30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 23: Empire before Marriage.

“The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately”

 

I apologize for that horribly titled text but that isn’t what my post is really about.

So here’s the scenario:

My boyfriend’s brother proposed tonight and we were all startled to hear the news for 2 reasons: Firstly it was unexpected (but come on, it’s always a surprise isn’t it?) and secondly they’ve only been dating for about a year or even less. Please don’t get me wrong, I am extremely happy for him. What took me by surprise was when my boyfriend of 3 years asked me if I’m excited to get engaged to him (Now keep in mind I’m turning 20 and he is turning 21). My answer? Was a good old fashioned NO.

What? Did I just read right? Did she just say that she doesn’t want to marry the guy she’s been dating for 3 years?

Obviously I want to marry my boyfriend but that’s not my main priority. What is it then, you may ask?

Myself.

Yes, I would like to build my own empire before I even think of getting that serious with someone else. I love being in love, I love seeing people in love but I want to know that I am happy with myself before I can put someone else before me. You see when you finally say the words “I Do” you make a promise to share a bond, a home, a life with that person. You promise that you will carry his children, cook and clean and plan a life with him (or her, just by the way) and he promises to provide for you and support you. That’s okay, I have nothing against getting married young. What I do have a problem with is people rushing into things for the wrong reasons: Moving out because I can’t stand my parents anymore or I want the ring because it’s a more solid commitment than boyfriend or girlfriend.

I still have a lot of things to do before I want to walk down the aisle or say yes to the magic question. I want my degree, I want to travel, I want to make silly decisions which lead to the best adventures, I want to meet new people and learn things about their past so that they can be lessons for my future. I want to push myself to do things that I wouldn’t even have thought of, dream big and watch things unfold, lose myself and then find myself again. There’s nothing wrong with getting married young, but if you are going to say I do, ask yourself: Have I accomplished everything that I’ve wanted to before I start supporting the dreams of someone else for the rest of my life?

Food for thought & a big congratulations to my boyfriend’s brother. Nothing makes me happier than to see that two people who are in love and have already achieved all of their dreams and plans that they have set out come together and finally become one. All of the best, can’t wait for the wedding.

 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 22 – 5 Fave Tracks of the Week

I’m going to be totally honest, I didn’t really know what to write and I had a whole lot of preparation for campus so it’s currently 22:36 here in South Africa and I don’t know why I am exhausted as I am right now.

I’ve mentioned before that I love listening to music and I thought I’d just leave a few tracks that I’ve been loving lately. I have done a post like this before but as time goes on, my music gets updated and I listen to new things.

  1. All Your Fault – Big Sean ft. Kanye West (Explicit): I have an unhealthy obsession with memorizing fast-paced lyrics and I have come to love this song so much. It took me about two weeks to fully nail it but I just love rap music because sometimes there are some great puns and a lot of word play. As an English major you can imagine how that excites me!
  2. We Don’t Talk Anymore – Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez: Back to my love for girly, romantic music which Matthew can’t stand when I blast it in the car, this song really has a great feel specially when you’ve lost connection with a loved one. It’s really one of my top tracks on my playlist and I am loving it.
  3. On My Mind – Ellie Goulding: Who doesn’t love blasting Ellie Goulding and not caring who hears? I know I do, especially this latest hit track because it is literally music to my ears. Well done Ellie! Dance floor chart topper for sure.
  4. In the Night – The Weeknd: This man did not win those Grammy’s for nothing ladies and gents. The Weeknd is an extremely talented artist with a Michael Jackson feel. I like that he can make music that speaks to the soul but still has that sultry edge that makes your knees weak.
  5. King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar: If his Grammy performance did not blow you away then please feel free to leave my page. I honestly love rap music and among my favourite artists, Kendrick Lamar definitely tops my list. I am so excited to see what he’s going to do next

Sorry this isn’t one of the greatest posts but I’m not feeling too well and I am dying to get into bed. Goodnight!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 21 -Classy Couture 02

Told you I’d be back in full force.

Hello my lovely readers, today I thought I’d do a post more laid back yet still stylish and classy. This week I decided to focus on shoes and handbags. I personally have a shoe collection which you can find on my YouTube channel here. These blog posts are my favourite and have received some awesome feedback. Without anymore rambling, please enjoy my favourite pics from Tumblr:

 

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Only 9 days left of the blogging day challenge before I return to a normal blogging schedule! I’m not going to lie, as stressful as it was I really enjoyed it.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 20 – My Make-Up Look For Work

So, I think I owe my readers both an apology as well as an explanation…

I haven’t posted in a few days and the reason is because as many of my readers know, I have started university already and week 1 is officially over (Okay, not really I’m still at home and have a lecture at 1) but I have also started working on weekends which has been both exhausting and rewarding because I have money to purchase those extremely expensive textbooks. I have already started scheduling my blog posts as well as YT videos so that this does not happen again so once again, I do apologize for the delay!

Yesterday my GRWM for work went up on my channel and you can click down below to watch it:

 

For those of you who can’t watch, I’ll take you through my routine step by step:

  1. After completing my skin care routine, I usually prime my face with my Isabella Garcia Day Defense moisturizer.
  2. I apply my foundation which is the Yardley Airbrush foundation in the colour “Natural” and use my Cala 303 Foundation Brush.
  3. To even out my foundation, I use a damp beauty blender and dab it all over my face. Emphasis on dabs and not strokes because you don’t want to stroke your foundation off.
  4. For my eyes I used my Charlie Revlon Neutrals palette and a combination of 3 gold to orange shades which was applied with my Pupa eyeshadow brush. I then used my Charlie Revlon ‘Rock n Curl’ mascara. Most of the products mentioned in this post can be found in my January faves on my blog, feel free to search it in the search bar at the bottom of the blog.
  5. Using my Clinique lipstic in “Peach Pop” this gave my lips a subtle yet great pop of colour. Loved the vibrant yet soft tone it had and is perfect for work.
  6. To tame my brows I went in with my Essence brow pencil in 02 Brown.
  7. Lastly I used my Design compact powder to set my make-up and to give me a great finish.

 

If you do watch the video, please don’t forget to like & subscribe!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 19 – Mini Make-Up Haul

Hello and no I refuse to say “It’s me” because if I hear that joke once more I will probably lose my mind.

I’m coming to you today with my MINI cosmetic haul. Emphasis on mini because I am a student and your girl is just so damn broke. I only start working this weekend, which I am grateful for but I only get paid in 3 months time which means I’m even more broke than I should be.

I forgot to insert 2 products I purchased (Don’t you just hate that).

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I’ll start with the products not featured above:

Design Compact Powder in the shade “Mahogany”: I purchased this powder as I really want to start contouring and highlighting. It’s a pressed powder which is extremely delicate on my skin and does not cake or come out relatively obvious. I purchased it from Edgars.

Design Clear Gloss in the flavour Melon: Who doesn’t love a sweet smelling gloss? Loved it, but it’s sticky so definitely not for dates ladies. This was also purchased from Edgars.

From Top To Bottom:

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Rimmel London Scandal Eyes In Black/Noir: I absolutely hated using the winged liner before because I felt I had no control and it always looked messy. Ladies, let me tell you that this Scandal Eyes pen is perfect for precision and won’t smudge at all. Loved how easy it is to use and that the tip/applicator is almost like a koki pen which doesn’t move all over the place like a paintbrush type applicator would. LOVE IT.

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Essence Cosmetics Eyeshadow Blending Brush: Today I had to make the hardest decision I’ve ever made when it comes to brushes. The powder brush or the blender? As you can clearly see I went with the beautiful lilac blender which has the softest bristles and is the perfect size for blending, definitely going back for another one due to the fact that you can’t have just one blending brush, especially when doing more complicated make-up looks.

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Katy Perry Cool Kitty Lashes from Eyelure: I broke into these bad boys last month already but just felt they were a little too much for a beginner like me. I have seen some lashes I’m dying to try in the store so stay tuned, there might just be a lash haul in the near future!

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Essence Cosmetics Eyeshadow in the shade “Snowflake”: Yes, this would be a great colour to wake me up if I placed it in the corner of my eye but I’m really feeling this colour for a highlighter! The consistency was so smooth and pigmented I really would like to try this out as a highlighter.

The last product would be my Essence cosmetics brow pencil in 02 Brown which you can find in my January Faves over here

Well, that’s about it from me. I know I was supposed to upload part 2 of my terrible break up and how I got through it but that will have to wait.

What’s your fave beauty product at the moment?

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 18 – How I Got Through the Worst Break-Up Ever

Hi everyone!

I had mixed emotions regarding this post, I had to ask the person if I could post the story and everything that came with it due to the fact that it is quite an emotional story and a personal one at that.

This is a 2 part series so part 2 will be up on my blog tomorrow when I post day 19 of the challenge just to clarify and because there was more to the story.

 

“A broken heart is the worst. It’s like having broken ribs. Nobody sees it, but it hurts every time you breathe”

For me, my world fell apart when the fighting started. It would start out as heated arguments which would turn into “whatever, I love you’s” and you’d think it would be something along the lines of “Oh but that’s romantic, the passion you have after a fight”. I thought so too, until the fighting became personal and would happen on a daily basis. Due to the fact that we hardly saw each other and I was performing poorly academically, he would throw it in my face because he was a top achiever and say the ugliest of things to me. I retaliated by being just as nasty and using the worst language and insults. The worse the fighting became, the more bitter it made me as a person. Eventually, I reached my breaking point where every evening we would fight, I would cry myself to sleep. In a way, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed sleep so much that I would blow off doing my homework just to get away from the pain I had to endure. My heart was shattered one night when I called him in tears and hysterically asked him “Why are you doing this?” and his response was “why are you crying? I don’t understand”. I became really sick during the time when the fighting started and started sleeping more, becoming really anxious around big groups of people and just unhappy in general. One day, I received word that my dad was heading off to work overseas in a war-torn country and decided to go over to visit my boyfriend at the time to let him know the news. My dad was leaving relatively soon so my mom told me I couldn’t stay long. When I broke down about my dad leaving he was relatively understanding and consoled me. For once I was happy, until I told him I couldn’t stay at his house for long. He just wasn’t having it and got really upset and when it was time to say goodbye, he didn’t hug me. Just told me that my family was waiting. Little did I know that when I got home, that would have been the last time I said goodbye to him. He had erased me from his contacts and refused to answer all my calls. He blocked me on Facebook and that was the last time I had heard from him. For nights on end I would cry hysterically and that’s when I started having panic attacks. My body would go into a total spasm after crying and I wouldn’t be able to breathe. I would pull out clumps of my hair and tend to throw up my food when I felt like I ate too much. I was mentally drained. I made fake accounts to check up on how he was doing and it turned out that there was another girl (discussed in part 2) and he seemed to have moved on. I remember one of my best friends asking me how I felt about 2 weeks afterwards and I told her that sometimes I would check my pulse because I felt so dead inside and I was scared my heart was broken to the extent that it stopped beating. I made a mistake by entering another volatile relationship where the guy I was with slept around with other girls. I felt like that was it for me, I couldn’t do it anymore.

That’s  when I picked up my music player and lost myself in relatable music. It felt so good to just know that someone else could relate to what I went through. Music lead to dancing and I lost weight and started taking care of myself. I started changing the way I dress and being happier in general. I was happy because I could depend on myself, I started doing better in school and just immersing myself in everything I could to take my mind off of things.

That’s when my ex came back into the picture….

To be continued

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 17 – My Bath Time Essentials

Hi everyone!

So today I’m coming to you with a post about my basic bath time essentials. As most of you may know, I have a YouTube channel: JustDeeanneDIY where I post beauty, fashion and lifestyle content. Recently I asked my viewers if they would like to see my skin care routine and I wanted to know if you guys wanted to see it on my blog too? If you do, let me know!

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Starting from the front to the back:

Mr Price Home Vanilla Fragrance Candle: The smell of this candle is absolute bliss to me. I’d describe it as a sweet, candy-like, cupcake fragrance. Love the fact that it’s not harsh at all, especially because my nose is extremely sensitive when it comes to fragrance. This candle was inexpensive and makes a great gift for candle lovers.

Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Scrub: Due to the fact that I film a lot of beauty videos for my YouTube channel, I tend to have to wash some make-up off that I find a bit harsh to wear out and I do suffer with stubborn blackheads so this not only helps with the removal of my make up because it’s laced with beads so it’s a scrub, but it helps my skin at the same time. Love this product

Oh So Heavenly Pretty In Pink Body Wash: The smell of this body wash is beyond amazing, I’m really bad at describing scents but I think it has undertones of rose and it’s just a soft fragrance. This came in a set with the loofah on the left as well as a body lotion and it was the best gift I have ever received. I have been using this non-stop and my mom loved it so much she bought the jumbo one which is almost a litre!

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Smooth Perfect Shampoo & Conditioner: I did a video on how to repair dry damaged hair and it has received many views. I mentioned this product and I don’t wash my hair every day but when I do this is my go to shampoo and conditioner. I purchased this in a set and it came with a hair mask. If you have damaged hair then this product is amazing.

There are only 13 days left of the 30 day challenge! It’s been hard, but I loved every single day and getting to meet new bloggers.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 17 – What’s In My Bag Video + My YouTube Channel

Hi Everyone!

This post is just a bit of an update, I know I have done a What’s In My Bag? blog post, put the video is finally up on my YouTube channel so you can click the video above to watch and subscribe to my channel. I think the ultimate goal for me would be to reach 500 subscribers and I would love to actually talk to you guys through my videos because sometimes I feel a blog post is not really that personal but when you can see and hear someone it’s just touching (I’m hormonal, forgive me).

I thought it would be fun to tell you guys the story behind my YouTube channel and give you guys some idea of what goes into my videos and editing.

I started my YouTube channel in September last year and I was extremely nervous because I had another channel before which was not as successful. The idea of my channel were to incorporate aspects of my life which I wanted to pursue as a career and build a portfolio of my work to use as reference so that I could showcase my love for fashion, beauty and lifestyle in one place while still being able to put myself out there and meet new people and work with brands. I’ve never collaborated with anyone on my channel before but I just hit 100 subscribers this month! If you guys are interested, I will be doing a giveaway on my channel in the near future so definitely stay tuned for that.

The best part of making videos for my channel would be filming the videos. I’d say that make-up tutorials are the easiest to film, while lookbooks are a little bit more intense. The most difficult video I’ve filmed and edited would be my Shoe Collection video which I will link here:

This video has over 600 views and I’m still mind blown when I think about it.

I use Windows Movie Maker to edit my video along with Expression Encoder for texts and effects. I have been playing around with Cyberlink Power Director but it is a little bit complicated.

Editing my videos usually take me about 3-4 hours and I usually take up about 2 days so that I don’t overwhelm myself. Then I use PicMonkey to edit my thumbnails. I upload videos every Friday and try my best to incorporate those videos into my blog.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments (:

 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 16: 5 Places I want to visit

Well hello there, look at me hitting you with a late night post (or day, depending where you’re from). So one of the challenge posts that I found absolutely fitting would probably be the 5 places I really want to visit. I’m not going to ramble on so let’s get going!

Paris, France

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How terribly cliche of me, I do apologize but I personally feel like I need to eat a croissant and stare at the Eiffel tower from the comfort of my hotel room. Night walks in Paris under the gorgeous illuminating lights take my breath away just thinking about it. First on the list, in hopes that it will become a reality…

Bora Bora

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How can you look at this picture and not fall in love with this view? I would love to stay in an over-water bungalow and sip on coconuts while watching the sunset go down with the love of my life (Matthew, duh). I’ve always liked the beach, due to the fact that I grew up a walk away from it. But I’d love to tan under palm trees and forgetting about my worries, even if it’s only in my dreams.

Italy

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Known for being the fashion capital of the world, obviously I would love me some Italian leather (faux, of course). I cannot imagine how much weight I would gain from indulging in the most exquisite Italian cuisine. My boyfriend is part Italian so this would be a fun little adventure!

Mexico

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How adorable is Pusheen in that sombrero? Not going to lie, only really want to experience the Mexican food. Taco, anyone?

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

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Come on guys, I’m only 20 and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Disney World. This is the dream, I begged my parents to take me for the longest time but because we live in South Africa, that’s just not possible.

Where do you want to travel to?

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 15 – My Dream Job

WE MADE IT HALFWAY THROUGH THE CHALLENGE!

I’m so excited to be doing this post, even though it’s not really beauty or fashion related (okay, technically it is), I thought this would be fun to write about.

There a million and one jobs in the world I would love to have but my dream job would be…

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I don’t just mean any presenter, I’m thinking more along the lines of a presenter for E! Entertainment. I’d love to meet celebrities and get invited to exclusive red carpet events. When I was younger I used to love pretending I was an actress and I never had a problem presenting orals in front of my class. I love the rush of being seen by a lot of people and I watch E! News all the time and wish I could be a presenter.

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My second choice would probably be an actress, I mean who wouldn’t love getting awards for starring in movies and getting dressed by the best designers in the world? I am gushing just thinking of how amazing that would be. WOW.

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Paparazzi

 

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If you could be anything in the world, what would it be?

I apologize that this post isn’t that in depth but I’m not really feeling too great as I’m still recovering.

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