Michelle Phan: Why Did the Second Most Popular Beauty YouTuber Disappear for a Year?

Michelle Phan: Why Did the Second Most Popular Beauty YouTuber Disappear for a Year?

Are you a big fan of Michelle Phan‘s and wondered why she suddenly seemed to disappear off the face of the planet?

The 30-year-old beauty guru opens up about a particularly traumatic time in her life.

“I completely disappeared. I just left. I stopped uploading to YouTube,” Michelle explains in an interview with Racked.

She continues, “I peaced out because I think I was going through depression. I don’t know because I didn’t go to a hospital or anything or get diagnosed, but I was taking a few quizzes online and I felt really sad everyday. I was waking up feeling so broken.”

Michelle had just had her first big failure. The cosmetic line Em she collab’d with L’Oreal and put three years of her heart into did not take off, and was even criticized for being too expensive and off-base for her fandom.

Michelle not only left YouTube, she left the country, traveling around Egypt, China and Europe.

Her content hiatus didn’t hurt her, she is still the second most influential beauty blogger (just behind Zoella), according to the list Forbes released yesterday.

And she has came back with a fresh take on her cosmetic line, which she bought back from L’Oreal and will be launching on April 17 on her website, which will go live that day.

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