If you were on Twitter over the weekend, you may have seen the trending hashtag: #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia. The whole thing happened so fast, it was almost impossible to keep up but don’t stress, that’s what we’re here for. Let’s break it down:

On Wednesday, Vine star Jéröme Jarre was contacted by a volunteer in Somalia about the famine that is currently affecting 6 million Somali people. And Jéröme decided to do something. Something big. He worked out that Turkish Airlines is the only international airline that flies to Mogadishu (the capital of Somalia) so he encouraged people to tweet them to get their attention.

Then other YouTubers like Juanpa Zurita and Casey Neistat got involved:

And then Ben Stiller threw his weight behind the mission, obvs:

They got Turkish Airlines attention:

Turkish Airlines agreed to fly a plane to Somalia with 60 tonnes of food to Somalia as well as agreeing to send food containers on their commercial flights until THE END OF THE FAMINE. Seriously, kudos to Turkish Airlines.

Now Jéröme & Co. had a plane, they needed to raise some money. Actually, $1 million to be exact (£806,000). The team set up a GoFundMe page and put out a call on social media.

Within 24 hours, they’d raised over $1 million to provide basic food such as rice, flour, sugar and oats to Somalian people. They’ve teamed up with an non-government organisation that’s already on the ground called the American Refuge Committee that are going to help distribute the food and to organise water trucks to deliver water to families in need.

As of writing, the page has raised $1,750,000 (£1,410,000) – and there are still five days to go. If you want to be a part of this movement, there’s still time to donate, just visit the GoFundMe page and join the 62,000 people who have contributed to the Love Army for Somalia.

This Monday, let’s do some good for the world.

If you logged into YouTube last night to catch up on what Zoella was doing, you’ll already know about #RedOut.

35 top YouTubers have taken part in #RedOut and have gone offline for 24 hours. No Instagram, no Twitter, no Snapchat, no YouTube. That includes some of the biggest names in the business: Zoella and Alfie, Lucy and Lydia, Sprinkle of Glitter, Tanya Burr, Joe Sugg and… well pretty much the whole gang. And there’s a good reason.

#RedOut is an initiative organised by Red Nose Day to raise awareness of the injustices facing vulnerable young people today, both here in the UK and across Africa. Millions of young people are being denied access to healthcare, schooling, work and a safe place to sleep, and #RedOut aims to make us stop and think about all that.

Don’t worry, your fave stars aren’t gone forever! The #RedOut will be lifted tonight at 6pm – but if you want to get involved and spread the word that young people deserve better, share the video and help #raisethealarm. Or to learn more about it or donate money, check out the Red Nose Day website.

Glitter is everywhere right now. And not just because you spilled a pot on the carpet and it’s impossible to hoover.

Maybe it’s because designers sent sparkling eyes, lips, faces and limbs down the catwalks at fashion week, maybe it’s an homage to the late David Bowie, maybe it’s because a face full of glitter feels like the perfect antidote to all that nude-lipped Jenner perfection… or maybe it’s just because the world is dreary, we all need a cheer-up and there ain’t no quicker fix for your mood than turning yourself into a human disco ball. Whatever the reason, suddenly everyone is feeling the otherworldly unicorn/mermaid/sparkly space alien vibe.

Gif of Lauren from betty using Star Star Dust product
Lauren’s glitter handiwork

And in that spirit, here’s the betty buy making us full-on swoon this week: the Stardust kit from Beauty Boulevard (£12.50). So ridiculously easy to use that you could probably manage it on the bus, in school loo or in a tent (all life’s most crucial glitter opportunities!), the kit contains a tube of binding gel, a pot of showstopping glitter and a dinky little brush to dab it on with.

We’re partial to a glittered cheekbone (here’s our speedy step-by-step ) but it also looks aces on your shoulders, on your forehead and along your parting, like magical starry dandruff. In the best possible way.

Even better, £2 from the sale of every pack in ‘Babylon Zoo’, a properly perky lilac-pink, goes to CoppaFeel! to help raise awareness and funds for the breast cancer charity’s amazing work. Founded by supershero Kris, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23, CoppaFeel!’s mission is clear: get girls checking their boobs. Like, now.Lily and Lauren

So what better cause could there possibly be to glitter up, cop a feel of your own Babylons and help keep the party going? After all, like the meme (almost) says: always be yourself. Except when you can be a unicorn/mermaid/sparkly space alien, in which case… you know what to do.

Stardust Festival Glitter Kit, £12.50 from Beauty Boulevard


It’s not just Harry Potter who wants to make the world a better place (causally defeating the Dark Lord and everything) – his creator JK Rowling does too.

Recently she’s been tweeting a lot about her charity and because we love her, we thought we’d learn some more about it.

You might not know that along with being your imaginary favourite auntie, JK also started a charity in 2004, after she read an article about the harm that orphanages can do to children around the world.

She named it Lumos, after the spell that brings that light. *sob*


Here’s the lowdown: across the world, eight million children are living in orphanages and institutions, without the love and care of a family. Most of these children have families that could look after them, but they had to give them up to orphanages because of poverty, disability and a lack of access to basic services, like education and healthcare.

One study also found that young people raised in these environments are 10 times more likely to be involved in prostitution, 40 times more likely to have a criminal record and 500 times more likely to take their own lives.

Lumos works with governments and communities to fix these outdated systems that keep families apart. Here’s an amazing video (narrated by JK herself) explaining why the charity’s mission is so important.

How can I help?

You can buy a copy of Tales of Beedle the Bard. JK gave the books rights to Lumos, so £1.61 of every sale of the Bloomsbury edition is donated straight to Lumos programmes.

Or if you already have that one on your bookshelf, try Very Good Lives, the transcript of the speech JK gave at Harvard. A whopping 90% of the proceeds are going straight to Lumos (and the other 10% is going to financial-aid at Harvard).

JK Rowling tweet

If you want to go one step further, you could organise a school non-uniform day, a bake sale or even a movie night. Lumos has a really helpful section on their website that explains how to go about organising an event as well as loads of other ways to get involved – and help reunite vulnerable children with their families.

After all, it’s like Dumbledore said:

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”