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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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 14 – Classy Couture 01

SURPRISE!

So my ear is ringing and keeping me up so I thought I’d add a new segment to my blog called Classy Couture. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of sites like Tumblr and Pinterest and I always go there for fashion inspiration and just to look at amazing pictures and photography in general. I really wanted to add that to my blog where I will post pictures that cought my eye or pieces I’ve been loving. It will vary but I was inspired to do this by a fellow blogger!

Recently I have been OBSESSED with skirts. I just love the girly look it gives and the fact that you can just take it and make it your own. You can wear it and not look girly at all. I decided to edit them in Polaroid form because I think it looks cute. The following pictures are not my own and all credit goes to the respective owners, I found most of these on Tumblr.

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Did you like any of these outfits? I couldn’t pick a favourite!

Also, don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram & Twitter:

My username for both is Just_Deeanne

 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 13 – Sorbet Spa Escape Lazy Days Sea Botanicals

Hey Everyone (:

Firstly I’d like to apologize for not putting up day 13 and 14 of the 30 day challenge because I went to the doctor last night because I haven’t been feeling too well lately and I was diagnosed with an ear infection so I am currently really sick. I honestly thought my head was going to explode yesterday because I’ve never had a migraine that intense. It was honestly the scariest thing and I was in tears because it hurt so bad.

On with the review and just a side note that I am recovering, my head is still a bit sore and I tend to want to pull my ears off every 5 minutes but I am on medication and slowly but surely dealing with it.

So this is what the Sorbet Spa Escape Gift Box looks like:

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I do apologize for the lighting in my photos but the weather has been so bad lately and I use natural lighting for my photos so that didn’t really help much.

This was a gift from my boyfriend’s brother for Christmas and I never really purchased anything from Sorbet before except their range of nail polishes so I was pretty excited to try it out. Basically the set includes: A R50 gift card only applicable to acrylics and a facial, a body spritzer, hand and nail cream and a nail buffer.

Sorbet Revitalize Body Spritzer:

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I love body spritzers for when I feel like I need to freshen up on hot days or when I go to the beach so this one is definitely coming with me to campus this year. The smell is more of a sweet almost candy-like fragrance that reminds me of those bath salts I used when I was a kid or some sort of candy. I wouldn’t wear this every single day though because the smell is a little bit too strong for my liking but will definitely use it for those hot and bothersome days!

 

Nourishing Hand & Nail Cream:

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This one has a similar scent to the spritzer but it a bit softer. I really wouldn’t mind keeping this in my essentials bag or my handbag for that matter because nobody likes that feeling of dry hands. I’d definitely give this product a 10/10 when it comes to softening my hands. Works like a charm and has a great fragrance.

 

Nail Buffer:

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Not going to lie, the nail buffer wasn’t really anything special to me but because I love treating my hands to a mani now and then, this will definitely come in handy.

All in all? Great job, Sorbet!

I’m looking forward to getting those acrylics now (:

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 12 – What’s In My Handbag?

Hi everyone!

For today’s post I thought I’d do a what’s in my handbag post. This was really fun to photograph as I am trying to work on my blog photography on a tight student budget.

 

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My bag was a gift from my boyfriend’s mom for my birthday last year. Love the funky look that the old school cassette gives the bag and the fact that I can wear this with anything. If I’m not mistaken it’s from Accessorize.

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First up in my bag is my wallet, I cannot leave the house without it and when it isn’t in my handbag then it’s in my backpack for campus. Inside my wallet I keep money (obviously), cards, ID and emergency numbers. I do not know where the wallet is from as it was an anniversary gift from my boyfriend.

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A must have to keep in my handbag is my cellphone. I have the IPhone 6 and my gold case is from Typo. My glitter is coming off my case and it looks pretty nasty but I found a picture of the case originally:

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I keep forgetting to charge this baby so most of the time it’s useless but this travel charger from Energizer always comes in handy for me when I need it (and it’s charged). I love the fact that it’s small and it’s easy to fit in my bag, and my charger comes with many different cables for different phones. So if anyone is ever in a fix and needs a charger, I’ll be more than willing to help.

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I mentioned my Labello Lip Butter in my January Favourites post and I keep him in my bag for when I’m feeling a little dry and a clear gloss from Edgars that I use to touch up during the day.

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I feel like I have to keep a pen in my handbag because whenever I need one, I never have one. I recently started keeping a pen in my bag and it has come in handy so many times. I forgot to take a picture of my hand sanitizer but that’s in my bag too and I shiver when I think of all the germs on pens that they use in public places.

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My keys are next up in my bag and probably take up the most space. On my keys I have my house keys, a Pacman ghost my friend made me last year and an Eiffel Tower charm that both my boyfriend and I keep on our keys because it’s our goal to travel Europe together one day. I also keep my student card on my keys so that I don’t forget it at home and I can’t get into the library or write exams without it. Almost forgot, the teddy bear charm was a matching charm that I gave to my boyfriend when we shared a locker together in high school.

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I only hopped on the sunglasses wagon when Matthew kept nagging me to wear them, and I don’t know why it took me so long to fall in love with them. When I don’t wear my sunglasses now I feel like the sun is blinding me! My sunglasses are from Exact! fashion.

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Being someone who is so prone to breaking nails, I keep a mini manicure kit in my bag for when a have a pesky hangnail I need to get rid of. Now this is a lifesaver.

Well I think that’s about everything I keep in my bag. What’s in yours?

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 11 – My Easy 5 Minute Everyday Make-Up Tutorial

Hi Everyone! I just got home from picking up my brother from his sports day at school and it ended at 8PM! I’m completely exhausted and almost forgot I had to put a post up. No worries though, here I am with my easy 5 minute make-up tutorial. If you like it don’t forget to give the video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.

  1. Moisturize: So I usually start off by priming my face with my Isabella Garcia Day Defense Moisturizer and just hydrating my skin so my make-up has something to hold on to throughout the day.
  2. Garnier BB Cream: Due to the fact that this is an every day look I usually just wear BB cream because I feel that it’s lighter than a foundation and I don’t sweat this off as easily and it’s really hot at my campus. I apply this with my foundation brush from Cala cosmetics.
  3. Beauty Blender: To even out my BB cream I use a damp beauty blender.
  4. Sowin Quad: I use the eye shadow closest to my skin tone to cover the veins on my eyes which are a little obvious.
  5. Eyes: I usually go in with a white shadow in the inner corners of my eye to help me look more awake. Next, I go in with my Charlie Rock n Curl Mascara (AMAZING) and just apply a few coats to my lashes.
  6. Cheeks: Using my Pupa Blush Brush I go in with Clinique’s “Precious Posy” blush and wherever I feel the blush is a bit too harsh, I just go over it with the damp beauty blender.
  7. Lips: Going in with my Labello Lip Butter in “Blueberry Blush”, I apply this under my clear gloss because I have dry lips and I feel that any lip product really dries out my lips even more (Lipsticks and lip glosses)
  8. Lastly I set my make-up with my Design Compact Powder in “Soft Beige” and I’m good to go!

Sorry this post is up late but I’m really glad it’s up!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 10 – My Fave Nail Polishes

I should probably start off this post by saying no, this post is NOT sponsored by Sorbet or any other brand for that matter. Side note: Has anyone ever heard of Glambassador or has been contacted by them before? Just want to know if it’s legit (:

Hi everyone, we are a third of the way through the 30 day blogging challenge and I am coming to you today with another favourites post. Today I’ll be talking about my fave nail polishes at the moment.

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FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:

Essence The Gel Nail Polish – 21 A Whisper of Spring: I’ve been wanting to try a light lavender shade for the longest time and I’ve tried nail polishes from Essence before and I must admit they chip really quickly. With the gel polish and my gel coat from Sorbet I don’t experience that problem and it’s a really great colour pay off and the consistency isn’t too watery.

Sorbet – Red Light: Probably my favourite shade out of all the ones featured in this post. Great cherry red colour and it’s such a deep colour without the watery consistency as I’ve mentioned before and I really like that after 1 coat, it was good enough to go.

Sorbet – Blush: Such a cute and girly colour without being too obvious. Great for a nude look and just so soft which I adore. I received this in a set of 3 along with red light and the gel coat as a gift from Matthew’s (my boyfriend) mom. It even came with a cute travel case for your nail polishes.

Sorbet – Vanilla Ice: I’ve tried many blue nail polishes before but this one definitely blew me away. I really like soft colour nail polishes because I feel like I have fat fingers so I don’t like to attract attention to my fingers very often. Colour pay off I would rate a 7/10 due to the fact that you have to apply 2-3 coats to get the shade you want.

Sorbet – Pink Cheeks: A bright pop of pink which I wear when I feel more daring and usually I will wear this colour on my toes. It’s a fun and flirty colour.

Sorbet – Gel Top Coat: I think that what I loved the most about this gel coat is that I can remove it with nail polish remover and it comes off really easy. That way I don’t damage my nails which often leads to breakage and sometimes my nails won’t grow at all after a gel mani which is why I tend to stay away from those.

 

Hope you enjoyed! Any post suggestions?

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 9 – January Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be writing again, I feel so proud that I haven’t missed a day of the 30 day blogging challenge and I am seeing a huge improvement in my blog. I’m feeling a little bit under the weather today because I found out that I am allergic to acai! I broke out in the worst skin rash after drinking a smoothie with acai in it.

All that aside I just wanted to put out there that someone left a petty comment on my blog saying that I’m illiterate because I don’t spell “favourite” properly. For those of you who don’t know, I live in South Africa and we do not use American English so most words commonly spelt with an “o” we add a “u” for example “neighbourhood, colour, favourite”. Just thought I’d put it out there for some of you who are confused.

MY JANUARY FAVES:

All photos are my own and were edited myself, I worked really hard on it and editing them. It took a lot of time to research how to take and edit my photos so I hope you enjoy.

Beauty Treats Prism Party Eye Shadow Palette:

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I received this palette from my mom for Christmas and I was a bit skeptical at first because I’ve used a lot of eye shadows but I haven’t found one I’m in love with. I really like the colour pay off this provided me with. I haven’t really had a chance to play with the brighter neon colours but I use the white in the corner of my eyes to give me the “more awake” effect. I’m really impressed.

Charlie 8 Pan Eyeshadow – Neutrals

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Another Christmas gift I have been absolutely loving at the moment would definitely be this neutrals palette from Charlie. I love their Rocking Curls Mascara as well but it’s really been through the ringer and didn’t look good at all on camera. Colour pay off is really important to me when I purchase shadows as I’ve mentioned before and this one doesn’t disappoint.

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Garnier BB Cream In Medium:

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This is something I’ve tried out of curiosity and then fell in love with it. I’ve been using it for about a year already due to the fact that I don’t like heavy foundations. I have sensitive skin and don’t like to put too much product on my face so this is great for everyday use. Love how lightweight it is because I can’t even feel it on my face, it evens out my face and moisturizes at the same time. Love, love, love it!

 

Yardley London 16 Hour Airbrush Foundation – Natural:

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For the days when I feel like going out and need more coverage than usual I opt for the Yardley London foundation. I had to be colour matched in the store because for the life of me I just can’t pick out foundations myself. I felt like this shade works best for me and it’s not as heavy as most foundations are. This has to be my favourite foundation by far.

Labello Lip Butter – Blueberry Blush:

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I suffer from dry lips, especially when I’m sick or in winter. Most of the time I feel like chapsticks tend to make it worse but after trying the Labello lip butter I am completely blown out of the water. I love wearing this underneath my lip products so that it doesn’t dry my lips out and I love keeping this in my handbag for when I’m on the go and feel a little dry. Not only is it inexpensive but it really does work.

 

Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil in 02 – Brown:

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I’ve never really been on the eyebrow wagon but I’ve decided to give it ago. Due to the fact that my hair is dark I thought black would look the most natural but it didn’t and actually made my eyebrows look weird but I didn’t experience this problem with brown. I love the brush it comes with because the bristles are dense and tame my wild brows.

What’s your fave January product?

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 8 – A Letter To My Younger Self

Hello everyone, I know I’ve been consistent with all my blog posts but I felt that I haven’t really posted anything personal besides my current relationship (If you missed that post, you can find it here). Tonight (It’s about 21:15 here in South Africa) I just really wanted to take a day to think about what I would’ve told myself and what I wish I knew then so here we go!

Dear Deeanne

I hope this letter finds you well. I’m going to tell you a few things that I think you should know and hopefully you find helpful on your journey through the whirlwind we call life. I feel that primary school treated you well, but I just want to tell you that a cellphone is a very dangerous thing and you shouldn’t use it in school. You will get into A LOT of trouble. Yes, I know that guy in grade 8 is cute and says all the right things to you but please stay away from him, he’s too cool to be in a relationship and he will break your heart. For every boy you meet, be cautious. You fall too hard, too fast. Enjoy high school, I promise you won’t miss it when you’re done. I hope you’re happy with the friends you have because you’re not really going to hear from them again after high school except with the occasional hello here and there. Picking the subjects you’re going to do will be tough, I know. Personally I think you should’ve done business and history. But it’s okay, I need you to know that you need to push through, you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Do NOT ask your mom to cut that fringe, you will look horrible. Also, stay away from neon and glitter tights because its just a phase and those photos will haunt you forever. Do some volunteer work, you’ll enjoy it. When you’re in a serious relationship remember to put yourself first and never anyone else. Keep praying, I know you feel like it doesn’t help sometimes but trust me, God is listening and it will get better. You’re going to go through a tough break up, I want you to know it’s going to be okay. It’s going to take time to heal but you’ll be okay. Stop comparing yourself to other girls, you’re good enough as you are if not better. Listen to your mom, always. Your matric ball dress was disappointing because you didn’t listen. Applying to university is going to be the hardest battle you’ve ever fought. Keep fighting, keep calling, keep praying. Spoiler alert, you do make it into UWC. Don’t be upset when you don’t get in for what you want to study, doors close for a good reason: To point you in the direction of the right ones. Pursue your passions, practice driving and don’t let your license expire. I’m stuck with that problem at the moment and now I have to go write it AGAIN. My best advice to you is to be happy, a lot of people would kill to have the things you have or be in your position. Be grateful for all that you have and be excited for the great things coming your way. I’d give you a book on how your life should play out but that would ruin the fun of the surprises along the way.

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