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The Little Black Book of Bronzers

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It's probably the best time to talk about Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers I received for review, since it is 50% off on the brand's website today :) If you are a fan of bronzers, this (LE) collection of 8 iconic bronzers is fun to check out.

Beautiful packaging, as always with Too Faced. The palette opens like a book, with a bronzer story for every day of the week.

I thought it'd be fun to include it here:
- Monday: Power Player, an all over natural matte tan, with Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Soleil
- Tuesday: Lunch with Mom, a colour-correcting, sun-kissed radiance for a healthy glow, with Snow Bunny
- Wednesday: Date Night, a sculpted contouring, chiseled effect with Dark Chocolate Soleil
- Thursday: Girls Night Out with all over blushing glow, using Pink Leopard
- Friday: Play Hooky, a rich sexy deep bronze with Beach Bunny
- Saturday: Peace, Love and Festivals, a long lasting glow with Endless Summer
- Sunday: Sunday Funday, a natural looking bronzed glow with Sun Bunny.

Swatches might look similar among a few shades here, but I do want to talk you though the finish and skin tone they work for. Let's start with the famous Chocolate Soleils.

I am naturally drawn to these 3, since they are antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused matte bronzers for different skin tones - Milk Chocolate Soleil (at 12 o'clock in the circle, noted as light/ medium matte), Chocolate Soleil (at 1 o'clock, medium/ deep matte) and Dark Chocolate Soleil (at 5 o'clock, deep/ tan matte).

As you can see, Chocolate Soleil works best on me, but I can mix it with either of the other 2 depending on how light/ dark my face becomes with seasons.

Snow Bunny (at 3 o'clock, luminous) is supposed to offer a sun-kissed and natural radiance.

I am surprisingly loving it for half highlight/ half bronzing effect. Subtle but pretty.

I swatched each stripes individually, and then swirled them together for the bottom swatch, but IRL, I tap the brush in instead, then blend on the cheeks. Hate to mud up the stripes in the pan.

Beach Bunny (at 8 o'clock, custom blend) offers a skin perfecting summer tan.

It is in the similar format to Snow Bunny above, just darker and warmer, so I swatched it in the same fashion - 4 individual swatches, then all together.

The 2 shades in the middle barely show up on me, so the effect is even more subtle. I don't get a lot of use out of this particular shade but again, layering with other shades is part of the fun we can have with this palette.

Endless Summer (at 9 o'clock, 16 hour long wear) is designed to give you a lit-from-within bronzed glow

Sunny Bunny (at 11 o'clock, natural) has a slight pink undertone to mimic the flush of a real tan, swatched each half first, then together. This one sure is natural looking on me.

At the bottom is Pink Leopard (at 6 o'clock, blushing), with skin brightening and bronzing pigments for an all over glow, is another surprise love for me. I was not sure about the non-matte finish, but it shows up beautifully on the cheeks.

This bronzer wardrobe has 0.08oz/ 2.5g each shade (vs. 0.25oz - 0.35oz full sizes, reg. $38 each), retails $60 (on sale for the day, as mentioned above).

If you prefer one single bronzer all year round, this is Chocolate Soleil on its own. Told you Too Faced does packaging just as well as the product itself.

As we are heading deep into winter, a little glow is much appreciated :)


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Before we start with Black Friday shopping craziness, please use ebates/ MrRebates or any trusty cashback website before you hit that "Order" button. It is a shame not to, and they are doing lots of double cashbacks for the weekend :)

Halifax Shopping Centre is running their annual Big Black Bow event this weekend with extended hours (8-10 Friday & Saturday, 10-6 Sunday) and 3 tier discounts
- Silver Bow: 15% off or tax free
- Red Bow: 20% off
- Black Bow: 25% off or more.

Other offers:
- Friday: Free Black Friday swag bag while quantities last
- Saturday (8 - 9:30am): bonus $20 gift card with purchase of $100 Halifax Shopping Centre gift card for the first 100 visitors, 1/ person
- Sunday: free Swarovski gift with purchase of $100 Halifax Shopping Centre gift card.

Micmac Mall has Black Friday Frenzy also this weekend, similar offers - extended hours, $100 gift card costs $75 Friday - Sunday, starting at open, while quantities last, 1/ person.


*** Saturday: Holiday Spend your points event: 50,000 points = $100 (extra $15) or 95,000 points = $200 (extra $30).

*** Sunday - Tuesday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase.

*** All week:
- Olay skin care: 20% off
- Reversa skin care: 25% off
- Avene, A-Derma, Elancyl skin care: 20% off
- Strivectin skin care sets: 50% off
- Pantene hair care: CAD3.99
- CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara, Clean/ Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD6.99; Outlast lip, Plumpify mascara: CAD11.99; Outlast/ Trublend makeup: CAD12.99
- Revlon lip: CAD6.99
- Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara: CAD8.99; eyeshadow palette: CAD15.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD8.99
- Marcelle lip: CAD8.99
- Rimmel Professional eyebrow pencil, Scandal Eyes waterproof eyeliner, Renew lip colour, Wonder Lash mascara: CAD5.99; The One lipstick (new): CAD7.99
- Quo by Orly Color Amp'd nail polish (new): CAD8.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:

- x15 points with $30 Quo purchase (until December 4)- 1,000 points with 2 Revlon implements
- 2,000 points with 2 Quo cosmetic/ nail products
- 5,000 points with 2 Cover FX cosmetic products
- 8,000 points with Calvin Klein One gift set.

- Vichy, Neostrata, Cliniderm: 40% off (Friday only, rest of the week: 20% off)
- La Roche-Posay skin care: 20% off
- Garnier Skin Renew, Ultra Lift, Clean+: 25% off
- Upper Canada Naturally bath/ body products: 30% off
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.88
- Aussie hair care: CAD2.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise: CAD3.99
- EoS: CAD2.99
- Maybelline Baby Lips, Great Lash mascara, Color Show Khol eyeliner: CAD3.99
- CoverGirl: 30% off
- Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick, Color Burst lip butter: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous Manga/ Million Lashes/ Butterfly mascara, Superior Preference hair colour: CAD9.99
- Annabelle eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, Smoothliner, eye/ brow liner: CAD5.99
- Marcelle makeup remover: 20% off; mascara, Flawless foundation: CAD9.99
- Revlon classic nail polish: CAD2.99
- SinfulColors: 40% off
- Essie: CAD6.99
- Red Carpet Manicure light/ kit: 20% off.

Superstore: No tax Friday and Saturday (NS)
- Joe Fresh beauty sets: 25% off
- Cosmetics/ fragrance gift sets, selected bath gift sets: 25% off.

The Bay:
- Up to 50% off weekend sale across departments
- 10% off cosmetics and fragrances, plus free 16-piece gift with $100 cosmetics or fragrance orders ($210 value, online only).

Holt Renfrew: When you spend $125 or more on regular priced beauty products online until Sunday, get a free Holt Renfrew brush set & pouch ($45 value). Free shipping on $100+ orders.

Makeup Geek: Info posted in last week's Flyer deal post.

MAC: 25% off holiday kits and pre-filled eye palettes until Monday, price as marked, excluding Magic of the Night and Enchanted Eve: Viva Glamorous. Cannot be combined with pro/ employee discounts. Free shipping with code "MACSHIP" or with $65+ orders.

Skindinavia: 25% off + 2 free pocket-sized sprays (makeup primer & finishing spray) + free shipping (any US orders or $50+ international orders) with code "THANKS25", today only.

Urban Decay CAN: 20% off with code "CRUSHED" until Saturday. Free shipping for all orders.

Colour Pop: $5 off $40, $10 off $60, $15 off $80 or $20 off $100 until Sunday, no code needed.

I ordered too fast and missed today's offer: 6-piece kits are $25 (reg. $30 - $39, for 24 hours only).

The 3 mini sets are also launched for the holiday, $20 each:
- Foxy Ultra Matte To Go with 5 best selling shades
- Kitty Ultra Matte To Go with 5 exclusive LE shades
- Trippin Lippie To Go with 5 mini lip duos (Lippie Stix and Lippie pencil).

Shipping to Canada starts at $12 flat rate and goes up slightly ($13 for a $80 order or $15 for a $100 order).

OFRA: 50% off everything with code "OFRA50" until Monday. $9.50 Canada flat rate shipping.

LA Splash CAN: All lipsticks and lashes are $12 (reg. $16, i.e. 25% off) until Monday. Free full sized glitter (colours vary) with $50 orders. $10 flat rate shipping.

Sadly, the new (LE) Velvet Matte liquid lipsticks aren't released until mid December.

LA Splash US offers this deal at $10 (reg. $14) but international shipping is $27.95 flat rate. It is still cheaper to order off the Canadian site, even when we have to pay taxes.

The next best offers on LA Splash lip products:

- Funk 'n' Frost (Canada): $14.98 a piece, 15% off with code "FNFBF15" until Monday (making them $$12.73 each). Free shipping with $75+ orders.
Do compare saving between these 2 sites, depending on the size of your order, to get the best deal..
- FTB Beauty (Canada): $18.99 - $19.99 each, free shipping with $50 orders
- Beauty Joint: $14 + shipping to Canada. Black Friday sale is on until Saturday: 25% off with code "BLACK2015", I'm not sure if LA Splash is excluded
- All Cosmetics Wholesale: $13.98 + shipping to Canada. 15% off with code "CYBER15".

Annabelle/ Marcelle: 40% off everything for the weekend.

NYX CAN: Free shipping with $45+ orders
- High Voltage lipsticks: 50% off
- A few other product lines: 20-30% off.

Cover FX: 20% off until Sunday, no code needed. Free shipping with $75+ orders.

City Color: 40% off site wide until Monday (excluding Photo Chic brush set), no code needed. Free gift with $40+ orders. $12.95 flat rate Canada shipping for orders up to $150, or $29.95 for $150+ orders.

Camera Ready Cosmetics: selected items 10-50% off, including the Beauty Blender and bdellium Tools brushes. Free Canada shipping with $100+ orders.

bh Cosmetics: Sales include the new liquid lipsticks ($6, reg. $11). $13.95 First Class shipping for 1-2 items to Canada, otherwise $26.95 priority shipping. 

Lancome CAN: 20% off orders $50 - $249 or 25% off orders $250 or more until Monday with code "CYBER15", plus 5-piece GWP of $100 or more with code "PARIS15". Free shipping with $50+ orders.

The Body Shop: 3/$33, 4/$44 or 5/$55 until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

Black Friday tote $30 ($100 value) with $30 purchase, including:
- Mango lip butter
- Strawberry shower gel
- Shea Body butter
- Coconut soap
- Satsuma body polish and hand cream
- Vitamin E moisture cream (mini)
- Camomile eye makeup remover (mini)
- Cream bath lily
- Feel So Good tote bag, $ 5 coupon and 3 samples.

Online only: 10% off selected gift sets. Today and tomorrow: $5 gift cubes (reg. $10).

Bath & Body Works: Last day of B3G3F or B2G1F mix and match. VIP tote is $30 with $35 purchase.

Vichy CAN: 10% off $50+, 15% off $75+ or 20% off $100+ orders and free shipping on their new online shopping site. No code needed.

Clarisonic CAN: Last day of 25% off with code "BLACKFRIDAY". Free shipping with $70+ orders.

Too Faced: 4 free minis with $70 orders. Today only:
- 50% off any item with purchase of Better than Sex mascara (excluding Melted, Melted Metal and sale items)
- Cat Eyes set: $36 ($68 value)
- 24-hour primer duo set: $10 ($20 value).
Note: the Melted lipsticks 2/$30 (save $12) deal is for US only.

Sugarpill: up to 60% off until Monday. Free worldwide shipping with $100+ orders.

Morphe: 20% off with code "20BLACKFRIDAY", excluding sale items.

Sally: Shop now and earl $5 off $25 coupon, valid between December 9-24
- Finger Paints nail colour, gel polish, Endless Wear: B2G2F
- Ion shampoo, conditioner: BOGO
- Selected gel polish kits are on sale too.

L'Occitane: LE Free shipping with $25 orders
- Stocking stuffers: B3G1F
- Magic key (tube roller): $5 with purchase of Shea Butter hand or foot cream (150ml) with code "MAGICKEY"
- 4 exclusive sets (pictured) for $16 each with $45 purchase with code "NOIR" until Sunday
- Holiday Essentials kit: $20 with $45 purchase with code "MANIFIQUE" until December 25.
I also suggest their $49 advent calendar (in store only).

*** Online only:
- Deluxe sets: $35 with $55 orders with code "NOIRPLUS" until Sunday
- Men's shower gel (full size): $11 with $60 orders with code "GELHOMME" until Sunday
- Free Holliday Essentials kit with $135 orders with code "DELUXE" until Sunday.

Birchbox CAN: 25% off $45+ orders (beauty gifts or gift subscriptions) with code "BIGDEAL". Free shipping with $70+ orders.

Pixi UK: 20% off and free mini Glow Tonic with £40 orders, today only. Free international shipping with £35+ orders.

If your order is large enough, at checkout, there's a button to choose a £3 off £49 or £5 off £75 code. Limit 3 Glow Tonic/ order.

The US site runs similar offer and has the large Glow Tonic (8.5oz/ 250ml) for $28 (vs. £18 on the UK site) but they only ship within the US.

Elf: 50% off site wide with $30+ orders with code "BEAUTIFUL", today only, excluding new products (i.e. lots of holiday sets, unfortunately) and Play Beautifully Box plans. Maximum discount $100.

Lise Watier: 20% off and free shipping on all orders until Monday, no code needed. Free shipping with $75 orders.

Sedona Lace: 50% off everything, today only.

Royal & Langnickel: 50% off everything until Monday.

Z Palette: 30% off site wide (excluding mini Z palettes, depotting kit), today only. They ship worldwide.

Sleek Makeup: 25% off selected beauty favorites until December 1. No code needed.

Beyond the Rack: Free base shipping with $75+ orders.

Scarlet & Julia: extra 20% off with code "CYBER" until Monday.

The Shopping Channel: up to 50% off clearance (home, kitchen, beauty, fashion, handbags, shoes and jewelry".

La Senza: today only
- In store: 50% off everything, excluding Feather-lite bras or markdown items
- Online: 40% off your purchase (including sale & clearance) and free shipping on $50 orders with code "GIFTSEXY".

Old Navy: 50% off in store (extended hours) and online (no code needed, excluding Everyday Steals), today only. Exclusions: Clearance, Today Only Deals, gift cards and consumables.

Super Cash ends tonight, redeemable December 1 - 6.

Winners: 20% F&F sale this weekend but only for those who have an invitation from someone who works there.


Yves Rocher holiday nail polish

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I have a few shades from Yves Rocher LE holiday nail polish collection to show you today. More to come next week. Don't mind the inconsistent nail length here, one nail kept breaking on me and I refused to shorten them all.

I am excited to find out Yves Rocher had jumped on the textured polish wagon, with chunkier glitters in the mix (Pixie Dust style). The first shade is Frosted Green, one and a half coats. One coat would give the sheer look that is more visible under certain lighting.

And the colour can look more mint (left) or more turquoise (right), also depending on the light. The same situation continues with Frosted Blue below, I can't tell exactly what colour it is :) It is also slightly more sheer than Frosted Green.

The third texture shade in the collection is Frosted Pink Champagne. I am glad it is not a mannequin hand type of colour thanks to the light pink tint. My kind of neutral :)

The accent nail is Pearly Charcoal Grey, with the light metallic sheen. Dark and pretty, but nothing out of the ordinary.

With the same finish, Pearly Purple turns out to be a dark cranberry red (not purple), darker than it looks here, great Christmas Eve colour.

Pearly Pink Champagne has the same colour base as Frosted Pink Champagne above, but the finish makes it an accent nail type of colour for me. Don't think I can wear it as a full mani.

The bottles are 0.16 oz/ 5ml, $3.50 each.


Marc Jacobs The Sofia lip collection

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

We are switching to high-end makeup for the day with Marc Jacobs (LE) The Sofia 5 piece petite Le Marc lip creme collection, named after Sofia Coppola, the film maker.

I originally bought Marc Jacobs Style Eye-con No 20 palette for the holiday but Sephora cancelled my order (inventory issue, they said), so I decided on this lip collection to try out this lipstick line that I heard a lot about.

Marc Jacobs' standard luxury packaging - a velvety tray to hold the lipsticks, kept inside a glossy patent leather pouch and a glittery printed box. The mini tubes look decent size until you remove the cap to see that the bullet is a lot smaller than the base it sits on.

Here are Infamous, Dashing, So Sofia, Boy Gorgeous and Blow, some of the bestselling reds in the line. I can appreciate a bold lip set (not the often seen nude ones), with shades named after iconic women that have inspired Marc Jacobs himself.

These Le Marc lip creme lipsticks are formulated with concentrated color-boost pigments that are triple-milled and enriched with hydrating ingredients - powerful peptides, antioxidant-rich seaberry, and natural humectants (including meranti and cocoa butter).

Knowing all that, I was still surprised to find the lipsticks very creamy and pigmented. I hardly needed to layer them at all. For the 10 hour wear claim, I did not get that far but 5-6 hours were fine with me and I didn't mind to reapply.

Swatches below were done with just one swipe each. Infamous, described as a soft peony is the most easy-to-wear non-nude shade, I can wear it everyday. Dashing, a cherry red, and its darker partner Blow (dark berry velvet, far right) are in the opposite colour spectrum and glam up your night looks in an instant.

A shade I don't see very often in lip sets but enjoy quite a bit: a watermelon pink called So Sofia (middle). And Boy Gorgeous, a berry pink (second from right), is gorgeous, pun intended :)

The deluxe size in the set is 0.05oz, a bit less than half size, so 5 shades together equal about 2 full sized lipsticks (0.12oz, reg. $38). The $54 price tag is worth it if you want to treat yourself to something nice.


Hard Candy Lip Colour collection

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Hard Candy sure treats some of us like kids in a candy store, literally :) This is the holiday 15-piece Lip Colour collection for those who like to try lots of lip colours in one go.

A pail, with metal lid/ bottom/ handle, holds 15 lip items that wraps around its clear plastic wall. No shade names mentioned anywhere, and only 4-digit numbers are shown on the products (don't match up with the 3-digit numbers on the core products).

Here is the colour strip that holds the items in place, out of the pail.

The All The Glossed Up hydrating lip stains are on the left below (0.06oz/ 1.7g each vs. 0.11oz full size, reg. $5) - 5167, 5168, 5169, 5170 and 5173.

The Fierce Effects daring lip glosses are on the right. I am trying to get the name info from the brand/ its PR and will confirm later but for now, my guesses are Plum Diva, Skyfall, Knockout Punch, Daredevil and Nude Plunge.

You might notice I did not pay too much attention to these 5 All Gloss Up lip stains. The reason was I was not impressed with the colour choices.

The last 2 shades on the right are almost identical when swatched and they are sheer. The second shade from left also needs layering for pigmentation, while the shade in the middle could be a little more bold, you know, for the holiday.

The pinky red has fine silver sparkles, which is season appropriate but might not be everybody's cup of tea. I wish it were a true Christmas red.

The Fierce Effects daring lip glosses are a different story.

For some reason, my Walmart does not carry these in the core line nor online so I assumed Canada had missed out on them until I saw them on a few Canadian blogs.

So, if you can get your hands on them, I suggest you do - minis or full sizes, your choice, but note a few differences.

Infused with argan and citrus oils, these glosses are supposed to be light and glossy, with great colour payoff and a light minty scent. I find the minis in this set are thicker than say, Sephora Jem & the Holograms glosses I reviewed before, but they become less sticky as they wear off slightly, a lot more comfortable to wear.

Also, these minis have standard doe-foot applicators instead of brush applicators in the full sizes, which I am happy about. Not a fan of the brush in glosses.

The shimmer lip glosses (0.2oz/ 6ml each) - 5148, 5149, 5150, 5152 and 5153 - are too young to my taste. They will go to Squirt (or her friends) so I will not swatch them.

Obviously, I got this Lip Colour collection for the Fierce Effects glosses but they are not worth paying $19.97 for unless you can share the rest with someone else.

I am hoping to find in Canada the Wish for a Kiss lip gloss collection shown on Walmart US website with 6 Fierce Effects glosses at a much better price tag of $6. There is also a Lips of Love set below with 3 All Glossed Up (larger at 0.09oz/ 2.5g each but still not at 0.11oz full size) for $4.97.

I placed the red and nude from the collection above on the far left and far right next to the red and nude in this smaller set for size and colour comparison.

In the end, depending on how many lip products you want to try, pick the set that suits the need :) This is going to be a fun holiday!