Sunday, 20 February 2011

let's give & make up



Sometimes, just sometimes, a girl can have too much makeup. I believe I may have reached this point somewhere mid November last year. I definitely think, especially when fully functioning in the blogging community, you can far too easily be sucked in by the thrill of a new product, the next big thing, the must-have lotion or potion. You know an intervention is needed when beauty items scatter your room, laying solemnly unopened for weeks.  I don't necessarily need all these products, but there are women out there that do.
Give and Make up is an initiative, helping those women and children who have fled domestic violence. Their sole purpose is to get everyday essentials to the hands of those who need them most. Give and Makeup are non-profitable and do not ask for monetary donations. All they ask for are donations of those beauty products we use daily and take for granted, and they will get them to those women and children who need them; now being protected in Refuge and Women's Aid centres. These basic items will offer some comfort and familiarity. I feel it is a small gesture I can do to make their trauma a little calmer. 

I am a proud supporter of this initiative, as many other bloggers and brands are. The reason for this is thus. Firstly, it is such a simple idea that all of us can get involved in. Secondly, I have had the pleasure of meeting the founder and (gold) heart of the project, Caroline Hirons, and having seen how passionate and driven she is about this, makes me want to do my bit. She is inspirational and such a wonderful person.

The list of items Give and Makeup will accept is limitless. Makeup, skincare and everyday essentials such as shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste will all be gratefully received. As will baby products. Such a paramount necessity for these mothers and their babies. Products with an applicator wands have to be new, but other items can be lightly used. If you would happily give it to a friend...they will accept it. The essentials I am donating range from products I have bought for myself and never used, products I have purchased solely to donate and items I have received from PRs that are duplicated or unpredicted and not required.

All details regarding dropping or sending off your donations are outlined here. There are drop off points in Manchester, London and East Sussex. Smaller parcels can be posted, and Caroline can be contacted if you wish to query any posting details. Her email is on the aforementioned page.

I was not asked by Caroline to post about this, nor pressured to make a donation, however I wanted to share this initiative with you. You may too find yourself in a position with surplus products and unsure what to do with them. This is a possibility.

24 comments:

Princesa Livia said...

Hey Milly, it was awesome to meet you too! I hope your event after LFW went well xx

maxinecassidy said...

what a brilliant idea, I'm definitely going to join in :) xx

Hannah said...

Such an amazing thing to be doing, i'm going to have a route around for my unused items and see if i can donate too! Thanks for the lovely post!!

Hannah xx

Jean said...

This is fantastic I have a whole bunch of stuff that has been swatched or never used that I could totally get together in a shoebox, thanks for sharing :) x

Sarah said...

This is such a great idea! I guess since we can donate clothes, books, shoes... why can't you donate make-up? Brilliant!

Sarah x

Jess said...

What a generous amount you are giving. Although I do not have much to give, nor much money to buy much, I will definitely be giving something. We forget how much something as simple as make up wipes could help someone just in a little way.

xo

ModestyBrown said...

Lovely post, I agree Caroline is very inspiring. I'm proud to support Give & Makeup too and I'm busy collecting up items for another donation. I love that I can send on my surplus to help someone else that's really in need. A really simple but brilliant idea!
Jane x

Sprinkleofglitter said...

This is such a good idea, and glad you posted about it as I'd actually never heard of it and am predicting and influx of un-needed baby things soon!

Great to meet you at LFW yesterday, hope your makeover went well :)

xxx

Sprinkleofglitter said...

This is such a good idea, and glad you posted about it as I'd actually never heard of it and am predicting and influx of un-needed baby things soon!

Great to meet you at LFW yesterday, hope your makeover went well :)

xxx

Phoebe said...

This is such a brilliant idea, definitely going to get some stuff to together to send :) Thanks for sharing this x x

Lulu B said...

Wow this is such a great scheme, i had never heard about this. I will definately be putting things together that are un-used / unwanted for these women! Amazing, thank you milly for bringing this to our attention :o) xx

Ash said...

this is a fantastic cause,will definately be making my own contribution. I have worked first hand with some of these women, and I can tell you it would be greatly greatly appreciated.
Amazing!
x

Abby said...

amazing, for such a great cause

Rachel said...

This is such a great cause and I'm so glad you blogged about it because I've never heard of it before. I will definitely be supporting this. xx

charmed-chick said...

what a lovely thing to be doing sounds like a fab idea :)

laura jane. said...

this is such a good idea! I have allsorts of products laying unopened in my bathroom that I'm not sure I'll ever use. I'm definitely going to take your advice!
xx

Catherine said...

what a great idea :) I first read about this on Lollipop26's blog a few months ago. Having read your post, I am certainly going to start putting things to one side and buying items with my supermarket shop. It's such a great cause and it goes a long way to making a difference. Great post! x

Catherine x

avs: said...

Milly- this is a brilliant cause, i checked out there website + am keen to get involved. thanks for drawing our attention to it! xoxo avs

tackyblueeyeshadow said...

This is a great idea, I'll start gathering a few things together to donate x

Sami said...

This is such a good idea... and an extremely important cause... I'll be checking out their website x

Milly said...

overwhelmed by the response and support for giveandmakeup. Thank you all for taking the time to read this post :) x

Lola Starr said...

This really is an amazing idea. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Daisy said...

This is a fantastic idea- thanks for sharing this. Will definitely be donating! x

A Quiet Mind said...

Deffo getting involved
I have a tonne of unused stuff! what a good cause too x

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