In case you’ve missed it (which admittedly is very unlikely), October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.
It’s a terrible reality that most of us will already have been connected to breast cancer in some way; a mind-blowing 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
From a beauty point of view, this special month sees many of our favourite brands bring out limited edition products where a percentage of their sale price is donated in support of the cause. It’s a fabulous way to get the message out there and for high-profile brands to use their clout to help raise some serious cash for a very serious issue.
We’ve rounded up our pick of the Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbon adorned limited editions, along with a few of our favourite charitable products. If you’re beauty shopping this month, why not do your bit and make a purchase in support of Breast Cancer Awareness? Just look out for the Pink Ribbon!
1. Invisibobble in Perfectly Pink – £4.00 (BUY HERE)
Our favourite hair ties have turned the perfect shade of pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Proceeds from sales of this special pack will go to Breast Cancer Now, with the Invisibobble brand committing to a guaranteed donation of £20,000.
2. Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne – £85.00 (BUY HERE)
Jo Malone’s Pink Ribbon embellished Red Roses Cologne is our must-have beauty buy this month. Romantic, feminine and modern, this popular fragrance contains a blend of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses, combined with violet and lemon notes. For each Red Roses 100ml Cologne sold throughout October within the UK, Jo Malone London will donate an incredible £20.00 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
3. Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm – £33.00 (BUY HERE)
With a pledge to donate £10,000 to Breast Cancer Care, Elemis has given its Flash Balm a pink makeover. This fabulous, vitamin-packed, radiance balm helps to brighten the complexion and give skin a fresh luminosity, while also helping to fend off early signs of ageing.
4. ghd Platinum Vintage Pink Styler – £165.00 (BUY HERE)
It’s ghd’s fabulous Platinum Styler in a limited edition vintage pink colourway, complete with an on-trend rose gold hinge. The Styler even comes with its own matching carry case. Every sale of this limited edition contributes £10 to Breast Cancer Now, adding to the £9 million that ghd have donated so far.
The Sniffy Wiffy brand isn’t just charitable throughout the month of October, they donate to one of their two chosen charities (Cancer Research UK or Ballboys) with every product sold! The brand’s mission is to increase the number of ladies and gents who know about the signs and symptoms of breast and testicular cancer, and one of the ways they do this is by adding a fabulous self-check illustration to their labels. We love this idea. A lot.
6. Bare Minerals The Power of Pink – £25.00 (BUY HERE)
In support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bare Minerals have partnered with Look Good Feel Better (see item 9). Purchase of this limited-edition Power Of Pink collection during the month of October means the beauty brand will donate 10% of the proceeds to the charity. The 3-piece collection includes Giddy Pink Blush, Clear Radiance All-Over Face Colour and a Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Survivor. This incredible set has a product value of £49.00, but it can be yours for just £25.00!
Aveda’s Hand Relief is an intense and effective moisturiser, perfect to care for hands as the autumn chill sets in. Purchase of this limited edition will see £2.00 go directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
8. Bobbi Brown Breast Cancer Awareness Peony Set – £35.00 (BUY HERE)
This special edition set includes Bobbi’s silky powder blush in Peony and a Mini Face Blender Brush with a pink handle. The floral-hued powder gives the perfect pop of colour for a gorgeous, natural-looking flush – it’s a suit everyone shade! Bobbi Brown will donate £5 from every UK sale of this limited edition set to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
9. Look Good Feel Better The Makeover Brush Set – £24.99 (BUY HERE)
Look Good Feel Better is a wonderful, life-changing charity which helps women combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment. This soft-touch set is suitable for use on sensitive skin and comprises a powder brush, blending brush, detail brush and a finishing brush. As an added bonus, the lovely brushes come complete with their own travel case. 12% of the wholesale price from the sale of each product goes to the Look Good Feel Better charity – the annual donation will be a minimum of £30,000.
10. Evelyn Lauder & Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection – £28.00 (BUY HERE)
Did you know that Estée Lauder’s daughter-in-law, Evelyn Lauder is who we have to thank for the launch of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign and the universally recognised Pink Ribbon symbol? What a woman!
This gorgeous little set is part of the Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection, which was created to honour Evelyn Lauder’s dream of eradicating breast cancer in our lifetime. Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® on purchases of this set up to June 2016. The vibrant pink clutch (with removable strap) houses 3 Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipsticks in Tumultuous Pink, Powerful, and Rebellious Rose.
If you would like details of how to self-examine, or have any concerns for your own health, please click here to find out more about breast cancer and the signs and symptoms you should be looking out for.