Coconut oil: here’s how I prefer to use it

First of all I buy only extra virgin coconut oil. This is an important thing, because it means that is pure and not treated. You can find it in a lot of herbalist’s shops and organic shops.

Second, it is a oil, this means it is full of fats (vegetal fats), so you don’t have to abuse of it in the kitchen. By the way it is very good to cook with it sometimes, for example I love it in my chicken curry or in my cakes. Or in my tea when I’m ill (it can help soothing a sore throat)!

But I’m here today to talk about its beauty uses. There are a lot, maybe a hundred, but I selected only those I prefer and those I usually do. For example I don’t use it on my hair because it greases it a lot. So I use it:

  • to moisturize and nourish my skin. I apply it as a facial mask before I clean my face or as a “leg mask” before the shower because my skin is always very dry. Many people like to use it as a natural moisturizer. Its natural antioxidant properties make it great for stopping wrinkles and skin irritation. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite.
  • to remove make up. You can use it alone or with other oils as part of an oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin. Coconut oil is an excellent eye-makeup remover.
  • as a body scrub. I mix it with an equal part of sugar for a smoothing body scrub (in the shower)
  • as a strong lip balm. I rub it on lips as a natural lip balm or with sugar to remove dead skin from my lips.
  • to whiten my teeth. I use it by itself or with baking soda as a whitening mask for my teeth.
  • on hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin.

And what about you? What is your beauty routine with coconut oil?

King Charles, the king of modern english folk pop

King Charles is the right musician for you if you are a romantic hipster and a moustaches lover. I like english folk pop and I discovered this folk singer in 2012 through his Mississippi Isabel single. Very cute video. In his first album LoveBlood he sings about love in a tragicomic way, as a medieval wandering minstrel in dandy clothes. “She kissed me once I took her out for lunch, she never kissed me again.”

He is the common modern folk singer, nothing to do with the big folk singers of the 20th century (Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, etc.). But I think his music is likeable and the new album Gamble for a rose is a sort of evolution of his alternative and romantic side. The first single Gamble for a rose is nothing new but it’s something you can choose to relax in your lazy weekend. Piano is always the strongest instrument in every song (played by him).

King Charles works together also with other indie musicians, as Mumford and sons.

 

#moviemarathonday: Cat People

Wait, wait, this is not a marathon for cat lovers. This is for people who love vintage horror, panthers, David Bowie and kitsch. Cat People can not miss from your movie library. The first film is Cat People (1942), produced by Val Lewton, who saved the RKO studios from financial disaster. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It has a sequel, our second choice, The curse of the cat people (1944), directed by Gunther Von Fritsch. Let me tell you that I’m literally scared of children in horror movies and this is one of them. There is almost entirely the cast of the first movie, but no cat people, only a curse from them.

At last, a remake. In 1982 the RKO decided to produce it again adding some eros and Giorgio Moroder and David Bowie touch. The new Cat People is directed by Paul Schrader; Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell are the main characters: eros and horror together. Do you remember McDowell’s face in Stanley Kubrick’s A clockwork orange? Well, it is not changed.

So this is the movie marathon I chose for you this week:

  • Cat People (1942), directed by Jacques Tourneur, with Simone Simon and Kent Smith
  • The curse of cat people (1944), directed by Gunther Von Fritsch, with Simone Simon
  • Cat People (1982), directed by Paul Schrader, with Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell

Tell me what you think about it!

It’s lazy playlist day!

Baby, it’s cold outside. What’s better for a lazy weekend than a cute lazy playlist? Here’s my top 10 lazy songs for these days of December. Not in the mood for a crazy dance as you can see. Imagine a hot chocolate, a warm blanket and this list in background.

  • Mapei – Don’t wait
  • Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Fantasy
  • Fever Ray – If I had a heart
  • Bat for lashes – Daniel
  • Frank Ocean – Lost
  • Ziggy Marley – Beach in Hawaii
  • The Heavy – Blood dirt love stop
  • King Charles – Gamble for a rose
  • Electric Youth & College – A real hero
  • Poliça – Lay your cards out

You can find it also on my Spotify.

And what about you? What is your lazy playlist? Have you got one? Share it with me!

Alina Baraz & Galimatias, an electro/R&B duo

Alina Baraz and Galimatias met through Soundcloud, and I’m not sure whether they’ve ever been in the same room at the same time. She is from Cleveland, Ohio, and he’s from Copenhagen. This modern setup proves that distance is no barrier to the success of an idea.

Alina Baraz is a singer-songwriter and Galimatias (real name: Matias Saabye Køedt) is an electronic player: this mixture’s result is an easy-listening, and a bit relaxing, electroR&B soundtrack. Urban Flora is their EP name, makes me think about something soft and ethereal, like Alina’s voice. Fantasy is their most listened song on Youtube (and my favourite). “Take me to a place, where there’s no time, no space”, it’s a very dangerous air the one you breath when you’re in love, do this words remember you that Mariah Carey song with the same name? I think Alina’s is the  same in slow motion, twisted and without that Mariah’s seductive voice.

Galimatias can perfectly follow Alina’s voice with his smooth sounds, very delicate and modern at the same time. He’s definitely a devotee of the ambient and chill out music of the eighties and he loves to experiment with different sounds, as in Ocean Floor Kisses.

What do you think about them?

#moviemarathonday: Dracula

Are you a movie marathon lover? Well, we are and we want to share our favourite with you!

The first movie marathon is dedicated to the king of the horror counts, Dracula. Considering that a night doesn’t last forever, you can choose two or three of all the Draculas produced. We love classics so we selected the first Dracula movie ever made, its sequel and the most famous one:

  • Dracula – 1931, directed by Tod Browning, with Bela Lugosi
  • Dracula’s Daughter – 1936, directed by Lambert Hillyer, with Otto Kruger and Gloria Holden
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula – 1992, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves ed Anthony Hopkins

In the early days of sound films, it was common for Hollywood studios to produce foreign language versions of their films using the same sets, costumes and so on. While Tod Browning filmed during the day, at night George Melford was using the sets to make the Spanish-language version Dracula, with Carlos Villarias. So, actually, there are two 1931 Dracula’s movies!

Here are the important films starring the terrific and terrifying count:

  • Dracula – 1931, directed by Tod Browning, with Bela Lugosi (english)
  • Drácula – 1931, directed by George Melford, with Carlos Villarías (spanish)
  • Dracula’s Daughter, a 1936 sequel to the 1931 English-language film
  • Dracula – 1958, directed by Terence Fisher, with Christopher Lee
  • Dracula: Prince of Darkness – 1966, directed by Terence Fisher, with Christopher Lee,a kind of sequel of the 1958 movie
  • Count Dracula – 1970, directed by Jesus Franco, with Christopher Lee
  • Dracula – 1979, directed by John Badham, with Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula – 1992, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves ed Anthony Hopkins
  • Dracula: dead and loving it – 1995, directed by Mel Brooks, with Leslie Nielsen
  • Dracula 2000 – 2000, directed by Patrick Lussier, with Gerard Butler
  • Dracula 3D – 2012, directed by Dario Argento, with Thomas Kretschmann and Asia Argento
  • Dracula, the dark prince – 2013, Pearry Teo, with Luke Roberts and Jon Voight
  • Dracula Untold – 2014, directed by Gary Shore, with Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper

(we didn’t consider every Dracula produced)

Which movies would you choose?