I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Anyone from the New York City area knows that it is a very large place, made up of five boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
Many people who visit “New York” believe that the island of Manhattan is all there is to New York City, but that isn’t the case. Brooklyn, in and of itself, is more than double the size of Manhattan, but for the past few years, all attention has been focused on one small section which has been gentrified to the point of being unrecognizable.
I thought I’d switch up the content from breast cancer bitchiness (remember to think before you pink), and idiot politicians, to some current beauty and skin care favorites. Yes, I am riffing on the half-my-age YouTube beauty gurus. In doing so, I deliberately took a crappy picture of the products on my overcrowded dresser, instead of posing them on a pristine piece of fake marble or some other maddeningly perfect platform. That’s what malcontents do – we don’t run with the traffic, in case you haven’t figured that out yet.
This essay was originally published on February 4, 2015.
My obsession with YouTube beauty gurus took an interesting turn tonight. The two girls, women actually, pictured above, are Essie Button (left), and Amelia Liana. They are two of the more entertaining beauty gurus I’ve stumbled across recently. What Lisa Eldridge provides in beauty knowledge, these two take a step further by making it entertaining. As much as I love Lisa, there are times when I yearn for more than just watching her fluff blusher onto her cheeks with a hideously expensive Japanese makeup brush against a white backdrop.
This essay was originally published on January 6, 2015.
After yesterday’s post about the continuing horrors of chemotherapy, I feel I have to redeem myself a little bit by posting something positive.
Last July, shortly after my mastectomy, an old and dear friend of mine started posting links on my Facebook page to some YouTube videos made by one of the countless beauty “gurus” who review makeup and skin care products, in an effort to keep my spirits up. The videos she chose are made by a woman who is relatively close in age to us, with a very down-to-earth attitude and sense of humor about beauty. She ends each video with a few minutes of bloopers culled from the filming, which are flat-out hysterical. I’ve gotten many a giggle from those videos, and as a result, I’ve taken to viewing such snippets regularly. I’ve also become somewhat of a disciple of these women, and now there is a growing group of them whose videos I’ve begun watching obsessively.