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Somedays I Miss The Old Business Name

I Came Here To Update But Not Like This …

Its only now that I am sat down to update and edit the website and blog, I realise that I don’t enjoy my new business name as much as I did my last. I love the message of Be You Beautiful and making women see their own beauty is still at the forefront of each of my services and every treatment I offer. It doesnt feel the same though, it doesn’t make me cheeky grin like Sweet Cheeks Beauty did each time I say my business name and it doesn’t garner the same giggly smiley reaction either. One that I feel made more of a lasting impression.

Why Did I Change It Anyway?

I changed the name for a number of reasons; I had been working since I first started as sweet cheeks beauty, I felt I had matured as had my client and that it sounded silly and cheap and I was way beyond all that.

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And What About Now?

Now in hindsight I realise im never actually going to fully mature. My clients love my fun energetic nature and I like too make people smile from the start. Also a name didn’t make it cheap. My lack of self worth and confidence made me devalue what I was offering. A name change didn’t help it much either, only my new marketing efforts behind the brand relaunch.

Fuck im literally discovering all this as I write… don’t you just love a bit of free flow writing and discovery. 

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Since naming my business it makes me cringe a little, how many similar businesses there are locally with the same or a really similar name to mine. I now know one was set up before me called Beautiful You but two similar have followed within a 5 mile radius. I feel I cant stand out locally let alone online. It is weirdly frustrating, standing out in a crowd is kinda my thing I guess.

There is a thing in your brain called the reticular activator it filters stuff and flashes up things of noticeable importance as you see them and mine seems to be in full force with the Be You Beautiful business name. It is everywhere I look. I am pretty sure I have seen some form of be you beautiful, beyoutiful, be you, be you be beautiful and other mixes all as business names or tag lines. Its so boring, I feel boring.

Right thats it I’m putting it to vote on the socials, head over to insta stories or the facebook page if you want to join in. I’m pretty sure about how I feel about it; but that could be me being hasty on the whole ‘new year, fresh start’ theme I guess.

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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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.

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.

 

 

Monday Motivation & Manicure!

Rolling it all into one today. Quotes and shiny nails all in one post!

I’m back with Monday motivation & manicure to share with you! I have returned from maternity leave and working my little socks off! I’ve been blogging all about the chaos that is my life over at Mum and Monsters. But here it is all about pretty stuff, beauty and things that make us feel good!

Because im all about making you feel beautiful and the whole point in Monday motivation is to make you feel motivated and happy I thought this quote from Christian Dior was perfect!

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And now for the nails …

These are a base of OPI Gelcolor in Pink Flamenco with an overlay of white minx ‘tribal’. I loved these and the reaction they got from customers & strangers alike was pretty awesome.

As both the polish and wraps are professional products, they lasted with high shine and good results. The gels were on for two weeks (may have lasted longer but I was getting colour bored) whilst I removed the minx after 8 days because it had started to lift slightly at tip.

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The week ahead

With the eldest on summer hols and the other two munchkins needing entertaining is a mix of fun days out and fitting in work work work work work! I’m off from my day job at the college until September which gives me plenty of time to find my feet with Be You Beautiful and give the kids as much fun, love and adventures as possible!

I have a girly pamper this week and lots of gel nails booked in but I have been really good since I have been back in block booking my days so it’s not so sporadic and I’m not so wired and stressed out!

Shared motivation  or a mani today? If so I’d love to see, share your link below.

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Thank You 2015 it’s been emotional, amazing and fast!

WOW what a year! I know it’s flown by but I didn’t actually realise the full extent to all the awesomeness I have achieved in this year. Instead like many I was focussing on the shitty bits that seem to resurface year after year, the small challenges sent to guide us. It was only when I sat down with my Leonie Dawson 2016 planner and had to look at this past year I actually pushed myself to think of all the things big and small!

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So what have I actually done? 

As well as trying my best to work through very shite hypremisis gravadium, my biggest achievement wasn’t in business but in my personal life completing our little family with the arrival of our third beautiful baby and this time it was a pink one! I don’t talk about them much on here instead I gush about them on my other blog, but couldn’t let the moment slip by of achievements without including these 3….

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So to inspire you to sit reflect and say thanks to all the awesome sauce of 2015 here are my amazing, fabulous, kinda cool achievements for my business this year….

⭐️I renamed & rebranded from Sweet Cheeks Beauty to Be You Beautiful.

⭐️I got to run a business that I love and that I’m passionate about around my beautiful kids.

⭐️I made my face “funny for money & raised money for Comic Relief

⭐️Networking with inspiring women & painting nails red for British Heart Foundation

⭐️I got to connect and work with Andrea Beadle I have never come across someone so wholehearted and passionate in helping others connect with themselves, it was these sessions that helped me see my blocks and the bigger picture

⭐️Going on a web design course so I could create and manage Be You Beautiful & Mum & Monsters

⭐️Bribing my clients with chocolate so I remembered to take pics of the pretty nails I create!

⭐️I ran my first survey to get to know my clients make up & beauty needs better and got over 300 responses!

⭐️I got to paint mummies & little princess nails every fortnight, whilst watching my own son play with new friends at playgroup

⭐️I started to dip my toe and become a little more consistent with blogging. In 2016 I need to be realistic and not try and blog all the time to actually get nowhere. Gonna keep it simple with little and often but oh my we are gonna grow!

⭐️I got to share me a bit more so my clients are able to know (sometimes love) and trust me!

⭐️I got to pamper myself and test lots of new products and amazing brands.

⭐️I got to attend swanky events like the Fortnum & Mason beauty evening with Marie Claire & indulging evenings trying new launches with Jo Malone

⭐️I got to learn from some of the best in their business like the PR workshop with Antonia Mariconda (a great follow up to the blogging workshop)and omg that women is jaw dropping beautiful and so inspiring for me in business

⭐️I created a video to share this website … Next year I’m hoping to do videos where I talk and stuff (really!!) but last week my attempt at a make up tutorial with the middle monster assisting ended up being more of a comedy sketch than any know how!

⭐️I won a Happy Gravesham Award for being …. Can you guess? This was presented to me by the Mayor and created by a happiness and confidence ambassador and someone totally inspiring Genny Jones (she is all kind of awesome!)

⭐️My Facebook page reached over a 1000 likes and my other platforms continued to grow.

⭐️I got to connect, share and support others in business which makes me feel very lucky.

⭐️I got to meet, chat, befriend and work with some very special, cool and wonderful clients.

⭐️I got to work with brands for reviews and to retail, I get new products arriving every month I love continuing to learn through trying new stuff!

⭐️Sharing the power of make up in a positive way

⭐️Learning constantly through online courses and expert webinars

⭐️Creating cool PDFs, doodles & collages to plan, promote and put Be You Beautiful out there more

⭐️I got to be creative, share what I’m passionate about, do what I love

⭐️Buying th planners, starting an accountability group, joining a business members circle and actually supporting myself in achieving all those big dreams and plans I was too scared (and often to sick)  to do this year!

 

 

The Be You Beautiful Blog Coming Soon

BLOG COMING SOON … Like everything else with Be You Beautiful, my blog seems to be a work in progress. Which I find hugely frustrating. I’m in the midsts of creating this website and what I have visioned in my head is totally awesome! It’s beautiful, inspiring and jam packed.

Creating it is a lot tougher than I imagined whilst I’ve been doing courses, studying and working away (as well as being a month away from baby 3) I’m also discovering the stepping stones of where I want to finally head.

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Anyway I just wanted to post this to fill the empty blog page and ask you lovelies to hang in there I’m working on transferring the best posts from the old blog Totally Sweet Cheeks whilst uploading lots of new reviews, content and exciting stuff for you all.

~x~

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