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As most of you probably know by now, I have been going for X-Wave treatments at Nix & Tee. First up, a bit of info on what exactly the X-wave treatment is. The X-Wave is an advanced, scientifically proven cellulite treatment. It uses specially modified Acoustic wave pulses. The pulses induce vibration in the connective tissue and make the tissue firmer and tighter.

This treatment is comfortable with no pain. There are no side effects & the treatment also works very fast, showing results 3 treatments in already. This treatment improves the skin’s elasticity and texture and increases bloodflow to the targeted areas. It also reduces the appearance of dimpled skin AKA cellulite.

My experience thus far

I’ve reached the halfway mark with my treatments and so far I am so chuffed. I can see and feel a difference in my stomach and my arms. We are treating both these areas. The treatments go quite quick – about 30 min then we are done. 

We measured and weighed before we started the treatment and we will do so again only at the end of my 6 treatments. I will also be sharing some before and after pictures (a little scary), my body obviously isn’t perfect, but I am quite excited to see the results even if the are just minor. After all, we all are a work in progress. 

I have been training 3 – 6 times a week, staying hydrated, but not following a super strict eating plan. The ladies at Nix & Tee are so lovely and I can’t wait to share my final results and thoughts. 

See you next time! 

Love,

Jess

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Today marks exactly one year of being a business owner if you don’t count the unknown amount of months of planning & preparing I might add.

The path to success is to take a massive, determined action.

City Girl Beauty turns 1

How crazy it sounds to even say that! ONE YEAR old. I can’t believe it’s been such a short while. I feel like I’ve been a business owner for 10 years. With the amount of stress, worries & uphill climbs I’m sure I look 10 years older too.

As much as it has been fulfilling and rewarding, and as much as there has been happy tears & as proud as I am right at this moment – there are also just as much stress, sleepless nights, failed plans, not knowing what’s coming next & tears of everything but joy.

What it’s really like being a newbie in the big, BIG ocean of online businesses

It’s scary as hell, for one. Trying to not compare your chapter to the next’s chapter, has to be one of the most challenging things to me. Constantly having to remind myself not to ask “But how does she do it?” or “Her content is so much better than mine!” is tough. Trying to not lose all your marbles along the way because of overthinking, overanalysing, overplanning, or not being prepared at all.

A few months ago City girl beauty had quite some quiet time, for also quite some time, with little to no orders coming through. Suddenly, I had 9 orders in just ONE weekends and a bulk order of 12 gift boxes I had to pack and send off before the end of the week. I thought to myself, “Jessica, why weren’t you prepared for this?” Being irritated with myself because now I am under so much pressure to have everything ready to go so soon.

The truth is though, you won’t ever be ready. You won’t be ready for the quiet months and you also won’t be ready for the extremely busy ones. You just have to find the balance of knowing it will sometime happen again & expecting it this time around.

Balance

Which brings us onto balance actually. I am still figuring this one out. Learning to find the balance between life and work can be so hard. Giving everthing the attention it needs. My blog, CGB, my friendships, my relationships, home chores, social life, time to myself, my normal 9-5’s, family. It’s hard, and I am still trying to find the right balance for everything in my life. Nuturing everything, and giving it the love it needs while trying not to do too much here and too little there.

It’s important to remind yourself to you are just human and you are doing the best you can!

Rewinding to a year ago

I remember the excitement when I finally decided that I’m going to start CGB. All the plans, all the dreams. I thought it would be easier. I thought “How hard can it really be”, “I already have a blog, I already have an audience, I’ve got this!”

Well, time proved me wrong. And fast forwarding to NOW, all I can say was I was wrong & even though it appears I’ve got this, 95% of the time I’m just winging it & going with the flow hoping for the best.

It’s a never ending climb

Whenever you think of success, you should think of hard work too! Now success isn’t ONLY the end result – success is also even having the balls to start in the first place, success is doing it when you sometimes don’t even know why you started AT ALL. It is keeping your head high & pushing through the messy bits too. It is a never ending climb. Sometimes straight and narrow’s, but most of the time up hill mountians.

Every single day you will learn something, you will grow a bit more, you will think of a new idea, a new marketing strategy, a new product. Success is showing up every single day & growing, learning & improving.

After climing a great hill, one may find that there are many more to climb.

Sometimes the road is long & crooked

Smooth sailing – what’s that? It is never what it seems! Social media can paint such a pretty picture, but behind the scenes it isn’t always pretty. The road is very seldom straight without any potholes, cracks or bumps.

Right off the bat I didn’t have any financial back up – like a savings account or a large amount of money that I could start up with so I had to make debt. (Which is all good and well, but such a pain in the ass). I very quickly realized without funds you can’t do much. The real reality, whether you want to hear it or not. You can’t advertise, you can’t bring out any new releases, you can’t have pop-ups (not that I’m there yet) and you can’t work on any new product launches. The financial pressure is sometimes really intense, also knowing you can’t do much about it, can be SO frustrating.

This is one of my biggest struggles to date. This, and staying positive through all the negatives.

Tough roads often lead to beautiful destinations

Being Authentic

When starting, I knew one thing, I wanted to be authentic. I didn’t want to just rebrand eyeshadow palettes & brush sets & now I’m a business owner! No, no, I wanted my brand to be me, to be different, to be authentic & to be a bit of everything I love.

The authentic self is the soul made visible

A work in progress

YOU & your BRAND should always be a work in progress. Always strive to be better & to dream bigger. That’s the only thing that keeps me going most of the time – is knowing that I’m still a work in progress and probably always will be. I will always want to do more, have a bigger variety & along the way create more goals & dreams.

Always be a work in progress

It’s not as easy as it looks

If you think it’s easy, you’re wrong! SO, so very wrong! I can’t tell you how many times in 365 days I’ve wanted to give up. Or just lost all hope. Sobbing because everything just seems foggy & unclear.

Owning & starting a brand/business takes hard work & dedication – yes, what a cliche, but so, so true.

It won’t work unless you do.

Fast Forward 365 days later

I’ve learnt so much. I’ve grown so much. I’m so proud. I’ve got my own business, I’ve got my own brand. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am right now. Through all the doubt & “Snot en trane” like they would say in Afrikaans, I can’t wait to get through another year & look back on what I have achieved.

The Real, Raw Truth

Nothing is always pink daisies & wine, sometimes it’s dead daises & wine. Happy or not, the role wine plays is important, LOL! You’ll experience highs & be on cloud 9, but you’ll also experience lows and be flat on the cement, face first. You’ll have good days & bad ones. Some months you’ll have orders, some month you won’t have any at all. Some products will be crowd pleasers & others just wont work.

In my 365 days of being a business owner, the one bit of advice I can give you is :

If it’s important to you, don’t give up!

My Business, My Brand, My Baby

As long as the bigger picture is always clear & I don’t lose sight of what is important CGB and I will always keep growing and progressing forward, even on days we don’t want to. Growing pains are uncomfortable for a reason, but at the end of the day once they are gone, they either made you or broke you.

The last few weeks have been quiet on CGB, for no apparent reason. Just a little regroup time – gathering all the marbles and making sure they are still there.

I am looking at expanding the handmade part of CGB and making it bigger and better. Physically making the products myself – time is sometimes a bitch, and I need an extra day most weeks, but I am working on balancing it all. I am also hoping to launch another makeup product or 2 alongside the liquid lipsticks early 2019. Later on in 2019 ideally I would like to add more shades to my lipstick range too.

I am also working on CITY MAN, which will be natural and cruelty free skincare products for the typical City man, launching very soon too.

Never give up on your dreams, if you do, they will always remain dreams!

A VERY exciting holiday slash Summer collection will launch December in collaboration with another brand AND CGB will also have a few holiday themed, limited edition items launching mid November.

Keep a peep on the site and on City girl beauty’s Instagram account – I will slowly but surely start sharing sneak peeks, specials and much more.

Remember, don’t compare your chapter ONE to someone else’s chapter ONE HUNDRED!

Hope you enjoyed the read of me sharing my one year of being a business owner journey with all you beautiful people.

Lots of love,

Jess

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Can you even believe we are 3 months away from a NEW YEAR?? I feel like once again the year has just completely vanished. It’s actually hard to even wrap my mind around. Onto the point though – today I will be reviewing the much loved Justine Tissue Oil, and I can see why.

I tested it on a small mark I have on my arm caused by a dog bite. The mark is about 2 years old, so it is a pretty old mark.

Somehow I have managed to miss place my before picture but I am on the hunt for it & will make sure I share it as soon as I found it!

There isn’t really much to say about a tissue oil other than stating if it works or doesn’t.

My scar did lighten a bit after 4 weeks of use. Not dramatically though, maybe because it’s an old scar.

However, tissue oil can be used anywhere on your body and face, scars or no scars. It is nourishing, keeps the skin moisturized and smells divine. I used it as part of my skincare routine before I apply my evening moisturizer for a bit of extra hydration. Some evenings, or should I say the lazy evenings, I used just this on my face after cleansing and my skin loved it.

I have also discovered a new mark that I think is a stretch mark – yes, I kinda cried, but completely relying on the Justine Tissue Oil to take it away. I will keep you updated.

Justine is the only tissue oil I have ever tried other than the bio-oil very, very long ago I can’t even remember if it worked or not. So I can’t compare it to anything.

October I promise to be more dedicated to my blog and to City girl beauty and to keep as active on social media as my daily doings allows me to be.

Thank you for stopping by, till next time!

Jess

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Touching on a touchy subject today, the word influencer. I recently came across an Insta video that brought this topic up. Which got me thinking, what type of influencer AM I? And I feel like all of us, influencers, bloggers, Youtubers, makeup artists, socialites – everyone that in some way have the power to inspire or influence others, should ask ourselves this.

A lot of influencers don’t like calling themselves ‘influencers’ when that is exactly what we are. We just don’t want to acknowledge that we are influencing others to buy or do stuff, you know. I am fine with calling myself and being called an influencer. At the end of the day that is what we do, we recommend products & services from all different genres – skincare, makeup, fashion, food, tech, salons, spas, and the list goes on. We influence others to use, do and buy the same thing or go to the same place.

Getting to the point though – what type of influencer are you?

Social media – A Blessing & A Curse

This has become such a huge part of EVERYONES lives, it’s actually scary. It’s not real if it hasn’t been posted to social media, it’s not official if it hasn’t been posted to social media, I want to buy this just so I can post it on social media, I want to do this just to post it on social media. The real question is WHY? Why are you doing what you doing?

To feel important?

For affirmation from others?

To be seen or noticed?

For the attention?

To be part of the cool crowd?

Just to say ‘I have also done it’ or ‘I have also got it’?

Just for the sake of social media?

Why do we do what we do?

It should be done out of passion and love. Not because she is doing it, or because she is buying it. If you own 100 lipsticks it has to be because you WANT to own 100 lipsticks, and because you LOVE lipstick. Not because she has 100 lipsticks. We are part of a world that creates a standard of beauty that is unattainable for most of us. I don’t want my readers and social media fam to think beauty is doing your makeup a certain way, or acting a certian way or dressing a certian way.

I do however want to inspire them and remind them BEAUTY is being the BEST version of YOURSELF.

Making us feel our lips aren’t big enough and our breasts aren’t purky enough or our waists aren’t small enough.

Dammit, I don’t want to feel like I now need bigger lips because it seems like the in thing to do, I don’t want to feel like my boobs are too big or too small because she can walk around braless (and share it on social media).

Maybe now you’re thinking ‘Oh Jessica, you are just being jealous because you have to wear a bra!’ Well, yes, I am LOL!

On a serious note though, is it appropriate to be posting topless images, or promoting that its OKAY to have the ladies on show in an inappropriate way? Like, is it? Personally, I think so. It’s not appropriate.

And I do think we should be rethinking what we (as influencers) are promoting and sharing on our platforms.

We have to consider that we have people looking up to us, and doing what we are doing. And if we are saying being skanky, or materialistis, or unrealistic is okay, or wearing a see through shirt with NO BRA or heck, even with a bra, is okay – then there really is no hope for future generations. It’s not okay!

 Girl Power is a thing and as much as we should use this power to promote confidence and empowerment and courage and beauty, we should also be promoting what is RIGHT and what is REALISTIC.

While social media is the core of what we do, it becomes something we can’t live without. We NEED it, and that’s the scary part. Constantly fighting this up hill battle of thinking we are not good enough, when we actually are. Trying to be better, do more and adding more pressure onto ourselves. While deep down knowing we do this, we just keepin doing it.

Money can’t buy happiness

Sometimes this world we are in creates this feeling or urge that if we don’t do what everyone else is doing, we can’t be a part of it. We then put pressure on ourselves to try and keep up constantly, because we just want to be noticed or affirmed and say “I have it too”.

This is not necessarily intentional reactions other influencers are looking to create with their posts or content, but speaking from outside the bubble – normal Jessica, not blogger Jessica – I can easily feel like I’m not skinny enough, or my skin isn’t clear or smooth enough or my style is too mediocre and I should be buying and doing more. Putting more pressure on myself to reach those standards when REALISTICALLY, I can’t.

Now, at the same time your way of reacting can directly be connected to your own insecurites or issues you may have – but 90% of the time insecurites are triggered by how you react or feel about something you see or hear or being hyped over on social media.

Your content is a direct reflection of you as a content creator

What it comes down to is that your content shouldn’t be posted or shared to intentionally make anyone feel bad about themselves or their lives. Being a little real and raw in today’s day and age where everyone wants to create an illusion that they are perfect & that their life is perfect, is a rare thing.

If you don’t really get where I am coming from, here’s a few examples – before posting a picture, you would first photoshop yourself to look a little skinnier or a lot skinnier, or smoothing out all your pores and fine lines/wrinkles. Creating a FAKE reality.

I don’t want to follow someone that is pretending to be something they aren’t, I want to be able to relate to you.

Comparison is the thief of joy

This is one of the most true statements ever made. This is also why us as influencers should be real and allowing our audience to relate to us. Being relatable is so important – to me at least. I don’t want to paint this picture on social media that I am perfect, or that I have everything a girl’s heart desires.

I don’t want my followers to feel like buying ALL the makeup and ALL the clothes is the goal. Or going for expensive treatments will make them feel better about themselves. It might assist in making you more confident and happy, but it’s an inside job to be happy and it’s important that the people who follow me know this. They should know my life isn’t perfect. I have to budget for a new lipstick or pair of shoes. I get pimples too, my body isn’t perfect, it’s not always sunshine and roses. And sometimes our online lives make it appear this way.

I’m an average girl, with an average pay check trying to do the things and reach the goals. And I don’t want anyone thinking anything differently.

Toxic Content Is A Real Thing

It sucks to say, but it really is. Whether it is intentional or not. Being an online face, people follow for their content, it should be your responsibility to be the real deal. No fake shit, no fake expectations. Promote self love and self acceptance. Society is constantly the voice in the back of our heads telling us to dress better, or to lose weight, or to wear more makeup, don’t be like society.

Society says “Be yourself” – Society also says “But not like that!”

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Can you even believe we are 3 months away from a NEW YEAR?? I feel like once again the year has just completely vanished. It’s actually hard to even wrap my mind around. Onto the point though – today I will be reviewing the much loved Justine Tissue Oil, and I can see why.

I tested it on a small mark I have on my arm caused by a dog bite. The mark is about 2 years old, so it is a pretty old mark.

Somehow I have managed to miss place my before picture but I am on the hunt for it & will make sure I share it as soon as I found it!

There isn’t really much to say about a tissue oil other than stating if it works or doesn’t.

My scar did lighten a bit after 4 weeks of use. Not dramatically though, maybe because it’s an old scar.

However, tissue oil can be used anywhere on your body and face, scars or no scars. It is nourishing, keeps the skin moisturized and smells divine. I used it as part of my skincare routine before I apply my evening moisturizer for a bit of extra hydration. Some evenings, or should I say the lazy evenings, I used just this on my face after cleansing and my skin loved it.

I have also discovered a new mark that I think is a stretch mark – yes, I kinda cried, but completely relying on the Justine Tissue Oil to take it away. I will keep you updated.

Justine is the only tissue oil I have ever tried other than the bio-oil very, very long ago I can’t even remember if it worked or not. So I can’t compare it to anything.

October I promise to be more dedicated to my blog and to City girl beauty and to keep as active on social media as my daily doings allows me to be.

Thank you for stopping by, till next time!

Jess

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