New Beauty Treatment | Why I’m Loving Lash Lifts

Last week I finally trained in lash lifts, I’ve been wanting to do this since seeing it at the beauty show a few years ago but you know, life happens and I just hadn’t got round to it.

The training was a day and I was really lucky I got the chance to be model for our teacher Angela and work on two models! This meant not only did I leave with beautiful lashes I got to train, experience, learn and question with two totally different types of lashes. It was great. One of my models already had long curly lashes but they went all ways and were quite fair on the ends so the results were still so striking and clear.

I found the process quite easy to learn and thanks to my ITEC beauty training knew the background, A&P and contraindications to eye treatments already. I find this reassuring as it’s not a big focus in the days training but the process is and I nailed it!

I then spent the weekend with models booked in so I could work on my set up, flow and perfecting the process. I loved it, I loved chatting with everyone booked in, I loved that I was making people feel beautiful with what they’ve got, I loved the results, the models loved the results too, I really loved their faces when they first looked in the mirror!

What I did learn is I need to work on my photography skills for my before and after pics as the ones above and below really don’t do the work or results justice! 

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Event Countdown | 3 Weeks To Go FAQ

The weeks are flying by super quick. This wreaks havoc with both my anxiety and my never ending to do lists, but silver lining it also means it’s only 3 weeks to go until the Be You Beautiful Christmas Pamper & Shop and I’m so excited!

Today I thought I’d answer some common questions I get about the events just to let people know more if they are thinking of coming along, encourage more people to share and invite others who may have asked questions.

Why do I host the Events?

Truth be told I don’t actually make a lot of money. I pay for venues with atmosphere, bars, parking and facilities clients and traders need, plus we do it on a prime night …Friday. So hall, marketing, decoration, printing, goody bags and stuff all mounts up. The hours I spend talking to traders and people about the event, the hours I spend thinking of ways to support, promote and get the word out, I could make better money doing more beauty, but it comes back to that cheesy saying “I’m doing what I love”. It’s not about the money, I trust I’ll work that bit out along the way.

Instead these events give me a chance to do lots of things that light me up  helping women indulge and take time for themselves, encouraging beauty, self care and connection, bringing friends and community together,  making a difference in multiple ways.

Not to mention the fact I  get to work alongside and support traders just like me working hard for themselves doing what they love and all trying to meet the same people. The lovely clients we get through the door, which leads me to the next question …

Who can come?

This is probably best answered by explaining why I started. As a beauty therapist I was attending school pamper evenings enjoying talking to mums as I offered nail services, but noticing that many were alone or just with their ‘mum friends’ and as a mum I understood, I would of likely only gone to my sons school for such an event. I felt more women deserved an evening of treatments, offers, shopping and spending time with friends.

So in answer to the question it’s for women. It’s for any woman, alone or with friends, with 30 minutes or 3 and a half hours to take for themselves, who deserve to indulge in a bit of me time (every woman deserves this and should make time for it!)

What does the evening involve?

We make sure to use venues with everything on offer; free parking, a bar, a spacious venue so we can also offer social tables to sit between shopping, treatments, chatting to traders and others attending on the night. We also have a charity raffle and a special charity drive running alongside this event.

What stalls will be there?

There will be loads. With over 25 stalls all together including; mediums/readers, Therapists offering over 15 beauty and holistic services at amazing rates, traders with unique one off items and on the night offers, goody bags first 50 guests, prize draws, give aways, demos and much more. I’ll be highlighting each of our traders in their own blog as we run up to the event, as well as sharing more about the night with you.

How much is such a fab night going to cost?

£2 entry, then the money for your beverages and spending money. Cash is recommended to bring along on the evening, as not a lot of our traders take card.

How can I get tickets?

You can pay on the door but if you like to be organised or want to treat your friends you can grab your tickets here.

How do I find out more?

If you would like up to date info check out the Facebook event here, if you have more questions get in touch here.

Event Countdown – Therapist Focus | Beautiful Beauty

I love it when I get to work with my friends and Chloe from Beautiful Beauty is one of my besties! Our eldest boys were friends before us and met at nursery over 7 years ago, but I feel like we’ve known each other forever. Chloe will be at the event in just under 3 weeks offering waxing, spray tans and beauty products.

Chloe offers a range of beauty treatments from a home based salon in Northfleet.  Treatments include tans, waxing, acrylic & gel nails, lash lifts, individual and Russian lash extensions. Also retailing brands like skinny tan and tatti lashes her stall is always beautifully presented with lots of treats for guests on the evening. 

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You can find Chloe online using the following links, be sure to check Beautiful Beauty Pages out and get booked in early to avoid disappointment on the night. 

Website www.BeautifulBeauty.org

Instagram @beauitfulbeauty

Facebook Beautiful Beauty

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On the night Chloe will be offering

•Spray Tans (have to be prebooked)  £10 •Brow Wax £5 • Lip Wax £5

To get booked in check out the pinned Post on the Facebook event page for all bookable treatments on offer And keep an eye out for lots more blog posts coming sharing all the fabulous traders I get to work alongside on the evening and at Be You Beautiful Events.

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Event Countdown – Trader Focus | Bip Bop Shop

So with less than three weeks to go I’m going to be sharing short blog posts with snippets on each of the traders, therapists and stalls we have coming along on the evening.

Bip Bop Shop is a pop up and online shop selling the most delightful gifts, toys and treasures for our little ones. 

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I’m so excited to share this first one with you because I love Charlotte who runs the business! She is a passionate mumpreneur, who is super lovely to everyone who stops by her stall, goes that extra step to make her service outstanding, has a great energy, amazing unique bits to bring along for everyone to shop and her smile is just infectious!  

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Having her there is always such a pleasure and her gifts especially unique wooden toys, silver frames and height charts (last time we had orders coming in from France because they caught glimpse of what Charlotte had stocked on the night in a live on our Facebook page)

If you would like to know more or peruse the amazing stock before the evening (even maybe get in a sneaky pre order to collect on the night). Then you can find more from Charlotte @ Bip Bop Shop here…

Website www.BipBopShop.com

Facebook Page www.facebook.com/BBShopity

Instagram @BBShopity

Twitter @BBShopity

Not forgetting Charlotte also blogs and you can find that here and enjoy having a read Bip Bop Mum

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The event is 30.11.18 at Gravesend rugby club and Bip Bop Shop is one of over 25 traders and therapists I feel super lucky to work alongside on the night. You can find out more about the event here or stay updated on the Facebook event page

What’s Happening with Minx Nails In the UK.

If you don’t know what Minx nails are, welcome, I’m hoping you are new to the site, if not…where have you been?? Minx is one of my favourite treatments to offer at Be You Beautiful. Their slogan being ‘ extend fashion to your finger tips’ adored by many, seen on endless catwalks and covers, with a huge celebrity following, a treatment I trained in with session tech to the stars Liza Smith through her role as an ambassador and representative of Sweet Squared about 10 years ago and I’ve been offering it ever since. Obviously more popular in the summer with it’s often super shiny foils I can give you 10 reason Minx are loved in an instant, infact i did right here. Anyway, I’m not here to sell them to you because they are becoming endangered in the uk and I’m a little bit devastated.

What’s changing with Minx Nails in the UK?

When I went to order and couldn’t find all the designs I was looking for online, I called up the distributor Sweet Squared. These guys are my favourite supplier I have to order from, their customer service is like no other and they are one of the most friendly and helpful teams. As the only Minx distributors in the uk they have chosen to have streamline the designs stocked. They are gone from the hundreds down to just 10 that will be available, and whilst they are pretty and do mean I’ll be able to continue to offer them for the foreseeable future, they pale in comparison to the current choice of hundreds that are available.

And so I obviously, stocked up. Like seriously stocked up.

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For a few reasons; Firstly I want to be able to continue to offer my clients an extensive choice of fashion to their fingertips and whilst I know that many clients love pedicures, Gels and glittery nails, I have lots that love Minx and I want to continue to astound them with the beauty and choice available. Secondly it meant I could let clients reserve and hold designs they love with a small deposit for minx appointments in the next 24 months. Also I could see lots I hadn’t before they were gone and try and judge what ones would continue to get picked, and oh my gosh already some of the designs that have been held are beautiful so my second order is going in this week!

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You can see my Facebook live of my latest delivery here, please excuse my usual waffle and ramblings, I get so excited about what I get to do.

If you wanted to get some shiny stand out toes and make the most of the last of this years sunshine, get booked in through the contact page.  Don’t forget to give us a like and follow to stay updated with the latest posts and pics.

10 Reasons I Love Minx Nails

Minx Nails are a polymer foil like a sticker applied to the nail after being heated, mess free with amazing results. With chrome, custom and patterned minx there is a design for everyone to fall in love with. They last 6-8 weeks on toes and around 4-10 days on fingers, making the later more of a special occasion treatment.

I’ve been qualified in Minx for over 10 years now, originally training with celebrity tech Liza Smith through the company serving the pros Sweet Squared. As a way to celebrate my little anniversary I’m sharing ten things I love about Minx Nails

1. Unique, beautiful, eye catching designs that really do extend fashion to your fingertips with a huge range by artists and designers the variety blows me away.

2. How excited people get looking through and selecting their designs.

3. Lots of them are super shiny and show stopping, when wearing them I often catch people staring at my toes. 

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4. Some of the designs make the perfect gel overlays, another fun way to minx it up and get creative.

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5. There are a range of minx perfect for the bridal season and it’s a great additional service at pamper parties for hens and brides.

6. I love any excuse to celebrate, decorate and have fun and so do Minx, there are lots of fun and cute seasonal designs. They have got loads covered including valentines, Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

7. Last 4-8 weeks on toes and around a week on hands and are a perfect self indulgent and stylish treat.

8. Seen on covers and catwalks around the world they are really loved in the fashion industry. 

9. It’s not just he fashion industry celebrities love them too, regularly seen on the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry, P!nk, featured on Lady Gagas album cover and so many more.

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10. I’m trained as a Minx Pro, it’s something I am really proud of and I still really love treating clients too, i love how surprised and excited clients get with the end result, and the longetivity of Minx toes makes it a really popular choice for clients.

So there you have it 10 reason I love Minx Nails. I thought I’d share this extra bit. I love that my partner always makes me laugh and is super supportive of me doing what I do so when I just told him I was doing a blog on 10 reasons I love Minx, he counted his 10 finger nails and said just do each one different. He gets it, he gets I’m super passionate but also that these are really are so cool and transformational. 

Have you ever had Minx? Maybe you can think of another reason other than my ten on why you think they rock.

Be You Beautiful ~ Mobile Beauty Kent | Latest Work & August Promos

So back in May I started a part time day job as temporary cover for a year. I’m very lucky because it’s in the hair and beauty industry, meaning I’m surrounded by products I love, new releases and lots of learning opportunities. It has however effected how I’m working doing mobile beauty kent how much I’m posting and me learning to find the balance between the day job, my life and family and ‘doing it all’ for Be You Beautiful. So I figured a quick post was needed to update you on some of my latest work & August promos.

Latest Work

I haven’t done huge amounts of promotion, I haven’t pushed for new clients and often I am so comfortable with my regulars I forget to take snaps of my work. Here are a few of the latest images…

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August Promos

☀️ Sun-Shining Summer Sizzler not only am I loving the shine of minx foils, the sparkle of Lecenté and the feel good feeling of a spray tan I want everyone else to love it and feel awesome this summer too. So as a totally amazing summer offer with huge savings you can get this great summer saver throughout August.

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☀️ Also as I have been so useless snapping my latest work throughout August so any clients who take pics and check in on Facebook or tag @Stefani.BeYouBeautiful on Instagram get sent a free mini surprise.

☀️ Sign up to the newsletter to find out about the latest training I have signed up for and the amazing taster treatment days I will be hosting, where you get to trial new treatments at amazing prices! Spaces will be offered to current clients, then newsletter subscribers before any spaces going out on social media.

More To Follow

There are lots of amazing summer launches and new products I’m loving right now so there will be lots of blogs in the coming weeks with the latest products I have tried,tested, used and reviewed.

My Why & How Behind My Events

Why I Do, What I do…

I am super passionate. Like I really want to make a big difference and empower others. I want to bring smiles to the people I talk to and the people I am around. I want to spend time loving myself so I can encourage others to do the same, I want people to see their own beauty with the wonder and belief I do, like real raw beauty, not the surface I work with. I want to be a present mum because the time I spend with my children is precious, limited and a gift filled with lessons, wonder and joy. I want to dream big and believe in the possibilities so I can inspire others to do the same. I want to live in abundance so I can give in abundance. I want to see people happy, having fun and enjoying their lives.



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My Events

On the 9th March I’m hosting my first Pamper & Shop Indulgence event of this year and I wanted to create a post which not only shares part of my bigger why and reasoning behind some of my crazy plans but also explain to you why the events matter to me.

On the surface these are evenings where i bring groups of friends together for a fun and indulgent evening of shopping and pampering with some local businesses, traders and therapists.

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How I Work.

I do more than that I support the amazing traders I get to work alongside at my events with a Facebook group just for them, a Traders Pack full of info to support their business, working to make the nights a long term success and with ongoing support and belief on my part. I vet those traders to make sure they see it’s more than a shop and drop and we are creating an atmosphere to be remembered and a night to be enjoyed by all attending.

For those attending I try to think of how I would want to spend an evening or any free time I might have away from family, work and the adventure of day to day life. I think of a place I could socialise with my friends and enjoy their company. I think of all the treatments I might book, or things I may enjoy shopping and then I try and find them and bring them all together. Along with a bar and social tables to be enjoyed, filled with drinks, chatter and laughter in between the strains of shopping and treatments. With the support of local business sponsors I create the most wonderfully filled goody bags with delightful gifts limited in number to make you rush for the experience.

You see it truly matters to me people have a good night. It matters to me the traders I believe in do well and meet fabulous people who rave about them. It matters to me that when I put my name to something I give people the best I can. I wanted people to know all this to know whether they are working alongside or coming along for the evening I am genuinely so grateful they are part of the experience, I’m really excited not only for the quarterly events but the other ways I’m planning to give back, love support and empower going forward with BeYou Beautiful through 2018 and beyond.

I’ve spent today working on different bits for the event, at times I’ve felt like I was running full steam into a brick wall. I wanted to put this post out there so people got why I spend so much time on it, why I talk about it, why I stress about it, why I believe in it. Everything about these nights is ways of me fulfilling my desires to support or light people up, to connect with people and bring people joy.

Hopefully if you are reading this and not to far away you will come along for a fabulous night here are all the details you need. 
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Photo credits to the super amazing and beautiful Carla Guest photography. I have known Carla for around 25 years but her works speaks for itself, it’s truly exceptional, go check her out.

10 Benefits to Choosing Natural Gel Nails

Before we get to the benefits of gel nails, here is some background information.

Gel nails have been in the nail industry for many years now in different forms, there are many brands and they can come in different forms from pots to polishes and like any other products the packaging, the quality and the prices vary massively.

I trained with OPI in Gel Polishes over 3 years ago, simply because OPI is a brand I have used since my mum let me steal hers when I was a kid, they have always delivered results, been industry leaders and they are recognised as a prestigious brand. Since doing my gel nail training I haven’t looked back, whilst I occasionally do a natural manicure this is by far my most popular treatment.

So today I thought I would take ten minutes with a cuppa to run through the benefits of gel nails…

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10 Benefits of Gel Nails.

1. Gel Nails are applied to natural nail.

No drills, no tip, whilst cured under a lamp there is no ‘false’ part of the nail. It also feels more natural and is less rigid on the nail.

2. Gel Nails don’t damage your natural nail.

When removed properly by soaking or in professional wraps there is no risk of damage to the natural nail.

3. They are Super Shiny!

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4. Gel Nails last 2-3 weeks.

Depending how you care for them and the daily work you carry out, gel nails can last up to 21 days!

5. They only take 25-45 minutes.

Like done, dry and out the door, you can even book it into a lunch break (if you have a fab mobile therapist like me!)

6. It protects your natural nails.

Perfect to protect from day to day damage, splitting and breakage.

7. It helps your natural nails grow.

Because it’s prevent day to day damage its stops them breaking and getting shorter meaning over time with repeat treatment and maintenance they grow.

8. No stress of trying to paint your own nails.

You know like the stress of smudging or the painting of the ‘other’ hand – yeah none of that!

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9. You feel confident.

A gel manicure makes your hands look nice, you feel confident, others compliment and you smile lots.

10. It’s affordable.

When maintained and look after they last, you save on time, on nail polishes and all the extras and again if you have a nice therapist like me you can even block book to save you more money!

There you have it 10 Benefits to Gel Nails. Would you add anymore? 

Be sure to keep updated with news, reviews and offers by signing up to our newsletter and see all our latest work over on the Facebook page (when I remember to take pics!).

10 Things I Love About Organising Pamper Events

I’m EXCITED! The Next Event is 10th November.

If you haven’t seen the swishy, sparkly video I created all by myself check it out on the events page here. I’m back to planning pamper events and indulgence nights and I love it, I’ve got the buzz back, it’s awesome. This time round I’m trying to do as much as humanly possible to support the event, the traders and make it stand out as a fabulous evening for all the lovely ladies attending. We have goody bags, fashion shows, demonstrations and over 40 therapists & traders to shop and get pampered from, I love all that goes into it.

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Speaking of what I love about the events, that’s why I got started writing today. Here are

10 things I love about organising the Be You Beautiful Pamper Events & Indulgence Nights.

  1. The fear I have to push through to break my comfort zone and get started. Oh my god if you knew how many events I’d actually ‘planned’ this year, you’d laugh. I was just to scared to launch. So those first few phone calls where I push through the barrier I love that. It proves how much I want it’s makes me feels stronger, it gets me more pumped for the event.
  2. Connecting back up with businesses I love! I have actually been organising events just like this for almost 8 years. What I really love about this is some of the traders like Toxic Angel Jewellery, For Girlys Boutique and a few more have all been working with me since the start, they get me, they know my events and it’s an added bonus that I love to shop both of the ones mentioned as soon as they start laying out their tables!
  3. Meeting new businesses and the people behind them. Whilst it’s lovely to have the ongoing support with those I know, it’s really great to here someone’s passion when describing their business to me for the first time. It’s fab to meet the people behind the websites, social media and emails. I have always loved meeting new people so this is a really great part of the job, plus people get me and my energy more face to face. I think!
  4. Supporting Charities in the process. We have a charity raffle on the evening because all the businesses involved donate a prize. We have my nan and aunt sorting the tickets (they are legends and I do believe the sole reason that some people attend the events!). We choose a different charity each time and try and do our best whilst raising money, to spread as much of their message as we can. I have some extra ways people will be helping charity at the next event. I thought outside the box and I’m quite excited to announce it along with our chosen charities in two weeks time.
  5. Supporting and Shopping Local. I know how much effort it takes to start a business, I know how much effort it requires to keep going, it’s a lot and at times I thought about giving up. So I try and shop local whenever I can. Even to the point I buy cards from my mum, I refuse to have them for free (she undervalues herself far too much already) and I’d rather I have something beautiful, unique and made by her than store brought. (It’s a great idea anyway, now if I could get into the habit of actually delivering people’s cards would be even better!)
  6. The Response & Reaction when I launch the event, it’s really heart warming and it makes me feel more confident in what I’m doing when people tell me they are pleased or excited the events are back, it’s even more awesome…
  7. Saying Hello and Welcoming  Guests on the evening. It’s lovely seeing familiar faces, it’s nice that it’s a night of luxury and indulgences so everyone’s chatty and haply. The room is always full of natter and laughter, it’s a real buzz and it flies by super quick
  8. The fluster I get in. It is ironic considering how much I bloody prepare. It just reminds me to go with the flow a little bit I can’t control everything. One year I ran round apologising to traders that it had started snowing because you know I ordered the weather!
  9. The personal feeling of accomplishment once I have pulled it off. I know I have lots of support in the people around me, I know I have lots of businesses working with me and shouting about the event, I know I didn’t do this JUST ME. But it started just me and at some point in the evening I normally have a little pause to take stock of what happens when I keep pushing through the little barriers. I’m proud of myself.
  10. Everyone else’s feedback and reactions. I like providing a night that others really enjoy, I like that women take time out, I like that it’s a night for groups of friends to catch up, I like that the businesses do well and meet new clients as well as catch up with old ones.

There is so much that’s great about these evenings. It’s a pretty awesome feeling getting so many people together. This is the first one since the two small children, so understandably I’m still nervous and scared I’ll forget or mess something up but I don’t think it will be to catastrophic, I plan to much for that!

If you live in the North Kent area and would like a great night out with your friends come along, check our latest events and be sure to share. 

 

Another Beauty Sale, My Weakness. My Favourites

Nail polishes just £2.50 & Some Beautiful Pumps…

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So first off gorgeous ones, this is an affiliate post it means I get a little mullah if you click on the links. I Promise though it’s still well worth a read and your time because there are some serious bargains to be had in the Birchbox Sale. I thought to help you on your search I would share my five favourite products in the sale, there was so much more though but I had to stop buying researching, I was getting carried away.

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      My hair is fine & the reviews for this set sound amazing and just what my life,especially hair needs!

    • Cowshed Grumpy Cow Uplifting Travel Candle Set £15.40Beauty summer sale, my top 5, my beauty favourites, be you beautiful, beauty blogger, grumpy cow

      I have been a Grumpy cow this week and so the thought if some time out with these burning away … Bliss!

    • STYLondon Metallic Tattoos £2.00 Be you beautiful, beauty blogger, my top 5, body tattoos, summer sale,

      These on a tan (real or fake) LOOK AMAZING! I’m going to spray tan and apply one of mine this week just so you can see!

    • Models Own Disco Pants (Studio 54) £2.50 image

      I have tried a couple of the Models Own polishes and whilst I don’t think they are the best out their they are always on trend and this polish with its metallic shine is no different and a total bargain at £2.50

    • Laqa&Co Fat Lip Pencil Lambchop £7.00 Beauty sales favourites, Laqa&Co, Lambchop, bright pink, sale,

      I am a massive fan of Laqa & Co. I have about 6 now I can’t recommend them enough they glide on, stay put and the packaging is so cute!

⭐️I wanted to add these but as they are only available in a size 2 and so for the few ladies with beautiful petite feet, but oh my god they are so beautiful they just had to be seen…

French Sole Henrietta Ballet Flat: Floral Daze £45.00

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There is more than just the Beauty Sale … What is Birchbox?

I have been a subscriber of Birchbox for two years I love that I get a box of hair and beauty treats delivered to my door every month. There are normally 5-7 items some of which are full size. I am able to tailor my favourites and collect up points to use on future purchases.

It’s a win win!

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10 Things I Love About Bloglovin’

Whilst I Try to Verify My Website

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I need to create a blog post to verify my Be You Beautiful website on my Bloglovin’ account. So I figured whilst I was doing it rather than an odd post in the middle of nowhere on my blog I would add a bit more to it.

10 Reasons I’m Lovin’ Bloglovin’

One.

Its easy to sign up and connect your Blogs

Two.

Its use and layout ooze simplicity and are a joy to use. Just look.

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Three.

Your Blogs still get page views when read through Bloglovin’. I don’t know how many other similar platforms there are that do this but I liked that it would only help my numbers grow further.

Four.

I can display both my blogs in one fend despite the fact that this one is beauty and my other family based. It’s a nice way to bring it all together and showcase what I do more as a whole.

Five.

I read through others people blogs so much more. They are all  in one place making it such an easy and joyful read. I could read through based on category, latest or the feed of blogs I follow.

Six.

It is also easy to follow and share other people’s blogs. All stuff that really excites me as I work on building online connections and relationships.

Seven.

They track your stats for you. It’s on a graph shows you your reach followers etc, mine is currently a flatline so little point in me showing you! 😆

Eight.

Over 20 million people use Bloglovin’ to read and share blogs. That’s all kinds of awesome.

Nine.

Even difficulties aren’t that difficult. Seriously even when I couldn’t fathom the RSS feed on my Mum and Monsters site a little Google, an update and one click made it all sorted

Ten.

There is even an App! Check it out here.

 

Are you one of the twenty million using Bloglovin’? If so come find me say hi, share your favourite blogs and I’ll be sure to follow you and stay up to date!!

 

 

#SaveYourSelfie Fake Bake Friday

Fake Bake Friday

Tonight I have a beautiful bunch of ladies booked in for a Fake Bake Party at Home. I love these parties firstly they are always fun because it’s a bunch of friends having a night in together, secondly I get to do what I love and finally I know the confidence a tan can bring to any woman wearing one! Natural or fake!

I really enjoy my job and I love that I can work with brand who’s ethos, support and messages of safety and empowerment continue to shine through. Fake Bake was the first brand I chose when I trained in spray tanning back in 2007 and whilst I have trained with other brands since, in my experience my clients are happier with the menu and services I am able to offer using the Fake Bake Brand.

#SaveYourSelfie

Their current empowering charity campaign for the summer is to get women truly embracing some self love and confidence and I couldn’t be happier. They are asking everyone to get involved #SaveYourSelfie and share it online and get others involved too! There are even Fake Bake Prizes up for Grabs!

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Through the campaign and their ongoing work Fake Bake will be supporting the charities RAFT and Coppafeel, you can read lots more about the charities, support and fake bakes ongoing campaign of confidence in their latest summer magazine by clicking the image below.

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Now My Turn

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Fake Bake put it to us therapists to dig a little deeper and share our stories.

Most see those within the beauty industry beautified, beaming and full of confidence, ready and able to take on the world. The reality my tan, nails and make up are often the boosts I need to be able to step out into the world.

I Lost All My Confidence At School

I went to an all girls school where my best friends created lists of size/beauty/hair/popularity/possessions and ranked us…I don’t think I ever came in top 3. They also gave me nicknames I’d laugh at despite not understanding and then they would wait a few months to humiliate me by explaining exactly how they were taking the piss. I was a Tom boy only child who at the point didn’t know/care how to make myself beautiful or to care for myself properly. I did myself no favours and as a result spent 5 years with these friends, constantly longing to be accepted and included.

The summer I broke up from year 11 I got diagnosed with depression and their constant out casting and jibes and taken a massive toll on my self confidence. I spent a summer with a different group of friends (much to my mums horror she knew none of them) and I learnt to ROYALLY NOT GIVE A FUCK! I found out that actually once school finished any link with these losers was null and void and that their petty attitudes wouldn’t actually take them far in the real world. I also learnt to look after myself, I presented myself better, I became more like a girl than a tomboy, emo, or whatever other stage I went through.

I did get my own back a little I remember bumping in to one of the most popular girls at a club a couple of years later (funny thing is I had loads of real mates having a total laugh and she looked a misery by the toilets) as I went to the loos she stopped me and said “why did you stop talking to us?” to which I replied (rather smugly) “oh I am surprised your head is out your arse to notice, but to be honest we all know you all hated me so why fake it any longer” and walked off! I will say it’s important to find a point where you let go of anger from others opinions, I let them define me for so long, I tried to be so many different things just to be accepted and none of it worked because I’d lost me!

I Started Working In The Hair & Beauty Industry

HAHA the irony that this little grot bag tomboy got a job as a Saturday junior in a hair salon, a job that taught me so much about how I present myself, the real world, working relationships and my love for people! I then went on to get a part time job in House of Fraser and within 18 months was managing and merchandising two small matts French Connection and Miss Sixty, I was also the first to get recognition and training direct from the brands and a uniform supplied by them for me and the team I worked with. I learnt in this role I could be powerful, if I was confident in my applying my learning and knowledge and applying my people skills!

I then took this confidence and applied for a job in the beauty industry, an industry where experience was always required but rarely given and an industry of very made up and beautiful people. I don’t know how I done it but I got a job with Estée Lauder, I worked my arse off to prove I could learn and do exactly as they wanted, I showed them ways I’d apply what I’d learnt so far in retail and branding to their principals and beliefs. I got the job!

It was hard, scary, I was petrified of making people over to begin with, I got lost in the routines, right words and link sales. But I persisted, I learnt so much and I excelled. I worked with a team of great girls with years of experience between them and I’m so lucky they were the first team I got to work with they nurtured me, built up my confidence and taught me tonnes on self love and BEAUTY!!

I then went on to work for Christian Dior, my manager was an awesome women, who has the best name, who is still my friend today. Steph (to save confusion I call her big weff) made me learn so much, supported me in becoming confident with make up, made me value myself more and was just a hugely supportive bundle of fun , she made me laugh all the time and made up a lot of what I had lost. I don’t think she even realises this now (shit I’m crying… She will laugh at that!).

My Point

This is a long time ago and lots of things have happened since, many of which I could of included to show how believing in myself, having support and mustering up confidence can make dramatic differences to your life. But this is where it all started for me that realisation different chapters in our life hold different stories, people, challenges and adventures and I get the pleasure of chosing how I write mine.

You see after a chapter of my life in which my self confidence was battered, bruised and I was questioning everything about myself. I went on to a chapter of finding myself, confidence and the chance to surround myself with women who could teach me just that! I feel very lucky for that opportunity and I feel passionate about continuing that through my work now. Whether talking one to one with a client, making everyone feel comfortable at a pamper party, telling a woman about my surf board body and non existence boobs to make them feel ok stripping off for a tan, I do groups in schools working with teen girls, I am about to launch a series of workshops for mums and women in business, and I blog about life and works through my blogs, whilst having an awesome adventure along the way.

Self Confidence

Self confidence really is continuously learnt we live in a world where many outlets are trying to take that confidence away, when I first shared my selfie over on Instagram this is what I wrote about my go to for self confidence now.
“For me my confidence boost is colour! Whether that’s a bright top, a tan, nails, lipstick or bronzer, I need colour just to give me the boost make me look alive (3 kids ya know!!) and give my confidence its daily Boost.”

Get involved

I would love for you to get involved, share what makes you confident and a gorgeous selfie. As well as doing the #SaveYourSelfie please also include #BeYouBeautiful if you took part because of me. Not because I am vain or getting any reward, but because I want to smile knowing you read this and are empowering others because of it too!

Have a fab day beautiful!

 

 

Getting Help

I said briefly about being diagnosed with depression this has been reoccurring and something I can discuss and asses quite openly. However it’s not that easy for everyone and I wouldn’t have come as far as I have without the fantastic support and help of Mind, if you need hep and support I really do recommend reaching out to them.

 

 

Toes Out Tuesday, Sparkles Continued.

Late last night I shared my Lecente Monday Manicure, I fell I love with the sparkles all over again! And it didn’t stop at my fingers. Here is my Toes Out Tuesday Post sharing my OPI Gelcolor & Lecente Toes!

Toes This Week.

It’s summer, flip flop season and time to get the toes out! As its a big part of my job I like to make my nails a feature, something for people to notice or con net on. This week the toes on my feet are two different colours. Partly because I wanted to see the different results achievable with one glitter and partly because it gets people talking.

The Polishes were OPI GelColor Neon Collection. The pink on right foot is ‘Hotter Than You Pink‘ And the orange on my left is ‘Juice Bar Hopping‘ With Lecente glitter in applied in two layers on top of each colour.

It’s never fun gelling your toes bent up like you are doing some high level yoga pose but none the less apart from a run on the left big toe… I LOVE THEM! This is the end result.

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The Shoes. Ted Baker.

These were part of my big holiday surprise for my trip to Ibiza in June for my 30th birthday! My man can shop and he knows I love Ted Baker but if you have a pair or buy a pair be warned, I’ve screwed the bow back on twice (only by luck hearing the screw fall out) and had to push the top back through the sole after nearly breaking my neck as it bent and came apart beneath me. I love them …but I looked like a dick! Thanks Ted!!

 

 

Sparkling Up Your Monday. Lecente Monday Manicure

Bit late in the day I know, whilst my Monday has been blessed with a manicure it wasn’t so blessed with motivation! it took time but my Lecente Monday Manicure is here!

Putting It Into Practise!

Im wasted! Haha sound like a right big headed numpty, but I don’t mean it like that. I have been working in beauty over a decade, I have trained with some of Estée Lauder & Christian Diors top world make up artists, I am trained in beauty with a qualification recognised over the world, and have trained with brands like Fake Bake & OPI to constantly better myself.

When it comes to nails. I have trained with one of the best in the industry one of the innovators, and one of the creators behind the brand Lecente. I first trained with Maria 11 years ago in acrylic nails, nail art, manicures…l even bummed a lift off her too and from classes! I have constantly been inspired by Maria and her family behind the brand Lecente, their passion and creative qualities shine through, they have the best sense of humour are always so welcoming, make an amazing cup of tea and create the best nail glitters in the world!

I was really happly to get to train with Maria again this year at Lecente HQ and get to know all there is to know about these glitters and how to work with them!

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All About Lecente Glitters

These glitters are not your standard glitters, in the words of my other half “They are mesmerising with depth” (he seriously said that about my nails! But more than that they are..

•Precision Cut. Making them easy workable for the therapist and smoother nails, edges and results for the client.

•95% hypoallergenic and purge product meaning no nasties stuck in.  This is something really important to some of my clients, an extra reassurance.

•They are available in a beautiful sparkly rainbow of colours like 80-100 of them, they even have the most amazing neon collection.

•They even do shapes, squares, diamonds and strands.

That’s not all, they also do foils and superb brushes I love using!

Search #LoveLecente on any social media channels and you will see a screen full of amazingness and sparkle!

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Lecente Monday Manicure

So I have dabbled up until now, but this week I spent just over two hours creating these beauty on my own  nails for this weeks Monday Manicure.

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They are by no means perfect, a bit messy round the cuticles, lines could have been neater and glitter pressed better and layered more in certain areas. But it’s made my passion sparkle as much as my nails and I’m itching to play again! I had fun being creative. I have booked in friends for this week just to practise and already sparkled my toes! I Also have now wrote a wish list of glitters and foils I can’t wait to order! I’ll keep you all posted on my latest Lecente creations!

Have you had your nails sparkled by a Lecente therapist? I’d love to see them, tag below. 

 

 

 

 

 

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