From the monthly archives:

November 2010

I try tons of mascaras every year and the majority don’t pass muster. Hard Candy’s Ginormous Lash volumizing mascaras are ultra-affordable, don’t flake, smudge or wander; and they really do make your lashes look thicker. All for under ten bucks! The Ginormous lash mascaras come in black, bronze, silver, purple and blue. Since I adore unusual mascara colors – I picked up Dime and Purple Haze.

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Hard Candy Ginormous Lash volumizing mascaras

Hard Candy's Ginormous Lash mascaras are a true bargain and colorful to boot!

The application wand is an exact duplicate to Dior Show’s Iconic mascara wand (Dior Show for some reason has tons of fans – it’s way too pricey for me and the formula isn’t really that great in my testing). The wand is a rubberized comb style (very similar to my beloved Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear mascara), with rubber bristles all-the-way-around. It makes the mascara easy to apply on upper and lower lashes; plus it reaches close to your lash line and into the corners.

Purple Haze looks like a bright pastel purple in the tube, but darkens on your lashes to a deeper purple after about five minutes.
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Bionic Homemade: Beachy Wave hair styling spray

by Bionic Beauty on 29.Nov.2010 · 4 comments

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

This week’s DIY beauty recipe is multi-functional and super easy to make. This sea salt beachy hair spray conditions your hair, refreshes it with a light scent, and you can use it for a styling product! Simply spray it in your hair, twist your hair gently into tendrils, let them hang that way until you’re ready to leave the house (or car), then lightly comb through with your fingers – instant beachy, bed-head waves!

DIY recipe - Create your own Beachy Sea Salt hair styling and conditioning spray!

Create your own Beachy Sea Salt hair styling and conditioning spray!

What you’ll need…

  • A 6-8 ounce spritzer/spray bottle (I save my empties from previous spray-in conditioners or hair sprays)
  • Plain water (distilled, tap, spring, whatever)
  • Very fine grain sea salt (find it in the spice aisle at your local grocery store)
  • Spray leave-in conditioner (I love Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Moisture Mist and L’Oreal EverPure’s UV Protect Spray!)
  • 2-5 drops of pure Coconut Oil

Creating your own beachy spray…
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Vote now in the Bionic Beauty blog pollI’ve launched a new poll on Bionic Beauty: “What is your favorite eyeshadow color?”

The new poll is available in the right sidebar of Bionic Beauty (under the appropriately labeled “Vote Now!” section).  Go on… and vote! And please feel free to elaborate on your vote in the comments section below.

Below are the results of the previous Bionic Beauty poll…
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Color Club’s Fall 2010 nail polish collection is divided into two groups of seven polishes each. One group is “Every Shade of Indulgence” and the other group is “Colors so Luxe, They’re Covered in Diamonds” – both are under the main collection “Untamed Luxury”. I’m starting my swatches and reviews with the Indulgence collection first… Diamonds will be up as soon as I have time to paint my nails another seven times.

Now, let’s get down to the new nail polish colors…

Pretty in Platinum

Bionic Beauty review and swatch - Color Club's Pretty in Platinum nail polish

Color Club's Pretty in Platinum nail polish

Pretty in Platinum was a bit too pale for my very light skin tone. I think it would look stunning on someone with a tan or a deeper skin color. The polish’s pigmentation is incredible – especially for such a light color! I applied only two coats and it went on as smooth as can be. The shimmery, metallic effect would be especially perfect for evening holiday parties.

Wild Orchid

Bionic Beauty review and swatch - Color Club's Wild Orchid nail polish

Color Club's Wild Orchid nail color

Wild orchid is a gorgeous color. To me, it’s an elephant gray; or perhaps reminiscent of wet cement. The color is complimented with very teeny same-colored shimmer. The only drawbacks are: 1. It was a bit slower to dry than other Color Club polishes (compared to this collection and the brand as a whole) ~and~ 2. I did have to apply my typical three coats (that’s my usual when swatching nail colors) since Orchid wasn’t as pigmented as the others.
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Achieve Powerful Beauty with Bionic Beauty™
I have been incredibly excited to share this week’s Powerful Beauty guest contributor… Kathleen Cross is the author of two Harper Collins novels, Skin DeepSkin Deep novel by Kathleen Cross and Schooling CarmenSchooling Carmen novel by Kathleen Cross. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, including Oprah, Montel and Dr. Phil. In addition to being an acclaimed author, Kathleen is currently is the top writer for and has her own website


here is incredible power in being loved unconditionally. Love allows us to see ourselves as the beautiful creatures we are, and if we are open to the lesson, it will teach us what we are truly made of. I learned that from my former fiancé Todd, who knew that at forty-something I had plenty of internal and external flaws, and chose to focus instead on what he found beautiful in me.

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