Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Personality of the Month - The Life of A Social Butterfly

Hey guys!

I would like to introduce you guys to a new series on my blog called Personality of the Month. The internet is blooming with all these humble new coming artists who are greatly talented or come with the intention of making a change and sharing what they have to offer to the world. This is why I would like to share with you guys new talents or outstanding people every single month. After interviewing the talented makeup artist Vithya (VithyaHairandMakeUp), I got a lot of positive responses from you. If you think there is someone I should know about and write about or interview please feel free to contact me or send me an email on undercovermathu@gmail.com.


Now this month, I would like to introduce you to Swarnaa or also known as the girl from The Life of a Social Butterfly. She has recently started making videos on YouTube. There is a lot of youtubers out there but I specifically chose to interview her. This is because she is a very positive person and really stands out with her attitude towards life. Someone who is trying to make a change in the world. Whenever she gets the opportunity to spread awareness about an issue or to help someone via the power of social media, no doubt, she will do it. She has visited orphanages, raised roughly $3000 for charity and is always open to help others.
Swarnaa was born in Sri Lanka but moved to New Zealand at the age of one. At the age of five she then moved with her family to Australia where she lives now. She is currently completing a Bachelor degree in Business and Commerce majoring in marketing.

You can read my interview with her below and get to know her a little bit more. I am glad I had the opportunity to get to know her online and maybe we will meet one day. I have attached her social media handles below so do make sure that you check her out! 


What inspired you to start making vlogs in the first place?

 I have always loved expressing myself and entertaining people. I've tried various platforms until I discovered YouTube. My first video was completely unplanned. I was going through a phase where I loved photography so I had a camera on me while I was at a beach. I thought I would "practice" vlogging just to get a gist of it. While this was happening there was a seagull drowning because it was stuck a bit of fishing and so it wasn't able to fly. I decided to vlog the whole process of helping that sea gull. I went home and edited the footage just for fun. After showing it to a few mates they encouraged me to post the video online.  The response was pretty awesome so I guess that's how my whole channel started . You can watch the video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg5jrTS1Ts8


Do you have a specific goal that you are working towards?

My goal is to live a comfortable and happy life. It doesn't matter what I'm doing I just want myself and my close ones to be happy and healthy. From an ambitious point of view I just want to keep developing and growing my channel. Life is full of surprises so I'm just ready to take up new opportunities and just enrich my life with new experiences. 


 What are your expectations of yourself in your life? How far do you push yourself?

I think each and every person in this world is capable of achieving so much and making a really positive impact in this world. I just want to use the skills, knowledge and experience that I have and use it for a good cause. 

You are a quite positive person. How do you deal with negative energy around you?

I stay positive by practicing all that I do in a positive way. I try to have positive conversations with those around me, read positive things online, complete positive acts of kindness and just spread positivity in every way possible. At the end of the day it's all in our mind. So we need to train our mind to see the positive side of things. Of course I have days or moments when I'm not so positive. It's just about finding something that can make you happy in unhappy situations. My brother keeps me grounded and although he has a disability where he can't talk, just being in his presence makes me forget about all my worries. If not that, editing a video makes me super happy as well. I guess it's finding that person, activity, place, song, food or thing that will make you happy and take your mind away from the negativity. 


Have you experience any hate or negativity from people since you started your vlogs?

Absolutely. When you put yourself out there on a global platform in which people interact with you or your content from behind a screen you are definitely at high risks of hate comments etc. However, my channel is still pretty small therefore I haven't received too much hate but I have here and there. I practice the concept of eliminating whatever is toxic in your life. If something is negative in your life and you have the ability and control to eliminate it then do it. That way you won't focus on it and it won't consume your mind. I think it's important to know the difference between hate comments and constructive criticism. If the comment does not benefit you in any way then pay no attention to it. 

We are both almost grown women working towards something in an industry. We are both from a Tamil background and I noticed that some of your videos are about the Tamil lifestyle. So I am wondering what is the Tamil community like? Are they supportive, do you get specific questions about your videos? 

 A lot of my viewers and supporters are Tamil due to the type of videos I have posted thus far on my channel. They're super supportive and it's just incredible to see support from Tamil people from all around the world. People I have never met in my life, message me telling me how much they enjoy my videos and how they find it so inspiring to see a Tamil girl on YouTube. In regards to the Tamil Uncles and Aunties - they started to know about my channel when my parents featured in a few of my videos. The 'How Not To Bake a Cake in a Tamil Household' video really got my mum famous ahaha and the Tamil Amma and Appa Sing/Dance got my dad famous. A lot of Tamil Uncles and Aunties have expressed their support and told me how much they have enjoyed the videos. I think one of the most common questions I get is how my parents responded when I started a YouTube channel but I've finally answered that in this Q&A ;) 


 {Swarnaa visited an orphanage in Sri Lanka, 2015}

The Life of a Social Butterfly

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelifeofa_SB
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bloggers Fashion Week

Hey guys!


Just following London Fashion Week I got invited to Bloggers Fashion Week. There were so many lovely brands I got introduced to and being there made me realise that this whole blogging thing is actually becoming real for me. I started of writing for a smaller crowd and now there is so many of you. I fully appreciate and grateful for all the support from everyone. I get to meet new fellow bloggers. Being able to also get out and socialise with others is great as bloggers spend a lot of their time working in their office or at home or on the go but most of it is on their own.





The event was in central London at the lovely Provision Studios. 
There ware many lovely brands such as Weleda, The Curl Company, Paul Mitchell, Simply Beautiful, Anne Hank, Kenneth Turner etc. I was very excited to meet people from Weleda as you may have realised I blogged about their skin food product two years ago and I am a big fan of it. I am glad I had the opportunity to speak to them.

In the evening there was also a Bloggers Fashion Show. Tom styled my hair for me and I absolutely loved it! 




I received all of these amazing products and I can't wait to have tried them all out. Once I have used all these products I will blog to you about my experience and review them to you.





                                                                                                   
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MY HAIR ROUTINE// Hair-care Tips




Hey guys!!

Recently a few of you have requested me to do a post on my hair routine. To be honest I would consider myself lucky when it comes to my hair. After you've read this post you will realise how little I do for my hair compared to my skin. I overall don't like using many hair products and like to keep it quite natural. I straighten or curl my hair for a special night out but on normal days my routine goes as far as picking up a brush and brushing my hair lol. I do have top hair tips that I follow though.

Scalp Dryness? Dandruff?
I recently had to wash my hair a lot of times in a row. I have been travelling to various cities in England within one week and I hate not washing my hair and body frequently when I'm somewhere new. However, it comes with a consequence. My scalp became VERY dry. 
Olive oil is your saviour. Heat the oil in a small pan. Brush your hair thoroughly and apply the slightly warm oil onto your scalp and the roots of your hair. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and wash it out of your hair with shampoo in the shower.  It brings back all the moisture to your dry scalp. Do this once a week as long as you need to and your problem is sorted. You may notice some hair shedding but don't worry this is just natural shedding. If you brushed your hair properly before this should not happen anyways.
Dead dry lifeless hair?
After a while my hair just likes to look dead and dry. The best way to bring back life to it is to condition it. The best natural hair conditioner is an EGG. Yes you read right. Use the egg white of an egg and apply it to the dry areas or all of of your hair. Leave it in your hair for 15-20 minutes. MAKE SURE, you wash it out with COLD water. If you use warm water you will end up with scrambled eggs in your hair and I'm not even joking. It has happened to me before. The smell of egg isn't pleasant so you can add a few drops of lemon to your egg white. 

The right Shampoo
I can't stress how important it is to use the right shampoo but most of all to stick to the same shampoo. Just like I stress with skincare products it is important that you do not try out too many things on your scalp. It is very sensitive and using too many different chemicals can lead to irritation which then leads to other things such as a very dry scalp. This can lead to your hair getting greasy very quickly. My all time favourite shampoo is by the Australian shampoo brand Aussie. I have been using this shampoo for years. I sometimes try out the different variations of their shampoos but I won't ever swap the brand. You should really give it a try. I feel like this shampoo is not too strong but neither to weak. It is literally just perfect. Give it a try!

Frizz? 
I would highly recommend the John Frieda anti-frizz hair oil. It definitely works for me. My hair has medium thickness. It's not really thick but neither is it thin. This hair oil works very well for me. 

Volume?
Sometimes my hair looks extremely flat and I would recommend using dry shampoo now and then to bring back some volume.


These are my tips guys. If you do have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or you can tweet or email me. Also make sure you check out my snapchat to stay updated. See ya! xx 



 My scalp right after applying olive oil. It looks moisturised but it also feels a lot better.


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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Blogging and Confidence// Working towards my goals



 

Hey guys!

I thought I would take the time to write about something new today. Brave, Confident, Shy, Smart, Social. There is a lot of ways people describe me and sometimes they really contradict each other. Why? Well there is the person that I am on my blog and then there is me as a friend, sister and daughter. I am not the most confident person, I am actually quite the opposite but for my blog it requires me to bring things across with a lot of confidence. I do not force the confidence it actually happens quite naturally, ever since I started blogging my confidence has had a massive boost. I am less scared to do things, I do them because I want to and I do not worry as much about what people will think about me. A lot of you have asked me recently how I got that confidence.

Confidence
As a blogger you will need confidence. A lot of people start blogging and don't let their close friends and family know about their blog. I was one of them and I understand that it takes a lot of guts to come out and let people know. However, if I did let people know about 5 years ago everything would have been different. My blog would probably have come further but I was way too young to have that kind of confidence. I wish I knew sooner that there is always people out there just like you who will love your blog, even if you don't think so. When I first made a blog post public, I had the most unexpected reactions - in a good way! People that I never really expected to read my blogs came up to me. What you have to realise is that friends and family will be the most supportive people out of all and you need that. Even if they don't read every single blog post they create the exposure for you and will always be there to support you.

Working Towards My Goals

This is something so important to me that it almost takes over my life.. I am a very motivational, determined and driven person when it comes to my blog. How I do it? I have an overall big goal in my mind which is personal to me and I do not share with anyone. However, to get there I have a set of smaller goals that I work towards. Sometimes I am working towards my goals so much that I blank out everything else around me - which I still can't figure out whether it is a good or bad thing.  I have set this to be one of my top priorities. Education, Blogging and Friends and Family are my special priorities everything else is irrelevant right now.

The point of this post? You do not have to become a blogger to do this but you can have priorities. Sit down and think about what is important to you. I think about my future a lot and I do all of this because I know that I want to get somewhere in the future and this is what I am passionate about and they always say - it is best to spend your time doing what you love.




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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Teenage Fangirl of: JUSTIN BIEBER!




Hi guys!


Have you ever seen those little teenage girls at the front row of concerts that scream out of their throat like mad and even cry when they see their idol, love of their life also known as a celebrity. They fangirl over them and believe they are their world and one and only and maybe one day he/she will even marry them. The celebrities life is very important to them. They feel like this person has saved their life or has changed theirs in a good way. You are part of a fanbase - Arianators, Directioners, Beliebers or Monsters. You carry that name as a proud title, you feel like you belong to a group.  - Do you know how long it took me to write that description of a typical fangirl? Less than one minute. There is only one reason for that - I was or well am one of them. That was the extremes of it, that's how 11 year old me was. If you were not a fangirl ever it sounds crazy to you doesn't it? To be entirely honest I am honestly fully proud of it and I am glad that I admired Justin Bieber the way I did. He inspired me in many ways and most people only remember the bad things about him in the past because the media portrayed him in that way. Recently he has been getting good attention from the media and suddenly everyone loves him - I would feel silly if the media had that much control over my opinions of someone. I judged for myself and decided I loved him haha.

The reason for why I'm writing this post?

It is Justin Bieber's birthday!!! Happy Birthday to one of the most inspiring people to me. Just like the past 7 years he won't see this post but he has been an important person of my teenage years and this being my final year of being a teenager I am truly grateful and took time to write about this important part of my life as teenager.


I had the time to make birthday videos for him!! - That's how I learned video editing skills and here I am 5 years later making youtube videos!! 


 Haha oh no rebel me worse a Justin Bieber T-shirt under my school uniform haha I can't laugh at my own silliness.




Was I ever gonna stop wishing him luck...


 Oh no the desperate phase.....7 years later he still doesn't follow me. How sad is my life lol. 
Keep dreaming girl...Remember the song Omaha Mall?!



You see that link in the bio? Yes that's a blog I dedicated to Justin Bieber. That's another set of skills I got. Here I am 7 years later writing on a blog which is growing by the minute. Although I taught myself, or Justin Bieber never even acknowledged or knew about my existence in any way just being an obsessed teenager that loved him made me try these new things such as blogging. 
You dream...you think...you BELIEVE HAHAH. To me it's funny now back in the day I was deep in it. It was of great importance and shaped me as a person. Thank you Justin. ♥ 



                                                                                                      
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