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June 10, 2021

Kickstart Your Summer With These Summer Beauty Tips

 

Summer Beauty Tips By Barbies Beauty Bits

From skincare tips for those in their 30's to lipstick, summer fashion, even a giveaway. The beauty spotlight team has you covered this week!

Skincare Tips

Ever notice a picture of yourself on Facebook or on a Zoom call and think, I do not look so great, I must be tired. No, that rugged look you see is from the dead skin cells building up on your face, making you look older than you are. Do not like what you see? No worries with these 10 Insider tips from Barbie’s Beauty Bits. PS: They will work for all ages. So for you late bloomers, a must-read! 

Since February, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty has been using a number of active botanical, clean beauty, cruelty-free facial skincare products from Typology Paris. Not only is she delighted by them, she thinks that their sophisticated, minimalist approach is leading the way to thoughtful, effective skincare products.

Fashion Tips

Sheer clothing feels light and airy in hot weather. Angie at Your True Self Blog  has complete style guidelines for how to show just the right amount of your true self. Included are different ways to wear it! Age doesn’t matter when you know how to wear sheer clothing with confidence!

Makeup Tips

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is completely obsessed with the Westman Atelier Eye Shadow I Brush, and highly recommends it. This hardworking multitasker is handcrafted in Japan and it features cruelty-free synthetic bristles of the highest quality. This ultra-luxe brush is unmitigated perfect with cream, liquid and powder shadows, and it is one of our greatest discoveries this year!

Looking for a new lip gloss to add to your collection? Southeast by Midwest is reviewing the Beauty Bakerie Lip Gloss in Enchanted Jelly

Prime Beauty‘s Cindy has fallen for Hanalei Lip products and she’s excited that one reader will be able to win the Hanalei Soft and Silky Lip Duo. Enter and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see why it’s a winner for Cindy.

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May 29, 2021

10 Insider Skincare Tips For Those Over 30

10 Insider Skincare Tips For Those Over 30 By Barbies Beauty Bits

If you're over 30, you've probably noticed that your skin isn't as youthful and smooth as it once was. Whether it's a few wrinkles, some uneven skin tone, or large pores, it's clear that your skin has changed since your 20s and that you'll need to change how you age by implementing skincare tips for those over 30! But what can you do?

Fortunately, you can do plenty of things to reduce the signs of aging and keep your skin looking fresh and younger for longer. While you can't stop aging, you can certainly influence the rate and extent of aging appearance. And most importantly, you should start now, and I'm here to help with my Skincare Tips For Those Over 30

Top 10 Skincare Tips For People In Their 30's

Good skincare is the foundation of youthful-looking skin. You don't have to invest in expensive skincare products, but you should invest in a good skincare routine with clean skincare products like lilyananaturals.com. You should also invest in a good diet to increase your skin's natural production of antioxidants. You can do plenty of other things to keep your skin healthy. See some of them below.

Tip 1: Shun The Sun
Nothing looks better in your 50's than sunscreen in your 20's. This quote is so true as sun-damaged skin is one of the biggest aging contributors.  The best thing to do when it comes to younger looking skin is to seek shade, not sun! It would be best if you looked for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection and has an SPF of at least 30. You also want to make sure you are wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and use a great eye cream with active ingredients like CBD.

The importance of double cleansing your face, by barbies beauty bits

Tip 2: For Pete's Sake Do Not Wash Your Face With A Bar Of Soap

Trade-in that soap for a hydrating facial cleanser. Yes, a bar of soap does a fantastic job of getting your body clean by removing dirt and oils, so wouldn't you want to use it to clean your face too? Nope! Soaps do their job a little too well, removing so much oil that it strips the skin of its natural protective barrier, leaving your skin dull, dry, flaky, and itchy.

It would be best if you were using a gentle cleanser every day to wash your face. This will help remove dirt and oil from your skin without stripping away the natural oils, which will help keep your skin soft. One of my favorite cleansers is a hydrating face balm. They are especially ideal for those who are not too sure whether the face wash they selected will be too harsh.

One face balm I've loved lately is Kimtrue's "Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Bilberry & Moringa Seed Extracts."  Face balms are like concentrated skin superheroes. They are enriched with plenty of plant-based antioxidant-rich ingredients that help to deeply cleanse the skin while being richly hydrating, sealing in moisture for a long-lasting healthy glow.

Tip 3: Double Cleanse Your Face
The double cleanse is a skincare regimen in which you use two different cleansing products to cleanse your face thoroughly.

First Cleanse With A Cleansing Oil Or Face Balm
I love using cleansing oils and face balms since they're really for all skin types – yes, even oily skin because oil cuts oil!  These cleansers melt into the skin upon application and completely rids it of makeup, dirt, oil and impurities.

Second, Use A Foaming Antioxidant Cleanser
Calm the skin and bring it life-giving a radiant, healthy glow by using an antioxidant enriched facial cleanser.The antioxidants also helps to boost collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Exfoliating your skin in your 30 by barbies beauty bits

Tip 4: Exfoliate Your Face
Ever notice a picture of yourself on Facebook and think, I do not look so great, I must be tired. No, that rugged look you see is from the dead skin cells building up on your face, making you look older than you are. It also impacts how your makeup looks. Ever wonder why your makeup creases, looks patchy or caked on? It's because you have not exfoliated your skin!

Foundation will never look flawless on dry, patchy skin. So make sure to exfoliate regularly as it will help with a smoother foundation application and allow your skincare to penetrate deeper and be more effective.

Exfoliating not only removes dead skin cells but can also stimulate new cell growth and minimize pores. A good exfoliator should be gentle, but it should be effective at removing dead skin cells and revealing the fresh new cells underneath. But do not overdo it!

Tip 5: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Moisturizing helps your skin stay young. That plump, firm feeling in your face after moisturizing isn't an illusion. And while moisturizing can seem like a chore to some, it is a must in your 30's as properly moisturized skin accumulates wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.

Tip 6: Have Some Hyaluronic Acid
Wait...Is Hyaluronic Acid something I want? The answer is yes! And while the name may sound scary, it is not an acid. Hyaluronic Acid is a sugar found naturally in our skin that attracts up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture. But as we age, it diminishes.

For that reason, adding an active ingredient like an HA (that's the abbreviation, we're not laughing) to your skincare routine is a must to boosting the skin's moisture content by drawing moisture from the air and providing superior anti-aging benefits.

The Best Retinol Creams For Your 30s By Barbies Beauty Bits

Tip 7: Invest In A Retinol
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative. This holy grail ingredient is incredible at stimulating cell turnover and boosting collagen production, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also amazing at helping with adult acne!

Tip 8: Exercise
Exercising is a great way to maintain a younger look. Recent studies suggest that exercising boosts your immune system and improves blood circulation. With a stronger immune system, your body can fight diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, enabling you to age like fine wine.

Exercise also allows you to de-stress and relax your mind while keeping your body in good shape. Create a suitable home-based workout routine, hit the gym, and stay active with activities like swimming, engaging in outdoor sports, running, and walking.

best exercises for 30 year old women By Barbies Beauty Bits

Tip 9: Limit Exposure To Free Radicals
Two of the most visible effects of free radicals are wrinkles and the breakdown of collagen. While avoiding total exposure to free radicals is almost impossible, it is possible to delay the process by limiting our exposure to unnecessary free radicals and several external culprits like pollution, overexposure to the sun, and even ingredients in makeup that can cause early signs of aging.

Tip 10: Load Up On Antioxidants
Antioxidants take center stage when it comes to fighting and preventing aging caused for free radicals. Whether from your diet or skincare, antioxidants, help your skin repair itself, allows the renewal process to take place, and stimulates collagen and elastin.

In conclusion, if you want healthy skin while aging like fine wine. You need to be taking care of your skin as well as your body. Protect yourself against harmful UV rays, eat healthy foods, implement a skincare routine, exercise, and avoid bad habits like smoking.



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May 28, 2021

Age Doesn't Matter... K-beauty, Makeup Brushes, And Other Skincare Tips

 

Age Doesn't Matter... Beauty Tips By Barbies Beauty Bits

Age Doesn't Matter... K-beauty, Makeup Brushes, And Other Skincare Tips you need to know about, for this weeks

Are you a fan of K-Beauty? Check out Never Say Die Beauty’s review of two skincare products from the vast, science-based, yet affordable K-Beauty brand, Abib Cosmetic

Westman Atelier Baby Blender Brush is perfection for powder or cream products, but if you love to wear cream blush there is simply no better brush for the job! Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is obsessed with their brushes, and now wants all of them!

Dark spots got you down? Prime Beauty shows you that Dermalogica Powerbright can get you right back up.

A kimono makes the simplest outfit into something special. Age doesn’t matter. You can wear it day or night, at home or out, at the beach or pool, dressed up or down, during cool or warm weather. Visit Angie at Your True Self Blog to see her ideas for over 45 sure-fire ways to rock a kimono!

With anything in life, experience comes education but also comes from mistakes. And today, Barbie’s Beauty Bits will debunk some skincare tips over the years that were incorrect. Skincare tips I relearned from my esthetician.
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May 27, 2021

How The Pandemic Has Changed Beauty Habits-The New Norm

 

How The Pandemic Has Changed Beauty Habits By Barbies Beauty Bits

The pandemic has really changed the beauty habits of many, and I am one of them. Now that the masks are coming off and restrictions are lessening up, it's time to get back into the real world, but are you ready, aesthetically, that is? With your lounge wearing, haven't washed your hair in a week, hairy legs, and armpit self?

Ok, all joking aside, while my skincare has been on point for the past 15 months (as I will never let that go by the wayside). As old wrinkled hag is not my cup of tea!!! Other so-called beauty routines I did before the pandemic, like wearing makeup every day, fixing my hair, and wearing stylish clothes, have changed.

So, now that things are on their way to some new type of norm, what is the new beauty?

Toning It Down
According to Patricia Saxby, who oversees the beauty selection at Bergdorf Goodman, women have taken a more toned-down approach with their beauty routine.

So what is the right look for you? Personally, I think it will continue past the pandemic with easy, quick, ‘put the product on your face, and instantly rock it”, along with my hair extensions and permanent makeup for a glamorous but time-saving approach.

How COVID-19 Has Changed Our Makeup Routines By Barbies Beauty Bits

Wearing Less Foundation
Bye, bye are the days of full coverage makeup. Primarily because of mask-wearing. But one thing many have started to realize is that the heavy makeup coverage actually highlighted their imperfections rather than covering them.

The Future Prediction: When the masks come off, many will embrace wearing a lighter-weight foundation as it actually works better. Even better is to wear a tinted moisturizer or BB cream with some slight illumination, for that instant glow, without much effort.

Applying Less Lipstick
As face masks became mandatory, wearing lipstick became a waste of time, as who wants a smudged pout and tons of lipstick smeared everywhere, including the inside of your mask?

The Future Prediction: Bye, bye to the bold red and hello to a tinted balm and lip treatments to keep your lips naturally LIPtastic.

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Goodbye, To The Legendary Carrie Bradshaw Heels Mentality
Sales of high heels have been down over the years. I know outfits I would always wear heels with, I see people like my niece, who is in her twenties, wear tennis shoes, and the pandemic has turbocharged the demise of the high heel pump!  But will it rebound? Will women turn back into a Carrie Bradshaw with heels.

The Future Prediction: Well, for people like me, I am dying to put on a pair of gorgeous heels, but I think many other women will be. "I'm never going to wear those shoes again."

Stepping Up Your Eye Game
While you see from above that some have been cutting back on foundations and lipstick, they have actually stepped up their beauty game when it comes to the eyes since that was really all you saw when wearing a face mask.

The new trend emphasizes your ‘smize’ — your smiling eyes with false lashes, brand name mascara, and high-end eyeshadow palettes. 

The Future Prediction: I think that will stay! Plus, many realize that eye shadow palettes last a long time. You get what you pay for!

Best place to get microblading in virginia beach By Barbies Beauty Bits

Permanent Makeup
Wake up, made up. How great does that sound? Fantastic, which is why many our loving the idea of looking glam with minimal maintenance and ease.

Semi-permanent makeup options like microblading and lash lifts, plus clip-in human hair extensions, can really save you time when it comes to getting all glammed up.

Reviewing Your Aesthetics
Many people have not always sure what their authentic aesthetics were, even way before the pandemic, as when it came to wearing makeup, doing their hair, even fashion. Most either followed the norms or were stuck in another generation when they felt free about themselves, like those early college years of the '90s and your makeup still reflects that. But now may be the time to review this and start by aligning your aesthetic choices with your personality type.

Diy Beauty
DIY self-care trends are not new; I've been doing them for years. However, during the lock-down, with more time to spare dedicated to self-care. DIY beauty hacks have been on the rise, and if you can pamper yourself for less, why would you pass that up? 

The Future Prediction: Many will want to get the hell out of the house, so they will be spending some money at the spa. However, I think, in general, will be doing more self-care now that it can be done at home!

Cosmetic procedures increased during the pandemic By Barbies Beauty Bits


Cosmetic Treatments Are On The Rise During The Pandemic
While some may be dialing it back, others may have some more significant aesthetic goals. Wanting to seek out some cosmetic procedures and treatments requiring researching the Dr. Derek Steinbacher lawsuit and other doctors who might be able to consult with you, is must.

Believe it or not, cosmetic procedures and treatments have increased in the past few months. I know at first I was surprised too, but statistics are showing many are considering these more advanced treatments for reasons like:

Zoom Calls: Before zoom, many did not see their facial expressions, wrinkles, eye bags, etc.  Now, people are all about getting their Zoom face on!

More Downtime:
The pandemic has allowed for the downtime needed for some procedures.

Working Environments:
The new norm of working remotely has allowed many to be able to relax at home post-treatments or procedures that would usually require having to take at least a couple of days off. That’s no longer the case. 

So there you have beauty habits that have changed because of the pandemic. Any changes in your beauty routine? Let me know in the comments below!

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May 21, 2021

Memorial Day Beauty Tips

 

Memorial Day Beauty Tips By Barbies Beauty Bits

Memorial Day is right around the corner and the Beauty Spotlight Team has you set this Friday with these Memorial Day Beauty tips.

The Beauty Spotlight Team is happy to introduce you to Angie from Your True Self. She’s a fashion maven but one that gets you and your lifestyle. Her beauty world revolves around making your world more stylish and comfortable.

Dress The Part This Memorial Day

With Memorial Day right around the corner, barbecue season is coming up! Angie at Your True Self Blog has lots of ideas for what to wear to look cool and casual yet special at a barbecue

Skincare Tips For Memorial Day

Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel is fuss-free, easy to use and it delivers real results. Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog also loves it because it isn’t irritating or drying, and it is gentle on the skin. It is unmitigated peel perfection!

Wake up, made up with microblading, lash lifts, and hair extensions this summer! Low maintenance beauty is right around the corner as Barbie’s Beauty Bits shares these Summer Ready Low Maintenence Beauty Tips!

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty is obsessed with Afore by Dr. Few CBD Effusive Soothing Skin Mist with CBD and antioxidants for toning, protection, relaxation, and glowing skin. And it has the finest spray so she can spray it on to her heart’s content!

Prime Beauty wants to fight “maskne” and there’s no better way than Ollie Belle products. Even if you are no longer wearing a mask, the Contact Dots help with your blemishes any time you need them.

Festive Nails This Memorial Day

Who doesn’t love a little sci-fi inspiration for a polish collection? Red Eyed Lacquer created a Star Wars inspired trio and BeginNails has swatches over on her blog!  May the force be with you!

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May 13, 2021

Top Things To Consider When Wanting To Have A Cosmetic Procedure

Top Things To Consider When Wanting To Have A Cosmetic Procedure By Barbies Beauty Bits

Are you considering cosmetic procedures or even some noninvasive cosmetic treatments? With all modern-day technologies, many (not just the Hollywood movie stars) are considering going under the knife, getting fillers and other injectables like botox, even some noninvasive procedures like CoolSculpting.

However, many are just diving in before doing their research! Don't believe me, tune into the TV show Botched, where you can see botched cosmetic procedures thanks to unqualified, so call doctors corrected by some highly qualified surgeons who are on the TV show.

So before you consider any type of cosmetics procedures, treatments, or plastic surgeries, make sure you go through this checklist!

Top 7 Things To Consider When Wanting To Have A Cosmetic Procedure

Set Realistic Expectations When Considering A Cosmetic Procedure
While cosmetic procedures can enhance your appearance, which could ultimately boost your confidence, it is not end all fix all for any low self-esteem issues you may have. It is true that some procedures can boost your self-confidence, however it is only part of the picture, as it is not going to solve your job hunting problem, dating issues, depression, etc. And a qualified plastic surgeon will tell you this and may ask some uncomfortable questions. So instead of getting defensive, answer the questions honestly, as you may not even realize your true intentions.  

board certified plastic surgeons near me By Barbies Beauty Bits

Selecting A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon When Considering A Cosmetic Procedure
This is much easier said than done. Think about all of the botched procedures; more than likely, most people thought they did their research and worked with someone with a board certification. But this does not mean they are good at their job. The search for potential surgeons needs to be a lengthy one. Not one day you wake up and think, I want to get a tummy tuck or my nose done this month.  

If it a surgical procedure like a nose job, do your research by looking for a rhinoplasty expert. This is not just what you see on a website, as it is not like a Dr. is going to share botched photos or promote negative reviews. Research all reviews, not just ones on their website, look at the number of reviews, check out their social media page, google my business page, ask around town for referrals, and the best place is to visit is RealSelf.  

Visit RealSelf Website For Reviews On Cosmetic Procedures
I love the Realself website, it is a great plastic surgeon review forum. I found it a few years ago when working for a doctor. They offer tons of resources, answered questions from people considering procedures, doctors' inputs, and honest reviews from patients reviewing Realself doctors.

Another great thing about this website is their RealSelf Verified. It will show a blue check mark next to a doctor’s name in their profile, signifying they meet or exceed RealSelf's high trust, transparency standard, and have high patient satisfaction.

Be Prepared For Your Consultation With A Plastic Surgeon
Like anything significant in life, you need planning, and this involves questions for the plastic surgeon even debunking any myths about plastic surgery you may have and more. As not only will the Dr. be interviewing you, you need to be interviewing the plastic surgeon. And yes, some may be uncomfortable asking some of these questions, but it is better than ending up a botched TV candidate.

Some important questions to ask during your cosmetic surgery consult:

  1. Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  2. Is it the right choice for my body and my goals?
  3. How many of these procedures do you personally perform?
  4. Ask about the surgical facilities. Some could be in the office, others in an operating room.
  5. Will you be the one that performs this procedure?
  6. What are the risks?
  7. What happens if I do not like the end result?
  8. The type of anesthesia?
  9. What is the recovery period?

Plastic surgery consultation questions By Barbies Beauty Bits

Make Sure You Understand The Cosmetic Procedure
Many have misguided pieces of information and what to expect from a particular procedure. I will use CoolSculpting, for example. CoolSculpting is promoted as a method for fat reduction. What it is not is a procedure for overweight people to lose weight. This noninvasive procedure is actually recommended for people at their ideal weight; who have some stubborn body fat they can't get rid of by working out, yes I said working out. You need to be healthy and NOT overweight and following this lifestyle after the procedure! Bet you did not know that, did you?

Oh, and always ask for the potential side effects and how common they are, as there are side effects like paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) a nasty side effect with Coolscupting making you larger instead of smaller.

Cosmetic Procedures: Do It For Yourself, Not Others
A lot of females consider breast augmentation, for example, because their boyfriend suggested it. On the same token, never NOT do something because your husband or boyfriend doesn't approve, as it is not his body. Make sure you are doing it for yourself and you only. This is why I highly suggest not asking your friends for their opinions.

how much does plastic surgery cost By Barbies Beauty Bits

Budget For The Expense Of A Cosmetic Procedure
You need to be thinking about the financial side of your decision as, yes, some cosmetic procedures are costly, especially the ones that require anesthesia. And guess what, they are not covered by insurance. And this is where many try to cut corners, search for bargain deals, go out of the country and not work with an American board doctors, and end up with botched results. Cosmetic treatments and procedures should not be done with the bargain shopping approach.

SO HOW CAN I AFFORD THIS? Many may not know that most plastic surgeons offer financial assistance, so in your consultation, ask about these. This is like any type of loan, so your credit plays a significant part.

In conclusion, one of the doctors on Botched said it best, “Cosmetic surgery is something you do for yourself—not for a spouse, partner or parent,” “Your body is forever. Treat it preciously.”


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May 11, 2021

Summer Ready Looks With Microblading, Lash Lifts, And Hair Extensions

 

Summer Ready Looks With Microblading, Lash Lifts, And Hair Extensions By Barbies Beauty Bits

Wake up, made up with mircroblading, lash lifts, and hair extensions this summer! Low maintenance beauty is right around the corner!

Low Maintenance Summer Beauty Tips, what? Yep, saying that out loud as I type it, I can hear many say... "Barbie, those two words low maintenance and beauty, is an oxymoron, especially in the Summer, when we are all about fun times, and the last thing I'm thinking about is bothering with my hair and makeup."

While that may be partially true, the truth is many still want to look and feel beautiful, and now you can without having to spend hours getting ready. Thanks to some modern-day technologies.

Let’s face it — summers are hot and add humidity to the mixture, your hair and makeup can start to spell disaster. But how can you keep yourself looking glam with minimal maintenance and without having to worry about sweat taking a toll on your look? With Microblading, Lash Lifts, And Hair Extensions!

Summer Proof Your Eyebrows With Microblading By Barbies Beauty Bits

Summer Proof Your Eyebrows With Microblading
Microblading and other semi permanent makeup options are fantastic, low-maintenance alternatives to applying makeup daily without worrying about it sweating or melting off because of the summer heat.  But what exactly is microblading?  The process of microblading is that the final look mimics eyebrow hairs. These hair like strokes are created with a manual hand tool, that has a blade made up of many tiny pins, that create tiny “ hair like cuts” into the skin where the pigment is placed to create the look of a hair.

Benefits Of Microblading In The Summer
Although microblading does require healing, lots of people have events planned, maybe even some trips, now that some Covid restrictions are letting up and not having your makeup melt off and to wake up, made up on a summer vacation, makes everything ever so easy. Plus...

No More Daily Makeup Application
No more brow makeup. Say goodbye to those brow bars, powders, gels, and more for those perfect brows. And hello to saving time and money.

Brows Stay On At the Pool Or Beach
Waterproof and smudge-proof. If you plan to go swimming this Summer, micro-blading can give you fuller brows that will stay on even after going underwater and drying your face off with a towel. 

How To prevent makeup from melting this summer By Barbies Beauty Bits

Eyebrows Won’t Sweat Off
Simply going for an outdoor dinner can turn disastrous if it is really humid outside, which is it in my neck of the woods. Microblading is a great way to keep your eyebrows looking as good as they did when you left the house, no worrying about them sweating off.  

Microblading Saves Time
Some people spend 15 minutes or longer just on their eyebrows; I know my niece did before getting her eyebrows microbladed. Add that up over a year, which is about how long microblading lasts, and you have some time on your hands.

Not All Microblade Artists Are Equal
Microblading, like other permanent makeup options, is semi-permanent, and you want to make sure you are not going to a hack as it will be on your face for at least a year. Just because someone learned how to microblade does not mean they do good work. 

Micorblading gone bad by barbies beauty bits
 Oops, But I'm Cute... Don't You Wanna Look Like Me?

Like many services, all are not equal for the quality of services rendered, general aesthetics of completed eyebrows, etc. So before scheduling an appointment, you need to make sure you do your research by reading reviews and, most importantly, always looking at before and after photos. Any reputable microblading artist will share these online, via their website, or on social media. If they don't share, don't you share your time and money visiting them. PERIOD!

Lastly, be warned some old-school salons are mismarketing microblanding with eyebrow tattoos. There is a difference, so do not be fooled as you will be highly disappointed with tattooed eyebrows, looking like a grandma from the '80s.

Is Microblading Safe
All cosmetics procedures can carry a slight risk of infection or allergic reaction, but most people undergo the process with no problem. You do, however, have to sign a Microblading consent form for safety.


What is a lash lift By Barbies Beauty Bits

Lashes On Fleek With A Lash Perm And Lash Lift
What the heck is this? A lash lift and perm are eyelash treatments using using a silicon rod covered in a Keratin Formula that semi-permanently curls your natural lashes and lifts for weeks. Although the terms are used interchangeably, technically, they’re two different things. In short, long, curled, lifted lashes, so no more falsies or the need to curl your lashes with one of those evil eyelash curlers! You can even go without mascara if you prefer, personally, I still like to wear mascara, but it is up to you! 

What Is An  Eyelash Perm
Lash perms are incredible at opening and widening the eyes and curling the lashes, kind of like a hair perm, but for your lashes. From personal experience, this works better if you have longer lashes. A good technician should tell you this, but if not, I warned you.

What Is A Lash Lift
I prefer this as it lifts your lashes from the base. This, too, will open up your eyes and give the appearance of longer lashes. But without the need for eyelash extensions, which can damage the lashes.

How Long Does A Lash Lift Last
A lash lift and lash perm will last the growth cycle of each of the natural lashes present at the time of the initial procedure. To keep your lashes on fleek, it is essential to know your eyelash shedding cycle before going so you can get the most extended lash wear.

The best time to get your lashes lifted or permed is during the catagen stage of the lash growth cycle (mid lashes), not the telogen stage of the growth cycle. An experienced professional can help you with this, which is why you should always schedule a consultation first, so you can find out the best time to get your lashes lifted or permed.

This is a proactive tip as many salons will not tell you this, take your money, and your lashes start to fall out as they applied them during the wrong stage. I hear this frequently online a person saying, do not get as it made my lashes fall out. More than likely, no, it did not make your lashes fall out. You just got your lashes done during the wrong cycle. 

Hair Extensions Over forty By Barbies Beauty Bits

Clip In Hair Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions are one of the easiest ways to look glamourous in minutes. Doing my hair takes the longest for me, and clip-in hairpieces are one of the easiest ways to add length, volume, and curl in minutes.

Hair extensions also offer a wide array of different looks. If you want to have highlights without damaging your hair by having your hair chemical-treated hair (which can also thin the hair), human hair extensions are an excellent safe alternative.

Clip-in human hair extensions can be worn many times before washing, which means curl them once, and you'll have the style each time you place them in your hair. One tool I love is a 4 in 1 Hair Extension Style Caddy Designed To Hold Your Extensions While You Wash Securely, Style, Pack, and Store Them.

Hair works 4 in 1 hair extension caddy on amazon, By Barbies Beauty Bits
Hair Extension Maintenance
For the best hair quality, you want to purchase 100% Remy hair, which can stand up to heat and coloring if need be, but just like your normal hair, you have to take care of it properly.

For example, when it comes to the end of the night, you want to make sure you do not sleep in your hair extensions. Also, over-exposing the hair to extra heat can cause them to wear down more quickly. While you can wash and curl human hair extensions, you want to keep it at a minimum. And do not overdo with hair products, hair products cause the hair to get dirty quicker, so the less, the longer you can go in between washings. And never blow-dry the hair. Let it air dry overnight.

To Sum It Up
So there you have my tips for low-maintenance beauty this Summer. I am sure these tips are not something many would realize are low maintenance. But semi-permanent makeup options like microblading and lash lifts, plus clip-in human hair extensions can really save you time when it comes to getting all glammed up. And while the initial cost can seem costly to some, they do end up saving you money in the end, plus time is money!

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May 7, 2021

Get Your Feet, Lips, And Skin Summer Ready With These Tips


Get Your Feet, Lips, And Skin Summer Ready With These Tips, By Barbies Beauty Bits

Back with my Friday Favorites from the "Beauty Spotlight Team" with some love for your feet, lips and let's not forget about some skincare, just in time to get us Summer ready! 

Lip Love

Frugal Friday on Prime Beauty is all about finding products that are fabulous and priced frugally. Cindy has the scoop on all the new Eco Lips balms and masks available and she thinks you’ll want some.

Summer Skincare

If you are looking to up your cleansing game, then Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog recommends the FOREO LUNA Mini 2 and FOREO LUNA Mini 3. They are both gentle and effective, and they will forever change how you wash your face. Read the review to see which one is right for you!

Show Your Feet Some Love With These Summer Tips

Listerine isn’t only good for your teeth; it can also be good for your feet! Barbie’s Beauty Bits has your whole body covered with these DIY beauty tips, from a banana hair treatment to a coffee body scrub and a dash of coconut for luscious lashes.

Are your feet sandals-ready? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty has been using the Oprah-approved foot care system to get her feet ready for the cute new pink sandals she bought. Find out about the zillion Foot nanny kits and individual footcare products that make great last minute Mother’s Day or wedding-prep gifts! 
 
If you are a blogger (does not have to be beauty) and would like to be included in this weekly round-up let me know below. Please include your blog and email address or send an email to barbie@barbiesbeautybits.com and I will forward to the appropriate person. 
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May 4, 2021

Dwellbling Moissanite Jewelry For Mother's Day

 

Dwellbling Moissanite Jewelry For Mother's Day


Find a statement-making ring and other moissanite jewelry for the woman who does it all this Mother's Day!

Selecting my mom a Mother's Day gift can sometimes be challenging as I always like to change it up. This year, I am giving her something different a  925 Sterling Silver Moissanite Ring from Dwellbing.

Whether it's a moissanite ring or other beautiful jewelry to mark the Mother's Day moment, Dwellbing has some incredible designs in their moissanite collection that are affordable.

I would never be able to afford to purchase my mom a diamond as large as the moissanite gems are, and do they look as gorgeous. But what the heck is a moissanite gem?

What The Heck Is A Moissanite Gem
Moissanite is an engineered gem created to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds, with its qualities decided by the four c's. The four Cs are Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut.

The Difference Between A Diamond And A Moissanite By Barbies Beauty Bits

The Difference Between A Diamond And A Moissanite

Hardness

  • Diamonds are the hardest known mineral and receive a ten on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.
  • Moissanite is around 9.25, so it is suitable for everyday wear.

Brilliance

  • Moissanites exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do, as their faceting pattern is different.
  • Diamonds reflect light in three different ways; moissanite has a higher refractive index.

Color

  • Moissanites are labeled as "colorless."
  • Diamonds have a natural color resulting in a dazzling, bright white appearance.

Moissanites Are Responsibly Sourced
Because they are engineered in controlled environments, there is no mining involved.  Compared with natural diamonds, the lab-created moissanite has a smaller carbon footprint and less environmental impact, making them responsibly sourced.

Price Of Moissanite Is Cheaper Than A Diamond
The most significant difference is the price. Moissanite is less expensive per carat. Hence allowing me to purchase my mom a gorgeous ring without having to take out a loan.

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May 2, 2021

Beauty Products For Mother's Day

 

Beauty Products For Mother's Day By Barbies Beauty Bits

Back with my Friday Favorites from the "Beauty Spotlight Team" with beauty products for Mother's Day including, permanent makeup, No.7 kabuki makeup brush, and some giveaways.

Mother's Day Giveaway's

Mother's Day Skincare

If you’re still shopping for a Mother’s Day gift for a skincare enthusiast, Never Say Die Beauty has four luxury skincare brands that she enthusiastically recommends! 

Mother's Day No.7 Kabuki Makeup Brushes

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is obsessed with high quality makeup brushes, and just reviewed the Hourglass NÂș 7 Finishing Brush. This gorgeous multi-tasking Kabuki-style brush is perfect for laying down and blending cream, liquid and powder products. A+

Cosmetic Treatments For Mother's Day
Permanent Makeup? How does it sound to not have to reapply your eyeliner everyday? Have your eyebrows already arched to perfection or a lip color that won’t smudge? Well, now you can with Permanent Makeup. Find out “The Pros And Cons Of Permanent Makeup” as shared by Barbie’s Beauty Bits

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April 29, 2021

Top DIY At-Home Beauty Tips On The Web

Top DIY At-Home Beauty Tips On The Web By Barbies Beauty Bits

Because of the pandemic more have resorted to some at-home beauty treatments for a little TLC for our skin, hair, and body. And the best part is you can do some of these without having to go out and purchase beauty products, but instead use some goodies from your pantry with this round up of some of the top DIY at-home beauty tips on the web.

For fun we had someone scour the web for us to put together this list of DIY at home beauty tips. Some of these I've tried, some I have not. I am just sharing this for fun, so please do your research.

From a banana hair treatment to a coffee body scrub, and a dash of coconut for luscious lashes we’ve got your whole body covered.

CBD Oil

More and more people are turning to CBD oil as a treatment for a variety of medical conditions ranging from anxiety, depression, skin conditions, sleep disorders, chronic pain and more. There are some great capsules and more that are worth taking a look at.  https://cbdfx.com/collections/cbd-hemp-capsules/

Make sure to use high-quality CBD oil extracted using chemical-free processes. You can take a look at https://cbdfx.com/cbd-extraction-process/ to know more about premium CBD brands and their extraction processes. 

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Turn To Your Eye Drops To Ease The Breakout
Nothing like waking up to an unwanted guest on your face... A pimple. One popular DIY tip is to zap that zit with some eye drops.

Simply soak a piece of cotton or a cotton pad in eye drops and place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Dab this cotton on the pimple, and you will notice the redness and swelling reduce.

Turmeric Face Mask
This is one I have tried as Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and is great at soothing and calming. And a bonus is it also defends skin against damaging free radicals that cause premature skin aging.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of organic honey (anti-inflammatory and antibacterial to hydrate, heal and soothe)
  • 1 tablespoon of greek natural yogurt (fights fine lines and moisturizes) 

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Baking Soda Works Miracles For Ingrown Hair
Ingrown hair is a common problem after shaving. It can ruin the texture and cause dullness of the skin. You can use a simple body scrub prepared with baking soda to get rid of this issue.

In a small bowl, add about one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of water, and one tablespoon of ground oatmeal. Mix this into a paste and spread it on the skin evenly. Rinse the paste after 5 minutes by scrubbing to achieve smooth and supple skin.

Exfoliation Is The Key To Healthy Skin
Removing the dead skin debris that forms on the top layer is crucial to improving skin texture, reducing pore size, and eliminating the risk of breakouts and excess dryness.

You can choose from chemical exfoliators like BHA, AHA, or other enzyme-based formulas. They are known to cleanse the skin and remove dirt and debris from the pores to increase glow. You can also use homemade scrubs or exfoliants such as sugar and olive oil for excellent results.

Try Almond Oil For Under Eye Bags
Under-eye bags or puffiness is a common problem that could make you look tired. Massage a few drops of pure almond oil under the eye before going to bed. It will help in toning the skin to give a healthy and refreshed look.

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Beat Up A Banana For Shiny Hair
A banana hair mask can lock in the necessary moisture to control frizz, dryness, and dullness of the hair.

Add one mashed banana, one tablespoon honey, one egg, and ½ glass of dark beer to a bowl. Mix into a smooth paste and apply to the hair. Let it rest for about 4 hours and wash off with a mild shampoo. Your hair will feel silky smooth and nourished within a few weeks.

Use Coconut And Lavender Oil For Luscious Lashes
I've used another oil for this, so I am excited to see how the coconut oil and lavender oil can help you achieve thick and long eyelashes. Especially if the lavender is scented? Not sure about that near the eye. 

Add ½ teaspoon of coconut oil and four drops of lavender oil to a small bowl. Dip a Q-tip in this mixture and apply it to the lashes before going to bed to get fabulous results.

Coffee Body Scrub
There is a great brand I love that has an amazing coconut coffee body scrub. Coffee grounds are a great exfoliant in homemade beauty scrubs. The grounds work to gently remove dead skin cells, which helps to rejuvenate and boost circulation.

Choose fine grounds, as the coarse kind can be too harsh for sensitive or delicate skin, and mix with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 a cup melted coconut oil and mix.

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Listerine And Apple Cider Vinegar Foot Soak
What?  We ran across this Listerine and vinegar foot soak idea, I figured we'd share this too!  I know vinegar is great for a lot of aliments so it was an interesting share

To start, add one part original Listerine, one part vinegar, and two cups of warm water to a foot bath big enough to fit two feet.

So there you have it, so great DIY at home beauty tips. Do you have any DIY beauty tips that you love? Any of these sound interesting? Let me know by commenting below!





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April 28, 2021

The Best Ways To Get Your Body Summer Ready

 

he Best Ways To Get Your Body Summer Ready By Barbies Beauty Bits

The summer is almost here, and I do not know about you but I need to get my body summer-ready, especially because of this darn pandemic. It’s about time to undo the shackles of these past 14 months and enjoy ourselves at the pool or in the surf. But do you feel comfortable enough to wear that bathing suit or summer attire? If you feel you need to get your body ready for summer, I've put some tips together for you.

The good news is there’s still plenty of time to sort it out. You can put together a training plan combined with a healthier lifestyle. Or you can opt for a more quick-fire method, such as body sculpting. Body Sculpting is the latest in weight loss technology and doesn’t require much effort at all. Find out more in the article below. 

Creating A Baseline Weight-loss Plan
If you want to go the traditional route to "Getting Your Body Summer Ready" then it’s time to get training. A combination of training and eating healthy can get you going in the right direction, with the correct mindset. As to maintain a certain weight, whatever that number you have to create a lifestyle and stick to it. Diet fads do not work. Furthermore, the word diet sets us up for failure as well, as this needs to be a lifetime change, not a quickie.

One way to get started is by establishing a baseline. This starting position will act as your measuring stick to help you keep track of results and motivate you to go the distance. In a diary, make a note of your starting body weight, body fat, workouts, the reps, miles you racked up, and do not forget to include a food diary, filled with healthy foods as well. Always think calories in calories out and work towards your goals.

Embrace Fasting
When people aim to get that summer body, they usually think about changing their eating habits. Obviously, nutrition plays a key role in your fitness regime and its potential success. But don’t think you abandon all your favorite food entirely when putting a meal plan together. A popular alternative is intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting works very well to reduce your weight and support muscle growth and toning. The 16/8 method is a popular form of the diet. With this approach, you fast for 16 hours and eat moderately for eight. This allows your body to adjust to periods without food and helps burn more calories.

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Train Smart For Weight Loss This Summer
There are alternative ways to achieve the summer-ready body without daily workouts. We’ll cover these in the next section. But if you’re a traditionalist, or you want that feel-good factor to go with your new body, then make space every day for a bit of strength training.

Your summer body workout doesn’t have to be intense every day but do try to train smart. That means you should work for different muscle groups on different days so that you get a full-body workout by the week’s end. With this approach, you will avoid that weight loss plateau.

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Body Sculpting And Fat Removal With truSculpt
There are times that no matter how much you diet or workout, there are always problem areas where you can't see to get rid of that unwanted fat. Those stubborn areas of the body can be resistant to diet and exercise! So what is a solution? Body Sculpting, with truSculpt® iD Body Contouring. A revolutionary, non-surgical, body sculpting and fat removal treatment designed to help you achieve your ideal summer body.

The body sculpting method is a fast body sculpting and fat removal method approved by the FSA. It uses non-invasive fat removal and radiofrequency laser energy (rf energy) to eliminate fat cells to permanently banish at least 24% of stubborn fat cells in each session to that specific treatment area.

Treatment time is fast with truSculpt, some can even see results after each session.

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Juice It Up
Speaking of healthy eating, how can you make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and nutrients into your diet while keeping the calorie count down? One way is definitely the supplement route, but taking supplements isn’t always the healthiest option for your body.

A great alternative is juicing and this worked well with the fasting diet approach as well; they have very few calories and pack a punch when it comes to vitamins and nutrients. During your eight-hour eating period, have a juice drink made of apples, carrots, beetroots, and peeled lemon to give your vitamin A levels and massive one up.

The downside to this is juicing can be really expensive. I know I would cringe over the prices at the juice bar, but the truth is it is just as costly at home. A great alternative without juicing, shopping, or blending is with Lady Boss, Greens Superfood Powder that contains ingredients from 35 superfoods and the best part is it tastes like apple pie, it really does!

Red Light Therapy At Home
One solution I've found highly effective to help reduce fat in my stomach is red light 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 a 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 in just as little as 15 minutes.

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Embrace Yoga
Sometimes achieving that much-desired summer body is as much about the mind as it is about the body. Yoga can help you out with this. Yoga isn’t just a set of poses you do in the morning; it’s also a lifestyle that incorporates meditation, healthy eating, and mindful living. Yoga actually means “union with the divine” in the ancient Sanskrit language, so there’s that.

A yoga lifestyle can help you to lose weight fast and achieve a beach body because it puts you in the mode of healthy living and regular exercise. It’s a lifestyle really, so you have to live it. The more you do, the faster the weight will fall off, and you get to look the same way you feel. 

Replace Prepackaged Foods For Healthy Proteins
The body is kind of a learning machine; right, it starts to learn what you put into it through the various digestion processes. It then quickly starts to expect these inputs and knows what to do with any available nutrients. If it needs these nutrients, it starts to crave those things. If you feed your body sodium enriched repacked food or unhealthy takeouts, guess what? That’s what you’re going to crave.

It might be tough at first but getting rid of those foods is the best way to reach your beach body goals as quickly as possible. A great alternative is to look for foods high in protein.

Our body burns more calories digesting protein than carbs. More importantly, protein also helps you to stay full longer, as the biggest reason for failing a diet is feeling like you are hungry all the time! But not when you have a diet high in protein, combined with a good balance of greens, and minimal carbohydrates, you should not feel hungry. Oh, and do not forget about portion sizes as a 16-ounce steak, while protein is not included!

Tips for portion size:

  •     Eat from small plates (smaller plates = smaller portions)
  •     Calculate your calories with a nutrition app
  •     Always measure your portions
  •     If you are eating out. Split a meal or as soon as you get the meal place half of it in a box.


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