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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Green & Gold Cut Crease Tutorial & Thank YOU for 700 Subscribers!

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It’s been a whirlwind of a week.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that this week I have gone back to campus to kick off my second (and final) semester of university. The workload has been unreal and I still have to do some work as soon as I finish up this blog post. However, I wanted to change up my upload schedule and try it on Sundays. I haven’t really seen a staggering amount of views flood in, however, I have officially hit my 700 subscriber milestone! I am so grateful for my little YouTube family and I want nothing more than to create content regularly and make sure that I’m using my platform to uplift and inspire more women in the South African industry.

As it is my birthday month in August, I will be having a 700 subscriber + birthday giveaway, so if you’d like to enter, make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel and following me on Instagram.

Did you like the video? Don’t forget to like & subscribe xo.

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My Realistic Birthday Wish List

If you’re reading this, my birthday is on the 8th of August and you may e-mail me for my delivery address, haha.

I love birthdays. I’d like to think that it’s one of the best days of the year, because you’re the centre of attention and nobody can take that day away from you. Being a Leo, I love being in the spotlight. I always make sure that nothing ruins my day. Doesn’t matter if I have 20 assignments due the week after or if I have pressing errands, this day is all about me and I was fortunate enough to be born the day before a public holiday, so I get to party the night and sleep it off the day after. However, whenever people ask what I want, I always hit a blank. This happens every time and then after my birthday, I always ask myself why I never asked for something simple or pushed people in the right direction. This year I’m leaving it here on my blog, except for my mom and dad. I think it’s about time I started driving car of my own, don’t you think? Just kidding!

The items on this wish list is relatively affordable and things that are quite easy to shop for. With that being said, I don’t HAVE to get these gifts. It’s the thought that counts. This is just an idea of what I’d really like.

Urban Decay Comfort Matte Lipstick in “BackTalk”

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Come to think of it, I have absolutely no matte lipsticks in my collection. I find them quite uncomfortable (apart from The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquids). Nude lipsticks in particular are quite cute and add a subtle look to a dramatic eye (which I have started doing more lately). This is relatively affordable and I think the packaging is so elegant. Due to the fact that I will be heading into the world of business soon, I don’t want to go overboard, so I’ll have to revert back to subtle looks. This is sold on the Urban Decay website and at the V&A Waterfront for only R250,00.

Ardell Wispies

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Being a YouTuber, I am always filming YouTube tutorials. To me, looks aren’t complete without lashes. These double as both natural and dramatic. Not to mention, these are very comfortable to wear. I wore this in my sunset eye look that I did on my channel not too long ago and I have to say that I was so impressed with how easy it was to apply these lashes. I would definitely recommend these lashes, but they are a bit pricey for drugstore lashes. These are sold at Clicks for R79,95.

Yoga Mat

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If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I’ve been getting more serious about my health. High blood pressure and heart ailments run in my family and we don’t always eat very healthily. I genuinely enjoy yoga and Zumba. I go to Zumba every Saturday and when I’m at home, I do the dances on my Xbox. I’d like to start my mornings off by doing yoga, but I don’t have a mat. This is one thing I really need and I feel can be quite affordable if you know where to look. I saw this one on Takealot for R250 and I’m obsessed with the reversible side of it.

You are a badass at making money by Jen Sincero

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You are a Badass was my saving grace this holiday because I didn’t really go anywhere. Practical advice goes such a long way when it comes to changing your life around. I still have to do my book review on it, but I’m not finished and I don’t want to finish it because it’s so good. If I had this book, I’m sure I’d finish up though. I have no idea how to work with money and i’m a very impulsive buyer. I had to get rid of my credit card because it was causing me to spend money that I didn’t have and only made more debt for me, which as a student I could not pay off. I know for a fact that this book will be great if it’s anything compared to You are a Badass. This is available on Takealot and is so cheap when purchased from the right stockist!

Garnier Micellar Water

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I don’t really need this, but it’s nice to have. I recently started filming more tutorials and that means having to clean my face more and having to take off all my make-up when I’m done. This micellar water is the best make-up remover and does not make my skin break out or irritate it at all. This is one of my holy grail products and I would highly recommend it for all my make-up junkies. It’s sold at Clicks for R63,99 for a full size.

Eyelash Applicator

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Once again, in relation to filming videos, I always need to put my lashes on. If you’ve ever applied lashes, you would know what a pain it is to use your fingers. It can go either way and I hate when my lashes won’t work with me. This one is available from SwiitchBeauty for only R80,00.

Old School Vans

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I have a huge love for shoes, so naturally I’m a sneaker and heels kind of girl. The Vans Old School Sneaker has become somewhat popular recently and I am 100% here for it. I love how versatile it is, as it can be worn with both shorts and jeans. I feel that high tops look untidy with shorts and in the summer they’re just not practical. Oh, and I need new sneakers.

Pop Socket

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Pretty much self-explanatory. My brother sat on mine that has pizza’s on it, so mine looks absolutely horrible. These are great for when I have to take photos of my make-up and I need to hit all the right angles.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

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Ok, maybe this one isn’t really that realistic. I’ve only ever heard great things about this product which makes it such a wish list item. If anyone has ever used this, please let me know.

Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer

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For that dew that should come through in the winter time. I haven’t really read the reviews on this but it looks like such an interesting product to use!

Pepsi Top H&M

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If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I wanted this shirt but when I went back for it, it was gone. I love this top so much and I would do anything to get it back!

 

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How To: Flawless Foundation + First Impressions: The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow

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DISCLAIMER: This post is NOT sponsored and all links in this post are NOT affiliate, just here to help you out if you would like to purchase.

Foundation is always an essential part of my beauty routine. I particularly enjoy the art of painting my face and creating a veil which can either mask a pretty nasty breakout or accentuate my natural dew. However, foundation is one of those things that can be really tricky if you’re a beginner. Questions that may arise for a first time often include: how do I know what my correct shade is? Why does my foundation turn orange? How do I look more matte if I’m oily or more dewy if my skin is dry?

Look no further, I’ve got you.

In this particular video, I’ve addressed all the issues related to foundation that can take your foundation game from 0 to 100 really quickly. I’ve also decided to compile a blog post to let in on all my tips and tricks, holy grail products and everything you need to know to step up your foundation game.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

A clean face is essential before applying foundation. This is because your foundation is more likely to look less flawless if you’re applying foundation to dirty skin (which could lead to a nasty breakout) or even worse, reapplying a new layer of foundation on top of an previous one.

If you’re an oily girl like me, you’ll know the struggle when it comes to being shiny. When I did my research about oily skin and applying foundation to skin that’s oily (and has not been cleaned), it can actually cause your foundation to turn orange in colour. This is due to a process called oxidation.

Oxidation: A chemical reaction that happens when chemicals in the foundation react to oxygen or excess oils.

In order to remove any dirt and excess oils on my skin, I use my cotton rounds and Garnier Micellar Water which is suitable for even sensitive skin. It retails for about R64,95 for a full size and is available at most drugstores. I purchased mine from Clicks. It removes make-up too so it doubles for when you need to take your face off. I have the on-the-go travel size and it lasted so long, considering that I’ve had it for about 3 months now. I am obsessed with it and it does not irritate my skin because it is perfume-free. It’s excellent for removing make-up, but I’ll have a detailed post on it in the near future. I make sure to clean my entire face, all the way down to my neck, because we’ll be applying foundation there too.

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Something that goes hand in hand with cleaning your face, is getting hair out of it too. The dirt from your hair can get into your skin and can cause break-outs. When applying make-up, always ensure that your hair is out of your face.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE – MOISTURIZE

Now that our skin is clean and good to go for the rest of our make-up application, we need to moisturize our skin. Moisturizer ensures a smooth canvas for make-up application and helps your primer (which is the next step) adhere to the moisturizer, making sure it does not get lost in the skin.

In this tutorial, I moisturized with The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist. You can use a primer water, setting spray or a lotion-type moisturizer. I used to use the Isabella Garcia Day Defense Moisturizer and I’m a huge fan of the African Extracts Day Lotion. If you want a more matte finish, I’d recommend an oil-free moisturizer or setting spray.

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In all honesty, my face absorbed all the mist that was sprayed onto my face. It didn’t really leave me with a healthy glow below my foundation, but did a great job at hydrating my skin like a moisturizer would.

PRIME TIME

Once your moisturizer has settled into your skin, it’s time to move onto primer. Primer is going to work hand in hand with your moisturizer to give your skin exactly what it needs. When buying a primer, a good rule of thumb is to go for something you know you need. Are your pores visible when it comes to make-up application? If so, a pore minimizer should do the trick. A bit oily and want a more subtle look? An anti-shine primer is what you’re looking for. After a little bit of glow? An illuminating primer will help to give your skin a natural glow.

In this tutorial I opted for the LA Girl Pro Prep HD Smoothing Face Primer. I prefer applying primer with my hands, all over my face with a specific focus on my T-Zone and pore problem areas. This minimizes the appearance of my pores and helps my skin look extra smooth.

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FOUNDATION STATION

Here’s the fun part. I love everything about foundations and I’ve been in the make-up game long enough to know exactly what works and what doesn’t. The right tools are essential for the job. There are two types of foundation brushes. A buffing brush helps to push product into the skin. My holy grail foundation brush is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. There is also a flat foundation brush which is great for applying foundation, however I’m not a fan of the streaks it leaves in my face.

It’s important to know what coverage you’re after in a foundation.

Coverage: the opacity or transparency of the foundation (ranges from light to medium to full)

If you want something full coverage, you’d go for a foundation that you’re going to throw on for events or maybe to cover acne scarring. This ensures that the skin doesn’t really show through the foundation. In this video, I used the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation in Warm Beige. I love this foundation with all my heart and soul because it’s buildable and it does not feel heavy on my skin.

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If you’re after an everyday foundation, you’d go for a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer.

BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer: Lighter in texture than a foundation and is often used to even out skin tone.

I used to love BB Creams but I just cannot get myself to wear make-up everyday. I firmly believe that you need to give your skin a break from wearing make-up because wearing make-up everyday speeds up the ageing process and can result in acne breakouts.

To find your shade of foundation, you can ask a skincare consultant to colour match you.

Colour match: Finding your correct shade of foundation through a series of testing colours within your shade range.

I personally hate it when people colour match me because I’ve been colour matched incorrectly twice before and I hate spending my hard-earned money only to waste it on something that is either too light, too dark or just makes me look orange. My hack for finding my correct shade is taking a foundation I know I’m a 100% match in and swatching other foundations next to it. That way, I know one is my perfect shade and that needs to be what I go for. I also find out that there are now apps which help you find your correct shade online. I personally haven’t tried it but I would like to. Would you like to see a video on that?

Next, we’re going to use our foundation brush and just drag all the product on our skin. Make sure to get your neck too because we can’t have our neck and our face being two different colours. In order to ensure even application of the foundation, you want to go in with a damp beauty blender. The one I used in the video is not from Beauty Blender but I remember buying it at Dischem and it does exactly the same job and isn’t going to cost me an arm and a leg.

Damp Beauty Blender: Allows for streak-free blending and dewy finishes.

It’s so important to smooth out products on the skin, because if you applied too much in a certain area, that is where it is going to cake on you.

Cake: Where foundation or concealer sits on the skin and looks visibly thick instead of smooth and seamless.

FLAWLESS FINISH

This is where The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow really shined (literally)ย  in this video. When finishing your foundation, you can either use a setting spray (provided that you have all your other make-up on) or you can go more matte and use a setting powder instead.

Setting Powder: Blurs fine lines and pores and ensures that make-up stays in place all day.

Overall, my first impressions on the product was that it definitely did its job, only when it came to finishing off my foundation. It didn’t really do anything as a primer.

Have you learned anything new from this video/blog post? If so, let me know. I love creating content that allows me to educate my viewers at the same time.

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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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Return (feelings) to sender.

Ghosted? Don’t worry, me too.

PSA: If my future husband is reading this, appreciate all the things your girl had to go through before she found you.

Ghosted: when someone cuts off all communication with you, after you’ve expressed interest or you’ve been on a date. Usually done without prior notice and with a strong possibility that you will never see that person again.

Ah, my love life. Otherwise known as a series of unfortunate events. I can’t particularly pinpoint when this “ghosting” saga started to happen so I can’t really assume that there’s a reason for all these pathetic instances. I thought it would be fun to put together a few of my favourite ghosters, so you can see that you’re not alone, or you could just have a laugh at my expense!

HE THOUGHT HE WAS TOO COOL FOR A COLOURED

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Tinder. The one place on Earth that allows me to question the male species. However, occasionally you’ll actually find a decent guy or two. Well, I think. You see, I once met this guy that liked me so much that HE started making wedding plans. So, assuming I was wifey material, I decided to see where this would go. Keep in mind that this guy is a plumber, and I didn’t think twice about it (haha, Deeanne, you idiot). Everything goes well and we make plans to meet up and see if we hit it off in person. Until one day, when he went away with his friends for a weekend.

I hate being a mom, so naturally I give him his space and wait for him to come back. I waited, and I waited… Until I got a text saying “hey” to which I responded that I hope he’s having a great time. He says “Yeah, I told my friends about you. they were not expecting me to date a coloured girl. I thought you were white!”. Slap in the face? yup. Assuming that this douche just has foot in mouth disease, I put that behind me and continue the conversation which I watched slowly die, until eventually he just stopped replying.

So not only do I attract idiots, but I attract racist plumbers too.

HE FELL ASLEEP ON ME

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I think one thing I love about my friends is that they’re willing to go above and beyond to make sure I put myself out there. So one day, my friend gives this guy my number. He didn’t message me until a few days later but I thought he was pretty cool, my mistake. He would constantly tell me that he’s super shy and not used to putting himself out there (which was becoming quite a bore, like get it together please). One thing I noticed was that whenever I tried to make plans and move on to more serious topics of conversations, he would “fall asleep” on me and only reply the next morning. Usually when he’d reply I’d be so busy with campus that I’d forget. And one day, as I plucked up the courage to make plans, he fell asleep, and never woke up. Kidding! Although that was probably the last time we spoke.

To this day, I still see him around campus wishing that the ground would swallow me up because clearly, he’s not asleep anymore.

THE GHOSTER WITH THE GIRLFRIEND

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Guys, when someone ghosts you, understand that sometimes it’s for a good reason. One thing I hate about myself is that I always seem to give people the benefit of the doubt. It’s in my nature and definitely a downfall for me because I tend to be blind when it comes to people’s faults. Take this guy I knew from high school for instance. We used to be good friends even though he was older than me. One day he slides into my Facebook DM’s and hits me with this:

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This guy was smooth. I’d like to think that I myself am quite the flirt. So I decide that one more can’t do any harm, right? EH, WRONG. This guy spends the whole weekend making plans, sending a ton of voice notes and even asking to pick me up. Monday rolls around and this guy goes missing off the face of the earth. I don’t really like to read too much into these things because I myself have a life and whatever, but this guy goes missing for about a month. One day, he posts a status update and I decide to ask him where he went. He spins me a story about how he’s been busy with work and I, like the idiot I am, give him the benefit of the doubt. One night, he asks if he can take me out for a Sunday drive and dinner DATE with a sunset view. I tend to get a bit uneasy when someone asks to pick me up so I agree to meet him there the next day. Before I go to bed, he sends me a message saying “I hope my girlfriend is cool with us hanging out”.

This time, I ghosted him.

Please tell me I’m not the only idiot who attracts the worst guys ever? If so, could someone please remove the sign on my back that says “It’s okay to ghost this one”? Although I must admit, it’s pretty damn funny when I look back on it.

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Gotta Ghost!

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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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