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August 16, 2019

Mega Fall Watch Giveaway Plus A $500 Gift Card To My Gift Stop


Mega Fall Watch Giveaway Plus A $500 Gift Card To My Gift Stop By Barbies Beauty Bits

With the change of seasons upon us, having seasonally appropriate accessories are just as essential as your must-have fall clothes, and this goes for watches too. And My Gift Stop has the perfect selection of watches to step up your fall look!

Fall is my favorite season, not only is it beautiful outside, but a fall wardrobe is my favorite! Not only the boots and hats but adding some awesome accessories like some watches are a must for me.

Stylish watches can help you to elevate your look instantly! And My Gift Stop is here to help us kick start our look with a fantastic giveaway!

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  • Entry closes on September 30th, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Winner will be selected in random on October 2nd, 2019.
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  • Prize unclaimed after 48 hours from notification is forfeited, and My Gift Stop reserves the right to select another winner.
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July 30, 2019

SkinStore Beauty Box Reveal Of Top American Beauty Brands


What better way to end the month of July, than with some top American beauty brands to celebrate all the BEAUTYful things made in the USA! From skin care to beauty, the SkinStore has you set!

And if that wasn't enough, there is nothing like getting a beauty box, and this one from the SkinStore is one bang of a box! While I haven't had the chance to try these all, I would love to share with you the many goodies that came in the box as it is a skincare junkies dream!

Glass Glow Face From Kevyn Aucoin Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Glass Glow Face From Kevyn Aucoin
A dewy look is must for us over forty, trust me! The universal, lightweight, unique formula creates youthful-looking, well-hydrated skin, with a glassy finish.

I love that it is a multi-purpose glow-gel that can be used on the face and body, leaving skin appearing bright, radiant, and glowing.

Can be used alone for a fresh look, or add it to your existing routine or foundation, for an added glass effect.

Available in three shades: Crystal Clear, Spectrum Bronze, and Prism Rose.
 

NEOSTRATA Sheer Hydration SPF 35 Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

NEOSTRATA Sheer Hydration SPF 35
Got oily skin or live in an area the summer months are dreadfully humid? If so this, light oil-free SPF hydrator is for you. It is perfect for oily skin or to use in hot, humid climates when increased oiliness is a concern.

It also contains NeoGlucosamine, which is supposed to help reduce the appearance of dark spots from aging and acne — balancing for more even tone, improving the skin's texture and some much-needed firmness, for me.

Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster review by barbies beauty bits

Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster 15ml
I was so excited to see this in the box as I am a big fan of Paula's Choice and skincare products that have Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is well known for its skin benefits, especially for boosting the hydration of your skin as well as minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. You can really see a difference in the texture of your skin when using this. I still have my wrinkles; but when you use a product that boosts the hydration of the skin, it helps to prevent moisture loss and reinforce the skin's barrier function. Which is an anti-aging plus.

Cruelty-free Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 Multi Mist Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Cruelty-free Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 Multi Mist
I've been so wanting to try a skincare product with a prebiotic in it. This one seems pretty impressive as it is a 3-in-1 Multi Mist and of course the pink packaging is so me! It contains a peptide-rich formula that works to promote a smooth, healthy-looking complexion by rebalancing the skin's microbiome (the collection of good and bad bacteria living on the skin).

I tried it as a setting spray over my makeup, which I liked as I am all about that dewy look!  It provides an extra boost of moisture, helping to minimize those lines that your makeup could set in.

Free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, gluten, nuts, and animal-derived ingredients.

Allure Best  OF Beauty Winner First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream by Barbies Beauty Bits

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream
This product is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner, and I can't wait to try it.

It is formulated especially for daytime use alone or under makeup that delivers an instant burst of cooling hydration upon application. You can use it both on the upper eyelid and under-eye area. According to Allure, it is great for priming the skin so makeup will not slip or pill, which is what I need.

Erno Laszlo White Marble Essence Lotion Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Erno Laszlo White Marble Essence Lotion
A brightening toner...Yeah, I do not have one of these.  Brighten formulas are great for helping to combat age spots and lighten your pigmentation for a more balanced complexion.

One of the ingredients in it is the extract of Comfrey Root, which helps to stimulate cell renewal and repair for a visible plumping effect.

Free from phthalates, petrolatum, sulfates, and mineral oil.

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
With Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, you need not worry about your sensitive skin anymore. As the 2010 Winner of Elle Genius Award for Skin,  this product not only offers UVA/UVB protection but also maintains skin health by freeing skin of fatty acid levels and reducing redness.

It is oil-free and light, which again is perfect for this time of year.

Kat Burki PH+ Enzyme Essence 100ml Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Kat Burki PH+ Enzyme Essence 100ml
Balance and refine your skin! I have not tried a product that helps to balance the PH levels, so I am intrigued by this.  The goal of this treatment is to address your skin's acidity to alkaline ratio.

Basically equalizing your pH levels and replenishing the acid mantle barrier to help improve moisture retention levels and combat free radical damage.YEAH!!!

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder
Last but not least, this is a cult favorite of makeup artists and beauty influencers. It is a lightweight, translucent setting powder designed to be worn over your foundations or concealers.

The powder is perfect for baking, setting, and finishing any makeup look. Helps with the long wear of your makeup, aiding with smudging and makeup transfer.

Free from parabens, phthalates, triclosan and sodium lauryl sulfate. Vegan formula: no animal-derived ingredients or byproducts
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So there you have it. SkinStore Beauty Box Reveal Of Top American Beauty Brands, pretty impressive, right?

Have you tried any of these skincare products? If so would love to know your thoughts.

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July 29, 2019

The Ultimate Self-Care Guide


The Ultimate Self-Care Guide By Barbies Beauty Bits

Having a self-care guide in our lives is a must in my book. Let's face it, life is busy, and sometimes, it can be darn hard! We all have things that take their toll on us, and if we don’t look after ourselves, we may find a lot of the things that we face to be overwhelming. Sound familiar? If so then this guide is for you, so keep reading!

I know, the expression self-care can sound a bit cliche. But there is a lot of evidence behind self-care, along with tons of benefits it can bring to us. For example, feeling less stress and anxiety, furthering our overall well-being, even improved mental health. The good news is that self-care doesn’t have to take long. You could do one thing a day and feel the benefit right away! If you’re not sure where to start, but want to make some changes, then here are some of the things that you can be doing.

Don’t Forget #selfcaresunday
No matter where you turn online and on social media, someone somewhere will be talking about self-care, as it is all about putting yourself first physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The truth is it can be hard for some to think about taking out some me-time. But you need to remember that self-care is not selfish. The truth is when you put yourself first, everyone around you will win. You can be a better partner, a better parent, a better friend, and a better colleague. So take some time each day and make it count.

Create A Happy List By Barbies Beauty Bits

Create A Happy List
While this may sound a little odd, trust me, it works. So, what I want you to do is at the end of every day, write out a happy list, or a list of things that you are grateful to have in your life. It can be small things, like finding a Sephora gift card that you did not know you had, adding fresh cut flowers in your home, to eating a yummy meal. A focus like this can shift your motivation and thinking. It helps you to recognize the things that are going right in your life, rather than concentrating on the negative. To motivate you, it can be a fun idea to get a cure journal to write it (Erin Condren does some amazing ones). Then you can be inspired and motivated to do with daily prompts.

Rest Your Eyes
So much of our days, through work and social time, is spent in front of screens.  Not only can this lead to tech neck, but it can and does take a toll on our eyes.  Which can cause things like headaches, eye strain, and blurred vision. There is a rule of twenty, where every twenty minutes you should take a twenty-second break, and look at something that is over twenty feet away. If you wear contact lenses, then it can be a good idea to have at least one or two days a week where you don’t wear your glasses, for example.

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Spa Time
It can feel like such a luxury to take yourself off to a spa to have facials or a massage and trust me; this is the type of pampering you need! If you really can’t fit that in with what you have going on in life, then you could at least treat yourself at home. There are so many at-home sheet masks that you could use, as well as foot spas and essential oils to give you that wonderful spa feeling.

Think About Your Breathing
Studies have suggested that around 20 minutes of yoga breathing (like you would in a yoga class) can improve your mood and even help to improve your memory.  Which is why implementing some yoga into your life is essential.  If you can't find time for yoga, at least take the time to do some yoga breathing techniques right before going to sleep. There is an alternate-nostril approach that you could try:
  • Make an L-shape with your right thumb and first finger; then take a deep breath.
  • From there, press the right side of your nose with your thumb, like you are trying to block your nostril. Breathe out.
  • Breathe in with your other nostril, and then block your left nostril and take your hand off the right one. Breathe out, and then breathe in.
  • Repeat for twenty minutes.

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Laugh With Friends
If you want to feel good and be happy, then what is better than being able to laugh with your friends? Research has found that when you laugh, it helps to release endorphins, which are those happy or feel-good hormones. So yes, you can benefit from having a giggle! It can also be comforting to spend time with friends and talk things out, at the same time, too.

So beauties, as you can see the overall the goal to self-care is to take advantage of the opportunities around us! Doing so will allow us to change the outcome in life to something more positive. Which ultimately will encourage healthy relationships, less burnout, self-love, happiness and more!

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June 29, 2019

CoolSculpting Gone Bad

CoolSculpting Gone Bad By Barbies Beauty Bits


Yes, gone really bad as instead of reducing the size of my stomach it made it bigger! Now before I get into this, I want to share that if you are new to my website, that 99% of the content I provide is positive as I feel opinions are just that and not facts. Hence, when I talk about a product, I am only telling you about the ones I like, the ones I hate, you will rarely hear about those.

However, this is a different circumstance, as I feel it is essential to share with you a side effect of CoolSculpting that I was unaware of, primarily as it is claimed to be rare, but it is not. So, what the heck am I talking about? I am talking about a complication called "paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH)." Where instead of the fat shrinking, in the area that is treated with CoolSculpting, it gets bigger, and over time it gets hard and can be painful. WTF?? Yes, you read correctly, I now have a large permanent bulge on my stomach that resembles the CoolSculpting applicator shape!

CoolSculpting Gone From Bad To Worse Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

CoolSculpting Gone From Bad To Worse; My Entire Experience
If you do not want to read my story, you can skip to What is paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. If not, continue reading. Please note, I mention two doctors, Dr. A, where I had CoolSculpting, Dr. B is the plastic surgeon I went to for a second opinion.

Now, I know you are probably thinking well when you decide to have an elective procedure you are taking risks. Well, in this case, yes and no, as I agreed to promote Dr. A’s  total body bundle, that includes red light therapy first and to finish with CoolSculpting. In turn, I would share my progress on my blog and social media as the company had no marketing or testimonials from anyone.

Before And After For Red Light Therapy And Where My Stomach Was For The Start Of CoolSculpting
The first procedure in my fat reduction journey,  which was red light therapy was amazing. I lost weight, and you can see the results from the image above. You can also see in this picture what my stomach looked like prior to CoolSculpting from the AFTER photo. While that experience was successful and I would highly recommend Red Light Therapy for weight loss, the Coolsculpting was a downhill nightmare.

Coolsculpting before and afters by barbies beauty bits
Butter Stick After CoolSculping, This Is Normal
For the most part, CoolSculpting has an excellent safety record. During the procedure you will get the butter stick effect, which is supposed to be massaged out, this is normal. After the procedure, most patients experience mild side effects such as redness, tingling, and numbness, which goes away after a few weeks. Mine, however, was much longer.  About the 2nd week in, I still had no feeling in the area in which I had the procedure done, and it was still very red and swollen. Because of the concern, I called Dr. A’s office in which I had the procedure, and they said for some people it takes longer to get the feeling back and for me to wait about two more weeks and check back in.

My Follow Up With The Practice
When I called back, I was able to schedule an appt. With the owner of the practice, he (Dr. A) looked at me and told me, I was fine, and that the area still appeared to be swollen and to check back with him in another month, in which I did.  Two plus months in and while the numbness eventually went away; I started to notice a bulge, that was getting harder, that too me looked like the CoolSculpting applicator.

Dr. A claimed that sometimes you must have more than one process done to remove the fat. Since he was not the one to do the procedure (a licensed Aesthetician did it) he had no idea what I looked like prior.  So, I told him with all due respect, my stomach is larger than before, and it's not fat, it's very hard, and I did not gain weight. And that I don't think having another CoolSculpting series is what I need. The spot is not soft fat; it is hard and feels like it did after it was frozen (cryolipolysis) during the procedure. And more importantly, the mark is the exact size of the CoolSculpting device, in the exact place it was used.

Dr. A repeatedly told that if I wanted the bulge to go away, I needed more CoolScultping treatments. Frustrated as Dr. A was not listening, I left and went home.  Once I got back, I looked through all my photos to see if I had a before and after to share with him.  I know you are probably thinking; well, didn't the practice have a before and after? NO, they did not, as this is one area there were horrible at.

None the less, the photos I did have were the ones I took of the procedure. And if you compared my current state with the picture you could visibly see the bulge was from the CoolSculpting device and looking back now, it was clearly PAH.

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia casued from Coolsculpting by barbies Beauty Bits

What Is PAH And Why Can It Happen After CoolSculpting?

I was not aware of PAH. I only found out about it, after my frustrations with my stomach, I decided to go to a plastic surgeon (Dr. B) to get a second opinion. It was at that appointment that I was told it was PAH. I was like what the heck is that?

The Plastic Surgeon explained the technology behind CoolSculpting, which I already knew but will share with you. You see, a CoolSculpting procedure cools fat cells to temperatures that trigger their natural death.  Those cells are then eliminated naturally by the body over the following weeks and months.
The Only Way To Treat PAH Is With Liposuction By Barbies Beauty Bits
During the procedure, a non-surgical applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area to selectively target treated fat cells, slimming you down, and leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Usually, this is what happens.  However,  a side effect is that the fat in the treated area, instead of shrinking expands and hardens into an unnaturally shaped lump in response to the extreme cold.

This is called paradoxical (abnormal) adipose (fat) hyperplasia (unusual increase in a structure), or PAH for short. Instead of the area shrinking, the bulge after CoolSculpting gets larger and usually becomes firmer than surrounding tissues and resembles the shape of the CoolSculpting applicator.

Needless to say, I was frustrated, but that wasn't the worst. Dr. B told me the only way to fix this was with Liposuction. WTH, you mean I must have an invasive procedure now and pay for it out of pocket to fix this?

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The Only Way To Treat PAH Is With Liposuction

Yep, that is right while PAH is treatable, the only way to fix this bulge on my stomach is with Liposuction, not another CoolSculpting procedure like Dr. A told me. Furthermore, this is not something I can get right away, as I have to wait about nine months until the bulge softens enough to remove safely.

This entire ordeal has been both emotionally and physically draining, especially considering I did the procedure to help market the practice and secondly to address an already bothersome area on my stomach that now appears worse.

Coolsculpting side effects by barbies beauty bits

The Doctor Told Me He Would Not Help Me
After finding out that I had PAH, I proceeded to contact Dr. A directly via email, this was a fail as I got no response. About two weeks later, when I acquired his cell phone number, I called him and left him a voicemail telling him I needed to speak with him.  When he finally called me back, he was very nonchalant and said that he was closing his weight loss practice and couldn't help me and that if it was PAH, he agreed I would have to get Liposuction done to fix it and that I should make an appointment with a plastic surgeon as he could not help me. I was like, so let me get this right, you are telling me, that I have to fork out $8000 plus to be put under anesthesia and have lipo done to fix this and you have nothing to say about it but, you can't help you're closing your practice. He said, yes. And that was the end of our conversation.

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Liposuction VS CoolSculpting To Lose Fat
In hindsight, I would not have CoolSculpting done. While it is a promoted as a noninvasive procedure, it costs more as most have to do 2-3 treatments and you don't even get the benefit of detailed sculpting.

On the other hand, Liposuction can end up costing less than some non-surgical alternatives in the long run. A plastic surgeon can determine precisely how much fat to remove to achieve the desired results in only one procedure unlike me, who now has to pay twice.  And if there is an issue, even a side effect, most Dr's offer to help fix and rectify the situation. Not tell you, sorry, I can't help you, and by the way, we suck so bad we are closing our practice!

liposuction vs coolsculpting by Barbies Beauty Bits

Takeaway
Do your research on any cosmetic procedure and always ask about possible complications.  While I did do research, I did not read anything on PAH, nor did the practice, tell me this was a possible side effect.  Otherwise, I may have reconsidered the procedure, since I was only about 15 lbs. overweight.

In conclusion, I hope my story will give some insight to know that while CoolSculpting is marketed as a noninvasive way to lose fat. It is costly, and you should way out your options. And lastly, go to a plastic surgeon, not a spa with an aesthetician to perform, as they can't fix any mistakes or assist with adverse side effects. Otherwise, you will end up like me, stuck as because this was a side effect, there isn’t anything legally I can do about.

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