September 2 2014

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Shop For The Cure


Since co-creating the pink ribbon in 1992 as a symbol of breast health, Evelyn Lauder has been on a mission to help bring an end to breast cancer. Aside from championing the Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative, which we’ve already discussed in this blog, Lauder used her position as senior vice president of the Estée Lauder Companies to start the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding scientists in their work. Between bake sales, golf tournaments, and proceeds from special-edition products available through the month of October, last year alone the BCRF raised $34.5 million—and has inspired a host of other charitable initiatives. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best buys out there, so you can get your beauty fix and do your part to fight breast cancer.

Bumble and Bumble

The House of Bumble will donate $1 from the sale of every bottle of its Classic Hairspray sold this month to the BCRF. Consider it an open invitation to attempt some of the more gravity-defying bouffants from the runway. (You know you were secretly intrigued by the updos inspired by The Duchess at Oscar de la Renta last season; admit it.)


Clinique has created a limited-edition bottle of its iconic Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion—which is apparently sold every five seconds around the globe—and will donate $10 from each sale to the BCRF. Sure, you’ve experienced the power of this magical yellow elixir, but have you ever felt the rush of wearing the charm bracelet that comes with it? We didn’t think so.

La Mer

The face cream to end all face creams comes in a limited-edition pink box this month in solidarity with the think-pink movement. La Mer will also donate $30,000 to the BCRF in conjunction with North American sales of its miracle Crème. If you were considering splurging on weapons for your winter skin protection plan, this would be a relatively guilt-free way to start.


The beauty emporium has a few different charitable offers this year, but its Pink Eyelash Curler is perhaps the most handy. One dollar from the sale of each tool will be donated to the BCRF, and you will be at maximum lash-batting levels for the upcoming holiday party season.


Philsophy is doing a “shower for the cure” promotion, donating 100 percent of the net profits of the sale of its Pink Ribbon Shower Gel and She Colors My Day Bubble Bath to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. You can also add your own line to the poem found on the bottles to help support the cause. Click here to start composing.


DuWop puts its Pink Shimmer Lip Venom back in the spotlight this month, donating a portion of proceeds from the best-selling lip plumper to support the Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation’s Cancer & Careers program. It’s infused with an extra sheen and a light color to give you that coveted bee-stung swell, no injections necessary.


Makeup artist and Shiseido artistic director Dick Page previewed his Luminizing Satin Eye Color collection at the Fall shows in March, and they just recently hit shelves. For every palette of Peony, a pretty pink shade from the line, that is sold this month, Shiseido will donate $5 to Cancer & Careers. If it’s good enough for use backstage at Michael Kors and Narciso Rodriguez, it’s good enough for us.


For the third year in a row, OPI has created a Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer. This year, they’ve gone with a light pink color, and proceeds from its sale will help fund a $25,000 donation. Yes, we know it’s all about industrial grays and black/greens for Fall, but a neutral pink can be a fresh palette cleanser in between dark and brooding manis.


Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder Companies


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