The Japanese toy giant Bandai teamed up with cosmetics powerhouse Fancl to produce Bihada Kantei: a small digital skin condition checker that will be released on 30 november (suggested retail price 3.570 yen.).
For a few years already several websites such as online stores or beauty communities offer a service to try out clothes or a new hair style. Upload your photo and simply drag the favoured fashion items onto it. Unfortunately the results of those services were never really s pleasing, as picture quality has been generally low. Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido now developed a real-time Make-up simulator which captures your face on screen while your apply the latest products on - all using high-tech made in Japan.
Kiehls since 1851 is a leading cosmetics company today even though back in 1851 it started as a old-world apothecary in New Yorks East End. Still operating out of New York City’s East Village Kiehl’s is finally getting around to launching its first branch in Tokyo. The new outlet, located in Shinjuku Isetan, will offer over 140 balms and beauty products, all made with natural ingredients and eschewing preservatives.
Male beauty grooming is booming in Japan. The conventional image of a grey-suited and grey-faced businessman is being usurped by a colourful new generation of beauty-conscious Japanese men. With new products ranging from men-only make up and manicures to moisturisers and facials, it is Japan's men who are fuelling the nation's beauty industry.