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Decoding YouTube Beauty Lingo

The YouTube beauty community is exploding! Women no longer need to fend for themselves for information on all things beauty. Everyday girls like you and I are sharing all they know about everything from 'how to create the perfect winged liner' to 'what to wear on a first date'. But as helpful as these videos are, the verbiage can become confusing. What's a "haul" and how can you spot a "sponsored video"? We've compiled a breakdown of YouTube beauty jargon so you won't be left scratching your head the next time you log on.



A tutorial is pretty self explanatory but on YouTube you will find either "talk-thru" or "voice-over" tutorials. Talk-thru tutorials are typically more in depth explanations and voice-overs are brief instructions between music. If you are a beginner, look for talk-thru's but if you're just looking to be entertained check out the voice-over's.

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Nitra B HaulHaul

It's likely that you'll see pieces from a haul styled in an OOTD. A haul is just a virtual peek inside a YouTuber's shopping bag. It's a great way to become exposed to products you may have missed. Haul's aren't exclusive to beauty products—they feature everything from shoes to books.

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style of the dayOOTD 

Outfit of the Day is like watching your favorite guru play dress up. Find out what she's wearing and how she's styling pieces from her wardrobe. It's easy to get inspiration from OOTD videos if you're ever in a fashion rut!

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Nicole G GiveawayGiveaway

Beauty guru's love to reward their subscribers by giving away makeup and beauty tools. The rules usually involve liking their FaceBook page and being subscribed to their channel then you're automatically entered.

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Sophie Favorites Favorites

Get the latest on what beauty guru's have been reaching for this month. Learn about hot new products or revisited oldies. Favorites are usually recorded monthly, but some like to do a yearly roundups.

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Michelle Phan LancomeSponsored Videos

YouTuber's have maximized their influence by teaming with companies to receive compensation in exchange for reviews. You can find disclaimers in the description box letting you know whether or not the video you are watching has been sponsored.

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Its Judy's LifeVLOG

Vlogs (video blogs) are becoming the new reality show. Hundreds of thousands of people tune into the daily lives of their favorite guru's via YouTube. Everything from the birth of a child to a shopping trip can be apart of a blog. If you enjoy unscripted reality shows you'll enjoy these mini documentaries.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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