Bottom heavy (pear)
Bern's photos are below her story
Hi, I'm Bern...
I'm a keen runner for fitness and run 4-5 times a week with a group of four friends. We start at 6am during the working week and from different locations around our neighbourhood. We enjoy running at this time because it doesn't interrupt any other family members. It's a great way to start the day. I love being fit and active.
I completed a marathon in March 2012 in New Plymouth (4 hours, 19 mins) which was a huge achievement for me. This was a goal I set for myself so I was very proud when I achieved it. I have also completed about four half marathons including running one with my two sisters in Sydney in May of 2012. I only started running when my husband John encouraged me when we first met, I was 20.
I have three amazing boys, Sam (17), James (15) and Dillon (13). They are all sporty and play football, cricket, indoor cricket. My husband John and I spend a lot of our time watching their various sports. We hardly miss a game and it's a great way to fill our weekends. A lot of our summer is spent on the sidelines of cricket games as all three boys play cricket.
My husband works shift-work so this enables us to pack a lot into our daily lives. I enjoy going out to lunch with him while the boys are at school. This is a great way for us to catch up and enjoy each other's company.
I have a gorgeous dog called Pippa (after Pippa Middleton), a poochon (cross between a bichon frise and a miniature poodle). It's great to have another female in the house and this was definitely part of the criteria when we chose her just over a year ago.
My parents live locally so I'm lucky I can see them whenever I want. I love spending time with my sisters who both live in Sydney. I try to visit them by myself as a treat once a year. We always go shopping and have a fantastic time together.
We have extremely busy weekends and that is one of the reasons that I entered the competition. I don't have a lot of time to shop for myself and I have always wanted to know what clothing suits my body shape. I am a great bargain shopper and the Salvation Army shop is a favourite. I enjoy recycling my old unwanted clothes also. I'm inclined to buy clothes on sale as opposed to what I need. I love shopping and clothes so I know I will learn a lot from this amazing experience and I think at 44 years old this is a perfect age to have a makeover!"
Bern's makeover story continues below...
CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW AND WATCH AS A SLIDE SHOW OR ENLARGE EACH IMAGE (TOP RIGHT CORNER).
Please note, we have provided full-pricing below, even though a number of items have been generously discounted.
Revlon PhotoReadyTM Color Correcting Primer
Revlon PhotoReadyTM Eye Primer
Revlon ColorStayTM Under Eye Concealer
Revlon ColorStayTM Concealer
Revlon PhotoReadyTM Foundation
Revlon PhotoReadyTM Powder
Revlon Powder Blush
Revlon ColorStayTM 16-Hour Eye Shadow Ombre
Revlon ColorStayTM Eyebrow Liner
Revlon Luxurious Colour Eyeliner
Revlon 3D Volume Mascara
Smashbox Lipstick, colour Legendary
bern's BODY SHAPE
Bern is bottom heavy (pear, triangle shape) - her top half is a size 10 and depending on the cut of the trousers, she's either a 12 or 14. Bern was buying clothes that were far too big for her, to accommodate her hips, and she wasn't showing off her fabulous figure at all. She would mostly wear trousers and tops, rarely a dress or skirt.
If you're this shape, you need to make sure that appearance wise, you balance your smaller top half with your bigger bottom half and focus your styling attention on your top half. But, we had Bern in light-coloured & patterned figure-hugging trousers and she looked great. Give it a go, have a play.
bern'S COLOUR PALETTE
The moment we put clear, crisp, bold colours on Bern she came to life. You can see this in the examples above. This is her primary colour palette. Her skin has pinky undertones so she also suits colours from the cool palette.
and how does bern feel?
"The makeover experience has made me feel like a new woman. It's been life changing!"
"The whole experience took me out of my comfort zone completely as I am not used to having a lot of attention put on myself for such a long period of time. Lisa and her whole team were just amazing and I thank them all so much for everything they did for me.
It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I enjoyed every minute and have relived the day over and over in my head a lot since the actual makeover day.
I learnt that wearing the right style of clothes for your shape and the correct size is so important, and that shoes really do complete an outfit, colours and textures of shoes make your outfit look extra special. I wore clothes in the photo shoot that I would never have picked out for myself and ended up loving them.
One of the most important things I learnt is that being kind and taking time out for yourself is one of the hardest things to do, especially when you are a busy mother and wife. Even though it was only one day of being pampered and being made to feel like a gorgeous woman, I know this whole experience really has been quite life changing. I really want to push myself out of my comfort zone a lot more and am really keen to set some new goals and challenges for myself personally. Having three happy, healthy, caring and active teenage boys is one of my greatest achievements.
I feel extremely privileged to have been given this opportunity and am very grateful! Everything about the makeover experience for me was positive and made me feel simply "gorgeous". I love my change in hair style and colour and have booked to return to the salon for my next haircut. A wonderful, wonderful day."
What do you think of Bern's makeover? She'd love to hear from you and so would we :)