We’re now in the month of November, meaning the festivities really are right around the corner. Before we know it, those Christmas party invites and fun events will come flooding in and fill up our calendars. December is always a fun and exciting time of year, a chance to reconnect with loved ones, spend time with friends and generally let our hair down and have some fun. However, if you’re feeling a little insecure about your appearance, it can also be a bit stressful, none of us like feeling self conscious or inadvertently holding ourselves back because of the way we look. Here are some of the ways you can start building up your self esteem now by making positive changes to your appearance and enjoying the way you look.

Glam and Gorgeous: Look Fab For Your Christmas Parties!

Buy some new outfits

It doesn’t matter what shape or size you are, the right outfit can make you feel absolutely fabulous. Spend some time figuring out your body shape (there are lots of articles and pictures online to help you do this) and from there, it’s easier to work out what sort of clothes are most likely to suit you best. This can really save time when it comes to shopping, and helps you narrow down those killer outfits much more easily. If you don’t usually glam up, Christmas is the perfect time to push the boat out and try something different with your clothes. There’s no harm in trying things on, and you might find some pieces you love but wouldn’t normally have given a chance. You could even host a swap party with friends, each bring some pieces you no longer wear and see if any of your friends would get better use from it. You could declutter your wardrobe and might be able to snag something from one of your friends that you love but they no longer wear. 

Have your hair done

Having your hair done is a really quick way to give you a boost in your self esteem. A fresh new cut and colour can make you feel incredible, so treat yourself to a trip to the salon. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme (unless you want it to be) but even a trim and a few highlights can have you walking out feeling your best. If you wanted to go all out, consider adding some clip in extensions to add instant glam with length and thickness. You could use a curling or waving wand to practice different styles too.

Experiment with makeup

Makeup is an awesome tool- it’s something you can do yourself (with the help of online tutorials) and if you don’t like it, you can simply wash it off with no trouble whatsoever. If you don’t usually wear makeup, spend the next month perfecting a few techniques. From highlighting and contouring to applying smokey eyes with your favourite eyeshadow palette to new lip colours, you can go as bold or subtle as you’d like. When you come to get ready for your Christmas party, you’ll know that you have the skills to make your complexion and face look its very best. You don’t need to spend a fortune either, there are some great products that can be found in the drugstore. Read some reviews and purchase a few pieces that will allow you to experiment with different looks. 

Establish a skincare routine

We all know how rubbish we feel when we’re having a bad skin day. Spots popping up, dry and patchy skin and blackheads can have even the most confident of girls shrinking away into the background. While good makeup techniques can even out skin issues, working on your skin to create the best base/ blank canvas possible is the way to go. Start taking your makeup off every evening before bed, apply an oil and a night moisturiser to protect and hydrate. In the morning, use a light moisturiser and plenty of lip balm before starting your day. Gently exfoliate twice a week, and use a weekly face mask that’s targeted to your specific skin complaints. If you have an ongoing skin issues like dermatitis, acne, rosacea or anything else that’s not responding to your own skincare routine then definitely speak to your GP. They can let you know if there are any underlying issues that need to be resolved, or prescribe more intense treatment that you can’t buy over the counter. Within a month, your skin could be looking far better and give you the confidence you need to go out and enjoy the festive season without feeling insecure.

How are you feeling about the season ahead, are you looking forward to it or dreading it a little due to your appearance?