Dove Derma Spa Hand Treatment Review

Hey there 20 Somethings!

As someone who suffers from extremely dry hands, especially at this time of the year, I am always on the hunt for a good hand lotion to save me from peeling skin on my hands. This is why I was very happy to receive the Dove DermaSpa Indulgent Hand Treatment from Rubybox.

I put my hands through a lot, if they’re not lifting dumbbells at the gym, then they’re carrying plates and cutlery at work. As a result I have calluses on my hands and peeling skin. I experience this even more during the change of season and nothing I’ve used in the past has been able to help.

I’ve been using this product for the past two weeks and have really enjoyed my trial, I find that my hands feel instantly smoother after application and they look amazing. It contains a hint of shimmer which contributes to luminous looking skin.

The Dove Indulgent Hand Cream contains Omega Oil and cell moisturizers, and the fact that it is fast-absorbing means it gives gives your hands the ultimate spa experience- and it fits in your hand bag. It’s become the product I cannot leave home without these days.

While my hands still have a bit of peeling skin, they feel 100 times better than they did before I started using this product. I’m sure with continued use, dry hands will be a thing of the past for me- and I am so ready for that!

What Dove products have you tested? Which are your fave?

Let us know in the comments!

Nadine

Avène Product Review

Hey hey hey!So it’s been a while since I posted a product review- I’ve just been getting back into the swing of things here at home. 
When I got back home I arrived to receive an amazing package from Avène! 


I got sent this amazing package after winning the Hydrance Glow competition with Avène. And I loved the products so much I thought they deserved a feature on the blog.
I hadn’t heard of Avène before they came to South Africa, but after traveling a bit and meeting girls who are crazy about the brand, my trust in the product has grown and these goodies have helped reinforce all the great reviews I’ve heard.
Let’s start with the Hydrating Serum. What’s great about Avène products is that a little, goes a long way. I just need one drop of this serum to apply to my whole face. I apply it after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. It’s amazing. You can feel the difference in your Skin almost instantly as it leaves it feeling silky and smooth. It relieves any feelings of tightness in the skin and contributes to eliminating fine lines caused by dryness. If you’re gonna buy any product from this range, this is the one! 


Secondly, there’s the Rich Hydrating Cream, which I apply after the serum. You can alternate between using this and the Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector (read my review here) depending on what results you want from your moisturizer. This can be used everyday and leaves the skin feeling silky, smooth and hydrated ALL DAY LONG. I mean it. I could exercise, sweat, shower and my face was still feeling great from my morning application. It contains SPF 20, to keep your skin protected in the harsh African sun. 


If you follow 20 Something Somethings, you would have seen my featured review on the Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector (link) this is great to use on days that you need a bit of a tint from your moisturizer but don’t want to wear a full face of make up. This is always in my bag, you never know when you’ll need a touch up! 
Lastly is the Thermal Spring Water. This product is said to be the miracle worker of the Avène range. It can help with many skin disorders such as eczema and be used after shaving, skin procedures, waxing and threading, after sports, while traveling, for allergic reactions, as an after sun treatment and many more! I use it mostly after threading, as it eliminates redness and soothes the skin immensely. It’s a great product for people with sensitive skin. 


Have you used any of Avène’s products? Be sure to let me know in the comments! 


Until next time,

Nadine

What I’m Reading (Jan-Apr 2017)

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Hey hey hey!
Welcome to a new part of my blog called “What I’m Reading”. Once a month I will be posting about the books I have had the pleasure of reading that month and giving you a quick one-liner (By one-liner I mean paragraph) about what I thought about it!

Think of it as a book club, where I do all the reading!

So my goal this year is to read at least 20 books. Since we are already in May, I’ll be sharing with you all the books I have read until April and post about May at the end of the month!

Let’s get started, shall we?

In January I read Trevor Noah’s “Born A Crime”. What a Great Book. South Africans of all races should be reading this book. If you’re white, it will help you understand your white privilege. For POC’s it gives an educated commentary on the effects of Apartheid on today’s generation. Trevor Noah retells stories of his childhood and how being mixed race affected him growing up. One of my favourite books so far!

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In February I read Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “Purple Hibiscus”. It’s a heavy read. You need to be emotionally ready for this book. It took me a long time to read because I had to put it down a few times and process, Chimamanda’s books will do that to you though.

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I then read Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why”. I had seen the trailer for the series and thought, damn, I need to read this book. It’s a young adult novel, aimed at Teenagers. I took me two days to read. It’s not a bad book. It’s pretty hectic, if you’ve watched the series, you’ll know what to expect. The book doesn’t go as deep into the character back stories as the series does but it’s still a good read.

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In March I then decided to take on Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “Half of a Yellow Sun”. I was never ready for this one. It’s A lot. Like I had to put this one down more times than I put Purple Hibiscus down. The story line focusses on the Nigerian Civil War. It’s hectic. But read it.

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I then took on Paulo Coelho’s “Aleph”. Paulo is one of my favourite authors. I enjoy everything he writes. The man can do no wrong. This book was a smooth read after HAYS about finding your soulmate and finding yourself. It was a very personal story for Paulo and most of it seemed to be written straight from his own life.

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Then in April I decided to finish the Chimamanda Holy Trinity and read “Americanah”. What a beautiful book. My favourite one of Chimamanda’s. It follows a love story between two Nigerian characters and how they’re lives are affected when the female, Ifemelu decides to move to America to study. It broke my heart a thousand times and fixed it over and over again in the space of 400+ pages.

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I then returned to Paulo Coelho and read “Eleven Minutes”. One of his darker stories about a Brazilian Prositute and her struggle between choosing her profession or going against everything she believes in and choosing love. It’s a lovely story. And a short book.

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So that’s my reading up until now in the year. If you have any book suggestions for me, send them my way. I love books. And I love suggestions!

Happy Reading!