Dramatic Plum Smokey Eye Tutorial – Affordable Graduation Glam Series

Never apologize for being a strong, independent woman.

 

The creativity bug has bitten me and I’m not going to lie, I like it. I wanted to create a variety of graduation looks because everyone is different and I’d like to cater to a variety of tastes and of course, skin tones.

I’ve always been one to shy away from bold looks but I thought I’d step out of my comfort zone and try something a bit more daring, and this is what I came up with. I won’t lie, I’m extremely impressed with how this turned out and I feel that I have definitely come a long way in terms of make-up.

My next graduation look is going to be a little more on the glamorous side of things and I cannot wait to show you what I come up with. If you’d like to see more, just click the video above and subscribe to my YouTube channel. If you’d like to be alerted when I post a new video, simply tap the bell notification next to the subscribe button and there you go – you’re all set!

What look do you think I’ll be creating next? I’m also accepting video suggestions at the moment because I need ideas for new content!

 

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Soft Smoke – Affordable Golden Graduation Glam

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success” – Arianna Huffington

 

Graduation season. A time in my life I’ve looked forward to from the moment I first witnessed graduates line up outside my university’s hall. It’s something about the way the girls grace the scene with their beautiful dresses and high heels and how dapper the men look in their suits. It’s a really big day, and rightfully so, because we as students have worked really hard to get here and it’s not everyone that can say that they’ve made it to the finish line. On your big day, the last thing you should worry about is what kind of make-up look to go for – that’s where I come in. I’ve been working on a series for graduation looks to give you a bit of inspiration for different tastes. In this look specifically I wanted something soft yet dramatic at the same time. I love how subtle yet effective this look is for graduation with golden tones to suit a variety of skin tones. I’ve listed all the products featured in the video’s description bar for easier access.

For these tutorials, I’ve tried to make it as drugstore friendly as possible so that people who may still be on the job hunt do not have to pay an arm and a leg just to look good on graduation day! The only products that I can honestly say are not drugstore would be the SwiitchBeauty products, but I did recommend alternatives in my videos.

The final look:

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What kind of look would you like to see for graduation? I’m working on something a little bit more dramatic for my next look and I promise it won’t be as long, I just thought I’d do one “get ready with me” and the others will probably be voiced over in order to make it easier for viewing.

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The Chronicles of the Unlucky and Unemployed – Chapter 2: Unemployment is Expensive.

PSA: To all my lovely readers in the same boat as I am, it is not our season yet. You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone seeking employment at the moment x.

Another unsuccessful week has gone by in terms of the job search but we must remain hopeful. This week was incredibly difficult for me personally because I felt like I had really hit an all time low when it came to looking for work. I know, everything happens in it’s own time (God has his timing and it’s just not my season yet). However, I wanted to touch on something that has touched me personally and that I feel is not talked about enough among graduates from university or unemployed job seekers.

Recruitment processes. I have a love-hate relationship with them. Obviously it forms part and parcel of getting a job which is understandable, but I’m talking about processes that can take anywhere from weeks to months. I love the idea of getting to know the company and seeing what life is like behind the scenes, but I don’t think that businesses understand how expensive processes like these are, especially if there’s a chance that the potential employee might not be hired at all. To give you guys a bit of background, I recently went through a strenuous recruitment process which took place over the course of a month. It required me to be in different parts of town, which included central and north (about 30-40 minute drives each for me) and also required studying and completing assessments. I know I’m going to sound like a complete geek, but I genuinely enjoyed the studying aspect. Being fresh out of university gave me that competitive edge and I’m not new to burning the midnight oil in order to ace results. However, two steps away from the final interview, I was told that they would not be moving forward with me with that recruitment process. What killed me was that I had put so much time and effort in because I really, really wanted this job and I thought I was a perfect fit. Not only that, but after a month of patiently waiting for answers, buying new clothes to meet whom I thought would be my potential employee, filling up my tank to drive to the other side of town and purchasing a few odds and ends (like printing study notes, etc.), I found myself really broke.

I am truly fortunate to have my own car, but I don’t think people understand that not everyone has their own forms of transportation. As someone who only got her car a few months ago, I decided it would be best to Uber to town as I wasn’t comfortable driving to town on my own in peak morning traffic. Luckily my grandfather offered to take me (and might I add, took me through his work which made a really nifty shortcut). However, if I had to Uber to town that would’ve cost me about R250 from where I live (which would have totalled a whopping R500 for me to get back home), R300 to take me to the North side of town (R600 total to get home) and add in the fact that I needed a white blouse (which was requested by the employer) which I could only find at Woolworths for some reason (I won’t even mention the price, but please know it cost me a pretty penny) and of course if you didn’t have internet and you needed to communicate back and forth (to complete my assessment) which would have probably cost around R50 for printing as well. If my total is correct (maths was never my strong suit) this process could have cost close to the tune of R1250 for someone who used Uber. All of this, just to be told that you didn’t get the job.

I’m not necessarily upset about the situation anymore,  because looking back, I genuinely enjoyed the recruitment process and I understand now that maybe I was destined for something better. I just feel that it is quite unfair for unemployed students or job seekers to have to go through such extensive recruitment processes when it is evident that we lack certain criteria for the job. In my case, I was told that I was too young and lacked “life experience”. In my CV, the first bit of information under my name is my date of birth and in my academic history it is stated that I graduate this year.

The job search in itself is already so hard and it is evident that one of the biggest groups that suffer the most is students who have just graduated from university. Not everyone has money to complete some of these processes too, which is heartbreaking. Moral of the story: unemployment is expensive. My heart really goes out to people who use public transport or have to use internet cafes to get work done, it really does impact on the pocket. Not to mention, over the course of a month, it was possible to find other opportunities as well, but you’re so focused on the recruitment process you’re already in because you think you’re so close to the finish line.

What are your thoughts on recruitment processes?

A new week. Let’s go.

We kap aan.

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My Updated Skincare Routine featuring Cetaphil Oil Control Range & Tips For Keeping Acne at Bay

I may or may not have had a killer dance party in this video, you’re welcome x

Please Note: None of the links below are affiliate links, I’m just genuinely trying to help you find these products! x

Anyone who knows me personally will know that I have struggled for the longest time with hormonal acne. My skin is extremely sensitive to heat and I often find myself breaking out after a heat rash. I’ve tried almost everything on the market and I never found any product that I could swear by religiously. Someone suggested I try out Cetaphil as it comes highly recommended by dermatologists. The first thing I tried out was the gentle skin cleanser which worked treat for my skin but wasn’t really helping with my oily skin. After doing some research, I found that Cetaphil actually has a range for acne prone skin. Cetaphil didn’t have to say anything more, I said they could take my money.

Cetaphil’s DermaControl range is formulated for acne prone skin. It is specifically designed for oil control so for all my oily girls, this is definitely something I’d recommend. I often worry that products like this will be very drying on my sensitive skin but that was not the case for me. I loved how gentle the foam wash was on my skin because a part of me always felt that if the product doesn’t foam then it isn’t working. The smell tends to bother some people as some people say it does tend to have a bit of a clincal smell, but it really doesn’t bother me.

Can we please talk about how much my photography skills have improved? I captured these on my Canon 200D using an EF 50mm f/1.8 lens.

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I use the daily foam wash in conjunction with my Safeway Facial Cleanser. I love the rubber head because it’s the most gentle on my skin and it doesn’t irritate my skin as much as the exfoliating head does. If you’re looking for a pretty cool dupe for the Clarasonic Mia and you really don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, I got this baby for R150 at Clicks, thank me later. The head does alternate directions and is standard battery operated (AA). It comes with 3 different heads, but I only use the rubber head.

 

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With regards to the moisturizer, I love the fact that it’s not a thick consistency and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. When my skin gets oily, I find myself breaking out more. I wear this underneath my make-up but I’ve noticed that my foundation (The LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation) tends to leave my skin oily after a few hours of wear. If anyone has any recommendations for a great full coverage matte foundation, please let me know! Due to the fact that the bottle is relatively small, I do tend to use this sparingly.

My only con about this product is the heavy price tag it comes with. Although I do understand that it is a great product and that it comes highly recommended, these products are really expensive. If you know my current situation, you would know that I am currently a graduate seeking employment and if I don’t get a job soon and my skincare products run out, I doubt I’ll be able to replenish them. I usually purchase my skincare products from Clicks or Dischem depending on where I can find them on special. Clicks is currently having a 3 for 2 on their Cetaphil products. The Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer retails for R238,00 (118ml) while the DermaControl Foam Wash retails for R189,00 (236ml). Unfortunately, I cannot find the same facial cleanser as pictured above as I’ve had it for about a year, but I’ve found a similar one here which retails for R139,00.

I have been actively trying to work on my skincare since I am no longer on the pill, which really helped for my acne. I left some of my favourite tips in my video but I’ll leave a few here too:

  • I like to stay hydrated. Water is so important, I love flavoured water even though it contains more sugar, it helps with my water intake.
  • I try to wear my hair out of my face as much as I can because the grease from your hair can cause your skin to break out.
  • I’ve transitioned somewhat to almond milk instead of normal milk. Regular milk contains hormones which conflict with our hormones and result in hormonal breakouts.
  • Going to bed with make-up on? Never heard of her. I cannot get into bed with make-up on my face as it feels super gross and I know it can only result in breakouts. I love the Garnier Micellar Water which is so gentle on my skin and the best for removing make-up. I use this in conjunction with the Nature’s Nourishment Rooibos Wipes

Do you have any tips or tricks you use to keep your skin clear? If so, let me know in the comments! x

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How To Start a Successful YouTube Channel – My Secret Tips + Tricks!

 

I recommend watching the video, as I go into great detail regarding the points I discuss in this blog post.

YouTube has surely become one of the best platforms to showcase a variety of content. Whether you’re into lifestyle, fashion, beauty or fitness, there is always something for people to watch on YouTube. Now, what happens when you’ve become so inspired from sitting in front of the screen and watching that you decide to move behind the screen and start filming? YouTube is a great way to build an audience and to create killer content to share with the rest of the world. However, YouTube is not everything that it is cut out to be and I am here to shed some light on what it really takes to be a content creator and if you’re genuinely serious about becoming one, how to start a successful YouTube channel.

Know why you start a YouTube channel

I think it’s important to know why you want to start a channel. A lot of the time, when people message me on Instagram and tell me they want to start a YouTube channel, they are somewhat confused when I ask them why. I’m not asking to be rude, but it’s because some people start a channel without a goal in mind and it results in their channel ending up dying because they didn’t realize what it takes to start a channel. YouTube is commitment and requires a lot of effort and consistency.

Doing YouTube for money/press drops

If you’re starting a channel thinking that you’re going to make dollar signs, I have bad news for you my friends. Am I saying you can’t make money from YouTube? Not at all. I have made money from YouTube even though I believe I only had 600 subscribers at the time, so it is possible. However, you won’t see money when you start out on YouTube because YouTube has now enforced a rule which states that unless you have reached a certain watch time or you have 1000 subscribers, you are not allowed to monetize your videos, which means that ads will not run on your videos and you will not make money. Press drops usually only come with quite a following and even so, it still requires a lot of patience and consistency on YouTube.

Just start

The one comment I get almost all the time when people want to start a YouTube channel is that they’re afraid of what other people are going to say. I think that I forgot to mention in this video that your content is essentially going to be seen by the rest of the world. If you feel that you are too sensitive to deal with criticism and bullying, I wouldn’t recommend starting a YouTube channel as I take mental health very seriously. However, if you think you can handle it then just remember that people always going to have something to say. Everytime someone views your video to “make fun of you” that’s a view for your channel which is a bonus for growth. I guarantee that the people you go to high school with won’t matter in 5-10 years from now. If you enjoy creating content, just do it!

Equipment and my favourite apps

I recommend starting on your smartphone if you do not have a camera because you don’t need the best camera on the market to start your channel. I started off with a basic Nikon L330 and once I saw growth in my channel, I decided to move into a new direction with higher quality content, which only came with 800 subscribers might I add. Being close to 1000 was the push I needed to up my game and now I film with a Canon EOS200D and I use a 18-55mm lens. You don’t have to have the best camera to start off with, rather work with what you have and once you see growth then you can move on to better quality.

Consistency

I would not recommend YouTube for someone who is not consistent. When people view your channel, they want to subscribe to people who are going to keep pushing out content. I feel like when you go missing for long periods of time, it hurts your channel because people can see that you’re not going to be consistent and then they probably won’t stick around to see more content from you. Am I saying you have to post everyday or week? Absolutely not. But it helps to have a schedule for yourself so that you don’t disappear completely.

Growing your channel and SUB4SUB

I talk a lot about this topic in detail and I definitely recommend watching this part of the video because I go into detail about sub 4 sub and how it hurts your channel and is an ineffective growth tool.

Descriptions

Why people leave their descriptions blank I will never know. It’s so important for your audience to know where to find you and important links you may want to share with your audience. If brands want to work with you,  they’ll contact you from the email in your description, but if you leave it blank then they’ll move on and find someone else instead.

Collaborations

Don’t be shy to reach out to other YouTubers. I honestly think that a sure way to grow your audience is definitely to reach out to someone who has more or less a similar number of followers as you and asking them if they would like to collab with you. You don’t have to physically be with them, it’s literally just mentioning their socials and doing a similar video. People like to find other content creators and I can guarantee both people will benefit from doing collaborations.

Sharing your content

I don’t think I can stress the importance of sharing your content enough. If you upload a video to a channel where you have 5 subscribers, chances are if you’re lucky you’ll get 5 views. The reason I say ‘if you’re lucky’ is because not all subscribers are active subscribers. You can have 100 subscribers, and get 20 views. There are a ton of reasons for this but the most important aspect is getting your content out there. I’ve mentioned that some of my favourite platforms to use are Twitter, Instagram Stories, targeted Instagram sharing accounts and Facebook Groups. A few tools I use are TubeBuddy and VidIQ which are both really helpful plugins for choosing the right tags for your videos and providing stats so that you can see what is working and what isn’t.

Do you have a YouTube channel? I’d love to know in the comments! Also, don’t forget to leave me any tips or tricks you’ve found to help grow your channel x

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The Chronicles of the Unlucky and Unemployed – Chapter 1: Experience.

I want to pretend like I’m not writing this with tears streaming down my face and that I’m not struggling to get oxygen into my lungs, but hey it’s the truth and I am an absolute mess.

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Ok, maybe that was a little bit dramatic.

Yet again I have received the soul crushing e-mail which basically says “thank you so much for putting all your time and effort into this job that we for sure looked like we were going to give you, but in actual fact we’ve only got more bad news…”

Rejection is not new to me if I’m being completely honest. Been through the job search, got the e-mails saying you’ve done great for yourself but we just don’t think you’re the right fit, blah blah blah. I’m not bothered by the rejection aspect at all, what bothers me is the fact that this process took about a solid three weeks, which required me to go into town for an interview, study for a week to write an assessment (which I aced with a solid 87% by the way) and then a whole work day on the other side of town (my petrol tank did the things guys), dedicated to learning more about what life in the business is like (sounds like they were literally preparing me to get ready for the job, right?). But, this morning I open up my e-mail to find those words we all love to hear:

“thank you so much for your application, but we’ve decided that we’re not going to move forward with you for this recruitment process”

Perfect.

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Obviously my hurt butt wanted to know exactly what the heck I did wrong, so naturally I had to pretend like I wasn’t falling apart so they could provide me with feedback and I kid you not, this was the response:

“The team thought you were very sweet, and clearly you were passionate about working here. You’re role play (yes, they actually made me do a painfully awkward role play) was excellent, so well done. This position comes with daily challenges and stresses and after careful consideration, the team felt that you are still quite young and inexperienced and perhaps you may not be able to handle those stresses and challenges just yet. So we recommend gaining some more life skills and experience and then you are welcome to re-apply in a years time.”

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I have no words.

Really, I don’t. You see, age and experience you can tell from the get-go, so why was this not evident in the first round of my interviews? Most importantly, can someone please tell me where I was supposed to find experience when:

  1. I’ve been studying for the past 4 years and will get my degree next month.
  2. I’ve been balancing a job on top of my studies in order to make a bit of money on the side.
  3. You know these posts I write occasionally and those videos I make on YouTube? yeah, throw those into the mix too.

So, now what? Well, I guess the search starts from all over again. So please pray for me as I pull together the last few cents I have to go through this all. over. again.

Graduates, I feel ya’ll on a spiritual level when I say that unemployment is expensive.

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t get any better. Fun fact: South African graduates fall part of the large unemployment statistics because most companies in South Africa are not willing to hire students with no prior work experience. Don’t believe me? Check this out for yourself:

 

So let’s just get this straight: I spent 12 years in the schooling system just to obtain a matric certificate, followed by 4 years studying in the hopes of obtaining my degree (which I will receive next month). While balancing my studies I could only do part-time work as I could not commit to full-time employment (duh). Yet, it is my country who would like me to pull experience out of thin air before I can apply for an entry-level job. Yikes.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am still part of the South African unemployment statistics. Yup, it is I, who has just completed a 4 year degree in English and Communications while balancing a job in marketing, who has poured her heart and soul into creating content and of course who is constantly plagued by those unlucky e-mails trying to push me into a deep, dark place where alcohol is rife and the devil laughs at your misfortune.

Unfortunately for me, I can’t stand the taste of alcohol and I think I’ve had enough misfortune so that if the devil ever told me I’d never be able to withstand the storm, I’d whisper in his ear “babe, I am the storm”.

and so it continues, the chronicles of the unlucky and unemployed.

In the words of a true Capetonian, we kap aan.

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