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December 22, 2017

Hello 2018 & Hello $1500 Cash Prize Giveaway!


What better way to ring in the New Year than with some extra MONEY?

I am so excited to co-host, "New Years Eve $1500 Cash Giveaway".  Myself along with some of your other favorite bloggers have partnered up to give you the chance to "ring" in the New Year the right way with some extra spending money and who doesn't like money?

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December 19, 2017

Spa At Home With Your Girlfriends With Exuviance Performance Facial Peel AP25


While the holidays can be so much fun, they can also be a bit stressful, and this stress can have a negative impact on our skin. Whether short or long term, it is crucial to find ways to lessen the holiday burden to not only to help you feel and look happier but also for your skin.

As most of us know, that holiday stress shows up in our face, which can potentially aggravate skin conditions and cause premature aging, not what we want on our holiday wish list. So, when you start to feel stressed, try to slow down if possible. Also, working in some stress combating approaches like taking deeps breaths and relaxing for a few minutes can be beneficial.

Ways To Lesson Holiday Stress For Great Looking Skin

The first thing is to focus on what you can control. As you see, great looking skin involves a healthy lifestyle and proper skincare habits enabling you to produce a glowing, radiant looking complexion. Hence, what you put in your body is equally as important as what you put on it.

Another fantastic way is to find your Zen time by pampering yourself. Taking time out to pamper yourself is a must to survive the craziness some may endure during the holiday season. There is nothing like going to the spa for treatments, but they can sure be costly and who has time with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so why not organize a skincare spa day with the girls.

That’s right why not treat your skin to a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home, and today I have the perfect skincare product for this party; Exuviance Performance Peel AP25.


Spa Day Peel Party With The Girls
A spa day doesn’t have to be expensive! Just ask each of them to bring something with them, and you can all unwind together with some wine, candles, snacks, warm fuzzy robes and some skincare and let me tell you it can be some fun as I just did it myself with a Peel Party.

I am in my forties and so are most of my girlfriends so when I told them about Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 for the younger looking skin they were all so excited.

You see as we age our cellular turnover slows down, meaning that our body is slower to shed dead skin cells and produce new ones.  However, if you are correctly exfoliating your skin, you do not have to rely on your body’s natural cell turnover to keep your complexion looking radiant and beautiful, and Exuviance Performance Peel was there to help us sloth away that unwanted dead skin cells.  Plus, by buffing away those dead skin cells, we were also making it easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and other skin treatments.


The Peel Party Sponsor
Now before I get into the Peel we used for the Spa Day, I would like to tell you a bit about the brand that supplied the skincare products for my party, which is Exuviance.

Exuviance is a premium brand of highly efficient anti-aging solutions.  This company discovered the antiaging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel, now how cool is that? Since their ground-breaking discovery, the creators of Exuviance have continued to develop many new patented antiaging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly designed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.

Skincare Product Details
The Performance Peel AP25 contains a 25% blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA) including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, and Gluconolactone.

Performance Peel AP25 not only works at skin's surface to exfoliate dead, dull surface layers, it also enhances exfoliation to reveal fresher, healthier-looking skin.


While this product can be used up to twice a week, we did see some benefits right away, especially those who are not as skincare conscience as me.

With regular use, up to twice a week, this peel can help to:
  • Refine pore size and smooth texture
  • Visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve clarity and brightness
  • Brighten and even skin tone
  • Provide an all-over healthy glow, suppleness, and smoothness of skin
This product is two-step peel, and I gave each of the girls four pads. Two to use the day of the spa day and another to follow up later in the week.

 
Directions

  1. Get everyone to cleanse their face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry.
  2. Take the Exuviance "Activator Pad" and apply it all over the face, avoiding the eye area, lips, and any sensitive areas.
  3. Carefully monitor the skin’s response to the peel by observing any redness or discomfort, including stinging, burning, itching, tightness, tingling and peeling.
  4. About 10 minutes later you want to apply Step 2, the "Neutralizer Pad" all over the entire face, then rinse thoroughly with water.
  5. Follow with a great moisturizer or serum.
  6. Oh, and don’t forget the wine, not for your face silly, but to drink! 

So, as you can see with all of the stresses of everyday life and the holidays, it’s important that we take some time for ourselves…and just relax. Not all of us can afford the luxury of a day at the spa, but we can afford to spa at home and Exuviance is here to help with their Performace Peel AP 25.


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December 18, 2017

Head To Toes Winter Skincare Tips


When people think of skincare, most think of the face, but it goes beyond that! Especially, for those in our forties as we get older some of can start to see the dreaded Turkey neck and more! Plus, when the weather gets colder, the humidity drops making our skin particularly vulnerable to dryness and cracking. But there are some things you can do to help prevent and treat some of these skincare issues.

Now before I get into the tips, I think it is important that you understand that as our skin ages, the skins natural renewal process slows down, which can cause dead cells to build up on the skin’s surface. 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, our oil glands also become less active, which can make it harder to retain moisture in the skin.

With moisture zapped, our confidence can sometimes follow. On the other hand, if our skin is properly hydrated, it will be able to defend itself against some of those environmental factors, like dry weather, soaps, and dirt that can wreak havoc on our skin over the years!   That is why it is important that we have a great skincare regimen that is properly moisturizing and exfoliating our skin from the neck down!

Skincare Treatment And Preventative Tips From Your Head To Your Toes

Sunscreen
Sunscreen is a must in your skincare arsenal, especially for that sun goddess. Sun does take a toll on your skin, with sunspots, dryness, looseness and more. Some of the most telling signs of aging skin are very distinct from the neck on down. Hence, no matter the time of year, use a sunscreen!

Moisturize
While the weather outside may be frightful, this doesn’t mean your skin needs to be as well.  During these cold winter months, our beauty regimen can sure be affected by these blistering cold winds.

Because of this, it is essential to take extra care of our ourselves, especially for those with sensitive skin as people with sensitive skin need to stay away from artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances. And adding a product like Nature Well Beauty Moisturizing Trio can be a plus.


NatureWell Beauty
Now before I get into the product, I wanted to let you know a bit about NatureWell.

Inspired by nature and committed to wellness, NatureWell is a collection of beneficial formulas that address the daily needs of skin, hair and body. We believe the better you feel, the better you will look. Our goal is to help people make this connection with a mission to encourage self-care.

These luxurious hydrating cream are ideal for use over the entire body to soften, soothe and moisturize without leaving a greasy residue. Additionally, they help to restore and replenish dry skin, while shielding the skin from free-radical damage.

The line comes in 3 delectable scents to include Coconut Oil, Pomegranate and Marula Oil.  Additionally, this trio also offers…
  • Ultra hydration
  • Designed for all skin types
  • Has No oily residue
  • Formulated without parabens
  • Never tested on animals
  • Coconut oil: nourishes and provides antioxidant properties
  • Marula oil: helps restore and replenish dry skin
  • Pomegranate: powerful antioxidants to helps shield skin from free-radical damage while helping to soothe

The Dreaded Bacne
Anyone with acne knows how frustrating it can be, but if you are one that struggles with it on other parts of your body, like your back, it can make it even worse. So, what is a person to do? Well, the good thing is that body acne can be cleared up using the same type of ingredients we’d use on our face.

Additionally, you want to make sure that you are avoiding those drying bar soaps, as the harsh ingredients in those can dehydrate the skin as well as clogging your pores.

You also want to make sure that you are using products that do not contain strong synthetic fragrances. While they may smell pretty they are not pretty for the skin.

Therefore, adding products that contain both peppermint oil and tea tree can be a plus! Studies have shown that the menthol in the peppermint can be effective at helping to neutralize bacteria and tea tree oil has amazing skin-balancing properties which are helpful for problematic skin.


Clogged Pores
Yes, we can also get clogged pores on our arms, shoulders, back and other areas of our body. If you find yourself experiencing this, an excellent tip for starters is to look at what detergents you are using to wash your clothes. Laundry detergents that contain fragrances can clog and aggravate the hair follicles.

Also, those scented body sprays can add to some unsightly bumps, so if you still want to wear one, spray it in an area that is less likely to be prone to clog pores, like your wrist.

Lastly, adding a skincare device like Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Elite Deluxe System where you can use a antimicrobial Body Brush(s) is a must. This system is perfect for exfoliating the entire  body!

It comes with a 6 piece set that is ideal for helping to remove those dead skin cells that can clog your pores as well as reducing any dry patches. And finally, this brush head is antimicrobial to help protect against stain and odor-causing bacteria.


Lips
Prep your lips with exfoliation and moisturizer.

Exfoliate: To remove the access dead skin you want to exfoliate your lips.  You can do this with a lip exfoliating product, that sloughs away the dryness and replenishes providing instant hydration.

Treatment: It is time to say goodbye to dry lips winter lips and hello to a kissably soft pout with Patchology Lip Renewal FlashPatch 5 Minute Hydrogels!

I love how these latex-free lip gels feel on my lips. It is a LIPtastic way to moisturize the lips much faster than some other products out there. Plus, being over 40 the peptides and green tea extract can help to not only soothe but deliver anti-aging benefits when used regularly.

Moisturize: Your lips can get really dry and flaky in the winter months. Making your pout not so irresistibly soft.  Therefore it is important to moisturizer your lips.


Lip Products: A perfect product for your lips for the cold winter months Itcosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss, Je Ne Sais Quoi.

This lipgloss stain drenches your lips in hydrating butters and oils working together with collagen, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to help nourish your lips while minimizing the appearance of lip lines!

Plus, it provides your lips with a perfect shine and flush of color that lasts! (perfect for those moments under the mistletoe)


Feet
Yep, we can’ forget those feet! Because when your feet feel good, your whole body feels refreshed and energized. Plus, the cold weather can drain away moisture from your feet, so getting them spring ready requires some moisturizing!

For gentle exfoliation and intense hydration, you want to apply the AmLactin Foot Cream all over your feet and toes.  Don’t forget your heels!

In addition to selecting a great skincare product, you need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water...


Proper hydration is essential for healthy skin! So hopefully, this is something you’ve been doing for years!  When you add drinking plenty of water to your skincare regimen, it can help your skin to look plumper and minimize the signs of aging. Make it a habit of having a glass of water or bottled water near you at all times.

IMPORTANT:  Once you realize you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, and no one wants dehydrated skin, so plan ahead!

Overall, nearly two-thirds of U.S. women report that the older they get, the more difficult it is to keep their skin moisturized.  It needs to be a routine, and more importantly finding a product that offers many benefits, helping your skin from your head to your toes.

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December 10, 2017

The Ultimate Skincare Holiday Gift Guide

The Ultimate Skincare Holiday Gift Guide By Barbie's Beauty Bits

With the holiday season amongst us, what to get that Skincare lover in your life can be frustrating for some, especially if you are a man. But no need to become a Bah Humbug out of frustrations of not knowing what to get that skincare enthusiast, as I complied some of the best products for every skincare lover in your life. From beauty tools to a Makeup Eraser and even one for yourself, to help with that last-minute zit from all the holiday shopping stress, we’ve got something for everyone!

Skincare Gift Guide

ZAPZYT Acne Treatment
The Gift For Anyone, Who Gets An Occasional Blemish

Well, let’s start with you that stressful holiday shopper. For this portion I have partnered up with ZAPZYT and The PRIMP Network to help you with some of the skincare issues you may have from that holiday stress!

While the holidays can be so much fun, they can also be a bit stressful.  This stress, unfortunately, can have a negative impact on our skin, like an unwanted blemish.  While blemishes are never welcomed, with holiday parties and those friends who post everything on social media, the last thing you want is to look like Rudolph with a big zit on your nose or elsewhere. But no worries as we have the best product to Zap that problem Zit with Zapzyt.

ZAPZYT Acne Treatment  The Gift For Anyone, Who Gets An Occasional Blemish By Barbies Beauty Bits

This line comes with four treatments options and can be purchase at Walmart. But, one thing that I love about this product is that is great for helping to treat your breakouts fast as the last thing we need is to add more stress because of a pimple! So, the first thing on my holiday gift guide for skincare lovers and their shoppers is ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel, AKA the Zit Zapper! As nothing works faster to rid you of that problem zit.

About ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel
This spot treatment is lightweight, it contains no alcohol and was created for those unexpected blemishes flare up, so you can zap those zits away quickly! Therefore, I keep small sample tubes of this stuff in my purse, at my desk, in my briefcase, an overnight bag, as it clears acne pimples and blackheads fast!  And for you, this will also make the perfect stocking stuffer add to some of the other suggestions below!

Furthermore, this product is an odorless gel that vanishes as it clears the skin. It contains a maximum strength of benzoyl peroxide recommend by dermatologists and kills 99.9% of acne-causing bacteria, so the only thing you will notice is the results.

The Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear For That Skincare Lover this holiday by Barbies Beauty Bits
The Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear
The Gift For Someone Looking For Exfoliation

We are continually subjecting our skin 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.  And if that wasn't bad enough, these can make us appear older!

That is why it is crucial that we have a great SONIC skincare device that is properly cleansing and exfoliating our face and the Michael Todd Beauty’s, Soniclear has been here to my rescue this year and is the MUST have skincare beauty tool! It is better than any other sonic device out there! Not only is this the world's first antimicrobial brush it also helps to...
  • Buff away those dead skin cells, revealing a more radiant, healthy-looking skin. 
  • After sonic cleansing, it will be easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and other skin treatments.
  • BONUS...This works amazingly with ZAPZYT Acne Wash Cleanser!
Colleen Rothschild Comprehensive Radiant Cleansing Balm Perfect Skincare Gift By Barbies Beauty Bits

Colleen Rothschild Comprehensive Radiant Cleansing Balm
The Gift For Anyone Wanting Smooth Radiant Skin

This product is like no other I have used. It is literally like a balm for your face that effortlessly dissolves all traces makeup and other impurities on the skin. And it has Clove and Rosemary for a natural aromatherapy, kind of smells like Christmas! This Cleansing Balm leaves my face feeling so smooth and radiant. Plus, it is very hydrating, giving a luminous, dewy look.

The Makeup Eraser The Gift For Anyone Who Wears Makeup By Barbies Beauty Bits

The Makeup Eraser
The Gift For Anyone Who Wears Makeup

Remove smear-proof, waterproof makeup, mascara and more with only WATER by using The Original Makeup Eraser Cloth. Each cloth will last a thousand washes, and you only need to add water to remove all makeup. This ultra-soft, woven polyester-blend cloth gets rid of tough makeup without leaving behind a residue—just a fresh, healthy feeling. And the bonus part, flip over this bad boy and exfoliate your skin.  It is a fantastic product.

Itcosmetics Miracle Water™ 3-in-1 Glow Tonic Gift For The Skincare Lover By Barbies Beauty Bits

Itcosmetics Miracle Water™ 3-in-1 Glow Tonic
The Gift For Anyone Looking To Balance The Complexion While Boosting The Look Of Radiance

Our skin is exposed to tons of environmental aggressors that are continually assaulting our skin. Factors, like pollution, dirt, oil, debris and even makeup can settle into our pores, dulling our skin's radiance and blocking our serums and creams from absorbing correctly. Hence, having a product like ITcosmetics Miracle water is a winter skincare savior. This lightweight no-rinse Micellar cleanser helps to balance the complexion and boost the look of radiance. Plus, it helps rid your skin of those pore-clogging impurities.

Reviv Serum The Gift Of Anti-Aging By Barbies Beauty Bits

Reviv Serum
The Gift Of Anti-Aging

Aside from wrinkles, as we get older, we also start to lose collagen!  When we lose collagen, our skin loses its tone, resulting in those unwanted fine lines and wrinkles! Ingredients like peptides, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, Vitamin C, brightening agents, and a collagen stimulator can help.

This is where the Ultimate Serum from Reviv Serums, comes into use.  Aside from being an award-winning TNS Essential Serum® (NEWBEAUTY™ Beauty Choice Award Winner and InStyle™ Beauty Award Winner) by SkinMedica® / Allergan, Inc., the serum has 11 various products in one:
      • A brightening product
      • An antioxidant serum
      • A firming and tightening product
      • An anti-inflammatory
      • A peptide serum
      • A green tea complex product
      • A vitamin C serum
      • A sebum controller
      • A collagen stimulator serum
      • A growth factor serum
      • A moisturizer and light emollient

          the michael todd beauty soniceraser pro for the skincare lover this holiday by barbies beauty bits

          The Michael Todd Beauty Sonic Eraser PRO
          The Gift For Anyone That Uses Skincare Products

          Finally, if your skincare lover has a product she uses all the time, this skincare beauty tool is what she needs to get her favorite products to work at maximum efficiency. She can now stop wasting those expensive skincare products on her fingers, and instead, apply them with a Sonic Eraser Pro.

          The Sonic Eraser PRO operates at sonic speeds of over 30,000 movements per minute. Simultaneously, ionic (circuit technology) and thermal warming (107*F) work together to boost the performance of your skincare products. This is called Triplex Infusion Technology™ three technologies working together. It’s clinically validated, and Dermatologist approved.

          BONUS ZIT ZAPPING TIP: Want to ZAP your zits even faster? Then dab on ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel and massage it in with the Sonic Eraser Pro!

          So, there you have it, The Ultimate Skincare Holiday Gift Guide to impress the most Skincare-obsessed friends and family on your list!
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          December 9, 2017

          Gym Bag Essentials Checklist With Summer's Eve


          You’ve finally decided to start going to the gym. But is your gym bag ready? What do you wear? What do you bring with you?

          Well, no worries as I have partnered up with BabbleBoxx.com on behalf Simply Summer’s Eve to make it easier to get to the gym, with a checklist of what you should always have stashed in your bag.

          Your Gym Essentials Checklist 

          Personal Care Items
          If you are coming straight from work, you want to make sure that you have packed some personal care essentials, like deodorant, cleansing products to remove your makeup and prevent breakouts and of course for me, one must have item is Simply Sensitive Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths.  I love  Summer’s Eve cloths as they come in a soft pack that is ideal for my purse and on the go and of course, the individual packets, are perfect to toss in a gym bag.

          Summer’s Eve, is the leader in feminine hygiene products, and their cleansing cloths are essential for the gym.  Let’s face it, in real life women sweat from a workout and that sweat can sometimes cause a heat rash, yuk I know.  A heat rash is not only uncomfortable it can also be unsightly.  So, having a product that can help us to maintain a natural PH and wipe away that odor-causing bacteria is just what we women need after a hard workout.  And a bonus is the lite fresh, clean scent, like Coconut Water, Mandarin Blossom, and Cucumber Lily. So not only do you feel fresh, you smell fresh too!

          Must have items for your gym bag by Barbies Beauty Bits and Summers Eve

          Workout Wear
          Many people are unaware that workout wear is an essential part of the workout, and when you wear the wrong attire, discomfort, and irritation may occur, hampering the exercise’s progress.

          While you don't need to spend a fortune on your clothes, it is essential to have something set aside for working out. With sweating and the movement from exercising, you want to make sure that the clothes you are wearing are going to let your skin breath and more importantly one made of a wicking fabric to keep that sweat off you.

          Items available to add to your workout wardrobe include shirts, shorts, pants, tank shirts and shoes all made to fit comfortably and fashioned from material that allows free airflow. Keep in mind functional pieces are relevant here, it's not a fashion show!

          Towel
          Sweating is healthy, but nobody wants to sit in your sweat or have it land on them.  The gym I go to does provide a cleaner and paper towels to wipe down the equipment, but it is also important to wipe down yourself!

          Gym Bag Essentials With Barbies Beauty Bits And Summers Eve
          Water Bottle
          When you exercise, you lose water through sweat. This water needs to be replaced to help you maintain and get the best workout, so make sure that you pack your gym bag with some water!

          Gym Bag Checklist By Barbies Beauty Bits And Summers Eve
          Protein
          To avoid the hangrys and from getting dizzy you want to make sure to pack a protein bar or drink. Plus, protein is key to losing weight! Our body burns more calories digesting protein than carbs.  More importantly, protein also helps you to stay full longer.

          So there you have it my "Gym Bag Essentials Checklist With Summer's Eve".  What are your must have items in your gym bag or did we hit in on the head?  Let us know below!
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          December 1, 2017

          Win A Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear, Sonicblend And More

          Win A Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear, Sonicblend And More By Barbie's Beauty Bits and Grande Cosmetics

          Everyone loves Beauty Products for the holidays and do I have an excellent opportunity for you to win some goodies from the #1 beauty tool company in the US, Michael Todd Beauty as well as some makeup from Grande Cosmetics, who use natural ingredients to create peptide-infused, care-free application cosmetics.  Both companies are fantastic, and this is an amazing giveaway package!

          This is an Instagram Contest, So Click Here To Enter.

          Rules are on the Instagram post, good luck!
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          November 28, 2017

          Holiday Giveaways And More!

          Holiday Giveaways And More By Barbie's Beauty Bits

          With December right around the corner, that means the season of giving and do we have some things to treat you! Or at least the chance to win some fantastic giveaways.

          Contests For The Month Of December
          • New Years Eve $1500 Giveaway...Coming Soon
          • Win A Bottle Of Coach Perfume...Coming Soon
          • Skincare Galore Giveaway...Coming Soon
          • Win A Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Petite & Sonicblend Makeup Brush, As Well As Some Makeup From Grande Cosmetics...Click Here To Enter
          • and much more!

          Please check back as we update the start dates, until next time!
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          October 28, 2017

          Top Tips For Women Purchasing A Car

          Top Tips For Women Purchasing A Car, By Barbie's Beauty Bits and Cars.com

          Buying a car can be intimidating to a lot of people, especially women. But it doesn’t have to be, being prepared is the key. While you can’t know everything, coming across confident and knowledgeable, will help give you the upper hand or at least be on the same playing ground, especially if you are going to a car dealership.

          I know this, as there was a brief time in my life where I sold cars, so a lot of this is from my own experiences.  Unfortunately, at that time there were not a lot of public resources for women or men for that matter to educate themselves. But nowadays, many resources can help you get your ducks in a row, like cars.com for instance.  This online company can be a great resource to help you navigate every turn of car ownership, from purchasing to selling, as well as service and repair.

          So if you want to find out my top tips for women purchasing a car continue reading.

          Budgets
          This is so important, and some people do this last, I suggest doing this first as you need to know what you can afford.  And when determining what you can spend, you also need to consider your car insurance as this will go up with a purchase of a new car. Even gas is an essential factor, as well as car service and repair.  All of these are things you need to evaluate when determining what you can or can not afford. Once you have that in mind you can start playing around with cars.com affordability calculator to see what vehicles will fit in that price range.

          Tips to budgeting for a car purchase by barbies beauty bits and cars.com

          Finances
          You need to start with your credit score, as this plays a vital part (unless you are paying cash) as to what your payments will be.  Your credit score is yours and is your responsibility and will impact your monthly car payment and what you can actually afford.

          Shop around when it comes to getting a rate. There are some great offers out there, but make sure you read all of the fine print, like what is your monthly payment, length of term, prepayment penalties, is it a fixed or variable rate, etc. That best option for most buyers is a fixed rate with a short-term loan, and payments that you can afford, comfortably.

          IMPORTANT: Although some lenders have recently started offering car buyers variable loans, personally I would not do it, get a fixed loan instead.  The only benefit to a variable rate would be if you planned to aggressively pay down your car loan. But if you lose your job or something happens financially you could get screwed! So, I always consider the what ifs!

          Lastly, I prefer to get pre-approved for a loan, and this can be your negotiating tool at the end of your sale at a dealer, as you can tell them, "Oh I will be paying cash, I got a loan from my credit union for ___%, unless you want to BEAT it..." Dealerships make money from financing as well, so some may be willing to offer you something through one of their approved lenders.

          Rebates and Incentives
          A lot of car manufacturers out there offer manufacturer deals and discounts. Do your research on these as not all dealerships will share these with you. I suggest calling a few dealers around the area and asking and look online at the car manufacturer to see what is available in your area.

          Keep in mind most rebates have nothing to do with the price you have negotiated.  This is important as some dealers may say that the rebate is taken off the full invoice price to benefit them, so do your research.

          Rebates for new cars by barbies beauty bits and cars.com

          Don’t Show Your Cards
          This is the most important step when negotiating!!! So, what do I mean by not showing your cards?

          This statement relates to if you have a trade-in, a budget, or an already approved loan, do not share this until AFTER you have negotiated the price of the car. I am not saying to lie, but be evasive.

          What is your budget? If you are asked what your budget is, I would focus on a particular car you already know you can afford based on the pricing you've found in your research, and respond with something like…“I know what my budget is, and I’m looking for a (name of the car) as this is in my price range."

          Don’t discuss a payment or down payment either. Your goal is to get the price of the car locked in first before revealing any of your other cards. Salespeople always focus on the amount per month to sway you away from seeing what the actual purchase price is. For instance, let's say your budget is $550 per month and you share this information. The dealer will work to get your payments within your budget, but to do so, they may spread out the payments over a long term such as 72 or 84 months and at a higher interest rate. The result is that the car will be a lot more expensive at the end of the term.  They will also use this as a closing tool, for instance..."What is the problem Miss Ritzman, your payment is where you want it to be", while all along the price of the car is too much and my interest is higher than I what I should be getting based on my credit score, as they are hooking up their F & I people too! SO NEVER REVEAL YOUR MONTHLY PAYMENT GOALS before agreeing on a purchase price.

          Don't let them know you have a trade in upfront. Once you negotiate the price, then you can come back and say: "Well maybe I will trade my car."  KEEP in mind; you will get less then you think.   However, cars.com has a great car price estimator that will let you know how much you can get for a trade in, to sell yourself, or just to find out the value.  IMPORTANT you will notice the trade in value and resale will be different, and you will be getting less if you are trading your car in, PERIOD. If you need a specific price to afford your car, then sell it first.

          Bottom line, you want to focus on each part of the transaction separately. (the car/budget, trade in, rebates, and financing).

          Car buying tips for women by barbies beauty bits and cars.com 
          Don't Be Impulsive And Make Sure To Shop Around
          If you have done your research, some may think, well I am not impulsive, but I beg to differ. Always look at all factors, including reviews and never come across as needy. I usually say to a salesperson: "I am happy with the car I have." I don't let the dealership know that I need or want a new car, more that I am just shopping. 

          Shopping around is crucial as you can use it as a negotiating tool yourself. I always share the price from another dealer, and if the new dealer wants my business, they need to offer me a lower deal. I do that at a few locations before making my final purchase. And remember you can always walk away.

          Shop At The End Of The Month
          Car dealers have goals and budgets, and if they have not met their quota for the month, they are better to work out a deal towards the end to get that number of cars sold.

          The Car Salesman (person)
          All car dealers are not dishonest, they are however making a living, AND THEY ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND. They need to pay their bills too and are just doing their job and so do you, by being educated on the car buying process. Considering you make the final decision, you do have the ability to walk away and believe me I have many times! You are ultimately responsible for your purchase decision, and nothing irks me more than a person blaming someone else for their ignorance. So take responsibility by educating yourself.

          Tips for women to purchase a car by barbies beauty bits and cars.com

          So there you have it, tips for women when it comes to purchasing a new car.  As you can see like anything in life, you need to do your homework. While not all car dealers are crooks, you need to be prepared by doing research, and this is why I was excited to partner up with Cars.com for this post as they can be a beneficial resource.
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          October 25, 2017

          IT's More Than A Makeup Brush With Itcosmetics Love Is The Foundation Brush

          IT's More Than A Makeup Brush With Itcosmetics Love Is The Foundation Brush By Top Beauty Blogger Barbie's Beauty Bits

          As most of you know, the month of October is breast cancer awareness month. And there are many beauty companies out there that have a limited edition pink product that they sell whereas a percentage of these sales will benefit breast cancer research and more.

          Before I get into the brand and pink items, I wanted to share with you some statistics on breast cancer as 1 in 4 women are diagnosed daily, and 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of it.

          Overall about 1 in 8 U.S. women (approx. 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

          As part of my ITcosmetics series, I am going to share with you this beautiful makeup brush by Itcosmetics.

          IT's More Than Just A Brush with itcosmetics. This limited edition ITcosmetics makeup brush, "Love is the Foundation Brush" is here help with a good cause during breast cancer awareness month!

          For every makeup brush sold, IT Cosmetics will donate one to look good feel better to help women face the appearance-related side effects of cancer with confidence.

          Itcosmetics Breast cancer awareness makeup brush by barbies beauty bits

          This pink, glittery makeup brush features a unique heart-shaped head and is a fantastic brush! Itcosmetics makeup brushes are the best out there, and this lives up to their brush quality we have all grown to love!

          The densely packed, cruelty-free hair makeup brush provides a flawless makeup application for all of your liquid, cream and powder foundations.

          So what are you waiting for? You can get these PINKtastic brushes at Ulta today!
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          October 13, 2017

          Get Your Mask On This Friday The 13th With Double Dare Spa And Octoly

          Get Your Mask On This Friday The 13th With Double Dare Spa And Octoly By Barbies Beauty Bits

          Move over Jason as I have my own way to my “MASK” on this Friday The 13th with Double Dare Spa & Octoly.  These facial masks are OMG! wonderful.  I have been using these Double Dare Spa masks for the past few weeks, and I am in love and would love to give you a few quick beauty bits on these amazing masks!

          The Mask Set
          This Premium Mask Set is a 5 Piece Bundle. Not only does it come with a cute headband (6 colors to choose from) to keep your hair out of the way. But it comes with three different masks, each with its own purpose, depending on your skincare needs. And let’s not forget about the brush for application!

          Bubbling Mask
          First up is the 2 in 1 kit detox bubbling mask and a microfiber mask. One mask will cleanse and detoxify the skin while the other will feed the skin with various nutrients!
          OMG! 2 in 1 kit detox bubbling mask and a microfiber mask review by Barbies Beauty Bits
          Bubbling Mask Love

          3 In 1 Peel Off Mask
          2nd Mask is the OMG! 3 in 1 kit peel off mask that also includes a finishing moisturizer. This bad boy is infused with 24K gold and is multi-functioning which is excellent for anti-aging as it instantly boosts the skin. There is a mask for your face, neck and under eye area and when you peel it off, complete your treatment with the hydrating finishing cream!
          Double Dare Spa 3 In 1 Peel Off Mask review by Barbies Beauty Bits


          4 In 1 Kit Zone Mask
          Last but not least is my favorite mask the 4 in 1 Kit Zone mask system. I love this kit as it contains charcoal which is fantastic at reducing the pores and helping your complexion not only to appear younger, but it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!! Plus, it targets all areas of your face, improving your overall skin appearance!!!!
          4 In 1 Kit Zone Mask Review By Barbies Beauty Bits


          So what are you waiting for? I double dare you to try out these masks for yourself today by clicking here!

          Double Dare Spa Mask Review With Barbies Beauty Bits
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          October 7, 2017

          It’s Time To Fall In Love With ITcosmetics

          It’s Time To Fall In Love With ITcosmetics and Barbies Beauty Bits

          I so love fall, it by far is my favorite season! Not only is it gorgeous with the leaves changing colors, but the boots, pumpkin lattes and trendy hats making this season FALLtastic.  What isn’t so FALLtastic, is what the fall air can do to our skin.  Hence with the change of the season also comes the change in our skincare and even some of our makeup.

          And that is why I was so excited to partner up with ITcosmetics to bring you not only some fantastic skincare products but also some makeup.  So grab your pumpkin spice latte, sit back and relax as each week throughout the month of October I will sharing with you some products from Itcosmetics.

          Now before I get into the products, if you are not familiar with ITcosmetics, I will share with you a bit about the company, so you to can “Discover IT, Love IT, and Believe IT.”

          About ITcosmetics
          Itcosmetics works with plastic surgeons to develop beauty products that are clinically proven, innovative, problem-solving products that harness cutting-edge, anti-aging technologies and skin-loving ingredients to help you to be you! Whether you have rosacea, oily, dry or combination skin, their skincare along with their makeup can help you to achieve as they say "The most beautiful you."

          To kick this series off, I am going to share with you IT’s two newest products. Secret Sauce™ which is an advanced Anti-Aging Moisturizer that instantly hydrates and transforms your skin. And Miracle Water, which is a 3 in 1 Tonic that transforms your complexion and maximizes the results of your skincare routine, which is such a must, especially during these cooler months!

          Itcosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic and Secret Sauce review by barbies beauty bits

          Miracle Water™ 3-in-1 Glow Tonic
          Our skin is exposed to tons of environmental aggressors that are continually assaulting our skin. Factors, like pollution, dirt, oil, debris and even makeup can settle into our pores, dulling our skin's radiance and blocking our serums and creams from absorbing correctly. Hence, having a product like ITcosmetics Miracle water is a fall skincare savior. This lightweight no-rinse Micellar cleanser helps to balance the complexion and boost the look of radiance. Plus, it helps rid your skin of those pore-clogging impurities.

          This tonic is also infused with their Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex, a clinically advanced combination of penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients that work to increase absorbency and maximize the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums!

          What makes this a 3 in 1 formula?  Well simply put it delivers 3 products in one…
          • Skin-brightening radiance booster
          • Anti-aging treatment essence
          • Skin-softening micellar cleanser
          Itcosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic results by barbies beauty bits

          Secret Sauce™
          This paraben free anti-aging moisturizer is excellent for all skin types. The secret is the seven key fermented ingredients that help to hydrate and transform your skin over time.
          • Fermented Sugarcane and Fermented Rice work to plump the look of skin, helping to improve bounce and elasticity.
          • Fermented Coconut Water is rich in minerals and amino acids to help provide antimicrobial benefits.
          • Fermented Sea Kelp, fermented Green and Black Tea, Fermented White Ginseng and Fermented Pumpkin intensely moisturize, delivering powerful antioxidants and concentrated nutrients to your skin.
          Itcosmetics Secret Sauce results by barbies beauty bits
          This Secret Sauce™ is also infused with anti-aging collagen, peptides and hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root.  This to me is so amazing as amino acids and collagen go hand in hand, as one of the most important proteins is our collagen. Collagen is what gives the skin its thickness and firmness. Unfortunately, the collagen breaks down in the skin, whether from aging or those darn environmental factors I mentioned earlier along with sun and stress, and with these, wrinkles and sagging can start.  However, incorporating a product like the IT’s Secret Sauce into your skincare routine, can not only help with the formation of new collagen but can also give us the appearance of a more youthful complexion!

          Fall skincare tips with itcosmetics and barbies beauty bits

          So there you have it beauties, two great anti-aging products. But as with all anti-aging products, these two are not the only products you need to help your skin to look healthy and radiant this fall. So make sure to stay tuned as I discuss some other Itcosmetic products to help you look and feel your most BEAUTYful!

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