A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

5 WAYS TO USE COCONUT OIL IN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE.

Coconut Oil seems to have taken the beauty world by a storm recently because of its purity & its pure simplicity. I recently attended a Neals Yard Remedies event where I was gifted a glass jar of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil* and with that I made it my mission to inject it into my beauty routine in as many ways as possible. 




1. Hair treatment.
Lets get the obvious one out the way with first! I've used the coconut oil on a few occasions, running it through the ends of my hair as well as massaging the product into my scalp. I usually leave the treatment in for an hour or longer if I can, just so my tresses can reap the full benefits of the coconutty goodness. My hair always feels amazing after using the virgin coconut oil however if I'm being picky, I much prefer NYR Rosemary & Cedarwood hair treatment as it softens my hair so much better.

2. Cuticle oil.
I noticed a change in my cuticles almost instantly after using coconut oil on them. The heat from the hands means the oil sinks into the cuticles super duper quickly and soothes any torn skin or hangnails really quickly. I've been trying to use coconut oil on my cuticles each morning (give or take a few days where I've forgotten) and have 100% noticed a difference in my hands. I'll definitely be continuing to do so & will probably move onto my toes soon, especially as we're getting closer to Summer.

3. Makeup remover.
The texture of coconut oil is really similar to that of a cleansing balm so works in the same around about way. I lather the product on my skin, leaving it on for a couple of minutes before massaging in & removing with a muslin cloth. I love the feeling my skin is left with after using coconut oil after as a cleanser as it makes my face feel mega smooth and polished.

4. Body oil.
Because coconut oil has a natural SPF in, it makes perfect sense to use it as a body oil. After having a bath (which is quite often if you didn't know - I'm a complete bath person!) I'll cover myself in the oil, resulting in not only me smelling absolutely divine, but also me having super smooth skin. With the skin being toasty warm after jumping out of the bath the balm like oil melts so well into your body, it's amazing how quickly this cult product works its' magic. 

5. Lip balm.
I've still got quite dry lips from the cold weather we've had over the last month or so I've been keeping them replenished with moisture using coconut oil. I think it works really well, although the smell that close to my mouth (yes, i realise this sounds weird) is a little off putting for me... But other than that, it really works!

Have you guys tried any of these beauty routines using coconut oil before? What weird and wonderful ways have you been using coconut oil?

Claire.x

10 STUPID QUESTIONS I'VE BEEN ASKED, A MONTH AFTER GETTING ENGAGED.

After all the congratulations and festivities after getting engaged, I was blown away by the same stupid questions kept cropping up, so quickly after the question was popped.

Today I'm going to be sharing those with you as well as my responses for each.


1. Are you pregnant?
2. Have you set a date?
3. Have you thought about what your dress is going to look like?
4. Are you going to wear a veil?
5. Have you got a wedding book?
6. Can I be your bridesmaid?
7. Do you have the money saved to pay for your wedding?
8. Have you thought about your venue?
9. Will you be getting married in a church?
10. Are you going to have a big wedding?

And funnily enough, the answer to every single one of these questions was no! 

We've been engaged around 5 weeks now, and since everything has sunk in and settled down, a few of these questions have crossed my mind (in particular what my dress is going to look like - eeeek) but straight after getting engaged all these questions were completely overwhelming, I  just want us to chill & enjoy being in our own little world.

Thank you for reading. Lots of love | Claire.x

LUSH LEEDS SPA #TalesOfBath TREATMENT.


I'd visited the Lush Leeds Spa a few months previously to explore their available treatments so it was lovely to be invited back last week to preview their newest indulgence the super luxurious Tales of Bath treatment. 







The treatment begins with a bed time story (literally as all the staff were dressed in the comfiest looking blue striped pjamas) followed by a reading of poems. The treatment then takes you to an amazingly luxurious roll top bath, where you can soak your cares away with epsom salts what could have been the biggest bath bomb I think I've ever seen. After bathing & continuing the sleepy time theme the Tales Of Bath treatment takes you to the main event, the sleep inducing massage! The massage is perfect for pregnancy or equally awesome if you suffer with a bad back as you lay on your side, propped up with two huge pillows for support. Hot oils are used gently to provide a full body massage which we were advised will relax you100% send you in to a slumber. The treatment will set you back a somewhat huge £110 which obviously does seem like a lot of money, but as a 75 minute treat I think it would be amazing.... And great for hen parties or girlie pampers. 

After having a snoop around the spa & an insight into the new Tales of Bath treatment we were then offered a small treatment of our choice, of which I chose the palm reading,. The reading is part of the Planets spa treatment and although it doesn't tell your future it does tell you a lot about your personality, maybe even things you didn't know about yourself. Admittedly I was totally skeptical, which is half the reason why I chose this treatment but by golly was she correct! The Spa manager carried out the treatment & had me down to an absolute tee, I was so surprised & even though I'm still not sure whether I believe it or not, it's 100% got me interested in palm reading & got me talking to my friends about it.

Thank you so much again to Urika for inviting me along to preview the Tales of Bath treatment at Lush, I had an absolutely wonderful time & very much appreciate the opportunity.

Thank you for reading. Have you been to any Lush events before? What are your favourite Lush products?

Lots of love | Claire.x