Calling all YouTubers and Bloggers! My most frequently asked questions are usually pertaining to growing a YouTube channel, for example: getting subscribers, getting views, starting a channel, how to deal with hate, etc! I’ve also had a ton of questions directed to my tumblr about what the best first video is and such! So I’ve decided to answer every YouTube/blog related question that I could come up with/have ever been asked to hopefully offer some advice and tips for those of you who find yourselves struggling to up your view count or start a channel! I can’t guarantee millions of subscribers or free products being sent to your door due to your blogging success, but I can promise you that these tips will help improve the chance of getting more views and in turn becoming more popular! (Because in all reality, we all want our blog/youtube child to be watched and read). I’ve also targeted the times in the video that help separate the topics (cause this bad boy got a TON of information in it). So again, I apologize for the length, but I seriously just tried to cram in as much advice and information into one video as possible.
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TARGETED TOPICS BY TIME 0:45 Being yourself. 1:22 Having the best quality videos within your budget. Cameras, editing software, lighting & my set up. 4:48 Getting more views/subscribers. 5:11 Making friends within the beauty community & suitable comments advertising your channel. 6:34 Social media. 8:00 Using YouTube to its fullest potential: Tags, Titles & Video Responses. 10:07 Getting discouraged about not growing. 12:10 The steps of creating a website/blog: Choosing a platform, Host & Theme.
Questions from Instagram 15:50 What’s the best type of first video? 16:13 How to protect your personal information as a YouTuber. 16:50 How fast did you get a lot of viewers? 17:28 Is it hard to balance filming, editing, school and life? 18:00 Will making friends with famous YouTubers help you get famous? 19:00 How do you name your blog/channel? 19:58 How to handle people knowing about your channel? 20:20 How do you become a YouTube partner? 21:10 Do you think a channel can have different aims? Ie. business advice, fashion, advice etc. 21:39 How to get your blog noticed? 22:37 How to deal with people bullying you about your channel/blog. 24:00 What’s the best camera to use, is YouTube what you expected it to be, how long does it take to film/edit/upload?
You guys have been begging me for a new video with Baz (the boyfriend) in it, so I’m bringing you 13 minutes of pure goofballiness and ridiculousness. I had originally planned to do a Q&A video with the questions I asked you guys to ask me on instagram, but instead, I tried to think of a more exciting and fun way to answer the questions! So this is how this silly video was born. You asked us questions and we wrote down the answer for the other person to see how well we really knew each other! (I think baz ended up winning by 1-2 questions.. but we forgot to keep score!) More videos to come with the boyfie! Enjoy! <3
Now that my hair has finally reached a length where extensions aren’t a daily thing, I’ve put the good ol’ hairs into hibernation. But back in the day where I was struggling to get past my boobs (few years back), extensions were my absolute best friend to help bridge the gap between long hair and the awkward length I was at. From time to time I will give the extensions a night out if I’m going to a special event or just feel like having a thick mane of hair, especially when I feel like curling my hair, as I feel as if extensions always add that extra little “oomph” that you need for perfectly curled hair. ANWAYS, VpFashion reached out to me to review a set of their ombre extensions, as ombre extensions aren’t something you stumble across everyday. I was accurately matched, chose a style and length, and voila! They were at my door for reviewing. VpFashion was also kind enough to provide a discount code to my lovely viewers and readers! So here’s what I thought!
All About The Extensions!
20 inch 3-Colors Ombre Indian Remy Clip In Hair Extensions
8 piece, 115 grams
In the blank “Referred by YTB Guru” use code: LaurDIY1127 for an $8 coupon!
EXTENSION INFO My Set
Hair length: 20 inch
Hair texture: wavy silky
Top – #1b off black (25% of the hair)
Middle – #3 medium dark brown (25% of the hair)
Bottom – #27 honey blonde (50% of the hair)
I’m absolutely obsessed with having a cute notebook with me at all times. You never know when a million dollar idea will come to you, and you have to be prepared! (I’m still waiting for my million dollar idea) So I’ve been doing a lot of online shopping for new moleskins and cute notebooks, and I’ve fallen in love with tons of them, but I’m usually not so in love with their price tags. Anthropologie had particularly cute notebooks that were adorned with an even cuter little gift tag to write your name, and I decided to replicate the gift tag notebook and also a second method of covering and creating a custom notebook!
Recycled Paper Journals – Chapters (bought in a set of 3 for $15, but much cheaper when you only buy one!)
Scrapbook Paper – Michaels (99 cents each)
Mod Podge – Michaels ($5-15, I have a big sized container)
Motivational Saying Stickers – Michaels ($3)
Gift Tag Scrapbook Decoration – Michaels ($3)
Lettering Stickers – Dollar Store ($1)
WHAT IM WEARING
ring – Etsy
nails – Essie’s “Lilacism” and OPI “Make a Comet-ment”
shirt – Brandy
ying yang bracelet – mexican flea market
cross bracelet – Brandy
The “50 Facts About Me” tag has been virally circulating around the YouTube community and I’ve been absolutely addicted to them! I feel like I start to get a feel for the person as I watch their tutorials, hauls and and tag videos, but this is the ultimate fast-track to getting to know the person. So I compiled a list of 50 random facts about me (actually it’s 48 because I’m an idiot and apparently can’t count), so I hope you guys get to know me a bit better!
So I officially win the award for the most MIA blogger of life. AND IM SORRY FOR THAT! This summer has been ridiculously busy between a 2 video a week posting schedule, the launch of lucky deer iphone cases, the horrible choice to take an online class and working part time as a server! But I’m taking a blogger oath to promise that I will post each video on D&I as well! So prepare yourself for about 8 blog posts that are wickedly behind. But from now on each video post will be accompanied by a blog post as well.
This video has got to be on of my most requested, but there’s nothing scarier that putting yourself makeup-less on the internet for the whole world to see. So keep the snide remarks to yourself, we can’t all be gorgeous right after rolling out of bed! (Only making this disclaimer as the world of rude youtube commenters already had a field day over my makeup-less face) Anyways, the point of this video is to share with you my everyday makeup tutorial as it has been requested a billion times!!! Enjoy my loves!
Sephora Silicone Free Primer
Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC30
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser
Mac Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25
Sephora Bronzer in Aruba
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip
Maybelline Masterprecise Eyeliner Pen
Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara
Mac Fluidline in Dipdown
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese (who comes up with these colour names???)
MUSIC: Indie Dance Pop Minimix ft. Imogen Heap, Passion Pit, Phoenix (Tantalus Mix)
My most frequent questions on instagram are usually pertaining to the apps that I use, the way I get a specific effect or what filters I use! So I decided to just join these two YouTube tags into one hopefully helpful video! I’m so glad to read in the comments that those of you who have an 8GB iPhone also regret your choice… I feel less bratty now, so thank you for that!! With that said, I don’t have a ton of music or apps due to lack of memory, but I think I have a pretty good variety of picture editing apps that I’m going to share with you in this video! Hope you learn about some new apps to add to the super fun instagram editing process (being completely honest, I get so much joy in editing a picture to go onto insty… I’m such a loser).
In this vicious world of online shopping (okay… it’s really not that vicious, it’s rather quite enjoyable), there’s countless online stores that all offer amazing pieces at great prices! So how’s a girl to choose?! I’ve had the opportunity to pick a few pieces from a couple online stores, and figured I would not only show you the pieces I chose, but give an honest review of some elements of the online stores! Ie. prices, organization, overall appeal (this is a personal opinion obviously). A lot of these online shops offer many of the same pieces as well at sometimes different prices, but there are other factors such as shipping costs and all that nonsense that can make deciding where to order from pretty difficult! Online shopping should never be stressful, so I’ve provided you with some quick and simple reviews on each store!
Disclaimer: I was provided with store credit to choose some pieces, but all opinions are my own.
Calling all ladies with drawers on drawers of unorganized makeup and jewelry! This DIY is perfect for organizing all the products that are rolling around without a home and make them accessible for everyday use! It can be made into a snug fitting drawer insert or a simple wardrobe topper if you’re someone who likes to have your products on display (I’m totally one of these people). This DIY is also great for customizing the organizer to have the perfect sized compartments to meet your needs to separate or house all your products! Enjoy!
ALL MATERIALS USED
-2 rolls of craft tape (can’t remember the brand name) from Michaels
-pop case cardboard
-jewelry box cardboard
-scotch tape (you can use whatever kind of tape)
-foam/some kind of material to make your boxes fix better if you need to!
Firstly, I want to apologize for the length and quality of this video. It’s no where near what I was hoping it to be, mostly caused by the sun dropping at an abnormally fast rate when I was filming. I was hoping to go a little more in depth with each outfit, but because of the time crunch I really was only able to squeeze in a quick overview of each outfit. But nonetheless, I hope you enjoy my Puerto Vallarta Outfit Lookbook!
I’m not quite sure how this post slipped my mind, especially considering the fact that this is the most exciting milestone and announcement I’ve made in my YouTube career, so I guess this is old news for most of you. But if you’re more of a D&I follower opposed to a YouTube subscriber, I HIT 100,000 SUBSCRIBERS ON YOUTUBE! This is seriously one of the most amazing accomplishments that has ever happened to me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the support from friends, family and my loyal viewers!! I posted my first video just over a year ago, and I can’t believe the rate at which my channel grew and what it has now become.
So I’ve been hyping up a pretty exciting announcement that I said I would publicize at 100k subscribers, and again, this is most likely old news to many of you, but I’m launching my own personal iPhone case line titled “Lucky Deer Cases”. And we all know how unhealthy my iPhone case obsession is, so hopefully when the cases arrive I don’t end up keeping them all…… And because my viewers are the reason that this was possible, I wanted to make you all apart of the process of choosing the designs! I’ve made some mock up designs and posted them on tumblr for your viewing, to decide which design should be one of the five cases I’m putting into production! Unfortunately this giveaway is closing in a couple days (Friday, May 24th) because I’m a forgetful loaf, but there’s still two days to get your votes in! I reiterate all the details in the video, but here’s what’s up:
1. Must be subscribed to laurDIY
2. Comment down below your TOP 3 fav cases from this tumblr link!
***Note: I’ve decided I wanted to share the designs that are going into production for sure, so get stoked!!! The potential cases to choose from are numbered 1-5!
3. Must be 18+ or have a parent’s permission
4. This contest is international – so anyone can enter!
5. This giveaway will close ONE WEEK from the video post date (I want to get things going ASAP!!)
6. Follow me on instagram @laurDIY (not applicable if you do not have insty)
Questions about Lucky Deer Cases
How much will they cost?
$20 + shipping ($8 flat rate Canada/USA, $12 flat rate Worldwide)
What phones will you be making cases for?
iPhone 4/4S to begin with and hopefully the iPhone 5 soon enough!
Who designs them?
Me! With love from me, to you
So again, I just want to thank every one of you who has watched, liked, subscribed and supported me through this journey, I couldn’t be more appreciative.
I’m in serious Mexico withdrawal right now as my tan slowly fades away. I’m longing for the beach, the sound of the waves and the nachos that you always get before your entree (strange thing to miss, but seriously – we need to jump on this). So I’ve finally been able to throw together the last two vlogs of my vacation, and I apologize for the length of part 3 but it was too long to put into one single video! These next vlogs are a little more exciting and action-packed than parts 1 and 2 where I basically just chatted your face off and gave you tours of random things (which I still hope you enjoyed), and were filmed with Baz’s GoPro to capture all the underwater and DSLR danger zone shots! (I’ve ruined way too many cameras from a single grain of sand… I’ve definitely learned my lesson) One of the most exciting parts of the whole vacation was the opportunity that my dad and I had to swim with sealions, but unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to bring in my camera since they want you to buy their overpriced pictures (which we did obviously… sealions are so cute), so I’ll post some pics as well after the videos! Enjoy!
After making it out of exam season alive, my family and I set off for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a week of straight relaxation and fun in the sun. I’ve never been to this part of Mexico, and needless to say I would go back in a heartbeat and would definitely recommend PV to anyone looking for a great vacation! And although the local shopping wasn’t your typical mall experience, the flea market off the Malecon was one of the highlights of my trip. I got some amazing things for SO cheap!!! Plus who doesn’t love a little bartering to get the cheapest prices . I’ll definitely do a little “Mexico Haul” in the final Vacay Vlog (not sure how many parts there are going to be… thinking maybe around 4), to show you all my Mexican goodies!! Enjoy! (PS – I totally slacked on a post for the first day vlog, so here they both are!)
I’ve been presented with another amazing opportunity to be apart of a great giveaway to give one lucky subscriber some serious summer beach bag lovin’! This is also a great opportunity for you to check out some channels that you may not have known about, and check out what they do (there’s some amazing girls involved). I honestly wish I could enter this giveaway myself, I’m so jealous of these prizes! They seriously make up the perfect beach bag with all the summer beach essentials you could ever need! Here’s how to win:
2) You can leave ONE COMMENT PER VIDEO stating ”what your dream summer vacation would be”
3) EXTRA ENTRIES: follow me on insty & twitter:
instagram: laurDIY twitter
4) You must be 18 + or have parent’s permission
5) This *IS* an international giveaway- Anyone can enter!
6) This will be open from may 3rd-may 31st 2013!
floral backpack from Brandy Melville
California Flag beach towel from Pac Sun
1 year free subscription to Foam magazine
BKR water bottle in color jelly
jewelry from Rope The Moon
phone case from Wildflower in new aztec cross
assortment of SunBum sunscreen products
Hoola Bronzer by Benefit
Not Your Mothers Sea Salt Spray
$100 gift card to Swell
summer nail polish