I asked you guys on Instagram about a month or so ago if anyone was interested in me writing a post on how I cleared my acne and the answer was YES! So I thought I’d share a little bit lot of history about my skin, my skin type, and what I’ve tried unsuccessfully so you have a better idea of what I’ve been working with and so if you have a similar skin type, this will be more helpful. This is going to be a long post so grab a snack and something to drink (peppermint tea with honey and lemon sounds so good right now)!

My skin type:

  • Moderately severe acne – thankfully I’ve never had cystic acne but I’ve had just about everything else
  • Oily to combination with occasional flaky patches
  • Blackheads covering the t-zone
  • Whiteheads (closed comedones) covering the lower half of my face
  • Larger pustules (inflamed comedones) on my cheeks, mainly hormonal, that would take weeks to months to go away completely and left a lot of hyperpigmentation and some scarring
  • Not very sensitive

Unsuccessful attempts/products to clear my acne:

  • Salicylic Acid
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Just about every over-the-counter acne product 
  • Just simple cleansing and moisturizing
  • Eating healthier
  • Tretinoin
  • Tazorac
  • Egg Whites (don’t trust everything you see on Pinterest guys)
  • Essential Oils (Tea Tree, Lavender, Frankincense, Carrot)
  • Glycolic Acid



These were taken six months apart. The “before” photo was on one of my good skin days. NO photoshop OR face makeup in either photo.


So what worked?

I discovered Curology* about six or seven months ago I think through a YouTube video but I’m not entirely sure. What stuck out to me as different from other “cures” was that it’s an online dermatology service coupled with customized prescription strength topical medications AND that they offer a 90 day money back guarantee. It can take up to two months to see changes in skin and so it was reassuring to know I wouldn’t have wasted my money if it didn’t work out. But it did! About a week after using Curology when I was moisturizing my skin, I noticed my forehead was nearly smooth, which was the craziest feeling after so long of having bumpy skin.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You answer a bunch of detailed questions about your skin/medical history, such as what medications you’ve previously been on.
  2. You upload high quality photos of your skin. (If you don’t have a good quality camera, use the back camera on your phone and go outside for better light.)
  3. Your dermatology provider (board certified either dermatologist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant) will review your photos, get back with you, and provide you with a prescription.
  4. Apply after cleansing and before moisturizing every evening. Easy as that!

Over time you’ll upload new photos and they can tweak the medication if it’s not working as well as it could, or if it’s too strong, etc. You can also request a new bottle of medication if you’re running low. There’s no way of telling (at least that I can see) when the bottle is getting empty other than it feels lighter, so to be on the safe side I would order a new bottle (no extra cost to you!) around 2 or 2 1/2 months instead of the three months they suggest. I ran out of mine at about 2 3/4 months but I do use a tad bit more than a pump so I can put it on my neck too.

You know what else is awesome about Curology? Any questions you have about your skin, the medication, etc. you can ask your dermatologist about anytime! They’re very prompt about answering AND it doesn’t cost you any extra.

*NOTE: I am NOT sponsored by Curology. They have no clue who I am lol. I signed up and paid for Curology with my own money. They do offer a referral system where if you refer a friend and they sign up you get $10 (which goes for anyone who uses Curology).



My current formula:

  • Azelaic Acid 8%
  • Clindamycin 1%
  • Zinc Pyrithione 0.25%


Morning Routing:

  1. Cleanse face with cold water. (Wash your hands first!)
  2. Mix moisturizer and sunscreen and gently rub into skin.

SUPER simple!


Evening Routine:

  1. Rub oil cleansing balm (recipe below) into skin to loosen makeup and then remove the oily makeup mixture with a baby wipe.
  2. Clean face with clarisonic & face wash using circular motions.
  3. Remove eye makeup with eye makeup remover and a cotton round.
  4. Using another cotton round, remove any residual makeup with toner. I love this toner because it’s alcohol free and
  5. Apply Curology cream.
  6. Apply eye cream. Personally I don’t see a difference when I use this vs. when I use argan oil, but I got it in an Ipsy bag so I’m going to use it.
  7. Apply about 4-5 drops Argan oil. This brand is different than the one pictured because I reused an old bottle but same thing.
  8. Apply lip balm. This stuff is AMAZING either as a lip balm or as an intensive hydrating cream. I get a lot of flakiness around my nose during the winter and this heals it overnight.

Other Skincare Products I use:

Oil Cleansing Balm Recipe:

  • 2 parts Coconut Oil
  • 1 part Liquid oil of choice (I used Sunflower oil) (this is to keep the coconut oil from completely solidifying)
  • a few drops Lavender essential oil (optional)

Mix these together in a small jar and use a nickel sized amount to loosen makeup before washing face.



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Products Mentioned/Used:

Face ⇢

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr foundation in 90N:

Pixi Correction Concentrate:

NYX HD Concealer:

Elizabeth Mott Contour Palette:

Sigma Aura Powder Blush in Pet Name:

Eyes ⇢

Elizabeth Mott Natural Eyeshadow Palette:

MUG White Lies:

MUG Bitten:

MUG Cocoa Bear:

MUG Creme Brûlée:

MUG In The Spotlight:

Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara:

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara:

Southern Flair Lashes “Harper”:

Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive:

Brows ⇢

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe:

The Brow Gal Clear Brow Gel:

Lips ⇢

Gerard Cosmetics “Buttercup”:

ColourPop x KathleenLights “Aquarius”:

Brushes ⇢

Real Techniques Powder Brush:

Sigma F35:

Real Techniques Sponge:

Lamora Flat Kabuki Brush:

Lamora Eye Brush Set:

Sigma E35:

Signa E39:

Sigma E40:

Sigma E54:

Sigma E55:


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Face ⇢

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation in 90N:

NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain:

Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach:

Benefit Hoola Bronzer:

Makeup Geek Blush XOXO:

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent:

Eyes ⇢

Pacifica “Treasure” Eyeshadow is in either of these palettes:

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Peach Smoothie:

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Latte:

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Shimma Shimma:

Maybelline Full and Soft Waterproof Mascara:

Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini Brush Mascara:

Kiss Clear Lash Glue:

Southern Flair Lashes in Dixie Rae:

Lips ⇢

Noyah Beauty Lip Gloss Malbec:

Brows ⇢

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe:

The Brow Gal Clear Brow Gel:

Brushes & Tools ⇢

Beauty Junkees Brush Set:

Real Techniques Travel Essentials Set:

Real Techniques Beauty Sponge:

Sigma E40:

Sigma E35:

Sigma E54:

I Shadow Everything Brush:

Tweezermen Lash Curler:

Tweezermen Mini Tweezers:
*SOME links are affiliate links and I earn a very small commission on products purchased through the links. I purchased all of the products myself and all opinions and recommendations are my own. Over and out.*

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Everyday Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

SO I DID IT YOU GUYS! First video ever so please be kind to me. Apparently I can’t talk or do anything without tripping up or stumbling over my words so I apologize for the jump cuts. Stick with me and both my editing and I will get better. 😜 I hope you enjoy the video and if you want to see more videos then please subscribe!


All the products (except for a couple that have been discontinued) are listed below!

Face ⇢

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer:

Maskcara Beauty Moonlit:

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr foundation in 90N:

Pixi Correction Concentrate:

NYX HD Concealer:

Physician’s Forumla Butter Bronzer:

Sigma Aura Powder Blush in Pet Name:

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop:

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray:

Eyes ⇢

Makeup Geek Tiki Hut:

Makeup Geek Americano:

Makeup Geek Corrupt:

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma:

Maybelline Full and Soft Waterproof Mascara:

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara:

Kiss Clear Lash Glue:

Southern Flair Lashes “Savannah”:

Lips ⇢

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip “Magic Wand”:

Brows ⇢

Colourpop Brow Pencil in Blondie:

The Brow Gal Clear Brow Gel:

Brushes & Tools ⇢

Lamora Beauty Eye Brush Set:

Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush:

Real Techniques brushes:

Real Techniques Beauty Sponge:

Sigma F35:

EcoTools Large Power Brush:

Sigma E40:

Sigma E35:

Sigma E25:

Sigma E39:

Sigma E54:

Tweezermen Lash Curler:

Tweezermen Mini Tweezers:

ELF Small Stippling Brush:

*SOME links are affiliate links and I earn a very small commission on products purchased through the links. I purchased all of the products myself and all opinions and recommendations are my own. Over and out.*

Makeup Geek Review & Swatches— Updated!

If you’ve seen my instagram posts or read any of my posts on here about makeup, you probably know my undying love for Makeup Geek eyeshadows. They are truly some of the best eyeshadows I have ever used. The quality is comparable to Urban Decay or Mac (though personally I think MUG is better than MAC). The best part? Makeup Geek retails for $6/single eyeshadow whereas other high end brands retail for about $12 – $18/single eyeshadow. 


I store all my eyeshadows in Z-Palettes which are magnetic palettes with see through lids. I LOVE these palettes because they are so sturdy and good quality. You see those three messed up looking eyeshadows in the picture? Well I dropped my palette from counter height a while back and only those three broke. #Winning. Yes, I had a mini heart attack. (By the way, this is how you fix broken eyeshadows. Obviously mine don’t look as pretty as the picture but hey, they still do the job.)


You may remember me saying something about how Makeup Geek sent me a bunch of eyeshadows a little while back (which I am still over the moon excited about). They did not ask me to write this post or pay me anything. I found out about Makeup Geek LONG before they even knew I existed. 🙂


Can we take a moment to talk about how beautiful that packaging is though? Especially the duochrome eyeshadow packaging. I have not once gotten a broken eyeshadow from MUG. I manage to do that all on my own. They come wrapped in bubble wrap with packing peanuts and I’ve always been impressed with how carefully packaged the box is. 

Ready for some swatches? 🙂


*heart eyes emoji*


These swatches are one row of eyeshadows each.

From left to right: White Lies, Ice Queen, Shimma Shimma, Bling*, Rapunzel, Mirage, Vanilla Bean

*I cannot for the life of me find Bling anywhere on Makeup Geek’s store. I’m thinking they’re discontinuing it or there’s a temporary bug in the website.


Left to Right: Baby Face (This is actually a very pigmented shadow but since it’s nearly exactly the same color as my arm it doesn’t look like it), Beaches and Cream, Peach Smoothie, Purely Naked, Creme Brulee, Cinderella, Sorbet


Left to Right: Petal Pusher, Bedrock, Barcelona Beach, Latte, Frappe, Desert Sands, Preppy


Left to Right: Vintage, Concrete Jungle, Taupe Notch, Homecoming, Brown Sugar, Hipster, High Tea


Left to Right: Cocoa Bear, Mocha, Bitten, Cherry Cola, Americano, Bada Bing, Corrupt


I’m going to swatch all the foiled shadows together, then duochromes, then shimmers, then mattes, as opposed to how I did the other ones (row by row).


From left to right: Flame Thrower, GrandstandStarry Eyed, In the Spotlight, Charmed, Houdini


From left to right (two different pictures of the same colors so you can see the duochrome-ness better): I’m Peachless, Blacklight, Havoc, Ritzy, Typhoon


Left to Right: Peacock, Shark Bait, Dirty Martini, Unexpected, Chickadee, Poppy


Left to Right: Roulette, Sin City*, Casino*, Mercury, Moondust, Glass Slipper, Last Dance

*These two are from the limited edition Vegas Lights palette and Makeup Geek does not sell them individually anymore. 🙁 However, MUG has two eyeshadow that are similar: Glamorous is similar to Sin City, and Gold Digger is similar to Casino.

I hope this post helped y’all out if you’re trying to decide which eyeshadows to buy or you wanted to see how they look swatched on someone with (very) pale skin! 🙂
xoxo Mrs. Herd

The motherload of Makeup Geek swatches!

Aqua Smoke – Look of the Day

MAKEUP TUTORIAL!!!! This smoky aqua look is probably my favorite look I have EVER done. In the history of EVER (or at least as long as I’ve been doing makeup). Blue and turquoise eyeshadow CAN look good on blue or green eyes! 



First of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Makeup Geek Cosmetics for sending me these eyeshadows! I still feel like I’m living in a dream! I am beyond honored and thrilled to team up with them.

Yes, they sent me some of the shadows used in this look but I fell in love with Makeup Geek’s products long before they reached out to me. All opinions are my own. 🙂

Okay onto the tutorial:

Products used:
White Lies – pure matte white – using a flat shader brush, apply this on the browbone and inner corner.
Baby Face – matte very light taupe – next buff this all throughout the crease using a fluffy brush to make blending easier.
High Tea – olive-y taupe – taking a small blending brush like the Sigma E25, blend this in the crease using back and forth motions. once there is very little product left on the brush, buff it around in circular motions.
Beaches and Cream – matte peachy tan – take this color on a fluffy brush and blend out the edges of everything and also buff on the lower lashline.
Peacock – dark matte teal – go over High Tea with this color, but keep it “tighter” in the crease, as in don’t blend too far up. 🙂 You can blend Beaches and Cream to blend everything out again. Just keep blending!
Houdini – foiled emerald green teal – using your finger, pop this all over the lid, but don’t go any farther than the crease.
Charmed – foiled silvery olive – using your finger, pop this on the center of your lid and blend the two colors together with a pencil brush and a little more of Houdini.
Shimma Shimma – peachy vanilla shimmer – last step! Take this color on a flat shader brush and apply this to the inner corner of the eyes. 


Optional step: apply Houdini to the waterline using small angled brush and apply a thin line of black liner to the top lashline. 

Put on false lashes (if you feel like it) and mascara! The lashes I used are Kiss Lashes number 11.


The rest of the products I used on ma face:

For foundation I used Maskcara Cosmetics IIID Foundation in linen (now White Peach) + stone + pink grapefruit + pearl. I used her new Perfecter sponge (it looks like the beauty blender but a pretty baby pink color) and OH MY GOODNESS. It is so much softer than the original BB and it blends just as well and it’s also bouncier. Cara, you did it again! 😍

For my brows I used NYX micro brow pencil in taupe and Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill brow gel in light/medium.

NYX High Definition concealer in porcelain to conceal the situation under my eyes (this is the absolute best under eye concealer in my opinion!)

Fresh Beauty sugar shine lip treatment in nude

I hope you guys enjoyed this look! Don’t be afraid of trying out colors you don’t think will look good on you – you might be surprised! Also, am I the only one who does their makeup and then says “forget that” when it comes time to fix your hair?! Please tell me I’m not the only one. 😁😂

This smoky aqua looks beautiful on every eye color! #makeupgeek #turquoiseeyemakeup #turquoisesmokyeye

xoxo Mrs. Herd

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