September 4th, 2012, 09:53 PM #1
Cancer Awareness Through the Beauty of Color
I made a comment in passing about my intent, as a breast cancer survivor to wear pink themed makeup for the entire month of October. Speckrette, Kimibos suggested that we start an awareness thread and Kimibos would like to support the cause with pink manis. Prettypackages and Glammy Girl have also expressed interest and pledged their support through wearing pink cosmetics. Although both a bit shy and reluctant, I was subsequently inspired to initiate this thread. I am not sad about my plight, and I have used makeup to help combat the ravages of illness. That soon became a passion and absolute ton of fun. I love reading about, talking about, and most of all buying makeup/cosmetics/nail polish. When I happened upon this forum I found a safe haven for this wonderful makeup obsession. So, through this thread I hope we can honor those who lost the war against cancer, uplift & encourage those who are in the throws of battling cancer and celebrate those who have survived it.
Please share your experiences, but more over share and suggest your favorite pink products and total pink-themed makeup looks.
September 4th, 2012, 10:17 PM #2
This thread is a great idea! I remember seeing the start of it in the Current Obsessions thread. I'm going to make sure to wear more of my pink lipstick and pink nail polish in October.
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September 4th, 2012, 10:38 PM #3
Well we can start by celebrating you Medgal07 since you're a survivor. I will wear more pink in October as well. As a matter of fact, it's not October yet but right now my sleep t-shirt is a "Fight for the Tatas" shirt. The letter "I" in the word Fight, is replaced with the pink awareness ribbon. I don't wear colored polish on my fingers but I do on my toes so for the entire month of Oct., I will wear pink polish.
September 5th, 2012, 12:33 AM #4
Check this out; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sgjH...eature=related.
I've adopted the song by Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Fergie, Rihanna, et al, featured in the above youtube video as my inspiration.
It's a song about fighting and pushing beyond frustration and the desire to give up. It's my theme song.
Instead of looking in the mirror at a frightened and very sick person, I focused on a bright lippie or a smokey eye look & strategic highlighting.
September 5th, 2012, 12:40 AM #5
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September 5th, 2012, 09:19 AM #7
Medgal07 you did a great thing by starting this thread, I believe in doing something you care about and feel strongly for and by showing initiative by bringing awareness to breast cancer, a disease that has affected so many women as well as the families of those women, is an amazing thing. In my religion, our belief is that if anyone passes away and the cause is cancer, you die as a matyr, fighting for God and your religion... Here's to all the women out there who share the same struggles as us... Stay strong :bouquet: Btw, do we start posting our pink looks or what pink cosmetics we wore starting from now or from October?Yeah I'm superficial, Whatever...
September 5th, 2012, 09:26 AM #8
I'm due for a mani/pedi soon. Why not get a pink mani using a gel polish. It should theoretically last at least 2 weeks. When I get my nails done I will post a shot of them. Better yet I will use it as my avatar for the month of October.
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September 5th, 2012, 12:30 PM #9
Thanks for your support!
September 5th, 2012, 12:32 PM #10
Thanks a $$$Mil DILLIGAF. Here's to pretty pink fingers & toes!
September 7th, 2012, 02:16 PM #11
I'm all in. A good friend of mine from high school just got diagnosed. She is only 41.
I'm a nailtech. I'll round up a list of companies and colors that support the cause and post them here over the weekend. If you buy your own polish then proceeds from the product go towards a cure. If you get your mani/ pedis done at a salon, try to choose a salon that will be giving proceeds of their sales to Breast Cancer research in Oct.
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September 7th, 2012, 11:19 PM #12
macgirl3121...sending positive thoughts to and prayers for your friend. Unfortunately, cancer does not discriminate and is no respecter of age. Thanks for supporting the movement and for your great idea!!!
September 7th, 2012, 11:51 PM #13Pro Nailtech Extraordinaire and Cuticle Inspector
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September 14th, 2012, 07:07 PM #15
As October approaches, we'll start to see product releases and promotions, the proceeds of which support the cause. If you are aware of any please share them. Here is a offering by Estée Lauder: http://www.esteelauder.com/products/mpp/index.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT7509 :eyelove:
September 21st, 2012, 11:02 AM #16
Hi All! This is a great thread! Hope I'm exhibiting correct posting etiquette as I'm new to Specktra.net. Congratulations to all of the survivors who have posted. What an inspiration you truly are! My great-aunt was a 20 year breast cancer survivor and I stood in awe as I watched her as well as my grandmother who was her sister and had lymphoma, maintain their fierceness while going through treatments with such majestic grace. Anyway I saw that Smashbox is supposed to be doing a pink lipstick for October's Breast Cancer Awareness in their Be Legendary Line called Inspiration. I have looked high and low and can't find it!!! Any suggestions? My plan is to wear nothing but pink lipsticks for the whole month of October and blog about it. I love Shocking Pink in the Nyx Matte line, as well a Pink Pidgeon from the MAC Iris Apfel launch. Wish me luck because's that's a lot of pink!
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September 21st, 2012, 09:34 PM #17
Just wanted to post to say that I am on board for a month of pink looks in October! I have already worn several this month. I am an active participant in and supporter of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer effort. One of my coworkers was recently diagnosed, underwent chemo and a double mastectomy. She is not yet 30 years old. God bless all of the survivors and those who support them!
September 22nd, 2012, 10:18 AM #18
ill probably do a pink makeup look on my blog towards cancer awareness. I used to volunteer in the oncology unit at a childrens hospital and it really touched me. Unfortunately we lost one of the patients that was closest to me during my time there and it was so heartbreaking that I just had to stop volunteering there. I don't think I could go through another situation like that.
September 22nd, 2012, 11:25 AM #19
Thanks so much presstoblend, MAChostage, and luvlydee who have joined in supporting the cause. Even as or especially as you adorn yourselves in pink lipstick, eyeshadow and nail polish, please remember to do your breast self-exams and mammograms and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Early detection can mean the difference between life and death.
Luvlydee that was some amazing volunteer work that you did with pediatric oncology. What a selfless act! MACHostage thank you for the work that you're doing with the Making Strides Organization. Presstoblend...yes that's a lot of pink but you're gorgeous and I'm sure you'll rock it gracefully!
You're all so beautiful, and I hope you'll share tips and products and suggest eyeshadow combinations and even your photos!
Lastly, I can't visit this thread without crying. I'm reminded of my own bilateral mastectomy, but also that I survived a devastating disease and very dark time in my life. Now I salute all things PINK and all of you for your support.
Love to you all!
September 22nd, 2012, 12:12 PM #20
September 23rd, 2012, 12:36 PM #21
Hey guys! So I was searching the net to see which beauty brands are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I came across this blog post. There are quite a few brands supporting the cause by donating part of the sales... It's always nice to know so when we do make purchases, we know we're helping someone out there as part of the sale gets donated http://confessionsofaba.blogspot.com/2012/09/support-breast-cancer-awareness-month.htmlYeah I'm superficial, Whatever...
September 23rd, 2012, 12:38 PM #22
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September 28th, 2012, 02:46 AM #24
Stila is making a difference too They've made a travel palette specially in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and part of the sale gets donated too. http://www.musingsofamuse.com/2012/09/stila-positively-pink-cheek-palette-stila-courage-beauty-travel-palette-for-bca.html#more-71484Yeah I'm superficial, Whatever...
September 28th, 2012, 04:12 AM #25
It is in honor, as she noted above, to 2 of our beloved aunt and cherished grandmother who succumbed to cancer.
What will you be doing for Breast Cancer month?
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September 28th, 2012, 10:26 AM #26
October 1st, 2012, 08:34 PM #27
October 1st arrived in what seems like the blink of an eye. I'm surrounded by a sea of pink nail polish, lipstick, eyeshadow and blush to embark on my 31-day quest to wear pink...the color of breast cancer awareness. I just told my husband what I'm doing. As usual, he is tremendously supportive. We were married only two years when I was diagnosed. I used makeup to hide my pain and to avoid my husband relating to me as his ailing wife. Rather, I wanted him to view me as a warrior, girded in armor to slay a dragon...a dragon called breast cancer. I (we) won the war.
I AM A SURVIVOR! My prayer today is that anyone suffering through this devastating illness can be inspired and encouraged to battle on!
Today I wore Essie's Cascade Cool on my nails; MAC's Miss Piggy Pink, Paradise Island and Vapour w/Blacktrack one the eyes. I wore Play it Proper BY to highlight, Florida topped with Supernova Blush and St Germaine L/S. Let the fun begin.
October 1st, 2012, 08:45 PM #28
October 1st, 2012, 08:58 PM #29
Awww.. yay! My Aunt who is in her early fourties just BEAT THE CRAP out of breast cancer . I have two breast cancer awareness t-shirts that I'll be sure to ROCK this month! And my next mani and pedi will definitely be PINK PINK PINK!
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October 1st, 2012, 09:22 PM #30
THINK PINK! I was a medical assistant for an oncology(Cancer) place and i loved all my patients, never met any people who made me appreciate life more than the ones knowing they're living their last days....special shout out to all the fighters who overcame and lost their lifes fighting to overcome this sickness