Friday, January 29, 2010

Product Review: Michael Todd Naked Kiss Lipstick

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Michael Todd
Name: : Naked Kiss Lipstick
Size: n/a
Price: $16 USD

Shade Tried: Affection

From the Michael Todd website: "Naked Kiss glides on beautifully and feels absolutely weightless. Our special Anti-Aging Concentrate treats your lips throughout the day while moisturizers keep lips soft and super kissable!"

Currently available in 14 shades – ranging from nudes, to deep purples and reds, Naked Kiss is ideal for everyone.

To Purr About:
- extremely light-weight lipstick
- went on easily
- did not dry my lips at all
- smaller size was easy to tote around
- the bright red shade that I tried was very flattering and looked great (and I never usually wear such bold colours)

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
I was a little hesitate to try this lipstick because of the bold shade of red that I was sent (I never wear dark lipsticks, generally opting for lighter shades), but I was happily suprised on all accounts.

This lipstick is extremely light and after application I didn't feel like I had anything on at all. My lips didn't feel dry or heavy, there was no caking and the colour was very vibrant (and flattering). You have to apply and blot a couple of times because it doesn't stay on very long if you plan on eating/kissing/drinking, etc, but this lipstick is all about the feel and look and doesn't claim to be a "stay-put" lipstick, after all.

I was very happy with the application, feel and richness of this lipstick and love how light it feels.

Rating (out of 5):

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


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

NEW Product: Vera Wang Glam Princess

Brand:Vera Wang
Name: Glam Princess
Size & Price:
- 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, $45 USD
- 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, $72 USD

This fun addition to the Princess line is for the bold girl who is ready to celebrate and rule the world in the most glamorous way. A blend of guava, pear, honey, vanilla orchid, marshmallow and cedarwood.

This is a limited edition Vera Wang scent.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

NEW Product: NARS Orgasm Illuminator

Name: Orgasm Illuminator
Size: 1.1 oz / 30 ml
Price: approx. $29 USD

There's no denying that the NARS Orgasm line is immensely popular. Although personally I've never jumped on the bandwagon, I am a huge fan of NARS. So whenever they launch a new product, I definitely want to have a look!

The Orgasm Illuminator is a new product category for NARS.

A sheer, weightless fluid that instantly makes skin refreshed, radiant and glowing, while flecks of gold, peach and pink shimmer softly diffuse light.

The Orgasm Illuminator joins the Orgasm franchise which includes Blush, Lip Gloss, Nail Polish and The Multiple. Popular with makeup artists, celebrities and consumers worldwide, NARS Orgasm products have been the recipient of numerous beauty accolades.


Monday, January 25, 2010

NEW Product Line: Aveeno positively nourishing Hair Care Collection

I love Aveeno because it offers my favourite body lotion of all time so I'm always keen on trying out new Aveeno products. Now, Aveeno has launched a new hair care line.

The Aveeno positively nourishing hair care collection was developed with a team of experts, including a leading dermatologist and hair stylist, in order to create products that help to make hair healthy looking and beautiful, naturally.

Aveeno has captured the natural benefits of Wheat Protein and combined it with advanced science to create the newest Active Naturals technology, Nourishing Wheat Complex, which targets and strengthens damaged hair to make hair less prone to breakage and resistant to future damage.

The Nourishing Wheat Complex formula contains an effective blend of Wheat Germ Oil plus Wheat Protein, which helps replenish lost moisture. While Wheat Protein can readily be found in many hair care products, this cutting-edge complex uses one large, non-hydrolyzed protein polymer, which is by definition not soluble in water and won’t break down with use in water. In scientific testing, the Nourishing Wheat Complex shampoo and conditioner systems showed significantly greater conditioning efficacy versus a non-conditioning shampoo.

positively nourishing MOISTURIZE Shampoo and Conditioner, 310 mL, $8.99 USD
Goes beyond cleansing and conditioning to moisturize dry, damaged hair. Combines the Nourishing Wheat Complex and Hydrating Oat Protein to quickly quench the hair, replenishing vital moisture. Gentle enough for color-treated hair.

positively nourishing REVITALIZE Shampoo and Conditioner, 310 mL, $8.99 USD
Specifically formulated to help protect hair’s moisture balance and repair everyday damage. Infused with the Nourishing Wheat Complex, the formula intuitively feeds hair with moisture. Gentle enough for colour-treated hair.

positively nourishing VOLUMIZE Shampoo and Conditioner, 310 mL, $8.99 USD
Uses a unique blend of lightweight conditioners to infuse hair with lush, rich body. This exclusive formula, infused with the Nourishing Wheat Complex, plus Anti-Oxidant Blue Lotus Flower, is designed to replenish moisture and amp-up body in fine, hair by replenishing essential moisture and protecting fragile hair from everyday damage. Gentle enough for color-treated hair.

positively nourishing SHINE Shampoo and Conditioner, 310 mL, $8.99 USD
Specifically formulated to replenish moisture and promote shine. Infused with the Nourishing Wheat Complex and shine-enhancing Palm Extract, the SHINE formula smoothes and hydrates to illuminate the dullest hair, giving it shiny, vibrant life. Gentle enough for colour-treated hair.

positively nourishing SOOTHE Shampoo, 310 mL, $8.99 USD
Helps to soothe dry, itchy scalp by calming and soothing the scalp with a combination of the Nourishing Wheat Complex, soothing Lavender and cooling Peppermint. Gentle enough for color-treated hair, the formula addresses the weakest part of hair, fortifying it with protein where it needs it most while soothing the scalp.

positively nourishing CONDITIONING Leave-In Treatment, 153 mL, $8.99 USD
Formulated for intensely dry and extra damaged hair, this Leave-In Treatment works to quench overly-dry hair by giving it an infusion of moisture. Gentle enough for color-treated hair, it contains the Nourishing Wheat Complex, to instantly revitalize and repair severely ravaged hair. The treatment works quickly to intensely replenish moisture.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lancome Bonus Time at Sears

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time!

Retailer: Sears and
Minimum amount you need to spend: $34 CAD (before taxes)
Duration: January 22 - February 15, 2010

What You Get:
- Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow
- Bi-Facil Double-Action eye Makeup Remover
- Definicils High Definition Mascara in Black
- eye and lip brush set
- cosmetic bag & companion

Your choice of:
- Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Reconstructing Cream, 15 ml and Absolue Ultimate Rx Replenishing and Restructering Serum, 15 ml
- High Resolution Refill-3x Triple Action Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15, 15 ml and High Resolution Collaser 5x Intense Collagen Anti-Wrinkle Serum, 15 ml
- Renergie Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Treatment, 15 ml and Renergie Microlife R.A.R.E. Intense Targeted Repositioning Lifter, 15 ml

Your choice of:
- Colour Design Sensational Effects Lip Colour in Natural Beauty
- Colour Design Sensational Effects Lip Colour in Love It


Helping Haiti: Hairdressers Helping Haiti (Toronto Alert)

If you live in Toronto, this may be a great time to get a hair cut and help a great cause. Hair Dressers for Haiti is a 3-day event during which hair dressers from over 25 salons around Toronto will donate their time and services with all proceeds going to the Red Cross in support the relief efforts happening in Haiti.

From Sunday, January 24 through Tuesday, January 2, John Donato of Donato Salons and Artist Choice has reached out to all the salons across the GTA to have a Cut-a-thon to benefit the Haiti relief effort.

WHAT: Hairdressers Helping Haiti is a Cut-a-Thon hosted at the Artist Choice Studio, with hairstylist and colourists from salons across the city donating their time in an effort to raise as much money as possible for the Haiti relief effort.

WHO: Toronto’s best hairstylists and colorists join forces in an effort to raise money for the Red Cross in support of the relief efforts happening in Haiti. Every dollar raised at the Cut-a-Thon will be directly donated to the Red Cross.

- Sunday, January 24, 10am – 7pm
- Monday, January 25, 10am – 9pm
- Tuesday, January 26, 10am – 9pm

Artist Choice Studio
3253 Lake Shore Blvd West,
Toronto ON M8V 1M2
(Lakeshore, one block west of Kipling)

Pricing is as follows:
Haircut Level 1- $30 Level 2- $60
Colour Level 1- $40 Level 2- $60
Highlights Level 1- $75 Level 2- $150

Helping Haiti: Misikko and Hana Salon

Misikko (one of my favourite sites to learn about new hair care tools) wanted to support the Haiti relief efforts and Hana Salon's CEO Steve Voudouris is helping them achieve this goal.

For every Hana that is purchased between January 20 and February 3, Steve will send a $25 blank check to the customer along with a stamped envelope for the customer to send a donation to the charity of their choice. You can see the letter he wrote in support of this cause below (click for a larger image).

About Hana Salon: Hana's goal is to provide serious professional flat irons and styling tools without meaningless marketing hype. As the makers of the world's first and only 1 1/2" pure ceramic plate iron, the Hana Salon line of Professional flat irons are technologically sublime - the largest and best ceramic ionic heaters (up to 3x standard size), high to pure ceramic content & tourmaline plates and damp to dry versatility. Luxury salon irons at a fraction of the price of similar irons mean high-end styling for everyone! (Plus an impressive 2 Year Warranty.)

About Misikko: Located outside of Philadelphia, Misikko emerged from a desire to easily shop and compare the best professional styling tools & beauty products on the market. Our goal is to help you learn about the tools of the trade so you can find the right salon tools and products at the right prices. We look for high quality products that deliver on their promises.

Helping Haiti

There is so much going on in the world that I'm sure you have your own causes and charities to support and I have always tried to keep this blog strictly about beauty.

But in case you're looking for a way to support the relief efforts happening in Haiti at this very moment, please take a moment to read some of my Helping Haiti posts, which include ways that the beauty community is getting involved in the Haiti relief efforts (and how you can take part).

Product Review: Covergirl TRUblend Minerals Blush

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Covergirl
Name: : TRUblend Minerals Blush
Size: 8 g
Price: n/a

Shade Tried: Natural Rose

I still use Covergirl's TRUblend Pressed Mineral Foundation, so when I ran out of blush I decided to give their mineral blush a try.

From Covergirl’s website: "Gentle mineral blush gives skin a healthy-looking flush of color. Wear TRUblend Microminerals Blush alone or layered over TRUblend Microminerals Foundation for a naturally flawless look."

To Purr About:
- available in 2 shades
- very light and airy feeling
- affordable price
- comes with a blush brush for application

Claws Out:
- not convenient to carry around for touch-ups
- 3 piece container (blush canister, brush canister and brush) is a bit clumsy
- brush is not very good quality and is very clumsy to hold/use

Final Comments:
I am a huge fan of mineral makeup products. I find that the end result is very polished, but natural look. This product is no exception – it is light and airy and not cakey at all. Also, the colour is very natural and gives me a nice complextion.

I would rather this product not come with a brush as it is bothersome to remove the brush from the brush canister to apply the product. In addition the lack of brush handle makes holding the brush clumsy.

Rating (out of 5):

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


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

NEW Product: benefit sugarbomb

Name: sugarbomb
Size: 12.0 g Net Wt. / 0.42 oz
Price: approx. $28 USD

I'm a huge fan of benefit's face powders, and use both dandelioni and 10 almost daily, so I'm excited to see what this new little box brings!

Benefit's latest little box powder, sugarbomb, has 4 different shades (rose, shimmering pink, soft plum and peach) that you blend together to create a "sugar rush flush".

As with all the other benefit box powders, this one comes packaged in the cardboard box with a soft, natural-bristle flush brush.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

NEW Product Line: NARS Spring 2010 Collection

I know, I know, it's a litte early to be talking "spring", since it's still only January, but it's always nice to start thinking that eventually, it WILL get warmer again! :)

Inspired by Catherine Deneuve’s role as Lucille in La Chamade, the NARS Spring 2010 Collection features soft, sexy shades that are as elegant as they are versatile.

"I love Catherine’s makeup look in this movie," says François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics who chose supermodel Amber Valletta for the campaign. "It’s very sophisticated and bourgeois in a Parisian ‘16th Arrondissement’ way. She is the perfect reference for this collection, and apropos for spring, a time to embrace color and get noticed."

The NARS Spring 2010 Collection will be available starting January 15, 2010 at

Lipstick, $24 USD
Captivating shades designed to provide the look and style the color dictates. Exceedingly longwearing. Nourishing and Non-drying, with Vitamin E.
- Cruising: a subtle, sexy pink lipstick hue that provides a sheer, natural colour

Lipgloss, $24 USD
Serious shine and sexy colour. Extremely wearable and versatile shades may be worn alone or over other lip products for heightened drama. Ultra-shiny and highly pigmented. Convenient wand application.
- Easy Lover: ultra-sheer hot pink
- Ophelia: high-shine strawberry nectar

Nail Polish, $16 USD
An exclusive formula with technology designed to improve flexibility, durability, wear and gloss properties. This longwearing formula provides a tough, durable chip-resistant finish and also has added UV protection to prevent polish discoloration. Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free.
- Purple Rain: intensely gothic purple

Single Eyeshadow, $23 USD
Longwearing, crease resistant color in sheer wearable formulas. All NARS eyeshadows can be applied sheer or layered for a more dramatic effect. These richly pigmented powders blend effortlessly and can also be used wet for precisely lining the eyes.
- D. Gorgeous: dusty lilac

Duo Eyeshadow, $32 USD
The same longwearing crease resistant formula as NARS single eyeshadow, in uniquely paired color combinations. Worn together or alone, all duo eyeshadows can be applied sheer or built up for a more dramatic effect. All powder eyeshadows can be used wet or dry.
- Kuala Lumpur: like its Malaysian city namesake, this perfectly harmonized gold infused rose and boysenberry pairing is influenced by contrasts—rich and subtle, traditional yet modern

Duo Cream Eyeshadow, $32 USD
Featuring custom color combinations that make perfect pairings, this soft-blending formula may be applied with fingertips or a brush for more precision and control. Shades may be worn alone or underneath NARS powder eyeshadows for more color, depth and intensity.
- Camargue: Named for the deep, dancing, sun-cast hues found in the French river delta, this pairing of golden moss and sienna, with multi-colored reflections comes in a soft-blending, glistening cream eyeshadow formula

images: press release

Monday, January 18, 2010

Product Review: ROC CompleteLift Anti-dark Circle Lifting Eye Cream

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: ROC
Name: : Complete Lift Anti-dark Circle Lifting Eye Cream
Size: 15 ml
Price: n/a

This will be the first time I’ve tried an ROC product. I’ve heard good things about their product line and I am looking for a new eye cream to help me look less tired.

"This high performance cream moisturises and visibly smoothes the eye contour. As you use in daily, your eyelids appear visibly lifted, the appearance of dark circles is reduced, for a bright-eyed look."

To Purr About:
- not oily or greasy
- was a very good base for make-up
- absorbed very quickly into my skin
- very moisturizing
- did not irritate my super sensitive skin

Claws Out:
- no major reduction of the dark circles under my eyes
- if too much product is used it will flake off

Final Comments:
Although I don't have a sagging issue I do use eye creams quite often, especially in the winter, because the area around my eye gets very dry and is quite sensitive. In addition, I'm starting to get dark circles under my eyes due to hectic schedules so I immediately snatched up this product because it had "Anti-dark circle" in its name.

I do love how this product keeps my eye area very nice and moisturized. It absorbed much more quickly than other eye creams I’ve tried which made makeup application easy. Unfortunately I didn’t find it really helped the dark circles under my eyes. A friend suggested that I might have a biased view on this product, because my eye area didn’t need smoothing or lifting, but just brightening. That could be true. I could however appreciate the positives of this product, one being that it would definitely keep my eye area nice and moisturized during the dry winter months.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Product Review: Save Face Body'liscious Body Wash

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Save Face
Name: Body'liscious Body Wash
Size: 225 ml / 8 fl oz
Price: $18 CAD

After having success with Save Faces' facial moisturizer I decided to try their Body'liscious body wash.

From the save face website: "We've put our best lather forward with this gentle yet moisturizing body wash. SLS & DEA free, it cleanses thoroughly while not stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Leaves your skin soft and glowing."

To Purr About:
- left skin feeling clean
- lathered up well

Claws Out:
- a little pricey
- not moisturizing enough to combat the winter dryness and my dry skin

Final Comments:
As I mentioned before, I love trying Canadian made products, so I was excited to again try another product made by Save Face which is from Oakville, Ontario.

Although I have never in the past spent more than $10 on body wash, I probably shouldn't cheap out on my body just because it doesn't get as much exposure as my face – but is this product really worth the money? In these hard economical times I need to be more careful where I spend my dollars, so a product will have to rate over 4/5 to warrant the extra money.

As I’ve said before it's a bit hard to rate body washes, since I can never be sure that it's really cleaning, but it did leave my skin feeling clean. Unfortunately I didn't find it was moisturizing enough for my super sensitive skin after continual use and the colder weather that we've been experiencing.

Rating (out of 5):

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


Friday, January 15, 2010

Shiseido buying Bare Escentuals

Today, Tokyo-based Shiseido Co. announced that it's buying San Francisco-based Bare Escentuals Inc. in a $1.7-billion USD deal that is Shiseido's biggest purchase since its founding in 1872.

Bare Escentuals will operate as a separate division of Shiseido.

Both Shiseido and Bare Escentuals are looking for ways to increase their sales to a global audience, so this business move makes sense for both groups. Another bonus for Shiseido is the addition of a popular mineral line to their business.

Product Review: Lise Watier Illuminating Powder

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Lise Watier
Name: : Nuits magiques Illuminating Powder
Size: 13 g
Price: $32 CAD

Lise Watier as usual has come out with a sparkling product line which is perfect for the cold season.

"A combination of precious powders to illuminate the face and body. Apply a small amount on the cheeks and forehead or as a luminous halo on the entire face. For the body apply on the décolleté and shoulders for a shimmering veil effect. Paraben free."

To Purr About:
- adds a nice, subtle glamorous glow
- very light (didn’t add another heavy layer to my makeup)

Claws Out:
- doesn’t come with an application tool
- a little too subtle on my skin tone

Final Comments:
I love Lise Watier products, and I definitely love that they come out with holiday centric products like this gem.

I really enjoyed the fact that this product was super light and airy feeling – I could barely even tell it was there so it sat comfortably on top of the rest of my make- up. As for the look, the powder gave my skin a nice little shimmer, and although a bit subtle I still think it does add a nice glow for those wintery parties, so I will definitely be finishing off my make-up routine with this.

Rating (out of 5):

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


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NEW Product Line: MAC in Lillyland

"A collaboration that feels like the best tongue-in-chic resort retort delivers that joyously bright and refined Key West bloom: new floral patterned Pearlmatte Eye Shadow and Face Powder, plus all the retro-modern colour combinations that Lilly is famous for." (from the website)

Love the bright pop of colour that this collection brings!

Pearlmatte Eye Shadow, $25.50 CAD
A powder Eye Shadow in which matte and pearlized shades combine to produce a soft pearl-highlight finish. In this limited edition, three complementary shades form a floral motif inspired by the signature patterns of Lilly Pulitizer.

Paint Pot, 5 g / 0.17 fl oz, $20.00 CAD
A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The next generation of a popular MAC formula, Paint Pots maintain all the intense traits of its inspiration. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with MAC shadows and liners.
- Bare Study (frost): champagne with gold and white pearl
- Fresco Rose (frost): mid-tone pink with matching pearl
- Rubenesque (frost): mid-tone frosted golden peach with gold and pink pearl

Technakohl Liner, 0.35 g / 0.012 us oz, $17.50 CAD
A mechanical pencil-style liner. In formula, soft and creamy, with an intense, rich, colour deposit. Blends on application: dries quickly to a long-wear, non-smudge finish. Versatile. An easy way to line the top and lower lash line of the eye. When applied at a 90 degree angle, provides a thin precision line. For thicker application, apply at a flat angle.
- Purple Dash: intense aubergine
- Graphblack: rich graphic black

Lipgelee, 15 ml / 0.5 oz, $16.50 CAD
A soft jelly-textured glosser for the lips. Fab to apply. Squeezes on. Distributes evenly and easily via its special slanted tip. Moisturizes and conditions the lips.
- Shift to Pink (pearl): light violet with silver
- Resort Life (pearl): off white with pink
- Preppy (pearl): blue pink with pink
- Lush Bright (pearl): bright pink yellow coral with pink

Pearlmatte Face Powder, $32.50 CAD
A pressed powder in which matte and pearlized shades combine to produce a soft pearl-highlight finish. In this special limited-edition design, 4 complementary shades form a floral motif inspired by the signature patterns of Lilly Pulitizer.

Cremeblend Blush, $22.00 CAD
A poured cream blush uniquely formulated to bring a natural, softly dewy look to the cheek. Creamy and soft to apply, yet colour, depth and dimension stay throughout the day. Provides a luxuriously smooth, medium-buildable coverage. May be used on cheeks or lips.
- So Sweet, So Easy: light yellow pink
- Florida: bright fuchsia
- Optomistic Orange: bright coral
- Joie-De-Vivre: peachy coral

Nail Lacquer, 10 ml / 0.34 us oz, $14.50 CAD
Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection.
- Coconut Ice (cream): light yellow peach pink
- Steamy (cream): hot 'n' steamy pink


Product Review: Body Shop Lip Scuff

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: The Body Shop
Name: : Lip Scuff
Size: 15 ml
Price: $12 CAD

With winter nipping at our noses, it’s that time of year again which brings back my dreaded dry, chapped flaky lips. In an attempt to combat this problem I picked up The Body Shop’s lip scuff.

"A moisturizing lip care product that gently exfoliates the lips to help remove dead skin cells, leaving the lips feeling smooth, soft and conditioned."

To Purr About:
- I love the peppermint smell of this product
- removes/exfoliates small flakes of skin
- convenient (packaged like a lipstick)
- leaves my lips feeling in great condition

Claws Out:
- must be wiped off immediately after application
- doesn’t get rid of large flakes of skin
- doesn’t help moisturize lips

Final Comments:
Although I think this is very common issue, I haven’t seen too many products on the market that are used to exfoliate chapping or peeling lips.

I really love the Body Shop’s lip scuff. Although it’s not super convenient as it requires to be rubbed off (quite vigorously after use), it’s still great and leaves my lips feeling smoother than before. And since I haven’t tried another similar product I would have to say this is the best in the line.

I still think a great home remedy is to brush the lips lightly with a toothbrush to exfoliate, but this product is great when you’re out and about and just don’t have a toothbrush handy.

Rating (out of 5):

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Disclosure: This product was purchased by Suziesaurus.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

NEW Product Line: MAC Warm & Cozy

"Cuddle up, cozy down, chill out. Beauty succumbs to the most sensuous and luxurious essentials. Dim the lights, and relax in the soft candlelight of this season's most mellowed-out shades. Be Warm & Cozy." (from the website)

Eye Shadow, 1.5 g / 0.05 oz, $17.50 CAD
Highly-pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well.
- Chamomile (satin): creamy pale yellow
- Modelette (satin): mid-tone warm carmel
- Mulled Cider (satin): dark warm brown
- Embark (matte): intense reddish brown

Warm & Cozy Shadestick, 1.5 g / 0.05 oz, $20.00 CAD
Shadestick Eye Shadow specially packaged for the Warm & Cozy collection. Features colour-matched casing and packaging.
- Cuddle (frost): frosted light golden yellow
- Nurture (frost): frosted pale neutral peach beige
- Warm & Cozy (frost): frosted burnt amber with red and gold pearl
- Relaxed (frost): frosted dark chocolate brown

Mineralize Skinfinish, 10 g / 0.35 oz, $32.50 CAD
A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face.
- By Candlelight: golden pink
- Comford: golden bronze

Nail Lacquer, 10 ml / 0.34 us oz, $14.50 CAD
Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection.
- Blissed Out (cream): creamy light nude
- Dim The Lights (cream): creamy warm dark chocolate

Lipstick, 3 g / 0.1 us oz, $16.50 CAD
Colour plus texture for the lips. What made MAC famous.
- Siss (satin): muted golden beige
- Warm Me Up (amplified): creamy mid-tone neutral pink
- Spiced Tea (glaze): warm bronzed brown

Tinted Lipglass, 4.8 g / 0.17 oz, $16.50 CAD
A unique lip gloss that can create a high gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. Designed to be worn on its own, over Lip Pencil or Lipstick, Tinted Lipglass is the perfect product for creating shine that lasts. It's pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic colour. It contains Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips. Tinted Lipglass is packaged in a convenient bottle with a sponge tip applicator that provides a quick, smooth, even application.
- 2N (cream): creamy neutral yellow pink
- 3N (frost): neutral brown with gold and pink pearl
- Feeling Dreamy (frost): pale neutral pink with pink pearl
- Light That Fire! (frost): mid-tone burnt coral with pearl

Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15, 15 ml / 0.5 us fl oz, $17.50 CAD
A protective emollient balm formulated with SPF 15. Provides a sheer wash of colour and an all-natural sheen. Conditions lips, locks in moisture. Contains Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Extract, Wheat Germ Oil, vitamins A and E.
- Feelin' Good: light neutral beige
- Close For Comfort: pinkish brown


Friday, January 08, 2010

Product Review: Olay Quench Therapy Hand Cream

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Olay
Name: : Quench Therapy Hand Cream
Size: 120 g
Price: $10 CAD

Olay has an entire Quench Therapy line to deal with dry skin, and the hand cream is "Olay's fastest relief hand cream for extremely dry, itchy skin".

I've noticed that many brands now have a dedicated hand cream (Neutrogena, Olay, etc) and it's no wonder - our hands take quite a beating and are often exposed to the elements more often than any other part of our body, not to mention all the work they do!

My hands have been really dry lately, so it was the perfect time to put this hand cream to the test.

To Purr About:
- instantly made my hands feel moisturized and less dry
- absorbed very quickly and didn't leave any greasy after-feel
- I only used a little but it was sufficient

Claws Out:
- has an odd smell that I can't quite describe - kind of a rubbery-flower smell - but it's very faint
- skin, although moisturized, wasn't left feeling "silky soft"

Final Comments:
I was impressed by how quickly the cream moisturized my hands - it was almost instantaneous. Only a little bit did the job. The faint scent was a little weird, but not strong enough to bother me. The amount of cream, and how little you need to use, is a great deal at the price, compared to most other deep-moisturizing hand creams.

The only other thing is that although it doesn't leave your hands "silky smooth" like some other creams, my hands weren't dry at all, which meant that the cream did its job.

Rating (out of 5):

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


NEW Products: Crabtree & Evelyn

Brand:Crabtree & Evelyn

Just in time of the holidays, Crabtree & Evelyn has introducted some new additions to their product line - all priced at under $10 USD (perfect for gift-giving!)

Gardeners Hand Therapy , 1.7 oz, $8.00 USD
A nutrient-rich shea butter cream that helps nourish and condition work-roughened hands. A super moisturizing formula and fresh clean scent.

Lavender Soap Leaves For Travel, 20 leaves, $4.00 USD
Infused with nourishing papaya fruit and olive extract – these lightly scented soap leaves are perfect for freshening up while travelling. ach thin sliver yields a rich lather once water is added. Purse size.

Naturals Cocoa Butter & Cardamom Lip Balm - SPF 8, 0.52 oz, $9.00 USD
This rich, conditioning lip balm is blended with nourishing cocoa butter and beeswax – plus zinc oxide for broad spectrum sun protection. Reflective minerals (mica, iron oxide and titanium) give lips just a hint of color and shine.

Pomegranate Citron & Mistletoe Foaming Bath Milk, 1.5 oz, $6.00 USD
A luxurious, 20-minute soak is the perfect antidote to Christmastime entertaining stress. This foaming milk bath sachet conditions the water, softens the skin, and helps soothe the senses.

images: press release

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Product News: Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal rolls out 8 new products

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal, a 100% natural alternative to conventional deodorants, has just rolled out 8 new products in 4 fresh scents.

The new lineup includes the Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal Roll-On and Spray Mist formulas in Ocean Breeze, Honeydew Mellon, Lavender and Papaya Fusion.

"Our new scented products offer yet another option for those seeking a more natural, healthy lifestyle or for those allergic to conventional deodorants," said Ted Alflen, CEO and founder of Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal. "Like all of our product line, the new scented Roll-On and Spray Mist formulas are extremely gentle, yet amazingly effective with 24-hour protection."

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal has long been the top recommended deodorant choice of allergists, dermatologists and oncologists. Unlike most deodorant brands, Naturally Fresh Deodorant contains no harmful aluminums or parabens.

The products function as natural deodorants that kill odor-causing bacteria while permitting the pores to excrete toxins naturally. This is vital to maintain healthy, axillary lymph nodes located in the underarm area.

All Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal products can be purchased online at or at select locations, including Walmart, CVS, GNC, Kroger, Publix, Whole Foods Market and For a complete list of retailers, visit Naturally Fresh Deodorant online.


Saturday, January 02, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hey Cinnamon Kitten readers!

Happy, happy new year! I'm really looking forward to 2010 and all that the new year will hopefully bring.

As you may have noticed, Cinnamon Kitten has a new look! I had been fiddling around with layouts back in December and had one I liked, but unfortunately, it didn't show up well in Foxfire or Chrome (which I use) but I didn't notice until last week. So I spent a few days trying out a few other layouts and have settled on this one. I hope you like it!

Anyhow, I had a really relaxing holiday and am looking forward to the new year. I hope all of you are refreshed, happy, healthy and ready to face 2010!
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