|Tegan Frost (right) with
Rachael Lintd from Look Good Feel Better.
Tegan Frost, manager of Silk spa in Taranaki, shares with us why she loves to give her time as a "Look Good Feel Better" volunteer, and why she wants to inspire others to do the same.
How did you get involved in Look Good Feel Better?
My Aunty had attended a few workshops over her 24 year battle with cancer, and she spoke so positively about the experience. She always said it was something she knew I would enjoy. It wasn't until my aunty passed away and I received a bag of her make up as a keep safe, that I found an old “Look Good Feel Better” brow pencil, that night I tracked down my local organiser Rachael Lintd and signed up as a volunteer.
When I looked into Look Good Feel Better, I found it was everything I had been looking for in a charitable organisation, exactly how I wanted to give back to my community.
Tell us about your first workshop?
The very first time, I felt nervous. I wasn't 100% sure what was expected of me, and I didn't want to let anyone down, especially my lovely patient. I just relied on that experience as a beauty therapist to help me get through. From the minute I walked in the door all my nerves disappeared. It started with my organisers lovely welcoming smile, to the warm welcome I received from the other volunteers, some of which I had met before. Then I met my lovely patient and the time quickly slipped away filled with laughter, fun and pampering.
What is involved in a doing workshop?
After we were assigned our patient for the workshop, we began with a quick introduction of ourselves to the group. This is the part that showed me you don’t have to be working in the beauty industry at all to become a volunteer. Anyone can as long as you have a genuine love of caring and pampering. Volunteers come in all different ages, with varying professions.
Rachael, our coordinator stood at the front of the room with a patient and she took us through a step by step beauty routine: we started with a cleanse, tone and moisturise sequence, and then finished with a full make up application. All the time explaining why and how to use each product, and the best part is our patient gets to take home and keep everything we use after the work shop!
Patients can choose to sit back and relax or to actively participate in learning new techniques on how to work with make up to help them get through the challenge they face. After the makeovers each patient gets a professional photo taken, so they can remember how good they looked and felt that day.
What do you love about Look Good Feel Better?
There are so many things I love about being part of this incredible organisation. I love how spot on the team at Look Good Feel Better NZ are with cosmetic colour assigning. The patients fill out an online form prior to coming to a work shop that asks them questions like their favourite colours, skin tone and skin type etc. From all the information gathered they then hand pick from a range of donated products and create each patient's individual make up kit. It is these products the volunteers use to make them feel beautiful, and I have never seen them get it wrong. But the thing I love the most is my patient's face after they see themselves in the mirror, I love that look when someone feels truly beautiful!
What advice do you have for someone thinking about signing up to volunteer?
Just do it.
It is such a privilege to belong to such an amazing organisation. You get to meet some truly beautiful people, and you get to give such a special gift to someone who is genuinely deserving of a little sparkle. My only regret is that I didn't volunteer sooner!
More about Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better began in 1987, when the daughter to the owner of an American cosmetic company realised what a little bit of make-up could do for cancer patients.
Feeling that she had lost her identity after losing all of her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows during cancer treatment, she received a morale boosting makeover from her firm. Wanting to bring the same benefit to other female cancer patients, she independently approached the major cosmetic companies to enlist their support to provide free cosmetic/skincare classes for cancer patients. This is how Look Good Feel Better was born!
Look Good Feel Better now operates in 26 countries around the world.
In 1992, in an effort to give back to the community that supports their industry, the member companies of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) pledged their commitment to women with cancer.
The CTFA Foundation was established to deliver the Look Good Feel Better programme in New
Zealand as the cosmetic industry’s charity of choice.
Today, Look Good Feel Better is New Zealand’s only charitable cancer programme dedicated to empowering New Zealanders to manage the effects that cancer and its treatment can have on their appearance
Since its inception, Look Good Feel Better has helped over 34,000 Kiwis across the country through its classes.
Find your local Look Good Feel Better organisation here.
|In loving memory of Sonia Woodhead.
19th October 1952- 25th September 2014
The epitome of beauty to every life she touched.