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Gift-Hunting to Pass on the Baton of Beauty Gift-Hunting to Pass on the Baton of Beauty
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.63
Even though I am deeply admired by "a gift-friendly person", I can't meet a decision to get lost when I get a gift to someone. Until my feet became sticks, I used to wander around the city, even feeling fed.
But now, for me, GINZA SIX is a sacred place for gift hunting. Every Shops has come up with ideas and surprise gift proposals, so if you come here, you will not be lost.
In my case, what I can give with confidence is a work-related beauty-related product. This is the best seasonal cosmetic that makes everyone happy. Let's look for a gem that connects "batons of clean and happiness" to friends and loved ones!
Fortunately, the B1F “DIOR BEAUTY GINZA” has just started selling Christmas-only cosmetics in 2018. What I picked up with cheers was a romantic Kofre depicting the constellation with gold studs. Love, Happiness, Fame (!) Lucky words are also scattered, and just looking at them raises body temperature.
When you open the rouxediool couture set like the jewelry box (Midnight Wish) (\20,500 * All tax-excluded prices), the legendary lipstick 999 is dressed up in a special case decorated with silver stars. In addition, the luxury of having five colors of refills lined up!
Christmas rubbing (Mid Nightish) costumes with the theme of lucky motifs related to Mush Dior. Among them, I would like to recommend a lucky star (\3,200) of a direct top coat as a gift. A talisman of glittering stars at the end of your nails! With the wish of improving luck, I decided to give it to a friend who had just changed jobs.
When choosing a scent for someone, tasting while thinking about the person's appearance, personality and lifestyle. "MAISON CHRISTIOAN DIOR GINZA", which can be accessed from inside the store next to "Diol View Tiginza", has a lineup of more than 20 kinds of incense. The high-quality scent with a rich story makes people around you happy. During this season, "Tekashimia" (40ml \11,500) chose to give it to loved ones. I hope white tea and rose scent deliver warmth and comfort like a kashwére stole makes you feel warm and comfortable.
I heard rumors that there was a scarf to enjoy the scent. The ABCDior series of Mizza Scarf (23,000 yen) is the best gift because you can choose your favorite initials. It's nice to wrap around your neck like two staff members, and when you wrap it around your wrist, the scent swings according to your movement. Because the scarf is a trendy season, this is a gift for me.…I'm sorry.
The next stop was GINZA PEEK-A-BOO AVEDA GINZA SIX. The purpose is to buy gifts for my college friends who are planning to have lunch next week.
The aim is Aveda's paddle brush (\3,000), which has been my favorite and standard gift. Brush that can be massaged comfortably while applying pressure to the scalp using the elasticity of the cushion is a masterpiece that both men and women can enjoy.
And here, I decided to go with the headspa while shopping. Scalp care is taken every turn of the season when aging is accelerating. This is the perfect time for winter.
The salon is spacious and calm. After carefully checking your scalp with a microscope, Mr. Takano's menu recommends "Advans Pharma Sanahea ＆ Scalp Spa is the store manager.
The 40-minute course (\7,000) starts with brushing to remove dirt and horny layers on the scalp. With a deep approach to the scalp by cleansing and serum, it becomes lighter as if it were detoxed from the shoulders and lifts up to the expression of the eyes. Of course, your hair is glossy.
I'm thinking about adding a pramasana skulp cleanser (\3,300) to a gift.…All of my friends are concerned about their scalp.
Your skin and towels have a close relationship. I learned about the existence of this shop "TOWEL THINK LAB" because of a gift from a beauty-related person who has extraordinary love and commitment to towels. Precious towels created by Imabari's traditional techniques and advanced research are different in terms of softness and water absorption. It absorbs water with a soft touch so that you don't feel like touching it, so even sensitive skin has no stress.
Perfect as a baby gift because it sticks to safe and secure pure material. The love of this small bus lobe!
The towel concierge recommended that I picked it up with a gauze on the front and a pile on the back (M size ¥ 27,000 L size ¥ 28,000). Light and soft like a feather, just imagine the feel when worn.
You can also embroide your initials on products such as towels and handkerchiefs. In addition, a service (charged) that adds a high-tech function of decomposing insoluble proteins, turning them into water, and maintaining cleanliness by applying hydro-silver titanium® processing to towels is also provided. It is likely to be pleased with the daily use and prevention of pollen, and gifts for sports enthusiasts who are concerned about sweat and smell.
The last gift hunting was "PATISSERIE PAVLOV". A specialty store for pound cake made by chef Yasukazu Kondo, who has studied at many other famous shops as the first chef patissier in Japan at "Geral Mulo" in Paris.
The raw pound cake decorated with rose petals also released beautiful aura, but the most suction power was GINZA SIX-only Truff (!) It was a cake.
However, his life is the theme of this day, and his name is a pound cake (6 pieces of ¥ 1,667) called "baton" (meaning "stick" in French). Uses Japanese fruits such as persimmons, citrons, and apples, focusing on domestic ingredients such as Wasanbon and brown sugar. The "sweet and delicious baton" will surely be enjoyed by beauty ＆ "sweet and delicious batons".
This is the end of the gift hunting. Who do you want to pass on the "baton of clean and happiness" you bought at GINZA SIX today? I can't stop the excitement just by thinking.
Text: Shokomatsuzawa Photo: Kanako Noguchi Edit: Yuka Okada
I’m a huge admirer of people who are great at picking gifts. When I need a gift for someone, I go back and forth. I simply can’t pull the trigger. I run my legs into the ground going from store to store. Eventually I get tired of it all, but still keep wandering around. That used to happen all the time.
But now, for gift hunters like me, GINZA SIX is sacred ground. Every store suggests ideas for gifts full of thoughtfulness and surprise. Here, I never find myself dithering.
In my case, given my livelihood, the gifts I give with confidence are beauty products, including the season’s hottest cosmetic products, the ones that make your heart race, and the standard gifts everyone will be overjoyed to receive. My plan today is to go looking for the perfect gift—something that passes on the baton of beauty and happiness, if you will—to friends and other special people in my life.
In a stroke of luck, I find that Dior Beauty Ginza on the first belowground floor has just begun selling limited edition cosmetics for the 2018 Christmas season. I practically send up a shout of joy! A romantic coffret decorated with constellations of gold studs, with words here and there to bring you luck: Love, Joy and Fame (!). Looking at it makes my face flush.
Opening the Dior Couture Set “Midnight Wish” (20,500 yen; all prices listed before tax), a set of lipstick in a box like a jewel case, the iconic Rouge Dior 999 is dressed up in a special case decorated with silver stars. Refills are offered in five colors—that’s luxury for you!
Monsieur Dior’s “Lucky” motif is the theme of the line of cosmetics in Dior’s “Midnight Wish” look for Christmas. For a gift, I can recommend in particular the Diorific Top Coat “Lucky Star” (3,200 yen). It’s a starry good luck charm glittering right there on your fingernails. I decide to get this, a talisman to bring good fortune, for a friend who just switched jobs.
When I choose a fragrance for someone, I sample them while considering that individual’s appearance, personality, and lifestyle. Next door to Dior Beauty Ginza is located Maison Christian Dior Ginza; accessible to each other from inside both boutiques. Maison Christian Dior Ginza features a lineup of more than 20 varieties of perfume. A sense of mystery wrapped within a premium fragrance is a formula for delight, even for those around you. This season, with the idea of giving perfume to someone special, I choose Thé Cachemire (40 ml; 11,500 yen). To the person I have in mind: May the aroma of white tea and rose provide warmth and comfort like a cashmere stole!
I’d heard about a scarf designed for perfume enjoyment, and I find it here. The Mitzah Scarf (23,000 yen) in the ABCDior series makes an ideal gift, partly because you get to choose the initials. The two store attendants wear it wrapped around their necks. It’s a great way to wear them. Or wrap it around your wrist to leave swirling traces of fragrance all about you. Since scarves are in fashion this season, I find myself thinking it’s a gift I might get for myself.
I head next to GINZA PEEK-A-BOO AVEDA GINZA SIX. With a lunch with college friends scheduled next week, I’m here to buy gifts for them.
My target is a gift standard and a product I’ve loved for many years myself: the Aveda paddle brush (3,000 yen). With elastic cushioning, the brush gives a gentle massage when you press down on your skin; it’s a gem of a brush both men and women find delightful to use. On the spur of the moment, as I’m shopping, I decide to plump for a scalp treatment, something I typically do at the change of seasons, an especially perilous time of the year for those looking out for conditions that accelerate aging. As we head into winter, it’s the perfect time.
The mood in this spacious salon is relaxed. After my scalp condition is carefully checked with a microscope, salon manager Takano-san recommends the Advanced pramāsana Hair & Scalp Spa.
This blissful 40-minute course (7,000 yen) starts with brushing to rid my scalp of keratin and accumulated impurities. The course applies cleansing and serum lotion and takes a thoroughgoing approach to scalp care. Everything from my shoulders up feels lighter, as if detoxed. Even the expression around my eyes benefit. Another benefit is, of course, that it leaves my hair gleaming and glowing.
I think about adding the pramāsana Scalp Cleanser (3,300 yen) used here to my gifts. All my friends are getting up there in years, too, and worry about their scalps.
Skin and towels enjoy a close relationship. I learned about this store, TOWEL THINK LAB, from a gift I received from someone in the beauty business with an unsurpassed love of towels. These precious towels are the product of traditional techniques from Imabari (a city renowned for towel making) and the latest research. They stand out for their softness and absorbency. They effectively absorb water with such a gentle touch you barely feel them—a towel that puts zero stress on your skin, even if your skin is sensitive.
They make the perfect gift for babies as well, thanks to the safe, pure materials. This little bathrobe is adorable!
This is recommended to me by the towel concierge: a bathrobe with a gauze fabric on the outside and pile fabric on the inside (medium, 27,000 yen; large, 28,000 yen). The robe is light and soft as a feather. Just imagining wearing it enthralls me. I must feel like taking wing.
You can also choose to have initials embroidered on the towels, handkerchiefs, and other products. The store offers a paid service that uses Hydro silver titanium® processing to add high-tech functionality to your towel that keeps it clean by breaking down insoluble proteins and changing them to water. This would work for daily use and allergy prevention during the pollen season and make a great present for a sports lover concerned about sweat and odors.
My last stop on this gift hunt is PATISSERIE Pavlov, the pound cake specialist from Chef Yasukazu Kondo. He’s known as the first Japanese pastry chef at Gérard Mulot in Paris. He’s honed his trade at other famous establishments as well.
The fresh pound cake decorated with rose petals has a beautiful aura, but the one that draws me the most is the truffle (!) cake available only at GINZA SIX.
I’ll return to my original theme for today, passing on the baton of beauty. Here we have a pound cake called Baton (six for 1,667 yen) made with refined wasanbon sugar, kokuto brown sugar, and other ingredients produced in Japan, as well as Japanese fruit like persimmons, yuzu, and apples. These sweet and delicious Batons would no doubt delight the health- and beauty-conscious as well.
My gift hunt comes to end. To whom shall I give these batons of beauty and happiness I’ve purchased today at GINZA SIX? It’s thrilling just to consider the possibilities!
Text：Shoko Matsuzawa Photo：Kanako Noguchi Edit：Yuka Okada
Editor and writer. Served as deputy editor-in-chief and beauty director at ELLE Japon (now Hearst Fujingaho Co., Ltd.) before launching freelance career. Writes articles mainly on beauty, health, and lifestyles for magazines like Elle and Precious, online media, and advertising. Certified as a Breast cancer Experienced Coordinator (BEC) and gives talks at seminars on beauty and health.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram