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April 10, 2021

How To Change Energy Balance For Weight Loss


How To Change Energy Balance For Weight Loss By Barbies Beauty Bits

Help is right! Understanding how to change energy balance, what the heck is this, and how does that work?

We've all been taught that life is all about achieving balance. Well, not if you need to lose weight! Unfortunately, if you reached an energy balance, then you will not lose weight. Why? Because a balanced energy equation helps you to maintain your weight. Meaning, if you have a positive energy balance, you will gain weight. If you want to slim down, you need to create an energy deficit or a negative energy balance. But how do you do this? This is where energy balance control and change comes into play!

What Is Energy Balance
When you decide to use energy balance change for weight loss, the first clue is to have an energy balance equation to consider how much energy your body needs to perform all necessary functions. (energy input vs. energy output. Or calories in, calories out equation).

This equation is called your basal metabolic rate, or BMR, which measures the number of calories your body needs to perfect all essential functions, including cell production and breathing. The BMR accounts for approximately 60% to 75% of the total number of calories the body burns in a day. The remaining depend on activities and the thermic effect of food. Knowing how much energy your body needs enables you to manage your caloric intake.

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How To Change Your Energy To Lose Weight
The equation is pretty straightforward. You either reduce your caloric intake or increase your energy output. For those who are older, like myself, I need to combine the two to lose weight. But what is suitable for me may not be for you, so consult with a physician first. And you can quickly do this virtually. Many physicians see an increase in weight gain because of the pandemic, so do not think they will find your need for a visit unnecessary.

Targeting Metabolic Syndrome
Fitness and a healthy diet can help improve your metabolic response. You can also use pro-active treatments that target your cells and boost your metabolism. Indeed, NADH and NAD are different forms of the same coenzyme that plays an active role in the body’s energy management. They are critical to the processes of the cell’s powerhouse, the mitochondria, and help create more energy. As a result, the metabolism can burn more calories as more food is used as energy rather than going into fat storage to help you lose weight.

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Burning Additional Energy
Once you’ve defined how many calories per day you should consume for your energy requirements, you can introduce calorie-burning activities to your everyday routine.  Fitness workouts combined with cardio are the best approach as they offer a double advantage. They help burn immediate calories. They also improve your metabolism, increasing your basal metabolic rate, which means your body consumes more calories for essential functions for a positive energy balance. 

Don't Give Up On Your Workout
Personally, I'm not too fond of workout videos that have you jumping all around, increasing your cardio. As honestly, I spend more time figuring out what the heck they are doing than actually working out.  Instead, I try to walk 2-3 miles every other day, especially with the warmer weather. I've also incorporated Pilates into my fitness routine. Pilates is also a form of weight manipulation by making you appear to lose weight, which is called the “Pilates effect” as Pilates helps improved posture, muscle tone, and something I sure as heck need... a toned core area. The result of this effect is that it may appear you have lost weight. That's because if you've gained or toned up your muscles, you may look more fit overall, even if you haven't lost weight.

Red light therapy for fat loss using the Nushapes Lipo Wrap by Barbies Beauty Bits
Say "Yes" To Red Light Therapy For Fat Reduction

Using Red Light Therapy For Fat Reduction
While exercising and implementing a healthy diet is something you should always be doing. It is not always enough to help fat reduction, which is different than weight loss. It is challenging to target some stubborn areas; for me, it is my stomach where I got PAH, a horrible side effect caused by Coolsculpting.  

One solution I've found highly effective to help reduce fat in my stomach is red light therapy for fat loss. I had terrific results in the past with this by going to a physician. But with the pandemic, I needed a more at-home approach to red light therapy. This is where the Lipo Wrap from Nushape comes into play, which offers the same Red-Light Phototherapy technology used in professional med-spa and weight loss clinics, but in a portable belt you can use from the comfort of your home for a fraction of the cost.

I just started using this device (stay tuned for fat reduction updates), and I am very excited about this particular red light device as not all red light therapy is the same! The bottom line for it to be effective, you have to have the correct Nanometer waves. Nushapes Lipo Wrap offers clinical strength power density for effective fat loss treatment using both 635nm and 850nm near-infrared waves at a power density of 37 joules per cm with medical-grade LEDs. 

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Say "NO" To CoolSculpting To Lose Fat

To Sum It Up
When you first begin to try to control your energy balance to lose weight, be patient. As many factors affect your daily energy balance, that can make the weight loss process more complicated and cause you to want to give up, but don't! You just have to be willing to tweak it and realize this is not a diet it's a lifestyle, which means it is something you will need to do consistently if you want to maintain a healthy weight and life.

Also, come to realize that it is hard to achieve that perfect body we see plastered everywhere, and that is OK as it is not realistic. And if you want to add some non-invasive approaches to your weight loss journey, this too is OK! Red light therapy is a fantastic way to help eliminate fat cells, burn calories, rev your metabolism and increase ATP production, resulting in a healthier, slimmer you.

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April 7, 2021

The Best Skincare Tips For Your 30s

The Best Skincare Tips For Your 30s by Barbies Beauty Bits

Women often say they feel confident when they hit their 30s. This sense of empowerment comes with a college degree, career, and family, coupled with the best skincare for your 30s, and you're on your way to feeling your best ever! But that is easier said than done, the skincare part that is. So if you want to know how you should be taking care of your skin in your 30s, continue reading.

The Habits You Develop In Your 30's Impact Your Skin For Life
Recognizing the habits we develop in the '30s will significantly impact how old your skin will look (chronological age) when you are older, is the first and best skincare routine for those in their 30s.

These habits, which I call aging culprits, can make you look 10-15 years older. Add that to the natural aging process, and you can look like you are in your late 50's when you hit your 40th birthday. Not something I want!

Aging Culprits:

  • Overexposure to the sun
  • Not Wearing A Safe SPF
  • Stress
  • Not Eating Enough Vegetables And Fruits~ Guess your mom knew something!
  • Not Getting At Least 8 Hours Of Sleep
  • Exposing Ourselves To Dangerous Elements (like smoking, vaping, pollution)
  • Not Properly Hydrating The Body
  • Too Much Alcohol
  • Not Making Healthy Life Choices
  • Lack Of Physical Activity
  • Not Having A Daily Skincare Routine In Place
  • Various chemicals found in different beauty products can cause a loss of tone and elasticity of the skin, resulting in premature aging.

Find Time For Your Skin In Your 30s
In your 30's you are going to start to see the signs of aging. So make sure you are finding the time to address these issues. I know I've heard many people say that I just do not have time and end up skipping skincare altogether. DON'T DO THIS. You must find time for your skin, even if it is just three minutes a day!

In your thirties, it’s all about preventative measures—by using the right products, you can invest in your skin now, which is more efficient and less costly than trying to correct conditions later on. See some of our must below.

The Best Way To Exfoliate Your The Skin In Your 30s By Barbies Beauty Bits
The Best Way To Exfoliate Your The Skin In Your 30s
You see, as we age, the process of desquamation slows down, meaning that our body is slower to shed dead skin cells and produce new ones. Exfoliating is one of the best ways to speed up your natural cell turnover to uncover the fresh, healthy skin underneath the layers of dead surface skin cells.

So touching on the best way to exfoliate in your 30s. Well, there are many different exfoliation products that you can choose from to add to your skincare routine. See some of them below.

  • Physical exfoliants, like clay or charcoal are applied to the skin and massaged in with your hands.
  • Chemical exfoliants work by using a blend of Alpha-Hydroxy Acids.
  • Manual exfoliation using a skincare device like a Spa Science, Nova.

Treat Yourself To A Facial Massage
Stress in our 30s can cause you to often suffer from skin fatigue or dullness or occasional breakouts. It could result from poor circulation, which leads to toxins building up in your skin cells. An occasional facial massage encourages lymphatic drainage and circulation to remove these pollutants from your skin. It helps to improve the appearance of your skin and make it more luminous and healthier.

Double Cleanse For Healthier Skin In Your 30's
Cleansing is a clear path to beautiful skin. In addition to removing makeup from the day, it eliminates oil, dirt, and impurities from your skin so that it can repair itself overnight. Unfortunately, a single cleanse isn't always enough to remove all the dirt and grime from your skin. That is why you should opt for a double cleanse.

Start with an oil-based cleanser to attract the oil from your skin. You can then proceed to the second cleanse, which deep cleanses your pores.

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What Is The Best Eye Cream For People In Their 30s
The area around your eyes is one of the first areas to develop fine lines because it is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. An eye cream with ingredients such as CBD oil is the best eye cream that will help prevent lines from forming and minimize the look of dark circles and puffiness.

Slather On A Serum
In our 30's is the time we will see the loss of collagen and elastin. Both can lead to the start of fine lines, like those pesky 11's between your eyes or those crow's feet starting to show around the eye area.

Be sure to add a focused treatment serum to your skincare regimen.

Moisturize Your Skin Daily In Your 30s
To set yourself up for future skin success, you need to be using a moisturizer daily. Dehydrated skin is one of the number one culprits for the skin to appear older than it is.

Many factors come into play when determining the best type of moisturizer to use for your skin.  Applying a moisturizer is a crucial step in your skincare routine in your 30s. Especially since your oil production is declining. There are tons of amazing moisturizers to use in your 30s; the best way to decide is to conduct exhaustive research to determine what to apply after a steam facial and other beauty routine practices.

Use A Prescription Strength Retinol
Skincare can be costly, so if you are looking for an affordable skincare routine in your 30s, stick with this one product, a prescription-strength retinol, which will allow you to eliminate some of the above skincare tips.  

Retinol (Vitamin A) is a one-stop ingredient that unclogs pores, boosts collagen to reduce fine lines, and speeds cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin.

Drink Plenty Of Water For Glowing Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits

Drink Plenty Of Water For Glowing Skin
This is one thing that many do not realize is a crucial step in skincare as dehydrated skin is one of the major causes of premature aging. Dehydration in the skin weakens its defense and creates skin sensitivity, irritation, and premature aging.

If you have difficulty consuming 6-8 glasses of water a day, consider adding fruit. One excellent fruit for anti-aging is lemons, as it also works as an internal detox of toxins that cause premature aging.

To Sum It Up
Healthier, younger-looking skin is easier to maintain when it is preventive. If you wait too long, it will become treating and repairing, and you will age quicker. Please, do not be one of those who wake up tomorrow and wonder why I look so old; what happened? With a commitment to a skincare regimen in your 30s, you can rest easy knowing that your radiant, healthy complexion will last a lifetime.

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April 2, 2021

Bold Lips, Red Laquer Nails, And Younger Looking Skin

Bold Lips, Red Laquer Nails, And Younger Looking Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits

Soft, younger looking skin and more with this weeks Friday Favorites from the beauty spotlight team!

Skincare Favorites

Remember Aging Is A Fact Of Life. But Looking Your Age Is Not! As what you did in your 30’s will not cut it in your 40’s. While 40 may be the new 30, your skin requires even more attention during this decade despite how young you feel.  Find out how Barbie’s Beauty Bits show you “How To Treat Your Forty-Year Old Skin Using Clay.

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has discovered an affordable and lightweight moisturizer that is perfect for the warm weather. Weleda Sheer Hydration Daily Dew Lotion will keep your skin hydrated and glowing!

Make skincare easy with Beyond Glow Smoothing Peeling Gel. Prime Beauty has found this to take minutes and leave behind baby soft skin.

The weather is starting to warm up in California where Southeast by Midwest is headquartered. Between the heat and the mask, it can be hard for a person to stay cool and hydrated. However, Cassie keeps a travel-size Evian Facial Spray in her purse to help. Check out her post on it!  

Lip Favorites

Even though many of us aren’t wearing much lipstick these days, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty could not resist picking up two gorgeous shades of Sephora Cream Lip Shine, a cross between opaque lipgloss and liquid lipstick on sale for $5 each. Find out why they’re so irresistible. 

Nail Favorites

Happy Polish Pick Up Week!  BeginNails shares her thoughts on Red Eyed Lacquer’s non-polish contribution Tamesies.  A hair oil scented in a frosted cookie aroma.


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March 31, 2021

Shaving Your Face And Other Tips For Younger Looking Skin


Shaving Your Face And Other Tips For Younger Looking Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits

Did I just say women should shave their faces? I sure did as "Aging Is A Fact Of Life. But Looking Your Age Is Not." I did not come up with that, but it is one of my favorite skincare quotes. As it is just not biological age that is the only contributing factor to aging skin. While getting older is inevitable, how our skin ages is something we DO have control over!  And this is where shaving your face comes in. So if you want to find out how you can have younger-looking skin, continue reading!

Eating Your Way To Healthy Glowing Skin
Ever hear of the expression you are what you eat?  Well, it has never been more true, than when it comes to the health of your skin.

You see, healthy, glowing skin starts with the nourishment within our body. We are shedding skin cells and replacing them with new ones every day, but this desquamation process slows down as we get older. One way to make sure that the body sheds the dead skin cells and produces new cells is by having an essential supply of vital nutrients.

Fruit and vegetables are amazing foods for a healthy complexion and the best way to hydrate your skin from the inside. They contain antioxidants that can help stimulate collagen production and keep the skin plump and youthful. They are also rich in vitamins that protect the skin against free radicals.

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Fruits And Vegetables High In Antioxidants And Vitamins

  • Advocados~Have skin healing and protective properties. They contain vitamins C and E as well as monounsaturated fat (healthy fat that keeps our skin plump and moisturized)
  • Green Tea helps to combat free radical damage and collagen breakdown.
  • Watermelon~ Not only does this fruit hydrate as it is 92% water, but it helps to flush the body of toxins! And let's not forget about the antioxidants that can help to fight free radicals.
  • Lemons: When life gives you lemons, take them as they are rich in Vitamin C, a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free-radicals. Lemons are supplemented with antibacterial properties, which is fantastic at purging the skin of toxins and blemishes. Overall, lemons can bring a much-needed glow to your complexion by rejuvenating the skin from within!
  • Dark leafy greens like radish leaves, spinach, and mustard greens have vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help prevent skin aging.

Develop Healthy Skincare Habits

Use Skincare Products With Vitamin C In Them
When it comes to getting brighter, younger looking skin—Vitamin C is a game-changer. This water-soluble antioxidant is a natural component of healthy skin.  The younger we are, the more vitamin C we have on our skin. But as we get older, we lose these nutrients over time.

Luckily, skincare products can help lessen this damage, so the skin looks healthier and radiant. Vitamin C is an ingredient that should be part of everyone’s skincare routine—regardless of age or skin type. It’s known and loved for its brightening and anti-aging abilities, and dermatologists also tout it for being one of the most potent protective antioxidants out there to help reduce skin inflammation and irregular pigmentation while promoting healthy collagen production. 

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Use Skincare Products Infused With CBD
Known for its healing properties, cannabidiol offers some serious antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which can be beneficial in treating skin concerns like inflammation, dryness, and free radical damage.

One of my favorite skincare lines is TreCeuticals. They combine science with nature, by adding 80 mg of full spectrum CBD to all of thier products, setting them apart from all other brands on the market. Combine this with three other powerful active ingredients – retinol, hydroxy acids, and antioxidants-you're on your way to younger looking skin.

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Vow To Shave Your Face
You see, as we age, the process of desquamation slows down, meaning that our body is slower to shed dead skin cells and produce new ones.

Shaving Your Face is one of the best at home techniques to exfoliating the skin and speeding up your natural cell turnover to uncover the fresh, healthy skin underneath the layers of dead surface skin cells.

Shaving Your Face Helps To:

  • Improve your skin tone and texture
  • Promote cellular turnover
  • Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimizes the appearance of age spots and other sun damage  
  • Even out skin tone and texture
  • Unclog and reduce the appearance of pore size
  • Stimulate blood flow to help improve the skin's elasticity  
  • Offer better penetration of your skincare products

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Mask Mapping: Multi-Masking
One size does not fit all, and this comes to skincare as well. Everyone’s skin features its very own personality, with specific needs, individual concerns, and personal likes and dislikes. Enter Mask Mapping...

Instead of applying the same mask to your entire face, there is a better approached called mask mapping. This technique allows you to use multiple face masks to different areas of your face for a customized treatment that checks all your anti-aging needs!

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Non Surgical Treatments For The Face
Many people wish to improve their appearance but are not ready to pursue a surgical solution. For this reason, many places, like a  Botox medical spa, offer a wide range of non-surgical skin resurfacing treatments that can help to restore a more youthful, beautiful complexion. There are many different skin resurfacing treatments, including micro-needling, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and Botox, that has helped millions of individuals achieve a rejuvenated appearance and restore their self-confidence in their appearance! And the best part; without having to go under the knife!

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March 28, 2021

How To Treat Your Forty-Year Old Skin Using Clay

How To Treat Your Forty-Year Old Skin Using Clay By Barbies Beauty Bits

As you age, your skincare routine will need to change. As what you did in your 30's will not cut it in your 40's. While 40 may be the new 30, your skin requires even more attention during this decade despite how young you feel. And there is one secret anti-aging ingredient that has slipped under the radar for too long: clay.

So if you want to find out how to pamper your forty-year-old skin using clay skincare products, continue reading.

Aging Is A Fact Of Life. But Looking Your Age Is Not
I did not come up with that, but it is one of our favorite skincare quotes. Changes are inevitable that will take place in our skin over time. For starters, our forties represent a time for many changes in our skin and will call for a different skincare regimen. For example:

  • The collagen loss that started in your 30s has accelerated, and the elasticity of the skin decreases. Both can lead to the start of fine lines, like those pesky 11's between your eyes or those crow's feet starting to show around the eye area.
  • Reduced volume of hyaluronic acid, responsible for retaining water in the dermis, this is a  cause for dry, dull, lackluster skin.
  • Sebaceous glands produce less oil as you age. Resulting in dry, wrinkled skin.
  • Free radicals start doing damage to fatty tissue, DNA, and proteins in the skin, causing oxidative stress.

Skincare Is Like Dieting. You Have To Invest Time And Effort. There Is Not Magical Cure
Yes, while there is no magic wand to stop the clock, there is a surprising skincare ingredient that can help your skin look more youthful, which is clay.  I say surprising, as most people think of anti-aging key ingredients, like stabilized vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and retinol. But not clay. When most think of clay in skincare, they think of a clay mask or a scrub used for those with oily skin or acne. But the truth is clay skincare products come in many different types. Some can even refine your skin's surface so that aging skin looks more radiant, nourished, and smooth.

Best Clay Masks For Women in their forties By Barbies Beauty Bits

Why You Should Use Clay In Your Skincare Regimen
The use of clay for topical healing and internal medicinal uses traces back to ancient history. Clay as medicine has been referenced as far back as ancient Rome.

Fast forward to today, clay is still being used, but a lot more in skincare because of its anti-bacterial and anti-aging properties helping your skin to look more youthful and glowing by:
  • Detoxifying And Purifying The Skin
  • Regulating Sebum Production
  • Rejuvenating The Skin
  • Improving Skintone
  • Oxygenating The Cells
  • Unclogging And Shrinking Pores

How To Use Clay In Your Skincare Routine
Now that you know about the many benefits that clay can have to promote youthful skin in your forties, check out some cruelty-free clay skincare products you should be using from Zion Health. I was first introduced to this brand when trying to find an aluminum free natural deodorant, that actually worked. And now I am sharing some of their amazing all natural skincare products! Aside from helping with anti-aging I also love that these products are all vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and gluten-free. 

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Anti-Stress Deep Pore Cleansing Mask
One sure way to aging skin is stress. When we are stressed, there is an increase in our cortisol levels (stress hormone). And with the days of COVID, more people are exposed to more stress. Many will start to see these telltale signs associated with stress: pimples, redness, inflammation, dullness, unevenness, and we can't forget about bouts of MASKNE~ With a growing list of stress-induced skin problems, it’s time to upgrade your skincare routine and indulge in a masking experience that is specifically targeted to reduce inflammation, eliminate blemishes, and other skin issues brought on from stress.

Unwind from the grind by treating your skin to a much-needed escape with this ancient clay deep pore cleansing mask. This mask utilizes clay and willow bark-sourced salicylic acid (2%) to exfoliate the skin on a superficial level to cleanse pores, regulate oil production, and combat acne. Furthermore, this vegan clay mask is excellent at helping to fight the signs of aging with powerful ingredients like:

  • Green Tea Extract helping it to combat free radical damage and collagen breakdown.
  •  Cucumber Extract contains rejuvenating proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, promoting cellular turnover.
  • Glycerin the secret ingredient to defeating hydration. It is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture from the air into your skin's top layer and holds it there!

Best moisturizer for forty year olds by Barbies Beauty Bits

Hydration Is Key
No matter your age, a hydrating moisturizer is always a must. For your 40s, you need to be using a paraben-free mineral moisturizer with soothing extracts and anti-oxidants to hydrate, promote collagen production, balance PH, brighten skintone, and fight the visible signs of aging.

I suggest Zion Health's Mineral Moisture Daily Lotion enriched with Ionic Clay Minerals and more than 57 Trace Minerals to help balance your skin's Ph!  An unbalanced PH can cause premature aging~ and I sure do not want that. 

Best Hydrating clay face mask by Barbies Beauty Bits

Zions Hydrating Vegan Mango Clay Mask
Renew and protect your skin in a matter of minutes. This hydrating clay mask is ideal for those whose skin is producing less oil. In your forties, you'll want to preserve your skin's natural hydrating functions and encourage moisture retention. This all natural clay mask offers a detoxing and strengthening experience by providing an array of vitamins and fatty acids to smooth complexion and uncover its natural radiance.

Aside from Mango butter, that helps prevent the buildup of damaging free radicals. This mask has some nourishing paraben-free ingredients that I love: Shea Butter, for starters, is a proven moisturizer that fights dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles without clogging pores. This mask also contains

  • Glycerin
  • Two oils
  • Three different clays
  • More than 57 trace ​​​​minerals that are calming and clarifying agents to help stimulate skin cell renewal and perfect pH levels.
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Brighten The Skin With Pumpkin And Red Clay
If you are looking for a way to perk up that dry, dull skin, red clay is here to the rescue. While we've seen all clays are great for our forty-year-old skin, the high levels of iron oxide in red clay make it beneficial for purifying, brightening, and strengthening the skin. Add that to the fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) found in pumpkin, and you are on your way to increasing cell turnover while brighten and smoothing that forty-year-old skin. Oh and this vegan pumpkin mud mask smells good enough to eat!!!

If you’re interested in some amazing all natural clay products to show your forty-year-old skin some TLC, now you can with 10% OFF using code: Barbie

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March 27, 2021

Coloring Your Hair At Home: Some Pros And Cons

Coloring Your Hair At Home: Some Pros And Cons By Barbies Beauty Bits

Do you color your hair at home or go to a salon to get your hair professionally colored? Nothing beats being pampered at a salon but doing it yourself can be an option for some as well, especially if you are trying to cover those pesky grays.  One topic that gets discussed amongst my friends and myself, especially in the days of COVID, should you attempt to cover your grays yourself or go to a salon?

With so many hair-coloring products on the market, I know that it may be tempting to do it yourself.  But is it a smart thing to do? Should you always go to a salon to get your hair colored, or are there benefits to staying at home and doing it yourself? It's difficult to find a concrete answer to this question, but here are the main pros and cons of coloring your hair at home:

Pro: Far Cheaper To Color Your Hair At Home
The most significant benefit of coloring your hair at home is that it's much cheaper than going to a salon. This is because you don't just pay for the dye at the salon - you pay for a stylists' experience. (which is the most important to me). Also, the products used by professional beauticians are far better than over-the-counter products. Unless, of course, you have a friend that can give you access to a place like SalonCentric, where stylists purchase products.

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Con: Can Cost Your More To Color Your Hair At Home
Now I know you may be thinking, Barbie, you just said a pro to coloring your hair yourself is cheaper. And yes, the initial investment can be.  But to me, coloring your hair at home can be a bit of a lottery. The products you use might not produce the desired results. Or, you could make a mistake and not end up covering all of your gray hairs. Gray hair is more resistant to color than younger hair because of its texture. Heck, I've had stylists who can not correctly dye into the roots and completely cover all of my grays.  For me, natural gray hair is the most disgusting look, aside from thinning hair. I can say this as I am 80% gray!! And while many can hide their roots by wearing a hat more because of COVID restrictions and working out of the home.  No matter what product you are purchasing, unless you are an experienced stylist, there's a high chance that something could go wrong, and you don't end up with the hair you wanted. And in my case look like Grandma Barbie. Then what? You have to spend more money on products to correct the situation, driving the overall costs up. So, while it may seem like coloring your hair at home is cheaper, it can quickly be more expensive if the results don't come out as you expected.

Pro: Much More Convenient To Color Your Hair At Home
Another advantage of coloring from home is that it's highly convenient. If you need to touch up your roots or cover up those nasty gray hairs, you can do so without the COVID drama of booking an appointment, as this, to me, is what is the real pain in the ass.

Coloring your own hair, you do not have to:

  • Wait for your stylist's schedule to clear up.
  • No worries about having to wear a face mask for three-plus hours straight.
  • There are no concerns about being exposed to COVID because your stylist is right up on you and all of her other clients- no 6 feet away when getting your hair dyed at a salon.

The bottom line many of us are still stuck in lockdowns with limited availability to a fully staffed salon because of restrictions there as well. Therefore, you have to wait weeks or months before you can get into the salon.  With some hair dye at home, you color your hair whenever you want.

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Con: Limited Color Options When Dying Your Hair At Home
Coloring your own hair only really works for the basics of single-process hair color; all-over color using is a one-step process. For a person like me, whose hair is naturally dark and I had to go blond because of all the grays, I need more than a one colored formula.

One of the most significant benefits of going to a stylist is that they have more control over perfecting the end result as they will be using a bespoke of coloring.  Meaning they understand your hair type, skin tone, and natural hair color and then make tints for you, which is not possible with box color. A hair coloring expert can play around with different colors and shades, giving you a unique look. They also know things like the balayage highlighting technique, which is very hard for the average person to do at home.

Pro:  Virtual Shade Colors Can Make A Single Color Process Work
Unlike the above, where I discussed needing more than a single process. If you are a person who only needs a single process, then doing it yourself could actually work. Things are far more advanced these days, and trying a new hair shade has never been easier with something like a virtual makeover tool! Where you will upload a selfie or virtually try on the shade you like. You can use our shade selector tool to find the best hair color to change your hair color. Heck, I did it just for fun!

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Con: It Can Get Messy When Coloring Your Hair At Home
As we've seen, mastering coloring your hair at home can be difficult. Aside from stressing about achieving the perfect hair color with no damage, there’s always a chance of making a mess in your bathroom.  Ever dye your hair red, and the tub resembles something straight out of a murder scene from your favorite crime TV show. Yikes!  Red hair dyes and darker colors will stain everything it touches. This includes your clothes and towels as well.

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Pro: Coloring Your Hair Can Be A Quick New Look
The thought of a new hair look is exciting, and a single colored hair dye can be a way to give a fresh fun look. Looking for something to add even more attitude? Why not consider making your own clip-in hair extensions?




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March 24, 2021

Beauty Spotlight Featuring Botox Alternatives, Beauty Boxes And More

 

Beauty Spotlight Featuring Botox Alternatives, Beauty Boxes And More By Barbies Beauty Bits

Botox alternatives, beauty boxes, a giveaway and more. We have you covered with this weeks Beauty Spotlight!

BOTOX ALTERNATIVE

No one loves getting injections in their face—what they love are the results. But what if there were some non-invasive alternatives to Botox? Would you consider it then? Find out how you can get younger-looking skin as Barbie’s Beauty Bits shares this natural alternative to Botox

BEAUTY BOXES

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has a sneak peek at the Boxwalla Spring in Spain Beauty Box, featuring Twelve Beauty, and you really won’t want to miss out! 

SHOW ME SOME SERUMS

Marcia of Prime Beauty has used dozens of serums over the years so when she used The Better Skin Co.’s Epik-C Serum and found it to be a favorite she was thrilled to share the news.

AMAZON AND MAKEUP BUNDLE GIVEAWAY

How do you #StyleYourMask? Do you coordinate with your outfit, your eye makeup or even your mani? Or do you grab the blue surgical one and go? Never Say Die Beauty teamed up with Fashion Flash originator Deb Chase and her husband Dr. Neil Schacter to host a giveaway to promote creative mask wearing and to celebrate the relaunch of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds & Flu with a new chapter on COVID. Enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card and a makeup bundle! 

PRETTY SPRING NAILS

BeginNails has swatches and some cute Spring nail art for Red Eyed Lacquer’s contribution to Hella Handmade Creations!

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March 23, 2021

Top 5 Tips To Get That Perfectly Chiseled Jawline

 Top 5 Tips To Get That Perfectly Chiseled Jawline By Barbies Beauty Bits

Boost your beauty with a perfect jawline. A chiseled jawline is what many seek, even jealous of those who may have been blessed with a perfect jawline naturally. This isn't only an envious desire, for some it can be more than that as they may have a serious jawline issue like masseter enlargement.  Either way, today, I will share with you my top five ways to help you get the perfectly chiseled jawline you've always dreamed of.

What Causes Masseter Enlargement
For many women, the masseter, the two bulky muscles on each side of your jaw that help you chew, greatly impact your jawline's shape. When enlarged, these muscles can create an undesired square jawline, chubby cheeks, even a masculine appearance. For most people, normal muscle movement does not cause masseter enlargement. The most common causes for this enlargement are genetics, teeth grinding, and unconscious jaw clenching. In some cases, frequently chewing gum could also cause the masseters to enlarge.

Others and I am so guilty of this, unconsciously clench their jaw or grind their teeth because of excessive anxiety and stress. You may not realize you are clenching or grinding until you see that your jaw has become more square or notice jaw soreness.

Tips To Creating The Perfect Jawline
Here's what you need to do to get the kind of chiseled jawline you've always dreamed of.

Tip 1: BOTOX® Cosmetic
One of my favorite cosmetics treatments for jawline slimming or shrink masseter muscle reduction can be achieved with BOTOX® Cosmetic. This treatment is non-invasive and relatively simple, which is why it is so popular.

For people like myself, this relaxer can help you avoid any harmful behaviors that caused an enlarged masseter in the first place. It will help prevent you from grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw as much without impacting your ability to chew.

BOTOX® Cosmetic does not freeze the muscles or interfere with chewing but rather relaxes the masseters, so they are not overexerted in daily activities.

Always make sure that you are going to the most qualified injectors to ensure that your treatment will be safe, discreet, and highly professional.

Review on Masseter Reduction By Top Beauty Blogger Barbies Beauty Bits

Tip 2: Exercise Your Jaw
This makes me laugh as it makes me think of my mom when I was a kid doing mouth yoga exercises or and I can't forget this one-the over pronunciation of our vowels... A, E, I, O, U... For example, say A and extend your facial muscles (mouth opened) for about 4-5 seconds, move to E, repeat the same method with all the vowels. Crazy as that may sound, it does help.

Oh, and a new device called a Jaw Exerciser is designed to help chisel your jaw and help with tech neck by exercising your jawbone, making your face look younger and healthier. You can get these easily on Amazon.

jawzrsizer review by barbies beauty bits

Tip 3: Smile
This isn't your basic smile, but some overextended smiling. I like to set an alarm for this while sitting at my desk. I do this along with some of my tech neck exercises!

Tip 4: Learn The Art of Contouring To Help Create The Perfect Jawline
Contouring can work wonders to alter your face shape and help refine your features. Indeed, many contouring makeup tricks actually help shape not only one's facial structure but also the nose, lips, cheeks, and brows. Using contouring and highlighting techniques can provide impressive results, but you will probably need to keep practicing to get it just right. 

Jawline Contouring By Top Beauty Blogger Barbies Beauty Bits

Tip 5: Try A New Hairstyle To Define Your Jawline
If you are looking for something less dramatic, something as simple as a haircut or just trying out a new style for a night can affect your jawline. Hair can be used to soften hard lines or hollowed faces," says stylist Jon Reyman, founder of Spoke & Weal salons. "It can [also] work to draw attention from a drooping chin or aged neck."

The hairstyle that you choose can actually impact the appearance of your face. Certain face shapes are better suited to specific hairstyles. If you have a round face, you may better suit a long hairstyle to help elongate your face and balance your face's circular shape. In contrast, if you have a long, rectangular face shape, you should avoid long hairstyles, which could make your face appear even more elongated.

Finding the perfect haircut to match your face shape can help balance your face by keeping it in proportion.

Wondering if Masseter Reduction (Slimming The Jawline) is right for you? Check with RealSelf, Your Go-To Advisor for Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Procedures to find out.

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March 22, 2021

Top Spring Skincare Tips For Healthier Skin

Top Spring Skincare Tips For Healthier Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits

Top Spring Skincare Tips For Healthier Skin This Season

Who is ready for Spring? Warmer weather, sunglasses, flowers, Springtime hikes, and cute tank tops will be here soon!  Now is it time to tell ole man Winter to buzz off and switch out those tall boots for your favorite nude heels or sandals! It also gives us a chance to switch out our Winter skincare routine to a Spring routine. And don't forget about some Spring cleaning of your skincare products! Out with the old, in with the new!

So if you are ready to brighten your skin and prepare it for the Spring, continue reading!

Switch To Lightweight Skincare Products In The Spring
There is no better time than now to start prepping your complexion for the rising temperatures and humidity! Heat can cause an increase in oil production (sebum) and can clog your pores and add that to the constant mask-wearing; I also see some Maskne breakouts on the horizon.

That’s why it’s a good idea to switch out those oil-based-serums, thick cleansers, and heavy moisturizers to some milder and lighter-weight formulas enriched with hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid helps retain moisture, making it one of the most effective ingredients for hydrating skin. When applied, it creates a protective barrier, helping to retain moisture and improve skin texture. Unlike other skincare ingredients, hyaluronic acid is very versatile and can be used with all skin types, even those prone to breakouts! Which is why I love it for Spring!

Tips to Treat Your Acne-Prone Skin This Spring By Barbies Beauty Bits

Tailor Treat Your Acne-Prone Skin This Spring
To further protect your skin from developing breakouts, consider investing in some sort of acne spot treatment. Adding a specialized product like an acne cream with powerhouse ingredients including tretinoin, clindamycin, azelaic acid, zinc pyrithione, and niacinamide, to name a few, is a great way to target particular problem areas without jeopardizing your skin's entire moisture barrier.  An effective zit zapping product can play a significant role in helping to reduce a flare-up.

Mist Me Baby, Facial Mists Are Your Best Friend
There are two types of people in this world: those who love facial mists and others who think it's overpriced scented water.  But the truth is facial mists are a skin savior, especially when the weather gets warmer. The powers of a refreshing, hydrating spritz infused with therapeutic oil, coconut water, hyaluronic acid, calming chamomile and aloe, are the best. Plus, they are easy to toss in your bag and use as a pick-me-up to refresh your skin throughout the day and achieve that plump, dewy glow.

Antioxidants Please
Antioxidants are terrific at keeping your skin looking young, fresh, and healthy. They are also one of the best ways to protect the skin from free radical damage caused by environmental factors that we expose ourselves to more so in the Spring than Winter.  If there is a magic potion that can protect your skin from premature aging caused by oxidative stress, it is an antioxidant.

Spring Clean Your Skin With Some Extra Exfoliation By Barbies Beauty Bits

Spring Clean Your Skin With Some Extra Exfoliation
Springtime is associated with renewal, and that goes for your skin, too! With its cold, dry air, Winter has more than likely caused your skin to become dull, lifeless, and flaky. Mix those dead skin cells with increased sebum levels due to the warmer Spring temperatures, and you've created a perfect road map for the skin to swell and the pore to become congested, forming a clogged and enlarged pore. And I do not know about you, but I do not want to go down that road. Instead, I say it's time to bring forth a Spring rejuvenation with some extra exfoliation!

Just like a deep Spring cleaning, where you need to remove everything. The same goes by exfoliating the skin as you remove all of those dead skin cells, unblocking pores, and uncovering fresh new layers of skin, allowing you to put your best face and body forward! Yes, we said body, as exfoliation isn’t a skincare step that should only be performed on your face; it’s also something you should be doing to the rest of your body as well. Just be sure to be gentle throughout this process and avoid using any harsh or beaded scrubs as this can lead to developmental signs of premature aging, redness, irritation, inflammation and worsen any preexisting skin conditions.

For optimal protection and visible results, use either an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliant product on your facial skin or a basic exfoliating cleansing brush. To exfoliate your body, use either a body scrub or exfoliating bar from your shoulders down. When you’re finished, be sure to lather up in lotion to keep your skin dewy and hydrated for the Spring season.

IMPORTANT TIP:
Over-exfoliation can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. So, make sure you are using an SPF, preferably one that is EWG certified.

Use A Tinted BB Cream Instead Of Foundation in Spring By Barbies Beauty Bits

Use A Tinted BB Cream Instead Of Foundation
The secret to achieving a flawless airbrushed complexion is applying a moisturizer, then primer, and finishing with a foundation and setting powder.  While that may sound great in theory, in real life, as the warmer weather sets, not everyone wants to wear a full face of makeup. Add warmer weather to the constant mask wearing because of COVID and you're on your want to breakout city!  And that is why BB creams have become ever so popular as they are great at providing light to medium coverage, masking blemishes, redness, and discolorations.  BB creams are more lightweight than foundation, making them a great choice for days when you want to feel polished without the weight of makeup. Oh, and don't forget to set with a misting spray!

There you have it, beauties! As you get ready to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather, remember to refer back to these skincare tips and use them to guide you throughout your journey to happy, healthier skin throughout Spring. 

Spring skincare tips for healthier skin this season by barbies beauty bits


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March 15, 2021

Spring Forward With These Giveaways And Discounts

 

Spring Forward With These Giveaways And Discounts

Savings, giveaways, nails and more with this weeks beauty spotlight! 

KBShimmer has a new collection out – The Enchanted Forest Collection and it is full of surprises!  Kristi over on BeginNails has swatches and her thoughts!

Spongell√© Hand Defense Hand Sanitizer Sea Salt Rose is the best hand sanitizer that Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has tried. It moisturizes, rather than dries out the skin, and it has the most beautiful rose aroma.

Aluminum-free deodorants are becoming such a big thing that the mainstream antiperspirant manufacturers are trying to jump on the bandwagon. But Allison from Never Say Die Beauty is hosting a giveaway for the first mineral deodorant brand, CRYSTAL Deodorant, to introduce their new magnesium-enriched collection. And she thinks this is their best mineral deodorant yet!

Are you looking for the best at home skincare devices? Barbie’s Beauty Bits shares one she loves and it’s 40% off.

Marcia from Prime Beauty has fallen in love with the new CHI LAVA 2.0 Hairstyling Iron. What makes this stand out so much? Read and find out.

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March 13, 2021

How To Spring Clean Your Beauty Products

How To Spring Clean Your Beauty Products By Barbies Beauty Bits

The Spring season is quickly approaching and with it brings a transition to warmer temperatures, more hours of daylight, beautiful flowers, and the honey bees starting to pollinate-yeah! This transition does call for some preparation and some much-needed spring-cleaning... Of your beauty products, that is!

To ensure you're able to stock up on some new Spring beauty items to try, you need to revamp your existing collection. And if you are like me, on the verge of being the next candidate on the Hoarder's show for the person with the most beauty items, this can be painful. But no worries, as I have put together some great ways to prepare your beauty stash for Spring!

Spring cleaning your beauty products by barbies beauty bits

Spring Clean Your Beauty Stash
Now I know when most hear the word Spring Cleaning, you may cringe, unless you are Monica from The TV show friends, the thought of Spring cleaning is far from fun!

But don't worry, beauties, as you will like my type of Spring cleaning as it doesn't involve cleaning out all of your closest or scrubbing your floors but rather a much-deserved decluttering and rearranging your beauty products! Yes, it is time to keep what you use and toss what you don't.

Here are some Beauty Spring Cleaning tips to keep in mind when going through your skincare and other beauty products!

Toss Out Any Products You Haven't Used In A While
As a beauty junkie, it has become part of my everyday life to try the latest beauty products on the market. Fortunately for me, this also means I've become accustomed to weeding out my products. New one in, old one out, and you need to do the same! Also, ask yourself, when is the last time I used this? If you can't answer or if it has been a long time, it's time to say goodbye.

When Did I Open This?
This is one area I see many not even think twice about, using beauty products that have been opened for years, YUKO! Bottom line, if you do not know when you opened it, pitch it. I mean, you wouldn't eat something out of the fridge that you had no idea when you opened it, would you?

Tips To Spring Cleaning Your Beauty Products By Barbies Beauty Bits

Toss Out Your Expired Beauty Products
What, beauty products expire? Yes, beauties, they do. And since you already threw away some of the products you haven't used, you know need to go back and check all the ones you decider were keepers. Yes, we know you are a beauty hoarder, and I am one of them. But the truth is many of us keep too many products that, honestly, we will never use.

Look At The Shelf-Life On Your Beauty Products
So to begin your seasonal reboot, you want to look at the shelf-life of the beauty products you set aside for keepers. Unfortunately, determining whether or not a product has reached its shelf-life isn't always easy. Believe it or not, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does not require manufacturers to have a specific date to be listed on the label or packaging of beauty products.

Instead, most beauty brands will provide either a batching code or a period after opening (PAO) symbol for consumers as a way for them to figure out the shelf-life of their products. The PAO symbol is a symbol that reveals how long a product is good for after you've initially opened it—typically represented as a number followed by the letter M, which stands for months. This means that if your skincare product reads 6M on the packaging, you have six months to use it before it officially becomes expired.

Now, if you're like most people, you may not be familiar with how to read or interpret a batch code, nor are you able to remember the date on which you first opened a skincare product. So my tip is to pull out that black magic marker and write it on your products, the day you purchase and the day you opened it.

How To Tell If Your Skincare Has Expired By Barbies Beauty Bits

How To Tell Your Beauty Products Have Expired
Luckily, most expired beauty products can be indicated using your five senses. See below.

  • Changes in color
  • The texture is different
  • It has an odd smell
  • Separation of the product (especially in skincare and foundations)
  • It has dried out

List Of When Beauty Products Expire
So what do you do with those products that do not have a POA or pass the sniff test? Well, below are some shelf lifes for beauty products to keep in mind!

  • Mascara~6 Months
  • Lipstick~1 Year
  • Eyeliner~1.5 Years
  • Blush~2 Years
  • Concealer~2 Years
  • Powder~2 Years
  • Eyeshadow~2 Years
  • Foundation~2 Years
  • Cleansers~1 year
  • Facial Toners~6 months to 1 year
  • BHA or AHA exfoliants~1 year
  • Moisturizers and serums~6 months to 1 year
  • And don't forget your makeup brushes! These can last your years, but you need to clean them regularly. Otherwise, they are a hosting ground for dirt and bacteria, but 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.

Sum It Up For Me Barbie
To sum it up, when you are Spring cleaning your beauty products you want to use your best judgment and toss out any questionably expired beauty products you have stored away in your beauty cabinet. Doing so will allow you to declutter your space at the beginning of the season and make room for fresh, new beauty products for Spring.

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