Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to talk about a story I read last week on Facebook that I just had to share with y’all. Everyday we are constantly bombarded with terrible, often unimaginable crimes that happen in the world. In fact we have become a culture that in a lot of ways have become a bit unaffected by disaster. We’re so used to hearing about how dangerous and terrible the world is that it can be difficult to imagine a world were people do nice things just because they want to be nice. As I previously said, I read a story last night about a Starbucks barista that performed a simple small action that really affected a woman. So now let’s get to the story. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
On October 20th, 2015 a woman from New Hampsire named Bekah Georgy wrote a piece for themighty.com about a recent trip to Starbucks. Now this may seem like the beginning of a really boring story, but I promise you it gets really good. In the piece Bekah explains that she has suffered from Anorexia Nervosa for half of her life. Her anorexia is so bad that she has to wear a feeding tube, because she explains that most days the most she can consume is coffee. Bekah also suffers from anxiety and depression and has attempted to commit suicide 5 times. She continues to explain in this post that she was having a particularly bad day, in which her suicidal thoughts were worsening, and she contemplated not even drinking the coffee that she had just bought from Starbucks. Then Bekah saw that the barista at the Starbucks had written the word ‘Smile!!’ on her cup. Bekah explained that this simple word helped her feel better about her day and stopped her from doing any harm to her body that day. I found this story to be really inspiring because we just don’t hear about these stories as often as we should. It really shows that ever little action we take has a more powerful reaction. I’ll link the article Bekah wrote below because I really think y’all should read it. This just shows that sometimes the biggest smiles, hide the deepest scars.
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ I am going to introduce y’all to another AMAZING beauty/fashion/life style guru that you will become ADDICTED to (you’re welcome!). This amazing YouTuber not only shares her amazing style, hair, and beauty tips, but also does fun DIYs (Do It Yourself Projects), cool beauty/fashion hauls, and gives her fans advice about life and YouTube. So if you’re not already a fan of Erica, aka Beautybabe149, then read on and learn why you are missing out on YouTube’s newest hidden treasure.
Erica is a 17 years old beauty/fashion/life style guru, who as of 7/30/2014 has 348,575 total views on YouTube, 3,146 followers on Instagram,17,811 YouTube subscribers, 64 ‘likes’ on Facebook, and 4,074 followers on Twitter. She uploaded her first video, entitled ‘OOTD: Summer Nights #1’ on June 16th, 2012 (OOTD: Summer Nights #1). The video was a great introduction to Erica’s personality, and even though the video is only 1 minute and 46 seconds long, she is able to put her fun, bubbly personality front and center, which definitely leaves you wanting more videos. Erica is also able to show off her fashion skills by demonstrating a really fun, casual look that many would want to emulate (I know I do). The next video that we are going to discuss is Erica’s March 21st, 2013 ‘Q&A 1’ video (Q&A #1 ♡). In this video, she answers fan questions, such as her ethnicity, where she finds the music for her videos, her favorite candy, and so much more! In the video, Erica also talks about how she grew up watching YouTube, and from the early age of 10 years old would make mock vlogs with a flip cam. She said that her family knew about her videos when she first starts uploaded them, but her friends didn’t find out until Erica made a happy birthday video for fellow beauty/fashion guru Bethany Mota ( on another channel with “random” videos), and Bethany commented on, and liked the video. There are a lot of other cool facts about Erica in this video so I would definitely suggest checking it out. Speaking of cool facts, the next video that we are going to discuss is Erica’s ’50 Facts About Me!’ Tag video (50 Facts About Me! TAG) which she uploaded on April 6th, 2013. In this video, Erica discussed her whether or not she has siblings, how long she’s known one of her Best Friends, what ascents she likes to speak in, and what she loves “more than life itself”. I loved this video because the facts were different than your typical ’50 Facts About Me’ video, and Erica was very entertaining throughout the whole video (this video will make you want to be her best friend). Next up we have Erica’s ‘First Day of School, Hair, Makeup, & Outfit’ (First Day of School: Hair, Makeup, & Outfit | Collab with Piperlanee – YouTube) video, which she uploaded on August 12th, 2013. I chose to discuss this video because I know that back to school season is upon is (boo!!!) BUT…that also means back to school shopping, and picking out the PERFECT first day of school look (YAY!!!…don’t you just love how the universe balances everything out!?!). I really loved this video, because the hair and makeup look were simple and easy to do (perfect for those days when you’re running late because your alarm “didn’t go off”…don’t worry I believe you…really I do). I also loved that the makeup look was just a step above natural looking, so it is perfect for all ages to copy. I will definitely be trying this look, and I guarantee that you will look like a supermodel in those hallways if you do too.
Next we have another vlog, where Erica gives her tips & tricks about getting started on YouTube, (which she uploaded on September 1st, 2013, and you can find here My Tips & Tricks: Getting Started on Youtube! – YouTube). In this video, she discusses her 3 number 1 piece of advice, how to deal with haters, and how to network and promote your channel. I thought that this video was a really cool idea because, it gives useful information for aspiring YouTubers, but does so in a positive, upbeat way that fans will love. The next video we are going to discuss is Erica’s ‘Black Friday Haul 2013’ (Black Friday Haul 2013!!! – YouTube) which was uploaded on November 30th, 2013. Personally I was really excited to see this video because haul videos are my favorite type of fashion YouTube videos. I really loved the deals that Erica got (you have to love a guru who knows the true value of a good sale) and it definitely makes me want to the stores she went to this Black Friday, to see if I can get similar deals. Once again, Erica was funny, and fun to watch in this video, and proved that she is a natural in front of the camera. Ok, next we are going to discuss another video that I was really excited about, which is Erica’s ‘DIY Flower Crown + How I Style Them’ video (DIY Flower Crown + How I Style Them!) which was uploaded on July 20th, 2014. I thought that this was a really cool video because flower crowns are a huge trend right now, and if you can find a way to make your flower crown unique, why wouldn’t you. This is also the perfect project for people who love DIYs, or want to be fashionable on budget. With a small amount of summer left, this is the perfect project to celebrate the rest of this season in style. Ok now we’ve arrived at the last video we are going to discuss in this blog post (even though I could literally talk about every video on this channel). The video we are going to discuss is Erica’s ‘Everyday Makeup Routine Summer Edition’, which was uploaded July 26th, 2014 (Everyday Makeup Routine | Summer Edition) I loved this look, because it was light, but was not too light to use as a nighttime look (for those days when you’re in a rush, or just don’t feel like redoing you makeup…I know how you think people of the internet). The look was also simple to replicate, and the products were a mix of high end and drugstore, so the average viewer can most likely have access to all or some of these products. This is definitely a look that I will be trying this summer. I give this video 5 smiley faces (like I always say, I use smiley faces because they are more fun than stars). Erica also has a 2nd channel where she vlogs and has lots of other cool videos that y’all will want to check out.
As you can see, Erica has all the ingredients needed to make her into a YouTube Queen. She has a fun, bubbly personality that will instantly make you fall in love with her, she is well spoken and able to articulate very well in her videos, she is knowledgeable about the topics she discusses, and she has a very close relationship with her fans. I definitely see Erica making a career out of her YouTube channel, and joining the YouTube beauty/fashion elite. She is definitely a star on the rise, and someone to keep an eye on. She may be a secret to some YouTube fans now, but with a growing fans base, and the personality and charm to wow any audience; this won’t be the case for long.
Keep in touch with Erica!!!
YouTube: Beautybabe149 – YouTube
2nd YouTube Channel: TheOtherSideofErica – YouTube
Twitter: erica (beautybabe149) on Twitter
Instagram: beautybabe149 on Instagram
Facebook: Beautybabe149 | Facebook