Home » Community » Elite User » bionicbeauty's Profile » Reviews
Here are all my reviews:
  • Davines Alchemic Conditioner
    8.0

    Davines Alchemic Conditioner

    Love this great product!

    My never ending quest to test shampoos and conditioners continues with Davines Alchemic System Shampoo and Conditioner for Natural and Coloured Hair. I have the Chocolate variety which is made for dark brown to black hair (my hair is currently medium brunette). There are varities for light brown, red, copper, blonde, and silver hair- so there’s something for everyone. I love the science and research behind this brand and it shows in the quality. Unlike most lines created for color specific hair, this one actually works. It keeps my color fresh and vibrant and the conditioner really leaves my hair soft. I experienced no build-up and the scent is different, but in a good way- it’s slightly woodsy. My only complaint is the glass packaging. It looks sleek and luxurious, but I am terrified I will drop it in the shower.

    July 16, 2008

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Physicians Formula Organic wear 100% Natural Origin Matte Finishing & Bronzing Veils

    Physician’s Formula Organic Wear has created quite a stir in the mass-market cosmetics industry. Organic cosmetics and makeup available to every consumer in your normal shopping centers! When I purchased my Tinted Moisturizer, it can in a bonus pack with a full size Translucent Matte Finishing Veil for face. Finishing Veil’s are used over top of your standard makeup routine to set makeup, create a soft photo finish, and provide a little coverage for blemishes/skin tone with natural SPF (due to the minerals used). While I have never given a Finishing Veil a shot (Bare Minerals, Ferro, and many other mineral companies offer quite a few choices), I was eager to try. The Physician’s Formula version comes packaged with it’s own natural bristle brush and a tiny mirror on the lid. You lift off the clear lid and untwist the brush applicator. Underneath is a sifter jar. Tap out a bit of powder product and use the brush to apply. The packaging is nice. Fully recycleable in most areas (which is a huge bonus for me); however the brush is a bit rough on my face. I switched to my standard softer kabuki brush to apply. The mirror is good for touchups, but is a bit small for full face applications. The sifter itself is too shallow for my tastes as there is not enough “room” to really tap out a bit of product without spilling it onto the floor or countertop. The powder contains mica for light-reflecting and kaolin for mattifying. Those with breakout prone skin should test this product carefully as it does contain glycerin and glyercin-related ingredients. There is also come citrus (grapefruit) oil that could act as a potential irritant. And only twenty four point nine percent of the ingredients are certified organic. As for the veil itself, it wears well. Mine lasted all day and really set my makeup. The finish was soft, not overly matte (you know… that truly *fake* matte look that you see on the streets?). There is a mild scent to the powder- a slight herbal reminiscent of the Tinted Moisturizer from the Organic Wear line. Coverage is minimal, but as it’s not billed as a “cover up” it does the job of veiling your skin nicely. It would score more points with me if the brush was not so rough, more ingredients were organic, and they lost the glycerin; but the powder is nice enough to purchase again.

    July 16, 2008

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Spinlash Mascara
    6.0

    Spinlash Mascara

    Needs some improvement & there's a learning curve

    For those of us who are a bit geeky while being obsessed with our makeup and skincare routines (ahem… that’s me!), the gal-gadget SpinLash rotating mascara wand may appeal to you. The SpinLash first caught my eye at a local Target store ($14.99), shortly after I was contacted by SpinLash themselves to test their product. The SpinLash mascara wand is billed to organize your dis-organized lashes. It slowly rotates when the handle button is depressed. SpinLash comes packaged with its own mascara, which I tested twice, but got a few smudges (nothing too bad, but there were a few more than my fave mascara); so I switched to testing the wand with my own mascara. I applied my Mineral Wear mascara and used the SpinLash to comb through my lashes. Once I got the hang of the movement and usage, I had neat, defined lashes. Much better than using a lash comb (which has always seemed to create MORE lumps for me). Like I said, the movement does take some practice, but it really does provide some pretty definition! My drawback: the batteries are not replaceable. They are stated to work for approximately 90 days (recommended length to keep an open mascara before pitching it); after that you’ll need a new unit. I would love to see the company develop a greener, more eco-friendly option by allowing the user to replace batteries and offering replacement heads for the wand itself. Less waste, less packaging. Or possibly a rechargeable unit.

    July 16, 2008

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • E.L.F. Essential Super Glossy Lip Shine
    6.0

    E.L.F. Essential Super Glossy Lip Shine

    A little sticky & drying

    Fairy is a pearlescent very light pink shimmer while in the tube. Once applied to the lips (via a wand), the gloss takes on a shimmery velvet look. The Flirt gloss is a translucent bubble-gum pink while in the tube and applies as a subtle gloss that adds depth to your lips. There’s a teeny bit of color added, but not enough to truly notice. Both glosses are not overly sticky, however they seem to dry your lips when applied throughout the day. The cell phone charm option is nice to add to a cell phone for reapplication while on the go. Plus it gives you an extra “hold” on your phone to keep it from crashing to the floor. I’m not a huge fan and could take or leave these glosses. They are fun for the novelty, but feel just like the Bonne Bell glosses from when we were kids.

    July 16, 2008

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • E.L.F. Candy Shop Lip Tins
    7.0

    E.L.F. Candy Shop Lip Tins

    Super cute, nice when layered

    Packaged in an adorable vintage-look tin, this lip gloss is applied with your finger (or a lip brush). It’s a very sheer red tint with no shimmer. I found that the gloss works extremely well when layered over a lip stain. The result is not too shiny and it’s not overly sticky. Flavor is mild and nice. Since this is a gloss, its not long-wearing, but I got a few hours out of an application. Overall, for a buck, I would certainly recommend these cute glosses!

    July 16, 2008

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • E.L.F. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip
    5.0

    E.L.F. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip

    Ok, but nothing outstanding

    On a recent order from ELF (eyes lips face) cosmetics, I added the Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal to my cart. This product is billed a an all-over face color. Pros: * Nice, saturated color. * Creamy consistency allows for moisturizing. * Very affordable, sized right for travel. * Light and fresh citrus fragrance. Fades quickly, but smells nice during application! * Wears for a quite a long time, even in humid environments. Cons: * Some ingredients have the potential for sensitivity or reactions (glycerin and derivatives; parabens; mineral oil; alcohol can be drying; lots of artificial coloring). * Small sized tube. * This creamy product is a bit thick and hard to blend. * Color is too light for most skin tones (even on my medium skin, it looks like my cheeks are lighter than the rest of my face). In summary, I probably will not repurchase this product. It just does not seem to perform as well as I’d like. The color is a bit off, and it does not blend well. Even for a dollar, I’d pass and purchase another ELF product.

    July 16, 2008

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Astara Green Papaya Nutrient Mask
    9.0

    Astara Green Papaya Nutrient Mask

    Another Star from Astara

    Astara is well known for it’s lovely, herbal and rejuvenating face masks. I had rave reviews for the Blue Flame mask and expanded my horizons to their Green Papaya Nutrient Mask. As my loyal readers know, I recently moved half way across the country. Yes, this causes stress. And what’s a Bionic Beauty to do to alleviate stress? She digs through her bin of goodies in search of relaxation. Ahhh… here we go: “Do you sometimes feel stressed?” (BB says YES!) “This mask is for those days.” Solution found! I slathered some on my face and immediately loved how the essential oils chosen for this mask really help to soothe the mind. My breakout “issue” redness was reduced and my mind slowed while I sat enjoying the spa-at-home experience. It soothed my skin, smoothed the outer layer, rinsed easily. Afterwards, my skin felt so much softer!! It’s now my go-to relax face mask. Combine it with a soak in the tub, and I’m one happy chick.

    July 16, 2008

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Lush Soap
    4.0

    Lush Soap

    Nice scent, melts too quickly, not natural as stated.

    Lush is a company known for it’s all natural body and skin care products in an almost overwhelming array of varieties, scents and flavors. For the holidays, I received the Honey I Washed the Kids soap. Lush Honey I Washed The Kids Soap The scent was a bit strong at first, and very sweet. But it was nice to walk into the bathroom and have the whole place smell fresh and herbal. The soap was incredibly sudsy and it left my skin soft, lightly scented and smooth. However, after only a week, the bar had dwindled to nothing. And at the prices charged that would translate to roughly $31 per month. Huh. The Lush soap bar was not as amazing as Herbaria’s Soaps, but it’s worth a second look if you like “somewhat” natural products (see the ingredients list below for what I mean). Neither Lush nor Herbaria test their products on animals.

    June 17, 2008

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick-No Shine
    5.0

    C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick-No Shine

    Minty freshness, love the no shine, hate the cracking

    Bionic’s Review: Since I am absolutely addicted to lip balms, and in particular, minty lip balms; I picked this up on sale at Bath and Body Works. The no-shine formula appealed to me- I can wear it under lip stick, over top, or by itself (I’m not a big fan of those overly glossy lips). A wonderful bonus is the SPF 15! After strict use for two weeks, I had sadly developed cold sores in my mouth corners. I’m really not sure what ingredient might have caused my reaction, but sadly I had to stop using it. ‘Tis a shame since I adored the taste and consistency. This one is well worth a shot if you’d like to spend a few extra bucks on lip balm; but it’s hard to justify when Burt’s Bees and ChapStick are so incredibly affordable.

    June 17, 2008

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Lancome Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner
    8.0

    Lancome Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner

    Smooth application and long wearing!

    I’ve been testing the Lancome Le Crayon Kohl (fancy name for a kohl eyeliner pencil) in Black Coffee. The Black Coffee color is a rich, deep brown which works well on light to medium skin, without looking as harsh as a black eyeliner. The pencil wears well, I got a full day with any smudges or drop out. Lancome’s eyeliner was very smooth on my lid. It did not pull or tug, which was a welcome relief for my sensitive skin! Additionally, Lancome’s eyeliner was voted by Allure Magazine into their “Hall of Fame” beauty products. Available in 7 additional color choices which cover everything from white to blues to plums and greens.

    June 17, 2008

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

Welcome to TotalBeauty.com!
Ready to unleash your inner beauty junkie? Enter your email and check the boxes below to get free samples, exclusive deals, discounts at Total Beauty Shops, and expert beauty tips delivered straight to your inbox!
Email to a friend