Hello and thank you for visiting my blog.
My name is Mariska Goussard and I am the author of The Secret Board. I decided to start this blog after virtually none of my friends and family joined in my excitement when I received my first Beauty Blender. I think my visible disappointment in their lack of excitement created a spark for some (or maybe it was just guilt..?) as I have since been quizzed about beauty and skincare products on a daily basis ever since. So I thought: why not create a platform where I can educate and share my own product reviews, comparisons or tell them about exciting new launches. I also think my husband and best friend will appreciate it.
I have never received any training in the art of make-up. Everything I know is through hours and hours of reading, watching countless YouTube videos and making terrible mistakes. When my younger sister asked me to do her make-up for her wedding day, I was one big ball of stress! Just because you can do a smoky-eye perfectly on yourself, does not make you an instant make-up artist. Oh how I wished the photographer would just go away! It felt as though she was there clicking away at my mistakes, all while I was trying so hard to not let my sister see the worry on my face or glue her eyelids together with the false lash glue. In the end everything turned out beautiful, but I needed a stiff drink afterwards!
In my blog posts I will be reviewing my personal experience with make-up or skincare products. I am not remunerated or incentivized for my work. It is purely for my own enjoyment and I purchase most of the products myself (apart from the odd gift from a friend or family member). In the event where it is a sponsored post or press drop, I will make it clear to my readers.
My husband and I moved from Cape Town to the Netherlands in 2016 for his work. We really enjoy it here, especially the travel opportunities, but we do miss our friends, family and Cape Town with its majestic beauty of course. I share the occasional post on the challenges and joys of expat life, but my passion will always be beauty and remains the main focus of my blog.
I hope you will enjoy my blog. Please follow me on Bloglovin’, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates. Feel free to send me an email or comment below if you have any questions or suggestions for products to review.
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