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November 28, 2014

Give Yourself A Selfie Makeover, With GlamSt. iOS App.




Makeup is my addiction. I'm always searching for new eye shadows, the next best mascara and more! However, this addiction can be expensive if I had to purchase everything to see whether or not I liked it.  But what if I told you that there is a way to test all kinds of name brand makeup, from the convenience of your phone.  Well, there is with the  GlamST iOS App; the first virtual makeup tester, it’s a makeup lover’s dream come true.

GlamST is an app for iOS that allows you to discover new makeup by choosing the styles you love and trying makeup on your photo. You can freely experiment from the comfort of your phone, try on makeup by snapping a selfie, choosing your style and seeing how makeup would really look on your face.  The iOS app is NOW available, and it is awesome! Just in time to get all the makeup you need for the holiday & Cyber Monday Sales at Sephora! 

So how do you test out these products? Check out the video below so you too can be on your way to the perfect selfie! And don't forget to download the GlamST app NOW

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW TO SEE ALL THE DETAILS!



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November 25, 2014

5 Easy Tricks To Getting Your Neutral Eye Shadows To Pop


Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of  Paula Dorf.
Views expressed were not influenced in anyway. 

I'm going to share with you today, 5 easy tricks to getting your neutral eye shadows to pop.  For this post, I have partnered up with Paula Dorf Cosmetics once again.  They sent me their Aztec City Palette to try.  This palette, has just the right balance of professional and flirty.  I was surprisingly happy with this set, as I’m not always a big fan of nudes!   But, this Aztec collection gave me many options.  I was able to create a basic nude look, use the blue & other classy colors for a vibrant twist and create a mesmerizing mix of all (which was my favorite look). The sleek mirrored case contains a specially designed double-ended brush, along with five shades of shadows that are nicely pigmented.  Additionally, there was minimal fallout with this product, which allowed me to transform my eyes to the bronzed beauty of the desert, with the perfect combination of the bright blue sky.

Before I get into my 5 tips to making your neutrals pop. I want to let you know a little bit about the Paula Dorf Brand. Paula Dorf is famous for unique "trick" products that offer solutions to every woman's makeup concerns. Their products are high quality and admired as the best in the business by fellow professional makeup artists, celebrities and most importantly, makeup lovers from around the world.

So what are my 5 tips to making your neutrals pop?  It’s relatively simple and once you start this, you will become addicted.

Step 1: Start with a primer, but not just any primer.  When I apply neutrals I like to use a primer that comes in a different finish. There are a few colors to choose from, I prefer to use one that has a white or pinkish tone to it.  Aside from increasing the longevity of the eyeshadows, using one of these help to make the eyeshadows more vibrant. How to...  Apply an eyeshadow primer to the entire eyelid, from upper lash line to brow, and don’t forget the lower lash line if you plan to add some color there too!

Step 2: Follow up with a base.  With the base you want to simply apply it over the primer.  Doing so is going to allow the eye shadow to stick to the lid even more.  A creamy base also allows you to intensive the color pay off of the neutrals! If you don’t have a base color, you can improvise with using a nude eyeliner.

Step 3: Layering: When it comes to neutral colors, I like to choose a medium color for my entire eyelid, than layer on the other hues.  The crease of the eye is also an important area, you want to use the darkest color for this spot. So how to.  Simply take your shadow brush and apply your eye shadow, it is important to blend it into the base. You can do this by wiggling it along this area where you applied the base, creating a darker color.

Step 4: Blending. You want your eyeshadow to look effortless, not like a bunch of harsh lines.  The Paula Dorf's palette made it really easy to blend. As the key to great blending is to have 4 to 5 colors, ones to include as nude, a medium color, darker color, and then the darkest.  And for a memorizing look, a pop of color. Which is what I did with the blue in this palette. 

Step 5: Finish off the look with a great mascara & falsies.  For this look I used my black mascara, false eyelashes, as well as Paula Dorf's, Teal Mascara.  I used the teal mascara on my bottom lashes and on the corner of my lashes.  I was able to add a few more beauty tricks with the mascara. But you’ll need to check to the video below to see this.. as well as the other looks.

So there you have it beauties, a few tricks to getting your neutral eyeshadows to pop and appear more vibrant.  And just in time for "Black Friday", I have a special offer for you. A free Paula Dorf Teal Mascara with purchase! Use Code TEAL to get the deal!

Watch the video and let me know which looks you liked best. Or if you have some tips to make your neutrals be more vibrant let me know!

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Black Friday 2014 Beauty Deals & More!

Black Friday 2014 Beauty Deals & More, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

Yes it is that time of year to get some great makeup items for a deal! Below,  I have featured some name brand Beauty Deals for Black Friday and more.  I will be updating this and if you know of something, please leave a comment and I will share it with everyone!

So without further ado...  Black Friday 2014 Beauty Deals & More!

I will share this one first as I have partnered up with Markwins beauty this year on the launch of this makeup line by the band ONE DIRECTION.

Makeup By 1D: The Looks Collections will be 30% off Wednesday through Saturday, at Macys, Dillards, Lord & Taylor and Stage!

Sephora:
  • $10 Deals, Type in Black Friday Deals.
  • Cyber Monday Mystery Bag with a purchase of  $25, Use code: SURPRISE
Ulta: 
  • $3.50 Off Any $10 Purchase. Use code 201826
  • Free Shipping on $25 puchase
  • Cyber Monday Deals Start on Sunday at 9pm
 e.l.f.:
  • 50% off site Wide on Orders $30 and up(offer changing daily till Cyber Monday
  • Get a Free Limited Edition Kabuki Brush
  • Use Code: BLACKFRIDAY

La Girl: 40% Off Black Friday thru Cyber Monday.

OCCmakeup: For the Vegan Free seekers, these products are for you. 20% off Black Friday thru Cyber Monday.

Paula Dorf:
  • A free Paula Dorf Teal Mascara with purchase! Use Code TEAL to get the deal! 
  • FREE Shipping for orders over $50. 
  • Purchase 2 +1 for brows & get a FREE Brush with each order Use code BROWBRUSH.
Lashem: Purchase the Colour Strokes Brow Tint for 30% OFF!  Yes you read right! Lashem has given me a discount code to share with my readers.  Simply enter in BROW30BB and you're off to beautiful brows in no time!

Too Faced:
  • Buy 1 Better than Sex Mascara and get 1 item 50% off use code PINKFRIDAY
  • Three deluxe samples with any purchase over $70. 
  • Nov. 29th -30th  get $10 off $60, $15 off  $75, $20 off $100 and 50% off of sale items. 
  • Cyber Monday DEAL 50% off sale items & a mystery grab bag for $35.
Urban Decay:
  • Ammo Palette $10, Smoked Palette $20; buy both for $30 and get a Perversion Mascara Deluxe.
  • Free shipping on all orders from 11/27-/12/1.
  • UPDATE: Each day there will be a special price for a featured item.  
NARS:  
  • 20% off with code TAKE20 from 11/28-12/2.
  • FREE shipping and returns. 
Sigma Beauty:
  • Free Shipping on Black Friday through 11/28. Use Code BF2014 at checkout.
  • 20% off everything,  starting 12/1. Use Code CM2014 at checkout.
Make Up For Ever: 
  • Half Off the Makeup Artist Picks 
Birch Box:  
  • Get a FREE Birch box for every $60 you spend on subscriptions.  Use code BOXME.
  • Get 25 percent off full-size products use code FRIDAY25.
MAC: 
  • The Smoky Black Friday palette will be available online on Friday only.
Lorac: 
  • Sultry Starlet Shimmer and M Vintage Vixen Matte eye shadow palettes only $12 each at Ulta.
Shu Uemura: 
  •  25% off purchases over $50. Use code SHUJOY. 
  • Free shipping for purchases.
Benefit Cosmetics: 
  • Free You Go Gals Trio with a purchase over $55. Use code GOYOU. Offer valid through 11/30/14. 
  • Use code BENEFRIDAY for these following deals. Offers valid through 11/30/14.
    • Spend $30, get a FREE benetint deluxe sample.
    • Spend $60, get a FREE benetint deluxe sample. Plus a FREE stay don’t stray deluxe sample.
    •  Spend $90, get a FREE benetint deluxe sample , Plus a FREE stay don’t stray deluxe sample AND a FREE total moisture deluxe sample. 
    • Spend $120, get a FREE benetint deluxe sample, a FREE stay don’t stray deluxe sample, a FREE total moisture deluxe sample & FREE deluxe samples of the porefessional & posiebalm. 
Philsophy:
  • 10% off $50, 20% off $75 & 30% off $100. Offer valid 11/24/14 to 11/27/14. Use code GOBBLE.
  •  15% off , use code RETAIL15. Offer valid 11/24/14 to 11/30/14.
IPSY:  Monthly Subscriptions ONLY $10! This is every month.  But what better time to join than now! 
Do you have any Black Friday deals you know about?  If so, please leave a comment below, so I can share.  Happy Shopping Beauties!

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November 22, 2014

Shop Saturday Series; Deals At Ulta

 Shop Saturday Series; Deals At Ulta, By Barbies Beauty Bits


I’ve been doing a few "Shop Saturday" posts on my social media account. And due to the overwhelming responses and requests for more, I am going to try to make this a weekly website series.  To start this off, I’m going to share with you some great beauty finds at Ulta!

THE COUPON: Click here to get the $5 Off $10!

B2G1FREE: On nail-polishes,  to include Orly, Zoya and More!

SALES: Ulta's "Our Own Collection" has a lot of Ulta items for $5.  Get an early start on your stocking stuffers.  Promo ends on 11/23/14.

WHAT A DEAL:  I love the Urban Decay smoked palette and this bad boy is $20 OFF! Get it now before it's gone!  Some details from the website:  If you need a basic daytime look, stick to the range of matte neutrals. Throw the palette in your bag, and add some smoke as you leave the office...

Plus you get two freebie's with this purchase. A full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, AND a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Also included is a beautifully illustrated, step-by-step guide to 12 smoky eye looks, written by Urban Decay founding partner Wende Zomnir.

EXCLUSIVES: Products only found at Ulta.  This weeks feature is Urban Decay Shadow Box! This is what Ulta has to say about this amazing eyeshadow palette… "This palette helps with the ultimate beauty dilemma: You're going away for the weekend and you can only bring ONE palette with you. Quick, which one do you choose? No need to give yourself a makeup-induced panic attack; Urban Decay's Shadow Box has you covered.”

FREEBIES WITH PURCHASE: Spend $40 or more on Urban Decay & you can get a FREE deluxe Eye Shadow Primer Potion or  FREE deluxe 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil (offer valid 11/9/14-11/29/14 or while supplies last)>

FREE SHIPPING; Free Shipping on all orders over $25, no coupon code needed.

LARGE BEAUTY COLLECTIONS:
  • Beauty Treasures 70pc. Set Only $17.99
    • This case has everything you need to try out new looks at home or carry with you on a weekend getaway. The options are endless.
    • Collection Includes
      • 40 Eye Shadows
      • 3 Brow Powders
      • 2 Lipsticks
      • 1 Bronzer
      • 1 Eye Shadow Quad
      • 6 Gel Eye Liners
      • 2 Dual Ended Eye Liners
      • 1 Powder
      • 3 Glitter Eye Top Coats
      • 2 Super Shiny Lip Glosses
      • 2 Eye Primers
      • 1 Highlighter 
 BLACK FRIDAY: Simply Click Here & Type in 
BLACK FRIDAY and the page will pop up of the deals...

Items Discussed, You can click on any to start shopping...And next weeks topic will be Cyber Monday Deals...
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November 20, 2014

Beautiful Brows, With A Hint Of Tint



Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of  Lashem.
Views expressed were not influenced in anyway.  


Welcome beauties.  Well this is my 3rd post in my bow to the brow series.  Thus far I’ve shared ways to enhance your eyebrows by using a powder with an eye brow wax,  as well as an eyebrow pencil, with a setting serum.  Today, I've saved the best for last, which is a tinting lift with a lash enhancing serum.  I say best for last because this one is fool proof. So, if you are new to perfecting your brows, this one is quicker and the easiest!

For this part of the series I partnered up with the LASHEM brand. Lashem was developed to help women everywhere feel BEAUTYful.  Whether you are a working out of the home or a stay at home mom, Lashem has something for you.

About The Product:
  1. So what exactly is a tinting lift? It a hint of tint, achieved with  a brush on gel, kind of like a mascara for your eyebrows.  This formula helps to keep your eyebrows looking full and perfectly in place, by filling, tinting and sculpting.
  2. Don’t let the name tint, scare you.   While the formula is long lasting, it is not permanent. It comes off easily with a makeup wipe.   This is why I call it a hint of tint!
  3. The applicator: This tapered brush helps to distribute the tinted gel precisely and evenly to fill in gaps while sculpting your brows. I was happy with how it really allows for perfect shaping, enabling you to go from barely there to beautiful brows in a few easy strokes!
  4. This product is paraben-free and contains a brow enhancing serum to promote healthier, stronger, thicker looking brows.
How To:

  • First you want to pick the correct color. The Lashem Colour Strokes Brow Tint is available in multiple shades: Blonde, Brunette, and Raven. IMPORTANT:  I made a mistake in ordering brunette as I didn’t want to go to dark.  The brunette is actually pretty light in color.  So, if you have dark hair like myself I recommend getting Raven. And no worries, Raven is not so dark that you’d have to worry about, here comes the brows.  It too is settle, but does a great job.
  • Similar to all brow products, I like to first start out with the connect the dots approach. When all connected, will form a v shaped arch (with softer angles) for the perfect brow. Click here to see exactly how.
  • You want to apply the gel in short upward strokes along the brow. And no worries, this product is also flake and smudge proof, letting you to use short pressing strokes to fill in the areas where there are no hairs.  

So, if you're looking for full natural looking eyebrows, Colour Strokes Brow Tint gives you just that and with a 30% discount!  Yes you read right! Lashem has given me a discount code to share with my readers.  Simply enter in BROW30BB and you're off to beautiful brows in no time!

The bottom line with this bow to the brow series,  is no matter what product you use on your eyebrows  it is in addition to your eyebrow maintenance.  Getting them threaded, plucked or waxed is not enough.  That is like getting your hair cut but never styling it, you need to taking your brows to wow!
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November 15, 2014

10 Makeup Tricks To Make Your Eyes Appear Larger


  Disclaimer:  This is post contains affiliate links.
10 Makeup Tricks To Make Your Eyes Appear Larger, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

Are you frustrated with your eyes appearing smaller than you'd like? And wish there was something you could do that would quickly brighten them up?  Well, look no further! As today, I'm going to give you my top 10 beauty tricks that will help to make your eyes appear larger. I will also include some of the products I suggest!
  1. Concealer: If you have dark circles under your eyes, they can look smaller. To counter that, you want to use a concealer that can help to even out your skin tone while brightening the eye. Product: Camouflage Cream Palette.
  2. Using The Correct Color Combination Or Light Colored Eye-shadowsCorrectly applying eyeshadow is an art.  But using the colors correctly is the first step in opening up the eyes.  If you use dark colors only, your eyes will recede. However, if you combine with lighter shades, they will help to accentuate your eyes.  The light colors catch the light, giving the illusion of larger eyes.  Product: Urban Decay Naked.
  3. Eyeliner:  Over applying dark eyeliner can make your eyes appear smaller, so please refrain from applying to the inside of the lower lash line.  It is ok to apply some eyeliner to the outer lower line. And only about a quarter of the way in from the out corner of your eye.  Do not extend to the tear duct. You can also give your eyes that extra pop by using multiple colors. If choosing this option,  you can extend to tear duct & lower lash line. But you need to select colors that compliment your eyes. Otherwise, you'll make them appear smaller.  Product: Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set.
  4. White:  Using the color white near the inner corner of your eyes and your waterline, will give the illusion of larger eyes.   You can use a white eyeliner, an illuminator, or white eye shadow. Product: NYX Retractable Eyeliner.
  5. A Great Mascara:  If you follow my blog you know I love mascara.  When choosing mascara to help make your eyes appear larger, you want to use one that adds volume and separates.  Too Faced Better Than Sex and Urban Decays Perversion are my name brand mascara favs.  When applying, I like to add more emphasis on the corner of the eyes as well as near the tear duct.
  6. Eyelash Curler: Curl up baby! An eyelash curler has been around for years; there's a  reason for it.  This bad boy can take your limp lashes to curly in 15 seconds.  A curled lash can make your eyes appeared more open.  Product: Heated Eyelash Curler Or a Regular Version for only a $1.00 by e.l.f.
  7.  False Eyelashes: False eyelashes can do wonders for your eyes instantly.  However, applying them can be tricky. But fret no more as the trick to making this foolproof is using the glue correctly.  You want to apply the glue to the upper lash line, instead of applying it directly to the falsie! By doing it this way, you’ll be able to move the lash around, and it won’t stick to places it shouldn’t.  Product: Ardell Lashes & don't forget the glue Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive.
  8. Nude pencil: As I mentioned above, how dark eyeliner can make your eyes appear smaller. Doing the opposite with a nude colored pencil will make your eyes pop. Nude works great for everyone, including those with darker skin or when you wear dark colored shadows, as white can be too harsh for some.   Using a nude eyeliner or even a contouring pencil can help brighten up your look. Product:  Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner.
  9. Eyebrows: Similar to a great frame that can take an ordinary picture to a different level.  I view your eyebrows as such.   Great looking eyebrows can form a frame around your eyes bringing your features forward. Product: e.l.f. brow set
  10. Illuminator: Highlighting is all over the internet; there is a reason for this.  Using a great highlighter/illuminator in the corner of your eyes, your brow bone, as well as dabbing it in the middle of your lid, will give you an instance lift and brighten your look instantly.  Product: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact
Bonus: I know I said 10 tips, but I decided to give you a little bonus... With a way to test some of these out, prior to purchasing the products.  And the best part is you can do this right from your phone.  How? With the GlamSt. App. the first virtual makeup tester, it’s a makeup lover’s dream come true.

GlamST is an app for iOS that allows you to discover new makeup by choosing the styles you love and trying makeup on your photo. You can freely experiment from the comfort of your phone, try on makeup by snapping a selfie, choosing your style and seeing how makeup would really look on your face.  The iOS app is NOW available, and it is awesome! 

So there, you have beauties! 10 beauty tricks that will help to make your eyes appear larger, plus a bonus to try some product out prior to purchasing!
 
Here Are All The Items I Suggested.  You can click on any one to shop! 


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November 7, 2014

COMING SOON: Make Up Forever's, 50 Shades Of Grey Makeup Sets

 Disclaimer:  This is post contains affiliate links.



Are you looking to unleash your inner Anastasia Steele or to make all of your fantasies (your makeup fantasies that is), come true?  Well, Make Up Forever is here to help you get started! WWD announced that Make Up Forever is launching 4 sexy limited edition makeup sets.  These are geared to come out the day after Christmas, to tie in with the Fifty Shades Of Grey,  movie’s release on Feb. 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day.  All coincidental?  I think not!

Whatever your desire, Make Up Forever is going to allow you to give into your makeup temptations.  The Make Up Forever, 50 Shades of Grey limited-edition sets are about creating looks for that just rolled out of bed, sultry look.  With smokey eyes and passionate lips, these sets are sure to help you lure your own Christian Grey.  This limited edition collection will be exclusive to Sephora!  So what comes in this collection? See Below...


Give In To Me Collection, IMAGE CREDIT Daily Mail Online

  • Give In To Me, Cost $79.  This set comes with eyeliner, lipstick, lip gloss, mascara and a  fifty four-shades of eye shadows, all in a keepsake box, with a lock and key compartment.
  • Tease Me, Cost $32.  This threesome includes a lip liner and two lip glosses.  (There are two different color options in this set, Innocent or Passionate, depending on the mood you’re in).
  • Desire Me, Cost $49. This set is tied up and will make you blush! A blush set that comes in a tied up silk bag…
So there you have it beauties.. Oh, and for those of you, who may want to know...The film, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, opens in February 2015..

Have you see the trailer for the movie yet?


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November 4, 2014

The 911 On The Perfect Brows


Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of  Paula Dorf
Views expressed were not influenced in anyway. 
The 911 On The Perfect Brows, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

Well this is my second post in my "BOW to the BROW" series, and today I'm going to share with you a 2 +1 for brows, by Paula Dorf.  If you are like me,  I am searching for the brow that will last all day long!  While achieving the perfect brow is never easy,  Paula Dorf is famous for unique "trick" products, that offer solutions to every woman's makeup concerns. So, if you have one of those irregular shaped brows, some wild hairs, or even some that are a bit sparse.  I'm here to give you the 911 on how to give some wow to your brows to Perfection!

First and foremost you need to have a plan. Don't just go plucking away or drawing on your brows. Instead, you want to make sure they are proportioned correctly.  Remember, a well shaped brow can make or break a look.

  • To create the "Perfect" brow you want to connect the dots. By placing a dot or slanted line in each corner of your brow, one at the arch...and connect.  See here for more details!
  • Sparsy Marcy? Than you want to dip the Paula Dorf Brush into the brow powder(s) to achieve your color. 
  • Proceed to fill in your brows with tiny strokes; think of tiny hairs when applying. 
  • Do this in an upward slanted motion with your brow brush.
  • Eyebrows should be their fullest at the inside edges.
  • Line should gradually get thinner as you move past the arch.

Coloring:

One color does NOT fit all.  This is why it is important to choose a color that matches and flatters your eyes and skin tone. Paula Dorf has kits that come in 4 different colors. Each containing 2 flattering colors + 1 light wax. These trio’s help to create a "Perfect" color match and fills in any missing hairs or imperfections, for brows that last all day.

How To Create The "Perfect" Color:

You want to blend BOTH colors in the kit, doing so will help to create your “Perfect” shade.

TIPS: 
  • You can apply the darker color to the area with no hairs. And finish with the lighter shade to complete the look.
  • If you have light eyebrows, make your eyebrows one shade darker.
  • If your brows are on the darker side, try to find one close to that color, as you don't want to be here comes the bride brow!

What Did I Receive? 

Picture perfect eyebrows by barbies beauty bits

  • 2+1 For Brows in brunette; This trio comes with 2 colors for blending to achieve the perfect color.
  • A setting wax, to help create a defined look and to keep your brows in place all day.
  • A firm angled brow brush that is specifically designed to fit your brows. 

So there you have it beauties, The 911 On The Perfect Brows. Wanna try this on your own?  Well, Paula Dorf has given me a special code to share with you, where you can receive a FREE Brush with each order! Simply enter in the code BROWBRUSH, when shopping here.

**Please note Paula Dorf is not currently in any retailers.

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of  Paula Dorf
Views expressed were not influenced in anyway. 
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