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happy Monday! that may be an oxymoron … but some happiness is what we need up in hurr. last week was so rough for me. it seemed as though every day something bad happened. my attitude didn’t help the situation much … so this week I’m choosing to be happy even on Monday.

today I want to talk to you about something I just recently started using … as in two weeks … and I
can already see impressive results.

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coconut oil

I was a skeptic at first, and since my face is changing I was hesitant. the last thing I need is something that doesn’t work and I’m left with even more acne and redness. but when my eye cream ran out a couple months ago I used a little coconut oil from the kitchen … I used a little but not even a teaspoon and gently dabbed it with my ring finger under each eye once a day. the hydration was MAJOR… so I continued and after a month I could even see a brightness.

so two weeks ago after yet another breakout for no explainable reason I dove in … I choose 3 ways to start using coconut oil. my plan was to do them for a month and either stop or add more … two weeks in and I know I’ll be adding more!

1. facial and body moisturizer :: every morning I take a tablespoon and set it in the shower with me so it’ll soften up. as soon as i get out I put it all over my face, my arms, and legs (basically the parts of my skin that get dry and my face). not only does it keep my combination skin hydrated all day but I can see redness going down, mosquito bites healed quicker, and my acne has drastically diminished and quickly healed. I take less than a teaspoon every night and put it on my t-zone (eyes,nose, cheeks, chin) for extra hydration and help with acne.

2. oil pulling: I don’t have yellow teeth but they could stand to be whiter, mostly my teeth have just always given me issues. I brush twice a day and floss as well as watch my diet. yet my teeth ache consistently and every time I go to the dentist something is wrong and they tell me to just keep doing what im doing to prevent it …. that’s obviously not working so I tried this. I don’t like the taste of coconut so it’s rough… I swish a teaspoon every other day while I’m in the shower … I only remember one day of teeth aches in the last two weeks, and I can see them getting whiter. once I’ve done this for a month I’ll most likely go down to once a week or so.

3. eye lash growth:: my eye lashes just aren’t as long as they used to be. so every night before bed after I’ve used coconut oil on my t zone, I take a q tip and get what’s leftover in my spoon and run it right along the lash line with my eyes shut. honestly I don’t know if they’re growing but they’re easier to work with, mascara goes on smoother and doesn’t clump as much, and they look longer and fuller once my makeup is on.

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This is the kid I buy at Target for 6.99, and it doesn’t even have a dent in it after 2 weeks! don’t forget to join in on let it shine for more beauty tips with Molly and Carly.

And since I’ve used up the last two posts to talk about how much I hate my face . . . I feel like it’s necessary to join in on this link up today hosted byKate. this picture of me au natural is a couple months old, and it is filtered . . . but that’s only because I didn’t know about the link up until after I put my make up on for the day.

Even with this new found adult acne there are things I like about my body. And the message behind this link up is something I think all women need to hear – especially the little ones like miss Amauri. So things I like about myself . . .

1. my eyes . . . green eyes seems to be a nomaly, but I have bright green almond shaped ones!

2. my hair . . . it actually listens to what I tell it to do, and that’s appreciated. I put dark color on it . . . it goes that exact color. I thin it out so it’ll be easier to manage . . . it’s easier to manage. I keep a little thick so there’s lots of it . . . it continues to grow and add to thickness. I use hydrating shampoo so it’s silky and shiny . . . it looks silky and shiny. It’s my obedient servant and I love it.

3. my feet . . . is it weird to like my feet? I don’t care. I do and I always. and I have no idea why.

I actually could continue, but I won’t . . . I’ll just smile at the fact that there are more than 3 things I like about myself.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Kate

    I have struggled with negative self-talk my entire life. Having my niece come into my life — and the thought of one day having a daughter of my own — really made me question it. If I am always SO negative about myself, how will my daughter or my niece grow up feeling like they are beautiful as is? They won’t! I love that you said, “this link up is something I think all women need to hear – especially the little ones like miss Amauri.”

    That’s it right there. We need to love ourselves so that the little ones, like Miss Amauri, will grow up knowing that THEY are beautiful.. THEY are enough! I don’t want another generation thinking that perfection is photoshop and good lighting. Perfection mean laugh lines and smiles and loving our own feet! haha!

    Thank you SO much for linking up!

    -Kate
    http://www.theflorkens.com

    July 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      thank you so much for having the link up! I too focus on the negative, but at the same time I knew I was happy and healthy so I was ok. It took my husband telling me he didn’t like it when I talked negatively about myself for me to realize it affects the ones I love.

      July 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply katie @ that's for me to know

    I actually struggle with alot of the things that you just mentioned, and I have a whole jar of coconut oil, but have never really thought to use it for all of this stuff. Now? I’ll have to start doing some of this and see if it makes a difference for me too. Thanks! I love your photo and the fact that you love all of those things about yourself. Your little girl is adorable!!

    July 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      that little lady is my niece. but I will take the fact that you assumed I make children that adorable as the most high compliment haha! I hope it works for you!

      July 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply marie

    so glad to hear about this~ I have been wanting to get some forever!

    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

    July 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      I hope it works for you just as well! I love the dress in your post from today,btw!

      July 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Leelee

    It is great that you are confident about your feet. That is a serious level of self-confidence.

    July 30, 2014 at 1:41 am
  • Reply Jessica

    I might have to bring out my coconut oil again, because these are some great tips! I could definitely use a better all-around moisturizer. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    July 30, 2014 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      using is as a moisturizer is my favorite way to use it! I hope it works for you

      July 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Hi! Coming to you via The Peony Project! πŸ™‚ I LOVE Coconut Oil but have yet to try the Pulling… I think you gave me just the push! (Especially knowing it’s working for you!)

    July 30, 2014 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      thanks for stopping by! pulling is so rough, but it really is working!

      July 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I am obsessed with coconut oil! I use it for removing eye make-up, too. It’s also much healthier than other oils for cooking. It has a different taste and takes a bit to get used to, but now I prefer it!

    July 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      I’m still working on getting used to the taste! I hope I get to where I prefer it too πŸ™‚

      July 30, 2014 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply rebecca lewis

    I’ve never heard of using coconut oil for eyelash growth!! All the other uses I’m a living testimony for, though!!

    Thanks for the tips πŸ™‚

    July 31, 2014 at 2:08 am
  • Reply Steph merchant

    I just started using coconut oil! I’m gonna use it for a month and then see the results. I’ve been keeping notes on the note app on my phone every day marking my progress. I’ve just had way too many breakouts and I’m sick of looking in the mirror and seeing it… this week was the last straw. SO happy to read of your success! I am hopeful!

    July 31, 2014 at 6:13 am
  • Reply Katie @ A Worker at Home

    I LOVE this and I need to finally use the coconut oil that has been sitting in my pantry. Thank you for the inspiration. Plus my husband has been complaining about dry skin so this might be just what he needs too! …oh and then there’s my acne….ok I just need to stop thinking about it and go try it out!

    July 31, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      do it girl πŸ™‚

      July 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I love coconut oil. I follow the paleo lifestyle so it is so essential for everything. When I had issues with my eczema this winter it was a lifesaver. I have been interested in oil pulling but I have never been brave enough to try it. After your comments I might just give it a try!

    July 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      we eat paleo about 80% of the time too, but I tend to lean more towards almond oil for some reason. the key for me when it comes to oil pulling is to do it while I’m doing other things to take my mind off the fact that I have oil in my mouth for 10 minutes, lol!

      July 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Natalie@SheBuildsHerHome

    Ok so how long do you oil pull for?! I’ve read things like 20-30 minutes and I don’t even know how I would do that without throwing up!! I’m really intrigued by it though and want to try it!

    July 31, 2014 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      I only do it for about 7-10 minutes. I take a spoonful and let it melt in my mouth while the water for a shower heats up. then I swish it around while I wash up. By the time my shower is up I’m ready to get it out . . . so it goes down the shower drain, but that’s the very last thing I do. I’ve also heard about 20 minutes every day, but that just seemed like too much of a commitment so I started small. I can tell a difference even doing this so I’m just gonna keep doing this πŸ™‚

      July 31, 2014 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    I have been using coconut oil for some time now and I have got just the best results.
    I also have switched to coconut butter and oil for cooking. It might sounds weird but it actually does not leave so sweet taste as it might seem. Sweet potatoes with coconut oil make the best fries!! πŸ™‚

    August 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Megan Walker

    It’s great to hear an honest review about something which gets so much hype. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to believe! I’ve been getting terrible acne on my shoulders and chest for some reason, so perhaps I need to try this out!

    Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

    August 4, 2014 at 1:13 am
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      if you do let me know how it works! I’d love to know if it helps on acne in other places.

      August 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply jackie

    you look great and love your smile! i used coconut oil in the winter when my skin was drier, but maybe i need to bring it back. and i want to try oil pulling soon too!

    August 4, 2014 at 2:43 am
    • Reply rkstark86@gmail.com

      o thank you! oil pulling is the roughest one, but it might be the one that’s most worth it!

      August 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm

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