Beauty and AR Technology Collide at SK-II Wonderland Pop-Up Shop in Harajuku
Japanese cosmetics brand SK-II has opened a pop-up shop called SK-II Wonderland at CASE B in Harajuku, Tokyo.
The store lets customers use an AR application that combines Google’s latest AR technology “AR Core” with SK-II’s accumulated knowledge on skin to create skin and skin care themed digital art.
Upon entering the shop you are transported into the colourful world seen on the bottle of the SK-II KARAN Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence which was made in collaboration with KARAN, an artist from the Netherlands. This artwork comes to life when using the AR app, which is available in English, Japanese and Chinese.
The first floor of the building houses three rooms each with different designs inspired by the limited edition bottles. Using the app opens up the room to a whole world of colours. There are 26 different things to interact with via the app while in the rooms.
You can even find out the age of your skin up at the second floor booth. This is done by taking a photo of your skin which will be compared to other skin types in SK-II’s information-packed database.
It can be a little nerve-wracking to do it, but my skin is 9 years younger than my actual age, and my cameraman was also 5 years younger, so we were super relieved.
You will also find the “Pitera Table” at the shop which reacts to the KARAN limited edition bottle and people’s movements. It can tell you all about SK-II’s miracle Pitera ingredient.
Of course, there are things to buy at the pop-up shop too, so if you’re in Harajuku before to stop by SK-II Wonderland to enjoy some digital art while finding out the actual age of your skin.
Running: Until January 24, 2019
Location: Harajuku CASE B (6-16-26 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Pokémon Cosmetic Series: Ditto Face Mask Gets Added to the Set
Monosense has announced the release of a new Pokémon Gift Set which will hit Lovisia shops and variety stores in Japan as well as online on November 26, 2020.
The Pokémon cosmetic series has been a huge success in Japan since it launched, spanning face masks, hand cream, lip cream, lip gloss, point packs, mirrors, and body gel. The face masks however have proven the most popular, having sold over 600,000 of them (as of June 2020).
Ditto gets added to the series
Pokémon Face Mask Set (Includes 5) | ¥2,150 (Before Tax)
Pokémon Trainers can keep their faces moisturised while out in the wild with this set of five face masks. The collection includes the familiar Pikachu, Mew, Eevee, and Mew masks, and adds an all-new Ditto version. Skin can get pretty dry during the cold autumn and winter months, so these made-in-Japan face masks will keep Trainers’ skin moisturised thanks to the collagen, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter in them.
Pokémon Gift Set
Pokémon Gift Set (4 Versions) | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
The Pokémon Gift Set is a single box containing hand cream as well as a hand towel which comes with an emblem of the Pokémon you decide to choose. The hand cream is made with collagen and hyaluronic acid which keeps hand soft—super effective for throwing all of those Poké Balls. The Pikachu cream is “Pure Soap” scented, Eevee is “Pink Bouquet,” Psyduck is “Sweet Peony,” and Mew is “Floral Shampoo.”
The gift sets come in cute packaging branded in pastel colours. Who will you choose?
Select stores in Japan will bag customers’ Pokémon cosmetic products in a limited-edition bag too. The perfect Pika-gift for any lover of Pokémon!
Pokémon Face Mask Set / Pokémon Gift Set
Release Date: November 26, 2020
Available: Variety shops in Japan / Lovisia online website
Product Page: https://lovisia.jp/pokemon/
SHIRO PERFUME Releases Limited-Edition Holiday 2020 Fragrances
24.November.2020 | FASHION
Cosmetic brand SHIRO released two new special editions of its fragrances on November 19 for this year’s holiday season.
JUST FOR YOU 50mL | ¥10,500 (Before Tax)
Smell great this holiday season with the honey floral-scented “JUST FOR YOU” and the warm and smokey, wreath and Christmas tree-inspired “HOLIDAY WREATH.” Both offer completely different scents while maintaining that holiday season vibe.
HOLIDAY WREATH 50mL | ¥10,500 (Before Tax)
Whether you’ll be staying at home this Christmas and still want to feel good, or will be spending it with someone people, set the mood right with a warm and welcoming fragrance.
SHIRO PERFUME JUST FOR YOU
SHIRO PERFUME HOLIDAY WREATH
Released: November 19, 2020
SHIRO Official Website: https://shiro-shiro.jp/
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Clothing & Accessories Revealed by Luxury Japanese Brand Gelato Pique
Nintendo has announced that luxury Japanese loungewear and sleepwear brand Gelato Pique is releasing a collection of clothing and accessories in collaboration with the Nintendo Switch™ title Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The line-up includes pyjamas, hoodies, shorts, tote bags, blankets, pouches, and more, with the Animal Crossing’s beloved Timmy and Tommy appearing as the main character feature on the designs.
Pre-orders for the collection will begin over on Gelato Pique’s official website on November 18, but you will most likely need an address in Japan to order. They will subsequently be released at the official Nintento TOKYO store as well as select Gelato Pique stores in Japan on January 13, 2021. Before that, they will also line the shelves of a Gelato Pique pop-up store called “Gelato Pique Christmas Town” in Omotesando Hills which is set to run from December 18 to 25.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Line-Up
Timmy & Tommy knitted jacquard tops with a simple desig
Jacquard Pullover ¥5,800 | Short Pants ¥4,200 | Cushions ¥3,400 Each (All Tax-Inclusive)
Become your favourite character with a cosy ear-topped hoodie
[Colours: Brown/Cream/Grey] Hoodies ¥6,800 | Short Pants ¥4,200 (All Tax-Include)
Cut & Sewn Series: Character designs and fruit patterns
Left: Fruit Pullover ¥5,400 | Fruit Long Pants ¥5,200
Left: Character Pullover ¥5,400 | CharacterLong Pants ¥5,200
Warm Timmy & Tommy blanket
Left: Blanket ¥5,800 | Right: Jacquard Blanket B ¥5,800 (Before Tax)
Animal Crossing x Gelato Pique Special Book
Pouch and tote bag comes with the book
Japanese publishing company Takarajimasha is also releasing a special book on December 22 entitled Animal Crossing meets GELATO PIQUE SPECIAL BOOK in two versions which come with a Timmy and Tommy design pouch and tote bag. These are limited-edition items available only with the book.
© 2020 Nintendo
Gelato Pique x Animal Crossing Collection
Releasing: December 18, 2020 at 12:00pm (JST)
Gelato Pique Official Online Store: https://gelatopique.com/20201116_01
USAGI ONLINE Official Website: https://usagi-online.com/s/201116PIQ/
Gelato Pique Christmas Town
Running: December 18, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Space O, Omotesando Hills Floor B3F
Products: Animal Crossing meets GELATO PIQUE
Release Date: January 13, 2021
Locations: Select Gelato Pique stores / Nintendo TOKYO
*Only a selection of the products will be sold, the full collection is available online
One Piece x Shu Uemura Makeup Collection is a Pirate Girl’s Dream
The second instalment of the “Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection” finally launched on November 15. The collection was first announced back in September with the first instalment released on November 1.
The special collection is inspired by the brave and heroic Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates from One Piece, one of Japan’s biggest manga and anime franchises. The second instalment welcomes a new collection of highlighters, makeup brushes, and more for the holiday season.
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Fearless Crew Highlighter Gold Feast / Fearless Crew Highlighter Romance Dawn (¥5,000 Each Before Tax)
Smooth, silky highlight powder to accentuate the face. Colours include shining gold which glistens like pearls and sun-basked peach. These highlighters capture the lively energy of Nami and Robin.
Fearless Crew Premium Brush Set (¥6,500 Before Tax) | Includes: Face Brush, Cheek Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, and Eyebrow Brush
The high quality mini brush set includes a face brush, cheek brush, eyeshadow brush, and eyebrow brush. Their small sizes makes them conveniently portable for the party season. They come in a marine blue bag with the Straw Hat Pirates on the front of it.
Petal 55 Foundation Brush (¥6,000 Before Tax)
A high quality Shu Uemura brush with beautiful form and functionality crafted by the brand’s makeup artists. Their foundation brushes are very popular for layering the perfect base makeup.
Wanted Gold Eyelash Curler (¥2,000 Before Tax)
Add some volume to those lashes with this golden pair of curlers equipped with a One Piece skull charm.
©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Japan Release: Instalment Two – November 15, 2020
Product Page: https://www.shuuemura.jp/holiday-collection/
J-pop Group Perfume Announce New Dance Heel Model From Their ‘Perfume Closet’ Brand
12.November.2020 | FASHION
Japanese pop group Perfume have announced that Part 5 Phase 1 of their fashion project Perfume Closet will launch on November 18, 2020 at 10:00 (JST).
Perfume released their latest single Time Warp on September 16 which cemented 15 years since their major debut and their 20th anniversary as a pop group. To promote the release, Perfume held their first ever online festival, “P.O.P” Festival (Perfume Online Present Festival), on September 21 where they served fans a virtual performance using the latest technology. The group also released a book entitled Perfume COSTUME BOOK 2005-2020 on October 23 which is a collection of their outfits since their major debut.
The latest entry to Perfume Closet will be split into two Phases which will launch on the brand’s official website and via A!SMART!.
Phase 1 sees the arrival of new 6cm dance heels in three colours, a tote bag, cardholder, and more.
Black Suede | Burgundy Suede | Beige Suede
The line-up includes some items that were so popular last time that fans demanded a return as well as new colours of popular merch. The made-to-order dance heels however are new entries to Perfume Closet, cut to fine and sophisticated perfection.
Perfume Dance Heel pop-up shops where fans can try on the heels will also open in Japan, and select stores will also be stocking them. Check out the store list below.
11/18-12/1 @ Isetan Shinjuku Floor 2F
12/ 2～12/8 @ JR Nagoya Takashiyama Floor 4F
12/9～12/15 @ Hankyu Umeda Floor 4F
12/16～12/25 @ Sogo Hiroshima Floor 2F
12/26～12/31 @ Hakata Floor 4F
*Available while supplies last
Isetan Shinjuku will also be displaying Perfume’s outfit from the Time Warp music video. The release date of Phase 2 has yet to be announced.
Rei Ayanami Wears Red Lipstick in Anime Collaboration With Makeup Brand KATE
Kanebo Cosmetics released a 12-second commercial titled “Rei Ayanami, Her First Lipstick” on its official YouTube channel as well as on the official Twitter and Instagram pages of makeup brand KATE on November 4, 2020.
The commercial was released to promote “KATE Red Nude Rouge (EV),” a new lipstick released in collaboration with Kanebo Cosmetics’ makeup brand KATE and the Evangelion franchise. The original voice actress for Rei, Megumi Hayashibara, reprised her role in the animated trailer which was created by illustrator and animator Yoneyama Mai.
About the collaboration
KATE’s slogan is “NO MORE RULES” which encourages consumers to pick the colours they want to wear themselves without being tied down by society. This concept has led them to innovate in their makeup products, and is a concept that they believe connects with Rei Ayanami from the Evangelion franchise, which is what led to this collaboration.
Online pre-orders for this limited-edition lipstick opened on November 4. The product itself will launch online next year on February 2, 2021.
Rei Ayanami, Her First Lipstick
KATE Red Rouge (EV)
The vivid red lipstick comes in a palette together with an additional cream rouge colour, a brush, and a mirror.
Join Rei Ayanami in her first lipstick by picking up your own palette by KATE.
KATE Red Rouge (EV) (4 Designs Available)
Release: November4, 2020
KATE Official Website: https://www.nomorerules.net/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Adorns Shiseido Beauty Square in Harajuku With New Winter Look
03.November.2020 | FASHION
Following her Halloween-inspired look for Shiseido Beauty Square, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu returns to the beauty facility with a new white and snowy winter look which was unveiled on Monday (November 2).
Shiseido Beauty Square
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu became the ambassador for Shiseido Beauty Square when it opened back in June. The concept of the beauty facility is centred on having people discovering their beauty, having fun, sharing experiences, and learning the latest in the scene
Winter Key Visual
Kyary’s winter look for 2020 features a breathtaking headdress inspired by snowy skies, silver flowers, and powdery snow. The look was made in collaboration with top Shiseido hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada.
If you’re stuck on what makeup to wear for winter, and are in Tokyo this holiday season, be sure to pay a visit to Shieido Beauty Square where you’re sure to discover a new you.
Shiseido Beauty Square
Address: WITH HARAJUKU Floor 1F, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://beautysquare.tokyo/
*Website available in English, Japanese, and Chinese
Makanai Cosmetics To Release Adorable Pikachu Hand Cream and Lip Balm for Winter
Kagurazaka, Tokyo-based cosmetics brand Makanai Cosmetics (Makanai Cosume) is set to launch their autumn-themed yuzu citrus and honey series on November 20, 2020. The new series is coming in Pokémon-themed designs to celebrate the grand opening of the new Pokémon centre in Kanazawa on the same day.
The roots of Makanai Cosmetics can be traced to Kanazawa, making it a fitting celebration. The new Pokémon series will be available from cosmetics shops, Makanai Cosmetics Official Online shop, Pokémon centers across Japan and from the official Pokémon Center online shop.
The new yuzu citrus and honey series includes hand creams and lip balms perfect for those who suffer from dry skin and lips during the cold winter months.
Secret Recipe Hand Cream: ¥1,800 (Regular Size, 40g)／¥780 (Mini Size, 10g) *Prices Before Tax
The hand cream is made from a specially crafted recipe and includes a unique beauty ingredient called “KaESS”. KaESS was discovered in a gold leaf shop in Kanazawa. It is produced from a natural paste used in the process of making gold leaf. This hand cream is one of Makanai Cosmetic’s popular picks during the winter months due to its ability to lock in moisture without leaving a sticky feeling.
Yuzu Citrus and Honey Lip Balm 5g: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
The lip balm is filled with natural ingredients such as shea butter, sunflower oil and jojoba oil to protect your lips against cold and dry conditions, leaving them softer and fuller. You can even apply the lip balm to other areas of your face and hands that are susceptible to the cold such as the tips of your fingers and below your eyes. The small size makes it easy to carry and store in a small beauty pouch.
An adorable Pikachu can be seen staring at a luscious drop of yuzu citrus on the packaging. The refreshing citrusy smell and adorable Pikachu packaging is sure to warm your heart during the cold winter months.
©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc.
Secret Recipe Hand Cream (Pokémon Design)
Yuzu Citrus and Honey Lip Balm (Pokémon Design)
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Makanai Cosmetics Official Website: https://makanaicosmetics.co.jp/
Kirby Glittery Highlight Powder by CreerBeaute Released in Japan
Premium Bandai, the official online shop for Bandai products, opened pre-orders for its new called ‘Kirby & Warp Star Shiny Powder’ highlight powder from its own cosmetic brand CreerBeaute on October 22.’
Kirby & Warp Star Shiny Powder | ¥5,060 (Tax Included)
This compact highlight powder design takes inspiration from the popular Kirby video game series with the titular character riding on a shiny Warp Star.
The Warp Star is coloured golden to give it a high quality feel and has small stars decorated around it, as does the mirror inside to add a bit of fun when putting on makeup. Kirby himself is also grabbing on adorably to the Warp Star.
The powder comes in two colours which are formed to create an image of Kirby to greet you upon opening the lid: Kirby pink and milky blue. Use to highlight your cheekbones and tip of your nose.
The colours can be used separately or combined, and both powders contain malic acid and hyaluronic acid for beautifying and moisturising.
The powder is now available for pre-order on Premium Bandai, so don’t miss out.
ⓒNintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc. KB20-P2515
SHIRO Unveils ‘Holiday Favourite Coffret’ Christmas Cosmetic Items
25.October.2020 | FASHION
Japanese cosmetic brand SHIRO will release a new set of limited-edition cosmetic items, including the “Holiday Favourite Coffret” and “Flaxseed Nail Polish,” this Christmas. Pre-orders open on October 29 with the collection set to drop on November 12.
Holiday Favourite Coffret | ¥13,500 (Before Tax)
Holiday Favourite Coffret is a collection of popular SHIRO cosmetics boxed in limited-edition fragrances which are available this Christmas only. The collection was created with the idea in mind that your heart will light up and a smile will form on your face the moment you open the box.
The “Calendula Eyeshadow Liquid” arrives in two colours. It’s made with pot marigold which has high moisturising properties. Both colours add to the excitement of the holiday season with a lustrous glow around the eyes. Since it’s a liquid-type eye shadow, it makes it easier to moisturise around your eyes during the dry winter season.
The “Essential Lip Oil,” imbued with a relaxing yuzu, gives you nice, moisturised lips. It comes with two limited-edition different scents: “Holy Fig Eau de Parfum” and “Aroma Wood.” The former has a warm fragrance inspired by Christmas trees and wreaths with notes of sweet fig, green, wood, and flowers. The latter combines fig and Japanese cypress. Cypress wood from the district of Tosa in Kochi is used.
Flaxseed Nail Polish (4 Colours) | ¥2,400 Each (Before Tax)
SHIRO are also releasing four limited-edition flaxseed nail polishes which can be used both on their own, providing beautiful colour, or layered. Each colour takes inspiration from the holiday season, like snow-covered fir trees or warm Christmas lights. The gold logo and white caps are also limited-edition.
Items in this collection will be sold in a limited-edition gift box too decorated in Christmas colours like green, gold, and white.
SHIRO HOLIDAY COLLECTION 2020
Pre-Orders: October 29, 2020 via SHIRO’s online store
Release Date: November 12, 2020
Official Website: https://shiro-shiro.jp/
Haruka Ayase, Chloë Grace Moretz & Leah Dou Feature in SK-II Holiday Season Commercial
24.October.2020 | FASHION
Global skincare brand SK-II launched three ‘Street Art Limited Edition’ versions of their Facial Treatment Essence on October 21, 2020 and released a commercial to promote them.
SK-II is a Japanese cosmetics brand which launched 40 years ago. Since its establishment, it has been enjoyed by women the world over for its range of high quality skin care products, including Pitera™, the brand’s award-winning facial treatment essence. This same essence is being released once again in three limited-edition versions featuring street art packaging.
The promotional video for the item stars Japanese actress Haruka Ayase, American actress Chloë Grace Moretz, and Chinese singer-songwriter Leah Dou. The video was directed by Grammy-nominated director Andrew Thomas Huang who has directed music video for such talent as Bjork and Thomas Yorke. The three stars in the video each sing Fantasy by Mariah Carey in their respective languages: Japanese, English, and Chinese.
Facial Treatment Essence Street Art Limited Edition (Red/Yellow/White) | ¥22,000 Each (Before Tax)
The packaging designs for the limited-edition product feature a combination of the Japanese furoshiki wrapping cloth style and street art.
Facial Treatment Essence Street Art Limited Edition Collection
Release Date: October 21, 2020
*Available while supplies last
Product Page: https://sk-ii.jp/product/pitera-essence-limited-edition-street-art
Turn Into a Magical Girl With Ojamajo Doremi’s Apprentice Witch Tap Blusher Balls
CreerBeaute, a cosmetic brand managed by Bandai, launched pre-orders for their new Ojamajo Doremi themed Pirika Pirilala Apprentice Tap blusher balls via the online store Premium Bandai on Wednesday.
Pirika Pirilala Apprentice Tap Colour Ball Cheek | ¥4,620 (Tax Included)
The blusher ball set is based on the Apprentice Tap used in the Ojamajo Doremi anime series which the characters use to transform into a witch. It comes after the success of the Pirika Pirilala Magical Ball Face Powder sold in 2016 which was also inspired by the same Apprentice Witch item.
The blusher balls come in three different shades of pink to add a natural blush to your cheeks, leaving a cute and healthy impression. The balls also contain squalene, a natural organic compound that moisturises.
The case design features the same colours as well as the music note seen on the Apprentice Witch Taps, so you too can look and feel like a magical girl.
Pirika Pirilala Apprentice Tap Colour Ball Cheek
Pre-Orders: October 7, 2020
Shipping: March 2021