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4/17/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury makeup is to arrive in Holt Renfrew this June. Smaller provinces don't have a Holt but at least it's nice to know Canada is not forgotten overall :)

Shoppers:

*** Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase
- No7 skin care: 25% off (rest of the week: 15% off)
- Life Brand, Balea skin/ acne/ shave care: 30% off
- Herbal Essences, Aussie hair care: CAD2.49 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD2.99).

*** All week:
- RoC skin care: 20% off
- Nivea, Neutrogena skin/ shave care: 25% off
- L'Oreal, Olay facial cleanser: CAD9.99
- Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight, Total Effects Feather moisturizer: 20% off
- Garnier Miracle sleeping cream, eye: 20% off
- L'Oreal, Aveeno facial moisturizer: CAD22.99
- Cetaphil cleanser, moisturizer: CAD14.99
- Jergens Natural Glow, BB Body: 20% off
- Hawaiian Tropics, Banana Boat sun care: CAD8.99
- Neutrogena, Aveeno sun care: CAD12.99
- TreSemme hair care: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise, Infusium, Live Clean, got2b, CLEAR hair care, TreSemme styling: CAD5.99
- Ogx hair care: CAD6.99
- Garnier Fructis styling: CAD5.99; hair care: CAD7.99
- Batist dry shampoo, Marc Anhony styling: CAD7.99
- Dove, L'Oreal Ever, John Frieda hair care: CAD8.99
- Klorane hair care, Marc Anthony treatment: CAD10.99
- EoS, Blistex lip balm: 20% off
- Blistex lip balm (2-3's), SoftLips cube: CAD3.99
- Maybelline mascara, eyeliner, Color Sensational lip: 25% off
- CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara, Colorlicious lip, Clean makeup: CAD6.99
- Revlon eyeshadow, Bold Lacquer mascara, Ultra HD lip: CAD7.99
- Annabelle eye makeup remover pads (85's), Kohl, eye, lip, brow liners: 2/CAD10 or CAD5.99 each
- Rimmel (selected): CAD5.99
- NYC Applelicious balm, Cover Stick concealer, eye products: 2/CAD7 or CAD3.79 each
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy, L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacque nail polish: CAD6.99
- Ceramic Glaze, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish: CAD7.99
- Lancome: 15,000 bonus points with $175 skin care purchase.

Note: There is a Lancome Shoppers-exclusive Lupita collection, inspired by Lupia Nyong'o spring look with a Hypnose mascara in Purple (CAD32) and 3 Color Design palettes (CAD57 each).

Lawtons:
- Marcelle BB products: 20% off
- Annabelle eyeshadow, eyeliner: CAD6.99
- Physicians Formula: 20% off (bonus miles)
- NYX blushes: 25% off
- Rimmel bronzer, concealer: 25% off (bonus miles)
- Rimmel BB products: CAD8.99 (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Age Perfect, Youth Code, Retitalift Deep wrinkle: 25% off
- Dove hair care (selected): CAD2.99
- Rimmel nail polish: CAD2.99 (bonus miles).

The Bay: Bay Days are still on with different sales for different departments.

Buy more save more on shoes and sandals: Buy 1 save 20%, buy 2 save 25% or buy 3 or more save 30%.

Bath and Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, good until Sunday
- Signature body care: B3G2F
- Aromatherapy body wash & body lotion: $6.50
- Hand soaps: 6/$28 or 3/$18
- 3-wick candles: 2/$25.50, single wick candles: 2/$22
- Wallflowers bulb: 4/$20.50
- Scentportable holder & refill: 4/$10
- PocketBac: 3/$5
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F.

The Body Shop: 40% off in store and online until Sunday.

Exclusions: 750ml jumbo shower gels, select lip butters & balms, Fuji Green Tea, Wonderblur, Drops of Youth Bouncy sleeping mask/ Eye concentrate, Lip & Cheek Velvet sticks, Colour Crush nail products, Red Musk, Wild Argan, All in One InstaBlur eye primer/ InstaBlur 5 Action perfector, pre-packaged gift sets/ kits, sale items, online Outlet items, everyday value items (minis), charitable items.

4/16/2015

OPI This Color’s Making Waves

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This is OPI This Color's Making Waves, a lagoon blue from the Hawaii collection I was sent.

The flash in low light brings out the shimmers hidden in this shade, which I love, but this is not how the colour looks most of the time :)

In normal lighting, it looks like the picture on the left below, close to being frosty but not quite. I normally slap on a matte top coat or glitters, cause I don't like frosty shades. This is 2 coats.

Then I want to see if the shimmers in This Color's Making Waves will show through with saran wrap sponging of Suzi Shops & Island Hops (from the same collection) on top, so that's what happens in the picture on the right below.

It looks better IRL than in the picture, but this sort of drives me to enjoying Suzi Shops & Island Hops more.

4/15/2015

The Miracle Balm

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I believe everyone's hands suffer this winter, but I have not seen my cuticles this bad before, ever. In a mad hunt for anything that works for them, I embraced the offer to review the Miracle Balm, 100% natural.

Now to get the facts straight, the Miracle Balm is a lot more than a cuticle cream.

It restores dried/ chapped skin, sooth bruises, itches (caused by psoriasis or eczema) or burns, strengthens weak nails, eases sore muscles, protects facial skin from the cold, etc.

The natural formula includes:
- Propolis: the resin collected by the bees on tree buds (acts as a beehive sealer), very strong antiseptic, antibiotic and healing characteristics
- Emu oil: moisturizing, healing and antifungical
- Castor oil: emollient, soothing and fortifying for nails and hair
- Bees wax: protects the skin by creating a waterproof barrier
- Comfrey: a plant whose extract has healing and anti-itching properties
Also contains jojoba, avocado, essential oils of lavender, geranium and lemon.

As soon as I saw the lovely yellow texture and the little spatula, I had this deja vu feeling, like I used this balm before. But it was not in my stash nor featured on the blog, so it was a long while before I realized I did try it before through Elle Beauty Grand Prix.

It was a blind-testing program, where products were concealed and numbered to ensure unbiased opinions. This balm was categorized as a hand cream, so I tested it for that and gave it quite high ratings (spoiler alert lol). My coworker fell in love with it too and asked if she could have it after I was done testing, which was why I didn't have it anymore.

The Miracle Balm has a more solid texture than coconut oil in cold environment, but it melts the same way when in contact with the skin, just more slowly as it is thicker. And it smells herbally, in a good way, like a medicated balm if you ever try one before.

For other purposes that I didn't know of at the time of Elle Grand Prix testing, the Balm has done a great job in helping with my muscle pain after shoveling all March and into April. The feeling of it melting into the skin, the warmth from rubbing it in and the medicated scent offered comfort!

It also brought hope that my cuticles can soon be back to where it was pre-winter. They are not there yet, that tells you how bad things were.

Due to its thick texture, I did not use the balm on my face on those no-makeup days but in extreme cold situations, I definite will.

Ingredients: Gromicelus (Emu oil), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut oil), Cera Alba (Bee wax), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed oil), Ricinus Communis (Castor oil), Persea Americana (Avocado oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba oil), Propolis, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root extract), Lavandula Officinalis, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium), Citrus Sinensi, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

The Balm is made in Quebec, distributed by Bella Vita. The tin has 80g of product, retails for $15 in most health food stores.

4/14/2015

Dove and Degree dry sprays

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Dry spray antiperspirants have sprung better than Spring itself this year, claiming to go on instantly dry with up to 48 hours of protection. I jumped on the chance to test out 2 bottles, as my curiosity was definitely high :)

This first one is Dove dry spray in Revive (pomegranate and lemon verbena), supposed to have Dove's unique ¼ moisturizers for softer, smoother underarms.

This dry spray does give off a soft and invisible feeling. It keeps the underarm areas dry with regular sweating through minimum to low impact workouts. I would layer up or resort to a deodorant for activities that involve lots of sweat though.

Revive smells fruity fresh, but a hint of citrus, and lasts for a few hours. I like to get a whiff of it here and there like that. There are also Original, Beauty Finish, Sensitive Skin, Nourished Beauty, Cool Essentials and Clear Tone Skin Renew, and men's versions (unscented, Extra Fresh, Clean Comfort).

Ingredients: Butane, Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isobutane, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Fragrance, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed oil, Disteardimonium Hectorite, C12-15 Alkyl Benxoate, Propane, BHT, Octyldodecanol, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethiconol, Tocopheryl Acetate.

The can has 3.8oz/ 107g of product (said to last 8 weeks), retails around $5.97.

Then, there is Degree dry spray in Sheer Powder (freesia, jasmine and vanilla). The MOTIONSENSE technology claims to respond to your body movement to release extra odour protection when needed, but since it is an antiperspirant (to keep you dry) instead of a deodorant (to minimize odour), I am not sure if this claim actually works.

Either way, I would say it works similarly to the Dove version above with regular activities, can't testify in heavily sweaty situations, lol.

This Sheer Powder scent, however, is not as exciting as Revive. Maybe it is the freesia note that I don't like, or maybe I prefer fruity than floral scents. But again, scents are personal, you might like it :) Also available in Fresh Energy, Shower Clean and men's versions (Everest, Adventure and Sport Defense).

Ingredients: Butane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Isobutane, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Fragrance, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propane, BHT, Propylene Carbonate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglycerite, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Maltodextrin, Hydrated Silica, Hydrolized Cornstarch, Gelatin Crosspolymer, Silica, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Benxoate.

The can is the same size as that of Dove above, retails around $4.97.

Product design wise, Dove (left) has a cap that covers the nozzle and you push on the pink pad to discharge the spray through the little opening on the white part underneath it.

Degree (right) has a locking mechanisms where you push the pink pad in the direction of the arrows, then spray, and slide it back to lock. No cap to worry about.

Note that, as expected with aerosols, the spray feels cool in contact, which would be refreshing in the summer but a tad chilly when the temp hangs slightly above 0 :) Don't forget to shake the can before spraying.

Overall, I am saving these dry sprays for the Summer and reapply when need to. Pick the design and scent you like with your next antiperspirant and have fun, unless you prefer non-aluminum products. 

4/13/2015

Annabelle Lipsies

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

After falling for the 2 Annabelle Lipsies I reviewed from their Spring 2015 release, I went and got 4 more.

This was the picture that encouraged my curiosity. Beautiful ombre of colours, fun labels and and the twistup crayon format? I wanted them all :)

The brand granted my wish and sent me the rest so I can do a full swatch post. The products come sealed, so I thought some swatches and scent descriptions would be helpful when you want to grab a few.

Before we get to that, here is the line up, from L-R: Lime, Lychee, Cupcake, Coco-Vanilla, Peach, Grapefruit, Strawberry, Watermelon, Cherry, Fruit Punch, Cotton Candy and Raspberry, $4.95 each.

The first four - Lime, Lychee, Cupcake, Coco-Vanilla - are the clear bunch, mainly to add shine, moisturization and yummy scents to your lips.

Lime is the only shade that the balm does not resemble the tube colour. Would you want a green lip balm otherwise? :)

Scent wise, Lime and Lychee are quite accurate. Cupcake smells almost like a delicious latte to me and Coco-Vanilla is stronger on the vanilla note. All 4 are pleasant, though I should mention that the scent of lychees might appear a little odd to those who have never tried the fruits before (not me obviously).

Staying true to the group theme (clear), the three Lipsies do not have any colour, except for Lychee showing the lightest hint of brown on my hand. On the lips though, it is as invisible as the other 3. I wanted to include my veins in the pic so you can tell if the pigmentation of your lips will show through.

If your goal is to find nice and comfortable lip balms that smell good, take your pick from this group. I reached for these very often for days staying in and before bed.

Peach, Grapefruit, Strawberry and Watermelon offer more colours, the gorgeous-looking pink/ red bunch.

Peach shows up as a cool tone pink, not peachy/ light coral, and smells pretty accurate.

Grapefruit is a tad lighter than Watermelon in the tube and in swatches. I don't think you would need both, unless you want both scents :) I prefer the scent in Watermelon, quite spot on, while Grapefruit gives me a light citrus note but does not remind me of the fruit.

Strawberry is the most pigmented shade among the 4 in this group but still sheer overall. The scent resembles sweet fruity candies, a little stronger note but quite fresh.

Surprisingly, the 3 lighter shades take great turn at the office when I need a light touchup of the lip colour. They look very natural on, on the light side for pigmented lips of course.

Now the berry shades - Cherry, Fruit Punch, Cotton Candy and Raspberry.

By the look, Cherry and Raspberry have the highest chance to become my favorites.

Well, Cherry scores for the colour, a nice pink red, but it smells a tiny bit like chemical stuff. Raspberry swatches a lot lighter than the packaging colour. I still like the colour on but I was hoping for a darker red. Pleasant scent too, sweeter than Strawberry above but in the same note.

Fruit Punch remains that fuchsia pink I like since day one, with great colour payoff too.

Cotton Candy could have been the leader of the the clear bunch above, being one step above invisibility. Light hint of pink and a sweet scent too.

So overall, the Lipsies colour range serves pretty much everyone, no matter what your colour and scent (and colour payoff) preferences are.

Personally, I like Cupcake and Cotton Candy for days I don't need colours on my lips. Watermelon and Raspberry are reserved for work and evenings, Cherry and Fruit Punch are weekend colours. Squirt has also claimed a few clear ones to show off at school.

4/10/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

A note for my local readers from CBC: Maritime birds are starving because of deep snow and frozen ground. Please put out berries, grapes, finely chopped apple, jam, seeds for them.

Shoppers: Saturday & Sunday: Free $10 Indigo bonus card with $50 purchase
- Vichy LiftActiv skin care: 20% off; body skin care: 25% off
- Olay, Neutrogena skin care: 25% off
- Aveeno facial moisturizer: 25% off
- L'Oreal, Garnier facial moisturizer: CAD14.99
- TreSemme hair care: CAD3.99
- Ogx hair care: CAD8.99
- Dove dry oil, Nexxus hair care: CAD12.99
- Hawaiian Tropic, Life Brand sun care: CAD7.99
- Australian Gold, Banana Boat, Life Brand Sunthera sun care: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl Smoochies: CAD5.49; Outlast/ Colorlicious lip, Bombshell eye, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99
- Maybelline eyeshadow, makeup (selected): 25% off
- Maybelline Line Stiletto, Unstoppable, Line Stylist liner: CAD7.99; Color Sensational Rebel Bloom lip: CAD8.99
- Marcelle makeup: 20% off
- Rimmel Extra Wow mascara, Lasting Finish lip/ liner: CAD4.99; makeup (selected): CAD6.99; Wonder Lash mascara: CAD7.99.

Lawtons:
- Garnier Clean+ skin care: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal Sublime cleansing product: CAD6.99
- Formula 10.0.6 toner, foam cleanser, mud mask: 35% off
- Live Clean: BOGO
- CoverGirl eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation, powder, concealer, primer, mascara: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Annabelle Lipsies: CAD3.99 (bonus miles)
- Layla nail polish, treatment: 25% off (bonus miles).

Walmart:
- Garnier Fresh skin care: CAD3.97; Skin Renew: CAD12.97
- Aveeno Skin brightening scrub: CAD8.47; Positively Radiant SPF15 moisturizer: CAD16.97
- Simple skin care: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.96
- Pantene hair care: CAD3.96
- John Frieda Frizz Ease: CAD8.96
- Ogx hair care: CAD7.97
- TreSemme Perfectly (UN)done: CAD3.96; Platinum Strength hair appliances: CAD34.96
- Revlon ColorBurst matte/ lacquer balm, Grow Luscious mascara, ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD5.96
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD4.96; Voluminous Butterfly, Intenza mascara: CAD8.96
- Maybelline Brow Drama: CAD7.96; Color Show nail polish: 2/CAD6 or CAD3.46 each
- Flower Beauty Sheer lip tint, Velvet Lip chubby pencil: CAD8.98.

The Bay: Bay Days (lowest prices of the season) are on.

Lancome GWP of $36 or more until May 3. The 8-piece gift, values of $188, includes:
- Choice of serum: Advanced Genifique or Visionnaire LR2412 4%
- Choice of skin care duo: Visionnaire cream & Genefique eye, Renergie Lift Multiaction & Multiaction Eye, or Absolue Premium ßx & Eye Premium ßx
- Choice of makeup duo: Color Design eyeshadow quint in Lavender Grace & Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve, or Blush Subtil in Blushing Tresor & Color Design lipstick in Pretty Burgundy
- Hypnose Star mascara
- Bi-Facil eye makeup remover, and
- a makeup bag.

With a Lancome purchase of $95 or more, you'll get one of 3 additional gifts, values up to $60:
- Nutrix Royal body lotion
- Tresor fragrance rollerball, Tresor body lotion and Juicy Tube, or
- Genefique Repair and Radiance cleanser & toner.

Sears: Estee Lauder GWP of $36.50 or more until April 13. The 7-piece gift, values over $88, includes:
- Your choice of Advanced Time Zone Age Reversing line/ wrinkle creme SPF15 (0.5oz, Anti wrinkle) or Resilience Lift firming/ sculpting face and neck creme (0.5oz, Lifting/ Firming)
- Perfectly Clean multi-action foam cleanser/ purifying mask
- Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery complex II (0.25oz) and eye serum (0.17oz)
- Pure Color eyeshadow quad in Nude Fresco, Ivory Slipper, Hot Cinnamon and Chocolate Bliss
- Sumptuous Bold Volume lifting mascara in Black, and
- A Lisa Perry cosmetic bag.

Wiht an Estee Lauder purchase of $80 or more, you get 3 Pure Color long lasting lipstick in Beige, Pink Parfait and Melon in a travel pouch.

The Body Shop: B3G3F or B2G1F until Sunday in store and until Monday online, with regular exclusions. Free shipping with $50 orders, 5 free samples with $75 orders with code "TRYFIVE". The Fuji Green Tea line is on 20% LYB discount (instead of 10%).

Beyond the Rack: Free base shipping with an order of $30 or more this weekend.

4/09/2015

NOTD: OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked?

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked?* is an orange cream from the Hawaii collection. It appears more like a pastel orange in natural light (here) and darkens a little with flash (below, left side).

Can't help a giggle at the name lol. Is Mai Tai Crooked? applies a little sheer with the first coat, so I did 2 coats here.

Making a cameo appearance on the accent nail is OPI Just Lanai-ing Around*, a dark mauve cream that leans quite purple, from the same collection.

Both these shades are available in paint colours at Clark+Kensington, as the * implies.

Then I move on to the only glittery shade in the collection, OPI Pineapples Have Peelings Too!. I count blue, green, pink and silver chunky glitters on the nails.

The gold shimmer base in Pineapples Have Peelings Too! is dense enough to be opaque on its own. Here it has a light peach sheen from Is Mai Tai Crooked? and a warmer tone from Just Lanai-ing Around. All fun!

4/08/2015

MUFE Step 1 Skin Equalizer

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Together with Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting duo I reviewed last week, I also received a Step 1 Skin Equalizer, as part of their Spring/ Summer launch.

This is the Smoothing primer (for concerns of pores and fine lines, light grey tube), part of the texture equalizing category of the line.

The silicone elastomers in the formula smooth the pores and fill in micro-reliefs in the texture. The spherical powders make it easier to spread and boost skin softness. Silica interacts with the light to help the appearance of fine lines, hollow shadows or other pumps that darken the face.

Additionally, the Equalizer complex, Hyaluronic Acid, Vederine and Acti Tensor 3D enhance the power of your foundation for smoother, more even, longer lasting make up.

The primers come in (colour-coded) squeeze tubes with a small tip under the screw cap, which serves the ease of use but does not look as luxurious as the HD Microperfecting primers.

This particular Smoothing primer feels and appears more like a thicker tinted moisturizer on the skin. It blends out very easily, evens out my skin tone and enables speedy foundation application.

The smoothing effect, however, would depend on the foundation that follows it. It does a decent job in blurring out pores and fine lines but not completely on its own. It adds about an extra hour or two maximum to the lasting power of the foundation too.

This is the texture of the Smoothing primer next to the HD Microperfecting primer #2 Mauve for comparison. It does not have a scent like the latter, which might be a good thing for those who are scent sensitive.

The Step 1 Skin Equalizer line has 4 other texture equalizing primers and 5 radiance primers, and they can be mixed and matched. A Radiance primer should be applied before Mattifying or Smoothing primer and after Hydrating or Nourishing primer for best effects.

I would suggest trying these primers out in stores and compare it to the HD Microperfecting primer to choose the right one for your skin type and concerns. The tube has 1oz/ 30ml of product, retails $42.

4/07/2015

Vichy Ideal Body serum milk

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Now that I told you how Vichy LiftActiv Supreme takes care of my face, I am gonna continue on with Vichy Ideal Body serum-milk, as it is equally fab.

First, check out the main ingredients, besides Vichy Thermal Spa water, in the Ideal Body line :
- Hyaluronic Acid (hydrating)
- LHA (exfoliating) and
- 10 Fundamental oils: Macadamia, Rose Muscat, Blackcurrant seed, Sunflower, Coriander, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Passion Flower, Corn, Rice Bran.

The Serum-milk is supposed to offer continuous hydration, harmonized skin tone, firmness and smoothness. It absorbs super fast, like a serum, with a runny and milky texture, enriched with mother-of-pearl particles. Great for any time of year, but very ideal for the summer when you do not want any sticky feeling on the skin nor wait around for your skin care to dry to get dressed.

The light scent is refreshing with musk, vanilla, amber and floral (Tiare flower, Roses, Violets, Peachtree flowers and Freesia) notes, developed to minimize allergy risks.

I am sold after this point. It is hard to tell now if I like the texture or the scent more :)

And I sure am sold again after seeing how well it keeps my skin moisturized with the "light like a feather" feeling, especially after a shower or right before bed. I believe I can fly, lol.

This serum-milk is like nothing else I have, so I don't have anything else for the texture comparison shot. You can see the pearl particles quite well here in the closeup, but they are almost invisible with naked eyes, so no, you won't glow like a disco ball :)

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Alcohol Denat, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Zea Mays Oil, Tinoxide, Ci15985, CI7891, CI77491, Mica, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ribes Nigrum Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate, etc.

This product is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive, retails $22.50 (200ml, the size I received) or $29 (400ml). I totally recommend it!

There is also an Ideal Body balm ($27.50, 200ml) that turns into a cream on the skin, meant for dry/ very dry skin. I am quite curious about that, tempting a purchase soon.

4/06/2015

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has been a really rough winter (still is, it just snowed yesterday lol), I was lucky to receive Vichy LiftActiv Supreme right in the middle of it for review. Have been using it every morning since.

LiftActiv Supreme is a daily wrinkle corrector and firming skin care, with 5% Rhamnose + Adenosine + Caffeine + Neohesperidine.

Now if you remember Rhamnose, a natural sugar extracted from silver beech to rejuvenate the skin in LiftActiv Serum 10 and LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes, my skin took some liking to this ingredient and I saw good results of its effects.

On top of that, LiftActiv Supreme is supposed to have:
- Instant 3D Optical technology: Offers mattifying and blurring finish, with illuminating effect
- Over-day Aging prevention: Caffeine and Retinol-like Adenosine promote cellular energy and responsiveness, so skin remains smooth, firm and rested all day long
- Fight long-term Aging effects: Rhamnose 5% helps reduce the look of wrinkles and increase skin firmness; and Neohesperidine, a potent anti-oxidant, boosts the effects of rhamnose, for cellular renewal and global protection.

You could probably guess by the look of it in the jar (and the texture showed below, on the left), LiftActiv Supreme is a thicker cream, but Glycerin, Apricot nourishing kernel butter and shea butter in the ingredients help it melt into the skin quite fast and I could hardly feel it after that.

Suggestions: apply all over the face, decollete and neck, avoiding the eye area, spread with upward strokes, from inside to outside.

I am not very good at moisturizing my neck but try to remember the instruction to be better at it. With daily use, my skin has not felt tight nor dry with morning commute in the cold, snow, freezing rain and everything in between.

The mattifying and blurring effect show in some extent, with other makeup put on top of it for the day. But the skin does feel plumped and firm, signs of wrinkles reduce. I feel like the better version of me :)

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Rhamnose, Isohexadecane, Alcohol Denat, Propanediol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, etc.

Like all Vichy skin care products, LiftActiv Supreme is enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, paraben-free, suitable for all skin types. It does have a light scent which does not bother me. When spring (and then summer) comes, I might alternate it with Aqualia Thermal Dynamic hydration, shown above on the right for texture comparison.

Available now, the jar is 50ml, retails $49.50. Check out Vichy Works for Me website where you can receive a coupon up to $20 off a routine that works for you, and there is always sales at drugstoers for extra savings.