October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Coincidentally, at 41 years old, I’m getting ready to schedule my first mammogram. Thankfully I’m not a high-risk candidate and haven’t found anything during breast self-exams, but this disease has affected so many women close to our family and our hearts. If you haven’t had a mammogram and are over the age of 40 – it may be something you want to discuss with your doctor. Come on, we’ll do it together.
Estee Lauder Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact ($125, esteelauder.com) 20% of the suggested retail price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (August 2014 – June 2015). This elegant compact refillable compact is filled with Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder in Transparent which is perfect for touch ups. Did you know 1% of men are affected by breast cancer? The touch of blue represents them.
BCRF is an independent, not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder to fund the most promising breast cancer research worldwide. It’s mission: prevention and a cure within our lifetime. For more information about BCRF visit www.bcrfcure.org
OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS: Catching up on my September absence – Tatcha Moisturizer Guide, Best Hair Wax and more!! Don’t forget to follow Cosmetic_Monster on INSTAGRAM and enter the Cosmetic Monster ALL TREATS Giveaway.
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JULIETTE HAS A GUN NOT A PERFUME ($120 100 ml. | $$$) birchbox.com
BIRCHBOX SAYS: Even if you’ve never heard of Cetalox, you’ve undoubtedly picked up its scent. Used as a back note in thousands of fragrances, Cetalox (a synthetic substitute for grey amber) takes center stage in Not a Perfume. The result is elegant, pure, spicy, and completely allergen-free.
MONSTER SAYS: I’ve been wearing the same fragrance for years – Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille (or one from that line) which is simply the BEST vanilla fragrance on the market. I also love Jo Malone fragrances (Nectarine Blossom & Honey and Grapefruit are my favorites). I’ve never been inspired to buy a new fragrance based on a sample, but when I received the Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume from Birchbox I was instantly hooked. Not a Perfume has a warm, clean scent that is comforting, soft and glorious at the same time. While it won’t make people say “I smell yummy cupcakes” or guys stop mid-conversation to find out who smells like cookies, people will just think you naturally smell warm and cozy.
CLINIQUE GREAT SKIN, GREAT CAUSE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DDML+ ($38, sephora.com). This special-edition of the reformulated moisturizer, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, creates smooth, healthy-looking skin. The luxurious texture deeply hydrates, while the Clinique signature hearts key chain adds a unique touch. With the purchase of this product, $10 will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. SEPHORA COLLECTION TOGETHER IN PINK HAIR TIES ($6, sephora.com). Sleek and elegant, these comfortable hair ties make any ponytail pretty while showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Perfect for your purse or gym bag, they won’t leave creases and even look stylish on your wrist between uses. Each of the four ties has a unique pink pattern. KIEHL’S ‘NORMAN ROCKWELL’ CREME DE CORPS ($29.50, nordstrom.com) Kiehl’s partners with the Normal Rockwell Estate to donate 100% of net profits from the purchase of this collection up to $100,000 to provide 1 million meals to families this holiday season through Feeding America. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, whose mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of food bands. ESSIE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MINI FOUR-PACK ($17, nordstrom.com). Essie’s Breast Cancer Awareness Collection features beautiful nail polish hues that raise awareness while making your nails gorgeous.
#JENN20: My initial attempt to lose weight on my own was a total bust in September. While I didn’t gain any, there was no loss as well. With October looming – stocked to the brim with work events and family responsibilities, carving out time to prep food, exercise and get back on track has been filled with crap excuses.
So I joined Weight Watchers – with the intention on getting to my 20 pound goal in 3 months. The app (available on Android and iPhone) is remarkably easy and I was very happy to find out you can still eat fruits and small amounts of treats. You become a little annoying with the point counting, but I’m sure it will work over time.
Weigh In: 143
This amazing oatmeal is made with whole grain plain instant oatmeal, toasted pecans, apples, cinnamon and dates. It keeps me full till lunch (I nibble on apple or protein in 2 hours) and has 9 points.
I’ve been doing almost all my illustrations via Illustrator – which keeps things neat and easily controlled. While this is my style, I’ve recently started doing small sketches like this tiny bunny (it’s about an inch and a half high) on -gasp- paper. There’s something familiar and organic about pen and paper.
When I was in high school, I spent a good part of Geometry class filling an entire piece of college ruled folder paper with bunnies. While this didn’t make for the best grades (don’t tell my kids!) its a nice memory and reminder why I’m obsessed with rabbits. The main character from my kid’s brand – Starr Candy – is Starr Bunny, which a co-worker gleefully pointed out, looks like me. LOL!
I’ll be doing more sketches with my new Micron Sepia pens, fascinated at how different my style is compared to a computer illustration! Follow my Starr_Candy Instagram page to see what comes out of this exercise.