My Favorite Youtubers

Some days I just want to veg out: sit on my butt, eat junk, and watch trashy TV. Except unlike most people, I don’t always enjoy binge watching seasons/series of TV shows (with the exception of Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, or The Big Bang Theory). I am addicted to YouTube videos. Some days I will just search YouTube for a certain thing and after a few clicks and videos, end up in a completely different topic or channel then when I started.

I’ve developed a keen liking to “Beauty Gurus” as they’re called on YouTube. Watching videos of hair styles, makeup looks, makeup and fashion hauls, DIY room decor, etc. I can’t get enough of them!

So let’s get into it!

My Favorite Beauty YouTube Channels:

(These are in no particular order, so PLEASE check them all out! If you like a video, give it a thumbs up, if you really like a channel, subscribe!)

Eleventh Gorgeous:

Eleventhgorgeous (aka – Tracy and Stephanie) was one of the first channels I ever watched and subscribed to on YouTube. They’re funny, and feed off each other. They do “what not to do” videos, which are hilarious, but also do “getting ready with me” videos, hauls, and some other fun videos. The part I like about them is they typically go to stores like Target, H&M, Forever21, even Kmart, vs. Lilly Pulitzer, Free People, Urban Outfitters, etc that can be more expensive then some people prefer.


Rachel’s channel pulls me in with her “getting ready with me” or “getting unready with me” videos. I also love that each month she does a “theme week” where she posts a video every day (vs twice a week), all relating to a certain theme. She’s cute, her style is sensible (she’s a new mom after all), and very down to earth.


Leighann is funny. I love when she’s “hauls” something from Target, because, like everyone else, she ends up getting a ton of stuff she didn’t know she needed or wanted, and usually doesn’t even get the 1 thing she went into Target to get (can you relate?)

Caitlin Bea:

Caitlin might be my favorite YouTuber. I love her style, her decorating, etc. She’s an artist for fun, and makes adorable and skilled stuff. Her makeup is something that I can attempt to emulate. She’s funny, and realistic too. She’s friends with Sarahbelle (below) and I love when they do videos together.


Sarahbelle is amazing. She’s a southern belle, with sass. She has the cutest style that I am SO jealous of, and I want her voluminous hair. She’s hated on a lot around YouTube and Instagram, but that just makes me love her even more. I like watching her hauls of Lilly Pulitzer, etc and get so jealous that I could never own half that stuff, let alone pull it off wearing it.

Aspyn Ovard:

Aspyn’s channel is one that I like to go back and watch old videos from before I was subscribed to her. She has awesome food videos, that are “healthier” than some other options, but still delicious. She’s a horrible cook, like me, so everything she makes I know I can too. She’s cute and funny, and I love her DIYs too.


Kassie knows almost everything there is about makeup. I like watching her Getting Ready With Me videos, and attempting to learn how to put on eyeshadow properly. Her son, Ethan, is adorable, and they do food subscription box unboxing videos together and it’s the cutest thing ever. 


Alisha is a younger YouTuber, but I love her just the same. She has cute style, her vlogs are fun and interactive. She does lots of cute DIY projects, and has a lot of colabs with other YouTubers. If you like her, check out the colabs she’s done and follow those girls too!


Marissa is one of those YouTubers that I wish was my friend in real life. I love getting to watch her change from her old self into the person she is now. I love that she’s discovered Advocare, and now has a healthy lifestyle where she works out (and likes it), and eats following If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM). See her vlog channel down below also. I love all of her videos, regardless of the topic!

Elle Fowler:

Elle, and her sister Blair (not their real names), both have YouTube Channels. Together they have a business that sells cute stuff (makeup bags, phone cases), and they have a couple books out. However, I am very partial to Elle. She’s beautiful, and I feel down to earth. I love her decorating ideas for the holidays, and her book reviews.


Zoella is a YouTuber from across the pond. She has the cutest style, the longest hair, and the sweetest accent. I love her Primark Hauls, and it actually upsets me that I can’t go out and buy the things she gets (Reminds me of Forever 21). She’s starting to “blow up” if you will, with her own book, and it’s awesome to see her videos about anxiety and the social problems she’s had, and how she’s overcome them to get to where she is now.

*Note: A lot of the YouTube Beauty Gurus are changing their channels over to their names, vs the names they started with (e.g.: Aspyn’s channel used to be HauteBrilliance).

My Favorite Lifestyle/Vlog Channels:


The Shaytards are a family that vlogs daily. Shay Carl and his wife have 5 kids, and their vlogs are always humorous. Sometimes Shay can get a little preachy (especially about haters), and there’s a lot of sponsorships being thrown in lately, but still a good channel. I love their kids: Sontard, Princesstard, Babytard, Rocktard, and Brotard. (Not their real names, don’t worry).


The Other Side of EG (as they are formally known). I LOVE Tracy and Stephanie. On this channel they do awesome stuff like taste test those seasonal treats that you’re not sure will be good or not (pumpkin spice oreos, etc). It’s always amusing to watch, and usually they’re spot on.


Marissa has changed so much since I started watching YouTube, and I love her more and more as time goes on. She started as a beauty guru (see that channel above), but has grown into so much more, which I like. She’s began doing much more with healthy lifestyles, dieting, and working out. I LOVE her vlogs more than anything else she does.

Kalyn Nicholson

Kalyn is one of my favorite YouTubers. She does videos on healthy recipes (that are actually healthy), awesome DIYs, both clothing and decorating, she does workout vlogs, and motivation as well.

Jenna Marbles:

Jenna is super popular in the YouTube community, and is expanding. I listen to Hits1 on SiriusXM, and she does a weekly show now about trending music on YouTube. Her dogs, Kermit and Marbles (and she has a new one!) are adorable and I love that she spoils them and “abuses” them. She uploads every Wednesday, and I find myself anticipating her new video each week.


Alyx is weird, inappropriate, honest, and fun. Her videos and guaranteed to make you laugh, and are amusing takes on more serious subjects (and by serious I mean: How to get a guy to notice you… Or, Why I’m the worst roommate). A good quick laugh is guaranteed.

Cambria Joy/BreeLovesVlogs

I have recently stumbled upon Bree’s channels. She’s cute, perky, and one of those that I can put on in the background and listen to her blogs while I clean my room, etc. She’s religious, which is a healthy change from some media these days, but not down your throat about it!

My Favorite Fitness/Health/Food Channels:


Most people by now have heard of blogilates. Cassie is awesome at making quick, but effective workouts. I love that they’re all free to watch. When I’m lazy or only have a few minutes, I pick 1-3 of her videos to do, and by the end I’m sore and sweating. She’s so positive and motivating, which can get excessive so beware!


Kara lives in Upstate NY, so she’s naturally one of my favorites. She’s sponsored by P28 and MTS, but gives really good reviews, and I love watching her daily workout/food blogs. Love seeing that you can eat what you want and still have an awesome figure.

Sarah Fit

I love Sarah’s opinion on what’s worth the money at places like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, places where you can spend a lot of dough if you’re not careful. 

The Domestic Geek:

Love, love love the recipes on here. She does a great job of getting to the nitty gritty quick. Not a lot of fluff. Some of my favorites are the same base (i.e. – mac and cheese), but 3 different ways to change it up! Also, AWESOME smoothie recipes!

So what do you think of these channels? Do you watch a lot of YouTube? Any channels I’m missing out on and need to check out?

My Favorite iPhone Apps

Today I thought I’d share with you my favorite apps that I have on my iPhone/iPad. Ones that I use on a daily (if not hourly) basis, or ones that I love and prefer to others that are similar.


Instagram (a given). I love this because I follow a lot of people that I know, and people that I donScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.25.17 PM‘t know ie – bloggers that I feel like I know, but not in real life, as well as inspiration and motivation for fitness. I also like to follow some clothing boutiques and see their latest clothing choices and outfit inspiration.


Padgram This is an app for the iPad. It has a much more user friendly interface for viewing your InstaScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.34.42 PMgram feed – looks more like a photo collage and you can see roughly 8 pictures at once. There’s a caption for who posted it, and a heart to click to like it. The only thing it’s lacking is you have to click on the photo to make it larger and see the caption. However, the photos are much bigger than the original Instagram app.

Frame Swag I love this app for making collages of my photos. You can choose almost any sort of layout Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.33.54 PMyou want with various numbers of pictures. You can also change the picture shapes from circles, to rounded squares, to squares. Then there’s also options to add effects, and change the background color. This is by far my favorite app to make photo collages.



PEAR Mobile I use this app to pair with my Pear heart rate monitor (see link for more information on theScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.34.07 PM HRM, but I LOVE it in case you were wondering. Comment below if you want a review on the Pear HRM and feedback system). This app (in conjunction with the HRM) allows me to set goals, as well as get instant feedback about my heart rate, so I know how hard I’m working. This is great for endurance because I can speed up or slow down and maintain my heart rate to get my desired results. It also comes with some free and some paid training plans.

Seconds This is a free interval timer. You can set your work interval, rest interval, and the numbScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.34.12 PMer of cycles you want to go through. The free version doesn’t allow you to save intervals, but the paid version does. There’s different templates for timers (HIIT, Circuit, Tabata, Round, Compound, and Empty). The circuit trainer option is awesome because you can add exercises with a certain time for each, set up a rest between intervals, and a rest between sets. When I do “sprint-jogs” or “walk-jogs” I use the round timer. It gives a 10 second warning beep to let you know to prepare for the next round.

C25K Free This app is a free version of the Couch to 5K app. It gives a specific workout (times or disScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.34.31 PMtance to run/walk), and brings you through the entire 8 week program. It has runs programed for 3 days a week, and regardless of your fitness level, it bumps up your progress in a very reasonable way. I like that there’s time and distance goals, so if you don’t have a way to map out your run, you can just run for time (a perfect time to use the Seconds app above!) When you select a workout it also times for you, and lets you know when to walk and when to run.

Nike Training This app is great for ideas for at-home workouts. It uses some equipment (medicScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.34.18 PMine ball, kettle bell, dumbbells) but a lot of the exercises you can do without weight, or improvise (soup cans or water bottles make great hand weights). When I’m in a rut, or bored at the gym, I open this app up and do one of the workouts. It takes the guess work out of me trying to make up my own. You can choose what type of exercise you want to do (cardio, abs, legs), and a level (beginner, intermediate, advanced). Every exercise has a description and video/pictures to explain how to do it properly.

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.34.26 PMPumpup This is another great app for exercise inspiration. You can find and follow friends, there’s a feed where people share pictures for motivation. It’s similar to the Nike app where you choose your fitness goal, and then your level, and it gives you a few workouts to choose from. You choose whether you’re at home, or at the gym, so it knows what equipment you have to use. And you can save workouts that you love, and schedule them onto a calendar and the app reminds you when it’s time to work out.


Pandora Most people have heard of Pandora. I first started using it in college when I was sitting at my Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.26.08 PMcomputer and wanted to listen to music while I studied (Explosions in the Sky in awesome instrumental music). It has progressed with me, and is now my go-to for music regardless of what I’m doing. I love that you can set up playlists based on a song, an artist or a genre. I have TONS of saved playlists and can easily jump between them, or add a new one.

Siriusxm M and I have a Sirius XM subscription that includes online listening. So with this app I can lScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.33.35 PMisten to any Sirius XM station I want (as long as M isn’t listening to it using his app). I don’t always use this, but sometimes I like to listen to Howard Stern, or a talk show that I don’t get in my car (I have the basic XM subscription).



Sleep Cycle This app tracks your sleep. It allows you to select a 30 minute period in which you wishScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.26.26 PM you wake up (ie- you say you want to wake up by 7am, it will say 630-7am). It will then gently wake you up at the most appropriate time during that period. The time when your body is the most awake based on your sleep patterns. It tracks your movements throughout the night also. I like this app when I’m at M’s, especially because he has the Garmin Vivofit that tracks his sleep. It doesn’t work as well at my place because my little dog moves a log during the night that throws it off. 

YouTube I love YouTube. Any time of the day. If I’m bored, if I’m looking for workout ideas, musScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.39.31 PMic, beauty product reviews. Anything. There’s always something to watch. Some of my favorite channels are beauty gurus (countless ones), and people like the Shaytards (a husband and wife who vlog their lives with their 5 children and the rest of their family).

Netflix I like watching shows on Netflix that I can watch on any device and it will remember where I left off. I like that it doesn’t Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.25.52 PMhave ads (achem – Hulu Plus), and there’s typically something that I want to watch – even if it’s reruns of Futurama to help me fall asleep.


ESPN Radio The only time I really use this app is during baseball season. I have a habit of listenScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.35.12 PMing to baseball games while laying in bed/falling asleep. I don’t always enjoy watching baseball games on TV, but listening means I can do something else at the same time, and still keep up. During the playoffs and the World Series are when I really spend time on this app.

TED (Tedtalks) I keep hearing people talk about Audible and how great it is to listen to books while driScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.33.42 PMving, working out, etc. But I actually prefer to watch/listen to Ted Talks, and learn something relevant. I love that the lectures are all relatively short – I usually finish one about the time I’m done with a 30 minute run. And I love that they’re on a vast number of topics where I can always find one that I’m interested in that day. My favorite is learning about new prosthetics that have biomechniacs that allow better movement than a natural limb.

What do you think? What are your favorite apps to use? What awesome apps are out there that I’m missing out on?