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!

Adulting Diaries: Handling Friendships

Hey 20 Somethings,

So, let’s be real…Friendships in your twenties are hard! Its a crazy time in our lives where suddenly, we are responsible for ourselves and our own wellbeing, we’re trying to excel and move forward in our careers, we’re adjusting to this whole adulting thing, we’re trying to handle our finances and trying not to go bankrupt before our lives even start…the list goes on and on. So you might find that during this period of time, you might struggle to hold onto the friends you have left.

My little brother always makes fun of me because I have so little friends. I always have to remind him that when I was in High school, I had LOADS of friends, but life after high school is a different story; people start studying, people move away or you guys grow apart- life happens. 

Besides all the craziness of adulthood, you might still be dating as well, that’s another thing you need to balance with your friendships. It almost feels impossible!

I’m extremely busy, at the moment, Im working two jobs and training for a third job and will possibly be taking on a fourth job in the second half of the year. I live with my boyfriend and a roommate, and still try to have a reasonably healthy social life by going out and doing things people my age should be doing. It’s also hard, because as a performer, my hours are often opposite to the people in my life. 

Luckily, my friends understand my lifestyle. I’m the friend who isn’t going to message you everyday and check up on you. If you text me, I’ll reply immediately but the conversation will be short because I’m messaging you in between running from one thing to the next BUT, they all know, if they need me – I’ll be there. I’ll clear my schedule and make time for them, no matter what.

I try to keep my friendships going strong because my friends are my sisters and the family members I never had. ( I come from quite a small family and I don’t know half of my cousins. And I never had a sister.) So these are the few friendship rules I’ve come up with for myself:

  1. Check on your Friends: I try to check in with my friends at least once a week. Whether it’s in a group chat and I can check on them all at once, or if I see a worrying tweet from them and I message them privately. Even if it’s just a quick “Hi, Hope you’re good! Miss you!” It shows your friends that you are thinking of them, even when you’re extremely busy and you’re able to make some time for them. 
  2. Try to Make Plans at Least Once or Twice a Month: I make a conscious effort to make plans with my friends, I often do it as a group- like a braai or going out to dinner together. That way I get to see all my favourite people at the same time and get to spend a little bit of time with each of them individually. (Because let’s face it, life gets real busy for all of us.)  Or find ways that you and certain friends can bond over something you both like: You both enjoy working out? Go on a gym date! Both love a specific TV show? Schedule a weekly date to watch the latest episode together. – These are things you’re going to do anyways, why not include your friends when you do them?
  3. Don’t Let Your Relationship Ruin Your Friendships: This one I struggle with a lot. When I date someone, it’s often hard for me to remember to manage my time equally between work, my love and my friends. But you must!! My trick has been, making sure my boyfriend has met all of my friends and that he likes them and forms relationships with them! This way, I can have friends over while he’s there too, I can invite a girl friend over for coffee and bae is in there spilling the tea with us! It’s awesome. But always remember to check with your friends first, sometimes they just need some alone time with their friends and don’t wanna hang out with your man ALL THE TIME.
  4. Write Letters!: When I was in high school, My friends and I would write each other letters EVERY DAY! We all knew what was going on in each other’s lives because we were constantly communicating. I’m giving myself the challenge to write one letter for each of my friends this year. It serves as a recon, you can tell them about things they’ve missed out on in your life, you can open up about what’s bothering you, tell them about your goals and hopes for the future. Give them a quick update on your life, because how often do you get to tell everyone in your life everything you need to tell them? It will be good for you and for them and I honestly think it will make your friendships stronger, especially if they write back.

So those are my four goals regarding my friendships this year. 

Don’t beat yourself up if you struggle to keep your friendships alive… This adulting thing is hard. But the great news is, you’re not alone. Reach out when you feel you need help and check on the people in your life who have been too quiet lately. Everyone is going through something right now- but we don’t have to do it alone.

If you made it this far down this post, close this tab and go tell a friend you love them and miss them!

Until next time!

Nadine 

Blistex Conditioning Lip Serum Review

A few weeks ago, I was gifted the new Blistex Lip Serum and I really enjoyed using the product, so I thought I’d write a review about it!

Here is some information on the product:

  • Blistex is America’s leading lip care range.
  • The Conditioning Lip Serum works to restore your lips and will help maintain super-hydrated and conditioned lips.
  • It comes with a unique, dose control pump dispenser that releases just the right amount of the concentrated serum for the optimal effectiveness. 
  • The formula consists of olive and avocado oils, Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids which ensures immediate conditioning and unparalleled lip care!
  • It retails for around R120 at all leading pharmacies and stores in South Africa.

My opinion:

It feels so great when you apply it for the first time, it’s actually hard to stick to the recommended dose which comes out of the pump dispenser. (You’ll want to smother your lips in it.)

Once applied, my lips appeared and felt immediately more hydrated and cared for. The serum lasts quite long on your lips and you won’t feel the need to reapply it every few hours. I use it about twice a day – mornings and evenings. 

I love the packaging, it’s sleek and the pump dispenser really helps when it comes to application. 

I did feel that it left a layer of product on my lips, that peeled off after a few hours, an annoying element of the product, but I think it’s because I was applying too much at first, once I stuck to applying one pump per application- the problem was solved.

I’ve been a loyal user of the Blistex DCT lip range, so I was very excited to receive the latest in the innovative Blistex range. I’m pleased with the results this product has delivered.

R120 may seem a bit pricy for a lip product, but if you want results, this is the product for you!

Until Next time!

Nadine


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Curl Diary: L’Oreal Elvive Exrodinary Oil Review

Whats Up 20 Somethings!

So, these are two items I got from the Clicks Curls event and I was very excited to try them out because I’ve heard so many amazing things about this range.

So let me start by telling you a bit about these products before I get started, okuuuuur?

The L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo:

  • It contains no foam or sulphate surfactants.
  • It’s enriched with 6 flower extracts for dry, fragile hair.
  • It offers gentle cleansing with the non-foaming formula which delicately removes impurities. 
  • The Low Shampoo offers Easy detangling and anti-breakage thanks to the balm texture.
  • The formula is gentle and provides nourishment to the hair fibre, which leaves your hair feeling soft to the touch.

The L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curl Nourishment Masque:

  • The ultra-rich formula is infused with Amla Oil and 6 precious flower oils.
  • The masque envelops each fibre providing extreme nourishment without weighing the hair down.
  • It has a buttery texture and a great fragrance which restores softness and increases elasticity and provides shine to your curls.

My Opinion:

So, usually, I don’t like using commercial brands like L’Oreal – Whenever a big brand like this comes out with a “Natural Hair Product” it’s usually useless. But a lot of brands have stepped up their game and realised that women of South Africa don’t have hair like the rest of the world and we need shampoos and products that cater to our natural hair needs. But for a long time, I didn’t wanna try this product, even when my mom was on my case about this new L’Oreal for curly hair- I was just like, they’re not a traditional Natural hair care brand so I don’t trust it.

But then, I started hearing great things from the curly haired ladies in my life and I decided, I had to try it. Which is why it worked out great that I received it at the Clicks Curls Event.

So I Have been using these products for the past week and a half, I’ve used the Low Shampoo every second day and used the Nourishment Masque on every second wash. 

And I love it.

Like, I don’t know what they did with this range but my hair feels like silk after I’ve used it. It’s made my hair extremely easy to comb through while the product is in- I’m a huge fan of the Low Shampoo, it’s so conditioning that you don’t really feel the need use a conditioner after you’ve cleansed your hair.

When my curls dry, they are extremely soft and bouncy as hell, and girl – TALK ABOUT SHINE!!

I can’t tell you which product works better as I have been using them in conjunction. I do use a leave-in conditioner after the Low Shampoo just to eliminate frizz and keep my hair in check for longer but honestly, you could go without a leave-in conditioner and still have extremely soft and luxurious curls. All I can say that this range is amazing and I’m sure the other products in it will yield amazing results like these did.

And I’m not even been paid to say that. I reviewed these products out of my own because, You deserve the best guys.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Range!

Toodles! 

Nadine x

Adulting Diaries: Life Update

Hey guys!

First of all, Happy easter! I hope you’re all having an amazing long weekend and enjoying a much needed break. I sure I am! I’ve forced myself to relax this weekend and stay in when I can…so that’s exactly what I am doing.

Now I know I’ve been terrible on the blogging front of things! I’ve been very pre-occupied the past few weeks. First of all, I’ve been hard at work at launching my Youtube channel for the blog! Which I would be extremely grateful to anyone who checks it out and shows some love! Also, don’t forget to subscribe. 

The channel focusses on make up for beginners as well has natural hair tutorials and product reviews. I’ve really enjoyed the process of filming videos, editing and uploading them to Youtube and though the view count isn’t high right now, it’s something I’d like to stick with. Videos are uploaded weekly, so check it out now!

I also signed the blog up on Twitter!

Product wise, I’ve been sent a really cool new range, which I am not allowed to tell you about yet, as the range has not been released in stores yet. But what I can tell you is that it’s working wonders for my skin and as soon as I have the go ahead, I’ll tell you all about it.

My life has been extremely busy this past month. My boyfriend started his new job and flew off to Australia for the month. He’s back this Friday for a few days before he leaves again for a little longer, so obviously this has been a crazy adjustment for me. If you know me and my boyfriend, you’ll know we do everything together, so him leaving kind of made me feel a little lost and lonely as hell. I’ve never been one of those girls who saw themselves dropping everything for a guy, but the moment he got on that plane I was ready to drop everything and follow him. But of course I can’t do that, and I can’t let myself do that. Girl, I’ve got goals, even when I’m lonely. 

So I spent a few days being sad and crying and made sure I was surrounded by friends and family and eventually I learned to work with my new normal. And thankfully, there have been plenty of things to keep me busy. I’ve been blessed to be sent work in this crazy performing industry I am in; after Langarm at the Fugard, I moved on to play Pinocchio at the Nassau Theatre and then I was offered a job at the Rockwell Theatre to work in a show called Kaapse Stories. So apart from working there, I also attend castings all day, teach drama and I’m starting training to become a Barre instructor!

Wow. That’s a lot. The biggest challenge through all this has been remembering to look after myself. I’m forcing myself to go to the gym, even when I’m feeling terrible, I stay social and make sure I have time for my friends and I try to eat regularly. That’s been going well, I do forget to eat sometimes but most days I’m on top of it.

If anything, this experience has taught me how much I enjoy time alone, like not all the time- but I do enjoy it. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to just be alone with my own thoughts and have the freedom to focus on me for a bit. 

Anyway, I’m very excited to have my boyfriend back this Friday, even if it’s just for a few days, and I promise to not drop everything and follow him around the world. (Although that sounds amazing) And I will definitely be getting back to some good blogging and content for you guys!

Thanks for the love so far.

Check out my Youtube channel!

Nadine