Overcoming Low Self-Esteem (how to feel beautiful)

This post is a more personal kind of post, I briefly mentioned before on my blog that I have suffered with low self esteem and how blogging and other bits I've picked up along the way have helped me get over that and feel alot more comfortable in my own skin. I am not saying I am 100% confident but let's just say I'm alot better then what I was a year ago and truthfully, I've learnt to accept that I am me and I can not change that.

'To all the girls that think your fat because your not a size zero, you're the beautiful one its society who's ugly' - Marilyn Monroe

'Proof That you can be adored by thousands of men, even when your thighs touch'

Statistics -
* More than 90 percent of girls – 15 to 17 years – want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with body weight ranking the highest. 

* Girls’ self-esteem peaks when they are 9 years old.

* 80% of children who are 10 years old are afraid of being fat.

* Nearly a quarter of girls age 15-17 would consider undergoing plastic surgery. 

*13 percent of girls age 15-17 acknowledge having an eating disorder. 

*80% of 10-year-old girls have dieted. 90% of high school junior and senior women diet regularly. 

All these statistics are shocking, and true. I go to an all girls school so I there is naturally more competition to be the 'prettiest' or to have the 'nicest' hair, which I think knocks your self esteem quite alot.

 The fact that girls as young as 9 are feeling down because of their body, is awful, they are so young! 

At one point, I went through a slight rough patch with my self esteem, it was pretty bad, I remember going on holiday and even though it was absolutely boiling I would sit there in my top and shorts, I would NOT just lie there in my bikini, because I thought someone would be looking and making remarks about my body. Looking back now, I think I was stupid and it really put a downer to my holiday.

Now that I am feeling more comfortable in my skin I thought I'd make a post and how I become more comfortable and confident with yourself.

I have a few tips to help make yourself feel more comfortable in your own skin -

1) Compliment yourself - Naturally when you stand in front of a mirror you will look at the area of your body your unhappy with such as your stomach or thighs and quickly judge yourself and moan about it, which instantly puts you in a bad mood and makes you feel like crap. Now when you stand in front of a mirror think of something good about yourself, for example if you like your hair, then compliment yourself. It sounds weird and 'vain' but trust me, it works. It stops yourself thinking about the 'bad' things and you concentrate on the 'good' things. Complimenting other people will also help both you and the other person.

2) Find your style - Find your style and what suits you. When you don't feel comfortable in what your wearing then all day you won't feel confident and it'll constantly be in the back of your mind. For example, if you don't feel comfortable in short shorts.. don't wear them! All day you'll just be thinking, 'is my bum showing', 'OMG I feel so fat'.. It's not a nice feeling. Always try clothes on and imagine being out in a busy place with the piece of clothing on, would you feel good in it? Don't feel pressurized into wearing something because it's on trend. You can be trendy and comfortable at the same time.

3) Don't Compare yourself - This is one that I feel happens alot. I am someone who opens up a magazine and look at a picture of someone and want her figure, and then compare my body to hers. Why? This then makes me feel bad about my body and want to change it. Truth is, alot of magazine photo shoots are airbrushes and imperfections of the celebrity have been covered up!

4) Bring out what you like about yourself - Wear clothing or make up that will help enhance your natural beauty. If you love your waist & Hips, wear a nice belt that will pinch your waist in. If you like your legs, show them off, but please girls do NOT wear shorts that show your bum... it is not attractive.

5) SMILE - This sounds like a pretty stupid one, but smiling helps your confidence. I'm a huge smiler, I'm always smiling. When someone smiles, there eyes brighten and they instantly look more beautiful. If you are walking down the street smiling, I don't mean a full on teeth smile otherwise you'll look like this - 

And people will just think your weird. Just smile naturally. Remember, the best curve on a woman's body is their smile.

Doing all this regularly will really help boost your confidence and help you feel more beautiful in your own skin.

Tips from my twitter friends - 

Helen from Beautifully Superfluous
Daisy from Daisy Cakes

Rupinder from Sei Bella

Jayne from Jayne's Kitschen

Jenny from Beauty And The Biryani

Helen from The lovecats inc

Emily from One Way Beauty
Olivia from Ohmy Olivia
Morag from Mo' Adore
Emari from Touche De Mode

Charlotte from Charlottes Web

I really hope this post has helped you! Let me know what advice you'd give to someone with low self esteem? Or it you have suffered from low self esteem how did you get over it?

Remember you are not alone! 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

The award winning Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish has to be hands down the most hyped up cleanser in the beauty world. It's a product I hear about on many blogs and many people say it is their favourite or holy grail cleanser, I always hear people including my auntie raving about this product and I since starting my blog, I've always been slightly intrigued to find out what the hype is all about.

When the product came in the post it was wrapped up in some lovely tissue paper which I thought was a really cute and nice touch, The Cleanser and the two muslin cloths that come with it are then kept in a cute bag which will come in handy when travelling with the cleanser. The bottle is a pretty sort of mint green colour, with a very handy and easy to use pump dispenser. (can also comes in a squeezy tube)

The Cleanse & Polish is Liz Earle's one and only cleanser because of it been suitable for all skin types and because it is gentle yet powerful enough to remove every scrap of make up. However Liz Earle has released a Limited Edition Rose & Lavender Cleanse & Polish   (£19.75). 
The Rose & Lavender version of the Cleanse & Polish is limited edition and every when purchasing it £2.00 will be donated to 'The Prince's Trust'.

Sorry for the weird angle

 Ideal for your morning or evening cleanse, this formulation works on every age and skin type, offering concentrated yet gentle cleansing power.

The consistency of the Cleanse & Polish is quite thick, rich and creamy, which when massaged into the skin it melts into the skin leaving a beautiful spa-like scent. 

Phase one is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make up, even stubborn mascara.
Phase two is the polishing. Wet the Cloth with hot water and Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin. 

 Naturally active ingredients include eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, cleaner skin. - Full list of ingredients

The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is incredibly gentle and I've used it on my eyes when removing mascara and there was absolutely no stinging present. Cleanse & Polish removes every single scrap of make up including the nasty to remove stubborn waterproof cleanser. It's super easy and quick to use and will be something I would recommend and would be fabulous to buy for yourself or for somebody else as a gift (Christmas anyone?!)

The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish will be something I would definitely be repurchasing!

Whats your favourite cleanser?

Price - £14.25 (100ml tube & 2 Muslin Cloths) Comes In other sizes.
Where - Liz Earle