I have been asked a countless number of times what inspired me to start the monthly makeover movement and the answer is always the same...my community.
Over the last year, I have met some of the most incredible women, and the problem is some of them do not feel incredible. In fact, some of them feel the opposite, and I can relate to that. For years, I suffered with terrible self esteem issues and It affected EVERY aspect of my life. I had a difficult time forgiving myself for mistakes I had made, even though they were just part of growing up, living and learning. I didn’t see the beauty everyone else claimed they saw. I knew that I was a great mother and that I had a great heart, but what else was so special? It wasn’t until I started to make MYSELF a real priority that a change started to come. I told myself positive affirmations every single day. I told myself the TRUTH and stopped listening to what my insecurities were telling me. I stopped trying to control my life and gave it to God, and within 90 days my entire life changed. Now, almost 3 years later, I am happier, healthier and have more self love than I have ever had. I don’t believe it’s possible to be more grateful and thankful than I truly am for my life. With all of that being said, if you would have told me 3 years ago this is where I would be I would have thought you were insane. Who would have thought the answer was in me the entire time and making myself a priority was all I needed to do.
The nominations that I have received so far have been nothing short of inspiring and some extremely heart breaking. The women that are being nominated have either struggled with the same self esteem issues, go above and beyond for everyone else but themselves, do not make themselves a priority at all, need a pick me up, have suffered unimaginable pain, have been diagnosed with illnesses, and some know they deserve it and enter themselves! Each and every situation has been different, but one thing remains the same... they DESERVE a day of recognition. That is what I truly hope to bring. The day of pampering is amazing, the real gift is knowing that all you do doesn’t go unnoticed. I hope this day of recognition is a kick start to putting herself first and realizing her true beauty. When this happens, life can truly change and I am proof of that.
I am so thankful for the positive feedback this movement has already received. The beautiful article written by 97Zok morning radio host, Mandy James, had an unbelievable response. I am still brought to tears when I think of all who shared the article and all of their kind words. (Link to article at the bottom of blog)
To my team, Kristen Licari, Annie Rabczak, and Chelsea Capriola, I don’t even know where to begin, God brought you into my life for a reason, and you ladies are nothing short of a blessing to these women just as you have been to me. The trust, gratitude, and confidence I have in my heart for our team is endless. I am thankful you joined me and It wouldn’t be possible without each of you.
A special thank you to Franchescos Ristorante and London Avenue Designs for the constant support and generosity since the very start of Annētta Michelle Makeup and Beauty. Thank you for providing the hors d'oeuvres and bouquets for the deserving women of our monthly makeover and always going above and beyond to give back to our community.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has made this possible. From those sending in the nominations, to those sharing the nominees, the team, the winners for allowing their story to be told, the local businesses offering donations and services, my husband, my family, my friends, and to the entire community for your participation and support, without all of you, none of this would be possible.
Here’s to promoting self love, self worth, and most importantly...kindness.
The Monthly Makeover Team
Founder - Annetta Michelle, Makeup Artist
Kristen Licari - HairStylist
Annie Rabzak - Wardrobe
Chelsea Capriola - Videographer/Photographer
Special Thank You-
Franchesco's Ristorante - Hors' d'oeuvres
London Avenue Designs - Floral Bouquet
How do I nominate someone?
Go like my Facebook page, Annētta Michelle Makeup and Beauty to see the updates. At the end of every month at a random time and day so that it is fair, I will post a status announcing it is time to send in your nominations!
You must send a photo of your nominee and also your detailed reason why you are nominating her. I will then take the FIRST FIVE nominations and share the photo and nomination entry and then I will post them to my page. The woman with the most SHARES will be our winner! This way our community is choosing the winner!
What is all included in the day of pampering?
Our beautiful women will be treated like a PRINCESS for the day. Starting with hors d'oeuvres and champagne (if she chooses). She will have a full makeup application including false lashes, a hair cut and style, a brand new complete outfit, and her day captured by a professional photographer and videographer. At the end of her day of pampering she will receive a glamours photography session as a keepsake of her day and a reminder to make herself a priority.
Can I keep trying every month if I don't make the first 5?
YES! Keep an eye out for the status at the end of each month, don't stop trying! :)
If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask!
We are so thrilled for our first winner, Toni! Her day of pampering will be at the end of November! Keep a look out for the status announcing the next nomination time! **** Hint hint, that is also at the end of November ;) ****
Link to Monthly Makeover Videos