Staying Motivated as a YouTuber | VEDA Day 3

I forgot to do a vlog post the other day after the lifestream. Oops!

BeautyBySherrie asked how to stay motivated as a YouTuber and it’s a great question because I think everyone struggles with motivation from time to time. Especially us small YouTubers who have dreams of building a bigger channel someday. It can feel like nothing is ever moving fast enough and the work is pointless for the reward. So not true…but it feel like that sometimes.

Today I share my thoughts on how I stay motivated.

I’m also planning to do another video talking about specific action steps you can take to stay motivated as a YouTuber (or anything else)!



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Erin Condren Plan With Me August 2017 | VEDA Day 2

It’s time to plan my August monthly spread in my Erin Condren Life Planner!

The Erin Condren LifePlanner monthly spread is an important one more me…it’s the place I keep my videos and channel organized. Of course, I have to make sure it’s cute so it’s not boring with me all month, so hang out and plan with me!


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I’m Vlogging Everyday In August? | VEDA Day 1

I know I’m going to regret this…soon.

I’m stupid enough that I decided to do it anyway.

Yes, my goal is the vlog every day during the month of August. I pretty much suck at consistency so I decided to go overboard. Crazy? Yes. Stupid? Probably.

SSS VEDA (or just VEDA) was started my Amy Schmittauer of Savvy Sexy Social as a way to challenge people to get in front of the camera and make amazing content. I’ve been watching Amy’s videos for a while now, but this is the first time I’ve done VEDA. Kinda stoked. And the SSS in SSS VEDA stands for Savvy Sexy Social, in case you didn’t get that.

And I know I’m posting this video here a day late…. It was up on YouTube on time, I promise. I just forgot about my WordPress fam momentarily!

PLEASE leave questions for me to answer in the comments. I love Q and A’s and I’ve been wanting to do an advice series for a while, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to combine the two! I’m doing to do some short videos answering your questions throughout the month. 🙂


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Too Faced Natural Love Palette: should you buy it?

I’ve had my eyes on the Too Faced Natural Love palette for a while…but Too Faced has had a few hits and misses recently. Today I’m swatching the shadows and giving you my thoughts on the palette. Should you buy it?


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4th Of July Plan With Me – Erin Condren 2018 Life Planner

In this video I plan the week of 4th of July in the 2018 Erin Condren LifePlanner – better known as a plan with me video. Creating beautiful and functional spreads is a fun way to stay organized. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when more Erin Condren and organizational videos go live.


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Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette Review

If you’re a beauty junkie I’m guessing you know the feeling when you find a product that does exactly what you wanted it to do…it’s wonderful! Sadly enough, not a lot of products live up to marking hype. The Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette is not one of those overhyped products.

The packaging is made of cardboard with a velvet top. The velvet does attract cat hair, but I feel like that just gives it character. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😉

Regardless of the fur-collecting exterior, the inside houses 14 beautiful matte and shimmer shadows. The quality of the shadows themselves does vary a bit, but not to the point where they are hard to work with or wont give good color payoff. Some of the mattes are so smooth and buttery, it’s amazing!

Despite the fact that the colors and neutrals and berry tones, you can actually create head-turning looks with this palette if you use the shadows correctly. On the other side of the spectrum, there is such a good collection of mattes that it’s really easy to create a barely there look. A perfect combination of colors, if you ask me!

Click here to for more details!

What to see swatches? Check out the video review!


This post contains affiliate links. This video was not sponsored. All opinions are my own.

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YouTube Beauty Gurus are Not Real!

I’ve been making videos for about 3.5 years now, and while YouTube provides hours of entertainment and is a great resources I need to talk about how YOUTUBE BEAUTY GURUS ARE NOT REAL!

I’m not saying that the YouTubers themselves are being fake. (Some have been accused oif being fake, but that’s not what this post is about.) I’m saying that social media, as a medium, is not real, and can’t be. Unless you livestreamed your life 24-7 there is not way to be 100% real online. And that’t not an issue as long as you, as a viewer and member of the community, understand that.

Social media is hailed as being more authentic hen traditional media because it gives practically anyone the ability to make something and post it online for the world to see.

Ten years ago popular Beauty Gurus (and YouTubers in general) would film a video on their webcam and post it with minimal-to-no editing. These days the “standard” video has at lease a minimum amount of production value, including lighting, camera equipment and often fancy editing.

Is there a problem with the upscale in video quality and time that goes into it? NO! What is a problem is that even through we logically know these videos are produced and edited, it’s still hard to separate what we see on the screen from reality.

It’s the same issue we’ve been trying to address in regular media, except now everyone has access to the same tools. Fifteen years ago I taught myself how to airbrush pictures in Photoshop. This was before smartphones even existed, let alone photo editing apps. Back then it was a specialized skill. Now simple image correction in Photoshop is obsolete because everyone has the ability to to remove pimples, lighten teeth and add some eyeliner right from their phone. And don’t forget the fact the picture what taken on your phone in the first place. Altering pictures went from a something that took time and skill to master to something a 13 year old could do and post online in 5 minutes.

I don’t need to preach about what trying to live up to unattainable standards can do, we’ve all heard that already.

What I do want you to encourage you to do is to think about how the media you consume was created. Just because a beauty guru films a video in her bedroom doesn’t mean it isn’t a full 1-woman production, complete with lighting, fancy equipment and professional editing tools. Don’t assume that if you only see one person on camera that they’re the only person working on that content. Also remember that as real as most videos are, it’s impossible to capture an entire person in a 5-10 minute video. Even 50 5-10 minute videos will only show you a fraction of who we are as people. You don’t see our bad days, and if you do you probably don’t need the REALLY BAD days. And that’s OK…as long as the audience knows.

What do you think?


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