Dear Influencers

Dear Influencers

Not going to lie, I’m extremely anxious posting this video however, if I didn’t post my story and thoughts on everything, it would continue to eat away at me slowly. This video is for me and no one else- it’s my chance after 11 years of being in this community to speak from my heart on how I feel and to defend my integrity and motives which have been in question this last year.

This video is VERY bittersweet for me as you all know I’ve been on this platform for so long and I TRULY have loved this decade of my life. I started at 28 years old and will be 40 later this year. I hope you can feel where my heart is coming from in posting this- it is not from malice or revenge but frustration and a hope that things will change.

Everyone I mention in this video I have no ill will towards whatsoever – I never have. However I needed to explain my side. There’s 2 sides to every story.

I’ve called it Dear Influencers because if it weren’t for influencers I would not even have Makeup Geek at the level it is today and for that I will always be grateful. On the flip side, I want to see this community turned around into a place of honesty, transparency, and love for beauty. It has been lacking in recent years and I can no longer be silent since I love this community just as much as everyone else. It’s been my identity for so long…

I could say much more, but this video is already way too long and I got everything off my chest. Now I can move on to focus on Makeup Geek, Marste, starting a family of my own, getting my health in order, and working with Domestic Abuse Shelters.

I will not say that I will never post to Youtube because I do plan on keeping Beauty and the Boss because it’s filled with positivity and I’m passionate about this series. My point in saying goodbye is me taking off the influencer hat and just being a CEO. I will still be on this channel to post new launches for Makeup Geek and Marste because you all have helped me build these companies- I would not be here at all without you. I want you to be part of the journey through the ups and downs, the good and bad. I never viewed Makeup Geek as just mine- it is ours because I alone did not build it.

It’s been an amazing 11 years you all and I have loved hanging out with you SO much and share the love of makeup.
XOXO, Marlena


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