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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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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In Case You Missed It – What I Got For Christmas 2017 & Helping Animals In Need

— DISCLAIMER: I do not intend on bragging in this video. If you know me, you would know that I only make these types of videos for entertainment purposes and because they do well in terms of views around Christmas time in general. If you do not like these videos, please do not feel obliged to watch it —

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I’M BAAAAAACK.

Hello and welcome to a new and improved version of Sincerely, Deeanne. I wanted to get one last video of 2017 out in the open so I thought I’d leave this little video here for you to watch. You know the drill, I would love for you to like my video and subscribe to my channel. My goal for 2018 is to hit 1000 subscribers so if you could make that happen, I would be really grateful.

As much as I love receiving gifts for Christmas, I wanted to give back throughout 2018. Animals have a very special place in my heart. In 2013, my pitbull, Shylow was stolen out of my grandma’s yard while we were away on vacation. I searched and searched, but to no avail. I can only hope my baby boy is in a better place or that he is safe and unharmed. As I am sure most of you are aware, dog fighting is a common occurrence and a sick pleasure a lot of people take part in. I will list a few of the South African shelters down below, if you are able to donate, these organizations are in dire need and are not funded by the state, so money is very tight for them. Alternatively, if you are looking to give a furry friend a forever home, that would be great too.

Animal Welfare Society Cape Town: https://awscape.org.za/

Good Hope SPCA: https://capespca.co.za/

Oscars Arc WOOF Project: http://www.oscarsarc.org/woof-project.html

TEARS: http://tears.org.za/

My wish for you in 2018 is nothing but good health, good times, great memories and the biggest blessings. Thank you for all your support in 2017, I hope to come out with so much new content for you.

 

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Swiitch Beauty Unicorn Sauce Palette Review & Selena Gomez 2017 Met Gala Inspired Pink Eyeshadow Tutorial

Told you I’d be back with a few looks.

Hello lovelies! I hope you’ve had a great week and that you’re ready to party up a storm this weekend, or if you’re like me you’re ready to relax and have cute Instagram brunch dates (the single blogger life is sad sometimes).

In this video I reviewed the SwiitchBeauty Unicorn Sauce Palette and also recreated this eye look Selena Gomez wore to the Met Gala earlier this year:

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My Thoughts On The Unicorn Sauce Palette ♡:

Shipping & Shopping Experience ♡:

I ordered this palette as part of the Pink Friday sale, which is Swiitch Beauty’s version of Black Friday. I ordered my palette at midnight on the dot and did not experience any problems with checkout or paying for the palette. There was an option for express shipping or normal shipping. I paid for normal shipping and the palette arrived at my house the Monday morning at 10AM I remember that I still wrote an exam that morning and left early so I could get home early. I have to give a big thumbs up to SwiitchBeauty for delivering so quickly. The price wasn’t heavily discounted and I ended up paying around R265,99 in total which is relatively close to R350. Therefore, I’m really not impressed with the so called ‘sale price’ that they seemed to offer.

Packaging ♡:

The packaging of the palette is one of the best in my opinion. It has a holographic finish and looks amazing! The palette contains 35 intensely pigmented, buttery smooth, mythical eyeshadows. The shades range from yellows, oranges, pinks, violets, greens and blues to black.

 

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Swatches and Colour Pay Off ♡:

I have to say that I was relatively impressed with the swatches of the shades in comparison to the Slays For Days Palette. I was not impressed with the orange shade in the Slays For Days Palette but this palette blew me away. I loved the shades I used on my eyes. They blended well and there was only fallout in the palette but not on my face. I was honestly so impressed, that I rated my palette a solid 10/10. I cannot wait to create colourful looks with this palette!

The Completed Recreation ♡:

This is the finished look I tried to recreate from Selena, I really love how this turned out!

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Gold Christmas Inspired Make-Up Tutorial With A Red Lip

It’s been a while.

Hello lovelies and welcome back to my blog. I am proud to announce that I have completed my third year of university (God willing, I really don’t want to qualify for a supplementary exam). I am so ready for Christmas and what better way to kick off the festive season than with a stunning red lip and gold eyeshadow combo?

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I know that not all countries have access to YouTube so for those of you who don’t (or you’re too boring and don’t feel like watching my amazing video), here’s a quick run down of the products used in this video:

♡ Isabella Garcia Day Defense Moisturizer to prime the face.

♡ Benefit KaBrow in 04 for those brows, cleaned up with LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural.

♡ The Body Shop All-In-One Tinted Concealer Primer/Instablur

♡ Decided to give SwiitchBeauty another try, so I used the SlaysForDays Palette on my eyes (the smell still bothers me though).

♡ Eyeliner from The Body Shop (it’s a star stamp liner but I wasn’t feeling that adventurous)

♡ False Lashes are the Eylure lashes (Kimberly Lashes)

♡ Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in True Nude

♡ LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural to conceal

♡ Catrice Cosmetics Sun Glow Bronzer

♡ Essence Cosmetics Matt Touch Blush in 010 Peach Me Up

♡ The Body Shop Drops of Glow highlight

♡ Essence Cosmetics Red Lip Liner

♡ L.O.V Cosmetics Kristina’s Red Lipstick

I have a few make-up tutorials coming your way very soon (I’m trying to finish up my Rimmel London foundation because I hate how it makes my skin look). I actually have one going up on my channel tomorrow so make sure you’re subscribed so you can be part of my little family. I am having a giveaway launching before Christmas which only applies to my subscribers and Instagram followers so be sure to keep an eye out! I have a new Instagram account too, called sincerelydeeannetheblog so please give me a follow!

Love and really missed you.

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Swiitch Beauty Slays For Days Palette | Worth The Hype?

If there’s one thing my readers should know about me, it’s that I’m brutally honest.

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Last month, I ordered the Slays For Days Palette from Swiitch Beauty. If you don’t know, Swiitch Beauty was founded by Rabia Ghoor. She is a South African entrepreneur who left high school in Grade 10 to persue a career in the beauty industry with her own startup named Swiitch Beauty. I love the fact that she is so young and started her own business. More power to you girl!

Swiitch Beauty offers a selection of products which you can find here and I have to say that the selection is quite impressive. I opted for the Slays For Days Palette which offers 35 intensely pigmented, buttery, warm toned shadows. It retails for R350 and I happened to get mine with free shipping.

First off, when the package arrived it was so securely wrapped which meant so much to me because it ensured that the palette didn’t arrive broken and that all the shadows were in tact when they came to me. The packaging of the box is absolutely stunning, with rose gold lettering on the front of the box. Another important note is that this palette is cruelty free. A while ago, Love, Kaylyn wrote a blog post with all the details which you can find here I absolutely love her blog and her aesthetic is to die for!

A question that seems to be on everyone’s lips is where exactly Swiitch Beauty’s products are manufactured. I personally have no idea,  but there has been some talk about people spotting the products without the brand logo from China. I personally do not mind, as long as they are cruelty free and no animals are harmed in the process!

 

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One thing I have to say is that I love the variety of colours in the palette. I love warm tones and I am contemplating purchasing the Unicorn Sauce palette. However, during my tutorial (if you watched the YouTube video above), I complained about the smell of the packaging. This to me was a bit of a problem, as the smell was so strong it gave me a headache.

I don’t know how to pin down the scent but it was obviously so potent that it left me with a wofting headache. I’m going to try to leave it out of it’s packaging so that the scent disappears though.

With regards to swatches, some of the shades did not swatch nicely but on my eye they blended really well and the shimmer shades were very intense even without using a make-up applicator brush.

In my video, I spoke about the correspondence and how quickly the palette arrived so if you want more information on that then please watch the video.

This is the finished look I created with the palette which I am extremely pleased with:

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I did recreate this look in the video so please go and watch it to see how I created this look.

Overall, I’d rate this palette an 8/10 just because I didn’t like the fact that the palette left me with a headache and I do feel that the price is a bit expensive so I don’t know if I agree with the price. In terms of pigmentation and blending I loved this palette so much! Would you like one of these palettes? I’m thinking of doing a giveaway!

 

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Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Range Review

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Hello my lovelies and happy Monday ♡.

I honestly hope that it’s not as cold where you are like it is here in Cape Town. Winter just isn’t playing around! For those of you who didn’t know, I turned 21 on the 8th of August and it has been an insane roller coaster in terms of celebrations which I am truly grateful for. Thank you to everyone who wished me on Twitter and Instagram, I truly appreciate it more than words could ever express.

In today’s post I wanted to review the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Range. I have used Neutrogena since I was about 15 years old so I know the brand very well, however I haven’t really found anything that wowed me. This range as a whole I feel I was happy with in terms of results. I do want to stress that what works for me might not work for you and vice versa. If a product has a negative review it is not me bashing the brand but rather just offering my honest opinion. If you’ve tried this range, I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.

The Neutrogena Spot Proofing range combines gentle Neutrogena cleansing innovation with a powerful spot-fighting ingredient, Salicylic acid, to deliver the ultimate complexion perfecting regimen: products that help clear breakouts, plus preserve skin’s natural barrier so it can become more spot proof. Each product in the range is oil-free, non-comedogenic and has a fresh scent.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Available in selected Dischem, Clicks, Foschini, Pick n Pay and selected pharmacies nationwide.

HOW MUCH IS IT: Each product in the range retails at for R109,95 each.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Daily Wash:

A gel formula that lathers up to wash away impurities and fight spots while preserving the skin’s natural defenses.

I loved the gel formula as I feel it was not harsh on my skin and I didn’t mind the fresh citrus burst. I felt that it did the job of a daily wash, but did not exfoliate very well which is where the toner came into play for me. I loved the wash as a whole but I feel that it did not do anything that any other gel wash would do.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Smoothing Scrub:

Packed with naturally-derived exfoliants, this scrub helps enhance the natural skin renewal process at the surface while fighting spots deep down in the pores.

This product is definitely one I was very hesitant to use just because my skin is really sensitive and the texture felt very grainy which made me a bit skeptical. I’ve mentioned in my video review that this was definitely the product I’ve used the least and do not have a lot to say about.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Purifying Toner:

Used after cleansing, this no-rinse, alcohol-free formula leaves skin clean and refreshed without over-drying the skin.

I love toners, but this one was definitely a big hit in my books just because there was no alcohol in it so it did not leave my skin feeling dry or tight and it got rid of all the dirt that the daily wash might have missed. Really recommend this toner and would definitely repurchase it.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Oil Free Moisturizer:

A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that provides all day hydration and makes skin soft without clogging pores.

Although the name claims that it’s oil free I did notice that my face felt a bit greasy after using this product, only when I used too much. I felt that a pea-sized amount went a really long way and it lasted longer that way. The only thing I dislike about this item in particular was the price. I felt that it was quite expensive for such a small bottle and there’s not really a lot of product in the bottle itself.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing 2-in-1 Wash Mask:

Mask can be used as a foamy daily cleanser, or smoothed over skin in a thin layer and left on for five minutes before rinsing as a weekly treatment.

Definitely my least favourite product in the range just because this product had a menthol scent to it and by the time I applied it all over my face as a mask I just felt that the smell was way too strong for me and my eyes were tearing by the time I had finished. Had this product not been scented I’m sure it would have been a hit because when I washed all the product off my face it felt so soft and smooth.

Here are my before and after photos using the range as a whole and the results speak for themselves even though I was more consistent at night when using the range.

 

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Please feel free to let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried it. I am always looking for new skincare products to try so if you have any recommendations please send them my way!

I hope your week is as beautiful as you are ♡  xo.

DISCLAIMER ♡: This post is in collaboration with Beauty Bulletin. I was sent these products in exchange for an honest review. I am not sponsored by any companies unless otherwise stated.

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What I’m Reading Right Now – May 2017 “It’s Called A Break Up Because It’s Broken – Greg & Amiira Behrendt”

I have an ugly secret that I’m terribly ashamed of…

When I was in high school, I stopped reading books. I didn’t stop because I wanted to but more because I became so obsessed with wanting to do well in school that I didn’t make time for myself. Slowly but surely I missed books. Not being able to earn my own money made me walk into book stores and really miss the smell of paper.

This actually made me realize how expensive paperback books were and the ridiculous amount you have to pay for subscription services! This year, however I started working and really put time and money into buying books. I am currently using Google Books as I find that this is the cheapest and easiest for me, and I always have my phone with me so I don’t need to worry about carrying around extra weight (hello, campus student here).

If you’ve been following my blog or my YouTube channel, you would know that I came out of a 4 year relationship about a little over a month ago. The journey has really been a difficult one for me as my ex and I are no longer in contact and we did not part ways on the best of terms. This broke me. Emotionally, spiritually and mentally. For some reason, in my depressive state (no, seriously I once skipped a whole week of varsity due to the fact that I refused to run into him) I decided to open up my YouTube and in the search tab I typed “how to get over a break up”. Silly right? I know, but at this point in time I had lost myself and just wanted advice from someone who knew what I was going through, even if it was only for views. I stumbled upon a video by Lauren Curtis (you can watch the video below, if you want) and she spoke about a book called “It’s Called A Break Up Because It’s Broken” and my cheap little butt typed it into Google and when I could not for the life of me find a PDF version of it, I decided to by the ebook. Man, little did I know that this book would change my life forever…

 

 

I’ve never believed in self-help books before. I thought they were just a ploy or some way to make people feel good about themselves. Greg and Amiira really took the time to write a no-nonsense, stop feeling sorry for yourself and get your ass in gear book. I would highly recommend this to anyone going through a break-up or even just needing a push to get over an ex. This book takes you through every phase of a break-up and guides you in order to find yourself and get your life to where it needs to be. It also contains stories from real life people, some yummy recipes and exercises to complete in order to get back to your good, old self (without your ex).

What I loved the most about the book was that both Greg and Amiira talk about their own experiences and failed relationships and tell you exactly what you need to do. I loved this, I felt like they were talking to me and knew exactly what I was going through and how to help me. For example, when I had hit rock bottom and stayed at home for a week and missed out on important classes, they have a chapter called “stop calling in sick” and it really opened my eyes to what I was doing. My ex is running around campus having the time of his life so why the hell can’t I? In fear of running into him? (Which, just by the way is another chapter in the book) In fear of seeing how happy he is without me? I was lying in a blanket and balling my eyes out for a week, I was pathetic. I could not put the book down and in turn, finished this book in 3 days (provided that I am a university student and I am an English major, so I have other novels to read).

This one is a solid 10/10 for me.

P.S: This is going to be a monthly series and I will be doing reviews on books every month depending on my schedule and if I can finish it in a month.

I will be doing a life update sometime in the future. For now, I’m focusing on my exams and starting to focus on building my empire, so that when Mr. Right does come along… I’ll be ready and independent.

Fave quotes from the book:

“The person you loved took a good long look at the awesomeness that is you, evaluated your relationship together, and said “no thanks, I’ll try my luck elsewhere”

“Awesome thought: the right guy is out there right now, wondering when he’s going to meet someone like you”

“If you pay attention to negative thoughts, you’re only affirming their validity”

I Am Currently Reading: You Are A BadAss: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life – Jen Sincero

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