I've touched on this a little in my opening blog post but figured a whole video would explain more.
I don't want to be a hater or negative about the YouTube beauty community but it's very .... okay, it's basically like being in the lunch room of Mean Girls and hoping Regina George doesn't completely ruin you in her Burn Book.
I've made some amazing connections with some of my favorite beauty YouTubers (Casey Holmes, Kandee Johnson, Michele1218, iheartmakeup, and a few others.) I've also made some amazing friendships with 'smaller YouTuber's too. I've had a few companies use my videos in their online campaigns too. All of that has been AMAZING and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world. I do my channel for myself, my faithful followers, family, and friends. I'm never going to conform to the ideal beauty YouTuber cause I just don't have the time. That's made me a bit of a black sheep and honestly, I wear the title well. It's just that no matter how much time and effort I poured into my channel I was getting nowhere fast.
I started on this trashy romance novel back in the summer and after awhile decided I needed to share some of these great books with that masses. I know there's a huge BookTube community from watching ABooktopia so I thought what the hell, let's try it. My first video (about the Crossfire & Beautiful Bastard series) got an immediate response. I gained some followers and got mentions on Twitter ... I couldn't believe it! One of my favorite writers Kendall Ryan watched my video that I posted on her Filthy Beautiful series, Brittainy Cherry said I made her cry, she was so touched by the video I did on The Air He Breathes, Alexa Riley LOVED my review on Mechanic ... the whole thing just completely snowballed ... and in the best way possible. NEVER EVER in my wildest dreams did I think that would happen. I'm pretty raw, unedited, and as-is kinda girl so I didn't think my reviews would get attention but they do! I've become friends with some of my favorite authors and found some new blog buddies too! It's been so amazing! I feel like I belong now! I feel like all my hard work is finally being appreciated.
I started my channel for my friends and family but let's face it, after awhile you want other's to notice and it's finally happening.
So to answer the main question ... am I leaving the beauty community? Hellz no. I love makeup too much! I love telling you that a product suck or they are great - information I'll always pass on to you! I'll just have a lot more book reviews and talk in between!