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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

 

M·A·C Heroine Lipstick..It’s Back for GOOD!

M·A·C Heroine Lipstick is now available for order online, and will be apart of the permanent collection starting January at M·A·C counters and freestanding stores.  If you have coveted this lipstick, missed its two previous releases, then fear not…it’s back for GOOD!!!!  The makeup gawds have heard our cries!!!!  To order your Heroine, click here.

 

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M·A·C Heroine Lipstick is back….get yours online NOW, in stores in January.

ELF Cosmetics $20 off purchase of $45 NOW til 9/16

Yes…you read that correct.  ELF Cosmetics is at it again with another of their fabulous promotions.   Head on over to elf cosmetics , add $45 worth of products to your cart, and use the code shown below, to save $20 off your purchase, now through September 16, 2013.

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If you are a lover of the Elf studio brushes like I am, now is a great time to stock up!  ELF Cosmetics are a great budget friendly line and most of the products retail for $3 and below, so $45 worth of products is a LOT of stuff.  It’s hauling time ya’ll!!!!   Remember, this is also a good time to try a few new items without much of an initial investment, which makes it easier when things don’t work out IMO.

If you’re looking for suggestions on things to pickup, I HIGHLY recommend the following items:

  • ELF Studio Small Stippling Brush
  • ELF Studio Powder Brush
  • ELF Studio Small Tapered Brush(applies cheek contor powder/cremes to perfection)
  • ELF Studio Flawless Concealer Brush
  • ELF Studio Lip Exfoliator
  • ELF Studio HD Blush
  • ELF Essential Zip Zapper (a must for when you have a zit that pops up out of NO WHERE)
  • ELF Essential Custom Compact (This fits MAC refill shadow pans!!!  Great for traveling and on the go)

As with all things, review the fine print for any exclusions.  See anything you plan to grab during this promotion?  Let me know in the comments below!

Understanding the New FDA Sunscreen Labeling Guidelines

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As I type this, most of the country is in the middle of a heat wave.  Temperatures here in DC have been in the high 90s with a heat index of over 100 degrees!  I guess it’s safe to say that summer is in FULL effect even though it was tardy to the party!  With summer in full swing, comes increased sun exposure and the need to increase our SPF coverage.  Yes, brown girls…I’m talking to you here too!  Contrary to popular belief, we too need increased SPF coverage in the blazing hot summer.  While we have some natural protection thanks to the melanin in our skin, with the eroded ozone layer we are exposed to UVA and UVB rays at alarming rates so sunscreen is a MUST.

What many people may not be aware of, is that in June of 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized new labeling and other requirements for sunscreen products that took effect in December of 2012.  The FDA is taken the following steps to help protect consumers while also standardizing how sunscreens are marketed and labeled.  The measures taken by FDA include:

  • final regulations that establish standards for testing the effectiveness of sunscreen products and require labeling that accurately reflects test results
  • a  regulation that would limit the maximum SPF value on sunscreen labeling to “SPF 50+”

Below is a round up of the labeling changes that you should look for on your sunscreen products and what these changes mean.

  • Products that pass the broad spectrum test will provide protection against both ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) and ultraviolet A radiation (UVA).  Under the new regulations, sunscreen products that protect against all types of sun-induced skin damage will be labeled “Broad Spectrum” and “SPF 15” (or higher) on the front.
  • The back of  sunscreens labeled as both “Broad Spectrum” and “SPF 15” (or higher) will include a statement that the product not only protects against sunburn, but, if used as directed with other sun protection measures, can reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.  For these broad spectrum products, higher SPF (Sun Protection Factor) values also indicate higher levels of overall protection.
  • Sunscreens that are not broad spectrum or that are broad spectrum with SPF values from 2 to 14 will be labeled with a warning that reads: “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert:  Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”
  • The terms “waterproof”, “sweat-proof” and “sunblock” will no longer appear on packaging.  
  • Water resistance claims on the front label must tell how much time a user can expect to get the declared SPF level of protection while swimming or sweating, based on standard testing. Two times will be permitted on labels: 40 minutes or 80 minutes.
  • Sunscreens cannot claim protection immediately on application (for example, “instant protection”) or protection for more than two hours without reapplication, unless they submit data and get approval from FDA.
  • Additionally, the FDA is finalizing requirements that  sunscreen products that have SPF values higher than 50 to be labeled as “SPF 50+.”   The FDA feels there is not sufficient data demonstrating that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide additional protection compared to products with SPF values of 50.

Its important to note that the FDA only considers products in the form of oils, creams, lotions, gels, butters, pastes, ointments, sticks, and sprays to be over the counter (OTC) sunscreen products and eligible for approval to use these new labeling guidelines.  Suncreen products in the form of wipes, towelettes, powders, body washes, and shampoo not eligible cannot be marketed as suncreen products without an approved application.  For sunscreen spray products, the FDA is reviewing data to establish effectiveness and to determine whether they present a safety concern if inhaled unintentionally.

The changes that the FDA made only apply to the labeling, not the ingredients or the effectiveness of the products, the SPF content, or any other aspect of the product.  If you are a bargain shopper, you might have noticed lots of high end and name brand sunscreen products popping up in closeout stores such as dollar tree, five below, big lots, family dollar and dollar general.  From my research, it appears that these products are safe to use, though it is questionable if the SPF looses its effectiveness over time.

So there you have it PJs…everything u need to know about the new FDA sunscreen labeling guidelines.  If you would like more information, check out the frequently asked questions page on the FDA website here.

Soultanicals Napp’etizer Giveaway

 

The Platinum PJs have been fans of Soultanicals since they launched about a year or so ago. From the ingredients to the product names, Soultanicals delivers products with a unique flair thanks to owner Ayo- Ogun McCants.  Suffice to say, we’re hooked!  Can you blame us?  With names like luscious creamy detangling Knot Sauce, sheen inducing satiny Loc-n-roll Twist &Fro out butter and lets not even get into the Herseha Love Polishing Fudge!  Soultanicals is a soul infused melanin inspired body and hair product line whose mission is to enrich lives through fun and pleasure while promoting a holistic well being.

TLynn unboxed her goodies here and the rest of us have shown our love of the line on the forum.

We are really excited to offer you a chance to try out this line. Not one but TWO winners will have a chance to win a Napp’etizers Hair Sample Pack. Included in each pack are:

  • 2oz Knot Sauce Coil Detangler
  • 2oz Hydrating Kink Drink
  • ½ oz Loc-n-roll Twist & Fro out Butter
  • ½ oz Curl Blaze Hair Glaze
  • A Soultanicals Hair Product Guide

So what are the requirements you say?

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.

To earn additional contest entries

  1. “Follow” the Platinum Product Junkies and Soultanicals  on Twitter.
  2. “Like” the Platinum Product Junkies and Soultanicals on Facebook.

Please note: Giveaway is open to US residents only. Contest winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification (please double check your email in the comment section), with a valid shipping address.

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May favorites

  • Juice Beauty Reflecting lipgloss in Pink- I received this in one of my beauty bags this month and it’s been glued to my side ever since. The moisture and shine from this gloss made it a pleasure to wear. I was also thankful that it didnt leave a residue as some lip products do after being on for a while.  The citrus scent was also a plus.
  • TheBalm Instain Blush in Toile – This gives a nice flush to my cheeks for my “no makeup, makeup” looks. I’m working on a review right now, so I won’t completely give it away–but longwearing MEANS  LONGwearing!! (Nuff said).
  • Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics /Julie G Gumdrop nail polish in Crushed Candy-If I could eat my fingers I would because they look like candy! This polish is super cute, super pink and I was loathe to remove it! It’s one that I kept reaching for time and time again.
  • Sake fragrance mist, by Fresh- This light, clean and crisp scent garnered tons of compliments! There’s not much else to say about this one other than you need to check it out at Sephora and take a whiff. It’s a keeper!
  • Dior Diorshow New Look mascara- We joke at PlatinumPJ about having anemic lashes, and I think mine may be the worst of them all, but this mascara came to my rescue! It plumped, defined and lengthened my lashes. I really like the brush it comes with that makes it easier to get the lashes in my inner corner.
  • CoverFX cream foundation in N110 as a concealer : This stuff has stolen my heart!! It’s super creamy, blendable and doesn’t settle into lines or cake. It works with all of my setting powders which is a plus because not all makeup works well together. The coverage of course, is excellent and so close to my skin that even I’m fooled and forget I have it on.
  • Herbal Essences Conditioner in Unbreakable Seduction: This is a trusty rinseout and detangling conditioner. It has just enough moisture and protein in it to keep my hair well balanced, and tons of slip to make detangling a breeze
FTC Disclosure: These products were purchased by me and this is not a paid endorsement. The views expressed here are my own.

 

So, what were your favorites this month? Have you tried any of the products here? Tell us!

Va VOOM hair!!!

So, this is what happens when you decide to comb your hair out after air-drying…

 

Man… that’s a lotta hair!

 

 More Afro….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHAZAM huh??! Big hair don’t care wildness. I had NO CLUE that I had  all this going on. It certainly surprised (and tickled) me that my mane had grown so much.  Shrinkage will brainwash you into believing just about anything.

Clearly, with a halo like this, who would want to control it? I put my Loc Soc on as a headband and proceeded to rock my fro all week long. The last few days I did an afro puff and was happy that for once, my puff was real.

What I did:

  1.  Washed with Bobeam Shealoe shampoo bar
  2. Detangled and deep conditioned with Herbal Essences Honey I’m Strong Rinse off treatment for 20 mins, then rinsed out
  3. Set my hair into two big twists, put on my Loc Soc and let air dry.
  4. Applied Heavenly Jojoba hair oil by Karen’s Body Beautiful onto each dry twist, unraveled, and combed each section out with my Ouidad double detangler.

and voila!!!

 

Tell us, has your hair surprised you recently? If so, how?

Giveaway: Bel Nouvo Castor Collection

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

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

 

Us Platinum PJ’s have been on a giveaway spree lately and we’re not letting up!  We have had the pleasure of meeting so many shop owners and tried so many new and exciting products at the WNHS that we simply could not WAIT to share them with you all.

One of those great shop owners we met was Mr. Bel Nouvo.  I initially stumbled upon his Etsy shop during one of my many late night shopping research sessions and on a whim I decided to try a few things.  I’ve been in LOVE with him and his products ever since.  The first thing that intrigued me was that he is one of the few men immersed in the world of natural hair.  Second, his products are not your typical shea butter based products (which is great because my hair isn’t really a fan of shea butter) and lastly, he is one of the most charismatic and funny shop owners I’ve had the pleasure of meeting…and over the course of this natural hair journey I’ve met quite a few.

After chatting with him at the WNHS and sampling the products, Nefertiti and Hillery decided to take the plunge and purchase a few products as well, so look out for reviews from us on the line on the blog and forum soon.  In the mean time, we’d like to give you the opportunity to try these products out and tell us what you think of them.  We’re giving away the Castor Collection which includes the following:

 

  • CCreamy Castor Custardreamy Castor Custard Deep Conditioner w/ Jamaican & Haitian Black Castor OilKey Ingredients: Haitian Black Castor Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Mango Butter

 

 

 

  • CoCo Castor Pudding

    CoCo Castor Pudding: The perfect synergy of a styling aid and moisturizer!

    Key Ingredients: Agave Nectar, Mango Butter, Candelilla Wax, Coconut & Castor Oil

 

 

 

  • _MG_6165CoCo Castor Nectar Hydrating Hair Mist: Our lightweight moisture packed mist is the perfect way to refresh styles, detangle washed hair, and soften up dry frizzy hair. Not your typical watered down moisture mist…
    Key Ingredients: Coconut Milk, Vegetable Glycerin, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Wheat & Silk Protein

 

 

 

So here’s how you can enter to win these products…the more options you do, the more chances you get to win!!!

  1. Like Platinum PJs and Bel Nouvo on Facebook
  2. Follow @Platinum PJ and @MrBelNouvo on Instagram
  3. Leave a comment below letting us know which of the Bel Nouvo products you are most interested to try

 

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!! :)

We’ve gone even more social!

One of the things us here at PlatinumPJ love is that beauty is one size fits all. No matter what you look like, where you’re from, or where you wanna go, beauty can be at your fingertips. To that end, we want to make your experience here FANTASTIC and among your favorites!  Here’s what we’re doing to stay connected with you:

 

What’s NEW

 

1, Bloglovin:  We’ve teamed up with bloglovin to help you get the most out of your user experience with us. Know when we update and find our posts quick and easy. Of course, if you want the full scoop, it takes you straight to our main site. No muss, no fuss. :)

2. Google+:  We love this network because not only do you get to see what we’re doing, we get a peek into your world too!  Welcome us into your world– add us to your circle! You never know when you might be featured on any of our social media platforms. :)

3. Pinterest: This is like a playground for us to show you all the things that we really love. Check out our boards, follow us, and feel free to repin our content! Trust us, we’ll certainly be doing the same with you!

4. Instagram: Who doesn’t love pictures? Find us on instagram posting about all things beauty on the go! Tag us @PlatinumPJ so we can see your beauty finds and looks of the day. We’d LOVE it!

5. Foursquare: Wanna know what it’s like in the day of a PJ? Check us out for tips on places to shop, eat, and everything in between!

 

Where we are already

 

6-7: Facebook & Twitter: Thank you all so much for your support thus far and we hope you’re having a fabulous time!  Stay tuned for more updates, events and giveaways!

8. BlogTalkRadio: We have lots planned for you, so stay tuned for our upcoming schedule of radio shows with featured special guests. If you have something in mind that you’d like to hear us talk about, shoot us a message!

9. Klout: Check out how we’re doing on Klout and add us to your friends list. If you feel like we’ve helped you in your latest beauty find, give us a little K+ love when you visit.

 

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