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March 26, 2016

Top 10 Beauty Mistakes, You Probably Didn't Even Know You're Making

Top 10 Beauty Mistakes, You Probably Didn't Even Know You're Making, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

I get so many questions and more so statements, saying how did you know that. Or I’ve been doing that wrong all along.  Yes, beauties, we’ve all been there, even myself!  While there is a list of mistakes I see daily, I wanted to share with you the top 10  Beauty Mistakes I see people make most often.  From hair to makeup, these beauty mistakes need to stop right now, and I can help you!

Hair 

Using A Towel To Dry Your Hair:   Drying your hair with a towel leaves your hair frizzy and can damage the hair.  Instead of using a towel swap it out with a t-shirt.  A towel absorbs most of the moisture from your hair leaving it frizzy.

Using a t-shirt instead is better as is it flat with no roof edges, so it glides right through your hair with less friction. Less friction equals less frizz and damage!


Using A Towel To Dry Your Hair, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

Washing Your Hair With Hot Water: A nice hot shower is so relaxing, especially in the winter months! But it is important that we keep it cool, which is the opposite of what we want to do. Unfortunately, hot water can wash away the skin's natural oils, leaving us with dry, brittle hair.  Instead, you want to try to use warm water to rinse the hair and then for the last few seconds, zap it with some cold water to help seal the cuticle, making your locks appear smoother and healthier!

Using A Bobby Pin Incorrectly: What? There is actually a wrong way? Yes, there is a proper way to use a bobby pin. And is wasn't until a few years ago, I learned this from my hair stylist; and according to her most women she has dealt with, have been using them incorrectly.

The correct way to use a bobby pin is to insert it into your hair with the wavy side down. The wavy side is designed so it will grab your hair and situate it properly.  The flat side, is what pushes the hair into the groove, holding it in place. So there, you have it, simple yet powerful.


How to properly use a bobby pin by barbie's beauty bits


Skincare

Neglecting Your Neck: As I say Turkey neck is for the birds, but unfortunately if you are like me, the neck seems to be one area I have neglected in years past.  I think it is important that you understand that you’re best anti-aging facial cream may not work on your neck area, sucks I know!

You see most of these facial products are formulated to target wrinkles that occur on the thinner skinned areas, like our face.  The lines on our neck and d├ęcolletage are usually deeper, and the skin is much thicker.  Plus the older we are the skin can become looser.  Hence, the term turkey neck and this sagging skin area are so darn hard to treat. The key to addressing this zone is to select a product that has agents that help to firm and tighten the skin. In addition to tightening, the product should also penetrate deeply, which is why a facial cream will not work on your neck!

Sleeping With Your Makeup On:  I’ve also been guilty of this.  But a great friend of mine who is an Aesthetician explained to me why this is a big no, no. You see when we go to sleep we are renewing our body, mind and more, which includes the skin. Wearing makeup to bed prevents your skin from this renewal process.  It can also contribute to clogging your pores and outbreaks.


Why you shouldn't sleep with your makeup on, by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Not Exfoliating:  Exfoliating our skin is so essential. You see, our skin is constantly subjected to dirt, environmental pollutants and of course makeup.  All of this leaves a film on our face acting as a barrier to skincare products.  This buildup can leave us with an uneven skin tone, roughness, and creates false wrinkles; it can also clog our pores, causing breakouts. Yuk, I know! And if that wasn't bad enough, all of these will also make us appear older!  So by implementing exfoliation into your skincare regimen, you are going to help to buff away those dead skin cells, revealing a more radiant, healthy-looking skin.  Plus, it will be easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and other skin treatments.  Lastly, it is going to leave the skin smooth for the perfect makeup application.

Makeup

Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: Let's first start with the fact that our makeup brushes can harbor bacteria and dead skin cells, YUKO, and who wants to put that on their skin, NOT ME!  But, if you are NOT cleaning your makeup brushes regularly this is exactly what you are doing.

Properly washing and storing them can keep your face clean & healthy. Furthermore, cleaning your makeup brushes will ensure they remain in the best shape and increase longevity. Makeup brushes are just as important as the makeup itself, so taking care of them is essential.

Using Makeup Brushes That Come With Your Drugstore Brands: You want to stay away from brushes that come with the drugstore brands; they are inferior quality and the bristles usually fall out on your eyelids.

Lastly, you want to make sure that you avoid sponge applicators, as they absorb a lot of product.

Your goal is to get the product on your eye, not the applicator. (in the long run, brushes end up saving you money)

The importance of cleaning your makeup brushes by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Not Using Primer: I explain primer in makeup, the same way, I would with a house.  Similar to the primer that you would apply to a wall before painting, you want to do the same with your eyes and face.  Primer allows the color to adhere better, last longer, with little transparency and minimal fading.  Also, if you have an excellent primer, it will prevent creasing and false wrinkles.



When does your makeup expire by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Using Expired Makeup: Holding on to your favorite makeup can be a big no, no. Like everything else in life, there comes a time you need to purge it! Unfortunately, it is not as easy as most other products, where an expiration date is printed on them or the packaging.  According to, the FDA website, cosmetic companies are not required to print expiration dates on the labels of their cosmetic products.  It is, however, left up to the manufacturers to determine the suggested shelf life of a product.  This shelf life is something you need to pay attention to, and I have listed some of them below. 

Makeup expiration guide by barbies beauty bits
 So there you have it beauties, My Top 10 Beauty Mistakes, You Probably Don't Even Know You're Making!

Until Next Time,


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March 20, 2016

How To Look Younger While Getting Older, With The Michael Todd Beauty's, Soniclear


How To Look Younger While Getting Older, With The Michael Todd Beauty's, Soniclear, by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Beauties, I have a fantastic product to talk to you about today! As some of you know, for the month of March I have been sharing with you some great skincare products and today do I have the gem of them all; sonic cleansing, with Michael Todd Beauty, The Soniclear! I know some of you are wondering, what the heck is sonic cleansing? But, before I get into that, I feel it is important to discuss why we need the Michael Todd Beauty’s, Soniclear in our skincare arsenal.

Our skin is constantly subjected to dirt, environmental pollutants and of course makeup.  All of this leaves a film on our face acting as a barrier to skincare products.  This buildup can leave us with an uneven skintone, roughness, and creates false wrinkles; it can also clog our pores, causing breakouts. Yuk, I know! And if that wasn't bad enough, all of these will also make us appear older!

That is why it is important that we have a great skincare regimen that is properly cleaning and exfoliating our face! If we don’t, all the money we’re spending on skincare treatments and makeup is going down the drain! But fret no more as Michael Todd Beauty’s, Soniclear is here to our rescue!

Michael Todd Beauty's, Soniclear review by Barbie's Beauty Bits

The Soniclear Benefits
The Soniclear has many benefits. First, it is going to help to buff away those dead skin cells, revealing a more radiant, healthy-looking skin.  Secondly, after sonic cleansing, it will be easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and other skin treatments.  Lastly, it is going to leave the skin smooth for the perfect makeup application.

What The Heck Is Michael Todd's Sonic Cleansing All About?
Sonic skin cleansing is a technological breakthrough using sonic wave powered cleansing brushes that move 300 times per second to efficiently cleanse and exfoliate our skin. The Soniclear from Michael Todd Beauty is a five powered system that uses sonic wave powered cleansing brushes, to remove impurities, clears pores and thoroughly cleanses the skin leaving it ready to absorb your skincare products better! And of course, it helps with makeup application…As makeup always goes on better when you have a clean palette to work with!


Michael Todd Beauty The Soniclear Petite Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush By Barbie's Beauty Bits

The Soniclear System
The Soniclear is the world’s first antimicrobial sonic skin cleansing system; and that is why I call it the hidden gem of sonic cleansing brushes.  This device is the only device that has an antimicrobial product protection. What does that mean? Let's first start with the fact that a lot of other sonic cleansing brushes can harbor bacteria and dead skin cells after use, YUKO, and who wants to put that on their skin, NOT ME!  But NOT the Soniclear as it incorporates antimicrobial protection into its brushes, that in laymen’s terms means this protection helps to guard against the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria in the brush. 

How To Use
This product can be utilized in the shower and out.  I prefer to use it out of the shower, so I can see what I am doing.  None the less, see below how to use this tool!
  • Before using your Soniclear for the first time, you want to charge it for 24 hours.
  • When you're ready to use, Simply press the ON/OFF BOOST button to turn ON and select your speed.
  • There are multiple speeds with C-Boost™ Collagen Technology. Six sonic speeds for a custom cleansing experience for your specific skin type and skin concerns.
  • To cleanse, wet your skin and the brush head with warm water. Apply cleanser to your skin or the brush bead.
  • Place the brush head flush against your face and gently move in up-down or side to side strokes or in small circular motions.
  • DO NOT press hard.  This is one thing that most will want to do, but don’t as it will reduce the effectiveness of the cleansing.  The massage action of the brush with its powerful sonic frequencies is doing its job! 
  • It is gentle enough that you can use it up to 2 times per day! 

How Long To Clean Your Skin
You don’t need to be a pro at this because there is a cleansing timer built in that will beep to let you know it is time to move to another cleansing area.

How to use Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear by Barbies Beauty Bits

Now, I know you’re probably wondering why I still have eye makeup on, well first you can’t use the Soniclear to remove eye makeup.  Secondly, after I clean my face with the Soniclear, I go back and wipe all of my EYE MAKEUP with "The Makeup Eraser".  I then use the "Makeup Eraser" making one final swoop across my face to remove any leftover cleansing products, residue, that was left.

The Brush Heads 
  1. Cleaning: While the brush is an antibacterial brush, this is not a substitute for good hygienic practice.  You still need to make sure you are cleaning the brush in warm soapy water and leaving it out to dry!
  2. One thing I like about the Soniclear is the brushes last six months, compared to other brands that only last three months.
  3. The system comes with a brush for your face as well as one for your body.
  4. Produces up to 300 sonic movements per second for 10x better cleansing than with hands alone.
My Thoughts
I mentioned in the beginning that this is the gem of all, but before I tell you my personal experience. I first want to start off by answering this as I get this question a lot: "Why am I getting an outbreak?"   

When your introduce your skin to any new skincare products you may see some initial blemishes, this is normal, especially since you will be giving your skin more exfoliation than normal! 
 

The Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear is a high-end product! I got this bad boy for my birthday and it's been like having a personal aesthetician at my beck and call ever since!  This system offers a salon-quality facial but in the comfort of your home!

"A little goes a long way fits this tool." I didn’t have to worry about wreaking havoc on my face with this, as with some other systems I’ve used.  I loved that it is gentle and still gets the job done! First, it deeply cleansed my face, and while I’ve been exfoliating my skin for years, the Soniclear helped in removing buildup I didn’t even knew existed.  It has rejuvenated my skin, leaving my skin feeling smooth and, more importantly, looking more radiant (you can see the shine) and ready for skincare products and, of course, MAKEUP... For a camera ready look!

Camera ready skin by Barbies Beauty Bits

I also like this system better than some of the others out there because…
  • Aside from the LIFETIME antimicrobial system, this product also comes with a 5-year warranty.  Other brands come with a 3-year or less warranty.
  • It has an ergonomically designed handle with soft hand grips. Other brands don’t.
  • You can fully submerge this bad boy in water as it is waterproof. Other brands are merely water resistant!
  • C-Boost provides a stimulating massage designed to promote collagen production.
  • The brushes stay cleaner, fresher longer and will not require replacement as often as unprotected brushes!
So there you have it beauties, Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear, the gem to Looking Younger While Getting Older.

Make sure to let me know your thoughts on this product, I love to hear from those who have used it! 

IMPORTANT:
This Product uses magnets which may affect internal medical devices such as pacemakers. Keep away from internal medical devices. To avoid damage, keep magnetic media such as computer discs, credit cards, and tapes away.
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March 13, 2016

Too Faced Cosmetics, Spring Fling Sale Up To 72%!


Too Faced Cosmetics, Spring fling Sale Up To 72%, By Barbie's Beauty Bits.


This week's beauty deal is on the Too Faced Website! Tons of select items from the little black book of bronzers to their famous 9 panned eyeshadow palettes are on sale, up to 72% off, and NO CODE IS REQUIRED! There is also free shipping on all orders over $50 and with ALL ORDERS you will get a FREE deluxe Melted Metal Metallic Peony! Muah!

So pull out your phone or tablet (like me) and get your Too Faced Cosmetic favorites, before it's too late! Sale ends on 3/15/2016!

Too Faced Sale

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March 12, 2016

Create The Perfect Eyeliner Looks, With The Liner.designer By Beautyblender


Create The Perfect Eyeliner Looks, With The Liner.designer By Beautyblender, By Barbie's Beauty Bits.


While enjoying a cup of coffee and shopping online at Sephora, I ran across, a BEAUTY must share, from Beautyblender! If you are not familiar with a Beautyblender, you can check it out here.  But the breaking beauty news that I wanted to share with you is their newest makeup tool, the liner.designer.  The Beauty Blender has taken over the way we apply our foundation, and by the looks of this new eyeliner tool, they are also planning on taking over the way we use eyeliner!

The liner.designer has three different sides that can be used to help us apply eyeliner in tons of different ways.  It reminds me of the beauty hack of achieving the perfect cat eye with tape.


a tool that will change the way you do cat-yes forever! #LinerDesigner ­čÉ»

A photo posted by beautyblender (@beautyblender) on



As you can see from the Instagram post above, the liner.desinger, by Beautyblender kind of looks like a hot pink guitar pick!  According to the Sephora website: "This little pink beauty will enable us to achieve professional looking eyeliner results with this genius triple-sided guide.  With three distinct sides, each designed for a different look that will help provide a steady hand and make it easy to create liner symmetry." 

What Else You Need To Know:

If that wasn’t enough, it also includes a five times magnifying mirror and the suction cup that can be placed on any hard surface.  In addition to helping us create the perfect eyeliner look, you can also use it as a mascara & eyeshadow shield, for both under or over the eye, for perfect makeup application.  It will guard your skin against any fallouts allowing us to achieve a gorgeous eye without smudges.   

Bottomline, this is a foolproof beauty tool…From the classic cat eye to perfect mascara application, we can all be makeup gurus with the liner.designer.

IMPORTANT: If you want one of these, make sure to get on the Sephora’s alert list as they will let you know when they are back in stock!

To see this bad boy in action, check out makeup artist, Camila Bravo

In the meantime, check out some of Beautyblenders great items!

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March 7, 2016

8 Ways To Curl Your Hair, With The Irresistible Me Sapphire 8 In 1 Wand


8 Ways To Curl Your Hair, With The Irresistible Me Sapphire 8 In 1 Wand, By Barbie's Beauty Bits.

Have you ever heard the quote, life is too short to have boring hair? Well, I’m hair today, oops I mean here today to prove just that, with the most amazing hair tool, ever!  Yes, beauties, if love to have your hair curly this is one post you want to continue reading!

So what is this amazing magic hair device? It is the IRRESISTIBLE ME Sapphire Hair Curler 8-in-1.  This Sapphire Curling Wand is sold by IRRESISTIBLE ME, a NY company that sells 100% Remy hair extensions, wigs, hair accessories and more!  The Sapphire 8 in 1 wand is their new, top of the line curler that features tourmaline technology and eight, yes I said eight different interchangeable barrels. It’s just like having eight different hair curling irons, but much more affordable and easy to travel with and store.  

The Irresistible Me Sapphire 8 In 1 Wand review by Barbie's Beauty Bits
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Irresistible Me. All opinions are my own.

Love is in the Hair with this beauty as the hairstyles that you can create with this tool are endless! I've been using this for a few months and I'm absolutely obsessed with it! Each of the 8 barrels creates a different type of curl, like… tight perm like curls, ringlet curls, spirals curls, ribbon curls, large and bouncy curls, beach or wavy curls and much more!

In addition to all of the different types of curls The Sapphire Curling Wand offers some other features...

No frizzy hair.  It is important to consider what kind of material that was used in a curling wand, as you don't want it to damage your hair! All of these barrels are tourmaline.  So what does this mean for your hair?  The "Tourmaline Technology" helps to eliminate frizz, by sealing the hair oils and moisture in! Plus, this type of rod is suitable for all kinds of hair. 

Fast heating (up to 20 seconds) and variable temperature control (230C/450F) – because we need a tool that helps us save time.

Easy storage:  You get a heat-proof pouch that reminds me of a makeup brush holder.  Additionally,  it doubles as an excellent traveling pack that you can take with you anywhere and a heat-resistant glove to avoid getting burned while curling your hair.


Irresistible Me Sapphire 8 In 1 Wand Review by Barbie's Beauty Bits

 It also has an auto shut-off feature, which is a must for me!
How to use the Irresistible Me Sapphire 8 In 1 Wand by Barbie's Beauty Bits


Which Wand Do I Use For What Curl?

As you can see from the images below, aside from looking different, these barrels come in a variety of  sizes.  From the smallest barrel to help you to create tight curls to loose beach waves with the largest, as well as reverse curls (which is my favorite). While I’m not going to go over every wand as this post would end up being a book, I will share some.

The 13M Barrel: This one is perfect for creating spiral and tight curls. 

The 25MM: This is the go-to size for most women when it comes to a curling iron. It is versatile and works on many different hair lengths. This barrel size can give you very natural looking curls; it can add dimension to any updo, or when brushed out, can give you very organic looking locks.

The 32MM: This is one I love as well as it works great on longer hair for that natural wave look or big bouncy curls!

Irresistible Me Sapphire 8 In 1 Wand descriptions by Barbie's Beauty


The Reverse Barrels: As I mentioned earlier these are my favorite.  When I saw these in the set, I couldn’t wait to try them.  So what is a reverse barrel? A reverse wand has an ascending or descending barrel. When you think of most wands, they usually give you a tighter curl at the bottom of the hair; this is the opposite with 13/25MM as the tighter portion of the curl is near your head (which is ideal for volume).

The three wands are the 18/9MM, 25/13MM, 13/25MM and are perfect for beach waves as well as creating that fun mermaid curl!

The Pearl Barrel: I saved the most unusual looking barrel for last!  If you’ve always wanted naturally curly hair, then this is your wand. As the spheres mimic the natural wave look.

Reverse Barrel curl ideas by barbies beauty bits

So there you have it beauties!  From a beach wave to a tight curl, you now have eight different ways to create the perfect curls!


In Action



Check Out Some Of My Looks Below. 



Beach curls by Barbie's Beauty Bits






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March 6, 2016

Puzzled About Dry Winter Skin, Well Valentia May Have Your Answer!


Tips for dry winter skin by barbies beauty bits

This is the 2nd post in my skincare series, on ways to conquer that dry winter skin! And for this post I have partnered up with VALENTIA.

The Valentia Skincare Line has products that have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect dry winter skin! As the temperature drops, our skin craves more moisture.  That is why it is important to take some of those extra steps to take care of our skin during the winter.  And Valentina's Ultimate Skin Repair & Hydration Combo is a great way to help your skin seal in and retain moisture.

Valentina line the Ultimate Skin Repair & Hydration Combo review by barbies beauty bits
DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Valentia, but all opinions are my own.

First Product in this "Repair & Hydration Combo" is the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask.  And according to Valentia, this is the perfect answer to our dry skin problems.

Overview on the Mask

This hydration mask features a unique blend of amino acids and hyaluronic acid that work together providing the skin with intense hydration and nourishment.

What is in the Mask?

I get a lot of messages from my readers asking, "what are the ingredients in the product?" Well, I’d to share some of the ones that are in this mask. First, it contains vegan-friendly and organic ingredients.  Plus, it is a cruelty-free product!

Aside from me mentioning some of the key ingredients, I have shared with you how each one is targeted to help that dry winter skin!

Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend: These amino acids contribute to increasing the moisture content and aiding in the production of collagen and elastin which decreases the appearance of visible lines.

Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Penetrates deep into the skin to secure moisture and plump skin from within.

Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil:  An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.

Japanese Green Tea: Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant effects to the skin.

Aloe Vera: This botanical moisturizers skin and fight aging by improving skin firmness.

Valentia's Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask Review By Barbies Beauty Bits
Love The Texture And It Smells Great!
My Thoughts On The Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask

I loved the coolness of the mask. In the winter months it is important that we keep it cool, which is the opposite of what we want to do. Unfortunately, hot water can wash away the skin's natural oils, leaving us with those dry, itchy area’s. This mask helped with some of the dryness I get on my checks.  Plus,  I noticed after using this that is gave me a lovely radiant and dewy look, which is something I love! 

Top Cruelty free skincare tips for winter skinby barbies beauty bits
Close Up Of My Skin

The Second Product Is The TRUE GLOW EYE CREAM.

Our eyes are an important feature of our face and having the skin around the eyes looking dull, dry and flaky can certain age us quickly!  But using a product that can help to repair that dull area by locking in moisture, can give us back that healthy look.

The True Glow Eye Cream, is an antioxidant rich eye cream that’s goal is to help lock in moisture, repair and tighten skin for a youthful looking glow around the eye area.

Below you will find some of the key ingredients in this eye cream as well how each one is targeted to help that those dull, aging eyes.

Astaxanthin: A potent antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine line and wrinkles, and restores elasticity to the skin.

Resistem: Natural Plant Stem Cells repair and protect the skin from harsh environmental pollutants and stress-related aging.

Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright-eyed look.

Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the healing process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.


My Thoughts TRUE GLOW EYE CREAM 

My eye area is a concern of mine.  Unfortunately, as we get older, this skin dries out much faster. And because it is thinner than the other regions on our face, if we don’t treat it properly, we can end up with sagginess and bags, which leads to wrinkles!  For this reason is it important for me to treat the eye area gently with a product like the True Glow Eye Cream.


While I haven’t seen my wrinkles go away, I have noticed that the skin looks better from the moisture I’m adding to it. Also, I’m a big fan of products with Vitamin C in them, as it helps to brighten the under eye area.  Since I’ve been only using this product for a few weeks, I’m going to keep using it to see if I get some more improvement.

IMPORTANT:
When it comes to applying eye cream, you want to make sure that you use it gently.  You don’t want to be pulling the area. Therefore, it is essential to place a little of the True Glow Eye Cream onto your ring finger and gently dab it around the eye, do not rub.  Lastly, you want to sure you are applying a small amount of product. Too much can do the opposite and irritate your eyes, giving you some puffiness, which is something we want to avoid!

So there you have it beauties, two more ways to conquer that dry winter skin!

Have you tried these products, if so let me know your thoughts.  Especially the eye cream!





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