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April 27, 2015

Tips To Suddenly Break Free Of Those Under Eye Issues

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Sudden Changes Under-Eye Firming Serum. All views expressed are my own and were not influenced in anyway. 

Tips To Suddenly Break Free Of Those Under Eye Issues, By Barbie's Beauty Bits. & Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum.

Getting older has its ups and downs! The downside for me are the wrinkles and the puffiness I get under my eyes.  While I’ve taken the right steps in maintenance and repair in my skincare regimen, stress seems to supersede all those efforts! And tired looking eyes are waiting for me come midweek!

If you follow my blog regularly, you will come to know that I am always seeking and trying out new products to help me reduce and break free of that under eye puffiness.  This is why I was excited to include Sudden Changes Under-Eye Firming Serum, into my skincare month event.  Especially, since they claim you’ll see results within in 3 minutes and lasts for hours!

Now before I share with you, my experience with the product, I’d like to let you know a little bit about the eye firming serum.

Benefits Of Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum:
  • This unique eye firming serum provides a temporary under-eye lift whenever you need it. 
  • It helps to reduce lines, wrinkles and the best part for me…puffiness
  • It can be used under your foundation, giving you long lasting results!
 How To Use:
  • Apply 2 drops of Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum to your dry clean under eye area.
  • Start from the inner to the outer corner of your eye. Don't frown or smile until the product is completely dry.
  • Only use one application under each eye.
  • The product works and dries quickly, which is a great benefit for those that don't have much time to get ready in the morning
  • IMPORTANT: Do not use moisturizer on under-eye area before or after application.

My Experience
 
PHOTO: NO MAKEUP ON MY FACE

First, out of all the anti-aging and skin care products I've tried,  I've never experienced this before. The product most certainly is instant as it reads on the box.  It's hard to explain, but I would describe the serum as an anti-aging band-aid, as it smooths & tightens the area you apply it.  You can feel and see your skin becoming taut when using.  Basically, the gentle tightening effect you feel is similar to one of those peel off masks.

As you can see in the photo above there is a difference between the two under eye areas. I didn't have any makeup on my face at all.  The firming serum temporarily smoothed out the sagginess I have under my eyes and minimized some of my wrinkles.

I did try to use it by mixing it into my foundation the 2nd time around, and while I don't have a photo up of that, I did prefer this method better.  I, however, wanted you to see a photo where I barely had on any eye makeup and no facial makeup what so ever.  

A Bonus: While there are no claims that I noticed on the product about reducing wrinkles elsewhere, I did apply it between my eyes, where I have been starting to get some stress lines.  You can see from the photo above how it smoothed out the skin1 YEAH!

Lastly, I couldn't get it close enough to my lash line, by using my finger the first two times to apply.  Therefore, I am going to try spread the serum with a disposable eyeliner brush the next time around.  I want to be able to get closer to my eye, to minimize the line I have near my lash line.

Where Can You Purchase This Product?
Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum is sold in stores nationwide, including CVS, Duane Reade, ULTA, Walgreens, and Walmart, as well as select beauty specialty stores and online, for $15.

Do YOU Want To Break Free Of Your Under Eye Issues?

Well, now you can, as I'm sharing with you a chance for you to win a $100 gift card.  Winners, can use this gift card at any National Sudden Change retailer (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens or Walmart) for some new makeup and other beauty essentials, including Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum!

How To? Simply enter the Sudden Change Spring Cleaning Shopping Spree today! Three winners will EACH get a $100 gift card. Winners will be announced on Friday, 5/1, at 12 p.m. ET.

Good luck Beauties!

To learn more about the Sudden Change brand visit them on the web at www.suddenchange.com and LIKE the brand on Facebook.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received a package of Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

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April 26, 2015

Best In Skincare, Amara Organics Product Giveaway!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Amara Organics.  
All views expressed are my own and were not influenced in anyway.
Best In Skincare, Product Giveaway! By Barbie's Beauty Bits and amara organic

Twice a year I set aside an entire month where I test out new skin care products each week.  And to kick start this epic skincare event I am doing a giveaway! For this giveaway, I have partnered up with Amara Organics, a family-owned business dedicated to providing quality products.  We will be giving away 3 of their best selling products; a Vitamin C Serum, Total Repair Eye Gel, and a Retinol Serum.

The Amara line is natural, vegan & cruelty-free company.   They use natural plant-based ingredients with no parabens, no alcohol, and no animal testing. Plus it is made in the USA. To top it off all of their products come with a hassle free 365-day money back guarantee (no returns necessary).

Now before I share with you the contest details, I’d love to share with you some information on the products.

First up is a Retinol Serum.  I am a big fan of these!  Retinol is a form of Vitamin A.  It is an essential product to include in your skincare regimen.  It helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles.  And one thing I love about a retinol product is that they help to reduce the appearance of my pores! Clinically, retinol is by the far the best thing you can do for your skin to combat the signs of aging. Retinol serums work on a molecular level to repair skin and stimulate collagen, resulting in firmer, smoother, wrinkle-free skin.  It also speeds up skin cell turnover, fading discoloration and improves texture to give your skin a healthy glow!

Retinol Serum 2.5% With Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E, Amara Organics and barbies beauty bits

Retinol Serum 2.5% With Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E - 1 oz


The second product we’re giving away is a Vitamin C Serum. This too is a must in my daily beauty regimen.   Vitamin C serums are a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals to reduce some of the damaged our skin is exposed to over the years.  Additionally it increases the production of collagen to bring back your skin's natural elasticity and counteracts fine lines and wrinkles. Ultimately improving the skin's texture giving you a smoother, more radiant complexion!

Vitamin C Serum for Face 20% With Vitamin E & Hyaluronic Acid  Amara Organics and barbies beauty bits

Vitamin C Serum for Face 20% With Vitamin E & Hyaluronic Acid – 1 oz


The last product that is in this giveaway bundle is Amara Organics, Total Repair Eye Gel!  Now here is a chance to bag those dark circles and puffiness under your eyes! This product is formulated with Matrixyl 3000, Plant Stem Cells, Peptides, Vitamin E, & Hyaluronic Acid for the Best Results.  So what else does this eye serum help with? It helps to…
  • Sooth and cool the skin around eyes to reduce inflammation.
  • Plumps and hydrates to fill in fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Tightens and firms sagging skin around the eyes.
  • Improves texture and tone for bright, radiant eyes.

    Total Repair Eye Gel With Peptides & Plant Stem Cells  Amara Organics and barbies beauty bits

    Total Repair Eye Gel With Peptides & Plant Stem Cells - .5 oz

     


Contest Time... Good Luck Beauties!

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April 22, 2015

Getting My Bling On With Rocksbox Monthly Jewelry Subscription

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Rocksbox
All views expressed are my own and were not influenced in anyway.
Getting My Bling On With Rocksbox Monthly Jewelry Subscription, by Barbie's Beauty Bits

I recently became an ITgirl for the company Rocksbox, which is a monthly subscription that gives you unlimited access to rent from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry!  That’s right, every month I get three pieces of jewelry to wear on loan! And the best part it is delivered right to my doorstep!

Each piece of jewelry has been carefully hand selected personally for me, based on a survey I take!  I get to wear this gorgeous jewelry as often as I like, and when I’m done I can swap it out for three new pieces! It’s a jewelry lover’s dream come true!

Unboxing: 

Rocksbox monthly jewelry subscriptions by barbies beauty bits

Now before I get into how this plan works, I wanted to let you know about the three pieces I got for the month of April.

In addition to the jewelry, they sent me a few personalized notes that you can see above.  In the introductory letter they sent me, it read the following:

Barbie: I noticed that you chose this necklace on your style survey, so I put together a set of pieces to wear with it! These will look beautiful with anything in your closet. Have fun with your new jewelry!
Xo, Rocksbox

Now For The Bling!

The Ring, Margaret Elizabeth Ophelia Cocktail Ring in Aqua:
Oh my, I am so in love with this cocktail ring, it is a dazzler!  I've been wearing it every day since I got it! (I think I’ll have to purchase this one). 

Margaret Elizabeth Ophelia Cocktail Ring, Rocksbox & Barbies Beauty Bits

Details on the ring: A large, oval, faceted center stone surrounded by White Topaz Pave. It is made from sterling silver and hand dipped in 24k gold. The central stone measures ¾" in length. Need I say more?

Hand Made Enzara Earrings:  A gold plated teardrop shaped earring with a black bone center piece.

Hand Made Enzara Earrings Rocksbox & Barbies Beauty Bits

Gorjana Greer V-neck Necklace
: Keep it simple with this sleek 18K gold plated necklace! I can wear this as an everyday piece or with a simple black dress!


Gorjana Greer V-neck Necklace Rocksbox & Barbies Beauty Bits

Fall In LOVE With A Piece?
Now, I know some of you may think, but what if I fall in love with one or all of the items (someone after my own heart).  Well, no worries as you have the option to purchase any of the pieces from your Rocksbox set.  Plus, each month you will get $10 in Shine $$ to spend to apply towards your purchase! 

Return Anytime to Get 3 New Pieces:
Because this is a loan program, if you don’t want to keep any of your Rocksbox pieces, you can return them at any time and as OFTEN as you like. So, if you're going out of town or have a special date that weekend, you could easily send the jewelry back and have 3 new pieces waiting for you for the weekend! Each box you get comes with free, prepaid shipping both ways and fits easily into the mailbox!

Cost:
The cost for this program is only $19 a month, to get you three pieces of designer jewelry; worth an average of $200 per set.  If you want to keep any of the items, each is priced with a Rocksbox Insider price! Yeah, I know what a deal! And if you think that is a deal, do I have a better one for you! Rocksbox is allowing me to offer all of my readers 1 FREE MONTH OF ROCKSBOX! Simply use the code Barbiesbeautybitsxoxo and you’re ready to start enjoying some bling on me!

So there, you have it beauties a great way to get pampered every month with some hand selected jewelry just for you!  It's like your own personal jeweler on call! Enjoy!
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April 16, 2015

6 Fantastic Beauty Uses For Baking Soda

6 Fantastic Beauty Uses  For Baking Soda, By Barbie's Beauty Bits


Baking soda is a staple item that has been in my family for years.  Most of these Pantry to Pretty Bits, as I like to call them, I got from my mom and grandmother and have implemented them into my everyday beauty regimen. Today, I would like to share with you 6 fantastic beauty uses for Baking Soda!

The obvious one if to freshen your breath.  You see baking soda added to toothpastes, mouthwashes, etc. out in the market.  But, I'll make my version by mixing it with mouthwash or toothpaste.  Simply add about a teaspoon of it to half glass of water and add a splash of mouthwash or toothpaste to help with the taste.

Clarifying Shampoo:  Baking soda is great for removing excess residue from your hair from styling products.  I use this in place of a clarifying shampoo or Sunday Shampoo, where you only use it once a week or in some cases once a month.
How to: Add it to your shampoo and make sure to rinse well and condition as normal.

Dry Shampoo:  Trying to get a few extra days out of your hair without washing, this works wonders.  You want to sprinkle the baking soda near your scalp, where it is oiliest, and brush it through your hair, till the white dissipates.   If you have dark hair like myself, you’ll want to add some loose bronzer to it. Otherwise, it will dull your hair and give you a grayish hue.

Bath: No more need for Calgon to take you away, as you can add baking soda to your bath to soften and soothe your skin and worries of the day.

A Facial Scrub:  This is great for exfoliation and because there are not any harsh chemicals like some you may find from store bought brands, it is safe to use a few times a week.  Merely, combine some baking soda with some water, you want it to be a paste and you have your exfoliant.

Deodorant:  If you are in a pinch or worried about commercially-made deodorants, you can use baking soda as a deodorant.   How to? My grandmother would use a paintbrush and apply it to her underarms. But in this day and age, you can use a sponge or a blush brush to apply.

So there, you have it some more Pantry to Pretty Bits, getting gorgeous for less with at home products!

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