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March 30, 2015

Dresses That Rock Pantone’s Top Color Picks for Spring 2015

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Cheap-Dress Uk. 
All views expressed are my own and were not influenced in anyway. 

Dresses That Rock Pantone’s Top Color Picks for Spring 2015, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

I love following Pantone's fashion color report.  According to Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute: “This Spring & Summer colors are more on the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum.  Including some tones such as softer pale pastels, understated bright and nature-like neutrals as well as some florals”.  And what better way to wear some of these colors than with some cocktail dresses.

The lead color for the Spring/Summer season is Aquamarine.  This airy blue has a dreamy feel just like this short party dress.  This classic neckline shows off your shoulders and neck beautifully.

Pantone's Spring 2015 lead color for the Spring/Summer season is Aquamarine, by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Some of the other top color picks of the spring include Scuba Blue and Classic Blue.  And if you want to be a bit spontaneous and gregarious, you can try something like this sweetheart ball gown in Tangerine!

PANTONE 15-1247 Tangerine Dress, by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Pretty in Pink more your style?  How about Strawberry Ice? According to Pantone this subtle and charming color is an ideal shade for Spring and Summer.

Emitting a flattering and healthy glow PANTONE 16-1720 Strawberry Ice Dress, by Barbies Beauty Bits

 Want to be a little more flirty? Then what about a floral look as one of your summer cocktail dresses! Plus this dress features hues of Titanium, Lavender Herb, and Tangerine, just to name a few.

Spring 2015: En Plein Air Pantone's Floral Dress by Barbie's Beauty Bits

So there, you have it, some dresses that rock the hues of Pantone’s top color picks for Spring 2015. Whatever your wardrobe needs call for, whether a fun dress for a cocktail party, your daughters prom or an evening out on the town.  This season Pantone's color picks  have you covered!


March 26, 2015

Is There A Fix For Hair Loss?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eu Natural.
Views expressed were not influenced in anyway. 

Long hair has always been a favorite of mine.  But the past year after I wash and style my hair, there is enough hair in the sink, to start collecting to make a wig.  Sounds a bit farce I know, but my hair seems to be falling out more so than in years past.   I’ve been to a few Dr's to see what the heck is going on.  While, I didn’t get a definitive answer, most diagnosed it as stress induced. 

One of the suggestions given to me was to try some supplements.  So when I was contacted by Eu Natural to try out their Vibrance Pure Hair Vitamins supplement, I was excited to give it a try.

About the Product:

Vibrance Pure Hair Vitamins is a supplement for hair growth that contains a rich abundance of vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Think of it as taking a multivitamin for your hair. The nourishing ingredients is supposed to support the growth of thicker, longer, and more vibrant hair, which is what I am wanting!

One thing I was happy to find out is that Vibrance Pure Hair Vitamins are purely formulated without fillers, binders, and artificial additives.

I’ve been very hesitant to try a supplement because there is not much regulation on them. So you never know what you are taking, yes these companies can lie.  While they don’t call it that, I DO!  This is another reason I decided to try the product from Eu Natural, as unlike some of those other companies who don't back up their claims, Eu Natural does.  They provide premium health supplements, vitamins, and herbal solutions that are backed with a money back guarantee and made here in the USA following strict manufacturing standards!

The Results:

Well, I just started taking the supplement, so unfortunately I can't say whether or not it will make my hair growth thicker.  I will, however, give you a follow up in a month, so please make sure to check back.  But in the meantime, Eu Natural is allowing me to extend a special offer to my readers! A buy one get one free for Vibrance Pure Hair Vitamins, by using the code BBVRB1G1, during check out!

Please let me know your thoughts on the product as well, as we try this out together!  Hairs till tomorrow!

March 19, 2015

Top 5 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil

Top 5 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t! And today I do, with my top 5 Pantry to Pretty Bits; using coconut oil in my beauty regimen.

Products: There are two products I use.  First up, is Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.  It is only $5.99 for a 16 ounce jar, giving me plenty of usage at a great price. I also like using Rahda's Beauty 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil, as it has no fillers and is the highest quality carrier oil available. The cost for this is only $5, when you use the code: RCOCONUT during checkout!

        My Top 5 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil
  1. To Remove Eye Makeup:  Simply rub this on your eyelids, and it removes your makeup amazingly! It also works great to help soften the lashes too, while removing your mascara.
  2. A Scrub:  Coconut oil works wonders in preventing dryness and flaky patched skin.  Merely, combine some coconut oil with sea salt or sugar and you have your exfoliant.
  3. Lips:  This works miracles on your lips to help moisturize.  If you want to add some color to it, add some bits of mineral eye shadow to the coconut oil and you’ve created your own colored lip balm.
  4. Bath:  No more need for Calgon to take you away, as you can add coconut oil to your bath to help moisturize and soothe your skin and worries of the day.
  5. Hair:  The essential proteins in coconut help damaged hair immensely.  Hence making it a great deep conditioner.  Simply apply it to ends of your hair and comb it through.   Once you have it applied to all the needed areas, pin your hair up and wrap it in saran wrap or a shower cap, for an hour or longer (sometimes I sleep in it). Then wash and rinse the hair as normal.  A bonus:  Coconut oil is fantastic at fighting dandruff as well. 


March 18, 2015

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, By Barbies Beauty Bits

Hey beauties, well I am a few days late at sharing this with you due to a big event I attended.  But without further ado, here is the list of Ulta’s 21 days of beauty or in this case 18! Check out some of my favorites coming up.

URBAN DECAY (March 21st)

Eyeshadow Primer Potions* 50% off now $10-12

BENEFIT (March 21st)

In Store Only Steal FREE BROW WAX*** with $50 product and/or service purchase

BareMinerals (March 21st)

Warm up your eye appeal — instantly Tools & how-tos to bring out the bronze with this collection of glimmering and matte earthy shades to bring depth to the traditional smoky eye.

BUTTER LONDON (March 19th)

Nail Lacquer & Treatments* now $9 EACH Reg $15-19 EACH

Too Faced (April 1st )

All about eyes! Go Natural or Dramatic with two great new palettes. Natural Matte Eye Collection or Cat Eye Purrrfection and finish off your look with Better Than Sex mascara.

I love this 21 event & the daily deals.   It gives us a chance to try out some of the best beauty products at a reduced price! The offers are for both online and in store, you just need to read the details of that daily deal to find out.  But don’t miss out as the daily deals are good until the items sell out.   Once it is gone, it is gone!  Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty ends on April 4th! Click here to see up close all of the BEAUTYful deals!  You can also, get a quick glimpse, by the below screen shot from Ulta's website of the deals for each day!

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, By Barbies Beauty Bits

Per Ulta's Website:
*While quantities last. No rain checks. 2 per customer. Beauty Steals are for 1 day only.
**Free item must be of equal or lesser value to the lowest-priced item purchased. Excludes trial sizes.
***Available at select locations.

March 15, 2015

A DIY Oatmeal Facial Scrub

It’s been a while since I’ve played with some items in my kitchen for a new DIY scrub.  A friend of mine has a spa, and one of the featured treatments was an oatmeal scrub.  It sounded amazing but wasn’t amazing was the cost.  So I decided, what a great idea for a Pantry to Pretty Bit.  The recipe is very similar to hers, but 90% of the cost.

What You’ll Need:
  • ¼ cup of ground whole oats.  I initially attempted to use an old coffee grinder to grind this, but ended up purchasing it at a store for a finer blend.
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of grape seed oil
  • One tablespoon of lemon
  • You can add milk or water to the mix.  I added milk.
  • You want to mix it all in a bowl, to a thick consistency.
  • Apply to face in a circle motion
  • Leave on for 30 minutes
  • Rinse and wash, moisturize as usual 

Storage: The mixture will last a while if stored properly.  If you have a mason jar or something air tight, I'd use that for storage.

The Benefits: Exfoliation of the skin helps with skin rejuvenation. Hence using a gentle mixture like this oatmeal DIY scrub, you'll be able to use it frequently leaving your skin soft and glowing.

March 9, 2015

Top 3 Ways To Get Your Dose Of Pretty For 80% Less

Top 3 Ways To Get Your Dose Of Pretty For 80% Less, By Barbies Beauty Bits

I love great deals, and I’m here to share with you a few of my great resources for the best deals.  Including some fab makeup items & looks of the Hollywood Stars, for up to 83% off!

Trendy@wendy: Wendy Williams always stays up to date on the latest beauty and fashion trends. And her website the Trendy Wendy Show, enables us to have some of those same movie star items at up to 83% off!

The Real: These five beauties always have some amazing beauty tips and, of course, some great fashionista deals.  They also have some spectacular guest appearances who show us some beauty hacks! While I've practiced most of these myself, for a newbie, it is awesome lesson in beauty hacks! And the deals are crazy good, including clothes, jewelry, makeup and more!

Haute Looks: Haute Looks is owned by Nordstrom Rack, so you know the looks are to die for at an awesome price.  Haute gets some limited time exclusives, especially with the makeup lines.  Like products from Lorac, Billion Dollar Brow, Tarte and many others at up to 70% off! You can also sign up to receive alerts, so you can't miss any short time sales!
So there, you have some of my top sites, to get your daily dose of Pretty for 80% less!


March 6, 2015

The Secret Weapon To Making Your Makeup Last Longer

 Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of  The Wilkes Group.
Views expressed were not influenced in anyway.
The Secret Weapon On Making Your Makeup Last Longer, by Barbie's Beauty Bits. Evian® Facial Spray

If you are a makeup junkie like myself, the costs can sure add up. But no matter what the product,  I am always trying to get the most of out of it.   And today I am here to share with you one of my secret weapons.

So, if you want to be able to get an airbrushed makeup look, increase the longevity of your makeup, minimize pores, achieve a bolder intense eyeshadow look, all while saving money.  Then continue reading.

What is my secret weapon? It is Makeup Setting Spray. I’ve been using these Facial Spray/setting sprays for years.  And this is why I was so excited when I was asked to review Evian® Facial Spray, by the Wilkes Group.

Now don’t let the name fool you. While setting sprays do help to set your makeup like hairspray does your hair, it also has many other uses. And this is why I call it my secret beauty weapon! Now before I get into the insider's tricks, I wanted to let you know about Evian® Facial Spray.

About the Product:
Evian® Facial Spray contains a pure, soft, natural mineral water with a unique mineral balance, and a neutral 7.2pH. These properties are why the spray is extremely compatible with the human body. Evian® Facial Spray is suited to all skin types, even if you have sensitive skin.

The Packaging:
Normally, I don’t feel the need to make mention of the packaging, but with this product I think it is essential.  This bad boy came in real handy with a recent trip of mine as the canister is leak proof and ideal to fit right in your travel bag.  Also, unlike many other sprays, Evian® Spray is sealed at the source.  Hence, no unwanted bacteria and contaminants that may irritate the skin or cause breakouts.

Lastly, Evian® is powered by pure nitrogen into millions of tiny micro-droplets. These micro-droplets are the driving force that enable Evian® water spray to be absorbed by the skin. Nitrogen comprises 80% of each breath we take, so there is no effect on the ozone layer.

 Without further ado... 
the tricks to making your makeup last longer

Primer: Primer is essential. If you don't start off right, none of these other tips will matter. Without it your makeup will sit in your pores, create false wrinkles while leaving a dull appearance, period! On the other hand, when you do use a primer, you'll find that your makeup will have a much smoother finish while minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Airbrush Makeup Application:  The Evian® Spray is great for creating that instant airbrushed
look.  I used it on my Beauty Blender, when I was applying my foundation. Doing it this way prevents your makeup from settling into fines lines, giving you a flawless, dewy glow all day long.  Simply wet your Beauty Blender with The Evian® Spray, dip it into your makeup of choice and bounce or as they call it in the makeup world, stipple it against your face.  Doing it this way will help to prevent makeup lines, leaving you with a seamless, airbrushed movie star look.

Bright Vibrant Eyeshadow: My best tip to creating intense colors is misting my eyeshadow brush with the setting spray. You want the brush to be slightly damp, but not too wet, or it won’t work.  I then dip the brush into the eyeshadow and apply it to my primed eye.  Doing this is a great way to make your eyeshadows bold and vibrant. Plus, if you are using a drugstore shadow, these sprays are that extra push you need to crafting the same pigmented looks of brand name shadows at half the price.

To Set Your Makeup:  After you’ve spent time layering, stippling, blending and more.  The last thing you want is your masterpiece to disappear in a few hours.  With a good setting spray, you will be able to keep your makeup looking fresh, with minimal touch ups. (Which means saving $$$).  How To Use The Spray? Simply hold the bottle a few inches from your face and lightly spray all over your finished makeup look in a circular motion, giving you that seamless look throughout the day.

A Little Pick Me Up:  If you find yourself being outside sweating or maybe you don’t have time to go home after work before a dinner date, no worries.  This beauty spray can give you that  instant pick me up, refreshing your makeup look, so you will only need some minimal touch-ups.

Wanna a little pick me up yourself? Well now you can as the Wilkes Group has a special offer for my readers.

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