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Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty


*** Saturday & Sunday: Shop & Dine deal - Free $10 Ultimate Dining card (Swiss Chalet, East Side Marios, Milestone, Montana's, Kelsey's, Harvey's, etc.) and $10 Shoppers card with $75 purchase.

*** All week:
- Dove, Aussie hair care: CAD2.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise (385ml), Whole Blends hair care: CAD3.99
- Head & Shoulders, Tresemme hair care: CAD5.99
- Ogx, Marc Anthony hair care: CAD6.99
- Nivea skin care: 25% off
- Reversa, No7, Jouviance, Garnier skin care: 20% off
- Neutrogena, Olay classic facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- Garnier, Clean & Clear facial cleanser: CAD8.99
- Aveeno, L'Oreal facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- CoverGirl Easy Breazy brow powder, Lash Blast mascara, Clean makeup: CAD8.99; Plumpify mascara, Outlast/ TruBlend makeup: CAD9.99; Outlast lip: CAD11.99
- Revlon Kiss balm, matte/ Super Lustrous lip: CAD4.99; PhotoReady eyeshadow: CAD12.99
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Color Sensational lip, Fit Me makeup: CAD5.99; Eye Studio brow/ eye: CAD10.99; Lip Studio, Brow Drama pro palette, Face Studio makeup: CAD14.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lip: CAD8.99
- NYX matte/ soft matte lip: CAD8.99; conceal correct contour palette: CAD12.99
- Rimmel eye, lip: 25% off
- Joe Fresh: Spring collection is in store now - highlighter sticks, waterproof eyeliners, brow crayons, brow tints, powder eyeshadows, tinted balms, etc.

*** Beauty Boutique: Receive a $10 bonus card towards next online purchase when you shop in store until March 10. Limited quantities.

- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- Vichy Teint Ideal corrective cosmetics: 20% off
- Maybelline Color Sensational lip: CAD7.99; Face Studio setting spray, Master Contour, the Nudes palette: CAD12.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Brow Stylist: CAD8.99
- Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick, Colorburst matte, Ultra HD, lip butter, lip liner: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl Clean makeup, Lash Blast mascara, Katy Kat lipstick/ mascara: CAD7.99
- Annabelle Skinny palette, Stay Sharp liner: CAD6.99
- Marcelle foundation, powder, concealer, blush: 25% off
- Rimmel: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Almay foundation, powder, concealer, blush, primer, makeup remover: 20% off (bonus miles)
- LA Colors, LA Girl lip: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99 (bonus miles).

- L'Oreal Hydra Genius skin care: CAD19.97
- CoverGirl TruBlend pressed powder: CAD9.97
- Revlon Ultimate All-in-One mascara: CAD7.96
- L'Oreal Telescopic mascara: CAD8.96.

The Bay:
- Estee Lauder GWP of $50+, plus a bonus gift with $100+ purchase.
- Extra 20% off clearance items in stores (printable coupon) and online with code "EXTRA20" until Sunday - women's and men's fashion, women's accessories, intimates, watches and fashion jewelry
- Accessories event:
  • Buy 1 save 15%, buy 2 save 20% or buy 3+ save 25% on accessories, select jewelry and sunglasses
  • Spend $75 save $15, spend $125 save $30 or spend $175+ save $50 on women's handbags & wallets, watches for him and her
  • $59.99 select Fergalicious and Circus by Sam Edelman, plus 20% off other select shoes and sandals. 
Holt Renfrew: this weekend get 10% back on a Holt promotional gift card (valid February 27 until March 26) with regular-priced beauty purchases in stores and online. Free shipping with $100 orders. Exclude hr2, leased boutiques, Crabtree & Evelyn, MAC and Dermo Spa.

The gift card can be redeemed on regular/ reduced priced men's and women's apparel, accessories and cosmetics (same exclusions).
Annabelle: 10 single eyeshadows for $30, today only (until 11:59pm EST). No code needed.

Note: free shipping on $40 orders. If you need more than 10 eyeshadows, they'll be $3 each. I already put in my order, and yes, I needed more than 10.

Bath and Body Works:

- Olive Oil hand soap, hand lotion: CAD7.50
- Hand soap: 10/$35.50 or 5/$25.50
- Signature body care: B3G2F, Select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- 3-wick candles: 2/CAD39.50, single wick candles: 2/$24
- PocketBac: 6/$10
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$28 or 4/$23
- Scentportable refills: 4/$12.50
- 1.5oz room perfume: 2/$12.50.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online, with exclusions.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty


*** Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase
- Quo brushes: 40% off
- Life Brand skin/ acne care: 30% off
- Herbal Essences, Aussie hair care: CAD2.49.

*** All week:
- Neutrogena, Nivea facial cleanser: CAD8.99
- Vichy Normaderm skin care: 25% off
- Olay Total Effect, Aveeno facial care: 25% off
- Garnier skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal facial moisturizer, clay mask: 20% off
- Neostrata sun/ plumping/ firming skin care: 20% off
- Avene Sterile skin care: 20% off
- CoverGirl Katy Kat matte lipstick, Smoothers/ Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD6.99; TruNaked palette, TruBlend makeup: CAD12.99
- Maybelline Big Shot mascara, Color Sensational lipstick, Dream makeup: CAD8.99; Master Camo palette: CAD14.99; eyeshadow palette: CAD15.99
- Revlon Age Defy, ColorStay, PhotoReady makeup: 30% off; Ultra HD gel lip: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD8.99
- Annabelle Big Show: CAD6.99
- Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara: CAD6.99; BB cream, Natural Bronzer, Volume Accelerator mascara: CAD7.99
- NYX Lip Lingerie, Liquid Suede, Full Throttle lipstick: CAD8.99
- Physicians Formula: 40% off.

- L'Oreal skin care: 25% off
- Aveeno Absolutely Ageless skin care: 20% off
- Vichy Idealia, Bioderma skin care: 20% off
- Marcelle cleanser, toner: 20% off
- Maybelline mascara: 25% off; Baby Lips, Color Show Kohl eyeliner: CAD3.99; Super Stay Better Skin foundation, concealer: CAD9.99; Face Studio Master Camo palette: CAD12.99 (bonus Airmiles)
- L'Oreal Colour Riche La Palette Nude: 30% off; Voluminous mascara: CAD5.99; Infallibe eyeshadow, eyeliner: CAD8.99 (bonus miles); Infallible Paints eyeshadow/ eyeliner: CAD9.99 (bonus miles)
- Revlon ColorStay/ PhotoReady makeup: 20% off; ColorStay eye/ cheek/ lip palette: CAD15.99
- CoverGirl Perfect Point, Ink It/ Line Exact: CAD5.99; mascara, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup, Colorlicious gloss: CAD6.99
- Annabelle eyeshadow single, Lipsies: CAD3.99
- Rimmel lip: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Danielle Erase Your Face cleansing cloths (4's): CAD10.99.

- Nivea skin care: CAD6.17
- L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara: CAD8.96.

Superstore: No tax Saturday (NS)
- Revlon Kiss balm: CAD4.98
- Maybelline Dream foundation, concealer, crayon, powder: 30% off
- CoverGirl Intensify Me! eyeliner: CAD6.98
- Almay foundation, blush, mascara, lipstick, eyeshadow: 30% off
- Essie, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure: CAD7.98.

The Bay: Extra 15% off on almost everything with Hudson Bay's credit until Monday in stores and online with code "FAMILY". Exclusions apply.

Bonus 2,000 reward points (redeemable for $10 gift card on next purchase) with selected makeup purchase. Lancome has GWP offer as well.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in stores and online this weekend.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Wet n Wild offers free shipping for Canadian orders of $40 or more until February 15 with code "CANADA".

Shoppers: Get a pin code with purchase of $5 or more to enter to win 1 million points until February 24

 *** Saturday & Sunday: Spend your Points Plus event in stores and online at
- 50,000 points = $85 off plus get $15 worth of points back
- 95,000 points = $170 off plus get $30 worth of points back.

*** All week:
- L'Oreal, Garnier skin care: 30% off
- Neutrogena acne/ skin care: 25% off
- Clean & Clear facial cleanser, acne care: 20% off
- Biore facial cleanser, Cetaphil skin care: 20% off
- Vichy cleanser, Aqualia, Nutrilogie skin care: 25% off
- Neostrata Glycolic renewal serum 30ml, cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliating skin care: 20% off
- Jouviance skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Ever, Hair Expertise hair care: CAD7.99
- Cake Beauty dry shampoo: 20% off
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible eyeliner, Colour Riche lip: CAD8.99; Infallible, True Match makeup: 25% off
- Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, Color Sensational lipstick, Fit Me makeup: CAD6.99
- Revlon ColorStay eyeshadow, lip: CAD9.99
- CoverGirl Brow pencil, Pro mascara, Cheekers blush: 2/CAD10 or CAD5.99 each
- Annabelle Kohl eye/ lip liner: CAD4.99
- Marcelle mascara, brow products: 20% off
- Rimmel eye, lip: 25% off
- Burt's Bees lip crayon, lipstick: CAD8.99
- L'Oreal gel nail polish: CAD7.99
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99
- Sally Hansen Airbrush legs: 20% off
- Elizabeth Arden GWP with $40 or more.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- x15 points with No7 Lift & Luminate triple action serum 30ml
- x15 points with Strivectin anti-wrinkle skin care
- x10 points with Pixi cosmetic products
- x10 points with Lancome Juicy Shakers
- x10 points with Quo lashes, implements
- 10,000 points with Tory Burch Love Relentlessly 100ml
- 8,000 points with D&G Light Blue 100ml or Light Blue Pour Homme 125ml
- 8,000 points with selected Calvin Klein fragrances
- 8,000 points with Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren EDP 75ml
- 8,000 points with Riri Kiss by Rihanna EDP 100ml
- 8,000 points with 2 Vichy Idealia skin care products
- 5,000 points with $50 purchase of Lise Watier colour cosmetics
- 5,000 points with $50 purchase of Clinique lipstick or fragrance
- 5,000 points with $50 purchase of Smashbox products
- 5,000 points with Avene Trixera Nutrition balm, shower gel or lotion 400ml
- 3,000 points with La Roche-Posay micellar water 400ml
- 2,000 points with Stila lip products
- 2,000 points with Benefit They're Real Double the Lip products
- 2,000 points with 2 Gosh cosmetic products
- 2,000 points with 2 CoverGirl cosmetic products
- 1,000 points with 2 Colorista pastel temporary hair colours
- 500 points with 2 Quo, Joe Fresh sponges, applicators.

- Neostrata cleanser, toner, mask, acne care: 30% off
- Divine Lift instant facelift serum, night cream, eye contour serum: 40% off
- L'Oreal RevitaLift skin care: 25% ff
- L'Oreal True Match makeup: 25% off; mascara: 30% off; Colour Riche lipstick, gloss, lip liner: CAD7.99
- Maybelline eyeshadow, eyeliner, brow products: 20% off
- Revlon ColorStay/ PhotoReady foundation, powder, concealer, ColorStay eye/ cheek/ lip palette: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- CoverGirl Eye Enhancers eyeshadow palette, Professional brow & eye makers pencil, mascara: CAD3.99; Cheekers blush, Clean Professional loose powder: CAD4.99
- Annabelle Big Show lip, Chrome eyeshadow singles, brow shaping gel, Smoothies pencil: CAD6.99
- Marcelle Flawless foundation, Hydra-C skin care: 25% off
- NYX Liquid Lingerie lip: CAD8
- Rimmel foundation, powder, concealer, blush, makeup remover: 20% off
- Physicians Formula, LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Almay eyeshadow, eye/ brow liner, mascara, makeup remover: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Lip Smacker: 25% off (bonus miles).

- L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5 skin care: CAD9.97
- Biore skin care: CAD7.97
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD5.96; Master Camo kit: CAD12.96.

- Maybelline Master Contour stick/ contouring kit, Face Studio Master blush & highlighting kit: CAD11.98
- Revlon Ultra HD gel lip: CAD8.98
- L'Oreal Infallible foundation, powder, spray: 30% off
- CoverGirl Plumpify mascara: CAD7.98
- Rimmel Magif'eyes palette: CAD12.98
- L'Oreal gel nail polish: CAD7.98.

The Bay: Extra 15% off almost anything with Hudson's Bay credit with code "SWEETIE" until Tuesday.

Bath and Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, good until Sunday. Valentine's Day tote is $10 with any $30 purchase

- Olive Oil hand soap, hand lotion: CAD7.50
- Hand soap: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50
- Select Signature body care: 5/$30 or 3/$24, Select Specialty body care: B2G1F, Signature bath fizzies: CAD8.50
- White Barn 3-wick candles: CAD16.50, 3-wick candles: 2/$39.50, single wick candles: 2/$24
- PocketBac: 6/$10
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$28 or 4/$23
- Scentportable refills: 4/$12.50
- 1.5oz room perfume: 2/$12.50.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store or 40% off online (free shipping on all ON orders or $50+ orders in other provinces, free body butter with $65+ orders) until Sunday, with exclusions.


The Ordinary - Signs of aging care

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Back in November, I told you about The Ordinary skin care. I have dedicated over 2 months to the regimen and now that I finished one of the bottles, it is about time to review them for you :)

Since I use the 4 products together in morning and night routine, it is hard to credit one product and not the other for the improvement of my skin. For this reason, I am reviewing more of the routine than individual products.

Before we start, please note the suggestion from the brand's product guide: water formulations (W, morning and night use) should be applied before oil formulations (O, any time use), suspensions (S, ideally night only) and emulsions (E, ideally night only). Maximum of 3 serum formulations in one regimen.

Now, the morning routine starts with the "Buffet" (W, 30ml, CAD14.80), a multi-technology peptide serum, combination of:

- Matrixyl 3,000 peptide complex (with Palmitoyl-Pentapeptide 35) and Matrixyl Synthe'6 peptide complex (with Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38)
- Syn-Ake peptide complex (with Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate)
- Relistase peptide complex (with Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine)
- Argirelox peptide complex (with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18)
- Probiotic complex (with Lactococcus Lactis Lysate)
in a base of 11 skin-friendly Amino Acids and multiple Hyaluronic Acid complexes.

Phew, sorry for all the technical names but I thought it was necessary when I am not the expert of them in this case. What I do know is my skin appreciates all the peptides, amino acids and HA it gets in just one bottle here.

The gel-like texture inside is clear, does not take long to absorb and no residue is left behind. A great prep for the skin, I am ready to "conquer the cruel world" (or to get some zzz, depending on the time of day lol). This is the product I finished after a bit over 2 months with twice a day use, a few drops each time.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, etc.

Next step: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (W, 30ml, CAD6.80). Yes, The Ordinary offers basic skin care ingredients, but don't underestimate this little gem as it includes low/ medium/ high-molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, a next-generation Hyaluronic Acid crosspolymer and Vitamin B5 in an oil-free formula to provide and enhance multi-depth hydration.

I would drink this if it works that way from the inside out or it is not too thick of a (clear) liquid lol. A quick application and the skin is essentially hydrated, with the follow up of a moisturizer to finish the routine.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, etc.

At night, I start with the "Buffet" (W), then Advanced Retinoid 2% (E, 30ml, CAD9.80), a stable emulsion of next generation forms of Retinoid:

- Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, a non-prescription ester of all-trans direct Retinoic Acid that offers a better effect against signs of ageing than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid
- a sustained-delivery form of pure retinol in a protective capsule system which supports both the delivery and the effect of Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate.

Both forms of retinoid together can avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) while delivering better visible results against signs of ageing. The liquid is opaque beige, a breeze to apply and absorb.

Ingredients: Water, Ethyl Linoleate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Bisabolol, Retinol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Acacia Senegal Gum, etc.

Lastly, the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (O, 30ml, CAD9.90).

You probably all heard about rosehip seed oil being rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A. And cold press is the way to go, as all the great ingredients above are preserved through the extraction instead of degrading when the extraction involves heat.

Glad to see an oil included in this routine, as I have grown to love them. Love the fact that it is exactly what it's called with just 1 thing in the ingredient list (Rosa Canina Seed Oil) and it does exactly what it says it would. No side effects, no breakouts/ oily aftermaths/ stain transfer, nothing.

My skin in the last 2-3 months has been more calm, hydrated, plumped, all in all younger looking, for the cost of $40 and some change. You tell me if the regimen is worth it :)


Annabelle Spring 2017 - Others

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

There are a few more new eye and brow products released this Spring at Annabelle which I combine into this post. It is inspiring to see big drugstore releases this time of year.

Note that the products featured represent the lines but not the whole lines. I will mention other colour options if any so you have an idea if there are other shades you prefer.

First off is the Skinny gel eyeliner in Black Onyx with the 1.9mm micro tip, creamy, waterproof and long lasting power (up to 12 hours).

I am happy with this liner and all the things it claims. It is dark, easy to use, precise and stays put until removed. Note that the tip is non retractable (said so on the packaging) so only twist it up enough for each use.

If you do a lot of skinny lining, have a look at the line. There are 3 other shades - Navy Blue, Taupissime and Umber Brown. The liners are 0.1g/ 0.003oz, $8.95 each.

Next, Full Blast is meant to be a volumizing mascara where the brush separates, coats and curls the lashes with up to 3 applications.

I like the size of the brush and how gentle it is on the lashes. It does a decent job in coating the lashes but can give me spider lashes if I apply too much. For my straight lashes, it does not do much of curling, however.

The tube is 9.7ml/ 0.32oz, $6.95.

I received the Brow Show eyebrow shaping gel in Light/ Medium so I have to darken the brows with a pencil or powder first. The gel keeps the brow hair soft with a natural and non-sticky hold, which is great. No complaints there.

I find the wand length just right but the cone-shaped brush is a little too big at the end to run along the brow length. For those with thinner brows, the only option is to use the tip of the brush only and that makes coating the brows time consuming.

Also available in Medium/ Dark, the brow gel is 7ml/ 0.23oz, $8.95.

I am always on the look out for a good eye primer and happy to see Annabelle came out with one. Said to intensify colours with maximimum hold in one universal shade, this primer is smooth and blends out easily but it disappears into my skin tone, which makes it hard to improve the colour payoff of products putting on top of it.

The primer also does not leave a sticky enough finish to hold my eyeshadows pass the 4 hour mark so it is more ideal to assist hard-to-blend colours than to improve the wear.

The pot has a good amount of product - 4.2g/ 0.14oz for $8.95.

And lastly, I got a matte eyeshadows in Pink Lemonade. It is smooth and easy to blend. The colour is a little too close to my skin colour so it is harder to tell the lasting power but the quality impresses me enough for me to think about grabbing more colours to try.

The line is quite large, from light to dark: Snowflakes, Ivory, Salmon, Fossil, Sand, Taupe, Storm, Cocoa and Ebony. There are also 9 Satin eyeshadows and 5 Metallic eyeshadows. The eyeshadows are 1.5g/ 0.05oz, $5.95 each.

Below are swatches of the primer (told you it disappears on me), Pink Lemonade eyeshadow and Black Onyx Skinny gel eyeliner.


Annabelle Chrome eyeshadows

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Annabelle Chrome single eyeshadows should be the next best buzz in drugstore Spring releases, I am telling you now.

Meant to be creamy eyeshadows with bouncy texture, intense metallic finish and 6 hour hold, Chrome eyeshadows remind me of Colour Pop Super Shock shadows with much easier access but less colour options.

I received one shade in the PR package but bought the rest because I could not help it. Here are all 5 shades in the line - Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Mercury and Germanium.

Packaging is also similar - plastic pots with a screw-on lid and clear opening for colour sneak peaks, except Annabelle Chromes have black pots with silver lids instead of all white. Make sure you close the lids tight after use to maintain the creaminess.

Finish and colour payoff vary among the 5 shades, I found. Depending on the amount of product used, the applicator (your finger or a synthetic brush) and layering action, you can get a hint of glitters or full on foil glittery look on the eyes.

For more sheer/ light shades, my prefer application method is to tap the shadow lightly in the middle of the lid with my finger for a pop of shine, while apply more pigmented/ dark colours all over lids or outer V for accents.

Silver and Gold are pretty much shiny fine glitters in very sheer base, so they are good as eyeshadow toppers. Rose Gold has a beautiful light taupe base, ideal as an everyday lid colour.

Mercury's base is medium sheer charcoal with a strong hint of taupe, more beautiful than it looks in the pot. And the pigmented dark brown and less amount of glitters in Germanium makes it the ideal crease/ outer V shade.

Application is easy, and for the non topper shades, blending is a breeze. They all last well on the lids on top of a primer or existing eyeshadows and don not crease on me. I definitely add more products on the eyes for weekend look, but for work, a sheer layer is perfect.

The brand suggests using the light shades on the cheeks as highlighters but I find they are a bit too much for that. If you do try them that way, let me know how you like them.

The Chromes are 2g/ 0.07oz, $8.95 each. With a sale, they sure rival Colour Pop Super Shock (same weight, USD5). I am hoping for more colours, and I might buy them all when that happens :)


Annabelle Spring 2017 palettes

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It is snowing outside, and temp dropped. Still we are looking forward to Spring makeup releases, the brighter side of life.

I received Annabelle Spring 2017 products last month while I was away and am slowly getting them on the blog. Bear with me!

Today features the 2 new palettes that have been quite a surprise in performance. Not that I had low expectations with them, just that their common appearance understated how great the eyeshadows are. Let me show you what I mean.

This is Annabelle Skinny palette in Taupe Neutrals Basics. 5 neutral toned eyeshadows, pretty but not something that has not been done before right?

Well, not too quick to judge. Suggested to be used as eyeliner, crease colour, accent colour, lid colour and highlighter, the eyeshadows in this palette are smooth, very easy to build up and blend, and do not lose the intensity once blended.

The surprise is most colours swatch more intensely than how they appear in the pan, especially the second shade from the left. The 2 shades on the far right also have more depth and are gorgeous on the lids. The darkest shade seems to be matte while the rest has a bit of a sheen. All in all, Taupe Neutrals Basics is a warm neutral palette with a kick!

I am itching to check out the other 5 colour combinations - New Eve Goldy Browns, Spring Rosy Hues, Summer Purple Shades, Fall Khaki Harmony and Winter Smoky Look for more surprises, 7.65g/ 0.296oz, $9.95 each.

Now the Eye & Brow palette gives you more colour options and finishes in a compact. Supposedly with 2 eyebrow powders, 2 highlight powders and 6 powder eyeshadows from matte to metallic, the palette is intended to be more versatile.

As eyeshadows, they are almost to the same quality as the ones in the Skinny palette above, slightly less pigmented on the first swipe but build up fine. I enjoy all the finishes, even the 2 glittery shades on the lower left which turn out to be not too chunky on top of pigmented bases. The off white on the first row and the light pink beige on the second row have beautiful sheen, brighten the lids instantly.

Depending on your hair colour, you might argue about the shades that can be used as brow powders. For me, the upper right shade is warm enough but not dark enough, and when applied with the included applicator (not stiff enough for precise application, I note), it kicks up a bit in the pan. I think I will continue to use the palette mainly for eyeshadows only unless I have a dark brow gel to pair.

I would recommend this palette (9.3g/ 0.32oz, reg. $12.95) if you want to experiment warm shades with different finishes, but go for the Skinny palette when travel or for basic neutral looks.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers: Loadable x20 points offer for Saturday and Sunday
- Vichy LiftActiv, Neovadiol skin care: 25% off
- Bioderma skin care: 25% off
- Reversa, Jouviance skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal, Aveeno facial moisturizer: 25% off
- Clean & Clear, Neutrogena acne care: CAD9.99
- Vitabath bath & shower gelee 500g: 50% off
- Revlon ColorStay eyeshadow, Ultimate All-in-One mascara, Super Lustrous lip: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, Colorlicious lipstick, Clean makeup: CAD6.99; Supersizer mascara, Colorlicious gloss, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD7.99; So Lashy! mascara, Outlast All-day concealer, TruNaked eyeliner duo: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Color Jolt, Vivid Matte liquid, SuperStay lipstick: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Infallible lip, Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt/ Intenza mascara: CAD11.99
- Annabelle Big Show lacquer lip, Stay Sharp brow/ lip pencil: CAD6.99
- Rimmel blush, Soft Kohl eyeliner pencil, Lasting Finish lipstick: CAD5.99; Volume Colorist mascara, Match Perfect loose powder, Provocalips lip: CAD8.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off.

- Neostrata skin care (excl. Cliniderm): 25% off
- Vichy body care: 20% off
- John Frieda hair care: 25% off
- Schwarzkopf Ultime hair care: BOGO
- Maybelline foundation, powder, concealer, blush: 25% off
- CoverGirl Perfect Point, Ink It, Line Exact, Supersizer/ Fibers mascara: CAD5.99; Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD6.99
- Annabelle blush, Perfect Bronze powder, eyeshadow trio, Smoothliner eye/ brow/ waterproof eyeliner: CAD5.99
- Marcelle Kohl eyeliner, mascara, makeup remover: 20% off
- Rimmel eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara: 20% off
- LA Colors, LA Girl foundation, powder, concealer: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99 (bonus miles)
- Seche nail treatment: CAD8.49
- Danielle mirror: 25% off; acrylic organizer: 30% off.

- CoverGirl Clean Matte pressed powder, liquid foundation: CAD6.97; Outlast lip: CAD8.97
- L'Oreal True Match: CAD13.36
- Rimmel Scandal Eyes Reloaded mascara: CAD5.78
- L'Oreal Studio line styling products: CAD6.16.

- CoverGirl So Lashy! mascara: CAD6.98; Outlast lip, pressed powder, concealer: 20% off
- Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick: CAD5.98; Colossal Big Shot mascara: CAD6.98
- Rimmel The Only One matte lipstick, Scandal Eyes Reloaded mascara: CAD6.98
- Essie Gel Couture nail polish: CAD10.98.

Sephora: Perfect Lips mini makeover event in store this weekend - find your neutral at the Beauty Studio and get a KvD Everlasting Liquid lip deluxe sample with $25 purchase.

The Bay: $10 off $150+ beauty purchase with code "BEMINE", excluding Dyson.

Bath and Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, good until Sunday

- Olive Oil hand soap, hand lotion: CAD6.50
- Hand soap: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50
- Signature body care: B3G2F, Select Specialty body care: B2G1F, Signature bath fizzies: CAD8.50
- 3-wick candles: CAD10 off, single wick candles: 2/$24
- PocketBac: 6/$10
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$28 or 4/$23
- Scentportable refills: 4/$12.50
- 1.5oz room perfume: 2/$12.50.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online, with exclusions.
- In stores: Fresh New You event today - 20% off Drops of Youth skin care (excluding bundles), double points on everything for LYB members and free 200ml body butter with $50+ purchases
- Online: get a $10 bonus card when you purchase a total of $60+ in e gift cards until 3am EST February 15. Limit 5 bonus cards per customer.

Coastal Scents: 50% off hot pot palettes until 11am EST February 10, reg. $12.95.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Micmac Mall has a Shop & Save event this weekend: spend $100 (can be from multiple receipts between January 26 and 29) and get a free $10 mall gift card at the Guest Service desk. Limit1 gift card/ customer/ day. Plus enter to win $500 mall gift card at Winner's entrance with the street team at various times during the day.


*** Saturday & Sunday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase.

*** All week:
- Neutrogena skin/ hair care: 25% off
- L'Oreal clay masks: 20% off
- Biore facial cleanser: 20% off
- Garnier/ Cetaphil skin care, Life Brand skin/ sun care: 20% off
- Clean & Clear, Neutrogena acne care: 20% off
- Neostrata/ Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- Vichy Teint Ideal skin care: 20% off
- Nip+Fab skin care: 20% off
- Marcelle makeup remover: 20% off
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible lip, True Match makeup: 25% off
- Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, Color Sensational lip liner, Fit Me makeup: CAD6.99; Big Shot mascara, Master Strobing liquid/ conceal: CAD9.99
- CoverGirl Liquiline Blast eyeliner, Lash Blast mascara, Clean makeup: CAD8.99; Outlast lip, Ultimate Finish/ Smoothers makeup: CAD9.99
- Rimmel makeup: 25% off; Magnif'eyes eyeshadow palette: CAD14.99
- NYX Lip Lingerie, Liquid Suede cream/ matte lipstick: CAD8.99
- Batiste Cherry dry shampoo (new): CAD7.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- x15 points with Quo, Essence, No7 products
- x15 points with Strivectin Advanced Retinol skin care
- x10 points with Pixi Cosmetic products
- x10 points with Quo/ Joe Fresh brushes, implements
- 8,000 points with Diesel Loverdose Red Kiss EDP Pour Femme (50ml)
- 5,000 points with Ducray Anaphase conditioner (400ml)
- 4,000 points with Avene Protection/ Comfort skin care sets
- 3,000 points with A-Derma Exomega cleansing oil (500ml) or skin care sets
- 2,000 points with 2 Gosh makeup products
- 1,000 points with 2 Colorista pastel hair colour.

Lawtons: now carries more extensive NYX product lines
- Nivea Aqua Effect/ Visage skin care: 20% off; lip care: 2/CAD3
- Garnier skin care: 25% off
- Neostrata cleanser, toner, mask, acne care: 30% off
- Marcelle cleanser, moisturizer, eye makeup remover: 25% off
- L'Oreal Studio hair care: CAD5.99
- Maybelline Dream Velvet soft matte hydrating foundation: CAD12.99
- CoverGirl Lash Blast/ Katy Kat mascara, Colorlicious gloss, Oh Sugar lip balm: CAD6.99; Clean makeup: CAD7.99
- Annabelle mascara (excl. Expandable): CAD4.99
- Rimmel: 20% off
- Essie nail treatment: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche press-on nails, nail polish: 25% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Sally Hansen Color Therapy nail polish: CAD9.99 (bonus miles); nail treatment: 25% off
- Red Carpet Manicure: 25% off.

- Maybelline Face Studio Master strobing liquid: CAD10.96; Dream cushion: CAD14.96
- L'Oreal Voluminous Superstar mascara: CAD9.96.

- L'Oreal Voluminous original mascara, primer: CAD4.98; Colour Riche lipstick: CAD6.98; Infallible lip, eyeshadow, blush palette, eyeliner: CAD7.98
- Revlon mascara: CAD6.98; ColorStay, PhotoReady, Instafix face: 25% off
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure: CAD6.98; Miracle Gel CAD7.98.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online + free shipping on all ON orders/ $50 orders in other provinces until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

Skindinavia: 20% off, free mini makeup primer spray and free shipping (any US orders and $50+ international orders) until Sunday with code "20OFF". Now has post-makeup recovery spray.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Canadians have started to spot Pixi Beauty products at their Shoppers in a large display, including the famous Glow Tonic. Check yours!


*** Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase.

*** All week:
- Vichy, Jouviance skin care: 20% off
- Avene Ystheal, Physiolift, Serenage skin care: 20% off
- Neostrata acne, Radiance, Lightening skin care: 25% off
- Nivea, Simple skin care: 25% off
- No7, CeraVe skin care: 20% off
- Neutrogena acne, Aveeno/ Neutrogena facial cleanser: CAD8.99
- Garnier facial cleanser, Clean & Clear acne care: CAD8.99
- Maybelline Color Show kohl liner, Volume Express mascara, Baby Lips balm: CAD4.99; Color Sensational lipstick: CAD8.99; Brow Precise micro pencil, Falsies Big Eyes/ Push Up Drama mascara: CAD10.99; Lip Studio/ The Nudes palette: CAD15.99
- CoverGirl Supersizer mascara, Colorlicious gloss, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD7.99; Shape & Define brow powder, Katy Kat matte lipstick/ mascara: CAD8.99; Outlast matte powder: CAD12.99
- Revlon Ultra HD gel lip: CAD9.99; ColorStay eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick: CAD10.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous Feline mascara, eyeliner: CAD9.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Rimmel Extra Super Lash mascara, mono eyeshadow, Lasting Finish lipstick: CAD4.99; BB cream, Natural Bronzer, Volume Accelerator/ Scandal Eyes Reloaded mascara, The Only One matte lipstick: CAD7.99
- La Vie en Rose gift card: 20% off.

- Vichy, Bioderma: 20% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick, gloss, lip liner: CAD6.99; Infallible foundation, powder, pro spray, lip, eye/ brow liner: 25% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD4.99; Big Shot mascara: CAD8.99
- Marcelel BB, CC cream, concealer: 25% off
- Annabelle eye/ lip: 25% off
- Rimmel foundation, powder concealer, blush, makeup remover: 20% off
- NYX Liquid Lingerie lipstick: CAD9.

Walmart: L'Oreal Infallible Paints/ eyeliner: CAD9.96.

Superstore: No tax Saturday (NS).

The Bay: Extra 15% off on almost anything with Hudson's Bay credit with code "EXTRA15" until Sunday.

2,000 bonus Hudson's Bay Reward points (equaling $10 gift card) with purchase of selected skin care.

I spotted a few Korean brands on the site besides Tony Moly: Holika Holika, Skin Food, Erborian, etc.

Bath & Body Works: semi annual sale ends Sunday.

The Body Shop: LYB members get exclusive pre sale and double discount (20%) of the Drops of Youth liquid peels and Oils of Life revitalizing facial oil until Sunday.