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1/23/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bath and Body Works:

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

1/22/2015

NOTD: NYC Rule the City

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/21/2015

FOTD: Joe Fresh holiday sets

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/20/2015

Joe Fresh Chubby eyeshadow set

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/19/2015

Joe Fresh Chubby lipstick set

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/16/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Target and Sony announced their closing of all Canadian stores yesterday. Sad news for their employees and lots of consumers who love the brands.

Shoppers:
*** Saturday - Monday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase.

*** Sunday & Monday: Biore In-shower body lotion/ skin care, Nivea Aqua Effects skin care: CAD6.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD7.99).

*** All week:
- Olay skin care: 25% off
- Neostrata cleanser, moisturizer: 25% off
- Indeed Lab Hydraluron mask (4's), cream or jelly: CAD19.99
- L'Oreal cleanser: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise hair care, Alberto styling products: CAD3.99
- Organix, Gosh, Batiste hair care: CAD7.99
- CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara, Colorlicious lip, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD6.99
- CoverGirl + Olay Facelift Effect firming makeup: CAD17.99
- Revlon matte, Super Lustrous lip: CAD4.99; Ultra HD lip: CAD9.99; PhotoReady Instafix, Airbrush Effect foundation: CAD18.99
- Maybelline Great Lash Real Impact mascara, Baby Lips Crystal: CAD3.99; Illegal Length, Lash Stiletto, Define-a-Lash mascara: CAD7.99; Fit Me: CAD8.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99; Infallible nail gel, Brow Stylist Plumper, Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara: CAD9.99; Infallible 2-step lip: CAD11.99; True Match makeup: CAD14.99
- Annabelle Lipsies: CAD4.99
- Almay eye makeup remover: CAD4.99; Smart Shade Butterkiss lipstick: CAD8.99
- Rimmel: CAD5.99; Wonder Lash mascara: CAD7.99
- Physicians Formula Argan Wear: 30% off
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99
- Misslyn nail polish: CAD8.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 15,000 points with $160 Lancome skin care purchase
- 8,000 points with purchase of 2 participating Elizabeth Arden serums/ moisturizer
- 8,000 points with purchase of Lise Watier Age Control Supreme or Age Prevention Supreme skin care
- 5,000 points with purchase of any 2 Vichy Aqualia Thermal products
- 4,000 points with purchase of any 2 No7 products
- 2,500 points with purchase of 2 Quo by Orly nail polish, gels or treatments
- 2,000 points with purchase of 2 Soap & Glory bath products
- 2,000 points with purchase of 2 Quo eye products
- x20 points with purchase of Strivectin Intensive Illuminating serum (North America exclusive)
- x20 points with $75 Clinique skin care purchase
- x10 points with purchase of Shiseido Ultimune or any sun care product
- x5 points with purchase of any La Roche-Posay Lipikar product.

Sephora: x2 points on skin care online and in store until Monday for BIs.

Marcelle: BB, CC and DD creams are BOGO until Sunday. No code needed.

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

The Body Shop: B3G3F all non-sale items, online only. Free shipping with $50 orders. x2 the points for LYB members until Sunday.

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

- Select 3-wick candles: $10.50
- 3-wick candles: 2/$25.50, mini candles: 3/$12
- Select hand soaps: $3
- New hand soaps: 6/$28 or 3/$18
- Select Signature collection: 3/$10 or $4 each
- New Signature body care: B3G2F
- Select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- Slippers: $5
- Select Wallflowers bulbs: $3
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/$20.50
- Scentportable holders/ refills: B4G2F
- PocketBac: 3/$5
- Slippers: $5
- Select clearance items: 50% - 90% off.

1/15/2015

NOTD: Essie Coat Couture

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

We are continuing on with the next 2 shades from the Essie Cashmere Matte 2015 collection today.

I know your eyes are drawn to Coat Couture, described as a greige with purple/ green shimmers.

I actually looked up greige to learn that it's a beige with added black (and taupe is a red-based beige with added green). So ultimately, Coat Couture is related to the second colour I wore here - All Eyes on Nudes, a neutral leaning toward nude pink.

If it's up to me, I'll say Coat Couture is a charcoal grey with a purple tint and strong green shimmers :) Easy to understand why it rivals my other favorite shade in the collection - Comfy in Cashmere.

I thought a bottle shot of All Eyes on Nudes is necessary as it looks more pink (hence a little nicer) on the nails than in the bottle.

Still, it is pretty much my skin tone colour and gives me "mannequin hands". I will not wear a full mani with it alone. On the bright side, it is great for negative-space nail art or as an opaque neutral base when needed.

Important to note: Wear time on these two shades is the same with the first two I linked above.

Another note: Target Canada :( Just heart breaking!

1/14/2015

FOTD: Flower Beauty holiday sets

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

A festive FOTD today featuring Flower Beauty's holiday sets that I have reviewed for you.

From the Eye See You rose gold 8-shade eyeshadow palette:
- the metallic rose on the lid
- the glittery charcoal black in outer corner and on the lower lash line (with an eyeshadow brush) and
- the matte brown as transition (blended with the Ultimate eyeshadow brush)
Plus the Extreme Measures lengthening mascara on the lashes.

On the lips is Red-dy to Bloom from the Color in the Lines mini Lip Chubby set. This red (even when pairing with a dark eye) is to change my own habit of reaching for safe-for-work colours.

Other products used:
- Vichy Norma Teint Anti Imperfection foundation in #35 Sand
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes full coverage concealer in Neutral Medium and LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer in Pure Beige
- Joe Fresh mousse blush in Rose
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Stroke of Midnight as a base for the charcoal black eyeshadow
- Annabelle Stay Sharp Waterproof kohl eyeliner in Go Black
- Annabelle Stay Sharp Waterproof lip liner in Glam Red
Embracing the Stay Sharp lines very much lately for convenience :)
- Annabelle InstaGlam Brow Design + Fix in Medium to Dark and Wet n Wild Color Icon brow & eye liner in Mink Brown.

If you notice a change in how my pictures look in the last few posts, it's the camera. I lost the charger during the trip, and the replacement I ordered would take its sweet time to get here.

Not that my current camera is anything fancy but I have got a few tricks to manipulate it and play with lighting :( For now, I am using Squirt's camera, oh the process of learning how to "use" it properly!

How have you been dealing with the extreme -20 (or lower) weather? I am miserable even with Sorel boots and fleece lined tights, but who isn't this side of the globe? That's when I go extreme with either bright or vampy lips and nails, if you haven't noticed the trend already :)

Anything exciting you look forward to this weekend?

1/13/2015

Flower Beauty Color in the Lines

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Following Flower Beauty Eye See You beauty set yesterday, the Color in the Lines mini Lip Chubby beauty set is next on this blog :)

This set was in huge demand compared to the eye sets, judging by the nonexistence of store stock after Christmas. I was fast enough to order it online on Boxing Day before it sold out.

The set (reg. $9, values $14.94) includes 3 mini-sized Lip Suede Velvet lip chubbies (0.03oz/ 1g each). Great value, but wait until you read more about the pencils themselves

Still excessive outside packaging, but it's good to illustrate how tiny the pencils are :) Here are Mauve Over, Red-dy to Bloom and Berry-more.

Flower Beauty Lip Suede Velvet lip chubbies (0.09oz/ 3g full size, $7.98 each) are twist-up lip crayons with a satin-matte/ velvet finish. The formula has the Papaya and Orchid hydrating complex, with no fragrance, Talc, D5 or Parabens.

The line has 5 shades, with the best 3 in this set. Stay true to the name, these chubbies do not have any shine but are not completely matte either.

Great pigmentation too, I did two swipes here.

I have been wearing Mauve Over to work so much. It is not really a mauve but a pink nude, quite flattering on.

Red-dy to Bloom is your typical red to rock those holiday parties.

Berry-more is the deeper pink version of Mauve Over, and a red version of Maybelline creamy matte in Touch of Spice.

All 3 shades are easy to put on, comfortable to wear, great colours and not drying on the lips. I get about 3 hours of wear out of them, don't mind reapplying with these cuties.

If you can't find these minis, grab the full sizes in store. Flower Beauty also had a mini Eye Chubby holiday set in the US, but you know the story, we didn't get it. Stay tuned for the FOTD tomorrow.

1/12/2015

Flower Beauty Eye See You

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I could not wait very long to dig into the Flower Beauty Eye See You eye beauty set I got during Boxing Week.

There are two different Eye See You sets released by Flower Beauty for the holiday.

Each set (reg. $19, value $31.94) includes:
- a 8-shade Shadow Play eyeshadow palette (0.05oz/ 1.5g)
- an Ultimate eyeshadow brush, and
- an Extreme Measures lengthening mascara.

I am reviewing the rose gold set today, as the eyeshadow colour combination is more of my taste - warm tone, with a few browns and darker shades. The purple set leans toward blue tone, which I might not use as often.

Flower Beauty's regular eyeshadow quads retail for $9.98 each and the 8-shade palettes are only available in these sets, so this set is already a deal at $19, not counting the extra products.

And if you grab it after Christmas like I did, they would be 50% off (during Boxing Week) or 75% off (as soon as New Year hit), even better!

This is the outside (excessive but festive) packaging, lots of space to list the contents and their ingredients (in the back).

The packaging of the individual products is beautiful, black and gold theme. Let's see!

The Shadow Play eyeshadows are infused with Ginko Biloba extract, supposedly gives them the luminous finish. I do find them easy to blend, with various levels of pigmentation and finishes (see below).

No individual names on the eyeshadows nor the palette itself. I heard the 4 shades on the right are from the existing Foxy Browns quad while the other 4 are exclusives to the palette.

Swatches below are done with some building up work, i.e. the eyeshadows are not one swipers but pigmentation improves after second/ third layers.

Here's the first row.

The peachy orange is hardly visible on my skin tone and kicks up some powder with the dip of the brush.

The glittery black is unfortunately not that black, more like a charcoal. The silver glitters are not visible on the eyes, no worries.

The pink is quite pale, good for brow bone area. Also a little soft/ chalky.

The light brown is slightly metallic, great for a transition job.

The second row is where all the jam is. I love it!

The purple with strong tint of grey builds up the nicest. It shows up lighter on the eyes, so again, build it up if you want that intense purple sheen.

The metallic rose is pretty, my lid colour of choice.

The matte brown is another hit in the palette. Enough said?

The grey looks boring in the pan but comes quite alive in swatches. Surprise!

The Ultimate eyeshadow brush (reg. $7.98), meant for all-over shading/ highlighting, deserves some mention too!

It is a great full sized bonus to the palette, not one of those crappy brushes included in palettes just to be thrown away later.

I love the soft (synthetic) bristles and the "flat on one side and rounded on the other" handle. I was a little skeptic about blending with its size and bristle density, but it works better than I expected.

Lastly, the Extreme Measures lengthening mascara in Intense Black (also full sized, 0.25oz/ 7g, reg. $6.98).

Bonus point for the appearance - sleek shiny black packaging, ergonomic handle for good grip.

The formula has Red Seaweed (for elasticity), shiny Polymers (for shine) and vegetal Polymers (for adherence).

The brush is nice, with an hourglass shape. It separates my lashes well but is too flexible/ bendy to offer a good control during application, I find.

Overall, I am a fan of this set for its value and the quality of most products. If Flower Beauty brings out more palettes, I'll definitely explore some more.

Stay tuned for the review of Flower Beauty Color in the Lines mini Lip Chubby beauty set tomorrow and a FOTD to follow. I am disappointed that the Brush Up! set (only brushes) didn't make it to Canada.