Beauty Community, YouTube, Beauty Gurus, Nikita Dragun, Laura Lee, Gabriel Zamora, Petty Paige, Panicked Antics, Jackie Ania, Kathleenlights, MarkLovesTea, Tea Spill, Beauty Truth Sleuth, Drama

What Is Happening to the YouTube Beauty Community? Part 1.

We always hold our favorite celebrities on a pedestal, but the YouTube celebrities get placed on an even higher one. This is because they don’t have an army of managers, agents and PR People around them controlling their every move. Sure, some of them will probably employ a few of those people down the road, but at the end of the day, it’s still the YouTuber, in front of a camera, talking to us and interacting with us on social media as well. So in a sense, they’re more we see them more than celebrities, we see them as our friends.

Before I go any further I need to make it clear that no one who ever walked this earth except Jesus Christ Himself is perfect. Every single last one of us has made mistakes; we’ve all done and said cruel things. I know if I ever become relevant, there will surely be something from my past that will come up. No, I can’t think of anything, but I’ sure someone else will (once again if I ever become relevant). But I pray that I will have the strength to own up to any mistakes and not make excuses.

So, what does this have to do with the Beauty Community on YouTube? Well, if you watch these videos from MarkLovesTea, Petty Paige, Panicked Antics, Beauty Truth Sleuth, Tea Spill and many more Channels, then you’ll know, thanks to Beauty Guru Gabriel Zamora running his big mouth about Jeffree Star, Gabriel accidentally exposed himself in the process. With him, Laura Lee and Nikita Dragun were also exposed. (I highly suggest you watch these videos for the real tea. Let me tell you, this tea is HOT!)

But let’s be honest, we’ve been seeing the ugly side of Beauty Gurus for quite some time. From Kathleenlights dropping an offensive racist word to Jackie Ania lying about Petty Paige hacking her personal bank account and more, the Beauty Community seems to have been crumbling for quite some time. So, what do we, as the viewers, do about it? Or can we do anything? Do we have any say in this?

I don’t want this blog to go on for too long, so Part 2 should be up on Friday at the latest. I’m just afraid if I blab on for too long I’ll lose you. So, I end it here for now and conclude it in a few days. Until then, thank you for reading and I hope you’ll continue to stick around!

Urban Decay, Aphrodisiac, Aphrodisiac Palette, Makeup, Cosmetics, Makeup Tutorial, Review

Urban Decay “Aphrodisiac” Palette Review and Tutorial.

Note: I know Urban Decay has been the result of some (deserved) controversy recently due to one of their former employees. This review, however, has to do with the Palette, not the former employee and her disgusting behavior.

Not a lot of people seemed excited about Urban Decay’s release of their Aphrodisiac Palette. In fact, Urban Decay didn’t seem to place much faith in the Palette themselves, and it was quietly released in early August. I honestly don’t know why they spent so much time promoting their Born To Run Palette while there was hardly a peep about Aphrodisiac. Maybe it was because Born To Run didn’t do as well as they hoped, and they want to put their energy into making a better $50 Palette and not focus at all on promoting this one? Sounds like a poor business move, and that’s not me being rude to Urban Decay. I love their brand. I just feel like the lack of promotion for this Palette was a missed opportunity for both Urban Decay and makeup fans.

When I found out about this Palette, I was excited. I knew I wanted to do a tutorial. So, here we are. I got my Aphrodisiac Palette from Ulta and I can’t wait to see if I was right about it being a missed opportunity from Urban Decay or if they were correct in quietly releasing it. There’s only one way to find out!

First I started out by applying my Urban Decay Primer Potion to my lids. Then I followed this Makeup Tutorial from Pinterest, but with my own spin on it. Here’s how the Palette looked while still in the box:

And here’s how it looks out of the box. Pretty, isn’t it?

I started with the shade “Sheets” and applied it to my upper crease.

I didn’t follow the tutorial by extending the shade to my outer corner because I’m not doing a winged liner this time; like I said, I’m putting my own spin on this. (Although the Beauty Guru looks beautiful in her video!)

I made sure to do what she said and build the color up while blending it in my upper crease.

After that, I took the shade “Beyond” and applied it just above where I blended the “Sheets” color.

Following her instructions, I made sure to build the color up and extend it so it matched the length of the color of my crease area.

I cleaned the edges a little with the color “Sheets” again and then went in with an angled makeup brush and applied the color “Whiplash” very tightly to my upper crease.

Here’s the result so far:

Afterward, I blended the color “Whiplash” like the Beauty Guru in the Tutorial said and here’s the result:

Here’s where I start to put my own spin on things. I then took the color “Addict” and applied it to my lid.

Next up I applied the color “High Fever” to my lash line. Man, this color not only broke easily, but it was difficult to apply! So was “Addict”! Still, the result is good.

Lastly, I applied “Glare” just under my brows.

And of all the photos, “Glare” wouldn’t focus! Figures!

Whoo! I needed to take one of my brushes and start blending or else I’d look creepy!

After finishing my makeup, here’s the end result:

So, was this a missed opportunity like I originally thought? Well, although I stand by my statement that Urban Decay should have promoted it more, I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a missed opportunity. The formula could use a little work. This reminds me of the Maybelline Lemonade Palette, only slightly better. That’s not what I expect from Urban Decay, though. I expect much better.

Do I regret my purchase? No. Would I purchase again? Yes. But would I recommend it? Only if you’re a die-hard Urban Decay fan like I am. If not, I’d say you’d probably still be happy with your purchase anyway, but this Palette isn’t going to be the next big thing to hit makeup shelves, either. So, if you skip it, then catch it when it goes on sale.

$30 honestly wasn’t a bad price for this, but I’d place this more at a $20 price point.

My advice to Urban Decay is to stop focusing on rushing out Palettes and start concentrating on the formula more. You’ve got the theme and packaging down (in my opinion), just take a little more time and appreciation on that formula and you should be all set!

Oh and…hire better employees!

So, what did you think of my review? Did you get the Palette? Did you skip it? Did my review help you in any way? I want to hear your thoughts, even if you disagree!

See you soon!

Interview, YouTube, DISHWASHINGLICKWID, Comedy

My Interview with YouTuber, DISHWASHINGLICKWID.

DISHWASHINGLICKWID is one of the funniest commenter-style YouTubers we have today! The girl not only truly understands comedy but also isn’t afraid to give you her opinion, and yet she still gives off a sense of humility at the same time. That’s rare, which is why we need her on this platform! She can have me rolling on the floor laughing one minute and the next, sitting there having an honest discussion with my husband about her final thoughts.

I’m so thrilled that she agreed to do this interview. I thoroughly enjoyed her answers and please, go give her a follow go Twitter and be sure to subscribe to her Channel. I don’t promote YouTubers I don’t like and I truly am a fan of hers!

 

Let’s begin the interview! Here we go!

1. First off, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover your channel! But, at least I found you and I’m now a subscriber for life! What inspired you to start a YouTube Channel and did you have any other ideas for your channel before it was officially launched?

I encountered youtube at only 9 years old and I was completely fascinated by the concept. I started making my own skits and rants on my sisters terrible webcam on her computer and would milk any occasion in which I could submit a video for a school project. I would vlog random family occasions, edit and send it to my family group chat, film random videos in school or make overdramatic documentary-style videos about the people in my class. In retrospect, me, sitting in class screaming interview questions across the classroom to my classmates or teacher definitely made me seem more unusual than I already am. However, high school was nearing to the end, and I was left with a creative passion that i had failed to pursue, instead of feeling regretful, I realized how easy it is to make a channel and decided to start vlogging- and that was the beginning of my youtube channel.

2. How do your family and friends feel about you doing YouTube? Were they surprised when you decided to start one?

My family and friends were surprised in the sense that it was about time that I finally decided to start the channel. It seemed like the natural progression for me to express my creativity. All my family and friends are really supportive and make the time to watch my videos when they probably have no interest in what i’m talking about. For the most part, I find watching myself really cringe, so my dad makes it a point to watch all my videos on the tv to embarrass me, which is an odd way to show support, but I appreciate it.

3. Which YouTubers would you say inspire you the most? Would you ever consider doing a collaboration with anyone?

The two youtubers which inspire me the most would have to be David Dobrik and Shane Dawson. David Dobrik is the pinnacle of taking a typical format, such as vlogs, and completely turning them into something funny, creative and unique. However, Shane Dawson is by far my favourite youtuber and a collab with him (or Trisha Paytas- I would LOVE to eat and cry on the kitchen floor) would probably put me into cardiac arrest from joy. Shane Dawson is such a foregrounding channel in the youtube community- and it’s almost crazy to say that I connect so deeply with someone whom I’ve never met, but I think that’s what makes Shane Dawson so likeable, the ability to be real and genuinely relatable which is why he resonates with so many people.

4. Whenever someone is a public figure, there will always be a slew of misconceptions about them. Are there any misconceptions about you that you’d like to address?

This may be quite unconventional but I feel like my youtube channel breaks down any inaccurate preconceived notions someone might have of me. If I were to walk down a street, people may assume things about me or have some sort of judgment about me and I will never be able to address those. However, my youtube channel is a place where I can express my personality, views and opinions, and aside from the occasional hate comment, my youtube comment section and dms is really positive and can feel like a warm hug after a really long day.

5. I loved your video about Kylie Jenner’s brushes! Judging by your videos, it seems like you have an interest in makeup. Do you have any particular brands that you’re a fan of?

Firstly, thank you so much! And as for my interest in makeup it began only late of last year and so I obviously have some learning to do, but a brand which never fails me is Kat Von D. I know everything in which I purchase from her brand is high quality and is exactly what I’m asking for. I love experimenting and trying out new products, but ever since I purchased her tattoo foundation, I’ve never bought another foundation since- it snatches my edges every time.

6. Speaking of beauty, (I promise I’m not kissing up here) but you have a beautiful complexion. Would you mind sharing with us your skincare routine?

As someone who gracefully came out of the womb as a vogue model, I’m offended that you would insinuate that I need a routine to maintain my beauty. That’s obviously a joke and my skin is one of the 7 wonders of the world because I’m always wondering what to do with it. But for the most part, African Black Soap and a witch hazel toner (I haven’t found a moisturiser I stand by yet) has really saved my skin, I obviously get hormonal acne here and there, but for the most part the more consistent I am with my routine, the better my skin appears (go figure).

7. In your personal life, what are your favorite TV shows, movies, books, and music? Are there any particular shows you like to binge watch that you’d recommend?

My favourite tv shows cycle between trashy reality tv (I think I’ve watched every season of Big Brother that has ever been made) and British comedies (for some reason British comedy is just funnier)- as for reading, I enjoy crime or horror books, mainly because I’m too scared to watch a show about it, and as for music not to be a typical ‘I wAs bORN in The WRonG GeneRATIon’ person- but I enjoy older music- MICHAEL JACKSON’S OFF THE WALL ALBUM IS A BOP, or music which as an ‘older vibe’- so anything from The 1975 or Neon Indian has me SHOOK.

8. A bit of a personal topic: we all have causes that we’re passionate about. Are there any that you’re particularly passionate about that you’d like to share?

I’m really sensitive and overdramatic so I get passionate over everything- but something I’m passionate about is self-acceptance, self-love and mental health. The world would be such a better place if people loved themselves, or if people were more open with their emotions. At the end of the day, there are so many people who feel down, whether its a mental illness or life circumstances, and I feel like if people were more open and vulnerable, it would normalize emotion and in turn make people feel better.

9. Finally, what plans do you have for yourself in the future for both your YouTube channel and personal life?

I definitely want to pursue my youtube channel further- as it’s definitely what I’m most passionate about at the moment. However, we all know that youtube is not the most stable. I also find importance in pursuing further education. Before leaving high school, I was quite close-minded in the sense of how I wanted my life to pan out, but at the moment I’m just riding the wave (or tsunami) of life- and if that means pursuing education or dropping out to be apart of a barbershop quartet, instead of being afraid of the unknowingness of the future, I’m instead excited.

 

Thank you very much! Once again, I love your answers and am so happy both as a fan and as an aspiring journalist that you agreed to do this interview. I’ll never forget this!

Subscribe to her Channel here! (FYI: At the end of her videos, she’ll say that you can “subscribe or not, “I don’t give a f**ck!” I love that and it gets me laughing every time!)

Candice's Vanity, Beauty Guru, YouTube, Cosmetics, Makeup, Content Creator, Tennessee

My Interview with Beauty Guru, Candice’s Vanity!

Meet Candice, a beautiful wife and mother of two from Nashville, Tennessee. Candice is just starting out as a beauty guru but I have no doubt that she will gain a large following quickly because she is not only absolutely beautiful but her personality is adorable. When you watch her videos it’s like hanging out with a friend, and her makeup skills are on point!

I found out about her through the equally beautiful and talented Gadgetbeat30. As soon as I watched a few videos, I knew I had to contact her for an interview. Fortunately, she said yes and was such a delight to talk to! Below is our interview. I know you will fall head-over-heels for her after reading this review and will want to check out her Channel afterward!

 

1. What inspired you to start a YouTube Channel? Did you intentionally want to be a beauty guru or did you have anything else in mind before you started?

I started my YouTube channel for many different reasons, but the main one is because I am obsessed with all things beauty related. I have always had such a passion for art in general, and makeup to me is no different than painting on a canvas. Growing up I was never allowed to wear makeup. I was “that girl” who would put her face on once I got on the bus, and scrubbed it off on the way home everyday, so I wouldn’t get into trouble with my grandparents. They both raised me after my parents passed away. Makeup… mascara especially, has always made me feel more confident. I could be feeling my absolute worse, and throw on a little mascara and liner and it would transform my entire attitude! I wanted to be able to give that to other women around the world, and thought YouTube would be the perfect place to do that. (Part 2 of question 1.) I don’t consider myself to be a beauty guru whatsoever. I am however, definitely a beauty enthusiast. Would I love to have enough friends who come to me and trust my judgment on beauty products?… of course! I simply want to build relationships with other women and men who share the same passion as I do, or at least have the interest, and drive to learn. I want my YouTube friends to grow with me, and follow me along my journey!

2. A lot of us have a basic skincare routine we like to stick to. Would you mind sharing with us what yours is and what products you like to use?

I only wash my face once a day. I feel as though overwashing can actually damage your skin, just like it can damage your hair.  •Every morning I tone using Clinique clarifying lotion in dry/combination. Then, because I have suffered with acne, hyper pigmentation, and scars, I use a custom mixture designed for my skin specifically, from an online brand called curology!  That mixture treats my acne prone skin, and honestly is my holy grail. I will have to show you before and after photos of what it has done to my skin since using it. After I treat my skin, I use ‘itcosmetics confidence in a cream’ to hydrate and moisturize my face, neck, and chest. I even use that on my feet and hands because it’s such an amazing cream. I could never be without it. • (Night) If I’m wearing makeup, I will either use Clinique take the day off, it cosmetics bye bye makeup, or my most recent favorite..Garnier skinactive micellar cleansing water, to remove all of my makeup and built up sweat/dirt from my skin. Then I go into deep cleansing my pores and surface by using my soniclear petite rotating brush along with my Clinique liquid facial soap in mild. I rinse, and use a CLEAN towel to pat my face dry. That is so important to use a clean towel every night to dry your face. After I’m done cleaning my skin, I use my Clinique toner again on a cotton round. Then, I add my curology mixture to treat the skin. Lastly, I use my It cosmetics confidence in an eye cream, and confidence in a cream to moisturize and hydrate before going to bed. •Once or twice a week I will exfoliate my skin using the silkn’ solution microdermabrasion Revit. It has a diamond tip head, and uses suction to remove every bit of dead skin. It’s amazing to look at the filter on the inside when you’ve finished, to see just really how much dead skin you have removed. Might be weird to some, but I think it’s awesome! Lol  •Once a week I use the silkn’ solution FaceFX, which is a portable red light treatment system used for anti-aging benefits.

3. Who are some YouTubers that inspire you-both in the beauty community and outside of it?

RawBeautyKristi and Jordan Hanz are definitely two youtubers who give me inspiration. But the first youtuber who caught my attention and made me want to create my beauty channel is Giulianna Maria, she is so talented. Anytime I watch any of these girls videos I immediately want to pick up my brushes and create! As far as my favorite creator outside of the beauty community.. it would have to be hands down, Shane Dawson. He has such an old soul. He’s the kindest, selfless, caring person I have ever had the joy of subscribing to. I feel like if we ever had the chance to meet, we would be best friends!

4. I know you have children. Is it hard balancing life as a YouTuber and being a mother?

ABSOLUTELY! It’s hard enough being a mother, of two boys who are more like twins than 14 months apart… then add a YouTube channel and shit gets crazy lol I film and edit all on my iPhone.. so where it may take someone with a DSLR and MacBook a few hours to edit, it takes me an entire day or two. The boys do have a hard time with it sometimes. They are so demanding, they’re used to having my attention 24/7.. so when I go to film, they want to be right there next to me, or bang on the door, or tattle on each other the entire time. I do leave some of those bits in my videos, just to let people see into my life. I want my YouTube family to know that being a mother comes first before anything to me. But I also feel being a mother shouldn’t stop you from aspiring to be whatever you dream to be. And my children will eventually understand that. It’s also hard to be consistent like I want to be. Like now for instance, my boys both have been getting over strep, so all of my time has been to take care of them, so that means I can’t record, or do anything for my channel until they are all better. We all want our mommy when we don’t feel good, so I think people understand that.. I hope so anyways.

5. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to have a career online, whether it’s on YouTube, an Instagram model, a blogger, etc.?  

The main advice that I can give to anyone wanting to create a channel, a page, or whatever it may be.. that focuses on you as a person.. would be, to be yourself. Be the most authentic self you know to be. People can tell if you’re being fake or feel uncomfortable. They will see straight through the BS. Another would be, to be consistent.. which is what I struggle with the most. Upload enough content that your YouTube family gets invested and keeps coming back for more. Do not start a page, or channel with the intentions of making money!! If it works out that way in the end for you, then that’s just an added bonus, but don’t do it just for money.. you need to do it because you love what you’re doing. No amount of “fans” ..No amount of money ..No amount of free items ..will ever truly make you happy inside.

6. As a new subscriber, I’ve been enjoying watching your videos. Can you give us some hints at what you have planned for any upcoming videos?

I am so happy that you are enjoying my content it means so much to me! I have an entire notebook full of videos that I want to create for my channel! I have a few collaborations coming up soon, one in particular is with SaraSmilesLuvsMakeup. I will have some videos coming where I’ll be reviewing some new products that just launched! A few of those products are the colourpop foundations and powders, Pat McGraths new highlighting palette trio, MAC x AAliyah collection, Too Faced born this way concealer, and some KKW Beauty products. I really want to film a “Get to Know Me” video soooo bad! I want people to understand me and learn about who I am, and my story. I’m just not sure with the little amount of supporters I have, that my channel is ready for it. It will have to be a 2-3 part video, because I have had a crazy life to say the least. I wish there were more hours in the day, but once me and my husband save up enough money he promised to buy me a MacBook, that way I can edit my videos quickly and get my content out there to those amazing souls who do care to watch, and support me, like you!

7. Finally, what are some personal and professional goals you have for yourself looking forward?

I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to grow my channel. Of course I want to grow and reach as many lives as possible. That’s one goal of mine. Other than YouTube, I am working on building my freelance business as an MUA here in the Nashville area. It’s crazy how quickly that has picked up for me in just this past month. I have a photo shoot coming up, where a photographer friend of my mine from high school.. Jessica Magruder.. asked me to help with, where i will be doing all 6 of the models makeup! We are hoping our collaboration together turns into a partnership. My oldest child starts kindergarten this August, so that is HUGE! I will still be at home with our 4 year old, but it’s going to be a big adjustment for all of us here. So a personal goal of mine, is to get through that day without crying lol A lifelong goal of mine, that I have always done since I was a little girl, is to learn something new everyday, and to at least make one person smile.
Thank you very much, Candice! You are such a beautiful person on the inside and out and you can always count on my support! Not only are you a charming southern woman, talented beauty guru, but you are also a fabulous Mom and person. I can’t wait for your upcoming videos and will be watching each and every one of them! Once again, please check out and subscribe to her Channel here and again, follow her on Twitter here. You can follow here on Instagram here and follow her on Snapchat @C_Duubbb.

*Note, since this interview took place, Candice has become more than a woman whom I admire, now, we are best friends. I thank God every day for her. I love you from the bottom of my heart, beautiful! Thank you for coming into my life!

Story Time, Journalism, Express, Black Friday Jobs, Disability

Why I Quit Working at Express.

I was watching this video Kylie Dennison (Channel name is KiKi Chanel. Love her and her videos!) about why she quit working at Victoria’s Secret, and I felt her pain somewhat. I don’t talk about this a lot, but I’ve been on disability for a long time because of my Asperger’s (people tell me they can’t tell I have it, though) combined with my Generalized Anxiety Disorder makes it impossible to work. So, before I realized I was legally disabled, I tried working. Big mistake! But, I want to tell you about one of my attempts at a job horror story. The time I worked at Express at my local mall! Dramatic music plays!

Back when I was 20, I tried working at Express. Trying to work period was a mistake, but the job itself was horrendous. I was constantly called and told, “Don’t come into work, we have too many people!” I would walk in and they would say, “We’re overstaffed, go home.” I once clocked in for 30 minutes, and the manager seemed annoyed that I was there and said in a very excited voice, “Sarah! You don’t have to stay here! You can leave! You can go home!” (I wasn’t the only employee they did this to, but it was still annoying.)

This was during the Holiday Season. So, they really only needed me for Black Friday. Other than that, Express was focused on their main employees. The seasonal employees were pretty much treated like trash. So, right after Black Friday, I quit.

I walked into the office one day and told them I was quitting. The guy that was in there said, “Ok, are you going to turn in a 2 Weeks Notice?” I said, “No, because you guys never need me.” The guy just sat there and stared off at something in the distance. I stood there for a minute and there was just silence. So, I left.

I know that wasn’t professional of me. Like I said, I shouldn’t have been working at all. Writing and volunteering is what I’m meant to do. I’m much more professional now. So, for those of you that are working, don’t do what I did when I quit. I realize the place was not being operated well at all, but I still should have been the bigger person.

Just so you all know, this isn’t the worst of it, but her (Kylie) story was vaguely similar to mine since Express and Victoria’s Secret used to be under the same company (I don’t know if they got “back together” since then or not), and it inspired me to share this story with you. I’ll share some more in the future if you’d like!

What do you think? Did you have a nightmare job experience? Sound off in the comments, even if you disagree with me!

Interview, YouTube, Rachel Oates, Athetisim, Mike and Debbie Pearl

My Interview with YouTuber, Rachel Oates

When I announced on Facebook that I was going to do an article based on my interview with YouTuber Rachel Oates, some people were excited yet a little surprised. I’m a devout Christian and Rachel is a very outspoken Atheist. For those of you that have read my blog before (hi there!), you’ll know that I strive to reach out to different people (not just YouTubers) with a wide range of views and/or beliefs, but I need to connect with them on some level. If I don’t feel any connection whatsoever, then I don’t know what could be gained from having a conversation. Don’t get me wrong, I love being challenged, but if I know it’ll just be a long argument, then again, what’s the point?

Just like everyone else on this blog, I felt a connection with Rachel through her content. I found her to be an intellectual, funny, pretty and such a delight to watch. Yes, we disagree on some major things such as Religion, but I always felt like she’s been non-judgmental with her content. That’s important to me. This is another reason why I felt the need to reach out to her and interview her -that and I wanted to challenge myself and open up a dialogue with someone intelligent who had a different opinion.

I tried to do an interview with Rachel at one time with her a few months ago but wasn’t able to follow through because I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and I was going through a difficult time. Not only did Rachel completely understand, but when we did the interview she made sure I was doing OK. I can’t tell you what that meant to me. Thank you, Rachel.

I asked Rachel how she got started on YouTube, and she told me that she never meant for it to be a full-time job. It was after she had graduated from college (or Uni, as they call it in the U.K.) and was working for a social marketing team that she started casually vlogging about makeup and fashion. Around this time her boyfriend, Dan told her that she could do this full-time. Unsure, she gave herself six months to see. Luckily, it worked out, because she ended up getting 40,000 subscribers! That right there, made her realize that she should be doing this full-time.

She told me it was around the six month testing period when she stopped doing her makeup and shopping vlogs. Rachel wanted to talk about atheism, critical thinking and making people laugh. I told her that as a Christian myself, I enjoy her content. I assured her that I’m not trying to convert her, but I felt that it was important to let her know that we’re not all homophobic like Girl Defined. (Watch one of her many excellent videos about that here.) We discussed the difference between what Paul said and what Jesus said. For instance, Paul talked about homosexuality, but Jesus never mentioned it, nor did he talk about premarital sex. Paul talked about a woman cutting her hair, but Jesus did not. Rachel understood completely where I was going and agreed. From there, she mentioned the rules about not eating shellfish and not wearing clothing with more than two pieces of fabric woven together. We happily agreed with each other that a lot of these “rules” are irrelevant!

I want Christians to know that when Rachel does her atheist videos, this isn’t coming from a place of hate. Rachel doesn’t come from a religious background and has always been a woman of science. Just like many people who are big into that field, Rachel wants proof there is a God, and she doesn’t see that there is one. I told her that I was on a podcast called Hope After Faith (Great Podcast!) in which I said that I believe that atheists go to Heaven as long as there’s no evil in their heart and they aren’t murdering anyone. I told Rachel that I don’t believe God has a book that He keeps and goes, “Oh, you didn’t do this little thing right here, you’re going to Hell!” Rachel agreed that many Christians do seem to disagree on what type of God they believe in and I told her that I was always taught to believe in a loving God. Rachel liked hearing that.

I mentioned her video in which a man who claims to be Christian justified staying in an abusive relationship because it’s “Biblical.” I told Rachel that I didn’t want to say too much because it’s still hard on me, but I thanked her for making her video, telling people like him to stop justifying abuse. I then told her about my friend that was in an abusive relationship and that it didn’t have a happy ending. Rachel said compassionately, “Sorry about your friend.” I thanked her. It was a very sweet moment. So Rachel, once again, thank you.

I then told her how much I love her video about the Pearls and her reviews on their books. One of the reasons why I won’t watch Fuller House is that Candace Cameron Bure uses Debi Pearl’s disciplinary guide on her children (which turned out to be the book I’m about to mention) and my response was, “Nope, nope, nope.” I asked her what got her into reviewing their books. She said that someone she knew suggested a book by Debi. As Rachel read one of Debi’s books, she did her research and couldn’t believe what she found on their website! This is where she found the horrifying book written by her husband, Mike Pearl, To Train Up a Child. That’s when Rachel knew she needed to review that book. (I highly recommend you watch the video. I warn you though, it’s intense.) I told her that I enjoyed her review. We talked about how awful their disciplining is and she said sincerely, “Those poor children.” I agreed and we went on to talk about the children who have died as a result of the Pearls’ advice! I’m glad there are wonderful people like Rachel out there calling them out.

I asked her what made atheism the route she felt like she needed to go. (I reassured her that I wasn’t trying to convert her.) Rachel was cool with the question and said that she didn’t grow up in a religious family or around religion and that she’s always been a person that feels like she needed proof of someone or something’s existence. That’s just who she is, and her boyfriend Dan has always been the same way.

I asked how she and Dan met. It was a very lovely story! The two of them were in the same college as one another but didn’t know each other for a while. One night Rachel was in a dorm room at a party with her friends and Dan was there with his friends as well. Their groups were “party hopping” that evening and their groups kept winding up in the same places. What’s cute is that at first, Rachel thought Dan was kind of a jerk because he has a very distinguished accent and she thought he had a bit of an ego by the way that he talked to her. Turns out, Dan spent a lot of time in growing up Brazil, Singapore and India so he has a pretty strong accent in his voice when he talks that’s not very British, which might make him sound like he’s full of himself, but that’s just the power of what one’s accent can do! Anyway, as I was saying, the two of them kept bumping into each other all night, and they were the sober ones out of their group of friends. Dan and Rachel started talking and agreed that they didn’t want to be up all night partying. But, they ended up staying up until 6 A.M. watching Doctor Who clips on her phone because they found out they’re both fans of the series! Once 6 A.M. hit, someone approached them in the dorm room and asked why they were still there at 6. Rachel and Dan realized they had lost track of time, exchanged numbers and became best friends very quickly after that. A relationship didn’t happen right away. Dan had just gotten out of a relationship with a girl who hadn’t been good to him, so it was good that they took their time. It was three months into their friendship that they were dancing at a club when Dan looked at her and said, “I think I’m falling in love with you.” Rachel wanted to chat about it, they did and agreed to start dating. (I told you it was a lovely story!)

Speaking of Doctor Who, I freaked when I found out that they’re fans of the show! I told her that I have a thing for Peter Capaldi and that I’ve liked Billie Piper since I was a teen. Rachel said that she always liked her, too! I then shared with her that when my husband and I were dating, we were watching the premiere episode with Christoper Eccleston as the Doctor and I told him I was already a fan of Billie. My husband responded by saying, “You know who she is?!” (For those of you don’t know about Doctor Who, basically the series continued with Christopher Eccleston after it went on hiatus from 1989-2005.) Rachel and I talked about how much we loved Billie’s song, “Because We Want To”! (Ah, memories!)

I got to know some interesting tidbits about Rachel, like the fact that she’s a geek such as myself, that she likes DC more than Marvel, and that has more male friends than friends than female. I asked her if there was a specific reason why she preferred guys to girls. She said there wasn’t and that she actually has a group of girls that are close to her, but overall she just simply prefers guys over girls; nothing to it more than personal preference.

As for her future plans, she wants to continue with both her Channel and her photography -which is quite good, and that she wants to take more classes in photography so she can polish her skills more.

Oh, before we finish, I wanted to tell you all how she and Dan adopted their dog, Kyra. The two of them had traveled two trains over to the shelter for a dog and were left without one because they were told WHEN THEY GOT THERE they didn’t have the dog they wanted there anymore. Shortly after that, they were able to adopt Kyra from an animal shelter only forty-five minutes from their flat (known as an apartment to us Americans). Kyra is 5, and the two of them take such good care of her. The name of the shelter they adopted her from is named Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. While we were on the phone, there were times she talked to Kyra and at one point in time said, “Sorry, that’s my dog voice.” I said, “Oh no, I do that with Baxter!” She replied, “Good, it’s not just me!” (I love how much she and Dan love Kyra!)

We said our goodbyes and now I’m here, reflecting on the wonderful conversation. I’m so thankful and blessed I got a second chance to interview one of my favorite YouTubers whom I admire so much.

Rachel, you are not only beautiful on the inside and out, but you are smart, hilarious, and your love for both people and animals is endearing. May you be successful in whatever you do.

Please be sure to check out her Channel and here and subscribe while you’re at it, no matter what faith you are. Follow her on Twitter here, Instagram here, Facebook here and you can listen to her Podcast here.

Here is her merch store: https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/rachel0ates/ (Pretty cute if you ask me!)

Here is her P.O. Box Address:

Rachel Oates
Unit 16588
PO Box 6945
London
W1A 6US

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/racheloates

Photography: http://racheloatesphotography.co.uk/

 

Life, Makeup, Cosmetics, Makeup Tutorial

I Tried the No Makeup-Makeup Look!

Today I’m going to get my eyebrows threaded. That means minimal makeup. I thought this would be the perfect time to do a tutorial on the “No Makeup-Makeup Up Look!”

I usually use my BB Cream, but it doesn’t match my skin. So, when I apply, I apply it everywhere, including my eye area so everything matches. Not today because I don’t want to get in the way of the threading. So, I’m going to use some sunscreen and then go in with my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water.

Next, I covered up my pimples with Essence Colour Correcting Stick.

I then went in and applied my Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer with my Beauty Blender.

My under-eye circles needed covering. So first I went in with my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, blended it with my Beauty Blender and then mixed it with my Neutrogena Hydroboost Cover Stick. I blended that with my Real Techniques Diamond Makeup Sponge.

I thought that a tiny bit of eyewear couldn’t hurt. So, I started with my Urban Decay Primer Potion and lined my eyes with my black Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner.

I thought they could use a little color, not much. I went in with my Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette and applied the shade “Tiger’s Eye.”

I applied just a couple of coats of Better Than Sex Mascara. This is not my go-to mascara, but just like with Lash Paradise, I’m doing an experiment for a blog in a month. (Any guesses?)

A little color to the should do the trick! I applied my Sleek Blush in the color Flamingo. I ordered this blush thanks to the Beauty Guru, Kathleen Lights before it ever came to the states. If you ever get your hands on this beautiful blush, just know it’s very pigmented, so don’t swipe that brush too much or too hard!

Lastly, I sprayed on my Mario Badescu Facial Spray. Now, time for the lips!

I lined my lips with Real Her Liner and applied NYX Lingerie in Bustier.

It kills me not to do my brows, but, first world problems!

Here’s the final look!