Win Indulgent Satiskin Hamper

On the 13th of September next month that is, I’ll be turning 35 years young! So in order to celebrate my birthday and to boost my stats a little I’m planning a few giveaways. Starting with this one! Drum roll, here goes: One lucky blog supporter will win an indulgent Satiskin Hamper filled with rejuvenating body treats!

What’s included? 

  • Satiskin Ocean Tissue Oil Soap 
  • Satiskin Nature Tissue Oil Soap 
  • Satiskin Floral Tissue Oil Soap 
  • Satiskin Exotic Orchid Shower Cream 
  • Satiskin Cocoa Butter Shower Cream
  • Satiskin Blissful Berry Body Wash 
  • Bamboo & Boar Bristle Massager 
  • Bamboo & Boar Bristle Nailbrush + Pumice Stone 

To enter competition: 

1. You need to like and follow my Facebook page. 

2. Like and follow my Instagram page. 

3. You also need to give Satiskin the same love on their Facebook and Instagram pages 

Note: I'll run a different version of this competition on Twitter, so if you're not on Twitter that's fine. No disqualification there. If you are you can follow me here. 

The entry rules. 

1. This competition is open to all South Africans. 

2. Competition will run until the 30th of September 2019. 

3. Winners will be announced over on my Twitter and Facebook page. 

4. Please don’t enter if you don’t plan to stick around to support my blog in the future. 

I'll also appreciate all the shares I can get over on Facebook to raise awareness. So, thank you for that in advance. 

Good luck to all the entrants! 

Spoil yourself with Satiskin’s quality, pH balanced formulations that are gentle on the skin. Satiskin is available in a range of shower gels, foam baths, hand washes and body soap variants. Satiskin Body Wash and Shower Creams have been sponsored by Satiskin. Thank you so much for the blog support, it means a lot. Satiskin, take your moment!

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Your Rock-Bottom Will Turn Into Something Beautiful

If you would ever get so lucky to sit and have a long in-depth conversation to anyone over 80 you’ll discover that such a person had gone through a lot of highs and lows. They’ll also tell you about all the amazing surprises life has bestowed on their way and that how your rock-bottom will turn into something beautiful. Older generations, in general, have such beautiful stories to tell about survival because they've lived through it all. 

But first, let’s talk about rock-bottom. What is rock-bottom? In my opinion, rock-bottom is a feeling where you think you've reached the end – but as they say, thoughts are not facts. My rock-bottom will look completely different from your rock-bottom and so will yours be different from mine. We all go through difficult experiences in life and they don’t all look the same. A few months ago I felt super annoyed and miserable when I realized that after years of hard work my poor little blog was still not visible to those that matter. After 7 years of grind and effort, I felt that I’ve reached some sort of rock-bottom in that department. 

Years ago I was in a very destructive relationship, I felt unloved, I was unemployed and that was rock-bottom for me too. Just before the relationship ended completely my then partner decided to rape me on one dreadful summer’s night, just a few months before I turned 22. At that moment it was as if he wanted to take the last bit of dignity I had left away from me. In that moment he did. 

Rock-bottom is a place in your soul that I would describe as cold, dark and moldy, where feelings of self-loathing, confusion and resentment get together in a mean, dirty dance. It often feels like you’ve reached the lowest point in your life, the end, the finish line. But it doesn’t have to be. 

In life, it is so that you cannot expect to just experience the good parts of being alive. Unfortunately, there are sad days too, sad days with negative emotions like anger, depression and anxiety. You can try to numb these feelings with alcohol, drugs, food or other forms of self-medication for a while, but they will return if you don’t deal with them properly. Most often these destructive emotions are super intense, so much so that it feels as if your heart has been stabbed with the weapon still left inside. 

When you experience this, hang in there. This feeling, like all feelings, will pass. Intense emotions of guilt, sadness or failure will pass and like previously mentioned it is important to remember that thoughts are not facts. They may appear that way but trust me once you get through this and your mind clears up, your perspective on the story that you’re going through right now will change too. 

The same boyfriend that raped me also told me that no one would ever want to be with me. He didn’t see my worth and so I didn’t see my worth. You see, most often when you reach rock-bottom there's already been a trail of negative events which got you to this point of, “I can’t anymore.” And so, you’ll be reminded of every single mistake and failure from your past. 

This I believe is from the devil. At this point (when you’re reminded of all the bad things in your life) I believe that you are surrounded by a lot of unseen demons, call me crazy I don’t care but I do believe this to be true. I also believe that they will try their utmost to get you to commit suicide. They will torture you with these negative thoughts, do not believe their lies. Everything will look dark however, everything is not dark. 

Whether you’ve had an abusive father, lost a child, was bullied, you can change the narrative of your story. Allow God to carry you through this dark period and take as much time as you need to recover from such ordeals. We all go through bad times and there are many that have gone through worse. Hang in there and don’t allow your mind to take you to a place where you want to end your own life. 

Your life matters and if you hang in there something beautiful will happen. Like a Lotus Flower, you will emerge from the dirt and the shit and the gutter, beautiful and wiser and indescribably resilient.  Fresh new talents will develop, opportunity will appear, the desires of your heart will be granted. Your rock-bottom will turn into something beautiful. 

I'm no psychologist, social worker or even counselor but I have dealt with a lot in my lifetime. I know that if you live with depression or any other form of mental illness you cannot just snap out of it. What I am telling you is that there is hope and healing for your tortured soul. I truly believe that speaking to a professional can work wonders and that medication can help you to manage these feelings.

Complete deliverance, however, I believe can only come from God. Speak to Him and He will fill you with the Holy Spirit and renew your soul. Thereafter I believe you’ll have the ability to replace your negative mindset with a positive one. Your thoughts will never hold you captive again. You will develop a warrior mentality and the most beautiful thing about it all is that you will be able to help and inspire others.

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Life Lately

Time for another “Life Lately” post, because you know what I owe it to you, my blog supporters. In my previous update, I was having a little rant about being overlooked by PR and so forth. That post, believe it or not, brought me so much joy because I’ve felt this intense sense of rejection around the subject for such a long time. I so badly wanted to say something, I wanted to voice my opinion but I was too scared. For what? I guess for more rejection. However, since getting it out there a huge sense of relief filled my soul, it was like “there I’ve said it.” 

I mean, in all honesty, I’m not just some jealous, resentful bloggerI have been blogging since 2012 and I try to deliver excellence so in all fairness this rant was mine to have and take and it felt good! I did realize that I should work on my stats as that’s ultimately what sells. So I’m shifting the blame and I’m starting from scratch. What is it that I need to work on? What do I want from my blog? In all transparency, all I want is just the same amount of fancy press drops that the rest receive. So, if I work on my stats and continue to deliver and still not receive recognition there will be another rant, until then I’m cool. 

For now, I have a few giveaways up my sleeve to do just that. Products from Revlon, Yardley, Satiskin and Nivea. Most all sponsored, mind you. You see, I just don’t except a defeat, I hate giving up and in most cases, after that feeling of rock-bottom passes, I’ll eventually get up and just start again. Because, deep within my heart I know that somehow, my time will come. 

I was also super upset when I learned that a distant family member from my grandpa’s side committed suicide. Now if you can recall, I made a pact with God where I asked Him to see my sobriety as a sacrifice and to therefore never allow something like this in my family ever again. I'm heart sore and confused and even mad about this – so much emotion all of which I’ll need to dissect and analyze. All of which will take some time. 

Well, surely I was wrong in making pacts with God in the first place, it just doesn’t work that way now does it? What I know for sure is that I want to write and inform more about the subject of suicide and suicide prevention. I don’t know, but I almost feel like making it part of my life’s work, to speak more openly about it. I know it’s morbid and horrid and that it’s something we all want to avoid really speaking about. But guess what? I don’t really feel like I have a choice in the matter. That’s how it works in life sometimes

Feel free to drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter, most definitely reach out to me if you feel that you’ve reached rock-bottom. I can’t promise that I’ll be able to change things for you but I will be able to guide you into a direction of light.

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Most Bloggers Feel Kinda Unappreciated

Most bloggers feel unappreciated and yes I most definitely feel unappreciated. I try to make sense out of how bloggers that started way after me are getting more collaborations and campaigns then I do. But, before I continue my rant, let’s first talk about content on the internet. There are those that create and there are those that consume and both need each other one way or the other. Without readers, you might as well stop writing and without content, life is rather boring right? 

And, that is why I write and create content because there is an audience. Back in the day, I wasn’t too familiar with SEO and my first blog didn’t even have a Facebook page. Thinking back on it I definitely made some major mistakes when it comes to growing my audience. When other bloggers had giveaways I only participated in them, it was only later on that I invested in giving treats away on there. 

I wasn’t thinking about monetizing at all, it was truly a passion project and I was blogging a lot. I’m sure my followers from back then have noticed that my posts have become fewer and fewer and that these days I create more content for my social media channels than for my blog. 

I cannot identify as a newcomer, I’ve been in this game since 2012, yet the payoff has been really pathetic. Is that the reason why so many bloggers have left the game? I think the answer is yes. Look, I’m not complaining about writing about something I feel passionate about, most of the time it is a lot of fun. To take a great pictures bloggers have to sometimes look at what’s available in terms of props to make a picture pretty. Sometimes they spend a lot of money on it but most importantly what I can tell you is that it always takes a lot of time to get the effect you're after and create a great blog post altogether. 

What I find mind-boggling is how so many bloggers with a big following still find it hard to make a living out of their sites. According to my knowledge, most content creators still have a daytime job where they make the real money. All the free products end up in a drawer after reviews and yes, while you don’t have to buy your own toiletries and beauty products anymore you still have to buy food and petrol paid for with actual cash. You see what I’m getting at, all that effort for so little payoff. 

Where does this knowledge leave the rest of us? Do you carry on building your following and brand and will things change in time? I also turn my focus towards brands and PR Companies and I feel that most of them are guilty of being lazy. They overlook bloggers that put effort into their craft just because they don’t have a big following. I’ve seen many bloggers that get regular press drops and paid opportunities with lots of spelling errors and low-quality images in their work. 

So are these brands actually reading posts or is it truly just about the numbers? There’s no investment and like in the modeling world, brands and PR don’t appear to look for fresh faces, in this case, new voices. 

I’m not sure about who will actually read this write-up and at this point, I’m really not afraid about hurting my “brand” anymore because I think I’ve just fooled myself all along anyway. Actual emails and collaborations with brands are mostly nonexistent unless I send a pitch.

Could the fact that I’m from a small town in Namaqualand be the reason? If that’s the case how silly can you be? Do you have any idea how much money people make around here? The majority of the workforce this side works in the mining industry where the pay scale is really up there. And, we like we also know about online shopping, yo! 

I’m telling you this just in case you didn’t know. Now you do. I’m also saddened by the fact that some of my favorite bloggers are not creating any content at all, anymore. When will brands start to actually pay content creators, when will they look for new voices and when will they stop working with the same influencers over and over again? Because if it goes on like this more creative and excellent bloggers will leave the field. 

I’ve been doing this for so long it has become more of a habit, a positive creative hobby that keeps me occupied. Blogging and content creation still remains to me, a passion project. Sure I would also love to receive regular press drops and payments for my work, unfortunately, I don’t think that it will happen anytime soon. 

Yes, I will most definitely continue to deliver my best. I will create lovely images and write engaging copy and maybe, just maybe my breakthrough will also come. You never know.

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Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

A little while ago I attended the Burt’s Bees South Africa launch at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. The story of how the brand started is very inspiring and sweet as it began in Maine about 30 years ago. Burt, the actual Beekeeper was happily selling honey from the back of his truck however, fate had other ideas for the bearded hero when he met Roxanne Quimby.

Burt and Roxanne hit it off and before long she was making candles with the unused wax from Burt’s beehives. So, from those original candles, to the iconic Beeswax Lip Balm. To over 180 products - Burt’s Bees has been guided by a single principle: Nature has the best answers. Read their full story here. 

I’ve been using the Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream and I love the texture, smell and consistency. In my opinion, it’s not greasy at all and it absorbs well into my skin. The thick buttery cream feels so luxurious - I really like how it appears to just melt away on my hands. Leaving it soft and pampered. 

I do all house chores and laundry myself and after a while, your hands tend to look a bit scruffy however, since using Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream it's a lot smoother than before. Also, it’s definitely one of those creams where a little goes a long way. 

Like mentioned before, this hand cream smells amazing and as someone that’s into gourmand fragrances, this one is right up my alley. It is made of Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, and Natural Beeswax to moisturise dry hands, elbows, knees even feet. 

I never knew that nutty almond could smell this delicious in a beauty product, it reminds me of decadently baked goods. Like can I just have a slice of cake with almond frosting? 

I also love that all of this goodness comes in a recyclable 57g glass jar which I’ll definitely put into good use afterwards. Burt’s Bees don’t test on animals and they make use vegetable-based inks on their packaging.  On average, Burt’s Bees products are 99% natural with over half of the products 100% natural. 

Burt’s Bees believes you’re at your most beautiful when what you put on your body is from nature - after all, what goes on to your body goes into your body. Their products are currently available at Takealot. 

The Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream was a gift from Burt's Bees South Africa but review and opinions are my own.

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