Monday, December 29, 2014

Influenster FrostyBox

This was day 11 of Holiday Hodgepodge

Yay, I got another box from Influenster. This one is the Frosty 


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 If you would like me to review any of the products please let 

me know in the comments.

Not sure what Influenster is or would like to get a free box 

check out this video.

Giveaway Unboxing & First Impressions

This was day 10 of Holiday Hodgepodge.

I recently won a giveaway here on Youtube and I wanted to 

show you the makeup that I received. I also decided to give 

you my first impression on all the products by Valtoria.

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To learn more about Blacklock Beauty check out this post.

To see how to purchase Valtoria cosmetics see this video.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ren 1 Minute Facial Review

This was day 9 of Holiday Hodgepodge. 

I let you know what I think of the Ren 1 minute facial and if I think it is work the money.

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Have you tried any Ren skincare before? 

Vlogmas Vlogs

I got really bad at posting my videos up on here towards the end. Sorry. I am posting all the blogs together in this post and each beauty video will get it's own post over the next couple of days.

Day 8- Giving Back

Day 12- Gingerbread Houses

Day 13- Merry Christmas

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hidden Gems - December 2014
Our very first Hidden Gem is Courtney of BlacklockBeauty. If you have been watching me for awhile you’ll know that Courtney is the reason I started watching Youtube way back like five years ago. I wanted to learn how to curl my hair with a curling iron and I came across her video. Five years later I am glad to be able to call her a friend. She has great content and I think there is something for everyone on her channel and blog.

Now let’s let Courtney tell us about herself.

1. When did you start your Youtube channel?

I started my Channel back in 2009 and then I took a long break where I did videos off and on eventually stopping, I'm not sure why, I think it was a few things, negative comments, losing control of my weight, figuring out who I was. I just got back into it the beginning of this year.

2. Why did you start making videos?

I started making videos because my dude, now husband suggested that I make my own channel. When I did it just took off, but that was before I took a long break, now it's coming back, but very slowly now that I'm much different on camera.

3. What is the main focus of your channel?

Mainly Beauty, but I do diet and recipe videos as well as fashion occasionally.

4. What or who inspires you and why?

I don't have one person in particular, I would say the youtubers that have consistently made videos despite negative feedback and have made their channel grow.

5. What would you like people to know about you?

This one is hard to answer. I would like people to know of only great things about me, but I also would like them to come to their own conclusion.

6. What has helped your channel grow the most?

I did a lot of Google advertising and a lot of pinterest posts. What I noticed is that the photos make a big difference, an eye catching photo sells. Photos and video quality.

Where you can find Courtney

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Homemade Caramel Macchiato | Holiday Hodgepodge (Vlogmas) Day 7

This is how I make a caramel macchiato (like Starbucks) at home. It's so simple and super yummy.

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What you need:

Regular coffee
Vanilla flavored coffee
Caramel sauce
Sweetener (Like Splenda)
Half and Half
Whipped cream (optional)

Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think of it.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DIY Seashell Christmas Ornament | Holiday Hodgepodge (Vlogmas) Day 6

This is a really fun easy DIY seashell ornament that would be a great Christmas gift.

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Items you'll need:

Glass ornaments
Festive ribbon
Ultra fine glitter
Small seashells
Tags (This is where you can print them.)
Spoon or scoop
Hole punch

If you make this ornament please send me a pic on Twitter or Instagram.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Santa & Snoap Vlog | Holiday Hodgepodge (Vlogmas) Day 5

In today's Holiday Hodgepodge video I go shopping for some DIY projects and go to a Christmas festival at the Alpine Village. I even get to meet the real Santa Claus and it snows in Southern California!

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Sorry this is up late. I had some literally crazy stuff happen to me. Make sure you follow me on Twitter to stay up to date on what's going on with me. =)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Herbal Essences Haul | Holiday Hodgepodge (Vlogmas) Day 4

I wanted to share the products that I received from Herbal Essences and Klout.

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Products Mentioned:

Herbal Essences Naked Shine Shampoo
Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Conditioner
Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo

Friday, December 5, 2014

‪‎Holiday Hodgepodge‬ (‪‎Vlogmas‬) Day 3: ‪‎Christmas‬ ‪‎Decorating‬

Welcome to Day 3 of Holiday Hodgepodge!!!

Today we decorate my church for Christmas. We had a lot of fun and even had a mini disaster when one of the kids accidentally broke one of the glass candle holders. If you look REALLY closely you can see it in the stop motion section. =)

Do you like decorating for the holidays?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Hodgepodge Day 2: Holiday Glam Tutorial & Collaboration

Welcome to day 2 of Holiday Hodgepodge! In today's video I have created a Holiday Glam look and have also collaborated with Beautify Your Life who made a pretty gold version. Make sure to check out her video too.

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Products used:

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk
MAC Cranberry
MAC All That Glitters
MAC Vanilla
Stila Kitten
MAC FluidLine Dark Envy
Benefit BadGal Lash
MAC PearlMatte Face Powder Veronica's Blush
MAC Lustre Viva Glam VI

Are you enjoying Holiday Hodgepodge?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Hodgepodge Day 1! Thanksgiving Traditions!

Welcome to Day 1 of Holiday Hodgepodge

In today's video we will be taking a look at what I did for Thanksgiving!

What did you do?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Holiday Hodgepodge 2014

I’m doing Holiday Hodgepodge again!! It’s my version of Vlogmas. I created it last year because I wanted to do Vlogmas but I’m not a vlogger and I felt like posting a video everyday would be too much for me. I had successfully done Makeup MAYhem before where you post a video every other day in the month of May. I thought, “Hey! Why not combine the two?” And thus, Holiday Hodgepodge was born!

The way it work is that I post a holiday related video every other day starting December 1st and ending on Christmas day. The videos range from makeup tutorials, DIYs, recipes, gift guides, tags, and some vlogs. 

Here is the playlist from last year. Starting December 1st I will be adding new videos to it. I will also be posting video lists for that week on here. 

I hope you’re as excited as I am!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

I just wanted to wish everyone in the US a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are celebrating with those you love. I want you to know that I am thankful for each and every one of you. I am so blessed to be able to do something I enjoy so much and have your support. Thank you!!

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Blog Series!

Starting in December I am starting a new blog series called Hidden Gem. Every month I will pick a Youtuber/blogger who is one of my favorites that I feel should have more subscribers/followers than they have. I will not be featuring already very established Youtubers. I think I will cap it at 20K subscribers/followers with maybe an exception here and there.

If you have anyone that you think I should check out let me know in the comments below. =)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Favorite Turkey Recipe

I love to cook! If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know this. ;-) I even for a brief time had a cooking channel on Youtube called HBCooks. (I have since deactivated.)

As a cook I always wanted to try cooking a turkey. Everyone always talks about how difficult they are so, I thought it would be a good challenge. A few years ago for Christmas I got my chance. I scoured the Internet looking at dozens of recipes until I found one that I liked. The one I picked was from Alton Brown. He has always been one of my favorite chefs and I have tried several of his recipes before. I knew it would be a good one. 

The thing that really intrigued me was that this particular turkey recipe was that it called for the turkey to be brined. Brining is kind of like a marinade except it is salt based, which locks in the moisture.One of the biggest complaints I had heard about cooking turkey was that they would dry out. This recipe seemed to resolve that issue. 

My turkey turned out SO yummy and juicy! Not dry at all! I have since used this recipe a few more times. Every time it turns out perfect. It’s much easier than I thought too. Yes, it does take some planning and effort before cooking but once it’s in the oven you’re all good.

Here is the link to the recipe on the Food Network site.

Have you ever cooked a turkey? How did it turn out?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Video Flashback - August

Over the next week or so I am going to post the videos I missed posting. Then I think I am going to do monthly posts for each channel at the end of the month. Let me know what you think.


I did not post that many beauty related videos. I think I was having too much fun playing Minecraft.

Surprise Haul from my friend Cheryl!

Friday, November 14, 2014


OMG! Have I really not posted since the end of July? I'm so sorry! I seriously did not realize it had been that long. 

I am a horrible blogger. I have every intention of posting and then somehow it gets pushed aside. I will try harder! 

So, I guess we have a lot to catch up on. I will make separate post for the videos that have been posted over the next week or so. I guess I'll do them by month. 

It's the start of the busy holiday season and I have lots of fun things planned. I hope you'll enjoy them! 

What fun things do you have planned?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Videos Week of June 30th- July 5th

So, this week I only managed to get one video up but it's a good one!!

Current Favorites: June/July 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Videos Week of June 23- 29

I am going to do a new weekly post on the new videos I post each week to my Beauty and Minecraft channel. I hopefully, will be able to keep my blog a little more updated this way. ;-) 


I only posted one video this week and it is an update vlog!


Two new videos this week!

Delusion SMP Ep 03: Glass Shop

Let's Build Minecraft Episode 02: Downstairs Decorating

Don't forget to give each video a thumbs up if you liked it!

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Minecraft Channel!!

So about 2 months ago I started a Minecraft channel on Youtube. I have several types of videos.

Let's Play's Play

These are just regular survival games where I build my own civilization.

Let's Build

These show you how I build and decorate different types of builds.

Survival Games

These are Hunger Games inspired games where you try to be the last person standing.

Delusion SMP

This is my favorite right now. I am playing with a group of people and we are creating a civilization together in survival mode.

I hope you enjoy my new channel. New beauty videos will be up ver very soon!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I Need You!

Guys, I need your help! I would love to reach 1,000 subscribers on my Youtube channel by my birthday in mid-April. You can help me by telling your friends to subscribe to my channel. Tweet them, ask them on Facebook, or even ask them on Instagram. If I reach 1,000 subscribers by my birthday I will do a giveaway!

Thank you so much for your support!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Recent Videos

I have been so sick this first part of the year, and when I haven't been sick I have been really busy. I feel like I have been neglecting my blog and my Youtube channel. I am sorry. 

Here are some of the recent videos I have done. I also started a new weekly series and they are listed here.

Secret New Year Gift Exchange Unboxing

On The Go Touch Up Kit

Running Errands Makeup

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