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Hi there,
I'm Catherine, and I love to read. I'm also a trained makeup artist, and an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. Hence the name of this blog. I've had blogs in the past, and none of them really last, because I think I attempted to focus on just one aspect of my interests. In this blog I plan to write reviews of books, as well as beauty products, and give beauty, skin care, makeup, and other styling tips. Three of the things I enjoy most all rolled into one blog. :)
Thanks for coming along for the ride! 

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