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May 28, 2014

Register To Win a $150 MAC Cosmetics Gift Card

The Beauty Blogger Bunch is at it again with another giveaway! 
This time we are giving away a $150 MAC Cosmetics gift card. 

Register To Win a $150 MAC Cosmetics Giftcard, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

There are six(6) amazing bloggers participating in this giveaway. 
 Stop by and check out one of these ladies below! 

If you are a Beauty and or Fashion blogger and interested in joining our group please apply here!

Giveaway will end June 18th and is open worldwide! 
Simply register by using the rafflecopter below!  
(Anyone can enter as the gift card is an e-card, so it can be used internationally online)

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May 27, 2014

The Secret To Finding A Bra That Fits; With Your Sister Size!

The Secret To Finding A Bra That Fits; With Your Sister Size, By Barbie's Beauty Bits.

Today, I’m going to write a blog post on something that I did research on to help myself.  Finding a bra that fits and one that doesn’t look like what I call, a grandma sling shot, is a rarity for me.  It doesn’t matter what my measurements come out to, I can’t ever seem to find a bra in all styles that fit my size.  Furthermore, the larger you go up, the less “sexy” they seem to get, which seems bizarre to me...  I mean the larger the chest, the uglier the bra gets.  DID YOU HEAR THAT MEN?

Any who, I heard the ladies at Victoria's Secret make reference to my “sister size”,  so I decided to investigate exactly how these sisters work!

So how does this work? 
  • Well, first and foremost you must be measured. As going by a bra that fits you at one store is not true sizing.
  • Once you find your true band and cup size, you can go on your search for your long lost sisters.
  • Either go UP to the next BAND size & DOWN to the next CUP size. OR you can go DOWN to the NEXT BAND size & GO UP to the next CUP size.
  • What??? Kind of sounded like twisted sisters to me, but once you see the below it will make better sense!!

Sister Bra Size Samples: 

34A=32B or Vice Versa
34B=32C or Vice Versa
36D=34DD or Vice Versa

After some further investigation, I also located some more additional ways to determine your sister sizes in a bra.  But rather then explaining them by each bra size, I recreated an image below to illustrate.   Needless to say, I am so excited that I now have more options, I guess the "secret" is out!

Ladies, don't forget to comment and if you have any more tips for finding the right bra, please share!

Your correct sister bra size by Barbie's Beauty Bits

IMPORTANT: Regardless of your measurements, I  strongly recommend that you try on the bras.  I'm sure a sales associate would disagree with me on this, but I find that a size at one store does not always fit the same as another.  You can't argue with your measurements, but they don't always match up with the size on the tag.   


May 15, 2014

A Bobbi Brown Dupe

Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder Duped BY NYX, by Barbie's Beauty Bits
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Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder, which is an all-over color correcting powder, has been a favorite of mine for a while. I love the overall brightening effect it has while helping to keep your makeup looking fresh for most of the day. But the cost of $52 is utterly ridiculous, I mean I could get an eyeshadow palette for that!  So, I went on a search for a dupe.  My first try, was an E.L.F. version that looked somewhat similar, so I thought I would try it.  It was not much of a dupe; it was very powdery and it wasn’t illuminating like the Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder. But with the E.L.F. Studio Tone Correcting Powder only costing $3, it wasn’t a wallet breaking disappointment.

The 2nd test was with NYX’s Radiant Finishing Powder, which cost  $8.99.  This multi-color powder definitely illuminated my skin.  It didn’t do much for helping with the skin tone as it claims, but the brightening properties were awesome! Overall, I would recommend the Radiant Finishing Powder by NYX as a close dupe to Bobbi Brown's Brightening Finishing Powder.  The NYX line, also came in a sun-kissed version, so I can’t wait to try that one.

Overall, aside from these powders brightening, they are marketed to create a balanced and radiant complexion. Furthermore, if you are wondering about the multi-colors, they are not to be worn alone.  The trick is to blend them all together to neutralize the skin.  Each color has its job. For instance, the green neutralizes any redness in your skin, the pink neutralizes grays, yellow brightens and neutralizes any red, and lastly the blue neutralizes orange undertones.

So there, you have it ladies another Barbie's Beauty Bits makeup dupe! And don't forget, if there are any dupes you want to know about or share, just let me know! They are one of my makeup loves! Until next time beauties! 

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May 8, 2014

Feeling Electric? A Review of Urban Decay’s New Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

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 All views expressed are my own and were not influenced in anyway. 

I was so excited to try Urban Decay’s new Electric Pressed Pigment Palette.  I am a not a neutral fan, so most of these colors really spoke to me.  I’m saying most, as I’ve yet to find a palette where I’ve used all colors, but Urban Decay’s palettes come really close.  Now before you think there is no way I’d sport some rainbow colored eye shadow look, think again.  As the colors in this palette are wearable and that is one of the reasons I wanted to share this review with you.

Urban Decay’s Electric Pressed Pigment Palette, By Barbie's Beauty BitsUrban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette, consists of 10 colorful pigments.  These velvety  colors are amazing.  The colors are not all new, in fact there are two colors, (Revolt & Chaos) that you may have seen before in the Vice palette & the Anarchy Face.  Inspired by Chaos, the pigments consists of neon’s, mattes, and frosts.  All colors are long wearing, very blendable and seriously pigmented, some more so than others. The set also comes with a double-ended makeup brush that like most of the UD palettes, it works pretty well.

Per Urban Decay's website, they've carefully crafted the formula on every shade to make sure each one would apply with a soft and creamy texture and deliver a serious color payout. Each shade features their Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blend ability.

One disappointing thing I did notice after I purchased the palette, was there were some pigments that were not intended for the immediate eye area. WHAT? This seemed like a bizarre warning considering the product is packaged as eye colors and the fact it is very small on the product itself instead of the box, was a bit disappointing.  Nonetheless, I still really liked the palette. I’m just careful as to where I use the colors Slow burn, Savage or Jilted.  I recommend that you test these colors elsewhere prior to using, especially if you are sensitive to red or pink shadows. And neon’s which, had slipped my mine when purchasing, are not approved by the FDA in the US.  So use these colors at your own risk.

Below you will see the different colors in the paletter.  I also, mentioned ways to get away from the really bright neon looks, by making them a smokey look with some blacks and navy blues.  Or combined with some neutrals. 

Top Colors:
  1. Revolt (bright metallic silver shimmer w/silver glitter).  Personally, I didn’t like this color. This pigment has more fallout then some of the rest and the staying power wasn’t as strong.  It was like the glitter aspect disappeared after a few hours.
  2. Gonzo (bright turquoise matte). It is a great matted blue, very pigmented. Great for a 70's look, but can be toned down with some neutrals or combined with a black for the smokey eye look.
  3. Slowburn (bright red-orange matte). Although this is one of the colors they placed a warning on the box about. I really liked this color, I've added it to other color combinations from the naked palettes. This color also has a nice matte finish.
  4. Savage (bright hot pink matte). I haven't use this much on my eye's. I have tried it on my cheeks as a blush.  It's not my color for this, but I do know some who love to use it this way. Nonetheless, it is a fun color.
  5. Fringe (bright metallic teal). This is one of the frosted finishes, very velvety or buttery sheen.  This color works great with greens if you are looking to tone it down a bit.
Bottom Colors:
  1. Chaos (bright blue matte). This is the color from the Vice palette.  It is a great cobalt blue.  LOVE this one! It works great with purples, navy blue and blacks.
  2. Jilted (purple berry color). This has somewhat of a frosted appearance, but like the others apply wonderfully.  For a toned down look, you can combine this with some violets and pinks.
  3. Urban (metallic purple). Has a frosted finish, and works wonders if you have brown eyes. Texture is a smooth buttery feel.
  4. Freak (cool green).  I was surpised with this color as I thought it would really look like an  80's frost, but it seemed to have some gold undertones in it, which was nice.  It is very wearable and looks great with dark greens.
  5. Trash (bright lime).  This was one of my least favorites in application and color.  It was powdery, so I had more fallout with this pigment. 


May 5, 2014

Can Inexpensive Makeup Brushes Work Well?

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Can Inexpensive Makeup Brushes Work Well, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

The truth is, if you’re thinking about investing in a set of makeup brushes, you probably want to buy some that are high quality. Makeup brushes are usually made of either synthetic plastic or real animal hair. Cheap makeup brushes are generally plastic. And the better quality, animal hair sets can do a lot that their plastic counterparts cannot. There are a few things to consider when it comes to buying your makeup brushes, beyond just the price. If you have sensitive skin, to any degree, you may not want to risk inflammation by using synthetic brushes. Some people’s skin does not respond well to the plastic bristles. Additionally, brushes made of real animal hair work better than synthetic ones. Animal hair brushes perform two functions; they are able to both wipe away any residue or dead skin flakes, while also laying down an even covering of makeup.

Cheap makeup brushes by barbies beauty bits and the salon outlet

While, high quality, animal hair brushes are ideal for applying your makeup, if they just aren’t in your price range, you can make do with synthetic bristled brushes. If you’re choosing to purchase synthetic brushes, and have only used sponge application in the past, you’ll still be surprised at how different your makeup will look. Even plastic brushes will give you a seamless, flawless finish. If you want your skin to look airbrushed, like the celebrities in your favorite magazines, using brushes is the only real way to achieve this look at home. Compared to the look you get using sponges, or even applying with your fingers, even synthetic brushes, like those available at The Salon Outlet will give you a photo finish every time you use them. No matter what your price range, there is a set of brushes out there that will work for you.
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