Tresemme Botanic Range Review

Whatsup 20 Somethings!

So if you follow me on Instagram, I have been trialling the latest products in the Tresemme Botanic Range for the past few weeks and I am excited to let you know what I think of them.

I’ve previously reviewed the Botanic Shampoo and Conditioner and the Co-Wash. Today’s review is focussing on the three new products in the range: The Rich Oil Mist, The Hair Food and the Pre-Wash Detangling Butter.

So a little background: Tresemme realised that South African women were wanting products for their natural hair that would help nourish and protect dry and damaged hair. So the South African Tresemme Team started to work on their own range for South African Women, by South African women, and this is how the Botanic Range was born. This range focusses on replenishing the moisture of your hair to leave it feeling soft and healthy. All the products are enriched with coconut oil and Aloe vera and is also free from silicones and dyes.

About the products…

The Hair Food: R39.99

This lightweight formula will help relieve dry and itchy scalp, while maintaining and protecting the hair’s natural moisture.

How to use:

Use the Botanic Moisture & Replenish Hair Food on damp or dry hair. Divide the hair into sections or lines using a tail comb. Base the hair food onto the exposed scalp. Massage the scalp working your way evenly onto the tips of your hair.

My Opinion:

I love the way this product leaves my hair, as it’s incredibly shiny and light weight. You must not mistake it for a styling product however, this will not prevent frizz or define your curls- it’s main purpose is to lock in moisture an protect your hair and scalp. It’s a great product for women who are wearing protective styles, like braids, but want to ensure the health of their hair and scalp. I don’t think this is the right product for me with Type 3C hair, I’d recommend this for ladies with Type 4 Hair. Try not to use too much as it’s extremely oily.

Rich Oil Mist: R139.99

The formula of the Rich Oil Mist contains a botanical blend of coconut, corn and sunflower seed oils, with a splash of aloe vera. This product moisturises and softens the hair and helps make it more manageable. It’s meant to define the driest locks and leave the hair feeling moisturised and soft.

How to use:

Start with our Botanic Moisture & Replenish collection of shampoo and treatments to deeply cleanse and moisturise your hair. Our botanic rich oil mist can be applied on damp or dry hair.

For fine to normal hair, rub 1-2 pumps in the palms of your hands and apply from mid-lengths to ends.

For very dry hair, apply 3-4 pumps divide hair into sections and apply from root to tips.

My Opinion:

This really did leave my hair feeling incredibly moisturised and soft, however I did not feel that it helped define my curls at all, I achieve better definition from other curl defining products, which annoys me that Tresemme describes it as a product that will help with definition. If you suffer from very dry hair, this is the product for you. However at R139.99 I do think it’s a unnecessary addition to your hair routine if you’re already using product that are made specifically for dry hair. It also left my hair feeling quite oily. Not my favourite product in the world.

Pre-Wash Detangling Butter: R79.99

This product is meant to make your wash routine easier. It detangles 4 times faster with less breakage and damage to the hair, according to Tresemme. It’s paragon free and dye free.

How to use:

How to use: Begin with the Botanic Moisture & Replenish Pre-wash Detangling Butter for notted and tangled hair. Split dry hair into sections and apply a generous amount from root to tips. Leave in for 3 minutes and gently comb to detangle hair. Rinse thoroughly and follow with the Botanic Shampoo and Conditioner routine for a clean and soft feel or use the Botanic Co-wash for intense moisturisation.

My Opinion:

I was very excited when I heard about this product as I suffer from very tangled hair as well has extreme breakage. I like that it’s a pre-wash routine, which means that your hair is left manageable for the rest of your wash. On my first application I struggled to comb the product through dry hair and suffered from A LOT of breakage, I then experimented with dampening my hair after I had left the product on for three minutes and then combing through and this worked A LOT better for me. It makes your hair feel like silk which means it’s easy to comb through without much hassle.

It’s my favourite product in the new range of products.

Is it my favourite detangling product ever? No. But at R79.99 its worth adding to your hair routine if your hair is known to tangle.

If you wanna shop the Botanic Range you can use my link to get 30% off, as well as FREE SHIPPING!

I Suggest buying the shampoo and conditioner, the co-wash and the Pre-Wash Detangling Butter.

Let me know what you think of this range!

Until next time!

Nadine

Products were sponsored by BeautyBulletin.com

Curl Diary: L’Oreal Elvive Exrodinary Oil Review

Whats Up 20 Somethings!

So, these are two items I got from the Clicks Curls event and I was very excited to try them out because I’ve heard so many amazing things about this range.

So let me start by telling you a bit about these products before I get started, okuuuuur?

The L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo:

  • It contains no foam or sulphate surfactants.
  • It’s enriched with 6 flower extracts for dry, fragile hair.
  • It offers gentle cleansing with the non-foaming formula which delicately removes impurities. 
  • The Low Shampoo offers Easy detangling and anti-breakage thanks to the balm texture.
  • The formula is gentle and provides nourishment to the hair fibre, which leaves your hair feeling soft to the touch.

The L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curl Nourishment Masque:

  • The ultra-rich formula is infused with Amla Oil and 6 precious flower oils.
  • The masque envelops each fibre providing extreme nourishment without weighing the hair down.
  • It has a buttery texture and a great fragrance which restores softness and increases elasticity and provides shine to your curls.

My Opinion:

So, usually, I don’t like using commercial brands like L’Oreal – Whenever a big brand like this comes out with a “Natural Hair Product” it’s usually useless. But a lot of brands have stepped up their game and realised that women of South Africa don’t have hair like the rest of the world and we need shampoos and products that cater to our natural hair needs. But for a long time, I didn’t wanna try this product, even when my mom was on my case about this new L’Oreal for curly hair- I was just like, they’re not a traditional Natural hair care brand so I don’t trust it.

But then, I started hearing great things from the curly haired ladies in my life and I decided, I had to try it. Which is why it worked out great that I received it at the Clicks Curls Event.

So I Have been using these products for the past week and a half, I’ve used the Low Shampoo every second day and used the Nourishment Masque on every second wash. 

And I love it.

Like, I don’t know what they did with this range but my hair feels like silk after I’ve used it. It’s made my hair extremely easy to comb through while the product is in- I’m a huge fan of the Low Shampoo, it’s so conditioning that you don’t really feel the need use a conditioner after you’ve cleansed your hair.

When my curls dry, they are extremely soft and bouncy as hell, and girl – TALK ABOUT SHINE!!

I can’t tell you which product works better as I have been using them in conjunction. I do use a leave-in conditioner after the Low Shampoo just to eliminate frizz and keep my hair in check for longer but honestly, you could go without a leave-in conditioner and still have extremely soft and luxurious curls. All I can say that this range is amazing and I’m sure the other products in it will yield amazing results like these did.

And I’m not even been paid to say that. I reviewed these products out of my own because, You deserve the best guys.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Range!

Toodles! 

Nadine x

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

Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy Review

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.

Review time:

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!

Nadine

Environ Revival Masque and Hydrating Oil Capsules Review

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!

Nadine

Dove Nutritive Solutions Review

Hey there 20 Somethings,

So I know I’ve been very quiet lately, but life has been so insane. I got back from my trip two weeks ago and then moved out of my parents house and into my own flat a week later, so things have been a little on the crazy side. I’ll be writing a post about my moving experience soon! But today, I’m talking about what you come to 20somethingsomethings.com for: PRODUCTS.

The day I arrived, I found a beautifully wrapped package waiting for me, The lovely ladies at Dove and Rubybox sent me an amazing Dove hamper, including two new products to review: The Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo & Conditioner.

Now I know I post about a lot of hair care products and swear everyone is a game changer, but this one really is. In the past with products I’ve reviewed, the effects of the shampoo and conditioner wore off after the third day of not washing my hair. This Dove product, leaves my hair looking and feeling amazing days after it’s been washed. Each curl is defined and looks nourished and healthy. I’ve also experienced less hair loss and breakage since I started using this product, my hair feels much stronger than it did before I started using it.

What makes it different?

This shampoo and conditioner duo nourishes your hair deep into the hair fibre and repairs the hair leaving it stronger and healthier while also tackling external damage on your hair.

Check out my before and after:

If you suffer from dry hair, this is the product for you girl.

I’ll be posting a IGTV review soon of this product, so follow us on instagram to check it out: instagram.com/20somethingsblog

Until Next Time!

Nadine

In My Make-Up Bag: Setting Products

Hey 20 Somethings!

So I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I get my make up to stay put, despite sweating while I’m on stage or wearing it for hours on end. Well, my secret is simple: setting powder and lots of setting spray.

Essence Stay All Day Translucent Fixing Powder:

I’ve used a lot of setting powders in the past, and some brands can cost between R400 and R500 for a setting powder. (ridiculous right?!) I used to pay this price until I discovered the Essence Stay All Day powder: available in compact or loose powder form. There’s nothing special about this product, I mean a setting powder is a setting powder. But why pay more when you can pay literally R64,95 for the compact powder (called “all about matte”) and R72,95 for the Stay All day Translucent fixing powder.

How I use it?

I use the fixing powder to bake my concealer especially under the eye to avoid those annoying lines that form after a few hours and around any other problem areas on my face (smile lines, T-section etc.) it can be applied using a kabuki brush of your choice.

Setting powder is great if you have a sweaty face like me- like legit if I’m hot, my face will tell you first. And it helps keep my make up on fleek while I’m performing as well. #grateful

NYX Matte Finishing Spray

If you have just one thing in your make up bag, let it be finishing spray, I never knew how much I needed this product till I started using it.

I use it when my make up is complete, four sprays to my face and I’m ready to go. I focus on each quarter of my face for each spray. I mean you could get away with one spray- but life is about excess.

Just make sure your mascara and liquid liner have dried before spraying this because it will leave mascara smudges if you do it before your mascara is ready.

For the affordable price of 164,95 it’s an easy addition to any make up bag!

Well those are the setting products I can’t live without? What brands are your fave? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Nadine

Nice ‘N Easy Review

Hey 20 Somethings!

So the lovely ladies at Rubybox sent me the new Nice ‘n Easy hair dye to try out. I picked the shade Light Auburn, as I like my hair (which is naturally very dark) to have a reddish tone to it.

Check out my video review here:

 

This product is armed with a new formula that does not damage your hair. Which sounds too good to be true- because DIY hair dyes are infamous for causing hair damage. But the new Nice ‘n Easy formula has conditioners IN EVERY STEP- so no matter where you are in the process, you can rest assured your hair is being cared for.

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They’ve also gone out of their way to ensure their product is allergy safe and that it provides 100% grey coverage for all my over 20 Somethings out there!

First Impression:

The packaging is beautiful, the bottles are decorated with a floral pattern and it’s clear a lot of time went into this design.

It smells amazing- I’ve never used a dye that smells this good. It’s better than any shampoo I’ve used.

Application:

Application is quick and easy, thanks to the squeeze nozzle on the application bottle. Though they’ve made an effort to create a sweet smelling dye, it is still hair dye and the typical hair dye smell does come through but it’s complimented with floral tones so it’s not overbearing.

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It’s recommended to be left in for 25 mins. I usually like to add on an extra ten minutes to the recommended time- due to my dark hair. 

The conditioner is amazing- after just two minutes my hair felt smooth and conditioned and was super easy to comb through afterwards- plus it doesn’t leave you with that “after-dye” hair smell. 

The box promises a “non- drip application” – I did find that I did mess quite a lot while applying. But once the product is in your hair, it doesn’t drip.

The Verdict:

I’m very impressed with this product. This is my first time using Nice ‘N Easy- my hair doesn’t even feel like it’s been dyed because it’s looking and feeling so healthy after my application.

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Before and After: See how it got through to my dark roots?

The colour didn’t achieve exactly what I was hoping for, but I think that was just my mistake when choosing. Next time I’ll choose a lighter shade, which will have a better impact on my naturally dark hair. This product wins at smelling like a dream. And I will definitely be using it again in future. 

Until Next Time!

Nadine

Nivea Perfect and Radiant Micellar Water

I’ve always been a fan of Micellar water for make up removal. It’s gentle on the skin and has great beauty benefits. So when I found out that Nivea had released their own Micellar range, I had to join the party.

Shout out to Rubybox for sending me this awesome product.

Firstly. Can we talk about the size of the bottle?! It’s huge. This is definitely gonna last me a few months. I hate having to restock products that finish too soon, especially something I use as often as make up remover.

What makes this different from other Micellar products?

Well for starters, it’s a three in one product that can be used for cleansing, removing make up and toning your face. So essentially- this is the only product you need. I have the entire Perfect and Radiant range now (thanks to Rubybox you guys rock) and I find that this product fits in perfectly with my skincare routine.

Also it’s great for days when I’m feeling lazy about cleansing my face, I just dab some product in a cotton wool swob and give my face a refreshing cleanse (also, saving water! #beatdayzero)

It removes make up effortlessly. My waterproof make up wipes off without having to scrub the skin off my face.

I often struggled, with previous Micellar products, to remove my mascara. But this product removes mascara quick and painlessly.

The formula is enriched with Vitamin E which contributes to easy make up removal, Radiant skin and it also leaves the skin feeling incredibly nourished and smooth.

A 400ml bottle will cost you R99.99 at any Clicks and Dischem store nationwide.

I’m definitely switching to this product in future for my make up removal needs.

Have you tried it? What did you think?

Until next time!

Nadine

New Nivea Men Body Deodoriser (Review)

Hey Somethings!

Today we have something for the fella’s. The new Nivea Men Body Deodorisers! I got sent a box of these new deodorants from Manbox (it’s like Rubybox, but for guys! Sign your guy up!) So I passed them on to my man and let him test them out for the past two weeks.IMG_8299

What make’s this new product Next Level?:
– It promises over 500 sprays per can – hello value for money!
– All day long odour control with just 1 use, so no need to reapply throughout the day.
– No-Gas breakthrough technology – this delivers a targeted application to the spot so you won’t be wasting the product.
– Lasts 5x longer than competing deodorants
– For R44.99 only, you can experience this all day freshness!

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Here’s what my man had to say about the product:

“I was really excited to receive this new range, as I have just started gyming again and have been looking for a product I can rely on to keep me fresh during and after a workout. I love the different scents of this range and it’s no-gas technology, making application more like a cologne than a deodorant, is definitely a plus. My favourite scents are “Intense” and “Cool Kick”.

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I found that this range kept me fresh during the day, when I wasn’t working out. However, when I did hit the gym, the deodoriser didn’t keep me as fresh as I would have liked. It resulted in a more musky smell than a fresh one.

I’ll definitely be adding this product to my daily routine, in conjunction with my roll on. It’s a great product and definitely something new on the market.”

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So there you have it boys. Ladies, if you’re looking to add something to your man, try out this range, you won’t regret it.

It’s available at Clicks and Dischem stores everywhere.

Until Next Time,
Nadine