It's already October, which happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual awareness-raising month is so important to be talking about, as it is the most common cancer in women, according to the CDC. In 2012, 224,147 women were diagnosed with the disease. With breast cancer being such an epidemic, this obviously leads me to talk about the importance of both awareness raising and fundraising for research to find a cure.
If you love fashion and beauty, this turns out to be a win-win situation. There are numerous beauty brands and fashion lines that donate a portion of their proceeds during the month of October to breast cancer research, which means you can shop and help to support the cause simultaneously. I'm all about using my dollars for good, especially with a cause like this that affects so many women every single day. Hey, if you're going to shop, shouldn't you try to make your purchases go as far as they can to do good in the world?
If you share this philosophy, check out these 13 places to shop in October that will help to raise money for breast cancer research and charities.
1. Blaine Bowen
The jewelry line Blaine Bowen will donate 30 percent of it's proceeds to the Pink Ribbons Project this October, which is a Houston based organization that provides women with necessary breast cancer health services, like mammograms, health summits, and breast prothesis. Definitely shop the amazing collections on Blaine Bowen's website; their delicate and bohemian selections are perfect for almost every girl.
2. Stella & Dot
Rosegold Resilience Cuff, $34, stelladot.com
Stella & Dot is donating 100 percent of the profits from it's Breast Cancer Boutique to support breast cancer research through the Noreen Fraser Foundation. Any company that is willing to forgo all profits in order to support an important cause is a winner in my book. Check out their collection filled with amazing, inspirational pieces, like the HOPE necklace pictured above.
3. Coco Loves Rome
Jewelry company Coco Loves Rome is offering 25 percent of their proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the month of October. If your personal style airs on the side of European chic, you'll love the offerings from this collection.
Shoe Dazzle Esmerelda bootie and Longton Handbag, $49.95, shoedazzle.com
The shoe subscription service company ShoeDazzle is offering a shoe and handbag option that has 100 percent of proceeds going towards The Susan G. Komen Foundation. This bootie and bag are so elegant and in my favorite shade of bubble gum pink that's perfect for any season.
Sparkle Ear Cuffs, $39.50, loft.com
Retailer LOFT has designed an exclusive collection being sold to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Seventy percent of the purchase price will be donated to the BCRF now through mid-November, so you've got plenty of time to get in on buying pieces from LOFT that will help to raise money for breast cancer research.
6. Esteé Lauder
Modern Muse Solid Perfume Keychain, $49.50, esteelauder.com
Esteemed cosmetic brand Esteé Lauder is selling this solid perfume keychain now through the end of October to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. One hundred percent of your $49.95 will go to benefit BCRF, so if you're planning to donate directly, you may as well buy this keychain instead!
7. Ralph Lauren
Pink Pony Modern Romance, $96.00, ralphlauren.com
If you want to purchase some new perfume this October that will also benefit breast cancer research, check out this limited edition of Ralph Lauren's Midnight Romance. "100 percent of the profits from the sale of this limited-edition women's fragrance will be donated to support the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation," they say on the website.
8. La Métier de Beauté
The Stephanie BCA Kalediscope, $95, northparkercenter.com
The luxury beauty line has created the Stephanie BCA Kalediscope countering palette for Breast Cancer Awareness Month that is named after a former Neiman Marcus employee who was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. Thirty percent of proceeds from the same of this palette will go towards benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
9. Bobbi Brown
Peony Set, $50, bobbibrown.com
Bobbi Brown is also getting in on supporting breast cancer charities, as they've created the Breast Cancer Awareness Peony Set that donates $12 from every purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The set comes with the brush and the blush, making it a pretty sweet deal.
Aerie Bright Pink Bralette, $24.95, aerie.com
As if you needed another reason to snatch up this perfect pink bralette, 100 percent of the proceeds support Bright Pink, a non-profit dedicated to prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.
Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Pack, $6.59, evolutionofsmooth.com
One hundred percent of the proceeds from this two pack of yummy balms goes towards breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
12. Forever 21
Heathered Strength Sports Bra, $12.90, forever21.com
For every one of these cool sports bras (and a selection of other rad items) sold, Forever 21 will donate a dollar to The Keep A Breast Foundation to help educate about breast cancer prevention.
Breast Cancer Awareness 4-Pack, $12.99, nuggbeauty.com
What could be better than a four pack of single serving face masks? A four pack of single serving face masks that gives $2 to Cancer and Careers, an organization dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, of course.
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