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April 21, 2016

Top 10 Secrets To Getting A Salon-Like Pedicure At Home


Top 10 Salon Secrets To Getting A Salon-Like Pedicure At Home, by barbies Beauty Bits

Spring cleaning doesn't just apply to our home; it can also apply to beauty, including our feet! They've been cooped up for months, so let those feet loose. With spring in the air, the shining sun, it's time to show off those feet and toes, but are they ready?

One of the best ways to revive your feet and toes is with a pedicure. Because when your feet feel good, your whole body feels refreshed and energized.

Pampering your feet at a salon can be costly, but this doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a spa-like pedicures. You can, by taking it home! So, if you want to find out how you can have a polish to the pretty pedicure at home, continue reading!

Top 10 Secrets To Getting A Salon-Like Pedicure At Home

1st Step: Scrub and Soak.  You want to start off with clean feet so what better way than to implement a foot scrub and a soak.  A DIY approach to this is to combine some olive oil and sea salt to soothe those soles.

A Device: To remove that dry old winter skin, I use the PEDI SMOOTHING DISC, from Michael Todd Beauty. This textured smoothing disc is a wonderful attachment that I attach to my Soniclear Elite!

The Michael Todd Beauty PEDI safely exfoliates rough, dry foot skin for the ultimate in at-home foot care and professional pedicure maintenance. Plus, it comes with built-in protection against microbial contamination, you don't get that type of protection at a salon!

PEDI SMOOTHING DISC, from Michael Todd Beauty

2. Dry Up: After soaking your feet, make sure to thoroughly rinse off the scrub or other products and pat your feet dry. Pay close attention to moisture between the toes, which can lead to athlete's foot or other fungal infections.

3. Moisturize:  Cold weather can drain away moisture from your feet, so getting them spring ready requires some moisturizing!  Apply cream all over your feet and toes.  Don’t forget your heels!

4. Your Pedicure Flip Flops: No need for those toes separators as you can use a pair of the Pedi Princess. They come in many styles and sizes, plus they can be worn even after the pedicure.

Pedi princess shoes by barbies beauty bits


5. Trim & File:  You want to trim your toenails, just above the top of each toe.  Snip those tips by using a straight-edge toenail clipper as it gives you more of a precision cut.   You want to make sure that you cut your toenails when they are wet to avoid them from cracking and splitting.  Finish by smoothing out the edges and shape your nail with a professional grade emery board.


Remove nail polish with vinegar, by Beauty Blogger Barbies Beauty Bits

6. Clean Nails: It seems simple, but you want to make sure that all the old nail polish is removed completely. One way to ensure this is a quick wipe over with some vinegar, as it will remove any leftover nail polish remover, moisturizer, or any other residue; ultimately enabling the polish to adhere longer.

7. Polish Up: Application is important! After all,  the nail polish is the icing on the cake so to speak.  Hence, you want to make sure you are patiently applying the nail polish so it will dry correctly, preventing smudges.

8. PREVENT SMUDGING: One reason your nails are smudging is because you are applying too much nail polish at once. Instead, apply multiple thin coats instead of one thick coat. Doing multiple thin coats will enable those layers to dry and not smudge.  Painting is a 3 step process. You want to start with one coat down the middle and one on each side.

 keep nail polish from running onto your cuticles with petroleum jelly by barbies beauty bits


9. No More Messy Pedicures: An excellent way to keep nail polish from running onto your cuticles or toes is to apply a small bit of petroleum jelly along the sides and the base of your nails. If polish seeps off the toenail, who cares, as all you have to do is wipe off the petroleum jelly, and you now have perfectly painted nails!

10. Dry: You should give yourself about 15 mins. to dry. And don't forget you can walk around in your Pedi Princess Flip-Flops as there are not just Pedi Flip-Flops, they're a fashion statement!

 

So there you have it beauties, the top 10 salon secrets revealed on how to get a salon-like pedicure at home!


This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation with Pedi Princess.
I received a pair of the Pedi Princess Flip-Flops for my own use.  
 All opinions and experiences are my own.

 
 
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April 16, 2016

Show Mom Some Love This Mother’s Day With A Free Pair Of Earrings

Mothers Day Giveaway, free earrings by barbies beauty bits

With Mother's Day right around the corner, what better why to show her how much she means to you other than with some bling and for FREE! That's correct, I have partnered up with 3 Royal Dazzy, and we are giving  you the chance to win your Mom a pair of 18k White Gold Layer Handset Set CZ Silver Earrings! Plus a little something for yourself, a VIP discount of 20% Off.

FREE diamonds for mom on mothers day by barbies beauty bits
THIS IS A SPONSORED POST ON BEHALF OF 3 ROYAL DAZZY

These earrings are definitely one of a kind to own; I know as I have a pair myself and love them.  I am not a big fan of yellow gold, so the fact that these are genuine sterling silver, finished with a top quality 18K white gold finish, I was so happy to have these pretties! They have now become my go to daily wear earrings!

Mothers day giveaway by barbies beauty bits

Before you go to enter to win a pair for your mom, I wanted to share with you some other details on these 3 Royal Dazzy Earrings.

  • All CZ are Micro-pave setting, not glued
  • Shiny from many angles
  • Genuine Sterling Silver
  • Micro-pave setting on the front and 4 sides
  • 925 stamp trademark
  • Top Graded AAAAA quality cubic zirconia
  • Nickel free

*IMPORTANT:  All silver products can't go near or touch chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach discolors and destroys gold filled and silver. This includes swimming pools and bathing in hot tubs as chlorine products are added to prevent bacteria growth.

Register below to win your Mom, Mother of your child, or another Mom a pair of *18k White Gold Layer Handset Set CZ Silver Earrings! Plus a little something for yourself, a VIP discount of 20% Off.

 This giveaway is open to all USA residents. The giveaway ends on 04/26/16 @ 12 AM EST. The winners will be chosen using random.org and will be notified  no later than 04/27/16. The winners have 24 hours to claim prize before it's forfeited and another winner is chosen. Entering the giveaway, you must be 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Earrings will be shipped regular mail and will not be expressed.  So respond ASAP if you are the winner.

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April 10, 2016

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Makeup Now On Sale!


Urban Decay Gwen Stefani  Makeup Now On Sale, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

If you haven’t had the chance to try out some of the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani makeup now is your chance! They are on sale on the Ulta and Sephora website as well as Beauty.com and Macy's. There is no doubt these are some “Rockin” deals.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Sale Makeup
  • UD Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil
  • UD Gwen Stefani Brow Box
  • UD Gwen Stefani Lipstick 
  • UD Gwen Stefani Blush Palette
  • UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. (This palette is not on sale, but there is a gift with purchase at ulta).

I've made it easy and you can shop below! 
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COUPONS
If all of that wasn’t enough, there is also a coupon offer at Ulta! $3.50 off a $10 Purchase...CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR CODE. 

At Sephora, the VIB sale is going on with 15% off and Beauty Insiders get 10% off! 
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April 3, 2016

Makeup Tips For Aging Skin


Makeup Tips For Aging Skin by Barbie's Beauty Bits

There are a few things that are inevitable in life and getting older is one of them.  But, making ourselves look older than we are after our teens is something we should not be doing.

It is natural to want to use makeup to hide some of our imperfections and aging skin. But you want to make sure you are going about it the correct way, and I'm here today to share with you a few makeup tips for aging skin.

As we get older, our skin loses collagen: this is what contributes to sagging skin.  Unfortunately, makeup can sit in these area’s, highlighting those imperfections as well as creating false wrinkles. YUKO, who wants more lines than we already have?!

So What Should You Be Doing?

Prep The Skin & Skincare
  • You first want to start with prepping the skin, by washing and moisturizing. Without proper skincare and prep, your makeup will fail you.  Also, keep in mind, that your topical treatment, along with your moisturizer, should be applied each morning and before bed each night to protect, nourish and maintain hydration. 
Use A Moisturizer With An SPF Daily
  • A moisturizer is vital to properly restore hydration balance to the skin's surface. Proper hydration improves firmness and revitalizes tone and texture.   Furthermore, if you get a moisturizer with an SPF, you will save yourself time and money! A great moisturizer will help to plump up your fine lines and more, so never leave home without it.

Skincare tips for aging skin, by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Correctly Applying Your Skincare Product
  • There are so many wrinkle and line formations on our face, so attention to detail is essential.  When it comes to applying your skincare product, you want to use a circular motion focusing on the lines and wrinkled area.  AVOID pulling and tugging on the skin.
Adding A Prescription Retinoid To Your Skincare Regimen Skincare
  • Experts recommend: "Adding a prescription retinoid to your skin-care regimen.  This will help to smooth sun-damaged skin, clear up brown spots, and reduce other visible signs of aging."
  • Retinoids are the most documented and scientifically proven de-agers.
  • Over time retinoids can stimulate collagen production and increase the skin's water content. This helps to prevent sagging. 
Exfoliation 
  • Proper exfoliation removes dead skin build up and stimulates cellular turnover while making your skin look brightly polished and radiant.  If you don’t find a product to help remove the dead skin,  your face will start looking dull, dry and OLD! I recommend the Soniclear by Michael Todd Beauty, as it helps you to look younger while getting older!

Makeup For Aging Skin 

Primer
  •  Similar to the primer that you would apply to a wall before painting, you want to do the same with your eyes and face.  Makeup 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. 

Makeup Tips for women over 50, by Barbie's Beauty Bits
 Coverup
  • Don’t cover yourself with a foundation. 
  • You want to avoid matte formulas as they can make your skin look dry, instead, use an opaque product to cover the broken capillaries and damaged areas. 
  • BB Creams and tinted moisturizers are amazing.
  • Use the correct color.  Choosing the wrong color is bad at any age, but with older skin, the goal is to minimize. When selecting a color you want to make sure you are staying as close as possible to your natural skin color. 
    • Test the product correctly, by applying it to your clean, makeup free face. NOT your under arm area that you've been told for years!
Blush
  • When it comes to blush, you want to make sure that you are mimicking your skin.  Natural radiant skin is the goal. 
  • Cream blushes are great for maturing skin as they are more moisturizing.
  • Make sure to apply in a circular motion to avoid a streaking look.
  • Stay away from contouring and bronzers. This will make you look like you some skin discolorations and draw attention to your aging skin.

Blush Tips For aging skin, by Barbie's Beauty Bits

 Lipstick
  • Avoid dark lipsticks as well as glossy ones as they can slide into your lip lines, giving that feathering appearance. 
  • Dark lipsticks also make your lips look smaller. 
  • Go for a moisturizing lipstick.
 Eyeshadow
  • Stay away from frosted eyeshadows. Instead, you want to look for softer shades. 
  • Heavily pigmented shadows as well as frosted or glitter can emphasize the wrinkled thin eye area. 
  • Neutrals are king for you. 
 Eyeliner
  • You want to avoid dark eyeliner as it can make your eyes looking droopy. Instead, try using a gel eyeliner.  You also will get a more even application, and it glides on smoother.
  • Try applying in a thin line.  Too thick of an application can age you.

So there you have it some of my top Makeup Tips For Aging Skin! Do you have any additional tips or suggestions? If so, please leave a comment below and I could share it with my readers.


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A Chance To Win Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara For A Year


A Chance To Win Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara For A Year, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

It’s my party, and I can cry if I want too! Because of Too Faced, Waterproof Better Than Sex Mascara! Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara has been my all time favorite mascara. And now they have a waterproof, sweat-proof and play-proof mascara.  I just got mine today and can't wait to get wet! 

Make sure to order yours NOW as you get some other bonuses with it if you order the mascara from the TOO FACED WEBSITE.
  • The chance to win a year's supply of Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara.
  • With each order, you get a FREE MINI HANGOVER PRIME.
  • And they send you a 20% Off Coupon to use on a future purchase (can't use on this new mascara).
Since I haven’t had the chance to try this yet as I just got it,  here is a run down on the BETTER THAN SEX WATERPROOF MASCARA from the Too Faced website.

Go ahead and get wet...
  • High-performance, water-resistant polymers for waterproof, play-proof, all day wear
  • Porcelain flower extracts to moisturize and condition lashes
  • Unique Peptides for the deepest, intense black possible
  • Hourglass-shaped brush unlocks the collagen-fueled formula 
Similar to the orginal Better Than Sex Mascara this product is also formulated WITHOUT:
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Phthalates  
Stay tuned for my review and in the meantime, register to win a years supply today!

You can also get this from Sephora & Macy's, by ordering below! Or if you are a Better Than Sex Original Fan, shop away! 

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