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Makeover Monday – Marie

Happy Monday!
Let me introduce you to Marie! She is absolutely beautiful and such a kind hearted soul.
Marie is close friends with my mom and works with her in our church, she is always serving others, I really look up to her!

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In this video I talk a little bit about good application techniques for over 40 skin:)

I hope you like it!

What I used:

IIID Foundation in Light (linen + walnut + ruby + pearl)
All heart (vintage lilac color) from the Naturally Pretty Palette
Perversion Eye Liner Urban Decay
Demolition Eye liner Urban Decay
YSL Shocking Mascara
Rush Lip Liner Urban Decay
NYX Gloss in Glitter dream

Have a beautiful Day!

cara

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Blogging Chats

Have you guys ever wondered things about the ins and outs of blogging as a profession? I get a lot of questions about it so I thought I’d share some answers to the ones I get most often:)

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Do you ever run out of ideas on what to post?
No. I would have run out of ideas years ago if not for the readers. You are constantly giving me ideas on things you’d like to see more of and learn how to do.
Although, I do have days where I’m 100% uninspired and need a break from anything beauty related. When I was pregnant, my whole head was filled with baby thoughts and 8 months along + mid summer makeup was more or less the last thing on my mind!

Do you get a lot of free stuff?
When I began getting a lot of traffic (and mostly after I won the Allure Beauty Blogger award) I started getting sent lots of beauty products! At first it was really amazing, I was like Scrooge Mcduck swimming in skincare and body lotions! But it didn’t take long before I felt like I was becoming buried in it. My whole message is helping people use the stuff they have to it’s fullest rather than promote buying something new every day. Plus if I wouldn’t actually buy it myself I wouldn’t post about it. For instance I had a company offer to give me a $1000 stroller before Billy was born. I would have loved to have a super nice stroller but if I’m being honest I wouldn’t buy one myself so I had to turn them down and buy one in my actual price range.

How do you keep up with all of the questions and comments?
I don’t. I just do my best! For a long time I was so frustrated that I couldn’t get to them all that I wouldn’t even try. I just dug my head in the sand. Which didn’t help AT ALL I just ended up feeling guilty constantly. I decided I would just do what I could when I could. So now I have it much better handled and since I know I’m doing my best (while still being a mom & a business owner) then I don’t feel as guilty when I miss some:)

How do you make money off your blog?
Most of you probably know this but I still get asked all the time. There’s a few different ways I am able to make an income here:

#1 Ads As you can see there are a few ads on the site. Just like commercials…but way less money:)
#2 Affiliate links. So basically Everything in the universe has affiliate link opportunities these days, meaning I get a little referral percentage if you click on my link to get something I recommend.
#3 Sponsorships. Although, In the 5 years that I’ve had this blog I’ve probably done less than a dozen sponsored posts. One of the most important things to me when I began was to always be %100 honest and genuine and never driven by money but by the ability to help women feel more beautiful. That being said it’s obviously wonderful if you can do that and make money but it only works out that way for me about 1 in 1000 of the sponsored posts I’ve been offered.
#4 My Makeup Line. Now that I own a business I’ve been able to use the blog to share about it with you, my readers. I know for sure I wouldn’t have been able to start my line when I did and it wouldn’t have seen this amazing success without you all:) I’m so incredibly grateful, thank you! 

Do any of you that have blogs have an questions you get asked a lot?

cara

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