How about some DIY Beauty??? Summer Pick for SMOOTH legs – COCONUT OIL!!!

The benefits of coconut oil  keep popping up in my reading, not only for cooking, but for skin care.  I added it to my shopping list this week and decided to try it with shaving first.  I haven’t used a chemical shaving gel in some time, and typically use a hair conditioner for shaving.  The conditioner actually works just fine, but with this summer heat, swimming, wearing dresses… I wanted my legs to look and feel a little smoother!

WOW – coconut oil!!!!

I felt the difference in the shave immediately.  My razor glided over my skin so easily, no razor bumps, and smooth moisturized skin, long after I was out of the shower!!

Why coconut oil??? Well, it’s free of harsh chemicals, moisturizes the skin well, and has the added benefits of antiseptic and antifungal properties.  Antiseptic fatty acids in coconut oil help to prevent fungal and bacterial infections in the skin when it is consumed and to some extent, when it is applied directly to the skin. Coconut oil contains at least 3 antioxidants: vitamin E, Phenol, & Phytosteroll.

Coconut oil made my skin soft, without feeling greasy.  I’m also looking forward to trying this coconut oil hair treatment:

  • Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in your palm. In case of a white solid fat, you need to rub it with both palms until it melts into the oil.
  • Gently massage your hair with coconut oil (do it while your hair is dry).
  • Leave it for 30 minutes or more (better for 1 hour).
  • Then shampoo it as usual (follow with conditioner if you want).
  • Rinse it out.
  • 2 – 3x/week

Its best to look for USDA Organic coconut oils as they are not refined bleached or deodorized, and in this pure virgin form, it retains the health natural to coconuts including the medium chain fatty acids and the 50% lauric acid now recognized as highly beneficial. Prices: typically $12 for 15oz USDA organic coconut oil… but check your local speciality stores!!


What are  your experiences with coconut oil? 🙂


Summer “Up Do” at Jazz Hair & Make Up Studio, Corning, NY

Summer is here!!!

All of those great summer event’s are starting to line up – weddings, showers, dinner by the lake… ahhhhh. 🙂  It’s nice to take a time out every so often from trying to pull together a hairstyle on these hot summer days and sweating away in your bathroom! 😉  Its also nice to step away from traditional go to moves for summer hair ~ just pulling it back into a ponytail, braid, or bun…

I decided to try Jazz Hair & Makeup Studio  in Corning, NY last week for a special “up do”.  I wanted something natural looking, yet classy.  My hair stylist, Sherry Moisson suggested I bring in a couple of pictures of what I had in mind…  45 minutes later I was out the door and feeling like a new woman!  The style was exactly what I wanted  and held through the entire evening without feeling like a cement block – just the right amount of  hold with hair spray and the rest was accomplished with bobby pins.  When I took the bobby pins out at the end of the night, I was left with beautiful curls and waves.  I was actually able to pull off  the “post event hair do”  into the next day as a casual beachy look 🙂 Yay!


Jazz Hair & Make Up Studio is located on the corner of Market Street and Cedar Ave in Corning, NY.  I have been admiring their large windowed corner storefront for awhile and I was excited to go into the studio to see what they had to offer. Hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, almost floor to ceiling mirrors and touches of retro glam throughout!  I was offered a tall glass of cool water while I was in the chair and enjoyed the breeze, brightness of the studio, and a little people watching on Market Street while I was being pampered.

My special occasion up do was $65.

Thank You Sherry & Jazz Hair & Make Up Studio!!!

Jazz Hair & Make Up Studio
52 E Market St.
Corning, NY 14830