My Life

A not-so-brief explanation.

I am sitting here trying my hardest to find the words to tell you guys about all of the changes on my blog lately.
My followers mean so much to me and I owe you an explanation.
It’s a tough situation, because I want to be honest and candid but I also want to have respect to those involved.

So I am just going to tell the story…and leave the swear words out:)

For a few years now I have had a beauty product idea that I have been dying to create. Problem was I never had the money or the business know-how to do it. Then, a few months ago a couple friends of mine approached me to become investors and create a partnership.

I was so so excited.
I jumped in with both feet! I finally had someone who believed in me and my ideas!

Shortly after we began working together changes began to take place that I wasn’t comfortable with.
The change from Maskcara to Chisel Beauty, for instance, was hard for me to take. I didn’t like it.
From where I stand now I realize that I made a lot of mistakes.  I needed to stand my ground but instead I pretended to be casual and laid back about something that I am not the least bit laid back about. The integrity and authenticity of my blog.

As time went by more changes were being pushed, and I began to feel that my opinions and ideas were not valued.
I felt like I had to fight for my blog constantly.
As much as I wanted to build a business and create a product I wasn’t willing to sacrifice the integrity of my blog to do so.
I would just never do that to my followers.
To earn someones trust is a big deal to me and to basically sell that trust to someone for business is not something I am willing to do.

I realized that anyone who would be so cavalier with that loyalty is someone that I can’t be in business with.

As of now I have separated myself from Chisel Beauty. I took myself and all of my content off the website and left the partnership. Since then my words and my images have been re-added to a website that I don’t even have access to.  It is painful as a blogger to see someone else taking credit for your work and I hate to think that my followers are commenting or emailing me and I can’t even see it to respond.  I hope that I am able to spread the word quickly and put all of this behind me as soon as possible.

In the meantime I am really excited to be back in the drivers seat! I am working on some really fun new ideas and fancying up the design and making it better than ever!

I have learned so much from this experience, but the most important thing I have learned is to trust myself and to stand by what I believe in no matter what.

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    LOVE THIS! i’m so glad you stood up for yourself and your brand! continue to do what you feel is RIGHT for your blog and business going forward. so glad for you to be back at….i seriously wasn’t a fan of the “chisel beauty” anyway!! xoxo

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Glad you will be posting here now! I always liked it better 🙂

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    i sure like maskcara more. what a dramatic tale! i’m sorry you went through that. i’m glad you’re back though.

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    What a great message. I’m also at the point in my life where I’m having to make decisions and figuring out where I’m willing to compromise and where I’m not. It’s great to see that you ultimately followed your gut, even though it may not have been the most popular/profitable choice.

    With so many blogs today doing “spin-offs” whether on or offline (new blogs, writing in magazines, writing books, clothing lines, etc.), it’s great to see someone who is not willing to comprise the integrity of their blog and following their heart instead. Thank you.

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    Nicole Hoover
    June 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Good for you!!!! I am so happy you are back to Maskcara! This blog seemed so much more “you” xoxo

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I am proud of you! I like Maskcara better too. I’m glad you’re “home”!!!

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    Kelsey Hansen
    June 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    So sorry! I too like Maskcara better! Can’t wait to see more ideas:)

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    Chelsey Morris
    June 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I wish you knew how much you have inspired me about makeup! Your so amazing stay strong

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    Kindi Nelson
    June 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Yay! I love this so much more!

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    SO glad you’re back!!! You have been missed!

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and im so sorry all this has happened. Im glad you’re back on your own and will be posting on here.

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Props for standing your ground and regaining control of your passions! Such a great message for all of us: its never too late to make a positive change towards something you want.

    Best of luck with all your endeavours!

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I admire you cara love the site and hope you realize how much support you have ! Xo

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    June 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Good for YOU! You know you will always have my support! I’m sorry you had to go through all that. I agree with the general consensus- I liked Maskcara better anyway!

    Onward and upward!

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    Megan Shaheen
    June 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    You are amazing! You will do great things! I have really missed your posts!

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    Megan Shaheen
    June 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I am feeling mad for you right now! I am so annoyed. Those are all your ideas….buggggg! You are the brilliance behind it all!

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    June 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I’m sorry you had to go through that too! I LOVE your blog! I always come here to learn all of my beauty related questions and everything! You’re amazing and beautiful!!!

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    June 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Always here for you babe! Even if i’m still kind of retarded with hair… 😉 MUCH LOVE!!

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    June 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Cara, Love and Loyalty to people are just 2 of your many beautiful gifts, which you so willingly share with all of us. Thank you for choosing the high road. We are excited to see what is next!

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    June 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Welcome home:) xoxo

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    June 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Seems everyone agrees that you are WAY better by yourself! Hated the name “chiseled beauty”. I enjoy your blog!

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    June 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Staying true to yourself is always the best policy! I love the quote you shared and believe every word of it! You have great things in store for you Cara! Keep on, movin on!

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    June 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    How can your content be used without your consent? I think it is funny that when you do a google search for chisel beauty, every page that comes up says “posted by cara.” Hmm I wonder how long it will be lasting if all their good content came from you? Sorry you had to go through such a crummy thing, but good for you coming out with your head up.

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    cass miller
    June 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    So glad you’re back! I liked maskcara better, too. 🙂

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    June 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    So excited to have you back. Been missing the posts. I definitely like Maskcara better too! You seem like a fantastic person and I love following your blog. Be blessed!

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    June 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I just got a blog update from the other site and saw all the changes. I was like “where the hell is Cara? I don’t give a rat’s patootie about the rest of y’all.” So glad you did what is best for you!!! We love you and will always be here to support you. I live in Reno, NV but if you need me to fly out and whoop some ass I’m there!!!!

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    June 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I am so bugged for you! All I have to say is Chisel is nothing without YOU. All your followers are following you! Maskcara is going to end up being exactly how you want it anyways:) I am so curious what the full story is though……

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    June 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Love you and your blog!

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    June 9, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I recently started watching all your blog posts on Chisel Beauty after my sister sent me the link. I have checked back often since then to see if there were new posts. I went on today and found a post about a VS Angel makeup tutorial, when I clicked on the link I was very bummed to see that it was not your video but a different dull girl who didn’t seem to be enjoying herself at all. I love the name MaskCara and hope that you are able to start up a blog completely on your own! I know I will be a loyal follower of that blog. Wish you all the best!

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    Rebekkah Gericke
    June 9, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I liked this one better any way! It just feels right! Thank you for being so honest with us and with yourself. You deserve it all so I hope this new chapter brings you joy unimaginable and that your love for “all things beauty” hasn’t been robbed from you. Just know that none of your followers were ever disappointed in your original videos so I have no doubt in my mind that your upcoming videos will continue to inspire us 🙂 THANK YOU!

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    June 9, 2012 at 2:33 am

    So sorry to hear all you went through! But you seem all the wiser for it… you can’t buy experience 🙂 Glad you are back, I agree with the others, I like Maskcara better!

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    June 9, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Your the greatest…really!!

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    June 9, 2012 at 4:20 am

    So happy to see you are back and I’m sure stronger than before! Everything happens for a reason and it is good you realized what you did before it was too late.

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    June 9, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Welcome home!!

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    June 9, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I have been following you for some time now and was kinda sad when your blog changed name, I didn’t like it at all. So glad it’s back to the old name I love it and hopefully we will be seeing you post more often.

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    June 9, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Way to be, Cara! Back in action. You’ll get back to your old self/blog in no time.

    If you ever do have a product you want to launch, have you ever looked into It’s a place where you can get funding by offering stuff when people pledge money to help out. I”m sure you’ve heard of it, but just in case you hadn’t- you’ve gotta take a look and see how it could possibly help you to financially back anything you may want to create or do (it’s not just for products, but services, websites, all kinds of stuff).

    Look forward to what Maskcara has to offer us moving forward!


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    June 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    So happy you are back! I love your blog and this format so much. Way to follow your instincts, Cara!

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    June 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    So happy to hear that you have made some changes for the better. I only went on Chisel as a way to look at some of your tutorials and pictures and advice so when I noticed you left I gladly followed. Myself, along with all these other people, are very happy and excited for you. Way to go girl!


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    June 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I’m so glad Maskcara is back. Chisel didn’t feel like your voice and I’ve really missed learning things the maskcara way 🙂

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    June 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    My blog loyalty is with you and your expertise!! Keep it going! Get back on your feet after you are knocked down! You are going places! Makeup is your gift! I hope I have a chance of you consulting me in the future! I just had a baby boy and would do anything for your services!

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    June 10, 2012 at 4:55 am

    You seem to have all the support you need from your followers. Chisel Beauty unfortunately won’t last long without you, all the posts were from you, and the girl doing videos now is not comfortable in front of the camera, and not real. I enjoy reading and watching the tutorials you post because you are real! Keep on smiling girl! 🙂 Go you!

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    June 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    YAYYYYYYY!!!!! I LOVE this muchhhhh better… This page is much more organized& easier to find something if I need to go back and review something. I LOVE this. & honestly looks like you do SOOOO much better on your own 🙂 much love… Im EXCITED ! 🙂

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    June 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I love this site and a true fan to you and your creations!!

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    June 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    One more reason to love you and your blog! Way to stand up for yourself! Your followers follow because of you and the wonderful beauty tips and ideas we learn from you, not b/c it’s fancy. If you started to change too much who you are people would have noticed and probably stopped following. Keep up the good work and please keep posting your wonderful beauty secrets!! You also write some many things in your blog that identify with so don’t change a thing!

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    June 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    wherever you go, we will follow. 🙂 You just get you figured
    out and we’ll be here to watch, read, and support. love yous.

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    June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Good! You are so talented and amazing at what you do! You should never have to sacrifice who you are and the expectations you have for your future products and vision.

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    June 11, 2012 at 3:52 am

    I am so happy you stood up for yourself and look forward to your new posts!

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    June 11, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Cara I LOVE your blog. I’m with everyone else. I loved your blog much more before the Chisel beauty days, I’m happy to see you back on your own. Don’t give up on your beauty idea! You’re amazing at what you do. When you do come out with your product idea, I can gaurentee that I’ll be buying it! Love you and love your blog!

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    June 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I only followed Chisel Beauty because of you … I will adjust accordingly! 🙂 Everything happens for a reason, and it all works out in the end! Can’t wait to see more from you … here!

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    June 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I’m a faithful follower of Maskcara.. and nobody else. Good luck with the future and I’ll be a devoted follower to you throughout it! You’re awesome!

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    June 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I really enjoy your blog, Cara! I always look forward to new stuff from you.
    Because of you, I have a fabulous tan and awesome, dirt-cheap mineral veil!! 😉

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    June 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Wow! The response from your fans must be overwhelming! It goes to show that you made the right choice. ALWAYS go with your gut. Sometimes it knows something that you don’t. 🙂

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    June 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I agree with all of your devoted followers. I am a huge fan and I am so glad you are back. I will continue to follow you and only you!! It’s their loss!

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    June 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Such a big fan of you here. 🙂

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    June 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Way to stick to your guns, girl! I’ve followed your blog for a few months now, and I must agree with the others that have posted–Maskcara is so much better! Looking forward to the fabulous things you have in store!

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    June 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I love YOUR blog. Hope all goes well for the future of “Maskcra”. If I had money I would invest in you for sure!!! Too bad for them but I like you on your own blog….its just better 😉

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    June 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I have to agree with everyone. I like Maskcara much more. Keep up the awesome work girl =)

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    June 12, 2012 at 1:16 am

    whew SO GLAD you are back 😉 I was so confused I kept checking chisel beauty and saw the VS video and was so disappointed when I went to it and it was not you but that boring other girl. Her tutorial was no as good, not even in the same spectrum, as your videos are! I always liked Maskcara better, and I will not be visiting chisel beauty again! They are nothing without you!
    Keep up the good work 🙂
    xoxo Kimi

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    June 12, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I am glad I checked back, I had been dropped from getting emails and thought maybe you hadn’t been posting. I really love YOUR ideas and am glad for you that you are back in charge of your own blog. Good for you!! You have shared so many great ideas that I have definitely used. Thank you for that!

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    June 12, 2012 at 3:23 am

    when i saw you were no long on the chisel beauty site, i immediately deleted it from my bookmarks and went searching for your old maskcara blog…thankfully i found it!! 🙂 so glad you’re back, i love your tutorials! hope everything works out for you on the other side of things.

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    June 12, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I just started following chisel beauty after I saw one of your posts on pinterest. I looked through all the posts on chisel beauty and honestly only read your posts. You are gorgeous and have amazing advise and beauty tutorials. And now to see that you are also a strong professional woman who doesn’t back down for what you want… I am definitely a Maskcara loyalist now! We need more strong women like that. Also, thanks to you I started using Moroccan oil and it changed my life (well my hair that is) in just one use. So that alone makes me eager to see what you will be teaching me next. Congrats!!

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    June 12, 2012 at 5:40 am

    LOVE YOU! HUGE FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    June 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    i’m glad i saw this post. i was wondering what was going on with chisel beauty. i definitely didn’t like it as well as maskcara. welcome back 🙂

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    June 13, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Glad Maskcara is back…..I was disappointed in the Chisel Beauty website….it was ok….but not good enough to keep my attention like Maskcara. Keep up the good work….love the tutorials!

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    lauren Alexis
    June 13, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Omg I am so happy you are back! You are such a true beauty inside and out w an Amazing spirit inside! So happy you stood up for yourself and followed your gut! I love love your tutorials, you are so fun, funny, and talented! Keep up the good work being such a good friend and inspiration to so many of us girls out there that appreciate your compassion into helping us look beautiful. Much love always xo

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    June 14, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Thank goodness you’re back! Chisel Beauty was awful (just saying…) and I honestly don’t know what made me try for Maskcara again today, but I was SOOO happy to see it’s back to you!! So great to see you stuck up for yourself xx

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    June 14, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I am so glad to see you back! I was seeing all the changes to the blog and asked what was going on, and i seen someone named Monica label all the posts as hers. I was commenting asking where you were, but my comments weren’t being accepted or replied too! I’m so glad i looked on youtube and found that this is your new blog. I was scared you quit doing tutorial. Love you and you work 🙂 Keep it up and don’t let anyone get you down!

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    June 14, 2012 at 3:14 am

    So glad you’re back!!! Chisel beauty make up tutorials just weren’t cutting it for me 🙂 thank you thank you!

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    June 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Hi, Cara
    I discovered your website right before you changed to Chisel and I couldn’t understand why. I loved the old blog. Thanks so much for explaining it and thanks for changing it back. I love it. And your kitchen is awesome.


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    June 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Cara, whenever I type in it re-directs to Contact your hosting company to take off the re-direct link to Everytime I re-PIN (pinterest) a tutorial or image gets the credit…

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      June 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you so much for letting me know! I am on it!

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    June 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I am so sorry that you had to go through that. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog (Maskcara) and I was not a fan of the Chisel Beauty site. Glad you are back to and I am always so excited to read your posts!!

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    June 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I am so glad you are back! I really didn’t like the layout or the feel of the other website either. I love this site. I have learned so much! Have you heard the story of Rocky? The movie Rocky was written by Slyvester Stallone (you probably knew that), but did you know it was based on a real person? When the studio offered to buy the movie from Stallone, they offered him like $40,000 for the movie, and instead he took much less and asked to be cast as the lead, taking the SAG minimum wage. He bet on himself. The fighter that it was based on was offered 1% of the film’s gross sales, or $20k. He took the $20k. He did not bet on himself…he missed out on $8 million dollars. Always bet on yourself. Best wishes.

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      June 19, 2012 at 3:22 am

      Love this! Such a cool story! Thank you!

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    June 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I have to admit I didn’t like the changes to your site, it seemed so less personable. I am back to reading all your tips and love your honesty, perfect!

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    June 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Way to go, Cara. To be honest…I started to not trust your posts once I saw it was part of Chisel Beauty. I had been following your blog and loved that I had found a source for actual advice, not a product-pusher. I thought it wasn’t too far away before your posts were all about a product placement. I’m so happy to know that my instincts about you were right!! I love your blog!

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    July 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I found the blog only a few months ago, and instantly fell in love with it because of YOUR posts! You are gorgeous and have informative and ENTERTAINING posts. I literally laugh out loud sometimes reading them. Then there was that post on chiselbeauty about the “changes” that were taking place, and all of a sudden, you weren’t posting anymore!!! I was checking in every other day, thinking maybe you were just too busy to post, but nope, you were never there. I was so upset! Only yesterday, I stumbled on one of your pictures on Pinterest and I was like “OMG, there’s Cara!!” which led me to this site, and I am one happy girl again!! I spent the night going through all the posts I missed out on over the past month! LOVE your blog! Keep it up!

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    August 7, 2012 at 1:51 am

    I’m glad I found you again! I lost interest in the other website as soon as you left!

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    October 27, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Cara! I’m a little slow on the uptake here. But I wanted to share my story about my love affair with Maskcara. Here goes…I found you while stalking around Pinterest last year. Needless to say I was totally stoked about finding a girl who keeps it real, has some serious makeup talent, actually SHOWS me how to do it all through videos and makes me laugh all the while. Oh and did I mention she is a MOM in her twenties, just like me 🙂 I followed your blog like a lost puppy! The email updates were a must so I didn’t miss a thing! Suddenly, along came the whole Chisel Beauty thing…ok, it was different, not as fun but it was you, so I still followed. All the while, missing the genius blogger name Maskcara (which I still used in my head). Thankfully, I still had a taste of Cara through your pinterest page (thats how i got my Maskcara fix). Then I noticed I wasn’t getting as many emails updates anymore from the blog…strange. I had a super busy summer and my makeup ventures took a backseat. Fall arrives and I’m like ok, Cara and I have some catching up to do. I was dying to see what cool fun stuff I had missed during my blur of a summer. So I go to chisel beauty and I poke around to discover Cara is gone! Gasp! Immediately googling Maskcara, I hold my breath that my favorite makeup guru and blogger of ALL TIME is still out there. Cause how the heck am I ever gonna look like Mila Kunis at this wedding on Saturday without Cara?! Breathing a huge sigh of relief and jumping for joy on the inside (ok maybe a little on the outside too), I click on You were back in full effect. Score!
    I know it’s months later but I feel compelled to let you know…I missed you, I’m glad – scratch that – ECSTATIC you’re back! Keep doing what your doing because girl, you got an awesome thing going on here! You are so genuine and enjoyable. Truly a rare GEM! Go Cara!!
    Oh and congrats on the wedding – it looked fantabulous!

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    June 21, 2013 at 4:59 am

    New follower, congrats on taking the reigns again. I love your tutorials and hope I can get me some kind of pretty with your help. Thanks!

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    Betsy diFrancesca
    December 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Good for you, Cara! You’ve shown how far you can go on your own and you bowed out gracefully and with your dignity intact. You’re just going to succeed even further from all that you learned from that experience. Way to go, Cara!

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