Japan’s Men Skin Care Brand BULK HOMME to Release Products in France & UK

20.February.2020 | BUSINESS / FASHION

BULK HOMME, a Japanese skin care brand for men, is releasing a line of its popular products in France and the United Kingdom on March 20, 2020. To date, the company has focused in the Asian region, stocking shelves in Taiwan, China, South Korea and Hong Kong. This will be the first time the company makes its mark in Europe.

 

BULK HOMME placed top in the Hair Product category at Cosmoprof Bologna 2019 for its product “THE SHAMPOO,” held in Italy last March, making it the first Japanese men’s brand to do so. French professional footballer Kylian Mbappé was even enlisted as the global ambassador for the brand in June 2019.

 

The company is also using its European expansion as an opportunity to replace its outer packaging form a clear case to paper that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This will begin rolling out this March.

 

Products Releasing in France/UK

THE FACE WASH

THE TONER

THE LOTION

THE SHAMPOO

THE TREATMENT

THE SCALP SERUM

THE BUBBLE NET

BULK HOMME is aiming to be in 100 stores throughout France and the UK by March 2021, focusing on getting into upend department stores and with future plans to get into cosmetic stores.

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    Maya: We’re so incredibly honored to be chosen as ambassadors for Visée! I use their products regularly, but there are so many different colors of product available. I think this will inspire people to make use of colors they may not use often, and to try new things!

     

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    Ayaka: It felt like something totally different than what NiziU has tackled in the past. I typically wear more cutesy makeup, but this time I tried to show something more mature. It was refreshing. It was a blast getting close-up shots taken of my eye makeup!



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    Hiba Spray 80 (80ml): ¥1,980 (Tax Included) 

     

     

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    09.June.2021 | FASHION

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  • NiziU Feature in Skin Type Friendly Face Mask Collection Promo

    07.June.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese girl group NiziU are set to feature in a new television commercial for LOHAS Pharmaceutical’s “ALFACE+” cosmetic face masks which will roll out in Japan on July 1.

     

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    NiziU have stepped away from their usual energetic look for this shoot, instead serving more grown-up vibes.

  • MAC Reveals Disney’s Cruella de Vil Makeup Collection

    14.May.2021 | FASHION / MOVIE

    MAC Cosmetics is set to launch its new “Cruella” makeup collection inspired by the Disney villain and fashion icon Cruella de Vil from the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians on May 13, 2021. The collection arrives ahead of the upcoming live-action movie Cruella which is set for release on May 28, 2021.

     

    Disney Cruella Collection by MAC

    The collection features nine products that bring to life the Disney villain’s look, whose origin story about aspiring to become a fashion designer will be portrayed by Emma Stone in the upcoming movie which is set in ’70s London during the height of the punk rock era. The line-up combines punk reds with metallic colours, and everything comes packaged in tubes and palettes bearing Cruella’s instantly-recognisable black and white colour combo.

     

    Terry Barber, the Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC, said: “With there being such a huge trend for recycling the more niche counterculture moments of previous decades, this collection feels like MAC returning to a celebration of the kind of DIY styling and brave transformation that originally made it such a maverick brand.”

     

    A Look at the Collection

    MATTE LIPSTICK | $21

    A rich matte lipstick formula with high-colour payoff and a creamy matte finish in three Cruella-inspired shades.

     

    RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOUR | $25

    A liquid lipstick that provides a rebellious rush of Disney’s Cruella-inspired colour in a velvety, mattest-matte finish.

     

    PRO LONGWEAR DUAL ENDED EYE LINER | $26

    A long-lasting, dual-ended eyeliner featuring creamy, dense colour that glides smoothly across lids.

     

    POWDER BLUSH DUO: CRUEL-LA INTENTIONS | $31

    A Cruella-inspired blush duo that provides fantastic colour with ease and consistency.

     

    76 SUPERMODEL LASH | $18

    A limited-edition pair of backstage-favourite lashes featuring wispy, full volume for a runway-ready look.

     

    EYESHADOW X 8: CRUELLA TO BE KIND | $45

    A magnetic two-piece eye palette packed with a wondrous wave of eight statement shades inspired by the most iconic looks of Disney’s Cruella.

     

    The full collection will drop worldwide this Thursday at MAC.

     

    ©2021 Disney

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