On Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, I attended the Celebrate Life! Soirée’ presented by the Birthday Girl and the JED foundation at the Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Birthday Girl is a birthday apparel and lifestyle brand that was established by Mary J. Blige & her protégé, Starshell, who lost her sister to suicide at the age of 14. The efforts of Birthday Girl are combined with JED foundation and the Love is Louder movement with the goal of breaking the stigma attached to mental and emotional illness such as depression, anxiety and body image issues.
The event was held to raise awareness to the mission and programs of Birthday Girl, and the celebrate life movement. Attendees enjoyed cocktails compliments of Birthday Cake Wines and Ciroc, and had photos taken in an interactive photobooth.
Perhaps most poignant was when Birthday Girl Founder Starshell addressed attendees with the story of her personal tragedy, and encouraged the audience to share their own stories. One by one guests shared emotional anecdotes to a crowd full of strangers about losing loved ones and learning to celebrate life.
Guests also had the opportunity to shop Birthday Girl apparel available at the event - a portion every sale funds suicide prevention programs. To learn more about the organization click here.
In order to bring awareness to women’s heart health, Spa Week is hosting its second annual Heart Over Heels Giveaway. The contest, which runs until March 16th, gives entries the opportunity to win a pair of the most recognizable red soles in fashion: a pair of Louboutins. Addionally, one runner-up will receive a variety of beauty products including products from Red Door Spa Professional, Big Sexy Hair, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and Nailtini. For every entry, the company will make a donation to the American Heart Association. Click here to enter now.
According to American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, an estimated 43 million women in the Unites States are affected by cardiovascular disease. To help combat this, Macy’s is hosting a number of ways to raise money and awareness for women’s heart health.
The Wear Red Sale (starts February 5th)
Get an extra 20% off in-store at Macys on select items when you:
1. Wear red to any Macys store
2. Buy a $2 red dress pin at any Macys store (100% of the proceeds of the sale goes to Go Red For Women)
Get an extra 15% online at Macys.com when you:
3. Shop online using the promo code: RED
The Go Red Shop
Starting February 1st, purchase select red dresses from Macy’s and 10% of the purchase prices of the items will go to Go Red For Women.
Go Red Total Makeover Events
Macy’s will be hosting 8 events across the country on February 7th & 8th. Event attendees receive an event passport to be stamped at heart-healthy stations throughout the store offering access to medical experts, heart-healthy tips on physical activity and nutrition, and more. Find out if an event is happening near you.
As the holidays approach and we prepare to get together with our families to enjoy heaping plates on delicious food, it’s important to remember that not everyone is that fortunate. 16 million (1 out of 5) kids in America are currently living in households without consistent access to adequate food. And, many of these children rely heavily on school supplied meals for nutrition, making the holiday break a strenuous time when they will be without access to free and low-cost school meals.
In an effort to help end child hunger in America, Kiehl’s NYC is partnering with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, which works to ensure children in the United States have access to healthy food, every day. 100% of net profits, up to $100,000, from the sales of Kiehel’s new Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter will benefit the campaign. For the first time, the body butter will available in two limited edition scents, grapefruit and coriander.
Through the campaign, just $1 can help connect a kid to up to 10 nutritious meals. The product is available for $38.00, so just ONE purchase can connect a kid to up to 380 nutritious meals!
The label art on the bottle was specially designed by Sofie Shore, the 11 year-old daughter of Share Our Strength co-founder, Debbie Shore. Sofie has been an integral part of the organization, traveling extensively with her mother so according to Kiehl’s USA president Chris Salgardo, “it was an easy choice to ask her to design a label to further raise awareness and funds for the cause.”
Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter is available in-store and online now. See below for details.
Key Formula Benefits:
• Squalane, Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E nourish skin
• Moisturizes and soothes dry skin
• Ultra light, air-whipped texture
• Sinfully addictive fragrance
- Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter in Grapefruit will be available exclusively at Kiehl’s retail stores and Kiehls.com.
- Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter in Coriander will be available exclusively through Kiehl’s specialty retail partners, such as Nordstrom.
Is your mom the Best Mom on the Planet? Plus, Enter Planet Fitness Mother’s Day promotion and raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
This week, in honor of Mother’s Day, Planet Fitness is hosting its fourth annual Mother’s Day promotion to raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), an independent not-for-profit organization committed to funding scientific research to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer. Now through May 15th, individuals can join Planet Fitness for just $10 down and then lock in membership at $10 a month. For each sign-up, participating locations nationwide will donate the $10 enrollment to BCRF. Since the inception of this promotion three years ago, Planet Fitness has donated more than $1 million to BCRF to support the organization’s important mission of raising money and awareness for breast cancer research.
“In the U.S. alone, unfortunately every 2.3 minutes a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer — a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend,” said Myra J. Biblowit, BCRF President. “To implement this program during the Mother’s Day holiday is a great way to make a difference and speak to women across the nation affected by breast cancer at such an alarming rate.”
In addition to this promotion, Planet Fitness is hosting a special “Mom Nom” sweepstakes, where participants can enter for the chance to win a year membership for themselves and a mom of their choice. Once lucky person will be chosen at random. Enter by clicking the image below.
To find a Planet Fitness near you or to join online, visit www.PlanetFitness.com
Earth Day is on April 22nd, 2013, and to celebrate, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has partnered with superstars Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette to benefit Recycle Across America (RAA), a nonprofit dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress. Each celebrity designed a Limited Edition label for Kiehl’s 4.2 oz. Ultra Facial Cream, depicting their vision of social responsibility. The cream will be available in Kiehl’s stores starting April 20, just in time for Earth Day. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of the cream will benefit RAA, which will use the funds raised to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels and then donate them to K-12 schools nationwide. Through this program, Kiehl’s will also be donating $50,000 to the organization.
Learn more about Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto for Earth Day by watcing the video below.
Kiehl’s also has an ongoing in-store recycling program called Recycle and Be Rewarded!. This program is available only in Kiehl’s free-standing stores nationwide, and allows customers to return their empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling, in exchange for product. Since 2009, Kiehl’s has recycled over 900,000 bottles! Learn more about the program here.
Beauty retailer Sephora wants to make a difference in a community near you. Through the launch of a new initiative, Values Inside Out, Sephora’s sale associates were given the opportunity to choose a local nonprofit to help by providing funds, volunteering and raising awareness.
According to Mary Herald, Sephora’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Education, said, “At Sephora, our vision for Values Inside Out is to inspire and engage our teams to play a part in making a difference in their communities, and to do so in a way that is completely aligned and integrated with our Values. We know that beauty is both inside and out and we know our teams will feel proud of what they accomplish for their communities and even more so where they work.”
The initiative kicked off on March 23rd at Sephora stores across the country. See which nonprofit is being supported by your local Sephora store here.
February 1st will mark National Wear Red Day®, a campaign that encourages everyone to wear red to bring awareness to women’s heart health. Heart disease is the #1 leading cause of death among women, and since the red dress has now become synonymous with heart health, I thought I’d look all over the web to find some of my favorite dresses and hopefully, inspire you to wear red on Friday. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so you can recycle your red ensemble for a special date night or anti-Valentine’s Day night out with the girls. Note: Men can participate too by wearing a red tie or shirt.
FTC Disclosure: These products were provided by a pr firm for review.
Over a year ago I posted a story called, Donate the products that make you look good, so you can feel good, which featured a list of organizations that accept beauty product donations. Among the list, I featured the Beauty Bus Foundation, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that mobilizes volunteers to provide free beauty and grooming services to chronically and terminally ill patients and their caregivers.
This year, JAFRA USA, a skin care and makeup company dedicated to transforming people’s lives through beauty, is partnering with the Beauty Bus Foundation. From October 1 – December 31, 2012, for every High Pigment Eyeshadow and High Pigment Eyeshaow Offer sold, JAFRA will donate $1 to the organization. So far, the company has raised over $57,000 for the Beauty Bus Foundation, but their support doesn’t stop there. JAFAR is also providing their independent consultants as volunteers to help with in-home visits and pop-up salons; and, they have also donated generous amounts of JAFRA signature skin care, beauty and grooming products for the Bags of Beauty program.
I was given the opportunity to test out all four of the High Pigment Eye shadows:
I had to bang the container a few times on the counter to loosen up the product before using it. Then, I poured a small amount into the lid, and used an eye shadow brush to apply the pigments. I only used about one coat for each color, so be careful, a little bit goes a long way. Each color had a good amount of shimmer, which I loved, and it wasn’t overpowering. These eye shadows are great for a dramatic smokey evening eye, but when applied lightly, they can also be worn during the day to make your eyes pop.
The High Pigment Eyeshadows can be purchased online for $12.00, or by contacting your local JAFRA independent consultant. Not only will these rich pigments make you feel beautiful, but every time you bat your lids you can feel good knowing that your purchase helped someone else feel beautiful, too.
During the holidays, when you are looking for gifts for your loved ones, it’s also important to remember the people who may not be receiving anything for the holidays. This is why I always look for gifts that give back. For the fourth year in a row, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has launched its Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection. This year, the company invited New York Pop artist Kenny Scharf to design the four-piece collection, which consists of a body lotion, body butter and limited edition collectible Kenny Scharf “Squirt.”
Up to $200,000 of net profits from the sale of all the items will support over 40 children’s charities worldwide. In the United States, 100% of the proceeds will benefit RxArt, a national nonprofit thatplaces original fine art in patient, procedure and examination rooms of healthcare facilities.
Kiehl’s Holiday 2012 collection is now available in-stores and on Kiehls.com. Stop by a Kiehl’s store near you to check out the amazing display of Kenny Scharf products, or snag one of the many assortments of Kiehl’s gift sets for someone special.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and although the month is still a couple of weeks away, it’s not too early to begin raising awareness of the disease. One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime, but with early detection, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. This year Proctor & Gamble is launching their annual GIVE Hope campaign featuring a “Do It For the Girls!” day of action and Twitter party hosted by E! News anchor and breast cancer survivor, Giuliana Rancic, on Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. The 2012 campaign will also include a Facebook app, which allows users to donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (up to $25,000) by performing a self-exam, telling about it, and changing their cover photo to a GIVE Hope hand.
Want to participate? Here are the details of the Do It For the Girls! Twitter party, and please invite all your friends to join the event.
When: Thursday, September 20 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Twitter – follow @pgmygive, @giulianarancic, @NBCF and #GIVEHope
Why: To rally women everywhere to perform a breast self-exam, create an early detection plan and take control.
In addition to sharing some lifesaving information, P&G will also be giving away some great prizes. Participants can RSVP for the DIFTG Twitter party here to be eligible to win the grand prize!
Also keep an eye out for P&G brandSAVER coupon booklets that will be distributed in most local newspapers across the nation on Sept. 30 and Oct. 14. For each coupon redeemed from these books, P&G will donate $0.02 and $0.01 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation respectively (uncapped).
Check out the video below of Giuliana Rancic inviting women (and men) everywhere to join the party.
I’ve always envied the vibrant, silky smooth hair of models seen in advertisements. No matter what I do, my hair always seems to look dull, with no volume and lots of frizz. I recently gave Pureology’s Perfect 4 Platinum Brilliant Shine Kit a try. The system is infused with protein-rich Keravis and plant extracts, and was created to help repair damage, while strengthening and softening hair. With the arrival of summer, the harsh rays of the sun are bound to wreak havoc on hair, so finding a great product to combat my frayed tresses is high on my beauty priority list.
What the kit includes:
o Perfect4Platinum Shampoo (8.5 oz) and Condition (8.5 oz) featuring Zero Waste Packaging
o Highly concentrated ZeroSulfate® 250mL shampoos offer 70+ shampoos per bottle
o100% recyclable bottles feature the latest FDA-approved, 50% post-consumer recycled High-density polyethylene (HDPE) materials for unparalleled safety and environmental sustainability.
o Perfect4Platinum Shampoo (1.7 oz), Condition (1.7 oz) and MiracleFiller (0.5 oz) and ReconstructRepair (6 packets)
Why I like it:
- The shampoo is a super chic shade of chrome blue and has a sweet citrus floral scent. It lathers really well and rises off easily.
- After rising out the conditioner my hair was noticeably softer, so I didn’t even think it was necessary to use the ReconstructRepair hair mask the kit comes with; but, I did and it’s a great product. I like that I only had to leave it in for 5 minutes and rinse. The current hair mask I use requires me to leave it on from 15-30 minutes.
- Even though the product is targeted towards blondes (especially those with highlighted hair), its nourishing power did wonders on my brunet locks, revealing silky-smooth, shiny hair.
The Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Brilliant Shine Kit will be available in salons nationwide for $61 in June, and in conjunction with the product’s launch, Pureology will be donating $20,000 to support Global Green USA with its mission of fostering a global shift towards a sustainable and secure world. In addition to donating to Global Green USA, the brand continues to implement green initiatives by using 100% recyclable bottles; using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cardboard boxes made from 100% recycled fibers; and, by adding educational messages on all the boxes. Learn more here»
It is estimated that that almost 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV, and 1 in 5 of those are unaware that they are infected. HIV infection can lead to AIDS, and in order to bring attention to AIDS awareness, prevention and treatment, December 1st has been established as World AIDS Day. The theme for this year is, “Leading with Science, Uniting for Action”. Show your support for the fight against HIV & AIDS by rocking the Red Ribbon, or by purchasing items that donate proceeds to AIDS research and awareness. Below are some cool ideas, and click here to learn how you can take action or to find an HIV testing center near you.
- AIDS Awareness Ribbon Pierced Earrings with Red Austrian Crystals, $14.99
- AIDS Awareness bracelet, $28.00 *Ten percent of all AIDS bracelet sales will go to AIDS Foundations.
- M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM, $14.50 *All proceeds goes toward the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund.
- 18K Gold over Sterling Silver Garnet & Diamond Accent Aids Awareness Ribbon Pendant, $27.99
- AIDS Awareness Ribbon Navel Jewelry, $9.99
- Bio-Ionic Limited Edition HIV/AIDS Awareness Freestyle 1″ Styling Iron, $150.00 *Proceeds from sales of this iron will be donated to Until There’s A CureTM Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds & awareness to fight HIV/AIDS.
On Saturday, October 22, 2011, an event was held at Dumbo Loft, located in Brooklyn, NY, to increase awareness of breast cancer and domestic violence. Event host Luxury Style Events, LLC, founded by Suzette Taylor, provided attendees the opportunity to raise funds for the two worthy causes, as well as indulge in style and their sweet tooth.
Many vendors were on hand at the event including, Di’s Jewels & Accessories, which offered a full line of exquisite earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings in a variety of colors and styles for purchase. Autographed in Pink Ink gave guests the opportunity to explore their creative styles by spray painting t-shirts individually for every personality. And, Shelley’s Quality Lingerie made you feel sexy with featured lingerie styles from Rampage, Victoria’s Secret, Dollhouse and Badgley Misckha, which were all available for purchase at affordable prices.
The event’s headline sponsor Anu: Health and Beauty, a company which offers in-home spa services, provided manicures, pedicures and massages to get you relaxed for the rest of the evening.
Post submitted by Jolevette.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national, annual platform that increases awareness about the disease, prevention and most importantly, raises funds to help discover a cure. There are so many fashionable ways you can help contribute to the cause, including wearing a Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Pink Ribbon, which can be sent to you after donating a gift of any amount. Click here for more information, and check out these chic fashion pieces, proceeds of which, benefit the fight against breast cancer.
October 14, 2011 | Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Health & Body, Social Awareness | Tags: Breast, Breast cancer, Cancer, Health, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pink ribbon, Susan G Komen, Susan G. Komen for the Cure | 1 Comment
On Saturday, September 17th I attended an exclusive shopping event benefitting Dress for Success Worldwide.
Founded in 1997, Dress for Success is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income women find jobs and provides them with professional attire, career development tools, and a network of support in over 75 cities worldwide. Women are given a suit to wear when they land their first big interview, and may return for a second suit when they receive a job offer, so they don’t have to worry about what to wear on their first day of work.
Over the course of 2 days, September 16th & 17th, the first-of-its-kind pop-up shopping experience, was hosted by Y.E.S! New York, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. During the event attendees were able to snag designer and vintage merchandise at exclusive prices, while enjoying refreshments from Perrier, and snacks from The Simply Bar and Skinny Cow ice cream.
On the day I attended, it was so late in the day, that they slashed the prices even more. Keep scrolling to check out the designer duds I got for ridiculously low prices.
In addition to enjoying the low prices, guests also received mini-makeovers from Bobbi Brown make-up artists and manicures from Ginger & Liz.
Stuff I bought
100% of the proceeds from the sales went towards supporting Dress for Success Worldwide’s vital employment retention programs and services.
September 19, 2011 | Categories: Clothing, Fashion, Social Awareness | Tags: Bobbi Brown, Career development, Clothing, Dress for Success, Fashion, Non-profit organization, Perrier, Shopping | 1 Comment
It seems that in throughout pop culture there has always been some stigma associated with bridesmaid dresses. When a female gets the invite to join her friend’s bridal party, she can’t help but feel honored, excited, but then fearful…of the bridesmaid dress she will have to wear.
When I think of bridesmaid dresses I think of the scene in the movie 27 dresses in which Katherine Hegel’s character opens a closet full of the most hideous gowns she’s had to wear at various weddings. It’s no secret that some bridesmaids have to spend money on ugly dresses that they may never wear again, but refuse to part with, because the dresses are never cheap. So, instead of tossing the expensive, ill-fitting, ugly dress, it remains in their closet as a reminder of how devoted they are to their friend, and how annoyed they are that they had to spend money on the frock.
But, why have some many women throughout history been forced to wear the most horrid gowns for the sheer amusement of their engaged friend? I’ll tell you why. No bride wants any other woman in the room looking more beautiful than her, so she makes it her duty, her passion, to make sure that you look like nothing more than…a bridesmaid. Don’t take offense, because when your day comes, you’ll probably do it to.
In the meantime, if you own a bridesmaid dress that you longer wish to hoard, head on over to newlymaid.com. This company allows former bridesmaids to mail in their hated gowns in exchange for a discount on a little black dress. I should also point out, that they also accept dresses from various social occasions as well such as prom and mother-of-the –bride outfits. When they receive your dress, they recycle the fabric to manufacture new garments or they donate them to a charitable organization, Clothes4Souls, which gives clothes to people in need all over the world.
If you want to have more fun with your bridesmaid dress, head over to Minnesota, which is hosting their first-ever Bridesmaid Bar Crawl on Friday, June 17th. Attendee’s purchase a ticket to wear their old taffeta masterpiece while enjoying drink specials offered at bars, pubs, and clubs in the downtown area. They also have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win some cool prizes. Proceeds from the event benefits Operation Glass Slipper, which provides prom dresses to underserved teens. Learn about donating prom dresses here»
The highlight of my high school existence was getting ready for prom. Months before the big day I went shopping and found the perfect dress: a pale pink mermaid style gown with black bows adorning the bottom. Now, years later the possibility of me ever attending another prom is pretty much zero. Even if I had to go to a formal or charity event that required me to dress up, I don’t foresee myself pulling out my prom dress from eight years ago, as my style has since evolved. Plus, there’s also the chance that the dress no longer fits me. So, instead of throwing it away or allowing it to collect dust in the back of my closet, the best solution is to donate the dress, which I only wore once, and will never wear again.
Every year, thousands of girls look forward to their prom; but, in these tough economic times some girls may have to struggle in order to be able to afford the cost of the big day. They have to pay for tickets for the event, transportation, an after party, and most importantly, the dress. For some girls, finding the gown of their dreams is the most exciting part of getting ready for prom, and there are many organizations out there that give undeserved teens the opportunity to find beautiful dresses free of charge. Help make their dreams come true by donating formal wear that you no longer want.
I’ve compiled a list of organizations that accept dress donations. This list is not exhaustive, and please feel free to suggest additions.
March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). It’s a nationwide initiative, recognized by the U.S. very year, in order “to raise awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls.” The Red Pump Project™ is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 that not only raises awareness on this day, but urges women to take action, encourages HIV testing, raises funds and tries to open dialogue about sexual and reproductive health. This year, marks the third annual Rock the Red Pump™ campaign, which uses a red shoe to represent the courage of women infected with HIV/AIDS. Today’s post is inspired by, you guessed it, fashionable red pumps! See below for some fierce and fabulous red pumps.
This blog signed up to be a part of the 2011 Red Pump Rockers. Please visit The Red Pump project to how you can get involved»
March 10, 2011 | Categories: Fashion, Shoes, Social Awareness | Tags: Awareness, Fashion, Footwear, Health, HIV, Immune Deficiency, Immune Disorders, Pump, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Shoe | 1 Comment
The American Heart Association is encouraging everyone to wear red this Friday, February 4th (National Wear Red Day), as part of their Go Red For Women movement. By wearing red, you are showing support for the campaign, which aims to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease. But, this Friday is not the only day you can participate in the movement; the campaign encourages everyone to organize their very own Wear Red Day. There are numerous ways you can participate, and the website offers many fun tips such as asking the men in your life to wear something red, or organizing a day where all your friends wear the rosy hue to the office. My suggestion for supporting this movement is to buy a little red dress to wear out this month. The signature logo for the AHA’s campaign is a red dress, after all. Plus, it just may be the perfect outfit to wear when you go out with your sweetie or group of girlfriends this Valentine’s Day. Below are a few suggestions, including an INC International Concepts Dress, which for every purchase, Macy’s will donate 5% of the sale price to the AHA’s Go Red For Women movement.
Also, from Feb. 2nd-6th if you wear red to any Macy’s store, you will receive 20% off!
February 1, 2011 | Categories: Clothing, Fashion, Health & Body, Social Awareness | Tags: American Heart Association, Health, Heart disease, Macy's, National Wear Red Day, valentine's day | Leave a comment
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. In fact, every year, 1 in 4 women die from heart disease related problems. February is America Heart Month, and each February PrettyCity.com partners with The Heart Truth to present the love you campaign . For the entire month of February you can visit prettycity.com to browse $39 Love You spa and salon specials and locations (these special rates are only valid February 1 through February 28, 2011). The campaign aims to bring awareness to women’s heart health and encourages women to take care of themselves.
January 30, 2011 | Categories: Beauty, Everything Fabulous, Health & Body, Skin Care, Social Awareness | Tags: American Heart Association, Heart disease, Macy's, National Wear Red Day | Leave a comment
I used to work in the beauty industry. Needless to say I had the lucky fortune of being surrounded by shelves upon shelves of every beauty product imaginable with the ability to take home whatever and how much I wanted. And, like any kid in a free candy store, it’s very easy to get greedy. So, now that those days are behind me (a good four years later), I now find myself with a major problem: I am a beauty junkie.
I opened my closet last week, and to my surprise mountains of products that I have collected over the years from past jobs and my own greedy shopping, all fell down like an avalanche on top of me. One by one, products I forgot I had (and some I wondered why I had), lunged at me angrily, and when it was all over, I came to the realization that they all had to go. But where?
Every beauty junkie goes through this at least once year, if not more. And like a squirrel hoarding nuts for the winter, we simply pick the beauty items back up and safely nestle them back into the closet until the forces of nature causes them to fall again. I do not know why I hang on to all the beauty products I have, or why I keep buying more when I already have so much. I don’t even like makeup. Yet, on my vanity sits 16 shades of blush (unopened), 31 eye shadows (unopened; I have sensitive eyes, so I never wear the stuff), and 22 lipstick tubes from different brands (some opened, some regrets, and some for my mood swings). And these are the products only on my vanity! I have tons more in suitcases, in the closet, under the bed, and in plastic container organizers. (I’m sure that there is some psychoanalysis behind my desire to have products and not use them, see this earlier post).
With the holidays coming up, I decided the best thing to do would be to donate my avalanche of beauty products to people who need it more that I do. After some research here are several different places that accept beauty product donations. And, if you are like me, and have tons of unused beauty products, please consider donating to one of these causes:
Operation Shoebox sends letters, care packages and other beneficial items to troops deployed oversees. Some of the beauty items they collect are shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen and hand lotion. See here for the full list of items they accept»
Beauty Bus foundation is a non-profit that travels to the homes of clients to provide in-home beauty and grooming services to people with chronically or terminally ill conditions and their primary care givers. The organization accepts all beauty-related items such as manicure/pedicure products and tools, makeup, skin care, hair care products, and hair appliances. All donations are tax-deductible. Click here to learn how you can donate»
Domestic Violence Shelters
Research local domestic violence shelters in your area. Most of the women that go to domestic violence shelters have nothing else but the clothes they arrived wearing. Any grooming and beauty products that you can donate will be greatly appreciated.
Donated to all the above and still have a mountain of products left? Have a swap party with all of your other beauty junkie friends. You can also swap beauty products on MakeupAlley.com.
This Veteran’s Day, Maybelline New York and Cosmpolitan magazine are offering everyone the chance to show their support to service members with its annual “Kisses for the Troops” Campaign. The two companies teamed up to build a “Kiss Station” on NYC’s Military Island, where you can receive a complimentary lip touch up from Maybelline New York and kiss a postcard, which will be delivered to troops overseas during the holidays. Actress Malin Akerman (“27 Dresses,” “Watchmen”) and Maybelline model Lisalla Montene will be on hand to raise awareness to the campaign. Both Cosmopolitan and Maybelline will donate $1 to the USO for each “kiss” collected. The booth (at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets) will be open today from 7am to 3pm in Times Square.
Can’t make it to Times Square? Send kisses to the troops by creating a customized postcard, or text “kiss” to 84944 to donate $10 the USO. Every kiss counts!