Saturday, 7 June 2014

Red Lippy Project and Cervical Screening Awareness

OK listen up. A cause extremely close to my heart - and my Lady Garden.

This week - 8th to 14th June - is Cervical Screening Awareness week. 

I lost my Grandmother to cervical cancer in the 1980's and I myself have to have smear tests every 6 months due to 'abnormalities' found during a routine smear test a few years ago. It's not pleasant. No-one, no-one enjoys having a smear test. Equally, it's not an 'attractive' issue to the beauty industry. That spot has been filled by breasts for far too long - but awareness of it saves lives.

The Red Lippy Project is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of cervical screening and this week will collaborate with Top Shop to launch the Limited Edition Red Lippy Lipstick, £8, in their best selling Pillar Box Red. 

Top Shop are donating 30% of the sale of the gorgeous lipstick and makeup bag above to the Red Lippy Project and  both the charity and Top Shop are encouraging celebrities and customers alike to share pictures of their red lips across social media, along with scarlet pucker prints on mugs, cheeks, anything really.. to #makeamark for cervical cancer awareness.
  • Cervical cancer is the third most common malignancy to affect women, with over half a million cases occurring worldwide each year. It is the most common cancer in women under 35 years of age.
  • There were 2,900 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in 2010, that is around 8 women every day.
  • Cervical screening is not a test for cancer. Cervical screening is unique, as it allows signs of changes to be identified at an early stage when treatment – which can be carried out on an outpatient basis – effectively preventing the vast majority of cases progressing to cervical cancer.
  • The NHS Cervical Screening Programme was set up in 1988 by the Department of Health. The programme screens over three million women in England each year.
  • Scientists estimate that cervical screening saves around 5000 lives each year in the UK.
  • Cervical screening can prevent at least:
    • 75% of cervical cancers in women in their 50s and 60s,
      60% of cervical cancers in women in their 40s
      45% of cervical cancers in women in their 30s.
Since the introduction of cervical screening in the 1980's, rates of cervical cancer have almost halved. 

For more information on cervical cancer, screening and the Red Lippy Project go to

Other ways to get involved:
  • Post your Red Lippy Project selfie on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter along with the hashtags #redlippyproject #makeamark 
  • Follow them on Instagram and Twitter, find us at @redlippyproject 
  • Donate Funds: Text RLIP14 £2 to 70070 or make an online donation.
  • Visit Topshop in-store or online to purchase their Red Lippy Project lipstick and make up bag, and 30% of the profit will be donated to Red Lippy Project. 
  • Go to Facebook and like/share them
  • Inspire your friends to get involved in the crusade by tagging them in selfies or by sending them a virtual kiss

#makeamark #redlippyproject


  1. What a great post. My auntie died as a consequence of cervical cancer. Whilst breast cancer receives so many column inches, and rightly so, there are many other cancers that affect both sexes that get sidelined IMO. Blessings, H xxxx

  2. Great to see this cause being highlighted by such a big company. Also very close to my heart - like you have to have regular checks after having cells removed. Good that you have posted about it - will reach all your followers too. x

  3. what a great post, all for a great cause xxx

  4. Oh wow, that's amazing.. Well done Topshop! And well done you. Wish you all the best in the world!!

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

  5. This is something I will definitely be getting involved in and making a post to share the word also. Is this something that will be happening across all Australia too?

  6. Great cause. I've also had so many problems since my first smear last July and I feel my age group really don't believe it could happen to them but it can and does. I finally got the all clear last month and nag my girlfriends to get checked.

    Lauren from Lauren Loves x

  7. Such an important cause! Need to get my hands on one of theese x

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  8. For such a good cause! And such a pretty colour as well, will most likely be purchasing one of these!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  9. Great post for a great cause. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I have to say, I had my first smear test this year. I got my appointment through, I showed up, I had a lovely nurse who took the swab and it was all over, done and dusted, very quickly and easily. I was a bit nervous before but there was absolutely no need to be. It is no way as bad as it is made out to be - ok, not as comfortable as lying as a beach on Mexico, but it could save your life!! A great campaign for a great cause and to any ladies apprehensive about having a smear - don't be! Great post, Rebecca :)

  11. I've been getting PAP tests (what they are called where I'm from. Named after the Greek physician who came up with the procedure) done for about thirty years now and it doesn't get any more pleasant. But, like BSE and, when your older, mammograms, its a bit of unpleasantness that can save your life. While we're on the topic, make a point of asking your first generation female relatives about their gynecological history, its important. Similarly, if you have a daughter, make sure she knows yours and understands the importance of regular testing.

  12. This is such a great post and so, so vitally important. I too had abnormal changes several years ago and had to have more frequent pap tests, smear is such a yukky word I feel, but am now back to the normal frequency and due another next month. My apt is made & I will never miss one as it's just not worth the risk. 5 minutes of embarrassment, and that's all it really is, is a very small price to pay for peace of mind.

  13. I 've made a point of having smear tests every 2 years since I was sexually active, as it's the norm in my home country (France) Imagine my surprise upon hearing that you cannot get a smear test in this country if you're under 25! I think this goes against spreading awareness about this disease, I have quite a few friends who have never been for a test despite being 25 and over, which for me is an aberration. Sure, a smear test is not particularly pleasant, nor is is "trendy" (although this partnership with Topshop might, hopefully, change this!), but it can save your life. So let's spread the word to get others to spread their legs (ahem)!

  14. Fantastic to see some public awareness from such a big brand. Great post! xx

    Ellen Rozalia |

  15. Great cause and great post! We women must be aware of this. Thanks for letting us know and kudos for Topshop!

  16. Ahh this is a similar lip colour I still have and use from 3 years ago from Topshop. Lovely post for a great cause too.
    May xx