Budget Deep Conditioners

Ah, deep conditioner. My love for you goes far back into my childhood. When my mom would buy me those V05 hot oil treatments that you put into a cup of hot water and they did…well, hardly anything. But still. It’s the thought that counts, V05.

I’m not one to spend a ton of money on haircare. I like what I like and have my go-to products and that’s that. So here are my thoughts on a few deep conditioners I think are a good bang for your buck.

Also, quick shout out to the new L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Shampoo (you can read my full review here). If you haven’t tried it and your hair is on the dry side, you need to. It smells great too, which is probably my biggest deciding factor when it comes to hair stuff.
Right, onto deep conditioners:

Let’s go in order from least favorite to BEST EVER IN THE WHOLE WORLD shall we?

 

Salon Selectives: I included this because my mom is loves it. It’s actually from Dollar Tree, which is always nice. It’s really good for fine hair, or thinner hair. It’s not too heavy or thick, but it still makes hair nice and soft when you’re done. The smell doesn’t really remind me of anything…Maybe a little bit like Mane and Tail, but it’s not a selling point by any means. It’s a buck though, so you can’t really go wrong.

L’Oreal Damage Erasing Balm: This is what I’ll buy if my yet to be announced favorite isn’t in stock. It’s decent. It makes your hair soft and moisturized.It’s a really thick, goopy consistency and if you leave it on for about five minutes in the shower, you’ll definitely get good results.

Palmer’s Protein Coconut Deep Conditioner (Not pictured…Sorry, I used it and forgot): These little suckers. They’re so good. They smell like coconut. Pretty easy to find. I have really long hair and can get two uses out of each little packet. They’re almost always on sale at Target. You can find them in the ethnic hair section. Super moisturizing and good to throw in your suitcase when you travel.

And now…my all time favorite…

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask: I know I can’t be the only one obsessed with this because every time I go to Target to pick one up, they’re ALWAYS sold out. I need to start buying a few at a time. If you have long hair, this won’t last you a super long time, but it’s definitely worth it. I like the whole Triple Moisture line, but this is by far the stand out product. Leave it on for a few minutes and I promise you’ll have the smoothest softest hair ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nail Polish fit for…A Nun?

Alright guys. Not sure if you’ve ever noticed this when you go to see a theatrical show, but most of the time (unless it’s period appropriate) actors aren’t allowed to have on any nail polish. If they are allowed, it has to be clear or nude–Especially the show I’m in at the moment because I play a nun. This pains me. Deeply. I have an obsession with long red nails and glitter. I can’t complain too much, because it is part of my job which means I’m getting paid. But every time I have to cut off my nails and put some boring polish on, it kills my soul.

So anyway, to soften the blow a bit I’ve managed to find a few ideal nude nail polish shades that have become my go to colors when I’m in a show. If you’re extremely pale like I am, these will be good nude alternatives for you, too.

OPI Nail Envy in “Bubble Bath” 

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I know Nail Envy has it’s own following, but I was never really on the bandwagon until they released the colored versions. I still think there are better strengthening nail bases (I prefer this one by Nail Tek) but it’s a good 2 in 1 product. It’s the perfect pinky nude for fair skin. I think it’s about $18 USD though. Which is kind of on the expensive side for a polish that’s not from a big fashion house or something in my opinion.

Essie’s “Ballet Slippers”

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This is a new one for me, I usually find Essie polishes take forever to dry and I’m not crazy about the brush, but this is a pretty good shade. It’s described as a sheer, but I don’t know if I’d call it that. I’m not a fan of the off white manicure — probably because I’m so pale and I prefer there to be contrast with my skin tone. But if I apply two thin coats, I can get away with it on stage as a nude color.

Sinful Colors “Glass Pink”

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Man oh man, do I love Sinful Colors. It’s so cheap, and so good.  This is a sheer shimmery pink. I can’t get away with this as a nun, but I’ve used it a lot. It’s just a very straightforward, pretty, sheer shade with a bit of sparkle. Which I’m always for. It makes having nude colored nails a bit more tolerable.

Got a favorite nude polish? Let me know about it in the comments!

 

I’m so tired I don’t even know what to title this post

Hey guys!

The past three weeks have been super busy with rehearsals, tech week, and opening, and I’m EXHAUSTED.

BUT I HAVE GOOD NEWS

The show is open now and we’re on a more relaxed schedule– which means I’ll have more downtime to focus on writing. I figured instead of trying to rush out a post I don’t really care about, I’d just clue you guys in on what’s been going on. This will be my first full week of shows and understudy rehearsals, so I’m going to be figuring it all out as it happens.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. It might not have been the best idea to start a blog during my busiest times, but…better now than never, I guess.

 

 

Goodwill Sale Haul

Two weeks ago I hit the Goodwill sale at Carson’s. If you’re the States, it might be called Bergner’s or Herberger’s….or a few other names I can’t remember right now. Basically the whole premise is that you bring in things that you’ve been wanting to donate to Goodwill and in exchange, you get coupons. It’s the best sale because it even works on makeup and perfume WHICH NEVER HAPPENS. Full disclosure though, I also work for Carson’s so on top of the coupons, I get an employee discount. BUT STILL. It’s a good sale.

Just wanted to do a quick post and show you guys what I got. Like I mentioned a few weeks ago, when you read this I’ll be in Wisconsin rehearsing like a crazy person for my actual job  (lol, sorry Carson’s) so once the show opens I’ll have time to write some more in depth reviews of stuff and shop…Because I’ll actually have money (again, sorry Carson’s)

Moving on….

 

 Sam Edelman boots. They’re over the knee flat riding boots and they’re insanely soft. When I wear them with a skirt, they make me feel like I’m a Spice Girl. Which is a very good thing.

 

  I’m a bit obsessed with boots. Especially black over the knee boots (see above) –I’ve been trying to stray away from nothing but black in my clothing and shoes– So believe it or not, this was a big step forward in my black boot addiction recovery. These are tan suede and they hit just below my knee. And they aren’t black. Let me repeat that: THEY AREN’T BLACK.

Onto my favorite purchase…

  Ironically my favorite shoes are the ones I took the worst picture of. There are quilted Vince Camuto boots…And they’re black. But look at them and cut me some slack.

Guys. All three of these boots were originally over $200 a pair. I ended up getting them for around $25-30 a piece. They were all on clearance to begin with and then when you pile up the coupons…BAM. BOOTS.

Last but not least…

 I got a new Kate Spade bedspread. It was called “Willow Court”, so it’s not like I had much of a choice in the matter. The comforter is really puffy and soft, and the print is really pretty. It’s the girliest bedspread ever, but that works for me. FYI Goodwill coupons exclude Kate Spade and some other designers…But like I said- It was named after me.

There should be another Goodwill sale coming up in the fall, so keep your eyes out for it if you live anywhere near a Bon-Ton store. And obviously you should just donate stuff to Goodwill year round without expecting anything in return because they’re a great organization. I  just figured anyone who loves a good sale would appreciate this post. So if that’s you, be sure to like this and follow my blog. I’m anxious for the show to open and to write some new content. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Quick shout out to the new L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. If you haven’t tried it and your hair is on the dry side, you need to.

img_4686L’Oreal claims this will, “eliminate dryness in one wash” and, “transform dry hair to soft and lustrous”. Let’s not get carried away, people. It’s just shampoo and conditioner… Albeit good shampoo and conditioner.

Moving on…

It smells great, which is probably one of the biggest deciding factors when it comes to hair stuff. It actually sort of smells like the Burberry Brit to me. I’ve never used shampoo like this. I really like the consistency. Although it has “oil” in the name, it doesn’t make your hair look greasy or anything. The conditioner isn’t as groundbreaking, it leaves my hair soft and smooth, but doesn’t weigh it down. I feel like blonde hair is naturally a little more dry, so I love my heavy duty daily conditioners.

So that’s that. Boom. Nice quick review. Might make this a weekly thing. Let me know what you think in the comments– about the products, or if there’s anything specific you want me to write about.