After posting my huge rant about gurus and YouTube beauty community, I've decided to take a page from my own book and start looking for new, more genuine channels to watch in my spare time. In the process, I have in fact unsubscribed from a number of 'big' YouTubers, who were beginning to bring me nothing but poorly veiled commercials and lots of frustration, and in their place discovered some amazing, less popular content creators who put up immensely enjoyable high-quality videos that definitely surpass what I'd been watching thus far. In the spirit of sharing the love, here are my recent favorite channels:
(Oh, I've included screenshots of these ladies' channel pages. Not sure if that's cool with them and legal and all that, but I needed cute graphics :)
Ashley at MakeupTIA (blog: www.that-is-all.com)
You guise, I've finally found a fellow beauty blogger with the same coloring as me! Not that easy to find a fair natural redhead with dark brown eyes out there; apparently it's not the most common genetic mix of features. She even has the same skin type as me (combination, acne-prone and sensitive)! While my hair may not be as fabulously coppery as Ashley's, I can definitely appreciate her recommendations: she's amazingly well-spoken, has a calm, soothing voice and makes beautifully edited, interesting and all around enjoyable videos. Check out her channel if you're a fellow redhead, like natural & green beauty, or are tired of the high-pitched overenthusing from other gurus.
It's often difficult to find a more mature standpoint among all the beauty gurus catering to teenage audiences. Kristin is a beautiful, warm, kind, funny YouTuber whose product recommendations can really be trusted. I enjoy her eyeshadow combination experiments in the '4 Looks 1 Palette' series and swoon over her collection shown via 'Palette Paloozas' (isn't she crafty with her video titles?), but what I love the most are her Stash Status and Products I Am Using Up updates, which are essentialy a video form of the Project Make A Dent. Along the same lines of making good use of your stash and enjoying what you already have, Kristin's Throwback Thursdays and Total Re-Hauls are also some of my most favorite videos on her channel.
Kirsten at ItsKeerstin
Am I the only one confused between Kristin and Kirsten or what? (And that coming from a girl who insists on having her name spelt with a 'k' not 'c' in the middle ;). It's difficult not to love Kirsten's hilarious, high-energy, scatterbrained personality, or her silly catch phrases, inlcuding but not limited to the famous 'eff me in the b-hole'. Since I'm trying to edit down my own make-up collection, I'm the biggest fan of Kirsten's Declutter series. But then, having successfully purged her stash, Kirsten goes shopping, and I love seeing her picks in her long Haul videos. Make-up excitement all around!
Karima McKimmie (blog: Shameless Fripperies, also known as House of Karima)
Absolutely some of the best, most creative and informative make-up tutorials on YouTube; my favorites include the Dramatic Drugstore Makeup Tutorial for a Night Out and the Easiest Winged Eyeliner Tutorial. Karima is full of great tips and products recommendations, especially from less well known brands, like Rouge Bunny Rouge, Kevyn Aucoin or The Make Up Store - which are way more exciting to me than seeing another review of the latest Urban Decay release. I would love to raid her stash one day! Oh well, a girl can dream :)
Marianna at Marianna's Beauty Room (blog: Impression Blend)
I've only discovered Marianna's blog and channel fairly recently but I really enjoy everything she puts up, and I love chatting with her on Twitter. Her videos are the source of many a Lush lemming (even though I've sworn off bubble bars for now) and I also like listening to her answers to the popular tags making rounds on YouTube. Another thing worth mentioning for any bookworm is that Marianna also posts book reviews on her blog, and I'm always down for a good book recommendation.
Sandra at ttsandra (blog: www.ttsandra.com, formerly known as 15 steps then a beauty blog)
I will admit that I mostly watch Sandra for her product picks. I feel that she's quite eclectic in her choices and likes to discover products from new, smaller brands, which I always appreciate. Sandra also has similar skin and hair type to my own (by hair type I mean fine, easily weighted down strands) so I find her recommendations especially useful. Check her channel out if you like good monthly favorites with some unique picks, combined empties & haul videos (what a genius concept!) and natural everyday make-up tutorials.
Maggie at MaggiesMakeupTV (blog: Maggie's Makeup)
Yes, Maggie of the EPIC Makeup Room Tour and Makeup Collection video - seriously, you have not lived as a beauty fanatic until you see that. Maggie has been my blogging friend for a really long time and she's also Polish (living in Canada), so I've always felt a greater affinity between us. I've been really enjoying Maggie's newest Makeup Declutter series, which she had to temporarily put on hold due to some health problems (wishing you a swift recovery, my dear!). Moreover, Maggie puts up lots of wishlist-lengthening haul videos; so in a word, the best of both worlds.
Lauren at Redheadphd
Ha, another redhead! Well, I do what I can to support a vanishing species. Again, lots and lots of fantastic product reviews and recommendations, especially for the curly-haired, lipstick lovers, make-up brush geeks and fragonerds (uhm, perfume enthusiasts, that is). Lauren is another example that you CAN be well-spoken, non-repetitive, informative, clear and precise in a casual YouTube video about beauty products. I just wish she posted more often!
I'm hoping you'll find some new beauty channels to watch among my favorites and if you decide to subscribe to these ladies, do tell them I've sent you - although I'm pretty sure they have no idea who I am, well except for my pals Marianna and Maggie. I have also recently attempted to merge and reorganize some of my social media accounts and platforms, so you can now add me to your Google+ circles as a person, which will enable you to see my newest posts in your feed, or you can follow me on Google+ as a page, which is linked to my YouTube account, where you can find all of my channel subscriptions. No, I have no idea why this Google+ duality is even remotely necessary, but there you go. Now tell me, what are your recent favorite YouTube channels?
Fantastic! I already watch almost all these ladies, and will have to add Marianna and Sandra to the roster. :)ReplyDelete
I actually unsubbed from a few people last night, including some long-standing favourites that have gotten so shady in the last year. Really disappointing. Did you ever watch that series of youtube videos that compared and contrasted the way certain products were discussed by different bloggers? It was painfully obvious they were reciting sponsored talking points. And for a few of them, it was completely undeclared. If you're going to do sponsored content, you HAVE to be transparent about it, dude.
Thank you so much for the shout-out, by the way. :D
Hi Maggie! Hahah, I always knew you had amazing taste :) I've been gradually unsubscribing from people I used to love to watch over the past couple months. I haven't seen that video - gosh, how sad is it that it's actually that easy to see who's just reading from a PR release? You'd think if you wanted to be smart about not disclosing sponsored content, at least you'd try to put in your own words to obscure what you were doing.Delete
And you're welcome! Love your channel :)
Hi! I found your blog recently through your comments on - I think it was Belly's blog, and I hopped on over. I'm not much of a commenter (I know I should be...) but I love how positive this post is; it's such a nice counterpoint to the absolute terribleness YouTube has become.ReplyDelete
I already watch most of these amazing women, though there are a few new-to-me channels I'm really excited about! It turns out that a bunch of my favorites don't post much anymore: camiloveskiwi, donnashorts1, kokolaroo. But there are a bunch I do really enjoy that post frequently: hapagurl8, tarababyz, uppiesbeads59, makeupmlc.
I was going to say "I'm sure there are more I'm forgetting" - but I'm actually not so sure of that. Oh well.
Hiiii Adele - thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it! :) It IS rather sad what YouTube has become, but it's great that there are still people out there who like to go against the current and put up genuine, original content.Delete
Hahah, I used to watch Cami all the time!!! I still see her post updates sometimes on her Twitter. Thanks for the recommendations, I'll definitely check them out! Let's spread the word about people really worth watching! :D
Nice! I'll have to check some of them out. I like Tarababyz-that girl buys EVERYTHING herself and when I say everything, I mean she buys so much stuff. She lives on a farm, and is successful so everything she has she buys. I'm not a fan of the way her makeup looks, as she's quite heavy-handed, but her reviews are really honest. Also here's another redhead for you- Sharon Farrell, Sharon The Makeup Artist. LOVE her a lot for tutorials.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I tried watching Tarababyz's make-up collection and storage video, and I think I got scared and didn't subscribe :D I watch Sharon already - you're right, she has great tutorials, and I love that she's friends with Karima! Also, that Irish accent... <3Delete
Dammit think my previous comment got lost! Great recs, and I've found a few new channels to subscribe to :) Already a huge fan of Karima and RedheadPhd! Recently I've been watching a lot of PrettyPistol86 who does a lot of pan videos, Klairedelys for the incredible tutorials Leesha from Xsparkage vlogs because I think they reflect a more realistic life than some vloggers seem to do! And Sharon Farrell and Sanni from missmai27 for make up artists! xxxReplyDelete
Also (forgot some lol) KathleenLights and emilynoel83 and her beauty broadcast channel :) Some for tutorials, some because they make me laugh, some are just calming and nice to listen to :) xxxReplyDelete
Thank you for all the recommendations - and sorry your comment got lost, Blogger commenting system can be super sucky like that :( I watch Kairedelys, Sharon, Sanni and Emily Noel too - you're so right, Emily has such a calming, positive demeanor, I could listen to her talking about diapers and I'd be happy :D Off to check out your other recs!Delete
Oh don't worry I think it was my browser being silly :) Emily is the American Lisa, listening to her makes you so zen! I could see why she was a newsreader! No problem hope you find some new loves! :D xxxDelete
Also with regards to Maggie makeup room tour- have you seen Shaanxo? Oh.My. Days. There are shops with less makeup. Actually insane!Delete
I HAVE. To be frank, it made me pretty sick to my stomach. But to each their own and all that, I guess.Delete
I think I actually gasped about 4 times at the lipstick drawers like 'How can there be MOAR?!?!?' I know what you mean though, a lot of it will end up being thrown away because she can't possibly use it all.Delete
I forgot to mention my recs: Sarah Victor for tutorials (she's sassy) and Tati, who is one of the few "big" youtubers that remains trustworthy. Veronica Gorgeois hasn't posted in a while, but she has awesome skincare videos. And of course Sharon Farrell.ReplyDelete
I stopped following the big wig youtubers a while ago and by doing so I found so many great gals! I love Kristen and lauren! Us red heads gotta stay together ; ))ReplyDelete
I have so many favorites that I don't know where to begin! Tara Babyz and Rachel from makeup never sleeps were my favs, but Rachel stopped making videos :((
Hahah, I used to love watching Rachel's hand hauls - do you remember those? Maybe we should write a petition so that she starts making them again :DDelete
I don't spend too much time on YouTube and unsubbed last year from all the big names except for Lisa Eldridge. It wasn't even the unethical blurred lines that did it but just how annoying and uninformative they became as well as boring and uniform in content throughout. And I couldn't care less about vlogs where they go to flea markets or whatever. But that's because sometimes it's all I can do to keep up with just blogs, so watching 20-minute videos typically isn't my cup of tea to begin with. I do keep up with fellow bloggers who are also vloggers though, because I've come to know and admire them beyond entertainment. I'm with you on Karima, Maggie and Marianna.ReplyDelete
Boring and same-same is right, Liz. I do still watch vlogs, perhaps because I'm nosey and like to have a glimpse of how other people live their lives, but it's gotta get annoying when all the vlogs you see focus on going to the farmers market to buy some fresh flowers for the background in your video. Fortunately, not all YouTubers vlog like that :)Delete
So lovely to see some of my indie YT faves on here! Bloomin Rouge is a new YTer, like, 4 videos in, but SO great -- I've been reading her blog for a few months now and I'm thrilled that she started a YouTube channel!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the recommendation! Speaking of newer YouTubers, I've just started watching YOUR videos, my dear, and I think they're fantastic!!! Keep up the good work :)Delete
Thank you so much for mentioning me, Monika! You have absolutely made my day!ReplyDelete
Personally, I have been on "Mission: Unsubscribe" for the past few months as well. I just can't handle the fake "reviews", it's always so obvious when someone talks about products they don't actually use. I already follow some of these ladies from your list, but now I have more to subscribe to :)
Awww, my pleasure, Marianna! <3 Isn't it crazy what YouTube has come to? I sometimes still can't wrap my head around that :( Thanks for keeping it real!Delete
Lisa Eldridge all the way. Hate nonsensical ramblings and all those vlogs which drive me up the wall :-PReplyDelete
I love BangerBeauty, she is absolutely amazing, and we have a similar taste :)ReplyDelete
Oh, what an inspiration! Thanks for sharing these "quality" YouTubers, Monika. I must admit, I sometimes watch YouTube much like watching garbage on TV (by garbage means mindless stuff, not necessarily bad content or anything), but yes, I'm glad you came across there.ReplyDelete
I found a couple of mature YouTubers that I enjoy, HotandFlashy is one of them:
They may not update their content as often as the other YouTubers but when they do, I like to see them.
Karima is great. And her brushcollection...to die forReplyDelete