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Estée Lauder's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Estée Lauder BCA Campaign 2016
The Estée Lauder Companies have been actively involved in supporting the Pink Ribbon campaign with their own yearly campaign that runs from september to december: the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. In Belgium, five brands from the Estée Lauder lineup (Aveda, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Origins & Darphin) have created special limited edition products or repackaged products to support this campaign, while you can also opt to make a monetary donation on the BCA Campaign website. The products come in pretty pink packaging, to give you not one but two reasons to stock up on your usual favourites during this time.

Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness 2016
Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is part of this year's lineup and is sold in a pretty pink box & comes with a Pink Ribbon pin. This potent serum is a great addition to your nightly skin care routine, especially if you have a rough lifestyle and are battling with not getting enough sleep & stress. Find an old review here. A bottle of 50ml retails for €124,13 and 20% (roughly €25) of this suggested retail price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Still available on the Estée Lauder website & with Galeria INNO counters.

Origins repackaged their very well loved Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, a super nourishing face masks that smells like apricots and leaves your skin looking plump and hydrated when you wake up in the morning. It was featured in my 2013 Favourites Edit here. One tube retails for €25,00 & for each one sold, Origins will donate €4,00 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available at Parfuma Antwerp (sold out online).

Estée Lauder BCA Palette 2016
Estée Lauder BCA 2016
Estée Lauder also created a make-up kit that comes in a pretty pink faux leather box and contains 4 eyeshadows, a blush & a lipstick. The Pink Perfectionist Color makeup palette contains the best sold shades from their permanent Color collection and retails for €51,72. And it's worth noting that the whole suggested retail price - so €51,72 per sold palette - will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This one is available at Galeria INNO stores and is already sold out online.

Darphin Intral Serum Pink RibbonAveda Hand Relief Pink RibbonClinique DDML+ Pink Ribbon

In Belgium you'll also find Darphin's Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum in a special packaging with €10,00 per bottle donated to the BCRF, the Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme with €4,00 per tube donated to the BCRF and Clinique's DDML+ lotion that comes with a pretty key chain with €14,90 per bottle donated to the BRCF.

Internationally there are even more brands joining the BCA Campaign with limited edition pink themed products. Check out the whole lineup here. If you want to make a monetary donation instead, you can do so here. A donation of $50 supports the BCRF with one hour of research. And if you want to join the conversation or share how you supported the BCA Campaign, use the hashtag #BCAStrength in your social media posts!

This year's beauty advent calendars

Christmas Advent Calendars 2016 It's almost December! Not only does that mean that Christmas is finally nearing (YAY), it also means that we get to celebrate that with advent calendars. I am a huge fan of advent calendars and get a chocolate one every year. If you follow me on Snapchat (minnebellesnaps) you'll probably remember my daily advent calendar snaps from last year. I promised myself I'd get myself a beauty calendar this year, but it looks like a couple of brands beat me to it.. Let's check out the calendars you'll be discovering on my Snapchat & Instagram Stories this year!

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Coco Ink Review

When Chanel launches a new lipstick, the online beauty loving world is all ears. You see, the perfect budget-friendly alternative for a Chanel handbag is a Chanel lipstick. Or at least that's how it goes in my mind. This time Lucia Pica (creative director for Chanel beauty & a woman to admire, check out her background & story in this Vogue article) & team are doing liquid matte as a continued hommage to the classic red, following up on Lucia's first autumn makeup collection. Enter Rouge Allure Ink Le Rouge Liquide Matte.

The Kryolan Matte Lippie

Kryolan Lip Stain Review
I'm totally and utterly obsessed with matte lipsticks. I can't help myself. It took me a while to jump on the bandwagon 100%, but I think I haven't really worn much else since I picked up a bunch of extra matte lipsticks back in May. Now that we're 5 months ahead, I guess you could say our love is pretty steady. My favourite shades are the nude & muted rose/brown shades. But I also love pink/mauve shades from time to time. My favourite one is Kryolan's Lip Stain in the shade Dance. It's the perfect pink mauve matte lippie!

Life Lately


I haven't been around here on the blog as much as I used to, I know. I've been taking a step back from anything I considered an obligation in my personal life - because work life became hectic and also just to check what the effect would be. I sometimes felt like blogging became one of those obligations and I felt sad about that. I love this blog and it started out as a hobby that made me happy, so I wanted to keep it that way. Sometimes you need to let go for a little while in order to pick things up again.