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9/23/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers: Dermablend Professional, known for high coverage face & body makeup (camouflage cosmetics), is coming to stores and on beautyboutique.ca this month

*** Saturday & Sunday: get 2 free Cineplex (admit one) tickets with $75 purchase.

*** All week:
- Olay, Nivea skin care: 25% off
- CeraVe, Eucerin skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal RevitaLift Bright Reveal peel pads: CAD14.99; facial moisturizer: 20% off
- Vichy Purete Thermale skin care: CAD12.99
- Herbal Essences, Aussie hair care: 2/CAD5 or CAD2.99 each
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, Oh Sugar lip balm, Clean makeup: CAD6.99; Bombshell brow powder, Blast eyeliner, Smoothers makeup: CAD8.99; Outlast lipstick, TruBlend/ Outlast makeup, Katy Kat mascara value pack: CAD12.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible lip, True Match makeup: 25% off; Colour Riche lipstick: CAD8.99; Super Star Voluminous/ Infallible eyeliner: CAD11.99
- Revlon Age Defy, ColorStay, PhotoReady makeup: 30% off; Ultra HD, matte/ Super Lustrous lip: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Vivid Matte liquid lip, SuperStay lipstick, Fit Me makeup: CAD9.99; Eye/ Face Studio makeup: CAD14.99
- Rimmel mono eyeshadow, Extra Super Lash mascara, Lasting Finish lipstick: CAD3.99; Super Curler mascara, Hide the Blemish concealer, Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick: CAD5.99
- Essie: CAD7.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 8,000 points with Katy Perry Mad Love, Potion EDP (50ml)
- 5,000 points with Guess fragrances (30 - 50ml)
- 5,000 points with Vichy Ideal Teint skin care
- 3,000 points with La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Nuit Intense soothing care (40ml)
- 3,000 points with Boutique by Conair hair appliances
- 3,000 points with $30 Quo cosmetic purchase
- 2,500 points with $30 No7 skin care purchase
- 1,000 points with 2 Revlon implements
- x15 points with Strivectin Advanced Retinol skin care
- x10 points with Live Clean skin, hair care
- x5 points with Vichy Ideal Body hand & nail cream (40ml)
- x5 points with Conair Multi Lithium, 5 in 1 15-piece or Nose & Ear trimmer.

Lawtons: Bonus event - x4 Airmiles with $25 purchase or x20 Airmiles with $65 purchase until Saturday. Free Grumpy Cat with $20 giftware purchase
- Avene, Strivectin, Cliniderm: 20% off
- Aussie hair care: CAD2.99
- Maybelline foundation, powder, concealer: 25% off (bonus Airmiles)
- L'Oreal eye/ brow liner: 25% off
- CoverGirl Perfect Point/ Ink It/ Line Exact: CAD5.99; Supersizer, Flame Up/ Out mascara, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD6.99; Clean makeup: CAD7.99
- Revlon foundation, powder, concealer, primer, blush: 20% off
- Annabelle TwistUp, Big Show lip: CAD6.99 (bonus miles)
- Marcelle eyeshadow/ liner, mascara, brow liner: 20% off (bonus miles)
- LA Colors, LA Girl foundation, powder, concealer: 20% off (bonus miles).

Superstore: Dr. Bronner's soap (944ml): CAD15.99.

The Bay: F&F sale until Sunday in store and online with code "FRIENDS"
- Extra 20% off on almost anything with a Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard
- Extra 15% off with other tenders
- Extra 10% off on furniture, mattresses, appliances, patio, personal care electrics, vacuums, confectionery, cookware, bakeware and gadgets with any tender.

Exclusions apply.

Colour Pop: Free international shipping with $50+ orders (or $4.99 flat rate with orders below $49.99) until 10am PST Monday. No code needed.

Coastal Scents: 40% off Revealed palettes ($11.97 now) until 11am EST September 30.

Bath and Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, good until Sunday

- All body care: B3G3F
- Hand soaps: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50
- Signature body care: B3G2F; select Signature body care: $5; select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- 3-wick candles: $13.50; single wick candles: 2/$22
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$27.50 or 4/$22.50
- PocketBac: 7/$10 or 3/$5
- Scentportable refills: 4/$12. 

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online (free shipping with $50+ orders) until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

9/16/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

NYX announced early October ETA for Canada for the Soft Matte lip cream vault. Not sure if it is the same situation for the Liquid Suede cream lipstick vault.

The Bay now carries about 20 items of Sigma Beauty on their site, together with Burberry Fall/ Winter collection, MAC, Becca, Teez, high end fragrances, etc. and Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is coming soon too.

Shoppers:

*** Saturday & Sunday: Free Esso Price Privileges card (save 35 cents/ liter up to 50 liters, one time use only) with $75 purchase.

*** All week:
- Vichy LiftActiv/ Neovadiol, Neostrata cleansing/ moisturizing/ acne, Bioderma, Reversa, Jouviance, A-Derma skin care: 20% off
- Garnier, Live Clean, Jamieson skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal, Aveeno, Neutrogena facial moisturizer: 25% off
- Clean & Clear, Biore, Neutrogena facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Ever/ Elnett, Marc Anthony hair care: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible eyeliner/ lip: CAD8.99; Voluminous Feline mascara, Liner Noir liquid eyeliner: CAD11.99
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Color Sensational lipstick, Fit Me makeup: CAD5.99; Color Jolt intense lip paint, Shine Shot topcoat: CAD9.99; Master Contour stick, Lip Studio/ Nude palette: CAD14.99
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, eyeshadow quad, Colorlicious lipstick: CAD8.99; Clean liquid makeup, Matte BB cream/ pressed powder: CAD9.99
- Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede, liquid lipstick: CAD12.99; Eyes Cheeks + Lips/ Not Just Nude palette: CAD19.99
- NYX Slide On pencil, Liquid Suede cream lipstick, Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick: CAD8.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Quo lashes, implements: 20% off
- Rimmel: 25% off.

*** Saturday & Sunday, online only (beautyboutique.ca): Spend your Points event - 50,000 points = $100 (extra $15) or 95,000 points = $200 (extra $30).

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 8,000 points with Avene anti aging skin care
- 5,000 points with Vichy Teint Ideal skin care
- 5,000 points with Conair Infiniti Pro Secret Wave
- 4,000 points with 2 Pantene hair care products
- 3,000 points with La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Night 40ml
- 3,000 points with 2 Olay facial cleansers
- 3,000 points with 2 L'Oreal Root Cover Up hair colours
- 1,500 points with Olay facial moisturizers
- 1,500 points with Venus Swirl razor system
- 1,000 points with Olia hair colours
- 1,000 points with 2 Vaseline skin care products
- 1,000 points with 2 Dove body washes
- 800 points with 2 Dove deodorants
- x15 points with Strivectin hair care, Tightening  Neck roller serum, TL Advanced tightening neck cream
- x10 points with Strivectin TL Advanced skin care
- x10 points with Gosh Contour'n Strobe kit, foundation, Lumi drops
- x10 points with $30 purchase of Quo cosmetic brushes
- x10 points with L'Oreal facial cleansers
- x10 points with L'Oreal Hair Expertise/ Fekkai/ Nexxus hair care.

Lawtons:
- Olay skin care: 25% off
- Marcelle New Age Precision skin care/ foundation, Revival skin care: 25% off
- Vichy skin care: 20% off
- Strivectin skin care: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Revlon lipstick, gloss, lip liner, nail polish, treatment: 20% off
- Maybelline eyeliner (excluding Color Show): 30% off; the Falsies mascara: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick: CAD6.99
- Annabelle Stay Sharp eye/ brow/ liquid eyeliner: 20% off (bonus miles); mascara: CAD6.99
- Wet n Wild: 30% off (bonus miles)
- Rimmel lip: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Physicians Formula, LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off (bonus miles).

Walmart:
- Garnier Skin Active micellar water: CAD7.97
- L'Oreal Studio Line fibre paste: CAD6.16
- Maybelline the Rocket mascara: CAD5.96.

The Bay: Giving Day event where a portion of proceeds to be donated to charities
- 20% off on almost anything with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard (15% off with other tenders)
- 10% off cosmetics & fragrances, furniture, mattresses, appliances, vacuums, personal-care electrics, cookware, bakeware, kitchen gadgets and confectionery
with code "GIVE" online or with purchase of a $5 ticket in store, today only. Exclusions apply.

Clinique GWP of $34 or more, $95 value, includes:
- Smart SPF15 custom-repair moisturizer (7ml)
- Take the Day off makeup remover for lids, lashes & lips (50ml)
- Happy EDP (4ml)
- Your choice of All About Shadow + Blush compact in Fog/ Grey/ Iced Lotus or Blush/ Mink/ Smoldering Plum
- Pop Glaze sheer lip colour + primer in Bubble Gum or Sugar Plum
- High Impact mascara (3.5ml)
- A makeup bag.

With $75+ Clinique purchase, a bonus gift of Happy body cream (75ml) and your choice of Long Last glosswear in First Date, Woo Me or Juicy Apple.

Get 2,000 bonus Hbc Rewards points (redeemable for a $10 gift card for your next purchase) with selected serum purchase, including Estee Lauder ANR, Lancome Genefique and more.

Similarly at Home Outfitters stores: 20% off on almost anything with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard or 15% off with other tenders, today only.

Bath and Body Works: 30% off $30 coupon on FB, good until Sunday.

- Hand soaps: 6/$23.50 or 4/$18.50
- Signature body care: B3G3F
- Select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- 3-wick candles: 2/$38.50, select 3-wick candles: $16, single wick candles: 2/$22
- PocketBac: 7/$10 or 3/$5
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$27.50 or 4/$22.50
- Scentportable refills: 4/$12.

The Body Shop: B3G3F almost everything in store, or 50% off online (bath & body care only) until Sunday, with exclusions.

9/09/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Those who are still mourning the loss of access to Pixi products via Target Canada will be able to grab them from Shoppers starting January next year!

Shoppers
 *** Saturday & Sunday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase.

*** Until Thursday:
- Vichy Normaderm, ProEven, Homme skin care, Neostrata, Cliniderm, RoC skin care: 25% off
- Avene Cleanance, Reversa, Jouviance skin care: 20% off
- Marcelle New Age Precision, LumiPower, Revival Pro-sculpt skin care: 25% off
- Cetaphil, Skinfix, Excipial, Life Brand skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal, Aveeno, Nivea, Clean & Clear facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- Olay Total Effects, Neutrogena, L'Oreal facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Aussie, Herbal Essences hair care: CAD2.99
- CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation: CAD5.99; Katy Kat matte lipstick, mascara: CAD6.99; Plumpify mascara, Outlast lipstick, Trublend makeup: CAD9.99; TruNaked palette: CAD12.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible makeup: 30% off
- Maybelline Illegal Length/ Lash Stiletto mascara: CAD7.99; Eye Studio eyeliner, The Falsies Big Eyes/ Push Up Drama mascara, Vivid Matte liquid lip: CAD9.99
- Revlon lip, eye (selected): CAD8.99
- NYX concealer wand: CAD7.99
- Rimmel lip, eye (selected): CAD5.99; BB cream, Stay Matte pressed powder, Liquid Mousse foundation: CAD8.99
- Lancome GWP of $55 skin care products
- Giorgio Armani: free Si 10ml travel spray with Armani Si fragrance purchase.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 8,000 points with Nautica fragrances 50-100ml
- 5,000 points with Vichy Teint Ideal skin care
- 5,000 points with Clarins Beauty Boosters 15ml
- 5,000 points with Vera Wang Princess EDT 100ml (and free tote bag)
- 3,000 points with La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra night 40ml
- 2,500 points with $30 No7 facial cleansing product purchase
- 2,500 points with 2 Joe Fresh lip, blush or makeup products
- 2,000 points with 2 Maybelline Brow Drama pomade crayon, Sculpting Brow mascara, Dream makeup products
- 2,000 points with 2 Gosh eye makeup products
- 1,000 points with Annabelle Big Show/ Expandable mascara
- x10 points with Revlon ColorStay, PhotoReady makeup
- x10 points with Lancome Genefique skin care
- x10 points with Strivectin Advanced Retinol skin care
- x5 points with La Roche-Posay Rosaliac skin care
- x5 points with Vichy Ideal hand & nail cream 40ml
- x5 points with Soap & Glory bath products
- x5 points with No7 men's skin care.

Lawtons:
- Neostrata, Cliniderm: 30% off
- Marcelle cleanser, moisturizer, makeup remover: 20% off (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5 skin care: 25% off
- Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, Healthy Skin skin care: 20% off
- Garnier Fructis hair care: CAD2.88 (until Sunday, rest of the week: CAD3.49)
- L'Oreal Studio hair care: CAD4.98
- Hask hair care: CAD5.98
- Maybelline Fit Me: CAD7.98
- L'Oreal True Match: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Annabelle blush, Perfect Bronze bronzing powder, Smoothliner, eye/ brow liner: 20% off
- NYX Liquid Suede: CAD8.98
- Almay eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, lip balm: CAD7.98
- LA Colors, LA Girl: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Essie: CAD7.98 (bonus miles).

Walmart:
- Aveeno Absolutely Ageless cleanser: CAD8.97; other skin care: CAD22.47
- Pond's bonus pack: CAD6.97
- L'Oreal Voluminous Superstar mascara: CAD9.96
- CoverGirl Oh Sugar! balm: CAD6.97
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD5.96.

Superstore:
- Olay Total Effects facial skin care: CAD19.99 (limit 6, after limit: $24.99); Regenerist facial skin care, eyes: CAD29.99 (limit 6, after limit: $37.99)
- Jergens lotion: CAD7.99 (limit 6, after limit: $9.49)
- Axe White, Dove, Degree dry spray: CAD4.99 + 500 PC Plus points (limit 6, after limit: $5.99)
- L'Oreal EverPure/ Hair Expertise hair care, Casting hair colour: CAD6.99 (limit 6, after limit: $9.99); Preference/ Exellence/ Feria/ Root Cover Up hair colour: CAD9.99 (limit 6, after limit: $11.99)
- Dove hair care, shave gel: CAD3.99 + 250 points (limit 6, after limit: $5.79)
- Herbal Essences, Aussie, Head & Shoulders hair care: CAD4.99 (limit 6, after limit: $6.49)
- John Frieda hair care: CAD7.99 (limit 6, after limit: $9.49)
- Nexxus hair care: CAD12.99 + 1,000 points (limit 6, after limit: $16.99)
- Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime hair care: CAD8.99 (limit 6, after limit: $10.49); Keratin/ Color Ultimate hair colour: CAD9.99 (limit 6, after limit: $15.99).

The Bay: Women's Fall Accessories event: spend $75 save $15, spend $125 save $30 or spend $175+ save $50 on shoes, handbags, accessories, sunglasses and watches.

Save extra $15 off $100+ purchase with code "FASHION" until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

Shiseido GWP of $43, values $88, includes:
- Benefiance Extra Creamy cleansing foam (30ml)
- Benefiance WR24 Retinol eye mask (1 application)
- Bio Performance Lift Dynamic eye treatment (5ml)
- Ultimune Power Infusing concentrate (10ml)
- Rouge Rouge RD501 (2.5g)
- Cosmetic bag.

Bath and Body Works: $10 off $30 coupon on FB, good until Sunday.

- Hand soaps: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50
- Signature body care: B3G3F
- Select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- 3-wick candles: 2/$28.50, single wick candles: 2/$22
- PocketBac: 7/$10 or 3/$5
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$27.50 or 4/$22.50
- Scentportable refills: 4/$12.

The Body Shop: B3G3F in store or 40% off online (free shipping on $50+ orders, free shower gel with $65+ orders) until Sunday, with exclusions.

There is a LYB member shopping event today, 4pm to close where you get double points and 40% off your entire purchase, plus $5 off the new facial masks.

Coastal Scents: 30% off palettes until 11am EST September 16.

9/07/2016

Vichy quenching mineral mask

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The Quenching Mineral mask is very special among the 3 new face masks Vichy releases recently, which explains it having its own featured post today.

First off, this mask is meant to be left on overnight, no need to wash off, which sits very well with me (and my growing stash of overnight masks).

Secondly, formulated with rare minerals and Vitamin B3 to provide quick relief to thirsty and sensitive skin, this mask has a cooling water gel texture and a light fragrance of green tea, jasmine water and bamboo. It is very pleasant to apply, does not take long to absorb and leaves no residue.

I pair this mask with a facial oil almost every night and really enjoy the long lasting moisturization. I also notice that it helps calm inflammation down, which I appreciate. Not a super fast effect, but noticeable.

If you are wondering, I slightly prefer this mask to Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa, mostly because of the texture. However, because it does contain alcohol (see below), I make sure to pair it with a hydrating serum or oil.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Niacinamide, Dipropylen Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, PEG/ PPG/ Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, PEG-60 Hhydrogenated Castor Oil, CI 61570, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Tetrasodium Edta, Menthoxypropanediol, T-Butyl Alcohol, Fragrance.

The jar is 2.54oz/ 75ml, $34.

9/06/2016

Vichy face masks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Vichy, my favorite skin care brand, has released a trio of facial masks, and they are the most beautiful things to receive, look at and use.

First off, presentation! I am very familiar with the jars that lots of Vichy skin care products come in, but the colours and textures inside these jars of masks that take things to the next level. They are display pieces on the shelf!

Note the jars shown on the boxes feature English labels but the actual jars only have French labels, which I find a bit odd.

Onto the masks themselves. All 3 are paraben free, refreshing and cooling with fresh light scents, feel amazing on and leave the skin with a very comfortable feel that I almost want to skip the moisturizer after. They are, however, not the same. I am showing you the 2 wash-off masks today and saving the third one for its own post tomorrow.

The Double Glow peel mask with volcanic rock and AHA is meant to brighten dull skin with a double peel action:
- chemical action with AHA (fruit acids) to remove dead cells
- mechanical action with rock of volcanic origin to gently exfoliate.

I love exfoliating products, and to have the action is a mask format is a dream come true. The gel texture looks and feels awesome on, and when dries down, it does not create the tight feel on the skin. The scent is of cassis, apple and white musk, making the experience more pleasurable.

I alternate this mask and my glycolic toners during the testing period, and like I said, a mask feels more luxurious, for similar effects. I normally keep it on at least 20 minutes (against the suggested 5 minutes noted on the box) but test your skin's resistance/ sensitivity to find the ideal duration.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethlpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, CI 14700, CI 19140, Carbomer, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Pumice, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Mannose, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium Edta, Carprylyl Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum Extract, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance.

The Pore Purifying clay mask with 2 mineral clays - Kaolin and Bentonite - is designed to help eliminate excess sebum and impurities for combination to oily skin with clogged pores.

The texture is smooth and clay like, but more creamy, and the scent is minty but more subtle than most clay masks, which I appreciate.

The mask does what it promises to do. Not much else to comment on it other than saying it dries softly (not cracking hard), hence the skin still feels comfortable through the process and feels clean afterward.

Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Argilla, Propanediol, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, CI 77891, Cetearyl Alcohol, Zea Mays Starch, CI 77499, CI77492, CI77491, Allantoin, Ceteareth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Carprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance.

The masks are 2.54oz/ 75ml, $34 each. Make sure to catch 'em at a sale. Stay tuned tomorrow for the third mask.

9/02/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers:

*** Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase in store and online at beautyboutique.ca
- Quo brushes: 40% off
- Pantene hair care, Alberto styling: CAD3.99 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD4.99).

*** All week:
- Indeed Lab skin care: 25% off
- Reversa, Garnier, CeraVe skin care: 20% off
- Olay skin care: 25% off
- Neutrogena facial cleanser, acne care: CAD9.99
- Aussie, Herbal Essences: CAD2.99
- Revlon lip (selected): CAD5.99; PhotoReady eyeshadow, ColorStay/ Ultra HD lip: CAD8.99; Eyes Cheeks Lips or Not Just Nudes palette: CAD19.99
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible eyeliner, Colour Riche lipstick: CAD8.99
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Color Sensational lipstick, Fit Me makeup: CAD6.99; Eye/ Face/ Lip Studio: CAD14.99
- CoverGirl Supersizer mascara, Flamed Out mascara, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD7.99; Lash Blast mascara, eyeshadow quad, Colorlicious lipstick: CAD8.99
- NYX matte lipstick, Slide On lip pencil, Soft Matte lip cream, Lip Lingerie, Liquid Suede cream lipstick: CAD8.99
- Rimmel Extra Super Lash mascara, mono eyeshadow, Kate Lasting Finish lipstick: CAD4.99; Volume Colorist mascara, Lasting Finish/ Wake Me Up foundation: CAD8.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 15,000 points with 2 Biotherm Blue Therapy products
- 8,000 points with 2 Vichy anti aging skin care products
- 8,000 points with Nautica fragrances (50-100ml)
- 5,000 points with Avene Cleanance facial cleansing products
- 4,000 points with Neostrata acne care products
- 3,000 points with $50 iTunes card
- 2,000 points with Benefit Roller Lash mascara
- 2,000 points with 2 L'Oreal brow products
- 2,000 points with $25 Quo cosmetic purchase
- 1,000 points with 2 Revlon implements
- 1,000 points with Conair hair appliances
- x20 points with Ceramic Glaze nail polish
- x15 points with Strivectin Labs, hair care
- x10 points with Strivectin tightening trio kit, cream or serum
- x5 points with La Roche-Posay Toleriane skin care.

Lawtons:
- Garnier skin care: 25% off
- Simple skin care: 20% off
- Maybelline eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara: 30% off; Color Sensational lip: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal True Match: 20% off
- Marcelle Flawless foundation: 25% off
- Annabelle eyeshadow single, Kohl lip/ eyeliner, Lipsies: CAD3.99
- Rimmel eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara: 20% off
- Essie: CAD7.99 (bonus Airmiles); Gel Couture: CAD9.99 (bonus miles)
- L'Oreal nail polish: 25% off (bonus miles).

Walmart:
- L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5 skin care: CAD9.97
- Garnier Skin Active Lift anti wrinkle cream kit: CAD20.47
- Aveeno (selected) skin care: CAD22.47
- Revlon ColorStay makeup with pump: CAD15.77
- L'Oreal Feline mascara: CAD9.96
- Maybelline Fit Me foundation: CAD8.96
- CoverGirl Professional mascara: CAD3.97.

Superstore: No tax Saturday (NS).

Sobeys:
- Jergens lotion (775ml): BOGO
- Biore pore strips, cleanser, minute mask: BOGO
- Softlips lip balm: BOGO
- Gilette Mach3 razor (3's), Fusion (2's), Venus (3's, excluding Embrace): BOGO.

The Bay: $25 off $175+ orders with code "SHOP" until Sunday.

There is a final clearance blowout on women's shoes - $19.99 for shoes of reg price up to $74.99, $29.99 for shoes of $75 - $109.99 reg. and $49.99 for those of $110 - $199.99.

Bath and Body Works:

- Hand soaps: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50
- Signature body care: 6/$30 or 4/$24
- Select Specialty body care: B2G1F
- 3-wick candles: 3/$38.50, select 3-wick candles: $16, single wick candles: 2/$22
- PocketBac: 7/$10 or 3/$5
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$27.50 or 4/$22.50
- Scentportable refills: 4/$12.
The Body Shop: B3G3F in store and online until Monday. Exclusions apply.

For limited time, LYB membership ($10 value) is free for students.

Sally: Extra 50% off all red tag clearance until Monday.

Colour Pop: Free full-sized Ultra Matte lip (Viper, Times Square, Notion, Lovebug) with purchase - Spend $10 get 1 free, spend $25 get 2 free, spend $40 get 3 free or spend $50 get 4 free, while supplies last.

Skindinavia: 20% off, free makeup primer + finishing spray minis and free shipping (any US orders and $50+ international orders) until Monday with code "20OFF".

Sedona Lace: 25% off everything until Monday.

La Senza: regular-priced bras (excluding Featherlite and U-Plunge) are BOGO in store until tomorrow or 40% off online.

A bit of Canadian pride when they announced the opening of their very first US store this week too.

9/01/2016

Revlon Ultra HD matte lip colours

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Revlon Ultra HD matte lip colours have been out for a while now. Since I reviewed Devotion and Flirtation on the blog (follow the link above), I have bought a few more.

There are 8 new shades added to the line recently (in a separate floor display for now), and I bought 3 - Kisses, Romance and Intensity.

The formula, texture/ finish and scent are consistent with current shades. If you need a brief overview: they are semi matte and do not dry down completely, most require more than one coat for full coverage but do not feel heavy, even with layering. The fruity scent is noticeable out of the tube but disperses quickly once on.

Among the 3 shades, Kisses is the most wearable, just a tad darker than Devotion, while Romance and Intensity are bold and bright which I save for weekends only.

I do enjoy the formula but will appreciate if the brand decides on a transfer resistant finish or lighter scent. The tubes are 0.2oz/ 5.9ml, $9.96 each.

8/31/2016

Royal & Langnickel 13-pc brush kits

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The last time I browsed Royal and Langnickel brushes was at IMATS long time ago, and I liked the ones I bought. When I spotted a few 13-piece brush kits (100% vegan) at Winners, I splurged.

These kits, with a travel friendly snap-close storage container, are normally USD59.99 on their website vs. $29.99 at Winners, a steal!

The Love Is ... Patience kit (left) has a mint green box, brushes are with white bristles and green tips, grey green handles (not mint as showed on the box, bummer) and purple ferules.

If you can't guess already, I prefer the Guilty Pleasures Envy kit (right), with a dark olive green box, dark green bristles with black tips, dark green handles and gold ferules.

The 12 brushes (exactly the same in both kits) are well packaged inside the box with individual plastic wraps, and do have names printed on the handles. They are full sized (not travel/ short-handled), so the handles are as long as most MAC brushes.

The large powder brush flares out quite large because of the loosely packed bristles, not ideal for pushing in setting powders. I imagine it is good for dusting finishing powder all over the face.

The contour brush is compact, great for precise contouring.

I don't have much use for the (flat) foundation brush as I prefer flat top kabukis. I might use it for concealers, or foundation in a pinch.

The large concealer is not very large but is stiff enough and picks up products well, works for spot concealing.

The stippler brush is not as dense as MAC 187, I like it for pigmented cream blushes. The mini flat smudger is small and dense, as a smudger should be, but it does not get much use from me, as I don't normally smudge out my liners.

The small shader brush, funny enough, is not small. It is about 1.5 times bigger than MAC 239, takes some time to get used to but it does the job well.

The line & smudge brush and the smudger brush, as you can predict, don't get used often either other than inner corner highlighting.

The crease brush has softer and longer bristles than my current crease brush so it blends out the crease colour more slowly and over a larger area of the lid. I am happy to have both versions. And since I like to blend with a crease brush, the angled shader brush is saved for brow bone highlighting. Everybody is happy.

Lastly, the angled brow brush is tiny and firm (but not scratchy), gives sharp edges to my brows and fill them in well enough too.

Overall, for this many brushes (none of which I have problems with other than finding alternative ways to use them) and a carrying case for $30, I would not complain at all.

8/30/2016

Biotherm Aquasource Everplump

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

What I have been testing with Biotherm Life Plankton essence I reviewed yesterday was the Aquasource Everplump, also provided by the brand.

Described as a plumping and smoothing moisturizer with Blue Hyaluron (hyaluronic acid, the moisture agent capable of holding up to x1000 times its weight in water) and glycerin (15%, twice the level of Aquasource moisturizers), Everplump is quite a boost of hydration.

The brand says the hydration can last up 72 hours, which I cannot confirm, but I apply the product morning and night and the skin is loving it. It sure feels smooth and hydrated, almost younger too. Considering the product is meant for women in their 30's, I am more than qualified :)

The texture is a thicker (high density) gel, formulated with a water-in-oil composition and the micro drops breaking in contact with the skin (releasing moisture-charged active ingredients) explains the smoothing and almost immediate cooling effects. For that reason, I would say this moisturizer is great for both summer and winter.

However, and this is quite a big however, there is a scent - strong, slightly floral and perfumy that sticks around for quite a bit after application.

Like I said above, I have been using Everplump after Life Plankton and together, the scent is overwhelming. I would not stop using the products because of it, but it would definitely bother those of you who are scent sensitive.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Chlorphenexin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Limonene, PEG-10 Dimethicone, etc.

The glass jar is beautiful and feels luxurious, has 1.69oz/ 50ml of product, retails $60.

8/29/2016

Biotherm Life Plankton essence

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has probably been my first experience with Biotherm skin care products in quite a long while when the brand kindly sent over a few items for review. I first tried the Life Plankton essence and found it quite interesting.

If you need a reminder, essences are meant to be the first step in a skin care routine to prep the skin for a serum, face oil, or moisturizer.

Biotherm Life Plankton essence is said to have the highest concentration of Life Plankton (5%) in the line, with a fast absorbing water-meets-serum texture (actively concentrated as a serum and lightweight as a cosmetic water), non sticky/ greasy/ oily, for maximum absorption and effectiveness.

Now according to the brand, pure thermal plankton contains 35 nutrients, proteins, vitamins, amino acids, glucids, lipids and trace elements that help revive the skin's vital functions. Can't say that I have come across this particular ingredient before, so it is all new to me, and like with any other skin care products, long term effects on the skin are still to be determined.

What I can say about the essence after testing it morning and night for a month:
- Product design is A+ with the ombre aqua colour on glass bottle. The oblong shape is easy to store but note that it is also easy to slip off your hand, especially because of the smooth glass material, so hold on to it tightly.
- Texture claims are all true. It is a pleasure to use, does not take long to absorb. Don't forget to shake the bottle before each use or you will find some residue at the bottom.
- Scent: quite strong, floral, slightly perfumy, which is a demerit point for the product. I am normally a fan of light scent in skin care products, but it is not the case with this one.
- Skin care effects: not easy to confirm, since it is only the start of the routine, not meant to be used on its own. I would say it is nice to initiate hydration for the skin with beneficial active ingredients, but will not be a must in my routine, especially if I have a good face oil before my moisturizer.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Maris Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Vitis Vinifera extract, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, P-anisic Acid, Adenosine, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide, Disodium Edta, etc.

The bottle is 4.22oz/ 125ml, $67.