Miffy Design Makeup Brushes Released by Kumano Brush

19.February.2019 | Uncategorized

Kumano is a hub for brushes in Japan responsible for producing 80% of brushes in the country for painting, writing and cosmetics. Kumano Fude (also known as Kumano Brush), the company that produces these brushes, has joined paws with Dick Bruna’s internationally loved bunny character Miffy to release a new range of makeup brushes. Four types were released on February 14 including face brushes and cheek brushes.

 

Kumano Fude’s previously-released Rilakkuma and Rilakkuma Halloween brushes were incredibly popular, and the Miffy and Melanie brushes are sure to receive the same love. There are two each of face and cheek brushes each in the colour of the respective characters. All the brushes produced by Kumano Fude are handmade by experts in Kumano Prefecture.

The face brush handles are made with wood from cherry blossom trees with blue and red designs and decorative flowers.

The cheek brushes too come in their own respective colours. The yellow dye of the brush hairs gives the ends a perfectly round shape. The handles are made of hard maple and feature illustrations of Miffy hugging his teddy bear and Boris hugging a rabbit plush toy.

 

Not only are these brushes cute, they are authentic tools and a must-have for any cosmetic connoisseur. Perfect as a gift to a friend (or yourself!)

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    Clockwise From Top Left

    Top Left: SHISEIDO Essentialist Eye Palette 02 – ¥4,000 / Shiseido International

    Top Right: Celvoke Comfy Stick Brush 03 – ¥3,500 / Celvoke

    Bottom Right: SHISEIDO Kajal InkArtist 07 – ¥2,200 / Shiseido International

    Bottom Middle: Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer – ¥4,000 / Shiseido International

    Bottom Left: Celvoke Dignified Lips 09 – ¥3,200

     

    Styling Credit
    Shirt (Stylist’s Own Item) / DISCOVERED: Pants ¥27,000 / flake: Earrings ¥24,000, Bangle ¥46,000/ agete: Ring (Gold/Right Hand Ring Finger) ¥22,000 / IDEALITE: Ring (Silver/Right Hand Index Finger)

     

    SHOP LIST
    agete 0800-300-3314
    IDEALITE 03-5413-3546(alpha PR)
    Shinseido International 0120-81-4710

    Celvoke 03-3261-2892
    DISCOVERED 03-3463-3082
    flake 03-5833-0013

     

    Staff Credit
    Photographer:中野 与志夫
    Styling:橋本 裕介
    Model:KAINO Yu
    Writer:石井 佐代子
    Editor:YOUCA

     

    *All prices listed are pre-tax prices

     

    Source: https://asbs.jp/archives/43166(Japanese)

     

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    No.17 Golden Hour

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    No.18 Pink District

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    No.19 Green Light

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    *1 Hybrid rose extract *2 yellow 4 red 202 *3 Titanium oxide*4 BHT, (butylene, ethylene, styrene) copolymer, (ethylene, propylene, styrene) copolymer Hydrogenated Polyisobutene

     


    Eosine* is the ingredient that causes the lip gloss to change colour according to the pH of your lips. If you wish for a more noticeable colour change, we recommend you apply more layers of the lip gloss.

     

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    Prize C:Dazzling rouge (Two colours available), approx. size: 7cm

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    Prize D:Kirarin lipgloss (three colours available) , approx. size: 10cm

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    E prize:Mildly fragranced hand cream (three varieties available), approx. size: 5cm

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    Prize F:Multipurpose colourful compacts (5 different colours available), approx. size: 4cm

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    Last One prize:Coffret pouch, approx size: 25cm

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    There are just so many cute goods as part of this line up so please check them out!

     

    (C)Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.

     

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    20.April.2019 | FASHION

    We have seen five items release in the Pokémon cosmetic series up to now: the face mask, lip cream, hand cream, lip gloss and body gel.

     

    In total over 470,000 items have shipped in the series. They have gained much attention online not only for their cute designs but for the considered ingredients they contain. The series has been also been sold in Japanese airports and enjoyed as a souvenir from Japan. It was even released in Taiwan this month.

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    One point pack comes with 11 sheets so you can enjoy them with friends and family or hand them out at sleepovers!

  • Comedians Naomi Watanabe and James Corden take part in SK-II new beauty video series!

    23.March.2019 | FASHION

    Global skincare brand SK-Ⅱ will release the first episode of the new beauty entertainment series called “Suppin Suhada Talk” on 25th March. The official trailer was released on 20th March.

    One of the participants in the talk series includes Naomi Watanabe, a famous Japanese comedian who is known is the “Japanese Beyoncé” and has also performed overseas. Another other is James Corden; the host from the American TV show “The Late Late Show”, who is also famous for his carpool karaoke hosting. This will be  James’ and Naomi’s first ever time to take part in the video series! The two comedians will suddenly appear in the bathrooms of famous actresses Kasumi Arimura and Chloë Grace Moretz. Throughout the series, the viewers and comedians will then uncover beauty secrets from the actresses that everyone is dying to know.

     

    From the other side of the closed door, one by one, the four participants burst into a charming or silly pose that they have never shown anyone before. With all their might, Arimura Takahashi and Chloe Moretz challenge themselves to everything from beatboxing to dancing to ASMR. They will also reveal their beauty secrets and try out the SK-II PiteraTM * Essence (facial treatment) which is “just like liquid foundation”.

     

    The first episode of the “Suppin Suhada Talk” series will be released worldwide on 25th March at the same time. After that, a new episode will be released every two weeks to form a sequel. Gradually, the secrets of beauty will be unravelled!

     

    Statements from the participants:

     

    Kasumi Arimura

    For this series, I was given the role of explaining the amazing qualities of Pitera to Naomi Watanabe ー it’s a pretty heavy role and before the shoot I was nervous thinking about it but after the shoot I felt completely different ー I was relaxed and really enjoyed myself! I was not sure how Watanabe would react during the shoot so I just acted natural and interacted with her in a fun way! I’ll be very happy if everyone watching also feels just as enthusiastic about Pitera™!

     

     

    Naomi Watanabe

    This is a brand I have always adored, so when I first heard the news about being part of the series I was so happy. As a comedian, I had fun interacting with Arimura and incorporating comedy into the introduction of the product ー I think it is a very original idea and made the shoot really fun! Whilst being given the freedom to steer the show, I could really feel Arimura’s enthusiasm to spread the news about Pitera™. It was fun and I learned a lot about SK- II. I say this in the video too but… I think this is something that a god would even purchases!

     

    Chloë Grace Moretz

    The video shoot was really fun and the set was overflowing with laughter. I’m pretty sure viewers at home will also be able to sense the fun. There are times when you don’t want to be thinking too seriously about skincare but would rather just have fun!

     

    James Corden

    Me being associated with a skincare brand is nothing to be surprised about. I have always been a big fan. Nowadays, SK-II is essential to support my skin every morning and afternoon and evening.

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