October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
When they first arrived they were not met with a happy welcome.
Of course the first step was denial. Never mind that whenever I ran or cartwheeled or climbed trees they were always bouncing every which way. I was 11. I was a tomboy. My agenda involved riding bikes, playing baseball: I absolutely had no plans to grow up, acquire boobs or wear bras in the near future.
But then there they were. And one day, when my best friend and I were running around her yard pretending to be Olympic track stars, her mom noticed that I was sprinting in the most peculiar way. Without thinking, I cradled my arms underneath my bosoms to prevent the No-These-Arenâ€™t-Boobs from bouncing around as I ran sans arms for the Gold.
Her mom made a quick jaunt to our house and gently mentioned to my mother that I might want to get something to rein those suckers in. And although in my mind tomboys didnâ€™t need no stinking bras and I was determined to live in my life of boob-denial, my mom sat me down that evening and declared, â€œYOU WILL BE GETTING A BRA THIS WEEKEND.â€
And so I went to bed that night in tears.
Even though I was just 11, I knew that my life was changing, and that from now on, things would be different because I was growing up. That frightened me most of all.
While the relationship between my breasts began with a rocky start, I can say now that I appreciate them. Theyâ€™ve helped me score numerous free beers. Oh, and my husband claims they were really â€œeasy on the eyesâ€ on our first date.
But in all seriousness, I thank the powers-that-be every day that the boobs been healthy thus far. Within the past few years Iâ€™ve had a few friends whoâ€™ve been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. These amazing women are survivors, and are my heroes.
So, in honor of these wonderful ladies Iâ€™ll be doing several posts this month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Several of my favorite beauty lines are selling special products with proceeds that go to different Breast Cancer organizations. If youâ€™re planning on buying a lipstick or a blush this October, please think about purchasing something that supports the cause. Itâ€™s a small step, but you can still make a difference. See – makeup can be a powerful thing!
Product: Limited Edition of Cliniqueâ€™s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. Check out the cute Clinique and Pink Ribbon cell phone charms!
Use: As a moisturizing facial lotion
Price: $35.00 for a 6.7 fl. oz pump-top bottle
Who this benefits: $10 per Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding the most innovative clinical and genetic research at leading medical centers worldwide. For more information about BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org or call 1.866.FIND.A.CURE.
Product: Prescriptivesâ€™ Limited Edition Pink Ahead Colorscope Eye Color
Use: A shadow trio to highlight, define and contour eyes – wear each shade alone or blend them together to create your own customized look.
Who this benefits: Purchasing a product from this collection helps Prescriptives donate $40,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Product: Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights and Smashbox Face & Body Brush #19
Use: Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights is a powder highlighter that gives skin a natural-rosy hue. Apply with Face & Body Brush #19 to your face or dÃ©colletÃ©.
Who this benefits:A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the set will go directly to the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, a grassroots advocacy group dedicated to finding a cure.
Product: Splendid and Estee Lauderâ€™s Limited-Edition Pink Camouflage Tank Top
Use: To cover your bosoms and to raise awareness that early detection saves lives!
Who this benefits: Splendid will donate 25% of the proceeds from the sale of each tank top to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
I hope you get the chance to hug the women you love on this wonderful Wednesday.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,