Monthly Archives: May 2014

Wedding Extravagence: Kimye

I’m a bit ashamed to admit this. As I saw the first revealed picture apear on my Twitter timeline, I got giddy and my guilt went into overload. I had Kimye fever.

When I saw the first picture of Kim’s gorgeous Givenchy couture wedding dress, I had to admit she looked stunning. The high neck, long sleeves and lace harked back to a classic era of wedding gowns. My mother’s dress in 1980 was just like that, and it has never gone out of style in terms of elegance and modesty.

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Modesty, not a word I’d attach to Kim Kardashian but weddings are a time when a woman can live out her dream (no matter how many times she’s walked down the aisle). And with a wall of flowers as the backdrop, it gave the wedding an air of romance.

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Another element that caught my eye was her veil. As expected, it was over the top but fitting for Kim. A much improved change from the headpiece she wore when she married Kris Humphries.

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All in the name of entertainment, I am entertained. Do I stan over them or scour the tabloids for them? No. However, when I see style that I can enjoy I will pause. So kudos to Kim for coming with the glam on this one.

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Face Cleansing with Almond Oil

After dealing with teenage acne, there is nothing more upsetting than having to deal with it again as an adult. Every now and then I’ll get a blemish on my face and it takes me back to highschool. I’ve tried countless drug store remedies and found that the products either left my skin way too oily, way too dry or uneven toned.

So I decided to look up natural and clean methods for facial cleansing. As much as I’d love to get a facial every month, I’m not rolling in the dough like that (yet..wishful thinking). While researching, I found a method called oil cleansing, which basically is using an oil as your cleanser as well as moisturizer. No heavy or harsh soap, just oil, toner and oil again.

I know what you’re thinking, ‘how can you clean your face with oil? Doesn’t that just make your skin more clogged up resulting in more acne?”, which is exactly what I though too.

But after watching an informative video from my favourite health and wellness blogger Hey Fran Hey, I started using cold pressed almond oil as my cleanser and have noticed a difference in my skin in one week already. The dryness is gone, no blemishes and the acne scars that have been around for years are visibly reducing.

As with any new habit, we’ll see how things are going in 20 plus days but so far so good.

Here are my steps:

  1. Wash my hands
  2. Put a drop of almond oil in my palms. Make sure this is cold pressed, sweet and 100% natural almond oil. You can find this at your local health store.
  3. Rub the oil all over my face.
  4. Wash my face with warm water. Then splash cold water at the end to close my pores. This traps your natural moisture and deters your face from drying out.
  5. Pat my face dry with a face cloth
  6. Put some toner on a cotton ball and apply to face. I use alcohol free witch hazel toner with aloe vera. This is also available at most health stores.
  7. Put another drop of almond oil in my palms and lightly rub over my face.
  8. Smile into the mirror!

Here are pictures of the products I use. Let me know if you’ve ever used an oil cleansing method and what you experienced.

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Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconuts contain a rich source of fatty acid that aids the body in fighting a range of viruses and bacteria such as the cold, flu, urinary tract infections, gum disease and ulcers to name a few.

Found within coconuts is Caprylic Acid which acts as an antifungal and can combat issues such as athlete’s foot and thrush, becoming a natural antibiotic.

Coconuts also possess ‘good’ fat known as Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT). For those looking for healthy ways to lose weight, this fat in coconuts enhances metabolism, curbs appetite and increases fat-burning cells.

The same MCT has been known to also help the brain by acting as an energy source, with benefits to Alzheimer patients.

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I’ve recently started using coconut oil in my hair. After I wash it, I massage it into my scalp and rub it all over my hair. Sometimes I’ll braid it to keep the moisture locked in and protect my hair.

Other times I’ll add the coconut oil after only shampooing my hair as a hot oil treatment. After warming up a few spoonfuls in the microwave, I’ll pour it over my hair and put on a shower cap and go about my day for about an hour. After washing the oil out, I find my hair softer and shinier.

If you want to try this, make sure you get the unrefined virgin coconut oil available at most health stores.

Let me know if you’ve used coconut oil for hair, skin, cooking, etc and have you seen any differences.