At the start of February I went to Japan for two weeks and it was amazing: the culture, the food, the ‘otherness’ of it… all mind-blowing. However, being a beauty blogger and a make up and skincare obsessive I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pick up lot of goodies. The first part of the haul is HERE and contains all the make up I picked up. This post contains skincare and ‘misc’ (i.e. everything else!)
Also a Llama in a flowery headdress because why not?
The HUGE Japanese beauty haul
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – This is a rebuy as Aaron bought a bottle of this when he went to Japan last year and I was gutted when it ran out. I love cleansing oils and this is definitely the best one I’ve tried. Gentle enough to use on the eyes, but gets every scrap of eye makeup off with no issues, great for my rosacea and leaves your skin super clean. I got 2 bottles!
Hipitch Deep Cleansing Oil – Another cleansing oil! I heard great things about this when doing my extensive research before the holiday. It was a bit cheaper than DHC as well so it’ll be interesting to compare them.
Cure ‘Natural Aqua Gel’ – Another product that was raved about in blogs and I needed to try. This contains ‘activated hydrogen water’ which removes the dead and dry skin from your face/body. I assume it works like a chemical exfoliant. Intriguing!
Biore ‘UV Aqua Rich sunscreen’ – Japanese sunscreens are famous for being high coverage, without being greasy or thick so this was high on my list. 50+ PA+++ should sort out even my pale and super-thin rosacea skin!
Kose Cosmeport under eye masks – Aaron got me lots of face masks last time and I really wanted to try the under eye versions. These are designed to refresh tired eyes as well as plump and smooth out fine lines.
Kose Cosmeport Clear Turn face sheet masks – I much prefer this style of facemasks to the more typical ‘smear cream on your face’ masks. Yes, you look like a serial killer while it’s doing its work but my god is it worth it.
Kose Cosmeport Softymo nose strips – I know that these are terrible for your pores but they are so satisfying to use!
Baby Foot – This was another must buy for me. If you haven’t heard of this (and have a strong stomach) go and watch the YouTube videos. Basically you put your feet in plastic socks containing plant acid for half an hour and then over the following weeks your feet shed like a snake, leaving you with baby soft feet! I haven’t tried them yet but I am so excited!
Foot mask – These are a less scary and intense version of the above. These are just a moisturising mask for your feet.
Shiseido Tsubaki hair conditioner – Another blog recommended favourite, this is a huge pouch of conditioner that’s meant to leave your hair super soft and shiny. I love that they do refill options like this as it’s so much more suitcase friendly!
Rohto Lycee eye drops – I was a bit worried as looks of blogs said these stung and felt ‘minty’ in your eyes… but I didn’t find that. It definitely makes me eyes look brighter and saved me from itchy flight eyes.
Eternal Basic beauty blender – A much cheaper version of the real Beauty Blender, these egg shaped sponges are really great for giving a natural and flawless finish to foundation, concealer and highlighter.
Ducato nail break kit – I had a small split in my nail when I was in Tokyo and needed something to hold it together as it was the day before my nail appointment at Disco Nails (if you haven’t seen my amazing manicure from Nago at Disco Nails take a look HERE). I went into a beauty shop, found a friendly shop assistant, said ‘excuse me’ in Japanese and then just showed her the split and she brought me this little packet of goodness. It includes nail glue, a very fine powder to dip your nail in once you’ve applied the glue and then a file to smooth it all down. It’s amazing! And my nail is still intact!
Gel removal fingernail pockets – I had no idea what to call these! Whenever I’m removing gel nail varnish I use the foil method I also use to remove glitter, see tutorial HERE). But I’m hoping these little pockets will make it even easier. You just pour acetone in, the pads soak it up and then you pop your fingers in. I’m trying them today when I remove my gels (*sob*) so will let you know!
Biore – Okay I admit that I just got these because of the adorable packaging. I have no idea what they are.
HanakoStyle foaming net – A lot of Eastern skincare regimes include foaming cleansers as the second cleanse and these nets help you to get really fluffy, soft foam. You wet the net, squeeze the cleanser in and then rub together. The netting helps to beef up the foam making a small bit go further. I use this with my Shiseido Perfect Whip which I rebought on the last day of the holiday (hence no photo).
D.U.P false eyelash fixer glue – pretty self explanatory!
Diamond Lash false eyelashes – Every Japanese woman I passed had incredible lashes so it’s no surprise that most shops sell false eyelashes, they are everywhere. I got lots more on the last day when I was panic buying!
I hope you enjoyed the huge Japanese beauty haul almost as much as I enjoyed buying it and will enjoy using it all! Anything that catches your eye?