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June 10, 2021

Kickstart Your Summer With These Summer Beauty Tips


Summer Beauty Tips By Barbies Beauty Bits

From skincare tips for those in their 30's to lipstick, summer fashion, even a giveaway. The beauty spotlight team has you covered this week!

Skincare Tips

Ever notice a picture of yourself on Facebook or on a Zoom call and think, I do not look so great, I must be tired. No, that rugged look you see is from the dead skin cells building up on your face, making you look older than you are. Do not like what you see? No worries with these 10 Insider tips from Barbie’s Beauty Bits. PS: They will work for all ages. So for you late bloomers, a must-read! 

Since February, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty has been using a number of active botanical, clean beauty, cruelty-free facial skincare products from Typology Paris. Not only is she delighted by them, she thinks that their sophisticated, minimalist approach is leading the way to thoughtful, effective skincare products.

Fashion Tips

Sheer clothing feels light and airy in hot weather. Angie at Your True Self Blog  has complete style guidelines for how to show just the right amount of your true self. Included are different ways to wear it! Age doesn’t matter when you know how to wear sheer clothing with confidence!

Makeup Tips

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is completely obsessed with the Westman Atelier Eye Shadow I Brush, and highly recommends it. This hardworking multitasker is handcrafted in Japan and it features cruelty-free synthetic bristles of the highest quality. This ultra-luxe brush is unmitigated perfect with cream, liquid and powder shadows, and it is one of our greatest discoveries this year!

Looking for a new lip gloss to add to your collection? Southeast by Midwest is reviewing the Beauty Bakerie Lip Gloss in Enchanted Jelly

Prime Beauty‘s Cindy has fallen for Hanalei Lip products and she’s excited that one reader will be able to win the Hanalei Soft and Silky Lip Duo. Enter and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see why it’s a winner for Cindy.


May 29, 2021

10 Insider Skincare Tips For Those Over 30

10 Insider Skincare Tips For Those Over 30 By Barbies Beauty Bits

If you're over 30, you've probably noticed that your skin isn't as youthful and smooth as it once was. Whether it's a few wrinkles, some uneven skin tone, or large pores, it's clear that your skin has changed since your 20s and that you'll need to change how you age by implementing skincare tips for those over 30! But what can you do?

Fortunately, you can do plenty of things to reduce the signs of aging and keep your skin looking fresh and younger for longer. While you can't stop aging, you can certainly influence the rate and extent of aging appearance. And most importantly, you should start now, and I'm here to help with my Skincare Tips For Those Over 30

Top 10 Skincare Tips For People In Their 30's

Good skincare is the foundation of youthful-looking skin. You don't have to invest in expensive skincare products, but you should invest in a good skincare routine with clean skincare products like You should also invest in a good diet to increase your skin's natural production of antioxidants. You can do plenty of other things to keep your skin healthy. See some of them below.

Tip 1: Shun The Sun
Nothing looks better in your 50's than sunscreen in your 20's. This quote is so true as sun-damaged skin is one of the biggest aging contributors.  The best thing to do when it comes to younger looking skin is to seek shade, not sun! It would be best if you looked for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection and has an SPF of at least 30. You also want to make sure you are wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and use a great eye cream with active ingredients like CBD.

The importance of double cleansing your face, by barbies beauty bits

Tip 2: For Pete's Sake Do Not Wash Your Face With A Bar Of Soap

Trade-in that soap for a hydrating facial cleanser. Yes, a bar of soap does a fantastic job of getting your body clean by removing dirt and oils, so wouldn't you want to use it to clean your face too? Nope! Soaps do their job a little too well, removing so much oil that it strips the skin of its natural protective barrier, leaving your skin dull, dry, flaky, and itchy.

It would be best if you were using a gentle cleanser every day to wash your face. This will help remove dirt and oil from your skin without stripping away the natural oils, which will help keep your skin soft. One of my favorite cleansers is a hydrating face balm. They are especially ideal for those who are not too sure whether the face wash they selected will be too harsh.

One face balm I've loved lately is Kimtrue's "Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Bilberry & Moringa Seed Extracts."  Face balms are like concentrated skin superheroes. They are enriched with plenty of plant-based antioxidant-rich ingredients that help to deeply cleanse the skin while being richly hydrating, sealing in moisture for a long-lasting healthy glow.

Tip 3: Double Cleanse Your Face
The double cleanse is a skincare regimen in which you use two different cleansing products to cleanse your face thoroughly.

First Cleanse With A Cleansing Oil Or Face Balm
I love using cleansing oils and face balms since they're really for all skin types – yes, even oily skin because oil cuts oil!  These cleansers melt into the skin upon application and completely rids it of makeup, dirt, oil and impurities.

Second, Use A Foaming Antioxidant Cleanser
Calm the skin and bring it life-giving a radiant, healthy glow by using an antioxidant enriched facial cleanser.The antioxidants also helps to boost collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Exfoliating your skin in your 30 by barbies beauty bits

Tip 4: Exfoliate Your Face
Ever notice a picture of yourself on Facebook and think, I do not look so great, I must be tired. No, that rugged look you see is from the dead skin cells building up on your face, making you look older than you are. It also impacts how your makeup looks. Ever wonder why your makeup creases, looks patchy or caked on? It's because you have not exfoliated your skin!

Foundation will never look flawless on dry, patchy skin. So make sure to exfoliate regularly as it will help with a smoother foundation application and allow your skincare to penetrate deeper and be more effective.

Exfoliating not only removes dead skin cells but can also stimulate new cell growth and minimize pores. A good exfoliator should be gentle, but it should be effective at removing dead skin cells and revealing the fresh new cells underneath. But do not overdo it!

Tip 5: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Moisturizing helps your skin stay young. That plump, firm feeling in your face after moisturizing isn't an illusion. And while moisturizing can seem like a chore to some, it is a must in your 30's as properly moisturized skin accumulates wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.

Tip 6: Have Some Hyaluronic Acid
Wait...Is Hyaluronic Acid something I want? The answer is yes! And while the name may sound scary, it is not an acid. Hyaluronic Acid is a sugar found naturally in our skin that attracts up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture. But as we age, it diminishes.

For that reason, adding an active ingredient like an HA (that's the abbreviation, we're not laughing) to your skincare routine is a must to boosting the skin's moisture content by drawing moisture from the air and providing superior anti-aging benefits.

The Best Retinol Creams For Your 30s By Barbies Beauty Bits

Tip 7: Invest In A Retinol
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative. This holy grail ingredient is incredible at stimulating cell turnover and boosting collagen production, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also amazing at helping with adult acne!

Tip 8: Exercise
Exercising is a great way to maintain a younger look. Recent studies suggest that exercising boosts your immune system and improves blood circulation. With a stronger immune system, your body can fight diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, enabling you to age like fine wine.

Exercise also allows you to de-stress and relax your mind while keeping your body in good shape. Create a suitable home-based workout routine, hit the gym, and stay active with activities like swimming, engaging in outdoor sports, running, and walking.

best exercises for 30 year old women By Barbies Beauty Bits

Tip 9: Limit Exposure To Free Radicals
Two of the most visible effects of free radicals are wrinkles and the breakdown of collagen. While avoiding total exposure to free radicals is almost impossible, it is possible to delay the process by limiting our exposure to unnecessary free radicals and several external culprits like pollution, overexposure to the sun, and even ingredients in makeup that can cause early signs of aging.

Tip 10: Load Up On Antioxidants
Antioxidants take center stage when it comes to fighting and preventing aging caused for free radicals. Whether from your diet or skincare, antioxidants, help your skin repair itself, allows the renewal process to take place, and stimulates collagen and elastin.

In conclusion, if you want healthy skin while aging like fine wine. You need to be taking care of your skin as well as your body. Protect yourself against harmful UV rays, eat healthy foods, implement a skincare routine, exercise, and avoid bad habits like smoking.


May 28, 2021

Age Doesn't Matter... K-beauty, Makeup Brushes, And Other Skincare Tips


Age Doesn't Matter... Beauty Tips By Barbies Beauty Bits

Age Doesn't Matter... K-beauty, Makeup Brushes, And Other Skincare Tips you need to know about, for this weeks

Are you a fan of K-Beauty? Check out Never Say Die Beauty’s review of two skincare products from the vast, science-based, yet affordable K-Beauty brand, Abib Cosmetic

Westman Atelier Baby Blender Brush is perfection for powder or cream products, but if you love to wear cream blush there is simply no better brush for the job! Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is obsessed with their brushes, and now wants all of them!

Dark spots got you down? Prime Beauty shows you that Dermalogica Powerbright can get you right back up.

A kimono makes the simplest outfit into something special. Age doesn’t matter. You can wear it day or night, at home or out, at the beach or pool, dressed up or down, during cool or warm weather. Visit Angie at Your True Self Blog to see her ideas for over 45 sure-fire ways to rock a kimono!

With anything in life, experience comes education but also comes from mistakes. And today, Barbie’s Beauty Bits will debunk some skincare tips over the years that were incorrect. Skincare tips I relearned from my esthetician.

May 27, 2021

How The Pandemic Has Changed Beauty Habits-The New Norm


How The Pandemic Has Changed Beauty Habits By Barbies Beauty Bits

The pandemic has really changed the beauty habits of many, and I am one of them. Now that the masks are coming off and restrictions are lessening up, it's time to get back into the real world, but are you ready, aesthetically, that is? With your lounge wearing, haven't washed your hair in a week, hairy legs, and armpit self?

Ok, all joking aside, while my skincare has been on point for the past 15 months (as I will never let that go by the wayside). As old wrinkled hag is not my cup of tea!!! Other so-called beauty routines I did before the pandemic, like wearing makeup every day, fixing my hair, and wearing stylish clothes, have changed.

So, now that things are on their way to some new type of norm, what is the new beauty?

Toning It Down
According to Patricia Saxby, who oversees the beauty selection at Bergdorf Goodman, women have taken a more toned-down approach with their beauty routine.

So what is the right look for you? Personally, I think it will continue past the pandemic with easy, quick, ‘put the product on your face, and instantly rock it”, along with my hair extensions and permanent makeup for a glamorous but time-saving approach.

How COVID-19 Has Changed Our Makeup Routines By Barbies Beauty Bits

Wearing Less Foundation
Bye, bye are the days of full coverage makeup. Primarily because of mask-wearing. But one thing many have started to realize is that the heavy makeup coverage actually highlighted their imperfections rather than covering them.

The Future Prediction: When the masks come off, many will embrace wearing a lighter-weight foundation as it actually works better. Even better is to wear a tinted moisturizer or BB cream with some slight illumination, for that instant glow, without much effort.

Applying Less Lipstick
As face masks became mandatory, wearing lipstick became a waste of time, as who wants a smudged pout and tons of lipstick smeared everywhere, including the inside of your mask?

The Future Prediction: Bye, bye to the bold red and hello to a tinted balm and lip treatments to keep your lips naturally LIPtastic.

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Goodbye, To The Legendary Carrie Bradshaw Heels Mentality
Sales of high heels have been down over the years. I know outfits I would always wear heels with, I see people like my niece, who is in her twenties, wear tennis shoes, and the pandemic has turbocharged the demise of the high heel pump!  But will it rebound? Will women turn back into a Carrie Bradshaw with heels.

The Future Prediction: Well, for people like me, I am dying to put on a pair of gorgeous heels, but I think many other women will be. "I'm never going to wear those shoes again."

Stepping Up Your Eye Game
While you see from above that some have been cutting back on foundations and lipstick, they have actually stepped up their beauty game when it comes to the eyes since that was really all you saw when wearing a face mask.

The new trend emphasizes your ‘smize’ — your smiling eyes with false lashes, brand name mascara, and high-end eyeshadow palettes. 

The Future Prediction: I think that will stay! Plus, many realize that eye shadow palettes last a long time. You get what you pay for!

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Permanent Makeup
Wake up, made up. How great does that sound? Fantastic, which is why many our loving the idea of looking glam with minimal maintenance and ease.

Semi-permanent makeup options like microblading and lash lifts, plus clip-in human hair extensions, can really save you time when it comes to getting all glammed up.

Reviewing Your Aesthetics
Many people have not always sure what their authentic aesthetics were, even way before the pandemic, as when it came to wearing makeup, doing their hair, even fashion. Most either followed the norms or were stuck in another generation when they felt free about themselves, like those early college years of the '90s and your makeup still reflects that. But now may be the time to review this and start by aligning your aesthetic choices with your personality type.

Diy Beauty
DIY self-care trends are not new; I've been doing them for years. However, during the lock-down, with more time to spare dedicated to self-care. DIY beauty hacks have been on the rise, and if you can pamper yourself for less, why would you pass that up? 

The Future Prediction: Many will want to get the hell out of the house, so they will be spending some money at the spa. However, I think, in general, will be doing more self-care now that it can be done at home!

Cosmetic procedures increased during the pandemic By Barbies Beauty Bits

Cosmetic Treatments Are On The Rise During The Pandemic
While some may be dialing it back, others may have some more significant aesthetic goals. Wanting to seek out some cosmetic procedures and treatments requiring researching the Dr. Derek Steinbacher lawsuit and other doctors who might be able to consult with you, is must.

Believe it or not, cosmetic procedures and treatments have increased in the past few months. I know at first I was surprised too, but statistics are showing many are considering these more advanced treatments for reasons like:

Zoom Calls: Before zoom, many did not see their facial expressions, wrinkles, eye bags, etc.  Now, people are all about getting their Zoom face on!

More Downtime:
The pandemic has allowed for the downtime needed for some procedures.

Working Environments:
The new norm of working remotely has allowed many to be able to relax at home post-treatments or procedures that would usually require having to take at least a couple of days off. That’s no longer the case. 

So there you have beauty habits that have changed because of the pandemic. Any changes in your beauty routine? Let me know in the comments below!

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