Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Product Review: Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Aveeno
Name: Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion
Size: 532 ml
Price: approx. $15.99 CAD

The latest Aveeno addition to the Stress Relief collection, this lotion contains Active Naturals colloidal oatmeal, lavender, chamomile and ylang-ylang oils to help calm and relax skin, promising to keep your skin moisturized for 24 hours.

To Purr About:
- absorbs moderately quickly
- light lavender scent is nice and relaxing (for those that like their lotions scented)
- good, moisturizing lotion

Claws Out:
- skin felt slightly rubbery after absorbing the lotion
- the cream is a little thicker than my current favourite lotion (another Aveeno product)
- I prefer my lotions unscented

Final Comments:
As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I prefer my lotions unscented as it's competing with so many other scents. But I generally make exceptions if a lotion is outstanding since I'll put up with a lot if a lotion delivers great moisturization.

This Aveeno lotion is pretty good - I found that my skin was hydrated for much longer compared to some other lotions and the lavender scent is relaxing (adding to its claims to aid in stress relief). The only thing I wasn't crazy about was that even though my skin was hydrated, it wasn't "silky smooth", which is something that my current favourite Aveeno lotion, the Creamy Moisturizing Oil does deliver.

For those that want something to use before bed, this may be an ideal lotion for some end-of-the day relaxation. Plus you get quite a large bottle for the price, making it a good value for what it delivers.

Rating (out of 5):

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


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Product Review: Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Reviva Labs
Name: Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Size: 29.5 mL / 1 fl oz
Price: approx. $22 USD

"Our highest-potency daily moisture booster! Reviva Labs has now compounded a higher level of premium Hyaluronic Acid into a precious fluid that can help raise skin's moisture level to fill-in furrows, plump up tissues and tone-down lines. Apply under creams in the evening or alone to hydrate skin. If also seeking firmness, alternate with our DMAE Firming Fluid. Benefits: Unlike products that depend on moisture in the air, HA can help hydrate skin even in dry climates or heated rooms that rob skin of moisture." (from the company site)

To Purr About:
- did not irritate my sensitive skin
- absorbed quickly into the skin
- no scent
- makes skin feel very moisturized and supple after being applied
- convenient pump dispenser
- very affordable

Claws Out:
- didn’t notice any long term affects
- not moisturizing enough alone for my dry skin

Final Comments:
I really love trying out new serums as I've come across some in the past that are amazing, so I was pretty excited to try Reviva Labs' Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I was particularly interested when I read it could help fill-in furrows as I have a troublesome furrow line on my forehead I’m always trying to keep away.

I’ve been using this product for about 2 months now and during some of our colder winter weeks. I apply in the evenings before bed and before applying a moisturizer (since my dry skin didn’t find it moisturizing enough on its own). I really enjoyed how it makes my skin feel super soft and supple after application. I also loved how quickly this product absorbs in to my skin. I can’t say that this product is improving my skin overall, but it's definitely a nice treat in the evenings.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cinnamon Kitten Contest: 4 Prairie Dawn lip balms

I'm so happy that winter is finally coming to an end and the warmer weather is at least on the horizon. My body has really taken a beating this past winter - dry skin, dry lips, dry hair - yuck! I've been battling it all.

So I've been trying a lot of old favourites and new products all winter long to try and keep my body suffering.

For some reason, this winter especially, my lips have been very dry. It's something I've never really had trouble with before. So I've been sticking to lip balms and lip glosses rather than lipsticks, which are more drying for me.

This past winter I was introduced to a new Canadian company - Prairie Dawn Natural Body Products. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, their lip balms are made with natural products and are available in 4 different flavours - Sweet Orange, Lime, Peppermint and Black Licorice.

I have one of each flavour and they are all over the place - one in my bag, one on my dresser, one in my bathroom and one that just goes from place to place - always on hand for me to give my lips a little hit of moisture.

But, don't take my word for it - I have another set of lip balms to give away to one lucky reader!

Prize: 4 lip balms from Prairie Dawn - one of each flavour: Sweet Orange, Lime, Peppermint and Black Licorice.

To enter:
- (mandatory) Leave a comment on this post telling me what which flavour you're looking forward to trying the most. Don't forget to leave an email address where I can reach you if you win!
- (optional) For a bonus entry, "Like" Cinnamon Kitten's Facebook page and leave a comment here letting me know you've done so

- The contest is open to Canadian & US residents only.
- Contest ends Friday, April 8, 2011
- Winner will be contacted via e-mail and announced on this blog shortly after.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Weekend Beauty Reads From The Beauty Blog Network

Phyrra tries out a popular foundation with the Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation in Porcelain.

The Makeup Divas is giving away two gift baskets of BEECOLOGY beauty products to two lucky readers.

A Touch of Blusher counts down the best spring 2011 makeup collections.

Megan from Painted Ladies reviews a new find from Birchbox, a paper mask from myfaceworks.

Cinnamon Kitten does a Q&A with the president of A Beautiful Life, Anthony Artur.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Product News: New Chella Hydrating Cleanser

Brand: Chella
Name: Hydrating Cleanser Lush Balm
Size: 100 g / 3.5 oz
Price: $50 USD

Chella's new Hydrating Cleanser has a balm-like consistency and adds moisture to your skin and acts as a great makeup remover.

This hydrating cleanser suppports skin's fragile, all important lipid barrier to keep hydration in while removing make-up, oils and skin impurities. Upon contact with warm water, this balm cleanser transforms into a light, citrus-scented emulsion that's easily rinsed off.

With an olive oil base, this cleanser works as a natural oil solubilizer with an ability to attract oils and break down makeup residue. Olive Fruit Oil, which contains a high level of monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, moisturizes and lubricates dry and dehydrated skin, while limonene, a citrus essential oil high in vitamins C and E, cleanses.

image: press release

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cinnamon Kitten Q&A with Anthony Artur of A Beautiful Life Brands

Q&A Session with:Anthony Artur, President of A Beautiful Life Brands

How Cinnamon Kitten discovered A Beautiful Life
A while ago (ok, it might be a long while ago) I received the All Nigher All Over Shimmer Powder, which was lots of fun and my first introduction to A Beautiful Life. But what really grabbed my attention recently and reminded me of this super-fun brand was their super-adorable Honey'do Hair Care line. I just loved this idea and wanted to find out more about the company. (Check out the ultra-cool self-portrait photo Anthony sent me at the end of this post!)

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Tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to start your own company.

Jennifer and have been married for almost 13 years. We're excellent partners. She is an amazing makeup artist, brow shaper, beauty expert and product junkie. In the late '90's, Jennifer was apprenticing as a makeup artist, and soon became the floor manager for an up-and-coming beauty boutique. I got chummy with her boss and started ghosting a grooming column she was writing for a men's magazine. It was a lot of fun. After I sold a family business I began working there myself, developing the company's online presence and doing some in-house PR. We learned so much in those days; about luxury, about makeup, about the business. We were at the dawn of beauty e-commerce and we all shared some amazing successes together - parties, press, glitz, glamour and a fair bit of hubris. When Jennifer became pregnant, we decided to strike out on our own. It was right after 9/11. We made a leap of faith.

Tell us about A Beautiful Life.

When we opened A Beautiful Life our mission was to offer the most exclusive brands in the world in fun, accessible environment. The company we had left was so personality-driven that we really wanted to make the experience at A Beautiful Life more about the customer, and their needs and desires. We focused on a sales approach that was knowledgeable and not pushy. We thought the totality of all this - our decor, our selection, our service - would be how our personalities shone through.

We started developing our own products to stand alongside the brands we carried, starting in 2006. Our color line said a lot about us, from the mermaid tattoo logo (pre-Kat Von D!) to the colors (glosses from one word album titles like Gish and Saturation), it was a great first step in developing a brand identity. Then we started blending fragrances, and that's when I started to feel an inspiration and satisfaction more akin to playing music than any business accomplishment. Next Jennifer started designing hair accessories (called Vivienne Pickle) that took off in a way that totally surprised us. Suddenly we had our own products in some amazing retail environments like Fred Segal and Planet Blue. We were becoming the brand!

When the economy went south in late 2008, we pushed full speed ahead with our product development plans. The All Nighter Styling Powder was launched in February 2009 and it was an instant sensation. That year we made the decision to stop carrying any other brands, and have been devoting all of our energy to building our own brand.

Have both of you always had a fascination with beauty products?

I think so. From the musky hippie scents my mom wore to my dad's Aramis, I have always loved fragrances. I can sing the 'Windsong' theme. Tenex gel, Sea Breeze, and those early french clay masks were touchstones for me. Jennifer was a devotee of anything Love's Baby Soft and Bonne Bell. She worked at the mall and always made sure she got the gift with purchase at the Clinique counter. She is a completist as far as beauty regimens go. She has a high tolerance for multi-step protocols.

Jennifer remembers the gold L'Oreal eyeshadow she got for Christmas one year that caused her preppy soccer friends to stage a makeup intervention. It didn't stick. She ditched those girls and kept the shadow.

Besides A Beautiful Life, what else occupies your days?

Jennifer is always taking on wild athletic challenges. She's a very competitive and skilled cyclist. She rode in the 2010 Tour De Pink (3 days, 250 miles) to combat breast cancer and she will be riding again this year. We do mud runs. We're both musicians. I play in a band ( Jennifer is an amazing cook, and always blowing my mind with gluten-free vegan meals that are actually delicious. We have two great kids and two cute dogs.

What is your most popular item? Why do my readers NEED to have it?

Our most popular item is The All Nighter Styling Powder. I'd say it's a beauty must-have because it manages to be utterly practical and totally esoteric at the same time.

The beauty industry is constantly changing. How do you keep on top of trends?

A Beautiful Life has been a trusted retailer for venerable, more establishes beauty lines, but we also made a reputation breaking up-and-coming brands. That can be exhausting, being ahead of the curve all the time, doing the legwork, knowing that soon your exclusive will end and you'll start seeing it everywhere. It was kind of a relief to let that go. Now with our own brand we draw on our knowledge, experience, and creativity and let other folks decide if it suits the zeitgeist.

Besides your own line, what brands have made it onto your favourites list?

Creed fragrances, T. LeClerc, Philip B., and boy! those gals from Deluxe Beauty (Jillian Dempsey and Kristen Mason) had something special back in the day. LOVED them.

What are 3 beauty products you can’t live without.

- The All Nighter Styling Powder
- PreGame Texturizing Spray
- Honey'do Shampoo and Conditioner

All by A Beautiful Life Brands. We can't live without them 'cause they pay the bills!

What’s in store from A Beautiful Life for 2011?

An amazing new fragrance, a unique new hair product, and an exciting new skincare product with some impressive clinical data behind it. It's gonna be a great year!

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You can shop A Beautiful Life online here.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Product Review: Lise Watier Teint Parfait 12 Hours Glam Flawless Complexion

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Lise Waiter
Name: Teint Parfait 12 Hours Glam Flawless Complexion
Size: 33 g / 1.2 oz
Price: $45 CAD

Shade Tried: Neutre

Available in 6 shades, Lise Watier's latest innovation combines concealer, foundation and a mirror into one tube (Lise Watier has a history of coming up with really cool packaging - remember the oil-blotting sheets held within a powder compact?

The cap of the tube holds the concealer that matches the foundation that's in the tube intself. In the lid of the cap is a very small, round mirror, for those on-the-go touchups. Personally, I'm not really into carrying around a tube of foundation for touch-ups when I'm out and about, but it's handy nonetheless.

Shades available:
- Porcelaine
- Beige Pur
- Naturel
- Beige Beige
- Neutre
- Sunshine

left swatch: foundation in Neutre; right swatch: concealer in Neutre

To Purr About:

- love the innovative package design
- the mirror is handy for touch-ups, although quite small
- the concealer provides very good coverage without being too heavy or thick
- a very small amount of the concealer neutralizes red tones well
- foundation blends quickly and matches my skin tone and the concealer very well - creates a very natural looking coverage
- the foundation itself is a light, non-greasy cream that dries quickly to a matte, almost powdery finish

Claws Out:
- price is a little high

Final Comments:
I've been using this concealer/foundation combination every day since I got it and I must admit that I can find no fault in it. The concealer neutralizes red tones and covers up problem areas without going on cakey or thick. The liquid foundation blends smoothly with the concealer and overall, the two combine to give me a nice, even finish.

The finish is not completely matte, but a little dewy, which gives it a more natural look, but for those that don't like the shine, you may have to finish off with a little dusting of powder.

I have to give this a perfect rating, but do beware that the price is a little high for the amount you get. I generally don't like spending too much money on my makeup, and my trusty MAC Studio Fix is $13 less (which leaves me some money for lunch...or a new lipstick!)

Rating (out of 5):

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

images: press release and Cinnamon Kitten

Friday, March 18, 2011

Product News: Estee Lauder Introduces New Pure Color Nail Lacquer

Brand: Estee Lauder
Name: Pure Color Nail Lacquer
Size: 9 ml
Price: $25 CAD

New for March 2011, Pure Color Nail Lacquer by Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux is a collection of 8 nail lacquers in a full-coverage formula with a long lasting finish.

- exclusive True Vision Technology incorporates multi-faceted, highly pigmented shades for a rich colour application
- shades come in 3 distinct finishes of Creme, Shimmer and Sparkle for a customizable nail look
- the square glass cube resembles a fragrance bottle with its golden-mirrored cap and contains an elegant tear drop shape of the new formula
- the flat-paddle brush shape ensures a quick and easy application in 2-3 strokes even without a professional hand
- the blendable coating stretches across the nail to create an even and smooth finish that stays colour true throughout the duration of the wear
- crystalline laminate polymer magnifies colour and creates lustrous shine
- high-performance formula does not dull, fade or streak

Shades available:
- Frozen Fantasy (shimmer)
- Rosa Rosa (creme)
- Fuchsia Flame (creme)
- Purple Passion (creme)
- Ultra Violet (sparkle)
- Hot Coral (creme)
- Pure Red (creme)
- Enchanted Garnet (creme)

image: press release

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Product News: New NARS Illuminator Shades

Brand: NARS
Name: Illuminator
Size: n/a
Price: $29 USD

After the success of the Orgasm Illuminator, NARS has introduced 3 new shades to the Illuminator line.

These light-reflecting liquids glide on to refresh the skin, enhance the complexion and create a shimmering incandescence. The Illuminators can be used to highlight bare skin or to light up your makeup.

Key ingredients include:
- Polar Berries, known for their antioxidant properties
- Bisabolol, known as an anti-inflammatory (obtained from the Chamomile plant)
- Indian Frankincense, known for its soothing and comforting properties

Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested.

New shades available:
- Copacabana: like its namesake Multiple, Copacabana Illuminator imparts a pearlescent sheen and can be applied all over the face, mixed with foundation, and used to highlight the neck, shoulders and décolleté
- Super Orgasm: like the blush, this Illuminator is infused with golden shimmer and a peachy-gold hue that can be applied all over the face, mixed with foundation, and used to highlight the neck, shoulders and décolleté
- Laguna: a golden-bronze hue, just as in Laguna Bronzer, that will give a sun-kissed glow and can be applied to the face or mixed with foundation.

image: press release

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Product News: Neutrogena introduces 4 new products

Brand: Neutrogena

I love Neutrogena products ever since I tried their Refreshing Toner many years ago. Since then I've also fallen in love with their cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens and facial wipes. Unfortunately, they don't sell their makeup line in Canada, otherwise, I'd probably be all over them as well. I find their products consistently deliver everything I want without any extra bells and whistles (like flowery fragrances). It's definitely in my Top 5 Favourite Brands).

So I'm always excited whenever Neutrogena launches new products as it's something else for me to try (and possibly fall in love with).

Name: Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Filler
Size: 29 ml
Price: approx. $28 CAD

Designed to help combat advanced signs of aging, this wrinkle filler uses a targeted tip to ensure precise application and maximum coverage. It works continuously to diminish and smooth the appearance of crow’s feet, deep forehead wrinkles and laugh lines. It’s an ideal solution to help instantly improve the visible signs of aging.

Name: Ageless Intensives Rapid Wrinkle Repair Overnight Concentrate
Size: 29 ml
Price: approx. $28 CAD

Features concentrated levels of Retinol SA, a stabilized Retinol that continuously renews skin’s look by accelerating surface cell turnover. The formula is clinically proven to diminish advanced signs of photo-damage, such as deep wrinkles, as well as to improve skin texture and tone. Advanced Retinol SA also acts as a moisturizing skin conditioner and improves the complexion and skin’s overall appearance.

Name: Clinical Anti-Aging Booster Serum
Size: 14 ml
Price: approx. $23 CAD

This serum is meant to be applied first and then followed by a moisturizer to activate the ion2 complex technology. Essential ion-mineral conductors are released, creating a positive electric micro-current flow which amplifies the performance of your regular moisturizer, recharging and rejuvenating the look of skin as it diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and results in softer and smoother skin.

Name: Rapid Clear Foaming Scrub
Size: 125 ml
Price: approx. $10 CAD

A daily scrub that gently cleans and exfoliates skin while helping to treat existing acne and prevent new breakouts from emerging. The microbeads gently work to sweep away dead skin cells and smooth skin, while the conditioning beads burst as users cleanse their skin to deliver skin conditioners that help prevent over-drying.

image: press release

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Weekend Beauty Reads From The Beauty Blog Network

Phyrra tells you about Maybelline's Fit Me Liquid Foundation. See what she thinks about it!

Megan from Painted Ladies has found the perfect mascara. Really! Read more about bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara and Birchbox.

EauMG interviews actress Kate Walsh about her new Boyfriend.

The Makeup Divas are having a huge MAC Wonder Woman Giveaway! So head on over and enter today!

Cinnamon Kitten has a Q&A session with Jamie, Founder of Batty's Bath.

A Touch of Blusher reviews Estée Lauder's spring 2011 makeup collection.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cinnamon Kitten Q&A with Jamie, Founder of Batty's Bath

Q&A Session with: Jamie Sabot, Founder of Batty's Bath

How Cinnamon Kitten discovered Batty's Bath
I must confess, I discovered Jamie and her line, Batty's Bath, because, somehow, I ended up following her on Twitter. Her tweets about her products always made them sound soooo amazing. So I went to her shop on Etsy and purchased her Facial Primer and Day Moisturizer and her Lemon Blossom Body Scrub Handmade with Apricot Shells (amazing lemon smell!) and was hooked. Her utmost care at using only the most gentle products is appreciated by lots of people - not just those with sensitive skin!

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Tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to start your own company, Batty's Bath.

Each product that Batty’s Bath offers was made with a purpose. Long before Jamie was ever selling her creations under the name "Batty’s Bath", she was making bath and skin care products for herself and her fiancé to address the needs of their own skin issues; severely sensitive skin for Drew, and a long term battle with acne for Jamie.

It all started when Jamie’s fiancé had a sever reaction to a handmade soap purchased at a craft fair Jamie was a vendor at. From then on, Jamie was determined to make high quality handmade products that were not only safe for sensitive skin, but were actually beneficial! Soon Jamie had made a line of skin care products that had finally cleared up her acne riddled skin, a line of soaps that satisfied even the most sensitive of skin, and a line of hair care products that nurtured and cleansed without stripping the hair of it’s natural oils. Friends and family members of Jamie where enjoying her handmade delights, and were quickly converting all the products in their showers and baths to "Jamie’s". After several years, word of mouth had spread about Jamie’s products and she was starting to realize that keep up with all the requests for her handmade bath & body products, wasn’t something she could do as a hobby anymore! With 2 chronic illnesses to manage, and a full time job, something had to give. Early in 2009, Jamie and her fiancé decided it was time to turn Jamie’s hobby into a full fledge business under the name "Batty’s Bath". They converted one of the spare bedrooms into a studio and took almost a year to be ready to fully launch. During this time Batty’s Bath formulas were approved by Health Canada, and Jamie made the switch from full time work outside the home, to working from home and finding ways to better manage her health.

In the middle of February 2010, Batty’s Bath officially opened its virtual doors online at and By March of 2010, Jamie was fully immersed in the craft show circuit, and was offering home parties by May 2010. In the summer of 2010, Weezi, a local fashion studio, started carrying Batty’s Bath. Soon after, Weezi started hosting an event celebrating women in handmade business every 5 weeks or so called “Beehives, Bubbles, and Bows” with Batty’s Bath and Scissor Kitty as the special guests.

Since the start of Jamie’s obsession with creating bath & body products, the care and devotion to skin loving products hasn’t changed. Jamie still makes everything in small batches with an emphasis on the comfort and well-being of each and every person who uses her products. Customers aren’t just customers to Jamie, they are like the friends and family who enjoyed her bath & body creations for years before she opened Batty’s Bath. Jamie still looks to her supporters for their honest feedback – one of the things that helped Jamie perfect her formulas from the start.

Jamie sees her little business as more than just a resource to pamper the people you love with luxury bath products. She also sees it as a way to embrace her tree hugging and humanitarian ways by picking only the finest, local, free trade compliant, eco-friendly/sustainable, and cruelty free ingredients. Jamie takes her efforts a few steps further by also running a recycling program, packaging orders in reusable,eco friendly cloth drawstring bags, and keeping product packing as eco-friendly as possible such as using minimual packing materials and wrapping her cold press soaps in "scrap, reclaimed materials".

Each day Jamie feels extremely blessed to be able to offer simple, practical luxury that everyone can indulge in. She’s also eternality grateful for all those who have supported, and continue to support, her and her soapy adventures. It’s because of her supporters that she’s able to feel a sense of accomplishment - particularly because she’s able to contribute to her family despite chronic pain, fatigue, and complications.

Tell us about Batty's Bath. Have you always had a fascination with beauty products? Besides Batty's Bath, what else occupies your days?

My name is Jamie and I'm a star-gazing, animal-loving, tree-hugging, Halloween obsessed, creative kind of gal. I am also a small business owner, avid crafter, and university student.

I didn't start out making soap as a business. No no no no...things started out much simpler than that. I started out making handmade soap that both my fiance and I could use without any irritations - rashes for him, dry itchy and cracked skin for me (my feet were the worse! ouch!). I quickly realized that there is a HUGE difference between the soap I was making, and the stuff we had used for so long from the department store! In fact, after learning about what we had been slathering on our skin for so long, I was amazed that we didn't have more problems!...the skin sure can put up with a lot - the good news is it doesn't have to :)

My passions include creative expression, animal welfare, and psychology. I am currently finishing a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Visual Arts. I have also studied Fine Art and Animal Care at college. As you can see, continuous learning is a force that drives me. You could say I am an information junkie!

My favorite creative outlets include (but aren't limited to) photography, crafts (paper, candle making, etc), printmaking, sculpture and soap making!

I devote a lot of time to my rescue animals - I have 3 dogs (my fuzzy babies) and a turtle. They, along with the love of my life, often steal my attention away from other tasks (but I don't mind).

What is your brand’s most popular item? Why do my readers NEED to have it?

It would definitely be the Facial Rescue Kit. Anyone who is struggling with breakouts, acne scars, uneven complexion, redness, and the like will fall in love with this kit! It includes 4 products that are specifically made to improve the most typical facial problems.

The beauty industry is constantly changing. How do you keep on top of trends?

I'm not really a trend follower. I've always created products to help people, not play into the marketing or media machine. Instead, I make practical products as the demand arises from my fiance and I, my family, my friends, or the family members of friends, or, more recently, as loyal customers mention something that they wished I carried. I'm particularly inspired when the request comes out of a need for a product that wont irritate their sensitive skin, or because they've tired everything they can find with no results. I love a challenge and seeing the faces of customers when I come up with a products that work wonders where commercially available products have failed. That's the beauty of a handmade business - being able to talk with people on a personal level about what their bath, body, and skin care concerns are and then helping them the best way you know how.

Besides your own line, what brands have made it onto your favourites list?

I can't say that I'm loyal to any big brands. I like to stick with handmade products, and when available, buy locally. However there are a couple local sellers that I can't get enough of! I love the vintage inspired fashion found at Weezi's and the spooky halloween creations of Spork 'n Beans.

What are 3 beauty products you can’t live without.

- Patchouli Facial Moisturizer
- Body Scrub
- Hair Therapy Shampoo Bar (The All-in-One Bar)

What’s in store from Batty's Bath for 2011?

Lots of new product releases! I like to give sneak peeks of what's coming up, as well as give fans a say on scents and new products at my facebook fan page.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting my creative spirit soar! It’s because of your support that I’m able to embrace all that this world has to offer and share my happiness with those around me!”
– Jamie Sabot

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You can shop Batty's Bath online here and here.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Product News: Estee Lauder Introduces New Pure Color Lipstick

Brand: Estee Lauder
Name: Pure Color Lipstick
Size: n/a
Price: $32 CAD

Also new for March 2011 from Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux is the Pure Color Lipstick.

Available in 35 shades in 2 new formulas: Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick (25 shades) and Pure Color Crystal Lipstick (10 shades).

- exclusive True Vision Technology incorporates intense, highly pigmented shades for a saturated, colour rich application
- the classic Estée Lauder golden-mirrored packaging is accented with a crisp, transparent cube that offers a preview of the enticing lipstick shade-

Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick
- 25 intensely pigmented shades
- classic favorites are updated with a broad spectrum of exciting new colours
- 2 textures: Satin Creme (a soft, shiny finish) and Lustrous Shimmer (a multi-faceted effect)

Shades available:
- Urban Auburn (creme)
- Barely Nude (creme)
- Autumn (shimmer)
- Cafe Chic (creme)
- Sugar Honey (shimmer)
- Tiger Eye (shimmer)
- Candy (shimmer)
- Bois de Rose (creme)
- Wildly Pink (shimmer)
- Blushing (creme)
- Pink Parfait (shimmer)
- Sunstone (shimmer)
- Rubellite (shimmer)
- Melon (shimmer)
- Nectarine (shimmer)
- Coral Sun (creme)
- Scarlet Siren (creme)
- Cherry Passion (creme)
- Beige (shimmer)
- Rose Tea (creme)
- Hot Kiss (shimmer)
- Exotic Orchid (shimmer)
- Mystic Mauve (shimmer)
- Plum Couture (creme)
- Pinkberry (creme)

Pure Color Crystal Lipstick
- 10 luminiously shining shades
- the luscious colour range of shimmering shades vary from sublime to vivid and impart a soft fullness to the lips
- 2 textures: Sheer Shine (a soft, sheer shine finish) and Brilliant Shimmer (a sheer multi-faceted effect)

Shades available:
- Crystal Baby (creme)
- Crystal Pink (creme)
- Rose Petal (creme)
- Rose Envy (shimmer)
- Tiramisu (shimmer)
- Passion Fruit (shimmer)
- Twinkling Ruby (shimmer)
- Ripe Papaya (shimmer)
- Plum Fizz (creme)
- Berry Truffle (shimmer)

image: press release

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Product Review: Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Smashbox
Name: : Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener
Size: 3.18 g
Price: approx. $25 CAD

From Smashbox’s website: “This innovative double-ended brightener delivers the look of big, bright eyes while adding skin-boosting ingredients and moisture to the most delicate skin areas. Use the side labeled “highlight” at the inside corners of the eyes and beneath the brow to make eyes appear bigger and wider. Use the side labeled “rim” on the lower inner rim of eyes to makes the whites of the eyes pop.”

To Purr About:
- crayon stick makes application easy, fast and convenient
- 2 colours in 1 product which makes it more versatile
- blends easily
- soft and smooth and glides on easily
- very natural looking on many different skin tones
- adds great looking dimension and highlights to the eyes/brow area
- a great “on-the-go” product as it’s portable and doesn’t require much space

Claws Out:
- I would have preferred a bit more shimmer
- wish I could buy the shades separately as I like the “highlight” end more

Final Comments:
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Smashbox products and this is my first experience with them so I was really excited. I was looking for something to replace my current brow highlighter and decided to give this a try since it looked very similar but was $5 cheaper.

I think that coming in at $25 is still a bit pricey, but I find these crayon type eye shadows and brighteners last a very long time, so it’s worth a bit extra cash if you really love the product.

One problem I have with this product, and that I had with my previous brow highlighter, is that I’m not a fan of the double ended duos. I think it’s a great idea and great if you use both ends equally because it means you only have to bring 1 product with you for 2 purposes, but I always end up liking 1 shade more and wish I could buy just that shade alone and save some money/waste.

I enjoy using this product, and the more I use it the more I like it. I would have preferred if it had a bit more shimmer in it, but that is a minor con compared to all the great pros of this product and the fact that it is slightly cheaper than my previous brow highlighter. All in all, I will probably be buying this product again if I don’t see anything comparable that peaks my interest.

Rating (out of 5):

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Suziesaurus


Sunday, March 06, 2011

Product Review: Soap & Glory Scrub Actually

Reviewer: Annabella from Skin Scrubs

Brand: Soap & Glory
Name: : Scrub Actually
Size: 200 ml / 6.7 oz.
Price: GBP £6.89 / approx $10.85 CAD

Soap & Glory seem to be the darlings of the blog world and they are a staple of any Boots shopping basket. It is the cheaper sister of spa beauty brand Bliss and made in the UK. S&G are always coming out with new products and while some people may think this is great, I feel like sometimes they churn stuff out for the sake of it and in the UK at least it always seem to be on some 3 for 2 offer. Again some people may think this is great but for me it just makes it a bit too cheap if that makes sense.

S&G have an extensive line of bath and body products which includes plenty of scrubs. I've used a facial and body scrub of theirs a few years ago and I thought it might be high time to give them ago again.

This is a sugar based scrub which is gentler than salt based scrubs. The tube will appeal to those who are in hurry as tubs of scrub in the shower can be fiddly. It has the usual tongue-in-cheek S&G stuff all over the packaging; beauty quotes, instructions, and other propaganda. The scrub itself it a pleasant girly coloured pink so I doubt your fella will be borrowing it. The scrubbing grains are evenly sized and evenly distributed throughout the scrub which is important as I hate runny scrubs. The scent isn't strong and reminds me of a bar of soap - not offensive but not very exciting either.

This contains Sugar, Kukui Oil, Mango Butter, and Vitamin E.

To Purr About:
- The price
- Easy convenient tube
- Good amounts of scrubbing grains
- Skin feels nice aftewards

Claws Out:
- The scent could be more interesting

Final Comments:
I can't actually find anything majorly wrong with this product but it's not something I would purchase again. The reason being is I operate on a different level when it comes to scrubs. They are an essential part of my beauty regime so I have higher expectations. It would be the same if all you ever bought was Chanel lipstick and then tried a Wet-n-Wild one from the drugstore.

The scrub is perfect for those who normally don't bother with body scrubs because it's so easy to use, and the scent is light enough that it won't interfere with any body lotions or perfumes you may use afterwards, and of course the price. I also think this is the target audience of this range and I can't argue with that!

Rating (out of 5):

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Annabella

image: Annabella

Friday, March 04, 2011 Bonus Time

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time!

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

Use code SPRING2011 at checkout when you make your purchase on and press "Apply Code" to get your bonus gift.

What You Get:
- Absolue Premium Rx Absolute Replenishing Cream, 15 ml
- Absolue Premium Rx Eye Absolute Replenishing Eye Cream, 7 ml
- Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover
- Colour Design Sensational Effects Lip Colour in All Done Up
- Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara in Black
- fashion tote

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Product Review: Marc Jacobs Daisy Solid Perfume

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Marc Jacobs
Name: : Daisy Solid Perfume
Size: 0.02 oz. / 0.75 g
Price: approx. $40 USD

From the website: “Daisy ring is a playful and sophisticated must-have accessory. Daisy ring twists to discover the Daisy Marc Jacobs solid perfume. Fresh and feminine, Daisy is a playful bright and alluring scent. Daisy captivates with the luscious freshness of wild strawberry, then blooms with the modern vintage edge of velvety violet petals and finishes with a luminous blend of gardenia and jasmine. The white accords of birch and cedarwood add a bit of intensity.”

This product is a limited edition item. Ring is size 6.

To Purr About:
- sweet and fruity smelling with lots of depth
- convenient to bring with you making perfume touch-ups easy and fast
- comes in an adorable ring
- comes with a cute velvet carrying pouch and a short ball chain
- not too overpowering and therefore doesn’t make my allergies go nuts

Claws Out:
- ring size 6 might not fit everyone

Final Comments:
I love the concept of solid perfumes. My sister first introduced me to the concept when she started collecting some very beautiful solid perfumes compacts that were quite intricate and were awesome collector items.

I love this idea even more – pairing the solid perfume compact idea with accessories I can actually wear. Unfortunately due to the weight, size and flashiness (I actually prefer the previous design of the Daisy solid perfume ring that Marc Jacobs released) of this daisy ring I might not actually wear it out, so luckily it comes with a short ball chain so I can hook it onto my bag/purse for quick perfume touch-ups.

On top of that I am really liking the scent of Daisy. It’s crisp, sweet and a bit fruity all at the same time. I find the scent has a lot of depth, and best of all it’s not too overpowering. It’s a very young and playful scent and although I don’t find it very distinctive I enjoy it nonetheless.

Rating (out of 5):

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


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Product News: Cake Strawberry Shortcake Collection

Brand: Cake
Name: Strawberry Shortcake Collection

Wow, does THIS bring me back to my childhood! I had Strawberry Shortcake and all her sweet-smelling friends (I did, however, regret giving Strawberry Shortcake what was probably the worst haircut a doll has ever had in the history of bad haircuts).

Well, Cake is celebrating this sweet little gal with a limited edition, berry decadent bath & body collection - the first ever Cake Beauty Strawberry Shortcake Collection.

Decadent Bath & Shower Suds, $22 CDN/$20 USD
This sweet and decadent body blend is whipped with nourishing coconut oil and vitamin E to promote healthy skin while you cleanse.

Decadent Hand Creme, $20 CDN/$18 USD
Nourish your hands with this rich and berry decadent hand creme. Whole milk, marshmallow extract, shea & mango butters work to soothe and smooth leaving hands soft while sweet scents of warm vanilla cake, cream and fresh strawberries leave a light & cheery scent.

Decadent Body Butter, $24 CDN/$22 USD
This delightfully decadent body butter will nourish your skin with a wholesome blend enriched with mango butter, aloe vera, coconut & sunflower oils.

Creamy Lip Butter, $12 CDN/$10 USD)
A moisturizing, sheer lip butter rich in shea butter, pure coconut oil, aloe vera and orchid complex. Nourishes, moisturizes and protects lips leaving them dewy, soft and natural.

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