Saturday, September 27, 2014

Product Review: MyHoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner (The Deep Conditioner Files #8)

Price:  $18 for 8 oz.

Ingredients:   Water, Olive Butter, Olive Fruit Oil, Honey, Olive Leaf Extract, Soya Milk, Fresh Cantaloupe Melon, Natural Yoghurt Powder, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Seaweed , Jojoba Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Neroli Oil and Optiphen.

Promise:  Dryness doesn’t stand a chance when faced with Olive You Deep Conditioner.  Every texture.  Every style.  Every possibility.  Restores moisture to the most dehydrated hair with its rich formula containing avocado oil and olive leaf extract.  It’s ideal for those with dry, over-processed hair or those who frequently use heat styling tools.  It’s light enough for daily use - it won’t weigh hair down but will add much-needed hydration for the healthy, soft hair you crave.

Scent:  To me, it smells like a mix of nail polish remover and perfume.  The hubby thinks it smells like "lotion and chemicals".

Consistency:  Ultra thin

Results:   The nail polish remover smell is really strong.  At first, I thought maybe my jar went bad; but, I noticed other reviews mentioned a smell as well.  Even if I could get past the smell, it didn’t do anything for my hair.  I used this as an overnight deep conditioner once and tried just leaving on my hair for hours.  Nothing great happened, so I ended up tossing the jar after two uses.  It is the same consistency as MyHoneyChild’s Honey Hair Mask, but this did even less for my hair. 

Love it, Like it or Leave It:  Leave It
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Update 09-20-2014: Black Friday In September

With the new baby coming in less than a month and Curlmart having a Sweet16 sale, I decided to get started on my Black Friday shopping early.  As you may remember from last year's Black Friday post, I went overboard so I wanted to make sure I kept myself in check this year.  I may have still gone a little overboard, but nowhere near as much.  Here is what I bought from Curlmart:
Grand Total:  $132.08 (plus $5 shipping)
Savings: $50.88 (plus shipping savings)

I saved a lot of money by doing my shopping a little early and coupon hunting (use cm15 with your order to save more).  We'll ignore the fact that I could have saved more if I did not buy as much.

Here is what is tentatively left on my Black Friday shopping list:

What is on your Black Friday list?  Have you started shopping?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Product Review: Blended Beauty Curl Quenching Conditioner

Price:  $18.50 for 8 oz.

Ingredients:   Aqua (enriched with Aloe Vera), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Witch Hazel Distillate, Capryl Isostearate, Glycerin, Rice Bran Oil, Polysorbate 20, Behenoyl PG-Trimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol (and) Butylene Glycol, Vanilla planifolia, Preservative [Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol and Sorbic Acid], Scent, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Silk Powder.

Promise:  A detangling, luxurious conditioner with rice bran oil and rosemary.  Leaves every strand silky smooth.  No silicones!

Scent:  Snickerdoodle cookies with strong hint of cinnamon

Consistency:  Buttercream frosting or softened butter.  In the jar, it looks like it will be heavy, but it spreads fairly thin in a good way.

Results:   I have had this jar for awhile, and it looks like the ingredients may have changed some.  I don’t see rice bran oil listed anymore, and the new formula has propylene glycol.  Also, when I bought this, I thought it was a deep conditioner, but the instructions say to only leave it on for 2-3 minutes, so I think it is a regular rinse out.  I liked this conditioner, but more for styling than for conditioning.  It is great detangler, with good slip and moisturizing properties.  It reminded me a lot of Camille Rose's Almond Jai Twisting Butter and Bee Mine’s Bee-u-ti-ful Deep Conditioner.  These products have taught me that my hair likes “wet butters” for styling my hair in twists or braids.  However, while I like this, I’m not sure yet if I will repurchase it because of the price and the ingredient change.  I can get Camille Rose for slightly cheaper, and I like the ingredients better.

Love it, Like it or Leave It:  Like It
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Updates 09-13-2014: Moving and Other Things

Hi, beautiful people!  I was looking at my blog and realized that I have not posted in over a month.  There has been a lot going on.  I moved into a new house, I'm in the process of selling my other house, and I'm still preparing for baby, who will be here in a month or less.  I'm doing all of this while working a full time job and taking care of my toddler.

In the midst of all of this, I have to admit that my hair has taken a minor backseat.  I have not been washing or deep conditioning weekly, though I try to get both in at least every two weeks.  In the meantime, I have been protective styling and still moisturizing my hair regularly using my homemade spritz.  First, I used medium sized twists after a thorough detangling.  Now, I've switched to two crown braids.  During the week, I usually wear my protective style under a satin scarf and a wig to preserve the style.  Then, I wear it out on the weekend.  So far, I haven't seen any breakage from this low key routine, but I do need to pay close attention to my crown, which is prone to breakage.

What do you do with your hair when you have a lot going on?

Happy Living!
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