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January 18, 2020

Whip Yourself Into Shape With These Cool Fitness And Wellness Trends For 2020

Whip Yourself Into Shape With These Cool Fitness And Wellness Trends For 2020 By Barbies Beauty Bits
 Top Cool Fitness And Wellness Trends For 2020

Every January, most of us set new goals to make our lives better. Whether stepping stones, short term, or long term goals, most of us place some aspirations for the upcoming year.

And with this goal-setting can come fitness and wellness targets, some that shouldn't even be considered. While others may be worthwhile adding to your fitness and wellness routine.

So if you want to see my top ways to Whip Yourself Into Shape With The Cool Fitness Trends Of 2020, continue reading.

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Your Diet
Calories in and calories out are essential. However, I do not want you to confuse the word diet with dieting. Instead, imagine a healthier life focused on nutrition, knowledge, and with the right mindset.

To me, when I focus on the word dieting, it is restrictive, short-lived with an outcome based on losing weight. But when I think of healthy eating, I think of a lifestyle choice, choosing high-quality foods that can nourish the body, mind, and soul; while maintaining a healthy weight with a focus on nutrition and self-care, not self-control.

With that being said, there are some things you should be considering when it comes to creating a nutritional plan. For instance...
  • Portion control.
  • Enjoy foods high in antioxidants: Leafy Greens, Vegetables, Berries, Nuts, Whole Grains, and Fish.
  • Instead of grabbing those prepackaged foods between work and life that contain too many reļ¬ned ingredients enjoy foods that are rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids.
  • Create prepared meals you can eat throughout the week and take to work with you.
  • Dining out? Share the meal.
  • Have a realistic plan you can follow and enjoy.
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Eating Breakfast
While all meals are important, breakfast sets the day for success or failure. This is why having breakfast is a must, and skipping this meal is bad news. Studies have found that people who don’t eat breakfast tend to overeat during the day and have more overall body fat. Our body is drained of its fuel sources, due to overnight fasting and sleeping.  Hence to wake the body up, it must be refueled with food.

Also, research has shown that eating breakfast determines how well your metabolism functions for the rest of the day. The benefits of breakfast are just too good to pass up. See some of them below.
  • Helps you to perform and concentrate throughout the day.
  • It gives you energy.
  • It helps to keep blood sugar stabilized, which helps control your appetite and urges.
As busy people, there may seem to be no time for breakfast. However, breakfast can be as simple as a quick piece of fruit, protein, or a high fiber snack! Which brings me to my next tip, which is a snack between meals.

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The Importance Of Snacking Between Meals
Yes, I said snacking. Unfortunately, the word snack has a bad rap. But, a healthy fiber snack between your meals, can give you energy while decreasing your hunger, helping you to keep from overeating at mealtime.

Snacks High In Fiber
One New Cool Diet Trend is yellow pea fiber snacks or pea fiber cookies! What the?? Yes, pea cookies, like these from Belly Crush for weight management! And the best part is they taste great, coming in two yummy flavors. (Oatmeal Hemp and Ginger Flax).

Aside from the great taste, these cookies remind me of homemade cookies. As they are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and deliver a burst of natural flavor with each bite! Plus...
  • Assists in maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • It helps decrease unhealthy fatty acids that are aligned with weight gain.
  • Promotes a healthy gut.
  • It lowers your LDL cholesterol.
  • Elevate ketone bodies that help to suppress appetite. 
  • And Much More!
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Add Lemon Water To Your Diet
We’ve all heard it “Drink at least eight glasses a water a day,” while there is no magic number, the magic is that you have to drink plenty of water.

I am first to admit I am horrible at this, as I only drink when I am thirsty, which is not good. One fundamental way to increase your water intake is to add lemon to it.

Now that we've gone over our diet let's dive into some of the fun, cool fitness trends.  One of the reasons I like some of these is because lifting weights every day can be tedious. Hence tying in some fun physical activities can help us to stay on track.

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Fitness Drumming
Move over Tommy Lee; the '80s are back in session!

Yep, here is your chance to channel your inner Rockstar with this full-body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat-dripping fun of playing the AIR fitness drums.

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High-tech Fitness At Home
Meet the fitness mirror. The world’s first nearly invisible, interactive home gym, in the form of a mirror! It's everything in one:
  • A cardio class
  • Yoga studio
  • Boxing ring
  • Personal trainer
  • And so much more
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Virtual Training
Having a personal trainer on your schedule with either a fitness app., program, or online trainer can be convenient and encouraging. Also, if you are a person who struggles with being consistent, lacks will power, or feels overwhelmed or “stuck” and just need help staying committed and focused on your goal, the virtual approach may be the way to go.

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Red Light Therapy For Weight-loss
Sometimes exercise and eating healthy are not enough to reshape your body the way you want it.

But what if there was another way to get rid of some of that unwanted stubborn fat while toning? Well, there is with Red Light Therapy For Weight-loss. 

Many of you have heard of CoolSculpting, a procedure that cools fat cells to freezing temperatures that trigger their natural death. But the time involved, the number of sessions, risks of Coolsculpting gone bad, and let's not forget about the costs (which are determined on how many areas of your body need the treatment), can be an expensive reality check. 

That is why many people are now turning to advanced body fat loss options, like Red Light Therapy that can eradicate stubborn body fat quickly. There’s no freezing or bruising, and you could lose up to 2 dress sizes in 30 days!   

You mean, there is more? Well, yes, there is! Not tips but some discounts to give you a kickstart for 2020.
  1. 10% OFF your purchase at Bellycrush use code: BARBIESBEAUTYBITS
  2. 40% OFF Greens (five servings of fruits and vegetables without the calories or carbohydrates) use code: BARBIESBEAUTYBITS
  3. 20% OFF Red Light Therapy at Sunday's Sun Spa
  4. Complimentary Phone Consultation with John Carr Fitness
  5. FREE Copy Of Big Fat Lies 


January 9, 2020

Top 5 Ways To Save Money On Your Beauty Products

Top 5 Ways To Save Money On Your Skincare Products By Barbies Beauty Bits

Top 5 Ways To Save Money On Your Beauty Products!
Do you, like most women, have a daily skincare routine, or if not daily, almost every day without fail? For some, it’s a simple cleansing and moisturizing, and for others, like myself, it’s much more extensive.

Whether you are a person who only focuses on skincare when you can or a die-hard everyday person like yours truly. One thing we all need to be taking into consideration is how much we are spending on our beauty products! Yes, for those skincare junkies like myself, this sounds like a question my boyfriend asks me! But in all seriousness, I do spend wisely!  This is why I am here today to share with you some practical ways you to can save on your daily skincare routine without losing your shine.

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DIY Beauty Routine
Yes, beauties, don't be afraid to do it yourself. Now, this isn’t a suggestion that you get the chemistry set out and try to recreate every product that’s in your beauty arsenal. However, there are websites like Wellness Mama that can be an excellent source for some DIY natural beauty recipes.  This site has a plethora of information from DIY face scrubs and masks to providing details on which ingredients are best for you and why.

Never Go Without A Discount
Okay, so perhaps you’re not entirely willing to give up on your favorite brands for the homemade approach just yet. However, that doesn’t mean you should always, or ever, pay full price for your beauty and skincare products.

In today's technology, there are tons of online places that curate coupons, vouchers, and discount codes from just about every retailer. One of my favorite sites for saving money has a great selection of discounts on everything beauty from makeup and skincare to even Bath and Body Works Coupons for when you want to treat yourself to some spa day pampering!

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Look For Recycling Deals From Beauty Brands
Aside from offering deals, beauty brands are always looking for ways to reward their loyal customers, especially those who are a little more sustainably minded. Many of these companies will even recycle your empty containers to help fight the waste of plastics and packaging rife in the cosmetic world. Some of them will also offer a little bonus for those who decide to recycle! Like a free item with your next purchase or some extra savings-now, how cool is that?

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Choose A Long-term Beauty Solution
Beauty treatments tend to be more expensive than beauty products. However, when you compare the long term effects, a cosmetic treatment might end up more cost-effective. This is one of the big reasons why some women opt for botox, laser resurfacing, or even fillers, as when it comes to looking youthful, these treatments can get you more bang for your buck than anti-aging cream, alone.

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Get FREE Beauty Products
Sounds like a skincare junkies dream come, doesn't it? Well, it can be a reality as if you’re willing to try new brands (some of which you may never have heard of) there are plenty of influencer platforms out there that you can join, and get products in exchange for a review. You may even want to consider writing a blog or starting a Youtube channel to share your love of beauty.

So as you can see, feeling and looking great does not have to cost an arm and a leg! As the more you save on beauty products, the more you can get. Now that came from the skincare hoarder in me, sorry!

Until next time!

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December 21, 2019

15 Tips To Healthy Winter Skin

15 Tips To Healthy Winter Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits And Posie Cosmetics

No need to hide your dry, itchy skin from the ole man winter! Instead, implement these 15 Tips To Healthy Winter Skin!

While Winter can have its pleasantries with ice-skating, fireplace gatherings, warm cozy sweaters, and seasonal fun, what it does not have is love for our skin!

Not only can jack frost be nipping at our nose, but he is also robbing our entire face of its natural moisturizers.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, the dry indoor heat wreaks havoc on our skin. Not only does this heat zap all of the moisture out of the air, but also from the skin! This is why it is essential to make sure you have a great skincare routine to help you through the winter skincare blues!

For this post, I have partnered up with Posie Cosmetics to share with you my top 15 tips for healthy winter skin!

Now before I get into the winter skincare tips, I wanted to share with you a bit about Posie Cosmetics and why I am a big fan of their products.

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Posie Cosmetics
Posie Cosmetic skincare line is cruelty and paraben-free. It is formulated with natural plant-based ingredients and packed with hydration, vitamins, and minerals. Posie is designed to replenish and nourish, resulting in healthier, reinvigorating skin.

The company was founded by Tasha Gunter, a nurse, and Aesthetician. I love the meaning and mission behind the brand as well; see below.

From The Posie Cosmetics Website: The name Posie means “a bouquet of flowers.” We believe that caring for a flower is very similar to caring for our skin. Each flower is unique and requires individualized care. This is similar to each skin type. The more time and commitment you make to care for your flowers, the longer they stay healthy, vibrant, and beautiful. And when you take the time to feed flowers the right nutrients and protect them from harsh environmental factors, the more likely you are to prevent imperfections, disease, and damage. Like a flower, your skin requires consistent care to maintain its health and vibrancy.  Now, how cool is that???

So without further ado, My Top Tips To Healthy Winter Skin.

15 Tips To Healthy Winter Skin

Use A Humidifier
I made this one first as no matter what skincare products you are using; you will be in a losing battle if you are not doing something to add some moisture back into the air.  While we did mention earlier how the dry air can wreak havoc on the skin, it can also lead to accelerated aging. WTH?

A humidifier has been a lifesaver for me. I have a portable one that I keep in my office and move to my bedroom in the evening.

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Changing Up Your Skincare Routine
Just like changing our wardrobe, with the change of season comes a change in our skincare products, and this is where Posie Cosmetics comes into play. From serums to eye creams, they have all the winter skincare essentials to help with banishing dull, dry, irritated winter skin!

Bag Those Puffy Eyes
Oh my, the skin around my eyes is the worst this time of year.  Because this skin is thinner and more delicate than on other parts of the body, it doesn’t absorb moisture! It is also the first area to show dryness, especially from dehydration, which also ages you! Because of this, an eye cream is a must, and Posie Natural Botanical Eye Cream is here to the rescue.

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The cream not only has some fantastic anti-inflammatory ingredients that deeply conditions and restore skin, but it also has some natural antioxidants to help fight against free radicals that can damage.

Key ingredients:
  • Arnica: Soothes and reduces puffiness and swelling.
  • Vitamin K: Antioxidants reduce dark circles and supports firm, healthy skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Draws vital moisture to the skin, plumps and reduces the look of lines.
Hydration Baby!
Winter skincare is all about hydration, and the sugar plum fairy is here to help, with Posies Refresh Cream Gel Moisturizer, that harnesses the powers of plant-based sugars to help your skin maintain proper hydration.

SUGAR? Who would have thought that sugar can help your skin to retain hydration? Well, it can! You see, not only is sugar an AHA, but it is also a natural humectant, meaning it maintains and preserves moisture from the environment into the skin. Hence, when you use skincare products with sugar, they hydrate your skin, while encouraging cellular turnover, revealing younger- brighter skin. Now that is what I call some pretty sweet results!

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Rescue Your Parched Skin With Some Hydrating Serums
When it comes to skincare, serums take center stage, especially Hyaluronic acid, and a vitamin C serum! They are perfect for fighting skin hydration and plumping the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is excellent at helping to replenish and retain moisture, leading to a hydrated, plump complexion, which is why I love Posies Blossom Peptide serum.

This serum features a powerful complex of peptides and antioxidants that protect your skin from pollution and other free radicals that can make dehydrated winter skin skyrocket.

Furthermore, is it great at rejuvenating dry winter skin by…
  • Sealing in moisture
  • Attracting moisture
  • The peptide complex helps to plump the skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Antioxidant properties that support your skin’s defensive barrier and replenish with essential minerals, enhancing lackluster skin that’s losing its volume.
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Vitamin C Serum
This is the superstar of anti-aging! You see, the younger we are, the more vitamin C we have in our skin. But as we get older, our skin changes, aside from natural aging and stress, dry winter air can strip the skin of its natural oils.

This loss can contribute to a reduction in collagen, and our wrinkles become more defined. However, when applying a Vitamin C Serum, you can help promote the formation of collagen, helping to firm and plump the skin.

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A Berry Good Cleanser
Bye, bye damage caused by free radicals with Posie's Fresh Berry Cleanser. Packed with antioxidant vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties, this berry cleanser refreshes and brightens tired skin while fighting off environmental damage caused by free radicals. And let me tell you, it smells good enough to eat!

Now, I'm sure you are starting to notice me mention the term "Free Radicals" frequently in this post.  To me, these environmental factors are little skin vampires, sucking the life from our skin! And with this time of year, especially with traveling, we are exposing ourselves to tons of external elements, especially in a crowded airport. Elements like dust, sweat, recycled air, pollution, and even left on makeup can be culprits! And while these may seem like minor things, over time, they can contribute to premature aging, breakouts, wrinkles, loss of collagen, dull skin, and more.

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Spa Time… The Perfect Gift To Yourself
Although the holidays can be so much fun, they can also be a bit stressful, and this stress can aggravate skin conditions, which can lead to premature aging, not what I want on my holiday wish list.

So what are we to do? Treat yourselves to a spa day with the girls! And it doesn’t have to be expensive! Just ask each of them to bring something with them, and you can all unwind together with some candles, snacks, wine, warm fuzzy robes, and some skincare! And let me tell you it can be some fun as I just did it myself with Posie's Sahara Rose Bubble Mask! This oxygen mask was a hit. Aside from the fun we all had using it, the mask promotes circulation, antioxidants that even the skin tone, and moisturizers that help to preserve and provide skin hydration – all from the comfort of the couch.

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Some Other Skincare Tips To Maximize Your Winter Hydration
  • Stay away from products with a lot of alcohol in them as they can be very drying.
  • To lock in hydration, apply your moisturizer to damp skin.
  • Don't over-exfoliate.  The skin barrier is already comprised due to the cold, dry winter air; you don't want to intensive it.
  • Take a cool shower. Hot water can strip your skin of essential oils.
  • To avoid over dryness lower the thermostat to 68°F-72°F
  • Add foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil
  • Add lemon to your water. Lemon is an excellent skin detox.

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In conclusion, when it comes to glowing winter skin, you want to make sure you are using products that contain moisturizers and are not too harsh, so you are not stripping the skin even more of its natural moisture barrier.

Do you have any special winter skincare secrets? If so, let us know below!

December 13, 2019

The Difference Between A CBD Isolate And Full Spectrum CBD

The Question Today...What The Heck Is The Difference Between A CBD Isolate 
And Full Spectrum CBD?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of CBD oil and some of the possible benefits.  In the wellness realm, the hemp industry is exploding with a variety of oils, tinctures, creams, and more.

One of the most popular is cannabidiol oil,  commonly known as CBD oil. With so many new and different CBD oil products available, the choice of which product to try can be confusing, to say the least.

What is even more confusing is the different terms, like an isolate, broad-spectrum, or full spectrum. While I am far from an expert on this, I wanted to share with you what I do know about the two most popular, which is a CBD isolate and a Full Spectrum.

Zion Medicinals Hemp
For this post, I have partnered up with Zion Medicinal Hemp as they offer a full spectrum CBD Oil. One thing that impressed me with the brand is that they produce health-grade quality by focusing on 4 Pillars of Quality, which I will go over below.

Zion Medicinals Four Pillars Of Quality

No. 1: Organic
 Zion manufactures its CBD product from a single-sourced and farmer-direct organically grown hemp from the mountains of Colorado for consistency and quality.

No. 2: Spagyric Extraction
WTH is this??? Zion uses “spagyric extraction," which is an age-old process where they carefully separate the herbal compounds into three core parts, extracting their nutrients, then reunifying them into a single extract.  This process involves taking the leftover hemp plant matter after extraction and burning it to white ash, filtering it, turning it into hemp mineral salts, and add it to a hemp tincture. Why?  Because this creates a product that more bioavailable and medicinally potent. And according to Zion, there simply is no higher quality product on the market.

No 3: Ethanol Extraction
Since alcohol is both polar and nonpolar, it extracts a broader range of molecules from the plant than with traditional CO2. So in lamens terms, this means they are supposed to pull more compounds from the plant than CO2 extraction, so it is to create a more medicinal product.

No 4: Full Spectrum
Last but not least, as for the Zion brand, this is their specialty where their product contains all the plant’s natural cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, oils, and the other hundreds of naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant.

Which now leads me to explain the difference between a Full Spectrum, like one that Zion offers and a CBD Isolate.

What Is The Difference Between A CBD Isolate And A Full Spectrum CBD By top Beauty Blogger Barbies Beauty Bits

What Is The Difference Between A CBD Isolate And A Full Spectrum CBD

For those wanting holistic alternative medication to improve conditions such as stress, anxiety, insomnia, pain, and more. You should probably get a better understanding of the difference between a CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD.

What Is Full-Spectrum CBD
In lamens terms, this type is when the entire plant is being used. They extract all of the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.

This process is what Zion Medicinals performs, where they use all the natural cannabinoids, INCLUDING <0.3% d9THC & terpenes. Because the full spectrum is non-genetically modified, they are all organic and don’t have chemicals or other pesticides.

According to Zion Medicinal's website, the full spectrum is best because of the ‘entourage effect.’ Basically, this means that all the parts work better together, hence the synergizing (team working) of combining all parts of the plant, which can give you the benefits the plant was intended for.

Supposedly this effect enables the CBD to work with the THC to reduce the impact of being high or stoned and the CBD to stimulate one's cannabinoid receptors.

CBD advocates say that the full spectrum can create a much more powerful CBD treatment, which is best for more severe conditions like migraines, depression and other adverse medical conditions.

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What Is A CBD Isolate
Unlike the full spectrum where the entire plant is used, an isolate uses a single strain of the CBD that is removed from the plants and isolated from the other marijuana-based compounds of the plant.

Most of the CBD products that I have used are tinctures, where the company will add a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil to the CBD isolate and CO2.

The primary difference between the two is the strength and how long it works. Full-spectrum CBD is more powerful, thanks to its "team efforts" while CBD isolates can be weaker and don't last as long in the body.

Additionally, while extremely low and legal, a full-spectrum product does contain THC, less than 0.3%.  While you will NOT get that mind-altering high, it is still THC, and for me my body does not react well to it. So if you are like me this is something to keep in mind.

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