organic raw coconut oil

Organic Coconut Oil

Raw coconut oil would have previously been something I saw in a health food shop and walked past, without a second glance. But it seems I have been wrong all these years and have missed out on one of the best multiuse products available!

This tub of 100% organic raw coconut oil retails at £14 for 500g, what a bargain! The tub is full to the brim and with so many uses for it you will be using all around the house!

Let’s start with my favourite uses, which I can attest to:

Conditioner – I applied this to my hair and left it for about 30 minutes before
rinsing and then washing as normal. After drying I couldn’t believe how soft my
hair was. It has 100% never felt that soft before in my life and it smelt great
too! The coconut oil is in solid form inside the jar but as soon as it meets
the heat of your hand it begins to melt and turns in to oil. You don’t need
much at all to cover your locks!

Cooking – Instead of using oil to fry my meat I have been using this
instead, primarily for Kormas. It’s fantastic, not only is it healthier than
using oil or butter but it adds a hint of coconut goodness to the meat (and
smells yummy whilst frying too!)

Stress Relief– Has your day in the office got to you? Just
rub in to your temple in a circular motion, the scent of coconuts will soon
relax you.

organic raw coconut oil

organic raw coconut oil

But that’s not it, there are so many uses I would need several pages. Here are a few more I have found on Google, some I have tried myself too:

Dusting, cleaning the bathroom, Make-up Brush cleaner, Eyelash Strengthener, Reduce spot redness, combat stretch marks, helps to heal new tattoos, curbs appetites, sore throat relief, chapped lips, cleaning your car, lubricate scissors when cutting sticky things, deodorant, remove chewing gum, use in pastries and soups, prevent hangnails and ingrown nails, personal lubricant.. and I am sure there are many more!

See what I mean about it being a product you simply need in your house? It’s fantastic!

What uses have you got for Coconut Oil?

Hot Toddy Candle

Hot Toddy Candle

Now this is a really interesting concept and I was actually very intrigued when I first found out about it.

Marie Reynolds hascreated a range of candles handmade in Britain that can be used for massage, as a room fragrance, on the body, for exfoliation, as a solid perfume or as a conditioner.

Yes, you read that right – a candle that does all of that. What is this magic?!

Hot Toddy Candle

With prices ranging from £5.50 for a 30g candle this product could not be more multipurpose. I have before heard of or seen a candle that has so many uses. Never have I thought to use a candle as a lip balm and a conditioner before lighting it in my living room.

But that’s what makes this product so great. It doesn’t just serve the one purpose and having this in your bathroom would allow you not only to relax whilst in the bath but also to ensure that your skin is soft, supple and smelling lovely!

I must admit that I was not sold by the Marie Reynolds website, I don’t think it fully reflects the quality of the products – but it is just a storefront and doesn’t affect the products. They come beautifully gift wrapped and would make the perfect gift this Christmas.

I got the Hot Toddy scent, which is perfect for winter with notes of spiced apple and cinnamon. However, there are many other choices including Refresh, Indulge & Hope. All with their own blend of scents.

I have the 50g votive candle, which comes in a lovely glass jar and is gift wrapped in cellophane, at a cost of £8.50.

eyelash-extensions

Eyelash Extensions – The Process

You may or may not know that I get eyelash extensions twice a month.

Since having them put in for a black-tie ball I have become addicted, I am not ashamed to admit and am now living in a cycle of infill’s.

I have had a few people ask about the process and so I thought a blog post would solve all questions!

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How long do they take to apply & how does it work?

The original process of applying the extensions to ‘empty’ lashes takes around 2 hours. Prior to application your eyelashes will be wiped with make-up remover to take off any mascara, which could cause clumping of the eyelash extensions.

You will then have a shield/guard applied to your bottom lashes so that they don’t become stuck to your top lashes. Although I will warn you that occasionally they do manage to get stuck together and it is a tiny bit painful to separate them – but it’s a quick process and no pain, no gain right?!

Your therapist/beautician will then go between your 2 eyes applying the extensions to your own lashes. They may also occasionally use a little ‘blower’ thing just to disperse the glue fumes.

Howoften do you have to have infills?

It depends on how quickly your natural lashes grow out. I have mine every 2 weeks but you might prefer to go longer or shorter. After a couple of sessions you will see at what stage your lashes look lacklustre and know to move your infill’s closer together.

How long do they last?

Lashes should last around 10 weeks, it is then recommended that you give them time to grow out and rest. Once you have done this you can have a new set applied again. Alternatively, if your
therapist feels your lashes are strong enough you can have infill’s past the 10 weeks – although it is advisable to give your lashes a rest at some point or they may become weak.

Arethey safe to go swimming with & get wet?

You have to avoid getting your lashes wet for 24-48 hours after application, this is to ensure that the glue dries properly and that the lashes set. After this you are free to get them as wet as you like and can go swimming like normal with them on.

I’ve actually worn mine in the pool and hot tub, both with Chlorine in, and they have been absolutely fine.

Do they all look the same?

The lashes come in different thicknesses. Your therapist will generally start you on the thinnest ones so that the look is not too much of a shock/too much on your first time. After having this for a fortnight, or whenever your infill appointment is, you can always ask to go thicker. I am on the 2nd thickness now and they are perfect.

I couldn’t be without my lashes now and am pleased that I started getting them done.

If you have any more questions about the process, etc please get in touch!

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