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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.


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.


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.

- 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.

*** 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.


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.


up&up Complexion brush set

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Let's go back to drugstore range today with up&up, Target's home brand.

I grabbed this Complexion brush set a while ago from Target website. I definitely eye that big fluffy blush brush, but love the setting brush the most. The foundation and concealer brushes are nice extras. All full sized, if you are wondering.

The bristles are quite dense and soft, not scratchy, and the handles are lightweight. Good quality compared to other drugstore brands.

The angled blush brush feels nice on the face but is a little too dense for blush application for me. I use it for setting powders or to blend out bronzers in larger areas of the face (forehead, jawline).

The foundation brush does not get much use, just because of all the flat top kabuki brushes that I prefer for my liquid foundations.

I intend to use it to apply face masks but have not actually tried that.

The concealer brush could be a bit softer for the spots I need to conceal, but the size and the pointed tip are just right. I need to figure out other uses for it so that it does not get forgotten in the stash.

And then the setting brush, my favoirte, but not for its intended use once again :)

I prefer a larger and looser brush (like the blush brush above) for setting powders but this setting brush is perfect to blend out nose and cheek contour. It is gentle and small enough for precise blending work.

Here's the fluffiness of the brush heads. Told you they are quite dense. You can tell I have fun with this brush set :) 

The set is $11.99 at Target US. Can't complain about that price tag but wish I could just get more brushes from a store around here somewhere.


Lancome Juicy Shakers

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Lancome Juicy Shakers have made quite a buzz in the beauty industry because of the quite contradictory verdicts of how people either love or dislike them :)

I think it would come down to expectations (what you expect the products to do) based on what brands or other people tell you, so let's get the basics out of the way first, then I will tell you how I feel about them.

I received 2 shades - Boom-Meringue and Wonder Melon, came wrapped nicely inside a real metal cocktail shaker (resembling the mini shaker shape on the Juicy Shakers).

Juicy Shakers are described as the first pigment infused bi-phasic lip oils that provide a wash of color and a hint of shine. Each shade coordinates with a scent, hinted in the shade names.

The first phase is a transparent oil for a lightweight, non-sticky shine, with a blend of 5 nourishing oils:

- Peach kernel oil softens lips
- Sweet almond oil conditions
- Apricot oil hydrates
- Cranberry oil provides rich antioxidant properties, and
- Muscat rose oil, rich in essential fatty acids, helps to soothe the lips.

The second phase is supposed to provide pigments for a touch of color.

By default, the 2 phases would slowly separate inside the "shaker" (tube) until being shaken to mix. They would emulsify but separates again on application so the pigmented phase can fuse with lips while the glossy film rises to the surface to sublimely coat lips.

This is potentially where most people dislike the product. Sure the lips feel great upon application but the oil sits on the surface for a short period of time and are too easy to rub off on things that your lips touch (i.e. the hydrating feeling is gone quickly too), hence the constant reapplication.

Note the 3 holes on the top of the tube where the cute and soft pointed cushion applicator comes into contact with the small amount of pigment and oil mixture underneath.

Instructions: Shake the tube like a cocktail shaker to mix the pigment and oil, then tap the applicator onto lips for a tint of color with sheer finish (or only on the corners of the cupid's bow on the upper lip for a plumped lip look).

For more pigmented lips: use a lip liner or matte lipstick as a base before a Juicy Shaker.

Boom-Meringue is described as a pink with lemon meringue scent but goes on almost clear, and Wonder Melon, a fuchsia with watermelon scent, looks more like a pale pink on. The scents are great, quite fresh and non chemically.

So, these Juicy Shakes make you look cool during application (conversation starter, maybe) and feel awesome freshly applied (plus your lips smell gorgeously) but they need to be reapplied within the hour, which will make a lot of us question the price tag.

If you want to grab a shade to try, there are 14 on Lancome Canada website:
- Pinks: Berry in Love*, Boom-Meringue, Piece of Cake*, Mangoes Wild, Meli Melon and Lemon Explosion*/**
- Reds and Corals: Apri-Cute, Wonder Melon, Freedom of Peach, Cherry Symphony, Bohemian Raspberry**, Walk the Lime*, Great Fruit*/** and Vanilla Pop**.

Sephora and the Bay don't carry all shades (shades marked with *: not available on Sephora website, **: not available on the Bay website). Canada also seems to miss out on Berry Tale, Show Me the Honey and Mint to Be (a blue colour!), plus 3 LE shades - Spice It Up, Good Kara-mel and It's my Jam.

Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Alcohol, Mica, Peg-10 Dimethicone, etc.

Juicy Shakers are 0.22oz/ 6.5ml, $28 each.


Bite Beauty Spring Fling set

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I am late posting about Bite Beauty Spring Fling set which is unfortunately no longer available on Sephora website. It is still worth telling you about, if you can find it in store or need swatches for the shades included, so here goes.

I have wanted to try Bite Amuse Bouche lipsticks when they were first released, so the set fills the need perfectly with 3 deluxe Amuse Bouche lipsticks in Gazpacho, Verbena, Beetroot (0.05oz vs. full size 0.15oz, reg. $30), a full sized Line and Define lip primer and a branded mirror in a heart-printed small and long makeup bag.

Size comparison between the mini lipsticks and the full sized Line and Define lip primer.

Gazpacho is described as a blue toned red, Beetroot a bold berry - the 2 bold shades in the set. They are great and yes, bold, but Verbena, a rose terracotta, turns out to be my favorite in the bunch (surprise?).

Can't say I notice a formula difference between the Amuse Bouche and the now-discontinued lipstick line at Bite, but as long as they keep making good lipsticks (pigmentation and feel wise), I will not complain. They wear reasonably well but do wear off with food and drinks.

The Line and Define lip primer (0.05oz, $25) is said to have lauroyl lysine (derivative from coconut oil) and silica, besides Resveratrol, jojoba oil and argan oil, to nourish the lips and prevent feathering, paired perfectly with the shades in this set. I do not normally use a primer on my lips but when it comes in great value within the set, I'll embrace it with open arms.

Note that the lipsticks and primer have a refreshing minty scent to them. The set was originally $46 ($60 value), reduced to $35 at one point on Sephora sale page.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Makeup Revolution has announced a launch for Canada this July through a blogger event with London Drugs. No further details on whether they are available outside the LD system at this point.

 *** Sunday & Monday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
- Selected fragrances: CAD17.77
- Life Brand acne, skin, sun care: 30% off.

*** All week:
- L'Oreal, Garnier facial care: 30% off
- Nivea skin, lip care, Aveeno sun care: 25% off
- Neutrogena Deep Clean facial cleanser, acne care: CAD9.99
- Reversa skin care: 25% off
- Neostrata sun, exfoliating/ moisturizing skin care: 20% off
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Color Sensational lipstick, Fit Me makeup: CAD5.99; The Nudes palette, Face Studio makeup: CAD14.99
- CoverGirl Liquiline Blast eyeliner, Colorlicious lipstick, Lash Blast mascara: CAD8.99; TruNaked palette, Outlast/ TruBlend makeup: CAD12.99
- L'Oreal Color Riche lip, True Match/ Infallible makeup: 25% off
- Revlon mascara, PhotoReady primer + shadow, ColorStay lip: CAD9.99
- Rimmel Super Curler mascara, Scandal Eyes kohl eyeliner, Renew lipstick: CAD5.99; Stay Matte foundation, Match Perfection concealer, Scandal Eyes eyeliner: CAD7.99
- Essie, Sally Hansen Complete Salon, Quo by Orly nail polish: CAD7.99
- Sportchek $25, $50 or $100 gift card, Atmosphere $25 gift card: 20% off.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 20,000 points with $150 Estee Lauder skin care purchase (until July 15)
- 5,000 points with 2 Vichy skin care products
- 5,000 points with Davidoff Cool Water fragrances (50 - 75ml), Guess fragrances (30 - 50ml)
- 3,000 points with 2 Nice 'n Easy, Root Touchup, Natural Instinct hair colour
- 3,000 points with 2 Herbal Essences hair care products
- 1,000 points with 2 Revlon manicure. pedicure implements
- x10 points with Gosh cosmetic
- x10 points with Soap & Glory Fab Pore facial wipes (25's), You Won't Believe Your Eyes serum
- x10 points with No7 skin care
- x10 points with Conair Even Cut head shaver & trimmer, blade clipper
- x5 points with La Roche-Posay Toleriance skin care.

- L'Oreal RevitaLift skin care: 20% off
- Neostrata anti aging skin care: 25% off
- Marcelle BB, CC cream, Flawless foundation: 25% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Bioderma Photoderm sun care: 20% off
- Avene Essentials skin care: 20% off
- Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick, gloss, lip liner: CAD7.99
- Maybelline Fit Me: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal mascara: 20% off
- Annabelle eye/ lip liner, eyeshadow single: CAD3.99 (bonus miles)
- NYX makeup setting spray, liquid illuminator: CAD8.99; Pore Filler: CAD12.99
- Rimmel lip: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Almay eyeshadow, mascara, eye/ brow liner, makeup remover: 20% off
- Burt's Bees: 25% off (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Colour Riche oil nail polish: CAD8.99 (bonus miles).

- CoverGirl Clean Matte BB cream: CAD7.97; Katy Kat matte lipstick/ mascara: CAD8.47
- L'Oreal Colour Riche oil nail polish: CAD8.96.

Superstore: Tax free on Saturday (NS).

The Bay: F&F sale is on until Sunday in store and online with code "FRIENDS"
- Extra 20% off on almost anything with a Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard
- Extra 15% off with other tenders
- Extra 10% off on cosmetics, fragrances, regular-priced, sale and clearance furniture, mattresses, appliances, patio, personal care, electrics, vacuums, confectionery, cookware, bakeware and gadgets with any tender.

Exclusions apply.

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

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online until Sunday, plus the summer sale (up to 50% off) is still on too.

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: $13.50
- Select Wallflowers bulbs: $4
- Select items: 75% off.


NOTD: Rimmel Diamond Dust

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has been a long time that I showed you a NOTD post.

When life gets busy, the hands sure take some serious beating and neglect. I still wear nail polish every but without the proper care I normally have for my nails.

Just to keep the flow going with a Rimmel post yesterday, I thought I would show you a nail polish from the brand. This is Rimmel Diamond Dust, from the Glitter - High coverage line, graciously given to me by a blogger friend, thanks to her recent trip to the UK.

Looks like this shade is from the Precious Stones collection, first released in 2012 in the UK. I can't recall if Canada ever got it on our shelves.

I had some doubt on the "high coverage" claim so I did one coat of OPI Give Me Space as base on the index and ring fingers, on its own on the pinky, and experimented with Diamond Dust on its own (2 coats) on the middle finger.

Obviously, it does not need any base for opacity, but the base is helpful to change the colour tone of the mani or when it comes time for removal :)

If you have access to this shade, I sure recommend it. The bottle is small (8ml), £3.99.


Rimmel Kate sculpting & highlighting

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Now that I showed you W7 The Cheeky Trio palette, I will now show you Rimmel sculpting & highlighting kit in Coral Glow, designed by Kate Moss I was sent for review.

Very similar concept of a face palette that includes a highlighter, a bronzer and a blush but Rimmel squeezes them into a palm-sized plastic compact instead of a long metal palette.

Similar claims too - long lasting colours that blend seamlessly for a radiant healthy glow. I do find that to be true, don't have any problem blending the colours out and then they don't look overdone.

The brand does not offer "one colour theme fits all" but 3 colour options for this palette, more accommodating than W7 :)

Another difference is the finish. It might not very visible in the picture but the highlighter and blush in this palette are slightly shimmery, not matte.

A face chart is included in the back of the palette to give you a rough idea of product/ colour placement, if you are new to these products.

Appropriately named, Coral Glow has a beautiful peachy toned blush that would work for any skin tone darker than very fair. The highlighter shade is ok. I appreciate a bit of a sheen instead of complete matte but it is not strong enough to my liking.

The bronzer would suit a lighter to medium skin tone on the shy side, can work as a light bronzer but not contour colour for me. Golden Bronze would probably be a better fit for me, colour wise. Lighter skin tones probably go for Golden Sands.

I do recommend this kit for travelling, when you find the colour option that works for you. The palette is 0.65oz/ 18.5g, $9.98 at Walmart vs. 0.74oz/ 21g, $9.99 with W7 The Cheeky Trio palette.