Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Slow summer...

Hi everyone!

As you may have noticed, I haven't posted here on Cinnamon Kitten in over a month (eep!) There's no one main reason why I haven't been posting, just lots of little ones, but I'm going to try to post at least one new review a week until I can get my personal schedule back on track and then focus on posting more often.  :)

In the meantime, I have a backlog of product reviews and new products to write about, so watch for a slew of new posts in the next few weeks while I work through everything that's been piling up while I've been busy!

Hope all your summers are going beautifully!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Product Review: Clean & Clear Morning Burst Body Wash

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Clean & Clear
Name: Morning Burst Body Wash
Size: 473 ml
Price: $6.99 CAD

Scent Tried: Boost Mango and Papaya

What it says on the website:

"Get Clean! Get energized! Get Going! New Clean & Clear Morning Burst body wash is designed to help stimulate your senses and energize you all over. Mprning Burst is the only body wash infused with Bursting Beads that are suspended with exotic fruit extracts. Feel the boost of mango & papaya fill your shower as the bubbly formula leaves your skin clean and refreshed.

Skin TypeOily, Normal, Combination”

To Purr About:

- pleasant papaya scent that isn’t too strong
- doesn’t dry out skin
- lathers up well
- a little product goes a long way
- leaves skin feeling clean

Claws Out:
- isn't super moisturizing

Final Comments:

I’ve been using Clean & Clear’s Morning Burst Body Wash in Boost Mango & Papaya scent for the last few weeks and I’m quite impressed.

The first thing I noticed when I squeezed out some product on to my loofah was the nice pleasant papaya scent. It’s not too strong which is nice, but the scent also doesn’t last very long. The body is clear with a hint of yellow tint and has tiny beads suspended throughout – not sure what the beads do.

The product lathers up quite well and a little product goes a long way which is nice as the large bottle lasts a quite a long time. It leaves my skin feeling clean and clear and refreshed.

Overall this product is pretty good. The only con is that this product isn’t super moisturizing. I think it’s great for the summer months, but I’m not sure if my skin would be able to withstand the extremely dry winter months.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Friday, May 25, 2012

Product Review: it’s a 10 miracle leave-in product

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: it’s a 10 
Name: miracle leave-in product
Size: 4 fl. oz. / 120 mL
Price: $20 CAD

What it says on the bottle:

“Does 10 things instantly:
- Repairs dry, damaged hair
- Adds shine
- Detangles
- Control frizz
- Seals & protects hair colour
- Prevents split ends
- Stops hair breakage
- Creates silkiness
- Flat iron spray
- thermal protector”

To Purr About:

- easy to use
- pleasant subtle scent
- very light and does not weigh hair down
- hair feels soft and silky after applying product
- helps detangle hair
- helps control frizz
- a little product goes a long way

Claws Out:

- a little expensive
- didn’t drastically change the look/feel of my hair

Final Comments:

So being the pushover that I am, I’m easily swayed to buy products, so when the hairdresser started pushing products on me I ended up picking up a leave-in product by a brand I’ve never heard of called “it’s a 10”.

This product is actually a lotion consistency, but still sprays out for an easy application. I liked that this leave-in product is simple to use and doesn’t add too many extra steps to my normal routine. Just spray it in after you towel dry your hair and you’re ready to go. I love how this product makes my hair feel while I wait for it to air dry. It helps detangle my hair and leaves it feeling soft and silky. It was light and didn’t add any extra weight to my hair which was also nice. After my hair is dry I do notice a bit less frizz.

I’ve been using this leave-in conditioner for a few weeks now and I don’t see any major change in the way my hair looks. I do however like the way this product makes my hair feel and like that it helped control the frizz when my hair is dry. And although a little product goes a long way, I’m still debating whether this product is worth the cost or if I should look for another alternative.

Rating (out of 5):

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Suziesaurus

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Product Review: Mineral Hygienics Starter Kit

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Mineral Hygienics
Name: Starter Kit
Size: n/a
Price: $59.55 USD

What it says on the website:
The benefits of Mineral Hygienics include:
 - chemical free sun protection
- safe for all skin types
- water resistance
- non-Comedogenic, Non-Acnegenic, Anti-inflammatory
- younger looking skin

 Your Mineral Hygienics Starter Kit includes:
 - 2 shades of Mineral Hygienics SPF Foundation
 - Mineral Hygienics mineral enhancer
 - Mineral finishing powder
 - Flawless Face Mineral Brush
- Full Coverage Kabuki Brush
- Wonder Cover Concealer Brush
- Detailed How-To Guide

Shade Tried: Medium

To Purr About:
- full & mini starter kits are a great way to get started with mineral makeup
- application process takes some getting use to
- is very light and sheer on the skin
- you can choose to put additional layers for more coverage
- finishing powder helps prolong life of makeup

Claws Out:
- brushes shed and have a strong synthetic feel and scent

- not convenient for travel or on-the-go touchups

Final Comments:
I enjoy using mineral make-up and have been doing so for a few years now so I was excited to try Mineral Hygenics which I haven’t used previously.

I love that Mineral Hygenics has starter kits that come with everything you need to get started making it super easy. (Note: you can also purchase the products separately). As with all other mineral make-up it does take a little bit of time to get used to the application technique to get it just right. Mineral Hygenics comes in little pots which you shake the powder out of. I really like that you can choose to only puncture some of the holes which makes it easier to control the amount of product that comes out.

I found once I got used to the makeup, application was super easy and allows for you to apply a light coat, or additional layers. Blending is also extremely easy and skin ends up looking natural and beautiful. The finishing powder really extends the life of the makeup which is always a bonus.

One of the downsides to mineral makeup that comes in pots is that bringing them on travel and in your purse/bag isn’t the most convenient, so touch-ups aren’t that easy.

I was really disappointed with the quality of the brushes included in the kit. The first time I used the kabuki brush it shed a lot and the smell bothered me so I didn’t use it again. Perhaps I am just sensitive, but I really didn’t enjoy the smell.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Monday, May 14, 2012

Product Review: Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Veet
Name: EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit
Size: 50 ml
Price: n/a

What it says on the box:

“Discover the new Veel EasyWaxTM Electrical Roll-On – an innovative self-heating wax system with a roll-on applicator for salon wax results at home.

Formulated with the same ingredients as the waxes use in waxing salons, Veet wax removes hair from the root at first application, and is effective on hair as short as 2mm.

It is specifically formulated with natural beeswax for all skin types. moisturized, and remains impeccably smooth for up to 4 weeks!”

To Purr About:
- process is simple
- self-heating device with a charging stand is super convenient
- ergonomic device helps make application easy
- re-heating is as easy as plugging device back in
- rolling applicator comes with each wax refill which means no mess to clean up
- wax refills available for sale with different sized applicators for different body parts
- wax cartridge doesn’t have to be used all at once
- comes with strips to remove wax and also finishing wipes to remove excess wax
- affordable price

Claws Out:
- have to over 30 minutes for wax to heat up
- not that effective in removing hair
- have to wash/clean and dry out strips

Final Comments:
I was intrigued when I first saw this product because it is a great idea. It gets rid of the hassle of having to heat the wax by other methods (like in the microwave), which is great. I’m always looking for products to decrease the time I spend on chores like hair removal.

One of the great things about Veet’s EasyWax Electrical Roll-on product is that the heating device is so easy to use. You simply put in a wax cartridge, plug it in, put it on the handy stand and wait for the wax to heat up. The while process was simple and set up was easy and very convenient. No more running back to the microwave to heat up the wax. I found it took a bit longer than the suggested 20 minutes for the wax to heat up, which isn’t always great if you’re looking for a quick hair removal solution, but waxing is rarely a quick routine so that can be overlooked and avoided with a bit more planning. Once the wax was heated it was ready to be rolled on and flowed out smoothly. Re-heating the wax is also super easy as you just have to plug the device back in.

I really like that the wax cartridges comes with different sized roller wheels depending on if you want to do a large area (like your legs) or a smaller area (like your bikini line). Best of all, since the applicator is attached to the wax cartridge you don’t have to clean the roller part after each use.

The wax itself is smooth, liquidy, bright pink and didn’t have a strong smell, It rolled on smoothly, but unfortunately I didn’t find it that effective in removing hair. Maybe this is due to the thinner consistency of the wax or maybe I just need to get the hang of it, but I had to do the same area about 3 times before I got it to work. Once it did work, my hair was removed leaving my skin nice and smooth and hairless.

The wax cartridges come with a package of strips to pull the wax off and also finishing wipes to remove excess wax left on your skin at the end of the process. The wipes were great and removed excess wax effectively. If you run out you can use baby lotion for the same effect.

All in all I loved the user-friendliness of this product and I definitely think it’s an improvement to the wax you have to heat in the microwave. I’m still on the fence whether I’d use it instead of shaving and ready-to-use wax strips, but I will definitely be trying it again in hopes of getting the hang of the technique in hopes that improved skill will equal more hairs removed.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Friday, May 11, 2012

Product News: KORRES Yoghurt Collection


Where to buy: Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora

Inspired by the long-lived Greek tradition of applying yoghurt onto sunburned skin, the development of the KORRES Yoghurt line took over three years and was the first time edible yoghurt was incorporated into a cosmetic formula.

Yoghurt,  a natural source of lactose, proteins, minerals and vitamins, instantly hydrates and relieves dry skin areas.

Yoghurt Instant Soothing Gel, 30 ml / 1.01 fl. oz., $49.50 CAD
The soothing and moisture-boosting gel, formulated with real edible Yoghurt, provides instant comfort to distressed dry skin. It soothes and calms skin, all the while, providing a light cooling effect. With its combination of Aloe extract boosted with polysccharides, Prickly Pear, Willowherb and Oat extracts, this gel instantly nourishes, hydrates and relieves dry skin.

Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel, $31 CAD
The ultra cooling and soothing cream-gel for the face and body that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort. Yoghurt, a natural source of lactose, proteins, minerals and vitamins, increases skin hydration instantly relieving distressed dry skin from the sun. Epilobium
angustifolium and Fennel extracts demonstrate exceptional soothing properties, helping promote moisture-recover of sun-harassed skin.

image:press release

Monday, May 07, 2012

Product Review: Chloé l’Eau de Chloé

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Chloé
Name: l’Eau de Chloé – Eau de Toilette
Size: 3.4 fl. oz. / 100 mL
Price: n/a

What it says on their website:
"…The work of the same perfumer, l’Eau de Chloé contains an exceptional concentration of distilled rose water, which lends it a rare refreshing feeling. Light as dew, this chypre rose seems suffused with pure oxygen. A delicate citrus harmony recalls summer’s luscious ice-cool lemonades. At once spirited and elegant, airy and ethereal, the rose leaves a subtle presence on the skin…"

To Purr About:
- gorgeous scent
- light and summery citrus smell
- comes in a lovely bottle
- scent lasts very long

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
I’m definitely not a perfume expert – I actually find a lot of scents trigger my migraines, so I almost never wear them. I did however fall in love with Chloé’s Eau de Parfum and was super happy to find out it didn’t bother me. Needless to say I was uber excited to try their new l’Eau de Chloé (Eau de Toilette).

I didn’t know too much about this product, so I was surprised to see it was a pale green when I opened the box. It comes in the same iconic bottle as the Eau de Parfum, which is nice.

The scent is definitely different from the pink hued Eau de Parfum. Where I find the Eau de Parfum to be a luxurious and romantic rose inspired scent, this product invokes summer with its citrusy, light, playful scent. It is actually a great scent for those casual spring and summer days. In addition, only a couple of spritz last the whole day.

I’m pleased that I found l’Eau de Chloé – although I prefer the Eau de Parfum, l’Eau is a perfect day scent to contrast the Eau de Parfum which is more of a night scent.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Product News: Neutrogena Naturals Collection

Brand: Neutrogena

What it says in the release:
Neutrogena is pleased to introduce their first Naturals line with a collection of cleansers. Designed without harsh surfactants, these products are allergy-tested and free from harsh chemical sulfates, parabens and dyes.
- removes 99% of dirt and impurities
- no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, phthalates 

Purifying Facial Cleanser, 177 ml, $8.99-$11.99 CAD
- contains naturally-derived salicylic acid from Willowbark
- suitable for acne prone skin
- naturally derived ingredients include: coconut, corn, willow bark, guar bean
- hypoallergenic

Purifying Pore Scrub, 118 ml, $8.99-$11.99 CAD
- Willowbark extract & Jojoba bead scrub gently removes impurities that can build up in pores, to improve the complexion for fresh, clean skin
- contains naturally-derived salicylic acid from Willowbark
- suitable for even acne prone skin
- gentle enough for everyday use
- hypoallergenic
- naturally derived ingredients include coconut, castor oil, willow bark, jojoba oil

Fresh Cleaning + Makeup Remover,  177 ml, $8.99-$11.99 CAD
- Peruvian Tara Seed enriched cleanser gently softens & refreshes
- cleans skin and removes makeup in one-step without stripping skin’s natural moisture
- developed for use on the fragile skin around the eyes
- naturally derived ingredients include coconut, Peruvian tara seed and guar bean

image:press release

Monday, April 09, 2012

Product Review: Nivea Sensual Beauty Shower Cream Oil

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Nivea
Name: Sensual Beauty Shower Cream Oil
Size: 17 fl oz / 500 ml
Price:  approx. $7 CAD

What it says on their web site:
This creme oil shower with rich Shea Oil and the sensual scent of Vanilla Blossom leaves your skin with a long-lasting velvety feeling. Indulge yourself in a sensual shower experience. This moisturizing shower cream oil formula enriched with Shea Oil lathers into a fine, creamy foam that leaves your skin with a long-lasting velvety soft feeling. Let the delightful scent of vanilla blossom gently envelop your senses.

- pH skin-balanced
- Dermatologically approved
- Hydra IQ moisture technology for a soft skin feeling

To Purr About:
- lathers up very well
- smooth creamy texture is nice
- leaves skin feeling very moisturized and clean
- didn’t irritate my super sensitive skin
- a little product goes a long way
- kept itchy skin at bay
- affordable price

Claws Out:
- scent is a little too sweet for me

Final Comments:
I picked up Nivea’s Sensual Beauty Shower Cream Oil recently since it was on sale. I’ve always heard great things about Nivea’s body creams and was interested how their shower cream oil would fare.

My first impression when I squeezed this product out was the creamy texture and its sweet smell. It lathers up very well and just a little product goes a long way, so you use less product each wash. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized and clean. In addition, it doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin and I haven’t had any major issues with skin itchiness (which I’m quite prone to) while I’ve been using it.

I’m very pleased with this product. The only con I found was the scent was a little too sweet for my liking, which means I’ll pick the less sweet sounding shower cream by Nivea next time.

Rating (out of 5):

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Suziesaurus

Monday, April 02, 2012

Product Review: Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Herbal Essences
Name: Touchably Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner
Size: 300 ml
Price: approx. $4.99 CAD each

What it says on their web site:
Wild hair? We’ll help you tame it. Our formula, a fusion of pink lily and Asian silk, leaves you smooth, silky hair in one shower. guaranteed. Use our shampoo, conditioner, or 2-in-1 with built-in soothing serum to enjoy sleek, smooth hair

- leaves hair feeling clean
- hair is smooth
- pleasant floral scent that isn’t too overpowering
- lathered up well
- affordable price
- isn’t too heavy/oily
- comes in a 2-in-1 version
- bottles can be stood on their tops or bottoms and are easily distinguishable

To Purr About:
- convenient pump dispenser
- nice clean scent that isn’t too strong
- leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed
- doesn’t dry out skin
- doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin
- affordable

Claws Out:
- hair isn’t as smooth as other smoothing shampoos/conditioners have left it

Final Comments:
I’ve been using a smoothing shampoo and conditioner for the last couple of years now and although I’m pretty happy with it, I’m always on the look-out for other alternatives for variety and to save some money. I’ve used Herbal Essences products in the past before and enjoyed them, so I was interested in trying their smoothing line to see if it would be a good substitute for my current favorite when I have to tighten my purse strings.

Firstly, I love the bottles which can be stood up on their bottoms or tops. They are easily distinguished between each other making it easy to tell which one is the shampoo and which one is the conditioner when you go to reach for them in the shower. This may seem silly to most people, but seeing as my eyesight is quite horrible it is definitely a plus for me.

On to the product – I am really enjoying the pleasant (but not too strong) floral scent. It is really nice and doesn’t linger too long after my hair wash. Both shampoo and conditioner lather up well and wash out easily leaving my hair feeling clean and fresh. They don’t leave my hair feeling as smooth or as soft as I’ve expereinced with other smoothing products, but on the positive side of that - they aren’t too heavy or oily, which is nice as my hair doesn’t feel as oily the next day. My hair is acceptably smooth and controlled after using this product.

In conclusion, I definitely think this is a great product for the price. I’m happy with the way it makes my hair looks and I’m looking forward to trying the 2-in-1 version of this product (anything to save time, right?)

Rating (out of 5):

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Product Review: Philosophy The Microdelivery Face Wash

Reviewer: Annabella from Skin Scrubs

Brand: Philosophy
Name: The Microdelivery Face Wash
Size: 8 fl oz
Price: approx. $26 CAD

I was introduced to The Microdelivery Face Wash while I was in Cleveland, Ohio for my second wedding. I packed just about every beauty product I owned when I went back home except I forgot to pack face wash (which is quite essential, yes). Lela didn't live far from the hotel we were staying at so I borrowed hers for a few days while I was there.

This is an exfoliating, foaming facial wash that can be used everyday. The 'scrubby bits' are very fine so they don't scratch, and it doesn't have much of a smell which was fine for me as I put so many fragranced things on my body anyway. I have oily skin and I get breakouts on my chin and this really helped keep them at bay which is pretty amazing considering the amount of stress I was under. James, my husband, used it too, and I think he likes it because again it doesn't smell fruity/floral and just makes your skin feel clean and refreshed. The bottle also states you can use this as 30-second mini peel but I just used it as a normal face wash.

To Purr About:
- convenient easy to use flip top lid
- don't need much to get good lather
- lasts several months
- face feels lovely and smooth afterwards

Claws Out:
- pricey for a face wash

Final Comments:
If you have dry skin or live in a dry climate this might irritate your face. It's says it gentle for everyday use but I personally think that it is for oily skins only. I've just finished my bottle and I wouldn't re-buy this again until the warmer months because even though my skin is normally oil, it has dried up a bit with the winter weather. I used it everyday with no problem while I was on honeymoon in Aruba but unfortunately I don't live there!

Rating (out of 5):


Monday, March 26, 2012

Product Review: Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Spongeables
Name: Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer
Size: 50 g / 2 oz
Price: approx. $14.99 USD

Scent Tried: Citron Eucalyptus Aromatherapy
What it says on their web site:
Infused with healing Shea butter, moisturizing Olive Oil and fragrant aromatherapy oils to refresh and restore tired feet. Fall head over heels for Pedi-Scrubs two distinct textures: one side is soft and gentle to cleans and moisturize, while the other side has a feels-so good scrubby texture that smooths away rough skin and stimulates circulation. For the most papered tooties in town, choose from Citron-Eucalyptus Aromatherapy (green) or Lavender-Tea Tree Oil Aromatherapy

To Purr About:
- gently exfoliates and cleans feet
- lasts 15+ washes
- lathers up well
- doesn’t irratate skin

Claws Out:
- I don’t think it’s hard enough to get rid of extremely hard, dry, cracked skin

Final Comments:

My first impression of Spongeables PediScrub foot buffer was that it was extremely hard sponge and I was skeptical that it would last 15 washes.

I unwrapped the product and wet it and started scrubbing my feet and was pleasantly surprised that it softened up quickly and became sudsy and soft. It is basically a sponge with lather/soap built in to the sponge. It tickeld my feet as I scrubbed first with the “rougher” side and then continued to clean with the “softer” side. It was a nice pleasant way to clean and exfoliate my feet and left my feet feeling nice and clean. After using I left it on the side of my tub and it dried up and became hard again – thus not losing any additional soap.

I don’t suffer from dry, cracked heels, but I am skeptical that this product is actually rough enough to get rid of extremely hard cracked skin.

I am impressed at how long this product has lasted. I’ve been using it for just over 15 washes now and it’s still very sudsy and has at least few more washes left in it.

Since I don’t have problems with dry feet/heels I don’t really want an extra product just for my feet and think I will just stick with my body wash and loofa/body brush. I do however think the body version of this product is quite genius for travelling/trips/camping. It’d be ideal for camping since it dries and hardens after use and is ready and full of soap for the next time you wet it for use. So I’m looking forward to trying the body wash product from Spongeables and think it’d be a great addition to my travel products.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Friday, March 23, 2012

Product Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Smashbox
Name: Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
Size: 30 ml / 1 fl ozml
Price: $50 CAD

What it says on their web site:
Give your skin the moisture it needs with Smashbox Hydrating Primer. It delivers long lasting hydration and an immediate cooling sensation on the skin.

Made with silicone, it provides a barrier to help the water from evaporating off the skin. Glycerin also helps to attract and hold the moisture to the skin, so you’ll stay hydrated all day long. And, like all of Smashbox’s Primers, it is oil-free.

For best results, apply a pea-sized amount of Hydrating Primer to cleansed and moisturized skin, then apply your favorite Smashbox foundation.

To Purr About:
- oil-free
- moisturizing
- absorbs in to skin very quickly and is very light weight
- reduces the appearances of lines and pores
- helps create a smooth and supple palette that allows for easy makeup application
- doesn’t irratate skin
- slim package is convenient
- small nozzle is easy to control so you don’t end up with too much product

Claws Out:
- quite expensive
- doesn’t drastically change the appearance of skin alone

Final Comments:
I wanted to pick up a new primer and I’ve heard great things about Smashbox’s photo finish primer, so I headed to the Smashbox shelf. I was a bit confused to find a whole platora of primers which all seemed to have different highlighted qualities, but in the end I decided to pick the moisturizing primer, since I have super dry skin.

Although the primer is a fun bright blue colour, it blends in colourlessly. It is super light weight and absorbs in to my skin very quickly. I used it in addition to my normal moisturizer and it provided a nice extra bit of moisturize which is really great for the drier winter months and the harsh Canadian winters. And because it is oil-free it didn’t add any oiliness to my complexion.

The primer helped create a nice smooth finish to my skin and helped makeup blend easily. And although it didn’t drastically improve the appearance of my skin by itself, it did help extend the life of my makeup.

I really liked the sleek packaging which made it easy to carry in my makeup bag. The tiny nozzle made squeezing out just the right amount easy.

The only downside to this product is that it is a bit pricey. I’m interested in trying some of the other Smashbox primers in the future.

Rating (out of 5):

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Suziesaurus

Friday, March 16, 2012

Product Review: Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Pac

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Montagne Jeunesse
Name: Dead Sea Mud Pac
Size: 20 g / 0/7 oz.
Price: approx. $2 CAD

What it says on their web site:
We’ve harvested ultra-deep cleansing Dead Sea Minerals to penetrate deep into pores drawing out impurities. Our Mud Pac is Nutrient rich with Seaweed & Kelp to help restore skins vitality leaving you cleansed to the core and totally relaxed.
- Gluten Free
- Nut Derivative Free
- No Added Parabens

To Purr About:
- conveniently packaged for 1 time use
- amazingly relaxing and lovely scent
- nice cooling sensation
- left my skin feeling smooth and fresh
- didn’t irritate my super sensitive skin
- more than enough product in a package to cover face and neck
- affordable

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
I try to make it part of my routine to do facial masks at home during the week to pamper myself. I’ve tried Montagne Jeunesse masks and peels before and had great success with them so I was excited to try their Dead Sea Mud Pack. They come conveniently packaged for 1 time use and there are so many by Montagne Jeunesse to try!

I was immediately taken aback by the wonderfully lovely and relaxing scent when I opened the package. I can’t describe the smell or relate it to anything, but it’s amazingly fresh and relaxing scent. As with all the other Montagne Jeunesse peels and masks – this one comes with a generous portion – enough to cover your face and neck.

I applied the mud pac and let it dry for about 15 minutes. The scent and cooling sensation was very relaxing. And after I washed off the dried mud pac I was left with soft and refreshing feeling skin. I will definitely be picking up this mud pac again. It’s the perfect pick-me-up during those long and tiring weeks. Not only does it leave the skin feeling great, but it helps leaving you relaxed and soothed.

Best of all, these convenient packages are super affordable, so you can try different masks without spending a fortune or committing to one in particular.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Monday, March 12, 2012

Product Review: Bioré Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Bioré
Name: Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser
Size: 200 ml
Price: approx. $8 CAD

What it says on their web site:
Got skin that can’t make up its mind? Achieve the clean you want, without disturbing the natural moisture your skin needs. This cleanser removes all forms of impurities while leaving 90% of skin's natural moisture, giving your face an even, all-over clean.

- Oil-Free
- Non-Comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
- Hypo-Allergenic
- Dermatologist Tested

To Purr About:
- convenient pump dispenser
- nice clean scent that isn’t too strong
- leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed
- doesn’t dry out skin
- doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin
- affordable

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:
I was interested in trying Biore’s Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser because I’m always looking for a good cleanser for my dry skin that is affordable, but does the job.

My first impression of this product is the nice simple, no frills bottle. It has a convenient pump dispenser that really comes in handy in the shower and in the sink. The cleanser is a cream based (not foamy) and has a crisp clean scent that is not floral or sweet, but more of a traditional cleanser scent. It applies and rinses off easily and leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed.

I’ve been using this cleanser for a couple of months now and it’s quite nice. For a good price it does what it says – cleans and doesn’t strip my skin of its natural moisture.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Product News: Marc Jacobs Tropical Splash

Brand: Marc Jacobs
Name: Tropical Splash
Price: $49.00 CAD each

Where to buy: The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Sephora and Mural

This collection is available March 2012 for a limited time only.

Rain, 100 ml
Back by popular demand, Rain is a watery floral that's a splash from the past.
Top notes: wet cut grass, wild strawberry, clementine zest
Middle notes: tropical rain accord, passion flower, white orchid
Finishing notes: beech amber, tree moss, musks

Kumquat, 100 ml
A zesty citrus floral, Kumquat is a fizzy and refreshing sensation.
Top notes: tangerine pulp, bergamot, orange zest
Middle notes: kumquat, jasmine petals, tiger orchids
Finishing notes: sun-drenched woods, blond cedarwood

Hibiscus, 100 ml
A sultry, floral that rounds out the tropical trio with lush petals of exotic blooms.
Top notes: raspberry, mandarin, pink peony
Middle notes: hibiscus flower, tiare, pink freesia
Finishing notes: musks, exotic woods, vetiver

image:press release

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Product News: Bath & Body Works AntiBacterial Hand Soaps Spring Collection

Brand: Bath & Body Works
Name: Antibacterial Hand Soap
Price: $5.50 USD each

Where to buy: Bath & Body Works stores

What it says in the release:

Inspired by handpicked fruits straight from the vine, this spring soap collection features fresh, juicy, luscious scents. The antibacterial hand washes infuse your home with the fresh scents of mouthwatering fruits every time you wash your hands.

Available scents:
- Fresh Picked Pears: The unforgettable scent of ripe, juicy Bartlett pears
- Fresh Picked Tangerine: The crisp scent of sweet tangerines picked straight from the tree
- Fresh Picked Strawberries: Lightly scented with luscious summer strawberries blended with fresh mango nectar and peach blossom
- Fresh Picked Lemons: Sparkling scent of sweet Meyer lemons fresh from the grove.
- Fresh Picked Cherries: Scented with sumptuous Bing cherries blended with pink champagne, fresh strawberry and star jasmine.

image: press release

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Product News: Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty

Brand: Calvin Klein
Name: Sheer Beauty
- Eau de Toilette Spray, 50 ml, $78.00 CAD
- Eau de Toilette Spray, 100 ml, $102CAD

Where to buy: The Bay, Sears, Shoppers Drug Marg, Pharmaprix, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Sephora and Murale stores across Canada,

What it says in the release:
Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty is sparkling and carefree with a pure, sexy confidence.

Top notes: peach bellini accord, red berry extract, bergamot
Middle notes: pink lily accord, jasmine, peony
Finishing notes: musks, sandalwood, vanilla blossom

image:press release

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Product Review: Jouer Mini Glisten Up Lip Gloss

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Jouer
Name: Jouer Mini Glisten Up Lip Gloss
Size: 0.06 fl oz / 20 ml
Price: $25 USD for gift set

Shade tried: Glisten

Where to buy: Henri Bendel (in New York City) and

What it says in the press release:
This 4-piece collection offers brilliant sparkling shine and is loaded with Vitamins A, C and E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Pomegranate Seed Oil. The glosses also come with a Jouer bronzed card holder for a limited time only.
- Nude Glisten: sheer sparkling nude
- Coral Glisten: sheer sparkling coral
- Rose Glisten: sheer sparkling rose
- Glisten: sheer sparkling pink

Note: I got to try out the gloss Glisten from the gift set, so my review is based solely on my experience with this shade

To Purr About:
- slanted sponge applicator is really easy to use and apply the gloss
- gloss leaves a nice "glisten" on the lips
- not sticky
- no detectable fragrance
- tiny packaging makes it nice and easy to tuck into the smallest purse

Claws Out:
- wish they sold these minis year-round (you can buy full-size versions for $20 USD on their website)
- Glisten is supposed to be a "sheer sparkling pink" but didn't leave me any colour that I could see

Final Comments:
This is a great little lip gloss - it's sheer, fragrance-free, flavour-free, non-sticky and leaves a nice glisten on lips. It's pretty moisturizing, although it doesn't have much lasting power (but then again, most lip glosses don't).

If you're looking for a super-shine, this isn't the gloss you want. Instead, this leaves a really nice glisten (goes with the name, I guess!) on your lips that's quite nice.

I love the tiny size - I can pop this little gloss into my pocket or the smallest of purses with room to spare. I just wish they sold this size year-round instead of having to buy it in the four-pack holiday gift set!

The only thing I can't really comment too much on is the colour. I tried the one that's supposed to be "sheer sparkling pink" but until I read the release again, I assumed this was just a sheer gloss. There's no "pink" that I can see. I know that my lips are generally darker than others, so perhaps the pink got lost, but even when I swiped the gloss onto a white sheet of paper, I didn't see much pink on it. I guess to get some actual colour, you would have to go for one of the darker shades.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Product Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo Tropical

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Batiste
Name: Dry Shampoo Tropical
Size: 50 mL / 30 g / 1.6 fl oz
Price: approx. $4.99 CAD

What it says on their website:
"Caribbean heat, coconut aromas and party vibes are locked into this Tropical edition. It’s the instant, deliciously exotic way to get clean, fresh hair full of body and texture. And there’s no need for water!"

To Purr About:
- quick and easy to apply and works fast
- reduces greasy/oily look and feel of unwashed hair
- leaves hair feeling soft
- makes hair feel cleaner
- eliminates itchy scalp from unwashed hair
- doesn’t leave any residue or white stuff in my hair
- “on the go size” is convenient for travelling on taking with you on the go
- product is available in 2 other sizes: normal and extra value size
- comes in 3 scents: original, blush, tropical

Claws Out:
- tropical coconut scent is a bit strong
- since it’s a spray, it is harder to control where product is going

Final Comments:
I’m really into products that make my life easier nowadays and I’ve been really interested in dry shampoos. So far, this is the second dry shampoo I’ve tried. Like the first dry shampoo I tried, Batiste’s Dry Shampoo is the aerosol type (not the powder type).

I’ve used this product a few times now and I’m pretty impressed with the results. I follow the easy instructions and spray it in to my hair, wait a bit and then brush my hair. Instantly my hair is less greasy, less itchy and looks much softer which is great. It doesn’t leave any residue in my hair that I’ve noticed.

One of the huge pros of this product is that it comes in a convenient travel size, in addition to a normal size and a extra value size.

The only major drawback I’ve found to Batiste’s Tropical dry shampoo is that I’m not a huge fan of the sweet scent. The scent lingers for the whole day, and while that may be a good thing for people that enjoy the scent, it is a drawback if you don’t. Also if you are a usual wearer of perfume or other scented products it might cause a weird mix of scents. I wish it had a more neutralizing scent – maybe I should try the “original”.

All in all I’m pretty happy with this product. I can’t wait to use it to freshen up after workouts, etc.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

Beauty Bits - Valentine's Day edition

For all your romantics out there, Valentine's Day is TOMORROW! If you're looking for some last minute gift ideas for your significant other or some single gal-pals, here are a few suggestions...

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This lovely colour would make anyone "blush". Besame's Crimson Cream Rouge ($22 USD) leaves a rosy, natural glow and the weightless formula blends beautifully with any skin tone. Packaged in a vintage styled recyclable tin.

More details on

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A trio of Booty Parlor’s favorites, Booty Parlor's Flirty Little Favourites ($36 USD) formulated with their proprietary pheromone blend. The kit includes Pink Caviar Scrub with Pheromones, Luminizing Body Butter with Pheromones and Perfume Oil with Pheromones.

More details on vailable at

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Rae Cosmetics has created two lip kits that will ensure every gal is primed and ready for romance.

The Pink Pout Set contains:
- Long Lasting Lipliner in Berry
- Lip Lust Lipstick in Flirt
- Lucky Lips Lipgloss in Sweetie

The Sinful Kisses Set includes:
- Long Lasting Lipliner in Scarlet
- Lip Lust Lipstick in Bombshell
- Lucky Lips Lipgloss in Naughty

Each kit comes with a red wristlet and is $46 USD each. For more details, please visit

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NARS Wicked Attraction set ($52 CAD) is available exclusively at Sephora and is a limited-edition set that features shimmers in a range of NARS shades for eyes, lips and cheeks.

The set includes:
- Single Eyeshadow in Fathom (pink tulle with silver shimmer), 0.07 oz
- Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm (peachy pink with golden shimmer) / Laguna (sheer light brown shimmer), 0.08 oz each
- Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, 0.05 oz
- Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Spring Break (pale golden beige sheen), 0.11 oz

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The Brown Sugar Affair Set from Fresh gives you a chance to create a spa experience at home.

This lovely gift set includes:
- Brown Sugar Body Polish, 7 oz
- Brown Sugar Body Cream, 3.4 oz
- Sugar Passion Lip Treatment SPF 15, 0.15 oz

This limited edition set is exclusive to Sephora and is $50 USD.
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This pretty bottle is Vera Wang's latest scent - Princess Night.

Top notes: wild berries, watermelon and raspberry
Mid notes: Jasmine petals, Orange flower, Passion Rose, Plumeria
Finishing notes: crushed sugar, creamy woods, sensual musk, vanilla

- Eau de Toilette Spray, 1.7 oz, $72 CAD
- Eau de Toilette Spray, 3.4 oz, $75 CAD
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Product Review: George’s Special Dry Skin Cream

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: George's Cream
Name: Special Dry Skin Cream
Size: 30 g
Price: approx. $4.99 CAD

What it says on their website:
"George's Cream and Moisturizing Lotion were created for lasting dry skin relief. Although there is no cure for many skin problems, George's provides relief from different types of skin symptoms and conditions. It works! That is why it is recommended by dermatologists, pharmacists and physicians. The therapeutic benefits of George's will provide immense relief for those suffering from many different conditions.

George’s Special Dry Skin Cream was created to provide lasting dry skin relief. The therapeutic benefits of George’s Special Dry Skin Cream will provide immense relief for those suffering from any of the following conditions: eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, windburn, cradle cap, winter itch, flaky skin, tough elbow skin,  radiation therapy, sport chafing (runners, cyclists), swimmer’s itch, dry hands and cracked cuticles, foot problems including those associated with diabetes”

To Purr About:
- leaves even the most dry skin feeling soft and supple
- absorbs quickly in to skin
- almost no scent
- nice thick consistency
- easy to smooth in to skin
- convenient travel friendly size
- comes in a “lighter’ version
- available in 3 sizes: 30g, 90g, 450g

Claws Out:
- tiny bit greasy
- doesn’t keep skin moisturized the whole day

Final Comments:
I was quite intrigued when I first picked up George’s Special Dry Skin Cream. The plain white packaging is quite different from other products on the market. When I found out George’s was a Canadian company from Alberta I was super excited. It’s great to try home grown products and who would understand dry Canadian skin better than Canadians?

When I first squeezed some of this product out my first impression was how thick it felt, but was pleasantly surprised when I started applying it to my dry hands. Although it is a bit thick and greasy it doesn’t feel super heavy and is easy to rub into the skin. It absorbed quickly into my skin. It has a very faint plastic smell, but it's super faint and I barely even notice it.

After using this cream for a while I am definitely loving this product. Not only is it almost completely scentless, but it leaves my skin feeling super soft and moisturized. I used it mainly on my body as it is still a bit too heavy and greasy for my face. The only con I found was that I have to re-apply moisturized a few times a day as it doesn’t keep my skin moisturized for the whole day.

Lastly, I love that this product comes in 3 different sized packages. The 30g tube is perfect for travelling and taking with you in your bag/purse.

Rating (out of 5):

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