Top 5 Favorite Beauty Vloggers

I’ve been in the blog world for quite some time now (almost 4 years!) and even before that was reading blogs for about a year. I’m constantly discovering new blogs on a variety of topics and my Feedly continues to grow with new subscriptions. However, over the past year, I’ve discovered the world of Vloggers, or video bloggers. In the past, I looked at YouTube as a place to watch movie trailers or viral videos, but that’s all changed since I discovered Beauty Vloggers. For many of the women I watch, vlogging is their full-time job which you can tell, due to their well-lit, skillfully edited videos. Watching them has certainly reignited my passion for beauty as you may be able to tell, and I’m now racking up Beauty Insider points at Sephora. Since I thought they might inspire you as well, here are my top-5 (er, 6) beauty vloggers. Oh, and I’m a bit of an Anglophile so many of them are British!

1. Fleur de Force

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Fleur is a twenty-something beauty and fashion vlogger who is as personable as she is talented. She uploads videos every Monday and Friday and I always love her beauty and skincare recommendations. Lately she has been wearing her hair in the most amazing braids and I am determined to figure out how to do one on myself! I also love her sense of fashion as well and some of my favorite videos are her “Get Ready with Me” or her fashion hauls. She also has a vlog channel and her vlogs are always so fun as she takes the camera around with her throughout her exciting daily activities.

2. Glam Life Guru

Tati

Tati is the ultimate beauty guru. She used to be a full-time make-up artist and has worked at the counters of Bare Escentuals and MAC so she really knows her products well. She also is into drugstore beauty and has made me look at shopping for beauty at the drugstore completely differently. Before, I saw it only as a place to buy mascara, but through Tati I’ve learned that there are lots of dupes for high-end products on the shelves of CVS and Walgreens! She also posts videos 5 days a week which is amazing and every Thursday is Hot or Not Thursday where she gives you the real review of products, which is definitely my favorite feature of her channel.

3. Essie Button

Essie

Estee is a Canadian living in where-else, London! She comes off as totally real and is also hilarious. Her skin care suggestions are always amazing and it was through her that I discovered my favorite Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. (I have the shade Berry but have been eyeing the Rose Extreme as well!) Like Fleur, Estee has a vlog channel as well, which are more “follow me around” type videos that feature her boyfriend Aslan and dog, Reggie. Their vlogs are some of my favorites to watch as they are always going and doing fun things around London which reminds me of my beloved study abroad time!

4. Amelia Liana

Amelia

As many of the UK Beauty vloggers are friends, I discovered Amelia through Estee. Amelia is one of those girls who always looks flawless, both in her outfits and her makeup. She is the queen of the smoky eye and nude lip and has me considering using tape to create the perfect smoky eye like she does! She has great style and I love her fashion videos even if I can’t afford what she’s wearing! She also seems totally down to earth and sweet which really comes across in her videos. Oh and she has the cutest little fluffy dog, Duke who often makes an appearance in her videos.

5. Vivianna Does Make-Up/Lily Pebbles

Lily & Anna

I’m kind of cheating here as these are two separate youtubers, but I couldn’t narrow them down! I’m counting it as 5 though as they often do videos together like their monthly Beauty Chats. These are some of my favorite videos as they answer beauty questions they’ve been asked on Twitter and the videos were so popular that they just went on tour doing the same thing! They are also responsible for many of my recent favorite products! Anna made me fall in love with Ash booties and Nars Cruella lip pencil and Lily got me hooked on the Nars Creamy Radiant concealer.

Questions:

-Do you watch any Beauty Vloggers?

-What’s a beauty product someone else convinced you to buy?

Gluten-Free Spotlight: Liquidology

As soon as I know that I’m going out-of-town, one of the first things that I like to do is check out fun restaurants in the area. (That, and plan my outfits of course.) This is a crucial move for me given that it’s hard for me to eat at a lot of restaurants due to cross-contamination, but it’s also just something that I enjoy. I absolutely love perusing menus and trying new places. So when I went to Sacramento last weekend for a special family occasion, I got to thinking about places I wanted to visit. First up, was another trip to Pushkin’s, the gluten-free and dairy-free bakery that dreams are made of and if you follow me on Instagram, then you saw the amazing sandwich that I had. Not pictured was the bakery box of goodies that I also walked away with… Next up was to find a great juice place and I was so excited to discover Liquidology in East Sacramento. It’s no secret that I love my green juice so I couldn’t wait to check out somewhere new.

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Liquidology is a cold-pressed juice restaurant that features 100% organic juice that is also local and seasonal. Their juices are served in glass containers which apparently helps retain vital enzymes and phytonutrients. (Not to mention, they look great in Instagram pictures.) The vibe of Liquidology is awesome too with fresh flowers all over which contrasts perfectly with their brick and concrete walls. Of course, the best part were the juices. It’s a place where sampling is encouraged and each taste is served in a ceramic sake-type glass, which just makes the experience even cooler. The hard part was narrowing down which ones to taste as I pretty much wanted to try them all. The first one I tasted was Greenie in a Bottle (romaine, spinach, cucumber, cabbage, watercress, lemon and ginger) which definitely had a bitter edge to it due to the watercress and would be a great option for when you want something that isn’t too sweet. I also tried the Vitality (romaine, spinach, cucumber, kale, apple, lemon and ginger) which is similar to my favorite green juice that I drink at home all the time and was delicious. It was a winner with my family too as each member purchased one!

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I was also tempted by the coconut waters and tried both of them. The Alchemist (coconut meat, coconut water, tumeric, Madagascar vanilla and nutmeg) was absolutely delicious and I love all the health benefits of tumeric! In the end, I had to get a full bottle of the Coco Cinnamon (coconut meat, coconut water and cinnamon) which was simple and incredible. It tasted like a milkshake and made me seriously think that this would be the perfect nighttime dessert. Another great thing about Liquidology was that they offered raw, gluten-free, vegan food as well and had a refrigerated case of goodies which I will definitely be back to try. However, I did go for a container of The Cultured Kitchen’s Cultured Kale Chips to split with my family which were so yummy and may be my favorite kale chips ever due to the amazing cashew sauce they are covered in. They went so quickly among our group that I had to buy another box for the road! If I was local I would be at Liquidology all the time, but at least I know now that I will definitely be visiting each time that I’m in town.

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Question:

-What’s the first thing you do when you know you are going out-of-town?

-What’s your favorite kind of juice?

This post is not sponsored in any way, nor did I receive any free products. I simply love highlighting great gluten-free restaurants and get so excited about what they offer that I love to share them with all of you!

Spotted: Wardrobe Staples

My love for fashion began as a young girl and one of my favorite tasks was choosing my outfits. However, one thing that I constantly overlooked were polka dots. I’m not really sure what I had against them but they were never my favorite. Yet in recent years my views have changed and I think I’m making up for lost time. I now have multiple polka dot dresses and shirts all in the same black and white color scheme. There is something so classic, preppy and girly about polka dots that I just love and if Marc Jacobs said “there is never a wrong time for a polka dot,” then who am I to argue? What’s fun about this blouse is that it actually has both white and black polka dots on it when you look closely. I paired this closet staple with a few others… my favorite a-line black skirt, black crossbody bag and my black booties. These items are constantly in rotation in my wardrobe and after seeing British YouTuber Vivianna Does Makeup, rock her Ash booties all the time, I knew I needed them too. So tell me, what are some of your favorite wardrobe staples?

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Spotted GGGFWhat I’m wearing:

Blouse: J.Crew Factory (similar), Skirt: J.Crew Factory, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar), Booties: Ash, Bracelet: LOFT, Sunglasses: Cole Haan (similar)

Go-To Green Smoothie

When it comes to breakfast, I’m a creature of habit. For years I had oatmeal with cinnamon and Splenda and then when I started eating cleaner, transitioned to Greek yogurt, honey and granola. However, for the past few years, I’ve been all about smoothies. I’ve changed my smoothie recipe up quite a bit, but my gold standard is a green smoothie. I love that I can start my day with a breakfast that is packed with vegetables and nutrients and it has the added benefit of being super quick to make so that I can run out the door.

For my smoothies, it’s important to me that they have staying power, so I use protein powder as well as nut butter for extra satiety. My favorite protein powder is Rainbow Light’s Vanilla Protein Energizer because it’s a super clean, natural formula that is free of most allergens, has 14 grams of protein and tastes delicious! For added nutrients, I use chia seeds and flax seeds which are both full of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. I’ve recently started adding Hemp Hearts as well once I discovered that they have a nutty taste and don’t taste earthy at all. I love that they also contain fiber and Omega 3s but pack a protein punch as well. For the green in my green smoothie, I love adding fresh spinach, which if you are new to green smoothies, I promise you don’t even taste. I enjoy this smoothie year-round, but in the winter I always follow it up with a cup of tea!

Go-To Green Smoothie

Go-To Green Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 C. Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 C. Crushed Ice
  • 2 Extra-Large Handfuls Fresh Spinach
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 T. Hemp Hearts
  • 1 T. Chia Seeds
  • 1 T. Flax Seeds
  • 1 t. Almond Butter

Directions:

In high powered blender, combine almond milk, protein powder, all seeds, almond butter and spinach. Blend until spinach is fully distributed and mixture looks green, then add ice and blend until smooth.

Question:

-What’s your go-to breakfast?