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July 23, 2017

Chemical Free Organic Makeup By Suzanne Somers

Chemical Free Organic Makeup By Suzanne Somers And Barbies Beauty Bits

Welcome beauties, to my second post in my Suzanne Somers organic beauty product series. In case you missed the first post which was on skin care, click here.  But today I am going to be sharing with you SUZANNE™ Organics Cosmetics.  For this post, I have once again partnered up with PRIMP and Suzanne Somers to bring you Organic Cosmetics Products. Not only do these products make you look BEAUTYful, but they are also good for your skin, as they are free of parabens and other fillers that can be potentially harmful and suffocate the skin.
 
Suzanne Somers Organics review by Barbies Beauty Bits

Why Chemical Free Organic Makeup
Before I get into the products, I would like to share some background on the Suzanne Organics line, as there are reasons and passion as to why Suzanne Somers, developed this beauty line.

Many of you may know Suzanne Somers as I do from the popular TV show, Three’s Company.  Being on TV, required makeup and lots of it.  As a cancer survivor, Suzanne became more aware of the stuff she exposed herself to over the years; one was the chemicals in some of the cosmetic products. In all the years of her public appearance, Suzanne used all kinds of makeup, while having no clue about the parabens absorbing into her body.  Nor was she familiar with the fillers that suffocated the skin or that some cosmetics have toxic artificial dyes, which have been banned in the food supply but are still allowed in makeup.  Hence, she came up with SUZANNE™ Organics.

What Is Not In The Makeup
The SUZANNE Organics Makeup Collection is a line that is not only free of some harmful ingredients but as mentioned above it is also good for your skin, now that sounds like a winner to me!  As you can now treat your skin to a nutrient-rich superfood cosmetic line that is also...
  • Pure
  • Health
  • No artificial dyes
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • No lead
  • No chemical binders
  • No PEGs or parabens
  • Cruelty free
  • Made in the USA
  • Gluten-free
The Beneficial Ingredients In The Makeup
While I know people are concerned about what is NOT in the products, what is in them is also ever so important, and this is one thing that I liked about the Suzanne Organics Makeup Collection.

The cosmetics in this line are made with skin-nurturing ingredients like shea butter, jojoba, aloe, argan oil, grape seed oil, bamboo powder, tapioca, rich mineral powders, raspberries, oranges, Vitamin E and more. They also use the power of nature to find the most effective botanical actives for clean, beautiful products to feed, nurture and hydrate our precious skin, while providing the needed coverage that makeup should offer, but with a bonus as this makeup is good for your skin!

Suzanne Organics Makeup Collection by Barbies Beauty Bits

Organic Chemical Free Makeup
I was fortunate to try out a few products from her makeup line. Testing out the products that I most commonly use which is a foundation, mascara, products to highlight and contour and of course a safe UV Free tan with a self-tanner, as the last thing I want it to look older than I am!

Suzanne Organics Sheer Flawless Foundation
First up is the foundation, and this line has four colors. I selected the honey medium foundation, and I will say that the bottle is misleading to the actual color.  Which in my case was a positive as when I first opened the box and pulled out the foundation, I thought it was going to be too dark, but it wasn’t.

The foundation was much thicker than what I like, as I am not a full coverage girl.  I prefer to use foundation to create an even based palette so to speak.  But after applying the foundation, this too while it is heavier than what I like, had superior capabilities to blend seamlessly, so I was pleasantly surprised with the final look. It was not cakey and did not set into my pores.  I did, however, use a primer and a moisturizer before application, which is essential, especially for maturing skin.

Suzanne Organics Sheer Flawless Foundation By Barbies Beauty Bits

Some other things about the foundation
The foundation does have a scent to it, but it is not over powering.  It has organic botanical actives like Aloe Leaf Juice, Tea Tree, Jojoba and Grape Seed Oils as well as some antioxidants, which is a much-added value.

A lot of these ingredients, especially the aloe when used in cosmetics, can help in hydrating aging skin.  Plus, aloe also works as a toner, which can help with keeping your skin firm and glowing! Just what a forty-year-old needs!!!

Suzanne Organics Chemical Free Makeup By Barbies Beauty Bits

Suzanne Organics Perfect Finish Concealer
I was thrilled to see this was a cream based product, as powders, especially when used under the eye can tend to be aging as it settles into fine lines. I prefer a cream base concealer as it is much easier to blend, giving you a dewier look.  Plus, it is usually more pigmented hence it perfect for coverage while only using a small amount.

The ingredients in this camouflaging concealer combines organic shea butter and Jojoba with soothing Lavender and Vitamin E. Lastly, I loved that it was also buildable so you can go from sheer to full coverage without looking cakey.

BONUS TIP: The key to preventing your concealer from sitting in your creases is to moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize under the eye area. With aging skin you do not want a matte look, so make sure to combine the over moisturizing with an eye primer, otherwise you are going to have a problem with your concealer caking into your lines. 

Suzanne Organics Contour Kit
This powder trio includes an organic Contour, Bronzer, and Highlighter all in one set.  This product was the one that I was most excited about as there is so much we can do with contouring kits, like helping to sculpt, define, and highlight our face.

I believe that the older we get that less is more when it comes to some makeup applications. And this trio seems to be versatile enough to allow you to create a very defined and dramatic version or a subtler one that is more elegant and defined, with a focus on highlighting!

Suzanne Organics Contour Kit By Barbies Beauty Bits

As we get older highlighting is a must! It enables us to bring more light in areas, which will offset any imperfections we may have due to loss of elasticity, or fine lines.

To highlight I added the highlighting color down my nose, under my brow bone, on the top of my cheekbone, the middle of my head and the upper part of my lip, which added a radiant glow to my complexion.

One wonderful thing about contouring is you can transform your face. Like giving yourself a thinner face, thinner nose, chiseled jaw or killer cheekbones.

For contouring, I focused on slimming my face by hollowing out my cheeks and adding a more chiseled jaw line by taking my contour brush and sweeping it along my jawline.

Organic Mascara
Mascara is my must have product.  If I were only allowed to have one makeup item, mascara would be it.  This lengthening mascara was created to define your lashes without artificial colorants or petroleum as the last ingredients we want near the delicate eye area are potentially harmful ones.  Suzanne organic mascara contains natural colors combined with the conditioning agents of Aloe and Cocoa Butter that are much safer for the eye area.

Suzanne Organics Golden Tanning Serum by Barbies Beauty Bits

SUZANNE Organics Golden Tanning Serum
I live at the beach, so having a bronzy glow in the summer is a must, but it can be so damaging to the skin. Hence you will not find me laying out in the sun.  Instead, I get a beautiful UV free glow from a self-tanner. Not only do self-tanners even out your skin tone but they can also revitalize and camouflage any imperfections, like helping to make cellulite less noticeable, yeah, right?

To achieve that natural glow, you need to make sure you plan your tan by prepping properly ahead of time, doing so will help to eliminate some of those major self-tanning disasters!

Secondly, you want to do your skin another favor and stay away from products that have high concentrations of alcohol as that can be drying and make your skin look worse over time.  Adding a certified Toxic Free self-tanner like the one from Suzanne Organics not only stimulates melanin production while protecting the skin, it also nurtures and hydrates your skin while giving you a healthy, gorgeous tan.

So, there you have it, some chemical free and organic cosmetics products by SUZANNE™ Organics.  If you are interested in any of the products I suggested or checking out some of her other makeup like her eyeshadows or lipstick, now you can while saving 20% Off by using the code PRIMP20 at checkout!


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July 17, 2017

Win An Active Lifestyle Summer Skincare Bundle By Michael Todd Beauty

Win An Active Lifestyle Summer Skincare Bundle By Michael Todd Beauty Valued At Over $200 By Barbies Beauty Bits

It's Contest time and boy do I have a "KNOCKOUT" Giveaway for you from Michael Todd Beauty! This bundle includes 4 amazing items, to include...
  • Soniclear Petite
  • A Soniclear Petite Travel Cas
  • A Corkcicle Canteen, to keep all your beverages nice and cold
  • And last but not least a Michael Todd Beauty Tote bag, to throw all of your stuff in while on the go!
So there you have it! Whether you’re hitting the gym or having fun in the sun, Michael Todd Beauty has a prize bundle for you!

See Rules To Qualify
  • To enter, you MUST follow @michaeltoddbeauty on Instagram!
  • You MUST Like & Comment on this CONTEST post.
  • Bonus entries, this is optional…Tag a friend for an extra entry & ask them to follow our page. The more you tag, the more entries.
  • EVEN MORE BONUS ENTRIES...Repost the contest post, again this is optional.
  • Winners will be tagged and sent a DM by Michael Todd Beauty, and you will have 48 hours to claim your prize.
  • This is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram Inc. By entering you are confirming that you are 18+ years of age, live in the US, agree to Instagram’s terms of use and release Instagram from any and all responsibility.  Disclaimer void where prohibited by law!
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July 16, 2017

Must Have Beauty Items For Your Summer Getaway

Must Have Beauty Items For Your Summer Getaway By Barbies Beauty Bits

Every Summer I am always setting aside some must have beauty products to take to my beach house. From smooth bikini ready skin to beach hair, I want to make sure I am prepared for my summer getaway.

So, grab your favorite bikini and sunscreen along with some of these other summer beauty essentials and let’s hit the beach baby!

For this post, I have partnered up BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media, and they have curated a box of summer beauty and fashion products that will help you look and feel your best in the summer heat. So, let’s dig right in!

Must Have Beauty Items For Your Summer Getaway With Babbleboxx By Barbies Beauty Bits

Beach Ready
Beach ready means shorts, sandals, tank tops and of course a bathing suit.  But are you ready to sport those shorts and bikini?

There's nothing more beautiful than the confidence that comes with smooth, radiant skin, and this goes for your bikini line and under arm area as well! And do I have the product for you to help remove those itty bitty and stubborn hairs…

PFB Vanish + Chromabright
This product is perfect for the bikini and underarm area.  Not only does the PFB Vanish + Chromabright help with hair removal, but it also helps with those embarrassing razor bumps and hyperpigmentation. This product has a gentle blend of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids, so it is not too harsh. It's more than just a hair removal as it helps to lift those ingrown hairs beneath the skin! And bye, bye to those dark underarms areas as it can contribute to diminishing those as well.

PFB Vanish + Chromabright hair removal by Barbies beauty bits and Babbleboxx

I love that this product can be rolled on, it is just the right size to fit into the beach shower or throw in an overnight bag.

Simply Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths
Hanging out at the beach all day can make us hot and sweaty and can sometimes cause a heat rash, yuk I know.  A heat rash is not only uncomfortable it can also be unsightly.  So, having a product that can help us to maintain a natural PH and wipe away that odor-causing bacteria is just what we need in this summer heat.
Simply Summers Eve Cleasning cloth perfect for the beach by Barbies beauty bits and Babbleboxx

Simply Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths are perfect for my beach house getaway as they come in portable individually-packaged packets that can easily be tossed into my beach bag to take with me to the beach.  And the scent is tropical as well… Mandarin Blossom & Coconut Water.

Beach Fashion
While I may be relaxing at the beach that does mean my fashion should be on hiatus. Summer is all about mixing fashion and function, and that’s where BABY-G comes in with its latest Casio Baby-G watch.

This beach'n watch in a bold white hue that is perfect for any beach ensemble. And the best part is there is no need to take off this watch when you’re hitting the waves as it is water proof, making it the perfect summer accessory!

Beach fashion accessories with a Water proof Casio Baby-G watch by Barbies beauty bits and babbleboxx

Hair And Skin
I love Summertime, weather! However, it doesn't always love us back, especially when it comes to our hair and skin. Every year, people suffer the results of the sizzling summer sun. From sunburns to damaged hair, the sun wreaks havoc upon us in many ways.

So, what is a girl to do? Like my expression, plan your tan, you need to spare the hair too!  So, let’s first start with a hair product...

Treat and Style Your Hair With Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray
This sea salt hairspray does some excellent stuff to my hair, especially the way it allows me to create gorgeous beach waves, with lots of body, lift, and great hold.  The Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray really gives you the textured sexy beach hair look, and it also helps to nourish, protect and heal hair damage with the power of Argan oil, which is a must in the summer months.

Perfect beach hair with the Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray By barbies beauty bits and babbleboxx

Covering Your Hair
When at the beach, I always wear a hat to protect my hair from the hot UV rays of the sun that can be damaging to my locks, so this is one thing I never leave home without.  Additionally, the salt water can turn my blond hair brassy, and that is the last thing I need after spending all that money to lighten my hair.

Skincare
Even though I may be on a summer getaway, that doesn't mean I should forget about my skincare regimen. The truth of the matter is some adjustments need to be made to maintain the health of your skin under the summer heat and sun. It is well known that the sun can increase the rate at which wrinkles appear, YUK. While those sun rays may feel wonderful, the effects of the sun on our skin is not so wonderful. So, before you run out the door, you want to make sure that you have packed some SPF and some of your other skincare products.

One new skincare product that I will be taking with me is the GLAM Face & Eye Cupping Set.  This cupping set will make a perfect skincare item for my girl's beauty and wine night, and we can all give it a try.

Younger looking skin with Lures GLAM Face & Eye Cupping Set by barbies beauty bits and babbleboxx

Facial Cupping has been around for a while.  I know recently we have seen a lot more of it on social media. But if done correctly it is supposed to offer an effective and non-invasive way to help stimulate skin renewal. Also, I’ve read that it can assist in minimizing the effects of the sun, environmental damage, and aging. So, since this is being hailed as a natural alternative to Botox or injections, I am going to bring it with me, and the girls and I will give it a try.

What is included in the cupping set?
The LURE GLAM Face & Eye Cupping Set includes 2 Face Cups that can be used for the face, neck, d├ęcolletage, along with 2 Eye Cups and a free exfoliating brush.

Hydrate
Bringing plenty of bottled water is important as you want to make sure you are drinking a lot it! This is one thing I am not good at, but drinking plenty of water will help hydrate and give your hair and skin the internal moisture it needs to look and feel healthy.

Floxsee Portable Tri-fold Mirror
With limited space at the beach house, this mirror is perfect! And the fact that it is portable, adjustable, and hangable, it will be a definite add to my beauty arsenal and will be packed not only for my summer getaway but for all my travels. The Floxsee is tri-fold mirror that allows you to see your hair from any angle, which for me is so important, especially if I am trying to put in my hair extensions!

Floxsee Portable Tri-fold Mirror the perfect travel mirror by barbies beauty bits and babbleboxx

The mirror can be used in a variety of places like on a table, a vanity, bathroom sink, the beach deck and more!  You can even hang it on a door, as it has adjustable hangers that pull out from the top for easy hanging and if that was enough, it also adjusts to your height and folds flat for easy storage.  In a pinch you can flip this bad boy vertically too as it functions as a foldable full-length mirror. Lastly,  The Floxsee portable tri-fold mirror is made of plastic and break resistant acrylic mirror which makes it safe for travel.

So, there you have it some Must Have Beauty Items For Your Summer Getaway and to make it even better I have some special offers on some of the products just for you!

PFB VANISH + CHROMABRIGHT: 20% off by using promo code: HOTWEATHER
GLAM Face & Eye Cupping Set: 15% off by using promo code: BABBLE15

Must Have Beauty Items For Your Summer Beach Trip by Barbies beauty bits
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July 13, 2017

The Total Refresher An Amazing At Home Skin Care Tool You Must Try By Michael Todd Beauty

An Amazing At Home Skincare Tool, The Total Refresher You Must Try By Michael Todd Beauty and Barbies Beauty Bits
Similar to the obsession, that Tim "The Toolman" Taylor, from the TV show Home Improvement has with his tools, I am like that when it comes to my skincare devices!  As a self-professed skincare fiend, I am always on the search for the next new skincare device. While I love going to the spa for treatments, they can be costly! So, when I can find a skincare tool, that I can trust to use in the comfort of my own home, I want to share it with the world. And beauties do I have a winner for you, with the Total Refresher by Michael Todd Beauty!

If you are a frequent reader, you know that I love me some Michael Todd Beauty! Not only do they offer a great innovative organic, cruelty-free skincare line, but they are always creating amazing products and sonic devices that give us the treatments, like those we’d find at a spa or a dermatologist's office! So, if you want to learn about this amazing at home skincare device by Michael Todd Beauty, continue reading.

It’s Tool Time With Michael Todd Beauty Total Refresher
I wanted first to come out and say that skincare tools on the market are not going to stop our skin from aging as it is a natural progression. They can, however, help delay the process as well as contributing to improving our damaged skin. This is why it is so important to make sure that I am selecting the correct product(s) for my delicate facial skin, from a reputable company, as I am not willing to put just anything on it or near it! Finding products from a company that can help me to achieve the best results is what I am seeking, and the Michael Todd Beauty Total Refresher Microdermabrasion System helps deliver just that.

This 3-in-1 skin rejuvenating system is truly like a full spa experience with an aesthetician as it offers extraction, skin resurfacing and a soothing post-treatment.

Beauties, this tool is the first I’ve used that offers this type of combination, making it as close to a professional treatment.  Not only has it helped to get rid of dead skin cells, which can accentuate my wrinkles, but it also targets enlarged and congested pores, that may have blackheads or even milia!

It’s Tool Time With Michael Todd Beauty Total Refresher By Barbies Beauty Bits

Overview
As mentioned above, The Total Refresher is the first ever skincare device that combines a microdermabrasion exfoliation, in combination with a pore extractor and a soothing mister.  These combined is what creates the 3 step process to smooth, remove and soothe.  And if that wasn’t good enough, it also comes with four treatment heads to help you achieve a fresh, radiant complexion.

How To Use
Prep the skin
According to the instructions, for optimal results, Michael Todd suggests using a degreasing product to completely remove all surface oils from the skin's surface, like their  Charcoal Detox Pore Cleanser. BUT if you don’t have it any degreasing cleanser is compatible. Another option is to steam the face or use a warm cloth as these too will open up the pores.

How to use Michael Todd Beautys Total Refresher by barbies beauty bits
Fill the mister: This device has a new generation mist option that can be loaded with your favorite toner, micellar water, or plain water.  This is a fantastic feature to assist in hydrating and replenishing moisture in the skin. 
 
The filter: It is already installed, but you want to make sure that you always have a filter in place, you can’t operate without one. Refillable ones come with the tool, so change out accordingly.

Speeds: The device has three speeds, pick the speed desired.

Treatments
Treatment Heads: There is a treatment head for each treatment to give you optimal results, see below.

First Step: DIAMOND TIP MICRODERMABRASION – SMOOTH & PREP
Yep, diamonds are a girl's best friend, and this rejuvenation system may sure become your second as the treatment head has a Diamond Tip exfoliator.  While there are not real diamonds in this skincare gadget, the state of the art exfoliator is used to remove the dead skin by gently exfoliating, eliminating any rough or uneven texture. Additionally it...
  1. Helps to minimize pores, and decreases the appearance of some skin damage caused by the sun. 
  2. Contributes to diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.  
  3. Another benefit in removing dead skin with microdermabrasion is that it can help to aid in the penetration of your skincare products!
  4. How often should you do this? If you have dry skin once a week for 5 minutes and for oily skin twice a week for 5 minutes.  
Also, doing this step first helps to prep the skin for the next step as it removes excess dead skin cells that form a "cap" over pores, clearing a path for removal while utilizing the pore-unclogging function.

The Michael Todd Beauty Total Refresher Diamond Head By barbies Beauty Bits

Step Two: SUCTION EXTRACTION– REMOVE
It's time to clean out the gunk in those pores, baby! Yep, no need to go to an aesthetician for pore extraction, as this refresher kit comes with three suction treatment heads varying in size and strength allowing for customization suction removal of unwanted impurities from pores for a complete detoxification of the complexion.
  • Large Pore Extractor: This treatment head is used to suck away dirt and debris from the skin's surface and clogged pores.
  • Small Pore Extractor: This one is amazing as it is utilized for the removal of blackheads and for me what was great, I could use it for removing Milia bumps (a little white bump that occurs when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin). I’ve had this bump for a few years and planned on going to go to the dermatologist to have it removed, but I was able to extract it out with this!
  • Oval Pore Extractor:

Step Three: MICRONIZED TONING- SOOTHE
This is the last step, and I love this as I can use it with my favorite toner.  Toner is excellent in helping to replenish, hydrate and nourish skin.

When it comes to using the total refresher misting option, there are not really any clear directions on how to do this, so here you go.
  1. Fill with your favorite toner in the reservoir located on the back of the device.
  2. There is an enclosed funnel that comes with the device, this is what you use to add your favorite toner.
  3. To use you want to make sure that the device has been turned off (use the bottom button for this).
  4. To activate you want to hold the top button down for 2 secs.
  5. You want to shake it a few times to get it started, then mist away!
  6. To turn off you want to hold down for seconds.
  7. IMPORTANT: You only can use the mister when the suction portion is off, I did not realize this at first.
Step Four: CLEAN
Please make sure that you are thoroughly cleaning this device as the last thing you want is to put bacteria or dead skin cells on your skin.

IMPORTANT
You may notice some redness, as I did. But no worries as this is normal and will subside after a few hours. Also, for you skincare junkies out there like myself you do not want to use an exfoliator prior or after using the Michael Todd Beauty Refresher. Finish with a great moisturizer with an SPF, but you want to stay away from any super-thick moisturizers that could cause extra sebum buildup. I personally like to add a clarify serum into my skincare regemin to help my skin stay more refreshed, clean, and ready!

Purchase a Michael Todd Beauty Total Refresher 3 in1 Derm Rejuvenation at soft surrounding by barbies beauty bits

Concluding Thoughts
AMAZING to say the least.  This skincare tool will most certainly be added to my skincare tool box so to speak.  I love the idea that it offers multiple skincare treatments all in one which you all know I love multi-purpose products as they save you money in the long run.  Plus, the fact that this can be done in the comfort of my own home, making this spa rejuvenation system even better!

I would say, please make sure to read the manual thoroughly as the different extractors are not recommended for all areas of the face and most important always do a patch test before placing on your face.  I tested them all on the under area of my arm as some suction may be too powerful and you don’t want to be testing first on your face!

So, if you want to get buffed and beautiful with a sweep of this skin-transforming microdermabrasion then make sure to check out Soft Surroundings or Michael Todd Beauty and enjoy this spa like experience in the comfort of your own home!

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