11 Miracles You Can Work With Coconut Oil

11 Miracles You Can Work With Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil works miracles...

Coconut oil: one of the best things I've ever discovered and that I now cannot live without. If you're ever hesitant about using coconut oil, here are 11 things you can use it for:

1. Dry skin on your face

I've tried everything for my dry skin, especially in the winter. Coconut oil is truly a miracle. I put a little on after I wash my face at night, and when I wake up in the morning, my face feels fantastic. It may take a few tries to do the trick. But don't give up, it helps that dry skin.

2. Dry, cracking feet

As a manicurist, I've worked to discover different products that work to heal dry feet. Here's what you do: rub some coconut oil all over your feet, wrap them in seran wrap (you'll need more than you think), put on some comfy socks and go to sleep. When you wake up, your feet feel GREAT. Do this once a week or so and you will notice a difference.

3. Dry hands or dry cuticles

Coconut oil also works the same for dry hands. Also if your cuticles tend to be very dry/cracked, especially in the winter, this will do the trick.

4. Frizzy hair

Coconut oil works to help hydrate split ends and frizzy hair. I use it a few times a week on my ends before I blow dry and it helps significantly! Don't use too much or it will feel greasy. A little bit goes a long way.

5. A mask for your hair

You can also use coconut oil as a mask for your hair in the shower! Lather it in your hair and leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse well. This will give your hair shine & moisture!

6. A coffee flavoring

If you ever get sick of the same old vanilla swirl or caramel syrup in your coffee, try coconut oil! It tastes great.

7. A sugar/salt scrub

Mix some coconut oil with sugar or Epsom salt and your choice of essential oils to create an exfoliating and moisturizing scrub.

8. Lip balm/moisturizer

Chap stick is actually really bad for your lips. I use coconut oil because it's natural and works even better than your typical lip balm, especially when lips are cracked and dry!

9. Makeup Remover

I have not used normal makeup remover for so long. Coconut oil works WAY better and even takes off that tough mascara. Not to mention one jar of coconut oil lasts forever!

10. Shaving Gel

Coconut oil works especially well as a shave gel. It's super silky and soft, so not only does it make gliding the razor easier, but it also leaves your skin shiny and extra smooth.

11. Create your own product

You can really mix coconut oil with anything and create any type of moisturizer or scrub! Just get creative and see what you can come up with!

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What I Learned About Millennials And Makeup

What This Generation X Gal Learned in Her 40’s.

Millennials and Make-up: What This Generation X Gal Learned in Her 40’s

During my years in graduate school, I was one of three women in Generation X. These women, albeit amazing and wonderful, were family women, attached and often times, difficult to get to know. I found myself, begrudgingly, focusing on making friends with women in their early 30’s. To my surprise, these Millennials had much to offer. Although they would often seem distant or aloof, once I got to know them, their vulnerability was palpable. They saw me, not as mom or big sis, but as the strong woman they wanted to be, which was laughable because I was phoning that shit in daily. They reached out, asked me my opinion on most matters, but also checked in on me, wanted to know how I was doing and how my family was, which was mind blowing because the Millennial generation is not known for their empathy. I found myself diving in wanting to know more about this culture.

I became close with two in particular: Crystal and Candice. In and out of class, although tired and spent from a day at work, had their makeup complete. Candice’s makeup was always pristine with a look as if a make-up artist had perfected it before class. Crystal’s make-up had a “natural” flare and never needed retouching.

Initially, I avoided conversation with most students in my classes. As an introvert, it was difficult for me to engage in basic conversation, but after hearing their intelligent and witty comments in class, I pursued their friendship. I discovered these women were searching for the same things I was: knowledge, respect and a chance at a better life, in a world filled with struggle and sadness. The makeup was not a form of hiding or cultural obligation, but it provided them focus and empowerment.

After graduation, Candice and I went to her uncle’s cabin up at Lake Harmony. We went into town to walk around and check some things out, there was an event going on and some vendors were selling their goods. A jewelry vendor, who was probably from Generation Y pointed at my friends’ eyebrows and said, “I love your eyebrows.” I had always noticed, Candice took great care with her eyebrows, were perfect. My eyebrows were throwbacks to Brooke Shields in the 80’s. I thought the Generation Y girl was joking when she asked her about her eyebrows, but I could see she was admiring her, ogling her skill. I turned to Candice and said, “Is that a thing?” She replied, “Yeah, it’s a thing.” Women, admiring other women’s eyebrows, who knew? Women complimenting each other, empowering one another, I believe, is part of the new wave of feminism. These women are not working on their makeup to impress men or even other women; they do it to feel good about themselves and to gain a skill for life.

Candice and Crystal led me to YouTube where I discovered a woman in her forties who has an autoimmune illness, as I do, who is producing videos on how to do your makeup in your mid-life. She’s beautiful before and after makeup and she empowers her audience to be their best selves on a level I never would have given credence to as a feminist. I used to feel that Millennial women hid themselves in the wild, with makeup, now I have learned the value of showing off your mad skills and the truth of “putting your best face forward.”

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6 Colorful Hair Dye Trends You're Already Calling Your Salon For

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If you love colorful hair, and, like me, have spent hours admiring different colors and styles on Pinterest, then you need to see these hair dye trends. They are imaginative, beautiful, and very inspiring for your next trip to the salon.

1. Split Hair

This hair dye trend gives you the best of both worlds. You can have any combination of colors and not have to choose just one!

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3. Underlayer Dye

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