Anyone that’s read my blog or followed me on social media for a while will know that I had my eyebrows microbladed by the UK’s Queen of Brows, Karen Betts. And I LOVE them. Karen is a wonderful lady who, aside from her Permanent Cosmetics work, devotes a lot of energy and passion to charity.
As a Bupa-registered paramedical tattooist, Karen is immensely talented when it comes to creating and reconstructing features for people that have lost them through accident or illness. When I lost my hair through Alopecia, my eyebrows disappeared too. After Karen used her expert microblading skills to give me back my brows, I was overwhelmed with happiness! They make such a big difference to a person’s face in terms of symmetry and expression. Post-treatment, looking in the mirror, I felt like my old self again. My self-esteem was boosted and it felt great!
Knowing full well the correlation between her Permanent Cosmetics/Paramedical tattooing work and the confidence it could give people, Karen began hosting Gift Of Confidence. Gift of Confidence has been taking place once annually for the last few years now, and Karen works hard with her team to create an incredible day for everyone involved. The reason for the event is first and foremost her VIP’s – that’s 4 Very Inspirational People. I was lucky enough to join Karen last Wednesday 11th April in honour of these wonderful ladies!
Karen’s VIPs this year were all unbelievably inspiring. They all had very different stories to share, yet all shared the common theme of overcoming huge personal challenges with amazing strength and determination.
Karen hosted in a beautiful space at the Agua Spa in London’s Sanderson Hotel (an old favourite of mine) for the day to pamper her VIPs from top-to-toe. Starting the day with eyebrow microblading, moving onto treatments from the lovely staff at the Agua Spa, and then hair, make-up and styling by a fabulous team of beauty and fashion experts – how wonderful!
Two of the VIPs, like myself, had alopecia, so their new microbladed brows were a very welcome treat! The other two ladies had their existing brows enhanced and defined.
After a full day of transformative and restorative treatments, they were then presented to their family and friends (along with a few select press) in the evening who gathered in the Agua Spa along with Karen’s Gift of Confidence co-hosts Katie Piper and Alex Lewis. Another two inspiring people who I truly admire. Karen is involved in both of their charities – The Katie Piper Foundation and the Alex Lewis Trust.
After the ‘big reveal’ and motivational talks came an evening of sharing stories and meeting new people over a glass of bubbles and yummy food. What everyone seemed to agree on, was that the VIPs had done more than individuals who had not been through such adversity.
Karen Betts and her team hosted a very special event with Gift of Confidence – all the while proving treatments such as microblading for a lot of people are so much #MoreThanMakeup.
Find out more about the day here (including a brilliant video of the VIPs transformations).
Love Gail xx