It's October, and that means it's time to think pink. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, our worlds will be colored pink with beauty products, potions, and wearable pieces that serve as a reminder that breast cancer is a disease still claims the lives of millions of women and that we need to keep fighting to find that elusive cure. Every month is BCA month for survivors and their families.
In honor of the official BCA month, I've rounded up 20 products that will beautify your life, while aiding the cause. The brands behind these products, ranging from pink gloss to hot pink bras to baseball caps to face creams, donate a portion of the proceeds to a variety of BCA charities and research. So you enjoy retail therapy and pampering products while helping others.
How good does that make you feel?
Also, while I have you here, be sure and bookmark CureDiva: The site offers personalized lifestyle solutions and an online shop for women facing breast cancer created by survivors Efrat Roman and Tovi Riegler. It's an excellent resource for cancer fighters to find safe products at every breast cancer stage. Additionally and equally as important are the testimonials, first-hand recommendations, and support provided other survivors. The site's mission is to help women see their beauty identity that may have been lost because of treatment all the while providing "I've been there support."
1. Save Your Sinuses
Earth Therapeutics Anti-Stress Sinus Pillow is a miracle. It's soft, plush, pink, and can be microwaved — yes, nuked — to soothe tension headaches. It can be cooled to soothe puffy eyes, too. ($15, ulta.com)
2. A High Pony Hat
A high pony is always chic, even when tucked into a baseball cap. Hytail's Ponytail Hats, which come in BCA pink and white, with the signature pink ribbon on the front, eliminate the need for elastic ties and they hold hair high and off your neck. It's all about fashion and function. ($19.99, adactivewear.com)
3. Socks That Moisturize
Earth Therapeutics also offers super soft moisture socks. Winter is coming and it causes havoc on dry, cracked heels. These aloe vera and Vitamin E-infused babies will make parched feet a thing of the past. Plus, you can extend your pedi since I know you don't go every two weeks once sandal weather is in the rear view. ($12, ulta.com)
4. Fall in Love With Love Premium Denim Jeans
Tired of battling your... jeans? Well, Love Premium Denim, a luxury denim brand which donates a portion of proceeds to The CURE Foundation all year round, named each style of their stretchy lycra jeans after a survivor. They are stretchy but not shapeless and hold their silhouette through an entire day of wear, and give your butt some serious lift. (Prices vary, lovepremiumdenim.com)
5. Hot Pink Bra
Coobie Seamless Bras are pretty amazing. As a full D, I was skeptical about the one-size-fits-all claims, but I wore one all day for two days and it held me up. The brand donates 10 percent of sales of pink bras to the NBCF (National Breast Cancer Foundation). Plus, they're comfy, supportive, and delicate bras for anyone that has undergone reconstructive breast augmentation after a medically necessary surgery. (Prices vary, shopcoobie.com)
6. Pink Makeup Brushes Designed By A Survivor
Makeup artist Sonia Kashuk is a survivor who wants to empower women by fighting breast cancer in a beautiful way. The redesigned Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set brushes boast black fibers and pink and black handles. The set is available all year, so can we get a "Yay!" on that? Also, 15 percent of the proceeds benefit BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation). You have a busy life and these travel well, in addition to being adorbs. ($15.99, target.com)
7. Curls For A Cause
The perfect curl is hard to achieve. But you can get just that with Conair's Infiniti Pro Curl Secret. The hot pink machine, which locks hair in a curl chamber, is limited edition and the company has pledged to donate $100,000 to BCRF this year, no matter what they sell. Big ups to the brand for that. Even better, the packaging will contain educational messaging, helping BCRF raise awareness, too. ($99.99 at drugstores)
8. Pink Lip Gloss
Pink lip gloss is a popular BCA item, but Shiseido's Dollface Lacquer Rouge has the most concentrated color of them all. It's more of a liquid lipstick with a wet look than a true, sheer gloss. The cotton candy pink shade pairs well with cat eye liner and even nerdy black glasses... at least, that's how I wore it. Shiseido supports Cosmetic Executive Women with this lip product, so it will donate $5 per every sale for working people living with cancer. ($25, www.shiseido.com)
9. Day And Night Cream
Avon's Anew Vitale Day and Night Creams are available only in October and will help you get your glow on, while you help BCA causes. ($28, avon.com)
10. Hand Cream
AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream is witch hazel-infused and, like, beyond rich, quenching thirsty and parched cuticles. Plus, it smells like baby lotion. Mmm. This month, the brand will donate 10 percent of proceeds of the special, double-sized version to the NBCF. ($23, AHAVAUS.com)
11. Semper Fi!
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is uber luxe, claims to reduce wrinkle depth, and provides lots and lots of moisture. The brand will donate $16,000 of the proceeds in October to Breast Cancer Care. ($189, TimetoSpa.com)
12. 15 Days To Better Skin
StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks has been revamped and promises to improve skin and to reduce wrinkle depth in 15 days. "I like wrinkles," said no one ever, so you may as well try it, since the company is donating a dollar to BCRF for ever 1 oz. jar sold. ($39, ulta.com)
13. A Rose By Any Other Name
Agraria's Petite Essence Diffuser in Cedar Rose comes with a pretty flower and a lovely, lovely scent. The brand will donate 35 percent of proceeds from all Cedar Rose purchases on its website to BCRF. ($50, agariahome.com)
14. Even Marc Jacobs Supports BCA In A Sweet Way
The fabulous Marc Jacobs supports breast cancer awareness, with this limited edition bottle of his classic Honey fragrance. The designer is donating $3 per bottle of the warm and fruity scent to NBCF. ($76, macys.com)
15. Curl For A Cure
OMG, how can you not love Ouidad's limited edition, clip-in, and synthetic Pink Curl Extension? The brand, founded by a breast cancer survivor, will donate all of the purchase price to the BCRF through its Curls For A Cure program. It's a fresh way to show show support and stand out, even if you have straight, dark brown hair like me. ($10, Ouidad.com )
16. Customized Pink Polish
I love a nail polish in a fab color that I can christen with a moniker. Pretty Please Nail Polishes encourages the spread of awareness in unique way, since it allows customers to name their pink polish with BCA-educational phrases like "Think Pink!" or "Pink Is the New Black." ($10, prettypleasenailpolish.com)
17. A BCA Resale Boutique? Oh Yes!
Want to donate to breast cancer research, while shopping designer labels at a decent discount? Of course you do, so you can look good and feel better with Fashion Project. Nab gently used, high-end pieces in the site's specially curated BCA boutique. There are 300 items to thumb through, from DvF to Donna Karan to Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana.
18. Stamp It Out
Three Designing Women will be donating all of sales from their pink ribbon self-inking stamp this October to the Pink Daisy Project, a non-profit organization which provides both care and comfort to young women facing breast cancer treatment. If you are not iEverything in your life, and still like to send notes, use personalized stationery, and design recipe cards, these customized stamps can feature your name, a favorite quote like "Positively Pink, " and more. (threedesigningwomen.com)
19. Pink Scarf
It's fall, so protect your neck from the chilly autumn air with a vineyard vines pink scarf. The brand will donate 30 percent of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Alliance. ($98, vineyardvines.com)
20. Nail It
Maker of custom Ryan Gosling nail wraps, Inni, wasn't going to let BCA month go by unnoticed and unsupported! The signature pink ribbon wraps are adorbs. Head over to the site to donate and get your wraps. ($5, inni.com)
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