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Discovering a New Me Through “Me Time” That Stimulates All Five Senses Discovering a New Me Through “Me Time” That Stimulates All Five Senses
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.82
We receive new thing while respecting tradition, and town called Ginza is town which evolved with the times. State of this town feels, "may not apply to person either" heartily recently. We have curiosity towards new things so as to repeat age, and flexible posture to receive conjugation should be originally necessary…It is very actually what difficult although we wrote (we look back on oneself and think so). When we visit GINZA SIX which we "just" gathered of Ginza if daily styles including make and fashion become constant seller? We release Gokan and walk spacious space aimlessly. Before such one time, there should be discovery to lead to oneself new.
One called "already for years same make" to "shu uemura" (shu uemura) of B1F by all means. Artist who received training is resident, and GINZA SIX can experience "make lesson" (reservation required).
What want to recommend to adult woman "base make course" (all 30 minutes 3,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price). At first we will have you choose "external color that is most suitable for oneself" to be able to trouble many women among all 24 colors of "Ann limited lasting fluids" (5,400 yen).
Color of "pink" "creamy system" being able to choose that this foundation is unique with the in total same brightness in image to want to become after having matched luminosity (brightness) of skin with just. Color itself is a few differences, but warmth increases in expression and sees in cool atmosphere and is surprised at impression changing.
To black tops, we choose pink to show coolly on that day. Saying "let be familiar with the whole face thinly, and it is art first that repeats by small quantities only on cheeks worried about uneven coloring," as for the advice only by professional. There seems to be discovery in one liking make let alone beginner to know quantity and the direction letting you be familiar.
"Do you try "100 colors of palettes" of GINZA SIX-limited with much effort?" and artist. When it opened solid case in front, it was flood of bright color that jumped into view.
Palette (200,000 yen) which condensed 100 colors of shu uemura named magician of color. It is premium attributive quality only for GINZA SIX whether there will be 20 colors or more only in brown system. We had you make up with particularly seasonal mauve KOLOR this time.
The making of handsome skin which reflected philosophy of shu uemura to "reproduce beauty of the bare skin not beauty of foundation." And so that the back grows with pin for eye make that is mode which does not readily challenge by oneself. We transform ourselves into new face, and let's move to the next Shops.
"We did our best today on 1st" "wants to refresh tiring feeling", and it spends time a little in bathtime, and it is correct answer in such a case that loves oneself. Similarly, in "SABON (sabon) of B1F," bus body care of gem changing everyday bath into "special spa thyme" is enhancement.
Products lining in shop filled with comfortable flavor. Since was like honey and syrup, and came to sabon though was just looking, and was fun; tasting by all means.
Water server of Israeli Stone is installed in each store and can try "used dishes including body soap, too". "Delicate Jasmine" (sensitive jasmine) series (from the left shower oil 3,148 yen, 500 ml) latest as for the photograph, body scrub 5,093 yen, 600 g, body gelee 4,167 yen, 200 ml, odusabon 6,296 yen, 80 ml, hand cream 1,667 yen, 50 ml). It is series of refreshing flavor that delicate jasmine and plant and flowers weave according to the name.
We fully shut in salt of the Dead Sea to base of plant oil, and, "body scrub which is icon of sabon," appearance is like sherbet. When feel massages on the back of the hand softly, we melt away instantly.
When it washes away when salt of the Dead Sea is familiar enough…? In feel of a material that translucency at hand increases, and is fluent by blessing of oil with moisture. It is met by fresh and young moisture when we put "body gelee" of the same flavor on finish and the skin surface is silky and is set.
Flavor of sensitive jasmine overlaps, and it is faintly impressive it is fragrant, and to stand. We tried this time only at hand, but fatigue seems to vanish if we experience these a series of steps with whole body.
When relax skin and strain of heart, to the next Shops.
"Flavor" affects heart directly and shows atmosphere and impression of the invisible person. If demand encounter with new flavor, to "JO MALONE LONDON" (Jo Malone London) of 2F.
GINZA SIX where all lineups gather including store-limited flavor. Try flavor alone as heart takes a turn;, too, and recommend counseling with of the staff personally. This is because there is in "fureguransukombainingu" which stacks flavor on one of the features of Jo Malone, and makes own signature and flavor that it is, and enjoys the world.
I that preference was reflected most, and only spicy fragrance of Woody line usually acquired flavor. "Oh, as for having been suggested to kombainingu when we informed that we used "oud & bergamot colon in tense" (21,500 yen, 100 ml) habitually with Jo Malone, English pe was & freesia colon" (16,000 yen, 100 ml). Unexpectedness…!
Because it is flavor fruity womanfully that pear and flowers harmonize with. When probably we put this flavor that we will not choose on "oud & bergamot" by oneself…? Oh, "a feeling of omission" increased instantly! It is refreshing and is, and a sense of depth changes into a certain totally different flavor and gets fresh impression.
Between tastings as for the advice of how to use. When "you spray, 10cm or more apart, please do not rub wrist together. Delicate fragrance is just fragrant and stands. Oh, is it so? We were apt to do wrist carelessly roughly. Usually renovate feeling in different flavor, to the last Shops.
When we leave out fashion, we cannot talk about update to "oneself new". These past several years when only passable monotone equalled closet. While reflecting that is saying "clothes to choose became uniform recently"; to "alexanderwang" (alexanderwang) of 3F.
Alexanderwang which paid more attention to NY where his origin and brand which were the Chinese American first were born some other time, and carried out rib landing last year. View of the world full of senses of fun that sporty taste coexists with ethnic is impressive. It is "wash & go" series to have had you push forward toward the staff. We seem to can wash at delicate skirt (35,000 yen) which we wore below, what same home. It is nice series for busy modern woman.
Elegant silhouette which snuggles up to body softly while being casual and alexanderwang even as for the comfort light lightly. We wanted to be in a feeling of this unique flexible cloth for the first time at time through sleeve if we thought and were impressed, and it has been to fan. This is because there is not a feeling of restraint such as suit, and it feels like "being able to be like oneself" in scene of tense work.
Feelings of designer choosing "cloth granting the most beautiful silhouette" say to using cloth for thick sweat shirt in season in summer. In late years we do collaboration rate with fast fashion and sports brand flexibly and seem to get new customer while we carry through original sense of beauty.
Having been impressed again this time of shoes (73,000 yen) wear; feeling. Even heel of 10cm is solid-looking and is light like feather…! For reason to "be mobile at the time of coverage", it is always demerit mark 1 for oneself who chose sneakers. It was a time when we sympathized with alexanderwang which balanced functionality with design, posture of designer to "challenge always new thing" heartily.
As one that we repeat age and spend busily every day, we should often calm down in classic style. GINZA SIX is place where such an adult woman can meet "oneself new". We think that you can enjoy such an experience to discover oneself unexpected while we walk the shop aimlessly by all means.
Text: Namiko Uno Photos: Mika Hirose Edit: Yuka Okada
Ginza is a district open to and accepting of new things while maintaining a respect for tradition. In this way, it’s evolved with the times. It’s occurred to me the character of this district may even resemble a person’s in certain ways. Typically, as we age, we need to make an effort to stay curious about new things, to adopt a flexible outlook accepting of change… Even as I write this, considering my own tendencies, I’m reminded how hard this is to put into practice. If your day-to-day style in terms of makeup, fashion, and so forth has been the same for a while, how about visiting GINZA SIX, where the distillation of Ginza’s “now” tends to be found? Stroll around the spacious interior and set your five senses free. In addition to enjoying some me time, you’re sure to make discoveries that lead to a new you.
If you’ve been doing your makeup in the same way for years, I recommend heading to Shu Uemura on the first belowground floor. In this GINZA SIX store, there’s always a trained makeup artist on hand to give you makeup lessons—but make reservations in advance.
For the mature woman, I’d recommend the Base Makeup Lesson (30 minutes for 3,000 yen; all prices listed before tax). To start with, your assistant will help you choose one of the 24 shades of the Unlimited Lasting Fluid (5,400 yen) that perfectly matches your skin color, an issue many women fret about.
This foundation is unique. After finding a perfect match for skin brightness, you can select from hues of that brightness ranging from pinkish to yellowish to produce just the impression you want to create. The difference between one hue and the next is subtle, but you’d be surprised how selecting one rather than another changes your look. One hue can add warmth to your complexion; another creates a cool vibe.
Today I choose a pinkish tone to create a cool look to go with my black top. I get some advice from a pro: “The trick is to start by applying a thin layer evenly across the entire face. Then, gently dab small amounts onto the cheeks, where color unevenness can be a concern.” Whether you’re a beginner or a makeup aficionado, discoveries are bound to follow once you know how much to apply and in what direction.
The assistant turns to me. “Since you’re here, why not try the 100 color palette?” Something available only at GINZA SIX. I open the thick heavy case in front of me, and a flood of dazzling colors overwhelms my eyes.
The palette (200,000 yen) is packed with 100 colors from Shu Uemura—known as the wizard of color. This GINZA SIX-exclusive premium product offers more than 20 shades of brown alone. This time I choose the special seasonal makeover in shades of mauve.
You can obtain a graceful complexion that reflects the Shu Uemura philosophy: Creating not just a beautiful foundation, but reproducing your skin’s natural beauty. Try eye makeup in styles you wouldn’t normally dare try; you’ll find yourself straighten up. With my face transformed, I move on to the next store.
When you’ve done a hard day’s work and you’re out looking for a little revitalization, the ideal course of action is to take your time in the bath and spoil yourself a little. SABON—also located on the first belowground floor—offers a full lineup of best quality bath and body-care products that transform daily baths into special spa time.
A pleasing fragrance fills the interior, and I see rows and rows of products, resembling bottles of honey or syrup. It’s delightful just to look—but if you’ve come to SABON, you’ll definitely want to do some testing.
Each SABON store features an Israeli stone water server, which you can use to test wash products like body soap. The photograph shows the new Delicate Jasmine series (from left: Shower Oil at 3,148 yen for 500 ml; Body Scrub at 5,093 yen for 600 g; Body Gelée at 4,167 yen for 200 ml; Eau de SABON at 6,296 yen for 80 ml; Hand Cream at 1,667 yen for 50 ml). As the name suggests, the series features refreshing fragrant products characterized by delicate jasmine and botanical and floral notes.
The Body Scrub, an iconic SABON product, features a botanical oil base and plenty of salt from the Dead Sea. It looks a bit like sherbet. It feels soft on the skin. Put a bit on the back of your hand and massage it in, and it melts away in an instant.
After carefully rubbing in the Dead Sea salt, what happens when you rinse it off? Your hands gain translucence. The oil lends a smooth and supple texture to your skin. Top it off with the Body Gelée, which has the same fragrance, to replenish your skin with moisture and leave it feeling silky smooth.
Adding another layer of the Delicate Jasmine scent strengthens the aroma somewhat, a change I make a mental note of as a distinct discovery. I only try it on my hands this time, but if you follow all the steps with your entire body, I’d expect your fatigue to vanish into thin air.
With both mind and skin soothed and relaxed, it’s off to the next shop.
Scents resonate directly with the mind. Invisible to the eye, they tell a story about a person’s character and the impression he or she leaves on others. If you’re looking to try out some new scents, I’d suggest heading to Jo Malone London on the second floor.
The entire range of fragrances is available at the GINZA SIX location, including ones sold only here. It’s great to take your time in sampling the scents on your own, but I’d personally recommend seeking advice from the staff. Jo Malone lets you step into the world of “Fragrance Combining”—layering scents one on top of another to create your own signature scent.
Scents are perhaps the most deeply personal of fashion choices. I’ve always gone for woody and dry fragrances. When I mention I love to use Jo Malone’s Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense (21,500 yen for 100 ml), the staff recommends combining it with English Pear & Freesia Cologne (16,000 yen for 100 ml)—a surprising suggestion!
That’s because the latter is a feminine, fruity fragrance in which the scents of pears and flowers coexist in perfect harmony. I probably wouldn’t choose a fragrance like this on my own, but what about mixing it with the Oud & Bergamot? I find the combined scent instantly more sophisticated! Fresh emotions come over me; the scent is transformed into an invigorating and strikingly different fragrance, with a sense of depth.
Between testing sessions, I get some advice on how to use the products. “Spray from at least 10 cm away. For a delicate fragrance to emerge naturally, don’t rub your wrists together.” Really? I’ve never encountered such advice. I would begin rubbing my wrists together before I’m aware I’m doing so. Rejuvenated by a scent the likes of which I wouldn’t normally wear, I move on to the next and final shop.
You can’t update yourself to a new you without revamping your wardrobe. For the last few years, my closets have been filled with unadventurous, monotone articles. The clothes I’ve chosen tend to be uniforms, I muse to myself. And I head to Alexander Wang on the third floor.
Alexander Wang instituted a rebranding last year that essentially took a fresh look at his roots (he’s a first-generation Chinese American) and at New York, where the brand was born. The overall impression is the brand’s playful worldview, which combines ethnic and sporty motifs. The staff recommends the wash + go series. Apparently, I can wash the elegant skirt (35,000 yen) I’m wearing at home. It’s a wonderful series for busy modern women, isn’t it?
The skirt creates a graceful silhouette that’s casual, yet clings gently to the body. And the smooth and light feeling that comes over you when you wear is just what you’d expect from Alexander Wang. I remember the first time I tried it on; I was moved by the uniquely distinctive ductility of the fabric. I instantly became a fan. This skirt, I think, will let me remain true to myself, even under stressful work circumstances, without feeling constrained and constricted, as I would if I were wearing a suit.
The designer is picky and opts for a thick sweatshirt material even for the summer season, selecting a fabric that creates the most beautiful silhouette. He’s maintained his particular sense of beauty. In recent years, he’s been flexible about collaborating with fast-fashion and sportswear brands, which has apparently helped the brand attract new customers.
What I’m impressed with this time around is how the shoes (73,000 yen) feel on my feet. Even on the 10 cm heels, I feel steady. And, they’re as light as a feather! Lately, I’ve gone for sneakers when I’m out doing research simply because they’re easy to move around in, which I realize loses me points in the style department. Alexander Wang offers both design esthetics and functionality. The designer’s attitude of always taking on new challenges really resonates with me on this visit.
As we get older and as our days get busier, we often settle into fixed styles. Yet GINZA SIX is a place where mature women set in such patterns can discover new versions of themselves. I highly recommend taking the time to take an enjoyable walk around the mall. You’ll uncover facets of yourself you didn’t know were there.
Text：Namiko Uno Photos：Mika Hirose Edit：Yuka Okada
Beauty writer. Having gone solo after working as an assistant in the beauty team of a women’s magazine, she writes beauty articles for magazines and websites, including Marie Claire and FIGARO.jp, as well as writes for the advertising industry. Her work traverses a wide range of topics, from skincare to makeup to cosmetic medical treatment. Her articles have won praise for their grounding in rigorous research.
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