The Beauty of Giving with Lipstick Angels

October 2019

For Renata Helfman, there is beauty in helping others.

After supporting her grandmother through a cancer diagnosis, she volunteered at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and quickly realized that there was no existing service that brought self-care, beauty and a bit of fun to cancer wards. And so, in 2012, she launched Lipstick Angels, a non-profit that brings facials, makeup application and other feel-good spa services to cancer infusion centers to help uplift moods and boost self-esteem.

Since the pandemic, Helfman has managed to pivot and keep the organization going, sending tailored product care packages to patients and walking them through rituals over zoom.

Here, the do-gooder talks about staying brave—and grateful—in the face of change…


14 Products to Shop in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and what better way to support the cause than by shopping from some of our favorite brands? That’s right – there are so many brands doing their part to help raise funds and awareness for a wide variety of breast cancer organizations. Want to do your part? Shop the 14 products in support of breast cancer awareness below.


15 Things You Can Buy That Actually Support Breast Cancer Research

October 2019

Before we hit Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, and all the other holidays, we honor Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October. It’s quite sad to think that every person reading this post right now knows someone or knows someone who knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Countless fundraisers, walks, runs, and everything in between have been created in an effort to support the research that goes toward finding a cure – and putting an end – to breast cancer.

If shopping is more your speed (hey, not everyone is up for running a 5K), there are plenty of brands that give back to the cause during this month


13 products we love that support breast cancer research

October 2019

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women so, chances are, you know someone who has been affected by it. The entire month of October is dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging women to do self-checks or schedule their mammograms. After all, early detection is paramount.

Which means this month is a time that many companies and organizations work together to raise funds for breast cancer research. If you’re already planning on shopping (or getting a head start on your holiday list) this is a great way to give back.


31 New October 2019 Beauty Products That Are So Good, It’s Scary

October 2019

Welcome to October — AKA, the month that was practically made to celebrate fashion girls and their innate knack for dressing up. Yes, I’m talking about Halloween and yes, I’m beyond excited that it’s finally (almost) here. Apparently, beauty brands feel the same way. Many of the new October 2019 beauty products ahead were designed with the spirit of Halloween in mind — from MAC’s Maleficent-inspired collection to NYX’s costume-y collaboration with makeup artist Ve Neill.


Breast Cancer Awareness Products That Are Giving Back in a Major Way

October 2019

It’s October, so products—and social initiatives—to help fight breast cancer are everywhere. See the various ways these brands are going big all month long.


Uncompromising Women: Renata Helfman

March 2019

Lipstick Angels is a unique non-profit dedicated to using the power of gentle beauty to transform, heal and benefit patients who are currently undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy. Renata Helfman, founder of Lipstick Angels, has a very similar story as Tata. As a makeup artist herself, Renata was inspired by the impact her grandmother’s beauty routine had on preserving her self-identity while going through the harsh effects of treatment. The Lipstick Angel’s services were then created to bring relief, education, and support for the whole person – mind, body, and soul. 

We were so inspired by her story, we decided to reach out to Renata to feature her in our series of Uncompromising Women. Read on to learn more about Renata’s holistic skincare rituals and the vision behind this incredible organization. 


How Fashion and Beauty Brands Are Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

March 2019

From panels on female empowerment to capsule collections that support girls, here is what fashion and beauty brands are doing to celebrate International Women’s Day.

As Women’s History Month gets under way, many fashion and beauty brands are gearing up to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 in a big way come March 8.


Cosmetics And Chemotherapy: "Lipstick Angels" Bring Beauty Treatments To Cancer Patients

March 2019

Kerri Stimson has always believed that, when done correctly, makeup is about revealing beauty, not concealing flaws.

It is a philosophy Stimson carries with her every time she enters a chemotherapy infusion center such as the Stanford Cancer Center, bringing free beauty treatments to cancer patients there.

“You are trying to show them how beautiful they are if they’ve lost sight of it,” Stimson said.


'Lipstick Angels' flying into Stanford Cancer Center to boost patients' spirits

December 2018

Joanna Roberts has been fighting cancer at the Stanford Cancer Center with support from her family and doctors. But, she’s getting a visit from an angel. Kerri Stimson is a makeup artist, and the Bay Area program manager for Lipstick Angels.The non-profit was founded a little more than five years ago to bring beauty and comfort to cancer patients.