TBH, if you don’t have a go-to face mask that makes you feel like everything is right in the world, you need to read this. Many moons ago, I discovered a little gem browsing through the aisles at Ulta. The words “deep pore cleansing” and “oily skin” jumped out at me. I’ve struggled with acne and oily skin for a long time and have only recently started getting the tools I need to make my skin feel great.
My mom has taught me more than I can ever list, but it seems like all the most important lessons she has taught me are about saving money. She’s a huge reader, and when she got her first e-reader, she naturally turned to her favorite place to get books–the library. What you may not know is that your local library probably has a method of checking out ebooks directly from your device, whether it be a kindle, nook, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet, or even your desktop or laptop. Even smaller cities are partnering with apps like Overdrive to offer digital borrowing to their patrons. Read more
I have always been fighting with my hair for as long as I can remember. I’ve always had oily, wavy, medium thickness hair. When I was a teenager, my mom used to walk into my bathroom and scowl at the massive pile of half empty shampoo and conditioner bottles in my cabinet. No shampoo/conditioner lived up to its promises or my expectations, and my hair would get “used to” it and I’d toss it aside with the others. A couple of months ago I stumbled upon this brand called Function of Beauty, and their promise to create personalized shampoo and conditioner for any hair type. I immediately ordered a set, hoping this would be the end to my hair troubles. Read more
Yes, coconut oil. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard all the buzz about coconut oil and its wondrous properties. You can use it for cooking, beauty, and so much more. I occasionally use it for cooking, but more frequently I use it for beauty and bath products. It makes a great makeup remover, but not all coconut oil is created equally.
Refined vs. Unrefined Coconut Oil
If you go to purchase coconut oil, you might noticed that the labels will have tons of descriptors categorizing their oil as “refined”, “unrefined”, “organic extra virgin”, etc. Basically, if you’re using the oil for your face or body products, I would recommend getting the unrefined kind. Refined means that the coconut oil has gone through a process that deodorizes and bleaches it, which raises its smoke point and makes it better for cooking. That means if you’re cooking with coconut oil (substituting it for olive or vegetable oil), using the refined kind makes sure your food doesn’t smell like coconut! Read more
Welcome to The Graceful Geek, I’m so glad you found my blog! My name is Grace Bush, author and aforementioned “geek” in the title. I’m starting this blog to share my perspective on the world as a young female scientist and crafter/DIY enthusiast. I love wearing many hats, and this is one of my favorite by far. I’m looking forward to sharing great DIY projects, recipes, news, and more with you!
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