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Hard Candy Lip Colour collection

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Hard Candy sure treats some of us like kids in a candy store, literally :) This is the holiday 15-piece Lip Colour collection for those who like to try lots of lip colours in one go.

A pail, with metal lid/ bottom/ handle, holds 15 lip items that wraps around its clear plastic wall. No shade names mentioned anywhere, and only 4-digit numbers are shown on the products (don't match up with the 3-digit numbers on the core products).

Here is the colour strip that holds the items in place, out of the pail.

The All The Glossed Up hydrating lip stains are on the left below (0.06oz/ 1.7g each vs. 0.11oz full size, reg. $5) - 5167, 5168, 5169, 5170 and 5173.

The Fierce Effects daring lip glosses are on the right. I am trying to get the name info from the brand/ its PR and will confirm later but for now, my guesses are Plum Diva, Skyfall, Knockout Punch, Daredevil and Nude Plunge.

You might notice I did not pay too much attention to these 5 All Gloss Up lip stains. The reason was I was not impressed with the colour choices.

The last 2 shades on the right are almost identical when swatched and they are sheer. The second shade from left also needs layering for pigmentation, while the shade in the middle could be a little more bold, you know, for the holiday.

The pinky red has fine silver sparkles, which is season appropriate but might not be everybody's cup of tea. I wish it were a true Christmas red.

The Fierce Effects daring lip glosses are a different story.

For some reason, my Walmart does not carry these in the core line nor online so I assumed Canada had missed out on them until I saw them on a few Canadian blogs.

So, if you can get your hands on them, I suggest you do - minis or full sizes, your choice, but note a few differences.

Infused with argan and citrus oils, these glosses are supposed to be light and glossy, with great colour payoff and a light minty scent. I find the minis in this set are thicker than say, Sephora Jem & the Holograms glosses I reviewed before, but they become less sticky as they wear off slightly, a lot more comfortable to wear.

Also, these minis have standard doe-foot applicators instead of brush applicators in the full sizes, which I am happy about. Not a fan of the brush in glosses.

The shimmer lip glosses (0.2oz/ 6ml each) - 5148, 5149, 5150, 5152 and 5153 - are too young to my taste. They will go to Squirt (or her friends) so I will not swatch them.

Obviously, I got this Lip Colour collection for the Fierce Effects glosses but they are not worth paying $19.97 for unless you can share the rest with someone else.

I am hoping to find in Canada the Wish for a Kiss lip gloss collection shown on Walmart US website with 6 Fierce Effects glosses at a much better price tag of $6. There is also a Lips of Love set below with 3 All Glossed Up (larger at 0.09oz/ 2.5g each but still not at 0.11oz full size) for $4.97.

I placed the red and nude from the collection above on the far left and far right next to the red and nude in this smaller set for size and colour comparison.

In the end, depending on how many lip products you want to try, pick the set that suits the need :) This is going to be a fun holiday!


Hard Candy advent calendars 2015

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Canada is not known for lots of advent calendars in the beauty world, we have been glancing jealous green eyes toward the UK bloggers for years.

This year, Hard Candy came out with 2 advent calendars at Walmart. I grabbed them off Walmart Canada website since I hadn't seen them in stores.

This post is more to let you know what hide behind those little doors and their sizes. Trust me, it is not easy to find out the full size of these products, as Hard Candy website does not mention them.

Here are the front of 12 Days of Beauty (left) and 12 Days of Nail (right).

The back does include pictures of the products inside, so don't look ahead if you want surprises. I do look to make sure I get my money's worth.

The 12 Days of Beauty calendar includes "Best of Hard Candy" minis.

- Walk the Line liquid eyeliner in Asphalt (0.14oz/ 4.2ml, full size, reg. $6)
- Fierce Effects daring lip gloss in Skyfall (0.11oz/ 3g vs. 0.5oz full size, reg. $5). Not an everyday colour!
- Sheer Envy colour correcting primer (0.35oz/ 10g vs. 1.6oz full size, reg. $8)
- Take Me Out eyeliner pencil in Soy (0.02oz/ 0.6g vs. 0.3oz full size, reg. $5)
- 2 Eye Def glitter eyeshadows in Robot and What Sandy Says Goes (0.04oz/ 1.2g each vs. 0.44oz full size, reg. $6)
- 2 Glow All the Way face and body luminizers in Doll Face and Glamazon Bronze (0.35oz/ 10g each vs. 2.7oz full size, reg. $9)
- 2 Plumping Serum volumizing lip glosses in Girl Next Door and Swan Lake (0.04oz/ 1.2g each vs. 0.1oz full size, reg. $6). Both are light pinks.
- Lash Tinsel glitter mascara in Spellbound (0.04oz/ 1.2g vs. 0.6oz full size, reg. $6)
- Glamoflauge heavy duty concealer in Light (0.25oz/ 7g vs. 0.71oz full size, reg. $7).

Overall, I am a little disappointed with the amount of glitters in this set. The only products I really want to try are the Glow All the Way luminizers and the Sheer Envy primer.

The 12 Days of Nail calendar carries 12 mini best selling nail polish shades.
- Bachelor Party (Crystal Confetti 2014 collection)
- Fireworks (Crystal Confetti 2013)
- Wedding Crasher (Crystal Confetti 2014)
- Bridal Party (Glitterazi Fall 2013)
- Bitty Blue (Itsy Glitzy 2013)
- Celebrate Sequins (Crystal Confetti 2013)
- Fairy Ball (Crystal Confetti 2014)
- Pop-arazzi (Pop Art 2014)
- Little Hottie (Itsy Glitzy 2013)
- Black Tie Optional (Crystal Confetti 2013)
- Pee Wee Purple (Itsy Glitzy 2013) and
- Piece of Papaya (Itsy Glitzy 2013).

Very "confetti and glitter" heavy. If you like that type of finish, you are in heaven :) The bottles are 0.09oz/ 2.7ml each (vs. 0.26oz/ 7.8ml full size, reg. $4).

Each advent calendar retails $9.97 each at Walmart. Stay tuned for swatches of another holiday kit tomorrow :)


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Hold on to your hat (and mitts), it is a long one this week!

Locally, Spring Garden Road area has Shopping Under the Stars event today (and Dec 4) with tax free/ discounts at selected stores, including Lululemon, Shoppers, etc.

The Halifax Lights Holiday market starts this weekend and goes on Thursday - Sunday every week until December 20 at Historic Properties, with different themes, food/ drinks, crafts, carols every Friday 5-7pm, entertainment on Saturdays at 7pm, etc.

Free parking Saturdays and Sundays on the waterfront lots and Scotia Square.

Also, last weekend of the Poutine Fest, if you haven't had enough.

Temptalia posted about Make Up For Ever (LE) Artist Shadow Collector's palette, launched on Black Friday for $280, with quite a few matte shades. No confirmation from MUFE CAN whether we are getting yet.

Nouveaucheap has previews of Sephora's Black Friday offers. Very impressive list this year, but knowing Sephora, Canada would probably miss out on a few deals. I'll confirm when/ if I know more.

Ulta also goes all out with their Cyber Fundays sales, but we Canadians are excluded.

*** Saturday & Sunday:
- Electronic, treat and toy super sales (no rain checks). Note the strict return policy: they won't take electronic stuff back if the box is open.
- Philips Sonicare Gum health, Oral-B 100 or 7000 Precision power toothbrush/ brush head refills (3's): 50% off.

*** All week: x20 points when you spend $75 or more on cosmetics, select skin care, fragrances, jewelry, hair colour, bath foam & gel, nail care, hosiery
- Vichy Normaderm, ProEven, Purete Thermale skin care: 25% off
- Neostrata Moisture Fusion, acne care: 20% off
- Cliniderm hair/ skin care: 20% off
- Avene dry skin: 20% off
- RoC skin care: 25% off
- Garnier facial cleanser: 25% off
- Garnier, Nivea Q10, Aveeno Fresh Essentials moisturizer: CAD14.99
- Aveeno, Neutrogena, Olay facial cleanser: CAD8.99 
- Neutrogena facial moisturizer: CAD13.99 - CAD19.99
- Olay Total Effects skin care: CAD19.99
- L'Oreal skin care: 25% off
- Cetaphil, Eucerin, Jamieson skin care: 20% off
- Marcelle skin care gift set: 20% off
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, True Match makeup: 30% off
- Maybelline the Falsies mascara: CAD9.99; LE holiday kit (new): CAD16.99
- Revlon Super Length Ultra Volume Dramatic Definition mascara (new): CAD10.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- NYX makeup palette: CAD29.99
- Rimmel Lasting Finish lip: CAD5.99
- 25% off when you buy a $25 or $50 Facebook game card
- Get $25 in value when you buy a $20 Price Privileges fuel saving card or get $50 in value when you buy a $40 Price Privileges fuel saving card
- $4 off when you buy 3 Carlton cards with coupon in greeting card department (until December 17).

*** Bonus Optimum points:

- x20 points with Strivectin-TL skin care
- x15 points with $30 Quo purchase (until December 4)
- x10 points with CoverGirl Plumpify mascara (new)
- x10 points with Soap & Glory Winter Wonderland hand cream set
- 5,000 points with Cover FX anti-aging primer, smoothing eye primer
- 5,000 points with Davidoff Cool Water fragrances (50 - 125ml)
- 3,000 points with 3 CoverGirl Colorlicious lip, Perfect Point liner, Lash Blast/ Supersizer mascara
- 2,500 points with 2 Quo makeup products
- 2,000 points with 2 Softsoap hand soap.

- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 30% off
- Vichy Purete Thermale: 20% off
- L'Oreal Age Perfect, Aveeno Positively Ageless: 20% off
- Maybelline eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara: 25% off
- L'Oreal La Palette Nude: CAD24.99 (bonus Airmiles)
- Physicians Formula: 20% off
- Almay: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Rimmel foundation, powder, blush, concealer, makeup remover: 20% off
- NYX matte lipstick: CAD6.99
- Lip Smacker, Bonne Bell: 25% off
- Essie: CAD7.99
- Salon Perfect (new): 30% off.

- Online: Elf, Iman Cosmetics, Real Techniques are now available.
- Pre Back Friday specials (TV, small appliances, toys, etc.) are on in store and online. Pre Black Friday sales: 4 daily deals will be posted online each day, starting Monday
- CoverGirl Plumpify mascara (new): CAD9.97
- Revlon Ultra HD Matte lip colour (new): CAD9.96
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.46
- Selected L'Oreal/ Olay skin care products: on roll back.

The Live Better magazine in Walmart stores this month have some good Marcelle coupons:
- $3 off the Instant Eye makeup remover
- $2 off cleansing cloths
- $2 off Ultra gentle cleansing gel, and
- $4 off 3-in-1 micellar solution.

There is also a 2016 Milk calendar and other household coupons included.

The Bay: This weekend only

Online: Spend more Save more: spend $150 save $40, spend $250 save $75 or spend $500 save $175.

In store: Scratch & Save
- 50-70% off fine jewelry, luggage, furniture, mattresses, cookware sets
- 40-60% off women's dresses/ outerwear/ sleepwear/ Warner's & Wonderbra boxed bras & panties, men's suits/ sport coats/ outerwear/ cold-weather accessories/ sleepwear, kids' outerwear/ cold-weather accessories, bed linens, Christmas tree & decor
- 30-50% off women's fashion/ lingerie/ footwear/ handbags, watches, jewelry, men's fashion/ footwear, kids' sleepwear/ underwear, Canadian Olympic Team collection, open stock cookware, gadgets, tableware, home decor, bath towels & accessories
- 10-25% off women's designer outerwear/ footwear/ handbags/ watches/ jewelry/ special occasion dresses, Hudson's Bay collection, appliances, floor care, confectionery.
Exclusions apply. Please follow the link for all details.

The Body Shop:
- B3G3F or B2G1F in store and online until Sunday. Exclusions apply
- Duo and Sweetheart gift sets: 2/CAD25
- Gift cubes, crackers: 2/CAD16.
I heard of the code "TBS10" for $10 off $60 but have not confirmed.

Makeup Geek: Black Friday promo previews (not available until the day of). Note that the saving amounts are calculated based on the retail price of single products individually.

(1) Eyeshadow & blush variety pack: $50 ($54 off, pictured)
- 4 blushes in Secret Admirer, Spell Bound, Smitten and Bliss
- 4 Foiled eyeshadows in High Wire, Day Dreamer, Fantasy and Charmed
- 3 Signature eyeshadows in Bedrock, Creme Brulee and Cocoa Bear, and
- 1 Duochrome eyeshadow in Rockstar.

(2) Super Shimmer palette: $125 (up to $103 off)
- 13 Signature eyeshadows in Cosmopolitan, Galaxy, Hipster, Ice Queen, Lemon Drop, Moondust, Nautica, Pixie Dust, Pretentious, Prom Night, Roulette, Sensuous and Shimma Shimma
- 10 Foiled eyeshadows in Charmed, Day Dreamer, Fantasy, Fortune Teller, High Wire, Houdini, Masquerade, Pegasus, Untamed and Whimsical
- 4 Duochrome eyeshadows in Rockstar, Mai Tai, Voltage and Typhoon.

(3) Foiled eyeshadow expansion pack: $70 ($30 off), includes Fortune Teller, Starry Eyed, Untamed, High Wire, Masquerade, Day Dreamer, Whimsical, Pegasus, Charmed, Fantasy.

(4) Pigment variety pack: $30 (up to $24 off) with Birthday Wish, Nightlife, Liquid Gold, Vegas Lights, Poker Face and Utopia.

(5) Black Friday brush bundle: $40 ($41 off) with Cheek Highlighter, Angled Contour, Rounded Blush, Foundation Stippling, Face Buffer, Soft Dome and Bent Liner brushes (with non-tapered handles).

I wish they offered a bundle that include the new matte eyeshadows instead of Foiled ones in most cases. 

Kiehls: 20% off your purchase of 2 products or more, online (with code "KIEHLS", and free shipping with $60 orders) and in store.

Urban Decay CAN: The Mother Lode set with 68 full sized eyeshadows (including 12 exclusive shades) are up on the site now for $699. The eye pencil vault is still available for $355. The Gwen Stefani palette will be up on Sunday (November 22).

Kate Somerville: Last day of 30% off with code "HIRONS30", $15 flat rate shipping to Canada.

Pur Cosmetics: Buy 1 item, get the second exact same item free site wide with code "BFBOGO15" until Monday. Maximum amount is $250/ order, one free item per SKU purchased. Excluding kits, sets and palettes. Free shipping to Canada with $50 orders.

Not makeup related, but food is equally exciting. Words are Canada got its first nutella cafe in Toronto with Sobeys Urban Fresh on Spadina. It is getting dangerous! :)

Old Navy:

- Pre Black Friday sale: 30% off everything in stores and online until Wednesday, excluding clearance and Today Only deals in stores
- Black Friday (Thursday & Friday): 50% off in store (no exclusions) and online (from 12am EST, excluding Everyday Steals)
- The first 50 people in line when stores open Friday (CAN) or 4pm Thursday (US) get a chance to win $1M
- Super Cash is on until November 27, redeemable December 1 - 6.

GAP: 50% off with code "GAPCHEER" this weekend.

Beyond the Rack: Free shipping on $50+ orders this weekend. Selected stamped events are BOGO1/2 with code "BOGO50".


NOTD: Yves Rocher Melon

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

So I showed you last week a series of Yves Rocher Botanical Color nail polish where I was happy with the formula and application.

Well, one specific colour was left out, because it was the outlier. It's Melon (a cream).

The colour is pretty but, for some reason, Melon goes on quite thick and pools into a puddle at the corner of 2 of my nails after 2 coats. To be fair, it happens on my non-dominant hand (which is not shown here), so it might partly be my application skill, but none other shades do this.

I am not writing Melon off, just think it needs some extra care with application.

The accent shade, Sparkling Silver (a glitter), is no trouble though. It is dense and easy to apply, just like its friend Sparkling Gold in the series post I linked above.

Again, the bottles are 0.16 oz/ 5ml, $6 each (on sale for $3.50). There are also nail care, French manicure items, special effect top coats launched at the same time, if you want to check them out.


Too Faced Candlelight primer

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

After 2 gift sets shown back to back, let's take it down a notch with a single product I received for review today :)

We probably all know about Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye primer, which I mentioned briefly in the review of the Le Grand Palais set.

Candlelight is an illuminating Shadow Insurance, with a shimmery gold color compared to the colourless (original) Shadow Insurance.

Now Candlelight is supposed to offer a waterproof, 24 hour wear, crease/ fade proof base for cream and powder shadows still, but when worn alone, it brightens the lids and adds luminosity to the look. I find it work just as well as the original, but my eyeshadows would start fading around the time I leave work, not 24 hours for sure.

Swatches of Candlelight (left) and the original Shadow Insurance (right) straight from of the tube, then slightly blended out. Note that I used about 3 times of the suggested rain drop size here to show the finish, hence the illuminating effect is also more dramatic than what you would see on the eyes.

I layered a few eyeshadows from Le Grand Palais palette on top of both versions to test their effect.

Candlelight lightens a darker shade like Dreamlight (top), mutes the duochrome effect of Champs Elysees (middle) and enhances the metallic sheen of Satin Sheets (bottom). IRL, with the suggested amount, Candlelight only shows the lightest effect of illumination underneath eyeshadows.

If you are happy with the original Shadow Insurance, no need to switch it up. The tube is 0.35oz/ 11g, retails $24.


Melted Kisses & Sweet Cheeks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

More options for holiday gifts from Too Faced today!

If you are looking for gifts within a set, something smaller than the Le Grand Palais, and featuring lip and cheek products, check out the Melted Kisses & Sweet Cheeks set.

The box is gold with a clear plastic window to show off 3 individually packed pairs of deluxe sized and color coordinated Melted lipsticks (0.16oz/ 5ml each vs. full size 0.4oz) and Love Flush blushes (0.07oz/ 2g each vs. full size 0.21oz). Tiny and cute!

Here are the 3 boxes, side by side.

Melted lipsticks are meant have the lasting power of a stain, shine of a gloss and intense color of a liquid lipstick.

They last reasonably well on me through meals/ drinks but the shine is the first thing to wear off. The colours are saturated, and the sponge tip applicator makes application a breeze.

Love Flush blushes are said to have 16 hour wear, fade/ smudge proof with bold colour payoff. I find minimal fading starts after the 8 hour mark, not a deal breaker by any means. They are pigmented, do not need much layering so I prefer a loose blush brush with them.

The first pair starts out with the most easy-to-wear colour scheme for most people: Melted Nude (described as a neutral nude) and Love Hangover (a warm pink).

Moving into girly pink territory are Melted Peony (a dusty rose which shows up cool toned on me, also part of the Le Grand Palais set) and Justify My Love (a bright pink with hardly-visible gold sparkles).

My favorite pair: Melted Fig (a rosy orchid) and Your Love Is King (a plumy rose), very season appropriate. If I need to grab a full size of Love Flush, Your Love is King would be it!

Swatches of the Melted lipsticks at the top, and their corresponding blushes at the bottom, 2 different lighting.

The set is $45 ($75 value). Have fun sharing it with 2 other friends/ family members or keeping them all to yourself if the colours suit you :)


Too Faced Le Grand Palais

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Let's play doll house with Too Faced (LE) Le Grand Palais I was kindly sent for review. This is the one packaging I can't bring myself to throw away for sure.

A fun "toy" it sure is, with:
- 18 eye shadows (3x0.07oz/ 2.2g + 15x0.06oz/ 1.6g)
- 2 blushes, a highlighter and a bronzer (0.08oz/ 2.5g each)
- Better Than Sex mascara (0.17oz/ 4.8g vs. 0.27oz full size)
- Melted Peony liquified long wear lipstick (0.16oz/ 5ml vs. 0.4oz full size)
- Shadow Insurance eye primer (0.17oz/ 5g vs. 0.35oz full size), and
- Step-by-step glamour guides.

The palette sure deserves a closeup.

There is still a thicker plastic sleeve that goes over the pans but shade names are printed right on the palette. A+ for that!

Since I "went to the matte side" for my eyeshadows, I haven't seen so many sparkly shades all in one place like with this palette. And surprisingly enough, it brings back fun memories and gets me in a festive mood.

From past experience with Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things from 2013, I know some colours would pack a surprise and don't show up the way they look in the pan. And I love the fact that the 3 essential shades are matte (a transition colour, a dark brown and a black).

Definitely appreciate the idea of having the brow bone highlight shades in larger pans: White Christmas (semi matte), Satin Sheets (metallic) and Vintage Lace (semi matte).

Smaller eyeshadows, first row: Delightful, Moon on Their Wings (2 beautiful fine glitters), Cobblestone (matte, beautiful transition colour), City Lights and Dreamlight (very pigmented, one of my favorites).

Second row: String of Lights (one of the most beautiful and almost holographic glitters I have), Yule Log (slightly dark base with scarce glitters), Wish List (metallic), Arc de Triomphe (metalic) and Belle Femme (matte).

Third row: Stiletto (matte), Eiffel (beautiful olive metallic sheen), Midnight in Paris (sheer base with chunkier blue glitters), Champs Elysees (a subtle duochrome!) and Party Dress (a rare hot pink eyeshadow).

The last row: blushes in Stardust and Skyline (matte, layering up quite well), luminizer in Flush (subtle) and bronzer in Sun Bunny (with a sheen, I use it to contour my nose mostly).

Don't think the Better Than Sex mascara needs any further reviews since I am sure you have heard about it enough on blogs and YT.

Just want to show you the wand, in rare case you haven't seen it. I have already been using a deluxe size sample of the mascara for a while and it does last a long time.

Still wish the set offers a full size though, considering how much space there is in the doll house (pictured above) :)

I find the formula does start out a little wet and dry up slowly, which play equally nicely on my lashes. Not a huge fan of the name but it does not change the fact that it is a great mascara.

Shadow Insurance also does not need any introduction. I appreciate its flesh tone colour that disappears once blended. I do not question the eyeshadow lasting power when I have Shadow Insurance on.

Melted Peony shows up as a cool toned pink on me, nice for work looks.

If you are looking for some sparklies for the holiday, Le Grand Palais is a gorgeous candidate. But if you are a fan of mattes or want daily looks, this is not it. The set is $72 ($469 value).