My Life

Merry Merry Merry Christmas

I hope you all have the most lovely holiday.
Thank you for being amazing friends, for supporting my dreams, sharing even just a small part of your lives with me and for bringing so much light and joy into my life.
I never feel like I can give back nearly what I am given through this blog but I hope you know that I am always trying.
When I started the blog I did so to help other women and that is still my goal, but somewhere along the way I realized that I was being helped far more than I could possibly be helping in return.
I feel indebted to you.
I hope my genuine love and appreciation is felt through my posts as much as your love is felt through your words.

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{These lovely family photos were taken by Tracy Layne Portraits}

Sending so much love to you and your families!
I’ll see you after the holiday!


(for questions or comments relating to IIID products please check out the IIID Foundation Page)
ALSO: for those of you who are unable to see the photos on my blog, I have a couple things that might solve the problem, please let me know if they do not. Click here to view these options

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    Yvonne Villalobos Paup
    December 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family Cara!

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    December 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a Happy New Year!!

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    December 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

    You have such a beautiful family! Your son is the most beautiful little boy! Thank you so much for creating and maintaining this amazing blog! I am always excited to read your new posts every week! Merry Christmas!

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    December 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Cara, I was always afraid to try makeup, because I was terrified that it would look awful. Your blog changed all that, because you’ve made it seem so simple and fun. Thank YOU.

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    December 23, 2013 at 10:51 am

    You are beautiful inside and out, I want to thank you for all good work you do revolutionizing beauty. I think you’re charming, clever, sweet, funny…. I’m so glad I found you this year! Enjoy your holiday 🙂

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    December 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I just can’t type everything I want to say here… I’ll just say you give so much to us all by giving your honest SELF to us. Such an amazing gift was given to us when God gave us YOU! Love you, Amy and Elsie (hey, that’s Belle!)

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    Jessica T
    December 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Much love to you and yours, Ms MaskCARA! Your blog is a joy to read and you are truly a wonderful person with a wonderful purpose. Your portraits are beautiful and your little boy adorable as always.

    Merry Christmas!

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    December 23, 2013 at 11:13 am

    You have a gorgeous family! Love your blog. I’m so glad I found it. P.S. You’re taller than I imagined. =)

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    Anna R
    December 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

    OMG, Christian is getting so big!! I am so glad I found your YouTube channel and blog. And I can’t WAIT to get your IIID foundation when it comes back in stock! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2014.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Cara!!!

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    December 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Cara, I’m not a blog person, but I discovered yours over a year ago. Your blog is such an uplifting place, and I’ve always felt a little better and inspired after reading your posts. I’ve found myself rooting for you as you’ve found happiness and success along the way. Thank you for being open about past struggles, and positive about the future! I know you’ve helped inspire many women. Thanks for not hiding your light. I hope to meet you one day!

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      December 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

      p.s. In saying that I’m not a blog person, what I mean is your blog charmed the pants off me SO much (hard thing to do) that I religiously check it very few days and have referred my friends to it. haha 🙂

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    December 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Beautiful family!! Keep up the good work, I love reading your blog!!

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    December 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I never comment on blogs; However, Cara, I have been reading your blog for about a year and your unfailing enthusiasm, optimism and delight in the fortune of your life shines through my computer screen every post. Your sincerity, generosity and honesty is a delight ( there’s that word again!) – in fact, I think that it is the perfect word to describe you – delightful. I absolutely do not believe in karma (sorry!!) – do believe that we have the capacity to make the most of every situation we find ourselves in – good and bad – your consistent positivity and gung ho, always moving onwards, upwards and forwards is wonderful to see. May you delight in your family and life for evermore.

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    Gretchen Joy
    December 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    We love you, Cara!!!!!! Seriously. I am sure I speak for all the women here, who feel very supported by you to make us look AND feel our absolute best. Thank you for always sharing everything in such a genuine way. You are truly a diamond in a rhinestone world. Merry Christmas to you and your precious little family!

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    Emerald Earrings
    December 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Christian looks like a little boy now instead of a baby! These photos are precious! Merry Christmas Cara!

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    December 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Beautiful child and gorgeous family~ You rock our socks off Cara! Merry merry Christmas!

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    December 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I love your blog and think you are truly amazing! Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us, I admire you so much. Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your precious family!

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    December 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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    December 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    You have such a beautiful family! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and a happy New Year!

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    December 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2014! You and your family are beautiful.

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    December 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!!

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    December 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and family! Those are really nice pics.

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    December 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Merry Christmas! Your blog has improved my makeup and confidence!

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    December 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    What a beautiful family!! I know your blog has helped me FAR more than I could ever help you. Hope your Holiday Season is the best!

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    December 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Merry Christmas and a very most successful 2014… I just want to THANK YOU so very much! you changed my life, my look! All thanks to Cara! I wish only the best for the BEST!

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    December 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Oh my goodness girl, you are just the sweetest! Thank you so much for everything you do for us! Whenever I read a post from you it literally puts a smile on my face(: I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
    P.s these pics are ADORABLE

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    Amanda June
    December 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    You are so sweet! 2013 was the year I discovered your blog (through Jessica at How Sweet Eats!) and I enjoy it so much! Your tutorials and fun photos are the best. Love how down-to-earth and humble you are about it all and how you truly appreciate the beauty in everyone. Thanks for all that you do!

    I live overseas but the HAC pack is on its way from the US (pre-ordered on black Friday and had it sent to my mom) and I can’t wait to try it!!

    Your little man is looking so big and handsome. Beautiful family! Merry Christmas, Cara!

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    December 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Merry Christmas! I look forward to your awesome posts in the new year!

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    December 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Hey Cara,

    Any plans to sell the colors separately? I seem the be using more of my darker color than light and I’d love to get more of the dark but will not need the light for a while.


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    Christie in MT
    December 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures, Cara! Love you and love your blog. This 40 something mommy thanks you for helping me feel beautiful again with simple makeup (and other) tips! May your 2014 be even more blessed. xo

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    December 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Merry Christmas and here’s to a fantastic 2014! The smiles on all of your faces says it all. Beautiful hearts, beautiful family. Take care…

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    December 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Cara. Your blog has been awesome and I have loved your honesty with everything. Your little boy is growing up so fast. May God continue to bless you and your family in 2014. xx

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    December 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Merry Christmas!

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    December 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    These photos are adorable! Merry Christmas Cara and thank you for making my 2013 just that much prettier!

    Sparkles and Shoes

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    December 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Oh my gosh your son is SO cute! Wish you and your family have an amazing Christmas!

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    December 24, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Such a gorgeous family, inside and out! Merry Christmas, Cara!

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    December 24, 2013 at 6:55 am

    These photos are so cute!!!
    Kiss and marry Christmas!!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

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    December 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Merry Christmas! I am one of those who suddenly, as of the last week, CANNOT see any photos. There is no red x or picture icon. There is just nothing there. I’ve always been able to see them but as just a few days ago, they do not appear. I read thru the directions but nothing fits the issue of not seeing anything there. Let me know if there is something else I can do. Thank you!

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      December 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Hi Jennifer,
      I have had the same problem not seeing the pictures until I stopped clicking Cara’s blog from my favorites bar and just Googled I think I may have needed to update my favorite’s bar. Hope this helps.

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        December 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        The tip worked great. Now seeing all the great photos—didn’t want to miss a thing. Thank you!

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    December 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Happy Holidays to you and your family! I love the photos they are beautiful! xoxo

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    December 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Merry Christmas to all of you. Wishing you the best for the new coming year! Stay FabUlous!

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    December 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Happy Christmas to you & your beautiful Family! <3 Ax

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    December 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Amazing photos! Wishing you and your family merry christmas xx

    Narine – Mad About Beauty

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    December 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family !! xx

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    December 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Maybe you don´t know it, but a long time ago you are part of my life and i love it, i wish you to keep being filling these little moments with me 🙂 !!!

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    cariolyn Strong
    December 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Beautiful family Cara I join the others;wishing you more successes. I am so happy for you that you have Christian and Nick. Luv U

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    December 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Cara! You have a gorgeous family 🙂

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    December 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Hello! any idea when medium HAC foundation will be back in stock???

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    December 29, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Probably going to sound like a sap but, cara I’ve checked your blog every day for about a year. I’m grateful for you because your so honest obviously hilarious and followed your dreams despite your hard ships. I can say we love you girl. You are an inspiration and a time model for me. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. Loves.

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      December 30, 2013 at 12:11 am

      *role model… auto correct.

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    December 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Love these photos! Your family is radiant. I hope you have a wonderful New Year full of adventures and surprises! Thank you for all of your lovely posts, it has been a joy to share in the excitement of your journey!

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    December 31, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Happy New Year Cara!

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    December 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Happy New Year Cara! Thank you for your wonderful blog. It is helpful and inspiring. Have a great 2014,

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    January 2, 2014 at 5:23 am

    beautiful family! Cara, where did you get your shoes? I love them! xo

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    Helena Rönnblad
    January 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Beautiful photos! 🙂

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    January 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

    These photos are so beautiful! Cara – What type of camera do you use for your blog photos? I’ve been wanting to ask but keep forgetting.

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    Ericka Johnson
    January 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Brought to tears by that video of your son. I am almost 42 years old and am still brought to tears thinking about my dad who is not my biological father but raised me as if he was. So happy for you and your family. God is great!

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