Saturday 16 April 2011

This week I'm loving....

Firstly, I have to apologise for the delay in posting my This Week I'm Loving piece due to unforeseen circumstances- it'll be back to its usual Friday spot next week. Thanks for your patience.

I wanted to use my This Week I'm Loving space this week to highlight a very special charity, Give and Make Up & you'll also notice that although I don't have advertisers or an affiliate programme on Skin Deep, I have uploaded a banner showing support for the cause.

There are so many worthy charities out there & so while I don't want this to become too preachy a post, I would like to draw attention to a couple of stats. Rather shockingly, 2 women in the UK each week are murdered by a partner or ex-partner whilst 25% of all women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. Of course, this is totally unacceptable but it can be difficult to see a way in which you can help, given the inherrantly private nature of the abuse. Refuge & Women's Aid are two charities which have been specially set up to help these women and Give & Make Up has linked to them to provide everyday essential toiletries to those who need them the most.

They never ask for monetary donations so there's no hard sell & you can be safe in the knowledge that your donation isn't being spent on excessive admin costs. The charity is spearheaded by volunteers & all they ask is that you send any unwanted toiletries, tools & cosmetics to them. For hygiene reasons, they can't accept used items with wand applicators such as lipgloss or mascara but anything that you've used lightly & would still pass on to a friend is fine. Perhaps you've received an unwanted gift, received a gift with purchase or ordered a not-quite-right shade online, don't let it go to waste as many women escaping from an abusive relationship do not have time to think about packing toiletries.
Aside from the practical aspects, I do feel that taking the time to pamper yourself, even if it's as basic as massaging in a body lotion, is beneficial to the way in which you feel, whilst applying make-up can provide a much-needed confidence boost, particularly to those starting over.

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