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Concealer

Flawless me with Mezhgan

by Bionic Beauty on 26.Mar.2009 · 1 comment

Looking for a fabulous multi-taking compact for your makeup bag? The Flawless Me compact from Me by Mezhgan holds 2 shades of cream concealers, a nice big mirror, and a full pan of face powder! Perfect for traveling this summer. Throw it in, and you’re covered for the day.

  • The concealers are great! Not too goopy, not runny, and they don’t crease. I loved using mine around my eyes and nose. And there was no icky scent like some creams.
  • The powder is light, but buildable. I’d use the concealers and then swipe the powder across the rest of my face to even everything out.

All in all, the compact is a nice go-to for quick looks, traveling, touchups through your day, or regular daily use. Plus the packaging is just plain adorable!!!

The Flawless Me compact is available from the Me by Mezhgan website for $48. It’s available in Light, Medium, and Dark skintones.

Bionic’s blending with the Beauty Blender

by Bionic Beauty on 09.Feb.2009 · 20 comments

I’m probably the last gal on this planet to have tried the Beauty Blender sponge. I know Mo and Jen at Mythbuster Beauty both placed it on their Best of 2008 lists… so I figured, what the hey. I’ll give it a go.
Bionic Beauty blog review - Beauty Blender sponge makeup applicator
Weeeeee! What a revolution in makeup application! I usually apply my makeup with a brush (for minerals) or one of the cheapy wedge sponges (for liquids and tinted moisturizers). The Beauty Blender rocks! Seriously, folks. It’s teeny, portable, (cute and pink!!!), soft, saves me product and time.

I will admit the first two applications, I was a bit befuddled on working with this new spongy-wonder, but I got the hang of it quickly (I’m including a video below with some helpful hints so you don’t stumble blindly, like I did. Ahem.).

But now, I’m actually quicker with my Blender than with my regular sponges and brushes. I use the big wide end to apply my foundation where I need it and the pointy end to apply my concealer or an extra dose of foundation for minor coverage. Then I use the big end again for my blush or bronzer. Just remember when applying to bounce bounce bounce. Pretty like you are lightly stippling a surface. Don’t drag or swirl it too much since that just rubs product around. The bouncing motion blends the makeup perfectly for me.

And here’s a tutorial video on how to unpack (ok, that part is silly) use and clean your Beauty Blender…

I got the Blender n’ Cleanser kit- which includes 5 ounces of soapy goodness. However, since this is $7 *more*, I’d recommend just getting the Blender sponge and buying some all-natural Dr. Bronner’s soap. Dr. Bronner’s will clean your Blender perfectly and you can use it on all your regular makeup brushes too (plus it’s very affordable!).

Oh and they have a great recycling program so your little Beauty Blender sponge doesn’t clog up the landfills!

You can buy the Beauty Blender at Beauty.comBeauty Blender sponge at beauty.com for $19.95 (Sponge alone) or a PurelyCosmetics.com for $19.99 (Sponge and a sample of cleanser!).

Breaking news for Bionic Beauties!

e.l.f. Cosmeticself cosmetics (eyes.lips.face) has launched a whole new line of makeup tools with their Studio “Professional Line”. Sleek packaging, dual-use items but with a slightly higher price- $3 instead of their usual one dollar. Still cheap-O on the grand scheme of things!

Here’s what the new collection includes so far… (**note: You can click the images to go direct to elf’s page for that project. I tried to make it easy for you to check colors, ingredients, etc.)

eyeliner and shadow stick – (these look SUPER cool. Eyeliner on one side & coordinating thick shadow pencil on the other. Available in pearl/glow, black/smoke, brown/basic, green/moss.
green/moss

eyebrow treat and tame – Available in light, medium & dark to suit all brow colors. One side holds a “treat” gel to help ‘grow your brows’ (???) and the other side is a tinted mascara to color & tame them.
dark

eyebrow kit – each compact comes with a tinted wax & a colored ‘setting’ powder to get full & tame brows. Did I mention this compact looks JUST LIKE Nars’ eyeshadow duos??? This item is really intriguing me since most brow waxes are *much* pricier.
light

There’s lots more products… yep, I’m giving you the WHOLE rundown on the new makeup collection, so keep on reading!

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Matte Shadows and Dark Lip Look, Oh My!

by Bionic Beauty on 29.Sep.2008 · 5 comments

I created this look with the new fall makeup trends in mind. For the eyes, I used part of Clinique’s new Fall Collectionmatte eyeshadows. They are gorgeous! Finally, matte shadows that aren’t dull and boring!

Fall 2008 Makeup Look

On my eyes, I used L’Oreal’s HIP Cream Shadow Paint in Lofty (Lofty makes a great neutral colored base, but it does add a hint of sparkle- so if you want to stay with the true matte look, skip this step and just use concealer as a base).

Clinique matte eyeshadows for fall 2008

Next I applied Clinique’s Colour Surge Eye ShadowClinique stay matte eyeshadows Stay Matte in French Vanilla (matte winter white) to all across my lid, really focusing on the inner half.

To create depth and drama, I added Clinique’s Stay Matte shadow in Martini (a milk chocolate brown with khaki hints). Martini went in my outer lid’s V and smudged up into the crease. Blend well.

Top with mascara in black. I used my favorite: Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Mascara.
More shots of the eye shadows and the full finished look!…

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As I posted before, Target is now carrying an exclusive line of Jemma Kidd’s makeup, called JK. Target didn’t stop there though. Napoleon Perdis has a new line called NP Set, and famed Swedish makeup artist, Petra Strand has Pixi. It’s a whole new cosmetics section at Target. I was in love… so I snuck in my camera to take some photos of the displays for YOU!

I felt like a funny little makeup spy snapping off photos and playing with everything. They had testers set up for everything! It was quite fun!

The prices aren’t the most affordable, but it *is* nice to be able to pick up high-quality makeup at a mass market retailer. I have mall-phobia so I hate braving the overwhelming department stores. Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Wally-world are much easier for me. 😉

And now on to the pictures… (Click the image for a full size version which will open in a new tab or window depending on your internet browser’s settings.)

The full JK Jemma Kidd display at my Target. I loved the “rocker” look of this display. Pretty reds and blacks with feminine floral accents on the packaging.

JemmaKidd JK makeup display at Target

After the break for the rest of the photos…
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