Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Product Review: KN Karen Neubruger Crew Socks

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: KN Karen Neubruger
Name: : Crew Socks
Size: n/a
Price: $8 USD

KN Karen Neuburger's line of classic and comfortable socks has 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!

To Purr About:
- soft, comfortable socks
- stylish little design
- didn't have the silicone, plastic or creamy feeling like other "spa socks" I've tried

Claws Out:
- not sure if there was any noticeable moisturizing effect

Final Comments:
The socks are stylish and comfortable to wear, but I think that the "spa" effect of moisturizing my feet was minimal. Compared to other heavier-duty "spa" socks, I found that these didn't seem to make any noticeable difference in my feet's skin.

Of course, it could be that we're in the full winter season here in Toronto and so my skin is naturally drier than the rest of the year, but if you're looking for really good, skin-changing spa socks, then these are not it.

If you want to keep your feet warm and would like the added benefit of a little extra moisture boost, then why not give these a try?

Rating (out of 5):

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

image: press kit

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!

I'm spending the next few days relaxing with my family and enjoying the holidays.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season too and that you get to spend some time with your loved ones!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Product Review: The Soapgirl Sugar Scrub

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: The Soapgirl
Name: : Sugar Scrub
Size: 15 oz / 434 g
Price: $25 CAD

Scent Tried: Cranberry Citrus

The Soap Girl (who I featured earlier in a New Product posting) is a Canadian-based bath and beauty company created in 1999 by then stay-at-home mom, Sarah Crawley. Popular for their whimsical packaging and fresh fragrances, Soapgirl products are a favourite item at numerous gift shows in Eastern Canada. What began as a hobby for a bath-junkie, has grown into a career as Soapgirl products struck a chord with busy women who demand affordable, luxurious and natural products for those few stolen moments.

I love stories like The Soap Girl's. It's great to hear about women entrepreneurs who are creating amazing beauty products. And I must say that I'm now one of the Soap Girl's fans!

The Soap Girl's Sugar Scrubs are:
- vegan
- phthlate free
- paraben free
- synthetic dye free

To Purr About:
- product smells really nice
- scrub is rough, but not too harsh or sharp
- scrub is soft and easy to use (but not too creamy)
- leaves skin very soft and moisturized

Claws Out:
- a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way

Final Comments:
When I first opened the jar of sugar scrub, I actually said "WOW" out loud. The first thing you'll notice is that the Cranberry Citrus smells absolutely amazing. I was already halfway in love with the product.

I wasn't disappointed by the rest of it. It was easy to use, wasn't too harsh, but really did a good job of exfoliating and left my skin feeling really soft and moisturized (the product feels like it has some moisturizing oil in it) and left that lovely scent on my skin (not overpowering though).

I must say that I'm extremely impressed with The Soap Girl's sugar scrub and it's definitely a must-try for the winter season when you need to keep your skin moisturized, but need to slough off all that dead, flaky skin as well!

Rating (out of 5):

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


Monday, December 21, 2009

NEW Product: Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion

Name: Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion
Size: n/a
Price: approx. $10 CAD

Curel has introduced the Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion.

Fast Facts:
- 1 in 3 women experience frequent and uncomfortable itchy skin, regardless of the season
- Over 5 million Canadians – approximately 17% of the population (including children) – suffer from symptoms of atopic dermatitis – the most common and severe type of eczema – that causes a rash on the face, hands and limbs and is accompanied by an intense itch

Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion:
- treats dry, itchy skin, irritation, redness and helps ease eczema symptoms
- contains active levels of panthenol for relief of irritation and ceramides to restore skin’s barrier function and regulate skin’s ability to hold moisture
- includes tapioca powder for a non-greasy feel
- has been tested by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians
- is gentle enough for babies and children

Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion is the only moisturizer to display the National Eczema Association Acceptance Seal on its packaging

Personally, I don't suffer from eczema (thank goodness) but I do find that during the harsh Canadian winters, my skin can get very dry and itchy, so I'm definitely going to be trying this product out this winter!

NEW Product: The All Nighter All Over Shimmer Powder

Brand:The All Nighter
Name: All Over Shimmer Powder
Size: n/a
Price: $18 USD

The All Nighter All Over Shimmer Powder is an all-natural highlighter that you can use on your hair, face and body.

A multi-purpose loose powder that's formulated with silk, rice and minerals and gently scented with a touch of cinnamon, the All Over Shimmer adds a glow to anywhere you want a bit of sparkle.

Packaged in an easy-to-use jar with a puff applicator, the All Over Shimmer Powder is:
- paraben free
- aluminum free
- talc free
- cruelty free
- all natural
- eco-friendly
- for all skin tones


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Product Review: Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Dove
Name: : Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash
Size: 354 mL / 12 fl oz
Price: approx. $10 CAD

"Nourish your skin with our mildest cleanser ever. Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash has NutriumMoisture, a breakthrough formula of 100% natural moisturizers that can absorb completely to nourish deep down. Hypoallergenic, unscented and dermatologist-recommended."

To Purr About:
- left my skin feeling clean
- classic subtle dove soap bar scent
- hypoallergenic

Claws Out:
- doesn't lather up that well
- did not find this product extremely moisturizing

Final Comments:
I am a fan of the classic Dove soap bar, because it is known to balance pH levels and really is the only thing that consistently keeps my body piercings clean and non-infected. However, in winter I find the body bars not moisturizing enough, so I figured I’d try their body wash.

The body wash was definitely more moisturizing than the classic soap bar, but I didn’t find it as moisturizing as other body washes I’ve tried. That being said it was above average and seemed to be good for my extremely sensitive skin. I would definitely use Dove’s body washes again, but I think next time I will try their Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash.

Rating (out of 5):

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


NEW Product: Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler

Brand:Estee Lauder
Name: Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler
Size: 15 ml

Price: approx. $45.00 CAD

Estee Lauder's new Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler is an all-in-one concentrated treatment that reduces the look of all types of deep lines – including smile lines, deep creases across the forehead, between brows, and around the eyes and lips.

- new Advanced Volumizing Spheres help plump and smooth the look of deep wrinkles
- exclusive Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides™ Complex delivers "intensive therapy" to the depth of every expression line – helping support skin’s natural production of redensifying collagen

Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler comes in a 15 ml. Polymer-tip Tube with a precision-tip applicator that provides fuss-free, accurate dispensing.

This will be available at Estée Lauder counters across Canada beginning January 2010.

image: press release

Monday, December 14, 2009

Product Review: Product Review: Olay Complete Ageless Eye Brightening Cream

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Olay
Name: : Complete Ageless Eye Brightening Cream
Size: 15 ml
Price: n/a

After the amazing results I saw from Olay’s Complete Ageless cleanser, I was excited to try another product from the same line.

From Olay’s website: "Olay Complete Ageless Eye Brightening Cream combines nourishing all day moisture with vitamins and an anti-oxidant complex enriched with Green Tea and Ginkgo extracts to exfoliate and help promote skin's surface renewal process for skin that is more resilient to the appearance of aging."

The product is advertised to:
- Visibly reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles
- Dermatologist Tested
- Oil-Free, Non-Greasy

To Purr About:
- wasn’t oily or greasy
- very light feeling
- didn’t intrude on make-up application
- absorbed quickly into my skin
- no scent

Claws Out:
- didn’t brighten up my eye area as much as I would have liked
- wasn’t moisturizing enough for my extremely dry skin

Final Comments:
I actually was a bit disappointed with this product. I was expecting wonderful things after all my great experiences with Olay products, but it turned out to be only average.

Although it did absorb well into my skin and was very light and helped moisturize a little, I didn’t find that it targeted those dark circles under my eyes very well, which I expect my eye creams to do. So even though it is more affordable than other eye creams on the market I would rather pay a bit more for more results.

Rating (out of 5):

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


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Product Review: Lise Watier Hydra-Temps Total Moisture Night Creme-Gel

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Lise Watier
Name: : Hydra-Temps Total Moisture Night Creme-Gel
Size: 50 ml / 1.7 fl oz
Price: $43 CAD

"Designed for all skin types, this silky, vanishing crème features Lise Watier’s exclusive Beta-Hydrumex Complex. Rich in apple extract, this complex is associated with a multi-sensory moisturizer, ceramides-3, and phytosqualane to capture water molecules and effectively rebuild the hydrolipidic barrier as it acts through the night. A veritable source of hydration, it leaves skin supple and radiant. All the benefits of apple for the health of your skin."

To Purr About:
- scrumptious, yet subtle, scent of apples
- comes with a little spatula, so you can avoid contaminating the jar with your finger bacteria
- keeps my skin super hydrated
- absorbs quickly into my skin
- not greasy or heavy feeling
- doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
I am a huge fan of Lise Watier’s products (lipstick, mineral foundation, etc.), so I’m always excited to try more of their lines. Lately I`ve been on the lookout for a proper night cream and this heavy duty looking one looked like something that might work for my super sensitive skin.

After using this product for a while I must say that, as usual Lise Watier’s products don’t disappoint. This night cream not only keeps my skin super moisturized at night, but it is super light and quickly absorbs into my skin. It is very reasonably priced and I am pretty confident that it will help my skin withstand the rough winter weather ahead.

Rating (out of 5):

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


NEW Product Collection: Mineral Essence Lipstick & Lipgloss

Brand:Mineral Essence

Mineral Essence keeps the warmer months in mind as they launch a some new "Pink" and "Berry" inspired shades to their popular lip products.

All Mineral Essence lip products are 100% certified organic and do not contain any:
- Parabens
- Bisbmuth Oxichloride
- Additives
- Oils
- Talc
- Harsh Chemicals
- Presevatives

Certified Organic Mineral Lipsticks, $16.00 USD
- Pink Crush: demure pink
- Very Berry: dazzling mauve
- Pink Martini: rich, sparkling mauve
- Raspberry Truffle: copper with burgundy undertones
- Cranberry Spice: rich mauve with brown undertones

Certified Organic Lush Lips Lipgloss, $18.00 USD
- Ripe Berry
- Hot Pink
- Flirty Rose

image: press release

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

NEW Product: Barbara Orbison's Pretty Woman

Brand:Barbara Orbison
Name: Pretty Woman
Size: n/a
Price: n/a

"Pretty Woman" immediately brings to mind that iconic Roy Orbison song and, of course, the fairy tale movie starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Now, Barbara Orbison, wife of the late Roy Orbison is launching a signature fragrance in exclusive boutiques and specialty retailers.

The notes of Pretty Woman Perfume open to reveal a complex melody of florals, spices and woods:
Top note: bergamot
Middle notes: stargazer lily, red rose and carnation
Base notes: fresh amber, patchouli, vanilla, atlas cedar and sacred incense

"It has been a life-long dream of mine to create a perfume that speaks to women everywhere," comments Barbara. "I believe that within every woman there is a pretty woman and my signature fragrance helps bring that out that inner confidence and spirit so they feel strong, empowered, sensual and pretty."

Barbara has been involved in every step of the development from conception to launch. She worked closely with perfumers to formulate the exact scent she desired and she selected the bottle from the prestigious Versailles de Porchet in Paris and worked closely with the graphic designers to craft a package and label that reflects the pure, elegant essence of the fragrance.

Pretty Woman is currently launching in specialty retailers including Studio Beauty Mix at Fred Segal in Santa Monica and at Korres in NY, Planet Blue, Private Edition in Nashville, Stanley Korshak in Dallas, Woodley and Bunny in Williamsburg, The Peninsula Hotel in L.A. and it is available on line at


Friday, December 04, 2009

NEW Product Line: Wembé

Wembé is a new Paraguayan company selling high quality and all-natural handmade soap.

Their products contain natural ingredients from the tropical rainforest. Along with a perfect mix of essential oils, their handmade blends use original recipes - utilizing tea leaves, loofah and sand.

The name "Wembé" is a derivative of the Guarani word "Guembé", which describes a plant that grows in the entire Amazonian region.

Wembé products are free from silicone, petroleum products, parabens, sulfates, phenoxythanol, polyethylene glycol, synthetic fragrance or colour and animal origin products.

Exfoliating Blend
This exfoliating bar is made of soap and moisturizing butters.
- Black Clay: the black clay from Paraguay is rich in essential oils due to its vegetable origin and may be used on any skin type but is especially good on oily skin
- Coconut: using two varieties of coconut, this soap is astringent and slightly defoliant. It can also be used as a shampoo and is particularly good for oily skin and hair
- Yerba Mate
- Green Blue River: a strong scrub for tired feet, this blend contains white sands from the Parana River and a blend of essential oils
- Dulce de Leche
- Loofah

Cleansing Blend
Made out of true soap combined with fresh natural ingredients.
- Passion Fruit: sweet and vibrant, maracuja is one of the rarest treasures of the rainforest. Strongly energizing and very coarse on rough areas like your feet
- Avocado: combines fresh avocado, avocado oil and cashew leaves. Softly emollient.
- Snow: made specially for hot summers, this soap is extremely refreshing and cool and is made with pure spring water and the essential oils of eucalyptus and mint
- Chocolate
- White Rose: made of rose petals and essential oils
- Mango: tropical mango fruit is highly moisturizing and rich in vitamins A, C and E. This soap is slightly defoliant due to the fibers in the fruit, highly nourishing and smells delicious
- Seaweed: made of seaweeds, salt and essential oils
- Citric: contains the essential oils of citric fruits
- Castille: made of 100% olive oil, no colour added, no scents

Clean Face Blend
Specially formulated for dry skin, it can also be used as a makeup remover. Contains olive oil and cocoa butter

For more information, check out their site at


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

NEW Product Line: MAC Baroque Boudoir

Once in a while, MAC will stray from their signature black packaging and go with a completely different colour and this collection has a pretty, sparkling touch to it! I love the packaging, and I love all the shades in this collection!

"Decadent, luxurious...liaisons get even more dangerous with formulas for lips and face, and the haute-style clutch of this baroque-inspired collection. Sate your taste for something modern, yet ornate. " (from the website)

Baroque Boudoir Lipstick, 3 g / 0.1 us oz, $26.00 CAD
A Lipstick exclusively designed for the Baroque Boudoir collection. A polished silver case features two belle époque-style motifs – one black and one frosted. The luxurious formula provides medium-to-full coverage for a look that’s soft, rich and lustrous. Limited edition.
- Treasured (cremesheen): creamy warm nude beige
- Prive (cremesheen): creamy light blue pink
- Baroque Boudoir (cremesheen): creamy dark plum

Baroque Boudoir Lip Gloss, 5 ml / 0.16 us oz, $26.00 CAD
A Lip Gloss exclusively designed for the Baroque Boudoir collection. A glass vial with a round, polished silver cap features two belle époque-style motifs – one black and one frosted. Provides a soft, comfortable and lustrous look. Limited edition.
- Preciousness (frost): sheer metallic pink with white pearl
- The Lap of Luxury (frost): sheer baby pink with white & pink pearl
- D'Nouveau (frost): sheer dusty rose with light pink pearl

Baroque Boudoir Compact/Sheer Mystery Powder, 10 g / 0.35 us oz, $72.00 CAD
A Sheer Mystery Powder making its appearance as part of the Baroque Boudoir collection. Designed as a special keepsake collectible, the luxurious round, polished silver-finished compact features two belle époque-style motifs – one black, one frosted – that create a unique and coveted look. An ideal complement to the silky soft, velvety and slightly luminous finish of the Sheer Mystery Powder. Limited edition.
- Medium Plus: tan beige
- Light Medium: pale ivory

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