30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 20 – My Make-Up Look For Work

So, I think I owe my readers both an apology as well as an explanation…

I haven’t posted in a few days and the reason is because as many of my readers know, I have started university already and week 1 is officially over (Okay, not really I’m still at home and have a lecture at 1) but I have also started working on weekends which has been both exhausting and rewarding because I have money to purchase those extremely expensive textbooks. I have already started scheduling my blog posts as well as YT videos so that this does not happen again so once again, I do apologize for the delay!

Yesterday my GRWM for work went up on my channel and you can click down below to watch it:

 

For those of you who can’t watch, I’ll take you through my routine step by step:

  1. After completing my skin care routine, I usually prime my face with my Isabella Garcia Day Defense moisturizer.
  2. I apply my foundation which is the Yardley Airbrush foundation in the colour “Natural” and use my Cala 303 Foundation Brush.
  3. To even out my foundation, I use a damp beauty blender and dab it all over my face. Emphasis on dabs and not strokes because you don’t want to stroke your foundation off.
  4. For my eyes I used my Charlie Revlon Neutrals palette and a combination of 3 gold to orange shades which was applied with my Pupa eyeshadow brush. I then used my Charlie Revlon ‘Rock n Curl’ mascara. Most of the products mentioned in this post can be found in my January faves on my blog, feel free to search it in the search bar at the bottom of the blog.
  5. Using my Clinique lipstic in “Peach Pop” this gave my lips a subtle yet great pop of colour. Loved the vibrant yet soft tone it had and is perfect for work.
  6. To tame my brows I went in with my Essence brow pencil in 02 Brown.
  7. Lastly I used my Design compact powder to set my make-up and to give me a great finish.

 

If you do watch the video, please don’t forget to like & subscribe!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 19 – Mini Make-Up Haul

Hello and no I refuse to say “It’s me” because if I hear that joke once more I will probably lose my mind.

I’m coming to you today with my MINI cosmetic haul. Emphasis on mini because I am a student and your girl is just so damn broke. I only start working this weekend, which I am grateful for but I only get paid in 3 months time which means I’m even more broke than I should be.

I forgot to insert 2 products I purchased (Don’t you just hate that).

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I’ll start with the products not featured above:

Design Compact Powder in the shade “Mahogany”: I purchased this powder as I really want to start contouring and highlighting. It’s a pressed powder which is extremely delicate on my skin and does not cake or come out relatively obvious. I purchased it from Edgars.

Design Clear Gloss in the flavour Melon: Who doesn’t love a sweet smelling gloss? Loved it, but it’s sticky so definitely not for dates ladies. This was also purchased from Edgars.

From Top To Bottom:

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Rimmel London Scandal Eyes In Black/Noir: I absolutely hated using the winged liner before because I felt I had no control and it always looked messy. Ladies, let me tell you that this Scandal Eyes pen is perfect for precision and won’t smudge at all. Loved how easy it is to use and that the tip/applicator is almost like a koki pen which doesn’t move all over the place like a paintbrush type applicator would. LOVE IT.

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Essence Cosmetics Eyeshadow Blending Brush: Today I had to make the hardest decision I’ve ever made when it comes to brushes. The powder brush or the blender? As you can clearly see I went with the beautiful lilac blender which has the softest bristles and is the perfect size for blending, definitely going back for another one due to the fact that you can’t have just one blending brush, especially when doing more complicated make-up looks.

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Katy Perry Cool Kitty Lashes from Eyelure: I broke into these bad boys last month already but just felt they were a little too much for a beginner like me. I have seen some lashes I’m dying to try in the store so stay tuned, there might just be a lash haul in the near future!

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Essence Cosmetics Eyeshadow in the shade “Snowflake”: Yes, this would be a great colour to wake me up if I placed it in the corner of my eye but I’m really feeling this colour for a highlighter! The consistency was so smooth and pigmented I really would like to try this out as a highlighter.

The last product would be my Essence cosmetics brow pencil in 02 Brown which you can find in my January Faves over here

Well, that’s about it from me. I know I was supposed to upload part 2 of my terrible break up and how I got through it but that will have to wait.

What’s your fave beauty product at the moment?

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 18 – How I Got Through the Worst Break-Up Ever

Hi everyone!

I had mixed emotions regarding this post, I had to ask the person if I could post the story and everything that came with it due to the fact that it is quite an emotional story and a personal one at that.

This is a 2 part series so part 2 will be up on my blog tomorrow when I post day 19 of the challenge just to clarify and because there was more to the story.

 

“A broken heart is the worst. It’s like having broken ribs. Nobody sees it, but it hurts every time you breathe”

For me, my world fell apart when the fighting started. It would start out as heated arguments which would turn into “whatever, I love you’s” and you’d think it would be something along the lines of “Oh but that’s romantic, the passion you have after a fight”. I thought so too, until the fighting became personal and would happen on a daily basis. Due to the fact that we hardly saw each other and I was performing poorly academically, he would throw it in my face because he was a top achiever and say the ugliest of things to me. I retaliated by being just as nasty and using the worst language and insults. The worse the fighting became, the more bitter it made me as a person. Eventually, I reached my breaking point where every evening we would fight, I would cry myself to sleep. In a way, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed sleep so much that I would blow off doing my homework just to get away from the pain I had to endure. My heart was shattered one night when I called him in tears and hysterically asked him “Why are you doing this?” and his response was “why are you crying? I don’t understand”. I became really sick during the time when the fighting started and started sleeping more, becoming really anxious around big groups of people and just unhappy in general. One day, I received word that my dad was heading off to work overseas in a war-torn country and decided to go over to visit my boyfriend at the time to let him know the news. My dad was leaving relatively soon so my mom told me I couldn’t stay long. When I broke down about my dad leaving he was relatively understanding and consoled me. For once I was happy, until I told him I couldn’t stay at his house for long. He just wasn’t having it and got really upset and when it was time to say goodbye, he didn’t hug me. Just told me that my family was waiting. Little did I know that when I got home, that would have been the last time I said goodbye to him. He had erased me from his contacts and refused to answer all my calls. He blocked me on Facebook and that was the last time I had heard from him. For nights on end I would cry hysterically and that’s when I started having panic attacks. My body would go into a total spasm after crying and I wouldn’t be able to breathe. I would pull out clumps of my hair and tend to throw up my food when I felt like I ate too much. I was mentally drained. I made fake accounts to check up on how he was doing and it turned out that there was another girl (discussed in part 2) and he seemed to have moved on. I remember one of my best friends asking me how I felt about 2 weeks afterwards and I told her that sometimes I would check my pulse because I felt so dead inside and I was scared my heart was broken to the extent that it stopped beating. I made a mistake by entering another volatile relationship where the guy I was with slept around with other girls. I felt like that was it for me, I couldn’t do it anymore.

That’s  when I picked up my music player and lost myself in relatable music. It felt so good to just know that someone else could relate to what I went through. Music lead to dancing and I lost weight and started taking care of myself. I started changing the way I dress and being happier in general. I was happy because I could depend on myself, I started doing better in school and just immersing myself in everything I could to take my mind off of things.

That’s when my ex came back into the picture….

To be continued

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 17 – My Bath Time Essentials

Hi everyone!

So today I’m coming to you with a post about my basic bath time essentials. As most of you may know, I have a YouTube channel: JustDeeanneDIY where I post beauty, fashion and lifestyle content. Recently I asked my viewers if they would like to see my skin care routine and I wanted to know if you guys wanted to see it on my blog too? If you do, let me know!

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Starting from the front to the back:

Mr Price Home Vanilla Fragrance Candle: The smell of this candle is absolute bliss to me. I’d describe it as a sweet, candy-like, cupcake fragrance. Love the fact that it’s not harsh at all, especially because my nose is extremely sensitive when it comes to fragrance. This candle was inexpensive and makes a great gift for candle lovers.

Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Scrub: Due to the fact that I film a lot of beauty videos for my YouTube channel, I tend to have to wash some make-up off that I find a bit harsh to wear out and I do suffer with stubborn blackheads so this not only helps with the removal of my make up because it’s laced with beads so it’s a scrub, but it helps my skin at the same time. Love this product

Oh So Heavenly Pretty In Pink Body Wash: The smell of this body wash is beyond amazing, I’m really bad at describing scents but I think it has undertones of rose and it’s just a soft fragrance. This came in a set with the loofah on the left as well as a body lotion and it was the best gift I have ever received. I have been using this non-stop and my mom loved it so much she bought the jumbo one which is almost a litre!

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Smooth Perfect Shampoo & Conditioner: I did a video on how to repair dry damaged hair and it has received many views. I mentioned this product and I don’t wash my hair every day but when I do this is my go to shampoo and conditioner. I purchased this in a set and it came with a hair mask. If you have damaged hair then this product is amazing.

There are only 13 days left of the 30 day challenge! It’s been hard, but I loved every single day and getting to meet new bloggers.

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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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