16/07/2019

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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14/05/2019

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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26/04/2019

My Sobriety Journey: Part 2


I’ve been going back and forth, started and restarted and yes you can say that I really struggled to write this blog post on Part 2 of My Sobriety Journey. Read Part 1 here. I just didn’t have anything really to say or rather that was worth writing about. Until now. On the 23rd of March 2019, I celebrated my one year anniversary of being sober, therefore I think now is the right time to continue this 2 part series. 

But first, let’s go into how it affected me being in social gatherings. When I decided to stop drinking there was no special treatment for me at all. People didn’t tip-toed around me at all, they’d sit next to me and open their icy cold beverages and guzzle it away right in front of me. 

God, it was hard, and I felt everything in slow-motion. The clicks and clangs of beer bottles when opened, the way the bubbles would surge to the opening and I could always imagine tasting that first few sips. They are always the best.

I could feel the crisp, tangy taste of Savanna Dry on my tongue and truth be told I’ve always had a weak spot for Savanna, even during my pregnancy. Which is why I’m so happy that they have a new non-alcoholic cider by the name of "Lemon" out in stores, something that I still have to try. On the subject of non-alcoholic, (referring to beers) I’ve tried them all when I was pregnant, all the Becks and Bavarias and nothing really made an impression. However, a recent few tasted like the real thing. I liked the new Castle Free a lot and tried some in the early stages of my journey. 

It was only later on that I saw that it contained 0.03 % of alcohol. Which is nothing I guess as it will never make me drunk or anything, but I should mention that after 2 of those (one after the other) I did have a nasty headache. I tried the new Heineken Non-Alcoholic beer by the end of last month and oh boy, it was like drinking a real beer I’m telling you. It's also a 0.03% beverage, this you'll only read in the fine print at the back of the bottle just like in Castle Free's case, something that I find a little misleading. Well at this point any non-alcoholic beer must taste like the real thing, I mean I have been sober for such a long time now. That’s the conclusion I came to, which I think is rather on point.

I did realize that I don't really like the taste of beer anymore. I think that it's great that there are such a great variety of non-alcoholic options available, it sure helped me to cope in the beginning stages of being sober. But I don't feel the need for them anymore, these days I'll rather have a big glass of fresh pineapple juice.

It would also be great if brands could look into creating more grownup tasting cool-drinks. Ginger, grapefruit, rosemary and even cinnamon are good options to infuse regular and sometimes too sweet drinks with. Just a thought. 

But, like previously mentioned no one treated me any differently when I stopped drinking. (Although there was this one incident where someone cruelly referred to my bottle of The Duchess as rosemary water.) And, just like before, there would be alcohol in the fridge or cupboard but you know what? I handled it. And as time went by people seemed a little surprised that I was still sober but they never made an issue out of it and that’s something I really appreciate. 

I would sit with friends and family and inhale strong rum and coke infusions but, because I also felt the need to socialize and catch up I would roll with it. Later on, I started to find the whole from sober to drunk pattern really amusing. You know the way people would lose their inhibitions and dance or talk in silly ways, that was fun to observe.

I would laugh at the way some would suddenly “trek vals” or how others would “tjoulag” like only Namaqualanders can. Well, I obviously had to amuse myself with little things like this otherwise the night would be very boring.

Now, let me tell you about the juicy bits or rather the real benefits and changes that occurred when I stopped drinking. 

1. Weight Loss Baby 

I sometimes forget that this must be the real reason behind my slimmer body since I’ve also been eating healthier and having smaller portions. See, that’s why I took so long to write this post. I only started to see real weight loss after 7 or 8 months because in the beginning, I was munching away on cakes, chocolates and big bags of chips like there was no tomorrow. 

It really was such a slow process and I badly wanted to be able to tuck my shirts into my jeans because that means you have an actual waist. In my opinion, you just look way sexier when you can wear your clothing in this tucked in way. 

2. Smoother Skin 

One of the things I was looking forward to was getting better skin. Look, it’s not bad and I don’t have issues like breakouts or pigmentation but I did struggle with slightly enlarged pores. In the past my skin was also sagging, my face looked bloated and my nose appeared puffy too. After a full year without alcohol, I can see that my cheekbones are chiseled and popping out beautifully. My pores are definitely smaller and the overall appearance of my facial skin is smooth and even toned. 

3. Stronger Mental State 

You know that the real reason that I stopped drinking was because of my late sister’s tragic death. Read about it here, or not because it was a suicide and while I don’t go too deep into the subject it is a sad post to read. Anyway, what I wanted to say is that I don’t cry as much, I’m not as heartbroken and damaged as I was before and I can honestly say that I’m better now. 

Well, it has been a long 4 years since all of this happened, so let’s not disregard the fact that time does heal. Just, I feel that I have a melancholic personality that gets worse with alcohol. During my drunken days, I would get “dronkverdriet” like a lot. Now I’m free from all that emotional bullshit. And I now know that whatever happens in my life, I will be ok, I do have the resilience to push forward come what may. 

4. More Conscious Decisions 

Aware, alert, mindful, that’s the words that come up when I think about my new outlook on life. I’m starting to think about things that really matter long-term. I want to start a garden patch, live an eco-friendlier life and save more money. 

Even my husband (he stopped drinking just 3 months after I did) are constantly sharing his fresh ideas on starting a business, furthering his education and so forth. As a couple being sober together this is something that I’m equally ecstatic and grateful about. Because I know that if he didn’t join me on this journey we would’ve drifted apart, as it so often happens with couples that are not on the same path. 

And that’s it, we’ve come to the end of this 2 part series on my Sobriety Journey. I sometimes ponder about going back to the other side, to have a glass of premium brandy and coke on a cold winter’s night again. I know that it will taste good but it won’t make me happier, I know that it won’t help me to handle stress better. So I guess I’m better off without it. 

What’s the one thing that I left out to tell you in this post? Well, it’s the fact that I’ve made a pact with God. I promised him that I’ll give up alcohol for good if he promises to never, ever allow suicide in my generation ever again. I want my family to be spared from ever going through such a terrible, horrible thing.


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24/03/2019

Namaqua Pride's Kraalbos Health & Beauty Products


Today I’m very proud to showcase a health & beauty brand that’s based in the beautiful Namaqualand, the place I call home. A brand called Namaqua Pride, situated in Okiep a charming little town where honor and mindfulness matters. Namaqua Pride produces the most amazing beauty bars, body and hair care products made from Kraalbos and other specially selected natural ingredients. I'm going to tell you more about 3 of these great products but first, let's look into what Kraalbos can do for you...

What is Kraalbos?

"Robert Richards owner of the Namaqua Pride range has turned an invasive bush into a profitable health & beauty product business. Once considered a problem, Galenia Africana, or Kraalbos as it is known in Namaqualand, has turned out to be a super shrub. This lime green, medium-sized pioneer plant is not only a “nursing” plant that shelters the seedlings of perennials on degraded land, but it is also packed with healing properties that can help treat many skin problems.

This shrub is now one of the main ingredients for Robert’s health & beauty products. He learned about the plant’s healing properties through word of mouth from a long line of his indigenous descendants which was later confirmed through various scientific studies. Studies that prove that the Kraalbos plant indeed has antifungal qualities beneficial for skin ailments such as psoriasis, eczema and even dandruff." source 

1. Kraalbos Soap Bar

This is a lovely 100 g glycerin soap that I’ve been using on my face for over 6 weeks now. It foams up nicely leaving my skin squeaky clean but without drying it out at all. My skin tone appears beautifully brighter and my pores seems a lot smaller. I've also dealt with sunburn during a few hot days in the sun and this bar of soap allowed for a cooling effect that was exceptionally soothing to my fragile skin.


I don’t have problems with acne but I believe this soap may also sooth and help heal those that do have issues with breakouts. People noticed that my skin looked better and complimented me on it so I will definitely keep this beauty bar within my skincare routine. 

2. Kraalbos Shampoo

I’ve been doing a lot of things with my hair lately and it mostly turned out great. However, a few weeks ago I applied a blond hair dye to my crop because I wanted to go back to my natural golden brown hair colour.

To keep a long story short, my scalp was mildly burned by the mixture and it left me with a stinging sensation all over my head, I was honestly scared of losing my hair. I then remembered about the Kraalbos Shampoo and wow, what a relieve! Once again it cooled and soothed my scalp and helped with the healing process.


Apart from that, it also takes out buildup grease brilliantly and gives my hair a lovely shiny and bouncy appearance. I don’t struggle with dandruff but if you do, this shampoo is worth a try, in fact, anyone that have some scalp issues should give this shampoo a test run. 

3. Milk & Honey Cream 

Namaqua Pride recently added a Milk & Honey Cream to their expanding range of organic health & beauty products and I’ve been using it as a night cream. Overall, since using it my face appears even toned and blemish free.


The consistency is rich and thick like a body butter and it leaves my skin super soft yet not greasy at all. A little goes a long way and it smells absolutely divine, think wild honey and fresh milk. Just wholesome and comforting. 

The Namaqua Pride range is really affordable and they are stocked in a few local stores in our area – for more information and orders please contact Robert Richards at 074 349 0868 or at namaquapride@gmail.com

These products were sponsored to me but all thoughts and review are my own.


Images - My Own. Apart from the logo on top. 

21/02/2019

L.A. Girl Cosmetics Beauty Giveaway CLOSED


Time for a giveaway! One lucky reader can win a unicorn and rainbow-inspired makeup bag filled with lovely goodies from L.A. Girl Cosmetics. As an affordable luxury brand, L.A. Girl Cosmetics puts a glamorous spin on beauty by creating new ways to inspire expression through the art of colour.

With their amazing selection of high-quality products that cater to makeup enthusiasts all over the world, L.A. Girl has become a destination brand that offers beauty without compromise – BEAUTY FOR ALL!



What's inside?

  • Perfect Precision Lipliner in Vamp
  • Perfect Precision Lipliner in Magnificent
  • Perfect Precision Lipliner in Flesh
  • Lipify Stylo in Blaze
  • Pro.Prep HD.High-Definition Smoothing Face Primer
  • Eye Lux Mesmerizing Eyeshadow in Privatize
  • Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing


Giveaway Rules.

  • Follow Social Media Blooms on Facebook 
  • Follow Social Media Blooms on Instagram 
  • Follow L.A. Girl Cosmetics South Africa on Facebook
  • Follow L.A. Girl Cosmetics South Africa on Instagram 


Please Note: For extra entries please tag your friends and share wherever you see this post on your social media timelines. For those that already follow my platforms, good luck! To all the newcomers, hello and welcome!

Competition open to South Africans only and will run until the 31st of March 2019. Best of luck.

These cosmetics are sponsored by L.A. Girl Cosmetics - you can purchase their range over at Dischem.  

Congratulations to Lynn Nolan, you are the winner!!!

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