A Special Thank You and Giveaway

Hi Makeup Geeks!

I just got back last week from IMATS (sorry for the week long delay- got sick when I got home :( ).  But I was SO thrilled to meet so many of you and hear your stories about you losing weight or trying new makeup looks.  I feel incredibly blessed to have so much support for not only my videos, but my makeup line and business.  It is because of YOU that I have my dream job, and that my staff have jobs that they love as well.

This video and giveaway is just my way of saying thank you for all your support! I appreciate each one of you who have watched my videos, bought my makeup products, and have left such sweet comments here on the site.   I cannot tell you how blessed I am to do what I love, so thank you from the bottom of my heart…

I will announce on my twitter and facebook pages the random winners for each of the 3 prizes, so keep an eye out for that!  Also, I am putting together a VLOG showing the IMATS behind the scenes pictures and footage, as well as a tour of my new office space here in California!

Many exciting things are happening, and I can’t wait to share it all with you!  Thank you again for everything you’ve done- I am extremely grateful.

MUCH love,

Profile photo of Marlena

CEO of Makeup Geek and Makeup Educator


Comments are now closed on this article.

Serious Tears too! I’ve been a follower since the beginning! I have to thank you for my dreams coming true as a MUA / Beauty Blogger! You and everyone on the MUG team deserve the absolute best! Much Love from the Bottom of my heart! The sky is the limit… Keep Pushing Doll! XxOo

I had tears too when I saw this video good thing I was not trying to do my makeup haha. Marlena your amazing you have taught me everything I know and I always look to you for advice and support. I am so glad and Congratulate you that IMAT was a total success and I wish you much success in the time to come growing your business and becoming a makeup geek super star. Best of luck to all with the give away but I would love to win the eye shadow! i have not been able to afford your products due to my employment but I make things work with the gifts I get from my makeup guru friends and look forward to being a fully accredited makeup artist in the years to come. Thank you Marlena you are a true Makeup Geek! :-) ((((Hugs)))))

i hope you find a way to keep growing without ever losing your extent of creative involvement or customer appreciation. also, i am praying whatever it is coming out this summer, or those pigments, or something so awesome that it blows up bigger than the naked palettes! i would love MUG to rise above all of the brands that seem to be falling lately because they’ve lost creativity and quality.

Oh Marlena,
You are so incredible and such a joy to watch. I have been watching your videos since the very beginning (remember when you were rockin’ that short hair!?) and buying your products since the launch of Makeup Geek. It’s SO insane to see how far everything Makeup Geek has come! You never cease to amaze me with your talent and sheer drive to grow and better yourself as a woman and entrepreneur. I have been on a weight loss journey with you (I’ve lost 112 lbs!), so it would be such an honor to meet you someday. I hope I can make it to IMATS next year to see you because you have truly been such an inspiration to me. You’re a wonderful teacher, and now I am quite literally the makeup artist amongst my friends. They are always asking me to give them a look when they need one. Your job would be my dream, and it would be my absolute pleasure to work for you someday. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments, I can think of nobody else that deserves it more! My prayers are always with you.


You truly are an inspiration both in your personal life and professional life! You are EXCELLENT at what you do. There are people who are good with makeup but you are also an amazing teacher!

I’ve watched every video you’ve posted on Makeup Geek and Simply Marlena and I’ve learned a lot of great techniques and tips. It’s great to love what you do and do what you love! It makes hard work and long hours a little easier. Keep up the good work and THANK YOU!

Marlena, you’re so sweet! Made me cry, too! I’m so happy for you and everything that you’ve been able to accomplish thus far with sincerity that is unmatched. I remember finding your videos years ago late in high school, when I was just barely becoming girly and into makeup with you leading the way. I remember for my 18th birthday, I did my own makeup with the help of a glam 20s tutorial you did a long while back, and my cousin who was into makeup long before me and was into cosmetology thought I had gotten it done professionally! And now I’m nearing the end of college and my friends have asked me to do their makeup for years and just, every time they get so many compliments (as do I when I have the time for my own beyond the daily look! haha). It’s all coming from you. Everything I know about makeup, I’ve learned from you. I’m no professional, but it’s something I love and get a lot of joy out of so I thank you for sharing your knowledge with others. Keep laughing and smiling- that is the joyous thing about watching you! If you stay in California, I hope to meet you someday. Congratulations on everything! You deserve it all! :]

Hi Marlena!
Not gonna lie your video made me get tears in my eyes.
I have been watching your makeup geek tutorials for years. You have
blossomed so much and should be really proud of yourself.
Unfortunately I was unable to go to IMATS this year,
hopefully next year. I’ve never gone before so I am super excited to see your vlog.
Keep up all the good work and remember all your hard work is paying off ;)
Thank you

Dear Marlena :)

Thank you and your team for everything. Do you know why you are so successful ?? It´s because you do your job by your heart. It´s the most important thing!! Nowadays we can experience elsewhere that people start bussines because of money (get millions and millions of dollars in a very short period of time) but you do everything in order to make people happy and help them.
that´s the difference. a huge difference!!! Your attitude your personal inner beauty , generosity and purity gives your makeup line (and your job) a sparkle, that something which makes you extraordinary.
Have a nice day :-*


Thank you for doing those super tutorials , i learn a lot . You are à inspiration , you are so real, i lové you so much …hope imats Côme in montréal so we çan meet !!! M’y daughter of 9 wanna tell you that she Like your vidéos … :) shes beside me atm … We are french canadian and we try to get better with english and your vidéos are so easy to understand , Thank you so much ….

Awww Marlena :)

I remember the day I found you when I was looking for reviews on products. Thank you so much for your hardwork and dedication. We appreciate you as much as you thank us!!! <3
Thank you so much :D

You are amazing…and you`ve worked hard for everything…people just want someone real…..like you and like the people in your staff. People who know what they are talking about and people who dedicate theit money and time to the whole world. I based a lot of my purchases on your opinions because I don`t afford a lot of things, so I have to buy only what`s the best…..so thank you for being so amazing and for remaining down to earth for us to see you the same as in the beginning. XOXO

Marlena, what makes you different from the other youtube make-up artist is that you have wonderful and sincere personality. I watched the other make-up artists and they don’t even come close to you. I’ve been following you for years and the looks you create are just freakin’ amazing and not to mention, the members of MUG do the same thing! I have referred several of my friends and family members to follow you because you make it fun and easy! I’m looking forward to more of the different looks. Keep up the fantastic job and life will reward you more with happiness and good health. Take care


Aww we love you Marlena. You made me cry too. Keep up the good work girl. I’m waiting for my birthday to roll round so I can finally get some of your eyeshadows that I’ve had my eye on, then of course I’ll be looking to your videos to show me how to use them :)

Cannot say enough great things about Make Up Geek, the tutorials have taught me so much i love watching them I have also bought some of the MUG eyeshadows, brushes and lipsticks which are all amazing, can’t wait to try the new blushes :-) Keep doing what your doing Marlena, your an inspiration to so many people and im proud to me a MUG follower :-)

Best of luck to everyone, amazing prizes :-) xoxo

Makeup Geek is absolutely awesome!!! I’m soo happy that you are able to do what you love and be so successful at it. I enjoy your tutorials and advice. You are very talented and genuine, that’s why I keep watching you all the time!!!

You’re going to have us all crying Marlena! lol. Don’t ever change though. Your amazing just the way you are. xxx

I had to come back here after work… i was watching this morning and had to stop because i started blubbering and sniffling !

This is just the start Marlena… You got something special going on here. Girls all over are glad you decided to take on this challenge and you make us all happy with your knowledge of makeup and your Makeup Geek line.

Thanks Marlena… we love you !

Oh my gosh, I don’t know what to say!! I am sooooo happy for you. I have been following you on youtube for probably four years now! I love your tutorials and your gentle heart. You are so down to earth. I have purchased from your store several times and I so pleased! You did a video before Christmas on your new red lipstick or maybe it was your favorite red lipstick. Anyways… I bought it and I LOVE IT!!!! A FAN FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!! Love you girl!

So happy and excited for you! :) Been following you for years now! It’s great to see you’re doing so well! Keep up the great work! :)

Even though I don’t normally leave comments here I just felt I had to!It’s wonderful to see someone genuinely thanking their supporters and the fact that to you seem so surprised that you have such a positive effect on people is amazing!I’m a follower from Ireland in my early 30s pretty much housebound the last year and a half with rheumatoid arthritis and watching your channel has always left me feeling a little more upbeat and positive.Since you started selling the MUG products I haven’t bought a single Mac or drugstore eyeshadow or lipstick because yours are just too gorgeous!Your staff have always been amazing to deal with and I am so happy that the line is going so well for all of you.Best of luck with the future endeavours and I wish that there was an IMATS in Ireland to meet up with you!!!Wishing you every happiness and all the luck in the world xxx

I am thrilled to hear of your success at the IMATS show. I absolutely love your products and am so impressed that you are genuinely appreciative for all that you have. Without knowing you personally it’s so evident that you have a huge heart and are a good person. You getting emotional in your thank you video got my eyes watering too. I am looking forward to the new products coming out and I tell all I come in contact with about you and your products (even the consultants at MAC) ????
Wishing you the best and looking forward to the future products and tutorials. Selena

Marlena it’s such a lovely thing to be doing something you love and having such passion for it. We are so lucky to have your videos to look forward to and share in that passion, while benefitting from your fabulous products. I hope MUG continues to go from strength to strength and I believe I will. Thank you for the fabulous info and laughs you give us, as your love for what you do shines through! All the best for all you do Marlena x

Hi Marlena,

I wanna say a really big thank you.

I was so inspired when I wached your tutorials a few years ago and that I said: ”Yes, I wanna be a make-up artist, just like her.”. My whole life is about make-up thx to you!!!

I love the way that you’re always so honest and I appriciate it every time again! You are a great person!

Big hugs and kisses from Tenerife!!! xxxx.

Hi Marlena! You are a true inspiration.. I’ve learned so much from you over the years and started freelancing about a year ago… I saw that you were at the IMATS but since I Live in NYC I couldn’t be there.. Would you be coming to the city any time soon?

it’s good to know I wasn’t the only one tearing up with you, jejeje… so we can be saps together.
I can’t say I have watched you since the beginning of your youtube career but I can tell you you were my teacher, and I feel like I owe you the little or much I know, you taught me the basics and I will never forget that.
I’m honestly happy for you and I’m happy to see how much you have changed for the better, how you have grown and to see how far have you come.
I just wished you would stop comparing your brand to MAC, MAC it’s only a name and you and Makeup Geek have a name by your own right, sweetie you are making it, you are being recognized, and I don’t think you need to use them as a measuring tape.

So yeah, I don’t always comment because I know you get like 88888 but I just wanted to let you know you have a loyal follower in me ^3^

I say this with no BS, but you’re one of my favourite people in the whole world (not just on the internet!)

I say this with no BS, but you’re one of my favourite people in the whole world (not just on the internet)!

You’re an inspiration, and not just for your creativity and your determination, but also with your upbeat personality.

Also, the only reason you suck is because I started crying when you did.

Keep up the great work!

Marlena — I so badly wanted to go to IMAT just to meet you. You are one of the most genuine, caring ladies on the Internets! I love watching your videos and adore your products. Keep up the great work — you are an inspiration to women everywhere!

Thank you all SOOOOO much for these incredibly thoughtful comments! I have read every single one and am thankful for each of you. I will never forget how Makeup Geek has grown because of your support. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.


Marlena, I just wanted to mention – your videos always have this feeling of hanging out with a girlfriend, I LOVE to watch them because you are so knowledgeable and so utterly compelling! I’m super jealous of the people who got to meet you at IMATS! Of course I understand that people have online personae, but if what shows through in your posts and videos indicates your personality, which I get the feeling it does, you are just about the sweetest and most inspirational and humble superstar.

Hi Marlena,
I loved your video. I missed seeing you at IMATS this year because I had a hysterectomy. However, I did meet you at IMATS before this last one. I work for Kryolan Professional Make up and you were nice enough to stop by the booth and say hello since I couldn’t leave. Like a lot of people I have been watching you for while and it is so great to see your company growing. Even though I work for Kryolan and have eye shadows coming out of my ears…LOL… I HAVE been wanting to order and try some of your shadows. OMGoodness I love them. I could only afford four of them but I do plan on getting more when I can. I love Shima Shima. I have worn it every day since I received it. Great Job Marlena…You are the best.

At the moment I am off work ill (i work as a receptionist at criminal law firm in the UK) and have been for nearly 2 years whilst my consultants try to control the chronic pain I’m in daily I have found so much pleasure following you Marlena xx YouTube and Twitter have become a lifeline for me xx what you do is truly inspirational x I’m not normally one to join sites let alone comment on them, but I had come and simply say – Thank You So Very Much xxx