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Women’s breasts get a lot of attention but none more so than each and every October. As you’re no doubt aware, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness about this disease and also raising funds to help support those affected by it. It needs our attention year after year because the alarming stats speak for themselves. According to Breastcancer.org in 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. That’s approximately 1 in 8 US women that will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Clearly, this is a cause that’s hitting too close to too many of us.
If you want to do something about it, know that there are numerous ways to help. You can donate directly to a cause, volunteer your time to a charity, join a fundraiser, start your own fundraiser, or shop. By purchasing “pink” products you will do more than just treat yourself to something special — you’ll also do your part to support breast cancer fighters, survivors and charities that raise funds for research. Here, our curated picks to help the cause:
Estée Lauder “Pink Perfection” Lip, Eye & Face Palette ($35) comes complete with all you need for eyes, lips and face, plus 100% of the suggested retail price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (bcrf.com) through June 2017.
Londontown Lakur ($16), a botanical-based nail treatment and color line that improves nail quality with every application. Ingredients include chamomile and cucumber extracts, rapeseed and evening primrose oils, vitamins A & E and more. During the month of October, 50% of proceeds from the sale of all pink shades will go to the Young Survival Coalition, an organization that aims to help the approximately 13,000 women under age 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. It provides support and health information to see them from diagnosis to long-term survivorship and addresses issues like early menopause, effects on fertility, more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates.
Elemis Limited Edition The Hero Collection Pink Edition ($88) is a collection of all of my favorite Elemis products enclosed in the perfect pink cosmetics bag. Elemis has pledged to donate £10,000 to Breast Cancer Care (breastcancercare.org.uk), an organization that offers support, information and campaigns for better care. Inside the bag you’ll find:
- Pro-Collagen Neck and Decollete Balm. Applied morning and evening it will firm, smooth and soften with visible results in just 28 days.
- Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. It’s clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and boost firmness, tone and hydration.
- Frangipani Monoi Body Oil. Use this luxurious body oil that moisturizes with no greasy feel.
- Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules. Break them open morning and evening to help to diminish the visible signs of aging and provide anti-oxidant protection.
Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($30), a limited edition aromatherapeutic facial spritz used to condition, renew and protect your complexion. It boosts hydration, minimizes the look of pores and helps keep oil production in check. Thanks to lemongrass oil and chamomile flower extract, it also has de-stressing and mood-boosting benefits. 100% of the profits will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (lbbc.org), an education and support organization aimed at connecting people with breast cancer information and a community of support.
ghd limited edition styling collection electric pink ($199 – $249) includes a styler set to create long-lasting straight or wavy styles, a hair dryer to dry and style while it locks in moisture, prevents frizz and flyways and boosts shine, and a styler set to straighten, curl and style even the most challenging of hair in just one stroke to give you style that lasts longer and hair that is healthier, stronger and shinier. In collaboration with Look Good, Feel Better, ghd has also just launched a beauty tutorial series that showcases easy ways that women who are dealing with hair loss post-chemo, can update their look and boost their self-confidence. These beauty hacks range from styling and personalizing a wig, to styling hair while it grows back, to makeup and skincare tutorials. For every ghd electric pink purchase, ghd will donate a portion of the proceeds to Look Good, Feel Better, a public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, including lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling.
Grande Lash MD Gift Glam Set ($84.95) includes GrandeLash, an award winning eyelash conditioner formulated with vitamins, peptides, and amino acids and more for your healthiest lashes yet, plus GrandeMascara, a lash lengthening and volumizing macara that also helps fortify your lashes with keratin. The set also comes with the GrandeBling eyelash curler. 20% of the proceeds from the sale will go to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, an organization with the mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Sweet Cherry Blossom Candle ($10) smells divine thanks to a blend of cherry blossoms, red fruits and sandalwood. For each of these 3-wick candles purchased $2.00 will be donated to the Avon Foundation for Women to support Avon Breast Cancer Crusade programs across the United States.