Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Favorite Youtube Beauty Gurus

Hello lovelies!

Today's post is going to be a little bit different than usual. No fashion tips and tricks, outfits or trends for today. 

For the past couple of years I've been OBSESSED with the youtube beauty community. I've always been a girly girl who loved makeup among other things, but fashion was always my top priority. Ever since I started watching youtube beauty videos, tutorials and reviews I found myself being introduced to this whole new world of creativity and expression. I learned so many things and I've grown to love makeup and cosmetics way more than I did before. I now feel much more confidence going into Sephora because now I know what I want and no sales assistant can fool me. Knowledge is power! My friends and family now come to me for makeup advice and guidance. As a result, me and my friend Vasilia even launched a beauty/fashion channel last spring. You can find it here.

The beauty community is like a safe place where we can all chat and share our tips and recommendations and make each other feel beautiful and confident. I love that about it. It's a place where it's all about us women, we do this for each other, we build each other up with no men involved. There's no right and wrong, there's no bashing or shaming or hating. We can just be ourselves and do our thing and support each other for it.

Therefore I felt compelled to share with you my all-time favorite youtube beauty gurus. These are some very talented and exceptional ladies I could easily be friends with. Each one is special in her own way so read on to find out the deets!


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This gal is my ALL TIME FAVORITE beauty guru. She's the bomb. She and I we could roll together. My boyfriend is probably so fed up by now because I won't shut up about Estee. I'm always like "Estee did this" and "Estee did that". She is definitely someone I can relate to but awesome personality aside, her recommendations are always spot on too. I have bought so many things because of her, more than I can count and I haven't been dissapponted once. She knows skincare, she's elegant and though she claims she doesn't know fashion, her style game is definitely on point. Other than her main channel (essiebutton) she has a vlog channel with her boyfriend Aslan (essiebuttonvlogs) where she often documents her life. There you can see all the cool yet normal stuff a modern couple living in the UK does: going to hip restaurants, walking their cute greyhound dog, going to exhibitions, movies, doing carboot sales, having breakfast, working out and everything in between. If you're into travelling -I mean c'mon who's not into travelling- you absolutely MUST watch their travel vlogs, you will literally feel like you're there with them and you will learn useful info about the places visited.


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Anna is a sophisticated beauty guru from the UK who, like Estee, has a very relateable personality, she's straightforward, honest, and very down-to-earth. Her product recommendations are the main thing that keeps me going back to her channel. She knows how to "sell" you a good product, she knows how to properly present it and convince you of its functionality. Her style is definitely something I can identify with, very sleek, polished and modern. Again like Estee, she does great vlogs which give us a peek into her life with ther lovely boyfriend Mark (they're so freaking cute!).


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Alix is a lovely sweet girl, again from the UK, "self professed makeup and cosmetics obsessive" as she describes herself on her youtube channel. Very similar in style to Anna of ViviannaDoesMakeup. Eloquent, bright and cute as a button, Alix is very good at providing runway-ready looks, always to the point and always giving her honest, well-rounded opinion on things. Her professionalism and editing skill are two of her strongest assets. But more than that, she's a girl you will want make your bestie, there's no doubt about it. 

Tanya Burr

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Tanya Burr is probably one of the most popular beauty vloggers and deservedly so. She started out as "pixi2woo" when her camera wasn't as high quality and she was a lot more shy and reserved. She now has over 2.5 million subscribers, 1 million twitter followers, a lip gloss and nail polish line by her name and she just launched a false eyelash line as well. From the very beginning her makeup skills were fierce. She won me over with her perfect makeup tutorials and spot on re-creations of celebrity looks. I've been watching her for years and whenever I'm at a loss to know what look to wear on a night out, it's her channel that I run to. 

Jaclyn Hill

Now moving on to the other end of the Atlantic, Jaclyn Hill is a professional makeup artist from the United States with the bubbliest personality and the most contagious laugh. She's a breath of fresh air. If you want mad eyeshadow looks, perfectly contoured and highlighted cheekbones and the best makeup product suggestions, she's your girl. She knows her craft well and she manages to get it across effectively. Whenever I watch her videos I have a smile on my face, and at the end of the day that's what we go to this community for: to find a refuge away from our routine and problems.

Tati (glamlifeguru)

Tati is a gorgeous woman with an inspiring personality who has grown on me tremendously over the past year. She's sophisticated, eloquent, professional but sweet and genuine at the same time. She is the best at reviewing products, she's always up to date with the latest beauty releases and she's posting 5 times a week. While most youtubers post up to 2 videos per week, Tati puts them all to shame with her hard work and her dedication by uploading all week long. If those reasons to love her aren't enough for you already, note that she also hosts giveaways on her channel very regularly. 


Alli is an all-american girl with lots of talent and a love of color and beauty. She's Scarlett Johansson meets Katie Cassidy meets Taylor Swift. She does killer makeup looks and I've learned so much about makeup and various techniques from her. She always keeps it fresh by coming up with new combinations, mixing products and creating original looks with her signature. Always has both drugstore and high-end recommendations at hand, and she just can't go wrong. Love her.


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This Canadian lady is one of the most positive people I've ever seen. You can really tell she's not faking it, she exudes positivity and optimism. She's a mom and she has the sweetest family, she has the best advice when it comes to relationships, self-esteem issues, friendship, motherhood and life in general. She's definitely a role model for young girls to look up to. As far as beauty goes, she's great at coming up with new fun types of videos which are always perfectly edited, short and to the point. She does lovely get ready with me videos and lookbooks with her friends and family as well as really easy and quick hair style tutorials. She's got that girl power that we need more of!

There are actually many more that I'm subscribed to and that I love for certain things, but the ladies mentioned above are my all-around favorites, as people, vloggers and beauty gurus. 

I hope this post is informative and that my input was helpful to you all. If you happen to have a youtube channel please share it in the comments below.

MY CHANNEL: GoldenDreams

Sunday, October 19, 2014

8 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Season

If I haven't made it pretty clear already, Fall is my favorite season. Though I do believe I haven't yet had the full, Fall experience in all its glory because of where I live, I still really enjoy all the small and lovely bits and bobs Fall has to offer.

We are right in the heart of Fall right now and heading towards winter and I'm so excited to share with you all the things that make this season very special for me in this fun, lighthearted post.

So now that I'm chilling in my robe with my Yankee Vanilla Cupcake candle burning and my The Pierces music playing, I'm ready to dive right into it.


From fashion week attendees to casual park walkers, fall streetstyle has to show the most interesting and intriguing looks as opposed to summer's easy breezy sundresses, denim cutoffs and flip flops. Fall style calls for more layering, more textures, more complex combinations that result in unique outfits that stand out on the streets.


I'm probably the biggest fan of tights out there - I have Blair Waldorf to thank for that among other things. I love how they make simple looks more sophisticated and transform them instantly. A pair of opaque tights will make a dressier look more casual while a pair of lace tights will make a more casual piece look more formal. I just think of tights not only as a necessity that keeps your legs warm and comfortable but also serves as a fab accessory. Don't neglect your tight game, gals!


There's nothing that says fall fashion more than boots. Riding boots, motorcycle boots, ankle boots, lace up boots, heeled boots, over-the-knee boots, the list goes on and on and on. There's something for everyone out there. I love the comfort and the warmth they provide without looking any short of cute.


If there's something that you immediately think of when you think of Fall style is scarves, beanies, cardigans, sweaters! They don't call it sweater weather for no reason. Chunky knits that offer you this ultimate level of comfort where you just feel like cocooning in your home and drinking chai latte are THE staple. Ah, they're the epitome of fall clothing!


If you are a loyal Fashionista Looks reader (yay you!) then you must have caught on my latest piece on this fall's outerwear (if you haven't check it out now here). It's all about the coats, ladies. It's the number 1 item people will pay attention to, and it should be the focus point of your streetstyle game.


My absolute favorite thing about fall is the leaves and the changing colors. The red, the orange, the yellow tones are just brightening the city up and making our dull days a bit more exciting. There's just something so calming about watching the nature change, there's a stillness in that perfection that tells you "look around, no matter what big or small things are going on in your life, time goes on and life goes on without you noticing or doing anything about it". You kind of figure out how small you are in the face of all that greatness.


If you follow any beauty gurus of the social media then you must have been acquainted with the fall makeup trends by now. Plum and berry lips, soft & smudgy smokey eyes, bold defined brows, burgundy nails, perfect porcelain-like skin are your key components to a fall-ready look. These stunning hues are my favorites because they add to that perfect, sutlry, sexy, vampy look that really makes an impact.


Hearty pies, spiced lattes, warm-scented candles, rich body body products are just all-around lovely additions to the fall experience. Let's be honest, these are the kind of things you don't really need but if my room can smell like a rained forest and my skin like a cupcake, hell yeah I'm gonna buy that stuff! I mean, who can say no to flavorful comfort food and a nice, pumpkin spice scented pamper session? My favorite thing is staying at home, lighting my candle, making a hot beverage and curling up in my bed while I'm watching my favorite TV shows. What can I say, I'd have this over clubbing any day!

That's all for now &
until next time,

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How To: Coats Of The Season

It's around this time of the year when most women are starting to go on the hunt for the perfect piece of outerwear.

Every season new trends come along, new options appear in the stores, new styles seem more and more appealing, but when it comes to buying a new coat, it's an investment you shouldn't take lightly. A t-shirt or a mini skirt you might give away next season, but a 300$ coat is something that will stick with you for months and months to come.

Top row: Burberry Prorsum / Dolce & Gabbana / Eudon Choi / Gucci
Bottom row: Balenciaga / Thakoon / Saint Laurent / Tibi

Now, a coat doesn't have to be that expensive per se, you can still go out and give a fun, trendy outerwear piece a try that doesn't cost much, just to satisfy your trend hunger (I get it girls, we all succumb to that one from time to time). But make sure that what you're buying is still well crafted and fits you properly. I just can't stand poorly sewn, ill-fitting coat. Your outerwear is what most people see during fall and winter, so choose wisely.

On the runway I spotted quite a few tendencies on the designers' part: lots of clean cut lines, egg-shaped numbers, capes, plenty of plaid, uncoventional colors and wrapping as well. Designers are definitely pushing the boundaries quite far, making the coat a center piece and not just a cover-up.

Below you will find a series of Polyvore sets featuring some of the best, on-trend and affordable coats that will make for good pieces in your wardrobe. I will also provide you with ideas on how to style them. Keep in mind that those styling options are simple suggestions, there are endless combos one can come up with really so do not rely on those solely.

(click on the little icons underneath each set to shop the items online)

How to: Baby pink coat

How To: Military Parka

How to: Bright Coat

How To: Checked Coat

How To: Camel Cape

How To: Belted Patterned coat

Which one is your favorite? Do tell!
Until next time,