Where To Draw The Line. When YouTubers Are No Longer Relatable.

When YouTube first started in 2006, no one made money off of it. The site was just a place for creators to upload what they loved. In 2007 (correct me if I’m wrong), YouTube started paying their creators. Now, contrary to popular belief, it takes a while to get your first paycheck (hey, it takes most people up to a full year). But with that being said, most of the OG influencers such as Tyley Oakley and Jaclyn Hill are no longer seen as relatable, while the same people who started at the beginning such as Jacksfilms continue to thrive. So, how are people like Jacksfilms relatable and people such as Tyley and Jaclyn aren’t?

For starters, Jacksfilms (one of the many OG’s we’ll be talking about) knew from the beginning how to keep his professional life and his personal life separate. Sometimes he’ll let people in, but only in doses. You’ll see certain sections of his house, some Q&A’s, but he still has his privacy. Jacksfilms has been able to remain down to earth and stay connected with his fans through social media. Those have been the keys to his success.

Let’s take another OG who is still successful/relatable, JennaMarbles. First off, we know that JennaMarbles is a character; and on Jenna’s vlog, as well as her boyfriend Julien Solomita’s channel, we see the real Jenna. Despite the fame, and living in a nice house, Jenna and Julien do a lot for their fans as well as charities such as helping animals. By doing these things, it allows them to stay grounded. Also, by creating a character, like Jacksfilms, it helps both Jenna and John (his real name) maintain a bit of privacy.

It’s tricker with beauty gurus. We expect to get to know them on a more personal level. We trust them with their reviews, we want to get to know their thoughts during their “Get Ready With Me” Videos, we want them to do Q&A’s, do closet and room tours and so much more. Honestly we, the viewers, expect a lot more from them than a lot of other YouTubers on the platform. We want them to look flawless but in a way that fits our budget. Sure, they can mix in some high-end products here and there, but if they don’t have anything affordable, then the beauty guru’s risk losing their audience.

When it comes to Jaclyn Hill, one of the OG beauty gurus, the channel she built was more relatable. Then as Jaclyn made more money, we saw her start to change. Gone were the affordable clothes and makeup. It was all luxury and high-end once she hit the big leagues. The audience felt like the old Jaclyn was a ruse and the “real” Jaclyn had crawled her way out once the money poured in.

Now let’s take Tyler Oakley, the last OG YouTuber we will be talking about. Tyler started as someone in front of his computer, joking with his audience, and having slumber parties with his best friend; evolving into a celebrity, appearing in People magazine and having parades in his hometown in his honor. Just like with Jaclyn, people began to see a more arrogant side to Tyler. But unlike the lavish purchases and turning his channel into the equivalent of QVC, we saw it through his social media, where he would make bold statements and would then refuse to have any type of discussion afterward.  (See an example here.)

Is it fair that we hold YouTubers to see this high of a standard? I honestly don’t care how much money they make or what they buy, as long as they remain grateful. Even if they show their lifestyle on camera, as long as they show some humility I’m OK and they’ll keep me as a viewer.

Maybe that’s what some of these YouTubers that made it big are missing that others aren’t, humility. We want them to make it big, we just don’t want them to forget where they came from and who got them there.

What do you all think? Let me know in the comments, even if you disagree!


MarkLovesTea, Drama Channels, College, YouTube, Cosmetics

My Interview with YouTuber, MarkLovesTea

I just discovered a new Drama Channel, and you guys are seriously missing out if you haven’t been subscribing to him. His name is Mark, and he goes by Marklovestea. Mark is adorable and has such fun videos! You can tell by watching him that he has a heart of gold and a kind soul. Plus, his makeup skills are impeccable! I knew that I would be a subscriber within the first few minutes of watching him! Every time he posts a new video, I have to drop everything and watch! Mark keeps it real and I can tell he will never be a sellout! I reached out recently and asked to interview him; he was such a sweetheart and said yes. I enjoyed talking to the next big Drama Channel and I can’t wait for you all to get to know him!

1. What inspired you to start a YouTube Channel?

 What inspired me to do a Youtube channel was feeling like my voice didn’t matter and I deserved a bigger platform. I also saw a lot of Youtubers doing it and I thought, “Hey, if they can, so can I!”. People seem to love my channel so far! I also got inspired by people like Kat Blaque, Petty Paige, MarinaShutUp, and Contrapoints. Amazing Youtubers everybody should check out. If they ever subscribed to me, I would cry my eyes out. I don’t think I make content they would like though…

2. Your makeup skills are amazing! How did you learn to do makeup and what are your favorite brands?

Thank you so much, I try really hard! I learned doing makeup by myself. I did see a couple of tutorials, but I realized they really didn’t do anything for me since no one I’ve seen has had my eye and face shapes. I had to practice by myself! I would say Bad Habit is my favorite brand because I can’t really afford anything else. However, I would love to try products from places like Limecrime and Beauty Bakerie, I love their aesthetics. Now that Doe Deer is gone from Limecrime, the brand isn’t canceled to me anymore. I can’t think of anything else, besides Anastasia. ABH is just for lippies though.

3. I know you’re in college right now. What are you studying? Is it hard balancing school and a YouTube Career?

I’m currently studying Information Systems with a minor in Psychology. I can’t tell you if it’s hard because I started in June, but I imagine it will be…I’m sure I can handle it though, I’m responsible like that!

4. Do you plan to make YouTube a full-time career?

Let me preface this…I hope no one takes this the wrong way, because I am completely serious and in love with Youtube and doing videos. I never think making Youtube a full-time career is a smart move. Props to the people who do it, no shade to them. However, you should never put all your eggs in one basket, especially in a platform that’s constantly changing like Youtube (Google, per se). People keep leaving Youtube every day for its changing algorithms and the infamous “Ad-Pocalypse”. People say the ad-pocalypse is over, but what if something similar happens again? Lots of people left when so much as a change in ads happened. I believe people should treat Youtube like a side job or a hobby you can profit off of because Youtube might be completely gone one day or impossible to continue profiting from. Always have something else, always have an out. You never know what could happen. You can tell Youtube sometimes isn’t enough when people have to open up Patreons. In my opinion, though, Patreon and Youtube can be risky for most people. 1) Youtube is becoming stricter with ads and monetization, and 2) Patreon depends on other people willing to give you money. What if you screw up one day and people may not like you anymore? You should always have something that is *guaranteed* to bring you in money. We shouldn’t be fooled by the bigger Youtubers who seem to have everything, because you never know what they’re going through financially and what they do to stay afloat. So, in short, I don’t think I’d make it full-time if it means quitting my job…I would open a Patreon though, to help my cash flow along with Youtube and my job. If people wanted to help.

5. Are there any YouTubers or subjects that you feel like you shouldn’t cover on your Channel? If so, why is that line drawn? Or, is no one off limits?

I don’t think any Youtubers are off-limits, because I don’t believe anybody is above criticism. That’s the basis of a good drama channel. When you start picking favorites, your reliability and reputation is shot to the ground..Bias is never cute. As for subjects, I feel like anything too personal that can potentially lead to invasion of privacy is off-limits. The biggest example I can think about is the Jaclyn Hill divorce and how people kept gossiping about how her ex already had a new girlfriend or something…That shit is too personal, there’s really nothing to criticize here because they’re really not hurting anyone else, it’s stuff that happens in any relationship, and it’s kind of redundant. Jaclyn even told people to stop commenting on it, because it was pretty hurtful. I stopped watching a lot of people who covered that, especially when they said they wouldn’t before for the same reasons I highlighted. There’s actual drama and issues out there going on almost every day, you can pick and choose amongst many things. Even though we’re drama channels, morals and ethics should still be a part of what we do. We shouldn’t be proving people right by letting them think we’re heartless, emotionless, and negative. You know, assholes.

6. What are your plans for both your YouTube Channel and personally, such as school and career?

My big plans for Youtube is keep making videos that I love and am comfortable with, so far it’s worked and I’ve been having lots of fun. It’s actually helped me cope with my stress, anxiety, and depression. Gives me something to look forward to, since I now have a community of people that care and listen to what I have to say! It feels so nice, I cry every day thinking about it in excitement. Honestly! Now for school and career. I would love to really just be comfortable, financially and emotionally. I’m not really one to be too optimistic, so I usually keep my goals realistic so I feel like I’m accomplishing something. As long as I have a roof over my head, money to feed myself and my pets, and I’m happy with everything I’m doing…I’m content. Also money for internet and my phone………

Thank you very much, Mark! You are so good at makeup, videos and are such a sweetie-pie! I am rooting for you both on YouTube and in your personal life and I’m proud to call you a friend. As I’ve always said to you, “ride or die!” I’m sending you big hugs and you have me as a subscriber as well as a friend for life! You can follow him on Twitter here and please, subscribe!

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I Went Through My Mom’s Makeup!

I know this trend has come and gone on YouTube, but when I saw Paizlee OBrien do a similar video in which she went through her grandmother’s makeup, I was inspired to try it myself. (As I stated in our interview, Paizlee did the trend before it became popular with the bigger Beauty Gurus!)

I’m a child of the 90’s, so when I was a teenager we didn’t have a lot of the popular makeup that we use today, such as a highlighter, contouring, eyeshadow primer and a lot more. Heck, eyebrow pencils were around back in my teenage years, but no one took them that seriously!

We also didn’t use as many brushes and didn’t have any blending sponges. We had a couple of brushes here and there, but we mostly used the brushes that God gave us, our hands!

Why do I mention all this? Because for the most part, my mom has stuck with what worked back when I was first using makeup. Although it doesn’t work for me, my mom definitely pulls it off well!

So today, I will be taking a trip back down memory lane by going through my mom’s makeup and seeing if what worked for me as a teenager (and what still works for my mom) can work for me once again! (Except she doesn’t wear eye makeup aside from mascara and I always did. There’s that minor difference.) So, let’s get started!

Note: Just like me, my mom has recently gone cruelty-free. Also, like me, my mom has to use up the makeup that has been tested on animals. So, forgive us for featuring animal tested products on here for the time being.

First, we’ll start with under eye concealer. For that, we have Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. To cover up my pimples, I’ll be using Concealer Collection by Measurable Difference.

I used the color Vanilla in the row of shades of concealer that were in the package. Here’s a picture of it:

Next, I’m doing the foundation. My Mom uses Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Foundation.

For powder, my mom uses Ulta Double Duty Wet & Dry Pressed Powder.

Here are the results so far:

Time for the blush! I have here Dirty Little Secret in the color Kitty Pink.

The brush I’m using the Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush my mom has.

Very pigmented! Not bad, Mommy! Lastly, is the mascara. I know, there isn’t any eyeshadow, eyeliner or lipstick. There’s not a reason why she doesn’t wear them. No conspiracy here or anything. She just doesn’t. So, let’s jump to the mascara!

We have Covergirl’s Lashblast Volume Mascara. Here it is:

I must say, I’m not a Covergirl fan, but this mascara isn’t half bad!

So, that’s all! The basics work for well for mom, but how do they work for me?

Yeah, obviously I did my cutest pose possible! But I still had fun and I hope you did, too!

Thank you again to Paizlee for the inspiration! Love you, beautiful!

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Peter Monn’s Old Tweets. My Thoughts.

We all know about Peter Monn’s old Tweets resurfacing recently. If you don’t know, a lot of Tweets from his past, some dating back to 2012 and some are as recent as 2016, show Peter in a light we never imagined him to be in. Peter used offensive homophobic and racist language, sexist tweets and more. You can learn more about it from very thoughtful, different points of views from Marklovestea, Panicked Antics here and here and Metamorphosis Rox here and here. Like I said, all good videos all from different points of view. You can also see Peter addressing the Tweets here and here.

Like Panicked Antics said, a lot of people have said things like, “We’ve all said things we regret,” which is something I want to cover in this blog. I have said many things I still cringe just thinking about, and none of us are angels. I hope that this doesn’t offend anyone, but I have a point with what I’m about to say. I want to look at us from a Christian perspective. Just because I am a Christian, and Peter (I don’t think) is, it doesn’t mean my sins are somehow better than his. In God’s Eyes, we’re always on the same level. Even if one person is saved does not mean that they are exempt from their wrongdoings. So I cannot put myself on a pedestal and look down on Peter because, in God’s eyes, we’re the same. (Just to clear up any confusion, I am a Progressive Christian and I absolutely believe you can be saved and be a member of the LGBTQIA Community. That wasn’t my point. Again, just wanted to be clear.)

What I choose to look down on Peter about are his current actions. I don’t care if he’s a Republican, but some of the things he tweeted were quite sexist and had some negative stuff to do with abortion. Now, once again, I know not all Republicans are like this, I’m talking about Peter, here. I personally believe that he is lying about his political beliefs and that he had some misogyny that he’s been able to keep hidden quite well for a majority of his career. To me, personally, I find that to be a letdown. But if you disagree, feel free to let me know why you do.

Now, as far as the racist and homophobic language, I’m very uncomfortable by that, too. But, I want to open up a discussion, when is it OK to use offensive language versus when it’s not? Is it when you have the “nothing is off limits” mentality or is it when you’re just repeating something someone said?

I recently made an apology for interviewing some people who will sometimes use offensive words because they have that “nothing is off limits” mentality, but if it’s OK for a YouTuber such as Idubzz to have that way of thinking, then why can’t someone from the Skeptic Community have it, too? I’m not saying anyone’s right or wrong, but I’m taking a step back and trying to look at things through a clearer lens.

Do I think Idubzz, or the people I’ve interviewed from the Skeptic Community, are bad people? No. Do I disagree with their language? Yes. So, what makes them different from Peter Monn?

I think I know the answer to that. Because Peter represented change. Peter was someone who had overcome addiction, who helped others as a mentor, and we were there for him as he cried on camera when he was falsely accused of a horrible crime for the second time (days before Christmas). We joined the Beauty Community and defended him. These are things I’ll never regret.

But that’s why his tweets hurt some of us all the more. We saw Peter as a survivor who still had a smile on his face and could make us laugh. Even during his pain, Peter could help us escape ours, even if it was for just twenty minutes.

Despite the negative angle this blog is taking, I haven’t completely given up on Peter. I’m taking a break, but maybe six months down the line I’ll check in with him. I still have hope and I don’t believe he’s so far gone that he can’t change. Again, I just need a break and maybe a lot of us do.

The bottom line, let’s not give up on him just yet. I’ve been let down by many of my favorite internet celebrities, but I’m not giving up on Peter just yet. I think now, more than ever, Peter needs a slice of humble pie and needs to earn some of our (the fans) trust back.

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My Interview with Jaime. Aka: Glowing Beauty Addiction.

Meet Jamie, also known as Glowing Beauty Addiction! Jamie is a very intelligent, beautiful YouTuber who talks about beauty and skincare, and will even give a shoutout to other Channels-both big and small! I love that!

I was immediately drawn to her for her beauty, intellect, the soft way she spoke yet was able to grab your attention right away, and her overall fun personality. Jamie has a really good heart and is very kind to her subscribers. So I know once she makes it big, success will not change her!

I am thrilled that Jamie agreed to do this interview! You all are in for a real treat. So, let’s not delay any longer and go straight to the review!


1. What inspired you to start YouTube and did you have any other ideas for a Channel before going with your wonderful one?

I think what inspired me to start a YouTube channel was watching other channels and feeling…left out. There are sooo many amazing beauty channels out there, but not too many with people over 30. I’m passionate about skincare, but watching someone talk about a miracle cream that will prevent wrinkles, and they don’t have any wrinkles…was tough.

Another reason was that I am relatively new to makeup. I was always a ‘Tom Boy’. I grew up hunting, fishing, rebuilding classic cars, and WAAAAY out in the middle of nowhere. I was having fun learning about makeup. I enjoyed playing with makeup. I loved seeing how creative people could be. I guess I wanted an outlet to show that if this ‘Redneck Girl’ could learn and have fun, I wanted others to be able to as well – regardless of age or where you live or how you grew up. Now, I’m a self-confessed makeup addict, I love my bougie shoes and handbags…and I still love shooting trap and driving my tractor. There is no rule anywhere that one can’t go with the other. FYI – I named my tractor (we name all our vehicles for some reason) Louie, like Louboutin shoes. My mower is Chewy – Jimmy Choo…you get the idea. LOL

I think my biggest push to actually start though was from Peter Monn. I literally would be getting ready in the morning, and talking to myself in the mirror pretending I was talking to a camera like I had a channel. Then Peter Monn put out a video and he had mentioned his only regret was not starting YouTube sooner. Around that same time Petty Paige had said something similar. I took that as my ‘sign’ that it was time for me to give it a go!

2. I see that you’re not just into makeup, you’re also into skincare. Do you mind sharing with us what your regular skincare routine is?

My skincare routine tends to change a bit just because I’m always trying to try out new products to review on my channel. My ‘go to’ though is La Mer products. They smell sooooo amazing and they work well with my skin. I try to do a face mask at least twice a week and really just trying to be nice to be skin. LOL. I try to drink a lot of water and I make sure I’ve got a sunscreen on at all times. If you watch my channel, I will always keep everyone up to date on what I’m loving (and what I’m not).

3. What are some of your Holy Grail Cosmetics?

Make Up Forever Step 1 Smoothing Primer

Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray and the Brow Bar to Go

Physicians Formula bronzer

Flower Beauty Loose Powder but shipping to Canada and can’t order from their website

Chikuhodo makeup brushes

4. We’re still in 2018, but I can’t help but ask, are there any beauty trends that need to fade into oblivion at the end of this year, or any long-running trends that have been going on for years that you just want to go away?

This is a tough question. There are absolutely trends that need to go away – squiggle brows, anyone? But, on the flip side of that, I love that makeup and beauty is about expressing yourself. If it’s fun, and you enjoy it-go for it! So many ‘trends’ are a flash in the pan anyway it seems and some come back. Blue eyeshadow was all the rage, then everyone HATED it, and now it’s coming back. I say just have fun and do you.

5. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers and who are your dream collabs?

Oh my! There are so many I’d love to collaborate with! There are the impossible thoughts like Tati, Raw Beauty Kristi or Jeffree Star of course. I absolutely LOVE Nadi with PopLuxe. I also love Hot Mess Momma MD, Glamour Index, Alexandria Ryan, CC Suarez, Ashley Klaty, Luscious Massacre, Karen Joy…I just couldn’t decide. LOL! I think anytime YouTubers collab it is a great thing. I think it expands both parties viewer base and exposes your channel to others.

6. How do your family and friends think about you being a YouTuber? I bet they’re proud!

LOL! Only 1 person (besides my husband and boys) in real life knows I do YouTube. I just haven’t felt confident enough to tell anyone yet. I’m not sure they would really understand what it is I’m doing and why I’m doing it. My low self-esteem I guess makes me worried that they would say something negative and it would make me want to stop creating. Kinda lame but it is a worry for me. I’m sure it will slip out at some point, but until then, I’m good just knowing I’ve gained so many friends (some that I consider ‘family’) on YouTube. I want to do anything I can to make them happy and create content that they want to see.

7. Finally, what do you see for yourself both professionally and personally looking beyond 2018?

Gosh! Tough question. I keep setting new goals for myself constantly. Right now, I’m trying to reach 400-500 subscribers before my birthday (July 13). It’s not looking like I’ll reach that goal but that certainly doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying.

I guess my goals as far as my channel…I’d love to be able to establish more of a schedule. It’s tough being that my husband works away and with two little boys…it’s tough-especially during summer when they are home all the time.

Personally, I’d love to go back to school for something beauty related. I feel like I’ve been a student most of my life. I studied computer technology (programming) WAY back in 1996, I studied business law majoring in petroleum theory and procedure, I did my geology, I’ve studied aromatherapy…lol, I love school and learning.


Thank you very much, Jamie! I’m so excited I was able to interview you and had a blast talking to you! I know your channel is going to go far, and I’m going to be ride or die with you for life!

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to her Channel here and once again, follow her on Twitter here!

The Nun, The Conjuring Series, Warner Bros., Horror Films, Horror Faith Based Films, Corin Hardy

The Nun-Behind the Scenes Feature & Featurette

The Nun is the most recent film in Warner Bros. “Conjuring Universe” and has been one of the most successful horror film franchises to date. The movie is directed by Corin Hardy and stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet and Bonnie Aarons. The movie’s screenwriter is Gary Dauberman. The synopsis is as follows:

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate.  When they arrive, they discover the ancient abbey to be a battleground between the supernatural forces of good and evil. Risking not only their lives, but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2.”

All films in the “Conjuring Universe” have a theme of battling evil, the need for faith, and the power of prayer, and it looks like THE NUN will continue to portray these themes onscreen.  The movie releases in theaters this Friday, September 7.

For a sneak peek, check out this recently released featurette from the film. There’s also a great feature on the film that premiered on the website Town Hall that you should definitely check out here as well.


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Kerry Washington X Neutrogena Force of Nature Eyeshadow Palette Review (UnSponsored).

Actress Kerry Washington has done her second round of Palettes for Neutrogena. The first time it included both eyeshadow and blush palettes. I still own the first eyeshadow Palette, which you can see here:

The Palette was OK. I felt like the colors didn’t blend very well unless you really worked with it and dug your brushes into them. Still, the colors lasted all day and the payoff was nice for the low price I paid. I just wish I didn’t have to work so hard at getting the colors on my eyes, though.

Now, we’re going to focus on the present. The second round of Palettes includes another eyeshadow and this time, a lip Palette instead of blush. Here’s a photo of the eyeshadow Palette:

Here’s what the inside looks like:

These shadows are on the warm/neutral side. Compared to the first Palette, it is not a big difference. The first Palette had darker colors and definitely wasn’t as warm as this batch, but I’m not seeing a dramatic difference between the two. Here’s a comparison and if you disagree, let me know in the comments.

I may do a comparison of these two in the not too distant future. (Mystery Science Theater reference for some of you out there!) But for now, we’re going to just test out the new Palette. From left to right are the swatches on my arm:

As you can tell, not super pigmented. Also, just like with the first Palette, I had to really work with the colors to get some payoff.

Now that I got done with that, let’s get started with my actual review. As always, I started out by applying my Urban Decay Primer Potion. I then applied the first color on the left on my lids as my base color.

I know it doesn’t look like it, but it actually is more pigmented than it looks. I’m pleased.

After that, I took the third color and applied it on my lids. Here it is:

Although I had to dip my brush in twice to get the right amount of color, the payoff is good.

I took the fourth color and applied it just above my lid:

This part was a tad bit frustrating because I had to go in a few times to get some color. It’s not as pigmented as I’d like, but it’s fine.

Next, I applied the last color to my last line:

The color is nice, but I had to dip my brush in a few times once again to get the payoff I wanted. I like it, but I feel like I shouldn’t have to dip my brush in so much to get this payoff.

Lastly, I took the second color and applied it to my brow bone:

As you can tell, not very pigmented at all. I’m quite disappointed. But, overall, the Palette is good except for that one. Here’s the look before mascara is applied:

I actually think it’s quite nice considering the price point. So far, I think it’s an improvement over the first one.

I then finished my makeup routine and here’s the final result:

Like I said, it’s a big improvement from the first Palette. Would I recommend it? If you’re into drugstore products, then yes, I would. This Palette is nice and is worth the price if you don’t have a lot of money to drop on a more expensive one. But I will admit, there are better drugstore eyeshadows, like NYX or Colourpop.

Overall, I’m happy, I just won’t be reaching for this as much as some of my other Palettes.

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