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February 26, 2017

30 Plus Genius Mascara Hacks Revealed

30 Plus Genius Mascara Hacks Revealed By Barbie's Beauty Bits

If you think there is no such thing as a magic wand, you’re not making the best of your mascara! Yeah, a bit of humor but if you ask most women what one makeup item they can’t go without, most will say Mascara!

Long luscious lashes are something a lot of women seek, and we’ve got the scoop on some of the best tips, tricks, and Mascara Hacks out there!

Prevent Clumps
  • Before application, you want to blot your mascara wand with a piece of tissue; this will help to remove any excess mascara. 
  • Apply petroleum jelly to your lashes first before apply Mascara.
  • When applying your mascara, do it in a zig zag manner. Starting at the base of your lashes and moving the wand in an upward sweep to the tips.
  • Wait in between applications. Some mascaras take longer to dry, so wait about 60 seconds before applying your next coat
  • Dryness could be a reason your mascara gets clumpy. So to add some moisture back into your tube, add some drops of alcohol-based eye makeup remover.
How to prevent raccoon eyes by top beauty blogger barbies beauty bits

Raccoon Eyes
  • To prevent this look for a long wearing mascara.
  • Another option is a waterproof mascara
  • Make sure you are not allergic to it.  While this seems like a duh comment, overly watered eyes which can lead to your mascara smudging can be because of a sensitivity to your mascara.  In this case, switch it out.
  • Another raccoon eye can occur with the removal of your makeup.  So make sure to remove it with something like the makeup eraser.

Lashes Sticking Together
Full, voluminous lashes are my goal with mascara, but when they stick together like spider legs, it is not attractive. To help with this, comb through your lashes with a mascara comb. Not only does it separate the lashes but it also removes any access that can lead to clumping.

How to get fuller lashes by barbies beauty bits

Fuller Lashes
  • Apply some black eyeliner to the upper waterline. 
  • Dust your lashes with powder, bronzer or a dark eye shadow before applying your mascara. This will allow the mascara to adhere to the lashes, building thickness. This is a great DIY approach to the fiber formula mascaras!

Don’t Cut Corners
(Or in this case, forget the corners). To get the appearance of falsies you want to make sure that you are applying mascara to each lash.  So, don’t forget about using mascara on both ends, near the tear duct area as well as the outer eyelash edge.
Don’t Forget The Lash Line

That thickness and darkness you get from fake eyelashes are very prominent at the base of the lash line.  Hence, wiggling the mascara wand back and forth starting at the root and going upwards is going to make your lashes appear so much thicker while giving you that same falsies baseline look.

Make Your Mascara Last Longer
  • Apply a non-waterproof mascara first, doing this will help with easy removal. Place the waterproof mascara on top of the coat of non-waterproof. 
  • Combining the two will give you the benefits of having an extraordinary smear proof curled lash, which will last all day, with easy removal. 

How to properly apply your mascara by barbies beauty bits

Holding the Brush Correctly
  • Holding your brush in different positions can give you different looks. 
  • Vertical: Holding your brush vertically will give you longer lashes. 
  • Horizontal: the Horizontal application will give you voluminous lashes. Make sure to apply in a wiggle motion, emphasizing on the base of the lashes and swooping upwards. 
  • Bend the wand: This is a bit hard to describe, but we’ll do our best. You can make use of an old mascara wand by bending the bristle area of the wand upwards (it will look like a right angle). Doing this will enable you to get those hard to reach areas, like the corner of your lashes and other smaller lashes without a mess.

Mess-Free Application
  • Getting mascara on your skin can be a pain, especially if you have already applied your makeup.  But fret no more as we have some great hacks to help with this!  
  • Apply your mascara by using a business card.  Just place a business card right to the lash line, behind your lashes and apply your mascara. 
  • Spoon: You can do the same thing by using a spoon. Place the spoon with the curved side out.  I usually do this when applying mascara to my lower lashes. 
  • Both approaches will prevent you from getting mascara on your skin. Instead, it will go on the spoon or card.   
Mascara hacks by barbies beauty bits
Revive Your Mascara
If you find that your mascara is dried out, or close to the end of the tube, there are a few tricks to help.
  • Take your tube of mascara & place it in the palms of your hands. Quickly roll the mascara tube back & forth between your hands for about 30 seconds.
  • You can also loosen your mascara by placing the closed tube in a warm glass of water.
  • By doing either of the above, you create heat, which will soften & loosen the mascara or it won't seem as dried out, it revives and will apply like a new tube.
  • IMPORTANT, make sure to keep in mind the safe time usage of your mascara, AKA expire.  The best way to keep track is to write the date you opened it, on the bottom of the tube.   After three months’ start paying attention to it. Don’t keep it if it is what we call in the makeup world “past its shelf life,” toss it in the trash, don’t try to revive it.

Taking Care Of Your Lashes
If you are not taking care of your lashes, none of these tricks will help you.  It is important when you are removing your mascara that you are not pulling or tugging on the eyelashes with hopes to get the mascara off.

Instead, you want to take the approach that aestheticians use to remove your eye makeup when you are getting a facial. Use a makeup removing the solution and a cotton pad or something like the makeup eraser and with your eye closed, gently wipe downwards repetitively until the pad or wipe is free from mascara. You can then open the eye and clean up the under-eye area.

removing your makeup with a makeup eraser by barbies beauty bits

Some Don’ts!
Now that we’ve shared some do’s there are a few do not's we feel are necessary to mention!

Do Not Pump The Wand: This is something we see people often do but do not pump the wand up and down in the tube! Doing so can put air in the tube causing it to go bad sooner, it can also create bacteria, and that is the last thing you want near your eyes!

Don’t Over Use Waterproof Mascara: While it is ok to use it sometimes or when layering as we mentioned above. Trying to remove it can be difficult, and the last thing you want to do is pull and tug on the skin as sagging skin can lead to thinner lashes!

Don’t Curl Your Lashes After: Again, our goal is full lashes, and if you curl your lashes after you have applied your mascara, the likelihood of pulling some of the lashes out or having them stick to the eyelash curler is much higher!
mascara do and donts by barbies beauty bits


February 8, 2017

YouTube Now Has Live Streaming

YouTube Now Has Live Streaming by barbies beauty bits

Video is all the rage right now and going live is the biggest trend on Social Media! With Facebook Live, Snapchat, and Instagram stories, this approach has proven to be a successful add to those social media platforms! And this is why Youtube has decided to jump on this bandwagon as well, and it’s about time.  Honestly, I would have thought this is something they would have done long ago, but it is now available through your YouTube Mobile App. But unfortunately not to everyone.  That’s right. Currently, it is only available to people with 10,000 plus subscribers, bummer I know, but I did read in a blog post that the feature would soon be available to everyone.

How to live stream on youtube by barbies beauty bits

How Does YouTube Live Streaming Work

  • First YouTube needs to make sure your account is in good standing and verify your identity with a phone number.
  • Once that happens you can enable live streaming from the Creator Studio tools, with a URL similar to
  • Once your channel is enabled, you have two options to start your live stream:
  • Option 1: "Stream now" is a quick and easy way to go live. Start sending content and YouTube will automatically start and stop the stream for you at the right time.
  • Option 2: "Events" gives you greater control of the live stream. You can preview before you go live, you have backup redundancy streams, and you can start and stop the stream when you want to.
  • You have the option to take a picture and use it as the cover of your live video.
  • Now you are ready to record.
  • Once you’re complete, the live broadcast video will automatically be added to your playlist; privacy options do apply to these as well.

How To Get Started With YouTube Live Streaming

Want more information on how to get started with YouTube Live Streaming, like finding out about monetizing?  Well here is a link to YouTube's Live Streaming Guide!

Happy Streaming! 

February 5, 2017

A Touchdown With Itcosmetics Confidence In A Compact SPF 50+

Itcosmetics Confidence In A Compact SPF 50+ review by Barbies Beauty Bits

Well, today is the super big game day and what a great way to “kick off” this super day than with some super great makeup, by Itcosmetics!

Itcosmetics is my favorite team, so to speak when it comes to foundation and coverage. Developed with plastic surgeons, not only does it provide an incredible coverage it is also great at “tackling” some of your skincare issues!

And their new Itcosmetics Confidence in a Compact SPF 50+  is no different, it is truly a foundation game changer. It is the first ever solid skincare serum, infused with full coverage and SPF 50.  The groundbreaking serum technology is combined with an anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane, antioxidants and a super ceramide cream that can transform your complexion, the way Itcosmetics makeup does!

The Great Players
There are many different components that make up this compact! It serves as…
  • An anti-aging serum that has helped with improving my skin texture
  • Full coverage foundation that helps to even out your skin tone
  • An SPF 50
  • And while it is a compact, it has an airtight lid protector, so the makeup does not get all over the mirror or the sponge.  I like that you can keep the sponge separate from the foundation itself, helping it to stay fresher and cleaner, longer.
Itcosmetics Confidence In A Compact SPF 50+ by Barbies Beauty Bits
The Line Up
The Itcosmetics Confidence in a Compact is perfect for all skin types, not only does it apply smoothly, but it also helps boost your skin’s natural regenerative cycle. Per the Itcosmetics website, the proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate™ in the serum foundation is activated upon contact to immerse your skin's moisture, restores visible radiance, helps reduce the look of pores, discoloration, lines and wrinkles, and improving the look of firmness.

How To Put Your Game Face On
For an “Extra Point” this compact comes with a sponge that you can use, while it sure is a kicker, I prefer to use my Itcosmetics Heavenly Skin™ Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush, for my makeup score! Simply swirl the brush into the solid foundation and buff onto your face for the winning point! The formula transforms into an ultra-lightweight serum foundation for a mess-free, weightless coverage that is not heavy on the skin! I also noticed that it gave my skin a dewy appearance as well, which is a plus as I am not a fan of a matte product!

Itcosmetics Heavenly Skin™ Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush review by barbies beauty bits
The Team Colors
As will all Itcosmetics products, they have a color for any skin.  There are seven team colors to choose from!
  • Fair (Porcelain)
  • Light (Fair-Light)
  • Medium (Light-Medium)
  • Medium-Tan (Warm Medium)
  • Tan (Rich Medium)
  • Rich (Deep Tan)
  • Deep (Rich-Tan)

Just like the super game that for the first time went into overtime, Itcosmetics has done something for the first time as well.  Itcosmetics is known for their makeup, and while tons of us have wanted a skincare cream, it was a while before they developed one.  It took them seven years to develop this product I'm about to share with you.  Itcosmetics believes that great skin starts with confidence and that is why they named this SUPER cream, Confidence in a Cream™.

 Itcosmetics Confidence in a Cream review by barbies beauty bits

Itcosmetics Confidence in a Cream™ is a quick-absorbing cream that transforms your skin with each application by boosting your skins natural regenerative cycle giving you a more supple, healthier, younger-looking appearance.

This  cream also helps to...
  • Moisturizes the skin
  • Give your complextion a smoother texture
  • Enhance firmness
  • Reduces the look of pores and discoloration

The Key Ingredients
Ingredients are important when it comes to skincare if you want the best results. And this product has been impressive so far for me.

The Confidence in a cream contains…
  • Super ceramide complex
  • Collagen
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Colloidal Oatmeal
  • Peptide Infused
  • AND You can use this cream to help your makeup to last longer!
So, there you have it beauties, my way of showing my Super Team Spirit, with some super great products by Itcosmetics!

Shop below!

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