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Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers: Saturday - Monday: Surprise Points event: Get an Optimum Bonus Point card (worth 18,500, 38,000 or 50,000 points) with $75 purchase.

Even if you get the lowest point offer (18,500 points), it is still a great one (better than x20 points at $75 limit - 15,000 points).

*** Sunday & Monday: Revlon: 30% off (rest of the week: 15% off).

*** All week:
- Ombrelle sun care: 25% off
- L'Oreal skin/ sun care: 25% off
- Hawaiian Tropic sun care: CAD7.99
- Aveeno sun care: CAD12.99
- Olay facial cleanser, cleansing cloths: CAD7.99
- Vichy Purete Thermale skin care: CAD12.99
- Marcelle Hydra-C, New Age skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Infallible Silkissme eyeliner, Visible Lift: 20% off; Colour Riche, Telescopic eye, Infallible lip, True Match makeup: 25% off
- L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara: CAD9.99
- CoverGirl Wetstlicks lip, Flamed Out eye, Clean makeup: CAD5.99; Last Blast mascara, Bombshell eye: CAD8.99
- Maybelline Express Wear eyeshadow, Volume Express mascara: CAD4.99; eyeliner, Color Sensational lip, Fit Me: CAD6.99; Dream Wonder foundation: CAD12.99
- Revlon Color Burst, matte, Super Lustrous lipstick: CAD4.99; Just Bitten Kissable balm stain: CAD9.99; Color Stay Moisture Stain: CAD11.99
- Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick, Soft Kohl eyeliner: CAD3.99; mascara, makeup, Moisture Renew lip: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish, Salon Effects polish strips, treatment: CAD6.99; I Heart nail art, Insta-Dri nail polish: 2/CAD8; Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD8.99/ duo pack: CAD16.99
- Revlon nail polish: CAD4.99; Color Stay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD6.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: CAD5.99
- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish: CAD5.99
- Rimmel Salon Pro nail polish: CAD3.99
- Essie nail polish: CAD7.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points until August 1:
- x15 points with purchase of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair for eyes
- 8,000 points with purchase of Clinique Smart serum.

Until August 8:
- 2,000 points with purchase of 2 Almay products
- 2,500 points with purchase of Gosh Prime n' Refresh illuminating eye roller
- 12,000 poinst with $100 purchase of Biotherm products.

- Garnier Clean+ skin care: 25% off
- Neutrogena Deep Clean: 25% off
- Neostrata anti-aging skin care: 20% off (buy 9 products with your Airmiles card and get the 10th product for free)
- Vichy Dermablend, Dercos, Purete Thermale 3-in-1 cleanser/ body products: 15% off (buy 9 products with your Airmiles card and get the 10th product for free)
- Avene: 15% off (buy 9 products with your Airmiles card and get the 10th product for free)
- CoverGirl: 40% off
- Maybelline eye, lip: 20% off
- Annabelle Instaglam: CAD9.99 (bonus Airmiles)
- Marcelle colour cosmetics: 15% off
- Almay Colour+Care lip: CAD7.95 (bonus miles)
- Physicians Formula: 20% off (bonus miles)
- LA Colors, LA Girl: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Cargo foundation, powder, concealer: 15% off (bonus miles)
- Bonne Bell nail polish: CAD2.99 (bonus miles)
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish: CAD7.99
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99 (bonus miles)
- Red Carpet Manicure regular nail polish: CAD5.99; gel polish: CAD9.99.

- L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal skin care: CAD26.94
- Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick, Scandal Eyes Rockin' Curves mascara: CAD5.98.

- L'Oreal Infallible: CAD6.50, free $5 Target gift card with 2 selected L'Oreal products
- CoverGirl Clean, Ink It, Flamed Out: CAD5.99
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Dream Wonder: 20% off.

Sears: Elizabeth Arden GWP of $38 or more until August 16. The 7-piece gift, values up to $132, includes:
- Untold EDP (5ml)
- Ceramide purifying cream cleanser (50ml)
- Ceramide Ultra lipstick in Ginger
- Beautiful Color Lash enhancing mascara in Black
- Your choice of Prevage Anti-aging moisture lotion SPF30 (15ml) and daily serum (5ml); or Ceramide Lift and Firm day cream SPF30 (15ml) and Ceramide capsules daily youth restoring serum (7's), and
- A Shoshanna cosmetic bag.

With an Elizabeth Arden purchase of $75 or more, you'll get an additional gift: Eight Hour cream hand & body treatments and a matching pouch. And if you use Sears credit card for that purchase, you'll get a $25 saving card, redeemable on fashion, footwear, jewelry, accessories or luggage of $75 or more with Sears credit card.

Marcelle: Buy more Save more online until Sunday
- Buy 2 products: save 20%
- Buy 3 products: save 30%
- Buy 4 products: save 40%
- Buy 5 products: save 50%.

Discount automatically applies at checkout, no code needed :) Shipping is free for $50 Canadian orders or $75 US orders.

The Body Shop: B3G3F or B2G1F in store and online until July 29. Exclusions:
- Items priced at $6 or less
- Moisture White products
- Vitamin E serum-in-oil and Vitamin E Aqua Boost sorbet
- All-in-One InstaBlur, InstaBlur eye
- Body Sorbets
- Pre-packaged gift sets, store-made bundles, kits, in-store sale items, charitable items, and
- Purchases of gift cards and LYB membership card.

Bath and Body Works:
- All candles: BOGO
- New Signature body care: B3G3F
- New hand soaps: 6/CAD28 or 3/CAD18
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Scentportable holders/ refills: B4G2F
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F.

Inglot Canada: Free shipping on all orders of $50 or more until July 31.

Sally: Extra 50% off clearance curling irons and flat irons until Sunday.

Lately they have been separating the clearance section into different promos for extra 50% off. Last week was for clearance makeup and nail polish.

Lastly, for local readers: a Food Truck party.

If you know me IRL, you would probably know I love food almost as much as I love makeup, so you'll see random food promos in the post too :)

Details: next Thursday (July 31), 4 - 8pm at the parking lot of the Museum of Natural History on Summer St. $2 admission fee for adults, free for kids. You can click the picture to enlarge for all details.

The trucks: The Food Wolf, Cheese Gypsy, Lemon Dogs, Ol'school Donuts, Tin Pan Alley, The firefly Feast, Halifax Press, etc.

The eating will happen on the lawn, bring-your-own-picnic blanket (and cutlery) style. Hoping for good weather that day!


NOTD: OPI Don't Violet Me Down

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

A different NOTD today to change things up, shouldn't we? :)

I have always wanted to try OPI Sheer Tints after they created a wave of nail arts in the Spring, but forgot all about them. Last week, a little $4.99 clearance tag was attached to the display at Lawtons and I grabbed all 4 :)

This is a purple and silver sandwich mani with OPI Don't Violet Me Down.

Described as tinted gelly top coats, OPI Sheer Tints showed up on the nails a lot better than the name suggested. First coat already gave off some light colour and second coat was all I needed to get the colour payoff like a regular nail polish.

The first pic was taken in the shade, and the second one was in sunlight.

With this mani, I alternated a coat of Don't Violet Me Down with a coat of glitters from Finger Paints Copy Cat (bottle shot below) after a  base coat and a layer of base colour - OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for easy removal.

Since the Sheer Tints act as a top coat already, OPI suggests no top coat to follow, but I did anyway. I got 3 days of wear out of this mani.

One thing to complain about OPI Sheer Tints: the jelly texture was a bit thick and easy to get all goopy and stringy on the nails if I tried to do thicker coats.

As a result, wrapping the tip was not very easy, either I got either a glob of polish or a bald spot/ line near the tip. They are not very visible IRL but are in closeup unfortunately.

Removal was not easy either, since the glitters in Copy Cat were quite chunky. Almost comes with the territory :)

Next thing to try with these Sheer Tints is probably a syrup mani. Any suggestions?


FOTD: NYC Expert Last lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Squirt has been a little obsessed with lotus flowers since our trip home last year. I was in the mood to do a 2-toned lip, so here we are, a red/ pink lotus themed FOTD :)

The star product was NYC Expert Last lip colours in Coralista on the lower lip and Forever Fuchsia on the upper lip. I picked the sheerer colours for easy pigmentation manipulation.

On the eyes was MUA palette in Poptastic. I put the reddish pink in the outer V, the other pink to transition to the brow bone highlight, and the light gold in the inner half of the lids.

Squirt said I looked very pink, which I assume she meant I went overboard lol. Oh well, fun to play around with nontraditional colours once in a while :)

Other products used:
- Vichy Dynamic hydration serum and light cream (review coming soon)
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant pore eraser
- Cover Fx Conceal Fx Camouflage concealer in Light (too hot for foundation that day, I was lazy too)
- Avon SuperShock gel liner pencil in Intense Brown
- L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara in Blackest Black
- Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin cream blush in #510 Raspberry
This shade fit right in with the colour theme
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Mink Brown.

It was hard not to press my lips together with this lip look, as I always do that after applying a lipstick. The two colours I picked were not too different so I might be able to get away with the look out in public, didn't try to leave the house that day though lol.

How has your summer been so far? I am trying to "reorganize" the makeup/ nail polish room, looking for the ultimate organization that works for the room size and the stash size.

Not having an IKEA and not being able to grab storage systems from many sellers ("US shipping only" or crazy shipping cost... sorry, no!) slows the process down a lot, obviously. A year after moving in this house and I am still not settled down. Well, can't waste these summer days staying in, so we are out when we can. Organization can wait!


NYC Expert Last lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

So, I was browsing Walmart looking for new nail polish (duh) and came across a NYC multi-buy display of their nail polish and the Expert Last lip colours (2/ CAD3).

I was in the mood for summer lips so I bought 5 Expert Last (and 1 for a friend) among about 20 shades available. From L-R: 404 Air Kiss, 405 Blue Rose, 432 Red Rapture, 445 Coralista, and 447 Forever Fuchsia.

Crazy bright looking, aren't they? :) Glad to see the full safety seals and the colour coordination on the tubes but not too glad with the bullets not swiveling down all the way.

This is how the lipsticks look with the caps off, without any extra twisting. I would hate to nick the beautiful bullet while opening or closing the lid, but I guess it serves the purpose of displaying the colour through the clear lid.

I had a blast trying out these lipsticks. They are creamy and not drying, stay quite true to the colours in the tubes. For the cost of close to nothing, these are winners in my book.

On me, they last a few hours and left a light but even stain on the lips when they wore off. I just topped up with a gloss or tinted lip balm and my lips had colours again :)

Swatches were done in the same order as above, with indirect flash in the first pic and in the sun for the second.

The first 3 shades only took one swipe to swatch, a few more on my lips.

Air Kiss is the perfect raspberry pink, pigmented and bright.

Blue Rose is appropriately named, a great pink with more blue undertone.

Red Rapture is the red version of Air Kiss, equally fabulous.

The 2 shades on the right, Coralista and Forever Fuchsia, are on the sheer side.

These colours are good for everyday wear, a standard coral and pink with no blue undertone. With extra layers, they would work as night time lip colours too, conveniently.

Note that these lipsticks carry a scent similar to the NYC City Proof Twistable Intense lip colors, which I enjoyed. If you don't have a problem with scented lip products, I'd totally recommend the Expert Last lipsticks. Here is a two-toned-lip FOTD with Coralista and Forever Fuchsia.


The Great Polish giveaway

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If you are a fan of nail polish and haven't heard/ entered, there is an awesome giveaway hosted by Nail Polish Canada where you can win up to 200 bottles selected by beauty and nail bloggers.

The prize pool grows with blogger's nomination, so the more bloggers to promote the giveaway, the bigger the prize would be. At the time of this post, there are already 110 bottles to win :)

I nominated Picture Polish Imperial. I don't have this shade but have been dreaming of it for a long time :)

The giveaway opens to Canada and US, goes on until August 15, please see the Terms & Conditions on the gadget for more details.

You can enter on Nail Polish Canada's giveaway page (linked above) and once on each blog that nominated a shade. Good luck to all of us :)

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Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers: Saturday & Sunday: Spend your Points event
- 50,000 points = $100 (extra $15) or
- 95,000 points = $200 (extra $30)

*** All week:
- Olay Regenerist facial moisturizer: CAD27.99
- Olay, Neutrogena facial moisturizer: CAD12.99
- Bioderma, Garnier, Jamieson skin care: 20% off
- Hydraluron Moisture Boosting mask (4's), Okrapeptide, Pepabright: 15% off
- Herbal Essences/ Aussie hair care: CAD2.99
- Dove, John Frieda, Organix hair care: CAD7.99
- Crest 3D White whitestrips: 25% off
- Maybelline eyeliner, Baby Lips, Fit Me: 30% off
- Maybelline Great Lash/ Volume Express mascara: CAD8.99
- Revlon ColorStay lip liner, Super Lustrous, matte lipstick, Color Burst lip: CAD9.99
- Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara: 20% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick, eyeliner: CAD5.99
- L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur: 15% off; Double Extend/ Voluminous mascara: 20% off
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara: CAD6.99; Lip Perfection lip: CAD8.99
- Rimmel eye, lip: CAD5.99; mascara, selected makeup: CAD6.99
- Annabelle makeup: 25% off 
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Almay Color+Care liquid lip balm, One Coat mascara, Intense i-color eye: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel lacque: CAD5.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish: CAD2.99; Diamond Strength, Insta-Dri nail polish: CAD3.99; Complete Salon nail polish: CAD5.99; Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD8.99 - Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish: CAD2.99
- Revlon nail polish, treatment: CAD5.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 2/CAD6 or CAD3.99 each.

*** Bonus Optimum points until August 1:
- x15 points with purchase of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair for eyes
- 8,000 points with purchase of Clinique Smart serum.

Until August 8: 2,000 points with purchase of 2 Almay products.

- Real Techniques Complexion sponge: CAD8.99
- NYX lipstick, lip liner, gloss: 20% off (bonus miles)
- LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD5.99 (bonus miles)
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 2/CAD6
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire gel lacque: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Red Carpet Manicure gel: 20% off
- Marcelle BB, CC, DD cream: 20% off
- L'Oreal Sublime cleanser: 25% off
- Garnier Pure Control: 25% off
- L'Oreal Sublime Sun: 25% off
- Montagne Jeunesse face mask tube: 20% off.

*** BOGO deals:
- Maybelline mascara, Baby Lips
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick, gloss, lip liner
- Revlon lip
- Vasanti, Physician Formula, Styli-Style, ColorEvolution
- Mistura beauty kits
- SinfulColors, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear/ Insta-Dri, Del Sol, L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish
- Nicole by OPI, Revlon nail polish, treatment
- Compliments nail polish remover, cosmetic implements, luxury cotton pads
- Make-Offs
- Nivea body wash, shower gel, anti-perspirant, deodorant, body lotion
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care
- Olay wet cleansing cloths (30's)
- Upper Canada Gardener's collection
- Crabtree & Evelyn, Fruits & Passion bath
- Terractive face, hair mask
- Lotus Aroma bath/ body
- Coco & Mim/ Cat jewelry.

- CoverGirl Clean foundation, pressed powder, Whipped foundation, blush, bronzer: CAD5.94; mascara, liquid liner, Lip Perfection: CAD6.94
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Eye Studio eyeliner, eyeshadow: CAD5.94
- L'Oreal eye makeup remover (including Sublime cleanser): CAD7.94
- Garnier Lift skin care: CAD10.94.

- Maybelline (selected): CAD5.99
- Revlon/ Almay (selected): 15% off
- Rimmel Scandal Eyes: CAD4.99
- Pixi: 15% off
- Neutrogena cleanser: 20% off
- Essie nail polish, Sleek Sticks, treatment: CAD7.99.

The Body Shop:
- In store: If you missed the Girls Night Out event last night, the $5 off deals on Fab 5 products are still on until Sunday with your LYB card
- Online: 50% off bath & body products
- In store and online: $10 body butters.

Coastal Scents: Last day of the $0.99 sale on their hot pots (reg. $1.95 each). They ship internationally.

I gave in to their 50% off blush sale months ago but don't think I am sane enough to browse through more than 380 shades lol. The price is awesome though.

Sally: Extra 50% off nails and makeup clearance until Sunday. Excludes OPI.

ebates Canada: Great Summer Getaway Double cash back
- Air France: 2%
- Southwest Vacations: 4%
- The Bay, Best Western: 5%
- Living Social, Groupon Getaway, Avis, Budget: 6%
- up to 6.5%
- 6.5%
-, 7%
- Orbitz: up to 7.5%
- Priceline, up to 8%
- Neiman Marcus: 8%
- Holiday Inn: 9%
- Microsoft: up to 12%, etc.

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

Last but not least, not beauty related but exciting nonetheless :) It's National ice cream day on Sunday and Marble Slab has BOGO promotion on their regular-sized cones between 11am and 2pm.

Don't forget that they offer unlimited mixins now instead of just one like before, so go nuts with it (pun intended) lol.

And, share a photo of your cone with #MSCHappyHour (twitter, instagram or FB) for a chance to win 1 of 2 $10 gift cards :)

Where are you heading off to this weekend? It's been a long week for me, frustrating too. My pool remained cloudy no matter how much chemical I added to it, so we haven't been able to play with the water at all. I wanted to scream!


FOTD: Maybelline Bleached Neons

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Last weekend, I went all ethereal with Maybelline Bleached Neons :) We have been having rain after that, for 4 days and counting now, so I opted to use these products as bases for brighter colours since. Can't wait for the sun to be back!

On the eyes were Maybelline Colour Tattoos in Sunwashed Sky (inner half of the lids) and Shimmering Sea (outer half), darkened in the outer V by a dark brown from MUA Heaven and Earth palette.

I like how these Color Tattoos looked on the eyes, with quite strong shimmering effect. Because of the creasing problem with Sunwashed Sky, I will wear them alone on the lids on work days with nothing else to do after.

On my lips was Maybelline Color Elixir in Glowing Garnet, the most pigmented and darkest pink among the 3 shades in the collection. No lip liner, so you can see the true colour of it.

Totally different from how it swatched in yesterday's post right? On me, Glowing Garnet gave a hint of pink and some pretty shimmers. So yeah, no luck with wearing these Elixir alone, unless you want the sheer lip look which has become more popular this summer.

Products used on the face:
- Marcelle DD cream SPF25 in Medium to Dark
- Cover Fx Conceal Fx Camouflage concealer in Light and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot treatment corrector in Light/ Medium
- CoverFx Setting Fx translucent mineral powder.

Other products:
- Rimmel Scandal Eyes waterproof kohl kajal liner in Light Blue in the inner lower lash line
- Milani Liquid Eye Liquid-like eyeliner pencil in Black, smudged with a dark navy eyeshadow
- Annabelle Expandable mascara in Black and Annabelle Le Big Show mascara in Black
- Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin cream blush in #510 Raspberry and
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Mink Brown.

Trying my best to finish up some products I have forever so I can move on to new things but it's slow. I don't know how YT'ers have so many makeup empties to show every month lol.

A reminder, The Body Shop Girls Night Out event is tonight. Have a great day, shopping or not :)


Maybelline Bleached Neons

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Maybelline (LE) summer collection (Bleached Neons) was out for a while now. I had full intention to skip on it, as I have enough products of the same kinds, but couldn't pass it up at Lawtons' 40% off sale couple weeks ago :)

I bought all 3 Color Elixirs - Glowing Garnet, Radiant Raspberry and I'm Blushing, and both Colour Tattoos - Sunwashed Sky and Shimmering Sea (reg. $8.99 each).

If you don't know my Color Tattoo "collector status", I have almost all shades (LE and permanent), except those that swatch patchy. For the Color Elixirs, I enjoyed the ones I have. So yeah, hard to justify not to get more.

So here we are, the Color Tattoos in Sunwashed Sky (left) and Shimmering Sea (right).

Swatches  with a synthetic brush which sheers out the colours a bit. Like most Color Tattoos, these two work well as bases for powder eyeshadows. On their own, Shimmering Sea fares better, as Sunwashed Sky creases on me after about 5 hours of wear.

I heard Sunwashed Sky is very close to Cool Crush from the duochrome collection, and I agree, colour wise. I do think the blue sheen in Cool Crush is stronger and Sunwashed Sky builds up a little better.

Same comparison between Shimmering Sea and Seashore Frosts, more similar sheen here with Shimmering Sea having a bit lighter base.

In both cases, you don't need these new Color Tattoos if you already hauled the duochromes.

And here are the Colors Elixirs in Glowing Garnet, Radiant Raspberry and I'm Blushing, from top to bottom.

Swatches below in the same order, from L-R.

Glowing Garnet is a natural sheer pink on my dark lips. I won't count on it for pigmentation but it gives a gorgeous sheen and makes my lips look plumped when topped up another lip colour or lip liner.

Radiant Raspberry is the most pigmented shade among the 3, but still needs layers to show up decently on its own. Good for the no-makeup look.

I'm Blushing is also sheer. For the colour that it is, it does not show up much on my lips, but again is a perfect gloss to jazz up other colours on the lips without altering the colour tone.

I do wish Maybelline ventured out outside the pink colour range a little with this collection.

All in all, these colours from Maybelline for this summer are great, but not must-haves if you have already stocked up on similar colours from the line. Here is a FOTD I did with a few of the colours.


TBS Girls Night Out giveaway

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Get your LYB card and wallet ready, The Body Shop is hosting a Girls Night Out event in all Canadian stores on Thursday (July 17), 4pm till close!

Remember I told you before that a few of The Body Shop's new and highly-coveted products are excluded from in store promotions? With this event, you can get $5 off these "Fab 5" products:
- Body Sorbets (reg. $15): for everyone
- Instablur (reg. $22), Instablur Eye (reg. $15), Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (reg. $20) and Tea Tree BB cream (reg. $15): for LYB members.

Free mini makeovers are available with appointment, so call up your location :) If you aren't a LYB member yet, you can get a free Japanese Cherry Blossom bundle when signing up ($10 membership fee).

To celebrate this event the Sparkled Beauty style, all Canadian readers/ twitter followers can enter to win a $100 Summer Must-have prize pack from The Body Shop by tweeting a picture of themselves at the event with #TheBodyShopGNO @TheBodyShopCA and @Sparkled_Beauty.

I look forward to see your pics on Thursday. A winner will be chosen through from the qualified tweets I receive that night and The Body Shop will ship out the prize directly. Have fun at the event and don't forget to tweet me :)


NOTD: Essence Sparkling Sand

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I know Mondays aren't normally for NOTDs but Essence Beach Cruisers collection has landed at my beloved Shoppers location and I couldn't wait to tell you about it.

Out of 4 Sparkling Sand nail polish shades released in Europe, we get 3, $2.49 each. I was not too upset as the fourth shade did not look like something I would wear.

I have 2 shades to show you today and the third shade will soon follow.

On 4 of my fingers is 02 Girls Just Wanna Have Sun!, 2 coats. It is a beautiful peachy coral, with a light hint of shimmers.

On the accent nail is one coat of 01 I ♥ Summer Break, one of the most beautiful raspberry reds I have seen. To top off the great pigmentation, the fuchsia sparkles in it are strong and visible in all lighting.

I kinda like this pairing between the 2 shades. Girls Just Wanna Have Sun! tends to make my hands look darker, not necessarily preferable, so I ♥ Summer Break helps balancing it out.

If you can't tell by the name (Sparkling Sand), these nail polish are textures with fine grittiness, if you know what I mean. They are nowhere near the texture of China Glaze Textureds, rest assured. I don't mind either way.

The sparkles in the bottles show up better in the last two pictures here. Application and removal were a breeze!

The third shade 03 Keep Calm and Go to the Beach is a beautiful teal. You won't regret picking it up either. Needless to say, I definitely recommend Essence Sparkling Sands, if you enjoy textured nail polish.

Looks like Essence is on a roll with finishes as the Road Trip collection will have Thermo/ Asphalt/ Leather/ Gasoline effects :)

How did your weekend go? We had the most beautiful sunny days, spent couple hours picking cherries (11 pounds of Stellar, Lapin and Napoleon lol). No Rainiers but I was happy nonetheless.