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4/24/2014

FOTD: Throwback Thursday

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

My very first Throwback Thursday post on any social media at all happens today :)

I happened to use a few products lately that are no longer available for purchase, thought they deserve a post.

This is a pretty pink Z palette with most of my beloved Annabelle Custom Quad eyeshadows (now discontinued). They were probably the first Annabelle products that I tried way back when :)

In celebration of Easter, I went for a pastel eye look. I used:
- First 3 shades in the first row: Whipped (brow bone highlight), Butt Naked (transition colour) and Sugar Dust (inner corner)

- Second and third shades in the last row: Vivid Violet and Purple Reine
- Last shade in the last row in the outer V: Graffiti.

Also part of the "gone but not forgotten" bunch is Avon Ultra Color Rich Rubies lipstick in Fuchsia Fame, a pretty fuchsia, with really cool purple and pink flecks. The glitters are not that visible on the lips, but do migrate a little, as I randomly find a piece here and there on my face.

The whole Rubies line (Fall 2012) was said to be infused with real rubies (hence the micro glitters/ flecks), had 7 creamy and moisturizing (LE) shades in black and red ombre packaging.

It has been a regret of mine not getting a few more shades after Fuchsia Fame, especially Princely Plum. This was before my obsession with purple lipsticks :(

Other products used:
- Annabelle Instant Perfecting base in Luminous finish
- Cover FX Conceal Fx Camouflage concealer in Light
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes full coverage concealer in Neutral Medium
- Annabelle Zebra Bronzing powder in Haute Gold
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool as base
- Annabelle Smudgeliner in Extra Celestial
I believe this is a LE shade
- Sephora + Pantone Universe Foiled Waterproof eyeliner in Rose Gold
Also LE, like most other Pantone products at Sephora
- Milani Runway Lashes Instant Volume mascara in Black
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Dark Brown.

Don't LE products make you sad, especially when you realize how much you like them and can't get them anymore?

I know it is bad to give in to the LE status, but I can't help it most of the time. It is true that there will always be other LE products launched so we will never be able to fully catch up, but we always wish for what we can't have :)

Anyway, MAC Proenza Schouler is out in stores today. Are you going to/ did you get anything? I am definitely smitten with the beautiful ombre packaging but disappointed that the blushes aren't that smooth and silky. So, I am debating ...

Stay dry out there :) It will be raining all day here (and snowing in NB). Yuck!

4/23/2014

Marc Anthony Exotic collections

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Exciting news: Marc Anthony has entered the body care market with 3 Exotic collections. Despite being new, these products are some kind of awesome!

The "Exotic" part in the name refers to the scents. These products smell amazing to me, but if you are sensitive to scents, they might not be for you.

Each line has 5 products:
- hand cream (3.4oz/ 100ml) $4.99
- sulfate-free body wash (16.9oz/ 500ml) $8.99
- body lotion (16.9oz/ 500ml) and dry body oil (4.05oz/ 120ml), $9.99 each, and
- body butter (6.8oz/ 200ml) $10.99.

I received all 5 across the 3 lines to test out and it has been a very pleasant experience.

First off is the Hydrating Coconut oil and Shea butter collection with the yellow/ orange packaging. The formula includes tropical coconut oil, chamomile, white tea and shea butter to moisturize and restore dry skin.

The Extra Nourishing hand cream has been a hit between me and Squirt. It smells like a cocktail (pina colada comes to mind) or the coconut treat type of scent. 

We love a whiff of this scent on the hands in the morning, it keeps us going. And since we like the scent, we remember to apply the hand cream more often.

Absorption is quite instant, so no wait time, and the moisturization is great until the next time I have to wash my hand. Win win!

Ingredients: Water, Glycol Stearate, Stearic Acid, Capric/ Caprylic Triglyceride, PEG 100 Stearate, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera oil, Dimethicone, etc.

The body wash is an extended indulgence of the hand cream, to put it simply. The scent over your body might be more overwhelming than when it's only on your hands, so make sure to sniff test first.

The product can also be added directly to running water for a spa bath soak, which I prefer when I have time to relax.

Ingredients: Water, Sodim 14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Polyquatemium-7, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Stearate, Sodium Chloride, etc.

This beautiful aqua bottle of Hydrating body lotion is from the Oil of Morocco Argan oil collection. Argan oil, aloe vera, shea butter and vitamin E nourish and restore dry, tired skin.

I adore this scent the most among all 3. It is lightly floral and fresh, like the morning air. It makes falling asleep a lot easier for me. The lotion texture is nice for summer, might be a little light for winter.

Ingredients: Water, Capric/ Caprylic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel oil, Dimethicone, etc.

And lastly, the Healing Macadamia oil Extra nourishing collection helps to keep moisture in your skin and protect it from further damage, thanks to macadamia oil, hibiscus, green tea and vitamin E.

The dry body oil is light weight, easy to spread out and disappear almost instantly.

The pump sprays out a decent amount of oil, I quite enjoy this less messy method. And it is not hard at all to just go to town with this bottle :)

The scent also imitates a cocktail, with just a bit more pineapple, not nutty though :) It fades faster than the other 2 scents on me.

Ingredients: Isopropyl Palmitate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) seed oil, Macadamia Ternifolia seed oi, Olea Europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) butter, etc.

The Deep Moisture body butter is naturally a step up from the lotion I mentioned above, in terms of the creamy luxurious feel and moisturization effect. Another indulgence in a tub :)

Ingredients: Water, Cocos Nucifera oil, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Capric/ Caprylic Triglyceride, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, PEG 100 Stearate, Glycerin Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) butter, etc.

Overalll, the 3 lines offer similar level of moisturization to me, so it will boil down to the type of product and scent preferences. If I have to pick one favorite product, it would be the dry body oil with the Oil of Morocco Argan oil scent. Available now at Walmart.

4/22/2014

NOTD: Color Club Pucci-licious

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Have you ever had a polish stealing the spotlight from another polish that you planned to feature in a post? This mani was totally not how I thought it would turn out :)

I started out wanting to try Orly Digital Glitter just by itself. From Orly Surreal Fall 2013 collection, Digital Glitter quite stood out with a bunch of dark looking glitters.

It is deceiving though, as the fuchsia micro glitters and gold glitters totally mask the base colour, which is actually clear. I only realized this when I applied it on my thumb.

Then I had to look for a base, Color Club Pucci-licious was just sitting casually on the counter waiting. It was a gift from a lovely friend in Toronto for Squirt. They spent a day together making nail polish art and baking delicious cookies while I was stuck at a conference. Life isn't fair huh? :)

Back to Pucci-licious. Not to smooth talk my friend, but it is a really nice polish. One coat to opacity, which I didn't expect, and a nice shade of purple with a good balance of blue tone.

With that, Pucci-licious stole the show, not that I have a problem with it!

To be fair, with the glitters in Digital Glitter, it probably looks better on top of a black base, I wouldn't discredit it just yet.

Hope everyone is well rested after the super long weekend and has their fair share of chocolate from the Easter bunny.

I managed to stay in for the most part of the time off to avoid the mall's tempting call, but my main fridge stopped working yesterday (i.e. $$$) so the week didn't start out well for me. One day at a time, I have to deal.

4/18/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Happy super long weekend! A heads up: P&G semi-annual beauty event at Superstore starts soon (April 25 - May 11). No details at this point yet, so stay tuned. Also, DSW has bought almost half of Town Shoes and therefore will be coming to Canada next year. Oh yeah, more shoes for me :)


Shoppers: No printed promo for the weekend. I get a redeem points and get points back" offer in my email. If you have an account on their website, I believe you'd get a personalized offer.
*** Saturday & Sunday: Garnier skin care: 30% off (rest of the week: 20% off)
*** All week:
- No7/ Olay skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal/ Neostrata skin care: 30% off
- Neutrogena sun care: 30% off
- Vaseline spray body lotion: CAD4.99
- Jergens Natural Glow skin care: CAD7.99
- Blistex lip care: 20% off
- Pantene hair care: CAD3.88 (excludes Premium)
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise hair care: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD5.99
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara: CAD5.99
- Maybelline MasterDuo liquid liner, Volume Express mascara: 20% off
- Quo Total Package portfolio, Mother's Day brush set: CAD50; Lots of Lip gloss set: CAD20; Perfectly Prepped palette: CAD18
- Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips eye: CAD12.99
- Rimmel: 25% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche press-on nails, nail polish: 30% off
- Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish: CAD3.99; Salon Pro nail polish: 2/CAD12
- Sally Hansen nail art, Xtreme Wear nail polish: CAD3.99; I Heart Nail art pen, Complete Salon nail polish: 2/CAD12.

*** Optimum hot spots:
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios mineral sunscreen: 5,000 points
- Quo by Orly gel, nail polish: buy 2 get 2,500 points
- L'Oreal True Match: buy 2 get 2,000 points
- Revlon nail polish, Super Lustrous lip, ColorStay eyeshadow quad: buy 2 get 2,000 points; nail art, Sun/ Moon Candy nail polish: buy 2 get 1,000 points; Marchesa implements: buy 2 get 500 points
- L'Oreal Infallible Silkissisme eyeliner, Voluminous Butterfly mascara, Extraordinaire lip: x20 points
- John Frieda hair care: x20 points
- Quo makeup, lashes, implements, cosmetic bags: x15 points
- Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker gloss: x10 points
- Gosh eye: x10 points
- Fekkai hair care: x10 points.

*** Bonus Optimum points until May 2:
- 8,000 points with purchase of any Clinique women's fragrance.

Until May 17:
- 1,000 points with purchase of La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5.

Lawtons:
*** Friday & Saturday: $10 Sobeys/ Foodland or Lawtons gift card with $50 purchase, x2 Airmiles with $25 purchase or x10 miles with $65 purchase
- EoS lip balm: CAD2.29 (rest of the week: CAD3.49)
*** All week:
- Neostrata/ Cliniderm/ H2O skin care: 40% off
- Vichy/ La Roche-Posay skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Youth Code, Age Perfect skin care, Sublime Bronze: 25% off
- Olay Total/ Fresh Effects skin care: 25% off
- Nivea Visage Vital skin care: 25% off (bonus Airmiles); lip care: CAD1.99 (bonus miles)
- Marcelle makeup remover, New Age Precision skin care: 30% off
- L'Action/ Terractive mask: 50% off
- Fruits & Passion EDT: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Maybelline Kohl liner: CAD3.49; mascara: CAD6.99
- Maybelline face, lip: 20% off
- L'Oreal eyeshadow, liner, mascara: 20% off
- Revlon/ Almay face: 20% off
- Annabelle TwistUp/ Big Show lip: CAD7.99; Instaglam: CAD9.99
- Vasanti: 20% off, free single eyeshadow with $20 purchase
- NYX, Wet n Wild, Rimmel: 25% off
- LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off
- Maybeline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.49
- Revlon nail polish, beauty tools: 20% off
- Crabtree & Evelyn, Del Sol nail polish: CAD4.99
- Layla nail polish: 30% off
- Sally Hansen nail polish, treatment: 25% off
- Sinful Colors nail polish: CAD1.88
- Nicole by OPI/ Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD8.88
- OPI nail polish: CAD8.88
- Broadway/ Kiss nail: 20% off
- Red Carpet Manicure: 25% off
- Ardell lashses, accessories: 25% off.

Target:
- Revlon lip, nail: 2/CAD12, others (selected): 20% off
- Mrs. Meyer's: 20% off
- Burt's Bees/ Gud: 20% off.

Bath and Body Works:
- 3-wick candles: 2/CAD25.50, mini candles: 3/CAD10
- New Signature body care: B3G3F
- New hand soaps: 6/CAD28 or 3/CAD18
- Aromatherapy, True Blue Spa, C.O. Bigelow: B2G1F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: 3/CAD10
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/CAD20.50, wallflowers plugs: BOGO
- Scentportable holder: BOGO
- Room perfume (1.5oz): CAD6
- Aloha Straw Tote gift set: CAD35
- Gift sets: 25% off.

The Body Shop:
- Online: 40% off sitewide, 50% all body butters ($10), and $5 shipping with $50 orders
- In store: B3G3F or B2G1F, 2/$12 mini gift cubes (reg. $10).

Old Navy: Everything is on sale up to 50% off, online and in store until Monday. Eggs-tra special deals: Ts from $5, shirts and shorts from $12 for the whole family.

In store only:
- Saturday: dresses are $8 (reg. $24.94 - $29.94) until 1pm (local time) and up to 60% off
- Until Sunday: Double Super Cash - earn $20 with every $25 you spend, maximum $60 Super Cash. Redeem $10 for every $25 you spend between April 27 - May 3.

Ebates Canada: Spring Fashion Frenzy Double cash back event
- Beyond the Rack: 2%
- The Shopping Chanel: 3%
- Roots, American Eagle, J.Crew, Dynamite: 4%
- The Bay, Forever 21: 5%
- Club Monaco, Ardene, Garage, Madewell: 6%
- Buffalo David Bitton: 7%
- Aldo, Neiman Marcus, Asos: 8%
- Nordstrom: 8.5%
- TOMS: 10%,
- Shop.ca: 15%, etc.

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

4/17/2014

FOTD: Annabelle, RT & EcoTools

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This look was a lot of fun to do, as I was testing out many new products at once.

I used EcoTools Skin Perfecting brush with my tinted moisturizer (Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting moisturizer SPF15 in Light to Medium) and primer (Marcelle DD cream SPF25 in Medium to Dark).

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge works perfectly with CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation SPF20 in 957 Golden Tan, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes full coverage concealer in Neutral Medium and LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer in Pure Beige.

Also featuring Annabelle Spring products I have been wearing a lot of - TwistUp Retractable eyeshadow crayon in Taupe all over lids (no base), layered in the crease for intensity, and lip liner in Hot Pink.

Love it when I can use one tool for different products, save me bunch of time. And it feels great having so many Spring products on my face. Now the weather just needs to catch up with this makeup trend lol.

Other products used:
- Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin cream blush in #510 Raspberry
- Marcelle Xtension Plus + Pro Lash Growth Complex mascara in Black
- Avon SuperShock gel eye liner pencil in Plumful in the middle of lower lash line only
Copying this way of lining the eyes from a runway look I saw on twitter. The original work only placed a colourful dot on the lower lash line, instead of a whole line across
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Dark Brown.

It is dangerously sunny outside right now. I said "dangerously" as it was below 0 this morning when I left the house.

Easter egg hunts will be cold for lots of kids around here, but they probably wouldn't mind it. It's the parents standing around waiting who will be suffering this temperature :)

If you are not egg hunting this weekend, what will you be up to? Not used to this "extra long weekend" business at all, I don't know what to do with myself all of a sudden lol.

Sleeping in? Hunting for half price chocolate at Shoppers after Easter maybe? Online shopping is also always tempting, too easy to do and too hard to resist. I need a new hobby!

4/16/2014

Annabelle Spring makeup

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Marcelle and Annabelle had a 40% off sale on their sites last month, with free shipping. I certainly went and got a few things :)

I love Marcelle BB and DD creams, just completed the range by getting the CC cream SPF35 in Light to Medium, reg. $29.95. I won't be testing this just yet, still have others to finish first :)

From Anabelle, I picked up 2 items from the Spring release - a TwistUp Retractable eyeshadow crayon in Taupe and a lip liner in Hot Pink.

TwistUp eyeshadow crayons are brand new this season at Annabelle. Still the same concept as with the TwistUp lipstick crayons, these eyeshadow crayons is very easy and convenient to use. They last all day on me without any creasing. Even the swatch on my hand was hard to remove after it set :)

You all know I love and rave about Annabelle Smoothies eyeshadow pencils a lot. TwistUp eyeshadow crayons are a step-up in terms of product design. I cringe every time I have to sharpen the Smoothies, seeing the product just wasting away.

Formula wise, TwistUp eyeshadow crayons are lighter (but buildable) in both colour (cue: pastels) and texture, with more shine compared to Smoothies. I like both lines, and use them for different looks and purposes.

Taupe is a great shade to start. It is creamy, dreamy and very appropriate for neutral looks, as a base or by itself - as a lid colour, layered in the crease for depth. Very versatile! Stay tuned for a look.

The line has 5 other shades to choose from: Pearl, Pink, Gold, Plum and Indigo, $9.95 for 0.04oz/ 1.4g each (vs. $8.95, 0.05oz/ 1.6g in Smoothies).

Annabelle has lip liners since forever, but Hot Pink is a new shade for this Spring. I notice a slightly sheer formula with this particular shade , but surprisingly, I don't mind it. A sheer hot pink looks quite natural on me, and once it fades, it becomes a neutral pink, just as pretty.

Also new to the lip liner line are Corail and Buff, $5.95 each (0.04oz/ 1.15g).

I am happy with both items I picked and have been wearing them together for work often. I am not happy with the weather tonight though - a wintry mix (a combination of freezing rain, ice pellets and snow)! It's the "wintry" part that I don't get, after temperature got up to 17/ 63F yesterday.

4/15/2014

EcoTools 2014

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Continuing the 2014 product coverage, today is for EcoTools' skin care line :)

This post is also about a brush and a sponge, but they are completely different from the Real Techniques 2014 items I reviewed yesterday:)

Note the fresh aqua packaging for the new line. The pouches now have a safety strap with the brand name printed on it, a clean look. Sleek and pretty!

This first item is well known since the day it was launched - Skin Perfecting brush, $9.99.

Following the theme at EcoTools, this brush has soft cruelty-free bristles, recycled aluminum ferrule and bamboo handle. The pouch is also made of natural materials.

Meant for BB/CC creams and tinted moisturizers, the compact brush head and the angled cut of the bristles works really well. The brush gets around the face quickly, especially around the nose and under the eyes. I like the natural finish it gives and am happy to have a brush to do the work with my tinted products instead of my fingers.

Worth noting that the brush did shed on me once during the testing period, I found 2 bits of white bristles on my face. Only that one time though, hmm...

The Pure Complexion facial sponge, $11.99, is an interesting product. This one is for washing your face, not for applying makeup :)

This is the Sensitive Skin version (white), handmade with Konjac vegetable fiber. Konjac is a renewable perennial root plant mostly comprised of starch, grows in warm climates like Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia. You might have heard of a similar sponge from boscia for over $20 :)

The half-egged sponge (rounded top, flat bottom) comes dry and rough, sealed tightly in a plastic wrap, with EcoTools' "e" logo etched on top. Size comparison with Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge below.

The sponge softens tremendously and enlarges a little after a few times squished under running water. It is very gentle for the face, good for daily use with a cleanser (to remove makeup at night) or just by itself with water (in the morning). Not much exfoliation to it, but you can use it with a scrub.

The sponge is easy to wash with water after use, even with the makeup residue transferred to its surface. Laying flat on a surface, it takes a full day or more to air dry and does not shrink back to its dry size.

Ultimately, this sponge is a good cleansing gadget for your face. The brand suggests to replace it every 1-3 months though, so it might become pricy after a while. I also think a drying "rack" to help water drain out from underneath the sponge would help it dry faster.

There is also a Deep Cleansing version of this sponge (grey). Both versions are fragrance free, with packaging made from post-consumer recycled paper.

Also new this year from EcoTools are the Eye Enhancing Duo brushes (Shade & Define, and Blend & Smudge) $9.99 and EcoPouf delicate sponge $2.99. Check them out next time you are near a display.

4/14/2014

Real Techniques 2014

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

You might have heard a lot about Real Techniques new products for 2014, and they finally hit Canadian market!

A PR package arrived at SB HQ with two of the most anticipated items - the Miracle Complexion sponge and the Silicone eyeliner brush. Excitement overload!

I am happy to see Nic has joined Sam to develop this new line of products for Real Techniques (their picture together is now on the packaging). The brand started out with Sam's pure efforts, and now with both the pixiwoo sisters, we can definitely expect more creative products like these.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge has been talked about so much everywhere we look :) And yes, it is a great product, with distinct features, to create a flawless finish with your foundation and/or concealer.

Here it is nestled comfortable in the plastic cradle that comes with the packaging.

Like most of its predecessors, this orange sponge has rounded sides for large areas of the face and precision tip for blemishes and imperfections. And we have seen these features work so well in the past.

What sets the sponge apart is the flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose.

For comparison, the Beauty Blender sponge (CAD26 or 2/CAD34) does not have the flat edge and the Sephora Sculptor sponge (CAD16) does not have the precision tip.

We have seen how well those flat top kabuki brushes do. I have taken full advantage of the flat edge in this sponge and have no doubt it would earn itself a HG status too.

When I see how fluffy and big Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge became when wet, I couldn't help getting my Beauty Blender wet to compare the size. So here they are side by side, both wet.

Real Techniques sponge is slightly longer and less rounded, easier to hold, in my opinion.

And needless to say, with a $9.99 price tag, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is easily a must have for lots of us. The Beauty Blender is great in its own right, just not as budget friendly.

Another product that peaked people's interest when it came out in the US is Real Techniques Silicone eyeliner brush, $8.99.

Sam and Nic's intention for this brush is smooth and precise application with liquid or cream eyeliner. The silicone bristles grab the product well but requires more of it than with a regular liner brush. Cleaning afterward is a breeze though, simply a swipe of a makeup wipe would do.

Application is, however, not as easy as it looks, at least to me.

Sam's tip (printed on the box) is to apply product to the length of the brush instead of the tip, angle the brush sideways (parallel to the eye line) to apply product.

That makes sense, as the tip is very fine and pointed. But even with using the side, I could not manage to make sharp lines with this brush. Maybe it is my poor skill with eyeliners, but the bristles are just not firm enough for me to have any control over them.

Proof in the swatches here. Real Techniques Silicone eyeliner brush on the left and a regular angled liner brush in the middle with the same gel liner, in comparison with Milani Eye Tech Extreme liquid eyeliner in Blackest Black on the right.

I would say if you are a master in handling liner brushes, this would be a fun brush to try. If you are new to lining your eyes, I would stick with a liquid liner or the traditional liner brushes.

Also new at Real Techniques in 2014 are Retractable bronzer brush $19.99, Retractable kabuki brush $12.99 and Retractable lip brush $8.99.

Real Techniques is available at Lawtons, London Drugs, Walmart, selected Pharmasale and Familiprix and online at Farleyco.

4/11/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers: Spend your Points event on Saturday and Sunday
- 38,000 points = $70 (extra $10)
- 50,000 points = $100 (extra $15) or
- 95,000 points = $200 (extra $30).

*** The flyer this week is only good until Thursday instead of Friday
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.99; Color Sensational lip, Volume Express mascara: CAD6.99; Elixir, Fit Me: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara: CAD6.99; Smoochies: 2/CAD9.99 or CAD6.99 each; Outlast lip, Advanced Radiance, True Blend: CAD12.99
- Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting makeup: 30% off
- Annabelle eye: CAD7.99
- Almay Smart Shade: 30% off
- Physicians Formula bronzer: 30% off
- Rimmel (selected items): CAD5.99
- L'Oreal facial moisturizer: CAD24.99
- Olay Total Effects, Regenerist, Age Defying skin care: 20% off
- Neutrogena acne/ Garnier facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- Neostrata anti-aging skin care: 20% off
- Bioderma/ RoC skin care: 20% off
- Life Brand/ Balea hair removal, skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal Ever, Elnett / John Frieda hair care: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise/ Vidal Sassoon hair care: CAD3.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.99
- Revlon nail polish: CAD3.99
- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish: CAD4.99
- Rimmel Salon Pro nail polish: CAD5.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish, Salon Effect nail polish strips, treatment: CAD8.99
- Quo by Orly Gels starter kit, LED lamp: 20% off
- Ceramic Glaze/ Nails Inc nail polish: CAD10.99.

*** Optimum hot spots: x20 points
- Strivectin/ Avene/ Burt's Bees skin care
- Quo by Orly nail polish, treatment
- Revlon by Marchesa implements
- Nexxus/ Marc Anthony Salon Expert hair care
- Solutions hair appliances
- Sonicare power toothbrush
- Bella jewelry, etc.

*** Bonus Optimum points, until April 18:
- x10 points with purchase of any Nexxus Youth Renewal product
- x10 points with purchase of any participating Luster product
- 1,000 points with purchase of 2 participating Listerine products
- 500 points with purchase of 2 participating Pro-Namel products.

Until May 17:
- 1,000 points with purchase of La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5.

Lawtons: Tuesday to Thursday: Free $10 Sobeys/ Foodland or $10 Lawtons gift card with $50 purchase
- CoverGirl: 40% off
- Cargo: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Annabelle/ Marcelle/ NYX/ Revlon/ Almay/ Real Techniques/ EcoTools/ Styli-Style/ H2O/ Vasanti/ Milani/ Layla/ Kiss/ Broadway/ Ardell/ Seche: bonus miles
- Vichy/ La Roche-Posay skin care: 20% off (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Sublime cleansing products: CAD7.99
- Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair skin care: CAD18.99; Deep Clean: 20% off
- Eucerin skin care: 20% off
- Organix hair care: 20% off
- EoS lip balm: CAD2.99.

Walmart:
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD5.96
- Maybelline Mega Plush Velvet mascara: CAD6.96; Baby Skin Pore eraser: CAD8.96
- Pond's cold cream, towelettes (2-pack): CAD6.76
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise: CAD3.92.

Superstore:
- Maybeline khol liner: CAD3; Volume Express mascara: CAD5.97; Baby Skin Pore eraser, Elixir: CAD7.97
- CoverGirl Clean Whipped creme foundation: CAD5.97; Lash Blast mascara, Perfect Point liner: CAD6.97; TruBlend: CAD10.97
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD6.97; Infallible Superliner Silkissimo eyeliner: CAD7.97; True Match: CAD10.97
- Joe Fresh Long Wear lipstick, tinted lip balm: CAD7
- Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick, Colour Rush lip balm: CAD4.98
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear CC mascara: CAD9.47; Powder Super CC+: CAD11.97; Super BB kit: CAD12.97
- Maybeline Color Show nail polish: CAD3
- CoverGirl Outlast nail polish: CAD4.97
- Sally Hansen Triple Shine, Satin Glam, Sugar Shimmer: CAD5.97
- Nicole by OPI, Essie nail polish: CAD8.97
- L'Oreal Gel Lacquer colour: CAD7.97; Gel Lacquer base/ top coat kit: CAD12.97

Target:
- Maybelline (selected items): CAD3.99; Volume Express mascara: CAD4.99
- CoverGirl (selected items): 3/CAD12; other selected items: CAD5.99
- Pixi shea lip butter: CAD7; others: 10% off
- L'Oreal skin care: CAD7.99 - CAD33.99, free $5 Target gift card when you buy 2
- L'Oreal hair care: free $5 Target gift card when you buy3
- Pantene hair care: free $5 Target gift card when you buy 2
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish: 2/CAD7.

Sephora: Last day of VIB and VIB Rouge sale today, if you haven't got your stuff already.

The Bay: Lancome GWP of $35 or more until May 4. The 8-piece gift values up to $190, includes: your choice of serum, skin care duo, makeup shades and cosmetic bag, plus a mascara and eye makeup remover.

With any Lancome purchase of $95 or more, you'll get an additional full sized Nutrix Royal body lotion.

Until Sunday, with a Lancome purchase of $75 or more using Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard, you'll get a $20 saving card, redeemable on your next purchase of $100 or more (excluding cosmetics/ fragrances) with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard until April 20.

Bay Days are on now with sales across departments. Follow the link for info on discounts.

Bath and Body Works:
- 3-wick candles: 2/CAD25.50, mini candles: 3/CAD10
- Signature body care: B3G3F
- New hand soaps: 6/CAD28 or 3/CAD18
- Aromatherapy, True Blue Spa, C.O. Bigelow: B2G1F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: 3/CAD10
- Wallflowers bulbs: 4/CAD20.50, wallflowers plugs: BOGO
- Scentportable holder: BOGO
- Room perfume (1.5oz): CAD6
- Aloha Straw Tote gift set: CAD35.

The Body Shop: Double discount (20%) and x2 points for LYB members until Sunday, in store and online.

Ongoing promotions: B2G1F or B1G1 50% off mix & match and 50% off hand cream ($10 now).

Ebates Canada: Spring Fashion Frenzy Double cash back event
- Beyond the Rack: 2%
- The Shopping Chanel: 3%
- GAP, Banana Republic, Roots, American Eagle: 4%
- Sears: up to 5%
- The Bay, Forever 21: 5%
- Club Monaco, Ardene, Garage, Dynamite, Macy's, Madewell: 6%
- Kate Spade, BUffalo David Bitton, Mexx: 7%
- Aldo, Neiman Marcus, Le Chateau, Asos: 8%
- Nordstrom: 8.5%
- TOMS: 10%, etc.

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

4/10/2014

NOTD: Maybelline Lavish Lilac

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Omg, I was out of town for a few days and the blog was neglected. There was just not enough time in a day, unfortunately. I did have some great time hanging out with friends and enjoy the sunny (and rainy at times) Toronto :)

This mani is special, at least to me, as I wore it twice in a row. This does not happen often, you know me. It is Maybelline Color Show in Lavish Lilac from the Brocades collection.

When the Brocades came out, I was too busy gushing over Gilded Rose and overlooked this purple beauty. I'm glad I bought more than just one shade.

The metallic sheen theme holds true with almost all shades, so it all boils down to the glitter and base colour combinations. And Lavish Lilac does it for me.

This is two coats of Lavish Lilac, no base. I am super happy with the base colours (lilac and gold shimmers) and the pigmentation.

The darker purple glitters are dense enough that I can just apply the polish as usual, no fishing or dabbing needed. And they don't feel abrasive on the nails either.

The closeup shows you the complexity of this nail polish. Despite my description above, it has a lot more depth in different colours. You just have to put it on your nails to see its glory.

The only sad thing is I think this collection is Limited Edition, so it will be hard to come by, except for Gilded Rose making a comeback to the regular display. If you happen to come across the line, get at least a few to try. They are great!

How is your week so far? I can't complain after so much good food and fun I had, but it does feel like a super short week and I have so much to blog about still.