Friday, 26 June 2015

7 uses of coconut oil ♥

 1. hair mask
If your hair is in need of moisture or pampering coconut oil is perfect. All you need to do is melt some in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds. Then slather some on your hair and cover it with a plastic cap. You can leave this on for as long as you wish before washing it off. Trust me you will notice the difference when you run your hands through those new silky locks. 

2. skin moisturiser
Just as well as hair, coconut oil can moisturize skin as well. A little goes a long way. If you do not wish for your skin to be too greasy there is a solution. you can simply add some to your body lotion and stir it in.  

3. in cooking (e.g stirfrys)
coconut oil is used a lot in thai food, and makes an excellent addition to stirfrys and curries. If your looking to experiment with flavouring then coconut oil is a great option to consider. 

4. to reduce appearance of stretch marks
coconut oil makes a better solution to stretch marks than creams. Oil gets absorbed deeper into the skin than creams which is why it is a good remedy to try. 

5. speed up recovery of cold/flu
coconut oil contains lauric acid which has anti viral properties. So when you have a cold/flu, melting some coconut oil in to a tea or broth can help to speed up the healing process. 

6. as a light sunscreen in the summer
many people are unaware that coconut oil can actually be used as a light sunscreen. However this is restricted to SPF levels of about 15. So do not get excited and start slathering it on during your holiday to will probably fry. 

 7.  reduce dark circles/puffiness
many people have reported that massaging coconut oil under the eyes is effective in lightening the dark circles. Rather than wasting cash on "chemicalised" creams that claim to remove dark circles, trying a natural remedy may be better. 

                                          London Leopard 

Monday, 22 June 2015

Pink Inspirations ♥

When I was a child I used to be such a girly girl obsessed with barbies and anything pink. Then I grew out of it and actually began to despise the colour as a teenager. But recently I have actually become attracted to the colour and it's flourescent feminine style shades. I've been inspired by a lot of pink items recently as you can see below...

polaroid camera, micellar water, candle, nail polish, notebook, bodyshop cream, lunch box.

Ted Baker Lunchbox
I bought this within an Hour of Landing in Geneva. It's soooooo cute right? it has the infamous Ted Baker bow, with "let's do lunch" encrusted in gold writing. Well this sounds silly but it's visually stimulating enough to inspire me to pack lunches. The amount of money spent on food at uni and work is a bloody joke. 

Red Berry & Jasmine scented Candle
This candle is £2 from Primark. I was just having a random browse and it caught my eye. It smells just as sweet as it looks, and there are many other scents. I know candles are more for winter, but trust me they do come in handy if you want to watch a horror movie or have a late romantic night. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Micellar water was something I discovered by accident in Superdrug. It's actually an excellent cleanser for the summer, because it's thin and lightweight. It makes a good makeup remover as well without the use of too much rubbing. Call me crazy but the bottle looks refreshing... and sometimes I feel like I just want to drink it. 

Bodyshop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream
This cream has been in my clutches for about two years. It's an excellent facial moisturiser and a little goes a long way. Oh and of course the fact that the cream is pink adds to it's appeal.

P.S Nail Polish
this is a Primark range which I've been hesitating to try. I used to have this same "hot pink" shade from Maybeline costing £8. So the lesson learned with cosmetics is that there is always a cheaper alternative.    


Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera
I've seen this Polaroid camera floating around the blogging community a lot. The film is really expensive but the instantly processed bite size images are original. 

this cute little pastel pink notebook has french writing on it. It's really strange, and has pages with all sorts of things. Some are rules pages for writing, some are plain, and some have....squares. But i'm sure that I will find a way to utilise it, because I genuinely like writing

                  Enjoy your day...

                  London Leopard

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Switzerland photo diary: Part 2 ✈

So the first photo diary showed images from Switzerland. However we did visit a couple of French towns during the trip. This included Annecy and Haute-Savoie. It was actually a coincidence that we ended up in Haute-Savoie. We thought that it was part of Geneva until we tried to pay for a cable car ride in Swiss Francs and the man said "10 Euros"...awkward.

Snapping photos of the breathtaking scenery in Annecy. I did not realise it would actually be so hot with temperatures hitting 28 degrees. With London being full of  rain and wind (even in May/June) this was a shocker. My poor stick legs were burning 

enjoying a mango colada cocktail by the canal in Annecy. This is where I realised how significantly cheaper most european countries are compared to Switzerland.

We got to the top of Mount 
Salève in a 5 minute cable car ride. This was the main thing I was looking forward to the whole trip. The views were amazing, and we also witnessed people parachuting off the mountain.

There was a restaurant at the top of Mount Salève. As it was our last day, we figured that it would be better to enjoy a proper meal with views. This was fish with croutons, veg, and chips. 

So that is the end of my Switzerland photo diary. The trip has really inspired me to try solo travel. As a university student I've realised that it's better to travel whilst you're young and studying. I think I will be travelling solo to Paris and Belgium in the Christmas holidays...

London Leopard


Friday, 5 June 2015

Switzerland Photo Diary: Part 1 ✈

Well I just returned last night from my 4 night stay in Geneva. It was a beautiful trip and I can honestly say it is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe that I have visited so far. It is not just because of the scenery, but the attitude and etiquette that the local people displayed. I visited both France and Switzerland during this trip as they have an open border. This part of the photo diary will focus on the Swiss areas of the trip.  

Sightseeing and taking photos with statues and monuments. I guess I am very cultural when it comes to travelling. I like to explore the local heritage of a country and try to engage with the local culture.
Trying Swiss food in a traditional restaurant. This is cheese fondue which we tried at the famous Edelweiss restaurant Geneva. Cheese Fondue is a melted cheese sauce which is boiled. It is eaten with small bits of bread which are dipped into the sauce.

 We also took a day trip to Zurich on the train. It was a three hour journey full of countryside views. This picture is from the Swiss National museum, which was our first stop in Zurich.

Well Switzerland is famous for it's chocolate right? So of course we spent some time hunting down chocolate shops for the best deals. I regret not buying these truffles in the picture.

A boat cruise on Lake Geneva. Well one of the main iconic features of Switzerland is it's many lakes. There was no way I was returning to England without a cruise on the lake. It was an hour long with a direct view of the Jet d'Eau.

Well I hope you enjoyed the little snaps of my trip. Part 2 will feature the French part of the trip.

London Leopard

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