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

Dove EvenTone Deodorant Review

For the past two weeks I’ve been testing out the new Dove Eventone Deodorant. The lovely ladies at Rubybox sent it my way and gave me some information on this new little product:

What makes it different?

Due to hair removal methods like shaving and waxing, you might find that your underarm skin may be feeling the effects of the harsh treatment- resulting in dark marks on the skin. Dove has created new Eventone Deodorant to combat dark underarms by creating a formula with 1/4 moisturizing cream and calendula extract to help improve the appearance of the underarms.

It also promises 48 hour protection!

My opinion??

It feels great to use and I have definitely felt an improvement in the skin under my arms, it feels much softer even after I’ve shaved and I’ve noticed an improvement in its appearance.

Here are my before and after pictures:

As for it promising 48 hour protection, I’m yet to find a Deodorant which promises this and actually means it. I’m an active girl and on days when I’m working out, I’ve experienced that I’ll need to apply this Deodorant more than once to stay fresh. On normal days,however it lasts at least 24 hours, but the smell does start to fade and the protection seems to wear of throughout the day, not leaving me as fresh as I would like.

The verdict?

All in all, it’s an awesome product if you’re looking to take care of your skin under your arms then this new formula is for you. As a Deodorant, it gets the job done to a certain extent but you may need to reapply during the day!

Here’s what my friend, Nicole had to say about it:

“I enjoyed the moisturising effect that Dove eventone has and the fact that it was sensitive enough for my skin. However I feel that it didn’t have enough odor control for me and didn’t it didn’t provide me with 48 hours of antiperspirant.”

Will you be trying this product out??

Until next time!

Nadine

Nivea Men’s Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Every now and then, Rubybox sends me some products on behalf of their brother website, Manbox, for….wait for it, My Man!

This time they sent me the new Nivea Men’s Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for my boyfriend and the other men in my life who have been testing it out until now. Which promises #FlakeFree hair for your man, which I was excited about because my boyfriend, Warren, suffers from dry scalp and dandruff.

About Nivea Men Anti-Dandruff:

It’s formula frees up to 100% visible dandruff flakes and prevents reappearance with regular use. It works to bring men’s scalps back to a natural balance and contains bamboo extracts to strengthen his hair from the roots.

Here’s a picture of his hair right before he started using this shampoo:

After using it for two weeks, Warren’s hair feels incredibly soft and it looks much healthier and the best part is that he no longer has any dandruff, he really is flake free! It’s super refreshing to come across an anti-dandruff product that actually works. And it smells great, it’s a fresh smell that’s not too overpowering.

Here’s an after picture of Warren’s hair:

If your man suffers from dandruff, this might be the product he needs.

Until next time!

Nadine 🙃

My Fitness Journey: Defined Physique Fitness

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 definedphysiquefitness@gmail.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,

Nadine

DYME Beauty App

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!

Nadine

Oh So Heavenly Beautiful Curls

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.

My experience:

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,

Nadine