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Freebies Found: Aveeno, Avon, Murad and lots more!

by Bionic Beauty on June 15, 2011 · 2 comments

The Bionic Beauty blog finds free samples of beauty and cosmetics products - Free samples of TriLipiderm body lotion, Hugo Boss cologne, Gucci perfume and cologne, Aveeno Nourish hair shampoo and conditioner, Avon Anew face sunscreen lotion, Murad mattifier face lotion, and CareFree linersWell it seems like it’s been a decade and a half since I went freebie hunting.   Thankfully I found a nice, long roundup of beauty goodies for you to request.  Some of these are just plain awesome and will go darn quick… so hustle up everyone!

Ready to soothe your dry skin?  I am!  Here’s a new product to me… Get three free sample packets of TriLipiderm “All-body moisture retention creme” – Keep them for yourself or share ‘em with friends! (US only)

Nab a free sample of Hugo Boss cologne for yourself or send a personalized postcard with the sample to a friend!

Try out Aveeno’s new Nourish hair care shampoo and conditioner with this freebie. Answer a few quick questions and select your hair type so they can match you up with the proper version of Nourish hair care. (US only)
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Spotted: California Baby products at Publix

by Bionic Beauty on August 24, 2010 · 1 comment

Last week I was cruising my favorite grocery store (eh, hmm… Publix!) when I passed by the beauty aisles. My cart screeched to a stop when I spotted a familiar set of labeling and products. California Baby products at Publix?!?! Excellent!

The California Baby product line includes organic lotions, natural facial skin care, hair care (shampoos, conditioners, and treatments), body care, body wash, and sunscreens loaded with SPF. I’ve only checked some Publix’s during my recent trip to some southern states, but each one has had at least a few of the California Baby products. Some stores carry quite a large variety!

Bionic Beauty blog - California Baby organic skin care products spotted at Publix stores

Southern ladies are in luck- Check your local Publix for organic skin care goodness!

Bionic Beauty blog - California Baby organic skin care products spotted at Publix stores

If you live in the southeastern USA, locate your closest Publix store and head over to see if they’re stocking California Baby products yet. Is the California Baby brand new to you? Then be sure to catch up by reading my past reviews!

Bionic Review: Vitamin Schtick lip balm

by Bionic Beauty on June 27, 2010 · 11 comments

Aquafina did it first… now Glaceau, the makers of Vitamin Water drinks, have teamed with Bonne Bell to create Vitamin Schtick lip balms.
Buy Vitamin Schtick lip balm at Walgreens.comBuy Vitamin Schtick lip balm at

All the flavors come packed with SPF 20 to protect your lips this summer; and vitamin E to help moisturize. Glaceau sent me the Acai-Blueberry-Pomegranate flavor to test and review. While I certainly love the added vitamin E and SPF – this balm never really soaked into my lips. It sat on top as more of a liquid. It also wore off incredibly quick and actually dried my lips out after a few days of consistent use. Of course, you may have better luck.

For now, I’ll stick with my favorite lip balms: YBF’s Quench and all-natural My Lip Stuff.

Look for the Vitamin Schtick Lip BalmsBuy Vitamin Schtick lip balm at at your local Walgreens or grocery for $2.99.

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.

Bionic Review: Coola’s Organic Sunscreen

by Bionic Beauty on June 12, 2010 · 7 comments

Are you looking for a more natural Sunblock/Sunscreen for this summer? Look no further! I just finished testing Coola’s Total Body Unscented SPF 30 Organic Moisturizing Suncare in the extreme Florida sunshine. In short- it’s fabulous!

Bionic Beauty review - Coola Total Body Organic Unscented SPF 30 Sunscreen

Coola - An organic sunblock that works!!

Now for the details ~
Coola offers a variety of mineral and organic sunscreens for face, lips, and body; plus a few different scents (which they are expanding soon!). The Total Body SPF 30 is fragrance, paba, paraben, and petroleum free. The formula includes certified organic ingredients (full listing below) with several oils and Aloe for moisture. The drawback for me of many “natural” or organic sunblocks is that they leave your skin looking chalky white. Not so with Coola. It soaked right away without being too greasy.
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Bionic Asks: What’s your SPF Level?

by Bionic Beauty on May 26, 2010 · 10 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series

This week’s Bionic Asks What level SPF/sunscreen do you wear on a typical day? And do you have a favorite brand you swear by?

I use Lexli’s SPF 15 Day Lotion (read my Lexli review) under my Purely Cosmetics mineral makeup (which provides another “layer” of coverage) for my face, neck, chest and ears. I also carry a jar of SPF 45 clear zinc sunblock in my purse for touchups. It works great on both my face and body; plus it’s immediately effective since zinc is a physical sunblock (as opposed to chemical sunblocks which take around 30 minutes to be fully effective at blocking harmful sun rays). Oh, and the zinc is great for assisting in clearing up acne and breakouts. It’s perfect for me!
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