6 Must-Buy Japanese Fall/Winter Cosmetic & Skincare Items – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON
Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido has released its new fall/winter skincare and cosmetic items. With the cold weather cloaking us with its bitter chill, we risk our skin becoming dry and flaky. Plus, with Christmas and the New Year right around the corner, now is the season to dress up and look stylish for parties and get-togethers.
We have selected 6 cosmetic items at Shiseido you should ready yourself with for the increasingly cold weather.
d program Kandan Barrier Essence: Protect your skin from the temperature difference
Outside it’s cold, but indoors it’s hot. That kind of temperature difference can damage your skin, but Shiseido has developed a product to tackle the problem. Part of their d program series, this product protect the skin from drying out by maintaining moisture in your skin during cold winters. The texture is adapted to those who have sensitive skin after washing. Skincare is important during this season, so be sure yours is protected.
d program Kandan Barrier Essence – ¥3,000
Official Webpage: https://www.shiseido.co.jp/dp/
ELIXIR REFLET Balancing Oyasumi Mask: Tighten your pores and replenish moisture overnight
The ELIXIR REFLET Balancing Oyasumi Mask coats your skin in a gel that balances sebum production and tightens pores while replenishing moisture. It’s to be used 2-3 times a week and worn while you sleep, so apply it before getting into bed and enjoy waking up with gorgeous and glowing skin. It’s a simple skincare routine and a great product that can be used for beautiful skin all-year round.
ELIXIR REFLET Balancing Oyasumi Mask
Official Webpage: https://www.shiseido.co.jp/elixir/reflet/
Senka All Clear Double W Foam: Cleanse your face and remove your makeup with thick foam
Senka is a skincare brand hugely popular not only in Japan but Taiwan, South Korea, and other parts of southeast Asia. This new product is a 2-in-1 makeup remover and facial cleanser.
One push of the bottle releases a nice thick dollop of foam which you apply to your face. You don’t need any water, you can wash just with this. It’s made with rice bran oil which easily removes makeup as well as unclogs pores for thoroughly cleansed and beautiful skin. It’s a great product to use in those mornings when you’re not using makeup.
In the same series from Senka is their White Beauty Serum in Foundation, a natural-looking foundation that gives that no-makeup look. It’s packed full of beautifying components and is a great skincare option when using makeup.
This line is also easy to buy if you’re living outside of Japan, so be sure to check it out.
Sengan Senka Senka All Clear Double W Foam -open price
Junpaku Senka White Beauty Serum in Foundation -open price
Official Webpage: http://www.hada-senka.com/
Majolica Majorca Shadow Customize: Add accent to your night-out eye makeup
Majolica Majorca Shadow Customize is the perfect choice for eye shadow when you’re looking to spice up your look for a Christmas or New Year’s. It can also be used as everyday eye shadow, and contains highlight pearls and shading pearls which help to highlight your eye makeupーideal for parties. The line-up includes 19 colours, including 3 new ones: Masala Chai (reddish-brown), Cinnamon (orange), and Odo Brown (walnut). Pick your weapon of choice!
Majolica Majorca Shadow Customize: ¥500
Official Webpage: https://www.shiseido.co.jp/mj/
Integrate Nuance Eyebrow Mascara: Road to natural-looking eyebrows
Whenever you’re going to an event, you want to put some effort into your eyebrows, right? This product is the ideal choice for getting those natural-looking eyebrows. It’s a mascara but it’s powdered so doesn’t clump your brows. It comes in 5 different colours, so coordinate your brows accordingly with your outfit.
Integrate Nuance Eyebrow Mascara
Official Webpage: http://www.shiseido.co.jp/ie/
Limited Edition Frozen 2 Items: Great gift ideas
Five brands have teamed up with “Frozen 2″ to release their own Anna and Elsa-inspired cosmetic designs.
MAQuillAGE’s lipstick is shiny like snowflakes and is fun to use when putting on your makeup.
Limited Edition “Frozen 2” Designs
Official Webpage: https://www.shiseido.co.jp/cms/onlineshop/campaign/h/collaboration/
Pokémon Cosmetic Series: Hand Cream to Protect Your Hands Catching Pokémon During the Winter
The Pokémon Cosmetic Series is the gift that keeps on giving. Trainers who missed out on catching the immensely popular Pokémon Hand Cream from last year will be happy to hear that a new line of hand creams just dropped on Thursday (September 26).
This time around, Slowpoke and Mew have joined the fray, in addition to Pikachu and Eevee returning. Their fragrance has been made even more tempting.
The cosmetic series has enjoyed incredible popularity with its diverse line-up, which has spanned face masks, lip cream, hand cream, lip gloss, point packs, mirrors, and body gel. The hand cream in particular was a huge hit amongst fans, who can delight in two new additions: Slowpoke with his cute expression, and the mysterious Mew.
Pokémon Hand Cream – ¥800 (Before Tax)
Pikachu and Eevee’s tube designs have been updated too and made even cuter than before. The four creams are a great gift to either yourself or friends.
Each bottle has a different fragrance: Pikachu’s floral pink bouquet, Eevee’s refreshing oriental lime, Slowpoke’s luxurious cherry blossom, and Mew’s soft and pure soap.
These creams aren’t just cute and for show however, they really work: moisturising your skin with their fresh texture and leaving it nice and smooth without that unwanted stickiness. Their small size makes them a super ideal thing to have in your bag alongside your Poké Balls and Pokédex during the dry weather. No Trainer should leave home without one!
aminoRESQ: The No. 1 Hair Care Brand in Four Countries Revamps Its Design & Formula
26.September.2019 | FASHION
The amino acid-blended shampoo brand aminoRESQ revamped its packaging design and improved its ingredient formula on September 25, 2019.
The hair care brand is popular not just in Japan, but around the world, and is ranked number one in four countries. It has proven a popular choice amongst models and beauty Instagrammers. Over 4 million items in the series have been sold. Up to now, other amino acid-based shampoos slacked when it came to how well it actually washed hair, but aminoRESQ solves that problem, having created a shampoo that washes thoroughly but gently.
The new and improved aminoRESQ is a rich blend of 6 amino acids and ingredients which nourish both the scalp and hair from their roots. It also contains proteins for a high-quality wash. They are absorbed well by the hair and supplement efficiently.
Their moist series of products battle against dry hair and prevent it from becoming frizzy, keeping it nice and moist.
The smooth series has a combination of amino acids, moisturising keratin, and silk for a smooth and glossy finish.
There are 20 types of amino acids spread across the series, such as serine, glycine, glutamic acid, alanine and ricin, which provide nutrition and nourishment to every point of your hair, making it strong and beautiful. If this sounds like something you’re looking for, why not give it a shot?
Official Website: http://aminoresq.com/
Cute Pikachu, Mew, Eeevee and Snorlax Blush & Powder Release in Pokémon Cosmetic Series
The next set of beauty items in the popular Pokémon Cosmetic Series has finally been revealed: the Pokémon Cheek and Pokémon Pressed Powder will be released on September 10. The line-up includes Pikachu, Eevee, Mew, and Snorlax.
Pokémon Cheek – ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
The Pokémon Cheek is a cream-type blush that spreads smoothly on your skin without any stickiness. It’s comfortable on the skin and is durable. It also contains micropearls and so gives your skin a natural shine.
It comes in four colours: Pikachu Milky Pink, Eevee Rose Pink, Snorlax Coral Pink, and finally Mew Pearl White which brightens your natural skin tone. The blush comes as a stick and so is ncie and easy to apply and carry around.
Pokémon Pressed Powder – ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
The pressed powder comes with its very own powder puff featuring a cute original design. The powder is mixed with minerals that are gentle on the skin as well as collagen. It leaves your face looking smooth and natural without any unwanted shiny patches.
Pick from four different colours: Pikachu Pink which brightens natural skin colour, Eevee Mint which elevates transparency, Snorlax Yellow which conceals blemished, and Mew Purple which brings out transparency and shimmer.
When out there in the wild catching Pokémon, why not look good at the same time? Be sure to check out the Pokémon Cosmetic Series, and stay tuned for any new products that are released.
Pokémon Cosmetic Series – Pokémon Cheek / Pokémon Pressed Powder
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Available: Pokémon Center, ITS’DEMO, Tokyu Hands, Village Vanguard, and elsewhere
Official Website: https://lovisia.jp/pokemon/
Help Me Choose! Japan’s Trending Makeup #3: Autumn & Winter Cosmetics
“Help Me Choose!” is the first ever featured article series where I, Yuri “Yurippa” Suganuma, feature as the writer, model and director.
I’ve been conservative with my eyeliner when doing my makeup recently, instead wanting to go for a more effortless style to convey my eyes. I’ve also been having more fun with eyeshadow, and I’ve wanted to make my lips the centerpiece of my makeup, so I’ve been making additions and subtractions which has slowly led to a more grown-up look.
So, for my recommended autumn/winter cosmetics this time around I’ll be focusing on eyeshadow, lips, and cheeks. These are items I’ve been interested in and am buying. Here’s my review.
THREE Dimensional Vision Eye Palette 03 – ¥7,020 (Tax Included)
This palette features four colours, none of which you will ignore. The colours also have different textures including pearl, matte powder, and cream.
①For the whole eyelid
②For the undereye
③Adds gradation to the double eyelid
④Adds accent to the inner corner
I tried playing around a bit! Although I added colour and glitter to the inner corners of my eyes I’m all about it.
According to THREE, this is the order you should put these items on:
1. Add the ② cream eyeshadow to your whole eyelid
2.Add the ③ colour as a base around the edge of your ueye
3.Layer ① on your whole eyelid
4.Finish with ④ as a highlighter
Using the cream eyeshadow as a base brings out the orange to make it look even better!
Part of the fun of this eye palette is how easily arranged it all is. The colours in this palette in particular are extremely popular.
RMK Stone Blossom Brush 03 – ¥3,456 (Tax Included)
The thin powder blends softly into your cheeks. It gives gentle colouring while still bringing your whole face to life, making it an indispensable item. And terracotta looks good on anyone.
And how about combining it with this?
RMK Stone Blossom Lips 05 – ¥3,780 (Tax Included)
This lipstick is a smooth cream type. The orange hype is just beginning. It has a slightly deep colour and gives off a casual grown-up vibe. It also has moisturizing ingredients in it making it great for winter when your lips dry up.
By the way, this collection was inspired by the stony beaches of Málaga in Spain. The items are limited-edition so get your hands on them ASAP.
(New Colour) Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme 130 – ¥4,536 (Tax Included)
From my always-favourite Rouge Allure Velvet series comes a new colour and a limited-edition colour from CHANEL! At first glance, No. 130 looks like a deep red, but when you put it on it also has a slight purple tinge to it, serving up a wine colour.
The deep burgundy makes you look like a lady and is sure to captivate. If you’re a girl who loves autumn/winter collections then you won’t be able to resist the colour of this one!
(Limited Edition Colour) Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme 128 – ¥4,536 (Tax Included)
Orange beige. Beige lipstick has yet to become a thing around the world, but this colour isn’t overly plain and even works on myself! The beige has a subtle, healthy orange in it. Another stylish colour from CHANEL.
Another thing I like is how the case is matte (normally in the Velvet series it’s glossy). Autumn/winter vibes, I’m all about it!
GUERLAIN Glitter Eyeliner 02 KAKI & 03 BURGUNDY – ¥5,508 Each (Tax Included)
This glittery liquid eyeliner gleams and looks just as it does when applied to yourself. It gives your eyes a beautiful impact, and both of this colours are good taste.
SHIRO Ginger Lipstick 9I08 Vintage Brown – ¥4,320 (Tax Included)
SHIRO have released their very first lipstick collection. The vintage brown has a deep, elegant look to it. SHIRO really are amazing. They’ve become a brand I just can’t let go. Everyone who sees this colour says it’s cute. I especially want to recommend this one to those of you who are beginners to orange and browns. It’s a really stylish one.
Incidentally, the brand actually changed its logo to commemorate its 10th anniversary, from “shiro” to “SHIRO.”
“Do you have anything a little more natural?”
▶︎THE PUBLIC ORGANIC
THE PUBLIC ORGANIC Essential Oil Colour Lipstick Noble Orange – ¥700 (Tax Included)
This organic cosmetic item is 100% natural. It’s made with the skin in mind to ensure it’s good to it. It also has a nice roughness to it like when taking your makeup off with soap. This terracotta orange adds just a touch of colour so as to make full use of the lips’ natural colour.
This lipstick was originally released as a limited-edition item last year and blew up on social media, but they are set to bring it back as a regular item this year on September 25.
ーYurippa’s Closing Commentsー
In the end, I end up going for deep coloured lips and burgundy eyes every autumn and winter, but with these items they’re not just simply deep reds or browns. When you apply them they have a faint orange or purple in them. I think that was the original intention of those brands. I love little devilish things like that, and so I recognize to the fun of cosmetics year by year.
I’m actually really into the new eyeshadow from TOMFORD, but I wasn’t able to get ahold of it by the photoshoot so I had to leave it out this time, TOMFORD’s eyeshadow is amazing too!
I’m a girl who loves autumn and winter, so I’m looking forward to the coming seasons. I want to use lots of different coloured items and become an even more beautiful woman―more than in summer and more than I am now!
Writer / Model Yuri Suganuma
Photographer / Haruka Yamamoto
Yuri Suganuma is a model with a high fashion sense that has been picked up by various magazines. She receives much love and support from girls of the same generation as her to whom she is known by her nickname “Yurippa.” She has a huge influence across her social media. Recently, she has stepped into other fields outside of modelling, such as appearing in TV shoots and in music videos. She is skilled in make-up and involved in the development of cosmetics.
Japanese Cosmetic Picture Book #2: Brightening Oil & Beauty Essence by AGILE COSMETICS PROJECT
Japan is home to an abundance of top-class, high quality cosmetic items. Knowledge about these cosmetics is slowly becoming widespread outside the country, with travellers stuffing their suitcases with everything they can to take back home with them.
Our featured series Japanese Cosmetic Picture Book is all about us here in the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON team recommending products to you, our readers, that are made in Japan and that we use ourselves. Look forward to learning about the latest in cosmetics from the land of the rising sun.
Left: Clock G.e.n.e / Right: White Oil
The products we are taking a look at today are the White Oil and Clock G.e.n.e by AGILE COSMETICS PROJECT. The White Oil is an indispensable partner for the summer season while the Clock G.e.n.e is an essence that conditions the skin throughout the day.
AGILE COSMETICS PROJECT is a Japanese skincare brand that launched in November last year. They use completely natural ingredients in their products that are safe and good for your skin. What’s characteristic about them however is that they update their products based on the demands of customers. To make products that their customer base will want to continue using, they focus on how an item feels on the skin, the functionality of its visual aspect, and its palatability amongst other things, all while making speedy improvements.
Has there ever been another brand that has listened to the desires of its users?
White Oil – ¥6,400 (Before Tax/Free Shipping) / Repeat Purchase – ¥5,500 (Before Tax/Free Shipping)
The White Oil is a two-layer product and so is to be shaken first before being used. Mixing two separate layers makes it easier for the oil to come together, down to the smallest corners of the outer layer. Ensure you mix it well before use.
When applied to your skin, it has a smooth texture despite being oil and does not become sticky. It feels very comfortable and natural on the skin and never becomes sticky even after applying, all while ensuring it stays moist. Since it’s fairly smooth it means you can use it in summer and before you put on any makeup.
It’s a personal favourite of mine. It makes a skincare routine super simple: after applying skin lotion you use the oil and you’re done. It even comes in a stylish bottle and has a pleasant herb fragrance. I also have sensitive skin, so the fact that it’s free from petroleum-based oils, mineral oil, parabens, UV absorption, and synthetic colouring is a huge plus.
I have used it for a week so I can’t feel any change to my skin tone yet, but it has been incredible for keeping my skin in good condition. There are a lot of people on social media who have used it and have said that their skin tone has become brighter, so I will wait and continue using it!
Clock G.e.n.e – ¥7,000 (Before Tax/Free Shipping)
The second product to showcase is Clock G.e.n.e which was developed to create and maintain a “daily rhythm” in your skin. This liquid essence will treat one’s tired skin, whether it be from your body clock being off, stress or the like. It adds moisture to the skin throughout the day and also protects it from damage and repairs at night.
It comes in a pipette-type bottle. It is added to your skin after applying moisturiser and makes it super soft. This too is made from 98% natural ingredients and is free from silicon, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, and synthetic colouring, meaning people with sensitive skin can use it freely without worry.
If you use skin lotion, Clock G.e.n.e and White Oil in that order, your skin is going to feel completely different the next year. When you start using these items, people are going to complement how smooth your skin looks, so for me the effects are outstanding.
Even now, with the high level of satisfaction people have with these two products, the company are continuing to update them based on feedback buyers can give via the QR code that is coupled with the products. I feel strongly AGILE COSMETIC PROJECT’s desire to create products that they want consumers to continue using means that they are making good products. Both items are sold online, but the first production batch for Clock G.e.n.e is currently sold out. They are set to release more in the near future, so be sure to peruse their website.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
AGILE COSMETICS PROJECT
Official Website: https://a-c-p.tokyo
Duty Free Japanese Cosmetics Now Available at Narita Airport
20.August.2019 | FASHION
The JAPAN DUTY FREE Main Building Shop reopened on floor 3F of Narita Airport Terminal 2 on August 9, 2019, where they are now selling products by Kagurazaka-based cosmetics brand Makanai Cosmetics.
The JAPAN DUTY FREE store’s concept is making people feel the beauty of Japan in a modern way.
To celebrate the shop’s reopening, they are now selling the “HAPPY BAG” which contains seven popular cosmetic items by the brand. Arriving in a cloth bag with an original design, this bag is exclusive to the JAPAN DUTY FREE store. They are also selling the brand’s most popular set of hand cream and lip cream as well as a set of supplements and powder to protect against UV rays. Those who spend over ¥15,000 will also receive special bath powder as a gift.
Makanai Cosmetics are already set up in Terminal 1 of the airport, and with the opening of the second branch, are set to deliver J-Beauty to even more people arriving from around the world.
JAPAN DUTY FREE Main Building Shop
Location: Duty Free Area, Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Floor 3F
Opening Hours: 7:30-21:30
Makanai Cosmetics Narita Airport Branch
Location: Narita International Airport Terminal 1, Central Building Floor 4F
Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00
Official Website: http://en.makanaicosmetics.co.jp/
YOUCA’s Formula For a Fine Face Vol. 1: Oriental Face
Popular Japanese hair and makeup artist YOUCA is an analyzer of the latest makeup collections. In this new featured series, YOUCA reveals the secret formula to easily incorporating today’s makeup trends into your daily routine. In Volume 1, she showcases midsummer oriental-style makeup. Learn the formula for a fine face by following her trendy tips and tricks.
Oriental Face Formula = Turquoise Line x Terracotta Lipstick + Flower Print
YOUCA: “The 2019 fall/winter collections have been adventurous with eye makeup colours, featuring things like paint makeup and graphic eyeliner. Those are hard to incorporate with your everyday looks, so I recommend just using them in one spot. I’m serving makeup colours that go well with the botanical look, something which is in fashion right now.”
Turquoise Line: Go casual with a single coloured line drawn from your eye
What we are focusing on here is the single coloured eye makeup line. By choosing a colour like turquoise, which is far away from skin colour, it highlights the eyes more. With this style you are looking to make the eyeline stand out, so we want to be low-key with the eyeshadow. All YOUCA has done here is used grey eyeshadow (pictured top right) which is spread thinly. The eyelashes are not raised and only a little mascara has been applied. Then, using the eyeliner (pictured bottom left), she has drawn a thin line just above where the double eyelid ends. Simply apply the colour as it is without flicking it up for a more effortless eye.
Terracotta Lipstick: Sophisticated grown-up lips without looking overly pop
The colour of terracotta, which is a type of earthenware, goes really well with floral designs. It’s also a perfect match with the turquoise eyeliner. Just put a little bit of the terracotta lipstick (pictured bottom right) on your lips and pat it with your finger to blend. Keep in mind that the eyes are the main focus so don’t emphasize your lips too much.
To make your eye makeup stand out even more, try to go makeup-less as much as possible on your skin. YOUCA is using the purple makeup base from Shinseido (pictured bottom) instead of foundation which gives a more no-makeup naked look. For her cheeks, she’s using the Cream Cheek (pictured top right) by Celvoke and applying it thinly to her cheeks to give her a more grown-up look.
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
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)
IDEALITE 03-5413-3546（alpha PR）
Shinseido International 0120-81-4710
*All prices listed are pre-tax prices
Pokémon Cosmetic Series: New Slowpoke and Mew Face Masks Released
The Pokemon cosmetic series has been a huge success in Japan since it launched, with over 600,000 products sold from its collection which has spanned face masks, lip cream, hand cream, lip gloss, point packs, mirrors, and body gel. Their popularity has spread across the web and on social media. They are available to purchase at airports and variety shops in Japan and have proven popular as souvenirs from Japan. Sales also spread to Taiwan in April this year where they are now available to purchase.
The face masks sold previously were an especially successful hit enjoying a sold out stock. Four new face masks were just released on July 13 which include Slowpoke and Mew designs for the first time.
As a Pokémon Trainer it’s important to keep your skin moisturized while you’re out in the wild catching ‘em all. The masks were created by cosmetic brrand Lovisia and contain a mix of collagen, hyaluronic acid and shea butter. They have a sweet soap scent and are sure to be a hit on your Instagram feed when you put one on and turn into a cute Pokémon!
Designs include the classic Pikachu and Eevee and the newly-introduced Slowpoke and Mew for a seriously kawaii lineup.
Stay looking good while you’re walking through the tall grass and encountering Pokémon with this new face mask collection!
Pokémon Face Masks
Released: July 13, 2019
Price: ¥430 Each (Before Tax)
Available: At variety shops around Japan
Self-Care Like a Magical Girl With Ojamajo Doremi’s 20th Anniversary Lip Balm
Bandai’s official online store Premium Bandai has teamed up with Japanese makeup brand CreerBeaute to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the magical girl TV anime series Ojamajo Doremi by releasing a set of two different lip balms. Both have been made to look like the Pollon wands used by the witches in the series to cast magic: one is based on the Peperuto Pollon from the original series and the other on Pikotto Pollon from Ojamajo Doremi # (Sharp).
The former lip balm is filled with colourful balls representing the Magic Spheres from the series which a witch needs to power her Pollon to use magic. When used on the lips the balls add a natural pink colour to them along with a sweet and sour strawberry scent♡
The Pikotto Pollon lip balm on the other hand is filled with pink pearls, bringing to life the gorgeous appearance of the original wand. This lip balm adds a natural complexion to your lips with its red colour and ensures they stay hydrated and looking healthy. This one has a floral rose fragrance.
If you want to keep your lips looking and smelling as sweet as a magical girl’s, then pucker up with this limited-edition set.
Pirika Pirilala Ojamajo Doremi Lip Balms Set of 2
Price: ￥4,180 (after tax) (shipping and handling fees not included)
Set includes: Two lip balms of different colours.
Purchase from: Bandai’s Bandai’s official online store Premium Bandai https://p-bandai.jp/?rt=pr%5D
Available to purchase from other websites and stores.
Preorder from: July 8, 2019 (1pm)
The perorder period will end once all stock has been ordered.
Estimated delivery: December 2019 (subject to change)
Japanese Cosmetic Picture Book: #1―Skin Care & Moisturisation With RMK
Japan is home to a plethora of top-class, high quality cosmetic items. Japanese cosmetics are slowly becoming in-the-know outside the country, but there is still an abundance of products that are unknown to people.
In this new featured article series, we here in the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team will showcase products made in Japan that we use. The brands and prices are unrelated to our picks, they are simply items we want to recommend for you to try.
The first items I’ve chosen are two moisturising products by RMK. RMK’s skin care items cater to a variety of skin types and have been enjoyed by Japanese people of all generations for many years. The company renewed their skincare products on April 5 of this year. I tried out the update items for myself, so let’s take a look.
The concept of the new items is “First Sense.” Not only do they ensure your skin stays moist, they also “tailor” your skin to how you want to look.
I’m concerned about the outer part of my nostrils, and so I used the First Sense Hydrating Lotion Fresh, a moisturiser that balances water and oil content of your skin.
The lotion is a new combination of pear extract and sage leaf extract. Using cotton, the first use removes old keratin from the nose, and on the second and third uses it completely soaks into the skin. The white gel spreads well across the skin so feels comfortable. Its orange scent gives you a feeling of freshness in those tired and early mornings. I personally really like the smell, so I use it to relax before I sleep too.
Another item that was renewed was another moisturising item: the Balance Skin Conditioner for sensitive skin. It’s alcohol free and contains hyaluronic acid. The texture makes your skin feel super gentle, moisturising it nice and deep. It contains ingredients that combat dry skin so is good to use when the season changes or to strengthen your skin barrier. It has a citrus and ginger fragrance which is extremely refreshing like the First Sense Hydrating Lotion Fresh. I have used this item when my skin has been drier than usual and when the pollen count has been high in the run up to spring.
RMK items are sold in the cosmetic section of department stores in Japan. They are also sold in Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea too, so be sure to check them out.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)
RMK Official Website
Naomi Watanabe Produces Second Cosmetic Collection With Shu Uemura
04.July.2019 | FASHION
The second cosmetic collection produced by Naomi Watanabe for the Tokyo-based makeup brand Shu Uemura―called the “naomi for shu uemura collection”―will be released in limited supplies from July 20.
The collection includes two colours each of Shu Uemura’s hugely popular satin lipsticks Rouge Unlimited and their velvety Rouge Unlimited Matte. It also includes two colours from their Glow On F which gently blends with the skin and change one’s look in an instant. The blush is served in a limited edition custom case.
From a sublime colour that draws out the charm of a person tenfold to another trend colour that elevates the face to its peak, Watanabe produced each of these original colours from nothing and Shu Uemura manufactured them. This is also the first blush Watanabe has ever produced.
The collection comes as the long-awaited sequel to Uemura’s first collaboration with Shu Uemura when she was appointed an ambassador of the brand. The line-up exhibits Watanabe’s drive to keep on evolving and is an expression of herself today.
What Watanabe was focused on with this collection was ensuring each item easy to use and incorporate into looks while also making a range of exquisite colours you cannot get anywhere else. For example, the deep killer red colour “no.1” is laced with gold glitter to give a shimmering finish to those lips.
“unfollower” balances red and yellow with the saturation altered to create a unique orange that makes your lips the standout feature of your makeup. This colour is perfect when combined with summery eye makeup.
The blush serves to bring out your peak adult beauty in a super easy fashion. It’s for those people who are able to create gorgeous eye makeup but aren’t quite skilled at their cheeks yet. “amber sophistication” doesn’t highlight your cheeks too much but gives just enough to leave you looking sophisticated and urban. “bellini innocence” gives your cheeks a pure look with its coral colour that blends into your skin with its slightly more sweeter-looking appearance.
Naomi Watanabe published a comment regarding her collection: “Hello, everyone! I’m Naomi Watanabe! This summer, I am collaborating with Shu Uemura again to release a section collection! I am super happy to say that we have been able to deliver you all a product that we have confidence in. I hope that through this collaboration with Shu Uemura we can help all those people who treasure each day have the confidence to live life their way. I also hope this lends a little support to your makeup potential. Let’s all be happy and radiate this summer!!”
naomi for shu uemura collection
“Rouge Unlimited” (2 Colours) – ¥3,200 Each (Before Tax)
“Rouge Unlimited Matte” (2 Colours) – ¥3,200 Each (Before Tax)
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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/