Events and Meetups

Platinum Product Junkies Turns 1!!!!

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Who would have thought that a year ago that Platinum Product Junkies would be where it is today?  What started off as an off handed comment by a group of naturalistas who are all self described product junkies that “hey we should start a blog” while attending the World Natural Hair show in April of 2012 has lead to this.  Platinum Product Junkies launched Black Friday 2012 (November 23, 2012) and it’s been a world wind since then.  In a year Platinum Product Junkies has published 103 blog posts;  has over 1683 Facebook likes;  6,300 tweets and 1150 twitter followers.  Those numbers are staggering and we owe it all to you, our faithful readers.  You have made this year more than we could have ever expected.

It’s the holiday season which is a time for reflection and as Platinum Product Junkies reflects on the growth and success we have had our first year, we want to thank you all.  For without YOU, none of this would be possible.  You all have supported us in a way that words cannot describe.  We are planning a birthday celebration in January after the holiday season to allow for the majority of our readers to participate in the giveaways and celebration that we are planning.  We would be remiss if we waited until January to acknowledge this achievement and the very people that are responsible for it…YOU.

Thank you from all of the “PJs”….

Shawny, Nef, Tracey, Kim, and Hillery

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale Roundup….Platinum PJ edition!

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It’s that time of year that sends this PJ into a frenzy….Black Friday and Cyber Monday!!!!

*tosses glitter and confetti*

I can’t lie, I’m a year round shopper, but something about the massive discounts, just sends me over the ledge.  I go HARD in the paint this time of year, as do the rest of the PJs. So in an effort to share the shopping “wealth” and the savings, here is our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale round up.  This post will be updated frequently over the coming days, so check back frequently for all the steals and deals!!!!  Should you know if a deal that we’re missing, please leave us the heads up in the comments and we will update accordingly!

 

Natural Hair Sales

Over on Confessions of a Blog Vixen, WestNDNbeauty has an extensive list of all sales for natural hair vendors for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we are linking to her awesome, detailed post!  But, as always, the PJs have partnered with some of our favorite vendors to offer our fans several EXCLUSIVE  and limited edition items highlighted below:

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B.A.S.K Beauty
Platinum PJs has teamed up with Rashida to bring you all an exclusive, limited edition hair syrup *knock me over with a feather*.  Here are the deets:

Apple & Sorghum supple hair syrup.  A conditioning hair oil used as either a pre or post shampoo oil rinse or as a moderate oil leave-in for more coarser hair types.

Ingredients: Castor Oil,  Sesame Seed Oil, Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Virgin Olive Fruit Oil, Mango Butter, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol,  Natural Apple Fruit Extract, Premium Sorghum Syrup,  Fragrance Oil, Vitamin E.

 

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BoBeam Naturals

Platinum PJs has teamed up with Laquita at BoBeam Naturals to bring you all an EXCLUSIVE shampoo bar.  We can’t give you the details just yet, but this will be a 5.8oz  moisturizing shampoo bar that will cleanse and nourish your hair.   Click here for a sneak peek JUST for PPJ fans!

 

 

 

A portion of the proceeds from the limited edition items created by B.A.S.K Beauty and BoBeam Naturals will benefit the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.  The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment. 

 

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NJoi Creations

Platinum PJ has partnered with NJoi Creations and she has created this yummy Holiday treat…A Limited Edition BLACK FRIDAY Chocolate Lipbalm.  NJoi’s lipbalm is handmade from scratch in small batches to preserve freshness…using shea, mango and cocoa butters, a drop of honey,real chocolate, glycerin,candellia wax, rice bran oil, coconut oil.

 

 

 

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Soultanicals

Platinum PJs has teamed up with Soultanicals to bring you two…that’s right TWO limited edition, exclusive hair products.  The Plait’num PJ Gift Set! Set Includes (1) 4 oz Plait’num Roots Scalp Oil and (1) 4 oz Plait’num Roots Scalp Butta!

Ingredients

Plait’num Roots Scalp Oil: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Hempseed Oil, Murumuru butter, Carrot Seed Oil, Sapote Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Blends of Essential Oils, Drizzled with an extra slip of LOVE!

Plait’num Roots Scalp Butta: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Hempseed Oil, Murumuru butter, Candelilla Wax, Carrot Seed Oil, Sapote Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Blends of Essential Oils, Drizzled with an extra slip of LOVE!

 

Beauty (Makeup and Skincare) Sales

For all you budget beauty lovers, you must check out our favorite blogger Nouveau Cheap and her drugstore Black Friday Sale Roundup post.  She’s done all the detective work on all the sales at the major retailers (CVS, Riteaid, Walgreens, Target, Ulta, etc).  So head on over and show her some love!

 

Here are the online beaut sales that have caught the Platinum PJ’s eyes…..don’t forget to use ebates to maximize your savings!!!  We’ve added all the cash back savings to each listing so you can maximize your savings!!!!

 

Becca Cosmetics

20%off site wide

Complimentary shipping w/ any $50 purchase

Code: FAMILY13

Now until Dec 2

 

Costal Scents

50% off entire site

Free Shipping w/ $50 purchase

No code necessary

Now until Dec 2

 

Cherry Culture

20% off all orders

Code: TKG2013

Now until Dec 1

 

Dr. Brandt
40% off purchase

Free shipping

No code required.

Midnight Nov 27 thru Nov 29

 

Giorgio Armani

20% off $75 purchase

No code needed

Now thru Dec 5

Ebates cash back: 4%

 

Kate Somerville

Friends and Family Event

30%off your entire order

Now until Dec 2

Code: Holiday2013

Ebates cash back: 6%

 

MAC Cosmetics

Limited Edition Black Friday Lipstick Release

“Hautecore”  (matte black lipstick) $15, online only

Available Midnight Black Friday morning until supplies last

 

Sephora

#Giftopia…several $10 gift items that retail for MUCH more!!!

Black Friday ONLY

No codes, quantities limited.

Available online and in stores.

Here is a link to the deals.

Ebates cash back: 8%

 

Giveaway winners: LA Curly Girls International Natural Hair Meet Up Day

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Thanks to everyone that entered the giveaway. The winners of tickets to attend the 2nd annual International Natural Hair Meet Up Day in Los Angeles are:
  •                 Connie (Wild Haired Mavens)
  •                 April Kyte

 

 

Congrats ladies!!! We’re excited for you and hope that you enjoy your time there with the LA Curly Girls! Please respond to your email notifications within 24hrs to acknowledge receipt and move on to the good part– getting that ticket!

 

 

Again, Congratulations!!!

 

 

We appreciate everyone’s continued support. Please stay tuned for more giveaways in the future– it’s only just begun!

Giveaway: LA Curly Girls International Natural Hair Meet Up Day

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There is nothing better than communing and sharing with fellow naturals!

 

LA Curly Girls was founded by Lydia Boyd in Los Angeles, CA. Created with bringing together the natural hair community in LA in mind, it grew to acclaim as one of the largest and strongest groups dedicated to fostering unity and sisterhood among naturals through two words:  “Meet Up”. In 2012, International Natural Hair Meet Up Day (INHMD) was born to allow naturals all across the world to network, collaborate and celebrate with each other on one accord–on the same day!

This year, the 2nd annual INHMD will be on May 18, 2013 and we are excited to team up with the LA Curly Girls to offer you the chance to win tickets to attend the International Natural Hair Meet Up Day in Los Angeles!

Two (2) lucky PJ’s will win:

  • One (1) general admission ticket
  • One (1) swag bag
  • One (1) raffle ticket to win additional prizes

Restrictions: You must be at least 21 years of age to enter

 

To Enter:

 

Required:

1. Follow LA Curly Girls on Twitter

2.  Become a part of our community and register at Platinum Product Junkies forum.  Leave your screen name in the comment section below to count as your entry!  So we can get to know you better, don’t forget to introduce yourself . We’ll be waiting for you.

To earn additional entries:

  1. “Follow” the Platinum Product Junkies  on Twitter.
  2. “Like” the Platinum Product Junkies on Facebook.
  3. Tweet about our giveaway!

 

The giveaway is open to EVERYONE (21 or older).  Contest winners have 24 hours to respond to email notification (please double check your email in the comment section).

Good Luck!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Recap of the 2013 World Natural Hair Show

This past weekend Nefertiti, Shawny, and I attended the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta and had a BLAST.  We shopped, reconnected with old PJ’s (and created a few new ones),  met lots of vendors and talked shop with many of them about current and new products!  We had such a good time, that it has taken SEVERAL days for me to recover and finally get this post up (so please excuse my delay).  As expected we each have a bit of a different perspective on how the World Natural Hair Show (WNHS) went overall, but we did agree on  several things.

 

What we loved

  1. Seeing Lolakinkz and Wynterbaby:  Lola has known all of the Platinum PJs since the very beginning and loves to grace us with her hauls and reviews over on the forum.  So seeing her is always like seeing that favorite cousin that you love but because of distance you don’t see to often.  Since the last WNHS, her family has grown and we were finally able to meet baby Wynter, and she is just the CUTEST darn baby EVER.  Don’t believe me, then check out the pics below or on her facebook page.
  2.  Seeing our old Curltalk buddy Rochelle Graham-Campbell (BlackOnyx77 from back in the day) witnessing the growth and progress of her natural hair line, Alikay Naturals.  We’re always ecstatic to see ladies who started their natural hair journey progress to the point of entrepreneurship and helping other ladies on their journey.   I picked up some products, and can’t wait to try them and let you all know how they perform.
  3. Meeting the charismatic creators of several new product lines: Bel Nouvo, Obia Naturals and Ankh Holistic Healers. This is the one aspect of attending the WNHS that stood out. Whenever you have to chance to talk face to face with a small business owner, it seals the product shopping circle. You are finally able to put a face with a company name.  Each and every owner took time out to greet us and engage in conversations that generally touched us by the warmth and genuineness  that they exuded.
  4. The annual PlatinumPJ dinner which was attended this year by Karen Tappin of Karen’s Body Beautiful! We’ve been hosting this small intimate dinner for the past 2 years for PJ’s to get together, chill/decompress after the hectic day, and just generally “talk shop”.  We extended the invitation to attend this year to Karen and she was gracious enough to accept.  We cannot go on enough about how humble and sweet she is! It was also wonderful to see all of our friends and supporters. We appreciate YOU!  We had a fantastic time!

 

Room for improvement

 

A few things occurred on the way to the hair show and once we entered the arena that we’d like to talk about as constructive criticism which we hope can be used to make a great event even better for next year.

  1. Ticket purchasing/Advance ticket sales:  Those of you that were at the WNHS on Saturday morning can attest to the fact that the lines to get in were outrageous!!! I think it’s understandable that the same day ticket purchase line is off the chain and I fully expected that, but the line for people that purchased advanced tickets was TWICE as long!!!  I had to buy my ticket, vs. Shawny and Nefertiti who bought theirs months in advance, yet I had my wristband on within minutes while they were still on a line that extended OUTSIDE the GICC! What exactly is  the benefit of purchasing your ticket in advance if you STILL have to stand in a super long line and wait to have your name checked off a list?  It is 2013, the age of computerization…get it together.  We understand WHY this is done, but there HAS to be a better way.  Perhaps going through ticketmaster or even using some sort of barcode scan system would help.  But standing in line for 2 hours when you’ve already paid is ludicrous.  I’m pissed on behalf of everyone that stood in that line!
  2.  Vendor selection: The vendor selection this year compared to last year was interesting.  I’m excited that I saw lots of new vendors this year, especially my smaller companies, but we all agreed that overall the vendor selection wasn’t as good as in years past.  I really think the price to vend at the WNHS was a deterrent to a lot of companies. We’re almost sure that this also played a role in the deals/specials that each vendor was able to offer to customers.  Hopefully next year this will change, and we’ll see a few more of our beloved companies return, along with more incentives to buy. Our hauls were certainly not at the level they were last year–Not even close.
  3. Counterfeit Product Vendors:  OK people, let me be frank here–  MAC Cosmetics only has THREE places where you can purchase their items: the website, a MAC store/counter, and The Cosmetics Company Outlet Stores.  MAC doesn’t have a distributor program nor do they wholesale to ANYONE.  If you are buying MAC from clear plastic bins with a black and white PAPER “MAC” logo above it…it’s not legit.  I know some people are like so what but I personally feel like it cheapens the “WNHS” brand and taints the event when counterfeit items are sold (We also saw  fake handbags and shoes for sale as well).  Also, let’s not forget that selling counterfeit items is ILLEGAL for a reason.  We don’t know the ingredients or the manufacturing process associated with these products and women will be smearing this stuff on their skin and could be absorbing all kinds of toxins and chemicals into their bodies.  I just have to question WHY the WNHS would keep allowing these people to vend and sell these questionable items to their patrons?  Is $900 in booth money that important?
  4. Transaction troubles:  Due to the quality of the wi-fi/cellular reception, there were many cases where vendors had  a difficult time processing purchases through credit card. This doesn’t necessarily reflect on the creators of the show, but a large part of execution is making sure that the proper conditions are in place to facilitate vendors and consumers. Having vendors constantly waving their phones and other credit card processing devices in the air hoping for your purchase to go through doesn’t help anyone. It was frustrating and time-consuming on both ends. Perhaps in the future a discussion with the GICC staff regarding those specific needs will help alleviate those issues. Having their representatives on hand to troubleshoot tech issues for vendors wouldn’t hurt either.

 

Overall, the good as always outweighed the not so good, but it wasn’t as great a show as last year. There is always an understanding that despite this being one of the largest shows in the world, it’s not infallible, but we hope that it will continue to be a work in progress.

Of course, we’ll be there next year– with bells on!! We promise to bring more t-shirts too. They were certainly a hit!

Now for the pics!

 Pics

 

The reserved advance ticket holders in line waiting OUTSIDE the GICC

The reserved advance ticket holders in line waiting OUTSIDE the GICC

Shawny and Nefertiti waiting on line at the show

Shawny and Nefertiti waiting on line at the show

Shawny, LolaKinkz, and Wynter!

Shawny, LolaKinkz, and Wynter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nefertiti and Lola!

Nefertiti and Lola!

Wynterbaby!!!

Wynterbaby!!!

L-R: Hillery, Nefertiti, LolaKinks w/ Wynter, and Shawny

L-R: Hillery, Nefertiti, LolaKinks w/ Wynter, and Shawny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-R: Nefertiti, Mr. Bel Nouvo, and Shawny

L-R: Nefertiti, Mr. Bel Nouvo, and Shawny

L-R: Nefertiti, Shawny,  Rochelle Graham-Campbell of Alikay Naturals, and Hillery

L-R: Nefertiti, Shawny, Rochelle Graham-Campbell of Alikay Naturals, and Hillery

L-R: Shawny, Karen Tappin of Karen's Body Beautiful, Nefertiti, and Hillery

L-R: Shawny, Karen Tappin of Karen’s Body Beautiful, Nefertiti, and Hillery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-R: Hillery, Adachi DaDa creator of Ankh  Holistic Healers, Shawny, and Nefertiti

L-R: Hillery, Adachi DaDa creator of Ankh Holistic Healers, Shawny, and Nefertiti

Adachi's awesome locs!

Adachi’s awesome locs!

Nefertiti and Tonya Martin at the PlatinumPJ dinner

Nefertiti and Tonya Martin at the PlatinumPJ dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawny hugging the heck outta of Tonya because we LOVE our PJ's!

Shawny hugging the heck outta of Tonya because we LOVE our PJ’s!

L to R: Nefertiti, Dorothy, Hillery, Shawny, and CocoDej! <3

L to R: Nefertiti, Dorothy, Hillery, Shawny, and CocoDej! <3

LolaKinkz brought her BFF Stacy with her beautiful hair!

LolaKinkz brought her BFF Stacy with her beautiful hair!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawny showing CocoDej and Dorothy extra <3!

Shawny showing CocoDej and Dorothy extra <3!

The whole gang with Karen!

The whole gang with Karen!

A candid shot with Karen, bc us PJ's LOVE to have FUN!! :)

A candid shot with Karen, bc us PJ’s LOVE to have FUN!! :)

Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo: Hillery and Shawny’s Recap

We came, we saw, we left in an hour.  Our experience at this year’s Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo can be summed up in one word: RATCHET.  Seriously, I don’t even know where to begin because it was all just too ridiculous for words.  Let me start this tragic tale at the beginning.

Picture it, a bright sunny yet cold and windy Saturday in March.  Shawny and I head into Baltimore without any problem (thank you traffic gods for favor!).  We found PERFECT street parking, hit the ATM, and head to the ticket booth to purchase our tickets.  At this point, we’re excited but that enthusiasm was soon dashed.

STRIKE 1:  Tickets were $20.  The World Natural Hair Show (WNHS) in Atlanta is 10x the size of this show and only charges $10 for tickets.   The venue is larger, there are more vendors, and the show deals are better.  Now, $20 isn’t a lot, but it did raise my eyebrow and put me on high alert.  As soon as I entered the exhibit hall, I just KNEW this wasn’t going to be a good experience.

STRIKE 2:  The Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo started at 11am.  We arrived at noon.  Only ½ of the vendors had set up and were ready for business.  About ¼ were still unpacking and setting up and the last ¼ hadn’t even arrived yet.

STRIKE 3:  Of the vendors that were set up and ready for business 90% of them consisted of  wholesale “handmade” jewelry, tables with tubs of yellow shea butter, dashikis, fake MAC, Flora Roberts and Mary Kay consultants, and hustle man natural hair t-shirt vendors.     I swear I had to do a double take because it felt like I’d stepped into a flea market.

Shawny and I have only been in the exhibit hall for all of five minutes and we’re ready to go.  Trying to make the most of this calamity, we walk around determined to find at least 1-2 vendors that will make this experience worth it.  We did spot Oyin and Shea Radiance so we hustled over to their respective booths to check out the product offerings.

After those stops, we stumbled across a vendor that I remembered from the WNHS in Atlanta last year, Pure Shea Store.  What caught my attention Saturday was this HUGE tub of handmade body scrub that smelled divine along with matching body washes and body oils for sale.  We chatted the owner up, make our purchases, and move on.

We decide to do one last circuit around the exhibit hall and at this point we are literally trying to WILL vendors into existence.  I noticed earlier that there was an empty booth for Zuresh and I was hoping that they were still attending the show.  Before heading out, we spot the owner setting up and head over to the booth.  I’d heard good things about quite a few of her products and was prepared to purchase them at the show.  Apparently though, customers were an interruption (never mind the fact at this point she’s 2 hours late to the event and is just setting up) and she basically brushed us off.  I kindly put my money right on back into my pocket and kept it moving.

Shawny and I called it a wrap and left at 1pm.  I doubt that I would ever attend another Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo.  When you factor in my time, gas, and admission fee, it just wasn’t worth it.  I honestly could have ordered everything I purchased online at the regular prices and come out better.  It was a total waste of time, money, and was a total disappointment.

The day’s saving grace was lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, hanging out with Shawny, and a trip down what I have dubbed “Natural Hair Row” in my local Target.  During our Target trip, we spotted the new Karen’s Body Beautiful, Camille Rose, and Jane Carter products and to top it off, Shea Moisture products were on sale for $7.99. That’s what I call #winning.

 

Edited to add:  So I see that the show creators have gotten wind of this review and have started to send their ”followers” to defend the show and post about how “great” it was compete with an “edited” promotional video of the show and calling me a “minion of Satan” trying to bring down black businesses (I actually laughed out loud at that comment).    The post is entitled ”Hillery and Shawny’s recap” meaning OUR experience at the expo.  I left a LOT out of my review in an attempt to not completely bash the event because I’m sure that some newly natural ladies might have gotten something out of attending.  In my experience as someone that’s been natural for over 10 years and has traveled extensively to various natural hair shows, workshops and events, this was a sub par production.  If  your experience was different, then good for you.  This recap and account of my experience stands.  Go spam somewhere else with this foolishness.  Rude comments and those meant to bash the authors will be deleted.

World Natural Hair Show (WNHS) 2013

16th Annual World Natural Hair Show

2013 Spring Show – April 27th-28th
Georgia International Convention Center, College Pk, GA

Mark your calendar. We had a GREAT time at the Spring 2012 show! It was so nice meeting people from the different online natural hair communities. Dinner at Simon’s Steak and Seafood was a blast!  If you’ve never been to the World Natural Hair Show, you owe it to yourself to attend one show. If you’re considering giving up the lye, or you’re in the beginning stages of transitioning, seeing an abundance of beautiful, kinky/coily/curly heads will encourage you to make that decision and stay on the path to chemical-free hair. It’s an empowering experience you won’t want to miss. Start saving your money now – you’ll need sufficient funds to purchase lots of products. We’re talking about a possible Friday nite meetup for dinner and great conversation.

Have you ever been to the show? Do you plan on attending the Spring 2013 show? Where are you in your natural hair journey?  Leave a comment…let us know your plans!