Think Pink to Help Save Lives

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Breast cancer is one of the most pervasive diseases that affect women—according to breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Whether you've supported your mom, aunt, sister, cousin, or friend through her battle or lost loved one to the disease, breast cancer is the second killer in women next to heart disease. However, with some healthy lifestyle changes like exercise and a healthy diet, you can help reduce your risk factor. You can also stay healthy by being aware of your body and any changes in your breasts, such as sudden intense pain, discharge, or lumpiness. In addition, annual or semi-annual screenings by a physician will help detect breast cancer in early stages, when it is most treatable. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, several beauty companies are joining the fight against breast cancer by donating proceeds to various charities that support breast cancer education and research. Here are some of our favorite pink picks that look good and do good.

Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink 5-Piece Brush Set: High-quality brushes are crucial for flawless makeup application. The set of professional-quality brushes comes with a fluffy powder blusher brush, concealer brush, eye shadow brush, crease brush, and bent eyeliner brush, all contained in a chic silver carrying case. Each brush has a sleek white handle and pretty pink bristles. The best part? Sonia Kashuk donates 15% of the purchase price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation all year round. ($15.99)

Origins Make a Difference & Peace of Mind: This limited edition duo includes two must-have essentials: Origin’s Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment and Peace of Mind On-The-Spot Relief. The hand lotion relieves dry, cracked hands and cuticles, while a quick dab of the On-the-Spot Relief, fights stress and tension. The set includes a pink key ring so you can clip the minis onto your backpack or purse and break them out when needed (late-night cram session, anyone?) Origins is donating $3.50 from every purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. ($16.50 for 15 ml Rejuvenating Hand Treatment and 7 ml On-The-Spot Relief)

Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause: Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is already a cult classic because of its ability to quench dry cheeks without producing an over-oily T-zone. This month, the bottle is accessorized with a key ring that includes a “C” charm, which doubles as a handy mirror on the back, and a pink ribbon charm. Stock up on this moisturizer now because Clinique is donating $10 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every purchase. ($36 for 200 ml)

Essie Breast Cancer Awareness Collection: Essie has created four incredibly different (but totally perfect) shades of pink to promote Breast Cancer Awareness, complete with inspiring names: I Am Strong, Good Morning Hope, Check-Up, and We’re In It Together are all flattering against our fading summer tans. The creamy opaqueness of these pretty pinks prevent them from getting too precious. As with all Essie polishes, these new shades offer rich, streak-free manicures and are DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free. With each purchase, Essie is contributing to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. ($8.00 each)

Streekers in Pink: Streekers’ temporary formula is perfect for experimenting with this season’s neon colored streaks trend. Try it out for an edgy look for a Friday night out on the town and wash it out for family brunch on Sunday morning. On dark hair, Streekers will show up as subtle highlights (pst- for a bolder statement, add a white layer underneath, such as Manic Panic’s Dyehard Temporary Color in Virgin to really make the color pop). Throughout October, Streekers is donating 100% of their proceeds from the sale of their Pink dye to the NBCC. ($11.95)

Georgetown Cupcake Susan G Komen Cupcake: Support breast cancer awareness by indulging in a decadent dessert! The Susan G Komen cupcakes come either in Georgetown Cupcake’s classic Valrhona chocolate cake or Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cake and are topped with rich vanilla butter cream and a (edible!) pink ribbon. Available in-store individually or by the dozen (to share with your suitemates) online. Georgetown Cupcake is donating 100% of the purchase price of the Susan G. Komen cupcake to Susan G. Komen for the Cure throughout October. ($2.75 for one, $29 for a dozen, $55 for a dozen with overnight shipping)