Coconut Oil…The Best Beauty Product?

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I just have two words for you. Coconut Oil. Worth the hype you ask? 100% YES.

If you want a cleanser that won’t break the bank which will 100% work and change your skin for the better, if you want to have a nice relaxing bath and still feel silky and smooth days after, if you want to wash your make up brushes and see real clean brushes after, if you want to give the ends of your hair some life…You need to try coconut oil.

I happened to buy some when I needed it as a baking ingredient for my non bake vegan brownies which you can find the recipe here if you haven’t already stumbled that way. I purchased a nice massive jar of 100% Raw Coconut Oil in Tescos which didn’t break the bank, and after many different uses I still haven’t really made that big of a hole in the tub.

So. Not just for baking? No sir. I’ve been using the oil as a face cleanser to take off all of my make up, after massaging it into my skin, turning it into a nice milky oil, followed by a warm muslin or face cloth which also gently exfoliates my face. After I’ve cleansed and washed my face and removed all of my make up, I’ll then go back to the oil and apply a very small amount and massage that again into my skin and leave that as it moisturises my skin all night and then wash it off in the morning.

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Since doing all of that, as well as continuing to keep a basic skin routine, using minimal products which are gentle for my skin, drinking plenty of water, and eating the right foods, my skin feels sensational. Honestly, I feel my skin is more radiant and glowy, I’m not really breaking out as much, and my blemishes are also few and far between if at all. So go on, get your hands on some oil ladies and gentlemen. It genuinely is worth all the talk. I’d even say this has helped my skin more than any skincare brand I’ve used, because it’s just so natural and free from any nasty ingredients that are likely to break you out.

So what else can you use this little gem for? Take a soak with your usual bubble bath and then add a few scoops of coconut oil. Honestly, your skin will be moisturised and glowy for days. It gives that extra relaxation to your bath, and after you will just feel all gooey and soft. I also lathered some into the ends of my hair, which worked really nicely as a conditioner. After leaving it in for about an hour or so, I washed my hair as normal with shampoo and conditioner and the ends of my hair felt unreal. So so soft.

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It’s also great for washing make up brushes along with fairy liquid. The oil helps separate the make up from the brush really well and works great with the fairy liquid to really deep clean the brushes. Definitely try this and see for yourself!

It’s safe to say me and this little find have been getting on really well recently. Our relationship has grown, we’re finding different things about each other and I think it could be love. So go an start your love affair with a big fat tub of some coconut oil, and then thank me later.

Travel Essentials For a Long Haul Flight…

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It’s suddenly dawning on me that I’m going on a pretty big trip in the next day or so. I’ll be enduring 18 to 22 hour non stop flights, which suddenly gave me the realisation…oh snap that’s gonna do some nasty things to my skin as well as other nasty realisations. So here’s a little post on some products I’ll be taking to help defend my skin against the nasty cabin air, keep me calm, pass the time and make me comfortable for these flights ahead.

One thing I will definitely be taking is my This Works Deep Sleep Stress Rollerball. This is going to be my savour on this daunting trip. The gentle and calming aromas are sure to take the edge off the worry when I roll it on my pulse points and inhale the calming scents. If you want to read more about this product read the full post here… Another product I will be taking is the Avene Spring Water spray which will not only refresh and care for my skin but also freshen me up and bring me back down in moments of calmness.

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I will also be taking a deep moister mask, which I can apply and leave on my face for a good while. I’ve made sure I’ve got a clear one which doesn’t need much attention after applying. Because let’s be honest no one wants to be walking back from the loo and see a little green monster sat on an aisle, and the poor person next to me definitely won’t want that either as they do that awkward sleepy head roll and wake up with some green mask on their face too… So I picked up the clear Avene Moisture Mask which is travel size friendly too!

I’m also taking my small Emma Hardie Cleansing balm, which I know will instantly relax me and cleanse my skin beautifully. It’s also a good excuse to get up stretch my legs and wash it off. Moisture moisture moisture. My skin is going to dry out so much, so I’m making sure I’m taking a moisturiser that I know works deep into my skin, so I’m taking the Avene Hydrating Cream. I’m also taking the Clinique All About Eyes Serum, just to brighten and hydrate my eye areas. I’m also taking the one and only Elizabeth 8 Hour Cream. I love this stuff. It has too many uses, seriously from a lip balm, to a nail moisturiser, to a highlighter to bloody elbow cream…Honestly, if your elbows are dry, wack this bad boy on. I wonder if my elbows will get dry on the flight…

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And then obviously the other less fancy essentials: Passport, Visa, Purse, Toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, hair ties, hair grips, paracetamol, chewing gum, kalms, etc etc…

Moving onto the not so beauty items, I’ll be taking a good set of headphones [a definite must] which will help to cancel out the engine noise of the plane. Books books and plenty of books. I’m gonna try and read so much to pass the time, but also to let me escape and forget where I am so I can relax and keep calm throughout the flight. I’ve downloaded podcasts and apps so I can use this time to learn some of the Vietnamese language too! Portable phone charger in case I can’t find any areas to charge my phone in between flights. Blanket/scarf… I have a safety/comfort thing…Is it a thing? I just love scarves, but I also love how safe and comfortable I feel when I wear one, so I’ll definitely be taking one that I can turn into a throw and blanket as well as wrap around me.

Hello head pillow…This guy is great! I’ve been trialling him out getting used to the neck and psyching myself up, and he’s really comfy and the fabric is really soft and comfortable too! I got this one in Muji, and it comes with a nice little sock which you can put it in to keep it compact when it’s deflated.

So there we have it. A little look into my survival kit for my trip. Hope this also helps you if you find yourself travelling somewhere soon!

The Oil That Will Change Your Skin Routine…

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For a while now I’ve had my beady little eyes on a certain cleansing oil. Of course you guess right when you think ‘I bet its an Una Brennan one…’ HA I just love this lady. But I did get the cleansing oil…So sit back, relax, maybe grab a brew whilst I tell you about another great find.

I used to always take my make up off with facial wipes. I was lazy, and also under edcuated when it came to skin products. Believe it or not, I didn’t realise you could take make up with any other products. I then found micella water and began taking my make up off with that, until I found the world of cleansers and oils. Holy moly has my skin changed since.

This oil is a particular favourite. Let me introduce you to the Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. The freshest of fresh cleansers which will leave your skin feeling soft, gentle and CLEANSED thanks to all the essential oils it’s enriched with such as Rosemary, Grape-seed and Olive Oil. And no this doesn’t mean you can lash a bit in your frying pan…well maybe? I’ll get back to you on that one…. But I do know it’s a good make up brush cleaner…that you can do! It’s also a great make up remover, and also removes all of those little impurities that have kindly built up throughout the day. So how can you not say no? Give it a try and see for yourself that you’ll be left with a glowing, healthy and cleansed complexion. Damn Miss Brennan, you got it going’ on!

 

 

January Skincare Edit…

 

IMG_2175F.jpgJanuary’s been a pretty good month with skincare. So much so that I’ve found myself going into drug stores walking straight past the make up and going down the skincare isles…Don’t worry I’ve not neglected the make up…But this cold month has definitely taken its tole on my skin.

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The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is always part of my skin routine. It’s incredible. To read more about my thoughts on that…wander over to here

I’ve had a little new discovery with another brand that believe it or not isn’t Una Brennan! I’ve been really getting into Eau Thermale Avene products recently. I picked up the Hydrance Optimal Light Hydration Moisturiser which I have found works so well on my skin. My skin is sensitive, there’s no doubt about that, but it can also become quite dry sometimes, or irritated. I’ve used this for a good few weeks or so, and so far so very good. It’s enriched with Avene Thermal Spring Water which increases the absorption and limits water loss throughout the day hydrating, soothing and softening the skin. Not only that but it purifies the skin by containing absorbing microspheres which help to absorb excess oil which mattify the complexion. Come on tell me you’re not just a little bit tempted…?

I also picked up the Thermal Spring Water Spray, which I like to use after I’ve cleansed my skin, before applying the Hydrating Cream. This water, may not look like much but holy moly it’s a gooden. It’s so lovely and refreshing on the skin, instantly soothing and relaxing me. It can also be used for many other situations that life throws at you such as facial redness [I know that one for sure], Sunburn, after exercise or make up removal or even shaving. It’s also known to work well whilst travelling and in hot climates…So this little can is going to be my best friend for my trip away in a couple of weeks.

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Now then…It wouldn’t be a true skincare post if I wasn’t going to mention my number one lady now would it? She is the best. I’ve found another little beauty from Miss Brennan and of course there isn’t a bad word to say. The Vitamin C daily wash is so gentle on my skin, but is still also able to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells with the infused micro-beads in a light gel texture. Enriched with vitamins C and E and also containing Ferulic Acid, an antioxidant which all help to boost and brighten the skin. This wash is my best friend right now, it’s delicious. No seriously, I want to drink it every time I pop the lid. It smells so heavenly.

Last but not least is another one from the Super Facialist Range… The  Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil is also making its way onto my christmas card list. This stuff is also seriously good. It’s incredibly gentle on the skin and great for lightly cleansing and removing any impurities…and of course something I want to drink when I pop the lid DAYUM. But I’ve got my own little post dedicated to this beauty, so stay tuned for the full review… But let me tell you now, this is a cleanser you definitely need to put into your basket next time you find yourself wandering round in Boots.

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So that’s all of my current favourites which I’ve found last month, which have helped me battle with my skin whilst it reacts to the crazy weather we’ve been having. But it is England, and it is Winter…What are your favourites that you’ve kept going back to?

 

Acne…The Do’s and Dont’s…

Spots. The little shits that will take over your face, and take away any self confidence you had and leave you feeling ugly. We’ve all been there at some point haven’t we? We’ve all had that spot that’s been brewing for days, only to make itself known at the most inappropriate time, in the most inappropriate place, with the most inappropriate appearance. I mean come on… Having Mount Etna on your face isn’t really ideal is it? I mean she’s probably really nice, but not today thank you. Not any day. Especially the day I forget to put my concealer into my make up bag…

And then there’s the times when the spots get out of control. They come in what feel like their thousands, and invade parts of your face like they’ve declared some sort of war. Then it may get all civil, and you’ve got different armies from different areas of your face trying to invade each other. It’s not cool is it?

In all seriousness however, there are tips which can help. I know when I had severe acne, I lost all confidence when it came to my face. It go to a point that I’d skip college and hide away in my room for weeks until I realised it was on me to sort this shit out. I did go to the doctors which is one step I would recommend if it gets too much. I got put on tablets which lasted a good half a year or so which really changed my complexion. But this isn’t a post about getting some pills to sort your skin out. Not only did they help, but I had to find ways to keep my skin in check after finishing my course of antibiotics, and to never have to go back on them again. So, after a way too long introduction, let me share with you some tips which have really helped my skin. Please note that I still don’t have the best skin, I have scars from my acne, and I still do get blemishes and spots. But it’s nothing compared to what I used to have. You can trust me on that.

BRUSHES.

We all have our beautiful pots filled with delightful brushes that help us to apply our make up nice and evenly. But tell me, how often do you actually wash those beauties? Washing my make up brushes seriously is one of the most soul destroying chores I have to do when it comes to make up. It isn’t fair, I know. BUT if you want to limit the amount of bacteria spreading around your face, and clogging up your pores [MMMM, gross but true] then you need to ensure you’re washing your make up brushes regularly. I’d say at least once a week.

FOUNDATION.

If you’ve been up to date with the posts, then you will know I am a fan of a certain foundation. The Revlon Colour Stay. The coverage of this foundation really helped me with my acne. Honestly, it covered every single spot, and paired with a good primer it stayed on my skin throughout the day. It covered any redness and made it hard for people to believe that I actually had any issues with my skin when I wore it. Honestly, I love this so much that even now I can’t part with it. It’s also so good to cover acne scarring too.

SKIN ROUTINE.

Since going through different stages with my skin, it’s given me the opportunity to really take the time and effort into looking after it. It gives me the motivation to have myself a nice skin routine morning and night, with the occasional slip up if I’m feeling lazy…But the majority of the time I am putting effort into keeping up with it. I’d really recommend products that don’t have that much in them. Look for natural recognisable ingredients, which you think would be gentle on the skin, for example, fruits are really good for the skin, and not ingredients that sound something like you used to make in your old chemistry class at school… I also learnt that if your spots are sore and aggravated anyway, go for extremely gentle products and try to limit exfoliating those areas to once a week or so, because I found exfoliating can make them slightly worse and even more sore.

WATER.

Honestly, this one I can’t stress enough. I know drinking water can be such a pain in the backside sometimes, but holy moly, I genuinely believe that drinking a good 1.5 to 3 litres a day saved my skin. It really does flush out all those dirty toxins in not only your skin but your body too. So it’s an all rounder really…But you will be living on the toilet…

DIET.

Another one that really is important. Sometimes acne can be caused through poor diet. If you’re not getting the right nutrients and taking in all those vital vitamins then your skin can suffer. Try to stay away or limit yourself from the fizzy drinks, high sugar and saturated fat foods and eat more natural foods and you’ll be on your way.

It does take time, and I know it can be frustrating, but honestly, it does get better. You may feel like you’re completely on your own, and you look at other people’s skin and envy how they can wear no make up and still look lovely and clear…But you aren’t alone in this civil war on your face. There are so many others in the same fight. And even when you feel like your piling on too much foundation to cover them all up, or you don’t even want to leave the house because of it, please remember that beauty isn’t all about having clear skin. As cliche as it goes, it really is underneath that truly matters. It’s the person that you are which is where the true beauty lies. Spots come and go, but you’ll always stay. Try and focus on that part.

 

Emma Hardie and her Amazing Face…

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on Emma Hardies Amazing Face Cleansing Balm. Oh me oh my this stuff is so good. Like really good. It really deserves the hype it’s been given by many beauty gurus.

It’s so lovely to use to melt away your make up, but also just to cleanse the skin. With Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E, making up this delicious cocktail, it is able to rebalance, purify and reduce the appearance of pores. Not only that, but it also illuminates and hydrates the skin with the use of Jasmine, making your skin look pretty damn good, and feeling heavenly soft.

If I haven’t won you over yet, the face cloth that the cleansing balm comes with is also pretty damn good too. Double sided, it allows you to exfoliate on one side, and then gently wipe the face on the softer side.

If you’re feeling fruity, you can also use this balm as a treatment mask whilst taking a soak in the tub! Simply apply the balm and leave for 10 minutes or so, and let the balm work it’s magic by using the steam from the bath to open the pores and let the oils to dig deep into the skin, giving you that beautiful spa treatment you deserve.

Emma, you are a gem. Sincerely, my skin.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eyeliner…

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If you’ve been up to date with the ol’posts recently, then you would have seen the sneaky free eye pencil that Bobbi Brown were kindly giving away for a limited space of time. Of course I slipped on the website and somehow purchased a gift and then suddenly I was being forced this eyeliner through my door. Don’t worry, I’m fine, everything’s cool, I’ve got this.

Of course I couldn’t try out the little naughty without writing a blog post about it could I? That would be very rude indeed. So what are my thoughts?

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I like the nib. Ha! Can we just look at how weird that first sentence is…Sorry about that. Anyway, yes, the nib is good. I think it’s easier to apply, as it allows a softer application because I often find that some pencils can be quite sharp especially when you apply them on the lower water line. The colour and pigmentation is great. Really stunning. I love dark chocolates and bronze eyeliners, because I think it really opens up my green eyes and contrasts well. I like to apply the eyeliner along my water line, and then getting a tiny eye brush, smudge and blend the eyeliner down a little, and then repeating to build impact creating a smokier look. However, with this one you don’t need to build that much as it’s so bold anyway. It’s also really long-lasting, which can often be a problem when it comes to eyeliners, but with this not so much. I didn’t find myself reapplying it throughout the day, and it was very smudge proof. A good 10/10 from me Bobbi Brown. Thank you ever so!

Here’s a little peak of the bad boy in action…

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Have you managed to get your hands on any free giveaways this festive season?