Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Product News: beautyADDICTS BeautifullLIPS Lipstick collection

Brand: beautyADDICTS
Name: BeautifullLIPS Lipstick
Price: $18.00 USD each

Where to buy:

What it says in the press release:
These 8 rich and creamy colors are infused with intense hydration so your lips are always protected and nourished with enduring beautiful coverage. Created with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and other natural ingredients, this formula also plumps with natural peptides and stimulates collagen for a firmer, smoother more voluptuous lip.

Available shades:
- Affair: rose colour
- Flirt: delicate shade of pink
- Vintage: soft berry colour
- Femme Fatale: dark burgundy
- Shy: peach shade
- Toast: everyday shade that works on all complexions
- Peep Show: eggplant shade
- Sinful: red-orange shade


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Contest: WIN a Infiniti Pro by Conair Volume Boost Styling Tool

Now that the Infiniti Pro by Conair Volume Boost 1875-Watt AC Motor 2-in-1 Styling Tool has replaced my old hair dryer (see my review here), I'd love to give one of my readers one as well! With all the holiday spending happening, why not try to get something for free? :)

To enter (mandatory):
- Comment below on which setting(s) on your hair dryer you use most often (hot, cool, combination). Don't forget to leave an email address where I can reach you if you win!

For extra entries - please leave a separate comment for each entry (and include your username so I can verify if you're chosen as the winner!)
- "Like" the Cinnamon Kitten Facebook Page
- Follow Cinnamon Kitten on Twitter

- The contest is open to the USA only.
- Contest ends Wednesday, December 7, 2011
- Winner will be contacted via e-mail and announced on this blog shortly after.

Product Review: Infiniti Pro by Conair Volume Boost 1875-Watt AC Motor 2-in-1 Styling Tool

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Conair
Name: Infiniti Pro Volume Boost 2-in-1 Styling Tool
Price: approx. $39.99 USD

Where to buy:
mass market and drug store retailers and

What it says in the press release:
This quiet, lightweight AC motor dryer lifts your hair for fullness and volume with the innovative volumizing attachment. It features an AC motor typically favored by professional stylists to provide a powerful air velocity for faster drying and up to a 3X longer life span as compared to typical (DC motor) consumer hair dryers. It utilizes ionic ceramic technology that controls frizz and promotes healthy, shiny looking hair. Additional features include:
- 3-heat/2-speed rotary switches
- True cold shot button
- Removable filter to prevent lint build-up and further extend the life of the motor

To Purr About:
- smaller than my normal hair dryer, making it easier to manage
- has 2 speed settings and 3 temperature settings so you have lots of combinations to work with
- the volumizing attachment is easy to use and much nicer than having to wield a hairbrush and dryer at the same time to try to get some volume in my hair
- attachments are easy to attach and remove
- removable filter is something new for me and makes cleaning the dryer (something I rarely EVER do) really easy
- has ionic ceramic technology which I use a lot because my hair gets really frizzy and static-y in the winter

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
Ok, first off, let me say that I'm not that picky about my hair dryers. I've been using the same one for years. I have really thick hair so I like to have a powerful one to really make hair-drying as fast as possible (I HATE drying my hair). The current one I use only has two settings (one is warm air and one is hot air) and does have ion ceramic technology. It may have come with attacments, but it's been so long I can't remember and if it did have attachments, I've obviously lost them a while ago.

So I was excited to try this new hair dryer, if only for the multiple settings. The toggle switches give you high and low speed settings and cool, warm and hot temperature settings. I really like the cool air option as I tend to switch back and forth between hot and cool so that I don't damage my hair too much with the heat.

The attachments were easy to use and the volumizer definitely made my life easier. With my old hair dryer, I had to have a big round brush in one hand and my dryer in the other, but the volumizing attachment gave my hair some lift without the use of the brush.

Since I haven't bought a dryer in a while, I'm not sure if the price is too high. I'm assuming that most people are like me and don't replace their dryers too often, so $40 doesn't seem like a lot to spend on a dryer that will last a long time.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Monday, November 28, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Ideas - Volume 2 - NARS Holiday Gift Sets

I'm a big fan of NARS and their 2011 holiday gift sets (called "Modern Kabuki") have really captured me, especially since I'm also a big fan of Japan and these stunning Japanese-inspired collections include some really beautiful packaging and products!

These will definitely make great gifts (or for yourself!)

Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette, $65 USD
Japanese for "flower path" - the Kabuki theatre walkway that extends into the audience was the inspiration for this eyeshadow palette, featuring a Kabuki-themed design and accompanied by a mini Kabuki Eye Brush. The eyeshadows are a beautiful pattern of an icy white background with flowers in rich shimmering deep rose, gold and matte black.
- where to buy: Nov. 1, 2011 on

Kudoki Kabuki Mini Lip Coffret, $125 USD
Named for an element of the Kabuki dance, this year’s take on the Bento Box set features 3 new limited edition shades poured into custom ceramic cups. Included is its own Kabuki Lip Brush and sleek keepsake wooden box.
- Ougi: deep red
- Takebue: neutral
- Botan: deep pink
- where to buy: Nov. 1, 2011 on

Mie Kabuki Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Coffret, $55 USD
A collection of 6 mini, top-selling and limited edition Soft Touch Shadow Pencils. Just like their namesake Mie Kabuki (a moment of high emotion culminating in an extremely dramatic pose) these creamy, blendable, long-wearing crayons create bold, dramatic looks with just a few strokes.
- Tall Tale (new shade): deep metallic purple
- Magic Moon (new shade): deep metallic navy blue
- Ballets Russes (new shade): silver
- Aigle Noir: black infused with gold shimmer
- Palladium: turquoise with silver glitter
- Skorpios : copper
- where to buy: Nov. 1, 2011 on

Kuroko Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Coffret, $35 USD
The set includes 4 mini-sized nail polishes based on shades traditionally used in Kabuki theatre.
- Yoshiwara: red
- Shiro-Nuri: white
- Kata: black
- Senryou: gold
- where to buy: Nov. 1, 2011 on

Nagauta Kabuki Brush Set, $225 USD
Encased in a keepsake wooden bento box with red lacquer interior, this exquisite 5-piece brush set is named for the principal musical forms in Kabuki theatre and includes 2 new brushes exclusive to the set.
Set includes:
- Kabuki Eye Brush (new and exclusive to the set)
- Botan Brush
- Ita Brush
- Yachiyo Brush
- Kabuki Lip (exclusive to the set)
- where to buy: Oct. 2011 at Barneys New York

image: press release

Friday, November 25, 2011

Weekend Beauty Reads From The Beauty Blog Network

Phyrra shows you how to become a knockout with Knockout Nails!

Stylebell has this season’s hottest color trends for blondes, redheads, and brunettes straight from celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham!

Cinnamon Kitten chats with the vibrant Amy, founder of Sugarpill Cosmetics.

Sheila from Painted Ladies has fallen in love with the Real Techniques Your Base/Flawless Face Brushes.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Product Review: Jergens Overnight Fix Nightly Restoring Moisturizer

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Jergens
Name: Overnight Fix Nightly Restoring Moisturizer
Size: 496 ml
Price: approx. $7 CAD

What it says in the press release:
- replenishes skin's moisture reserves and quenches dry skin as you sleep
- alleviates a full week's work of dryness in just one night for visibly smoother, softer skin
- made with a blend of pure Evening Primrose extract and anti-oxidant vitamins from exotic superfoods known to help reduce free radical damage
- light and silky to aid in absorption before bedtime and the moisturizer contains a soothing fragrance

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grocery, pharmacy and mass market retailers

To Purr About:
- pretty good moisturizing lotion
- light fragrance is very nice
- large bottle with a pump is handy and affordable

Claws Out:
- a little sticky upon application
- takes a little time to absrob

Final Comments:
This is the first body lotion that I've tried that is meant to be used overnight and promises to repair "a week's worth of damage" in one night.

As most of my readers know, I love a fast-absorbing lotion and this one isn't as fast-absorbing as some of my favourites. It's not greasy, but it's a little sticky and takes a little longer to be fully absorbed - which means that you need to apply this a little ahead of going to bed.

It has a nice, light scent (although I would have preferred something unscented).

Once I got used to applying it about 20 minutes before going to bed, I did find that after applying it to some really dry skin (the start of the cold weather is really hitting my skin hard), I woke up with skin that was pretty well moisturized so I can't complain about the effectiveness. From what I've experienced, this isn't a lotion I'll be using unless I'm using it for what it's for - overnight use.

At $7 CAD, you get a lot of product for a great price.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cinnamon Kitten Q&A with Amy of Sugarpill Cosmetics

Q&A Session with: Amy, Founder of Sugarpill Cosmetics

How Cinnamon Kitten discovered Sugarpill
After many readers told me that they liked the interviews I was doing with small independent cosmetic shop owners, they also suggested other shops for me to check out, including Sugarpill. I was immediately hooked on the bright colours and gorgeously outrageous looks on their web site!

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Tell us a little about yourselves and what inspired you to start your own company, Sugarpill Cosmetics.

Hello! I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently live in Oakland with my four cats. I graduated from Cal State Hayward with a degree in journalism because I wanted to be a newspaper reporter. I never used my college degree. I ended up designing clothes instead, starting a clothing line called Shrinkle in 2003. It started out as a hobby, but took on a life of its own and became my full-time job. The clothes were flashy, trashy, slutty, colorful, and fun. I am a sucker for presentation, so whenever I'd photograph my clothing on models and myself, I made sure everyone wore the brightest, most obnoxious makeup possible to match the clothes. I got so many compliments and inquiries about the makeup in my photos, I decided to start selling Kryolan, the brand of theater makeup that I had been using in all my pictures. I love Kryolan and had a ton of fun selling for them, but after a while I found myself wishing I had control over the colors, formula, packaging, and brand image. I then realized that the only way I could have complete control was to start my own brand. It took 4 years from concept to completion before we launched Sugarpill.

Tell us about Sugarpill.

Sugarpill specializes in vibrant, colorful party makeup. My goal was to create a superfun product that makes the wearer feel adventurous and carefree, while maintaining the professional quality of a high-end brand. We are known for our intensely pigmented, long-lasting formula and unique colors.

Have you always had a fascination with beauty products?

Not really. My best friend Jen and I were "late bloomers," aka complete dorks. While all the other girls were experimenting with makeup and talking to boys, Jen and I were getting together to compare our awesome stamp collections. I never wore a stitch of makeup until I turned 16 and met our other BFF Zoeria, "the bad influence." Zoeria introduced me to black lipstick, and I was instantly hooked. I spent the rest of my high school years stalking the Wet 'N' Wild display at Rite-Aid and Googling pictures of drag queens and circus performers so I could try to copy their makeup using my 99-cent lipsticks and eye pencils.

Besides Sugarpill, what else occupies your days?

Sugarpill occupies 99.9999% of my day, but whenever I can, I love to sew and draw. My friend Jen got me into bird-watching too. We get sandwiches and hang out at Lake Merritt, North America's oldest wildlife refuge, and try to name every bird we see. Jen and I are also master thrift shoppers and can fill up the entire back seat of an SUV with our tacky vintage finds.

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

Currently, Goldilux Chromalust loose eyeshadow is our most raved about color. Everyone who sees it says it puts all other golds to shame because they've never seen a more metallic gold eyeshadow anywhere. It's our flashiest color for sure, and can be seen from across the room in a dark club.

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

I don't really pay attention to trends. I think the key to creating a unique product is to stay true to what YOU like and want, not what everyone else is doing. When I created my eyeshadow colors, I didn't research what every other brands' best sellers were or anything like that. I just sat down and made a list of my dream colors and what I would want to see in my own makeup bag.

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

I adore Inglot! I tried their products for the first time when they were at The Makeup Show in L.A. last February. I ended up buying almost everything, and somehow ended up drinking wine with Mr. Inglot himself at the end of the evening. That was nuts, I'm such a fan. I also love OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics), Fyrinnae, and Make Up For Ever.

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

I never leave the house without first slathering myself in Neutrogena sunblock in SPF 100. My friend Irene says anything above SPF 35 is a huge scam and she's probably right, but I don't care. I also can't live without false eyelashes. I don't wear them every day, but I never ever go out at night without them. Falsies are the quickest, easiest way to create instant glamour even when you look and feel like shit. And I'm currently addicted to colored cream/gel liners because they're so multi-purpose. I use them for everything. Eyebrows, eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyeshadow base... I think my friend Tess even paints her hair with it. I've yet to try that.

What’s in store from Sugarpill for the rest of 2011?

We've been working super hard to get our new collections launched before the end of the year. Everything just takes longer than anticipated because we're perfectionists and don't want to put out anything less than perfect. But I promise we have lots of fun in store, and we can't wait to show everyone!

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You can shop Sugarpill Cosmetics online here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Ideas - Volume 1 - Scents for Her

I've already started to plan my holiday shopping and while I'm browsing for gifts, I'm coming across some great gift ideas for the holidays. So there's going to be lots of gift guides coming out in the next several weeks as I share some really cool products that may make great presents for your family and friends.

So my first Gift Guide of the season shows off some hot new scents - always one of my favourite gift ideas!

- all prices are approximate, retailers may sell for a different price
- images are based on press releases and/or web sites and may be slightly different in different countries and dependent on the product size you are buying

Kenzo Flower TAG
- scent: fruity notes: rhubarb, blackcurrant, mandarin; floral notes: peony, lily of the valley, jasmine; sensual notes: tea note, vanilla, musk
- where to buy: The Bay
- Eau de Toilette: 50 ml for $79 CAD, 100 ml for $99 CAD

Calvin Klein forbidden euphoria
- scent: top notes: sparkling mandarin, peach blossom, iced raspberry; mid notes: pink peony, tiger orchid, jasmine; bottom notes: cashmere woods, patchouli, skin musk
- where to buy: The Bay
- Eau de Parfum: 50 ml for $78 CAD, 100 ml for $102 CAD
- Body Cream: 200 ml for $58 CAD

Vera Wang Lovestruck
- scent: top notes: pink guava, angelica flower; mid notes: tuberose; dry down: woods
- where to buy: The Bay, Sears, Ogilvy, Mills, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Sephora and Murale stores
- Eau de Parfum: 50 ml for $79 CAD, 100 ml for $105 CAD
- Body Lotion: 150 ml for $49 CAD
- Shower Gel: 150 ml for $42 CAD

ck one shock for her
- scent: top notes: passion flower, pink peony, jeweled poppy flower; mid notes: liquid chocolate accord, blackberry, narcisse, hypnotic jasmine; dry down: magnetic ambers, vanillin, patchouli, second skin musk
- where to buy: Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix
- Eau de Toilette: 50 ml for $45 CAD, 100 ml for $65 CAD

Heidi Klum Shine
- scent: top notes: mandarin, pear Williams, pink peppercorn; mid notes: Mimosa Absolute, muguet (lily-of-the-valley), sunflower; dry down: vanilla, Tonka Bean Venezuela, musk Cosmone
- where to buy: select drug and mass retailers
- Eau de Toilette: 30 ml for $35

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Product Review: Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Annabelle
Name: Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil
Size: 1.6 g / 0.05 oz.
Price: approx. $8.95 CAD

Shade Tried: Cocoaloco

What it says in their site:
The new generation of brightly coloured long wear eyeshadow. Waterproof, crease-free and mess-free, the Smoothie eyeshadow pencils will keep going as long as you do! Use them as a liner, as an eyeshadow by using only one shade all over the lid or by blending more colours of Smoothie pencils together, or even as an eyeshadow base to give your favourite powdered shadows a professional hold and an outstanding colour pay-off! The makeup junkie in you will be ecstatic! Easy to apply, convenient and fast, this versatile, creamy, light-weight pencil is available in a variety of vibrant hues. Our Smoothie pencils contain no parabens, no preservatives, no mineral oil and no paraffins.

To Purr About:
- hypo-allergenic
- available in 8 great shades
- very creamy and soft texture which allows for easy blending and application
- colour applies very vibrant & lasts for a long time
- pretty waterproof
- convenient

Claws Out:
- product creased and smudged a little over time, so might need to use primer underneath

Final Comments:
I was pretty bummed out when I heard Annabelle was discontinuing their thick eye shadow pencils a few years ago as I had been using them all throughout high school. So I was excited to see they released these eye shadow smoothies as they are in a similar family as the previous products I used to use.

I really love having my eye shadows in a pencil form. It makes it really easy and convenient when travelling.

The first thing I noticed when I applied this product was how smooth and easily it glided on. The colour is intense and vibrant and it sets very quickly. I have to be pretty quick if I want to blend.

After wearing it a few days I’m pretty impressed. It lasts for pretty much the whole day, but does smudge and crease a little so it might be better used in combination with a eye shadow primer first. The longer I let it set (with my eyes closed) the longer it seems to last. It’s also pretty waterproof which is great.

I’m still not very good at blending it since it does set so darn fast, but I love using it as an eye liner.

All in all I think this is a great product. I cannot wait to try the other colours and intend on adding this to my makeup bag.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Monday, November 14, 2011

My November Glymm Box

When I popped the pink top off of this month's Glymm box, the first thing I saw made me so happy! It was a full-sized Annabelle Smudge Paint in Plummed - one of my favourite products of 2011 in my favourite shade (you can read my review here).

Purple seemed to be the colour of the day as I also got an amazing RGB polish (never tried them before, so that's going to be fun! in a stunning, deep purple shade and purple jelly beans!

In my November Glymm box:
- Lise Watier Flash Lift Radiance Vial, 1 ml / 0.03 US fl. oz
- Rahua Luxury Shampoo & Conditioner packs, shampoo - 10 ml / 0.34 oz.; conditioner - 8 ml / 0.27 oz
- Orlane Paris Light Smoothing Cream, 3.5 ml / 0.11 oz
- RGB Designer Nail Lacquer in Deep, 0.40 fl. oz. / 12 ml
- Annabelle Smudge Paint in Plummed, 0.07 oz. / 2 g
- $10 voucher for
- purple jelly beans

So, fellow Glymm members - did you get something different in their Glymm box or was yours identical to mine? I'm pretty happy with this month's sampler - the Annabelle Smudge Paint and RGB polish totally made my day.

Want a Glymm box of your own? Click on this link to get more info or to sign up!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

SELF's Fragrance Awards 2011

As the year starts to wind down, a lot of beauty awards are being handed out. I love looking at these lists for a few reasons:

- I love seeing if my favourites made the list
- it's a great way to build a shopping list of things that I'd like to try
- with the holidays coming up, it's easy to pick up some great gift ideas

So, here's the first of several posts outlining some of these "best of" lists!

(All prices are approximate and in USD.)

Award Name: SELF's Fragrance Awards 2011

The Selection Process:

SELF sorted 248 bottles into 26 scent categories and set up a blind sniff test. Their panel tried every scent launched in the past year and picked the top 20.

Best Mood Lifter: Eau de Nous - Citrus Charm, $35
Best Nature-Inspired Scent: Emilio Pucci Vivaro Variazioni Verde 072, $59
Best Fresh Scent: Clean Skin, $69
Best Sexy-Without-Even-Trying Scent: Reveal by Halle Berry, $35
Best Make-a-Statement Scent: Tocca Colette, $68
Miss Congeniality: Mariah Carey's Lollipop Splash The Remix - Never Forget You, $35
Most Playful Scent: Reb'l Fleur by Rihanna, $59
Most Boldly Seductive Scent: Kim Kardashian Gold, $65
Best Unisex Scent: Bond No. 9 I Love New York for All, $105
Best Wear-It-Anywhere Scent: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Promise Me, $59
Best Planet-Friendly Scent: Liv Grn - Natural, $60
Flirtiest Scent: Someday by Justin Bieber, $45
Most Romantic Daytime-Date Scent: Hanae Mori No. 4, $95
Best Smells-Like Vacation Scent: Laugh Often by Reese Witherspoon, $23
Best I'm Such-a-Girly-Girl Scent: Laughter Jour, $60
Youth in a Bottle: S by Shakira Eau Florale, $28
Most Like a Field-of-Flowers Scent: Gucci Flora Eau Fraiche, $80
Best Girl-Next-Door Scent: Peace, Love & Juicy Couture, $52
Best Edgy Scent: Creed Royal-Oud, $300
Best A-List-Celebrity Scent: Beyonce Pulse, $49

You can read all about each scent and get more details in SELF's November issue.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Product News & Contest: Keri Lotions

After discovering the awesomeness of the Keri Advanced Lotion, I'm excited to share this great product with my readers and give you a chance to win a Keri Advanced Lotion of your own!

To enter (mandatory):
- Comment below why you need your own bottle of Keri Advanced Lotion! Don't forget to leave an email address where I can reach you if you win!

For extra entries - please leave a separate comment for each entry (and include your username so I can verify if you're chosen as the winner!)Notes:
- The contest is open to Canada and the USA only.
- Contest ends Friday, November 18, 2011
- Winner will be contacted via e-mail and announced on this blog shortly after.

Can't wait for the contest to end or need something different to soothe your skin? There are a variety of Keri Lotions to help provide you with continuous moisturization.

Use the handy product selector chart below to figure out which Keri lotion is best for your skin problems and head over to the Keri website for more information!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Product Review: Keri Advanced Lotion

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Keri
Name: Advanced Lotion
Size: 15 oz / 425 g
Price: approx. $7.99 USD

Where to buy:
Walmart, Rite Aid, and other retailers

I'm always looking for a good body lotion. My favourite has always been Aveeno Creamy Moisturizing Oil but as a beauty product addict, I'm never satisfied with just one great product so I'm always trying others. I want lotions that are very moisturizing, but fast absorbing and non-greasy. I prefer unscented, but can handle slightly scented as long as it's not too sweet.

What it says on the product site: absorbing, lightweight and non-greasy. This body lotion easily absorbs into dry skin for a long-lasting silky-soft feel and provides continous moisturization so your skin looks and feels its best all day.

To Purr About:
- very light lotion, almost a gel-like consistency
- absorbs very quickly
- leaves skin moisturized
- large bottle with pump
- light fragrance

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
Out of all the lotions I've tried, this Keri lotion has probably come the closest to my Aveeno favourite. It's super-light, almost gel-like, very fast absorbing and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized.

The light scent is pleasant, although I know some people would prefer something unscented.

Another great point is that this lotion offers a great value for me. It's much larger than the Aveeno, but half the price, so that's great news for my wallet. This is definitely going to be on my shelf, especially during the winter time when I need to slather on the body lotion to fight off the dry winter air!

Psss...I'm giving away a Keri Advanced Lotion tomorrow so come back and enter if you want to try out this awesome lotion for yourself!

Rating (out of 5):

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

Monday, November 07, 2011

Product Review: Nair Au Naturel Citrus Roll-on Wax

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Nair
Name: : Au Naturel Citrus Roll-on Wax
Size: 100 ml
Price: approx. $15.00 CAD

What it says on their website:
This 100% rinseable formula is a refreshing and gentle on the skin and is inspired by the beauty rituals of Mediterranean women. The wax coats the entire hair, making it easy to remove at the root without damaging the skin for long lasting smoothness. Rich in moisturizing agents* and the refreshing scent of Orange and Mandarin.

The roll-on wax is easy to use, effective and gentle on the skin. The wax is dermatologist tested and the ergonomically shaped bottle makes waxing a breeze. Plus the outer packaging doubles as a tray for mess free application.

To Purr About:
- wax can be heated in microwave
- easy to use
- plastic package can be used as a stand for bottle
- plastic package is easy to open
- pleasant citrus scent
- water soluble product is easy to remove from skin and reusable strips
- roll-on applicator is easy to clean
- effective in removing hair
- left skin feeling soft, hairless and moisturized

Claws Out:
- have to wash/clean and dry out strips

Final Comments:
I had such amazing results with the Nair ready-to-use strips that I actually decided to try their roll-on wax product. It’s been a while since I used a roll-on wax, but in the past it’s always been a rather messy and unhappy experience.

I started applying this product and noticed instantly the pleasant citrus smell. After ripping out a few strips of hair I was pretty impressed. Nair’s roll-on wax is easy to use, easy to clean up and very effective. There is a definitely technique to application and so on, but once you get the hang of it, it seems pretty straight forward and easy.

My favorite thing about this product is that since it is water soluble, it didn’t leave too much of a sticky mess to contend with. Some rinsing with warm/hot water did away with most of the leftover wax. I am definitely impressed with Nair’s waxing products. They’ve come a long way in the last decade and I’ve seen major improvements in the product for ease of use.

Check out for product coupons.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Weekend Beauty Reads From The Beauty Blog Network

Phyrra hears all the juicy gossip about Rockeresque Beauty Co. from Issanna!

Ashlee from Painted Ladies reviews Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin products. Are they winners?

Cinnamon Kitten goes all natural with a 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Gloss review. Go Fruit Power!

The Shades Of U shares swatches and a review of the MAC Holiday Dazzlesphere Mini Nail Lacquer and Smoky Berry Pigment Sets.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Product News: NARS Repackages and Expands its Concealer line

Brand: NARS
Name: Concealer
Price: $22.00 USD

Where to buy:

What it says in the press release:
NARS has given a face lift to its Concealer! Along with a new slim packaging, the formula has grown its range from six to ten shades in order to reach a broader scope of skin tones. All shades boast the same lightweight, creamy texture, enriched with Vitamin E for crease-resistant coverage that stays in place all day.

The range of shades now includes (from lightest to darkest):
- Chantilly (new): for fairest of complexions, true ivory
- Vanilla: for fair complexions, tiny cast of pink tones
- Honey: for light to medium complexion, warm peach tones
- Custard: for light to medium complexions, yellow tones
- Ginger: for medium complexions, golden tones
- Biscuit (new): for medium to dark complexions, natural balance of pink and yellow tones
- Caramel (new): for medium to dark complexions, yellow and golden tones
- Amande (new): for medium to dark complexions, golden olive tones
- Café (new): for dark complexions, warm red tones
- Cacao (new): for dark complexions, deep-gold-brown tones

image: press release

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Lancome Bonus Time Online

Canadians - It's Lancome Bonus Time!
begins November 1, 2011 while supplies last
Minimum amount you need to spend: $34 CAD (before taxes)

What you get:
- Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara in Black
- Renergie Lift Volumetry Volumetric Lifting and Reshaping Cream Firming, 15 g
- Creme Radiance Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser, 60 ml
- Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, 50 ml
- Color Design Sensational Effects Lip Color in Edgy
- exclusive Lancome bag


Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Product News: Little Green hair and skin care collection

Brand: Little Green

Where to buy: Salons or

Little Green is a new, safe and gentle hair and skin care collection for babies and kids that's a hypoallergenic collection of products. The paraben, sulfate and allergen free formulas are each clinically and dermatologist tested and are geared to those with sensitive skin or for those who simply want to treat their skin sensitively.


Shampoo & Body Wash, $15 USD
A mild, tear-free, all-in-one formula that gently cleans and nourishes baby’s hair and skin with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E. Contains Vitamin B5 and E for moisture and protection. This shampoo and body wash is delicate enough for the most sensitive skin and provides moisture and protection.

Nourishing Body Lotion, $17 USD
A gentle moisturizer for the face and body, rich in Aloe, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E, heals and protects. Formulated and tested to calm irritation and defend against dryness, it's easily absorbed leaving skin smooth and hydrated.


Shampoo & Body Wash, $15 USD
A refreshing tear-free hair and body wash gently cleans and nourishes all in one. Key ingredients including Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E cleanse hair and skin without over drying.

Nourishing Body Lotion, $17 USD
A lightweight face and body moisturizer with an infusion of Vitamin E, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe and Oat Extract that penetrates deep into the skin to prevent dryness and lock in moisture. This lotion is perfect for kids (and adults) with sensitive skin.

Conditioning Hair Detangler, $16 USD
Detangles and smoothes for shiny, healthy hair. Silk proteins, Vitamin B5 and Aloe strengthen and protect strands against sun, salt and chlorine.

image: press release

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Product Review: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Gloss

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: 100% Pure
Name: Fruit Pigmented Lip Gloss
Size: 0.24 oz / 7 ml
Price: $16 CAD

Shade Tried: Pomegranate Wine

What it says on the product site:
The first and only cosmetics colored from antioxidant rich fruit and vegetable pigments. While other color cosmetics are colored with either synthetic dyes or minerals, only 100% Pure color cosmetics are colored with fruit & vegetable pigments (patents pending)! All the antioxidants and vitamins in fruits are in the actual color, so you will be applying all the healthy nutrients of the fruits directly on your skin! 100% Natural lip glosses made with Vitamin E from organic rice bran and beautiful colors from fruit pigments. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant that drenches your lips with moisture and deeply softens.

What intrigued me most about this lip product was that the company said all the ingredients were completely natural. Check out the ingredients list for this lip gloss - everything can be traced back to something natural:

Ingredients: Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Pigmented Extracts of: Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Wine (Wine), Prunus Serotina (Cherry) Fruit, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Bean) and Prunus Domestica (Plum) Fruit, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Fragaria Vesca Fruit Extract (Strawberry Flavor)

To Purr About:
- slanted sponge applicator tip makes applying gloss easy
- lovely strawberry scent
- lovely sheer red colour
- lots of shine

Claws Out:
- a touch sticky
- colour is a little thin for those looking for a full coverage gloss

Final Comments:
As many of my readers know, I'm obsessed with lip products and have over 100 different lipsticks/lip glosses going at any one time. But this time - I'm in love.

Not only is this a stunning shade of sheer red, the gloss leaves a lovely shine on lips. It falls somewhere in the mid-range of stickiness - it's a little sticky but not super-sticky. It has a sweet (but not too sweet)

I also love that the ingredients list is so natural. I know lots of people (including my reviewers Suziesaurus and ShellySuperstar) who prefer more natural ingredients in their beauty products. Everything is fruit-based and yet I can't believe the super-pop of colour these fruits leave in the lip gloss.

For $16 CAD, it's not the most affordable lip gloss on the market, but I would definitely prefer spending my money on this gloss any day.

Rating (out of 5):

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