Month: April 2014

8 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

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I’m constantly raving about all the ways you can use coconut oil in your beauty regimen, so it’s about time I gave y’all a run down of all the ways I incorporate it. I’m certain there are many more ways to use coconut oil than I list here, so if you have more to offer, please leave them in the comments! I love learning new ways to use it!

Basic Coconut Oil Info:

Before we get into the uses, let’s talk a little bit about WHY coconut oil is so awesome. First, it occurs naturally and is made directly from the “meat” of a coconut. It contains medium chain fatty acids which are healthy fatty acids easily broken down by the body in digestion.  The active ingredient making coconut oil great for skin and hair is called lauric acid. Lauric acid is good stuff, and breast milk is the only other place where such high concentrations of lauric acid is found.

Lauric acid converts to monolaurin which is why coconut oil has antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal, and antifungal properties. This makes it great for use on cuts, scrapes, diaper rash, athletes foot, nail fungus, dandruff, ringworms, eczema, etc. In addition, for skincare purposes, coconut oil functions as an antioxidant which combats premature aging. (Skin naturally oxidizes the fats in skin cells, which is how it ages, and coconut oil fatty acids work to replace those fats.) Basically, the natural fatty acids in coconut oil are like food for your skin.

It comes in a solid form, so you do have to go through a few extra minutes to get it to liquefy. To do that, just place the jar in a sink full of hot water, and within minutes it’s liquefied. Once it cools again, it will return to its solidified state.

Coconut Oil -- solid in the jar
Coconut Oil — solid in the jar
Coconut Oil -- solid scooped out
Coconut Oil — solid scooped out

Now that you know some cool facts about coconut oil, let’s talk about the stuff you came here for….beauty!

1. SCALP & HAIR MASK

Because coconut oil is antifungal and dandruff is generally due to a fungus, the hair and scalp mask is fabulous! It’s also great for deep conditioning hair, leaving it smooth, soft and silky! Here’s how you do it:

  • Place your jar of coconut oil in a sink full of warm water to liquefy it.
  • Take a small amount of the oil and massage it into your scalp and hair.
  • Pin your hair up for 30 minutes (you can let it stay on longer, even overnight, but it’s oil so it will stain sheets and pillowcases, so prepare accordingly)
  • Shampoo out as normal.
This was a photo from earlier this week right after I did the hair + scalp treatment. All I did was blowdry it.
This was a photo from earlier this week right after I did the hair + scalp treatment. All I did was blowdry it.

2. BATH OIL ADDITIVE

Since coconut oil increases the lipid content in your skin, it’s a great addition to your bubble bath. I usually put about 1/4 cup of coconut oil in my night time bubble bath. It doesn’t leave your skin oily or greasy, either!

3. HOT OIL FACIAL TREATMENT

This is probably one of my favorite at-home facial things to do. Friends with oily skin, don’t worry!! It’s perfectly okay to put coconut oil on your face. “Like attracts like” so certain kinds of oils are actually good for oily skin to help rid the skin of bad oil and aid in balancing natural production of oil. So, here’s how you do it:

  • Place jar in a sink full of warm water to liquefy.
  • Remove makeup and wash your face as you normally would.
  • Coat your face in coconut oil.
  • Using a washcloth, wet it with the hottest water you can stand.
  • Drape the washcloth over your face to steam until it cools.
  • Repeat the previous step anywhere from 4-10 times.
  • Use the cloth to wipe your face clean.

This will deep clean your pores as well, and any residual makeup you missed in your regular cleansing will come off onto your washcloth.

4. EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

I make my own eye makeup remover using coconut oil and Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo with filtered water. You can find the full tutorial here.

5. BODY MOISTURIZER

When I have really dry skin in the winter, I put coconut oil on my entire body as a moisturizer. It’s great and seems to absorb fairly quickly. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to leave my skin oily or greasy as you might expect. I have friends who use it on their babies as a moisturizer, for diaper rash, and to treat eczema.

6. SHAVING CREAM

Because coconut oil is a natural moisturizer, it makes for a great shaving cream for women and men alike. It leaves a nice smooth finish post shave, conditions your hair follicles, and moisturizes your skin simultaneously!

7. SUNBURN HEALER

Coconut oil is a great way to feed sunburned skin to aid in the healing process. (Of course, you should always wear sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher!) You can put the oil directly onto sunburned skin or you can do this:

  • Wet a washcloth with Apple Cider Vinegar and rub lightly on the sunburn to help with stinging. (This part is a God-send.)
  • Follow up with coconut oil.

Easy, right!? I’ve noticed a drastic difference in healing sunburns using this process!

8. ANTISEPTIC/ANTIBACTERIAL FOR CUTS AND SCRAPES & ANTIFUNGAL FOR NAIL FUNGUS

Just apply coconut oil directly onto the cut, scrape, or nail at issue. The monolaurin contained in the lauric acid disrupts the lipid membranes of bacteria, viruses, and fungus thereby helping to destroy them.

I know there are thousands of other ways to use coconut oil. But I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about coconut oil and how I have learned to incorporate it into my beauty regimen.

Please let me know if you try any of these and how it worked out for you. If you’re on social media, tag me in your pics when you do one of these!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties Part 4: Makeup Empties

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We’ve made it to Part 4 of the “Empties” series here on BitterGlitter. I thought I would save the best for last, and that’s the makeup empties! So, here we go!!

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Flared Washable Mascara, $5.50 — $7.49, available at drugstores

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Flared Washable Mascara, $8, available at drugstores
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Flared Washable Mascara, $8, available at drugstores

This is one of my favorite drug store mascaras. I believe the tube pictured here is my third one. I have used the regular version, just called “The Falsies,” and I prefer the “Flared” version. The formula contains keratin, which is a naturally occurring protein in hair, skin, and nails, which helps to strengthen the lashes and provide elasticity. The wand on this one is flexible, but not too bendy (if that’s a real word). I find that the curved shape almost exactly mimics the curve of the eye making it easy to apply. On me, this doesn’t flake or smudge, but I have friends who have said it did smudge on them, so I’m not really certain why there’s a difference there. I haven’t personally had any issues with smudging with this mascara, but if you have oily eyelids, you may encounter this problem. (To combat that, I recommend using an eye primer.) As far as the “flared” portion of this mascara, it basically curls your lashes a little toward the outer corner of the eye. (I’m guessing this is due to the unique combination of the wand and the formula.) The benefit of flared lashes on the outer corner is that it really opens the eye and gives you a wide-eyed look. I am huge fan of this mascara, and coming in between $5-$8 at most drug stores, it’s one I will continue to repurchase.

Quick tip: don’t let this one dry between coats! You’ll get a much better look applying the second coat when the first is still wet.

 

DiorSkin Nude BB Creme, $44, available at Sephora 

DiorSkin Nude BB Creme, $44, available at Sephora
DiorSkin Nude BB Creme, $44, available at Sephora

Oh this stuff is pure loveliness!! But first, let me say that I have not been on the BB Creme bandwagon. This is the only one I own, because I feel like BB Creme is just an over marketed tinted moisturizer. But this one….oh Dior. How I love thee. The DiorSkin Nude BB Creme comes in 5 shades, which is a bit limited in my opinion. I use shade 002, and fortunately, it’s a near match for my skintone. It contains SPF 10, which is a bit of a bummer, as I’d prefer SPF 15 or SPF 20, but I digress. The reason I like this one so much is that it provides really great coverage without feeling heavy or looking cakey. It smooths and buffs into the skin so easily, leaving you with balanced tone and a healthy glow. I also love the packaging. It contains a pump on the end (I only use one pump per day) which helps to conserve the product and obtain longevity with use. Even more, the pump is structured such that you get every bit of product from the tube. I really hate it when you’re left with product you cannot get out of the packaging. I find this to be a foundation that would be suitable for all skin types and year round. The DiorSkin Nude BB Creme is also very moisturizing without being too oily. It is my every day foundation, and I will continue to purchase this product.

Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Statement Mascara, $23, available at Sephora & Ulta

Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Statement Mascara, $23, available at Sephora and Ulta
Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Statement Mascara, $23, available at Sephora and Ulta

I’m not going to go into too much detail, but I will tell you that I absolutely love this mascara. It’s long wearing and has the most amazing dual-sided want to coat every lash and create intense volume. I’ve done a full blog post on it with photos, and you can see that here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter, $10.99-$12.99, available at drugstores

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter, $12, drugstores
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter, $12, drugstores

This is one of my favorite products, as you can see by the beating the packaging has taken from me. It functions as a highlighting concealer. I’ve been through about 10 of these tubes. One end contains a brush, and the other a twist up pump. The product pumps up from the bottom and into the brush for application, and it really makes application neat and easy. It really brightens the under eye/high cheekbone areas and adds a great highlight wherever you choose to put it. It’s creamy and can even be applied atop powder products without getting all weird looking. I’ve used it in a photo tutorial, so you can see how I used it. That tutorial can be found here. I also have an in-depth concealer run down, where this product is featured,and you can find that one here.

 

So, that completes the First Quarter Empties Series, beauties! I hope you’ve enjoyed it. I’ll be back with another Empties Series in July.

Stay Glittery!

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties Part 3: Bodycare Empties

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Welcome to Part 3 of the “empties” series! Today, I’m gonna quickly run through some bodycare products. Most of these are from the same line, but I bought the whole line at the same time, as they are a constant staple in my bathroom closet.

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy SLEEP Lavender Chamomile Body Lotion, $13 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Body Lotion, $13, Bath & Body Works
Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Body Lotion, $13, Bath & Body Works

I love anything lavender, so this was going to be a win for me no matter what. But I was pleasantly surprised by the non-greasy hydrating formula of this body lotion. Usually, aromatherapy-based lotions contain essential oils, so the lotions tend to be a little on the oily/greasy side leaving a slight residue. This one leaves no greasy residue! Definitely one I will pick up again.

 

 

 

 

Bella Flora PocketBac, $1.75 each or 5 for $5 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Bella Flora Antibacterial Gel, $1.75, Bath & Body Works
Bella Flora Antibacterial Gel, $1.75, Bath & Body Works

I purchased several of these at the 5 for $5 sale, and had never really tried the Bella Flora scent. This one was from the Bath & Body Works Italian Collection. I really liked this scent and urge them to bring it back. It’s a great combination of citrus and light floral, specifically, grapefruit zest and jasmine petals. Undoubtedly, I love having antibacterial gel around all the time, and it’s just plain fun to have a nicely scented one rather than a non-fragrant one.

 

 

 

 

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy SLEEP Lavender Chamomile Hand Soap, $5.50 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Hand Soap, $5.50, Bath & Body Works
Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Hand Soap, $5.50, Bath & Body Works

I absolutely love the scent, which is becoming obvious, I’m certain. But, this is just a good run of the mill hand soap. Not really anything fancy to say about it except it smells really good. I like to keep a rotation going with hand soaps, so I’m certain I will repurchase it at some point again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy SLEEP Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist, $10 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Pillow Mist, $10, Bath & Body Works
Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Pillow Mist, $10, Bath & Body Works

This product is one of my favorite indulgences, even though it’s super affordable at $10!! Every time I put clean sheets on my bed, I spray this on each layer. So, fitted sheet goes on with a little spray, then flat sheet, then comforter, etc. Layering the scent with your linens makes for one relaxing spa-like experience when you crawl into bed at night. I even use this on my furniture from time to time. It just smells so lovely, dries instantly, and leaves a lingering scent in the room. I have already repurchased this one!

 

 

 

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy SLEEP Lavender Chamomile Body Wash & Foam Bath, $13 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Body Wash & Foam Bath, $13, Bath & Body Works
Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Body Wash & Foam Bath, $13, Bath & Body Works

I love this body wash for night time. I use several different body washes throughout the week, and this is my staple for night time. I feel like it just gets me in the “ready to relax” mode. It works well as a bubble bath too, but if you’re looking for real bubbles, I recommend the Bath & Body Works Luxury Bath in the scent of your choice. So far, I believe this is nearly my 5th or 6th bottle of this body wash.

 

 

 

 

I have a few others to discuss, but they aren’t pictured here simply because they do not come in a container of any sort.

First, is the DreamTime Luxury Bath Melt, $6.25, available at LUSH (click here to see it). This is a buttery bar of goodness that you drop in the bath to moisturize your skin. It’s made with cocoa butter, lavender, chamomile, jasmine, and sandalwood. I usually cut it into four pieces and drop a piece into my bubble bath for an extra oomph for my skin. I go through these like crazy! I repurchase them all the time.

Second, I am a big fan of the Karma Bubble Bar, $8.90, available at LUSH (click here to see it). The Karma Bubble Bar is a large soap-like bar that you crumble into your bath for bubbles. And man, does it make great luscious bubbles!! The scent is lemongrass, pine oil, and patchouli, which isn’t something I would usually go for, but this smells lovely. In aromatherapy, pine oil is said to calm the mind. I tend to agree. This scent makes for a very relaxing and mind clearing bath after a long hard day at work. A little tip with these, though — get out your cheese grater and grate this thing into a jar! I know that sounds a little crazy, but you’ll get at least 8 baths out of it this way. If you try to crumble it with your fingers at bath time, you’ll over use the product because it kind of starts falling apart once you start crumbling. Using the crumble method, you’ll be lucky to get 4 baths out of this bar. Once you’ve grated it, scoop about 1/4 cup into the foot of a pair of pantyhose. Tie knots in the pantyhose around each side of the little lump of Karma goodness, and then tie the whole thing around your faucet. This way, the pantyhose filter the water through the product giving you bigger bubbles and an extended life of your product.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s bodycare empties! Share some of your favorite bath or bodycare products in the comments below!

 

Stay Glittery Beauties,

xoxo,

Candice

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Skincare Empties! 1st quarter 2014

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Welcome to part 2 of the empties series! Today, SKINCARE! Let me first start by saying that I have dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin, so I’m overly cautious about ingredients in skincare. Therefore, all of these products are suitable for sensitive dry skin, and may not be suitable or effective for other skin types or other/specific skin concerns.

Without further ado… I’m gonna save you the suspense, and go ahead and tell you that I have already repurchased all of these. Some of these are my second or third repurchase, so I am confident in my recommendation of these products. If you’re interested in knowing why I’ve repurchased them or how I use them, read on for additional details!

Sophyto Omega Daily Moisturizer, available at Sam’s Club, TJMaxx, Amazon, Ebay (prices range from $25 – $59/2pack)

SoPhyto Omega Moisturizer, available online, prices vary
SoPhyto Omega Moisturizer, available online, prices vary

This is my absolute favorite moisturizer! I purchased the dual pack at TJ Maxx for $7.99. But, I’ve just learned it’s being discontinued!! Not to fret! You can still find it on Ebay, Amazon, and at Sam’s Club and TJMaxx (in the 2 pack and on the cheap!). I began using this after a very bad allergic reaction (to benzoyl peroxide) because it is completely organic and does not contain irritating chemicals. What I learned, over time, is not only is it a FABULOUS moisturizer, but it also functions as an amazing primer for foundation. I’m really really sad that it’s being discontinued. So, I guess I’m going to have to restock with every bit I can find online. Originally, this was priced at around $50 per tube, so it could potentially be pricey online. Don’t worry, though, it’s totally worth it. I’ll pay $50 for this moisturizer!

Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined), $11 (available at your local health food store)

Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $11, available at health food stores
Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $11, available at health food stores

This is my third full jar of this coconut oil. I use it for almost every beauty remedy known to man — hair masks, face masks, eye makeup remover, overnight moisturizer, bath additive, etc. I could do an entire post on coconut oil and the amazing beauty product it is, but I’ll spare you the long diatribe on this post. I’ll do a full coconut oil post soon, but in the mean time, check out my DIY Eye Makeup Remover using coconut oil here! Oh, and go buy some. You’ll be super glad you did…well, as soon as I get all those coconut oil DIY beauty uses blog post done, right? 🙂

 

 

 

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water (Eau Micellaire Demaquillante), $14 (3.38oz) or $28 (6.7oz), (available at Sephora)

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water, $14 (3.38 oz)
Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water, $14 (3.38 oz)

Micellar/Micellaire Cleansing Waters are one of the trendiest new products in the beauty market, and this is the first one I’ve tried. I quite liked it as a makeup remover, but not as an eye makeup remover. I did a comparison on Instagram between my DIY eyemakeup remover and this product, which you can find here. And while I don’t use it for eye makeup remover, it is a great face makeup remover. I found myself going back to this product over and over again first thing in the morning to just clean overnight skin. It is so refreshing, smells amazing, isn’t oily, and cleanses off any missed makeup or dirt from overnight. I also used it as clean up for makeup mishaps. While it is on the pricey side, I really really recommend this product, and have already repurchased it in the larger size. Simply put, this is a great all around product to have around whether you’re in a clean-up pinch or in need of a morning skin refresher.

Buche de Noel Cleanser, $14.95 (available seasonally at Lush)

Buche de Noel, $14.95, seasonal cleanser, available at Lush
Buche de Noel, $14.95, seasonal cleanser, available at Lush

Buche de Noel Cleanser is Lush’s seasonal cleanser available at Christmas time each year. (Lush has seasonal products made fresh and available at certain times each year.) I love this cleanser. It contains almond shells and kaolin clay for exfoliation, satsuma oranges for brightening, shea butter and glycerin for moisturizing dry skin, Nori seaweed for intense nutrients, and a shot of Brandy for toning. It is one of my favorite cleaners, and I always buy two at Christmas to last me a little longer. It’s a clay/mud-like consistency, so it’s not your typical cleanser. However, in the off months that this one is not available, I purchase Angels on Bareskin, which is pretty similar in texture, and seems to do the same for my skin although it contains some different (and similar) ingredients. If you haven’t tried either of these cleansers, I urge you to give them a try. They are incredible!!

 

BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35 (available from your local BeautiControl Constultant)

BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35, available through your local BeautiControl Consultant
BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35, available through your local BeautiControl Consultant

I have been through so many of these eye cremes, I’m losing count. It’s been my favorite for years, and if you’re interested, I’ve done a full review here. In a nutshell, it is highly moisturizing and contains ingredients to slough off dead skin (visually!) and encourage cell turnover. Need I say more?! If you need a recommendation for a BeautiControl Consultant, please feel free to ask. I am not a consultant, as I like to remain as impartial as possible with this blog, but I can provide you with some recommendations in your area.

 

 

 

 

c.Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8 (available at Ulta and Glossybox — link below)

c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8, available at Ulta or online via Glossybox
c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8, available at Ulta or online via Glossybox

I received this in a Glossybox months ago, and have become addicted. It’s the first thing I grab after I put on my serum and I truly notice a difference when I do not use it. It’s a light oil you mist onto your face and decolletage that absorbs into the skin immediately without leaving your skin greasy. It smells lovely of almonds and honey, surprise surprise! Once, I forewent using this for about 2 weeks, and my skin started freaking out. (Let’s be honest, I ran out of it!) As soon as I put it back into my routine, my skin immediately rebounded. Is it a miracle product? Probably not. But is it a product that functions as a building block in your skincare routine? Absolutely. And at $8, who can resist?! For the Glossybox link to purchase, click here. Oh, and it lasts for ages, so it’s a super bargain there too!

I went into a little more detail here than I did with the hair empties because I feel like what you put on your face is important. It can make you feel beautiful or make you extremely frustrated, so I like to take more care and detail with skincare products. Please let me know in the comments if you’ve tried and/or finished a skincare product recently that you cannot wait to repurchase! I am dying to know what you’re finding out there!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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