Oh, Hey Girl!

Now that you’ve happened to come across my little blog, there’s no turning back. My goal is to leave you with hours and hours of reading entertainment! (YAS READING!) Think I’m wrong? Well, listen, if you like make up, beauty products, traveling and keeping fit, hit up the “Lifestyle” Section (It’s on top, did you find it? I knew you would!)

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The Playground section, is just that: My Playground. You’ll find flatlays, mood boards, fashion inspirations and basically things that make me happy to look at. Think of it as my own personal Pinterest Page! 🙂

And for those of you, who are yet to still decide, RealTalk with Nadine, is my section for just speaking my mind- I don’t even know what’s going to get posted up there! So that might be a fun one to check out too!

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Happy Exploring!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review

What’s up 20 Somethings,
I hope you’re having the best December. With the weather heating up, your skincare routine should be bulking up to defend your skin from sun damage and dryness! This is why I was super excited to receive the Neutrogena Hydroboost Water gel from Rubybox.36187648_unknown.jpg

This moisturiser is dedicated to hydrating the skin and locking in intense hydration. I’ve been using it for over two weeks now and it’s the best moisturiser I have come across this year, like if you want to invest in a good skincare product, this is the one. It’s oil free so I don’t shine bright like a diamond after application, It’s extremely lightweight and non-sticky which means it spreads over my skin easily and is absorbed effortlessly. My skin feels fresh after applying it, as if a thirst has been quenched.

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It’s secret ingredient? Purified Hyaluronic Acid which absorbs up to 1000x it’s weight in water, the formula of the water gel then releases the hydration back into the skin all day long. (Super sciencey but it sounds legit and it works!)

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This great product is available at any Clicks or Dis-chem for R139,95 which makes is a great middle market product with amazing quality.

Take care of your skin Babes!
Nadine!

Nivea Toning Lotion Review

Whats up, 20 Somethings!

It’s been a minute since I’ve written a review, but never fear, good things come to those who wait!

We all know how I feel about Nivea products, they’re amazing quality and so damn affordable. I literally do a little happy dance whenever I get sent something from Nivea.

This time, Rubybox sent me the new Perfect and Radiant Toning Lotion for oily skin. This product promises to control shine, purify and clear your skin, while also preventing blemishes. It’s got Magnolia Extract and is developed for skin which is prone to oiliness and blemishes.

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From my previous reviews, you’ll know I’m not always the biggest fan of toners, I sometimes find that some toning products are unnecessary for your skincare routine and a lot of products often irritate the skin.

After using this toning lotion for the past few days, I can safely say it’s a toner like no other. It smells like a lotion and does not leave my skin feeling dry or tight after application. In fact it works so well I can go without moisturiser if I feel like it.

If you suffer from oily skin, this is a great product to add to your skincare regime.

Here’s a picture of my skin after two weeks of using this product!

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Until next time lovelies!

Nadine

#BBUndercover Mystery Products! 

So for those of you who follow our Instagram page, We’ve been sent these mystery products from the Beauty Bulletin. 
This shampoo and conditioner contains Shea Butter…and that’s all I know about it. 

I’ve basically been asked to review it blindly, without any knowledge of the contents, price, packaging or brand. 

I’ve been using the products for a week now on my hair and I can honestly say I’m happy with the results. It’s sweet smell lingers for a while after a wash and I keep having people tell me how great my hair smells. The smell is very familiar, my first thought was that it’s Head and Shoulders, but after comparing the two products’ smells my theory proved incorrect. 

This mystery product makes my hair feel softer and it also detangles my hair easily. (I literally just use my fingertips to run through my hair after it’s been conditioned and no tangles!) The product leaves my hair with unbelievable body and curl definition. 

The only negative thing I have to say about this product is that it contains sulphates. And I usually use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. I also suspect that the conditioner is too strong to use as a leave in conditioner as I seem to be having a negative skin reaction from leaving the conditioner in.


I usually buy my haircare products at Clicks and my suspicion that this product is something I could find on their shelves. 

I cannot guess what this product is, but the quality is astounding.

After 4 washes I think it’s exactly what my hair needed! Can’t wait to find out what it is. Watch this space to find out!
CAN YOU GUESS WHAT I’M USING? Let me know in the comments!

My Summertime Playlist

Summer is around the corner and you know your pool parties will not be complete without a banging playlist. Let’s not lie, 2017 has been a killer year for music. So I’ve picked five of my favourite songs, that will ensure your summer playlist is lit as fuck.

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1. Bodak Yellow – Cardi B
Fam, you can’t even lie, Cardi B dropped one of the hottest songs of the year. A hip hop track with just the right combination of chill and aggressiveness. It’s such a jam and it’s guaranteed to be one of the songs you and all your friends will be rapping along to this summer.

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https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/bodak-yellow-single/id1248377996

2. Mi Gente – J Balvin and Willy William (Feat. Beyonce)
Ok. I didn’t like the original version, I found that sound at the beginning to be annoying. But whatever, then Beyonce hopped on the remix and worked her magic and just like that the song worked it’s way into my heart. This song just screams summer when you listen to it and all proceeds go to the Hurricane Relief fund.

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https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/mi-gente-feat-beyonc%C3%A9-single/id1291050768

3. New Rules – Dua Lipa
Man, if this song isn’t on top of your break up playlist, you’re doing breakup’s wrong. Besides it being a great song to sing along to, it’s beat just makes you want to shake a little something. I just picture myself driving in Camps Bay on a hot summer day with all my windows open and this song blasting out my speakers.

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https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/new-rules/id1228739599?i=1228739609

4. Slide- Calvin Harris (feat. Frank Ocean and Migos)
Okay, this song has been out for a while though, but it’s just such a vibe it never gets old. In fact, just go ahead and add this entire album to your playlist ( Calvin Harris – Funk Wave Bounces Vol.1) because it is all kinds of summer time fine.

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https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/funk-wav-bounces-vol-1/id1233842167

5. Lemon – N.E.R.D & Rihanna
I’ve been a N.E.R.D fan since primary school, so it’s really sick that they’re out here making jams and with no one else but Rihanna! You even get to hear Riri rap in this track, it’s definitely something new. I’ve had it on repeat since it came out!

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https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/lemon-single/id1300804183

So these are the 5 songs you NEED to have on your Summer playlist, let me know which songs you’re going to be jamming to this Summer in the comments.

Also, if you want to look good this summer, check out our Instagram, because we are giving away 5 Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid lipsticks! (@20SomethingsBlog)

Bye!

Rimmel Stay Matte Range Review

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I was literally the happiest girl on the planet when Rubybox sent me this amazing range from Rimmel. 12 amazing matte lip colours that promise long lasting wear (12 hours- HELLO!) and if that’s not enough for you, they’re also touch proof, waterproof and kiss proof! (Basically Life Proof)

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I put this lip colour to the test, to make sure that it lives up to the hype. (I posted the “Tourture Test” to our Instagram page: @20SomethingsBlog) I wasn’t disappointed, the lipstick lasted over 13 hours with ONE APPLICATION! I ate, drank, kissed and the colour did not smudge or leave marks anywhere!

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Swatches for Days!

The colours are super pigmented and one coat of lipstick is all you need for a rocking 12 hour long look. With 12 colours to choose from, there’s definitely something for everyone in this range. The range came with a lovely set of nudes and nude pinks, which I got really excited about, because I’ve been on the hunt for a nude lip. Unfortunately none of the nudes in this range suit my skin tone. For my brown girls, you’re gonna wanna stick to the darker colours: Midnight, Plum This Show, Heartbeat, Fire Starter, Rose and Shine and maybe Pink Blink.
(Rimmel, if you’re reading this, brown girls need nudes too!)

The application is tricky, it’s quite thick and you need to be careful not to purse your lips while applying it because it creates unevenness in the colour and lines you don’t want. Once it’s dry though (2 mins max) you’re good to do whatever you wanna do with your lips. It’s lightweight and comfortable on your lips with a velvety matte finish.

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At the end of the day this product is amazing and I’ll definitely be using it a lot in the near future. Let’s just hope Rimmel makes some nude colours for my skin tone, because I NEED IT!

If you wanna add this range to your collection, it’ll cost you R119.99 ONLY! OMG! #AffordableAF or if you want to win your own set, follow our Instagram account in November and lookout for our giveaway!

Until Next Time!
Nadine

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Stealth Fitness Claremont (Review)

What’s up 20 Somethings!

Last Saturday I woke up early and started my day with a workout/grid class at a new gym called Stealth Fitness in Claremont.

About Stealth:
The gym is owned by a young man named Esmond, who completed courses in Personal Training, sports massage therapy and nutrition. Esmond spent his time after graduating travelling and working as a personal trainer and massage therapist before opening his own gym. The aim of the gym is to deliver quality service and to ensure that their members see the value in making healthier life choices. The welcoming environment encourages these life choices. Everyone is welcome at Stealth, they ensure that members feel included and looked after at all times. There are on-site bio-kineticists and sports massage therapists in addition to a team of personal trainers.
There is also a coffee shop that serves amazing pre-workout drinks and Nutritech bars for after a heavy workout.

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My Experience:
I took a class with an old friend of mine, Sune Esch. Who is a trained dancer- which contributes to a great workout due to her dance history. She understands the way the human body works and provides clear instruction as to how to perform the exercises without endangering your body in anyway.

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The class started with a step warm up, which got everyone’s blood flowing in preparation for the grid workout we did afterward.

The class sizes are small, which means that you get individual attention during your workout, which is a great perk when compared to some of the bigger gyms in the area.

I worked up quite the sweat in this class and felt that I got a well rounded workout and a dynamic stretching session at the end. Stretching is very important for me as I feel that a lot of gyms overlook the cool-down stretch at the end of a class, but this was not the case at Stealth. (check out our Instagram @20SomethingsBlog for the workout video)

The gym facilities are good, despite the small size of the gym, it’s perfect for personal training sessions and small group classes. So if that’s the type of workout you’re looking for, Stealth is for you.

On the negative side:
The music was played straight from Youtube and didn’t really fit the “workout” vibe at all. For me, music is a huge part of a workout, if the music isn’t good, I find little motivation to push myself. Of course, this could be rectified by just making a proper workout playlist to play at the gym. I have a great workout playlist I could share with them if they need it.

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If you want to try Stealth Fitness out in Stadium on Main, Claremont, they are offering free classes for the rest of October!
Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StealthFitnessSA/

Until Next Time!
Nadine

#CherubsCares Facial Wipes (Review)

Two weeks ago I was sent the new Cherubs Facial Wipes from the Beauty Bulletin. They sent me a great little hamper that contained facial wipes for normal skin (Blue) and for sensitive/dry skin (Pink) as well as some cotton wool pads and buds.

My first impression of this product is that it removes my make up effortlessly, leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

Eco- friendly and affordable, this product has definitely snuck it’s way into my heart.
A few months ago I stopped using facial wipes, I found them too expensive and always felt like I was wasting them, as I never used the entire wipe.
This is the first time I’ve used a wipe again since converting to an alternative form of make up removal and I must say that I am impressed.
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I try to pay attention to the impact my life has on the environment, so knowing that this product is bio-digradeable, really makes me feel like I’m being kind to the earth – considering how many facial wipes a girl uses in a day.

I love that it’s free of parabens and alcohol, and the fact that it’s pH balanced is always a plus. My skin feels smooth due to the chamomile extracts in the wipes which contribute to my skin feeling fresh, soft and able to breathe after removing my make up.

I will definitely be repurchasing this product and have shared it with friends!

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What I’ve Been Reading (July-October)

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted a “What I’ve Been Reading” post, but don’t worry, it’s catch up time. So sit back and relax while I tell you about the books I’ve been reading the past few months.

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July

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Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Everyone knows this book is an African classic, so I made a concerted effort to read it. It’s really short, so that’s a plus because I found this book to be a lot of work. I don’t know, maybe I’m not mature enough to understand it or the meaning of it. And maybe in a few years time, I’ll read it again and maybe find that I enjoy it. But I did not enjoy this book. I found it to be unsatisfying and the ending to be a bit disappointing.
Have you read it? I’m interested to hear some of your thoughts on it in the comments!

August

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Emma Donogue, Room
I found this book to be one I couldn’t put down. The plot, the way it’s written is just flawless. The story is told by a five year old boy who lives with his mother in a shed. He is unaware that they are being held captive and has no prior idea of the outside world until they escape. It’s a brilliant book. I loved it.

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Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
I’m a huge lover of poetry, being a poet myself. So when I was given this book as a gift from a dear friend of mine, I couldn’t wait to read it. There’s something about the way Rupi Kaur completely bares her soul in this book. You see her breaking, her loving, her healing in the pages of this anthology. And I found that this book was exactly what I needed in my own life. It’s beyond beautiful and I cannot wait to read her new book, “The Sun and Her Flowers”

September

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Nadia Hashimi, the Pearl That Broke Its Shell
I’ve never read any of Nadia Hashimi’s work before, I came across this book when it was mentioned by someone on Twitter and I bought it on an impulse. This book tore me to pieces. I had to put it down a few times just because the plot is so heartbreaking. It follows the life of a girl, Rahima, living in Kabul, in a family of girls only and a drug addicted father. In her culture, it is a disgrace to not have any sons, so her family decides to enforce the tradition of the Bacha posh- where one of the the daughters lives as the son of the family. This books shows the powerless fate a woman has in the time Rahima lives. It’s an extraordinary read. Definitely a favourite of mine. I look forward to reading more of Nadia Hashimi’s works.

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Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star
I needed something light after reading The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell. So I went to Nicola Yoon. She is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Although this is a book for teenagers or young adults, I still enjoyed reading it. This story deals with love and soulmates, while tackling deeper issues such as race and immigration. I won’t go too much into the storyline, as I don’t want to give it away. But it’s a good book, if you’re looking for something light hearted to read.

October

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Dave Eggers, The Circle
This book was another impulse buy, after I saw the trailer for the movie. Look, this book took me a while to get into. The build up is tedious and it only starts getting interesting after like 150 pages. Then it’s really good for a while, like I couldn’t put it down. And then it ends, abruptly. It left be extremely disappointed 490+ pages later. It’s not worth the read. It does however make you question the impact social media has on your life but beyond that, it did nothing for me and I also found the main character, Mae, exhausting and unlikeable.