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1/30/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

According to @HalifaxReTales, Uniqlo will be opening 2 Toronto stores (Eaton Centre and Yorkdale) next year and more to come. Hopefully online shopping for us soon!

Shoppers: Free contest card (with $10 purchase) for a chance to win 1 of 5 grand prizes of 1 million points
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 30% off
- Neutrogena skin, hair care: 25% off
- L'Oreal facial cleanser, moisturizer: 20% off
- Marcelle BB cream matte: CAD22.95
- Vichy LiftActiv Advanced Concentrate, Pro Even Night skin care: CAD49.50
- Clean & Clear acne care: 25% off
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.99
- Tresemme hair care: CAD3.99
- Dove, Degree, Axe dry spray: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible lip, Visible Lift makeup: 25% off
- CoverGirl Flamed Out eye, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD5.99
- Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick, Soft Kohl eye, 1000 Kisses lip liner: 2/CAD8.

Lawtons:
- Marcelle skin care: 20% off
- Vichy Aqualia Thermal, Neovadiol skin care: 20% off (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Butterfly/ Intenza mascara: CAD10.99 (bonus miles)
- CoverGirl: 25% off
- LA Colors/ LA Girl, Wet n Wild: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Nicole by OPI: CAD7.99 (bonus miles).

Walmart:
- Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara: CAD4.96 ($2 off)
- Rimmel Wonder Lash mascara: CAD5.98 ($1 off)
- CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara, Colorlicious lip, Bombshell Volume mascara: CAD8.47
- Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss, ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD5.96
- Neutrogena Triple Age Repair skin care: CAD25.97
- Nivea In-Shower body milk: CAD6.77.

The Body Shop: B3G3F online until February 2, exclusions apply (Smoky Poppy collection, Vitamin E serum-in-oil, Drops of Youth eye concentrate, All-in-One InstaBlur, InstaBlur Eye, Argan range, Red Musk products, bundles/ gifts, accessories $6 and under).

LYB members get 25% off the Colour Euphoria Lip & Cheek Velvet sticks (reg. $15, review coming soon).

Bath and Body Works: $10 off $30 coupon on FB, good until Saturday

- 3-wick candles: 2/$34
- Brazil 3-wick candles: $12.50
- Signature body care: B3G3F
- Hand soaps: 10/$33 or $5 each
- PocketBac: 3/$5
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/$20.50
- Scentportable holders/ refills: B4G2F
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F.

La Senza: up to 40% off in stores and online (with code "SEXY3") until Saturday with this coupon.
- 20% off a $50 purchase
- 30% off a $75 purchase, or
- 40% off a $100 purchase.
Not valid on sale/ clearance merchandise.

ebates Canada: Double cash back
- Amazon.ca, ebay: up to 2%
- Zulily: 2%
- The Shopping Channel: 3%
- Walmart: up to 4%
- Roots: 4%
- Bench, Forever 21: 5%
- Old Navy, Banana Republic, Roxy, Wagjag: 7%
- The Body Shop, Hotels.com, Le Chateau, Shoeme.ca: 8%
- Keurig, TOMS, snapfish: 10%
- Shop.ca: 15%, etc.

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

1/29/2015

Kiss InstaWave

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Years into learning about makeup, I still know nothing about doing hair :)

I was excited to receive a Kiss InstaWave to review, as it promises to do most of the hard work of curling my hair for me.

Now InstaWave is an automatic curler that creates natural curls with the touch of a button. On top of that, it is supposed to work with either hand, all hair types, styled from any possible positions.

First impression: an interesting looking hair tool, isn't it?

The barrel has Ceramic Ionic technology - ceramic particles enhance durability while the gentle infrared heat and negative ions reduces frizz and damage.

Maximum temperature reaches 420F/ 215C, with automatic shutoff after 90 minutes. Safety first!

Instawave has the obvious on/off button with two heat settings (low for loose curls and high for tighter curls).

The light indicator at the top of the white handle turns from red (when you plug in the Instawave) to blue (when it is ready to use). In between the on/off button and the light indicator is the button to control the direction the Curl Dial turns (left/ right).

A closer look on the Curl Dial - the moving part that wraps your hair on the barrel for you.

The big tab on it helps holding the hair in place, and the 4 prongs prevent it from tangling while wrapping around.

This is where lots of practice needed, at least for me. The right amount of hair for each section and the placement of it are crucial for a good wrap around the barrel. I struggled a few times when the hair just did not want to wrap in.

A trial run with Squirt's hair:
- Heat setting at low,
- Hold the InstaWave vertically (important), place a small section of hair in front of the barrel, hit left turn button
- Once the hair is wrapped completely on the barrel, hold 7-10 seconds and pull the InstaWave straight down to release the hair.

 Squirt has a lot of hair (jealous!), so I only did the top layer for show. The curls are beautiful when the hair agrees to wrap :)

I like the fact that my fingers do not come close to the hot barrel (a risk that always scares me with hot tools). I determine to get better at using the Instawave as it does come in handy.

Kiss Instawave is available now, retails around $70 at Walmart.

Here's the video to show you how it works visually :)


1/28/2015

FingerPaints Underwater Enchantress

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The day after the blizzard for us today!

We got less snow than anticipated, but it rained ice pellets into the night, resulted in icy roads and slow travel this morning.

I am just happy we got to stay in, safe and sound. Squirt had fun playing in the snow with neighbour friends.

Let's get away from all that snow and talk about Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress from the Enchanted Mermaid collection (Summer 2014). I find it suits the collection name the most, based on how it looks :)

If you haven't tried this collection out, all 4 shades are specially textured.

I said "specially" because the texture finish is not in the base but in the glitters themselves. They are lumpy (scaly, the way Finger Paints intended it)!

I applied only two quick thin coats to minimize the lumps so you don't see them much here but trust me about the odd texture issue.

I love the glitter/ shimmer colour combination and the duochrome effect in Underwater Enchantress, but don't we wish Finger Paints went the traditional texture way instead of this? The collection is pretty to look at, but probably from far away only :)

1/27/2015

FOTD: MUFE Desire Me

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It's our very first Snow Day of 2015 and I have an equally crazy FOTD for you, featuring Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheeky blush trio.

On the eyes (using eyeshadow brush and blending brush): I526 in the inner corner of the lids and under the brow bones, I808 as transition and on the lower lash line, and S748 in the outer corner.

On the cheeks (with the Artisan Blush brush #150): I808 on the apples, S748 as transition and I526 as highlight.

Also from Make Up For Ever for this look:
- HD Microperfecting primer #2 Mauve
- HD Invisible Cover foundation in 123
- Smoky Extravagant mascara
- Aqua Lip in 16C and Aqua Rouge in 16 Fuchsia from the Ultimate Long Lasting Lip kit.

Other products used:
- Marcelle Hydra-C Radiance Ultra Light Matifying Fluid
An oldie that was neglected in the stash, a goodie for sure. When I use it, I don't have to powder/ set my foundation
- Cover FX Conceal Fx Camouflage concealer in Light
- Milani Liquid Eye liquid-like eyeliner pencil in Black
- Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black 
Ignore the odd 2-pronged flick I was experimenting there. Haven't touched the liquid eyeliner for a while and thought I should do something crazy (adventurous)
- Annabelle InstaGlam Brow Design + Fix in Medium to Dark and Wet n Wild Color Icon brow & eye liner in Mink Brown.

I can't get over how pretty the 16 Fuchsia Aqua Rouge looks matte. It does feel a little dry on its own without the glossy gloss but it is worth it.

On to what's going on outside. This blizzard was forecasted badly enough to prompt early announcement of work and school cancellation for today, which was great. Nobody wants to be stranded at work or on the road during heavy snow fall or icy condition later in the day.

Squirt was happy to have a day off school. I am just glad not having to get up early to make the trip into town. A chill day for us to watch YT or put together some IKEA stuff for my makeup room maybe :)

I heard New York is hit too with this storm. Stay safe everyone!

1/26/2015

MUFE Desire Me Cheeky blush trio

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

My love for Make Up For Ever Artist eyeshadows continues with this Desire Me Cheeky blush trio I received.

Yes, these three shades (I526, I808 and S748, full size) are from the eyeshadow range but perfectly serve the "blush, highlight, and glow" purpose.

The set also comes with:
- travel-sized Precision Blush brush #150
- a velvet pouch (decorated with a Make Up For Ever tag and a key charm), and
- face charts from Victoria Down, the head makeup artist for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

Brownie points for the cute packaging.

Here is the closeup of the eyeshadows, with flash.

I526 is an iridescent pearl beige eyeshadow, a nice brow bone and cheek highlight.

I808 is described as an iridescent English pink eyeshadow. I'm not sure what colour is an English pink exactly, but it looks like a pink with mauve tone here.

S748, a satin coral blush, is beautiful. I have not been wearing a lot of corals/ oranges but this shade brings me back big time.

Note that in natural lighting (in this pic), I526 looks more beige and I808 is less mauve.

I know most of us love multi-purpose products. Here is a FOTD with these shades on both eyes and face to show you just that.

This is the Precision Blush brush #150, very cute in travel size with a shorter handle (reg. $40 for full size).

Great for traveling but I do wish for a tiny bit longer handle so it does not get lost easily in the makeup bag :)

The bristles are soft (as with almost all MUFE Artisan brushes) and the slanted/ pointed shape works well with depositing, blending and highlighting work with the above 3 eyeshadows/ blush.

Swatched with the blush brush, the colours are softer but still show up well on the skin. Same order in the palette - I526, I808 and S748.

With a damp eyeshadow brush, they are more pigmented (show below). Will be gorgeous on the eyes.

The Desire Me Cheek set retails CAD56 (values $128), Limited Edition.

1/23/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers:

*** Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase
- No7, Etival skin care: 25% off.
*** Sunday - Tuesday: Free $10 Shoppers gift card with $50 purchase

*** All week:
- Vichy Normaderm, Dercos Hair, Homme skin care: 25% off
- Garnier skin care: 30% off
- Neutrogena acne care, cleanser: CAD8.99
- Aveeno cleanser: CAD8.99
- Jergens BB body: CAD10.99
- Herbal Essences, Aussie hair care: CAD2.99
- Maybelline Fit Me makeup, Lash Sensational/ Volume Express mascara: CAD8.99; Brow Drama: CAD10.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara: CAD9.99; Infallible 2-step lip: CAD11.99
- CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous makeup, Colorlicious lip: CAD7.99
- Rimmel eye, lip: CAD4.99
- Physicians Formula Argan Wear: 30% off.

Lawtons:
- Vichy anti-aging skin care: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Neostrata, Cliniderm: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Marcelle BB, Ideal Skin Perfector: 20% off (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara: CAD9.99 (bonus miles)
- Annabelle single eyeshadow: CAD3.99; makeup remover: CAD5.99; eyeshadow trio: CAD6.99; eyeshadow quad: CAD8.99 (bonus miles)
- Physicians Formula: 30% off (bonus miles)
- Vasanti: 30% off
- Layla, Color Club nail polish: 50% off
- SinfulColors: CAD1.99 (bonus miles)
- Red Carpet Manicure: 25% off (bonus miles).

Walmart:
- Dove, Degree, Axe White antiperspirant dry spray: CAD4.47
Note: You might need to check with the store, as online, these 3 items have different price points, not as printed in the flyer
- Garnier hair care: CAD2.97
- L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal oil: CAD26.96
- L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation, fixing spray: CAD14.96
- Maybelline Master Graphic, Brow Precise, Molten eyeshadow: CAD9.96.

Target:
- Garnier Ultra-Lift skin care: CAD18.99 (+ free $5 Target gift card) - I'll have a giveaway coming up soon, if you want to wait :)
- L'Oreal RevitaLift, Age Effect skin care: CAD29.99 (+ free $5 Target gift card)
- Maybelline Volume Express Lash Sensational mascara: CAD5.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon, Xtreme Wear nail polish: 20% off.

Superstore: Tax free on Friday and Saturday (NS)
- Dr. Bronner's liquid soap (472ml): CAD9.49
- Joe Fresh skin care: 20% off
- Dove antiperspirant dry spray: CAD5.49 (limit 4, after limit $6.99)
- Degree antiperspirant dry spray: CAD4.49 (limit 4, after limit $5.99)
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise: CAD3.79
- Tresemme hair care: CAD3.79
- CoverGirl Clean makeup: CAD6.37; Tru Blend foundation: CAD10.37
- L'Oreal Infallible makeup: 20% off
- Maybelline Dream makeup: at least 20% off
- Revlon PhotoReady Instafix, Air Brush Effect foundation: CAD14.97
- Almay Clear Complexion: CAD11.57.

Bath and Body Works:

- 3-wick candles: 3/$33.50 or 2/$25.50
- Select 3-wick candles: $10.50
- Brazil Signature body care: $7
- Select Signature collection: 3/$10 or $4 each
- Signature body care: B3G2F
- Specialty body care: BOGO1/2
- Brazil hand soaps: $4
- Hand soaps: 6/$28 or 3/$18
- Signature body care: B3G2F
- PocketBac: 3/$5
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/$20.50
- Select Wallflowers bulbs: $3
- Slippers: $5
- Scentportable holders/ refills: B4G2F
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F.

1/22/2015

NOTD: NYC Rule the City

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Feel like something dark and something stands out on your nails today? Try NYC Crystal Couture top coat in Rule the City (Fashion Queen collection, Fall 2014).

Rule the City has red micro glitters and silver shimmers on a charcoal black base. Opaque enough on its own, no colour base needed.

This is the only shade I asked my friend to hunt down among other mono-toned glitter jellies from Fashion Queen, $1.99 in the US. As far as I know, Canada did not get this collection.

I used 2 coats coat of Rule the City here, and, like I said, no base. I love it when a glitter polish does this, save me time and $. Note that this is not a texture polish.

Since the base is charcoal, not black, I reason that the mani is not too over the top for work and wear it during the week.

The red glitters make this shade a lot more fun to wear, a nice contrast to the snow we have been getting :)

Hang in there, I heard it gets warmer for the weekend after the snow we will be getting this evening. And only one more day till Friday!

1/21/2015

FOTD: Joe Fresh holiday sets

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Are you ready for the prettiness and the mess all in one FOTD? Here it is!

On my eyes, from Joe Fresh 5-piece Chubby eyeshadow set:
- the gold on inner lid - heavily layered, still not very visible
- the blue on outer lid and crease - applied, blended, repeated because it disappeared with each blending brush stroke
- the black as a liner.

You might not want to look closer at the "stripes" (i.e. creases) on my lids.

The black did not smudge or smear but only last about two hours on the lower lash line and a little longer on the upper lash line.

If I don't look all the way down, the eye makeup is not too bad, is it? :)

On the lips is the most pigmented shade from the 5-piece Chubby lipstick set - the darker pink. It is the only thing that saved this look a tiny little bit.

Other products on the face:
- Marcelle BB cream in Light to Medium
- Hard Candy Glamouflage in Medium
- ArtDeco Bronzing Glow blusher
- Vasanti All Star 2-in-1 face and eye primer
The primer did not help!
- Lise Watier Wow mascara in Black
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Dark Brown.

After this look I could only test other eyeshadow sticks in this set inside the house. Nobody wants to see crease city, do they?

The creases again on the other side, if you are not persuaded yet. Ta-da! Again, maybe we can focus on the lip colour instead.

I was at Superstore yesterday and saw all the lipstick sets from Joe Fresh were gone, and quite a few of eyeshadow sets (and liner sets) left. I guess my local friends also like the lip stuff better :)

What are other positive things in your life that we can talk about to balance out the cold weather (or the bad eye makeup)? :) Fill me in!

1/20/2015

Joe Fresh Chubby eyeshadow set

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If you read my Boxing Week haul, you know what comes after Joe Fresh 5-piece Chubby lipstick set right?

It's Joe Fresh 5-piece Chubby eyeshadow set. Same price point ($10 down to $4.94, then to $2.44), thinner twist-up chubby sticks compared to the chubby lipsticks.

The directions are even more entertaining this time: Tilt head back and bring eyes to half-open position. Draw a narrow line across upper and lower lid above lashes. Smudge for a smoky eye or apply all over lid for more dramatic effect. Create your own look by layering colors :)

Similar packaging, and here's the colours up close.

Sorry to say, no dramatic effects nor colour layering with these, unfortunately.

The colours look more lovely in the sticks than on my hand. I had so much hope with the gold and the purple, look what I got! :(

As you can see in the swatches, all shades, other than the black, are sheer. I have layered them quite heavily here trying show you the true colours, but it did not help much.

And the sad story does not just end at pigmentation. It continues with blendability and staying power.

The pencils go on a little slippery, which might explains why layering the colours does not increase pigmentation.

I would limit these to the lid area only, as they would disappear in the crease as soon as you try to blend them out. And within about 10 minute time after application, I had "crease city" on the lids.

For all those reasons, I cannot give this set any credit other than the black used as a upper lash liner. Here's a FOTD to show you what I mean.

The sticks are about 2/3 of the size of the lip pencils (0.06oz/ 1.7g each), also made in China. If you head out to Superstore, skip this set and check out the lipstick set instead.

1/19/2015

Joe Fresh Chubby lipstick set

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

More holiday gift sets, this time from Joe Fresh :)

Notably cute is the 5-piece Chubby lipstick set, reg. $10, was $4.94 during Boxing Week (see the yellow sticker below) and $2.44 (75% off) since last weekend at my Superstore.

Stock at my location is still plenty, so check yours if you want a bargain.

Thought I would entertain you with the directions printed on the packaging: Using soft strokes, apply the thick stick lip color pencil starting at the center of each lip working outwards to cover. Geez thanks :)

Here is the said packaging and how the pencils look without the clear caps. I was happy to find out they are the twist-up type. Brands are taking notes, aren't they?

There are no individual names on the pencils, so we will have to go with plain colour names.

If you can't tell, the orange red (far left) and baby pink (far right) are very sheer. The swatches have already built up, so I don't think they will get any better than what shown here.

The successful shades in the bunch are the nude and the darker pink, very creamy and pigmented.

The cool-toned pink is a little too cool for my skin tone but still wearable layered over a pigmented lip liner.

You can see the light sheen on the shades with flash here. They are not glossy by any means but not complete matte either.

The darker pink and the orange red do stain your lips a tiny bit, just a heads up.

So for $5 (or $2.50 if you buy it now), 3 of the 5 shades are worth it, in my opinion. If you like sheer lip colours then the whole set will work for you, even better.

The pencils are 0.09oz/ 2.5g each, made in China (if you care about that). Check out my FOTD with the darker pink shade. And if you are curious about the 5-piece Chubby eyeshadow set, follow the link for my review.