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9/16/2014

NYX Butter lipstick & glosses

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

These are not new in the beauty world by any means but new to SB stash - NYX Butter lipsticks and Butter glosses :)

NYX is still a brand that is hard to come by for us Canadians. Lawtons here carries a few shades of NYX Butter glosses but no signs of the lipsticks (yet). I had to haul these from the US.

I got 2 Butter lipsticks in BLS05 Hunk and BLS17 Pops, and 4 Butter glosses in BLG04 Merengue, BLG05 Creme Brulee, BLG08 Apple Strudel and BLG11 Maple Blondie.

Other than Hunk, none of these colours are my typical choice for lips at all, and they feel like Spring, not Fall. I am going against the flow here lol.

Here are the Butter lipsticks in Hunk and Pops in the tubes.

Love the colour indication right on the tube and a the clear area to show the colours inside (when the lid is closed). The bullets swivel all the way down, no nicking hazard.

So the (famous) Butter lipsticks has a satin texture and quite hydrating to me. Colour pigmentation is not as intense as I thought but good when layered. They last a few hours on me, and no scent detected.

Hunk is described as a blue violet, which I don't find accurate at all and Pops is a mauve that appears as a nude pink on me.

The lipsticks are 0.16oz/ 1.5g, reg. $6 each in the US. They are not bad, but for the price, Essence and NYC lipsticks would give them a run for their money, to be honest.

Now the butter glosses, from top to bottom:

Merengue is described as a pink lilac, pretty accurate.

Creme Brulee is a natural shade, doesn't show up much on me but I appreciate the shine.

Apple Strudel is meant to be a peach colour but appears so close to Creme Brulee, just a tad more pink on me.

And Maple Blondie, supposed to be a deep peach, is also a pink lol.

The claims stay quite true with these glosses: smooth, non sticky, sheer to medium coverage, taste like sugar cookies :) So, other than the colour similarity among the shades I chose, I enjoy these glosses as toppers for my lip liners or lipsticks. And that comes from someone who always prefer lipsticks than glosses.

The glosses have 0.27oz/ 8ml in the tube, reg. $5 in the US.

9/15/2014

The Body Shop new Fall products

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I received a few new products for Fall from The Body Shop to review for you. First, an InstaBlur Eye All-in-one tinted concealer + primer? Count me curious.

With Community Fair Trade marula oil and spherical powder for extra smoothing texture, InstaBlur Eye is meant to conceal under-eye dark circles, prime the surface and enhance the eyeshadow vibrancy.

Claim to have 12 hour shine control, extend makeup wear, hide blemish and make pores appear smoother, the product has a lot to prove.

I find InstaBlur Eye only conceals my dark circles lightly. Mind you, they are the consistent type of dark circles and it is a hard job to hide them. But with it on, my other concealers go on and stay on very well.

As an eye primer, it goes invisible after being spread out (the yellow tint does not stay, see a swatch below) and works well with my eyeshadows. The lids feel smooth, making eyeshadow blending a breeze. However, it stinks my eyes if applied near the inner corner, so be careful with application.

With my tube, the product comes out a little dry but I don't think it affects the quality. Just handle with care so it does not roll off your finger before going on your lid :)

Ingredients: Isododecane (solvent), Dimethicone (skin conditioning agent), Vinyldimethyl/ Trimethylsiloxysilicate Stearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (absorbent/ bulking agent), Silica (absorbent), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (emulsion stabilizer), Polymethyl Methacrylate (emollient), Isononyl Isononanoate (emollient), etc.

The tube is small (0.3oz/ 10ml), retails for $15, out now.

Also new this season is the Smoky 2 in 1 gel liner for eyes and brows in 01 Black.

With the same Community Fair Trade marula oil ingredient, and blended with ultra dark pigments, the liner sounds promising.

Now the product concept, including the built-in brush, is not new. And unfortunately for me, it does not stand out as a reliable product on its own.

The gel is soft enough to apply easily, quite dark and dries quickly. But it smudges (a few minutes in) and transfers (a few hours in) if not set with a powder eyeshadow. You'll see more in the FOTD post later.

I am not sure the product with this texture would work on the brows, thick and obvious on, so I did not test it for that purpose.

The jar is 0.06oz/ 2ml, sells for $15. Also available in Brown.

Lastly, the product that created quite an anticipation in me - Drops of Youth Eye concentrate.

I like the Drops of Youth serum, so I am game for this eye cream that is supposed to have smoothing effects on the appearance of bags and  lines with stem cell technology (from Edelweiss, a rare flower with resilience and potent renewal properties).

I do like the combination of a roller ball and a pump (on the other side of the tube from the ball) to discharge the product and the figure 8 application motion the brand suggests to stimulate blood flow to the area.

Other than wishing the plastic cover outside the ball a little smaller so it does not come into contact with my lid when I do not pay close attention doing the figure 8, I enjoy this eye cream for the ease of application, the cooling effect of the roller ball in the morning and how it keeps my eye area moisturized.

Note that I am still waiting for scientific proof that the vegetable stem cell technology works on human, but I won't discredit this product for what it does for me so far. The prize is up there with higher end eye cream though, for a small tube - $30 for 0.33oz/ 10ml ($5 off for LYB members right now).

Ingredients: Water (solvent), Polyethylene Terephthalate (film former), Acrylates Copolymer (stabiliser), Butylene Glycol (humectant), Pentylene Glycol (solvent), PVP (hair fixative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Polyurethane-11 (film former), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), etc.

In the swatches above, I spread out the InstaBlur Eye (left) to show you the texture. Smoky 2 in 1 gel liner (middle) was freshly applied, hence the top part was still drying. Drops of Youth Eye concentrate (right) shows its luminosity out of the tube, but that won't show on your lid.

9/12/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Inglot Toronto store now has the official opening date: September 20.

The Bay now carries Becca. Selection is pretty basic right now though compared to Sephora, hope it'll expand.

According to @HalifaxReTales, the UK's Primark is coming to the US (2015) and Canada (2017), and Yankee Candle is too in the next few years.

A not-so-good news but at least I save you the time trying to look for them: The new Rimmel matte Apocalips won't be coming to Canada. Boo!

Shoppers: Saturday only: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
*** Sunday & Monday: Revlon lipstick, Just Bitten Kissable balm stain: CAD5.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD6.99).

*** All week:
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise, Vidal Sassoon hair care: CAD3.99
- Herbal Essences, Aussie hair care: CAD2.79
- L'Oreal Ever, Marc Anthony, Gosh, Pantene hair care: CAD6.99
- Orgnx hair care, Neutrogena Anti-residue shampoo: CAD7.99
- Vichy Normaderm skin care: 25% off
- Marcelle New-Age Precision skin care: 20% off
- Garnier, Jamieson, Live Clean skin care: 25% off
- Nivea Aqua Effect skin care: CAD6.99
- Olay Total Effects, L'Oreal, Neutrogena Ageless facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Olay classic facial moisturizer: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal day cream, serum: CAD26.99
- L'Oreal, Olay facial cleanser: CAD7.99 (the pic includes L'Oreal Sublime Soft)
- Biore, Clean & Clear facial cleanser: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal eye, Colour Riche lip, Visible Lift makeup: 30% off; Infallible lip, True Match makeup: 20% off
- CoverGirl Smoochies, Flamed Up eye, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD5.99; Smoothers makeup: CAD7.99
- Maybelline Color Sensational, Elixir: CAD7.99; Baby Skin, Dream makeup: CAD8.99
- Annabelle Stay Sharp eye, lip liner: CAD9.99
- Rimmel (selected types): CAD4.99
- Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips: CAD12.99
- Almay liquid eyeliner, One Coat mascara, eye makeup remover: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish: CAD2.99; Insta-Dri, Triple Shine nail polish: CAD4.99
- Revlon classic nail polish: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: CAD5.99
- Elizabeth Arden GWP of $38 or more.

*** 30 Days of Beauty is on until Sunday, 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
- 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 Soap and Glory product (last day)
- x15 points when you spend $20 or more on Quo cosmetics (last day)
- x20 points with purchase of any participating Strivectin SD product
- x20 points with purchase of Physicians Formula Super BB kit.

Lawtons: Friday & Saturday: x2 Airmiles with $25 purchase or x10 Airmiles with $65 purchase
- Marcelle Essentials, Hydra-C skin care: 20% off
- Vichy Idealia skin care: 20% off
- H2O skin care: B2G1F
- Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift skin care: 25% off
- Niva Visage Essential: 25% off
- Goody hair care: 30% off
- Maybelline: 40% off (excluding Baby Lips: CAD3.99)
- Revlon lip: 40% off
- L'Oreal True Match: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Marcelle pressed/ loose powder, bronzer, blush: 20% off
- Annabelle eye, lip liner: 15% off
- Physicians Formula, Mistura: 35% off
- Styli-Style lip: 35% off
- LA Colors, LA Girl, ColorEvolution: 20% off
- Almay, Cargo, Layla: price drop
- Nicole by OPI nail polish, treatment: CAD7.49
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD7.88
- Real Techniques: 20% off
- EoS lip balm: CAD3.99.

Walmart: CoverGirl Clean foundation, pressed powder, Ready Set Gorgeous foundation: CAD5.97.

Target:
- CoverGirl (selected types): CAD6.99
- Maybelline: 20% off
- Rimmel (selected types): CAD4.99
- Garnier Skin Renew skin care: CAD13.99
- Burt's Bees: 20% off.

Superstore: The semi annual beauty event is on until October 2, deals are listed in the Pretty Brilliant flyer. I only mention a few main ones here
- Joe Fresh shimmer powder blush, Shine lipstick: CAD5 ($1 off)
- Joe Fresh 8hr waterproof eyeshadow stick, translucent loose powder: CAD6 ($2 off)
- Joe Fresh oil absorbing pressed powder: CAD8 ($10 off)
- L'Oreal Colour Riche balm: CAD5.97; Voluminous Miss Manga mascara: CAD6.97; Voluminous Butterfly mascara, Colour Riche Luminous ombre, Superline Mat Matic: CAD7.97; Visible Lift Blur, Magic Skin BB anti-fatique/ anti-redness: CAD12.97
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.97; Color Tattoo Leather, Mega Plush Volume Express, Colossal Pumped Up mascara: CAD5.97; Dream Fresh BB cream: CAD7.97; Baby Skin: CAD8.97; Dream Wonder powder, Master Kajal liner: CAD9.97
- CoverGirl Professional mascara: CAD4.99; Lip Perfection jumbo gloss balm, Ready Set Gorgeous foundation, Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara: CAD6.97; Bombshell Curvaceous mascara: CAD7.99
- CoverGirl + Olay the Depuffer: CAD10.99; Face Lift effect: CAD15.99
- Olay Total Effects CC cream: CAD19.98
- Revlon ColorBurst lacquer/ matte balm: CAD5.97; Bold Lacquer mascara: CAD6.97; ColorStay Skinny liner: CAD7.97; ColorStay 16hr eyeshadow, Moisture Stain; ColorStay Ultimate Suede: CAD8.97; Age Defying CC cream: CAD12.97
- Joe Fresh nail polish: 4/CAD10 or CAD4 each; Future Effects nail polish: 2/CAD10 or CAD6 each
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: 2/CAD8 or CAD5 each
- Maybelline Color Show Jewels & Gems nail polish: 2/CAD5 or CAD4 each
- Revlon classic nail polish: CAD3.97; ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD5.97.

Cherry Culture: 40% off everything in store on top of reduced prices until Sunday with code "FBI2014".

Sleek: Free shipping with £20, €30, $40 orders this weekend.

Bath and Body Works: 20% off coupon on their FB page, good until Sunday
- 3-wick candles: BOGO, Mason Jar candles: 2/CAD22, mini candles: 3CAD12 or 5/CAD18
- New Signature body care: B3G2F
- Select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- New hand soaps: 6/CAD28 or 3/CAD18
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/CAD20.50
- Scentportable holders/ refills: B4G2F
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F.

The Body Shop: B3G3F or B2G1F in store and online until Monday. Regular exclusions apply.

9/11/2014

NOTD: Joe Fresh Granite Glow

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If you haven't seen Joe Fresh Future Effects polishes (Fall 2014, $6 each), this is the first shade you might want to check out :)

Joe Fresh's very first (gentle) holographic nail polish - a charcoal called Granite Glow, 2 coats, first pic in the sun.

I like the shade enough, but "gentle holo" means it would look quite dull in the shade. I wish Joe Fresh could take an extra step to bring Granite Glow to the next level of holographic, to justify the price increase. I guess special effects cost more to make, but still, why stop half way, right?

The 2 pics below were with flash, I am glad to see the glow was still there.

And a closeup to show the rainbow in Granite Glow one more time :) To be fair, for $6, I can't complain, but if you are looking for a strong holo, this is not it.

The accent nail (and the bottle shot in this pic) is a test run of Joe Fresh Kaleidoscope, another shade from the Future Effects line.

Just a heads up, I would not recommend Kaleidoscope on its own. It is still sheer after three coats and turns a little goopy. But it is super pretty as a top coat, so don't dismiss it just yet. Stay tuned for more details on this shade :)

9/10/2014

Marcelle Ideal Skin perfector

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

You probably remember me mentioning that I was "living" in Marcelle BB and DD cream all summer, getting away with not wearing any moisturizer and primer.

Well, until Marcelle Ideal Skin perfector was sent over and took a spot in my morning routine :)

Described as a skin tone and texture daily corrector, Ideal Skin perfector is said to be the skin care version of BB cream. To me, BB creams is already the "makeup - skin care hybrid", so Ideal Skin perfector fits in as a primer, before I apply the BB/ CC/ DD cream or foundation.

The tube packaging works well with this type of product, and that little pink soft-touch tip is gentle enough that you can apply the product to the face directly from the tube.

Applied morning and/or night before your serum and/or moisturizer, the product is supposed to perfect and correct your skin tone, dark spots, pores and fine lines for an even complexion and a reduced look of discoloration, enlarged pores, fine lines.

Skin tone is definitely evened out with Ideal Skin perfector with each application. I only used it in the morning though, not at night, for this purpose. Fine lines and pores look slightly less visible but only for a short term and in combination of an eye cream. It will probably take months and constant usage to prove if the effect is long term.

Dark spots are another story, as you know they are persistent and hard to deal with. Can't say I notice a change on my dark spots with just this product on.

So, most Ideal Skin perfector's claims still need time to prove themselves, but it works well for me as a primer :) With it on, my BB and DD creams go on and blend so easily, save me time in the morning, and last longer. I'll keep using it this way, and if the skin care benefit comes into play, that's a bonus.

Here is Ideal Skin perfector (left), very similar in texture to Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting primer in 0 (middle), slightly thicker. Ingredients are not the same, FYI. Marcelle BB cream in Medium to Dark (right) is there mainly for my curiosity :)

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Xylitylglucoside, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Anhydroxylitol, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, etc.

Ideal Skin perfector is perfume, gluten and paraben free, recognized by Canadian Dermatology Association's Skin Health program, tested on women of various ages and ethnicities. The tube is 1oz/ 30ml, retails $24.95.

9/09/2014

Lise Watier 24hrs Glam eyeshadows

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Was gonna make you guys guess what these beautiful pencils are (feel free to click to enlarge the pic), but the post tittle gave it away. So, Lise Watier 24rs Glam eyeshadows take the spot light today! :)

Heads up: The tone of this post is going to be a little dramatic, but I think these eyeshadows deserve that.

Spoiler: I was caught off guard at Lise Watier Feline collection (Fall 2014) at Shoppers, and then that surprise turned into love within 10 minutes at the counter.

Ready to dive in with me? :)

I knew the Feline collection has an eyeshadow quad that got quite a bit of raves on blogs, but hardly anyone mentioned these eyeshadows.

What they are: The 24hrs Glam eyeshadows are retractable eyeshadow sticks that are "waterproof, no transfer and very long lasting". Can be used as eyeshadows, liners (not recommended inside the eyes) or bases for other eyeshadows. Paraben free.

Verdict: A few swatches later, and I added 3 to my basket. They went on smoothly like butter, dried very fast and did not smudge once set. What's even better: the swatches did not come off with a makeup wipe and some rubbing action, only did with a makeup remover.

Bonus: Colour indication at the end of the tube (true to the colour inside, down to the glitter sheen) that hides a built-in sharpener.

Another heads up: All have fine glitters either in matching colour family - Bronze Glam (golden bronze with gold glitters) and Disco Glam (purple with pink glitters) or contrast tones - Midnight Glam (black with teal glitters). They do not feel gritty on nor bother my eyes.

Are you sold at this point, lol? Stock was already running low on certain shades, so if you want some, hurry on!

Here they are again, Bronze Glam, Disco Glam and Midnight Glam, 0.05oz/ 1.4g, $22 each.

Due to the pointed tip, the shades would need some back and forth swipes to make good coverage as eyeshadows or bases. And since they dry fast, blending work has to be done quickly. As liners, they are perfect as is.

Bronze Glam turns out to be closer to my lid colour than I thought, so go for Champagne Glam (light beige) or Satin Glam (beige with pink sheen) if you have medium/ olive skin tone like me.

I hope Lise Watier looks into making these in matte finish so they can make better bases. The price tag might hurt a little, but for the staying power, I won't complain.

9/08/2014

Makeup Revolution haul

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Hey, first week of September and Edmonton got snow! Aren't you jealous with us Canadians lol?

Makeup is more fun to talk about. I finally pulled a Makeup Revolution order when they had free shipping. They shipped it out the day after, and it took a bit over 2 weeks to get to me. Here's what I got.

I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts triple baked blusher in Candy Queen of Hearts, £4.99 (10g).

I don't own any of the Too Faced Sweethearts blushes, so a Blushing Hearts one would fill that void.

The cardboard box feels quite sturdy. The 2 shades on the outside seem to have more of a sheen than the one in the middle.

I like the colour combination in this bush, but wish the darker pink switches to the right so I have more of it.

Next, an Ultra Blush and Contour palette in Sugar and Spice, £6 (13g).

A sleek black case to house 8 blushes, bronzers and highlighters, with a big mirror under the lid, great value for the money.

The light pink highlighter (upper right corner) is very shimmery, I don't think I would use it for that purpose but a pop of sheen on the eye lids.

The marbled pink shade (lower right corner) is less shimmery, would work both as a blush and an eyeshadow.

The other 6 shades are matte, I'm happy to say. Not sure the 2 brown shades are dark enough to use as contour on my skin tone but would be good as bronzers. All 4 pinks are lovely, hard to pick a favorite at this point :)

I also grabbed an Awesome Eyeshadow and Eyebrow palette in Lock and Load, £4 (4.5g eyeshadows and 1.2g eyebrow shades).

This palette feels a lot like an Elf product. Also with a thin black case but no mirror and no box. For the value, Sugar and Spice above definitely wins but Lock and Load offers more colour options.

Also got an Awesome Metals eye foil in Black Diamond, £4 (1.5g), to try out. You are supposed to mix the foil with the liquid eye primer on a tray (all provided in the box). Sounds like a Stila product you know right?

Reviews for these products to come, if you need to see them, when I get more time to test them out.

For the lip products, I have tried them out briefly so I can swatch them for you now.

The Salvation Velvet Lip lacquers, £3 (2ml), are those hybrid liquid lipsticks that dry matte, are touch proof and long wearing. I chose Keep Lying for You.

The product comes in a thin round tube, with basic sponge tip applicator. And it is seriously good, application is a breeze, and all claims seem to be true.

Lying for You is a matte raspberry red, a little darker than how it looks in the tube, very pigmented. Once set, it is comfortable to the touch but does not transfer. Smudge proof is proven too. It does not come off until I use a makeup remover. A wipe won't do.

The LE Scandalous lipstick line has a purple called Depraved, £1, so I had to try it.

As always, my camera cannot be trusted with purples, as Depraved appears IRL as a cool-toned lilac, not as warm like in the pic. It has a good sheen to it and a bit sheer, buildable though.

I also got a I ♡ Makeup I ♡ My Lips lipstick in Racing Heart, £2.49. The same size of tube but with a rounded tip on the cap. Both lipstick lines have the colour indication at one end of the tubes, very helpful.

Let's have a closer look at the lipsticks.

Depraved has a standard slanted bullet, nothing to note here.

Racing Heart, on the other hand, has a surprise under the cap. A heart-shaped bullet, with a core that blends and provides shine to the satin outer layer on application. Ultimately, you have a comfortable lipstick with a light sheen.

Can't deny I enjoy wearing Racing Heart a whole lot - the cute factor, the blending of finishes, and the pretty colour. The only thing I ask for is more darker shades for Fall, as Racing Heart is the darkest one among 6 shades available at the moment.

Swatches. Apology for colour inaccuracy again, as Keep Lying for You shows up more pink than red here.

My order came out to be £25.48 (CAD48), I am not complaining. I already "wishlist" the new dark shades of Salvation Velvet lip lacquers, I ♡ Makeup WOW sticks and Tint my Brows, etc. How about you? :)

Note that Makeup Revolution products are manufactured in China (or the PRC as stated on the packaging) or Taiwan, if it matters to you.

9/05/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

So Charlotte Tilbury launched in the US on Tuesday, online and in certain department stores. Quite high end price range, and no Canadian access though.

Nordstrom has announced September 19 as the opening date for its first Canada location (Calgary), with a list of brands available. Excited?

Joe Fresh has launched their skin care line, from cleansers to masks, moisturizers, even CC cream. I was too excited about the Fall nail polish that I think I forgot to update you guys about the skin care stuff :)

Shoppers: Saturday & Sunday: Super Redemption event
- 25,000 points = $50 ($16 extra from regular redemption)
- 50,000 points = $110 ($25 extra)
- 95,000 points = $220 off ($50 extra).

*** Sunday & Monday:
- Pantene hair care: CAD3.88 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD4.99)
- Method hand soap, Olay/ Ivory body wash: CAD2.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD3.99)
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD9.99).

*** Until Thursday only:
- Garnier facial moisturizer: CAD13.99
- L'Oreal, Aveeno facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Clean & Clear acne care: CAD7.99
- Indeed Lab, Balea, Life Brand skin care: 25% off
- Neostrata anti-wrinkle/ anti-aging skin care: 20% off
- Jergens, Garnier, Vaseline body lotion: CAD2.99 
- Revlon Lash Potion mascara, Just Bitten lip, ColorStay eyeliner: CAD6.99; PhotoReady BB, Age Defying CC cream: CAD14.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal Visible Lift makeup: 20% off
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD2.99; eye: CAD6.99 (the pic includes the Nude palette)
- Maybelline SuperStay, Colour Elixir, Sensational lip: 20% off
- CoverGirl eyeliner, Lash Blast mascara: CAD7.99; CoverGirl + Olay, TruBlend makeup: CAD11.99
- Marcelle CC, DD cream: CAD24.99
- Annabelle eyeshadow single, brow, lip, eyeliner: CAD4.99
- Physicians Formula: 40% off
- Almay Color + Care liquid lip balm, eye, Smart Shade makeup: 25% off
- Rimmel eye, lip: CAD4.99
- NYC eye, lip: CAD3.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD2.99
- Revlon nail art, classic nail polish, treatment: CAD4.99
- Sally Hansen Diamond Strength, Insta-Dri nail polish: CAD3.99; Complete Salon nail polish, top coat: CAD6.99; Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD10.99
- Quo by Orly nail polish, gel, starter kit, nail products: 25% off
- Quo brushes: 30% off
- Batiste dry shampoo: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal Ever/ Elnett hair care: CAD8.99; Elnette hair spray: CAD12.99
- Conair Curl Secret: CAD99.99
- Nivea, Chapstick, Blistex lip care: 20% off
- EoS lip balm: CAD3.99
- Biotherm GWP of $30 until September 21.

*** 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 (last day)
- 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 Estee Lauder skin care product (last day)
- x10 points with purchase of any Boot No7 product (last day)
- x10 points with purchase of any Soap and Glory product (only until September 12)
- 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 (last day)
- 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:
- 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 purchase of Clarins anti-aging skin care
- Sunday (September 14): 4,000 points with purchase of any Smashbox mascara.

Lawtons:
- Neutrogena Naturals cleanser, classic blue line: 20% off; Healthy Skin CC cream: 25% off
- Nivea Visage Essential skin care: 25% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Garnier Skin Renew skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal skin care: 25% off
- Thursday Plantation acne care: 20% off
- Ombrelle sun care: 50% off
- Acenta NutraSea Omega-3: 20% off
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD7.99
- Maybelline Fit Me: CAD7.99
- Styli-Style lip: 30% off
- LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD2.89
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD8.95
- Nicole by OPI nail polish, treatment: CAD7.79
- Essie, Nutra Nails nail treatment: 20% off
- Red Carpet Manicure LED gel: 20% off
- Marc Anthony hair care: CAD6.99
- Organix hair care: 25% off
- SoftLips: 40% off
- Real Techniques brushes, accessories: 20% off.

Walmart:
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.88
- L'Oreal Age Perfect skin care: on roll back
- Maybelline Great Lash Doll Mania mascara: CAD4.

Target:
- CoverGirl face: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Baby Lips: 2/CAD7
- L'Oreal (selected): CAD6.99
- Revlon eyelash curler, Crazy Shine buffer: CAD3.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish: 2/CAD4
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD5.99.

Superstore:
- Joe Fresh shimmer powder blush, Shine lipstick: CAD5 ($1 off)
- Joe Fresh 8hr waterproof eyeshadow stick, translucent loose powder: CAD6 ($2 off)
- Joe Fresh oil absorbing pressed powder: CAD8 ($10 off)
- L'Oreal Colour Riche balm: CAD5.97; Voluminous Miss Manga mascara: CAD6.97; Voluminous Butterfly mascara, Colour Riche Luminous ombre, Superline Mat Matic: CAD7.97; Visible Lift Blur, Magic Skin BB anti-fatique/ anti-redness: CAD12.97
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.97; Color Tattoo Leather, Mega Plush Volume Express, Colossal Pumped Up mascara: CAD5.97; Dream Fresh BB cream: CAD7.97; Baby Skin: CAD8.97; Dream Wonder powder, Master Kajal liner: CAD9.97
- CoverGirl Professional mascara: CAD4.99; Lip Perfection jumbo gloss balm, Ready Set Gorgeous foundation, Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara: CAD6.97; Bombshell Curvaceous mascara: CAD7.99
- CoverGirl + Olay the Depuffer: CAD10.99; Face Lift effect: CAD15.99
- Olay Total Effects CC cream: CAD19.98
- Revlon ColorBurst lacquer/ matte balm: CAD5.97; Bold Lacquer mascara: CAD6.97; ColorStay Skinny liner: CAD7.97; ColorStay 16hr eyeshadow, Moisture Stain; ColorStay Ultimate Suede: CAD8.97; Age Defying CC cream: CAD12.97
- Joe Fresh nail polish: 4/CAD10 or CAD4 each; Future Effects nail polish: 2/CAD10 or CAD6 each
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: 2/CAD8 or CAD5 each
- Maybelline Color Show Jewels & Gems nail polish: 2/CAD5 or CAD4 each
- Revlon classic nail polish: CAD3.97; ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD5.97.

There are a lot more deals on hair and skin care that I won't list here. Please refer to your flyer.

The Bay: Shiseido GWP of $43 or more until September 14. The 6-piece gift includes:
- Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing foam (30ml)
- Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing softener (25ml) and Night emulsion (15ml)
- Ultimune Power Infusing concentrate (5ml)
- Lacquer Rouge in RD529 Tango (2ml), and
- A cosmetic bag.

With a $75 Shiseido purchase: you'll get Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring cream (18ml) and until Sunday with your Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard, you'll also receive a $20 saving card, redeemable on your next purchase of $100 or more using Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard until September 14 (excluding fragrances and cosmetics).

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

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 Sunday.

Bath and Body Works: "We Love Fall" event is on Saturday, 12-4pm with special offers, up to 40% off your entire purchase. I'd assume they do the spin wheel thing to decide which discount you get.

9/04/2014

NOTDs: The Body Shop Reds/ Pinks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Last week I showed you The Body Shop Colour Crush in blues and greens, today is for the reds and pinks :)

First, a quick gradient mani. First three shades, all in one coat:
On the thumb is Cupid Pink, a beautiful raspberry pink. It is also the colour in the bottle in the first 3 pictures.

The index finger shows Rosy Cheeks, a less red version of Cupid Pink, with a hint of coral.

On the middle finger is Peach Babe, a peachy coral, almost feels like a jelly due to the "squishy" look of it on the nails. I don't normally pull off corals well, but Peach Babe is a keeper.

The last two shades are a bit more sheer. I did 2 coats each, could use one more for full opacity.

Oh, Petal, on the ring finger, is a cool-toned baby pink. I would have liked it more if it were a one coater like others, as this tone of pink while being sheer does not agree with my skin tone.

Lastly, Pink Cream is on the pinky. Not much of pink as suggested by the name, it is a mannequin hand type of colour on me, washes me out :( I won't use it as a full mani any time soon.

The thumb is MIA in this shot but I thought the other four can always use a closeup, side by side.

You can also see quite well the difference in tones between Rosy Cheeks (index) and Cupid Pink (bottle).

The blue undertone in Cupid Pink makes it one of my most favorite colours in the line, interestingly enough. And that was why I have to wear it again in a full mani for you, see below :)

Here it is, Cupid Pink, one coat on 4 fingers. I wore Red my Mind on the thumb just for comparison, will feature it in a NOTD later.

For the accent, on the middle finger is the bar holo glitters from Orly Be Brave. I am not normally a bar glitter fan but thought holo bars look cool on top of a bright pink.

The other 2 accent nails are topped with Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots in Clearly Spotted. Again, black and white glitters show up nicely on top of Cupid Pink.

Another not-so-successful nail art attempt on my part. This time is with the dry brush technique.

Deeply in Love is the main base for this mani, a nice blue-toned red. What speaks volume to me though is Crimson Kiss on the ring finger as an accent. Very vampy and fall appropriate.

I tried to paint stripes with Almond Kiss on top of the reds. Except for the middle finger, I think I had too much nail polish on the brush before swiping it on the nails. It was not as easy as nail bloggers made it look, lol.

A blurry pic to show the strokes a little better.

I know I am not good at nail art on any scale but I appreciate the wide range of reds and pink in The Body Shop Colour Crush line that sparks my interest in trying.

Did you see a red you like yet? There are a few more shades in this colour family but we will save them for another day :)

9/03/2014

FOTD: Yves Rocher Fall makeup

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

A quick neutral eye today with Yves Rocher Fall makeup items I reviewed in the last 2 days.

I am slowly embracing the "light side" (neutral looks) for work due to the increasing popularity of neutral/ nude palettes in the makeup world. Not complaining, but it was an interesting fact, if you know me :)

The Yves Rocher products I used:
- Quad Eyeshadow Sumptuous Color in 06 Incandescent Brown - the beige colour on the brow bone and inner half of the lid, the light taupe as transition shade, and the matte dark brown on the outer half of the lid and crease, also smudged on the lower lash line.
The base is Maybelline Color Tattoo in Shimmering Sea
- Volume Elixir mascara in Black
- Eyeliner in Sapphire on the upper lash line
- Sheer Botanical lipstick in Black Cherry.

Other products used:
- Marcelle DD cream SPF25 in Medium to Dark mixed with Yves Rocher Radiant Glow fluid foundation with precious pearls
My "no foundation" choice for almost the whole month of August
- Cover Fx Conceal Fx Camouflage concealer in Light and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot treatment corrector in Light/ Medium
- Maybelline Master Glaze blush stick in Barely Pink
- Gosh Forever eyeshadow stick in Blue on the lower lash line
Been really enjoying this shade, a muted greyish blue, goes well with almost every eye look. It twists up, and lasts forever on the eyes (like the name). Unfortunately, the line is Limited Edition in Canada
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Taupe.

Forgive my quick post today. It is the first day back to school for Squirt but I am (always have been) a nervous wreck. Something about her following her classmates and walking away from me makes me emotional, does not matter if she's a primary or grade 6.

It feels like summer is over too, now that school is in. A few people said they were excited for sweaters and boots, not sure that I am but at least I am excited for Fall makeup.

I was trying to schedule my posts for the next few weeks and got overwhelmed already. Can't imagine when Holiday collections are launched. Again, not complaining :)

Either yourself or your kid(s) are back to school today or not, have a fun (and relaxing) day!