I'm conflicted about breast-cancer-awareness beauty purchases. On the one hand, yeah! Let's help fund more research for a cure! On the other hand, why help big corporations get a fat tax break on their donation when I can donate myself and get a tax break for my own fine self?
But I realized that my conflict isn't necessarily your conflict – duh – and perhaps you haven't yet pulled the trigger on BCA beauty wants this year and could use a reminder in the nick of October-time...
baskits unwind bca beauty box
Beauty boxes seem to be getting more popular; this BCA version from Baskits looks like a winner, and 20% of every October sale in Canada is earmarked for the Canadian Cancer Society. Here's what's in the Baskits Unwind BCA beauty box ($85 CAD and $64 USD at baskits.com):
- Wooden salt scooper
- Wild and Wolf Folklore Twelve Mini Emery Board
- Koco Star Nail Therapy
- Mimi & Liloo Tropic Coconut Chocolate 80g
- Coconut & Oat Milk Bath Petit
- Folding Box White
- "Unwind" Exfoliating Lavender Buds Soap Block
glamglow bubblesheet mask
I generally shun Glamglow, it's true. My first introduction to the brand was a mask that smelled like a cupcake, which of course made me recoil in disgust. And then they released a mask with glitter in it. 🙄 Don't get me wrong – of course skincare can be fun. But glitter in a mask? 🤨😑 (That said, it probably sold really well, so #moneymaker at least...🤷🏻♀️)
But the Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask ($12 CAD and $9 USD at sephora.com) – I bought a handful of the BCA version because although I haven't tried it yet, 1) the scent is citrus, not effing butter-cream-frosting; and 2) despite my conflict over helping a corporation get a tax write-off, I felt as though I were being mean when I even considered buying the non-BCA masks instead. 🤦🏻♀️
Until October 31st, 20% of the purchase price (to a total Glamglow donation max of $50,000 USD) will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
becca shimmering skin perfector highlighter
This pretty Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter ($38 USD at becca.com) is a USA-exclusive at the moment, it seems – although the brand is available at Sephora Canada, this BCA compact is not (it might have sold out). It is available via ulta.com, but that's not much help to Canadians at this point given the rate of exchange and shipping.
And of course now, although I prefer highlighter sans obvious shimmer particles or sparkle, I have a slight case of #grabbyhands because it's not an easy get for me now. Oy. #whatsupwiththat?
hbc foundation bcrf scarf
It's not makeup, but I'm including it anyway: this year's soft and cosy polyester Hudson's Bay Company Foundation BCRF scarf ($21 CAD at thebay.com*) is super affordable. More importantly, until October 31st more than 60% of that affordable purchase price – $13 CAD – is headed for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available to Canadians only. (And note: I received a scarf as a media sample.)
*Although thebay.com is technically a Reward-Style affiliate, this link is not an affiliate link.
aveda hand repair
Okay, I love the Aveda Shampure scent, so the pink-ribbon edition of Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme ($35 CAD and $26.50 CAD at aveda.com) is a BCA beauty purchase I'd consider. Of the purchase price, $5 is reserved for breast-cancer research.
estée lauder advanced night repair
If you're already a fan of the iconic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum ($123 CAD at esteelauder.ca*) that smooths skin while you slumber each night, the annual vibrant pink bottle is an easy BCA purchase if you're so inclined – 20% of the price tag will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year's version comes with a pink pleather tassel keychain. Sold out in the US, but still available online in Canada.
*esteelauder.ca is not an affiliate link.
estée lauder powerful pink minaudière
The US side of Lauder's e-commerce site has another BCA option ideal if you feel sculpting is a non-negotiable makeup step. This very pretty Estée Lauder Powerful Pink Contour & Highlight Minaudiére ($75 USD at esteelauder.com*) houses powder bronzer, highlighter and blush as well as a Pure Color Lipstick in Candy.
*esteelauder.com is not an affiliate link.
Aside from the Baskits box and Hudson's Bay scarf, the rest of the BCA items in this list are from Estée Lauder-owned brands – Lauder is a beauty-industry leader when it comes to raising fight-breast-cancer funds via limited-edition releases. But if you love the product and feel good that part of the profits are going to research, does it matter whether they're from the same umbrella company?
And there were more breast-cancer-awareness beauty items available earlier in the month of course – I'm sorry. Several things sold out, which means, I guess, that lots of people see limited-edition BCA stuff as a worthwhile purchase. What's your position? Does helping a big corporation get a tax break matter when a side effect is an annual-larger-than-most-of-us-can-manage donation to cancer research? Or do you prefer to donate on your own?