We couldn't be more excited to tell you that we have a very special guest featuring on our blog this week. Becca from the amazing Voussontbeauetbelle blog and Youtube channel is here to tell us all about how she began her blog and Youtube accounts which now collectively boast over 100k subscribers! A beauty lover, just like ourselves, Becca makes inspiring videos which make us want to delve into the world of this make-up master and find out what her beauty essentials are and just why blogging is that good.
Becca | 18 | Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Youtuber and Blogger
When and why did you start fashion and beauty blogging/vlogging?
When I was diagnosed with M.E and epilepsy (pull out your violins!) I was essentially housebound - I've recovered from both now though - therefore I became extremely bored and lonely. I began watching Youtube videos on fashion/beauty channels, not realizing it was actually a thing and I thought it looked fabulous. It inspired me to start filming things, such as what I'd purchased, but not for Youtube, for my own personal viewing! Along with M.E, memory loss occurs, and my short term memory was non existent - so in order to remember things I'd bought, I'd film it! I did that for a little while, but longed to be a member of the Youtube community. As I was housebound, human contact was somewhat rare! I uploaded my first video about two years ago now, wowzers! I still love uploading videos to this day, my content is well received and I just love talking to my viewers! Speaking of viewers, when I gained 15 subscribers, I ran around my house like an excited toddler, so you can imagine how I feel now with my 115,000+ subscribers! I mainly stick to uploading videos about passions of mine - fashion, lifestyle, self esteem, body image, beauty and sometimes videos of my everyday life. Though it is my 'job', I never, ever take myself seriously - I laugh at myself, and make up words when I can't think of the right one - I'm a normal 18 year old girl, keepin' it real! Making videos definitely has it's ups and downs, it doesn't come with troll/hate warnings unfortunately!
Though all in all, it's improved my confidence phenomenally, has been an amazing ongoing experience, and has given me some of the best friends, that without Youtube, I'd never of had the chance to meet!
The day I had those 15 subscribers, never could I have ever imagined what was to come - and I'm lucky enough to say that Youtube is my job, and has provided me with some amazing opportunities such as working with many brands. It really is amazing.
I've actually done things fairly backwards. Normally, blogging comes first and then creating a Youtube channel follows. However, I take different paths to most people in all things - online and in real life! I've actually only been blogging for a month, and I LOVE it! Why didn't I do this before!? I'm very into the layout and design of magazines, and I hope my blog shows that. It consists of similar topics to my Youtube channel, though mainly focuses on fashion. I started blogging to simply grow and expand my Youtube channel, and it's already got a rather tasty following. I'm so grateful to each and every one of my viewers/readers, they make this all possible and I feel very blessed to have them all in my life!
What's the best thing about blogging?
Expressing myself and interacting with my viewers! Fashion is a hard industry to get into and I think I've had enough stress to last a lifetime, Â¶Ã¿so it's an amazing way to express your love of fashion without the commitment. I'm my own boss!
Another extreme plus of making videos is the many, many amazing messages and letters I get from viewers. Knowing that I brightened someone's day brightens MY day - it's very humbling. A quote I've always loved is 'Attitudes are contagious, make yours worth catching'Â¶Ã¿- therefore due to me being quite an animated, smiley person, getting told that I am the reason for THEIR smile is out of this world.
As a student, I don't have a lot of free time, but when I do, blogging and vlogging completely free my mind of the hardships of education and as a mental health and psychiatry student, it can be very draining! Uploading three times a week can be hard at times, but I'm pleased to say that my viewers are very understanding when I can't upload. They're all good eggs!
What's your all time favourite fragrance?
Marc Jacobs 'Daisy' - yummers! It's been the only scent I've worn for over a year now, I'm sure it's turned into my natural scent! (IfÂ¶Ã¿only!) It's the perfect summer fragrance, yet it's not an overpowering floral smell, so for me, it's an all year round perfume! Plus, how delish is the bottle? I was actually introduced to Daisy by my mum, what a keeper!
What beauty essentials can you not live without?
Rimmel Glam Eyes Day to Night Mascara and any form of eyebrow gel! I'm lovingÂ¶Ã¿those big brows. I'm pretty laid back about beauty as I've been blessed with my mum's skin and would happily go out without makeup, and rarely wear it at home! Although without my mascara and brows, I'd be a bit lost on an important outing! I also HAVE to have my nails painted somehow, we can't have naked hands now can we?
What's your favourite nail polish brand?
I'd have to say Essie! Although my collection used to be a rather small one (due to the price, usually £7.99 each - eek!), now, it's rather large!
Fragrance Direct has rekindled my love for the brand - £1.99 for a full size Essie polish? I'm IN!
If you could only use one make-up product, what would it be?
Last but not least, can you finish this sentence? "I love Fragrance Direct because.."
Thank you for having me on your site - I feel honored! I love Fragrance Direct simply because of the insane discounts! Why would you NOT check on FD for a product that you're willing to pay full price for, when you could save mega £££! When my chummy Charlie - another FD lover! - (she has a beauty & fashion channel too! Find her here) and I were talking about Essie, I was expressing my lust for the brand, but heartbreak due to the price. She replied with 'GO ON FRAGRANCE DIRECT, they're like, £1.99' and I was in disbelief! She was right! I purchased four Essie polishes right away, which at RRP would have set me back £32 (and at that price I'd rather have a dress!). Instead, it cost me just £8! The same price as one! And it's the same for all your other favourite brands of makeup, hair products, nail products, perfumes and so much more - now every time I'm wanting to buy a beauty product, Fragrance Direct is my first destination!