Bionic Asks: What are your questions for me?

by Bionic Beauty on 17.Mar.2010 · 20 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article seriesLately this new “social” website has popped up called FormSpring. Basically you register and then users can ask you whatever questions they desire. Typically I’m all for some new fangled social-networking tool… and I’ve mulled over joining in case any Bionic Beauty readers want to ask me a question. But then y’all have to join/register too. And it’s just another site/spot/login to keep track off.

And that’s when I realized, we’ve actually already got our own spot to do Q and A’s. Right here. We do it in the comments sections, over Twitter, and by email all the time.

So…this week’s Bionic Asks is “Do you have a question for me?”.

If so, ask away.
There’s no deadline, just come back to this article whenever a question springs to mind. They don’t have to be beauty related, we can talk pets, movies, books, whatever strikes your fancy.


1 Tashi March 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Off-the-beaten-track question here, but I’m serious: Do you take your dog to the groomer, or do you give him the doggie salon experience at home? I always bathe my small pooch at home, especially trying to save money. I’m looking for a great, affordable dog shampoo, preferably, one that is a combo shampoo/conditioner. The one I got from Target a long time ago, “Just Add Water” (strawberry/mango scent, or something like that), hasn’t been on shelves for months, and I don’t see it on their site. Maybe The Amazing Willy Woo would know? 🙂 Thanks!!

2 Bionic Beauty March 20, 2010 at 9:26 am

Hey Tashi,
I don’t take my dog to the groomer, and never took my others either… nor my hedgehog. 😉 I use sulfate-free moisturizing shampoo from whatever is in my shower. Typically it’s L’Oreal’s EverPure or AG Cosmetics’ Colour Savour. Then I spritz him down with a leave-in conditioner to restore moisture.
Although, I did just mix up a batch of skin-conditioning stuff for Woo since he’s been a bit itchy lately. I used an empty spritzer bottle. 1/2 water, a couple tablespoons Jojoba Oil, a couple tablespoons leave-in conditioner, plus some drops of Lavender oil and Tea Tree Oil. It smells great and is quieting his skin irritations down. 🙂

For touchups, or “dry baths” I use either Pssst dry shampoo from the drugstore (it’s in an aerosol can) or dust him lightly with Gold Bond Medicated Body Powder. Let it sit for a bit, then brush him off with a curry comb. I use rubber curry combs that you find at a local horse/feed/tack store. They work SO much better than most dog brushes in my opinion. Does any of that rambling help? Let me know if you have more critter Q’s. 😉

3 Tashi March 21, 2010 at 7:21 am

Wow, Woo is a really lucky dog! 🙂

I love the curry comb tip. Maybe the comb will work better than the current traditional dog brush I’ve had for ages. I know of a feed store, so I’ll have to go check for a curry comb soon.

Lest I forget my original question…. *Thanks* for the dog bathing input. I’ll have to let you know how it goes!

4 Bionic Beauty March 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm

If your doggie is longer-haired, you might try the “furbuster” type combs/brushes that they carry at pestmart. I have the knockoff variety from Walmart (it’s like $20 cheaper!!) and works just as well. It’ll remove an incredible amount of loose hair. The first week, use it every other day, then you can go to like twice a week for most dogs.

For the shorter haired dogs, the curry comb is the bestest. It’s a medium-hard rubber. Usually black, oval shaped, and usually only a couple of bucks. You can get fancier models – because us equestrians always love to accessorize our ponies, but the cheapies work best for me!

5 Tashi March 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Doggie is a Yorkie, so he has longish hair, but not like a show dog Yorkie. I usually keep his hair a more manageable short length, going really short in the summer. He still needs brushing and combing on occasion, even though Yorkies don’t shed. I’ll look around and see what comb/brush I can find, whichever of your recommendations may work best for my little dude. Still not sure what I’ll do for shampooing. Thinking about it.

I may not be an equestrian like you, but I accessorize, too, to a degree, for my dog. 😀

6 cristina March 18, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Do you still live in Florida? My Mom recently moved there and I wonder how a bionic beauty can wear make-up on a daily basis in that heat? I could hardly stand the feeling of my sunblock. Do you wear “foundation” every day?

7 Bionic Beauty March 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Hi Cristina! Sorry for my delay in responding… I had some family visiting this weekend which through my blogging time off kilter. Anyhow, on to your questions…

I’ve spent most of my life living in Florida, Georgia and other humid-heavy states. I’ve learned to love the humidity and really find myself miserable when I travel to drier areas. I literally went through a liter of body lotion and two tins of lip balm on a four day trip to Vegas… and my lips were still cracked. I even have a shirt that says “Humidity Rocks!”. So I guess, I’ve totally embraced it. 😉

I wear makeup on a mostly daily basis. I try to take some days off just to let myself relax and remove a few steps from my daily routine… but here is what works for me.

Your mom definitely needs a bismuth free mineral makeup. Bismuth is bad anyway, and in a humid area, your pores open up and the bismuth sinks into your pores causing most people to have itchies, stingys, and other unpleasant burning sensations. Some mineral makeup companies don’t label that they contain bismuth (labeling isn’t as regulated as it should be… Bare Escentuals is one to be avoided, in my opinion- it’s overpriced, the coverage is so-so and the ingredients are *not* natural as claimed and actually have some icky stuff packed in them).

I wear Purely Cosmetics’ Mineral Makeup foundation daily. My color is California Blonde. I rave about it on here constantly. Here’s my initial review: and a link to the PC website:

To lock in my makeup for the day- I use PC’s Diamond Perfect Finish powder. It’s truly amazing. Keeps my makeup in place all day, smooths out imperfections (pores, discoloration, lines, acne scars, etc). It’s my can’t live without product.

If your mom has questions about PC, have her email Robyn (the owner) through her website. She’s always happy to help a fellow Bionic Beauty with color choices, finding the right product for you, etc. I had totally given up on mineral makeup until I found Purely Cosmetics. Literally. It’s that good.

SPF: Even though makeup, and mineral makeup in particular give you some sun protection, in Florida, your mom should wear some SPF daily. Even when it’s cloudy.
Here’s a few that are in my arsenal and are my absolute time-tested favorites:
Lexli Skincare’s SPF 15 Daily Lotion, here’s my review:
It works great under makeup without feeling heavy. Even though it’s humid down here, on winter days, you can still get dry skin and get flakey.

Hampton Sun’s SPF 15 Gel. This is made for body and face. I break out VERY easily with most face lotions, and Hampton Sun never causes a reaction. It’s a gel but sinks in beautifully and works VERY well under regular makeup, mineral makeup, powder, creams, etc.

For a natural approach, I use regular, clear zinc sunblock, usually SPF 45+. My favorite brand is in a little tub at the drugstore by Banana Boat (it’s made in Cocoa Beach, FL so it’s easy to find across the state of Florida). It’s not greasy or slimey and doesn’t slide off. Plus since it’s a physical sunblock, you don’t have to wait 30 minutes before it to “activate” before you head out into the sun. It’s PERFECT under makeup, and I also keep a tub in my purse for touchups. I just gently pat it over my makeup for extra protection through the day. Oh and it’s cheap too… usually around $5-7 a tub!

You can also check local natural food stores, I have the best luck with the small, locally owned ones. Sometimes they make their own zinc-based sunblocks. I have two bottles from a store in Melbourne Florida that I adore. Shake them up and spritz on under or over makeup or anywhere on your body. It’s a mix of zinc, aloe vera, witch hazel and water. All of which are great for your skin; and if you have acne, zinc is great for clearing it up!!

If she wants a more natural look, or something for touchups, here’s my custom DIY make-your-own “Tinted Moisturizer” using Lexli’s SPF 15 lotion and Purely Cosmetics’ foundation so I get extra sunblock, ability for touchups, and can dab on moisture or makeup whenever I need. 🙂

Another suggestion is to use a primer under your makeup like Monistat’s (I know that sounds crazy, but it’s the same as pricey makeup primers!!):

I hope this helps! I know it’s a tough transition when moving into a humidity-rich environment, but once you find the right products- it’s not so bad. Most of what worked for me in the midwest doesn’t work for me in Florida. And vice-versa. Feel free to ask more questions about the products I mentioned, other suggestions, etc. I’m happy to help!
And thanks for writing in with your questions!!
All my best,

And P.S. I get *no* kickbacks from the companies I mentioned above. I just absolutely adore them, and they are literally sitting on my bathroom counter right now. 🙂

8 The Cheap Chick March 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm

What are your most favorite inexpensive products? Shampoo/conditioner/skin care/lotion? Please share with the group!

9 Bionic Beauty March 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Oh girl… leave it to you… I’m gonna have to write a novella about all my fave drugstore, budget-friendly and cheapy product finds. Lemme start drawing up my list and going through my bathroom, under-bed-totes, dresser drawers (yes, I have a dresser filled with beauty products… you know you have a problem, when… *wink*). I’ll have it all drawn up in it’s snazzy completeness asap. 😀

10 Bionic Beauty March 22, 2010 at 7:44 am

Body lotion: Hawaiian Tropic’s Coconut Lime lotion. It smells so beachy and perfect. Plus my skin has never felt better!

Shampoo: John Frieda Root Awakening or L’Oreal EverPure sulfate-free shampoo. I love them both equally, and *must* have them both in my shower at all times!

Conditioner: The same as above for daily use, but for deep conditioning I use BioInfusion’s Deep Conditioning Balm (you can find it at Walgreens).

Skin Care: Here’s where I’m stuck. When I *really* break out, I just resort to washing with a soft cloth and lots of lukewarm water. So that’s ultra-cheap, right?

For your face, I can say the best buy I’ve ever made was my bottle of Jojoba Oil. I think it cost me $9 a year ago. I use 2 drops at night on my face, maybe a bit in my hair or at the ends if they’re looking straggly (which usually signifies I need a hair cut asap).

I think my $8 tub of Aztec Secret Clay Mask qualifies as budget friendly too. it has lasted me over a year with weekly use! That’s a whole mega-ton cheaper than the dang spas charge for the same stuff!

I know you didn’t ask for my favor-flav mascara, but you’re getting it anyway… consider this the Bonus Round (sound the ding-ding-ding effects and flashing bulb light show… now!)-
Mascara: My favorite mascara of all-time, including the high end stuff, is still Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear mascara. It can be a pain-in-the-patootie to find, but nothing makes my lashes look better. I *do* love my Blinc mascara as well, but dang, it’s pricey- so I save it for special occasions.

How do those sound? Erin (Cheap Chick), what are *your* favorites??? 😉

11 Rachel March 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I have a question. I’m 22 years old, and having a birthday in a couple weeks, and it’s got me thinking. Do you know anything I can do (besides wear sunscreen) to delay getting wrinkles, losing collagen in my face, and all other aging woes? Products or ingredients to look for or avoid? Vitamins? Witchcraft? 😛

12 Tashi March 21, 2010 at 7:39 am

I’m sure Jami will be able to provide some awesome product recommendations. What I, a 41-year-old respectfully suggest, Rachel, is for you to have a great attitude about life, to start! Be *happy* to be alive, and do NOT fret “aging”. It’s just a number. Just take care as best you can, and be *happy* to be alive. And find a great moisturizer and use it daily! 🙂

13 Bionic Beauty March 22, 2010 at 8:07 am

Hi Rachel,

First, don’t get too stressed about aging. Seriously. Or anything else for that matter. I totally agree with Tashi that age is just a number. I felt your way in my early twenties, as well (I just turned 33, by the way, and LOVE my thirties so much more!). “Oh! I’d better start watching this stuff!” But stressing can lead to anxiety and both can have adverse affects on your insides and outsides. So be a duck, and let as much as possible just roll right off your water-proofed feathers. I know it sounds simple, and that NO ONE can avoid stress all-together, but try practicing to reduce some of it.

All that said, there are things you can do to help…

*Drink plenty of water to help keep your body and skin flushed and hydrated.
*Don’t get wrapped up in the ingredients war that’s going on too much. Parabens are not bad for your skin like so many rumors going around. They are preservatives, yes. But they are naturally derived, have no baddie side-effects in the doses we use daily, and actually make our skin care/makeup/etc safer than having a spoiled, icky, gone-bad product on our face.
*Do learn what you are allergic to, ingredients wise. These are what you’ll avoid. It could change for you as your age changes. My skin did a complete 180 at 27. I’m not hyper-sensitive to: glycerin, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid (which sucks because I get breakouts). I use sulfur-based acne treatments instead- like Mario Badescu’s Buffering Lotion, Lexli’s Acne face wash, and one of Murad’s blemish spot treatments (the name escapes me currently, sorry).
*Oil is not bad for your skin. Adding Jojoba Oil to your routine can be VERY beneficial to both dry, combo, and oily skin times. Jojoba is proven to be the most similar oil to our natural sebum. I apply 2 drops to my face nightly and really rub it in. Once your face balances, it will stop any over-production of oil that it felt it needed to product due to most common face washes stripping away too much oil. Jojoba is also great for your eye lashes, removing makeup, as a lip oil, cuticle oil, hair treatment, and as an all-over body moisturizer.
*Sleeping- get plenty (yeah, I know that one is tough for most of us!), and try to sleep face up or get a satiny pillow case. Many wrinkles are caused by how we snooze on our pillows!

Look at your family now. What are their “skin problems”? Discoloration, wrinkles in the eye area, mouth area, neck, chest?
Checking your family out can give you a huge clue into what areas we need to look at for your future treatment plans.
For my sister and me- we treat our necks and chests very carefully, and also use products that help prevent and reverse discoloration (like melasma, which we both have).
So get back with me on what areas you think your “gene pool” may influence your future skin, and we’ll get down to business on some specific things to use and treat!

I really hope this helped get you started. I’m looking forward to hearing back from you!
All my best,

14 Tashi March 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

Thanks, Jami, for agreeing with me. Not required, of course, but I am grateful. 🙂 Thanks also for the tips. Very good ones!!

Happy Belated Birthday, btw, whenever it was. Woohoo!! 😀

15 Rachel March 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Thanks for the great advice! I will have to give Jojoba oil a try. I’ve been using Argan oil on my face since January, and while I like how moisturizing it is, I think it’s making my forehead breakout.

About my family: My dad has forehead wrinkles, my mom has smile lines, and they both have dark, heavy bags under their eyes and crows feet. Also, my mom has some dark spots on her face. I’m not sure if those are age spots or spots from acne.

16 Jess March 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I need some suggestions here my lady.. I have been using ASSO soap for cleansing, witch hazel for my toner, Mario badescu’s buffering lotion and Jojoba oil for moisture. Along with my weekly Aztec mask that I adore! I have been breakout free for a while. However the last three weeks or so it seems like I wake up with a new blemish every day.. My chin seems to be breakout central followed up closely by my forehead. I dunno what the deal is! It’s so frustrating though.. Any suggestions? Maybe I am doing something wrong? I was one of the lucky ones who was blessed with acne in her twenties… My mother is convinced I need a good round of antibiotics, but as the natural type that is just not my thing unless there is no other option.

17 Bionic Beauty March 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Hey Jess, I’m gonna answer this tomorrow, if you don’t mind. I’ve got some ideas for you since I have experienced some of the same problems.

18 Rachel March 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

If you don’t already take fish oil pills, I’d give that a try. My acne has gotten better since I’ve started taking 1 capsule with each meal.

19 Bionic Beauty March 24, 2010 at 9:20 am

Hi Jess,

Rachel is right, sometimes Omega 3’s can be beneficial in preventing or helping to quicken healing of breakouts. However, I only recommend them if your diet is lacking in Omega 3s. If you eat lots of fish or other high Omega3 foods, you’re fine. I take Flax Seed Oil capsules when I need them as a supplement, but only as needed (since they can also cause weight gain, agh!).

For your chin… are you using a phone/cell phone more at work/home? If so, make sure you clean it weekly with an alcohol or disinfectant wipe. This is a VERY common contributor to chin/cheek breakouts.

For your forehead… have your switched styling products, shampoos, conditioners lately? Do you have bangs? (Sorry, I can’t remember from our discussions on Twitter…). Any of those changes can cause minimal, occasional breakouts, especially if you are sensitive to an ingredient in one of the new products. I’ve had this happen with Healthy Sexy Hair products every single time I test them. You’d think I’d learn by now, right? Nope. (*smacks forehead*)

As for looking at the big picture… you’re skin could be telling you something. It could be detoxing, or adjusting, from a change in your diet; you could have had a hormonal flare (back when I had ovaries, I would get these types every few months- my hormones would ROCKET off the scale and I’d break out, end up with a flare in my melasma, etc. Not fun, but it usually fades away gradually.); or it could be something simple like a change in your fabric softener or clothes detergent.
I also get small breakouts when the seasons change- particularly in the fall-to-winter change and the winter-to-spring change. I’m in the midst of one of those now. My theory is that the temperature fluctuations (even slight), humidity changes, and even day light changes can play a factor on our internal (and hence, external) organs.

Basically, I’m saying hold the course. To treat the breakouts in the meantime, you can add a few drops (start with 1 or 2!!) to your weekly Aztec mask. You can also dot Tea Tree Oil on a pimple to help dry it naturally, much quicker. You may get some flaking, and it does smell a bit “fresh” (not sure what fragrances you like, it’s appealing to me, but may not be to everyone). Tea Tree Oil is a natural anti-bacterial, antiseptic. 🙂

I also grabbed a small tub of Sulfur acne treatment (natural) from the “natural” shelves in my local Kmart and Walgreens. It’s a white tub with a yellowish label saying “Sulfur” “acne treatment” in black lettering. I’m still testing it, but it’s pretty concentrated, and you only need a TINY bit. I use a Qtip to dab a little of the goop onto each flaring pimple-to-be at bedtime. Then in the AM, I use the dabs of Tea Tree Oil. The Sulfur stuff doesn’t smell like sulfur to me, so don’t worry there, but take my advice, and just use a little dot. If you use your fingertip, you’ll end up with a big gooey spot!

I hope this helps. Let me know if I’ve raised any new questions!!

20 Jess March 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Thanks Jami!
I will give some of these suggestions a try and hope this blemish fest passes quickly.
Hormones and stress from school probably don’t help my skin much that’s for sure!

I should get plenty of Omegas from my diet, but great suggestion!

I do love tea tree oil and use it pretty often, so that’s no problem for me!

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: