Happy Sunday, Bionic Beauties! Here are the latest fabulous beauty-related free samples that I’ve rounded up.
My computer crashed this week, hence my offline-ness. I’m working on getting some sort of work-around set up. Man I tell ya, I would swear Mars was in retrograde from my luck with electronics and gadgets this month!
Anyhow, on to the freebies!!!
First, let’s get the tampon samples out of the way- Grab your trial pack of Playtex Sport tampons and another set from the new “trendy” U by Kotex.
Skin care fans, grab up a free sample of Miracle Skin Transformer skin care cream. I can’t say how it works, since I have not personally tried this brand, but I’d love to hear what you all think once you test your samples!
For the men, or even for those of us who like spicier scented hair, pick up the new Redken for Men Clean Spice 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo freebie!
Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!
1 cup freshly ground dirt
4 cups chlorinated water
3 cups salt water
3 tbsp sunscreen
Add a dash of sweat and you’re set… for one harsh summer. Now of course we all know summer is coming to an end, but the heat is still raging in the majority of the USA. Why not protect your skin and hair, and rejuvenate them for a beautiful fall!
Here are a few do-it-yourself beauty treatments that I’ve found and tested to help you do just this. And like always, the ingredients are inexpensive and all-natural!
For the Mug
- Looking for a face mask designed for most skin types? Try this one~ Combine 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of virgin olive oil. Just leave the mixture on your face for 10 minutes and rinse it off.
- For oily or acne-prone skin~ Try a mask that will help soothe the skin. Take 1 ripe banana and blend it with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Leave on for 15 minutes.
- If you have dry skin~ Mix half of a mashed avocado with 1/4 cup of honey for a mask that will add tons of moisture to your face. Leave on for 10 minutes.
- Fruit based facial toners~ Sliced strawberries, grapes and cucumbers act as natural toners to tighten skin and shrink pores. Yum! Just rub the slices over your skin after cleansing. Got oily skin? Use sliced lemons to reduce shine.
Don’t you just love finding a gem in the rough? I do! My “gem” finding is usually a great indie beauty find, or something for my skin that works SO well that I shout it from the rooftops.
Two months ago, I spotted a bright yellow jar in the herbals section during my weekly Walgreens haunting. There were actually a few jars there that looked intriguing, but the one I snagged is “De La Cruz’s Sulfur Ointment“.
It's awesome for acne, trust me!!
It was less than five bucks for a tub that will last me at least a few years. I’ve been dabbing it on potential breakouts and current pimples now for over six weeks and the stuff is a miracle. It feels a bit goopy at first, apply it sparingly – trust me… a little goes a LONG way. I notice a very, very slight sulfur smell at first, but I’ve had other friends and family do a sniff check and they can’t detect it after even a minute. It works great under makeup, or before bed. Plus if you’re like me and have super-sensitive skin (Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid often make me break out even worse), this frugal find could be just the ticket to clear up your skin.
I’ve bought a few bottles for friends and family – everyone is having great results! Since I am majorly pinching pennies lately, but don’t want my face and skin reverting into a acne-laden nightmare, I’ll definitely keep my Sulfur Ointment on my bedside table. My breakouts have decreased significantly, and if I do get a pimple, it heals in a few days rather than over a week or more.
I’m giving this my full Bionic Buy status! De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment is only $4.99 for a 3 ounce tub online at Walgreens.com (or if you’re a Floridian, check your actual store aisles).
Ingredients: Sulfur USP 10%, plus a “mixture of polyethylene glycols”
Oxy is offering free samples of their new Clinical Acne Skin Care products.
You’ll get a trial size of each of the following products:
- Clinical Clearing Treatment – for quick clearing of blemishes and pimples;
- Clinical Hydrating Therapy – face lotion that provides hydration that’s essential when treating your skin with Benzoyl Peroxide or other harsh acne chemicals. If you don’t replace moisture, and use lotion, your face will end up over-producing oil which can lead to more breakouts.
- Clinical Advanced Face Wash – facial cleanser to remove makeup, cleanse skin. It also has acne fighting ingredients, so be sure to use lotion after each wash… and don’t wash your skin more than twice per day.
Welcome to another installment of the Bionic Boondoggle! It’s basically a “best of” roundup from the perspective of moi.
My snake-bitten ankle is finally healed and I’m doing strengthening exercises daily. I’m still visiting north Florida and loving the area here more and more! For a little get-outta-the-house time, my friend and I headed to the Devil’s Millhopper park in Gainesville. We packed our cameras and a few of our Moleskine journals and sketchbooks. I also wore tall, heavy leather boots. I have vowed never to hike without leather boots on again. No more snake bites for me, thank you very much.
Devil's Millhopper - One really old sinkhole!
I love greenery, shade (as you can tell by my paleness), and humidity. The Devil’s Millhopper suited me perfectly. There were teeny waterfalls winding through limestone covered in liverworts, lichens, and mosses. The waters flow through the porous limestone, making its way into the Florida Aquifer, and finally… very very slowly flows towards the Gulf of Mexico.
A trickling stream through limestone rock covered with mosses and liverworts
On our trek, I spotted a few native orchids (unfortunately not in bloom), some really cool aquatic plants, tiny glossy mushrooms, and more ferns than I’ve ever witnessed in one locale. It was truly a fabulous day! The only mar on the day’s perfection… I seem to have dropped/left/lost my digital camera. So if anyone found a pewter and black Olympus digital camera at the Millhopper over the weekend, could ya please send it back to me? I’ll bake you brownies and my famous banana bread! I miss my super-macro mode already for taking makeup shots. Grrrr.
Writing in my journals + surrounded by greenery = Happiness in Bionic-land.
Anyhow, let’s get on Boondoggling, shall we?