This morning, while I was getting ready for work, I overheard a story on Fox 5 about cosmetics. While I’m more of an au naturel girl, I did pause and listen to the interview for a moment. Having just had my make-up professionally done for my best friend Rach’s wedding, I know that good make-up can make a big difference.
|Getting my make-up touched up by the lovely bride.|
I’ll spare you my before pictures, but as you can see the make-up ritual is an important component of modern weddings. Even brides who might not normally wear much make-up often want to wear more for the big day so that their features "pop" in the pictures. I know lots of women who swear that a little color on the lips goes along way in photographs. Well, what if I told you that there are lip gloss brands that are making their mark- and not just on the collar- but by benefiting others too?
It just so happens that the news story I hovered and listened to this morning was about Haughty Cosmetics, a local, Virginia based cosmetics company that donates 50% of their profits to domestic violence charities. Michelle Doyle, the woman behind Haughty Cosmetics, brings experience working with nonprofits, as well as business savvy to her new philanthropic makeup line. She is also no stranger to domestic violence- a problem she sees as very prevalent in society, as it affects one out of every four women.
Haughty Cosmetics supports several domestic violence focused charities, including D.C.-based Becky’s Fund, an organization that focuses on raising domestic violence awareness and education. The L.A.-based Break the Cycle, which is the leading, national nonprofit organization addressing teen dating violence, as well as Leave Out Violence (LOVE). LOVE's programs are in the US and Canada and they are designed to assist youth as they overcome violence in their lives and develop the skills to become leaders against violence.
Currently, to raise money for these causes, Haughty Cosmetics sells 10 shades of lip-gloss. The shades range from neutral tones to bright reds and rosy pinks. By the end of the year, Haughty Cosmetics plans to expand its offerings to also include a whole line of eye shadows, mascara and make-up brushes.
|Feeling haughty? Try one of these 10 shades....|
Not only can you feel good about your purchase from Haughty Cosmetics going to a good cause, all their products are all natural. The lip glosses are made with Vitamin E and Pro-vitamin B5 and the formulas are handmade using all-natural ingredients, are paraben-free and they are never tested on animals.
In researching lip gloss for a cause, I also ran across Jill Kelley and Tina Hendricks. Jill owns a successful salon and permanent makeup business in Yarmouth, Maine and made a name for herself as a cosmetologist in Los Angeles. Tina is a model and practicing dental hygienist, as well as a former teen beauty queen. These ladies not only share a love for fashion, and cosmetics, but for lending a helping hand. Over the years, Tina and Jill have donated their time doing hair and make-up for charity events and they are the co-founders of Lipgloss4lives.
Lipgloss4lives raises money for various breast cancer awareness and prevention charities through sales of their lip gloss and products at retail stores and through their website. Since launching their lip gloss with a cause crusade, the ladies’ products have benefited many charities, including the Maine Cancer Foundation, Cancer Community Center, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Florence House-Woman's Homeless Shelter.
Their goal is to provide the consumer with high quality affordable lip gloss and apparel, while also fulfilling their charitable mission of giving 100% of all profit net earnings to charitable organizations or cancer research. To shop you can visit their website, where you will find creative gloss colors like "Breast Cancer Color" pink and "Berry Rock," which benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities. They also have an array of other merchandise available, including t-shirts and dog tags. Any purchases placed on the website, at Jill’s salon or at fund raising events, are given to a charity allocated by Lipgloss4lives after all taxes are paid. The approximate or estimated amount of contribution of a purchase is around 50% of the consumer's cost.
I'd love to hear more from all of you about other cosmetics for a cause- mascara for a cause? Eyeliner that gives back? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any hints on other beauty products that make you feel as beautiful on the inside as the outside.