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COLAB dry shampoo

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Entering the dry shampoo territory in Canada recently was COLAB Invisible dry shampoo by Ruth Crilly at A Model Recommends.

I have tried numerous scents from Batiste (Original, Blush, Cherry, Wild, etc.) mainly for curiosity and quite enjoyed them. When COLAB promises no white residue (which Batiste can only offer in the Dark Brown version), I was excited.

I don't think COLAB need any introduction since UK YT'ers have been raving about it since it was launched, so let's just get straight to the product, shall we?

I found COLAB's formula quite similar to Batiste - non sticky, absorbs the oil in the hair quickly and does not weigh the hair down, but it does not build volume in my hair as much as Batiste does.

If you are not familiar with dry shampoos, here is how you use it:
- Shake bottle well, part dry hair into sections and spray, focusing on the roots at the side and top of the head for volume
- Massage the hair using the fingertips to disperse the product
- Brush hair lightly with a paddle brush.

The 2 scents available in Canada:
- London (notes of bergamot, musk and magnolia) with black cap, properly described as a classic (hair spray) scent
- Rio (tropical notes of papaya, pineapple and a heart of cassis) - teal cap.

3 other scents in the UK: New York (fruity, orange cap), Tokyo (oriental, pink purple cap) and Paris (floral, coral cap). And there is an Extreme Volume version of all 5 scents launched now in the UK too, hope we can see some soon!  

All in all, I enjoy the invisible residue and like the Rio scent (more than London) from COLAB. The line is available at London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Lawtons and select Pharmasave/ Pharmachoice stores this month - $5.49 (50ml, the version I received, run out quite fast) or $9.99 (200ml, better value for the money).


NOTD: Nails Inc. Shoreditch Lane

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If you are not aware, Shoppers has been clearing out Nails Inc. nail polish at 50% off for a while now.

Selections depend on locations, mine had about 20 shades of regular colours, a few neons, 3D glitters, Feathers, etc. Especially, there was a Leather Effect that I had not seen there before, so I bought it.

This is Nails Inc. Leather Effect in Shoreditch Lane, reg. $11.50. Described as a mulberry red, it is quite unique among other textures I own,

And considering how big of a fan I am of texture polishes, Shoreditch Lane is an instant favorite.

It is also different in the texture itself, which I would say is similar to the finest sand you can find out there (i.e. the least grittiness effect) and it dries semi matte!

I did one coat here, can hardly feel the texture. I do recommend 2 thin coats for good coverage and avoid bald spots visible at certain lighting angle.

Without a top coat, my mani only last a day, but I would give in for the colour anyway. I like it that much.

I don't know how many Leather Effect shades Shoppers actually carries, but I might go hunt for Fleet Street (mushroom), Clerkenwell (off white) or Dalston (mint), even Soho Mews (tan).

Meanwhile, we are getting 10 - 20cm of snow later this afternoon, then rain, then flash freeze. What's new, right?


FOTD: Annabelle Spring 2015

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This FOTD is for all Annabelle fans, ladies!

I am digging Annabelle Spring 2015 products, obviously:
- Blushon in Spring Petal
- Zebra bronzing powder in Matte Gold
- Lipsies in Fruit Punch.

And there are more Annabelle products in this look:
- CC Instant Perfecting base in Natural finish
- BB Skin Perfect concealer in Medium 
- TwistUp Retractable eyeshadow crayon in Taupe as base
- Zebra Bronzing powder in Haute Gold as eyeshadows, and Mono eyeshadow in Divine Diva in the crease
- Smoothie eyeshadow pencils in In Mauve-tion
- Expandable mascara in Black
- InstaGlam Brow Design + Fix in Medium to Dark

Pulling out many Annabelle items this time brings me back to a few fan girl moments.

Divine Diva (or the whole Mono eyeshadow line) is discontinued but remains one of my favorites from early on, when I started to learn how to blend my eyeshadows.

Smoothies were the products that introduced me to the jumbo crayons, and what started the "coloured liner on lower lash line" train for me.

Expandable mascara was originally offered to bloggers to test blindly (i.e. we had no idea what it was supposed to do) and I had lots of fun playing with the wand.

And the TwistUps, for lips and eyes, are staples in my stash and they should be in everyone's stash. Just saying :)

Other regulars for most FOTDs:
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant pore eraser
- Hard Candy Glamouflage in Medium
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Dark Brown.

The fun ends there with this look. Sigh, another hard winter night yesterday for us. Windchill -30 created so much frost quake noise that I couldn't fall asleep until 2am while wake up time was 5:45 :(

Was thankful that packed snow was mostly removed from the sidewalk down the hill to work, or I would have been sliding around like in a skating rink. The weather this winter has been a test to our endurance and patience.


Annabelle Spring 2015

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has been a slippery morning getting to work today.

We constantly had snow, then temp rose and rain melted that snow to cause flooding, and a flash freeze turned everything to an ice rink. Then repeat!

What can be more appropriate than talking about spring makeup to distract ourselves?

I have for you today Annabelle Spring 2015 launch. There is something for everyone - lip, cheek and face products.

If you missed Annabelle's first LE Lipsies releases (8 singles and 3 holiday duos), the product is now added to the permanent line!

Lipsies are the moisturizing and glossy lip balms that offer a range of tints from clear to shades of sheer pink, accompanied by delicious but subtle fruit scents.

Tinted lip balms are not new, I realize that. But a modern/ non-traditional packaging for them is new and I give Annabelle props for doing that, and also for adding the twist up mechanism to the tubes. I would say Lipsies are the grown-up version of lip balms.

I received Coco-Vanilla and Fruit Punch to review, among the 12 shades in the line.

Coco-Vanilla is that adorable vanilla treat to your lips without alternating your lip colour. It has been with me every night and more.

Fruit Punch brings a wash of pink to your lips, natural looking and fun. The scent does reminds me of fruit punch or a fruity sizzling pop.

You won't be able to see the colourless Coco-Vanilla in the swatches below but it is not any less exciting compared to Fruit Punch.

If you want to explore some more, there are Lime, Lychee, Cupcake, Peach, Grapefruit, Strawberry, Watermelon, Cherry, Cotton Candy and Raspberry, $4.95 each.

On to the cheeks, Annabelle has added more shades to their Blushon line this Spring. And here is one of them - Spring Petal.

I like the fact that the brand stresses on smooth and natural colours in Blushon line with micro-milled powder. Reach for one when you natural looking cheeks with a soft matte or subtle-shimmer finish.

Spring Petal is so me (swatched below) but there are also Lotus, Rosebud, Peony and Ibiscus this season. Blushons are paraben/ gluten free, 0.1oz/ 3g, $7.95 each.

Haute Gold has been a famous Zebra Bronzing powder from Annabelle for the last few summers. I hit pan on the original version I have (smaller size, see below) and already have the Biggy sized one as a backup.

When I think I can't love Haute Gold any more, Annabelle gave me Matte Gold!

I have been a matte finish convert recently with my eyeshadows and blushes, but it does take a bit more time to tone down the shimmers in my bronzer (and highlighter), for a simple reason that I want my face to glow.

Well, Matte Gold did the job nicely in this department. I can still glow with a matte bronzer! Check out this FOTD to see just that :)

A size and shade comparison between a Biggy Matte Gold and the original Haute Gold ( 0.37oz/ 10.7g).

The Zebra bronzing powders are 0.54oz/ 15.4g, $11.95 each, can be used on face, shoulders, neckline, decollete and even legs. There is a Dark Gold for darker skin tones.

Here is how Spring Petal and Matte Gold look next to each other, layered heavily to show you the colours.

Both are very age appropriate for me, or for anyone that are after a natural look this Spring. I am in love with both!

I'll browse for swatches of other Lipsies shades to get me some more and hold on tight to Matte Gold until Summer :)

Spring will be fabulous for Canadians, at least makeup wise. Annabelle Spring items are available this month, have you seen them in stores?


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Eastern Canada has earned an entire Buzzfeed to ourselves with 25 Truly Terrifying Pictures of the snow. In this case, a picture (or 25) is certainly worth a thousand words :)


*** Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase
- No7, Etival skin care: 25% off
- Herbal Essences hair care: CAD1.99
- Quo brushes: 40% off.

 *** Saturday & Sunday: 4x6 photo printing $0.09 each (

*** All week:
- Aveeno, Olay Total Effects skin care: 30% off
- Clean & Clear acne, Pond's skin care: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal RevitaLift, Derma, Age Perfect facial moisturizer: CAD24.99
- Vichy Dercos hair, Normaderm, Homme skin care: 25% off
- RoC Retin-ox, Multi-correxion, Sublime skin care: 4% off
- Neostrata moisturizer, cleanser, acne skin care: 25% off
- Batiste dry shampoo: CAD7.99
- Maybelline Master/ Dream makeup: CAD7.99; Color Sensational lip: CAD8.99
- Revlon blush, Ultra HD lip, ColorStay eye: 25% off
- CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara, Colorlicious lipstick, Outlast lip: CAD8.99; Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation, TruBlend makeup: CAD11.99
- L'Oreal Magic BB cream, True Match makeup: CAD15.99
- Almay Smart Shade ButterKiss lipstick, eye: CAD9.99
- Marcelle brow/ eye liner: 20% off
- Annabelle TwistUp, Stay Sharp liner, Instaglam eye: CAD8.99
- Physicians Formula: 40% off
- Rimmel (selected): CAD5.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: 2/CAD5; Complete Salon, Miracle Gel nail polish: 2/CAD12 or CAD6.99 each.

Lawtons: x2 Airmiles with $25 purchase or x10 Airmiles with $65 purchase
- Marcelle cleanser, toner: 20% off (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal mascara: CAD7.99 (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Visible Lift makeup: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.99 (bonus miles)
- Wet n Wild: 30% off
- Rimmel kate lipstick, gloss: CAD5.99
- Milani: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Annabelle (selected): CAD7.99
- Vasanti: 50% off (while supplies last)
- LA Colors/ LA Girl, ColorEvolution: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish: CAD3.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.99 (bonus miles)
- Real Techniques: 20% off (bonus miles).

Walmart: Neutrogena eye makeup remover, cleansing cloths: CAD6.97.

Target: New price cuts have been announced, 20 - 40% off, no more 10% off.

Cosmetics were not listed in those boxes, so I assume they either remain at 30% or move up to 40% now.

- Revlon Super Lustrous lip, ColorBurst lip butter: CAD4.97
- L'Oreal Voluminous original mascara: CD5.97; Voluminous Million Lashes, Manga mascara: CAD7.97; Butterfly or Butterfly Intenza, Voluminous Million Lashes Excess mascara: CAD8.97
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.57; Volume Express mascara: CAD4.97; Dream Wonder: CAD10.97
- CoverGirl eyeshadow quad: CAD4.97; Colorlicious lip, Jumbo Gloss balm, Lash Blast mascara: CAD6.97
- Almay Intense i-liner, shadow, mascara: CAD5.97
- Revlon classic nail polish: CAD3.97
- Joe Fresh nail polish: 4/CAD10 or CAD4 each.

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

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

- 3-wick candles: 3/$33.50 or 2/$25.50
- Signature body care: B3G2F
- Specialty body care: B2G1F
- Hand soaps: 6/$28 or 3/$18
- Signature body care: B3G2F
- PocketBac: 3/$5
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/$20.50
- Scentportable holders/ refills: B4G2F
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F.


NOTD: Essie Spun in Luxe

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Now that the little meltdown I told you about yesterday when Lunar New Year hit had a chance to calm down, let things go back to normal, shall we? :)

The fifth colour I have to show you from Essie Cashmere Matte 2015 collection is Spun in Luxe, a matte black with blue shimmers.

This is just one coat of Spun in Luxe, without a top coat. I appreciate the opacity and pigmentation of the matte black base.

Those amazing shimmers you see in the bottle, however, only slightly transfer to the nails, not the same intensity unfortunately.

Mind you, at the right angle, the blue shimmers are beautiful and I still pretty enjoy Spun in Luxe, but that sheen is not as strong as that in Comfy in Cashmere and Coat Couture, my two favorite shades in the collection.

Since it is a matte black, my favorite way to wear Spun in Luxe is, you guess it, as a base for a glass fleck/ flakie or duochrome polish. See an example below :)

The collection is out now, so track it down to grab a bottle (or a few). You will not regret it!

Shout out to OPI Girl Color, another "mysterious" OPI shades I found at Dollarama.

Applied on top of Spun in Luxe, Girl Color shows off its strong blue and green shimmers. A good pairing right? I layered it on a little thicker on the middle finger to enhance the milky pinky beige base too.

And if you wonder why Girl Color is mysterious, follow the link above to read more. It is the rebottled version of Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love from the Kardashian Kolors collection (Holiday 2011).

Have a good Thursday guys. We have more snow coming lol..


FOTD: TBS Lip & Cheek Velvet sticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It is Lunar New Year in a few hours at home, I am super homesick right now, missing being with my family. FB friends have been posting pics of their feast and holiday decoration, not helping!

Back to business. The FOTD today is for The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet sticks.

I layered Poppy Universal on the lips on its own with no lip liner underneath. It appeared more red than in the swatch yesterday. Poppy Red is lovely on the cheeks too, looking quite natural.

On the eyes is The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes #17 - Silver Crest on inner half of the lids, Deep Down Blue on the outer V and lower lash line, and Horizon Blue as transition.

Other products used:
- Hard Candy Glamouflage in Medium
- Annabelle BB Skin Perfect concealer in Medium
Dig this little concealer, very convenient to use
- CoverGirl & Olay pressed powder in Medium
Decided to skip liquid foundation for a day. Looks like powder foundations are making a comeback, so I am pulling mine out for a few spins
- Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Vintage Plum as eyeshadow base
I find the Leather version is more dry than regular Color Tattoos, harder to blend. Hope it won't die on me too quickly
- Marc Jacob Lash Lifter Gel Volume mascara in Blacquer
- Wet n Wild Color Icon brow & eye liner in Dark Brown.

Makeup does make me happy, but for today, I am going to hide in the corner sobbing. Just kidding, but really, being away from home for New Year is one of the worst feelings ever. Hug your loved ones!


TBS Lip & Cheek Velvet sticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy makeup collection is striking with its sleek packaging and beautiful flower print.

Now personally, I would encourage you to grab at least an item, based on that reason alone. Luckily, I received two of the Lip & Cheek Velvet sticks to back that up :)

Here are 40 Poppy Red and 50 Poppy Universal.

Yes, they are The Body Shop's very first chubby sticks, with velvet matte finish and yes, they twist up. Right on trend!

Note: the picture on the right shows the sticks twisted up slightly (not fully). There is more product than that in the tubes.
Poppy Red shows up as a pinky red, easier to wear than a true red, especially for work.

Poppy Universal is black in the tube but adjusts to your skin's pH on application and changes into your unique shade. On me, it is a mauve-y pink, builds up nicely and stains my lips slightly after wearing off. Check out the FOTD, I wear them both for you.

The Lip & Cheek Velvet sticks stay true to their names - semi matte finish, great for lips and cheeks. They are easy to apply (and blend), comfortable to wear, have the slightest hint of floral scent and last about 3-4 hours. The sticks are "chubbier" than the average lip crayons, require a bit more work for precise application which I don't mind. 

There are four other shades (with the white tube): 10 Nude, 20 Pink, 30 Bronze and 35 Coral. The sticks are 0.14oz/ 4g, retail $15 each.

There are also a Poppy-inspired Blush brush ($15), 2 shimmer cubes ($22 each) and 4 shades of Colour Crush nail polish ($6 each).


Target exclusives

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I finally made it to Target to get some exclusives before they are gone for good.

I knew that I wanted some Annabelle makeup items that are only available at Target:
- Big Show lipshine (Satin finish) in Kiss Me, $9.49 (prices are before 30% discount)
- Skintrue blush in Sunset Glow, $8.99I wanted Vintage Rose but there was none left
- (Not an exclusive item but I want to stock up) Skintrue foundation in Medium Beige, $8.99.

I also missed out on the eyeshadow palette in Bling Me Out and Skintrue translucent setting powder, among other things.

Marcelle also has some exclusive products or exclusive (larger) sizes of current products, worth a browse too.

On to Sonia Kashuk. I am sad that we are going to lose our access to this brand :(

I got:
- Shine Luxe lipsticks in Sheer Pink Lust, Sheer Plum and Sheer Rouge, reg. $10.99 each
I don't normally go for sheer lipsticks, but this is under the influence of Emily Eddington's Emily awards :)
- Velvety Matte lip crayons in Poppy Nude and Rosey Nude, $7.59 each
- All Covered Up concealer in Sand, $9.99. Another Emily awards item

Can't pass on her brushes:

- The Golden Age 4-piece brush set (Holiday collection) with a smudge brush, angled eyeshadow brush, blush brush and eyeshadow brush plus a clutch, reg. $21.99
I wanted the 10-piece Holiday set but it was sold out way before the closing announcement. I didn't even see it in person
- Brush Couture 5-piece brush set, $16.99
There were still a few other brush sets, full sized and travel sized, and individual brushes but I didn't want to go overboard.

Here are current discounts on items at Target liquidation sale, if you need some reference. Some necklaces I found were 30% off the last ticketed price (not original price as they said), so scan them if you are not sure. All purchases during the liquidation sale are final, no exchange/ refund!

I hold off purchases on housewares and things with 10% discount right now, except for a few small Dollar Stop items. Valentines' chocolates would probably be on 50% today but we are stormed in since yesterday.

It was bad, you guys. It snowed, then changed back and forth to rain with strong wind. Shoveling was brutal, but I had to do it in the rain or all that slush would freeze with the big temperature drop later in the day. Buses were cancelled, stores/ restaurants were closed. And today is Family Day in NS, nothing opens either.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It's Friday the 13th, the first of 3 happening this year :) Let's start with a few new product news.

If you didn't see the tweets between me and Walmart, Canada is getting Hard Candy Look Pro palettes too :)

No product/ price details at this point, but from the pic, I made out "Natural Eyes" (gold packaging), "Sassy Eyes" (pink packaging) and "Smokey Eyes" (purple packaging).

For those who do not have a The Face Shop store near by, they now have a North America website to ship within Canada (free shipping for orders over $60).

Also on twitter, NYC mentioned their brand new Strip Me Off base coat, meant to be used with glitter nail polishes.

The not so good news is L'Oreal Infallible eye crayons won't be coming to Canada anytime soon. The rest of the Infallible new product line (including the makeup setting spray) is in store already, if you haven't checked.

On to the flyer deals.

Shoppers: Saturday and Sunday: Beauty Super Redemption

- 40,000 points = $90 (extra $27), or
- 80,000 points = $200 (extra $64)
on makeup, select skin care, fragrances, jewelry, hair colour, hosiery, bath foam and gel, and hair care

- L'Oreal skin care: 30% off
- Garnier Skin Renew, BB cream: CAD12.99
- Garnier facial cleanser, moisturizer (including the Miracle sleeping cream): 30% off
- Aveeno facial cleanser, moisturizer: CAD8.99
- Vichy Aqualia, Purete Thermal, NutriExtra skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise: CAD3.99; Ever... hair care, Elnett styling product: CAD6.99
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.99; hair treatment: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche eye/ lip: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Infallible eyeliner/ lip/ makeup: 25% off
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.99; Color Sensational lip/ mascara, Fit Me makeup: CAD6.99
- Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara, Ultra HD lip: CAD9.99
- CoverGirl Colorlicious lip, Full Lash Bloom mascara, eyeshadow quad, Ink It! Perfect Point eyeliner: CAD8.99
- Annabelle Lipsies: 2/CAD6 or CAD3.99 each
- Rimmel Lasting Finish lip, Scandal Eyes mascara: CAD4.99; Lasting Finish foundation, Sun Shimmer bronzer: CAD6.99
- Almay Smart Shade ButterKiss lipstick: CAD8.99
- Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer eye: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: CAD3.99; Infallible nail gel: CAD7.99
- Essie: CAD7.99.

- L'Action mask: BOGO
- L'Oreal hair care: 30% off
- L'Oreal True Match: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Revlon foundation, powder, concealer: CAD14.49 (bonus miles)
- Vasanti: 50% off
- Styli-Style eye/ lip liner, mascara: 50% off
- Rimmel mascara: CAD6.99 (bonus miles)
- Real Techniques, Physicians Formula, Almay: 20% off (bonus miles)
- LA Colors/ LA Girl, ColorEvolution: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Essie: CAD8.99
- Red Carpet Manicure: 30% off (bonus miles).

- Garnier Fresh cleansing gel (150ml): CAD3.97
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, Colorlicious lip: CAD6.97.

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

Sephora: x3 points on fragrance purchases until Saturday for BIs.

Beyond the Rack: Until 3am Tuesday, shipping for first order of minimum $50 is free, then free shipping for 3-day after the first order (as usual).

Cherry Culture: 25% off all orders over $50 until Sunday with code "VD2515".

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

Yves Rocher: extra 20% off your order with code "VALENT020" until Sunday. A free $40 surprise gift with your order, and Sexy Pulp Lash Plumping mascara when you spend $45+.

Bath and Body Works: Let Cupid Find Your Match event Saturday, 12-4 EST. Spin the wheel for an offer to use in store.

The Follow Your Heart tote with 3 Cherry Blossom products is $20 with $30 purchase.

- 3-wick candles: 2/$34
- Happy Home 3-wick candles: $12.50
- Signature body care: B3G3F
- Hand soaps: 7/$28 or 4/$18
- PocketBac: 3/$5
- Specialty body care: B2G1F
- Scentportable holders/ refills: B4G2F.

ebates Canada: Double cash back
- up to 2%
- Victoria's Secret: 2%
- The Source, Old Navy: 4%
- Carter's, Blue Nile: 5%
- Groupon: 6%
- up to 8%
- The Body Shop, Sephora, Peoples, Le Chateau, 8%
- up to 10%
- 10%
- 20%
- Symantec: up to 30%, etc.

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