Sunday, 2 August 2015

Pixi Fall 2015 and New Skincare

Flush from the success of its massively popular Glow Tonic, Pixi has launched an extensive skincare range directed at producing healthy, glowy skin. The line-up includes a Glow Mud Cleanser, Glow Mud Mask, Nourishing Cleansing Balm, Nourishing Sleep Mask, Nourishing Lip Polish, 24k Eye Elixir, Beauty Sleep Cream, Glowtion Day Dew, H20 Skin Drink, Hydrating Milky Mist, Hydrating Milky Serum, Overnight Glow Serum, Rose Oil Blend and Glow Peel Pads infused with glycolic acid. Pic below by London Beauty Queen from the brand's recent press preview event in London.

What I like about Pixi is that their skincare is packed with effective active ingredients and comes in simple no-nonsense packaging for a reasonable price. For example, the Glow Mud Cleanser contains 5% glycolic acid plus hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and avocado oil for nourishing the skin while the Glow Peel Pads contain 20% glycolic acid plus soothing Vitamin E and aloe vera. The products are already available if you do a search by the individual product name. The official launch date is 3 August. International shipping is available at a flat rate of £14.50, which is reasonable if you are ordering several products. If you are in the US, the US retail prices are significantly lower than the UK price. I'm already on my 7th bottle of the Glow Tonic and will need to replenish soon.

The Pixi Fall 2015 makeup collection is also set to launch on 3 August on their website. Shown below are the new Mattelustre Lipsticks (US$12/£14) from Pixi's Instagram. See more swatches labelled with the shade names here. I'll definitely be picking up a couple of these at Target when we get back to Illinois later this month. The collection includes Cat Eye Ink Liner, Color Correcting Powder Foundation, Endless Brow Gel Pen, Natural Contour Powder and a travel size 100ml Glow Tonic.

There is also a new Professional Brush Set of 9 brushes going at £38 with a retail value of £145. In the past, I found Pixi's brushes to be overpriced for the quality but this set looks much more reasonably priced. I also like their Full Cover Foundation Brush.

RMK New Skincare & Bodycare

RMK is slated to release the following new citrus-scented bodycare and skincare products on 2 October in Japan:

1. Treatment Barrier Essence

2. Nail & Hand Cream

3. Body Milk

4. Body Oil

5. Lip Balm

The bodycare is made from a blend of botanical oils. Pics tweeted by Abe Sawako.

Shiseido Tsubaki New Products

Shiseido is expanding its Tsubaki brand with the following new products in mid-September in Japan:

1. Damage Care Hair Water: Available in 2 versions, a lighter (sara-sara) formula and a more deeply hydrating formula (shittori) (815yen for 220ml)

2. Oil Perfection Hair Oil (1500yen, 50ml)

3. Repair Milk (815yen, 100ml)

4. Volume Up Mist (908yen, 120ml)

5. Splashing Serum (908yen, 130g)

These have an elegant floral fruity scent and nano repair oil technology for effective penetration of the hair cuticle.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Jill Stuart Horoscope Nails

Here are the first four limited edition Jill Stuart Horoscope Nails (1800yen). One shade will be released every month for the next 12 months.

#8 Observant Virgo (7 Aug)

#9 Justice Libra (4 Sep)

#10 Resourceful Scorpio (2 Oct)

#11 Philosopher Sagittarius (6 Nov)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Canmake Lip & Cheek Gel

It looks like Canmake's popular Cream Cheek series is getting an upgrade with the upcoming new Lip & Cheek Gel SPF24 PA+ (600yen). This will be available in four shades (#1 Strawberry Mousse, #2 Apple Mango Parfait, #3 Raspberry Float and #4 Blood Cranberry), of which #4 is the only limited edition shade.

Other new products being released on the same date include Matte & Crystal Cheeks #1 Apricot Candy, #2 Fantasy Pink and #3 Juicy Strawberry (650yen), Hyper Slim Gel Eye Liner #2 Chocolate Brown (600yen), Perfect Stylist Eyes #11 Rose Beige (780yen), Stay On Balm Rouge #11 Raspberry Rose (580yen) and Juicy Pure Eyes (600yen) #5 Milky Pink Beige and #6 Baby Apricot Pink.

Shu Uemura Ultime 8 Sublime Beauty Oil In Essence and Shiseido Future Solution Replenishing Treatment Oil

1 October sees the release of Shu Uemura Ultime 8 Sublime Beauty Oil In Essence in Japan as well as Shiseido Future Solution LX Replenishing Treatment Oil. The Shiseido oil is already available on the USA website where it retails for US$175 for 75ml. The yuzu-scented oil contains evening primrose, safflower, jojoba, macadamia and argan oils. Pics by Abe Sawako.

Jill Stuart Body Oil

Jill Stuart will release this limited edition Body Oil (100ml, 3000yen) on 2 October in Japan. The white floral scented oil has a light texture that melds into the skin and helps to hydrate and soften it.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Shiseido x Lady Gaga

Shiseido just unveiled their new commercial featuring Lady Gaga. Shot by Ellen von Unwerth in New York including at Lady Gaga's own apartment, it's a bit of an odd one as it doesn't push any new product. Instead, Lady Gaga exhorts women to be themselves as that's what makes them beautiful. This is part of Shiseido's ongoing collaboration with the star. Earlier in February, Lady Gaga appeared in 50 selfies in Japanese publications for Shiseido. The choice of Lady Gaga is a bizarre one for Shiseido, although it virtually guarantees massive press coverage. And yet, one does not see the star in any ad visuals at Shiseido counters.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Nivea and 13rushes Promotional Set

13rushes is a Singapore brand of hand-crafted synthetic brushes that has been garnering positive reviews. Their new Deep Cleansing Facial Brush (S$21) is currently being given away free in a promotional set comprising the Nivea Extra White Make Up Clear 3 in 1 Mud Cleanser and Micellar Water (S$18.80) exclusively at Guardian Pharmacy stores in Singapore. (Watsons is offering a similar set with a face powder brush.) The cute heart-shaped brush is sturdily made with densely packed bristles that feel superbly soft and gentle on the skin. It took me a week of stalking Guardian stores before I finally located it at the Ngee Ann City store this morning.

13rushes is also offering the Mud Cleanser as a gift with every order on their website.

Aside from the Nivea set, I also picked up a couple of My Beauty Diary mask sets that were on sale and a Gatsby hair wax that came with a free 4Gb thumb drive.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Addiction Website Update

The Addiction website has been updated with the Tough Love collection for Fall 2015. Below is the video clip on the shooting of the ad visual.

To commemorate the launch, Addiction is giving away this limited edition black Case I with in-store purchase of 7000yen (including 2 eyeshadows) and the red Case II with purchase of 10,000yen (including 2 eyeshadows) starting from 7 August. The new eyeshadow formula is fragrance-free and contains centifolia rose extract for moisturising benefits.

Between 7 August and 31 October, customers who purchase all 99 new eyeshadows will receive a custom-made tray for the eyeshadows.
In an interview with Voce magazine, Addiction Creative Director Ayako said that in creating this collection, she wanted to return to the brand's origins as a makeup artist brand. She was driven by the desire to create colours that were sought after by makeup artists and hard to find in the market, such as brown shades without red tones. She cited her experience in working with Hollywood actresses who did not like red-toned browns as well as models with tanned skin who required blackish brown tones. The new line-up also offers a comprehensive range of beige and brown hues in a variety of finishes, as these are usually indispensable for anyone who wants to do makeup. Ayako also personally selected all the English shade names such as Boy Toy and Cry Baby, as she felt that these were more interesting than saying that one was wearing shade 'Beige-3'.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Benefique Expansion

Shiseido is expanding its Benefique skincare brand by adding two sub-lines set to debut on 21 September in Japan. Benefique AC with three products (foam cleanser, lotion and beauty essence) is targeted at teenagers whose main concern is acne while Benefique IM is targeted at ladies in their 60s and above. The Benefique IM line is more extensive with 13 products, including makeup cleansing oil, makeup cleansing cream, cleansing foam, cleansing soap, lotion, emulsion and face cream (pics can be viewed here). Ladies in their 20s and 30s are covered by the existing Benefique BM line.

Benefique spokesmodel (and currently pregnant) Ebihara Yuri at the press conference with her mother.

Lavshuca in peril?

Rumours are rife on the Japanese messageboard 2Channel that Lavshuca, which is owned by Kanebo, is about to be discontinued. It has disappeared from many stores, replaced by Kanebo's Media line or Rimmel or Visee. There has been no official announcement from Kanebo yet and the Lavshuca official website continues to exist. However, it has quietly disappeared from Kanebo's main company page which lists all of their brands, so the signs are not good. Lavshuca has not released any new products for quite awhile and is noticeably absent in the Fall 2015 collections catalogues published in the September issues of Voce and Biteki (available now at Kinokuniya Singapore). For anyone who wishes to stock up, the brand is still available on, which is based in Hong Kong and ships internationally.

Lavshuca was designed to be the unabashedly cutesy feminine brand in direct contrast to the worldly rock chick vibe of Kate, Kanebo's other mainstream drugstore brand that has maintained the top-selling position in the self-select segment of the Japanese beauty market for over a decade. There are other similar brands such as Canmake and Kiss but neither really does the same kitschy kawaii and appealing packaging of Lavshuca. It shall be dearly missed.