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Congratulations to the Hair Makeover Winners!

by Bionic Beauty on 29.Jul.2008 · 2 comments

Terra, Misty, Channah, Paula and Beata are the 5 Bionic Beauty readers who have won the White Sands Porosity and pHormulate hair care gift pack giveaway! Congratulations! I hope that you all enjoy trying these products out. I would love to hear your thoughts once you’ve tested them. :)

Thanks to everyone who entered. You made this contest a huge success. Please stay tuned for our next giveaway in August.

Cheers,
Bionic Beauty

Win phormulate and porosity hair care
Hello Bionic Beauties! White Sands and pHormulate hair care have teamed up with Bionic Beauty to give 5 lucky readers a giftset packed with pHormulate Shampoo and Conditioner as well as Porosity the Fix. The shampoo and conditioner is perfect for color-treated hair- its super gentle and contains UV filters to prevent fade (and especially helpful during sun and swimming season). Porosity is a multi-use product and is billed as “Makeup for Hair”. Porosity can be used to add shine to your hair, improve strength, and help your highlights and color last longer!
Each “Hair Makeover” gift set will include the following:

  • An 8 oz tube of pHormulate’s 1a After Color Shampoo
  • A 6 oz tube of pHormulate’s 2a After Color Conditioner (Read Bionic’s review of pHormulate’s hair care line)
  • and a 4 oz bottle of Porosity the Fix, Makeup for Hair, by White Sands

Porosity the Fix Makeup for Hair
To enter, please leave me a comment below telling me one of pHormulate’s 5 tips to healthier hair -or- name one of White Sand’s products or styling tools (other than Porosity). You can find all the answers you need at pHormulate.com and whitesandsproducts.com.

This contest is the forth in our month long series in honor of Bionic Beauty’s first anniversary. I hope you enjoyed the celebrations!

The Rules: Five (5) winners will be chosen from the qualified entrants and will receive a pHormulate and Porosity giftset as detailed above. To qualify for entry, you must follow the entry rules as outlined in this post. This giveaway is open to USA residents only. Please enter only once; duplicate entries will be detected and discarded. Entry deadline is July 28st, 2008 at midnight US ET. The winners will be chosen via Random.org and will be announced here on Bionic Beauty, on PRIZEY.Fetch, and contacted via email. Approximate retail value for each hair care gift set is $65!
*Please note that I will not share your email address with anyone! I only use your email address to contact you if you are a winner. However, if you do not enter a valid email address, you will be disqualified.

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pHormulate After Color Shampoo 1A

Happy Anniversary Bionic Beauty!

by Bionic Beauty on 04.Jul.2008 · 12 comments

July 4th represents the United State’s Independence Day but it’s also the day I first put a post up on the Bionic Beauty blog.

Happy Anniversary to the Bionic Beauty blog!

In honor of BB’s one year anniversary, I’m taking a look back at lessons I have learned this past year. I know there are quite a few more, but some lessons just seem to become instinct and I cannot process them or identify the actual point that I learned the lesson.

  • Almost every high end product has an affordable duplicate.
  • Branch out and try indie and local brands. Quite often they are more natural, very affordable, and fun to chat with your friends about.
  • Samples abound! I can now travel at a moment’s notice thanks to all my sample size lotions, shampoos, styling products and even foundation! Bionic Beauty has shared 79 beauty samples in the past year.
    Stripping floors is hard work, no its not beauty related, but it is something I learned.
  • Some ladies simply rock my world. Nenette, Erin and Jen. I am so glad we’ve found each other in the vastness of this crazy web.
  • A blog requires many more hours a day than I ever expected. For a quick estimate, I spend 45-50 hours a week working on Bionic Beauty. On giveaway weeks, it’s many more since I have promised myself to send personal thank you notes to each entrant.
  • Reader comments, emails, and feedback make those hours all worthwhile.
  • Rubberized mascara brushes ROCK!

And without further delay… in order to say thanks to all my wonderful readers, Bionic Beauty will be hosting some fantabulous giveaways this month. The first of which has already launched – win a SpinLash mascara setup! Giveaways to come include Malibu Secret lotion, Milani makeup, pHormulate *and* White Sands hair care. Also in the works, highlights on my readers: Polls/surveys to share your thoughts, a “delurking day”, and a roundup of the best comments over the year.  So hangout, check back often, and join the birthday party all month long!

7 Summer Hair Tips

by Bionic Beauty on 17.Jun.2008 · 13 comments

Bionic Beauty shares easy tips for summer hair

Before hitting the sun, surf, or pool this summer don’t just apply SPF to your skin, be attentive to your hair’s special needs as well. Summer humidity, pool chemicals, ocean breezes and salt can take a major toll on your locks.

Here’s a list of my hints for summer haircare:

  1. Slather on conditioner or a hair serum before entering the pool or ocean. By filling your hair’s cuticle with conditioner, less chemicals will seep in. This is particularly important for blondes. Serum will act as a barrier and assist your hair in sloughing off all the baddies. (Bionic’s recommendations: BioInfusion Hydrating Conditioning Balm, International Orange’s hair cream, or Herbaria’s Jojoba Healthy Hair).
  2. Use a UV protectant spray prior to and during sun exposure. It’ll help prevent color fade- making your hair color, natural color and highlights stay bright and true. Pack your UV spray in your beach/pool bag and reapply whenever you add more sunblock to your body. (I recommend: pHormulate’s 3a Leave-in Treatment).
  3. Leave-in Conditioners work exceptionally well to prevent wind tangles (when applied before) and help you gently comb out knots (when applied after). I don’t leave home without it. (Recommendation: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist – it even works *great* on your skin!)
  4. Embrace surf styled hair and texture. Summer should be laid back. Don’t worry so much about fly-aways and bends. Use a hair paste or wax to gently twist your hair into “ropes” (run your fingers through after 10 minutes to loosen the waves) or gather hair loosely into a pony tail or headband. Which brings us to number…
  5. When using elastic bands to tie back your hair, avoid the ones with the metal clasps. The metal can catch and break fragile hair, and can even react with pool chemicals!
  6. Save yourself pain later and apply sunblock to your hair part and ears. Trust me.
  7. When all else fails, or for an impromptu outing, grab your ball cap and rock it. Guys love it.

What’s your pre-sun ritual for hair care?

Product Review: pHormulate Your Hair Care

by Bionic Beauty on 09.May.2008 · 13 comments

3a leave-in protein hair treatment by phormulate
1. 2. 3. 4. Who knew hair care could be so easy!

pHormulate’s Color Care System is designed specifically for color treated hair. I am a frequent color gal, so I’m sharing my thoughts on this line of hair products.
I tested the 1a After Color Shampoo, 2a After Color Shampoo, 3a Anti-Aging Leave-In Treatment, and 4a Hydropolish Strengthening Serum.

All four products have UV blockers to prevent color fade which is especially important during the summer months when we typically spend more time outdoors.
The pH is formulated on the low end of the scale help lock in color (hence the name).

The shampoo (1a) smells fresh and botanical with a hint of herbal scents. I loved the sudsing action! And my hair was manageable and rinsed quickly.

The conditioner (2a) is a thick cream that punches moisture into your hair. Again, the scent is light and pleasant. My hair was shiny, knot-free, and soft. Can’t ask for more than that!

Both products are packaged in matte-finish tubes making it less likely to slip in the shower. The shampoo is an 8 oz tube and the conditioner is a 6 oz tube- impressive! I have long wondered why companies package shampoo and conditioner in the same amounts. Most of us use a little less conditioner and it seems logical to decrease the size of that container. Anyhow, I like that pHormulate paid attention to this fact.

The 3a Leave In Treatment is great for quick styling touch ups, trips to the beach, or windy days. It really helped me avoid tangles and has the bonus of Sage, Rosemary and Golden Seal extracts. 3a is a spray treatment, in a 5 oz clear bottle so you can easily judge how much product is left. It left my hair super shiny- just be careful not to overdose. I recommend 3 sprays around your head to start. After seeing how that goes, you can increase or decrease as needed. Use it before heat-styling (drying or irons, etc) to prevent heat damage!

Hydropolish (4a) serum is perfect-o for taming fly-aways, defining curls, adding a bit of extra moisture to the ends of your hair (split ends?), or just adding some extra shine. This product is super concentrated. Start with a teeny dab, rub your hands together (it’s in a 2.5 oz pump container) and then slide your hands over your hair to distribute the product. I had great luck with Hydropolish on humid and rainy days!

Another nice note: pHormulate does not test on animals.
I would recommend the After Color line for gals who color your hair frequently (like me) or those of us with dry hair (again like me). It certainly seemed to help with color fade out!
You can buy the entire hair care line at phormulate.com.