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.
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.
ÆON Store Search: https://www.welcome-aeon.com/storesearch/index.html
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/
Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv,1953-2019 www.miffy.com
Pokémon Candy Lip Gloss Released in Pokémon Cosmetic Series
We’ve seen the Pokémon Face Masks, the Pokémon Lip Cream and the Pokémon Hand Cream released as part of the ongoing series of Pokémon themed cosmetics. Now comes the Pokémon Candy Lip Gloss which was released on December 27.
The lip gloss is imbued with a sweet honey fragrance. When you open the tin you are met with two different glosses one of which is in the shape of a red heart.
The heart section is combined with vitamin-rich fruit extract and contains pearls. The part around the heart includes a range of moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid and beeswax. Both result in a glossy finish when applied to your lips.
When bought at select stores with over ¥1,000 (before tax) spent on the Pokémon cosmetic series you will receive one of ten possible limited edition pin badges. This store list can be found on the product’s official website.
This is the perfect item for the dry winter season, so why not pick one up for yourself or as a gift to a friend?
Pokémon Candy Lip Gloss
Release Date: December 27, 2018
Price: ¥980 (Before Tax)
Available: At all Pokémon Center branches, ITS’DEMO branches, Tokyu Hands branches, LOFT branches and other variety shops.
Pokémon Gift Cosmetics Official Website: https://lovisia.jp/
Switching on my silky-smooth and dazzling self with makeup
26.December.2018 | FASHION
Makeup is the habitual routine I use to affirm myself every morning. I borrow just a little magic that cosmetics offers to add to my natural self. Let’s all start a healthy makeup schedule together―one for the women out there so they can go about silky-smooth.
The rising root of strength from within
Just a spoonful of wildness – without overdoing it. Those nonchalant, accidental gestures so beautiful as to be enticing. Natural but strongly attractive. Having skin that will make anyone spontaneously want to touch it.
No soft spot left unturned. By relaxing your face, that gentle femininity will flow out. That simple and cool girl smile without anything put on will inspire with its transparency.
Make up your face with highlighter, using no foundation. Bring out a wildness using a grey mascara base with fibres on your eyebrows. For lips, make them look healthier with gloss.
Clockwise from the top left: ①ADDICTION Sheer Pressed Powder,②Dior Addict Lip Maximizer, ③THREE Pressed Eyebrow Duo, ④Elegance Eyebrow Slim, ⑤RMK Super Basic Liquid Concealer, ⑥FLOWFUSHI Mote Mascara, ⑦ADDICTION Tint Lip Protector
Beauty and AR Technology Collide at SK-II Wonderland Pop-Up Shop in Harajuku
Japanese cosmetics brand SK-II has opened a pop-up shop called SK-II Wonderland at CASE B in Harajuku, Tokyo.
The store lets customers use an AR application that combines Google’s latest AR technology “AR Core” with SK-II’s accumulated knowledge on skin to create skin and skin care themed digital art.
Upon entering the shop you are transported into the colourful world seen on the bottle of the SK-II KARAN Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence which was made in collaboration with KARAN, an artist from the Netherlands. This artwork comes to life when using the AR app, which is available in English, Japanese and Chinese.
The first floor of the building houses three rooms each with different designs inspired by the limited edition bottles. Using the app opens up the room to a whole world of colours. There are 26 different things to interact with via the app while in the rooms.
You can even find out the age of your skin up at the second floor booth. This is done by taking a photo of your skin which will be compared to other skin types in SK-II’s information-packed database.
It can be a little nerve-wracking to do it, but my skin is 9 years younger than my actual age, and my cameraman was also 5 years younger, so we were super relieved.
You will also find the “Pitera Table” at the shop which reacts to the KARAN limited edition bottle and people’s movements. It can tell you all about SK-II’s miracle Pitera ingredient.
Of course, there are things to buy at the pop-up shop too, so if you’re in Harajuku before to stop by SK-II Wonderland to enjoy some digital art while finding out the actual age of your skin.
Running: Until January 24, 2019
Location: Harajuku CASE B (6-16-26 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Limited edition lipsticks presented in a book-box from clé de peau BEAUTÉ
11.November.2018 | FASHION
The lipstick is presented in a book box, accompanied by an original story, with illustrations by Aiko Fukuda.
Their corporate logo is an illustration of a key to “Unlock the power of your radiance” for women who wear their genuine lipstick. Two special lipsticks from their collection, selected by texture and color, will be available in this gift set.
This makes for a gorgeous gift for your loved ones or yourself. Have a wonderful holiday season with lipsticks of clé de peau BEAUTÉ
Clé de peau BEAUTÉ rouge à lèveres
Release date: November 21 (Wed) 2018
Stores: GINZA SIX, Omotesando Hills
Price: 6,000 (without tax)
Color: n5(Camelia), Cachemire103(legend)
Clé de peau BEAUTÉ brand site: http://www.cledepeau-beaute.com/?rt_pr=trc30