Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Product Review: Lubriderm Advanced Moisture Therapy Body Lotion

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Lubriderm
Name: Advanced Moisture Therapy Body Lotion
Size: 400 ml
Price: approx. $9.50 USD

Recently I got to try 2 different Lubriderm products so to really compare them, I put one product on each leg/foot for a few days and compared them to each other. My legs have seriously been dry lately because of the harsh winter winds we've been having so it was a perfect time to test these products!

Watch for the other review of Lubriderm Intense Dry Skin Repair Body Lotion (coming soon) and see which one would be best for you.

This Lubriderm claims to be:
- a rich, non-greasy, non-comedogenic lotion [that] soothes, softens and helps to heal severely dry skin
- replenishing and restoring formula contains Vitamins A and E
- clinically proven to moisturize and protect extra dry skin for 24 hours
- fragrance-free and gentle enough for sensitive skin

This lotion is supposed to be aimed at "Dry, Flaky Skin".

To Purr About:
- light, sweet scent is really nice
- absorbs quickly
- leaves skin soft and smooth
- definitely made a difference in my skin's moisture

Claws Out:
- claims to be "fragrance-free" but it definitely isn't

Final Comments:
I really liked this lotion. Housed in a convenient, large pump bottle, it's something that I would keep on my dresser for quick moisturization. It absorbs quickly and delivers solid moisturization. There's a light scent that's pretty and not overpowering, but if you're looking for something that's fragrance-free, this isn't it. Although I always prefer my lotions to be fragrance-free, that was the only minor complaint I had about this product.

Rating (out of 5):

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image: well.ca

Friday, March 27, 2009

NEW Product: Estee Lauder pleasures Splash

Brand: Estee Lauder
Name: pleasures Splash
Size: 8.1 oz
Price: approx. $54 CAD

In early April Estée Lauder is launching 3 new ways to enjoy the liveliest notes of Estée Lauder pleasures, transformed into refreshing splashes light enough to wear all over your body.

The new scents of pleasures Splash are:
- Baie Rose Peony
- Jasmine Violet
- Sandalwood Amber

Each pleasures Splash fragrance comes packaged in a carton adorned with graphic, blooming flowers in rich shades of pink, purple and peach.

image: press release

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Shiseido Bonus Time at The Bay

Canadians - It's Shiseido Bonus Time! I missed this one earlier, so it ends soon - hurry there if you're a Shiseido fan.

Thanks to my awesome bonus spotter, Sarah, for the info!

Retailer: The Bay
Minimum amount you need to spend: $43 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: March 18-29, 2009

What you get:
- Benefiance Creamy Cleansing Foam, 30 ml
- Benefiance Balancing Softener Enriched, 30 ml
- Bio-Performance Super Restoring Cream, 7 ml
- The Makeup Shimmering Lipstick, 2.5 g
- Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, 3ml
- signature Shiseido pouch

image: The Bay e-flyer

Product Review: John Frieda Root Awakening Shampoo & Conditioner

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: John Frieda
Name: Root Awakening Shampoo & Conditioner for Normal Hair
Size: 50 ml
Approx. Price: $10.50 CAD

It’s that time again to switch up my shampoo & conditioner! I’ve been using the Brilliant Brunette series from John Frieda and really loving it, so I was dying to try their new Root Awakening series.

From their website: "Formulated with natural eucalyptus to hydrate your scalp and stimulate your senses. Gently cleanses from roots to ends for more radiant and resilient hair. Nourishes to increase natural shine, manageability and bounce for healthy-looking hair in just one use."

To Purr About:
- I love the eucalyptus scent – it’s so relaxing and soothing
- leaves my hair feeling clean, refreshed and silky smooth

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
I don’t have much to say about this shampoo & conditioner duo except that I really love it. I actually prefer its fresh and peppermint-reminiscent scent to Brilliant Brunette’s super sweet scent.

I am definitely hooked.

Rating (out of 5):

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image: johnfrieda.ca

Monday, March 23, 2009

NEW Product: MAC Viva Glam VI

"A lavender-lovely Fergie asks us to enter a new kind of dreamscape, to feel the "Yes, we can!" of tomorrow, and to push forward on behalf of every man, woman and child affected by HIV/AIDS. VIVA GLAM VI Lipstick, Lipglass, and Special Edition Lipstick lead the way." (description from MAC site)

I love the Viva Glam lip products. The colours are always very flattering and it's for a great cause. If you're in the mood for shopping, make sure to grab the limited edition Viva Glam VI first, as they're not around for very long. The regular Viva Glam VI is around for the long haul.

Viva Glam Lipstick, 3 g / 0.1 oz, $16.50 CAD
VIVA GLAM VI, the newest member of the VIVA GLAM family, is a warm terracotta-plum with pearl finish. Wear it alone or finish it off with a coordinating coat of VIVA GLAM VI Lipglass. In the spirit of all Viva Glam, every cent raised goes to the MAC AIDS Fund to support the fight against HIV/AIDS.
- Viva Glam VI (lustre): warm terracotta-plum fusion with subtle pearl
- Viva Glam VI SE: soft blue pink

Tinted Lipglass, 4.8 g / 0.17 oz, $16.50 CAD
VIVA GLAM VI, the second Lipglass in the VIVA GLAM family, is a subtle warm terracotta-peach with white pearl and ultra high-shine finish. Wear it alone or over its namesake Lipstick. As in all Viva Glam lipsticks, every cent raised goes to the MAC AIDS Fund to support the fight against AIDS.
- Viva Glam VI (frost): warm plum wiht multi-reflective, multi-dimensional pearl.
- Viva Glam VI SE (frost): soft pink-tinged mauve

images: maccosmetics.com

Friday, March 20, 2009

Product Review: Michael Kors Bermuda Moisturizing Body Lotion

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Michael Kors
Name: Bermuda Moisturizing Body Lotion
Size: 5 oz
Price: $28.00 USD

"Escape to relaxed luxury—experience the exotic blend of vibrant hibiscus, tropical passion flower, and smooth cedar wood. Enchanting. Colorful. Alluring."

To Purr About:
- very tropical/flowery scent
- scent lasts very long

Claws Out:
- a little too scented for my liking
- not moisturizing enough for my super dry skin
- a little bit greasy

Final Comments:
Sorry Michael Kors – I love your designs, but I’m not a huge fan of this body lotion. It’s a little too scented for me (I’ve never felt the need to be so scented that I wanted all my products to be scented so I could layer my favorite scent). However I do know many woman that would love this scent – it is very flowery and pleasant and perfect for summer.

Also, it wasn’t moisturizing enough for my uber dry skin.

Rating (out of 5):

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image: michaelkors.com

Thursday, March 19, 2009

NEW Product Line: Jessica Nail Botanical Collection

Inspired by flora and foliage, the new Jessica Nail Botanical Collection features hues that remind us of spring flowers and warm weather sunshine.

This limited edition collection include:
- Birds of Paradise
- Rosy Romance
- Loving the Lilacs
- Coral Reef Daisies
- Color Me Calla Lily
- 547 Butterfly Kisses

All Jessica Nail products:
- are formulated with Vitamins A for conditioning
- contain UVA/UVB protection from sun’s damaging rays
- are Toluene-, formaldehyde- and phalate-Free
- quick-drying

Approx. Price: $7.00 USD

images: e-press kit

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Product Review: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Yu-Be
Name: Moisturizing Skin Cream
Size: 1.25 oz / 33 g
Price: $15 USD

I've never heard of Yu-Be before, but apparently it's a popular product in Japan.

A Glycerin-based moisturizing cream enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor, Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream contains these leading skin conditioning ingredients (from the Yu-Be web site):
- Glycerin - natural "Humectant" attracts and retains moisture in the skin, making it softer
- Vitamin E - natural anti-oxidant and skin protector
- Vitamin B2 - helps to smooth rough or damaged skin (also gives Yu-Be it's yellow color)
- Camphor - helps soothe minor skin irritations (mild scent fades in minutes)

Other things that Yu-Be claims to do:
- helps hydrate, heal, soothe and smooth severe dry skin
- helps heal split cuticles and smooth rough, dry skin on hands, elbows, knees and feet
- helps protect and moisturize skin exposed to cold, wind, water and sun
- non-greasy formula absorbs quickly and locks in for hours
- contains no artificial colors or fragrances

To Purr About:
- absorbs super-quickly
- non-greasy
- my skin felt noticeably softer immediately after using

Claws Out:
- the camphor smell is a little off-putting at first, but it does fade pretty quickly
- online purchasing is only available to US residents
- a little expensive for a small amount

Final Comments:
The smell of this cream was a bit of a turn-off at first, but it does fade pretty quickly. And this product works really well! It absorbs really fast and leaves my skin feeling silky almost right away. The only thing is that you only get a little tube for $15 USD, so I wouldn't use this as a daily product, but perhaps for when you need a little extra soothing - I would use it mainly on hands, feet, elbows, knees, etc.

Rating (out of 5):

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image: yu-be.com

Monday, March 16, 2009

Estee Lauder Bonus Time at Holt Renfrew

Canadians - It's Estee Lauder Bonus Time!

This one is a little more expensive than usual, but the bags are really nice!

Retailer: Holt Renfrew
Minimum amount you need to spend: $100.00 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: while supplies last

What You Get:
- 2 Estée Lauder Signature Hydra-Lustre Lipsticks
- Golden Brow Perfecting Duo compact
- Artist's Eye Pencil
- Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Eye Creme, 7-day supply
- a golden-weave envelope clutch, with matching cosmetic bag and passport holder

image: e-flyer

Product Review: Nutra Luxe MD Plus Men Only Daily Moisturizer and Skin Protection

Reviewer: GuineaHubby

Brand: Nutra Luxe MD
Name: Plus Men Only Daily Moisturizer and Skin Protection
Size: 1.65 oz / 50 ml
Price: $38 USD

"More than just a moisturizer, this product is an advanced treatment with specific Peptides to help diminish and prevent wrinkles and lines. All natural antioxidants will repair, restore, and prevent free radicals skin damage from the sun and environment. It will help eliminate skin discoloration and photo-aging. Rich oils will give your skin the moisture and protection to keep your healthy moisture levels."

Contains SPF 30 sunscreen.

Also helps with:
- after shave skin calming
- rich moisture skin protection
- diminishes/prevents wrinkles and lines
- eliminates/prevents skin discolorations
- prevents photo-aging
- anti inflammatory properties
- skin soothing

To Purr About:
- it moisturizes really well
- absorbs fairly well
- contains SPF 30, which is a plus

Claws Out:
- the lemon scent is a little like lemon Pledge (household cleaner)
- doesn't absorb quickly

Final Comments:
I'd buy this product again because the functionality outweighs the smell

Rating (out of 5):

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image: nutraluxemd.net

Monday, March 09, 2009

Lancome Bonus Online

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time Online!

Retailer: Lancome.ca
Minimum amount you need to spend: $60 CAD (before taxes) at Lancome.ca
Duration: while supplies last

Just enter the code SPRING09 at checkout and press OK to validate and add the gift to your online order.

What you get:
- Renergie Microlift R.A.R.E. Superior Lifting Cream Spf 15, 15 ml
- Renergie Microlift Eye R.A.R.E. Superior Lifting Eye Cream, 4 ml
- Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Designer Bloom
- Color Design Sensational Effects Eye shadow in Latte, Kitten Heel, Color du Jour and Statuesque
- Definicils High Definition Mascara in Black
- 2 double-ended make-up brushes
- signature bag

image: lancome.ca

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Product Review: Cargo 100% Natural Origin Baked Illuminator

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Cargo PlantLove
Name: 100% Natural Origin Baked Illuminator
Size: 10 g / 0.35 oz
Price: $28 CAD

Shade Tried: Fire

Another environmentally and organic product brought to you by Cargo Cosmetics.

From Sephora's website: "A stunning mixture of three pretty shades of blush, bronzer, and highlighter in one. PlantLove Baked Illuminator features three shades in one to give your cheeks and body an all-over warmth and glow."

To Purr About:
- blends blush, bronzer and shimmer into 1 convenient product
- you get a lot of product in that huge compact
- very light feeling

Claws Out:
- the scent reminded me of cardboard
- a bit too orange for my complexion
- not convenient to carry around (no application tool and compact is quite large)
- can be a bit heavy if you’re not careful applying

Final Comments:
When I first applied this product it looked very 'fake-tan' to me. I realized quickly that a very little goes a long way and it is very easy to go completely overboard if you're not careful with how much you have on your brush. Once I got the hang of it I started liking it. I had to get a bit used to the smell, but after it’s applied you don’t really notice it at all – it’s only during application that I noticed an odd scent.

I think it will definitely be a nice product to have in the spring and summer seasons as it gave my skin a nice glow and shimmer to it and was quick to throw on before I ran out the door – a one step solution.

I think next time I will definitely try the Wind colour palette as it is supposed to be more terracotta and champagne hued which might suit my skin.

Rating (out of 5):

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image: sephora.com

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Product Review: Ralph Lauren Romance Always Yours

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Ralph Lauren
Name: Romance Always Yours
Size & Price:
- 1.7 oz: $60 USD
- 2.5 oz: $72 USD

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original Ralph Lauren Romance (my personal favourite fragrance), perfumer Harry Fremont has created Always Yours, a more complex fragrance blend inspired by the deepening of a relationship. Fremont also created the original Romance, which remains a best-seller today.

"Romance Always Yours is a Sensual Floral Chypre with top notes of Sun Goddess Rose, Yellow Freesia & Ginger; mid notes of Lotus Flower, White Violet & Fresh Daylily; and base notes of Patchouli Concentrate, Creamy Sensual Musk & Oak Moss."

To Purr About:
- sweet, but light fragrance
- classic-looking bottle

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
I LOVE Ralph Lauren Romance, so I was very excited to try out Romance Always Yours. It's slightly sweeter than the original Romance (a little to sweet for me) but it's a perfectly light and feminine fragrance for the spring.

Rating (out of 5):

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image: ralphlauren.com

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Estee Lauder Bonus Time at The Bay

Hey Canadians- It's Estee Lauder Bonus Time!

Retailer: The Bay
Minimum amount you need to spend: $32 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: March 4 - 22, 2009

What You Get:
- Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Autumn OR Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Tiramisu
- Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Amber Honey OR Smokey Pink
- More Than Mascara Moisture-Binding Formula in Rich Black
- Take It Away Makeup Remover, 30 ml
- Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher OR Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum, 7 ml
- trendsetter cosmetic bag trio, including 3 cosmetic bags in 3 fabulous shades

With the purchase of Estee Lauder products of $75 CAD (before taxes) or more, you'll receive the above products, PLUS:
- Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Dune Rose
- Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Woodland Berry
- Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Black Cherry
- pink trendsetter accessory case

image: press release

Monday, March 02, 2009

Elizabeth Arden Bonus Time at Sears

Hey Canadians- It's Elizabeth Arden Bonus Time!

Retailer: Sears
Minimum amount you need to spend: $38 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: Feb 28 - March 20, 2009

What You Get:
- Ceramide PP Moisture Cream SFP 15/30, 15 ml
- 7 Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules, 3.2 ml
- Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser, 50 ml
- Prevage Anti-aging Formula, 5 ml
- Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, 15 ml
- Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara in Black, 3 ml
- Deluxe Compact containing Bronzer Duo (1.4 g), 2 Eyeshadows (1.4 g) in Wheat and Teak and 2 Lip Glosses (9 g) in Frosted Camelia and Mandarin Shine
- Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick in Perfect Praline
Mediterranean Eau Du Parfume, 5 ml

image: e-flyer
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