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Beautiful on the inside: Top Breast Cancer awareness products

- October 2nd, 2012

It’s that time of year when we take focus on women’s health and breast cancer awareness campaigns paint the town – or in Elizabeth Hurley’s case, the Empire State Building – pink.

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Ashlyn Kinsler, 2, her sister, Addyson, 4, and their mother, Pam, stop by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s pink bus tour stop in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. on Aug. 23, 2012. The bus is on a cross-country tour to raise awareness for breast cancer screening. (MICHAEL PURVIS/QMI AGENCY)

People often assume that an item with a pink ribbon or the words “breast cancer” on it means a portion of  sales will go toward breast cancer research or a related charity – and that’s not always the case. The truth is, some companies make donations, some genuinely hope to raise awareness, and some don’t have too much to do with anything other than making a buck.

I don’t want to dissuade anyone from charitable giving, so if you’re interested in donating, be sure to read the fine print.

You can also donate to women’s health causes the next time you pop to the drug store. Until Oct. 26, Shoppers Drug Mart will be running it’s Tree of Life program, which lets customers across Canada donate to a local organization that supports women’s health, including shelters, mental health support groups, and hospitals. Customers can choose between $1, $5, $10 or $50 donations at the check-out or you can donate your Shoppers Optimum Points online.

If your cosmetic bag (and well-being) needs a boost, here are some top picks of truly pink beauty products (details below):

Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection ($35, available at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Murale, Sears, and esteelauder.ca). The set includes a full-size Pure Color Lipstick in Candy (chosen by Evelyn Lauder), a Pure Color Gloss in Pink Innocence (chosen by Elizabeth Hurley) in a snakeskin-printed clutch. Donation: 20% of the retail price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation until June 30, 2013.

Bobby Brown Pink Peony Set ($52, available at Holt Renfrew and Murale). Donation: $10 from the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation until Nov. 30.

Essie We’re In It Together nail lacquer, from the Breast Cancer Awareness Collection. Donation: Essie has made a charitable donation to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Fast Food Leave-In Conditioner by AG Hair ($17, available at select salons across Canada). Donation: 50 cents of the purchase price will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer.

ORIGINS limited edition Make A Difference Skin rejuvenating hand treatment & Peace of Mind on-the-spot relief duo ($20.50, available at The Bay). Donation: $3.50 from the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation until Oct. 31.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the limited edition colour Inspiration ($19). Donation: $5 of the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation until Oct. 31.

Sephora Breast Cancer Awareness Makeup Palette ($30, available at Sephora stores and sephora.ca), with peachy-pink hues for eyes, lips and cheeks in a travel-friendly case. Donation: US$2 from each sale will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

AVEDA Hand Relief (available at Aveda salons, spas and select stores throughout Canada). Donation: $4.00 of the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (supporting cruelty free research) to a maximum of $270,000 until Oct. 31.

Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause limited edition Dramatically Different Moisturizer ($45.50, available at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Sears, and clinique.com). Donation: $10 of the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation until Nov. 15.

 

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