Meet MaryBeth, Our First Ambush!

Finally after planning, reviewing candidates and coordinating schedules…the first Ambush took place yesterday.  What a day it was!  We received the nomination from Janice Stitzel and Joe Scalamogna from Giant Eagle in Monroeville.  The letter about MaryBeth made us realize that she is exactly the type of person we were looking for!  The thing is…I think we all got just as much out of this as MaryBeth.  The look on her face from the beginning till the amazed look on her face after her makeover was absolutely priceless!

…”Ask anyone and they will tell you how giving MaryBeth is.  She has for at least the last 5 years taken care of her mother-in-law and grandmother.  Both passed away last year.  MaryBeth actually took a random customer to their doctors appointments because no one else could help them.  These appointments went on for a year!  Because MaryBeth does so much for others she never takes the time to do things for herself.  No one deserves and needs a makeoever more than her.”

(Click on images to zoom in) Below…she couldn’t believe what was happening…it took some convincing but we finally got her to come with us!

 MaryBeth with her co-worker Janice, who nominated her!

A still shocked MaryBeth in the Ambush-mobile and off to Shadyside for some retail-therapy!

Brooke working her magic on MaryBeth’s locks which were in need of some TLC.

Julie bringing out MaryBeth’s natural beauty with a little makeup!

 THE FINAL RESULTS!!  We all couldn’t believe our eyes.  Within just a few hours, MaryBeth was a new woman!

Below with MaryBeth, The Makeover Team 🙂

 Kathy Wolfe, the amazing photographer who took all of these photos ~  Julie Marckisotto, Makeup Artist ~ Brooke Rockwell, Hairstylist.

Special thanks to the Banana Republic in Shadyside, and our Stylist for the day, Gillen (below) who helped us pick out some new clothes for MaryBeth! Also to Jae Lee Paredes for donating a beautiful pair of earrings for MaryBeth to keep.  This was amazing…an anonymous person from Giant Eagle donated $200 to MaryBeth’s shopping spree…and she was able to keep all of the clothes in the shoot.

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to all of the CONTRIBUTORS who have generously donated to Ambush Pittsburgh.  We couldn’t be more thankful and because of you we were able to do this.  If you are interested in donating a discount for a service, product or even your time…please contact us, we would love to have you on board! Also, WANT TO START AN AMBUSH IN YOUR OWN CITY?  Email us at for all of the details and how to get started!

3 thoughts on “Meet MaryBeth, Our First Ambush!

  1. MaryBeth looks fantastic! She sounds like a very deserving candidate and it seems like a grand time was had by all. How frequently do you plan on doing these makeovers?

  2. PghMakeup says:

    Thank you so much Kim! We plan on doing one every month if possible, probably skipping December for the holidays.

  3. Excellent work everyone! MaryBeth is beautiful and deserving – what a great way to celebrate a beautiful person, inside and out!

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