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Fabulous treats to treat yourself to during Breast Cancer Awareness month

The Murder on the Dancefloor star Sophie Ellis Bextor is urging you to treat yourself and raise funds for charity during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Lisa Haynes and Emma Akbareian find 10 fabulous treats.

If you're in the market for a beauty product, it's time to think pink at the tills. From hairspray to nail polish, you can go top-to-toe with the colour to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October.

Every year, 50,000 people in the UK are told the devastating news that they have breast cancer, so these limited edition products go a little way to fighting the disease and raising awareness.

Give your bathroom shelves a pink-over for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

BAG IT

Elemis's Think Pink Beauty Kit is every skincare fanatic's dream. The patent pink bag contains three of this beauty giant’s most celebrated products; Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Skin Nourishing Shower Cream, all for £29.90 (usually worth £59.80). What's more, Elemis are pledging a donation of £10,000 to Breast Cancer Care (0117 316 1818/www.timetospa.co.uk).

PUCKER UP

You'll be spoilt for a choice of pink pout options when you carry Clinique's handy limited edition ‘Great Lips, Great Cause' keyring. It contains three mini Long Last Glosswear shades for £15, with £2 going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (Boots).

STRAIGHT AND NARROW

Whether you want to go wavy, curly or poker-straight, ghd's styler is available in a limited edition Pink Orchid design for £129, with £10 donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer (www.ghdhair.com).

ENLIGHTENING POT

Get a healthy glow with Illuminating Touch by Bourjois. The iridescent pearly pink powder is perfect for highlighting cheekbones, under brows and even lips. £7.49, with £1 from each sold going to Cancer Research UK (0800 269 836/www.bourjois.co.uk).

POLISHED ACT

Give your talons a pretty makeover with Marks & Spencer's Perfection nail polish in Baby Pink. It's quick drying too, for no-fuss application. Available for £5, with 10% going to Breakthrough Breast CaNcer (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).

PINK POTION

Inject some colour into your skincare routine with Origins' limited edition pink Make A Difference skin rejuvenating treatment. This moisturiser promises to restore and revive skin for £21, with £3 going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (0800 731 4039/www.origins.co.uk).

SEXY SPRAY

Get a firm hold on your hairstyle with Sexy Hair's best selling hairspray Spray & Play, in a special edition |pink print bottle. Available for £10.49, with £1 split between Look Good, Feel Better and The Teenage Cancer Trust (www.sexyhair.co.uk).

MIRROR, MIRROR

With all these new beauty products you'll need a mirror to aid application. Avon's Crusade Compact Mirror comes in a pretty heart shaped silver design, complete with a pink ribbon adornment. Available for £4, with 25% going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer (www.avonshop.co.uk).

TWEEZE TEASE

There's no excuse for bushy brows this autumn with Alida's Beauty Heroes Slanted Tweezers by la-tweez, £9.95. They’re the answer to your eyebrow grooming issues. A collaboration with the Pink Ribbon Foundation means 50% of the profits from the range of eight tools go to the charity (www.victoriahealth.com)

SENSUAL SCENT

Versace has come up with the perfect solution to dreary weather; the purchase of its Bright Crystal fragrance, £61, not only donates £2 to Breast Health International but customers can also flaunt a complimentary Versace bright pink umbrella. Crystal has strong floral tones accented by musk and amber so you can smell and feel good. It’s available in major department stores provincewide throughout October.

Coming to a beauty counter near you ...

  • Dior is introducing its new Diorskin Forever via the flawless face of ambassador Natalie Portman. The long-wearing foundation, £29.50, is available province-wide from today. To mark the launch, Dior are offering a free ‘foundation fitting’ consultation and three-day trial until October 30. To book, call 020 7216 0216 or ask for the Dior counter in your nearest store.
  • In the battle of the beauty brands, |=Dermalogica has been ranked the coolest skincare and ghd the coolest haircare in the influential CoolBrands list. The definitive annual survey of the coolest brands in the UK is now in its 10th year. The survey takes into account the views of 2,000 |consumers and a panel of 36 designers, style experts, media personalities and prominent figures from the worlds of TV, fashion and music. Helping rate the ’coolness’ factor this year were the likes of Jessie J, Ben de Lisi, Lisa Snowdon, Sadie Frost and Kelly Hoppen.
  • Reward your supermarket sweep|with a trolley dash to the beauty aisles. Tesco has launched the new Blossom range consisting of six pampering products to indulge your skin. Prices range from |£3-£4.50, available in stores and online at www.tesco.com

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