Sunday, 18 October 2015

The My Body Philosophy Campaign & Giveaway With Bio-Oil

Bio-Oil Body Philosophy Campaign

Throughout my teenage years my self-esteem and body confidence were at an all time low and I guess it all started during puberty. My weight would go up and down and as my body started to transition from a child to a teenager there were some very visible signs, or at least visible to me, of that happening. This was particularly true around my midsection where more incredibly angry looking bright purple stretch marks than I could count appeared almost overnight. I turned to my mum, who had never seen anything like them in her life nor had she really experienced any significant stretch marks when she was carrying me or my brother, who suggested trying Bio-Oil. And from then on Bio-Oil has been my go-to product for many different reasons. So I can safely say that I've been putting it to the test for almost a decade now (gosh that makes me feel old! Hehe).

No matter what weight I was or what dress size I fit into I always felt 'fat'. And it really does sadden me to look back at photographs of myself at those ages only to ask myself what on earth I was thinking. When I was in high school, I'm 23 now just for reference, most of my body comparison was to celebrities in magazines (this was the era when celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton and their pals seemed to be getting smaller and smaller by the second) and my peers (who for some reason I always thought were prettier, skinnier and better than me, even though we were all wearing the same Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation and spritzing ourselves in Impulse body spray but hindsight is a wonderful thing I guess). I can only imagine the pressure on young girls and teenagers now.

Body Gossip Body Campaign Bio-Oil

It probably took until my late teens, around the age of eighteen or nineteen before something clicked body confidence wise and I just thought to myself 'this is me, this is what I look like and what's the point in comparing myself to anyone else'. It did mean however, that during the period of my life when I should have been living life to the fullest and exploring who I was (aka. my teenage years), I spent it constantly worried about my body and my weight. I only wish that I had heard something along the lines of RuPaul's famous line,
'if you can't love yourself how the hell you gonna love somebody else!' Can I get an amen?!

Well Bio-Oil have teamed up with body confidence charity Body Gossip to fund a roadshow of body confidence performance projects in schools. And that's why Bio-Oil got in touch with me to ask if I would like to help them form the basis of the Body Gossip workshops with the help of you. The only mandatory entry for this giveaway is to leave a comment below to share your one piece of body confidence boosting advice.

Bio-Oil Review Giveaway

And here are the rules:
This giveaway is open to UK residents only.
There will be five winners. Each winner will win a 60ml bottle of Bio-Oil.
There is one mandatory entry: leave a comment below with your one piece of body confidence boosting advice.
The giveaway will run for exactly two weeks, so it will end on Sunday 1st of November at midnight.
I will be picking my five favourite pieces of body confidence boosting advice. The winner will then have 48 hours to send me over their details or I will pick another winner. The prize will then be issued by Bio-Oil.

Best of luck to everyone who is planning on entering! And if you've not already entered and like a good giveaway, My Partylite Halloween Candle Giveaway ends tonight at midnight.



  1. I love this body confidence is a big thing for me because im the same i only just recently started to learn to love myself

  2. Ah I remember when Nicole Ritchie started to get smaller and smaller, and von dutch hats were all the rage!
    Ah I guess my tip is to pamper yourself at least once a week, especially with skin! if your skin feels good you'll feel good in it! xx

  3. My piece of advice is to stop looking at the numbers and concentrate on being healthy and fit. You can be super skinny but not be healthy.

  4. My mum absolutely swears by Bio Oil! I really need to give it ago. Only recently have I started to feel confident in my own skin. I think it's something I will get more confident on over time :)


  5. What an inspiring post Ellis, so relatable and as sad as it is every teenager unfortunately goes through the 'I hate me and my body' phase. My biggest advice would be 'Not everyone is going to like you, this is who and what you are always going to be, embrace it.'

    Toni x

  6. Love bio oil - I swore by it through both my pregnancies, it really helped prevent stretch marks.

    My peice of advice on body confidence is that the girls in the magazines don't actually look like the girls in the magazines.

    Everything is edited these days, don't believe in everything you see!

    Lisa xx

  7. I can really relate to this post, so first and foremost, thank you so much for sharing your this. I was always quite thin growing, ranging between a size 0-4 in my preteen years. When I begun high school, I hit puberty and BOOM, I grew curves out of nowhere and I gained a ton of weight. I had already been bullied before high school, so once that happened I grew extremely sensitive and worrisome over my appearance and what people thought of me. Getting stretch marks was one of the many body changes I encountered during that time, and I tried everything to get rid of them but Bio-Oil seemed to be the only thing that worked! Eventually as my confidence grew, I stopped using it, but I'd recommend it from anyone!

    - Simone

  8. "When life throws you curves, EMBRACE THEM!" Also bear in mind: "Confidence is beautiful. No matter your size. No matter your weight. Be CONFIDENT in WHO YOU ARE and you will be BEAUTIFUL."

    ~ Anthony G

  9. Believe in yourself, believe in your body, and you will go far!

  10. My body confidence advice would be to embrace the fact that you are unique, and that what one person finds to be attractive or desireable is not necessarily what the next person agrees with. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and to continually be aspiring to something you are not because you think that's what you should look like is only a waste of your own precious time. Be the best version of yourself that you can be and don't aspire to be anyone but you.

  11. love yourself and you will be much happier

  12. Wear a smile proudly, nothing else matters

  13. I love Bio Oil, My body is full of scars due to a skin condition, I has taken me years to get confident with my body, until I was told by a surgeon, I should be proud of my scars as they are battle wounds and I am winning the war :-)

  14. My stretch marks have been healed with bio oil! My one body confidence tip is fake tan! Everyone feels better with a little colour. Just don't go mad, you'll look like you've been tango'd!!

  15. Be who you are, not who you want to be, by learning to love yourself. How do you know that the skinny person who is ultra popular doesn't have allergies or bulimia or other issues? You don't, so everyone is unique and trying to appear their best. So be the best that you can be!

  16. My piece of advice is not to compare yourself to photos of models and so-called celebrities, as these have been carefully staged with flattering lighting, and then Photoshopped to present an impossible "perfect" look.

  17. Hold your head up and walk tall,If you love yourself all else will follow

  18. Do what makes you feel good :) if you feel confident you'll feel much better about yourself. Nobody's perfect!

  19. Your body is just that - your body. True beauty is in your mind .

  20. Find clothes that flatter your body so you feel good about yourself x


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