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)
Disney x MOUSSY Release Retro Clothing Collection
01.March.2021 | FASHION
High-casual brand MOUSSY has collaborated with Disney to release the “Disney SERIES CREATED by MOUSSY.” The Spring/Summer 2021 collection dropped in Japan on Wednesday (February 24).
PALS TAPESTRY SH JKT | ¥34,980 (Tax Included)
PALS TAPESTRY SK | ¥19,910 (Tax Included)
MATCHING OUTFITS POJ | ¥8,250 (Tax Included)
ALWAYS COOL TSJ | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
The collection combines 70s-80s vintage taste with a 90s street style to create a special retro fusion design. The items are crafted by Japanese artisans from the gobelin-stich fabric series PALS TAPESTRY and feature Minnie and Mickey Mouse in different attire including cute matching outfits.
Disney SERIES CREATED by MOUSSY
Released: February 24, 2021
Where: The SHEL’TTER TOKYO Omotesando Harajuku Floor 2F
Collab Details: http://www.moussy.ne.jp/disney
MOUSSY Official Website: http://www.moussy.ne.jp
Japanese YouTuber Saaya Releases Oil Rich Tint Lipsticks From Her Brand Lillua
25.February.2021 | FASHION
The Japanese cosmetics brand Lillua launched a new collection of four “Oil Rich Tint” lipsticks on Monday (February 22). The brand is produced by Direct Tech in collaboration with the popular beauty YouTuber Saaya.
Saaya is a popular beauty guru and influencer from Japan. She has over 2.14 million followers across her social media pages including 1.23 million subscribers on YouTube (as of February 22, 2021). On her main YouTube channel, she posts how-to videos on hair and makeup as well as content related to fashion, videos with her siblings, and more.
Saaya launched Lillua to support people to become the person they want to be – someone who they love even more than they did yesterday. The brand released its teaser site on February 19 which blew up amongst her fans on social media. Now, the site has fully launched with its first collection of products.
Lillua’s “Oil Rich Tint” is a line-up of glossy lipsticks with a tint effect. The products take into account the reality of wearing face masks everyday by being super easy to apply. They are made using an oil gel which spreads across the lips effortlessly and leaves them feeling soft. They also contain squalane, olive oil, and jojoba oil to moisturise the lips, making them look plump and soft. The collection features four types: 01 Mellow Pink, 02 Gala Deep Red, 03 Lut Terracotta, and 04 Peach Pig.
Oil Rich Tint | ¥1,450 (Before Tax)
01 Melon Pink
Not just simply cute and sweet – but a romantic pink with a faint dullness to it.
02 Gala Deep Red
Peak with the ever-popular deep red which captivates and captures a gaze in an instant.
03 Lut Terracotta
The nuanced colour of the orange-brown terracotta gives your lips a refined look.
04 Peach Pig
A beautifully joyous natural coral colour you’ll find yourself wanting to use everyday.
Every purchase via Lillua’s official website will gift members a free original postcard. Additionally, the first 1,500 people to order two or more items will receive an original Lillua pouch.
Oil Rich Tint
Released: February 22, 2021
Lillua Official Website: https://www.lillua.com/
Laforet Harajuku Welcomes High-End Brands and Tokyo’s First Femtech Store For Spring 2021
24.February.2021 | Uncategorized
Starting this month, Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for Spring 2021 with the rollout of items by high-end brands and shops, all with an audience in mind who simply love culture regardless of their age or gender. This spring will see the opening of Lois CRAYON, a brand that emphasises individuality and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, as well as “circle in circle,” a new spot that will serve as a gathering place for a variety of clothing brands like l’atelier du savon, CHILD WOMAN, and more.
Laforest will also welcome LOVE PIECE CLUB to Tokyo for the first time, a shop which opened as Japan’s first centring on Femtech. It offers a variety of items to help support women’s health through technology.
AIR will offer a diverse wardrobe of unisex items from popular street brands such as REVENGE STORM, STARWALK, THEATER8, and more. CHOA ONNI is exhibiting South Korean culture like wearing K-pop idol clothes to take photos, and ovgo B.A.K.E.R is serving up vegan food and gluten-free cookies.
Public toilets will display photos by photography unit Toki to Yamikaya and Alexander Julian.
March 6 | New Store Opening
《Floor 1F》Lois CRAYON
4.23| New Store Opening
《Floor 3.5F》circle in circle
March 26 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》LOVE PIECE CLUB
February 11 | New Store Opening
《Floor 3F》『 』AIR
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》ME’VE the store
March 12 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B1F》CHOA ONNI
March 6 – April 4 | New Store Opening
《Floor 2F》ovgo B.A.K.E.R
《Floor B1F》Women’s & Men’s Gallery Toilets
Toki with Alexander Julian
Yamikaya / FLOWER PUSHER
■Laforet Harajuku 2021 SS Promo Visual
Laforet Harajuku’s Spring/Summer 2021 promo visual was created by Japanese art director Uenishi Yuri. Following the Autumn/Winter 2020 theme, Uenishi has conceived a new concept: ‘CHARGE.’ This theme focuses on the roots of plants that spread underground, with the yellow colour used in the visual reminiscent of electricity or lightning flashes.
Laforet HARAJUKU 2021 S/S
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
ROSE LABO Reveals Luxury No-Pesticide Rose Products
17.February.2021 | FASHION
“Become beautiful, healthy, and happy with edible roses.” That’s the concept of ROSE LABO, a brand that promotes a beautiful lifestyle for women. The company has revealed two new makeup products, the Rose Booster Serum and Rose Barrier Lotion, both of which will have pre-sales at Isetan Shinjuku beginning on March 17, 2021.
Rose Booster Serum | ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
The Rose Booster Serum is a skincare liquid made with edible roses that are grown without any pesticides by ROSE LABO. The serum is a mix of 20 high quality plant-based ingredients, extracts of 7 different plants, vitamin C, 5 ceramides, komenuka rice bran, and more, all of which lead to a beautiful finish on the face. It gently hones in on areas of the face that are affected by external factors and stress to support the skin’s rhythm and have it bloom like a beautiful rose itself. You are left with a healthy complexion and shining gleam that is sure to have you double-taking in the mirror. Plus, you can enjoy the faint scent of rose to finish.
Rose Barrier Lotion | ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
The Rose Barrier Location is a face lotion also made with edible roses that are grown without any pesticides by ROSE LABO. It contains a mix of 10 ingredients such as rose water and rose extract. It hydrates and moisturises the skin while also protecting it, making it stronger, and more flexible. This product also has a faint rose scent.
If you’re looking for organic, plant-based beauty products, then you won’t want to miss ROSE LABO’s line-up.
ROSE LABO New Rose Products
Pre-Sale Release Date: March 17, 2021
Where: Isetan Shinjuku Floor B2F Beauty Apocathery
Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, SHinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Pre-Order Sign-Up: Opens on March 6, 2021 at midnight via ROSE LABO’s official website. Products will be delivered to customers in order. Products will also release at other select stores.
ROSE LABO Official Website: https://www.roselabo.com/
Taiwanese Melon Bread Heads to Harajuku Food Factory
08.February.2021 | FOOD
The hugely popular Taiwan Melon Pan bread, which sells 10,000 units a month in Osaka, Kichijoji, and Nishiogikita, is now being served at Harajuku Food Factory until February 20.
Taiwan Melon Pan | ¥380 (Before Tax)
Taiwan Cheese Melon Pan | ¥450 (Before Tax)
The Taiwan Melon Pan bread is a combination of sweetness, rich butter, and salt for an irresistible flavour experience.
Harajuku Food Factory – “Taiwan Melon Pan”
Serving: February 3, 2021 – February 20, 2021
Where: Harajuku Food Factory
Address: THE SHARE Floor 1F, 3-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: http://www.opefac.com/
Take a Luxurious Japanese Bath Just Like at the Old School Public Bath House Kosugi-yu
02.February.2021 | FASHION
Kosugi-yu is a long-standing public bath house located in Koenji, Tokyo. Now people have the chance to bathe as luxuriously as at the bath house itself with the release of the Kosugi-yu Milk Bath, now available online in Japan.
Kosugi-yu Milk Bath | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
First opened in 1933, the famous Kosugi-yu was registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan in January of this year. Part of the proceeds made from the bath product will go towards supporting the maintenance of Kosugi-yu.
Mixing the milk into the bath creates a bathing experience like no other that leaves skin feeling silky smooth. It can be used by both children and adults.
Wrap Yourself in Japanese Cherry Blossoms With This Home Fragrance, Bath, and Body Series
30.January.2021 | FASHION
Global Product Planning has released its new “Sakura” cherry blossom series of home fragrance, bath, and body products. The collection comes in response to this year’s cherry blossom festivals and celebrations in Japan which are looking to be difficult as a result of COVID-19, so people can enjoy the floral scent from the comfort of their homes.
Sakura CA Flower Reed Diffuser ¥1,800 | Sakura CA Linen Water ¥1,200 | Sakura CA Fragrance Card ¥300 | Sakura CA Fragrance Beads ¥600 (Prices Before Tax)
Hand Care Items
Sakura CA Hand Cream ¥500 | Sakura CA Mini Hand Soap ¥360 | Sakura CA Hand Soap ¥500 | Sakura CA Jewel Soap ¥300 (Prices Before Tax)
Sakura CA Bath Powder ¥200 | Sakura CA Bath Salts | Sakura CA Bath Confetti ¥300 | Sakura CA Bath Bombs ¥300 (Prices Before Tax)
Sakura CA Thanks Mini Gift ¥400 | Sakura CA Mini Bath Gift ¥450 | Sakura CA Bath Set (Box) ¥600 | Sakura CA Bath Set (Bag) ¥1,000 | Sakura CA Bath Set (Oval) ¥1,200 (Prices Before Tax)
Cover your bedroom, bathroom, and body in all things cherry blossom with this special new collection.
Product Page: https://www.gpp-shop.com/shop/c/c4136/
Shiseido Uno x Ginza The Final Collaboration Launches in Japan
Shiseido’s men’s hairstyling, skincare, and body-care brand Uno is collaborating with the Gintama The Final to put the main three characters of the anime film on the bottle designs of its Uno Whip Wash product. The items will launch at the end of January in Japan in limited quantities in promotion of the anime film which hit Japanese theatres on January 8, 2021.
Uno Whip Wash Black Gintoki / Uno Whip Wash Scrub Shinpachi / Uno Whip Wash Moist Kagura
The Uno Whip Wash is a quick foaming, creamy facial wash for men which contains charcoal and methyl hydroxide to absorb excess sebum while refining the skin. It’s available in three types: Black, Scrub, and Moist, each of which bears Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura designs respectively on the bottles.
Look as good as the anime character trio with a bottle of Uno Whip Wash.
Shiseido Uno x Gintama The Final Collab
Releasing: Late January 2021 (Limited Stock)
Product Page: https://corp.shiseido.com/jp/news/detail.html?n=00000000003060&rt_pr=trh79
Official Website: https://corp.shiseido.com/jp/
JILL STUART Reveals Fragrant Tea Scented Hand & Body Cream Collection
29.January.2021 | FASHION
JILL STUART Beauty has announced a new collection of three tea-scented hand creams and one body milks which will be released in Japan on February 5, 2021.
Earl Grey White Floral Hand Cream (30g) | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Honey & Orange Hand Cream (30g) | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Assam Milk Hand Cream (30g) | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Earl Grey White Floral Body Milk (250mL) | ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
JILL STUART With Love Campaign
Campaign to wine a limited-edition gift bag
Engraving service campaign
The rich, moisturising hand creams are made with tea extract and enjoy a creamy yield when they are exposed to body temperature. Each comes in a stylish bag designed like a teabag with a tag reading “For You,” making it a great gift idea.
The moisturising body milk is a mix of refreshing bergamot that reminds one of Earl Grey and sweet white floral notes.
Each item in the line-up can be bought as a set and makes as a perfect gift to yourself or someone special.
JILL STUART Beauty Fragrant Tea Time Hand Creams
Pre-Orders: January 22, 2021
Release Date: February 5, 2021
Product Details (English): https://www.jillstuart-beauty.com/en-jp/new-item/2021/0115_lifestyle_fragrant_tea_time/
Official Website (English): https://www.jillstuart-beauty.com/en-jp/
JILL STUART With Love Campaign
Running Online: January 22, 2021 – March 31, 2021
Running In-Store: February 5, 2021 – March 31, 2021
Participating Stores: https://www.jillstuart-beauty.com/ja-jp/news/?i=information00134
Engraving Service: https://www.jillstuart-beauty.com/ja-jp/news/?i=campaign00138
The Promised Neverland Jewellery Collection Features Emma, Norman, and Ray
Japanese collaboration licensing website Fan Fun MARKET is now taking orders for a new collection of jewellery inspired by the TV anime series The Promised Neverland which is currently airing its second season. Orders are open until February 24, 2021.
The Promised Neverland – Jewellery Line-Up
The accessory assortment includes rings and necklaces based on the main characters of the series including Emma, Norman, and Ray. The items are engraved with the characters’ serial numbers and are fitted with a coloured stone based on the colour scheme of the characters. The rings are available in Japanese sizes 7-21.
Emma Serial Ring | ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
Norman Serial Ring | ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
Ray Serial Ring | ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
The three necklaces feature a special design where if you put each of the puzzle pieces together it writes out the message “Hopefully there is light ahead.” The necklaces are 40m in size plus an extra 5cm using the adjuster.
Emma Serial Necklace | ¥11,000 (Before Tax)
Norman Serial Necklace | ¥11,000 (Before Tax)
Ray Serial Necklace | ¥11,000 (Before Tax)
The accessories are coupled with a bookmark of the character whose items you choose.
Original Jewellery Box
TV Anime “The Promised Neverland” Collab Jewellery
Running: January 21, 2021 – February 24, 2021
Available: FanFun MARKET
Buy Here (Japan): https://fanfunmarket.jp/neverland
This Japanese Cherry Blossom Lipstick Stays On Even When Wearing a Face Mask
27.January.2021 | FASHION
Japanese cosmetics brand Para Do launched a campaign via Twitter on Thursday (January 21) for people to win a limited-edition glittery cherry blossom edition of their Sakura Veil Lip lipstick.
Shiawase Sakura Set
Para Do’s Sakura Veil Lip is known for staying on the wearer’s lips even when they wear a face mask. 150 Twitter users in Japan have a chance to win a special limited-edition variant of the popular product along with a cherry blossom face mask as part of the set. The masks are available in 4 designs.
Para Do Sakura Veil Lip PK04 Shiawase Kirameku Cherry Blossom Colour | ¥770 (Tax Included)
The lipstick arrives in a glittery pink. It’s mixed with a whole range of beauty liquids and contains only a little colour to ensure lips are kept moist. It also makes sure lips don’t dry out while wearing a mask, and there is no colour transference from the lips onto the mask, making it perfect for the winter and spring seasons.
Shiawase Kirameku Lipstick Campaign
Running: January 21, 2021 – February 21, 2021
Prize: Shiawase Sakura Set (Contains the Para DO Sakura Veil Lip PK04 Shiawase Kirameku Cherry Blossom Colour and Sakura Face Mask)
How to Participate:
1.Follow @ParaDo_ on Twitter
2. Write your wish related to one of the themes #幸の縁 (happiness) #運の縁 (fortune) #結の縁 (relationships) #美の縁 (beauty) in Japanese along with the hashtag #桜お守りリップ. Full details can be found on the official website.
Ninna-ji Temple is a World Heritage Site in Kyoto famous for its cherry blossoms. A special event is being held there for the lipstick to pray for happiness happiness.
Shiawase Sakura – Prayers for luck
The base of the lipsticks are printed with one of four different prayers: one of happiness, one for luck, one for relationships, and one for beauty. The designs are random so you can look forward to seeing which you get.
Para Do Sakura Veil Lip PK04 Shiawase Kirameku Cherry Blossom Colour
(Japanese Name: パラドゥ サクラヴェールリップ PK04 しあわせきらめく桜色)
Running: January 20, 2021 until June 2021
Available: 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan (select branches not participating)
Product Page: https://www.parado.jp/lineup/lip/sakuraveil_lip.html
Valentine’s Dessert Sets Served Up at Harajuku’s Tea Latte Shop CHAVATY
22.January.2021 | FOOD
CHAVATY, a cafe in Harajuku that serves tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves, is getting ready for Valentine’s Day early with the release of some tasty new desserts which they began serving up on Thursday (January 14).
Valentine’s Set | ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
Valentine’s Scone Set (6 Included) | ¥2,480 (Tax Included)
Raspberry Chocolate | ¥970 (Tax Included)
The Valentine’s Set comes with a cute scone as well as fondant chocolate made with rich, high-grade chocolate from the French chocolate brand Cacao Barry. It also comes with a tea latte of your choice. There’s also a scone set which comes with two each of three different scones for a total of six including the Berry & Cocoa Pink Chocolate, Orange & Chocolate Chip Double Chocolate, and Dried Fruits & Nuts White Chocolate. CHAVATY has also made their own seasonal homemade spread: the Raspberry Chocolate.
CHAVATY Valentine’s Set
Running: January 14, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Address: Minami-Harajuku Bldg. 1F, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://chavaty.shop-pro.jp/