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Sampling beauty products with vending machines

by Bionic Beauty on 14.Jan.2010 · 19 comments

On a recent shopping trip to Atlanta, I spotted a huge wall graphic screaming “New Beauty Sample Bar!”. I was all oogley eyes and drawn like a moth to a flame.

Here’s a photograph of the display….

Bionic Beauty spots a Beauty Sample Bar vending machine at an Atlanta mall

Spotted a Beauty Sample Bar in an Atlanta mall (click for full size)

Up close and personal with the vending machine…
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Here’s a pretty cool special offer to get your skin care regimen in shape for summer and even the upcoming fall and winter! is offering a SkincareRx Travel Essentials Kit for $15 with any $100 order at their website.

Bionic Beauty's Travel Essentials Kit

Bionic Beauty's SkincareRx Travel Essentials Kit

If you’re in need of a product or routine revamp, this might just be the time to take the plunge.

No two kits are the same, but mine contained brands such as DDF, DermaQuest, MD Formulations, Obagi, Belli pregnancy, DermaNew and Barbor. Whatever your’s holds, you’ll get a travel tote packed with sample sized tubes of all sorts of luxury skin care brands.

Here are the contents of my travel kit:
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Congrats Kim! Random winner of DDF skin care

by Bionic Beauty on 20.Feb.2009 · 3 comments

random cosmetics giveaway winner at Bionic Beauty

Since November, I’ve been honoring my loyal readers, commenters and subscribers by giving away random bits of cosmetic goodness. The newest winner is Kimberly (iowagirl), Congratulations Kimberly!!

Kimberly has won a full size DDF Protect and Correct UV face moisturizer with SPF 15. This will be perfect to protect her face in the upcoming spring and summer.

For all my other loyal Bionic Beauties, be sure you subscribe by email or RSS, and comment on articles (comments on giveaway/contest articles do *not* qualify), so you will be eligible for my next random giveaway!

Thanks to all you ladies (and gents) for being loyal readers!

DDF is famed for their high-end and effective skincare offerings. Total Beauty gave me the chance to test out the new DDF Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15 face lotion. Personally, I have never shelled out the cash for a DDF product before but have heard wonderful reviews from friends, family members and fellow bloggers.

This face lotion packs a fantastic range of UVA and UVB sun protection making it a very wise choice for daily use. And it promises to prevent future hyperpigmentation (sun damage is a common cause of skin discoloration), even your skin tone and correct the look of current discolorations.

DDF Protect and Correct face lotionDDF Protect and Correct face lotion

Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I didn’t notice any improvement in my melasma or skin tone issues on my face. (Darn it… I was really hopeful this would help.) It did protect my skin very well, applied easily, and stayed in place through the day without any extra greasiness or slipperiness. The scent is minimal and pleasant. Sadly, I broke out in tiny red pimples/bumps across my face. I believe this is due to the strong concentrations of alcohol, glycerin and other oils.

If you have breakout prone skin, oily or combination skin, this certainly isn’t the best choice for you due to it already containing oils. I would also caution you in the claims of it’s ability to correct pigmentation issues.

A 1.7 ounce bottle will run you a whopping $58. You can snag yourself one at If you’d like to get some second opinion reviews, check out the DDF Protect and Correct reviews over at Total Beauty.

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