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Sun & Sunless

Bionic Asks: What’s your SPF Level?

by Bionic Beauty on 26.May.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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My first thoughts when I came across the new line of Up & Up skin care products at Target? Excellent! New, cheaper versions of my beloved beauty products!!

I grabbed a bottle of the Up & Up All Day Complete Moisturizing Lotion, for sensitive skin, and ran to the check out. The label promised similarity to Olay’s All Day Complete UV Moisturizing Lotion for sensitive skin and is packed Vitamin E, Aloe, and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection. All for a less expensive price than my usual Olay.

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Up & Up Daily UV Facial Moisturizing Lotion by Target

Joycey Couture puts Target's store brand version of Olay Daily Moisturizing face lotion to the test!

So how did Target’s knockoff version hold up to my testing?
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Block the Sun Even in Winter with Azur Skin SPF

by JoyceyCouture on 10.Jan.2010 · 5 comments

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Azur Natural Face and Body SPF Sunscreen

Joycey Couture provides her Bionic thoughts on Azur's natural sunscreen products!

Whether you live in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest or even the West coast of Florida, we all have one thing in common, and yes, we all know, it’s not our weather. However, it is closely related. It’s the sun!

Now, I know everyone has heard the media ramble on and on (and on…) about the sun’s harmful rays. But, have you ever wondered- what about the sunscreen?
Safety tests are constantly being done of course, however according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the common sunscreen brands we all use and love may actually contain chemicals that may interfere with the body’s normal hormone levels and disrupt the body’s ability to repair itself.
Scary, I know!

Want an au naturale alternative? One that isn’t too gloppy, too thick or too yucky, or blah smelly to use on a regular basis? Look to Azur Skin. Azur’s Advanced Pro-Cellular Sunscreen is perfect for any climate and any age; and the first cosmetically acceptable product line that is free these “so called” harmful ingredients. All this SPF goodness is brought to you by A.I. Specialty Healthcare Ltd.

The product I tested was Azur’s Face & Body Sunscreen in SPF 30. It went on smooth and rubbed in easily. And a nice bonus… you can apply this lotion while lying on the sandy shore line! No 30 minutes before sun exposure rule here! Since Azur’s sunscreens are “physical” sunblocks, they do not need the half-hour of time that a “chemical” sunscreen requires to react with your skin and absorb.

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Last week I introduced you to the L’uvalla Organic Skin Care brand by reviewing their Balancing System. For ladies looking for help battling the signs of aging skin, I also tested their Age-Defying System.

During my review period, I found the L’uvalla Age-Defying System to be as incredibly gentle as their Balancing System. And that’s saying quite a bit since many anti-aging products can really create a flare up for sensitive skin types

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews L'uvalla Organic

Bionic Bronnie reviews the L'uvalla Organic "Age Defying" skincare regimen.

The Age Defying System

The Cleanser: A milky hydrating cleanser that gently removes makeup and pollution from our environment without drying the skin. The active ingredients also help will skin cell sloughing, which in turn encourages new cell growth. The end result is clean, smooth and hydrated skin. This face wash also has strong aromatherapy properties using Lavendin Oil to quiet the mind, lift mood, balance mood swings, and encourage restful sleep. Other standout ingredients include: Sunflower Seed Oil, Betaine, Hazel Seed Oil, Lotus Flower, Orange Peel, Meadowsweet Extract and Ginseng Root. The Hydrating Milk Cleanser comes in a 7 ounce plastic flip-top bottle.

Eucalyptus Toner: This toner utilizes Eucalyptus Leaf Extract to renovate and purify skin. The Eucalyptus Leaf Extract combined with Yarrow Oil work together for strong aromatherapy benefits to invigorate, soothe, and can assist you through major life changes such as menopause. Additional toner ingredients include: Maris Salt Extract, Sage Oil, Niaouli Leaf Oil and White Lotus.  This toner was by far my favorite of the two from L’uvalla. It feels wonderful on my skin! Like the toner in the Balancing System, the Eucalyptus toner is also pH balanced and it really helped clear up the splotches on my face. I used a cotton pad for application, but since it’s pourable you could use your fingers, a sponge, or anything in between. Just be sure to keep them in the glass bottles- glass is inert and won’t react with anything packaged in it. I truly appreciate the incredible amount of thought L’uvalla put into each ingredient in this toner… everything in it has a documented purpose.  Packaged in a 6.7 ounce cobalt-blue glass bottle.
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Bionic Giveaway: Lexli Skin Care Starter Kit

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Sep.2009 · 253 comments

Just a few days ago, I introduced you to Lexli Skincare through my glowing review. Well, since it’s one of my favorites- Bionic Beauty is holding a giveaway!  This is your chance to win a 5 piece Lexli Skin Care Starter Kit!

Win a Lexli skin care starter kit from the Bionic Beauty blog!

The Starter Kit contains enough product for 30 days of use… giving you ample time to try out all the goodies on your skin!
Here’s the Lexli Kit breakdown:

  • Aloe-Based Cleansing Lotion (2 oz)
  • Aloe-Based AloeGlyC® Renewing Exfoliant (0.50 oz)
  • Aloe-Based Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 for Normal to Dry Skin (0.50 oz)
  • Aloe-Based Tone and Balance (2 oz)
  • Aloe-Based Night Moisturizer (0.5 oz)

In order to win…
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