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October 31, 2016

What The Heck Is Retinol And Why Should I Add It To My Fall Skincare Routine?

why you should add retinol to your fall skincare routine by barbies beauty bits

Crisp autumn air, shorter nights, changing leaves is in the midst right now and with this also comes a change of clothes.  But what some people seem to neglect is the change in their skincare products as well. I mean who wants their skin as dry as leaves?  Plus, a lot of us have done some serious damage to our skin in the summer, so introducing a skincare product that can help with sun damage, sunspots, anti-aging, as well as dry, flaky skin is a must!

So, if you want to find out to get your Autumn skincare on with Retinol continue reading!

For this post, I have partnered up with Valentia Skincare. This company has amazing products formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin. One of their products, the Night Revive Retinol Serum, is an ideal product to add to get your face, fall ready.

A review on Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum by barbies beauty bits
SPONSORED POST: I was given this product to review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
I only share reviews with you that I feel will be beneficial or informative in some way.
Adding In A Retinol Serum
As the temperature drops, we end up spending less time outside, which means less exposure to the sun.  That is why Autumn is a great time to add a retinol serum to your skincare regimen as when you’re using retinol you want to avoid prolonged sun exposure.  Additionally, the cool air can also leave our skin less hydrated, so having a product that can provide hydration as well, is the key to smoother, rejuvenated skin.

In addition to smoother skin, the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum helps to …
  • Reduce the appearance of brown spots caused by the sun
  • Stimulate collagen
  • Improve skin tone
  • Manage breakouts
  • Condition the skin

What The Heck Is Retinol
Retinol is the principle Vitamin A and can fill some of the roles that Vitamin A plays metabolically. Many Vitamin A effects are hormone-like, influencing the growth and differential of cells.

You see, there are tons of damaging elements that are skin is exposed to every day, like dust, pollutants, sweat, even makeup, all of which can age the skin. Retinol (Vitamin A) is a useful product that helps diminish these signs of aging and visibly contribute to improving the appearance of your skin

Retinol works by speeding up the cellular turnover rate, which allows the healthier cells to work their way up to the surface faster and decreasing the activity of the destructive enzyme collagens.

Therefore, having a retinol like the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum in your fall skincare regimen is a necessity.  I mean anything that can help with cellular turnover, lines and wrinkles are a must have on my list of fall skincare products!

help reduce signs of aging with a retinol serum by barbies beauty bits

Look At The Ingredients
Ingredients are what makes one product’s success stand out from another. And Valentia has specially selected ingredients that work together to achieve optimum results.

  • Retinol (Vitamin A): Works at the cellular level to stop wrinkles, manage breakouts, and evens out skin discoloration.
  • Vitamin C: Guards skin against environmental free radicals to prevent premature aging.
  • Vitamin E: Provides intense hydration to diminish the drying effects of retinol.
  • Squalene: Derived for pure olive oil to soften and condition delicate skin.

What To Avoid
In addition to looking at the ingredients that are in a product you also want to look at the what is not in it, thus natural, and organic products are essential in my book.   You want to stay away from synthetic fragrances and dyes, as they are two additives known to cause irritation.  Plus, with the change of humidity in the fall months, the last thing you want to do is to apply something on your skin that could be potentially irritating!

On the other hand, natural ingredients with an organic base have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged by the sun or the wind, preventing signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and reversing the effects of oxidative stress on the skin.

Lastly, you want to make sure that you look at the packaging as vitamin A can break down when it is overly exposed to light. Hence you want to purchase a retinol that is bottled in a darker container that minimizes the exposure to light and air.

Although I think skin exfoliation is important all the time, adding it to your fall regimen is a must.  While there are plenty of beauty tools out there that can help with skin exfoliation, retinol's can also act as an exfoliator by sweeping and removing your dead summer skin cells.  As mentioned above retinol's also help with enhanced collagen production, so combine that with the fact it can also act as an exfoliant, you will be well on your way to a fantastic fall face!

How to properly use a retinol serum by Barbie's Beauty Bits

How To Use
It is important that you are using this product correctly to get the best results.  See below some of my guidelines
  • If this is your first time using a retinol, I always suggest adding it slowly to your NIGHTTIME skincare routine.
  • If you are in your 30, using it three times a week can help slow the aging process.
  • For those in their 40+ using the Retinol ever other night, or every night if your skin can tolerate it.
  • Apply in a circular motion using your ring finger as pulling and tugging on the skin can age you quicker.
  • Use an SPF of 20 or higher during the day to protect your skin.

Want To Try Some For Yourself
Well, Valentia has given my readers 20% off, so go to Amazon and get your skin fall ready with Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum.   
Use Code: YJ7CWBI7 to get 20% off your order.

Oh one last thing, make sure to stay social by following Valentia on Facebook & Instagram!

Until next time, beauties!

October 27, 2016

Too Faced Cosmetics Family And Friends 20% Off Promo

Too Faced Cosmetics Family And Friends 20% Off Promo, By Barbie's Beauty Bits
What a great way to end the week than with a deal from Too Faced Cosmetics! That's right Too Faced Cosmetics has their "Family and Friends" promo going on right now. Which means it's time for me to stock up on my Better Than Sex Mascara! 

Too Faced Cosmetic Family & Friend Offer Details:

  • Use Code: BFF20 to get your 20% OFF* (Excludes new collections, sale or discounted items).
  • Sitewide 20% off ends 11/2/2016 at 11:59 PM PST. 
  • Not valid with any other promotion. 
  • Please note, due to high volume, shipping may be delayed. 
  • Free Shipping over $50 valid for US customers only.


October 24, 2016

Just In: You Can Now Schedule A Facebook Live Video

While Facebook LIVE is great, if no one is watching it, how great is it really?  Well, fret no more, as Facebook has just rolled out the option for verified Facebook pages to now, schedule a Facebook Live Video, giving you the opportunity to let people know ahead of time about your live stream!  Now don’t get me wrong, you have always had the ability to let your followers know about your upcoming Live broadcast, but it was just by posting it on your wall, via a simple post.  However, with this new feature, you can do so much more than that! Not only can you schedule it seven days in advance you can also send reminders and Facebook gives you a share link that you can share and embed in other places like your blog and website. And if all of that wasn’t cool enough your fans can join what Facebook calls your "lobby" (think of a waiting room) about three minutes before your Live broadcast begins.

So How Do You Schedule Your Facebook Live Video

Below is a brief description directly from Facebook media.  However, if you click here, there is a complete PDF download that has come directly from Facebook, making it fool proof.
  • Navigate to Publishing Tools: Once you’re in Publishing Tools, select “Video Library” and then “Live.”
  • Copy your stream credentials (e.g. steam key, Server URL). If you need to find the credentials closer to the time you’re going live; they are also available by editing the post in Video Library.
  • Craft your announcement post. Be sure to write an engaging and informative description, so your followers know what to expect from your broadcast. You will be able to update the description later if need be.
  • Finalize your scheduled live broadcast. Put any finishing touches on your post (such as adding a custom image) before you schedule your broadcast.
So there you have fellow bloggers and marketers the ability for you to schedule your Facebook live video, enabling you to get your message seen and heard, BEFORE you go live!

October 14, 2016

Beauty Is Giving For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

beauty items benefiting breast cancer by barbies beauty bits

As most of you know, the month of October is breast cancer awareness month. And there are many beauty companies out there that have a limited edition pink product that they sell where as a percentage of these sales will benefit breast cancer research and more.

Before I get into the brands and pink items, I wanted to share with you some statistics on breast cancer as 1 in 4 women are diagnosed daily, and 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of it.

Overall about 1 in 8 U.S. women (approx. 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.


Beauty Items Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Michael Todd Beauty
Experience two of Michael Todd's HERO sonic beauty tools, a pink Soniclear Elite cleansing brush, and the SonicBLEND makeup brush. This duo is 40% off the regular price and 10% of the proceeds from this bundle with benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Michael todd beauty pink bundle for breast cancer by barbies beauty bits
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Drybar BCA Mini Detox Dry Shampoo
A limited-edition pink, mini dry shampoo in support of Breast Cancer Awareness that absorbs oils and impurities for hair that's fresh and clean. For every BCA Mini Detox Dry Shampoo sold, $1 goes to City of Hope Breast Cancer Research—and Drybar will donate up to $25,000.

It Cosmetics Makeup Brush
New & Limited Edition! The Love Beauty Fully™ Love is the Foundation Brush that is luxuriously crafted—and supports a good cause! For every Love Beauty Fully™ Love is the Foundation Brush purchased during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, IT Cosmetics™ will donate one to the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better® program to help women face the effects of cancer with confidence.

Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush, by ITcosmetics for breast cancer by barbies beauty bits

Itcosmetics breast cancer awareness makeup brush by barbies beauty bits

Smashbox took 2 of their best-selling products to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for the Estée Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign.

The two products:

Breast Cancer Awareness Photo Finish Foundation Primer & 24 Hour Photo Finish Eyeshadow Primer

So there you have it. Beauty is Giving For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and you can help by purchasing some or all of these items.


October 10, 2016

Tips and Tricks for Making Your Limp, Thinning Hair Thicker With RevivHair Placode Booster

Tips and Tricks for Making Your Limp, Thinning Hair Thicker With RevivHair Placode by barbies beauty bits

Thinning hair is not just a problem for men; it is something that women can also experience. And with this modelesque generation portrayed in magazines and reality TV shows, for women, it can be a real blow to your self-esteem.

I was surprised to read that the average age for females dealing with thinning hair is 25 to 35 and not just later in life due to menopausal changes.  Some statistics show that one in four women have thinning hair, for other reasons like stress and genetics.

Additionally, thinning hair for women is different than in men.  You see men lose hair in bald patterns, while women lose volume, making it harder to treat and camouflage.  Despite this thinning hair, it does not sentence you to a life of dull and unstylish tresses. In fact, there are several things that you can do to camouflage these areas.


So if you want to find out how you can make your hair thicker continue reading.

For this post, I have partnered up with, located in beautiful San Francisco California.  This company specializes in unique and innovative clinical treatment serums, one being their first-of-its-kind scalp cosmetic topical, the RevivHair Placode Booster Serum.

Tips for thinning hair by barbies beauty bits and Revivhair placode booster serum
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Reviv Serums.  All tips are my own!

RevivHair Placode Booster Serum
This cruelty-free scalp cosmetic topical serum has thickeners in it to include Niacinamide, Caffeine, Panthenol and unique polymers that can help with densifying and revitalizing the hair. According to their website this leave-in booster serum is targeted at reducing hair loss and encouraging new hair growth; it helps boost the development of healthy hair follicles, lessen thinning hair, strengthen fibers against breakage, and thicken existing hair strands for fuller-looking and thicker-feeling hair.

How To Use The Hair Booster Serum
The product is very easy to use and derived from all natural ingredients, which is a plus in my book. It is a once-daily application, about one to two droppers. The RevivHair 60 mL bottle is supposed to last between 37 to 75 days since a full dropper dispenses 0.8 mL.

Statics on the RevivHair Placode Booster Serum
  • In a 60-day, 23-person consumer study of Placode Booster Serum, 87% of consumers tested noted a reduction in the appearance of falling hair.
  • 92% agreed that their hair appeared thicker or healthier
  • 74% of testers also saw a decrease in the appearance of thinning scalp areas; 92% said their hair seemed fuller or more supple.

RevivHair Placode Booster Serum review by barbies beauty bits

Some other Tips and Tricks for Making Your Limp, Thinning Hair Thicker
Aside from adding a hair thickening product like the RevivHair Placode Booster into your hair care regimen, there are also some other tricks that you can add to help your hair appear lush and thick.

Salon & Style Tricks  
A style Redo: One of the best ways to conceal thinning hair is with a hairstyle that will add a lot of texture and layers to your hair.  This may mean cutting it short, WTF??? I know.  If you are a long hair fan like myself and having thinning hair, you may need to try a shorter style, as long hair tends to draw more attention to those thinning areas.  Scary I know, as it feels like a catch 22, with thin hair and now I need to cut it?  But shorter hair can add a lot of texture and movement to your style while at the same time making your hair appear thicker.  Longer hair, on the other hand, can draw attention to the problem areas.

Salon & Style Tricks  to make your hair thicker by barbies beauty bits

Color: Not only does color add more body and thickness to your thinning hair, but it can also be used to draw the eye away from unusually thin spots. You want to have a double-process, as a single process can make your hair appear dull and flat.  So using a combination of lowlights, highlights, and color accents, your stylist can do wonders for your thinning hair!

The Flip:  Yeah I know this can be scary as you don’t want to look like DONALD TRUMP! We are not talking about a comb over here, but rather changing up the direction of your part! You see our hair becomes trained laying in the same position for years, so changing it up by flipping your part to the other side can add some instant volume.

Speaking about parts, if you are like me a part can show some of my thinning, so a style without a harsh, prominent part can also work wonders.

Hair Styling Products
There are a wide variety of hair styling products on the market that can be used to conceal thinning, limp hair. Products such as thickening powders, shampoos and conditioners can do a lot for thinning hair. Also, products like dry shampoos and texturing spray are a must to add volume.  YOU WANT TO stay away from products that can weigh your hair down, so get with your stylist, to see what they recommend, DON’T CHEAP OUT.

Tips to help women who are losing their hair by barbies beauty bits and revivhair placode booster

Using products with the wrong Ingredients: You want to stay away from products with sulfates in them as these are harsh and drying on the hair and scalp.

Styling Tools
Aside from a haircut and products, you can also make your hair appear thicker by adding some volume to the crown.  You can do this with some Velcro rollers.  Just place the rollers in your dry hair and make sure to use a texturing spray.  Blow with some warm air from the hair dryer and set with cool!

Stop Adding To It
There are things that you can be doing to add to the issue of thinning, limp hair. One can be over blow drying your hair. Also, if you are one that uses a brush to dry the hair, the continual pulling, and tugging on the hair can contribute to your hair loss, so stop.  Instead, try air drying your hair some and finish with the brush. Hence you are limiting the exposure of the constant pulling and heat exposure.

As you can see, none of these thinning hair remedies are complicated. Simply by learning how to best style your thinning hair and learning to use the right products, like the RevivHair Placode Booster you can do a great deal to make your hair look like it is both chic and thick.

Wanna try some for yourself?  Well, now you can as Reviv Serum is offering YOU a chance to win this hair booster for yourself!

GIVEAWAY: Eight lucky winners will each receive a full-sized package of new Placode Booster Serum, a $79 product with a current introductory sale price of $44.  Open to the United States or Canada only.

October 9, 2016

All Morphe 35O Palettes On Sale For 62% Off

All Morphe 35O Palettes On Sale For 62% Off on Hautelook by Barbies beauty bits

While I have Morphe’s 350 Matte Eyeshadow palette. I’ve been so wanting to try Morphe 35O - 35 Shimmer Color Eyeshadow Palette and it is now on sale at Hautelook!  This offer is only up for four days, so don’t miss out. 

Both Matte and Shimmer palettes are on sale on the Hautelook site for 62% off! 

This Morphe eyeshadow palette comes in an all matte version & a shimmer version of the popular 35O palette. Both of these palettes are perfect for all kinds of looks. The shades are very blendable and pigmented. Whether you want to go for a simple everyday look or a complete Hollywood Glam look, you cannot go wrong with these palettes. 

In addition to these famous palettes, you can also get some Morphe makeup brushes for up to 77% off!

If you are not familiar with Hautelook, they are part of Nordstrom rack and have some fantastic deals, but are only for a few short days! 

So what are you waiting for beauties, don’t miss out on these Morphe beauty deals!  Click here and start shopping now!


TJMAXX Now Sells Beauty Items Online!

TJMAXX Now Sells Beauty Items Online by Barbies beauty Bits

For a "Saving Sunday Deal," I am sharing with you TJMAXX! Being the discount queen as some call me, in searches for trying to find some deals for a friend I found out that TJMAXX, now has beauty items online for sale, how awesome is this?!

I get a lot of my hair styling tools from TJMAXX as well as some great makeup bags, but they now have cosmetics, makeup, and more available online! Plus there are free returns at the store!

While the selection is not that big yet, they do offer free shipping, when you sign up for their newsletter! Just click on the pop up their website or here, and you can get free shipping as well!

free shipping at tjmaxx by barbies beauty bits

Some of the brand names I noticed were Borghese, Lashem, L'Oreal, Rusk, NUXE, and Lancome, to name a few!

I even noticed they had some human hair clip in hair extensions! Gotta check these out!

How about you, have you shopped online at TJMAXX?

October 1, 2016

September's GLOSSYBOX, The Secret Garden Of Beauty

September's GLOSSYBOX, The Secret Garden Of Beauty by Barbie's Beauty Bits

Known around the world, September was the month of fashion! And GLOSSYBOX has tied in beauty and fashion for its most recent beauty box. Beauty with items in the box and Fashion with Antonio Soares who created the boxes theme, making it the best of both worlds.  This boxes illustration the SECRET GARDEN is ever so beautiful!

One thing I love about GLOSSYBOX is the packaging, it is always gorgeous, allowing you to reuse these boxes! So before I get into the amazing beauty items in last month's box I wanted to talk a bit behind the inspiration for September's theme.

September's GLOSSYBOX Top, The Secret Garden Theme By Beauty by Barbie's Beauty Bits
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With fashion in the air, GLOSSYBOX collaborated with talented illustrator Antonio Soares on the design.  Known for his avant-guard, high fashion style, Antonio has worked with brands such as Chanel and Dolce & Gabanna.   Taking his illustrating creativity, he has hand drawn his vision of Beauty & Fashion into this enchanting secret garden filled with items from Sally Hershberger 24K Dry Shampoo to the brow perfector and shimmering eye and lip offerings! So without further ado, I invite you to see what is in this secret garden of beauty.

GLOSSYBOX collaborated with talented illustrator Antonio Soares by Barbies beauty bits

SALLY HERSHBERGER 24K Supreme Stylist Dry Shampoo
I was so excited to get this as I saw this product for sale on a QVC beauty sale and wanted to purchase it, but was apprehensive!  I guess it was a blessing in disguise as this was the first item I noticed when I opened the box.  This dry shampoo has memory so that you can revamp an old hairstyle back to life! Featuring the Power of Gold and natural plant extracts, Sally Hershberger 24K transforms hair to be sexy, textured, and voluminous while maintaining touchable softness!

Modellauncher Brow Duo Pencil and SALLY HERSHBERGER 24K Supreme Stylist Dry Shampoo in Glossybox by barbies beauty bits

Modellauncher Brow Duo Pencil
A great frame can take an ordinary picture to a different level, and I view your eyebrows as such. Your eyebrows form a frame around your eyes, and this Modellauncher brow duo pencil can take your brows from Plain Jane to Glamorous Brow, in just a few easy steps.

The unique formulation of this brow duo allows you to define your brows with the precision of a pencil but also the smoothness of powder! The other end, the brush is used to blend the pencil into the brow, giving you a more natural look, helping you to define your eyes even more!

What gorgeous packing, while I am not a fan of floral scents, this perfume is a bit more subtle with a floral fruity fragrance combined with a citrus blend and mixture of Peach Blossom and Violet Flower. Described as a cool breeze off the Mediterranean Sea, Capri Vince Camuto will transport your senses.

Capri VINCE CAMUTO Perfume in Glossybox by Barbies Beauty Bits

Sensyses Cleanser & C-Vit Moisturizing Serum
A makeup remover that aside from removing your makeup, also cleanses and balances the skin supplying essential fatty acids helping to nourish!

Sensyses Cleanser & C-Vit Moisturizing Serum in septembers glossy box by barbies beauty bits

This lipstick provides a glossy finish and a beautiful raspberry hue without all of the harmful additives; this lip product has all of the great benefits without all of the unhealthy ingredients. Just like with food, your skin absorbs much of what you place on it, so instead of harmful ingredients, it is nice to find products that use natural ingredients that benefit the skin.

KORRES MODERN GREEK APOTHECARY Raspberry Twist Lipstick in glossybox by barbies beauty bits

So there you go beauties.  I hope you enjoyed your journey through the GLOSSYBOX secret garden! Want to get whisked away with your own GLOSSYBOX, well you can by getting your very own subscription. The cost for a GLOSSYBOX subscription is anywhere from $17.50 a month to $21, depending on which payment plan you choose! So what are you waiting for, indulge today!

The cost for a GLOSSYBOX subscription by Barbies beauty bits

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