Derma Hydrate Gentle Cleansing Bar Review

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.

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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!

It’s also:

  • 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

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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.

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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!

Nadine 

Franschhoek Uncorked Festival

What’s Up 20 Somethings!

So I am a big wine drinker, and I happen to be dating someone who loves wine even more than I do. Which is great because he’s always showing me new wines and teaching me new things. Last week we attended the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, where most of the wine farms in Franschhoek were hosting wine tastings. Each Farm had food stalls and a live band to accompany the wine tastings taking place. It really was a vibe.

The festival took place over two days, unfortunately I was only available to attend the second day, so I could only visit 3 of the farms participating in the festival.

First Stop was Boschendal, Boschendal makes one of my favourite chardonnays, so of course I had to get myself a bottle. They also launched their 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, which was available for tasting. It was an extremely easy drinking wine, which didn’t have as much of an apple taste, as their Sauvignon Blancs have had in the past. I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, they only allowed one free tasting and the others you had to pay for. Which was bleak. But if you do go to Boschendal, try their Chardonnay, The Black Angus and De Werf Blend.

(Side Note: Last night I drank a bottle of their Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend and I absolutely loved it. It’s a great blend that brings out the best in both these grapes to give you a pleasant drinking experience. A safe choice to go for if you want to try something different but good.)

Secondly, we were off to Plaisir De Merle, which is a beautiful farm. And they offered wine tastings on Three wines, which was also unlimited. So obviously I had a few glasses. The wine that really stood out for me at this farm was their Chardonnay, It was definitely one of the nicest chardonnays I have ever had. It pairs really well with garlic based foods, so I ordered a pizza from one of the stalls and it was a match made in heaven.

Third but not least, we visited a smaller farm called Lynx Wines. We tried a few of the wines they had available for testing, but the one that really stood out for me was their Viognier Wine, which is a cultivar I’ve never tried before. This wine was a pleasant surprise to taste, fruity and refreshing is the best way I can describe it. I bought a bottle which I will be opening on a summer day by the pool. If you can get your hands on one, you must try it.

The Franschhoek Uncorked Festival was definitely a vibe and I will be returning next year, I do wish they had sold day passes in addition to the weekend passes, as we only attended one  day and had to pay the full R150 weekend pass rate. But If you’re looking for good wines, paired with amazing food and musical entertainment, this festival is for you.

Until Next Time!

Nadine

Adulting: Moving Out

What’s Up 20 Somethings!

So I know I have been terrible at posting the past few weeks, I hope you haven’t been too deprived. Remember you can also follow the blog on Instagram, where I am always posting stories about events I attend and some make up and beauty hacks – @20somethingsblog.

The reason for my absence is that I moved out of my parents home and found my own apartment. #ADULTING. It’s been a stressful time for me but also it’s been beyond amazing. I’m learning a little bit more about myself everyday.

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I started looking for an apartment at the beginning of the year, but my price range being that is was, I struggled to find a place that was comfy and homey. And can I just say how expensive it is to live in Cape Town?! It’s like they don’t want the youth to move out of their parents homes EVER! It’s ridiculous. But then at the end of June, I came across this amazing little Duplex in Claremont. And I knew the moment I walked through the front door that this was my new home. Its’s spacious, with an upstairs and a downstairs, three bedrooms! (Of course I picked the biggest one!) 

So naturally I applied for the place. And many emails later, convincing the agent that I swear I could afford the rent, my lease was approved. Then came the beginning of the pain, I had to pay a two month deposit on the place, which was a big bulk of my traveling savings, but I figured, listen if you’re gonna adult, you gotta do it right. So I parted with the money, like a big girl. Then I thought, here comes the easy part: Finding two people to move in with.

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So finding one roommate was easy enough, I work with a lovely guy named Joseph who I knew was also looking for a place, so I showed him some pictures and he agreed without even seeing the apartment. (He literally only saw it the day before we moved in.) Then I ventured into the Facebook groups, posting a witty little paragraph and some pictures of the place.

First of all, can I just say how DUMB people are. I  put ALL the information on the post; Area, how many bedrooms, if there were built in closets, parking information, rent, deposit, water and electricity and wifi. And you know what? I STILL GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT THOSE EXACT THINGS WHEN THE ANSWERS WERE RIGHT THERE!! 

I’m convinced social media has made us lazy, like just read the post man.

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So posting on Facebook obviously attracted a whole lot of strange characters. One guy offered to pay the deposit and the rent immediately if he could move in the next day when it clearly said on the post that the apartment was only available in August. He also refused to give me his current landlord’s details so I could follow up on him- which seemed really fishy. 

Eventually I found a lovely young afrikaans girl who was keen to move in and I thought everything was sorted. So I packed my bags and went to Norway and Sweden for two weeks, thinking when I arrived everything would be fine and we could move in without any issues. But then in the middle of my vacation, this girl messages me to say she found another place and is moving in that week.

And all I could think was, “This Bitch.”

So it was back to the Facebook groups hunting for a roommate. Now if anyone you know is looking for a roommate, please don’t enquire unless you’re definitely interested. I had people asking me about the place just because they were being curious. Like. This is stressful, can we not.

Eventually though, I found a lovely guy studying and teaching at UCT named Zenzo, who could pay the deposit and the rent each month and was just an all together nice guy. So yay.

What I haven’t mentioned was how many anxiety attacks I went through before moving out. The moment I mentioned that I was ready to move out to my friends and family, the jokes started streaming in; about how I’m untidy, about how I can’t cook and will starve to death, etc. Stupid stuff. And okay, it was funny the first few times, but then eventually they started making me feel like maybe I couldn’t do this. Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe I would be useless at adulting.

It sucked. I literally started crying at Fathers Day Lunch and then had a hectic cry sesh later that night when I got home with my parents.

Shame, I know they didn’t mean any harm. But it was still horrible, so a note for you, reading this, if you have a friend embarking on a life changing moment, just encourage them. I promise you. They’re stressed enough as it is, they don’t need you reminding them that they cannot do it. 

My boyfriend handled all my breakdowns like a damn pro! Every time I obsessed about how I’d do it, he just told me everything would be okay and encouraged me till I was laughing again. He really is the best. 

I couldn’t afford a moving company, the cheapest one quoted me R2000 – for a few boxes and my bed. I was just like, thanks but no thanks.

Super boyfriend got a friend to bring his bakkie and the two of them legit carried all my furniture. 

It was really great. Moving day went super smoothly, and we all got super drunk after everything was in the house.

Listen, if you ever move out, don’t expect people to come over and help you out. In adulting, it’s every man for themselves. My Mom was a huge help, she literally came over and packed my whole closet and spent the first week looking for curtains for my room.

Once I was settled in, the apartment really felt like a home, It’s so nice to have a space that is all mine! And I keep learning things about myself, like the fact that I hate dirt and stains, every time there’s a coffee stain on my counter, I wipe that shit. I also hate dishes, and trust me, they pile up. I’ve literally made time in my day dedicated to doing the damn dishes. Who am I even?

So far I’ve managed to keep my room semi-tidy. And I legit, LOVE my new room. It’s amazing. It’s perfect. 

I haven’t gotten my head around cooking yet. I’ve made some oven bake things etc. But the fact that I work nights keeps me from exploring my cooking prowess. But I’ll get there.

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Also, no one warns you how addictive and exciting furniture shopping is. My boyfriend literally has to drag me out of furniture stores because I’m always looking at things  I do not need.

Okay, this post has been waaaaay to long. I may be doing a few more adulting posts, tell me what you want me to write about in the comments! Also I’d love to hear your moving out stories!

Until Next Time,

Nadine

Shellac Manicure at Hello Gorgeous Review

So this week I tried something different and had my nails done at Hello Gorgeous, and instead of getting my usual gelish mani I opted for a Shellac manicure– which seems to be the specialty at Hello Gorgeous.

What is Shellac?

According to my nail therapist at Hello Gorgeous, it’s a form of gel that’s a lot better for the nails as it’s thinner than gelish. It promises a 14 day wear. It’s cured under a UV lamp as is gelish. And it’s removal is healthier and gentler on your nails, as it doesn’t need to be scraped off.

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My opinion?

My nails look awesome. And I can definitely feel that it’s thinner and lighter on my nails. The colour options are fairly limited, I would have loved to be more creative in my choices.

I had my nails done on Saturday, and by Monday morning one of my nails already started chipping. I had a glitter overlay on my ring fingers and this looked great at the salon but when I left I noticed the top coat was bubbling up a bit.

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If you look closely you can see the top coat bubbling up. 😦

I’ll wait the full two weeks before I deliver my final verdict. 

Hello Gorgeous Newlands!

What a pleasant salon experience! You walk in to be greeted by “HELLO GORGEOUS” exclaimed by all the staff. The salon is small and intimate but there’s enough space for them to do several manicures and pedicures at once. They have a facial service too(which I didn’t test out). Upon arrival I was offered tea, coffee or water and my manicurist was able to keep me entertained throughout my treatment. They go above and beyond to accommodate your nail needs. 

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They were even able to fix my annoying broken nail, which other salons just shrugged at when I asked them to fix it for me! #miracleworkers

Their prices are a bit higher than normal salons but still affordable, considering the great service. I will defiantly be returning.

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Check out Hello Gorgeous here!

Until Next Time,

Nadine

 

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!

How I Survived My First Music Festival

How I Survived my first music festival

My response to anyone who asks me why I don’t like festivals has always been, “Man I like to shower.” Because let’s be honest, the idea of sleeping in a tent on a wine farm for four days has never been my idea of fun.

But 2017 is the year I’ve decided to start doing the things I’ve always wanted to try, and a music festival was one of them. So I decided to go with one of the most popular festivals in Cape Town. Rocking The Daisies.

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Now anyone who knows me will tell you, I like to have my shit organised (Okay, not my room, but in other aspects of my life) I like to go into things knowing exactly what to expect…However this was not the case for Daisies. I had no idea what to pack, how to pack, how people camp, what food to take with. It gave me a lot of unnecessary anxiety. So of course, when in doubt, I turned to Facebook. I asked my friends what they recommend packing for a festival, and they really did come through.

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If you pack one thing and one thing only to a music festival, let it be WET WIPES. These will save your life. And no matter how much you like showers, you’ll probably only end up showering once or maybe twice in four days. Believe me, the lines are long, which mean no morning showers (Which is when you’re sober and want to shower) I showered at 5pm in the afternoon, drunk af, trying to wash myself- but there was no line. So unless you’re keen to break your party buzz to shower, wet wipes will help you keep your personal hygiene in tact.
I suggest Facial Wipes (Cherubs just released an amazing range of bio-degradable facial wipes) and Intimate Wipes for your lady bits. (Clicks has a good range, as well as Lil-lets)

You need warm clothes. Trust. It may be summer, but wine farms get cold at night. One raincoat and a hoodie is all you need, as well as a good, thick pair of jeans. Pack in an extra blanket with your sleeping bag, to keep nice and warm in your tent.

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Going to a festival is basically signing up for 4 days of non-stop drinking. That’s all good and well, but you wanna take care of your body too. Pack in some liver tablets (Essentiale is what I use, GOODBYE HANGOVERS!) It’ll help your body process the toxins you’re digesting and take a six pack of water. You’ll be surprised how much water you’ll want to drink.

Of course, festivals have become a big fashion show. When I was packing, I was worried I was gonna look too “bougee” at the festival. But TBH, I looked like a homeless person in comparison to some of the other girls there. THEY WENT ALL OUT. They were on fleek. It was great. Pack your pretty lacy outfits, your flower crowns, maxi skirts and cute hippie jackets. Don’t pack: Your favourite pair of shoes. It’s dusty AF there, they won’t make it out alive.

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Speaking of dust, it’s all you’ll be breathing for four days straight, pack some tissues to keep those nasal passages clear. Or even better pack a bandana to cover your mouth and nose while you’re on the dance floor.

I laughed when someone told me to bring a fanny pack (Although i packed one anyways.) but then I got there, and everyone was wearing one. And I figured out why pretty fast. They keep your valuables so safe and they’re tied around your waist, so you can’t lose it. And it serves as 100% protection from pickpockets!

The worst thing I think, were the toilets. They’re porte-potties. Now I’m sure I don’t have to explain how gross those can get at music festivals. Pack your own toilet paper, hand sanitiser and always use the toilets right at the back (most of the time drunk people are too lazy to walk that far and mess them up.)

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If you want to be able to take pictures and have a working phone for the weekend, pack a good portable charger (They’re lifesavers).

And the most important thing is to get comfortable with partying by yourself. You’ll lose your friends, a few times. There’s no point in looking for them, you’ll only be reunited by chance. I spent majority of this weekend jamming hard, all by myself. And it was cool actually. The music was good, I had alcohol and you see people you know all the time so you’re never really alone.

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All in all, my first festival experience was amazing. Would I do it again? Probably, but I’d buy a more luxurious camping package- I have needs, you know. But it was awesome. Thanks Rocking The Daisies for rocking my world.

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Curl Diary: Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La

Hey There 20 Somethings!
So today, I have another entry for my Curl Diary: Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La, Defining Custard.

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I purchased this product a little while back, to apply to my hair during those summer days, when you’re swimming all day but also want to take care of your hair.

The label promises that this product will eliminate frizz, unruly curls and lifeless coils. It also says it will define, shape and control curls, waves, coils and braid-outs, while also adding moisture, shine and natural conditioning.

Aunt Jackie’s is a great brand for natural hair. They have a range of products focussed on ensuring you have healthy looking, natural hair all year round.

I find it works great if I apply it immediately after washing my hair, this is the easiest way to eliminate frizz. My curls are always defined when using this product. And it’s also great when my curls have started losing life and going flat, I can apply it to my dry hair, and Voila! My curls have a second life.

It’s great because this product doesn’t cause build-up and flakiness. You can use it as many times as you like without your hair feeling stiff and dry. If that doesn’t sound like a miracle product, I don’t know what does!

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Also!!! It’s free of Sulphates and Parabens. Contains no mineral oil or Petrolatum. It’s a dream for your curls!

This product is on top of my shopping list and it lasts forever, like I’ve had my tub for a few months now.

Be sure to let me know which products you use to maintain healthy, natural hair!

Love you guys!
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