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3/06/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

MAC is now added to the Bay website. Collections on there right now are Eyes on MAC, Haute & Naughty, Toledo, Pencilled In and Viva Glam Miley Cyrus.

This is good news for fans who don't live near a MAC store or when items sell out on MAC website.

If you haven't heard, Beautylish has brought Bioderma to the US. They do ship internationally (I'm not sure the rates), thought I should mention that they also carry Rae Morris and Wayne Goss brushes, Charlotte Tilbury, etc.

Shoppers: Saturday & Sunday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.99 (including the new Full & Plush line)
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise, got2b, Clear hair care: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal Ever/ Elnett, Marc Anthony hair care: CAD8.99
- Tresemme hair care: CAD4.99 (including the new Youth Boost line)
- Batiste, Ogx hair care: CAD7.99
- Neutrogena skin care, Clean & Clear acne care: 20% off
- Nivea skin, shave, lip care: 25% off (including the Miracle sleeping creams)
- Garnier skin care: 25% off
- Vichy skin care: 20% off
- Dove, Axe, Degree dry spray: CAD4.99
- Maybelline Express Wear eyeshadow, Great Lash mascara, Baby Lips: CAD3.99; Lash Sensational mascara: CAD8.99; Brow Drama: CAD9.99
- Revlon lip, nail: CAD4.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Almay eye makeup remover: CAD4.99
- Rimmel (selected): CAD6.99.

Spring Beauty bonus (until March 20): free beauty-filled clutch (values $205) with $125 spent at Beauty Boutique.

Lawtons: Lots of bonus Airmiles offers, please check your flyer
- Garnier Skin Renew skin care: 30% off
- L'Oreal Sublime cleanser: 25% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Dove, Axe, Degree dry spray: CAD4.99 (bonus miles)
- CoverGirl: 20% off (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal foundation, powder, concealer: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Maybelline eyeshadow, eyeliner: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Annabelle foundation, powder, concealer, blush: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Marcelle makeup remover, mascara: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Physicians Formula: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Almay eyeshadow, mascara, eye/ brow liner, makeup remover: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Vasanti: 50% off.

Walmart:
- Dove Nourishing Oil hair care: CAD2.97
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon: CAD6.97.

Superstore:
- Nivea in-shower body lotion: CAD4.99 (limit 4, after limit: CAD6.49); Soft Creme, Aqua Effects: CAD5.49
- Dove/ Axe White dry spray: CAD4.49 (limit 4, after limit): CAD6.49)
- Olay Total Effects, Regenerist facial skin care: CAD22.99
- L'Oreal/ Garnier facial skin care: up to 20% off
- Herbal Essences hair care: CAD2.49
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.99
- L'OrealHair Expertise / Tresemme/ Vidal Sassoon/ Old Spice hair care: CAD3.99
- Organix/ Marc Anthony hair care: CAD6.99
- Nexxus hair care: CAD12.

Target: 30 - 50% off now.

Sally: For the whole month of March
- Free China Glaze nail polish with purchase of China Glaze Gelaze
- China Glaze Gelaze necessities kit: $3 off
- Free China Glaze EverGlaze Active top coat with purchase of 2 China Glaze EverGlaze
- Seche Vite top/ base coat: BOGO.

Cherry Culture: 40% off everything with code "MMM2015" until Sunday. It seems they only carry NYX now. Where did all other brands go?

The Body Shop: For LYB members:
- Double points until Sunday
- $5 off Drops of Youth Bouncy sleeping mask and a free eye mask, plus 10% off discount.

Marcelle: 40% off makeup and skin care until Sunday with code "WOMEN" for International Women's Day. Free shipping with orders of $50 (Canada) or $75 (US).

Inglot (Canada): 20% off until Sunday with code "LOVEINGLOT". Free shipping with orders of $100 or more.

Bath and Body Works: $10 off $30  coupon on FB, good until Sunday
- Signature body care: B3G3F
- Select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- Hand soaps: 6/CAD28 or 3/CAD18
- 3-wick candles: 2/CAD25.50
- Wallflowers bulb: CAD4
- Scentportable holder & refill: B4G2F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F.

H&M: Spring sale starts today.

3/05/2015

TBS Bouncy sleeping mask

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Continuing the sleeping mask trend, The Body Shop comes out with the Nutriganics Drops of Youth Bouncy sleeping mask this month.

First impression: the jar is huge (90ml vs. regular 50 - 75ml in most skin care) and made out of glass, which has a nice weight and classy look to it but is not travel friendly.

The small plastic spoon included in the box is hygienic and especially convenient for the texture of the mask (see below). And don't doubt the size, that spoon is more than big enough for the amount of product you need.

Note that the mask does have a fresh and light floral scent.

The memory-shape texture (jello/ custard-like) returns the product in the jar to a smooth surface a few hours after the scooping of the spoon, similar to Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping cream.

The formula of this mask, however, is different from the Garnier version. Made of plant stem cells from Edelweiss, a flower that thrives in the harshest weather in the Alps, it is meant to offer a youth enhancing and bouncy looking skin effect.

"Less is More" is absolutely key with this product. I only need about half of what I normally use in a mask, otherwise it would take longer to fully absorb and is no longer tacky (over 15 minutes). And interesting to note, I wake up with a shiny forehead most of the time and when I wash my face, it feels like there is still product sitting on top of the skin.

Here is The Body Shop Bouncy sleeping mask (left), in comparison with Garnier Miracle sleeping cream (right) for reference. Very similar texture.

The Body Shop has a fun application technique to this mask:
- Over the rainbow (forehead)
- Under the clouds (eyes)
- Quenching the earth (across the cheeks)
- Under the sea (jaw line), and
- Pitter patter.

Ingredients: Water (solvent), Propanediol (viscosity modifier), Glycerin (humectant), Dimethicone (skin conditioning agent), Helianthus Annuus Hybrid oil (emollient), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Diheptyl Succinate (skin conditioning agent - emollient), Acrylates/ Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer (viscosity controlling agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), etc.

I see a slower effect on the skin with this mask. My skin does feel refreshed and hydrated in the morning but not as plumed and smooth as with Garnier Miracle sleeping cream.

The mask retails for $30, $5 off + 10% off right now for LYB members. And they have an event today (4pm - close) where you can come and try on the mask and bring home a sample of it too.

3/04/2015

NOTD: Essie Just Stitched

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The last shade in Essie Cashmere Matte 2015 collection is Just Stitched, a warm pearly pink.

Just Stitched is probably the easiest to wear among the 3 light shades in the collection - All Eyes on Nudes is nude, Wrap Me Up is a very soft pink that it looks off white.

Can't deny that the semi matte finish and the subtle green sheen make this colour a pink that I want to wear.

Below, on the left, is the close up bottle shot where you can see more of that green shimmers.

On the right is Just Stitched with a top coat and an accent of Finger Paints Hollywood Decadence from the Film Noir Fall collection (Fall 2014). I figured milky matte blue, pink and gold glitters would bring Just Stitched to the next level.

Have you checked out the Cashmere Matte collection?

3/03/2015

TBS Smoky Poppy massage oil

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If you haven't noticed The Body Shop's (LE) Smoky Poppy collection, let me tell you about the massage oil. Granted, it is quite a different story from Lotus Aroma's massage oil & gel.

First, the sleek black background and the red flower on the packaging of the Smoky Poppy collection definitely stands out, you cannot miss it on the shelf.

Second, the scent is quite different from traditional lines at The Body Shop. It is musky and quite deep, and the note that stays behind after the scent slightly fades away reminds me of a perfume. Very interesting but hard to describe. I might need to check out the EDT as I am pretty sold on this scent.

The oil itself, infused with hand harvested poppy extract from Turkey, gives you those nice relaxing moments your skin and muscles deserve.

A pump on the bottle would be super nice to minimize the mess that comes with oil territory, but not a must :)

Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) oil (emollient), Zea Mays (Corn) oil (emollient), Helianthus Annuus Hybrid oil (emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil (skin conditioning agent), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil (emollient), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit oil (emollient), Fragrance, etc.

The bottle houses 5oz/ 150ml of oil, retails $15. Check out the line (including The Body Shop's very first bath bombs) before it is gone for good.

All in all, depending on your preference in scents (or no scent at all) and mood, there is a massage oil (or more) out there for you!

3/02/2015

Lotus Aroma massage gel & oil

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Winter calls for warm things (hot drinks, blankets, sweaters, etc.). Warming up your skin with a massage is another option, especially when you can do it at home.

These Lotus Aroma massage oil and gel arrived at my mail box just in time. I was sore with multiple snow shoveling occasions, so I dove right in to give my body a treat.

Aroma Lotus' products are free of Sodium Lauryl/ Laureth Sulfate, Petroleum-based mineral oils, genetically modified oils (GMO), Paraben, Silicone, synthetic alcohol, dyes, synthetic fragrances, Phthalate.

The massage products have food-grade preservatives, are vegan, gluten free and eco-friendly with close to 100% botanical-derived active ingredient. They have high content of natural essential oils but are non greasy and do not stain. Good for all skin types, including highly sensitive,

This massage oil is unscented, so you can add your own blend of essential oils to your liking.

The oil is a blend of 3 vegetable oils through cold press extraction to preserve the oils' nurturing properties:
- Sweet almond (moisturizing, softening)
- Grapeseed (soothing, regenerating with antioxidant, vitamin E) and
- Sunflower (essential fatty acid, omega 6, vitamin E).

The oil works as it is supposed to - absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy film, relaxes my muscles and gives the skin a bit of warmth.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed oil, Tocopherol.

The massage gel is formulated with two vegetable oils (sweet almond and grapeseed), meant more for short and kneading massages.

This Sweet Orange & Mandarin version is a blend of Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lemon and Bergamot essential oils. Very refreshing.

I find the gel (which feels more like a lotion) is easier to use, less messy, but other than that, the effect is pretty similar to the oil.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed oil, Glycerin, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapfruit) Peel oil, etc.

The oil is clear, so it is hard to see on my palm here. And like I said, the gel appears to have the lotion-like texture.

I currently do not have any essential oil on hand other than Tea Tree, so the gel gets a bit more love than the oil. Sometimes I use the gel like a moisturizer without any massage action at all :)

Lotus Aroma massage oils and gels are available at Lawtons and selected health food stores. Each bottle has 180ml/ 6oz, retails $19.

2/27/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Our very first Urban Outfitters has finally set the opening time for May on Barrington.

Shoppers: Saturday & Sunday: Get $10 to spend on iTunes with $50 purchase
- Garnier facial moisturizer: CAD9.99
- Gernier, Neutrogena, Olay facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal, Neutrogena facial moisturizer: CAD24.99
- L'Oreal RevitaLift, Age Perfect facial moisturizer: CAD29.99
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- No7 skin care: 20% off
- Dove, Aussie, Alberto hair care: CAD2.99
- CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara, Colorlicious lip, Clear makeup: CAD6.99
- Maybelline Express Wear eyeshadow, Great Lash/ Volume Express mascara: CAD4.99; Color Sensational lip: CAD8.99; Brow Drama, Baby Skin, BB cream: CAD10.99
- Revlon ColorStay: 20% off
- Rimmel: 25% off
- Nails Inc.: 50% off
- EoS lip balm: CAD3.99
- Quo brushes: 25% off.

Lawtons:
- L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Maybelline Baby Lips, kohl eyeliner: CAD3.99 (bonus miles); Volume Express mascara: CAD7.99 (bonus miles); SuperStay 14hr lip: CAD8.99 (bonus miles)
- Annabelle Lipsies: CAD3.99 (bonus miles)
- Marcelle BB, New Age Precision skin care: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Rimmel face: 25% off
- H2O, Lotus Aroma: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Garnier Ultra-Lift, L'Oreal Youth Code: 25% off
- SoftLips: BOGO
- EoS lip balm: CAD2.99.

Walmart:
- Garnier Skin Renew BB cream: CAD9.97
- Dove Nourishing oil hair care: CAD2.97
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise Fibralogy hair care: CAD3.92
- Maybelline Baby Lips, Great Lash mascara: CAD3.56.

Target: Discounts are now 25 - 40%, slowly :)

Superstore: Tax free on Saturday (NS).

The Bay: Extra 15% off on almost anything online and in store with a Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard until Sunday. Exclusions (including beauty) apply.

- Selected watches and women's handbags: Spend $150 save $50, spend $100 save $25 or spend $60 save $15
- Selected shoes, booties and sandals: Spend $150 save 25%, spend $100 save $20 or spend $50 save 15%
- Selected fashion jewelry and spring accessories: buy 3 or more save 25%, buy 2 save 20% or buy 1 save 15%.

Estee Lauder GWP of $36.50 or more. The gift, values over $125, includes:

- Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery complex II (7ml)
- Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging cream (15ml) and eye balm (5ml); or Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck .9cream SPF15 (15ml) and eye cream (5ml); or Advanced Time Zone Age Reversing Line/Wrinkle cream SPF15 (15ml) and eye cream (5ml)
- Sumptuous, Bold Volume Lifting mascara in Black
- Pure Color lipstick in Pink Parfait or Rubellite
- Take it Away Lotion makeup remover (30ml)
- Modern Muse VOC'S
- Cosmetic bag in Lisa Perry design.

With an Estee Lauder purchase of $80 or more, you'll get an extra gift of Lisa Perry deco compact of eyeshadows (Sugar Biscuit, Wild Truffle, Tranquil Moon, Amethyst Spark, Lavish Mink, Hot Cinnamon, Ivory Slipper) and a Lisa Perry pouch.

Sally: extra 50% off clearance styling tools until Saturday.

Bath and Body Works: Coupons on FB include $10 off $30, 20% off the whole purchase or free item with $10 purchase.

2/26/2015

COLAB dry shampoo

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Entering the dry shampoo territory in Canada recently was COLAB Invisible dry shampoo by Ruth Crilly at A Model Recommends.

I have tried numerous scents from Batiste (Original, Blush, Cherry, Wild, etc.) mainly for curiosity and quite enjoyed them. When COLAB promises no white residue (which Batiste can only offer in the Dark Brown version), I was excited.

I don't think COLAB need any introduction since UK YT'ers have been raving about it since it was launched, so let's just get straight to the product, shall we?

I found COLAB's formula quite similar to Batiste - non sticky, absorbs the oil in the hair quickly and does not weigh the hair down, but it does not build volume in my hair as much as Batiste does.

If you are not familiar with dry shampoos, here is how you use it:
- Shake bottle well, part dry hair into sections and spray, focusing on the roots at the side and top of the head for volume
- Massage the hair using the fingertips to disperse the product
- Brush hair lightly with a paddle brush.

The 2 scents available in Canada:
- London (notes of bergamot, musk and magnolia) with black cap, properly described as a classic (hair spray) scent
- Rio (tropical notes of papaya, pineapple and a heart of cassis) - teal cap.

3 other scents in the UK: New York (fruity, orange cap), Tokyo (oriental, pink purple cap) and Paris (floral, coral cap). And there is an Extreme Volume version of all 5 scents launched now in the UK too, hope we can see some soon!  

All in all, I enjoy the invisible residue and like the Rio scent (more than London) from COLAB. The line is available at London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Lawtons and select Pharmasave/ Pharmachoice stores this month - $5.49 (50ml, the version I received, run out quite fast) or $9.99 (200ml, better value for the money).

2/25/2015

NOTD: Nails Inc. Shoreditch Lane

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If you are not aware, Shoppers has been clearing out Nails Inc. nail polish at 50% off for a while now.

Selections depend on locations, mine had about 20 shades of regular colours, a few neons, 3D glitters, Feathers, etc. Especially, there was a Leather Effect that I had not seen there before, so I bought it.

This is Nails Inc. Leather Effect in Shoreditch Lane, reg. $11.50. Described as a mulberry red, it is quite unique among other textures I own,

And considering how big of a fan I am of texture polishes, Shoreditch Lane is an instant favorite.

It is also different in the texture itself, which I would say is similar to the finest sand you can find out there (i.e. the least grittiness effect) and it dries semi matte!

I did one coat here, can hardly feel the texture. I do recommend 2 thin coats for good coverage and avoid bald spots visible at certain lighting angle.

Without a top coat, my mani only last a day, but I would give in for the colour anyway. I like it that much.

I don't know how many Leather Effect shades Shoppers actually carries, but I might go hunt for Fleet Street (mushroom), Clerkenwell (off white) or Dalston (mint), even Soho Mews (tan).

Meanwhile, we are getting 10 - 20cm of snow later this afternoon, then rain, then flash freeze. What's new, right?

2/24/2015

FOTD: Annabelle Spring 2015

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This FOTD is for all Annabelle fans, ladies!

I am digging Annabelle Spring 2015 products, obviously:
- Blushon in Spring Petal
- Zebra bronzing powder in Matte Gold
- Lipsies in Fruit Punch.

And there are more Annabelle products in this look:
- CC Instant Perfecting base in Natural finish
- BB Skin Perfect concealer in Medium 
- TwistUp Retractable eyeshadow crayon in Taupe as base
- Zebra Bronzing powder in Haute Gold as eyeshadows, and Mono eyeshadow in Divine Diva in the crease
- Smoothie eyeshadow pencils in In Mauve-tion
- Expandable mascara in Black
- InstaGlam Brow Design + Fix in Medium to Dark

Pulling out many Annabelle items this time brings me back to a few fan girl moments.

Divine Diva (or the whole Mono eyeshadow line) is discontinued but remains one of my favorites from early on, when I started to learn how to blend my eyeshadows.

Smoothies were the products that introduced me to the jumbo crayons, and what started the "coloured liner on lower lash line" train for me.

Expandable mascara was originally offered to bloggers to test blindly (i.e. we had no idea what it was supposed to do) and I had lots of fun playing with the wand.

And the TwistUps, for lips and eyes, are staples in my stash and they should be in everyone's stash. Just saying :)

Other regulars for most FOTDs:
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant pore eraser
- Hard Candy Glamouflage in Medium
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Dark Brown.

The fun ends there with this look. Sigh, another hard winter night yesterday for us. Windchill -30 created so much frost quake noise that I couldn't fall asleep until 2am while wake up time was 5:45 :(

Was thankful that packed snow was mostly removed from the sidewalk down the hill to work, or I would have been sliding around like in a skating rink. The weather this winter has been a test to our endurance and patience.

2/23/2015

Annabelle Spring 2015

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has been a slippery morning getting to work today.

We constantly had snow, then temp rose and rain melted that snow to cause flooding, and a flash freeze turned everything to an ice rink. Then repeat!

What can be more appropriate than talking about spring makeup to distract ourselves?

I have for you today Annabelle Spring 2015 launch. There is something for everyone - lip, cheek and face products.

If you missed Annabelle's first LE Lipsies releases (8 singles and 3 holiday duos), the product is now added to the permanent line!

Lipsies are the moisturizing and glossy lip balms that offer a range of tints from clear to shades of sheer pink, accompanied by delicious but subtle fruit scents.

Tinted lip balms are not new, I realize that. But a modern/ non-traditional packaging for them is new and I give Annabelle props for doing that, and also for adding the twist up mechanism to the tubes. I would say Lipsies are the grown-up version of lip balms.

I received Coco-Vanilla and Fruit Punch to review, among the 12 shades in the line.

Coco-Vanilla is that adorable vanilla treat to your lips without alternating your lip colour. It has been with me every night and more.

Fruit Punch brings a wash of pink to your lips, natural looking and fun. The scent does reminds me of fruit punch or a fruity sizzling pop.

You won't be able to see the colourless Coco-Vanilla in the swatches below but it is not any less exciting compared to Fruit Punch.

If you want to explore some more, there are Lime, Lychee, Cupcake, Peach, Grapefruit, Strawberry, Watermelon, Cherry, Cotton Candy and Raspberry, $4.95 each.

On to the cheeks, Annabelle has added more shades to their Blushon line this Spring. And here is one of them - Spring Petal.

I like the fact that the brand stresses on smooth and natural colours in Blushon line with micro-milled powder. Reach for one when you natural looking cheeks with a soft matte or subtle-shimmer finish.

Spring Petal is so me (swatched below) but there are also Lotus, Rosebud, Peony and Ibiscus this season. Blushons are paraben/ gluten free, 0.1oz/ 3g, $7.95 each.

Haute Gold has been a famous Zebra Bronzing powder from Annabelle for the last few summers. I hit pan on the original version I have (smaller size, see below) and already have the Biggy sized one as a backup.

When I think I can't love Haute Gold any more, Annabelle gave me Matte Gold!

I have been a matte finish convert recently with my eyeshadows and blushes, but it does take a bit more time to tone down the shimmers in my bronzer (and highlighter), for a simple reason that I want my face to glow.

Well, Matte Gold did the job nicely in this department. I can still glow with a matte bronzer! Check out this FOTD to see just that :)

A size and shade comparison between a Biggy Matte Gold and the original Haute Gold ( 0.37oz/ 10.7g).

The Zebra bronzing powders are 0.54oz/ 15.4g, $11.95 each, can be used on face, shoulders, neckline, decollete and even legs. There is a Dark Gold for darker skin tones.

Here is how Spring Petal and Matte Gold look next to each other, layered heavily to show you the colours.

Both are very age appropriate for me, or for anyone that are after a natural look this Spring. I am in love with both!

I'll browse for swatches of other Lipsies shades to get me some more and hold on tight to Matte Gold until Summer :)

Spring will be fabulous for Canadians, at least makeup wise. Annabelle Spring items are available this month, have you seen them in stores?