Like many of you earlier this week, I sat in silence, with tears streaming down my face, watching in disbelief the inferno that engulfed residential Grenfell Tower in North Kensington late at night, when most people were fast asleep in the seeming safety of their beds. 24 floors, 120 flats, over 600 residents – men, women, children. A disaster of this magnitude touched many people, as some rushed to help, others, like incredibly brave firefighting teams, were already at the scene, alongside policemen & emergency services, fighting fires and trying to save those people who were trapped inside. When life is good, we all take it for granted, when human tragedies like that happen we unite over the innate need to do something, to help, to hug people, to wipe the tears and give survivors hope that they aren’t alone. We can’t make horrible memories disappear or bring back to life those people who lost their lives, but we all can do something to help elevate the pain, fear, anger and despair. Many people, famous or not are coming together with the initiatives to fundraise the funds for those in desperate need in a middle of the city we all call home.
As some of you might know, I write a lot on the subject of beauty. As part of my work I receive products from brands for testing, but I also buy many beauty products myself, accumulating too many products over time. Some are given as gifts, some I start using, but quickly realise that while they are lovely, they might not work for my skin. Lately I was looking at a large bag of beauty products and contemplating what to do with them – do I gift them? Do I donate them to a shelter? What’s the best way to share them, without taking advantage of brand’s generosity or making any undue profit for myself? After watching the news & thinking about life & loss, as I held my own kids hands tightly after the school run, I just knew that I want to do something with this beauty stash to help those people who suffered unimaginable loss – of family members & loved ones, of their homes, that were supposed to be their safe harbour and of the things that they held dear, like photos, favourite toys or simple things that we all use daily, yet take for granted but without which we feel a bit lost – toasters or kettles, a favourite armchair, a dress that makes us feel like a million dollars, a pebble from the beach, picked up during the holiday, a baby tooth or lock of hair, a favourite book…..
So here is my idea that I put forward for your consideration: below is the list of products that I have. All full-sized, most brand new, some gently (partially) used, but hygienic & not contaminated – each will have details next to its name, as well as the size. Here is what I want to do. If you want any of the products below, or several of them, please make a donation of at least £10 pounds for each product that you want directly to the JustGiving Fund for the residents of the Grenfell Tower – I attach the links to JustGiving Fundraising pages at the end of this post. In turn, I will send you the product or products, each valued at more than £10 pounds to your home address, if you are a UK, Scottish or Irish resident (lets discuss postage, if you want to order something to be sent to Europe, America, Canada, Asia or North Pole – I will be happy to find a solution that will be satisfactory to you), covering postage & packing myself. If I know you, please just let me know the amount of your donation, so I can keep a tally and will know how much our joint effort will raise for those people who desperately need it. If I don’t know you personally, please DM or e-mail me confirmation of your donation, as well as the address to which you want me to post the products and I will do it as soon as I can. Many people consider beauty superficial & I want to change that perception by raising funds for those people who really need them right now. At a time of loss, like many people, I want Grenfell Tower residents to know that they aren’t alone in this world & that they will be able to rebuild their lives in time.
Beauty Products List
Tropic Skincare Good Skin Day Serum, 30 mms, external packaging opened, internal untouched Tropic Smoothing Cleanser, 120 ml, brand new Kahina Giving Beauty Travel Basic Set, includes Facial Cleanser 30 ml, Argan Oil 30 ml, Facial Lotion 30 ml. Brand new
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, 118 ml, new
Ren V-Cense Youth Vitality Day Cream, 50 ml, brand new Nourish Argan Anti-Ageing Peptide Serum, 30 ml, brand new
Nourish Skin Renew Cleanser, 100 ml, brand new
Nourish Kale 3D Cleanse, 100 ml, brand new
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20, shade: fair, 50 ml, used one one occasion only
Therapi Honey Skincare Rose Otto Propolis + Ultra radiance Cream, 50 ml, brand new Bodhi & Birch Neroli Luce Revitalising Face Oil, 15 ml, brand new Bodhi & Birch Body Oils Mini Collection (3 x 15 ml), brand new box set Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant, 100 ml, brand new Osmia Purely Simple Face Cream, 1,7oz, gently used
Balance Me Radiance Face Oil, brand new
Dr. Scheller Argan Oil & Amaranth Anti-Wrinkle Intensive serum, 30 ml, brand new Skin Oil Beauty Drops, lavender, 30 ml, brand new Skin Oil Beauty Drops, geranium, 30 ml, gently used, more than 2/3 full Melvita Natural Lift Youthful Skin Cream, 50ml, new Mallow & White Sooth Face Mask, 30g, brand new Antonia Burrell Radiant Light facial Oil Serum, 15ml, brand new St. Ives Apricot Face Scrub, 30 ml, brand new
Max & Me Circle of Protection Body Oil, 10ml, brand new
de Mamiel Atmospherique Pure Calm Cleansing Dew, 100 ml, gently used, more than 2/3 full Flow Kosmetikka Cloudberry Anti-Age Facial Serum, 20 ml, brand new Philip Kingsley Elasticiser, 40 ml, brand new Mun Akwi Purifying Cleanser, 100ml, gently used, more than 2/3 full Nubo Bio-Regenerating Concentrate, 30 ml, brand new
Weleda Skin Food, 75 ml, brand new
Perricone MD Chia Serum, 30 ml, brand new
Lilfox Cleopatra Restorative Milk & Honey Beauty Mask, 1 oz, very gently used, more than 2/3 full
Laurel Facial Serum Sun Damage Repair, 30 ml, brand new
Once the product has been chosen by someone via their donation, I will put the line on it, so you know that it’s gone. Products will be send on the first come, first served basis.
Emma Cannon’s Total Fertility, lovingly used but in good condition Goop Clean Beauty by the editors of Goop, gently used Glop Goop Parody by Gabrielle Moss, gently used
Let’s get together & raise some money for those that really need the funds to start rebuilding their lives, while getting used to live with the loss or horrors that they endured. Beauty can be meaningless, if it doesn’t have a soul & I truly believe that together we are stronger in facing the future, even when it is uncertain. People who lived in that tower weren’t well-off and right now might feel that their lives didn’t matter to those whose actions, in some way, led to the unimaginable tragedy that happened in the middle of a summer night in London. There is a lot of anger, understandably & I sincerely hope that our joint effort will help in a small way to change things for the better, compared to what they are now.
As an additional incentive for you to donate, I promise that I will enclose some samples for you, alongside the product or book you want, while my stock of the samples lasts. I hope this initiative resonates with you & by our joint fundraising effort we hopefully will help give the residents of the Grenfell Tower to get the things that they need now or in the future, which they will be able to choose by having financial means to do so. I hope that my initiative will show the strength of our emotion & the feeling of love and affection that we are united by, no matter our sex, age, race or religion. Tragedies happen to good people and together we help each other survive the unimaginable horrors and sorrow that otherwise would break hearts completely. This tragedy tore at the fabric of London, like several terrorirism acts in the last few weeks – something that sadly more and more people around the world can relate to. Lets come together and shelter those who suffered from even bigger storms. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this and for hopefully donating to the cause that we can all relate to, while luckily hugging those that we dearly love together & saving our blessings.
If you have any questions in regards to the products, please DM me via Instagram (galinaap) or Twitter (@galinaachkasova) or e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: this is my personal initiative. The minimum donation for any full-sized product is £10 & all the funds that you donate should go to the fund of your choice that benefits Grenfell Tower Residents. I won’t accept any donations or money for this personally.
Thank you for your generosity, Galina x
P.S. On a separate note, I have asked my children to go through their toys & books & choose the things that they want to donate to a charity local to Grenfell Tower for the children who have survived the horrendous fire, but were left with nothing. Once my kids go on their summer holiday, we will go to North Kensington together so they can see the devastation with their own eyes & not on a TV screen.
I also want to put out a separate appeal to a charity that is local to Grenfell Tower. We have a beautiful wooden Boori bed with a bottom drawer that my kids outgrew. We will disassemble it & would donate it for a child or children from the Grenfell Tower, if someone can come to collect it in a van, as it is made from solid wood. The bed comes with a mattress, protective cover, as well as two bed sheets, three pillows & quilt that you can see in the image. Please contact me via social media or e-mail, if you are interested & able to collect it ( I would want to see ID or credentials, in order to make sure that this bed goes & gets to a child from Grenfell Tower who needs it).