Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Check out Noevir

One of the greatest things that I have discovered since starting this little blog is that I have been introduced to some really great cosmetics and beauty care brands that I wouldn't have been exposed to otherwise.

A couple of months ago I was introduced to another new line called Noevir, a great line from Japan (I love Japanese products!)

Noevir is researched, developed and manufactured in Japan and enjoys the standing of being in the top 50 skin care companies in the world for the past 7 yrs (as ranked by WD Beauty Biz Magazine).

In the February 5th, 2008 edition of Good Houskeeping's "Quick & Simple", country superstar Reba McEntire reveals the secrets behind her youthful complexion. The Queen of Country credits her great looks to:

"...nightly makeup removal and an herbal facial cleanser from Noevir, the Japanese skin-care line, which she special-orders. "I've been using it for 16 years," she says. "I've tried other products, but I like it the best."

I'm going to have product reviews up soon, but in the meantime, if you want to check out some of the Noevir products for yourself, visit my contact, Janice's site.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Product Review: Barielle Total Foot Care Cream

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Barielle
Name: Total Foot Care Cream
Size: 4 oz / 113 g
Price: $19.50 USD

"A luxurious, conditioning formula that softens and helps to eliminate and remove calluses while healing chapped areas of the feet. It contains no peeling ingredients, acids or camphors, so it will not irritate sensitive areas of your skin on your feet. This award winning foot lotion leaves your entire foot feeling soft and silky. Total Foot Care Cream is the perfect treatment for calloused, chapped feet. After only a few uses you?ll be able to show off great looking feet and it can really enhance your pedicure." (from the Barielle site)

This product was an past Allure Best of Beauty winner (Editor's Choice 2003 and Editors Choice 2004) so I was surprised at the relatively inexpensive price.

I did do as they suggested and after putting on the cream, put on cotton socks to ensure I got the "full benefits" of the cream.

To Purr About:
- cream is very rich and slightly sticky, but after rubbing it in, it absorbs fairly well considering the thickness
- surprisingly, if you massaged it in well enough, it doesn't stick to the socks at all
- my feet do feel more moisturized with continued use (although I've only done this once a day, as opposed to the recommended twice a day treatment)

Claws Out:
- extemely strong fragrance (smells just like baby powder, which is nice, but may be too strong for some users)
- cream is really thick and takes a few minutes of massaging to be absorbed
- doesn't absorb right away, so you do need those socks on!

Final Comments:
Except for the really strong fragrance, this foot cream is pretty moisturizing. You won't see results immediately after the first use, but with continued use, I did notice that my feet were softer (especially my heels, which have thicker skin).

You can order this product (and other beauty products) on the Barielle web site.

Rating (out of 5):

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.

image: barielle.com

Thursday, December 25, 2008


A very Merry Christmas to all my Cinnamon Kitten readers and supporters out there! I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Daily Gift Guide: C-Thru Fragrances

Gift Idea: C-Thru Fragrances
Price: approx. $20 USD

Three fun C-THRU Fragrances in one smart gift set. This gift set is perfect for the young women in your life who seeks variety and self-expression through her fragrances.

Available at Wal-Mart.

image: press kit

Friday, December 19, 2008

Daily Gift Guide: Schick Intuition Plus gift packs

Gift Idea: Schick Intuition Plus gift packs
Price: approx. $14.99 - $16.99 CAD

Give the gift of time this holiday season. Schick Intuition Plus shaves and provides moisture in one quick and easy step. Select the Advanced Moisture razor gift pack for the woman who needs to care for her dry skin. The Sensitive razor option is great for those with skin that needs some extra TLC.

Canadians can feel good about giving and receiving a Schick Intuition Plus gift pack as $1 from every purchase goes to the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation.

Gift set includes:
- Intuition Pluz Razor
- 3-pack of refills, compatible with any Intuition Plus razor
- multi-compartment jewellery roll

image: press kit

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Daily Gift Guide: Schick Quattro for Men Gift Pack

Gift Idea: Schick Quattro for Men Gift Pack
Price: approx. $14.99 CAD

A great and practical idea for those men in your life that are constantly battling the scruffies. The Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer, the only razor that can shave, edge and trim in one cool tool.

Gift set includes:
- Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer
- 4-pack of Titanium NG Refills
- MP3 speaker
- 4 "AAA" Energizer MAX batteries

image: press kit

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

NEW Product Line: MAC Metal Urge

"A rich new vein of rare earth-inspired shine and shadow is ready to be mined. Enhance your precious worth with Brushed Metal-X Eye Shadow. Excavate the delights of new and bring-back shades of Pigment, Reflects Glitter, and Liquidlast Liner. Give in to the urge..." (description from MAC site)

Getting away from the all the red in its 2008 Holiday Collections, MAC brings out a more metallic look in its latest collectiong, Metal Urge. I don't know if it's because it's so different from the reds and pinks I seem to be seeing everywhere or the fact that I'm mildly obsessed with MAC eyeshadows and pigments lately, but I'm really liking this collection!

Brushed Metal-X, 8 ml / 0.28 us oz, $20 CAD
A luxurious cream-based Eye Shadow that combines a bold, brushed metallic finish with high-impact colour.
- Gilded Ash: dark charcoal grey with pearl
- Gold Spice: metallic coppery gold
- Forged Rose: reddish copper with gold pearl
- Verdigris: dirty deep green with silver pearl
- Metalblu: navy blue with silver pearl
- Pink Platinum: light blue/pink with silver pearl
- Material Gold: pale peach/beige with gold pearl

Pigment, 7.5 g / 0.26 us 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.
- Cocomotion: dirty gold with an olive undertone with gold sparkle
- Spiritualize: yellow green with silver and gold pearl
- Gold Mode: tan gold

Glitter, 7.5 g / 0.26 us oz, $21.00 CAD
MAC Glitter can be applied directly to the skin or combined with products to create high-level glitter and sparkle effects on all areas of the face, skin and hair.
- Reflects Bronze: sparkling rich gold
- Reflects Blackened Red: sparkling burgundy
- Reflects Purple Duo: sparkling rich purple
- Reflects Very Pink: sparkling fuchsia pink

Liquidlast Liner, 2.5 ml / 0.084 oz, $20.00 CAD
A rich colour liquid eye liner that combines long-lasting wear with a non-smudge, non-flake precision line. Goes on effortlessly. Applies with its own brush to draw a perfectly defined line.
- Dress Khaki: khaki green with yellow pearl
- Molten Sol: rich gold with intense metallic
- Powerplum: deep plum with red pearl
- Inkspill: deep green with green pearl
- Inky: navy blue with low-level pearl
- Visionaire: clean baby pink
- Classic Cream: white gold

images: maccosmetics.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Product Review: Lise Watier 24 Carats Gloss

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Lise Watier
Name: 24 Carats Gloss
Size: 7 ml / 0.24 us fl oz
Price: $17 CAD

"Back for this holiday season, 24 Carats Gloss will add extra appeal to lips this winter. The clear base, infused with tiny golden sparkles, the gentle and nourishing formula, and its subtle vanilla scent make it the season's bring-everywhere accessory" (from the Lise Watier press kit)

To Purr About:
- golden glitter adds a really 3-D sparkle to my lips
- gloss is light, not sticky
- light vanilla scent is nice
- because the gloss is clear, you can wear it over your favourite lipstick, adding golden "sparkle" to it

Claws Out:
- kind of "goopy" - when I pulled the brush out, it was dripping a little
- the golden sparkles really are little pieces of glitter, which gets everywhere (on your teeth and anything your lips come in contact with

Final Comments:
I love the sparkle that this gloss puts on my lips - it just Glitters with a capital G. However, the downside is that the little sparkles end up everywhere - I got some on my teeth and forget about kissing anyone with this on! It does look spectacular though, my husband thought the shimmer was amazing.

Rating (out of 5):

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.

image: Lise Watier press kit

Sunday, December 14, 2008

NEW Product Line: Lise Watier Pink Diamonds

The Lise Watier Winter 2008 Collection, Pink Diamonds, includes beautiful "shades with blue/grey hints, regal hues with metallic accents...silver, violet, fuchsia and gold [that] take on a look that is worldly, enigmatic, and contemporary."

The more Lise Watier products I try, the more I love this brand. Trendy and with cool and unique packaging, the Winter Collection doesn't disappoint. Filled with lots of shine and glitter, it's perfect for all the holiday parties you're sure to be attending!

Pink Diamond Palette, $36 CAD
Packaged in a cool black faux croc-skin compact with a pretty jewelled pink clas, the palette includes 5 rich, pigmented eyeshadows: a stainy white, a sparkly charcoal, a silvery grey, a golden brown and a vivid fuchsia. Limited edition.

Midnight Pearls, $20 CAD
Stunning eyeshadows with frosted finishes, their swirling, iridescent textures result in a look that shifts from basic black to vibrant hues. Limited edition.
- Violet (Orchid)
- Teal
- Gold

Black Stars Pencils, $16.00 CAD
A creamy, pigmented formula, a black base with colourful sparkles and long-lasting wear. Enriched with pearl powder. Limited edition.
- Black Orchid: violet
- Black Teal: teal
- Black Gold

Precious Eyeliners, $20.00 CAD
With black on one side and a metallic hue on the other, this is the ideal party eyeliner! The double applicator brush and liquid consistency help it go on clean and easy and the long-lasting formula allows it to stay on for hours. Available in gold and silver. Limited edition.

24 Carats Gloss, $17.00 CAD
Add extra appeal to your lips! With a clear base, infused with tiny golden sparkles, a gentle and nourishing formula, and a subtle vanilla scent. Limited edition.

Caresse Precieuse, $25.00 CAD
Back by popular demand with a silvery glimmer. Packaged in a pretty black faux croc-skin finish, this creamy gel-creme is saturated with light-reflecting particles. Limited edition.

Lipsticks, $18.00 CAD
- Rouge Gourmand in Pink Icing: rich, strong colour, beautifully metallic. Limited edition.
- Rouge Sublime in Rose Monaco: a neutral, classic and elegant shade.
- Rouge Sheer & Shine in Rose: a changeable red that shifts from tones of beige to pinks to golds.

Plumpissimo Le Gloss, $20.00 CAD
- Prunelle: this shade of plum with a delicate pink tint is the perfect alternative for women who want a stylish yet subtle look.

Nail Polish, $7.00 CAD
- Pink Icing: intensely pearly fuchsia
- Midnight Orchid: a black base enriched with deep purple micro-particles

images: press kit

Friday, December 12, 2008

Product Review: Yes To Carrots Shower Gel

Reviewer: suziesaurus

Brand: Yes to Carrots
Name: Shower Gel
Size: 500 ml
Price: n/a

I’ve never been completely in love with a body wash or soap and I’ve just run out of my current body wash, so it’s time to try a new one!

I've tried Yes To Carrots' night moisturizing cream and liked it well enough so I figured I'd try some of their other products.

From their website: "Rich in Dead Sea Mud and minerals, C How to Shower nourishes and revives your skin, leaving you deliciously clean and smooth all over!"

To Purr About:
- lathers up well
- sweet scent doesn’t linger
- skin wasn’t itchy or dry after using

Claws Out:
- a very sweet smell – not overpowering, but I tend not to like scented stuff

Final Comments:
Like their night moisturizing cream I wasn't really liking the super sweet scent. Other than that I had no major complaints. It’s hard for me to review body wash – but I guess I felt clean. I don’t think this body wash is very moisturizing, but I didn’t find my skin itchy from dryness, so I would rate it pretty well as I have normally very dry & sensitive skin.

Rating (out of 5):

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.

image: yes-to-carrots.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

under the weather...

Hey Cinnamon Kitten readers!

I know I had promised a Daily Gift Guide to help you with your Christmas shopping, but some of you may have noticed that there hasn't been any Gift ideas for the past few days. Actually, there hasn't been much activity at all this past week.

Many apologies, but I've been hit with a nasty infection and it's almost wiped me out completely.

Between work, getting ready for the holidays, blogging and my Etsy project, I have been completely drained and haven't been taking care of my health lately. :( And it's finally caught up with me.

I'm hoping to rest up this weekend and will be back with lots of goodies and posts soon, I promise!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Product Review: Lise Watier Black Stars Eye Pencil

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Lise Watier
Name: Black Stars Eye Pencil
Size: 1.2 g, 0.4 oz
Price: $16 CAD

Shade Tried: Black Gold

"A creamy, pigmented formula, a black base with colourful sparkles, long-lasting wear...Black Stars Eye Pencils are the season's glamorous staple. Enriched with pearl powder, this new generation of pencils come in 3 shades: Black Orchid (violet), Black Teal (teal) and Black Gold." (from the Lise Watier press kit)

To Purr About:
- creamy formula really glides on smoothly, didn't tug my eyelid at all
- nice, long pencil means it will last for a while
- lasted a long time and barely smudges or faded
- sparkles in the pencile leavea a subtle shimmer when used
- the formula is nice and dark with little pressure

Claws Out:
- a bit pricey compared to my usual eyeliners
- limited edition product means you won't find this product all the time

Final Comments:
I love how easily this eyeliner glides onto my eyelid - it's nice and smooth and the colour is rich and vibrant. The light sparkling effect is perfect for nights out and holiday parties. The only thing is that it's limited edition (so get yours quick!) and it's a little bit expensive compared to the eyeliners I'm used to.

Rating (out of 5):

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.

image: Lise Watier press kit

Friday, December 05, 2008

Daily Gift Guide: Clinique Instant Pretty

Gift Idea: Clinique Instant Pretty Set
Price: approx. $44 CAD

A limited edition gift set from Clinique, this contains all you need for on-the-spot touch-ups. Ready to go in a silvery cosmetics bag.

Gift set includes:
- six shades of Colour Surge Eye Shadow
- High Impact Mascara
- Long Last Lipstick
- All About Eyes
- Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

image: clinique.ca

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Daily Gift Guide: POP Beauty Goddess Clutch

Gift Idea: POP Beauty Goddess Clutch
Price: approx. $38 CAD

POP Beauty Goddess Clutch contains all your "glow" essentials. This deluxe-silver faux-croc clutch allows you to tote your beauty products in style and makes a great gift for the beauty-addict on your list!

This clutch palette contains eight velvety eye shades, two nude next-to-nothing cheek glows, and one silky lip glow.

image: Sephora

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Daily Gift Guide: Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss Trio

Gift Idea: Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss Trio
Price: approx. $45 USD
Available: Saks Fifth Avenue

Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss Trio includes minia versions of Trish’s ultra popular glosses in three complexion enhancing shades. Beauty Booster glosses instantly enhance lips with a powerful dose of moisture and high-gloss shine for the fullest pout. The Lip Trio comes in the Sultry Rose zippered pouch.

Glosses featured include:
- Brightening Pink
- Brightening Cherry
- Sexy Nude

image: press kit

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Daily Gift Guide: Jack Black It's the Balm Lip Balm Trio

Gift Idea: Jack Black It's the Balm Lip Balm Trio
Price: approx. $25 CAD
Available: Sephora

Jack Black's award-winning lip balm formula in three delicious flavors. The Lip Balm delivers intensive, long-lasting lip moisture in unique, natural flavours.

Trio includes these flavours:
- Natural Mint & Shea Butter: delivers a fresh and tingly feeling
- Lemon & Chamomile: soothes with sweetness
- Acai Berry & Vanilla: rejuvenates with powerful, restorative antioxidants; only available in this limited-edition set

image: Sephora

Monday, December 01, 2008

Daily Gift Guide: Gillette Fusion Phenom Holiday Gift Set

Gift Idea: Gillette Fusion Phenom Holiday Gift Set
Price: approx. $23.99 CAD
Available: various locations across Canada

The Fusion Power Phenom razor features a five-blade shaving surface where blades are spaced closer to reduce irritation and a Precision Trimmer blade for sculpting facial hair and getting to the hard-to-reach spots. Prepare the skin with Fusion HydraGel before shaving and with HydraSoothe after, giving it a cool finishing touch.

The gift set includes:
- Gillette Fusion Power Phenom razor with cartridge and Duracell battery
- HydraGel shave gel, 198 g
- HydraSoothe after-shave balm, 100 ml

image: press kit

Product Review: Your Best Face Defend

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Your Best Face
Name: Defend
Size: 1 oz.
Price: $120 USD

YBF’s Defend product is said to "defend your face from sun and shine with our amazing gel that’s designed to protect the skin from daytime agers, improve your look with spin trap (the cutting-edge antioxidant) and keep pores under control."

Instructions: May be used alone or prior to the application of our other products. Apply a small amount evenly to the face and allow to dry.

To Purr About:
- has a very nice subtle almond scent
- convenient dispensing pump
- awesome pump that meant not an ounce was wasted
- after continual use my skin stayed in a constant good condition from when I started

Claws Out:
- a bit pricey
- adds another step to the daily beauty regime as I still have to use moisturizer and other products with it
- flakes off just a little bit

Final Comments:
Although YBF’s Defend product kept my skin in good condition, it didn’t quite give me that amazing complexion that I found their Restore product did. That’s obviously not a con, but if I’m going to pay around the same amount I’d rather buy the Restore product. I also found after using it daily that it did flake off just a little during the rest of my routine (moisturizing, makeup, etc.) which bothered me.

Rating (out of 5):

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.

image: ybf-skincare.com
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