Project: Beauty (Bloggers) for Good; A Domestic Violence Donation

Beauty Bloggers for GoodFor a while now beauty products have been piling up in my office, in my bathroom and in my garage. You see, when beauty companies and PR firms send me products to try out for a review, they often send multiple products. So maybe an entire hair care collection…but I only end up using the shampoo and conditioner, or 6 eye shadows…but I only really need to try out one to know if it’ll crease or how it looks. All of the extras find a way into a box and then my family likes to “shop” my office.

This year after reading Renee Rouleau’s post Beauty is Truly More Than Skin Deep about domestic violence and her ongoing initiative to donate unused or gently used beauty products to local shelters, I decided that I wanted to put those boxes of unused products to good use.  So I rounded up some of my beauty blogger friends who also committed to donating their unused products as well.

So this past week, my three oldest sons ages 11, 8 and 6, and I gathered 2 boxes packed full of beauty products and a bag with several pairs of unworn women’s shoes and brought them to a place here in Northeast PA called VIP (Victim’s Intervention Program.) VIP gives women and children of domestic violence and sexual assault free counseling, support groups, food pantry and emergency shelter. I asked my sons to carry in the boxes and explained to them why we were donating them. And it made an impact…

My way of giving thanks this year was to be grateful for what I have and to give the extras to women in need. If you have unused beauty products or hotel minis, I encourage you to do the same.

Donated beauty products

Here’s a list of the other beauty bloggers participating in this project:

Beautiful Makeup Search
Beauty Blogging Junkie
Beauty Junkies Unite
Mischo Beauty
Product Girl
Retrodiva’s Beauty
The Product Pasha

Happy Thanksgiving! xx

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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

2 Responses to Project: Beauty (Bloggers) for Good; A Domestic Violence Donation

  1. Janey

    This is a beautiful idea, and very inspiring. Well done!

  2. Gina

    When my daughter was in girl scout’s we donated towels& wash clothes. We also gathered hotel mini’s and gave those as well. You are right about an impact! Those girl scouts have grown into thoughtful women!

    I have also heard of donating gently used business clothing so they can find jobs. What a wonderful addition some makeup would be for that!! I will be passing this idea around in my group of influence. So nice to read about something that can impact a community =)

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