The Beauty Journal

Hello~ It indeed has been a while! I have been MIA these days…But I am back with many post ideas, and here is a detailed tutorial for compensation!

This spring season, besides all the candy colors on your face, you will also need distinct eyeliners to deliver an awakened look. In this post  I will teach you how to achieve a basic cat eye makeup step by step.

Cat eye --- Finished Look

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Hello ladies,

These are the the lip products I am experimenting right now. I must say, they are two extremes…I am loving one, and hating the other.

Lipstick Queen in Saint Nude

Lipstick Queen Shine in Red Sinner, Gold Saint, Opal Saint, and Silver Saint

Chanel Rouge Coco in Rose Comète

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The other day I saw this tag post and I thought it was a great idea to learn other people’s beauty and skin care routines. So I decided to post one here. Hope this post will give you an idea how I take care of my skin and my take on cosmetics. If you would like to answers these questions, just copy + paste the following questions, and give out your answers! It will be fun! Here I tag a very pretty girl, who also runs a beauty blog, Mei. I love her posts, and her blog is so cute!

It’s going to be a very long, long post…

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Some of you may already know, I am in a forever search for the perfect eye cream. It is a good thing that I have already found the best hand cream out there. I have fallen in love with it, and decide to stay faithful to it as long as it is available on the market.

L'OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream 5.2 oz/ 150ml

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As most of you know, MAC’s Give Me Liberty of London collection will become available in stores and counters tomorrow! I went to the reveal event last week, and here are the swatches of the product I purchased:

  • Eye shadow

There are in total five colors:

Bough Grey (a soft gray with a hint of blue and sheen)

Dame’s desire (a purple with red undertone, it is actually re-promoted from the Dame Edna Collection back in 2008)

Free to Be (a coral color, it will stay as a permanent item)

Give Me Liberty of London (a creamy pink color, it will stay as a permanent item)

Birds & Berries (a bluer teal color ). I got Birds & Berries; because I love the color teal, and the fact that this shadow has a veluxe pearl finish (which means it is very pigmented and smooth to apply).

MAC Give Me Liberty of London eye shadow in Birds & Berries (Veluxe Pearl)

MAC Give Me Liberty of London eyeshadow Birds & Berries swatch

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If you think Miss Dior Chérie is too young and playful for you, while you still enjoy a floral and sweet scent; Yves Saint Laurent’s Parisienne will be your best choice.

Yves Saint Laurent's Parisienne Eau De Parfum 1.6 oz/ 50 ml and baby Yves Saint Laurent's Parisienne Eau De Parfum

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—–Updated on March 15th, 2010. Many thanks to Poppy for the info on YSL

So today I was talking with a friend online, and she asked me a really good question: In the cosmetic industry, who owns whom? I remember talking briefly about the major cosmetic groups in My Beauty Philiospohy post: Estee Lauder, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Beiersdorf, Unliver, and Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy (LVMH). Let me list out all the major cosmetic brands you are familiar with in the market, and give you a general idea which parent companies they belong to.

  • Estée Lauder owns: Aramis, Aveda, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, M.A.C, Origins, Jo Malone, La Mer, Tommy Hilfiger fragrances, Bumble + bumble, American Beauty, Flirt, Good Skin, Grassroots, Michael Kors Beauty, Darphin, Ojon, and Donna Karan Cosmetics.
  • L’Oreal owns: Maybelline New York, Garnier, Lancôme, Helena Rubinstein, BioMedic, Vichy, Biotherm, Shu Uemura, Kiehl’s, Soft Sheen-Carson, Redken, Matrix, Kerastase, Giorgio Armani, Inneov, Sanoflore, CCB Paris, Dermablend, The Body Shop, Skinceuticals, Ralph Lauren, La-Roche-Posay, and Yves Saint Laurent.
  • Procter & Gamble owns: Cover Girl, Max Factor, Anna Sui, Olay, DDF, Aussie, Camay, Clairol, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Ivory, Infusium-23, Pantene, Fredric Fekkai, Gillette, Noxzema, SK-II, and Zest.
  • Johnson & Johnson owns: Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, RoC, Rogaine, Lubriderm, Purpose, and Ambi.
  • Beiersdorf owns: Nivea, La Prairie, Eucerin, and Juvena
  • Unilever owns: Dove, Pond’s, Vaseline, and Sunsilk
  • Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy (LVMH) owns: Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Benefit, Fresh, Make Up For Ever, and Sephora’s namesake line.
  • Shiseido owns: Cle de Peau (CDP), Dicila, Ipsa, Ettusais, Carita, Decleor, Ayura, Asplir, DeLuxe, Selfit, Whitia, Pure & Mild, Kesho Wakusei, Yuxia, 5S, NARS, Maquillage, Aupres, JS, Za, UNO, Jean Paul Gaultier cosmetics, and Issey Miyak.

I hope this list will make us all smarter shoppers in the future.

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