Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2018: 12 best beauty buys
From skincare to haircare, these are the best brands supporting breast cancer patients
Make your beauty buying power count during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October by purchasing from a brand that donates to one of the many breast cancer charities.
From skincare to haircare and makeup bags to hair ties, we’ve found the best brands in the business supporting breast cancer patients and survivors.
This month more than 5,000 women across the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Remember to check your breasts each month for any changes in size, shape or texture. Look out for swelling, lumps, pain, redness or a rash.
If you have any questions you can call a Breast Cancer Care nurse for free on 0808 800 6000.
Elemis Limited Edition Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm: £68 for 200g, www.elemis.com
For the 18th year running, Elemis will be supporting Breast Cancer Care, and this year it’s a whopping £25,000 donation irrespective of how many sales they make of this beautiful Lily and Lionel designed Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm.
Support its initiative and get great skin with this super-sized 200ml pot of one of the most sumptuous cleansers you will ever use.
Softening and comforting mimosa and rose flower wax melt into the skin to dissolve grime and deep clean pores, while starflower oil nourishes and the essential fatty acids in elderberry and rosehip seed oils smooth, hydrate, and boost radiance and moisture levels. We found it left the skin feeling incredibly soft and ultra-conditioned.
A lovely way to kick start your evening skincare routine.
Invisibobble Slim Breast Cancer Awareness Hair Ties: £5.99 for 3, www.ocado.com
Those with delicate fine hair, or mums of daughters who kick up a fuss when it’s time to do ‘school hair’, will appreciate the finer points of an Invisibobble. No snagging, no tearing, no tears.
It’s been a real game changer for the IndyBest team. It has a strong grip, is great for intricate updos and is super kind to the hair.
Founder Sophie Trelles-Tvede discovered the idea while tying her hair up with an old-fashioned phone cord for a fancy dress party at university, she enlisted the help of a team of German engineers and Invisibobble was born.
It is donating 25 per cent of its earnings from this pale pink Slim version of the original Invisibobble to a breast cancer charity voted for during September by Invisibobble fans.
Aveda Limited Edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Hand Crème: £23 for 150ml, www.aveda.co.uk
If your skin is suffering with the temperature drop combined with cranking the heating up, you’ll know it’s chapped skin season.
Panic not, Hand Relief is one of the best hand creams in the business and this month you can use your beauty budget to do some good.
Since 2001, Aveda has donated more than $4.2 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and its aim this year is to raise $325,000 globally. Not a bad goal, at all. For every Hand Relief sold in the UK, Aveda will donate $5.
Vitamins, hydrating plant extracts and exfoliating fruit acids combined with this year’s scent – the Iconic Shampure – ensures this is a winter handbag essential.
The Shampure scent is packed with 25 pure flower and plant essences including organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang. Rich and creamy, we found Hand Relief sinks in like a dream (zero stickiness), but left our hands with a nourished glossy finish.
Bobbi Brown Pinks with Purpose Lip Color Duo: £35, www.bobbibrown.co.uk
Two iconic lippies in one charitable duo. This creamy, semi-matte lipstick was the first formula Bobbi Brown launched and it sold out instantly. Ultra-comfortable, full-coverage, (but non-drying) in two best-selling, suits-all shades.
At £24.50 each, £35 for the pair is great value, too.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: £38 for 200ml, www.clinique.com
Evelyn Lauder, daughter-in-law to Estée and the creator of the Clinique brand, launched the Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign in 1992 alongside the Pink Ribbon – the universal symbol for breast cancer awareness.
The BCA Campaign has so far raised more than $76 million globally to support research, education and medical services. And this year for every limited-edition bottle of Dramatically Different sold in the UK, £2 will go towards the campaign.
An iconic, multi award-winning cult classic, Dramatically Different is a skincare must-have. The perfect post-summer drink for thirsty skin, we found it suited very dry and combination dry complexions – adding just enough moisture for skin to feel comfortable.
It not only boosts hydration levels but also strengthens the skin, so moisture stays locked in. Every bathroom cabinet needs a bottle.
ghd AIR by Lulu Guinness: £99, www.ghdhair.com
Over the past 14 years, ghd has raised more than £10 million for breast cancer charities and this year they’re donating £10 from every sale of AIR by Lulu Guinness to Breast Cancer Now. One of the best hairdryers we’ve ever used, it gives a professional finish no matter how poor your blow-drying skills.
We found it de-frizzed wayward locks, and left the hair unusually soft and silky thanks to the powerful professional motor and advanced ionic technology.
For our fellow science beauty nerds, ionic technology helps speed up blow-dry time; water in wet hair contains positive ions, ionic hairdryers emit negative ions and so H2O molecules divide into smaller particles and evaporate more quickly. So, you spend less time drying, which results in less damage to the hair.
It is also donating £10 from every ghd Gold by Lulu Guinness £139, to Breast Cancer Now.
These straightening irons have a 25 second heat-up time, a safe hair heat of 185 degrees, and Lulu’s very cool lip print design.
Buy now (hairdryer)
Buy now (straightening irons)
Breast Cancer Care Vintage Rose Rabbit and Cabbages Make-up Bag: £22, www.breastcancercare.org
A beautiful, vintage-inspired design, this 100 per cent cotton makeup bag measures a very decent 24cm x 17cm – big enough for a weekend away. The nylon waterproof lining ensures it’s leak proof and 100 per cent of profits will go to Breast Cancer Care.
Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne: £94 for 100ml, www.jomalone.co.uk
Throughout October, Jo Malone London will be donating £20 from each sale of the 100ml bottle of Red Roses to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
A seriously romantic scent, Red Roses blends seven of the world’s most exquisite roses with crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon for a dazzling modern take on the rose scent. We found it incredibly long-lasting too, just a spritz or two will easily last all day.
Look Good Feel Better Foundation Brush: £9.99, www.lookfantastic.com
It’s not often an inexpensive brush lands on the IndyBest desk that can hold its own against the high-end brush brands. But this one from Look Good Feel Better is actually very decent and if you’re in the market for a new brush, you’ll be helping a fantastic cause at the same time.
The range is cruelty free with lightweight handles, and the good stiff bristles ensure you can apply foundation absolutely seamlessly for a flawless finish.
Look Good Feel Better is an international cancer support charity providing practical support for women and teenagers struggling with the visible side effects of cancer treatment.
This autumn it's launching two new makeup brushes – Angled Blending Brush £6.99 is also new to the range – to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A donation of between 8 and 12 per cent will be made to the Look Good Feel Better charity from the sale of each brush and this money will go to supporting cancer patients across the UK.
Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo: £19 for 250ml, www.philipkingsley.co.uk
This shampoo and its accompanying No Scent No Colour Conditioner, £22 for 250ml, were created for the most sensitive, delicate, easily irritated scalps and particularly for those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy.
Free from fragrance, colour, sodium lauryl sulphates and parabens, this ultra-gentle range is perfect for everyday use.
A sum of 50p from every 250ml bottle sold of shampoo and conditioner is donated to the Look Good Feel Better charity and these donations are given throughout the year, not just during Breast Cancer Awareness October.
Buy now (shampoo)
Buy now (conditioner)
RenewYOU Skincare Rehydrate Moisturizer: £18.50 for 50ml, www.renewyoucancertologyuk.com
Developed in the US by beautician Susan Wolf, who lost a close friend to cancer and so decided to study as an oncology esthetician, RenewYOU has been designed for cancer patients and survivors.
Many people undergoing cancer treatments can find their skin gets very dry and blotchy, or they can develop acne and oily skin.
The products are free from chemical nasties that can be harmful to those with cancer and also to anyone sensitive or reactive to chemical-laden beauty products.
The range has everything you need for a full skincare routine – cleanser, toner, eye cream, serum, mask, exfoliator and night cream. We found Rehydrate, the day moisturiser, is beautifully hydrating and softening with a wonderful scent from the sweet orange oil.
For every product, across the range, sold in October RenewYOU will donate £1 to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Popbands Breast Cancer Care 4 Pack Ribbon Charm; £8 for 4, www.qvcuk.com
This cult classic, stretchy, no-dent, hairband doubles up as a cute bracelet and has a surprisingly good grip on fine hair and we found it brilliantly stretchy on thick hair too.
This set was designed to celebrate 25 years of the Pink Ribbon and 60 per cent of the price will go to Breast Cancer Care.
The Verdict: Best beauty buys for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
But our IndyBest favourite is Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm: it boosts radiance and moisture levels, keeps pores squeaky clean and leaves skin feeling seriously pampered.
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