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November 29, 2018

Why A Watch Is The Perfect Accessory, Plus A $100 Gift Card Giveaway


Why A Watch Is The Perfect Accessory, Plus A $100 Gift Card Giveaway by Jord Watches And Barbies Beauty Bits

Whenever you need to go shopping for something that will go with almost anything in your wardrobe, a watch is something I always make sure I have. A watch for a woman has always been a fashionable accessory and statement piece that you can wear daily! And with the holiday shopping season amongst us, a stylish timepiece should be a must on your shopping list, and Jord Watches is here to help! Not only do they have unique wood watches that can be customized to fit anyone on your list, but I have also partnered up with them to give you the chance to win a $100 Jord Gift card, just in time for the holiday season.

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Now before I get into the giveaway, I wanted to let you know a bit about Jord Watches and the gorgeous watch they sent me.

About Jord Watches
Jord (pronounced Yode) is based in St. Louis, where they are continually developing new watch designs. The watches are a sophisticated mix of natural, and mostly reclaimed materials, combined with quality movements and components, making them the perfect watch.

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Cassia Watch In Your Wardrobe
There’s undoubtedly plenty of choices, but the watch I selected was the Cassia in Ebony & Sable. The Cassia is a unique women's watch designed to complement the Scandinavian street style, and I believe they hit it right on the nose!

Wristwatches for women need to be more than a timepiece, they must function as a piece of jewelry, and the Cassia watch from Jord is the perfect accessory to pair with the winter color trends this year! From warm, strong hues and heavy metal looks it is sure to be that go to piece in my jewelry box!

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A Watch, The Perfect Holiday Gift
Aside from being fashionable, Jord watches are more personable than most watches as a lot of the watch backplates can be engraved, along with the gorgeous Cedar boxes the watch comes in. And if that wasn’t good enough, the watches may be sized to the perfect fit.  So, no need for someone to return the gift, but if they want to, they can as every watch comes with a one-year warranty and options for return & exchange.

$100 Jord Watch Gift Card Giveaway By Barbies Beauty Bits

$100 Jord Watch Gift Card Giveaway
Now the moment you have been waiting for the giveaway. As mentioned, one lucky person will receive a $100 gift code toward the purchase of any watch in the Jord collection. Plus, all other entrants will be emailed a consolation 10% off gift code! So, what are you waiting for click the image below to enter.



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November 23, 2018

Everything You Need to Know On How You Can Effectively Lose Weight With Red Light Therapy


Everything You Need to Know On How You Can Effectively Lose Weight With Red Light Therapy By Barbies Beauty Bits and Slim Silhouettes In Virginia Beach

This is my second post on banishing the bulge, and today I am sharing with you "Everything You Need to Know On How You Can Effectively Lose Weight With Red Light Therapy." As promised I am going to take you on my journey at Slim Silhouettes.

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But please note:
  • While this article is a bit lengthy, it outlines all you need to know on the procedure to get the best results!
  • You can either read start to finish or just scroll to the question that you want answered to skip ahead.
  • Finally, if you want to just see my before and after results, you can just scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Everything You Need to Know On How You Can Effectively Lose Weight With Red Light Therapy


The Struggle With Weight Loss
Losing weight and unwanted fat (not that fat is ever wanted) is a common goal for a lot of us. But, with environmental factors, whether your schedule, stress or health issues all can prevent the body's metabolic rate from working the way it should. Making the solution not always as simple as a proper diet and exercise.

If you are with me on being frustrated because working out and dieting has not worked, then continue reading as Red Light Therapy (the correct type) can help you to lose weight and I have the pictures to prove it.
 
How Does RED Light Therapy Work to Reduce Fat?

In a few previous articles, I briefly discussed how red light uniquely impacts the human body. Our bodies absorb light energy—especially at specific wavelengths —and our cells respond by performing their day-to-day functions at an improved level. Not only does this help with things like skin health and collagen, but it also plays a role in the body’s ability to process fat.

This light triggers selected fat cells to create small openings and release some of their contents, thus helping them shrink in size.

Are All Red Light Therapy Machines The Same?
No, no and NO! During this process I had many people say, oh I tried that at the tanning salon or the gym. While the premise behind it is somewhat similar, it is far from the same when it comes to actual results. And if you are like me, I do not have money to waste.

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Why Is Slim Light Therapy Different Than Other Red Light Therapy?
It is all in the device and the strength. The Slim Light device at Slim Silhouettes delivers up to 100 times the light energy of competing systems, and the fat cells are bathed in the highest level of 635nm energy, providing the deepest and most complete exposure to the light. Furthermore, Slim Silhouettes is the only medical facility that carries such a high strength device in northern VA. So why would I go anywhere else?

How Many Areas Can Be Focused On To Lose Fat?
The Slim Light controller system comes with six pads and a face mask all that can be used at same time. This allows Slim Silhouettes to thoroughly treat up to eleven regions including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, arms, bra fat area, jowls, chin fat region and face in a single session!

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Me During A Slim Light Therapy Session Enjoying The Face Mask Treatment

How Does Slim Light Therapy Melt The Fat Away?
Slim Light is an FDA approved, non-invasive system that utilizes LED light therapy to cause the fat within the fat cells to leave the cell and move outside of it so the body's lymphatic system can remove it; then processed by the liver and used for energy.
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My Successful Fat Loss Program
Not only does Slim Silhouettes offer the Red Light therapy but they also tie in a Melt Your Fat Away plan that helps you to optimize the slim light therapy. See below as I walk you through the entire process.

Consulting With Dr. Keith Nichols

Step 1: Who Is The Ideal Candidate For Slim Light (red light) Therapy?
Your first visit will include a free no-obligation consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for the Slim Light therapy.

As with any medical procedure, determining whether this is for you is essential as the Slim Light (red light) therapy is not for everyone.

It is crucial for me to say that this is not a weight loss program for those that are obese. This a non-invasive therapy for those who are close to their ideal weight (within 30 lbs) but are struggling with troubled areas, due to baby fat, stress, muffin top, and areas that no matter how much you exercise it won’t go away. As the trouble with fat reduction when dieting is you can’t target a specific area, but with red light therapy you can.

Visceral Fat Vs. Subcutaneous Fat
I am bringing this up as Red Light therapy does not work on visceral fat. So what is the difference between visceral and subcutaneous fat? 

The fat you can pinch on your waist, arms, legs or anywhere else is all subcutaneous fat, stored just beneath the skin. Visceral fat is a different beast: the deep, internal fat packed around your abdominal organs.
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Me On The  Body Composition Monitor With Scale
Step 2: Evaluating Your Body With Body Composition Monitor with Scale
During my initial visit, I had a free consultation as well as a total body analysis that allowed them to determine what areas I needed to focus on.

Besides the obvious health concerns related excess fat, finding out more about your body besides what you see in the mirror or on the scale is essential! Hence the concept of body contouring as the red light therapy has proven itself be extremely useful when it comes to change your body from the inside out physically.

To determine where you are and where you want to be, you step onto a total body composition machine that measures seven different fitness indicators:
  • Body fat percentage
  • BMI
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Resting metabolism
  • Visceral fat
  • Body age 
  • Weight

Step 3: Prepare Before Your Red Light Therapy Procedure
Once you have determined your melt that fat away plan, it is important however to make sure you know what you need to do for the best results, see these below.
  • Before each appointment, you want to make sure that you drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
  • Don’t eat 1 hour before or after the appointment.
  • Wear loose clothing, preferably something that is not black as the light does not go through black.

Step 4: The Number Red Light Therapy Sessions Required
Typically it takes 10 to 12 sessions for significant and long-lasting results. This type of therapy is cumulative, and consistency is essential. Therefore, it is recommended that you come every other day to allow your body time to process the extra fat.

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Me During Red Light Therapy Session, Mid Section
How Many Red Light Therapy Sessions I Had
I had a total of 10 sessions in which I focused on my midsection, everything below my bra line and above my bikini area.

Treatment is not invasive, they wrap the area in which you want to lose fat with the slim light pads. The experience is very relaxing as you get to lay down, listen to music and most like me fall asleep.

How Long Does The Red Light Treatment Take?
60 minutes in total. This includes the treatment and exercise. The initial visit and final course treatment visit will take an additional 10-15 minutes to take measurements before and after each treatment.

Other Questions And Other Beauty Bits
Why Do You Have To Exercise Post-treatment?

It is essential that post-treatment that you do some type of exercise (10- 20 mins) to speed up the lymphatic system and blood circulation that helps to process the fat that has been released. Slim Silhoutees has a whole body vibrational exercise machine that the clients can use after their treatment while still in the office, thus assuring that the exercise requirement has been met.

Pulser for weight loss with red light therapy by barbies beauty bits and Slim Silhouettes In Virginia Beach
Me Jiggling Out My Fat On The Pulser

Why Do You Have To Do A Liver Support?
Dr. Nichols and staff does recommend this as your liver is the ultimate filter to remove toxins and nutrient byproducts from the body. The fast release of fat requires a healthy liver, and therefore high-quality liver support like Milk Thistle is recommended.

Do I Have To Diet?
You do have to reduce your calorie intake while limiting starchy carbs and simple sugars. They also recommend lessening alcohol as it can affect the liver which will work against the treatment, decreasing the results.


Why Do I Have To Drink So Much Water?
Drinking water is imperative to help flush out the fat. A tip I learned is to drink lemon water as it cleanses your body from the inside out.

Why Do I Have To Use A Body Cincher?
Waist Trainers, Shapewear, and Cinchers are recommended! While these are not an alternative for working out, they do have their benefits. So, adding one of these types of compression garments is a must, primarily as they help mold the area and prevent you from retaining fluid.

How a waist cincher can help you lose weight by barbies beauty bits and Slim Silhouettes In Virginia Beach

How Long Does It Take To Show Results?
The results can be immediate and long-lasting.  However, red light therapy does not destroy fat cells, it basically shrinks the fat cells and helps to release some of their contents.  If your caloric intake is significantly higher than you require, your body will eventually store fat again.  For this reason, after the desired results are attained from the Slim Light Therapy,  Slim Silhouettes recommends their Total Body Bundle which combines both Slim Light Therapy with CoolSculpting.

My Results
You can see my results here and as you can see it does work. I lost over 4 inches in my midsection.

My Before And After
My Final Thoughts
Overall, red light therapy has shown positive results for fat loss and body contouring for me, and you will see the results in my next article. This type of treatment offers a safe, non-invasive alternative for helping people improve their looks and their overall health. But as noted before, wavelength and intensity are incredibly important when it comes to light therapy. Make sure you choose a medical facility that uses a device that delivers red light with the correct wavelength with an optimal amount of power.

Everything You Need To Know On How You Can Effectively Lose Weight With Red Light Therapy By Barbies Beauty Bits and Slim Silhouettes
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November 16, 2018

Glowing Skin This Holiday Season With NatureWell Beauty Shimmering Vanilla Honey Moisturizing Cream



Yes, it is another Friday Favorite, and today I am sharing with you a product from NatureWell Beauty.  I love this brand as they have inexpensive skincare products that not only work but can be purchased locally at Sams Club, no specialty store to save!

With the holidays are just around the corner and having a bit of shimmer is a must! And Naturewell Beauty is here to help with their Shimmering Vanilla Honey Moisturizing Cream!

Not only does it illuminate the skin for a healthy, all-over glow. It also provides intense hydration as it is formulated with antioxidants and effective skin conditioners.

I love that this is not oily, so it is perfect for the face and body! So join Naturewell Beauty and me to smile, sparkle and shine this holiday season!
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November 4, 2018

How to Minimize, Prevent, and Treat Enlarged Pores On The Face


How to Minimize, Prevent, and Treat Enlarged Pores On The Face By Barbies Beauty Bits


Enlarged pores and blackheads can be very unsightly and can impact some’s self-esteem. However, understanding the causes along with proper products to minimize, treat and prevent these issues, can allow you to get the smoother, brighter complexion you’ve always wanted.  So if you want to find out how to minimize those ugly pores continue reading.

A Bit About Promise Cosmetics

For this post, I have partnered up with Promise Cosmetics. Everybody wants promises to be kept, especially when it comes to skincare products. However, this disconnect between what skincare clients are promised, and what we receive, is a problem. Hence, Promise Cosmetics was created, a skincare solution that would combine the highest quality ingredients with advanced formulas and the best cosmetics technology.

Now before I get into some of the tips and products, I think it is essential to understand some of the causes of enlarged pores and blackheads.

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How to Minimize, Prevent, and Treat Enlarged Pores On The Face

What Causes Large Pores and Blackheads
Enlarged Clogged Pores 
When the skin produces too much sebum oil it can mix with the dead skin cells in the pore. This oil becomes trapped by the dead skin cells and dirt which causes the skin to swell and the pore to become congested, forming a clogged and enlarged pore.

Blackheads
The reason your pores enlarge is to provide room for the oil to flow out. However, the oil can still become trapped. If this happens, the oil and dirt can collect at the end of the pore, and when it is exposed to air it will oxidize forming, and viola, a BLACKHEAD!

How The Heck Do My Pores Get Clogged 
Aside from dead skin cells, if you have experienced enlarged pores and blackheads, you probably have seen that some environmental factors can make the situation worse.  While there are quite a few things to avoid, we put together a list of some of the most common ones that we knowingly or unknowingly do daily.

Sleeping In Your Makeup
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. Which can contribute to clogging your pores and outbreaks.

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Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes
Let's first start with the fact that our makeup brushes can harbor bacteria and dead skin cells, YUK, and who wants to put that on their skin, NOT ME!  However, if you are NOT cleaning your makeup brushes regularly, you are putting this nasty stuff back on your face.

Properly washing and storing your makeup brushes 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 essential as the makeup itself, so taking care of them is necessary.

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Washing Your Face With Bar Soap
Some do not understand the importance of skincare and think a basic bar of soap with do the job, but this is far from the truth. You see a bar of soap used to wash your hands, usually contains harsh ingredients that can dry your skin. This drying soap pulls the water out of the surface of your face creating the dead skin cell build up.

Sleeping On A Dirty Pillow
You want to make sure that you are washing your pillows weekly.


Your Cell Phone
Think about where that bad boy has been and then you are putting this on your face. While you can’t always have your phone on speaker, keeping antimicrobial wipes (for your phone) close by is a must.

Excess Sweat
Working out is awesome, but wearing makeup to the gym or not correctly washing your face after a work out can cause your pores to clog.

Dehydration
Unlike the common belief access oil production can be because your skin is dehydrated. When our skin is dehydrated from a lack of moisture your body makes it up by overproducing oil.

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Clogged Pore Treatments
As mentioned above, I partnered up with Promise cosmetics for this post. They gave me two products to try, the first being their LIQUICK Dead Sea Mask. This is a face mask is a great way to minimize pores on face! This mask is great at purifing, smoothing and soothing your skin for a gorgeous glow in as little as 5 minutes!

I am a big fan of products with elements from the dead sea, and this product is packed full of detoxifying Dead Sea Mud that helps to tighten pores, exfoliates away blackheads while cleansing the skin.

Tell Me More About Promise Cosmetics LIQUICK
Packed full of purifying minerals, moisturizing Aloe Leaf Juice, softening Jojoba Oil and exfoliating Dead Sea Mud, Liquick minimizes large pores, exfoliates away blackheads and zaps pimples. Plus, it is completely SLS and Paraben free.


Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream
In addition to cleansing the skin, it is also essential to protect and promote your natural radiance, and Promises' Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream is here to help!

Formulated to guard your skin against the effects of seasonal elements and all sorts of environmental nasties, this enriching cream tackles wrinkles, while boosting your natural glow for skin that’s hydrated, smooth and oh so radiant. It is everything you need to protect, maintain and enhance that lit-from-within glow.

Packed with skin-loving proteins and peptides – plus a whole host of other ingredients this Anti-Aging Cream also is...
  • Anti-Wrinkle
  • Tightens skin for age-defying firmness and flexibility
  • Hydrating
  • Nourish and protect for happier, healthier skin
  • Antioxidant Protection
  • Targets aging sunspots and pigmentation for skin that’s bright, tight and toned
  • Soothing
  • Moisturizing
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