Monday, July 21, 2014

Younique 3D Mascara and Soultanicals Giveaway

So, I've started a new venture and would like to get some exposure. What better way then a giveaway. Have you heard of this new 3D Mascara? No... well here are the details.

Our simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Watch as your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day. Try it! It will quickly become your favorite makeup must-have!

Sounds interesting right? Well what good would some killer mascara be without, setting that hair off? So... yup, you got it.... You can item from Soultanicals.  Any product that you have been wanting to try! Yup, you read right, ANY product that you want to try. Just enter below and follow the rules.

To be entered you must follow: lovinglife0078 , lashesbyproductjunky and Soultanicals on Instagram. Leave your instagram name in the comment below.  If your page is private, you must DM a screenshot of  my post on Instagram @lashesbyproductjunky

Open only to the 48 continental US States. Shipping timeframe is determined by the seller and you will have 48 hours to respond via email or another winner will be chosen. Winner will receive 1 3D Fiber Eyelash Mascara and 1 8oz product from Soultanicals.

Giveaway will run  for a week, ending on 28th of July 2014.

Ocean Hydronium Jelly by Natural Hair Hygroscopy

 I came across this product on a header within the forum on Long Hair Care. I was minding my business as usual and there it was , a banner at the top of the page that said "  An advanced Ionic moisturizer for dry natural hair". Well, shucks... I had to find out what this product was. I reached out to the company and was provided a jar to test out.

When the jar arrived, I about jumped in glee.  It was 16 ounces of juicy looking goodness. I opened the container to see what it smelled like. I couldn't place the scent but its light and slightly fruit. It moves more loose than jelly. I could see this being in a pump style bottle to ensure you don't spill it. Unfortunately , I wouldn't be able to test it out fully because I was in a protective style but, I was able to use it on my edges that are left out and honey, the moisture factor is amazing. It reminds me of what curl activator gel does for my hair. It curls, gives moisture and kept my edges supple. The only downside is" glycerin". For me, that really isn't a factor if I seal well but seeing how I used it on my edges I didn't.  The cold air in my room left the exposed hair feeling a tad stiff after drying , so that's something to keep in mind for the winter months.

Here is what the company claims" Curl popping ions and ocean rich botanicals for luxuriously soft, fully hydrated curls.Ocean Hydronium Jelly restores moisture with potent humectants and ph balancing ions, transforming even the moist parched strands into touchably soft , defined tresses. Nutritious marine botanicals like sea kelp biofrement and algae extract nourish your hair, providing enough slip to bolster length retention and fortify against damage."

I will be trying this out fully this Friday. So look for the review AND a chance to win a jar in my giveaway that Natural Hair Hygroscopy is sponsoring.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Half Year Point with Protective Styling

Would who have thought that I could protective style for so long?  Not I! Well, time is flying by. I started out in December of 2013 , stating that I would protective style for 9 weeks and rest my hair for 2 weeks. It's worked out well. I'm currently on my third protective style of the challenge and in 2 weeks, I will be resting my hair. I uploaded a little video of my past styles and what  vitamin I'm currently taking right now.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Birthday Giveaway : Q- Redew Handheld Steamer

Hello, I hope this blog post reaches everyone in good health. With the Lord willing on the 12th of this month I will have made it to my 36 year of living. It hasn't always been easy or pretty but boy is it a blessing to say I'm still here learning and growing.

The very best investment I have ever made in my natural hair journey has been a steamer. It does wonders for my deep conditioning session and has allowed me to maintain a level of moisture that is mandatory if I keep of the habit of wearing WashandGo styles. I gave away a few rolling steamers in the past but this time  I decided to go with the Q-Redew Handheld steamer. I myself have never had one of these so I can only attest to the reviews I have seen online.

What is a Q-Redew?

The Q-Redew handheld hair steamer uses warm steam as mist to enhance your hair's natural volume and texture.  The Q-Redew hydrates, reshapes and restyles dry hair in minutes. No mess, no fuss, no chemicals - just water. The innovative Q-Redew tool allows perfect styling control in minutes without rewetting or shampooing.  You apply the Q-Redew's warm steam as mist to reshape, hydrate, volumize and style your locks.  Boost your curls, restore moisture to dry hair, lift flat hair, transform bedhead to your best hairstyle.

The Q-Redew disperses gentle warm mist into the cuticle of dry hair to naturally moisturize the strand leaving your hair dry, but revitalized. Fill reservoir with water.  Plug in to heat up the Q-Redew. Press the trigger to release the steam. Can be used with or without your favorite products.

Second day hair? No problem.
Flat, lifeless hair? Revive it.
Dry, Brittle Hair? Hydrate it.
Static and dryness? Mist it.

Sounds good? Ok, I have never had an Instagram stipulation before and a few folks requested it so listed are the requirements below.

Leave a comment below stating how you would use the Q- Redew and follow me on Instagram @lovinglife0078 , Post a picture of the Q-Redew on instagram and tag me @lovinglife0078.

June 4-16th 2014, closes at 12:00 Midnight.  Open to US Continental States.

Winner will be announced 24 hours after giveaway ends.  Winner will respond to email within 48 hours or another winner will be picked. Shipment will be directly from company, any issues/returns will be handled by the company. Timeline for shipping depends on SLA of shipping company. By responding to winning email, the winner is accepting these terms

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hide my Hair Challenge 2014 Part 3

I kicked off my third protective style on May 23rd. I will be protective styling all of 2014 with 9 week intervals, followed with a 2 weeks resting period.

My second style can be read about here. My hair grew much longer than the first protective style. I am attributing that to me starting the Hairfinity vitamins and upping my water intake,  Not only was the Kinky twists better on my hair length it was easier on my scalp. I used a vinegar and water mix to keep my scalp free of debris and itches. It was heaven. I would have went with the Kinky Twists again for the third protective style  but wanted to try out this Mongolian Kinky Curly Hair I found on the swap board.

So first session was Dec 21, 2013- February 21, 2014 
Rest phase February 22, 2014-March 7, 2014

The second session ran  March 8,2014 -May 10, 2014
Rest phase was May 10,2014- May 23, 2014

This third session will run from  May 23, 2014 - July 25, 2014


Influenster: T.L.C Voxbox for the Moms

I haven't received a lot of VoxBoxes from Influenster so I was pleasantly surprised that this one arrived and its perfect for me.  As a mother of a teenager I always find myself keeping Neosporin in the house and tissues in my purse. I was pleasantly surprised to find all of these items in my box when it arrived today.

Not only is the Neosporin a "Neo to Go" in this box,  but  a Ivory soap with no dyes or heavy perfumes was also included. I could have skipped for joy. As myself and my son both have very sensitive skin, this is going to be well received. I give this box 5 stars up and then some. As I use the rest of the items I will come back and give a quick review.


Neosporin Neo to Go $4.97 to $7.50
Bryers Gelato Indulgence $4.49 to $5.99
Ivory Bar Soap $3.99 for a 10 pack
AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother $30
Puffs to Go $.49 per single pack
Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card

 I  received all products complimentary from Influenster.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cream and Coco Skin Care : April Hot Coco Anniversary Box

Last year some time Cream and Coco Skincare started turning out these "boxes" of items that aren't on their actual website and items that might be on there. I was never really tempted to try them but for a Christmas Gift to myself I treated myself to one.  I received it and was pleased but not over the moon ecstatic about it. Well, in March the owner, Victoria stated that there would be a special "Hot Coco" Box and the regular one. The Hot Coco Boxes usually run $25 with free shipping. This "birthday" Hot Coco box would have 10 items in it for $45 and the smaller "cupcake" one would have 5 items in it or $25.  I purchased two boxes, one for myself and one to giveaway on the blog.

In this "Birthday" Hot Coco box was

  •  Lotus Flower Water Pump, foaming organic feminine cleanser
  • Dulce , signature organics fragrance oil
  • Sugar Cookie Dough, creamy exfoliating whipped soap dough for body &face
  • Forever Kisses Cosmetics Lip Taffy, nourishing Intense lip treatment with a cooling spearmint tingle
  • Hibiscus Peach Parfait Deodorant Fluff, rich natural deodorant with the added skin brightening benefits of the coveted Licorice Face Fluff to tone under arms
  • Passionfruit Starburst, exfoliating creamy Artisan soap
  • Mandarin Lichen Glaze Tincture, rich oil infused with green tea, hibiscus, black tea for hair &body
  • Hibiscus Jam, mineral & botanically infused aloe gel and honey with potent AHA complex to even skin tone and clear blemishes.
  • Caribbean Sugar Cowash Fluff, creamy detangling lotion with cleansing botanicals to gently cleanse hair without stripping. Shea butter free
  • Orchid Stone, artisan laundry soap for handwash only garments. 


Sugar Cookie Dough  

PassionFruit Starburst

Mandarin Lichen Glaze Tincture
Hibiscus Peach Parfait

Forever Kisses Cosmetics Lip Taffy
Hibiscus Jam

Orchid Stone
Caribbean Sugar Cowash Fluff

Lotus Flower Water Pump

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