Breast Cancer Awareness Month Product Round Up



October is coming to a close, so if you have not yet found a way to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, now’s your chance! National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 to increase awareness of the disease, help raise funds for research and create aid for those who are currently being treated.

As you probably already know, there are a number of ways to support this international health campaign. First of all, you can schedule a check up and make sure you are taking the proper steps in detecting the disease. You can then donate directly to NBCF, join countless marathons and fundraisers, and volunteer to help educate others.

Today, we’re looking into another way to support the campaign: BCAM products. You’ve probably noticed pink items everywhere this month and even if you’re not a fan of pink, don’t overlook them! Countless companies have created products specifically for BCAM and a portion of the profits are donated to various breast cancer organizations.

We stumbled upon quite a number of BCAM products and we’re here to bring you our most favorite picks.



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Murad’s Hydrate for Hope Set

Description: This limited edition set features Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture, a moisturizer that hydrates and restores natural smoothness, as well as a beautiful two-toned pink cosmetic bag. The design on the cosmetic bag “features a fabric print of Dr. Murad’s original art lined inside to encourage unbridled creativity and reinforce the link between beautiful skin and a connection with your life’s passion.”

Organization: 10% of profits will be donated to City of Hope’s breast and women’s cancers research, treatment and education programs. City of Hope is recognized for it’s medical care, innovative science and translational research.

Price: $49.50

WE TRIED IT! : As someone with sensitive skin, I am always hesitant to try new creams and moisturizers, but the Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture is extremely light and gentle. My skin was noticeably softer to the touch directly after application. Aesthetically, the cream container and the limited edition the cosmetic bag was gorgeous.
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Mixture BCA Products 

Description: Mixture has created a number of hand-crafted products specifically for breast cancer awareness month. The 4oz soap bar is created with a blend of goats milk, shea butter, olive oil and aloe. The adorable 2oz soy wax candles burn for over 20 hours. There are over 80 scents available including the new fitting fragrance, HOPE

Organization: 30% of proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen For The Cure. The organization educates and supports research towards breast cancer. They also provide financial and emotional assistance for those in need. The official website states, “In a broader sense, we empower others, ensure quality care for all, and invest in science to find the cures.”

Price: $6 – $8

WE TRIED IT! : Mixture products make quite the first impression. Everything is packaged in recycled materials in order to preserve the environment. Then, the second you open the package, you will instantly get caught up in the smells. The candles do not need to be lighted to give off the strong scents. Let’s not forget to mention that the handcrafted products are great to look at.

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Avon Breast Cancer Crusade — Anew Vitale Day & Night Cream

Description: A day and night cream that works together to uplift the face. The day cream helps strengthen skin to fight the signs of aging while the night cream helps refresh skin overnight to fight the signs of dullness and fatigue. Sold separately.

Organization: These creams are part of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade which are pink ribbon products that aim to raise funds and breast cancer awareness. With every cream purchased, a $5 donation will be made towards the Avon Foundation for Women which has created breast cancer programs in over 50 countries.

Price: $28 each

WE TRIED IT : Because I am still in my mid-20’s, I can’t say that I saw a drastic change in signs of aging. However, I can say that the cream definitely helped my skin feel refreshed and hydrated. As you can see, the jars themselves are stunning to look at.

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Earth Therapeutics Anti-Stress Microwaveable Sinus Pillow & Aloe Moisture Socks

Description: Feel-good products designed to bring calm and comfort to the mind and body. The conveniently-sized pillow relieves sinus headaches, tension and stress by being placed on the eyes and forehead. The pillow may be cooled or microwaved to achieve desired temperature. Additionally, the super plush socks are infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to replenish dry skin.

OrganizationEarth Therapeutics is a proud supporter of The National Breast Cancer Foundation.  A portion of proceeds from all BCA products is donated towards the cause.

Price: Anti-Stress Microwaveable Sinus Pillow, $12.99; Aloe Moisture Socks – 2 Pack, $11.99

WE TRIED IT! : If you’re a fan of comfort and anything soft and soothing, you must try Earth Therapeutics products. Perfect for the chill of fall, these extremely plush products are must-haves. My feet haven’t felt so comfortable in years.

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Think Pink With JULIAN CHANG

Description: For all of October, any pink product purchased will be 20% off!

Organization: 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Price: Varies

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Golden Thread Jewelry

Description: Customizable, hand made jewelry that bring together personalization and style with new trends and timeless classics.  Founder Jennifer Welker focuses on quality, innovation, sophistication and affordable style.

Organization: During the month of October, 20% of proceeds from the below Golden Thread styles will be donated to Susan G. Komen to help fund research and raise awareness for breast cancer.

Golden Thread Large Gold Disc with Initials and a Diamond, $1,360
Golden Thread Antique Gold Awareness Ribbon, $40
Golden Thread Single Pink Jade Necklace, $50
Golden Thread Blush Pink Necklace, $50

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Description: “The ultimate legwear for the Modern woman.” Lemon offers tights, leggings, socks, slippers and mukluks which the mixes the fun aesthetics of youthful leggings with the sophistication of designer hosiery.

Organization: 25% of proceeds will be donated to Lolly’s Locks, an organization which provides high-quality wigs for cancer patients suffering hair loss as an effect of chemotherapy, and are unable to afford them.

Price: $30

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The “Asian Women Don’t Get Breast Cancer” Campaign

Earlier in the month, we wrote about why Asian women need to care about breast cancer despite the myth that breast cancer is not a worry for Asian women. Luckily, we aren’t the only ones to take note of this issue.


The National Asian Breast Cancer Initiative is the first national organization dedicated to raising awareness that breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Asian women in the United States.

NABCI is a not-for-profit project put together by the efforts of Privy Groupe, the Asian Pacific Community Fund, the Asian and Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

This month, timed perfectly with breast cancer awareness month, NABCI is creating a social media campaign called the “Asian women don’t get breast cancer” campaign which aims to shine light on the relationship between Asians and breast cancer.

The title of the campaign is honor of  breast cancer activist Susan Shinagawa:

In 1991, Susan noticed a lump in her breast during her monthly self-exam. Her mammogram came out negative, but a sonogram revealed that the lump was a solid mass.  Two doctors in different states diagnosed Susan with fibrocystic breast disease–lumpy breasts–and both initially refused to do a biopsy because, “Asian women don’t get breast cancer.” After the biopsy, Susan was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and opted for a modified radical mastectomy of her right breast and six months of chemotherapy. Ten years later, a routine mammogram revealed that Susan had an unrelated breast cancer in her left breast, for which she underwent a second mastectomy.

Susan is still in active treatment and has become one of the nation’s leading Asian breast cancer activists.  Susan helped co-found the Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network (APINCSN), which is a partner of NABCI.  To this day, Susan still meets Asian women (mostly young) diagnosed with breast cancer who were initially told by their healthcare providers that “Asian women don’t get breast cancer.”


To make a direct donation to NABCI, checks can be made payable to the “Asian Pacific
Community Fund FBO NABCI”.

Asian Pacific Community Fund
1145 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 105
Los Angeles, CA 90017

All funds will be used towards the following goals:
● build a multi-language information and resource directory website at
● produce printed in-language materials that can be distributed to breast cancer outreach centers throughout the U.S.
● solicit and create a Youtube channel for Asian breast cancer survivor stories in multiple languages
● create a medical exchange for U.S. and Asia-based breast cancer doctors to share best practices for detecting and treating breast cancer for Asian women
● organize a national breast cancer awareness campaign targeting Asian women in the U.S. (especially immigrants)
● become an advocate for public policy and research that relate to breast cancer and Asian women in the U.S. and abroad


Remember to check out all the reasons this issue needs to be recognized in our community. Tell your loved ones to get checked and help spread the word! Like this campaign on and follow them at @aznbreastcancer. Find out more at


The Daily SHAG | Daniel Henney For Elle Korea October 2013

It’s rare to feel the need to swoon, sigh, giggle (yes, the term “giggle” is actually appropriate here) and blush all at the same time. If you thought this overwhelm of emotions was impossible, then you clearly haven’t seen the latest photoshoot from today’s Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy), Daniel Henney.

This 33-year-old model and actor has been stealing hearts since 2001 when his modeling career began. He then became a South Korea favorite after staring in My Name is Kim Sam Soon. He continued to gather Korean fans through variety shows and eventually came back to the U.S.

In 2009, Henney portrayed Agent Zero in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine instantly became a fan favorite. More recently, he is known for his role Michael Noshimuri in the CBS hit Hawaii Five-O.

As great of an actor as Henney is, he clearly knows what he’s doing when it comes to modeling. One second he’s goofy, another second he’s charming and the another second he’s steamy. Check it out for yourself as he graces the pages of Elle Korea’s October Issue:

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Celebrating Filipino American History Month: Ten Timeless Filipina Actresses

The art of film and television was introduced to the Philippines in the late 1890’s and although this is the youngest of the Philippine arts, it has developed into the most popular. Because of its appeal, the Philippine Entertainment Industry appears to be growing larger every year. And when we say large, we mean it. With new faces popping up everyday, it would take a very long time to name all of the young and rising Filipina Actresses currently gracing the screen.

We decided to take a different approach. Yes, there are many Filipina actresses, but who are the ones we consider timeless? Who are the leading ladies we can watch years from now and still find ourselves mesmerized by? Who’s performances bring us to tears? In honor of Filipino American History Month*, we present to you Ten Timeless Filipina Actresses:


Nora Aunor first began her career after winning an amateur singing contest. Upon recognizing that her singing career wasn’t going as well as she’d like, she set her heart on acting. This was clearly Aunor’s strength and she quickly became a serious actress after her film debut in All Over the World (1967). Her career sky-rocketed and today her achievements are astounding. She has had more nominations in both the FAMAS Awards and Gawad Urian Awards for Best Actress than any other Filipina actress. With over fifty awards under her belt, its no surprise that this leading lady has received international recognition.

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Surprisingly, this award-winning actress and politician stumbled upon her acting career quite accidentally. While in the studio her uncle worked at, she mistakenly ended up in line to audition for a role in Trudis Liit. Sure enough, she landed the role and received a FAMAS Award for Best Child Performer in 1963 for it. Vilma Santos went on to do countless films and has been nominated for countless awards for her performances. She is currently the Governor of Batangas Province.

Koronel began her successful acting career very young and at thirteen she became the youngest winner of the FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in the film Santiago (1970). She is best known for her work under Lino Broka (named one of the greatest film directors of the Philippines). Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag (1976) won six FAMAS awards and Insiang(1977) won a FAMAS and Gawad Urian Award.



Tolentino began her career as a child actress- she was only eight years old during her first film Uhaw Sa Kalayaan (1969). Clearly finding her calling, she continued film and currently has about 60 pictures to her name. She is also one of the Grand Slam actresses in the Philippine Cinema Industry. The Grand Slam award is the rare title given to those who win a certain amount of awards for a single film. The list of Grand Slam actresses include Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, and Sharon Cuneta. Lorna has expanded her career to hosting and producing.

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With the nickname “The Diamond Star” of the Philippine Entertainment Industry, a lot is expected of Maricel Soriano. Luckily, she lives up to these expectations. Soriano began her acting career at the young age of six in My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1971). With 46 movie and television awards, Maricel is the third most awarded Philippine film actress of all time. These awards include Best Child Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Achiever Award as actress/producer, Best Performer and Best Actress.

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Cuneta is another Philippine actress given a nickname in the Entertainment Industry- The Megastar. Beginning her career at the age of twelve, Sharon has had quite the success. With 53 starring roles in film, 10 television roles, and 40 recording albums, its no wonder that Sharon is the highest paid Filipino endorser. She became the highest paid Filipino artist ever with her contract to the Kapatid Network. She currently hosts a daily talk show called Sharon; Kasama Mo, Kapatid.

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Regine has been in over 20 films and even more television roles. She even has a few theater titles under her name. Although she has clearly captivated audiences with her acting (and has the awards to prove it), her heart lies with music. In 1989, Velasquez won the Asia Pacific Singing Contest in Hong Kong. She’s the first Asian artist to perform solo at Carnegie Hall and her first Asia-released album sold more than 700,000 copies.

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At the age of 14, Aquino made her first television appearance and quickly seemed to find her calling. Her film career gained her some nominations and awards, but her heart seemed set for television. She has gained popularity through her talk shows, game shows, and endorsements. Her television and hosting prominence has gained her nicknames such as Queen of All Media, Philippine’s Queen of Talk, and Queen of Philippine Game Shows.

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Like many of her fellow Timeless Filipina Actresses, Judy Ann began her acting career as a child. She began in television with Kaming Mga Ulila (1986). She also began doing film and won her first FAMAS Award nomination for The Lost Command. In 1992 she was getting vast media attention and finally had her breakthrough in 1997 with the television drama Esperanza. Santos is known to have achieved high recognition, popularity, and success in both television and film. She has become an award-winning actress, recording artist, and film producer.

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Interestingly enough, Barretto was discovered at the age of 13 by talent manager Douglas Quijano at a party. With her sisters already in the entertainment business, Claudine was ready for her own stardom. By 2000 she was named Most Popular Teen Star by the Starlight Cultural Foundation the nicknamed Box Office Queen in 2003 for her role in Kailangan Kita. With nearly thirty movies, 26 television roles, and a handful of award nominations to her name, Claudine Barretto is proving that shes here to stay.

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*This story was originally published in March to honor Women’s History Month. Today, it is republished to celebrate Filipino American History Month and showcase the Filipino actresses who have created lasting influence in Filipinos and Filipino Americans alike. By progressing the Filipino Entertainment Industry, these ladies have allowed Filipino Americans to reconnect with their roots.

Asians in Fashion | Vanessa Hudgens for Marie Claire October 2013

The October 2013 Marie Claire issue hits stands today and the cover is graced by none other than the beautiful Vanessa Hudgens.

From this cover shoot, its clear that the 24-year-old has left her bubbly High School Musical days behind her and opted for a more grown up (and sexy) look. This includes starring in more bold and risky movies such as Spring Breakers where Hudgens plays a college student who finds herself in the company of drug dealers. More recently, Hudgens took on soon-to-be-released action movie, Machete Kills. 

Although her new movie roles and steamy Marie Claire photos depict a bold and fearless girl, Hudgens admits to being a shy child and took up acting to overcome the fear. Through this, Hudgens found her calling.

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John Cusack, who recently co-stared with Hudgens in the thriller The Frozen Ground, told Marie Claire, “She’s very mature for her age. She was chained up and most of her clothes were off and [her character] had just been raped. She wasn’t concerned about her ability as an actress. She was just on top of it.”

Ex-boyfriends, leaked nude pictures, and poparazzi mistaking white chocolate for cocaine? The fearless actress dished it all to Marie Claire. Read more here and check out the steamy cover shoot below:

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