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Shibuya’s Zenmall (29-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; 03-3770-1641), known for offering large clothing for men, is holding a two-day Early Bird Pre-Summer Sale. The sale will take place on the mornings of April 12 (Sat) and 13 (Sun) for three hours (9am-noon) each day. During these times, nearly everything will be marked 20-80 percent off. Some of the bargains include suits with a spare pair of pants for \9,800 (sizes 3-8L), and summer casual jackets for \8,000 (3-6L). Imported designer suits by makers like Calvin Klein and Boss are also marked down to \39,000 and \59,000, respectively. Those who spend over \10,000 can take part in the Cash Grabbing Contest, where shoppers can dig into a box full of cash. Spend over \30,000 for two chances to grab, and \50,000 for three. Don't miss this rare opportunity, as it could be one of the few chances for those looking to buy large sizes in Japan, especially at affordable prices.
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By Hanna Kite

IT'S A MAN'S WORLD

Male cosmetics gain the respect they deserve

COURTESY OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

Every fashionista knows that if you want to look your best these days, you can't go outside without a swipe of bronzer. And this summer, women aren't the only ones getting their hands on a bit of glowing color.

Jean Paul Gaultier Parfums' Belle Mine (¥4,735) is being marketed to men this fall in a smaller "calling card" size. Even in the middle of winter, a quick swipe of this bronzer on the forehead and cheeks can make any face I-just-got-back-from-Marbella fine.

But bronzer is just the tip of the male cosmetics iceberg. While Body Shop has been on this wagon for a while, some of the top cosmetic brands are starting to respect the diversity and needs of men's skin. Shiseido, for example, sells three different types of toner for men.

The Nihonbashi branch of Takashimiya also unveiled a new men's cosmetic counter when it reopened this summer. Located next to the escalator on the sixth floor, the counter has booths for Shiseido Men, Jean Paul Gaultier, Aramis' Lab Series for Men and Luciano Sporani. If you haven't heard of Lab Series for Men, their Trifecta oil reducer is currently the second-best-selling men's cosmetic product at England's famous drugstore Boots.

Some men may still be hesitant to stop by a skincare counter for a bottle of moisturizer or under-eye cream. But these new cosmetics aren't so radical that they'll turn the entire male race into metrosexuals. They just mean it might have smoother skin.

Takashimaya: 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3211-4111. Open daily 10am-7:30pm. Nearest stn: Nihonbashi. takashimaya.co.jp

 


Ladies' night

When darkness falls, Serendipity's stylists keep snipping

For those who wander home at odd hours of the night, there are certain lighthouses along the journey to show you you're not alone. One such spot is World Face, a massage and beauty salon out by Komazawa Koen (03-3701-7709), that welcomes clients as late-or early, depending on how you see it-as 5am. Another is their newly opened Serendipity in Roppongi.

Open until 4am on weekdays, Serendipity is built in a former club and therefore, say its owners, can offer low-cost services. A haircut with shampoo, for example, costs just ¥3,675. While their sister massage parlor already serves regular foreign customers, Serendipity is offering a ¥1,000 discount for new customers, or ¥2,000 off for night owls who show up between midnight and 4am (reservations recommended). If you've already trimmed your locks for summer, nail treatments, eyelash perms and a variety of facial courses are also available. The space even doubles as a photo studio.

B2F Powerhouse Bldg, 7-12-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tel: 03-5414-1717. Open Mon-Fri noon-4am, Sun and hols noon-8pm. Nearest stns: Roppongi, Nogizaka.

 


Skin deep

Dr. Ci:Labo plunges ahead with an aloe version of its popular collagen gel

Since it was first introduced in December 1998, Dr. Ci:Labo's Aqua-Collagen-Gel has sold more than a million containers. (That's over 500 a day.) The gel can act as a toner, cream and base for the face and a cream for the rest of the body. Its popularity stems from its uncanny ability to maintain moisture despite the air conditioning, sun and other drying elements the skin battles every day.

Taking things to a new level, Dr. Ci:Labo recently introduced a version with aloe vera extract included in the powerful potion of Vitamin E, sage and geranium. The only catch is you'll have to jet off to their new store in Honolulu to get your hands on the new gel, which is said to be especially effective for sunburns. Trying it out after a weekend jaunt to Enoshima, we found it helped heal a rather nasty burn as red soon turned to a light brown without peeling. The aloe Aqua-Collagen-Gel also prevented itchiness for longer periods of time when it was refrigerated and then applied to the skin. The original Aqua-Collagen-Gel is an all-seasons treatment, and fans recommend it for dry elbows, knees or cuticles during the winter. See ci-labo.com for more details.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, 2424 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii. Tel: +1-808-926-8860. hyattwaikiki.com

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