This week we’re going global. So if you fancy stealing Kate’s London look, saying “bonjour” to beautiful buys and stocking up on some Tokyo treats then we’ve got just the ticket. Of course a quick look at New York’s Fifth Avenue couldn’t harm either…
The fairytale story behind SK-II began at a sake brewery in Japan. Scientists noticed the elderly workers had wrinkled faces yet extraordinarily soft and youthful hands. These hands were in constant contact with the sake fermentation process and after years of research the scientists isolated the miracle ingredient, Pitera® – a naturally occurring liquid from the yeast fermentation process. Since then SK-II has become the beauty regimen of many celebrities (Cate Blanchett is the Aussie face) around the world. For an affordable treat try SK-II Facial Treatment Mask.
Harajuku Lovers Fragrance
Okay, so the lady behind these cute fragrances is none other than rocker/fashion designer/all-round hot chick Gwen Stefani, but there’s no denying the muse is Japan. Inspired by the electric street of the Harajuku shopping district in Tokyo and iconography from her albums, Harajuku Lovers Fragrances come in five different styles to represent Gwen and her backup girls. We’re torn between Love and Baby – maybe we’ll just take them all.
Founded by Japanese businessman Shinobu Suzuki in 1929, Pola’s first product was a specially formulated cream for Mr Suzuki’s mother. Bless. The formulation was so remarkable, friends and neighbours became devoted customers and now the brand has over 800 patents to its name. Its most prestigious anti-ageing product is Creatage Excellent (although Sakura Veil Cleansing Milk is more likely to make it into our daily routine with pennies to spare).