What I Got For My 21st Birthday!

“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated!”

I firmly believe that birthdays are not ordinary days. They’re milestones which we should be thankful for, no matter the circumstance. Every year I celebrate my birthday, I really take the time to remain thankful that I am able to see another year and live another day.

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Just a disclaimer that I am in no way trying to brag or show off what I received. I genuinely enjoy watching what other people get for their birthdays and I create content which I hope my readers and viewers will enjoy. Please do not feel the need to watch it if you don’t like these videos, I always want my channel to feel like a safe space for others and I want others to feel comfortable. With that being said, any negativity or unwelcome comments will be removed from my channel and you will be blocked from my channel and not allowed to enter any giveaways I may have in the future.

I have two papers due on Monday and Tuesday that I have to get back to, so I will be back on Monday with a brand new blog post ♡.

P.S: I am convinced that I am cursed. My YouTube subscriber count will not seem to go over 560 for some reason? So if you would like to subscribe to my channel, I would really appreciate it x.

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21.

“Broken things can become blessed things, if you let God do the mending”

I could start this blog post in one of two ways.

I could break down in tears and say a million thank you’s as I have done in the past…

Or I could tell you what my plans are for the future and once again mention how truly grateful I am for every read, every comment, every person who’s visited my blog no matter if it was out of curiosity or simply because you were genuinely interested in my content.

If you didn’t know, I celebrated my 21st birthday on the 8th of August and I have never been so grateful and eager to start this new chapter in my life. My mom and dad keep thanking me for making my family proud, but it’s really me who should be thanking them for all they have provided for me, no matter how hard the situation was and being the best support system I could have ever asked for. I will always be your little girl, no matter how old I am.

For those who have been following my blog or YouTube channel, you would know that I mentioned that I was extremely unhappy for a long time. I lacked motivation, had no friends and I isolated myself so much that eventually I just fell into this dark space. Then in April of this year I came out of a 4 year relationship, losing not only my best friend but also my only friend at the time. I no longer keep in contact with him, but I truly wish him everything of the best for the future.

You see, at the time I had my heart broken I asked God “Why am I being punished?”. Little did I know that what I thought was a punishment, was truly the biggest blessing in disguise. Having to quickly make a plan of finding an alternative way to campus, I was blessed with a new friend, a new chapter and ultimately a new beginning. Nicole, if you’re reading this, I truly believe you are my guardian angel (you too, Tamzen x). One thing led to another and I eventually made even more friends, was forced to put myself out there and in turn the world started opening so many possibilities for me. In the time I started healing I found myself on a date with a very handsome British stud, who I still remain friends with to this day even though he has returned home.

Instead of going out even when I didn’t feel like it, I started channeling all my focus and energy into my YouTube channel which in the beginning, nobody would help me with. I have been uploading consistently every Friday for the past few months. In the process I have also started growing my subscriber count and working with companies who have been so nice to send me gifts, products to review and showing me love on my Instagram.

I’ve stamped my passport and left my country to visit the beautiful treasure which is Thailand and in the time, I just took every opportunity to grow and find myself while allowing God to fix my broken heart.

I always thought that “when one door closes, another one opens” was just someone trying to make you feel better about your horrible situation and trying to offer some sort of hope in your dark times. But wow, I have honestly experienced it in more ways than one.

So. What happens next?

To be honest, at this point I am just trying to focus on my studies while at the same time growing my blog and YouTube channel. At this point in time I don’t think I’m looking for a serious relationship. I’m just trying to enjoy my university experience and live life to the fullest. You see, a year ago the person I was would sit in the car alone and watch the university experience pass her by because she didn’t have any friends. Today, she looks forward to varsity because her friends are what helps her get through the long days. With only one year and a few months left of university before I graduate, I look forward to seeing what the future holds. I really want to find myself and continue to grow with God’s help, day by day. I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now.

Once again, thank you to everyone who constantly show me support on my blog and YouTube channel. I will continue to create content my readers will enjoy and hope you are excited for what is still to come.

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person” – Rita Mero

Well, here’s to being 21. I hope the next few years are filled with nothing but laughter, late nights, good times, great memories and most importantly blessings and happiness. Cheers!

 

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Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Range Review

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Hello my lovelies and happy Monday ♡.

I honestly hope that it’s not as cold where you are like it is here in Cape Town. Winter just isn’t playing around! For those of you who didn’t know, I turned 21 on the 8th of August and it has been an insane roller coaster in terms of celebrations which I am truly grateful for. Thank you to everyone who wished me on Twitter and Instagram, I truly appreciate it more than words could ever express.

In today’s post I wanted to review the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Range. I have used Neutrogena since I was about 15 years old so I know the brand very well, however I haven’t really found anything that wowed me. This range as a whole I feel I was happy with in terms of results. I do want to stress that what works for me might not work for you and vice versa. If a product has a negative review it is not me bashing the brand but rather just offering my honest opinion. If you’ve tried this range, I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.

The Neutrogena Spot Proofing range combines gentle Neutrogena cleansing innovation with a powerful spot-fighting ingredient, Salicylic acid, to deliver the ultimate complexion perfecting regimen: products that help clear breakouts, plus preserve skin’s natural barrier so it can become more spot proof. Each product in the range is oil-free, non-comedogenic and has a fresh scent.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Available in selected Dischem, Clicks, Foschini, Pick n Pay and selected pharmacies nationwide.

HOW MUCH IS IT: Each product in the range retails at for R109,95 each.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Daily Wash:

A gel formula that lathers up to wash away impurities and fight spots while preserving the skin’s natural defenses.

I loved the gel formula as I feel it was not harsh on my skin and I didn’t mind the fresh citrus burst. I felt that it did the job of a daily wash, but did not exfoliate very well which is where the toner came into play for me. I loved the wash as a whole but I feel that it did not do anything that any other gel wash would do.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Smoothing Scrub:

Packed with naturally-derived exfoliants, this scrub helps enhance the natural skin renewal process at the surface while fighting spots deep down in the pores.

This product is definitely one I was very hesitant to use just because my skin is really sensitive and the texture felt very grainy which made me a bit skeptical. I’ve mentioned in my video review that this was definitely the product I’ve used the least and do not have a lot to say about.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Purifying Toner:

Used after cleansing, this no-rinse, alcohol-free formula leaves skin clean and refreshed without over-drying the skin.

I love toners, but this one was definitely a big hit in my books just because there was no alcohol in it so it did not leave my skin feeling dry or tight and it got rid of all the dirt that the daily wash might have missed. Really recommend this toner and would definitely repurchase it.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Oil Free Moisturizer:

A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that provides all day hydration and makes skin soft without clogging pores.

Although the name claims that it’s oil free I did notice that my face felt a bit greasy after using this product, only when I used too much. I felt that a pea-sized amount went a really long way and it lasted longer that way. The only thing I dislike about this item in particular was the price. I felt that it was quite expensive for such a small bottle and there’s not really a lot of product in the bottle itself.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing 2-in-1 Wash Mask:

Mask can be used as a foamy daily cleanser, or smoothed over skin in a thin layer and left on for five minutes before rinsing as a weekly treatment.

Definitely my least favourite product in the range just because this product had a menthol scent to it and by the time I applied it all over my face as a mask I just felt that the smell was way too strong for me and my eyes were tearing by the time I had finished. Had this product not been scented I’m sure it would have been a hit because when I washed all the product off my face it felt so soft and smooth.

Here are my before and after photos using the range as a whole and the results speak for themselves even though I was more consistent at night when using the range.

 

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Please feel free to let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried it. I am always looking for new skincare products to try so if you have any recommendations please send them my way!

I hope your week is as beautiful as you are ♡  xo.

DISCLAIMER ♡: This post is in collaboration with Beauty Bulletin. I was sent these products in exchange for an honest review. I am not sponsored by any companies unless otherwise stated.

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Thailand Adventures — Vlog 3: Elephants, Journey to the Phi Phi Islands & Krabi

Happy Saturday my lovely readers!

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I trust that you had a good week and that you’re looking forward to relaxing this weekend. This is my last weekend of my holiday before I go back to campus which starts on Monday, the day before my birthday! I am so excited to be turning 21 and just spending some time with my family and friends.

This post is about my journey to the Phi Phi Islands but before that I actually contracted food poisoning. This is why this particular vlog is so short. Don’t worry, getting sick on holiday has become a common occurrence since I was young already. I also explained in my previous vlog that every time I took out my camera it really detracted from my holiday because I had to make sure I had footage all the time and that I was able to showcase everything and eventually I just took a step back and said I could not do it anymore. I really hope everyone understands and that you’re not upset that not much went on in my vlogs.

I want to do a separate post detailing exactly what the tour was like and what exactly I got up to during my vacation. I’m so blessed and grateful for the opportunity I had to travel and see a different part of the world.

If you enjoy the vlog, please feel free to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so that you can be part of my little family. I genuinely enjoy creating content for my readers and viewers and due to the fact that I have more time on my hands this semester, I really want to create more content for my blog specifically. I upload YouTube videos every Friday.

Want to see what I get up to for my 21st birthday shenanigans? Feel free to follow me on Instagram or Snapchat: just_deeanne. I’m always active there. I have also been posting a ton of photos from my trip which you might not see on the blog.

 

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Thailand: Everything a Thailand tourist needs to know.

“We travel, not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”

For my 21st birthday I decided to trade in the classic Cape Town bash for a few stamps on my passport. Thailand has always been on my bucket list and for me to have ticked that off is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. Instead of a laid-back vacation I asked if we could do an island hopper package in which I was fortunate enough to explore the islands of Phuket, Phi Phi and Krabi as well as Koh Poda, Koh Ghai (better known as Chicken Island), Koh Tub and Koh Mor.

I have seen most of what this beautiful island has to offer and have made my fair share of memories. Due to this, I have gained quite a bit of knowledge and do’s and don’ts regarding this beautiful country. If you’re looking for more general information or simply just doing some research for your next trip, you’ve come to the right place!

GENERAL FACTS:

Capital of Thailand: Bangkok (I was unable to explore Bangkok as this was not part of my package but if you are able to go then I would suggest doing your shopping for luxury items such as make-up, clothing and other things here as these are not available in the local areas. I did not do my homework and I was dying to go to a Sephora!)

Currency & Exchange Rate: Thai Baht. This was extremely friendly in terms of the South African Rand which is always a bonus. I would HIGHLY recommend not exchanging your currency at the airport but rather within the city as I have found that you lose out so much more at the airport.

Visa: A visa is not required for stays shorter than 30 days. Only a passport is needed.

Electricity/Plugs: Thailand uses 220V AC electricity. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets. Take note South Africans as our 3 point plugs are of no use here and due to the fact that I did not have an adapter, I did not have a blowdryer.

Weather: November to February is the popular tourist season and summer in Thailand. This might be unpleasant if you do not like busy tourist seasons and the beaches tend to be a lot fuller. March to April is hot as well. May to October is Monsoon season and it tends to rain, however when I went it was July and it was so nice and only rained once or twice late afternoon towards the night so it did not put a damper on my holiday at all.

Language: The main language spoken is Thai although most people do understand English.

Greeting: Traditionally, you would greet a woman by saying “Saswasdeeka” which is pronounced sa-wah-dee-kah and you would greet men by saying “Saswasdeekrap” pronounced sa-wah-dee-crup. It is of extreme importance that the difference is heard in pronunciation as men find it disrespectful if you greet them with the woman’s greeting. A greeting is usually accompanied by “The Wai” which is the traditional greeting gesture which consists of a slight bow with both palms pressed slightly together similar to a prayer stance.

Thank You: Manners are of extreme importance. The same rules apply with the difference between men and women. To say thank you to a woman you would say “Kap kun ka” which is pronounced khap-coon-caah and to say thank you to a man you would say “Kap kun krap” pronounced khap-coon-crup

Country Income: The main source of income for Thailand is tourism, secondly fishing and thirdly cashew farming.

TOURIST ETIQUETTE:

Keep Calm: Losing your temper in public or displaying negative emotions in public is frowned upon in the Thai culture.

Respect: This has been mentioned before but I cannot stress this enough. The Thai culture pays respect in a hierarchical fashion which means that respect is first paid to the elders. The higher the social status of someone, the more respected they are.

Cover Up: As a sign of respect, always cover yourself when going to holy places. This includes covering the legs and shoulders. No cleavage.

Feet: Your feet are considered to be the lowest part of your body and the least clean. You should never point with your feet or have your feet higher than someones head. It is therefore extremely common in the Thai culture to remove your shoes before entering someones home. I went to a nail salon and was asked to leave my shoes outside as well as in the temples

Photography: Always ask before taking photos of someone.

Table Manners: Fork to be held in the left hand and spoon in the right. Only pour drinks when the cup is less than half full.

Monks: Never touch a monk or sit next to him.

I still have my hotel reviews which should go up. Would you like a blog posts with things to do in Thailand?

 

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