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My Secret Weapon

There are thousands of makeup artists out there.
Many of whom are better than me at a bundle of things.
I am not a perfectionist
I am somewhat clumsy
I can be impatient.
You would think I’d be a hot mess with makeup!

But I have a secret.

It is (in a nutshell) the reason I can  do what I do and more importantly, it’s the reason I love to.

I see beauty.

Beauty in every face I have ever laid eyes on.
Anyone I’ve had the privilege of making up would tell you it’s true. When I do their makeup I can hardly shut my mouth about how gorgeous they are.
I am dazzled by the length lashes, dewy skin, full cheeks, stunning eyes, aquiline noses, naturally arched brows ….I could go on all day.
Never have I encountered a face that I didn’t find beauty in.

I think I am able to see the beauty on other faces so easily because I am able to see the beauty in this one…

The #1 secret weapon I use as a makeup artist.

not because it is better or worse than anyone else’s, but because it’s mine, it’s the only one I’m ever going to have and I am grateful for it.

Many people approach makeup as damage control.
They look at their face and see negatives and then look to cosmetics for new ways to cover up and hide them.

My mom used to read me a story called “Hildalids Night.” About a woman who hated the night so bad that every time the sun went down she got to work trying all sorts of methods to rid the world of darkness (none of which work) and by the time morning comes she’s exhausted and falls asleep for the rest of the day.

Sounds silly, doesn’t it?


You are an angel.
Approach makeup with only that in mind.
And who knows? maybe that love and acceptance will carry into other parts of your life…

Real beauty.

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Such a great post! Self love is so tough sometimes, but I think you have something here! If you can see beauty in yourself then make-up is fun, not necessary. Definitely something to think on. Thanks so much!

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:24 am

    This is a beautiful post. What a great thing to read first thing in the morning for me. Thank you. It is very encouraging.

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Love this post! It’s so easy to find fault with every little thing. Need to always remember focus on the beauty and the gift of life and everything else falls in place.

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Thank you for the great insight and inspiration!

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    Lisa Dennington
    February 7, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Cara, you are so sweet. This message has made my day. I am inspired to see the beauty in all things today. Thank you beautiful girl. 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:38 am

    So Beautifully written..thank you so much for this on this, needed this today. Im new to your site and Im LOVING it!

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:41 am

    You are so beautiful, inside and out. Don’t ever lose who you are are. Well said.

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    Catherine Jones
    February 7, 2013 at 1:44 am

    This attitude is exactly why you’re by far my favorite makeup blogger. Actually, Maskcara is my favorite blog of any kind. Thanks so much for seeing beauty, especially in those who take longer to see it in themselves. 🙂

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    Maggie Rosen
    February 7, 2013 at 1:51 am

    You are beautiful, both inside AND out! Lovely post and something I will share both on facebook and with my daughter.

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:53 am

    This is beautiful. What an empowering viewpoint for women everywhere. Thank you so much for this, and for all your other posts as well. You make a difference!

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Love this post! 🙂 What a wonderful way to view makeup – the ONLY way to view makeup!

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    February 7, 2013 at 2:14 am

    What a great attitude! I love this post and your approach towards beauty!

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    McCall J
    February 7, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Lovely thoughts. It’s hard to remember those things most the time!

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    February 7, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Amazing! What an inspiration post!

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    Maddy Cane
    February 7, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I love this post, you have an amazing attitude towards beauty! xxx

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    February 7, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Just what I needed. Love it, thank you!

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    Lindsay Cunningham
    February 7, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Love this! I wish every female on the planet could embrace this truth about themselves. And remind themselves when they forget (myself included).

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    February 7, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Beautifully put. You are so right!!!

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    Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run
    February 7, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I heart this post.

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:03 am

    I am SO glad I found this blog!

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Lovely post and oh so very true. Having suffered from very low self esteem most of my life, I now understand that to see the beauty around me, I must first see it in me. Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart and face!

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I love that story about the woman who hated the night. Thanks for the inspiration this morning. You are the bestest 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Oh how I needed this today!! Thank you.

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:46 am

    That is what makes you beautiful, Cara, because you see through the things that some others might not be able to see past. Thanks, that is inspiring.

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    Jen E.
    February 7, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Love this post SO much! You are such an inspiration!! You are proof that beauty comes from within 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I love you Cara!

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Great post! A lot of women probably need to hear this.

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Such a beautiful post and what a great attitude to start the day with. I always enjoy your posts. In my opinion people who always smile are the most beautiful people. So smile people. LOL 😉

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    February 7, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I think this is beautiful! What I wonderful way to begin my day! Thank you!

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    February 7, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Well said Miss Cara!

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    ashley grissom
    February 7, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Wow, so well said! I wish every woman could remember this everyday because it is so hard to remember some times. Thanks Cara!

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    February 7, 2013 at 4:37 am

    What a beautiful message! Thank you!

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    February 7, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Very beautiful!! I have a niece who LOVES make up, and we’re trying to guide her so that she doesn’t see herself as ugly without makeup – just that she is beautiful on the inside, which is what makes her beautiful on the outside. Her soul… is so beautiful.

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    February 7, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I love this post too! You’re beautiful Cara and it shines through your words. I too have to remember to see the beauty in myself because most of the time i see my flaws. Thank you for your inspiration in all of us! xoxo

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    February 7, 2013 at 4:51 am

    You have such an incredible perspective — so inspiring! Thanks for this post.

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    Tara B
    February 7, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Love this post! I am inspired 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Couldn’t agree with your perspective more.

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    Jill Leaming
    February 7, 2013 at 5:14 am

    I’m pretty sure this is why I love your blog and your videos so much! You are so genuine and sweet! I seriously think you should have your own show! for real! I have family in arizona so maybe I could treat myself sometime and get a makeover! 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Wonderful, beautiful reminder for us all!

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I love this post! I’ve been following your blog for awhile and I love it but I especially love this entry. As I age I’ve tried harder to use makeup to “fix” my face. I now have a new perspective. I will only use it to enhance and I will look for the beauty in every face. Thank you for the dose of reality and the true inner beauty you give.

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I needed this today. Thanks!

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Thank you for sharing 🙂 Your inner beauty shines bright!

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Amazing post!!!! I’ve shared some of your videos before on my site and will definitely be showcasing this post on my weekly post “Sunday Kind of Love”. I am so inspired by your description – what an amazing way to view others in a world filled with so much judgement. I will be taking a piece of this with me from today forward. Thank you!

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:42 am

    This is the reason I love your blog so much! 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Cara- you’re adorable inside and out. I love your humble confidence. You are amazing!!!

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I feel prettiest with no make up. I by no means think I’m gorgeous. When I wear make up I literally feel like I’m wearing a mask. Bronzer and the occasional mascara is where I’m most comfortable. When I try to get all dolled up I think I look worse. Is it possible that some women really do look best natural or am I just doing it all wrong??? Cara, I adore you, you are too sweet for words 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Seriously, BEST POST EVER! I love your confidence and that you want to pass that on and help every woman realize her real beauty. I really do appreciate this post so much, so thank you! Also, where in Utah are you located? I’m in Taylorsville and would love to hire you to do my makeup sometime!

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    February 7, 2013 at 6:33 am

    You are the best! I love your blog for reasons like these. You are a humble, kind and very knowledgable person! Thanks for sharing with us. It’s good to be reminded that we are beautiful!

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    Jessica Jones
    February 7, 2013 at 6:36 am

    You are amazing! Quick question what’s your review on the NAKED BB cream you posted a few days ago?

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    February 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

    You always look beautiful, but you look so young without makeup! (a good thing) You look like a teenager! This post was just what I needed to read today. Lately my skin has been acting up and I’m feeling ugly and makeup feels like a chore instead of fun. Thanks for the inspirational post 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 7:13 am

    oo cara you’re beatiful and gorgeous! we know that your beauty is not just in your face it’s also in your spirit! i love your posts and i belive’re really successful at blogging.l i think everyone has some beauty too but i think about being beautiful is being confident! when i’m confident i get lots of compliments but when i feel sad or depressed i’m like-dissappeared! 😀 it’s about wearing the best make-up or clothes and a big smile 🙂 love u xxx

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    February 7, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I LOVE this post! This is why I am such a fan of your site – this is where I come first for any tips & tutorials, and when people ask how I learned how to do whatever makeup trick, I send them here. Thank you for being so awesome 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Cara, thank you for your Post, you are simply a woman of much beauty, love and an amazing spirit!!!

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    February 7, 2013 at 7:44 am

    i like you.

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    February 7, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I cried when I read that. Perfect and wonderful! Love all the flaws.. they ALL tell a story and they are our stories. Love and embrace everything…
    You are so beautiful! Inside and out!

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    February 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I really needed it today.

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    February 7, 2013 at 7:54 am

    YES! I love this! Beauty comes from the inside out, as cliche as that might sound, it’s true! I love this post & the depth of it’s realness.

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    Elizabeth Hilton
    February 7, 2013 at 8:01 am

    You are so incredible! This post was absolutely amazing and something women need to hear more often. I love that your blog is so positive and uplifting-it is my favorite thing to read every morning. Thank you for what you do, for the love and joy that you spread. You are an incredibly gorgeous, talented, and most importantly, kind woman.

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    February 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

    How beautifully said! Thanks for the encouragement(=

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    February 7, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Thanks, Cara! Today is my birthday and this totally lifted my spirits even higher! You have the ability to make people you don’t even know feel really good about themselves, and that is so special! Thanks for helping us all improve ourselves, and not just with makeup 🙂

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    Louise Georgiou
    February 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

    beautiful post! I really liked your blog before but after reading that it makes me love it even more. To know that is your theory behind makeup and how you view the world is awesome. In this day and age and in a world where the “beauty” that is portrayed is unrealistic and not even real, to have this attitude about people is amazing. It would be wonderful if every young girl (and boy) got to read that and we could get them to believe that they are beautiful and dont have to succumb to an realistic stereotype of beauty,….. Ive tried over the years and it didnt do me any good – Ive only now started to accept my flaws as beautiful and become comfortable in my own skin.
    Thank you Cara! you rock 🙂

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    February 7, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I hope you make a butt-load off this blog. You deserve it!

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    February 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I needed to hear this! Thank you so much for posting.

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    tracy rose
    February 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    little tears in my are the best.

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    February 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Very well said!

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    Lindsey Hopkins
    February 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

    amazing and touching…

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    February 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Cara, you seem like such a lovely, genuine person. I’ve just read a terribly sad blog post from someone I’ve followed and admired for years,reading yours straight after it has nearly brought me to tears again. Not the desired effect I know but it still made me think. Love your blog- Nicky

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Looooove the quote by Michael Angelo!

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    February 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you for this! It is very inspiring!

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    So beautiful… and touching

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Absolutely beautiful post. It feels so good sometimes, to just step back and really think about things like that. Love the Michelangelo quote. The beauty on the inside is what really count’s. I love everything about your blog, but I really hope to maybe hear similar posts like today’s, in the future. Keep it all coming, girl :).


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    Elizabeth Frank (@d1xbeth)
    February 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    ahh I wish we were friends so you could give me a makeover!

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    February 7, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Lovely post. Thank you for being so beautiful inside and out! 🙂 <3

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    February 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Love this!!! Thank you for the sweet reminder 🙂

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    February 8, 2013 at 12:47 am

    You can do my makeup any day! Lol my goal this year is to stop hiding my abundant forehead and learn to love it. Thanks for this reminder 🙂

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    February 8, 2013 at 2:57 am

    You are so wise to see te beauty in the world and to share that positive with others. What an amazing gift that is, especially with all the negative that goes on in the world!!

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    February 8, 2013 at 5:03 am

    this is beautiful. thanks for posting.

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    Lacey Smith
    February 8, 2013 at 11:16 am

    LOVE this post! Such a great piece on true beauty.

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    February 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I am making some artwork out of this post and hanging it up in my bathroom. Thank you SO much for the person that you are and sharing you with all of us! I love your blog and think you are just the thing the beauty industry needs. Self love is the perfect product!!

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    February 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Simply amazing!!

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    February 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    And this is why I come here. Love it and you.

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    February 12, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I’m sobbing! Thank for that gift you just gave me. I feel like I’ve lost sight of seeing that in myself. Until last year of college my skin was flawless, I never even washed my face or put makeup, I wasn’t frumpy or plain, it’s just how I looked was not something I thought about or questioned, I really felt I looked great without make-up, and I got that feeling in return from people, I was confident in being as I was. Adult cystic acne began that last year of college and wreaked havoc on my once no fuss appearance, a few pounds later and being a mommy now for 2 years and now I am just frantic to restore some level of confidence by covering covering covering. Your words made me realize really I need to peel back and my inner acceptance is what brought the beauty out in the past. Thank you thank you thank you

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    February 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Love this post! 🙂

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    March 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I love all of your post, but I especially love this one! It’s so true!!!! You are amazing!!

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    March 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I am a blog addict, and rarely do I come across a blog with as much genuine personality and real voice as yours… keep it up!

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    March 8, 2013 at 1:00 am

    What a beautiful post! I have to say that I have very bad scaring on my face from skin cancer, and I always seem to want to cover it up. But after reading your post, I understand that it’s not about covering it up, it’s about bringing out the beauty that lies under it. Thanks you!

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    March 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I was feeling a little blue until I came across your page. Thank you for the kind words and making me take the time to think about what really matters.

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    March 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    You are beautiful inside & out. Thanks for sharing this with us – it’s a genuine attitude & feeling I’m learning to adopt every day.

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    Fairbanks and I
    May 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I absolutely love this. It is so easy to get caught up in “perfecting” a face that it is easy to forget the beauty which was present all along. Thank you so much reminding us all of this.

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    May 10, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Now I have a cheesy smile on my face. She said I’m an angel! Lol This is such a great post to have on a site that is all about makeup. You have to love YOU first! Enhance your own beauty… I’ll have to remember that. We’re always our worst critic, I know I’m mine. Thanks for this. 🙂

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    August 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    your post made my day !

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    August 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I just stumbled across your blog and really love it!! So much beauty… And I wrote your “I see beauty” on my mirror <3

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    August 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I love your teeth. They are so cute.

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    September 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I really like the way you look naturally without makeup. 🙂
    I view people the way you do and whenever I told anyone that I thought EVERYONE had beauty and that I could find something great about every person, they would think i was crazy. I am not perfect but I am confident about myself and I think that radiates from within even on my sick worst days. 🙂

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