Monday, June 24, 2019

Jonathan Van Ness Joins BIOSSANCE as First Celebrity Ambassador




Jonathan Van Ness Joins BIOSSANCE as First Celebrity Ambassador


Biossance is a brand I feel is a results driven brand. Their products are filled with essential ingredients that have evened out my skin tone beautifully well. I started to have dry patches and adult acne and their products have helped me immensely. I was so happy to hear the following news...

Television personality, podcaster, comedian and beauty expert to the stars Jonathan Van Ness joins Biossance as the first Celebrity Ambassador for the brand. He will also play a large role in an exciting Biossance education initiative later this summer. The partnership with Jonathan Van Ness marks a milestone for the brand to advance its mission to make clean the new standard in beauty.

Biossance uses the latest in biotechnology to create safe, sustainable, and luxurious formulas that deliver unprecedented results. The leading clean beauty brand bans over 2,000 potentially harmful and toxic ingredients. Biossance’s star ingredient is 100% plant-derived squalane, sourced from sugarcane – a weightless, non-comedogenic oil that replenishes and locks in essential moisture for the skin.

 I love incorporating skincare that helps me feel and look my best, while also coming from ethical and sustainably sourced places,” says Jonathan Van Ness.  Since the start of my career in the beauty industry, I have been inspired by companies that blend nature and science to create skincare that helps improve the health of skin and people’s knowledge of what the ingredients really do. I’m so excited to partner with Biossance because of their commitment to clean beauty and to continue educating consumers on their skin. I can’t wait to learn and grow with Biossance.”

Jonathan was the obvious choice for Biossance – he is personable, has an approachable style to beauty expertise, and has a true passion for sustainability,” says Catherine Gore, President of Biossance, of the partnership. “As a clean beauty brand that believes efficacy and results come first, we are thrilled to welcome Jonathan to the Biossance family. His desire to expand the world’s clean beauty knowledge with us makes him a seamless fit with the brand’s vision.”


Jonathan’s Biossance Must-Have:
100% Squalane Oil
For more information on Biossance, visit  https://biossance.com or follow on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



About Biossance
Pioneering sustainable beauty through biotechnology, at Biossance we created a 100% plant-based squalane skincare line that is delivering the leading skin moisturizer while using only safe and sustainable ingredients. We formulate with a No Compromise™ approach, proudly blacklisting over 2,000 potentially harmful ingredients because the products you use make a difference for your health and the health of the planet. Biossance makes sure only the most trustworthy and powerful ingredients make the final cut. Because we believe and are committed to delivering both best performing and clean beauty products. The full Biossance skin care line can be found at Sephora.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Gift Ideas: Amazon Finds for Mother’s Day


Mother's Day is vastly approaching this Sunday, May 12th and here are wonderful gift ideas on Amazon. Want to avoid the panic around finding the perfect present? Shop these quick shipping gift picks from Amazon. No one deserves to be pampered more, and although time is running thin you can still seem brilliantly thoughtful with the below, each tailored to every kind of mom!

The Sleeping Beauty
-          Be the reason your mom sleeps her way to better-looking skin. Crépe Erase's exclusive TruFirm Complex helps to visibly smooth and firm fine lines and wrinkles, restoring elasticity, while echinacea extract works with a blend of 9 Super Hydrators to visibly plump and soothe tired-looking skin. She will be delighted to wake up to perfectly balanced, radiant-looking skin that looks and feels years younger. Don’t just take our word; in a clinical study 90% of women said their skin looked more youthful.
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The Mom On-The-Go

-          Being a mother is a tiring job, leaving little “me-time” for our superhero moms. Enter the Eterno Time Eraser, the eye cream that instantly erases dark circles, fine-lines, wrinkles, puffiness and signs of aging in 60 seconds. Mom will be feeling like herself in no time thanks to a formula of acai fruit, active peptides and hyrolonic acid.

The Pop-of-color lover
-          Long-lasting creamy eyeshadow sticks that offer all the color payoff without the fuss or fallout are perfect for the mom on the move. Formulated with soothing, smoothing ingredients like Castor Oil, Silk, and Aloe Vera to ensure the result is lightweight and comfortable, the sticks are Water-poof, sweat-proof, and transfer-proof – lasting all day without smudging! Available in 8 neutral, super-wearable shades (for all skin tones) with just enough shimmer for everyday wear.
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The Zen Seeker
-          This multi-purpose balm can be used as a body lotion, hand moisturizer, natural chap stick and more! Enriched with a blend of Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils, this 100% natural anti-stress balm will give your mom the mind peace and relaxation she needs. Enriched with 31% Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Beeswax, and Grapefruit to hydrate and soften skin. What’s best: like all Vervan products, it is cruelty free and comes in recyclable packaging.

The Vegan Detox Queen
-          This charcoal face mask helps blackhead removal and promotes a clear, even skin look with less oil and shine without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. It features a unique, gel-mud texture that will help detoxify and clarify her skin without stripping it of moisture and while soothing it at the same time. The natural tea tree scent is refreshing and promotes an authentic at home spa experience.

The Environmental Enthusiast
-          Ideal for the mom who is looking for luxurious condition and shine, all while staying true to her eco-friendly roots. Created for all hair types (including oily), it's a great treatment to add in to her routine. It contains baobab and jojoba protein, which both retain moisture in the hair shaft and smooth the cuticle, adding shine. Baobab also adds elasticity and strength to hair, reducing breakage. Boost has a sweet citrus scent with lime, lemongrass, mandarin and vanilla oils.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Krigler English Promenade 19: Audrey Hepburn's Favorite Fruity-Floral Scent

I love learning new information and this Saturday, May 4, marks the 90th birthday of Audrey Hepburn—and this year is the 100th anniversary of her favorite fruity-floral fragrance, Krigler English Promenade 19.

Audrey reportedly first discovered English Promenade 19, when she was filming the movie Roman Holiday in Rome in the early 1950's, though the energizing, intoxicating scent was originally released in 1919. The bold blend boasts notes of orange blossom, juicy grapefruit, jasmine, sweet white musk, neroli and ylang-ylang and was inspired by the French Riviera, where the Krigler family fragrance business was based in the early 1900s. Promenade is a nod to the Promenade des Anglais, a seaside path in Nice.

Today, Audrey’s favorite scent remains one of Krigler’s bestsellers and is available for $385 at krigler.com or at any of the luxury brand’s four global boutiques.


Friday, April 26, 2019

Vegan Beauty Lines That Deliver: Jane Iredale and Nanacoco

Yes, Spring is here and I start to shift my color palette by adding a bit more of warmth. Not to say that I go anywhere (practically) without a red lippy on hand though. Jane Iredale and Nanacoco have different price points and both are vegan lines that have colors to wow your senses. Some people think that vegan lines don't deliver enough color payoff, but that is not the case here. I have been wearing Jane Iredale for years and can attest to the brightness, quality and color availability of the products.




jane iredale Spiced Peach PureGloss Lip Gloss ($26, janeiredale.com)

This long-lasting, sheer tint of coral color features an ultra-glossy finish without feeling tacky. Hydrating moringa butter and avocado oil make lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished.

jane iredale Sunset PurePressed Blush ($30, janeiredale.com)

This pigmented guava with gold shimmer shade defines and highlights cheekbones and is formulated with minerals and antioxidants. Provides a soft wash of just-blushed color.




Nanacoco Glitzn Face & Body Pigment in Orange Gold ($7.50, NanacocoInc.com)

Add a pop of shine to lips with just a sprinkle of this Glitzn Pigment in orange gold for a shimmering and glamorous look! The pigment offers multidimensional shimmer formulated to stay put. Adding a radiant and illuminating sparkle to any look.

Nanacoco Shimmertallics Metallic Lip Gloss in Fall Rush ($8.50, NanacocoInc.com)

Get the perfect amount of shimmer and shine on the lips for a show-stopping, light-reflecting effect. This water-based formula is filled with iridescent and long-lasting shimmer that is perfect for any occasion.




jane iredale Solar Flare Eye Shadow Kit ($59, janeiredale.com)

This highly pigmented, crease-resistant and long-lasting shadow kit features shades of metallic ivory; metallic peachy beige; metallic deep taupe; metallic deep gold red and metallic burgundy brown. Packaged in a sleek mirrored rose gold compact with a dual-ended wand for effortless application. Use each shade alone, layer or blend together. Formulated with minerals, botanical extracts and silica.





jane iredale Deep GreatShape Contour Kit ($49, janeiredale.com)

These easily blendable, pressed powders feature three matte shades in each kit to sculpt and enhance all your best features. Contour shade give a natural, shadow-effected, sculpted look. Highlight shade illuminates and enhances features. Blush shade adds a lit-from-within finishing touch. Includes an easy-to-follow, illustrated application guide.

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 Clarins.com:

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.