Friday, May 30, 2008

Upcoming Cinnamon Kitten Giveaway!

Free Stuff Alert! :)

I'm in the middle of planning Cinnamon Kitten's first-ever Reader Giveaway! There are going to be some great products (details to follow) and it's all going to go to one lucky reader!

So, how do you enter? You only have to do ONE thing - you need to subscribe to the Cinnamon Kitten Newsletter! All newsletter subscribers will be automatically entered into the Giveaway, so don't forget to sign up right now! (Readers who have already signed up don't need to do anything, you'll be entered too!) The sign-up box is in the top-left of the blog.

Details of the giveaway will be posted once I finalize everything, so keep an eye out!

NEW Product Line: MAC Neo Sci-Fi

"Spinning glamour into another orbit: our magnetic field of hot fluorescents, modern buffs, beiges and flesh tones are destined to test the laws of your style gravity. With these supersonic shades and neon orange compacts, go shock the galaxy!" (description from MAC site)

Yet ANOTHER MAC Collection! I'm not sure what to think of this one - the packaging is throwing me off, I think - it just all seems a bit too ORANGE, which is also a colour that makes me think of really bad faux-tans in the summer. My skin tone just can't handle anything, citrus, but I have many friends who adore this colour, so I'm sure there will be people who will be running out to grab these!

Neo Sci-Fi Lipstick, $16.50 CAD
A limited edition lipstick featuring the brilliant neon orange packaging of the Neo Sci-Fi collection.
- Sci-Fi-Delity (frost): burnt red with gold pearl
- Pleasureseeker (glaze): creamy peach
- Astral (lustre): mid-tone brown with red pearl
- Electro (lustre): bright orange
- Sunsonic (frost): white gold

Neo Sci-Fi: Tinted Lipglass, $16.50 CAD
Limited edition shades of Lipglass featuring the brilliant neon orange cap of the Neo Sci-Fi collection.
- Supreme: bronzed brown with white pearl
- Naked Spice: craemy mid-tone nude peach
- Pink Grapefruit: orange with gold pearl
- Soft & Slow: mid-tone creamy plum

Neo Sci-Fi Eye Shadow, 1.3 g / 0.04 oz, $16.50 CAD
A limited-edition shade of Eye Shadow packaged in the shiny neon orange and hi-shine black compact of the Neo Sci-Fi collection.
- Magnetic Fields (veluxe pearl): black brown with silver pearl
- Femme-Fi: frosty golden cream
- Evening Aura (veluxe pearl): frosty golden peach
- Time & Space (frost): frosty copper
- Expensive Pink (veluxe pearl): pink with gold duochrome

Neo Sci-Fi Powder Blush, $22.00 CAD
A limited-edition shade of Sheertone Shimmer Blush packaged in the shiny neon orange and black compact of the Neo Sci-Fi collection.
- Spaced Out: shimmery peach
- X-Rocks: shimmery dirty mauve

Cremestick Liner, 0.25 g / 0.009 oz, $16.50 CAD
A creamy, highly pigmented, retractable lip liner. Lightweight and smooth to apply: very long-lasting. Use as outline or as a "fill" and helps prevent feathering and bleeding.
- 80%: deep, deep cocoa
- Beurre: dirtied plum
- Summerfruit: pale coral

Nail Lacquer, 10 ml / 0.34 us oz, $12.00 CAD
Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Visibly different. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection.
- Metalist: neutral coppertone with white pearl
- Plasma Blu: turquoise blue with matching pearl
- Neon 8: bright orange with matching pearl
- Phosphor: bumble bee yellow


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Clinique Bonus Time at Holt Renfrew

Canadians - It's Clinique Bonus Time!

Retailer: Holt Renfrew
Minimum amount you need to spend: $35 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: now until June 15, 2008

What you get:
- Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer
- Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips
- Colour Surve Eye Shadow Duo in Strawberry Fudge
- Long Last Lipstick in Bamboo Pink
- Liquid Facial Soap Mild
- Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
- Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream
- FASHION Magazine Subscription Card for 10 issues of FASHION for $10, plus 3 free bonus issues

image: Holt Renfrew e-flyer

Product Review: Max Factor ColorGenius Blush

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Max Factor
Name: ColorGenius Blush
Size: 0.42 oz / 12 g
Price: approx. $13.00 USD

Shade Tried: Spices

Lightweight pigments help recreate the complex look of beautifully flushed skin. This product also claims to:
- have a shine control formula
- be fragrance free
- be 100% oil free

This blush promies to be expertly coordinated to wotk with your own skin tone.

To Purr About:
- mineral blush is very lightweight
- because there are 3 shades in one compact, it makes it easy to even out the skin tone and to blend this product into a nice "glow"

Claws Out:
- there's no brush included in this compact, so you definitely need your own brush, which is fine, except it isn't very convenient for on-the-go touch ups

Final Comments:
I really like this blush - it's light, easy to blend, and the 3 nice shades make it easy to go light or dark and dramatic. The only thing I would want is a brush to go along with the compact - I know it wouldn't be as good as a real mineral brush, but it would be convenient.

Rating (out of 5):

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image: PR contact for Max Factor

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Product Review: Schick Quattro for Women

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Schick
Name: Quattro for Women
Size: n/a

Many years ago, I used a razor made for women, but hated it - the "specially designed handle for women" was really wide and hard for me to deal with. One day I grabbed a slim-handled razor and loved it - so much more control! So I've always stuck to it, which is triple-blade, but was curious to try these 4-blade razors that are out on the market now. With so many blades, I thought that it should deliver an even better shave.

The Schick Quattro for Women has:
- duo conditioning strips
- 4 blades
- pivoting head
- no-slip grip
- metal head
- ergonomic design

To Purr About:
- razor is heavier than the normal plastic body ones, making it easier to handle
- pivoting head moves with the curves of the body and the head moves with the slightest touch
- rubber grip never slipped, even with the water and shaving cream all over it
- conditioning strips did help moisturize my skin - there was never any "razor burn"

Claws Out:
- because the pivoting head was quite sensitive and moved very easily, sometimes I had to press a little harder than normal to get a closer shave
- for some reason, (I think also because of the easily pivoting head) I had to go over the same areas several times as the blades would miss hairs

Final Comments:
I was impressed with the feel of this razor - the rubber grip and weight of the razor made it extremely easy to handle and was very easy to use in the shower. The pivoting head, which has a broad range of movement, gave a little too easily for me - it was great when shaving legs, but not so effective in "curvier" areas, like under arms and the bikini area

Rating (out of 5):

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Product Review: Jergens Natural Glow Express

Reviewer: S.K.Y.

Brand: Jergens
Name: Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer
Size: 120 mL
Price: $9.99 CAD / $7.99 USD

Shade Tried: Medium/Tan

In my continued attempt to hide my hideously white & scarred legs I’m trying this new product. Things I always look for in a self-tanner: whether it works, leaves any streaks or splotches, and if the results are a natural and looking tan.

From Jergens’ website: "Jergens natural glow express Body Moisturizer is the quick way to a natural-looking summer glow. With this breakthrough moisturizer you will begin to see colour after the first use. When used daily you will get more than a full shade of natural summer colour in just three days.”"

To Purr About:
- very sweet scent, but not as chemically as other skin tinting moisturizers/products that I’ve tried
- noticeable tanning in 1 day
- does not irritate my extremely sensitive skin
- reasonably priced

Claws Out:
- may leave streaks if you’re not careful – probably not the best for evening tan lines unless you’re a pro at application techniques
- scent is very strong & lasts very long
- a bit on the sticky/syrupy side

Final Comments:
I guess there’s a fine balance with everything - this product is VERY effective in giving you colour, but therefore leads to streaking if you’re not careful in applying it. The sweet scent is a bit strong for me, BUT since I got such amazing results in such little time I don’t have to put up with the smell for more than the prescribed 3 days. I was very impressed by the noticeable and quick results of this product – I’m not dark tanned, but it’s a major difference between my pasty white legs & my nice medium tone now. I’ll probably have to use it once a week to upkeep the nice looking tan, but it’s totally worth it.

Update: after a few days of not using the daily tinting moisturizer to upkeep my tan as suggested – I have very streaky legs. Hmmmm…..I can’t hold this against the product because it did what it said it would do, but I wanted to make a note of it.

Rating (out of 5):

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Clinique Bonus Time at Nordstrom (USA)

Americans - It's Clinique Bonus Time!

Brand: Clinique
Retailer: Nordstrom and
Minimum amount you need to spend: $25 USD (before taxes & shipping)
Duration: unknown

This offer is so amazing! I really wish Nordstrom delivered to Canada so I could take advantage of this great bonus offer!

There are two different Gift with Purchase offers, so use the code associated with the bonus you want!

"All About Pinks" - enter code PINK at checkout
What you get:
- Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer in Dry/Combination, 0.5 oz
- All About Eyes Rich, 0.21 oz
- Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips, 1.7 oz
- High Impact Mascara in Black, 0.14 oz
- Different Lipstick in Rose Taffy, 0.14 oz
- Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Cupid, 0.06 oz
- Clinique Blush Brush
- Pink Cosmetics Bag

"All About Bronze" - enter code BRONZE at checkout
What you get:
- Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer in Dry/Combination, 0.5 oz
- All About Eyes Rich, 0.21 oz
- Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips, 1.7 oz
- High Impact Mascara in Black, 0.14 oz
- Different Lipstick in Tenderheart, 0.14 oz
- True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer in Sunkissed, 0.06 oz
- Clinique Blush Brush
- Bronze Cosmetics Bag

Special thanks to Deb B. for emailing me about this great offer (she's already ordered hers and also mentioned that the blush brush included in this offer is worth $25 by itself!)


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Biotherm Bonus Time at The Bay!

Canadians - It's Biotherm Bonus Time!

Brand: Biotherm
Retailer: The Bay
Minimum amount you need to spend: $30 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: now until June 1, 2008

What you get:
- Body Resculpt Lift Anti-gravity body care, 20 mL
- Ultra-Fluid Body Milk SPF 15 Visible firmness, 30 mL
- Biosource Micellar Water Cleansing water 3-in-1, 30 mL
- Biotherm make-up brush and practical cosmetic bag
- Your choice of one of the following: Aquasource, Age Fitness, Rides Repair or Biofirm Lift, 15 mL

image: The Bay e-flyer

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

NEW Product: Stila Summer Eye Shadow Palette

Brand: Stila
Name: Summer Eye Shadow Palette
Size: 0.28 oz
Price: $51 CAD / $40 USD

A compact that holds a great collection of summery eyeshadow shades. Stila brings together traditional summer shades showcasing a lighter wash of color. The palette features Stila's best-selling shimmery, summery golds and bronzes.

Palette includes shades:
- Ray: shimmering golden copper
- Mystic: shimmering aqua blue
- Kitten: shimmering nude pink
- Wheat: pearlescent beige
- Prize: soft gold shimmer
- Sun: shimmering golden peach


Monday, May 19, 2008

Product Review: Aveeno Positively Radiant Night Cream

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Aveeno
Name: Positively Radiant Night Cream
Size: 50 mL
Approx. Price: approx. $15 CDN

My regular night cream is by Neutrogena, but since I've been enchanted with all things Aveeno lately, I thought I'd give an Aveeno night cream a try as well.

Description from back of the box: "This non-greasy formula contains a unique blend of naturally moisturizing active ingredients including a Total Soy Complex to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and even out tone and texture while you sleep - for healthy looking, beautiful skin.

To Purr About:
- very, very light, subtle fragrance that's barely noticeable
- very light cream
- absorbs quickly
- leaves my skin feeling quite soft
- a little goes a long way

Claws Out:
- not as rich as my usual night cream
- slightly not moisturizing enough - feels more like something that's more suited to being a daytime moisturizer

Final Comments:
I'm used to my night creams being slightly richer and "greasier" than my daytime moisturizers since I don't need to put on any makeup or anything afterwards and I tend to think of night creams as "adding back" the moisture I've lost during the day. So Aveeno's lighter night cream took a little to get used to. My skin does feel very soft after using this, although not as moisturized as with my other night creams. Nice, light fragrance is not overpowering.

Rating (out of 5):

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

NEW Product: HydraMen Shave Gel and After Shave Balm

Brand: HydraMen
Name: Shave Gel
Size: 4 oz
Price: $16.95 USD

Brand: HydraMen
Name: After Shave Balm
Size: 4 oz
Price: $16.95 USD

The Shave Gel is a clear, plant foaming shave gel allows you to "see" where you are shaving. Eliminates razor pinches and razor nicks. Facial contours around chin and nose area are accurately groomed. HydraMen Shave Gel, comprised of 12 botanical ingredients imparts a smooth shave for long lasting smooth Skin.

The After Shave Balm is a unique, fragrance-free, paraben-free, hydrating and moisturizing aftershave balm formulated with organic botanicals. The botanicals work in formula to hydrate the skin, keep pores tight and promote post-shave recovery.

To purchase either of these products, check out the web site at


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sign Up for my new Email Newsletter!

Well, Cinnamon Kitten is finally getting a new feature (about time, huh?)

I've recently launched my new Email Newsletter! You can sign up to receive it using the form on the left-hand sidebar.

So, what are the benefits of signing up?

- You'll get updates on what's new at Cinnamon Kitten delivered right to your inbox - so you'll never miss a post again!

- From time to time, I'll offer special contests and giveaways, but only to Newsletter subscribers!

What are you waiting for - sign up today!

Oh, and please bear with me - this Newsletter thing is very new to me, so there may be a few stumbling blocks as I get used to the whole thing, but hopefully it will all be running smoothly soon!

You'll receive a Newsletter roughly once a week, and, I promise, I will never, ever spam you!

Product Review: Neutrogena Sun Fresh Sunless Foam

Reviewer: S.K.Y.

Brand: Neutrogena
Name: Sun Fresh Sunless Foam
Size: 118 ml
Price: $15.99 CAD

Shade Tried: fair/medium skin tones

It’s summertime again, and that means it’s time for shorts! In an attempt to look nice and tanned without visiting the tanning salon or baking under the sun I’ve picked up this neat product. I’ve tried Aveda’s self-tanner in the past & was pretty impressed with the results, so I have high hopes for this one. I think with any tanner the all important quality is whether it works, leaves any streaks or splotches, and if the results are a natural and looking tan.

From Neutrogena’s website: "This ultra-light formula goes on easily, absorbs evenly, and looks absolutely radiant—never fake or flat."

To Purr About:
- Easy to apply.
- It is ultra light – doesn’t feel greasy and absorbs into the skin quickly
- Does not dry out the skin
- Does not seem to irritate my sensitive/itchy skin
- No noticeable streaks

Claws Out:
- Has a slight chemical smell to it as all tinting creams/moisturizers seem to have
- Does not moisturize the skin
- Only minimal skin colour difference noticed
- A bit on the pricey side

Final Comments:
I used this product about once a day for about 10 days which was about half the bottle on my legs and didn’t notice any major tanning of my legs. Being a loyal Neutrogena user I am a bit disappointed with the results of this product. I think I personally prefer a product that is combined with a moisturizer (because I have such naturally dry skin) so I don’t have to worry about washing this product off after a few hours and moisturizing in addition. I think I’ll try some other products out there – I’m interested in seeing how Neutrogena’s Sun Fresh lotion so perhaps that will be my next venture.

Rating (out of 5):

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

NEW Product Line: MAC Naughty Nauticals

"Sailors, ahoy! In her fleet of pinks, corals, reds, and the deepest navy Nail Lacquer seen this side of Marseilles, she's uniformly chic, and cruising for romance. In style and desire, she's poised for perfection. Go overboard! " (description from MAC site)

Yet ANOTHER MAC Collection - this one has some very dramatic colours and the nautical look is always a hot trend every summer!

Lipstick, 3g / 0.1 us oz, $16.50 CAD
Colour plus texture for the lips.
- Buoy-O-Buoy (lustre): creamy neutral pink brown
- Party Mate (lustre): sheer mid-tone pink
- Ahoy, There! (glaze): sheer light pink with multi-dimensional pearl
- Port Red (frost): clean yellow red with gold pearl

Lustreglass, 4.8 g / 0.17 oz, $16.50 CAD
2high-powered effects - Lustre and Glass - in 1new lip finish. This ornamental finish shines the lips with hi-shine overlaid with various tones of pearlized glaze.
- Love Knot: sheer pink with blue & white
- Bateaux: neutral brown peach with white frost
- Ensign: peachy pink with white and gold pearl
- Hey, Sailor: blue plum pink with white pearl flecks

Eye Shadow, 1.5 g / 0.05 oz, $16.50 CAD
Highly-pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well.
- Shore Leave (veluxe pearl): pale frosty cream
- Illegal Cargo (frost): mid-tone frosty greyed plum
- Submarine (frost): mid-tone frosty clear blue
- Meet the Fleet (matte): matte midnight blue
- Pandamonium (lustre): frosty gunmetal with white pearl

Pigment, 7.5 g / 0.26 oz, $23.50 CAD
Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. Use to create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. Pigment doesn't streak or cake, is easy to blend and long-lasting.
- Lark About: sheer frosty white blue
- Mutiny: clean sky blue with gold pearl
- Bell-Bottom Blue: frosty dirty blue with white pearl
- Lovely Lily: dirty lilac with red pearl

Technakohl Liner, 0.35 g / 0.012 us oz, $17.50 CAD
A mechanical pencil-style liner. In formula, soft and creamy, with an intense, rich, colour deposit. Blends on application: dries quickly to a long-wear, non-smudge finish.
- Smoothblue: ocean blue with frost
- Greyprint: rich pewter grey with frost

Pro Lash, 7.5 g / 0.25 oz, $13.00 CAD
Lengthening, thickening, non-flaking, non-smudging... totally hard-wearing. Tested and approved by Artists. Industrially packed; commodity-priced.
- Coal Black: honest-to-goodness black

Nail Lacquer, 10 ml / 0.34 us oz, $12.00 CAD
Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Visibly different. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection.
- Naughty Nautical (frost): dark royal blue
- Shirelle (cream): classic she's a dame red


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Product Review: Max Factor Vivid Impact Eye Shadow

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Max Factor
Name: Vivid Impact Eye Shadow
Size: 0.95 g / 0.034 oz
Approx. Price: approx. $5.49

I'm definitely a fan of anything that's convenient when it comes to beauty products. The less time it takes me to get ready in the morning, the better (because it means I get to sleep more!), so these Max Factor eye shadow sticks looked pretty cool.

Available in 10 shade combinations, this is a double-ended loose powder eye shadow that comes with its own built-in applicator. Promising rich, intense colour and an applicator that makes it easy to aplpy as a shadow or a liner.

To Purr About:
- the colour is SUPER intense - the first time I tipped out some powder onto my eyelid I was shocked at how bold the colour was
- very light powder wasn't greasy or too powdery, and stuck to my eyelid quickly and was pretty long-lasting
- once you get used to it, the applicator helped spread the powder on the eyelid quickly
- double-ended product means you get 2 great colours in 1 and the available colour combinations are really cool
- good blending shadow

Claws Out:
- is definitely too intense for everyday wear - definitely not something I'd wear to the office, or even during the day
- powder comes out quite quickly so it's hard to regulate if you're applying directly to your eyelid

Final Comments:
This eye shadow definitely lives up to its name of "Vivid Impact" - the colours are all bold and intense and really POP. The colour combos are well-thought out and there's something that's suitable for almost anyone. However, this is definitely a nighttime eyeshadow - the colours are too intense for daytime wear (for me, anyway). Also, the powder comes out a little too quickly, so it's hard to apply it directly to the eyelid cleanly.

My contact, Samara, shared a nice tip with me on using this product: "If you tip a little bit of the powder out onto a piece of paper or surface and then blend the two shades together (and fine tune the amount of each color), it's easier than trying to blend on your eyelid."

So, this is a great eyeshadow if you want lots of colour and good staying power, but if you want something faster that you can use while on the go (more of an eyeshadow stick than a powder), than don't be fooled by the packaging - this is definitely a powder, and not a stick.

Rating (out of 5):

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Product Review: FHI Flat Iron

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: FHI
Name: Flat Iron
Size: 1"
Approx. Price: $175 CDN

This FHI Flat Iron in a pretty shade of pink has a lot of features, including:
- 20 times more negative ions than the nearest competitors (negative ions allow more water to be absorbed into the hair, thus enhancing the condition of the hair)
- ultra rapid heat up time and superior heat recovery
- 3 baked layers of ceramic plates
- can be used on damp (towel-dried) - no need for blow drying

"FHI made their name in the industry with the Platform Series of variable heat, ceramic tourmaline flat irons that use the most advanced ceramic heating in the world to create the best style effects that preserve your hair's health. Nano silver and nano titanium oxide keep your hair and iron free of chemicals and bacteria, while damp-to-dry styling is also possible! FHI's Platform Series use the largest PTFC heaters in their class, meaning faster heat up, greater heat control and retention." (from the web site)

To Purr About:
- heats up really quickly
- 1" width is probably the best size to get, as it's pretty versatile. I have super-straight, thick hair and I created ringlets and waves in about 20 minutes with this flat iron
- didn't really need to use any product to smooth down my hair after using this, although a little extra product ensures your look lasts longer
- extra long cord makes it easier to manage

Claws Out:
- none really
- just be careful as it gets REALLY hot

Final Comments:
I love this flat iron - it's quick, easy to use and really versatile. When I want something fancy (and had long hair), I could create curls in my poker-straight Asian hair. Not that I have a bob, it's perfect for smoothing out my straight hairs in a few minutes to get my sleek look instantly. The cute pink colour is a bonus!

Rating (out of 5):

*SALE ALERT* is having a great sale on this particular iron and several other flat irons right now - you can get this pink FHI Flat Iron for $119.99 USD (and yes, they ship to Canada). You can check out this particular flat iron here.

If you have a product that you've tried and would like to write a review, send me an email! Details on how to submit a review can be found in the left-hand sidebar.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Product Review: Neutrogena Wave Power Cleanser

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Neutrogena
Name: Wave Power-Cleanser
Size: n/a
Approx. Price: $15.99 CDN

A new power cleanser from Neutrogena makes some pretty big claims:
- Better than the leading cleanser
- Removes more dirt, oil and makeup
- Soft skin after 1 use
- Gentle for daily use

I have always wanted to try these hand-held cleansing machines, but usually they're quite expensive, and I'm always concerned that it's going to be too harsh on my skin. But as I'm a loyal fan of Neutrogena, I figured I'd give this one a try - and the price is pretty reasonable too!

To Purr About:
- pretty quiet when on
- shape and rubbery sides make it very easy to hold onto while in use
- the soft cottony pads attach extremely quickly (there's a velcro-like part on the machine that you just lightly push the pad onto and it sticks automatically, but is also easy to pull off)
- water-resistant power cleanser means you can use it in the shower
- I actually noticed that my pores were clean after ONE use
- my skin felt smooth after using this but it didn't feel dry or stretch at all

Claws Out:
- the pads aren't really pre-soaped, even though they say that they are "foaming pads" - I still feel like I need to use my own cleanser, with this power cleanser
- battery compartment was really hard to open - it took me about 5 minutes to get it open. i can understand why, since the cleanser is water-proof, but it was still frustrating - I almost gave up on it!
- would be kind of nice if the pads came with a choice of neutrogena cleanser infused in it to make the cleansing even better

Final Comments:
I'm pretty impressed with this little gadget - it's gentle, yet cleans very well and leaves skin clean, soft and not dry at all. a box of replacement pads cost approximately $10.99 CDN, so it's not the most economical thing to add to your daily routine, especially if you still also purchase a daily facial cleanser, but it's nice to do a deep cleanse once in a while and bring out your own glowing skin.

Rating (out of 5):

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

NEW Product Line: Lancome Colour Fever Roses

"Lancome has captured the actual colour of rose petals to create a vibrant collection of 5 Colour Fever Lipstick limited edition shades. To accenturate the Colour Fever Lipstick shades and to bring the collection to full bloom, enhance your look with Colour Fever Gloss and 3 limited edition shades of Le Vernis." (description from Lancome Canada site)

Colour Fever Roses, $31 CAD
The colour of true roses on the lips.
- Red Red Rose
- Daring Rose
- Rising Rose
- Lancome Rose
- Darling Rose

Colour Fever Gloss Roses, $29.00 CAD
The colour of true roses on the lips.
- Lancome Rose
- Arizona Rose
- Mademoiselle Rose

Le Vernis, $20.00 CAD
Limited Edition. Intense shine, long-lasting formula.
- Arizona Peach
- Lancome Rose
- Furious in Fushia


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Product Review: Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

Reviewer: S.K.Y.

Brand: Burt's Bees
Name: Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
Size: 0.15 oz / 4.25 g
Approx. Price: $4.99 CAD

I was desperate to find a product that would ail my horribly chapped lips and lip area, so I headed to my local Shoppers Drug Mart and picked up this lip balm. I’ve been using Lip Medex up to now, but I wanted to try something more “natural”. I’ve tried some Burt’s Bees products in the past (cuticle cream and a Lemon-Lime Lip Gloss) and although I wasn’t BLOWN away with the results, I have heard great things about their lip balms.

Burt’s Bees describes how their lip balm works (on their website): “This replenishing and hydrating natural lip balm is infused with the antioxidant goodness of Pomegranate oil. It replenishes moisture and restores texture to reveal smooth, healthy lips, and coats them for a smooth, even-toned appearance.”

To Purr About:
- nice subtle scent/taste of pomegranates
- light feeling, not heavy/waxy
- "all-natural"

Claws Out:
- not very moisturizing
- doesn't last very long - meaning lots of re-application
- no SPF

Final Comments:
I used this product religiously for a few weeks to try to wean myself away from relying too heavily on Blistex’s Lip Medex product, but I was finding myself having to reapply every few minutes (no exaggeration). And although it worked to soothe my heavily chapped lips, I was definitely wanting for more lasting time. I will probably re-try it when the weather is less dry.

Rating (out of 5):

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Monday, May 05, 2008

NEW Product: benefit lust dusters

Brand: Benefit
Name: Lust Dusters
Size: 1.8 g / 0.06 ozPrice: $18 USD

A sheer shimmery loose powder that works as an accent colour for your eyes. A little goes a long way!

Shades Available:
- boom boom: ocean blue
- cloud 9: pink frosting
- go go girl: pink rush
- goldilocks: golden buttercup
- jelly roll: icy lilac
- moon doggie: soft mint
- nugget: sparkling sand
- punk royalty: sparkling grape
- snow bunny: snow shimmer


Saturday, May 03, 2008

NEW Product: Olay Botanical Fusion Body Wash

Brand: Olay
Name: Botanical Fusion Body Wash
Size: 450 mL
Price: n/a

Olay conditioners, fused with scents inspired by nature, are formulated to delight your senses while hydrating your skin. The rich, creamy formula has nourishing moisturizers that leave your skin well hydrated.

Scents Available:
- Hydrate: nourish dry skin and promote more even tone
- Restore: restore skin's youthful vibrance


Friday, May 02, 2008

NEW Product: MAC Dazzleglass

Brand: M.A.C.
Name: Dazzleglass
Size: 1.92 g / 0.06 us oz
$20 CAD

(From the MAC website): "Lipcolour that dazzles with light and shine to bring an exciting dimensional pop to your lips. Large particle pearls reflect and refract light to mimic the brilliance of quartz and opal crystal. Provides exceptional shine with a crystalline iridescence. Non-sticky, non-tacky, lightweight and moisturizing. Glides on. Wear alone, or layer over lipstick or Lipglass for dramatic effect. Features our signature MAC vanilla aroma."

Shades Available:
- Comet blue: violet blue
- Funtabulous: purple with violet pearl
- Ms. Fizz: bright pink with blue pearl
- Like Venus: clean light bubble gum pink with red pearl
- Baby Sparks: pale pink with violet pearl
- Money, Honey: mid-tone rose mauve with red pearl
- Rags to Riches: plumy pink with teal and red pearl
- Date Night: deep plum with blue and gold pearl
- Spanking Rich: raspberry pink with red and gold pearl
- Get Rich Quick: warm yellow brown
- Bare Necessity: caramel apricot with red and gold
- Steppin' Out: clean yellow pink with red pearl
- Glamour: bright coral red with red pearl
- Sugarrimmed: milky pale pink with red, teal and white pearl
- Pleasure Principle: clear white violet, teal and white pearl
- Love Alert: raspberry red with red pearl


Thursday, May 01, 2008

NEW Product: Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick

Brand: Dior
Name: Addict High Shine Lipstick
Size: n/a
Price: $31 CAD

A translucent, long-lasting lipstick that features extra long wear, extreme show-stopping shine and light-drenched colour. Lip-fix powders and micro-polymers cling to lips to prevent smudging and light reflection helps lips look smooth and young.

Colours Available:
- Sheer Rose 174: sheer warm pink
- Nude Silhouette 214: sheer muted peach
- Casual Beige 222: sheer pinky beige
- Beige-a-Porter 324: sheer rose beige
- Sensation Coral 246: sheer coral
- Champagne Blush 352: sheer golden pink
- Bronze Bombshell 420: sheer vibrant copper
- Rose Show 454: sheer vibrant rose
- Spotlight Coral 530: sheer bright coral
- Backstage Pink 554: sheer vibrant berry pink
- Chestnut Chic 612: sheer plum brown
- Cranberry Coquette 624: sheer rosy brown
- Pink Protege 664: sheer pink
- Catwalk Mauve 680: sheer mauve plum
- Model Brown 714: sheer bronze
- Gipsy Red 734: sheer orange red
- Runway Red 750: sheer berry red
- Flamenco Red 754: sheer cherry red
- Raspberry Rush 774: sheer berry plum
- Front-Row Fig 914: sheer brownish purple

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