Yue-Sai Kan, “Cosmetics Queen of China.”

Yue Sai, the first global Chinese brand of products designed specifically for Asian women. She’s become so renowned in China People magazine dubbed her “the most famous woman in China.” Eventually selling products in more than 800 outlets through 23 regional companies in China’s major markets.

With stiff competition as U.S.-based Estee Lauder, Japan’s Shiseido, and Maybelline in China; Yue Sai launched in 1992 (http://www.yuesaiactivity.com/) cosmetics and skincare stand apart! By 2003, the company was generating annual revenues of nearly 50 million US Dollars and Forbes magazine reported that Yue-Sai “is changing the face of the Middle Kingdom, one lipstick at a time”. The company was sold to L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics company, in May 2004, with Kan staying on as Honorary Vice Chairman of L’Oréal China. More than 90% of the Chinese population today recognizes the brand.  She is even immortalized on a stamp.

In 2008 Yue-Sai created a new East-meets-West lifestyle retail brand, the House of Yue-Sai, to bring style, elegance and inspiration to Chinese consumers, selling a variety of fine home furnishings, bedding, tableware, lighting, decorative accessories and unique gifts, and jewelry. Yue-Sai has also designed and produced a line of Asian female dolls, known as the Yue-Sai WaWa (“doll” in Chinese). Seeing as all dolls in China had blue eyes and blonde hair, Yue-Sai created dolls, each with distinctive Asian features, accessories and educational facts, to help Asian children develop confidence, knowledge and pride in their heritage as well as educate children of all heritages about Asian cultures.

Yue-Sai Kan is a former 1980’s Emmy Award Winning Chinese-American lifestyle host on China Central Television and PBS.  She used her celebrity status and sense of fashion and beauty to build a beauty empire. 

Kan was born in Guilin (桂林), in China’s southern province of Guangxi (广西), before the founding of the People’s Republic of China and grew up in Hong Kong. She is the oldest of four sisters, and her father Kan Wing-Lin was a revered traditional Chinese painter and calligrapher. She moved to Hawaii where she studied for a degree in music at Brigham Young University in Hawaii. While studying as a piano major, Yue-Sai entered the Narcissus Flower Beauty Pageant sponsored by the local Chinese Chamber of Commerce, became the second runner-up, and as part of her duties traveled around the World. The life-changing experience marked the beginning of her career in fashion and beauty. She joined her sister in New York in 1972, becoming involved in public relations and television production work.

 

You can read her popular Chinese micro blog at www.weibo.com/jinyuxi.

Her Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/yuesaikan

‘Normal’ Barbie -What Barbie Would Look Like If Based On Actual Women!

‘Normal’ Barbie By Nickolay Lamm Shows Us What Mattel Dolls Might Look Like If Based On Actual Women (PHOTOS)

Via The Huffington Post  |  By Nina Bahadur Posted: 07/01/2013 4:29 pm EDT  |  Updated: 07/02/2013 1:20 pm EDT

 

What would Barbie look like if she were modeled after the average American woman?

 

Very different, it turns out.

 

Artist Nickolay Lamm of MyDeals.com used CDC measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to create a 3-D model, which he photographed next to a standard Barbie doll. Lamm then photoshopped the 3-D model to make it look like a Barbie doll.

 

“If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well,” Lamm said in an email to the Huffington Post. “Furthermore, a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good.”

Considering how peculiar a Barbie body would look in real life, Lamm concluded: “If there’s even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America, what’s stopping Mattel from making one?”

Nickolay Lamm

 

 

A Giant Step Forward for Animal Activists: European Union Banning Animal Testing for Cosmetics!

You’ve probably heard by now that the European Union has banned animal testing for cosmetics.

That’s right as of March 11, 2013, it is illegal to sell products that have been tested on animals or products that are formulated with ingredients that have been tested on animals.

The only real impact on the beauty companies is that they won’t be able to use any NEW raw materials that have been tested on animals. This law doesn’t retroactively ban ingredients (or products for that matter) that were animal tested years ago – those are grandfathered in and can still be sold. So while this could theoretically stifle innovation it’s not going to cause anyone’s existing businesses to grind to a halt.

Why no animal testing is good for you:

It’s exciting to think of all the animals that will be spared the excruciating process of animal testing – no one likes to see animals suffer unnecessarily.

Why no animal testing is bad for you:

While the EU law makes life safer for animals it makes it less safe for you (at least a little bit.) That’s because the law prohibits specific tests for “carcinogenicity, photoallergy, cutaneous allergy, toxicokinetics, reprotoxicity, teratogenesis, toxicity[—]sub chronic and chronic[—]and photomutagenesis. These are important tests because they’re needed to determine whether the products are safe for human use and there are no non-animal alternatives at this time.”

In other words, when this law is in effect companies will not be able to use the most accurate type of testing to ensure their new products are safe for you to use.

This won’t be an issue for most products but it will be for those innovations that require cutting edge chemistry. So, rather than market products that haven’t been proven safe, companies will probably chose not to market them. Which means you won’t be able to use the latest and greatest beauty breakthroughs.

Eventually, alternative tests will be developed so all in all the testing ban is probably a good thing but I wanted to make sure you’re aware of both sides of the story.

Me personally, I couldn’t be happier for this law, it is about time!

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