Tomorrow I head to Electric Elephant in Croatia to soak up the sun, cocktails, frolic in the sand like Ursula Andres and dance until the sun comes up (my little partner in crime Natalie is staying home this year…booo!!). One thing is for sure my hair will also be getting some much needed rest from the stresses of London! I never go in the sun without Leonor Greyl Palme Oil, however this year I will be testing out the new and improved Huile De Leonor Greyl £26.00 This works as a pre wash treatment, sun protector and also make your hair look super sexy while on the beach.
HUILE DE LEONOR GREYL is identical to PALM OIL (fragrance, texture, color) and retains the same properties, instructions of use etc… but its moisturizing effect is enhanced with Mongongo oil.
Copra oil is extracted from the white flesh of the coconut. It has soothing, moisturizing and film-forming properties. It is used to moisturize and beautify hair.
Mongongo oil is obtained by cold pressing of the nuts that come from the Mongongo (or Manketti) tree that grows in Southern Africa. The nut is rich in fat and contains many nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and thiamine. Each seed contains about 560 mg of vitamin E (tocopherol). The antioxidant properties of this vitamin give a high degree of thermal and oxidative stability of the oil, which greatly retards rancidity of the oil, even in the intense heat of South Africa. The oil is greatly appreciated as a protective emollient for skin and hair. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, it forms a protective film on the surface and smoothing the hair, where it acts as a barrier to prevent moisture from escaping from the interior of the hair. Fatty acids give shine and improve the elasticity of the hair.
A friend recently sent me a selection of goodies from the Balance Me natural skincare range. I especially love the little pots of Stellar Face Balm which I throw in my handbag and use on pretty much everything from chapped lips to dry skin, as a cuticle softener and even to soothe mosquito bites. Don’t get me wrong I am a huge fan of my favourite Lucas Pawpaw Ointment but think this face balm is a great little number and feels so luxurious on the skin. A rich combination of organic shea butter, virgin coconut oil, rosehip oil and mango seed butter, with skin-quenching neroli, may chang and red mandarin soothes, softens and shields skin around the clock. I also use as a sumptuous night treatment by heating in the palm of the hands and massaging into the face. Also check out the Balance Me roll on face oils for a quick treat with easy application - a firm favourite of my mums. Whilst we are on the subject of face balms I must also mention the Selexir Peace Balm said to be a great treatment for Eczema and I find it a great healer for blemishes and unhappy skin.
Spring has finally sprung and how happy we are for it! I for one have squeezed in a few BBQ’s already and plan on having many more in my new pad with friends and family, lounging in the sun. In light of this it is time for a more relaxed, minimal make-up look that is quick, easy and effective which you can throw on at anytime of day. I tend to go for a dewy, fresh skin finish foundation from Mac’s Face and Body range, a perfectly curled lash (I love the Shu Uemura Curlers) with lashings of black mascara followed by a touch of the new Mango Lipstick from Laura Mercier. Apply and pat into the lip for a more lived in, relaxed feel. An effortlessly chic look for a Spring/Summers evening.