An accidental career in beauty

Illustration: Sarene Chan

Singaporean Patrick Chong Fook Seng was just 26 when he landed a job in the beauty industry by chance.

Saturday, 29 March, 2014, 2:12am

Bribery penalties could reach US$132 million, Avon says

Avon’s revenue in China has plunged during the investigation by US authorities. Photo: AP

Avon Products, the world’s largest door-to-door cosmetics seller, said it may have to pay as much as US$132 million to resolve criminal and civil probes into whether it paid bribes in China and other countries.

14 Feb 2014 - 2:54pm

Revlon exits China as sales fall despite booming cosmetics market

Sales at Revlon, which entered China in 1996, declined in 2012. Photo: AP

Revlon plans to exit the China market, where sales of its cosmetics have been falling, and cut more than 1,000 jobs as part of a restructuring designed to save about US$11 million a year.

2 Jan 2014 - 1:56am

Spending gets boost from Lunar New Year campaigns

Spending on advertising gets boost from Lunar New Year campaigns. Photo: AFP

Spending on advertising in Hong Kong grew modestly in the first two months of the year to HK$6.2 billion, driven by campaigns for the Lunar New Year shopping season.

28 Mar 2013 - 6:31am

Discount stores can offer better deals for cosmetics than malls

Mainland tourists are seen at a cosmetics shop in Mong Kok. Local stores can often provide better deals for quality products than big-name malls. Photo: SCMP

The constant upkeep of a woman's appearance requires time, effort and most of all, money. But products vary wildly in terms of prices, so where does one start for decent and affordable cosmetics?

25 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Greek brand Fresh Line's home-made cosmetics launched in Asia

Fresh Line CEO Natalie Vagioni (right)

One of Fresh Line CEO Natalie Vagioni's favourite childhood pastimes was making cosmetics in the kitchen with her mother.

Born into a family of soap makers, Vagioni's mother, Mayra, still makes soap and facial masks using fresh ingredients to give to friends.

30 Jan 2013 - 1:36am

Age of opportunity awaits in mainland China

As the mainland population gets older, their rising wealth and increased consumption can still benefit business. Photo: EPA

While many would expect China's ageing population to have a negative impact on its economy, some analysts think differently.

26 Nov 2012 - 8:17am

Hong Kong ban on cosmetic animal tests sought as example to mainland

Nick Palmer says animal testing is old-fashioned. Photo: KY Cheng

Hong Kong should impose a blanket ban on beauty products tested on animals to keep up with the global trends and set an example to the mainland, animal welfare advocates said.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:35am 2 comments

Profits at Sa Sa looking pretty

Profits at Sa Sa looking pretty

Sales at Hong Kong's biggest cosmetics chain, Sa Sa International, bucked the lukewarm trend in the city's retail sector.

16 Nov 2012 - 2:47am

Scents of adventure

Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Sublime

The festive season offers a chance to give or receive the latest examples of the perfumer's art, writes Victoria Ip.

21 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm

Asian sensations

Aurélien Guichard has created fragrances for major fashion houses from Gucci and Versace to Nina Ricci and Issey Miyake.

Trio of scents honours the region while remaining true to the brand, writes Tama Lung.

21 Nov 2012 - 11:49pm

Star power

Photo: EPA

Red-carpet beauty is easy to achieve once you find the right inspiration, writes Tama Lung.

21 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm

Eye point

Make-up artist Megumi Sekine says shimmering products are best suited to younger skin. Photo: May Tse

Colour and sparkle are the keys to the perfect party look this season, writes Tama Lung.

3 Sep 2013 - 7:32am

Royal flush

Poppy King has been conscious of her desire to emulate the classic Hollywood look since her final year in high school.

Poppy King's Lipstick Queen is a tribute to old Hollywood glamour, writes Tama Lung.

17 Jan 2014 - 4:36pm

Face value

Dior's Christmas make-up palette (below right) was inspired by glamorous 18th-century balls.

Latest launches are designed to beautify and boost skin quality, writes Tama Lung.

22 Nov 2012 - 12:02am