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

 

soak and unwind

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 !

 

 

Tampa 2k18

This January I travel from Miami to Tampa, it was my first time ever visiting this beautiful city. It was a bittersweet trip. I was happy to be able to spend time with my family and get closer to my cousins. I also went to Busch Gardens for the first time!

 

So not going to lie, I had a blast at Busch Gardens. The roller coasters were a blast. My favorite was by far Montu. Cheetah was pretty bad ass too. We got to drink AND ride roller coasters ? Yes please ! I didn’t ride Sheikra because I hate drops…bummer I know. The park itself is vibrant, colorful filled with plants and wild life. We were lucky enough to go on a weekend with amazing weather, no rain and it was cold. As an animal lover I was skeptical about going to a place where they keep animals, but hey I have seen worse. I got to feed kangaroos and hey peep that hippo butt. It was fun running around the park with my family, we even took grandma. It’s safe to say we all had a good time drinking, riding, and being tourists in our state. A Floridan’s specialty, am I right?

Here is the YouTube video I have been promising forever:

RECAP VIDEO

Swag:

Beanie: killstar

Peach pin: stardustfunk

Shirt : Lisa Frank at hot topic

Shoes/ jacket: adidas

 

Now the reason I was in Tampa wasn’t the happiest. That’s why I said it was a bittersweet trip. In my last post I stated I don’t like to share my personal life but here I go again. I was up in Tampa for a celebration of life for my cousin who passed of this disease. I was lucky to have the opportunity to celebrate his life. I was also lucky enough to get closer to family. In the past year I have lost two people to ALS. Below I am going to include the link to donate to the ALS association. Feel free to donate as little or as much as you can, any little bit helps.

ALS Association

Family first, always !

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?

Christmas 2k17

 

 

Where do I begin? Ho Ho Ho ! In Miami there are too many celebrations to count! I am not a grinch so I do celebrate them all and I am lucky enough to be surounded by family and friends that love me very much!

The first celebration took place with my best friend and her family. This was a Cuban celebration a few days before Christmas known as the San Lazzaro Party. We danced, we drank, we smoked cigars, we truly celebrated. This is my second holiday season with my best friend by my side and that is something to celebrate!

Outfit details:

Jacket: vintage leather borrowed from my aunt

Top: urban outfitters

Skirt: zara

Boots: marc fisher

Next up we have Noche Buena, another cuban tradition, also known as Christmas Eve. My family tends to go out the Cuban way. The entire family gets together and roats a pig. We make hot chocolate for the kids, and have adult beverages for the big kids. I enjoy getting together with my family, we are one big family my mom has about 20 cousins. It is nice to come together for the holidays and catch up.

Outfit details:

Body Suit: forever 21

Jeans: express

Last but deffinetly not least Christmas Day! I guess I was a good girl this year because Santa brought me everything I asked for! I spent the day relaxing at home with family.  Some of the things I got  were a bath caddy, a bath robe, a bunch of clothes, my dad got a nes (I will be using it). And yes those are BFF mood bracelets, be very jealous. The biggest gift is my animals that clearly remind me how much of a gift they are to me. This holiday season was both tough but a blessing. I am thankful for not only the material things but the family and friends I have in my life to celebrate the season with.

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Fall Full Moon

 

 

So right before Hurricane Irma hit Florida (where I live, Miami to be exact) we had a beautiful full moon. Now some of my followers know full moons are kinda a big deal for me ! This was the first full moon of fall, my favorite season so needless to say I went all out. I was also worried about the hurricane so this kinda helped relieve some of the stress ! With the hurricane coming I did have to prep, so please forgive me for not getting the best pictures !

I have become slightly obsessed with this brand witch baby soap, now this is not my first post about them, but they do offer a Spell Box. The spell box includes a bath bomb for each full moon (3) and some awesome extras. The fall box was no different ! It includes the bath bombs specific to each full moon, a soap, a body scrub, a hand salve, and a body oil. The boxes include some instructions and some whitchy extras, for example a spell candle.

This month’s bath bomb was a salted caramel latte, and it came in a coffee cup. Can it get any better? Yes you can! Not only did it smell delicious, my skin has never felt softer. I could not stop rubbing my legs. I picked up more of a salty caramel than anything but hey my skin was so soft I was not complaining  ! I paired this bathbomb with Lush’s Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream. A perfect match. For those of you that don’t know it smells of chocolate and oranges. I am devastated that they are discontinuing it !

Raitings:

September Bath Bomb 4/5

Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream 5/5

Now I do something every full moon a little special, I make Full Moon Water. I make it once a month and add it to my baths, use it to water my plants, simply leave it on my altar when I am not using it, ect.

Here is my recipe and the meaning behind the ingredients:

  • A bowl
  • Drinking water
  • Fresh or dried leaves and/or flowers of:
    • lemon – for success
    • mint – for money
    • lavender–psychic powers
    • rose – for love
    • sage – for wisdom

First when the moon rises, set up your altar with the bowl, water, herbs and flowers. Cast the circle in you usual way. Then place your bowl where the moonlight will shine into it and put the herbs in the bowl and pour water over them. Here is where you’re witchy side comes out. Hold out your receptive (non dominant) hand palm-up so the moonlight shines on it. Call out to the moon with these or similar words:

“Mother moon, please share your magic with me. I charge this water, With the power of the full moon, To achieve my dreams. May mint bring me the money To fulfill my goals, And lemon give me success in my endeavors. May lavender amplify my intuition and help me hear the voice of spirit. May rose nourish my heart and help me use my powers with love. May sage clear my mind and help me use my powers with wisdom. With herbs and moonlight This water is charged.”

Finish your ritual as usual and, if possible, leave the water out to steep in the moonlight over night.

Head over to my Instagram for a chance to win items from the fall spell box from witch baby soap and goodies from stardustfunk !

Green Waters, Stronger Messages

Now a days we are all caught up in technology we don’t take a minute to step back and take a minute to stop and enjoy life. I am totally guilty of this, so yes include me. We are all glued to our phones, tablets, computers, video games,  whatever our vice is we all have one. It is so crazy to think just 20 years ago we didn’t have most of these devices, what did we do back then?

bug splatWhy am I starting with all of this you may ask, in the Lush Kitchen they have a bath bomb that invokes these thoughts. Bugsplat as it’s called comes with an insert that reads “Welcome to the Drone Age” When I first got this bath bomb I couldn’t put it back in the box fast enough, all I could pick up was this strong smell. As you drop it in the bath it definitely mellows out.  It has the same scent as the bug perfume with sandal wood, pepper, and elemi. What drew me to this bath bomb was all the money you spend of this bad boy is donated to Reprive to help fund their campaign against drone strikes.  A good cause and my own lagoon ? I’m sold.

What pairs with such a spicy scent you may ask? A soft floral, and since I have been binge watching season 1 of Game of Thrones I have no better match than Ghost Shower Gel. This is one of my favorites it also has a matching jelly, it is a thick shimmery white shower gel. Ghost is a very soft floral, yet lingers on the skin for hours.  The jasmine sticks out more than the rose. However, it is not as strong as sex bomb or flying fox. If you like florals you will love this guy. My skin was so soft after this bath, I don’t know if it was the orchid infusion from Ghost or from soaking in Bugsplat for so long. I am like seriously softer than a baby!

Ratings:

Bugsplat: 3 out of 5

Ghost: 4 out of 5

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Thank you for following me on this adventure! Make sure to follow on insta and twitter ! @stardustfunk !

Super Foods for That Summer Bod

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Glasses: Dollskill-Quay Top: Tillys Bottom: Victoria Secret-Pink

Summer is coming, and it’s coming fast. We can all think of one thing that summer body! Well there are easy ways of slimming down without sacrificing flavor or spending hours in the kitchen. I’m going to give you some healthy examples that will put you on the fast track to the body you want with out all that BS. Just substitute these ingredients in your recipes. Best part is they are all vegetarian.

  1. Lentils– loaded with antioxidants that can lower the risks for cancer, diabetes, heart disease; also full of minerals including iron, zinc, potassium and folate
  2. Balsamic Vinegar– contains polyphenols or inflammation fighters, appears to help lower hypertension
  3. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder– usually you think unhealthy wrong, 2 tablespoons has nearly 4g of fiber and 16% of your daily value of magnesium
  4. Tomato Paste- research shows you might absorb the lycopene better in cooked tomatoes vs. fresh tomatoes, lycopene is the antioxidant linked to protection against certain types of cancer and skin wrinkles
  5. Pumkin Seeds– good source of minerals like zinc, iron, vitamin E, rich in lignans plant compounds that help moderate estrogen production
  6. Barley– keeps heart healthy, rich in fiber, reduces risk of hemroids, maintains a healthy colon
  7. White Pototoes– if not turned into french fries can be good for you, 140 cal per 5 oz potato, good source of fiber, contains carbs, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals
  8. Cauliflower– packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, promotes detox
  9. Artichokes- tough on the outside but soft on the inside; rich in fiber, antioxidants, polyphenols help in fighting cancer
  10. Parsley- 1 tablespoon = 1 calorie, helps build strong bones, rich in vitamin K and antioxidants
  11. Chia Seeds– absorb 10 times their weight in water, slows the absorption of glucose and keeps the blood sugar steady, high in fiber, calcium, iron, and zinc
  12. Sauerkraut– high in probiotics, boots immune system, prevents colon cancer, and can improve mood

So what makes most of these foods “super foods” is the antioxidants. That means these foods have properties that include anti-aging, protecting the body from cell damage that results from free radicals. This includes heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. I eat these foods all the time. For example pumpkin seeds as snacks, or cauliflower mashed up ( like mashed potatoes) the possibilities are endless. FYI it doesn’t have to be summer to be healthy! These foods taste fucking AMAZING and are worth a try!

 

Sources:

Prevention Magazine April 2017

Calling All Alien Babes

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Shirt: Alien Outfitters

You are in the presence of a GODDESS. Not that my shirt needed to tell you that. Lately I have been all about over sized T-shirts displaying whats on my mind. Look no further than alien outfitters for some bad ass out of this world tops. I like the over sized tee because you can dress it up with a waist belt, or dress it down like I did here with some leggings. Oversized not your thing? Don’t fret they also have crop tops and halter tops.

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Blade: Alien Outfitters

So this is the first blade I added to my collection. My brother is an avid collector so he got me into this hobby. Let me put it to you this way he has a pair of WOLVERINE CLAWS. Yeah I’m pretty jealous. He is now jealous of this bad boy I picked up from alien outfitters knife section. They have so much to offer I can’t wait to pick up something else to add to my collection. As a batman fan this is my new favorite joker item.

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Tapestry: Alien Outfitters

So I had been seeing this on instagram for a while and something about it was just soooo pretty. Once I found out where I could order it online I was immediately sold! You can find it right here at alien outfittersI hung this bad boy up in front of my big window in my bed room. I haven’t stopped staring at it! I love it beyond words. It is HUGE lol.

Rating: 5/5.

Overall my haul was BADASS ! Everything came on time, quality was great and came just as expected! Shipping was fast AF and free for orders over $50. I got some more stuff that I didn’t post but it was equally as awesome. Keep an eye out for more pics and outfit deets from A.O.

**USE MY link above FOR 15% OFF YOUR NEXT PURCHASE FROM ALIEN OUTFITTERS **

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This card was included with my order. It’s the little things, I needed to read this. Heres a little alien inspo for you.

Xoxo Stephanie

Mothers Day 2017

 

So my mom likes to make a one day celebration into an event. So we celebrated mothers day not once but twice. She was more than happy to say the least. This year was special because I got to spend it with all the strong women in my life. With all the bullshit going on in the world we can forget how strong we are but I have these bad ass women to remind me. I am thankful for all of them and would not be who I am today with out them!

I hope you all enjoyed your mother’s day as well ! Remember who run the world? GIRLS!