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From low-fi to high-fi: Makeup help for all budgets

by Bionic Beauty on 06.Nov.2010

Looking for the best bang-for-your-buck in the makeup aisle? Aren’t we all these days? I know my personal “fluff” beauty budget is beyond tight. I’m pinching half pennies at this point. Hence, I thought this new feature on Total Beauty might help us all out. It’s got ideas for those of us watching every makeup and skin care cent, and for those of us on a looser-budget.
Makeup for Every Budget

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to recreate these celeb beauty looks

Makeup for Every Budget

This is a make up tips article

Whether you’re a slave to the drugstore aisle or more of a beauty product snob — we’ll show you how to pull off these looks.

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What recommendations did Total Beauty have for you? Are there any celeb looks that inspired you to dig out some stuff from your makeup tote to copy?

A quick-start guide to Fall 2010 makeup trends

by Bionic Beauty on 29.Aug.2010 · 11 comments

Can you believe that it’s almost September? I don’t know where the time has gone. It seems I was just planning articles for Spring 2010 and now I’m brainstorming ideas for Halloween makeup tutorials. It’s craziness, I tell ya!

Anyhow, as an “intro” to this Fall’s beauty and makeup trends, I’m linking to a guide by Total Beauty. This way until I get a chance to run-down all the trends I see approaching, and how to achieve them without spending a fortune on new makeup (which is fun… but can play hell on your budget!).
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Urban Decay launched their “Ink for Eyes” cream eyeliners in the fall of 2009. I finally got my mitts on Zero which is a true pitch black. Five other colors round out the collection: a deep blue (Binge), forest green (Loaded), dark violet (Empire), dark cool-toned brown (Demolition) and a clear sparkly liner (Pyrotechnics).

Bionic Beauty Review - Urban Decay Ink For Eyes cream eyeliner

Bionic reviews Urban Decay's Ink for Eyes cream eyeliner

All of UD’s Ink for Eyes eyeliners come packaged in a long, thin rectangular compact complete with mirror, taklon liner brush and a sponge-tip smudger. The packaging is a bit edgy and certainly different than the typical pots of cream or gel eyeliners that I’m used too. It fits well in my purse makeup case.

Bionic Beauty Review - Urban Decay Ink For Eyes cream eyeliner

The black wasn't very inky for me... but it was super soft & smooth!

The pigmentation wasn’t as true as I had hoped- I had to apply layer after layer to get a dark smokey line. You can see from my photos that it was still slightly sheer on me. However, there was absolutely NO drag, pull or clumping thanks to UD’s new proprietary “Nylon 12” ingredient. The Nylon 12 is probably similar to the silicone or dimethicone ingredients in other eyeliners that glide on effortlessly. However, I say probably because I’m not a UD chemist, so I can’t give a definite answer.
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Here’s a new brand for Bionic Beauty readers- MakeUp Designory, also called MUD. I’ve got two of their eyeshadows to swatch and review for you as a “quick intro” to this makeup brand!

First up… Cajun Spice eye shadow ~


Joycey Couture reviews MUD's eye shadow in Cajun Spice

Cajun Spice is a brilliant copper eye shadow packed with mica (i.e. shimmer). It applied nicely with no dusting or fallout. It didn’t even drop into my lashes! MUD’s packaging is cute. Their single eye shadows are packaged in a sleek circular compact with a clear flip top. The packaging is sort of a cross between Sephora’s single shadows and Milani’s shadows.

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My new Hard Candy eye shadow stick

by Bionic Beauty on 27.May.2010 · 1 comment

I grabbed some new makeup goodies while perusing the Walmart beauty aisle, among them a cream eye shadow stick by Hard Candy.
Bionic Beauty review - Hard Candy makeup - brown Eye Shadow Stick
The color is officially called Soiree. It’s basically a neutral, copper brown with plenty of mica for shimmer. It glides on easily and didn’t crease too badly throughout the day. If you want deep color pigment, these probably aren’t for you. I think they’re perfect for a low-key quick eye makeup fix though. Plus for only $6 you get a LOT of product in that tube!

Bionic Beauty review - Hard Candy makeup - brown Eye Shadow Stick

Hard Candy makeup is available at your local Walmart store. Have you picked any up yet? I’d love to hear what products are your favorites so I can settle on what to buy next!