Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites & other stuff

Thanks so much for your feedback on the website so far, as you might have noticed I’ve already taken some of your suggestions to heart.
There is still some glitches and some missing photos etc. so don’t worry, we are still working on it!

I do need to take a moment to give a little credit where credit is due!
Hanna from Gadabout Design (and her team) created the website. I told her I liked mine but I wanted it to be cleaner and easier to navigate. I think she nailed it! She also made my logo look a little more grown up and I LOVE IT. Get used to that baby cause you’re gonna see it all over my new line:)  Thank you so much Hanna!
Al. I have to tell you, if you are in need  of hosting for your website (anything from small to very large traffic) Al is your best friend. I had SO many problems with my hosting (some of you may remember) until he came on the scene. He has helped me work things out that really weren’t even his problem in the middle of the night (he’s on the east coast, I’m on PST) and has never charged me a dime for all of his support time.
When I call my support line I get Al every time. It’s a pure joy after the tell-a-thons I was having with machines before.
And Nick, he was the brilliance behind the beauty index! He’s so supportive and helpful and is always pitching in with ideas and help with anything I need. When I was getting ready to do the redesign his main concern was that people would be able to find ANYTHING they were looking for on the site. He said index, I said brilliant, and Hanna said it could be done. It sounds like you guys dig it, which makes me REALLY happy.

I thought that since my week has kind of been swallowed up with travel and web design and makeup organization (can’t wait to show you the insides of that gorgeous card catalog ) I’d show you some of my favorite things today and whip out my more hearty makeup/hair posts for next week.

I made this chicken for dinner tonight. Not only was it a total breeze but still tasted fantastic.
A few weeks ago after dealing with a broken out chin for a month straight I finally found the culprit! I had made a habit of sleeping with my hand cupping my chin! After just a few night with my hands tucked under the pillow instead my chin cleared up. This is a case of forgetting to take my own advice, found here. And reminds me of this quote:


I’ve been trying to brain storm ideas for Halloween costumes this year. I like to stick with current events and pop culture for mine. In recent years I have been:
Amy Winehouse , Taylor Swift (my date was Kanye . we had a moon man and a mic), and Sarah Palin.
These are some thoughts for this year:
Si from Duck Dynasty? Paula Dean, perhaps?  Amanda Bynes?…too soon?
You guys have any good ideas?

All it takes is one day under 80 degrees and I start craving pumpkin EVERYTHING. Like this, or this, or this!

I hope you guys have a really great weekend!
Talk to you soon,


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    September 27, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Sharknado costume? You could be the actual Sharknado or just the beautiful girl that got swallowed up by the shark and then cut out by the fabulous Ian Ziering and his chainsaw.,,,,super tacky and oh so hilarious!

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    September 27, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Ooooh, please be Paula Deen!! lol. Have you seen the “Paula Deen Riding Things” on the internet? So funny. Also, I love Tina’s suggestion above for Sharknado!

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    September 27, 2013 at 5:23 am

    The beauty index is awesome! You have no idea how many times I’ve googled, “maskcara twirl curls” or “glasses makeup”. Way to go, Nick! And the site is beautiful, too, of course! Love the fonts you chose. 🙂

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    Patti Rogers
    September 27, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Your site gets my two thumbs up! As far as Halloween … go to Pinterest. I have never in my life seen so many hysterical costumes and makeup!

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    September 27, 2013 at 5:34 am

    The site looks fabulous! Sooooo….roughly, when will the new line come out?

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    September 27, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Miley Cyrus? I don’t think Amanda Bynes b/c although the blue wig look would be so great to recreate there’s definitely a real sad factor there that’s a shame. Also love the new look of your blog!

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      September 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      amanda bynes would be hilarious!!

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    September 27, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Your site looks great! Classy and clean and pretty…. that’s as good as it gets! Love it 🙂

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    September 27, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I would skip Amanda Bynes… She was a running joke between my daughter until we realized she may really have a serious mental illness. I felt bad after that. Really bad. Keep it fun! I know you will come up with something awesome!

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    September 27, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Love, love, love the beauty index! Nick, you are a genius! Thank you!

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    September 27, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Everything looks awesome on your new site! I’ve made the chicken dish like a milllion times. It’s my go to dish and I always make an extra one for the freezer to thaw out and cook later.

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    September 27, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Very Cool! One of my favorite site for sure. You always have such great ideas. You are one of the best artists I’ve seen. Love your videos too!

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    September 27, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I love your new site! It’s just so darn pretty! Heading to Vegas this weekend and keep thinking how fabulous it would be to bump into you at one of the many Sephora’s. A girl can dream right?!?

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    September 27, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Duck Dynasty. While Si would be completely hilarious I think you would make a gorgeous Korie.

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    September 27, 2013 at 8:02 am

    The Beauty index is amazing. So helpful! Nick is a genius! Love the new site!

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    September 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Lady Gaga:)

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    September 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

    So nice and cleaned up and easier on the eyes now! 😀

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    Hayley Grade
    September 27, 2013 at 8:53 am

    The new site is perfection!! 🙂 Loooove the index! I spent my morning perusing it! Can I just say, again, how freaking excited I am for your makeup line!!??

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    September 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Cara ~ great site! I love everything about it. And possibly I was unsubscribed?? I haven’t received any new emails since this rolled out. 🙁 But all seriousness, the site seems more elegant and sophisticated, so YOU!

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    September 27, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Oh, I am such a Duck Dynasty fanatic (it’s my guilty pleasure!!!). So I, of course, encourage the Si idea! And I am loving the new site so far! Cannot wait to see how you put that card catalog to use!!!

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    Elizabeth Frank (@d1xbeth)
    September 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love pop culture for Halloween. SNL is a good place for inspiration. I’ve been Sarah Palin too (Tina Fey inspired), Kate Middleton and McKayla Maroney (not impressed).
    Palin and McKayla were so much fun to put together

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    September 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I think I may be Carmen Miranda aka the Chiquita Banana Lady! I love Halloween. It’s the one day I can pretend I’m a drag queen 🙂

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    September 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

    The new site is great! I been working in e-commerce for about 4 years now and just love your site, very nicely done! Love the beauty index too left nav. bar-so user friendly.
    P.S. My vote is for Duck Dynasty, that would be too funny

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    September 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I like how clean the new site is, it is very nice!!

    p.s. I think the Amanda Bynes costume would be brilliant.

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    September 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I made the pumpkin whooping pies last weekend… So easy and so good! Be warned you will have extra cream cheese frosting and you will want to eat it by the spoonful!

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    September 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    The website is looking so beautiful so far, I’m happy to see it! The main reason I came by though, was to say how EXCITED I was last night flipping through my latest Allure mag, and seeing your lovely smiling face in the pages! I just have to say how much you DESERVE that honour! I love reading your blog not just for all the awesome content and stuff I learn (which is TONS!) but your sweetness and kindness that shines through your words and to all your readers. You’re really a wonderful person Cara, congratulations!!!

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    September 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Love the new site…especially the Beauty Index! I refer back to your tutorials pretty regularly and this makes them super easy to find :).
    And I don’t think you can go wrong with Amanda Bynes…I kind of wish I had thought of it myself.

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    Heather Guernsey
    September 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Super excited about your new line! When will it come out and where? Online?

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    September 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Website looks great…elegant and simple. I think going as Katy Perry would be fun! She has so many looks you can do. Something else that may be fun would be to go as JT (the female version of course 😉 ) Classy/retro and pretty fun!

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    the makerista
    September 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I think the obvious pop culture costume choice is Miley. Right? 🙂

    And I totally sleep on my hands, hence my bad skin around my chin too!

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    September 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    The chin cupping tip is awesome! Thanks for sharing!! Plus that quote is hilarious. Have a great weekend!!

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    September 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Love the new update! Ive been following your blog for like ever and i just wanna say you are an inspiration to me! You have literally taught me half the things i know about makeup and have moved me to want learn more and more and explore the world of makeup. My ambition is to one day be able to share my knowledge and makeup skills with other people and make people look and feel more beautiful. I hope to inspire other people like you have inspired me(:

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    September 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Love the update!!!

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    September 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I LOVE your new website design. I love it so much that I want to hire whoever made it for you to make one for me. Can you help me reach them? I got lost navigating their blog.

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    September 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    who are you going to work with for the new line? It would be great to have some insider posts about the process behind the scenes. 🙂

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    September 29, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I love what you have done with the website, its beautiful!

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    September 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

    There is a hysterical Miley Cyrus VMA costume on Pinterest.

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    September 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Yes, thanks Nick for the index!!!

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    September 29, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Please do Amanda Bynes. You could absolutely own that costume.

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    September 30, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I love the new site, but the font is a bit small for me… am I the only one? My eyes aren’t even that bad 🙁 I do love the look and feel of it though!

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    September 30, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Did the new website affect email subscriptions?? I haven’t gotten an email about new posts since the new site went online :\

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    September 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I LOVE the new website. I have used the index at least once a day since it went up, if not more (yes I am a little obsessed). I have gotten so many compliments since I started using your blog. Thanks for making me more beautiful!!

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    October 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I definately need these!!!! Thank you for the chance to win

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    October 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Yay! Congrats on the new site. So crazy – Hanna is doing wonderful things for me as well! She’s amazing:)
    It looks perfect for you and your brand!

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