Monday, January 21, 2013

Product Review: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Kiehl’s
Name: Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Size: 30 ml
Price: $48 CAD

What it says on the packaging:

"The lightweight, readily-absorbed elixir effectively restores skin’s healthy appearance overnight, resulting in smoother, more radiant complexion by morning. Enriched with Squalane, a botanical lipid similar in molecular structure to natural skin lips, Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential Oils including Lavender, our formula provides a boost of essential moisture to depleted skin. These naturally derived oils instantly penetrate the skin surface to help replenish it. Our recovery concentrate works at night when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors. With skin hydrated, supple and soft, rest assured you can say goodnight to tired-looking skin."

To Purr About:
- improves the look of my skin
- is lightweight
- absorbs quickly in to skin
- decreased the appearance of wrinkles
- skin was soft and hydrated the next morning
- did not irritate my super sensitive skin
- drop dispenser makes it easy and mess-free to dispense the perfect amount of product

Claws Out:
- bottle is glass and isn’t that convenient for travelling

Final Comments:

I've been slowly trying more and more Kiehl's products lately and on a recent trip I had a coupon for some free samples. After a quick consultation with the salesgirl she chose three samples for me and one was the Midnight Recover Concentrate. I was pretty excited to try this product.

I really love the pretty blue glass bottle the Midnight Recovery Concentrate comes in and the awesome drop dispenser which makes it easy and mess free to dispense the exact amount of product I need so none goes to waste. The only downside to the glass bottle for me is I'm always afraid to break it especially when I'm travelling.

The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is very light and smoothes easily on to the skin. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel oily. I actually find I don't even need moisturizer at night after I apply it. After using the product for about a week I was impressed by the results. I applied the product in the evenings as directed and every morning when I woke up my skin was soft and still hydrated. It decreased the appearance of wrinkles and seemed to improve the texture and appearance of my skin.

Although this product is a tad pricey, a little does go a long way so I think it’s well worth it.

In the end, after using up the sample size I quickly went and bought a bottle and it's now part of my daily routine.

Rating (out of 5):

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Suziesaurus

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Product Review: Korres Body Butter

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Korres
Name: Body Butter
Size: 235 ml / 7.95 fl. oz.
Price: $33 CAD

Scent/Shade Tried: Fig

What it says in the press release:

"Smoothing and moisturizing cream for all over the body, ideal for dry elbows, heels and knees. Fig extract, rich in minerals and vitamins, revitalizes the appearance of skin, while toning and rejuvenating the skin. Shea butter and Quince extract have softening, moisturizing, and rejuvenating properties. Sunflower, Almond and Avocado oils nourish the skin, thus improving its elasticity and smoothness. Dermatologically tested"

To Purr About:
- lovely, subtle fig scent
- rich, thick body lotion moisturizes skin quickly
- absorbs at a decent rate
- not greasy or oily

Claws Out:

- scent is a little strong at first application
- a little expensive

Final Comments:

As many of my regular readers know, I'm extremely picky when it comes to lotions and creams. I require something that moisturizes very well (my skin tends to get very dry, especially during the cold weather) but also something that absorbs into my skin super quickly as I hate feeling greasy, oily or sticky.

At first, I wasn't sure if I'd be a fan of this Korres Body Butter. Body Butters, in general, and I don't get along since most of them, while being super moisturizing, are also super greasy and take forever to absorb. Plus, at first application, the fig scent of this lotion was pretty strong. Don't get me wrong, I love figs, but I also prefer unscented lotions.

After a few minutes though, I was totally won over. This butter actually absorbs quite nicely (slower than my favourite lotions, but much faster than almost every body butter I've tried) and the scent also fades to something much more subtle.

Afterwards, I was left with skin that was nicely moisturized, with just a hint of the light fig scent, which was nice.

The only thing that won't make this my everyday lotion is the price. At $33, it's a little pricier than my daily lotion, but it's definitely something that would be a treat for when my skin is extra dry, plus those trouble areas, like elbows, knees, etc.

Rating (out of 5):

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

Monday, January 14, 2013

Product News: Sephora + Pantone Universe 2013 Color of the Year Pantone 17-5641 Emerald Capsule Collection

Brand: Sephora
Name: Sephora + Pantone Universe 2013 Color of the Year Pantone 17-5641 Emerald Capsule Collection

Where to buy: Sephora stores and beginning March 2013, for a limited time

What it says in the release:
"Sephora and Pantone proudly announce the 2013 Color of the Year beauty collection featuring PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald. Inspired by the many facets of a gemstone, this collection features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas in modern packaging, designed by Sephora and inspired by the iconic Pantone Chip. Each eye shadow, blush, eye liner, lip gloss, mascara and nail polish offers unique finishes like matte, metallic and lacquer to capture the sparkle and play off light unique to an Emerald, the perfect green – blue hue."

The 2013 Color of the Year Emerald Collection, $68 USD
A comprehensive collection of Emerald beauty:
- 1 Color Grid Eye Shadow Block in BIONIC
- 1 Color Code Prismatic Shadow
- 1 Color Cube Lid Liner Stain
- 1 Lightspeed Glitter Dust
- 1 Graphic Sculpt Waterproof Jumbo Eyeliner
- 1 Color Watt Highlighting Mascara

Colorbyte Lip Wands, $24 USD
This lip gloss set offers 4 shades, textures and finishes, leaving lips with a smooth and comfortable shine. Colours include:
- Touch of Emerald: clear with Emerald sparkle
- Crocus: lacquer lilac
- Georgia Peach: lacquer peach
- Cameo Brown: lacquer nude

Color Grid Shadow Bloc, $26 USD
Features 3 colour-coordinating eye shadows.
- Bionic: includes Emerald, White Alyssum and Crown
- Eclipsed: includes Emerald Glitter, Amberlight and Olivine
- Elemental: includes Emerald Shimmer, Appleblossom and Camel

Color Code Prismatic Shadow, $22 USD
A water-resistant high pigment cream formula for the eyes that goes on easily and lasts all day.

Color Cube Lid Liner Stain, $16 USD
A 3-in-1 mousse cream that can be used as a shadow, cream liner or lid stain.

Lightspeed Glitter Dust, $14 USD
A pot of Emerald loose glitter.

Graphic Sculpt Waterproof Jumbo Liner, $17 USD
Features a proprietary long-wearing easy glide formula, with a luminous shimmer finish.

Graphic Lift Liquid Liner, $17 USD
Features a flocked tip applicator and long-lasting formula in metallic shimmer finish.

Graphic Etch Waterproof Eyeliner, $17 USD
This retractable pencil features a waterproof easy-glide formula in a soft Emerald pigment finish.

Glitter Strobe Eyeliner Set, $18 USD
This 4 piece Emerald eyeliner set features finishes in glitter, iridescent, metallic and matte.

Color Watt Highlighting Mascara, $18 USD
A richly pigmented mascara in Emerald in a matte finish.

Color Theory Sculpting Blush, $24 USD
The perfect blush duo to compliment any Emerald colour accents featuring Dusty Pink and Pink Mist.

Color Charged Graphic Lacquer, $10 USD
The richest pigment of Emerald in a high gloss lacquer finish.

Mini Graphic Effect Lacquers, $18 USD
A collection of 3 mini polishes featuring finishes in Emerald (clear with Emerald glitter), shimmer (Emerald and silver) and matte metallic.

Color of the Year Accessories
- Color Contour Face Brush Set, $68 USD: 8-piece brush set with stand that includes Highlighting Fan Brush, Face Contour Brush, Angled Liner Brush, Short Smudge Brush, Cream Shadow Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, Crease Shadow Brush and Smudge Brush (all synthetic)
- Spectra Blend Eye Brush Roll, $20 USD: 3-piece mini travel brush in a magnetic pouch that features an Angled Blush Brush, Eyeshadow Brush and Shadow Blending Brush (all synthetic)
- Color Block Beauty Box, $38 USD: a hard cosmetic case featuring a removable travel box and organizing compartments
- Prismatic Glitter False Lashes, $10 USD: black false lashes featuring a strip of emerald glitter
- Color Sculpting Kabuki Brush, $22 USD: a travel-size kabuki brush (synthetic)
- Emerald Compact Mirror, $18 USD: a travel mirror for touchups, 2 sided featuring 3x magnification

image: press release

Friday, January 11, 2013

Product Review: Schick Hydro Silk Razor

Reviewer: Suziesaurus

Brand: Schick
Name: Hydro Silk
Size: 1 razor, 2 cartridges, 1 shower hanger
Price: approximately $18 CAD

What it says on the website:

"Schick Hydro Silk™ hydrates skin like no other razor can. This uniquely designed razor goes beyond an incredibly close shave to actually care for your skin. With Water-Activated Moisturizing Serum & 5 Curve-Sensing blades with skin guards to help protect skin from irritation, the Hydro Silk™ razor leaves skin feeling silky smooth! And it’s preferred over the leading 5 blade razor."

To Purr About:

- gives a nice clean shave
- handle is easy to grip
- comes with a suction-based razor holder
- hypo-allergenic
- water-activated moisturizing serum is convenient and leaves legs feeling moisturized
- didn’t leave legs dry or knicked

Claws Out:
- none really

Final Comments:

Warmer weather always bring upon a new routine, whether it be a lighter moisturizer, more sun-screen protection or more regular hair removal. I figured with our warmer weather quickly approaching it was a perfect time to check out Shick’s Hydro Silk razor.

I used Schick’s Hydro Silk razor without any extra shave gel/cream – although I’m not sure if that’s the right way to use it. Nonetheless, the razor left my legs feeling smooth, moisturized and not irritated. This product is great for travelling and those weekend getaways as I can easily tuck the handle and a razor blade package in to my bag and don’t have to worry about an extra can of shave gel/cream.

I also really enjoy the no fuss handle which makes it easy to grip and maneuver. The razor heads are also very slim in profile which means they take up less space in your toiletries bag.

Lastly, I enjoyed the handy and simple suction based shower hook that came with the razor. Unfortunately the suction cup doesn’t work with the type of shower tile I have, but it does work great on glass shower doors.

Rating (out of 5):

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


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Happy 2013!

A fresh start...

That's what a new year brings.

After a long, unexpected hiatus from this blog, I'm going to take the next few days to bring it back online and will work hard on making it a great resource for beauty product lovers again!

I've missed sharing beauty product reviews with you all and I hope that you will join me again as we look for the best that the (budget-conscious) beauty world has to offer.

See you soon!
Cinnamon Kitten
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