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Donating your unused makeup could help a woman get back on her feet.
Donating your unused makeup could help a woman get back on her feet. Image credit: Taz Usher

Help a refugee or survivor of domestic violence by donating your unused make-up.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

An empowering charitable initiative is calling for women to donate their unopened or slightly used beauty items to refugees and survivors of abusive relationships.

Give and Makeup- founded in 2010 by beauty and lifestyle expert Caroline Hirons- is a non-profit scheme with a sole purpose to donate everyday essentials to women and children who need them the most.

Working alongside Refuge and Women’s Aid in the London and Cardiff areas, the innovative idea is based on the following shocking statistics:

  • Each week two women in the United Kingdom are murdered by a partner or ex-partner.
  • One woman in four experiences domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • The average woman experiences domestic violence 35 times before she calls the police.

Give and Makeup stands up to domestic violence by giving victims of the crime, basic cosmetics to help them get back on their feet.

The initiative also donates the items to refugees, who have also escaped suffering.

And unlike most charities, Give and Makeup is asking for women across the UK to donate their unwanted items by simply posting them to the below address.

By digging out those smellies you got from your nan for Christmas last year, or packing up the hoard of magazine make-up freebies you’ve still got in your bedroom, you could bring light to someone else’s life.

Give and Makeup ask that you apply the following thinking to your donations- would it be good enough to give to a friend? If not, don’t send it.

For hygiene reasons, they also ask that you don’t send in any used items applied with an applicator (mascara, lip gloss or lipstick).

The charity do accept:

  • New or slightly used makeup: foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner
  • Unopened makeup: concealer, mascara, lipgloss and lipstick
  • Everyday essentials: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste, body lotion, feminine hygiene products, shaving products, DIY hair dye kits
  • Skincare: cleanser, toner, moisturiser, exfoliator

And if you’re interested in making an even bigger difference, the charity also accepts clothing items. (Details can be found at www.carolinehirons.com/page-give-and-makeup).

Donations should be packaged and sent to:

Give and MakeUp
Neptune Point
Unit 1 Vanguard Way
CF24 5PG

Please also note: If you or anyone you know is victim to domestic violence, contact the Freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 anytime, any day. You can also email helpline@womensaid.org.uk or visit the survivor’s handbook for further information. Don’t suffer in silence, someone is there to listen.

Information obtained from www.carolinehirons.com and glossybox.co.uk.

About Taz Usher

Print Editor of The Spark Newspaper.

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