By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
Kudos to the array of businesses supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October by allowing consumers to seamlessly support charitable organizations through product purchases. And, cause-conscious consumerism has never looked so good, or glam! This year’s array of fabulous, stylish wares will leave you tickled pink. Here are a few of my fav’s:
Mobile Edge 16” Komen Milano Tote in Pink (www.Wayfair.com) -- $96.55
The Komen Milano tote bag is part of the Caring Case Collection, which is comprised of pink-themed bags that all incorporate the symbolic pink breast cancer ribbon. It's constructed of faux-croc material and features a butterfly soft suede interior, removable cosmetic pouch, and SafetyCell notebook protection. What better way to draw awareness to breast cancer research than to display it with a very fashionable handbag? Mobile Edge donates 10% of the retail price of each tote bag in the Caring Case Collection directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Since partnering with Komen for the Cure in 2004, more than $300,000 has been donated to the fight against breast cancer. This is a great way to show your support and your style!
Berricle Pink Cubic Zirconia Cocktail Ring and 18” Necklace (www.Berricle.com) -- Starting at $65.99
The Berricle pear pink cubic zirconia is a ravishing halo cocktail ring made of fine sterling silver stamped with a "925" quality mark, and is rhodium plated. It features an extraordinary AAA grade pink pear cut, three-prong set cubic zirconia (5.41 carat, 14mm x 10mm) stone that shimmers. Accented with 101 round cut pave set CZ, the stones’ total weight is 6.93 carat while the band measures 4mm - 8.7mm in width and the ring weighs eight grams. This ring is nickel free and hypoallergenic. The elegant CZ-By-Yard station necklace by Berricle is made of fine sterling silver, plated with rhodium, and stamped with a "925" quality mark. This necklace is sure to impress with 14pcs bezel set, round cut, pink cubic zirconia stones that measure 5mm each and weigh 6.44 carat in total. It weighs 5.1 grams and has 2.9 mm in chain width. The stunning piece comes with an 18-inch chain that is secured with spring ring clasp. During the month of October, 20% of the proceeds from the sales these items will be donated to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization. Not only will you look fashionable when you wear this out with a day or night look, but you will also call attention to a very important issue for women. What a dazzling way to show your support to end breast cancer.
“Courageous” Bracelet by Willamy Collection (www.WilliamyCollection.com) -- $55
Willamy makes beautiful hand-crafted wrap bracelets from the finest quality leather, crystals, and beads. Recently, the Willamy Collection has been making a buzz in Hollywood as styles have been seen on Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell, OMG! Insider Keltie Colleen, Dean Cain, and Katie and Thea Andrews on “The Talk.” Willamy is very excited to have recently reportedly received requests from the stylists for Reba McEntire and Billy Ray Cyrus. The "Courageous" bracelet is a special design created to support Breast Cancer Awareness this October. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.
Reebok Pink Ribbon SmoothFlex Ride 3.0EX Running Shoe (www.Reebok.com) -- $75
Reebok’s Pink Ribbon SmoothFlex is a marvel of form and function, featuring a mesh-upper for added comfort and durability, multi-direction Flex nodes to allow natural motion, a removable molded sockliner for cushioning and comfort, forefoot flex grooves for flexibility and a high abrasion rubber outsole for durability. There is also a low-cut design for added mobility. The shoe features an attention-grabbing pink ribbon design on the sockliner and on the heel. Reebok is a proud supporter of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and plans on donating at least $300,000 and up to $750,000 to the organization to support access to care and for research designed to discover a cure for breast cancer.
Breeze Comfort Fitness Tops and Bras (www.BreezeComfort.com) -- $35-$50
Breeze Comfort is an intimate and fitness apparel brand with women's breast health in mind. All of their products come with a patented Ventipad, a revolutionary padding that provides maximum air circulation for a dry and comfortable wearer experience. They have very fashion-forward sports bras and tops, all of which come with the padding. Women recovering from mastectomies have commented that the wireless, padded sports bras are great for their recovery. The Fall/Winter 2013 fitness styles are also made with premium performance supplex and lined with organic bamboo charcoal, making them eco-friendly, anti-odor, and hypoallergenic. The Lotus Sports bra is a stylish and flattering sports bra with a unique criss-cross back design that allows you to move with ease. The Y-Knot Sports Top is a beautiful and light-weight Y-back sports top designed for low to medium impact sports, such as yoga and Pilates.
TrailHeads Goodbye Girl Ponytail Headband (www.TrailHeads.com) -- $20
The main feature of the Goodbye Girl Ponytail Headband is TrailHeads' signature ponytail loop that allows women to easily slip their ponytail through the headband for a more comfortable fit. The moisture-wicking fleece insulates your ears from the cold while keeping you comfortable during a workout. The ponytail headband is available in 12 colors, including the new pink headband. This headband is one of nine products on TrailHeads' new "Pink Trails" Collection, which includes a ponytail hat, ponytail cap, hand warmers and reversible headband just to name a few of the innovative products. The collection is currently available online year-round with 10% of every purchase donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Hard Rock International PINKTOBER Tees (www.HardRock.com) -- $26
Hard Rock International adds a pop of PINK this October in honor of the brand’s 14th annual PINKTOBER breast cancer awareness campaign. Get noticed in stylish shades of PINK with Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER merchandise, including the PINKTOBER 2013 T-shirt, bracelet, tote, scarf, pin and more. Proceeds from the sale of PINKTOBER Women's Tee will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (U.S.). The Hard Rock International Pinktober Women's Tee and related merchandise are sold exclusively at Hard Rock properties worldwide, including cafes, hotels, casinos and on their website. This is a cool way to help support a wonderful cause during October as well as the whole year round.
Cool-Jams Performance Sleepwear (www.Cool-Jams.com) -- $29-$109
Many call Cool-Jams “the world's perfect pajama” because the sleepwear seems to sense what the body needs. The fabric's thermal regulation properties keep the body cool and dry when it's hot and warm and cozy when the temperatures dip. These pajamas are scientifically engineered to absorb and wick moisture and heat faster, dry quicker, and have the most advanced antibacterial protection of any 100% cotton, poly, or wicking sleepwear fabric tested. Cool-Jams have revolutionized the world of sleep. They are perfect for people who live in warm climate, hot sleepers, those with night sweats which so often happens when someone is going through breast cancer treatment. During the month of October, Cool-Jams Wicking Sleepwear pledges to donate 10% of every eligible sale to national women’s cancer charities. When a customer uses the promo code PINK at check out, they will receive a 10% discount on sleepwear, plus we'll donate an additional 10%.
ROCKSTAR White “Be Kissable” Teeth Whitening Kit (www.RockstarWhite.com) -- $47.95
ROCKSTAR White is a high strength, over-the-counter teeth whitening solution. The ingredients are all natural, kosher, not tested on animals and everything is made in the USA. This is a safe, effective, and easy way to whiten teeth and costs a mere fraction of what professional teeth whitening charges. ROCKSTAR White products also whiten teeth without pain. You'll get the "Wow" without the "OW,” according to ROCKSTAR White Founder and Periodontist, Dr. Dennis Hunt. ROCKSTAR White "Be Kissable" comes in a pink box, which was designed to reflect Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plus, the company is giving a percentage of its profits on this product to breast cancer research.
Skinn Cosmetics’ Sugar Lips Polishing Scrub (www.Skinn.com) -- $20
Made with real sugar and a special butter blend, this lip scrub will gently exfoliate dry, flakey skin. Using aloe leaf extract and blended oils derived from sweet almonds, olives, mangos, pistachios and coconuts, this non-abrasive scrub will relieve chapped lips once and for all, revealing a soft smile. Apply polish to lips and gently massage in a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water and pat lips dry. For long-lasting results, immediately follow with your favorite Skinn lip treatment. Get lips to lust over during this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month of October, Skinn Cosmetics will donate 100% of sales (every cent of every sale will be donated!) of their Sugar Lips - Polishing Scrub for Dry & Lined Lips to support Bright Pink, the national nonprofit focused on risk reduction and early detection of breast cancer in young women.
FragranceNet.com Benetton Inferno Paradiso Pink (www.FragranceNet.com) -- $21.29
Think pink this October and help fund all-important breast cancer research when you purchase any one of the many “pink” products from FragranceNet.com, the leading online retailer of discounted genuine brand name fragrances and beauty products. Each time one of these “pink” products is purchased, FragranceNet.com will donate 15 percent of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Benetton Inferno Paradiso Pink has a delightful scent that opens with top notes of lemon and orange to give it a slightly sweet, citrusy aroma. The perfume soon dries down, however, to reveal floral middle notes of ylang-ylang and rose. Be sure to purchase it via FragranceNet.com to ensure that the donation applies.
Rio De Keratin (www.RDKHair.com) -- $35
LASIO Professional Hair Care introduces Rio de Keratin, a new revolutionary at-home keratin treatment designed for trendy girls on a budget. The Rio de Keratin’s Release Yourself Kit provides 120 days of frizz-free hair for cost-conscious chic girls who want to take control of their lives and hair. Infused with a natural blend of botanical extracts from Brazil, the Rio de Keratin treatment can be used on all hair types, including color treated, chemically processed, and relaxed hair. Rio de Keratin’s Release Yourself Kit cuts styling time in half, eliminating 100% of frizz while locking in moisture and shine. This four-step spray on formula offers quick and easy application and silky hair. LASIO Professional Hair Care is supporting the fight against breast cancer this October by donating $1 from each sale of its new Rio De Keratin Release Yourself Kit to the National Breast Cancer Foundation during the entire month of October.
"The Luxe List" Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***