Make-Up Tutorial: Sultry Smokey Eye & Red Lip Valentines Day/Date Night Look

Ah, and as “single awareness day” slowly approaches, Deeanne decides to throw out not one, but two valentines day inspired looks! In case you missed it, I did a girly fun Essence One Brand Tutorial: Bubblegum Pink Valentines Day Make-Up look and today I wanted to do something a little bit out of my comfort zone, so I went into my sultry side and did a sultry smokey eye with a bold red lip!

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I think that this week I will try one more make-up look before I start my back to school/varsity series. I am so excited to be going back to university because it is my final year and the year I have to start job hunting. I am nervous but calm at the same time because I know that God has a plan for me. I really want to go into journalism but I have been looking into teaching English abroad.

 

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Signature Scent – Lost In Paradise Exotic Adventure Range

If there’s one thing I was taught at a young age, it’s that your skin should never be taken for granted. When I was younger, I will never forget the time a girl took my hand and made a terribly snarky remark, saying “these feel like hands that do no work”. I politely took my hand back and told her that I cook and clean my house almost every day and every night I would make sure that before I went to bed, I had some lotion on my hands and feet.

Enjoy Bath and Body was so nice to send me a great gift box for Christmas containing a variety of lotions and body sprays. My mom was so over the moon that she decided to take a few for herself, cheeky. One range in particular that I was really excited to try was the Lost In Paradise Exotic Adventure Range. I like the fact that the packaging is colourful with gold detail and hints of pink (my absolute favourite colour).

Included In The Range:

250ml Body Lotion

150ml Body Mist

80ml Hand Cream

The Scent Itself:

The scent of exotic paradise with a vibrant combination of luscious peach, sun-kissed tangerine and juicy red fruits, resting on a perfect blend of wild passion flower and musk.

Fruity and floral scents have always had a special place in my heart. I feel that it smells absolutely stunning and ladylike. I wish I had received or stumbled on this range when I went to Thailand because this would have been the perfect edition to my travel bag.

If there is one thing I personally cannot stand, it’s when my hands are terribly dry. This happens almost all the time when I find myself in aircon venues at my university. The hand cream is perfect for slipping in my toiletry bag for campus when I can feel my hands becoming dry and I love the body mist, because I go to campus in Bellville where temperatures can peak to about 35 degrees Celsius. What a lovely way of having a little escape while I am stuck in the busy world of university!

Prices:

The Enjoy Bath and Body Range can be found at Clicks stores.

250ml Body Lotion R34,95

150ml Body Mist R36,95

80ml Hand Cream R34,95

I am so excited to try out the rest of the Enjoy Bath and Body products and I love the other scents they have on offer. Would you like to see another product from their range?

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CALA Pink Couture Deluxe Make-Up Brush Set Review & Why It’s Perfect For Beginners

Being a beauty blogger and the go-to friend when it comes to make-up and advice, the one question I am almost always asked is which brushes I would recommend when it comes to make-up application. I remember when I first started getting into make-up, I saved up a little bit of my pocket money and went to the drugstore to purchase my first foundation brush. I wanted something which was affordable and looked like it would last me a long time. This is when I picked up the CALA Cosmetics foundation brush, which I still have in my collection today.

I recently ran a giveaway on my Instagram in which I gave away the CALA Pink Couture Deluxe Make-Up Brush Set and after some contemplating, I decided that I wanted one for myself because it looked so pretty! Unfortunately the store I went to was out of stock and I ended up getting one for Christmas from my mom. I am always grateful for make-up and anything I can add to my growing collection!  What I love the most about this brush set is that it comes with a stunning make-up bag which you can store your brushes in for travel. This is so important for me because I need to know that I have somewhere to store my brushes in order to protect them from any damage.

 

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INSIDE THE CALA PINK COUTURE DELUXE MAKE-UP BRUSH SET:

The brush set contains 6 pieces in total, one bag and 5 brushes.

1 make-up bag, pink with rhinestone embellishments (as pictured above)

1 powder brush

1 eyeshadow blending brush

1 eyeshadow applicator brush

1 eyeshadow shading brush

1 liner brush

REVIEW OF THE BRUSHES

One thing I always worry about when it comes to brushes is how long it will last and if the bristles will fray or fall out after a wash. I like to deep clean my brushes knowing that product can make its way right down the brush and cause my skin to break out. When I used the brushes for the first time, they were really good in terms of application. I found the powder brush soft and the eyeshadow brushes dense enough to pack on product and hold onto the product when used in conjunction with other products such as eyeshadow primer or setting sprays.

 

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WHY THIS SET IS PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS

Besides the fact that this set is extremely affordable, retailing at R164,00 in South Africa (mine was purchased at Dis-Chem) it can be used in a number of ways which is great for a beginner to learn the ropes. If I had found this set when I started out with make-up, I would not have thought twice about purchasing it because I feel that I can get so much use out of these brushes and they are not very expensive (some brush sets retail at almost R500 and the brushes are TINY).

The Powder Brush doubles as a blush applicator if you use setting sprays instead of setting powders.

The Shading Brush doubles as a concealer brush for concealing imperfections and cleaning up brows for a sharper and more precise brow.

The Liner Brush can be used as a lower lid brush for smoking out eyeshadow or even lip liner for a clean lipstick application.

THE VERDICT

Even though this was given to me as a gift, I can honestly say that I am so impressed with how these brushes have held up. I have not had any problems with application or the bristles and I feel that this set is affordable, which is something that is so important for me as a student because nobody wants to spend an arm and a leg on products. I mean, unless you’re a serial splurger, then you do you boo.

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What are some of your favourite make-up brush brands? I love finding new products!

 

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Essence One Brand Tutorial: Bubblegum Pink Valentines Day Make-Up

Anyone else single like me but LOVES getting dolled up for Valentines Day?

My horoscope told me that in February I am going to find love and I just wanted to know why someone would make such a joke? Kidding aside, if you have a valentine (lucky you, babe) or if you’re a nacho cheese single pringle like myself then come and put your face on with me in this Essence (somewhat) one brand tutorial. The only things I have to confess about this tutorial is that I forgot to get a bronzer from Essence, Essence does not have my shade of foundation and they only have 3 colour brow pencils. The brown brow pencil is too light for me, the black is too dark and blonde is obviously out of the question. With most tutorials, if you enjoy please leave me a thumbs up and do not forget to subscribe to my channel for more content.

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The Finished Look:

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Is it too early for these videos? My back to school series starts on my channel next week! I am so excited to be starting my final year of university before I head off to the big world.

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South African Bloggers I’m Surprised You’re Not Following & Why I Love Them

Look, I have a love-hate relationship with blogging in general. When the term “blogger” or “influencer” comes to mind, I know what you’re thinking. Millions of followers, an Instagram feed with professional photos and only a few names in the South African blogging community. This is so upsetting to me because I honestly feel that there are so many beautiful women who hardly ever get the credit they deserve for their work. In today’s post I share with you my favourite South African bloggers and why I’m surprised you have not discovered them already.

LOVE, KAYLYN

Kaylyn Van As is a lifestyle and cruelty-free blogger from Cape Town. I discovered Kaylyn on Twitter and as soon as I came across her aesthetically pleasing white feed, I was smitten. What I love the most about Kaylyn is that she’s not someone who only claims to be a cruelty-free blogger, but she really educates you on what to look for or where you can go if you’d like to find out if the brand you’re using is truly cruelty-free. Her passion for cruelty-free beauty has led her to write posts such as interrogating famous local brands which really goes to show how passionate she is. Oh, and we’ve also been featured on the Clicks page together, WINNING. I love Kaylyn, she’s so easy to talk to and I’d love to collaborate with her in future, you know… When I plan on going cruelty free!

 

Kaylyn’s Blog: Love, Kaylyn

Kaylyn’s Instagram: kaylynvanas

BURGUNDYBEAUTYZA

Honestly, I have no idea where to start with Simran. Although Simran does not have a “beauty blog” per say, she posts daily reviews on her Instagram about beauty and skincare, making her an Instagram blogger, and not one to mess with. What stood out for me last year, was when there was an issue regarding cultural appropriation and instead of everyone jumping on the bandwagon and bashing the person in the wrong, Simran took this opportunity to educate people on what was going on and how we could avoid making the same mistakes in future. When someone can take a very serious situation and turn it into something we as people can learn from, THAT my friend is talent. Sticking to my love of white feeds, I love that Simran’s Instagram feed has dark tones to it, making it very different from plain white feeds. Definitely a blogger to watch in my opinion.

 

Simran’s Instagram: burgundybeautyza

LILYSTORMBLOG

Although I only discovered this blog late last year, I have to thank Lily for the appreciation she has shown my blog and YouTube channel. How could I not feature her? I recently read her post about her top tips for saving money and what I loved was that it was far from the usual. Her take on writing is definitely not mainstream and I hope she blogs more in future so that I can definitely collab with her one day!

Lily’s Blog: Lily Storm Blog

TOPKNOTCHBLOG

Rachael Williams is a lifestyle and beauty blogger from Cape Town. I only discovered her blog on my other Instagram account (If you did not know, I now have both a personal and business account). If I could hire Rachael for literally one day so that my personal Instagram photos can look as good as hers, I would. Her recent post about her new year’s resolutions were so honest and open. One thing I genuinely look for in a blog is the fact that they can be relatable. Rachael seems like such a sweet and honest person, personally a blogger I would like to get to know better in future!

 

Rachael’s Blog: Top Knotch Blog

Rachael’s Instagram: topknotchblog

PERILOUSLYPALE

I think that I only have two words to describe Megan’s Instagram feed. Flower Power. Megan Smith is a Johannesburg based beauty blogger. Not just a pretty feed (see what I did there?), but brains to boot! Megan is also a student at Wits studying Chemical Engineering. More power to the students because your girl is final year and she knows the struggle of keeping a blog and making sure you still have time to keep those grades up. I love Megan’s blog because she really goes into detail when it comes to beauty and does not give you a brief overview of products. She also posts in-depth tutorials about make-up which I absolutely love, because I can never explain my make up tutorials in posts. Most definitely on my bloggers to watch list!

 

Megan’s Instagram: perilouslypale

Megan’s Blog: Perilously Pale

Who are some of your favourite bloggers? I always love finding new feeds!

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In Case You Missed It – What I Got For Christmas 2017 & Helping Animals In Need

— DISCLAIMER: I do not intend on bragging in this video. If you know me, you would know that I only make these types of videos for entertainment purposes and because they do well in terms of views around Christmas time in general. If you do not like these videos, please do not feel obliged to watch it —

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I’M BAAAAAACK.

Hello and welcome to a new and improved version of Sincerely, Deeanne. I wanted to get one last video of 2017 out in the open so I thought I’d leave this little video here for you to watch. You know the drill, I would love for you to like my video and subscribe to my channel. My goal for 2018 is to hit 1000 subscribers so if you could make that happen, I would be really grateful.

As much as I love receiving gifts for Christmas, I wanted to give back throughout 2018. Animals have a very special place in my heart. In 2013, my pitbull, Shylow was stolen out of my grandma’s yard while we were away on vacation. I searched and searched, but to no avail. I can only hope my baby boy is in a better place or that he is safe and unharmed. As I am sure most of you are aware, dog fighting is a common occurrence and a sick pleasure a lot of people take part in. I will list a few of the South African shelters down below, if you are able to donate, these organizations are in dire need and are not funded by the state, so money is very tight for them. Alternatively, if you are looking to give a furry friend a forever home, that would be great too.

Animal Welfare Society Cape Town: https://awscape.org.za/

Good Hope SPCA: https://capespca.co.za/

Oscars Arc WOOF Project: http://www.oscarsarc.org/woof-project.html

TEARS: http://tears.org.za/

My wish for you in 2018 is nothing but good health, good times, great memories and the biggest blessings. Thank you for all your support in 2017, I hope to come out with so much new content for you.

 

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2017 – Year In Review.

I wanted to do a video on this, but to be honest, writing has always been my true passion.

2017, wow. Where do I begin? Everything I have achieved, lost and learned has added so much value to my life. I also wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported my blog, YouTube channel or even a simple follow on social media. Your kind words mean more than you will ever know.

Let me start by saying that my 2017 started off really well. I walked into the year with good health, passing my 2nd year of university, with distinction, (pops collar). I was not expecting 2017 to change my life so dramatically that it in turn changed the way I felt about myself and how I looked at life. I was invited to 2 The Body Shop events, which opened many doors for me and my blogging career. I am so grateful for every company who has reached out to me and I look forward to the events that lie ahead.

Although my year started off well, in April 2017 I came out of a 4 year relationship. This not only made me lose my best friend, but my only friend at the time. I spiraled into a deep, dark place for a while. I refused to go to campus, I would lock myself in my room and I would sulk all day and feel sorry for myself — BORING.

I took this as a learning curve and out of fear and desperation, I plastered signs all over campus looking for a lift club. Little did I know that this would in fact lead me to finding 3 of the best friends I have now. Nicole, Tamzen and Zahraa, you are truly my highlights of 2017.

Then, embarking on something a little bit out of my comfort zone. Tinder. I don’t know how I managed to find this gem of a guy, but I happened to match with a British stud muffin who I still remain friends with to this day. Unfortunately, love was not on the cards for me this year – which I am not mad about. It just means that I had more time to focus on my own goals and most importantly, myself.

Stamp passport – check. For the first time, I spread my wings and traveled to Thailand with my family, which is a memory I will cherish forever. I fell in love with the people, the culture and the food (food poisoning aside, I really hate my stomach sometimes). I got to experience a beach I have never been to, went on a walk in the middle of the night to get souvenirs (which is something you cannot do in Cape Town, because the crime rate is ridiculous) and even went snorkeling with thousands of tropical coloured fish in 3m deep water (I’m 1’54 so you can imagine how terrifying this was for me!). I crossed Krabi, The Phi Phi Islands and another island I really can’t remember the name of off my list and I really cannot wait to go back.

To end off my year, I decided to have my own giveaway in order to grow my channel and really gain a little bit of exposure for my new Instagram which I plan on posting regularly (once I get out of my slump. Ahh January) and plan to use only for reviews. If you like white feeds, my handle is sincerelydeeannetheblog. I ended off my year with 165 followers and 645 subscribers to my channel. I am so grateful for all the support, no matter how small.

I have no idea what this year holds for me, and to be honest it has not started off that well. I am just going to go with the flow and whatever happens, happens. All in God’s timing x

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