It’s that time of the year again. The first day of September brings with it the first day of Spring… and here in Australia, the first day of the Liptember campaign! I’m excited to have created a team account for the blog this year, with the lovely girls from my Panel Review Team joining in to help support and raise funds for further research into Women’s Mental Health. If you’d like to support us, you can find our Team Page here (you can either donate directly to the Team, or choose a member from the team to support).
I’m personally invested in this campaign as mental health has been a long-term companion for me, and I’m sure that it’s touched the many readers lives of the blog in some way too (whether it has touched you personally – or through someone that you love and care about).
Currently, the majority of mental health research is focused on men’s mental health, with the findings applied to both men and women. This has resulted in a number of programs and prevention strategies that are unable to fully assist the mental health needs of the female population. The Liptember campaign hopes to change that.
By placing a gender lens on mental health, research has shown to be more accurate and support programs more effective.
Funds raised during the month of September are donated to:
The Centre for Women’s Mental Health
The Centre for Women’s Mental Health provides expert clinical and therapeutic services for women whilst conducting research and providing education and training facilities. The Centre’s research agenda reflects priority clinical areas as well as being informed by known gaps in research within the area of women’s mental health.
Lifeline Australia is a national charity providing all Australians with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. With thousands of volunteers across Australia, individuals are supported in a range of ways to deliver services, raise funds, run events and work in Lifeline shops.
The Jean Hailes Foundation
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the knowledge of women’s health throughout the various stages of their lives, and to provide a trusted world-class health service for women. The organisation believes in physical and emotional health and wellbeing in all its dimensions for all women in Australia throughout their lives.
R U OK?
R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging all Australians to connect and have regular, meaningful conversations with anyone struggling with life. The organisation aims to boost confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life’s ups and downs, nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others, strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us and to be relevant, strong and dynamic.
The Pretty Foundation
The Pretty Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering women and girls with the perspective, skills and support to develop and nurture a positive body image for themselves and others. The Foundation believes that prevention is the key and so our focus initially will be on building resilience in females.
Batyr provide preventative education in the area of youth mental health. Batyr provides programs that train young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health and start a conversation in their community. Batyr takes these speakers into schools, universities and corporate arenas to continue this conversation around mental health. The programs engage, educate and empower the audience to learn from the experiences of others and to reach out to the great services around them.
That brings me to Day 1 of Liptember – I decided to showcase a few different products for today’s look as well in the post below.
I decided to go with some bolder (but golden/metallic) colours for today’s look… it’s the first day of Spring after all and wanted to move away from winter tones. Although, I do love my nudes (eye shadows that is!)
For the eyes I primed with elf cosmetics eyelid primer (not shown), applied three different golden brown shades from Revlon’s ‘Not Just Nudes’ Eyeshadow palette, lined the lids with Avon’s eyeliner Glimmerstick, finishing off with Mirinesse Mascara and 1000Hour Instant Brows clear eyebrow mascara.
For the cheeks I custom designed my own shade using the elf cosmetics Blush palette using their Blush brush from their 11 piece brush set and added highlights using BYS Cosmetics ‘Sculpt & Glow’ palette.
I’m really looking forward to this month! I get to play with make-up EVERY day and all for a great cause! You’re welcome to join the fun (and in return help support and raise awareness for Womens Mental Health – we need more research being aimed at women to ensure the results are accurate and programs can be put into place to fully support the women going through these issues).
Find out more via the Liptember website – why not sign up for it too – you can choose the length of time you want to do the campaign for too – it doesn’t have to be the entire month, it can be as short as a week! We need to support each other… support the areas in which we need help in order to bloom – you can do that by supporting the cause or by becoming part of that cause by getting in there and raising awareness personally.