More YouTube Videos… I Vlog Now!

The demonetisation of YouTubers with less than 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours kind of took me by surprise. The pittance I was making off Adsense didn’t even accumulate enough to cash in… Oh well, all is not lost. I am working on getting my channel remonetised and longer videos tend to get longer views. Vlogs were the answer!

I have posted three vlogs so far and I must say, I’m loving putting these together.

And also, I am contradicting myself. WHY? Read this post –> https://fiercepaint.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/5-reasons-why-ill-never-be-a-popular-beauty-youtuber/

So here they are; my three vlogs. Ordered from latest to oldest.

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Another YouTube Video (8th)

It actually includes a dupe I’ve presented on FiercePaint.

Past dupe video;

Dupe 1 (link here)

Dupe 2 (link here)

Dupe 3 (link here)

I used Dupe 3 in the video.

[UPDATE] Dupe 1 and 2 are not on the video because both the dupes are not exactly available at the drugstores in Malaysia anymore. Dupe 1 has been replaced and I am yet to test the new range out. Dupe 2 is a brand that is no longer available here.

5 Reasons Why I’ll Never be a Popular Beauty YouTuber…

…including in Malaysia!

 

I was due for one of these satirical posts… So enjoy!

Fair warning, this one in particular is more honest than it is comical.

Here are 5 reasons I’d never be a popular beauty YouTuber.

 

5. I’ll never have a posting schedule

Look it up, on my channel;

1st video; 3rd Sept 2015

2nd video; 14th Sept 2015

3rd video; 27th April 2016

4th video; 19th July 2016

5th video; 4th May 2017

6th video; 21st June 2017

7th video; 10th August 2017

I am the epitome of a bad YouTuber.

4. I will NEVER film makeup “TUTORIALS”

Think of any conceivable makeup look and I assure you, there’s already a tutorial for it on YouTube.

If there isn’t then you have gone way out of the box and perhaps you should film it and upload it yourself? Even if you did, how many views do you think something that out of the box would get?

The video of my Indian dance makeup does NOT claim to be a tutorial.

Here’s the bottom line, I believe, another makeup tutorial is NOT what YouTube needs.

Then again, people always seem to relentlessly request it. WHY???? Does anyone actually end up wearing those looks regularly??? Who has that kind of time????

There are over 250 THOUSAND results on YouTube for makeup tutorials posted just THIS MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME????!!!!!!!!!!!!

*ok calm down Harivain, you’re not roasting anyone here*

Oh well, I guess I’d never be popular because I am dissing these “tutorials”.

3. I will never act goofy or make self depreciating jokes because it makes me seem “relatable”

I will never put myself in a video and make mistakes that I intentionally leave in or act silly just to seem relatable.

If I am teaching you something on YouTube or reviewing a product, you need visuals with a little bit of instructions. EVERYTHING else is filler. If I want to be goofy and/or stupid I’d just start a comedy or a dramedy (portmanteau of drama and comedy) channel.

The self depreciating jokes is another thing I don’t get. Most of these beauty YouTubers seem to tell their audience to, be strong, believe in yourself, you do you and then they turn around and make themselves seem dumb. And people think that’s funny? I’m sorry, unless it’s intentionally comedic, I see no place for it in my videos! When I say a video of mine is basic AF, it is basic AF. Fact, not humour.

Sorry guys, I guess I am not YouTube “material”.

2. I’ll RARELY talk on camera

I did want to film review videos and post them on YouTube but you’d never hear me speak to the camera. My reviews would not be more than 3 minutes long. It will be a lot like the reviews on my blog. A short description and then right on to the pros and cons.

I’d stick to good old voice overs.

Somehow, people are interested in beauty YouTuber reviews where the actual review is perhaps 2 minutes long and the rest of the video is just them applying makeup and going about their day. Honestly, I am ANNOYED!

On that note, I hate GRWM videos.

*ok, again, calm down Harivain, you’re not roasting anyone here, so calm the eff down*

I guess that would make me less than desirable for YouTube???? Too bad…

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1. I am a guy

Yes, in this day and age, it is Neanderthal to think that men cannot or should not do or wear makeup. I CONCUR!

Here’s my gripe with it. THERE ARE TOO MANY OF US NOW ON YOUTUBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick Starrr, Manny Mua, James Charles, makeupbymichaelfinch, Mac_Daddyy and the list effing goes ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The other problem with it is a situation unique to me. This is real; I don’t think I’d be able to get away with doing what Patrick Star or Manny does on YouTube here in Malaysia. It’s not that it is sad, it is just the best way to get labeled like *finger snap sound effect* that.

Somehow, the society I live in seem to be perplexed by the label “male beauty blogger”. The next label would be sexuality and the next would be gender identity, none of which is relevant to makeup nor is it to me! Doing what these male beauty gurus do would inevitably get me dumped into a category. That would be tragic wouldn’t it, considering I’ve roasted these “people” on my blog before!

Besides, if I don’t have makeup on, I look like the most typical, nondescript guy you may ever see. Which is also perhaps the reason why I get stared at while perusing the makeup aisles at drugstores and Sephora. I get so annoyed that, these days, if I don’t have makeup and an “acceptable” outfit on, I don’t walk into Sephora. The stares and being followed around by beauty assistants are just not worth it. Doing NO BUY 2017 has helped me at least stay away from Sephora.

And of course I can do what they all (male beauty gurus) do! Me and at least a couple thousand men out there….

For me, this is EASY!!!!!! Nothing groundbreaking. Nothing to ride home about.

 

Well, hope you guys enjoyed this.

Thanks for reading!

Lots of love,

Harivain.

All that being said, SUBSCRIBE TO ME ON YOUTUBE!

https://www.youtube.com/user/Hdaran/

Hahaha!*winks*

Disclaimer: I don’t own any of these GIFs. They were either taken from https://giphy.com/ or generated with it. The first one was created using the video from the YouTube channel, Clevver Style and on a show called Beauty Break. I love those women on the show!

Link to the video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9k1sQDoIIw

YouTube Video Version of My Top Post

My latest YouTube video is based on my most viewed post on FiercePaint (at over 12 thousand views!).

My Top 5 Most Affordable Drugstore Makeup Brands in Malaysia (link here).

This has been long in the works and I kept editing it a little bit every now and then. It has finally seen fruition!

So, here’s the video version of it!

Enjoy!

Subscribe to me on YouTube!

Follow me on;

Instagram @harivain

Twitter @Harivaind

Like my Facebook page; FiercePaint

THANKS!

I love you all!!!

Just A Little Goodbye

I do follow other blogs and all I do are dear blogosphere friends of mine (YES, even those that don’t bother replying to comments….. 😛 😛 😛 ).

But I am facing a couple of months of intense work and I don’t know how I am going to be able to keep up with blog reading and catching up with all the wonderful posts you lovely people write.

I have, in the past, been absent for a while but I always knew it wouldn’t be too far along before I eventually caught up. This time around, I really don’t know how long I am going to be away.

However, anticipating this hiatus, I do have posts lined up until the end of September. All will publish automatically so the blog runs even without my supervision.

I do hope you all stay well.

Keep being amazing!

Take care.

Well wishes,

From,

Harivaindaran K. Veeriah

(see you in a couple of months!)

5 Things About Makeup I DON’T Like, That Most People Do!

Watching YouTube videos, after YouTube videos, you’re almost conditioned into liking trends, products and techniques. We can all agree blindly hopping onto a bandwagon just because a YouTuber told us to, is not something we want to do, although we may appreciate the opinion of some. Beauty YouTubers get my eyes rolling, A LOT! I, in fact, have roasted beauty YouTubers in the past (go ahead, read it here and here, laugh).

But YouTube isn’t the demon here. I love YouTube. I love watching makeup videos, I love people caking on foundation and concealers on their face. Watching makeup being blended out with a makeup sponge is my visual therapy. It steadies my heart rate and brings down my stress levels. NO KIDDING!

I digress, anyway, there are certain, universally loved things/trends/products in makeup that make me go……..

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All of these are norms by this point in the beauty industry and…… ummmmm……, you know what, just come along and I’ll explain.

 

These are in no particular order.

 

1. Highlighter

Yes, I DON’T LIKE HIGHLIGHTERS!

No, I am not specifically talking about the blinding trend on YouTube and Instagram these days.

NO, I don’t even like highlighting concealers!!!!

I especially hate it when MUAs go three or four shades lighter to conceal the under-eye area and to highlight! It works on lighter skin tones. On darker skin tone it looks FAKE! I prefer an even skin tone and I try to match the under-eye concealer or go, AT MOST, half a shade lighter. I find that on deeper skin tones, the eyes pop a little more when the under-eyes are not so overtly highlighted.

Alas, when doing stage makeup I can’t step away from it.

So it goes without saying that I also don’t care for shimmery highlighters. I have 2 highlighters both of which I didn’t purchase myself. Everything else is part of a palette in which I actually wanted the other shades in it instead of the highlighter.

I DON’T LIKE HIGHLIGHTERS!!!!!!!

 

2. Holographic anything

Anyone else get a headache with all these holographic packaging and highlighters!

Just me then.

ERGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

NO, I AM NOT KIDDING! This isn’t even the cynical me talking. This is not even satire!

I actually, PHYSICALLY get a headache!!!! It even makes me a little anxious!

NO!!!!!

PASS!!!!

 

3. The phrase “Holy Grail”

If you have one for 10 years, that’s a holy grail.

If it changes every year, please STFU!!!!!!!!!

“HOLY GRAIL” MY FOOT!!!!!!!!!!!

I find it so cliche. Everytime someone says this is my holy grail, it means they discount all possible products available in the market and no ONE person could have had used it all!

I have tried using the phrase and in my head I go, “YOU SOUND STUPID!”

 

4. Waterproof mascara

I know some of you are going……..

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Part of why you don’t really see me reviewing waterproof mascaras, not ones that are hard to remove anyway, is because I don’t like them!!!

If I am using mascara, not a single drop of tear is coming out of my eyeballs nor is sweat coming ANYWHERE close to them!

I don’t cry at weddings because you don’t when you attend Indian weddings. You just laugh and the rest of the time get stressed trying to answer relatives asking about your marriage status (that’s a whole other conversation!!!).

I don’t wear makeup if I know I am going to sweat. ONLY exception being stage makeup! And even then, my waterproof mascaras are ones that come off with just water.

I DON’T LIKE WATERPROOF MASCARAS!

 

5. Online makeup shopping

This fittingly makes me the cavemen of the 21st century.

I have, of course, shopped online before, but every time I did (which you can count with both hands), I get a tiny panic attack after payment! WILL I be the victim of the dreaded product shattered and broken nightmare??!!!!

I have even said this on my blog. I don’t like online shopping and will only condone it when there are no other options! I want to touch, feel, swatch, hold, caress, look, compare, purchase and carry it out of the shop, safely in my hands!!!

If you really are concerned for me, then imagine me doing this.

Image from Tumblr.

NO, not the laughing face, the bitch face!

 

I hope you enjoyed reading!

My Entry for the First Ever NYX Face Awards Malaysia!

So I have decided, I’d give this a shot. A makeup video for the first ever NYX Face Awards Malaysia.

If you don’t know the NYX Face Awards, just YouTube it. You’ll understand immediately.

Top 30 will be picked by judges but the top 15 and top 6 are solely via public voting. So if I do get to the next level, HELPPPPPP MEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess that is all there is to explain.

Here’s my entrance video!

Thanks for watching.

Perhaps I’d make more YouTube videos. Kind of got the hang of editing already.

Let’s Bash Some PR Morons!

I may lose some valuable future PR packages/interactions/money but hey, I gotta do this! I WANT to do this!

I am a beauty blogger in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, a country where beauty influencers aren’t as saturated as it would be in a purchasing powerhouse like the USA. There are also people here that do not even understand the concept of a beauty blog; educated people!

To the best of my knowledge, I am the only male beauty blogger in Malaysia whose blog is predominantly makeup related. So, this small, almost inconspicuous corner on the Internet amounting to this minuscule little blog called FiercePaint, does, surprisingly, get more than its fair share of attention from company PR representatives.

You see, when companies are professional and contact me to offer free products, cash in exchange for a review or something to that likeness, they are zealously welcomed!!! It is when these PR personnel, go above and beyond to do their job that simply pisses me off! Oh the sneaky underhanded maneuvers these blood sucking demonic spawn representatives employ to share in on the little views I get- if only retribution was instant gratification!

(Granted, some people do not put in as much effort as some of us do but get, unduly, more views and followers. YES! I have deliberately digressed to roast “bloggers”. Quotation marked to allow your very own personalised interpretation of these words. Life isn’t fair; I have come to terms with that! That does not mean I have to shut up about it! *eyebrow raise* If you felt heat from this paragraph, well……………)

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Dubious methods some company PR personnel employ, don’t just annoy me, it flat out makes me angry!!! If a company condones such devious techniques then I am going to dissociate myself from them whether or not stakeholders are in the know of such asinine decisions.

 

It has happened before.

And I speak with evidence!

Please spare a few moments to read and examine attached text below.

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Outsource getting more followers? I don’t even get help to take pictures! Everything is self taught!

Even then, this is much less offensive compared to the next one only because this person, or company, or whatever else this particular account represents, has directed it to me.

On to Exhibit B.

Ladies, gentlemen, and every other gender option!

BEHOLD. IDIOCY EPITOMISED!

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You’re not even speaking to me anymore! You are speaking to my readers!!! What am I then? The sideshow freak that no one stops to look at because I’m not weird enough?

Let me also disclose the fact that this is a VERY well reputed company not just in Malaysia but several other countries in ASIA! YES! Safe to say that I HAVE NOT worked with them and WILL NEVER!

Now, I direct this to the person who sat down behind the computer and did this;

Dear homo sapien with the capacity of decision making lower than that of an amoeba,

If you are reading this,

YOU ARE IRREVOCABLY and IRREDEEMABLY DIM-WITTED if you had even the tiniest inkling of hope that this was going to be welcomed!!!

Anyway my rage has fueled but only a post because comments get moderated and there’s this wonderful option called delete and trash!

OR ELSE……………

*cue jaws music*

2 Years of Blogging; A Walk Down Memory Lane

Come 28th February 2017, FiercePaint turns 2!

TWO WHOLE YEARS!

It is surreal that I’ve made it this far.

1st of January 2015, I made a commitment to myself to do something beauty related.

My initial plan was to attend beauty school and learn makeup and hair part time.

But somehow, I didn’t want to limit myself as just a makeup artist.

Besides, I felt that there was little anyone could teach me about makeup that I couldn’t learn myself.

Somewhere along the way, I rediscovered YouTube and beauty blogs.

The light went on.

Something just clicked.

I looked out for options and decided WordPress was more user friendly. As much as Blogger allows very specific customisation, there were some things WordPress could offer me that Blogger could not.

I had to forgo monetising for ease of use.

Superiority of this decision is something I still debate on, but at the moment, in no hurry to resolve.

So…

Unabashed and unapologetic, I share my very first post!

https://fiercepaint.wordpress.com/category/makeup-review/eyes/mascara-review-eye-makeup/silkygirl-lash-prism/

Let me now take this opportunity to THANK ALL OF YOU!

Whether you read carefully or skim to the end to post a comment;

or if you scan through for the specifics that pertain to your interest;

or if you just plain hit the like button on WordPress reader.

Whether you are blogger, a friend of mine, another makeup enthusiast, or just all the random people following me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, NO matter who you are, if you read or follow FiercePaint in the tiniest semblance of that context,

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART,

I SINCERELY THANK YOU…

(of course you may imagine me holding your hand and looking into your eyes in profound gratitude!)

Whenever I come on to WordPress, there are a few things that almost make me feel like I literally got a hug…

…that tiny orange dot on the bell sign on the top right corner;

…whenever I catch a glimpse of my blog header picture;

and;

…as vain, self absorbed, insignificant and inconsequential as this may sound; whenever the Blog Stats climb up to another milestone.

I must applaud the beauty community on the blogosphere that is so unbelievably- yes that’s the word I am using- positive that I have felt nothing but welcomed!

Unlike YouTube trolls.

Speaking of YouTube…

My YouTube channel is doing ok considering the mere four videos I have up.

Published in 14th September 2015, here’s how my second video is doing;

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Well, f**k those 10 a@@h#e$!

And published in 27th April 2016, here’s how my third is doing.

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From Instagram, I offer you revelations;

I tried this beginner hand at “special fx” makeup. Take the quotation marks very seriously!

Some people actually thought this was photoshopped.

And…….

THAT’S A DUDE!

To wrap up…

as bad as everyone seem to think 2016 was, it was perhaps one of the best years of my entire life!!!

Welcome 2017!

I look forward to another sublime year!

PS: I know few people would sit through all that rambling but more than for FiercePaint readers, this post was for me to read and reread an indefinite amount of times.

5 Non Beauty Favourites; Collab With Big is Compatible

First of all let me introduce Lakshmi Praba, author of the beauty blog, Big is Compatible (link here). She is another Indian beauty blogger that I became recently introduced to and lo and behold I found out that we live in the same town!!!!!!! WHAT????? To find another Indian beauty blogger in mainland Penang is phenomenal!

Ok, if you’re scratching your head as to why I am Indian yet I am Malaysian here’s the T.

I am born in Malaysia, so I am Malaysian first and foremost! However, much like how there are Americans of Asian and African descent, we too have Malaysians of different ethnicity! I am of Indian, Tamil descent which means my ancestors are South Indians. But as a citizen, I am Malaysian, hence Malaysian Indian!

So here is Lakshmi!

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You can find her at http://bigiscompatible.blogspot.my/

Drop by her blog, follow her, send her some love and do let her know I sent you!

By the way, she is so so nice, sweet, humble and absolutely amazing to hang out with! We actually met up after talking only a few times on Facebook and had a wonderful time chatting about life, makeup and everything else! She is actually funding education and accommodation for her best friend’s daughter! How wonderful is that! In this day and age to offer such a supporting hand! I bow down to you Lakshmi! We definitely clicked and we are foreseeing many more collaborations to come in the future!!!

If you are reading this, you are amazing love!

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I knew when we met that I wanted to do a collaboration with her. So we decided to do a top 5 non beauty favourites.

Her post link;

http://bigiscompatible.blogspot.my/2016/08/first-collaboration-5-non-beauty.html

This is in no particular order.

1. My hand-painted coffee mug

I was in my teens when FRIENDS was introduced to the world. And seeing those huge mugs that practically cover their faces when they tilt to drink out of was such an organic experience that I have always been on a lookout for a similar looking mug. My quest was roused to insatiable proportions since I started watching reruns of the TV show recently, so roused that I paid MYR 17 for this hand-painted mug. I regret nothing!!!

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These mugs are done by a local company called samaria cutlery and one can find them at samaria.my. PS, this is not sponsored and needless to say I PAID for my mug (purchased from Tesco). The company was founded by Feli Hoo in 2003; that’s over a decade in the business. They have their products in places like Dragon-I, Kenny Rogers and Secret Recipe.

2. Starbucks coffee; Cocoa Cappucino

Say what you want about this rather controversial company, I love being in Starbucks with a cup of coffee and a book. I have for many many years! And I absolutely love being in solitude with what I feel is often a poignant relationship with characters from the book I read at the moment. I don’t do it often but when I do, I try and enjoy my time; I call it my “Me Time”. I have tried several drinks but my absolute favourite coffee of choice from Starbucks is their cocoa cappucino.

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3. Fave book; The Buddha in the Attic

My copy has been lent to my cousin so I’ll post a picture from Goodreads. If you are an avid reader, read this book, I implore you! I was engaged from start to finish!

Image from Goodreads.

Image from Goodreads.

4. Favourite hangout spot; Mish Mash, Muntri Street, Penang

It is perhaps safe to say that this place is, hands down, the best place to get mixed alcoholic beverages in Penang!!! They also cater to tobacco users as I am pretty sure alcohol and tobacco does make for pretty intoxicating combination. They do have a pretty clear separation for the smokers and the non smokers so fret not if tobacco smoke doesn’t sit well with you. Ben Ng, a co-owner and the one who practically runs the place is the nicest, most engaging host I have ever met.

Image from Timeout Penang.

Image from Timeout Penang.

Oh they do have a food menu as well if you do feel peckish and need a little nibble. They serve fusion bar food that incorporate local flavours. The menu is often changed up so do ask the servers and they will be happy to fill you in on their current specialties. If you plan on going on a Friday or Saturday night do call ahead for reservations as they are usually packed. Food is well-prepared and I have yet to be disappointed by any of their offerings. If you stop by Penang, be sure to check this place out (Mish Mash Facebook page; link here). Needless to say this place is not kosher or halal. PS: I am not paid to write about this nor is this a review! 😀

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Two of my best friends enjoying some time together at Mish Mash!

5. My phone; the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

I am in the least, a tech savvy person but I do have a basic requirement for what I want in a phone. What can I say, the phone performs well and I have yet to use it to full potential. I am definitely pro-android!

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Yes, those are my lovely fingers!

I want to sneak in an extra, current favourite song. As much as I have such a love for delicate odissi music, I also happen to enjoy the more cheesy, dance music. And that is NOT a bad thing! I am currently immensely enjoying body rolling to Fifth Harmony’s Work from Home ft Ty Dolla $ign!

Keep body rolling and have fun guys!!!