Coconut Oil Hair Mask – Does It Work?

By Wednesday, July 12, 2017 0 Permalink 2

I for one have heard many things about the benefits of coconut oil, and not just for your hair; for cooking, as a moisturiser, and many more. Since being in London, I noticed that the water was drying out my hair and skin and decided to give coconut oil a try.

As a hair mask, I am absolutely obsessed. I apply this from roots to ends and leave it for as long as I can, preferably overnight, then wash it out with my normal shampoo and conditioner. I say overnight because this will make your hair look very greasy once applied, so be warned! I have not had an issue with rinsing this out but do a double cleanse at your roots if it’s stubborn. I have noticed a big difference in the texture of my hair in that after a few uses my hair feels softer, looks less frizzy, and the biggest difference is that it has dramatically reduced signs of dandruff. That might be TMI but I have had phases of dandruff since school and using this has really helped.

In cooking this is great to use as a healthy substitute for any oil or butter. For skincare, this works as a rich body moisturiser, light spf or lip balm. I still use a body butter because I found that this doesn’t sink in to my skin as quickly as I would like it to, but in an emergency it’s good to know that all I need is one product. And guys, it is SO cheap. Why spend loads on expensive hair masks when this multi-purpose product can do the trick?

Just make sure you’re buying completely organic and raw! As a whole, highly recommend this natural and beautiful product.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

By Monday, July 3, 2017 0 Permalink 1

So, I got my hands on this scorcher. See what I did there? Yusss. Ok but in all seriousness, the Naked Heat palette recently got pre-released by Urban Decay and as soon as it became available on the site, I scooped it up. I have a video tutorial coming up later this week (linked here), but until then, here is my full opinion as well as swatches on each shade.

Left to right: Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow, Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes, Ember.

As a whole, this palette is exquisite and fulfils just about every warm-toned eyeshadow need. There are a total of twelve shades; five shimmers and seven mattes. There are two highlighting shades, perfect for the brow bone or inner corners. Ounce has a slight shimmer but nothing like the other shimmers in the palette. Then there are two matte blending shades; one a terra-cotta shade and the other a brown-toned shade. Then comes Lumbre which is a peachy shimmer and is one of my faves from the palette. Followed by He Devil; a stunning and rich burnt red matte. Dirty Talk and Scorched are both metallic red shades, the former on the orange warm-toned side, and the latter on the pinky side. Cayenne is a deep terra-cotta matte, En Fuego is a burgundy matte, and Ashes is a deep brown matte. Lastly, we have Ember, another favourite of mine, and is a rich brown metallic shade.

One thing I will say is I wish En Fuego and Ashes were slightly more pigmented and I would have added a golden shimmer to this palette. Other than that, this is yet another stellar product from Urban Decay and gets a big thumbs up from me. UK release date: 27 July 2017.