Friday, 23 April 2010

XSparkage YouTube Channel Review

I initially came across the XSparkage YouTube Channel, when I was looking for reviews of Urban Decay eyeliners (a little late, since I already owned the eyeliners, but hey!) and I just loved Leesha's style and attitude. She has a brilliant, warm personality for this type of video, and whilst she does cute, simple make up videos (Wearable Wednesdays), she also isn't scared to do the more daring looks, that she has become most popular for doing (now part of Fierce Fridays). 
Leesha's videos are now  my absolute favourite, and I loved her recent [un]wearable make up: Make DON'T's video - that was just genius!
YouTube User NameXsparkage
Making Videos Since: 18 March 2007
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Content and What she does: Similar to Lauren Luke, who I started this blog reviewing, a few weeks ago, Leesha is basically teaching normal girls how to create make up looks, wonderfully complemented by Leesha's cheerful personality. Leesha mainly focuses on eye looks that are bright, bold and often quite daring, in a "I could NEVER pull that off kind of way". However, she also reviews nail varnishes and nail art products, and more recently she has moved into creating looks for people that aren't quite as daring, or need more subtle looks for School and/or Work. 
One of the great things about Leesha's style, is the fact that she is still studying in make up, and as she learns, she passes on her lessons to us, as the viewer. And, she is full of so many useful tips, that I for one would never have thought of.
Set Up: Generally, Leesha is again similar to Lauren Luke, in the sense, that it is pretty much just her and her camera (and the cat, often washing herself on the bed!), as she shows us how to do these looks, by doing them on herself. She often shows us swatches of colours, that are placed on her blog. Lighting wise, Leesha tends to do better than Lauren, who can sometimes look quite washed out from bad lighting. 
Length: Unlike Lauren, Leesha edits her videos quite a lot, filming the tutorial, and then recording the introduction with the final look afterwards, which in a time-saving sense, works well. Her videos are usually between five and ten minutes long, which is just long enough to keep my attention span!!
What makes her so Appealing: Her personality. Leesha comes across a very cheerful person, with a wicked sense of humour. Both traits that are quite appealing, because she never really takes herself too seriously. Leesha has worked for MAC Cosmetics in the past, which is mixed with her love for make up to make a young woman who you just know, knows what she is talking about, and she is full of so much passion and raw talent for what she does, that you know that she has a bright future ahead of her, whether with her YouTube Channel or as a Make Up Artist.


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