Candice's Vanity, GadgetBeat30, Lushious Massacr, Paizlee OBrien, Panicked Antics, K Swizz, YouTube, Laura Lee, Manny Mua, Here for the Tea, Nikita Dragun, Gabriel Zamora

What is Happening to the YouTube Beauty Community? Part 2.

Welcome to Part 2! When we last talked about the drama in the Beauty Community I asked if we’re going to see any changes. I want to discuss that topic, and also what I think will happen to Manny, Laura, Nikita, and Gabriel.

First, let me get something off of my chest in response to Laura. I have lived in Alabama all my life and I’m not a racist. I’ve said this many times on Twitter and I’ll say it here too; I’m sorry I ever bought Laura’s merch. As for the rest of her apology, it was obviously written by her PR Team. And judging by her Snapchat pictures she’s posted since then, Laura is hoping we’ll all quickly forget about this. (Thank you to my Twitter friend, Spektader for providing the picture!)

As for Nikita, I’m also sorry I bought her collab with Morphe. When I watched her apology video, I couldn’t help but feel like she was trying to hold back laughter. Did anyone else feel that way? Let me know if you agree or disagree.

Enough had been said about Gabriel’s, “sorry you were offended” apology. I will say that I was disappointed in Here for the Tea trying to justify Gabriel saying an offensive, racist word in this video. Just because he claimed he was using it in the style they use it in rap songs doesn’t justify it. Also, what about him calling someone a derogatory word for people of the LGBTQIA Community? What’s the excuse there? That’s right, there is none!

Finally, Manny as of right now has not given an apology whatsoever, and I don’t believe we’re ever going to get one. That right there, speaks volumes of how entitled he believes he is.

There’s a lot of speculation as to what will happen to these four. Will their careers end or will they be temporarily derailed and go back to normal? The answer lies with us. Would we accept this kind of behavior out of our friends? No. So, we shouldn’t accept it from them. Remember, they may be famous and we may put them on a pedestal, but it’s time that we stop. We need to hold the Beauty Community to the same standards we would the rest of the world.

My girl BeauTea with Ashely talked about how we need to make room for new Beauty Gurus in this wonderful video. I encourage you to watch the entire video as well as check out the Beauty Gurus. I’m going to include some of them below as well as some others.

Candice’s Vanity


Lushious Massacr

Paizlee OBrien

Panicked Antics

K Swizz

I’m sure there are many more. Feel free to leave any Beauty Gurus I missed in the comments. But, just to let you all know, this is not the end of the Beauty Community as many people have said. This is a major bump in the road, and there will be others, but let me leave you with this: I’m not saying to not cut Beauty Gurus off every time they make a mistake. We’ve all done things we regret, myself included. Just be cautious when their past comes up to bite them and how they go about their apologies and their actions afterward.


Makeup, YouTube, Beauty Guru, CC Suarez, Chelsea Suarez

I learned how to do a cut crease from CC Suarez

I’ve mentioned on this blog more than once how much I love drama channels, but I have not talked about nearly as much how much I love beauty and fashion. Not too long ago I discovered a fabulous beauty guru named Chelsea Suarez (her Channel name is CC Suarez) and she has taught me a lot about makeup!

Not too long ago I watched this video of hers and learned how to do a cut crease with my eyeshadow. I wanted to show you all how Chelsea inspired me to do the following look with a cut crease. Just to let you know I’m not copying her look and I still very much consider myself to be a beginner. If you want to watch a pro (and why wouldn’t you?) watch her. This look is inspired by her. So, let’s get down to the look!

I decided to use my Urban Decay Electric Palette.

I then went with the shade “Gonzo.”

Here’s what my eyes looked like after applying “Gonzo.”

After that, I did my crease with the shade “Chaos.”

Here’s my look afterward:

I know, it’s messy, but I cleaned it up afterward.

I then used my Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer on both corners of my lids and left some room in the middle.

I then went back over with the color “Gonzo” and put the color “Thrash” in the middle by patting it with my finger.

I also redid my crease with the color “Chaos.”

And here’s the final look!

Remember, I’m only a beginner. Even though I’m 31, I’m still learning. I plan on following more tutorials soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my other favorite Channels such as Gadgetbeat30, Candice’s Vanity, and Harleyjennmua and Keren Joy!

Thomas Halbert, GadgetBeat30, Scam, BeautyGuru, YouTube, Giveaway, Interview

Exclusive! How Thomas Halbert Scammed a Fan, Plus an Interview!

(originally published on June 19, 2018)

Beauty guru Thomas Halbert didn’t shoot to fame overnight like some of the other influencers in his field, but fame did eventually come his way and now he’s enjoying a lot of success plus sponsorships, and he even did a collaboration with MILK Cosmetics.

I liked Thomas because I felt like he represented each and every one of us, myself included. In one heartfelt video, Thomas admitted to being a self-injury survivor. This hit close to home with me because I am a self-injury survivor, myself. But, sadly, fame can change some people -and it looks like it changed Thomas.

Recently, a YouTuber named GadgetBeat30 did a video with plenty of proof that Thomas never sent her a prize that she had won in a giveaway. The next day, she did a followup video in which she explained that she wasn’t doing this for attention and wasn’t trying to get fame out of this. All she wanted what was promised. She also expressed her disappointment with Thomas by the way he had been handling all this -such as trying to give her $200 hush money without an apology.

I knew I had to talk to her, but I didn’t want to post this article before some drama channels posted their videos first, because I respect them and I didn’t want to rain on their parades. So, I contacted her via Twitter and asked for an interview. She was very sweet and we Skyped the next day.

I got to know a lovely young lady. (By the way, for those of you who are calling her “old”, like she said, she’s 33. How is that old? Also, I’m 31, so what does that make me?!) I told her this and she laughed and told me that she has thick skin and that the old comments haven’t gotten to her. (Good for her!)

Part of the reason why I did this interview is because I wanted to get to know her as a person. I found out that she was raised by her single father along with help from her grandmother. Her father was born in the 1950’s and worked as a mechanic. Growing up, she watched the way he would interact with customers and how professional/polite he would handle each person. These are values her father instilled in her that she will forever carry with her. The only way she will get angry with someone is if they strike first, other than that, she will remain professional and always be kind; and after talking to her, I 100% believe her.

GadgetBeat30 told me that she has been taking care of the elderly for a very long time and that life doesn’t stop just because you reach a certain age. As a caregiver, she has been to wine tastings, concerts and more with the elderly. On top of that, she cares for people, period. She is all about helping others. So when Jackie Aina backed out of a giveaway recently, she said it “lit a fire” under her. Then came the false accusations Jackie made against Petty Paige and she had had enough. So, it all started with that video which then gave her the courage to speak up about what Thomas did.

A lot of people, including Thomas, has accused her of wanting attention and subscribers for her Channel. First of all, she personally told me that she was fine at 43 subscribers and that she really did the Channel because her friends and family encouraged her to do one; she did it so she could teach them makeup. (She loves to watch BEATFACEHONEY and smaller beauty Channels as well.) Second, I encourage you all to watch Beauty Truth Sleuth’s video about this exact situation in which she goes into great detail about DM’s between GadgetBeat30 and Thomas as well as comments she had been leaving him for a YEAR about her missing giveaway. So no, she’s not doing this for attention. The reason why it took her a year to make this video is because she was dragged by the social media community (which is exactly what’s happening now). But since doing this, the woman that “won” the Jackie Aina giveaway thanked her personally and felt like she was giving her a voice, and admitted that she doesn’t have as thick of skin as GadgetBeat30 does. (Also, this appears to be a pattern with Thomas that we weren’t aware of. Please click here to watch Keren Joy’s video on how she personally knows that this is patterned behavior. Also, make sure to watch Drama Queen’s thoughtful video in which she goes into great detail on the subject as well.)

People have been telling her to contact the companies that were included in the giveaway so she can get what was promised. She told me, “It’s not the companies fault, it’s Thomas’s.” So, if she were trying to stick her hand out and get free stuff, don’t you all think she would be chasing down these companies as well, demanding they make it up to her? Well, like I said, she’s not. She’s doing this the correct way.

She has already filed a complaint with the FTC, but they can’t do much unless enough people complain about Thomas. So she will be contacting her Attorney General next. I asked her what we could do to help her. She said, “Spread the word. Let’s hold influencers accountable.”

I have reached out to Thomas for a comment on the situation, but he has not replied. I will be happy to update you if and when he does. Thomas, if you are reading this, I ask you to please do the right thing and send her the prize you promised, and a proper apology and you can avoid legal trouble. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. (This would also apply to Keren and her friend as you’ll see in her video.)

I want to thank GadgetBeat30 for coming forward with this information. I know that there are loyal fans to Thomas that will stand by him no matter what, and I understand what it’s like to be a die-hard fan of someone. Just please know that your favorite celebrity isn’t the second coming of Christ and they make mistakes just like the rest of us. You don’t have to stop liking them in order to simply hold them accountable.

Please be careful with who you put your trust in. And once again, let’s hold people accountable for their actions. Again, you don’t have to stop being a fan, but just simply guide them in the right direction. If you truly care about them, then you won’t be an enabler. Thank you for reading.