Sunday, 26 October 2014


So it's been a while and a lot has been happening in the busy world of the YouTube. A LOT. So I thought I'd run through a few recent online going ons since last time we talked..

1) The Pointless Book 
Back in August Alfie Deyes of PointlessBlog annouced that he was releasing his very own interactive book. Not dissimilar to the popular 'Wreck this Journal' each page of the book features a new fun task for you to complete and if you hover your phone camera over certain areas you will be directed to a video of Alfie telling you more about it. Pretty cool right? For a whole 6 weeks after it was released it was top of the UK non-fiction charts. Not bad. 

2) AmityFest
In September tickets went on sale for British 'YouTuber Crew' tour AmityFest. Zoe, Joe, Alfie, Louise, Caspar, Tanya, Jim, Marcus and Niomi have all put together a 3 date tour to give fans a special treat. Expect challenges, tags and from the looks of it, human pyramids. If all goes well it looks like Amity Fest will be taken on a much larger tour in the future. 

3) YouTube Ads
If you hadn't already noticed (how could you not?) YouTube has recently launched a huge advertising campaign bringing some of our favourtie YouTuber's in to the offline spotlight with advertisements featured on TV, on the tube, on interactive billboards. Literally everywhere. Zoella even got a prime-time place in the much sought after X Factor break. So those still saying 'never heard of her' will soon get to know her face pretty damn well.

Ruth Crilly of a Model Reccomends has launched her own Dry Shampoo range featuring 5 different fragrances that promise to feel and appear invisible when worn. They are currently available in Superdrug stores and on

5) Tanya Burr Lashes 
Ever since the launch of her lips gloss and nail varnish launch back in January there has been talk of what beauty products Tanya would release next. Last week Tanya launched her very own eyelashes following in the footsteps of Millie Mackintosh, Katy Perry and Girls Aloud. Ready for the festive season the range features five sets of strip lashes suitable from everyday use to a girls night out and one set of individual lashes. They are available now from Superdrug and

6) Zoella Beauty
And finally, in September the beauty vlogging queen Zoella launched her very own range of beauty products in Superdrug. I mean, you can't move for stumbling across YouTuber products in Superdrug at the moment. The range is Zoe's choice of ultimate pamper products including body mist, fizz bar bath bomb and make up bags (featuring a guinea pig of course!).

So it's all going a million miles per hour for the YouTube gang. Have you got your hands on any of their products yet? What do you think of the ever growing blogger and vlogger culture? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

YouTuber Focus #37 | AmazingPhil

Channel: AmazingPhil
Subscribers: 2,051,734
Most Popular Video: Phil is not on fire 4 
My Recommendation: My Tumblr Tag!

 Phil Lester, aka AmazingPhil, is a 27 year-old London-basedYouTuber and radio presenter best known for being one half of internet and radio duo Dan and Phil, aka PHAN. Obviously their viewers  are 'PHANS' and they are part of  the 'PHANDOM', because that's how the internet works.  Phil was inspired to make his own YouTube videos when he discovered the likes of SMOSH during his college days and with little editing and a less than advanced camera he started his own channel. Phil's videos are classic video blogs with him talking to the camera in his bedroom about anything from listing the things he 'thought that were true that are not true' to the now extremely popular (thanks to Phil) '7 second challenge'. 

Phil then went to university in York and after the death of one of his best friends during his final year Phil was reminded that he needed to take advantage of exciting opportunities rather than shying away from them. After uni Phil soon discovered there was a whole community of YouTubers uploading videos too who inspired him to put even more work in to his videos. Soon after he met  Dan of danisnotonfire, and the rest was history...
 Dan and Phil started living together in Manchester where they filmed more videos together and were given the chance to travel to YouTuber conventions and create radio shows for the BBC. In January 2013 they were giving their own weekly slot on Radio 1 which has more recently featured other popular YouTubers as part of Radio 1's Internet Takeover. Dan and Phil have also recently started their own joint gaming channel quite originally named 'Dan and Phil GAMES'. So it pretty much looks like we'll all be hearing a lot more from Phil and after achieving such success it seems like he is now one of the one's inspiring others to start making their own videos.