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March 26, 2016

Top 10 Beauty Mistakes, You Probably Didn't Even Know You're Making

Top 10 Beauty Mistakes, You Probably Didn't Even Know You're Making, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

I get so many questions and more so statements, saying how did you know that. Or I’ve been doing that wrong all along.  Yes, beauties, we’ve all been there, even myself!  While there is a list of mistakes I see daily, I wanted to share with you the top 10  Beauty Mistakes I see people make most often.  From hair to makeup, these beauty mistakes need to stop right now, and I can help you!


Using A Towel To Dry Your Hair:   Drying your hair with a towel leaves your hair frizzy and can damage the hair.  Instead of using a towel swap it out with a t-shirt.  A towel absorbs most of the moisture from your hair leaving it frizzy.

Using a t-shirt instead is better as is it flat with no roof edges, so it glides right through your hair with less friction. Less friction equals less frizz and damage!

Using A Towel To Dry Your Hair, By Barbie's Beauty Bits

Washing Your Hair With Hot Water: A nice hot shower is so relaxing, especially in the winter months! But it is important that we keep it cool, which is the opposite of what we want to do. Unfortunately, hot water can wash away the skin's natural oils, leaving us with dry, brittle hair.  Instead, you want to try to use warm water to rinse the hair and then for the last few seconds, zap it with some cold water to help seal the cuticle, making your locks appear smoother and healthier!

Using A Bobby Pin Incorrectly: What? There is actually a wrong way? Yes, there is a proper way to use a bobby pin. And is wasn't until a few years ago, I learned this from my hair stylist; and according to her most women she has dealt with, have been using them incorrectly.

The correct way to use a bobby pin is to insert it into your hair with the wavy side down. The wavy side is designed so it will grab your hair and situate it properly.  The flat side, is what pushes the hair into the groove, holding it in place. So there, you have it, simple yet powerful.

How to properly use a bobby pin by barbie's beauty bits


Neglecting Your Neck: As I say Turkey neck is for the birds, but unfortunately if you are like me, the neck seems to be one area I have neglected in years past.  I think it is important that you understand that you’re best anti-aging facial cream may not work on your neck area, sucks I know!

You see most of these facial products are formulated to target wrinkles that occur on the thinner skinned areas, like our face.  The lines on our neck and décolletage are usually deeper, and the skin is much thicker.  Plus the older we are the skin can become looser.  Hence, the term turkey neck and this sagging skin area are so darn hard to treat. The key to addressing this zone is to select a product that has agents that help to firm and tighten the skin. In addition to tightening, the product should also penetrate deeply, which is why a facial cream will not work on your neck!

Sleeping With Your Makeup On:  I’ve also been guilty of this.  But a great friend of mine who is an Aesthetician explained to me why this is a big no, no. You see when we go to sleep we are renewing our body, mind and more, which includes the skin. Wearing makeup to bed prevents your skin from this renewal process.  It can also contribute to clogging your pores and outbreaks.

Why you shouldn't sleep with your makeup on, by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Not Exfoliating:  Exfoliating our skin is so essential. You see, our skin is constantly subjected to dirt, environmental pollutants and of course makeup.  All of this leaves a film on our face acting as a barrier to skincare products.  This buildup can leave us with an uneven skin tone, roughness, and creates false wrinkles; it can also clog our pores, causing breakouts. Yuk, I know! And if that wasn't bad enough, all of these will also make us appear older!  So by implementing exfoliation into your skincare regimen, you are going to help to buff away those dead skin cells, revealing a more radiant, healthy-looking skin.  Plus, 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.


Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: Let's first start with the fact that our makeup brushes can harbor bacteria and dead skin cells, YUKO, and who wants to put that on their skin, NOT ME!  But, if you are NOT cleaning your makeup brushes regularly this is exactly what you are doing.

Properly washing and storing them can keep your face clean & healthy. Furthermore, cleaning your makeup brushes will ensure they remain in the best shape and increase longevity. Makeup brushes are just as important as the makeup itself, so taking care of them is essential.

Using Makeup Brushes That Come With Your Drugstore Brands: You want to stay away from brushes that come with the drugstore brands; they are inferior quality and the bristles usually fall out on your eyelids.

Lastly, you want to make sure that you avoid sponge applicators, as they absorb a lot of product.

Your goal is to get the product on your eye, not the applicator. (in the long run, brushes end up saving you money)

The importance of cleaning your makeup brushes by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Not Using Primer: I explain primer in makeup, the same way, I would with a house.  Similar to the primer that you would apply to a wall before painting, you want to do the same with your eyes and face.  Primer allows the color to adhere better, last longer, with little transparency and minimal fading.  Also, if you have an excellent primer, it will prevent creasing and false wrinkles.

When does your makeup expire by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Using Expired Makeup: Holding on to your favorite makeup can be a big no, no. Like everything else in life, there comes a time you need to purge it! Unfortunately, it is not as easy as most other products, where an expiration date is printed on them or the packaging.  According to, the FDA website, cosmetic companies are not required to print expiration dates on the labels of their cosmetic products.  It is, however, left up to the manufacturers to determine the suggested shelf life of a product.  This shelf life is something you need to pay attention to, and I have listed some of them below. 

Makeup expiration guide by barbies beauty bits
 So there you have it beauties, My Top 10 Beauty Mistakes, You Probably Don't Even Know You're Making!

Until Next Time,



  1. I never knew there was a wrong way to use a bobby pin! Crazy!!!

  2. Great tips as always! Love sharing these with the girls!

  3. I've been using the t-shirt trick for years!

  4. Thanks for the info ,i've been using my bobby pins wrongly and I didn't even know . Happy Sunday!

  5. i always neglect moisturising my neck! i need to start doing it

  6. Cleaning make up brushes has to be my main one xx

  7. I think I'm pretty good at most of these actually apart from moisturising my neck - definitely need to start doing that :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  8. I think I am good with all of these, it has been a learning curve but ive got there x

  9. There is a wrong way to use a Bobby pin? You would know!

  10. Craziness, but awesome Tips!

  11. Great tips. I don't know half of these!

  12. You have some much knowledge on these things it amazes me!

  13. The bobby pin is the one that has me, I never knew this. And the towel too! Now I see why they don't dry your hair with one at a Salon!

  14. I am guilty with the first and second regarding hair care. Cleaning makeup brushes is a must while I don't apply primer because I only use lipstick, eye brow pencil and powder

  15. My hair is always frizzy. I will have to try the t-shirt drying tip.

  16. I am totally on board with all these makeup and shower faupaux's. I never wear a lot of makeup so it is easy to wash it off before sleep

  17. Honestly I think I am guilty of each one of these, I keep hearing you should dry your hair with a t-shirt instead of a towel I need to try that.

  18. Thanks for the tips. I've been lousy at cleaning my makeup brushes. And I'm using my 4 year old lipsticks. I guess it's high time I take care of such things.

  19. Wow I was surprised about the bobby pin. Now I know how to wear it correctly.. Thanks!

  20. I'm so guilty with most of these. I better clean my brushes from now on.

  21. Please wash your brushes as frequently as possible. Also, you pillow cases needs to be changed frequently

  22. I didn't know about the t-shirt when it comes to drying the hair. Thanks for the tips! -LYNNDEE

  23. I quite enjoyed reading your tips, I realized some of the things that we do could be damaging to our skin and hair. I found sleeping with makeup on to be funny, sorry, because I imagined dead people.

  24. So true, sleeping with your makeup on is so bad for your skin. Even if you are using soap and water, being make up free in bed is vital.


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