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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
Without being able to meet clincher after pattern that is the bottom of heart admiration having hesitated about "person who is good at present" to hesitate about iza somebody when it was when by present. It was usual that even feeling that got tired from shop of shop until foot became stiff wandered around town in spite of being employee.
However, GINZA SIX is sacred place of gift hunting for me now. As idea and gift suggestion filled with surprises are done in Shops of any place, as for hesitating, there are none if we come here.
Because of the profession, in the case of me, thing to be able to hand with confidence is beauty-related article. The seasonal cosmetics that chest throbs to constant seller goods which anyone is pleased with. Let's go to look for special dish to tie "baton of happiness to if beautiful" to friend and important person!
In lucky thing, Christmas-limited cosmetic sale of 2018 just started in "DIOR BEAUTY GINZA" (diorubyutiginza) of B1F. It is studs of gold that picked up while putting up, and cheers are extremely romantic coffret about constellation. Love and happiness, fame (!) Lucky words that said this are studded with, and we are just looking, and temperature gradually rises.
It is dress-up in special case that the lipstick 999th of legend was decorated with star of silver when we open rouge Dior couture set <midnight wish> (price all as follows tax-excluded 20,500 yen ※) such as the jewel box. In addition, five colors of refills are luxury to form a line!
Cosmetics of Christmas look <middonaitouisshu> that featured the theme of monsieur lucky motif related to Dior. Above all, it is lucky star (3,200 yen) of D cage Fick topcoat that wants to suppose as gift. In point of nail lucky charm of scintillator! With wish of fortune appeared in the natural phenomena up, we decided that we gave friend who just changed the job.
When we choose flavor for somebody, we do testing while thinking about figure and personality, lifestyle of the person. Side by side with "diorubyutiginza," it is lineup with incense-like more than 20 kinds from the inside in "MAISON CHRISTIOAN DIOR GINZA" (mezonkurisuchandioruginza) where we can access each other shop. Good-quality flavor that we hid rich story in makes happy to person whom there is around. What chose to give important person in this season "tekashimia" (40 ml of 11,500 yen). So that white tea and flavor of Rose send warmth and comfort such as kashwére stole.
We heard from rumor that there was "scarf to enjoy flavor", but was it this? Because favorite initial can choose ABCDior series of mittsuasukafu (23,000 yen), it is the best in present. It is wonderful, and flavor swings in total even if we bind neck like two people of the staff to work if we bind wrist. This season reason, this trendy scarf concerning present to oneself….
What dropped in at next "GINZA PEEK-A-BOO AVEDA GINZA SIX" (ginzapiku a buavedaginzashikkusu). It will be purpose next week that buys gift to friends of college student days when we are to go for lunch.
Paddle brush (3,000 yen) of constant seller of present which aim is longtime habitual use quality of my own, and wins and aveda deciding. Using elasticity of cushion, brush which we can massage while hanging pressure on the skin pleasantly is perfect gem which you can be pleased with regardless of man and woman.
We hit on this to receive head massage here in shopping occasion. We receive scalp care for each turn of the seasons that aging accelerates. Timing perfect now to go in winter.
The mood that was extensive in salon, and was settled down. After having checked state of scalp with microscope elaborately, menu which Takano of manager pushed forward is "adobansupuramasanahea & scalp spa".
40 minutes course (7,000 yen) of supreme bliss to start from brushing to float dirt and keratin of the skin, and to be off. As the top was performed detox of by cleansing and deep approach to scalp by Ceram by shoulder, it lightens and it lifts to expression of eye and improves. Of course hair is glossy.
We are considering to add scalp cleanser (3,300 yen) of puramasana which we used in spa to gift…Anyway because all the friends are age to be worried about scalp, too.
Relationship that towel is close to skin. Present from beauty relations that it had extraordinary love and feelings toward towel to have known existence of this shop "TOWEL THINK LAB" (towel sink laboratory) was opportunity. Towel which is precious produced by the traditional skill of Imabari and advanced study is special in the softness and the water absorptivity. Because he/she absorbs moisture by soft touch incidentally so as not to feel like touching, even sensitive skin is stress zero.
Because we are particular about the pure subject matter of reliable security, it is most suitable for gift of baby. If we say loveliness of this small bathrobe!
What picked up on recommendation of towel CONCEIRGE table with gauze the back bathrobe (medium size 27,000 yen large size 28,000 yen) of pile. It is light and is soft and is fascinated like feather with rapture just to have imagined the touch when we put.
We can have you embroider initial on products such as towel or handkerchief. In addition, we make processing called hydrosilver titanium ® processing on towel and seem to perform service (pay) to add hi-tech function to disintegrate, and to change insoluble protein into water, and to keep cleanliness. It seems to be pleased with present to seasonal sports lover worried about errand and the prevention, sweat and smell every day of pollen.
It is "PATISSERIE PAVLOV" (patisserie Pavlov) that came over in the last of gift hunting. Specialty store of pound cake which, besides, chef Kondo Kowa era with study deals with as the Japanese first chef patissier with "Gerard Mulot" of Paris in many famous shops.
Raw pound cake which displayed roseleaf having given off beautiful aura, but there having been power of absorption most truffle (!) of GINZA SIX-limited product It was cake.
However, the name that favorite is theme of this day is pound cake (1,667 yen with six) called "baton" (in French will called "stick"). Discerning persimmon and citron, Japanese fruit such as apple are used by domestic material including Wasanbon and brown sugar. "Sweet, delicious baton" will have people who are beauty & health conscious please by all means.
Gift hunting is finished in this. Bought today in GINZA SIX, and gathered; if "is beautiful, whom shall hand baton of happiness" to? wakuwaku does not stop just to think.
Text: Shoko Matsuzawa 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
Shoko MatsuzawaEditor 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.