“After years of working in the cosmetic industry, I commenced my work with Look Good Feel Better about ten years ago. I felt compelled to do something for women dealing with cancer after the death of my 49 year old sister in law.
Our Christchurch group is inspired by our wonderful co-ordinator, Shirleen Oakley, who leads our enthusiastic group. All our volunteers are well qualified in the cosmetics, and are full of compassion and understanding. It is so rewarding to instil confidence in our patients, and see them smile.
Our workshops commence with a video explaining the format of our sessions, and then we begin the beauty care regime. Cleansers, toners and moisturizes are applied with professional techniques (which include plenty of massage), and then we show the women professional make up techniques they can apply at home. Finally, we address the issue of wearing wigs and turbans to counteract hair loss with a professional hairdressing session.
An informal lunch is provided at the end of our morning, and patients have a chance to chat and share their experiences and journeys.
I love my Look Good Feel Better work, I have made life long friends with my fellow volunteers, and I feel humble that I am able to help so many in such a small, but overwhelmingly way. Each and every patient touches our hearts, and it is a pleasure to give my time to such appreciative women”.
-Jenny Butt, Christchurch
“As a Nutrimetics consultant for 10 years, and a Look Good Feel Better volunteer for the past five years, the pleasure of seeing the shining eyes and smiles of the ladies after a workshop is amazing.
Being able to share my love of make up, knowledge and skills to help women when they are going through treatment is very rewarding.
They take home donated skincare and cosmetics, as well as the techniques to help them overcome the physical changes that may occur as a result of treatment such as dry, patchy skin, hair loss and the loss of eyebrows & lashes.
The volunteers are all extremely supportive, and provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that allows women to feel more self-confident. The programme provides the opportunity for women to share experiences outside of the hospital environment, which is extremely valuable”.
-Leigh Wynne, Wellington
“A friend of mine was involved with Look Good Feel Better as a make up consultant and asked if I would like to volunteer as a workshop set up assistant.
My first experience with a group of women with cancer was a little daunting, as I did not realise just how many women were affected by cancer.
From seeing the women enter the room looking slightly hesitant, to the end result with make up and a wig was just amazing. They blossomed before our eyes.
From that point on I knew I wanted to be involved on a regular basis. Since then I have been set up the workshops in Wellington every month, and I am now the Workshop Co-ordinator for Wellington. This involves setting up the workshop for each class and ensuring that every woman has a pleasant experience.
The amount of support we receive from the Cosmetic and Fragrance Association never ceases to amaze me. It is such a valuable contribution, and everyone is always so grateful”.
-Glenda Schmitt, Wellington