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April 15, 2017

What Is A Vampire Facial And What Are The Benefits

What Is A Vampire Facial And What Are The Benefits, By Barbies Beauty Bits

While flipping through Instagram, I ran into a post on Vampire Facials and thought WTF, which naturally prompted a little more investigation.  Keep in mind, I am not a health professional; I am sharing this as I was curious and wanted to share my findings. This post while it is educational in nature, it is also for entertainment. By no means is this MEDICAL ADVICE, so check with a medical professional for advice first.

The correct name for this procedure is called a PRP facial, and yes the process does involve blood, my goodness the things we do for beauty.  So how does this work, what is PRP and where are they getting the blood?

What Is PRP
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma.  The plasma, which is used for a PRP procedure, is made up from your blood, so no worries there are not any vampires involved. The use of PRP has been around but just within the last few years has it been implemented for cosmetic purposes.  Primarily PRP has been used for reconstructive surgery to help speed recovery. But now cosmetic dermatologists are using this platelet rich plasma to help repair damaged, aging skin as it can assist in the growth of new collagen and elastin for a more youthful appearance. Not only can this cosmetic procedure be used on the face, but it is employed in other areas of the body as well.

Other Areas Of The Body You Can Microneedle With PRP

  • Neck
  • Décolleté
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Stomach area
  • Legs
  • Back
  • Spider veins
Benefits of Vampire Facials by barbies beauty bits

Benefits of Vampire Facials
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles
  • Evens out your skin tone
  • Reduces appearance of pores
  • Can help with healing scars and acne damage
  • Help eliminate undereye issues like puffiness and dark circles
  • Contribute to lessen the appearance of broken capillaries
  • Ultimately giving you more radiant younger looking skin

Where Do They Get The Blood
The blood comes from you by drawing a small amount from your arm.  It is then spun to separate your plasma from your white and red blood cells.  This platelet-rich plasma contains a high concentration of stem cells and other growth factors which ultimately helps with the regrowth of new cells, giving you a younger looking appearance.

How Is PRP Microneedling Performed
No worries, unlike the image in this post it is not injected with a syringe like botox. None the less, keep in mind I am not a medical professional, so some of this information may not be a 100% correct, therefore make sure to check with your local cosmetic specialist for more details. But according to the local spa in my area, they first apply a topical numbing cream to the area. They use a micro needling technique that involves a series of tiny, very fine needles which are passed over the skin, creating micro-injuries which trigger new collagen and elastin synthesis as the skin begins to repair itself naturally.

The prepared PRP solution is applied to the treatment area before and after the micro-needling procedure to ensure that the PRP gets fully absorbed.

Why Does A Vampire Facial Make Me Look Younger
The younger you are, the more concentrated the growth factors your platelets have, but as we age our skin starts to droop and look less supple.  Additionally, as we get older, the production of collagen slows down; this collagen which is a protein production is what gives us firmer looking skin.  Hence with this PRP AKA Vampire procedure, they are reintroducing these growth factors into the skin with hopes it will help to stimulate your collagen production over time.

Final Thoughts
Would you try this? I'm not sure if I would primarily as I'm not convinced if it really works.  I would say one of the positives is unlike other facial rejuvenation methods that this procedure uses naturally occurring ingredients. (Hyaluronic acid which is a chemical normally found within our skin as well as our own platelet rich plasma)

So there you go, there is actually a VAMPIRE Facial.  See below the video I saw of Kim Kardashian which prompted this review in the first place.


$1000 Mother's Day Giveaway

$1000 Mother's Day Giveaway by top beauty blogger barbies beauty bits

Mother's Day is right around the corner and $500 could sure go a long way! That's right, I have partnered up with some other bloggers to give 2 lucky winners $500 each!

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April 9, 2017

The Top 8 Dollar Tree Couponing Hacks from the Dealspotr Community

The Top 8 Dollar Tree Couponing Hacks from the Dealspotr Community by barbies beauty bits

Beauty items for a $1 sounds like a great deal right? Well, what if I told you there were other ways you can save at the Dollar Tree. That's right beauties, I am happy to share with you my tip on saving at Dollar Tree, plus some other excellent tips from the Dealspotr community! 

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If something costs one dollar - that's a good deal, right? Well sometimes, it's not the best deal you can get.

Dollar Tree is one of the biggest dollar stores in the U.S. And while everything there costs only a dollar, there are many ways you can save even more on your purchases. We asked our Dealspotr community - including some pro coupon bloggers - their hacks for saving money at Dollar Tree. Here's what they said:


Get cash back on the items you buy most

This winning tip is by Tabitha of the blog Saving for a Better Life. With a few simple cash back apps, you can end up getting big discounts on the items you need most, like toilet paper, soap, etc.
You can absolutely use coupons at Dollar Tree (they do have a 2 printable coupon limit but you can use as many coupons clipped from the newspaper as you want). But even better is that cash back apps like Ibotta can be used there. My favorite to use at Dollar Tree is Mobisave which frequently has $.25 cash back on ANY bath tissue or $.15 cash back on ANY soap. etc (I've seen any brand canned goods, toothpaste, paper towels and more - tons of things you find at Dollar Tree!) So you can get cash back on whatever brand you happen to find at Dollar Tree. It makes those $1 items even cheaper!

Use good old manufacturer coupons

One Frugal Girl knows that just like most other stores, Dollar Tree accepts manufacturer coupons on any item. Of course, there are some limitations, i.e. they won't give you overage for any coupons worth more than the item's price.
A lot of people don't know that Dollar Tree accepts manufacturers coupons. That means you can save even more money off an already ridiculously low price. For the biggest bang for your buck use coupons on full sized products which typically include items like dishwashing liquid, hand soap and toothpaste. You can often buy products for just a few cents!


Check the "discount corner"

According to Luis, each Dollar Tree has a discount corner where opened or gently used merchandise is sold at super cheap prices. Make sure to search for this area in your local Dollar Tree to find things for literal pennies.
What lots of people do not know is that in many Dollar Tree stores there is usually a discounted corner. Here you can find 4 for $1 or cheaper - they are discounted because many times they were opened by customers and no one wants to buy them. If you cant find one just ask an employee, they usually know where it is.


Sign up for the Value Seeker loyalty program

If you don't mind getting emails from Dollar Tree, then Barbara of Barbie's Beauty Bits has a solution for you.
The Dollar Tree has a Value Seeker loyalty program and an email program! Sign up, and be in the know about deals on Hot New Items, Closeouts, Ads and Catalogs, Contests, Promotions, Instore events & More ...


Buy in bulk, ship for free

If you ever need 24 or more of one item (say, you're throwing a party of some sort), then this is the savings option for you. You can buy things on the Dollar Tree website for $1 per unit, and according to giveawaylover, have them shipped to your local store for free.
When you buy in bulk online you can select free in-store pickup. This can come in handy for all sorts of items, especially party supplies. You can choose among specific colors and themes. You can also buy party favors in bulk. They have items for every type of theme imaginable; pool parties, graduation parties, beach parties, luaus, Easter celebrations and even weddings just to name a few. Purchase these items and have them shipped to your store for free.


Head to the Bonus Buys page

If you are in fact interested in buying in bulk, the Bonus Buys section is the place to visit. There, you can find larger-sized products still for just $1 per unit. Thanks to Alex White for the tip!
Look online for Bonus Buys & Closeouts, found under the “Xtreme Values” tab. Bonus Buy products come in larger sizes, still for just $1. Some of the items in the Closeout section such as vases would be great for crafters. Again, you will need to purchase by the case.


Look for your local paper and brand name items at a discount

If you normally get your coupons from the newspaper, there's even a way to save on that at Dollar Tree! Emile says that your local paper can be purchased at a discount in store, saving you money on saving money.
Some Dollar Trees carry the local paper for a discounted price. This way you can even save on those coupons (in the newspaper) that we look for every time! Also, Dollar Tree has the tendency to carry major brands sometimes, especially in terms of bread. Get all those brands and freeze them to cut out your monthly bill of bread. Implementing all these hacks, plus cash back apps, I've saved around $30+!

Pay attention to the price per unit
One dollar sounds like a great deal. However, you may be getting less than you would at a regular store for the price - something Ashley Drewes of Closet of Free Samples warns about.
Remember that NOT everything at Dollar Tree is a deal. $1 sounds great, but some things really aren't worth it and you can find better deals elsewhere. Know your prices. For instance, bread is a great buy at $1 if you can catch the full loaf sizes (it always varies at my location). However, Paying $1 for travel sized items is actually a bit more expensive than paying 97¢ at Walmart. Not a huge difference, but when you're trying to make the most out of your money, paying attention the pricing and the quantity you are getting can make all the difference.

You can read more Dollar Tree savings tips on this forum thread. We'd like to congratulate Tabitha for winning a $25 Dollar Tree gift card for sharing the most helpful and original savings tip! Check out this week's contest for Ulta Beauty and enter to win a $25 gift card here.
Emily Helwig posted this article on the Dealspotr blog.

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April 5, 2017

13 Plus Genius Techniques To Make Your Thin Hair Thicker

13 Plus Genius Techniques To Make Your Thin Hair Thicker by barbies beauty bits

As we get older, the appearance of our hair changes.  It gets dryer, turns grays and worse, thinner. On average, we lose about 50-100 hairs daily, seems like a lot, doesn't it?  However, if this is happening while you are growing your hair back that’s OK.  But, what if you aren't? Especially, with this modelesque generation portrayed in magazines and reality TV shows, for women, it can be a real blow to your self-esteem.

Despite this thinning hair, it does not sentence you to a life of dull, lackluster tresses. In fact, there are several things that you can do to help your hair appear lush and thick, just by the way you style it and with the products you use.

So, if you want to find out how you can have fuller, lush hair continue reading!

Get With Your Stylist
There are many ways to create the illusion of thicker hair, so by getting with your stylist, you both can come up with a HAIRtastic plan of action.

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Hair Styles
Add Layers To You Hair: One of the best ways to conceal thinning hair is with a hairstyle that will add a lot of texture and layers, as this can create volume. This may mean trying a shorter style, as the weight of longer hair can pull your hair down and draw more attention to those thinning areas.

Coloring: There are many things you can do with coloring your hair. Your stylist can educate you on the different color options that would be best for you.  But in the meantime, know that color catches light in a variety of ways that can create the illusion of fuller hair, so you most certainly want to discuss all the possibilities with him or her!  For Example...

Go Ombre: Having a darker top portion to your hair and lighter ends is a great trick to helping your locks appear lusher! 

Highlights or Lowlights: One-dimensional hair can make your hair look dull and flat, so by using a combination of lowlights, highlights, or even some color accents, your stylist can do wonders for your hair!

A Part: Having a defined part can draw attention to your fine hair, therefore try a style that does not have a prominent part.

Add Hair Extensions: Clip-in hair extensions are great, they are an easy non-permanent way to add length and volume to your hair.  Additionally, clip in extensions does not damage the hair, unlike other hair alternatives like bonding which can weigh down the hair and cause breakage or even prevent hair growth.  Quality is important when it comes to hair extensions, so if you are looking to get some, you can get $10 off with my link, for Luxy Hair Extensions.

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Hair Products
There are some great hair products out there that do live up to their claims.  The key is using them the correct way.

Dry Shampoo: While dry shampoo works amazingly on oil absorption, it is also perfect for adding volume and lift.  The key is to apply the dry shampoo at the beginning at the roots.

Protectors: Hair breakage is a significant contributor to thin hair and combine that with a hot styling tool, your hair is doomed! A quick way to prevent your hair from getting damaged is to apply a heat protector on your hair. In addition to a heat shield, you should invest in a UV protector along with some Moroccan or argan oils.

Hair products that can make your hair fuller by barbies beauty bits

Mouse: A lightweight mouse applied to the roots of your hair can give you a full look! Add that with blow drying your hair upside down at the crown, and you will be the queen of the full hair!

Using Products With The Wrong Ingredients: You want to stay away from products with sulfates in them as these are harsh and drying on the hair and scalp.

Clarifying Shampoo: We all get build up product and by implementing a clarifying shampoo into your beauty regimen, not only will it remove the residue build up but can help to make your hair appear thicker.

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Stop Overdoing The Do  
Conditioner:  While conditioner is a necessity if you don’t wash it out thoroughly you can weigh your hair down, and on top of that it can make your hair look oily.

Washing Your Hair Everyday. Keeping your hair clean is important, but washing it too often can thin your hair.  The longer you can go without washing your hair the better!

Don't Over Dry: Blowing drying your hair all the time can cause your hair to become brittle and flat.  Partially air drying your hair will allow your hair to be stronger. Over exposure to heat on your hair can make your hair look dull, as the heat from the dryer causes the cuticles to open, which can lead to frizz and breakage.  A tip to save on drying time, don’t apply conditioner to your entire hair, only apply to the ends of your hair.

Don’t Over Bleach:  While adding color for dimension is essential, over processing your hair will cause it to break off. Hence you don’t want to be bleaching your hair with each visit to the salon.

As you can see, none of these thinning hair remedies are difficult. Simply by learning how to best style your thinning hair while learning to use the correct products, you can do a great deal to give your hair the boost it needs to make it look like it is both voluminous and thick.
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