Come December 31, an estimated 232,030 cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in the U.S. this year alone. More than 2.8 million American women are living with a history with the disease. Breast cancer has touched so many lives it’s hard not to get emotional at the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
While pink ribbon fatigue can set in after seeing so many products display the little lapel label in recognition of the 30-day event (BCA T-shirts I get, BCA guns I don’t), I have to insist: October offers a great opportunity to try out new beauty basics while benefiting the worthy cause. You’ll inevitably run out of daily moisturizer—why not stock up in advance? Don’t have the storage space? Pick up a new shimmery lip gloss for the holidays or spruce up your home with a new candle. The beauty essentials I’ve rounded up here are my favorite limited edition-items—picks I’d be into before the benefit of helping fight The Big C. Knowing each product donates a portion of proceeds to charities and foundations that further breast cancer education and research feels good, too.
Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth (XYY) Face Cream ($59)
If you need an all-around cream without harsh skin resurfacers like retinols for the night, this is a good bet. Red rose wine brings the antioxidant punch to the milky lotion, which hydrates without added heaviness. Safe to use after a derm treatment, it’s a true skin savior for any complexion feeling seriously stressed and sensitive.
Laqa & Co. Lil Lip Duo ($16)
Pinks are a staple every season, and these cute-as-a-button glossy lip pencils are perfect to tuck in a clutch. Mini-sized at 3 inches, the slightly sheer sticks turn up so you can ditch the sharpener and wear them more like lightweight balms than lipsticks. The lighter shade is also shimmery, so you can layer it over a fuller coverage lipstick if you’d like.
Joico Power Spray Fast-Dry Finishing Hairspray ($22 for two)
Who doesn’t run out of hairspray when they least expect it? This is a quick solution for limp locks (like mine) that need to hold curls for longer than an L.A. commute. The fine mist leaves strands light and breezy and has a nice fruity scent, not a harsh chemical one.
Limited-Edition Aveda Hand Relief ($26)
An everyday essential, this hand cream is addicting thanks to the sweetened citrusy scent that I can’t get enough of. Beyond the fragrance, the thick creamy consistency gets deep into dry hands with a blend of 25 plant and flower essence oils that hydrate intensely when I spread it freely overnight.
Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection ($29.50)
I’m always a sucker for Lauder’s annual October sets simply because the clutches are so cute. This year, the chic bag houses the brand’s best-selling Pure Color lipstick in limited-edition Dream Pink plus two mini nail lacquers in limited-edition Blushing Lilac and Berry Hot.
Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise ($20)
This is a non-sticky, iridescent gloss that has a lot of shine. The hydrating base is free of traditional, heavy binders (meaning there’s no stick-factor) and then infused slowly with highly reflective pink pigments that are almost metallic looking. It wears sheer but is shimmery.
Marc Jacobs Pink Honey Edition ($76)
A fantastic floral for fall, Honey is about as bubbly pink as a girly perfume can get. The sweet composition explodes with a honeyed fruit punch motif that hits the right notes before settling into a woodsy base. They say vanilla is there, but I don’t sniff it out.
C.O. Bigelow Freesia Candle ($42)
Being candle obsessed, I can tell you the Freesia scent in this jar is like a dazzling sorbet melted into the vegetable wax. The lead-free wicks help keep the potency of the oils fresh and true to form, but the throw of the scent is impressive– it filled my home office in 15 minutes.
A native Angeleno, Nav is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has been testing beauty products for print and digital magazines for nearly a decade. She spends her days working in media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.