S/S Journals: ep1 | The Forest Q&A



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It’s Destiny! Back on the blog with some personal info about my artistry! I went to the beautiful forest earlier this month, and decided to film a nice lil Q&A about my music, as well as another version of my latest song His Name Is Home (with an added bridge). This is not on YouTube so you guys will get the exclusive forest hook up soon and very soon (like my Facebook page so you don’t miss it! 🙂

I’ve answered a few basic questions here, before you dive into the Q&A video. It’s full of  funny questions, embarrassing moments, difficult chords and a bit of dancing… lol. Enjoy!

How long have you been a s/s?

I’ve been singing & writing songs for 17yrs!!! Or 15yrs as a solo artist 🙂 Gosh that seems like such a long time but it basically means i’ve been at it my whole life!

Why did you start playing guitar? 

I had been learning to play the clarinet in high school, but i soon realised it was a battle i didn’t want to fight, (that whole lip blowing thing…I couldn’t). Anyways, I knew that i wanted to play and sing at the same time, and whilst doing music classes in year 8, I was introduced to the guitar! My wonderful music teacher Mr Edwards (shout out) said I was something of a natural, and when I told him i wanted to really play, he GAVE ME A GUITAR! I was so chuffed and he set me up with my own guitar lessons – a real MVP that guy. Soon after I had a number of lessons I became a faster learner other people had joined my class, so i decided to teach myself. I took a book and CD from my local library and learnt those legendary tunes by the likes of Don McLean *sings* byeee byeee miss American pie… Honestly, those 3-chord 4-chord patterns are THE BEST! They got me strumming like a pro in no time.

Any regrets/struggles along the way? 

Not learning music theory from the beginning nor taking music lessons from early. I wish I’d started early! However, i’m now on route and it’s never too late guys, don’t be fooled. These two things have made it somewhat challenging in areas of my ministry, yet the show must go on and i love my music so there’s no stopping me! 🙂

Want to know more? See the video for more questions and answers. Don’t forget to like & subscribe!

Thank’s for watching my lovelies. Stay tuned for more S/S Journals episodes, on here and on my channel, where I will be showing you guys what it’s like to write my own songs, scrapping the bits i dislike and all that inspirational jazz.

Stay Blessed,

Dest x




Using Affirmations to Help with Anxiety

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Hello Lovely People!

Welcome back to another post. I’m super excited to be sharing something that is very dear to my heart. Today’s post is a short guide for using affirmations in your spiritual life.

I am a person who thinks through her fingers, which means I write EVERYTHING down to rid me of a headache. Affirmations come into play, often when I’m feeling worried or anxious about something, and i’m sure you can agree with me that words are very very powerful. Because they are so powerful, I use affirmations to affirm my unsteady heart of the promises that God has given me through His Word, or facts that I know to be true, rather than telling myself stories of lies.

A lot of the time, the anxiety we experience comes from what we feed our minds; how we perceive a situation that makes us feel a certain way. For example…

Instead of saying

“I have so much to do and i’m so behind, i’m going to flop this goal now…”

Try saying

I’ve made good progress recently, and I will continue to progress towards my goal, despite the running clock!” 

Something along those lines. You see, you’re not lying to yourself when you affirm yourself of the facts present. You don’t know the future so telling yourself stories of what might happen is not going to help. I struggle with anxiety first thing in the morning at around 7am. It’s when my brain wakes up and says


Me: *heart palpitations as i tell myself to go back to sleep because you’ve just finished a whole degree and its now time for a lie in…*

I have had to start waking up, getting my journal out and writing certain affirmations down. Even before I sleep i get everything out on paper as to reduce that noise in the morning.

See the link below: I have written out my fave affirmations to use when i feel pressed for time and i know i just need to chill out and trust God. It’s printable! And there is a space for you to add your own at the bottom if you want to 🙂

Printable Affirmations

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Let me know how you get on with them, take pictures of them on your wall, write your own and share on insa (tag me @destinyjoelivia) or use the hashtag #keynotesoflife 

I have uploaded a video where I talk more about the context of these particular affirmations so watch that here!

Until next time…Stay Blessed,

Dest x



No Foundation Summer Glow Makeup

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Hey! It’s been a while since i’ve written for this blog, I must apologise. My excuse? I’ve been working for aStepFWD and so I have a load of posts to create (hello procrastination or just crazy overwhelm). Still, it’s good to be back and writing of something SUMMER related!





Recently I shared my fave summer make up products on my InstaStory, and that same morning I’d filmed the process for my channel. So here, I present to you, a quick and simple makeup look, featuring products all below £10 and non of which should make you feel yucky and sweaty. Oh and the best part is, there’s no foundation involved!! YASS.


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First up I started with my base: NYX ILLUMINATOR 

When the sun started to show its full face here in Britain, I decided I wanted to give my skin a break from the foundation vibes. I turned to Bare Minerals because I heard they got that invisible-feeling-kinda foundation going, but I don’t wear it that much to spend such money! Student and all. I went to The Body Shop, to try their foundation, natural, fairly priced, i also had a discount to use there, but again, i wanted to come away from foundation all together. So then I tried their Insta Glow products -couldn’t get the right shade, so i left that store! 

That’s when I thought about NYX at Boots. I went to look at their stand and saw this beauty below. I tried the other shades but i figured this would be a nice shade for the coverage illusion- i was right!  

Here are 3 reasons why I love Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator:
IMG_20170627_204424_6021. Its silky. I dot it on my face and the QUICKLY smooth it into my skin with my fingers for the best effect. If you leave the product to dry for a second it creates more work for you to work into your skin, but that’s not all bad! 

2. It’s lightweight. For me, the best makeup is that which you don’t feel peeling off your skin in the heat! I apply about 2 layers (and a half if i’m feeling extra glowy) and still, my skin can breath! 

3. It’s versatile. You could actually buy all three shades and do a glowy madness with just them. I experimented with this and use it for my coverage, and to brighten my under eyes, and sometimes i might use it under my brows. It’s perfect really. 

Also, it’s lasting me quite a while!! BONUS!

Next: This crazy cheap but super effective…


I’d previously been using the Sleek contour kit, the one that actually looks just the same as this one. When I ran out, I wanted to see if i could find something a bit less matte and that would give me more of a fresher look. Then I strolled into Superdrug and found this beauty for… wait for it… £3.50!>!>!>!?!?!?!


Here are 3 reasons why this wins:

1. It’s Shimmers. If you’re looking for a good contour, but one that doesn’t make you look dusty or dully, then this is a shout. It’s got a shimmer to it, but it’s not ridiculous looking-its okay trust me. You can see the lightest shade, is very very light, and so I only dab dab small small into this shade. It does just the job, especially for that nose highlight.

2. The bronzer is just my absolute babe. It gives me so much warmth! Put’s that healthy colour back into your skin for sure. 

3. It’s cheap as chips. Yet i’d say it was great quality. Compared to the Sleek kit, i’d say this one is more warm, and glowy, with a bit more consistency to it’s powder. 


After doing bits with this palette, I moved onto the beast of the bunch…


I found this baby on sale when I was browsing through New Look’s accessories. I thought, this is so golden, I just can’t leave it here! I had to snatch it up into my basket, and when I tried it on my skin at home, I again, fell in love. I’ve had it for a few months now and it never gets boring. Sometimes I use both this as a highlighter as well as the one from the palette above, or sometimes i just stick with this one. Honestly just look… 


Here are 3 reasons why this is the bomb:

1. It’s pretty. Just look at the marble effect it has. I don’t know if that’s because it’s baked, but It’s beautiful! 

2. It’s VERY golden. It’s that highlight that every girl just needs. I haven’t tried it as an eye shadow (because i don’t wear it that much), but I’m loving the glow it gives my cheekbones xxxxxxx

3. It’s Inexpensive. I got this on sale for £2, but now it’s not even that much more. It last a long time and it’s not prone to break and smash like my others have 😦 😦 😦 It may come out of the container but it wont break up which is fab! 

get yourself one of these beauties pleeaaseee!




IMG_20170627_200929_771Ps. My glasses are from Urban Outfitters x


Thanks for reading my beauties. Remember, SLAY IN YOUR LANE & Glow however you want to ALL YEAR ROUND honey!

Stay Blessed,

Dest x


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