Thursday, May 24, 2012

GabiFresh Makeover

A little over a month ago, I told you guys that I was going to give a makeover to one lucky reader. Firstly, I have to thank each and every one of you who entered to win; I was so overwhelmed and humbled by the amazingly touching emails I received. It was so hard to pick a winner--I hope one day I'm somehow able to do this again and again and again!

Though each and every email blew me away, there was one person in particular who stood out. Her name is Jasmine, and she wrote a sweet message about how she's a mother of three (a 3-year-old and a set of 16-month-old twins). She gained weight during her last pregnancy and wanted to rebuild her confidence. That's not all though! A few days later, I received another email from her husband Brian. He told me he didn't think his wife did herself justice, and went on to write a huge essay (unbeknownst to her) on why she deserved the makeover. He wanted her to feel as beautiful as he saw her every single day! What a sweet guy!!! Here's the photo that Jasmine sent me in her initial email (the "before" photo, if you will):
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So that was that, I chose Jasmine as the winner, and she and her hubby drove all the way up from Maryland just for the occasion. We met at the Fashion to Figure in Yonkers, and immediately started going through the racks to figure out what would be best. She said she tends to stick to black and casual outfits, so I wanted to get her out of her comfort zone by choosing a bright dress. We pulled a bunch of options, and went off to the dressing room.

After trying everything on, there was one standout lace coral dress that we all agreed was best. We paired it with some great wedges and statement necklaces, and Jasmine then got her makeup done by Lola Alade of Image Creation (I told her we wanted to go for a bronze/summery look with a pop of color). Here's Jasmine after the makeover: newjaz jasmine DSC_1020
Dress and necklaces c/o  Fashion to Figure, Shoes- Aldo, available here
She looks absolutely stunning, right?! She was so excited (and so was her husband)! Even though she felt good, she was still nervous that these photos would be on my blog so you guys have to let her know how fabulous she looks.

Thanks so much to Jasmine, Brian, makeup artist Lola and Fashion to Figure for all the help! We had a blast!

155 comments:

  1. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! She looks amazing and this red is FAB!

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  2. She looks stunning in that dress! Gabi can you be my stylist???

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  3. Yes, Jasmine, you look absolutely STUNNING! Love the hair, love the make-up, love the dress...all of it! Take pride in yourself, girl! You're a momma,a wife and totally gorgeous. :)

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  4. Jasmine is so stunning, she was beautiful before but the colour of the dress looks simply amazing on her :) xxx

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  5. Jasmine looks so gorgeous! The coral color just brightens her whole face, and I love the shoes! The makeup and hair...all of it is amazing. Great job, Gabi!

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  6. She looks GREAT! and i'm happy she won. Congrats Jasmine, you are werkin' that dress boo!!! : )

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  7. She's gorgeous and the color & style of the dress are fantastic on her! I also love, love the eyeshadow.

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  8. WOW. What a natural beauty! Her before picture isn't all that bad at all! You did an amazing job, Gabi, and Jasmine! You work those colors, mama! You have such a gorgeous skin tone that pretty much goes with everything so get out of that comfort zone and rock more colors. You look simply amazing!

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  9. Awww I love it. What a nice story. She looks great Gabi, so worth it.

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  10. Wonderful job - I hope Jasmine isn't afraid to own her new look. Love that you caught the gentleman in the background smiling ( no doubt after checking Jasmine out!) Very fun.

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  11. Jasmine, you look absolutely stunning, each color just magnifies your natural beauty. Werrrrk!

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  12. She looks absolutely beautiful! That dress and shoe combo is amazing! Great work and enjoy your new look :)

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  13. Such an inspirational story. Jasmine looks lovely!

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  14. Jasmine, you look absolutely gorgeous! x

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  15. jasmine looks so stunning- the styling is so fresh - the red dress is gorgeous and the colour pops make it so current- also love hair and make-up - i hope jasmine feels more confident, she looks like an amazing person and deserves to feel fabulous x

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  16. She looks AMAZING! Love the hair, the nails and especially the dress!

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  17. Nervous?! Is she crazy?? She looks SLAMMIN' in that dress (my god, she + it = stunning).

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  18. Great colors, GREAT hair cut, adorable woman. Nicely done, GabiFresh!

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  19. Jasmine looks amazing! I love the colors on her! The hair and makeup everything! She is glowing!

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  20. She looks AMAZING! Very beautiful!

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  21. She looks amazing! I love the haircut, the makeup. The dress & wedges are perfect and right on trend with all the colors people are rocking for the summer. I'm loving bright colors right now, so she nailed this look in my opinion Excellent job, Gabi! Jasmine should definitely wear bright colors more often! It does something for her! :)

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  22. This is really wonderful!! That haircut is fierce!! Women empowerment through connection... this is beautiful, inspiring and empowering.

    stay blessed,

    estroJEN

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  23. She looks great! I can't believe she has 3 kids, let alone 16 year old twins!!! She looks like a baby herself. Gotta love the baby face genes.

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  24. Jasmine you look amazing! The color choice was so right on. Do not fear being fabulous!

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  25. omg . i want it all. She worked it ! you can't tell that this isn't something she does for a living . BeAutiful , Jasmine baby !

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  26. Great makeover!

    Keisha
    www.bowtiesandbarrettes.blogspot.com

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  27. what a makeover! she looks stunning!

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  28. Love it! That dress is stunning on her. You did a great thing, Gabi!

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  29. she was "cute" in her before and after! love the coral and the fabuluss shoes!!!

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  30. Go Jasmine, you look AMAZING! Loving the haircut and that dress is HOT!

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  31. Jasmine...you look amazing! Your pose with one hand on your hip looks totally amazing and natural! I'd say Gabi picked the right winner! Congrats!

    XO,
    Lanaé
    http://polishedplus.blogspot.com/

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  32. She was cute before, but really looks beautiful after! I love the vibrant coral with her skin color. It makes her skin glow! And the bangs look great on her!

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  33. Jasmine, you are so beautiful! The cute new outfit, makeup, and style just highlight that fact. Great job, Gabi & Lola!!! Jasmine is simply glowing.

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  34. I actually just cried reading this... Sobbing! She looks amazing, Jasmine, you're a gorgeous girl and the love your husband has for you is beautiful! Your children have a hot momma! :D

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  35. What a cute story! She looks absolutely gorgeous.

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  36. Work it, Jasmine! She looks fantastic. :)

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  37. Damn! I bet your husband couldn't keep his hands off you! ;)
    Love, love, love the hair!

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  38. You look so amazing a Mom of three Wow Fabulous!!!!! Great job Gabi and team. You Rock!!!!!

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  39. Beautiful! I love the pops of color all over! Jasmine you look wonderful!

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  40. She was gorgeous before and now she's stunning! You look great girly!

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  41. I can understand she may have been nervous, but WOW she looks amazing!! She looked super sweet in her original photo and I think you managed to capture that sweetness in her re-style. Fabulous!

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  42. Love her dress! She looks GORG! <3


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  43. That dress is fabulous and she looks absolutely stunning! I've been dying to get that exact haircut for months. Great work Gabbi, Jasmine looks amazing!

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  44. Jasmine!! You look amazing! Gabbi, great job! What an amazing makeover and such a great love story!

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  45. So adorable! She looks great in the before as well!

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  46. Super cute!!! Jasmine looks great!! Love that dress!! And the hair!! Very nice.

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  47. First of all, you picked such a deserving person to win this! She seems like such a beautiful person inside and out, and the makeover just brings that out. LOVE the dress, you did a great job and she looks perfect!

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  48. she looks amazing! it's a wonder what a new outfit can do for personal confidence. this is pretty great to see. i especially love the hairstyle! very cute.

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  49. I love the dress and the hair! I love when hair is bluntly cut!

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  50. This stylization is sooo cute :> You look beautiful!
    Hope you will visit my blog to see my new post!

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  51. She better werk! the color choices are perfection. its fun, its professional, just all encompassing! I love the cut of her hair, the make-up choice. very well done!

    xoxo
    Shay

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  52. Jasmine, you were already pretty before but you look gorgeous now! That color is really lovely against your beautiful skin tone. Perfect makeover Gabifresh!:)

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  53. Jasmine looks beautiful in both her before and after pictures! That dress and those shoes are too hot!

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  54. This woman is so pretty. love the hair, dress and makeup. Gabi fresh makeover for sure.
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  55. she's really pretty but after this makeover she looks stunning and amazing!!

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  56. This is so amazing, you are so wonderful! And Jasmine looks STUNNING.
    X

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  57. congratulations jasmine! i could already see your beauty in the 'before' pic; you have a wonderful husband and i hope that you have gained your confidence back and more!

    Stay Blessed x


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  58. She looks great! <3 those shoes and her make-up.
    Great job, Gabi!

    Congratulations, Jasmine!

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  59. rock that new look Jasmine...you look fab!!!

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  60. She looks fabulous!! A truly beautiful woman!

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  61. She looks beautiful! I am LOVING that dress!

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  62. She's stunning! I'm loving the colour on her!

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  63. Amazing!!!!! She was gorgeous before and the after is just breathtaking!!!

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  64. She looks stunning!!!!!!

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  65. Wow! She looks absolutely beautiful. That coral is stunning with her skintone & she has a smashing figure!

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  66. Congratulations, Jasmine!

    First of all, props to her husband for writing in a separate essay. He is a true gentleman who clearly has his wife's best interest. Now it's no question that you can see the beauty reflect from her "before" picture, but the look you put her in after? Absolutely flawless! Excellent work, Gabi! She seems like a real gem :-]

    - Mecca Nuri

    P.S That coral dress is EVERYTHING!

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  67. she looks great! i love the makeup hair and the shoes also think that's a great color on her!

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  68. Dress and shoes looks amazing on her. That color is #bomb.. You did her good Gabi :)

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  69. Jasmine you look great! Good job with the makeover! She is definitely a Diva Mama!

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  70. Congratz, Jasmine! You look beautiful.

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  71. Wow! She was beautiful before, but she is stunning in this outfit. That melon is my favorite color! I love the jewelry and the shoes you paired with it. Great job! Congrats Jasmine!

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  72. She looks great! Congratulations Jasmine!!

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  73. She looks absolutely stunning!

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  74. She looks gorg - I would never have looked twice at that dress based on the picture on the website but Jasmine is ROCKING the hell out of it and making me want one. Plus, her hair and makeup is beyond - she was always lovely but the styling is really showing her at her best.

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  75. Gorgeous! Congrats, Jasmine :)

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  76. Awwwhhh, Jasmine you look amazing!! Take pride in yourself...you deserve it. What an inspirational story & kudos to the husband.

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  77. Congrats Jasmine :) Loved the story! I know exactly what it's like to have gained weight after that second pregnancy. I myself have a 2 year old and 15 month old twins, all three born in February. All my weight gain came after my twins as well. I know from my own experiance that it can be a lot to care for three little ones in the home. I'm glad that you got to enjoy this moment. Those colors look great on you.

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  78. Jasmine - Damnit, you look awesome girl! Being a mom AND being fine? Can't nobody tell you nothin ;)

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  79. Tell that woman stop playing! She is GORGEOUS!! Such a cute little figure too!! BOMB haircut! It suits her perfectly. I truly hope she realizes that her beauty was there before and clothes (especially the magnificent colors she's wearing) only enhance it.

    Burn that black! That skin was MADE for color!!! Beautiful. :)

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  80. Jasmine, you really better work, girl! You look AMAZING. I absolutely love the colors. And the makeup is so pretty. Lastly, your hair is plain old fierce. Gabi, you did a wonderful job on such a fitting candidate.

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  81. Girllllllll you did that. Yesss Jasmine! You look absolutely amazing.

    -Shakiyla

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  82. this is one of my favorite posts ever. she looks gorgeous.

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  83. absolutely stunning. great job on the makeover- though you had a pretty good canvas to start with!! x

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  84. She looks beautiful! And how sweet of her husband to email you!?
    x
    polway.blogspot.com

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  85. She looks absolutely amazing!!! GORG!!!!!

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  86. She is beautiful, and I'm in love with the colors she's wearing. Her hair is to die for!

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  87. She looks BEAUTIFUL! The colors compliment her complexion and the haircut & make up are on point. Much love to that wonderful couple and their babies.
    Gabi I absolutely Love your blog. I am a bit "older" **ahem** but your put you put yourself together FABULOUSLY. I have implemented some of your style also. Much Love to you honey.
    Sidenote: I need those Marc Jacob wedge sneakers in my life...LOL. will be in NY next month I hope I can find a pair

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  88. BOMBSHELL! I want those shoes!

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  89. She looks amazing!! Such beautiful colors. You can tell she FEELS as beautiful as she looks!

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  90. She is just stunning!!! The hair looks so chic on her. And her figure is KNOCK-OUT status in that dress. Well done!

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  91. What a cutie! You did a great job Gabi! I love the entire look.

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  92. Jasmine, you look sooooo beautiful! I can't think of anyone more deserving of this than you! Gabi, you chose the perfect candidate and she looks amazing! :)

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  93. *drops jaw* She looks sooo gorgeous!! absolutely loveeeee that dress and how you paired them with those wedges!

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  94. She looks amazing!

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  95. Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

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  96. omg she looks AH- MAZING good job!
    brit

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  97. She looks amazing! Such a touching story, and she's lucky to have someone in her life that cares about her so much.

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  98. She looks Amazing...love the bright colors, they really compliment her skin tone ;)

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  99. She looks gorgeous, both before and after, but YAY for colour! I really love the hair cut/style too, so chic!

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  100. Jasmine...you look FAB!!!!!! Dont sweat it!

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  101. She was cute before but after, she looks A MAY ZING. Emphasis on the ZING.

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  102. beautiful before and after. she should embrace bright colors, she looks awesome! and her husband is equally is beautiful even though there is no picture of him. what a lovely man.

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  103. She looks absolutely gorgeous. Love the bright colors and her make-up.

    XX,
    Jenny
    www.curvy-life.com

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  104. Absolutely love the look you gave her. Gorgeous

    BLEURGH
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  105. Love the makeover. This dress just suits her shaper perfectly

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  106. She seriously looks amazing! That dress and the color is EVERYTHING!

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  107. Those shoes with that dress? Yesssssss! I would've never thought to put those colors together but they look reapply good on her. Kudos to Jasmine!

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  108. she really looks incredible, and that hairstyle is awesome!

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  109. I love the color! and the shoes look so good on her beautiful skin, she looks like a model! Jasmine hats off to you honey you look fantastic,I can only hope I look that good after having children!

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  110. You look FAB!!! Your figure is amazing. I know that it can be difficult to embrace a new size, or see yourself as others see you..I hope that this experience helps you to blossom!!!

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  111. She looks indeed AMAZING! Jasmine, I hope this helps you seeing you they way you are: beautiful and sexy.

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  112. She looks absolutely stunning! The colors go great with her skin and I just love the color combination overall. :-)

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  113. Amazing!! I love the color combo and the new hair, so fab and chic (and easy to maintain)!

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  114. i can understand why she was nervous.. i would have been too! she looks great - amazing even..look good before too.. she looks like a sweet girl.. congratulations on winning!

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  115. GORGEOUS before & after! That color TOTALLY works for her, AND she looks AMAZING with bangs!!! What a great makeover!!!

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  116. wow she looked great before and AMAZING after! love the after makeup!

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  117. this is an amazing makeover!!!she looks stunning..even in her before picture she's gorgeous..and that's the sweetest thing that her husband did!i wish them the happiest times together!!

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  118. You look stunning, pink really suits you, so keep adding colors to your wardrobe, you have a great shape and a beautiful face...do not hide yourself in black and btw your husband is awesome.

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  119. Absolutely fabulous. The coral looks amazing against her skin and the yellow wedges are singing.

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  120. Jasmine looks absolutely stunning!! Not only is the story a good one, but she was beautiful before the makeover! The bangs with the hair looks so cute on her facial frame and the coral & yellow are amazing colors together!!

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  121. I like it. Very nice combination. Lady in the picture is beautiful

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  122. Wow you look awesome girl! Those bangs work great on you! and you look stunning in those colors, a change on looks is always a selfsteem buster.

    I hope my english was ok since I'm from Venezuela haha.
    Xo!
    Andre
    www.myidahocloset.com

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  123. she looks absolutely wonderful! what a beautiful lady :)

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  124. Very pretty! I love the way all of those bright colors come together perfectly.

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  125. Wow, Jasmine looks absolutely amazing! She was already cute on the before-pic, but the colours and those bangs...wow! I love that look! :)

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  126. Gorgeous! She looks Awesome and magazine- worthy!

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  127. She looks so fantastic!!

    Amberly D'Anna
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  128. Awww, I want to cry, maybe I am so emotional because its not yet 7AM in the morning. She looks great! And I love the story behind this, that's what makes fashion so special and I'd love to send this link to all the people who dismiss it as a superficial, vapid 'thing'. Bottom line is when used in the right way, fashion can change lives, it lifts spirits, it brings people together in a positive way. Ok, I'll stop now...

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  129. WOW she is beautiful, she looks a bit like you :-)
    But though I thing she look pretty before as well!

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  130. She looks absolutely beautiful! :D

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  132. i like hairstyles.i like different types of hairstyles.i like pat type hairstyles hairstyle,bridal hairstyle,wedding hairstyles,one of them the long hairstyles this is the one that i like the most i just love the long hairstyle i like it very much.i like hairstles i like porn hairstyles in fact i like all kind of hairstyles i like celebrity hairstyles sexy and cute type of hairstyles i like them very much.i want to say that these hairstyles are the personality maker thing i like it very much.

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  133. Gorgeous! What a beautiful dress.

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  135. So cute! This is such a inspirational blog. Love it!

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