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May 11, 2020

What The Heck Is Kratom


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What The Heck Is Kratom
Well, I've been asking myself the same question, as I've been seeing tons of people talk about it on social media for a boost of energy during this pandemic. So I decided to do some research on it, to see what exactly is Kratom.

Kratom, pronounced “cray-tum,” comes for the Mitragyna speciosa, it is a leaf found in South Asia and Africa and is part of the coffee bean family.

The use of Kratom for energy has been around for centuries outside of the US. Traditionally, people would chew on the leaves or drink it as tea.

So Why Do People Take Kratom
This botanical has a longstanding history of use throughout its native east Asian countries. These populations have utilized the leaves of the Kratom tree as an alternative medicine for generations as a sleep aid, pain relief, and to regulate blood pressure. Because it is a stimulant, it is also used to help laborers make it through long, strenuous workdays.

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What Are The Effects Of Kratom
Since I have not taken this pill or drank the tea, I am relying on some research from David Disalvo, a writer for Forbes Magazine. According to David, Kratom has a two-tiered effect. It initially gives you a boost of energy, similar to a cup of strong coffee. However, unlike coffee, where you will get an initial burst, and it tapers down quickly, with Kratom, the energy would last much longer, sometimes up to four hours, without anxiety or those caffeine jitters.

The second-tier effect was relaxing, which I thought was a bit contractive. But this is what people like about the botanical, as unlike coffee where you get a sudden crash, Kratom balances out the energy effects nicely.


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How Much Kratom Should I Take
With further research, I found out that the dosage can have an impact on the effect of the herb.  For those who want a euphoric boost of energy, they would consume a lower dose. And for others who were looking for a way to relax and relieve stress, a higher treatment is needed.

I also found out that Kratom is often used as another option for pain relief as well as aiding those struggling to overcome opioid addiction to manage withdraws and cravings. But since I am not a medical professional, I can not confirm or deny these findings. But thought it was some food for thought.

Overall in my findings, Kratom is considered a psychoactive natural alternative to prescription medication. To me, this was essential to understand, that that it is not mistaken for a simple herb or supplement.

The Different Color Veins In Kratom And What They Mean
The different types of kratom are divided into three different colors. Red-vein, Green-vein, and White-vein. This division is dependent on the color of the stem and vein of the leave.

Red Vein Kratom Leaves:
This is marketed best for beginners, as it offers a more calming effect. The red vein is known to relax the body and relieve pain.

White Vein Kratom Leaves: White vein kratom is known as a stimulant and positive mood enhancer. This one is more like caffeine, which some use to replace coffee.

Green Vein Leaves: This is in between the red and white strains. It is a mild energy booster helping to enhance alertness and focus.

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Where Can I Purchased Kratom
In my local area, I found it was available in some whole food stores. It is usually sold as a powder that you can make into a tea or in a pill capsule. You do, however, want to make sure that you find a reputable retailer, as US herbal products standards are lighter and not registered with the FDA.

If you do not have a retailer near you, I did learn about an online provider,  Socratic Solutions. I was impressed with this company.  Not only do they offer an extremely high quality of sustainably sourced organic Kratom, but they also carry 22 different strains (varieties of all leaf colors) of Kratom and manufacture their own capsule products in-house. Another thing that impressed me about this brand is they are all about building long relationships with their customers and were quick to answer any questions I had.

Regarding your purchase, they do offer a satisfaction guarantee, with fast and free shipping (same-day for orders completed before 2 pm EST)

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So To Sum Up... What The Heck Is Kratom
Kratom contains alkaloid compounds called mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. It is a botanical tool for those who seek higher energy, analgesia, and mild to moderate euphoria but aren’t comfortable putting prescription medications in their body. (especially those who may be in pain and do not want to use a prescription drug that can be addictive).

Since I know I have a lot of readers who prefer natural, organic solutions to life’s problems, I wanted to share my findings on Kratom without getting too technical or making too many claims. But please as always when it comes to "natural alternatives to medicines," do your research as this blog is for entertainment purposes only.

BONUS
Kratom may be for you, or it may not be. But for those that are interested in trying the product, Socratic Solutions was kind enough to offer 10% OFF their already discounted Kratom capsules & powders, when paying via e-check or payment apps (e.g., Google Pay, Venmo, Zelle)

Lastly, as I mentioned above, I did not want to get too technical in my post. So for those of you who want to know more about the importance of Kratom and its Alkaloids as well as some other potential benefits.  Click here. 

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May 8, 2020

Top 10 Secrets To Getting A Salon-Like Pedicure During Quarantine

Top 10 Secrets To Getting A Salon-Like Pedicure During Quarantine By Barbies Beauty Bits
Top 10 Secrets To Getting A Salon-Like Pedicure At Home

I do not know about you, but not being able to go to the salon to get my nails done or worse covering my grays has been a bummer.

While I’ve always been a big fan of "At Home DIY Beauty," something like my hair and nails I saved for the pampering at my favorite salon.

But, with this lockdown, it is not possible, and letting ourselves go is not what we need to be doing. This means we have to become creative, and that is just what we are going to be sharing with you over the next month, with "Our Top Quarantine Beauty Tips."

From creating your own nail polish to beauty masks made from items in your frig, pampering yourself with salon-like pedicures at home, to how to apply skincare without using your hands, and other Skincare Quarantine Tips. We have you covered over the next month.

So go grab a glass of wine, some comfy clothes, and let's get started on today's DIY Tip, which is our "Top 10 Secrets To Getting A Salon-Like Pedicure During Quarantine."

Pedi Passion
With spring in the air, the shining sun, it's time to show off those feet and toes, but are they ready? These little piggies have been cooped up for months, so let them loose.

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

Before we dive into the pedicure and how to get Tip Top Toenails! I am going to start with a DIY Nail Polish, so once this is complete, you can jump right into the pedicure.

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Posh And Polish 

Making Your Own Nail Polish

For this portion of the post, I partnered up with Mixify Beauty's Make Your Own Nail Polish Kit.

I think we "nailed it" with this brand! It sure comes in handy with all of this downtime and for many a lack of funds! Speaking of money, the quarantine special will get you $15 OFF this set, now how is that for a savings?

Beauties, this is your chance to unleash your inner artisan and create your favorite nail polish colors! Sounds fun, right? Well, it sure is!

Mixify Beauty's Make Your Own Nail Polish Kit comes with everything you need to mix, blend, and create your very own custom nail polish. Complete with eight different pigments so you can create everything from bright colors to neutral classics.

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The Complete Kit includes:

  • 8 Color Pigments (5 basic colors: red, blue, yellow, white, black and three passion colors: purple, orange, teal)
  • 5 Uncolored Nail Polish Bottles
  • Limited edition collectors tin
  • Mixing Tray
  • Funnel
  • Spoons & Stirrers
  • Mixing Ball
  • How To Create Your Own Nail Polish Cheat Sheet
How Can I Make Nail Polish At Home
Creating your signature nail polish color with Mixify DIY beauty kits is so easy in 3 steps:⁠
  1. ⁠Blend⁠
  2. Mix⁠
  3. Shake⁠
That's it! You can create 5 signature colors with each kit.

Now that you have created your own beautiful colors of nail polish, let's go over some ways to show your feet a salon-style of pedicure in the comfort of your own home!


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Scrub and Soak
You want to start with clean feet, so what better way than to implement a foot scrub and a soak. A DIY approach to this is to combine some coconut oil and sea salt to soothe those soles. Finish by scattering some rose petals in the water to boost the rose scent, and add an extra feeling of calmness and rejuvenation.

Coconut Oil And Salt Foot Scrub
You Will Need
  • 1 cup salt (use Epsom or any bath salt)
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil
  • 3-4 drops of any essential oil
Coconut oil has many healing and anti-inflammatory properties and is terrific at keeping the bottom of your feet moisturized.   And if you have really dry feet, trying adding a few drops of peppermint oil. Not only can peppermint help with itchy, dry feet, it is also relaxing, and is excellent at ridding any funky, fungus toenails. Lastly, you want to make sure to use warm water instead of hot, as hot water can strip the moisture from your feet, which can lead to dry, scaly heals.

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

Moisturize Those Dry Winter Feet
Cold weather can drain away moisture from your feet, so getting them Spring ready requires some extra moisturizing! Apply cream all over your feet and toes. Don’t forget your heels!

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

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

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Polish Up
The application is essential! After all, the nail polish is the icing on the cake, so to speak. Hence, you want to make sure you are patiently applying the nail polish you just created so it will dry correctly, preventing smudges. Mixify Beauty's nail polishes are quick-drying, long-lasting, and vegan!

Prevent Smudging

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

No More Messy Pedicures

A "Phenomenail" way to keep nail polish from running onto your cuticles or toes is to apply a small bit of petroleum jelly along the sides and the base of your nails. If polish seeps off the toenail, who cares, as all you have to do is wipe off the petroleum jelly, and you now have perfectly painted nails!

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Baby Soft Feet
Foot moisturizing socks are perfect for baby soft feet. But you can make a DIY version by mixing some coconut oil with some aloe and lavender water, and apply the mixture all over of your feet. Finish by wearing warm socks (heat them in the microwave) overnight to moisturize your feet deeply.

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

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April 28, 2020

Quarantine Skincare Tips Using Watts Beauty


Quarantine Skincare Tips Using Watts Beauty By Top Beauty Blogger Barbies Beauty Bits


Quarantine Skincare Tips Using Watts Beauty

While social distancing has allowed people to get creative for communications, work, and dining out, it has left many struggling in the self-care department. Manicures, root-touch ups, and other spa related treatments are now in the far-off future. But beauties, that does not mean that you can’t implement at-home treatments, especially when it comes to skincare.

So, if you want to find out what can you do to maintain a skincare routine at home and not look like a hot mess, continue reading!

Stressed Out Skin
We are bringing this up as stress can really have an impact on the skin. Not only does stress cause a chemical response, but it also has a hormonal response, where there is an increase in your cortisol levels (AKA stress hormone). Which, in turn, can lead to a breakdown in elastin, causing wrinkles. And I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want after quarantine is dull, aggravated skin and premature wrinkles to add to my gray roots, that I couldn’t cover.

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Did You Know Stress Causes Dehydration?

So, let me get this right; I can have gray roots, wrinkles, and will also become dehydrated? Yes, unfortunately. And if your body is not hydrated, your skin starts to feel and look, lackluster, dry, and flaky and downright old!

Ways To Add Hydration Back Into The Skin
For a dewy, hydrated complexion, you want to make sure you are drinking plenty of water (alkaline water if possible). Even consider adding some fruit to it for an extra detoxification and antioxidant boost.

There are some skincare products, like those with hyaluronic acid, that you want to add to your routine, which we will discuss below.

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Special Treats For Your Skin
For this portion, I partnered up with Watts Beauty. Because money can be tight right now, I thought it would be helpful for me to share some tips using some products that will not break the bank.

Watts Beauty has been kind enough to offer a BOGO free deal! This exclusive BOGO free deal applies to their AMAZING BOOST HYALURONIC SERUM SETS.

This is a great chance to give your skin the fantastic boost it needs during this lockdown and at a great cost.
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Hydrate And Vegetate With Hyaluronic Acid
So, while you are on that Netflix binge, you can still be taking care of your skin. Our go-to skincare ingredient during quarantine is Hyaluronic Acid (HA).

Hyaluronic acids are so essential in skincare. Let’s first talk about how it can help with that dehydrated skin caused by stress!

How Hyaluronic Acid Helps With Dehydration
Hyaluronic Acid attracts up to 1000 times its weight in moisture. This means it is excellent for retaining skin moisture, keeping the skin plump allowing for the space that the renewal process needs to continue cellular turnover at a much faster pace for younger-looking skin!

Wait There's More
There are other benefits of using skincare that has hyaluronic acid in it-Antiaging…

You see, as we start to age, our hyaluronic acid levels decrease, resulting in collagen declines, and wrinkles and discoloration become more visible. Maximizing and protecting collagen levels will keep the skin supple, which is why it is essential to incorporate products with Hyaluronic Acid in them.

Product Suggestion: Watt's Boost Hyaluronic Serum

Time To Get Serious About Serums
Serums are a win, win for the skin, especially those that contain peptides, like Watt’s Peptide Complex Serum. Enriched with potent peptides hyaluronic acid, and L-Arginine, this combination is a must for a radiant complexion.

Why The Heck Do I Need Peptides In My Skincare
Peptides form to make proteins, and proteins are the fundamental building block of the skin. Without these building blocks, the skin does not stay intact. Meaning, collagen will break down, and this is when you start to see sagging, loose, aging skin!


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Reveal Radiance With Retinol
Retinol is one of the top 5 age-defying ingredients. To me, if I had to pick one ingredient, retinol would be it as it can offer so much to healthy,  younger-looking skin.

Benefits Of Adding A Retinol Product To Your Skincare Routine
  • Fighting acne
  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen.
  • Stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which can help with discoloration.
  • Minimize large pores
  • And my favorite promoting cellular turnover
Watts Product Reveal: Reveal Radiance Retinol Night Cream

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We’re On A Roll With A Derma Roller
If you have not heard about the Derma Roller or at least the term "Derma Rolling," then your skin has been missing out. As it is a "MUST HAVE" beauty tool used by almost every skincare expert & beauty blogger.

What The Heck Is A Derma Roller

A derma roller is a skincare tool that has a wheel on the end that is covered in hundreds of fine needles. WTH, yes, I know at first glance this might look like a mid-evil torture device. But once you learn about the benefits of derma rolling, you will want to implement it into your skincare regimen.

So, What Exactly Does This Bad Boy Do For My Skin?
Derma rolling is a form of micro-needling, a technique that involves a series of tiny, very fine needles that are passed over the skin, creating micro-injuries that trigger new collagen and elastin synthesis as the skin begins to repair itself naturally.

Used regularly, Derma Rollers can help to...
  • Improve the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles
  • Even out your skin tone
  • Reduce the appearance of pores
  • Smooth and plumps the skin
  • Diminish acne scars
  • When used in conjunction with Watt’s Peptide Complex Serum, it boosts the absorption of vital ingredients up to 90%.
Does Size Matter?
Yes, size does matter when it comes to Derma Rollers. Watts Beauty offers a variety of sizes as each size addresses specific skin concerns and areas of the face and body.

The size YOU need depends on your SKIN CONCERNS and the area in which you will be using the Derma Roller such as, are you Derma Rolling your FACE or BODY?

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So as you can see there are plenty of ways you can show your skin some TLC with these  "Quarantine Skincare Tips Using Watts Beauty." And don't forget to use code: BARBIESBEAUTYBITS1 for the BOGO deal!  Click Here to start saving!

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April 7, 2020

Top 6 Benefits Of Lavender Water


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So, what is up with lavender water? I'll tell you what's up; it is has become my secret weapon for my skin while being quarantined and supplementing my beauty regimen with products that have multiple uses.

What Is Lavender Water Used For? The origin and history of floral waters are nothing new. Did you know that ''Lavender'' comes from the Latin word “lavere,” which means "to wash."  The use of lavender water can be linked back to ancient Thrace as nature was people’s answer to grace and beauty. It still is now with its purity and perfection in beauty products.

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One product I've been using these past few weeks is Thracian Bio Lavender Water, made from steam-distilled premium lavender blossoms, with nothing else added.


Thracian Bio Lavender Water is 100% pure essence of premium lavender from the highest oil-producing lavender blossoms in the world, Bulgarian lavender. Bulgaria has overtaken France as the world's largest producer of lavender and is famous for its lavender plantations!

Lavender is not only fantastic for the skin and hair, but it has plenty of health benefits, including being therapeutic and detoxifying.

And beauties, that's not all it can do! Check out some more benefits on why lavender water is a secret weapon to glowing, radiant skin and healthy hair.

Imagine a beauty product that can do it all!
The Many Benefits Of Using Lavender Water
Lavender Water Acts As A Toner
A toner is that in-between skincare step that a lot of people forget to include in their skincare routine. But trust me, adding a toner to your skincare regime is a must. Not only does lavender rebalance and hydrate the skin. It is excellent at removing any stubborn dirt or leftover makeup after cleansing, leaving your skin ready to absorb your other skincare products.

Minimizes Enlarged Pores
When the skin produces too much oil, it can mix with dead skin cells and dirt in a pore. This oil and dead skin get trapped, causing the pore to become inflamed.  Lavender water is very effective at exfoliating the dead skin cells, unclogging, leaving your complexion tightened and radiant.

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Lavender Is Rich Of Vitamins And Minerals
Lavender is a source of vitamin A, helping to speed up healing and supporting the skin's immune system. This means its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties are excellent for acne-prone skin.  It has some other significant calming effects on the skin like reducing redness while fighting and preventing further skin irritations.

Most Popular Anti-aging Herb

Our skin is continuously exposed to tons of environmental factors that are harmful to our complexion, preventing cellular turnover. Aggressors like UV rays, dirt, pollution, even makeup can settle into our pores, dulling our skin's radiance. But lavender is here to the rescue as it contains powerful antioxidants to fight free radicals that can lead to premature aging, including a loss of collagen and wrinkles.

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Helps To Achieve Healthy Hair
Lavender has amazing antiseptic properties that aid with a dry, itchy scalp. If you have oily hair, it will keep the production of sebum in check. On the hair itself, lavender water restores, moisturizes, and softens dull, dry hair.

Lavender improves blood circulation, which is why some people use it to give their hair that extra boost towards growth and thickness.

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So it all adds up to this
The benefits of lavender water are abundant – making it one of the easiest and cost-effective ingredients (which we all need right now) to add to your beauty routine.

For a deeper dive into the magic of this fantastic flower, check out Thracian Bio, as they are dedicated to bringing you only the best in skincare.

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