Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lancome Bonus Time at Sears &

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time!

Retailer: Sears
Minimum amount you need to spend: $45 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: May 30 - June 12, 2009

As with the trend of many Gift With Purchase promotions these days, you get to choose most of your Gift!

What You Get:
Your choice of:

- Bi-Facil Double Action Eye makeup Remover
- Hypnose Black Mascara
- Line Image Compact
- Color Design Lip Visionary Lipstick
- High Resolution Refill 3X Triple Action Renewal Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15, 15 ml tube
- Signature tote and matching cosmetic case


- Bi-Facil Double Action Eye makeup Remover
- Hypnose Black Mascara
- Line Image Compact
- Absolue Rouge Mahogany Lipstick
- Absolue Premium Bx - Absolue Replenishing Cream, 15 ml tube
- Signature tote and matching cosmetic case


- Bi-Facil Double Action Eye makeup Remover
- Hypnose Black Mascara
- Line Image Compact
- Fever Lip Lipstick
- Renergie Microlift RARE - Superior Lifting Cream SPF 15, 15 ml tube
- Signature tote and matching cosmetic case

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Estee Lauder Bonus Time at The Bay

Canadians - It's Estee Lauder Bonus Time!

Retailer: The Bay
Minimum amount you need to spend: $35 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: May 27 - June 14, 2009

What You Get (there's no details listed in the flyer):
- an advanced moisturizer in a deluxe gift size
- the season's best colour
- beach tote
- and more

image: e-flyer

Friday, May 29, 2009

Clinique Bonus Time at Holt Renfrew

Canadians - It's Clinique Bonus Time!

I actually don't need anything from Clinique right now, but this little bonus gift is loaded!

Retailer: Holt Renfrew
Minimum amount you need to spend: $35 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: May 27 - June 14, 2009

What You Get:
- All About Eyes Rich, 7 ml
- Superdefense Age Defense Moisturizer SPF 25 in Dry Combination, 15 ml
- Different Lipstick in Spiced Apple, 4 g
- Lash Doubling Mascara in Black, 4 g
- Blushwear Cream Stick in Glow Blush
- Superfit Makeup in a choice of 3 shades (Neutral, Shell, Creamywhip), 15 ml
- 7-Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, 50 ml
- Clinique mirror
- Deluxe Cosmetics Bag

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

NEW Product: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex

"New Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex provides optimized night-time repair to skin’s appearance using revolutionary Chronolux Technology to support the natural synchronization of skin’s repair processes...a new patented technology encapsulating Alkyl Guanine Transferase (AGT) helps repair the appearance of damage from smoke and pollution, in particular toxins and chemicals, putting this new serum at the forefront of repairing the look of damage from all known major environmental assaults."

Used every night and over time, this product promises to help reduce the visible signs of aging, including the appearance of lines, dehydration and discolouration. It also is stated to help repair the appearance of past damage caused by every major environmental assault – UV light, smoke, pollution, ozone, and even emotional stress – before they become permanent.

Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex will be on Canadian counters early June 2009.

Suggested Retail Price:
- 30ml: $63.00
- 50ml: $93.00

images: press kit

Saturday, May 23, 2009

HUGE Spring Giveaway

Earlier this month, I asked Cinnamon Kitten readers to start thinking about their best money-saving beauty-related tips...because I want to start running posts with your amazing beauty tips, to help us all save more money, and you get a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

How to enter:
- Email your money-saving beauty tips to me at
- Include your money-saving tips in your message
- Include your full name and the country where you live in your message

Deadline: Midnight (EDT), Tuesday, June 30, 2009

- By entering, you give me the right to publish your tips (which may be edited for spelling, grammar, etc) without any compensation to you, but I will credit you by posting your tip along with your first name, last initial and country
- Published tips do not mean you have won a prize
- You can enter as many tips as you like, each tip you send gets you one entry into the draw
- Giveaway winners will be chosen at random and notified buy email
- Not all tips sent in will be published
- A list of winners will be published here on Cinnamon Kitten after the giveaway closes
- Prizes must be accepted as awards - no substitutions.

Now, the important stuff. What can you win?

Well, you have to read the blog to find out! I'm working hard to put together some amazing gift sets together and will be revealing the prizes every few days or so here on Cinnamon Kitten. All prizes will be drawn after the deadline, which means your entries will have a chance to win any of the prizes that are revealed during the next month.

Just to give you an idea of some of the prizes I already have in store:
- Cover Girl makeup package
- Jergens Summer Glow package
- Ms. Pedicure Foot Spaah
- Eco-Tools brush set
...and more!

So, what are you waiting for? Start sending in those beauty tips (remember, they have to help people save money!)!

Elizabeth Arden Bonus Time at Sears

Canadians - It's Elizabeth Arden Bonus Time!

Retailer: Sears
Minimum amount you need to spend: $38 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: While supplies last

What You Get:
- Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment, 30 ml
- Bronzing Powder Duo
- Champagne Gold Crinkle Toiletry bag

And then you get your choice between:
- Intervene 3-in-1 Daily Cleanser/Exfoliator/Primer, 50 ml
- Intervene Stree Recovery Night Cream
- Double Density Maximum Mascara
- Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick
- Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser, 50 ml
- Ceramide Gold Ultra Lift and Strengthening Eye Caps, 7 capsules
- Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara
- Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick

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Anna Sui Bonus Time at Sears

Canadians - It's Anna Sui Bonus Time at Sears.

This one's a little expensive, and you don't seem to get much, but it's also the first Anna Sui bonus offer I've ever seen, so it may be worth it for all Anna Sui fans.

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

What You Get:
- mini Mascara Dx Super Volume Black
- Nail Lacquer, 10 ml
- Sui Rouge Glossy, 4g
- Refreshing Fluid, 25 ml
- make-up pouch

image: e-flyer

Thursday, May 21, 2009

NEW Product Line: Lise Watier Sea Belle

Lise Watier's Summer 2009 collection is exactly what you want to put you in the summer mood.

"...inspired by the world's famous ports and resorts. Navy blue, turquoise, lagooon green and sea foam white unfurl in a wave of endless nuances, borrowing from light on water or the transparency of water itself....Presented in packaging with nautical themes and colours."

Sea Belle Quartets, $35 CAD
Rich and relaxed, these summer palettes can be used to create vacation looks ranging from understated to glamourous. Silky-textured, easy to apply, these eyeshadows are gentle and paraben-free, suitable for even the most sensitive eyes. Limited edition.
- Lagoon: inspired by reflections on ocean swells and mysterious death. Features a satiny sea foam white, a metallic turquoise, a violet-tinged navy and a pearly aquamarine.
- Beach: a selection of sun-kissed shades. Includes matte peach, silvery green, golden yellow and sunny brown.

Savanna Dream Duos, $24 CAD
Another new product this season. Inspired by wildlife camouflage patterns, the multi-coloured powders are baked in ceramic to guarantee a fine, lightweight and richly pigmented texture. Limited Edition.
Available in 2 versions:
- Sunny Bronze: a mix of pearly peach, luminous white and golden brown
- Golden Khaki: a soft lime, ivory and smoky khaki

Eye Shine, $16 CAD
The immensely popular Eye Shine collection has a new addition. A waterproof ultra-metallic eyeliner.
- Bleu Lagoon: a shade that draws its intensity from the colours of a tropical lagoon

Metal Liner, $18 CAD
With its ultra-precise brush applicator, this metallic liquid liner glides on easily and adds a touch of gentle glimmer to your eyes. Limited edition.
- Deep Ocean: a blue shade drawn from the ocean depths and the starry sky of a summer night

Eye Glitter Liner, $17 CAD
Immersed in a clear liquid base, a fresh, iridescent look to carry you through summer evenings.
- Cybermint: the sparkles shimmer in shades of aqua, green and mint.

Havana Bronzing Powder in Light, $26 CAD
Light enough to be worn year-round, this product adds a natural golden glow to even the fairest skin. Ultra-fine and subtly iridescent, it evens out the complexion without covering it and brightens your skin with just a few strokes of a brush.

Complexion Enhancer in Bronze, 30 ml, $29 CAD
Ideal for brightening the complexion with an instant sunless tan, it blends beautifully into the skin, leaving it soft, matte, with a subtle sheen and glow. Paraben-free formula.

Havana Shimmer, 50 ml, $29 CAD
With a faintly iridescent sheen, this product gives a sun-kissed finish. Goes on effortlessly, sparkles all day long and washes off instantly with soap and water. Limited edition.

Gloss Twilight, $22 CAD
Iridescent glitter dresses the lips in shine for an ultra-glam look. The built-in mirror and light-up application make touch-ups easy. Limited edition.
- Perle
- Corail

Rouge Sublime, $18 CAD
Adds long-wear and divine colour to lips. The creamy texture softens and hydrates lips. Limited edition.
- Rouge Star: with a hint of orange, a grand Hollywood classic

Nail Enamel, $7 CAD
Two new shades of nail enamel. Limited edition.
- Perle Blanch: the pearly tint shines in delicate contrast to a summer tan.
- Rouge Star: Timelessly elegant, this classic red adds the final touch of style reminiscent of sophisticated Hollywood looks.

images: press kit

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New blog look!

I'm so excited with the new look of this blog! I'm even more excited that I made most of these changes without accidentally deleting the whole thing! It's still a work in progress, so you may see a few more small changes here and there as I continue to tweak the layout.

But seriously, I really do like the new look (I hope you do to!) and wanted to thank GuineaHubby for giving me a good, hard shove in the right direction.

Monday, May 18, 2009

NEW Product: Cargo 7 in 7 Kit

Cargo’s 7 in 7 kit gives every woman the tools to become a make-up expert. Helping you save time and money, this new product has a retail value of $170, but only costs $59 USD!

This limited edition kit includes 7 of Cargo's full sized workhorse products, best-sellers and double-duty time-savers.

Offered in 3 shade options to complement all skin tones:
- Light Medium
- Warm Medium
- Deep Medium

This kit will be available May 2009 in Sephora stores and at

Each set includes:

A concealer and foundation in one! Use it to spot conceal and blend it out like a foundation to match your natural skin tone.

Essential Palette
The perfect shades for a classic, sculpted, nude eye. This must-have palette contains 4 graduated neutral shades, each debossed with its function, for ease of application.

Eye liner
Promises a smooth, even application every time, without skipping.

A proven formula that visibly boosts the appearance of thicker, longer looking lashes in only 30 days.

The perfect marriage of blush and bronzer. This double-duty best-seller is a combination of 4 complementary shades for the perfect blush and bronzer, all in one.

Reverse Lip Liner
The ONLY lip liner for gloss! Line your lips from the outside in, with this flesh-toned liner. The result: added definition, reduced feathering and a fuller-looking lip.

Classic Gloss with Timestrip Technlogy
An award-winning, non-sticky lip gloss packaged in a convenient wand with Timestrip technology that monitors the freshness of your gloss.

images: press kit

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Product Review: Lise Watier Sun Smart Lips SPF 15

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Lise Watier
Name: Sun Smart Lips SPF 15
Size: 3.5 g
Price: $19 CAD

A lip balm with hydrating and protective properties, this is the ideal companion for summer days.

"Formulated with sunscreens, it counteracts the sun's harmful UV rays. Rich in Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E, [it] protects skin from external aggressions and deeply moisturizes, for soft and silky lips. It goes on clear, without leaving any white residue."

Available in June 2009.

To Purr About:
- very silky, felt like it just glided onto my lips
- goes on completely clear and
- no funky SPF smell
- very light
- easy to use packaging

Claws Out:
- pricey for a lip balm
- doesn't seem like you get much compared to other lip balms

Final Comments:
Now that the warmer months are coming up, I definitely appreciate any products with SPF (I already use facial moisturizer with SPF daily). And this lip balm doesn't feel like you have anything heavy on. It's very light, glides on easily and is in a convenient stick form. And it's completely clear so you can wear it under your favourite lipstick/lip gloss. The only drawback for me is the price.

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: press release

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NEW Product Line: Quo Spring 2009 Collection

Quo has released 8 new products for its Spring 2009 collection, all designed to simplify beauty routines. Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores, this new collection features fresh colours and innovative designs.

Double Dip Lip Gloss, 12ml, $12 CAD
Provide your lips with a hint of colour mixed with a high shine gloss and come in a variety of hues. The easy-to-use applicator tip makes for seamless application every time. Infused with safflower seed oil, this gloss works to moisturize and nourish the lips with every application. Each gloss is lightly scented with a fresh fruity scent.
- Dare to Be
- Wicked
- Playful
- Fearless
- Mischief
- Pinkadelic

Re-Texture Cream Face Primer, 34 g, $25 CAD
The Re-texture Cream Face Primer will help improve the skin's texture, allowing for even and smooth makeup application. With a non-oily silicone base, this primer is compatible with all skin types and is infused with Ginkgo and Aloe extracts to maximize the skin's hydration.

Quo Skincredible Foundation, 28 g $20 CAD
This incredibly light formula conditions skin and provides a moisture boost with vitamins E and C. Specially designed with light dispersing spheres that help diffuse skin imperfections and dark shadows, for an airbrushed quality application. The easy-to-use, mess-free brush applicator makes touchups a breeze. This formula is compatible with all skin types and is enriched with Enantia Chlorantha bark extract to help reduce oily shine on the skin's surface.
- Ivory Beige
- Buff Beige
- Creamy Natural
- Nude Beige
- Classic Ivory
- Natural Buff

Minerals Matter Double Concealer, 4.5 g, $15 CAD
This double-ended concealer contains all the tools to hide dark circles and skin imperfections and create a flawless face. A solid stick provides exceptional coverage, making it ideal for dark circles, spots and freckles, while the fluid side offers a sheer and creamy liquid concealer for an instantly brighter and more uniform complexion. Both formulas are enriched with the earth’s finest minerals. Available in 3 shades.

Minerals Matter Eye Shadow Quads, 4 x 2 g, $20 CAD
These new eye shadow quads are the latest addition to Quo’s Minerals Matter makeup offering. Coming in a variety of spring inspired shades, these luminous shadows have been created using natural minerals from the earth for the highest quality makeup application. Infused with vitamin E for its skin softening properties and vitamin C for its restorative properties, these long-lasting shadows go on velvety smooth and protect the skin. Each palette contains 4 intensely pigmented colours that can be worn alone or mixed together: Smoking Hot; Pillow Talk; Downtown Brown; Peacock; ECO You; and Mauvecious.

Minerals Matter Blush, 21 g, $20 CAD
Made with natural minerals from the earth, Minerals Matter Blush will help you achieve professional looking results. With ingredients like vitamin E, which makes skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and vitamin C, to help energize your skin giving it a natural glow, this blush takes that extra step in giving you a fresh and healthy look. Packed in a unique spring-loaded compact, simply press the end and the “secret” drawer will open to reveal the velvety smooth blush inside.
- Pink Petal
- Peach Blossom
- Whisper Dawn

The Smoky Eye Brush Kit, $35 CAD
Whether you’re looking for a tutorial on how to create smouldering, smoky eyes or you need the tools do it, Quo’s Smoky Eye Brush Kit is just what you need. The stylish and functional carrying case is full of all of the tools necessary to create a smoky eye, including the allover shadow, smudger, crease blender, ultra fine liner and brow/lash brushes. This limited-edition set comes with a handy, easy to follow guide on how to create your own personalized smoky eyes.

The Flawless Face Brush Kit, $40 CAD
Achieve professional looking results with the Quo Flawless Face Brush Set. Providing you with all of the essential tools, this limited-edition set comes complete with face contour, foundation, large concealer, fan and bronzer brushes, all housed in a stylish and functional carrying case. To make application perfect and easy, the set also comes with a handy and easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to create a flawless face.

Diamond Liners, 2.5 ml, $12 CAD
This water based formula is quick drying and long lasting. The brush applicator allows you to apply the eyeliner easily, with a soft and accurate line.
- Platinum
- Calypso
- Silver
- Gold
- Amethyst
- Black Spark

image: press kit

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Lancome Bonus Time online

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time Online and this time you get to choose your gift!

Minimum amount you need to spend: $35 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: While supplies last

Inspired by the Lancome ambassadors, Lancome has created 3 distinct VIP gifts, each with 5 items, so that you can discover some of the best products they have to offer. Just enter the appropriate Promotion Code when placing your online order! Go here for all the details!

What You Get in Anne's Collection (Use the promotion code "ANNE"):
- Bi-Facil, 50 ml
- Magnifique Eau de Parfum, 1.5 ml
- L'Extreme Mascara in Black, 2.1 g
- Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30, 15 ml
- Colour Design Lips in Sugared Maple

What You Get in Kate's Collection (Use the promotion code "KATE"):
- Bi-Facil, 50 ml
- Tresor Eau de Parfum, 1.5 ml
- Mousse confort, 30 ml
- Colour Design Quad with Positive, Vue, Model and Couture
- Le Rouge Absolu in Champagne

What You Get in Daria's Collection (Use the promotion code "DARIA"):
- Bi-Facil, 50 ml
- Hypnose Eau de Toilette, 1.5 ml
- Mini Khol in Black Ebony
- Primordiale Night Skin Recharge, 15 ml
- Colour Design Lip in Vintage Rose

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Gift Idea: Chesapeake Bay Candle Travel Set

I know candles have very little to do with beauty (although they do put me in a relaxed mood for my beauty rest and relaxation!) but I LOVE candles and found the perfect Mother's Day Gift (or gift for myself...)

The Chesapeake Bay Candle company has many stunning products - their packaging alone makes them gift-worthy, and the range of scents they offer mean that there's something for everyone.

I fell in love with the Green Bamboo Jasmine Travel Set ($50 USD). The Travel Sets include:
- one 3 oz. soy wax candle in travel tin (approx. burn time 20 hrs)
- one mini diffuser silkscreened glass vessel
- one set mini diffuser reeds
- one 100 ml bottle fragrance oil
- one set of scented stones in silkscreened glass vesse

The travel set also comes in Amber Vanilla Hazelnut, Honey Lemon Creme and Tonka Bean Fig.

There are many other beautiful products - you can check out their entire line at

Monday, May 04, 2009


With the warmer weather coming upon us, I'm itching to do some Spring Cleaning...and that includes this blog!

I'm going to start fiddling with this blog so you may see gradual changes over the next couple of weeks. I'm not sure what I want to do yet, but I do want to update the banner, and possibly some of the sidebar...we'll see how ambitious I get. Since I don't really know too much code, the changes will be small and gradual as I fiddle. My only goal is to NOT accidentally delete the whole thing *nervous laugh*

In the meantime, I have a fun assignment for my loyal Cinnamon Kitten readers! With the economy as it is, I know most of the gals I've spoken too still aren't willing to give up their beauty products, even with tighter purse strings. I also know many of you have some great ways to save some money in your beauty routine.

So, in the next week or so, I want you to start thinking about the different tips that you use to save yourself some cash when it comes to your beauty products and routine. Why? Because I'll be asking you for your tips! I'll be hosting a huge giveaway very soon and the only way to enter is to send in your helpful hints!

Watch for details soon!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Product Review: CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: CoverGirl
Name: Outlast Lipstain
Size: 2.5 g / 0.09 oz
Price: approx. $9 CAD

Shade Tried: Coy Coral

"The water-based colorants of Outlast Lipstain give lips a beautiful, lightweight flush of color that won't come off, lasting for hours without the heavy look or feel of an ordinary lipstick. Its pen-like precision applicator makes it easy to define your lips-just draw on color without any hassle!" (from the CoverGirl web site)

To Purr About:
- marker like packaging makes it easy to handle
- unless you let it try for several minutes before you do anything, the colour comes off quite easily compared to other lip stains I've tried

Claws Out:
- no control over flow of product from tip
- marker tip kept wiping away product from my lips as I went over it on the first application
- the colour will catch and be darker if you have anything but the smoothest lips
- tastes horrible

Final Comments:
I've tried several lip stains recently and I like the light feeling of them, so I've been trying to find a few so that I could have a variety of shades. I was really disappointed with CoverGirl's Outlast Lipstain. First of all, the stain tastes HORRIBLE. Then, you have to let it dry completely, otherwise it comes off easily. Even on the first application, when I was just going over what I had applied to make the colour darker, the marker "tip" kept wiping off the product I had just applied.

Keep in mind, as with many other stains, if you have slightly chapped or dry lips, be careful, as the stain tends to "catch" on these imperfections and make them darker.

Also, the Coy Coral that I tried came out a bright fuchsia colour, which was way too bright for 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.

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