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/
NiziU Feature in Commercial for KOSÉ’s Makeup Fix Product Make Keep Mist EX
KOSÉ rolled out their new commercial in Japan on April 15 for their makeup fix mist product Make Keep Mist EX. The commercial features Japanese music group NiziU along with their new song I AM.
I AM was written specifically for this commercial, which has the NiziU members performing the “mist dance” showing how to use the product. The commercial emphasises how well the Make Keep Mist EX keeps makeup applied to one’s face without worrying about it coming off.
The NiziU members released this comment with regards to the product and commercial: “Applying makeup can be a real pain when wearing a face mask, so we use this all [product]! We’d love for you to do this dance while you apply your Make Keep Mist!”
If you’re wondering how the shoot went for this commercial, check out the official story released below.
The Commercial Shoot
The NiziU members entered the studio dressed in full-pink spring suits. They rolled up to the studio’s blue set where they looked super cute and readied themselves for the shoot.
The take-away from this commercial is the new Mist Dance which has the nine members lined up beautifully together as they spray the mist on their face simultaneously to the tune of the music. It’s reported that it took them a while to get it down perfect at first, but after some practice and looking at the monitor, they were able to create something iconic.
“Do it like RIO!” instructed the shoot’s director, which prompted RIO to show the other members how it’s done.
During their break, the other members complimented MAKO’s blonde hair and MAKO’s blue tips, and MIIHI stroked RIKU’s dango hair while saying “Looky here, ice cream! Looks delicious.”
In one part of the dance, the members have to go all out and use their whole bodies. They switch up their formations several times and not once did they bump into each other. The members gave tips to each other too, like MAYUKA suggesting a better position during one formation, and RIMA asking which angle looks more beautiful for a certain move in relation to the camera. The result was an incredible display that was shot in one take, resulting in a round of applause from the studio staff.
Check out the commercial below.
Make Keep Mist EX
The new EX version of Make Keep Mist has stronger holding power to keep makeup smudge-free and looking fresh and beautiful all day. The product is available in a normal size and smaller ‘trial’ size. A new cool type, Make Keep Mist EX Cool, was released on April 16.
Make Keep Mist EX ¥1,320 / Make Keep Mist EX Trial Size ¥880 / Make Keep Mist EX Cool ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
KOSÉ x NiziU Make Keep Mist EX Commercial
Initial Broadcast: April 15, 2021
Product Available: KOSÉ / Maison KOSÉ / Drugstores, online, and elsewhere in Japan
Official Website (English): https://www.kose.co.jp/makekeepmist/eng/
Japanese Organic Cosmetic Brand SABON to Open Green Pop-Up Shop in Shinjuku
Japanese natural and ethical cosmetic brand SABON is set to promote its line-up with the opening of its Blissful Green Limited Collection Pop-Up Shop at Isetan Shinjuku on April 14.
The pop-up shop serves as a promotional space and pre-sale opportunity for the brand’s upcoming Blissful Green Limited Collection which incudes body scrub, body lotion, shower oil, and more. The collection invites people to a luxurious, natural self-care and shower-time experience. The brand will also hold a four-day calligraphy service for the spring season where customers can buy the items as gifts and include a special message.
Customers who spend over ¥12,000 (tax included) can have a special sticker or gift card penned by a professional calligrapher who will write a name and gift message. Full details here in Japanese.
April 16, 2021 @ 13:00-18:00
April 17, 2021 @ 16:00-20:00
April 24, 2021 @ 13:00-18:00
April 25, 2021 @ 13:00-18:00
Blissful Green Limited Collection
The Blissful Green Limited Collection is the embodiment of the SABON brand and offers thanks to the joy we feel being surrounded by nature. It captures the clean air inhaled in the forest, the gentle light filtering through the trees, and the coming-together of the mind, body, and nature. It includes body, face, and home items all packaged inside gorgeous bottles and tubs.
SABON Blissful Green Limited Collection Pre-Release Pop-Up Shop
Running: April 14, 2021 – April 27, 2021
Where: SABON Isetan Shinjuku
Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Product Page: https://www.sabon.co.jp/special_contents/Blissful_Green/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Fragrance Brand Nostalgia Syndrome Releases Lily & Jasmine Series
07.April.2021 | FASHION
Nostalgia Syndrome opened pre-orders for its new Lily & Jasmine series of fragrances on March 31. The products will be released on April 22.
Nostalgia Syndrome is a fragrance brand produced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu which launched last year. The new Lily & Jasmine series will be available to purchase online and will also be sold at two brand pop-up shops in Tokyo and Osaka. Those who spend over ¥10,000 online or at either of the stores (tax included) will receive a free Nostalgia Syndrome novelty – these are available in limited supply.
Online Store Novelty: Original Thermal Bottle
Pop-Up Store Novelty: Original Big Eco-Bag
Lily & Jasmine Series
Eau de Toilette | ¥8,250 (Tax Included)
Room & Fragrance Spray | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Aroma Diffuser | ¥7,150 (Tax Included)
Bath Salts | ¥3,410 (Tax Included)
Hand Soap | ¥3,520 (Tax Included)
Scented Candle | ¥8,140 (Tax Included)
Eau de Toilette Two-Set (9mL)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Comment
“This is Nostalgia Syndrome’s second fragrance release. After mixing together various ingredients, I was finally able to catch the right scent. The theme for this one is ‘travel fragrance.’ Because of COVID, our time spent outdoors has gone down dramatically, but smells tied to our memories make up part of us all. And smelling them brings back those memories. This is a blend of sweet, sophisticated lily and refreshing jasmine, so it’s a really easy one to use that can be enjoyed by both guys and girls. We’re also opening our first pop-up shop so please be sure to drop by to try out!”
Lily and jasmine are vibrant fragrances and perfect for the spring season. Order yours today!
Nostalgia Syndrome Lily & Jasmine
Pre-Orders: March 31, 2021 (Shipping from April 22)
Release Date: April 22, 2021
・＋SPBS (SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE 2F)
Running: April 22, 2021 – May 26, 2021
Where: +SPBS, SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE Floor 2F, 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Running: May 13, 2021 – May 20, 2021
Where: Shinsaibashi PARCO Floor B1F, 1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi-, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Nostalgia Syndrome Official Website: https://www.nostalgia-syndrome.com/
NiziU Feature in Promotional Commercial for KOSÉ’s Make Keep Mist EX
30.March.2021 | FASHION
KOSÉ are set to roll out a new commercial in Japan on April 15 for their makeup fix mist product Make Keep Mist EX. The commercial will feature NiziU along with their new song I AM.
The commercial tie-up comes after the huge positive reception NiziU got after their appearance in another KOSÉ commercial that aired in January. The video featured their song Joyful as well as the popular ‘eyelash dance.’
Stay tuned for the release of the commercial.
KOSÉ x NiziU Make Keep Mist EX
Initial Broadcast: April 15, 2021
Official Website: https://www.kose.co.jp/makekeepmist/
Sanrio’s Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and My Melody Collaborate With Beauty Brand LUX
27.March.2021 | FASHION
Total beauty brand LUX is set to collaborate with Sanrio on its non-silicone hair care series LUX LUMINIQUE which will launch on March 29.
LUX LUMINIQUE Damage Repair Pompompurin
LUX LUMINIQUE Happiness Blue My Melody
LUX LUMINIQUE Botanical Pure Cinnamoroll
This marks the second collaboration between LUX and Sanrio, following the success of the first back in June 2020. The collection includes the LUX LUMINIQUE Damage Repair with Pompompurin who is celebrating his 25th anniversary this year. For the LUX LUMINIQUE Happiness Blue we get My Melody wearing her super cute trademark, and for the LUX LUMINIQUE Botanical Pure, Cinnamoroll makes an appearance, the fan-favourite who won the Sanrio Character Ranking last year for the third year in a row.
The products are packaged in cute designs featuring the trio enjoying a well-deserved bath, inviting you to do the same as you enjoy the collection when it launches on March 29.
LUX LUMINIQUE x Sanrio Characters
Release Date: March 29, 2021
Official Website: http://www.lux.co.jp/
Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll Collaborates With AEON On Merchandise and Product Collection
24.March.2021 | FASHION
AEON released a special collection of 18 items in collaboration with popular Sanrio character Cinnamoroll on March 19 at 420 of their AEON and AEON Style branches in Japan.
Cinnamoroll x AEON Line-Up
Cinnamoroll is Sanrio’s lovable white pup who took 1st place in the annual Sanrio Character Ranking last year for the third year in a row.
About the Cinnamoroll products
The line-up of products features everyday items from body and skincare items for miscellaneous goods, all featuring AEON-exclusive Cinnamoroll designs. The items are imbued with a message from Cinnamoroll, that we must “Cherish every act of kindness and consideration!” Cinnamoroll wishes to help those people who are working hard everyday by giving them a bit of love through the collection.
A little look at the collection
Steam Cream Omoiyari Heart | ¥1,680 (Before Tax)
A moisturising cream made with organic ingredients, perfect for general skincare, as hand cream, and can even be used on hair.
Pink Hand Gel With Rubber Strap | ¥680 (Before Tax)
Something everyone has with them these days – convenient for when you’re out and can’t wash your hands. Now you can look cute doing it.
Acne & White Clear Mist Skin Spray | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
This mist can be sprayed onto acne and can be used for skin whitening. It has a faint citrus smell to it and is gentle on the skin.
Mini Vanity Pouch | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
An adorable vanity pouch for storing your makeup, skincare items, and other bits and bobs.
Hairband | ¥980 (Before Tax)
A fluffy hairband for when you get out the tub or are enjoying some relaxation time at home.
This is just a small look at a bigger collection – check the link below for the full list.
Lovisia Releases Detective Conan Cosmetic Collection
Japanese cosmetic brand Lovisia has released its New Styley collection in mid-April this year. The collection is based on the popular anime series Detective Conan, also known as Case Closed outside Japan, in promotion of the upcoming film Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet.
Detective Conan Eyeshadow – Conan & Kid Gold and Brown | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Detective Conan Eyeshadow – Conan & Kid Gold and Brown | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Detective Conan Lipsticks – Clear, Coral Pink, Beige Pink, Scarlet Red, Nude Beige | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Detective Conan x Village Vanguard Cosmetic Collection
Shipping Date: Mid April 2021
Cat Themed Beauty Tool Series ‘Nyarming’ Releases in Japan With Cute Feline Designs
20.March.2021 | FASHION
Kai Corporation released its new cat-themed beauty tool series Nyarming in Japan on Monday (March 15) at drugstores, home centres, and elsewhere.
Cat-lovers’ beauty routines are about to get even more exciting
The collection comes as the next rendition of Nyammy, a cookware brand by Kai Corporation in February 2017 with cat designs. The series has sold over 900,000 units since its release. Nyarming is the newest entry to Kai’s cat line-up with nine cute beauty tools that any cat lover will go feline-feral for.
The Nyarming Collection
Cat Eyelash Curler | ¥715 (Tax Included)
A cute eyelash curler featuring a round body and cat ears, paying respect to our beloved kitties without being too obvious about it. But these cat ears aren’t just for show – they help put your eyelids up so you can catch the hairs from the eyelash hairline properly. The curler is a compact size, just 7cm.
Cat Fringe Clip | ¥400 (Tax Included)
Tie your fringe up with this adorable cat paw clip. Perfect for when you’re doing your makeup, working at the desk, and pretty much any situation.
Cat Hairbrush | ¥660
This cat paw hairbrush features a soft paw-like cushion lined with brush bristles which stimulate the hair and scalp. Great for when you need to brush your hair before shampooing or if you’re going to blow dry or style it.
Cat Makeup Brush | ¥1,210 (Tax Included)
A cute cat paw makeup brush for applying foundation and blush. The paw takes on the colour of the product you use, making it look even cuter.
Cat Hair Turban | ¥1,045 (Tax Included)
A simple but high quality hair turban that can be conveniently used for applying makeup, washing your face, or relaxing at home.
This is just a select look at a long list of products available in the new Nyarming series – check out Kai’s official website for more info.
Released: March 15, 2021
Kai Corporation Official Website: http://www.kai-group.com/
Laline Reveals Love-Inspired Cosmetic Series ‘Wild Rose 2021’
20.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese cosmetic brand Laline is bringing back its popular Wild Rose beauty series from last year with a theme centred on love. Named ‘Wild Rose 2021,’ the series will be released on April 16 in collaboration with papercut artist Poppy Chancellor.
The loving collection includes peach, apricot, and musk-scented body scrub, hand cream, and more, all in packaging designed by Poppy.
The collection at a glance
Bath & Body Bubble | ¥2,900 (Tax Included) | Available: Late April to Early May
A fabulous body soap to give your skin some confidence, laced with a luxury combination of minerals from the Dead Sea, jojoba oil, aloe vera, Asian ginseng, and other natural ingredients. The soap leaves the skin feeling refreshed as you cover yourself in its delicious fragrance.
Hair & Body Mist | ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
This mist doubles for both the hair and body, scented sweetly with roses and containing a gentle fusion of aloe vera and pomegranate essences as well as jojoba and argon oils. Simply shake the bottle and spray to indulge in the floral smell of wild roses from head to toe.
Fragrance Diffuser | ¥4,500 (Tax Included)
Diffusers are a popular product in many homes these days. This gorgeous edition is perfect for setting up in the living room or at the entrance of your home. You choose how fragrant you want the diffuser by picking the number of sticks you desire.
Wild Rose 2021 Pyjamas | ¥4,000 (Tax Included)
Feel cosy and relaxed in these cute light pink viscose PJs like you’re wrapped in delicate rose petals.
Pink Bag | ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
A light and durable waterproof tote bag bearing the papercut artwork of Poppy Chancellor, the brand’s first collaboration with the artist. The bag is made with a clear material which will make for some stylish outfit coordinations.
Special Campaign (Japan-Only)
- Get your 4th product free when you buy three of any of these items
- Spend over ¥9,000 (tax included) and get a free Wild Rose 2021 pink bag
Campaign Running: April 16, 2021 – June 10, 2021
Where: Laline stores (not online)
Wild Rose 2021
Release Date: April 16, 2021
Laline Official site ： https://www.laline.jp
NOL CORPORATION is set to release a new collection of hair and body mists from their popular Plusbelle series this April.
Hair ＆ Body Mist | ¥500 (Before Tax)
“Cute & Wonderful Women” is at the core of the Plusbelle brand who are showcasing an all-new hair and body mist collection. This spring season line-up comes in handy 20ml bottles which, despite being small, offer around 400 pushes. They are the perfect quick fix when you’re heading out or during the start of the afternoon.
A blend of fresh flowers and musk.
An enchanting combination of mixed berries with a floral tinge.
A feel-good, neat and tidy rose scent.
Another floral delight fused with pear and lily of the valley.
A sophisticated fragrance mixing fruits and flowers.
Sandalwood is added to flowers and fruits for musky tones.
Dolce & Gabbana Japan Releases New Face & Lip Set For Spring 2021
08.March.2021 | FASHION
Dolce & Gabbana Japan is releasing a new spring set which includes the “Brush of Rose Luminous Cheek Colour” and “Dolce Shimo Matte Liquid Lip Colour.” The set will go on pre-sale at Isetan and meeco in Japan on March 10 before its general release on March 22.
Brush of Rose Luminous Cheek Colour 400 PEACH (12 Colours) – ¥6,500 Each (Before Tax) / Dolce Shimo Matte Liquid Lip Colour 3 ROSEBUD (12 Colours) – ¥4,900 Each (Before Tax) / Set – ¥9,000 (Before Tax)
The springtime set features peach colours which give both a slight shimmer and a natural look to your complexion while the lipsticks feature a collection of deep matted colours.
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2021 Cosmetics
Pre-Orders: March 1, 2021
When: From March 10, 2021
Where: Isetain Shinjuku / meeco online store
When: From March 22, 2021
Where: Dolce & Gabbana stores in Japan / Online
Takashimaya Online Store: https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/shopping/beauty/dolceandgabbanabeauty/
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/