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7/22/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers:

*** 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.

*** Until Thursday:
- L'Oreal skin/ sun care: 25% off
- Garnier, Olay facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- Garnier facial moisturizer: CAD14.99
- Vichy Purete Thermale facial cleanser: CAD12.99
- Neostrata/ Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- Australian Gold, Hawaiian Tropic sun care: CAD8.99
- Banana Boat, Sunthera sun care: CAD9.99
- Aveeno, Neutrogena sun care: CAD12.99
- Revlon Ultimate all-in-one mascara, Ultra HD/ Super Lustrous lip: CAD7.99; ColorStay 2-in-1 concealer, Age Defying/ PhotoReady foundation: CAD16.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadow quad, La Palette lip, True Match makeup: 30% off; Colour Riche lipstick: CAD9.99; Infallible eyeliner: CAD11.99
- Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick, Fit Me makeup: CAD5.99; Lash Sensational/ Volume Express mascara: CAD8.99; Master Hi-light, The Nudes or brow pro palette: CAD14.99
- CoverGirl Katy Kat matte lipstick, mascara: CAD8.99; Ultimate Finish powder, Smoothers/ Clean makeup: CAD9.99
- Annabelle Kohl eyeliner, Lipsies, lip liner pencil: 2/CAD7 or CAD5.49 each
- NYX Vivid Brights eyeliner, Fly with Me mascara, Liquid Suede cream lipstick: CAD9.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Rimmel mono eyeshadow, Extra Wow Lash mascara, Lasting Finish lipstick: CAD3.99; Stay Matte pressed powder, Wonder Lash mascara, Lasting Finish Kate lipstick: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal oil nail polish: CAD8.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- x10 points with Maybelline the Falsies Push Up Drama mascara, Eye Studio eyeliner
- 8,000 points with Calvin Klein women's fragrances (100ml)
- 5,000 points with Vichy Thermal mask (75ml)
- 4,000 points with Avene sun care
- 3,000 points with Avene micellar water or lotion
- 1,000 points with 2 Revlon implements.

Lawtons:
- Vichy Aqualia Thermal: 20% off
- Neostrata, Cliniderm: 30% off
- Aveeno Absolutely Ageless skin care: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Garnier Clean+ skin care: CAD6.99 (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD6.99 (bonus miles)
- Maybelline: 25% off
- Annabelle Skin True foundation, Biggy bronzer, retractable eyeliner, Eye Ink liquid liner, eyeshadow quad: CAD7.99 (bonus miles)
- Marcelle cleanser, eye makeup remover, moisturizer: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Rimmel foundation, powder, concealer, blush, makeup remover: 25% off (bonus miles)
- LA Colors, LA Girl, ColorEvolution: 20% off (bonus miles)
- SinfulColors Sinful Shine nail polish: 20% off
- Essie: CAD7.99 (bonus miles).

The Bay: Extra 15% off regular-priced, sale and clearance women's fashion, footwear, handbags, accessories, fashion jewelry, watches and men's footwear with code "SUNNY" until Monday. Exclusions apply.

Get 2,000 bonus Hbc rewards points with select bronzer purchase online or with printable in-store coupon, redeemable for a $10 Hbc gift card for your next purchase.

Bath and Body Works: 20% off or $10 off $40 coupon on FB, good until Monday

- Hand soaps: 10/$35.50 or 5/$25.50
- Signature body care: B3G2F, select Signature body care: $5
- Select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- 3-wick candles: $15, single wick candles: 2/$24
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$27.50 or 4/$22.50
- PocketBac: 7/$10 or 3/$5
- Scentportable refills: 4/$12.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

Holt Renfrew: Shop in stores (including Ogilvy but not hr2 nor online) until Sunday and get 10% of your regular-priced beauty purchases back onto a Holt gift card, redeemable until August 21 on select regular-priced women's apparel and accessories (excluding leased boutique's apparel & accessories, women's outerwear and Hermes watches).

Exclusions: Crabtree & Evelyn and MAC, Holts salon & spa, primp & polish, O Coiffure & Spa, Dermo Spa and men's grooming products/ services.

7/15/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers:

*** Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase
- L'Oreal facial cleanser: CAD8.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD9.99)
- Banana Boat sun care: CAD8.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD9.99)
- Life Brand sun/ skin/ acne/ shave care, hair removal products: 30% off (rest of the week: 20% off)
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise (750ml), Marc Anthony or OGX hair care: CAD6.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD7.99)
- Assie, Herbal Essences hair care: CAD2.49 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD2.99)
- Dove or Fructis hair care: CAD4.77 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD4.99).

*** All week:
- Neostrata exfoliating, lightening, Radiance skin care: 30% off
- Vichy, Reversa, RoC skin care: 20% off
- Bioderma Sensibio makeup remover (250ml) or Hydrabio skin care: 20% off
- Garnier skin care: 20% off
- Biore, Clean & Clear facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal facial moisturizer: 20% off
- Nivea skin care: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Sublime, Ombrelle, Aveeno sun care: CAD12.99
- Whole Blends (370ml), Pantene hair care: CAD3.99
- got2b hair care: CAD6.99
- Dove hair treatment: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl Supersizer Fibers mascara: CAD5.99
- Maybelline Color Jolt, Dream, Face Studio makeup: 25% off; Color Tattoo crayon, Color Molten: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible lipstick: CAD8.99; La Palette lip: CAD18.99
- Revlon ColorStay lip: CAD11.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Rimmel Renew lipstick: CAD5.99; BB cream, Stay Matte pressed powder: CAD8.99; Lasting Finish powder/ foundation: CAD9.99
- NYC BB cream, Get It All mascara/ lipstick: CAD5.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure: 2/CAD14 or CAD8.99 each; Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD8.99
- Ceramic Glaze nail polish: 2/CAD14 or CAD8.99 each.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 9,500 points with Avene Physiolift, Ystheal or Serenage skin care
- 4,000 points with 2 Fekkai hair care products
- 3,000 points with La Roche-Posay Physiological antiperspirant/ deodorant
- x20 points with Nexxus hair care
- x15 points with Strivectin Advanced Retinol skin care
- x15 points with $15 purchase of Joe Fresh cosmetics
- x10 points with Gosh hair care, makeup
- x10 points with Quo makeup
- x10 points with Soap & Glory bath products.

Lawtons: Bonus event - x4 Airmiles with $25 purchase or x20 Airmiles with $65 purchase until Saturday
- Bioderma: 20% off
- Neostrata All-in-One night & eye serum: 40% off (Friday only, rest of the week: 30% off)
- L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5 skin care: 25% off (bonus Airmiles); Age Perfect serum, cream: CAD27.99; Sublime Sun: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Neutrogena/ Aveeno sun care: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Compliments sun care: 25% off
- Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick, gloss, lip liner: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly/ Intenza mascara: CAD7.99 (bonus miles); Colour Riche lip: BOGO
- CoverGirl Perfect Point, Ink It, Line Exact liner: CAD5.99; Ready Set Gorgeous makeup, Supersizer mascara, Flamed Out/ Up mascara: CAD6.99; Colorlicious lip: CAD7.49; Clean makeup: CAD7.99; Lash Blast mascara: CAD8.99; TruBlend: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Baby Lips, Color Show nail polish: BOGO
- Annabelle brow liner, Stay Sharp liners: 25% off
- NYX makeup setting spray, liquid illuminator: CAD8.99; Pore Filler: CAD12.99
- Rimmel lip: 20% off
- Physicians Formula: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Styli-Style: BOGO (bonus miles)
- Mistura beauty kit: BOGO
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire gel, Infallible 2-step nail polish: 25% off
- Sally Hansen nail treatment: CAD5.99; Xtreme Wear, Insta-Dri, Complete Salon manicure: BOGO
- Compliments nail polish remover, luxury cotton pads, cosmetic implements: BOGO.

Walmart:
- CoverGirl Plumpify mascara: CAD8.97
- Maybelline Fit Me foundation: CAD6.96
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD9.97
- Selected fragrances: 50% off.

Bath and Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, today only

- All body care: B3G3F
- Hand soaps: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50; select hand soaps: $4
- 3-wick candles: 2/$38.50; selected 3-wick candles: $13.50; single wick candles: 2/$24
- Wallflowers bulbs: $4
- PocketBac: 7/$10 or 3/$5
- Scentportable refills: 4/$12.

The Body Shop: 50% off bath & body care online until Sunday, free shipping with $50+ orders. Exclusions apply.

Pinita Colada collection (LE) is still with 2x discount (20% off) for LYB members.

Skindinavia: 20% off, free makeup primer + finishing spray minis and free shipping (any US orders and $50+ international orders) until Sunday with code "20OFF".

Holt Renfrew: Extra 20% off on select already reduced merchandise in store until closing July 20 and online until 9am EST July 21.

7/08/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Before we get to beauty news, a note to my Haligonians: Feed NS is putting out a serious call for donation because they are critically low on food.

Help out in any way you can to get them canned meat/ vegetables, soup & stew, cereal, pasta and pasta sauce or anything at all.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow foundations are announced to be released on Sunday, July 10. Not long to wait now.

A super long wait, however, until November for the re-release of Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, but at least they are smart to bring it back :)

Shoppers:

*** All week: x20 points when you spend $75 or more on cosmetics, select skin care, fragrances, jewelry, hair colour, bath foam & gel, nail care, hosiery.

*** Saturday & Sunday: Super sale on electronics and other items
- Banana Boat twin pack, Ombrelle: CAD15.99 (rest of week:CAD16.99)
- Neutrogena, Aveeno sun care: CAD12.99 (rest of week: CAD13.99)
- Head & Shoulders, Whole Blends shampoo, conditioner: CAD4.77 (rest of week:CAD4.99).

*** Sunday & Monday: Physicians Formula: 40% off (rest of week: 30% off).

*** Until Thursday:
- Bioderma, Indeed Labs, Jouviance, Cliniderm, Skinfix, Clearasil, A-Derma skin care: 20% off
- Marcelle cleansing cloth (25's), Ultra gentle cleansing gel (350ml): CAD9.99
- Neostrata anti wrinkle, anti aging skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal, Neutrogena facial cleanser: CAD9.99
- Hawaiian Tropic, Australian Gold sun care: CAD8.99
- Banana Boat sun care: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Sublime, Ombrelle sun care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Elnett, Ever hair care: CAD8.99
- Batiste, Colab dry shampoo: CAD7.99
- Marc Anthony, Aveeno, L'Oreal Hair Expertise hair care: CAD7.99
- CoverGirl Katy Kat/ Supersizer Fibers mascara, Clean/ Smoothers makeup, Perfect Point eye pencil, Colorlicious lip: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Lineur Intense eyeliner, Color Riche lipstick: CAD6.99; La Palette Nude: CAD26.99
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD4.99; Eye Studio Lasting Drama eyeliner, the Falsies Push Up Drama/ Lash Stiletto mascara: CAD9.99
- Revlon Super Lustrous lip: CAD4.99; ColorStay Skinny liquid liner, Ultra HD lip: CAD9.99; Age Defying CC cream, PhotoReady powder, ColorStay 2-in-1 concealer: CAD16.99
- Rimmel Super Curler mascara, Oh My Gloss gloss, Professional eyebrow pencil: CAD5.99; Wake Me Up foundation: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Color Riche oil nail polish: CAD8.99
- Sally Hansen Color Therapy, Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD9.99
- Essie: CAD8.99; Gel Couture nail polish: CAD10.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- x20 points with Dessange or Dove hair care
- x20 points with $20 purchase of L'Oreal Hair Expertise, Hydra-Total 5, RevitaLift, Age Perfect and Feria products
- x15 points with Strivectin hair care
- x15 points with Joe Fresh implements
- x10 points with Conair Steam Curling wand, Infinity Steam straightener
- 8,000 points with Vera Wang Princess EDT (50ml)
- 8,000 points with Calvin Klein women's fragrances (100ml)
- 5,000 points with 2 Vichy ProEven skin care or Soleil sun care products
- 3,000 points with 3 Stylize hair accessories
- 3,000 points with 2 Preference Infinia hair colour
- 3,000 points with La Roche-Posay Physiological antiperspirant/ deodorant (40ml)
- 2,500 points with Avene facial cleanser (125 - 200ml)
- 2,000 points with Wayspa or Kobo $50 gift cards
- 1,500 points with 2 Parissa/ Persian hair removal products
- 500 points with 2 Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10 hair colour
- 500 points with 2 Joe Fresh eyeshadows, Fresh Glass glosses, cosmetic sponges or puffs.

Lawtons:
- Cliniderm skin care: 20% off
- Simple Sensitive Skin Experts skin care: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Marcelle cleanser, eye makeup remover, moisturizer: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Garnier skin care: 30% off
- Ombrelle sun care: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.88 (bonus miles, until Sunday only)
- L'Oreal original Voluminous mascara: CAD5.99
- Maybelline Color Sensational lip: 20% off (bonus miles); Face Studio: 25% off; Volume Express the Colossal Spider Effect mascara: CAD7.99 (bonus miles)
- Rimmel eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara: 20% off
- NYX lipstick, gloss, lip liner: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Revlon beauty tools, makeup brushes: 20% off
- Essie: CAD8.99 (bonus miles).

Walmart:
- Biore skin care: CAD10.47
- Neutrogena cleanser: CAD7.67
- L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5: CAD9.97; RevitaLift/ Age Perfect skin care: CAD19.77
- Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick: CAD5.97
- CoverGirl Bombshell mascara: CAD7.97
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish: CAD2
- Essie nail polish: CAD7.96.

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

- Perfect Summer tote: $30 with $30 purchase
- Hand soaps: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50; select hand soaps: $4
- Signature body care: B3G2F; select Signature body care: $7.50; select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- Single wick candles: 2/$24
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$27.50 or 4/$22.50
- PocketBac: 7/$10 or 3/$5.

La Senza: Beyond Sexy event with 20% off $50, 30% off $75 or 40% off $100 purchase in store with coupon (pictured) and online with code "BEYOND" until tomorrow.

Exclude clearance and Feather-Lite bras.

Holt Renfrew: Extra 20% off on select already reduced merchandise in store until closing Sunday and online until 9am EST Monday.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online (free shipping with $50+ orders) until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

Summer Survivor kit ($39 value) is $20 with any purchase in store and online (with code "SUMMER"). The kit includes:
- Peppermint cooling foot spray (100ml)
- Coconut body butter (50ml)
- Pink Grapefruit hand cream (30ml) and
- Rose lip balm (12ml).

The Pinita Colada collection (LE) is out now, with 2x discount (20% off) for LYB members.

7/02/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Our very Kiehl's store is now open at Halifax Shopping Centre.

Grand opening event is today, July 2 with food, prizes and samples, plus:
- Mystery gift cards, worth up to $1,000, $500 and $250 for the first 50 customers in line
- Complimentary starter kits for the first 100 customers
- Personalized head-to-toe consultation.

I was invited to come in for an introduction to the store and personalized consultation, and it was a lot of fun. Kiehl's staff is very knowledgeable, and I now have a complete skin care routine designed for my skin concerns and needs.

The product lines covers your whole family (yes, men/ women/ kids/ dogs) from head to toe. The store is stocked with deluxe samples in case you want to try certain products out before committing to full sizes, and a gift station to help you with a customized gift for someone.


Shoppers:
 *** Saturday & Sunday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
- Quo cosmetic brushes: 40% off

*** All week:
- Vichy Purete Thermale skin care: CAD12.99; Dercos hair, sun, body care: 25% off
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- Avene sun care: 20% off
- Garnier, Clean & Clear skin care: 25% off
- Olay, Biore, Simple facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5, Nivea Q10 facial moisturizer: CAD15.99
- Marcelle New Age Precision, Revival Pro-Sculpt or Gold anti aging skin care: 25% off
- Eucerin skin care: 20% off
- Life Brand skin/ sun care: 20% off
- Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic sun care, Jergens 3 Days to Glow: CAD8.99
- Neutrogena, Aveeno sun care: CAD12.99
- Lady Gaga EDP (30ml): 40% off
- Vera Wang fragrances (30 - 50ml): 25% off
- Guess fragrances (30 - 50ml): 20% off
- Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, The Rock Nudes palette, Dream makeup: 25% off; Color Sensational Vivid Matte liquid lip: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow, Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche lipstick: CAD7.99; Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt mascara: CAD9.99; Double Extend, Voluminous Superstar mascara: CAD12.99
- CoverGirl Pro mascara, Cheekers blush, Smoochies: 2/CAD10 or CAD5.99 each; the Supersizer Fibers mascara: CAD6.99; Katy Kat mascara: CAD7.99; Plumpify mascara, TruNaked eyeliner/ eyesehadow palette: CAD11.99
- Revlon Age Defy, PhotoReady makeup: 25% off; Volume+Length magnified mascara, ColorStay eyeshadow quad, lip: CAD9.99
- Annabelle brow/ eye makeup: CAD8.99
- NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick: CAD9.99; highlight & contour palette: CAD26.99
- Rimmel: 25% off
- L'Oreal oil nail polish: CAD8.99
- Sally Hansen Color Therapy nail polish: CAD9.99
- GAP brands (GAP, Old Navy and Banana Republic) $25 or $50 gift card: 20% off.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 5,000 points with Calvin Klein women's fragrances (50ml)
- 4,000 points with 2 No7 Beautiful Skin products
- 2,500 points with 2 Vidal Sassoon, Age Defy or Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10 hair colours
- 2,000 points with 2 Gosh makeup products
- 1,000 points with 2 Essie Gel Couture nail polish
- 500 points with 2 Revlon implements
- x15 points with Joe Fresh/ Quo implements
- x15 points with Strivectin Advanced Retinol skin care
- x10 points with No7 Protect & Perfect, Lift & Luminate or men's skin care
- x10 points with Soap & Glory bath products
- x10 points with Essence cosmetic or Nip+Fab skin care products.

Lawtons:
- Neostrata: 30% off
- Strivectin: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Ombrelle sun care: 25% off
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD4.99
- CoverGirl: 25% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick, gloss, lip liner: 25% off; La Palette Nude palette: CAD24.99 (bonus miles)
- Annabelle eye makeup remover pads, eyeshadow single/ trio, Perfect Bronze bronzing powder, blush: 25% off
- Marcelle BB, CC cream, Flawless foundation, New Age Precision foundation/ skin care: 25% off
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99 (bonus miles); Gel Couture nail polish: CAD13.99 (bonus miles)
- Danielle acrylic organizer: 40% off.

Walmart:
- Aveeno skin care (selected): CAD22.47
- L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5 skin care: CAD9.97
- Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick: CAD7.96
- CoverGirl the Supersizer Fibers mascara: CAD6.97
- Sally Hansen Color Therapy nail polish: CAD10.97.

The Bay: Extra 15% off on almost anything with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

Lancome GWP of $45 or more. The 7-piece gift values $122.

Bath and Body Works: Semi annual sale ends Sunday, with FB coupons for $10 off $30 or 20% off entire purchase

- Select hand soaps: $3
- Select Signature body care: $3 or $6
- Select 3-wick candles: $10; non-sale 3-wick candles: 2/$28.50; single wick candles: 2/$24
- Select Wallflowers bulbs: $4; non-sale bulbs: 6/$27.50 or 4/$22.50
- Select items: 75% off
- Non-sale hand soaps: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50
- Select Specialty body care: B2G1F.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online until Sunday.

6/30/2016

Sephora Rouge shine/ matte/ balm

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If you have not noticed, Sephora Collection has introduced a lot more new lines lately besides the Rouge cream lipsticks (with shiny black tube).

I bought a representative item or two from each line to try out and am quite happy with them.

First brownie point for Sephora lipsticks is the packaging. Similar format of a long cap that comes down to the base of the tube with safe wrap along the length that carries the sticker with shade names, and colour indication at the bottom, but with different colour theme and material for each line.

The downside is once the wrap is removed, there is no direct way to find out the shade name. The sticker on the inside tube (under the cap) only has the shade number, not name, which I find is a huge inconvenience. Let's see how the lipsticks wear.

First off, a Rouge matte lipstick called Rebel Chic, in a black tube with matte cap, 0.1oz/ 3g, $15.50.

Enriched with shea butter and vitamin E derivative, Rouge matte lipsticks are supposed to be long lasting with intense ultra matte colours and up to 8 hours of continuous moisture.

Rebel Chic stays true to most of the claims but the wear. On my lips, it lasts for a few hours until a meal and half of it wears off.

I would have love to see a matte lipstick to hold on a bit better but I like the colour, pigmentation and the comfortable wear, so there's that.

The Rouge shine lipstick line has 2 different finishes, so of course I had to try both - Duchess (with shimmer finish) and Summer of Passion (high shine finish), with semi matte silver tube, 0.14oz/ 3.9g, $15.50 each.

The formula has the Hydra-Comfort complex blend of moisturizing oils and anti-oxidant vitamin E for comfort.

The shimmering and metallic formula (10 shades) is said to contain 3D shimmering particles and shea butter for radiance while the high shine finish (nearly 30 shades) includes clear pigments and carnauba wax for a wet-lip look.

Then there is the Rouge balm line, advertised with SPF20 in the US but not in Canada. I chose Soft Red, 0.12oz/ 3.5g, $15.50.

It is meant to be a balmy lipstick with a comfortable gel formula with yuzu extract and a vitamin E derivative that nurtures lips while adding a satin pop of color, spotting a red plastic cap instead of metal, with a slanted bullet.

What makes the Rouge balms different is the claim of having "vibrant color in one swipe" besides the light-reflecting pigments and juicy shine. As you might notice below, Soft Red shows up quite pigmented for a balm, although with a more messy swatch because of the slanted tip.

In order: Rouge shine in Duchess (shimmer) and Summer of Passion (high shine), Rouge matte in Rebel Chic and Rouge balm in Soft Red.

Rebel Chic sure wins the pigmentation game, while Duchess and Summer of Passion go for the slightly sheer and comfortable look, which I enjoy a lot more than I thought I would. Soft Red fits right in between these two lines for comfort and colour payoff.

There you have it, Sephora Collection caters to almost all of us with different lipsticks formula. There should be a line that suits your preference.

6/29/2016

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Also new from Sephora Collection that I bought are the (Limited Edition) Wonderful Cushion Matte lip creams.

Claim to be pigmented and full coverage matte lip stains with shea butter for ultimate comfort, these lip creams follow the path of Too Faced Melted liquified lipsticks.

The tube packaging is quite similar too, and bonus that it comes with a safety wrap along the length of the tube.

The difference in packaging is at the applicator underneath the cap. It is a cushiony sponge but in a rounded shape instead of a slanted tip like that of Too Faced Melted. To me, the "ball" is easier with dabbing motions or layering to create a gradient effect but for a precise but high coverage effect, the angled tip works better.

Sneak peeks of the colours at the tip of the applicators: Wonderful Rosy and Wonderful Purple, which will look lighter when blended.

Talk about blending, these lip creams blend out quite easily and feel surprisingly light on the lips, which I appreciate. I sometimes forgot I had them on. However, each colour takes at least two layers to be opaque at the full-coverage level that it claims. The good thing is they layer well, no pulling or taking off pigmentation from the first layer. And not much of a scent that I detect.

Wonderful Rosy is a perfect pink but like I said, I need to layer it quite a bit to cover the natural pigmentation of my lips or I would just wear it on top of a lip liner. Wonderful Purple is darker, hence better coverage, but also due to the dark colour nature, it is uneven at certain spots and requires extra blending.

I enjoy these Wonderful Cushion Matte lip creams but colour selection is a bit limited. The other 2 shades in the line are Wonderful Red and Wonderful Magenta, both very bright. The tubes are 0.304oz/ 9ml, $10 each vs. Too Faced Melted 0.4oz, $25.

6/28/2016

Sephora Rouge Gel lip liners

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Oil and gel formula has got to be the new black in the makeup world lately. I have been loving Sephora Oil Infusion Color & Care for that particular comfortable wear, and now Sephora Rouge Gel lip liners offers a similar feel, with more intense pigmentation.

On the lips, the Rouge Gel lip liners feel and wear exactly like good lipsticks (say Maybelline Color Sensational line, hint hint the Loaded Bolds I just showed you).

Said to have long lasting gel cream texture for a smooth look without dullness, these liners are retractable inside a plastic tube, with a built in sharpener at the end. Bonus points!

The formula is softer than typical lip liners, comfortable and not particularly drying. They glide on the lips easily, and with pigmentation like you will see below, they could totally be worn alone and replace your lipsticks :)

I bought Rosewood, a matte mauve brown, mainly because of the trendy colour and matte finish, and I love it. Rose Wine turns out to be more of a matte mauvy pink than a pinkish brown as described, not what I expected but is flattering on.

The line has 18 shades currently, all matte. The sheen you see in the swatches is because of lighting, not from the colours themselves. The only factor that stops me from hauling more is the small amount of product in the tube (0.0176oz/ 0.5g vs. 0.1oz/ 3g in a Sephora Rouge lipstick), same $15 price tag.

6/27/2016

Maybelline Loaded Bolds lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It's lip product week! It seems all I have been buying are lipsticks and the like, might as well show them to you back to back :)

Gotta start with Maybelline Color Sensational Loaded Bolds lipsticks, supposedly with honey nectar, hyper-colour pigments for creamy and opaque one-stroke intensity.

According to Beauty Geek, Canada gets 12 of the 20 shades available in the US. The display I found at Shoppers didn't even have 12, so I got 5: Raging Raisin, Smoking Red, Dynamite Red, Berry Bossy and Violet Vixen.

I could not, for the life of me, get colour accurate on the dark blue cap (it just showed up black in the picture), so I did not include the full tube shot.

In the shade, the colours are a lot more toned down, but don't let that fool you. They stay quite true to the name, quite bold and pigmented.

Mind you, there are neutral toned shades besides the crazy blue and black, so I trust that everyone can find a colour (or two) they like from the range. And it is worth it, because the Color Sensational lipstick quality maintains and I could not find anything I don't like about the Loaded Bolds.

So just let me show you the swatches then encourage you to grab a few when you find the display. They do carry a sheen, not matte, if you are wondering.

Raging Raisin is on the darker side, with similar colour tone as Smoking Red, both are very beautiful on the lips. Dynamite Red is classic, with light orange undertone, flattering on medium skin tone. Berry Bossy and Violet Vixen are slightly less pigmented in the sense that I needed to go over the swatches again for consistent opacity.

The other 7 that are supposed to be in Canada: Midnight Blue (LE), Pitch Black (LE), Gone Greige, Mauve It, Fiery Fuchsia, Midnight Merlot and Rebel Pink. The 8 shades we are missing out on include Sapphire Siren, Chocoholic, Coffee Addiction, Orange Danger, Nude Thrill, Greyed Over It, Wickedly White and Blackest Berry.

Have your shopping list ready :) The tube is Color Sensation standard size - 0.15oz/ 4.2g, reg. $12.99 at Shoppers, I got them on sale for $5.99 each.

6/24/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Bite Beauty has announced the opening of a Lip lab in Toronto later this summer. Their first Lip lab in SoHo offers you your own customized lipstick (colour, scent/ flavour and finish) for $45. Not sure the price point for the Canadian service yet.

Shoppers: *** Saturday & Sunday: x20 point coupon is downloadable
*** Until Thursday:
- Olay skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal facial moisturizer, Bio oil (125ml): CAD21.99
- Garnier facial cleanser: CAD6.99
- Clean & Clear facial cleanser, acne care: CAD8.99
- L'Oreal, Garnier facial moisturizer: CAD14.99
- CeraVe skin care: 20% off
- Neostrata cleanser, acne care, Jouviance/ Cliniderm skin care: 20% off
- Vichy LiftActiv, Aqualia skin care, Ideal Soleil sun care: 20% off
- Avene, Reversa sun care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Sublime, Ombrelle, Neutrogena sun care: 25% off
- Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Australian Gold, Life Brand sun care: CAD8.99
- Aveeno sun care: CAD12.99
- Pantene, TreSemme hair care: CAD3.99
- Herbal Essences, Aussie hair care: 2/CAD5
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD6.99; Clean makeup, Plumpify mascara, Outlast lipstick, TruBlend makeup: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD8.99; Dream Fresh BB cream, Eye Studio brow/ eye makeup: CAD9.99; Face Studio setting spray, Master Contour/ Hi-lighting palette: CAD14.99
- Revlon lip: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt mascara, Infallible eyeliner/ lipstick: CAD8.99; Voluminious Superstar mascara: CAD12.99; La Palette lip: CAD16.99
- NYX lip: CAD7.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Rimmel (selected): CAD7.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish: CAD7.99; Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche oil nail polish: CAD8.99
- Quo by Orly nail polish, treatment: CAD8.99
- Essie Gel Couture nail polish: CAD10.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 5,000 points with 2 Preference/ Preference Infinia hair colours
- 5,000 points with Calvin Klein summer fragrances (100ml)
- 1,500 points with 2 Revlon implements
- 1,000 points with 2 Essie nail polish, treatment
- x20 points with Strivectin hair care
- x20 points with L'Oreal Elnett styling products
- x20 points with Dove shampoo, conditioner (750ml)
- x20 points with Nexxus, Dessange hair care
- x20 points with Jergens lotion, Biore skin care
- x15 points with Joe Fresh tweezers, Quo implements/ cosmetics
- x10 points with Nair, Life Brand hair removal products
- x10 points with CoverGirl Katy Kat mascara, matte lipstick
- x5 points with La Roche-Posay Anthelios sun care.

Lawtons: Thursday only: x40 Airmiles with $25 purchase or x20 miles with $50 purchase
- Neostrata, Cliniderm: 30% off
- Avene Essentials: 20% off
- Garnier Clean+ skin care: 25% off
- Dove Advanced hair series: CAD5.99
- Marc Anthony hair care: CAD6.99 (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Root Coverup spray: 25% off (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal eye/ brow liner, eyeshadow: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD6.99
- Marcelle mascara, Kohl eyeliner, makeup remover: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Annabelle Skin True foundation, Biggy bronzer, eye/ lip liner: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Rimmel foundation, powder, concealer, blush, makeup remover: 25% off (bonus miles)
- NYX highlight & contour palette: CAD25.99
- Burt's Bees: 25% off (bonus miles)
- LA Colors, LA GIrl lip: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Milani nail polish: BOGO
- L'Oreal Colour Riche oil nail polish: CAD9.99
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD9.99 (bonus miles)
- Essie: CAD8.99 (bonus miles); Gel Couture nail polish: CAD12.99 (bonus miles)
- Revlon nail polish, makeup brushes, beauty tools: 25% off
- Kiss/ Broadway nails: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Red Carpet Manicure: 25% off
- Compliments cosmetic implements, luxury cotton pads, nail polish remover: 25% off.

Walmart:
- Neutrogena cleanser: CAD7.67; moisturizer: CAD26.97
- Nivea skin care: CAD6.57
- Revlon Eye, Cheeks + Lips palette: CAD17.96
- L'Oreal Butterfly Sculpt mascara: CAD10.96
- CoverGirl Katy Kat matte lipstick/ mascara: CAD8.47.

Superstore:
*** Until Saturday: L'Oreal Sublime, Neutrogena, Aveeno, Ombrelle, Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropic, Banana Boat, PC sun care: up to 50% off
*** All week:
- TreSemme hair care: CAD3.99 (limit 6, after limit: CAD6.49), plus 500 PC Plus points
- Maybelline Fit Me foundation, powder, concealer, blush: 30% off
- Revlon Ultra HD matte lip: CAD6.97
- CoverGirl Outlast lipstick: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Butterfly Sculpt mascara: CAD10.99
- Essie, Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish: CAD7.99.

Sobeys: Maybelline Baby Lips, Vaseline Lip therapy, OXY medicated skin care: BOGO.

The Bay: Extra 20% off women's fashions and men's shoes with code "WEEKEND" until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

Bath and Body Works: Semi annual sale is still on, with 25% off coupon on FB, good until Sunday.

- Select hand soaps:10/$30 or $4 each
- Select Signature body care: $3.75
- Select 3-wick candles: $11.50; non-sale 3-wick candles: 2/$38.50
- Select Wallflowers bulbs: $4
- Select items: 75% off
- All non-sale body care: B3G3F.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online until Sunday.

Sleek: Free shipping with £15/ €20/ $25 (US) or $35 orders (rest of the world) until 10am BST Monday.

Old Navy: $1 solid colour flipflops tomorrow, limit 10 per customer. Stores open early for this promo.

6/23/2016

NOTDs: Jade Hologram & Rainbow

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

There has been sunlight (liquid gold as I call it) in the sky in the last few days, and I have gone holo crazy! I am showing you 6 of Jade's latest Hologram & Rainbow shades I bought a while ago.

This is Psicodelica, a silver, slightly sheer after 2 coats but I surprisingly like it better this way, because of the nude base I think.

Mystic Gold is just simply golden (pun intended) with just one coat. I trust that with holographic nail polish, pictures speak louder than words so I won't be too wordy :)

Fasten your seat belt and put on your sunglasses, as it is getting more crazy from this point on. Fascinio Violeta, a violet, 2 coats, with random sheer/ bald spots.

Vermelho Surreal, described as a red, turns out to be more of a pinky red than a traditional classic red.

Uau, an orange, 2 coats.

The 5 shades above are categorized as Hologram but this next one, Mirage, a turquoise, is from the Rainbow line. I can't say I see the differences.

I am sad Jade is leaving the nail polish market, judging by the quality of these shades - easy to apply, last reasonably long with a top coat and the holo effect are strong in the sun or with flash (more calm/ subtle in the shade, but that is expected).

If you don't know already, however, Jade's bottles are small (8ml), retail $6.50 each.