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!
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.
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!
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!
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!