When I think about Women’s Month I think about celebrating the heart of our communities. Women somehow manage to drive successful careers while acting as mothers, partners and caregivers – the anchors of our society. So keeping to this theme I thought I would highlight a couple of products and brands that show off a good heart by supporting initiatives that help to improve this world we live in.
Here are few of my favourite beauties with heart.
Help fight cancer!
Early detection can save lives and yet many don’t have access to proper medical facilities, or they are too afraid to get themselves checked because of social stigma. Luckily there are great organisations working hard to fight the good fight. Here are a few. Go to cansa.org.za for more organisations you can support.
Limited edition ghd V electric pink styler
R2 499 including a heat resistant roll bag, ghdhair.com/za. I always look forward to the annual Limited Edition V styler from ghd and this year they have gone all 80s glam with a shocking pink version. Even the plates have a slight pink shimmer to them. Brilliant.
This styler is launched in collaboration with the PinkDrive to support the work they do on breast cancer awareness. For every ghd V electric pink styler sold they will donate R100 to PinkDrive. To date this annual drive has raised R200 million for breast cancer charities across the globe and this year they are aiming to reach R220 million.
Mandy’s Hair Removal Lotion for Legs and Body
R72 for 200ml, mandys.co.za. Spring is around the corner, which means we have to start tackling the fur coat on our legs. Eeek! I’ve long been a fan of this hair-removal cream. It doesn’t smell great but it has a bunch of nourishing ingredients and I find it keeps me smooth for longer than a shave. As a bonus you’ll also support PinkDrive with your purchase.
The PinkDrive runs an “Early Detection Saves Lives” campaign and aims to give free women’s health to medically uninsured women. A percentage of each Mandy’s Hair Removal Lotion will be donated to PinkDrive.
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Obsession & Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara in Black
Lipcolor R155 and mascara R149, facebook.com/RevlonSouthAfrica. Matte lippies are all the rage at the moment and this one by Revlon is super pretty (and super easy on your pocket). I love the intense pigment, easy-to-use applicator and soft, velvet lip feel.
The mascara is another budget-friendly gem, with pitch-black pigment and a brush that combs through beautifully. You’ll need two coats and I did see some very light dusting through the day, but mostly I give it a thumbs up.
The reason I included these products is because of the Revlon Cancervive drive. Cancervive is an organisation of people who have survived cancer and who work to drive awareness and education in South Africa. They want to remove the fear and stigma associated with the disease.
The main Cancervive event is an annual 10-day motorcycle ride covering different parts of South Africa to spread awareness and hope. I think it is a brilliant initiative! Get more info at cancervive.co.za
Avon Ultra Colour Lip Tint Pen in Freesia
R139,90, avon.co.za. Each year Avon and Justine organise the iThemba Walkathon in Johannesburg to raise awareness around breast cancer. This year you are once again invited to put on your pink lipstick and join the crowd for a 5km or 7,9km route. The event takes place on Sunday 23 October at Marks Park in Johannesburg and costs R120 for adults or R80 for kids between 2 and 12.
I think this lip tint pen is so much fun. It actually feels like a Koki pen when you apply it, and creates a stain on your lip rather than a coating like lipstick or gloss does.
Give some love to our planet
The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask
R300 for 75ml, thebodyshop.co.za. The Body Shop has just launched a new range of 100% Vegetarian face masks (this one also happens to be 100% Vegan). This mask is a goodie to reboot your skin post-winter, with antioxidants and Vitamin C to brighten, and Babassu oil to soften. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse off.
I am a huge fan of The Body Shop manifesto in general. Their aim is to enrich, not exploit, and they work hard to help protect our planet by promoting biodiversity and reducing their environmental footprint. They also support fair trade practices, which helps improve the living conditions of the workers who help grow their ingredients. Nice.
Think about those in need
Ordinary Day Cream
R285 for 50ml, ordinaryskincare.co.za. This South African skincare brand was formulated to give simple yet effective skincare for dry, sensitive skin. This day cream contains a blend of moisturisers like olive oil and Shea butter, as well as antioxidant rich Green Rooibos, grapeseed oil, Aloe Ferox and Co Enzyme Q10. I think it’s a great fuss-free addition to your routine.
You can also support one of the charities affiliated with the brand. With every online transaction a percentage goes either to Red Cross Children’s Hospital or Maitland Cottage Orthopaedic Hospital – you get to choose where the donation goes.
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