So in November 2018 I was approached by Kyle who runs Defined Physique Fitness to start training with him, to achieve my fitness goals.
Naturally, I jumped to the opportunity and started training immediately.
I’ve had a few experiences with personal trainers before, but never with one who is as dedicated to my personal goals as Kyle.
In our first session, he tested my fitness levels and asked me to identify the areas of my body I’d like to work on.
I’ll share them with you, because I like you:
- my arms are one of the most obvious areas on my body that show weight gain. I also have the upper body strength of a new born baby. I used to have great arms, so I’d just like to get them back to looking toned and strong.
- I’d also like to work at losing some belly fat and getting myself back to flat tummy vibes
- While I’m glad I’ve finally got a bit of a booty, I’d like to tone it and firm it a bit more.
- My legs are very strong but they could use some toning -I’d also like to try and eliminate cellulite through exercise.
Here’s what I used to look like:
So the goal is to try and find a happy medium between what I look like now and what I looked like then- because I like things about both my bodies. I’ve felt very insecure lately about my body because I’ve picked up a bit of weight, but through this fitness journey and working out, I’m slowly regaining my confidence and starting to love my body and all the amazing things it can do.
It’s easy to be body-positive when you can fit into anything in the store, I’m trying to love my body in every shape and form it may take.
Working with Kyle has helped me push past my limits, he’s always in the gym with me saying, “just one more rep, Nadine” – and that’s the type of push someone like me needs. Our workouts are focused on what I want to achieve but Kyle also knows that I have to perform 6-7 shows a week which requires me to dance, so he gives me workouts that don’t leave me too fatigued afterwards.
Here’s a few examples of workouts we’ve done this far:
I’ve already started to look a bit more toned and people have pointed out the difference in my body- but nothing can compare to the confidence I’ve gained over the past few months. And for that I’ll always be thankful.
If you’re looking for a trainer who is dedicated to your goals and helping you achieve them, give Kyle a call on +27 74 247 1352 or email him at email@example.com
Training takes place in Pinelands in a private gym, so you don’t have any muscle guys laughing at you while you’re struggling to do a push up (trust me, the struggle is real!)
I’ll be posting some update pics in a few weeks, so watch this space!
Until next time,
A few months ago, I came across this awesome app called DYME which allows you to book beauty appointments in the comfort of your own home or office.
It seemed like a great idea to me so I downloaded the app but never got around to booking an appointment.
This week though I teamed up with the team over at DYME to find out more about the app, it’s services and what an appointment entails.
I booked a full manicure with gelish in my lounge, which was pretty awesome. I didn’t have to worry about what I was wearing to go out, or if I was running late or think about where I’m going to park when I get there- nope! I literally just chilled at home till my nail technician arrived.
My nail technician arrived early with the biggest smile on her face ready to pamper me! Her name was Michelle and she was able to give me a lot of information about DYME.
The app has been around for just over a year now and is based on Cape Town, Joburg and Durban. Though it’s still fairly new, it’s become extremely popular in these cities. Services available include hair, make up, nail tech, maintenance, barber, manicure, pedicure, massage, lash extensions, hair removal, facials and couples therapy. Basically everything you need to keep yourself looking and feeling good!
My treatment went well, Michelle kept the conversation flowing and paid attention to detail – which is a must for me when getting my nails done. It takes her under 5 mins to set up and pack up. She made sure that I was happy at all times. I was extremely happy with my nails by the end of the appointment.
My first experience with DYME was amazing, and I will definitely be booking with them again soon.
If you’re interested in booking an appointment with DYME, download the app on your phone, choose your treatment and artist, then book the time and place! Wham bam you’re booked!
Don’t forget to use my promo code: DYME150 in order to get R150 off your appointment.
Who’s booking an appointment?!
Until next time!
So a few months into 2018, Oh So Heavenly contacted me regarding helping them develop a new product for natural hair. They sent me several samples and I tested them out and gave them feedback on what I liked and what I didn’t like. In return they sent me free samples of the finished product.
As many of you know, I wear my hair natural most of the time. So I’m always on the hunt for good natural hair care products. This new range from Oh So Heavenly definitely does not disappoint. I’m especially obsessed with the leave in balm.
About The Product:
The range contains Shea Butter and Amla Extact which helps nourish dry curly hair. It also contains Coconut Oil.
The shampoo removes build up and hydrates your curls, leaving it soft and defined with a healthy shine.
The conditioner Hydrates and enhances shine for soft, quenched and defined curls.
The Leave-in Balm helps protect the hair against frizz and contains Amla and Flower extracts.
The consistency of the product is quite thick and not as watery as other shampoos, it kind of feels like I’m applying moisturiser to my hair. I’m really happy that this range includes a leave-in balm, as I am always using my conditioner as a leave-in conditioner and hoping for the best results.
I’ve found that my hair is a lot softer and more manageable since I’ve started using this product. The leave-in balm has really helped reduce frizz and keep my curls looking defined as hell.
All in all, I think it’s a great range and it’s extremely affordable. You can get your hands on it at any Clicks nationwide.
Until next time,
So it’s 2019, wow, where has the time gone? Damn, it was just 2018 the other day. Anyways, as one does when a new year starts, I’ve decided to set some goals for myself.
I had a pretty good 2018, my only goal was to be happy. And I was, damn. I started dating the most amazing guy, I booked a dream job and I moved into my own place; things just went really well for me.
But lets get down to this goal business:
Goal number 1: To be better at this blogging thing.
Damn, I’m probably the most inconsistent blogger known to man. I don’t know what it is, I just get distracted by other things instead of focussing my energy on building this site and it’s social media presence. But, the good news is I am going to change, I’m going to be better, for you, dear reader.
How am I going to do this you ask? Well, lets start with one blog post a week on the website, and at least three posts on our instagram page (@20somethingsblog) I’m going to start sharing content that my followers can relate to and learn from. Whether it be lifestyle, make up or fitness related.
Goal 2: Get this little body of mine back in shape.
I used to have a banging body, back when I was studying dance full time- I could eat anything I wanted and not have to worry about my weight. But now, things have changed. It’s hard to drag myself to the gym everyday. It’s hard to make sure I’m eating properly and healthily. And damn, it’s just so hard to stay in shape.
But the good thing is, I’ve accepted my new, fuller body, I call it my “Adult Body” – I mean, with my woman bits as voluptuous as they are, that seems like a good name. I’m a curvy woman, and I like being a curvy woman, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have to look after my body. So I’m making a pact to myself, to love my body unconditionally in whatever shape it’s in and to take care of it- this means being mindful of what I put into it and how I treat it.
How am I going to achieve this? Well I’ve started training with an awesome guy named Kyle Price ( @defined_physique_fitness ) who is helping me reach my body goals by working out with me twice a week. I’ll keep you updated on our instagram page!
Goal 3: Look Good, Feel Good.
I’m the type of girl who throws on whatever is lying next to her bed and leaves the house like that, unless it’s an event, I hardly pay any mind to what I am wearing. But that stops today, I wanna start looking photo ready at all times. And I also wanna try and expand my range of fashion, by adding in new things, like head scarves and wearing local brands.
Goal 4: Give Baaaaack.
I’ve been wanting to give back to the community for a long time, last year I started working with the Kay Mason Foundation teaching the kids how to sing and dance. I’d like to expand on this a bit this year, try visiting children’s homes and teaching performing arts to the kids there. If you know of any homes that may be interested, please contact me via our contact page!
Goal 5: Be Kinder to the Environment
I wanna use less plastic in my everyday life, this almost seems impossible to do but I’ve found that there are small lifestyle changes I can make that will help make a difference.
I’ve bought a silistraw, which I use instead of the traditional plastic straws and I’m trying to recycle plastic and buy less items that use plastic containers and bottles. If you have any tips for how I can improve my plastic usage, please leave a comment or contact me!
So those are my goals for the year! I think they’re pretty attainable. What are your goals for 2019?
Let me know in the comments!
Hey 20 Somethings,
So I got sent the most amazing press drop last week from Schwarzkopf filled with all the new products they shared with us as their event a few weeks ago.
Just check out how amazing it looks:
Here are some pictures from the event and launch of these amazing products, which was held at the One and Only Hotel.
I’ve always thought of the brand Schwarzkopf as the brand my mommy uses, and with them being in business for 120 years, that’s probably true. But with their newer products they’re specifically trying to target the 20 Something audience, bringing products to the market that are game changers, no matter what your age is.
For the past week I’ve been testing out their Gliss Intense Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner on my hair. The product is aimed at reconstructing the inner hair bonds and protecting the hair, it works especially well for over processed hair due to coloring and styling. The Gliss intense Therapy works at repairing the bonds inside the hair and reconstructing it from deep within. It promises visibly revitalized locks and more resilience against future damage.
My first impression of the product was packaging and scent. The purple bottles make them instantly recognizable on the shelves of any store, and they’re super cute. When I sniffed the scent from the bottle I enjoyed the smell, however when I started using the product on my hair I found the smell to be extremely overpowering and fragranced. It smelt like I was applying a bottle of perfume to my hair. (I prefer natural scents in my hair care products, my sinuses can’t deal with overpowering smells.) The scent of the product during application smelt like a perfume my mom would use – not a fan. However once my hair dried the scent is not as strong and overpowering and it actually settles quite nicely, every time I get a whiff of my hair I’m like, “damn I smell good.”
I really liked what this product has done for my hair, my curls feel incredibly soft and I’ve experienced less breakage since I’ve started using this product. Check out the before and after pics:
My only concern is that is doesn’t do much to minimize frizz, and as a curly haired babe, that’s a must in a shampoo for me. This product is great if you’re someone who styles their hair a lot using heat, if you’re a natural hair goddess, this probably isn’t for you.
Check out my mini review of the Root Retoucher by Schwarzkopf here:
Until next time my beauties!
What’s up baby girl!
So I’ve been testing out the brand new Intimate Care range from Betadine for the past week.
I’ve always been a user of Intimate mate washes, the benefits for your lady bits are much better than using soap down there. You should NEVER be using soap on your intimate areas babes.
Why Not Soap?
Soap and shower gels can disturb the natural p.H. Levels of your lady bits because they are not designed for it. Your p.H. levels determines the acidity of your intimate area and is directly related to your health. Imbalanced p.H. levels can lead to unpleasant odour, irritation and itchiness.
Betadine Intimate Care
Betadiene has created an intimate foam, as well as a wash which have been designed to support the natural p.H. levels of the intimate areas. It’s natural ingredients and TRI-CARE+ formula is combined with prebiotics to offer optimal daily protection from unwanted symptoms such as odour, itch and irritation associated with p.H. imbalance.
- Natural Ingredients
- Gynaecologically Tested
- No Parabens or Colourants
I enjoyed using this product. Its got a very nice scent and is gentle on my intimate areas- leaving me feeling super fresh after a shower. The foam and the wash are both amazing products, but I think I prefer the wash as you only need a small amount and it foams up as soon as it’s applied.
BETADINE™ Daily Intimate Foam – 100 ml – R49.95 and 200 ml – R64.95
BETADINE™ Daily Intimate Wash – 50ml – R39.95 and 150ml – R49.95
These prices make this a great and affordable addition to your daily routine, throw away the soaps and add Betadine Intimate Care to your routine.
Until Next Time!
What’s up 20 Somethings!
Now if you’ve been following my blog from its developing stages, one of the first beauty products and brands I was sent to Review was the Environ Original Range. Since then I’ve been in love with their products and do whatever I can to get my hands on them.
So it was only natural that I did a little dance when Beauty Bulletin called me to let me know I’d be a part of their new Environ Campaign!
The range they sent me consisted of two products: The Revival Masque and the Hydrating Oil Capsules. It was love at first use for me. Immediately after my first application I felt an improvement in my skin- but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you about the products first.
The Revival Masque:
This innovative Masque contains alpha Hydroxy acids which help exfoliate the upper most layer of the skin leaving you with fresher looking skin that looks and feels revived and smooth. Over time this product will help the skin feel more hydrated and firmer. This product is aimed at keeping your skin looking youthful- let’s face it, you’re never too young to use anti-aging products. Prevention is better than cure.
The packaging is super sleek and innovative, with a pump dispenser your product is as good as new no matter how many times you use it. It’s a “no mess no fuss” application, just grab the brush that accompanies the product, pump the dispenser and apply the Masque! I’m obsessed.
The Hydrating Oil Capsules:
These capsules contain a blend of retinol and antioxidants to protect the skin from the damaging affect of free radicals leaving the skin looking radiant and silky smooth.
The container contains capsules, which you can use twice a week. Guys, I wish I could upload the feeling the content of these capsules give your skin. It’s mind blowing.
Okay! Review Time!
The ingredients in the Masque are extremely strong and active, so on my first application I experienced a tingling sensation. The pamphlet within the box suggested starting out with only 10 mins before washing off, gradually as your skin gets more used to the product it can be worn for up to 20 mins or even as an over-night Masque.
Even after my first application my skin looked revived and radiant. The Masque applies easily and you don’t need much to spread over your entire face and neck. I actually had to tell myself to stop because it felt so good to apply, I just kept going. I’ve only been using the product twice a week for 4 weeks, and I’m sure with continued use this product will do wonders for my skin and aging prevention.
The Hydrating Oil Capsules are a gift from the heavens. Each application is in its own little capsule to ensure that the oil is in optimum condition for application. Just twist off the tip or cut it off and apply it generously all over your face then rub it in and feel the magic. Now I must warn you, once you’ve applied this product you will not be able to stop touching your face! It’s amazing. The oil is absorbed into the skin leaving it feeling extremely silky soft instead of oily. This feeling lasts all day and the next. These oil capsules are a game changer, I’ll definitely be repurchasing them in the future.
The revival Masque retails for R1020 and the Hydrating Oil Capsules(30 pack) retail at R730 – so it’s a bit on the pricey side of life. I know I can’t afford to be buying these products every single month. But they are worth it guys. And they last quite a while as they do not need to be applied every single day for you to get results. Add them to your Christmas list, ask your rich single auntie to hook you up or start an Environ savings fund- just do what you need to do to experience this product.
Like, with prices this high, I can’t afford to lie to you about this, so trust me. These products worked wonders for my skin and I’m sure they’ll do the same for you.
Check out my first impressions videos here.
Find an Environ stockist near you: https://www.environskincare.com/za/stockist-locator/
Until next time babes!
Whats Up 20 Somethings!
I hope you’re all doing well and have dealt with the fact that it’s November already!! I mean, where did this year go even?!
I’ve been pretty busy my side, I just started a new job so that’s been distracting me from blogging duties, but never fear, I have been testing out a few products in my spare time to review for you guys.
One of the products I’ve been testing is the Derma Hydrate Gentle Cleansing Bar. Derma Hydrate is a completely new brand on the block and is revolutionising the way we think of soaps. What makes it so special you ask?
Well for starters, it offers effective cleansing without the harshness of soap, as it is 100% soap free!
- Formulated for Dry, dehydrated and compromised skin types.
- Dermatologist Tested
- Contains no artificial colourants
- Cruelty Free!
- Has the ideal pH level of 5.5
- Colour Free
- Vitamin E enriched
It sounds like a dream for someone with dry or sensitive skin. Because it is soap free it can be used everywhere, body, face, you name it. I have very dry skin, especially this time of year and I was very interested to try out this product and see what it would do for me.
I used the Derma Hydrate Cleansing Bar on my body for a week an noticed an immediate difference in my skin. It didn’t have the tightness I usually experience with soaps and my skin felt a lot more nourished and hydrated. After one week the texture and look of my skin was amazing. Places where I had cracked, dry skin were looking and feeling great. I wish I had taken before and after pictures to show you the amazing change this cleansing bar has made on my skin.
The only thing I didn’t enjoy about this soap was that it’s fragrance free. It smells like nothing- which is an annoying smell I’ve found. I wish they had added some natural fragrant ingredients just to make the bar a bit more pleasant.
But apart from the fragrance, or lack thereof, it’s a great product and if you suffer from dry or sensitive skin, this may be the cleansing product you’ve been waiting for.
Remember to follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with all our current trials and reviews.
Until Next Time!
I’ve got a very loyal relationship with tissue oil; I believe that it is a vital part of a 20 Something’s beauty Regime. Like, prevention is better than cure, babes.
Most people use tissue oil for stretch marks; preventing them or getting rid of them. That’s Justine Tissue Oil’s claim to fame: that it can get rid of stretch marks in a matter of weeks. In fact, this miracle tissue oil promises to:
• Banish scars and stretch marks twice as fast as other tissue oils
• Protect the skin against sun damage
• Help the skin look younger in under a week
• Improve skin texture
• Reduce lines and wrinkles
I’m lucky enough to not have any stretch marks yet, besides a few small ones here and there. But I do have a rare skin problem, which causes uneven skin in the affected areas. I also have extremely dry skin, so I was hoping that this tissue oil could help me eradicate these two concerns.
I found that after 3 or 4 weeks of using this product, my skin is sufficiently softer and smoother. My driest skin areas look a lot better and feel amazing now. So yay!
Unfortunately, This tissue oil did not do much for my pigmentation issue caused by my skin problem, which is to be expected- I’ve seen dermatologists in every corner of the city and no one has been able to tell me what causes this issue or how to cure it. So I was really hoping for a miracle with this tissue oil.
Although I didn’t get my own desired results, I have seen this product work for a lot of other people, so I wouldn’t write it off based off my assessment. It might be the miracle product you’ve been waiting for.
I’ve been using Justine products for the past two months now and the brand has really impressed me. Even though it didn’t change the appearance of my uneven skin tone, my skin feels amazing. And it has really helped to get rid of small scars I have on various parts of my body. The Justine brand is beyond amazing,
Have you tried any of their products? Let me know in the comments section.
Special shout out to Rubybox for the hookup and Dexter Williams for proofreading like a boss.