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NOTD: L'Oreal Totally D'Accord

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It was a while back that L'Oreal brought the Dark Sides of Grey collection to Canada. Turned out, we got the Europe version of it. No Masked Affair!

The bottles were the tiny thin 5ml size with different "effects" (Spiky, Wax, Latex, Metallic) instead of the regular Colour Riche bottle shape. Shade selection was different too.

I was a little upset and skipped the entire collection until I found Totally D'Accord in a clearance bin.

It looks dark navy in the bottle but brings out that green sheen on the nails at certain angle. Not a full-on duochrome but a complex base colour. The Spiky Effect texture is quite mild, and the shiny flakes are similar to those of Zoya Pixie Dusts.

This is 2 coats with no top coat to show you the semi matte finish of the base. The glitters have no problem to shine through.

This second pic was taken in the sun. The colour shows up lighter than with flash (above) but I like it either way.

I am going by memory here, but it seems the whole collection in Canada only had 6 (instead of 8) shades, in which only 3 shades are the same as the US collection - Aux Chandelles, Power Potion and Totally D'Accord, plus a name variation between Mademoiselle Grey (Canada) and Miss Grey (US).

It might be a little quiet on the blog this week. I am in Toronto enjoying the best sunny and warm weather I have had this year and did not get around to prep posts in advance. Have a great week!


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

@beautyvixenca spotted L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 & 2 for $12.49 each at Rexall (regular price). I am not sure how this happens, but go now if you have one near you.

If you have been wanting Maybelline The Blushed Nudes palette, it is coming to Canada in June. Meanwhile, the 100th Anniversary collection has arrived.

@HalifaxRetales said Family Dollars has bought Dollar Tree and planned to expand to about 1,000 Canadian stores.

Shoppers: Saturday and Sunday: Double Double event - you get $10 Shoppers gift card and $10 Tim card with $75 purchase

*** Sunday & Monday: Quo brushes: 40% off.
*** All week:
- Biore cleanser: CAD7.99
- Aveeno, Clean & Clear cleanser: CAD8.99
- Aveeno, Neutrogena sun/ shave care: 30% off
- L'Oreal, Neutrogena facial moisturizer, Bio oil (125ml): CAD19.99
- Garnier, Nivea skin care: 30% off
- Bioderma, Etival: 20% off
- Neostrata body smoothing lotion, Glycolic Renewal cream/ lotion: 20% off
- Cliniderm hair, skin care: 25% off
- Tanda facial treatment device: 25% off
- Herbal Essences, Aussie hair care: 2/CAD5 or CAD2.99 each
- Dove hair care: CAD2.99; Dry Oil (100ml): CAD12.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise, Vidal Sassoon, Pantene hair care: CAD3.99
- TreSemme hair care: CAD4.99
- Live Clean Coconut milk, got2b hair care: CAD5.99
- Batiste dry shampoo, John Frieda, Aveeno, Gosh hair care: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Ever Pure Blonde hair care: CAD8.99
- Klorane, Marc Anthony hair care: CAD10.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous original mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99
- CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD6.99; Outlast lip: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Great Lash mascara, Express Wear eyeshadow, Baby Lips: CAD3.99; Baby Skin, Color Elixir lip, Fit Me makeup: CAD9.99
- Rimmel: 25% off
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: CAD2.99; Miracle Gel: CAD8.99
- Essie, Ceramic Glaze nail polish: CAD7.99
- Quo by Orly nail polish: CAD8.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- Quo applicators, cosmetic sponges: buy 2 get 500 points
- Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (50 - 100ml): 5,000 points
- Vichy Aqualia, Purete Thermale skin care: x10 points
- Cover FX primer: x10 points
- Quo cosmetic bag: x10 points
- L'Oreal, Sally  Hansen, Quo by Orly, Essie, Sensationail nail products: spend $15 or more, get x15 points
- Avene acne care: x20 points
- Gosh, Quo cosmetics: x20 points.

Lawtons: Buy $50 Lawtons gift card until Saturday, get 95 bonus Airmiles (limit 2 per Airmiles collector account)
*** P&G Brandsaver: buy 2 get 10 bonus miles or buy 4 get 25 bonus miles
- Marcelle BB: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- L'Oreal Sublime Bronze: 30% off (bonus miles)
- Batiste dry shampoo: CAD7.99 (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal mascara: 25% off
- Maybelline foundation, powder, concealer: 20% off
- Annabelle Lipsies: CAD3.99
- NYX lip/ eye pencil: 20% off
- Lotus Aroma essential oil: 20% off
- Upper Canada cosmetic bag: 25% off.

- L'Oreal Youth Code, Garnier Ultra-Lift skin care: on roll back
- L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur: CAD14.96
- Clean & Clear, Neutrogena acne care: CAD6.47
- CoverGirl Outlast long-wear lipstick (new): CAD9.97
- Revlon Ultra HD lipstick, gloss: CAD7.96
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: CAD5.96
- Burt's Bees lip shimmer: CAD4.94
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish: CAD2.47.

The Bay: Estee Lauder GWP of $42.50 on skin care or foundation until June 4. The 7-piece gift includes:
- Your choice of BB cream or moisturizer
- Pure Color lipstick in Nectarine
- Pure Color gloss in Passion Fruit
- Take it Away lotion makeup remover (30ml)
- Sumptuous Bold Volume lifting mascara in Black
- A Lisa Perry tote and sunglasses pouch.

Cover FX: 20% F&F sale with orders $20 or more (US & Canada) ends tomorrow, no code needed. Free shipping with orders over $50 (US) or over $75 (Canada).

tarte: 20% off with code "SPLASH" until Monday. Free sample and free shipping on orders CAD75 and up. Check out the sale page for some good deals.

Kiehls: 20% F&F sale with code "FRIEND" until Sunday. Free sample and free shipping with orders of $60+.

OCC: 20% off until Monday. They do ship internationally but I don't know the rate.

The Body Shop: B3G3F or B2G1F until Sunday in store and Monday online.

Old Navy: Double SuperCash in store ($20 SuperCash for every $25 you spend), regular SuperCash rate online with 2 extra levels. All ends Monday.


Nicole by OPI Zero is My Hero

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Don't you love a dark but sparkly mani?

This is Nicole by OPI Zero is My Hero from the Coca-Cola collection, inspired by Coke Zero.

Without direct flash which brings out the red tone in the base, Zero is My Hero is a slightly shimmery blackened plum colour, looks darker in natural light. You can get away with one good thick coat but I recommend 2 thinner coats to get the depth of this colour. It is worth it.

OPI Coca-Cola collection has the Coke Zero-inspired shade - Today I Accomplished Zero - be a black jelly base with red glitters. Being a fan of glitter polishes, I gotta say that version is a little more exciting, but Zero is My Hero is lovely nonetheless.

I gotta bring in some Sprite, can't stop there :)

The Sprite-inspired shade in the collection is Nicole by OPI Seriously Citrus, a glitter bomb of green, blue, mint and white on a clear base. I love the glitter combination but wish for a base colour so I could just wear it on its own.

I also want to check out the OPI version of Sprite, Green on the Runway, which is a brown/green duochrome. Love it when mainstream brands create more out of the norm colours. I can't have too many glitters or duochromes!


Sephora Lip Last & Colorful blush

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

As you can tell, I was feeling a very adventurous look with Sephora Color Lip Last in L Train Jain from Craig & Karl collection. No liner involved.

I was doing some yard work with this bold orange lip on. To make it worth it (hah), I wore it for a quick Shoppers run after too, and it was still going strong. Couldn't help the transfer onto my tea mug so I did need to touch up, but nothing major.

Also went for the pigmented blush - Sephora Colorful blush in Fuchsia Flash. It didn't take much to build up at all and I can start light if I want to. My favorite Colorful blush shade so far.

Definitely had to go light on the eyes. My first "affair" with Viseart eyeshadow palette in Neutral Matte, one of the most expensive palettes I own. Don't regret it cause the pigmentation and blendability, especially for matte eyeshadows, are out of this world!

Other products used:
- Avon Ideal Flawless foundation in Medium Beige
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes full coverage concealer in Neutral Medium
I have been breaking out quite badly in the last week, had to bring out the more heavy duty foundation and concealer here
- Elf smudge pot in Back to Basics as base
- Gosh Forever eyeshadow stick in Blue and Sephora + Pantone Universe Foiled Waterproof eyeliner in Rose Gold
- Essence I ♥ Extreme Crazy Volume mascara
- Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow and Eyebrow palette in Lock and Load for the brows.

It is a short week, but is a really busy week for me too. Friday is Squirt's and the blog's birthday, then we'll be spending some time in TO. I am excited to see my friends there and to visit a few stores that we don't get here in Halifax.

What do you have planned for the weekend?


Sephora Collection Colorful blushes

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Besides the Color Lip Lasts, I also bought a few Sephora Collection Colorful blushes to test out, in both formulas.

From the old line (now discontinued), I have Orange Pop (a matte orange) and Fuchsia Flash (a matte fuchsia), part of the Music Festival kit (still available, $22, values $79).

The kit also has a Glossy gloss in Marquisette (clear with gold glitters), a Jumbo liner 12hr wear waterproof in Peacock Blue Shimmer (teal) and a set of ombre green bobby pins, as pictured. The kit is a fun and economical way to check out more Sephora Collection products all in one go.

With the reformulated/ revamped Color blush line, I got Over the Moon (far right), described as a violet, reg. $19 - for comparison.

Both formulas claim natural and long lasting effect but the old line also mentions hydrating and paraben free on the packaging. Honestly, I can't tell the difference in formula based on how these blushes perform on me. It would probably boil down to the colours you choose.

Size wise, the new blushes have slightly more product (0.12oz/ 3.5g vs. 0.11oz/ 3.2g) with less bulky compact (see below, on the left).

The blushes go on sheer and give off a natural hint of colour on the cheeks. Easy to blend, buildable and last through the day just fine. While being matte, they are not chalky or dry looking.

I also want to show you the swatches using my finger, to show off how beautiful they are in concentrated form, with and without flash.

Fuchsia Flash is the most pigmented shade but Orange Pop gives you a summery coral pink glow. Over the Moon would be more picky, depending on the skin tone, but the colour is quite unique in my stash.

Again, I would love to get more Colorful blushes if the price is closer to the $10 mark, but I am happy with the ones I got. Here's a look where I wore Fuchsia Flash if you want to see it on.


Sephora Craig & Karl Color Lip Last

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Happy long weekend! I have a few Sephora Collection items for you this week, courtesy of my own wallet lol. Blame the VIB sale!

I have heard of Sephora Color Lip Lasts being matte lipsticks with great colours and strong pigmentation. In Sephora's words, they have high-coverage pigments, combined with a "fixative agent" that acts as a lip primer, definitely something I want to try.

Then the Craig & Karl collection came out with 3 (LE) Lip Lasts with cute decorative packaging instead of just black, I gotta have 'em! Not that the colours inside are boring, as you will see below.

The 2 shades I got are L Train Jain and West End Swirl, the bold ones to prep myself for summer :)

I am glad the claims of up to 10 hour lasting power with waterproof texture and comfortable feel hold quite true.

On my lips, they need a second layer for coverage, stay on comfortable and don't dry my lips out. The finish looks more like a liquid lipstick without being messy, I am impressed.

They do transfer to my mug/ chopsticks when I drink or eat but there is still lots staying on the lips as the day goes by. The swatches on my hand only come off with lots of rubbing if I use a wipe but remove fine with micellar water, so removal is not an issue.

Here are L Train Jain (left) and West End Swirl (right), can't say I can pick a favorite. The flash does make them look more glossy but they are truly matte. Here's a FOTD with L Train Jain so you can see it in action.

If you can't tell already, I am a fan of these Color Lip Lasts, except the price. They only have 0.06oz in the tube - half the size of regular Sephora Collection lipsticks, for about the same price ($16 each).

The Craig & Karl collection is LE, available online only but the core Color Lip Last line has more than 25 shades, if you feel like exploring :)


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Our very first Urban Outfitters in town is now open. Have you been there?

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 and 2 now have their own floor display at Shoppers and Lawtons ($29.99). Walmart has them cheaper though ($23.96).


*** Saturday & Sunday: Spend Your Points event
- 50,000 points = $100 (extra $15), or
- 95,000 points = $200 (extra $30).
- Life Brand, Balea skin, sun, acne care: 30% off (rest of the week: 20% off)
- Physicians Formula: 40% off (rest of the week: 30% off).

*** All week:
- Vichy Aqualia skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal facial cleanser, Nivea moisturizer: CAD7.99
- Neutrogena facial moisturizer, sun care: CAD12.99
- L'Oreal, Garnier facial moisturizer (selected): CAD14.99
- L'Oreal, Neutrogena facial moisturizer, Bio oil (125ml): CAD19.99
- Neutrogena cleanser, acne care: CAD9.99
- Clean & Clear cleanser, Lubriderm, Keri lotion: CAD7.99
- Olay, Aveeno skin, sun care: 25% off
- L'Oreal Sublime Bronze, Ombrelle sun care: 20% off
- Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic sun care: CAD8.99
- Herbal Essences hair care: CAD3.49
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD3.99
- Live Clean, got2b, Dove, Clear hair care: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise hair care: CAD5.99
- Ogx, Marc Anthony hair care: CAD7.99
- John Frieda, L'Oreal Ever, Elnett hair care: CAD8.99
- Revlon lip (selected): CAD3.99; ColorStay lip, eyeshadow quad: CAD12.99
- CoverGirl Professional mascara, eyeshadow single, Smoochies: 2/CAD10; Ink It eyeliner, Clean, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup, The Super Sizer mascara: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Infallible eyeliner, eyeshadow singles, Voluminous Miss Manga Rock mascara: CAD9.99
- Annabelle eye makeup remover pads (85's), brow/ eye/ lip liner: CAD5.49
- Rimmel (selected): CAD6.99; lip, eye: CAD3.99; Scandal Eyes Xtreme mascara: CAD7.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Maybelline Color Show polish: 2/CAD6
- Revlon classic, Top Speed nail polish: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche polish: CAD5.99; Infallible nail gel: CAD9.99
- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant polish: CAD5.99
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy polish: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish, top coat: 2/CAD16
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Quo by Orly polish: CAD8.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- Quo brushes, cosmetics: x20 points
- Gosh cosmetics, nail polish: x20 points
- Fekkai, Nexxus hair care: x20 points
- Gold Bond 1st Aid, foot, skin care: x20 points
- Conair hair appliances: x10 points.

- Neostrata skin care: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Garnier UltraLift/ Skin Renew skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal Sublime cleanser, Elnett hair spray: 25% off
- L'Oreal Sublime Sun, Ombrelle, Australian Gold sun care: 25% off
- Coppertone sun care: CAD6.99 - 8.99
- Maybelline eyeshadow palette, Dream makeup: 20% off
- L'Oreal Butterfly/ Intenza mascara, nail polish: 20% off
- Annabelle Kohl eye/ lip liner: CAD4.99 (bonus miles)
- Marcelle cleanser, toner: 20% off
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Nicole by OPI: CAD7.99
- LA Colors/ LA Girl nail polish: 20% off
- Red Carpet Manicure: 25% off
- Rapid Lash: 25% off
- Tweezerman implements: 40% off.

- Pond's skin care: CAD5.77
- Biore skin care: CAD6.47
- Garnier skin care: on roll back
- Maybelline 100th Anniversary Great Lash mascara, Baby Lips: CAD3.46
- CoverGirl Clean foundation, pressed powder: CAD5.97
- Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara: CAD7.46
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri: CAD3.78.

Bath and Body Works: $10 off $30 coupon on FB, good until Monday
- Signature body care: B3G3F
- Specialty body care: B2G1F
- Hand soaps: 5/$25 or 3/$18
- 3-wick candles: 2/$25.50, single wick candles: 2/$22
- Wallflowers bulb: $4
- PocketBac: 3/$5.

The Body Shop: B3G3F or B2G1F (exclusions apply) and x2 points for LYB members until Monday.

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

ebates Canada: Victoria Day cash back blowout
- up to 2%
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- Home Depot, American Eagle, Banana Republic, GAP, Old Navy, Joe Fresh: 4%
- Carter's, Frank & Oak, Dyson: 5%
- Foot Locker, LivingSocial, Macy's, Mark's, SportChek: 6%
- 6.5%
- Bobbi Brown, The Body Shop, Under Armour: 8%
- Microsoft, Walmart: up to 10%
- Keurig, TOMS: 10%
- 15%
- bh Cosmetics, BaubleBar, New Balance, Dolce Vita, Sole Society, Ugg Australia, Vince Camuto, Costume Supercenter: 16%
- 20%, etc.

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


NOTD: Nicole by OPI DC Lover

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This is one of my favorite shades from Nicole by OPI Coca-Cola collection - DC Lover, inspired by Diet Coke.

The colour theme seems to play up Diet Coke's packaging and not the beverage itself, as DC Lover is a sheer silver shimmery foil with tiny red hex glitters.

I did not use a base colour under 2 coats of DC Lover here but would recommend it, unless you want the VNL peeks through a bit. Application is problem free and removal is not hard either.

Considering its counterpart in OPI Coca-Cola collection - My Signature is "DC" being a silver foil, I like this Nicole's version a lot better.

As promised, I am giving Nicole by OPI The Look is Orange justice after the previous fail of a sponge mani on In Grape Demand.

Inspired by Fanta Orange, The Look is Orange definitely has that squishy cream look but I find the colour is more red than the actual Fanta.

Not complaining though, as I love the finish so much and prefer DC Lover than Orange You Fantastic! from OPI Coca-Cola collection, which a yellow texture with orange and silver glitters.

Two wins in one post for Nicole, that's something! Now if only we can have an easier-to-hold bottle shape, that would be golden :)


Skindinavia makeup primer spray

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

We probably all heard of Skindinavia finishing spray, created 10 yeas ago by Skindinavia founder Allen Goldman with the Temperature Control technology to keep the makeup surface cool to avoid melting or sliding (the issue he noticed at a club one night).

Following the success of the finishing spray, Skindinavia introduced the primer spray to help reduce the appearance of large pores and create a smooth canvas for makeup application.

Here are, for size comparison, the 8oz finishing spray bottle I bought last summer (which is still going strong, pass the 6 month estimate, probably because I don't wear makeup everyday) and the 4oz primer spray bottle (Oil control version) I received for review.

The packaging is exactly the same between the 2 sprays, but I do find the primer spray is more fine coming out of the pump, which I prefer.

Similar application method: shake the bottle well, spray 2-4 times in an X and T formation, primer spray before makeup and setting spray after makeup.

Love that the sprays are light weight and oil free, and the oil control version works well for my T zone. Love the convenience too, as I don't have to rub it in or wait for it to absorb, save time in time in the morning.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Hydrolyzed Cornstarch, Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate, etc.

In short, the 2 sprays are great together, and I recommend them. Since I always have a moisturizer on before makeup, I don't find the alcohol ingredient dries me out.

The primer spray is $35 (4oz) or $49 (8oz), better value in the duo pack - $50 (2x4oz) or $60 (2x8oz). Catch a 20% off + free shipping with any US & Canada orders (or $40+ international orders) and you are set (pun intended).


The Body Shop matte Kajal liners

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Also new at The Body Shop this season are the new black and white matte Kajal liners.

I don't have many kajal/ kohl liners in the stash, since I don't do many smoky looks and opt for pencil liners for regular makeup days.

When I received these Kajal liners, I took a liking to the easy-to-grip pen format. The kajal itself, however, cannot be sharpened (see below) nor swiveled up for more product, so the trick, I was told, is to line with the side of the tip.

Formula wise, they are enriched with Community Fair Trade beeswax, aiming for good colour payoff, blendability and pigmentation.

The black Kajal is to define your eyes - fine strokes for a soft look or smudged for for a smoky look.

The white Kajal is meant to work the inner corner of your eyes, waterline and lower lash line to give you that fresh, awake look.

I would suggest using these Kajal liners with a smudger brush on the lash line though. I find them smudging too fast on the waterline. Also, depending on your skin tone, white liner on the waterline might be more harsh than a nude.

They swatch very well on my hand, and the matte finish is awesome.

Available now, 2g, $15 each.