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8/22/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sally: Extra 50% off makeup clearance until Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/21/2014

I love ...

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

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

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

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

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

So how are these products and their scents?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A wide range will soon be available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. For scents available (these two and Coconut & Cream, Mango & Papaya, etc.), you can refer to Farleyco website.

8/20/2014

Tatcha Ritual Discovery kit

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/19/2014

The Body Shop hand creams

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/18/2014

NOTD: Revlon Moonlit Woods

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope everyone has a good start of the week!

8/15/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Two important heads-ups first:
- Quo Back to Basics palette will be back for the Holiday collection this year, if you missed out previous years. AND there will be a matte Back to Basics palette too! I can't wait.
- Illamasqua is on clearance for 25% off at the Bay (in store and online). Words are they are pulling out of the North America market but I can't confirm that.

Shoppers: x20 points when you spend $75 or more on cosmetics, select skin care, fragrances, jewelry, hair colour, bath foam & gel, nail care, hosiery
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 30% off
- Vichy Normaderm: buy 2 get 8,000 points
- Vichy Purete Thermale skin care: CAD12.99
- Vichy Idealia Life serum, ProEven skin care: 15% off; Aqualia skin care: 20% off
- Bioderma skin care: 25% off
- Avene Tolerance Extreme skin care: 20% off
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar skin care: x5 points
- Indeed Lab skin care (Hydraluron, Retinol Reface, Nanoblur, etc.): x10 points
- No7 skin care: buy 2 get 4,000 points
- Tanda skin treatment: x5 points
- L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal facial moisturizer: CD29.99
- Garnier facial cleanser: CAD8.99; facial moisturizer: CAD13.99
- Olay classic facial cleanser: CAD6.99; classic moisturizer: CAD8.99
- Olay Total Effects, Regenerist, Pro X skin care: 25% off
- Cerave moisturizing lotion, facial cleanser: CAD12.99
- Neutrogena acne facial cleanser: CAD8.99
- Nivea Aqua Effect skin care: CAD6.99; Q10/ Visage Vital facial moisturizer: CAD13.99
- Aveeno, Neutrogena sun care: CAD13.99
- Herbal Essences, Aussie, Balea hair care: CAD2.99
- Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara, lip: CAD7.99
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Super Liner Mat-matic, Voluminous Butterfly, Miss Manga mascara: CAD7.99; Visible Lift makeup: CAD12.99
- CoverGirl Professional mascara, eyeshadow single, Smoochies: CAD4.99; Outlast lip stain, Lip Perfection lip: 2/CAD20 
- Annabelle makeup, eye: 20% off
- Quo makeup, eye: x20 points; implements: x10 points
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Cover Fx makeup: buy 2 get 5,000 points
- Rimmel Extra Wow Lash mascara, Lasting Finish lipstick, liner: CAD3.99; Scandal Eyes mascara, Renew lip, makeup: CAD6.99
- Almay Smart Shade makeup: buy 2 get 500 points
- Essie nail polish: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl Outlast nail polish: CAD4.99
- Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish: CAD2.99; Salon Pro nail polish: CAD5.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish: CAD2.99; Insta-Dri, Triple Shine nail polish: CAD5.99; Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD10.99
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nanil polish: CAD6.99
- Ceramic Glaze nail polish: x5 points
- Lancome: $55 PWP of any Lancome purchase
- Elizabeth Arden: GWP of $38.

30 Days of Beauty is back 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
- 15,000 points when you spend $175 or more on Lancome products
- 15,000 points when you spend $125 or more on Elizabeth Arden products
- x10 points with purchase of any Smashbox primer (only until August 29)
- x15 points when you spend $20 or more on Quo brushes (only until August 29)
- x20 points with purchase of any participating Strivectin SD product
- x20 points with purchase of Physicians Formula Super BB kit.

Lawtons: "Win free cosmetics for a year" contest is on for the whole month
- L'Oreal Age Perfect, RevitaLift skin care: 25% off
- Olay Total Effects skin care: 25% off
- Nivea Visage Vital skin care: 25% off; body lotion: BOGO
- H2O Oasis: 20% off
- Clean & Clear, Thursday Plantation acne: 20% off
- Ombrelle sun care: 30% off
- Montagne Jeunesse masks: 20% off
- Crabtree & Evelyn Little Luxuries gift set, Lily, Wisteria collection: 50% off
- Marc Anthony, Finesse, Down Under, Fruit Kicks hair care: BOGO
- Aussie hair care: CAD2
- L'Oreal mascara, lip: 25% off
- Maybelline foundation, powder, concealer: 25% off; Baby Lips: CAD3.99
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD7.49
- CoverGirl: 20% off
- Marcelle foundation, powder, concealer, blush: 20% off
- LA Colors, LA Girl: 20% off
- ColorEvolution: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Mistura gloss, lip liner: 30% off
- NYX nail polish: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Milani nail polish: CAD4.99
- Revlon classic nail polish, beauty tools: CAD3.88
- SinfulColors nail polish: CAD1.99
- Nicole by OPI nail polish, treatment: CAD7.49
- Del Sol nail polish: CAD4.99
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD6.99
- Mavala: 25% off
- Broadway, Kiss: 30% off
- Red Carpet Manicure: 25% off
- Real Techniques: 15% off
- EcoTools: 30% off
- Softlips cube lip balm: CAD3.99
- Yankee candles: 40% off.

Walmart:
- Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara with bonus mascara (7ml): CAD8.96
- Rimmel BB cream, bronzer, Retro Glam mascara: 2/CAD10 or CAD5.47 each
- Hard Candy (selected): CAD4.98 ($1 off)
- Garnier Clean+, Pure Control cleanser: CAD5.94 (roll back)
- Conair Curl Secret: CAD88.94 ($10 off).

Target:
- Garnier Skin Renew 5-second Blur: CAD15.99, free $5 Target gift card
- Biore skin care: CAD7.99, free $5 Target gift card when you buy 3
- got2b hair care: CAD5.99, free $5 Target gift card when you buy 2
- Maybelline mascara: CAD3.50, free $5 Target gift card when you buy 2
- CoverGirl (selected): CAD7.49, free $5 Target gift card when you buy 3
- Essie: CAD7.99
- Cosmetic bag: 20% off.

Superstore:
- L'Oreal, Garnier skin care: up to 30% off
- Dr. Bronner's soap (944ml): CAD13.99 (limit 6, after limit: CAD16.49).

The Bay: With $75 purchase using your Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard this weekend, you'll receive a $20 saving card, redeemable on $100 purchase until August 28. Exclusions apply.

Estee Lauder GWP of $36.50 until September 1. The 8-piece gift, values $98, includes:
- New Advanced Night Repair Eye gel creme (5ml)
- Modern Muse body lotion (30ml) and EDP (1.5ml)
- Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting mascara in Black
- Pure Color lipsticks in Hot Kiss and Pinkberry
- Your choice of eyeshadow palette, blush (Pink Kiss) or bronzer compact (Bronze Goddess), and
- A cosmetics bag.

With a $80 Estee Lauder purchase, you'll get a deluxe size of Advanced Night Repair and your choice of Resilience Life, Resilience Supreme or Advanced Time Zone moisturizer.

Makeup Revolution: Free standard worldwide shipping (reg. £7.95) with £20 orders until Monday.

Marcelle: 20% off makeup online with code "SUMMER2014" until August 17.

Sedona Lace: 20% off and free worldwide shipping, no minimum. No code needed.

Sleek: B2G1F with code "sleek342" until August 22.

Beyond the Rack: Free shipping when you pay with Visa Debit, limited time offer. You still pay shipping at the time of order, but shipping cost will be refunded within 14 days.

Joe Fresh: Get $10 credit in your bank account when you pay with Visa Debit until September 2. Limit 1 credit per customer.

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 September 7.

Bath and Body Works: $10 off $30 coupon until Saturday on their FB
- New Signature body care: B3G3F
- Select Signature body care: 3/CAD15 or CAD6.50 each
- New hand soaps: 10/CAD33 or CAD5 each
- 3-wick candles: 2/CAD34, Coastal Cool 3-wick candles: CAD12.50, Mason Jar candles: 2/CAD22, mini candles: 3/CAD12 or 5/CAD18
- Wallflowers bulb: 4/CAD20.50, Summer Sips wallflowers bulbs: CAD4
- Scentportable holder & refill: B4G2F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F
- Ceramic owl candle: CAD8 with any $20 purchase.

La Senza: Show Off bras are BOGO (reg. $29.50 - 39.50, excludes crop bustiers) in store with the coupon in the picture and online, today only.

H&M: 20% off kids purchase until September 2 with this coupon. All kids and baby basics are B2G1F.

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

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

8/12/2014

NOTD: Essence Sparkling Sand II

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has been a hot minute since I blogged last. It is not the norm on SB not having a post every week day, but I broke that streak lately. 

Life happened, and mean comments added insult to injury, so I lost my blogging fire. Normally they won't bother me one bit, but I am extremely moody as my bday approaches this year, so I took them harder.

Still painting my nails though. This is the third Sparkling Sand polish from Essence Beach Cruisers collection - Keep Calm and go to the Beach.

Love the name! I wish I could do just that and forget about the cruel world for a second. It still is a busy summer with Squirt and friends, so I didn't cry myself to sleep or anything, but some calm moments would be nice too. But then again, I'm a Leo, I can't keep calm :)

It is not easy to see here but I added striping tapes on the base colour (SinfulColors Mint Apple, 2 coats) before adding one coat of Keep Calm and go to the Beach.

We are half way through August/ summer now. I won't cry over the "cup half full/ half empty" situation but have to admit things in life take a lot longer to get better once you get old. Tolerance meter just drops like apples. I don't blame anybody though, am frustrated (and maybe depressed) but not bitter.

I apologize for turning a NOTD into a life post, but I have to get it out somehow. I will be back to my own self, just slowly. At least I have pretty polish to show you sometimes :)

Enjoy your life to the fullest (I am trying), and hug your love ones!

8/08/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoe lovers, the first 2 locations of DSW Canada opened yesterday in Mississauga and Newmarket, ON. The online website still says "coming soon", so we'll have to wait a bit.

Shoppers: Saturday and Sunday: Surprise gift card (worth $20, $30, $50 or $75 off your next purchase) with $75 purchase.
- Vichy LiftActiv, Neovadiol skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal skin care: 30% off
- Garnier facial cleanser: CAD7.99; facial moisturizer, BB cream: CAD14.99
- Jergens lotion, Clean & Clear acne care, Biore cleanser: CAD5.99
- Hydraluron Moisture Boosting mask (4's), treatment: 15% off
- Marc Anthony, Orgnx, Gosh hair care: CAD6.99
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.99
- Tresemme hair care: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal Ever, Elnett, Hair Expertise hair care: CAD6.99; Ever, Elnett styling product: CAD9.99
- Solo Care Aqua multi-purpose solution: BOCO
- Elastoplast bandages: BOGO
- Maybelline Baby Lips: 2/CAD7; Volume Express mascara, Color Sensational lip, Fit Me: CAD5.99; Instant Age Rewind makeup: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal Infallible eyeliner, Telescopic eye, Magic makeup: 25% off
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, Lip Perfection lip, Clean makeup: CAD9.99
- Annabelle eye/ lip liner: CAD2.99
- Rimmel: CAD5.99
- Physicians Formula: 40% off
- Revlon Top Speed, nail art Sun/ Moon Candy nail polish: 50% off
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 2/CAD7
- L'Oreal nail polish: 25% off
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99
- Essie nail polish: CAD8.99 (buy 2 get 2,000 points).

Lawtons: "Win free cosmetics for a year" is back. For every $25 spent (accumulative through the month) on cosmetics, fragrance, nail, derm skin, luxury bath products, hair colour and jewelry, with your Airmiles card, you'll get an entry to the contest
- L'Oreal Youth Code skin care: 25% off
- Aveeno Positively Ageless skin care: 25% off
- Garnier Nutrioniste Ultra-Lift skin care: 25% off
- Simple Sensitive Skin Experts moisturizer: 20% off
- H2O skin care: 20% off
- Crabtree & Evelyn Lily, Wisteria collection: 50% off
- L'Oreal Caress: 20% off
- CoverGirl: 35% off
- Annabelle eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, makeup remover: 20% off
- Marcelle BB: 20% off
- Physicians Formula: 20% off
- LA Colors/ LA Girl cosmetics: 25% off
- Wet n Wild: 30% off
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 50% off
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD7.49
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish: CAD7.99
- OPI nail polish: CAD8.99
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99
- Red Carpet Manicure LED gel light, kits: 20% off
- EcoTools makeup brushes, accessories: 30% off
- Montagne Jeunesse masks: 20% off

Walmart:
- Revlon Color Burst balm, lip butter: CAD5.96
- CoverGirl Pro mascara, Smoochies: CAD3.94
- Garnier BB Eye Miracle skin perfector: CAD12.94
- L'Oreal Sublime cleanser: CAD6.94; cleanser, eye makeup remover: CAD7.94
- got2b styling hair care: CAD3.92
- NYC long wearing nail polish: CAD0.94
- CoverGirl Outlast nail polish: CAD3.94.

Target: Today only: $50 gift card with purchase of any ipad, limit 2
- L'Oreal BB cream, selected cosmetics: CAD9.99
- Physicians Formula selected cosmetics: CAD9.99
- Rimmel/ NYC selected cosmetics: CAD5
- Burt's Bees lip shimmer: CAD5
- Herbal Essences/ Aussie hair care: 2/CAD5
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD9.99.

Superstore:
- CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation: CAD6.97; CoverGirl + Olay The De-puffer: CAD10.97
- Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara: CAD6.97; ColorStay Moisture Stain: CAD9.97
- Maybelline Dream Wonder powder: CAD10.97
- L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara: CD7.97.

Sally: Extra 50% off red tag clearance nail polish until Sunday, excludes OPI.

The Bay: Until Sunday, you can save $10 on a cosmetics/ fragrance purchase of $75 or more.

Summer clearance is still on, up to 70% off on fashion, shoes, accessories and home department. Extra 15% off on sale and clearance priced women's fashion with code "WFASHION15". Exclusions apply.

Until Sunday, with $75 purchase using your Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard (again, exclusions apply), you'll receive a $20 saving card, redeemable on your next purchase of $100 or more until August 28.

Bath and Body Works:
- Signature body care: B3G4F
- Select Signature body care: 3/CAD15 or CAD6.50 each
- New hand soaps: 7/CAD28 or 4/CAD18, select hand soaps: CAD4 each
- 3-wick candles: 2/CAD34 (Banana Nutmeg Bread Pudding: CAD12.50), Coastal Cool 3-wick candles: CAD12.50, mini candles: 3/CAD12 or 5/CAD18
- Wallflowers bulb: 4/CAD20.50, Summer Sips wallflowers bulbs: CAD4
- Scentportable holder & refill: B4G2F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F
- Ceramic owl candle: CAD8 with any $20 purchase.

ebates Canada: Back to Campus Double cash back
- Amazon.ca: up to 2%
- Canon: 3%
- Old Navy, Home Depot, Globo: 4%
- Sears, Newegg: up to 5%
- The Bay, Bench: 5%
- Groupon, Ardene, Garage, Living Social, Macy's: 6%
- GAP, Mexx, BOGS: 7%
- Teavana: 8%
- Microsoft: up to 10%
- Lenovo, TOMS, Le Chateau: 10%
- Allposters.com: 12%
- McAfee: 25%
- Proactiv, Wen: 32%, etc.

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

8/07/2014

Lush's new inventions

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Lush has recently introduced a batch of 6 new products and celebrated its 200th store in North America, to join more than 900 locations worldwide. I received two items to review for you.

Here are African Paradise body conditioner on the left and Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb on the right.

Behind the black and white packaging are exciting stuff, I promise :) A body conditioner is a new concept to me, and that bath bomb is quite different too. Let's get on to them now!

African Paradise body conditioner is formulated with shea butter and Moringa oil from Ghana to soften, and aloe gel from Kenya (all Fair Trade) to soothe the skin.

Lush suggests to use African Paradise like you would a hair conditioner, but on your body. Smooth on over wet skin after washing, rinse off.

The scent is described as a blend of carnation absolute, clove bud oil and sandalwood oil. The texture is smooth and luxurious. At first, on application, it smells more herbal, then changes to more floral after washed off. It also feels slightly sticky afterward, not for long though.

As it is the extra step after you wash off the main bath product you use, I don't use African Paradise every day. I save this product for those days I want to linger in the bath a bit, taking my time treating myself.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Moringa Oil (Moringa Oleifera), Fresh Aloe Gel (Aloe Secundiflora), Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Stearic Acid, Marula Oil (Sclerocarya birrea), Baobab Oil (Adansonia digitata), Kalahari Melon Oil (Citrullus Lanatus), etc.

250g of product is housed in a pot that can be "back to Lush" (5 empty pots for a free fresh mask), retails $39.95. A little costly compared to most Lush products, I agree.

Moving on to more colours. The Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb was inspired by a 1960’s clothing boutique called Granny Takes a Trip, I heard.

If you haven't seen this bath bomb in person, it does not have the typical ball shape like others, with exciting colourful layers, almost like a bullseye :)

The pink outer ring carries small bits of Bubble Bar, responsible for the bubbling effect. And scents also seem to layer too - lemon, ginger, even black pepper. A luxury bath you will have, with purple water and mixed scents!

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Black Pepper Oil (Piper nigrum), Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Fragrance, Citral, Limonene.

Granny Takes A Dip is 170g, sells for $6.95. This last me 2 baths.

Other new products include D'Pluff Strawberry shaving soap, Mangificent hand & body soap, Parsley Porridge hand & body soap and Zeste hair gelly. Have you tried any of these new products yet?

8/05/2014

NOTD: Layla Thermo No7

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

A little purchase at Lawtons last weekend. I meant to post up a haul but didn't get around to it, so let's get straight to the NOTD :)

Layla nail polish is half price this week at Lawtons, and I spotted a Themo Effect display with only a few shades left (reg. $7.99 each). I grabbed 4, and I have No7 to show you today.

There seems to be 8 shades in the Thermo Effect line but like I said, I didn't see them all. No names printed on the bottles but Layla describes No7 as Bordeaux to Red transformation.

No7 is a jelly that dries with a satin finish but is still glossy, hard to describe. First coat was a little sheer and uneven, the colour was also lighter. This was 2 coats, saturated darker red.

I know now might not be the ideal time to show you a thermal nail polish, as my nails have taken quite a bit of "beating" the last week and were chopped down shorter than normal. But I couldn't wait :)

The thermal effect was most obvious on my thumb and pinky fingers, especially right after I applied a top coat or when I washed my hands with warm water.

Thermal nail polish is probably not the hottest trend in the market anymore, but I still think it is fun.

Note that No7 does not have any shimmers. The blue teal sheen you see on the nails was courtesy of CND Effects in Ice Blue Shimmer. I thought it was appropriate to layer an effect on top of another effect :)

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Those had a civic holiday long weekend must have been dreading this Tuesday coming back to work huh? At least the week is shorter now.