Japanese models and Internet users celebrate Twintail Day 2017【Photos】
03.February.2017 | FASHION
For fans of the girlish hairstyle, it’s like Christmas in February, withtwintail cosplay photos on the Internet taking the place of presents under the tree.
One of the most gut-wrenching feeling in adult life is when you get so caught up with work and other daily distractions that you forget to properly observe some important date. You neglect to call your mom and her birthday and see how she’s been doing because you had a social engagement that day, or you stick around the office to button up a project because it slipped your mind that your kid’s football team is playing a night game that day which you promised you’d be there to watch.
We’re only human here at RocketNews24, and so sometimes we too are guilty of such regrettable transgressions. For example, last year February 2 came and went, and we completely forgot to celebrate Twintail Day by appreciating all the photos from Japanese models and cosplayers sporting the double-tailed hairstyle.
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/
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/
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
Introducing the Kawaii Girls of the World | Kawaii Fashion Snap #4: Pink Paradise
Welcome to Episode 4 of Kawaii Fashion Snap where we get to know all about the kawaii girls of the world and their fashion. Each girl in this series has incorporated Japanese-like fashion into their wardrobe and turned it into something of their own.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at outfits that make use of the colour pink♡
Currently residing in Tokyo, Molly leaves a huge impression with her T-shirt that reads “ANTI WAR” in both English and Japanese. Her stylish use of cute pastel colours throughout accentuates this fashionable look, and her pink and purple hair combined with the thick sole trainers is a match made in heaven.
Molly is a big fan of the Japanese idol group CY8ER and has even gotten a photo with the group―as well as several chekki photos with Rinahamu, one of the members. Be sure to check out her Instagram ＠pink_morii
The Pinkmilkteahime has us wanting to dye our own hair blue because hers looks so cute. This co-ord may look simple at first with the single big pink t-shirt, but in fact the rest of her outfit and all of her accessories are uniformly blue, which makes her hair look even more beautiful. Even the blue and pink artwork in the background is in tune with her look.
On her Instagram, she posts not only more beautiful looks, but pictures of her latest purchases too―from snacks to stationery. Follow her on Instagram ＠pinkmilkteahime
Brodie’s baby pink jumper skirt co-ord is kawaii supreme. She is serving us regalia princess with her frilly blouse and jumper skirt which has sweet patterns on it. And if you look closely, her white phone case has a cute flower pattern design♡
If you’re look for some girly styles then we highly recommend following Brodie @vanillabwunny
Everything about the composition of this shot of Mimi Usagi can be described as cute. She has a cute character t-shirt on, and everything from her innerwear to her skirt is perfectly pink.
Her pink cheek makeup adds a glimmering allure and helps flaunt her clearly innate kawaii. We want to try shooting a look like she has in this photo too! Be sure to follow her ＠usagimimichu
Alexandra has gone for a sexy style here: her simple pink one piece is stunning and laces together flatteringly with those glittery shoes. And all of the items and accessories she has with her are pink, from the chekki camera in her hand to her shoulder bag♡
Alexandra’s Instagram feed is a treasure trove of exquisite and artistic looks. If fantasy takes your fancy, then make sure you follow her ＠sasha786x
If you’d like to feature in the next Kawaii Fashion Snap or know somebody that would, then follow us on Instagram and post at us with the hashtag #moshimoshiphoto. We hope you look forward to the next entry!
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
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/
SHIBUYA109’s Purikura Photo Booth Shop moreru mignon Undergoes Rennovation
moreru mignon is a shop located in the department store SHIBUYA109 in Tokyo. It specialises in ‘purikura,’ a unique type of photo booth which lets you decorate your photos before printing them out. The shop just reopened on May 22 with all-new decor and has been moved to floor B2F of SHIBUYA109.
GIRLS’TREND Kenkyuusho of Japanese entertainment company FuRyu produced the new design of the shop. It is inspired by the bedroom of a girl who loves style and is just a smidgen selfish. The wall is plastered with pictures of cats based on female models, and poking out of the clothe-filled closet is a huge cat’s tail with a ribbon tied around it.
There is also a huge Instagrammable sofa bed and a display of food, milk and more.
For a limited time only, the purikura machine designs have cats posing as models on the side of them. Customers can also get their hands on a cute new shop card. The shop itself serves up all the “kawaii” a girl could need with its photogenic interior. It can be enjoyed for some simple purikura shots, for taking commemorative photos, and for just getting together with your girl friends.
And to celebrate the reopening, limited copies of a free magazine titled Nyaaruzu Trend (“Girly Cat Trends”) will be available at the shop from May 31. It includes a bonus copy of GIRLS’TREND, a free magazine published by FuRyu.
If you’re in Tokyo and in need of taking some kawaii photos then be sure to head to moreru mignon.
moreru mignon SHIBUYA109
Address: SHIBUYA109 Floor B2F (2-19-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Business Hours: 10:00-21:00
*In line with the renovations, the name of the floor which this shop is on will change to “MOG MOG STAND” on June 28, 2019.
SHIBUYA109 Official Website: https://www.shibuya109.jp/ladies/
Kirby-themed cosmetics lineup “Ichiban Coffret” is coming to Lawson stores!
A character lottery where you are always a winner?! A new Kirby-themed cosmetic goods lottery will arrive at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on Saturday 25th May 2019! The Ichiban Coffret collection consists of goods themed around the game Kirby’s Dream Land.
A flower-themed Kirby original design! This is not available anywhere else. Whether you’re a fan or not, you must see it!
Prize A：Dream cosmetics palette (only one type available), approx. size: 18cm
This cosmetics palette contains six different eyeshadow colours and two different blush colours. Not only is this the perfect colour scheme for the start of summer but the range of colours also makes it easy and suitable for anyone to use! The palette colour scheme is the same as that of the game! Upon opening it, you’ll realise just how cute it is and you’re bound to make use of it every day.
Prize B：Boyoboyo compact (only one type available), approx. size: 7.5cm
This compact takes on the shape of Kirby’s face! This will give a cute, soft and even colour to your cheeks!
Prize C：Dazzling rouge (Two colours available), approx. size: 7cm
Kirby and Waddle Dee ー You can choose from two varieties of rouge lipstick. These easy-to-use lipsticks come in coral and pink ー choose one to brighten up your lips! ♪
Prize D：Kirarin lipgloss (three colours available) , approx. size: 10cm
These lipgloss containers have original designs. The three lipgloss colours are; glossy pink with a reddish tinge, clear pearl, and elegant pink pearl.
E prize：Mildly fragranced hand cream (three varieties available), approx. size: 5cm
There are three types of hand cream: pink floral, blue botanical, and orange garden. Now you have three different hand creams to choose from to suit your daily mood!
Prize F：Multipurpose colourful compacts (5 different colours available), approx. size: 4cm
This is a collection of cute round compacts! Each has a unique colour that is both simple and trendy! The five colours are pink, orange, red, pearl and brown! Each of the colours is a unique blend and has a creamy texture. Depending on the colour, you can also them as eyeshadow, blusher, lipstick, face highlighter and much more!
Last One prize：Coffret pouch, approx size: 25cm
You can fit all the items from the lineup into this bag! There’s also an inside pocket ー what a useful item!
There are just so many cute goods as part of this line up so please check them out!
（C）Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Ichiban Coffret: Kirby’s Dream Land COFFRET COLLECTION
Available at：Lawson convenience stores (and many other places)
Available from： Sat 25th May 2019
※ Some stores may not have some/all of these items in stock. The lineup availability period may vary depending on the shop. The series of goods will no longer be available once stock runs out.
※ The goods may look different from the photos.
※ The details on the lottery and goods lineup are subject to change without notification.
※ “Last One” and “Double Chance” are registered trademarks.
Pokémon Cosmetic Series: Pokémon Mirrors & Point Pack Released
20.April.2019 | FASHION
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.
Two new Pokémon have been added to the series for the newest product―Slowpoke and Mew―for a total of six Pokémon. The new items in the line-up are mirrors and the point pack.
Cute pastel colours and designs decorated the six mirrors which include Eevee, Slowpoke, Mew, Jigglypuff, Pikachu and Snorlax. Their petite 76mm size makes them compact and convenient to carry around. But don’t be put off by their small appearance as they are plenty big enough to fix your makeup on the go. The mirrors also come with a clear case meaning they won’t get dirty.
The cute designs also make them a perfect idea as a gift♡
Also released is the point pack which is sure to be a hit on social media.
The point pack includes adorable Pokémon stickers you can put on your face and body. They are made by the cosmetic brand Lovisia and contain collagen, hyaluronic acid and shea butter for beautiful skin care. They are also scented with sweet soap.
One point pack comes with 11 sheets so you can enjoy them with friends and family or hand them out at sleepovers!
Price: ¥650 (Before Tax)
Available: At variety shops in Japan
Release Date: Will begin rolling out at stores from April 13, 2019
Pokémon Point Pack
Price: ¥500 (Before Tax)
Contains: 11 mini sheets
Available: At variety shops in Japan
Release Date: Will begin rolling out at stores from April 17, 2019
Travel Japan #4: Magic Items to Heal My Tired Skin and Body
After my stroll around Kyoto I head back to my hotel for a break and think back over my day. My curiosity is piqued – I want to know more about the history of this place.
Laid sprawled across my bed I picture myself walking through the city, the seasons changing, giving a sideways look at an elegant temple. The vivid cherry blossoms of spring, the cool riverbeds in summer, the autumnal orange hues, and the snow-beds of winter. All of these moments provide a spectacle that cannot be overlooked.
I feel that more wonderful things are still yet to occur. It’s nighttime, and my mind wanders at these thoughts, so I can’t sleep.
I take out the Kyoto guidebook from my baggage. I trace the path I traveled today in my head which vividly brings the sights I saw to my mind’s eye.
I let my body sink gently into the bed and absorb myself in reading, checking all the nooks and crannies of the book.
This ancient city boasted by the island country of Japan, which I crossed the sky and sea to arrive at, is more wonderful than I expected. The orderly townscape makes me sit up and feel tense, in a good way.
My mind becomes clear. It feels as if I have been looking far into the distance for a long time.
“I feel the path I am heading for is beyond that beautiful landscape.”
My heart beats fast at that hope.
I walked a lot today, so I give myself a treat.
I bask in the aromas of the cool sheets I place on my legs and heal my body to the core.
I add to that a touch of permeating organic oil that’s both moist and gentle on the skin. When my skin is happy my heart too benefits.
The night is still young. I enjoy some me-time with my makeup-less skin and heart. Resting like this is another important part of travel.
I flick through the guidebook over and over again and visualise the routes of the places I want to visit. A magic-imbued miracle occurs and I feel this room directly connecting to the places I wish to go to.
Afterwards I enjoy a late-night retro movie. I am sure my coming to love alone-time is thanks to this trip. I also feel I have become a little stronger than I was. I try praising myself as my heart throbs at my favourite scenes which I watch over and over.
Model / Mala Morgan
Give your tired body the luxury time it deservesTOPVALU Leg & Calf Adhesive Cooling Sheet
¥460 (Before Tax) / ¥496 (Tax Included) – 18 Sheets (14cm x 10cm)
On days where my legs become swollen from walking I like to massage my legs in the bath. I then use ÆON TOPVALU’s calf sheets which refresh my legs with the power of their aroma and give them care for the next day. I step into a new world with this body.
TOPVALU GURINAI Organic geo organics Moisturizing Lotion
¥1,800 (Before Tax) / ¥1,944 (Tax Included) – 150ml
TOPVALU GURINAI Organic geo organics Pure Oil Macadamia
¥1,800 (Before Tax) / ¥1,944 (Tax Included) – 27ml
This Geo Organics certified skin location uses orange fruit extract as its base which moisturises and is astringent. It steadily permeates the skin and leaves it glowing. I use it together with the organic certified Pure Oil Macadamia. It maintains a balance of normal bacterial flora of the skin and contains lots of palmitoleic acid which is said to enhance barrier function. The power of the macadamia nuts also grants lively skin. I don’t want to mess up tending to my skin even when traveling.
We are handing out coupons for the products mentioned here. Be sure to use them the next time you visit ÆON for great discounts.
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About ÆON Group
ÆON Group is a retail corporate group based in Japan that has established 21,742 branches (as of February 2018) in 13 countries across Asia.
Its private brand TOPVALU sells high-quality products at an affordable price. The TOPVALU GURINAI range for example stocks a myriad of products crafted with the utmost care through various production techniques, and of the ingredients used only the best are selected.
The GURINAI range is divided into three parts that give customers the opportunity to easily purchase organic products and ingredients. ‘TOPVALU GURINAI Organic’ offers organic foodstuffs marked with the official organic stamp of approval. ‘TOPVALU GURINAI NATURAL’ provides fresh meat that, as a general rule, is farmed using no chemicals. ‘TOPVALU GURINAI free from’ stocks processed foods with additives, raw materials and ingredients taken into strict consideration.
ÆON Group Private Brand TOPVALU: https://www.topvalu.net (Japanese only)
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!)
Miffy Kumano Fude
Price: Face Brushes – ¥5,500 Each (Before Tax) / Cheek Brushes ¥3,700 Each (Before Tax)
Released: February 14, 2019
Product Page: https://hkds.tokyo/category/MIFFYKUMANOFUDE/
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