You wouldn't guess that by purchasing a hot pink, lacy lingerie ensemble that, ahem, glows in the dark, you'd be waging war against breast cancer. But, in fact, October is the month when fashion and beauty forces rally for this cause, offering a staggering number of products to fight the disease.
Jennifer Anniston is this year's ambassador for the Saks Fifth Avenue and Entertainment Industry Foundation's Key To The Cure Campaign. Designer Peter Dundas of Emilio Pucci created this limited-edition T-shirt, and all proceeds will be donated to the EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund; $35 at select Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks OFF 5TH stores and at saksfifthavenue.com.
Guys can get down to the business of curing cancer with this smart Warriors in Pink tie from Ford. Out of each purchase, $16.75 is donated to the charity you choose when you check out: Susan G. Komen, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, The Pink Fund or Young Survival Coalition; $29 at warriorsinpink.ford.com.
Get a grip with these tie-dyed "grippy socks" from Great Soles, perfect for Pilates, yoga and barre classes. $2 from each pair go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation; $13 at Evolution Pilates in Port Washington or great-soles.com.
20 percent of proceeds from this Bali Prayer Bead BCA necklace are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; $120 at milkthegoat.net/shop.
50 percent of sales from this exclusive Rebecca Taylor hot pink peplum blouse will be donated to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that started on Long Island to help find a cure for a rare but aggressive form of the disease that most often targets younger women; $295 at rebeccataylor.com.
Aerie will donate 100 percent of the sales from their limited edition Bridget bras to Bright Pink throughout the month of October, and customers who purchase the bra will also receive a tag with breast health information and a place to personalize the bra with the name of a friend or family member who inspires them. Plus get a Bright Pink nail polish as a gift with purchase for an additional $5 donation; $29.95 at aerie stores and aerie.com.
Ahhhh, the soothing scent of rosemary, lavender and bergamot is just one of the perks of the MacKenzie-Childs heirloom candle -- after the wax is gone, it's a beautiful vase, and 10 percent of sales will to be donated to Continuum Health Partners, Inc. to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month; $48 at mackenzie-childs.com.
This VAULT Pink Buddha necklace is designed to give women strength, and 20 percent of proceeds are donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; $32 at shopvault.com.
Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont's hand-stitched, silk bow ties are perfect for the dapper guy who wants to give back-- the company is donating 25 percent of revenue from the sales of a wide selection of styles to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; $35-70 at beautiesltd.com.
Look at the world through rose-colored glasses with these Pink Chance aviators from Unique Vintage. 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation; $15 at unique-vintage.com.
100 percent of the net profit from Tek Gear's collection of athletic clothing and accessories for Kohl's Cares will be donated to support the fight against breast cancer. The collection includes shorts, $10, tops, $5-10, leggings, $10-15, and a baseball cap, sports bra and headbands, all $5; at kohls.com.
This clever Words With Friends "Fight to Win" tee by Aqua is emblazoned with "QI" --the Chinese term for life force and vital energy and the most played word in the game. $8 from every purchase go to Bloomies' partner organizations, which include The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Cancer Vixen Fund and The Tutu Project; $24 exclusively at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com/pinktee through Oct. 31.
For every nine 1FaceWatch pink statement watches sold, the American Cancer Society will give a person in need a mammogram and preventative screening. Justin Beiber and P Diddy are fans of the brand, but it will only cost you $40 at 1facewatch.com.
TKEES and Calypso St. Barth have teamed up to donate 50 percent of sales from the exclusive TKEES flip-flop to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through the month of October; $50 at Calypso St. Barth stores and calypsostbarth.com.
Everything But Water's limited edition bronze bracelet, handmade by Chicago-based artisan Winifred Grace, is inscribed with "woman" in Braille, and 25 percent of the proceeds go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer; $44 at Everything But Water stores and everythingbutwater.com.
This pink snakeskin Minimergency Survival Kit includes 17 must-haves in a pinch, from hairspray and lip balm to earring backs, safety pins, deodorant and breath freshener, and 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation; $17 at unique-vintage.com.
Sole Goddess PINK blister protection foot balm glides on and prevents shoes from rubbing against your feet, so you can wear your favorite shoes without the pain. 30 percent of sales will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation throughout the month of October, and 10 percent is donated year-round; $10 at solegoddess.com.
Brit designer Matthew Williamson and actress-model Poppy Delevingne teamed up to create this limited edition sparkly pink nail polish. $1 from every bottle sold is donated to Britain's Breast Cancer Campaign; $9.50 at sephora.com .
Jane Iredale's Bright Future mirrored compact includes five eyeshadow shades and a travel brush for the woman on the go, all inside a decorative box with a rose-colored Swarovski Crystal. 100 percent of profits are donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer for an entire year; $30 at shop.janeiredale.com.
Bobbi Brown suggests applying this blush in French Pink to the apples of the cheeks for a fresh look. $10 from each set is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; $45 at Bobby Brown counters or bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
Anti-aging serum MitoQ encourages the natural production of collagen and elastin using a patented ingredient that penetrates the mitochondria to rejuvenate cells., and during the month of October, 15 percent of net proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation; $119 at mitoq.com.
During the month of October, 100 percent of proceeds from this Kara Ackerman Talulah Le Couer rose gold necklace will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation; $75 at karaackerman.com.
88 RUE DU RHONE's "Pink Lady" Swiss Chronograph watch boasts an alligator leather strap and dial accessorized with six white diamonds, and all sales will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation from Oct. 1-31; available for $745 at select Long Island department stores..
10 percent of the purchase of every Pave Icon Heart Bracelet from Juicy Couture will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation throughout October, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $5,000; $58 at Juicy Couture stores and juicycouture.com.
Palmer’s will donate 15 percent of the sales, with a minimum donation of $100,000, of specially-marked bottles of classic Cocoa Butter Formula products to Susan G. Komen from October 2013 through June 2014. Products include the Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick, $3.46, Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion, $4.94, Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, $6.58, and Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil, $10.43; at select drugstores nationwide.
Fifteen Estee Lauder companies create products to support research and education. Here, a solid perfume compact filled with "Pleasures," one of Lauder's most popular fragrances. All sales are donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; $49.50 at select Estee Lauder counters and at esteelauder.com.
The pink craze extends to hair (as in extensions) at hair salons all over Long Island. Show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness by snazzing up your own 'do with a strand or more of pink hair. $5 from each extension bought will benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc.; $15 at Cactus Salon locations in October.
You glow girl -- seriously -- in Cosabella's "Glow for a Cure" soft bra in fluorescent pink enriched with black light reactive fiber, so, whoa, it actually does glow, and 20 percent of the proceeds from every set sold in October will be donated to Bra-Ha-Ha, which raises funds to provide mammograms and related breast care services for underserved women in Virginia and North Carolina; $61.50 at Inside the Armoire, Manhasset and shopcosabella.com.
Juice Beauty's Authentically Pink Makeup Kit includes a sustainable makeup bag, a reflecting lip gloss, conditioning lip color and glowing cheek color, all in-- you guessed it-- pink, and 10 percent of proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Fund; $45 at juicebeauty.com.
You glow girl -- seriously -- in Cosabella's "Glow for a Cure" hot pant in fluorescent pink enriched with black light reactive fiber, so, whoa, it actually does glow, and 20 percent of the proceeds from every set sold in October will be donated to Bra-Ha-Ha, which raises funds to provide mammograms and related breast care services for underserved women in Virginia and North Carolina; $42.50 at Inside the Armoire, Manhasset and shopcosabella.com.
This silvery "love" nameplate may just do the trick, with all net proceeds going to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade; $5 at avonfoundation.org.
It is hip to be square, especially when you're talking about this big 52" x 52" scarf in bold colors that can be worn around the neck, as a shawl and even as a sarong. It's from Ford (yes, the auto company) and $27.50 of each purchase goes to your choice of one of these charities: Susan G. Komen, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, The Pink Fund and Young Survival Coalition; $34 at warriorsinpink.com/warrior-wear.
Do you like Fergie's watch? You can have one too for a mere $20, from Avon, and all net proceeds go to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade; at avonfoundation.org.
This pink sapphire star pendant necklace by David Yurman is a swanky statement maker, and 20 percent of the purchase price goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; $595 at London Jewelers stores and davidyurman.com.
Shoes, glorious shoes! QVC and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) are in their 20th year of joining forces to raise funds to benefit a variety of breast cancer research and education charities. Look for more than 120,000 pairs of fab shoes from some 80 big brands -- Michael by Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson and Bandolino among them, that will be offered for -- get this -- half the manufacturer's retail price. There are a few ways to find your perfect pair and support a worthy cause: Tune into the QVC "FFANY" Shoes on Sale broadcast to air on QVC Oct. 10 from 6-9 p.m., or, throughout October, a "Shoe of the Day" will be offered from 7 to 9 a.m. on QVC; and you can also shop the online collection at qvc.com. It's while supplies last…and we're kind of crazy for the pink sparkly Uggs.
You'll be dancing in the rain with this Unique Vintage hot pink heart umbrella, and, even better, 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation; $36 at unique-vintage.com.
Voda Swim is bikini-ready all year round, and this Envy Push Up Bikini in Cotton Candy is no exception. $10 for each set sold and $5 for each top or bottom will be donated to the Save the Ta-tas Foundation; $66 top and $44 bottom or $110 for the set at vodaswim.com.
Plan to go bra shopping at Nordstrom, where $2 from every bra sold in October will be donated to the Young Survival Coalition, a charity focused on the specific concerns of young breast cancer survivors. Some 19 brands are included in the mix, such as Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Natori and DKNY.
Pay some lip service to Breast Cancer Awareness month with the purchase of Sephora's Perfectly Pink Duo. Tthe two yummy shades -- Pink Shimmer No. 1 and True Pink No. 2 -- give lips a glass-like finish and have a fresh papaya scent, and $1 from each sale goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; $14 at Sephora stores and sephora.com.
This raspberry half-moon bag by design house Raoul (accessories from the brand have been spotted on the red carpet) features a pebbly texture and a bit of sparkle, and 50 percent goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; $78 at raoul.com.
David Yurman's ceramic watch is a classic timepiece, and 20 percent of the purchase price goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; $7,200 at London Jewelers stores or davidyurman.com.
Toss on this minty fresh long-sleeve tee, emblazoned with Ralph Lauren's famous Pink Pony logo; 25 percent of the purchase price goes to Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation's Pink Pony Fund to support programs for screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation. $50 at ralphlauren.com.
Get dewy skin with Murad's Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture product. It's packaged in a hot pink cosmetic bag, and 10 percent of the purchase price is donated to the City of Hope's breast and women's cancers research, treatment and education programs; $49.50 ($65 value) at select Sephora, Ulta and Massage Envy locations.
Do good with this Pink Pony fleece hoodie, with 25 percent of the purchase price going to Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation's Pink Pony Fund to support programs for screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation; $98 at ralphlauren.com
25 percent of proceeds from these Skullcandy Smokin Buds earphones will benefit Susan G. Komen; on sale for $19.99 at Rakuten.com.
Sensai by Kanebo's Total Lip Treatment is not your average lip balm-- the luxurious formula repairs chapped lips, minimizes fine lines and promotes collagen synthesis, and 15 percent of sales will be donated to The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; $68 at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan.
Handbag designer Patricia Nash has teamed up with some 16 celebrities (among them January Jones, Giuliana Rancic, Elizabeth Hurley, Padma Lakshmi and Kristin Chenoweth) to auction off her fabulous vintage-looking Italian Lari Crossbody bag (it generally sells for $128) signed by the celebrities and complete with a duplicate of their must-have real life luxury item; bid at patricianashdesigns.com.
All proceeds from this Fashion Targets Breast Cancer T-shirt sold in the United States will be donated to the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Fund, a charitable initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America; $34.99 at fashiontargetsbreastcancer.com.
Add a little pink to your 'do with SHE by SO.CAP.USA hair extensions, free with a $10 donation to benefit breast cancer research at more than 20 participating salons on Long Island. To locate one near you, call 855-588-7434.
Show your support with this 14-karat yellow gold Diamonds For A Cure Diamond Ribbon Necklace and 10 percent of your purchase will be donated to Stand Up to Cancer; $189.99 at overstock.com.