How to Style Your Hair & Make-Up for Wearing Yukata
29.June.2018 | FASHION
The summer season is almost here, which in Japan means summer festivals and fireworks. Wearing yukata is tradition during summer here and really gives you that summertime vibe.
But to enjoy yukata fashion even more, you’ve got to get the hair and make-up right too. Here’s some tips!
How To Style Hair & Make-Up for Yukata: 2018 Edition
Showing us the tricks of the trade is top hair and make-up artist Yumiko Kamada of cosmetics company Shiseido who has incorporated 2018 trends and made it so that anybody can challenge themselves to it.
1. Start off by curling your hair. Depending on how you like it done, it’s good to slightly curl the tips with the curling iron too.
2. Tie your hair from behind your ears to the top of your head to separate the front and back like in picture ②.
3a. Tie each part of the hair you separated close to the top of your head.
3b. For the front, divide the inner part of your hair from the knot into two, and pass the tips of your hair through. Add some nuance to the side with a Gibson tuck.
4. Twist the front and back bundles and bring together.
5. To give the top balance, fix tightly with a hairpin. Add nuance by styling your hair around your face and finish with hairspray. Leave a refreshing impression with checkered hair decorations and transparent glass hairpins.
1. For the base make-up, lightly apply liquid foundation to your skin.
2. Lightly fix with face powder and use highlighter to give your skin shine and luster.
3. Powder your eyebrows to a natural thickness and make soft.
4. Add coral cream eye colour to the outer part of the double eyelid. Apply lavender cream eye colour to the entire bottom eyelid. For single eyelids, close your eye and add the eye colour to the eyelid.
5. Carefully add mascara starting from your lash roots to brighten your eyes.
7. Add pink cream blusher to the upper parts of your cheeks. This brings out the depth of your face and makes your side profile look beautiful.
7. Use a glossy pink lipstick to give a bright look. Lightly shade off the outline to give a lighter look.
Recommended Make-Up Items: PLAYLIST Multi Painter (With New Colours)
These multi coloured creams come in paint tubes and can be used just about anywhere from your eyelids to eyebrows, cheeks, lips and so on. There are 14 colours in total (13 coloured and 1 clear). There’s the lavender and coral which was used in this tutorial as well as two new summer colours. Pick them up and get on Japan’s 2018 summer trends!
Dress up in a colourful and beautiful yukata and have yourself an unforgettable summer!
Kirby Face Masks Take Care Of Your Skin While at Home
Now, to celebrate the 28th anniversary of HAL Laboratory and Nintendo’s video game Kirby’s Dream Land this year, Lovisia has revealed its new “Kirby’s Dram Land Face Masks” which will go on sale at variety shops, online sites like Tokyu Hands and Village Vanguard, and elsewhere in Japan on June 19, 2020.
“Pink Lush” is the concept behind the cute pink-coloured masks. The masks themselves are like the characters from the game. Lovisia previously released eye shadow, lipstick, and a mirror as part of the same series in April which proved popular amongst fans.
There are three designs in total: Kirby, Waddle Dee, and Meta Knight, all of which are Instagram-worthy and great as a treat to yourself or a gift to friends.
The masks are made in Japan, and contain collagen, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter, all for their moisturising effects. Each has a soap scent, which will leave your skin smelling fresh and looking cute and soft. The perfect accompaniment to enjoy at home right now.
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc. KB20-P2210
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time Anime Film Collaborates With Eye Drops Brand Sante FX
Santen Pharmaceutical has teamed up with the upcoming anime film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time to released limited edition versions of its eye drop products Sante FX NEO and Sante FX V+. The products went on sale on June 1, 2020.
The Sante FX series is a popular eye drops brand in Japan. It has previously collaborated with Evangelion in the past, with the last collaboration happening 8 years ago for the promotion of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The product was promoted a series of commercials under the title “Refreshing Feeling Sante FX” which featured Evangelion references. They are doing the same for the new collaboration under the title “New Refreshing Feeling Sante FX.”
Four different models will be released for both the Sante FX NEO and Sante FX V+ eye drops, including Shinji, Asuka, Rei, and Kaworu. Each features an original illustration of the characters along with colours that identify them.
A commercial was released to promote the products featuring narration by Kotono Mitsuishi who voices Misato Katsuragi in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Sante FX x Evangelion CM
A special website was launched exclusively for the product where Sante FX are carrying out eye tests in Japanese. Users can answer questions to measure the “vigilance” of their eyes. The answers they get will also present them with the Evangelion character they are.
Loosen Up Your Mind and Body With SHIRO’s New Fragrance Bath Oils
04.June.2020 | FASHION
SHIRO is releasing three new bath oils as part of its Fragrance series which serve to loosen up your mind and body. The oils are the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing bath time and protect against dryness during Japan’s rainy season, keeping skin nice and moisturised.
Bath Oils: ¥3,800 (Before Tax)
There are three fragrances to choose from: “Soap” which envelops you in fresh fruits, “White Lily” which has a sophisticated floral scent, and the refreshing and relaxing “White Tea.”
The oils are mixed with sunflower oil and unrefined shea butter from Ghana to leave your skin feeling completely smooth and moisturised after your bath. If you’re looking for some simple yet effective body care, then you can’t go wrong by winding down from the stress of the day with these oils.
Release Date: June 11, 2020
Available: SHIRO Online Store / SHIRO branches in Japan
SHIRO Official Website: https://shiro-shiro.jp/
Walt Disney Japan has announced that pre-sales for its new and original Disney themed yukata will open via shopDisney in Japan from June 9, 2020. Designs range from popular picks such as the Mickey Mouse yukata from last year to new designs like Alice in Wonderland.
The Mickey Mouse yukata has a white base which combined traditional Japanese prints of hemp leaves and a checked pattern with plum blossoms and Mickey. Dressing up in this gives off grown-up yet cute vibes.
The new Alice in Wonderland yukata has a navy base and features prints from the popular Disney movie made into a Japanese style design. It also comes with an obi sash featuring characters from the film on it in a casual manner, so it blends in well and isn’t too flashy. shopDisney will also sell a bag, fan and other items with this design too so you can coordinate a style with the yukata.
Several items for kids will also be sold, such as a cute Elsa-inspired yukata, a Toy Story 4 jinbei, a Bunny shoulder bag, and more.
A TSUM TSUM series of summertime yukata will also be sold from June 9, 2020 which will include Mickey & Friends designs.
Clean Japanese Cosmetics Shop MAKANAI to Open in Kagurazaka
01.June.2020 | FASHION
Kagurazaka-based Japanese ‘clean’ beauty brand MAKANAI are set to open up a store in Kagurazaka, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.
The shop interior was designed by up-and-coming Japanese artists and is based around gold leaf.
The decor features gold leaf-incorporated wall and ceiling art, as well as fragments taken from Kutani ware that became damaged when it was being forged in Ishikawa Prefecture. MAKANAI is a place that prides itself on sustainability.
The main centre table, called the “Ritual Bar,” is made using the stump of a lime tree that is hundreds of years old. It is on this luxurious table that various beauty products are to be displayed. The interior designs, which makes use of wood grain, gives the shop a natural feel to it and feels nice to touch together with the products. It’s a simple yet relaxing and welcoming aesthetic that will have you staying in there for a long time without noticing.
The shop has a smart mirror which uses AI to diagnose your skin type, and there are also workshops too such as “Pure Beauty Rituals” where MAKANAI will teach you how to care for your skin. MAKANAI plans to introduce other exciting things too.
Grand Opening Commemoration Set w/ Tote Bag: ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
To commemorate the store’s opening, customers can purchase a set which comes with face lotion, moisturising oil, and face cream. Normally, all of this would cost ¥13,000 (before tax), but for the opening it will be offered at the special price of ¥10,000. It’s a great MAKANAI starter kit.
Experience MAKANAI’s brand concept of clean Japanese cosmetics for yourself at the official store when it opens on June 5.
Address: 3-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
MAKANAI Cosmetics Official Website: https://makanaicosmetics.co.jp/
9 Cute Nail Styles to Inspire Your Self Love and Creativity at Home
With most people stuck in lockdown, many people are taking the time to try out different nail styles right now in Japan. If you’re stuck on what designs to go for, take some inspiration from these 10!
Girly Off Blue Nails | @paakogrm
Mayu has gone for the ever-popular off-blue to create a girly design.
Dalmatian Nails | @fnds23
YUI has incorporated a dalmatian print for a simple yet stylish combination.
Colourful Nails Against The Blue Sky | @bjmmm_13
Koharu’s nails feature a mix of fun colours, patterns, and designs which are sure to cheer her up whenever she’s using her hands and sees them.
Toy Story Nails | @yanagi.ishii
Mai’s Toy Story nails seem as though they’re about to come to life and start talking. Check out those fluffy clouds too.
Demon Slayer | @aiarrn
Rin’s Demon Slayer and turtle shell designs are all hand drawn. Tanjiro and Nezuko look really cute.
Shiny Nails | @jamaicafe_nails
Nao-chan’s nails are made up of various shiny parts which look even cute when the sun shines on them!
Lovely Blanket Nails | @kym__81g
Mayu’s lovely blanket nails are hand drawn and have a soft, gentle aesthetic to them.
Vintage Nails | @pom__a03
Pom’s nails combine off-colours with browns for a vintage look. The polka dots are a sophisticated cute without being overly-kawaii.
Fruit Nails | @runrunyukirun
Yukina’s nails are made up of various cute fruits. She’s serving freshness for the coming summer season.
Use this opportunity while at home to make your own nails cute too!
Tokyo’s New Skin Care Concept Shop SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS to Open in Omotesando
SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS is the debut concept shop by Japanese beauty company ORBIS, and it’s set to open in Omotesando this summer. The shop’s teaser website opened on May 13 where information on its conception, special content, interviews with the company’s partners, and more will roll out in the run up to the grand opening.
ORBIS established themselves in 1984, and in 1987 launched their mail-order service. Since then, their mission has been to “create a world filled with people who are true to themselves, think positively, and lead lives of beauty.” They believe in the beauty each of us has inside them and want to unlock its full potential.
SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS aims to have people learning about their own skin and to unlock its full potential. “Feel,” “Learn,” and “Take” are the keywords of the concept shop.
The shop’s creative directors are Hisato Ogata, who is a designer and innovator at takram, and Momo Kudo of Tokyo-based architecture and interior design studio MMA Inc. They are also supported by George Amano of GEORGE CREATIVE COMPANY.
SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS has two floors. On the first floor, customers are free to test various products as well as learn about the correct way to look after their skin. The second floor offers skincare treatments, workshops, and various private events. You must be a member on the shop’s official app and book in advance for the second floor services.
If you’re strolling around the Harajuku and Omotesando area this summer, pop into SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS and learn all there is to know about proper skin care.
SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS
Address: 5-7-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo
LOUNGE: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM
JUICE BAR: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
*Please note that the shop is subject to temporary closure
Official Website: http://www.orbis.co.jp/skincarelounge/
Dior Releases Tokyo Pink Colour of its Addict Lip Maximizer
10.May.2020 | FASHION
Parfums Christian Dior opened pre-sales for its 2020 Summer Collection via the official Dior online boutique on Friday.
The line-up features shades for early summer’s blue skies, as well as vivid colours that will stand out against the midsummer rays. Everything in the range screams bright and energetic femininity.
This summer, look forward to applying highly efficient formulas perfect for the season, with textures that feel natural on the skin, glittery shades that reflect the sunlight, and new rules set for healthy summer makeup.
Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 019 Tokyo Pink – ¥3,700
A standout of the collection is the Japan-exclusive Tokyo Pink edition of the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer. It’s a pink that symbolises Tokyoーthe neon lights and feminine beautyーwhile still looking transparent. It’s a clear pink with a delicate glittery look that gives instant volume to the lips the moment it’s put on, serving energetic summer vibes. It has hyaluronic acid on it which keeps them looking moist all day long, as well as collagen and capsaicin.
Dior 5 Couleurs (Colour Games) – ¥7,800 / Diorshow Colour & Contour Duo – ¥3,900
Dior is also releasing limited edition versions of its Dior 5 Couleurs eye palette and eyeliner and eye shadow combo Diorshow Colour & Contour Duo for the summer season.
Summer Collection 2020 “Colour Games”
Pre-Sales: May 8, 2020
Release Date: June 5, 2020 (From May 15, 2020 at select websites)
Official Website: https://www.dior.com/ja_jp
Japanese attire brand Relier81 began selling its “OBI Square Sandals” on the official UNITED TOKYO online store on Thursday. The sandals are made using dead stock obi which are the sashes used to tie kimono.
Who are Relier81?
Relier81 is a Kyoto-based upcycling brand which aims to maintain Japanese tradition, culture, and the original craftsmanship of its creations.
In today’s era, there are less opportunities for people to wear kimono in Japan. Beautiful and breathtaking kimono, obi, and other kimono related items are gathering dust in people’s wardrobes. So Relier81 began to think of a way that would enable them to still make use of kimono and kimono accessories that would fit the modern lady. That’s where their upcycling skills come into play.
OBI Square Sandals – ¥29,700 (Before Tax) | Size 1: 23cm-23.5cm, Size 2: 24cm-24.5cm
Relier81 have collaborated with UNITED TOKYO for these new OBI Square Sandals, a brand which prides themselves on products that are “Made in Japan.” The sandals use Relier81’s “OBI Sandals” as the base which have been wrapped in carefully selected dead stock obi by UNITED TOKYO’s designers. There are 12 sandal designs in total with two different kinds of elastic insoles used. The sandals lighten the burden of the feet and are super comfortable to ensure that your feet don’t get tired easily.
The sandals are shipped in a special “kiribako” box with both company’s logos branded on it to keep with the traditional theme.
All of these sandals are manufactured in Japan, but the ageing of artisans and lack of successors is of real concern. UNITED TOKYO’s official online store has posted photos of the manufacturing process of one shoes to show people how it’s done.
Colourful Yukata and Jinbei Collaboration Launches by Subikiawa and Felissimo
07.May.2020 | FASHION
Felissimo has joined hands with popular Kyoto-based store Subikiawa to launch a new collaborative series of items. They are now available to purchase via Felissimo’s official website.
Who are Subikiawa?
Subikiawa is a tableware store known to all in Kyoto that’s open around three days a month. “Tabletop Circus” is the theme of their hand drawn tableware series which is mainly centred around glassware. Subikiawa first began their collaboration series with Felissimo back in 2016. Since then, they have teamed up to make yukata, jinbei, pyjamas, clothes, and moreーall with Subikiawa’s cute illustrative designs.
The new yukata and jinbei they have developed for this summer features a colourful underwater theme with various fishes, pebbles, and water plants.
Kyoto Subikiawa Shokki to Tsukutta Suichu Dance Yukata – ¥5,500 (Before Tax)
Kyoto Subikiawa Shokki to Tsukutta Suichu Dance Yukata (Women’s) – ¥7,300 (Before Tax)
The collection features yukata and jinbei made with designs so that parents and kids can dress up together. The clothes are made from 100% slub cotton yarn, giving them a nice feeling against the skin. The waist is also fitted with string so that even beginners to yukata can tie them easily.
Kyoto Subikiawa Shokki to Tsukutta Nail Seals (1 Set) – ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
Kyoto Subikiawa Shokki to Tsukutta Suichu Dance Bib Kit (1 Set) – ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
The new collection also includes nail seals to make your fingertips bright and beautiful, as well as an embroidery kit to make your own cute bibーthis is part of Felissimo’s brand Couturier. The bib is soft and made using 100% Banshu-ori cotton fabric. Banshu-ori is a fabric from Hyogo Prefecture. The cotton is also dyed before being woven so the colour won’t fade as quickly when washed.
Make Bath Time Even More Special With the New Hair and Body Series From ORBIS
01.May.2020 | FASHION
ORBIS released its new “RELEASE By Touch” series of hair and body products on April 23, 2020.
Since the company’s establishment, ORBIS has striven to bring out the full potential of the skin’s power. Its brand message is “making comfort beautiful.” Their Touch series invites people to love their hair and body by touching and caring for it, leading them to a relaxing, comfortable time.
RELEASE By Touch Shampoo / RELEASE By Touch Conditioner – ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
The hair care items in the new RELEASE By Touch series includes shampoo and conditioner that gently cares for both the hair and scalp.
RELEASE By Touch Body Shampoo – ¥1,000 / RELEASE By Touch Body Wash Glove – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Lather your skin and body in thick bubbles and enjoy some body care time.
RELEASE By Touch Bath Towel
When you’re done, wrap yourself in a fluffy towel and feel refreshed after your luxurious bath.
If you’re looking for some personal relaxing bath time then you can’t go wrong with the new RELEASE By Touch series from ORBIS.
RELEASE By Touch Series
Release Date: April 23, 2020
Available: At ORBIS stores in Japan and online
Official Website: https://www.orbis.co.jp/
SHIRO to Release New Alcohol Hand Mist and Hand Gel Sanitisers
16.April.2020 | FASHION
Japanese cosmetic brand SHIRO has announced the release of its new “Hand Refreshing Series” of hand sanitisers that both clean and keep hands moisturised.
The products contain 80% alcohol (*1) and can be used to clean your hands (*2).
We are living in a time when taking care of what you touch and washing your hands is of utmost importance. To make life easier for people, SHIRO has created this new line of skincare products.
Chakrasana Hand Refreshener (80ml) – ¥1,600 (Before Tax) / Alcohol: 65% / Contains: Yuzu Peel / Fragrance: Chakrasana
The Chakrasana Hand Refreshener is a hand mist that was released on April 2, 2020. It ensures your hands are sanitised for going outside, while the use of yuzu peel keeps them moisturised. The fragrance used, “Chakrasana,” is an original blend of fresh orange, spicy cloves, and geraniumsーthe latter of which offers a subtle sweet smell.
Hand Refreshener 80 (80ml) – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) / Alcohol: 80% / Contains: Yuzu Peel / Fragrance: Chakrasana, Sabon
Pre-orders are now open via SHIRO’s online store for their new product Hand Refreshener 80 which will launch on April 20. Another hand mist, this version contains 80% alcohol for even cleaner hands. It comes in two fragrances: the above-mentioned Chakrasana as well as Sabon which has a fresh soapy smell.
Hand Refreshing Gel 80 (200ml) – ¥2,800 (Before Tax) / Alcohol: 80% / Contains: Yuzu Peel / Fragrance: Chakrasana, Sabon
Rather than mist, this product comes as a big bottle of gel. Like the mist, it cleans your hands thoroughly while ensuring they do not dry out. Perfect to keep at home or in an office, one bottle can last you up to nearly two months. 1-3 pumps will ensure your hands are nicely sanitised. This product is now available for pre-order and will be shipped between April 23 and early May.
SHIRO has halted the manufacturing of some of its products at its Hokkaido-based factory to focus on producing alcohol sanitising items.
*1: The official homepage of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan states that alcohol is most effective at 70% and above. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that you need at the very least 60% or more to ensure hand sanitation.
*2: This is not a medical or quasi-drug product.
SHIRO Hand Refreshing Series
Official Website: https://shiro-shiro.jp/