Monday, December 17, 2018

Clarins for The Holidays: Limited Edition Gifts

Clarins has been a brand in my home for decades and has the perfect last minute gifts for the makeup and skincare lover on your list who is striving to achieve an extra-special glow this time of year.

Clarins Holiday 2018 Shimmer & Shine Collection creates an unforgettable, festive look with its beautiful Illuminating Sculpting Powder, Gold Mascara Top Coat and Lip Comfort Oil. 

The Clarins Holiday Rituals set is a beauty lover’s dream come true; a gorgeous advent calendar with 12 makeup and skincare hero products to create glowing skin from head to toe.

· Clarins Illuminating Sculpting Powder ($40/ Leave a trace of luminous gold glow along cheekbones for an exceptional, lightweight contour.

· Clarins Gold Mascara Top Coat ($28/ Add a subtle touch of glitter to give eyes an extra sparkle with a defined brush that ensures every lash is covered.

· Clarins Lip Comfort Oil ($26/ For long wear use, nourish and sooth lips with one of Clarins’ most-loved shades, Red Berry, with an added glitzy touch.

· Clarins Holiday Rituals ($60/ 12 makeup and skincare favorites in both full and travel-sizes for all-over glow.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

NEW: Bioré Witch Hazel Collection

We are Bioré fans in this house as my two teenagers use so many of their results driven products on a daily basis. I was intrigued to learn more about this new collection as I do know the properties of witch hazel work to draw out impurities in the skin and help heal inflammation.

The Bioré Witch Hazel Collection is here to help one deal with wicked skin issues. Long known for its astringent and healing properties, Native American “witch doctors” used Witch Hazel as a multi-purpose remedy, and let’s just say the results were nothing short of magic. The witch hazel formula casts a spell over oily, congested pores to help purify, refresh, and is said to heal skin faster than you can wave a wand.

Products to look into:

Bioré Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner: Light weight and oil free, it’s ideal for oily, blemish-prone complexions, the formula, with witch hazel and salicylic acid, works to control oil and deep clean for clear pores.

Bioré Witch Hazel Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips: The newest edition to the cult-classic line of Bioré Pore Strips uses Witch Hazel to pull out 2x more deep-down dirt for the deepest clean you can see. With just one use, lift away pore-clogging dirt, oil and blackheads for purified pores.

Available for $6.49 at

Friday, December 14, 2018

More Holiday Gift Ideas: Burt's Bees, Laneige, Buxom Cosmetics and Proraso

More Holiday Gift options to consider! We at B.I.O.A. are giving you as many ideas as we can so you do not stress out. We feel you.

For the Lip Balm Fanatic

For the holiday season, Burt’s Bees are making things PERSONAL! Create a custom gift for your family and friends that everyone will be raving about. Simply go on, pick your flavor and customize with a name or message!
Price: 4 Pack for $20
Where to Buy:

For the Skin Care Junkie:

With the dry winter season upon us, everyone needs to add some extra hydration to their skin care routine. The newest gift set from Laneige is SURE to give you intense hydration to your skin and lips all winter long. The Dream and Glow Set includes a full size Water Sleeping Mask, a travel size Moisture Cream and, of course, our #1 selling Lip Sleeping Mask!
Price: $39
Where to Buy:

For the Beauty Queen:

Who doesn’t love Mini Lip Glosses? Buxom Cosmetics has just launched their Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault for the holidays and it is flying off the shelves! The limited edition vault comes with 12 pieces including four lip liners and eight shimmery glosses. Get the $125 value vault for only $49!
Price: $49
Where to Buy:

For Your Man Candy:

Can’t think or something for the special man in your life? The Proraso Beard Tin is the perfect go-to gift for any man in your life! The set includes, Beard Wash, Beard Oil and Beard Balm. The set also comes in three different scents, Wood & Spice, Cypress & Vetiver and Azur Lime.
Price: $45
Where to Buy:

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

I know you might be feeling stressed out right now with regards to who to get what for the holidays but we have you covered with many different gift varieties for all on your list.  We’ve compiled a list of beautiful and easy last minute gifts which will make everyone – including yourself – happy.



For your chill Sister:
She discovers all the cool brands and knows everything before anyone else.  She’s the go to for advice on everything.  You can’t fool her and you definitely can’t buy her anything that she will toss onto the back of her beauty cabinet.  Nubian Heritage is the natural answer to her bath and body needs.  The Abyssinian and Chia SeedBombs and Bar Soap are the perfect accompaniment for the season and the perfect gift for her. SRP: $4.99-$14.99

For your well preserved Aunt:
She is always perfectly dressed and not a hair out of place.  There are whispers around the dinner table questioning how she never ages.  Her skin is immaculate.  But how?  Add to her skin care arsenal with a cocktail that is better suited for her skin than on the dinner table: Lumene’s Nordic-C [Valo] Artic Berry Cocktail Brightening Hydra Oil.

For your “always trying the latest diet fad” Mom:
She is constantly watching what she eats.  She tells you how much she has lost – and gained – daily.  She loves food but also loves to be in shape.  But you see her sneaking in desserts and cheeseburgers because that’s what she loves.  And you love her.  Stuff her stocking with Zahler’s ParaGuard Softgels which is a powerful parasite cleanser to keep her system as healthy as she tries to be. 

For the Wizard of Skincare:
There are people that buy skincare because they read about it or saw a celeb using it or the packaging is pretty.  And then there are people that thoroughly research skincare making sure every ingredient is safe, every botanical is useful and every product natural, organic and vegan.  For her, there is OZNaturals.  And she will fall in love with the Vitamin C Facial Serum. 

For your often moody Cousin:
We all have one cousin in our family that displays all the feels – Grounded, Energized, Inspired, Loved, Transformed and more.  You never quite know what you’re going to get.  So how do you find the perfect gift for all of those moods?  Easy.  Lifetherapy’s Mini Collection Gift Set treats every mood of hers while pampering her. The mood you’ll always get will be gratitude. 

For your impossible to buy for Millennial:
Ah yes.  This is THE hardest gift to buy.  They know it all.  They’ve seen it all.  Heck they probably HAVE it all.  So…the one fragrance that has resonated with Millennials is Hard Candy Black and Pink Eau de Parfum and Body Mists.  They’re cool.  They smell amazing.  And they are memorable – just like the recipient. 

Feeling a little less stressed now? I do hope so and all of us a B.I.O.A. wish you a wonderful holiday season! Cheers!

Friday, November 30, 2018

ELEMIS: Holiday Gift Ideas Galore

One of my all time favorite brands is ELEMIS. Their ingredients are results driven and their variety of products are wonderful for all skin types. I am always impressed with how my skin feels after usage and those of you who know me very well know that ELEMIS has been one of my go to skincare brands for several years. Below are just a few of the MANY gift options available at Please visit their site to see the many different gift options from their PRO-COLLAGEN Collections, SUPERFOOD Super Skin Collections, PEPTIDE 24/7 Collections, BATH & BODY Collections and more. There is something for everyone, I promise you!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Holiday Gift Ideas from Bare Minerals

The time of year is upon us when my inbox is flooded with holiday gift giving options. This happens to be my favorite time of year and I do hope that B.I.O.A. offers you as wide a variety of gift options as possible. Happy Shopping!

'Tis the season for gift giving, and no one has time to put together a present - which makes a glam prepackaged, one-and-done gift set an easy and convenient option. Between makeup, brushes, and skincare sets, bareMinerals has something for everyone on your list. Plus, with some of these being customized sets, giving someone a glam personalized, hand-picked gift is fast and simple.

Solar Spectrum Beauty Essentials

For the gal who wants a a little bit of everything, look no further than this holiday exclusive. This gift is filled with top picks from eyes, face, and lips - and all products are full-sized. Matte, sparkling, and shimmering finishes can be used to create infinite makeup looks throughout the season.

Sky Strokes Custom Makeup Brush Set

We're all guilty of using the same makeup brushes for far too help a friend stock up on new ones with this custom brush set! Four makeup brushes of your choice are packed in a limited-edition brush roll that can be stuffed in a stocking or taken on the go.

Celestial Magic Lipstick Gift Set

Can someone really have enough lipstick? Of course, the answer is no. This set has eight pink, mauve, and berry shades of Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks. The creamy formula leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated, and the mini sizes make it easy to take on the go.

Supernova Space Glossary Makeup Set

With full-sized versions of cult-classic favorites like Prime Time and Mineral Veil, this 12-piece set is sure to be a smash. Complete with a brush, mascara, a few lippies, and more, this gift covers all of your bases.

Starlight Beam Custom Makeup Kit

Want to give a gift that is completely one-of-a-kind? Design a custom makeup set with a foundation, two full-size color makeup items, and it will be sent in a seasonal makeup bag with some other goodies like a mini loose shadow and deluxe serum sample.

HyperGlow Multi Masking Set

Multi masking allows someone to address specific skin concerns at the same time. These clean clay masks are formulated with fruit extracts to keep the skin pure, refined, and glowing - even in the coldest winter months.

Ethereal Nudes Lip Collection

Some people can't seem to make up their mind - and this set of Gen Nude Lip Colors makes sure they don't have to. These six miniatures are a good mix of high-shine lacquers, smooth glosses, and matte liquid lipsticks, in universally flattering shades of pink, mauve, and peach.

Starlit Skin Duo Full Size Serum and Eye Cream Set

Since you can't give the gift of time-travel, this full-sized anti-aging serum and eye cream duo is the next best thing. Rich in minerals and botanical extracts, skin appears to be more radiant and youthful in a couple of weeks.

Starswept Brush Collection

Create a gorgeous holiday eye look with this set of bestselling eyeshadow brushes. Lavish rose gold handles wrapped in a luxe limited-edition brush roll make this gift functional but fabulous.

Nebula Night Custom Skincare Kit

No one has the same skin type, and this set embraces that! Build a personalized skincare routine suited for a friend and their (or your) skin by choosing a full-sized cleanser, serum, and moisturizer. This gift is perfect for the skincare fanatic, and it comes in a cute makeup bag loaded with samples.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Black Friday Specials from Leonor Greyl, Emma Hardie, Talika and JUARA

Black Friday Specials Alert! B.I.O.A. wants you to have these brands on your radar as before you know will be time to BUY gifts for others as well as yourselves!

Leonor Greyl Spend 125 dollars and get the Black Friday goodie Bag Volume Kit with...

Two full sizes product:
· Voluforme
· Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice

Two travel sizes:
· Bain Volumateur Aux Algues
· Masque Fleurs de Jasmin

The 50 gold comb

All this in the Black Nubuck Pouch

Free Shipping

Starts on Wednesday November 21st and end on Monday November 26th at midnight.

Emma Hardie has a 30% offer on all products from Thursday November 22nd at midnight through Monday November 26th at midnight.

Talika is running a 20% off promotion on all of their products from Thursday November 22nd to Monday November 26th.

Juara promo period this year is from Wednesday November 21st to Monday November 26th.

1) The membership promo: Become a JUARA preferred customer for $5.

Usually it costs a $29 annual fee to become a JUARA Preferred Customer to receive all of those perks, including 15% off on every order all year, and free shipping on orders $90 or more.

2) Great promo for existing Preferred Customers.

Receive 20% on all JUARA plus Free Shipping on ALL orders and a very cool looking branded JUARA cosmetic bag with purchase of $50 or more. This is a really great promo, but you MUST be a preferred customer to take advantage of it! 

It is also super easy to become a Preferred Customer at the promo membership of only $5.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

dr.brandt Skincare Specials on Halloween!

Happy Halloween from dr.brandt skincare! Receive a FREE mystery full size treat with any purchase over $59 on No coupon is needed and offer is valid for TODAY only! Go take advantage of this incredible offer and while you are there- please check out some of my faves....

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cargo Cosmetics Bronzers Help Maintain Your Summer Look

I love using bronzer as it adds both depth and dimension to my face. I use it along my jawline, under my cheekbones, at the bottom portion of my nose and all along my forehead where it meets my hairline. Winter is coming and luckily Cargo Cosmetics Bronzers are a wonderful go-to product.

These award-winning bronzers offer a sheer and easily blendable texture. They are available with a touch of shimmer for a built in highlight or you can opt for the matte finish. It's up to you as it should be!


· Light Reflective Mica – Finely milled shimmer particles that give a soft and iridescent quality (exclude in shade Matte Medium)

· Vitamin E – Helps skin fight the damaging effects of the environment while providing moisture

Pro Tip: Use shade Medium Matte for contouring, shade Dark for the hollows of the cheeks and jawline, and shade Medium to contour the nose

SHADES: Medium, Matte Medium & Dark

PRICE: $29

AVAILABILITY:, select Kohl's Departments Stores and

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fashion x Function: Blazon Hairbrush Collection

Blazon, you have my attention and I love your line of fashionable and functional hair brushes! These are the type of brushes you want to put on display rather than throwing them under the sink. They are packaged beautifully well and their unique look allows them to stand out from the other brushes you may already own. I applaud the company for producing such a creative product.

Blazon’s debut hairbrush collection will make you want to showcase your hairbrush for everyone to see- on your vanity, in your back pocket, on your desk, the possibilities are endless.

The Diamond Bezel Hairbrush Collection features emblematic designs that make a statement with graphic patterns embedded into the brush uppers. The patent-pending hexagon bristle array provides increased brushing coverage, making the hairbrush ideal for diverse hair textures.

With care and aesthetic at the forefront of each design, the Blazon hairbrush comes with a matching traveling case and stand. Each collection is limited edition with Blazon offerings being introduced every 3-4 months.

The entire kit (brush, stand and case) retails for $60 however there is an option to purchase just the hairbrush for $40.

Blazon is bridging the gap between functional, stylish accessories and street culture.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

New from Carpe: Underarm Antiperspirant

Carpe, a skincare startup dedicated to offering over-the-counter relief for excessive sweating, recently launched a new underarm antiperspirant. I was eager to sample this as the company told me it was both vegan and against animal testing. I tend to sweat a lot in the more hot and humid months but now it has been to an extreme due to peri-menopause (thank you)! I also tend to wear a lot of black so white spots on my clothing brings me back to my teenage years where this used to embarrass me. Who wants those strange, always uneven white lines of deodorant on their clothing? Not me!

According to their press release, Carpe's underarm antiperspirant has been demonstrated to reduce sweat twice as effectively as the US legal standard for extra strength antiperspirants; while federal regulation requires that an extra strength antiperspirant demonstrate at least a 30% reduction in sweat, Carpe's clinical data has demonstrated over a 60% median reduction.
The new product is targeted at consumers who need additional sweat protection not offered by existing brands, including the roughly 15 million Americans who suffer from hyperhidrosis - a chronic skin condition marked by excessive sweating. Although symptoms can present in men and women of all ages, excessive sweating is particularly common among teens. According to the American Academy of Dermatology's 2017 annual meeting, approximately 17% of teens experience clinically excessive sweating.
"As someone who knows what it's like to struggle with excessive sweating, I am thrilled that we are bringing an affordable, effective, and non-irritating antiperspirant to market that is made for people like me," said David Spratte, Carpe's CEO and co-founder. Spratte and his co-founder, Carpe COO Kasper Kubica, both suffer from hyperhidrosis symptoms that began when they were teenagers.
Kubica added, "Our market research showed that 65% of people are likely to try a new antiperspirant - because they just aren't satisfied with what's out there today. We know how difficult it can be for some people to find an effective antiperspirant, so we decided to create a product that aimed for maximum efficacy."
The antiperspirant, which is scented with natural eucalyptus oil, is applied via a soft-foam applicator housed in a plastic casing that resembles a traditional underarm antiperspirant. For best results, it should be applied twice daily - once in the morning and once before bed.
Carpe underarm antiperspirant is currently available for purchase at and for $19.95. Customers who purchase two or more items from will receive a 50% discount on their first underarm product for the first month that it's available. 
About Carpe
Carpe is an antiperspirant company dedicated to offering relief from excessive sweating, especially in patients with hyperhidrosis. The company also produces antiperspirant hand and foot lotions, which are enjoyed by both hyperhidrosis patients and performance athletes. Carpe's proven formula, which was specifically designed for maximum efficacy with no irritation, is gentle enough for prolonged daily use, and strong enough to help manage the symptoms of hyperhidrosis. Learn more at

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cargo Cosmetics: SWIMMABLES™ Lippies

Cargo Cosmetics’s Matte, Satin, and Glossy Summer Lippies
Summer is still here and this certainly means we need the perfect lippy for the season. Below are Cargo’s go-to summer shades from thier best-selling liquid lipsticks, lip color, and lip gloss!
SWIMMABLES™ Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick
Whether you’re sipping lemonade near the pool or just beachin’ it, this matte budge-proof liquid lipstick delivers intense long wear color that won’t smudge or transfer! The suede matte finish is pleasantly lightweight and does not settle into fine lines or crack and flake on the lips.
PRICE: $18

Essential Lip Gloss
For the glossy wet lips look, this ultra- high-shine gloss delivers intense color payoff while its slick texture glides over lips for a smooth, non-sticky feel. The long-wearing formula also locks in moisture, leaving lips feeling hydrated!
PRICE: $16

Essential Lip Color
This go-to summer lip-plumper essential lipstick is highly pigmented and moisturizing. Infused with MaxiLip, lips are instantly fuller voluptuous, and gorgeous!
PRICE: $22