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7/15/2014

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 random.org 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 :)

6/25/2014

TBS Moisture White Shiso line

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The Body Shop has recently brought back the Asia-popular Moisture White Shiso line online and at selected store locations.

Considered a special collection, it has never been part of any sales ran at TBS, so I went with the next best thing - in-store pre packs.

The Save Our Skin kit is $50 (valued $85) with:
- Brightening serum (reg. $36)
- BB serum ($25) and
- Concentrated Target perfector ($24).

The Essential Cleaning kit is $35 (valued $61) with:
- Makeup cleansing oil (reg. $16)
- Foaming facial wash ($15) and
- Moisture cream ($30).

After spending some $ on the kits, I received a PR sample of the brightening serum for review. So I thought I would test and review it by itself and will add other products to the routine later.

Described as a light serum with Shiso extract and Community Trade organic aloe vera from Guatemala, the brightening serum is meant to blend into the skin, leaving an invisible non-sticky protective film.

And it does, the light lotion texture is soothing and comfortable on the skin and absorbs quickly. It does have a very light scent that does not linger.

I like the simple white packaging and the airless pump.

One pump is enough for the whole face. A moisturizer can follow right away after. It does not affect the absorption of the primer and foundation either. Good for when you are tight in time to get ready :)

I enjoy the serum but can't confirm the brightening effect of it unfortunately. I gave it enough time but don't notice any change in my skin tone.

A slight difference from most serum: the brightening serum is not clear but opaque white, and not a gel/ silicone-like texture either. Great for those who prefer light serums.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipropylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, etc.

The serum is suitable for all skin types, $36 for 1oz/ 30ml. I will finish up the serum as it works well with other products I use, but I won't count on it as a brightening factor in the routine. If it does brighten your skin, please leave me a comment. I sure love to know.

6/16/2014

Semi annual sales and more

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

With the amount of semi annual sales (SAS) going on right now, one could go mad hunting down deals. I missed the one-day good sale at SDM on Saturday but managed to a few others.

The most anticipated SAS is probably Bath & Body Work's - for long-gone or sold-out scents making a comeback.

The sale strategy is definitely working and I have gone back 3 times already :) Things are gradually put out during the sale, and offers change up almost everyday!

I grabbed a few candle holders and soap sleeves 50% off to decorate my pretties. Candles were $12.50 each (did go down to $10.50 for one day last Saturday), I got more than 1 but Gelato is here to represent lol.

If you are still looking for Raspberry Peach Macaroon or Red Velvet Cupcake, not all hope is lost as I still saw a few (either 3 wicks or Mason jars).

Stocks in the 75% off bin were really random and changed up very fast. I got:
- Morocco Orchid & Pink Amber Shimmer Fizz body mousse
- Forever Red shimmer mist
- Citrus Orchid Chill shimmer cooling mist and
- Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin whipped shimmer body cream.

See a theme here guys? I'm gonna be a sparkly SB this summer lol.

For home scents, I got a plug and a refill in Spiced Cider also 75% off. I don't have good luck with these (they stopped working after a month or two) so I didn't stock up.

Hand soaps were 3/$10 or $4 each ($2.50 with the old bottle design), or $8 for mason jars. If you plan to hit the sale, check their FB for coupons or special deals.

The Body Shop also lined up some good clearance as mentioned in this week's flyer deal post.

I was sad to see a few favorite scents go but had stocked up quite well before, so I didn't this time. Follow the link above to see if your favs are discontinued too.

Only got a Baked to Last blush in 02 Coral $2 (reg. $18) and a pair of exfoliating bath gloves $1 (reg. $5). Heard that the tiny beads in bath products are bad for the environment, so I am slowly switching to manual exfoliation.

Victoria's Secret sale was not as impressive as La Senza's so I only went for their makeup - 50% off. Since they are not going to sell makeup anymore, I guess this is the time to get some.

The big items:
- Glam and Go portable makeup palette with 1 compact and 4 clip-in palettes, reg. $30
- Midnight Jewels palette with 10 eyeshadows, 1 eyeliner and 1 dual-ended eyeshadow brush, reg. $30.

And more :)

I chose 4 bright Color Drama lipsticks - Shiver, Excessive, Stolen Kiss and Initiate, reg. $18 each. There were a few in nude colour family but I wasn't sure if they would show up on me, so I passed.

Also got a baked mineral bronzing powder in Glitterati (which I heard is a dupe of MAC Gold Deposit MSF), reg. $20 and a Luminous mineral blush duo in At Last (deep pink), reg. 18.

There were no other bronzer and blush shades at my location but I'm glad these two work for me.

Not a SAS but the sale at Sephora was equally good. The Pantone Universe (Radiant Orchid) collection was finally put on sale.

The eyeshadow palette was already sold out online and in my store, so I got the Face Radiant Femme Artistry set $49 (reg. $74) and the Cheek Sweep blush palette $19 (some odd luck my store had 1 left, reg. $).

If you are a VIB Rouge, with $50 purchase, you'll get this free Buxom Haute Pink Lips gift with 3 mini deluxe samples of new summer shades:
- Full-on lip polish in Nicole
- Full-bodied lip gloss in Sweet Thing
- Full-bodied lipstick in Mistress.

The Formula X line also has the sets and a few single shades on clearance.

I bought the Twenty-Two set for $33. There were a few single shades put on sale too but my store did not have those I wanted and I hate ordering online now that they charge customs and duties.

Not on sale but I caved because they were hot :) Sephora Escape to Rio Rouge cream lipstick in Hot Bikini $15.50 and Luster matte long wear lip colour in Mulberry Luster $20.

What have you picked up lately? :)

3/11/2014

The Body Shop LE Blueberry

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The Body Shop latest (and Limited Edition) scent - Blueberry, turns out to be one of the best. And I discovered it all by myself :)

I always like the fruity scents at TBS, but it is still a surprise that I like Blueberry as much as I do. Now I love everything about this fruit and go nuts every summer eating it fresh, but I haven't seen anyone does a good blueberry scent in bath & body products. Until now!

Squirt and I decided to check out the blueberry corner at the store, not our first time seeing it but I overlooked it. The Special Edition packaging was pretty, and the moment we sniffed the body butter, it was over.

This is not a typical blueberry scent. Community fair trade honey has been added to the mix, which might explain why it smells juicy, fresh and delicate, not overly sweet. And it lasts quite long on, I couldn't get enough.

So a few Blueberry things ended up in our basket that day.

If you have tried TBS body butters, you know most of them are great, moisturizing while not being greasy. The Blueberry body butter is not an exception.

It is smooth and moisturizing enough for me. According to TBS, they use the oil from 500 blueberries in each body butter. Imagine indulging in that pool of goodness lol. And to add, I am sold on the scent already. 

Ingredients: Aqua (solvent), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed butter (emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (skin conditioning agent, emollient), Glycerin (humectant), Cetearyl Alcohol (emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (surfactant), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (skin conditioning agent), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Cera Alba/Beeswax (emulsifier, emollient), etc.

The body scrub is equally great, not abrasive, leaves the skin soft and refreshed. I love scrubs but have been so busy with sugar scrubs lately that I forget how fun gelly scrubs are. Glad I bought this one.

Ingredients: Aqua (solvent), Glycerin (humectant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (emulsifier), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell powder (exfoliant), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed (abrasive), Silica (absorbent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), etc.

Both tubs are 200ml, reg. $20 each.

Lastly, a shower gel to finish the "ritual" for days I don't use a scrub. Again, nothing to complain about. It is soap free and lathers well.

Ingredients: Aqua (solvent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (surfactant), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Glycerin (humectant), Sodium Chloride (viscosity modifier), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), etc.

The bottle is 250ml, reg. $9.

The line also has a body lotion $12, a lip butter $6 and a bath sponge (in the shape of a blueberry) $5. I know scents are personal, so give Blueberry a chance next time you are in store to see if you like it. My fear is it will be gone too soon.

1/09/2014

Other The Body Shop scents

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Sometimes we are so wrapped up with a scent we like at the Body Shop that we forget how many others they make :) This little PR package brought me right back to those classic scents. Let's take a trip back, shall we?

We all know about Shea, but the beautifying oil is quite new at TBS.

Made with a lightweight blend of nut oils, including Community Fair Trade marula oil, it is meant to provide instant hydration and a shimmering finish to your face, body and hair.

I mostly use oils on my hair and body after shower (don't notice the shimmers much) and this oil works quite well for that. Non-greasy feeling afterward, a plus!

The scent is described as nutty, not my favorite but not a bad scent either. I'd suggest to try the oil out, but pick the scent that tickles your fancy :)

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Fragrance, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), etc.

The 100ml bottle retails $14.

And then there is the fab Mango scent, in a bottle of body mist.

To me, body mists work better in the summer, being light and fruity with a few hours of lasting power. When it gets cold, I want something with stronger scent throw, mostly EDPs or solid perfume. But a quick spritz will perk you up when the day gets dull, so I always have this bottle out on the counter. The fact that I like mangoes, and their scent, helps :)

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Water (Solvent/Diluent), Fragrance, Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Juice (Natural Additive), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Glycerin (Humectant), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), etc.

The bottle is also 100ml, $12.

Stepping up a notch, a Satsuma EDT.

Being in the citrus scent family, Satsuma did not get enough love from me in the past. But that changes lately when I long for a bit of "zing" and uplifting effects in my body products.

Can't wear scented products to work, I sneak this EDT any time I can at night, even just to sit at my computer or head to bed :)

Granted, the scent in a EDT lasts a bit longer than a body mist, but I still don't find it last quite all day long.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Water (Solvent/Diluent), Fragrance, Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citrus Unshiu Fruit Extract (Skin Protectant), etc.

Smaller bottle of 30ml, sells for $14.

And lastly, the Camomile Waterproof eye & lip makeup remover.

Being a 2-part makeup remover (i.e. you need to shake it before use), it is cent free, alcohol free, hence suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers!

First glance, I like the colour scheme on the packaging, very calming. It'd be nice to have a pump instead of a flip cap though, to avoid messy dispenses.

A swipe of this makeup remover (with a cotton pad) removes my eye makeup and most of the waterproof mascara. I don't get blurry vision or greasy feeling after but still have to go over my lashes a second time with my favorite cleansing water to make sure no panda eyes the next morning.

For that, I would say this makeup remover works for basic daily cleansing, as it is gentle and safe. But opt for a second cleanse or a better product to remove your waterproof mascara. I did not feel the need to use this for my lips, as I am fine with just a facial cleanser for that.

Ingredients: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Isododecane (Solvent), Isopropyl Palmitate (Emollient), Potassium Phosphate (pH Adjuster), Hexylene Glycol (Humectant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Dipotassium Phosphate (pH Adjuster), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Chelating Agent), etc.

For 150ml, the product retails for $16. If you want to give it a try, catch one of those sales that TBS hosts quite often :)

10/16/2013

The Body Shop Honeymania

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I was curious to hear about Honeymania, the latest collection from The Body Shop, as I wanted to see how the brand handles honey as a scent in bath & body products.

Nice to find out that the honey in Honeymania is made from the nectar of wildflowers, hence the scent is quite floral. If blogger one day decides to design a "scratch and sniff" sticker, I'd put on here for you, as Honeymania smells good :)

I was sent 3 products from the range to test out, and it's time to discuss!

I believe this is the very first bubble bath melt in all lines of scents at The Body Shop, I was very excited to try it.

The swirls of gel in the tub looks like honey, good enough to eat (but don't, lol). Instruction says to drizzle it under warm running bath water to create creamy bubbles and the skin will feel softer and smoother after. I am just gonna confirm this (simple as that) and add that I smell good stepping out of the tub :)

Ingredients: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Fragrance, Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Honey (Natural Additive), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), etc.

The tub is bigger than the regular body butter/ scrub (300ml), retails for $12.

And then there is this soap shaped like a honeycomb with a cute bee print on the surface.

The soap cleanses well, and does not take much for my face which is where I prefer to use the soap for. It does not strip my face after washing, and I (once again) smell good lol.

Ingredients: Sodium Palmate (Surfactant), Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Sorbitol (Humectant), Coconut Acid (Surfactant), Fragrance, Triethanolamine (pH Adjuster), Honey (Natural Additive), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), etc.

This 100gr chunk of cuteness is only $4 reg.

Putting the good scent in a bottle, we have the Honeymania EDT.

Most of The Body Shop's EDTs are light and last a few hours, including Honeymania. The bottle is small enough to tote around (1oz/ 30ml, retails $14) to refresh during the day, but be mindful of its glass bottle to avoid breakage.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Water (Solvent/Diluent), Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Honey (Natural Additive), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), etc.

I am happy with this collection, and my most favorite is the bath melt, naturally. The scent is pleasant and refreshing. The collection also has body scrub, body butter, shower gel and lip butter for you to check out.

9/16/2013

Weekend finds

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The hauls are back :) I did a bit of shopping last week, have some new fun makeup for you today.

I was excited to find The Body Shop Colour Crush lipsticks. Quite a range of colours and finishes, some even have stain power.

I got 201 Red Hot Raspberry (pearlescent finish), 240 Damson in Distress (matte) and 301 Drive Me Nuts (sparkly), reg. $13. I included the numbers for easy reference, because the tubes only show the numbers, not the names. You have to refer to the receipt or online to get the names.

Pairing the B2G1F sale, a coupon and LYB discount, I paid less than $5 each. Not bad at all! The coupon at the bottom at the receipt is $15 off $40, good until the end of the month, FYI.

And if you like their Extra Virgin Mineral foundations, selected shades are being discontinued, cleared out for 3/$10.

I got the lightest shade in the discontinued range, 302 Golden Beige, in both cream and liquid form.

I added the Dazzling Rocks to get the deal, only shade 1 Golden Copper was available at my store. I forgot to take the lid of before taking the pic, but it's basically a mix of bronze and gold little rocks with shimmers, meant to be used on the face and body. Nice to have for that price.

This is a tiny little haul is from Lawtons, one of the rare occasions that I can run in quickly to check for new displays and sales. I don't live near a Lawtons anymore, you see?

Sinful Colors is on sale for $1.99, including the latest Leather Luxe collection. The only shade I wanted is Leather Loose, surprisingly was not sold out already.

Revlon lip products are 50% off this week. I went for a Super Lustrous gloss in Kiss Me Coral, only $4.74.

Superstore here had tax free on Saturday, I couldn't help grabbing a few things.

Maybelline Baby Lips were $3.97 each, I wanted Pink Shock and Berry Bomb from the Electro collection. Love the packaging.

Joe Fresh Fall 2013 nail polish are in, noticeable with the orange "New cap" stickers (not new shape, just new curvy ridges underneath the cap). They are 4/$10 until October 3 (reg. $4 each or 3/$10).

The 2 shades in the middle are duochrome-looking - Copper and Quartz. Not particularly unique but I wanted to try anyway.

The other 2 are Ultra Violet and Aqua. I also found Peacock with the same orange sticker, I'd assume they brought it back with the new cap because it was popular.

My local Shoppers Beauty Boutique carries Shiseido, so I redeemed some points in the Super Redemption event for a Perfect Rouge lipstick in RS320 Fuchsia, $30.

This shade has been talked about a lot on YT. I do like how creamy it was on my hand when swatched, and the colour (hot pink/ fuchsia) is definitely easy to sell, at least to me :)

Also got a Perfect Prep kit with the Refining primer and the Perfect foundation brush, $40 (valued $73). Can't say I tried any Shiseido makeup or brushes before, so I'm excited.

I had some Almay coupons and the Color + Care liquid lip balms were on sale for $6.99 at the time. I swatched them all, trying to find ones with better pigmentation (they are sheer). Ended up with Lilac Love and Apple a Day. One is purple (enough said) and one is red (more unique than the pinks and nudes).

Also wanted to check out the new Essence Stays No Matter What eyepencil & shadows. The line has 6 shades, and I heard good things. Went for Powerful Purple, $2.99. If they can get purple eyeshadows right, the other shades would be piece of cake. We'll see.

I went looking for the new Hard Candy nail polish at Walmart. Glad to see that they update the line. 9 new shades are a good reminder to attract us back to the display, don't you think?

The first two are Pop Rocker and Jaw Breaker from the Candy Sprinkles collection, $3.98 each. The other 2 new shades of this line (Sweet Tart and Candy Coated) are just the pale pink and blue versions of Jaw Breaker. The glitter combinations might be slightly different, but I don't think I need all 4.

The third polish I got is Emerald's Eve from the Crystal Confetti, quite glowy and fun.

Their Top Ten eyeshadow collections got mixed reviews but it seems Green with Envy is the best among the 5 colour options. For $5.98, I decided to try it out for myself. If you tried it, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

Anything you want to see a review on?

4/29/2013

Weekend finds

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Don't worry, it's a quick post today, not a long one like last week's :)

Stocked up on some essentials at The Body Shop's 5/$50 sale. I got the Extra Virgin Minerals liquid foundation x 2 (reg. $25), Wise Woman Vitality serum ($36), Spa Fit Firming & Toning gel cream massager ($30) and a Honey bronzing powder ($20). After the $15 off $40 coupon and my LYB discount, I paid $31.50.

Went to Shoppers for their x20 point event and 40% off Garnier sale on Saturday with some coupons I saved from a previous display. I got:

 - From the Pure Control line: Targeted Anti-spot Tinted corrector and Targeted Acne Gel treatment, reg. $14.99 each

- From the new Ultra-Lift line: Targeted Line Smoother (Tightener + Cream) and 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer (Serum + Moisturizer), reg $24.99 each.

If you missed out on x20 points, there's a coupon for $10 off $50 tomorrow. Also found a $10 off $50 coupon on today's Metro (Halifax) newspaper, good until Friday.

L'Oreal Miss Pop collection (LE, renamed from Miss Candy collection in the US) has arrived at Lawtons.

The gellies nail polish are $6.99, not on sale, but I was excited to grab 3 of the 6 shades. Regret to say, the Infallible eyeshadows did not make it to this display. Unless there is a separate one for them later, Canadians will have to settle with an incomplete LE collection.

A comparison between Miss Pop and Miss Candy collection:
- 6 vs. 8 gellies nail polish. We missed out on the yellow and deep purple shades
- 2 vs. 4 Le Gloss glosses. 1 colour was gone from the display already, so I can only confirm the orange shade
- 0 vs. 4 Infallible eyeshadows!!! FYI, the colours available in the US are Cherie Merie, With a Twist, Dive Right In and Strawberry Blonde
- 2 vs. 3 Nail Lingerie nail strips.

Bath & Body Works had a $20 off $50 coupon on FB for the weekend (better than the regular $10 off $30 on their receipts), so I bought a few things.

The 3-wick candles were 2/$30.50, I bought Espresso Bar and Lemoncello from the La Dolce Vita collection. BBW did a really good job in capturing the scents in these.

Not pictured, but the fragrance mists were on sale at $8 (reg. $14.50) and B3G2F sale. I got:
Rio Rumberry (x2), Bali Mango, Aruba Coconut (from the Island Paradise collection, available every year), and
Capri Seaside Citrus (from the Italy collection).

I only paid $34.50 for 7 items :) A note, prices of most items at BBW (Canada) will go up by 50 cents today, the SA told me. Not a huge increase, but it was good to know.

Also found some fun spring clothing items at Winners. No new makeup/ nail polish to report, except for a lonely Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Black Plum for $8.99 (reg retail $22). Now we know that besides eye palettes and blushes I posted about in the last Weekend finds, there are lipsticks :)

The sun continues to hang out in the sky in the last few days, I feel blessed. Almost forgot how beautiful Halifax is in the sun until I saw some pictures on twitter under hashtag #omgthesun lol. Have a great week, everyone!

3/25/2013

Weekend finds

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Here we are, another Monday. I had a really busy weekend, got a few goodies and found an exciting display to tell you about.

Shoppers had 40% off Quo brushes on Saturday. What surprised me this time was LE brush sets were included in the sale, not the norm but I am not complaining :)

The Touch of Pearl set from the Edge of Opulence collection (left, reg. $55) has white pearl-infused bristles, opalescent white handles and rose coloured ferules.

9 brushes: foundation, concealer, blush, powder, all over shadow, crease blender, shadow smudger, liner/brow and lip. The bag is in the same colour tone, with metal mesh on the outside. Very pretty!

The Butterfly brush set (right, reg. $50), with turquoise handles with butterfly prints all over, black bristles, gold coloured ferules, and a turquoise bag. 8 brushes: foundation, concealer, blush, shadow definer, crease blender, gel liner, liner/brow definer and lip.

At Winners, I found Misa Wanderlust display, with a lower price tag than my previous finds from this brand ($4.99 vs. $5.99).

This collection was beautiful, would not hurt at all to get all shades, but I limited myself to three. From L-R: Frozen in Time, Taking Chances and Live without Knowing. The names are beautiful too, don't you think?

The leopard background, if you are curious, are the Fancy Feet 3/4 shoe insoles/ cushions, reg. $6.99, on clearance for $3. Also come in black and nude. They aren't Dr. Scholl's but are delicate looking, great for high heels.

I also got some random non-beauty products, but are beauty related - a 12-inch non-skid turntable ($6.99) and a large non-skid shelf organizer ($5.99), both from a brand called COPCO.

Both items are made with sturdy plastic, the rubber layer provides extra protection for whatever you put on top :) I got  these to organize my precious nail polish on my computer desk - only those that I use often, like layering glitters, holos, matte top coat, top and base coat, etc. or those shades I want to try sooner than later.

My melmers are overflowing, and I have to take care of that soon but for now, I'm happy to get my desk look a little less like a nail polish dumpster :)

I could not miss The Body Shop sale this weekend. 3/ $30 I had seen before but not 4/$40 or 5/$50, great when I had a few lemmings or backups to pick up.

I got:
- SpaFit Firming & Toning gel cream massager ($30)
- Shimmer Cube #22 (with Pure Turquoise, Mint Green, Silver Grey and Forest Green eyeshadows, $22)
- Amazonian Wild Lily EDT from the Voyage collection (reg. $25) and
- Honey Bronze Shimmering dry oil ($22).

I couldn't use the March $15 off $40 coupon with this sale but had $25 credit at 8 LYB points and 10% LYB, so I didn't have to spend a lot out of pocket. A good haul overall.

At Lawtons, I found the Maybelline (LE) Color Goes Electric display which was not available to Canada originally.

The bad news is we only get almost half of the collection:
- 2 of the 3 baked blushes (Coral Burst and Wild Blossom), reg. $9.99
- 3 of 4 Eye Studio eyeshadow quads (Natural Shock, Violet Volt and Striking Blue), $11.99
- 2 of 4 Vivid lipsticks (Pop of Cherry and Electric Fuchsia), $9.99
- 2 of 6 High Shine glosses (Striking Peach and Punch of Pink), no price sticker yet
- 2 of 4 Master Drama liners (Purple Punch and Midnight Master), $9.99
- Some eyeshadow brushes.

I'm happy to get Pop of Cherry lipstick but sad to miss a cool purple gloss called Mirrored Plum. No Color Show nail polish in this release at Lawtons but I spotted a separate display at Shoppers.

How was everyone's weekend? We spent some good time at Burger week (see some highlights below), even went skating at the Oval (our outdoor rink) on its last day of the season. I didn't fare too well, fell on my butt even, but Squirt had fun.

2/26/2013

Weekend finds

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It is an exciting week for shopping deals, which is a great therapy for the little breakdown I had in the weekend.

A quick note to my American readers, Lancome is offering 50% off on their Color Design eyeshadow quads when you buy any mascara at a Lancome counter. Canada is unfortunately not included.

Another note for my Canadian friends, Real Techniques brushes have made the appearance on my Walmart's shelf (see picture). If this little town of Halifax has them, the chance your neighbourhood does too is quite high. At this point, only the brush sets (3, as pictures) are available. Single brushes will be up on Farleyco (direct link) shortly, while waiting for retailers to fully hop on the wagon.

At Shoppers, I combined the x20 points with $75 cosmetics purchase with some good sales. First is the 50% off on selected Cover Fx products.

The flyer only mentioned Conceal Fx but CoverFx announced more products to be cleared out - Radiant Fx powder, SkinPrep/ ClearPrep/ BritePrep/ EyePrep primers, brush cleanser, brushes and kits, at both Shoppers and Murale until April 19, while quantities last.

I picked up the Redness Treat + Conceal kit (reg. $45), ClearPrep (reg. $39) and the 160 Cream foundation brush (reg. $38).

Note that there wasn't any sale sign at the CoverFx section in my store as of yesterday but the products scanned 50% off. It's safe to check at the scanner first before paying. The x20 point event is going on all week, so you still have time :)

Quo brushes are BOGO (the free item has to be the same as the paid item), so I got two of the crease shadow brush (reg. $13 a piece).

Selected Rimmel products are 30% off this week, I picked up some items I have been eyeing for a while:
- Wake Me Up foundation in Soft Beige, reg. 12.99
- ScandalEyes Waterproof eyeshadow stick in Blamed Blue, reg. $7.99
- ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal liner in Nude, reg. $7.99.

The Nivea lip butters are in the flyer for 25% off but my store won't get them until some time in March :(

Remember when I told you about Layla's new displays of Caviar and Bubbly Effect at Lawtons?

Well, it's time to say goodbye as they are like 75% off, $3 - $3.75 a piece.

The three on the left are Caviar Effect in 12 Samba, 11 Flamenco and 03 Valzer. I looked up the names on these as all they had on the cap is the numbers.

On the right are Bubbly Effect in 04 Cherry Muffin, 02 Black Forest and 01 Meringue Pie (names on the bottles this time).

On the top are the Vaseline Lip Therapy lip balm in Cocoa Butter, on sale for $1.79 (reg. $1.99) and buy 2 get 4 bonus Airmiles. The cuteness is overwhelming :)

I also made a quick stop at The Body Shop to use my $15 off $40, expiring at the end of the month. Got some gifts which I don't picture here :)

These items are all on sale, thought I should let you know, in case you need some.
- All 100ml hand creams are $10 (reg. $20), so I got the latest scent - Absinthe
- All the EDTs in the Voyage collection are $20 (reg. $25) if you have a LYB card. I got Amazonian Wild Lily
- Love Etc. heart-shaped solid perfume is $5 (reg. $10), and
- Soaps are 4/ $10 (reg. $4 each), Chocomania is a great scent.

Then with a purchase now, you'll get another $15 off $40 coupon on the receipt, good for the whole month of March.

Bath & Body Works has the Signature line on 5/$30 or 3/$24 (excluding EDTs and Forever Red). With the $10 off $30 coupon in a previous receipt, I paid $20 for 5 products (64% - 76% off). This is a lot better than the B3G3F sale they offer quite often.

I got the Golden Sugar scrubs (226g/ 8oz, reg. $16.50) in Twilight Woods, Paris Amour and Moonlight Path, with duplicates.The product is quite new to the line, available in only a few scents for now.

The packaging is gorgeous, with the gold cap and the lower part of the tubes. The pattern at the top is quite sophisticated and eye catching. For $4 a tube, don't mind if I do (haul) lol.

Also, the 3-wick candles are 2/$22, if you need any. I'm not sure how long these sales last, please call up your store before heading out.

11/26/2012

Black Friday hauls

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Geez, has Canada ever been more crazy with Black Friday sales? I think not. Two big malls here both had sale events, lots of stores and sites have their own "little" promotions and I could not escape lol.

First thing I did Thursday night was getting on Sedona Lace site for their 50% off sale.

I have wanted the Midnight Lace 4-pc Synthetic Brush set for a long time but $50 was not really in my price range. This sale was the perfect time to get it, and I got free gift (a palette with a brush which I heard was ran out later in the day).

Shipping for Canada was $7.45 (for 2 sets), I used the $4 off coupon code so it wasn't too bad. All in all, it was a great score.

I'm going on vacation soon, won't be here when the brushes arrive, so stock pic will have to do. You probably all know what they look like by now :)

The Body Shop 3/ $30 sale was not held very often, and for items that cost more than $20 regularly, $10 a piece was certainly better than a 50% off sale. And to top it off, they offered the 2 gift sets for $25 with a $30 purchase, so it was irresistible.

A representation of mostly what I got:
- Nutriganics Drops of Youth (left), reg. $36
- Natrulift Firming serum (right), reg. $36
- Extra Virgin Minerals cream compact foundation in 208 Golden Vanilla, reg. $25.

In the background is one of the two gift sets that were offered for $25 (valued $62). Inside this one were body butters and shower gels (2 full sized and 2 mini sized). The smaller set (not pictured) has a shower gel and a puree body lotion (both full sized). Great value, good as holiday gifts.

The coupon printed at the bottom of the receipt this month is $15 off $40, but cannot be combined with the Black Friday deals.

And talking about The Body Shop, I found some random body butters and gift sets at Home Sense, not sure it was just a one time thing.

- Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Body balm, $6 (reg. $24). This is one of my favorite (discontinued) scents from The Body Shop

- Midnight Bakula gift set, $20 - with a body wash, a body butter, a body mist (all full sized) and a 50ml EDT, also a discontinued scent. I can't tell the regular price of this set but assume it would be at least in the $40 range

- Batiste Brunette dry shampoo duo pack (200ml x2), $10. I don't know if we get this particular scent/ colour in drugstores here but Batiste normally retails about $7-$8. I only see the Brunette and the Blonde versions at this particular Home Sense.

The Bay offered extra 15% off your purchase on Saturday morning, on top of all the sales going on, and I had a $25 saving card to use.

I took full advantage of Material Girl 30% off clothing sale to get some skinny jeans - floral, snake skin and baroque prints, reg. $39 a piece.

Expression and Material Girl jewelry lines were 40% off, and I couldn't be happier to get this textured gold chain necklace (reg. $12), something I have wanted to get forever. Also comes in silver, if anybody wants one.

After all discounts and saving card, I save about 50 - 60% off these items, then received another $25 saving card to use on the next purchase. See the cycle, lol?

At my beloved Shoppers, I walked right into the Essence Twilight Breaking Dawn (Part II) display.

I did not hold my breath before that Canada will actually get this collection, considering we have not get a special display from Essence for a long time.

The nail polish I got, from L-R: 01 Jacob's Protection, 02 Alice had a Vision - Again and 04 Edward's Love, $1.99 each. I passed on 03 A Piece of Forever, a foil gold.

Also grabbed both the lip glosses: 01 Alice had a Vision - Again and 02 Renesmee Red, $2.49 each.

This is a LE collection, and our price point is the same as in the States, so don't pass it up. Each shade only has about 3 pieces on the display, once they are gone, they are gone!

Lastly, this was not a sale but is a good deal nonetheless, thought I should let you all know.

When Jill over at Batting a Lash tweeted about Costco (Canada) having the EOS 4-pack lip balms for $10 a few days ago, I asked a friend with the membership to grab me a pack or two. These little spheres retail around $4 - $5 a piece normally.

One flavour combo, I think - Summer Fruit (red), Honeysuckle Honeydew (green), Sweet Mint (baby blue) and Strawberry Sorbet (pink).

I'm happy that I didn't go too crazy with Black Friday sales, but the offers out there were just insane. And now they start all over again for Cyber Monday. I don't think I would bring out my wallet again, but if you find any good deals, feel free to leave me a comment, please and thank you!