Coco Loco* Top 10 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

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Hello Lovelies,

Today I want to share a thrifty beauty secret with you. It’s all natural, tasty and it smells amazing, yep, coconut oil. Coconut oil has been used as a beauty product around the world for many years. Most notably as a moisteriser and as a hair conditioner (as well as something you can cook and bake with). Here I my top 10 beauty uses for this wonder oil…

1) Make-up remover: Gently rub the coconut oil all over your face to dissolve even waterproof makeup. Use a warm muslin cloth or soft cotton towelling face cloth to wipe away all traces of makeup. Also, don’t worry if you have oily skin. Oil cleansing is really great for oily skin as like attracts like and the coconut oil molecules attach to the sebum in your face and pull them out! Add some virgin castor oil to the mix if you have oily skin and you’ll be able to feel the ‘plugs’ of dirt from your face after massaging for a few minutes. Gross but also kind of satisfying!

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2) Moisteriser: Massage a small amount into your face after cleansing. Coconut oil sinks into skin leaving it soft and supple.

3) Body scrub: Half a cup of soft brown sugar, half a cup or coconut oil. Mix together and smooth all over in the shower. Smells AMAZING (and is totally edible too). Leaves your tushy smooth as a baby’s!

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4) Lip balm: Decant a small amount into a small tin to carry about with you. Apply when lips are feeling dry (or in preparation for a major make out session).

5) Tinted balm/gloss: Same as above, except, mix in a bit of your favourite lipstick. Make as intense or sheer as you like. Alternatively, apply a small amount over matte lipstick to add a slight sheen.

6) Hair shine pomade: A SMALL amount of this wonder oil rubbed into your palms and smoothed over your hair will add a lovely glossy shine to your finished do.

Shine added with a little coconut oil.

7) Hair conditioner: Rub into your scalp and all the way to the ends of your hair (only on the ends if your hair tends to get greasy). Wrap your head in clingfilm and leave for at least an hour. Rinse with shampoo twice to ensure the oil is removed. You shouldn’t need to use conditioner, just rub a tiny bit of extra coconut oil through the ends of your hair when it’s dry if you have frizzies.

8 ) Cuticle/nail oil: Massage into the cuticles and all over the nail bed (and your hands too if you like), pop on cotton gloves for 20 minutes for extra softening. Wash hands and push back your cuticles with an orange stick.

9) Eyelash and brow tamer: Rub a little coconut oil over a spoolie, old mascara wand or toothbrush then run it through your lashes and brows. This is great for those who don’t like to wear a lot of makeup or for people with thick dark lashes who really don’t need mascara (you lucky devils!).

10) Face mask: There are several different ways you can use coconut oil as a face mask. The most simple one is a quick exfoliating mask. Add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to it and massage into your face GENTLY. Wipe away with a warm cloth and splash your face a few times. Finish with a little more of the oil to moisterise.

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Another way is to smoosh it up with half of a ripe avocado, apply liberally over your face and leave for 30 minutes. Both coconut oil and avocado are super moisterising, so this is great for dry/sensitive skins.

Just a quick note: Make sure that you purchase a cold pressed, raw and organic coconut oil to get the most goodness from the oil. There are a few different versions out there. You can get it with the scent removed (favoured for cooking so that the smell doesn’t over power the other ingredients) but I actually really like it with the scent. It makes me smell like a cookie! You’ll get around 500ml for anywhere between £10-£20 depending on the brand you go for but it will last ages. I’ve had my current jar (Tiana brand, from Holland & Barrett) for 3 months and I’m only a quarter way through it. Obviously, if you make body scrub from it, it’ll get used up more quickly though. Also, coconut oil is solid when it’s cold and liquid when warm, so you will need to warm it in your hands slightly before using as a moisteriser, mask, pomade etc.

I hope you found this interesting. It really is a thrifty, healthy and natural product. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.

*Bonus points for getting the title reference ;)

MHB

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Home Made XMas: Feltie Heart Tree Decorations.

Hello Lovelies,

Today is all about XMas crafting again. This time around I’m making heart shaped felt tree decorations and I’m going to show you how to make them too. I got a little carried away and ended up making a load of these, I’ll be putting them in the hampers I’m making.

You will need:

Some felt (I’m using acrylic felt)

Scrap paper or card

Scissors

Needle and thread

Stuffing (You can use cotton wool in a pinch)

Glue gun (optional)

Embelleshments (e.g. sequins, buttons, applique shapes, plastic gem stones)

Ribbon

Beads and small jingle bells (optional)

What to do:

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As you can see, there’s lots of different ways to decorate your feltie hearts. If it’s small enough and has a fairly flat back, you can probably glue it on! I may end up making a few more of these as it would be nice to have some to keep for my tree too.

Let me know how you get on if you have a go at these, I hope you have as much fun making them as I did! That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Brushing Out Pin-Curls.

Hello Lovelies,

So, this is my first ever YouTube video upload, I am very excited! I filmed it on my still picture camera as I don’t have a camcorder (yet). I had my hair cut at Rockalily cuts a couple of weeks ago and I love it but I hadn’t had a go at pin-curling it until now. I washed my hair and brushed through a bit of mousse for hold and then pin-curled it while it was still wet. I let it dry overnight (with a hair net over it, for that glamorous Ena Sharples look).

 

The next day, I removed all of my bobby pins and brushed the hell out of it until it stopped frizzing and resembled something akin to a 50s Monroe bob. I didn’t brush it out too much and kept a lot of curl in it. I find it makes the set last a little longer. I finished off with a bit of water soluble pomade (I used some Sweet Georgia Brown pomade I purchased at VLV15 earlier in the year) and a strong hold hairspray (Tresemme Freeze Hold).

I added a hair flower for the final touch. If you find that your hair doesn’t hold curl very well, you can re-pin your hair at night to make the set last longer. I tend to wash and set my hair one to two times a week when I have it cut short like this. I do have naturally curly hair which may be why it holds so well. The main things to remember when pin-curling your hair…

  • If your hair is really straight, wet set it as the curl will be more robust.
  • Use product to help it set e.g. mousse, setting lotion or spray gel.
  • Make sure your hair is completely dry before brushing out.
  • For speed, sit under a hood dryer if you have one (I don’t, so I let it dry overnight).
  • Brush, brush, brush! Keep going, it will frizz at first but then it will start to smooth out.
  • Brush your hair over your hand to smooth and shape individual curls. Or, use a round bristle brush. Whatever works best for you and your hair.
  • If your hair is frizzy or flyaway, use a tiny amount of pomade for control and shine. Too much pomade will weigh your hair down and can make it look greasy. I use a water soluble one to prevent too much product build up and it’s easier to wash out.
  • Always finish off with a strong hairspray but avoid spraying until your hair feels like a helmet. You still want your hairdo to have movement. Swish swish!
  • Re-pin at night for a longer lasting set.

I hope you like my first ever video. I know it’s not technically amazing but I’m super proud of it (I am such a techno-phobe!). I’ve kept it short and sweet and sped up the bit where I remove my pins as it would get pretty boring otherwise. Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have, either via the contact page or twitter. I have disabled comments for now, as I keep getting a ton of spam mail to my email inbox and am trying to fix the problem. I will hopefully be able to have comments activated again soon.

That’s all for  now. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Tutorial: How to create perfect winged eyeliner

Hello Lovelies and welcome to my first ever tutotial on Heyday Honey! Today’s post is all about getting the perfect winged eyeliner. I get asked this almost more than any other question, so I’m going to show you a quick and easy method of getting it just right (with a little patience and practice on your part).

Which type of eyeliner and appilcator you use doesn’t really matter. It’s all down to personal preferance. I suggest trying a few different products to find what works best for you. My favourite is Mac’s fluidline gel eyeliner and a Screenface lip brush! I like the brush because it is small, stiff and tapers to a point. This means I can get a very fine point on the outer edge of the flick but I can also turn it and use the thicker side for filling in and shaping the liner. I also like to break the process down into stages and work a little on each eye at a time to make it easier to achive an even look. Doing one whole eye and trying to recreate what you just did on the other side is more tricky.

Step 1: Line the upper lash line. Start from the centre and move outwards to ensure any excess product is used up first. Then draw from the inner eye to the centre to connect the line.

Step 2: Now you need to work out where to draw in the template line for your flick. Use a thin makeup brush handle or pencil and place it from the outer edge of the nostril, in line with the outer corner of the eye and towards your brow (your brow should also end at the end of this line according to modern beauty standards). Sketch in the template in line with your lower eye line….

…Like so. If your eyes are very hooded or deep set you may want to bring the line out a liitle more horizontally, otherwise your eyelid will distort the shape of the flick when you open your eyes.

Step 3: Now draw in a line from the outer corner to the tip of the flick. You will be left with an empty triangular shape.

Step 4: Fill in the triagle and voila! You are done! Now, you can leave it there or you can now work on the shape a little more, making the liner thicker or winging it out further etc. Have fun with it! There are other ways to do cat eye liner but this is just an easy method to teach and for people to practice until they get more confident with it.

Let me know how you get on if you give this method a go. I would love to see picture. In the meantime, thank you kindly for reading. x

How To: Quick and Easy Vintage Manicure

Hello Lovelies. Here’s a ‘how to’ post on getting a quick and easy vintage manicure much like the one you see Dita Von Teese sporting regularly (i.e. Where the half moon at the base of the nail is left bare). This technique is so quick and easy! You will need…

1. Plastic self adhesive ring reinforcements.

2. Your chosen nail colour.

3. Polish remover.

4. Cotton buds/Q Tips.

5. Top coat

For speed and ease I am leaving out the bare nail tip detail often created when doing an authentic 1940s manicure. I save those for special occassions as they are more fiddly to do. So, here’s what you do…

Stick the ring reinforcements over the natural half moon at the base of each nail. Make sure they are stuck down really well to avoid varnish going underneath.

Then apply the first coat of your chosen nail colour and allow to dry (I’m using Barry M nail paint in ‘Raspberry’). Once dry, apply second coat of nail polish.

TIP: It’s better to do two thin coats than one thick one.

Peel off the stickers after about a minute or so after the second coat has been applied. Taking them off while the polish is still a little wet will prevent them tearing the varnish off your nails. Clean up if you need to with a cotton bud soaked in a tiny amount of polish remover.

TIP: If a regular round head cotton bud is too bulky for cleaning up, try using a pointy tipped one instead. Or you could use an orange stick with a little loose cotton wool twizzled onto the end and soaked in nail polish remover.

Finally, finish off with a layer of top coat to seal the whole thing and to give a glossy finish (I used Seche Vite Top Coat).

And there you have it! A super quick and easy way to create a 40s style manicure. Let me know how you get on with yours if you give it a try.

Glossy Box Video – The Perfect Red Lipstick (with Rockalily)

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a video shoot with Rockalily London Lipsticks for Glossy Box on how to find the perfect shade of red lipstick. Our models were the lovely ReeRee Rockette herself, burlesque performer Khandie Khisses and Aniqa. Glossy Box is a beauty subscription service with a difference. Pay £10 a month and you receive a beautifully wrapped box of 5 goodies to try out tailored to your personal requirements (you fill in a little questionnaire at the begining about your skin type, hair type etc). Rockalily lipsticks are taking off in a big way too. Providing women with a capsule collection of lipsticks for all those vintage mavens out there looking for the perfect shade of red.

Pia, who was organising the shoot was very lovely and exuded tons of positive and motivating energy. The shoot was great fun (there was a lot of giggling going on while filming, oops). I thought that only my hands would be shown in the video, if I’d known my face was going to be in it I would have powdered it, I look very shiny under all of those hot lights (just used to being on the other side of the camera I guess). Oh well, lesson learned!