Amazing Beauty Tricks with Coconut Oil

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You may have already made the switch to virgin coconut oil for use in the kitchen, but did you know you can also switch up some of your beauty products for this wonder oil? This do-it-all ingredient can be used as skin moisturiser, makeup remover, exfoliant and so much more. It’s been around 2 to 3 years since I’ve been using virgin coconut oil and about three jar-fulls to be completely convinced of it’s benefits! Here’s the ways you can incorporate virgin coconut oil into your beauty routine 🙂

Make sure to use Virgin Coconut Oil for the best results as its 100% natural. I usually use Tiana The World’s Premier Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

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Hair Mask/ Deep Conditioning

Applying a tablespoon-sized dollop onto your hair and really working it into those ends and the scalp, leaving it on for around 20 mins minimum (the longer you leave it the more nourished your hair becomes – I tend to leave it on overnight) and washing it off with shampoo, will add moisture and shine into those limp locks.

Alternatively, after shampooing apply the oil to the ends of wet hair and leave on for around 5 minutes before rinsing giving you a great quick fix with a more hydrated and shiny look.


Frizz Fighter

Rub a pea-sized amount between your fingers to warm it up and apply it to the ends of your hair for all day frizz protection. It also leaves hair super soft and hydrated!


Body Oil

Coconut oil tends to come as a solid in a jar and because of this, it’s creamy, light texture makes for the perfect moisturiser to apply all over your body. Just by taking a finger-full amount for each part of the body and letting it sink into your warm skin when coming straight out of the shower, makes the perfect hydrant for your skin. Using this routine every other day and switching with a cream based moisturiser, would give the oil a couple days to penetrate through the skin before applying it again.


Body Scrub

Mix half a cup of sea salt or brown sugar and an equal amount of coconut oil and use your hands to circulate it around any dry patches on the skin. It removes all the dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling baby soft and its super inexpensive! Add a few drops of vanilla extract, or your favourite essential oil to give your scrub a gorgeous tropical scent.


To Remove Eye Make-Up

One of my favourite, go-to eye make-up removers and yes, it works on waterproof mascara too! I usually remove the make up on my face first with Micellar Water and then move onto the eyes. Taking some liquified oil onto my fingertips and slathering it over my lashes and eyelids, I leave it there for around a minute and watch the makeup melt away haha. Taking a cotton pad, I gently sweep it over my eye to pick up all the make up and it really does come off in one swipe! Rinse with warm water and your done!

Another amazing benefit is that it hydrates your under eye area, preventing under eye bags and dark circles and also helps to increase hair growth on your lashes and brows 🙂


Acne Scarring

Coconut oils is so great at reducing the darkness of acne scarring. Taking a pea-sized amount and moisturising it into your face before going to sleep, really shows results in one week! You’re probably thinking, why would I put an oil on my face if I have acne?! But coconut oil mimics your skins natural oil with less of a chance of clogging pores. It helps to cool down the skin and reduce inflammation and therefore reduces the amount of toxins produced, stopping oxidation so the acne scars heal quicker 🙂


Lip Balm

Chapped lips won’t stand a chance against super hydrating coconut oil. Dap some over your lips before you go to sleep and wake up with hydrated, plump and super soft lips! It makes lipstick application so easy!


Highlighter

Now I haven’t actually tried this one, but I’ve heard that it works really well as a highlighter so I thought I would suggest it. Taking the tinniest amount and sweeping it across the tops of the cheekbones, cupids bow and centre of the nose for hydrated skin which glows from within. A lot of natural make-up brands use coconut oil as a base in their formulas, so it must really work!


Shaving Cream

Forget the store-bought shaving creams! With coconut oil’s skin-soothing properties, your razor will glide so smoothly allowing for a close shave and your legs will be moisturised in the process. I would usually shave out of the shower when using this as it can get quite slippery and combined with water, things could get a bit messy haha. It’s inexpensive, antimicrobial and leaves a lovely tropical scent!


Do you guys use coconut oil? What do you like to use it for?


Sachita x

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Indian Engagement Party |GRWM

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Yesterday we had an Indian function for my cousin who just announced his engagement.

And of course, just like any other Indian function, a great excuse to glam up for the day! I wanted to show you guys my outfit of the day 🙂

So I decided to go for this beautiful royal blue outfit which is from Venisons in Wembley, London. It’s simple but elegant and quite ‘dress like’ so you don’t really need to wear it with the traditional “chundri” like most other anarkali outfits.

It has some gorgeous gold embellishments at the top and a netted layer on the bottom. This really gives that extra sparkle to the outfit – a must for every indian outfit imo haha!

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The bottom is also a very unique style with an asymmetrical netted layer and some gold material from the layer behind, peeping through from underneath.

This outfit is also great for an evening look and can be paired with a nice pair of gold sparkly heels to finish it off. I opted for a sensible pair of gold, flat sandals (of course with some silver diamantes :P) this time as I knew there’d quite a bit of running around to do – and i’m so glad I chose flats haha!

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Wedding season is upon us – have you guys been getting glam recently? It would be lovely to see or hear about your outfits in the comments 🙂


Sachita x

Avocado – The Super Food you Know you Love!

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I really couldn’t decide what to write my post on today and as I was having my avocado on toast for breakfast, contemplating the 8 hours of work ahead of me (LOL!), I had a moment to really taste the incredibly nutritious super fruit and it’s super creamy, succulent texture and thought why not write my post on avocado?!

So here goes…

I’m going to mention the different ways I adapt avocado into my diet and some of the great benefits it has to offer.

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Avocado on Toast

Avocado on toast has been my go to breakfast meal for a few months now and it tastes amazing – It’s even nice for a day time snack 🙂 It’s so quick and easy to prepare and with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on the top, it gives it that extra kick. It’s not super filling that you can barely move – in fact it’s just the right amount to get you going for the day. Just slice that avocado in half all the way around, twist it to separate the two halves, pop the seed out, slice and scoop it onto your toast!

I usually have this with a glass of milk in the morning or a healthy green smoothie 😛

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The Green Machine

Another one of my favourite everyday health kicks. I love a rich green smoothie to start off the day! My mum and I have been making fresh juices for a few years now and I can’t express how amazing the benefits are; to your skin, to your hair, general health, it even gives a great energy boost.

Throwing in half an avocado to your fresh juice can turn it from a watery, layered juice to a rich, creamy smoothie. I also add spinach, kale, broccoli, coriander, apple, lime, orange, chia seeds and a spoonful of honey. I know the combination doesn’t sound too appetising, but it’s honestly delicious!

With this combination of fruit and veg, not only are you drinking your way to five a day but also gaining that top nutrition from the vitamins and minerals that are packed in.

 Avocado Hosomaki at your fave Sushi Restaurant

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As i’m vegetarian, raw fish sushi has never been an option for me so thank god for the vegetarian Hosomaki and Makizushi, which have always been my main order at any sushi restaurant. Nevertheless, some even say the vegetarian option is much better than the fish haha. I love that there’s the option of avocado Hosomaki and Makizushi (California roll), they taste amazing and dipped with a bit of soy, it tastes fantastic! I also love the cucumber and asparagus hosomaki. The best i’ve had has got to be at Gilgamesh London.

Mango and Avocado Salad

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I tried this mango and avocado salad in Spain last Summer and omg, let me just tell you, the avocados in Spain are DE-LISHHH! They are so much bigger, creamier, richer and sweeter than the avocados we get in the UK.

This salad was so tasty! It also had spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and walnuts with honey and mustard dressing to top it off.

So if you don’t like to juice it, make a salad! The mixture of flavours all in one is irresistible.

Avocado is so good for your skin too – It helps with acne scaring, balancing skin tone, replenishing and even hydrating your skin!

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Whether it be at afternoon tea or in your sandwich at lunch, avocado tastes amazing in a toasted or a non-toasted sandwich. It acts as a substitute to cheese in some ways, with the same creamy texture but less of the calories and more of the nutrition.

Avocado is rich in Potassium – this will reduce the risk of high blood pressure which can lead to prevention of strokes and kidney failure.

Even though Avocado is a high fat food, the fat it contains is oleic acid which is also found in olive oil and has been linked to reduce inflammation. Avocado has been proven to lower total cholesterol levels significantly.

Avocado has also been proven to prevent cataracts in the eyes.

It’s amazing for your hair and skin too! – I’ve often made face and hair masks with avocado – it leaves your hair and skin super soft and hydrated. It’s a must try for a DIY mask. Have a look below at how I create my masks.


Avocado and Honey Face Mask

  • 1/2 Soft Avocado
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Natural Yoghurt

Mix & leave on for 10 mins


Avocado Hair Mask

  • 1 Soft Avocado
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Mix & Leave on for 10 mins


Avocado has such amazing benefits – I’ve noticed some great changes to my skin and health since adapting avocado into my diet, my skin looks brighter, less scaring. I get less tired and have a greater boost of energy throughout the day!

So guys, if you haven’t done any of the above already, start today! You’ll thank me later 😛

Sachita x

Just a bit of fun with Aarti! :)

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My cousin Aarti (her YouTube channel) and I, decided to have a bit of fun and tried the Blindfolded Q&A challenge‘. They were so much fun to film and you should definitely give it a go if you haven’t already!

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We also tried the Youtuber Headphone Challenge on Aarti’s channel


Sachita x

5 super fun things to do in London this Summer!

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IMG_5324So I thought I’d write a post about some fun things to do in Summer in London. Although it’s my Summer holidays from uni, I am working through out my summer in London so haven’t been able to travel too far when going out with friends and family. I’ve been trying to find new and exciting thing’s to do as there’s always so much going on in the buzzing city of London, whether it be paid for or free. As a student, I’m always looking for a good bargain so sites like Groupon and Wowcher have basically been my best friends LOL!

Here are some of the thing’s I’ve been doing and some things that are yet to still try out!

1) Outdoor Cinema – Rooftop Film Club, ShoreditchIMG_5195

My friend Ashni (check out her blog here) and I, went to the Rooftop Film Club in Shoreditch (this is a chain of outdoor cinemas), and we saw…..wait for it….CLUELESS! I know its an oldie but its such a classic chick flick and we though it was the perfect film to see for a girly night out in town!

The setting was so cute, it was at the top floor of a bar/club and there was a bar at the back we you could buy food and drink as well as a popcorn machine and sweets 🙂 We were also given blankets and headphones.

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2) Kew Gardens – Full of Spice Summer Festival

Making this a family day out, my mum, aunties and my cousin will all be visiting the Full of Spice Summer Festival at Kew Gardens this week. It should be super fun as we’re cycled around the gardens in a rickshaw and dazzling ourselves in all the amazing spices and of course, not forgetting the cheeky spicy botanical cocktail which is also included 😛

Tickets for this were also under £20 – so far so good…

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A totally random but amazing experience – My cousin Aarti (check out her Youtube channel here) and I experienced being on the TV show DESI RASCALS. It’s a relatively new show on Sky 1, an asian take on the hit reality show Made in Chelsea. It was such a great experienIMG_5328ce and we met some great people and also got to meet the cast which was great!

We spent the whole day at Altitude 360 a bar/in Millbank Tower near Pimlico, with breathtaking views of London – a great party venue! We also got in free to the afterparty!

We were on the show through Aarti’s acting agency but there’s always ads for being on the show as extra’s and one off’s on FaceBook and Google so be sure to keep a look out.

This experience was also totally free which was an added bonus, in fact we were paid! It was a great excuse to glam up and partayy! haha

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4) Night out with the girls

For a nice dinner, IMG_4989I met my friends in town after work at the famous and fabulous restaurant Thai Square. I love the Thai cuisine – there are some really unique and delicious dishes such as the classic ‘Thai Green Curry’ (also my fave!), and for myself, being vegetarian, they have a great range of vegetarian dishes and a separate vegetarian menu!

This one is slightly on the pricey side but it’s totally worth it once in a while!

5) National Portrait Gallery – Audrey Hepburn: Portrait of an Icon

I wasn’t able to obtain tickets for the ‘Audrey Hepburn: Portrait of an Icon’ display this month but it’s definitely on my list for next month. Taking a trip through Audrey Hepburn’s picture perfect career and her timeless elegance, this display will be fascinating with a sneak peak into the life of one of Twentieth Century’s most enduring style icons!

What do you like to do for fun in London?

Sachita x