In between planning a pumpkin carving extravaganza and finding the perfect Halloween costume, remember to shop pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every year the beauty industry gives back by creating limited-edition pink products to raise awareness and funding for a disease that affects one in eight women. Let’s do our part and shop, shop, shop! From affordable hair straighteners to budget-friendly lip gloss, we’ve rounded up ten gifts under $25 that keep on giving.
Estée Lauder will donate $500,000 from their Pink Ribbon Collection to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (EsteeLauder.com, $25)
$1 from each lip balm sold will be given to the Young Survival Coalition. (MissionSkinCare.com, $3.49)
$1 from each straightener will go toward The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (Conair.com, $19.99)
Sally Beauty has pledged to give $65,000 to the Cancer Support Community. (SallyBeauty.com, $4.99)
10% of sales will go to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. (BosciaSkincare.com, $10)
The Young Survival Coalition will receive 10% of the proceeds. (KKFragrance.com, $16 with a 10% off discount if you type in “CURE” at checkout.)
From September 2010 to September 2011, $2 from each sale will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. (Beauty.com, $24)
$5 from each Shiseido Luminizing “Pop Life” Lip Gloss purchase will be given to Cosmetic Executive Women’s Cancer and Careers. (Sephora.com, $22)
100% of net proceeds will benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. (Philosophy.com, $20)
Until October 24th, 15% of the sale price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (Target.com, $19.99)
Fall foliage isn’t the only thing changing color this October. With the drop-off of the 80′s and the rise of the 70′s, say hello to the chic modern version of the mood ring–shade-shifting cosmetics. Communication is key in every relationship so what better way to wear your mood than on your lips or your Monday mani.
Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss: Who needs couples therapy? At $18.50 a pop, this shiny gem will reveal all your secrets…in light shades of pink to be exact. Formulated with a hydrating blend of Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Vitamin E (and packed with a delightful fruity flavor), you’re bound to have long-lasting smoothness on your pout and with that special someone. Who knew such a cathartic experience would taste so good? (Sephora, $18.50)
In the Mood Nail Polish: Finally a color palette that reflects all your inner most feelings! Pick from Mellow, Hyper, Flirty, Devious, Curious, or Blissful and watch as your digits dare to bare it all. Mellow shifts back and forth from calm lilac to restful rose while Hyper morphs from a milky melon to a sassy shade of coral. With each fluctuating mood, and body temperature, your whimsical polish will have your date trying to guess what’s on your mind all night long. Admit it. You love the chase as much as they do. (In the Mood, $8 each)
It’s no secret that slouchy separates and loungy ready-to-wear have been growing in popularity with each season. However, this spring the low-key RTW look will be on a whole new level. Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Lyn Devon, and Donna Karan were just a few of the many designers who showcased the trend-worthy pajama pant down the spring and summer 2011 runways. Known across the globe as go-to nightwear, the pj pant has officially reached daytime status among fashion’s elite. Why pajamas you ask? Well, what’s better than wearing your favorite jammies at 10pm? Answer: wearing them at three in the afternoon with a pair of platform heels, a soft tee, and a chic trench a la Michael Kors SS 2011. Perfection.
If you’re wondering how to master this sleepy trend without looking disheveled, we have a few tips up our sleeves. First, choose pants in luxe fabrics like silks and satins. Second, lean toward solid colors and neutrals that will blend in nicely with your existing wardrobe. (There’s nothing worse than loud kitschy pjs masquerading as grown-up attire.) For work, try layering your newest obsession under a blazer or a crisp fall jacket to give them a professional edge. If you’re thinking about hitting the town after hours, toss the jacket aside, let your hair down, and pair with a plunging neckline. Voila. Who’s sleepy now?
Growing your hair out doesn’t have to be a chore, but it is a full-time commitment. We’re here to help you get through the “ugly hair stage” a little more gracefully. Before we get to the fun part, let’s make sure you’re taking all the necessary steps to keep your luscious locks healthy throughout the growth process. Do: take daily vitamins and get regular trims. (Duh.) Don’t: get anywhere near peroxide-heavy hair dyes, chlorine or saltwater, or perms. Not too bad, right? Okay here’s the big one. Raise your hand if you use a straightener, curling iron, blow dryer, or individual curlers. These hot devices are the quickest way to damage pretty tresses. When possible allow your wet mane some air time and only finish off the ends with a blow dryer. If you must use a straightener, try to only break it out for special occasions and always apply a heat styling product. (Note: Going to Whole Foods to “accidentally” run into a cute hipster in aisle five is not a special occasion.)
Let’s not panic. When we take away one vice, we give you another in return–accessories! Headbands, scarves, and hats. Oh my! This will make all the difference between looking like a news reporter on Channel 10 or a chic head-turning trendsetter. American Apparel has the most amazing twist scarves on the planet for only $14. Bend your scarf into bows, bunny ears, or a tiny rosette. You can’t go wrong.
Cute clips are another great way to showcase your fashion sense while camouflaging your awkward hair phase. Take a cue from the spring 2011 runways with a retro 1970′s side part complete with a statement-making barrette. Tip: Make sure the barrettes aren’t super tight to keep the damage to a minimum. Bon chance mon amis!
In an industry that thrives on constant change and impeccable taste, it’s ironic to note the stagnant style of fashion’s most powerful players can be a bore. Take Cathy Horyn for example. The ever popular and controversial fashion critic is seen front row at Fashion Week every season in the same getup: little to no makeup, frumpy silhouettes, and a heavy dose of black on black. How about America’s sweetheart Grace Coddington? Known for her picturesque visions in Vogue, the adored redhead leaves her hair untouched, her black ensembles simple, and her jewelry classic with an understated necklace. Moving on we come to Anna Wintour, who dons her infamous bob and oversized sunnies no matter the time or day. What does it mean when the most incredibly talented women in fashion, whose job it is to inform you and me on style, are in a monumental fashion rut?
Now we can poke fun and point fingers all day, but let’s turn the tables on our own closets. New York women are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to a daily uniform (myself included). A color palette consisting of gray, black, and navy dominates, leggings and jeggings are chosen over jeans and trousers, and we can’t forget the indispensable flats for travel. Did The Devil Wears Prada not teach us anything about the state of our wardrobe in the workplace? For shame. Time for a fall cleanup! Toss, mend, make lists, make vision boards, make rules, break rules, get destructive, get creative. After all, a true signature look for any fashionista isn’t about hiding behind habitual uniforms–it’s about an ever-evolving individual style.