Essence Cosmetics Ho Ho Ho Palette First Impressions and Swatches!

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I am a sucker for warm toned palettes. I love how they can take a look from basic to glam just by layering on a few shades. I was so proud of myself for not buying anything this Black Friday until I walked into Dischem and this palette caught my eye. I can’t remember exactly what it was but I just remember opening the palette and thinking that I HAD to have it!

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The packaging itself reminded me so much of the Kylie Jenner palette and the inside reminds me of the burgundy palette. I love how small and convenient this palette is for traveling, as I hate traveling with huge pans because anything can happen and we’ve all seen those airport security videos, right? Warm tones have always been something I’ve been drawn to, even though my goal is to delve into more colourful looks. The palette consists of a reasonable amount of mattes and shimmers and leans more towards reds and browns, although there is one purple shade in the palette.

 

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Here are my thoughts on the palette:

I love the packaging, I think it’s very sleek and convenient for traveling. However, I do wish that the outside was more laminated instead of plain cardboard because I am such a messy person and should the palette get wet, I’m sure it would cause significant damage to the palette and it would look horrendous at the end of the day.

All the shades are lovely and extremely pigmented (the shimmers are exceptionally amooth and buttery), but the glitter (as stunning as it is) tends to fall all over the face and is a little bit difficult to remove. This was the only bad thing I could really say but to be honest, this is expected from shades that have glitter in them. This Black Friday, Clicks was having a buy one get one free on NYX products and I purchased the NYX glitters. If you would like a review on them, please let me know and I’ll be more than happy to film a video on those too!

Here is a close up of the look I created with this palette:

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I will be doing vlogmas this holiday season and posting twice a week this holiday season leading up to my What I got for Christmas video which has become somewhat of a tradition on my channel! If you have any video ideas or recommendations, please let me know and I will be more than happy to film your requests.

Have you tried this palette? If so, what were your thoughts?

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Behind the blog: The truth about why I stopped blogging & took a break from social media

It feels so weird to sit down and write this because I haven’t written a post in what feels like months. It’s terribly sad, because I love this blog. Heck, I pay almost R500 a year keeping this blog going, but I never really made use of it and I felt that I should explain myself…

When people stop blogging, others assume that they stopped for the following reasons:

  1. It was just a phase, that person didn’t really have the intention of actually becoming a blogger.
  2. It was for the freebies and all those nice perks that come with having a blog
  3. The blogger was just downright lazy and doesn’t actually have what it takes to be a real blogger.

Okay, maybe number 3 is partially true but not enough reason to keep my blog going, so why is it still up? Why am I still here and why on earth am I even writing this?

You see, in 2015, when blogging was still relatively new, I walked into university and I was honestly so unhappy with my classes, I felt that I needed an outlet. I loved writing, from a very young age I always had my nose in a book and every month I would ask my mom to buy countless magazines just so I could read articles and get beauty freebies. So I turned my love for beauty, fashion and lifestyle into a blog. I knew absolutely nothing, but I liked that I had my own little place on the internet where my voice actually mattered. People were leaving lovely comments, following me on social media, asking to know more about me. And so began Sincerely Deeanne.

However, with all of this came its challenges. As my blog and following grew, so did the blogging world and people who also wanted to jump on the bandwagon. My passion that burned so wildly for blogging was slowly but surely being put out and here’s why:

Blogging became a numbers game

Once I had hit about 3000 followers on my old account (which has since been deactivated since my account had been compromised), there was suddenly a large demand for even more numbers. I was so confused. I didn’t understand why I needed a reach larger than what I had already, but companies didn’t care, they needed tens of thousands of followers if not more in order to be reached out to and to work with you. Now don’t get me wrong, if a brand doesn’t want to work with me, I don’t take it to heart. I take it as a challenge. But then it became a regular occurrence. I wasn’t big enough, I wasn’t busy enough and eventually I felt like my blog was not good enough. My favourite occurrence that grates my TITS is when you put your life and soul into a post thinking it’s so good and a brand responds with a heart emoji. Wow, okay. Next time instead of that heart emoji, you might as well send me the middle finger because you basically told me to get lost and take my content with me, because you couldn’t care less. This is what contributed to the lack of posts, as I couldn’t afford to review every brand out there on a student budget. Not to mention the hype around people with fake followers. Even though I read an article that actually supported people buying fake followers, it was just something that I couldn’t see myself doing. Firstly because I felt like it was an easy way out instead of actually taking the time to get to know your followers and secondly because even if for some crazy reason I actually wanted to, I wouldn’t be able to afford it (girl, when I say I’m hella cheap I mean I AM DEAD. ASS. CHEAP.). What hit me the most was that I had learned that people with huge followings were making money off of creating content, even though they weren’t actually content creators. I never went into blogging for money, so I was disheartened to learn that people with fake followers would make money off of something that I genuinely enjoyed doing.

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The average blogger posts almost twice daily. Instagram algorithm, blah blah. So I decided to do it too. What I didn’t realize was that it was becoming so exhausting. I constantly had to have images ready, make sure my feed was in order, manage accounts, tag brands, make sure the picture is good enough to be featured. This lead to me becoming unhealthily obsessed with the way I looked. I would fuss over every picture of myself and would delete almost 30 posts at one point just because I didn’t like how I looked in photos. If friends tagged me in photos that I thought I couldn’t associate with my brand, I’d have that tag removed faster than you can say “selfie”. I became more focused on products and featuring that rather than beauty and lifestyle posts associated with myself. I became a victim of the gram sham. Where my life looked pretty darn dandy on camera but was falling apart in real life. This lead me to take a break from social media to focus on myself.

PR Lists & all the glitz

Who doesn’t love PR? I remember my first PR package. It was a gift from Cosmetix and even though it was probably the smallest gift ever, I was finally being recognized and sent all these nice things. Don’t get me wrong, I love the thrill of being asked for my delivery address and waking up to the delivery man dropping off something nice. That was until I stopped receiving them on a whole. No, I didn’t go into blogging for PR — please don’t come for me. When I would see other people getting PR, I would over analyze and I would think that maybe I was doing something wrong. What if I wasn’t good enough? What can I do to be better? This is what lead to all the unhealthy comparisons and endless nights I would spend crying because I finally felt like my blog had maybe reached its expiry date.

Compensation station

Here’s one of the real kickers. I’m not necessarily angry about this situation but I felt like it did contribute to me asking myself “why the actual heck am I still doing this?”. I was once e-mailed by a brand asking to be featured on my blog every week as promotion for their clothing line. I love clothes so I thought, wow. A brand actually wants me to regularly curate content for them. Then, they continued to say that as compensation, they would offer me a 10% discount code that I could provide to my readers. Yup, you got it ladies and gentlemen. A whole ass 10%. I feel like I need to add that their clothes weren’t exactly cheap. This is another problem that I feel has become an issue in the blogging world. So many companies and brands expect bloggers to work for them for free. Yes, it’s work. We don’t just sit around and take pretty photos and go to events like people think. We take time out of our day to create posts and spend hours shooting products, even though we’ll end up with 50 images and only be happy with one. Not to mention the effort it takes to share our content because it’s not just going to sit on the blog and market itself. The cherry on the cake: I was only offered that discount because I was considered a “small blogger”. As if all the hard work I had done was great but not good enough. I felt like someone had given me a pat on the back and said “yup, that’s nice and all but we don’t really care because your numbers aren’t big enough”.

Life happens.

2018 was not the best of years for me. My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is currently in a weak state as he is deteriorating, I quit my job as a promoter and no longer had an income to buy products to review, I have no job security for next year and my final year of varsity kicked me so hard in the butt that I didn’t even know if I was coming or going. Yes, there are people in more terrible situations than myself and I count my blessings each and every day but my mental health had taken such a toll at this point that I decided to leave my keyboard for good and focus on my studies. It happens. Yet here we are, 1257 words later and we’re still going.

Call me lazy, silly or even weird for thinking that these reasons justify my absence in the blogging world, but truth be told, it’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the damn truth. I love this blog with all my heart and soul and I am grateful for every opportunity that it had afforded me. It’s still my little place on the internet where I matter and that will never change. My passion for creating content still burns wildly inside me and will never die, it’s just that it has to be fueled again. It will, when the blogging world least expects it.

 

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September Goals & Reflection [Day 2: 30 day blogging challenge]

I know I’m a bit late on the bandwagon, but happy Spring everyone!

I love September because it marks new beginnings. For me, this month has brought some great surprises: one being that I was on the radio! Yesterday I won a competition on Heart 104.9 where I get to go to any nature reserve in Cape Town [Boulders Beach penguin is honestly at the top of my list right now]. August brought a lot of blessings, particularly turning 22. I’ve really had a lot of time to think and I’ve also made the decision not to take life so seriously. Your 20’s are supposed to be the wildest years of your life and I feel as though I’m not living the way I would like to and I’m not seeing as much as I should. However, this is also the month where I have to knuckle down and apply for jobs. I am so excited for the new chapter in my life but I feel that with this, comes great responsibility. So I decided to put my goals down in my virtual diary and get the ball rolling:

Get serious about blogging

I figured that every year, R150 goes off of my student account to cover the cost of my domain. I can’t have a blog and not utilize it. It doesn’t make sense to be paying for something I don’t use. When I stopped blogging, my stats started going down and I just didn’t feel motivated to produce content here because I was so focused on my YouTube channel. By doing the 30 day blogging challenge, I’m pushing myself to get back into blogging and to remember why I fell in love with it in the first place. This goes hand in hand with posting regularly to Instagram. I need to get my stats up so that I can reach my goal of 1000 followers.

Read more

I have a love-hate relationship with this goal. Books are expensive. I love to read but I hate spending money. When I stopped working this year, it was because I wanted to put more time and effort into my studies, after realizing that I could not graduate cum laude due to the fact that I failed an exam and was required to write a supplementary, it really made me see things differently. I then lost interest in my studies, partly due to the fact that I’m not doing what I love.

Stop spending money unnecessarily

I love to spend money on things I honestly don’t need. Make-up, shoes, clothes, you name it and if I think I can get it at a steal, I want it. I’ve been so careless with my spending this year and this realization came to me when I watched a video of a girl who stuffs envelopes with money to limit her spending. Although I’m probably not going to go to the extent of limiting myself to the last cent, I would like to try saving at least R100 a month. If I succeed, I’ll be on the road to putting money away and investing it so that it can grow rather than having the urge to spend it again.

Meet new people

This is terribly embarrassing for me to admit, but I have no idea how to go about meeting new people or networking. This hasn’t always been a problem for me, only in recent times when my confidence took a knock in high school. I used to love meeting new people and my goal is to meet at least 5 new people this month. This is to move out of my comfort zone and stop being afraid of going for things I’ve been scared to do before.

Take more risks

All my life, I feel like I’ve always played it safe. After watching the movie Ibiza, I feel like I have a new found love for doing things without thinking and following your heart. I resonate with Harper on another level. I say this with a sense of responsibility at the same time, because I’m sure that not everything happens the way it does in the movies.

Learn to love myself more

I am my biggest critic sometimes. I feel like I never take time out to assess my own needs and treat myself with the things that I deserve. That needs to change and I feel that without love, one doesn’t really have anything.

What are some of your goals for September?

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Mental Health, Break-Ups & Fake Friends! TMI Tag [30 day blogging challenge]

 

If there’s one thing I love, it’s being open and honest about issues that matter. In this video, I get real with you about issues like mental health, boyfriends, break-ups and fake friends.

I did the TMI Tag with questions from YouTube Society (if you decide to do this tag yourself, please send me your links so that I can support you) and the questions are as follows:

  1. What are you wearing?
  2. Ever been in love?
  3. Had a terrible break-up?
  4. How tall are you?
  5. How much do you weigh?
  6. Any tattoos?
  7. Any piercings?
  8. OTP? (One True Pairing/Favourite Couple)
  9. Favourite show?
  10. Favourite bands?
  11. Something you miss?
  12. Favourite song?
  13. How old are you?
  14. Zodiac sign?
  15. Quality you look for in a partner?
  16. Favourite quote?
  17. Favourite actor?
  18. Favourite colour?
  19. Loud music or soft?
  20. Where do you go when you are sad?
  21. How long does it take you to shower?
  22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
  23. Ever been in a physical fight?
  24. Turn on?
  25. Turn off?
  26. The reason I joined YouTube?
  27. Fears?
  28. The last thing that made you cry?
  29. Last time you said you loved someone?
  30. Meaning behind your YouTube name?
  31. Last book you read?
  32. Book you are currently reading?
  33. Last show you watched?
  34. Last person you talked to?
  35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
  36. Favourite food?
  37. Place you want to visit?
  38. Last place you were?
  39. Do you have a crush?
  40. Last time you kissed someone?
  41. Last time you were insulted?
  42. Favourite flavour of candy?
  43. What instruments do you play?
  44. Favourite piece of jewellery?
  45. Last sport you played?
  46. Last song you sang?
  47. Favourite chat up line?
  48. Have you ever used it?
  49. Last time you hung out with anyone?
  50. Who should answer these questions next?

On that note, this is my first blog post for the 30 day blogging challenge. I have decided to get my views up because for some reason my views and interaction on posts have been relatively low. The last time I did the 30 day blogging challenge, my interaction and stats sky-rocketed and I just enjoyed challenging myself when it came to new and innovative posts. If you would like, I’ll have a post related to a bunch of blogging ideas so that you can start your challenge too!

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Purple & Orange Sunset Eye (Perfect for medium to dark skin tones) | Collab with Nydia Nel

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If there is one thing I love, it’s a dramatic eye look. I’ve done a few in the past, however I’ve never experimented with colour before. I was approached by a fellow South African YouTuber, Nydia Nel on Instagram who asked me to recreate an eye look. I asked her why don’t we both do our take on this eye look so that we can do them for different skin tones (my skin tone is relatively darker than Nydia’s). Needless to say, with a week of preparation and a few struggles here and there, we both pulled it off and I could not be happier with the results. She put a lot of hard work into the video and it really shows in the stunning look she put out. Don’t forget to check her out below and subscribe to her channel!

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For this look, we both had different takes on it. I went a bit more dramatic whereas Nydia focuses on more neutral mauve tones in her look. This is the beauty of make-up, it’s different for everyone. With that being said, I think both looks are definitely a great take on our recreation.

THE FINISHED LOOK:

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MAKE-UP DETAILS:

Eyes:

SwiitchBeauty Slays for Days Palette, Unicorn Sauce Palette, Flicks on Fleek Eyeliner

Beauty Treats LA 24 Rose Gold Palette

Eylure London 140 Exaggerate Lashes

Face:

African Extracts Rooibos Day Cream (not featured in the video)

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in the shade True Nude

LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural

Catrice Sun Glow Bronzer

The Body Shop Drops of Glow highlighter

Beauty Treats LA Heart Love Blusher Palette

Essence Cosmetics Shine Shine Shine lipgloss

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

 

What do you think of the looks? Would you attempt it or is it too out of your comfort zone? I love make-up looks I can recreate, so if you have a suggestion, slide into my Instagram DM’s (I like a challenge!)

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Eyeshadow Tips+Tricks (and a great tutorial)!

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I love eyeshadow. I firmly believe that it can take an everyday look into everyday glam. However, the days of just packing on eyeshadow without thinking about it has long gone. I’m definitely not a make-up artist and I am 100% self-taught, but I have definitely come a long way in terms of make-up, which is why I’ve brought you a tutorial where I break down eyeshadow step-by-step.

In this tutorial, different definitions are broken down which some have struggled with and I have walked you through cut crease methods. I definitely enjoyed breaking this down and I can only hope that my viewers and readers can benefit from a few tips and tricks.

If you do enjoy the video, it helps to simply leave a like so that I can push out more content. Any content creator will tell you how demotivating it is to make videos and have nobody watch them or for it not to reach a wide audience. Even if you only stay for a few seconds or even leave a comment, you really don’t understand how much it makes my day!

In other news, this is the third video I’ve released since I have finished my exams. I have a ton of content ready to go before I go back to university, so your support is greatly appreciated!

THE FINISHED LOOK:

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Did you learn anything new from the tutorial? If so, let me know in the comments x

 

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Enjoy Bath & Body Birthday Celebration – Competition Time!

“Another adventure filled year awaits you”

I love birthdays. No, wait. I love celebrating birthdays. I have always been the person that goes overboard when it comes to celebrating and making the most of someone’s special day because I believe that it’s the one time of the year when people should be given everything their heart desires. However, this year I received a gift on someone else’s birthday.

 

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That’s right, Enjoy Bath and Body was kind enough to send me my absolute favourite range of products, the Good Times Bubbly Celebration range! I came home to such an amazing treat today and I cannot express how grateful I am to be part of their little family. So, what’s in it for you? I thought you’d never ask!

Enjoy is hosting a birthday competition where you can win a shopping spree to the value of R5000 at a mall of your choice. All you have to do is head over to their Instagram or Facebook page to see how you can enter their competition (hint: it’s super easy!)

Happy Birthday Enjoy Bath and Body!

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How I beat the Instagram algorithm, even though I started a new account.

DISCLAIMER: The Instagram algorithm will soon be non-existent, as Instagram has heard our cries and endless pleas. However, I still thought I’d post it since I have been asked for it.

February and March were tough months for me. Besides the fact that it’s final year and I’m set on graduating cum laude next year, I had my Instagram password changed and could not get into my old account, even after changing my password on numerous occasions. After much consideration, I made the decision to create a new Instagram account, even though I thought I’d go back to 10 likes per post and no comments or engagement. This was not the case.

When I started my new Instagram account, I did not jump right into posting pictures and trying to boost my follower count by following all my Facebook friends (even the people who bullied me throughout high school), no matter how much I wanted to. So instead, I did what a linguistics and research major is supposed to do, I did my homework. For weeks I watched videos on how I could take new Instagram photos, how I could encourage engagement on my feed and most of all, what exactly was I going to do to get my new profile recognized? So there I was, with my laptop and my phone researching how the Instagram algorithm worked and how I could beat it.

Here are some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, I hope that until the new update that this will be able to help you in some way. If you would like to know how I edit my Instagram photos then please let me know in the comments.

  1. Hashtags, Hashtags, Hashtags

To be honest, I used to find hashtags extremely annoying and I hate how it looks in my captions. However, they are still extremely effective in terms of growing your audience and making the most of bulking up those likes. The thing about hashtags is that by using a hashtag, you’re allowing everyone who uses that particular hashtag to find you in searches. The key to using hashtags is that you want to use hashtags that aren’t too popular, to avoid your photos getting lost in a flood of other photos. My best advice is to use hashtags that are within the 100k limit or at least under a million. You can use popular hashtags, but the likeliness of a large group of people liking your photos or following you is going to be very slim. Also, I’ve noticed that posting hashtags in your captions is more effective than posting it in your comment section. Instagram can actually detect a bunch of comments as spam and is more likely to get you shadow banned.

Here is my first Instagram post from my new account sincerelydeeanne. Let me just say that I was so surprised that with about 150 followers at the time, I was able to pull off 100 likes. Hopefully that means that with more growth in followers, it will increase engagement and the likes will grow too.

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2. Beware of the Instagram Shadow Ban

Surprisingly, a lot of the people do not know about the Instagram shadow ban. Basically, by using certain hashtags repeatedly or using hashtags that are commonly associated with spam, you could potentially be a victim of the Instagram shadow ban. The shadow ban hides your posts on certain hashtags, which decreases your engagement with others. So if someone who doesn’t follow you searches a hashtag you’ve used and you’ve been shadow banned, they won’t see your post. When you’ve been shadow banned, you are more likely to see less interaction on your feed after posting a photo. To see if you’ve been shadow banned, you can ask a friend to unfollow you and search the hashtag you used to see if they see it or you can use websites. One website I’ve used to check is actually a Shadow Ban Analyzer which searches for your last photo in the hashtags you’ve used to see if you’ve been shadow banned. I’m not sure how accurate this website is but I have noticed that it is down for the time being.

3. Aesthetics & knowing your audience

I’ve always wanted a themed Instagram account. I am crazy about aesthetics and I love when my feed doesn’t look out of place. This does make it harder to post consistently, but it does pay off in the long run because eventually people who are looking at your profile are more likely to follow something that is cohesive and aesthetically pleasing to the eye than an account with hundreds of posts that look rushed and are not good quality. I also recommend knowing what your audience likes. When I started blogging, I had already had an Instagram account and I started posting blog photos to my personal feed. This caused me to lose followers and in turn made growing my account even harder. Then I decided to make a count dedicated to my blog alone, where I do reviews and strictly post products. This allows me to attract different audiences from different spheres. My combined following is about 540 followers which means that I must be doing something right on both pages.

Here is my Instagram feed. I”m currently trying to do a colourful theme but the theme I had before this was dark brown and then when I started Instagram my feed was pink and white. I’m really proud of how my Instagram feed looks and feature a lot of fashion posts and the odd beauty post. I want to get into posting Instagram tutorials soon, as soon as my feed is more put together.

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4. Use your Instagram stories to your advantage

I cannot stress this enough but on average, my new account with 294 followers receives almost 100 views. That means 100 people will see what I post on my stories. Letting your followers know that you have a new post up on your feed will allow others who have not seen your post to interact with your content. This puts it out there that there’s a photo they might not have seen yet. Make it known babe, get adding to that story!

5. Don’t buy your followers, but find ways to up your count

I have a love-hate relationship with this aspect of Instagram. In the latest South African issue of Cosmopolitan, it was said that buying your followers will help you get noticed by brands because most PR people do not do their homework and are more interested in massive numbers than genuine engagement. In recent times it’s actually been harder to spot the fakers due to the fact that engagement can also be bought. Likes and followers are so easy to get hold of these days so brands are easily fooled. The problem with a fake Instagram account is that at the end of the day, you’re only fooling yourself. Whether you’re buying likes, views or comments, it only allows some engagement and it’s hard to keep up. It’s not illegal to buy followers, however it does violate Instagram’s terms of service. I’m a student who doesn’t work and I still can’t seem to wrap my head around how people would pay for fake engagement. It is, however, illegal to enter into contractual agreements with a brand in exchange for money, as a company can sue you. I would recommend tagging brands in your photos and even pages similar to your niche so that you might get featured. Paying for features is one thing but there is no guarantee that you’ll get likes and followers. I personally love tagging Clicks South Africa in my blog photos because they always do a weekly round up of the posts they’re tagged in. This also allows me to find similar pages I’d like to follow. Being reposted by brands allows the brand and other users to find your profile. Who knows, if you’re lucky, you might be able to work with a brand or two!

How have you been beating the algorithm? I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

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How I Achieved Perfectly White Teeth – Opalescence Go 6% Review & Demo

“Smiles are always in fashion”

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DISCLAIMER ♡: This video is sponsored by Opalescence. As this is my first sponsored video, I hope my audience understands that I have always been honest when it comes to reviews and I could not turn down this opportunity. I am a student and this money would mean a lot in terms of buying my textbooks for university. I would never post about a product I do not believe in, sponsored or not.

When you’re a small blogger, I’m sure you can relate to when you see big celebrities using teeth whitening kits or walking around with dazzling smiles. For me, this has always been something I have always wanted because I am very insecure about my teeth. I have a vein that runs between my two front teeth and that means that the gap between my teeth cannot close fully. When I had the opportunity to work with Opalescence, at first I was really apprehensive. I had to think about it, I did not jump at the opportunity to get money but rather I had to think about the fact that I would be sharing one of my insecurities with the internet (which can be a very evil place at times). Eventually I told myself that instead of moping around about it, why not put a product to the test to see if it genuinely delivers? This is what really motivated me to use it.

At first, it took a while to get delivered to my house. This is because South African customs are the worst. This gave me plenty of time to do my research about the product, checking out other people to see how their experience with the product was and just educating myself in general.

Once the product came to my house, it was beautifully packaged. I really appreciate it when companies go the extra mile to really make you feel appreciated for agreeing to review their product. (If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I love handwritten notes). I received the teeth whitening kit with 10 trays, a teeth whitening toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.

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I have an entire demo video within my YouTube video which shows you how I use the product and how I maintain my teeth but basically…

WHAT IS OPALESCENCE GO?

A perfect alternative to over the counter whitening options. No impressions or custom trays necessary. Easy and quick to use. The gel within the trays contain Potassium Nitrate and Flouride (PF) which helps maintain the health of the enamel throughout the whitening process.

Comes in 6%, 10% & 15% (Hydrogen Peroxide concentration).

Available in Peach, Melon & Mint flavour.

HOW TO USE THE PRODUCT ♡:

♡ Refrigerate the trays before use.

♡ Remove the trays from the pack, a visible L and U are on the package for the upper maxilla and lower mandible. Insert one tray at a time.

♡ Once the tray is inserted, suck down to secure the trays for about 10 seconds before removing the green outer tray. You should be left with a clear tray on your teeth.

♡ For the 6%, you leave the trays in for 60-90 minutes.

THE PROCESS IN PICTURES (FROM MY INSTAGRAM STORIES) ♡:

 

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day 10

FINAL THOUGHTS ♡:

At first, I did not see a difference in my teeth. This made me feel very despondent. Then I had to remind myself that it’s a 10 day process and it won’t happen overnight. The only problem I experienced with the kit was that it made me salivate a lot. This isn’t the kit’s fault because it was my body’s way of coping with something that my brain thought was food. After a few days I started getting the hang of it and eventually forgot about the problem. I really saw how white my teeth were and I could not believe it. Even my family started to compliment my teeth without them knowing that I was using something to whiten my teeth.

Have you used this product before? If so, please share your experience with me!

P.S: My Instagram was hacked recently and I made a new Instagram account so if you’d like to follow me it’s @sincerelydeeanne

DISCLAIMER ♡: This blog post is not sponsored, only the YouTube video.

 

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

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

As usual, shameless self-promo here. If you enjoy watching my videos, I would love for you to subscribe to my channel so you can see more content from me!

 

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

 

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