By Nakisha Williams
(Erin Williams, Aly Walansky, & Allison O’Rourke also contributed to this story)
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month treat yourself to a gift that keeps on giving with one of these delicious finds from our extensive product guide!
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is back this October after more than 20 years going strong! The statistics of breast cancer remain unsettling: according to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc, more than 211,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in America this year. Full stop. Rewind. More than 211,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in America this year. The good news is many of your favorite beauty companies are helping fight back by donating to organizations that keep women informed about important issues like early breast cancer detection and research to find a cure.
To help do our part we’ve created a virtual round-up of some of the best breast cancer awareness products that you can buy. This way you can treat yourself and, by making the purchase, you are giving to a cause that will likely touch your life in some way. Some items are limited time only and some companies are donating proceeds only throughout this special month…so what are you waiting for? Tickle yourself pink (ribbon that is) and indulge in these amazing products that will not only make you look good, but feel good too.
Alexis Vogel Alexis Eye Makeup Kits: Have an eye for a cause? Look no further! Celebrity makeup artist Alexis Vogel will be donating 15% of the proceeds of these kits to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, during the month of October. This six-piece collection will keep your peepers looking glam on the go with head-turning shades that can transform your look from day to night. Mascara, eyeliner, a make up sponge and more are packaged in this kit that comes in a sleek silver multi-pocket makeup bag. www.alexisstyle.com, www.komen.org.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers: These custom-slanted top tweezers can take out even the most stubborn hairs! This month proceeds from these tweezers with help in the fight to take out breast cancer as well. Net proceeds benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. www.anastasia.net, www.eifoundation.org.
Bobbi Brown Pink Bouquet Shimmer: Bobbi Brown created this exclusive, limited edition shade of shimmery pink lip gloss in a mirrored, flip-compact that comes packaged in a pink carton. Your purchase will help Bobbi Brown donate up to $35 thousand dollars to the cause. www.bobbibrown.com.
Boscia Rose Blotting Linens: Don’t let a make-up mishap get the best of you! Blot away your lipstick, excess face oil, and anything else that gets between you and a flawless face! A proceed from the sale of this product will go to breast cancer research so it’s only fitting that these linens are already packaged in pink. www.boscia.net
Clarins Lip Colour Tint #7: This lip tint will give you a kissable color with a sheer but subtle shine. 15% of the sales from this rosy tint will be donated to the national Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.clarins.com, www.bcrfcure.org.
Dianne Brill Pink Sheer String Lip Gloss: Loaded with more that 20% vitamins and anti-oxidants 20 % this pale pink gloss is great a great pick-me-up for your lips. The company’s donating 20% of proceeds for the month of October to The Libby Ross Foundation. http://www.diannebrill.com, www.thelibbyrossfoundation.com.
DuWop’s Power Kiss: Kiss your limp lips goodbye with DuWop’s Power Kiss! You’ll get your fill of the lip plumping Pink Shimmer Lip Venom along with this cute little carrying case. A portion of the proceeds will be given to Cosmetic Executive Women’s Cancer and Careers, an organization that helps provide inspiration and insight to working women with cancer. www.duwop.com, www.cancerandcareers.org
Kimara Ahnert Lashes for Life: New York make-up artist Kimara Ahnert has partnered with the Pink Ribbon Foundation to offer Lashes For Life, a great way for patients to manage the cosmetic side effects of chemotherapy. A purchase through the foundation covers the wholesale cost of two sets of lashes, instructions and application of the lashes as well as eyebrow maintenance tops. www.kimara.com, www.thepinkribbon.org.
Lorac Perfectly Pink Blush: It’s perfect timing for this perfect blush! Perfect your pretty cheek with this blended pink color that works for all skin types. Proceeds from the sales of this product will benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund. www.loraccosmetics.com, www.natlbcc.org
ModelCo Tan Airbrush in a Can and Colourbox Limited Edition Bronze Trio: Keeping your sun-kisses glow year round with Model Co products is something to feel warm about this month. During October ModelCo will give $1 from every airbrush in a can and $2 from ever bronze trio purchased at Sephora. Tan Airbrush in a Can is the first-ever, personal spray-tan system that goes on as a fine mist leaving you with a smooth even tan. The Colourbox Limited edition Bronze Trio comes complete with 2 natural-looking bronze shades and a shimmer that blend together for a golden glow. www.modelco.com.au, www.abcf.org
Prescriptives Mystick Swivel Stick in Woman: In honor of this special month, Prescriptives has brought back its classic blush formula in a lovely pink. By purchasing this product you will help Prescriptives donate $42,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Tweezerman Pink Ribbon Tweezer: Tweezerman has created this state of the art special edition eyebrow tweezer that will keep your brows plucked to perfection while contributing to a great cause. Tips on this tweezer are hand-filed and perfectly aligned to grab those unwanted hairs. Tweezerman will donate $1.00 from the sale of every tweezer to the local Breast Cancer charities in Long Island. www.tweezerman.com, www.cancercare.com.
Urban Decay Lip Stain, Envious: This vanilla-scented lip stain that will give you just a hit of color while packing your lips with powerful antioxidants including: vitamin E, green tea, chamomile, and biloba extracts – the perfect battle against cold-weather chap. And for every Lip Envy in Envious sold, 15 percent of the selling price will be donated to Boarding for Breast Cancer. You’ll even get a pink ribbon to wear! www.urbandecay.com, www.b4bc.org.
Xen-Tan Tan-to-go Set: Get away from it all this fall, or at least look like you have with Xen-Tan’s Tan-to-go! This set comes in easy-to-travel tubes and includes a dark lotion, tan extender, and body scrub for a natural streak-free color that can last up to 7 days (and only takes 3 hours to develop)! Glow for a good cause: portions of the sales of this product will support The National Breast Cancer Foundation.! www.xen-tan.com, www.nationalbreastcancer.org .
GoSMILE’s limited edition Morning Rush Toothpaste: Infused with essential oils of lemon, lime, orange and mandarin, and peppermint, this toothpaste is sure to send your senses into overdrive! Brighten as you brush, protect against painful sensitivity and cavities and most of all smile for a cure! Proceeds of this product, with the signature pink ribbon printed on it, will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. www.gosmile.com, www.komen.org.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Elizabeth Pink: Elizabeth Hurley’s favorite shade of pink is a great pick when 100% of the net proceeds go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.esteelauder.com, www.bcrfcure.org.
Stila “It” Gloss Trio: Stila’s on the money this month as it continues its annual campaign in the fight against breast cancer. The IT Gloss Trio includes a stunning collection of hues in shades of pink: Enticing (a soft pink), Courageous (a gold pink), and Inspiring (a fuchsia pink) and is only for a limited time only. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.stilacosmetics.com, www.bcrfcure.org.
essie cosmetics pink ribbon nail polish and pink ribbon mini duo: essie is teaming up with The Libby Ross Foundation and donating a percentage of their sales of their pink ribbon nail polish and pink ribbon mini duo to support Breast Cancer Awareness in October. pink ribbon is a shoft pink shade with a touch of shimmer and the duo comes with a pink-tinted crystal nail file. www.essie.com, www.thelibbyrossfoundation.com.
e.l.f. cosmetics Color Therapy Kit: Another kit for a cause – inside the pink beauty bag are a shimmering facial whip, eye quad, lipgloss, lip care, and lip liner all in shades of mauve, and a foundation brush. 20 percent of proceeds go towards the Women’s Information Network Against Breast Cancer (WIN ABC). www.elfcosmetics.com, www.winabc.org.
Pink Go Dutch Clutch
tarte cosmetics Pretty in Pink Collection: tarte is taking October by the horns and is donating 20 percent of the proceeds of any item from the Pretty in Pink Collection to the Young Survival Coalition. The collection is made up of Pink Go Dutch Clutch, Pink Rise & Shine (a plumping lipstain), Jake & Samantha Lipgloss (sheer dark raspberry & pale cotton candy pink), and The Toolbox (eyebrow essentials). For the month of October tarte’s website will also have an online guest columnist to discuss her experience as a breast cancer survivor. www.tartecosmetics.com, www.youngsurvival.org.
Esthetic Plus Velvet Soft Touch Slanted Tweezers with Non-Slip Grip: For the month of October Esthetic Plus is donating a portion of profits from the sales their velvet tweezers in pink to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. The ergonomic grip makes them easy to pull the finest hairs. www.estheticplus.com, www.natlbcc.org
Loli Glimmer & Pink Passion
Bare Escentuals Loli Glimmer and Pink Passion Rose Radiance Collection: For the month of October, Bare Escentuals is launching Loli Glimmer, a limited-edition kelly-shaded shimmery green shadow, all proceeds of which will go to the Cosmetic Executive Women’s Cancer and Careers Project. Bare Escentuals is also supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness month by for a limited time selling their Pink Passion Rose Radiance Collection gift set. All proceeds of this set will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Sold exclusively at Sephora, this set includes a rosy blush, lip gloss, and face brush. www.sephora.com, www.cew.org, www.nationalbreastcancer.org.
Afterglow Cosmetics GLOW Bronzer: Afterglow is donating a large portion of the proceeds from their beautiful bronzer to the Breast Cancer Fund and the Young Survival Coalition. This loose mineral bronzer is aptly named, leaving a sun-kissed glow on skins of all complexions. www.afterglowcosmetics.com, www.youngsurvival.org.
Ramy Beauty Therapy Hot Flash Lipgloss and Shiksa Face Gloss: Hot Flash is a lip plumping and conditioning gloss in a surprisingly wearable hot pink shade. Shiksa Face Gloss is a multipurpose product for eyes, cheeks and lips in a magnificent pink shade that suits every skin tone. Dab a bit over your brow bone to highlight and open up your eyes. The face gloss contains anti-oxidant vitamins A & D, wheat germ oil, and aloe vera to help soothe and moisturize treated skin. The sleek mirrored compact is tiny enough to slip into the smallest of evening bags for touch ups on the go.100% of proceeds from the sale are donated to the Young Survival Coalition. www.ramy.com, www.youngsurvival.org
Ramy Beauty Therapy’s Whipped Liqui-Air Color in Alive: is a light-weight cheek and eye enhancer in a universally flattering color. Light like a powder with the smoothness of a cream, Whipped Liqui-Air Color glides on sheer and blends easily. Afraid of crease lines on your lids? Not an issue here, since this revolutionary makeup dries instantly upon application for a long-lasting wear. Proceeds are donated to Missy’s Mirror, a boutique that benefits cancer patients at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute. www.ramy.com, www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/slhs/com/tci/missy.htm