Keep thinking pink for October

For a while I wasn’t on the bandwagon for BCA products. I had very mixed feelings about companies that seemed to exploit the movement to sell. But that’s changed over the years as more people that I know have suffered with cancer of all types. I now believe that if we are going to buy something then it’s best to be able to contribute to cancer causes at the same time.

Theraband Kinesiology Tape, Wink Eyebrow/Eyelash Enhancer, Angelo David Pink Wet & Dry Brush

Theraband Kinesiology Tape, Wink Eyebrow/Eyelash Enhancer, Angelo David Pink Wet & Dry Brush

Two products that I was sent recently have come in very handy and donate to worthwhile causes. Theraband Kinesiology Tape came at a great time for the extra pains I’ve had associated with my broken foot plus pulled muscles from my fall. And Angelo David’s Pink Wet-&-Dry Brush has helped cheer me up when I’m feeling down. Both donate to breast cancer charities that I admire.

Theraband Kinesiology Tape

Theraband Kinesiology Tape

Let’s start with the helpful – Theraband Kinesiology Tape. If you’ve ever been to any rehab you’ll be family with Theraband since almost all use the original Therabands for exercise purposes. They are heavy rubber bands of different sizes and thickness that are used for stretching. Therabrand also makes different kinds of tapes for pain relief and muscle support. Unlike braces and other athletic tape, this one won’t restrict and actually encourages active muscle movement. XactStretch indicators show you exactly how much you should stretch the tape to make it effective, just like the professionals do.

TheraBand Pink Kinesiology Tape

TheraBand Pink Kinesiology Tape

The Kinesiology Tape comes in a roll with Pre-Cut Tapes that can be stretched to fit the area you need relief. Some ideas for use are Achilles, Ankle/Swelling, Knee, Lumbar, Neck, Postural Correction, Quad & Patellar, Shoulder, Star Pattern (Lower Back). I pulled a muscle in the back of my knee on one leg and scraped up my knee on the other and used this for my relief. Not sure how my husband will feel about this pretty bright pink and white shade but he really needs this.

Theraband Kinesiology Tape

Theraband Kinesiology Tape

Therabrand is donating 50 cents from each purchase of this pink and white one to PinkLink, a social community for survivors of breast cancer. While the amount isn’t that high and I wish it were more, it does add up quickly to help. pink-linkAngelo David is a brand I’m sure you’ve heard about since he’s a famous NYC hairdresser with salons of his own. To help with cancer research they are donating $4 of the proceeds from their Pink Wet-&-Dry Hair Brush to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Angelo David Pink Wet + Dry Brush

Angelo David Pink Wet + Dry Brush

 

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe. For more information on SWCRF, visit: www.waxmancancer.org

I will never use anything else on my wet hair than a Wet & Dry Brush. I avoid snarls, tears, split ends, and frizz when I use a Wet & Dry Brush and you will too. What’s better than a soft pink one too? Might as well have a pretty brush to make your hair as pretty as possible.

Angelo David Pink Wet + Dry Brush

Angelo David Pink Wet + Dry Brush

The Angelo David brush is very well made. It’s lightweight but gets through all snarls with ease. At first I thought of using it on my 3 year old but I decided to be selfish and use it myself. Feeling down about my fall, I love having this pink brush to make me look and feel better.

I can’t help but put in a plug for WINK #PinkWink while I’m writing.

WINK Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancer #PinkWink

WINK Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancer #PinkWink

WINK EYELASH & EYEBROW ENHANCER has helped me tremendously with my eyebrows. I not only love the product but the cause that they donate to is magnificent. For every Pink Wink sold one will be donated to a cancer warrior (my review HERE).

There’s only a few days left in October to help with these donations so don’t hesitate. All three items are ones you should consider because you’ll love them and others will love you for caring.  —  Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

HeadBlade ATX – the best gift for BCA you’d never know about

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

Shave for a Cure is the slogan for this amazing HeadBlade ATX-Pink razor. I’m in awe with it’s cuteness and the incredible cause it was made for. I’m in awe in general with this company that sent me the ATX-Pink but has many other colors available. I’ll tell you right now, it would make a unique stocking stuffer for both men and women.

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, HeadBlade created a limited edition pink version with 30% of the proceeds for October to be donated to Bright Pink. Bright Pink is a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in your women. Their mission is to save lives and empower women proactively at a young age. Founded in 2007, Bright Pink strives to reach 52 million women in the US between the ages of 18 and 45 with life saving education.

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

Why do you want the ATX-Pink besides the fact that it has such a mighty mission?

🙂  It provides a great shave for heads, legs and body. ATX stands for All-Terrain so that makes sense!

🙂  It has a distinctive finger ring and suspension that allows for easy shaving and added stability. It’s great to use in the bath/shower.

🙂  The blade is suspended in the back by a unique spring-action device to reduce nicks and cuts.

🙂  The actual shaving head has a multi-blade technology that features a flow-through design for easy and efficient cleaning.

This is the HB4 edition, there is also a HB6 version.

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

atx-pink-directions

HeadBlade is an interesting company with many shaving products. I’m sure I’d never have learned about them if I hadn’t wanted to promote their Shave for a Cure cause but now that I know about HeadBlade I think it’s going to help in gift giving. They sell individual razors in a variety of colors, blades, shaving creams, and complete sets. For ATX-Pink the set includes ATX LE Pink HeadBlade, one HB4 refill kit, and one 5 oz. bottle of our award winning HeadSlick shave cream.

HeadBlade's ATX-Pink set

HeadBlade’s ATX-Pink set

I hope you’ll consider this over the next week to help contribute to Bright Pink and get a great shaving tool. The razor alone (in any color) is $15 while the kit is $29.97. Razor refills are $9.97 for 4 blades and the adaptor. Imagine the surprise when someone finds this in their stocking or as a gift. We are always looking for items that our friends and family don’t already have and this is THAT gift. Help yourself look smoother while helping others in their quest for health.  —  Marcia

p.s. Even men like pink but there are many colors to choose from.

p.p.s. Obviously this needs to be kept away from young children.

photographs are not color correct

*sent for consideration

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It’s Sunday, are you ready to scoop up the giveaways? 10/18/15

autumn leaves backgroundBEAUTY INFO ZONE GIVEAWAYS

10/21  KISS AND BROADWAY NAILS –  4 winners, US

10/23  GOODEBOX –  1 US winner

10/29  NORVELL SELF TANNING MOUSSE –  US, 1 winner

Winner’s Circle –  Congratulations to Ashley P and Virginia R on their ERA Ageless Sampler Kit win and to Chrissy for her Norvell win.

We’ve got a new giveaway next week so be sure to visit often.

BEAUTY GIVEAWAYS ACROSS THE WEB

10/18  My Subscription Addiction –  LE Birchbox, US

10/18  Sassy Little Nails  –  2 winners, Moyou Stamping Plates, international

10/18  Beauty Care Choices –  products from Joico, Kiss, Redken, Jane Iredale, US

10/18  XOXO Rebecca  –  Personalized Bottle of Amazingly Beautiful AM Moisturizer;  US, Canada, Europe, Australia

10/19  The Feminine Files  –  Ahava Smoothing Body Exfoliator, US

10/19  Perilously Pale  –  Canada only, Avene Hydrance Optimale Skincare Set

10/19  I Know All the Words –  $250 of Bio Seaweed Gel nail products, US and Canada

10/19  Sweet Jelly Bean –  Kiss Halloween nails and products, US

10/19  The RAEviewer –  T3 Single Pass2 Straightening and Styling Iron

My Style Spot  –  $350 Beauty Basket, instagram

Tweezerman –  an Apple iPad mini grand prize, 35 pairs of engraved slanted tip tweezers for other winners

The RAEviewer –  Asian skincare and cosmetics, international

10/20  Beauty4Free2U –  Sleek makeup i-Divine Eyeshadow palette, 3 True Color lipsticks, 2 Eau La La eye pencils and the Creme to powder blush in the color Carnation,  international

10/20  C’est La Nicky  –  October Itsy Glam Bag

10/20  The Beauty Closet –  several giveaways on the same page including a $25 Sephora g.c. and Manuka Secrets Cleanser

10/21  Find Subscription Boxes – Fall 2015 FabFitFun VIP Box, US

10/21  A Girl’s Gotta Spa  –  A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion, Body Wash and Salt Scrub,  US

10/21  Making Up the Midwest –  cosmetics from UD, Lorac, ecotools, ELF, butter london, colour pop, IT cosmetics and more

10/21  Money Can Buy Lipstick –  MAC Vamplify in Modern Drama, international

10/21  Stowaway Cosmetics –  prizes from AHA Life, Mouth, Oak 73, Stowaway and Elite Daily

10/21  Resolve Blog –  Beauty Grab Bag, US

10/21  British Beauty Blogger  –  5 winners, L’Occitane Advent Calendar, UK

10/21  Suze Likes  –  Decodelire cat makeup bag & earrings and a L’Occitane Weekend en Provence pouch, international

10/22  This is my Happiness –  3 winners, Stowaway cosmetics, US

10/22  Shop With Me Mama –  Vitabath Orchid Intrigue™ Contemporary Gift Set, US

10/23  A Girl’s Gotta Spa  –  PRIIA Minerale makeup (gloss, foundation, powder in your choice of shade, brush), US

10/23  Grow It Girl  –  Aveeno Positively Radiant products, US

10/23  Party Plan Divas –  Aloe Heat Lotion from Forever Living Products, US

10/23  Influence Central  –  Aveeno Positively Radiant products, US

10/23  Suze Likes  – French bio beauty package with two bars of soap, shower gel, hand cream and an eye shadow palette international

10/23  Project Motherhood –  Emile M handbag and skincare products plus more, US

10/24  Beauty Stat  –  Philosophy ultimate miracle worker day cream, eye cream and night cream

10/24  Pawsitive Living –  OPI Hawaiian collection, US and Canada

10/24  Beauty Queen UK  –  theBalm Nude Tude eyeshadow palette, international

10/24  Fab Over Fifty –  Adore Cosmetics Skincare giveaway, US

10/25  Love Maegan –  3 sizes of Coach purses and 7 products from Eyeko London, Crest, L’Occitane, plus a PINCH Mini Emergency kit, US

10/25  Suze Likes  –  Bio Beauty Products, international

10/25  I Know All the Words –  Canada only, 3 Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy products

10/25  The Feminine Files –  2 winners, Choice of PureCeuticals Pumpkin Enzyme Cleanser OR Multi Enzyme Pumpkin Peel

10/25  Dorky Deals –  2 winners, variety of skincare items plus other items, US

10/25  Suze Likes –  L’Occitane Gift Box, international

10/26  Daydreaming Beauty  –  Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel, US

10/26  Blushing Noir –  MAC products from the Toledo collection, eyeshadow palette and blush

10/26  Nuts 4 Stuff –  Touch in Sol cosmetic line (mascara, eyeliner, brow products, lip & cheek tint), US

10/26  Chat with Vera –  Remedy Nutrition shampoo, conditioner and salt scrub, US

10/26  Pretty Thrifty –  Smashbox  On The Rocks Be Legendary Lipgloss Set, US

10/26  Forever Dreamin –  Leona Made Organic Body Butter Kit, US

10/26  Real Techniques –  the entire Real Techniques line including the Bold Metal brushes and a year supply of Miracle Complexion Sponges,  US and UK

10/266 Suze Likes –  filled L’Occitane suitcase, international

Harvey Prince October giveaway  –  5 different prizes ($500 each) from Harvey Prince fragrances, Starlooks cosmetics, Allison’s Gourmet, Jill Milan handbags, GREENOLA STYLE is an ethical handmade accessories brand

Vita Liberta October  –  $2000 Beauty Haul from QVC, follow QVC on instagram and tag @VitaLiberata to win, US

GREAT GIVEAWAYS TO CONSIDER

Mrs Prindables –  several winners of a Mrs Prindables apple (yum)

10/20  The Bragging Mommy –  8 oz Variety pack of Carolina Castile Soap

10/21  Makeup Fun –  Kawaii products from Japan & Korea, international

10/23  Slashed Beauty –  Colgate Optic White Regimen products, US

10/23  The College Prepster  –  $100 to Pinch provisions for Minimergency kits and accessories, US (these kits are fabulous!!)

10/24  Jen’s Blah Blah Blog –  Coach handbag, international

10/25  Travel Fashion Girl  –  Pack Gear Organizer, US

10/25  Style Chameleon –  Mystery bag, international

10/26  Lynne Gabriel –  Leopard Tory Burch tote, wallet, shoulder bag and an iPad Mini

MONEY AND G.C.

10/19  Why I do de Claire –  $40 to CaseApp for a new iPhone case

OCTOBER AND BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH –  While we don’t feature a lot of BCA products we do support you buying them. There’s a lot of controversy over this subject because of “pinkwashing” but one company that we has always been in the forefront of this cause is the Estee Lauder company. Way before other brands brought out their pink items, Estee Lauder and her subsidiaries have donated percentages of sales.  One of the reasons we love them is that this isn’t an October thing, they donate through the year. Here’s a message from them that we hope you’ll read and support too:

“The theme for The 2015 BCA Campaign is “Every Action Counts. What’s Yours?”, which recognizes all actions, big or small, that people around the world are taking in the fight against breast cancer. For every action submitted on BCAcampaign.com or unique post on Instagram or Twitter with #BCAstrength between October 1, 2015 and World Cancer Day on February 4, 2016, The Estée Lauder Companies will donate $25 to fund a half-hour of breast cancer research through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), with the goal of funding up to 500 research hours ($25,000). This is just one part of our global fundraising efforts to raise $6 million in support of breast cancer research, education and medical services this year.”

BCA Limited Edition products from Coach, Smashbox, and Origins

BCA LE products lips and fragranceReviewing and writing about all these wonderful limited edition BCA products reminded me I was overdue for a mammogram.  I should have gone in August, but you know how life sometimes flies by. Suddenly the influx of favorite products that help stamp out breast cancer in one way or another made me pick up the phone and make an appointment.

I was surprised when my doctor called the day after I went through the tiny slice of hell that is ‘the mammogram’.  Based on my family history and personal health, I have a very low chance of breast cancer.  But for the first time, my mammogram results weren’t great.  They show there is an issue and I have to go back for more tests.

The reason I am getting so personal today is because I want to emphasize that ANYTHING that gets you to your yearly mammogram appointment is worth it.  I love cosmetics, I pay attention to cosmetics, so I thank every single company that promotes awareness or supports research.  That ten minute boob-squishing-torture just may save my life…and yours too.  Make your mammogram appointment today.

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Here are some of my favorite BCA Limited Edition products sent to us by Estee Lauder companies.

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins Berry Splash swatch

Origins Berry Splash swatch

ORIGINS Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Berry Splash ($17): I have been a huge fan of this lip balm forever. It has terrific slip and makes my lips soft and hydrated.  Ingredients like Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil make this major hydration.

Berry Splash is a flattering shimmery medium pink that makes lips look especially lush.  And Origins is donating $3.50 from each one purchased to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

A very jaunty looking Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

A very jaunty looking Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

COACH Poppy Wildflower Perfume ($68):  This is some of the cutest packaging ever.  Coach Poppy Wildflower just came out this past summer.  The rounded glass bottle is topped with a suede ‘posse’ reminiscent of a beautiful poppy.  This is a fragrance for those who like things a little spicy, with notes of bergamot, pink pepper, freesia, mandarin, jasmine, patchouli, violet, and a hint of vanilla.  I don’t normally go for spicy florals, but this one is super sexy and is a perfect autumn fragrance.

20% of proceeds goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Smashbox BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise swatch

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise swatch

SMASHBOX Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise ($20):  I adore Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss and I have several shades in constant rotation.  This lip gloss is hydrating, silky, and long-lasting.  The Promise shade, created just for Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, is a soft pink tint with hot pink shimmer.  The formula is incredibly moisturizing and silky, and it lasts longer than any other typical lip gloss I have tried.    It keeps its shine and has a great slip without any stickiness whatsoever. 

$5 from your purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.

Remember, these are all limited edition products so get yours now before they sell out.  Restock your favorites or try some new things while supporting breast cancer awareness and research.  And if you haven’t gotten your yearly mammogram yet…PLEASE schedule it now.  You are worth it!  – Lisa

*  sent for editorial consideration by the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. Learn more at  www.bcacampaign.com. Join the conversation: @BCAcampaign / #BCAstrength.

Products that aid in our fight to stamp out breast cancer

As everyone knows October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink surrounds us whenever we shop, whether online or in person. There are so many cosmetic companies that donate to a variety of charities that it’s hard to keep up with them all. Some companies, like the Estee Lauder corporation, give year round and generously. They even have their own foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, that sponsors initiatives in women’s fights against this disease. Lisa has written several articles about the wonderful products you can purchase that will donate portions to this fight. Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss collection, and products from La Mer, Aveda, and bumble & bumble are among the Estee Lauder products that support the fight.

Some of the items I’ve come across in my internet reading that I’d be interested in are listed here.

JUARA is one of the companies that will be donating 10% of October sales to Cancer and Careers, a program of the CEW Foundation, empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.  Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer through a comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminar. Founded by four socially-conscious women, JUARA Skincare combines Indonesian botanicals and ancient Indonesian health and beauty rituals with the latest skincare technology to restore the skin’s natural balance while evoking the calming experience of an ancient beauty ritual.  JUARA is in fact an Indonesian word that means “winner” or “champion”. “As women entrepreneurs, we created JUARA to help women “champion” their natural beauty, but also because we wanted to take control of our own lives and become champions of our own.”

Juara donates 10% of sales in October

Juara donates 10% of sales in October

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE

Rouge Bunny Rouge is donating 50% of the retail price of several products in the UK to Future Dreams. Their new eyeshadow palette, Raw Garden, is my number one wishlist item and I love the idea of 50% going to a worthwhile charity.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden

In addition two fragrances, Tundra and Allegria, are part of this campaign.

Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrance

Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrance

JERGENS

Jergens has committed $250,000 to be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Find the Original Scent Moisturizer (about $7) with the pink ribbon for your purchase to be part of the donation.

Jergens Moisturizer

Jergens Moisturizer

AVON

Avon is a company that considers Breast Cancer to be a huge issue for women and supports this cause year round with walks and products. They created the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade for this purpose. One of the products that they are donating $5 per purchase is Anew Vitale, an evening gel/cream that contains salicyclic acid (good for oily and combo skintypes).

Anew Vitale Night Cream

Anew Vitale Night Cream

COLOR ME MONTHLY

Color Me Monthly is a nail polish subscription that I love since it’s just one (gorgeous) polish at a time. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month they are donating 10% of all sales from The Vault to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Panther, below, is just one of many great shades. My favorites are Seven Sisters and Chiffon if you want suggestions.

Color Me Monthly Panther polish

Color Me Monthly Panther polish

SMASHBOX

Smashbox Cosmetics is donating $5 from the purchase of every Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (This is an organization dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime through funding research worldwide.)

Smashbox Promise gloss

Smashbox Promise gloss

More items that I’ve seen are on Romy Raves including INNI nail wraps, Lisa Hoffman Charm Bracelet and Joico hairspray.

No matter what you do this month (or next) please be sure to give yourself a breast exam and schedule a mammogram if you are due. We are the guardians of our health so please help yourself. — Marcia

*nothing to disclose

More BCA goodies: Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection

The best makeover I ever had was by Bobbi Brown waaaay back in the day – like in the 1990’s.  Bobbi was at my local Neiman’s, and she was an absolute doll.  I bought every single thing she recommended for me, and Bobbi Brown has been a staple in my cosmetics stash ever since.

Bobbi Brown Pretty in Pink BCA Lip Gloss Set

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink BCA Lip Gloss Set

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics sent us the new Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection ($60), their ‘gloss for a cause’ set.  This is a limited edition set of four pink lip glosses, Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss, Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lip Gloss; Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss and Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss, and for every sale Bobbi Brown donates $12 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Bobbi Brown BCA Pretty Pink Lip Gloss Set

Bobbi Brown BCA Pretty Pink Lip Gloss Set

The formula is quite emollient and includes vitamins C and E.  This gloss leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated, and has a minty taste.  They have a nice lip feel that isn’t sticky at all.  The wand has a doefoot applicator (remember when these had those terrible brushes that splayed immediately?), and these are about half the size of a regular lip gloss.   I actually really like this size for a lip gloss – I never seem to finish a regular size lip gloss before it starts to go bad.

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss

Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss is a warm pink rose that is definitely sheer, imparting a very slight rose tint.

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle Lip Gloss

Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lip Gloss is a bright pink with pearl.  This is definitely high shimmer!  Lips are ultra sparkly and shiny.

Bobbi Brown Soiree Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Soiree Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Soiree Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Soiree Lip Gloss

Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss is a baby pink with light shimmer.  This is pretty sheer, but it sure gives a matte lip color lots of oomph with pearly pink shimmers.  This color is limited edition, made just for this collection.

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss

Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss is a bright hot pink.  On the website this is called Bright Lilac Lip Gloss – they must have changed the name to be more aligned with the ‘Pretty Pink’ theme.  It’s the most pigmented shade and can definitely be worn by itself.  This is a limited edition color made just for this collection.

Bobbi Brown BCA Pretty Pink Lip Glosses left to right:  Pink Tulle, Pretty Pink, Pink Ribbon, Soiree

Bobbi Brown BCA Pretty Pink Lip Glosses left to right: Pink Tulle, Pretty Pink, Pink Ribbon, Soiree

The Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Set is indeed a pretty little set with a nice mix of shimmer and shiny lip glosses.  If you have pigmented lips, you can wear all four by themselves – if not, then you may want to layer them over color.  Pink Ribbon is the only one pigmented enough to wear by itself.  But they are all pretty, feminine shades that will make your lips happy and also help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss Set

October Beauty that gives back: La Mer the Hand Treatment, Aveda Hand Relief, and Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder

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A few days ago I posted an article called We are stronger together. Fight breast cancer all year round!  If you haven’t seen it, be sure to take a moment and check it out for all the information on Estee Lauder’s BCA Campaign, including the video now on YouTube.  Throughout October I will be reviewing some of the really terrific limited edition BCA products sent to us that are now available for purchase.  Don’t forget, Estee Lauder donates $1 for every product sold!

La Mer Limited Edition BCA the hand treatment

La Mer Limited Edition BCA the hand treatment

La Mer the hand treatment swatch...melting in after 10 seconds!

La Mer the hand treatment swatch…melting in after 10 seconds!

Today is all about hands and hair.  La Mer Limited Edition BCA the Hand Treatment ($45 for 1.7 fl.oz.) is a totally luxurious hand creme.  I love how it melts into the skin like butter – check it out, I only had the swatch on my hand for 10 seconds before it started slipping around.  It leaves my hands utterly soft and hydrated without any greasiness.  It’s especially good after using hand sanitizer, which dries my skin out like crazy.  This has the classic La Mer scent…to me it smells like money, ha!  This is one of those products that people swear by and hide so other people won’t ask for some.  Get one for yourself and one for a friend, then you won’t have to share!  La Mer is donating a whopping $10 for every tube sold to breast cancer research.

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

swatch of Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

swatch of Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

I can’t walk past an Aveda store without going in just to breathe in that awesome scent.  The Limited Edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme ($26) is scented with that fabulous Shampure aroma, made with 25 pure flower and plant essences.  Aveda is donating $4 per tube sold to research by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Not only that, but the tube is actually 19% larger than the normal size.  I have purchased and repurchased this hand creme because it is serious relief for dry skin…and it lasts through three hand washings.

Give breast cancer research a hand and buy one of these hand treatments for yourself or for a friend.

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Powder

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Powder

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Porter powder

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Porter powder

I absolutely love the adorable packaging for the Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder ($26 for a 2 oz. bottle), a dry shampoo in powder form.  The BCA Limited Edition bottle has a pink cap in place of the regular black one.  It is super cute, and one bottle will last forever.  Inside is a super fine white powder that soaks up oil and gives hair great texture.  Yes, the powder is white, but it works for any hair color.  You need very little powder, just pour a small amount into your palm and rub into the scalp and hair, adding only a tiny bit at a time until you get the desired effect.  This is particularly good for giving fine hair some oomph that lasts all day.  The really great news is that Bumble & Bumble is donating $5 from every sale to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

In addition to the amounts donated by each specific company, the Estee Lauder company is donating another $1 to breast cancer research.  Plus, for every uplifting message or photo shared on Instagram or Twitter that includes #BCAstrength, the Estée Lauder Companies will donate another $1 toward education and medical research, up to a maximum donation of $22,000, to BCRF.   And check out their new website www.BCAcampaign.com where they encourage people to join with them and  “Hear our stories.  Share yours.”  – Lisa

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