Before & Afters HAC Makeup

Makeover Monday & National Adoption Month

Today’s makeover is very special to me.

Meet Amy.

Her hair (natural color BTW) is like spun silk! I couldn’t stop running my fingers through it, she also has the most gorgeous green eyes and that beautiful freckled skin I love so much. But maybe the most gorgeous thing about her is her glow.


If you can’t see the light shining from her I don’t know what to tell you. She is warm and kind and beautiful. Amy is the proud mother of 10 beautiful children! She’s been fostering kids in need (56 so far!) and adopting any that needed a permanent loving home (8) since she first got married. I thought it would be fitting for November’s National Adoption month to spotlight her story.

Sometimes it’s easy to feel defeated and powerless when we see the devastating things going on in the world around us but Amy is a reminder that one person can be mighty. That it’s not all out of our hands. That there are people who need our love right in our own neighborhoods and giving it could change everything.

It is so touching and inspiring I really hope you’ll take the time to watch!


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    Robin C
    November 17, 2015 at 4:41 am

    So stunning! Her makeup makes her face look so much thinner! As always, beautiful work, Cara!

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    Meri Waldron
    November 17, 2015 at 5:50 am

    I love that kid at the end, “My mom’s a foster mom, what’s your super power?” <3

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    November 17, 2015 at 6:39 am

    She is so beautiful inside and out!

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    Amanda Okorie
    November 17, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Thank you so much for sharing Amy’s beautiful story. I’m a NICU nurse and I always want to bring the babies who get put Into foster care home with me. Who am I kidding, I want to bring all the babies home with me. I’ve been so afraid of foster care for that exact selfish reason, I’m afraid of what it would do to myself and my family. I’m glad Amy’s story opened my eyes to that. I’m going to talk to my husband tonight about fostering!

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    November 17, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I wish a fraction of what’s spent on fertility was spent on adoption.

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      November 18, 2015 at 5:17 am

      Whew! Say it again for the cheap seats in the back!

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      November 18, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Yes! Thank you!

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    November 17, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Amy sounds like an amazing person, and the makeover you did is great – you played up her glow and she looks very warm and vibrant. 🙂

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    November 17, 2015 at 8:15 am

    always a beautiful women plus a great backstory. Amazing.

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    November 17, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Wow!! Amazing story!!

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    November 17, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Thank you so much for highlighting adoption and foster care Cara! I loved this blog, and that woman’s story is so so beautiful!

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    November 17, 2015 at 9:39 am

    She is indeed beautiful. I’m so glad there are wonderful people like this in my world.

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    November 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Wow, what an amazing person!

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    Emily Fox
    November 17, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I want to be like Amy.

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    November 17, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Amy is a super woman! I love her story. thank you for sharing it. She is beautiful inside and out.

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    November 17, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Beautiful woman, beautiful story!

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    November 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

    She looks amazing! Can you list what was used please? 🙂

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    November 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Beautiful inside and out!

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    November 17, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    What a beautiful story, and a beautiful woman with a heart of gold. Brought tears to my eyes.

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    November 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I love this! I have been a CASA & also worked in the past at my local CPS office.

    I understand first-hand the need for stable, loving, forever homes for children in care – right here in your own community. If you are ever thinking of adopting a child from overseas, please, PLEASE consider contacting your local CPS or Child Welfare office FIRST!

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    November 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Cara! As usual you did a stunning job. She looks beautiful.
    I also wanted to tell you you’re one of my biggest style inspirations (I can’t even tell you how many things are in my wardrobe that came from you. Lol) I was hoping you could do more of your posts about your fashion. I appreciate that you’re a busy mom on the go but you seem to be a person that nails the casual, everyday wear that everyone wants to achieve. (The “I just threw this on… It’s no big deal… I look like a celebrity ” look.)
    You are so great and have inspired so many people. I love your blog! Xo

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    Karen Haskins
    November 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Amy is an amazing lady with a heart of gold… and you made her look as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.

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    Jess Beran
    November 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    My husband and I just went to our first meeting to learn about becoming foster parents. It was so good to watch this and be encouraged to continue on the journey. Thank you so much for telling this story! It needs to be heard! In both my home state, Arizona, and my current state, Iowa, there are thousands more kids needing a foster home than there are people willing to provide homes. I’m sure it’s like this in many states. What a beautiful example of love!

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    November 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I’m still very young but I so want to foster one day! I can’t wait until I’m settled and secure enough to help kids in this way. Amy is very inspiring and beautiful x

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      November 28, 2015 at 1:10 am

      Such a commendable goal, I hope you will succeed.

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    November 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Amy is such an amazing person and an inspiration to all! She is soooo deserving of this beautiful makeover…to match her beautiful heart. We are neighbors and go to the same church….I often watch her with awe and admiration for the love, dedication and patience she has for each one of her children.

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    B. Smith
    November 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Amy deserves a round of applause. Because, through her challenges of raising her kids, she is still a wonderful mom and supportive of other moms. She is light in a world with too much dark. She is inspires me and many others to be a better person. Also she is beautiful both inside and out. Love this story, so glad someone recognizes how awesome this lady is….

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    November 17, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    What a beautiful heart!

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    November 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Beautiful inside and out!

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    November 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Can you please post the colors / products you used? What a beautiful lady, soul and exterior!

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    November 18, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I have a new hero! She is incredible. What an inspiring woman!

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    Rebecca O'Connor
    November 19, 2015 at 3:10 am

    This is so moving. Thank you for sharing this story. What a beautiful and inspirational lady!

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    November 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

    This woman is the definition of beauty! Inside and out, just absolutely stunning. So inspiring, thanks for sharing this with us! And love her makeup!!!

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    November 19, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    WOW. Amy has this right on. I work in a preschool room and I think some of the kids try so hard to see how much they can push the limits before you stop loving them. Amy said it so well and really put words to how I feel, “If they’re in my home, (in my case, classroom), they’re my kids and I love them unconditionally.”
    Amen sister! The world is better because of you!
    The fact that Amy is on a beauty blog makes sense because she is outwardly beautiful, the fact that she is on THE beauty blog is because she is inwardly stunning. xoxoxoxox Beautiful job highlighting this woman’s glow, Cara.

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    Chrissie Dyson
    November 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Shared on Facebook. She is such a wonderful person.

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    November 23, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. I wish I was half the mom she is. How do you do it?

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