Beauty Bloggers for Charity Auction

If you haven’t heard of the Beauty Bloggers for Charity auction going on at, you need to get with it! This event is an amazing fundraiser where beauty bloggers and brands are coming together to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders (MSF). 
You see, donating beauty products is great (I do it all the time, otherwise I’d drown in the stuff!), but charities need cash more than anything else. So a collection of beauty bloggers and beauty brands have graciously donated some wonderful items to be auctioned off. 100% of the auction selling price goes right to charity. Those who donated items will be shipping the items to the winners as part of their donation. So if you bid, every penny goes to the cause.

The auction is live now and will end December 20th at 5pm CST. You will need to make an account in order to bid, but I’ve done it and it’s very painless, takes only a few seconds. Your screen name will be shown with your bid if you’re the winner, but all of your info is kept private so don’t worry about that. International bidders are welcome, of course!

Doctors Without Borders (aka MSF, which stands for the French name of the charity, Medicens sans Frontieres) is an organization that provides quality medical care all over the world for people in crisis, regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. They currently operate in 65 countries world-wide.

I am very proud to announce that The Gloss Menagerie is participating in this event by donating a few items. In addition, I’ve made a donation privately to MSF this year as well. There are some really nice items up for bid, including limited edition/discontinued goodies!

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BeautyFix is Helping KIDS

I don’t normally just copy and paste press releases here on my blog, but when this came in my inbox, I knew I had to post it for you all!
Just in time for the holidays, Beautyfix by DermStore is launching a new gift giving feature which will simplify the stressful present giving process. The perfect gift for any beauty addict, Beautyfix is a service that provides women with hundreds of dollars worth of premier beauty and skin care products each season. Give the gift of luxury and indulgence to every makeup maven on your list.
The customizable kit is the ideal present for every person and price point. Because each kit is tailored to the specific individual and the products are ultimately selected by each Beautyfix user, it is a gift that everyone on your list is guaranteed to love, from girlfriends to co-workers to hard to please mother-in laws. Available for purchase by season,Beautyfix is a great stocking stuffer at $49.99 for one season or an even more elaborate gift when giving 2 or more seasons (buy 3 seasons for $149.97 and receive the fourth free).

The lucky Beautyfix recipient will be able to create her own profile by taking a brief beauty profile survey, answering skin care, hair care and makeup questions to help determine the best product matches. Once the quiz is completed, a list of panelist approved products will be suggested for the user based on the survey results. The user then picks 8 products to test, experience and fall in love with! Each kit, in addition to including a free cosmetic bag, contains only full size and deluxe travel size items generally valued at $250 or more.
Beautyfix features makeup, skin care, body care, nail care and hair care products from a mix of classic, established brands and new, emerging gems including Decléor, Perricone MD, 3LAB, bliss, Kerstin Florian, Colorescience, Canyon Ranch Your Transformation, Julie Hewett Los Angeles, Lisa Hoffman Beauty, Jane Iredale, SpaRitual and Jonathan Product.

‘Tis the season for giving… and giving back! Beautyfix by DermStore has partnered with renowned charity K.I.D.S, Kids in Distressed Situations, to bring a little holiday cheer to those in need. For every Beautyfix
Kit purchased as a gift from Dec.1st to Dec. 31stBeautyFix by DermStore will donate $1.00 to the spectacular children’s organization. With every dollar donated, K.I.D.S. is able to provide $10 worth of supplies, toys and basic necessities to kids in need. Giving the perfect gift just got a little more beautiful.


Alright, here’s the real kicker… for every blog post about this campaign, BeautyFix will donate another $1.00 to this children’s organization. It took me very little time to put this together, and I’m helping add to the donation count. If you have a beauty blog, please spread the word about this campaign! Be sure to let them know you’ve posted so your post gets counted for the donation.

Your Shampoo Makes A Difference

Hey all you fellow product junkies. I have been cleaning out my apartment and coming across a lot of half-finished (or not even…sigh…) bottles of shampoo, lotion, body wash, facial cleanser, etc. I posted to my local chapter of Freecycle asking if anyone wanted the items and I heard from a woman who told me about this awesome cause she is collecting for.

The website is connecting soldiers to us over here in the states who want to help them out, even in a small way. Soldiers write in with what their units need or want, and you can request their address to send a care package. A lot of the female soldiers have no access or very limited access to things like good shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Even simple necessities such as toothpaste, deodorant, and tampons are in high demand as well. And during down time there isn’t a whole lot to do, so books, magazines, and other fun girly items are much appreciated. Used items are acceptible to send as well.

I just crammed a bunch of stuff into a gift baggie to give to the sweetheart in my area who is collecting. I gathered up all my sample size lotions, toothpastes, and shampoos etc. I was surprised at all of the stuff I had lying around that these women could really use!

So, all of those lotions you have sitting around with a couple squirts missing? Send ’em on over– those gals deserve our support and they appreciate it so much. Even the act of sending mail reminds them that we’re back home thinking of them and appreciating all they do for our country.