How knowing the Parent Company of a brand can save you money

Parent companies are the companies at the top of the brand food chain. Most of the beauty brands we know and love have a parent company. The brand ‘family’ are all the brands owned by one particular company. These are important to know because most of these parent companies own both high end and budget beauty brands. But the parent company has the same research facilities and products available to the whole brand family. For example the same company that owns Giorgio Armani Beauty, also owns Maybelline. This means that Maybelline have the same resources available to them as the much more expensive Giorgio Armani. So despite the major difference in price, these brands are essentially of the same quality. Below is a list of parent companies and their brand families.

Estee Lauder: Estee Lauder, Aramis, American Beauty, Aveda, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Bumble & Bumble, Darphin, Prescriptives, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Jo Malone, Origins, Ojon, Flirt, GoodSkin Labs, Creme de la Mer, Tom Ford, Smashbox

L’Oreal: L’Oreal Paris, L’Oreal Professional, Maybelline New York, Lancome, Helena Rubinstein, Vichy, Biotherm, La Roche Posay, Redken, Skinceuticals, Garnier, Keratase, Matrix, Pureology, Mizani, Essie, Kiehl’s, Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani, Roger & Gallet, Ralph Lauren, Cacharel, Diesel, Viktor & Rolf, YSL Beaute, Maison Martin Margiela, Stella McCartney, YUE SAI, Sanoflore, The Body Shop

Proctor & Gamble: Cover Girl, Max Factor, Olay, Clairol, Nice ‘n Easy, Ivory, Noxzema, Pantene, SK-II, Dolce & Gabbana Cosmetics and Fragrances, Hugo Boss Fragrances, Sebastian Professional, Fekkai, Wella, Vidal Sassoon, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Old Spice

Johnson & Johnson: Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, RoC and Lubriderm.

Coty, Inc: Rimmel London, Cutex, Sally Hansen, OPI, Adidas, Playboy, Guess Parfums, Roberto Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, Vera Wang, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Chloe, Joop!, Davidoff, Chopard, Calvin Klein, ck one color cosmetics, Cerruti, philosophy skin care, most celebrity fragrances (Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Kate Moss, Halle Berry, Heidi Klum, Lady Gaga, David & Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kylie Minogue)

LVMH: Fresh, Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Kenzo, Benefit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma, Nude

Revlon: Revlon, Almay, Natural Wonder, Charlie fragrances, Mitchum, Ultima II, Gatineau

Unilever: Dove, Impulse, Pears, Lux, Lynx, Pears, Rexona, SunSilk, Vaseline

(source: beautyholicsanonymous.com by Tine)

So, if you’re strapped for cash, give one of the cheaper brand siblings a try. It all comes from the same parent!

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Makeup

In honour of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in London tonight, I thought I’d do a VS makeup look. Their girls always look so glowy and the makeup is really easy to copy.

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The cheeks are very bronzed and glowy, with a natural pink gloss on the lips and gold and bronze eyeshadows on the eyes. They also use a lot of shimmer including under the eyes and on the cupids bow of the lips.

This is the look I did:

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For the base I used a radiance primer (Laura Mercier) and then YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation mixed with a bit of NARS highlighter in Copacabana. This just adds more glow.

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On the eyes, I used Half Baked from the Urban Decay Naked palette for the gold all over the lid, then for the outer corner I used a bronze shadow from a NARS palette. I just did a thin line of gel eyeliner. Under the lower lashes I applied pressed power highlighter and lined the water line with a white pencil. I added dots of kohl liner on the lash line and then applied Clinique mascara. Of course, the Angels wear at least one pair of lashes, but I am currently out of falsies so I had to make do with my own lashes. In the corner of my eyes, just by the tear ducts, I applied a bit of highlighter. This gives a more wide awake look to the eyes.

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For the lips, I first of all lined them with a Chanel lip pencil in Natural and then went over them with Benefit lipgloss in Who Are You Wearing. I added a dab of shimmery highlighter to the cupids bow. This makes them seem fuller.

I finished off the look with some MORE highlighter, applied to the cheekbones and temples: Mac’s skinfinish in Superb. I finally added the blusher, Aglow by Clinique. This is a peachy/tan blusher which matches the colour favoured by the Angels.

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I love this look because its simple enough for daytime but its still glam and pretty. Perfect for school or work.

Christmas gift ideas for makeup addicts

Christmas shopping fever is upon us, and whether you are looking for a gift for a beauty loving friend, or just want to treat yourself, beauty brands have some great deals available this time of year. Check out my recommendations of gifts any makeup addict would love to receive.

NARS

NARS has a great selection of gift sets, limited to the Christmas period only. I love the Roman Holiday Lip, Cheek and Nail set

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£30 for 3 pretty in pink products. Normally the cost of all three would be around £65.

For lipgloss fanatics, the Tech Fashion Lipgloss Coffret (£25) would make the perfect gift

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These four great colours are limited edition so if you like the look of them, or have a friend who will, get them now because they might not be around in the sales.

Mac

Literally every Christmas gift set on Mac is sold out. So don’t even try. If you are determined however, some online stockists such as Selfridges have some Mac gift sets still in stock. Or you could try finding a Mac shop with some left. Airports tend to be the last to sell out, but obviously you have to be flying somewhere to shop there.

Bobbi Brown

BB also have a lipgloss gift set for Christmas

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These three super glam glosses are just £29

Or you could get a trio of Bobbi’s Long-wear Cream Shadow stick

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for just £29.50

And the best deal of them all…

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These 8 eyeshadows in a gorgeous case for just £26. These would make a great gift that looks like you spent a lot more than you actually did.

For those who love skin care, this Clinique Favourites Mini set contains 5 miniatures of their best selling products for just £25

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(mainly moisturisers, not to be used with oily skin)

And then for that friend who always has their nails on point, this WAH Nails Trend Kit (£23) has everything they need to create a fierce WAH inspired look.

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Available only at boots. If you are on a bit of a budget, just get them one of the WAH nail polishes like this Heart of Darkness matte black polish

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All polishes are £9.

I hope this post has managed to inspire some of you who are stuck with your Christmas shopping, or just given you an idea as to what to ask for.

Remember, tis the season to be fabulous.

Clinique Haul

Clinique have currently got some great products on the go, some new and some classic. After a recent splurge there, I thought I’d share with you some of the great products I copped that I’m really excited about. 

Firstly, their High Impact Curling Mascara in Black

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After a recent post about my favourite mascaras a friend told me Clinique mascara was her favourite. I had never tried any Clinique makeup before, but now I have tried this mascara I think I am a convert. I just tried it without curling my eyelashes and the specially designed wand really gripped the natural curve of my lash line so they looked great after one coat. 

The most exciting product of this haul is the Almost Lipstick

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It looks scary but it doesn’t actually appear on the lips as that colour. It is very sheer and is designed to enhance your natural lip colour. To quote clinique “When pure pigment merges with the unique, natural tone of your lips, you’ve met your match” . This product looks different on everyone, so it really gives you your own unique colour. 

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I also got a powder blush in the colour ‘aglow’. It is peach toned so now that my tan is fading it won’t look so good, but the product itself is highly pigmented with a shimmer.

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The pictures do not do justice to the glow. 

If you buy any two Clinique products right now you get all these free, plus some more face goos. Or you can buy them individually at retail price (Mascara: £18, Lipstick: £17.50, Blush: £22) 

 

 

Review: Clinique Anti-Blemish treatment

A couple of months ago I went on holiday and forgot all my skin care goos. I was panicking because a week without my various acids, peels and lotions and I’d go back to looking like the pimply teenager I used to be. At the airport I did an emergency run for something spot related. The cheapest product I could find (£18.50 RRP but about £15 at the airport) was the Clinique All-Over Clearing Treatment from the Anti Blemish Solutions line, which incidentally I had been meaning to try. 

Unfortunately, during that week away my skin was terrible. I had more spots that I’d had in about 5 years, and I put it down to the my fancy new Clinique cream not working and when I got home I stopped using it and returned all my old products with vigour to get rid of all those newly acquired spots. It turns out what I thought were spots were just blocked pores from 7 days of sweaty sunbathing and sun tan lotion. (I am yet to find a sun tan lotion for oily skin that won’t cause breakouts.)

So when I ran out of my usual overnight clearing cream I returned to the Clinique one to give it a proper chance in a home environment. And it worked like a charm! 

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I am using the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (a previous Miracle Product of the Month)less and less because I have no spots I need to get rid of. This cream seems to work by preventing spots from appearing in the first place so that I don’t have to deal with them or the messy scars they leave behind. Not only that, but I feel like my old scars are reduced, but that may just be the healing power of time working it’s magic. It does have a bit of a funky smell, but the kind of medical/clinical smell that makes you think it must be the real deal. I’d be very interested in trying the rest of the Anti-Blemish range. 

Overall, I give this product an 8.5/10 for spot treatment ability, a 6/10 for price and a bonus point for reducing redness. 

The Dos and Don’ts of Summer Makeup Looks

Summer is a crazy time for makeup. If it’s not too hot to wear any (unlike today, where people wearing makeup deserve a medal) it’s nice to experiment a bit more with colour. But there aren’t really any rules, do whatever feels comfortable. These are just some of my ideas for Hot Summer Makeup:

DO go coral!

Whether lipstick or blush, coral and orange shades are always in for summer. At the moment I am in love with this Lime Crime lipstick in Cosmopop:

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 It looks very orange but it actually has more of a nudey/corally look on the lips. 

I also think these summer blushes look super cute:

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These Clinique Blush Pops come in 4 different shades, 2 berry shades (Berry Pop and Plum Pop) and 2 coral shades (Ginger Pop and Peach Pop). They are creme based so they won’t form a weird paste on your skin when you sweat, like powders tend to do. 

Another great cheek colour for summer are the Daniel Sandler Watercolour blushes, in particular the Acid and Trip duo set:

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At £25 for BOTH they’re very good value for the quality you are getting. They are highly pigmented and easy to blend, plus the colour lasts through storms and sunshine. These colours are gorgeous for summer. Trip (the orange) is great for complimenting your tan. 

DON’T be put off using dark colours! Your dark berry and purple lipsticks still can have a place in your summer makeup routine, if teemed with glowy bronzed skin and minimal eye makeup, alla these stars:

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(see my post on purple lips for the best products)

DO pair a smokey eye with a nude lip for the balmy summer evenings.This look looks amazing with a tan! 

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A great smokey eye palette is the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes Kit (£28.50)

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This kit also comes with a great eyebrow wax and highlighter that I use everyday, and a brush for easy application.

Lastly, DO what you feel comfortable with. Wear your makeup how you want, or wear none. If you are going to brave wearing makeup in this heat, just remember to use a good primer and a setting spray so you don’t accidentally leave your face behind on the tube.  

 

No Girls Allowed: Men’s Skincare 101

This post is just for the boys. Since Joe Biden revealed the secret to his gorgeous skin (Clinique for Men) it’s got me thinking about whether this is a subject boys would appreciate some direction in. Biden claimed he just uses what his wife tells him to, but I think you guys are capable of making your own decisions on your skincare, there just aren’t many beauty blogs that focus on men so it is hard to know where to start. 

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Joe Biden revealed to Rachael Ray the secret to his glowing skin is Clinique. As if I could love him any more. Clinique is an absolute classic in skin care for men and women. Clinique have a line designed especially for men, the standard moisturiser costs £23. This is just a simple moisturiser with SPF so if you find all the specific treatments a bit intimidating, this is a great place to start. 

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If you are already comfortable with moisturisers and want to target more specific problems, Clinique for Men also has creams for dark spot correcting, blemishes, fatigue and anti-ageing. 

If you want a product that will impress whoever is going through your medicine cabinet, Tom Ford has a men’s skincare range. It is pricey but if I saw them in a boy’s bathroom I would be very impressed/jealous. Their daily moisturiser is £75 (eek!) so this is really top end of the budget. They also do a concealer for £32 and is designed especially for men to help cover up blemishes, redness or razor cuts. 

You don’t need to spend a lot, however, for a good basic moisturiser. Nivea for Men have a re-hydrating moisturiser for £6.95 which, as the name implies, is good for dehydrated skin as well as dry skin. Dehydrated is an often overlooked skin care issue. Nivea also have a wide range of products to ease shaving and to cool the skin afterwards. Another cheap but effective moisturiser is Vaseline Men Extra Strength Body and Face Lotion (£3.73) (As seen in Esquire). Apply this at night to make the morning shave more comfortable and less irritating. 

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Another popular brand among men’s skincare is Kiehls. Their Facial Fuel range is incredibly popular and their “caffeine and vitamin non oily formula” claims to “energize the skin and control shine” so this is one for those of you who have trouble getting to bed on time (Facial Fuel Energizing Moisturiser £21). This range also includes cleansers, exfoliating scrubs and eye creams. All of which are products which everyone should be using, regardless of gender. 

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I hope this helped some boys out there decide which direction to go in when entering the confusing world of skin care. For those who are already experienced in this area, I know this post is very basic but it is mainly aimed at those who are completely new to skin care. Any requests or questions, feel free to comment.