Cosmetics for a Cause

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We're all familiar with the transformation into pink that many products undergo to benefit breast cancer in October. But did you know that your cosmetics dollars may go to a good cause all year round? There are many companies that donate a portion of all of their profits to those less fortunate. Here are some ways to maximize your beauty dollar and do some good at the same time. Like Avon? You're in luck. Avon's Foundation for Women not only contributes money for breast cancer research, but it also has contributed more than $23 million to domestic violence prevention and charities, plus it offers educational materials, including guides and videos, on its Web site. Mark Cosmetics, which falls under the Avon umbrella, uses its star power in its celebrity face, Lauren Conrad, to promote M.Powerment, which aims to break the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence. Lush handmade cosmetics sells its Charity Pot year-round, but the company rotates the charities to which the proceeds go.