MNers in need of a confidence boost - we need your help! Have you got a big event coming up and you want tips on how to feel at your best? Please post your Qs for the Boots Feel Good Forum - voucher to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Apr-13 18:03:06

On the forthcoming Boots Feel Good Forum show, we will have confidence expert Emma Kenny on hand to discuss how the right attitude can help you look and feel your best.

Would you like advice on how to feel more confident? Do you have a major event coming up, like a job interview? Or a wedding? And you want tips on how to look and feel your best? We're going to be covering confidence and make up tips on the show (rather than fashion-based advice!) so please post any questions you've got here.

Everyone who posts a Q on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Boots voucher.

We're also looking for MNers to ask Qs about make up for our show expert Daniel Sandler - please hop over to this thread if you have any make up/beauty Qs you'd like to ask - voucher to be won there too!

You can listen to the best bits of all the shows via our pop-out player here and you can also find more info here.


HotCrossPun Thu 04-Apr-13 18:47:58

I am wanting to start my own business. To apply for funding I have to go to a panel, where a group of industry experts will ask me questions on my business plan.

How do I prepare? I am really confident when things are going well. But if they ask me a question and I don't think I've answered well, I know it is going to effect me for the duration of the meeting.

Any tips on appearing cool and collected would be much appreciated smile

Roseformeplease Thu 04-Apr-13 19:19:18

I am applying for a big promotion soon, I hope, but it will be an interview with people who have known me for 15 years. How do I ensure that they see me as management and not just a worker bee?

leesmum Thu 04-Apr-13 20:41:23

How do I stop myself blushing? There's no pattern to it and it can happen anytime...I'm old enough for it not to be happening anymore surely!

Booboobedoo Thu 04-Apr-13 21:37:29

I have a wedding this year, and since having my two children my body confidence is zero.

I'm not that overweight, but I feel haggard and saggy.

Firstly, I'd like tips from those who've succeeded in shifting their focus from their appearance and perceived attractiveness to more... well... enduring qualities. I don't WANT to care about these things.

Secondly, (and failing that), how do I just throw back my shoulders and convince myself I look fabulous anyway?

TicTacSir Thu 04-Apr-13 22:51:20

Suddenly the skin around my eyes is very thin, baggy, saggy and wrinkled! I am 38. How can I tighten it up, cheaply, without wishing I could afford (or want!) Botox?!

lindsey3uk Fri 05-Apr-13 00:51:32

My new mummy's friends are all stick thin and look really good. I never have time to make myself feel good and I wonder how they manage to get out the door and still look as fresh as a daisy. I always feel very under done when I am with them and it really knocks my confidence. Ay tips?

pickofthepops Fri 05-Apr-13 09:02:31

Lack of confidence about everything. Am worried its starting to hamper areas it really shouldn't ie talking to mums of DS friends. I used to be quite good at beating it by thinking its self indulgent to be self conscious. Doesn't work now.

NotTreadingGrapes Fri 05-Apr-13 09:39:43

Dd has first communion in 6 weeks and it will be the first time in 9 yrs I have to be in the same place as the outlaws!! I clearly have to look stunning and 10 yrs younger than I really am!

I wear makeup everyday, but no-one really believes me when I tell them!! I don't want to look like an orange make up counter lady though!

my2chinagirlsandme Fri 05-Apr-13 09:42:49

Hi, I start a new job in a couple of weeks, and will be moving from the voluntary sector into a new field (still a charity, but in management), in a much more responsible position. Any simple tips on how to project confidence from day one when all is new, and any tips on how to appear authoritative yet friendly would be much appreciated!

worldgonecrazy Fri 05-Apr-13 13:12:22

I am Stepmother of the Bride later this year. I need to look fabulous. How can I keep a healthy, dewy glow, on saggy 40-something skin, and make it last all day.

NotShortImFunSized Fri 05-Apr-13 14:59:06

I am currently 38wks pregnant with DC6 and let's just say I'm not looking my best right now. In a few weeks the lack of sleep is only going to make me look even worse wink

I have such noticeable dark circles under my eyes and I can't seem to get it right when trying to cover them up. I'd quite like to go out to baby groups without looking as awful as I shall really be feeling. Please help, what can I do/use to sort my face out?!

Bearcrumble Fri 05-Apr-13 21:07:07

I am going to be 40 in June and having a party. I'm really out of practice with make up and wear the bare minimum. Feel like my 'look' that I had in my 20s is no good now but don't know how to replace it for a more-than-everyday look.

I'm worried that any 'heavier' make up just exacerbates wrinkles and screams 'mutton'.

Bearcrumble Fri 05-Apr-13 21:08:02

(should read 20s and early 30s. Had first baby and stopped working mid-30s which is when I gave up on going out, bar the odd special occasion).

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 05-Apr-13 22:06:56

My nose goes red really easily and makes me self conscious. I've got a posh do really soon and I know wine will set it off but I don't want to go tee total. How can I hide it?

DharmaBumpkin Sat 06-Apr-13 06:57:20

I am going on our first family holiday in six years, in the last weeks of August. I am saggier and baggier than I was six years ago, pre kids... How can I make myself look and feel slightly more swimsuit ready?

Freddiemisagreatshag Sat 06-Apr-13 12:35:25

Sons graduation. With the ex and the OW.

Do I need to say any more?

sickofsocalledexperts Sat 06-Apr-13 12:43:27

Very posh do coming up which will go on for HOURS

A combination of oily skin and menopause approaching mean I need mattifying primer/foundation/ powder that actually do what they say for more than just 20 mins!

TheDailyWail Sat 06-Apr-13 15:38:41

I have 10 family occasions this year (2 christenings, 3 weddings, 3 birthday/anniversary parties & 2 holy communions) & a summer ball

How do I do make up differently for each whilst on a tight budget?

orderinformation Sat 06-Apr-13 20:58:13

How should you accept a compliment? I'm fine when it's about my children but rubbish when they're directed at me.

MrsShrek3 Sat 06-Apr-13 23:13:15

Another one for all day make up - but for work. Normally
I wear little or none, but recent events and very little sleep in over a year have resulted in rubbish dry and knackered looking skin. Diet is ok, lots of fruit and veg, but I am feeling every bit of 42 and moisturisers and foundation don't seem to be working for a good combo atm. any suggestions?

Snog Sun 07-Apr-13 08:27:21

Do I need to wear make up to look good in wedding photos? If so what kind of make up?

Nerfmother Sun 07-Apr-13 08:45:14

i am 40 this year, and there will be minor celebrations. in my youth grin i used to be really attractive. i am still okay looking. however, i am finding it really hard to feel non frumpy and worth talking to by younger shop assistants. there seems to be a certain 'look' that they all have that i could never recreate and i feel dismissed by them for not conforming. they all have very heavy foundation so there are no freckles etc showing, strong lips and exaggerated eyes. it's a 'pretty' look, and quite intimidating. how do i get past this, and feel like its okay to shop at Benefit/River Island/etc?

mrscumberbatch Sun 07-Apr-13 11:09:03

I have a great group of friends and we meet up at each others homes and have a few glasses of wine and some nibbles and it's always fun.

However, they seem to all be amazing hostesses. I always feel like I'm running around like a headless chicken.

What's your tips for being the best hostess for events in your own home?

ShebaQueen Sun 07-Apr-13 15:45:45

I will be turning 50 in the not too distant future and want to look my best. My skin has changed as I have aged but my skincare regime hasn't, I'm still using the same stuff I've always used and it doesn't seem to be working as well. Can you help me with suggestions for suitable products and a daily routine please?

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