Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint

Nail varnish. Always a tricky one. If it’s not too thin, it’s too thick. Chips too easily. Dries way too slowly or worst of all, ruins your nails. Well, Barry M have brought something new to the table- a nail polish that is actually good for our nails (and does a nice job when it comes to consistency, lasting-power and dry time too)!

Using the one beauty product that I swear by, Coconut Oil, along with the ever-so-hydrating Coconut Water, they have developed an ingenious moisturising nail paint to help our nails look fabulous with or without polish. The special formula is designed to repair and nurture nails and the anti-oxidising properties of coconut help to remove impurities.

There are nine colours to choose from, all fairly soft pastel hues and named rather tropically. There’s the nude palette; Skinny Dip, Tiki Hut, Sunkissed and Star Fish. The pinks; Aloha and Flamingo. The blues; Laguna and Bikini and then my favourite lilac, Surfboard.

There’s no need for a topcoat, in fact, it actually works more effectively without! The varnish gets straight to work to nourish and strengthen nails with it’s coconutty goodness. I was impressed with how easy it was to apply- I don’t have the steadiest hand but somehow my nails looked salon-worthy- and it lasted a good four days without chipping at all.

If you want to give it a go for yourself you can shop them online for £4.99 each here. Let me know what you think! xx

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Source: BarryM.com

Health & Beauty Chit Chat on lovesian TV

Happy weekend, everyone! This week I’ve teamed up with Sian from lovesian TV to talk all things health and beauty. We’ll be chatting about gym do’s and don’ts, our number one way to keep healthy and lots of other health tips and tricks.

Sian is my favourite beauty blogger and best friend, so it only seemed right to collaborate (and about time too)! See what you think of our tips by clicking right here and don’t forget to get in touch for anything else that you might want to hear about.

Oh and by the way, there’s another vid coming from Sian and myself to my own YouTube channel on Monday with something a little bit different so watch out for that 😉

Have a good one, guys xx

Vita Coco Coconut Oil

With holiday season in full swing, it’s vital that we keep our skin healthy and moisturised. Daily moisturising is key- I opt for day and night- as well as plenty of water of course! But when it comes to layering my skin with the thirst-quenching good stuff, my number one go-to moisturiser is Vita Coco Coconut Oil and I am OBSESSED!

It’s not every day you can say that you can eat your moisturiser. Well with Vita Coco you can. It’s natural, raw and organic, meaning no nasty chemicals to get in the way.  It’s also cold pressed therefore packed with all of it’s original goodness. It will keep your skin soft, hydrated and is my now not-so-secret way of maintaining my holiday glow throughout summer and beyond. Simply apply to your body (I would avoid adding to your face, as it’s a little… oily) wait to dry and you’re good to go. It’s especially great to wear before bed and if you want to give your feet some TLC just layer up the coconut oil, slip on your socks and dream the night away. You’ll wake up feeling silky smooth!

Available in 500ml or 750ml tubs for £9.99 and £14.50 respectively. You only need to use a tiny amount so one tub can last months! x

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DIY Body Scrub- for Soft Skin all Summer

I’m hopping on a plane today (yippeee) for a special shoot in the sun, which means that it’s important for my skin to be looking the best that it can. Not only that, but I really don’t want to be peeling as soon as I arrive home. The best way to soften, smooth and prep my skin for the sun? Body scrub! 

Yesterday was a huge rush and when I came to scrub I realised that I didn’t actually have any to hand. There was little time to go to the shops so I decided to use a little DIY and it actually turned out to be rather great (and really easy)… 

If you’ve seen my homemade cocktail video (feel free to click right here if not) you’ll know that I’m no DIY pro. Yet, as disasterous as the process usually is, the results tend to be pretty good! There were no mishaps here, even with my track record and it was as simple as one, two, scrub! 

All you need to do is… 

1. Grab a dollop of raw coconut oil and a proportionate amount of Himalayan sea salt- a tea spoon should be enough. 

2. Mix together.

3. Apply to skin and rub in circular motions. 

4. Rinse off. 

Your skin will be left smooth, flake free and super soft. You can even feel the coconut oil working its moisturising magic for a couple of hours after getting out of the shower! A natural body scrub that your skin will thank you for. 

Give it a go and let me know what you think! x 

Summer Glow, All Year Long.

So the Christmas and New Year celebrations are well and truly over. Most of us are back at work feeling a little run down after over indulging and our moods gloomier than the cold winter weather. All of a sudden the next thing to look forward to seems to be Summer. Oh the long days, hot nights, constant buzz and killer tans. We’re either penning in that summer escape or (for the more impatient ones of us) scanning the internet for those last minute deals.

Either way, by this time of year I’m usually feeling ridiculously pale- yes, even with my part-African mix- and I too am searching for that warm weather getaway. However, this year I’m looking surprisingly tanned and it’s all down to one little pot of magic- raw coconut oil.

Myself and my boyfriend have been using coconut oil as a moisturiser since returning from holiday last August. It’s worked wonders for our skin and nearly 6 months on, has managed to maintain our tans. In the midst of winter my skin is usually tired and dry after being deprived of the sunshine that it craves for so long. Instead, it’s healthy and glowing. Almost as if I’ve just returned from a quick weekend getaway! I’ve never seen anything like it. What’s more, I have a glowing boyfriend to match.

Applied daily, raw coconut oil will deeply moisturise your skin helping you to look and be healthier all year round. It’s fully natural, so there are no nasty chemicals that you might find in man-made moisturisers and averaging at around £6-£10 for a medium sized pot, it will last you for a good few months. Just be careful when applying to your face. Oil isn’t the best here, especially if you are prone to blemishing, therefore apply to the skin in circular motions before bed and wash off with a cleanser immediately after application for the most effective results.

I use Vita Coco Raw Coconut Oil and paid £8.49 for a 500ml tub. For moisturised skin and lasting tans, I would definitely recommend giving it a try! xx