Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Give and Make Up

I thought now would be the perfect time to post about Give and Make Up. We've probably all received lovely gift sets for Christmas (or another holiday you celebrate) and inevitably, one or two of those things included might be products we're not as excited about. What happens? They get put at the back of our drawers, cupboards and baskets. How about placing these into a box and sending them off to women and children who need them?

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.

Everyday Essentials
bath/shower gel
body lotion
feminine hygiene products
shaving products
at-home hair dye colouring kits



makeup brushes
makeup bags
curling tongs

Baby Products
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 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!

Chrissy xx


  1. Such a great charity idea. Weird and possibly stupid question. I read the post over a few times but couldn't find where to send the items.

  2. I second FFB's comment; this struck a chord with me but where do donations get sent? Or are there drop-off locations?

  3. Not stupid! I stupidly thought I'd posted links but they didn't take. I've edited the post with a few extra bits tagged on with contact details and a link to their blog/website!

  4. @Erin - There are drop off locations for East London, Manchester and Brighton -

  5. This is such a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!


  6. This is very thoughtful and such a wonderful idea. Indeed.. Things we don't use or don't like may be cherished by another

  7. i really want to do this in the new year, if i ever found myself in the situation these women find themselves in i'd be incredibly touched that someone had taken the time to put this together for them. well done for doing it xx

  8. This is such a great idea, thanks so much for sharing! I'm sure all of us has at least a few things we've bought but never used that could be put to much better use :)

  9. Thanks so much for sharing! This is very thoughful and it will help a lot of people.

  10. That is an amazing idea.I've packed a box, and I'll send it tomorrow!!Thanks for letting me know!x

  11. This is awesome!

    I had a drawer full of bath and body goodies that I ended up tossing or handing out to friends and family. The next time I have extras lying around, I know where they're going!


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