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April 22, 2019

What The Heck Is Black Maca? And What Are The Benefits?


What The Heck Is Black Maca? And What Are The Benefits Of Using It By Barbies Beauty Bits And Naked Nutrient

Hey beauties, today I want to share with you another great superfood which is BLACK MACA. Now, some of you may have heard of this root as it has been heavily marketed as being effective at enhancing fertility and sex drive! While this claim is backed by research, that is not all it is suitable for.

For this post, I have partnered up with Naked Nutrients. They are one of my favorite companies for great Superfoods and adaptogens (which are herbs and plants that are high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds), like their Black Maca.

Now before I get into the many benefits of Maca, I like to share with you “What the heck is maca”

What The Heck Is Maca?
This plant is native to Peru (sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng) and the root portion is what is editable and is generally dried and consumed in a powder form, liquid or pill.

A cool thing about this superfood that you may not know is it is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables which includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and turnips. However, it does not taste like any of the other family of vegetables. Instead, it is more earthy with a nutty taste, which is why it is excellent to add to oatmeal, cookies or smoothies.

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If a powder isn’t your thing, then the Naked Nutrient capsule is perfect for you as the Maca powder is in a safe vegetarian capsule for ease of taking, unlike maca powder or liquid which, can have a robust taste, when consumed by itself.

So now that you know what the heck MACA is and where it comes from, I like to tell you why I love this superfood and why you should try it out yourself as it does have many more benefits than just helping with your sex drive!

The Benefits Maca By Barbies Beauty Bits

The Many Benefits Of Naked Nutrients Black Maca
Maca is packed with nutrients, surprisingly I read that this root contains around 31 different minerals, including calcium, iron, iodine, zinc, potassium, and vitamin B, just to name a few.  It also contains...
  • High levels of protein, fiber, vitamins & minerals.
  • A ton of different phytonutrients, a substance found in certain plants which are believed to be a beneficial natural remedy to human health and prevention of various diseases.
  • Boosts over 20 amino acids and potassium.
Review on Naked Nutrient Premium Organic Gelatinized Black Maca Root Vegan Capsules By Barbies Beauty Bits

Naked Nutrient Premium Organic Gelatinized Black Maca Root Vegan Capsules Are
  • USDA Organic Black Maca
  • No Fillers or Binders
  • USDA Vegan Capsules
  • Gluten free
  • Vegan & Paleo friendly
  • Manufactured in an FDA facility
  • NON-GMO
  • Sugar-Free
  • Gelatinized Maca is said to be the most potent as it removes useless starch for ease of digestion and leaves only the potent components of maca
Overall, the Maca roots and its properties have been very well researched for centuries and have been adopted to help aid with many different ailments in the human body. See some of these below.

Helps To Support The Endocrine System
Maca root powder is beneficial for the endocrine system. For those of you who may not know our endocrine system consists of the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands. These glands produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood, and more! And studies have shown that Maca can aid these glands, all in which are involved in hormonal balance.

Lower cortisol levels and reduce stress with maca by Barbies Beauty Bits

Reduce Your Cortisol Levels Caused By Stress
One thing I know that we may not always be great at managing is the stress in our lives from our work, children, on the go diets, and more.

These stress factors can cause women’s hormones to go into a frenzy, and when our hormones are out of whack, it can cause all kinds of issues.

Now I am not going to get too technical here, but for this post, I reached out to a friend of mine that works at a dermatologist office. And she explained that when women experience hormonal fluctuations due to stress, there is an increase in our cortisol levels, AKA stress hormone. This stress hormone gets broken down by our body into testosterone, and causes our skins oil production to skyrocket, causing a breakout!  And if that wasn’t bad enough it can also break down collagen and elastin, ultimately leading to wrinkles! Oh, and I forgot that his evil hormone could also lead to weight gain!

WT? Enough to cause you to stress even more, which is why I was happy to find out that we can use Maca to help also to lower cortisol, balancing moods and helping with anxiety and stress!

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Better Sex Life
Us women over forty could all use this, right? Well all kidding aside, Maca can improve the libido and perk up a low sex drive for men and women! Think about it, a low sex drive can be caused by stress or even some anti-depressants and Maca can be the boost you need to Maca You Horny!

Peri-menopause

I am reaching the end of my forties, so when I hear peri-menopause, I realize how old I am getting. I remember my mom telling me about those horrible night sweats, hot flashes, sleepless nights, weight gain, and loss of libido, it can be depressing and even stressful (see how this all cycles together). And the thought of having to take hormone pills is scary, as I try to stay away from pharmaceutical drugs as much as I can. So, if you are like me, and want a non-hormonal boost, Maca root can be a significant boost of youth.

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Other Benefits And Uses Of Maca Root
  • An increase in antioxidant levels
  • Helps with memory and focus
  • Improves your energy levels
  • Supports Fertility
  • Helps to promote rapid muscle growth & endurance
  • Boosts immunity

Somethings To Be Cautious Of When Using Maca
As I state many times, I am not a medical professional.  The information I share on my blog is from my personal experiences and or research provided by the brands I work with. With that, there are some precautions you need to take when using MACA, see them below.
  • Should not be used by those who are allergic to iodine
  • If you have high blood pressure, please consult with a physician before use
  • You should also be cautious with maca if you are androgen sensitive, in the case of some expressions of PCOS.

Maca root side effects by barbies beauty bits and naked nutrients

Want to try some of this yourself? Well, now you can! You can purchase this product on Amazon or right from Naked Nutrient website.

Until next time!

Want to see some reviews on Naked Nutrient products?  Check them out below.

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April 10, 2019

20% Off At ItCosmetics; Family And Friends Sale

20% Off At ItCosmetics; Family And Friends Sale by Barbies Beauty Bits

What a perfect way to start the day. Healthy breakfast and a little bit of shopping at ItCosmetics!

Do You Like It Cosmetics? Do you like skin skincare? Do you like makeup? If so you need to take advantage of their family and friends promotion with 20% OFF any purchase of $30 or more! By using code FRIENDS19.

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Details On Family And Friends Discount At Itcosmetics
FRIENDS AND FAMILY EVENT:  20% off your order of $30 or more PLUS your choice of Superhero Eyeshadow Palette when you spend $50 or more (after discounts, pre tax, and shipping). Offer code FRIENDS19. Offer expires 4/13/19 (11:59 p.m. ET.)

Other Deals At ItCosmetics
If the family and friends weren't enough, Itcosmetics does have some other great deals going on as well. Check them out below.
  • FREE DELUXE SAMPLE:  Free deluxe sample of Confidence in an Eye Cream valid on orders of $50 or more (pre-tax and shipping). Offer code EYEBRIGHT Offer expires 4/30/19 (11:59 p.m. ET.) While supplies last.
  • IT GIRL SHOPPING PERKS:  Products in tote bag are not included. Only available at www.itcosmetics.com. One (1) per customer please. Three (3) free samples per customer per order, please. While supplies last.
  • FREE SAMPLES: Sample selection valid only at itcosmetics.com. While supplies last. Three (3) samples per customer per order, please.
Restrictions
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  • Not valid on retailer websites or TV Offers.
  • Offers cannot be combined with any other offer or be redeemed for cash.
  • Not valid on previous or pending purchases, or to orders placed after the offer expiration date.
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March 31, 2019

Top 10 Ways To Pamper Yourself At Home



Whether you work all of the time or are overwhelmed with the organizational tasks of home and kids, time for yourself can seem like an impossible dream. You can only fantasize about an outdoor massage or a day at the spa. And aside from time, the cost of going to a day spa can also be a factor. But beauties let me tell you, you need to find time for yourself. While I know this is much easier said than done, I am going to give you some tips to escape reality and show yourself some much needed me time in the comfort of your own home.

For this post, I have partnered up with Measurable Difference to share with you "Top 10 Ways To Pamper Yourself At Home." I was able to try some of their skincare products and so can you! As having a relaxing day of pampering, doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg, especially with the 20% discount they have offered all of my readers!

So, if you would like to know how to bring that spa experience to your home continue reading.

Top 10 Ways To Pamper Yourself At Home By Top Ranked Beauty Blogger Barbies Beauty Bits
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Create Some Alone Time
It will be impossible to relax if you have your husband and or children around. So, first and foremost send everyone away for a day of fun with dad, grandparents, their friends, etc. I’m sure they will appreciate this just as much.

Top Tips To Spa At Home


Pamper yourself with a relaxing bath at home by Barbies Beauty Bits

Soak In A Bath
My spa routine will start with creating a calming bath. And nothing relaxes me more than soaking my stresses away with some aroma oils and bath bombs, while listening to some relaxing music, and let’s not forget about enjoying a glass (or more) of wine!

One of the aroma oils I used for my at home Spa day is Measurable Difference Rose Hip Hydrating Body Oil. This sweet, intensely floral hydrating body oil soothes the skin as the fragrance elevates your mood.  I like to add it to my bath water. But, you can also apply it to your damp skin after you get out of the bath.

If oils are not your thing, bath bombs are a great way to relax, moisturize and detoxify, turning your bathtub into a pampering spa experience can help improve even the most stressful of days.

Measurable Difference Rose Hip Hydrating Body Oil review by barbies beauty bits and dealspotr

Hair Treatment
Treating my hair to an invigorating shampoo & deep conditioner, to keep my tresses healthy is a must.
  • First,  I start with a good scalp soaking; you want to make sure that you get all the areas ensuring you are removing all the dirt!
  • Next, I use a Sunday Shampoo, to detox my hair and rid any product residue, build up, etc.
  • To get the full spa experience, you want to scrub your scalp gently in small circles; this will also help to loosen any styling products or loose skin.
  • A Deep Conditioner:  Restoring your hairs moisture is essential, and it isn’t that difficult. There are a lot of great products out there that you can use for at-home treatment, make sure you get one that will fit your hair needs.

Cozy Up in Style
Plush Robe
Wrapping myself in fluffy plush robe is a must and if you can find a quality one, it will last you a while, so it is worth the investment.  I will say that I have seen some great ones at Overstock or TJ Maxx.

Soft Slippers
Putting on slippers is the perfect way to transition from the outside world and feel like you are actually at a day spa.

Sipping On Fruit Infused Water
While I would love to drink the entire bottle of wine, that is not wise. One thing I so love that my hair salon offers is some refreshing spa water to drink. It is straightforward to make, add some cucumbers and mint to some very cold distilled water in an infuser pitcher and you are on your way to enjoying that spa amenity at home. If cucumbers are not your thing, you can add citrus and or berries as they are also wonderful and very flavorful.

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Water is a great way to detox yourself as it is the ultimate purifier, replenisher, and hydrator and it is great to help to flush out toxins. Also, by adding fresh fruits, herbs, and even cucumbers, it increases the nutritional benefits and tastes so much better.

Pamper Your Skin With Some Skincare
Once you have soaked your stresses away, it’s time detoxy your face with a face mask. Measurable Difference has some great masks, and the one that I tried is their Charcoal Detoxifying Face Mask Infused with Cucumber Extract.

I love this pore purifying mask as it is a great way to re-energize and restore suppleness and prevent signs of fatigue from a stressful week, in just 15 mins.

After 15 minutes, remove the mask and lightly massage remaining serum into the skin for maximum results.

Bonus Tip: Use the remaining serum in the mask pouch for your neck, shoulders, back, and hands for extra pampering results.


Treat Yourself To Your Favorite Meal
Enjoy your favorite take-out meal. I prefer to have something delivered, so I do not have to cook. With Door Dash, it is easy and quick.

Do Something Mindless
Doing something that relaxes you even more.  It can be your favorite book, a girl movie or even applying some makeup. Using makeup to me is fun, and it allows for creativity. But since I am at home by myself (or at least until the family comes back), a glowing, glistening face makes me feel pretty. One product I enjoyed from Measurable difference is their Hi-GLEAM Highlighting Stick Glistening. This creamy formula keeps your cheekbones, nose, and collarbones looking sun-kissed even after sundown, for a minimalist look.


So there you have it beauties, my top 10 ways to treat yourself to a day spa in the comfort of your own home. Are there ways you like to pamper yourself? If so comment below as we'd love to know!

BONUS: Get 20% Off Spa Items
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March 4, 2019

The Best Skincare Products Ever


With my job, I get to try a lot of skincare products. Some of them downright suck, and those that fall into the category, I do not share as I only share products I like. But on the other hand, there are some that are freaking amazing, that I end up sharing with you on my blog or Instagram! And today is one of those days, but as a special treat, I am going to share with you my die-hard favorites.

So, if you want younger, healthier skin continue reading for "The Best Skincare Products Ever To Up Your Skincare Game."

The best serum for your skin Reviv Ultimate Serum by barbies beauty bits

Top Skincare Products

First up is Reviv Ultimate Serum

The Reviv Ultimate Serum is not only my favorite because of the results that I get but also because it is a product that addresses every concern of aging skin and is the ultimate rejuvenator; an all in one skincare serum...Oops, actually eleven!

The reviv ultimate serum is 11 different 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
Additionally, it contains PhytoCellTec stem cells, growth factors, peptides, tripeptides, hexapeptides, antioxidants, emollients, sebum-controllers, anti-inflammatories, collagen producers, phytosterols, glycolipids, and polyphenols, making it stand up to its name by being the ultimate cruelty-free, physician recommended skincare product.

If you have to add one serum to your skincare routine, this is it!

Maximize Your Collagen Levels Using Masqueology 24K Gold Cream With Shimmer By Barbies Beauty Bits

Moisturizer With Hyaluronic Acid
Beauties how would you like a product that can help to hydrate the skin while giving you an all over sunkissed glow?

If this sounds like you then I have a must try skincare product with Masqueology 24K Gold Cream with Shimmer!

I love that this product has hyaluronic acid in it. Just what I need to help my skin to retain moisture while maximizing my collagen levels! And if that wasn’t enough, it also formulated with Vitamin A plus Vitamin E that helps me to maintain a healthy-looking complexion!

This product has many great anti-aging benefits for the complexion, and with gold pearls for a shimmer to boot


Fighting Free Radicals
We can't see it, but our skin is always under attack by free radicals—damaging molecules that come from Uv rays, stress,  makeup, pollution, cigarette smoke, and more.

Damaging free radicals is what contributes to premature aging, damaging collagen, wrinkles and spurring hyperpigmentation.

But what is a girl to do? Use ItCosmetic Secret Sauce!

This fantastic product features anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and licorice root, Secret Sauce is perfect for all skin types and reduces the look of discoloration, lines, and wrinkles.

The Best Skincare Products Ever By Top Beauty Blogger Barbies Beauty Bits.
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Exfoliants
There are a few types of products you can use for exfoliation; Manual with a device, chemical (like a BHA, AHA, Lactic and Glycolic acid) and physical (These include crystals, micro-fine granules, and natural beads).

Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel
I am dialing in for another excellent skin care product and let me tell this exfoliator is incredible! Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel and I so love this product!

Derived from natural ingredients, Saturday skin is a cruelty-free product and is perfect for us in our 40’s…
  • It helps with collagen production and elasticity
  • Free of added color and fragrances
  • Balances and revitalizes the look of skin
  • Leaves your skin looking bright and refreshed
Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear
The Soniclear Benefits
The Soniclear has many benefits. First, it is going to help to buff away those dead skin cells, revealing a more radiant, healthy-looking skin.  Secondly, after sonic cleansing, it will be easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and other skin treatments.  Lastly, it is going to leave the skin smooth for the perfect makeup application.


The Makeup Eraser Is It Really Worth It by barbies Beauty Bits

The Makeup Eraser
While this product is promoted to remove smear-proof, waterproof makeup, mascara and more with only WATER by using The Original Makeup Eraser Cloth. The secret bonus part is when you flip over this bad boy, the other side is used to exfoliate your skin.  It is a fantastic product.

A review on the Jelessi Torche by Barbies Beauty Bits


Jelessi Torche Red LED Light Therapy
Looking for the ultimate non-surgical solution for younger looking skin, then do I have a skincare regimen for you. The beauty tool, the Jelessi Torche combined with Venofye Iron Bee Venom transforming cream. This powerful combination helps to target fine lines, wrinkles and maturing areas of your face and neck.

Medically tested and NASA approved the Jelessi Torche uses red LED infrared technology to stimulate cellular activity to achieve Dr. office like benefits in the comfort of your home.  Unlike some other treatments out on the market, the Torches Red LEDs penetrate much deeper into the skin, which helps in producing cellular turnover, contributing to the production of collagen, resulting in younger looking skin.

Colleen Rothschild Comprehensive Radiant Cleansing Balm For That Skincare Lover By Barbies Beauty Bits

Cleansing Balm

Colleen Rothschild Comprehensive Radiant Cleansing Balm

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.

No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Hot Cloth Cleanser review by barbies beauty bits

Cleanser
No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Hot Cloth Cleanser. I received this as a gift and boy was it one of the best gifts. This luxurious cleanser that feels like a spa treatment for your skin.

The creamy formulation effortlessly removes make-up, impurities, and pollutants, while the gentle exfoliating muslin cloth polishes away dead skin cells and smoothes skin. Skin is left feeling thoroughly cleansed, soft and revitalized.

And if that wasn't enough, it is also formulated with No7's Tri-Vit Complex + Red Ginseng!

So there you have it beauties my favorite Skincare Products To Up Your Skincare Game! Until next time!


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