About a month back I got an email from Abigail K (who did my Wedded Bliss photo shoot about 2 years ago) inviting me to take part in a campaign she was doing called #CTConfidence.
Along with 9 other beauty bloggers I was invited to take part in a “Before” and “After” photo shoot with a difference…
You see the idea was to take photos of us the other way around – a reverse makeover if you will. Our “Before” photos would be of us fully madeup with our makeup and hair “done” as we usually present ourselves to the world as beauty bloggers.
The “After” photos would be of us “au natural” with no makeup, casual hair and comfy clothes – as if we were slobbing around at home!
In this age of social media we all expect to be able to scrutinise what images of us are posted to Facebook or tagged on Instagram and to select only the very best. Imagine how much harder it is for us beauty bloggers. We supposed to always present our best face forward – on our blog and in real life at various industry events. The thought of baring all was more than intimidating!
Anyway I decided at the age of 35 I didn’t have much to loose… and truth be told I did need an updated profile pic so I said yes….
And I’m so glad I did. Not only did I walk away with a stunning new profile pic (see the side bar!) thanks to Abigail’s talents, but I also had an amazing experience, a boost to my confidence and I can say I took part in this awesome #CTConfidence campaign to inspire woman across Cape Town, and the world, to embrace their natural beauty and be confident in who they are! What a win!
Watch the video of the #CTConfidence campaign here…
Abigail herself said the following about the campaign:
The experience was enlightening and interesting to see how the girls responded to the process. Some were reserved and clearly a little uncomfortable with the notion of being photographed without makeup, but determined to accept the challenge. Others fully embraced it and actually enjoyed the After shoot more than the Before!
And here are the “Before” and “After” photos of the Cape Town beauty bloggers who took part plus their thoughts on what confidence meant to them. I’m so honoured to call all of these girls friends and can vouch for the fact that they are all beautiful – inside and out…
To me confidence is fully accepting yourself…flaws, strengths, they all make you you. So why not embrace that uniqueness rather than doubt yourself. Confidence is actually easy, just be you. ~ Abby from One Stilletto at a Time
Confidence means being comfortable in your own skin,with who you are and I don’t think it’s about the makeup that you’re wearing or the clothes that you’re wearing. I think first and foremost, it’s about being happy with who you are and comfortable. ~ Candice-Lee from In My Bag
Being confident means loving yourself as you are. Not trying to be someone else, not being envious of others. Loving you! ~ Cara from Carafay
Cara’s Makeup by Lara Gwyne
Confidence to me means loving all that you are and not needing any validation of your worth from anyone else but you. ~ Charlene from GeeWhiskers
Confidence is being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about embracing and accepting your co-called flaws and making the most of your best features. ~ Chereen from For the Beauty of It
Chereen’s makeup by Ashleigh Strydom
Confidence to me is wearing no makeup, no designer threads, and no filters, and still feeling beautiful and comfortable. ~ Eloise from EloiseDreyer.com
Confidence means being happy and feeling comfortable with your appearance and the place you are in your life. Being grateful that you are who you are right now. ~ Lauren from Dear Heart Beauty
Confidence is the belief in your own self worth. The belief that you can achieve whatever you set out to do, no matter the opinions of others. Confidence is the belief that you have value. ~ Meg from Mind The Curves
Confidence means being comfortable in your own skin – knowing your strengths, your style and your best attributes and never being swayed from these as they make you who you are. Truly confident and therefore, beautiful. ~ Victoria from Kiss, Blush & Tell
Aren’t they all gorgeous?
Oh I suppose you want to see me…
Confidence is carrying yourself with a quiet strength and inner belief that you know you are worthy, despite what you look like or what others say about you. Embracing your uniqueness and celebrating what makes you, you!
So the good news is that I’ve partnered up with Abigail K to offer you, my beautiful Becoming you readers, a chance to have a #CTConfidence photo shoot of your very own. And just in time for Women’s Day on 9 August. OK well you won’t have to do the no-makeup pics unless you want to… This will be one of Abigail’s Profile Pic Packages valued at R1950.00 which includes hair and makeup by her stylist and a mini-shoot including 5 hi-res digital images with the option to purchase more. To find out more view the package info on her website here. Sounds awesome right?! Best you enter right away…
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Images: Abigail K Photography