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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hello I'm Alive



The weirdest thing happened just now. I'm sitting here, in my hotel room, on a family vacation in Punta Cana, and I got this overwhelming urge to write a blog post. 

Hello my name is Elle Fowler and it has been 10 months since my last post. And I stole the above picture from Blair's Instagram.

I just wanted to chat really, about makeup and life. In the last 10 months I have healed from a broken back, gotten engaged, bought and moved into my first house, started a new company, planned a summer wedding, and gotten a second cat (lol). It's been busy, and wonderful, but what it has not been is productive on the makeup front, and that means both for videos and blogs. 

I think I have been a bit overwhelmed with my "outside of YouTube" life. You guys know that makeup and YouTube stuff was always a hobby first and a job second, and I really struggle with it when I don't feel particularly inspired. Recently I've been a bit bored with it, to be honest. I feel that everyone creates the same videos over and over, and I find that when I am bored with other people's videos it makes me bored with my own. Couple being bored with videos with the fact that my life outside of YouTube has been busy and you get what you have right now... a stagnant "in-between" phase. 

I went to the drugstore the other day and just stood in the makeup aisle in a silent fervent haze and I realized... man, I still LOVE makeup. It gives me butterflies to look at all the new products and then take them home and play with them. I love researching them and swatching the colors and textures, always convinced that I will find something better than the last, always convinced something new will be a future holy grail of mine. "What if this is the foundation I wear on my wedding day and I don't even know it yet?!" Skincare is the same, and body products too; all of it makes me genuinely happy. The promise of a new result, the rush of giddiness trying it for the first time, it's the best. 

I'll tell you this - when I spend time and happiness creating a video full of stuff I love (like a favorites video) and then every single comment talks about the video being sponsored (when it's not) it really just kinda kicks that happy bubble of a feeling. It pokes the bubble. The bubble is poked, it bursts, and then I'm sitting there like... ok hmm wait where is that happy bubble? Hello... bubble. Come back. 

It makes me want to buy products and play with them and keep the happy bubble to myself. 

I'm not even complaining really, I think it's the community as a whole. The YouTube beauty community is not what it once was in terms of feeling like a community. Right now it feels like a bunch of skeptics watching a bunch of girls try to convince people to buy something they are being paid to sell. It's just turned into something weird, all around. 

But then there's me. I've been around the beauty community since the beginning, since before most people who watch it today were watching, and I'm still here loving on the same things I loved on then. I'm 8 years older, and in a much different place in my life, and I still get the exact same feeling when I walk into a makeup aisle. 

So where does that leave me? 

I'm not even really sure. I'm not saying bye to YouTube, my channel is my baby... but I'm in a weird place right now. Maybe I'll start blogging? There are certain blogs that still give me that feeling of community that a YouTube channel doesn't anymore. I would love to create that here. 

I guess I would just love to hear your thoughts on all of it, whatever they are. Feel free to leave comments :)

-Elle

65 comments:

  1. I feel the same way. I tend to just skip over reading the comments. I started watching YouTube as a middle schooler and now I'm graduating college! Blogging connects people on a different level than videos and I love it!

    https://emilyrobbb.wordpress.com/

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  2. Hi Elle I've been watching your videos from almost the beginning and I've really learned and been inspired by what you do. There has always been a genuine feeling about your videos that keeps me watching (plus I love you taste). So I definitely understand where you are coming from but I hope you end up getting reinspired! I appreciate your work! Thank you.

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  3. Elle ! This post is so honest & open ! Well done for writing it and putting your feelings out there :) I feel that we're all at our creative best when we're happy & enjoying what we do

    You write really well so maybe blogging is what you'll transition too ? there is a lot of positivity & love out there towards you, I hope you find what you're looking for xx

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  4. Hey Elle,

    I've watched pretty much every video you've ever put out from the beginning, but I don't really comment... ever. Probably because of the weirdness you described in the YouTube community. You should obviously always do what makes you happy, that's rule number one. If other people are making you feel weird... they need to go away. Maybe you can turn comments off for a while, if you can't resist reading them and they bum you out. Just an idea. You've gone through so many incredible life events while on YouTube. Change is the only constant! :) Looks like the commenters on this blog at least are supportive :)

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  5. Please don't stop making videos!!! You are my favorite!
    Maybe colaborations will help?
    Love you!

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  6. Hi Elle!
    I totally understand what you're saying. I can tell in your videos that you're being yourself and loving what you do but getting that hate hurts, so I don't blame you for wanting to step away. I would read your blog posts! But I also love your videos.
    Can I also just say, that your Glitteratures were amazing and I hope you still consider making them!
    I will follow whatever you choose to do :)

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  7. Please don't stop making videos, you're my favorite and I talk about you to my mom as if you were a friend. Somebody said turning of the comments for a while would be a good idea and I agree. Sometimes haters hate just for the sake of hating but you have loyal subscribers that love everything you do :) hope you can come up with new and unique content as well. Xoxo

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  8. Hi Elle, I'm the same as many of the lovely ladies commenting here - I've been watching from the beginning but these days I don't comment much on beauty related videos because the community just isn't the same. I agree with everything you're saying here. What if you just uploaded videos here, to your blog, instead? By avoiding YouTube and uploading directly to a platform of your own you'll be creating your own community where you have more control and where you know the viewers are genuinely interested. All the best Elle, I'll be following along with all of your future endeavours regardless :) <3

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    1. P.S. I don't know why it's posting as "blank so there" instead of as my account lol lol.

      From Roya Eve xx

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  9. Totally understand and would support your decision 100%, whatever it is!

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  10. I can't describe my joy at seeing you post a blog post! The hate I see in comments leaves me feeling sad. I'm on a new mission to leave a comment on every video I watch (a positive comment obviously). You're such an expressive person that when you make a video about something you love it shines through - I'm happy to wait for that. Hope you're enjoying your time with your family!

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  11. Deff keep blogging :) I recently started a travel blog as a Canadian who moved to Hawaii and it is therapeutic to write! I love reading your posts! You should try and post more often if you can! I love how passionate you are :)

    expandingme.co

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  12. Hi Elle! I've been watching your videos religiously since my freshman year 2009 so I feel the need, the urge and the right to say it like it is.

    I think your biggest problem and also the main reason why you tend to get so much hate is your inconsistency. I know you are aware of this, but you have started so many projects (Vlogmas etc.) which failed. So people lost trust and became demanding, which is normal. (Most recently the moving vlogs which you kept announcing and then put up one and disappeared).

    Also, the "job" title. It started as a hobby, yes. But you turned it into a job. Work that you are paid for is JOB. So if you agreed to being paid for your videos by Youtube, product companies etc. you should consider it a job. And do it properly.
    Not to mention that
    A) you wouldn't have half of your possessions if it weren't for your viewers, regardless of your family's financial stability
    B) you would have a hobby that would cost you money, as opposed to one that brings you money.

    Furthermore, as the beauty community on YT grows, people have a larger selection of gurus to watch. And there are MANY MANY gurus that consider this a full time job and deliver videos consistently and put VERY much work into them and it is only normal that your subscribers have seen them and expect the same from you.

    YouTube is not what it once was. If you can't keep up, step away. (Not saying YOU should step away, just saying in general.)

    There is a staggering amount of hate in the comments in general, but you are 27 (almost 28) years old. You should know yourself and not let a couple of teens get to you. You do you. This is your life and your channel. If you want to make 25 Favorites videos a year-make them. But don't make one every 4 months and expect people to die of happiness.

    Remember that when you pull away because of the haters, you also pull away from your loyal subscribers that got you where you are in life/youtube, and you should appreciate us and show us love regardless of the haters.

    Disappearing solves nothing. Ask your subscribers what they wanna see from you and make that content!

    DON'T LOSE HOPE. WE HAVEN'T.
    But we also can't hold on forever if you keep bailing out on us :/


    LOVE
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  13. I think blogging would be a great in between for you because we all miss your content! Your videos were amazing but if you don't feel like they're right for you any more then I'd love to see more blog posts. I especially miss your home decor stuff - they were my favourites. I would love to see a few posts on how you've styled the new home!

    Love & hugs,
    Lucy xoxo
    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Elle I got all excited seeing your post popping up on my feed <3 Was wondering where you have been youtube and blogging-wise but this explains it all :) I totally agree about YouTube. It used to be such a healthy community where people support it each other and was a really nice place for me to go to everyday as a viewer - but now it has turned into something completely different and really weird. I think the blogging community is definitely a friendlier, better alternative especially since your posts are always beautifully written :) I hope everything is going well outside social media though and hope you will come back to blogging/ doing videos more often once other things in life have calmed down a bit! <3

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

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  15. Hi Elle!
    I've been watching your videos ever since you did the Twilight-inspired makeup series. When you post videos it feels like I'm catching up with an old friend and it's amazing. It doesn't matter if it's a candle haul, a makeup tutorial, a favourites video or a plan with me video. I love it all. Unfortunately, like you're saying, I too feel like the community has changed and it's sad. However, I want you to know that there are people out there that love your videos and we support you with all our heart - 'cause you're like our friend and we love you and your lovely personality. Whatever you feel like you want to do, I will always support you. Much love from Sweden!

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  16. Elle!

    First of all, your favorites videos and make up hauls are some of my favorite things ever! Secondly, you write extremely well. Of blogging is something you're considering pursuing, know you have natural ability and your fanbase will follow.

    Best of luck!

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  17. Girl I hve watched you from the beginning and I was just thinking how much I missed your videos!!! I totally understand the phase you're in. Jeez... after watching for so long it's like I am right there in the room with you sipping on coffee! No matter what you choose, I will follow!!

    Www.facebook.com/TheRendomChronicles

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  18. Girl I hve watched you from the beginning and I was just thinking how much I missed your videos!!! I totally understand the phase you're in. Jeez... after watching for so long it's like I am right there in the room with you sipping on coffee! No matter what you choose, I will follow!!

    Www.facebook.com/TheRendomChronicles

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  19. Hi Elle,
    I get what you mean by this feeling of the community not being the same. When seen from the outside, as if all the girls did was to sell products. However, I have come across some channels of "smaller" youtubers that do feel like the good old times. Instead of always buying, I've actually seen some people trying to diminish their collections (speaking of which I would love to see if you did any more decluterring videos) and trying to pan their products (pan that palette, finish 5 by 5 de mayo, finish 6 by spring and such). If you'd like to see what I'm talking about and perhaps get some new inspiration, my particular favorites are Amber F and elle s. To put it into the words of Wendy Williams, you are like a friend in my head. Even though we've never spoken. I hope you get over this soon. I love your videos. And have the most beautiful and stress free wedding. :) (Leesha from xsparkage has a tip or two about that)

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  20. Start blogging and turn off comments!! I don't know why people like to comment anyways (lol bc I'm doing it right now)

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  21. Hi Elle! It would be lovely to hear from you here at your blog!!!! I love the idea. And as you say- haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate.

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  22. Hey Elle!
    I've been a subscriber since I saw a video of yours on an app and it led me to the beauty community 6 years ago, i love watching your videos whenever I need a pick up because you're vibe is just so happy and positive and uplifting, you have taught me everything I know about makeup! And I've accumulated a huge collection as a result lol

    Maybe try daily or weekly vlogging? Get out of the whole "makeup expectations/sponsorships" and once you see the genuine comments and people seeing that you're doing it for enjoyment then maybe you'll get some inspiration back!!
    Or do a series on wedding planning or how you run your sticker shop! Or maybe ever a decorating series of your house! Like organizing your collection and your closet and stuff like that! & how you chose colour schemes.

    I love seeing stuff in my subscription box from you, regardless of what it is!! I can't wait to see what your next inspiration brings, just remember that your loyal subscribers who don't care about sponsors & stuff cause we know it's your job and it's always your genuine opinion and we still love it.

    Have an amazing trip with your family, you deserve it!!
    Love kelsey

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  23. I've followed since the Twilight series (2008?), and I know what you mean about the "community" feeling back then. It's definitely a different world now, and most of the popular YouTubers have a full-on production in their videos. No more sitting in your bedroom and filming from your laptop--at least not if you are going to "make it" on YouTube. There are upsides to the changes, of course, but plenty of downsides, too.

    As far as your personal channels, I've noticed that for quite awhile, you've been in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. When you do post videos on the makeup channel, you're criticized for being boring, sponsored, and bragging. When you don't post, you're criticized for not doing enough for the makeup fans/doing too much of your other content, and people claim that you owe them your time or you're not doing your job correctly. I wouldn't want to deal with it either!

    Yes, it was a hobby that you turned into a job. And yes, there are many people who treat YT as a full-time job and who put out weekly videos. But you're also allowed to change your job at any time. No one would complain if you went from being an accountant to being a marketing director, and opening an online store instead of posting videos about makeup is no different. You don't owe your viewers anything but gratitude. You don't need our permission to make decisions about the work you want to do. Sure, you won't be able to have a career from social media without followers, so being open to our input is important. But that doesn't mean we control your life online or your personal life. If people don't like what you're doing there are literally hundreds of other people they can follow.

    Maybe you could consolidate some of your projects, and viewers can pick and choose which videos to watch on one channel. Or post things here on your blog, which seems to attract fewer immature critics. Whatever you decide, you have the right to be passionate about it and post what and when you want! That's the privilege that comes with being self-employed in social media.

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  24. Hi Elle:
    I think it's a good idea right now to stick to blog posts, maybe not forever but right now. Don't get me wrong I love your youtube channel, but lets face it, you haven't posted a lot lately and I understand why.

    I'm tired of my beauty guru subscriptions, it's the same thing over and over. I hate the ad videos that some of them do, praising second rate products. I have no time for the comments section because I can't tolerate childish responses.

    I've been watching your videos since nearly the beginning, so I too am getting older. It doesn't mean that I don't love makeup and candles anymore because I do, but I find myself preferring home decor videos and other different content. (By the way still waiting on your home tour video lol)

    I think what it means is that were growing up, and I would say a lot of late 20 somethings and early 30 somethings are feeling the same way. Without noticing you seem to broaden your horizons and enjoy other hobbies. It doesn't mean that your different or that you don't love your old hobbies and taste, your just maturing.

    It's scary and exciting getting older and personally I"m glad were doing it together lol

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  25. Hi Elle!

    I love that this blog post popped up in my e-mail today! As someone who is your age, has been following you since almost the beginning (I even met you and Blair at one of your random Atlanta mall get togethers in the food court!) and has had her own blog for many years, here are my thoughts:

    You've been doing YouTube for a LONG time - longer than most people our age have held their first job out of college and longer than some romantic relationships last even! That's impressive!

    Having said that, don't force it. Keep your channels because you and your fans will want to watch your old videos from time to time. Plus, there might be times when you are inspired to make a new beauty video! But if that time doesn't come, that's okay too.

    Go pursue what you are passionate about - your sticker channel, blogging, starting a family, being an online beauty editor for a magazine. There are so many other passion projects you can pursue that still involve makeup (and probably won't have the backlash a YouTube video can have!)

    I love your videos, but I don't think you owe the YouTube community anything if this isn't your passion anymore. That will just come across in the quality and quantity of your videos. It's your life. Go do you, Elle! It's a way to ensure that your happiness bubble never bursts!

    Alec @ www.popfitlife.com

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  26. Elle, I really love your videos and just looking your cheerful face makes me happy. Please don't quit making videos. reading blog is also cool but it can never replace the videos. You are the only youtube girl that I can connect actually. I actually love your interior decorating videos that's what inspired me to decorate my own space and I thank you lot for that. You inspire me and made my life colorful, I learned lots from you Elle. Love you lots. <3

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  27. My thoughts: I really love your honesty in this post and LOVED the "Ins and Outs" post! I agree that the YouTube beauty community has changed. I personally now only really enjoying watching vlogs instead... It is fun when people take us on their real daily lives and experiences without the production value and undercurrent of sponsorship! I also loved seeing your snapchat stories and Vlogmas videos for this reason and those have always been my most favorite thing (please don't stop Vlogmas! lol) but otherwise I would be totally excited to read any blog posts you post ( you could even do "favorites" posted in a blog instead of a video!) and will still be around for whatever comes next :) Thanks for opening up about your thoughts and asking about ours!!

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  28. Please don't stop making content! Anything you make Ill watch/read/listen. I've been watching and reading your posts since I was a wee middle schooler and now I am graduating university! I understand the hate getting you down, because it makes me sad too! I actually complain about it to my boyfriend, lol. But don't stop because it'll feel like I am losing a friend, and I think the ladies here agree!

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  29. I love your blog posts and videos. I'd love to see more glitteratures. Maybe get some ideas for new content from viewers and see what inspires you. What are you into? What makes you excited is what you should focus your videos on. Love and kissess

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  30. I love reading blogs, it's like getting a letter or email from an old friend. And when blogging you get to keep so much more to yourself than when you vlog. Bring back the vlog Elle, maybe some catch up blogs on your home and wedding would be fun ��

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  31. So glad you're back! I used to love watching YouTube and reading a millionm beauty blogs but completely agree with you about how sponsored and contrived everything has become. As long as you keep writing about what interests you and what makes you happy, then your readers will follow! xx

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  32. Hi Elle,

    I would love for you to start blogging more and I think a lifestyle blog would be fun! Perhaps you could share beauty tips, outfit ideas, home decor inspo, travel, recipes, etc. I look forward to seeing where you go with blogging. If you have time please check out my blog www.simplymars.com. xoxo

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  33. To be completely honest, I'm getting bored with YouTube myself. I keep waiting for an original channel to come up but it's all pretty much the same thing. Someone sees someone do something so they do it to. The term "monkey see monkey do" comes to mind. I would rather someone put up something that they're happy with and excited about than putting out a video just to put one out ya know? I'm like that with my blog posts. I don't just blog to get a post out. If I don't have anything to say, I don't post lol. I'm not going to clog up my blog with bs. I do enjoy reading your blogs though. So keep doing that lol.

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  34. To be completely honest, I'm getting bored with YouTube myself. I keep waiting for an original channel to come up but it's all pretty much the same thing. Someone sees someone do something so they do it to. The term "monkey see monkey do" comes to mind. I would rather someone put up something that they're happy with and excited about than putting out a video just to put one out ya know? I'm like that with my blog posts. I don't just blog to get a post out. If I don't have anything to say, I don't post lol. I'm not going to clog up my blog with bs. I do enjoy reading your blogs though. So keep doing that lol.

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  35. So excited to see you are getting back into blogging! It has recently become something I not only enjoying following others, but have recently started to do so myself! XO http://notheidiho.blogspot.com

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  36. I totally agree, sometimes with all the hustle and bustle it's hard to watch all my fav. youtubers. I've been watching your and others vids since summer 2008, and there's something about the interaction that is amazing. However; I support you and will read your blog posts if you decide you want to switch over. That's how I discovered more now well known youtubers who didn't have much of a following. With getting older it's harder to keep up with all the videos, I feel like I've transferred to watching vlogs that are family oriented, or about people moving, switching homes, budgeting etc so that I can learn from others. I'm 22 now, and so my mindset and interests have switched, but I love makeup and skincare as well as favourites videos since they sum things up. I also enjoy stories videos they are always fun, and a learning experience. Plus blog posts are more user friendly since when you feel like it you can write, even if it's just once a month. Thanks for sharing all that you have in the past years, I seen your growth: you were one of the first authors, people involved in talk shows, creating your business. It is so inspiring, and you helped me learn so much. You opened my eyes as to how much can change in just a year, and your strength is admirable. Keep smiling, with love from Canada

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  37. I love hearing from you on any front, but reading blogs is definitely one of my favorite ways to hear from someone. Can't wait to read more from you!

    www.youarebeaut.blogspot.com

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  38. Hi Elle, did you pick a winner for June Bloom?

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  39. Yaaay you're back. I'm glad you're not stopping YouTube permanently, because I like your pretty, girly voice (not in a weird way) & happy personality. But I definitely have started to prefer reading blogs than watching videos, so I'm really excited you're starting this up again!

    xo

    www.hellomoonies.com

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  40. Hi Elle. I felt the same way about YouTube its not the same as it once was,people (not you Elle) want to be famous from it ahh no it's takes alot of hard work that's what these younger views don't understand. haters on the other hand i have not got a clue there stuck in there moms basment typing late at night oh if o i write a hater comment its ok no one will see it (ah dugh) Don't worry your loyal subscribers are here if you need us.take as much time as you need not to long though enjoy your va ca with your family and with Alex to πŸ˜‰. ok back to what I was saying I have been watching your videos since the beginning of YouTube and your still the same other YouTube's have change not for the better. There is this one youtuber that i have stoped watching because I cringe everytime I watch. When I watch your videos it's like mellow a breath of freash air from the ocean. Keep up the amazing work Elle I will be here for weather it's on your blog YouTube were ever your going to be i will be there xx love from across the world in rainy England I love rainy days x bye for now Elle. X meawh πŸ˜™πŸŒžπŸ’–πŸ‘πŸŒ΄

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  41. Honestly Elle, you shouldn't be surprised that everyone questions if it's sponsored since there was a really long period of time that you were doing mostly or only sponsored videos, and not only that, not being honest about it. You are guilty of what you are saying YouTube turned into, and you and your sister were practically pioneers of it. I'm not saying that you can't or haven't changed, but it takes a long time to rebuild trust and you have to accept that reality based on your history.

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  42. Hi Elle!

    I feel so bad that you've lost some spirit for YouTube! No matter what, throughout all the trolls and haters, you have a REAL following. People like me (and those who've commented above) that love all your content. No matter where, and no matter what kind of content it is!

    I've been following you since I saw your vlogs when you were in New York at Seventeen magazine! The first video I ever saw was when you talked about the MAC Naked Honey Perfume (which I drove right the mall to smell, and ended up buying. *tear* RIP Naked Honey!)

    I actually feel like I owe a lot of my life development to you and your videos. I had never heard about LUSH until I saw your videos. Later on, I ended up working for them for 4 years. Being welcomed into the world of makeup has changed me for the better.

    If you need time, we understand. We miss you on YouTube, but at the end of the day, you can only be spread so thin before getting a little burned out.

    Congratulations on your wedding! Looking forward to more blogs, vlogs, videos, tweet, and instagrams.. Whenever you feel up to it!

    Melissa.

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  43. Yayyy! I'm so happy you started blogging! But I really miss your videos too cause I love your personality and it's so unique. I completely understand with what you mean about youtube though, I'd still be sad if you ever considered to fully stop.
    I remember I first start watching you 6 years ago (wow), and I went on vacation to Cape Cod and every time I walked into the drugstore, I would point at a product and be like, Elle said this was really good and then buy it. I still do that with what you say you like :)

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  44. Hi Elle!

    I am really excited about you blogging again. I completely agree, the Youtube has changed. I have always loved reading blogs and I think that this would be a more 'healthy' platform for you right now. I hate reading the comments on your channel because the majority of them are so mean towards you.

    I have enjoyed watching your planner channel. I feel like people forget that you have a life outside of Youtube and watching your plan with me videos really show how busy you are. I think that you should do what makes you the happiest, because after all your happiness comes first.

    On a side note, I'm really looking forward to seeing your wedding videos/blog posts/plan with me's. I got married July 2015 and I'm still obsessed with everything weddings! I truly hope that you will feel comfortable enough to share more insight on your magical, special day with us as the date approaches. But, I understand if you don't want to because of negatively. I can only imagine how hard it is to be judged on everything you do.

    Anyway.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog posts!

    Rachel

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  45. I've loved your channel for years, but tis hard reading the comment section as a fan and seeing people spread hate for no reason. The comment section used to a place of support and I miss that community feeling. Anyway I hope you continuing doing what makes you happy, even if that means completely slowing down on youtube.

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  46. Hey girl, I totally understand how you feel. I've been watching beauty videos for about 4 years now, and the community as a whole has changed a lot. I think paid ads, etc. have gotten in the way of what it should really be about: sharing makeup tips and just having a good time. I'd love to see more vlogs perhaps or maybe some general lifestyle videos. I think you can make your channel whatever you want it to be! You're a lovely writer as well, so if you're more passionate about blogging, there's nothing bad about transitioning to a new field of creativity. You do you!

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  47. Elle!
    I love your honesty, you have always been refreshing when it comes to youtube. I love that you stick to your guns about what you love, like the other comments please do keep the channel and post when you are inspired; there will always be an audience the will happy watch your videos (myself included). With the blogging please do keep writing, I agree with you that the community is nicer and less tainted by negativity. Also will you be continuing with I heart you coffee? I do miss your interior design and lifestyle post, maybe combine them all in one on this blog?

    Anyway keep going whatever avenue you decide, I am loving you sticker channel! So blog it, vlog it or create it, you have and fan/friend in me :)

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  48. Hi Elle,
    Again like most people commenting on here I feel exactly the same way- I started watching you on YT when you started your internship in New York & have been a loyal subscriber since, who never really commented because like most people on here have said, I would feel as though all the negativity was too much! Times are changing with YT unfortunately- the high production/editing on videos & repetitive content doesn't inspire me anymore to watch or produce content! Like yourself, starting blogging at 18 & now being 25, getting married also this summer & in a pretty demanding job- I don't know where my place is on the internet anymore & feel like no one will be able to relate to what I have to say. That being said, your content when you post is lovely & I throughly enjoy all the interior design, lifestyle & organisation videos. I love how honest & real you have become so please just keep at it & like the rest, I will always follow :) x


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  49. Hi Elle!

    I love this post, because it completely illustrates YOU. I've been a follower of yours since your college days and have always loved your honesty, uniqueness, and overall genuine self. I have always loved your videos, whether it be a clothing haul, make up review, or singing with your cat lol. Your true fans will be happy with whatever you end up doing, so keep doing what you feel like doing :)

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  50. Hi Elle!
    As others above me have already commented, I think that you know what's best for you, and especially at a busy time in your life, it's important to follow what makes you the happiest at the end of the day. Personally, I prefer reading blog posts - especially your home decor/decluttering posts (I'm doing a massive declutter at the moment myself in preparation for a move). You're a natural writer and you make great videos, and I really appreciate seeing a woman on the internet so willing to be herself and be goofy sometimes - it feels like there's less and less of that lately. Thank you for continuing to post what is important and relevant to you and to so many others on the internet, too - I'm a teacher and am moving in with my boyfriend next month and prefer a low key bar to a loud club most nights, and I frankly feel really out of place on the internet because I'm not 19 and wild anymore. Go for what makes you happy and your followers will, well, follow Best of luck with the wedding and business and the rest of your busy life! :)

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  51. I miss your frequent YouTube videos, but I totally understand how all of the negative responses and skepticism would leave you feeling under-enthused about it. Whatever you choose as your outlet, I'll be there to follow! :D

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  52. You gotta do what you feel productive and happy doing! I'd be so interested in your makeup swatches and review posts and general ramblings, but if you decide to blog about totally new ideas or take up photography I'm down!! Haha.
    But also it seems like you shouldn't even read any comments for like the next 5 videos and just see what kinds of videos you might feel like making without influence from haters. Keep in mind that those mean contenters feel they can demand stuff of you. And they also don't make content. They consume it.
    Xoxo

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  53. You gotta do what you feel productive and happy doing! I'd be so interested in your makeup swatches and review posts and general ramblings, but if you decide to blog about totally new ideas or take up photography I'm down!! Haha.
    But also it seems like you shouldn't even read any comments for like the next 5 videos and just see what kinds of videos you might feel like making without influence from haters. Keep in mind that those mean contenters feel they can demand stuff of you. And they also don't make content. They consume it.
    Xoxo

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  54. I agree with a lot of you postings. To be honest I prefer you writing. You seem more relaxed and honestly your last video seemed like it was done just as a kindness to your viewers like me. Not because you loved it. Give it a shot, see what you like. We'll be here.

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  55. I fell in love with the blogging community in the last year and launch my own blog because I was so inspired. I watched YouTube videos for years but I've gotten away from that recently. There are only a few that I still watch. The YouTube community has definitely changed over the years (I started watching videos regularly in 2010). To me, many channels don't feel authentic anymore. I love the blogging community and those I've connected with so far. Can't wait to see where this blog goes!

    Brittany | thechicette.com

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  56. Love Love Love this blog! It makes me want to start one of my own! what website did you use to create this? Do what ever you need to do to keep your happy bubble:) maybe take a little break from youtube. at least until after the wedding. You will come back feeling refreshed and inspired. Love you Elle!

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  57. I totally agree with what you've said about the beauty community on YouTube. I started watching YouTube videos around the same time you started making them and so I've seen how it's turned into more of a business opportunity for some, rather than a passion.

    I have much the same passion for makeup as you do and those have always been my favourite type of videos of yours! I have been subscribed to your channel for such a long time now every new video is like checking in with an old friend and I think that comes from the authenticity of your material and honesty in your message.

    I hope you find the inspiration you're looking for and I am sure that however long it takes you'll still have tons of support from people like me, sending love from all the way across the pond!

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  58. That article makes me think about every amazing stuff that you do, I now follow you since quite a long times on YT and others and you are incredibly natural & positive. I no longer read the comments underneath your videos because seing so much negativity from others just makes me sad. But girl, like you said on snapchat, YOU DO YOU ! A ton of peoples will be suportive, and sadly others will not but that does not change the fact that your channels are awesome. It is so good, as a viewer, to see you extand your interest. You got me super into planners & stickers, you bring to my attention so many good books, tv shows, products ... You still have a community that stand for you and that always will .
    Girl, thanks for everythings.
    ( I'm sorry about any mistakes, english is not my language)

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  59. Hi Elle, I have been watching your videos since you were in college, and Blair was living at home in Tennessee. I have continued to love both of your channels, and would be sad if you stopped posting any content at all! I feel like this is such an exciting and changing time in your life and it's nice to be able to see through your channel. I barely look at any of the comments on your videos anymore because I find it too frustrating. I understand the disappointment at times if videos are sponsored, but people just do not stop talking about it and insist every video is sponsored when really, they're not that common on your channel. I do wish you would post more in general, but understand why you wouldn't right now. You have just moved houses too and are planning a wedding! also the sticker shop takes up so much of your time. I think that maybe it would help you feel not so.. not inspired, if you didn't restrict the topics you talk about on your channel. Like literally just make videos or blogs about whatever you want. It doesn't have to be beautifully edited, perfect lighting, fit the overall 'theme' of your channel or blog, or fit into a series. It can just be a ramble even. Maybe it would help to not read the comments. People like to whine and complain, especially on the internet... it's unavoidable. Anyway, I really like your writing style so I'd love it if you continued to post here. I also feel like this blog inspires different topics from you that we wouldn't necessarily get to see on your channel. Do what feels natural! you can post every 6 months here and not have to do a re-introduction and explanation for why you haven't posted in awhile, honestly, it's supposed to be an outlet for you, let it be that! ditto with your youtube channel. :)

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  60. Hi Elle, I have been watching your videos since you were in college, and Blair was living at home in Tennessee. I have continued to love both of your channels, and would be sad if you stopped posting any content at all! I feel like this is such an exciting and changing time in your life and it's nice to be able to see through your channel. I barely look at any of the comments on your videos anymore because I find it too frustrating. I understand the disappointment at times if videos are sponsored, but people just do not stop talking about it and insist every video is sponsored when really, they're not that common on your channel. I do wish you would post more in general, but understand why you wouldn't right now. You have just moved houses too and are planning a wedding! also the sticker shop takes up so much of your time. I think that maybe it would help you feel not so.. not inspired, if you didn't restrict the topics you talk about on your channel. Like literally just make videos or blogs about whatever you want. It doesn't have to be beautifully edited, perfect lighting, fit the overall 'theme' of your channel or blog, or fit into a series. It can just be a ramble even. Maybe it would help to not read the comments. People like to whine and complain, especially on the internet... it's unavoidable. Anyway, I really like your writing style so I'd love it if you continued to post here. I also feel like this blog inspires different topics from you that we wouldn't necessarily get to see on your channel. Do what feels natural! you can post every 6 months here and not have to do a re-introduction and explanation for why you haven't posted in awhile, honestly, it's supposed to be an outlet for you, let it be that! ditto with your youtube channel. :)

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  61. Hi Elle, having a family and a baby is not easy. But I know that once you master your daily routine you will be able to be back on track. Your baby needs you now more than ever, just savor those moments. Just like you, I usually will write college papers as a part time job, but had to stopped a couple of years to take care of my baby.

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  62. I wish I could say "Don't worry about the haters" but I know it's not as simple as that. It's frustrating and it's heartbreaking. And I'm sorry :(

    Take heart that there are those of us who have always and will always love and support you. AND the content you decide to put out. Whether it be through videos or blogs, you have an incredibly creative and relatable way of sharing with the world.

    Not only is it understandable that your interests and inspiration may have changed, your audience has likely grown with you. Like me for example. I was a total makeup and fashion junkie and of course gravitated to your videos years and years ago. Now, I am married and although I still have a burning love for makeup ;p I also have a lot of different interests and things going on. Like which faucet I should buy to match the theme of my bathroom. Or the best way to cook and decorate for a dinner party.

    So, I believe that if you are inspired by and decide to share videos or blogs outside of your previous realm, you absolutely will have an audience right there along with you <3 <3 <3
    You're a tough cookie Elle! <3
    Lauren

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