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Bionic Homemade: Cucumber Hair Drench

by JoyceyCouture on 27.Jan.2011 · 6 comments

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

What do you get when you wash your hair everyday in the midst of winter? You guessed it- dry hair!
In my quest to find a solution, I came across this recipe. Time for show and tell!

Has the winter months wreaked havoc on your hair? Try this DIY cucumber hair drench!

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 eggshell’s worth of olive oil>
  • 1 quarter of a peeled cucumber

Directions:
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Bionic Homemade: Oat and Honey Facial Cream

by JoyceyCouture on 26.Jan.2011 · 6 comments

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

Looking for a way to maintain a radiant, healthy glow in the midst of winter? With no need to measure a thing, try this simple recipe!

Want skin as soft as this baby? Try this DIY Oat and Honey Facial Cream!

Ingredients:

  • Oats
  • Honey
  • Yogurt (Plain)
  • Ground Almonds

Directions:
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Beauty, makeup and skincare tips from the Bionic Beauty blog
Many years ago, I was a nail polish newbie, and I know from personal experience that some of the odd nail terms can be confuzzling. So here’s my handy little cheat-sheet to nail tech terminology…

Acetone: Solvent used to break down and remove nail polish and acrylic nails. A chemical in the ketone family. Acetone is neither better nor worse than non-acetone polish removers.

Acrylic nails: Two-part system of liquid (monomer) and powder (polymer). This type of product can be applied with one color of acrylic, pink and white acrylic for a Permanent French look, or can be applied with colored acrylic, glitter acrylic or in any combination. Commonly called “fake nails”.
Scientific details on Acrylic: Hardened and cured coating that comes from a precise mix ratio of liquid monomer and powdered polymer. Most acrylic monomers are made primarily from Ethyl Methacrylate (EMA). Polymers contain approximately 70% EMA and 30% MMA (Methyl Methacrylate), and a very small percentage of initiator, such as Benzoyl Peroxide. Note: MMA is not harmful when it is a solid (powder/polymer), but is considered harmful in its’ liquid form (monomer). Nail techs should avoid acrylic systems with MMA monomer.

Almost-black: a polish color that looks black or very, very close to black in normal light. In sunshine or bright indoor lighting you can typically see some hint of navy, purple or other dark color tinted in the polish.

American Manicure: A variation of the French Manicure (FM) where more a more natural white (i.e. not as bright as the white used in a French Manicure). The nail bed itself is typically colored in a more sheer manner (versus a more opaque nail bed in a FM).

Base coat: Typically a clear nail formula that is applied under colored nail polish. Base coats help prevent yellowing/staining of the nails, ease in polish removal, and can help increase length of wear. For best results, match your base coat to your polish – if your nail polish is Big 3 Free, use a base coat that is too; if it’s Big 3 polish, use a base coat that has formaldehyde. Popular base coats include CND’s Sticky and Dermelect’s Launchpad.

Big 3 Free: Refers to nail polish formulas that do not contain toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). Acronym – B3F. For further information check out All Lacquered Up’s guide to the Big 3 Chemicals.

Chevron: In nails, refers to a style of French Manicure. Instead of following the natural curve of the nail tip with white or colored polish, an precise ^ (an inverted V) is used.

Bionic Beauty's diagram of parts of the fingernails

A diagram of fingernail parts

Cream or creme: A nail polish, lacquer, or enamel that has absolutely no glitter, shimmer, metallic properties.

Cuticle drag: Term used when a nail polish applies thinner, more translucent, towards the cuticle area. The color “drags” away from the cuticle area towards the main part of the nail bed. It can take several coats to cover this, or with some polishes- it never really covers.
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Welcome to another “Powerful Beauty” Friday at the Bionic Beauty blog… This week I am switching things up. Instead of focusing on a positive definition, I’m highlighting a complete opposite example of Powerful Beauty.

Have any other Bionic Beauties been a tad offended by the new marketing campaign for Axe’s Twist and Shift fragrances for men? The Shift body spray’s gimmick is that it supposedly changes scent “through the day”.

The ad doesn’t just hint at its message, it bluntly states that “women get bored easy”.

If you haven’t seen the video, take a 45 second break and have a watch…

Is that the best that Axe’s fancy PR Marketing department could create? An advertisement embracing the fact that women are single-minded, flaky, easily distracted, and also continually flop their eyelashes around?

From the Axe-man’s changing appearances, the ad suggests women can not value a man unless he is constantly updating his costume, putting on a pretense, and playing head games with us.

Do women want a shifty man who is going to leave twisting when he gets bored of putting on an act? Apparently we certainly couldn’t be attracted to a guy is unique and true to his own personality.
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Lancome’s latest anti-aging skin care product Genifique’s tagline is “Active the skin you were born with”. In traditional Bionic Beauty form, I’m here to analyze the marketing claims, ingredients, and performance of this new skin care breakthrough.

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Lancome Genifique serum

This is what the Lancome marketing materials state-

Youth is in your genes. Reactivate it.
Discover the skin you were born to have.
Lancôme invents our first skincare that boosts the activity of genes.
At the very origin of your skin’s youth: your genes.
Genes produce specific proteins. With age, their presence diminishes.

What??? I do agree that Genifique (early Lancome marketing spelled it Genefique) worked well to reduce my signs of wrinkles, but there is no way a yeast based activator (which is the consistency of a serum) is going to reactivate or alter your genes.

Bionic’s analysis of the main ingredients:

  • Bio-Lysat (bifida ferment lysate) – This ingredient is pretty common in probiotic supplements. It’s a gram-positive bacteria that is naturally found in our digestive tract. However, there’s no scientific studies to show effects on the skin (yet). Claims are that it helps maintain the microbial status of your skin cells.
  • Hepes (hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid) – This ingredient will help brighten dark patches, melasma, or other pigmentation issues. (For further reference: http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20090192124)
  • Phystosphingosine-SLC (Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine) – “Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine is a derivative of the naturally occurring skin-identical phytosphingosine (PS) which itself has been shown to be an active ingredient with marked skin soothing properties that acts to balance the skin’s microflora in a wide variety of skincare application.” (source: Cosmolara.com). Bionic Beauty says: Lancome’s Genifique Phystosphingosine-SLC formula basically combines Phytosphingosine with a Salicylic Acid derivative to help balance skin and improve texture. I’m not sure of the concentrate of Phystosphingosine-SLC in Genifique, but to be effective it needs to be over 0.05% (my bottle doesn’t have an ingredients listing).
  • Denatured alcohol – This is probably what is causing some reports of dryness and acne after using Genifique. Alcohol dries your skin, plain and simple. Be sure to moisturize after using any product with alcohol as one of the top ingredients.

Genefique is certainly functional, nothing stellar, as a wrinkle reducer. It applies nicely and sinks right into the skin. I did have to use about a dime-size amount which is a little larger than a more concentrated potion such as YBF Skincare’s line (where I use a pea-size amount daily). Remember to apply a moisturizer after about 10 minutes. You should see fine lines start to diminish in seven-ten days. And if you are like me, your skin will feel softer immediately.

Basically, since I am a big fan of research, I want my readers to know the ins and outs of what you may consider buying. Long term with Genifique, who knows? Maybe if you use it for 2 years, you’ll start reversing like Benjamin Button. But then again, you could just end up with nice smooth skin.

But ladies, please do your research before dishing out $78 for 1 ounce of product.

Genifique is available at Lancome counters or Lancome-USA.com.

Since I believe everyone needs a few view points, here are links to other reviews of Lancome’s Genefique activator serum:
Wrinkle Cream Doctor – Lancome Genifique Review: Does It Work?
Hey Dollface – Reports with her 7 day Lancome Genifique Checkin
Daily Cookie – Gorgeous skin when it counts with Lancome’s Genefique

Love your genes and jeans,
Don’t go changing,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog