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10/31/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

No info on Sephora VIB sale for Canada yet but it's November 6-10 in the US for VIB Rouges and VIBs. The first batch of info I saw did include IBs in this sale but not anymore it seems :(

By the way, Sephora Robson (the largest Sephora in Canada) opened in Vancouver today with Coco Rocha presence on the sneak peek night and everything. I'm jealous!

It has been a rumour lately that Walmart is pulling Wet n Wild and NYC to make room for Flower Beauty. A friend said this happened at her Walmart, but mine still has all 3 brands on the shelf, so I don't know what to tell you. Keep an eye out at least.

Shoppers:
*** Saturday & Sunday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
Also, 9 cent print promo is back on shoppersphoto.ca (2 days only).
*** Monday & Tuesday: $10 Shoppers gift card with $50 purchase
*** Saturday: Holiday Beauty Gala  with makeovers, skin consultations, samples and refreshments. Ticket required.

*** All week:
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise (750ml), Ever hair care: CAD7.99
- Vichy Aqualia, Purete Thermale skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal facial cleanser, Ideal Moisture facial moisturizer: CAD9.99; Youth Code, Skin Expertise facial moisturizer: CAD21.99
- Garnier, Nivea Q10/ Visage Vital facial moisturizer: CAD14.99
- Revlon makeup: 30% off
- L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99
- Maybelline Express Wear eyeshadow, Volume Express mascara: CAD4.99; Color Sensational lip, Eye Studio eyeliner, Dream makeup: CAD9.99
- Lancome GWP of $36 or more
- Elizabeth Arden Holiday Delights $68 with $38 Elizabeth Arden purchase.

Lawtons:
- Neostrata/ Avene skin care: 20% off
- Neutrogena Deep Clean: 20% off
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, Dream makeup: 20% off
- CoverGirl: 20% off
- Annabelle eye/ lip liner: CAD3.99
- Rimmel foundation, powder, concealer, blush, lip, makeup remover: 25% off
- ColorEvolution: 20% off
- Vasanti: 30% off
- Sally Hansen nail polish, Kwik Off jar: 20% off; Miracle Gel: CAD7.88
- Essie treatment: CAD7.88
- SinfulColors: CAD1.88
- Nicole by OPI: 2/CAD15
- Red Carpet Manicure: 20% off.

Wallmart:
- Garnier Clean+, Pure Control/ Clean & Clear cleanser: on roll back
- L'Oreal RevitaLift day creme: CAD17.97; RevitaLift Triple Power LZR: CAD26.96; Youth Code Texture perfector: CAD19.94
- Olay Total Effects skin care: CAD19.97
- CoverGirl Bombshell Volume mascara, Outlast lip: CAD8.47
- L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara: CAD10.96.

Target:
- L'Oreal Age Perfect, RevitaLift skin care: CAD19.99
- Eucerin skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal: 20% off
- CoverGirl face: CAD9.99
- Rimmel/ NYC (selected): CAD4.99
- Elf Essentials: CAD2 or CAD3
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: 2/CAD10.

The Bay: Bay Days continue with Buy more Save more discounts on women's shoes/ boots, hats, gloves, scarves and accessories (selected brands, with exclusions):
- Buy 1 save 20%
- Buy 2 save 25%
- Buy 3 or more save 30%.

Elizabeth Arden GWP of $38 or more until November 16. The 8-pc gift, values up to $152, includes:
- Eight Hour Cream Skin protectant (30ml)
- Ceramide Purifying cream cleanser (50ml)
- Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring serum (7's) or Prevage Anti-aging daily serum (5ml)
- Ceramide Lift and Firm day cream SPF30 (15ml) or Prevage Anti-aging Intensive Repair eye serum (5ml)
- Ceramide Ultra lipstick in Rose Beautiful or Rose
- Beautiful Color Luminous gloss in Precious Petal (4ml)
- Untold EDP (5ml), and
- A cosmetic bag.

With a $75 Elizabeth Arden purchase, you'll get additional matching pouch with a Beautiful Color Lumious gloss and a Radiance blush. And until Sunday, if you use Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard with that purchase, you'll get a $20 saving card, redeemable on your next purchase of $100 or more (excluding cosmetics/ fragrances) until November 16.

There is also a PWP - A Fall Colour Palette Blockbuster for $68 with any $38 Elizabeth Arden purchase (same as the one at Shoppers mentioned above).

Bath and Body Works:
- New Signature body care: B3G3F
- Select Specialty body care: BOGO1/2
- New hand soaps: 10/$33 or $5 each (last day)
- 3-wick candles: 2/$34, Mason Jar candles: 2/$22, mini candles: 3/$12 or 5/$18
- Wallflowers bulb: 4/$20.50
- Scentportable holder & refill: B4G2F
- Liplicious, C.O. Bigelow lips: B2G1F
- Select products: 50% off
- 9-pc Holiday preview bucket: $25 with $30 purchase.

The Body Shop: B3G3F or B2G1F in stores and online. Regular exclusions apply.

Forever 21: F&F 20% off regular priced items until Sunday, in store and online with code "F21FRIEND".

10/30/2014

NOTD: Broadway Treasure Island

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This year, I am counting on the imPRESS press-on manicure by Broadway Nails in Treasure Island (received for review) to make me one of those cool moms with nice Halloween nails :)

The SafeHold Adhesive technology offers a hold like glue, with ultra gel shine and without any nail damage, which was my biggest concern when it comes to press-on nails.  

The box includes a wipe to clean your natural nails with. You would need to pick out 10 among the 24 press-on nails provided to fit your nails, peel off the clear plastic backing, align the tab side of the nail with cuticle, press firmly and smooth.

Pros:
- Easy application: I could do my nails almost everywhere anytime, with minimal mistakes. This look was done at 1am when I woke up from an "accidental nap" on the couch.
- No base/ top coat, "no dry time, no mess", no smudging/ wrinkles/ bubbles, etc.
- Beautiful combinations of patterns: Nail art is possible now for those who don't have a talent like me.
- Easy removal: I could peel the nails off from the sides (with the ones that become loose), or a quick nail polish remover soak would do the job.

Cons:
- The thickness: I can always feel the edge of the nails near my cuticles. It takes some getting used to, just like false lashes.
- The size: There are 5 different patterns in different sizes in a box, but sometimes I cannot find the right size with one pattern or another. You only see 4 patterns in this mani, as a result.
- The length: The nails, particularly the thumbs, are quite long. I definitely feel them when I type (notice more typos, especially with numbers), peel off a label, apply moisturizers/ lip balm/ makeup, etc.
- The fit: The nails curve above my natural nails, leaving a gap in between, small but enough to catch my hair ever so often.

The claim says the mani would last up to a week but I don't think I would have it on for that long to find out. It is fun for the occasion but does come with a price :)

Broadway Nails imPRESS press-on manicure sells for $8 a box at Lawtons, London Drugs, Pharmasave and Familiprix. There are 6 Halloween patterns in total.

10/28/2014

Yves Rocher Redberries

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This holiday season, Yves Rocher comes out with some delicious bath and body (LE) collections. Today is for the first scent - Redberries.

I can't tell how redberries would smell like IRL, but Yves Rocher's Redberries are fruity and fresh :) A note in it reminds me a lot of a (ripe) guava scent, which I was (and still am) very addicted to growing up.

If I knew I would love the scent that much, I would have asked to try more products lol. For this post, I have 2. Gorgeous packaging to add!

The hand cream is of a thinner and lighter lotion texture, sinks in after a few rubs and keeps the skin moisturized until the next hand wash. I wouldn't ask for anything more of my hand cream.

Botanical-based ingredients: Organic Cornflower Water, Sweet Almond oil, Orange Essential Oil and Blackcurrant bud absolute.

Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Atearate Citrate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Dimethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, etc.

The tube is 2.5oz/ 75ml, retails $4. If I have a store near me, I'd definitely get a few more to stash around the house and in my bags.

The lip balm is standard, slightly tinted and does the job. The surface hardens a bit in this weather, so it takes a few first applications to get it going smoothly.

The scent in the balm is more subtle (less guava and more cherry note), considering the product size. The tint is nice for work touch-ups.

Botanical-based ingredients: Jojoba oil and Shea butter.

Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum/ Mineral Oil, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Myristyl Lactate, Cetyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cera Alba/ Beeswax, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, etc.

The stick is 0.14oz/ 4g, sells for $3. Paraben free.

See the texture of the hand cream and the lip balm (heavily swatched to show the tint).

The line also has a shower gel, an exfoliating shower gel and a liquid hand soap. Release time line is November, but it is out online already.

10/27/2014

Weekend finds

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has been a while since I post a haul, so this was overdue eh? Let's get to it!

Real Techniques was not new at Winners, but I found those new individual brushes that I haven't had, so I grabbed 2.

Here are the Retractable bronzer brush (orange), $14.99 (comparable at $20) and Retractable kabuki brush (pink), $8.99 (comparable at $12).

I was a little concerned seeing the retractable kabubi not as wide/ fluffy but reviews said it was more of a travel version of the Expert face brush, which I liked. Do I need both of these brushes?

Across the street at Marshalls, I got 2 Elf 100 eyeshadow palettes on clearance for $4 - $5 each (reg. $12.99 - $14.99, comparable at $20). Love this price point a lot better :)

I think the black version is still on Elf website for $10, and the white version said "Class of 2014" on it and had more matte shades.

I loved the few marble shades that both palettes had. I know once on the eyes, the marble effect won't be visible, but they are pretty to look at.

I did place an order with Sephora 20% F&F (thanks E for getting me the code) mainly for First Aid Beauty Cheers to Fab Skin set, reg. $60 ($125 value).

Sets are awesome with undeniable savings, not a bad way to be introduced to a brand either.

The set includes:
- Face cleanser (2oz, reg. $12)
- Facial Radiance pads (28's, reg. $14)
- Ultra Repair cream (6oz, reg. $35)
- Ultra Repair Lip therapy (0.5oz, reg. $15)
- Eye Duty Triple remedy (0.34oz, reg. $45).

I wanted the eye cream for forever. With the set, after 20% off, it's like I bought the eye cream and paid $3 for the other 4 items. Even though we Canadians pay 25% more than Americans ($48), I won't complain :)

Other items I grabbed while I was at it:
- Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes (reg. $43)
Another great valued set, and my boxed blush stash is almost complete now
- Urban Decay Anarchy Face case (available on the sale page for $23 for a split second)
- And lastly, the Hourglass Ambient blush palette (reg. $67), no explanation needed right?

I still have a few items in the cart, pending another order and kept adding things in/ taking things out. Still have about 2 days to decide. What have you been getting?

I was killing time at Superstore before my gym class and saw a few L'Oreal products on clearance for 50% off.

That were the whole lines of Magic Nude liquid powders, Infallible lip, and Colour Caresse stains, etc., not just selected shades. I don't know if the lines are being revamped or replaced.

I picked up the Magic Nude liquid powder in True Beige, around $8. I am not sure if this is my shade though.

Also grabbed a Joe Fresh Waterproof eyeshadow pencil in Taupe to try as it was 20% off this week (reg. $8). The sticker on the cap said 8 hrs, sounds promising huh?

Lastly, I thought I should include the OPI appearance at Dollarama, if you miss my Weekly Flyer deal update.


The 2 shades I got were Girl Color (a sheer pink jelly with beautiful green shimmer) and Stir-fried Eggplant (dark plum with multi-coloured shimmers). These are rebottled shades so you won't be able to find them in OPI listing, but that does not bother me. Have fun browsing your Dollarama for more.

A small update for Maybelline creamy matte lipsticks: my Target had 3x8 slots (still empty at the time), with a price sticker of $8.99. This might mean we only get 8 shades in the line (3 tubes each) and sadly confirm a reader's comment about not seeing Divine Wine and Craving Coral at her Walmart.

10/24/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has not been a fun week with the Parliament Hill incident, the lockdown downtown Halifax yesterday (due to a report of weapon incident) and the fallout of a friendship for me. My mind is unease, but talking makeup is an escape to get my mind off things, so here we are!

L'Oreal hinted about a nude palette coming out next Spring. I am curious to see how similar/ different it is from Maybelline's nude palette :)

Quo 2014 holiday collection is out. Time to get your Back to Basics palette, either the original (if you missed it in previous year) or the new matte palette.

Urban Decay has announced the release date and price for (LE) The Naked Vault - October 30, $280, exclusive to their website. They do offer international shipping via MyUS.com but I have not tried it.

Sephora Micmac Mall opens today. Did any of you go yet?

Shoppers:
*** Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase
*** Sunday - Tuesday: Free $10 Shoppers gift card with $50 purchase

*** All week:
- L'Oreal, Olay Total Effects facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Neutrogena, Aveeno skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99; Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche eye: CAD8.99
- Revlon lip: CAD8.99; PhotoReady, ColorStay makeup: 20% off
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Fit Me: CAD6.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Rimmel (selected): CAD4.99
- Almay Color+Care liquid lip balm, Intense i-Color eye: CAD8.99
- Revlon nail polish: 20% off
- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish: CAD4.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 2/CAD6 or CAD3.99 each
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire gel lacque: 20% off
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Insta-Dri: CAD3.99; Diamond Strength, Triple Shine, nail art: CAD4.99
- Rimmel 60 Seconds: CAD3.99
- Quo by Orly gels, starker kit: 20% off.

Lawtons: Earn x10 base Airmiles when you redeem Airmiles Cash on $20 purchase until October 30. 1 bonus offer per day per account, maximum 500 bonus miles
- Garnier skin care: 30% off
- Vichy Neovadiol, Sun protection, After sun care, body care: 20% off

- LA Colors, LA Girl foundation, powder, concealer, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner: 20% off
- Physicians Formula: 20% off
- Revlon beauty tools, nail polish: 20% off
- Essie: CAD7.99
- Nicole by OPI treatment: CAD7.99
- Red Carpet Manicure: 30% off
- EcoTools: 20% off.

Walmart:
- Maybelline Master Brow Drama: CAD9.96
- Flower Zoom-in Ultimate mascara: CAD7.98.

Target: 10% off your purchase Saturday and Sunday with this coupon
- Maybelline face/ eye (selected): 20% off
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: 2/CAD4; Triple Shine: CAD5.

The Bay: Bay Days is still on with discounts across departments. Save extra $20 on select women's fashion purchase of $100 or more with code "BAYDAYS39".

Clarins GWP of 2 products, 1 of which is skin care, until November 9. The gift, values up to $205, offers the choice of skin care: 
*** Early Wrinkle preventers:
- One-step gentle exfoliating cleanser with Orange Extract (30ml)
- Multi-Active Day Early wrinkle correction cream (15ml)
- Beauty Flash blam (15ml)
- Multi-Active Skin Renewal serum (10ml).

*** Firming specialists:
- Extra-Firming Wrinkle Lifting day cream - All skin types (15ml)
- HydraQuench cream mask (15ml)
- Extra-Firming Tightening Lift Botanical serum (10ml)
- Cleansing milk with Alpine herbs (50ml).

*** Hydration experts:
- Gentle foaming cleanser with Shea Butter (30ml)
- HydraQuench cream - normal to dry skin (15ml)
- HydraQuench cream mask (15ml)
- HydraQuench Intensive serum Bi-phase (15ml).

*** Age fighters:
- Cleansing milk with Alpine herbs (50ml)
- Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort mask (15ml)
- Super Restorative day cream - All skin types (15ml)
- Super Restorative serum (10ml).

Until Sunday, with a Clarins purchase of $75 or more with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard, you'll get a $20 saving card, redeemable on your next purchase of $100 or more with the same card until November 9 (excluding cosmetics and fragrances).

Also, Estee Lauder (LE) PWP is back for the holiday.

Compared to the 2013 Colour Portfolio, the one this year costs the same ($40, values $325), with almost the same amount of products, different colour selections and positions, and a larger mirror :)

Bath and Body Works: Coupon on FB for a free item (up to $15 value) with $15 purchase until Sunday. Fall clearance is on, up to 50% off
- New Signature body care: B3G3F
- New hand soaps: 6/CAD28 or 3/CAD18- Mason Jar candles: 2/CAD22, mini candles: 3/CAD12 or 5/CAD18
- Wallflowers bulb: 4/CAD20.50
- Scentportable holder & refill: B4G2F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5.  

10/23/2014

Lotus Aroma

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I have noticed Lotus Aroma's essential oils at Lawtons but did not venture much further, until I was sent a few of their skin care products to test out.

It is comforting to know that Lotus Aroma products are vegan, appropriate for all skin types (including sensitive), with food grade preservatives. No gluten/ parabens/ silicone/ dyes/ irritants/ synthetic fragrance and petroleum-based mineral oils.

All 3 products in this post smell herbally/ medicated, which might not suit all occasions. Best for when you feel like you are coming down with something or are super tired. They bring back your senses :)

First up is the Radiance anti-wrinkle day serum from the Anti-aging line (left), 1oz/ 30ml, $46. The goodness scale: 100% botanical-derived active ingredients, 50% organic ingredients, 99.5% natural formula.

The serum is fortified with:
- Sorgho, Evodia fruit and Algea extract: tone and maximize the density of skin tissues
- Hyaluronic Acid: plumps up the skin
- Sea Mayweed (a skin prebiotic): promotes microcirculation and soothes the skin
- Jojoba oil: provides pliability.

I use about a dime sized amount for the whole face (not the eye area). Since it is a thicker gel, the serum does take a little longer to fully absorb. Once dries, it offers a smooth and matte finish. Works great with all my foundation and BB creams, making me look like I have great skin.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Propanediol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, etc.

I enjoyed this serum for what it has and what it offers, but the price tag kills me.

Then the Exfoliating cream for the face & hands from the Spa line (right), 1.7oz/ 50ml, $16. With pure Lemon, Rosemary & Peppermint essential oils, Indian bamboo and Wild Rose beads, the cream is meant to detoxify the skin, softening and smoothing.

This is a creamy scrub, but not as gentle as described, to the point I have to limit myself to once a week usage. It is great at what it does (removing dead skin cells and stimulating microcirculation) and my skin feels like it is already moisturized after I wash off the scrub (thanks to the Shea butter and Jojoba oil), just don't apply much pressure with it for the face.

This scrub has 100% botanical-derived active ingredients, 40% organic ingredients, 99.5% natural formula.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water, Canola Oil, Rosa Canina Seed Powder, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Decyl Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Water, Cetyl Alcohol, etc. 

Check out the textures of both products below.

And lastly, the Bergamot & Ylang Ylang Bath & body wash - soothing, moisturizing, 12oz/ 360ml, $16.

Still with 100% botanical-derived active ingredients, 40% organic ingredients, 99.5% natural formula, this body wash is nice. However, I cannot use it as often as I need to, since the scent is a lot more intense and takes longer to fade on the skin.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Water, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Juniperus Ashei (Cedarwood) Oil, etc. 

My favorite from this bunch is definitely the day serum but I will have to hope for an amazing sale to be able to restock once the bottle runs out.

10/22/2014

NOTD: YvesRocher shimmery holiday

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Continue on with the shimmery holiday theme, Yves Rocher also releases 4 mini nail polish, and get this, they are glittery textures. Oh yeah!

I am so happy that companies decide to glitter up their texture polishes, making them so much more fun to wear.

I am wearing the first 3 shades in today's mani, one coat each:
- Sparkling Pink on the thumb and index
- Sparkling Silver on the middle finger, and
- Sparkling Coral on the other 2 fingers.

The fourth colour, Sparkling Mint will take the spotlight next time.

To ease your way into textured polishes, these are only lightly gritty with a top coat. And the glittery effect is visible.

Sparkling Pink and Sparkling Coral are on par on the level of glitter density, with the glitters in the same colour family with the base but a few shades lighter to stand out.

Sparkling Pink is more of a hot fuchsia pink, very summery and in your face. Sparkling Coral makes my hands look tanned, is still bright enough to be exciting and the pink sheen on the glitters speaks to me.

Sparkling Silver is super sparkly both in the bottle and on the nails, thanks to white/ silver chunkier glitter pieces in the mix.

I don't know if I would recommend a full mani with this shade as your nails would be very distracting lol. I was already distracted with it on just one nail this week.

I am building a little collection of mini bottles for travelling, glad to add these textures to that.

The bottles are mini sized (0.1oz/ 3ml), $2.95 each, out in November.

10/21/2014

FOTD: Yves Rocher shimmery holiday

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I have a subtle holiday look for you :) Green eyes, red lips fit the theme right?

From Yves Rocher shimmery holiday collection which inspired the look, I used:
- Eye pencils in Silver and Green on the lower lash line
- Glitter mascara in Silver (on top of Yves Rocher Volume Elixir mascara in Black). I did layer on about 3-4 coats of it but the silver was only (barely) visible on my left eye
- Mirror-shine gloss in Sparkling Coral (on top of NYX Purple Rain lip liner). I can't wear it by itself, so layering worked best.

Also from Yves Rocher:
- Quad Eyeshadow Sumptuous Colors in 03 Subtle Aquatic (Fall collection), and
- Bronzing powder (Summer collection).

I skipped the blush in this look, the bronzer did the job just fine.

Most other products stayed the same:
- Marcelle Ideal Skin perfector
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant pore eraser
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes full coverage concealer in Neutral Medium
- Maybelline Mineral Power foundation in Pure Beige
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk as base
- Wet n Wild Color Icon brow & eye liners in Taupe and Dark Brown.

With my eyes opened, the silver mascara was hardly visible anymore. I'd go for some glitters on the lids instead of a glitter mascara next time.

On the other hand, I love how the Green eye pencil gave a pop of colour on my lower lash line, matching the Subtle Aquatic quad.

Considering how beautiful the colour tone and packaging of the Summer collection were, I kinda wish the holiday items were more candy to the eyes. I do enjoy the colours of the eye pencils, and they are sparkly, but they could be more :) And maybe more pigmented lip glosses too!

So, 2/3 of October has gone by, I don't even know how. My calendar is full of notes of product release dates which I try to keep up with. Not to buy them all necessary, but I like to be in the know.

While we are on that topic, I found new product news do not get much attention from you guys like before anymore. Maybe it was just me that got excited about things like that :)

I did not receive usual holiday makeup items to review this year, so less pressure on the blog, but life will still be a whirlwind until after New Year.

10/20/2014

Yves Rocher shimmery holiday

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The warm temperature we were blessed with last week kinda threw me off the season radar. It is back to 5 degrees today, so it's appropriate now to talk about holiday makeup :)

Yves Rocher is releasing their shimmery holiday makeup next month with some gorgeous items, with just enough sparkles to catch attention.

From top - bottom: glitter mascara in Silver, mirror-shine gloss in Sparkling Coral and eye pencils in Green and Silver.

If you remember Yves Rocher Summer collection, I raved about bold eye pencils quite a bit.

The holiday eye pencils (Silver and Green) have more sparkles, so I use them more as liners than  eyeshadows. They are softer and more iridescent than the Summer shades but still lasts quite well on my lash line.

And because they are shimmery, there are glitters left behind after removal, just a heads up.

Together, they give off a fairy look for the eyes, great for a holiday part :) The sticks are 0.11oz/ 3.25g, $5.95 each.

The glitter mascara (with blueberry extract, 0.13oz/ 4ml, $4.95), this time in Silver, still takes its time to show up on the lashes, even with multiple coats, a tad better than the Gold one from the Summer collection.

I do enjoy the small brush as I can get to the inner short/ almost invisible lashes.

The gloss in Sparkling Coral (with raspberry extract, 0.15oz/ 4.5ml, $4.95) has a clear base with beautiful pink and fuchsia glitters, bearing a nice candy scent. I still enjoy the bell shaped applicator quite a lot.

Let's get to the swatches.

I have added the eye pencils to the liner rotation, so they are definitely my favorites from this collection. Here is the holiday FOTD I did with these products.

10/17/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Words on twitter were that Flower Cosmetics will be coming to Walmart Canada (finally). Let's hope all locations will have it.

Some OPI shades (originally from NOPI or SOPI, packaged in OPI bottles with new names and sold to TJ Maxx chains) have been found at Winners (e.g. Frog in my Throat, $7.99) and Dollarama (e.g. Girl Color, Stir-fried Eggplant, Front Lawn, etc., $3 each). Beauty Geek has a great post about this mystery and the original shades to help you with purchase decisions.

Also at Winners were GlamGlow Youth Mud for $49.99 (comparable at $76). I'm glad to find it at a discount, but a little sad that it wasn't $39.99 as found at TJ Maxx in the US. The Bright Mud (for eyes) is also available for $39.99.

For local readers, Sephora in Micmac Mall is set to open on October 24. Don't forget Curbside giveaway this weekend and Nocturne tomorrow night :)

Shoppers: Saturday & Sunday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
- L'Oreal facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Garnier, Nivea skin care: 25% off
- Marcelle facial cleanser, cleansing cloth: 20% off
- Vichy Aqualia, LiftActiv skin care: 20% off
- Bioderma: Free GWP of $30 (a free Sensibio H2O micellar solution 250ml)
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise (750ml), John Frieda, Gosh hair care: CAD6.99
- Aveeno, Pantene hair care: CAD5.99
- Revlon Illuminance creme eyeshadow quad, Grow Luscious, PhotoReady mascara, Color Burst lip: 30% off
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, Lip Perfection lip, Clean makeup: CAD6.99; Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD7.99; Bombshell eye: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl & Olay makeup: 20% off
- Maybelline Color Exlixir, Sensational/ SuperStay lip, Volume Express mascara: CAD8.99
- Almay eye: CAD6.99
- Rimmel: 25% off
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers cosmetics: CAD1.99; Halloween lashes: CAD3.99; Halloween kit: CAD5.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD2.99
- Revlon classic, Top Speed nail polish, treatment: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire gel lacque: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: CAD2.99; Salon Effect nail polish strips, top coat: CAD7.99
- Quo by Orly nail polish, gels: CAD8.99

*** Until October 24: Fall Beauty bonus: Free tote filled with 19 skin care, fragrance, cosmetic samples with $125 purchase of cosmetics, skin care or fragrance at Beauty Boutique.

Lawtons:
- L'Oreal Age Perfect, Youth Code: 30% off
- Maybelline mascara: 20% off
- L'Oreal BB: 20% off
- Essie: CAD7.88
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon, Miracle Gel: CAD7.88
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Insta-Dri, Triple Shine, Kwik Off polish remover jar: 20% off
- Del Sol: BOGO
- SinfulColors: CAD1.98
- Nicole by OPI: 3/CAD21
- EcoTools: 20% off.

Walmart:
- Olay Total Effects moisturizer: CAD19.97
- CoverGirl Clean liquid foundation, pressed powder: CAD5.97
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri: CAD3.47.

Target:
- Garnier skin care (selected): CAD13.99 (free $5 Target gift card when you buy 2)
- L'Oreal Age Perfect, RevitaLift: CAD19.99
- L'Oreal makeup: 20% off
- CoverGirl Outlast/ Bombshell: CAD7.99
- Essie nail polish, nail sticker, treatment: CAD7.99.

Superstore: No tax on Saturday (NS).

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

Bath and Body Works: Reveal Your Deal event on Saturday (10am - 6pm) with scratch & reveal up to 30% off your purchase.