My Favorite Youtubers

Throughout high school and my first two years in college, I watched a lot of Youtubers. I watched comedy YouTubers like nigaghiga and beauty YouTubers like Ignrid Nilsen. My junior year of college I fell out of it and found myself with a Netflix addiction. In September, I seem to have watched all of the shows that I wanted on Netflix and found myself enjoying Youtube again. I only watch beauty Youtubers and their vlog channels now, though. If you’re interested, below is a list of my favorite YouTubers at the moment (in no particular order).

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  • KathleenLights: OK, so KathleenLights is my #1 favorite currently. She is extremely relatable and quirky. She has a few collabs with Colourpop, an affordable makeup brand. She just started her own nail polish line, KL Polish which has exploded. Also, Kathleen just always seems so excited. She mainly does makeup tutorials, makeup hauls, makeup reviews.
  • Aspyn Ovard and her vlogging channel: Aspyn is a lifestyle Youtuber, she mostly does life hacks and fashion related video. She has her own clothing store online. I like her vlogs with her husband, Parker because they seem sort of relatable and I get bored with my own life sometimes.
  • Gretchen Geraghty: Gretchen is not relatable at all. She goes to Boston University, which is very expensive and lives a very luxurious lifestyle. But she posts A LOT of clothing hauls which I personally enjoy. I watch her luxury hauls even though I could never afford anything.
  • Ingrid Nilsen: I have been watching Ingrid for YEARS, #tbt to missglamorazzi (not sure how to spell it). She used to mainly be beauty and fashion but she has expanded her channel to be more of a lifestyle channel. She is very open about self-care and women’s health. She does still do beauty and a lot of skin and hair care videos. She has done extremely well on Youtube so a lot of her products are unaffordable but I appreciate how real and honest she is.
  • Zoella and her vlogging channel: I’ll be honest, her accent drives me crazy but Zoella is SO cute and has some great beauty videos. She also has her vlogging channel, that I don’t love because to be honest, I don’t really care for her boyfriend. She also has some of her own beauty products which are adorable.
  • Rachhloves: She is a Canadian Youtuber who has a beauty channel and a lifestyle channel. I haven’t watched her lifestyle channel yet though. Rachel is super relatable and does a lot of beauty reviews and hauls. I love watching her honest beauty first impressions.
  • mirellabellebeauty: I sort of forgot about this channel but Mirella is super relatable and very honest which I really appreciate. She is a professional makeup artist and does some breathtaking looks. She is very down to earth and I feel like she doesn’t show off like a lot of other YouTubers.
  • Hot Ones by First We Feast: This isn’t a beauty channel, but watch the Kevin Hart video. It may be the funniest video!!!

I have been enjoying a lot of their Vlogmas videos this year as well, so if you like that kind of videos definitely check them out.

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What’s in my bag?

Meku Card Holder: I got this card holder off of Amazon when I realized that I hated carrying around a huge wallet in my backpack & coat pocket at school. This cardholder was under $10 and I bought it in February. It has three slots for cards, one for cash, and one for your driver’s license/ID. I currently have 8 cards in the back, my tile in the cash slot and then only my ID on the other side. This has been holding up great.

Vaseline Lip Balm: I’ve mentioned this many times but this is my favorite lip balm, it smells super great and is one of the only lip balms that doesn’t dry my lips out. It’s durable and I own about four of them to keep in various places.

*Tip: Don’t leave these in your car during the summer, they’ll melt and leak.

Altoids: When my sister started driving about 2-3 years ago she always kept Altoids in the car, and I used to sneak them all the time when on long rides or after eating something particularly smelly. I now consider them a purse essential.

American Red Cross Stress Ball: I brought this with me when I went to get my most current tattoo because I hadn’t gotten one in three years, had never gone alone and couldn’t remember how badly they hurt. It didn’t hurt at all but I wanted to have this just in case.

Colourpop’s Deja Vu Blotted Lip: I like to have a natural lip color with me because anything can happen. I like this one because I can build it up if I want but it can also be super subtle. They don’t sell it anymore but it was about $6 so it won’t be devastating if I lose it.

Two Calw Clips: I prefer clips over ponytails, especially when doing a bun because I have really thin hair and they work best at keeping my buns in place. Also, now I know where to look when I can’t find one in my apartment.

Shock Top Coaster & Bud Light Vouchers: A few of my friends have been turning 22 lately and Bud Light has had some sponsors out giving out vouchers 2 of the times we went out.

Tampons & Pads: My body loves to surprise me so I always have tampons and pads so I can be prepared. I actually prefer organic tampons but I just happened to have these

Snickers Wrapper: Clearly I was very hungry because guess what, I got a surprise period the other day. I got this Almond Snickers because they didn’t have any 3 Musketeers and this Snickers was actually so good! 10/10 would buy again

Keys: In April, I bought a 2011 Subaru Legacy and let my sister keep the Hyundai. So I have that key, my apartment/building key, a house key (that I have never ever used), my stop & shop and CVS loyalty cards, my Haiti Designs Co. keychain and then my other Tile.

The Purse: The purse I’m currently using I purchased this summer at a Coach Outlet in South Carolina, it is a light tan color with yellow and silver hardware. I got it for an extra 50% off their outlet price. There aren’t any pockets on the inside which I don’t mind. It is very light and can be worn as a crossbody. I can’t find it online but their 1941 collection is gorgeous.

I obviously don’t have enough followers to be sponsored but I highly recommend the Tile. It is a phone app that you should always have running in the background on your phone and connects via Bluetooth. I have one in my wallet and on my keys. If you lose your keys/wallet you can press Find on your phone and it’ll make them ring and show you the last place it connected with them. If you lose them you can tell the Tile community and when someone else with Tile comes near them it’ll update their location for you. It also works vice versa (sorta), if you lose your phone and press the little button on any tile twice it’ll make your phone ring (even if it’s on silent). These have saved my ass so many times.

October Favorites 

This month I rediscovered some items that I already owned and did a little bit of shopping. Here are the things that I enjoyed a lot this month and used frequently. 

Formula 10.0.6 Berry Face Wash: I already have two of their mud face masks. The orange Deep Down Detox mask and the pink Pores Be Pure mask, and I liked this brand a lot so I decided to get one of their everyday face washes. It smells like berries, it’s pretty gentle and not drying. I use it morning and night on most days. I also occasionally use it with my Clinique face brush, too.

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Head & Shoulders Almond Oil Shampoo and Conditioner: I’ve been using Head & Shoulders for years and every time I try to branch away from Head & Shoulders my dry and flaky scalp comes back. I have the Smooth & Silky conditioner at home for a while and I loved it, maybe more than this conditioner actually. But this conditioner really hydrates my hair, it doesn’t really help with my curls though. It smells super good and I like that the H&S conditioners are meant to go on your hair from scalp to ends. The directions actually tell you to massage it into your scalp.

Oral B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush: My mom convinced me to buy an electric toothbrush a month or two ago and I surprisingly love it. So every 30 seconds the toothbrush has a distinctive vibration to let you know to move onto another quarter of your mouth, and then another distinctive vibration at 2 minutes to let you know you’re done.It also has a light that tells you when it needs to be recharged. This lasts me about 4-6 days between charges.

Gold Nike Rosches: I bought these at Marshalls for about $50 and they have a snakeskin pattern to them. They go great with jeans and leggings. I like to wear them to campus and work because they’re super comfortable, I would never work out in these because they have don’t have the right arch, in my opinion.

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Old Navy vest: I bought this last year but we’ve had a few days where this vest came in handy. I like to wear it over my flannel or a long sleeve sweater. I bought it on sale and I think it was a great purchase. I don’t love the hood but not a huge deal. I think a vest is a great fall piece, especially since a lot of my leggings & sweaters don’t have pockets.

Checkered Vans: Lately, these have been my go-to shoe. They were super easy to break-in. They go with almost everything that I own. I’ve worn them to work, tailgates, classes. I am asking for a solid-color pair for Christmas, too.

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Navy Blue crocs: I love to wear these after a long day of work or during my 1 hour and 15-minute drive home on Sundays when I’m a little hungover. I love to wear these with socks because I don’t like when my feet stick to them. I normally wear these with leggings, flannel, and vest. My go-to cozy outfit.

Covergirl Lash Blast Bloom mascara: I included this in a previous haul but I ended up loving it and had to share. I was previously using the Clinique High Impact mascara but I bought this one from Target because I liked what the applicator looked like. I tried it out and it makes my lashes so much longer than the Clinique one and I love it. It’s probably 1/2 the price but I like it so much better.

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My New Tattoo

I have three tattoos already and decided to get another one last week. I wanted to share my experience. I googled and Pinterest-searched “tulip tattoo” and “tulip sketch” and I pinned and saved a lot of pictures. This was my favorite.

I decided that I didn’t want the tattoo in color so I changed it to black and white in the iPhone settings. I made an appointment with a tattoo artist and emailed her the photo, I asked for it to be about 6 cm long on my inner upper arm. I basically put the shading into her hands and had faith since I stalked her on Instagram before and after scheduling with her. This is how it turned out….it looks a little pink from my skin being slightly irritated. If you wanna read about the time, pain, and price then keep on reading 🙂

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I made sure I wore a tank top under my sweatshirt so I wouldn’t need to roll up my sleeve and accidentally rub the tattoo too hard while pulling it down (I am super paranoid for like two weeks after I get a tattoo). It took her about 10-15 minutes to clean down and prepare her place, so she took me around 2 and I was out by 2:17. Alysha had me lay on my back with my left arm slightly twisted towards her. I asked her about the pain scale and she said that it wouldn’t hurt but it might be a little pinchy. I already have a tattoo to the right of my right knee, on my right ribs, and on my left shoulder, none of these hurt so I wasn’t scared. This one was a little more pinchy though because the skin was looser. So I would say 0/10 on the pain scale and a 1/10 on the annoying scale. I paid $80 for this tattoo, their minimum was $70 and then a 20% tip.

 

My Holiday (& Birthday) Wish List

 

 

I know that the holidays aren’t about gifts but about family but my mother requests a wish list every year and gets mad at me if I don’t put one together. She loves buying presents.

So, my birthday is about a week before Christmas so making a wish list can be sort of overwhelming. But here is what I am thinking about adding to my wishlist this year…

-I already have all of the technology that I would want, so that’s not on my list this year. But for those interested in something cool, the HP sprocket is a popular item this year.

A new phone case. I have the loopy phone case, which I love, but sometimes, I just want something with a little more protection and a little more fashionable.

Makeup brushes. Right now I use the contour brush that came with my Smashbox trio and I hate it. It’s not as soft as I want.

Mules/Slide Ons. It’s no secret that I adore shoes. But this year, especially this fall, I’ve been eyeing the mule trend, I love slip on shoes and I think they go super great with jeans

Black Booties. Everyone already has these but I am a little behind, but this year I am trying to step up my bootie game

Oversized sweaters. I love sweaters but a lot of mine are from high school, so they’re a little small now and just not as cute as I want. I love the oversized trend because it’s cozy and can go with leggings, jeans, skirts.

Oversized Denim Jacket. I love the denim jacket style. I’m not sure I’d wear it with jeans but I would definitely wear it with black leggings, black jeans, dresses, skirts.

Bomber jacket. A style that I loved when I was in elementary and middle school and a look that I think would be great to rock again. I think it would go great with a t-shirt, jeans/leggings, sneakers or even booties. I think a bomber jacket and a denim jacket are both staples in a wardrobe.

Denim Skirt. I am not really a skirt girl but I would like to be and I think a denim skirt is the perfect way. You can dress them up or you can dress them down. You can wear them with tights or they can be a great alternative to shorts.

Basic White Tee. Today while thinking about outfits I realized that I don’t have a basic white tee. A white t-shirt is the perfect layering piece for any outfit or the perfect top for an outfit with a statement shoe or bottom.

Ring. Lately, I’ve been thinking that I want a birthstone ring or just a ring from my mother that I can have forever. A simple ring that I can wear every day.

Two-layer makeup bag. I really need a new way to keep all of my makeup together and I think these two-layer bags are a great way to organize your makeup whether you’re traveling or you have limited space in your apartment.

Tarte Toasted palette. I love warm-toned makeup and this is a little warmer than I’m used to but I think it’ll be perfect for every day, the holidays, etc. I swatched the colors and they’re a great formula.

what’re you thinking of asking for?

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Friend’s Night Out Makeup Look

Last night, my friends & I went out to watch a friend’s band, Mama’s Marmalade, perform in a small town’s town hall. I hadn’t done a face of makeup in a while so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I used the Morphe 35W palette for this eye look.

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I have pretty clear skin so I tend to stay away from heavy face makeup, so I did my basic face makeup ~again~

  1. I always start my makeup with my Vaseline lip therapy cocoa butter lip balm.
  2. Maybelline Age Rewind concealer under my eyes, on and around the tip of my nose, a little on my chin and upper lip.
  3. I used the Smashbox 24-hour eyeshadow primer on my eyes and while that dried I,
  4. I contoured my face with my (light) Smashbox contour kit, the contour color under my cheekbones, on my jawline, and on the sides of my nose.
  5. I used the highlight color from that Smashbox trio and put it on my cheekbones & tip of the nose, then put my Becca highlighter in Moonstone and put that on top of the highlight that was on my cheekbones.Morphe 35W Palette
  6. I used color #1 all over my lid and then blended it into the crease as my base color
  7. Then, I put color #2 all over the base color and into the crease using a fluffy blending brush
  8. I put a little bit of #3 into my crease with a fluffy brush and used the tip of my pointer finger to put some on my outer corner
  9. Put a little bit of #4 onto the fluffy blending brush and concentrate that on the center and outer parts of the crease
  10. Use our pointer finger to place #5 onto your outer corner
  11. I use a small brush to apply the highlighter color from the Smashbox trio and put that on my inner corner, I like to try and blend it out into the center of my lid for a gradient effect
  12. I like to layer a little bit of the Becca highlighter right into the inner corner, and I usually blend this out a little along the inner 1/3 of the lower lashline
  13. I suck at eyeliner so I used my Jane Iredale black pencil eyeliner and just lightly lined my upper lashline, I like the thinner eyeliner look, just to make my eyelashes look a little more full.
  14. I used my Covergirl Full Lash Bloom mascara in black, I like to take my time with this and try and make sure my eyelashes are separated, I love this mascara but I think it takes patience and multiple layers to make them long and separated.
  15. Now I usually kiss the back of my hand to get the excess lip balm off of my lips
  16. I used my Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in Zuma
  17. Then used the highlighter from the Smashbox trio and put that on my cupid’s bow and on my brow bone.
  18. If I hadn’t run out of my setting spray this is when I would have sprayed my face.

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September Haul 

NYX Mega Shine lip gloss in Clear: Over the past year, I have purchased multiple matte liquid lips, and I don’t personally love the way matte lips look (on myself) and I saw KathleenLights on Youtube talk about how she puts this on top of some of her matte lips.

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Lush Lip Scrub: I have purchased their lip scrub in the jar before but this one was cheaper and because I’ve been more into lipsticks I find a lip scrub to be a very important product.

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Three Lush Samples: Breath of Fresh Air toner, Ultrabland cleanser, Skin Drink moisturizer

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Urban Super Slim Round Sunglasses in Pink: The other day I stepped on my sunglasses and broke them so when I went into Urban I found some pink sunglasses that were out of my comfort zone but I thought were very pretty.

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Target Mossimo Shirts:

-I’ve only worn the blue shirt so far and it is incredibly comfortable. I wore it to a full day of classes and it was great for the hot day because it lets in a nice breeze. Also, Mossimo was smart and made this shirt tagless which I am a huge fan of.

-The maroon shirt can be made more conservative. There is a tie in the center that can be tightened or loosened depending on how much cleavage/boob you want to show.

-The velvet tank top doesn’t dip down as low as I wish it did but it is very comfortable and loose which I’m a big fan of when I go out to the bars.

Nalgene 16 oz water bottle: I bought this water bottle about a year ago but my best friend left it at a party last weekend so I bought it on Amazon and got Free 1-day shipping to UMass Amherst. I don’t drink a ton of water so I like that this is 16 oz because it is less intimidating. This water bottle is narrow-mouth so I don’t spill all over myself. I don’t know if you can tell in this photo but this actually is sparkly which is a super cute touch. It is in the color Fire Pink.

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Covergirl Bloom Mascara: I have worn this two times now and I actually don’t like it very much. My eyes get very itchy when I wear this mascara and I’m not sure if it’s the mascara or the seasons changing. Also, I think the applicator is a little “sharp” although I do love the shape of it. I am going to use it a few more times because I like the way it separates my lashes and makes them long.

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American Eagle Tops: All of these tops were on clearance.

-The bright pink tank top of the left is a tank top that has the cold shoulder detail, it is cute but I find that the sleeves fall off easily.

-I haven’t worn the green shirt yet because I got it in a size Small by mistake and I need to lose some weight before I’ll wear it in public.

-The third shirt, on the right, is a sweater material and it is very cute, I might wear it this weekend but I haven’t yet. It is very soft, too.

Earrings: I recently lost my earrings that I wear in my second holes so I stopped at Francesca’s and picked some up. Now that I’m looking at them I think that one of the small ones is missing the middle piece, but I’m still going to wear them.

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Yankee Candles: My best friend & I are now roommates and she loves candles which is making me love candles. I found a few at Bath & Body Works that I loved but they were $25 and I couldn’t justify that. I stopped at Yankee Candle and picked up three small candles. Autumn in the Park (not Autumn Leaves, I hate that one), Honeycrisp Apple Cider, and Farmer’s Market. They all sort of smell like apples to me, but those are my favorite scents.

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Minimal Makeup Look

There are some days when I snooze my alarm 3 times & then need to get ready fairly quickly. Those are always the days my skin looks dull. So here is my “no makeup” makeup look….


This look takes about 3 makeup products. It is super easy & super quick. 

Step 1: Apply the Maybelline Age Erase Concealer (the one with the sponge on the end) under your eyes, and where you have any blemishes. I use it where i have redness on my nose and right on my chin. 

Step 2: I lightly contoured my nose and my jawbone otherwise I look like I’m 7. Then I highlight the inner corner of my eyes, my cheekbones, my browbone, and the tip of my nose. I use the Smashbox 3-Step Contour Kit.

Step 3: Apply the Clinique High Impact mascara to your top lashes (and bottom if you want). I really like to do both because I have no issue with going a lil’ extra with my eyelashes.

Step 4: (optional) Apply the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, my favorite color is Red Dahlia.

Cause Box: Summer 2017

The other day I was scrolling the Instagram & realized that one of my friends received a subscription box, Cause Box. It is more of a lifestyle box than a beauty box; like Birchbox or Ipsy. I don’t think Birchbox and Ipsy are worth the $10 because I only ever like/use about half of what I get. I would compare Cause Box to like FabFitFun, about the same price & items. This subscription box is delivered four times a year and is cheaper if you pay for the full-year up front.

So here’s what was in the box….

Haiti Design Co. key chain; retails at $14

I put this on my keys instead of my purse because the key chain has gold hardware and my purse has silver.

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Altru Notebook & Bookmark; retails at $24

This book is absolutely adorable and feels really nice in your hand, the notebook is lined and I think I am going to use it as a recipe book.

 

Pura Vida Bracelets; retails at $10

It came with a teal bracelet and a pink & purple bracelet. I don’t love the pink bracelet so I think I’m going to gift it to a friend, but these feel like they’re great quality. I think they may be waxed and the size is adjustable. I honestly think I might wear this as an anklet if it fits, I can definitely see myself wearing it every day.

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Kálos Detox Face Mask; retails at $39

I have not tried this face mask yet but once I do I will update this post and let you know about my experience. At first impressions, the packaging is super high-quality.

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Nashelle (Adjustable) Wave Ring; retails at $46

This ring is beautiful, the fact that it’s adjustable is really cool but I don’t normally wear rings so I can’t figure out how to make it smaller. It is too big for all of my fingers, including my thumb. This ring is rose gold and compliments my skin tone (and any skin tone) really well.

 

Mason Jar Company Cup, Straw & Cap; retails at $20

This is one of my favorite things that came in this box, the mason jar is huge (a little more than 18 oz/2 cups). The mint cap that it comes with has a hole in the top for the straw. Mason jars are easy to clean and just have a great aesthetic. I think this will be nice for iced teas or fruit waters. Or if you’re a smoothie person.

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All Good Coconut Sunscreen; retails at $8.99

This came just in time because I am going to the beach for a week next week, this is the perfect size for a beach bag, makeup bag, or purse. This sunscreen smells really great and offers 30 SPF protection. I will add a review once I try it next week. I’ll share how my face reacts to it.

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Shelley Steer RELAX Print; retails for $10

The box included a print that matches the print of the box & it has gold-foiled letters. This is small but I think it’ll look really nice in my new college apartment. In the photo I didn’t take the plastic off, in real life, it is matte, besides the foiled words.

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-Kuli Kuli Superfood (Sample)

This is used as a smoothie mix, it is supposed to be 1 full serving of vegetables. In the packet, they give a recommended recipe.

Ingredients: 2 Kuli Kuli packets, 1 1/2 cups of water, 12 oz chopped romaine lettuce, 1/2 bunch of spinach, 4 stalks of celery, 1 apple (seeded, cored, quartered), 1 pear (seeded, quartered), 1 banana (halved), 1/2 lemon (halved)

I don’t drink smoothies so I might give this to a friend. I don’t ever use a blender because I’m lazy and that sounds like way more vegetables & fruit than needed in a day.

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This box was $55 but the items inside were worth $171.

The only thing I can’t see myself using is the Superfood packets and those weren’t even included in the $171. 100% worth it.

Quick Tip: Easy Lip Scrub

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So I was Pinteresting DIY Lip Scrubs and they all require at least 4 ingredients & a mini mason jar for aesthetic. I really wanted to wear a matte lipstick (colourpop’s ultra blotted lips) the other day and my lips were not prepared.
I found that mixing a little bit of honey and brown sugar does the trick or even just brown sugar. The honey is supposed to be moisturizing while the brown sugar exfoliates. It’s quick and you probably have both of those things in your cupboard. I only mixed enough for one use so that I wouldn’t need to store it.

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