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Cleansing Clean Up: Microbead Free

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

I’m a beauty product tart. There, I’ve said it. I swip-swop to whatever the most recent innovations are with most of my product relationships only lasting a couple of tubs, tubes or bottles before I switch my affections to the newest kid on the beauty block.

I do have requirements that help direct my decisions, and in the past those were pretty much “Can I afford it?”, “Are the reviewers raving on about how genius it is?”, “Will it be okay with my sensitive skin?” and “Will it erase my wrinkles/zits/jowls?”. Well, now we have a new consideration; eliminating those small but dastardly microbeads. It seems that these teeny buggers are our newest pollution nightmare and they are hidden in more products that you have probably even realised. Take a look at this article from Greenpeace to fully understand the significance of this issue. There is nothing beautiful about the impact of microbeads on sea life and our food-chain and they need to be banned quick-smart.

I’m embracing banning those microbeads by starting with my own bathroom shelves. The joy of this is that it’s an excuse for me to fill my re-useable, organic cotton shopper with lots of new plastic free products! First on my list is a really good body scrub in prep for holidaying, and I think I’ve found a winner.

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my Grounded Body Scrub, making a bit of a mess on my Casa Cubista bathmat

I love, love, love my Grounded Body Scrub! The coffee grounds are not only a brilliant exfoliant, but the caffeine stimulates circulation and hopefully will eliminate a few thing dimples too. The coconut oil in this particular version of the scrub is great for extra smoothing and is just generally marvellous. Oh and when you are using this in a hot shower the fumes are kind of like an espresso martini with a shot of Malibu thrown in for good measure. What’s not to love!

There’s more to come on this topic so keep ’em peeled. In the meantime, if you’d like to read our other beauty posts, take a look here.

Big Hair, Don’t Care: Part 1

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

My hair is very badly behaved, especially when given the excuse of a bit of humidity… As I’m on my hols in steamy hot Bali that means pretty much the mega frizzles from start to finish- but I’m not complaining! I knew this would be the case so stocked up on my well tried and long-time tested John Frieda ‘Frizz Ease’ products. Believe me, I have tried a multitude of variations on this theme but always come back to these guys, and they work especially well in combination.

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My favourite John Frieda Frizz Ease products

Even though these will do the job under normal circumstances, my holiday hair can prove to be extra naughty and in need of further persuasion in to any semblance of style and sheen. As you may have read in my holiday post from last year, I do love coconut oil as the perfect all-rounder (rub it all over, do a bit of oil pulling, cook your breakfast and sort your hair do out all in one!). This time around I have replaced my usual Lucy Bee with a locally made version (always shop local!).

Bali Balance is a Bali produced, raw, virgin coconut oil and this bottle will be totally used up by the end of my trip as I have got the whole family in to it. If you are in this part of the world I can totally recommend tracking some down.

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Bali Balance raw coconut oil

There’s more to come on this so do keep an eye out if you’ve got badly behaved hair too. If you’re just in to all beauty topics though, you can find more posts here.

“Blink” Beauty: Lucy Bee’s Coconut Oil

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

On a recent trip to Portugal (did I overwhelm you with tile pics on Instagram?!?) I had to travel light so some smart thinking was required to ensure I was covered for all eventualities and circumstances (work, beach, evenings out, work, lounging about, more beach…). I looked long and hard at the huge amount of lotions and potions I like to take away with me and decided that some tough decisions needed to be made in the name of efficiency (not my strong suit). What could I swap out for more space efficient, multi-tasking options?

This was my eureka moment. I already have a stash of Lucy Bee’s coconut oil in my bathroom that I use as an occasional body moisturiser, but I know there’s more to coconut oil than that. So could this little pot of joy really solve my packing dramas for a 10 day trip?

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Packing light and packing smart- the beauty of coconut oil

Do you know that coconut oil contains lauric acid and Vitamin E? Both of these things make it a really effective as a soothing and nourishing moisturiser. Goodbye night cream, hello a light application to sun-glowing skin before bed. I kept hold of my day cream though as it has a sun protection factor that is very important especially for fair skinned, freckly types like me!

I also set aside my bulky bottle of after sun and decided that I would instead indulge in the soothing, nourishing, moisturising properties of Lucy Bee, making it the perfect after-sun. It is also perfect as an intense hand and foot cream too (no unsightly dry tootsies in my flip flops!).

My fabulous Simple Micellar cleansing wipes do a grand job, even on mascara- but sometimes you need a little extra help. Instead of packing eye makeup remover, do you know that you can safely use coconut oil? In addition to cleansing we have a great coconut oil suggestion from Lucy Bee’s founder herself:

“I love using this, once I have taken off my make-up, I reapply some more to my lashes. This is very nourishing and helps to lengthen and strengthen lashes!”

I also have a mane of unruly hair that usually goes extra crazy in hot sun, especially when hitting the beach and sea swimming. This means that generally I have to pack all sorts of deep conditioners, protectors and serums. Well, not this time. Due to the Vitamin E in coconut oil it makes a really effective, moisturising treatment mask. Just smooth some thoroughly through your hair a little while before you wash it. You then may need 2 washes with shampoo to get your hair squeaky clean, and do still apply your usual conditioner, but your tresses will be silky smooth. Actually I used a small touch of Lucy Bee as a hair serum, smoothing it through damp, post wash hair. It prevented all my usual frizzles and gave a really glossy finish. So there’s another product I could leave at home; my hair serum!

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Lucy, Lucy Bee’s founder

More from Lucy of Lucy Bee:

“This is why I like to call Lucy Bee a miracle oil!”

Well, after ten days with just that little pot of coconut oil doing so many jobs so very well, I must agree!

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