Then & Now: Pop Stars Turned Reality Judges

While certain monthly features are being removed and replaced with other things for 2013 to keep things fresh here at Beausic, there are others that I felt just as strongly about keeping intact. One of those is the “Then & Now” posts because I absolutely love doing these posts and feel like there are still a ton of topics to explore in this format. Plus, coming up with ideas for them has just always seemed so easy and the topics have just always seemed to come so organically. It’s funny, really, how it has seemed like there is always something going on each month right at the time of the “Then & Now” post that just perfectly lends itself to being a topic for that month’s post. This month is no exception, either. You see, just this past Wednesday “American Idol” returned with a whole new panel of  judges.

Initially, I was considering doing a “Then & Now” post on past “Idol” contestants but, the more I thought about it, the more I felt like the part that was really interesting is this new panel of superstar judges. It really got me thinking about what a change that is – reality judging panels used to be filled with “washed up” or “D List” celebrities but suddenly, over the past few years, some of the biggest names in the world have begun taking spots on these panels. It has always been a fascinating concept to me to see a current, A-List pop star make the decision to join a reality series, considering the fact that it was previously considered a form of career suicide, but it has become something completely different now – we have seen stars who are coming off of career flops completely revitalizing their careers with the help of shows like “American Idol” or “The Voice,” to the point that now even artists at the prime of their careers have started joining reality shows!

One note I do have to make here, though, is that there were a number of stars who easily could have been featured in this post who I left out because they have been featured here on the blog or on my YouTube channel a little too recently. The biggest examples of this would be Britney Spears, who had an entire Spotlight post less than a month ago, Tulisa who I did a tutorial for less than a month ago and, most notably, Cheryl Cole, who I posted two tutorials on just two weeks ago. Even three of the five Spice Girls, who I did an entire weeklong theme of last month, could have been included. There were also a few artists I considered including but didn’t because they will be prominently featured in posts in the coming weeks! So, in general, if you find yourself thinking, “Why isn’t so and-so included?,” it’s highly likely that they were left out on purpose. I wanted to showcase a few of  my not-so-recently featured favorites who have made a name for themselves in the world of judging reality television. So, let’s get right to it!

KELLY ROWLAND from THE X FACTOR (UK)

Kelly Rowland in 2002
Kelly Rowland in 2002
Kelly Rowland in 2012
Kelly Rowland in 2012

Kelly Rowland began her career as one fourth, then one third, of one of the most successful girl groups in history, Destiny’s Child, alongside Beyonce & Michelle Williams. After Destiny’s Child split, Kelly made a few attempts at releasing music as a solo artist, which included a few major hits like “Dilemma” with Nelly and my very favorite David Guetta track, “When Love Takes Over,” but never quite established herself as the major star that Beyonce has become.  In 2011, Kelly was chosen as a member of the judging panel for the 8th season of the UK series “The X Factor,” replacing former judge Dannii Minogue, but was released from the series after only one season. She was replaced by somebody we will hear a little more about later in this post.  After “The X Factor,” Kelly also went on to judge the Australian Dance competition series “Everybody Dance Now,” but is now focusing on a highly publicized reunion with Destiny’s Child, which I will surely be talking about more here in the near future!

As soon as I saw the music video for Kelly’s most recently single, “Ice,” I fell in love with the makeup look she wore in the video. It’s just a really strong, deep, sultry brown smokey eye with very big lashes and a pretty nude look to the rest of the face. I used the Nude ‘Tude Palette from TheBalm to get the look she wore in the video. I also filmed a tutorial for this look and provided two different lip options, since Kelly wears a nude lip but a nude lip on her skin tone and a nude lip on mine would be two very different things. Check out the tutorial below!

Kelly CF 06
Kelly CF 02
Kelly CF 08

PRODUCTS USED:
FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in True Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Stellar & Angelic
EYES:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Rehab
TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Eye Shadows in Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated, Sleek, Serious & Sultry
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Wet N’ Wild Mega Length Mascara
False Lashes from Ebay
LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Willow (included in video only)
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Precious Brown (included in video only)
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Brown Sugar (included in video only)
Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock N’ Rose
Milani Lipstick in Cocoa Sugar
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume

PAULA ABDUL from AMERICAN IDOL and THE X FACTOR US

Paula Abdul in 1991
Paula Abdul in 1991
Paula Abdul in 2012
Paula Abdul in 2012

Paula Abdul may not have been at the height of her career when she first joined “American Idol,” so it’s kind of an odd choice to include her in this post but the reason I knew I just had to include her is because of the way that she completely revitalized her career through her time on the series. Paula began her career in the 1980s as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers, which led to a career as a highly sought after choreographer for some of the biggest names in music at the time before actually becoming a pop star all her own with a string of massive hit singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including “Straight Up,” “Rush Rush,” “Opposites Attract,” “Forever Your Girl,” and the list goes on and on. Paula was also the first artist to ever have been called my very favorite singer, even before Madonna or another artist who was my favorite singer from when I was a child who will be featured here on the blog next week. After her initial success, Paula kind of faded out of the public eye for the majority of the 1990s but made a comeback in a major way in 2002 when she joined the original judging panel of “American Idol,” alongside Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. The success of the show also meant renewed success for Paula and saw her begin promoting a number of products, as well as launching her own product lines, taking acting roles in various television series and even her own separate reality series, “Hey Paula,” which followed her day-to-day life managing her busy career. Paula also released a couple of singles in this time, including “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow,” and “I’m Just Here For The Music,” although neither proved very successful. After eight seasons, Paula left “Idol” and went on to judge a short-lived dance-based reality competition series, “Live to Dance,” before eventually returning to the world of judging reality singing competitions when she joined the judging panel, alongside Simon Cowell again, for the US version of “The X Factor.” The first season did not get very high ratings, though, and both Paula and another judge were released from the series.

The look I selected from Paula Abdul was one I had to dig for a little bit – it was a promotional image for her jewelry collection, which is sold through QVC, and I thought she looked absolutely gorgeous, (as well as absolutely photoshopped,) in these images. It was a pretty simple look featuring a gold eye shadow that provided me with the perfect opportunity to try out a few new products I had picked up from Wet N’ Wild, as part of a little experiment I am working on which will be a pretty big feature here on the blog in late February. I picked up one of the eye kits from their Fergie line, (actually, I picked up all 3 but only used the “Glamour-Eyes” one in this look,) and was able to use pretty much all of the products from it in this one look! I also wanted to mention that I didn’t have a lipstick that quite matched what Paula is wearing in the look, so I decided to experiment a bit with mixing a couple of different shades. It didn’t quite work out to match hers but I kind of like how it did come out!

Paula CF 04
Paula CF 02
Paula CF 05PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in Medium Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Tease

EYES:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Quad in Glamour-Eyes (shimmery white, shimmery gold and shimmery black)
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadow in Naked 2
Wet N’ Wild Mega Liner Liquid Liner in Black Sparkle
Wet N’ Wild Shimmer Eye Pencil in Silver
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Wet N’ Wild Mega Length Mascara
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Berry Red
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Pink
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Dizzy
Clinique Superbalm Gloss in Grapefruit

NICOLE SCHERZINGER from THE X FACTOR (US & UK)

Nicole Scherzinger (far right) in 2001
Nicole Scherzinger (far right) in 2001
Nicole Scherzinger in 2011
Nicole Scherzinger in 2011

Nicole Scherzinger was a must to include in this post for a number of reasons. First of all, she is very closely tied in with the first two artists already mentioned in this post. For one, when Kelly Rowland was dismissed from, or left, the UK version of “The X Factor,” she was replaced by Nicole. When Paula Abdul and another judge were released from the US version of “The X Factor,” that other judge was Nicole. I’ll also be talking a little later in this post about the person who replaced her on the US version of “The X Factor.” Yes, Nicole has made the rounds of reality show judging panels. What is so interesting about that, though, is the fact that her career actually began on the other side of the spectrum – as a contestant on a reality show. It was in 2001 when the television network “The WB” still existed. They aired a popular series called “Popstars,” which was an American version of the already popular British format, which sought to form a girl group called Eden’s Crush. Nicole became one of five girls chosen to be a part of the group, who released the minor hit single “Get Over Yourself,” off of their self-titled debut album, the only one they would release before their label went bankrupt within the year of their winning the series. Nicole was approached after this by will.i.am to become the female vocalist for The Black Eyed Peas, a spot that eventually went to Fergie after Nicole declined. Nicole then became the lead, and basically only, vocalist for the burlesque troupe turned pop music sensation, The Pussycat Dolls. After two major hit albums, however, Nicole left the group to pursue a solo career. That solo career in music had many setbacks, although Nicole did eventually release a fairly successful solo album in the UK and Europe, called “Killer Love,” which featured several hit singles, including the number one hit “Don’t Hold Your Breath.” Nicole’s first step into the world of reality judging was on a short-lived US series called “The Sing-Off,” which featured College A cappella groups competing against one another. She judged this series for two season before leaving to work on “Killer Love.” After having appeared as guest judge on the UK version of “The X Factor” multiple times, (even being credited, in large part, with the formation of pop sensation One Direction in one of these guest appearances,) Nicole was asked to join the judging panel on the US version of the series after initial plans to bring Cheryl Cole to the US version did not work out, (which I am still quite bitter about, personally.) As mentioned before, that first season did not fare well in terms of ratings and both Nicole and Paula Abdul were released from the series. It didn’t take long, though, for Nicole to be asked to join the judge’s panel on the UK series full-time for it’s most recent series, in which she actually wound up as the winning judge. It has yet to be announced whether or not Nicole will appear on the next series of “The X Factor,” although she does seem to have some pretty big other plans for 2013, as she is apparently prepping another album to be released this year!

Selecting a look to recreate from Nicole was actually pretty easy because as soon as I decided to include her in this post I also decided that I wanted to recreate the look from the cover and promo shoot for her album, “Killer Love,” which featured a really warm-toned brown smokey eye. I am always a big fan of a brown smokey eye and am also a really big fan of the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and this look allowed me to make use of both! I just love how simple this look is while still being really sexy and sultry and generally beautiful! I also loved the really glossy nude lip, (sort of Kardashian-style,) and the highlighting on the cheeks in the look!

Nicole CF 04
Nicole CF 02
Nicole CF 06PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in Medium Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Angelic
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Powder Blush in Candy Cameo

EYES:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Rehab
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadows in Faint, Foxy, Venus & Crave
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

LIPS:
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Seduce
L’oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude
Stila Lip Glaze in Ulta-Mate Pink

JENNIFER LOPEZ from AMERICAN IDOL

Jennifer Lopez in 1997
Jennifer Lopez in 1997
Jennifer Lopez in 2012
Jennifer Lopez in 2012

Jennifer Lopez is one of the biggest stars of my generation, with an immense catalog of music, film and television credits to her name. She started her career as a “Fly Girl,” or backing dancer, on the television series “In Living Color” in the early 90s and got several small acting parts before getting her big break in 1997 winning the titular role in the amazing biopic, “Selena,” about the life and unfortunate death of Tejano singing sensation Selena Quintanilla. This role earned Jennifer a lot of attention and she began taking on leading roles in major films and, in 1999, made her way into the music industry with her debut album, “On The 6.” However, after a string of hit films and five hit albums, Jennifer hit a little bit of a rough spot when she released an album, “Brave,” which was basically a flop. After the “failure” of “Brave,” and a co-headlining tour with her then husband, Marc Anthony, Jennifer took a step away from both music and film when she became pregnant with twins. In late 2009, music began leaking from Jennifer’s 7th studio album, “Love?” but the responses from the internet, in many cases, were not overly positive and the album was delayed multiple times. Jennifer’s brand, in general, was beginning to appear a little tarnished. Then, she signed on to join the judging panel for the tenth season of “American Idol.” It was thanks to “American Idol,” in large part, that Jennifer managed to release the biggest selling song of her career, “On The Floor,” and “Love?” managed to become a hit. Jennifer has also, since her time on “Idol,” landed several major film roles, released a Greatest Hits album and launched a hugely successful headlining tour. Jennifer is currently working on her 8th studio album, which is planned for release in 2013.

I don’t know what the shoot was for exactly, but I stumbled upon these photos of Jennifer from 2012 that I absolutely fell in love with and knew that I wanted to recreate for this post. I loved this series of photos most for the fact that they looked so natural. They actually even show signs of age, which you hadn’t really seen from her yet, and just looked so effortless and natural. Sure, she was wearing a good deal of makeup in the photos but it doesn’t pop out at you, which is kind of what I loved most about it, so I really wanted to try to get that same effect in recreating the look. While I think I got all of the elements right for the look, (right techniques used on the eyes, right shade used for the lips, right amount of highlight and bronzer on the cheeks,) I don’t feel like I quite managed that natural effect that I was talking about. Perhaps I should have used a much lighter coverage foundation. Either way, I do love how the look did come out, I just don’t think it came out with the same effect as Jennifer’s did.

Jennifer CF 04
Jennifer CF 01
Jennifer CF 07PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in True Beige
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in Moderately Fair
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Angelic
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Powder Blush in Feather

EYES:
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadows in Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint & Crave
Elf Eyebrow Lifter & Filler in Dark Brown/Ivory (Ivory side only)
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

LIPS:
Elf Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume

CHRISTINA AGUILERA from THE VOICE

Christina Aguilera in 2000
Christina Aguilera in 2000
Christina Aguilera in 2012
Christina Aguilera in 2012

Christina Aguilera’s career began with a bang in 1999, with the release of her self-titled debut album. After smash hit single upon smash hit single, as well as winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year, Christina established herself as not only a major selling artist but also a highly respected and critically acclaimed one! Her second and third albums, “Stripped” and “Back To Basics,” only continued that theme in her career, both earning her even more hits, sales and awards and accolades. Around the release of “Back To Basics,” Christina also reached some personal heights, marrying mogul Jordan Bratman and becoming pregnant. So, in 2010 when she announced she was divorcing, released her flopped fourth album “Bionic,” and starred in her first film, the box office disappointment “Burlesque,” the media seemed to turn on Christina in a big way! Suddenly tabloids were filled with negative stories about her and popular opinion seemed to be that her career was over. Then, in 2011, Christina agreed to take one of four seats on the judging panel for a brand new singing competition show, “The Voice.” Christina’s involvement is said to be what helped to finalize deals with the other 3 superstar judges on the show, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Ceelo Green and Blake Shelton. Christina’s success on the show is also said to have been what suddenly made it cool for current hitmakers to take part in shows like this, seeing a slew of other stars doing it afterwards, including her publicly perceived competitor from the very start of her career, Britney Spears. Christina recently announced that she would be taking 1-2 seasons off from the show to focus on touring with her most recent album, “Lotus,” and will be replaced during that time by another huge name in the music industry, Shakira!

The look I chose to recreate from Christina actually comes from the promo images for her album, “Lotus,” which featured Christina in a very softened, yet very glammed up, look to suit the ethereal imagery of the album’s artwork while also reflecting the glamour and ferocity of much of the album’s tracks. I loved all of the really soft tones used on her face and how they were built up to a really glam, over the top look.

Christina CF 02
Christina CF 06
Christina CF 05PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in True Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Rose Gold
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Gerbera

EYES:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Quad in Glamour-Eyes (shimmery white & shimmery gold)
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadows in Naked 2, Faint & Crave
Wet N’ Wild Mega Liner Liquid Liner in Black
Wet N’ Wild Shimmer Eye Pencil in Black
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Liner in Pure White
Wet N’ Wild Mega Length Mascara
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Willow
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Gerbera
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume

DEMI LOVATO from THE X FACTOR (US)

Demi Lovato in 2008
Demi Lovato in 2008
Demi Lovato in 2012
Demi Lovato in 2012

Demi Lovato is one of the most interesting cases of a pop star taking a spot on the judging panel of a reality singing competition because it was just such an “out of left field” move. Demi began her career where a majority of young stars today do – on the Disney Channel. Demi starred alongside the Jonas Brothers in the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Camp Rock,” and very quickly proved to be a major talent! Disney quickly created a series for her, “Sonny With A Chance,” and signed her to their label, Hollywood Records, under which she released two hit albums, “Don’t Forget” and “Here We Go Again.” After s starring in a second “Camp Rock” film, in the midst of a co-headlining tour again with the Jonas Brothers, Demi suffered a bit of a meltdown, allegedly assaulting one of her backing dancers, and was quickly placed into a rehab facility for treatment for various issues, including self-injuring, substance abuse and an eating disorder. After being released from rehab, Demi became an advocate for youth mental health issues, as well as continuing work she had already done as an advocate for anti-bullying campaigns. She also released her brilliant third studio album, “Unbroken,” featuring the huge hit singles “Skyscraper” and “Give Your Heart A Break.” Riding the wave of a career high like this, it came as quite the surprise when Demi was announced, alongside Britney Spears, as one of the judges to replace Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger on the US version of “The X Factor.” While it has been announced that Britney will not be returning for the next season of the show, it is unclear yet whether or not Demi will. Regardless of her status with “The X Factor,” my fingers are crossed for another album in 2013!

One thing that I love about Demi Lovato’s look since she’s strayed from her more Disney-oriented image is the style of makeup that she has started wearing – really fun, bright colors on the lips and lots of bronzer and smokey eyes! I love this whole style on her because it’s still really youth-oriented and fun but in a much more mature way than she did before. So, I found a set of images featuring a look that really captured all of those elements and allowed me to use one of my favorite lipsticks that I never seem to find an excuse to use, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Pink!

Demi CF 02
Demi CF 06
Demi CF 05PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in True Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Stellar

EYES:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Rehab
TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Eye Shadows in Sultry, Sleek, Seductive, Stand Off-ish & Sophisticated
Wet N’ Wild Shimmer Eye Pencil in Black
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Wet N’ Wild Mega Length Mascara

LIPS:
Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock N’ Rose
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Pink

NICKI MINAJ from AMERICAN IDOL

Nicki Minaj in 2008
Nicki Minaj in 2008
Nicki Minaj in 2012
Nicki Minaj in 2012

Nicki Minaj is one of the biggest names in music at this point in time, having featured on a number of the biggest selling singles of the past 2-3 years! She has released 2 platinum selling, international hit albums, “Pink Friday” and “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” and established herself as a global fashion icon. She’s also branched into the world of fragrances with the recent release of her very first perfume, Pink Friday. The next logical step was… not “American Idol.” Yet that is exactly what Nicki has done, joining the most recent lineup of “Idol” judges, alongside Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and the incomparable Mariah Carey. Before the season began this past Wednesday Nicki had already sparked controversy with a leaked video of an impassioned disagreement with Mariah, which already seems to be a major focus of the newest season of “Idol.” Who knows what is to come from Nicki on the show? All I know is that America will be watching!

Selecting a look from Nicki Minaj is like selecting a single straw of hay from a whole pile – there are just so many, how do you know which one to choose?! I kept going back to one look, though. If you follow beauty channels on YouTube, you have probably seen this look done to death about 100 times by now. I have seen it so many times myself that I was automatically kind of against the whole concept of doing it myself… but the more I saw it the more I loved it and the more I kind of thought, “What the hell?! Why not add my own into the mix?!” The look I am talking about is, of course, the look from the commercials for her fragrance Pink Friday. Those commercials are on TV constantly and every single time I saw it I just wanted to do a tutorial for it more and more! So, check out my tutorial for this look below!

Nicki CF 10
Nicki CF 02
Nicki CF 08
PRODUCTS USED: 

FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in True Beige
L’oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in Medium
Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Buff Beige
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Urban Decay Urbanglow Cream Highlight in Moonshine
Urban Decay Afterglow Glide On Cheek Tint in Quickie
EYES:
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk
Urban Decay Vice Eye Shadows in Anonymous, Desperation & Blitz
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadows in Naked 2 & Faint
Stila Jewel Eye Shadow in Golden Topaz
Wet N’ Wild Mega Liner Liquid Liner in Black
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Liner in Pure White
Wet N’ Wild Shimmer Eye Pencil in Black
Wet N’ Wild Mega Length Mascara
False Lashes from Ebay
LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Think Pink
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss Duo in Peep/Show (Peep side only)


As mentioned previously in this post, it has become pretty standard now for major stars in the music industry to take part in judging reality shows. Aside from the ones featured here there are a whole plethora of others who have made the same leap. One of the absolute biggest and most surprising, in my opinion, was not included in this post, though, for a pretty big reason… Next week IS time for the first Spotlight post for 2013, after all! So, can you guess which one it will be?! While you’re mulling that over, I wish you all a beautiful weekend and a beautiful life!

Jason

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