Monday, November 30, 2009

Product Review: RoC Complete Lift Overnight Regenerating Cream

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: RoC
Name: : Complete Lift Overnight Regenerating Cream Size: 50 ml
Price: $40 CAD

"A powerful, moisturizing formula that works to recapture skin's youthful, firmer look during sleep by working so that skin appears more lifted, more contoured...clinically shown to improve skin's firmness and elasticity, promoting visibly lifted and refined facial contours." (from the press release)

I recently finished the current night cream I was using, so I decided to try RoC's next. Now that I'm firmly in my early 30s, I definitely think it's time to start taking preventive action!

I had never tried any RoC products before this, although I've heard good things about them, so this was a good first introduction to the brand.

To Purr About:
- cream is nice and thick, but not greasy
- goes on easily and absorbs quickly
- leaves a light, pleasant fragrance
- skin feels instantly moisturized

Claws Out:
- a little more expensive than most night creams that I've been using

Final Comments:
Night creams are generally heavier than day creams, which I don't mind, since I'm not wearing any makeup or anything else after I've applied my night cream. I found the RoC night cream to be just as thick as most other night creams I've tried, however, it felt light going on and didn't take much rubbing to absorb quickly into my skin. It left a really nice, light scent.

The one thing I did notice right away is that many night creams (because they're so thick) often feel sticky or greasy for a while after application, but then once absorbed, I don't notice it anymore. With the RoC one, it absorbed almost immediately, with no greasiness or stickiness, but about an hour afterwards, my face still felt "plump" with moisture, as if I had just applied the cream.

I have noticed that my face isn't as dry in the mornings since I've started using this night cream. I'm not sure about the "youthful looking" aspect, but I definitely see a difference in my face moisture level, and that's good enough to convince me that this night cream is different than the others I've tried.

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.

Disclosure: A free sample of this product was received by Cinnamon Kitten.


NEW Product Line: Baléa

Shoppers Drug Mart is expanding it's list of exclusive brands by unveiling Baléa, a new line of health and beauty lifestyle products. Canadians may have already started to notice Baléa products on SDM shelves (I know I have).

Baléa offers shoppers a range of products including hair care and skin care and has 7 sub-brands: Baléa Kids, Baléa Hair, Baléa Face, Baléa Hand, Baléa Body, Baléa Bath and Baléa Shave.

Baléa Hair

Baléa Deep Moisture Hair Mask, 150 ml, $3.99 CAD
A luxurious weekly treatment that moisturizes the scalp and promotes a healthy, smooth texture, this deep conditioning mask also protects from damage caused by sun exposure.

Baléa Moisturizing Shampoo, 710 ml, $4.99 CAD
In addition to smelling delicious, this shampoo is infused with vanilla and coconut milk to replenish your hair with essential moisturizers, leaving it silky and manageable.
- Vanilla and Coconut Milk

Baléa Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner, 710 ml, $4.99 CAD
Infused with the beautiful scents of white nectarine and coral flower, this shampoo will give your hair an ultra boost in volume.
- White Nectarine & Coral Flower

Baléa Heat Protection Thermal Styling Serum, 150 ml, $4.99 CAD
Specially formulated for all types of hair, this styling serum will protect hair from intense heat damage from thermal styling tools. Spray on towel dried hair before applying heat or for maximum heat protection spray lightly onto sections of dry hair before using a thermal styling tool.

Baléa Body

Baléa Goat’s Milk Soap, 150 g, $4.99 CAD
Unlike cow’s milk, goat’s milk is naturally homogenized, offering the full moisturizing effect of everything nature puts into the milk. Therefore goat’s milk is extraordinarily gentle and tender even to the driest of skin. Baléa’s Goat’s Milk Soap will absorb natural enzymes, proteins, vitamins and minerals into the skin and increase moisture levels for healthy, beautiful skin.
- Fresh Meadow
- Fragrance Free

Baléa Exfoliating Body Wash, 400 ml, $4.99 CAD
With natural based moisturizers, this exfoliating body wash is the ultimate body wash for healthy, younger looking skin. Gently exfoliates dull, dry skin. While you lather, the micro encapsulated vitamin technology releases Vitamin E to your skin to help improve skin’s elasticity. For superior emollient and moisturizing benefits, this body wash is enriched with Aloe Vera and Mandarin extracts.
- Mandarin

Baléa Invisible Antiperspirant Stick, 45 g, $3.79 CAD
Balea antiperspirant goes on clear and stays that way, so you don’t have to worry about visible marks on your clothing.
- White Ginger & Nectarine
- Moisturizing
- Unscented

Baléa Clinical Care Antiperspirant, 75 ml, $8.99 CAD
This clinical strength liquid antiperspirant can be used daily for extra effective protection from underarm perspiration. It's both hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

Baléa Kids

Baléa 2-in-1 Tear Free Shampoo, 300 ml, $3.99 CAD
Specifically formulated to provide improved conditioning for children’s hair, this 2-in-1 shampoo cleanses and conditions dry hair and split ends, leaving hair extra soft and manageable while being gentle on the eyes. Also great for detangling, this ph-balanced kid-friendly shampoo helps to prevent knots and fly-aways. And kids will love the fruity fragrance!
- Rainbow Sherbert

Baléa Shave

Baléa Moisturizing Shave Cream, 150 ml, $5.49 CAD
Designed for women, these sumptuous and moisturizing shave creams promote smooth and touchable skin all year long. Three dermatologist-tested formulas include Nectarine & Yogurt, enriched with nectarine and yogurt extracts, as well as Vitamin A & E and Sensitive (unscented) options.

Baléa Solara Triple Blade Razors , package of 4, $6.49 CAD
Pivoting triple-blade disposable razors feature built-in aloe and shea butter for a smooth and close shave every time

Baléa Face

Baléa Facial Cleansing Cloths, package of 30, $8.99 CAD
Oil and alcohol free, these gentle dual use cleansing cloths are equipped with exfoliating microbeads on one side, while the other side is super soft and perfect for removing make-up.

Baléa 3-in-1 Cleansing Cloths, package of 60, $8.49 CAD
Suitable for all skin types, these convenient 3-in-1 facial cleansing cloths are both dermatologist tested and ophthalmologist tested. Easy to use, require no rinsing and provide the skin with cleansing toning and moisturizing actions, these cloths can be used in the morning and evening to cleanse the face and remove all impurities.

Baléa Wax Strips for Face & Bikini, $5.99 CAD
Designed for the delicate skin around the face and bikini area and dermatologist tested, these quick and easy wax strips ensure your skin stays smooth, soft and hair-free for up to four weeks. Post depilatory wipes moisturize the skin while removing any wax residue.
- Regular
- Sensitive

Baléa Lip Balm, $2.99 CAD
Soothe, protect and soften dry lips with this moisture-rich lip balm containing shea butter, cocoa butter and Vitamin E to moisturize and condition.
- Marionberry & Honey
- Cara Cara & Guava
- Acai & Mango

Baléa Lip Balm SPF 30, $2.99 CAD
Moisturize and reinvigorate your dry chapped lips with this moisturizing lip balm that contains Aloe and Vitamin E and helps to protect against exposure to the sun, wind and cold. This lush PABA-free balm provides UVA & UVB broad spectrum SPF 30 protection.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

NEW Product Line: The Soapgirl botanical spa line

Just in time for the holidays, Canadian Maritime-based beauty company (they're in Halifax) The Soapgirl will launch both their luxurious spa line and their website at Not only will they feel good making a purchase their loved ones will enjoy, but a portion of all proceeds will be donated to a charity.

Sarah Crawley, founder and owner of The Soapgirl, selects the quality ingredients for her products based on the "simple factor." If she can’t understand what it is, she won’t use it. "Consumers should be able to understand what they are using when it comes to their body," says Crawley.

All the ingredients are natural and organically-infused and have been sourced internationally from Canada to as far as India and Africa. Crawley also looks for ingredients that have been ethically-produced, such as fair-trade sugar and ensures all ingredients are Paraben free, Phthalate free, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth free as well as cruelty free and dye free.

Like my sister, Suziesaurus, I love supporting local businesses, and although Halifax is a little far from Toronto, I still feel a little Canadian loyalty towards The Soapgirl (plus, Halifax is one of my favourite places to visit).

Sugar Scrub, 15 oz / 434 g, $25 CAD
Rub onto wet skin and exfoliate, rinse well. Use 2 -3 times a week for fresh and revitalized skin.
- Thai Coconut Lime
- Açai Goji Berry
- Cranberry Citrus

Masque, 2 oz / 58 g, $22 CAD
Create your very own natural masque for a healthy complexion. This masque is great for your face and body. Blend mixture with water, yogurt or milk according to your skin type.
- Thai Coconut Lime
- Açai Goji Berry

Shea Butter, 5 oz / 142 g, $23 CAD
Organic shea butter infused with fine oils. The shea butter helps moisturize and soften skin. Contains vitamins A, D, E, and K to renew your skin. Great for moisturizing, helpful relieving sunburns, and fantastic for expectant mothers.
- Thai Coconut Lime
- Açai Goji Berry
- Cranberry Citrus

Solid Body Butter, 55 g, $15 CAD
Nourish your dry skin with a solid body butter that melts at you skin temperature. Great for your legs, arms and even the bottom of your feet!
- Thai Coconut Lime
- Açai Goji Berry
- Cranberry Citrus

image: press release

Cinnamon Kitten Deal Spotting...

Don't forget - I just post these deals for information only! For full details, information, rules, eligibility, etc, make sure you read all the details on the company's site!

* DEAL *

(Thanks to Sarah for emailing me this one!)

Deb Shops, a clothing and accessories boutique is having a blowout sale for the holiday.

- Nov. 24 to Nov. 29: 25-50% in store and online (no code needed)
- Nov. 30: 40% off entire website (no code needed)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Lancome Bonus Time Online

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time!

Minimum amount you need to spend: $50 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: while supplies last

What You Get:
- Renergie Microlift R.A.R.E. Superior Lifting Cream SPF 15, 15 ml
- Bi-Facil Double-Action eye Makeup Remover
- Colour Design Sensational Effects Lip Colour in Sugared Maple
- company with Colour Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadows in Drape, The New Black, Honeymoon and Designer
- Definicils High Definition Mascara in Black
- cosmetic case


Thursday, November 26, 2009

NEW Product: KN Karen Neubruger Crew Socks

Brand:KN Karen Neuburger
Name: crew socks
Size: n/a
Price: $8 USD

I know what you're thinking - what do socks have to do with beauty, but stay with me for a bit and you'll find out!

KN Karen Neuburger has launched a line of classic and comfortable socks with added pampering characteristics. Enriched with Aloe and Vitamin E, these socks will allow you to skip out on your lengthy spa treatments, giving you the chance to enjoy your favorite activities while pampering at the same time!

The socks are available in an assortment of styles like flowers, argyle, solid and striped and come in great fall colors like cranberry, cream, navy and dark brown. Whether you are lounging around in your house or out an about on the town, give your feet a break at the same time with Karen Neuburger.

Celeb fans of KN Karen Neuburger include Courteney Cox-Arquette and Mariska Hargitay.

These styles and others are available online at, and in department stores and specialty stores throughout USA.

Cinnamon Kitten has a pair of stylish grey KN Karen Neuburger socks - so watch for a review soon!

image: press release

NEW Product: SmartMouth mouthwash

Brand: SmartMouth
Name: mouth wash
Size: n/a
Price: n/a

SmartMouth mouthwash not only kill germs and eliminates odors, but also prevents those odors from returning within a 12 hour period. This means that SmartMouth lasts at least 12 times longer than any other leading mouthwash available to consumers. These claims have recently been tested and confirmed, validating that SmartMouth mouthwash does in fact provide 12 hours of fresh breath.

SmartMouth uses a patented, dual-solution technology that requires two active ingredients to be kept separate until just prior to rinsing. This insures that SmartMouth is freshly activated with each use to provide unmatched, long-term fresh breath.

SmartMouth's oxidizer in Solution 1 eliminates existing bad breath when you rinse. SmartMouth's zinc ion technology, created by the combination of Solution 1 and Solution 2, neutralizes the germs, preventing them from producing new bad breath gases for long term fresh breath. One rinse in the morning prevents bad breath all day, and one rinse at night and you can wake up every day without morning breath.

- Developed by Dr. Marvin Cohen, Chairman and author of the bad breath section of the 1998 Encyclopedia Britannica, Medical Edition
- Will not stain teeth, dentures or crowns
- Dentist recommended
- 100% alcohol-free, no burning
- Safe for ages 6 and older
- Safe for Diabetics

Available in mint and cinnamon flavors, SmartMouth mouth wash can be purchased at all major retail chains such as Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target, CVS, etc. and can also be ordered online at

For more information, check out and watch Cinnamon Kitten for a product review soon!


Pass the Turkey Please!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and readers!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

NEW Product Line: Meltology

Meltology, is a new, patent-pending, luxury skin and body care system that uses a heat inspired technology system (activated solely by the addition of water – not electricity – the first-ever of their kind available on the market).

Meltology promises to provide spa quality treatments that you can do right in the privacy of your own home.

Each one of their signature items is a sanitary, single-use item that's self-contained, disposable, and uses green and sustainable raw-materials, so there’s nothing to store or clean when the treatment is finished. No mess and no worries of contamination unlike spas that use public paraffin wax, pedicures tubs, etc. The mineral energy technology inside each spa mitt and sock heats instantly when water is added, and it keeps the sock warm for 30+ minutes.

Self-Heating Spa Mitts, 4 weeks, $29.98 USD
Helps to flout the appearance of aging hands with powerful self-heating spa mitts. Soyaffin serum drenches hands with long lasting moisture protection to lock in results for younger looking hands.

Self-Heating Spa Socks, 4 weeks, $29.98 USD
Natural, moist heat helps your Meltology foot care products absorb deeper than ever, while Soyaffin Serum inside the liners leaves your feet feeling relaxed and pampered. Helps to soften the look of tired and battered feet due to high heels, exercise, and standing for prolonged periods of time.

Self-Heating Hot Stone Massage Kit, $32.98 USD
Meltology’s breakthrough heat technology allows consumers to have the world's premiere spa treatment at home with a system that's safe and simple to use. Traditional stone massage heats the rocks from the outside, using hot water, however Meltology’s artisan porcelain massage stones are filled with long lasting, natural mineral heat activators, to heat from within, allowing the stones to safely stay hot for up to an hour. Hot Stone Massage brings all the benefits of heat therapy to every area of the body. Heat also allows a massage to be more effective than with pressure alone, as heat releases knots and tension in the connective tissue around the muscles.
- 1 Meltology Hot Stone (reusable)
- 5 samplers of botanical massage oil
- 5 self-heating hot stone activators
- 1 instruction booklet

Revitalyze Skin Concentrate, 4-6 weeks, $179.98 USD
The first heat-stimulated treatment that helps prolong the quality of your skin. Formulated with Meltology’s patent pending ThermalZyme Stem Cell Complex, this fast-absorbing formula helps improve skin tone, texture and luminosity all while neutralizing free radicals through heat-enhanced absorption.

Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask, 4-6 weeks, $129.96 USD
Created to turbocharge your Meltology Skin Care and help relax away tension and stress. The Meltology Facial Mask provides up to 30 minutes of soothing, moist heat to calm the body and relax the mind, while releasing energetic heat to aid penetration of key ingredients into the skin for immediate results. Skin looks rejuvenated, lines and wrinkles are softened and less apparent.
Available for:
- normal/oily skin
- normal/dry skin
- mature/oily skin
- mature/dry skin

For more information on Meltology, check out their site at


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

NEW Product Line: LillyPilly

Australian-based LillyPilly, a skincare line of hand and body cremes and body washes made with native Australian plant extracts, has announced that it's now available in the USA. (Hey, what about Canada???)

LillyPilly is calling attention to a very much missed mark in skincare: The use of native plant elements thousands of years ago for healing and nutritional purposes – in this case, those used by Australia’s indigenous Aborigine culture over 40,000 years ago, including the native Australian lilly pilly berry from which the product line gets its name, along with traces of other extracts unbeknownst to the average American consumer.

LillyPilly is made with native oils and extracts sourced from around Australia which include:
- Lilly Pilly berries: replenishes the skin, a rich natural source of vitamin C, antioxidants and exfoliating fruit acids
- natural Tea Tree with Rosewood oil: soothe sensitive skin with its natural antiseptic qualities
- natural Kakadu Plum: protects skin, heralded as the richest natural source of vitamin C in the world, with more than 50 times more vitamin C than citrus fruit
- Eucalyptus: invigorates the skin with refreshing and cooling properties, the perfect tonic to revitalize sluggish skin
- Tasmanian Kelp: balances and moisturizes the skin, high in minerals and antioxidant vitamins A, B, C and E
- Quandong kernel: nourishes skin with rich oil, enriched with vitamin C and essential fatty acids - Bush Tomato: revitalizes the skin, closely related to the common tomato, the Bush Tomato is a rich source of the active antioxidant Lypocene

Tea Tree with Rosewood Body Wash, 200 ml, $17.99 USD
Gently soothe and calm sensitive and stressed skin with the healing properties of Tea Tree oil renowned for its natural antiseptic qualities. Bask in the softly scented woody nutmeg aroma heightened by a hint of Rosewood oil.

Kakadu Plum Body Wash, 200 ml, $17.99 USD
Fruit from the Kakadu Plum tree is the richest natural source of vitamin C in the world and an important antioxidant which helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Blended with the naturally potent antioxidants and exfoliating fruit acids found in Lilly Pilly extract.

Eucalyptus with Nerolina Body Wash, 200 ml, $17.99 USD
With its subtle menthol scent blended with the lavender and lilac undertones of Nerolina oil Eucalyptus Body Wash is the perfect tonic to decongest sluggish skin leaving it silky smooth and never dry

Tea Tree with Rosewood Hand & Body Creme, 50 ml, $9.99 USD or 150 ml, $19.99 USD
Soothe, calm and replenish sensitive and stressed skin with the healing properties of Tea Tree oil renowned for its antiseptic qualities. Enriched with vitamins A & E, omega oils and Aloe Vera.

Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme, 50 ml, $9.99 USD or 150 ml, $19.99 USD
Fruit from the Kakadu Plum tree is the richest natural source of vitamin C in the world – an important antioxidant which helps prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Blended with the naturally potent antioxidants and exfoliating fruit acids found in Lilly Pilly extract. Enriched with vitamins A & E, omega oils and Aloe Vera.

Eucalyptus with Nerolina Hand & Body Creme, 50 ml, $9.99 USD or 150 ml, $19.99 USD
The subtle menthol aroma blended with the lavender and lilac undertones of Nerolina oil works together to invigorate your senses and leave your skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Enriched with vitamins A & E, omega oils and Aloe Vera.

Eucalyptus Bath & Beauty Pack, $35.99 USD
Gently cleanse your skin and invigorate your senses with the refreshing and cooling properties of natural Eucalyptus oil blended with the lavender undertones of Nerolina oil. The perfect partner to our Eucalyptus Body Wash, lightweight and easily absorbed, Eucalyptus Hand & Body Creme will leave your skin beautifully soft, smooth and hydrated.
- 200ml Eucalyptus Body Wash
- 150ml Eucalyptus Hand & Body Creme

Tea Tree Bath & Beauty Pack, $35.99 USD
Gently cleanse and soothe sensitive skin with the healing properties of Tea Tree oil renowned for its natural antiseptic qualities. The perfect partner to our Tea Tree Body Wash, lightweight and easily absorbed, Tea Tree Hand & Body Creme will leave your skin beautifully soft, smooth and hydrated.
- 200ml Tea Tree Body Wash
- 150ml Tea Tree Hand & Body Creme

Kakadu Plum Bath & Beauty Pack, $35.99 USD
Gently cleanse and protect your skin with a powerful blend of naturally potent antioxidants found in Kakadu Plum, heralded as the world's richest natural source of vitamin C, with 50 times more vitamin C than citrus fruit. The perfect partner to our Kakadu Plum Body Wash, lightweight and easily absorbed, Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme will leave your skin beautifully soft, smooth and hydrated.
- 200ml Kakadu Plum Body Wash
- 150ml Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme

LillyPilly Hand & Body Creme 3 pack (variety), $28.99 USD
Indulge your skin with LillyPilly Hand & Body Cremes - invigorating Eucalyptus, soothing Tea Tree and rejuvenating Kakadu Plum. Blended with vitamins A and E, Aloe Vera and omega oils to provide extra nourishment for your skin, our Hand & Body Cremes are lightweight and easily absorbed and will leave your skin beautifully soft, smooth and hydrated.
- 50ml Eucalyptus Hand & Body Creme
- 50ml Tea Tree Hand & Body Creme
- 50ml Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme.

LillyPilly products now ship anywhere in the USA and can be found at

image: wwpress release

Monday, November 23, 2009

NEW Product Line: ecoTOOLS by Alicia Silverstone

As an avid fan of ecoTOOLS and notable environmental activist, Alicia Silverstone was a natural choice to become a spokesperson for ecoTOOLS, which has a fantastic line of environmentally friendly brushes and beauty tools (one of our favourites here at Cinnamon Kitten).

Launching in December 2009 at Walgreens and Target stores, ecoTOOLS by Alicia Silverstone includes a complete set of 5 cosmetic bags, ranging from a brush bag with a brush set to an overnight bag. Each bag is produced with a natural hemp material and uses a recycled PET lining. The collection, which features some of Alicia’s favorite flowers, offers sleek design, natural materials and fabulous functionality.

(Please note that all prices are Suggested Retail Prices, so are approximate)

ecoTOOLS by Alicia Silverstone 5 Piece Brush Set and Bag, $15.99 USD
This limited edition brush set and bag features 4 of Alicia’s must-have brushes and directions to help you create her natural look. One of Alicia’s favorite brushes is the Finishing Brush, a feathery soft brush that gives a flawless finish. The packaging of the set is made from 30% post-consumer recycled content.
- the Finishing Brush
- Blush Brush
- Angled Eye Shadow Brush
- Lash & Brow Groomer

ecoTOOLS by Alicia Silverstone Cosmetic Brush Bag , $12.99 USD
Perfect for tossing in a purse for touch-ups throughout the day, this cosmetic brush bag also contains a limited edition blush brush. It is large enough for additional cosmetic storage and has a separate compartment for your brushes in order to keep them clean.

ecoTOOLS™ by Alicia Silverstone Train Case , $14.99 USD
Designed with convenience in mind, the Train Case has a handy zip top, allowing for easy access and organization. With a clear removable compartment inside, you can keep organized anywhere - whether you’re on vacation, or sitting at your own vanity.

ecoTOOLS™ by Alicia Silverstone Overnight Bag , $19.99 USD
This large bag is sturdy and durable and features easy-to-grip handles that make it ideal for travel. The 2 interior compartments are removable and versatile to help keep contents clean and tidy.

ecoTOOLS™ by Alicia Silverstone Cosmetic Bag , $8.99
A staple in any makeup bag collection, this compact case is perfectly sized to fit all the essentials, and is great for the girl-on-the-go.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Product Review: M.A.C. Slimshine Lipstick

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: M.A.C.
Name: Slimshine Lipstick
Size: 2.3 g / 0.08 oz
Price: $17.50 CAD

Shade Tried: Gaily

I suffer from extremely sensitive and dry lips, but I yearn for fabulous looking lips. So when I was at the shopping mall this week I decided it was time I again tried to find that perfect lipstick.

From the website: “A new Lipstick combining creamy emolliency with a unique sheer colour pay-off. Finishes include cream, sparkling pearl and metallic. Provides the shine and moisturizing comfort of a gloss but with a smooth, non-sticky finish. Distinctive on and off. Comes packaged in its own stylish extra-long lipstick case.”

To Purr About:
- 24 fabulous colours to choose from
- glides on effortlessly
- does not irritate my lips

Claws Out:
- a tiny bit drying
- doesn’t stay on super long

Final Comments:
Although I’ve been using MAC products since high school, I haven’t bought a MAC lipstick in years. The last time I did I remember it being very heavy and matte, so I was a little apprehensive since my lips have unfortunately become very sensitive and finicky. However I thought I’d give it another shot in my search for the perfect lips. I was really interested in their non-traditional lipsticks like their slimshine and lip glosses, but I decided on the slimshine as I wanted a less glossy look & a more smooth and silky look.

The outcome - I was really happy with this MAC’s slimshine lipstick. The lipstick looked awesome on and glided on so smoothly. I am definitely going to try more of MAC’s lip products in the near future.

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.

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Suziesaurus.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Survey Help Request

Morgan, a first year MBA student at Baruch College in New York is doing a marketing research project and needs our help!

Take a few minutes to complete this survey (it's all about makeup and beauty) and help out! I just finished filling it out, and it's really quick and painless, I promise!

Contest: Thymes $500 Gift Contest

Brand: Thymes
Deadline to enter: December 7, 2009

Big or small, touching or outrageous, give Thymes a peek inside your favorite holiday tradition and you could win over $500 in Thymes gifts, wrapped and delivered, for 6 people on your Holiday shopping list. (Plus a little something for yourself, of course!)

Logon to before December 7 and submit your favorite holiday tradition. You may even get to knock a few people off your holiday list in 1fell swoop!

Please see their site for eligibility and full rules and regulations.

Product Review: Olay Botanical Fusion Body Wash - Hydrate

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Olay
Name: : Botanical Fusion Body Wash - Hydrate
Size: 345 ml
Approximate Price: $7.00 CAD

From Olay’s website: "Olay brings advanced skincare into the shower with Olay Botanical Fusion. Olay conditioners, fused with scents inspired by nature, are formulated to delight your senses while hydrating your skin from the comfort of your own shower. The rich, creamy formula wraps your skin with nourishing moisturizers that leave you naturally beautiful and hydrated. It's healthy looking skin inspired by nature. Try hydrate to nourish dry skin and promote more even tone."

To Purr About:
- very moisturizing
- lathered up super well and was super silky
- very subtle, but nice, botanical smell

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
After the success I had with Olay`s cleanser I was excited to try more of their products. With the cold harsh winter approaching I am gearing up to keep my skin properly moisturized, and so I was especially intrigued by Olay`s 'hydrate' body wash.

After the first use I was sold. It lathers up so well and feels amazingly silky in the shower. And it also left my skin feeling very moisturized afterwards. I am definitely loving Olay's products!

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.

Disclosure: A free sample of this product was received by Cinnamon Kitten.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

back from vacation with some changes...

Back from vacation and ready to get this blog going again. While I was away, I did spend some time thinking about how to make this blog even more useful for you, my readers.

In the past, I've generally kept my posts to about one per day (at the most) and the only time I did multiple posts were if I had already posted something earlier in the day and a Bonus Gift offer was announced.

I've had many readers comment or email me about including even more product announcements and deal-alerts, so I've been trying to come up with a way to include those as well.

So, basically, it means that there will be many more posts coming out, which may mean several a day. I will generally only post online-deals or deals to places that are available in many locations, because I just wouldn't be able to access or include everything for everyone. I'll also post more new product release news as it becomes available to me.

What does this mean? More (hopefully useful) information for you! But it also means there could be multiple posts on some days, so in other words - be sure to check it all out! I'll try to keep most posts organized in some sort of template (kind of how the product reviews and new product alerts are already done) so that you can easily skim for the info you want/need.

All in all, I hope this means a more informative and useful blog for all my readers.

Also, if there are any online deals that you hear of, email me at so I can include them!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Cinnamon Kitten is on vacation!

I'm taking a much needed vacation (first time going away in 2 years!) and spending a week in Las Vegas! :)

So this blog will be on hiatus for a week. I'll be back next weekend with a pile of new product alerts and even more product reviews!

Thanks for reading everyone - see you in a week!

Product Review: Merlot Natural Grape Seed Moisturizer

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Merlot
Name: Natural Grape Seed Moisturizer
Size: 118 ml / 4 fl oz
Price: approx. $15 USD

(from the product)
Creme de Vin is made of natural red grape seeds polyphenols. It offers sensational antioxidant properties thereby helping to inhibit the aging process.
- Natures most powerful antioxidant
- Anti-Aging
- SPF 15
- Fragrance Free
- Non-Oily

To Purr About:
- has SPF 15
- not greasy
- absorbs quickly into the skin
- subtle scent

Claws Out:
- not super moisturizing

Final Comments:
I didn't find anything wrong with this product, but it didn't stand out as anything extraordinary either.

It kept my face moisturized and soft enough throughout the day, but didn't give my skin any extra pizzazz. I was definitely more impressed with Merlot’s purifying peel-off mask.

It's a shame I'm so insanely picky about my moisturizers nowadays.

Rating (out of 5):

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Product Review: Skindinävia Dance! Makeup Finish

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Skindinävia
Name: : Dance! Makeup Finish
Size: 59 mL / 2 fl oz.
Price: $19 USD

From Skindinävia’s website: "Dance! Makeup Finish holds makeup all night without touchups. Created for very active women, clubbers, and professional dancers. As you move around, your body heat immediately starts to melt and smudge makeup. Weightless mist chills the makeup surface by up to 20°F degrees for hours greatly extending wear and quality throughout very active use. Avoid the need for constant reapplying of foundation, eye shadow, blush, and concealer. A must-have for proms, dance competitions, nights out, and those who like to move. Works with all types of makeup."

Their website boasts the key benefits of:
- Surface cooling technology holds temperature to avoid melting or sliding
- Greatly extends makeup wear
- Revives fatigued makeup
- Formulated for very active use
- Saves up to 50% of makeup usage
- Helps control shine

To Purr About:
- light - does not add another layer to makeup
- seemed to extend the time my makeup lasted
- provides decent shine control

Claws Out:
- feels weird to spray something on my face after I've applied full make-up

Final Comments:
I'm not sure if this product meets all the specifications it mentions, but it did seem to extend the amount of time my makeup lasted. I usually find my makeup looking a bit dull after a couple of hours, but while using this makeup finish it seemed to hold up pretty well.

I'm not a super active person (don’t dance much or go clubbing or exercise all that much), but on a normal day-to-day it seemed to prolong my makeup life. Also, it's quick and easy and I can't even tell it's on.

For those reasons alone it has made it's way into my makeup routine.

Rating (out of 5):

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