By Helen Yun
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, once again, the cosmetics and fashion communities have turned out in full force to show their support for boosting knowledge and research about this fatal disease. How can you help make a difference? By picking up the latest beauty booty and participating in special shopping events to benefit breast cancer charities. Here, our guide offers 21 fabulous ways to help the fight against the number one killer of women between the ages of 35 and 50. Then fill up your shopping cart with dream creams, must-have hues, sensational scents, and chic scarves all from your favorite makeup and style houses, and all for an important cause. Pink LadiesBobbi Brown, Stella McCartney, Lilly Pulitzer and other glamorous names think pink with a new crop of limited edition makeup, accessories and a couture-worthy t-shirt. A portion of the proceeds from these items will be donated to worthy charities like the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, so get that credit card ready.
Clinique Breast Cancer Awareness Set 2003 Lip Palette, $20
Packed with 10 hues of pout-worthy color, glacé and shimmer, this sleek palette doesn’t just pay lip service to token products for charity. We couldn’t keep our lip brush out of the Black Honey, and at only $20, it’s easily the best bang for your buck to keep your smile bright all season long. Available at http://www.clinique.com and Clinique counters.
Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Compact, Lipstick Traveler and Pin, $15 to $45
Each year, the house of Lauder introduces a new set of Pink Ribbon accessories for October. 2003′s collection features classic crystal ribbon designs on the gift-worthy brushed square gold Translucent Pressed Powder compact ($45) and matching pin ($15). If you’re looking for a new jet-setting companion, the Traveler ($22.50) makes a perfect makeup clutch with a full-sized lipstick in Bois de Rose and a petite Rose Candy nail polish – all in a neat pearly pink bag.
Lilly Pulitzer Silk Scarf, $30
Helen Hunt, Serena Williams, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Michelle Gellar all “get tied to the cause” in Palm Beach print queen Lilly Pulitzer’s silk scarf. Designed in partnership with Ford, the pink-and-lime-green skinny scarf is decked out with cheery butterflies and daisies. It’s an accessory with a deeper-than-normal meaning. Available at Lilly Pulitzer signature stores, Bloomingdale’s stores, http://www.bloomingdales.com or Bloomie’s by Mail.
Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key To the Cure T-Shirt Designed by Stella McCartney, $29
Saks’ new cancer initiative debuted on September 17 with an extravagant kick-off party that attracted celebs like Tobey Maguire, designer Michael Kors, Alan Cumming and Demi Moore (Ashton was nowhere to be seen). Another famous beauty, Nicole Kidman is acting as the department store’s spokesperson and model for the official Key to the Cure t-shirt. Created by fashion megastar Stella McCartney, the white cotton Danskin number is adorned with hearts charms, feathers and a pink key, and is already red hot thanks to shout outs by http://www.style.com and WWD. Available at http://www.saks.com or at Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
Stila Lip Glaze Palette, $38
“Created for the cause,” this pretty iridescent pink compact features 4 all-new shades of fuchsia, baby-pink, mauve and blush pink. The super-moisturizing glosses smell like a mint peppermint patty, and are just as lip-smackingly irresistible. Available at http://www.sephora.com. All your Favorites, All for Charity You don’t have to buy a fleet of pink products to join the fight against breast cancer. Thanks to these makeup houses, your trip to beautyland can benefit both yourself and non-profit organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Aveda All-Sensitive Collection, $7.50-$34
Available at Aveda shops and http://www.aveda.com.
Bobbi Brown Tulle Lip Color and Rose Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss, $18-$19.
Available at Bobbi Brown boutiques and http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com
Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne, Bath Oil or Body Lotion, $45-$100
Available at Jo Malone, 949 Broadway, New York, NY.
Prescriptives Super Line Preventor+, $75
Available at Prescriptives counters and http://www.gloss.com.
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