Silly & Serious in Sweden

Silly & Serious in Sweden

Why a blog?

Why not? I know I like reading about other people's ideas and thoughts - whether silly or serious - and also video blogs - aka VLOGS - on YouTube and such. I'm not going to do anything super fabulous here - merely keep a diary of sorts, show you my favorite links, what makes me laugh or what makes me know - the usual stuff. I hope you will enjoy! AND I hope you feel like jumping in an commenting on occasion!

Lauren, Kandee, Michelle and Risa...

Favorite YouTube clips!Posted by Gun Brooke Thu, October 08, 2009 18:23:05
I'm becoming more and more addicted to makeup. Not only to the eyeshadows, mascaras, etc., but also the people who are really GOOD at it and have the kindness of posting brilliant, funny, and cute videos on YouTube for us makeup-guru-wannabes... smiley

The first one I stumbled upon, at least two years ago, I think, was Lauren Luke. She is a young girl (27, if I'm not mistaken) who goes by the handle "panacea81" on YouTube, Twitter etc. She started out at her house, posting videos on how you apply makeup to look like your favorite celebrity. (Leona Lewis, Britney Spears, Lady GaGa etc.)

She's now having a terrific career because of this. She has her own makeup line "By Lauren Luke", sold online and in the Sefora stores, and has just published a book about her way of doing makeup.

Here are a few links in case you're interested in this lovely person!

Lauren's Official Web Site "By Lauren Luke"

Lauren's YouTube Channel "Panacea81"

I follow three other makeup-guru-girls religiously:

Makeup by Risa

Michelle Pham (Ricebunny)

Kandee the makeup artist



My grandson William!

Favorite YouTube clips!Posted by Gun Brooke Sat, March 07, 2009 13:16:25

William is going to be two years old on April 2. He is all about music. Air guitar, singing, and dancing. He's favorite thing is MTV as well as TV commercial jingles. smiley

His parents filmed him when he performed last month, and I have put the clip up on YouTube for you all to see. What a star in the making!

Wonderful Swedish voice

Favorite YouTube clips!Posted by Gun Brooke Sat, March 07, 2009 10:45:31

Another favorite YouTube clip - this one pretty recent. I only found it this morning while searching for something else, and it became an instant fav. I just love all the brilliant, beautiful Swedish voices in the world wide music business. We are a small nation - 9 million people, but we do put our mark on the worl - and the music world especially.

Here is Anna Ternheim, and her song "What Have I Done?"

Here is also a LINK to her official web site.

So if blond Swedish girls with devine, personal voices are your thing - head on over!

Life altering makeup!

Favorite YouTube clips!Posted by Gun Brooke Thu, March 05, 2009 16:25:02

Who would've guessed that make up would change the life of a person so radically!?

I stumbled upon a girl on YouTube, her name is Lauren Luke, but her YouTube handle is Panacea81. She started selling makeup on Ebay to work from home since she's a single mother to a ten year old boy. She had her son when she was sixteen, and life hasn't been easy for her. She was bullied in school because of her weight etc., and she's pretty much been void of self-confidence ever since.

So, here she is, selling makeup via Ebay, posting pictures of her own eyes showing how nice you can apply it. She starts getting questions from buyers how exactly you go about creating such great results and that's when Lauren gets the idea to make a video clip of how she does it, and put it on YouTube.

Soon she starts creating celebrity inspired looks, and when she does Leona Lewis' look from the Bleeding Heart music video - she gets TONS of hits. So far, I think 32 miljon hits, counting all her vids. She's got her own beauty column in The Guardian (she's in Newcastle, UK) and she is launching her own makeup line any day together with an American firm based in New York.

The BBC is doing another special about her and her success, and she's the best YouTuber in the UK, as I understand it.

She's my daughter's age and I think Lauren deserves everything that's happening. She's great fun to watch on YouTube whether you like makeup or not, because she puts her vids up WYSIWYG style (what you see is what you get) - no editing. She talks about her day, her life, and she's not afraid of looking silly or doing something less than perfect. And she's very talented when it comes to putting on makeup - that goes without saying. If you want to get to know Laurean (Panacea81) then click below!


Favorite YouTube clips!Posted by Gun Brooke Wed, February 25, 2009 10:49:38

I have always loved Beyonce and her voice - even if some of her songs have been a bit too "young" - for lack of a better word, for me. A few months ago, her album "I am...Sasha Fierce" came out and something happened. I became a die hard Beyonce fan in my mature age! Who would've guessed? I love both the up tempo Sasha Fierce part of the double CD, as well as the more vulnerable and sensitive "I am..." part. Here is a link to my favorite song (right now - it varies) on the album.

Halo... *dreamy eyed*

Click here to watch/listen to the clip!

What do you think?

You're simply the best!!!

Favorite YouTube clips!Posted by Gun Brooke Tue, February 24, 2009 11:56:06

This clip on YouTube of Jim Carrey serenading Meryl Streep at her AFI tribute show always makes me smile - and be amazed at just how crazy-likable I find Jim - and how I ADORE Meryl.

Favorite qoute in the clip: "You're simply the BEST! Better than all the rest - maybe even HIM!" -- pointing directly at Robert deNiro. smiley