30% off
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, Fit Me: 25% off
- Maybelline eyeliner, Dream makeup: CAD6.99
- CoverGirl Flamed Out eye, Wetslick lip: CAD5.99; eyeshadow, Lip Perfection: CAD7.99; Clean Whipped creme foundation, Professional loose powder: CAD8.99
- Rimmel eye/ lip: CAD4.99; selected makeup: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Triple Shine/ Diamond Strength/ Insta-Dri nail polish: CAD4.99; Gel polish starter kit, gel nail polish, treatment: 20% off
- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish: CAD5.99
- Revlon nail polish: CAD4.99; nail art: CAD7.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 3/CAD9 or CAD3.99 each
- Essie nail polish: CAD7.99
- Sensational starter kit, gel polish, nail product: 20% off.

*** Bonus Optimum points, until April 18:
- x10 points with purchase of any Nexxus Youth Renewal product
- x10 points with purchase of any participating Luster product
- 1,000 points with purchase of 2 participating Listerine products
- 500 points with purchase of 2 participating Pro-Namel products.

Until May 17:
- 1,000 points with purchase of La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5.

Lawtons: Free Cineplex movie pass with $50 purchase until Sunday
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick, lip liner, gloss: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal True Match: 25% off
- Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick, gloss, lip liner: CAD6.99
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.99
- Maybelline mascara: 25% off
- CoverGirl Simply Ageless: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Annabelle: 25% off
- CoverGirl single blush, Professional mascara, Flamed Out eyeshadow: CAD3.99
- LA Colors/ LA GIrl: 50% off
- Mistura lip: 50% off
- Vichy cleanser, toner: CAD12.99
- Vichy ProEven skin care, sun care: 20% off
- La Roche-Posay skin care: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Aveeno facial moisturizer, cleanser: 25% off
- Garnier Clean+: CAD6.99
- Live Clean liquid hand soap/ body wash/ baby products: BOGO
- Herbacin hand cream: BOGO
- EcoTools brushes, accessories: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Revlon nail polish, beauty tool: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.99
- CoverGirl Outlast nail polish: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal nail product: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish: CAD5.99
- Wet n Wild nail polish: 20% off
- OPI nail polish: CAD8.99
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD8.99
- Red Carpet Manicure LED: 25% off.

Walmart: For every P&G product you buy in store or online in April, P&G will donate 1 day of clean drinking water (2 cents) to the Children's Safe Drinking Water Fund
- CoverGirl Clean liquid/ whipped creme foundation, pressed powder: CAD5.97; Clump Crusher/ Lash Blast Volume/ Fusion mascara, Liquiline Blast eyeliner: CAD6.97
- Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Volume Express mascara: CAD6.96
- Olay Fresh Effects skin care: CAD6.97.

Target:
- CoverGirl (selected items): CAD6.99
- Revlon/ Almay (selected items): CAD5.99
- L'Oreal (selected items): 20% off
- Olay Regenerist moisturizer: CAD28.49
- L'Oreal Elnett hair spry: CAD9.99
- Sally Hansen Diamond Strength nail polish: CAD3.99; Complete Salon nail polish: CAD6.99.

Sephora: So they decided to include VIBs and IBs in this sale, with shorter time frame to shop than it was for VIB Rouges.

So, here's how it goes for 15% off:
- VIB Rouges: "ROUGETICKET" until April 11
- VIBs: "VIBTICKET" until April 11
- IBs: "TICKET" until April 10.

I assume you will receive an email to print out for in store. Hope you all can get your lemmings in on time :)

Sally: BOGO hair care (excluding hair colour) until Sunday, limit 3 per customer.

*** B2G1F all month of April
- Nail polish and soak-off gel polish: mix & match, excluding OPI and polish kits
- One 'n Only Argan Oil hair care
- Ardell/ Andrea lashes & adhesive.
Free Retro Resort tote with $45 purchase.

The Bay: F&F sale is on until Sunday
- Extra 20% off almost anything with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard (or 15% with other tenders)
- Extra 10% off furniture, mattresses, appliances, etc. with any tender.

Exclusions apply, including beauty products.

Clarins GWP of 2 products, one of which is skin care until April 22. The 5-piece gift, values up to $195, is customized to your needs. With a purchase of 1 additional skin care product, you receive the Eye Revive Beauty Flash (20ml).

In store only, when you book a complimentary 15-minute personalized eye treatment, you'll receive an Instant Eye makeup remover (30ml).

A bonus gift until Saturday: Hand and Nail treatment cream (30ml).

Until Sunday, with a Clarins purchase of $75 or more using Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard, you'll get a $20 saving card, redeemable on your next purchase of $100 or more (excluding cosmetics/ fragrances) with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard until April 22.

Marcelle/ Annabelle: If you live in the area, the Spring warehouse sale starts today, going on until Sunday, then starts again the weekend after (April 11 - 13).

Clinique Canada: Free shipping (no minimum) all month of April.

The Body Shop:
- 40% off sitewide, and free shipping with $50 orders
- B3G3F or B2G1F in store, with exclusions.

The Vitamin E serum in oil is still $10 off for LYB members (code "LOVEYOURBODY10" online).

Bath and Body Works:
- 3-wick candles: 2/CAD34, mini candles: 3/CAD10, Mason jar candles: 2/CAD18
- Signature body care: B3G4F
- New hand soaps: CAD3.50
- Aromatherapy, True Blue Spa, C.O. Bigelow: B2G1F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: 3/CAD10
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/CAD20.50, wallflowers plugs: BOGO
- Scentportable holder: BOGO
- Room perfume (1.5oz): CAD6.

La Senza: until Saturday, in store only, using this coupon
- 40% off $100 purchase
- 30% off $75 purchase
- 20% off $50 purchase
on regular price merchandise only. I did get 40% off with items on special (like BOGO1/2) before, guess they change the terms now.

Ebates Canada: Sports & Outdoor Double cash back event
- ebay: 2%
- The Shopping Chanel: 3%
- Walmart: up to 4%
- Home Depot, Roots: 4%
- Sears: up to 5%
- Sportchek: 6%, etc.

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

Beyond the Rack: The very first 2-day Super Sale in on this weekend, launches 4 times a day (9am, 12, 3 and 6pm ET)
- Saturday: Designer handbags, Michael Kors watches, clothing, jewelry, hair tools, bedding and rugs, etc.
- Sunday: Clothing and shoes, spa treatments, kitchen accessories, luggage, bedding and other clearance events.

If you haven't shopped on BTR recently, note that their shipping charges have changed. The $11.95 flat rate is replaced by base shipping rate, starting at $5.95.

3-day free shipping pass is still offered but again, only on base shipping. This means, depending on what you get after the first order, within those 3 days, you might be charged extra shipping. With my second and third orders, I was charged $1-2 per extra item.

My link is on the side bar :)

4/03/2014

NOTD: Orly Star Trooper

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I am lost for words, why did it take me so long to try Orly Galaxy FX line?

Well, I do know why (I have been knee-deep in glitters lol) but I still question myself for skipping on the line until I found some at Sally clearance sale.

First Galaxy FX shade I tried, Star Trooper, is everything and more! A black jelly with micro/ medium gold glitters and small/ medium white glitters, which glows on top of a dark base. Don't think I need to explain further lol.

I used a plum underneath here (LA Girl Rock Star in Party Animal) and was in love already. Don't know if I can stand the awesomeness if I use a dark navy base, the mani would look like starry night sky :)

Which base would you go for if you have Star Trooper? I need ideas as I'm sure I will reach for it again.

The bonus is, 2 coats on its own (see my thumb), Star Trooper looks equally pretty. The gold glitters show up more in this case and tint the clear base a little, which I appreciate.

Need I say more with the closeup? Don't think so :)

How are you all doing with the first week of April? I think it is harder to digest the fact that it is April because it does not look like Spring outside.

On the positive side, Spring/ Summer makeup are making their way to stores. I have seen some makeup I definitely want to check out, but surprisingly, it is not the case for nail polish.

Which collection are you looking forward to this Spring?

4/02/2014

FOTD: Cargo and Maybelline

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

A quick look I did a weekend or 2 ago while trying to chase the sun for some natural light, featuring the 2 Cargo products I reviewed yesterday.

Moreton Bay eyeshadow is on the eyes, over Maybelline Color Tattoo in Stroke of Midnight. I achieved the dark purple look I wanted.

On the cheeks is Ibiza Swimmables water resistant blush. It still looks cool toned on my cheeks the same way it did in the swatch (in the post linked above).

Still pretty impressed with the texture of the blush since the first time I tried it. Maybe this is why makeup is so much fun. Besides the colours, textures and finishes also enhance your imagination and curiosity. So, explore a little, don't stick with just one option. Just a thought :)

Other products I used:
- CoverGirl Clean whipped creme foundation in 320 Creamy Natural
-  Maybelline The Eraser Dark Spot concealer + treatment in Light/ Medium
- Maybelline Master Glaze blush stick in Barely Pink as a brow bone highlight
Didn't really work out very well, it looks bronze under my brows. Remains as a blush it would be lol
- Maybelline the Falsies Big Eyes mascara in Blackest Black
- Avon SuperShock gel eye liner pencil in Plumful on lower lash line
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Dark Brown
- Clinique Different lipstick in A Different Grape
This lipstick was from a GWP pack quite a while ago, dark and smooth as I wanted. I have to remind myself to use the GWPs, especially when I went nuts shopping to get them :)

A huge thank you to all of your constant support on the blog. Sparkled Beauty passed one million pageviews last night, a month before its fifth birthday!

Don't know if you remember, I started the blog on Squirt's birthday back in 2009 so that I always celebrate big for both my children every year :)

Last year, Squirt turned 10 with a big karaoke and dance party. This year, 5 is a big milestone for the blog, and I would have to match the level of excitement. Stay tuned for one of the biggest giveaways next month!

Looking back, I can't imagine my life without the blog now. Sure it takes lots of time to run, but it gives back too. It is my outlet when I need to relax or seek comfort. It is where I can just be me. Thank you for joining this journey through life (with beautiful sparkly things) with me :)