Friday, October 4, 2013

Pink Products Parade: A Procession of Inspirations & Donations Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Photo by David Shankbone
Giuliana Rancic beat early stages of breast cancer with a  lumpectomy followed by radiation, and then eventually a 
double mastectomy.

Cue the marching bands, floats and balloons--and join the pink parade! October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which allows hope, healing and health to take top priority in the hearts and minds of people around the world. The observance also helps raise funds for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and finding a cure. 

Nearly 250,000 women receive the diagnosis each year. However, thanks to early detection and better treatment options, breast cancer death rates have dropped by 34% in the United States since 1990, according to the American Cancer Society. In fact, almost 3 million survivors currently live and thrive in this country.  

Mammography continues to play a major role in the fight against breast cancer. Celebrities such as Giuliana Rancic, Christina Applegate, Cynthia Nixon and Sheryl Crow discovered the disease during routine mammograms. Others, such as Melissa Etheridge, found symptoms through self-examination--a screening tool which can detect small lumps, and changes in tissue or the size or shape of the breast.

The beauty industry stands strong each year to raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer. During the month of October, a variety of manufacturers donate a portion of their proceeds from skincare, hair, nail and lash products to worthy organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Huntsman Cancer Institute and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Take a look-see at our favorites below.

We also salute the survivors and supporters who keep hope alive during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tell us how you plan to celebrate with the special women in your life. We'd love to hear your comments!

INSPIRATIONS: CELEBRITY BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS

Photo by Ronald Kennedy
Cynthia Nixon

Photo by Georges Biard
Kylie Minogue

Sheryl Crow

Photo by Capital M
Christina Applegate

Photo by Craig O'Neal
Melissa Etheridge

DONATIONS: BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT RAISE FUNDS & AWARENESS


SHINE: Conair The Power of Pink Ionic Styler. BEAUTY: Ionic technology helps fight frizz, and restore shine, manageability and styling ease. BEACON: During the month of October, a minimum of $100,000 will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation based on the sale of this product and others.  


SHINE: Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquer (Strawberry Macaron). BEAUTY: As one of the few vegan lacquers on the market, this light pink cream dries quickly and provides a sweet treat for your tips. BEACON: During the month of October, 10% of the proceeds from this polish will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


SHINE: Fleur's Rose-Jasmine Shower Gel. BEAUTY: Moroccan rose petal extract and jasmine floral water help turn your cleansing ritual into an aromatherapeutic adventure. BEACON: For every $100 spent on Rose-Jasmine products, you receive a complimentary mini sample of Rose-Jasmine Moisturizing Body Milk and a Susan G. Komen for the Cure "Steps to Breast Self-Examination" card. During the month of October, a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.


SHINE: Gingi Breast Firming Masks. BEAUTY: Lift your breasts and soften your skin with rose water and hyaluronic acid. BEACON: During the month of October, 10% of the sales from these masks will be donated to the Los Angeles chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


SHINE: Mama Mio Boob Tube Bust & Neck Firmer. BEAUTY: Shea butter, and avocado, olive and sweet almond oils help your chest, neck and bust resist the pull of gravity by heightening the tone and texture of your skin. BEACON: During the month of October, $1 of every bottle sold on the company's website will be donated to Look Good...Feel Better.


SHINE: Murad Hydrate for Hope Set (hot pink cosmetics bag and Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture). BEAUTY: Boost your skin's resilience and softness with shea butter, and sunflower seed, olive fruit and avocado oils. BEACON: During the month of October, 10% of the sales from this set sold to retailers will be donated to the City of Hope.


SHINE: NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device (Petal Pink). BEAUTY: Known as the five-minute face-lift, this device from the Pink for a Cause collection utilizes soft wave microcurrent technology to firm skin tone, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. BEACON: For the month of October, 10% of the sales from the Pink for a Cause collection sold on the company's website will be donated to Look Good...Feel Better.


SHINE: Phytoceane Sculpt'Intense. BEAUTY: Smooth cellulite and firm sagging skin with maritime pine bark and pink peppercorn extracts, red and brown algae, and sunflower seed oil. BEACON: For every $100 spent on Phytoceane body products, you receive a complimentary mini sample of Softening Moisturizing Body Lotion and a Susan G. Komen for the Cure "Steps to Breast Self-Examination" card. During the month of October, a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.


SHINE: Phytomer Rosée Visage. BEAUTY: This alcohol-free lotion removes makeup and tones skin without leaving a greasy feeling. BEACON: For every $100 spent on pink products, such as Rosée Visage (pictured above), Toning Bust and Decollete Parfait, you receive a complimentary mini sample of Moisturizing Body Milk and a Susan G. Komen for the Cure "Steps to Breast Self-Examination" card. During the month of October, a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  


SHINE: RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum. BEAUTY: Apply this serum to the base of the upper eyelashes using the applicator brush once a day to create a more lush and youthful looking appearance. BEACON: During the month of October, 5% of the proceeds from this serum will be donated to the American Cancer Society.


SHINE: Sanitas Skincare Cleanse for the Cure Kit (Milk & Honey Cleanser and Rose Facial Scrub). BEAUTY: Refresh and replenish moisture-deprived skin with jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid. BEACON: During the month of October, 10% of the proceeds from this kit will be donated to Spa4ThePink.

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