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Mandi – Makeover Monday and a catastrophe.

Before I show you this weeks makeover I have to tell you the dumbest thing that I have ever done!
When I announced the whole Makeover Monday shindig I actually put the wrong email address.
I was hysterical. I kept wondering why I was only getting a few emails to that account and then after I ran into a few people who said they entered but I’d never seen their entry I got suspicious and checked the page. Sure enough, I mixed up the address. Panic attacks ensued.
Emails were sent to the real owner of the account at no avail.

I can’t even think of the many emails with really cool interesting subject lines and gorgeous photos that I missed.
It pains me to no end.
If you sent one before PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE resend it to the corrected address.
[email protected] has been verified by a person who is not dyslexic. So not me.
And please forgive.

On to the makeover.
AS you all know I have had Mandi here for the better part of the week. It has been a blast working on my room and learning all kinds of DIY tricks I had no idea about, from the genius of all DIY in home decor. Also she is stunning and I couldn’t help but notice that ALL WEEK LONG.
At some point it was brought to my attention that she was kind of itching to go a little lighter, which I thought was a fantastic idea.
So on the last day she was here, I put a stop to the room makeover and a start to a makeover of my own.
We were kind of going for a Doutzen Kroes (VS model) look.

Mandi from Vintage Revivals gets a vicrotia's secret Maskcara makeover!

(Side By Side View)

What I did:
side note: Her blush, contour, highlight & illuminator were all my own formula. ( I know that’s kind of a drag cause you can’t get those yet, but I will recommend the closest thing I can find in the meantime)
First things first I sprayed on some Tomas tanning spray just on her face, neck and chest.
First I used cream blush (like this one) in the apples of her cheeks
Next I contoured around her face, down the sides of her nose, under her cheekbones and beneath her lip.
I also contoured around her eyes with Charcoal brown and a fluffy brush. ( I REALLY love this small brush kit)
Then I used dark brown liner right at her upper lash line and followed with a heavy coat of mascara.
Added some lower lashes (this is a really fun trick that is perfect for getting more out of your eyes without eyeliner)
Filled her brows with Brun (of course)
Then Highlighted under her eyes, down the center of her nose and on her chin.
For her lips I used NYX lip pencil in Natural to define and fill her lips, then I topped them with Lip Tar in Ophelia

For her hair she was telling me that it is always so soft and silky that it just slips out of curls and it’s difficult to get body so I used a really cool DIY trick to give her silky smooth hair a beachy naturally curly look. I’ll show you about that tomorrow!

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    July 15, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Holy gorgeous!!! This is my favorite Makeover Monday to date! I can’t wait to read your hair trick because I want my hair to look like that forever now.

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    July 15, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Ugh, why can’t I do that? I look like the before pic everyday.

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    isabellestreet8 Street
    July 15, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Wow! She’s absolutely gorgeous!!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Wow!!!! Definitely the best Monday makeover yet!! Love, love, LOVE it!!!!
    Ahhh!! Wish i lived in the US, so I could visit you and get a makeover with tips! Love your work!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 4:51 am

    She looks gorgeous. Love how you brought out her beautiful features!

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    July 15, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Love this makeover!! The beachy waves really adds to her already gorgeous looks! Stunning!

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    Robin Christensen
    July 15, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Fabulous! Amazing! Gorgeous! Beautiful!

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    July 15, 2013 at 5:08 am

    W.O.W. I can’t believe the difference. She was pretty before, but all made up she is show stopping. I can’t wait to hear how you did her hair!

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    July 15, 2013 at 5:10 am

    This is definitely one of my favorites so far!

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    Robbin Zaver
    July 15, 2013 at 5:27 am

    So gorgeous! Wow! Can’t wait to see how you did her hair!

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    Kim Sugars
    July 15, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Her eyes really pop now! LOVE your skills for enhancing everyone’s natural beauty! HAC on sister, HAC on!!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Vavavoom. Wow o wow. Did you also use tanner? Her chest is much darker in the after.

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      July 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Yes! Thanks for reminding her! I used Tomas and added a link to the post:)

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    July 15, 2013 at 5:54 am

    That is absolutely amazing!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:01 am

    This is my fav!!! Can you please come to Houston and help a girl in need 🙂

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      July 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you! I want to go to Houston SO BAD! Let’s do it.

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Most favorite one ever!

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Oh how I wish I lived anywhere near you!!! I would LOVE to do a makeover Monday!! (and the after pic would probably end up being every profile picture I use lol)

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Love it so much … can you do a tutorial on applying lashes to the lower lashes.

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Wow! She is beautiful in the before pic. But the after…she is stunning! Seriously! I love it! Great job!

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Wow, you really know what your doing!!! Best Monday makeover so far!!!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Wow well done fantastic job

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Utterly gorgeous!

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I love this! I just signed up for your blog and am in love!

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Wow! this is one of my favorites so far…. Beautiful!

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Beautiful! Love all of it. But when I tried the link for the brows, it went tot he mac eyeshadow. Can you let me know what the name of the eyebrow powder is? Thanks.

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      July 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      I use that mac shadow called Brun for like EVERYONE’s brows. It’s a perfect color.

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        July 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

        thank you!

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    Carrie Wevill
    July 15, 2013 at 6:51 am


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    July 15, 2013 at 6:53 am

    She really do kokos Luke a VS model! Gorgeous makeup and I love her smile!

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:58 am


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    July 15, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Gorgeous!! You are truly amazing at makeovers! Could you please state which foundation you used in this makeover? Thanks!!

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      July 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you so much! Ok so my formula of contour and highlight is actually a foundation as well, which makes it hard to recommend something just like it because I don’t know of anything like that on the market! Which I why I kinda skipped the foundation in my list cause I didn’t want the recreations to be too heavy! So I would recommend using a really light foundation or BB cream underneath like Maybelling BB cream

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    July 15, 2013 at 7:05 am

    wow, amazing makeover!

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    July 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Great work! She’s very beautiful to begin with but you’ve really brought out her features even more! This is my favorite as well!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Holy moly, me oh my! Just. Wow.

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    Sandra Sallin
    July 15, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Wow, can yu work your magic on a 72-year-old-blogger? You really have a gift.

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      July 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      I would love to! Thanks Sandra:)

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    July 15, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Love this makeover! She is gorgeous! I was wondering why I hadn’t received an email back for the “Monday Makeovers” 😉 I did send the email to the new address now so I’m crossing my fingers!

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      July 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you for resending! I appreciate it so much and I will get back to you ASAP!

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    Kendra Halterman (@myinsanity)
    July 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Wow!! Mandi! Gorgeous! I must see look into this “Monday Makeover” thing! You are both geniuses at what you do!

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      July 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Awesome job! Mandi you are beautiful before and after but what a difference!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Holy cow!! That is a seriously amazing make over!! She was pretty to begin with, but she looks absolutely gorgeous in the second photo! Great job!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Love this!!! When does your makeup line come out? I tried to search your blog but I am unable to find the info!!!
    You are truly talented!!

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      July 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      I’m hoping for October, but as soon as I get an exact date I will for sure announce it on the blog! Thank you so much!

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    July 15, 2013 at 8:13 am

    so beautiful! wonderful job!

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    July 15, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Mandi is beautiful just rolling out of bed in the morning… but this after? Hubba hubba!! You got skillz!

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    July 15, 2013 at 8:17 am

    HOLY CRAP! I have already told Mandi she looks like a model! she has the height and all. You did a smokin job on her. She looks gorg. Ok’ seriously, I am from S. Utah… please come do me… Like’ seriously!!!! xo jen

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    July 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I love Makeover Monday! You said you added lower lashes? I would never have thought of that. How do you make sure they don’t come off during the day? I’d be scared of that.

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      July 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you! I LOVE adding lower lashes, it’s what I do when I REALLY wanna go all out! They don’t fall out unless I forget they are there and rub my eyes. I’ll do a tutorial:)

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    Pretty Proof (@PrettyProof)
    July 15, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I love your makeovers and checking out the before and after photos! What a difference makeup can make.

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    July 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Beautiful job Cara! Your makeovers are the best!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I want you to do my makeup!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Seriously the best makeover ever! Not that she wasn’t pretty before, but now she is STUNNING. LOVE IT!

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    July 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This is my favorite Monday Makeover so far! How beautiful! I LOVE the pink cheek!

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    July 15, 2013 at 9:53 am

    WOW!! Stunning!

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    Emily @ EakaHouse
    July 15, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Beautiful! Both ways! I have similarly hard to curl hair so I’m excited to see tomorrow’s post!

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    July 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Holy shooks she looks drop dead gorgeous! I looove her hair!
    Good God I wish I could be part of your monday makeovers and you could make me over. I get tired of doing my makeup and hair myself, and I would be soo curious to see what you could do on me, you’re a genius!

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    July 15, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Love it. The look works perfectly together. Amazing would of loved to see a video on this one. Hair and makeup!!! Thanks so much!! XO XO

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    July 15, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Woah!!! Gorgeous!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Ah, in hindsight I should have realized something was up. It’s not like you to not respond to the MM emails or post about not being able to respond due to volume.

    She looks gorgeous! It’s so natural and yet such a dramatic change. This is another great demonstration of the power of eyebrows. I love the lip color. I’m dying to find out what you did with her hair. It looks fantastic.

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    July 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Very impressive!! You have real talent! She looks amazing!

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    Amanda S
    July 15, 2013 at 10:50 am

    This is spectacular! I love your ability to let the makeup highlight a woman’s beauty, not cover it. This might be my favorite one to date. She looks like a supermodel, but still like herself. You are a rockstar!

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    July 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Awesome as always !

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    July 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

    You are amazing…that is all.

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    July 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

    So pretty! I recently bought a lip tar because I saw a picture of someone wearing it and thought the color was so pretty. However, I’m not having great success applying the stuff. It always looks really odd or noticeable and kind of goopy. I know it requires a light hand, but I didn’t know if you have any other tips on applying lip tar? Thanks!

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    amber fischer
    July 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

    She looks ADORABLE!!! And oh my goodness, can’t WAIT for you to post the hair trick tomorrow because my hair just doesn’t hold a curl. Nice makeover!

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    July 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    What is the closest thing to your illuminator? Did I miss it? She looks amazing – her brows really make such a difference!

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    July 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I am terrified to just spray my face with the Tomas tanner. Is it possible for you to post a how to? It always looks incredible when you do it!

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      July 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Ditto! I was wondering this too?! I’ve seen people use a brush for gel bronzers but I don’t know how to do it apwith a spray. If its as simple as spraying it on that’d be great

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    Jen @ Love, the Arthurs
    July 15, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    You are amazingly talented! I wish I had one tenth of your skill! I just resent my makeover Monday stuff! Fingers crossed! I would love to watch you work your magic!

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    Helène Both
    July 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Dear Cara,

    Here in our small country, the Netherlands, I’m sort of addicted to all of your make-over miracles since a few months. I try to do my make-up like in your tutorials. By the way, the tutorials are so nice, practical and full of information in just a few minutes! Amazing! Your face now is so familiar to me, haha! I really admire the way you encourage women to make the best with what they have. Wish you lived in our country, like our Doutzen Kroes, so I could meet you once…Thank you for being you!!! Hugs from Helène

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    July 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Wow, I wanted to comment and give you a big compliment, but first I’ve read the last comment that was given and it’s also from a Dutchie, how funny! I’m also from the Netherlands, love Doutzen, she’s got brains and beauty (so do you I believe!). I like your makeovers a lot, but is it possible to make it a video tutorial sometime? I like to see how you ‘work’ your magic 😉

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    Susan Goldstein
    July 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Make up is so amazing…. you helped her find her potential and that is so wonderful!
    I am taking notes, because I need to master that contouring jazz…. bravo!!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    How about a saturday wedding makeover in vegas on the 17th lol…where are u located anyways and how much do you charge for makeovers? i want to look pretty for my big day

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      July 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      i mean on august 17th lol

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    July 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I can’t believe this is the same girl! Best makeover yet!!

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    Beth Anne
    July 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    You are amazing! Make up just baffles me… and doing hair… it’s like how most people feel trying to do calculus. blegh.

    If you’re ever in Kansas City, give this girl a call. I’m a big hot mess. haha. 😉

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    July 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    The bronzer that you linked to is a foundation powder… Does that work as good as a true bronzer?? I’ve tried several of your other suggestions already, I’m very fair skinned so depending on how tan I am, I need different shades…. all have worked wonders!

    Love, Love, Love all your tips and suggestions!! You’ve changed the way I use make-up!!

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    Mandy Kirk
    July 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Just like everyone else has said, my favorite one so far! Can’t wait to hear what you did with her hair, because mine is the same way!

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    July 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Wow! She looks so much younger!! Beautiful!

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    July 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Wow! Just found you through Mandi’s blog…beautiful! I love your tips and have spent the last hour going through your blog. I’m a new subscriber and anytime you’re on the east coast and need an older lady makeover, please call me. Seriously! I’m trying your brow tip this weekend.

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    July 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Wow! You’ve done it again. She’s beautiful before but stunning now!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Holy Hannah!! Awesome job, but she was also gorgeous before!!

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    July 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    OMG stunning from hair to makeup! Amazing makeover that is natural and not overdone! You played up her beautiful features and made them POP. The hair is so gorg! I have natural curly hair and can’t wait until tomorrow to see your hair tricks for this amazing look.
    <3 Ash

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    July 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Amazing! I’m coming to NV just to have an appointment with you!

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    July 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Holy freakin cow!!! She has such lovely natural features and they were brought out so perfectly!! So lovely!

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    July 15, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    wow.. this is pretty much a different person? i can’t believe it.. if you were in San Francisco, I would be scheduling an appointment with you…great work!

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    Jennie mcsorley
    July 16, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Hiya cara! She looks beautiful, you really can work wonders (though she does look gorgeous make up free as well) can you please recommend your favourite highlighter? Xx

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    July 16, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I didn’t know you were coming out with a makeup line!! My stomach is jumping for joy!!!! What are the price ranges and what all are you coming out with? I just put myself on a no buy makeup until October!!!

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    Pink Haired Princess
    July 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Another fabulous makeover, well done x

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    Melissa (@DIYMelissa)
    July 16, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Wow! I’m a huge fan of Mandi’s blog and she always looks gorgeous but you made her a straight knockout! I must find a way to get to Nevada for a consult!

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    July 16, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I would love to see videos of the makeover Mondays, no VoiceOver needed I just want to see more techniques now that I have the right products…, also I would love to see someone with redness in their diamond area not all these even skinned beauties 🙂

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    July 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I literally only follow two blogs, Vintage Revivals and yours… and now I find out the two of you are friends. My mind is blown! Room for one more? 🙂

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    July 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    She looks glamorous but not made up. How did you contour around her eyes?

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    July 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Cara!! I ditto every single other comment above when I say this is the best makeover so far, I LOVE IT! Your friend is just gorgeous! I do have a follow-up regarding foundation. My hormones are on the fritz and I have the unfortunate side-effect of getting melasma (darkening of the skin) above my lip and on my cheeks. So, I can’t do with a light foundation — I need full coverage right now, and have to do my whole face. I don’t want to get all cakey under the eyes with too much product but I DO want to be able to highlight that triangle. What’s an alternate product that can go over my foundation and still get the same effect? (I look forward to the day when I can go back to a lot less coverage but that’s not in the cards right now!)

    Thanks so much… also, I LOVE the hair on this too, going to definitely use your beachy spray!

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    July 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Do you actually have dyslexia???
    Or was that comment used as an excuse/insult/assault at individuals who may actually manage dyslexia?
    If it was used in an effort to elicit humor…it is just NOT funny!
    People who have dyslexia do not utilize the term “dyslexic”.
    For example, I do NOT state that my daughter “is DYSLEXIC”.
    She is HAPPY, and FUNNY, and SHARES her ideas willingly, and is SMART, and SWEET, and BEAUTIFUL and CREATIVE…..and she just so happens to also HAVE DYSLEXIA.
    She is not defined by this disorder…because she is so much more than that.
    You share so much goodness with the world…and young girls look up to you….I just felt that I needed to share the idea of putting the person BEFORE the disorder…..”person first” language. It’s not a new idea….but maybe it just hasn’t caught on everywhere yet. I can hope!

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    July 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Cara! Love love the site.
    This DIY sea salt spray is genius.
    I posted on my blog about the 5 best hair items for every girl.
    There’s a DIY on there too, but you are inspiring me to add more of those.
    You can check it out here!
    All the best on your continued success 🙂

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    July 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    that brown spot in her eye is the such a beautiful beautiful thing. and your skills, are too. 🙂

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    caroline N Shane Jones
    July 29, 2013 at 4:27 am

    I wish you could make me look as gorgeous as Mandi.

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    Sarah Kay
    October 19, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Holy-stinkin’-moly!!! I think this is absolutely the best make-over I’ve EVER seen! I think you are a phenomenal human being… and I totally wish I lived next door to you so I could get one of these shockin’ makeovers once in a while 😉 There should be like at least 300 more of you in this world. (Preferably one in Ireland) 🙂

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