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FOTD: NYC Expert Last lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Squirt has been a little obsessed with lotus flowers since our trip home last year. I was in the mood to do a 2-toned lip, so here we are, a red/ pink lotus themed FOTD :)

The star product was NYC Expert Last lip colours in Coralista on the lower lip and Forever Fuchsia on the upper lip. I picked the sheerer colours for easy pigmentation manipulation.

On the eyes was MUA palette in Poptastic. I put the reddish pink in the outer V, the other pink to transition to the brow bone highlight, and the light gold in the inner half of the lids.

Squirt said I looked very pink, which I assume she meant I went overboard lol. Oh well, fun to play around with nontraditional colours once in a while :)

Other products used:
- Vichy Dynamic hydration serum and light cream (review coming soon)
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant pore eraser
- Cover Fx Conceal Fx Camouflage concealer in Light (too hot for foundation that day, I was lazy too)
- Avon SuperShock gel liner pencil in Intense Brown
- L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara in Blackest Black
- Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin cream blush in #510 Raspberry
This shade fit right in with the colour theme
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Mink Brown.

It was hard not to press my lips together with this lip look, as I always do that after applying a lipstick. The two colours I picked were not too different so I might be able to get away with the look out in public, didn't try to leave the house that day though lol.

How has your summer been so far? I am trying to "reorganize" the makeup/ nail polish room, looking for the ultimate organization that works for the room size and the stash size.

Not having an IKEA and not being able to grab storage systems from many sellers ("US shipping only" or crazy shipping cost... sorry, no!) slows the process down a lot, obviously. A year after moving in this house and I am still not settled down. Well, can't waste these summer days staying in, so we are out when we can. Organization can wait!


NYC Expert Last lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

So, I was browsing Walmart looking for new nail polish (duh) and came across a NYC multi-buy display of their nail polish and the Expert Last lip colours (2/ CAD3).

I was in the mood for summer lips so I bought 5 Expert Last (and 1 for a friend) among about 20 shades available. From L-R: 404 Air Kiss, 405 Blue Rose, 432 Red Rapture, 445 Coralista, and 447 Forever Fuchsia.

Crazy bright looking, aren't they? :) Glad to see the full safety seals and the colour coordination on the tubes but not too glad with the bullets not swiveling down all the way.

This is how the lipsticks look with the caps off, without any extra twisting. I would hate to nick the beautiful bullet while opening or closing the lid, but I guess it serves the purpose of displaying the colour through the clear lid.

I had a blast trying out these lipsticks. They are creamy and not drying, stay quite true to the colours in the tubes. For the cost of close to nothing, these are winners in my book.

On me, they last a few hours and left a light but even stain on the lips when they wore off. I just topped up with a gloss or tinted lip balm and my lips had colours again :)

Swatches were done in the same order as above, with indirect flash in the first pic and in the sun for the second.

The first 3 shades only took one swipe to swatch, a few more on my lips.

Air Kiss is the perfect raspberry pink, pigmented and bright.

Blue Rose is appropriately named, a great pink with more blue undertone.

Red Rapture is the red version of Air Kiss, equally fabulous.

The 2 shades on the right, Coralista and Forever Fuchsia, are on the sheer side.

These colours are good for everyday wear, a standard coral and pink with no blue undertone. With extra layers, they would work as night time lip colours too, conveniently.

Note that these lipsticks carry a scent similar to the NYC City Proof Twistable Intense lip colors, which I enjoyed. If you don't have a problem with scented lip products, I'd totally recommend the Expert Last lipsticks. Here is a two-toned-lip FOTD with Coralista and Forever Fuchsia.


The Great Polish giveaway

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If you are a fan of nail polish and haven't heard/ entered, there is an awesome giveaway hosted by Nail Polish Canada where you can win up to 200 bottles selected by beauty and nail bloggers.

The prize pool grows with blogger's nomination, so the more bloggers to promote the giveaway, the bigger the prize would be. At the time of this post, there are already 110 bottles to win :)

I nominated Picture Polish Imperial. I don't have this shade but have been dreaming of it for a long time :)

The giveaway opens to Canada and US, goes on until August 15, please see the Terms & Conditions on the gadget for more details.

You can enter on Nail Polish Canada's giveaway page (linked above) and once on each blog that nominated a shade. Good luck to all of us :)

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Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Shoppers: Saturday & Sunday: Spend your Points event
- 50,000 points = $100 (extra $15) or
- 95,000 points = $200 (extra $30)

*** All week:
- Olay Regenerist facial moisturizer: CAD27.99
- Olay, Neutrogena facial moisturizer: CAD12.99
- Bioderma, Garnier, Jamieson skin care: 20% off
- Hydraluron Moisture Boosting mask (4's), Okrapeptide, Pepabright: 15% off
- Herbal Essences/ Aussie hair care: CAD2.99
- Dove, John Frieda, Organix hair care: CAD7.99
- Crest 3D White whitestrips: 25% off
- Maybelline eyeliner, Baby Lips, Fit Me: 30% off
- Maybelline Great Lash/ Volume Express mascara: CAD8.99
- Revlon ColorStay lip liner, Super Lustrous, matte lipstick, Color Burst lip: CAD9.99
- Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara: 20% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick, eyeliner: CAD5.99
- L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur: 15% off; Double Extend/ Voluminous mascara: 20% off
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara: CAD6.99; Lip Perfection lip: CAD8.99
- Rimmel eye, lip: CAD5.99; mascara, selected makeup: CAD6.99
- Annabelle makeup: 25% off 
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Almay Color+Care liquid lip balm, One Coat mascara, Intense i-color eye: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel lacque: CAD5.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish: CAD2.99; Diamond Strength, Insta-Dri nail polish: CAD3.99; Complete Salon nail polish: CAD5.99; Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD8.99 - Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish: CAD2.99
- Revlon nail polish, treatment: CAD5.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 2/CAD6 or CAD3.99 each.

*** Bonus Optimum points until August 1:
- x15 points with purchase of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair for eyes
- 8,000 points with purchase of Clinique Smart serum.

Until August 8: 2,000 points with purchase of 2 Almay products.

- Real Techniques Complexion sponge: CAD8.99
- NYX lipstick, lip liner, gloss: 20% off (bonus miles)
- LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Essie nail polish, treatment: CAD5.99 (bonus miles)
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 2/CAD6
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire gel lacque: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Red Carpet Manicure gel: 20% off
- Marcelle BB, CC, DD cream: 20% off
- L'Oreal Sublime cleanser: 25% off
- Garnier Pure Control: 25% off
- L'Oreal Sublime Sun: 25% off
- Montagne Jeunesse face mask tube: 20% off.

*** BOGO deals:
- Maybelline mascara, Baby Lips
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick, gloss, lip liner
- Revlon lip
- Vasanti, Physician Formula, Styli-Style, ColorEvolution
- Mistura beauty kits
- SinfulColors, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear/ Insta-Dri, Del Sol, L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish
- Nicole by OPI, Revlon nail polish, treatment
- Compliments nail polish remover, cosmetic implements, luxury cotton pads
- Make-Offs
- Nivea body wash, shower gel, anti-perspirant, deodorant, body lotion
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care
- Olay wet cleansing cloths (30's)
- Upper Canada Gardener's collection
- Crabtree & Evelyn, Fruits & Passion bath
- Terractive face, hair mask
- Lotus Aroma bath/ body
- Coco & Mim/ Cat jewelry.

- CoverGirl Clean foundation, pressed powder, Whipped foundation, blush, bronzer: CAD5.94; mascara, liquid liner, Lip Perfection: CAD6.94
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Eye Studio eyeliner, eyeshadow: CAD5.94
- L'Oreal eye makeup remover (including Sublime cleanser): CAD7.94
- Garnier Lift skin care: CAD10.94.

- Maybelline (selected): CAD5.99
- Revlon/ Almay (selected): 15% off
- Rimmel Scandal Eyes: CAD4.99
- Pixi: 15% off
- Neutrogena cleanser: 20% off
- Essie nail polish, Sleek Sticks, treatment: CAD7.99.

The Body Shop:
- In store: If you missed the Girls Night Out event last night, the $5 off deals on Fab 5 products are still on until Sunday with your LYB card
- Online: 50% off bath & body products
- In store and online: $10 body butters.

Coastal Scents: Last day of the $0.99 sale on their hot pots (reg. $1.95 each). They ship internationally.

I gave in to their 50% off blush sale months ago but don't think I am sane enough to browse through more than 380 shades lol. The price is awesome though.

Sally: Extra 50% off nails and makeup clearance until Sunday. Excludes OPI.

ebates Canada: Great Summer Getaway Double cash back
- Air France: 2%
- Southwest Vacations: 4%
- The Bay, Best Western: 5%
- Living Social, Groupon Getaway, Avis, Budget: 6%
- up to 6.5%
- 6.5%
-, 7%
- Orbitz: up to 7.5%
- Priceline, up to 8%
- Neiman Marcus: 8%
- Holiday Inn: 9%
- Microsoft: up to 12%, etc.

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

Last but not least, not beauty related but exciting nonetheless :) It's National ice cream day on Sunday and Marble Slab has BOGO promotion on their regular-sized cones between 11am and 2pm.

Don't forget that they offer unlimited mixins now instead of just one like before, so go nuts with it (pun intended) lol.

And, share a photo of your cone with #MSCHappyHour (twitter, instagram or FB) for a chance to win 1 of 2 $10 gift cards :)

Where are you heading off to this weekend? It's been a long week for me, frustrating too. My pool remained cloudy no matter how much chemical I added to it, so we haven't been able to play with the water at all. I wanted to scream!


FOTD: Maybelline Bleached Neons

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Last weekend, I went all ethereal with Maybelline Bleached Neons :) We have been having rain after that, for 4 days and counting now, so I opted to use these products as bases for brighter colours since. Can't wait for the sun to be back!

On the eyes were Maybelline Colour Tattoos in Sunwashed Sky (inner half of the lids) and Shimmering Sea (outer half), darkened in the outer V by a dark brown from MUA Heaven and Earth palette.

I like how these Color Tattoos looked on the eyes, with quite strong shimmering effect. Because of the creasing problem with Sunwashed Sky, I will wear them alone on the lids on work days with nothing else to do after.

On my lips was Maybelline Color Elixir in Glowing Garnet, the most pigmented and darkest pink among the 3 shades in the collection. No lip liner, so you can see the true colour of it.

Totally different from how it swatched in yesterday's post right? On me, Glowing Garnet gave a hint of pink and some pretty shimmers. So yeah, no luck with wearing these Elixir alone, unless you want the sheer lip look which has become more popular this summer.

Products used on the face:
- Marcelle DD cream SPF25 in Medium to Dark
- Cover Fx Conceal Fx Camouflage concealer in Light and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot treatment corrector in Light/ Medium
- CoverFx Setting Fx translucent mineral powder.

Other products:
- Rimmel Scandal Eyes waterproof kohl kajal liner in Light Blue in the inner lower lash line
- Milani Liquid Eye Liquid-like eyeliner pencil in Black, smudged with a dark navy eyeshadow
- Annabelle Expandable mascara in Black and Annabelle Le Big Show mascara in Black
- Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin cream blush in #510 Raspberry and
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon brow & eye liner in Mink Brown.

Trying my best to finish up some products I have forever so I can move on to new things but it's slow. I don't know how YT'ers have so many makeup empties to show every month lol.

A reminder, The Body Shop Girls Night Out event is tonight. Have a great day, shopping or not :)


Maybelline Bleached Neons

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Maybelline (LE) summer collection (Bleached Neons) was out for a while now. I had full intention to skip on it, as I have enough products of the same kinds, but couldn't pass it up at Lawtons' 40% off sale couple weeks ago :)

I bought all 3 Color Elixirs - Glowing Garnet, Radiant Raspberry and I'm Blushing, and both Colour Tattoos - Sunwashed Sky and Shimmering Sea (reg. $8.99 each).

If you don't know my Color Tattoo "collector status", I have almost all shades (LE and permanent), except those that swatch patchy. For the Color Elixirs, I enjoyed the ones I have. So yeah, hard to justify not to get more.

So here we are, the Color Tattoos in Sunwashed Sky (left) and Shimmering Sea (right).

Swatches  with a synthetic brush which sheers out the colours a bit. Like most Color Tattoos, these two work well as bases for powder eyeshadows. On their own, Shimmering Sea fares better, as Sunwashed Sky creases on me after about 5 hours of wear.

I heard Sunwashed Sky is very close to Cool Crush from the duochrome collection, and I agree, colour wise. I do think the blue sheen in Cool Crush is stronger and Sunwashed Sky builds up a little better.

Same comparison between Shimmering Sea and Seashore Frosts, more similar sheen here with Shimmering Sea having a bit lighter base.

In both cases, you don't need these new Color Tattoos if you already hauled the duochromes.

And here are the Colors Elixirs in Glowing Garnet, Radiant Raspberry and I'm Blushing, from top to bottom.

Swatches below in the same order, from L-R.

Glowing Garnet is a natural sheer pink on my dark lips. I won't count on it for pigmentation but it gives a gorgeous sheen and makes my lips look plumped when topped up another lip colour or lip liner.

Radiant Raspberry is the most pigmented shade among the 3, but still needs layers to show up decently on its own. Good for the no-makeup look.

I'm Blushing is also sheer. For the colour that it is, it does not show up much on my lips, but again is a perfect gloss to jazz up other colours on the lips without altering the colour tone.

I do wish Maybelline ventured out outside the pink colour range a little with this collection.

All in all, these colours from Maybelline for this summer are great, but not must-haves if you have already stocked up on similar colours from the line. Here is a FOTD I did with a few of the colours.


TBS Girls Night Out giveaway

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Get your LYB card and wallet ready, The Body Shop is hosting a Girls Night Out event in all Canadian stores on Thursday (July 17), 4pm till close!

Remember I told you before that a few of The Body Shop's new and highly-coveted products are excluded from in store promotions? With this event, you can get $5 off these "Fab 5" products:
- Body Sorbets (reg. $15): for everyone
- Instablur (reg. $22), Instablur Eye (reg. $15), Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (reg. $20) and Tea Tree BB cream (reg. $15): for LYB members.

Free mini makeovers are available with appointment, so call up your location :) If you aren't a LYB member yet, you can get a free Japanese Cherry Blossom bundle when signing up ($10 membership fee).

To celebrate this event the Sparkled Beauty style, all Canadian readers/ twitter followers can enter to win a $100 Summer Must-have prize pack from The Body Shop by tweeting a picture of themselves at the event with #TheBodyShopGNO @TheBodyShopCA and @Sparkled_Beauty.

I look forward to see your pics on Thursday. A winner will be chosen through from the qualified tweets I receive that night and The Body Shop will ship out the prize directly. Have fun at the event and don't forget to tweet me :)


NOTD: Essence Sparkling Sand

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I know Mondays aren't normally for NOTDs but Essence Beach Cruisers collection has landed at my beloved Shoppers location and I couldn't wait to tell you about it.

Out of 4 Sparkling Sand nail polish shades released in Europe, we get 3, $2.49 each. I was not too upset as the fourth shade did not look like something I would wear.

I have 2 shades to show you today and the third shade will soon follow.

On 4 of my fingers is 02 Girls Just Wanna Have Sun!, 2 coats. It is a beautiful peachy coral, with a light hint of shimmers.

On the accent nail is one coat of 01 I ♥ Summer Break, one of the most beautiful raspberry reds I have seen. To top off the great pigmentation, the fuchsia sparkles in it are strong and visible in all lighting.

I kinda like this pairing between the 2 shades. Girls Just Wanna Have Sun! tends to make my hands look darker, not necessarily preferable, so I ♥ Summer Break helps balancing it out.

If you can't tell by the name (Sparkling Sand), these nail polish are textures with fine grittiness, if you know what I mean. They are nowhere near the texture of China Glaze Textureds, rest assured. I don't mind either way.

The sparkles in the bottles show up better in the last two pictures here. Application and removal were a breeze!

The third shade 03 Keep Calm and Go to the Beach is a beautiful teal. You won't regret picking it up either. Needless to say, I definitely recommend Essence Sparkling Sands, if you enjoy textured nail polish.

Looks like Essence is on a roll with finishes as the Road Trip collection will have Thermo/ Asphalt/ Leather/ Gasoline effects :)

How did your weekend go? We had the most beautiful sunny days, spent couple hours picking cherries (11 pounds of Stellar, Lapin and Napoleon lol). No Rainiers but I was happy nonetheless.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Heard on twitter via @HalifaxReTales that as a result of LG buying Fruits and Passion from SC Johnson, Fruits and Passion is being rebranded as The Face Shop in Canada (except Quebec). However, all press releases of the purchase mentioned that Fruits and Passion will continue to operate as usual, so I'm not sure if we are going to see a The Face Shop store.

Shoppers: If you are in BC, AB, MB, SK, YT, NT or ON, there is a "Spend points, get points back" event going on today with this coupon.

*** Saturday only: x20 points with $50 purchase
- Maybelline: 30% off (rest of the week: 15% off)
- Revlon Color Burst lacquer balm, Super Lustrous lipstick, Just Bitten Kissable balm stain: CAD4.99 (rest of the week: CAD7.99)
- Quo brushes: 40% off
- Essie classic nail polish, treatment: CAD7.99 (rest of the week: CAD9.99).

*** All week:
- Batiste dry shampoo (200ml): CAD7.99
- Nivea, Clean & Clear skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal, Aveeno facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Garnier, Olay facial cleanser: CAD6.99
- Softlips, Vaseline, Nivea lip care: 20% off
- Dove Pure Care dry oil, John Frieda hair treatment: CAD12.99
- Hawaiian Tropic sun care: CAD8.99
- Aveeno, Neutrogena sun care: CAD12.99
- Ombrelle, L'Oreal Sublime sun care: 25% off
- L'Oreal Extra Lineur Intense eyeliner, Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99
- CoverGirl eye, makeup: CAD5.99; Bombshell product: CAD8.99
- Revlon ColorStay lip: CAD11.99 (the pic shows the Moisture Stains)
- Annabelle Instaglam eyeliner + mascara, Brow Design + Fix: CAD9.99
- Rimmel lip: CAD4.99; eye, makeup: CAD5.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, Diamond Strength nail polish: CAD4.99; Complete Salon nail polish, treatment: 2/CAD12 or CAD6.99 each
- Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish: CAD4.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: CAD3.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD3.99
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: 2/CAD12 or CAD6.99 each
- Quo Luxury cotton facial pads (165's): CAD6.99 (dupe of Shiseido cotton pads, I heard).

- Ombrelle sun care: 25% off
- Avene body care, Essentials cleaner, toner: 20% off
- Vichy cleanser, toner: CAD13.95 ($6 off)
- Garnier Skin Renew, Clean + skin care: 30% off
- Bioderma, H2O Oasis skin care: 20% off
- Marcelle Hydra-C, Essentials skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD6.99 (bonus Airmiles)
- Maybelline Big Eyes mascara: CAD6.99 (bonus miles)
- Maybelline lip, Dream Fresh BB cream: 20% off
- Annabelle TwistUp, Big Show lip: CAD7.99
- Rimmel BB: CAD7.99
- Rimmel mascara, Kate lipstick: 20% off
- LA Colors, LA Girl: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Mistura mascara, eyeshadow quad: 40% off
- Nicole by OPI nail polish, treatment: CAD7.49
- Essie Sleek Stick, nail polish, treatment: CAD7.49
- OPI: 20% off
- Sally Hansen nail polish, treatment: 20% off
- Wet n Wild nail polish: 20% off
- Red Carpet Manicure kit: 20% off.

- CoverGirl (selected items): CAD6.99
- Maybelline (selected items): CAD7.99
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish: CAD6.99; Insta-Dri nail polish: 2/CAD7.

The Bay: Extra 15% off on women's fashion with code "SAVE14" until Sunday, with exclusions (Topshop, Hudson's Bay collection, Diesel, Armani Jeans, etc.). Summer clearance sale up to 65% off on fashion, shoes, accessories and home.

Sally: Extra 50% off select clearance styling tools until Sunday.

The Body Shop: This weekend:
- Online: Christmas in July sale - 40% off site wide and a free gift with a $75 order (choice of 1 among 6 customer favorites in the picture), free shipping with $50 orders (excluding Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon)
- In store: B3G3F or B2G1F entire store. The email did not mention exclusions this time, but check with the store to make sure.

H&M: Summer sale is still on, now up to 75% off, starting from $3.

Forever 21: Extra 30% off sale items is still on until Sunday with code "SUMMER30".

ebates Canada: Get Decked Out Double cash back
- Beyond the Rack, Victoria's Secret: 2%
- The Shopping Channel, Sony: 3%
- Globo, Joe Fresh, American Eagle, The Source, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dynamite: 4%
- Newegg: up to 5%
- Forever21, Barneys Newyork, The Bay, Lands' End, Lucky Brand: 5%
- J.Crew, Nordstrom: 6%
- 7%
- Teavana, Aldo: 8%
- Nordstrom: 8.5%
- Lenovo, TOMS, The Body Shop: 10%, etc.

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


NOTD: Finger Paints Stargazing Lilac

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This was the first mani that I did wearing Nail HQ ridge filler as a base coat.

Not that you can see it under the nail polish but it's worth noting that this mani only last a day. It wasn't the nail polish, as they last longer on me before, so chemistry must have been bad between layers :) The ridge filler worked better with other polish I used after this one.

The star of the look is Finger Paints Stargazing Lilac from the Shredded Chrome (Spring) collection. This shade caught my eyes the most at Sally's extra 50% off clearance sale last weekend with its purple and gold glitters.

It sucks that I cannot show you very well how beautiful this mani was IRL. Both pics (with natural light above and flash on the left here) showed more of the base than the glitters.

I used two coats of Stargazing Lilac for glitter density. It layered up beautifully, didn't leave any bald spots and didn't feel gritty compared to most glitters. If you come across this shade (or the collection), make sure to check it out.

Stargazing Lilac would have been opaque enough by itself after about 3 coats but I didn't want to have a hard time at removal, so I used a base.

It was OPI My boyfriend Scales Walls, a white cream with grey tint that was quite popular in the Amazing Spiderman collection back in 2012. I didn't realize I missed the edges until the closeup shot. The mani did look flawless" in the pics above, didn't it? :)

Unless you did one thick coat, I'd suggest two coats with this shade. It was the perfect base for Stargazing Lilac.

Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. We were lucky not losing power nor getting any fallen branches in our yard during Arthur. The wind was pretty scary at times, I am just glad it was over!

Here's hope for better weather this coming weekend, I want to go strawberry picking :) Have a great one!