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9/02/2015

Jouviance Restructiv Collagen Boost

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I had the opportunity to test out Jouviance Restructiv Collagen Boost a while ago. I haven't tried many products from Jouviance, so it was a reintroduction to the brand.

The product is supposed to be an serum that offers the benefits of an injection without the needle, quite promising huh?

The formula:
- Pro-Collagen Activator (PCA): an exclusive Jouviance amino acid copper complex that boosts cell (fibroblast) energy
- Rovisome encapsulation technology: delivers retinol into the skin’s lower layers, allows retinol’s active ingredients to be released deeper down without irritation.

The effects:
- Reactivates production of collagen 3 (youth collagen), rebalances collagen 1/collagen 3 ratio
- Promotes growth of new collagen and elastin, prevents against future breakdown
- Fewer wrinkles and dark spots and a smoother, even complexion.

The packaging: double-layered tube with airless pump, luxurious looking but quite bulky compared to the traditional tubes of the same volume and I can't tell how much product left in the tube.

Active ingredients: Neodermyl (Pro-Collagen activator complex), Prohyal+ (natural extract of blue agave leaves), Pro-Coll-One+ (Highly purified soy glycopeptide) and Pure Encapsulated Retinol.

Ingredients: Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydrolyzed Soybean Fiber, Glycerin, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, etc.

The texture: a light lotion feel, absorbs quickly, moisturizing.

My thoughts: behind all the scientific facts of the ingredients and what they do, I find the product work well as a serum that supports the moisturizer that follows it. My skin looks plumped and hydrated.

However, the anti aging effects are not easy to tell. 2 reasons:
- Any effects I notice on the skin would be a combination effort of the serum and other skin care products I use. My fine lines are slightly improved, but it would be hard to tell exactly which product does what part in that.
- I have used it over a month and still think it is not long enough. It is a long process.

I would say Restructiv Collagen Boost is a good serum to pair with a moisturizer if you are looking for a collagen related product or want to start anti aging, but use it with a lot of patience :)

The product is suitable for sensitive skin, with no parabens/ sulfates/ colourants/ phthalates/ dyes/ DMAE/ TEA/ artificial fragrances or occlusive agents (silicones, paraffin, lanolin, petrolatum or mineral oil). The bottle is 30ml, retails $55.

9/01/2015

Freedom Makeup Pro lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Told you it's lip products for the week :)

If the Freedom Makeup Pro Melts I reviewed yesterday didn't interest you, or if you prefer the traditional lipstick form, I have Freedom Makeup Pro lipsticks to show you today.

The line is quite extensive with 25 shades, categorized in colour families, £1 a pop or 5-piece set for £4.

The shades I got were part of the free GWP, not my choice, but represent a good range of colours. I'm quite happy with them, not complaining.

From L-R:
- Pro Pink lipstick in 101 Flushed
- Pro Red lipstick in 109 Red Wine
- Pro Bare lipstick in 115 Mannequin
- Pro Now lipsticks (latest shades) in 117 Juicy Lips and 119 Adorn
- Far Away lipstick (space themed collection) in Space Luxe.

Standard black tube with colour indication at the bottom and silver tube under the cap, quite sturdy and does not look cheap, considering the low price.

These Pro lipsticks remind me of Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical lipsticks in how they swatch and feel, and the finish they give, just slightly less sheer, less moisturizing and without a candy scent.

101 Flushed is slightly cool toned, so I wear it as a sheer wash of pink or with a warm liner underneath.

109 Red Wine looks pure red here but shows its pink base more on the lips, still quite bright.

115 Mannequin is appropriately name, the lip version of "mannequin hand" nail polish. 117 Juicy Lips - the first shade in the second group shown below, is Mannequin with more peach.

They are both quite sheer, show almost no colour on me, best worn with a liner.

119 Adorn is the berry version of 109 Red Wine above, with equally good colour payoff.

Space Luxe is truly space-y, good for those special occasions where you want a sheer gold sheen on top of another lip product. It does not build up very well on its own.

The Pro lipsticks will not be the most pigmented nor full coverage lip products in your stash but they are comfortable on the lips and easy to wear. They do not last any longer than other lipsticks though, nothing to rush out and buy right away :)

8/31/2015

Freedom Makeup Pro Melts

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Freedom Makeup, the sister brand of Makeup Revolution, has had a few free gift promotions lately. I placed my first order the one time the gift included many items that I wanted to try.

We start with lip products today. Pro Melts are described as long lasting hybrid glosses with melted lipstick formula, £3 each.

I went for the 8-piece set, £18 (save £6) cause I found the colours quite represent a good range.

Here are D-ream, Wanted, Smooth, Sugar Fix, Up, TGIF, Jammy Dodger and Just Do It.

The Pro Melts come with classic gloss tube packaging in silver box (far left) with an opening on the side to show the colour inside. Since the products are sold online, I'm not sure the boxes are necessary though. Just saying :)

The applicator is also standard, easy to use. I guess the formula is the point to discuss with these glosses.

As you see in the swatches below, the glosses are all cream (no glitters/ shimmers), go on wet like a gloss then dry down to a semi matte finish.

Mind you, they show no shine on the lips but are not completely matte like LA Girl Matte pigment glosses or Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lips I reviewed recently.

Wear wise, they are not super long lasting (i.e. transferable with eating/ drinking) nor drying either but the most comfortable wear among the 3 brands. I'd say they are good as introduction to matte liquid lipsticks.

The swatches, with 2 swipes each: D-ream, Wanted,Smooth and Sugar Fix on the left; Up, TGIF, Jammy Dodger and Just Do It on the right.

Pigmentation and layering are quite good with these glosses. Needless to say, I need a bright base underneath D-ream and Just Do It (a bit streaky) to make them wearable on me. The other 6, however, are great just as is.

I enjoy the Pro Melts as a nice change from flat matte glosses. The price is great too. If you are new to the brand, newsletter subscription would give you a 20% off code and upgraded tracked shipping for £7.95 (normally £11.95) for the first order.

8/28/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

After confirming 5 free standing stores in the US, NYX also announced the very store in Canada will be in downtown Toronto (Queen St. W) this October. If you find the location, post picture with #nyxinthesix #nyxcanada to win prizes :)

Groupe Marcelle has launched a men's skin care brand called CW Beggs and Sons with 13 products ranging from $18 - $98 on cwbeggs.com.

Shoppers:

*** Saturday & Sunday: x20 points when you spend $75 or more on cosmetics, select skin care, fragrances, jewelry, hair colour, bath foam & gel, nail care, hosiery
- Olay skin care: 25% off (rest of the week: 20% off).
*** Until Thursday:
- RoC skin care: 25% off
- Jouviance skin care: 20% off
- Neostrata facial cleanser, moisturizer: 20% off
- Neutrogena skin, sun, hair care: 20% off
- Cerave skin care: 20% ff
- L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil shampoo/ conditioner: CAD3.99; Studio Line Hot & Sleek cream or Hot & Big spray: CAD6.99
- Aussie, Herbal Essences hair care: CAD2.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lip: CAD7.99; Infallible lip, Voluminous mascara: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Color Blur lip, Lash Sensational mascara, brow products: CAD7.99; the Nudes palette: CAD15.99
- Revlon eyeshadow, mascara, lip: CAD7.99
- CoverGirl eyeshadow quad, Full Lash Bloom/ Lash Blast mascara: CAD7.99; Colorlicious/ Outlast lip: CAD9.99; Outlast/ TruBlend makeup: CAD12.99
- Marcelle Flawless foundation, brow products: CAD9.99
- Rimmel (selected): CAD5.99
- Cover FX CC cream: BOGO
- L'Oreal Infallible nail gel: CAD7.99.

*** Third week of Shake up your Makeup event and it's all about face:

- 8,000 points with Stila Shape & Shade Custom Contour duo and Shape & Shade Custom Contour brush together
- 8,000 points with Clarins Double serum or any anti-aging day cream
- 8,000 points with Biotherm Blue Therapy, Skin Best or Life Plankton product
- x20 points with Clinique 3-step or Sonic system brush
- x15 points with $50 Estee Lauder purchase
- x15 points with Smashbox primer
- x10 points with $25 purchase of Quo cosmetics 
- x10 points with Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker products.

*** Bonus Optimum points offers:
- 9,500 points with purchase of 2 CoverFX brushes, Illuminating primer, powder or Natural Finish oil-free foundation
- 8,000 points with purchase of 2 Vichy Normaderm skin care products
- 8,000 points with purchase of 2 Neostrata acne care products
- 2,500 points with Avene Cleanance Hydra soothing cream (40ml) or soothing cleansing cream (200ml)
- 2,000 points with purchase of 2 Gosh nail polish or cosmetic products
- 1,000 points with purchase of 2 Revlon Age Defying/ PhotoReady makeup products
- x10 points with $25 purchase of Quo implements, nail polish, gels or accessories
- x10 points with No7 Beautiful Skin quick thinking wipes (30's)
- x5 points with La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar foaming cream cleanser (150ml) or Skin Brightening daily care (30ml).

Lawtons:
- Avene Cleanance: 20% off
- Marcelle skin care (including makeup removers): 20% off
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- Formula 10.0.6 toner, foam cleanser, mud mask: 25% off
- Maybelline mascara, eyeliner: 30% off
- Revlon ColorStay, PhotoReady: 25% off
- CoverGirl mascara, Liquid Line Blast eyeliner: 25% off
- Annabelle: 25% off (bonus Airmiles)
- LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off (excluding nail polish, gift sets)
- Physicians Formula: 20% off (bonus miles)
- ColorEvolution: 20% off
- Crabtree & Evelyn nail polish: 50% off
- L'Oreal nail polish: 25% off
- SinfulColors: 2/CAD5
- EcoTools: 25% off.

Walmart: acne care (across brands) is on roll back
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD5.96; Dream Matte, liquid, mousse foundation: CAD9.84
- L'Oreal Color Riche lipstick: CAD7.96
- Annabelle eye/ lip pencil: 2/CAD7
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure: CAD6.97.

Sears: Lancome GWP of $36 or more until September 11. The 7-piece gift, values up to $183, includes:
- Your choice of serum: Advanced Genefique (8ml) or Visionnaire (7ml)
- Your choice of skin care: Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF30 (15ml), Renergie Lift Multiple action (15ml) or High Resolution Refill (3x, 15ml)
- Your choice of makeup: Color Design palette or Blush Subtil, and Color Design lip or Juicy Tube
- Hypnose mascara (2ml)
- Bi-Facil eye makeup remover (50ml) and
- A cosmetic bag.

With a Lancome purchase of $95 or more, you'll get an additional gift - a choice among skincare, makeup or fragrance.

With $75 Lancome purchase or more with Sears credit card, you'll get a $25 saving card, redeemable on women's & men's fashion/ footwear, women's intimates/ hosiery, jewelry, accessories, luggage and selected kids' purchases of $75 or more.

Freedom Makeup: £5 off £20 orders until 5pm BST Tuesday.

Makeup Revolution: £30 free product with £30 orders until 10am BST Tuesday.

The gift includes 2 palettes, 3 lipsticks, a blush stick, a single eyeshadow, an eye dust and a gloss.

Makeup Academy: Free eye brush trio with £20 orders until Monday.

Sleek: Free shipping with £10 / €15 / $20 orders (US) or $25 orders (rest of the world) until 10am BST Tuesday.

Zahra Beauty: 30% off most items - acrylic lipstick/ gloss/ compact holders. No code needed.

FYI, I did a test order: 1 lipstick tower ($69.30 after discount) will ship free in the US or cost $37 (the cheapest option) to ship to Canada (equaling the discount amount pretty much).

Bath and Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, today only
- "Splash into Summer" Signature body care: 3/$12 or $5 each
- Signature body lotion: $5
- Signature body care: B3G2F, Specialty body care: B2G1F
- Hand soaps: 6/$25 or 4/$20
- 3-wick candles: 2/$25.50, select 3-wick candles: $11
- Wallflowers bulb: 4/$20.50
- Scentportable refills: 4/$10
- PocketBac: 3/$5
- 1.5oz concentrated room sprays: 2/$12 or $8 each. 

The Bay: 3-day sale on shoes, clothing, home and more. Extra 15% off with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

ebates.ca: 3 year anniversary promo with triple cash back on selected stores, today only
- etsy: 3%
- amazon: up to 4%
- American Eagle, Dynamite, Forever 21, LL Bean: 4%
- ebay: up to 5%
- The Bay, L'Occitane, Ssense: 5%
- Roots, HP, Old Navy, Groupon, J.Crew, Macy's, Nordstrom, Sportchek: 6%
- ASOS, Le Chateau: 7%
- Joe Fresh, Sephora, GAP, Banana Republic, Aldo, Clinique, Kiehl's, Health Snap, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus: 8%
- Foot Locker, Living Social: 9%
- The Body Shop, ShoeMe.ca: 12%
- Indigo: up to 15%
- TOMS, Lancome: 15%
- bh Cosmetics: 22.5%
- Proactiv, Wen: 48% cash back.

If you have a post-elementary student (high school, college/ university) or teacher ID, H&M offers 15% off regular-priced merchandise until September 7. Forever 21 does the same in the stores but only on Fridays in August, so today is the last day.

8/27/2015

NOTD: Nicole by OPI Rock the Look

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

You would know by now that I have been deep to my knees in textured polish and am loving it still.

"Speckled" textures are not new either, but I find the colour and texture combinations in Nicole by OPI's Roughles collection (Spring 2014) quite different.

I got all 4 shades but decided on Rock the Look for the day. A soft pink (not really me) but with red and black flakes (very me) that gives the overall look that peach tint I can totally rock.

Compared to the Gumdrops (sparkly textured polish, also from Nicole by OPI, Fall 2013), the Roughles are less gritty but equally fun and quite unique.

This is one and a half coats. With enough polish on the brush (which I didn't), you can totally do just one coat with good opacity. And please do not add a top coat to the Roughles! It would ruin the beauty of them all, in my opinion :)

The wear is better than average, more than 2 days for me. Another bonus. The Roughles are unfortunately LE. If you have them in the stash though, wear them now!

8/26/2015

NYX High Voltage lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

NYX High Voltage lipsticks are not new in the US (well, they already move on to the next best thing - newly released Liquid Suede cream lipsticks) but new to me.

Heard good things about them, I went and built a CP wish list with my US friend. And here they are, finally: Playdate, Flutter Kiss, Twisted and Wine & Dine.

The High Voltage lipsticks are slim and long with clear lids that show the colour-coordinated tubes. I find them go on light, quite opaque with good pigmentation and some slip, very comfortable to wear.

Playdate is quite a unique colour in my stash. The tube is slightly misleading since it is totally not a pale baby pink. The bullet is more accurate with that strong purple/ grey tint that you will also see in the swatches below.

I got Flutter Kiss to embrace that "nude lip" side that I am leaning toward a lot lately.

Twisted is an easy choice - purple/ fuchsia tone is very me :) A lot warmer than Playdate.

And lastly, Wine & Dine is that dreamy dark red that I always like.

These swatches were done with about 2 swipes for each colour. They show up quite glossy at first. The shine tones down a bit after about 15 minutes but is still visible enough.

Playdate's purple base shows up stronger in the pic, just a note. I normally wear it on top of a red lip liner to warm it up to suit my skin tone better.

The lipsticks last a few hours on me and do transfer. They do not claim to be long wearing nor waterproof anyway. Don't notice much of a scent on them.

Check out these High Voltage lipsticks if you have a chance. There are more than 20 shades in the range, 0.09oz/ 2.5g, $6 each in the US or CAD8.99 at London Drugs (lucky West Coasters, free shipping on $200+ orders for the rest of us lol). The very first NYX free-standing store in Canada opens in Toronto this October, be ready!

8/25/2015

Marcelle Fall 2015 - Skin care

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I reviewed Marcelle Fall makeup products two weeks ago, now let's see what skin care products they launch this month :)

There's something irritated skin needs - the Ultra Gentle moisturizing cream.

Formulated to hydrate and soothe the skin, the product offers protection from dehydration and daily aggressors that can cause irritation while leaving the skin feeling soft and supple.

Now the product feels light on (more like a lotion than a cream as the name suggest), fast absorbing and does a great job to keep my skin hydrated and calm. I would say it is my basic moisturizer of choice during bad phase of breakouts, no big bells or whistles.

Seal on the nozzle, no contamination/ testing in stores.

Instructions say to apply the moisturizing cream in the morning on well cleansed skin, and I tested it that way. I do have other night creams to alternate but don't see why you can't use it before bed as well.

Ingredients: Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Allantoin, Stearamidopropyl Diemthylamine, Polysorbate 60, Lactic Acid, etc.

The cream is meant for normal to dry skin but it does not make my combination skin greasy through the day. Perfume/ oil/ paraben/ soap/ sulfate free. The tube is 1.7oz/ 50ml, $18.95.

Another product that tends to my eye makeup: the Instant eye makeup remover with a dual phase formula and enriched with aloe vera.

Let me just get it out there that this makeup remover is oil free and feels just like water on the skin.

So other than the "shake well before use" and "rinse with warm water" parts, I cannot tell the difference between this and micellar water when used on the eyes. They remove makeup with the same ease, comfort and efficiency, 95% on waterproof mascaras like most micellar waters on me.

Also tested it on some thicker long wear liquid lipsticks with about 90% success using one side of the cotton pad or 98% with both sides and some rubbing. No complaints there.

The standard cap and nozzle on the bottle work fine with cotton pads.

Ingredients: Water, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG-6 Caprylic/ Capric Glycerides, Poloxamer 184, Copper Gluconate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Benzoate, Sodum Salicylate, Sodium Citrate.

Suitable for contact lens wearers. Perfume/ oil/ paraben free. The bottle is 5oz/ 150ml, $14.95.

Left: the Ultra Gentle moisturizing cream with the lotion-y texture.

Right: the Instant eye makeup remover on a cotton pad, lightly blue-tinted liquid but goes on invisible.

No scent detected on either product.

All I have to say is Canadians are missing out in lots of things in the beauty world (Sephora sale page as the case in discussion) but not with makeup removers. Marcelle makes one of the best ones out there that I tried.

8/24/2015

c. Booth bath and body line

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Freeman Beauty has recently launched its c. Booth bath and body care line at Walmart Canada, all free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and petrolatum. I had the opportunity to try out some products to review for you.

The All-Over-Body Sea Salt scrub, rich in minerals and nutrients, has coarse salt for deep scrubbing action on rough/ dry skin and circulation boosting, and eucalyptus for a cool, fresh feeling.

To use: Massage over wet skin with circular motions, pay extra attention to rough spots, including callused hands, before rinsing off.

The aqua blue colour is very pretty in the jar, it excites me. No worries since it goes on the skin clear (see the swatch below).

Similarly, the scent in the jar is slightly minty and fresh but changes into ocean-y on the skin. Hard to describe, and I am not particularly a fan of. I still enjoy the scrub and how soft it makes my skin feel, just not the scent.

And a note: salt scrub might sting if you have a scratch/ open wound on the skin.

Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Blue 1 (CI 42090).

The tub is 8oz/ 227g, $8.97.

A quite new concept in the Blackberry in-bath body conditioner - lotion up while bathing, like hair conditioner but for your skin. To use: After cleansing, massage a good amount over wet skin and rinse. No additional lotion needed.

The coconut oil, sweet almond oil and shea butter in the formula are moisturizing and deep conditioning, while blackberry seed oil offers antioxidants with a very light scent.

The texture is thinner and rinses off a lot faster than a hair conditioner. Admittedly, this is an extra step before you get out of the shower, but it only takes a minute and I do find it moisturizing enough to skip the lotion step after, so that is fair.

The decision factor is the scent, depending on your preference. This body conditioner would leave hardly any scent on your skin. If you like to smell good after shower, go for a scented lotion instead, or spray on your fragrance later.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweeet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance, etc.

I would recommend this product if you want to change up your shower routine :) The tube is 6oz/ 177ml, $8.97.

The Original bath & body oil is totally on trend, giving you a subtle sheen on the skin with a blend of antioxidant safflower, sesame, jojoba and evening primrose oils, blended with soothing wheat and moisturizing olive.

To use: Pour 3-4 capfuls into warm water and soak for 10-15 minutes, or apply a few drops directly onto skin and massage in.

I am not a bath person so I have been using the oil like a moisturizer. It goes on a little thicker than other oils I tried but spreads out and absorbs very well.

I love the sheen it leaves on my arms and legs! The skin feels moisturized but not sticky nor greasy. And again, the scent is refreshing but very subtle.

Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, etc.

The bottle is huge (for an oil) - 16oz/ 473ml, only $9.97.

Lastly, you will want to try the Walnut Shell body scrub & cleanser, a creamy exfoliator with a delicious nutty scent. I don't normally go for desert/ sweet scents but this is more toasted-nutty and creamy without being overwhelmingly sweet, so I am a big fan! The scent does not linger very long though.

To Use: Massage a generous amount over wet skin, rinse thoroughly. Great before applying a self-tanner.

The walnut shell powder is non abrasive, pairing with rose hip, balm mint and kola nut to smooth and tone the skin. I love everything about this scrub.

Ingredients: Water, Pumice, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, etc.

Same big bottle as the oil - 16oz/ 473ml, $7.97.

A quick shot of the grains of salt in the Sea Salt scrub (left) and the particles in the Walnut Shell body scrub. These are closeups, so know that they are not that big IRL :)

I find a few c. Booth favorites already. Check out the line next time you are at Walmart!

8/21/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

My local readers, Taste of Argyle starts today and goes on all weekend 12-8pm.

Treat your eyes with that beautiful argyle pattern on the street, your ears with live band music and your mouth with street food from various restaurant in the area.

Also, Lawtons at Halifax Shopping Centre has moved over next to Victoria's Secret with a store front open out to the street. A lot nicer than the back corner they had before.

Meanwhile in the UK, Batiste has launched a styling range with hair spray, volumizing/ texturizing spray, heat/ shine/ frizz spray, etc.

Shoppers:

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

*** All week:
- Biore, Clean & Clear skin care: CAD6.99
- Nivea skin/ lip care: 25% off
- Burt's Bees lip care: 20% off
- Garnier facial cleanser: CAD6.99
- Olay facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal facial cleanser: CAD9.99
- Neutrogena, Aveeno, L'Oreal facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Vichy Purete Thermale skin care: CAD12.99
- Reversa skin care: 20% off
- Neostrate, Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- Herbal Essences hair care: CAD2.99
- TreSemme, got2b, Fructis, Infusium hair care: CAD4.99
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, Colorlicious lip, Clean makeup: CAD5.99
- Maybelline Great Lash mascara, Baby Lips gloss: CAD4.99; Color Blur, SuperStay lip: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Dream/ Face Studio makeup: 20% off
- L'Oreal Voluminous original mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99; ColorStay eyeliner, lip: CAD7.99; other Voluminous mascaras: CAD9.99
- Revlon Ultra HD lip: CAD9.99
- Marcelle Flawless foundation, brow products: CAD9.99
- Rimmel mascara, lip: CAD4.99; brow: CAD6.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Elizabeth Arden GWP of $38 or more, values $148
- Lancome PWP: with any purchase of Lancome beauty product, you can get a 9-piece beauty kit, values $244, for $55.

Essence Barely There collection has arrived, giving you more nude options for the eyes, lips and nails.

We get 3 out of 5 lipsticks and 4 out of 5 I Love Trends (The Nudes) nail polish from the original I Love Nude collection in Europe, and no single eyeshadows nor XXXL glosses. The 2 Lash Princess mascaras (False Lash and Volume) I believe are repromotes. Not sure about the All About Chocolates palette.

*** Beauty bonus: With $75 purchase of cosmetics, skin care or fragrance, you'll get a free cosmetic bag filled with beauty samples.

*** Second week of Shake up your Makeup event and it's all about lips:

- 3,000 points with Bourjois Volume Glamour Push Up mascara or Rouge Aqua Laque lipstick
- 4,000 points with purchase of 2 Pur Minerals products
- x10 points with $25 purchase of Quo cosmetics (until September 4)
- x10 points with Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker products (until September 4).

*** Other bonus Optimum points offers:
- 9,500 points with purchase of 2 CoverFX brushes, Illuminating primers, powders, Natural Finish oil-free foundations
- 8,000 points with Marc Jacobs 100ml fragrance
- 8,000 points with Lancome Grandiose mascara (& free Deluxe Cils Booster XL sample)
- 8,000 points with purchase of 2 Vichy Normaderm skin care products
- 8,000 points with purchase of 2 Neostrata Acne Clear skin care products
- 1,500 points with purchase of 2 Quo by Orly Lashes, nail polish or gels
- 1,000 points with Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive purifying care (30ml)
- x20 points with Strivectin SD/ Labs skin care products
- x15 points with $50 Estee Lauder purchase
- x15 points with purchase of 2 CoverGirl Super Sizer mascaras or Ready Set Gorgeous makeup products
- x10 points with CoverFX anti-aging/ smoothing eye primer
- x10 points with No7 Protect & Perfect serum
- x5 points with La Roche Posay pigmentclar Eyes or serum.

Lawtons:
- SoftLips: BOGO
- CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous: CAD6.99; Clean makeup: CAD7.99
- Revlon eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner: 25% off
- L'Oreal eye/ brow liner: 30% off
- Maybelline Baby Lips gloss: CAD3.99
- Color Club nail polish: BOGO.

Walmart:
- Physicians Formula Super BB and CC 3-piece kit: CAD19.97 (save $8)
- Biore mini trio kit: CAD4
- Neutrogena/ Clean & Clear acne skin care: on roll back
- CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless foundation: CAD14.74
- L'Oreal Telescopic mascara: CAD8.96
- Essie: CAD7.96.

Superstore:
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara: CAD7.97
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD5.97
- L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara: CAD8.97
- Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara: CAD5.97
- Essie: CAD7.97.

Makeup Geek: $150 Foiled complete set ($25 off) or $140 Ultimate eyeshadow palette ($20 off) until Sunday.

Sephora has thrown a lot of items to the sale page (product count went from around 20 yesterday to over 70 today). If you still shop with them, take a look!

Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes has been available at Farleyco and now ftb Beauty too. I haven't seen them in stores yet.

Bath and Body Works: $10 off $30 coupon on FB, good until Sunday
- 3-wick candles: BOGOFREE, select 3-wick candles: $11; single wick candles: 2/$22
- Hand soaps: 6/$25 or 4/$20
- "Splash into Summer" Signature body care: 3/$15 or $7 each
- Signature body care: B3G2F
- Select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- PocketBac: 3/$5
- Scentportable refills: 4/$10
- 1.5oz concentrated room sprays: 2/$12 or $8 each. 

8/20/2015

NOTD: Zoya Dhara

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This week has been abnormally hot, we are talking above 30 hot. I am absolutely not complaining, just stating a fact, because it is a rare event :)

I thought it would be appropriate that the nail colour is hot too. This is Zoya Dhara Pixie Dust, released in the Fall 2013 collection.

Described as a fiery orange copper with a matte AND sparkly textured finish, Dhara sounds like everything I want in a summer nail polish :)

This is just one coat, believe it! I love the sparkly matte finish so I did not use a top coat. No regrets!

Would you imagine that much gold shimmers hidden in the bottle without this bottle shot?

I think Zoya thought this through and added more shimmers so that they can shine through the matte finish without overpowering the overall look. And it worked.

2 weeks till school starts and back-to-school shopping for Squirt is done :) It would feel like summer is ending too, unfortunately. Could have had a few more trips in but Squirt and I have had a nice time so far. Hope your summer is longer and exciting while it lasts :)