Elaine C Smith has recently been on TV in Scotland with a new campaign. Some called it shocking, some hard-hitting, others graphic. But I find the fact that one in nine Scottish women is likely to get breast cancer, much more shocking than an advert with boobs. In Scotland, Breast Cancer is the second biggest killer of females after heart disease and more than than 5,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year. And to help raise funds, you don't have to do much, in fact, you can buy a beauty product and help. That's beacause, this October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beauty brands are helping different breast cancer charities with a plethora of limited edition products. So show your support, get shopping these fab products:
Top of my list is this great product by Origins. It's a limited edition pair of the Make A Difference Rejuvenating hand treatment and the Peace of Mind® On-the-spot relief. The first contains an awesome-sounding bunch of exotic ingredients including the drough-surving plant, The Rose of Jericho which means you can wave au revior to dry, wrinkly, chapped hands with a new pair of replenished paws. The Peace of Mind is all about relaxation and contains key ingredients Basil, Eucalyptus and Peppermint tO help fight stress and fatigue. Massage a few dabs on the back of the neck, temples and earlobes to help banish pressure, tension and ease your troubled mind. So definitely worth getting this pre-Christmas. And all hanging on a handy pink clip which you can attach onto your bag or key ring - genius - and charitiable because £2 from every sale in the UK will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This handy duo only costs £10, and is available from Origins counters nationwide while stocks last.
Estee Lauder is launching a collection in aid of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. At its heart, The Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection is about the lady behind the brand. And it also features the new Pink Ribbon, which includes blue to represent the one per cent of breast cancer cases diagnosed in the US are in fact men. There's four items to chose from and include the Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin, £10, the full amount of which will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Dream Compact, £55, is a pretty pot with the Pink Ribbon design and inside holds the Lucidity Transluscent Pressed Powder. Again, the full RRP of this item goes to charity. The Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection, £25, seen here above, is a lip duo, and the shades, which are the campaign colour of pink, are picked by the two ladies and come in a fab snakeskin clutch. And £5 from each sale in the UK goes to the foundation. And finally, even new product, Perfectionist CP+R, £68, goes pink for the month with a new Pink Ribbon Keychain attached, £10 from each sale in the UK goes to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Buy all these items via Estee Lauder counters or on the website.
My handbag used to be full of about five different lip products; from glosses to lipsticks to balms and stains. That was until the Clinique Chubby Stick. Have you tried one yet? I love the cute crayon design which means application is mess-free, and there’s now 15 different shades, and thanks to the ingredients, it combines the best of a lip stick with a balm. And for October, Clinique has come up with a new shade specially for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a pretty pink – of course – call Plumped Up Pink and comes with a lovely carrying pouch complete with heart charm and pink ribbon. Costing the usual £16, it’s limited edition and £2 from each sale will go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation– that’s £1 from Clinique and £1 from Boots or Selfridges so head to your closest store and get shopping.
My hands are always pretty dry but heading into the colder months this can be a real problem. I’m currently using The Hand Treatment by Crème de la Mer and have found it good. The formula is pretty rich but it doesn’t sit on the skin and is quickly soaked up. Although this could be an indication of just how dry the skin is. At £65 it’s not going to fit everyone’s budget, but this month, the brand is donating a hefty chunk to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This means £13 from every sale of this product will go to the charity in the UK. Buy via Crème de la Mer counters or via website.
On the makeup front, Bobbi Brown is doing a cute limited edition set of the Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzer and Mini Face Blender Brush. Costing £35 for the pair, Bobbi Brown will donate £5 from the sale of this limited edition set to the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Available from 1st October 2012 at Bobbi Brown studios nationwide and at www.bobbibrown.co.uk while stocks last.
Not forgetting hair, Paul Mitchell is supporting the Pink Ribbon Foundation with some limited editions of the brand's best-sellers which have all been turned pink for the month, including the Super Skinny Serum. For a list of products, head to the Salon Success website.
Paint your pinkie pink with Nails Inc. It's got a sparkling shade out for this month called Pinkie Pink Nail Polish, £11, and £1 from each sale will go to Breast Cancer Campaign. The company is also running a pinkie photo competition to help raise awareness so to find out how to get involved, and to buy a bottle of the glittering pink polish, head to the Nails Inc website.
When it comes to breast cancer, be breast aware; find out and check for symptoms. Charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer suggests three stages: TOUCH; LOOK; CHECK. Or TLC. For more info, on what to do, how to help, head to the website.
Instead of raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, my list would go something like cleansers and toners, mascaras and glosses. Not quite as lyrical I grant you, then again, I'm not Oscar Hammerstein. No, I'm Sarah Tolan, blogger and journalist and when it comes to my favourite things, it's all about beauty products. I also love blogging so I decided to set up, Scottish Beauty Blog, where I - and you - could combine the two to bring you the latest beauty news, all with a Scottish slant that is more subtle than being och aye the noo and tartan clad treats. Thanks for stopping by and there's more info in the about us section.
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