I went to Hokkaido a while back, and of course while I was there I had to stock up on some beauty and makeup items. I’d shopped in Japan before but for some reason this was the first time that I was able to take advantage of the VAT refunds. As always, it helps to do some research on the brand offerings and unique products that you might find in Japan. There’s usually not a lot of English on the packaging and the possibilities are endless. Also, know where to buy the things you want. Most of these were drugstore buys and found pretty easily, but some I had to go to their own storefronts for, while others I never would have found amongst all the choices had I not had a specific goal in mind.
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ettusais medicated acne real fit concealer: Despite what I just wrote above, this was a total impulse buy based on the cute packaging and in-store display. However, I was drawn by the promises of oil control, SPF, and the medicated formula, and it’s definitely become one of my favorite concealers for those reasons. While the coverage is light, you can build it up and it’s easily blendable. Plus I love how it never feels cakey or like it’s making a zit worse.
DHC Gel Pencil Liner EX: This brand is well known for it’s amazing cleansing oil, but when I found reviews raving about this liner I knew I had to get my hands on it. Reviews talked about how smudge and water-proof this is and I have to say I mostly agree. It went on smoothly and is the only pencil I trust to tight-line without ending up like a panda. However, if I have it on for too long and smudge or yawn a lot, I still risk getting liner everywhere.
KATE Quick Eyeliner in B-1: After buying a great liquid liner from this brand in the past, I thought I’d give this one a go since I wanted a brown one. Unfortunately this one is no where near as good as my Super Sharp Liner. This one has a felt tip instead, and has almost zero color payoff.
Majolica Majorca Lash King: I had purchased the Lash Expander Edge Meister mascara before and I really loved the fibers and how waterproof it was. I heard Lash King is supposed to have fibers but also give you lots of volume. This time I also went with the green packaging (film formula) rathe than the pink (waterproof). Film formula just means that the mascara forms a sort of film around your lashes that will come off with warm water rather than being completely waterproof.
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ROSETTE Cleansing Paste: This clay based face wash comes out like a paste but lathers up into a thick foam with just a little bit of product. Different colored packaging indicates different uses: the blue is for acne prone skin.
CURE Natural Aqua Gel: Apparently one bottle of this product sells every 12 seconds. It’s a very gentle exfoliant that peels off dead skin cells as you rub it in. If you like seeing immediate results I definitely recommend checking this out.
Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder: I wanted to get these because they seem to be perfect for traveling around with. Each pod contains white powder that will foam once you add water, turning into face wash. One pod can get me through 3 washes.
Lululun Face Mask: These sheet masks are really popular in Japan, with a variety of types to choose from. This pink is the regular type and apparently you’re supposed to use it everyday for the best results. It’s ok for a quick refresh but I didn’t notice any dramatic differences. Also, beware of the packaging. This box is like a resealable tissue box, with every single sheet mask soaked together, and I feel like it will dry out if I’m not careful with resealing the box and using the product on a daily basis (which I don’t).
Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack: These looked fun and were really cheap so I got a bunch to try. The concept is simple, a gel mask for your lips, although I find it a bit annoying not to be able to breathe through my mouth while I have these on. I did notice that the mask lost some of it’s volume as I used it, which made me feel like my lips were getting the treatment, but overall it was more just a fun product.
Baby Foot: This stuff is supposed to do wonders for your feet. I’m still saving mine for the right occasion, but remember when buying that there are sizes on the packages so pick one that’s right for your foot size. There’s also only one use per box.