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An Early Summer Beauty Sojourn, Yearning for Clear, Refreshed Skin An Early Summer Beauty Sojourn, Yearning for Clear, Refreshed Skin
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GINZA SIX is precious summer resort in Ginza pilgrimage. We enjoy the cool air between rollout and coverage a little and are refreshed and are just right to shop by way of treat for the eye. Let's stop today so that season to sweat is invited to cool air to buy thing which is indispensable to skin preparations of early summer.
Straight to beauty floor of B1F. Triumphant return shop of "MAKE UP FOR EVER" which aim suha, all tsuko item are of. It is sanctuary of beauty enthusiast that Japan's most abundantly lineup does item of the brand put trust that is thick in the shooting spot of the stage and movie, the world of professional sports to charm to let alone backstage of Collection.
At first, it is the first thing to do that lets make that rushes, and sweats with "mist & fix" of efflation (all 3,800 yen ※ lower than + tax price), and loosened adhere suddenly. It is unrelated to make break and, in this, can be all day long today. Place greatly different from common make fix spray in tightening skin that nasturtium extract supporting oxygen supply of skin was dull tightly while adding luster and moisture. We hear as travel size of 30㎖ which is convenient for carrying around came up and obtain promptly.
We must supply stock of bestseller "ultra HD loose Powder" called "HD powder" (4,500 yen) among makeup Aristrist and beauty enthusiasts one more! As for Powder of finish, in unpleasant, and it being robbed of its moisture to be interfered delicate color taste and spoon of feel of a material though we want to use, never unpleasant for prevention of break. It is Powder of such fine particles that it adjusts to art of concealment and espionage grade transparently earnestly to completely answer selfishly. It is recommendation for the training of people who seem to finish, and of course cream shadows collect in double width, and are easy to become panda eyes in base make.
Figure skater overseas what must not further forget and "aqua seal" which knew when researched in rhythmic gymnastics, habitual use make of player of synchronized swimming (3,800 yen). It is item of magic that we change to waterproof only by any Powder blending pencil. We can send make life that there is not of compromise because we can change favorite eye shadow and glitter and eyebrow for specifications not to fall even if we sweat even if we swim when we have one in season in leisure. If there are these three points, summer make cannot collapse.
We ran after all "doraaguresu of le Paul" 11 seasons and spin-offs in Netflix and looked forward to overseas drama "Pose/ pose" that featured the theme of ball culture of the 80s and were heated in musical "kinky boots" of the Haruma Miura lead very much. Corner where it can try eyelash (false eyelashes) in front of mirror to have nailed me whom admiration to make of the doraagu queen does not stay in now. Creativity purchases two gorgeous things which exploded while there are natural to be able to include casually and two types of the creative to be able to enjoy transformation with all one's might.
Reject temptation of type-rich brush displayed at wall surface, and finally to the check. While keeping putting down TIPS listening to only to Aristrist of MAKE UP FOR EVER, and sending Sam up to make that worked of edge which gave priority to self-expression over appealing to somebody; to the next destination.
We answer with cleansing cream "Wonder fall" of "Val mon" if said that we raise vest cosmetics without adding line to budget in the first half in 2019. However, it is not recommended to anyone. Well, because we do 16,500 yen in 200㎖ though it is thing washing away…….
It is surprising prestige price, but there is surely value of investment surely. To have a refill before one impression that used up cools down, and do it, similarly to "la maison Val mon" of B1F. Paid the attention to indigenous bacterium Balance of skin which attracted attention recently, is gentle fantastically; wash, and (150 ml of 8,000 yen) is repeat face-wash of feeling together for "bubble fall", too. Rather, as for the dirt, as for the important thing, I thinking thinks that what skin invests in "lost article" which comes to seem to be good is smart in the summer than we invest in care to give this and that while dropping properly without taking away saying "you may not need to paint with anything after this".
In presentation of the product held on March 7, we were shocked by having given off mellow translucency that they just used once, and skin gamotchirifukafukade, celestial maiden wrote when we tested "Wonder falls" at the back of the hand without any mind. Saying tried some other time at hand, and, "after all, that was not placebo for illusion either"; impression newly.
In way back of presentation, there is memory that searched beauty treatment salon menu of Val mon with fellow worker desperately saying "what will happen if we use at line if cleansing is such different". In here "la maison Val mon", we could receive treatment and were able to hear story in BA which just finished beauty treatment salon just a while ago. At first, hand such as freshly made rice cake of the highest grade that what we were fascinated by is smooth to crab in spring than skin of my face! Hand of person to operate on becomes fair skin at level beyond face and shudders with terrible Val mon that it is said which island is ignorant about.
Val mon which has fitted in by cleansing. We are taught what is recommended if we use next. It is said that we can become that skin just to use basic liquid cosmetics and cream steadily according to BA such as rice cake of the hand. Though it is not cheap, we are interested very. In addition, from person of hairdressing such as commercial of another shampoo, hair care is recommended. Though we heard with 70,000 yen, rather person put for 70,000 yen was great, and, as for the customer unit price of Val mon, I thought solidly…….
For now, decide to value only cleansing and face-wash, and sales floor later. Both person whom there is inside and visitor coming over want to specify that it was all the members fair skin.
1 floor falls down in order to let feeling that heated up in cosmetic floor make cool-down; and to "Tsujiri" of B2F. It is the first in Kanto to be able to enjoy well-established taste of tea break that Uji is proud of and does Kyoto and is the only store.
Awake state can be concentrated most while being relaxed personally and feels like being able to show ability. Therefore besides it is green tea without in energy drink with both coffee and tea exclusively that drinks during work. Theanine that tea of Tsujiri which works hard in particular from cultivation stage of tea leaves, and was roasted elegantly and carefully was superior in relaxation & stress relief is richness. It is Gyokuro that it is largest and tastes the powerful charm of theanine, and can get benefit of caffeine moderately. Gyokuro of Tsujiri is proud of taste such as stock that both sides of tongue howl among other things. Sea barren mountain (epicure appearing to comics "Oishinbo") in me is delighted with "mumu".
If make present, "Kyoto strong tea terrine color fruit" (2,000 yen) ichi*. We use Uji Matcha luxuriously and are GINZA SIX-limited sweets which put seasonal fruit and nuts in the full-bodied terrine which we kneaded white chocolate into luxuriously.
It is takeout with cold tea (417 yen) of Uji sencha which entered specially made bottle on that day. Can you not already come back to tea of plastic bottle if you taste nice smell to drift moderately from cool Uji KOLOR named "golden transparence" and the depths of refined, mellow flavor once?
Antioxidation and tea with full of catechin superior in anti-aging are good for the completion of beauty CRYDD. If we quench throat and are refreshed, people already do their best.
Text: Anna Osada Photos: Chisato Hikita Edit: Yuka Okada
For those who happen to find themselves there in the midst of the summer heat, GINZA SIX offers an ideal sanctuary. Both a feast for the eyes and a splendid shopping destination, it’s the perfect place for cooling off, for finding refreshment, in between new product launches or interviews. Today I’m here to buy some products essential for prepping my skin for the early summer—products to ensure I can greet the sweaty season with clear, refreshed skin.
Today I head straight to the first belowground level, the beauty floor. What I have in mind is Make Up For Ever, whose store in GINZA SIX represents a triumphant success of the brand and carries lots of items professionals love to use. The brand’s products are highly regarded. In addition to being a staple among models backstage at fashion shows, they’re widely used at theaters, movie shoots, and in the glamorous world of professional sports. The store offers the biggest lineup in Japan, which is just one of the reasons it’s a mecca for beauty lovers.
My top priority is to keep perspiration from making my makeup run, so I start by applying a quick spritz of Mist & Fix (3,800 yen; all prices listed before tax). That all but guarantee the state of my makeup for the rest of the day. It also adds gloss and moisture. It contains nasturtium extract, which maintains the supply of oxygen to the skin and really firms up the skin. That’s what makes it different from run-of-the-mill makeup fixing sprays. When I learn an easy-to-carry 30 ml travel version is on sale, I pick a bottle up right away.
I also need to replenish my stores of the bestselling Ultra HD Loose Powder (4,500 yen), something makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts call HD powder. I like to use finishing powder to keep makeup from running, but I don’t like powders that affect subtle shades and textures. And I absolutely hate powders that dry out the skin. The ideal solution for a stickler like me is the microparticle powder, which offers ninja-level transparency and sets perfectly on the foundations. I recommend it not just for finishing base makeup, but as a final touch for eyes where cream eyeshadow tends to make unpleasant edges or as a rescue for those who suffer from the dreaded panda eyes syndrome.
Another thing I can’t overlook is Aqua Seal (3,800 yen). I discovered this while doing research on the favorite makeup products among overseas figure skaters, rhythmic gymnasts, and synchronized swimmers. It’s a magical item you blend with any type of powder or pencil to make it waterproof. It keeps your favorite eyeshadow, glitter, or eyebrow makeup from running even when you’re swimming or sweating; keep a bottle with you during outings so you can keep the ideal makeup any time of the year. These three items alone are an effective way to guarantee your summer makeup won’t run.
On Netflix, I’ve watched all eleven seasons and the spinoffs of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” I love “Pose,” a drama about 80s ball culture. And I found “Kinky Boots,” a Japanese-version musical starring Haruma Miura, incredibly exciting. I’m really into drag queen makeup right now, so I stopped dead when I saw this corner where you can sit before a mirror and try on false eyelashes. Two types are on offer: natural, yet substantial ones, and creative ones that let you delight in total self-transformation. I purchased two gorgeous pairs that demonstrate off-the-charts creativity.
I manage to resist the temptation to check out the array of brushes displayed on the wall and finally made my way to the cash register. Making a note of tips, the likes of which you can only get from a Make Up For Ever artist, and after giving an inner thumbs-up to the brand’s edgy approach to makeup, which emphasizes self-expression over mass appeal or conformity, I make my way to my next destination.
If I’m asked to choose the best cosmetic product of the first half of 2019, without worrying about my budget, I’d pick the Wonder Falls cleansing cream from Valmont. I don’t recommend it to everyone because it costs 16,500 yen for 200 ml of something you rinse off immediately…
It’s certainly priced at a surprising prestige price point, but it’s just as clearly worth the investment. I decide to buy a replacement before the disappointment that I’ve used up the last one lingers on, so I head to La Maison Valmont, also on the first belowground floor. I’m also a repeat buyer of Bubble Falls (8,000 yen for 150 ml), a wonderfully mild facewash that emphasizes maintaining the natural balance of the skin’s indigenous bacterial flora, something that’s drawn a lot of interest lately. In summertime, rather than investing in products that address this or that specifically, I think it’s smarter to invest in “removers” that make your skin feel so good you wonder if you need to apply anything at all next. The key is removing the unnecessary without losing the essential.
At the March 7 product launch event, I casually rubbed some Wonder Falls into the back of my hand. A single application, I was stunned to find, left my skin soft and springy and conferred a radiant, near-celestial glow and beauty. I try it out once again on my fingers and find the effects are proven undeniable and striking, neither illusion nor placebo.
On my way back from the launch, I remember saying to a colleague: “If the cleanse feels like that, imagine what the full product line does.” I searched frantically for Valmont’s esthetic menu. The La Maison Valmont here also offers treatments. I’m lucky enough to be able to talk to a beauty adviser, who’s just finished an esthetic session. What first catches my eye is her hands, which are far smoother than my facial skin, as radiant and flawless as the highest grade of freshly pounded mochi (sticky rice cake). The power of Valmont, which leaves the hands of an esthetician more beautiful than the skin on one’s face, leaves me trembling.
Valmont is a brand I began to adore through its cleansing products. Now let’s get a recommendation for what to try next. According to the previous beauty adviser, the lady of the mochi-like hands, even if I just use the basic serum and cream regularly, I’ll get skin like hers. These products aren’t cheap, but I’m really interested. Other staff, who has beautiful hair you’d see in shampoo commercials, gives a recommendation for their haircare products. I’ve heard the average customer spends 70,000 yen at Valmont, but I begin to think those capable of limiting their spending to 70,000 yen must be really thrifty…
Today I decide to just buy the cleanser and the facewash, and I leave the sales counter behind me. I can’t emphasize enough the striking beauty of the skin of all the staff inside and of the customers coming in.
Now I need something calming to bring me down from the manic buzz created by the cosmetics floor. With that in mind, I descend to Tsujiri on the second belowground floor, the first and only store in the Kanto region where you can enjoy the flavors of teas from this long-established vendor, the pride of Uji in Kyoto prefecture.
I find I’m best able to focus when I’m relaxed yet alert. I do my best work in that state. My drink of choice when I’m working isn’t coffee or black tea, and it certainly isn’t energy drinks. It’s always green tea. Green tea from Tsujiri benefits from special care starting from the tea leaf cultivation stage. The leaves are processed with the utmost care. The tea is rich in theanine, which promotes relaxation and relieves stress. The gyokuro (high-quality green tea) lets you embrace and delight in the flavor of the theanine, with just the right amount of caffeine. The Tsujiri gyokuro is noted for flavors that leave both sides of your tongue satisfied with umami, much like dashi (Japanese soup stock). My inner Kaibara Yuzan, the gourmet who appears in the manga Oishinbo, begins fidgeting in anticipation.
If you’re looking for gifts, go for the Kyo Koicha Terrine Irodori Fruit (2,000 yen). It contains plenty of Uji matcha (green tea powder) and features rich-flavored terrine blended with white chocolate, filled with generous helpings of seasonal fruits and nuts. It’s a dessert found only at GINZA SIX.
Today I buy some cold Uji sencha in a special bottle to take away with me (417 yen). It combines a clear Uji color, described as a sheer gold, with a mild aroma that wafts out from behind the mellow flavor. You won’t go back to green tea in PET bottles once you’ve had a taste of this.
Imbibing green tea rich in catechins, an antioxidant with anti-aging properties, is the ideal way to end my beauty sojourn. After I appease my thirst and refresh my palate, now I feel like I can hang on.
Text：Anna Osada Photos：Chisato Hikita Edit：Yuka Okada
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