Tag Archives: Health and Beauty


In Japan, “metabo” means overweight – a hot phrase that has helped usher in a wave of new heath plans and diets. Tanita Shokudo is a new Tokyo restaurant tapping into this trend. Run by health device manufacturer Tanita Corp, the restaurant is both a healthy eatery and a place to pick up free nutritional and dietary advice.

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Energy band

Nike has unveiled the Nike+ FuelBand, a wristband that aims to provide a common metric for tracking physical activities. Building on Nike+, the FuelBand tracks ‘NikeFuel’ – units that let people compare, say, a game of basketball to a dance class. People can measure up and compete with others or use the band as motivation to stay fit. You can set daily NikeFuel score goals and the FuelBand turns red, yellow, or green to tell you how you’re doing.

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Rate your plate

Shopwell is a free iOS app that helps you keep a healthy diet by rating your food and suggesting alternatives

Based on your profile, the app rates a wide range of food items with a colour-coded number out of 100 – the higher the number, the better for you. You can either scan or search for items and each product page includes ingredients and nutrition facts. Healthier alternatives are listed at the bottom, each with a number rating.

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Startup pop-up

Retail consultant Rachel Shechtman has launched Startup Store, a shop that will reinvent itself with a new theme every four to six weeks. Shechtman calls the concept “transactional storytelling,” placing a narrative at the centre of a retail venture. (Thanks to Amelia and Abi in NY.)

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Flat pack lenses

The December issue of Monocle is packed with enough editorial to satisfy a long holiday commute. One of the standout features covers Menicon’s latest Magic Flat Pack- the first flat daily disposable contact lens. The logo and packaging is beautifully designed and mimics the daily cycle of the sun, a perfect parallel for the brand.

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Pop-up fashion

This new pop-up shop in downtown Manhattan is designed by London-based artist and architect, Graham Hudson, in collaboration with non-profit arts and culture organisation BOFFO, and one of fashion’s exciting new names, Patrik Ervell.

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Bee different

French organic beauty brand Melvita (now owned by L’Occitane) has installed beehives on the roof of its Covent Garden store. A permanent fixture, the Melvita City Apiary honours the brand’s founder, Bernard Chevilliat, a biologist and beekeeper who made the original products with honey from his own farm. (Many thanks to Amy G.)

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Fashion aid

The BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage has always been popular with the kiddies. Now Johnson and Johnson want adults to dress up their cuts and scrapes with these special edition fashion print bandages.

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Precision male grooming

Men can now take care of their skin in a similar way to how they prepare their cars for summer and winter. Canadian Bread & Butter offers skincare by yearly subscription with everything most men’s skin needs in two seasonal kits.

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That’s what we call lip service

In the spirit of keeping their customers happy and interested, Lip Labz is offering customers their own personalised lip balm. You can choose from over 21 delicious flavours and then have it made for you right there and then. It’s proving so popular that huge crowds have caused security concerns with blocked walkways and fire exits around the swarmed store. (Thanks, Elliot W, a man who knows how to groom.)

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