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$1 off Boots Cosmetics Coupon

by Bionic Beauty on 19.Feb.2010 · 2 comments

Bionic Beauty reader, Tashi found this great $1 off coupon any Boots makeup, cosmetic, skin care, bath and body products! It’s good from now until March 31, 2010.

Get a coupon for $1 off all Boots makeup, cosmetics, skin care, bath and body products!Get a coupon for $1 off all Boots makeup, cosmetics, skin care, bath and body products!

Simply download the coupon (in pdf format) from, print it out and redeem it at your local Target store!

Thanks Tashi and happy shopping!

Bionic’s Worst of 2008

by Bionic Beauty on 08.Jan.2009 · 5 comments

Worst of 2008 by BionicBeauty

Ok, so it all can’t be fluffy bunnies and blue ribbons… and in keeping with that mindset, I’ve created my personal “Worst of 2008” list. The links in the list point to my reviews or responses regarding said items. Enjoy!

  • Maybelline’s SuperStay lipgloss and lipsticks
  • Boots No. 7 Volumizing mascara
  • The E.l.f. and Nordstrom’s rumor that Nordies was selling makeup for $1 and they had bought e.l.f. Ugh. If I ever see this in my email box again, it will be too soon.
  • Garnier Nutrioniste’s roller ball eye-depuffer gadget. Granted, I haven’t reviewed this, but it’s overpriced and just such a weird gadget… can it possibly work???
  • OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques nail polish. This is probably the one I will get the most flack over. I know soooo many people love this polish, but I couldn’t even swatch it. I put it on and it looked like dirt on my nails. Definitely not a winner for my skin tone.
  • Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask. The mask may work, but it’s the marketing and labeling that leave me cold. You can’t possibly have liquid O2 in a non-pressurized chamber. Grrr.
  • The NY Times “lovely” feature article on beauty bloggers. Ugh, what a nightmare. They seriously need a fact-checker. I *know* that I’m not getting flown to Paris for trips!
  • Sally Hansen’s Lip Inflation glosses.

You certainly don’t have to agree with me, since we all should have our own “icks” from the past year. But I’d LOVE to hear your worst of lists. Please indulge me and share!!

For even more fun, check out Mythbuster Beauty’s Top Disappointments of 2008 and Beautiful Makeup Search’s 10 Things I’d Like to Forget. Yippee!

Every night before bed, women around the world have a nightly routine. It may be just as simple as washing your face or it may be as elaborate as a strict 5 step process.

Here’s mine:

  1. Remove eye makeup with Lancome’s Bi-facil or plain Safflower oil.
  2. Wash face with very soft wash cloth and warm water (no soap).
  3. Apply benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) cream to cheeks and chin (due to my unfortunate breakouts… grrrr!)
  4. Apply Boots Restore & Renew or YBF’s Correct serum to eye area.
  5. Apply pea-size dollop of face lotion to entire face (minus eye area). Currently I’m using Lancome’s Aqua Fusion or YBF’s Restore if I am extra-dry.
  6. Then on with the jammies and it’s off to bed!

Now, it’s your turn to *shine*. What do you do to keep your skin happy and healthy each night before bed?
Share your night time skin care routine
And don’t forget to tune in each Wednesday for the next Bionic Asks segment!

Boots Botanics Foundation: A Review

by Bionic Beauty on 05.Aug.2008 · 6 comments

Hi ho, Bionic Beauty here with your daily news. Oh, for a minute there I was envisioning myself on TV. Anyhow, I’m here with a review of Boots’ Botanics foundation, variety “Quench Your Face”.

I’ve had mixed results with the Boots line (available in the UK and now in the US at Target stores). My trial of their mascara was not so grand, however I adore the Restore and Renew face serum (must, must, must checkout this out- seriously. It’s so much better than L’Oreal Skin Genesis line and great for sensitive skin).
Boots Foundation

I received the Quench Your Face foundation from Boots to test, sample and review. I opened the package and immediately loved the chunky glass bottle. Nice and strong, no flimsy packaging here. There’s a screw-top lid which is nice, but when you screw off the lid, there’s this little spatula thingy. Huh? Yeah. I’m not sure what that’s for, since if you used the spatula to put dollops on your face, you’ve then brought your faces bacteria right back into your fresh jar of foundation. So I used the spatula to place a splotch on a cosmetic sponge and applied from there.

The foundation went on very nicely and wore super well through the whole day (even with me sweating like crazy due to the heat here!). It didn’t feel too greasy and was nicely moisturizing, plus it packs SPF 12! Love makeup products with some SPF. The more, the better these days.

The next day…. uh oh. Breakouts and clogged pores everywhere. My sensitive skin clogged right up and I’m still battling to get everything calmed back down. That’s when I hoped online to check the ingredients (I know… I should’ve done this *before* I trashed my face), but this Quench Your Face foundation is no where to be found. Hmmmm… Check the bottle. Oi! The bottle is expired. As of May 2008. Grrrr.

So I’m guessing the culprit in my breakout is probably glycerin, but I can’t be positive. But my skin is reacting the same way to this foundation as it normally does when it comes into contact with a glycerin-containing beauty product. Sensitive skin types be aware. Please check the ingredients on Boots foundations before you purchase. Glycerin is quite common in facial care products and known to clog pores.

And let this be a lesson to you all… pitch the expired makeup. If you’re unsure, or can’t remember when you bought it, better safe than sorry.

Ok, I’m off to cover my pimples in Tea Tree Oil.

Bionic out.

Shopping For Moms

by Bionic Beauty on 30.Apr.2008 · 4 comments

Bionic Beauties: My Mom and Me

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 11th. Since I’ve been shopping around the web, I thought I’d share some of the bargains that are ongoing in honor of Mom’s across the world.

And yes, that is my mom and me in the photograph. One of the few photographs of her on horseback. The pony was the mother to my first horse.


Pur Minerals:

e.l.f. Cosmetics:

Loose Lips NY:

  • Free shipping has been extended for Mother’s Day shopping. Use code springfs for orders over $10 through May 5th, 2008.


  • Just launched in Target stores, the famous Boots No7 Restore & Renew Beauty Serum is now available for body: No7 Protect & Perfect Body Serum. Now you can pamper your Mom’s full body! And at $24.99, it’s pretty darn affordable.


  • “Mom’s philosophy” (, an interactive website launched by philosophy just in time for mother’s day, is a natural extension of the brand and gives customers a meaningful way to celebrate their mothers’ wisdom while also creating a unique gift for Mom that will touch people everywhere.

As an added bonus, anyone who creates a page will have the chance to win the ultimate gift for mom, a $1,200 shopping spree on each visitor to will be able to rate every page they read, and on mother’s day, philosophy will reveal the top 20 rated pages and everyone who visits the site that day will be able to vote for their favorite page to receive the grand prize. all 20 finalists will receive a philosophy gift basket, valued at $250 each.


  • Spend $100 or more at and get a free Anti-Aging trio of products (includes: Intensive Wrinkle Reducer, AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, and Essential C Daily Renewal Complex). Simply enter mom408 at checkout time.