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Wednesday
Oct022013

The Estēe Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

I have always been a huge supporter of the The Estēe Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. To date, the BCA Campaign has raised more than $48 million to support global research, education and medical services worldwide. There is no pink washing here.

The theme of this year’s Campaign is “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together.”

In a true “Stronger Together” spirit, many of the The Estēe Lauder Companies brands are selling Pink Ribbon products or making donations to unite in their support of The BCA Campaign’s mission to defeat breast cancer through education and medical research.

Here are the products and brands supporting the campaign this year.


AVEDA Limited-Edition Aveda Hand Relief™ - $24.50
With a limited-edition invigorating Rosemary Mint aroma, this incredibly rich formula moisturizes dry, chapped hands. Hydrating plant emollients, vitamins and exfoliating fruit acids leave skin noticeably softer and smoother. $4.00 from the purchase price supports cruelty-free research through The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, with a maximum donation of $300,000.

BOBBI BROWN French Pink Set with Embossed French Pink Blush & Mini Face Blender Brush - $45.00
Bobbi Brown is offering a limited-edition set featuring a Pink Ribbon Embossed French Pink Blush & Mini Face Blender Brush. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will donate $10 from the purchase price of this limited-edition set to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Spray de Mode Hairspray - $27.00
A multi-dimensional styling tool, this hair spray gives flexible hold, workability, exceptional memory and can take heat and repeated brushing. During the month of October, Bumble and bumble will donate $5.00 from the purchase price of this to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + - $38.00
This limited-edition bottle of the brands newly reformulated Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + delivers double the moisturization for all-day hydration while improving skin’s barrier strength by 54%. This BCA version is a super 6.7 ounce size and is adorned with a Clinique key ring with a “C” shaped charm and a set of three hearts ornamented with ribbons. $10 from the purchase price of this will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick Pink Ribbon Honey & Cosmetic Pouch - $15.00
This pretty pink hue provides a hint of colour, and the sheer, smooth formula allows the natural lip colour to come through to create a custom-fit shade for a great cause. Housed in a pink mini cosmetic carrying pouch with a sewn pink ribbon detail, Pink Ribbon Honey is irresistibly flattering on everyone. $3 from the purchase price of this limited-edition set will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
ESTÉE LAUDER Evelyn Lauder Dream Solid Perfume Compact - $49.50
The Evelyn Lauder Dream Solid Perfume Compact is an instant collectible with its brilliant new Pink Ribbon design. This year, the beautifully detailed, hand-crafted compact is filled with pleasures, one of Estée Lauder’s most popular fragrances. The inside of the compact is inscribed, “Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness 2013.” 100% of the suggested retail price from the sale of this will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
ESTÉE LAUDER Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin - $12.50
The Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin sparkles with contrasting soft pink and hot pink enamels, accented with two stones – one traditional BCA pink stone and a blue stone to represent the approximately 1% of all breast cancer cases in the United States that are diagnosed in men. This beautiful pin is the perfect accessory to spread awareness. Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price from the sale of the pin to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
ESTÉE LAUDER Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection - $29.50
This year’s lip-loving duo offers a pop of pink for your pout with Estée Lauder’s best-selling Pure Color Lipstick and new Pure Color Gloss. Full-size Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite and limited-edition Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink are featured in a stylish two-toned textured pink clutch with a classic Estée Lauder golden touch. Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price from the sale of this collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II - $92.00
Estée Lauder introduces a Breast Cancer Awareness edition of the NEW Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II paired with a Pink Ribbon Bracelet and charm. Featuring the 2013 Pink Ribbon, the beautiful charm includes a touch of blue to represent the approximately 1% of all breast cancer cases in the United States that are diagnosed in men. Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price from the sale of this to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
COACH Signature EDT Spray - $68.00
Coach Signature EDT is a classic scent for the woman that is timeless, chic, and sophisticated. The scent is a unique blend of soft, fresh fruits and florals with a heart of fragrant yellow blossoms and hints of amber and cedar wood. Coach Signature EDT is available in a limited-edition glass bottle with the signature “C” logo in pink, along with the Pink Ribbon packaging to help raise awareness. 20% of the suggested retail price from the sale of this scent will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, with a maximum donation of $25,000.
 
DARPHIN Silky Moisturizing Lotion - $40.00
Darphin experts have taken inspiration from the Hydra StructureTM technology, which harnesses the skin’s natural moisturizing ability, providing immediate and long-lasting hydration to help recapture the body’s baby soft skin. The Silky Moisturizing Lotion provides key ingredients to act on different levels of the skin. Darphin will donate $8.00 from the purchase price of this to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. 
 
DONNA KARAN COSMETICS Donna Karan Cashmere Mist EDP Spray - $82.00
Cashmere Mist, a fragrance created to seduce the senses, is a sensual, sheer floral scent that whispers, never shouts. 20% of the suggested retail price of the sale of this fragrance with a maximum donation of $25,000 will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
JO MALONE LONDON
Jo Malone London will donate $40,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® regardless of purchase of any Jo Malone London products. 

LAB SERIES SKINCARE FOR MEN PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment - $29.00
This lightweight daily hydrator helps soothe, moisturize, repair and mattify all in one step. The quick-absorbing, high-tech formula instantly soothes and calms redness and irritation from shaving while potent moisturizers restore moisture back to skin. PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment is available in limited-edition Pink Ribbon packaging in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Lab Series will donate $5.00 from the purchase price of this to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
LA MER The Hand Treatment - $40.00
For the first time in La Mer’s history, The Hand Treatment’s packaging has been redesigned with pink accents to pay tribute to The BCA Campaign. The Hand Treatment’s healing moisture soothes hands on contact, working to help protect and rejuvenate even the driest hands while diminishing the look of age spots. To aid research and increase awareness in the month of October, La Mer will donate $10 from the purchase price of The BCA Campaign’s limited-edition Hand Treatment, with a maximum donation of $45,000, to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
ORIGINS Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Pink Guava - $17.00
This soothing lip balm is created with nature’s cocktail of hydrating agents including Ximenia Americana seed oil, Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil, leaving lips drenched with comforting hydration. The high shine formula features mineral pigments and mica to help deliver a subtle juicy hint of tint. Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm is available in limited-edition Pink Ribbon packaging in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Origins will donate $3.50 from the purchase price of this limited-edition lip balm to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
PRESCRIPTIVES
AMOUNT OF DONATION: Prescriptives will donate $5,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® regardless of purchase of any Prescriptives products. 
 
SMASHBOX Photo Finish Foundation Primer - $36.00
Smashbox has dressed up its Photo Finish Foundation PRIMER with the iconic pink ribbon. The award-winning primer creates the perfect canvas for makeup application, reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores and creates visibly softer skin. Smashbox will donate $5.00 from the purchase price of this to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
 
TOM FORD BEAUTY
Tom Ford Beauty will donate $50,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® regardless of purchase of any Tom Ford Beauty products.
 
For more details on The BCA Campaign, visit BCAcampaign.com, join them on Facebook.com/bcacampaign and follow them on twitter.com/BCRFcure.

Tuesday
Oct012013

Seasonal Skincare: 6 Products to Use Now.

Now that it is officially fall, the cooler temperatures are here to stay. For me, that means my skin will be getting drier and drier. It is important to take notice of your skin changes, especially now as the seasons are  changing. Right now I am all about products to get my skin winter and cold weather ready, while erasing some of the damage from the summer. These are the products I am using to do just that.

Seasonal Skincare: 6 Products to Use Now

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish
This polish is bringing my skin back to life. It has been dry and dull from spending so much time outside over the summer. The  gentle formula uses natural exfoliants that help to slough away dead, dry skin as it resurfaces the complexion to reveal brighter, more smooth skin. I use this every day in the shower on my face and neck.

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
No matter how much sunscreen I use, my dark spots are becoming more apparent. This serum uses 2% Hydroquinone that is proven to fade existing dark spots, age spots and freckles. It is actually the strongest formula you can get without a prescription and it works fast. It also contains an advanced skin lightening peptide and glycolic acid, that when used together, work faster and better. I used to just spot treat, but I've been using this every night all over my face and neck and my skin is looking so much more even -- and I've only been using it for two weeks.

Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes
This eye serum, which is to be used in addition to an eye cream, lifts and illuminates the eye area in just a few minutes. It is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and ceramides to plump the skin and smooth out lines, while brighteners actually illuminate the skin for a more refreshed appearance. The serum also makes for an incredible lash conditioner, so brittle lashes are left softer and fortified over time.

Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment
Skin oils are all the rage, but I am picky. I want an oil that is really going to do something different to my skin, more than just hydrate. This hydrates skin plus so much more. This oil that is derived from the precious Dilo Nut from Fiji is rich in natural essential lipids that work with the skin's own lipid layer to make it stronger. The fast-absorbing oil also firms skin, evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Perricone MD Blue Plasma Orbital
Dr. Perricone uses the power of Blue Plasma technology to introduce a safe and effective way to exfoliate the eye area in this gentle, daily peel. This cooling gel smoothes and de-puffs the delicate eye area while also delivery hydrating, anti-aging and brightening benefits. It uses ingredients that "peel" away dead skin cells as it rebalances hydration. As soon as I apply the gel, my eye area is tightened, toned and totally smooth.

ChapStick Hydration Lock
The famous lip balm just got better with this new advanced formula. It contains antioxidant CoQ10 and hyaluronic filling spheres so lips are plumped and smoothed within seconds of applying. Hydration is locked in for 8 hours. I use this every night before bed and my lips simply look and feel better. The yummy vanilla creme is a plus.

Monday
Sep302013

Makeup Wars: My Makeup Storage.

As a beauty blogger and someone who is simply pretty much obsessed with beauty products, I have a lot of products. I am fortunate to do what I do and test a lot of makeup, skin care and hair care items, but it can be overwhelming. Luckily, I have a teenaged daughter with a lot of friends, a sister who is just as addicted to beauty as me, and quite a few friends and family members that regularly go through my stash of products. I also make seasonal donations to local women's shelters and donate to events, etc.. Even with all these hands in my stash, I accumulate a lot.

At times, all these beauty products can seemingly take over my house. I had come up with a system of organizing that works for me. It is not a pretty system. It is not for anyone to see. I like to think of it as organized chaos, actually. While I really don't know where any one thing is, I sort of have an idea of where it may be.

Beauty Blogger Makeup Organization Tips

When I receive products, I unload them onto shelves in my home office. These are the newest of my beauty products; they have either recently been reviewed or need to be reviewed. I clean out these shelves about every month.

From those shelves in my home office, products make their way into a large armoire that I have in my bedroom. Seasonal products or favorites that I may pull out on a regular basis go on the top shelf in bins. I have one bin for lips, eyes, face and skin. Products that need more organizing or storing go into a set of large plastic drawers that I keep in the armoire. I have one unit for department store brands and another for drugstore and mass brands. I label the shelves, again for lips, eye, face and skin. My larger products and sets, products that aren't so easily stored are just thrown in here in front too. These are products I will probably be needing or using soon. Items such as razors, shampoo, body creams and such like to hang out here.

Makeup Organization

I try to do a major reorganization each quarter. This is when I toss old products and put together boxes to donate. As I do this, I fill up drawers in these two lingerie dressers.

Makeup Organization Drawers

These dressers have a lot of smaller sized drawers that are perfect for storing makeup. Because I have many more drawers, I can further separate and organize more. Here I have a drawer for things such as my all time favorite MAC lip products, the eyeshadow palettes I use often, or just a random drawer of lippies.

Beautiful Makeup Search Makeup Organization: Favorite MAC Lip Products

Beautiful Makeup Search Makeup Organization: Most Used Eye Palettes

Beautiful Makeup Search Makeup Organization: Lippie Drawer

I told you it wasn't pretty, but for now, my beauty stash organization works well for me.

I can't wait to see how the rest of my beauty blogger friends store their stash of beauty products too.