Think pink: Five items that give back towards breast cancer research

Not only is October prime fall season, but it’s also breast cancer awareness month. This month you may notice that are are so many brands and products going pink as part of the international health campaign that’s organized by major breast cancer charities. The point is to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research into its cause and help prevent people from getting breast cancer by going for regular mammograms.

According to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, one in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. One in four cancers diagnosed in women in Canada are breast cancer; there’s a one in 30 probability that a Canadian woman will die from breast cancer during her lifetime; the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 87 per cent; and, it’s the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women in Canada (lung cancer being the first).

Around seven years back I threw a fashion show for the CBCF, where my partner and I raised close to C$4,000.  I’m not gonna lie, throwing a fashion show takes a lot of work, so I’m more inclined to give back by purchasing products that give a percentage to breast cancer charities. For the past 25 years, the Estee Lauder Group of Companies have been giving raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through offering special branded items with a portion of the proceeds going to the BCRF. This year, 12 of the companies have released special items that are pink themed and help support their mission to create a breast cancer-free world.

In case you didn’t know, Estee Lauder owns a ton of popular beauty brands, including Smashbox, MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, and much more.  I chose five of the items from their list that I feel would make a difference – both for breast cancer and for personal use.

La Mer Limited-Edition Creme De La Mer – C$120

La Mer is offering up a special edition of their iconic Creme de la Mer, a moisturizer that is known as being the caviar of skincare. Although I have yet to try it, I feel like this would give me the chance to finally take the plunge as $17 from the purchase price of this 15 ml bottle will go towards the BCRF (with a maximum donation of $53,000).

Estee Lauder Limited-Edition Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II with Pink Ribbon Keychain – C$110

I actually use this serum every night and I’m almost out of it, so it was the perfect excuse to pick up a new bottle.

Apply this serum every night after your moisturizer for smooth, radiant, and younger-looking skin. This limited-edition pink bottle comes with a three-charm pink ribbon keychain that has a touch of blue in the design, representing the less than one per cent of men who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Estee Lauder will donate 20 per cent of the suggested retail price from each bottle towards the BCRF.

Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme with Invigorating Rosemary Mint Aroma – C$34

Who doesn’t need a hand moisturizer in their bag, especially during the cooler fall months?

This limited-edition hand moisturizer features a pink cap and band and packs a serious punch when it comes to relieving hands of dryness. Four dollars from each purchase will go towards the BCRF with a maximum donation of $331,000 US until September 22, 2018.

Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set – C$70

A pink blush is a staple in every girl’s makeup routine, and this one, which comes in the most beautiful rosy pink shade, is universally flattering on all skin tones. Complete with a mini face blender brush, Bobbi Brown will donate $11 from the purchase price of this set, with a maximum donation of $90,000.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – C$39

Another staple in anyone’s makeup routine, if you are in the need for a new primer, take a look at this one.  This spray gives you the benefits of a primer with hydration thrown in, leaving you with the perfect base for flawless makeup.

Five dollars from the purchase price of this product will go to the BCRF, up to a maximum of C$20,000.

Honourable mention: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ – C$49

One of my favourite products of all time, I remember when I was younger and I would always see this limited-edition version of my favourite moisturizer hit counters and I always wanted it because it featured cute little charms at the top.

Clinique has been releasing a limited-edition bottle of its cult-worthy Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ for years and this year the bottle is adorned with a Clinique key ring with four charms, including a breast cancer awareness pink ribbon.

Clinique is donating $10 from each 125 ml special bottle towards BCRF up to a maximum of $475,000 until January 31, 2018.

There are so many different brands relating products this month that go towards breast cancer research. If you use these products already, or have been dying to try them, I highly recommend picking up these limited-edition bottles.

Do you buy items that give proceeds to charities?

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Larger than life: Winnipeg gets interactive with Monopoly at McDonald’s

I’ve always been a huge fan of Monopoly. I kid you not, when I texted my brother “hey, can you pull out the Monopoly board, I need it to take some photos”, he replied with “yeah sure, but which one? We have like 15 of them”.

The sad part is, I’m not even lying (we actually have two versions of the original edition).

Star Wars Monopoly, Pokemon Monopoly, Nintendo Monopoly, Canadian Monopoly… literally there is a Monopoly board for everything. Since my family and I love the game so much, we always get so excited for McDonald’s Monopoly, happening from October 11 to November 13.  This year you have one-in-five chances to win and guests have the chance to win $5,000 a week by redeeming any offer on the My McD’s app (a total win-win if you ask me).

Monopoly at McDonald's 2017 Monopoly at McDonald's Canada, Winnipeg

I’ve never won anything more than a free food or drink item (I’m totally gunning for a Hudson’s Bay gift card this year… or you know, a vacation, but that might be too ambitious), but if you’re a hardcore like me, you’ll want to stop by the McDonald’s location at 1501 St. Mary’s Road in Winnipeg today. They are holding a live Monopoly event where the sidewalk around the building will be transformed into a giant Monopoly game board, complete with colourful stacks of Monopoly money tucked underneath (and life-sized dice!). The event kicked off yesterday (check out my Instastory  – Shayna_apopofcolour!) and will be around for a limited time, so make sure you pop by to play and get your game pieces.

I’ve already started collecting my game stamps as luckily I often grab my morning coffee from McDonald’s and game pieces are available on medium and large hot McCafé beverages.  They are also available on a number of different food items – so whether you want fries or nuggets, or a Big Mac or a McChicken, your chances at winning are pretty high!

Monopoly at McDonald's Canada 2017

Let me know if you’re planning on playing this year and if you stop by the St. Mary’s Road location here in Winnipeg!

Please note, I partnered with McDonalds Canada on this post. All opinions are my own.

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Totally customizable: Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color customizable palettes

Most contour and face kits come predone. Usually you would just pick the palette that best suits your skintone and go from there. But what if you were really pale and wanted a darker bronzer to really carve out a contour, or what if you didn’t want three different shades of bronzer and maybe a blush thrown in there instead? Make Up For Ever obviously saw the struggle and came up with totally customizable face palettes.

Artist Face Color is a collection of 34 highlights, sculpting powders, and blushes that you can mix and match in single, duo or trio palettes. These products are highly pigmented, blendable and are in a long-lasting powder formula in matte, shimmer, and pearl finishes. All you do is decide on which palette you want, choose your colours, and the pans pop right in via a magnet (kinda like a much-smaller Z Palette).

Singles retail for C$31, duos for C$44 (C$60 value) and trios for C$56 (C$89 value). The prices all reflect the palette themselves, as well as the corresponding refills.

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Colour duo

There are six different highlights to choose from, available in shimmer and matte formulas, 10 different matte bronzers, and 18 different blushes in matte and pearl finishes. Since I have a ton of highlights already, I wanted to do a duo with a blush and bronzer. I chose to go with the S-116 bronzer and B-204 matte blush (cold pink).

The only other time I’ve ever used a Make Up For Ever bronzer was when they released that Pro Light duo which contained a highlight and bronzer. I loved the highlighter, but the bronzer did absolutely nothing for me. In fact, the colour barely showed up on my skin. This bronzer is totally different. The colour is ultra smooth and creamy and blends perfectly into your complexion to create a fabulous contour. Same with the blush, in fact, the first time I used it, I found it so pigmented that I had to go back with my foundation blush and blend it out a little to tone it down.

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Colour Duo Make Up For Ever Artist Face Colour Duo bronzer and blush swatch

Overall, I love what Make Up For Ever did with these. Like I said, I got the duo but I feel like the trio would be the best bang for your buck wince you can customize it with a blush, bronzer, and highlighter – in the perfect shades for you – to create your perfect face palette.

Will you pick up any of the MUFE Artist Face Colour Customizable Palettes? 

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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