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.

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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
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