LuLuLun Face Mask: A Beautifying Souvenir From the Japanese City Ise
When travelling abroad, I find myself buying and taking back lots of different souvenirs for myself and my family. I look for those items that are made with each region’s particular materials and ingredients. By handing them out to people, I’m also sharing a little bit of that place with the people around me too.
Today I introduce to you the “Ise LuLuLun” face mask, a souvenir from the Japanese city of Ise that’s perfect for that one person we all know who’s into beauty and cosmetics.
The Ise LuLuLun is part of the popular “Tabi Suru LuLuLun” face mask series which sees limited edition face masks sold in different regions. The masks are made from an assortment of ingredients and plants. They are sold not just in Japan but around the world. Some of the variants to hit Japan have included Okinawa Shequasar and Shōdoshima Olive.
Ise Lululun is the first product in Japan to include extract of sakaki leaf which moisturises the skin. Sakaki is a flowering evergreen tree native to several Asian countries including Japan and is used as a symbol of longevity and vitality. The extract was made in cooperation with Ise City’s manufacturing and tourism department, making this a very special product indeed. The sakaki is used in various Shinto activities such as offering them to altars and household shrines. Ise itself is home to many sasaki trees from which the extract in the Ise Lululun is made. Its moisturising effect ensures the skin stays nice and moist.
Let’s get onto talking about what it’s like to use this product. I’ve used Lululun packs in the past, but the feature of the Ise Lululun is absolutely the fragrance it gives off. The instant you bring the mask to your face your nose is filled with a smell akin to a forest of trees. If you close your eyes it’s like you’re enveloped in nature. It gives you a feeling of peace and tranquillity. And the way it relaxes you is nothing short of incredible… It’s truly a gift and souvenir from Ise, bound with the air and scent of the city.
My face felt so smooth the day. I think I’ll definitely be using this again for special occasions.
The Ise Lululun is a fusion of the Ise spirit of “being thankful for and treasuring every day” and Lululun’s own spirit of being in high spirits and sound health. At the end of the day it made me hold my head high and say “thank you” to today. I was also warmed by the message written on the packaging (which you can see above).
If you plan a trip to Ise be sure to check out this exclusive beautifying item and maybe pick one up as a souvenir.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (ASOBISYSTEM)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Price: 2 Packs of 7 – ¥1,000 (Before Tax) / 4 Packs of 7 – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)
Available: At souvenir shops in Mie Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture and select parts of the Kansai region
Official Website: https://lululun.com/oise/
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
Sanrio Releases 2020 Autumn and Winter Cosmetic Series
27.September.2020 | FASHION
Sanrio has released a colourful new line-up of heart-focused cosmetic items—lip cream, hand cream, and lip tint—for the autumn and winter season. The packaging features everyone’s favourite Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, and many more. Additionally, they have released cute heart marks for people to put on their face.
Heart Marks (3 Designs) | ¥1,430 Each (Tax Included)
Use the heart-shaped sponge to dip into the cheek cream and stamp a cute heart on your face.
Hand Cream (10 Designs) | ¥605 Each (Tax Included)
Keep your hands moist during the colder seasons. There are five different scents to choose from.
Lipstick (9 Designs) | ｜715 Each (Tax Included)
Heart-shaped scented lipstick, each capped off with an adorable character from Sanrio’s roster.
Lip Tint (6 Designs) | ¥770 (Tax Included)
Tint your lips and keep them moisturised at the same time. Pick from red, coral pink, or pink.
Other items in the line-up include hand cream and mini towel sets, lip cream and hand cream sets, and more. Autumn and winter’s chilly months can be beaten with a little self-care, so be sure to check this collection out.
©’76, ’85, ’89, ’93, ’96, ’01, ’05, ’20 SANRIO
©’15,’20 SANRIO S/F・G
Available: Sanrio stores in Japan and select department stores stocking Sanrio Products
Sanrio Online Shop: https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/
Kawaii Kirby’s Dream Land Hand Cream Releases This September
Japanese cosmetic brand Lovisia is releasing three new hand creams with adorable Kirby packaging this autumn. The creams will begin rolling out on Lovisia’s official website, variety shops, and select Lawson stores in Japan at the end of September.
Kirby’s Dream Land Hand Cream | ¥800 (Before Tax)
“Pink Lush” is the concept attached to the hand cream line-up, which is coloured a cute Kirby pink. There are three different designs: one with Kirby on a flower bed and wearing a flower crown, another with Kirby and Waddle Dee blowing bubbles, and another with Kirby inhaling assorted fruits.
Stay moisturised with Kirby throughout autumn and winter
Made in Japan, the hand creams contain collagen and hyaluronic acid, so your hands won’t be all sticky after applying the cream. Having hand cream is a must during these times when we all need to keep our hands washed, so why not do it in style with this pink line-up?
Three fragrances to choose from
Each cream also has its own combination of scents so your hands are left smelling great too.
01 Floral Shower
Inspired by the smell of flower beds, the base fragrances include musk, amber, and sandal wood. The middle notes are jasmine, lily of the valley, and rose, while the top notes are pear and leaf greens.
02 Pure Fruity
This fruity hand cream has musk, amber, and cedarwood for the base and jasmine, rose and honeysuckle for the middle notes. It’s toped with pear and apple.
03 Fresh Soap Bubbles
The final hand cream also has musk, amber, and cedarwood for its base notes. The middle notes are jasmine, rose, and magnet, and the top notes fresh lemon and green apple.
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc. KB20-P2209
Kirby’s Dream Land Hand Creams
Release Date: Late September 2020
Available: Lovisia, Lawson, variety shops in Japan
Official Website: https://lovisia.jp/kirby/
One Piece x Shu Uemura Collaborate On Colourful New Makeup Collection
Japanese makeup artist brand Shu Uemura’s highly-anticipated holiday collection is here. The “Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection” will launch in two parts: the first on November 1 and the second on November 15.
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 first part of the collection launching on November 1 welcomes Shu Uemura’s popular vivid eyeshadows and iconic lipsticks from the Rouge Unlimited collection while the second part is made up of a variety of face colours, accessories, and more, made specially for the holiday season. Pre-orders for both parts will launch via Shu Uemura’s website and select online stores in Japan on October 15, 2020.
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Bright colours and textures inspired by the marine blue ocean, the beaming sun, and treasure—all elements that scream the adventures of One Piece. Shu Uemura invites people to join Luffy on that adventure with this new collection.
Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette Grand Line / Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette Thousand Sunny | ¥8,500 Each (Before Tax)
The Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette Grand Line comes in a treasure chest-like eye palette case and boasts ten gorgeous colours, which includes numerous new colours and textures like Crushed Stone, Deep Matte, Antique Metal, and Warm Pearl. Inspired by the Grand Line ocean current in One Piece.
Rouge Unlimited Amplified / Rouge Unlimited Amplified Matte / Rouge Unlimited Matte / Rouge Unlimited Amplified Lacquer Shine | ¥3,300 Each (Before Tax) *Includes 9 colours
Each colour is based on one of the special moves performed by characters in One Piece. The colour arrangement is diverse, ranging from colours to make a statement to more casual ones. Wield the power of the Straw Hats wherever you go.
Fearless Crew High Rider Gold First / Fearless Crew High Rider Romance Dawn | ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
Smooth, silky highlight powder to accentuate the face. Colours include shining gold which glistens like pearls and sun-basked peach.
Fearless Crew Premium Brush Set | ¥6,500 (Before Tax)
The high quality mini brush set includes a face brush, cheek brush, eyeshadow brush, and eyebrow brush.
©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Japan Release: Part One – November 1, 2020 / Part Two – November 15, 2020
Product Page: https://www.shuuemura.jp/holiday-collection/
LUSH Harajuku Revamps With New ‘Slow Bath’ Concept
13.September.2020 | FASHION
The Harajuku branch of UK cosmetics retailer reopened after a revamp on Friday with its all-new ‘Slow Bath’ concept. The branch first opened to the people of Tokyo in November 2018.
Since opening, LUSH Harajuku has delivered a LUSH-esque bath product lineup experience, since Japan is known for being a nation of bath lovers. That is now being taken to the next level with the Slow Bath revamp which will stock a wide variety of items for self care and indulgence.
Throw away the needless and make way for mind and body reconnection
LUSH Harajuku is a place that helps you discover new ways to design your daily routine, with face masks to refresh your skin, products to care for your hair, scents for your well-deserved bath time, and more.
Well-being is also a big part of the brand, teaching you to be kind to yourself while you’re working everyday, and to look after your mind and body. LUSH Harajuku stocks not only bath bombs and bubble bars, but a selection of items to use while you’re in the bath too for some much-needed self care.
Naked items are environmentally friendly
About 60% of LUSH’s products are sold ‘naked’ without packaging in order to reduce on waste in the environment. This also lets the essential oils and natural smells of the products seep throughout and outside the doors of their stores, beckoning people with the pleasant fragrances.
LUSH’s “Lush Labs” app also has a function called “Lush Lens.” This lets customers scan any naked item which brings up information about that particular item such as what ingredients are used, as well as videos on how to use products and bath bombs fizzing.
If you’re ever in Harajuku, be sure to stop by LUSH.
Address: 1-13-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 12:00-20:00 / [Weekends] 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://jn.lush.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Launches New Fragrance Brand ‘Nostalgia Syndrome’
12.September.2020 | FASHION
A new fragrance brand produced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was released on September 12, 2020, and is available to purchase via the brand’s official website.
The brand was backed by a crowdfunding campaign in February 2020 for Kyary who wanted to turn her favourite scent, fragrant olive, into a fragrance. The music artist highlighted how it’s a difficult scent to get your hands on. “There are so many people that like the smell of fragrant olive, so why is it so rare?” Kyary worked with fragrance experts to create a scent that smells like fully bloomed fragrant olive.
Nostalgic Syndrome Osmanthus – Eau de Toilette | ¥8,250 (Tax Included)
Nostalgic Syndrome Osmanthus – Body Cream | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
The first goal of the crowdfunding campaign was to fund the perfume and the second body cream which Kyary overwhelming support for, leading to it becoming a reality.
Nostalgic Syndrome Osmanthus – Hand Cream | ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Nostalgic Syndrome Osmanthus – Aroma Diffuser | ¥7,150 (Tax Included)
The success of the crowdfunding campaign led to the establishment of Nostalgic Syndrome and subsequently its first series, Osmanthus, which includes not only the perfume and body cream but hand cream, hair oil, aroma diffuser, and home & fabric spray too.
To celebrate the launch of Nostalgia Syndrome, the first 300 people who spend over ¥10,000 on products will receive an original eco bag. More details can be found on the brand’s official website.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Comment
“I’ve always loved fragrances. Before every live performance I do I like to calm myself with my favourites. Fragrances help me to relax no matter the time, I really feel like they’re something that have saved me. So, for all the people working hard day to day, and for those with stresses piled up right now, I want them to take a deep breath with this scent of fully bloomed fragrant olive. It would make me happy if this fragrance can create a relaxing space for you.”
“It’s all thanks to everyone’s support that I was able to launch the Nostalgia Syndrome brand. I’m filled with gratitude. Thank you so much, and I hope you continue to support [the brand].”
Released: September 12, 2020
Brand Website: https://www.nostalgia-syndrome.com
Kiko Mizuhara and Takumi Kitamura Model For Rouge Dior Lipstick
10.September.2020 | FASHION
American-Japanese model, actress, and designer Kiko Mizuhara and Japanese actor and model Takumi Kitamura have featured in a new promotion for the internationally-iconic Rouge Dior lipstick in three different looks inspired by the streets of Paris such as Champs-Élysées and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Inspired by the art-led administrative quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this look fuses trends and tradition.
Kiko is donning the Rouge Dior 665 Rêvée which has a classic pink-beige accent. And to emphasise the natural gloss and beauty of her lips, she’s wearing the Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil 001 Pink.
Takumi has also contoured with the Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil 001 Pink tinted lip balm which brings out his natural complexion and imbues his lips with a natural beauty.
Champs-Élysées is where the best fashionistas gather, and this look serves that cool Parisienne vibe. Kiko is using the Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil 001 Pink as a base which she has layered with the iconic Rouge Dior 999.
Avenue Montaigne Look
Feminine looks overflowing with natural beauty inspired by Avenue Montaigne where Monsieur Dior opened his first boutique.
Kiko is wearing the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 001 Pink and has added the lovely Rouge Dior 458 Paris. She’s ready to hit the town.
Takumi is also donning the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 001 Pink, Dior’s number one lip care primer, to care for his lips, elicit their natural beauty, and heighten their gloss and volume.
Dior Japan Official Website: https://www.dior.com/ja_jp
SUQQU’s New Liquid Lipstick Collection to Enhance Lips This Autumn
29.August.2020 | FASHION
“Comfortable, yet also dramatic” is the vibe SUQQU is bringing to their new Liquid Lipstick Collection which will be released on September 4, 2020.
The lipsticks will be available in two different finishes: COMFORT LIP FLUID FOG and COMFORT LIP FLUID GLOW, both of which provide fresh colours for the lips while enhancing their look.
Amazingly light and locks in colours
The lipsticks have an impossibly light spread thanks to the oils that SUQQU use in their formula, which has a mousse-like texture that helps at to the lightness and allows the shade to spread effortlessly and evenly across the lips. You also don’t have to worry about any stickiness when wearing your chosen shade.
Long-lasting, guaranteed adhesion
The formula of the new SUQQU Liquid Lipsticks actually contains the same film material used in mascara. This means that the colour is guaranteed to stay on your lips over a long period of time.
COMFORT LIP FLUID FOG – 7 New Shades
Made with a higher ratio of film than the GLOW line for additional creasing prevention.
The Shades (From the Left)
01. AZUKIAME: Dull red that nods towards autumn and winter and works with all skin tones.
02. MAIBENI: A light and refreshing fruity red with a perfect balance of blue and red.
03. WATAICHIGO: Chic rose whose dullness has a grown-up vibe to it.
04. HANASHIMO: Sophisticated pink beige that can be worn both formally and casually.
05. OUJYUKUKA: An adult orange amber that contrasts against the skin like a ripe fruit.
06 KINUZOME: Snow beige with a hint of white.
07 HOUJIIRO: Warm brown that has warmth and depth that blends well with the skin.
COMFORT LIP FLUID GLOW – 7 New Shades
Contains more oil than the FOG finish, for a more moisturized, glowing look.
The Shades (From the Left)
01. AKATSUMUGI: A bewitching primary red with just a single coat.
02. MUSUBISHU: Soft and warm fig red reminiscent of figs.
03. HANAIKADA: Sweet and gentle pure coral that leaves a pure impression.
04. IROGURE: Chic ochre brown that makes anyone look smart and sophisticated.
05. YUUHI: Refreshing and glossy dewy orange.
06. FUJISHIZUKU: Purple aquatic berry that enhances your adult luster.
07. HANAGUMORI: Greyish purple with a dull mode.
COMFORT LIP FLUID GLOW FOG
Release Date: September 4, 2020
Colours: 7 new colours
Price: ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
COMFORT LIP FLUID GLOW
Release Date: September 4, 2020
Colours: 7 new colours
Price: ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
Product Page: https://www.suqqu.com/en/product/comfort-lip-fluid/
Naomi Watanabe Appointed Shu Uemura Ambassador For Launch of ‘Rouge Amplified Unlimited’ Lipstick
27.August.2020 | FASHION
Japanese makeup artist brand Shu Uemura has invited Naomi Watanabe on board as the global ambassador for the launch of the new colour and packaging for their “Rouge Unlimited Amplified” lipstick which will hit shelves on September 16, 2020.
Rouge Unlimited Amplified looks to amplify the user’s lip experience with its bold colours. The collection will see a range of updated colours and packaging, including the brown “BR 784 Naomi’s redwood.”
In the promotion for the lipstick, Naomi Watanabe has donned the “Rouge Unlimited Amplified Matte AM BR 784.”
Naomi Watanabe | Comment
“This is a really beautiful colour and gives you a personalised look that you don’t see with other lipsticks. You can use it pretty much anywhere, whether at the office or at a party. As long as you wield this lipstick, you can go anywhere, and do anything.”
Naomi Watanabe is a fashion icon in Japan, promoting positivity and letting people know they can wear whatever makeup and clothing they like. Her message ties in with Shu Uemura’s core concept of individual beauty.
Rouge Unlimited Amplified Matte AM BR 784
The “BR 784 Naomi’s redwood” was specially developed to bring out the tones in the skin of those in Asia. It’s a tailor-made brown inspired by reddish-brown, a popular colour trend. Adding a reddish tinge makes it contrast well against the skin and makes it possible to wear it on any occasion. The brown hue adds a sense of sophistication and balances out the red, so you can wear it both casually and formally. Four different textures of the “BR 784” are available to purchase.
Rouge Unlimited Amplified
Release Date: September 16, 2020
SHIRO Makeup Collection 2020 Autumn/Winter Launches September 10
22.August.2020 | FASHION
Japanese cosmetic brand has revealed that the SHIRO MAKEUP COLLECTION AW 2020 will launch in Japan on September 10, featuring delicate colour tones and using ingredients that SHIRO is known for like ginger and pot marigold which are kind to the skin.
Pot Marigold Liquid Eyeshadow
Pot Marigold Liquid Eyeshadow – 4 Colours
The liquid eyeshadow keeps the skin around your eyes moisturised while adding a delicate sheen to them, creating a beautiful contrast and natural beauty. In times when everyone needs to be wearing face masks, a coat of this eyeliner is sure to leave an impression.
Gagome Kelp Mascara
Gagome Kelp Mascara – 3 New Colours (Includes 1 Limited Edition)
Gagome kelp is known for its moisturising power. Add yuzu to that for a fresh citrus scent, and you’ve got a mascara that cares for your eyelashes while making you look beautiful. These three new colours also contain pearl powder.
Ginger Lipstick Glow
Ginger Lipstick Glow – 3 New Colours
Incorporating ginger ensures your lips stay moist, and the three new colours introduced add a glossy shine to plump them out.
Ginger Lipstick Colour Primer
Ginger Lipstick Colour Primer
The new Ginger Lipstick Colour Primer cares for your lips and is acts as a foundation for your lipstick.
SHIRO MAKUP COLLECTION 2020 AW
Release Date: September 10, 2020
Available: SHIRO shops in Japan / SHIRO online store
SHIRO Shop List: https://shiro-shiro.jp/ext/shoplist/index.html