January 2014

Coconut Oil - Hair Benefits & How I Use It

13. january 2014 at 11:47 | Simee |  Tips


Everyone's desire is to have nice healthy, shiny hair, whether it's women or men. Most people think that the way to this is through expensive shampoos, conditioners or other products. What they don't realise is that all of these things are chemically processed and are not as beneficial for hair compared to natural things. One of those is coconut oil.

Coconut oil has really good benefits for your hair. It is inexpensive and lasts a good amount of time. On top of that all it's natural and does wonders for your hair. Here are some of the benefits when applied to hair:

promotes hair growth
repairs
strengthens
makes your hair amazingly shiny
shields hair protein, which prevents your hair from getting damaged
seals in moisture
contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, thanks to those it helps curing dandruff
contains all nutrients like vitamin E, K and iron which are essential for hair
improves blood circulation
slows down hair loss
cheaper than any masks and conditioners

When buying a coconut oil, make sure you always purchase the 100% pure/virgin coconut oil. There are lots of them on the market and some only claim being pure, so make sure you buy it from the source that you trust. Another thing to keep in mind when buying one, it will not look like any normal oil, it will be in a jar or tin and it will be very hard, almost like a candle wax. Make sure that lauric acid content is at least 40%.

HOW I USE COCONUT OIL FOR MY HAIR

Even though this process is not time consuming at all, before you do that, make sure you're only sitting at home and don't have to go anywhere in public, otherwise people might think you don't wash your hair

Step 1 : as it is a solid oil, we want to melt it first. What I do most of the time is take two bowls one rather large and one small one. Pour about 1-2 cups of hot water into the larger bowl. Now with a tea spoon measure how much of the oil will you need (I have medium length fine hair and I use about 1 and a half teaspoons of coconut oil), and place that into the small bowl. Now take small bowl and place it into the hot water, making sure the water doesn't get into the oil. Another alternative to that is to warm the amount of oil you need in microwave, but I wouldn't recommend that as this can damage and alter the chemical structure of the oil. I use microwave from time to time when I feel a bit lazy…

Step 2: You can use this for damp or dry hair. If you prefer to use it on damp hair use warm water to dampen your hair.

Step 3: Now dip your fingers into now melted coconut oil, rub it into your hands and starting from the scalp, start massaging the oil into the roots of your hair. Because coconut oil improves the blood circulation and massaging the scalp does too, it's meant to be really good for the hair growth.

Step 4: Now this is the part where I usually mix my pure argan oil (about 3-5 drops) into the coconut oil, for the lengths and ends of my hair. You can totally just use coconut oil for this part, I just prefer to use argan oil with it, as this has some really good benefits for the hair too. Make sure all your hair is lathered with the oil. Leave the oil in for at least 2 hours, the longer you leave it, the more conditioned your hair will be. For best results I leave it in overnight, just wrap it in an old t-shirt or shower cap, or something that'll be comfortable to have on your head while sleeping.

Step 5: Wash your hair with your favorite shampoo, you should always use a natural shampoo or sulphate free shampoo as these don't strip your hair from natural oils as much. I use Argania range moisture repair shampoo !REVIEW HERE!. I do have to wash my hair twice to get rid of all the coconut oil in my hair, and then condition it as I would normally.

I do this at least once to twice a week depending on how busy I am in the evenings, but I do see a difference everytime I pamper my hair with the good old coconut oil. I hope these few tips have been helpful to you guys, let me know if you have tried it and what were your results.




Review - Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation & Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer 002

9. january 2014 at 11:55 | Simee |  Beauty reviews


Hi BABES!
As you can tell by the title of this blog post, i will be reviewing these two products. I went to Boots the other day to find a new foundation and primer, because the one i use is no longer doing the job and i like trying new stuff, i came across these two products, so i thought why not give it a go.


RIMMEL FIX & PERFECT PRO PRIMER 002

The primer has five claims 1. Smoothes 2. Resurfaces 3. Brightens 4. Mattifies 5. Protects.

The consistency of it is more like a lotion which for me is a plus, as it's easier and quicker to work with.
When i put this on my face, my skin feels smooth immediately. I found that it absorbs really well too, which results into less oily skin through the day. It DOES refresh my skin, or at least that's what it feels like wearing it. It definitely has the mattifying effect on my skin, and i haven't found a primer that would take care of my oily skin/shine as much until now, i can go way longer with this primer before the shine. So if you too, have an oily skin this might be for you. Protectionwise i don't think it lives up to that claim, but i find this with every primer i have used so far. I did however notice a breakout after using this product for the first time, but i am not sure if this was the primer's fault or just the 'time of the month'. I would definitely repurchase this primer as it's cheap and for a drugstore product does what it says on the bottle.


RIMMEL STAY MATTE LIQUID FOUNDATION MOUSSE

1. A feather-light, liquid mousse that blends flawlessly for natural-looking and an all day shine control 2. Silky smooth formula for a perfectly matte, baby-soft finish 3. Lightweight texture won't feel heavy or greasy 4. Minimises the appearance of pores

Now these are the claims of this foundation. Are they true? YES! I normally use higher more expensive foundations, because i feel like they are better for your skin. But after purchasing this one, I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. My skin feels amazing, the foundation is so light on the skin i can hardly feel i'm wearing any. Saying that, it still has a really good coverage. I hate those type of foundations that make your face look really 'cakey' before they cover anything but this one doesn't. Like i said many times i have an oily skin, but this foundation took care of that. No more shine and oil for me. And it actually lasted that way for a whole day. Since i put it on at 7am until i took it off at 10pm, without the need to touch up with powder or blotting sheets. However i would not recommend this product if you have dry skin. Love the packaging, it's easy to just squeeze out of the tube in comparison to pump bottle foundations. The ONLY downfall iof this product is a quite a small range of shades, so hopefully Rimmel will decide to make these in a bit wider variety. All in all i'm giving this product 11 out of 10. Will definitely keep using it.

I hope this article has helped you if you weren't sure whether to purchase these items or not, or even if you wanted to try something new and didn't know what to go for.

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