Monday, March 18, 2019

Clarins: Extra Firming Collection

Whenever I see the word under eye "dark circles" I feel an instant bond to nearly every reader at B.I.O.A. as that area seems to be one that is most problematic. If there were a magic pill to take to make mine disappear forever, I would most certainly take it. The truth is genetics, dehydration, aging, sleep and many other factors play into the role of your skin's overall look and feel.

Clarins has a new collection and their statistics do show that the focus group noticed quite enormous changes within only a few weeks in regards to their under eye dark circles, small wrinkles around the eyes and the overall look and feel of their skin. I, of course, had to try these products as I am turning 50 next month and have certainly witnessed major changes to my skin's appearance. My under eye dark circles upset me every day that I look into the mirror. I also notice my sagging jowls and am becoming quite addicted to the notion of having more firm skin.

The Extra Firming Collection uses CIarins’ advanced wrinkle-fighting formulas to promote skin suppleness at its source for visibly firmer, smoother, more renewed skin day after day. Extra-Firming formulas are packed with powerful plant extracts that visibly tighten and lift skin to smooth the look of wrinkles.

Both products in the collection are now available on

1. Extra-Firming Phyto-Serum ($102)

· A groundbreaking, 2-in-1 anti-aging eye balm that minimizes wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness

2. Extra-Firming Eye ($64)

· A groundbreaking, power lift serum visibly firms, lifts and tightens slackened skin to redefine facial contours

In the past two weeks of using the products, I have noticed a softening appearance of my skin and it does not look as dull as it before. The dark circles are absolutely still there yet the orbital area does appear to look more hydrated. 

Results are happening so what more could I ask for? Maybe a more plump pout? Well, that's in a future article for sure.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Rimmel London's New Stay Matte Campaign featuring Zhavia Ward

My house loves ZHAVIA so much as we watched her flourish on "The Four." She embodies a bold and beautiful spirit who knows who she is and I am thrilled that Zhavia is heading this campaign. 

 Makeup artist Karl Sanchez, worked with Singer and songwriter Zhavia Ward on Rimmel London’s new Stay Matte campaign. The campaign idea came to life when it was learned that Zhavia was a huge fan of Rimmel London; the campaign will include a video showcasing how Stay Matte fits into Zhavia’s daily routine and feature her second single “Deep Down.” 

Read below to find a full breakdown of Zhavia’s makeup look!

Who: Zhavia on the set of Rimmel London’s latest campaign for Stay Matte

How To Get The Look:


Karl applied the Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation and Rimmel London Stay Matte Concealer in Zhavia’s shade, Vanilla and then applied the Rimmel London Maxi Blush in Sweet Cheeks to give her some color to her cheeks.


Using the Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Nude Edition, Karl darkened the crease with the 10th shade. He used the 8th shade in the palette to smoke out the outer corner and under the eye to intensify and applied the 3rd shade on the eyelid. Karl then used the 1st shade and applied to the inner corner of the eye to act as a highlight. He finished off the eye look by applying Rimmel London Exaggerate Eye Definer to create a winged look and to slightly smoke the eye and topped off the eyes by applying Rimmel London Scandal’eyes WOW Wings Mascara.


He finished off the look by applying a touch of color to the lips with Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip in "Be My Baby" followed by a clear lip gloss.

Where to Find Them: Rimmel London products are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide. Visit for store locations and to try the newest products with Rimmel London’s exclusive Get The Look App available on iTunes and Google Play.

Biossance Launches The Biossance Tea Tree Collection

My newest beauty addicition: BIOSSANCE! I have been using both their Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel and Squalane + Omega Repair Cream daily and my eye area is less dark and my skin feels more hydrated and soft to the touch. The winter air really wreaked havoc on my skin and Biossance has been super helpful in bringing it back to life!

The latest collection from the Clean Beauty experts, the Biossance Tea Tree Collection, offering a mask, cleansing gel and balancing oil for calm, clear, hydrated skin.

Sourced directly from the rich fields in Australia where the purest oil is found, Biossance ISO standardized tea tree oil offers a clean and gentle alternative to over-drying, harsh cleansers. Free from petrolatum, phthalates, mineral oil, parabens and synthetic fragrances, as always the future is clean with Biossance.

Introducing the deeply purifying and balancing Tea Tree Collection:

·       Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Gel ($29): A refreshing gel cleanser that removes makeup while deeply purifying pores to balance skin and reduce surface oil
·       Squalane + Tea Tree Detox Mask ($39): French green clay removes impurities while tea tree oil reduces the appearance of imperfections and squalane replenishes hydration
·       Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil ($49): A weightless balancing oil whose tea tree reduces the appearance of blemishes, enlarged pores and imperfections while squalane hydrates

The Tea Tree Collection is now available on and, and in-stores at Sephora, too.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Launch Alert: "MyClarins"- Exclusively at Ulta

A brand that I have been using for about three decades, yes you read that correctly, is launching new products and I couldn't be happier for them. I am thrilled to share news of a very exciting, very refreshing Clarins launch, MyClarins, launching March 2019!

A range of 8 next-generation skincare products that deliver the best nature has to offer for healthy-looking skin by hydrating, balancing and enhancing all skin types. This collection makes up a 3-step regimen to remove & refresh, reboost & recharge and target & correct with its innovative [In&Out] Complex that puts nutrients into skin while flushing toxins and pollutants out.

The perfect balance of fruit and plant extracts, the MyClarins formulas are vegan-friendly and free from phthalates, parabens and sulfates with packaging that puts recycling and recycled materials first. A first for the brand, this millennial-focused collection will be sold at Ulta exclusively at a very affordable price point.

Step 1:
·       RE-MOVE Purifying Cleansing Gel $20.00
·       RE-MOVE Micellar Cleansing Milk $20.00
·       RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist $20.00
Step 2: 
·       RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask $27.00
Step 3:
·       PORE-LESS Blur and Matte Stick $19.00
·       CLEAR-OUT $19.00

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

New from Bioré: Bioré Skincare Blue Agave + Baking Soda Collection

You know this house uses Bioré products on the daily so we love when a collection is launched with new ingredients. So without further adieu, I introduce the newest line- NEW Bioré Skincare Blue Agave + Baking Soda Collection

The new Pore Cleanser, Instant Warming Clay Mask and Nourishing Whipped Detox Mask help deep clean and nourish combination skin by leveraging blue agave + baking soda in these new formulas. While Baking Soda deep cleans, Blue Agave provides conditioning benefits—making these ingredients a dynamic duo—for combination skin sufferers who need an exfoliating, deep clean while still being able to condition those dry patches. 

Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser: Developed especially for those with combination skin, this everyday cleanser deep cleans the oily parts while smoothing and conditioning the rough, dry parts— for balanced, conditioned skin. Not only does it remove deep down dirt and impurities from the pores, but it gently exfoliating away dead cells, allowing healthy cells to emerge. With continued daily use, you’ll achieve softer, smoother skin and a more balanced complexion. 
How to use: Wet face, pump cleanser into hands and work into a lather. After massaging over entire face, rinse thoroughly. $5.99.

Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask: Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC—plus, what better way to take a selfie—if not with a blue mask on! Designed to purify and refine skin by absorbing excess oils, this instant warming mask opens pores and melts away that pore-clogging dirt, oil, and sebum—leaving your skin clean, soft and refreshed. This warming clay mask, formulated to deep clean pores, is pH balanced for comfortably clean skin. This mask has a unique self-heating technology that is activated when massaged into the skin. This thermal formula in conjunction with purifying and skin toning clays optimize the mask’s ability to deep clean and purify. 

How to use: Wet face, as the mask is activated by water. Dry hands and apply mask. Massage mask for about 1 minute to help heat it up. Then thoroughly rinse with warm water to remove the mask. The mask does not dry or harden. $5.99.

Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask: Clogged pores seriously need to chill! The menthol in this detox mask creates an intense pore-tingly sensation—that’s the feeling of a good deep clean. Formulated for combination skin, this mask contains natural Blue Agave, known for its ability to soothe and condition, and deep cleaning Baking Soda to help eliminate impurities, leaving skin clean, refreshed, and ever-so-nourished. 
How to use: Wet face and apply mask evenly, avoiding eyes. Chill out for 3-5 minutes for seriously purified pores, then thoroughly rinse with warm. $6.49.