And so the adventure begins…

“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary”

 

I’m not sure if I should be typing this with tears in my eyes or with content in my heart, but one thing I can say for sure is that I am at peace. As most of my followers will know, I was recently given a notice that the company I work for will no longer be hiring interns, which means that I do not have the opportunity to extend. I knew that my job wasn’t forever but I didn’t think it would be over this quickly.

I have completed 6 months of my journalism internship, which is crazy to me. It feels like just the other day I was buying a ton of stationery and getting rose gold quotes laminated so that I could have a cute little desk set up (my desk was really cute, by the way) and now it’s time for me to spread my wings and move on to another career. I’m not sure what exactly I’ll be doing, or where I’ll be going yet, but one thing I’ve come to learn is that my path has already been set out for me. God is laughing at my uncertainty right now and thinking “Is she going to trust me this time?” and as a matter of fact, I do. I saw a quote on Pinterest the other day that said “Be thankful for closed doors. They often guide us to the right one” and I don’t think I’ve ever resonated with something so deeply that it moved my soul.

I’ve always been a free-spirit. If you asked me to go on an adventure with you, I’d do it without thinking twice. I love a challenge and I’m very steadfast in my faith, so I’m basically unshakable. My internship has been the best and worst 6 months of my life. I’ve met new people (some really nice, others questionable because I wasn’t sure if they liked me, haha), had to get up at 5AM everyday and I have conquered my fear of driving long distances. I’ve been challenged and buried in work and I’ve also been enlightened and often amused at the medical content I’ve had the pleasure of researching. I’ll be writing an entirely different post on my internship experience but this is just a reminder to myself that everything is going to be ok, it always has been and it always will be. I’m currently completing my online professional diploma in social media marketing, so the possibilities are endless.

C.S. Lewis once said there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind and I am excited to keep looking forward.

To anyone dealing with unemployment, retrenchment and other forms of adversity, my Instagram DMs are always open if you need to talk. I’m sending you all my love and support, always.

But here’s to new adventures, may we walk into jobs we love and environments that make us want to get up in the morning x

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How To Start a Successful YouTube Channel – My Secret Tips + Tricks!

 

I recommend watching the video, as I go into great detail regarding the points I discuss in this blog post.

YouTube has surely become one of the best platforms to showcase a variety of content. Whether you’re into lifestyle, fashion, beauty or fitness, there is always something for people to watch on YouTube. Now, what happens when you’ve become so inspired from sitting in front of the screen and watching that you decide to move behind the screen and start filming? YouTube is a great way to build an audience and to create killer content to share with the rest of the world. However, YouTube is not everything that it is cut out to be and I am here to shed some light on what it really takes to be a content creator and if you’re genuinely serious about becoming one, how to start a successful YouTube channel.

Know why you start a YouTube channel

I think it’s important to know why you want to start a channel. A lot of the time, when people message me on Instagram and tell me they want to start a YouTube channel, they are somewhat confused when I ask them why. I’m not asking to be rude, but it’s because some people start a channel without a goal in mind and it results in their channel ending up dying because they didn’t realize what it takes to start a channel. YouTube is commitment and requires a lot of effort and consistency.

Doing YouTube for money/press drops

If you’re starting a channel thinking that you’re going to make dollar signs, I have bad news for you my friends. Am I saying you can’t make money from YouTube? Not at all. I have made money from YouTube even though I believe I only had 600 subscribers at the time, so it is possible. However, you won’t see money when you start out on YouTube because YouTube has now enforced a rule which states that unless you have reached a certain watch time or you have 1000 subscribers, you are not allowed to monetize your videos, which means that ads will not run on your videos and you will not make money. Press drops usually only come with quite a following and even so, it still requires a lot of patience and consistency on YouTube.

Just start

The one comment I get almost all the time when people want to start a YouTube channel is that they’re afraid of what other people are going to say. I think that I forgot to mention in this video that your content is essentially going to be seen by the rest of the world. If you feel that you are too sensitive to deal with criticism and bullying, I wouldn’t recommend starting a YouTube channel as I take mental health very seriously. However, if you think you can handle it then just remember that people always going to have something to say. Everytime someone views your video to “make fun of you” that’s a view for your channel which is a bonus for growth. I guarantee that the people you go to high school with won’t matter in 5-10 years from now. If you enjoy creating content, just do it!

Equipment and my favourite apps

I recommend starting on your smartphone if you do not have a camera because you don’t need the best camera on the market to start your channel. I started off with a basic Nikon L330 and once I saw growth in my channel, I decided to move into a new direction with higher quality content, which only came with 800 subscribers might I add. Being close to 1000 was the push I needed to up my game and now I film with a Canon EOS200D and I use a 18-55mm lens. You don’t have to have the best camera to start off with, rather work with what you have and once you see growth then you can move on to better quality.

Consistency

I would not recommend YouTube for someone who is not consistent. When people view your channel, they want to subscribe to people who are going to keep pushing out content. I feel like when you go missing for long periods of time, it hurts your channel because people can see that you’re not going to be consistent and then they probably won’t stick around to see more content from you. Am I saying you have to post everyday or week? Absolutely not. But it helps to have a schedule for yourself so that you don’t disappear completely.

Growing your channel and SUB4SUB

I talk a lot about this topic in detail and I definitely recommend watching this part of the video because I go into detail about sub 4 sub and how it hurts your channel and is an ineffective growth tool.

Descriptions

Why people leave their descriptions blank I will never know. It’s so important for your audience to know where to find you and important links you may want to share with your audience. If brands want to work with you,  they’ll contact you from the email in your description, but if you leave it blank then they’ll move on and find someone else instead.

Collaborations

Don’t be shy to reach out to other YouTubers. I honestly think that a sure way to grow your audience is definitely to reach out to someone who has more or less a similar number of followers as you and asking them if they would like to collab with you. You don’t have to physically be with them, it’s literally just mentioning their socials and doing a similar video. People like to find other content creators and I can guarantee both people will benefit from doing collaborations.

Sharing your content

I don’t think I can stress the importance of sharing your content enough. If you upload a video to a channel where you have 5 subscribers, chances are if you’re lucky you’ll get 5 views. The reason I say ‘if you’re lucky’ is because not all subscribers are active subscribers. You can have 100 subscribers, and get 20 views. There are a ton of reasons for this but the most important aspect is getting your content out there. I’ve mentioned that some of my favourite platforms to use are Twitter, Instagram Stories, targeted Instagram sharing accounts and Facebook Groups. A few tools I use are TubeBuddy and VidIQ which are both really helpful plugins for choosing the right tags for your videos and providing stats so that you can see what is working and what isn’t.

Do you have a YouTube channel? I’d love to know in the comments! Also, don’t forget to leave me any tips or tricks you’ve found to help grow your channel x

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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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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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Sunset Cranberry Eyes & Glowing Skin Christmas/Holiday Tutorial

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

I am currently lying in bed and wasting away, watching Riverdale because I have work tomorrow until Sunday. Even though it’s my last shift of the year, I still hate standing and forcing people to buy my product, ya know?

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I love warm toned eyeshadows. In fact I’ve always admired beauty guru’s who were able to pull off these intricate looks. I just have to say that I was so impressed with how my eyes turned out in this look and I think my skin looked so glowy in this video. As usual, I would love for you to support me in my YouTube journey (update, we just hit 600 subscribers!) by subscribing to my channel, viewing my content or even leaving a like or a comment.

–F E A T U R E D  P R O D U C T S–

Benefit KaBrow in 04 (not featured in video)

The Body Shop Instablur Primer Colour Intensifier

Swiitch Beauty Slays For Days Eyeshadow Palette

Ardell Wispy Lashes

Rimmel London Match Perfection foundation in True Nude

LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural

Essence Matt Compact Powder

Essence Matt Touch Blush in Peach Me Up

Catrice Sun Glow Bronzer

The Body Shops Drops of Glow (this product really failed me as a highlighter)

Catrice Mineral Glow Highlighter

Essence All That Greys Lipgloss in Roaring Red

Essence Keep It Perfect Fixing Spray

–T H E  F I N I S H E D  L O O K–

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Thank you for all your love and support on my blog, channel and Instagram. For those of you who don’t know, there’s a giveaway happening on my blog account on Instagram (sincerelydeeannetheblog) and it’s running until the 29th of December.

 

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VLOG: Life in the Fast Lane (Literally) – Audi TT Rides, Tamzen’s 21st and Wine Tasting.

If you told me last year that I would have an amazing group of friends and would be going out more often, I would’ve probably laughed at you and told you to tell someone else a joke. My life has changed so much since I came out of a 4 year relationship in April and I can honestly say I’ve never been this happy. I really enjoy going out with my friends and most importantly, I look forward to going to campus every day because I have them to look forward to. In this vlog you can come with me to go wine tasting, take a glimpse at what Tamzen’s 21st looked like and even take a spin in her new Audi TT.

 

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Here are a few photographs with the memories made for this vlog, what I like to call
“my life in pictures”:

–WINE TASTING @ DURBANVILLE HILLS–

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One of my favourite quotes from Harry Potter is:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”

Everyone creates their own happiness, if you choose to do so. For 2 weeks I refused to go to campus because I was in such a dark space and feared running into my ex at campus. Then I asked myself, why is he going around as happy as can be when I’m stuck at home feeling miserable? It was at that point when I reached rock bottom, that I knew the only place I could go was up. I really have to thank my friends for being my pillars of strength in such a dark time, but most importantly for showing me that I was happy before and I can be even happier now. I am genuinely enjoying this stage of my life and constantly meeting new people. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

 

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Huge Back To School Affordable Try-On Clothing Haul!

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Shopping is cheaper than therapy.

I recently went on a bit of a shopping spree for my second semester of varsity and I saved all the gifts from my birthday to make this affordable and collective haul for my viewers and readers! My previous back to school clothing try on haul which went up earlier this year has over 700 views which means I am so close to hitting that 1000 mark! I love when people interact with my content

I’m not sure if most of my readers know this but I live in the Southern hemisphere which means that we are approaching Spring and Summer soon so I made this both a summer and a winter clothing haul, so I could accommodate all the seasons approaching, wherever you are in the world !

Featured below are all the items in my video for those who don’t like watching YouTube videos. If you do watch my video please don’t forget to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so I can create more content for you!

Starbucks Shirt (Purchased in Thailand) ♡

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I recently featured this post in an OOTD which if you missed it, you can find here. I love printed tee’s and tank tops because I feel that it adds so much to a simple outfit. What I love most about this is that it’s a piece of Thailand that I brought home with me and I’m a coffee lover so it’s no surprise that I cannot wait for Starbucks to get to Cape Town! At the moment we only have one in Johannesburg which is in a different city and a bit of a bummer. I love that the colours are simple and not too overboard as I feel that sometimes crazy prints can kill an outfit as a whole.

Dusty Pink Choker Bodysuit (Mr. Price) and Denim Shorts (The Fix) ♡

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I’ve mentioned in my videos that I am not a fan of the choker trend simply because I don’t like the way chokers look on me particularly. Mr. Price has recently came out with a new choker neckline for their shirts which I feel adds such a nice touch to an outfit. I wasn’t 100% sold on the body suit at first but after a while I realized that I liked the way it looked on me. Paired with this shorts which I purchased from The Fix, I love how the cut on the legs is different and almost a zig-zag pattern. If you go to The Fix on Thursdays and you are a student, if you present a valid student card you will get 20% off your purchase! Who doesn’t love a good deal?

Pink Rose Detailed Bomber Jacket (Exact) ♡

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As I mentioned before, I’m currently still feeling the effects of Winter so this bomber was such a cute addition to my wardrobe! I love the rose detailing on it and I feel that it’s such a cute colour. I have a green bomber from The Fix but I feel that this one is much warmer and more durable for Winter time. I would usually pair this with black tights or skinny jeans and sneakers or my black booties featured in the video!

Dusty Pink Adidas Stan Smith (Sportscene) ♡

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For my 21st birthday I decided to add to my shoe collection by buying myself a new pair of sneakers. I have always been in love with the Stan Smith and I feel that it is so much more comfortable than the Superstar. I originally wanted the all white Stan Smith but when I saw this one I had to have it! Anyone that knows me knows that I love pink and gold and white so this was right up my alley.

Unfortunately I did not photograph all the items in my haul so if you would like to see the rest of my items then you can watch the video!

 

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Blueberry Flapjack Stack Recipe

Whether it’s for a hearty breakfast, or even a wholesome dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can never go wrong with blueberry flapjacks. I think that I loved baking since I was a kid. I love the thought of experimenting with flavours and coming up with various combinations. I recently decided to spoil myself with a flapjack maker from Clicks which happened to be on sale. Usually I purchase the flapjacks from Woolworths and keep them in the freezer until I need to toast them. I never really liked the idea though, due to the fact that they’re never as fresh. So I decided to make them myself!

This recipe makes for about 4 in a flapjack maker, but feel free to double up if you would like more! Also, just a note that I would use a measuring jug when measuring out my ingredients, which is why I prefer to work with ml’s.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 65ml sugar
  • 65ml milk
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 125ml self raising
  • Hflour
  • Blueberries (I love the blueberry pots from Woolworths which you can keep in the fridge)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Combine all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the egg and mix well
  • lastly, add the milk and mix until the consistency is smooth but not runny.
  • Add the blueberries into the mixture and fill the flapjack wells with mixture.

Don’t have a flapjack maker? Don’t worry, it works just as well in the pan too!

Hope you enjoy and please feel free to send me pictures to my social media if you use my recipe, I love seeing recreations!

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Back To School Supplies Haul 2017! x Finding Cléa

Hello beautiful and welcome back to my blog!

Before we jump right in — this is a collaboration with fellow blogger & South African YouTuber Finding Cléa.

Cléa’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3LY6b9uaHX6jeAn3xyI7i

Cléa’s Blog: https://findingclea.wordpress.com/

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I would love if you subscribed to my YouTube channel and give my video a thumbs up, and if you would subscribe to Cléa and check out her blog as well xo.

This video and post is not sponsored.

A brief overview of everything mentioned:

TYPO:

  • 3 x A4 notebooks – 3 for R150 (2016) and 4 for R200 (2017)
  • Silver Glitter Pencil Case which includes Staedler fineliners, Hello Kitty BIC pens, pencil, USB flash drive (8GB), Hello Kitty Tippex/Whiteout and a cupcake eraser.
  • Silver glitter A5 Buffalo Journal (There’s no writing in here, only lines which makes it great for re-use)
  • Water Bottle “Pretty Good At Bad Decisions”

 

FLIP FILE:

  • 20 Page Flip File for loose notes

 

STAEDTLER:

  • Felt tip pens

VIVA LITE:

  • Highlighters

STICKY NOTES/MARKERS:

If I’m not mistaken I purchased the tabs and notes booklet from Pick n Pay and the Sticky Notes are from Checkers.

See you next time with a brand new post xo.

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Bring Out Your Bold With The New Labello Bold Blackberry Shine! x RubyBox Beauty

Hello beautiful and welcome back to my blog!

–Where have I been?–

Well, for the past few days I have been preparing for my upcoming exams, including one I am writing tomorrow. Yet, here I am in my room up late at night to bring you this blog posts. Exams has certainly ruined my sleeping patterns!

One thing I hate about exams is that when I get stressed, my skin starts to show it and my lips become extremely chapped. My saviour? The new Labello Bold Blackberry Shine Lip Balm!

Rubybox Beauty approached me a while back to add me to their bloggers database and asked if I would review products from time to time. Being the avid reviewer that I am, I could not turn down such an amazing opportunity. If you would like to check out there website then simply click here — and please note that this review company is only valid to those living in South Africa, however you can still see the amazing website and have a look at the review community.

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I loved the packaging of the new flavour. It was like unwrapping a gift on Christmas! You had to pull the tab open to see the products inside. I loved the vibrant pop of colour and how it was packaged. It was bold (see what I did there…). To see my Bold look that I created, you can view my Instagram post here Labello is currently running a competition where if you buy your pack in store, you’ll find a cellphone number underneath the lip balm on the package and you can send your Bold recreations (outfit, make-up, hair etc.) to the number and stand a chance to win amazing prizes.

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Inside the package were 3 little Labello Bold lip balms, RubyBox was so kind and sent me 2 boxes. In total, I have 6 Labello Bold lip balms, but I won’t be saying anything about where they might be going (Christmas Giveaway, Maybe?). The lip balm itself is small and convenient to pop into your purse, or if you’re a student like me then your compartment in your backpack. The lip balm is a “twist-up” which is great for me because I hate getting lipbalm under my nails when they’re in containers.

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Before I used the Blackberry Shine, I used the Labello Blueberry Blush Lip Butter which is my all time favourite lip balm. Although the flavours are similar, they vary in a few ways.

  • The Blueberry Blush has a soft Blueberry scent, which reminds me of blueberry sweets in a way and if I had no idea what flavour it was I wouldn’t really guess berry at first. The new Labello Bold has a bold blackberry scent, one where if you had a whiff (and trust me I can’t stop sniffing my lips when I have this on) then you would automatically associate the smell with blackberries.
  • The BB Blush is a container, the BB Bold is a twist up.
  • BB blush is lighter in colour while BB Bold is a dark purple colour pictured below.

 

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And to answer the question you may have, yes. This lip balm does leave a tinge of purple on your lips after application (my boyfriend was not happy when I gave him this one after losing his one but I think it’s cute).

Overall, I’m not going to lie. Although I was picked to review this product, I’ll always love Labello as a product because they’re the only lipbalm I use as it doesn’t irritate my lips. I will however leave my thoughts here:

  • I love the packaging: easy to access and store away.
  • Love the colour. Vampy is my go to when winter comes around but is always fun to play with. Perfect if you would like to add colour without going overboard.
  • The smell is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Like, go buy one and sniff it now please.
  • Pricing is about R21,00 which I appreciate as I am a student and don’t always have money to splurge on things that I actually need.
  • Does not irritate my lips. I HATE menthol and other strongly scented lip balms because they tend to make my lips tingle then dry them out.

Let me know what you think of the new Labello Bold, head over to my Instagram too so you don’t miss out on my Labello Bold demo which I will be uploading on Saturday to my IG.

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