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Updates & HG products of 2013

20 Nov

We are lonnnnng overdue for a lil chat, so let’s get it poppin’ y’all…

 The items in this video are just a few of my faves (holy grail products) for the year 2013. Stay tuned because I have many more product reviews to come…

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Product Review: Queen Helene Royal Curl Shaping Créme

5 Jun

As I stated in my Jan/Feb Acquisitions video, I love this stuff. I bought this 15 ounce jar at my local Earth Fare for just under $8. I’ve seen Royal Curl Curl Shaping Créme recently at my local BSS & Tarjay, so it’s fairly easy to find. It claims to be “all natural” which isn’t entirely true (see the ingredients list below). However, it is alcohol, sulfate, petrolatum, paraben & phthalate free! WOOT WOOT! It promises to tame frizz, define curls, smooth waves with silky hold, quench your hair’s thirst (without grease) & defend against heat & humidity. It smells ridiculously sweet, like a pack of Tropical Starbursts… YUM! I love sweet-smelling hair products, so this is one of my favorite features. If you’re conservative in that area, you probably won’t be a fan.

Royal Curl has the consistency of grape jelly

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Pectin, Agave Rigida (Sisal) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum).

I used this product on dry hair (twist n curl) & had underwhelming results…

But the directions explicitly state that this product should be used on wet hair. Reading is fundamental y’all. I did a twist-out on damp/wet hair & had much better results…

I have also used Royal Curl to shingle & coil Giovanni with great results. Although this is an overall great product, I do have a few gripes. I read several product reviews in which the curly girl used this product to smooth her edges. It did NOTHING of the sort for me. I’m sure you could use it to smooth down a puff/bun/ponytail, but doubt I’d use it that way (unless it was close to hairwashing day) because this product has the tendency to build up. Anyway, I needed to smooth the edges of my twists, so I used Ecostyler olive oil gel, which brings me to my next complaint… Royal Curl does not play nice w/ Ecostyle gel or coconut oil. It left tiny white flakes in my hair on two separate occasions. Next gripe: this product is extremely sticky. After my hair was dry I had to use a hot washcloth to remove the tacky residue from my face/neck/ears. But once my curls were set, I enjoyed a flexible, crunch-free hold.

NOTE: Because wet hair is susceptible to shrinkage & you must use Royal Curl on wet hair, this is not a product that will help elongate your curls. But if you’re seeking a sweet-smelling humectant, you should definitely give it a try.

Price:            1   2   3   4   5   6   7    ●   9

Packaging:   1   2   3   4   ●   6   7   8   9

Efficacy:       1   2   3   4   5   6   ●   8   9

        Overall score: 7

Product Review: Mega Care Grape Seed Oil

30 Jan

  • Price:            1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  
  • Packaging:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  
  • Efficacy:      1   2   3   4   5   6   ●   8   9
  • Overall rating: 8

Ingredients: Grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, castor oil, wheat germ oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), fragrance

I paid $1 for this 1.5 ounce tube of oil. I posted the ingredient list above, so that you would know that this is not 100% grape seed oil. That fact that it’s not pure, doesn’t bother me because all of the ingredients listed are good for your hair. Although the list says there’s a fragrance, I really didn’t notice one. Mega Care Grape Seed Oil has a thinner consistency than olive oil. It’s viscosity & color are comparable to sweet almond oil (which happens to be the second ingredient). I love the packaging! It has an applicator tip, so that you can administer the product drop by drop. And this tube is slightly larger than a tube of lip gloss, so it fits in almost any bag. Unlike most oil receptacles, this tube closes securely, without any leakage (thus far), which makes it ideal for traveling.

How did I use it?

I used MCGSO to seal my ends during a (wet) roller set. And on week 2, I used it to smooth out frizzy patches before wrapping my hair at night. It left my hair shiny, but did not weigh it down, or make it feel greasy.

At 99¢ a tube it’s definitely worth trying. I recommend it & would definitely buy it again.


Another one bites the dust…

29 Dec

The Body Shop’s Macadamia Straightening Balm is one of my holy grail hair products. I discovered it last summer during a layover at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte. Did you know that the air in the airplane cabins is not only pressurized, but also humidified? I was about seven months into my transition to natural & Giovanni was looking a hot ham & cheese that day! Some sweet stranger recommended that I try this product. Her wig was “swanging” sans perm, so I decided to try it. As soon as I returned home, I added MSB to my roller set routine (along w/ thermal protection spray & leave-in conditioner) & we all lived happily ever after…

It took me a whole year to finish a five ounce bottle of this stuff. Extremely. Effective.  Earlier this year I re-stocked via Amazon.com & noticed that the price had jumped from $12 to $16… NO BUENO! There’s no Body Shop near my home, so I was willing to fork over the cash.

Fast forward to this afternoon… Erinn, a new member of the Glam Fam, informed me that she couldn’t find a bottle of MSB anywhere. What the…?! It’s not in stock on Amazon or The Body Shop’s official website. *cue waterworks* WHY LAWD, WHY? Yet another great product has gone the way of the dodo bird. If you must try it, you should know that I did find a bottle on eBay. If nothing changes between now & then, I will be auditioning straightening balms next summer… *DEEP SIGH*

Product Review: Kinky-Curly Come Clean

14 Dec

Come Clean

Ingredients: Purified water, organic mandarin orange fruit, organic marigold flower, organic white willow bark, organic sea kelp, c14-16 olefin, sulfonate & cocamidopropyl betaine (coconut derived), citric acid, sea salt, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance.

  • Price: 3 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 4 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 4 stars

My comments: Come Clean is a silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free, glycerin free, cruelty free, organic curl cleanser. It has a light citrus scent & unlike most sulfate-free shampoos, it produces a frothy lather. I paid $11.99 for this 12 ounce bottle at Target. NOTE: It may say “moisturizing”, but this is a clarifying shampoo. My hair was squeaky clean after using it. I know it’s not a good thing for your curls to “squeak” b/c that means they’ve been stripped all oils, but it had been 17 days since my last hairwash, so Giovanni was in need of extreme cleansing. If you have product build-up, hard tap water, or you think your hair needs a fresh start, then you would probably benefit from using this curl cleanser. Just be sure to deep condition afterwards. 🙂

Product Review: AP Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion

30 Nov

Until recently I had not tried African Pride’s NEW Olive Miracle product line, but I was definitely curious about it. I’ve been using their leave-in conditioner to roller set my hair for about eighty-three-and-a-half years, so I was pretty confident about trying their products. While browsing Shelli’s PJ stash earlier this month, I discovered that she had some unused Olive Miracle Braid Sheen Spray. I decided that this was a sign from above (typical junkie rationalization), so I scooped some of their hair lotion during my next BSS run.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean) , Propylene Glycol , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Persia Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Panax Ginseng Root Extract , Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary) , Equisetum Hiemale Extract (Horsetail) , Malaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree) , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil , Steareth-2 , Steareth-20 , Polyquaternium-37 , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate , Dicaprate , PPG-1 Trideceth-6 , Phenyl Trimethicone , Laneth-15 , Lanolin Oil , Dimethicone , DMDM Hydantoin , TBHQ , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , CI 19140 (FD&C Yellow #5) , Parfum (Fragrance)

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 5 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 5 stars

Comments: I paid $2.99 for this 12 ounce bottle at my local Sally’s. It has a lotion-y texture (neither creamy, nor watery) & a tropical fruity smell. I have used it twice, on dry, frizzy, stretched out hair. One was a dry roller set, the other was a dry twist out (see pics below). I have read mixed reviews on this product, so I really didn’t know what to think. Some bloggers said that the formula was so light that they needed to reapply every night, while others complained that it weighed their hair down & made it feel too greasy. In my experience, my hair felt a tad greasy to the touch for the first 12 hours after application. I was asleep for 6-8 of those 12 hours, so that side effect, in my opinion, was negligible. I like the fact that I didn’t have to add any oils or serums to my hair to make it shine the next morning & the lotion was all soaked into my hair well before the end of the day. 24 hours later (@ bedtime) there was enough product remaining that I didn’t need to reapply. It worked much better on my twist out than it did my roller set. In addition to being dirt cheap, this stuff is great! Giovanni gives it 5 stars & recommends that you give it a try!

BTW, these pics were taken after work & as you can see, AP Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion did not weigh my hair down at all. Giovanni was bushy & bossy ALL DAY LONG! Oh and, I’m pleased to announce that I’m about 16 twists away from mastering a dry twist out. Old dawg… new trick! 😉

October Reviews (part 1)

12 Oct

Fantasia 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil

  • Price: 4 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 5 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 5 stars

My comments:  I bought this 1 ounce bottle @ my local beauty supply store for $8.99. It’s not exactly cheap, but considering that you only need a few drops per use, I expect it to last a long time. NOTE: You don’t use essential oils straight from the bottle! They’re too concentrated for direct application. Just add a couple drops of the essential oil (tea tree, lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, etc) to your favorite carrier oil (sweet almond, olive, jojoba, grapeseed, etc). I added about half a teaspoon of tea tree oil to a 2 ounce bottle of Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil. Tea tree oil is both anti-fungal & anti-bacterial, so it treats/ prevents dandruff. I applied my tea tree mix directly to my parted scalp prior to shampooing. I’ve been using tea tree oil off & on for years, so I highly recommend it!

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Castor Oil (OTC)

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 4 out of 5
  • Efficacy: beats me!
  • Overall rating: 3 stars

My comments:  First of all let me say that this castor oil is NOT of the pure, cold-pressed variety. I bought this 2 ounce bottle @ my local grocery store for about 99¢. I searched (to no avail) for a list of product ingredients, so I’m unsure of it’s formula. I read about how castor oil tames frizz, promotes moisture retention, helps thicken & re-grow thinning hair… so I wanted to try it for myself (as a PrePoo). I wish I could tell you it transformed my wig, but there was no noticeable difference. It has dreadful texture, think maple syrup in an oil form *YIKES* I plan to use it again, since I have about an ounce left. Next time I’ll be mixing it directly into my condish prior to application, to avoid contact with that bizarre texture, LOL! I prefer olive & coconut oil to this, so I’m not sure if I’d buy it again. But If I did, It’d be the cold-pressed, organic stuff.


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Parnevu Tea Tree Shampoo

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 3 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 4 stars

My comments:  I paid $4.99 for a 12 ounce bottle of product. This shampoo contains sodium laureth sulfate, so it may dry out your hair. I was seeking clarity & dandruff control, I used it anyway. I just diluted it with water & applied it directly to my scalp. Mission accomplished… my scalp tingled & my hair was clean, however dry. So if you use this product, be sure to follow it with a deep conditioner. Honestly I prefer my Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo to ALL OTHER shampoos, but I will use Parnevu again if/when I have a flare up of dandruff. *KANYE SHRUG*

Loves a sale…

2 Sep

Happy Friday Glams!

 CurlMart is having a Labor Day Sale! This is the perfect opportunity for you to try that product you’ve been eyeing… YES, I’m talking to YOU!

Love, Sham (The PJ enabler)

Updated Product Reviews

22 Aug

CoverGirl Purple Pop eyeshadow

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 4 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 3 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 4 stars

My comments:  I paid $3.50 for this e/s at my local Target. As I stated in the previous post, I like it, but it didn’t knock my socks off. I’d recommend this e/s for a newbie looking to experiment with purple, b/c it’s inexpensive & isn’t extremely bold in color. However, a certified e/s junkie, will probably not be impressed.

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Kinky-Curly Knot Today

  • Price: 4 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 5 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 5 stars

My comments:  I paid $11.99 for an 8 oz bottle at my local Target. I should have given this product 50 stars, because it exceeded ALL of my expectations!  It smells great & does everything it promises to do. I recommend it for anyone with curly hair. 

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Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Cream

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 4 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 5 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 5 stars

My comments:  I paid about $5.99 for a 16 oz jar at my local Walmart. I knocked some points off on the packaging, b/c I dislike large jars of hair product. I always transfer a “serving size” to a smaller container, so that I don’t contaminate the entire jar with my stray hairs. OCD?!? Maybe a little. Anyway, your boo will enjoy snuggling up to you with this product in your hair  b/c it smells AMAZING!  It gave my curly fro great moisture & hold, but be careful not to use too much, otherwise your hair will feel product-y. BONUS: it yields great roller sets 🙂 YAY! I recommend it for anyone with dry hair (either relaxed or natural). 

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Ruby Kisses HD Gel Liner (in Teal & Green Shimmer)

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 4 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 5 stars

My comments:  These gel liners are $3.99 each @ my local BSS. My only gripe about these liners is that you have to put on 2 coats to get the color to show. But once they’ve set they DO. NOT. BUDGE! Even after I’ve had eyeljner on for 15 hours, I have to use eye makeup remover to take it off. Bottom line: I like em a lot & would buy them again.

The Revitalized Rollerset & other beauty ramblings…

9 Aug

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*Edited to add my FOTD*

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I covered my lower eyelid in NYX Ultra Pearl Mania loose e/s in Yellow Gold. Then I used matte black e/s to darken my outer v (from the Wet N Wild Greed palette) & matte camel e/s to highlight my brow bone (from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette).

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows. L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet N Wild cream eyeliner in black. 

CHEEKS: CoverGirl single e/s in Forever Fig

LIPS: Carmex + Estee Lauder lip gloss in Rose

FACE: Nada