It is officially October and finally starting to feel like fall— whoopee! Candy, Halloween and Oktoberfest festivities aside, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an issue that affects everyone, and it is becoming all the more prevalent as the years go on. We practically all know someone with breast cancer, know someone who has had it and or lost their battle with it. Whether it was a family member, a friend or even a family member of a friend, the connection is still present.
As college students, it is often difficult to find the time or energy to work for a cause, but the fashion and beauty world makes it easy for you. In fact, you can help from the comfort of the library, your dorm, apartment, the classroom or, if you dare to be different, from your cell phone while on the treadmill at the gym (now how’s that for multi-tasking?).
I know what you’re thinking: This chick is crazy. While that may be true, it really is that simple. Hundreds of brands are partnering with nonprofits, cancer research centers and other organizations to help raise money for the cure. I am going to make it even easier for you by providing you with my top products and lines for the cure. The prices vary, but the amount of money donated from each purchase can do a lot of good. Each year, I try to set a little money aside so that I can buy at least one of these products because if it makes us look good, feel good and goes to a good cause, we have reached the trifecta of perfection when it comes to quality performance.
Coach does an incredible job, because the prices of their products that support the cure range from $58 to $358. With the purchase of any one of these items, 20 percent will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, according to Coach.com.
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is truly a company that understands all types of beauty. Bobbi Brown’s Limited Edition Pink Peony set, according to BobbiBrown.com, is only $45 and $10 of each set purchased will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Avon Cosmetics has a myriad of products whose proceeds are donated to Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and even sold out of their ribbon-encrusted Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in “Pink Power”, according to Avon.com. Avon polish Speed Dry+ Nail Enamel in “Ballerina” is still available and $1 is donated to the cause per bottle sold. The nail polish is on sale for a more-than-affordable $2.99.
Ann Taylor Loft has an entire line of clothing for the cure. The line is adorable, pink and sparkly, and 25 percent of the purchase of every item from the line will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, according to Loft.com. My favorite piece from the collection is a pink sequined mini skirt.
Make a Difference and Peace of Mind is Origins Cosmetics’ key chain and lip-gloss duo that donates $3.50 of each purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, according to Origins.com.
Sonia Kashuk puts out a line of five makeup brushes that come with a clutch. The brushes are pink and the set is only $15.99; I swear by her brushes. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, according to ShapeMagazine.com.
Last on my list is a petal pink bandeau lace bra from Lula Lu Lingerie. Ten percent of each purchase of the bra will be donated to non-profit organization Save the Ta-Tas, according to ShapeMagazine.com. The bra is very demure. It is a regular T-shirt bra with a lace bandeau on top. It would look very cute peeking out under a V-neck tee.
Every purchase makes a difference. It is October and it is breast cancer awareness month; ladies, stand together and buy your beauty products for a cause this month.