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Bionic’s Best of Beauty 2009 award winners!

by Bionic Beauty on February 5, 2010 · 22 comments

Want to know what I absolutely ADORED in 2009? I’ve gone through every skin care item, makeup product, trend, and ounce of hair care that I tested, or discovered, over the past year and came up with Bionic’s Second Annual “Best of Beauty” awards. And just for fun, I included some stuff at the end that’s not beauty related, ’cause you know… we’ve got to keep it balanced!

Bionic Beauty's Best of Beauty 2009 awards

The winners of Bionic's "Best of Beauty 2009" awards! (Click for a larger image...)

And the winners are… in no particular order…
Read on…

Breaking News: Herbaria Soaps opens retail location!

by Bionic Beauty on August 10, 2009 · 1 comment

Herbaria Soaps opens retail store in St. Louis Missouri

Herbaria Soaps' opens a retail store location!

You can still shop for your favorite Herbaria Soaps online at HerbariaSoap.com, but now you can visit their brand new store in St. Louis, Missouri! Located in the popular district “The Hill” of the Lou, you can make arrangements for a group tour, or just shop for all your favorite all-natural and hand made soaps. While you’re there, grab me a few bars!

Looking for which bars to try first?
Read on…

15 Beautiful Uses for Jojoba Oil

by Bionic Beauty on March 24, 2009 · 58 comments

Mmmm. Jojoba Oil. One of my favorite beauty products of all time; its incredible versatility certainly helps its standings in Bionic-land. Here’s some tips I’ve found on getting the most out of your Jojoba Oil…

Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil from Herbaria Soaps

    1. Cuticle Oil – rub a drop on your hands and cuticles at least once per day. Option: Add a drop of Tea Tree Oil to your jojoba for a quick, all-natural anti-fungal nail treatment.
    2. Body Lotion – easy enough… just remember that a little goes a long way. You won’t need the dollop size you normally use with a traditional lotion. Jojoba sinks in super quickly and spreads across your skin easily. For even more fun or a special occasion, mix some cosmetic grade glitter with the oil and apply to your legs, arms and chest.
    3. Face Moisturizer – 1 to 2 drops is perfect for your face. Use after moisturizing. And… it’s PERFECT to apply under mineral makeup. You’ll look radiant and your minerals will perform so much better!
    4. Lip Oil – it’s light, natural and absorbs quickly removing all traces of flakes and the anti-oxidants will help keep aging at bay. Create your own unique lip oil in a small glass jar: add a few drops of your favorite flavoring (check the bakery aisle at your grocery) such as eucalyptus for minty freshness, strawberry or citrus oil for fruity flavor!
    5. Tame Flyaways – When you finish rubbing the jojoba into your nails and cuticles, rub your palms across the top of your hair to tame hair frizz!
    6. Makeup Remover – Mix half water and half jojoba in a small container (your free sample shampoo bottles will work perfectly for this). Shake before use, squeeze a bit onto a cotton pad and use to quickly and gently remove your eye makeup. As a bonus, the jojoba conditions eye lashes! (For an even cheaper alternative, check out my version of makeup remover).  …
    7. Scalp Massage – or scalp treatment. Rub the oil into your scalp before bedtime and wash out in the morning.
    8. Quick Hot Oil Hair Treatment – Rub about 1 teaspoon of warmed oil through your hair when you first get into the shower. Let it sit while you shower. Rinse at the end of your shower, shampoo and condition as usual.
    9. Deep Hot Oil Treatment – Rub 1 tsp to 1 tablespoon of jojoba through your hair. Cover your head with a plastic shower cap or saran wrap. Let sit for 1-2 hours. Shampoo out and condition normally.
    10. Carrier Oil – White jojoba oil has anti-oxidant properties on its own; but it can also be applied overtop your other skin care treatments to ‘carry’ their active ingredients deep into your pores and skin.
    11. Split End Treatment – Add a drop or two of oil on ends of your hair as a split end treatment. Apply before blow drying or heat styling for protection.
    12. Added Moisture – Need more moisture during the winter or in a dry climate? Mix a few drops of jojoba to your normal body or face lotion application.
    13. Quick Hair Condition – Add 2-3 drops to your normal dose of hair conditioner. Mix in the palm of your hand, apply, and leave in while your shower. Rinse and you’ll have moisturized, shiny hair!
    14. Before Sunless Tanner – Apply lightly to elbows, knees, soles of feet, heels and palms to prevent extra sunless tanner from soaking into these porous areas. (Be sure to check out the rest of Bionic’s sunless tanners tips.)
    15. Before Swimming – Run 3-4 drops through your hair before diving in the pool or ocean. The oil will help close your hair cuticle and prevent harmful chemicals from stripping your color, and drying your locks.

Bionic’s Best all-around Jojoba Oil: Herbaria Soaps’ Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil: Nature’s best moisturizer absorbs quickly into your skin for a soft silky finish. The Jojoba Oil is available in Unscented, Patchouli, Lavender, and Coriander-May Chang (pictured above). 8 ounce bottles are $19.95 and 4 ounce bottles are $11.95. Available at Herbaria Soaps.com.

Bionic’s runner up: Drugstore.com has Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil for $14.99.

Jojoba Healthy hair oil by Herbaria SoapsBionic’s Best speciality Jojoba: Herbaria’s Jojoba Healthy Hair. Get a 2 ounce bottle for $9 at HerbariaSoaps.com; organic jojoba oil and essential oils of rosemary, lavender, cedarwood, thyme and basil. I use this Jojoba for my hair, body, nails… pretty much everything except my face. The scent is absolutely incredible. It makes my skin glow and makes me smell nice without being a heavy scent. My bottle lasts FOREVER!

Do you use Jojoba? If so, how do you work it into your beauty routine?

Bionic’s Best of Beauty 2008!

by Bionic Beauty on January 7, 2009 · 13 comments


Best of 2008 by BionicBeauty

Yippee! It’s 2009! I have always been partial to January… it’s fresh, usually cool (although today it’s over 70 here, wow) and it’s my month. I’m a Capricorn and my birthday is just around the corner!

But enough dilly-dallying… I’m here to give you the Bionic Beauty Best of 2008 list. These are the beauty products that rocked my world this year. I know they will be favorites for a long time to come. I’ve included links where applicable to my reviews and photos.

  • Three Custom Color’s Doubles lipgloss. This is a MUST in my purse. It’s the most amazing gloss ever. Sophia Coppola turned to Three Custom to design this gloss and her good taste shows. I’m in luv.
  • {me} by Mezhgan’s Look at {me} mascara. I adore my lashes with this tubing mascara.
  • Clinique’s Color Surge Stay Matte eye shadow in Dark Denim. The resurgence of matte shadow colors works so well with different skin tones- and this dark blue is bee-you-tee-full! (Stay tuned for a smokey eye look I created using this shadow.)
  • Twilight. I know, it’s not beauty related, but it did influence quite a few of my makeup looks this year. What can I say… I never got my letter to Hogwarts, so I’m moving to Forks to live with the Cullens instead.
  • Herbaria Soaps’ new Ginger Neem bar. This is one of their new releases this year and I adore the addition of the Neem Oil. It’s great for inflammation, ouchies, rashes, and just keeping your skin in glowing & smooth shape.
  • Three Custom Color’s Wallflower for cheeks. Woo! I’m a fan of this creamy cheek, eye, lip color. So versatile it almost needs a super-hero cape.
  • And another cream blush came on the market- Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Sticks. My favorite color is the limited edition Very Blush.
  • Black Cherry Indelible Gel Eyeliner from Purely Cosmetics. Ahh…black, maroon and slight sparkles? It’s me, to a T.
  • Bobbi Brown lip glosses. I love them all (and yes, I never tried Bobbi Brown until this year. Odd, right?) but my favorites are the limited edition Aubergine gloss and the Black Cherry lip tint.
  • NARS’ lipstick in Captiva. I featured it for my Fall 2008 Dark Lip Looks, but it’s never left my makeup tote since. First layer is super sheer and wearable even for day. Layer it for a darker look.
  • 1000 Cranes lotion by Y-Y. My uber favorite body moisturizer this year. Plus it’s nice that proceeds go to charity.
  • Milani’s Runway Wet/Dry eyeshadows that were direct competitors to the much pricier Vincent Longo releases. Milani can do no wrong lately. Highly pigmented shadows with long wear… and their new Mascara releases are absolutely stunning (and getting rave reviews so far!).
  • Sinful Colors nail polish. I started picking these up at Walgreens for only $2.49! They are great for pedicures and offer a myriad of color options. Did I mention they are only $2.49?!?  I have a black, a silver, green, purple (trendy!), red, maroon, and about 6 others.
  • The PedEgg. WOW! What a life changer. My feet are sandal ready in less than 5 minutes if need be. Best. Budget. Beauty. Gadget. Ever.
  • Last but not least, Purely Cosmetic’s mineral makeup. I use the Pure Silk Mineral Foundation in California Blonde. I also love her Flat-Top foundation brush and cream-to-powder shadows. Purely Cosmetics is one of those jems of a brand that I can see rising to the top.

What are your favorites from 2008? Did you discover any new brands or items? New makeup or nail colors?

And here’s some extra-credit reading…

MakeupBag’s Best of 2008
Beauty and Fashion Tech’s Best of 2008
Makeup Makes Me Happy’s 2008 Best in Beauty Awards
Girl Gloss’ Best lip products of 2008
Temptalia’s 10 Amazing Products Reviewed in 2008
Daily Cookies Favorite Morsels of 2008
Beautiful Makeup Search votes the Clarisonic as best of 08
And lastly, here’s my list from 2007!

Stay tuned tomorrow for my “Worst of 2008″ list – and in the meantime, start thinking up your own Worst of list, so you’re ready to share!

Bionic Asks: What’s in your shower?

by Bionic Beauty on December 3, 2008 · 3 comments

Bionic Asks - Makeup and beauty question seriesShower stalls have all sorts of shelves, hanging ability, nooks and crannies to stow body care goodies.
Shampoos, conditioners, body washes, soap bars… oh my!

Wanna peak in Bionic’s shower? Here’s my stash…

  • Dove Cream Oil Body Wash (very moisturizing shower gel which I use in the winter to prevent dry skin. Get a free sample from Dove!)
  • International Orange “Cleanse” body wash (yummy! my review)
  • Body poufs for all over exfoliation
  • Body brush for skin brushing and scrubbing my back
  • Jojoba shampoo bar by Herbaria Soaps (Y’all know I seriously heart Herbaria. I use it for my body, face and occasionally my hair. I love the soft bubbles and that it’s all-natural, baby!)
  • Y-Y Ocean: Exfoliating body scrub (this is an amazing body polish. I use it when I’m going to wear a dress, sleeveless shirt, or a swimsuit. Smooth skin instantly!)
  • Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut shampoo and conditioner (great scent for a winter pick-me-up! Did you read my shampoo classified ad?)
  • AG Hair Cosmetics Colour Savour shampoo and conditioner (it’s sulfate free & gentle so perfect for my colored hair. Read my previous review. )
  • Davine’s Alchemic shampoo and conditioner for brown hair (nicely moisturizing and natural. It’s great to help make my color last longer! But be careful cause it’s packed in glass bottles…here’s my review.)
  • ER Fusion reconstructing hair treatment by White Sands (I use this at least once a week for a deep conditioning treatment. It works fab!)
  • Noxema face wash
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash cream cleanser
  • Venus Vibrance razor in pink
  • Skintimate Energizing Citrus shave cream

So hop on over to your shower with a note pad, jot down your findings and report back with what you’re using during shower time.