Of Books and Beauty, Oh My!

by Bionic Beauty on 10.Apr.2008 · 20 comments

A few online buddies tagged me to complete some fun things and surveys. Read on for random tidbits on yours truly.

My Top 5 Must *Not* Have Beauty Items. (tagged by The Daily Cookie)

  1. Face cleansers and lotion loaded with glycerin. This one just baffles me. Glycerin breaks so many people out, yet when you real labels on the store shelves- the majority of face washes and lotions have glycerin the first few ingredients. Grrr.
  2. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. I’m not a fan and never was a fan of this cult-fave mascara. It made me have blood spots in my eyes, swelled my lids shut and other nastiness. Plus it clumped, flaked, and smeared. Granted, it works for some, but not this kid.
  3. C.O. Bigelow lip balm. I adore the taste and scent of this lip balm. Unfortunately, it dries my lips and rips the corners of my mouth.
  4. St. Ives Apricot Scrub. We’ve covered this before. 🙂
  5. Burt’s Bees Color Keeper Green Tea and Fennel Seed Shampoo. It’s sulfate-free which prompted me to try it, unfortunately it left my hair dry as straw, frizzy, and unmanageable.

Tagged by Shai Coggins for the 123 Book Tag. Here are the rules for the Book Tag:

  1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the next three sentences.
  5. Tag five people.

“Somehow I knew that if I spun around, I would catch a glimpse of the people who had spent their lives in the gloom. In my imagination, I could see the spotlight of the miner’s hat capturing a set of hardened eyes, a featureless face, or the twirl of a ghostly dress. I tried not to make too much of the images that flashed through my mind, but there was one thing I knew for certain.”

~Snippet from Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller.

By the way, if you have a ‘tween or teen daughter(s), I highly recommend this book. Great source of girl power! Heck, I read them at least twice a year. It’s a definite source of Bionic Beauty inspiration.

I’m not tagging anyone to complete these surveys/tags, but if you’d like to share the 5th sentence, page 123 of a book laying near you, or your 5 must-not-haves, please do so in the comments. Might be fun to see what we’re all reading. 🙂


1 Nenette April 10, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Okay, Jami, I’m on to another smutty book, so, in addition to the book I blogged about, I have this one:

“Today she was taking over from Jackie and a new batch of trainers were coming in for her to interview. Each man had been personally selected by Alexander and Antony; they had conducted the preliminary interviews and weeded out those who were obviously unsuitable.” – from the short story Black Orchid, Modern Love – An anthology of erotic fiction by women

As for my 5 must-not-haves:
1. St.Ives Apricot Scrub – totally ditto, Jami!
2. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – I never understood the hype over this very-clumpy-on-me product.
3. All facial cleansers – the daily cleanser ones; I broke out with ALL of them… and my 20’s were spent trying them all!
4. Revlon lipstick – they dry out my lips and they smell funny too.
5. Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo – I love Aveda, but this product dried my scalp, and it hurt!

2 Nenette April 11, 2008 at 7:33 am

oh, and #6… anything with even a little shimmer… I’m more of a matte girl… I think I look too garish with shimmer.
ok, that should be it… for now. 🙂

3 Jen April 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Oh Nenette and her smutty novels, I love it!

Here are my 5 must-not-haves:

1. St. Ives Apricot Scrub, who uses this stuff?
2. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, same question…
3. Revlon’s Makeup Eraser Pen, it burns!
4. Any Deodorant Body Soap, too harsh on your skin
5. Proactiv Solution, good for zits, bad for skin

Fun idea Jami! Have a wonderful weekend.

4 BionicBeauty April 12, 2008 at 7:27 am

Ok, Nenette, so what do you use to cleanse your face? Because I’m having a heck-uva time over here trying to find something that keeps my skin balanced. I’m using Noxema and it doesn’t dry, but I’m still getting darn cyst acne on my cheeks. I feel like I’m 18 again. Grrr…
Although, it very well could be my hormones (I’m on HRT) causing this too.

Thanks for sharing, Jen and Nenette. Sounds like we’re in line on a few of must-nots. 🙂

5 Nenette April 12, 2008 at 10:41 am

I eventually took my mom’s advice and just use good ole water and washcloth! Mom has always done this (even as a young girl in the Philippines), and she has fabulous skin, even after going on HRT after her hysterectomy at 45yoa. Twenty years later , she still looks 45! 🙂
Oh, and for the past year (I think), I’ve been using Norwex face cloths which has made removing waterproof mascara a breeze.

6 BionicBeauty April 12, 2008 at 11:02 am

Thanks Nenette! I’m going to give this a shot. I’m willing to try anything at this point. 🙂 And it would even save me a bit of cash (even though Noxema is cheap compared to most facial cleansers). My skin is just so sensitive to chemicals lately. Anything slightly irritating and I end up with a face of welts the next day.

7 Nenette April 12, 2008 at 6:57 pm

No problem! Let me know how it works out for you. 🙂
I started doing this about 10 years ago, when I moved back here from Vancouver, and my skin really cleared up. Oh, and I later found out that my MIL did this too, and she too has great skin… at 80! 🙂

8 Jen April 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Norwex face cloths, what are they made of? My favorite wash cloth is made from bamboo fibers, it is incredibly soft. I have very sensitive skin and recommend Cetaphil Lotion or cleansing with Sukipure’s Transformative Facial Clay. I am posting a review about it next week.

Yesterday, I tried a homemade facial mask made of Brewer’s Yeast, and it stunk sooo badly! Kind of a burnt, chocolate, coffee smell. It is supposed to be great for oily skin, and for breakouts. If you can stand the smell, I would recommend it.

9 Suzann April 13, 2008 at 2:31 pm

I’m totally “off” any makeup brushes that contain animal hair. Besides the fact that we’re again using dead animal parts to make ourselves beautiful, animal hair brushes can be irritating to sensitive skin and can also be a source of bacteria. I switched to vegan brushes and have found some beautiful, soft, luscious brushes made out of nylon. They’re so easy to keep clean and they dry quickly, meaning I can wash them as often as I like.

10 Nenette April 14, 2008 at 8:21 am

The Norwex face cloths are made of microfibre, and they are supersoft! I bought their body mitt too. They all have a bit of silver in them too (you can’t feel it though) to kill any germs that cause odors. They’re usually sold through local reps, but they are available online too I think.

11 Jen April 14, 2008 at 9:10 am

Thanks Nenette! Sounds like a great face cloth, I will definitely give them a try.

12 BionicBeauty April 15, 2008 at 7:02 am

Hmmm… silver?! Interesting, and very cool. I love the microfibre products. So soft and silky!

13 BionicBeauty April 15, 2008 at 7:05 am

Suzann, Excellent point. I have been only purchasing vegan brushes as well. What brands have you found that work well? I’m still experimenting a bit and have only purchased locally, so I’m probably missing out on the online nice ones.
And welcome to Bionic Beauty!! 🙂

14 The Cheap Chick April 15, 2008 at 12:00 pm

It’s amazing that we all agree on two huge product:
1. Apricot Scrub – Try their Microderm-Abrasion, soooo much better.
2. Great Lash – great for who? I don’t know a SOUL who uses this crap.
3. Proactiv – it destroyed my skin.
4. Most concealers – nothing works on my big red nose. Just call me Rudolf.
5. Diet Coke – not a beauty product, I know! But I still don’t get the appeal.

15 BionicBeauty April 15, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Cheap Chick, You make me laugh. 🙂 Most concealers don’t work for me either. They don’t cover my dark eye circles or my slight melasma. Funny enough, the $1 concealer from e.l.f. is working the best for me so far. Weird, huh?

16 Suzann April 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Hi B.B.
Aveda has some excellent vegan makeup brushes. I like Aveda because you can go into the actual store and feel the brushes and get the ones you like. I also go to the hobby shop occasionally and see what kind of Taklon artist brushes they have.

Online, I got some AWESOME blush and powder brushes from http://www.colorbrushes.com. I found their prices to be good, too. I’ve got a fairly complete list of vegan brush online stores at http://www.mymakeupmirror.com/VeganBrushes.htm

Thanks for your welcome to your site. I love it. Got you bookmarked and plan to come back often!


17 Suzann April 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Okay, so I need to learn to cut and paste. The list of vegan brushes is at:


18 BionicBeauty April 17, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Thanks so much Suzann! I got some good Taklon brushes from my local craft store as well. I love them for concealors and applying cream eyeshadows (my current favorite type). Thanks for the sites and glad to have you contributing. 🙂

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