Gifts that Keep on Giving: Positive Contributions Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 4th 2018 0

5 ways to make a positive change this Christmas

If your friends are anything like mine, they would love the thought of a Christmas gift that supported someone in need. Here are a few of the places you could consider buying from or donating to when buying gifts this year and I guarantee your recipient will be over the moon with the gesture.

Beauty Banks: Donate

Beauty Banks is a charity dedicated to providing homeless shelters with basic hygiene supplies. There are so many parts of our routine that we barely have to think about: tampons, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving essentials, but not everyone is so fortunate. There are a variety of ways to support but stocking up on items on their Amazon wish list would be a brilliant start. They’ll take care of getting the supplies directly to those who need them.

Give and Make-up: Donate

If you work in beauty like me, you’ll know how many products we are fortunate to receive. Give and Make-up accept unused donations to support women in refuge centres. Lots of studies and research have shown that the impact that this can have on a woman in crisis is amazingly positive. If you have things you’re not using or not likely to use, please donate them. Aside from beauty products, they literally accept everything to help women and children in times of crisis; clothes, toiletries, you name it. Visit the website to see how you can help.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power, £19.50

This universal brow pencil suits all hair colours. The harder you press, the deeper the colour it gives. For every one sold, IT Cosmetics donate one to Look Good, Feel Better. As you will know from reading my blog, Look Good, Feel Better is a charity I love working with. They host masterclasses for women (and now men!) all over the country who are undergoing cancer treatment. In a masterclass, each attendee receives a bag of skincare to keep (and make-up, for the ladies), and is taught how to best use each item, especially with symptoms of the cancer treatment in mind. Knowing that the brand I work closely with supports this cause is something that makes me really proud to work with them!

Beco soaps – making a difference for just £3 and £4

I wrote a big piece about Beco on my blog this week, and you can also find more information about them in the ‘Make a Change’ highlight story on my Instagram. I’m officially obsessed with Beco. They’re an organic soap company and their factory team comprises of entirely people who have visual impairments, disadvantages or disabilities. I was fortunate to meet the team last week and I just fell in love with them. What’s more, their products are eco-friendly, fully biodegradable on the inside and recyclable on the outside… they’re all-round good people. When you spend £3 or £4 on these soaps in Sainsburys, Waitrose, the Co-op or John Lewis, you are creating jobs for people who would otherwise struggle to secure them.


MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Lipstick

I truly adore MAC, and have done so for as long as I have worn make-up. Though new brands will pull me in and I will always explore new things, MAC remains as one of the core brands in my everyday make-up kit, a brand that I trust and return to all the time. When you buy a Viva Glam lipstick, 100% of the proceeds minus the VAT goes towards helping people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. What’s more, some of the Viva Glam shades are so gorgeous that they’re actually cult in their own right – Viva Glam II being one of them.

Stellar 79 Stellar Studs

My friend Sheena and her sister Natasha have recently created a gorgeous jewellery brand called Stellar 79. They celebrate their Mauritian, Trinidadian and Indian heritage in golden pieces embellished with precious stones. The whole vibe is dainty, delicate jewellery but it is sturdy and shines like the most luxurious, vivid gold. When you buy their Stellar studs, 10% of the proceeds goes towards Educate Girls, a charity in rural India which helps underprivileged girls to gain an education.

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