It’s amazing how connected the world is today, from the days of the telegram to the world wide web to social media and YouTube. We can talk and share images and videos instantly. YouTube has made video sharing the biggest thing since cellphones. I think I at least watch one YouTube video a day, vloggers account for a large number of YouTube videos and subscriptions per day.
There are so many categories and videos to choose from the best thing to do is think of a favourite topic and search it, YouTube will give you a number of results related to your search. My favourite topic(s) is beauty, health and D.I.Y. Lately I have been looking up videos on make-up tutorials specifically contouring and highlighting.
I believe every girl should know how to do basic make-up, I personally love make-up that’s barely there. But I am also interested in knowing how to apply make-up professionally. YouTube is the best place for how to videos, you find a lot of original videos by ordinary people who will show you exactly how to get the look you want.
Do not be fooled you might have to look through a number of videos before you find one you feel is right for you, so take your time and enjoy the video tutorials each one will teach you something different.
The best thing about YouTube video tutorials is that it’s interactive you get to subscribe, comment and get feedback. YouTube has its own community and culture that you will get to know about if you subscribe to a couple of vlogs.
One of the days I just might make my own video and load it on YouTube just so that I too can have my video streaming on YouTube. Until then, let me do what I know best and discover the world a word and video at a time.
What is your favourite YouTube video?
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This week I have been on a mission to begin my metamorphosis into more healthier hair, face and body products. I have read a lot of blogs and watched a lot of you tube video’s all of which is very helpful – but confusing at the same time. So, this whole week I dedicated my time to buying some really great oils with the intention to make my own hair, face and body products. I managed to get pure coconut oil, almond oil, linseed/flaxseed oil and castor oil (from my local pharmacy), olive oil, avocado oil, amla oil (from my local food store) and Olive Miracle growth oil (with a mix of essential oils) and a few great hair products (from my local health and home product store). Although I got a few oils on my list, I failed to get all the oils I needed and it proved to be quite a mission getting through my list. I realised this, my blogs are by Americans and it seems that they have a vast array of products available to them in their local stores and in large quantities at reasonable prices. Here in South Africa these very same products although some of which can be easily found, they cannot be located in one store nor can they be found in large quantities or variety – you will get the oils in small packaging at a high cost. And worst of all the staff can be of little help because they are unfamiliar with these oils or their use, they will not even know if the store stocks them or not. Keep in mind you will find these oils on different isles of the store, like the avocado oil will be on the food isle while the coconut oil will be on the cosmetic isle. One essential ingredient I was disappointed not to find is aloe vera, I did find one in powder form called Cape Aloe. But, since I was looking for the aloe in liquid form I just didn’t know how to incorporate the Cape Aloe into my other oils. Now I have all these oils lined up on my bedroom dresser along with all my other hair products – my dresser looks a mess. I have my beauty products, a lot of hair and body products and hair dyes (I rarely use). I just love a good sale I guess, because I get most of my products on sale. The reason I went on this ridiculous oil shopping spree is because I have a plan. I intend to use pure products from now on. While reading through all those blogs one simple fact became very apparent to me. We always want to but products that are going to aid our health and looks, this is the very trick product marketers use on us unsuspecting consumers. They sell us products and write in bold print coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil and even make the bottle look greenish like the olive and emphasise all the goodness of these oils to us on the cover/label – and we think yes! That’s exactly what I need AWESOME!!!. But hold on…turn that product around and look for the olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil on the ingredients list. You will run your eyes down the list until viaola there you go, you find it at number 11 or worse it’s the 27th on the list – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Well, it simply means you’ve been had. What you are buying is not olive oil but has trace elements of the oil in it. As a rule always look to see if the main ingredient is in the first 5 ingredients on the list because that is what makes up the bulk of your product. I now practice this rule every time I go shopping and I am usually disheartened to find that most products use false advertisement. Adding a few of these essential/carrier oils together with pure shearbutter (which I am still searching for) or on their own will give me varying consistencies and mixtures of oils that will serve differing purposes for my hair, face and body. I like following beauty regimes that work for me and trying some on recommendation. I enjoy my oil baths and or straight out of bath oil moisturizer, oil face cleansing, hot oil treatments, pre poos, essential oil shearbutter, creme hair treatments and adding carrier and essential oils to my hair conditioners or water based hair spray. As you can see there are so many uses for these essential and carrier oil. I have already made a mixture I use on my hair, body and for my soothing oil bath. FYI Adding rosemary does wonders for the scent. I simply want to give my hair, face and body the best that it needs. I am on the look out on how to effectively use these oils to serve me accordingly and therefore I welcome any and all suggestions. I have had a lot of fun doing this transition and I only hope changing my eating habits will be even more fun, I hope. Remember you can follow me on twitter @kellymthethwa