Give and Make Up works with Refuge to provide toiletries and makeup to women who have fled domestic abuse. Although Refuge have these items listed on a checklist, your shampoo, conditioner and body lotion are hardly the first things you're going to put in your bag over your passport and birth certificate so quite often these basic items are left behind.
As an example, here are my two boxes. It's full of a few basics; some shower gel, body lotion, baby wipes and a kid's toothbrush plus some makeup items that have been used once or twice. We've all got those few products that didn't quite work for us, but they could be extremely useful and uplifting for some of these women and indeed products like hair dye can help them disguise themselves to keep them safe. They'll help them to create a sense of identity again and bring a sense of normality back to their lives. It may seem trivial to some, but try start your day with just plain water to shower with, just your fingers to brush your hair with and NO MASCARA!
Grab a box, have a sift through your makeup collections and bathroom cupboards and you'll be surprised with how quickly you can fill it up. Below is a list of items desperately needed.
feminine hygiene products
at-home hair dye colouring kits
all of them!
*please note - we can only accept new items of anything with an applicator wand e.g. mascara/lip gloss/concealer
GWP (Gift with purchase) sizes are fine, as are samples.
Anything that has been lightly used is also fine - if you would happily give it to a friend - we'll take it!
If you think you can help out, head over to www.giveandmakeup.com where you can find all the information you need regarding drop off points, postage addresses and contact details for the lovely Caroline.
Thanks so much for reading. I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday season and wish you the warmest, most fantastic New Year!