Make thinking pink truly beautiful
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, once again, a bevy of beauty buys have been given the pink treatment. Katie Wright reveals her top picks
It's back and it's bigger than ever - this year, dozens of brands have got on board with Breast Cancer Awareness Month by launching revamped products or choosing bestsellers to contribute to the cause.
So, if you've got beauty products on your shopping list in October, why not choose one from this pink posse?
From everyday essentials to luxury treats, the shops are chock-full of charitable buys, so take your pick and be a beautiful benefactor.
NSPA Fruit Extracts Fresh Sweet Raspberry Shower & Bath Gel, £2 (www.asda.com)
For every bottle sold of this bubbly, berry concoction, 20p will be donated to Tickled Pink.
Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush, £7.99 (Feelunique.com)
Buy any one of four shades (all pinks, naturally, from Healthy Mix to Rose de Jaspe) of the bestselling blush, and £1 will go to Breast Cancer Care.
Neal's Yard Remedies Lavender & Aloe Vera Deodorant, £8.50 (www.nealsyardremedies.com)
Free from preservatives and aluminium salts, Neal's Yard deodorants are 100% natural but still highly effective, and during October, £1 from every sale (choose between Lavender & Aloe Vera or Lemon & Coriander) goes to cancer support charity The Haven.
Margaret Dabbs London Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Serum, £12 (www.margaretdabbs.co.uk)
Ideal for hands or feet, this soothing serum is packed with tea tree and emu oil to help strengthen and moisturise nails. This month, 15% of the price will go to charity.
Artdeco Pink Ribbon All in One Mascara, £13.70 (www.debenhams.com)
Artdeco's volumising and nourishing - thanks to carnauba palm - black mascara gets a little pink ribbon embellishment for this limited edition, with 10% of sales going to the Marie Keating Foundation, which aims to help both women and men detect cancer earlier.
Rosie for Autograph Eau de Parfum, £14 for 30ml (www.marksandspencer.com)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's rose-infused signature fragrance gets a vivid pink paint job just for this month, and 100% of the proceeds will be going to Breast Cancer Now.
Clinique Pink with a Purpose Cheek Pop with Bag, £17.50 (www.clinique.co.uk)
This perky, hot pink powder blush comes in a cute little zip-up pouch - handy for toting around mini make-up essentials - and £2 from every sale will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Origins Limited Edition Make a Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment, £19.50 (www.origins.co.uk)
From October right through to the end of the year, Origins will donate £5 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every pink tube of its super-hydrating hand cream sold.
Aveda Limited Edition BCA Hand Relief, £22 (www.aveda.co.uk)
Packed with plant and flower essences, Aveda's Hand Relief lotion is beloved for its silky texture and signature Shampure aroma. For every limited edition tube sold, a £2 donation will go to fund research into breast cancer risk factors.
Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment, £27 (DNLHair.co.uk)
Argan, the Moroccan oil that drenches locks with moisture and shine, has become a haircare staple and Agadir's 100% pure oil treatment is second to none. For every pink pump-topped bottle sold, £1 will go to fundraising group Future Dreams.
Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm Pink Edition, £33 (www.elemis.com)
Elemis has promised to donate £10,000 to Breast Cancer Care this month, from sales of their cult favourite Flash Balm, so you'll look and feel radiant when you purchase the special bright pink version.
The Organic Pharmacy Rose Body Lotion, £41.95 (www.theorganicpharmacy.com)
The Organic Pharmacy has chosen to partner with a new campaign this year, the Life After Breast Cancer Fund, and will be giving £2 for every luscious Rose Body Lotion sold.
Creme de la Mer BCA Lip Balm, £45 (www.cremedelamer.co.uk)
As lip balms go, it doesn't get much more luxurious than Creme de la Mer's minty, moisture-infusing miracle. It may be pricey, but £9 from every sale of a pink-topped pot will go towards breast cancer research, so it's worth the splurge.
Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne, £85 for 100ml (www.jomalone.co.uk)
If floral fragrances float your boat, Jo Malone's Red Roses Cologne, which combines the scents of seven ravishing varieties, can't fail to impress. If that wasn't enough, for every 100ml bottle sold, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation will receive a £20 donation.
GHD Air Vintage Pink Hairdryer, £99 (www.ghdhair.com)
GHD hairdryers are just as good as their imperious styling tools, especially if you're after poker-straight locks. For every Vintage Pink edition of the Air dryer, £10 will go to Breast Cancer Now.