Influenster Staycation VoxBox Unboxing

After having Influenster for 2 YEARS, they FINALLY sent me a box. Whenever there is a chance to get a box you will get an e-mail or notification with instructions on what to do. I am not sponsored by Influenster. They sent me these products in exchange for a review. I will provide a brief review of each product that I received.  Check out this video on how you can get free stuff from Influenster.



I tried out each of these products and I like this some far. If you want free stuff,  sign up here.

hair spray

This is one of the items they sent me, it’s for all hair types(even relaxed hair). It made my hair soft and smooth and helped the frizz I get on my ends. The heat makes my hair look like I got electrocuted sometimes. When I roll my hair up, it will be frizzy when I take it down the next morning, when I use this stuff, it helped with the frizz. The company is Eva-NYC and the product is Mane Magic 10 in 1 primer.


This is a moisturizer for your face. It actually smells pretty good. It made my skin soft and started to clear it up since I have a problem with it. You can put it on any part of your body that gets pimples.


These nails are 10xs better than the acrylic nails that require glue. All you have to do is stick them on your nails, hold for a few seconds, and that’s it! And you can peel them right off! You don’t need anything special to take them off. You can even do it yourself or have a friend help you. You can also find these at Walmart and the Dollar Tree ( please note different dollar stores have different things)

shaving stuff

This product is like shaving cream for women! You simply apply some to the area you wanna shave, it’s like a lubricant. It makes it easier to shave your legs or whatever you wanna shave. It even made the area I shaved smooth like a baby’s but.

tooth paste

last but not least, some toothpaste. You can be your own dentist with the product ( I still recommend you visit the dentist) I mean if you cannot visit a dentist at the moment, this toothpaste works as a temporary method. Having anxiety, I do not like the dentist at all and dread going. This toothpaste doesn’t burn, as most brands, I used burned my mouth. I recommend crest products in general. I have been thinking about adding beauty product reviews to my second YouTube channel, however, I wanna see how I like it first. And if I feel like I can commit to it, beauty will be added to my channel. I like having variety because that way viewers will have something else to look out for if they ever get bored with a certain topic.

If you would like to write a proper blog post without grammar/spelling mistakes, get Grammarly, they will spot mistakes that are commonly overlooked. That is an affiliate link which means I will get a percentage of the earnings when you buy Grammarly’s premium version. Don’t worry, you will not have to pay anything extra. I feel this product is related no matter what I am blogging about. Isn’t it awkward seeing so many errors you overlooked? Don’t worry, let Grammarly do the job. If I get any more boxes from Influenster, I will do an unboxing and a brief review.


Throwback To My Trip To Kankakee County

Today is Throwback Thursday, where I look back on older photos that I have taken. This was when I wasn’t serious about photography, however, I made a promise that if I get a chance to travel, I will take photos of everything I can. This blog will have affiliate links, it will not cost you anything extra, I will get a commission when you buy any of the items. They are my own recommendations.

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a photo of the bumper cars

I decided to walk around the festival to take photos and videos, I will have a Google Plus share link since I do not have the business upgrade to upload videos. Please note I cannot afford it at the moment. So if you want to watch the vlog, click on this link

In 2013, I did a summer internship with a lady who braided my hair, I also went to Fox River with her, I have a blog post on that, check it out if you’re interested. The lady I worked with had a side business where she sold her merchandise at these festivals. And I helped her set up her stand and she allowed me to have fun for a bit. Keep in mind went to the festival two different times. Sadly I didn’t have anyone to come with me, it would have been fun to have a buddy.

Festival 2

I would love to go back, I would love to get out and about and be free, maybe when I am blogging full time it could happen. I took these photos on a Samsung Galaxy S3, however that phone is obsolete. If you want to get into travel photography, I recommend a camera and an SD card. I prefer this way because you can pop the SD card into your computer to transfer your photos. I also recommend a computer for photography, period.

I took some more photos while sitting at the both. I kinda like being out at night for some reason, I think its cool, its one of my travel goals, I suppose I met the goal a long time ago! I was out until after midnight. Never been out that late besides my prom night ( I might post a throwback blog on that if you’re up for it.)  Follow my photography on instagram, this is where I post my work. I also have a Facebook page, you can follow me if you want, but I highly recommend Instagram since Facebook makes sure fewer people see your posts. I just want to give you other places where I post my photos.


I like it when the Ferris Wheel lights up at night. I find it pretty neat. 2013 was a good summer, I just wish I had the funds to go places. Living with people who want to sit in the house all day doesn’t help. Not to be rude, I need to be with people who like being out and about. If you would like to buy my work, check out my shop. I am looking for an alternative shop, just because I like to have a backup site in case all goes wrong. I also post my work on Deviantart, so give me a follow on there if you want to.

Flower Photos Of 2018

Rather than posting my flower pics or any other one by one, I decided to put it all in one blog post, like I did with my Stormy Weather Photos. I will run out of names to call the pictures and don’t wanna get repetitive. I prefer to put certain photos in one blog post.


pink flowers edit
My neighbor told me these are PMIs

This flower grew around springtime, around May I think. They wilted pretty fast after growing. My neighbor said they were PMI flowers. I Wish I was a flower expert, to know what flower is what. I feel should know they type flowers I am shooting a photo of. Being in Chicago, the weather changes, a lot, it will be warm one day and chilly the next, and maybe PMI flowers can’t survive in temps lower than a certain amount ( like 70 Degrees Fahrenheit) so that’s my guess on why they wilted, it got cold a few times before Memorial Day.

edited version flower
Taken Back In July

This is a photo of a yellow flower that I took back in July, its one of my best photos yet. I was kinda happy with this photo. I even printed it with an App called Freeprints, it’s an app that prints photos for free ( you pay to ship the photo, but it’s $1.99) I did an unboxing and review of the app. I recommend it if you’re a photographer, its always good to have physical copies of your photos.

white flower edit

I got a close up of a flower that grew in the side drive, my grandpa likes to plant flowers, I’d love to do it someday. It’s pretty fun to take pictures of flowers since nature photography is my thing, I also like to take photos of other things, for fun.

hibiscus flowe edit

This is a Hibiscus Flower, I think my grandpa planted this. It’s pretty cool to see this flower. This photo was edited, but I edit my photos to make them look more clear, I talked about this in The Importance Of Editing Your Photos. I first thought to edit your photos was cheating, but then I saw that it makes your pics look more professional.  It can give you amazing results.

hot pink flowers watermark

I went to the dollar store and saw these hot pinkish flowers. I also printed this photo at my local Walgreens, they print photos for 38 cents a photo. Keep in mind the price varies depending on the size you want. I want to hang my photos in my room, if I am gonna be stuck in my hell of a home, may as well make the best of it, by trying to make my own money and decorate my room.


Saw this flowers at Mariano’s early this summer, and my mom wanted a photo, as always.  I may post photos of the people I was able to shoot. Having a passion but being too broke to fulfill it is not fun. Not fun at all, I’d love to travel and do more travel photography. I like to travel, I feel free when I travel.



Some more flowers from the driveaway.


I won’t be able to take photos once winter hits, I don’t know a single flower that grows in the winter.


The last of the photos for this blog post. If I take anymore before it gets cold, I will make a part 2, but it isn’t likely.

If you would like to buy my work, check out my shop. I also will pin my store photos from my Pinterest account to take you to the photo you may wanna buy.

You can look at my work on my Deviantart profile give it a watch if you like to!

I will post more photos when a gather more, it all depends on when that is. I hope you liked this photos!

Throwback To My Trip To Fox River

Back in 2013, I went to Fox River with a lady who braided my hair. She went there to apply for a vacation house there, and I tagged along. It wasn’t really a “mini getaway” since I was her intern for the summer. But least I had fun. Throwback Thursday will only be temporary, once I run out of things worth blogging about, then I will be down to 3xs a week.


I do have a vlog, it will be a Google Plus share since I need to upgrade my plan to post videos. And the video is no longer online on YouTube since I re-branded my channel.

I’d love to go back to Fox River, for the summer and winter to see what winter activities they have. The tour guild said they have winter activities like sledding.


We went on a tour of the resort, and it is a very nice resort, flip side it there is no cell reception on certain parts, so I wouldn’t be able to post my travel photos. But hey, what good is a vacation if you’re indoors using your electronics and not site seeing and such?

We saw one of the rooms, and I’d have a special way to determined who gets what room if I ever come with a friend. Because part of my travel goals is a good room to stay in, with a view, views are nice!


The bathroom looks nice, I always wanted a bathroom in my room, maybe when I am blogging full time, I can make it happen. There is a toilet in there, its separate from the bath and sick I think.

It has a playground, I did get on it while the adults were taking care of business. Now I wasn’t serious about photography back then, but I made a vow if I get a chance to travel I will take photos if I have a chance to and properly vlog, like vlog when i am about to leave, on the way there, arriving etc.


There is a patio, now this is goals for sure. I’d step out at night even because that is also goals in my book. I might make a blog in regards to my travel goals, things I wanna experience when traveling. Hopefully, when I am a full-time blogger I can travel. I wanna be able to travel the world. I can’t do that working a regular job! You don’t get that many vacation days a year or whatever. Even if I was able to find a job, all I can do is part-time, and I wouldn’t be able to save up to travel, it will take forever vs if I make sat $500+ a month with affiliate links, selling my photos etc


This bed looks nice. Isn’t it?

So, I hope I get more travel opportunities, I will take photos like there is no tomorrow if I get to. I will post some travel blogs, I feel it fits Saturday’s theme which is verity.

If you want to get into photography, here is what you will need. Click here if you’re interested.

Anyways I hope you enjoyed the blog. I could use a getaway!

Life Lessons From Life Is Strange

Your parents always tell you video games teach you nothing, right? So I thought I show the life lessons that Life is Strange teaches. Even video games drop hints on what people do but never learn.

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These are screenshots that I took when I played the game

Life Is Strange is basically like Telltale Games, where its choice based, and what you do will have an outcome. Your actions actually have consequences. And the game remembers what you have done.

So the first lesson is kids aren’t the only ones who can be bullies, adults can bully too. And it’s worse if its an adult. Because if you report it, whoever you tell will most likely side with the adult.




kids are not the only bullies
Max steps in when she catches David bullying Kate

When Max is on her way to meet Warren, she catches David bullying Kate, the game will give you a choice to intervene or take David’s photo. And of course, I stepped in. This shows you that kids are not the only ones who can be bullies, adults can also be bullies. Kate even begged David to leave her alone and he wouldn’t. Adults think they can treat kids how they want to because they’re older, and this is not right, your position of authority gives you no reason to be a jerk.

Next lesson is to be nice and you get it back.

be nice and you get it back

As mean as Victoria is, she is a person, and she probably was bullied before. The bullying victim becomes the bully in most cases. Bullying is not always physical. You don’t have to beat someone up to be a bully, you can hurt them with your words. Now Max dumps paint on Victoria so she can get to her room, the game gives you a choice to comfort Victoria or make fun of her, if you’re nice, she will apologize for being mean and unblock you on Facebook and not post your photo. Moral of the story, don’t be a dick.

Next is people are bullied for their mistakes or past.

people are bullied for their mistakes

It is found out that Kate was drugged at a Vortex Club party. And she did something while under the influence. She was recorded without her knowledge and the video was posted online, and Kate was later bullied for the incident. It goes to show that someone can make ONE mistake, or wanna let go of their bad past, someone finds out and gives the person hell for it. It goes to show its never the victims fault, its the person who did it. People are not in the right state of mind when under the influence. People fak up, treating them like shit won’t do anything.

Next, You don’t get a do-over.You don't get a do over

If you were unable to save Kate, you will see this.

Kate has had enough and she attempts to kill herself. Max heads up to Kate to try to save her. Max cannot use her rewind power, the game is showing you, you do not get a do-over when it comes to something like this. If you pick the wrong speech, Kate jumps. So it’s important you pay attention when you’re in Kate’s room in episode 2. I may make a blog post on how to save Kate if you want to. So if you wanna treat someone like garbage, we’d be mourning the person. There are so many suicides because of bullying, wake up!

The last one is actions have consequences.

actions have consequences

Max learns she caused the storm by constantly rewinding to save Chloe, it was in Chloe’s fate to die. When Max first saved Chloe, that started the timeline for the storm. This shows messing with time has consequences. Chloe even tells you when she pulls out the photo Max took in the bathroom before everything went down, that she wanted to die to save everyone in the bay. Remember actions have consequences.

Fill free to leave some ideas for a gaming blog post. I started a think on my channel where I add something new the 3rd week in the month, to keep up the verity and to keep people from getting bored.

My YouTube channel if you wanna check it out and subscribe

If you want to start a gaming channel, I made a blog post on everything you will need to click here if you’re interested.

Even video games are keeping it real.

Ways To Make Money With A Small YouTube Channel/Blog

It would be fun to turn your hobby into a job, and make a living, and march into your bosses office and quit your job! Did you know you can make money with a small YouTube channel or blog WITHOUT monetizing? Channels under 1K subs cannot monetize. I believe you can monetize your blog no matter its size, but if you don’t get many visitors, you won’t make much, as AdSense pays you for impressions (clicks). Unless you get at least 10K views, you will only make pennies off of your blog. Plus I think a blog will not look good with a lot of ads.

So I am going to give you a solution to this. Sit back, read, have a cup of coffee.

ways to make money with a small channel or blog

I made a video about this on my tech channel. I cover what’s in this blog put short and sweet.

There are some things I didn’t mention in the video that I wanna mention here.

1)Affiliate links, this is where you get the commission when someone buys the product you’re promoting, For example, Tubebuddy, a browser plug-in, has an affiliate link, you will only get money if someone buys one of their pro levels. This is my thoughts, make sure the products your promoting is relevant to whatever your channel/videos/blog posts are about, otherwise, you look like a money vulture and will push people away. ( eg your video/channel/blog posts are about makeup and your links are to car parts) So make sure the products relate to your content. If you’re a gaming channel, suggest gaming products. I suggest doing a review and adding a link to purchase the product, say you are reviewing a camera, then you link the camera for your readers or viewers to buy. You can also pin it on Pinterest. You can make a section of your affiliate blog posts.

Amazon has an affiliate link program. Just look for products you use and link them in your blog.

There is Shareasale.

Also if you are partnered with an MCN ( multi-channel network) they may have affiliate link if someone uses it to join, they’ll pay you) you have a ton of chances to catch an affiliate link. Bluehost has an affiliate program when you join their site.

If you’re a gamer, a site called Gameflip has a code, if people use it to sign up or buy something, you get credits that you can convert into cash, the credits expire, make sure you’re checking the site and your e-mails!

2) Selling Merch, you can open up a merch shop, you can sell phone cases, apparel, ( or whichever products the site you sign up for has.)

Check out this video if you want to make your own clothing line. This gives you a guild.

Make sure to tell your reader/viewers you have a merch shop, when it comes to YouTube, people hardly look at the description. I can tell sometimes.

3) Sponsorships, there are companies that will sponsor small channels/bloggers, you just have to look. I believe a sponsor is similar to affiliate links, where the company/site will give you a code and if the viewer uses the code to sign up or buy something( viewer may get a discount), you’ll get money. Grammarly paid me to make a blog post about them, click here if you wanna read it. It was pretty simple to score.

Here is a video you can look at. I always like to pick videos that are more recent in case the site changed their rules.

4) Monetizing, you can monetize your blog. For WordPress, you need the business upgrade to show ads or pay for hosting. If you have the upgrade, you’re a step closer. I suggest hosting. That is much cheaper than paying for WordPress’s plans.

I feel you shouldn’t rely on ads to make money. You can hit a peak and not get as many ads or not as many visitors, views etc. of course that will make your earnings drop.

This video is the quickest and easiest method in my opinion, but I just can’t monetize because I have no money for the business upgrade. Nor do I have money to pay for hosting. If you wanna show ads on your WP blog, use this blog.

5) E-Books. You can make an e-book and sell it. For example, say you are a YouTube expert, you can make an E-Book on tips to grow a channel for small YouTubers. Make sure you sell it at a reasonable price. Most small channels have little or no money. I think 10 dollars is a reasonable price. Or you can make an e-book on growing a blog, how to become a full-time blogger. And so on. Sell an online course of yours.

This video will help you

Read, set, go make you some money. I hope this blog helped you out. I will explain down below why I left my tech channel. When I posted to my tech channel, I turned the video in blog form. I thought I fill you in on why this blog was inactive for so long until I decided to launch it again.

(the reason why I left my tech channel)

I left for a few reasons. I changed my content on my gaming channel, and this content will take me more time, and I wanna keep my second channel ( aka ItsAaliyahHolt)

so I decided to let the tech channel go. Another reason is my audience retention was horrible on my videos. I made a video either advice for new YouTubers or mistakes YouTubers make, they instantly clicked away because of my subscribers. And I made a video about coming up with ideas for videos and they left instantly just because of my subscriber count, so I decided to stop the channel. What good is making videos on that channel just for people not to give me the time of day just because my channel is tiny. Also, people are not likely to subscribe to a tech channel. They could have just needed that one video. I feel the tech niche is too competitive. So this is why the blog was dead for a while. I didn’t wanna leave it hanging and picked up on what else I can cover.

I hope that answered your questions as to why I left the tech channel. Good luck to anyone who wants to make money with a blog.






Why Max And Chloe Not Being In LIS2 IS GOOD

When the Life Is Strange trailer 2 was released, people were very upset Max and Chloe or any of the characters from LIS 1 weren’t in it. Automatically hating the game without trying it. What if I told you its a good thing Don’t Nod decided to add new characters and a new plot? Hear me out before you get your pitchforks and tiki torches.

cover photo ~Screen from the end of Life Is Strange episode 1

~Screen shot that I took when I played the game.

So Life Is Strange 2 will be about 2 brothers, I think its a pick up from that Captain Spirit game that was out before LIS2.

Now why I say its a good thing the game has a new plot? Max and Chloe’s story was wrapped up nicely. If you saved the Bay ( aka sacrifice Chloe) seemed like a nice conclusion, Max sacrificed Chloe so the storm won’t rip apart the bay, so how could Don’t Nod of continued the story had they put Max and Chloe( if you sacrificed Arcadia Bay) in the sequel? Also when most shows, movies etc do sequels and spin offs, they do poorly because they pick up where they left off instead of starting a new story, the writers cannot progress the series and end up ending/canceling it. Had Don’t Nod picked up Max/Chloe’s plot, chances are Don’t Nod couldn’t have progressed it any further. And probably would have been able to produce one episode 1 max, now that would be a big fat waste of money if the devs cannot think of ideas to keep it going.

Lis 2

Now with the 2 brothers, you can make something with this, and grow a connection with them. Who knows there may be some references from LIS1 in the sequel. The game isn’t out yet and people are complaining, at least play the game first! Which would you want, a new plot that can build up, or pick up from Max/Chloe and it gets boring due to lack of ideas? Plus Don’t Nod said when they announced the sequel, that it will have different people. Image you were Don’t Nod, you worked so hard on a game, and you only release a 90 sec trailer, and people complain because it didn’t have so and so, and it hasn’t been out yet, now DN can be like, “since ya’ll wanna give us crap about Max and Chloe not being in the sequel, after we said they wouldn’t be in it, no more games after this.” But they keep making games for us to enjoy. You know don’t judge a book by its cover? Well don’t judge a game by its trailer, game devs probably have a limit on what they can add in their trailers.

I did a reaction video to the trailer, check it out if you want to

I added reacting to game trailer, however only for games I am in to, if I react to a trailer to a game I don’t like, the viewers will notice and think I’m doing it for viewers and get put off.

Want to start a gaming channel. Click here if you’re interested.

Feel free to give me ideas that I can blog about.




How I Got My Interest In Photography

I decided to talk about how I got my interest in photography. I didn’t think I’d like it, and I wanted something else to fall back on in case all else failed with YouTube. The way YouTube is going now is the time to look for alternatives.

my photography interst

The origin of my interest. It started when I watched a game called Life Is Strange, where the game’s main character, Max Caulfield, attends an art school. Throughout the game, Max can take photos of things, from that game, photography looked cool.

I started taking photos on a crappy phone Windows Phone until my mom bought me a better phone.

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This photo was taken on a crappy Windows Phone. I am sure most photographers started with their phones or a cheap camera. That’s what I kept in mind. And plus its best to use your phone, its a lot easier to pack when you’re traveling than your camera, if you see something cool you wanna shoot, you can get your phone ready quicker than you can a camera, depending on the camera. If someone steals your phone, the phone gets broken etc if you got a good plan, you can replace the phone with a small deductible(or free), depending on your carrier and their deals. If someone steals your camera, camera breaks etc, if you didn’t get a warranty(or it expired, you couldn’t afford extended warranty etc) you have to pay full price for another camera. So it’s kinda a win-win.

white flower edit

This photo was taken on an LG K20 Plus phone. In 2018, and the above photo was taken in 2017, so you can see the skill growth, I learned along the way about editing your photos, I also talked about that as well.

Throwback To Indiana 2

This photo was taken on an LG tablet.


and this was taken on a Samsung Galaxy S3, the point of this is to showcase the different devices I took photos on. I sorta liked taking photos before I played Life Is Strange, but I liked it even more after playing the game, I regret not taking photos until my fingers came off. But I made a promise, if I get a travel opportunity or a chance in general to take a photo, I’ll do it. Same with vlogging, if I get a travel op, I will vlog it.

If you want to buy my work, here is my store. If you wanna get into photography, click here on information on what you need. Someday I’ll be able to afford a camera. If people stop crapping on me for not being able to afford it, it will be all cool.

Free Prints Review(Honest Review)

I am going to be reviewing an app called Freeprints. This is my own thoughts about the app and I am not sponsored. I also did a video where I unboxed the image I ordered. I highly recommend Freeprints. If you are not able to print your photos, this app is for you. This is an honest review on Freeprints.

freeprints unboxing and review

In the video, I show you a photo that I took last month that I decided that I want to print out. I decided I wanted to have physical copies of my photos. Just in case, I’ll never know. There could be a photo contest and it could call for a physical copy of a photo. I also heard about this app from someone else and wanted to give it a try.

What Is Freeprints?

Freeprints is an app where you can print your photos for free. You do have to pay for the shipping, this probably helps the developers fund the app. But shipping is $1.99, (US Dollars), very affordable shipping. For your first order, you will not have to pay the shipping, then after that, shipping is $1.99. You get to choose your level of shipping, if you pick fast shipping, you pay an additional dollar or 2, but because it was my first order, they gave me fast shipping for free. I applaud Freeprints for that. Giving your clients the fast shipping for their first order is a nice thing to do.


How the app works?

When you open the app, you will be taken to an option to choose what photos your want to print ( gallery, Facebook, Instagram etc) after you pick the photo(s) that you want, enter your details, and if it’s your second purchase, your method of payment. Then you pick the level of shipping that you want. Freeprints will give you the fast shipping for your first order ( 3-5 day shipping).

I highly recommend this app, if you have a photo of a late relative or just a photo of something you wanna remember, I recommend printing it so if something happens to your phone, you will have a physical copy, and your memories won’t be lost! Just search ‘Freeprints’ in the Google Play/Apple Store. I am not sure what phones you all have.

Wanna buy the featured photo. Check out my store. Give the app a go, you won’t be disappointed! If you would like to see previous reviews that I have done. Here you go. Blue Snowball Ice Mic Review(Highly Recommended)Blog Professionally With Grammarly! { Honest Review}.

Let me know what you think about Freeprints? Do you recommend this to a friend?


Editing Your Photos Makes a huge quality difference

I didn’t know this, but editing your photos makes them look so much better. I am going to show you the difference between an edited photo and a non-edited photo.


Photographers, you can make your photos even better if you edit them. I thought that was wrong to do this, but a YouTuber I follow, who is doing a photography course, her tutor told her editing your photos is good. It makes the quality 2x better! And makes the photo stand out. It makes the photo clearer.

Edited Photo

edited version flower

The flower is more yellow, the photo is cleaner and the quality is so much better.

Non-Edited Photo

Yellow Flower Close Up

Now see how the edited photo is crisper, the flower is more yellow, and it stands out a bit? I took this using a cell phone, but because I edited the photo, it looks like it was shot on a 300 dollar camera! I used Canva to edit this photo. You can Google some photo editing apps. I suggest Canva. It’s for computer, they have a mobile app, however, you have fewer options.

Lightroom is the best if you’re on a phone ( not sure if IOS had Lightroom since I use Android)

I am a beginner photographer, but I wanna share what I learn from other people. But lots of photographers make the mistake of not editing their photos. Check out my store if you’re interested. I will post my art and photography here. I hope you will like it.