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I began using this product last winter as my leave-in and it worked wonders on my hair. I usually use about a quarter size finger full on each section of freshly washed damp hair (after it has dried a bit under a t-shirt); braid/twist it over night to dry. The next day I use either grapeseed oil or olive oil on top of it to seal my hair then add hair butter, milk or styler on top (once or twice I've used ECO styling gel on top of the butter/milk/styler) and have never had problems with flakes or had white balls of product build up in my hair by combining the products (although I have heard many others who have experienced this problem). It has a very pleasant light scent that lingers but doesn't bother me as I am not too sensitive to fragrances; it has a creamy somewhat thick consistency that melts into my hair as I apply it.
I had heard extremely negative reviews of this product but then realized that the reviews were written between 2008 - 2012 and the ingredients were totally different so I decided to give the product a try based on its current ingredient list:
Water, Canola Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Nettle Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Yarrow Extract, Fragrance, Olive Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dimethicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, DMDM Hydantoin, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-4, Polyquaternium-32 & Mineral Oil & PPG-1 Tricedeth-6, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silantriol, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans & Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride
I looked up all of the ingredients and the ones that most troubled me initially were the proteins & Dimethicone but given that I don't use this product as a daily moisturizer and they appear towards the end of the list, I felt reasonably secure using this product - thus far the proteins have never caused my hair to 'freak out' as it has in the past when I used products with a high level of protein and I've had no trouble with build up since I wash my hair each week with either a shampoo bar or cleansing co-wash conditioner.
This has been a really good leave-in for me during the colder months and I've been fortunate to buy it from a few stores (both on the ground and online) for less than $5 per jar so as long as my hair responds positively to it or until I find something that works better, this product will stay on my winter 'HG' list.
This is the sequel to PLATINUM - a breezy, very entertaining book about couples in the hip hop industry: Jake/Kipenzi - successful rapper/r&b superstar; Z/Beth - aging crack-addicted rapper on the downside of his career/his long suffering wife; Ras/Josephine - the premiere hip hop producer/up & coming clothing designer; Birdie/Alex - underground rapper on the verge of mainstream breakthrough/successful journalist. Secondary characters included: Cleo - a "groupie" who uses Alex as her ghostwriter for a tell-all about her liaisons with rappers; Bunny - an up & coming r&b singer with a volatile temper and Zander - Z & Beth's oldest son who is trying to make his mark as an r&b singer.
DIAMOND LIFE picks up a year after Kipenzi's death & the release of Cleo's explosive book: we learn that Jake, unable to grieve drowns his sorrow in alcohol & one night stands until a mysterious bartender named Lily catches his eye; Z has completed rehab and struggles to re-establish relationships with his wife & children; Ras tries to save his marriage by cutting ties with Cleo and moving to Jamaica; Birdie "blows up" and gets caught up in the trappings of new-found celebrity; Cleo draws Alex into her web of deceit with a cryptic comment about Josephine & Ras' adopted daughter and Zander experiences the highs & lows of the music business while dealing with his celebrity relationship with Bunny.
This book focuses more on the men and gives details and insights into their lives & thoughts which I appreciated since PLATINUM provided more background on the female characters. I enjoyed the storylines of Z's recovery & Alex dealing with Birdie's success but didn't fully invest in the Jake/Lily storyline. The two storylines I really didn't care for were the Cleo/Ras/Josephine triangle & the seeming 180 degree turn made by Beth (I just didn't think enough of the story focused on Beth's struggles as Z got clean).
I thought the book was ok, it lagged in some spots but I was grateful for the follow-up. Ms. King left a few loose ends which I hope she'll tie up in a third book.
Let me preface my review by giving some of my vital stats: I'm a Black woman with natural unrelaxed hair (curl types 3B/C & 4A). I bought this product at the suggestion of one of my sisters who loves the Organix conditioners. I searched other vendors and found that Amazon had the best price so took a chance & ordered it.
I used the Awapuhi Ginger mask for the first time this past weekend and these are my first impressions:
*Color: light pink
*Consistency: very thick but not stiff
*Smell: did not like it, reminded me of how hair relaxer smells HOWEVER once applied to my hair it became a really fragrant floral scent
I used the mask as my pre-poo prior to co-washing my hair. I dampened my hair with water from a spritz bottle, separated it into 4 sections then generously applied the mask to each section. Next I covered my hair with a conditioning cap & towel and left it on for about 5 hours. Prior to rinsing the mask out, I lightly finger detangled my hair but being concerned about the product's slip, I did not follow-up by comb detangling. I rinsed my hair with warm water and I must say it took quite a bit of rinsing to get all of the mask out of my hair but my hair felt very soft and smelled faintly fragrant after I was done. Even though I used it generously there is still enough in the jar for at least 4+ uses.
I immediately applied a leave-in, oil & moisturizer but am really curious to see how my hair will air dry if I only use this product in addition to testing its slip capabilities for detangling. I'd also like to test the claim that this is a good deep condish to use on color-treated hair & plan to use the next time I update my color.
Overall I was really pleased with the mask and may purchase one or two jars per year as a stand-by product to my favorites.
Although I have rooted for Ciara's career since she debuted, I don't consider myself a fan because the only 2 songs of hers that move me in any way are PROMISE & ONE, TWO STEP. I've bought every one of her albums for my nephew but have never felt the desire to listen to any of her albums until now - I heard the snippets here on Amazon and wanted to hear the entire album.
CIARA is a well-produced album with great song placement & a good mix of songs that are r&b, pop & dance influenced. Ciara has a light airy vocal style that very much reminds me of Janet Jackson on a couple of the tracks and I definitely feel that with this collection, she is trying to move into that same territory of r&b-ish pop music that Janet conquered. I enjoyed listening to the majority of the album and would highly recommend it to fans of contemporary r&b.
Favorite tracks: WHERE YOU GO, BODY PARTY, SOPHOMORE, DUI, SUPER TURNT UP, LIVIN' IT UP & OVERDOSE.
I'm very pleased with this lip butter! I was a little hesitant to try this line because none of the colors looked like they'd be flattering against my skin - I'm a medium brown-skinned Black woman. Given the photo on Amazon, I thought that the Fig Jam would be a cocoa brown shade but it's not. It applies as a very attractive brownish-red shade that works well with my complexion and is very subtle shade not garish.
I've had allergic reactions to lip balms & lipsticks in the past but so far have had no problems with this lip butter - it goes on smoothly and lasts practically an entire day (even stayed put as I drank my coffee!) and given that Amazon's price is much lower than I found at local drugstores, I'm going to purchase another tube or two to last through the winter.
I had never heard of Zendaya Coleman until she appeared on Dancing With The Stars and then a few months later I heard her track REPLAY on you tube and was intrigued enough to buy the entire album. Her debut album is pretty terrific - mixing elements of pop/dance/r&b which suit her voice AND the lyrics are age appropriate but not so kiddie-like that I couldn't relate.
The way that Zendaya's career is blossoming very much reminds me of Brandy because she has a wholesome image and is growing a career in acting & music. I love that her parents are involved in managing her career and that they're allowing her to be a child and haven't exploited her to sell an image.
This album has great flow and features up tempo & mid-tempo tracks primarily. The tracks I really like are:
REPLAY - catchy track
HEAVEN LOST AN ANGEL - nice hip hop/r&b vibe on this track on which Zendaya raps a little
CRY FOR LOVE - very sweet, sincere vocals on this mid-tempo track
SCARED - she is giving great ATTITUDE on this track
LOVE YOU FOREVER - another really sweet track about hopeful feelings a young girl has in a relationship
The only song I really don't like is BOTTLE YOU UP
I hope Zendaya gets opportunities to perform and get her music out there because it's a great collection of songs that she & her team of producers should be proud of.
I picked this book up thinking that it'd be a disappearance/mystery. I'm not going to detail the story because others have already eloquently done so but will begin by saying that this book terrified me & has haunted me since I finished reading it a few weeks ago.
We, readers must piece together the story as told from multiple points of view and shifts in time. This writing style initially disoriented me during the first few chapters because so many characters are introduced that seemingly have nothing to do with the main story. However once I reached the chapter that makes clear what has happened to the missing woman, the story came into focus and all of the seemingly disjointed bits of information made sense.
It's a relatively quick read but this book is disturbing and a little unsatisfying (for me at least) because the "guilty" are not definitively identified & punished and I was left with the most horrifying images of what happened. I have no desire to read this book again and am unsure about recommending it to others - it is a thought provoking book and was written well enough to keep my attention but again, very disturbing.
I love a good mystery and given the book's description I thought I'd really enjoy it but unfortunately this book suffers from excessive & unnecessary dialogue and too many tertiary characters that took my mind off of the story.
A woman returns to her hometown and begins a relationship with a man who she'd had a crush on years before. When she & her sister visit one of his properties, she discovers the body of his ex-wife. Murders, attempted murders & disappearances follow as the police try to catch the killer. I never bought into the story nor felt anything for the characters and although there were a couple of good red herrings, the "whodunit" reveal was unsatisfying.
I wish that I could recommend it to someone who is on vacation and able to read it in a few sittings but honestly my mind wandered as I read it so I just can't. This book has an interesting premise but poor execution.
While I may dislike the way Tamar conducts herself on her reality shows, I love her voice! She has perfectly played her position as a reality TV personality to remind people that she is a terrific vocalist (and a good songwriter as well). I think it's a real shame that a talented singer like Tamar has been sidelined for the past 13 years and needed a reality show to prompt a label head to greenlight her project. If she'd been properly managed & promoted, this would probably be her 4th or 5th album instead of just her 2nd.
I must be the only person in the world who had not heard the album titled track, LOVE & WAR until I bought this cd 2 weeks ago. That is the track that really stands out and was an excellent lead single choice.
My instant favorite tracks are: LOVE & WAR (her vocals + the emotion she displayed are amazing); THE ONE (who doesn't love the ubiquitous "JUICY FRUIT" sample); ALL THE WAY HOME (really pretty melodic track that Tamar again displays emotion on); STAY AND FIGHT; THANK YOU LORD and WHERE IT HURTS
The tracks that are just "ok" to me: TIP TOE (although catchy it's not something I want to hear over & over); ONE ON ONE FUN (more of an interlude than a full track); PIECES & WHITE CANDLE.
Filler-ish tracks that I can take or leave: PRETTIEST GIRL; SOUND OF LOVE (vocals are pretty but lyrics are dull); HOT SUGAR (more uptempo track on which she raps a little, it IS catchy and radio-friendly but does nothing for me).
The only track I really hate is SHE DID THAT (mercifully it's the length of an interlude).
Tamar's vocals really shine on the ballads & mid-tempo tracks but she also shows that she can handle uptempo arrangements on her so-called "ratchet" tracks. Overall the album is a solid re-entry but is a little inconsistent lyrically & production wise on a few tracks. All Tamar & her team have to do next time is find better up-tempo jams for her and I believe that album will be flawless.
LOVE THIS!! I bought this complete line over a year ago and fell in love with the fragrance (strong floral with hint of cocoa). I've used it as a deep conditioner sparingly because although I love the fragrance, I didn't want to use it up too quickly. This conditioner is very thick so I didn't feel the need to be as heavy-handed with it as I am with other products and after 4 uses, I still have about 1/3 of the bottle left to use.
I used it after I'd traumatized one side of my hair with the Chocolat Smoothing shampoo, immediately after I applied it, my hair felt soft & my curls sprung to life. I left the conditioner on my hair for about 1.5 hours under a conditioning cap then rinsed it out with lukewarm water. Although this conditioner leaves my hair smelling & feeling great, I have never tested its detangling capabilities and in order for me to justify re-purchasing it, it must be able to perform this function (I'd also buy it if CD has a really good sale).
My only negative about the product is the bottle - as I've mentioned in other CD product reviews, the bottle has a twist up/open cap that doesn't detach with a small hole in the top. Due to the thickness of this conditioner, I had to shake the bottle to get the product to the top then squeeze fairly hard to get the product out - this was super annoying with wet hands (a pump bottle would be better).