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With the increasing use of every day chemicals, GMO-laden foods, and other potentially harmful substances, the average woman has a lot to be aware of. Breast cancer is by no means an easy issue to grapple with, and while treatment, detection, and survival rates improve regularly, it is still an issue that will affect most women sometimes in their life.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2013 (compared to 230,480 in 2011). While studies have shown that the number of breast cancer cases have decreased since 2000, the statistics are nevertheless alarming: breast cancer is still the second leading cause for cancer deaths in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
Thankfully, breast cancer research moves us closer everyday toward better treatment and promising cures. October is the month where you can show your support for women, worldwide, and in a beautiful way too. Here are some beauty products that we love that support the cause and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Pink Ribbon wouldn’t be a breast cancer awareness symbol without the legendary Evelyn Lauder, so it is fitting that a perfume compact filled with Estee Lauder Pleasures be one of the beautiful ways that women can contribute to BCA. The colorfully detailed compact with hearts and ribbons is hand crafted, and inside the compact is inscribed, “Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness 2013.” The best part? 100% of all proceeds of the sale of this compact in North America goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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For the first time ever, the packaging of La Mer, The Hand Treatment has received a BCA makeover, and the result is a trés chic hand cream that is fit for Paris. Redesigned with pink accents to pay tribute to the BCA campaign, this cream soothes and protects hands and even helps diminish the look of age spots. The hand cream is formulated with the signature La Mer nutrient-rich broth. La Mer will donate $10 from the purchase price of the cream to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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The brand’s famous Black Honey Almost Lipstick is the stuff of legend: when it first launched, people were mesmerized by its transparent formula that was not quite a gloss, not quite a lipstick. Now for the first time, Clinique has created a special color for BCA: Pink Ribbon Honey. The pretty pink hue provides a universally flattering hint of color, and it comes in a custom-fit pink mini cosmetic carrying pouch with a pink ribbon detail. $3 from the proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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The universally flattering “perfectly-pink” lipgloss by Vapour Beauty has an apropos name, Honor. All proceeds from the sales of this lipgloss will be donated to research to find the first ever breast cancer vaccine. Vapour Beauty was co-founded by Krysia Boinis, herself a breast cancer survivor (she was diagnosed in her 30s). She then made a commitment to use safe, non toxic products on her skin. A soft ballet pink, the Elixir gloss is plumping, and adds dimension to lips using a hydrating blend of botanicals and organic plumping liposomes.
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For the fourth year in a row, Lisa Hoffman has created a special product to support the National Breast Cancer Coalition. This year, she is offering a pink pearl bracelet with Swarovski pearls that boasts a jewel-studded charm filled with wooden beads scents by Hoffman’s signature fragrances. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s goal to overcome breast cancer. For the scent, choose one of six fragrance options.
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These two delicious lip balms now benefit a great cause. 100% of net profits will be donated to support breast cancer research. The eos Strawberry Sorbet & Limited Edition Fresh Watermelon Smooth Sphere Lip balms are great to buy and even sweeter considering the price and cause. Formulated with shea butter and jojoba oil, they provide long lasting moisture and give back as well. What’s not to love?
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The Think Pink Beauty Heroes kit from Elemis is something all anti-aging buffs will fall for. Apart from the Barbie-pink case, there’s a lot of value inside the kit, including Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck & Bust (Limited Edition in Pink), Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, and Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. Proceeds from every kit sold will be included in a $15K donation to the Breast Cancer Care fund to help the organization continue to offer support and information to anyone affected.
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This October, Nails Inc. has partnered with designer Matthew Williamson and model as well as actress Poppy Delevingne to create two limited edition polishes exclusively for he Breast Cancer Campaign. For every bottle sold, $1 will be donated to BCC, to help raise vital funds to support its life-saving research. And Beyonce took the challenge and painted her pinkies pink and Instagrammed her nails on top of it all, using the tags #spotthepinkie #pinkiepink #nailsinclondon.