September Favourites & Surprise Announcement!

Hello and welcome back to a bran new post, beautiful!

So before I start rambling on about my new found September Favourites, I would just like to announce that I have my own domain! I am now available at http://sincerelydeeanne.co.za and I also have a giveaway happening in a week or two, so if you would like to enter then head over to my Instagram where the giveaway will be happening.

So I know September isn’t exactly over yet, however, due to the fact that I’m going to be extremely busy filming and working on getting my drivers, I can’t promise it will be up when September ends! So here we go:

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Neutrogena Visibly Clear Correct & Perfect CC Cream in Medium:

Recently I’ve been loving the “no make-up” make-up look where I don’t want to go through the effort of putting on a full face but at the same time I still want to look somewhat presentable with a light blush. So this is where my CC cream comes in, it has all the coverage of a foundation without feeling so heavy on my skin. Some people complain that it leaves their skin a bit oily but I’ve never had this problem. Thumbs up from me! This retails for about R99,95

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser:

I love having flawless looking skin, unfortunately I have huge pores and it often looks like I have holes in my face. Ever since I’ve heard about the Maybelline Baby Skin, I had to get my hands on it. It really does leave my skin with a flawless finish and I love a good bargain for only R80

Michelle Ori Paris Eyeliner In Feliner:

If you guys missed my Kendall Jenner Inspired Look, I used the Michelle Ori Paris Eyeliner to wing my eyes. I was featured on rubybox beauty’s newsletter and on Yardley London SA’s Instagram page. Check out the link to watch it.

Design Compact Powder in Soft Beige:

Who doesn’t love a good setting powder? I love the fact that this powder from Edgars is extremely affordable and not that hard to find since their are so many Edgars branches which have a make-up table. This powder prevents make-up from caking on my face and also gives me a less dewy finish if I don’t feel like a glowing face.

Essence All That Greys Lipgloss In 01 Roaring Red:

I feel that this lipgloss is more purple than red. I used this in my Vampy Burgandy Winter Make-Up Tutorial & Bold Lashes

I love this lipgloss because it lasts extremely long and doesn’t dry out my lips like most lipglosses do. I love how sleek it looks and super ready for the Fall. Try it out for yourself! This was about R49,95, however this range has been discontinued.

LA Girl Pro Conceal Concealer:

BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE. I wasn’t a huge fan of concealer before but after finding this one that doesn’t cake on my face, I am OBSESSED. I will never leave home without concealer if I’m wearing make-up because I have a lot of stress pimples so I need to get rid of those without harming my skin. If I’m not mistaken, this retails for about R49,95.

 

 

 

20 Things I’d Like To Do Now That I’m 20

Hello my amazing readers, I cannot believe it’s that time again where I’m sitting down in front of my laptop and just writing a post for you guys. I am beyond excited to announce that my Kendall Jenner Inspired Red Lip Tutorial has been featured on Yardley London South Africa’s Instagram Page! You can find their profile by looking up yardleylondon_sa and leaving me some love if you would like to x. Also: I am filming a Q&A for my YouTube channel so if you’d like to leave me questions in the comments then please feel free to do so.

For those of you who didn’t know, I turned 20 on the 8th of August 2016 and this basically means that I am no longer a teenager and slowly but surely making my way into the adult world. I’ve come up with a few goals or things that I would personally like to achieve during my 20’s and I just want to inspire others to set goals for themselves and make the most out of life. Let me know if you have any goals you’ve set out for yourself in the comments!

  1. Get My Driver’s License: This is my number one priority at the moment and I am so so nervous to complete my driver’s test this month. I feel that this would be an amazing way to enter into my adult phase as having your driver’s gives you a sense of freedom and responsibility. Please keep your fingers crossed for me this month!
  2. Travel: Being someone who has never been overseas yet, I’m very keen on traveling and getting a job in order to save money and just explore new places and try new things. I promised myself that I’ve always wanted to go into a career that involves a lot of traveling to make up for what I’ve missed out on. Wanderlust is too real out here!
  3. Get My Degree: I am a double major in English and Language and Communication Studies, so I am always forced to work extremely hard because in South Africa, BA and English Degrees are not given enough credit and it is often difficult to find work. A degree would mean a great sense of accomplishment for me so I would love to obtain this and add it to the office wall in my future home.
  4. Intern at Cosmopolitan or  any other fashion/beauty magazine: Although Cosmopolitan is top of my list, I wouldn’t mind interning for a beauty or fashion related magazine. I firmly believe that experience is everything in my industry and you can never have too much experience, however you can be over-qualified. How I see it is that I’m going to obtain my degree, intern and then complete my post grad in journalism. There are bursaries available to help with this and if I do obtain a bursary I walk straight into a job after my studies. Hard work never killed anyone!
  5. Own my own apartment: As much as I love being around my family, when I turned 20 I suddenly felt the need for my own personal space. Having no personal space in my house can be very frustrating sometimes and it’s not the best of situations. I hope to have my own place before the age of 25.
  6. Get Married: I know life is unpredictable and I’m not the type of person to set my heart on someone quickly but my family usually get married around 23-29 and I’ve always been in love with the idea of love.
  7. Have my first child: To be honest, I want this more than anything. I’ve had baby fever for the longest time and I love children so no surprise here.
  8. Learn a new language: I hope that with traveling and going to new places, I am able to absorb the culture and learn new languages along the way. I find learning to be so much fun and very interesting so this is a must for me
  9. New experiences: I would love to try new things and start going to various events. Being someone with social and actually wanting to put myself out there, it’s a very scary thought and exciting at the same time.
  10. Conquer my fear of putting myself out there: When I was bullied throughout high school, I was in such a bad place that when I transitioned to university it was really difficult for me to make friends and to this day I can’t start a conversation unless someone talks to me. I just want to get over this because it ruins so many aspects of my life and it’s time that I do things for myself.
  11. Win a competition: If you follow me on snapchat (just_deeanne) you would know that yesterday I posted a snap saying that I have never won a competition in my life. I feel I’m going to enter all the competitions I can and hopefully win something.
  12. Take my mom & grandma on the vacation of their dreams: A lot of my success I owe to my grandma and my mom. They were always there for me in the sense that they always pushed me to do better and never t give up. I honestly don’t think I would be at university if it were not for my grandma and my mom. Thank you ladies.
  13. Grow spiritually and deeper in my faith: I love God and everything about my religion, I just want to be spiritual on a much deeper level and just reach a point in my faith where I can honestly say I’m happy where I am.
  14. Go to a music festival: I’ve always wanted to go to ULTRA or just a music festival in general and enjoy myself and live it up.
  15. Adrenaline Sport FTW: I will bungee jump, water ski or white water raft before I turn 30 and this is not optional.
  16. Maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle: I’ve recently started eating so much healthier and exercising regularly. It feels so good to know that my body is in good shape and that I’m no longer lethargic and eating unhealthily.
  17. Go camping or on a road trip with a bunch of friends: This has always been one of the goals I’ve always wanted to achieve. Friendship is important to me in so many ways and I can’t wait to do this.
  18. Be financially independent: I never want to ask anyone for money and I want to work as hard as I possibly can so that I can be financially independent and never have to look at the price tag on an item of clothing ever again.
  19. Become the editor in chief of a magazine: The ultimate goal. YAAAS.
  20. Be happy with life and myself in general: I think that everyone should aspire to be happy with life and just happy with themselves in general.

See you next time lovely!

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My 2016 Winter Lookbook & Where Have I Been?

Hello beautiful, happy Sunday!

If you’re still subscribed to me then you’re probably wondering where I’ve been and why on Earth have I not posted in almost a month. I spent a lot of my holidays just relaxing and not pressuring myself to do blog posts because I feel that when I have to put up content, it’s not always my best. For those of you who don’t know, August 8th is my birthday so I have some great content coming next month and I am just really happy to be blogging again in general.

About 2 weeks ago I uploaded my 2016 Winter Lookbook video which you can find on my channel by clicking the play button down below, if you do then don’t forget to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel x

 

Now I know that some of you don’t always have internet access which is fast enough to watch or you’re not able to watch at all due to country restrictions. No worries, I have taken photographs and I am more than happy to share it with you!

OUTFIT 1:

Top: Woolworths

Jersey/Throw-over: Mr. Price

Jeans: Mr. Price

Boots: Mr. Price

Necklace: Zando

Watch: Lanco

Bracelet: Foschini

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OUTFIT 2:

Jersey: Legit

Tights: Foschini

Boots: The Fix

Necklace: Mr. Price

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OUTFIT 3:

Jacket: Edgars

Tights: Foschini

 

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Classy Couture 03.

Hi everyone, I just thought I’d take a break from my studies because I am writing exams on Monday and thought I’d share a few photos to the Classy Couture collection. There is an entire section on my blog dedicated to this category which you can find on the home page. Due to the fact that I am swamped with work (almost 200 pages to study for Psychology, I crave a good vacation which is what inspired me to write this post. It’s winter here in South Africa and I am super jelly of everyone who’s experiencing summer season right now! Enjoy xo

 

 

Well, time to hit the books again. I’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new post!

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My Fave Yardley Lipsticks for Winter.

It is definitely that time of year again where the cold sets in and to make my face look less pale I have to wear the darkest colour (or in this case, somewhat dark) to make myself look a little bit presentable. I was recently gifted 2 Yardley Ultra Kissable Super Moist lipsticks and I was more than just impressed. Not only does the lipstick moisturize my lips, but also adds a great pop of colour to any plain or glam look. I’ve inserted various pictures of the lipstick itself, swatches and how it looks on my lips (unfortunately I’ve only worn Coco in the picture below). The names of the Yardley lipsticks are Burnt Plum and Coco, although Coco is more of a dark red than a brown.

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Swatched side by side, or in this case above and below each other, burnt plum at the top and coco at the bottom

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Here are some images from a date night I went on recently with my boyfriend of 3 years, Matthew. I am pictured wearing the shade Coco.

Before the date night:

 

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I did not have a liner in this shade so please excuse my messy lines, but I can assure you it looks really good. And I may or may not have eaten when this was taken so this is what it looks like AFTER I ate which is great because it hardly budged or disappeared and I didn’t feel the need to apply more since I was home already.

 

I hope you enjoyed my little selection of winter lipsticks to hopefully add to your own collection. What’s your fave shade for winter?

 

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My Lazy Day 2016 Winter Morning Routine

Hi everyone! I still have one more Mother’s day post going up on the blog tonight, but I thought I’d just come and tell you more about my YouTube channel. As I have mentioned before, I do have my own YouTube channel called JustDeeanneDIY where I post content similar to my blog. Below is my Lazy Day Winter Morning Routine for 2016. Please take a look as it would mean so much to me!

 

Typically on a lazy day, I really like to catch up on some sleep so I usually wake up at about 10AM. Then I cannot get up until I check my phone to see if I have any notifications (Which I don’t most of the time). From there I will make my way over to my super comfy slippers and if you watched the video, both my onesie and my slippers are from Mr. Price. I usually go get some fruit in the kitchen and some coffee because I’m not always very big on breakfast and then I proceed to brush my teeth. After that I make my way to my room to check my laptop, email and maybe work on some blogposts.

In the shower the typical products I use are:

Schwarzkopf BC BonaCure repair kit Shampoo and Conditioner.

Clean and Clear blackhead scrub

Detangling comb from Clicks.

On a typical lazy day I usually go to the mall and drive past the beach and the scenery in the video was truly amazing.

I’ve hit 200 subscribers on my YouTube channel! Are you subscribed? If you are, let me know in the comments!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016.

Hi everyone, I am so excited to put this post up because I have an exciting announcement to make. Firstly, I will be uploading more regularly as I have set up a proper blogging schedule and I am planning on buying my own domain! I have been saving for some time now so that I could afford it seeing as we in South Africa do not use US Dollars and the rand is extremely weak at the moment. Also, one of my YouTube videos will be going up so if you’re not subscribed already, please feel free to do so as I have a vlog going up next week. My YouTube channel is JustDeeanneDIY so if you type that in to the search bar, it will pop right up!

Anyway, I have 3 Mother’s Day posts lined up for this week: the gift guide, a few cocktail recipes (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and a recipe lined up before the big day. I just thought I’d show my readers the gifts I purchased for my mom, my boyfriend’s mom and my grandma.

Bath Products/Lotions:

I am probably Oh So Heavenly’s biggest fan when it comes to their products. This was the last gift pack they had on the shelf and I just had to snatch it for my boyfriend’s mom since she will be traveling to Thailand in December. These travel sized lotions are perfect for a mom who loves traveling or someone who moves around a lot for work. The packaging made this convenient enough not to wrap! I purchased it from Clicks and included in the pack is: travel sized body wash, travel sized body lotion and a loofah. Great mini pamper kit! If you want, you can get bigger sizes in this range but it’s all up to preference. Due to the fact that Matthew and I have been dating for 3 years, I feel that it’s okay to buy his mom a gift since his mom buys me birthday gifts and Easter parcels.

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Jewellery:

My mom always told me that you can never go wrong with jewellery and she was eying a pair of these pearl earrings that I thought were so adorable. Jewellery is a difficult thing to purchase because every woman has particular taste in jewellery but if you know your mom and what she likes then it’s a great gift. These are freshwater pearl earrings from Harris & D’arcy. To go along with this gift I purchased a coffee mug that says “Mom’s The Boss” and will fill it up with candy closer to Mother’s Day and treat mom to a brunch, yum!

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Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File:

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I was blown away when I purchased my own foot file today. Even though it has been out for about a year or so, I was amazed when it really did work. You can’t expect miracles from every product but this one was definitely worth it. Loved how easy it is to use and to clean up and the results are amazing. This one will come in hand for grandma along with a Woolworths gift voucher!

 

Gift Vouchers:

As mentioned before, I love Woolworths and I am obsessed with their, well, everything. A few of my favourite stores to gift vouchers to family are: Woolworths, Edgars & Truworths. As I said before, it’s really all up to you.

 

Hope you enjoyed my little compilation of gifts and now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of what I purchased, maybe it’ll inspire you. Stay tuned for my Mother’s Day cocktail specials tomorrow!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 30 – Rustic Garlic & Herb Mashed Potato Recipe

I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE 30 DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE!

Ok, not quite. The thing is, I thought the challenge was going to be a breeze. It was fun, but it’s called a challenge for a reason. I constantly found myself not posting due to my hectic work schedule and being a full-time student. Even though it isn’t an excuse, I enjoyed every moment of the challenge and found myself pushing myself and I can honestly say that if you’re considering doing the challenge, please do. Not only does it grow your audience, but I have been approached by so many companies on Instagram (My username is Just_Deeanne) which is always great if you’re looking to work with brands for your blog.

That was just a side note, please excuse me.

Mashed potato is a dish that I feel a lot of people can get wrong and then people often find themselves buying the store bought version. I have a problem with both: for one, I hate the powdered version, it lacks flavour and fluffiness and the microwave version just tastes like, boxed meals. Here’s my simple mashed potato recipe that will have you and your guests gobbling in no time!

INGREDIENTS:

SERVES 4 PEOPLE

6 Medium Potatoes//8 Small Potatoes (size is very important)

1 Tablespoon of Butter

2 Cloves of garlic (depending on your preference, if you don’t like garlic, my grandma uses BBQ spice)

1/2 Cup of milk, depending on how creamy you want your mash to be, I like to use just over half a cup

THE STAR OF THE DISH: Robertson’s Rustic Garlic & Herb Spice (No this post is not sponsored, I am just in love with this particular blend of spices). Love the brand and the range they have so if you can get your hands on them, please do!

Salt and Pepper to taste.

DIRECTIONS:

Peel and cut the potatoes into quarters/cubes making sure every piece is evenly sized so that you don’t have odd pieces that didn’t cook all the way through. On the stove, add the potatoes into boiling water on a medium heat for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Once cooked, drain the water and mash the potatoes. Add butter, grated garlic cloves, salt and pepper, garlic spice and milk. Mix together and serve warm. If you feel like you’ve added too much milk, simply put the mash back on the heat and allow the milk to evaporate while stirring constantly, making sure you do not burn your mash.

And you can serve this with a variety of dishes like chicken, meat or fish.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 29 – Baked Banana Bread Recipe

Hi Everyone!

I’d just like to apologize as this recipe was scheduled to go up yesterday but it didn’t so I really am sorry for making you wait. Also, I’ve received a few questions with regards to my YouTube channel. I haven’t posted a video in about a month because my schedule has been beyond crazy and I haven’t had the time to sit down and film a video due to the fact that I am practicing my driving in the hopes of getting my drivers license, I have to work 1 more weekend before I am officially done with my 3 month promotional campaign and I am in my second term of first semester which is an exam term and requires a lot of focus.

Without any delay, here is my banana bread. I posted a few videos on my Snapchat: just_deeanne and a lot of people snapped me asking for the recipe so here it is:

INGREDIENTS:

WET INGREDIENTS:

3 Mashed Bananas

1/2 Cup Melted Butter

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

1 Cup Milk

2 Eggs

DRY INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Sugar

3 Cups Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Nuts are optional.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius (356 F) (Mix all wet ingredients together: mashed banana, eggs, milk, vanilla essence and melted butter. When adding the melted butter make sure the butter is not warm as this will scramble your eggs, causing your bread to flop. Once all the wet ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add dry ingredients: sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and 1 cup of nuts if you wish. Mix once again, your consistency should not be runny nor too sticky. Somewhere in the middle and you’ve got it spot on. Insert the mixture into a baking tray, I personally love using bread tins and bake for 45 mins to an hour making sure that you insert a skewer and if it comes out clean, your cake is ready and you can switch off the oven and close the oven door so it will dry out for the remainder of the time. Once ready, take it out to cool making sure it’s still a little bit warm, top with butter and serve.

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Scheduling the next post to go up tomorrow as I have a full day tomorrow. Have a lovely week xo

 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 25 – February Instagram Round Up

The truth is, I’ve been really busy with assignments for campus so I’m gonna spare you the boring details of why my posts are extremely delayed. Enjoy my February IG Round Up and for those of you that want to follow me my Instagram username is Just_Deeanne.

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