Pola, the major Japanese cosmetic manufacturer launched on Jan. 1st, its accomplishment after 15 years of researches and development: the Wrinkle Shot Medical Serum. Pola is the first company in Japan to have succeeded to register its wrinkle care product as a quasi-drug.
Checking the best-selling beauty products 2016, it’s interesting how we can see the tendencies of the Japanese people’s lifestyle and economic conditions. The cosmetics matching these new needs are expected to grow in 2017.
Happy New Year 2017 to all of you! I hope you had wonderful celebrations and that you are full of hopes and exciting challenges for this new year! While I was on holiday in France, talking with a friend about LGBT community increasing in visibility and awareness, gender and sexuality, I came to think about the universalization of beauty.
2016 is soon ending and I was curious about how the Japanese cosmetics performed this year. I found a ranking of the best-selling cosmetic products in Japanese department stores in 2nd half 2016 in WWD Japan Beauty, so here is an extract of the ranking where I picked the skincare products. The data comes from 48 department stores from all over Japan.
We often hear about Rice Force, the Japanese skincare brand, popular among models and makeup artists all around the world. It’s said to have a high moisturizing effect and being popular for its gentleness to even sensitive skin. It’s been also professionally used in some high-end beauty salons in Japan and abroad, such as Westin Resort & Spa in Hawaii or in established beauty salons in Europe. I recently had the opportunity to try their kit for first-timers. So here is my review!
We are experiencing the traditional Japanese VERY DRY winter here… Skin becomes very unstable, we need to hydrate, hydrate and hydrate!! Last not least, the new Lululun mask, launched last October is the last product I got from the lifestyle store this time. Now you can actually find this product even in drugstores but lifestyle stores are generally the places where new cosmetic products are first sold before being spread all over the place.
As I wrote in my previous post about the places to buy cosmetics in Japan, you can find Japanese cosmetics in different stores with different styles. Personally I use all of the stores that I have presented, however my preferences go for lifestyle stores such as Loft or Tokyu Hands, when it comes to shop quietly for trendy cosmetics. They sell a wide range of inexpensive but efficient products.
Leaves are changing color and autumn is the perfect time of the year here in Japan to travel and enjoy the beauty of nature. So I went on a quick getaway to Kyoto where I came across one of the Yojiya stores.
I recently went to have a treatment in a beauty salon, Lapôria which is a special salon hidden from view, located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Shirokanedai. Here is my review!
I’m sure some of you are shocked reading the title. Yes you read it right: I’m going to introduce you a traditional Japanese beauty service which consists in shaving the face in a barber shop. We have the tradition to get a beauty shave from time to time, where we get the whole face and sometimes even the hairline and the top of the back shaved. We especially do that before important occasions, such as wedding or big parties where you wear nice dresses, but also more randomly just like we go and get a facial treatment service.