Archive for November, 2012

Soultanicals: The Unboxing

Soultanicals: First Impressions

I got my products a few days ago, and I haven’t shampooed my hair. So, this is what’s called an ‘unboxing’ – it’s a quick, first impressions post to let you know my initial thoughts about the line. I definitely plan to do a full review, at a later date (soon).  Disclaimer: I purchased all the products I received. I purchased hair products, although a few products can be used on the body as well.

Here’s what I bought:

  • Hair Sorrell Knappilicious Kink Drink
  • Knot Sauce
  • Marula Muru Moisture Guru
  • Plait’num Roots Scalp Oil
  • Loc N Roll Twist & Fro Out
  • Afrotastic Curl Elastic

The FIRST thing I reached for in the box was the Kink Drink. It’s a moisture spray, and to be completely honest, I’ve not had the best experiences with products that spray from a bottle. I prefer trigger sprayers, because the product sprays in an even mist, and not in a direct stream. You use less product, which cuts down on waste.  So, you can guess how delighted I was to see a trigger sprayer (although the website pic shows the standard, most commonly used sprayer, and I’m not sure why that is). I tested it, and it works perfectly. My kinks got a light, moisturizing drink.

The overall packaging? Very nice. The labels look professional, and the lettering doesn’t bleed or rub off.  The products are packaged in the appropriate containers; liquids/lotions are in bottles, creams/butters are in jars. I hate to open a jar, and have product spill out (on clothes, or on the floor), because the product is too thin for a jar. I hate having to squeeze and shake a bottle to death to get the product out, because it’s too thick to be in a bottle in the first place. The jars/bottles were taped securely, and everything arrived in perfect condition.

Let’s move on to the scents. Let me tell you right away what’s not a favorite – the scent of the Afrotastic Curl Elastic conditioner. It’s hard to describe the smell, but “pungent celery” is probably the most accurate description I can think of. Everything else smells good. There’s something for everyone – sweet, dessert-like, fruity scents, as well as heady essential oil/aromatherapy blends.

One product you MUST try (that I’m sorry I didn’t order) is the Dash The Ash Body Balm. I got a sample with my order, and it’s definitely on the list for my next order. It’s a rich, thick, creamy, buttery balm (scented with an essential oil blend) that’s right on time, for this time of year. It’s an excellent foot balm, as well as a general ash/rough spot eliminator. The largest jar is 4oz, but you don’t need a lot.

Well, that’s it for now. Full reviews are coming soon.  In the meantime, visit the website and check the forum for discussions about the line.

Stay tuned…

Allow me to introduce myself…

Hi,

My name is Nefertiti, and I’m a product junkie.

Style and beauty ran rampant in my family as I grew up in a house with 3 generations of women that I watched with awe and wonder. They were all so uniquely beautiful and sophisticated that observing their rituals made me strive to be the same. So, at the age of twelve when I went behind my mother’s back to buy and wear my very first lippy I knew from the smile on my face that there was a pleasure factor to beauty. I reveled in it.

Fast forwarding to age thirty-something, I am now surrounded with products that allow me to transition into whatever I choose. I set the tone, and I set the pace. I refuse to discriminate between my head, toes, or in between. No matter what, I have the power to transition from gorgeous to gorgeous.  There are no requirements or prerequisites to beauty. I love the skin I am in and THAT, in a nutshell, is why I’m a product junkie–Platinum edition.

So, as I enjoy and share what I feel are all the finer things beauty has to offer, try to have an open mind. If you are a kindred spirit, this is easy; but if you’re the curious Georgette (or George) I hope you also gain something positive from my journey. Above all, have fun in your own!

With that being said, welcome to our world!

 

Shamelessly and unabashedly,

It’s A Wonderful Day To Be A…PJ

My name is T. Lynn Smith, and I have a confession to make: I’m a product junkie. What does that mean? Well, it means I’m on a first-name basis, with ALL the employees at the Sephora closest to my job. It means my brain releases endorphins, at the very sight of a UPS/FEDEX/USPS truck. It means I love products, like you may love shoes, or handbags, or jewelry – I love all those things too. It means I derive pleasure from discovering and trying new beauty products, and sharing those discoveries with you.

It means I have enough products, to beautify a small country. It means that by the time you’ve heard about it, I’ve probably already tried it, loved it/hated it, and moved on to the next new thing. It means my heart belongs to no one….product. I get around.  

You are here. What does that mean? Perhaps it means you love products, as much as we do. Maybe it means you’d like to discover vicariously through us. Or, you’re interested in separating the hype from the real deal, for beauty products you’ve heard about, or read about. Could mean you’re ready to let go of any preconceived notions you may have about those of us who have a thing, for all things beauty. It definitely means you’re ready to maximize your beauty potential.

Welcome to our world.

Ayurvedic Hair Spa Giveaway

Ayurvedic Hair Treatments

I love anything Ayurvedic. My heart skips a beat whenever I read or see any item with blends or tones of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic hair products have done a world of good for the manageability of my hair. Ayurvedic treatments can be time consuming, but the rewards outweigh the time commitment. Use the form below, to enter the giveaway.  Follow the instructions, and check your email!  Giveaway ends Friday, 11/30/12 @ midnight (EST). Winner will be announced on Saturday, 12/1/12. One (1) lucky winner will receive an Ayurvedic Hair Spa Bundle:

  • Njoi Creations Ayurvedic Mini Sampler (shampoo bar, hair oil and hair butter)
  • 2  Boxes of Hesh Amla Herbal Powder
  • 2  Boxes of Hesh Maka Herbal Powder
  • 2 Packages of Fenugreek
  • 1  Dabur Vatika Oil
  • 1  Hairveda Vatika Frosting
  • 1  Hairveda Cocasta Oil
  • 1 Box of Nupur Henna
  • 1 Box of Karishma Henna
  • 1lb of Bentonite Clay
  • 1lb of Rhassoul  Clay

I’m also including a bonus item: A neck warmer from Fatimeh’s Jewelry and Accessories    To enter, follow the instructions and check your email!

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OCC and Illamasqua Giveaway

Into The New With Boldness!

There is nothing more daring and brash than color. It shows personality and makes an immediate impression. You can tailor it however you choose, based on a myriad of things. Color makes us dynamic! In ode to my love for color, I humbly present my giveaway to you reflecting the best of the best in color, from both sides of the ocean. Use the form below, to enter the giveaway.  Follow the instructions, and check your email! Giveaway ends Friday, 11/30/12 @ midnight (EST). Winner will be announced on Saturday, 12/1/12. Two (2) lucky people will win either : A) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Lip Tars in Belladonna and PrettyBoy, Eyeshadow in Static, and Nail Lacquer in Chlorophyll. Value $52.50  OR  B) Illamasqua: Lipstick in Atomic, Nail Varnish in Cameo and Cream Blush in Brazen. Value $64

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Oyin Handmade Giveaway

Oyin Handmade

‘Oyin’ is the Yoruba word for ‘honey’. Oyin Handmade makes sweet-smelling, yummy goodness for the hair and skin. Their products are made by hand, from scratch, and don’t contain cheap fillers. Of  course, they’re paraben, petroleum/mineral oil and silicone free. Interesting in trying the line, on us? One (1) lucky winner will receive: (1) 8oz Honey Hemp Conditioner, (1) 8oz Hair Dew, (1) 4oz Shine and Define and (1) Sugar Berry Pomade. Enter the giveaway, using the form below. Follow the instructions, and check your email! Giveaway ends Friday, 11/30/12 @ midnight (EST). Winner will be announced on Saturday, 12/1/12.

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Threadmill Giveaway

Winter Is Coming: Are You Ready?

Like many of you,  my hair care routine must be adjusted to accommodate low dew points and 30 degree weather.  Gone are the days of the carefree wash and go’s and glycerin heavy products. Chicago winters can be so drying to the hair and skin, but I love this time of year!  It’s time to rock cute hats, twist outs and up dos.  It’s time for sweet-smelling, hair-protecting hair butters.  What hair care changes are you making, in preparation for frigid temperatures? One (1) luck winner will receive a Slouchy Beanie, similar to the one shown above.  A special thanks to Dotty @ Threadmill for donating the super cute hat! Use the form below, to enter the giveaway.  Follow the instructions, and check your email! Giveaway ends Friday, 11/30/12 @ midnight (EST). Winner will be announced on Saturday, 12/1/12.

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Huetiful Steamer Giveaway

Huetiful Steamer

My FAVORITE hair item, purchased within the last 3 years, is my steamer. It has truly turned my conditioners, henna and deep conditioners into a working gold mine ALL the time. So yes, you’ve guessed it – I’m giving away a steamer! Note: I don’t own a Huetiful steamer. My steamer is the rolling kind,  but not everyone has the space for one so that’s why I chose a portable option. Use the form below, to enter the giveaway. Follow the instructions, and check your email! Giveaway ends Friday, 11/30/12 @ midnight (EST). Winner will be announced on Saturday, 12/1/12.

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Sephora Fragrance Sampler Giveaway

Sephora Fragrance Sampler

The power of scent is undeniable.  It has the ability to envelope us in warm nostalgic memories, invoke peace and calm in the face of turmoil, or spark passion and romance with a significant other.  Humans have used the power of scent for centuries, and now I offer that power to you. Use the form below, to enter the giveaway. Follow the instructions, and check your email! Giveaway ends Friday, 11/30/12 @ midnight (EST). Winner will be announced on Saturday, 12/1/12. One (1) lucky reader will win a Sephora Fragrance Sampler, which  includes a voucher for a full-size bottle of your favorite scent from the included samples. 

The Fragrances

  • Betsy Johnson Too Too Pretty
  • Coach Poppy – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
  • DKNY Be Delicious – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
  • Givenchy Very Irrésistible – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
  • Gucci Guilty Intense – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
  • Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
  • Hanae Mori Butterfly – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
  • Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur redeems to a 2.5 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
  • Marc Jacobs DOT – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
  • Narciso Rodriguez For Her – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
  • Prada CANDY – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
  • Versace Bright Crystal – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray

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Coconut Oil-Free Giveaway

Zero Coconut Oil

If your hair hates coconut oil, you know it’s tough finding hair products without it. It’s like shea butter – it’s in everything!  It’s frustrating. I can’t count the times I’ve gotten so excited about a new hair product, only to find out it contained coconut oil, so it was no deal. Entwine Couture and Sarenzo Bath and Body make great coconut-oil free hair products, and I’d love to offer one (1) lucky winner the opportunity to try some of my favorites:  The Entwine Couture Fall-Ready Collezioni – (1) 8oz Butter Creme Hydrator, (1) 4oz  The Manipulator Creme Jelle Styler, (1) Total Perfection Argan Oil, (1) 2oz Creme De La Mold and a trio from Sarenzo Bath and Body – (1) Cocoa and Castor Butter, (1) 4oz Argan and Burdock Cream, (1) 4oz Mango Hair and Body Butter. Use the form below, to enter the giveaway.  Follow the instructions, and check your email! Giveaway ends Friday, 11/30/12 @ midnight (EST). Winner will be announced on Saturday, 12/1/12.

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