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Think before you buy 'pink'

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This October, before you open your purse to give  money for cancer – THINK.

When the Estée Lauder company started the pink ribbon awareness campaign, this was a a genuine attempt to give something for cancer charities and to help women.

Since then the company has helped raise awareness, giving money for research and helping in practical ways all over the world e.g. latest idea is donating money for poor women in Singapore to receive mammograms.

But – rival companies have swung onto the bandwagon, and today, when you go into any store in October, counters shout ‘buy pink’ for just about anything and everything.  And with many offers, there is no guarantee that cancer charities will get even a tiny smidgeon of a donation.

So before you get generous, ask the counter staff how much of the retail price is going to charity.  Dead give-away is if they start to fudge the issue.  Yet if you ask Estée Lauder staff they are generally very knowledgeable, and many that you talk to will regularly donate their precious time off to helping with Look Good, Feel Better.

Here are some of my favourite companies whom I know are helpful (in alphabetical order!)


Not only does this  company make products that really help our ‘druggie’ skin, but they have done their homework, saying “Did you know that each year 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK? That’s equivalent to one person every ten minutes”.

Elemis  have created a Think Pink Beauty Kit in a practical waterproof bag, containing   3 hero skincare products, and presented in the ‘think pink’ cube beauty case – handy for travelling.  It contains:

  • Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – one of my favourites for the face
  • Skin Nourishing shower gel
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust ‘Boob Tube’ 15ml
    Take daily action to protect delicate areas of the neck and bust with this powerful solution for slackening skin. This lifting treatment helps to minimise the signs of ageing to create a smoother, firmer youthful looking neck and bust.  Applying this product daily is the perfect excuse to follow the Elemis 5 Step Breast Check to make sure you are more aware of how your breasts look and feel.

Price £29.50 of which £10 goes to Breast Cancer Care.

Estee Lauder

Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President, the Estee Lauder Companies and Founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation realised that women of the world needed a voice,  so  initiated The Estée Lauder Companies’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

The company has raised millions for breast cancer around the world, and say that if detected early, it’s 98% curable.  In 1992, Evelyn H. Lauder, together with Alexandra Penney, then Editor-in-Chief of SELF magazine, co-created the Pink Ribbon that today has become the worldwide symbol of breast health.

The Company began publicizing the symbol by distributing Pink Ribbons at The Estée Lauder Companies’ cosmetic counters. During October, 15 of the Company’s brands sell Pink Ribbon Products in support of their contributions to BCRF.

And if you feel you must have a pink ribbon, buy an original – the Estee Lauder Jewelled Pink Ribbon Pin, £10 at stores nationwide.  Net proceeds from sales of this pretty brooch go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

One of the Estée Lauder brands is Clinique, which is very much geared towards providing the right products for those of us undergoing treatment, or who have horrible skin problems.

Their wonderful body creams and moisturisers were balm to my poor skin at the beginning, and are still providing help.

But for sheer fun as well as practicality, what about this darling Clinique key ring (left) with three very helpful lip glosses.

With winter coming, I find I have to slap on the lippie every hour, and am always losing glosses in the bottom of my handbag.  I also keep losing keys – but now the two are combined together, and are easy to find.  £15.

Look out for other Clinique products that are helpful for us;  many are on special offer, depending on where you live.





DuWop Purse Your Lips
This U.S. brand is giving £10 per purchase of their miniature purse and lip shimmer to the Pink Ribbon Foundation. It comes with Pink Shimmer Lip Venom, the famous gloss that uses a blend of essential oils, including cinnamon, wintergreen, and ginger, to cause blood to rush to the ­surface of the lips, flushing and swelling them slightly. £17.50

OPI Pink of Hearts nail polish
A new shade created by OPI and Lena White to raise money for breast cancer charities, this is a lovely shimmering pink from the masters of nail care. For every nail polish sold, £2 will go to Breast Cancer Campaign.  £9.95

Mavala The Little Pink Box
A great-value box of goodies from the natural nailcare specialists. Includes three of the brand’s best-selling pink nail polishes: Riga, pale and natural; La Paz, bright and bold; and Gstaad, sparkly and perfect for nights out. £1 from each sale goes to the Breast Cancer Campaign.   From major Lloyds Pharmacies and stores  £9.95.


Deep cleansing and no toner needed

iS Clinical comes up trumps

Let’s be brutally honest – I am bone idle.  Anything that will shave 30 seconds off my cleansing routine has to be worth it, in my book.

So when I read the instructions on my iS Clinical Cleansing Complex bottle – I gave a happy smile.  It pays to read the blurb (but so often I forget).

There, in the instructions, it tells me to moisten face and neck with water, then apply a small amount – then rinse.  So one gets all the benefits, without feeling that the lovely ‘soft’ feeling is going to be swept away with a toner.  And I love the Cleanser;  it really makes my skin feel clean; and it is still soft hours after.

And the big benefit is that iS Clinical, after a great deal of research and clinical trials,  is endorsed by Washington Cancer Center especially for cancer patients.  Makes me wonder why we haven’t done something similar in Britain, and why our dermatologists often haven’t helped cancer patients with skin problems, judging by my post bag from all over Britain.

Just be warned – the next dermatologist or nurse who patronisingly tells me to use an aqueous cream – I will scream the place down.  It is shocking that we put up with their old-fashioned approach to our skin problems.  Anyway, rant over, and thank you  – iS Clinical!

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Weleda up for awards

Weleda creams and lotions on shelves
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New Products from this ethical company

Weleda has been nominated for  Ethical Living Health and Beauty Awards 2010.  This is an awards scheme that has an ethical/green perspective, so just right for this company!

I have just been trying out their Weleda Pomegranate Body Wash, which is up for one of the awards, so feel very smug.  The Body Wash is creamy, does what it says on the label – but very gently – and has an attractive hint of scent – but not too flowery.  What I also like is the packaging is an easy-to-grip re-cyclable plastic, so I don’t feel bad when I throw it away when empty.

I am also pleased that Weleda have also been nominated in the BEST OVERALL BRAND category, as quietly but effectively, they work very hard to give us products that are ethical but also do the job – so many have lots of ‘green’ credentials, but when you go to try them out they are useless, or don’t last.

And I am always a sucker for a wild rose scent, so was delighted to see when buying a new deodorant, that Weleda have a Wild Rose Deodorant.  This is very gentle, and suits my poor ‘drugged’ skin beautifully.

Their deoderant kept me smelling sweet during that lovely summer we have just had – and sadly lost.  I am beginning to wonder if all the things we are doing to save the planet are a con – ever since our Borough has gone overboard to be green and recycle just about anything you can think of, along comes the coldest winter for years, and now we are back to ‘normal’ summer and I have just turned the central heating back on!

Anyway, if you want to vote for them go to

(Incidentally it doesn’t involve parting with your personal details or giving further comment, and you don’t have to vote in every category so it takes less than a minute. It’s as simple as that).

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Twenty years on, and Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream still gathers fans all over the world

Hero Product that help our skin

The people who founded Elemis twenty years ago are still there:

Sean Harrington, Noella Gabriel and Oriele Frank.

In the beauty business, it’s not often that people stick together for so long, but this proves that they make good products that the public love, and come back to time and time again.

One of their staples is their  Pro-Collagen Marine Cream;  launched in a new super-size, but otherwise giving the same benefits as it has for the past two decades.

Not surprisingly, this is now known and loved all over the world, and Noella, who is the Director of Product Development, says  “this really is the best product I have ever created and I am still so proud of it.”   And proving it works,  she hasn’t aged since the first time I met her.

The cream has been clinically trialled, and there is loads of data and tests to back up Elemis’ claims, but for me, the proof came when recently I bent down to kiss the cheek of a health journalist friend.  “Oh!  Your skin is so soft – what are you using?”  She commented.  This is music to anyone’s ears, particularly coming from a rival colleague!

Elemis make a wide range of products, and also have the flagship Spa in the middle of Mayfair – my ‘secret weapon’ when I need to zap the latest side effects from drugs – either for my body or facial skin, or when fatigue rears its ugly head.  Really, if the NHS prescribed Elemis – we wouldn’t need so many anti-depressants!

And, what is really pleasing, this is a British company yet a world-beater!

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