For a long time, I’ve felt like I wasn’t giving much back in terms of time and energy to causes I cared about. When you travel around for work, you don’t tend to have the time to fundraise (or I don’t anyway!) but whilst I was training to be an MUA, one of my tutors told me about an initiative that stuck in my head as something I could do, to give back a little.
Look Good, Feel Better is an organisation which helps cancer sufferers (mostly women, but they’re non-discriminate) with monthly makeup and skincare courses as they go through treatment. When we’re having a bad day, most of us look to pamper ourselves in order to push out the negative thoughts. Whether it be getting your haircut, or just sitting on the sofa painting your nails, just little things (with my husband it’s bath bombs from Lush!) can make you feel a whole lot better.
I went along for training in London with my wonderful friend Yasmina, who has done quite a few sessions with the charity. The group gets taken through skincare (cleanse, tone, moisturise) and then through a series of steps to apply makeup (which is all donated from different companies in a lovely goodie bag they get to take home at the end). The ultimate goal is for the people who attend to come away feeling a little bit more confident about their changing appearances (for a lot of them they have lost their hair including eyebrows and eyelashes).
I was worried I would be pretty emotional about the whole experience having witnessed first hand with my Granny the effects of cancer. But the room was filled with light and laughter and the people attending gradually relaxed when they realised that everyone is going through similar things. It’s a brilliant thing to do, and I’ve since been to the Brighton group, and look forward to many sessions with this lovely charity.
It’s the little things that make all the difference.
For more info: http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk