Rilakkuma & Korilakkuma Make-Up Brushes Released by Kumano Fude
28.June.2018 | FASHION
From KOYUDO Collection’s Kumano Fude make-up brush line comes a new Rilakkuma design series. Hikidashi Store are now taking pre-orders for the new Rilakkuma Face Brush, Rilakkuma Cheek Brush and Korilakkuma Cheek Brush.
The Korilakkuma cheek brush is a dyed pink colour inspired by a strawberries, her favourite fruit. All the handles are made with natural wood and feature logos of the characters on the handles.
Kumano is the number one brush manufacturing company in Japan. In 1975, it was designated as a Traditional Craft by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Kumanofude continues to be cherished for its quality which is made possible by the traditional techniques and crafts use as well as the materials.
The Rilakkuma Kumano Fude brushes are the ultimate brushes made by the artisans of Kumano who continue the pass down the tradition of brush manufacturing which doesn’t cut the tips off the brushes. Each brush is marked with an official quality approval mark of Kumanofude.
Cute yourself up with these new kawaii Rilakkuma items!
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.
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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/
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
A new series of Rilakkuma hanko stamps was released by Hankos on April 21 featuring an adorable collection of stamp pattern designs of Rilakkuma and his friends.
Hanko stamps are often used in Japan in place of signatures where you have your name printed onto the stamp itself. These Rilakkuma hanko are made to order and you can have Japanese characters written onto them.
There are 20 different illustrations featuring the cute faces of Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, Korilakkuma, and Chairoikoguma.
There are also three fonts to choose from the orthodox, easy to read style to a cuter style. You can use them in Japan for sending deliveries, at home, and more. There’s the classic type where you can dip into ink and stamp as well as two wooden types.
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Rilakkuma Goyururi Hanko
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/
Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Confections by Tabemas Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores
25.April.2020 | FOOD
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next batch of sweet treats will see Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori arrive at Lawson convenience stores in Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches) on April 28, 2020.
Tabemas Rilakkuma 2020 Strawberry Rilakkuma/Strawberry Kiiroitori – ¥285 Each (Tax Included)
The adorable confections feature Rilakkuma donning a sweet strawberry hat while Kiiroitori has gone the full fruity mile by dressing snug in a strawberry onesie. As you’d imagine, both of these sweet treats are strawberry flavoured.
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
What better way to spend your time indoors right now than with a cute Rilakkuma or Kiiroitori sweet?
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Tabemas Rilakkuma 2020 Strawberry Rilakkuma
Tabemas Rilakkuma 2020 Strawberry Kiiroitori
Price: ¥285 Each (Tax Included)
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Available: At the chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores in Japan
*Not available at Lawson Store 100
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
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/
Rilakkuma Features On the Packaging For Papico Chocolate Ice Cream
Papico, a long-selling brand of ice creams in Japan known for their smooth texture, is teaming up with Rilakkuma to give 1,000 people a chance to win limited-edition Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma hand puppets. The campaign is set to run from April 20, 2020.
Papico is a popular brand of ice cream in Japan that comes in many flavours, such as Chocolate Coffee, which blends chocolate with cafe latte, and the sweet, sour and refreshing White Sour. They also sell numerous limited-edition flavours.
The collaboration designs include Rilakkuma for Coffee Chocolate and Korilakkuma for White Sour. They also come as hand puppets.
The campaign offers 1,000 random people a chance to win both puppets. It will run from April 20, 2020 to July 19, 2020. To sign up, purchase one of the ice creams and apply via the application page included on your receipt.