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Primer

Bionic primes with De-Crease

by Bionic Beauty on 13.Apr.2009 · 8 comments

L'Oreal Decrease eye shadow primericon

I decided it was high-time I checked out eye shadow primers. Being the budget-minded gal I am, I hopped over to my local  drugstore to grab L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Base.

First up, I wanted to try a swatch test before I actually went crazy creating eye makeup looks. The photo below shows seven eyeshadows of various brands, colors, and finishes. The top row is on my arm bare (no primer) and the bottom row is applied over De-Crease.

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A makeup primer from Monistat. What??

by Bionic Beauty on 10.Mar.2009 · 11 comments

When I first heard the mumblings that beauty fanatics were using a new product from Monistat as a makeup primer, my eyes bugged out. What??? Then I went on the hunt, stalking drugstores all around my area. Finally I found a tube of Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel.
Product Review - Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-GelProduct Review - Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel

This isn’t your momma’s Monistat (i.e. don’t go using these to treat any, umm… infections). The Soothing Care line from Monistat is a body care line. Moisturizers, itch relief, body powder, and the like.

I headed home, scrubbed my face clean and prepped for a fresh makeup application. I moisturized, and applied a small amount of the Monistat across my face. It did apply nicely- soft, smooth, spread evenly and dried quickly. So far, so good.

I whipped out my favorite mineral makeup and my trusty Beauty Blender sponge. My makeup applied just fine over top the Monistat and with Dimethicone (which is similar to silicone) as the active ingredient it’s not too suprising this felt great on my skin. My pores looked smooth and it even helped minimize the wrinkles (UGH!) under my eyes. I also tested the primer in the following days with tinted moisturizers and regular foundations. This primer worked fine with all the formulations. Length of wear was improved, heat didn’t make my makeup slide or melt, and everything looked fresh throughout the day!

If you like primers, or want to improve your makeup wear- definitely check out Monistat’s makeup primer. I mean, Monistat’s new Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. A Bionic Buy!

Here’s a quick makeup primer price comparison

  • Monistat costs around $8 for 1.5 ounces
  • Philosophy never let them see you shine mattifying primer- $20 for 1oz.
  • NARS Primer is $33 for 2 ounces
  • Laura Geller’s Spackle is $23 for 2 ounces
  • Smashbox’s Primer is around $36 for 1oz

I’d confidently say this is one way to save bucks and embrace your inner recessionista. Want to try it out yourself? Pick up a tube at your local drugstore (be prepared to hunt, this stuff is flying off the shelves) or order online at Drugstore.com for $7.99Product Review - Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel.

I’ve included a full ingredient list below…

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How to prevent makeup meltdown

by Bionic Beauty on 01.Feb.2009 · 3 comments

With spring and summer quickly approaching, I thought this article could give us all some quick tips and reminders on how to deal with that “summer slide”. You know how it is… you shower, put on a fresh makeup face, and step out the door. Heat and humidity smack you in the face, (or a dry heat if you live in the desert…but anyhow) within minutes your foundation can start to bubble with droplets. As much as we hate it, us ladies *do* sweat. Plus layer the heat with SPF lotions, your standard makeup and other skin care, and you end up feeling coated even if you wear just minimal makeup.

So… check out the article, and let me know what tips you have for saving your makeup during the sweltering summer!

TotalBeauty.com
How to Avoid Makeup Meltdown

Pro tips on keeping a fresh face – all day long

Making makeup last all day doesn’t have to be a high-maintenance hassle. Follow these tips from pro makeup artists Charlie Green and Molly Stern and your look, whether natural or dramatic, won’t melt away before you finish showing it off.

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Jemma Kidd’s Mannequin Skin enhancer

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Jan.2009 · 2 comments

Does Jemma Kidd’s new JK for Target line attract you? It did me. I grabbed up the Mannequin Skin Complexion Enhancer at first sight!

I’m pretty much a sucker for anything that gives me a subtle ‘glow’. Since I’m pale (and actually like being pale), I don’t use bronzers or self-tanners. Quite often blushes and skin enhancers over power me or just scream SHINY.

JK Jemma Kidd Mannequin Skin Enhancer

Here are my thoughts after a thorough Bionical testing…

  • Be sure to shake well.
  • If you’re prone to breakouts, this may not be for you. Test in the store first!
  • Probably not the best product for darker skinned gals. I think it might show too much on your skin.
  • Be aware that it does seem to settle in wrinkles and skin creases. Hmmm… didn’t like this aspect. At. All.
  • Smells nice! Fresh, fun & slightly fruity. Not makeupy.
  • A bit expensive. I’d rather go with Spell’s all natural lotions and enhancers, or grab a good mineral makeup ‘veil’ for the same price and get more product. The JK tube is less than an ounce!!
  • Packaging is brilliant. I said this in my previous post about the tinted moisturizer. It really draws me in.
  • It’s great to be able to pick up a higher end product at my local Target. I abhor malls and traditional department stores, so this aspect is very attractive to me.

There you have it! If you’re interested in the JK Jemma Kidd Mannequin Skin Enhancer, you can pick up a tube (0.84 ounce) at your local Target store (or on Target.com) for $24.

Purely Cosmetics – Pure Bionic Goodness!

by Bionic Beauty on 20.Nov.2008 · 13 comments

I have tried many a version of mineral makeup; from drugstore to high-end brands. Being a gal that’s now in her thirties with some eye wrinkles (Where the heck did those come from???), acne flare ups, and dry skin patches, my skin just ended up looking like I had caked powder on it with most brands. The dry skin would be accentuated and the minerals would settle in my eye wrinkles. I have sensitive skin, so I really want to like mineral makeup.

full makeup look by Bionic Beauty using Purely Cosmetics minerals

Bionic sports a full face of mineral makeup by Purely Cosmetics!

All my worries evaporated once on I met Robyn, the founder of Purely Cosmetics. She’s such a friendly person, listened to my skin woes, and patiently taught me about what actually is good for skin and what isn’t and how to properly apply mineral makeup.

Purely Cosmetics went on like a dream. Since I really hadn’t put my heart into mineral makeup in the past, I also got a flat-top foundation brush from Robyn. This brush is a wonder. I can’t seem to do anything wrong when it’s in my hands! It’s soft and keeps me from having clumped makeup deposits.

Flat top foundation brush by Purely Cosmetics

My new fave makeup brush!

The biggest difference when I applied the Pure Silk Mineral Foundation was the feel. My skin felt soft and airy. My breakouts were covered but you could still see the real me under my makeup! The photo above is of me in the midst of a full acne breakout. Looks pretty smooth, right?

I ran outside to sweat a bit since my other issue with previous mineral makeups was found during sweating. Once my pores would open, something would react with my skin and cause extreme itching and burning. Not so with Purely Cosmetics. I didn’t feel a thing.

On the second day, I stayed inside in the dry AC to check if it would suck the moisture out of my semi-parched skin. By the end of the day I was even babbling about how this foundation didn’t dry me out to my neighbor (a lawn care ‘manly-man’) and other guy friends.

In short, I have found my must-have makeup. I still wear my tinted moisturizers occasionally, but I don’t feel the pull to them I had before. My little jar of Purely Cosmetics (I use the California Blonde color since I’m pretty pale) has a place of honor in my makeup case. I am extremely indebted to Robyn for creating such an amazing product.

Silk and Pearl makeup primer by Purely Cosmetics

Purely Cosmetics' all-natural Silk & Pearl Primer powder.

I also tested Purely Cosmetics’ Silk & Pearl Primer (for Normal/Dry Skin) – This provides a fantabulous primer under mineral makeup application (photo below). Use your standard face lotion, top it with the Silk & Pearl Primer, then follow with your makeup. The primer helps control face/oil shine while not allowing the environment to dry out your skin, minimizes pores, and prevents the makeup for settling into any creases (i.e. wrinkles). I typically do not use primers since I’m a “out-the-door” kind of gal, but w-o-w. This product is very cool, and worth it’s weight in moolah. Oh, and there’s also a all Silk powder Primer and Normal to Oily version as well. Definitely 2 thumbs up from Bionic! ($18.50 for a *huge* 10 gram jar)

So now I have another Bionic all-time favorite to add to my pretty small list: Milani eyeshadows, Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear mascara, Herbaria Soaps, and anything by Purely Cosmetics. It’s actually a pretty small list and quite an accomplishment to make it to my “loyal following” level. Thank you, Robyn!

Here’s an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT for Bionic readers! Get 10% off any Purely Cosmetics purchase (minimum $20) now through December 20th, 2008.  Enter code BB (case sensitive) in the “redeem code” box on checkout. Buy yourself a little something fun to wear for the holidays!

Stay tuned for eyeshadow looks I’ve been wearing using Purely Cosmetics’ cream-to-powder and loose pigment shadows!

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