Product Reviews

Throwback Thursday: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Conditioner

Everyone on social media knows what Throwback Thursday is, but rather than just posting old pictures of ourselves, Platinum PJs wanted to do a Throwback Thursday with a twist.  In addition to the old photos of our natural hair (man the struggle was real ) we also want to bring you reviews of old products that are just as good now as they were back in the day!  So, without farther ado, let’s kick off the Inaugural Throwback Thursday!

For this Throwback Thursday I present to you Curl Junkie’s Curl Rehab Conditioner.  Let me tell ya’ll, my love for this product has grown exponentially since I finally tried it.  Initially, I have to admit, I was turned off by the price.  $20 for 8oz of product just felt like a punch to the gut and the wallet.  I REFUSED to try for years when others raved about it because of the price and and because I was afraid I would fall in love with it.  Finally one Black Friday sale, I broke down and finally ordered the 32oz size, which at 20% off was a steal.

When I received it, I held off on using it for a while…it sat in my product closet for at least a year. While on one of my hair product no buys, I pulled it out and just like I feared, my hair fell in love with it.  It’s thick, it’s rich, and it packs a moisture punch.  I used that liter and it immediately went on my repurchase list.  I moved on to other items while purging the product closet but I kept my eyes open and the next curl junkie sale I brought 2 liters.

Fast forward to this past month and my hair has been acting as absolute ASS.  It’s been dry, its been frizzy, its been hard to detangle, it’s just been the absolute worst.  NOTHING was working.  I know part of the problem has been my workout schedule which causes me to wash a lot more frequently than I would like.  I’ve also been trying to work through some drugstore products that I received for review consideration and yeah….I think I’m going to pass most of this to my friend who’s daughter is relaxed as I think she will get better use of them than I would even though the products claim to be for naturals.  My hair struggle has been real this past month.

So I pulled out my foot stool to reach the top shelf of my product closet where I hide the expensive good ish to see what I had hidden and I find two 8oz jars of this rich conditioning goodness!  I immediately slather it on my hair and sit under my heat cap and I can literally hear my hair breath a sigh of relief.  I decided to just pull out all my curl junkie products so after I rinsed, I applied my curl junkie smoothing lotion as a leave in, and topped with a bit of castor oil to seal in the moisture.  I then added Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha Gel to top it all off and air dried my hair.  As I type this, I’m on day 4 and my hair is soft, its moisturized, its shiny, and non frizzy.  To maintain, I put into two low loose pigtails and cover with my satin bonnet.  In the morning, I let the shower stream refresh my hair, shake it out and go.  This has reaffirmed my love for this conditioner, and also means that I need to start counting my coins in anticipation for Black Friday, because I have my eye on that liter bottle of Curl Rehab!

Have you recently discovered or rediscovered this gem?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

First Impressions: Crochet Braids

Crochet braids are innovative protective style that everyone seems to be rocking lately. I too have been eyeing them lately. There are so many different crochet braid styles that have popped up in the last 6 months around the natural land that I just had to see if I could get some installed. I watched video after video contemplating doing the install myself but quickly nixed that idea because I am not the greatest at doing my own hair extensions.

I researched a local hair salon near me but once I saw the shocker prices of $200, I let go of that theory really quick. I put crochet braids on the back burner and didn’t consider them again until one day at work a coworker had them. I quickly asked her where she got hers done and started to “beg” her to give up the goods. A friend of hers figured out how to install them and she installed them on my coworker. After months of asking “begging”, she agreed to do them on me. I was over the moon!

The hair she used was Freetress Water Wave. While I was happy with the look, I was not happy with the feel of the synthetic hair after 5 weeks. It started to feel rough and hard. From far away the hair looked wonderful but up close it was not pretty. If decide to get them again, I would get human hair and suggest you do too if you are interested in them.

Overall the hairstyle is easy to maintain and lightweight, I would highly recommend you try them out at least once!

Here are some pictures of me rocking the crochet braids. Click on the pictures to enlarge them!

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Lipstick Chronicles: Wet and Wild Fergie Lipstick in Bebot Love

Hey Pjs….

Just wanted to stop by and share this quick FOTD featuring Wet and Wild Fergie’s “Bebot Love” lipstick.  I’m in a few makeup groups on facebook and a lot of women have been inquiring about nude lips for darker skintones.  This past few weeks, I’ve had a tone of presentations and meetings at work and on those days, I tend to reach for a more neutral toned lipstick.  Even though I’m a bold lip girl through and through, when I’m doing a lot of public speaking, I like something a bit softer because I want people to focus on what I am SAYING and not my fantastic shade of lipstick.

So, here I am today wearing “Bebot Love”.

Here’s what else I’m wearing today:

Foundation: Covergirl Queen 3n1 color 850 (review coming soon!!!!)

Eyes: MAC eyeshadows in ricepaper (highlight), Handwritten (crease), Expensive pink (lid), Espresso (outer v)

Mascara: MAC False Lashes Waterproof

Cheeks: Wet and Wild Fergie to Reflect Shimmer Bronzer in “Carnival in Rio’ (also used to highlight forehead, nose, chin), MAC Raisin

 

This lipstick retails for $3.49 at Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid; but this week (through Saturday 9/14) all Wet and Wild products are B1G1 1/2 off at CVS and RiteAid, and $1 off retail price at Walgreens.  If you are in the market for a great inexpensive nude lipstick that complements darker skin tones, I HIGHLY recommend this color.

 

 

 

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3n1 Foundation

Covergirl Outlast 3n1 Foundation in Soft Sable

 

Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed a MAJOR shift in the makeup world.  The product offerings available in the drugstore price range have drastically improved.  Products have better formulations, last longer, have more pigmentation and just generally are better than they used to be.  In some instances, the drugstore products are just as good as or BETTER than their more expensive counterparts.

The drugstore foundation game is no different; as a matter of fact it has gotten vicious! Companies are FINALLY starting to formulate foundations that include shades suitable for WOC that are of a darker hue.  I mean never in my wildest dreams would I think I would be able to find a good color match in a drugstore foundation, have it last on my oil slick skin, and not break me out.  Not only I have found a foundation that meets these requirements, it blows them out of the water and exceeds my expectations.   Let me introduce you all to Covergirl Outlast© Stay Fabulous™ 3n1 Foundation.

Note:  This review is for the 3n1 foundation in the REGULAR Covergirl Line.  I am working on finding the 3n1 Queen version of this foundation in my shade and will update soon!

From the website: All-in-one foundation with a long-lasting formula that fuses primer, concealer, and foundation in one easy step! The 3-in-1 formula provides a flawless look that lasts all day long.

Ingredients:

Active:  Ensulizole 3.0%.

Inactive:  Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, PEG/PPG-18, Pvp, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylene, Copolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Arachidyl Behenate, Methicone, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Sodium Benzoate, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Behenic Acid, Polyethylene, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

Size: 30ml (1 fl oz)

Price:  varies, between $10-$13

Availability: Ulta, RiteAid, Wal-mart, Drugstore.com, and select major drugstores and supermarkets

Packaging: This foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump, which is pretty awesome for a drugstore foundation because many companies skip this!  Foundation bottles without a pump are a pet peeve of mine…the slight germaphobe in me worries about contaminating my bottle of foundation from constantly opening it and pouring it out, so this a big deal to me.  The pump is lockable to prevent mishaps and comes with a clear cover.

Shade Range:  The Covergirl 3n1 foundation from the regular line contains 13 shades, though I would say that only 2 of them are suitable for WOC that are of medium to medium dark skin tones.  I happen to wear the darkest shade available (875 soft sable) and I am an NC50 (NW45 summer) in MAC shade range.  I would say that if you are darker than NW45/47 then you will not find a shade match in the regular range.  The good news though, is that 875 Soft Sable is the equivalent of 850 Sheer Espresso in the Queen line and there are several shades that are darker in the queen line with varying undertones.

Consistency/Application:  This foundation is on the thicker side of liquid foundations, but once applied feels very light on the skin.  I’d say that this is a medium to full coverage buildable foundation.  I tend to apply it very lightly and sheer for medium coverage, but you can most certainly apply this as a full coverage foundation.  What I like about this is that the claims of not needing concealer are true, even when applied as a medium coverage foundation.  My skin is pretty clear and I only have a few areas of mild hyperpigmentation and this covers it easily without the need for concealer.  If you have moderate to sever hyperpigmentation, you might still need concealer, but I can almost guarantee that you won’t need anywhere near the amount that you usually used.

I have applied this foundation with a brush (real techniques expert face brush) and a beauty blender and both ways yield excellent results.  Appling with a blender makes the coverage more medium while using the brush yields a closer to full cover application.  Once applied, the foundation dries down to a MATTE finish.  Often times, I don’t bother to set this with a powder because I HATE that powdery “casket sharp” too matte look, so I opt to use a few sprays of fix plus or urban decay setting spray.  If you have dry skin, this is NOT the foundation for you.  If you are combination/oily, I’d suggest that you pay attention to the drier areas of your face and make sure u moisturize well because this foundation will dry out those areas.

Performance:  I’ve been wearing this foundation consistently over the past 2-3 weeks, even during the recent heat wave where the heat index reached 108 degrees here in DC and this foundation has held up BEAUTIFULLY.  I have consistently gotten 8-9 hours of wear time with minimal blotting required after 4-5 hours.  This is foundation is an oily girls DREAM!  I usually apply around 6:30-7am before work and by the time I arrive home or at the gym around 6, it’s still going strong with only minor signs of fading.

Overall Impressions:  For daily wear, I think this foundation is the bee’s knees, but because of the iron oxides and titanium dioxide it contains as SPF, it might not photograph well so I wouldn’t wear this when I know I’m going to be in lots of pictures.  For the price, I think this is a foundation that meets the needs of a wide array of people.  I’m really impressed and I’ve already got a second bottle ready to go for when I’m finished with this bottle.

 

Price Shade Range Consistency/Application Performance Final Grade
A- B A- A+ A

 

Here are a few pictures of this foundation in action!  Please note these pictures are taken in natural light, after 8 hours of wear!!!  And as always, no filters or editing software was used.

 

Alikay Naturals Giveaway: Knot be Gone Detangler

Alikay Naturals Giveaway: Knot be Gone Detangler

After my experience with trying Alikay Naturals Black Soap Shampoo and Honey & Sage Deep conditioner it would darn near unPJ like if we didn’t give you a chance to win an item from Alikay Naturals.  So we are excited to offer you the Knot Be Gone Detangler.

From the website:

This product makes the process of detangling easier.  Just spray on your hair and begin detangling. Helps to loosen stubborn hair knots. Botanical infused blends give your hair slip and moisture for easy manipulation without leaving hair greasy. This Product is 100% Natural and 90% Organic Hair feels fresh and clean and ready to style. The scent of jasmine is calming.. Key Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Wheat Germ Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Fragrance, Behentrimonium Methosulfate(Rapaseed oil) , Herbal and Botanical Blend No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil , No Alcohol, No Paraben, No Sulfate, No Silicones.

 

So what are the requirements to enter?

Like “Alikay Naturals”  and “ PlatinumPJ” on Facebook

For additional entries you can

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Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner Review

Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner

From Alikay Naturals website

Excellent Conditioner Treatment for dry damaged hair. Revitalizes your weak hair, and replenishes moisture. Honey attracts water to hair then locks in moisture in each strand. Sage is proven to prevent hair loss and thicken hair. Extra Virgin Olive Oil adds shine and softness. Smells like honey. Your Hair Will Love IT!

FTC Disclosure: The item discussed in this review was provided by Alikay Naturals for consideration. This is not a paid endorsement. All thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.

 

   Ingredients: Honey, Sage, Coconut Oil Extracts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wheat Protein, Behentrimonium  Methosulfate(Rapaseed oil), Silk Amino Protein, Rice Bran Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Babassu Oil, Herbal and Botanical Blend

   Size(s) 8oz , 16oz

   Cost(s) $16, $27

   Samples?  No

   Packaging: I received a 8 oz jar with clear writing and a lovely Caribbean theme label. I have gotten my label wet and the  letters have slightly faded yet it doesn’t smear

   Scent: an island fruity scent

   Texture: creamy

   Slip: I used this immediately after the shampoo and It sank into my strands immediately. It was creamy enough that I only  needed two quarter amounts for my entire head . I enjoyed the scent along with the my hair felt immediately after applying  and rinsing. It grabbed at my hair and slide easily down the strands

   Moisture: I have to say my hair felt moist and supple after keeping in for only 15 minutes. I didn’t even use it with heat  because it sank into my strands immediately

 

 

FINAL VERDICT

I love it.  It worked so well in conjunction with the shampoo that I feel it’s a must to use both together. The honey didn’t bother my hair at all, as honey sometimes leaves my hair hard if its not all rinsed out.  I do feel as if it was grabby so I have to rinse several times to ensure I had rinsed all the product out.  It was a wonderful hair spa experience and I look forward to trying this with my steamer after a henna treatment.

Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo Review

Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo

From Alikay Naturals website

Get clean hair Naturally. Made from Raw Black Soap, this shampoo is great at cleaning the hair without stripping it of its natural oils. It leaves your hair moisturized and soft. It is watery form so no thickening agents have been added. Scent is tropical and fruity. Directions: Apply directly to the scalp and massage in to create lather. It is in a watery form so apply in small amounts at a time. It is concentrated, so not much is needed. Even if shampoo doesn’t lather a lot, it still cleans your hair.

FTC Disclosure: The item discussed in this review was provided by Alikay Naturals for consideration. This is not a paid endorsement. All thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.

  Ingredients: Water, Raw African Black soap, Coconut Oil, Essential Oils, Fragrance, Herbal and Botanical Blend No Petroleum, No  Mineral Oil , No Alcohol, No Paraben, No Sulfate, No Silicones

   Size(s) 8oz , 16oz

   Cost(s) $12, $20

   Samples?  No

   Packaging: I received a 16 oz bottle with clear writing and a lovely Caribbean theme label. My label got wet in the shower and the letters  have faded slightly, but they are not smeared and I can still see the writing and read the label

   Scent: an island fruity scent

   Texture: Very liquid like, watery

   Lather/Rinsing: You have to be very careful dispensing this out of the bottle during your wash routine. You can easily use more of the  shampoo than needed because its fairly watery in texture. This does not lather, however it cleans the hair and scalp very well without  stripping the hair of its natural oils.

 

 

FINAL VERDICT

I love it and that says a lot because I’m not a big shampoo user. I use a lot of clays and cowashes to cleanse my hair but when I need to try a new product and want to clean my hair to start from fresh I like to bust out a shampoo.  This shampoo left my hair pliable and soft.  I actually washed twice because I wasn’t sure if my hair still had oil in it from my prepoo.  For those of you looking for a product that cleanses like a shampoo, but mimics the moisture and softness of a cowash, I highly recommend this product!

Qhemet Biologics Giveaway

Qhemet Biologics is an innovative line of high performance, natural products based on African, Mediterranean & Ayurvedic hair care traditions. Their products conform to the stricter EU and Japanese cosmetic safety standards and do not contain mineral oil, silicones, sls, phthalates, parabens, dmdh hydantoin, triclosan, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, diazolidinyl urea or imidazolidinyl urea. All Qhemet products are are a vegetarian, cruelty-free and eco-friendly company.

We have been a HUGE fan of Qhemet Biologic products for YEARS.  Each of us have used many of the products and I can assure you that we each have at least ONE product from the line that we each consider a stable!  Qhemet’s products are top notch (and that’s not a nod that we give out freely).

 

We are excited to offer you a chance to try out  a sample pack from this wonderful company! Included in the pack  are:

  • Mini Amla & Olive Heavy Cream
  • Mini Burdock Root Butter cream
  • Mini Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee
  • Mini Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee
  • Castor & Moringa Serum
  • Instructional Brochure

 

 

 

So, what are the requirements to enter and win?

Register at Platinum Product Junkies forum then leave your screen name in the comment section below!  We’d love for you to introduce yourself in the “Introduce Yourself” thread and jump right into the conversation.  If you have tired Qhemet Biologics products, let us know which products you liked or which you are looking forward to trying.

To earn additional contest entries

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Review: The Pomade Shop’s Blaizon’s Café Au Natural Coffee Conditioner

FTC Disclosure: The item discussed in this review was provided by The Pomade Shop for consideration. This is not a paid endorsement. All thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.

Coffee just may be the new Calgon!!

 

 From The Pomade Shop websiteElevate your hair experience with the Cafe Au Natural Coffee Conditioner. This thick and creamy mixture of coffee, nourishing oils, and herbal extracts is designed to give your hair a hydrating boost. It’s moisture in a bottle–coffee style! Cafe Au Natural is great for regular and/or deep-conditioning. This conditioner is suitable for all hair types, but it is recommended for dry hair.

Ingredients: Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (BTMS), Cetearyl Alcohol, Coffee. Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Peppermint Leaf, Green Tea Herb, Grape Root, Rose Hips, Orange Peel, Calendula Flower, Echinacea Root, Goldenseal Rhizome, Red Clover Leaf, Optiphen

Size(s): 8oz, 16oz

Cost(s):  $16, $26

Samples?: Yes, 2oz for $7

 Packaging: I received a 16oz bottle full of product. The bottle is clear, very sturdy, with easy to read labeling. The writing does fade with continued water exposure though, so be aware of that.

Scent: Like the shampoo, this also smells like freshly ground coffee beans! NOM!

Texture: I adore the texture of this conditioner! It has a medium density that’s super creamy and slippery. You feel the weight of the oils immediately. The bottle dispenses the product effortlessly.

Slip:  I’ll be honest with you by saying that I initially used this product for the first time on a 10 day wash n go– so basically my hair was super tangly. I thought I was asking too much of this conditioner to go to war, but I was pleasantly surprised at how detangling was a breeze! I mean seriously guys this conditioner melted my tangles, and I could feel my hair swelling with moisture and getting that awesome slippery feel you experience with a quality conditioner. It’s like your curls are already telling you they love you!

Moisture: Again, back to the curls talking to me. The fatty alcohol (cetearyl alcohol) plus the oils in this baby make this conditioner hydration city. Upon rinse out, my hair felt soft, sleek and moisturized to the point where I could go straight to styling without using a leave-in conditioner. Doing that, I got about 3 days before I needed to re-moisturize. As a leave-in, it’s a bit tricky because the oils don’t play well with every gel, BUT– when I combined it with Ecostyler or Ampro gel I had soft, shiny coilage that didn’t need refreshing for 5 days. I did not use this product as a deep conditioner or with a steamer, but I can only imagine that it would be awesome.

Final verdict

 

A great smell and formulation makes this conditioner the obvious standout of the pair that all hair types can enjoy, but dry, chemically treated, or other porous hair types should strongly consider giving this a try. Like, run and try this already!

Consistency Ease of Use Slip Moisture Versatility Final Grade
10/10 10/10 10/10 10/10 10/10 A+

 

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The Pomade Shop’s Blaizon’s Café Au Natural Coffee Conditioner as a leave-in underneath Ampro Clear Ice Styling Gel

 

Have you tried this conditioner yet?  Will you? Check out what the other PJ’s are saying about it on the forum and weigh in!

Review: The Pomade Shop’s Blaizon’s Café Au Natural Coffee Shampoo

Coffee and Etsy, better together!

 

If you all have been following us for any period of time, you’d know that we are all Etsy fanatics. We LOVE discovering new and exciting things to try and their website is chock full of them! So, we’ve been eyeing this baby for a while…

 

FTC Disclosure: The item discussed in this review was provided by The Pomade Shop for consideration. This is not a paid endorsement. All thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.

Because I mean really, who doesn’t LOVE coffee!? I’m a coffee junkie, so the idea of my hair and scalp getting a jolt of java appealed to me– and it also attracted my fellow PJ’s. So, we were excited when Erma (the shop owner) offered us a chance to review both the shampoo and conditioner from this line for our readership! Let’s get right into it!

From the website: Awaken your scalp with a burst of coffee! Botanical extracts, coffee, and nourishing oils were combined to revitalize your hair during the cleansing process. This all-natural coffee cleanser is suitable for all hair types, but it is recommended for dry hair.

Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coffee, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil. Vitamin E Oil, Peppermint Leaf, Green Tea Herb, Grape Root, Rose Hips, Orange Peel, Calendula Flower, Echinacea Root, Goldenseal Rhizome, Red Clover Leaf, Xanthan Gum, Optiphen

Size(s): 8oz, 16oz

Cost(s):  $14, $22

Samples?: Yes, 2oz for $6

Packaging: I received a 16oz bottle full of product. The bottle is clear, very sturdy, but hard to read because against the natural color of the product is clear labeling. The owner of the shop was nice enough to send a card with the ingredient list as a reminder, but it’s definitely something to improve upon for the future.

Scent: Gah!!!! It smells like Coffee–like straight up freshly ground coffee beans! Why am I surprised? As one of my favorite smells ever, I was excited and couldn’t wait to wash my hair.

Texture: Squeezing the product out of the bottle was interesting because in most cases, liquid shampoo is pretty creamy. This shampoo dispensed like a lightweight gelly. You could feel the oils in it, and you’d think that would translate into slip but not necessarily. The shampoo was grabby and “latched” on (vs. spreading out) and I actually had to use quite a bit of product to get it evenly distributed through each section of hair, much less down to my scalp. I’m thinking the Xanthan gum in the product might play a role here.

Lather/rinsing: This is a betaine which makes it a low-poo. A low-poo means that the cleansing agent in the shampoo produces little to no lather, with the hope of getting the hair and scalp clean without the drying experienced with regular (Sulfate laden) shampoos. The oils in this product also contributed to the low lather of the shampoo. In combination with the difficulties with distribution, the lack of  lather made it a chore to remove buildup from my scalp, even with my shampoo brush. It rinsed out beautifully though, and my hair felt soft and hydrated. Sadly, I still needed to follow with a different shampoo to take care of my scalp. My scalp is notoriously evil and flaky though, so take that as you will.

 

Final verdict

 

I LOVE the smell and ingredients, but it didn’t have enough cleansing power for me. I think that those with dry or color treated hair who prefer less suds, or are cowashers looking for a little extra cleansing now and then will love this product. The nourishing oils will protect your hair from feeling stripped while leaving your strands soft and silky. The grabbiness of the product may require you to use a lot of it though, so depending on how much hair you have and how often you wash you hair, you’d have to decide whether or not this would be a cost-effective investment for you.

Consistency Ease of Use Moisture Cleansing ability Final Grade
7/10 6/10 10/10 6/10 C

 

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Have you tried this shampoo yet?  Will you? Check out what the other PJ’s are saying about it on the forum and weigh in! Check out the review of the conditioner here.