Review: Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Deep Conditioner

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I picked up this sample package of Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Organi-Gro Deep Conditioner. I try to deep condition my hair about once or twice a month and this one was quite inexpensive, so I thought I would give it a shot.

The scent is very mild and somewhat boring; it smells very much like a generic soap. The instructions say to put it on damp hair out of the shower and leave it on for 2-5 minutes before rinsing it off. I sprayed my hair to make it slightly damp and then worked the product in and left it for about 45 minutes. One thing that bothered me a little bit was that there was hardly enough product to do all of my hair. My hair is very long, but it is not particularly thick, so I think if you have thick hair, you may not have enough product in this sample package.

I did like the effect that this deep conditioner had on my hair though. It made it slightly softer, shinier and more manageable, which are the things that I tend to look for in a deep conditioner.

Overall, this deep conditioner did the job. If you are looking for an inexpensive, good-value-for-money deep conditioner, I can recommend the Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula. I wouldn’t say it was the best I’ve ever used, or that it stood out in scent, ease of application or effect, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, and it is a good value product.

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(the results!)

What’s your favourite deep conditioner? Do you prefer higher end ones, or will a drug store one do?

How I care for my long hair

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I have had very long hair for around 7 years and here are my top tips and products for keeping it healthy and looking nice. I have very fine, straight, quite porous,  hair, so these tips will be most helpful for people with a similar hair types.

1. For shampoo and conditioner, I switch it up and find that it doesn’t matter too much what I use, but I am partial to Trichomania solid shampoo and American Cream conditioner from Lush (these smell amazing btw). I also like Pantene Pro-V if I’m on a bit of a budget or want something a bit more clarifying.

2. I think the actual steps are more important than the products here. This is the routine that works best for me: Shampoo and condition every other day and put a leave in conditioner in when hair is still damp from the shower. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle when wet. I like this wooden one from The Body Shop.

3. Try to avoid heat. I pretty much never blow dry my hair in the summer when it’s warm, except sometimes the roots if I’m going for a certain style. I never use heat to curl or straighten – this damages hair a lot.

4. Deep condition. I deep condition my hair once or twice a month. My favourite one is Jasmine and Henna fluff ease from Lush, but most often I just use my regular conditioner and leave it in for a few hours with a shower cap on.

5. Try to avoid harsh chemical dyes. These can really damage your hair, especially when applied at home or just incorrectly applied. Also, bleaching or “lifting” hair colour tends to be more damaging. The only dye I ever use on my hair is the henna hair dyes from Lush . They give beautiful colour and leave my hair feeling softer, healthier and shinier than before.

6. This is super important: Put your hair “away” when you’re not “using” it. That is, braid or put up in a top knot at night, and wear in a bun (less of a pressure point that a pony tail = less chance of breakage) when you don’t have to have it down. This prevents tangles and snags and the resulting breakage. Also if you braid your hair at night, you can wear it in pretty, soft, heatless waves the next day.

7. My favourite finishing products: Got2b Smooth Operator Lustre Lotion and Smoothing Hairspray. Also the Dove Style+Care Dry Shampoo is great for second day hair and giving a bit of volume and texture.

8. The best tip I have for growing your hair long in the first place is simply – Don’t cut it. It may seem obvious, but a lot of people are impatient and end up cutting of all the hair they’ve been growing out. The trick is to take good care of it, so your ends stay healthy and you don’t have to trim it very often. I get my hair cut only once or twice a year.

Do you have any different long hair-care tips or do you prefer having shorter hair? I have been toying with the idea of cutting mine off to just below the shoulders, but I’m not sure I can part with it! What do you think?

December 2013 Favourites!

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My favourites this month sort of fall into two categories: things to look sparkly and pretty for holiday parties and things to cuddle up with or protect against the winter cold.

1. Soap & Glory Glow Lotion – This is a really nice shimmery lotion to get your winter skin looking lovely for parties or date night and it smells awesome. I wore it a lot when I was around 18/19 so it’s very nostalgic for me.

2. Maybelline Color Elixir in Mauve Mystique – I’m in love with purple lip colours because they tend to look nice with my pale, cool skin tone, and this one is great. It’s somewhat sheer, but there is still a good colour payoff and I think it looks best after it’s been on for about half an hour.

3. Essie luxeffects topcoat in Set in Stones – I’ve basically worn this for two months straight and written about it here and here. Because if you can’t wear sparkly silver nail polish around Christmas, when can you?

4. Got2B Smooth Satin Drops – This is a really nice smoothing hair serum that makes your hair look incredibly shiny and healthy and I’ve been using it this month whenever my hair looks dull or just not sleek enough. I like to braid my hair at night and then wear it wavy the next day and this is great for making the waves look shiny and defined rather than a bit fluffy. I concentrate most of it on the bottom half of my hair and use anything left over to smooth flyaways on top of my head.

5. C.O. Bigalow Rose Salve – Rose salve is a life saver for the dry lips that come with cold whether and central heating. I put this on my lips every night, but before I bought the Crabtree and Evelyn cuticle oil, I used this on my cuticles every night too. When I got a bad head cold earlier this month I also used this to soothe the chapped skin around my nose.

6. Crabtree & Evelyn Cuticle Oil Pen- My cuticles have been really bad this month, but this oil has helped a lot. I put it on before bed. It has a nice brush tip aplicator and the oil is fairly dry, so it won’t get all over everything and it sinks in nicely. It also has a really pleasant fresh smell.

7. The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series by Charlaine Harris – This is the book series that the show True Blood is based on, and they are fantastic for a quick, light, entertaining read. Sookie, the main character is very likeable, her love interests are sexy as hell and the plots are interesting enough and well paced. Perfect for holiday reading.

8. Beige plaid scarf – I love this scarf! I got it at Old Navy in November and I have been wearing it non-stop. It goes with just about everything and it’s huge and very soft.

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Another favourite of mine in this picture:

9. SNOW! It snowed before Christmas and I got all excited…

10. Pinterest! I couldn’t get enough of pinning Christmas recipes, cold-weather fashion and festive decor. Check out my pins!

Finally, I leave you with a picture that pretty much sums up my Christmas, and favourite bits of December in general: Sleepy Christmas Cat!

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