The Multiple Uses of Coconut Oil

After reading about how good coconut oil can be for multiple things, I went looking in the kitchen cupboards and came across this tub of pure 100% coconut oil. Now the main use for it is to cook with, but take it in the bathroom and there are a whole load of other ways to use it!

Use it as a pre-shampoo hair mask. Take a large dollop of it, coat your hair from ear downwards and leave it on for however long you feel. My hair is extremely dry so when I have the time, I have been using this rather than reaching for something similar to the Philip Kingsley hair mask. I wouldn't recommend putting it near your scalp, as it can be a little tricky to wash out.
Dry ends? Warm a little of this between your fingers and rub a little onto the ends. In the weeks before I need a hair cut, my ends can become a little wispy and dry looking but this solves all the problems. Again, don't use too much or you will need to wash your hair and I'm all about preventing that.
If you're nearing the end of your cleanser, try this out. I took about half a table spoon of the oil, warmed it up between my fingers and massaged onto my skin. As it's a solid oil, it does turn into an oil cleanser but it really does remove all your make up, including mascara. Wash it off with water and a flannel, follow with a moisturiser and you're good to go.
Another option for the skin, especially the drier skin types, would be to use it a moisture mask. Now I wouldn't really use it as a moisturiser (even though you could), but apply a thick layer onto the skin, leave it on for a while and wash it off. For the people you have been wanting to try either the Origins or Clinique offerings, it's a good one to use before you buy the real thing.
Forget Bio Oil, use it for stretch marks and scars. Now I don't mean year old scars as they are quite hard to remove, but if you have any new (unwanted) additions, get rubbing. I have a few spotted around my body and I've been using an oil on them for a while now, and I can see them fading already.
Lastly, if you're having a day where you're wearing only a little make up, try using this as a highlighter. Just like Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream, pop it along the cheekbones and it can give a real natural sheen to the skin.

You can pick up a tub of this in most supermarkets, Whole Foods or on Cult Beauty as RMS have their own version. If you have any other ways of using it, let me know!

Luce x

Skincare Highlights #6

I haven't touched on skincare in a while now and that's all because I've been using the same products every day. Lets say I haven't been too adventurous with the products I'm using. I've been using some good oldies and some newbies for me.

You all know I love Origins but I haven't been using many of their products recently. I still use Eye Doctor* and Make A Difference Plus+ Serum* every day because I always feel my skin is lacking something when I don't use those. I can tell that any pump of the serum now, it's going to be empty which will be a sad day. As always, my eyes have been very dry around the brow bone so this has been helping it become not as flakey. I think there may be a underlying problem as to why it's so dry in that area, but let's save that for another day.
With the Origins serum, I've been layering it with either a lotion or another serum. Call me crazy but the other night I used three different serums and then a moisturiser on top. I've mentioned before that I love Aurelia Revitalise & Glow Serum* a lot before, but I pulled it out of the stocks a week or so back and I haven't regretted it. It really helps perk my dull skin up on the days I can't be too bothered with my make up. On other days I've been using Aesop Parsley Seed Hydrator which is a lovely thin moisturiser/lotion, full of antioxidants for the skin. For people with oily skin, this would suit your skin perfectly well as a moisturiser. But if you have skin like me and you need a lot of layers, this acts as a serum.
To go on top of all these serums, I've been reaching for two moisturisers. A cheaper option would be Organic Surge Night Cream* which is a simple damn right good moisturiser. It takes a little to work into the skin but by the morning, the skin feels plump and hydrated. Everything you look for in a night cream, right? The other one is another Aesop product, their Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream. It's suited for very dry skin, as they have a moisturiser for each skin type. One of the main ingredients is chamomile bud to help soothe any sensitive skin people may have and there is sandalwood and rosemary leaf for instant hydration.

Lets just say that I'm thinking of my skin like my body, it needs a lot of layers to keep the hydration levels up.

Luce x

Inside The Shower

I talk about skincare for my face quite a lot, but what about I use in the shower? I have a pretty basic routine, there's nothing glamorous about it. As for shampoo and conditioner, I usually don't stick to a certain brand as I will use just whatever is there.

At the moment, I've been using Aveda Scalp Benefits shampoo and conditioner and I do like it. I don't think it does anything amazing to my hair, but it helps keep any dandruff at bay and cleans my hair. If I've used a lot of product in my hair that week, I will wash my hair with Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo. I tend not to use this a lot as it can easily dry my hair out, which I don't need more of. But it's a deep cleansing shampoo which removes product build-up easily. It does lather quite a bit though, which I try to stay away from, but for other hair types, it would be perfect. I also use Pro-Voke Touch of Silver every other time I wash my hair. Although most of the bright blonde in my hair has been cut out, I do still have a bit of blonde left. I use this just to tone down any yellow/ginger tones as my hair has a tendency to turn that shade.
For body, I stick to Sanex, especially as it's usually on offer in Boots or Superdrug. I used this throughout the whole of last year and it's very gentle to my skin. I usually pick up the most hydrating one, or one which is suited to dry skin. For a body exfoliator, I've finally found which is amazing and gets rid of my rough skin. Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub uses bamboo stem in the exfoliator to remove the dead skin and to polish the skin. I usually use one squirt for my upper body and another for my legs, a little goes a long way with this, something I'm impressed by.
For my face, I will always remove my make up before I get in, or most of the time I wash my face before getting in. But if I'm being lazy, I will stick to an old classic, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. It's a moisturising cream cleanser which everyone knows about. It does the job and I like that. I tend to exfoliate my face in the shower too, as it's less messy. At the moment I have been using Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator. It has very fine grains and it gets rid of all the flakey dry skin I have at the moment.

What is your favourite product to use in the shower?

Luce x

Best of 2013: Skincare & Haircare


2013 is coming to the end and I thought I would finish the year with all of my favourite products from throughout the year. I don't tend to do favourites every month as I forget about what I use, so this is a good way to show you exactly what I love.

Starting off with the category with the least products - haircare. A brand which stands out the most for me this year is Bumble & Bumble as I finally got to grips with some of their products. Three favourites from their range are Dryspun Spray*, Semisumo* & Quenching Complex*. A texturising spray, a texturising wax and a leave in conditioner for the ends of my hair which all help my dry limp have some life. Another product which I have mentioned over and over, It's A 10 Leave In Product, is a staple of mine as I use it every time I wash my hair without fail. I've used it for so long now, I don't know what my hair feels like without it in. Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother* was a product which came into my routine later in the year. A smoothing serum which I apply to my hair after blow drying and straightening, as it soothes any frizz which may be on the ends or around the scalp.

Now you all know I love my skincare so it took me approx 30mins to really pin point this list of favours for you all. I may have left a few bits out but I have tried my hardest to include everything I love. To remove my make up, I stick with L'Oreal Micellar Water. It's cheap and good to my skin, exactly what I need to remove my eye make up. It may be cheating by putting this in but I've loved it so much this past month, Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil has been amazing to remove my face make up. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* has been a firm favourite since the summer, it removes everything from grime to make up so it's a good all-rounder. As always, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish* is a favourite. It's the cleanser which I use in the shower to cleanse my skin.
Ever since using both Pixi Glow Tonic and Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion*, I have seen a big difference in my skin. Glow Tonic helps remove all the dead skin cells and the Treatment Lotion helps with my dehydrated skin. Liz Earle Exfoliator* is a gentle exfoliator which doesn't irritate my skin, it's very kind to sensitive skin. For a deep cleansing mask, I have been reaching for Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask* as it's a deep cleansing mask which doesn't contain clay, so it won't dry my skin out even further. For a hydrating mask, Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask* has been another favourite. I found that with the Origins masks, they can be quite tacky on the skin and this is the complete opposite.
Most days I suffer from quite dry skin around the eyes, so I use Origins Eye Doctor* every night and most mornings if the bags are little puffy. For the extra hydration I always ned, Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Serum* is something I reach for pretty much every day. I'm coming to the end of this bottle so next payday, it will definitely be repurchased. Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment* is a face oil I have spoke about a few times now and I still really do love it. My skin practically drinks it up and leaves it feeling amazing in the morning. Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry Skin* has been my everyday day moisturiser for a few months now and I really do love it. It's one of those products which does as it says on the bottle. Origins Night A Mins is my go to night moisturiser, it's super hydrating and helps rejuvenate the skin throughout the night. For even more hydration, I have been adding a few drops of Dermalogica Hydrating Skin Booster*.

What has been your favourite skincare & haircare product of the year?

Luce x