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Dearest Bionic gals,

My Response:
With such quotable gems as:

“Don’t you want to be a good shape? He wants you with a good shape.”

~and~

“Keeping your shape in shape has its rewards. Be a mind sticker.”

who can resist drinking Tab! Right? */snarky sarcasm/*

Oh my. I just cannot count how many things are wrong with this ad. And I’m SO frakking glad that times have changed (mostly)! There’s just NO way in hell I’d want to be a frakking Mind Sticker.

Raise a glass of highly-caffeinated, fully-sugared soda with me,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

P.S. If YOU spot any examples of Powerful Beauty or Anti-Powerful Beauty in your ventures across the interwebs, please feel free to send ’em to me using the excessively awesome and totally handy BB Contact Form!

Powerful Beauty: Fall 2014 Pantone Wallpapers

by Bionic Beauty on 19.Aug.2014

Ready for Autumn? I am, I am! In honor of the upcoming season, I whipped up a pack of ten minimalistic, tone-on-tone wallpapers for your computer and/or smart phone. Each wallpaper features one of the Pantone Fall 2014 colors and a subtle reminder to “Achieve Powerful Beauty”.
Powerful Beauty Fall 2014 Pantone Wallpaper Series by Bionic Beauty

Fall 2014 Pantone Colors:
Aluminum, Aurora Red, Bright Cobalt, Cognac, Cypress, Mauve Mist, Misted Yellow, Radiant Orchid (Radiant Orchid is the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year), Royal Blue, Sangria.
For ease of identification and choice, the colors are listed in the order shown below.

To Download:

  • For your desktop computer and/or laptop: Simply click on the wallpaper color you’d like above. Then right click, and choose “Save As”. Save the .png image to your computer. Then set it as your wallpaper like normal.
  • For your smart phone/tablet: Whether it is an Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows mobile, or Blackberry – open this article on your mobile device’s browser. Touch on the wallpaper you’d like to use. You’ll then see the wallpaper image file open in a window by itself. Long press (i.e. touch and hold!) until the option comes up to Save/Download Image. Save it to your device. Then you can open the image through your Gallery/Photos app and set it as your wallpaper.

Each wallpaper is sized at 2880×1800 pixels which will scale to work on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones. I created each wallpaper are in super high-resolution, and ready for use on HD (xxhdpi) and retina screens.

I truly hope you enjoy these wallpapers!
Keep life colorful,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Distribution: All my wallpapers are copyrighted under Bionic Beauty. They are completely free for your personal enjoyment and use. Please don’t sell them. If you’d like to post them on another website(s), file sharing service, or similar please ask me first. Thanks!

15 Beautiful Uses for Tea Tree Oil

by Bionic Beauty on 28.Jul.2014 · 4 comments

It’s no secret that Tea Tree Oil is fantastic for clearing breakouts but most people don’t realize the versatility of this essential oil. One little bottle of this oil will assist with home cleaning chores, refreshen the air, and provide health benefits such as clearing chest congestion, zapping allergies, and boosting your immune system.

15 Beautiful Uses for Tea Tree Oil - by the Bionic Beauty blog

Background Intel
Tea Tree Oil (TTO), also known as Melaleuca Oil, is an essential oil derived from the Melaleuca tree which is native to parts of Australia and New Zealand. Tea Tree Oil is *not* the same as, or related to, green tea, white tea, or any other teas that you drink. TTO can be toxic if taken by mouth (i.e. swallowed) in large quantities. TTO has excellent antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. It also has some mild analgesic (pain reducing) properties.

I’d describe the scent as fresh, woody, herbaceous, and vaguely reminiscent of camphor and eucalyptus. If you have sensitive skin, like me, start with smaller amounts of TTO in the uses I’ve outlined. Tea Tree Oil is mild and I’ve never had a reaction, but everyone’s skin is unique. Start with less until you see how your skin behaves.

Tea Tree Oil Recipes & Tips
For easier reading, this list is roughly grouped by area of the body. Numbers 1 – 6: Face. Number 7: Hair. Numbers 8 – 12: Whole body. Numbers 13 – 15: Miscellaneous goodies.

  1. Clear a Current Breakout: Dab tea tree oil onto the pimple daily to dry it, pull to breakout to the surface, and speed healing.
    • Helpful Hint #1: Use a cotton swab to apply.
    • Helpful Hint #2: Never dip an already used cotton swab into your bottle of oil. You don’t want to contaminate the fresh tea tree oil in the bottle!
  2. Face Wash: Add 10-20 drops of the oil to your bottle of face wash. This functions as a great daily preventative for acne and breakouts.
  3. Facial Toner: Add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil into a bottle of witch hazel for toner. Soak a cotton ball and swipe across face after washing. This gentle, yet super effective, toner helps clear and prevent breakouts, acne and pimples, tighten pores, balance skin’s pH … without drying your skin!
  4. Face Mask: Add two drops of tea tree oil to my DIY Green Clay Face Mask recipe. Helpful Hint: Spend a few extra minutes and read the comments section on that article because there are a ton of extra tips, tricks & recipes submitted by Bionic readers!
  5. Cold Sores: Use a cotton swab to dab TTO onto cold or canker sores twice a day. The tea tree oil will ease the discomfort and speed healing!
  6. Ingrown Hairs: Add a dab of TTO onto the ingrown hair and the surrounding area. Apply 1-2 times per day until the hair comes free.  The tea tree oil will help prevent infection; in addition to drawing the hair to the surface and loosening the follicle.
  7. Correcting Shampoo: Add a drop or two to the dollop of shampoo in your hand & wash like normal. Or mix 10-20 drops into your bottle of shampoo. Smells wonderful and helps clear up dandruff, itchies, or other scalp issues. This mix also puts the kibosh on product buildup without over-drying your hair or scalp!
  8. Body Wash for Acne or Clogged Pores: Pimples, blackheads, and other breakout varieties aren’t limited to your face. Resolve body breakouts by adding 10-15 drops of TTO to a bottle of dandruff shampoo. Shake well to combine. Apply to a shower pouf and gently scrub down your entire body.
    • Helpful Hint #1: For maximum benefit, let the mixture sit on your skin for a few minutes while you shave your legs, deep condition your hair, etc.
    • Helpful Hint #2: Look for a dandruff shampoo that has sulfur or a sulfur derivative listed as one of the main ingredients. Why? Because sulfur is absolutely awesome for clearing acne FAST.
  9. Body and Foot Scrub: Make your own simple, all-natural sugar scrub for your body and feet with this Bionic Beauty created, 3 ingredient recipe!
  10. Refreshing Foot + Leg Scrub: Refresh, soothe, smooth, and moisturize your footsies with this easy-to-make scrub recipe. The ingredients are easy to find- salt or sugar, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, jojoba oil. Swap the jojoba for coconut oil to save some a few dollars.
    • Helpful Hint: I love finding new ways to use my homemade skincare recipes. After a particularly grueling few days, I had shin splints, sore feet, and calf muscles that were beyond locked down.  A few minutes of massaging my feet and legs with this scrub made my legs feel like they’d had a professional massage!
  11. Body Moisturizer and Massage Oil: Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil with a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to skin for moisture extraordinaire; or recruit a friend/family member to massage it into your aching muscles.
  12. Bugs Be Gone Repellent: Fill a spritzer bottle with a 50/50 mix of water and witch hazel. Add a couple drops of citronella oil and a couple drops of tea tree oil for an all-natural bug repellent spray.
  13. Mouth Wash + Breath Freshener: Combine 1/4 cup of purified water and 1 drop of tea tree oil. Swish around in your mouth like normal mouthwash. Spit it out. Just like toothpaste: Do. Not. Swallow.
  14. Nail Fungus Treatment: I’ve had great success clearing nail fungus on myself and others using tea tree oil.
    • Method 1: Use a cotton swab to apply the oil directly to all edges of the nail/nail bed. Try to get some up under the free edge of the nail. Treat once per day.
    • Method 2: Add 10-15 drops of TTO to a pan of warm water (just enough water to cover your toes or hands). Soak your hands or feet for about 15 minutes, twice a week. Pat dry with a soft towel. Then air dry the area completely before covering (for example – don’t put on socks or sneakers for at least 30 minutes!).
    • Method 3: Add 15-20 drops of tea tree oil to a bottle of carrier oil. My recommended carrier oils: Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Grapeseed oil, or Almond oil. Mix well. Apply a bit of the mixture daily to nails, nail bed, and work some under the free edge of the affected nail(s). Treat once a day or a few times per week. Helpful Hint: Get 2 benefits for the price of 1 by slathering on before bed, slip your feet into some cotton socks (or hands in cotton gloves). Treatment is done while you sleep and you’ll have wonderfully moisturized feet/hands!
  15. Aromatherapy: 1 drop lavender oil + 1 drop tea tree oil. Apply to pulse points for relaxation, tension release, and to treat migraine/sinus headaches. Breathe deeply.
    • Feeling under-the-weather? This aromatherapy mix boosts the responses of your immune system which will help you battle off any pesky sick bugs.

Do you have any tips or secrets ways of working Tea Tree Oil into your beauty regimen? And remember, in the wise words of G.I. Joe “Knowing is half the battle” – so don’t be shy. Ask questions and share your knowledge.

Stay bionic and beautiful,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

P.S. If you enjoyed this list of goodies, you’ll love “15 Beautiful Uses for Jojoba Oil“!

Bionic Beauty's 7 Year Anniversary

Zero score and seven years ago, I began the adventure that would become Bionic Beauty. I wanted something a bit special to document this anniversary. After some pondering and hemming and hawwing, I realized a timeline capturing the major events in Bionic Beauty’s lifespan would be perfect.

You can also view the timeline on its very own dedicated page. The version on the page is quite a bit larger since I zapped the site’s normal sidebars. Viewing is much easier, but essentially everything else is the same. And good news… wherever you decide to view it, the timeline works just peachy on mobile devices too!

Thank you for an amazing seven years,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

P.S. I’m working on a ground-up redesign of Bionic Beauty. So if there’s something you’d like to see – different navigation, features, less/more of something-or-other, now is the time to speak up! If you don’t want to leave a public comment below, feel free to reach out to me via my contact form.

Beauty Tips for Getting Rid of Stress

by Bionic Beauty on 18.Jul.2014

No matter what your occupation is, stress is all relative. Whether you are working a 9-5 office job, chasing after children or frantically researching for an essay, you need a break from the grind once in a while. It doesn’t have to break the bank either, although a teeny bit of budget set aside for your stress-busting needs can go a long way.

Beauty tips for getting rid of stress
Image source: flickr.com/photos/jalon_dna

First things first, get down to Holland & Barrett to grab a pot of coconut oil. The stuff is quite frankly magical and can be applied and even cooked with to reap a multitude of health benefits. Use it as a post shower, overnight hair mask to eliminate damage, upsetting dandruff and fatigued looking tresses. It is a safe ingredient over drugstore lotions and potions for combating dry or flaky skin, and acts as an anti-aging agent. Using it in cooking helps brighten the skin and eyes, speeds up your metabolism and even boosts your immune system! That means less prominent dark circles, less spots and generally feeling good!

A one off massage is a great way to get to ward off stress from your week. However don’t be fooled… massage is more than self-indulgence. A good massage will relieve tension held in your body, reducing the regularity of any recurring pain or injuries. It improves your skin tone and heightens your cognitive awareness and activity. Your temperament will feel lighter, and challenging tasks can become clearer. If you’re sitting at a desk hunched over a computer all day, a massage is a worthy investment, as staying in this position all day every day can have catastrophic effects on your back and shoulders. Set an alarm to go off every half an hour and just take a couple of minutes to stand up, walk around and have a stretch, as this will lessen the effects of a static desk job. When you’re at home, take ten minutes before you go to bed to do some simple stretches, as this will not only help you fall asleep more quickly but it will give your body a foundation for overnight healing!

A more budget sensitive option is to raid your kitchen cupboards for budget beauty essentials. One option is a sea salt bath to polish all the dirt, dead skin and stress away, followed by a good night’s sleep. It cannot be stressed more how important getting enough sleep is, as this is when your body does all of the patching up you need to get through the next tumultuous day. If you’re struggling through on 5 hours a night, you are impeding any health benefits sleep gives you. You’ll look tired, haggard and concentration for long periods of time will be a thing of the past. After a solid 7 hours minimum and a nice hot shower, place some cooled tea bags on your eyes for extra relaxation and to reduce puffiness. Eat a protein rich breakfast, as this will give you long-lasting energy, thus banishing stress due to sleepiness.

Reduce stress with rest and massage
Image source: flickr.com/photos/anoldent

It’s worth looking after yourself no matter what your budget is, you’ve only got one set of body and mind, so take good care of it. Sleep well, eliminate processed foods during the week, drink plenty of water and set aside time for yourself. It’s important to find a balance. Don’t make yourself miserable with a brutal regime of dieting and exercising, but find a little time for it in amongst seeing friends, work and hobbies. After all, everything in moderation!

About the Guest Author: Elizabeth Finney is a young writer from London, predominantly writing about fashion, lifestyle and culture. Aside from writing, her hobbies include music, traveling and theatre.