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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The latest buzz in beauty: bee venom

In honor of National Honeybee Day on August 18, we're profiling one of the newest beauty trends: skincare cream containing bee venom.  All the rage in China & the UK, look for these products to be available in North America any day now.  In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow and other movie stars (who import it from England for personal use) say they swear by it.

Effective enough to be hailed as "the new Botox", here's how it works: the bee venom tricks your skin into believing it has just been stung, which causes the skin to release certain chemicals that tighten the area to combat the sting.  In particular, bee venom stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in smoother, firmer skin.  When applied to the face, the cream feels nourishing and the venom provokes a slight tingling sensation followed by a tightening.  It can be used as a mask, or as a day or night cream.  Some people say they notice a positive change in their skin after five to seven days using bee venom. Others say it takes weeks or months to make a difference.  The venom has a cumulative effect.  Each time it is applied, more collagen and elastin are produced.

For those of you worried about the little pollinators, supposedly, the bees are not harmed during the venom collection process.  To harvest the venom, beekeepers put a glass lid over their hives, preventing the bees from leaving.  Frustrated, the bees sting the glass. Releasing its stinger normally kills a honeybee, but the stinger can't penetrate the glass and remains in the bee. The venom collects on the glass.
Queen of The Hive by Wedder-spoon will retail in health food stores for $77.99, but you can get it online for $72.99 for 50 ml (  You may feel a sting in your wallet, though.  But what price beauty?

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Could Chocolate Replace Sunscreen?

How's that for an attention-getting post title?!  Everything is better when covered in chocolate - though we're talking ingestion here, as opposed to dipping ourselves in fondue (mmmmmm, fondue.......).  Read on:

It turns out chocolate doesn't just provide comfort on a rough day - a new study reports that chocolate helps protect against UV rays. Better yet, this isn't a matter of slathering chocolate fondue all over your body.

The Journal of Nutrition reports that the superfood contains antioxidants epicatechin and catechin that shield skin from the sun - only when you eat it. Women who consumed 326 milligrams of high-flavanol cocoa per day for 12 weeks had decreased sensitivity to UV light versus the participants who ingested just 27 milligrams per day. Another bonus for chocolate lovers? The study also showed that the women who ate more chocolate had smoother, more hydrated skin. (A note of caution: the study doesn't claim that chocolate will provide adequate UV protection all on it's own, so for now we'll be slathering on our broad-spectrum SPF while we stuff our face with the sweet stuff.) Renee Trilivas, Allure magazine

I'm going to eat some sunblock now...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

BIOKOSMA natural Swiss skincare is back!

BeautiCreams is pleased to announce the return of BIOKOSMA natural skincare products. All products are developed and made in Switzerland, gently processing carefully selected plant extracts using state-of-the-art technology.  Now available in the U.S. through BeautiCreams!

Ok - that's the official PR blurb.  Now for the gushing product endorsement - I looooove this line!  I love everything about the products: the texture (not too light, not too greasy), the fragrance (a very light, natural scent - the exceptions being the hand cream, which is a perky lemon scent, & the foot cream, which is rosemary scented), the results (the Nail Treatment Cream with milk proteins is to DIE for.), the price point - everything!  For quite some time, this Swiss product line was unavailable in the States - until now *happy dance*!  If that's not enough pre-packaged wonderfulness for you, the BIOKOSMA line uses natural active plant agents as preservatives (paraben-free, woohoo!), no mineral oils, silicon-free - & no animal testing. 

Visit our shop at & discover this amazing line for yourself!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Wackiest beauty products ever invented - via

Beauty is serious business.  If you doubt me, here's proof:
Courtesy of 2.5 oz $4.50
I can has cheezburger-flavoured mouthwash?

Courtesy of $107.00

The "Beauty Lift High Nose" applies gentle electric vibrations to your nose from the bottom, sides & front.  Nothing is mentioned about how to use it when you have a head cold.

Courtesy of 1-800-SKYMALL $27.95
From CosmeSearch, Inc.  This includes Micro Collagen Plumping Balm & and accompanying "plumping device".  Was that plumping or pumping?

Courtesy of $16.00

Hand soap.  Enough said.

Courtesy of $4.79

For motorcyclists, horseback riders, truck drivers & anyone else suffering from the dreaded "monkey butt" affliction: now there's a little something to sprinkle on your bottom half to absorb sweat and minimize frictional skin discomfort. 

(BeautiCreams makes no claims regarding the efficacy of the above products - except that they probably are good for a laugh or two.)

Friday, May 18, 2012

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