Look good for others

A hot new statement lipstick, beautifully blushed cheeks or super-soft skin and hands, which defy cold, wintery weather – these are indeed some of our favourite pick-me-up things

But wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could help make other lives better and brighter when we use beauty products to add self-confidence and positivity to our days?

Well, it’s actually quite easy to invest in yourself and others at the same time when it comes to beauty. Furthermore, with charities hugely impacted by the pandemic, there’s never been a better time to give them a boost.

We’ve found three beauty brands that sell must-have hair, beauty and skin products, each supporting amazing causes…

Bee beautiful
Chantecaille has been raising funds to help save endangered species for an incredible 20 years and to mark this special anniversary, the brand has released a series of limited-edition blushes (‘Philanthropy Cheek Shades’), which are quite simply exquisite, both to look at and wear. There are six sensational shades, each named after an animal Chantecaille has helped. Our favourite is Elephant (Smitten), which supports the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, delivers a soft-peachy hue and is moulded into the cutest elephant shape ever. Just wonderful and worth every penny of the £35 price tag. 

Get lippy for Women International 
We’re huge fans of Charlotte Tilbury beauty goodies and equally fanatical about the brand’s Hot Lips lipstick collection – 12 lush, exciting shades inspired by 12 of the planet’s most iconic women. What’s more, every single one of these must-have shades (which first launched back in 2016) sold goes toward the Charlotte Tilbury pledge to raise a cool £1million for the charity Women for Women International.

The charity helps women survivors of war to rebuild their lives and creates “a ripple effect of change in their communities” – what better reason to find your favourite Hot Lips shade today? Our favourites are: Jennifer Aniston-inspired, tawny-rose coloured, suits-anyone Glowing Jen (£28); Secret Salma (£25), a deep rose plum matte shade, which is a glamourous salute to actress Salma Hayek; and Carina’s Love (£25), a bright red matte lipstick that pays homage to Korean actress Carina Lau. The container each of the lippies arrive is worth the price alone! 

Sweet charity
Back in 2007, the ever-luscious soap and body goodies emporium Lushlaunched Charity Pot – a hugely popular initiative that allowed grass-roots campaigns, charities and good causes to apply to have the delicious Charity Pot hand and body cream (£4.50) sold to raise funds just for them. To date, over £50million has been raised for causes across the world; with 100% of the profits (minus sales tax paid to the government) going directly to organisations fighting for animal rights, human rights and the rights of Planet Earth. The little pot of ‘ethically sound hydration’ typically features an image of a charity or cause and the cream itself is packed with shea butter from the Ojoba Women’s Cooperative in Ghana and aloe vera from Maasai women’s groups in Laikipia, Kenya. Also available is the Charity Pot Coin, a solid version of the cream for just £1, we adore the paw-print version!  From the UK and Russia to the USA and Hong Kong, Charity Pots are a wonderful global enterprise that just keeps giving. Visit your local Lush to buy one and support a local cause (find your nearest store here) or buy online

Work for a local good cause and want to be a Charity Pot recipient? Click here to apply. 

Happy giving and feeling gorgeous into the new year and beyond…