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28, baby.

I freakin’ love birthdays.


What on earth is better than a day made to celebrate the sheer fact of your birth?
Nothing else is required! All you have to do is get borned.
Which is why I often think it’s my mom who should be celebrated on April 16th.
Do any of you have moms that are beautiful and wonderful who gave you life and then spent the rest of theirs making your life as good as humanly possible, yet they have no idea how great they really are and still manage to feel guilt for silly ridiculous things they didn’t do?
That’s my mom.
If I made the rules of Birthdaying a good mother would be entitled to at least 65% of all presents and well wishes.
I love you, mom. You really are the best mom in the world. Thank you for going through all you did 28 years ago. Thank you for everyday since.
I can only hope that Christian loves and appreciates me half as much as I do you someday.

PS You can vote for the Allure contest once a day all week. I’m trying not to pimp myself out too much (and get incredibly annoying) but I still want to have the link available. (HERE) Thank you SOOOO much to anyone who has voted so far, I know most of you only have so much free time at the computer so it means a lot that you would give some of it to me:)

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    April 16, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Ugh… Allure said I voted already today. But I haven’t even had coffee yet! Loved your blog subject today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I’ll keep trying to vote as hard as I keep trying to remind my own Mother that she wasn’t Betty Davis for putting salt instead of sugar in my banana pudding when I was five. 😉

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      April 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

      It seems like you can only vote once in 24 hours. As soon as the time that you voted yesterday passes, you’ll be able to vote again. At least that is what happened to me. 🙂 Happy Birthday Cara. Yours really was the best post. Hope you win. You deserve it.

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    Liza Lu
    April 16, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Voted 🙂 and will be voting all week! Hope you win 🙂 happy birthday beautiful!

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    Debra Rhodes
    April 16, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Voting of course!!! Happy Birthday Cara & Have a blessed day!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I love that we have the same birthday! I hope yours is amazing! Happy birthday girl

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    April 16, 2013 at 5:43 am

    It wouldn’t let me vote again either…. 🙁 why oh why?? It says I already voted when I did two days ago…. ? Happy Bday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    April 16, 2013 at 5:45 am

    My mom is the same way, and I loved my childhood!

    I’m having the same voting issue as Madelyn, but I will keep trying too! Have a happy birthday, stay grateful 🙂

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    April 16, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I would dearly love to vote for you as I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog but it seems it’s only open to US residents. Boo! Hope you win, you are head and shoulders above the rest!

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      April 16, 2013 at 5:52 am

      Oh, and Happy Birthday!!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Happy Birthday! Yours is exactly a week after mine and I turned 28 too! April birthdays are the best.

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Aww Happy birthday!! Mine is tomorrow, the 17th! I totally agree, I always go to my mom and thank her for having me.

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:07 am

    I wanted to vote, but it’s not possible from germany 🙁 Happy birthday anyway 🙂

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Happy birthday cara ! <3

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Happy Birthday!! I am from Canada so I can’t vote……. *sigh*

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Birthdays are awesome, even at 43! Happy birthday, Cara. May you feel loved and celebrated today and all year long..

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Wouldnt let me vote said I already voted today but I haven’t!!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Happy Birthday!! I tried to VOTE for you again today but it says I already voted (yesterday) ..

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:33 am

    You only get one vote per week…

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Happy Birthday Cara! I totally agree, I send my mommy flowers every year on MY birthday.

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    Ashley Grissom
    April 16, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Happy birthday Cara!!! Welcome to 28:) Hope your day is absolutely amazing!! And I love to see a child who loves and appreciates their mother like I do. They truelly are the, lol! I’ll try to vote again today but from the comments above it looks like I might have trouble since I voted yesterday… but we’ll see!

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    April 16, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Happy Birthday! I do have a request . . . I would love it if you could incorporate more makeup looks for blonde hair/blue eyed light complexions. I don’t wear heavy makeup and I’m looking for a natural clean look, but with some tricks to look amazing at the same time. I hope your day is great!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Happy Bitthday sister! I love you.

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    April 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Let me just say….your entry for this week was by far the best. Out of the ones I looked at (which, I’ll be honest, were only a few, I lost interest) just talked about their “beauty obession” like it was an essay or something. I LOVE that you, in true Cara form, TAUGHT people how to HAC, instead of just blabbering on & on. Love you, love your face, LOVE your blog. If you don’t win, I’m going to…..well, I dont know what I’m going to do, but it won’t be pretty, so let’s not go there.

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    April 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Happy Birtday!!!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Wishing you such a Happy Birthday! Your little man will definitely feel the same way about you because you project how much you care about your mom <3

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    April 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Happy b-day!!!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I agree with @ashley, if you don’t win, we are going to have a fit!!

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    Lauren Jasper
    April 16, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I’m voting everyday you are thee best! Happy Birthday 🙂

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    Tammy Toppe
    April 16, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Please keep reminding me to vote. I really would love to see you win and Iay forget to do it without your link and reminder!!! Love love love your blog!!

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    Your VERY Lucky Mom!
    April 16, 2013 at 7:59 am

    You are an angel!!! I will love you forever.

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      April 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      YOU are the cutest mom ever!

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      April 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Happy birthday love!

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    April 16, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Happy Birthday, Cara! You will always have a special place in my heart! Love, Bridget

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    April 16, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Happy Birthday! I recently celebrated my 28th as well. Voting everyday day for you!

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    April 16, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Voted yesterday and off to vote again today. Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday! (“Pickles”- which is what my kids shout at the end of Happy Birthday – I don’t know why, but it makes them happy and me too)

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      April 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Will not let me vote again (voted yesterday)

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    April 16, 2013 at 8:17 am

    happy birthday cara!! voting for you all week, you are such an inspiration!!

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    Megan M.
    April 16, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Happy Birthday! So sweet when people honor their mothers. I might tell my daughter that since I did all the work, I should get at least half of her presents. (She’s turning six this June.) I can just see the look on her face now! LOL

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    April 16, 2013 at 8:23 am

    My birthday is Thursday so I know the excitement you must have. I just wanted to let you know that you don’t look your age at all!!!!!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I love your post today….you are so right!! Have a wonderful birthday!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Ok, I just re-read the rules at the contest and it states: “Limit: One entry/vote per person and one entry/vote per e-mail address/and one entry/vote per day during the Promotion Period.” So we all should be able to vote again today! It won’t let me either!

    Oh, and Happy Birthday Cara!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Voted for you today! Love your tutorials! Happy Birthday!

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    Laura Phelan
    April 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Voted! Happy Birthday from Alabama, gorgeous girl!

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    April 16, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Happy birthday! I never have done this myself (haha) but my sister sends my mom flowers on my sisters birthday every year! Just as a thanks for birthing her (:

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    kassie (@kmakesithappen)
    April 16, 2013 at 9:51 am

    happy birthday

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    April 16, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Happy Birthdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy :*

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    April 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Happy Birthday, pretty lady!!!! I hope it’s the most wonderfulamaztastic of days! I’m gonna go vote for you again as your b-day present!

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    Maddy Cane
    April 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I voted! Happy Birthday, mine is tomorrow! Hope you had a lovely day! xxx

    Maddy from

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    Chelsey Patti
    April 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Happy B-day Cara! Please keep reminding us to vote, bc that’s the only way I’ll remember everyday! With all your little beauty secrets & tips, you definitely deserve it! I took a peek at the competish, seem like lovely ladies but didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know. You’re the one I learn from!!! Thanks for that.

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    Lindsey Prange
    April 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Happy birthday! I just voted for you! Good Luck!!!! (i’ll be voting for you everyday, love your blog)

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    April 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CARA! Just entered my vote! 🙂 Are you flippin’ kidding … you annoying? After all the time you spend sharing your wonderful beauty tips that have given us the inspiration to be a more beautiful version of ourselves … voting for The Best Beauty Blogger is our way of hopefully giving back. You absolutely deserve the title and the perks too! xoxo!!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Voted twice now. Girl, you’re gonna win this!

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    April 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I voted for you! I’ve never hard of the other bloggers, but I’m sure you are the best anyway!!

    Have a great birthday today!

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    April 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Voted! And will continue to do so…
    Happy, happy birthday!

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    Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)
    April 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Happy Birthday!

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    liz @ btb
    April 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Happy Birthday to my beauty guru! Off to vote for you!

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    April 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    It’s my birthday too! YAY for April Babes!

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    April 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    As others have said, you have to wait for a full 24 hours since your last vote. I wasn’t able to vote today earlier in the day than the time I voted yesterday. If you waited a full 24 hours and still have problems, try clearing your browser’s cookies. That helped as well. Let’s help our awesome girl WIN! What better birthday gift than that?

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARA! I hope it’s as beautiful as you make us feel. And yes, moms do deserve the congratulations. I live in the U.S. now but am originally from Bulgaria and there mothers always receive giant bouquets by everyone on their children’s bdays. I try to keep this tradition alive here as well.

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      April 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      I really like that idea … gonna do that for my mom next year (my bday has come and gone for the year).

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    April 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful Cara! Hope it’s fabulous! xo

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    April 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!:) you do not look a day over 22!

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    April 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Happy birthday, Cara! I discovered your blog via Pinterest about two weeks before the Allure nomination was announced. I am now the owner of almost all of your recommended products for “the ultimate makeup kit.” I have received two compliments of, “You look nice. Something’s different about you but I’m not sure what.” HAC and the Lorac Pro Palette! All thanks to you!

    I’d be interested to hear your recommendations for how (if at all?) make-up should be altered for people who wear glasses. I usually wear contacts but break out the specs from time to time.

    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy and appreciate your blog! You’ll be receiving my votes — I did go through and read the other contestants’ but you’re the winner in my book!

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    April 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    So crazy! Today’s my 28th birthday too! Hope you (and your mom) have a GREAT day! 🙂

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    kristen @ glambunctious
    April 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Happy birthday, Cara! 😀

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    April 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    i freakn’ love your blog! =) i’m turning everyone i can on to your blog by introducing them to your entry about applying concealer properly. thanks for always keeping your posts budget conscience!

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    Erin Barrow
    April 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Mine is tomorrow – no wonder I think you are so great!

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    Tristan Baverstock
    April 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Booyeah! Happy Birthday girl! I agree about celebrating moms more than ourselves…I grew up in a family of 5 kids! My mom deserves more credit than just her own birthday!

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    Sophia Katsaropoulos
    April 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Happy Birthday, Cara! You’re such a beautiful person inside & out, and you’re such a great role model 🙂 here’s wishing you many more years! Xxxxx

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    April 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Cara! I hope your day was great and I also voted for you yesterday but it wouldn’t let me vote again today but I’ll keep trying! I have to tell you that I checked out your competition and I don’t think you need to worry. Your entry was definitely the best, I don’t think I’m partial or anything 😉 Thanks for your awesome blog, keep up the good work!

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    April 17, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I’m a fan from South Africa and it seems that you can only vote if you live in the US, is that correct? Thanks for an awesome blog!

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    April 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I hope you had an awesome Bday!
    Vote: “check” I hope you win!

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    April 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Cara-Happy Belated Birthday! When I watched this Dove experiment it made me think of the misson of your blog.

    I hope it inspires you the way you inspire all of us that have the pleasure of following your great beauty advice

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    April 19, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Voted for your beautiful Face & techniques! That’s the least we can do for giving us so many amazing tutorials (: xoxoxo
    Lots of Love,
    Bobby Sue Girls
    ~Trendy Boutique Clothing~

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    April 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Happy Birthday Cara,you are simply the Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!X

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    Debbie Pinchot
    April 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Yes I remember 28. You don’t get happy about birthdays when you hit 50. I young 50. But still 50. 53 to be exact. You are adorable though. I guess enjoy it while you can.

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    Rachel Kuykendall
    April 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Cara! So I don’t know if you will ever get past all your amazing birthday comments and make your way down here to mine but I just had to let you know these feelings I’m having right now. I just spent three hours searching through your blog and I want you to know you are truly inspiring. I have been following your blog for months and I had no idea about all the posts I haven’t seen yet! I love all of your tutorials (seriously have tried pretty much all of them) but I haven’t ever taken the time to search for your other blogs..I just read your Mean Girls blog and laughed hysterically..I read about your pregnancy journey and it really made me feel a lot more hopefully about my post-baby-bod I will have some day. You are just so down to earth and I appreciate that so much in a person. I never second guess if what you are saying is true and I take every piece of advice you give to heart. It is so hard for us girls to overcome our jealousy, but you lay it straight out on the table and let us know it is okay to admit we aren’t perfect! But that we need to embrace our beauty and completely be ourselves. You would be an amazing speaker at a seminar or something…I know a lot of your followers really, really look up to you and I guarantee I wouldn’t be the only one to buy a plane ticket to come hear you tell your story and even do a couple makeovers! Anyway, don’t ever stop what you’re doing! You were born to change people’s lives and you truly have a gift. Thanks for everything you do. <3

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    Emily Albrecht
    June 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Hey! I just discovered your blog and have been basically reading every post. I saw your birthday post and laughed-because my birthday is April 15! Anyway, I love your blog and am going to continue on my journey through your many posts.

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