Coconut Oil: The Miracle Oil

We all have at least heard of coconut oil, it can be used for cooking, for skin and even for hair. Coconut oil is made of copra or dried coconut flesh. It has many benefits for the body both inside and out. This might be because it is made up of healthy fats including caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid. Extra Virgin unrefined organic coconut oil has the most benefits.

These benefits include:

  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • has antioxidants that help smooth the skin
  • helps with burns, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis
  • great all natural conditioner, can also help with dandruff
  • reduces inflammation
  • great moisturizer and face cleanser
  • improves digestion by helping absorb vitamins, calcium, and magnesium
  • helps with blood pressure by increasing HDL
  • helps with UTIs by acting as a natural antibiotic and clearing bacteria
  • helps with bruises and speeds up healing process of damaged tissues
  • forms a protective layers over the infected body part from dust, bacteria, fungi, air
  • has a natural SPF of 4
  • filled with vitamin E, vitamin K, and other minerals like iron

In general it is not only filled with fatty acids, 90% saturated fats, but also fatty alcohols. Provides essentials proteins and highly effective in aiding in protein loss. This is one reason why it helps with hair loss and hair re-growth. Excellent massage oil. Effective moisturizer for all skin types, from oily to dry skin.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use coconut oil:

  • lice and dandruff treatment- massage into scalp and massage into the ends
  • body oil- apply onto wet skin after a shower and pat dry
  • cuticle oil- apply at the base of the nails, will also help your manicure last longer
  • lip balm- natural remedy for chapped lips
  • makeup brush cleaner- use 2 parts antibacterial soap 1 part coconut oil to clean
  • makeup remover- easy to remove makeup, especially waterproof makeup
  • face moisturizer- can be used as a primer under foundation for that smooth skin
  • body moisturizer- leaves skin glow-y not lotion-y
  • under eye cream- dab on under eye bags and fine lines

These are just MY favorite ways to use coconut oil. The possibilities are endless. This oil has so many benefits with very little side effects. The main side effect is allergy may occur if you are allergic to coconuts. Always remember when using on skin to do a patch test before using all over.

 

Sources:

Organic Facts

30 Uses by Allure

Dr. Axe

 

6 months !

Wow I am almost in tears as I type this. So much has changed in these past six months. I am so happy to say I am now six months seizure free. To some it means nothing, but those who suffer from epilepsy they know how big of a milestone this may be. Last Halloween I remember munching out on candy and watching every 80’s horror film you could imagine, that’s about it.  The next morning I had an epileptic episode. I don’t remember anything but waking up in a hospital with my family all around me.

Fast forward to six months later! So much has changed in the past six months. I have had some of my worst days and some of my best days.  I am taking my medication regularly, trying holistic remedies, sleeping every night, drinking more water, and exercising regularly. Cutting out all the toxic people out of my life has helped a lot too. Every little bit helps to help maintain a healthy life. I am not only healthier but happier. Being healthy has made me happier, and being happy has made me healthier. Not going to lie, taking my medication every night sucks, but trying out all different natural or holistic remedies has not only been fun but I have learned a lot. remember everyone’s body is different and you should always consult with your doctor (some you might need a prescription).

Favorite natural treatments:

  • yoga
  • CBD
  • massages
  • baths
  • medical marijuana
  • tea
  • vegan

Some I hated:

  • acupuncture
  •  chiropractor

Hey that is just some of my experiences. I am always trying new things and I swear just sitting by the beach for a day and just listening to the waves crash cures any anxiety I have building. Even taking a weekly  “mental health day” and drawing a long bath and slapping on a face mask can really make a difference. I couldn’t have made it without my friends and family’s endless support. Trying to live a normal life is hard when you don’t drive but watch out because I’m hitting the roads! Every day is a struggle but I am truly happy to hit this milestone. This is only one small step, but every step is progress!

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Whipped soap? I was so intrigued I had to order it. Boy am I glad I did. So soft on the skin with gentle exfoliating, The whipped salt scrub is exfoliating with a slight lather. i was excited to try a different brand and switch things up. I also ordered an aloe lotion, light and the scent lasts for hours without being too heavy or over bearing. The best part ? The order came wtih a little spoon to scoop out the soap.

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Kimono Flower – Jasmine petals, mandarin, bergamot, raspberry, ylang ylang, gardenia and pink orchid

This lotion was a light citrus and jasmine blend. Glides on smooth and doesn’t feel too heavy. Perfect for after the shower. Reminds me of the perfect spring afternoon.

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Back To Black – Fresh earth aka dirt blended with garden mint, basil, lemon blossom and sage

I personally love to exfoliate so I was excited to add a whipped scrub to my collection. The black sea salt is gentle on the skin and creates a slight lather. There is a slight minty scent, I picked up more of the sage.

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Blue Skies – Citrus, anise, jasmine, lavandin, warm musk and cedarwood

This whipped soap had some jojoba beads and an embed in it. It was really cute. I was expecting it to smell more like the lush version of blue skies fluffy clouds’ but this is not bad. The cedarwood and citrus blend together nicely.

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Bubble Gum Machine – Sweet and juicy bubble gum

The best for last! Look at those layers, blue, pink and yellow! Smells just like bubble gum. Good enough to eat. This was definitely my favorite of the bunch. I have been leaning towards sweeter scents lately, not sure why. The colors are beautiful too. This one is packed full of moisture and screams happiness!

I was pleased with my haul of soak and unwind   some of the scents were more musky than I hoped but overall I do enjoy whipped soap. I am glad to have tried out this vendor. Quick shipping and good products.. I love how soft my skin feels. I also love using them as an alternative to shaving cream. They really are versatile and smell pretty amazing.

 

Stay tuned for my youtube video starring these products…was supposed to go up today but due to technical difuculties will be postponed ! Follow on twitter and instagram @stardustfunk !

 

 

CBD, a journey

Today is Bob Marley’s 73rd birthday and I know it’s cliche but it’s a perfect day to share and educate my journey these past few weeks with CBD. For those of you who don’t know CBD is Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. CBD is all natural, found in plants and is one of the best medicines. CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems, but is non-psychotropic, it doesn’t cause a high.  This is completely legal in all 50 states and you can find it at your local smoke shop. Some times we need to be our own advocate, we have to educate not only ourselves but also educate the public. There are still alot of misconceptions of hemp, marijuana, and CBD.

I did a some research on my own, then I went to my doctor with my note-book and pen. I asked him a bunch of questions and what was best for me. I don’t usually share about my personal life but I do have epilepsy, so my doctor helped guide me in the right direction.  Lucky for me  I got my medical card! There is so much information available online, I suggest before buying anything you read a little on what is best for you. Also remember each person reacts differently. After lots of reading and lot’s of notes I finally got the courage and decided what I wanted.

Remember all of this contains no THC! I wanted to have a variety of different dosages and different ways to intake it. Some were great, some not so great. The same notebook I was keeping notes in I am documenting my journey with CBD. The gummies were not so great they are low dosages that are good, but taste not so great and are really chewy. The Just CBD tincture that goes under your tongue is not the best tasting but has high dosing I think is perfect for before bed. It doesn’t taste bad, just an herby taste. I like to use 4-6 drops on those nights when I can’t sleep. I haven’t been doing much vape-ing lately but I was interested in the cartridge and a pen. The tincture can also be used in my vape pen, although I haven’t tried it yet. The silver pen has been my favorite so far, and it tastes the best. Strawberry flavored and 5ml CBD oil, can’t beat that. The cartridge was also strawberry, I it used quickly. I use the vape pens through out the day. They help me relax in general. If I’m feeling anxious I can grab a pen, or if I’m having a bad migraine grab a tincture and maybe and hour or so later I can start to feel better. I have noticed the most feeling is with the tincture. I started my journey in November and since then my skin has cleared up, my headaches have gotten better, my anxiety has decreased, and  I am sleeping through the night. I have also been taking vitamins and drinking more water. I am adjusting here and there but I am keeping a close diary of my journey and hope to keep staying on track through out 2018!

 

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Lushmas Reviews 2k17

With the new Valentines rage just being released I had to review my favorite products from the lush Christmas range 2017. There were some old favorites and some new ones. If you follow my instagram you have seen me trying these babies out. I have had some mixed feelings about products but have come to love most of them!

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Cristingle Body Conditioner- Just thinking about this minty body conditioner gives me chills. I stocked up on this lovely cooling sensation. I can’t get enough. It’s amazing on its own but even better for bath cocktails. Warning this contains menthol so it does make you freezing cold. If you have a cold, suffer from migraines or body aches this is your go to! I cannot live with out this in my bathroom!

Rating: 5/5

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Twilight Shower Gel- I get sleepy just thinking about this amazing shower gel. Another staple in my collection. As someone who suffers from insomnia I cannot live without twilight shower gel, sleepy lotion, twilight solid perfume, twilight body splash… you get the idea! This intoxicating lavender and vanilla will have you falling into dreamland before you know it. I am seriously in love with this purple masterpiece. For us that stay up all night, this will help not only sleep better but make bath time 10000 times better.

Rating: 5/5

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Santa’s Christmas Shower Cream- This shower cream will have you not only wanting to jump into Santa’s sleigh but wanting to chug some vanilla coke. I couldn’t believe how similar they smelled, like a spicy vanilla coke. Since it is a shower cream it leaves the skin more moisturized and is perfect for winter. I was pleasantly surprised by this refreshing new Christmas staple and will be using it even in the summer months.

Rating: 4/5

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Snow Fairy Shower Gel- I could not get the top on this sugary scented sparkly gel fast enough when I first got my hands on it. As you can see I have the 500 ml bottle. So naturally I gave it another try in a bath cocktail and it started to grow on me. So much pink cotton candy scented sparkles in one big bottle ! You can say I have a love hate relationship!

Rating: 3/5

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Snow Fairy Body Conditioner- After falling for the pink sugary shower gel I couldn’t help myself and grab the matching body conditioner. This bad gal holds in so much moisture and the scent lasts so much longer than the shower gel. I thought it was going to be way too sweet of a scent but it really does blend well and makes skin feel sooo soft. Say good-bye to rough spots and hello to cotton candy smooth skin.

Rating: 4/5

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Man on The Moon Bubble Bar- Can you say the most adorable bubble bar ever made? So I am biased towards neroli scents, he was already a winner in my book. This is a bright citruis-neroli blend and is a perfect pick me up for when you are in a funk. I tried him out and I couldn’t help but fall in love! I have about 15 in my lush collection now. The amount of bubbles that come from this one little guy is unbelievable! Not only crazy bubbles but I did feel this bar did soften up my skin. This massive mustache wearing fellow might be my new favorite bubble bar…

Rating: 5/5

 

Now that Christmas has come and gone I can’t wait to try out the new Valentines 2018 products old and new! Did any one try out the Lush Christmas exclusives? What products are you excited to try?

good things come in big packages

The giant golden wonder oh man oh man, where do I begin? The colors, the smell, the fizz, the size alone will take your breath away. This is one massive way to start your Christmas season! It was bigger than my head and weighed more than my dog. It quickly became my new favorite Christmas product. It actually looks like a gift. Only downside, I could not get a pretty picture of this guy because it came damaged in the mail. This however did not take away from my bath.

It’s size alone can leave you staring at it for days, it fizzes for minutes literally. Mine fizzed for about ten minutes. What starts off yellow exterior bursts with colors leaving you with blue and gold water. The scent is not too strong for its giant size, an amazing blend of citrus. The lemon really stuck out to me so I blended it with my lemon melt shower gel from the kitchen. I was blown away by everything about this bath bomb! It’s a great way to help even the biggest grich get into the spirit. I say treat yo self! I will definitely be ordering another one before Christmas!

Giant Golden Wonder Bath Bomb: 5/5

 

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Lush Christmas 2017

It’s Christmas and that can only mean one thing, LUSH CHRISTMAS!  Not only is it the best seasonal products but the most festive baths! Shown above are only some of the items from my mini lush Christmas haul. Due to unfortunate circumstances my Christmas shopping trip was cut short but no fear! More products and reviews to come! Pictured about are Santa’s Christmas, Rose Jam, Twilight, Christingle, and Snow fairy.

This year Lush is taking a new initiative with naked packaging but I went the traditional route, I have yet to buy my new batches of Rose Jam and Twilight I might give those a naked chance. Santa’s Christmas smells just like vanilla coke, I wasn’t sure if I wanted a bath or to go drink a bunch of cola. I did stock up on the Snow Fairy and Christingle body conditioners, boy can you say smooth skin? Snow Fairy is sweet like cotton candy and Christingle is minty and seriously makes your body tingle. Snow Fairy at first I couldn’t put the top back on fast enough it was way too sweet for me, next thing i know i have a 500 ml of the matching shower gel! It’s like bathing in the sugar, I can understand why some don’t like it, last year not a fan this year I can’t get enough. I use Twighlight almost nightly and have started to love the lavender and minty mix of replacing Sleepy lotion with for the season Christingle.

I also picked up Berry Berry Christmas shower gel, the Twilight Sprinkle jar, Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub, Man in The Moon bubble bar, and a Giant Golden Wonder bath bomb. Keep your eyes out for more reviews and more bath art and cocktails coming up ! PS i have been using sheet mask lately not lush but totally helping me relax, can be found at Urban Outfitters . I have been posting all my daily baths on my instagram @stardustfunk , give us a follow !

Halloween 2k17

Halloween has so mush to it. The movies, the candy, the zombie frappuccino, the crazy costumes, all of it. You can say it’s my favorite holiday. The zombie frappuccino not so much a fan. It was apple, brain, and ass.  My best friend and I went all out on our costumes, we even got our make-up done. I was a unicorn and she was a nun, pictured above. With Halloween you can go one of two ways dark or magical. I was torn but I went with magical, and was a sparkly pink unicorn. PS the tutu lights up. As with every great party comes the after party. That consists of the best scary movies, the best candies, and of course you top it off with a horror themed bath.

Horn/Tutu: Amazon

Heart Choker: coming soon to Stardustfunk

Bodysuit: Dollskill

Fishnets: Alien Outfitters

Shoes: YRU Shoes

My recovery bath was “Meat the Family” by the mad bombers, pictured above. This GIANT bath bomb was scented leather and roses. With Leather Face on it what a perfect scent. It was giant and turned the water blood-red. Best part is it didn’t stain the tub. It left my skin so soft after the bath, it was truly a skin soothing bomb. It was such a blood bath, in the best way possible. This was a giant fizzer, this bad boy lasted for a few minutes and created beautiful blood-colored water. With such morbid water it had such a beautiful complex scent, leather and roses. It was strong was the perfect mix of floral and manly. Perfect for Halloween.

 

Summer Time Fine

So this past Wednesday was the first official day of summer. Living in Miami every day can feel like summer. Although I wish I could spend most of my summer in Bimini where that picture was taken. Wherever you are, it’s summer time to enjoy the fuck out of it. When I was younger it was all about no school, music, popsicle, partying, and of course the beach. My must haves include a bit of the nostalgia of all of that good stuff with my own twist.

  • Little Black Dress: Summer approved, of course. Now i know what you’re thinking black in this summer heat. Yes it can be done. A simple T-shirt dress or a tank dress with some cute shoes and BAM your set. This is where #2 comes into play. LBDDress: dollskill Bag: killstar
  • A Statement Bag: Make it pop. It’s summer, what better time to show how you feel with a bag instead of a lame T-shirt? This can take any outfit from lame to the shit. You want something that is going to have people begging you to tell them where you copped it, just reply ” I forgot” and smile like the badass you are. boombox bagBag: dollskill
  • Starbucks: Iced Please ? What is summer with out your iced drinks and sunglasses ?ombre pink drink
  • Fishnets: Now I have been feeling these way too much lately. You can dress them up or down, pair em with jean shorts or a dress. They are just so easy and come in so many colors. The best part? Won’t break your bank. img-7.jpgFishnets/Shirt: alien outfitters
  • Music: Now I bet you’re thinking um music? Yes ! Go out of your way and explore some new music. Support local musicians, go listen to some bands play live, ect. I went all out and got a record player. I am following in my grandfather’s footsteps and hope to start a collection. Of course i had to start with my favorite album that just celebrated it’s 50th birthday. FYI most artist have vynils and the MP3 version too.
  • Netflix: What is summer with out binge watching all your favorite movies and shows? I mean I’m all about partying and going all out but who doesn’t love to bum it out and watch an entire series in a week? Or re watch their favorite movie for the 100th time? Make sure to have fun with it!

  • Movie: The Shining
  • BEACH: If you are one of the luck ones near a beach take advantage! Not everyone is lucky as us! I have been dying to catch some up on some sun but the Miami weather has not been cooperating. Take advantage, it is summer after all! Make sure to wear sunscreen while you tan and don’t forget those lips!
    Lip Balm: stardustfunk (SPF + moisture) Towel: alien outfitters
  • Get Creative: Do something creative! Get out of your comfort zone. Do a DIY project, take a trip you have always wanted to take, get outside more. Do whatever makes you happy! Make this summer count! DIY succulentI planted this bad boy myself into one of my empty lush pots. If you are a true lushie you have a bunch left over and this is a cute way to brighten up any room.

Now if you really like all my suggestions feel free to click the hyperlinks under the pictures and help yourself. Treat Yourself this Summer! You won’t regret it! Don’t forget when shopping at Alien Outfitters Make sure to click my refferal link for 15% off your order!

my fur-babies!

When it comes to pets the most important thing is ADOPT DON’T SHOP!  Christmas is a time where families are often given puppies or kittens as gifts. This is all fine and dandy until they grow up, most families don’t prepare for the responsibility and unfortunately they end up at the local shelter. That is where you come in, adopt don’t shop!

I have so many fur babies and I love them all so much. Most of them have been adopted from the Miami Dade Animal Shelter or Out Reach centers. At my home I have 2 dogs and a cat. At my boyfriends home he has 2 dogs. Like I said lot’s of fur babies! They are so happy to be adopted and feel right at home !

 

Let me introduce you to my crew ! Starting with the newest additon Sherrwood.

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Meet Sherwood. He is a Goldendoodle, currently staying with my boyfriends family. He is a beautiful puppy, who loves to play. As seen above he loves tenis balls. He is so smart and cuddly. Just look at those curls! You can say it was love at first tail wag.

 

 

 

 

Next up is my forever puppy.

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Meet Nana. This beautiful cockerspaniel keeps boyfriends abuela(grandmother) company at home. We call her a forever puppy because she stayed the same size she never grew up! We named her after the dog in Peter Pan, Nana. I know dogs are not supposed to eat popsicles but who could say no to this cutie?

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is Reeses, a true rescue story.

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Reeses was rescues from Miamia Dade Animal Services right before Christmas in 2010 by myself as a Christmas gift for my brother as he always wanted a German Sheppard. As I  brought her home we noticed she was sick we took her to 3 different vets that told us she was terminal and we had to put her down. I refused to listen and put down a dog on Christmas so I went back to the Shelter and there they were able to help bring her back to health. Here we are years later and she’s happy healthy and riding in the back of my brothers truck. She sleeps in my brothers room and will not leave his side

 

 

Then we got the oldest of the bunch, Coco.

cocoYeah that’s the only picture I can get of her. She’s old but still fiesty. A jack russell that we have had for about 14 years now. She has been the most fun and the most unpredictable dog. She can surf in our pool. She can also tear apart lizzard in half a minute if you let her. In her prime age she would swim and chase you down the pool. Even in her old age she chills out with my cat Bruce and Reeses.

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least Master Bruce Wayne.

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The Lion in my bedroom. Master Bruce Wayne, named after of course Batman. He lives with me in my bedroom. He is my first cat, it’s a learning experience, and I love him. He has helped me so much with my anxiety I cannot beging to explain it. He is weird like me I guess. Always remember cats do not abide by the laws of nature( if you catch that reference you are totally awesome).

 

 

All my animals are amazing. I have been lucky to be able to adopt these wonderful animals. I encourage you to do the same. It will not only save the life of an animalin need it will give so much more to your life. I can’t imagine my life with out these guys in it. They make day to day life happier one tail wag  or purrrr  at a time.

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Polaroids of my babies

*sorry Sherwood you weren’t born yet*