Sparkled Beauty

I Live to Shine


Bioderma Hydrabio

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

A fun companion of Bioderma Sensibio line is the Hydrabio line (for Dehydrated sensitive skin, blue accent packaging).

Yes, you are seeing double here, as there is a new H2O micelle solution in town (launched last month), with blue cap :)

Still having all the goodness in H2O Sensibio but with added moisturizing effect and a light floral (allergen-free) scent, this micelle solution gives you options.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Polysorbate 20, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Niacinamide, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Hexyldecanol, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Cetrimonium Bromide, Fragrance.

Standard size bottle - 250ml, same price $18.95.

Off the cleansing train for a minute, here is Hydrabio Legere (Light) moisturizing cream.

It does what it says it does, short and sweet. The texture is lighter than regular face creams but not as light as other light moisturizers I have tried. No complains though, as it absorbs quickly and leaves no traces.

I have tested it morning (mixed with Cover FX Custom Cover drops) and night (after a serum) and enjoyed it both ways. Note that it also has an allergen-free fragrance.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethylene, Sodium Lactate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, etc.

This bottle has an airless pump, 40ml.


Bioderma Sensibio

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Bioderma Sensibio line (for sensitive skin, red accent packaging) is well known thanks to the legendary Sensibio H2O makeup removing micelle solution, so let's start with it, but there are a lot more to the brand I was glad to receive for review.

There is one bottle of Sensibio H20 sold around the world every 3 seconds, and I can tell why.

Meant to remove face and eye makeup (including water resistant stuff) without rinsing, and soothe irritated skin in the process, it does just that for me.

I use one cotton pad for my eyes, and another one or two for my face, and there is nothing left on the face after. The skin feels light, fresh and calm.

Standard flip top but with a safety tab at the opening that needs to be peeled off before you can open the bottle.

Ingredients: Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Cetrimonium Bromide.

I definitely appreciate the fact that the product is fragrance/ alcohol/ paraben free. 3 sizes available: 100ml (travel size, $6.95), 250ml ($18.95) and 500ml ($29.95).

The line also has a 3-in-1 One Step cleansing milk, also for those lazy nights.

A cleansing milk, toning lotion and eye makeup remover without emulsifying agent, I can totally indulge with just a cotton pad, no rinse either.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polypropylene Terephthalate, Glycyrretinic Acid, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, etc.

Fragrance/ surfactant/ paraben free, the bottle is 250ml, retails $18.95.

And the latest product in the line is Sensibio Tolerance+, a treatment for neutralizing cutaneous hypersensitivity and increasing the skin's tolerance level.

The formula, with Neurocontrol (an exclusive complex of a tetrapeptide and a combination of soothing active ingredients), is to sooth the feelings of tightness and discomfort on the skin while providing moisturizing effects.

Like I mentioned before, I am going through bad breakouts and have to be careful with skin care products. Tolerance+ does not cure acne but sooths the skin so I can feel more comfortable in that skin.

The product, suggested to use once or twice a day over the face and neck after cleansing, does not feel heavy on me and sits well under makeup.

Mind you, I am used to anti aging products with thicker consistency, so you might not feel the same. Also spot test, please.

Ingredients: Water, Cocoglycerides, Glycerin, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Citrate, Capryloyl Glycine, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Sodium Pca, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Hydroxide.

The bottle, with an airless pump, is fragrance/ paraben/ preservative free, 40ml, $26.95.

Here are the 3-in-1 One Step cleansing milk (left) and Tolerance+ (right).

The cleansing milk is definitely more thin/ runny, easy to be spread out on the skin and disappears into nothing.

Tolerance+ is like a thicker lotion but not by much. I don't notice it while it is on and don't wake up feeling greasy.

So my first run with the brand through Sensibio line is quite a success. Stay tune for another line tomorrow, cause like I said, there are more to Bioderma and we just got started.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Thanks to a heads-up from Nouveau Cheap (and her readers), I went looking for L'Oreal Colour Riche mono eyeshadows, which have been UK and Europe exclusives so far.

I found 2 shades from the Pop range (410 and 412, $6.99 each) in a Miss Manga Rock mascara display at Lawtons and Shoppers (left).

UPDATE: Today, at a different Shoppers (right), I found the 2 shades that Nouveau Cheap's reader mentioned (from the Lumiere range, with 3D wavy surface, $7.49 each). So there are 4 mono eyeshadows that we know of out there.

L'Oreal Canada said these are LE for the time being and they are working on bringing more of these eyeshadows to Canada. There's hope!

Shoppers: Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase
- L'Oreal, Garnier skin care: 30% off
- Nivea skin care: 25% off
- Aveeno, L'Oreal Hair Expertise/ Ever hair care: CAD6.99
- Vichy sun care, Aqualia skin care: 20% off; LiftActiv skin care: 25% off
- Neostrata SecureWhite serum, Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- Bioderma skin care set (500ml micellar water & bonus shower gel): CAD26.95
- L'Oreal Sublime Sun, Ombrelle, Aveeno, Neutrogena sun care: 25% off
- Revlon Super Lustrous lip: CAD3.99; Ultra HD lip: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible eyeliner, lip: CAD7.99
- Maybelline BB cream, Brow, Fit Me makeup: CAD8.99; the Nudes palette: CAD14.99
- CoverGirl Clean makeup: CAD7.99; Full Lash Bloom, Lash Blast mascara: CAD8.99; Outlast lip: CAD9.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Rimmel Oh My Gloss lip, Wonder Lash Lift Me Up mascara: CAD6.99
- Almay eye makeup remover: CAD3.99
- Revlon classic, Top Speed nail polish, treatment: CAD3.99; ColorStay Gel Envy: CAD5.99.

Lancome has a Shoppers-exclusive collection called French Paradise, out now.

Lawtons: x2 Airmiles with $25 purchase or x10 Airmiles with $65 purchase until Saturday
- H2O skin care: 25% off
- Aussie, Herbal Essences hair care: CAD2.99
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal eye/ brow liner: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Marcelle makeup remover: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Lotus Aroma bath/ body: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Milani nail polish: 40% off.

- Revlon classic nail polish: CAD3.97; ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD5.97
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: CAD5.97
- Joe Fresh nail polish: 4/CAD10
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure: 2/CAD12
- Essie: CAD5.97.

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

Skindinavia: 20% off and free shipping (all US/ CAN orders and $40+ international orders) with code "20OFF" until Sunday. 

Bath & Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, good until Sunday. Semi annual sale is still on.

The Shopping Chanel:
- Spend $200, save $40 or
- Spend $300, save $75
and free shipping with code "SAVEMORENOW" until 9:59pm ET tonight.

Current free shipping code with $150 orders "SHIP150" is still valid.


Hard Candy 20th anniversary polish

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If Hard Candy Spring 2015 products have not made enough impression, their 20th anniversary nail polish definitely did. I grabbed a few of these "legendary" shades as soon as they showed up at Walmart.

This is Sky, the most famous shade in the line, with a heart "jewel". I appreciate the rectangular bottle shape, easier to hold. The rubber ring with faceted "jewel" is cute but has no practical purpose :)

A cousin of Sky is Mint, with a diamond "jewel". They both have a beautiful sheen in the bottle but not very visible on the nails.

Lastly, a dark shade for a change - Zombie, with a rectangular hexagon "jewel".

All 3 nail polish are one coaters, I totally love that. The formula is slightly thicker but does not affect application. Their wear is average 2 days on me.

If you are a collector and don't have these already, I guess you will have to now :) The bottles are of decent size (0.46oz/ 13.5ml), retail $3.98 each.


Top 5 new drugstore products

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

You have seen lots of collaborations before but this one is special. We are doing it cross-media style between youtube and blogger :)

My friend Samantha Jane on YT and I are both drugstore makeup fanatics from the East coast. We constantly discuss new product spotting or sales around here, so it is about time we do that together, at the same time.

My first pick for the most exciting new products this Spring is Annabelle Lipsies (12 shades $4.95 each). Moisturizing balms with fun packaging, wide colour range (some sheer, some pigmented) and fruity scents. They have been in rotation between me and Squirt.

Hard Candy has done so well this season that its new products alone could contribute more than enough for this post. Featuring here are the swatches of the Natural Eyes palette ($7.98) and the Plumping Serum lip products ($4.98 - $5.98).

Check back my part I and part II reviews for more details on their Spring products.

Not new in the US but became available in Canada only a few months ago are Milani Bella Eyes eyeshadows ($8 each). They have good pigmentation and wear, wide range of colours and finishes.

One drugstore skin care item that stood out to me: Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle sleeping cream ($24.99).

The brand is on sale often enough that I think this product deserves a spot in this post.

The cream gives my skin that smooth and hydrated feeling waking up in the morning and put me in a good mood to start the day. I have a few backups in the stash already.

Now on to nails. Essie Cashmere Matte collection ($9.99 a pop) takes the cake, for its beautiful and interesting/ unique finish. My most favorites in the range: Coat Couture (left) and Comfy in Cashmere (right).

Honour mentions: Colour Pop, as a brand.

The $5 - $8 price point sure puts their products in the drugstore range, but since we can't grab them that easily in Canada, they are a special case in the post.

So far I only tried Not a Box of Chocolate set (swatched below, $30), and Lumiere Lippie Stix ($5) and am happy with them. I will have to brave the shipping cost again for their Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks, no doubt!

Please check out Samantha's top picks below and subscribe to her channel for more product reviews, hauls and especially her Oily Skin Diaries.


Hard Candy Spring 2015 (II)

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Omg guys, it has been raining so much since Sunday (60mm in total). But the sun comes out today, fortunately.

I was out of town at a golf resort right on the water. The tranquility of the water, green grass and cool air infused with a bit of sadness in the rain. Those calm moments are precious.

Anyway, makeup is more fun to talk about, so let's get back to it. Like I mentioned in my post about Hard Candy Spring products, the new products sell out faster than Walmart can keep up. It took some hunting to find what I wanted, so here is the rest of the load.

The hottest item of all, I think, is the Fast & Fabulous makeup setting spray.

I am so happy to see the setting spray scene having new players in the drugstore price range. Also happy to say Fast & Fabulous is quite fab. The claim of it being weightless and long lasting without settling into fine lines is true.

Instruction says to shake well and spray 2-4 times from 8-10 inches away. No X formation suggested but I would do it anyway :)

The pump could be a little more sturdy and the spray could be more fine, but I wouldn't complain for the price the product sells for.

Worth noting that the spray does have a light floral scent that dissipates quickly.

Ingredients: Water, PVP, SD Alcohol 40-B, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimodium Chloride Phosphate.

The bottle is 2.2oz/ 64ml, $5.98.

On to the Eyes the Limit eye shadow primer and Smokey shadow primer.

I did touch on the Eyes the Limit primer when I reviewed the Natural Eyes palette (linked above), I just wanted a full size of it.

The Smokey primer, on the other hand, I was quite curious about. Mind you, it is not hard to find a dark base for smoky eye looks - from black pencil/ gel liners to cream eyeshadows, but a primer dedicated to this purpose is convenient, especially with promise of long wear and no creasing.

The pointed tip is a plus, so I don't need a brush at all to pick up the product. The blend, however, I do suggest a brush with the colour this dark, to keep your finger clean :)

Below are the swatches freshly applied, lightly smudged out with a finger.

Note that they will dry down to a semi matte finish and will sheer out when blended with a brush. The Eyes the Limit primer will blend right in with your skin tone, and the Smokey primer will give you a dark tinted base. If you want it to stay very black, blend lightly with your finger instead, but it does feel a little thick that way.

I do recommend Eyes the Limit, and Smokey will do the job for a quick smoky eye but might not be dark enough to intense looks. The tubes have 0.46oz/ 13g of product, sell for $4.98 each.

Now the lip products might not be new, but this is my first time diving into them, so I include them in this post.

I grabbed one Plumping serum volumizing lip gloss (Magic Mauve, 0.1oz/ 2.7g, $5.98) among the 4 shades in the pigmented group and skipped the sheer ones (thankful for the clearly marked coverage on the shelf).

Also went in the basket were 2 Plumping serum lipsticks in Idolized and Wanted (0.11oz/ 3.2g, $4.98 each). I love that simple mirror-like packaging with curvy black pattern.

Standard doe foot applicator on the gloss. It smells lightly sweet but not overwhelming at all. It does feel tingly on but that only lasts for about a minute. The plumping action, if visual, is more because of the shine than a chemical effect. No sticky feeling, yay!

The lipsticks stay quite true to the colours in the bullets. The tip on one of the lipstick was destroyed inside when the bullet was twisted up with the cap on somehow. The safety sticker was still on so I didn't open the tube until I got home :(

No noticeable volumizing effect, but the formula is an absolute dream to work with. Glides on so smoothly, light on the lips, feels like air! And it lasts quite well through water/ tea during the day. I am going to need more than 2 shades now.

Magic Mauve is a pink, not too much of a mauve as I hope for but does give my lips some colour in addition to the shine. Idolized is my kind of the colour and Wanted is the raspberry red that works well on my skin tone.

I love it when my money is well spent. Makeup like this beats the weather anytime!


Maybelline 100 Year Anniversary

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Maybelline celebrates their 100 Year Anniversary this year with a LE collection in special printed packaging. I cannot see myself missing out on the collection and had wanted more than one thing. It would boil down to what Canada gets.

It took a few "hunting trips", but I found the collection at Walmart. Since there was no sign of the matte Master Glaze blush stick (Pursuit of Pink) that came out in the US, I decided on the 3 Color Sensational lipsticks - Purposeful Mauve, Magenta-bulous and Berry Chic.

Since the caps are not see-through, I thought I should show you the bullet colours before getting to the swatches.

The flash brings out the beautiful blue sheen that Magenta-bulous have, and Berry Chic appears more metallic while Purposeful Mauve appears to be semi matte.

The scent is the typical Maybelline lipstick scent, if you are familiar with it.

Purposeful Mauve is a peachy nude, more flattering on me than a pure nude but I find it a bit more drying than other Maybelline lipsticks. Magenta-bulous has the best pigmentation and ease of application. Berry Chic builds up nicely on the lips and becomes my daily darker pink work shade.

I enjoy the sheen and the colours of these lipsticks, though are not particularly unique. If you come across the display, I would suggest a look before it's too late :)


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Colour Pop has announced their lineup of 25 Ultra Matte lip colors from muted to bright and everything else. There's no going back now! :)

Charlotte Tilbury has added the CAD currency option to their website, with free shipping for all Canadian orders in June to celebrate their Canada launch.

Illamasqua also revamped their website to offer local currencies (other than ) and lowered international shipping cost - free standard shipping for CAD100+ orders, free express shipping for CAD150+ orders. Also 15% off your order on your birthday.

CoverGirl has been sold to Coty (together with Max Factor, etc.), so we might see changes in the future - products, marketing, coupons, etc. There's rumour about a Star Wars collab in the work, not sure that'll change too.

A little sad news this week. LA Splash's factory was burnt down last Friday. It's going to take time for them to recover :(


*** Sunday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
For the first time in a long while, there is no Saturday promo.

*** Sunday & Monday:
- Selected perfumes: $17.77
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise, Studio Line, Clear hair care: CAD3.77 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD3.99).

*** All week:
- L'Oreal Skin Expertise: CAD12.99; facial moisturizer, Bio oil (125ml): CAD19.99; Age Perfect, Revitalift facial moisturizer: CAD29.99
- L'Oreal Sublime, Ombrelle sun care: CAD12.99
- Olay facial moisturizer: CAD8.99; Complete facial moisturizer: CAD9.99; Total Effects, Renegerist facial moisturizer: CAD22.99
- Aveeno skin moisturizer, St. Ives cleansing cloths (32's): CAD6.99
- Aveeno sun care: 30% off
- Garnier facial cleanser: CAD6.99; BB cream, Skin Renew facial moisturizer: CAD12.99
- Nivea In Shower lotion, skin care: CAD7.99
- Neutrogena skin, acne care: 25% off
- Jergens Natural Glow, BB Body skin care: CAD9.99
- Oxy cleansing pads (90's): CAD6.99
- Avene Hydrance, Reversa skin care: 20% off
- Dove, Aussie, Alberto hair care: CAD2.49
- Ogx, M
- L'Oreal Colour Riche eye, lip, Infallible makeup: 30% off
- Maybelline eyeliner, eyeshadow, Volume Express mascara, SuperStay lip: CAD4.99; The Nudes/ Blushed Nudes palette: CAD14.99
- Revlon ColorBurst lip, blush, eyeshadow, mascara: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl Clean, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD7.99
- Rimmel (selected): CAD5.99; Wonder Lash mascara: CAD6.99
- Burt's Bees lip crayon: 20% off
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish: CAD2.49
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: CAD4.49
- Essie, Ceramic Glaze, Quo by Orly nail polish: CAD7.99.

Lawtons: 10 bonus Airmiles when you redeem in store
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Revitalift skin care: 25% off
- Garnier Pure Control skin care: 30% off (bonus miles)
- Bioderma Photoderm sun care: 20% off
- EoS shave cream, lip balm: CAD3.99
- Maybelline Fit Me: CAD8.99
- Annabelle blush, bronzer: 25% off
- Marcelle eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, brow liner: 20% off (bonus miles)
- NYX, LA Colors, LA Girl: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Bonne Bell: 25% off (bonus miles)
- SinfulColors: 2/CAD5
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.99 (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal nail polish: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Revlon beauty tools, nail polish: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Essie: CAD7.99 (bonus miles)
- Red Carpet Manicure: 25% off (bonus miles).

Superstore: No tax on Saturday (NS).

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC): 40% Pro discount is extended to all customers until Monday to celebrate their 11th birthday. They ship internationally (except nail polish).

The Bay: F&F sale until Sunday
- Extra 20% off on almost anything online and in store with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard (or extra 15% with other tenders)
- Extra 10% off on cosmetics, fragrances, patio, furniture, mattresses, small/ major appliances, personal care electrics, vacuums, confectionery, cookware, bake ware and gadgets (with any tender).
Exclusions apply. 

Sally: Extra 50% off all red tag clearance until Sunday.

The Body Shop: Semi annual sale is still on. B3G3F on non-sale items until Sunday, exclusions apply.

Bath and Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, good until Sunday. Semi annual sale is still on.

La Senza: 40% off regular priced bras until Monday, in store only. Semi annual sale is still on.

Zara: sale is on in store and online. Free shipping with $50+ orders.