Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lancome Bonus Time at Sears

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time again! (There seems to be a lot of these happening lately).

Retailer: Sears and
Minimum amount you need to spend: $33 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: Aug. 28 - Sept. 19, 2008

What you get:
- Primordiale Skin Recharge visibly smoothing and renewing moisturizer SPF 15, 15 ml
- Le Rouge Absolu reshaping and replenishing lipcolour SPF 15 in Bordeaux
- Colour Design eye shadow in Daylight, Positive, Impress and Strut
- Blush Subtil delicate oil-free powder blush duo-shimmer in Coral Sunset and Sheer Peach
- CILS BOOSER XL mascara
- 3-piece eye brush set
- Lancome signature cosmetic bag and matching companion bag


NEW Product Line: MAC Overrich

"Fall for luscious. Eight pigments that keep you de-lovely and delicious as ever. Oxidized, rich-metal hues are a cakewalk to apply, for eyes, face and all the sweet spots...These Overrich pigments satisfy an appetite for glamour." (description from MAC site)

Oh my goodness. Such bad timing! I have become ADDICTED to MAC eyeshadows lately and have purchased 7 eyeshadows and 7 pigments in the past month. Ack! And now they've put out a limited edition collection of pigments? Eeek! I'm in trouble...

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 does not streak or cake, is easy to blend and long-lasting.
- Blonde's Gold: light tan with gold and whit pearl
- Heritage Rouge: deep burgundy with red and brown pearl
- Copperbeam: rusted brown with red pearl
- Vintage Gold: tarnished green with gold pearl
- Antique Green: turquoise green with green pearl
- Museum Bronze: rich taupe with gold pearl
- Mega-Rich: frosty burnt orange with gold pearl
- Mauvement (frost): cool taupe with gold pearl


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Product Review: thi Lip Gloss

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: thi
Name: Lip Gloss
Size: 4.5 g
Price: $17 USD

Shade Tried: Kanya

I was recently introduced to a new line of cosmetics called thi. Created by Asian American Taylor Pham, this cosmetic line celebrates Asian beauty and the colours are all designed to flatter yellow undertones and have been specifically chosen to complement Asian complexions.

The Lip Gloss comes in five lovely shades and is "enriched with luminescent sparkles", helping lips to "appear fuller, shinier and more defined".

To Purr About:
- lovely, glossy formula with lots of shine
- Kanya is a beautiful, nude shade that goes really well with my Asian colouring
- easy, sponge applicator in a cute tube
- no off-putting smell or super-fruity fragrance added

Claws Out:
- a little pricey for the size
- gloss is a little thicker than I would prefer

Final Comments:
I have always had trouble finding a nice, beige/nude shade for my skin tone. I have naturally dark lips so many nude lipsticks just end up looking kind of pink. This lip gloss, however, doesn't. It looks gorgeous. The colour is very subtle, with lots of shine, but doesn't look too slick. I love the way it looks on my lips! It's thicker than most glosses so the colour stays true after application.

I'm super impressed with this lip gloss and am excited to try other thi products.

Rating (out of 5):

If you're interested in learning more about thi, check out their site at

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Product Review: Anastasia Eye Lights Shimmer

(One of my great regular reviewers, S.K.Y. is now reviewing under the name Suziesaurus)

Reviewer: Suziesarus

Brand: Anastasia
Name: Eye Lights Shimmer
Size: 2.8 g / 0.1 oz
Price: approximately $21 USD

This product was actually part of the Anastasia Five Item Brow Kit that Cinnamon Kitten previously reviewed. After checking out the Anastasia website I realized that the creator of the line, Anastasia Soare, was featured for an episode of “Women on Top” that I watched.

The Application Tips from the website:

* Apply directly underneath the eyebrow along the brow bone and blend with finger.
* After sharpening, use as a liner underneath the eye, inside the water line of the eye, to brighten and open up the eye.
* May be applied over an eye shadow for a glossy look.
* For a flirty look, apply the shimmer pencil over a lipstick.
* May be applied along the cheek bone for added radiance to the skin.

To Purr About:
- glides on effortlessly
- easy to blend
- convenient to carry around for touchups
- lasts pretty much all day
- looks very natural
- it’s great that you can buy each item of the Five Item Brow Kit separately to fit your needs and budget

Claws Out:
- a little pricey

Final Comments:
I didn’t know there were so many products out there tailored to eyebrows.

I love that this product replaces my highlighting eye shadow shade compact and brush. It is so much more convenient, especially when I’m traveling. And it blends super well. I was a little hesitant when I first applied it as it looked a bit harsh, but the moment I started to blend with my fingertips I was thrilled at the ease.

It was so light and airy I barely even knew it was there! Looks like I’ve got a new staple to my makeup case!

Rating (out of 5):

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lancome Bonus Time at Holt Renfrew

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time again!

Retailer: Holt Renfrew
Minimum amount you need to spend: $50 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: ends September 3, 2008

Yes, the minimum amount is a little high, but this is a really unique and cute bag!

What you get:
- Secret de Vie Ultimate Cellular Reviving Crème
- Secret de Vie Eye Ultimate Cellular Reviving Crème
- Nutrix Royal Intense Restoring Lipid-Enriched Lotion
- Color Design Eye Shadow Palette & Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder
- Volumizing Hypnôse Mascara
- Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolour
- Color Fever Gloss Sensual Vibrant Lipshine
- Signature Lancome bag

image: Holt Renfrew e-flyer

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

NEW Product Line: MAC Cult of Cherry

"The new forbidden fruit. Deep, dark, dramatic. Lips ripened with juicy cerises and intoxicating kirsches while eyes smoulder in luscious spiced chocolate. With its sense of way-to-go dark, this is how we separate the bitter from the sweet...Fall drama just got more delicious." (description from MAC site)

Just the name of the collection is enough to make anyone think of luscious red shades and deep, rich, yummy pinks. Mmmm. Perfect for autumn!

Lipstick, 3 g / 0.1 us oz, $17.00 CAD
Colour plus texture for the lips.
- Creme Cerise (lustre): sheer yellow taupe
- Lightly Ripe (lustre): sheer mid-tone pink
- So Scarlet (amplified creme): clean grape burgundy
- O (frost): intense purplish-red with metallic golden shimmer
- Russian Red (matte): intense bluish-red

Mattene Lipstick, 2.3 g / 0.08 us oz, $17.50 CAD
With its streamlined design, this slimline lipcolour, features the traditional glamour properties of a matte lipstick – intense colour and semi-matte velvety finish – while offering a creamier, softer, more glide-on application. Non-caking, non drying. Moisturizing and incredibly wearable yet absolutely matte.
- Kirsch: blackened cranberry
- Bing: blackened eggplant
- Chock-ful: blackened brown
- Rapturous: deep berry red

Tinted Lipglass, 4.8 g / 0.17 oz., $16.50 CAD
A unique lip gloss that can create a high gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. Designed to be worn on its own, over Lip Pencil or Lipstick, Tinted Lipglass is the perfect product for creating shine that lasts. It's pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic colour. It contains Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips. Tinted Lipglass is packaged in a convenient bottle with a sponge tip applicator that provides a quick, smooth, even application.
- Liqueur (frost): neutral brownish mauve with multi-dimensional pearl
- Cherry Blossom (frost): sheer light pink with multi-dimensional pearl
- Rich & Ripe (frost): mid-tone pinkish red with multi-dimensional pearl
- Jampacked (frost): sheer grape with multi-dimensional pearl
- Cult of Cherry (frost): clean red with red pearl

Shadowy Lady Eye Shadow x 4, $43.00 CAD
A compact of four distinct shades that complement the dark rich opulence of MAC Cult of Cherry collection. Features limited-edition shades of Light Fall, Smudged Violet, Deep Truth and Shadowy Lady in a lush textural mix of satin, lustre and matte finishes.

Spiced Chocolate Eye Shadow x 4, $43.00 CAD
A compact of four Eye Shadow shades specially selected to complement the dark rich opulence of MAC Cult of Cherry colour collection. Features limited and back-again-edition shades of Nanogold, Spiced Chocolate, Brash and Sweet Chestnut in an array of luxury textures: frost, matte, and veluxe pearl.

Tempting Eye Shadow x 4, $43.00 CAD
A compact of four Eye Shadows specially selected to complement the dark rich opulence of the MAC Cult of Cherry collection. Cocoa-inspired, features limited-edition and back again shades of: Tempting, Next to Nothing, Dark Edge and Sharp, in a lush textural mix of satin, frost and lustre.

Zoom Lash, 8 g / 0.28 us oz, $14.00 CAD
This instant volume mascara power-lifts the lashes into length and curls them up. Precision control wand glides smoothly down lashes to provide a gorgeously silky upward "sweep". Smudgeproof and long-wearing.
- Zoomblack: rich black

Powder Blush, 6 g / 0.21 oz, $22.00 CAD
Colour for the cheeks and face.
- Plum du Bois (frost): frosted deep pink bronze with gold pearl
- Blooming (frost): frosty deep dirty peach

Nail Lacquer, 10 ml / 0.34 us oz, $13.00
Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection.
- Illegal Purple (cream): creamy blackened eggplant
- Silverstruck (frost): frosty grayed taupe with multi-dimensional pearl


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Product Review: The Body Shop Sheer Lip Shine

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: The Body Shop
Name: Sheer Lip Shine
Size: 2.1 g / 0.07 oz
Price: $14.50 CAD

Shade Tried: 01 Sheer Pink

Although I've used many products from The Body Shop line before, I've never tried their cosmetics. So the last time I was in The Body Shop I picked up a lip gloss to try.

The Body Shop Sheer Lip Shines are "a beautiful range of luxurious moisturizing lipsticks that offer sheer colour coverage with a high shine finish and a sweet scent on application." (from The Body Shop web site)

To Purr About:
- very soft, moisturizing formula just glides on the lips easily
- colour is sheer (although I tried a light colour, so I'm not sure how sheer the darker shades are)
- light, sweet fragrance
- nice glossy shine
- formula isn't thick and is great for summer

Claws Out:
- light formula disappears off the lips pretty quickly

Final Comments:
Considering the lipstick doesn't last very long and needs to be re-applied quite often, I've been going through this lipstick pretty quickly. So for me, $14.50 is a lot to pay for a lipgloss, but it's really nice. And it's available in 8 really pretty shades, so I am tempted to go back and try a few others (like Strawberry and Sheer Ruby.

Rating (out of 5):

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Product Review: Clean & Clear Soft Purifying Cleanser

Reviewer: babycAt

Brand: Clean & Clear
Name: Soft Purifying Cleanser
Size: 141 g
Price: approximately $10 CAD

According to the Clean & Clear web site, this product "is designed to cleanse, purify and soften young skin to keep it looking beautiful, clear and healthy looking now and in the future. While trying to achieve a flawless complexion teens typically over-dry their faces by cleansing with harsh ingredients that strip skin of essential moisture and nourishment. Now there is a product formulated specifically for their young skin...a foaming face scrub that cleanses and exfoliates while moisturizing skin to combat dryness."

To Purr About:
- I like the exfoliating beads in it, it's not too rough on the skin and you can use it everyday without skin feeling dry

- it works as a light make up remover

- it does leave the skin really soft!

Claws Out:
- it hasn't visibly shown to heal acne

Final Comments:
It's a good exfoliating cleanser for day and night useage if you have no acne.

Rating (out of 5):

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Product Review: Pop Beauty Lip Lust

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Pop
Name: Lip Lust
Size: 0.13 oz
Price: approximately $15 CAD

Shade Tried: No 1 Naughty Red

Pop Beauty is a fun and flirty line that's filled with cute colours, and products including lipsticks, eyeshadows and face powders.

The lipstick is slightly shorter than the average lipstick height, but the tube is sooooo pretty. It's a lovely shade of very pale blue covered with lovely purple blossoms.

On Sephora's site, this lipstick claims it is "a super-hydrating lipstick that comes in bright, sheer color-popping shades that also contain nourishing vitamin E and lip plumping ingredients."

I had to put aside my crush on the packaging before I could focus on the lipstick itself!

To Purr About:
- when I took the cap off the tube I was a little shocked at how RED the colour looked, but upon application, the colour is actually sheer and not as intense as the lipstick
- very light formula, doesn't weigh down lips
- glides on smoothly, very hydating feel
- the red is very flattering

Claws Out:
- none really except that I wish it came in more than four shades (Naughty Red, Flirty Fuschia, Dewy Toffee and Petal Pink).

Final Comments:
This is one time that the product was as good as it's cover. I adore the packaging of this lipstick - it's so cute and different! And the lipstick inside is just as adorable. Sheer and moisturizing, it's a great product. One layer gives you a sheer hint of colour and two or more layers really builds up the colour and makes it intense, which I love, as it's easy to build a different look really quickly. I just wish it came in a larger range of colours, as only four shades does limit a girl's options!

Rating (out of 5):

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Estee Lauder Bonus Time at the Bay

Canadians - It's Estee Lauder Bonus Time!

This is very similar to the current Estee Lauder bonus event that's happening at Dillards in the US (which I posted about before)

Retailer: The Bay
Minimum amount you need to spend: $32 CAD (before taxes) or $75 USD (before taxes) for the tote
Duration: ends Sept. 1, 2008

What you get:
- your choice of lipstick shade (warm OR cool)
- your choice of eye shades (warm OR cool)
- Hydra Bright Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer, 7 day supply
- Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara
- Estee Lauder Sensous sample
- 2 chic black bags

If you spend $75 or more you can add the shiny tote bag to the gift for free!

image: Bay e-flyer

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Product Review: CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lipgloss

Reviewer: S.K.Y.

Brand: CoverGirl
Name: Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lipgloss
Size: 13 mL
Price: Approx. $8 CAD

My lips are very sensitive and dry, so I am always on the lookout for new lip products to use. Seeing as it is finally summer I figured it was time to find a fun lipgloss for the season.

From Covergirl’s website: "Pamper your lips with fresh, fruity flavor, a burst of shine and the smooth feel of a lip balm! Each pocket-sized tube of Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers has a conditioning formula, with botanical ingredients, helps improve lip condition over time and lock in moisture for hours."

To Purr About:
- available in 12 fun and beautiful shades
- subtle watermelon scent/taste
- not too sticky or heavy

Claws Out:
- does not improve lip condition over time
- difficult to get even look (difficult to control flow)
- doesn't last very long
- dried out my lips a tiny bit

Final Comments:
I was looking for a nice summer lipgloss and didn’t really expect this product to improve my lip condition over time so I wasn’t horribly disappointed when it didn’t deliver on that claim. I was impressed by the fact that this product didn’t dry out my lips as much as I expected as I have very sensitive lips. I do wish it would last a bit longer though. Overall I would say it’s a pretty good, affordable lipgloss and wouldn’t mind trying out the other colours – I just have to master applying the lipgloss without a mirror as it’s a bit tricky to get an even look with my amateur skills.

Rating (out of 5):

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

NEW Product Line: Essie 2008 Fall Collection

I guess the neon-shades of summer were just a fad and Essie's fall collection reflects a calmer and more traditional look.

Although a small collection, there are some great shades in this set - check it out!

- Lacy Not Racy
- No Boundaries
- Forever Young
- Big Spender
- Tomboy No More
- Swept Off My Feet


Monday, August 11, 2008

Product Review: Skinn Cosmetics Wet Shine Lip Gloss

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Skinn Cosmetics
Name: Wet Shine Lip Gloss
Size: 14 ml / 0.5 oz
Price: approximately $12.50 USD

Shade Tried: Garnet

Skinn Cosmetics was launched in 2002 by professional make-up artist Dimitri James, who has over 20 years of experience working with the largest cosmetic companies in the world. Offered through TV home shopping networks, the internet and exclusive, privately-owned spas and salons, Skinn strives to deliver the highest quality product at an affordable price.

The Lip Gloss comes in 14 different shades and includes "Vitamin E, Soy and Aloe to soothe even the driest lips".

To Purr About:
- lovely, fragrant, almost fruity, smell
- lip gloss is light, and not sticky or greasy feeling
- has a nice colour that isn't too heavy
- lips feel moisturized

Claws Out:
- would love it if this cosmetics line was more readily available

Final Comments:
This is a great lip gloss - light, very shiny and with a hint of colour. My only complaint is that, unless you live near one of the "exclusive, privately owned spas/salons", you need to order this product either through the home shopping programs or online (at, which means you need to may shipping (and Canadians probably need to add taxes and import duties to that), which increases the price tag of this lip gloss.

Rating (out of 5):

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

NEW Product Line: Sephora Tricks of the Trade Collection

"Sephora's new line of must-haves puts the secret tips and tricks of the backstage pros at your fingertips." (description from Sephora site)

I'm a huge fan of Sephora the store, but haven't tried too many products from Sephora the brand. I may pick up a few of these just to give them a try, but for most of these products, I already have a "tried and true" favourite, but who knows, perhaps Sephora has come up with a better alternative!

The prices are a little high, but not in comparison to some other, more popular brands.


Radiance Mist, 1.6 oz, $14 CAD
A colourless spray-on mist that instantly rejuvenates tired skin to provide an instant burst of radiance. Infused with kiwi and citrus fruit extracts to give your skin a vitamin boost. This treatment will leave your skin looking soft, glowing, and fresh with a satin finish. Alcohol-free.

Perfection Primer, 1 oz, $21 CAD
A highlighting makeup base that brightens and beautifies the skin. The pink pearlescent micro-particles and soft-focus pigments reflect the light for a radiant complexion. Ensures easier makeup application for ultimate long-lasting wear.

Anti-Shine Primer, 1 oz, $21 CAD
An anti-shine skin primer for the face. Preps skin to expertly hold foundation and mattifies skin for up to eight hours, controlling and balancing sebum production. It guarantees that your makeup stays fresh and colour-true. It's suitable for both combination and oily skin types.

Makeup Setting Mist, 1.6 oz, $14 CAD
A colorless makeup fixing mist. Creates an invisible shield over the face that keeps makeup in place. It leaves a comfortable coating that fixes makeup application until you remove it. The mist improves makeup wearability and prevents color from running.

Immediate Wrinkle Filler, 0.42 oz, $22 CAD
A face and eye wrinkle-filling primer. Evens out skin tone while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. The gel texture enriched with silicones instantly fills in fine lines and surface imperfections for immediate results. The silky texture provides easy and pleasant application.


Instant Lip Plumper, $16 CAD
A tingly lip-enhancing treatment. This clear, glossy lip enhancer is infused with natural pepper and mint extracts to stimulate microcirculation, resulting in full lips. Apply alone, over or under lipstick.

Perfection Lip Primer, $14 CAD
A lip-priming pencil for pucker perfection. Preps lips for longer-lasting lipstick application and prevents lipstick from creasing and color from running. It nourishes lips and fills in fine lip wrinkles to create a perfectly smooth pout. A natural active ingredient also works to temporarily plump lips. The primer comes as a portable and conveniently sized jumbo pencil for easy gripping and control.

Lip Last, $16 CAD
A clear liquid that prolongs lip color. Makes your lip color stay put for hours, if not all day. Just dip the brush applicator into the liquid and paint it on. The clear fixative does the rest.

Complete Lip Balm, 0.29 oz, $10 CAD
A lip balm infused with moisturizing mango butter and vitamin E. A complete lip treatment that provides four key benefits: it nourishes, moisturizes, protects and contains a natural active ingredient to temporarily plump lips.


Eyeshadow Transformer, $14 USD
A liquid that gives your eyeshadows new life as gorgeous eyeliners. Lets you magically transform any eyeshadow into a smudge-proof liquid liner. Use this unique, clear liquid and built-in eyeliner brush to match your eyeliner with your eye shadow for a more intense, sophisticated makeup look.

Eyeliner Last, $16 CAD
A clear top coat that seals eyeliner. Prevents your eyeliner from creasing and smudging. It also keeps eyeliner color looking brilliantly vibrant.

Eye Brightener, $16 CAD
An eye brightening and contouring pencil. Conceals shadows and dark circles under the eyes to achieve a fresh look. With a soft and velvety application, the pencil leaves a sheer pink color that softly illuminates eyes.


Friday, August 08, 2008

Product Review: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Jack Black
Name: Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Lemon & Chamomile
Size: 7 g / 0.25 oz
Price: approximately $7 USD

Building on the success of their Intense Therapy Lip Balm with Natural Mint & Shea Butter, Jack Black introduces their Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Lemon & Chamomile.

I'm very particular about Lip Balms and find that I'm more picky about balms than I am with lipsticks/lip glosses. This new product looked promising as it promised to be gentle ("fragrance-free, colourant-free, dermatologist-tested") but nourishing at the same time.

All too often, lip balms just disappear without delivering any of the moisturizing or healing properties that they promise.

To Purr About:
- I LOVE the smell of this lip blam - it's a sweet, lemon smell (slightly reminds me of a lemon-meringue pie). My husband commented on the nice smell as well.
- easy applicator helps the gel-like balm glide on
- soft formula glided on easily without feeling too greasy or being too watery
- balm was thick enough to last for a long time
- my lips actually did feel much more moisturized after application
- there's no colour but there is a slight shimmer to it, so I could wear it without any lip colour and it still looked nice

Claws Out:
- no major issues
- the price tag is a little high for a lip balm (for me anyway)

Final Comments:
I love this lip balm, although the price tag is a little high for it to become my regular tote-along lip balm. But whenever my lips need an extra boost of moisture, this would definitely be one that I'd reach for. I also appreciate the SPF 25, which makes it a great summer-time lip treat.

This lip balm is available at places like Sephora, Nordstrom or online at

Rating (out of 5):

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Win a Purse from Now Entering Momville

Heaven knows I have too many bags, but really, what's one more? I still don't have as many bags as I have lipsticks (ok, I do admit bags take up more space!)

Anyhow, a fabulously cute new blog I've just discovered is having a purse giveaway and I'm helping to spread the word. Go check out Now Entering Momville and enter to win a midnight blue Elliot Lucca bag!

It's really simple to enter - just leave a comment mentioning the bag that you're carrying now (or 3, in my case). Seriously, over the course of one day I can carry up to 4 different bags - it's crazy.

Good luck!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Estee Lauder Bonus Time at Dillard's

Americans - It's Estee Lauder Bonus Time!

Retailer: Dillard's
Minimum amount you need to spend: $27.50 USD (before taxes) or $55 USD (before taxes) for the tote
Duration: while supplies last

What you get:
- your choice of lipstick shade (warm OR cool)
- your choice of eye shades (warm OR cool)
- your choice of either Hydra Bright Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer with Soft Clean Tender Creme Cleanser, 7 day supply OR Resilience Lift Exterme Ultra Firming Creme with Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser
- Estee Lauder Sensous sample
- blue makeup case
- blue pattened pouch

If you spend $55 or more you can add the shiny tote bag to the gift for free!

Special thanks to Deb B. for emailing me about this great offer!


Product Review: Malibu Secret

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Malibu Secret
Name: Body Treatment
Size: 7.25 oz
Price: approximately $25 USD

There are many products on the market that focus on anti-aging for your face - but what about your body? That's what Malibu Secret asks. They've created a body cream that addresses this issue:

Designed to repair and replenish using a potent combination of botanicals, anti-oxidants, various butters, and a multitude of vitamins, the product claims to:

- improve skin suppleness and texture
- Promote free radical protection
- Intensely hydrate and moisturize

Although I can't really say much about the anti-aging properties, I did put my favourite body moisturizer on hold for the past few weeks to give Malibu Secret a try.

To Purr About:
- super moisturizing
- besides using it regularly as a skin cream, I slathered some on a particularly rough patch of skin I've developed on my knee that my regular cream wasn't smoothing out. Withing 2 days, the scaly skin was gone
- although the cream is rich and thick, it still absorbs very quickly and doesn't leave any greasy after-feel

Claws Out:
- a little expensive compared to other body creams
- I find the smell a little too floral

Final Comments:
Again, I can't say if the anti-aging claims work or not, but as a moisturizer, this cream really does do a great job. It's thick and moisturizing, but still absorbs quickly and is pretty light. Although the scent is pleasant, I would prefer a fragrance-free version as I found it competed too much with my perfume.

If you'd like to try this out for yourself, you can buy directly online at

Rating (out of 5):

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Product Review: eyeeco tranquileyes Chronic Dry Eye TE Kit

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: eyeeco
Name: Tranquileyes Chronic Dry Eye TE Kit
Size: n/a
Price: approximately $59 USD

I've been wearing glasses since the fourth grade and as soon as I was old enough, I switched to contacts. Unfortunately, I often find I can't wear my contacts several days in a row as my eyes get irritated and dry. So when I was offered the chance to try out the Tranquileyes Therapy syste by eyeeco, I jumped at the chance.

Available through doctor's offices, high-end spas/resorts or direct from the company online (, there are several different Kits, depending on which problem you'd like to combat most (dry eyes, puffy eye, age defense, travel, etc).

I tried the Kit for Chronic Dry Eyes with ThermoEyes and tried both the Heat Therapy and the Cold Therapy. Although you can sleep with the mask, I opted for using the hourly treatments.

The kit includes:
- a pair of tranquileyes goggles
- 1 spare set of foam replacements
- 1 set of Blue instant thermoeyes
- 1.0 fl oz Foam for Cleanser
- net bag for dryin
- travel sack

To Purr About:
- I love being able to use both heat and cold therapies, depending on what I wanted to "pamper" my eyes for
- I found with regular use that my eyes didn't dry out as often and I could wear my contacts for longer periods of time
- The darkness that the mask creates is very relaxing
- Instructions were really thorough and easy to follow
- Eye mask is really comfortable

Claws Out:
- a little expensive

Final Comments:
I love this therapy system. It's fairly easy to use and is super comfortable. Although a little pricey at first, you can re-use it over and over again and would only have to replace certain parts (which isn't that expensive in the long run). When I take into account the change in my eyes, this is definitely worth the money. I have actually noticed a difference in how much less my eyes get dry after days of contact wear.

Sometimes, I like putting the mask on after a long day of work just to "relax" since I can't do anything but lie down and listen to some tunes in total darkness (okay, I admit, I have napped a few times while wearing this!).

Rating (out of 5):

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Elizabeth Arden Bonus Time at

Canadians - It's Elizabeth Arden Bonus Time!

Special Thanks to Patty H. for finding this Bonus Offer and letting me know about it!

Minimum amount you need to spend: $38 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: August 2 - 24, 2008

What you get:
- A Ceremide Capsules Travel Pouch with 1.2 ml Ceremide Gold Ultra Lift and Strengthening Eye Capsules, 7 pieces and 3.2 ml Ceremide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules for Face & Throat, 7 pieces
- Eyeshadow Quad in Sparkle, Mingle, Smoke & Tulle, 2.8 g
- Colour Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Bronze Berry Pearl, 4 g
- Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara in Black, 3 ml
- Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment, 30 ml
- a "Red Door" mirror
- a grey and Tibeten red oversized, fold-over clutch

This offer is only available at


Lancome Bonus Online

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time!

Minimum amount you need to spend: $60 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: while supplies last

What you get:
- Absolue Premium Rx, 15 ml
- Blush Subtil
- Absolue Premium Rx Eye, 4.2 ml
- Kabuki brush
- Hypnose mascara
- Colour Fever Shine
- Colour Design eye shadow quad
- Lancome signature bag
- matching pouches


NEW Product Line: M.A.C. Lustre Twins

"Nine new shades of Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour featuring an exclusive sheer pigment top coat, with three Nail Lacquers. Separate if you must, but these Lustre Twins shouldn't live without each other. Codependent couture colour and shine starts here!" (description from MAC site)

Very high shine, but I think I'll pass. I'm saving my pennies to buy those gorgeous shadows in the other new MAC line, Starflash. However, if you're a lip junkie (like I usually am), than this is going to be tempting...

Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour, 8 ml / 0.28 oz, $24.00 CAD
A two-step application of lightweight colour + mirror-finished top coat. Apply the colour. Let it dry. Apply the top coat! Provides sheer to medium coverage with a rich, lustrous, moisturizing finish. Longwearing, comfortable on the lips. Won’t shift, transfer, feather or smudge. Limited Edition.
- Alta Mode / Hip Love: lustre - deep blackened red. top coat - deep plum with red with pearl
- Gypsy Rose / Shimmer It: lustre - berry red with gold pearl. top coat - white gold with multicoloured pearl
- Ripe & Ready / Soft & Lush: lustre - clean bright pink coral with gold pearl. top coat - yellow pink with gold pearl
- Pink Air / White Top: lustre - light pink with pearl. top coat - clear white with red and pink pearl
- Red Reflection / Mirror: lustre - deep berry magenta with pearl. top coat - clear with white pearl
- Coco Lust / Sexy Sweet: lustre - deep red brown. top coat - copper brown with gold pearl
- Boss Brown / Slave to Pink: lustre - chocolate bronze with pearl. top coat - champagne neutral with pearl
- Custom Rose / Pink Virtue: lustre - berry plum with pearl. top coat - light blue pink with silver pearl
- Red Flame / Orange Flicker: lustre - intense bright yellow red. top coat - bright yellow red with gold pearl

Nail Lacquer, 10 ml / 0.34 us oz, $13.00 CAD
Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection. Limited Edition.
- Firehouse (frost): clean bright chrome red
- Perplexing (frost): deep blue purple
- $$$$$ Yes (frost): metallic silver foil


Monday, August 04, 2008

Product Review: Akasha Spinlash Mascara

As Cinnamon Kitten strives to continue bringing a wide range of product reviews, I'm happy to announce the addition of a fourth regular product reviewer to the blog - lido3vy!

Reviewer: lido3vy

Brand: Akasha
Name: Spinlash Mascara
Size: 0.14 oz / 4 g
Price: approximately $14 USD for a package set

The gimmick with the Akasha Spinlash Mascara is that the wand actually ROTATES 360 degrees (in two directions). The idea is that as the wand rotates, you are separating, coating and curling your eyelashes all at once.

To Purr About:
- plastic bristle, it seperates every lash
- great definition
- no clumps!!

Claws Out:
- a little tricky to use in the beginning
- battery ran out after the 5th day

Final Comments:
I love the revolving bristle idea, now I can skip the whole process of combing after putting mascara on.

You can get more info or purchase details at

Rating (out of 5):

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NEW Product Line: M.A.C. Starflash

"Hollywood's new Power Couple. Our 12 new limited-edition Starflash shadows, combined with Kohl Power Eye Pencil. Shades for a smooth, creamy, cushioned life. Provides the double-wattage impact that will take you to the new stylesphere!" (description from MAC site)

I try to approach each new MAC collection carefullly, since I really can't afford to spend too much, plus there's just so many that come out! But I must admit that I was pretty excited about this one - the colours are really pretty and definitely worth snapping up before they're gone. Even though I just bought a new MAC eyeshadow last week (plus 2 MAC Pigments and a Paint Pot!), I have my eye on Star By Night and Top Hat.

Eye Shadow, 1.5 g / 0.05 oz, $17.00 CAD
A remarkably creamy jet-milled pressed Eye Shadow that provides a distinctive pearly finish. Provides smooth-as-silk application with no dust or fly-aways. Medium buildable coverage allows versatility in application. Use discreetly or build it up. Lasts all day without creasing or fading. Blends effortlessly, stays colour-true. Limited edition.
- Star By Night (Starflash): frosty midtone blue
- Talent Pool (Starflash): frosty blue green with gold pearl
- Smoke & Diamonds (Starflash): frosty dirty taupe
- Top Hat (Starflash): frosty dirty indigo
- Lotusland (Starflash): frosty pinky lavender with gold pearl
- Sunset B. (Starflash): frosty clean midtone pink
- Bold & Brazen (Starflash): frosty light copper
- Grand Entrance (Starflash): neutral peach beige
- Glamour Check! (Starflash): frosty reddish brown
- Mink & Sable (Starflash): frosty olive green
- Dreammaker (Starflash): frosty yellow gold
- Go (Starflash): frosty bronze

Kohl Power Eye Pencil, $17.00 CAD
A kohl pencil that has all the intensity and colour power of ultra-soft carbon. Specially formulated to provide deep, fully opaque coverage, provides an intense, smoked finish with duo-chrome pearl. Versatile in application: blend or smudge.
- Orpheus (frost): intense black with gold pearl
- Mystery (frost): rich black with green and teal
- Feline (frost): rich black
- Raven (frost): intense black with red pearl

Plush Lash, $14.00 CAD
A mascara formulated to instantly plump up lashes for extreme voluptuous effect. Fluid formula lightly coats lashes one layer at a time without smearing, smudging or clumping. Goes on via an innovative, specially patented wand with a v-shaped groove that prunes the bristles on one side while leaving the other side full and lush.
- Plushblack: black


Saturday, August 02, 2008

Splendid Reads for Augst 2 & 3

From the Splendicity community, comes this week best in beauty, fashion and shopping.


NY Spender remembers all of her past anti-frizz products and raves about her newest one.

Beauty and Fashion Tech looks at everything you need for a perfect brow from Anastasia Beverly Hills

Viva Woman finds out the types of Vitamin C in skincare products and what works for our skin.

Beauty Bento Box offers her first impressions on the OLAY White Radiance Foaming Cleanser.

My Women Stuff discusses what are chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens.

Beauty Blogging Junkie shows you how you can channel a Mad Men character at various price points.

Cinnamon Kitten forsakes her M.A.C. brushes for a few weeks to try out a couple of eco-friendly ecoTools.

Beauty Match has a video review: Should you buy Cover Girl Lash Blast or Maybelline Collosal Mascara?

Beauty Secrets Revealed is Giving Away AminoGenesis Anti-aging Skin Care Products Worth $119

Makeup and Beauty Blog gives you details on how to attend a free Chanel master makeup class.


Shopalicious wants to share the wonderful jewelry concoctions of Amy of the B-Line, chemistry teacher by day, jewelry designer for fun!

ShopDiary loves the scent of Hermèssence Vétiver Tonka.

Laya's EYE has fallen in love with the prettiest cupcake wrappers she has ever seen.

Shoe Blitz talks about the hottest shoe trends for fall.

Glamour Gift Guide loves the look of Lori Bonn jewelry, including coordinating necklaces, bracelets and more.


Style...a work in progress is looking forward to a Gothic-Victorian-cowgirl style Fall and tells us about it when she says "Real cowboys never run, they just ride away"

Style Manila invites all to support the Style Manila Page on Facebook!

Tops 2 Bottoms shares some shirred and bubble style ideas for your work wear.

Just A Formality talks about trends in bridal shoes.

The Space Between My Peers wonders if long floral dresses are hopelessly dated.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Product Review: CoverGirl Eye Enhancers

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: CoverGirl
Name: Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow
Size: 2.5 g (0.09 oz)
Price: Approx. $4 CAD

Shade Tried: Purple Pop

I have been really into eyeshadows lately and have added a whole bunch to my makeup stash lately. I also love the colour purple when it comes to eye colours. Shades of purple and lilac always look great with brown eyes, and Asians are no exception.

I've tried a lot of drugstore eyeshadow brands where the colour looks great in the package, but are way too light or washed out when you actually apply it (one drawback of drugstore cosmetic shopping is often the lack of testers).

To Purr About:
- the purple shade looks great in the package and looks just as good once applied
- colour is really strong and vibrant, even with only one sweep of the applicator
- applicator has two different ends - a rounded one and a pointy one, perfect for different application amounts
- really reasonable price
- CoverGirl Eye Enhancers come in a really large amount of options, and include 1, 3 and 4-shade kits

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
I'm really surprised at the intense wash of colour that these Eye Enhancers provide, even with only one swipe of the applicator. The huge range of colours available means that everyone should be able to find something that they like. Although many of the colours are too bright (think neon green!) for me, I do appreciate how many options there are. The price is really reasonable as well, so you can definitely buy a few to experiment with.

Rating (out of 5):

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