Favourite New Youtuber Finds of 2016

Hey everyone!

Oh my goodness, I just got my Macbook back from repairs. It is working! Finally! And I bought a new keyboard protector, and it feels so amazing to type. And I thought it would be a waste not to just post more things on my blog after being so deprived from it.

I thought one good thing I could make a list of, a new one, is one of my favourite new youtubers. These youtubers are not meant to surpass the ones I’ve always been following, and because they are new to me, doesn’t mean they are new at all, but just to put the new ones I’m following this year, and have fallen in love with, into the spotlight. (Not that they need it.) Oh, and I also wonder if I did start following some this year – a year is both long and incredibly short – but they are definitely youtubers I fell more and more in love with.

I feel like for a lot of these youtubers I’ve jumped on the bandwagon so so late. But I’ve just absolutely fallen in love with them. So, in no particular order:

1. Dodie Clarke, i.e. doddleoddle

Dodie just might be my spirit animal. Her voice is sooo beautiful, and when she is off on her little chats, I feel like grabbing a warm tea and just cozying up on the couch. She is just so relatable as a person to me and I can only wish her so much success on her path to pursuit more music and more happiness.

2. Carrie Hope Fletcher, i.e. ItsWayPastMyBedTime

Okay, I feel so behind the bandwagon for this one. But Carrie is sooo amazing! She’s so articulate and insightful and at the same time so so talented and cheery. She’s another British youtuber who I just fell in love with this year.

3. Alex Rainbird Playlists

And this last one is less of “youtuber” and more of an entire music channel that I’ve just loved. I’ve been collecting songs to create a playlist for my wedding dinner, and a lot of my songs came from Alex Rainbird’s monthly indie playlists. I would just play them while I have a shower, and just note down whenever I fell in love with one – which was honestly extremely difficult because I would love an entire string of them and I’d be like “CRAP I NEED TO LIST THEM ALL DOWN!” But it’s a happy problem.

Anywho, those are the three channels! They also feel like ones that will be staples on my subscribe list. (I usually recycle some yearly so I don’t go overboard with Youtube videos – if you’ve read my blog you’ll know how much Youtube I watch … it’s a proper addiction.)

Well, till next time!

cumuloq ❤

2015 Update: My Top 5 Favourite Female Beauty Youtubers

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Hey everyone,

I know, it’s surprising. I haven’t been blogging for about two months and now I’ve posted six days straight. Maybe consider this my version of Vlogmas – just without video, and less Christmas-related and more of a review of different things this year.

So, on 25 April 2014 I made a list of my favourite female beauty gurus on youtube and I realise that a lot has changed from that list since then. Therefore, I present to you an updated list of the female beauty vloggers I watch and love watching currently:

5. Wengie

Wengie is an Asian beauty vlogger from Australia and she’s most well known for her comparison make-up videos like the one above. I’ve recently moved away from Western foundation as my face base to Asian CC creams and it’s always interesting to see how the formulas are different, so her vids are really informative.

4. Suzie aka HelloOctoberxo

I can’t really remember how I found Suzie, but I really have been watching a lot of her videos because she is really personable and friendly. I’m more of a fan of her make-up videos, like the one above as opposed to her fashion hauls. Her style isn’t really up my alley, but I could watch her make-up tutorials forever. Plus she is so beautiful.

3. Zoe Sugg aka Zoella

Yup, Zoe still stays on my list! I feel like she is a staple, especially when it’s currently Vlogmas and I squeal in the middle of the night whenever I see her new video is out. She’s just so bubbly and every single video is just bottled-up happiness. So yeah, Zoe. I love to watch all her videos really – plus her second channel videos. Actually, I like her second channel videos more for some reason. They’re wonderful to just play in the background while I’m doing other things.

2. Poppy Rawson aka MeMyMouse1

Okay, Poppy is love. Poppy is so much love when it comes to beauty vlogging. I feel like she’s always on-point with all her choices when it comes to technique, make-up brands, camera angles and make-up hauls. Of course, it absolutely helps that she has such flawless skin; every single foundation, highlighter, bronzer and blush just looks amazing on her.

1. Tanya Burr

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Tanya Burr – outside of her makeup tutorials. But if there is one thing that Tanya does amazingly it is to create makeup looks that are just breathtaking and so precise. So I would definitely put her in my number one list for beauty Youtubers.

Again, like last time, if you know anyone like these girls, let me know. Other than that I hope you yourself have discovered some wonderful new vloggers.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

In the Spotlight: This Wild Life

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Hey everyone!

It’s definitely been a while since I’ve posted a TGFYV. But I thought it was apt, after having done the 30 Day Song Challenge, that I share this band that I just found and have been listening to for the past few hours.

They are called This Wild Life and are an acoustic pop-punk duo with Kevin Jordan on vocals and Anthony Del Grosso on guitar. I heard their song from Becca Rose; they were the background music to her makeup tutorial. But I had to stop the tutorial just to look them up. But enough talking, I’ll let you hear how wonderful they are.

and lastly, I thought this song was very apt because it references Easter … but only in words, not theme:

Enjoy your weekend, guys!

cumuloq ❤

Ranking the Songs from Taylor Swift’s Album “1989”

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Hey everyone!

I realise I usually never post anything related to music on Thursdays – even though I have an entire day reserved for it. So today I thought I’d go ahead and rank my favourite songs off of Taylor Swift’s Deluxe Album “1989”. So here they are:

16. Wonderland
15. Wildest Dreams
14. Shake It Off
13. Bad Blood
12. New Romantics
11. How You Get the Girl
10. I Know Places
9. Style
8. Welcome to New York
7. I Wish You Would
6. Out of the Woods
5. Blank Space
4. You Are In Love
3. All You Had to Do Was Stay
2. This Love
1. Clean

“Clean” was kind of an instant favourite. I remember only listening to 10 seconds of it on iTunes and immediately loving it. Click here to listen to Ingrid Michaelson performing a cover of it. ❤

“This Love” kind of slowly crawled its way up as a favourite and took me by surprise. It’s just soothing to listen to on the bus ride at 9pm to my hall dorm. “You Are In Love” is more experimental is better in a quiet room where you can really think of the negative spaces in the song (can negative spaces apply to music? I just did ..)

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

New: “2014 Books Read List”

Hi guys!

Just wanted to let you know that I made a new page on my blog called the 2014 Books Read List which is (as the name suggests) a list of all the books I have currently read so far since the beginning of this year. Check it out! (The link will permanently be on the menu above.)

So, as some of you may have already read in some of my posts such as the 30 Day Book Challenge ones, I have only just continued my journey of reading for pleasure rather than for studies. It’s been a really long time since I’ve felt like an actual bookworm/reader rather than a fraud who just happens to be good at literature and taking a literature degree. I am actually sourcing, now, for books that I want to read rather than have to read.

As you can tell from my reading list thus far then, a lot of the books I’m reading are ones that I have missed out on over the past (probably) six or seven years of not reading for myself instead of others.

What I want to ask from you, my dear followers and readers, is to suggest books for me to read that are must-reads or books that I have probably missed that are amazing over the past few years. I have my own “to-read” list in a little blank book, but it would also be wonderful if you made this list hundreds and thousands of titles longer! I plan to add a “to-read” list next to the “Books Read” list too.

So suggest away!

– cumuloq ❤

The Unconventional Christmas Playlist

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Over the past few years I’ve accumulated a number of Christmas songs on youtube that aren’t very conventional. They’re either acoustic, not traditional, not from their original artist or just not the ones you expect to hear in your local mall or on the radio. Today I’d like to share with you this playlist. And yes, there are two versions of “All I Want For Christmas” – but that’s only because the two versions I’ve got here are so different they can practically be two different songs. Oh, and that’s Chrissy from Against the Current. She’s just awesome.

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1. Christmas Must be Something More – Taylor Swift
2. Next Christmas Eve – Alex Goot
3. On This Winter’s Night – Lady Antebellum
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Colbie Caillat
5. Shake Up Christmas – Train
6. Christmases When You Were Mine – Taylor Swift
7. December Nights – Drew Tabor
8. White Wine in the Sun – Kate Miller-Heidke
9. All I Want For Christmas is You – Dan Henig Ft. Chris DuPont
10. Santa Baby – Megan Nicole
11. Last Christmas – Ariana Grande
12. Winter Wonderland – Jason Mraz
13. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – Kina Grannis and Joseph Vincent
14. All I Want For Christmas is You – Against the Current

I hope these tunes make your Christmas more merry! Or, alternatively, I hope that there is a Christmas song that you can relate to. Maybe traditional Christmases aren’t your thing and you need a song that fits the month but not the moment. 🙂

Till next time,

cumuloq ❤

Weekly Update: Rebecca Black Discovers ‘Saturday’

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It’s Sunday! And I spent most of it asleep, to be honest, ’cause it’s been steady rain outside the entire afternoon. I had a crazy dream where I was riding a skateboarding, following one of my friends who had just learnt to ride a bicycle around the zoo and underwater world. I have no idea why it was so soothing to just keep riding back and forth like idiots. But somehow it occupied a good few hours of my sleep.

I’ve been in a pretty good mood lately. I hope it’ll last throughout this month – actually I think it is because of this month. If you haven’t been having such a great week – though I wouldn’t know why ’cause it’s the weekend currently – or if you’re sad that you have to go to work when you just feel like you’re in a holiday mood, here’s a cute gif of a – is it a lemur? – confused marsupial getting tickled:

Now, let’s get to the weekly (yes, I’m making it weekly instead of fortnightly) favourite videos!

1. Favourite Song of the Week: Saturday by Rebecca Black & Dave Days

I think it’s natural to have preconceived notions that this song should be terrible. But it’s not.

2. Favourite Video of the Week: Buying And Decorating The Christmas Tree | VLOGMAS by MoreZoella

I can’t help it, I have to put this as my favourite at the moment ’cause I’ve been following her Vlogmas ritually – her and Alfie’s and Tanya’s and sometimes Jim’s. They always have something amazing going on and everything in England seems so beautiful during Christmas time. I walk out of my house and all there is is rain and everything is wet.

3. Favourite LP of the Week: Hide N’ Seek – THE GREAT ESCAPE by AntVenom

I’ve seen quite a number of Hide N’ Seek episodes from different Youtube Minecrafters, but none like this. AntVenom definitely takes the cake – and probably a very loaded one cause he seemed way too high during this video.

4. Favourite Trailer of the Week: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Trailer

I may get so much hate for this but I actually love the cast of the new Spider-man than the Tobey Maguire version. So I can’t wait for the sequel. Also, I’m just waiting for his universe to start coinciding with the other Avengers – will that ever happen? I feel so ignorant in this department, so maybe someone can fill me in.

Meanwhile, it is now officially the second week of December! And I can feel my holiday period ending so – no, happy thoughts!

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤