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I don’t think she buys followers. It’s most likely the amount of traction she receives from the increasing amount of selfies and videos she posts. Sometimes people can see what their followed people like on their feed (even if they’re not following the original poster), so it’s easy to gain followers just by being attractive and connecting with others who are popular enough.
She posted additional photos from the shoot with her heavier makeup. Am I the only one who thinks this looks awful for a look that is possibly created by an MUA? It looks muddy, and I don't like the harsh edges on this look either. Not to mention that it just makes her look like she's in her mid-late 20s, rather than 22.
I think she looks okay in the photos. But they could have definitely been edited better, because they’re kind of dull and the quality looks like jpeg images that has been saved one too many times. The photos in her tweet look much better than the washed out images on the website, but also her hair just looks so dry either way. I’m a little curious how involved she is with the palette though. I highly doubt she’s the sort of person who involved herself in every process in the creation of the products (swatching, design, appropriate formulations, etc.), like beauty youtubers who have collaborated with cosmetic brands. The reviews that fans left on the product that they haven’t even received is cringe and ridiculous too. Those reviews are obviously not indicative of the quality of the product, but rather their obsession/fandom of Poki.
I’m not sure if anyone remembers this, but someone asked her on twitter what her skincare routine was to achieve the skin she had in her “no makeup” photos. And she replied with a note image of her routine which included a variation of drugstore and high end (ex. SK II, but of course it’s expensive and it was a gift!!). The one thing that bothered me the most is that it included st. Ives apricot scrub, which is known to age skin due to the lesions caused by the apricot pits.
So that’s probably why her skin looks like it’s aging when she’s still so young. It really doesn’t even take being rich to afford a decent skincare routine, and she could really just buy any other exfoliant that won’t age the crap out of her skin. Or she could just use her money to get weekly skin care treatments. Edit: just looked back a page and noticed someone said the same thing LOL. If she cared about beauty and fashion as much as she acts like she does, she should know this by now.
The intro stream was kind of cringe and it was kind of all over the place. I like that they're all actually friends that have a long history with each other (most of them anyways), instead of a bunch of popular streamers who are selected to live under a house to build a brand/business. It makes sense for them to live with each other, and considering OTV's success, it's a good way to further their success as content creators. At the same time, it also kind of makes them look like a budget version of OTV without all the management issues. Aside from the people you've listed- Celine, Sean, Yvonne, and Zirene. I thought Zirene was a random addition to the group considering he doesn't have the same kind of history with them as say BoxBox and Annie, but he is friends with them(?).
Artists who have a decent following make a good amount of money off merch and conventions. IMO, it doesn't really matter if her art is special or not, because she has a huge following that will buy her stuff to support her. In addition to merch/conventions, she has an art Patreon- I'm not too sure whether this is still active, but it definitely exists and of course, once again people will subscribe to support her. I'm not sure how long the money lasts her, but I think it's good enough to last a few months before having to create another set of products. She's genuinely a sweet person, so it doesn't surprise me that people support her regardless of how skilled she is in her craft. I don't think she makes that much off Twitch either, but she does have subs so that gives her some form of income. She currently lives with her brother for school. Also, I agree that her art mostly looks like sketches now... I don't think I've seen her draw something that looks 'complete', but do what you gotta do for clout. I remember back when her instagram used to be full of art, and now it's mostly just selfies which makes me kind of sad because there's no balance between the two.
She's a cosplayer who has been in the scene for awhile now. I know people who know/knew her, and none of the things I've heard about her are good at all. The things I've heard about her range from being crazy and manipulative, to sleeping around with pros/aspiring pros. Perhaps she's changed or matured a lot by now, but it's not surprising that she's trying to climb the social ladder of the league scene.
Celine is no longer the translator for Phoenix 1, nor is she working any jobs within the league scene at the moment. Being a translator is decent, mostly because they don't have the financial burden of rent since they live in the team's house (translating strategies, or thoughts by management and whatnot), but it's not highly lucrative. As for doing nothing, I'm sure she has savings to live off of for now.
Fuslie and Kimi both graduated from UCI, so they would technically have a fall back plan if they were to quit streaming. Lily, Fuslie, Kimi are around 25-26, Aria is younger I believe. And yes, their house is a huge mess, and it's consistently been like this.