How I Use Coconut Oil

how i use coconut oil

I mentioned in a video a couple of months ago that I was having issues with certain products and wanted to head down a more natural route. This is going to be a very slow process for me because, let’s be honest, I can’t afford to get rid of all my current products and replace them with more natural versions all at once!

One of the first things I did was switch over to using coconut oil for my cleanser and I thought I would share with you how exactly I use it for that purpose as well as other ways I incorporate it into my life in case you were intrigued or were thinking of trying it out yourself.

How I Use Coconut Oil

Face Cleanser
I’ll start off with this as it’s what I use coconut oil for most often. Basically, to use it as a cleanser it’s a simple as massaging it over your face and using a damp, warm cloth to wipe it off. I take about a thumbnails worth of the solid oil, warm it up slightly with my fingers and massage it over my face and down my neck. I use this over my eye area too and it’s very effective at removing waterproof makeup, the only downside to this is if it gets into your eyes it can make them a little blurry but it doesn’t make them sting at all. Once I’ve spent a minute or so massaging the oil in, I then take a flannel, hold it under the hot tap (or shower head usually), and wring out the excess water. I place the flannel over my face for a few seconds before using it to wipe away the oil and makeup. I then repeat the process once more to ensure I’ve got all the makeup off my face and cleansed it. The oil works by breaking down the makeup and lifting the dirt and oil from your skin, which then gets wiped away with the cloth. My face is left completely clean with a little bit of residue from the coconut oil, which helps add moisture to my skin (an added bonus!). I do only use this at night because of that residue but I love this as my cleanser and haven’t had any breakouts since using it!

Hair Treatment
This is a more common use that you’ve probably heard of. The molecules in coconut oil are small enough to get inside the hair shaft and nourish it from inside the strand (as opposed to some treatments/conditioners that just smooth down the outer surface). There’s a couple of ways I use it as a hair treatment – one is to apply it to my dry hair, prior to washing it, and leave it to sit for as long as possible (sometimes wrapped in a towel to keep the heat in). I’ll try to leave it on for at least an hour before shampooing and conditioning as normal. I do find I need to shampoo twice otherwise my fine hair ends up looking a bit limp and greasy.
Another way I use it is mixed in with my regular conditioner. This is great for those times when I feel like my hair needs a little extra TLC but I don’t have the time to do the above for whatever reason. All I’ll do is mix a little bit of coconut oil with my conditioner in the palm of my hand and apply as normal. I’ll try to leave that on my hair for a few minutes whilst I wash the rest of me and then rinse it out. My hair always feels so, so soft when I use coconut oil on it.

Body Treatment
I recently found coconut oil works great when mixed in with my body wash! I’m not sure if it would work the same with all types of body washes but I mixed a small amount of coconut oil with my shower gel, really mixed it well together in my hands before washing my body and it felt really luxurious. Whilst the shower gel was cleansing my body, the oil was stopping it from getting dried out and it seemed to work really well. You can also use a tiny bit of coconut oil as a moisturiser for any particularly dry patches once you’ve got out of the shower and that works well too.

Cooking
Of course, you can always use it with food, whether you want to add it to smoothies, bake with it, or use it to cook with. Ben and I love using coconut oil when cooking veggie stir fries, use can cook on high heat, it’s said to be a healthier oil to consume, plus it just adds a lovely taste to our food. There’s lots of ways you could experiment with adding coconut oil into your diet, a quick search on Pinterest will give you lots of inspiration.

how i use coconut oil

So that is how I use coconut oil in my day-to-day life. For reference, I use the Groovy Food Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Let me know if you have any other ways you recommend trying, and let me know if you try out using it in one of the ways I’ve mentioned!

What’s In My… Travel Toiletries Bag

travel toiletries

If you saw my last video on my carry on bag you’ll know that I’m currently on holiday in Ibiza for the week. If you want to see what makeup I took, make sure you subscribe to my channel and stay tuned for Wednesday’s video. In the meantime, here are the toiletries I packed:

travel toiletries

Firstly, actually, let me just mention the toiletries bag I picked up from Boots that’s holding everything. I believe this was £10-12 and I’ve been wanting a toiletries bag like this for ages, you know the kind that you can open out and hang up. This has 3 different compartments, 2 of which are attached with velcro so can be easily removed if needs be. Although the white fabric outer cover isn’t the most practical I really loved the design with the various different landmarks from around the world, very appropriate for travel.

travel toiletries

The Shower Stuff:
I’m taking the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Shampoo and their Moisture Seal Conditioner, mainly because I already had these in travel size but I do really like them. My cleanser is, of course, the Sanctuary Hot Cloth Cleanser and I’ll be bringing a few muslin cloths/flannels to use with it. I have a mini of the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body wash which is my favourite, and I have a brand new Venus razor and Colgate Toothbrush for the trip.

travel toiletries

The Skincare Stuff:
To quickly cleanse my face in the morning I’ve decanted some of my Garnier Micellar Water into a little Bioderma bottle I had laying around. I have the Talika Photo-Hydra moisturiser for day and my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo for night. I also have minitures of the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream and the Rituals Qi Gong Anti-Perspirant, and finally some cotton buds and cotton pads as they always come in useful.

travel toiletries

On My Repurchase List

Every now and then I go back and watch my older videos and it reminds me of all the great products I used to love. So I’ve started a list of products I’d like to repurchase at some point and I thought I’d share it:

repurchase list holy grail beauty makeup
  • Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer – best concealer I have found for under the eyes, great coverage, no creasing.
  • Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Spray – a little pricier than my usual Tresemme one but this is so much better. It smells great, detangles, protects my hair and leaves it soft and silky.
  • Yankee Candle Fireside Treats – Hands down all time favourite candle, it smells amazing, all chocolately and toasted marshmallow. Delicious!
  • Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar – this bath wraps you in lots of bubbles, pink water and a comforting scent.
  • Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Black Ink – this is the best black eyeliner I have used. It’s so creamy and pigmented, super black and available at the drugstore.
  • ELF Natural Radiance Blush in Innocence – I had this back when they had the slide out packaging. It’s a matte pale pink shade which I don’t have in my collection and I’m getting a bit tired of the peaches and corals so this would be a nice alternative. Unfortunately we can’t get hold of this blush anymore but I’m hoping the Essential Blush is a similar sort of thing.
  • L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagene Mascara – I remember being obsessed with this mascara so I’d love to give it another go and see if I still love it as much.
  • Soap & Glory Flake Away – this body scrub is so good. It really exfoliates without being too too harsh, and along with smelling great it also leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised.
  • Burts Bees Original Lip Balm – smells minty, tingles a little bit, keeps my lips soft, can be worn overnight or underneath lip products and is a more natural balm.
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – my favourite foundation. I don’t have this in my collection at the moment and the only reason I haven’t rushed out to pick up a new one is because I’m on Project Pan.
  • Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment – nothing else seems to do quite what this product does for my hair. It helps to smooth everything down, cuts down on drying time when applied to my hair whilst its’s wet, and adds a hit of hydration to my poor damaged ends.

What’s on your repurchase list?

*Pictures from Birchbox, Amazon, Lush, Superdrug, es-jaymakeup.blogspot.co.uk, Boots

Review: Kérastase Cristalliste Lait Cristal

Kerastase Cristallise Lait Cristal Review haircare treatment thegirlinspired

Of all the Kérastase products I’ve tried from various beauty boxes, not that I’ve tried a whole lot, I’ve not rated any of them until now.. In the last My Little Box that I received back in May the Kérastase Lait Cristal was included and I was very meh about it. Like I said, I’d not rated any I’d tried previously and didn’t hold out any hope for this one either, so it sat in my beauty cupboard for a couple of months.

Well, the shampoo and conditioner I’m currently trying to use up has been quite drying on my hair and I’ve decided to mix in deep conditioners to hopefully help improve the look and feel of my hair. With that in mind I dove into my hair stash and decided I might as well give this Kérastase one a try, and if it was no good I could get rid of it so it no longer took up valuable space on my haircare shelf.

Now I never normally blow dry my hair as typically I’ll wash my hair in the evening and let it air dry overnight. But I was feeling lazy one night so ended up washing my hair the next morning which meant I needed to blow dry it before heading off to work for the day. So I’m not sure if it was just this product, or maybe a combination of that plus the blow drying but Oh My God my hair felt so soft and silky, and with a body to it that I have missed in recent times.

Kerastase Cristallise Lait Cristal Review haircare treatment thegirlinspired

This rinse out conditioner is more on the thin side, so even whilst applying it I didn’t think it would do anything for my poor dry, damaged hair. But the thinness means it’s a really weightless formula which left my hair bouncy and, as promised on the packaging, free-flowing and silky.

I don’t know if this will be a long lasting effect or if the results are just surface level, but it’s the first time I’ve been impressed by any product from Kérastase so I will actually be using this one up rather than just getting rid of it for a change.

Have any of you tried anything from Kérastase  What did you think? Do you have a holy grail hair product you would recommend from the brand?

Available from Amazon for £8.95

Time For a Change Of Hair

Hey guys, I know I’ve been slacking on the blogging front. I’ll do a separate post letting you know why, but this post is very much of the moment..

I’m getting my hair ombréd this afternoon! Towards the end of last year I dyed my hair darker but it didn’t really look that different, and before that it was aaages since I last coloured my hair so I thought it was time for a change.

This is my hair currently..

change of hair

These are the pictures I have been looking at for inspiration on the colour and how far up I want the blonde to come..

change of hair
You can see from these pictures that I want the blonde to be fairly subtle and not really come up too high. I don’t want to look like a blonde, I still want to keep a large chunk of my natural hair colour. Then, last night whilst I was searching the internet for more pictures, I came across this one of Khila from missbudgetbeauty..
change of hair

Hmm I may be going a little bit blonder than I originally planned….. We’ll see what I decide once I actually get to the hairdressers – my appointment is at 1.30pm today. I will no doubt Instagram a picture of the end result so make sure you’re following me if you want to see how it looks once it’s done.

My hair is actually in pretty bad condition, I have a lot of split ends and my hair is terribly frizzy.. You might be shouting at me now, telling me not to ruin my hair even further by bleaching it but it’s all part of my master plan..

The plan is to ombré my hair for the Summer, then once Autumn hits I am going to chop it short. I’m not sure how short yet but you guys probably know by now that I am obsessed with Khila and Nikki Phillippi, both of whom have short hair so probably somewhere around shoulder length. I’m hoping this will cut out most of the damage and I might even have a little bit of the blonde peeking out at the bottom still.

Anyway, that’s the plan for now. If you have any thoughts on what shade of blonde might suit me then tweet me this morning and I will take it into consideration when I’m at the salon =)

Review: L’Oreal Fibrology Hair Care Range

L'Oreal Fibrology Hair Care
Hey guys, so you may have seen or heard of L’Oreal’s latest hair care range, Fibrology. My hair seems to have been getting thinner lately so when I saw that this was targeted at making your hair thicker I knew I had to give it a try. Luckily I was actually sent this to try out. It’s not a PR sample kinda deal, I am no where near big enough for company’s like L’Oreal to be sending me stuff! I think I saw something on their website where you just had to fill in your details and if you were one of the lucky people selected they would send you out some of the products from the range to try out and feedback your thoughts to them. So I have been using this exclusively for the past month or so and I really love it. The fact that I was sent this for free has no bearing on this review. If I hadn’t have been sent it I would have purchased it myself and my thoughts would be the same.
So what do I think? I really, really like this stuff and I will definitely be getting more when I run out. This is supposed to make your hair thicker and has a cumulative effect so the more you use it the thicker your hair becomes. I can actually feel a difference in my hair straight away just from the shampoo, my hair has a fullness to it if that makes any kind of sense. The secret ingredient is Filloxane which penetrates the hair and then expands to make your hair thicker.
The shampoo really lathers up so you don’t need a lot of it and it really leaves my hair feeling clean. The conditioner is a nice thick consistency which seems to add enough moisture into my hair to leave it looking and feeling healthy; it doesn’t dry it out at all. They also sent me the Thickness Booster which I was told to mix with equal amounts of the conditioner once a week to give an extra boost to the thickening process. I really feel like this has made my hair thicker – not massively so, I don’t have a bouffant now lol – just enough to where I can tell a difference. When I tie my hair back my ponytail feels thicker, like I have more hair.  Even Ben has said that I don’t seem to be losing as much hair anymore. Whether that’s from this range or not I’m not sure but I haven’t changed anything else so I can only assume it must be these products.
I would say if you’ve noticed your hair starting to get thinner give this a try. I don’t think it’s a miracle worker, so if you have severely thinning hair you might want to look into a more intensive hair care range. But for everyday run-of-the-mill thinning hair I think this is great and I would recommend it. It’s very affordable and the range also includes a Thickness Masque and a Thickness Creation Double Serum. You can pick up L’Oreal in Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets; and I’ve listed the products and their prices below for reference.
**At the time of writing these are on offer in Superdrug**
Shampoo 400ml £3.99
Conditioner 400ml £3.99
Thickness Booster 30ml £5.99
Thickness Masque 300ml £5.09

 

Thickness Creation Double Serum 2x15ml £6.99

NOTD: Barry M Peach Melba & White Crackle

Barry M Peach Melba

It feels like Spring may have sprung already! The weather is gorgeous today so I though I would break out my white crackle effect nail polish for a light and bright Spring manicure.

Barry M Peach Melba
This is Barry M’s Peach Melba, which is such a gorgeous cream finish peach colour, as you would imagine, but unfortunately the formula is very thin and streaky. I think you would need 4 or 5 coats to make this completely opaque and even, and I just don’t have the patience for that! Which is a shame as it is such a lovely colour, particularly for this time of year.

Barry M Peach Melba
To try and cover up the streakiness I applied a coat of Barry M’s white Crackle Effect polish over the top and it looks lovely and bright and fresh. I’m really enjoying my Barry M nail polishes at the moment since most of the colours I have from that brand are very appropriate for this time of year.
If you want to see an Easter inspired tutorial using more Barry M polishes you can check out the video below!
Barry M nail polishes are available in Boots and Superdrug for a very affordable £2.99

Going Darker For Fall #thefallinspired

Going Darker For Fall

Hey guys, throughout October I have been doing a series called #thefallinspired. To kick the series off I dyed my hair darker for the fall/autumn season, my friend Jenny helped me and I filmed the process. I used the Clairol Nice and Easy dye in 120 Natural Dark Brown and I loved how the colour turned out. I think next time I will go a shade darker as the intensity didn’t hold so I’m hoping by going a bit darker it will hold the colour a bit longer.


Make sure you check out all of the other #thefallinspired videos, it’s been really fun having a theme for this month and I hope you like this fun little video.


~x Jenna

What’s In My Beauty Cupboard

What's In My Beauty Cupboard

If you watch my videos on YouTube then you might know that a few months ago I mentioned that I kept the majority of my beauty products in drawers within my wardrobe. A few of you requested to see a video of what I had in them but I didn’t find the time to film that video before moving house.

Now Ben and I are, for the most part, settled in, I am finally getting round to filming that video. You might note that my beauty drawers have become my beauty cupboard but that has less to do with me accumulating more products and more to do with the fact I have had to reorganise my things to fit into a different area.

So if you want to take a look into my beauty cupboard and see what I keep stored in there then check out the below video.

~x Jenna

Hair Reviving Combo

Anyone that feels like their hair is so damaged it will never feel nice again, I have a quick fix hair reviving combo to share with you.

With moving into my first house with my partner, Ben, and decorating and cleaning the place I found I just didnt have the time or energy to properly take care of myself and my hair really suffered because of it.
A month after the move my hair was so dry and brittle, the ends were so crunchy they actually felt like straw. I was sure the only way to get rid of that feeling was to have my hair chopped really short, something I’m trying to avoid doing. A couple of weeks back I had a rare, free evening and decided to pamper myself. In went the bubble bath and on went the face mask, and I figured whilst I was at it I might as well attempt to get some life back into my hair. Here’s what I used:
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

Hair Reviving Combo
I washed and towel dried my hair first then slathered a generous amount of this all over my hair, focusing on those dry ends. I then proceeded to relax in the bath for about half an hour before rinsing it off. This has argan and macadamia oils for intense hydration. That was the first step and I felt a noticeable improvement immediately. My hair felt much silkier so I figured I might be able to fix it, albeit temporarily, afterall. So I moved on to step 2:
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave In Treatment

Hair Reviving Combo
 
 
This is a lightweight leave-in protein treatment. It adds strength to your hair – something that your hair needs if you are constantly heat styling it or colouring it. A little less than one pump went onto my towel dried hair followed swiftly by:
Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment

Hair Reviving Combo
 
 
These oils help to put back a lot of moisture into your hair. Sometimes you can use too much of a protein treatment that it actually makes your hair more brittle and the ends break off. So to counteract that it’s good to use a more moisturising treatment alongside it. This is the one that I love and I use it almost everyday just to help smooth down any frizziness or flyaways and add some shine and moisture.
Once those products were in I combed through my hair with a wide toothed comb – wide toothed combs cause less damage as they won’t snag your hair the way a regular brush would. I then went to bed and let my hair air dry over night. Since I need to straighten my hair every morning and I’m trying to avoid heat damaging my hair too much I don’t blow dry my hair – I know I’ll have to straighten it in the morning regardless so why not just skip the unnecessary heat at night?!
 
The next morning before I straightened my hair (for reference I use GHDs) I used this product:
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave In Conditioning Spray

Hair Reviving Combo
 
 
This is a little miracle product that I discovered in a recent Birchbox and I loved it so much I actually purchased it in full size! This does so many things. It’s a heat protector, uv protector, detangler, it seals cuticles, adds shine, smooths hair and locks in colour. It’s a lightweight product which smells incredibly good and as you go through your day you will keep getting wafts of that scent. It’s so good! A few sprays of this and some straightening later and my hair was silky, shiny and soft. It looked and felt so healthy I couldn’t quite believe it so I knew I had to share it with you guys.
Just remember though, this is a temporary fix. Unfortunately nothing will actually repair split ends other than having the damage cut off but this combo will fool anyone into thinking you have lovely, healthy hair until you can bring yourself to go to the hairdressers.
Do you have a miracle hair product? Let me know in the comments. 
 
~x Jenna


The Macadamia Healing Oil Products I got from Buyapowa
Redken available from Gorgeous Shop for £14.25
Beauty Protector available from Birchbox for £15