Chambor Happy Hues Collection + Mumbai update!

 

Hey everyone!

Its been more than a month since I wrote a blog post and it feels really good to be back! Everything you had been reading for the past month was auto scheduled well in advance since I was busy with the move. We arrived in Mumbai earlier this month and its been a whirl wind of activity since then. It took us a few days of searching to find the right apartment, another couple of days to do all the paperwork and move in. We had to start from scratch since we could not bring any of our furniture or appliances from Japan and its been really hectic but we are settling in now. There’s still quite a bit left to do around the house but its in a liveable (and workable!) state now!

The apartment is everything we wanted – high up and airy with lots of light and plenty of space. It feels really good to be in Mumbai and I’m loving being back in India so far (with the exception of the heat and the Mumbai traffic of course!). I’m slowly easing into work though my work/beauty space is not at all set up yet! I guess it takes a while when you have a big transition and hopefully it’ll be all set in a few week’s time.

 

With this update, I also wanted to share with you a little collection I’ve been testing out lately – the Chambor Happy Hues Collection which I talked about here. Just a little sneak peek into what all I would be reviewing from this collection ~

 

 

Chambor Happy Hues Collection - Nail Colors
Chambor Happy Hues Collection – Nail Colors

 

Chambor Happy Hues Collection - Nail Colors
Chambor Happy Hues Collection

 

Continue Reading

Visiting the Shiseido Research Center in Japan | Interview with Ms.Hiroko Watanabe

 

Hey everyone!

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with one of Shiseido’s top skincare experts – Ms.Hiroko Watanabe who has been with Shiseido for over 20 years! The Shiseido Research Center is located in Yokohama, south of Tokyo and this is where the research and product development of the Shiseido products happens. This is where I met with Ms. Hiroko last week to talk about all things skincare and Shiseido. I had great time interacting with her, she is a goldmine of knowledge and has been involved with the development of almost all the Shiseido brands and products during her career!

Here are excerpts from my chat with her –

 

 

Me with Ms.Hiroko Watanabe at Shiseido Research Center, Shinyokohama
Me with Ms.Hiroko Watanabe at Shiseido Research Center, Shinyokohama

 

Visiting the Shiseido Research Center in Japan
Visiting the Shiseido Research Center in Japan

 

 

There are so many brands under the Shiseido umbrella. How is the research divided – is there a separate division for each brand or is the research common for the brands? 

All the research is centralized and once we have developed the technology, we decide the ingredients and the composition of the products depending on the brand and the product. So yes, all the research base is common between the brands.

 

 

How long does it take to create a product – from the time of its conception, research, formulation to the time it hits the shelves ready to be sold? 

It depends on the product. For some products like skincare, it take many years of research! For example, it took 13 years of research to develop 4MSK, the brightening ingredient used in Za True White range. But once we already have the technology, it can take about 1.5-2 years to ready the product.

 

Continue Reading